January 6, 2017

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The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Joseph M. Plasko Citizen of the Year and 2017 Business Person of the Year. Awards will be presented at the chamber's annual dinner in April. Nominations are due by March 3 at noon.

Stop in at the chamber office during business hours for a form or look for the forms for download on our web site starting next week.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
thanks the following Holiday Lighting Sponsors
for their generous donations to help keep the lights on

H&R Block Tax & Business Services - 395 E Broad St, Tamaqua, 570.668.2527

Boyer's Food Market - 210 Cedar St, Tamaqua, 570.668.2538

Christine Holman, Schuylkill County District Attorney

Shafer's Pharmacy - 11 Center St, Tamaqua, 570.668.0290

Santa Claus, on behalf of an anonymous donor

Sean McLaughlin, DMD - 12 Ortega St, Tamaqua, 570.668.2339

Banning Orthodontics - 17 West Broad St, Tamaqua, 570.952.6151

Tamaqua Rotary Club

Flexer Photography - 20 Field Road, Tamaqua, 570.467.3125

Major Sharon Whispell, in memory of Uncle Donald Lattrel, Vietnam Veteran

Manda Smarr


Following the popularity of the 2013 banner program, The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new banner program for 2017. The new Hometown Heroes program is intended to honor any local hometown hero who has provided beneficial service to the Tamaqua area. These heroes may include first responders, organization volunteers, civic leaders, active military, veterans, and may be living or deceased.

There was a waiting list from the 2013 banner program, and those people are being contacted first. The remaining banners will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Anyone who currently has a banner on display, please contact the chamber to let us know if you'd like to keep the banner when it is taken down. We are also looking into the possibility of displaying those banners in local buildings for anyone who does not wish to keep their banner.

Please see the chamber's web site for more information:
  • Dress for Success Clothing Drive for Step-Up Tamaqua Do you have business attire you no longer need? Would you like to help people in recovery get back on their feet and contribute to our community? Donate your business attire in good condition to Step-Up Tamaqua by dropping off at the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce during business hours. For more information, contact Todd Zimmerman at
  • NEW CHAMBER MEMBERSHIPS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. You can find an application at this link: 2017 Membership Application or contact us at for a new membership packet. Any Tamaqua area business, individual, or organization can join.


A new year, a new start! Let's get together to chat about some easy and inexpensive ways to reduce chemicals in your step, one product at a time. We will go back to the basics and make some homemade products that will get the job done without all the harmful chemicals we've become accustomed to. Not everything in life has to be so complex! Simple solutions to every day problems. We'll get you started by teaching you how to make three common household products. Cost will be $15 per person.

Now let's kick off 2017, on the right foot--leaving our old thoughts behind and opening our minds to all the possibilities essential oils have to offer us!

Sunday, January 8
Tink's Antiques
28 S Railroad St
Hey, everyone! We are going to start off 2017 with some fun raffles that will hopefully benefit surrounding organizations and individuals! Dn'A Bikes in Tamaqua has donated several used bikes. This youth bike will be the first one raffled off. To get a raffle ticket, you have to donate an item. Items eligible for donation will include, canned food goods (benefits Salvation Army) pet food or pet supplies (benefits SPCA) new with tags pajama sets and clothes (benefits various other charitable organizations). The raffle for this bike will end January 13th. The winner will be picked that day. Thanks and good luck!!

Tamaqua YMCA
1201 E Broad St
Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
Call (570) 668-2903
High school seniors can now apply for a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship to help cover the costs of higher education. Each year, two students preparing for post-secondary education are awarded four-year scholarships through the program. It is open to graduating high school seniors who are Pennsylvania residents with plans to attend a Pennsylvania college, university or career school as a full-time student.

Students must have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average in high school in order to be eligible for the scholarship. A student’s commitment to community, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and financial need are also taken into consideration.

To apply, interested students should visit and click on House Scholarship Information. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. The program is privately funded by individual and corporate donors. No tax money or other public funds are used.
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Whatever your needs, this versatile place will make the grade. So if you're looking for a place to settle your happy family, your hunt is over. And if your family includes a happy hunter, the adventures are just beginning because this property is set in a veritable hunter's paradise.
Nestled on the south side of historic Sharp Mountain is this large, 3,000-sq.-ft. custom split- level with 2.2 scenic, rambling acres of a hunting, hiking and exploring experience for the outdoorsman, plus a breath of fresh air for the person who enjoys breathing space.
Shafer's Pharmacy
11 Center St.
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Fax: (570)668-2454


Check out out monthly specials:

Pharmacy Hours:
Monday: 9AM - 7PM
Tuesday: 9AM - 7PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 6PM
Thursday: 9AM - 7PM
Friday: 9AM- 6PM
Saturday: 9AM - 2PM
Sunday: Closed
February is Dental Health Awareness month for both pets and people. As in past years we will be providing dental cleanings with a 10% discount. All our home care dental products will also be 10% off. If you are interested in scheduling your pet please call early so we can accommodate you.
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