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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network will sponsor a free showing of the film "When God Left the Building" at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the New Life Assembly of God Church, 407 Schuylkill Ave., Tamaqua. The film examines the decline of the American church, focusing on the current spiritual climate.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rush Township's zoning officer Bill McMullen was correct when he ordered a Frankford Avenue resident to stop a building project, according to the township's zoning hearing board.

Bruce and Doris Hosler had appealed McMullen's "cease and desist" order to the board, which heard the case during a meeting Tuesday. The board upheld McMullen's decision.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

HARRISBURG (AP) If elected, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf would try to restore cuts or restrictions imposed by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to a couple of key poverty programs, his campaign said this week.

Wolf would ask lawmakers to restore a $200-a-month cash benefit for the poor and undo a requirement that food stamp applicants prove that they do not have personal assets above a certain threshold.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

An election day pork and sauerkraut dinner will be held on Nov. 4, from 4 p.m. to sellout, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 22 Lafayette St., Tamaqua.

Takeouts are available by calling 570-668-4630.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Western Pocono Community Library will hold a book presentation with author Gloria Waldron Hukle at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The focus will be on her recent historical novel, "Threads An American Tapestry." This is the third book in the Waldron Series Historical Novels.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Heath care workers at risk for exposure to Ebola should:

Ÿ Wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection.

Ÿ Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures.

Ÿ Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients.

Ÿ Avoid direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rep. Rosemary Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, will host a Veterans Expo from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Middle Smithfield Elementary School, 5180 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg.

More than 30 area vendors specializing in veteran-specific services have been confirmed.

Guest speaker Joel Keller, director of Monroe County Veterans Affairs, will discuss services available to assist area veterans.

Brown encourages all veterans in the 189th District to attend.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton High School class of 1962 celebrated the members 70th birthdays with a party at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Some class members traveled from California to attend. Front row from left, Carol (Getz) Zickler, Renee (Stout) Gombert, Lenore (Beers) Dreisbach, Sally (Schaeffer) Whiteman, Georgine (Smith) Esrang, Carol (O'Brian) Eroh and Carolyn

Thursday, October 30, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Second-graders Taylor Keblish and Bladen Aadsen assist Magic Dave during the Officer Phil Program held at S.S. Palmer Elementary School on Wednesday.

Respect yourself and each other.

That was one of the messages conveyed to S.S. Palmer Elementary students during the Officer Phil Program on Wednesday.

The program emphasized several important topics, which were taught in a fun and entertaining manner.

Magic Dave, the Edu-tainer, discussed the importance of safety and respect.

He began with a magic trick, which got the students focused and reinforced several rules, such as no talking, paying attention, laughing, learning and having fun.

Thursday, October 30, 2014
AP photo Nurse Barbara Smith demonstrates the proper way for health care workers to use personal protective equipment when dealing with Ebola during an education session in New York, this week.

With the threat of an Ebola epidemic catching the attention of the world last month, area hospitals are working to build protocols that could help anyone should they become infected.

Locally, Dr. David Hochhauser, chairman and director of the department of emergency services at Blue Mountain Health System, is at the forefront when it comes to Ebola preparedness.