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Saturday, October 11, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Chris and Jennifer Evans demonstrate the use of a lift chair. The two recently opened Keystone Medical Equipment at 203 Claremont Ave. in Hometown.

When her uncle sustained a traumatic injury, Jennifer Evans and her family were nearly overwhelmed trying to locate the medical equipment needed for his care. When he was released from the hospital, and during his months of rehabilitation, they continued to be challenged by the lack of easy access to home medical equipment.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
TIMES NEWS/DONALD R. SERFASS  Firefighters from Ryan Township Fire Company use hydraulic rescue equipment to dismantle a vehicle late Wednesday in a demonstration of apparatus and techniques.

Volunteers from six emergency response teams in Schuylkill County joined forces in an open house and demonstration Wednesday hosted by Hometown Fire Company, 45 Mahanoy Ave.

The event featured fire prevention techniques and information for family protection, including how to address a grease fire, fire extinguisher education, ladder truck demonstration, cutting a vehicle with hydraulic rescue equipment, escaping a burning house, and numerous related activities.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has opened some portions of Pike County that previously were closed due to the ongoing search for Eric Frein.

Hunting and trapping season is open in all of Lehman Township, and the eastern portions of Blooming Grove and Porter townships.

The State Game Lands 183 shooting range in Palmyra Township, Pike County, also has been reopened to public use.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News Riley Schaeffer, right, Lehighton High School senior, paints alongside Ruth Graver, a resident of the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton on Thursday. Lehighton Area National Art Honor Society students visited the nursing home to teach residents watercolor painting techniques. The pictures will be displayed throughout the nursing home.

Fall is known for its beauty outdoors, but there was no shortage of color inside The Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton on Thursday.

Students from Lehighton Area High School Art Honor Society joined the residents to create watercolor paintings which will later be displayed throughout the home.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A member of the Summit Hill Fire Police who died while directing traffic at an accident scene will be honored at the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Claudia J. Sokol is one of 107 fallen firefighters to be remembered at the event at 10 a.m. Sunday at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The event is open to the public.

Russell D. Gow III of Factoryville will also be honored.

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

Break out the rain gear if you’re planning to go to any football games tonight.

The National Weather Service says there’s a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 62. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

But tonight there’s an 80 percent chance of rain with a low around 46. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Keep a close eye on your trees and shrubbery.

Gypsy moths are making a comeback, and the little caterpillars are bringing along their big appetites.

To combat this growing nuisance, the Carbon County commissioners have decided to participate in the 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Division of Forest Pest Management. The county has not had to participate in this program since 2009.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A former Walnutport and Lehighton resident was killed late Monday night in South Carolina after a motorcycle crash.

Gary Donald Marshall, 45, of Grover, North Carolina, was traveling on Interstate 85 when his 2003 Honda motorcycle struck the back of a 2003 Ford pickup hauling a trailer, according to police.

Investigators said the trailer did not have lights. Marshall, who was wearing a helmet, was traveling at a high rate of speed, they said.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Carbon County Election Board put the finishing touches on preparations for the upcoming general election.

On Thursday, the board voted to appoint 30 registered electors to serve as precinct election officials who will be filling vacancies in a number of districts.

The following Carbon County residents will serve as precinct election officials on Nov. 4:

Ÿ Banks Township: Fourth David Bodnar, judge of elections.

Ÿ East Penn Township: South Linda Bierman, minority inspector; North Debra Prontnicki, judge of elections.