Food pantry

The Palmerton Food Pantry, located at St. John's Lutheran Church, 2915 Fireline Road, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 20.

For more information, call (610) 826-4335.

Help wanted

The Meals on Wheels program in Palmerton is always in need of more volunteers. Deliveries are made from the Palmerton Hospital about 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, holidays included. Each route requires less than one hour. If you can't commit for a certain day each week, perhaps you would be willing to substitute as needed.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Meals on Wheels by calling the Palmerton Hospital at (610) 826-3141.

Authors at Palmerton Library

Two authors will be visiting the Palmerton Area Library to share their stories. On Wednesday, April 25 at 1:30 p.m., "Stop Snoring Bernard" will be read by author Zachariah OHora, with activity time afterward. The visit is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Libraries of Harrisburg as part of the Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child program. Only three libraries in Monroe, Lehigh and Carbon counties were chosen for this program.

On Friday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., author Kathy Miller will present an interactive, fun program about chipmunks, birds, and nature photography in the upstairs gallery. Chippy the Chipmunk will be live at the library, so bring your camera for fun pictures with your children.

Community meal

A free community meal will be held from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 365 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. All are invited to attend.

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive

An unusual last-hour "rush" of potential donors turned the April 12 Miller-Keystone blood drive from mediocre to successful.

A total of 71 potential donors registered for the drive, and Miller collected 65 units of whole blood. The visit was sponsored by Blue Ridge Auto Center.

The following people reached gallon levels: Charlie Silliman, 23+ gallons; Lisa Green, 19 gallons; Dwight Hawk, 11 gallons; Rodger Danielson and James Shafer, 6 gallons each; Betty Furler and Alan Scott, 5 gallons each; Richard Furler and David Kellerman, 4 gallons each; Harry Hahn, 3 gallons, and Robert Stevenson, 2 gallons. (These are donations made in Palmerton; some donors may also have donated at other sites.) There was one first-time donor.

Volunteers for the blood drive included: Mary Beth Beers, Romaine Biege, Harry Brown, "Honey" Cyr, Arlene Dombrosky, Thomasine Falcone, Jean Fritzinger, Jean Halmi, Betty Hartman, Cindy Heimbach, Marian Hoffner, Bernice Kleintop, Mariann Kmetz, Nancy Kresge, Cecelia McGlaughlin, Shirley Neff, Darlene and Richard Nothstein, Helen Nonnemaker, Chris and Susan Olivia, Carol Papay, Evelyn Plechavy, Marge Porambo, Lucille Rex, Terri Sebelin, Betty Steigerwalt, Mary Taschler, Annette Wargo, Tara Wargo, and Brenda Wentz.

Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit students helped set up Fellowship Hall at the First United Church of Christ.

The next Miller-Keystone community blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at the First UCC.

It is expected that Trima machines will be available at that visit.

Those wishing to donate platelets, plasma, or red cells that day will be asked to schedule specific times.