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Monday, August 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver's license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Flagstaff Park will be the first stop when three Pennsylvania congressmen, federal officials of the Appalachia program, and state officials begin a bus tour of Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. They will be accompanied by members of the press and radio. A chartered bus will meet the delegation at the Carbon County Airport. From Flagstaff, the buss will pass through Bloomingdale Valley where a flood control and recreation dam is planned, then to Summit Hill and Coaldale. A lunch is planned at Scrafford's in Hometown.

Monday, August 29, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  John Audi, of Sweets, Stevens Law Firm, speaks recently at Palmerton Area High School.

There are many traits teachers and staff should exhibit as professional public employees.

Tips on how they should interact with students were shared recently with teachers and staff in the Palmerton Area School District.

The district presented an educational program to all staff as part of an in-service day recently in the high school auditorium.

School board president Barry Scherer and Superintendent Carol Boyce welcomed those in attendance.

The program was conducted by PSEA UniServe Representative Sheila Saidman and John Audi of Sweet, Stevens, Law Firm.

Monday, August 29, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS This tree was uprooted from the high winds of Irene and it fell on the roof of Lila Mae and Alton Kleintop's home in Gilbert.

Lila Mae Kleintop of Gilbert was on her sunporch Sunday morning, watching the maple tree in the back yard just waiting for it to be uprooted when she heard a crash from the front yard.

She called out to her husband, Alton, "What was that?" and they both hurried to the front door.

Their large old locust tree had been uprooted and had crashed on top of their home's roof and some of its branches blocking the front porch. It covered their garage doors so they were unable to get their car out. It fell on the power line to the house but amazingly, they did not lose power.

Monday, August 29, 2011
 Larry Neff/special to the times news
Monday, August 29, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night at Weatherly Area Middle School will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

Parents are invited to come and meet their child(ren)'s teachers and learn the objectives for the school year. Some of the topics to be covered include curriculum, daily schedule, discipline, safe school procedures, student expectations, grading and homework. Also, parents will hear about scheduling a parent-teacher conference, state standards and state assessment.

Monday, August 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

A fallen tree blocks Route 443 in East Brunswick Township, near New Philadelphia Road.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Larry Neff/special to the times news

One of the hazards of driving during during Sunday's severe weather was downed power lines. The strong wind gusts brought down a tree and electrical wires on Mosserville Road in Lynn Township, closing the road to traffic and affecting PPL electrical customers.

Monday, August 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS PennDOT was out in force yesterday clearing trees, branches and other windborn debris from state roads. Pictured are PennDOT employees removing a fallen tree from SR443 near Clamtown.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Residents along many eastern Pennsylvania waterways continued to prepare for the worst of Tropical Storm Irene's wrath that may be to come as swollen waterways continue to rise.

Along the Delaware River, communities readied for the water, with Easton and New Hope bracing for major flooding that the National Weather Service said could come Monday morning or afternoon if the river crests to 31 feet, or nine feet above flood stage.

Monday, August 29, 2011
Bob Ford/Times News

A pick up truck goes around a tree blocking the east bound lane of Lentz Trail in Jim Thorpe Sunday morning.