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Published April 04. 2012 05:01PM

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, April 7. There will be one sweep of the Palmerton, Aquashicola, and Little Gap areas beginning at 8 a.m.

Papers should be bundled and placed within sight of the collectors. They are collecting papers only, no magazines. The shiny inserts are acceptable. They also need grocery size brown paper bags.

Persons missed, or those wishing to dispose of papers throughout the month, may take them to the garage across from the church on Fireline Road, which is always open.

LWR Quilters

The Lutheran World Relief Quilters at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will meet Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone wishing to join is welcome. If you have a sewing machine at home and would like to help, call Diane at (610) 826-7977. There are cut and ironed fabric squares at the church ready to be sewn into quilt tops. Most of the sewers work at home, and the group meets once a month to tie the quilts after the backing is added.

Concourse Club

The Palmerton Concourse Club will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in Holy Trinity Parish Hall, 502 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton. The program is "Caring Solutions for Loved Ones".

Anyone wishing to join this service club is asked to call Joan Turko at (610) 826-2716 for information.

Community supper

A free community supper will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton. All are invited.

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its bimonthly community blood drive Thursday, April 12, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, next to Palmerton Boro Hall. The visit is sponsored by Blue Ridge Auto Center.

Because Trima machines will not be available that day, more whole blood donors will be needed. If you are eligible, please come out, to assure Miller has sufficient supplies on hand. Previous donors can expect a phone call and/or email reminder. Minimum requirements are: 17 years old (no maximum age), 110 pounds, general good health, no tattoos or body piercing within the last 12 months. Most people on "maintenance" medications are eligible, except antibiotics and blood thinners.

If you have questions about medical eligibility, phone Miller during office hours at 1-800-223-6667. For other questions, or to make an appointment, call George Ashman at (610) 826-2097. Donors with appointments are given priority at registration.

Besides the satisfaction that a donation could save up to three lives, donors get a free "mini-physical": blood pressure, temperature, pulse, hemoglobin (blood iron level), and, if you donate, your total cholesterol. Donors will also receive a choice of fresh sandwiches, doughnuts, and other snacks and soft drinks. All this for less than an hour of your time.

Lions Club

Palmerton Lions will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 16 at the Fire Line Hotel. Members are encouraged to bring a guest. The club is preparing for its Community Spirit Night on May 2 when several nonprofit community organizations will receive monetary support.

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 Jim Sheckler at (610) 826-4533.

Anyone interested in learning more about Lionism or attending a meeting may contact Nick Hawkey at (610) 826-6465 or by email him at

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