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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A threatening message through its website prompted Northwestern Lehigh School District to go into lockdown mode for several hours Tuesday morning.

Contacted Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Holman said the district received a message early yesterday morning on its website, nwlehighsd.org.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Louise Gilbert (daughter), left, David Gilbert (husband), join Joan Gilbert as she receives plaque presented by Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center membership chair Bill Allison and president John Drury.

Writer/historian Joan Gilbert was honored at a celebration at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center in Jim Thorpe on Friday, Oct. 14.

In 1993, Ms. Gilbert was invited by John Drury to join a small team tasked with creating a museum focusing on the history of Jim Thorpe, formerly Mauch Chunk. As a writer, Gilbert would compose the text for the Mauch Chunk Museum original exhibits and for the video introducing visitors to the museum.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Parent Susan Hillegass (center) confronts Palmerton Area School Board over infractions her daughters, freshmen Brooke (third from left) and Courtney (first from left) Hillegass, have been taken to task for as a result of the district's current dress code policy.

Revisions to its highly controversial dress code policy are expected to be posted on Palmerton Area School District's web site today.

The school board, on an 8-0 vote on Tuesday, accepted the first reading of Policy No. 221, Pupils - Dress and Grooming. Director Darlene Yeakel was absent.

As part of their discussion, the board agreed that language needs to eventually be included in the policy to state that "the showing of cleavage is inappropriate."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Borough of Tamaqua received some good news from the State Auditor General. The State will be covering the minimum municipal obligations for the uniformed and non-uniformed pension funds this year. The Borough will actually realize an overage, as their 2011 MMO totals $279,463 and they will receive $307,803.69. The excess will be deposited into the non-uniformed pension plan.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System CEO Andrew Harris cuts the ribbon for the dedication of the Memorial & Recognition Garden with committee members Cheryl Schoch, Joseph Guardiani, Doreen LaRizzio and Harley Shupp.

While hospitals are places of healing, they are also cauldrons of fear, worry and tension. Now, visitors, patients and staff at the Gnaden Huetten campus of Blue Mountain Health System have an island of peace and serenity where they can rest and reflect.

The Memorial & Recognition Garden was dedicated Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The garden, in front of the hospital, includes benches and a gazebo, and the names of sponsors are included in pavers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) – After two years without an increase in benefits, 55 million Social Security recipients will finally get a raise next year.

Experts project the increase will be about 3.5 percent. The Social Security Administration is scheduled to make it official Wednesday when the government releases an inflation measure that determines the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA.

Monthly Social Security payments average $1,082, or about $13,000 a year. A 3.5 percent increase would amount to an additional $38 a month, or about $455 a year.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Andreas Halloween Parade originally scheduled for this evening is moved to tomorrow at 7 PM due to rain. Formation will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Andreas Sporting Club. For more information, call Lisa at (570) 386-8178. Following the end of the parade, refreshments and snacks will be served to participants and workers. The parade is organized and sponsored by the West Penn Lions and Lioness.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Carbon County land plans received a red light from county planners on Tuesday.

During the monthly meeting of the county planning commission, the board discussed plans for the development of a medical campus in Mahoning Township; and a lot line revision at Mountain Laurel Golf Course.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Clair Frank, 6, of Palmerton, pushes her sister, Jillian Frank, 8, of Palmerton, and C.J. Kern, 7, of Palmerton on one of the new pieces of equipment at a dedication ceremony at the Coal Bowl playground on Monday.

Recess will never be the same for elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District.

Especially now that the pupils have five new pieces of playground equipment at their disposal, thanks to the volunteer efforts of one of its parent-teacher organizations.

A new set of swings, a carousel, tube slide, toss-up and monkey bars were unveiled as part of the Coal Bowl playground dedication ceremony on Monday.

MaryJo King, president of the SS Palmer/Parkside PTO, said work to the playground was officially completed in June.