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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

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.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
ABOVE: Marmee (Michelle Stoudt) sings to Jo (Jessica Schafer) during a dress rehearsal for "Little Women - The Musical."  RIGHT: Rehearsing a party scene are cast members, from left, Shirley Rodgers, Jim Cimms, Caitlin Connolly, Marissa Miller and Laura Williams.

Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater will perform Little Women The Musical this weekend at the Lehighton Borough Annex Auditorium, located at 110 North Third St., Lehighton.

The production, based on the much-loved book by Louisa May Alcott, is the community theater group's holiday offering.

"Little Women is a story that has been loved by many generations for its amazing story line," says director Zane Bachert. "Little Women The Musical takes that beautiful story line and adds some beautiful songs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Ben Salem Handbell Choir and Daybreak, Ben Salem UCC's contemporary worship team, perform together during the choir's annual Christmas concert.

Ben Salem UCC hosted its annual Christmas handbell concert this weekend, featuring the Ben Salem Handbell Choir.

The handbell choir began the concert by proceeding into the church while playing "O Come All Ye Faithful."

An introduction was offered by handbell choir director Shirley Kline, who welcomed the crowd to Ben Salem and thanked all for attending. The choir then began a portion of the program called "Christmas Around the World," featuring popular Christmas and holiday songs from other countries and cultures.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ÿ I'm always trying new recipes, but my favorite time saver is to alter a box cake. I follow the directions on a white cake mix, but substitute 1 cup of the water with fruit purée (baby food). You can also add other flavorings such as extracts and spices. A favorite combination is a box cake with applesauce, cinnamon and mini chocolate chips.

Ÿ Fill your decorating bag by placing it in a plastic cup for support

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ragen Dunton lets her inner cupcake fashionista run wild as she learns different decorating ideas from Daughn Edwards. Her mother, Trina Dunton, looks on.

What's better than cake?

A mini cake.

Or more affectionately known as, the cupcake.

It's the perfect dessert or snack. It fits in your hand no silverware or plate needed.

Cupcakes aren't new to the dessert scene, but they have become quite the celebrities with television shows like "Cupcake Wars," "DC Cupcakes" and "Cupcake Girls." They are also a prominant feature in the half-hour sitcom, "Two Broke Girls."