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Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

PPL crews are expected to be out in force over the next few days battling power outages throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Pictured is PPL crews responding to a power outage Saturday in Tamaqua.

Monday, October 29, 2012

1st Northern Bank in Palmerton will hold a reception and book signing for local artist, Mary Kocher. Mary is well known for her paintings of historical buildings in Palmerton and surrounding areas. She has recently published a retrospective of her work. Bring your own copy of the book along, and Mary will personalize it for you. Books will also be available for purchase. The reception will be Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the bank lobby at 4th and Lafayette, Palmerton. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served. Call (610) 826-7285 for information.

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are speakers Jason Brown, Regional Vice President, Prudential; Ted Denbow, National Director, Web Capabilities, Prudential; Juliann Longhi, certified financial planner; Longhi Financial; and Stanley Warner III, CPA, MBA, Longhi Financial.

About two dozen area residents were treated recently to an educational seminar titled "Preventing and Understanding Identity Theft" at LCCC courtesy of Longhi Financial of Hometown.

This seminar was a third in a series of educational seminars offered at no charge to area residents.

Someone's identity is stolen every three seconds in the United States. Thieves are making billions buying and selling identities, and most consumers have no idea their information is out there, up for sale.

Monday, October 29, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers direct traffic in Tamaqua during the 45 minute power outage.

Over 360 homes in Tamaqua and areas west of Tamaqua were without power late Saturday afternoon for about 45 minutes after a squirrel chewed through a power line at a electric switch located at the intersection of Swatara and Lafayette Street in Tamaqua. PPL workers responded quickly and removed the burnt squirrel. Tamaqua Fire Police directed traffic at lighted intersections without power.

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.