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Monday, December 9, 2013

Could Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton be resurrected and open its doors by spring?

The possibility could exist based on the most recent letter emailed by the club's board of directors, and management of First Northern Bank and Trust Co., Palmerton, to the club's golf and social members Friday afternoon.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. Although the course is closed for the season, we have been, and are still, taking the necessary steps to ensure the course is properly secured for the winter," it read.

Monday, December 9, 2013
Jennifer Lareau

A Tamaqua teen is currently being treated in Philadelphia for a rare blood disorder and a fund has been set up to help the family.

Jennifer Lareau, 15, a tenth grade honors student at Tamaqua Area High School, has been diagnosed with aplastic anemia.

"It started about two months ago with constant headaches," says Theresa Gallahar of Tamaqua.

Gallahar is Lareau's aunt and legal guardian.

Lareau is a sport enthusiast and a member of the TAHS girls volleyball team.

Monday, December 9, 2013
Three-year-old Triston James and 4-year-old Vianney Oliver both from Jim Thorpe meet Mr and Mrs. Santa Claus at Team Triple Nickel's 10th annual "Breakfast With Santa" at Memorial Hall in Jim Thorpe on Sunday morning.

The Relay for Life team of "Team Triple Nickel" held its 10th annual "Breakfast With Santa" Sunday to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Hundreds of children, parents, and grandparents enjoyed a magical breakfast with music and entertainment in addition to a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and friends.

Also greeting everyone were the Christmas Bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Happy Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Santa's Elves, and this year's special guests Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Monday, December 9, 2013
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Gage and Aubri Schell of Kaska sit on Santa's lap at the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications, held at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak.

More than 600 people participated in the fifth annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Blue Ridge Communications. The event was held Sunday at Roadie's Restaurant at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Julianne Farina, spokeswoman, said that reservations came in fast and furious and the event had sold out within two days of advertising it.

Santa was available for pictures and he had plenty of help. His elves, Nicholas Teichert, Sarah Markovich, Hailey Bachman and Emma Gaston were on hand to greet everyone and make sure every child received a gift and candy.

Monday, December 9, 2013
VICTOR IZZO/Special to the TIMES NEWS Seven-year-old Braam Hattingh and his 5-year-old sister Mia of Mechanicsburg got to meet Santa at the Olde Time Christmas Celebration in Historic Jim Thorpe this past weekend.

The 32nd Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in Jim Thorpe kicked off Saturday night with the arrival of Santa Claus at Josiah White Park in the heart of Historic Downtown Jim Thorpe. A tree lighting that followed his arrival.

The tree lighting had been delayed by one day due to inclement weather on Friday evening.

A crowd of several hundred people had gathered in the park awaiting the Jolly Old Elf and also to the delight of the youngsters present was the appearance of Frosty the Snowman who circulated around the crowd while they awaited Santa's arrival.

Monday, December 9, 2013
SHARON STANLEY/TIMES NEWS Volunteer Victoria Lear, 13, of Slatington, helps Abigail Williams, 9, also of Slatington, decorate a Christmas cookie.

Smiles abounded Saturday morning at Peters Elementary School at this year's ninth annual "Breakfast with Santa,". sponsored by the Northern Lehigh Educational Foundation.

Over 250 Northern Lehigh School District residents, including children aged newborn to about 10 or 11, gathered to meet with Santa and have a hot breakfast of French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and more.

Monday, December 9, 2013
SHARON STANLEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Carolers from the Northern Lehigh Freedom Chorus entertain guests in St. John's UCC Church fellowship hall during the annual "Holiday On Main" event Friday evening.

Despite Friday night's rainy weather, about three dozen spectators gathered for the annual lighting of the community Christmas tree in Slatington Memorial Park on Main Street.

The event, called "Holiday on Main", is presented as an effort to bring together community members for an evening of socializing and celebrating of the holiday season.

Gary Fedorcha, past president of the Greater Northern Lehigh Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the free event, said it helps to "kick off the holiday season".

Monday, December 9, 2013

Lehighton Downtown Initiative has reschedueld the date for the "Christmas in the Park," Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

The event was postponed due to rain last Friday. The annual event will be held at the bandshell in the upper park in Lehighton. Santa Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Smith and the Lehighton Band will provide musical entertainment with favorite Christmas Carols, while Senior Girl Scout Troop 583 will provide hot cocoa.

Monday, December 9, 2013
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Snow didn't keep the Tamaqua faithful from venturing downtown to witness the annual tree lighting. Mayor Chris Morrison thanked the local people for their support of Spirit of Christmas events. The father and son team who attended the tree lighting are Stanley Bonomo and Stanley Bonomo Jr.

A tree lighting and Santa were some highlights of the Tamaqua Christmas celebration.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Summit Hill Borough officials said the number of delinquents for garbage collection bills is dramatically increasing.

"We are having lots of issues," said Borough Secretary Kira Steber.

Borough officials said that as of today, there are 285 accounts of its nearly 1,500 are delinquent, totalling $48,019.75.

The fourth quarter installment was due on Nov. 22. Anything not paid up to that point is delinquent.

The council agreed to have its solicitor, Attorney Michael Greek, make collection efforts.