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Friday, October 10, 2014

Jim Thorpe Area School High School has changed students' computer passwords after a breach.

"There was no hacking involved by any means. At one point, students got their hands on some passwords. We found out immediately and changed them all," Superintendent Brian Gasper said Friday.

The breach happened last week, he said.

No personal information was accessed, and the school's network was not affected, Gaspar said.

He did not know how many passwords were affected.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, located in Bowmanstown, will serve a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 at the church.

The meal will be served at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

All are welcome to enjoy. There are no takeouts.

Transportation or delivery for the homebound can be made available by prior arrangement, at least four days ahead of the dinner.

For more information, and or arrangements, call 610-852-3833 or 570-386-5586 before Nov. 18.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, headquartered in Pottsville with operations in Tamaqua and the Panther Valley, has reached an agreement with creditors to stave off forced Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings.

The Chapter 7 case would have required the company to sell off its assets in order to pay off debts.

A request for dismissal was filed, providing an opportunity for the company to pay off some of the $123,979 owed to five other companies.

Friday, October 10, 2014
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The 64th reunion of the class of 1950 of Nesquehoning High School was held on Sept. 6 at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning. There were 15 class members present. Those attending included, front row from left, Joan Chernega, Janice Whitehead, Dan Farole, Janet Jacobs, Jeanne James, Lorraine Drosdak, Lucy Reed and Frank Biank. Back row, John Chernega, Bill Bock, Ted Andreosky, Bob Marsden, Leo Drosdak, Dick Billig and Tony Vignone.

Friday, October 10, 2014

If you suspect an elderly person is being financially exploited, contact:

Ÿ Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General toll-free hotline: 866-623-2137 or elderabuse@attorneygeneral.gov, or access complaint forms at www.attorneygeneral.gov.

Ÿ Internal Revenue Service scam calls: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

Ÿ Social Security scam calls: Office of the Inspector General: 800-269-0271.

Ÿ Area Agencies on Aging:

Carbon County: 800-441-1315

Monroe County: 570-420-3735

Lehigh County: 610-782-3200

Friday, October 10, 2014
PHOTO COURTESY OF PENN STATE EXTENSION Female gypsy moths with their egg masses.

Ÿ Gypsy moth caterpillars are all black with tufts of hair and gradually change to develop five double rows of blue spots and six double rows of red.

Ÿ Adult stage gypsy moths look different, depending on gender. Males are charcoal gray with brown wavy markings; while females are cream colored with black wavy markings

Ÿ Inspect vehicles, outdoor equipment, campers and firewood when traveling because the insect can live on these items.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Jay Miller, senior vice-president at Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank, talks about what bank employees look for to spot financial exploitation of the elderly.

It took Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith more than an hour to calm the distraught older woman who had come to the station to report an upsetting phone call.

The woman had gotten the call from someone claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service agent, and who had threatened her with imprisonment if she failed to immediately send a specific amount of money he said she owed to an address he gave.

He managed to calm the woman, explaining to her that the IRS never calls people to demand payment of taxes.

Friday, October 10, 2014

THE IRS SCAM: A person claiming to be an IRS agent calls and demands immediate payment of money he claims the victim owes. The victim is told to give the caller a credit card number, or to wire the money. Or, he may say the victim is owed a large refund, but must first pay a fee. Accomplices call the victim, pretending to represent local police or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Six people entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday to driving under the influence and related counts.

The pleas were accepted by Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Heather Ann Rex, 29, of Walnutport, and formerly of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases to two counts of drunken driving.

She was arrested on April 9 by state police at Lehighton along Summit Avenue in Lehighton. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

Friday, October 10, 2014
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The 64th reunion of the class of 1950 of Nesquehoning High School was held on Sept. 6 at Macaluso's in Nesquehoning. There were 15 class members present. Those attending included, front row from left, Joan Chernega, Janice Whitehead, Dan Farole, Janet Jacobs, Jeanne James, Lorraine Drosdak, Lucy Reed and Frank Biank. Back row, John Chernega, Bill Bock, Ted Andreosky, Bob Marsden, Leo Drosdak, Dick Billig and Tony Vignone.