The Palmerton Area Historical Society plan to decorate the Little White Church on Nov. 30, 9 a.m., with assistance appreciated. The outside of the church is also being decorated. That part will be done before Thanksgiving. The Nov. 14 meeting also saw discussion of the Ecumenical service.
The service to be held Dec. 4 following Caroling in the Park at 6 p.m. will have a return visit from Bishop Paul Brindjar and the Rev. Jerry Maraz of the Slovak Lutheran Church. Portions of the service will be in Slovak. Betsy Burnhauser will have a translation. Carol Thomas will be the organist using the new Allen organ that was dedicated Nov. 6. The Resurrection Ringers, Holy Trinity's bell choir, will play.
The Christmas banquet will be Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at Blue Ridge Country Club with Jack Gunsser as the guest speaker. He will be talking about the origin of Christmas symbols. It is open to nonmembers at a cost of $30. Member admission is $25.
The railroad ties at Third and Columbia streets will be replaced with the help of Howard Cyr. A $3,000 matching grant was received for the work.
Jane Borbe announced a wedding was held at the Little White Church on 11-11-11.
There have been a lot of new members due to the guest membership that allows each member who renews to have another nonmember person join free of charge.
A new display at the Heritage Center will be "trains." It will run through February.
A long list of ideas for celebrating Palmerton's 100th anniversary will be condensed into a calendar.
A book of old postcards is at the printers. It was hoped it would be ready for Christmas giving, but apparently it will run over to 2012 till they are available. The nice thing, said Burnhauser, is that the message side is also being printed.
George Ashman said college students used to be hired over their Christmas vacation to help deliver the extra mail.