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Monday, October 31, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area School District business manager Michael Malay, Jr., left, Superintendent James Kraky, middle, and supervisor of Plant Operations Joseph Hauser, right, discuss the new building plan as proposed by EI Associates. It includes an addition to the existing high school building. Also, this plan would allow the high school and middle school students to share some core space while retaining separate educational space.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: In this two-part series, the TIMES NEWS examines the current building issues facing Lehighton Area School District. In today's first installment, we take a look at these concerns, how the district is addressing them, and what options are being presented to resolve the matter.)

According to Lehighton Area School District officials, the district is facing serious building issues. Superintendent James Kraky said, "there is never a good time to do a building project, but there is a right time to do a project."

Monday, October 31, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Using a vast array of exchange banners that Rotary Club of Lehighton has accumulated over the years, Assistant Governor Barbara BelÛn celebrated the club s heritage at a recent meeting. Helping to display the exchange banners, left to right, are Rotarian Becky Wanamaker, BelÛn, and President Erica Heery.

One of the more colorful traditions of Rotary is the exchange of club banners. Rotarians traveling to distant locations often take banners to exchange at make-up meetings as a token of friendship.

The exchange banners reflect clubs' hometown pride and their connection with the international organization. In addition to incorporating the Rotary emblem, banners often include symbols or imagery of a club's town, region, or country. Others represent local craftsmanship or cultural traditions by displaying leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, or hand-painted designs.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Very few races exist for the General Election balloting in the seven northern Carbon County municipalities. Voting will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the county's 51 voting precincts.

In northern Carbon, only four races have opposition. Those include a race for the positions of mayor and councilmen of Weatherly, as well as a battle for three four-year terms on the Beaver Meadows Borough Council and one seat on the Weatherly Area School Board.

Meanwhile, there are no contested races in Banks, Lausanne, Lehigh and Packer townships, nor East Side Boro.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Anyone who is interested in singing in a choir to honor our veterans is invited to attend a rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at First Congregational Church, Coaldale.

The choir will sing at a service for veterans at the church at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Many communities are still without power today as traditional fall foliage and Halloween festivities were replaced over the weekend with a record snowfall measuring more than 13 inches in some local areas.

The heavy, wet snow that fell all day Saturday weighed down trees and branches throughout Pennsylvania, causing widespread damage and power outages, as well as disrupting communication and cable service. More than 300,000 PPL customers were left without power.

The storm struck the area 54 days before the official beginning of winter.

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Firefighters and fire police volunteers were kept busy all weekend responding to weather related incidents. Pictured during heavy snow are Tamaqua Fire Police volunteers controlling traffic at a powerless traffic light in Tamaqua.

Monday, October 31, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Snow play was shortened Sunday as warmer temperatures melted much of the white stuff that fell on Saturday. Pictured making their own snow ramp as they ride a tobaggan down a hill at the Tamaqua High School field are Dean Peck, 13, of Lake Hauto, and Cotton Robbins, 14, of Jim Thorpe.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin, who has served since 2002, is facing a 10-year retention vote.

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's Project Vote Smart notes: "He has authored several opinions in poetic verse, which has drawn praise in some legal circles and criticism in others."

Whether voters will hold his poetry, or his judgment in using it, against him remains to be seen.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Miller-Keystone Blood Center has announced the upcoming blood drives:

Ÿ Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Nesquehoning VFW, 300 Center St., Nesquehoning; call 570-669-9201.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lehighton Auto Group, 54 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, call 610-377-1700.

Ÿ Saturday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SS Palmer Elementary School, 298 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, call 610-737-7235.

Ÿ Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Jim Thorpe Market, 1 River Road, Jim Thorpe, call 570-455-2018.

Monday, October 31, 2011

The litany of homes without power weren't the only targets Mother Nature conspired against over the weekend.

The 104th annual Greater Northern Lehigh Halloween Parade that had been scheduled for this past Saturday has been postponed.

But, due to that day's unseasonable storm that dumped multiple inches of snow and rendered countless homes powerless, the event will now be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.