March 10, 2017

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Free event. Light refreshments will be served.
PLEASE NOTE: If the Tamaqua schools cancel on Wednesday, this event will be canceled. If the Tamaqua schools are on a delay, it will go on as scheduled.
We are still accepting orders for new banners, although we will not be able to guarantee their installation before Memorial Day. So if you missed the initial deadline for purchase, you can still buy a banner for your favorite Veteran, volunteer, emergency responder, or civic leader. Please see our web site for a form and more information:
On April 26, 2017, the Tamaqua Area Chamber of will hold our 65th Annual Community Dinner, during which the 2017 Community Progress Report will be presented. This progress report contains information, pictures, and updates on the projects that have taken place within the entire Tamaqua Area throughout the previous year. Click on the image above to view the 2016 Community Progress Report.
This progress report is used as a marketing piece throughout the year to promote the Tamaqua area to potential investors, consumers, developers, businesses, and residents. The report is distributed to area real estate agencies, organizations, as well as the chamber’s web site.
As a vital member of our community, we are asking that you support our continuing efforts by placing an advertisement in the report. Over 200 printed copies of the report were distributed last year. The online accessibility increases the value of the report for the community and our supporters. Copies of the report are also provided to each advertiser.
The dinner also features the presentation of the annual Citizenship Award as well as Business Person of the Year. Keynote speaker to be announced.
Fill out the AD FORM ON OUR WEB SITE and return it to the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce before April 3, 2017, so that we can include your business in this valuable marketing piece.
Thank you for your continued support of these efforts to improve our community!
Join the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce at the 65th Annual Community Dinner for the presentation of the 2017 Joseph M. Plasko Citizenship Award and 2017 Business Person of the Year Award. Wednesday, April 26 at 5:30 at Mountain Valley Golf Course in Barnesville. Keynote speaker to be announced.



Many thanks to the businesses and individuals who have joined so far this year. Be sure to send in your membership by March 31 to be included in the member directory.

Memberships are open to individuals and businesses. Individual membership is $50, business memberships start at $75. For a list of benefits and more information, follow this link to our web site: Membership Information.

You can find an application at this link as well: 2017 Membership Application or contact us at for a new membership packet.


1026 Catawissa Rd
Tamaqua, PA 18252
(570) 668-4435
Did you know that we do a CSA? If you have interest there is info on our web site.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
See the following link for a list of the vegetables and fruit we plan on growing this season, and for the form to sign up for half or full shares of this year's CSA:
Spring Migration Hawk Watch
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton
Daily, April 1 – May 15
9 am – 4 pm or 610-756-6961
Hawk Mountain launches Spring Hawk Watch April 1
Hawk Mountain invites visitors to look for returning raptors and other migrants during its annual Spring Hawk Watch, held daily April 1 through May 15 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Sanctuary’s famous North Lookout.
Trail fees apply for non-members and cost $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Members are admitted free, year-round, and memberships can be purchased online or at the Visitor Center.
In conjunction with the count, international trainee-run spring weekend programs also begin on the first and are held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the count. The Sanctuary’s signature live raptor program, “Raptors Up Close!” is sponsored by M&T Bank and continues through Memorial Day. A full schedule of weekend programs and other details can be found at
During the count, staff, trainees, and volunteers will be stationed at the Lookout to help visitors spot and identify raptors, including broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, ospreys, and bald eagles. Migration typically peaks in mid to late April, especially on days with southerly winds and cloud cover, when counts of more than 100 birds may be seen. For raptor enthusiasts and those who cannot make it to Hawk Mountain, daily counts are posted throughout the season at
“Besides the chance to see soaring hawks, the spring count is a chance to get tips on hawk identification and learn more about the migration of birds in the area,” said Director of Long-term Monitoring Laurie Goodrich who coordinates the count.
The Sanctuary has monitored the spring raptor migration since the 1960s and reports an average 1,063 raptors each season. Numbers are just a fraction of Hawk Mountain’s autumn migration, but spring is a great time of year to get outdoors and visit the Mountain.
President Geri Unger expressed her excitement for the upcoming season: "This is my first official count as president of the Sanctuary, and I am looking forward to the warmer weather and the many visitors it brings to the Lookouts, searching the skies for migrants."
Since 2000, International Conservation Science trainees have regulated the daily count at the North Lookout during the second half of the spring migration, using the training of experienced volunteers and staff to learn migration count techniques. Those who wish to hike to the North Lookout and join in the fun should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a walk over rocky terrain. The nearby South Lookout may be preferable to those with small children or with limited mobility and can be reached using a 900-foot-long ADA accessible Silhouette Trail with bench seating.
The Silhouette Trail features a display of in-flight, metal silhouettes of seven of Latin America's endangered birds of prey, drawing attention to their conservation status and the factors that threaten them. The silhouettes will remain in place throughout the spring and summer, and a pamphlet describing the raptors and their conservation status are available.
The 2,500-acre Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and is open to the public year-round by trail-fee or membership, which in turn supports the non-profit organization’s raptor conservation mission and local-to-global research, training, and education programs. To learn more about Hawk Mountain or other programs, please call 610-756-6961 or visit
STEP-Up Carbon/Tamaqua has been active over the past year to counter the growing opioid/heroin epidemic.  Our mission is to assist those afflicted with addiction to get all of the support necessary – medical treatment, housing, life skills training, support networks, etc., to reintegrate them back into society to attain a positive and successful future.  This process will be done through Support, Treatment, Enforcement, and Prevention, (STEP).
We encourage all members of the community, local government, first responders, nurses, faith-based groups, business owners, people in recovery, etc. to come together and help us tackle the opioid/heroin epidemic.  
We have contributed to the community’s awareness of the growing epidemic.  However, the majority of the population is not directly affected by the epidemic.  Therefore, we are planning several other events over the next few months to show how the opioid epidemic affects everyone indirectly.
On Thursday, March 30th we are organizing a Town Hall meeting on combating blight, to be held at PV High School Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 pm.  State Senator Dave Argall and State Rep. Neal Goodman will be chairing the meeting.  State Sen. Yudichak, and State Reps. Heffley and Knowles will also be on the panel.
On Wednesday, April 12th we are organizing a “One Year Later, Lessons Learned” Town Hall Meeting, featuring the return of Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Physician General at Tamaqua’s Middle School Auditorium from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Both Levine and Sec. Gary Tennis attended last year’s town hall meeting and will be reporting on successes and missed opportunities.  Last year Sec. Tennis focused on the importance of Drug Courts.  Also present were Judge James Goodman (Sch.) and Judge Joseph Matika (Carbon) to discuss prospects for Drug Courts in those counties.  Schuylkill County has created a full Drug Court, while Carbon has created a Veteran’s Court. Both started on January 1, 2017.  We will be inviting both judges to learn of their findings thus far.
Finally, for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, STEP-Up Carbon and STEP-Up Tamaqua will be coordinating community involvement to spruce up a blighted local park or other public place in every borough/township in Eastern Schuylkill County and all of Carbon County.  We ask the various municipalities to designate a specific area within their boundaries that needs to be spruced up.  Safer Streets in Tamaqua has cleaned up public playgrounds that had been used for possible drug activity.  They have found that by repainting benches and playground equipment with bright neon colors, and using proper lighting, brightens up the location and lessens drug activity at that location.  Once a location has been determined, we will organize volunteers and equipment needed for the Earth Day clean up.
STEP-Up Tamaqua meets every third Monday, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lafayette St., Tamaqua at 7 pm, while STEP-Up Carbon meets every third Tuesday at St. Peter’s Recreation Center, 177 Main Road, Lehighton, PA. (Actually in Weissport) at 7 pm.  Cross the Lehighton Bridge, and go straight on 209, make a left at Wells Fargo, then turn right on Main Street.  St. Peter’s is on the right and parking is on the left.  We encourage the borough to send a government official and first responder to our meetings.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Tamaqua Has Heart t-shirts for sale at the Tamaqua Arts Center, 125 Pine St.
Youth sm-md-lg $10/ea.
Adult sm-lg  $15/ea.
Adult xl-2xlg $18/ea.
In black or sport grey.
Call 570-668-1192 or email:

MERMON MOTORS has been in business since 1987, offering quality pre-owned cars & trucks for sale.  We handle both commercial & non-commercial vehicles.


M & S Hardware
10 West Broad Street
Tamaqua PA  18252
570-668-3838 Phone     570-668-3839 Fax
Store Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30-5:30   Sat 8:00-3:00  Sunday-Closed


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11 Center St.
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Fax: (570)668-2454


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