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Published February 01. 2012 05:03PM

Newspaper drive

The men and boys of St. John's Lutheran Church will hold their monthly newspaper drive on Saturday, Feb. 4. 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. In case of bad weather, the drive will be held the following Saturday.

Miller-Keystone Blood Drive

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its bimonthly community blood drive at the First United Church of Christ, next to Palmerton Borough Hall, on Monday, Feb. 13, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Please note the changed hours. This visit is sponsored by the Aquashicola Fire Company.

Because Trima machines will no longer be brought to mobile blood drives, more whole blood donors are needed to reach the goal. Anyone who donated at the high school in November is invited to donate again. They will still be eligible for the Miller blood drive at the high school in the spring. Parental permission is not needed for community blood drives. New donors are always welcome. Minimum requirements are 17 years of age, 110 pound, no tattoos or body piercing within the last 12 months, and general good health. For any questions about medical eligibility, call Miller during office hours, at 1-800-223-6667.

New donors should bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license. Previous donors are reminded to bring their Miller cards. For more information, or to make an appointment, call George at (610) 826-2097.

Knitting Club

The Knitting Club will meet from 6-8 p.m, Monday, Feb. 6, at the Palmerton Area Library. The club is for all area residents interested in knitting, crocheting, and other crafts.

The club is free, and new members are always welcome.

Lions to meet

Palmerton Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Palmerton Library on Delaware Avenue. Diane Danielson will be the guest speaker.

Members are encouraged to bring a guest and/or family member to the meeting.

Several club members will be participating in the district cabinet meeting on Feb. 12. In addition, any member interested in club officer training is asked to contact Bob Silliman at (570) 325-8685. Training will be in March.

Community members may drop off used eyeglasses at Houser Newman Eye Associates, Walters Optometric, First National Bank, Citizens Bank, all on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton and/or the Palmerton Area High School, Fire Line Road or give them to any Lions member.

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

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