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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Marian High School students have been busy spreading holiday cheer to the young and old alike. For the 11th year in a row, the school community sponsored a "Giving Tree" to be distributed through the Catholic Charities, Allentown Diocese, Catholic Social Services, Scranton Diocese and Birth Rite of Schuylkill County. Thanks to the enormous generosity of students, parents, faculty, staff and administration, dozens of gifts will be delivered to children and adults ranging in age from newborn to 20 years of age.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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The Bach and Handel Chorale on Saturday performed Handel's "Messiah" during a sold-out show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. The chorale was joined by the Festival Orchestra and soloists.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House was a fitting setting for the concert. The sounds of the chorale and 20-piece Festival Orchestra swelled to fill the historic opera house, now maintained by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

This performance of "Messiah" was dedicated to tenor Rick Hand, who was a member of the Chorale from 2001 until his passing this year.

Monday, December 19, 2011
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With a new board committed to return to the leadership style that had led to the group's former successes, the Carbon County Art League is positioned to embark upon the road to recovery and growth in 2012.

Established in 1984, in the following 20 years Art League membership had swelled to 100. Then, the organization floundered after a sudden loss of leadership, and failing to quickly reestablish a new leadership, saw its membership decline to one-third of that number over the following years.

Monday, December 19, 2011
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Music students in the Panther Valley School District showed off their musical talents during a Christmas Band Concert. This year there was an addition to the show. The elementary school band showed off its talent under the direction of Karen Grebousky for the first time. This was followed by a flute duet by Samantha Janner with Grebousky playing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Away in a Manger." The middle school band, directed by Joseph Ogozalek, played Christmas tunes, followed by the high school band, directed by Mark Christ.

Friday, December 16, 2011
Above and left, Susan Paul

"Slaves used secret codes and messages in quilts to help each other find the way to freedom," said Susan E. Paul of Minersville, during her informative lecture held recently at the Tamaqua Public Library called "Quilting a Path to Freedom."

Paul, a graduate of Tamaqua High School and teacher by profession, talked about how slaves and members of the Underground Railroad would utilize sewing methods, hidden compartments and messages in quilts, which would communicate coded messages to slaves and helpers concerning what to do on the trip, what to wear and even where to go.

Friday, December 16, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Winners in the beginner level of the annual holiday ornament contest are, from left, Shayla Conner, third; Alex Hawk, honorable mention; Alianna Hernandez, second; Abigail Hernandez, honorable mention; and Lynea Reiner, first. Missing from the photo is Clara Modica, who received an honorable mention.

The Penn State Cooperative Extension Office in Carbon County recently held its annual holiday ornament contest for 4-H members.

Georgia Farrow, program assistant and youth development/4-H, said this is the 12th year the extension has held the contest.

She noted that one of the reasons the extension office sponsors the annual contest is to bring awareness to the Christmas tree industry, which is one of the leading agricultural industries in the county.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
MICHAEL A. HEERY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lehighton Area Middle School Art Seminar students will host an art sale Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium, in conjunction with the holiday music program. Showcasing some of the artwork are, seated left to right, Adriana Scherer and Olivia Hine. Standing are Marissa Freeby, Madison Teno, Jenna Beck, Alyssa Jordan and LAMS art teacher Diane Micheletti.

Lehighton Area Middle School Art Seminar students will host an art sale on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the school gymnasium, in conjunction with the holiday music program.

It will be open during the performances.

All proceeds from this inaugural art sale will benefit the students' spring field trip to The Banana Factory a visual arts and education campus in Bethlehem.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High School Drama Club members, from left, Amy Hudock, Savannah Michel, Emy Rasim, Nathan Goodhile, Austin Rabenold and Jason Peters (in the back in the judging stand), rehearse in preparation for the fall production to take place 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium.

In the mood to be entertained?

If the answer to that query is in the affirmative, then make it a point to attend the Palmerton Area High School Drama Club's fall production.

Those who do are in for a real treat when the drama club performs two featured plays at 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium.

Brent Harris, drama coach, said the two plays will be "The Trail of the Big Bad Wolf" and "A Rose for Emily."

Harris said "The Trail of the Big Bad Wolf" follows the events that take place after the traditional tales of the wolf and the three little pigs.

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
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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.