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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.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

There will be a Trail Tenders clean up and picnic table/bench installation from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Lock 13, at Parryville. Everyone should meet on the west side of Rt. 248, directly opposite the Riverwalk Saloon. There is parking adjacent to the lock. There will be burgers, hot dogs and other goodies following the cleanup. Bottled water and Gatorade will be available. This cleanup is open to members of all Trail Tenders chapters. Those attending should dress appropriately for colder weather.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Emily Stawiarski and Connor Penberth hold trick-or-treat bags and information given out by Lansford police officer Chris Ondrus, left, and Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's Department, at the Panther Valley Public Library.

The Panther Valley Public Library and the Summit Hill Heritage Center helped children get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The afternoon featured an interactive magic show by magician Joseph Keppel, aimed at encouraging children to read, and safety tips from Lansford police officer Chris Midas and Lt. David Midas of the Carbon County Sheriff's department.

The children also received trick-or-treat bags filled with goodies and safety pamphlets.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

All three municipalities in the Jim Thorpe area, as well as the Jim Thorpe Area School District, will have contested races that provide choices for voters when the 2011 General Election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in each of the county's 51 election precincts.

Jim Thorpe Borough voters will decide on three council positions, for which there are four candidates, while competition exists for one supervisor position in Penn Forest Township and two board members in Kidder Township.