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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).

Thursday, November 17, 2011
Weatherly SGA hosts semi formal

The Weatherly Area High School Student Government Association held its semi-formal dance on Saturday at Genetti's. The king and queen and their court were announced during the event. Crowned king and queen were Samson Walton and Tracy Galada. Back row, from left are second runners-up Derek Filloy and Nicole Bachart; and first runners-up Jaime Dougherty and Matthew Cullen.

Monday, November 14, 2011

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or drop her an email at dipper38@ptd.net.

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.