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Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Children received a gift and had their photo taken with Santa Claus and one of his elves during the C.H.OS.E. annual Tree Lighting event held yesterday evening. Annette Becker, Coaldale, with her grandson William Davies, 3, receives a gift from Santa, played by Scott Ferryman, and elf, played by Cheryl Keifer.

A fire truck's siren was substituted for reindeer bells as Santa Claus arrived in Coaldale yesterday evening during the 25th annual C.H.O.S.E. Community Tree Lighting event held outside the Coaldale borough hall.

In addition to Santa lighting the tree, the event consisted of carols, music, gifts and snacks for the kids. C.H.O.S.E. (Church, Home, Organization, School, Environment) holds the event every year free of charge to local children.

Monday, November 28, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Hunters were out in force this morning taking advantage of "not so cold" weather. Pictured enjoying an early bird hunter's breakfast at the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are Bill Spayd, Middleport, left, and Harold Angst, Schoetown.

Hunters were out in force this morning taking advantage of "not so cold" weather. Pictured enjoying an early bird hunter's breakfast at the Citizen's Fire Company of Middleport are Bill Spayd, Middleport, left, and Harold Angst, Schoetown.

Monday, November 28, 2011
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Firefighters from throughout Schuylkill and Berks counties battled a stubborn commercial structure fire at the Cressona Textile Waste Company in Cressona on Saturday. The fire was first discovered at 6:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were shooting through the one-story masonry structure, which is located at the intersection of Front and Chestnut streets. State police Fire Marshal Michael Yeity said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. He estimated damages at $100,000 to $150,000.

Monday, November 28, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Eighth-grader Steven Jaramillo, second from left, receives a certificate from Penn-Kidder Lions Club president Manuel DaCosta, center after being honored as the November Student of the Month of the Penn/Kidder Campus of the Jim Thorpe School District. Jaramillo was joined by his family, from left, father Gustave, mother Sabrina, and sister Mariana at the club's breakfast meeting at the Terra Cottage in Lake Harmony.

Monday, November 28, 2011
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Jean Zimmerman of Weatherly; Dr. Mary Lombardo and Maryann Dyer, members of the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club, are collecting pet food for the pet food pantry. Donations can be dropped off at the Mahoning Valley Animal Hospital, 2967 Blakeslee Boulevard Drive West, Lehighton, or call Zimmerman at (570) 427-4343.

For some people having a pet is more than their budget can handle. With the rising cost of food, budgeting for pet food has forced some people to give up their pets.

A volunteer group is trying to reverse that trend.

Jean Zimmerman, a volunteer for the Pet Food Food Pantry, said that she is concerned that people will not be able to afford keeping their pets.

"I know that I've seen people cry when they received food for their pets," said Zimmerman.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ocean Spray announced it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries product in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages, as well as bulk sweetened dried cranberries in 10-pound packages due to the possible presence of very small hair-like metal fragments that are unlikely to cause consumer injury.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A federal judge in Scranton has ruled that a lawsuit having the body of Jim Thorpe moved from the town named after him to Oklahoma, to be interred on sacred tribal ground, will proceed.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo rejected a request filed on behalf of Jim Thorpe borough and 11 individual defendants to have the case dismissed.

The case seeking to have Thorpe's body removed from a mausoleum in Jim Thorpe and moved to Oklahoma was originally filed by John Thorpe, a son of the athlete, on June 24, 2010.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
GAIL MAHOLICK/Times news Members of Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Mahoning Township have been participating in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project for the past 14 years. Workers are shown with some of the boxes prepared for shipment.

A simple shoebox can make a difference in the life of a child, especially when it's an Operation Christmas Child gift box.

Through this project, shoe boxes are filled with toys and gifts are distributed to children in over 100 countries who have endured poverty, disease and disaster and may otherwise never experience the joys of Christmas.

Members of Salem Bible Fellowship Church in Mahoning Township have been participating in the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox project for the past 14 years.

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Lori Malick, Walnutport - "Probably the same."

Do you expect to spend more or less this Christmas season for gifts than you have in the past?

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Karen Esak

"I don't sense that I'm alone, particularly in the summertime at dusk when I go out for a walk," said Karen Esak, who lives in the mid-nineteenth century patch town that is now Eckley Miners' Village. "You never feel alone or afraid. It's peaceful and beautiful."