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Monday, November 14, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Five generations of the Willing family were together recently,

including Sophie Nichole Kephart, 3 months old, held by her mother,

Elizabeth Kephart of San Antonio, Texas. With them are, standing, from left, Sherry Mann of Elverson,

great-grandmother; and Shirley Oswald of Temple, grandmother; and,

seated, right, former Tamaqua resident

Margaret Willing of

Orwigsburg,

great-great-grandmother.

Monday, November 14, 2011
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Four young adults were confirmed during services at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua Nov. 6. They are Tyler Hill, Lacie McManus, Matthew Sargent and William Butler. With the confirmands are confirmation supervisor Deb Davies and Zion interim pastor the Rev. Jeffry Kistler. Confirmation was postponed one week due to the early winter storm the previous Sunday. Confirmands and their families were guests at a reception following the service.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Two years ago, Nicole Boggs found herself struggling in her third grade classes at Panther Valley Elementary.

Homework and assignments were difficult for the young Lansford girl, and learning wasn't fun.

"I just didn't get it," the 11-year-old said of her lessons.

But, through the Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program, which provides SHINE students with 32 weeks of afterschool activities during the school year; as well as nine weeks of summer home visits, Boggs now proudly says she enjoys school.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The duo of "Mike and Jim" will perform at H.T.O. Services "Adult Night Out" Friday. Jim Cimms, left, and Mike Jackson, right, will follow the Barbershop quartet, "Easy Listening," featuring Ronald Beltz, Delroy Steigerwalt, Tom Zimmerman and Ed Wassmer.

H.T.O. Services, a community-based activity center in Lansford, will host an Adult Night Out at 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 11.

This fall concert fundraiser will feature two local groups, who will perform for the evening's entertainment. Money raised will help cover the cost of additional programs at the center.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The 2011 Panther Valley Drama Club will perform a comical murder mystery on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at Panther Valley High School's auditorium.

This year's production will introduce newlyweds Freddie and Christine Franklin, who have decided to spend their honeymoon at "Wilcox's Family Bed and Breakfast." The inn is owned and operated by Christine's sweet (sometimes) old Aunt Gretchen.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? One of your guests' first impressions is your front door, so make sure it is warm and welcoming.

It's not too late to create a silk floral wreath, filled with the glorious hues of an autumn afternoon.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Jolene Busher always had a passion for the history of Northeast Pennsylvania.

As she was growing up, her mother would take her to Eckley Miners' Village in Luzerne County, where she would visit her grandmother, who worked in the "Company Store," and play in the streets of the town, much like children did over a century ago.

Throughout her high school and college career, the Weatherly native portrayed a number of characters at Eckley Miners' Village; and witnessed the struggles and triumphs of the former residents through her volunteering and work.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Brian Buzik portrays Martin Luther hammering his Ninety-five Theses to the Castle Church door during a re-enactment at a special Reformation service held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning.

In a combined effort of the four Lutheran churches of the Panther Valley; Zion, Trinity, St. Paul's and St. John's, a special Reformation service was held at the Zion Lutheran Church in Nesquehoning on Sunday.

The service, which was originally slated for Oct. 30, honored Martin Luther who on Oct. 31, 1517 hammered his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This single act, which was intended to spark academic discussion with the Catholic Church, ended up being the start of the Protestant Reformation.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MOUNT POCONO – Have you ever dreamed of appearing in a feature film? Have you always wanted to walk the red carpet on opening night? On Nov. 19 you'll get your chance during an open casting call and movie screening to be held at Mount Airy Casino Resort.

In addition to Vincent Pastore, who played Salvatore Bonpensiero on The Sopranos, actor William DeMeo and director Paul Borghese will be seeking new faces and new talent for an upcoming movie, which will begin shooting in spring/summer 2012.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Lori and Cesar Fernandez are thrilled with the response from the community to the Partners in Caring Coat Drive held at Kinsely's ShopRite Market in Brodheadsville. Lori is Kinsley's controller and Cesar is Kinsley's front-end manager.

"We have excellent customers," says Cesar Fernandez, front-end manager of Kinsley's ShopRite Market in Brodheadsville. "They really came through with our coat drive."

In its Partners in Caring Coat Drive, which ended Oct. 31, over 500 gently-used and some brand new, coats and jackets were donated. Gloves, hats, scarves were also donated. An organization that knits and crochets, donated several hand-knitted gloves, mittens and scarves.