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Friday, November 29, 2013

Adriana LeBar, a seventh-grade student at the Pleasant Valley Middle School, won the local level of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest competition sponsored by the Western Pocono Lions Club.

Adriana's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 26th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize peace to young people everywhere.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Jeannie Carl of Jim Thorpe is hoping to find some unique finds this weekend while enjoying a day in downtown Jim Thorpe.

"We always shop 'Mom and Pop' (shops)," she said recently, noting that her goal is to find the perfect Christmas gifts without traveling to big name department stores in the Lehigh Valley. "The shops in Jim Thorpe have gifts you can't find anywhere else ... not something manufactured in mass quantities. I believe in supporting the 'little guy.'"

Carl added that another reason she likes small town stores is because of the owners.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is speaking out about the upcoming 903 bridge project in Jim Thorpe.

Ronald Young, district press officer for PennDOT, said via email this week that an article from last week's Carbon County commissioners' meeting, needed a few clarifications because some of the information reported was "premature."

Friday, November 29, 2013
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS There were plenty of parking spaces available around 8 o'clock this morning at Walmart in Mahoning Township.

Shoppers at the Walmart in Lehighton found plenty of check-out lanes open and workers ready to help them make their Black Friday purchases this morning.

Kristen Jachowicz of Nesquehoning said that she used to go early for the Black Friday shopping, but has stopped shopping the early morning Black Friday sales ever since the best deals were made available on Thursday.

"I refuse to shop on Thanksgiving," she said. "I won't do it. Ever since they started the Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday isn't what it used to be."

Selena Hanson did go shopping Thursday night.

Friday, November 29, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Honor Guard member Justin Nuyen, Andrew's mother Marianne Atherton, Andrew Atherton, his father Doug Atherton and Honor Guard member Steven Magliulo have completed the Eagle presentation with the Honor Guard presenting the Eagle neckerchief and slide.

Andrew D. Atherton became Boy Scout Troop 98's 99th Eagle Scout since its inception in 1968At a Court-of-Honor held Saturday at Effort United Methodist Church.

Before the Rev. Robin Fisher gave the invocation she read from the book of Isaiah: "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles."

The announcer for the event was Joseph King, who joined Scouting the same day as Andrew and had his Eagle board of review the same evening.

Friday, November 29, 2013
BOB FORD/times news Panther Valley Middle School sixth grader Marie Evans places a box of donated food on a table at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford.

Panther Valley Middle School's Humanitarian Club collected more than 1,100 food items which they delivered to the Lansford Food Pantry Wednesday morning. Panther Valley Middle School's advisor for the Humanitarian Club, Meredith Alabovitz, doles out boxes of donated food to club members to be carried into Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford. The food will be used by the Lansford Food Pantry.

Friday, November 29, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS These Reindeer on Santa's Sled is just one example of the life-size characters that await visitors inside Twinkletown, a component of Santa's Winterfest, located in the fairgrounds at Country Junction in Lehighton.

With its life-size Christmas characters and holiday activities, it's a must-see attraction.

Welcome to the fun factory that is Santa's Winterfest, located in the fairgrounds at Country Junction in Lehighton.

Opened last weekend, Santa's Winterfest will continue to run weekends only, through Dec. 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors will see such featured attractions as Santa's Festival, as well as Twinkletown.

Friday, November 29, 2013

"How do you thank somebody that saved your life? My dog would not let me pass him and I found a booby trap. He saved 10 people," said Brian Taras at the Palmerton Historical Society as he talked about his war dog handling experience in the Vietnam War. His dog was named Gretel.

He shared many interesting facts about war dogs, such as:

Ÿ 263 handlers and 500 dogs died. The North Vietnamese put out a reward either for the handler's insignia or the dog's tattooed ear.

Ÿ One dog refused to eat from his dish and insisted his food be put in his handler's helmet.

Friday, November 29, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Brian Taras talked about his activity in Vietnam as a war dog handler.

A moment of silence to remember those who gave their lives for us during wartime preceded the showing of a video about war dogs. The program was held at the Nov. 11 Palmerton Area Historical Society meeting. The speaker was Brian Taras, Slatington, who was a dog handler in the war. His dog was named Gretel.

Friday, November 29, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Students of the Month at Our Lady of the Angels Academy are from left, first row, Brayden Feisel, William Behun, Aleck Jewells, Haley Rivers and Nadiya Sieger. Second row, Kendra Kehrli, Erica Baba, Andrea McArdle and Rebecca-Lynn Graham.

Nine students from Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford, were recently named Students of the Month for November for the 2013-2014 school year. They were selected because they exhibited the virtue of kindness.

The following are quotes from each student.

Kindergarten, William Behun: "I am kind to everyone."

First grade, Haley Rivers: "I am kind to my classmates. I like to help others."

Second grade, Aleck Jewells: "I am kind to my family, friends and teachers."

Third grade, Rebecca-Lynn Graham: "I got Student of the Month because I was kind to people."