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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, East Bertsch Street, Lansford, will host an open house from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Father Vasyl Chepelskyy and the parishioners extend a warm welcome to all who are interested in attending. The open house will showcase the Byzantine Baroque style church, which the parishioners have called their spiritual home since 1911. The church edifice will be open to the public and tours will be available.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Construction work on the new SR309 Center Street bridge is causing bumper to bumper traffic to be backed up over a mile in both directions. Related construction is expected to continue this week. The new bridge project is estimated to be done by May 2013.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Voters in area townships went to the polls in great numbers in Tuesday's general election.

Votes cast for for the various candidates were as follows:

Blythe Twp. - President, Romney/Ryan, 208, Obama/Biden, 182; U.S. Senator, Tom Smith, 219, Bob Casey Jr., 171; Attorney General, David J. Freed, 162, Kathleen G. Kane, 212; Auditor General, John Maher, 178, Eugene A. Depasquale 168; Congress, Laureen A. Cummings, 176, Matthew Cartwight, 200; State Senator, David G. Argall, 201, Tim Seip, 191; State Representative, Neal P. Goodman, 302, was unopposed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS West Penn and Tamaqua firefighters carry the injured woman over a bridge along SR309 to an awaiting helicopter.

Michelle Massicott, 24, of Lansford, remained in critical condition yesterday in the Lehigh Valley Hospital after her car collided with a tractor trailer Monday afternoon along SR309 in West Penn Township, according to West Penn Township Police Chief Brian Johnson.

Both Massicott and her 4 year old child were transported to the hospital via helicopter. The child was released with minor injuries.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
AP PHOTO President Barack Obama waves as he walks on stage with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his election night party in Chicago. Obama defeated Republican challenger former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

Obama spoke to thousands of cheering supporters in his hometown of Chicago, praising Romney and declaring his optimism for the next four years.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) Democrats secured a majority in the Senate on Tuesday, snatching Republican-held seats in Massachusetts and Indiana and turning back fierce, expensive challenges in Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Connecticut to maintain the control they've held since 2007.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Doyle Heffley was re-elected to serve as representative of the 122nd Legislative District in Harrisburg during balloting in Carbon County, yesterday. Heffley, with his wife, Kellie, and their children, Angela, 11, front left, and Elizabeth, 15, at victory celebration held in the Bowmanstown Fire Company.

Doyle Heffley, who two years ago became the first Republican to represent Carbon County in the state legislature in over 35 years, won the retention of his seat in Harrisburg yesterday.

In Tuesday's balloting, he turned back the challenge of political newcomer Ronald Rabenold, a Democrat who is a teacher in the Lehighton Area School District, by nearly 4,300 votes during unofficial balloting.

Heffley, of Palmerton, got 14,194 votes (58.89 percent) while Rabenold, of Franklin Township, received 9,892 ballots (41.04 percent).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS "Tamaqua Area Weatherman" Ryan Fannock looks up from studying a meteorological model on his computer.

The Tamaqua Area Weatherman nails it again.

Eight days before Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey shore, the Tamaqua Area Weatherman, aka Ryan Fannock, was studying constantly changing weather maps.

He posted an image of the emerging storm on his FaceBook page, along with the observation that there was a potential tropical storm/hurricane forming and that it may affect the East Coast.

"As the days went along, four or five days before landfall, I posted my first-call map, and I never had to make any changes to it. It stayed the same."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made sharply different bets about who would vote this year.

It turned out that Americans who cast ballots looked collectively much more like what Obama had envisioned a diverse tapestry that reflected a changing America than the whiter, older electorate Romney had banked on.