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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Bach and Handel Chorale perform during their annual Christmas Concert at St. Mark's Church in Jim Thorpe. The chorale will offer two more concerts this season on Dec. 11 in Ringtown and Dec. 12 in Coaldale.

The Bach and Handel Chorale ushered in the Christmas season this weekend at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Jim Thorpe, treating a standing-room-only crowd to classic and contemporary Christmas favorites. The sold out performance was the first of several Christmas concerts this year.

The chorale entered the sanctuary in candle-lit processional, singing the a cappella "Adeste Fidelis." Members wore their traditional black attire, made festive with green silk scarves and red bow ties.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BabyNames.com has released the top most popular baby names of 2010 and the winners are Sophia and Aidan. The most popular name lists are compiled each year from the preferences of millions of visitors to the BabyNames.com website.

"Aidan is still the clear favorite for boys," says Jennifer Moss, co-founder of BabyNames.com, "It has been at the top of the list since 2003."

Monday, December 6, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS A pre-lit pine garland, some unbreakable ornaments, and a little wire are about all you really need to create a fabulous Christmas decoration.

You can welcome holiday guests this season with a beautifully-decorated garland gracing the entrance to your home.

This project offers maximum impact for minimum cash.

Similar garlands can easily run well over $130 from high end specialty stores, while this one cost less than $25 (including the bows).

Friday, December 3, 2010

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania man had more than a twinkle in his eye when he proposed marriage.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael Busin's proposal itself was twinkling. That's because his proposal was written out in a string of Christmas lights that his girlfriend was invited to turn on Friday night, as part of a display Busin and his father erected at their home in Neshannock Township, about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

The lights said, "Lina Will You Marry Me?"

Twenty-one-year-old Lina Sansone said yes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Faith Alive United Methodist Church, 678 Pine St., Bowmanstown, will present "The Christmas Song," at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

All are welcome to this free, "heart-stirring dramatic musical presentation," about the birth of Christ.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Bach and Handel Chorale will bring angelic voices and Christmas music at a special holiday concert at The Angela Triplex Theatre, 133 E. Phillip St., Coaldale. The event begins 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12.

Founded in 1984, The Bach and Handel Chorale has performed many holiday performances for audiences in and around Carbon County.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Amanda M. Motroni, 7 Ardmore Ave., Tamaqua R.D., and Ricardo Hernandez Rubio, 411 E. Broad St., Tamaqua.

Thursday, December 2, 2010
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Halle Sargent, left, and Kaitlin Feller, right, both of Jim Thorpe, will portray angels in this weekend's Live Nativity in Jim Thorpe. The event runs from 7-9 both Friday and Saturday at Sam Miller Field.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Jim Thorpe parishes of Ebenezer Evangelical, St. John's Lutheran In-The Heights, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church will stage a Live Nativity at Sam Miller's Field on North Avenue in the heights section of Jim Thorpe in conjunction with the first weekend of Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe. The theme of Olde Time Christmas this year is "Light the Way."

The Live Nativity, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 7-9 p.m., is under the direction of Sharon Hontz, who is assisted by Jean Dunbar.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The gymnasium of the Panther Valley High School was recently transformed from a place of exercise to a place of formal tradition, as the Panther Battalion JROTC held its annual Military Ball.

"The decorations were fantastic and beautiful," said cadet Chelsea Digiglio.

The cadets socialized in the lobby of the high school, snacking on cheese, crackers, fruits, vegetables and a chocolate fountain, as they mingled, waiting for the receiving line to begin.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

James Harrison Rehrig and Shannon Brandy Roth, 222 Bankway, Lehighton.