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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The holiday season is supposed to be “The most wonderful time of the year.”

But for some, it’s quite the opposite and the holidays can actually be more like the most miserable time of the year.

Steve Siebold, a psychological performance and mental toughness coach and author of “177 Mental Toughness Secrets of The World Class,” says, “The change from everyday routines, the large gatherings, the decorating, shopping and more can make many people feel overwhelmed and stressed this time of year.”

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, will welcome caregivers across the area to a Night with the Nurses at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Presenting at this month’s event is Inge Allen, RN, from Southeastern Home Health Services. Attendees will have a chance to interact with each other, discuss problems, get tips, and learn from each other and from nursing professionals on how they can better care for senior parents or family members.

Light refreshments will be served for those attending.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

“Mary, Did You Know? — A Christmas Cantata” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West in Lehighton. The church is located three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square on Route 443.

Everyone is welcome to this free concert.

Following the cantata, there will be a time of fellowship and dessert.

For more information, call the church at 570-386-4547.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at noon on Thursday at Antonio’s Restaurant on Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Class members are asked to bring a small gift for a gift exchange game.

Monday, December 14, 2015
In this January file photo, girls listen during the Girl Scout Troop 582’s cookie training session at Beach Vineyard Church in Panama City Beach, Florida. As the Girl Scouts’ membership continues a sharp decline, its leaders are betting on technology to reverse the trend, including a major expansion of its year-old program enabling Girl Scout cookies to be sold via mobile apps and the girls’ personalized websites. AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK — As the Girl Scouts’ membership continues a sharp decline, its leaders are betting on technology to reverse the trend, including a major expansion of its year-old program enabling Girl Scout cookies to be sold via mobile apps and the girls’ personalized websites.

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Keystone Trails Association, the statewide voice of Pennsylvania’s hikers, is offering two winter hikes along the Appalachian Trail in the Palmerton area in January. Both hikes will start at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

The Appalachian Trail is Pennsylvania’s most well-known trail. It stretches over 2,100 miles from Georgia to Maine and is enjoyed by millions of hikers each year.

Monday, December 14, 2015
Pam Paquin poses with an “accidental fur” raccoon neck muff. Paquin’s company, Petite Mort, uses roadkill fur harvested from animal carcasses culled with the help of highway departments and animal control officers. AP PHOTO

BOSTON — Pamela Paquin’s source for fashion is either “tres chic” or will make you shriek.

She creates neck muffs, leg warmers, hats, purses and more from roadkill, or “accidental fur,” as she prefers to call it.

As owner of Petite Mort Furs, a 2-year-old Boston-area company, she said she’s offering the fur industry an alternative to wild fur trapping and large-scale fur farms.

“All this fur is being thrown away,” Paquin said. “If we can pick that up, we never have to kill another fur-bearing animal again.”

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Todd Smolinsky

Mauch Church Trust announces the following moves within the organization:

• A. Michael Prock, well-known in the community as the branch manager for both the Hometown and West Penn branch offices of the Mauch Chunk Trust Company, has recently accepted the position of business banker within the organization.

Prock joined MCT in 2007 and brought with him more than 20 years of banking experience.

In his new role, Prock is responsible for business development and client relationship management in the greater Tamaqua and Hometown areas.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Ashley Huttenstine and Matthew Rimbey Copyright - Melania Marta Photography http://melaniamphotography.com

Bret and Linda Huttenstine of Hazleton have announced the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Lynn, to Matthew Rimbey, son of Patrice and Tom Rimbey, also of Hazleton.

The bride-to-be received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and secondary education from Elizabethtown College in 2012, and her master’s degree in science education from Lebanon Valley College in 2015.

She is a chemistry teacher at Norwalk High School in Connecticut.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I was sitting in warm sunshine next to a pond when a woman called out a warning:

“Don’t go near the alligators, she said, clearly indicating she thought I was too close to the water. She said if I got too close, an alligator might jump up and pull me under.

In Florida, one has to assume an alligator might, just might, be in any body of water. Some people are paranoid at the thought.

I know one woman who screams in fright whenever she sees one floating by, even if the alligator is far away.