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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A minivan driver crashed into seven vehicles along Allen Street in Allentown on Monday night before he hit a natural gas meter and slammed into two front porches, police said.

"I heard a big bang and looked out the window," said Daisy Isley, who lives in a row home just west of 10th and Allen steets. "When I came out, I saw my porch was gone and that car was on the sidewalk.

"It's something unbelieveable."

The car, owned by a neighbor, was one of the vehicles damaged by the minivan, which ended up a battered wreck in front of Isley's home on Allen Street.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Bethlehem Morning, a Christmas Cantata Celebration of the Birth of Christ will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22 at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square.

All are welcome to this free event. Refreshments will follow the cantata. Nursery service will be provided.

For more information call the church at 570-386-4547.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tamaqua's Owl Creek Reservoir Commission will host "An Owl Creek Christmas With Santa" this Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will be held at the reservoir on Owl Creek Road, Tamaqua, from noon to 4 p.m. Children in attendance will be eligible for toy and bike giveaways.

The kitchen will be open and there will be a fire for roasting marshmallows.

Rain date will be Sunday, Dec. 15, same time and place.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

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.