December 30, 2016

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Chamber News

We extend our sincere condolences to Chamber member The Seltzer Group on the recent loss of their president, Robert W. Seltzer Jr. Bob passed away at home in his sleep in the early morning of December 26, 2016. He was 68.

19th Annual NYE Eagle Rise
Saturday, December 31 from 11:00pm-1:00am

Join us in downtown Tamaqua for the 19th annual New Year's Eve Eagle Rise at the ABC Tamaqua Hi-Rise. Count down to 2017 as the lighted eagles make their way to the top of Tamaqua's tallest building. The block of Broad St will be closed to traffic for everyone to enjoy the festivities.

The Revive Community Fellowship will be offering hot chocolate and popcorn.

This free community event is hosted by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. Lights and sound by Frank Fabrizio. Many thanks to the Tamaqua Borough, Tamaqua Police Department, Tamaqua Fire Police, and ABC Hi-Rise for their support and cooperation.
A very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017 to all of our members and subscribers!
Help Keep the Lights On
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us. As part of the holiday season, the downtown area again will be decorated with beautiful wreaths and lights. The Chamber continues to support this event by paying for the up keep and a portion of the electricity used for Christmas decorations. As in the past, the Chamber is asking for donations from local businesses, industries, and residents to be able to keep this annual tradition and keep downtown Tamaqua luminous during the Holiday season.
In appreciation for your support, the Chamber will list the names of the sponsors for the lights in our weekly Chamber Chatters unless you prefer to make an anonymous donation.
Please help us continue this project and make your checks payable to the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. You can mail your check to: 37 West Broad Street, Suite 101, Tamaqua, PA 18252, or drop off during business hours.
As in the past, we thank you all for your support and generosity for this very special project.
The Officers, Board of Directors, and Staff of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce wish you a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
thanks the following Holiday Lighting Sponsors
for their generous donations to help keep the lights on

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: 2016 Membership Application or contact us at for a new membership packet. Any Tamaqua area business, individual, or organization can join.


  Spacious, upgraded split-level with in-law suite! 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


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Pharmacy Hours:
Monday: 9AM - 7PM
Tuesday: 9AM - 7PM
Wednesday: 9AM - 6PM
Thursday: 9AM - 7PM
Friday: 9AM- 6PM
Saturday: 9AM - 2PM
Sunday: Closed
Our offices are closed Thurs. Dec. 22nd – Mon. Jan 2nd
so that our volunteers & staff can enjoy the holidays with their families.

Registrations for upcoming classes can be made on-line through events on our page or through our website at

Have a very Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!
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