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Friday, November 28, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eeyore has lost his tail, making for a very miserable Christmasfor this special friend of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. Not to worry though as Pooh and his friends, as portrayed by members of the Tamaqua Area Community Theatre, search high and low through the Hundred Acre Woods (the Tamaqua Community Arts Center) in aspecial production of A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail during Tamaqua's Spirit of Christmas Festival.

Friday, November 28, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Esther Stofocik of Tamaqua checks over her lists of meals to be delivered, keeping count and planning routes for the volunteer drivers.

It takes an army of volunteers to put together the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving Day meal, and every year, they do it.

From the people who pick up supplies to the people who wash that last spoon, the volunteer hours are immeasurable and impressive. Maj. Sharon Whispell estimated more than 100 people were served "sit-down" meals, while another 176 meals were delivered to Coaldale, McAdoo, Hometown, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe, Lansford and Tamaqua.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Morrison Family Christmas Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Simon Kramer Community and Recreation Center, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. The Morrison family of the Tamaqua area and their friends will present an afternoon filled with holiday favorites. Special guest appearances will be made by The Cunninghams and George Weidel.

More information is available by visiting the Gene Morrison Entertainment page on Facebook.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ÿ There are over 28 million small businesses in the United States.

Ÿ In 2013, consumers reportedly spent over $5.7 billion during Small Business Saturday 3.6 percent higher than in 2012.

Ÿ November and December account for 40 percent of annual revenue for U.S. retailers.

Ÿ Awareness of Small Business Saturday rose 4 percent to 71 percent in 2013. More specifically, 46 percent of those aware went out of their way to shop small.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Kelly Ann  Westermann

Each year the Concourse Club of Palmerton honors five Guiding Stars from the Palmerton Area High School. The Guiding Stars are chosen by a committee of high school educators in the district.

A Guiding Star must be a female student in the top 25 percent of the senior class and be involved in both school and community activities. Each Guiding Star receives a certificate, an engraved Guiding Star charm and a $100 cash award.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Panther Valley Industrial Commission, organized in 1946 under the name Panther Valley Postwar Planning Commission, has voted to disband. The commission has been inactive for more than a year, and officers said lack of interest prompted the move.

Industries secured by the commission include Bundy Tubing Company in Hometown; and Robert M. Green and Sons Inc. of Nesquehoning, which was later taken over by the Lehigh Aluminum Company.

Friday, November 28, 2014

During a meeting Tuesday, West Penn Township supervisors scaled back on some "wish list" expenditures and put the clamps on spending as they worked through the 2015 budget. According to preliminary numbers, they should be able to approve a budget during their regular meeting Monday, with no tax increase for residents. Final numbers will be available then.

Among the decisions they wrestled with during the lengthy meeting was the purchase of a backhoe. Supervisor Ted Bogosh, who is also the roadmaster, said he can no longer get parts for the township's aged backhoe.

Friday, November 28, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  A look at the new snowflakes that welcome visitors to downtown Palmerton.

A new tot lot structure will eventually grace the Palmerton Borough Park.

On a 3-0 vote, borough council on Thursday agreed to accept a grant from the Pace-Makers Association of Palmerton in the amount of $11,135.

Council members Richard Nothstein, Kris Hoffner and Holly Sell voted in favor.

Council President Terry Costenbader abstained from the vote due to his affiliation with Pace-Makers. Council members Jason Behler, Jeremy Barbosa and Michael Ballard were absent.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Palmerton Area Library at 402 Delaware Ave. is getting in the holiday spirit with lots of fun activities for the whole family.

The library is currently hosting its annual Handcrafted Items Auction. Over 35 beautiful handmade items are on display in the library. Get your tickets now for the drawing, which will be on Dec. 8.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Photos by Bob Ford/Times News

The Franklin Township Lions Club is once again hosting the Festival of Lights.

Over 400,000 lights will turn the Phifer Ice Dam Park into a winter wonderland where you can stroll down candy cane lanes and enjoy displays that will put you in the holiday spirit. Bring your camera because you will want to stop by the snowman, Christmas sled and reindeer set to capture that special holiday photo.

On your way, you can check out the leaping dolphin, Franklin the friendly lion, a steamboat, a train and a fire-breathing dragon, just to name a few.