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Published August 24. 2011 05:02PM

First day of school

The first day of school in the Palmerton Area School District is Monday, Aug. 29.

Community supper

From 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 25, a free community meal will be served at St. John's Episcopal Church, 365 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. All are welcome.

Palmerton Library

The summer reading program at the Palmerton Area Library finished with the presentation of a musical program called "Bugs, Baboons, and Story Tunes."

The library is grateful to the volunteers who made the program possible. Total attendance for the six-week program was 1,099, including children and adults.

Participants are reminded to bring in any chain links with titles of books before Sept. 1 for the "Read Around the World" contest, which ends that day.

The age-related teams have been adding links to the colorful chain around the library mezzanine all summer long.

Summer reading participants in grades 2-6 who are still collecting money for the Heifer International project are reminded that this program will also end on Sept. 1.

They should bring in their reading sponsor sheets and contributions as soon as possible.

Please list your choice of animal that you think the library should purchase to help a family in Africa or South America.

Depending on what is collected, the library will then use your votes to purchase an animal through Heifer International.

Preschool Story Hour will start again on Friday, Sept. 2, and continue every Friday throughout the school year.

The program is free and open to all parents and children. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call the library at (610) 826-3424.

Lions Club

The Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19 at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown.

Members from the Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club have been invited to join the meeting.

Community members are reminded to donate used eyeglasses at Houser Newman Eye Associates, Walters Optometric, First National Bank, Citizens Bank, all located on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton and/or the Palmerton Area High School, located on Fireline Road, or by giving them to any Lions member.

Eyeglasses are recycled for those in other countries who are unable to afford corrective lenses.

In addition, anyone needing financial assistance with eyeglasses can contact committee chairperson, Jim Sheckler at (610) 826-4533.

There are financial guidelines that must be followed by all applicants and a written application must be completed and approved.

Any individual or business interested in learning more about Lionism, or attending a club meeting, may contact membership chairperson Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465, or email him at

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