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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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Three homes of horror! Three families on Arlington Street in Tamaqua combined Halloween efforts to scare visitors as they turned their homes into a single haunted house. The homes consisted of the Karleno's at 508, the Dougal's at 510, and the Hausmann's at 514 Arlington Street. The families stated it took over a month to prepare the combined haunted house. Pictured is Amy Caldwell portraying a grieving mother.
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.