On May 1, 17 local area organizations received a little more help from their friend, Horsehead Community Development Fund, in the way of grants.

They are: Northern Lehigh Swimming Pool Association; Lehighton Area Pool Pals; Shepard House, Inc.; Meals On Wheels of Palmerton; Palmerton Community Band; Franklin Township Athletic Association; Bowmanstown/Palmerton Baseball/Softball Association; Palmerton Bandstand Committee; Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company; Carbon County Environmental Education Association; Palmerton Area Recreation Committee; Slatington Public Library; Lehighton Band; Palmerton Memorial Park Association; Lehigh Gap Nature Center; Carbon County Lions/Lioness Fair Association; Palmerton Area Library Association.

Bill Smelas, executive consultant of Horsehead Community Development Fund says the purpose of the grants are to improve the community and promote social welfare in and around Palmerton. They are to help maintain and restore public areas in and around Palmerton, such as parks and playgrounds, to provide assistance for the aged and infirm, and to provide enhanced educational opportunities for members of the community.

The Horsehead Community Development Fund was incorporated Dec. 13, 1989 and handed out its first grants in May of 1990. In its 22-year span, HCDF has awarded 739 grants in the amount of $2,876,998. HCDF receives an average of 30 applications a year.