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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.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A free Alzheimer's Support Group for dementia caregivers 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 next meeting will be Dec. 7.

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 on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or email dipper38@ptd.net.

Friday, December 2, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS The newly-elected board of directors for the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater included, Jonathan Rodgers, seated, president; and standing, from left, Barbara Maloney, executive board member; Josiah Behrens, secretary; and Marissa Miller, treasurer. Zane Bachert is also an executive board member.

It's been a bit of a tumultuous year for the Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theater, and one filled with a lot of changes.

In March, CSCT founder Janet Sager handed over the reins of the group to its members.

A veteran of the Broadway stage and longtime area teacher, choreographer, performer, director and costumer, Sager had been the driving force behind the theater group.

Friday, December 2, 2011
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St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave. (Heights) in Jim Thorpe will welcome the public to its fourth annual Creche/Nativity Display on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

This year's display will feature close to 250 different nativity items made from a variety of materials such as pewter, tin, cloth, ceramic, wood, bees wax and more.

The items range in age from new to very old. There are nativities on display with figures that are barely an inch high, and others that are a couple of feet tall.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

To help compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the TIMES NEWS, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as in our satellite offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free up to six months after the wedding. After the deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the TIMES NEWS.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Betty Springer

Betty Springer, Tamaqua, celebrated her 99th birthday Oct. 8 with friends and family at the Restaurant at the Station in Tamaqua.

She was born and raised in her Cottage Avenue home on Oct. 8, 1912. She was married to William Springer, who passed away in February of 2007. They had three children, a daughter, Alice Roberts from Fayetteville, and two sons, Dr. Daniel W. Springer from Ephrata and Charles D. Springer from Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
This product image courtesy of West Elm shows nature inspired ornaments including animals, snowflakes and pine cones. Winsome bottle-brush natural fiber ornaments, in animal shapes like foxes, bears, owls and raccoons can be charming decor for your tree this holiday season. (AP Photo/West Elm)

There's nothing quite like a winter walk through snowy woods. This holiday season, trend watchers are encouraging us to bring some of those evocative, forest-y elements home to decorate our outdoor and indoor spaces.

It's a look that's soothing and seasonal, and easy to attain without spending tons of money.

Simple and natural are where it's at this year; spike if you wish with a bit of bling or a festive bow. You can buy or scrounge your greenery locally, and add a few found or inexpensive elements.

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Anna T. Trudich

Anna T. Trudich celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday.

She was born Nov. 27, 1912 in Lansford. She lived in Summit Hill, West Virginia and White Bear, but has spent most of her life in the Tamaqua area.

Anna was married to John Trudich Sr. until his passing.

She is a member of St. Peter and Paul's Church in Tamaqua.

She has six children: John Trudich Jr., Eleanor Hodge, Betty Peper, Peter Trudich Sr., Rose Beiswenger and Mike Trudich.