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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Ana Susko, 7, second from left, has an inoperable brain tumor. Her family, friends and community came out in a caring outpouring of love and support at a benefit held for her at Penn Forest Volunteer Fire Company #1. Everything at the benefit was donated from items for the Chinese auction, bake sale, food for the concession stand, drinks, the venue and the band for that evening's dance.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Wrecker Booster Club will meet at 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, and all are encouraged to attend. The meeting is being held at 5 p.m. due to varsity and JV girls games scheduled to start at 6 p.m. that night. The location of the meeting will be announced on the group's Facebook page at Weatherly Wrecker Booster Club and the school website www.weatherlysd.org.

The group is reorganizing and election of officers will take place at the January meeting.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tamaqua area Girl and Boy Scouts are sponsoring a donation drive to benefit the Keystone Area Goodwill. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at St. John United Church of Christ, 150 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

The calendar says winter won't arrive until Saturday, Dec. 21, but the sudden change in the landscape says otherwise. This scene photographed late Sunday at Tamaqua Depot Square Park heralds the arrival of winter ice and snow and upcoming holiday season.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Tamaqua Senior High School Music Department will present its annual Holiday Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tamaqua Area Auditorium. The best in holiday music will be presented by students in the Tamaqua Concert Choir, Jazz Chorale, Senior High Wind Ensemble and the Raider Concert Band.

The program will open with two selections by the wind ensemble, followed by the concert choir kicking off the vocal part of the program. The choir is expected to present four selections, ending the first half of the program with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Drug Free Pennsylvania are launching a statewide contest for middle and high school students.

The seventh annual contest, "Sound Off! A Drug Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest," will provide an opportunity for youth to send a positive message to their peers and communities that drugs and alcohol do not have to be part of their activities.

The theme of this year's contest is: "Why Say No? Join the Conversation Against Substance Abuse."

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

This Christmas season we'd like to highlight our angels in the region.

We're looking for those people who give selflessly to help others. We're looking for those individuals who don't often get recognized. They are not presidents of organizations or business leaders. They are regular people who consistently help others.

Have someone in mind? Tell us about the person.

Send nominations to tneditor@tnonline.com or call Marta Gouger at 610-377-2051, ext. 3141.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Due to the upcoming holidays, the Carbon County Navy Club will hold a short meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 16, at the Nesquehoning VFW, 300 E. Center St., followed by light refreshments and a show and tell about Navy experiences.

The club asks that members bring cruise books, photos or souvenirs of their travels with the Navy.

New members and associate members are welcome to attend and applications will be available. Anyone 18 and older who was in a waterborne military branch can join the club; while Army and Air Corp are welcome to become associate members.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Students in many area schools got another early Christmas present today in the form of a second snow day.

All school districts in Carbon County, as well as Pleasant Valley School District in Monroe were closed as of 6:30 this morning, while Tamaqua Area closed its elementary schools and will be dismissing the middle school and high school at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Do you set up a nice light display outside your home for Christmas? We'd love to hear from you.

Send us a photo with a description of your display. Include your name, address and contact information. Email photos to tneditor@tnonline.com or mail them to Marta Gouger, Times News, 594 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, Pa. 18235.