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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

People asked AccuWeather.com Monday if an October snowstorm means that the Northeast will have a brutal winter. Will it?

The AccuWeather Long Range Team says that the AccuWeather.com Winter 2011-2012 Forecast still looks good. Chicago and the Midwest will have a more brutal winter than the Northeast.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Joe Lundburg thinks that the Oct. 29 storm could start a seriously snowy winter weather pattern.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The two townships in the Palmerton Area School District will have General Election races for supervisors' positions when balloting takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the county's 51 voting precincts.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Rosemarie Peiffer, right, of New Cumberland, discusses plans with Jim Thorpe Borough Council for a cottage she would like to construct along Hill Road in the borough. The project has been put on hold because a permit for an on-lot sewer system that had been issued has been revoked. Looking on are, l-r, David Peiffer, her son who is co-owner of the property, and Terry McLean of Jim Thorpe, the project architect.

A two hour hearing was held last night, but a decision won't be made until Nov. 10 regarding whether an on-lot sewage system can be installed for the construction of a cottage on the site of the "Castle" along Hill Road in Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe's Sewage Enforcement Officer Bill Brior had issued a permit to the owner of the property to place an on-lot system on the site, then withdrew it on orders of Borough Manager Wesley Johnson.

Johnson said he was wrong to issue the permit because an ordinance prohibits on-lot systems where municipal sewerage is available.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS

Ghouls, goblins, fairies and witches made a stop at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ghost Tours though the haunted Old Jail Museum may have been snowed out last Saturday night but the ghosts are still roaming the Old Jail's eerie halls waiting for you.

Spooky Ghost Tours through the Old Jail Museum, 128 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, have been rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 5. Tours will begin every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to last tour at 9 p.m. No children under 12 please. Be sure to bring your camera and catch a ghost!

For information call (570) 325-5259 or check our website www.TheOldJailMuseum.com.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In the wake of a number of suicides in the United States by teenagers who have been bullied by classmates, Behavioral Health Associates continues its anti-bullying initiative with a special presentation in conjunction with the Weatherly Area School District and the Weatherly Area Parent Teacher Association. This informative session is open to the public.

"In & Beyond the Schoolyard Addressing Bullying as a Community Issue" will be presented Monday, Nov. 14, at 6 pm in the Weatherly Area Middle School cafeteria.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Walter Weston, left, and Dale Freudenberger, volunteers with the Tamaqua Historical Society, unveiled a display of Rush Township memorabilia during Sunday's bicentennial bash held at the Rush Township Municipal Building. The panorama included images and posters of historic Lakewood Playhouse, along with early pictures from many towns and villages of the township. Employees Terri Conville and Marie Skripnek, along with the supervisors, said they were delighted with the strong attendance at the event. "We had no idea what to expect (due to the storm)," said Skripnek, elated with the crowds.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/Special to The TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District Superintendent James Kraky, left, business manager Michael Malay, Jr., center, and supervisor of Plant Operations Joseph Hauser, right, discuss the financing of the new building plan as proposed by EI Associates.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In this last article of a two-part series, the TIMES NEWS examines the current building issues facing Lehighton Area School District. Yesterday, we looked at these concerns, how the district is addressing them, and what options are being presented to resolve the matter. In today's installment, we examine more closely the proposed building plan, as well as how LASD may finance the building project.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Woman's Club of Lehighton will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Trinity Luther Hall. Guest speaker will be Lisa Johnson of Blue Mountain Hospital System, who will speak on "The Empowered Woman Patient." Club member, Jackie Nonnemacher will follow with a brief description of longterm care insurance.

Club members are reminded to bring in their order forms for the "Tastefully Simple" fundraiser. Kim Lusch will accept the forms at the meeting and orders will be shipped two weeks later.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A fire is burning underground near a mine pit about a half mile northeast of Lansford's Andrewsville section. Apparently the fire is feeding on coal. Glowing coals are visible in holes beneath the surface. The burning area covers about 15 square feet. It was discovered this week by Robert Vybrenner of East Ridge Street, Lansford, who was hunting small game on the top of the Hauto Maountain and saw smoke. Thinking it was a burning rubbish pile, he went to investigate.