Author John LaRizzio will be talking about and signing copies of his new book "Hey, Milkman!" on Saturday, Nov. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dimmick Friends House, 58 Broadway, just two doors up from the Dimmick Library in downtown Jim Thorpe.

As a young teen living in Nesquehoning in the 1960s, LaRizzio spent five years as an early morning milk delivery boy, delivering dairy products from the Bear Creek Dairy on Behrens Road in Penn Forest Township. "Hey, Milkman!" features descriptions of the one traffic light town that Nesquehoning was then, when shopping was done in mom and pop shops.

Delivering milk allowed him to intimately know the neighborhoods and homes within them, the dogs he can trust and the gates that require an extra push to latch. Through good weather and bad, customers could count on their dairy delivery, and all the time outdoors nurtures LaRizzio's love of nature. His job also taught him how to meet challenges and overcome hardships. This casual memoir opens a window to the past for those who grew up with milk deliveries and offers the discovery of another era to those who didn't.

The public is invited to meet this local author and enjoy his stories. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (570) 325-2131. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dimmick Memorial Library.

Toys for Tots

The Schuylkill-Carbon Marine Corps League will hold registration for this year's Toys for Tots on the following dates, Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 30, Dec. 1, 7, and 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for Carbon County residents will take place at the Salem Bible Fellowship Church, 1105 Frederick's Grove Road, Lehighton. This is the only location for registration. No phone calls will be accepted. Please be there on one of the dates listed.

To ensure that a family is eligible for Toys for Tots, there must be a letter from your church/clergy, proof of public assistance or proof of unemployment. Only parents or legal guardians are permitted to register children. The person registering the children must have ID for themselves. Legal guardians must have proof of guardianship. For each child being registered, a birth certificate is required and the age limit is 14 years, and for handicapped children, 16 years.

Distribution is set for Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salem Church. Also drop off points are at 22 E. 6th St., and Jim Thorpe Market. If there are any questions please call Ed at (570) 325-2408.

Smoke detectors

Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm still has smoke detectors that are free to area residents. If you are in need of a detector, please contact Chief Diehm at (570) 325-3890. No commercial properties please.