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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.

Bridget McFadden is not your average teenager.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School junior has had an extensive career as a cheerleader, comes from a musically-talented family, and has a passion for the arts.

Now, the 16-year-old can also add published writer to her high school résumé.

McFadden wrote a short story about a personal experience that was recently published in the October issue of Teen Ink, an international magazine for teens written by teens.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Award-winning author Autumn Jordan will conduct a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palmerton Area Library.

She will sign copies of her newest release, "In the Presence of Evil."

A blurb from the book is as follows: Gina's upcoming Christmas looks bleak when she is framed for the murder of her boss. The only way she can stay out of jail is to accept help from the man who broke her heart years ago.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Editor's note: This is the piece, written by Bridget McFadden, that was published in Teen Ink's October magazine.

Bright lights flicker on and off. Music is blaring from the speakers. A man's voice comes on.

"Up next is Jim Thorpe High School. Now let's hear it for Lebanon Cedars!"

The crowd went crazy. My heart pounds as loud as a gong. My stomach feels like I'm about to revisit everything I ate that day. My hands are suddenly drenched in sweat and shaking. My teammates notice.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival committee has announced that the 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas is Madelyn Jones, 8, a third-grade student at the Tamaqua Elementary School, and the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones of Tamaqua.

Balloting for Little Miss Spirit of Christmas took placed Nov. 14-25 at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Eleven girls, in third through fifth grades in the Tamaqua Area School District, including St. Jerome Regional School, participated in the holiday contest.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Preparing to sing a song of Thanksgiving are, from left, Julia Smith, Jesse Waksmunski, Grace Gruber, Timothy Arace and Paige Reph.

Dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, students at Jack and Jill Preschool, Lehighton, celebrated the goodness of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, with songs and homemade treats for their families.

It was the 25th year for the annual event. Some of the songs the 4- and 5-year-olds sang included "Albuquerque is a Turkey," "Lord We Thank Thee For This Food," and "If You're Happy and You Know It."

The children's costumes were made by their parents or guardians.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The third annual Breakfast with Santa will take place at Roadies Restaurant at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The event is sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, Penn's Peak, Roadies Restaurant and Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Breakfast with Santa will benefit children through the local Dream Come True Chapter, with a donation of $1 from every breakfast.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sweet smooch

Shannon Serfass caught this candid moment of her tender tots as her son, Bradley, 3 gave his sister, Brooke, 1, a sweet smooch as they were walking in a field on their farm. "I caught this picture just in time. I didn't even ask them to do this," she says. They are the Grandest Kids of Mammy and Pappy, (Winnie and Stephen Serfass of Kunkletown) and Nona, (Darlene Mosteller of Jim Thorpe.) They are also the Great-Grandest Kids of Great-Grandpappy, (John Serfass of Kunkletown.) Bradley loves his tractors and being outdoors. Brooke loves her doll babies and coloring.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Nesquehoning Mayor Tony Walck and members of the Nesquehoning Junior Recreation Committee met on Monday to prepare fruit and candy bags for homebound elderly residents of Nesquehoning. The JRC has been assembling baskets for the seniors for the past four years. Holding the prepared bags are, front row from left, Madison Heckman, Alexis Cooper and Jacob Taras. Back row, Samantha Zlock, Kelsey Van Horn, Megan Heckman, Richelle Van Horn and Jordan Devitt. The group prepared 25 baskets that will be taken to the Panther Valley Senior Center today for distribution.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nicole Fischer and Amanda Yusella are at different phases of their lives.

Fischer is aspiring to become a teacher and is currently a freshman at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

Yusella has already earned her teaching degree from Kutztown University and is a teacher at East Penn Elementary in Lehighton.

One program, though, has helped both young women prepare in their journey toward becoming an educator: the 21st Century Carbon and Schuylkill SHINE Afterschool Program.

Thursday, November 17, 2011
LEFT: Oliva Haydt (Joanne) and Brent Harris (Jesus) rehearse a scene from Godspell. BELOW: Robert Fatzingerperforms a musicalnumber as cast members look on. Godspell will be performed in Tamaqua this weekend at Zion Lutheran Church.

"Prepare ye the way of the Lord," and while you are at it, prepare yourself to see Godspell this weekend at Zion Lutheran Church in Tamaqua. Showtime is 7 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 18; and Saturday, Nov. 19.

The popular musical, which opened on Broadway in 1971, is a production of H.T.O. Services Spotlights. It is being presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).