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Thursday, November 29, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: Bruce Costenbader, a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir, portrays a "voice" during the cantata "The Voices of Christmas." In this cantata the story of Christmas was told through the first-person witnesses present at the first Christmas. BELOW: Orchestra members Bob Fatzinger, left, on tympani, Duane Reichard, percussion, and Sarah Snyder, bassoon, perform during "The Voices of Christmas" cantata at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church Sanctuary Choir prepared for the start of the Advent and Christmas seasons with a moving performance of "The Voices of Christmas."

The cantata featured nearly two dozen choir members and guest performers. They were accompanied by a full 20-piece orchestra.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A candle lighting ceremony in honor of Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton.

Worldwide Children's Remembrance Day, held the second Sunday in December, honors the memories of children who have died at any age and from any cause.

Since 1997, a Worldwide Candle Lighting, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Gabrielle Alban

Gabrielle Alban, of Palmerton, will compete this weekend for the title of Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA.

The competition will take place at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2.

The winner of this weekend's pageant will go on to represent Pennsylvania in the Miss Teen USA pageant.

Gabrielle, 17, is a senior at Palmerton Area High School. Her activities include being a soccer manager, playing basketball, softball and indoor soccer. She is also an altar server at Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sophia Samoleski

The Bach and Handel Chorale begins its 29th concert season with a series of Christmas Concerts.

The first takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe.

Concerts will also be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 106 Main St., Ringtown; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road in Trexlertown.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
DAVID W. ROWE/PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

Do you have a burning sensation in your chest after you eat?

Does it feel like something sour is building up in your throat?

Do you have chest pain or find it difficult to swallow sometimes?

Have these symptoms caused restless days and sleepless nights and have lasted for weeks, months or even years?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be one of millions who suffer from a problem known as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Monday, November 26, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jessica Kutza, left, and Mary Ann Dulaney show a "Socks for Seniors" drop-off box. The mother-daughter team is organizing a gift drive for local senior citizens through the national "Socks for Seniors" program, collecting socks, personal care items, and more for residents in local nursing and rehabilitation centers. Donations can be placed in drop-off boxes throughout our area.

Two area residents are working to make the holidays a bit brighter for area seniors.

Mary Ann Dulaney and her daughter Jessica Kutza of Coaldale have organized a "Socks for Seniors" project throughout our area, gathering warm socks and other items to distribute to local seniors.

"Every year, we buy items for local nursing homes. When we heard about the Socks for Seniors program, we thought this would be a great way to grow what we were already doing," said Dulaney.

"Everyone remembers the kids during the holidays, but no one remembers senior citizens."

Monday, November 26, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 3, at Maple Shade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St., Nesquehoning.

The sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, November 26, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS TUFFCAMP, a total-body fitness program based in Lehighton, is now a certified CrossFit gym. CrossFit certified coaches include, from left, Marcy Vincent, Mary Kaye Snyder, Chrissy Mayernik (owner and head coach) and Peter Shanton.

If you're looking to get in shape before the holidays or add a challenging new workout to your week, you have a new option.

TUFFCAMP, a total-body fitness program based in Lehighton, is now a certified CrossFit gym and the first and only CrossFit gym in Carbon County. With the new certification comes a new name: CrossFit TC Unplugged.

Friday, November 23, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Amanda Tertel, left, and Sarah Dalton, volunteers at the Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton, help to set up the "snowman" display at the annual Christmas sale. The Trinity Thrift Store's Christmas sale will continue on Saturday, Monday at Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall in Lehighton.

Want to get a head start on your Christmas shopping, without spending a lot of money?

Stop by the Trinity Christmas sale to find the perfect gifts at bargain prices. The Trinity Thrift Store in Lehighton will continue its annual Christmas Sale this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church's Luther Hall.

All proceeds will benefit the Trinity Food Pantry, which offers emergency food supplies to needy families in the Lehighton Area School District.