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Monday, October 29, 2012

Carbon Co. Head Start: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Carbon CTI: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Jim Thorpe Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lehigh Career/Tech. Inst.: CLOSED Today

Lehigh Comm. College: CLOSED Today; CLASSES CANCELLED AT ALL SITES

Lehighton Area: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

Lincoln Tech Institute: CLOSED Today

Mahanoy Area: CLOSED Today

Marian Catholic, Hometown: CLOSED Today

McAdoo Catholic: CLOSED Today and Tomorrow

McCann Sch. Bus./Pottsville: CLOSED Today; NO DAY/EVENING CLASSES; STAFF SHOULD NOT REPORT

Monday, October 29, 2012
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Lehighton Area School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week October 22 - 26. It was a week filled with special activities that emphasize a strong message of anti-drug, anti-alcohol abuse, and anti-bullying. Pictured front, left to right, are East Penn Elementary School Red Ribbon Ambassadors third grader Rylie Bryfogle and fourth grader Alaina Strohl. Behind the students is Elementary Guidance Counselor Deb McKain.

Monday, October 29, 2012

State department of Transportation spokesman Ron Young said that"PennDOT has made preparations for Hurricane Sandy. On Friday, there was a statewide web-based conference call with PennDOT (and all of its eleven engineering districts), other state agencies, and the state's contracted weather service vendor."

All state resources are available to respond, and all essential employees are 'on call'.

Monday, October 29, 2012
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

A lone beachcomber uses a metal detector to explore beaches at Tuscarora State Park on Sunday after the 65-ft.-deep lake was lowered six feet to reclaim eroded sand. Park officials indicated that the partially-open water release valve that was used to lower the dam will now be turned fully closed to allow for flood control in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy's dangerous four-day rainfall expected to begin today.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The builders of a proposed adventure challenge operation in Penn Forest Township are hoping once area residents learn more about the business, their concerns will be alleviated.

Abby Burt, branding and marketing leader for Navitat Canopy Adventures, explains that Navitat, as a company, is committed to working with the natural environment and local community.

"Our Asheville, N.C. tour was recently voted 'Best Outdoor Adventure Company' by the local residents in a poll conducted by a local newspaper (Mountain Xpress) in Western North Carolina," says Burt.

Monday, October 29, 2012
'AP PHOTO Sand bags protect an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.

NEW YORK (AP) – Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Eastern Schuylkill Republican Committee will hold a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Tamaqua Community Center.

State Sen. Dave Argall, Rep. Jerry Knowles and Schuylkill County Chairman Gary Bender will be in attendance. A dessert reception will be held following the meeting.

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Receiving signatures from Cole are Luke Mateyak, 11; Jacob Mateyak, 13; Nick Onea, 11.

"Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly until you can do it well," said Former NFL Player and Pittsburgh Steeler Robin Cole as he quoted his mother during a community talk held for Tamaqua Area students, parents, staff and fans Thursday night in the Tamaqua Area School District auditorium.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Due to the dangerous wind speeds associated with Hurricane Sandy, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) have temporarily reduced the speed limit to 45 mph and restrict certain types of vehicles on some southeast Pa. roadways.

PennDOT is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on the following highways:

Ÿ Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties;

Ÿ Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Bucks and Delaware counties;

Monday, October 29, 2012

Marian Catholic High School's Future Business Leaders of America will host its second annual Charity Football Game on Nov. 2, when the host Colts take on local rival, the Tamaqua Area Blue Raiders, in a football contest