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Palmerton news for March 25, 2020

Palmerton Area Library

With the announcement that school closures are extended for an additional two weeks, the library will remain closed until further notice. Due dates on all materials will be extended, and materials from March 14 forward are not accruing fines. Library staff will be in the library on a very limited basis. If you have a question about your account, please call and leave a message at 610-826-3424.

Ham and dandelion dinner

The ham and dandelion dinner being held at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 500 Church Drive, Palmerton (Trachsville) has be changed to May 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. This is an all-you-can-eat event.

Aquashicola Fire Company

The Good Friday Fish dinner at the Aquashicola Fire Company and any other events scheduled for the fire company have been canceled until further notice.

Palmerton borough

The Palmerton Police Department office, 401 Delaware Ave., along with the Magistrate’s Office and the Department of Aging will be closed to the public. Anyone needing to speak with the police are asked to call 610-826-4055 for information. If there is an emergency, call 911. There is no scheduled time when the offices will reopen.

Food pantry

The CACPAC Palmerton food pantry will be open Friday, beginning at 8 a.m. It will be a drive-thru only. Please stay in your car and follow instructions given by volunteers. Please be patient. They will do their best to make sure everyone receives food.

Jerusalem UCC

Due to Pennsylvania state guidelines, JUCC, 545 Church Drive, Trachsville, will not hold Sunday services in the church building March 29 and April 5. They will livestream on Facebook if the internet and technologies are working. Plan for an 11 a.m. start time.

Grief and Loss Group for March 26 will be on Zoom. (The link is posted in event).

Trash collecting

It has been determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the COVID-19 can remain viable for hours to days on a variety of waste materials thrown out to be collected. Effective March 30, the trash hauler is requiring that all waste be bagged using 30-32 gallon trash bags in order to be collected. Also acceptable is trash in 13-gallon bags while in a container. Loose trash will not be collected. If residents are using containers, all trash must still be bagged in the container to be collected. This process does not include recycling. Grocery bags with trash are a big problem as they tend to break open easily and are not allowed. This is for the protection of the trash hauler’s employees as well as residents. If you have any questions, please call the Borough Office at 610-826-2505.

Contact Lenora Robertson at 610-826-4913 or 664 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, PA, 18071. Contact the Times News at 800-443-0377 or tneditor@tnonline.com.