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Published October 05. 2011 05:01PM

Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its regular bimonthly bloodmobile at the First United Church of Christ's Fellowship Hall (next to borough hall) on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Registration hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3-5:30 p.m. This visit is sponsored by DeSousa Oil & Service.

In addition to the reserved parking on Delaware Avenue, off-street parking will be available at Penn Northeast (both sides of the building), by permission of the owners.

Those eligible are encouraged to donate blood components (platelets, plasma, and/or red cells) on the Trima machines. This process gives you credit for two or three units, and takes an hour to an hour-and-a-half.

Although Palmerton has many faithful donors, new donors are always needed. Minimum requirements are: 17 years of age (there is no maximum age); 110 pounds; no tattoos or body piercing within the last 12 months; and general good health.

As for flu shots, there is no minimum time after a flu shot before donating, unless you have a reaction. For specific medical information, call Miller, toll-free, at 1-800-223-6667 during office hours. First-time donors should bring their Miller ID cards. For more information, or to make an appointment, call George Ashman at (610) 826-2097.

Community meal

From 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, a community meal will be held at St. John's United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton. All are welcome to enjoy a free meal and fellowship.

Book Club

The Third Monday Book Club will meet at the Palmerton Area Library from noon to 1:15 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17. New members are welcome. Stop by, or call the library for more information at (610) 826-3424.


The quilting group at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton, will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 8 at the church. The group works nine months of the year cutting squares, sewing them together and knotting the finished quilts, which are then sent to Africa through Lutheran World Relief.

The group is in need of sheets and fabric for use in the quilts. If you have fabric or sheets to donate, you may drop them off at the church, or call the office at (610) 826-2524. This project that benefits needy children and families. Those interested in helping assemble the quilts, are welcome to join the group at Holy Trinity on the first Saturday of each month.

Crop Walk

The annual Crop Walk for hunger will take place on Sunday, Oct. 9. Walkers should register at St. John's Lutheran Towamensing Church at 1 p.m. The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 5.3-mile route is marked throughout town, and will end at the First United Church of Christ on Delaware Avenue, Palmerton.

Palmerton Lions

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the Fire Line Hotel. Members are encouraged to bring a guest to 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 Fire Line 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 chairman/chairwoman, Jim Sheckler at (610) 826-4533.

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

Palmerton Historical Society

The Palmerton Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Knight's Gallery in the Palmerton Area Library. There will be a special program by Alan Pate, a recognized authority on antique Japanese dolls and author of the only authoritative books on the subject. Pate will give a presentation on Japanese Friendship Dolls.

A brief business meeting will follow.

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