Miss Rose's Preschool & Jennifer Mutchler of Ignite Fitness hosted, Exercise with Santa, to benefit Toys for Tots of the Lehigh Valley. With the donation of a new, unwrapped gift children got to help Santa get strong for his journey around the world Christmas Eve. Sgt. Kyle Richardson of the U.S.M.C joined us and taught Santa a Marine Corp exercise. The children listened to a story read by Santa, had a snack and sang Christmas carols with local singer, Jordyn Albanese. Photo courtesy Jennifer Tayler
Pen Argyl's Devin Presby (3) passes to Madison Mennel (21), during their game with Pocono Mountain West played Monday night at Pen Argyl High School. (More photos below) (Another photo tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — It's a controversy whose roots trace back nearly two centuries to a holiday poem first published in an upstate New York newspaper: Who really wrote "A Visit from St. Nicholas"?
This week, a mock trial will be held in a courtroom in Troy, where the now-classic also known as "The Night Before Christmas" was first published anonymously in the Sentinel newspaper on Dec. 23, 1823.
The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports that Wednesday's trial will have a prominent local lawyer representing Clement Clark Moore, a wealthy scholar from New York City who's credited with writing the poem.
Other attorneys will argue the side of Henry Livingston Jr., whose descendants claim the gentleman farmer from the Hudson Valley was the true author.
Actors portraying Moore and Livingston will take the stand during the courtroom showdown.
View gallerVolunteer Beverly Lewis feeds Quaker Parrots living in the Foster Parrots program at the New England …Johnson's facility, with six full time staffers and 30 volunteers, is one of a handful of large-scale bird rescue centers in the United States. Others include The Oasis Sanctuary outside Tucson, Arizona, and Phoenix Landing in Asheville, North CarolinaAnn Brooks, president of Phoenix Landing, said groups that work with parrots have difficulty keeping up with the volume of birds who are in need of "We try really hard to stay focused on who we can help. Because if you think about who you can't help, it'll bring you to your knees," Brooks said. "There are such an abundance of birds who need homes. They are so, so smart and they require such unique care that I don't know if we'll ever find enough parrot-friendly homesfirst gained popularity in the United States as pets in the 1970s and '80s, when specimens caught in the wild began appearing in pet stores. Their rain-forest origins and the ability of some species to mimic human speech held great appeal
A man who lost his right hand in an accident at work has had it successfully reattached after doctors grafted it to his ankle for a month.
Xiao Wei underwent reattachment surgery in Changsha, Hunan province, after badly injuring himself in November.
Initially, doctors said they would be unable to save his limb.
Mr Wei said: "I was just shocked and frozen to the spot, until colleagues unplugged the machine and retrieved my hand and took me to the hospital.
"I am still young, and I couldn't imagine life without a right hand."
However, doctors at a larger hospital offered a solution and opted to sew the hand to the ankle to stop it dying while they treated his other injuries.
Wei's doctor told Rex Features: "His injury was severe. Besides ripping injuries, his arm was also flattened. We had to clear and treat his injuries before taking on the hand reattachment surgery."
Nearly a month after his hand was severed, Wei had recovered sufficiently to undergo reattachment surgery.
According to doctors he will need to undergo several other procedures, but they are hopeful that he will regain full function of his hand.
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