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Thursday, December 20, 2012
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The Jim Thorpe cheerleaders, flags, and majorettes combined efforts for a Pink Night fundraiser during one of this season's football games. The girls sold pink slips of paper for $1 for the two weeks leading up to the game. They linked the slips of paper together to make a chain around the field. The girls also had a bake sale at the game. The three squads raised $916. Last Thursday, Lauren Zurn, representing the cheerleaders, and Rebecca Osbourne, representing the flags, presented the check to Dolly Woody of the Komen NEPA.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ABOVE: Ruthann Kistler, with her Victorian Christmas tree, says the French country dining room is her favorite room. The Kistlers' breakfast room has two smaller trees. One is decorated with her mother's old cookie cutters. The other's ornaments are all dedicated to sweet treats. BELOW: The dining room chandelier in the Kistler home becomes a Christmas focal point with gold ornaments and garland, against the unique ceiling design.

It looked a lot like Christmas when people visited four homes and the Little White Church during the Palmerton Concourse Club's recent Christmas House Tour.

Visitors couldn't help but feel the warmth of hospitality with the beautiful Christmas decorations and welcome they received at each home.

From live piano Christmas music at one home, to a cheery fire blazing in the fireplace at another, they all made it feel like it was indeed, the most wonderful time of the year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Zachary Mark Ward and Jessica True McQuaide, 38 Jefferson St., Weatherly.

Arturo Fontanez, 53 Sassafras Road, Lehighton, and Jessica Marie Swolensky, 510 Craig St., Palmerton.

Brian James Coxe and Brenda Mary Fedoriak, 1207 Packer Drive, Weatherly.

Christopher Michael Kephart and Stephanie Lynn Pierce, 265 Doney Run, Weatherly.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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A Toys for Tots skating party was sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 555 and Girl Scout Troop 34229 on Dec. 8. Admission to the event was one new, unwrapped toy. Close to 60 skaters from various local Scouting units

participated. Sitting on Santa's lap is 4-year-old Natalie Numrich, sister of Cub Scout Eddie. With Mrs. Claus is 4-year-old Jacob Monahan, brother of Cub Scout Ryan. Both of the cubs are from Cub Pack 138.

Monday, December 17, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Choir members Shirley Frantz, standing left, and Bob Keller perform a duet during the Ben Salem senior choir's annual Christmas cantata.

The Ben Salem U.C.C. Senior Choir shared a touching reminder of the "reason for the season" with their annual Christmas Cantata this weekend.

The cantata, "Thou Shall Call His Name … Jesus," told the Christmas story from the perspective of those who witnessed it, including the shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph; and those living around the time of Jesus' birth who longed for the promised coming of a savior.

Monday, December 17, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS ABOVE: The Rev. Jeremy Benack, left, and members of Grace Community Church shared hot chili, soup and cocoa with people at the second annual cash giveaway as part of Lansford Days of Christmas. With Benack are, from left, Christopher Vogel, Len Sniscak, David Wapensky, Frank Allesch, Amber Miller and son Alexander Miller. BELOW: Winners of the Christmas cash giveaway are front, from left, Jessica Foberg, $50; Rosanna Gonzalez, $100; Elizabeth Leonard, $250; and Jen Miller, $500; and back, Dr. Adam Teichman of PA Foot and Ankle Associates stands with $100 winner Grace Kondertavage and David Benevy of Lansford Alive.

The sound of holiday music filled Ridge Street on Saturday as Lansford Alive, in conjunction with PA Foot and Ankle Associates, held the second annual $1,000 cash giveaway as part of Lansford Days of Christmas.

Approximately 500 people turned out for the drawing that was held early in the afternoon.

In an effort to encourage shoppers to support Lansford businesses, Lansford Alive started the Lansford Days of Christmas in 2011.

This year, 18 local businesses participated in and sponsored the event which started on Dec. 1.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Kimberly S. Noel, editor of Lifestyles Over 50, will speak at the January meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network.

A certified senior adviser and owner of Spectrum Senior Consultants, Noel will share her story about how she transformed her experience and talent into a regional magazine designed for older adults.

Friday, December 14, 2012
From left are Skylar Francesco, McKenzie Lazar and Crystal Nase as they examine several Civil War era photographs during the Traveling Trunk program at Panther Valley Middle School.

The Panther Valley Middle School is celebrating the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which will be observed in 2013, through a traveling trunk from the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Teachers, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Wank, and Mr. Evanko, are using the clothing items, personal belongings, pastime activities, photographs, literature, and music provided in the trunk in their classes to help students appreciate the daily life of a Civil War soldier.

The trunk was borrowed through the joint effort of the middle school library and the PTO.

Friday, December 14, 2012
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Dancers from Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts in Lehighton are spreading holiday cheer to local families. The staff, students and families of DWK are proud to have supported the Toys for Tots program for over 15 years. Some of the many dancers who donated toys include, from left, Madison Freeby, Jamie Sullivan, Riley Zimmerman, Tahlulah Bravo, Jenna Kroboth, Sadie Monk, Paige Fronheiser and Myah Bracero.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Franklin Elementary fourth grade students, from left, Hailey Fritz, Jonathan Macsay, Laura Ahner, and Irene Lopez read the music for Silver and Gold during one of three special chime ensembles performed during the school's annual Christmas program on Tuesday.

The halls of Franklin Elementary were alive with the sounds of Christmas music Tuesday morning.

During the school's annual Christmas program, entitled "Christmas Memories," the third- and fourth-grade students treated their peers, teachers and family to a trip into their childhood through a variety of songs and poems. The event was directed by Susan D. Stufflet.

Between songs, a number of students spoke, reciting poetry that fit with the musical selections for the day.