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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.

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.