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Friday, December 23, 2016
Nearly 20,000 visitors came to pay respects when the Moving Wall came to Palmerton this summer. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” everyone from the community pitches in to help George Bailey when his bank is in trouble.

Could it happen today in real life?

It happens every day in every local community.

Just ask the Palmerton veterans.

A few years ago the United Veterans Organization wanted to build a monument in the borough park, a large undertaking for a small town to the tune of $160,000.

Friday, December 23, 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Kreidler

Robert D. and Gwendolyn E. Kreidler of State College and Nokomis, Florida, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on Nov. 22, 1951, in Lehighton.

Mrs. Kreidler is the former Gwendolyn E. Asher. She is a retired public school teacher. Mr. Kreidler is a retired SUNY Binghamton professor.

They are both 1946 graduates of Lehighton High School.

The Kreidlers have two children, Ann K. Guss and her husband, David A. Guss; and Allen L. Kreidler and his wife, Beverly A. Kreidler.

Friday, December 23, 2016

It took his death to tell the story of his life.

Four months ago, Michael was singing in his band at Murphy’s Loft in Blakeslee. This past week, I attended his funeral with my wife who is a good friend of Marianne, his bride of 33 years.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Winners of the Lehighton holiday lighting contest have been announced. udging was recently held for the borough’s holiday lighting contest, and the winners were announced by Lehighton borough officials. The contest is sponsored by the borough.

The top residents will receive a $25 discount on their utility bill, while the top commercial winners will receive a $100 discount on their utility bill. Categories judged were most nostalgic, whimsical, judge’s choice, best use of lights and most untraditional.

The 2016 Christmas light winners are:


Friday, December 23, 2016

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey.

The NORAD Tracks Santa website,,features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Area children were treatedrecently to a performance of “Spot the Dot,” an adaptation of the Max Lucado book “You Are Special.”

The show was performed by the Senior Theatre Company from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in the gallery at the Palmerton Area Library. It was free and open to the public.

The story takes place in the town of Wemmickville, which is filled with many unique wooden people.

Friday, December 23, 2016
That’s a wrap

Have a special gift you want to wrap?

Here are some tips from the experts:

Wrapping Odd-Shaped Gifts

Courtesy of 3M Scotch brand:

1. Measure the item first to make sure you’ll have enough paper.

2. Carefully fold paper to accommodate awkward angles without stressing the wrapping paper.

3. Use strips of cardboard, cushion wrap or cloth on sharp points to prevent paper tears.

4. Once you’re ready to tape, trim off excess paper to contour the gift.

Stamp it on

From Real Simple:

Friday, December 23, 2016

Penn’s Peak would like to announce the cancelation of the Pink Floyd Experience concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Please return your tickets to the point of purchase for a refund. For more information on this cancelation, please call the Penn’s Peak Box Office at 866-605-7325.

Friday, December 23, 2016

In addition to the fixture mountain ranges and renowned alpine views, a new towering sight will adorn the Poconos skyline this Hanukkah: A giant, outdoor, Menorah. The symbol will be featured at Chabad of the Mountains Hanukkah events on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, hosted by local Weis Markets in Hawley and Tannersville.

“The theme of Hanukkah is spreading light and positivity,” says Rabbi Mendel Raices, Director at Chabad of the Mountains.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you still have family and friends to shop for, the stress is setting in.

Don’t panic — local businesses are here to save the day. Not only will it help you avoid the long lines at the big boxes, but you’ll be able to pick up a gift with personal appeal, and support the local community. Nothing beats a homemade gift — even if you weren’t the one to craft it.