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Thursday, November 3, 2011
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Now in its third year, the Blue Raider Foundation will announce details of teacher grants, school library renovations, and a memorial scholar-athlete scholarship fund, part of a program of initiatives in support of Tamaqua Area School District students.

The Tamaqua Blue Raider Foundation will continue its momentum with a variety of initiatives in support of the Tamaqua Area School District and its students.

At the upcoming third annual meeting of the independent support group, set to take place on Saturday, February 18, the group will award teacher grants and make an announcement relative to the Joseph M. Plasko Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

American Red Cross is hosting blood drives.

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org for more information and to make an appointment.

Blood drives will be held the following dates and times:

* Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zion United Lutheran Church, Route 209, Brodheadsville.

* Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1:30 to 6 p.m., American Legion Post 927, 1 Fairground Road, Gilbert.

* Monday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Connections Academy, 613 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Coaldale firefighter Terry Ahner Jr. rolls up a water hose after assisting on scene yesterday.

Emergency room services were diverted to other hospitals after a six-inch water main broke and flooded the emergency department and all other outpatient services on the lower level of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale early Wednesday morning.

Outpatient services include respiratory, orthopedics, cardiology, oncology and the laboratory (limited to blood draws). The lab will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, wellness and radiology at the hospital were closed today.

Physical therapy appointments have been rescheduled at alternative locations.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The levels of industrial activity in the manufacuring, mining, and railroad repair establishments in Carbon County in 1955 were considerably above the levels that prevailed in 1954, Genevieve Blatt, Secretary of Internal Affairs, announced. Employment in 1955 in the reporting establishments was 16 percent larger than it had been the previous year. The metals and metal products industry employed 37 percent of the labor force and the text products industry employed 35 percent of the labor force. Mining accounted for 18 percent of the labor force.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Voters in Schuylkill County will have a rare choice as there will be three candidates to chose from for the office of controller at the Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The 129 polling places in the county will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lehighton Rec Center will be open to students attending Lehighton Area School District beginning on Nov. 7. Hours for students in fourth through eighth grade will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. and ninth to 12th grade from 8 to 9 p.m. Students are welcome on Monday through Thursday. Parents and students must fill out and sign a participation form.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

"Amped up for O.J." will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Ryan Township Fire Co., Barnsville, Route 54, to benefit Oscar O.J. Witmayer, who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. The event includes food, drinks, door prizes, Chinese auction, face painting, balloon animals for kids and live entertainment.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Carbon County Fair will hold its annual Christmas Party at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at Mahoning Valley Ambulance. Reservations by Dec. 7 can be made by calling (570) 325-8685. Includes dinner, a visit from Santa, and live entertainment by the band, Old Friends. Any individual or organization interested in becoming a vendor at the 2012 fair is asked to call Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Anyone who would like to become involved with the fair is asked to contact Liz McElwee at lmcelwee2@msn.com. The fair will be held on Aug.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
MICHAEL A HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The second of four informational community meetings was held Wednesday evening at Franklin Elementary School to learn about and discuss the new proposed building plan for Lehighton Area School District. Architectural consultant Mark Barnhardt of EI Associates helps to address the crowd's questions and concerns.

Much of the discussion during Wednesday evening's community informational meeting about the new proposed building plan for Lehighton Area School District came down to the "bottom line" – money.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS The Tamaqua Library Storytime Youth Program held a Halloween Party recently at the library while volunteers and staff read books to the children. They were also treated to a free lunch. For more information about the Storytime program, call the library at (570) 668-4660. Thelma Urban, Lake Wynonah, holds her son Sean James Urban, 2, during a Halloween craft activity.

Volunteers and staff read Halloween books to all the costumed children.