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Monday, December 10, 2012
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Community members gathered at SS. Peter and Paul School's annual Christmas Festival and Gift Shop this weekend to support the school and get into the holiday spirit. All proceeds from the festival benefit the school, which offers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade instruction. At left, a snowman greets passersby near the entrance to SS. Peter and Paul's Gift Shop. Above, children ride the trolley between SS. Peter and Paul School's Christmas Festival and Gift Shop, which were located in different buildings. The short trolley ride is a favorite of young and old alike.

Friday, December 7, 2012
Palmerton Girl Scouts adopt soldier in Afghanistan

Young Girl Scouts in Palmerton are learning an important lesson this holiday season: It is better to give than to receive.

The Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts of Troop 301 have adopted a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan as their annual service project. They marked the start of the holiday season by preparing gifts and homemade cards to mail to their adopted soldier and her unit members.

"Every year we have a service project. This year we wanted to find a soldier to support," said Troop 301 leader Tammy Stetler, who leads a group of nine girls in kindergarten through second grade.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Dec. 10, at the Simon Kramer Institute, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia.

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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

SS. Peter and Paul School will host its annual Christmas Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, at the school. The festival will also feature the sixth annual "One-Stop" Holiday Gift Shop on Saturday only.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit the pre-K through eighth-grade school.

"We have a lot of different things going on during the festival," said Michele Bauder, festival co-chair and a PTO volunteer at SS. Peter and Paul School.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO This detailed creche is an example of some of the nativities that will be on display this weekend at the Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights in Jim Thorpe.

The Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, 319 South Ave. in Jim Thorpe, will hosts its 5th Annual Creche/Nativity Display at the church this coming Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

A new feature this year, is a shuttle bus that will be in service both days to pick up passengers at the downtown train station, and transport them to the church and back to the train station.

The shuttle will run on the half-hour.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Bernice Snyder celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 3.

Bernice Snyder, a resident at Mahoning Valley Nursing and Retirement Center, turned 100 years old on Dec. 3, 2012.

She celebrated the event with a huge birthday party with 55 members of her family at the City View Dinner in Whitehall on Saturday.

Nearly every grandchild, great-grandchild and great-great-grandchild attended the festive event. There are 58 people in her extended family.

Bernice was born in Nesquehoning, which is where she also grew up. She was married to Kenneth Snyder. He passed away in 1966.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Cass Chies, center and Susan Choy, right, co-chairs of Palmerton Concourse Club's 2012 Christmas House Tour, watch as Ruthann Kistler puts final touches to her home's decorations. Her home is one of four featured on the tour this Saturday. "I've appreciated what the Concourse Club had done for our community for years, and it's my pleasure to support them in this way," says Kistler.

If you need a little Christmas this season, or to help you get in the Christmas holiday mood, the Palmerton Concourse Club invites you to its 2012 Christmas House Tour, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. If there is inclement weather, it will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-5 p.m.

Thanks to the homeowners' hospitality, this year the Christmas House Tour will feature four Palmerton homes and the Little White Church.

Tuesday, December 4, 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, located at Second and Iron streets in 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, believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, has created a 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone at 7 p.m. local time.