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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The highlight of the Bach and Handel Chorale's Fall Concert season is the chorale's performance of George Frideric Handel's sacred oratorio "Messiah," at 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Joining the chorale is a Festival Orchestra and guest soloists, all of whom have sung with the chorale in previous concerts.

Heidi Hayes sings soprano and Jennifer Brown-Laubach contralto. Singing tenor is Jeffrey Dinsmore, while Richard Johnson sings bass.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Students from Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts, Lehighton, have been collecting toys for Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League Toys for Tots. Dancers donating toys received a free gift from the school's dancewear boutique. Some of Santa's little helpers include, front from left, Hope Maiatico, Aariana Huttie, Angeline Castagna, Lillian Brown, Jenna Kroboth and Kaitlyn Shlanta. Middle row, Jordyn Zwetolitz, Haley Haggerty, Mackenzie Sabatino, Elizabeth Anthony, Cassie Huttie, Brianna Holtzer and Brittany Semmel.

Friday, December 9, 2011
A sweet 'Homecoming'

It was a dream come true for Candy Repsher Knappenberger.

Last Friday, the local cake decorator and sugar artist not only got to meet her childhood heroes, she created a cake just for them.

A lifelong fan of the 1970s television show "The Waltons," the Lehighton woman was watching reruns on the Gospel Music Channel with her husband a couple weeks ago, when she saw a commercial about a showing of "The Homecoming" at a theater in Jersey City, N.J. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Christmas movie.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Local students win state level NACD poster contest

Brynn Wentz and Tiffany Belletiere were two of five state winners of the 2011 National Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest. Their entries will now move on to the national level with judging to take place in early February.

The two won the Carbon County Conservation District competition last spring with their poster entries depicting the theme, "Forests for People: More Than You Can Imagine!"

Brynn, 6, who likes to draw people, was very excited when her mother told her about the contest. Her poster is a drawing of her family planting trees.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS  Larry and Rose Minster of Penn Forest Township have been collecting Santas for most of their married life.

hen you first walk into the Minster's Penn Forest Township home, it looks a little like the North Pole.

But instead of busy little elves, you quickly realize it's the Jolly Old Elf himself who seems to have taken over every nook, cranny and surface in the spacious living room and open kitchen.

You realize too, ironically, that the Minsters Larry with his neat white beard and Rose with her twinkling eyes could easily pass for Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Dec. 12, at the Simon Kramer Institute, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Sitting with their homemade cookies during a recent fundraiser at Christ Church in McKeensburg are volunteers, from left, Susan Mantz, Dorothy Faust, President Helen Koch and Nancy Shellhamer.

Christmas just isn't Christmas without baked treats.

Believe it or not, the word cookie came from the Dutch, meaning "little cake."

In addition to being made popular by the American Dutch, who brought over the holiday treats in the early 17th century, the British also started to indulge in baked treats, as they traditionally use them in their daily tea service.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
JERRY HOARE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Adeste Fidelis (Oh Come all ye Faithful) resonated throughout St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe as the Bach and Handel Chorale began its procession.

Within moments, this historical church with its Tiffany window and its manual Austin Organ was filled with angelic voices that sang well-known Christmas carols such as the "Little Drummer Boy" and not so well known songs such "Gentle Jesus, Gift of Love" and "Mary's Lullaby."

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The group does not meet in January and February, but there is still time for you to attend the Holiday Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 7.

There will be no guest speaker; just some food and drinks and getting to know one another better in a casual holiday setting. Participants should feel free to bring their spouse, friend, or whomever they like.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

Monday, December 5, 2011
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Proud parents Jeanette Pupko, 23 and David Versuk, 25 with newborn daughter Lucy Anna Versuk.

It was the first day of maternity leave for Jeanette Pupko. She spent her day off doing things around the home in preparation for the birth of her first child who was due Nov. 29.

At midnight, Pupko left to pick up soon-to-be daddy, David Versuk from his shift at Trainer's Inn in Lehighton. Upon their return home, Pupko felt the "nesting" instinct kick into full gear and instead of going to sleep, she found herself washing dishes and doing other chores. When she finally did lie down to rest, she started to experience cramping that kept her from falling asleep.