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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Weatherly High School Student Government Association recently crowned the 2012, homecoming king and queen and their court. The Homecoming King is Joseph Haganey, while Homecoming Queen is Alexis Boyarski. The first runners up were Kevin Hinkle and Tara Galada. The second runners up were Charlie Wallish and a tie between Alexis Berger and Jackie Watkins. Front row, from left, Joey Haganey and Alexis Boyarski. Second row, Charlie Wallish, Kevin Hinkle, Tara Galada, Alexis Berger and Jackie Watkins.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Blue Ridge Communications is asking the public to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home.

The Stockings for Soldiers program is 100 percent funded by public donations.

Donations can be dropped off at any Blue Ridge Communications office before Nov. 14.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Jim Thorpe church working to restore historic organ

St. John's Lutheran Church in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, will host its annual basket and handbag bingo this Sunday, Nov. 11, featuring vintage and retired Longaberger and Vera Bradley.

The event will benefit the church's Kimball organ restoration fund.

Doors open at noon and games will begin at 2 p.m. In addition to bingo, the church will also offer a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, and door prizes.

"This isn't like anything else, between the games and the food. It's unbelievable and unlike any Bingo you've ever seen," said Irene Remmel, event chairperson.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Recognized for excellence in academics and exemplary conduct are Panther Valley Middle School Students of the Month for September. From left are Jessica Buccilli, grade six; Sarah Markovich, grade seven; and Aaron Rohlfing, grade 8. Students received certificates of achievement and gift cards as a reward for their efforts.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 12, at the Schuylkill Medical Center East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

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 5, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Caleb Johnson was crowned homecoming king and Jenny Fronheiser received the honor of homecoming queen at Northern Lehigh High School. The coronations occurred during halftime of the football game between the Bulldogs and the Bangor Slaters.

Monday, November 5, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: First-grade students at SS. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton, wear patriotic attire during the quadrennial presidential election assembly. During the assembly, students learned about the election process as well as the results of the school's mock election. BELOW: Fourth-grade students discuss the current presidential and vice presidential candidates. Students spent several days incorporating the election into their daily lesson plans before the assembly, which was used to share what each grade learned.

The students of SS. Peter and Paul School in Lehighton gathered Friday for their quadrennial presidential election assembly. The assembly was a chance for students to share what they have learned about the presidential election process, and to remind each other of the importance of voting.

"We want our students to be good citizens. This is part of the learning process," said school principal Sherry Sernak. "Each class gets assigned a different part of the nomination process to study. They then give a presentation on what they've learned during the assembly."

Friday, November 2, 2012

Make a lifetime memory this holiday season, by opting to plant a live Christmas tree. If you decide to do so, plan in advance this fall.

First, plan your selection. Consider the ultimate height of your tree at full maturity. Fir, pine and spruce can achieve heights of up to 50 feet or taller, with branch spread of 20-25 feet. Remember when planting a pretty Christmas tree, even one of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree stature, that it is not a foundation plant.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The nationwide Socks for Seniors project has one goal this Christmas: Brighten the life of a senior citizen.

The nonprofit service project works with individuals and organizations throughout the country to gather socks to be distributed in local nursing homes and to local shut-ins and those in need.

"On the surface, a pair of socks can seem pretty insignificant," said Socks for Seniors founder Jamie Coyne, based in Columbus, Ohio.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Bach and Handel Chorale opens its 29th season with a series of Christmas concerts.

The first concert will take place at 3 p.m., Dec. 1, in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. This concert will feature two chorale members as soloists: soprano Angela Mosley and baritone Edward Sayre.

Mosley opens the concert with "Once in Royal David's City" by Henry Gauntlett as the chorale joins her and processes into St. Mark's. Sayre provides the baritone solo for "Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus)" by Pietro A. Yon.