Monday, December 22, 2014
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Lighting candles at Saturday's candlelight vigil in memory of Palmerton crash victims are, left: Krista Redmond, Lehighton, Brianna Sell, 12, Palmerton, and Brittany Redmond, Lehighton.

Four young lives were ripped from their families, and the community is struggling to make sense of it.

Crowds gathered Saturday at 6:30 p.m., surrounding the gazebo in Palmerton Borough Park.

They arrived in groups of two or three or more, typically with heads bowed.

The cold air was heavy with a cathartic expression of collective grief. Many hugged each other and cried.

All seemed to express the same sentiment: "I can't believe this happened."


The question of the month surely must be: What do you want for Christmas?

I know it's the big question with my family each year.

When my daughters were younger I thrived on surprises. Seeing the look on their faces when I managed to hit a home run in gift selection was priceless.

But through the years I noticed some of those looks of appreciation were fake. I watched the girls open clothing I knew they would never wear, rewarding the gift giver with their ahhhhs!

You'd think that anyone with a basic knowledge of those tough Old Testament retribution stories we learned about in Sunday school would think twice before stealing from a backyard creche or a church during Christmas season.

But thieves will stop at nothing these days, and police have been especially busy again this holiday season investigating "kidnappings" of the baby Jesus. Of the figurines being stolen, it is the most popular target of thieves.

KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fred Pattie's Peanut Butter Patties are a Christmas tradition.

I once knew a man whose name was Fred Pattie. His wife's name was Patty Pattie. I'm not kidding.

But wait, it gets better.

Fred Pattie, who was an over-the-road trucker, made the most amazing candy, which he would give as gifts during the holidays.

My favorite? Peanut Butter Patties. This candy tastes just like those iconic, round favorites we all love.

Ever since Fred gave me that recipe, this candy has been a holiday staple in my house, and now my kids even make it, and not just for the holidays.

Mortgage foreclosure

complaints filed

Jim Thorpe Neighborhood Bank, 12 Broadway, Jim Thorpe, has filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Edward R. Binder, deceased, then of 201 North St., Jim Thorpe, his heirs and assigns, over a property at that address.

The plaintiff is seeking judgment in the amount of $23,617.51, plus interest, attorney's fees and costs.

Guidance Residential, LLC, Owensboro, Kentucky, has filed a mortgage foreclosure complaint against Ida Victor, 533 Gay Mew, Albrightsville, over a property at that address.