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Friday, September 21, 2012
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Tara Stauffenberg, left, presents a check for $3500 to Debbie Heim, chairperson of the Schuylkill County Suicide Task Force, and April Mitchell, Director of Finance for Schuylkill County VISION, following the fourth annual Dudefest, held Aug. 18 at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club. Stauffenberg began organizing the annual event following the suicide of her brother, Cory McCarroll on June 28, 2009, in an effort to raise awareness to help prevent suicides. This year's donation brings the three year total raised by Dudefest to $7,000.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Gnaden Huetten Hospital, community room. 211 N. 12th ST., Lehighton.

This is a rescheduled date due to inclement weather.

Women who have been diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life are invited to attend for the purpose of mutual support in a friendly atmosphere. Contact Mary Ann Hazel, (610) 824-6490, with further questions.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Carbon County's Medical Assistance Transportation Program is taking a hit in funding next year.

During the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday, the board voted to ratify the fiscal year 2012-2013 Medical Assistance Transportation Program grant agreement. The tentative allocation is $1,726,600, which represents an 18 percent decrease. The funding comes from a mix of state and federal funds.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Do you remember significant events in your life such as your high school or college graduation, your first job or your wedding? Do you remember the people with whom you shared those events?

Suppose for a moment you didn't. Imagine waking up and not knowing where you are or who the people around you are. Are you scared? Worried?

Imagine, if you can, not knowing how to dress yourself and having to rely on other people to assist you with your activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and shaving. Imagine not remembering how to swallow.

Friday, September 21, 2012
Members of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce arrive for an "Business After Hours" Networking Mixer held Wednesday at the Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville.

A consolidation effort on behalf of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce is in full swing.

Dawn Ferrante, chairperson of the group, discussed the new organizational structure with CCCC members at its "Business After Hours" networking event held Wednesday at the Riverwalck Saloon in Parryville.

Those who attended met new clients and made new business connections while they networked with business professionals within the county.

Ferrante said the group has worked on a consolidation of the regional organizations that go by various names for the past year.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Jon Pritikin, founder of "Feel the Power," a program addressing bullying and peer pressure, will address elementary and middle school students in the Tamaqua Area School District next Monday and Tuesday.

Pritikin will be addressing students on the benefits of good character and will be sharing his compelling and adventurous story of how he overcame a speech problem, childhood hardships, and being bullied. Jon encourages students to be kind to one another and warns them about the harm in bullying and disrespecting each other.

Friday, September 21, 2012

As part of a nationwide effort to prevent medication abuse and rid homes of unwanted and unnecessary prescription drugs, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is supporting the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The event is taking place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29.

Friday, September 21, 2012

In cooperation with Advanced Green Solutions Inc., Carbon County will host an electronics recycling event at the Lehighton Borough Public Works building, East Penn Street, near Snyder Tire from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24; and from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Anything electronic will be accepted at no charge to the county or residents. Acceptable materials include: TVs, VCRs, DVD players, radios, stereo equipment, computer monitors, keyboards, towers, printers, scanners, telephones, mainframe and telecon equipment, typewriters, hard drives, lap tops and copiers, inc.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The National 4-H Council's Paper Clover Campaign, held in partnership with Tractor Supply Company, is underway.

This event marks the beginning of the third year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4 H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del's Farm and Feed Supply store is located.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A special stamp cancellation will be provided using the actual date of the incorporation of Palmerton at the Heritage Center, Delaware Avenue, Palmerton, on Oct. 14.

The announcement was made at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society.

The borough has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of incorporation.

A banquet closing the centennial celebration will be held Sept. 25 at Blue Ridge Country Club.

In October there will be a reenactment of a Victorian funeral by Dale Freudenberger at the Little White Church, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.