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Thursday, December 1, 2011

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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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Looking for bugs in all the wrong places

One of Bella Brogna's favorite things to do is look for bugs, which she is doing here. This lively 3-year-old is the Grandest Kid of Marlon and Patti Kohan of Palmerton and Karen and Jerry Brogna of Stroudsburg and the Great-Grandest Kid of June Camerini of Tamaqua and Mary Kohan of Mahanoy City. She is the daughter of Steven and Tara Brogna of East Stroudsburg. Her grandmother, Patti Kohan, says she has the prettiest blue eyes and a zest for life.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bridget McFadden, a junior at Jim Thorpe Area High School, holds a copy of the October issue of Teen Ink, where a non-fiction short story that she wrote was published.

Bridget McFadden is not your average teenager.

The Jim Thorpe Area High School junior has had an extensive career as a cheerleader, comes from a musically-talented family, and has a passion for the arts.

Now, the 16-year-old can also add published writer to her high school résumé.

McFadden wrote a short story about a personal experience that was recently published in the October issue of Teen Ink, an international magazine for teens written by teens.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Award-winning author Autumn Jordan will conduct a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Palmerton Area Library.

She will sign copies of her newest release, "In the Presence of Evil."

A blurb from the book is as follows: Gina's upcoming Christmas looks bleak when she is framed for the murder of her boss. The only way she can stay out of jail is to accept help from the man who broke her heart years ago.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Editor's note: This is the piece, written by Bridget McFadden, that was published in Teen Ink's October magazine.

Bright lights flicker on and off. Music is blaring from the speakers. A man's voice comes on.

"Up next is Jim Thorpe High School. Now let's hear it for Lebanon Cedars!"

The crowd went crazy. My heart pounds as loud as a gong. My stomach feels like I'm about to revisit everything I ate that day. My hands are suddenly drenched in sweat and shaking. My teammates notice.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured with Tamaqua's 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Madelyn Jones, 8, are organizers Judy Hoppes, left, and Linda Yulanavage. Madelyn is the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones, Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua Spirit of Christmas Festival committee has announced that the 2011 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas is Madelyn Jones, 8, a third-grade student at the Tamaqua Elementary School, and the daughter of Matt and Jennifer Jones of Tamaqua.

Balloting for Little Miss Spirit of Christmas took placed Nov. 14-25 at the Wells Fargo Bank.

Eleven girls, in third through fifth grades in the Tamaqua Area School District, including St. Jerome Regional School, participated in the holiday contest.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Preparing to sing a song of Thanksgiving are, from left, Julia Smith, Jesse Waksmunski, Grace Gruber, Timothy Arace and Paige Reph.

Dressed as Pilgrims and Indians, students at Jack and Jill Preschool, Lehighton, celebrated the goodness of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, with songs and homemade treats for their families.

It was the 25th year for the annual event. Some of the songs the 4- and 5-year-olds sang included "Albuquerque is a Turkey," "Lord We Thank Thee For This Food," and "If You're Happy and You Know It."

The children's costumes were made by their parents or guardians.