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Thursday, December 20, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Jim Thorpe cheerleaders, flags, and majorettes combined efforts for a Pink Night fundraiser during one of this season's football games. The girls sold pink slips of paper for $1 for the two weeks leading up to the game. They linked the slips of paper together to make a chain around the field. The girls also had a bake sale at the game. The three squads raised $916. Last Thursday, Lauren Zurn, representing the cheerleaders, and Rebecca Osbourne, representing the flags, presented the check to Dolly Woody of the Komen NEPA.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ABOVE: Ruthann Kistler, with her Victorian Christmas tree, says the French country dining room is her favorite room. The Kistlers' breakfast room has two smaller trees. One is decorated with her mother's old cookie cutters. The other's ornaments are all dedicated to sweet treats. BELOW: The dining room chandelier in the Kistler home becomes a Christmas focal point with gold ornaments and garland, against the unique ceiling design.

It looked a lot like Christmas when people visited four homes and the Little White Church during the Palmerton Concourse Club's recent Christmas House Tour.

Visitors couldn't help but feel the warmth of hospitality with the beautiful Christmas decorations and welcome they received at each home.

From live piano Christmas music at one home, to a cheery fire blazing in the fireplace at another, they all made it feel like it was indeed, the most wonderful time of the year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Zachary Mark Ward and Jessica True McQuaide, 38 Jefferson St., Weatherly.

Arturo Fontanez, 53 Sassafras Road, Lehighton, and Jessica Marie Swolensky, 510 Craig St., Palmerton.

Brian James Coxe and Brenda Mary Fedoriak, 1207 Packer Drive, Weatherly.

Christopher Michael Kephart and Stephanie Lynn Pierce, 265 Doney Run, Weatherly.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Stewart

Taryn Rehrig, daughter of Timothy and Tammy Rehrig of Lehighton, and Gregory Stewart, son of Robert and Catherine Stewart of Saylorsburg, were married on Oct. 6, 2012 at The Orioles in Lehighton.

District Judge William J. Kissner officiated at the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Melissa Kistler of Andreas as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Adrienne Blasko, Lansford; Sara Techentine, Barnesville; Elizabeth Bogart, Bartonsville; and Vanessa Ahner, Lehighton.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

This is the third column in a series about vision correction.

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. In this column, I'll cover contacts.

There are two basic kinds of contact lenses soft and hard.

Soft lenses, which are thin and gel-like, are the most popular of the two types of contacts. They come in many varieties and they are very comfortable. I never felt them in my eyes. The following are some choices in soft lenses:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A Toys for Tots skating party was sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555 and Girl Scout Troop 34229 on Dec. 8. Admission to the event was one new, unwrapped toy. Close to 60 skaters from various local Scouting units

participated. Sitting on Santa's lap is 4-year-old Natalie Numrich, sister of Cub Scout Eddie. With Mrs. Claus is 4-year-old Jacob Monahan, brother of Cub Scout Ryan. Both of the cubs are from Cub Pack 138.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Scott

Cadi Wernett of Jim Thorpe, and Justin Scott of Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. were united in marriage on Nov. 10, 2012 at The Chapel at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven.

Jim Thorpe Mayor Michael Sofranko officiated the double ring ceremony.

The daughter of Gail and Michael Wernett Sr. of Jim Thorpe, the bride was given in marriage by her father. She chose her cousin, Marcy Walck of Jim Thorpe, to be her maid of honor.

Josh Sierak of Aberdeen, Md. was the best man.

A reception at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, followed the ceremony.

Monday, December 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Choir members Shirley Frantz, standing left, and Bob Keller perform a duet during the Ben Salem senior choir's annual Christmas cantata.

The Ben Salem U.C.C. Senior Choir shared a touching reminder of the "reason for the season" with their annual Christmas Cantata this weekend.

The cantata, "Thou Shall Call His Name … Jesus," told the Christmas story from the perspective of those who witnessed it, including the shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph; and those living around the time of Jesus' birth who longed for the promised coming of a savior.

Monday, December 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: The Rev. Jeremy Benack, left, and members of Grace Community Church shared hot chili, soup and cocoa with people at the second annual cash giveaway as part of Lansford Days of Christmas. With Benack are, from left, Christopher Vogel, Len Sniscak, David Wapensky, Frank Allesch, Amber Miller and son Alexander Miller. BELOW: Winners of the Christmas cash giveaway are front, from left, Jessica Foberg, $50; Rosanna Gonzalez, $100; Elizabeth Leonard, $250; and Jen Miller, $500; and back, Dr. Adam Teichman of PA Foot and Ankle Associates stands with $100 winner Grace Kondertavage and David Benevy of Lansford Alive.

The sound of holiday music filled Ridge Street on Saturday as Lansford Alive, in conjunction with PA Foot and Ankle Associates, held the second annual $1,000 cash giveaway as part of Lansford Days of Christmas.

Approximately 500 people turned out for the drawing that was held early in the afternoon.

In an effort to encourage shoppers to support Lansford businesses, Lansford Alive started the Lansford Days of Christmas in 2011.

This year, 18 local businesses participated in and sponsored the event which started on Dec. 1.

Friday, December 14, 2012
Kristin Maurer and Joshua Britton

The engagement of Kristin Lynn Maurer to Joshua Aaron Britton, both of Conshocken, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Nina Maurer of Nesquehoning. She is a 1999 graduate of Panther Valley High School.

She graduated from Shippensburg University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. She is currently employed as a medical editor at The National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Cindy Nearhoof Britton and the late Randall Britton of Osceola Mills, Pa.