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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

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.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Kimberly S. Noel, editor of Lifestyles Over 50, will speak at the January meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

A certified senior adviser and owner of Spectrum Senior Consultants, Noel will share her story about how she transformed her experience and talent into a regional magazine designed for older adults.

Friday, December 14, 2012
From left are Skylar Francesco, McKenzie Lazar and Crystal Nase as they examine several Civil War era photographs during the Traveling Trunk program at Panther Valley Middle School.

The Panther Valley Middle School is celebrating the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which will be observed in 2013, through a traveling trunk from the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Teachers, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Wank, and Mr. Evanko, are using the clothing items, personal belongings, pastime activities, photographs, literature, and music provided in the trunk in their classes to help students appreciate the daily life of a Civil War soldier.

The trunk was borrowed through the joint effort of the middle school library and the PTO.

Friday, December 14, 2012
@$:April L. Gosnell and David W. DeLay

April Leona Gosnell and David William DeLay, both of Alexandria, Va., have announced their engagement.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Debrah and Glenn Gosnell of Clarksville, Ohio.

She graduated from Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Ohio, in 2007. In 2011 she graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in professional writing.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of David and Linda DeLay of Tamaqua. He is a 2005 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dancers from Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts in Lehighton are spreading holiday cheer to local families. The staff, students and families of DWK are proud to have supported the Toys for Tots program for over 15 years. Some of the many dancers who donated toys include, from left, Madison Freeby, Jamie Sullivan, Riley Zimmerman, Tahlulah Bravo, Jenna Kroboth, Sadie Monk, Paige Fronheiser and Myah Bracero.