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Monday, December 9, 2013

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will offer the opportunity to create several Christmas crafts at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13 at the center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill.

CCEEC will provide all the materials, including grapevines, birch logs and other natural materials. Please bring a glue gun and any small decorations that you would like to use or share.

All ages are welcome. There is a nominal fee per craft.

Monday, December 9, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Bach and Handel Chorale's board of directors who performed at the concert included, front row from left, Mary DiGioia Bogin, Leta Thompson and Randall Douglas Perry. Back row: Cynthia Kern, Susan Hand and Angela Mosley.

The Bach and Handel Chorale ushered in its holiday concert season Saturday with the first two of four Christmas concerts.

The chorale offered two Christmas concerts this weekend at the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe, led by chorale founder Randall Douglas Perry and associate conductor Angela Mosley. Two additional concerts will be held next weekend in Ringtown and Trexlertown.

Friday, December 6, 2013
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS This nativity, owned by Mitzi McElhenney of Walnutport, is on display at the Lutheran Church of St. John in Jim Thorpe during the sixth annual

The lower level of the Lutheran Church of St. John (located in the heights section of Jim Thorpe) is brimming over with the true spirit of Christmas.

The sixth Annual Indoor Nativity Display will be held at the church, which is located at 319 South Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon until 5 p.m. each day.

Nativity sets and related items on display range from newly purchased to very old family heirlooms.

The items belong to church members who are dedicated collectors and to those who have received the symbol of the season as gifts.

Friday, December 6, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Ben Salem Hand Bell Choir will offer their annual free Christmas concert this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Members of the choir include, front row from left: Barbara Snowberger, LaVaun Shanton, Kelsey McElvar, Marlene Reiner and Cathy Smith. Second row: Julie Diehl, Evalynn Kuehner, Kira Kuehner and Susan McElvar. Back row: Denise Gerber, Melissa Kistler, Kimberly Lusch, Dorothy Eberts and director Shirley Kline. Not shown is choir member Carly Smith.

The Ben Salem UCC Hand Bell Choir in Lehighton will offer its annual Christmas concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include joint performances by the hand bell choir and Ben Salem's contemporary worship team, Daybreak.

There is no charge to attend the concert, nor will there be a freewill offering.

"We are blessed at this church to have an enormous amount of musical talent. We want to share it with our friends and neighbors throughout the community," said hand bell choir director Shirley Kline.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1988 held its 25-year reunion on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Sokol Hall in Palmerton. The following classmates attended: seated on the floor: Bobbi Shupp and Denise Mistretta Lane. Second row: Barry Wentz, Kyle Ahner, Kristine Eckhart, Joleene Arndt Evengelist, Don Nelson, Harold Boyer and Jeff Handerk. Third row: Ron Kessler, Deann Santee Bonser, Lisa Festermaker Wentzel, George Strohl, Scott Markley, Shawn Quinn, Mike Carty, Rob Snyder, Stacy George Burnett, Marcy Connell Zelinsky and Gary Deiter.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Rebecca L. Duncan and Robert G. Gerhard, 15 N. Hancock St., McAdoo.

Ann E. Fishber, 85 Stonehedge Lane, Tamaqua R.D., and Michael J. Matsago, 217 Chestnut St., Tuscarora, Schuylkill Township.

Negon Dorward and William Burkit, 664 Franklin Avenue, Palmerton.

Sara Elise Behler, 615 Tuscarora Mountain Road, Barnesville, and Francis Walter Flexler, 290 Marian Avenue, Tamaqua R.D.

Molly Mae Petro, 400 Spruce St., Tamaqua, and Alvard Sanchez-Hijuitl, 302 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

As of today we are just three weeks away from Christmas, and if you are anything like me (and just about everyone else I know), you're pretty busy about now.

There's decorating to do, as well as shopping, gift wrapping, writing Christmas cards, grocery shopping, meal planning, cookie baking and maybe even a party or two.

I'm exhausted just writing that.

But wait; in addition to all that extra work, you still have a hungry family sitting around the table, waiting for dinner.

Not to worry. I've got you covered.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Q. How successful are heart transplants?

The survival rates for heart transplants have improved steadily since the first successful human heart transplants were done in the late 1960s.

Almost 9 out of 10 patients survive the first year following a heart transplant. After five years, the survival rate drops to about 7 in 10.

After 10 years, the rate drops again to about 5 in 10. After 20 years, about 1.5 in 10 are still ticking.

Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are now performed each year in more than 150 heart-transplant centers in the United States

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Shingles vaccines are available for those over 60.

You have chills, aches on one side of your body and flu-like symptoms but you don't have the flu.

Then a painful rash appears.

If you had the chickenpox as a child, you could be the one in every three Americans who will experience shingles.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster, "is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Shingles cannot be passed from person to person, but the virus that causes shingles, the varicella zoster virus, can be spread from a person with active shingles to a person who has never had chickenpox.

In such cases, the person exposed to the virus might develop chickenpox, but they would not develop shingles.

The virus is spread through direct contact with fluid from the rash blisters, not through sneezing, coughing or casual contact.