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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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
LIZ PINKEY/Special to the TIMES NEWS Judy Hoppes, chairperson of the Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Committee, left, and Linda Yulanavage, executive director of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce, right, present Jennifer Frederickson, the 2010 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas. She will preside over the Spirit of Christmas activities that will be going on in Downtown Tamaqua this weekend. She is a third-grade student at Tamaqua Elementary and the daughter of Lisa and Shane Frederickson of Tamaqua.

The Tamaqua 2010 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas Festival Committee has announced the winner of this year's essay contest. The 2010 Little Miss Spirit of Christmas is Jennifer Frederickson, daughter of Lisa and Shane Frederickson of Tamaqua.

A third-grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, Jennifer wrote "What the Spirit of Christmas means to me … It means spending time with those you love and those who love you, but most of all it means celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ."

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Hazleton Fibromyalgia Support Group will hold a Holiday Party on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ (located off the Airport Beltway behind Independence Toyota), Hazleton. New people are welcome to attend.

The group meets the first Wednesday of each month. There will be no meetings in January or February.

Meetings are open to anyone with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar chronic illness. Friends and relatives are also welcome.