Lehighton Rotary Club has "weighed in" on a community need by donating new scales to Blue Mountain Home Health Care for patients in the Visiting Nurses' Program who are in need of this assistance.

Daily weights are a basic measure used to manage heart failure. According to director Inge Allen, "Accurate weight measurement can help to keep patients out of the hospital, and at home where they belong."

Home health care is a medical and personal service provided to eligible patients who prefer to recuperate from an illness in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own homes.

"Our club was presented with an important community need and we stepped up to the challenge," said Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek. "We are honored that we are able to help with such a worthwhile community project."

"Some of our patients simply do not own a scale, nor do they have the means to afford one," said Allen. "The Rotary Club's donation will enable us to better serve this particular population of patients and will enable them to better manage their heart failure at home."

Other community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club include distributing dictionaries to all third grade students in both Lehighton and Palmerton Area school districts; the annual Essay Contest for Lehighton Area High School students that reinforces the importance of community service; presenting scholarships to LAHS students to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) to develop and strengthen leadership skills; and forming an Interact Club at LAHS that is designed to help enhance students' leadership skills, personal integrity, and respect for all.

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotarians are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self." Locally, Lehighton Rotary Club organized in 1921.

Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 610-377-9706, e-mail LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org.

Blue Mountain Home Health Care makes house calls to meet the health care needs of homebound clients in Carbon, eastern Schuylkill, western Monroe, and upper Lehigh and Northampton counties.

For more information about Blue Mountain Home Health Care, visit www.blmtn.org/HomeHealthCare or call 610-377-7175.