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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Spirit of Christmas

Tamaqua’s Annual Spirit of Christmas Festival will be held this weekend.

Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. Friday, with a parade to Depot Square Park and the lighting of the park. He and Mrs. Claus will then make their way to the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., to meet with the children.

Also on Friday, the Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will present “the Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” at 7 p.m. in the art center. Additional performances will be held at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service recently notified the Diligent Fire Company No. 3, Jim Thorpe, that it has been granted federal tax-exempt status as a publicly supported charity under Section 501C3 of the federal tax code.

Nicole Collevechio of Summit Hill, a senior at Neumann University and a 2013 graduate of Marian High School, assisted the fire company with completing the complexapplication as part of her summer intern project with Snyder & Clemente, Accountants and Consultants in Hazleton.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Concourse Club

The Palmerton Concourse Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday. The program “Simply Strings” will feature the Elysium String Quartet performing holiday selections. Club meeting are held at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, Palmerton.

Historical society

Palmerton Area Historical Society members and their guests are reminded to make reservations for the holiday dinner at Bert’s Restaurant. Contact club President Jane Borbe at 610-767-5638 or the Chamber of Commerce office at 610-824-6954. Seating is limited.

Christmas service

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Bags of popcorn surround Ryden Chapman, a fourth-grade student at Shull-David Elementary School in Lehighton, who recently raised over $2,000 in popcorn sales. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Through sheer will and determination, along with the help of his family, a Lehighton youth has raised over $2,000 in popcorn sales.

As his Scout sales track record indicates, it’s just another day at the office for Ryden Chapman, a Webelo I with Cub Pack 82 of Lehighton.

Ryden, a fourth-grade student at Shull-David Elementary School, reflected on his latest feat in which he has garnered $2,056 in combined in-person and online sales.

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Cathy Klingaman of Penn Train and Hobby, Pottsville, is holding two train cars, showing the difference in size between gauges. LISA PRICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Many adults of “a certain age” treasure childhood memories of playing with model trains. Beginning with a set, which included an engine, cars and track, they could choose from seemingly endless selections of buildings, figures and landscapes to build a world around the train set.

“You can add on cars, extra track, buildings, all kinds of accessories,” said Chuck Klingaman, Penn Train and Hobby, 12 N. Centre St., Pottsville. He and his sister Cathy Klingaman run the store. “I believe we have more inventory than any other store in the area.”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thomas J. McCabe, Thomas McCabe, principal of Tamaqua Area Senior High School, has released the honor rolls for the first marking period of the 2016-2017 school year.

To be eligible for highest honors, students must have an average of 95 percent or above with no grade below 93 percent in a major subject. For high honors, students must have an average of 90 percent or above with no grade lower than an 86 percent in a major subject. Honor roll members must earn an average of 86 percent or above with no grade lower than a 78 percent in a major subject.

Highest honors

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Lehighton AMVETS Post 106 will hold its Christmas dinner at noon Sundayat the Lehighton American Legion Post in the banquet room.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber, partner of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is looking for one outstanding community member for its 23rd Annual Spirit Award.

The Spirit Award was initiated to honor a citizen who has served not only the Chamber, but also the community according to the GLVCC.

The nomination must describe the community member with a brief statement highlighting the business/organization/individual and answer the following questions:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Cadence Fannock, daughter of Shannon and Anthony Fannock of Tamaqua, was crowned the 2016 Little Miss Spirt of Christmas by contest organizer Judy Hoppes. Fannock and the other 14 contestants will take part in the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Santa Parade at t 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Cadance Fannock, a fourth-grade student at Tamaqua Elementary School, has been named the 2016 Tamaqua little Miss Spirit of Christmas. Balloting for the honor took place during the period of Nov. 7-18 at the Wells Fargo Bank in Tamaqua.

A total of 15 girls in third through fifth grades from St. Jerome, Tamaqua Elementary, and West Penn Elementary Schools submitted a short essay explaining “What the Spirit of Christmas Means to Me.” The essays were on display, along with the girls’ photographs, during the two-week period of balloting.