December 2, 2016

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Chamber News

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

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:
  • Bayberry candles available for sale at the chamber office. $2 each, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Spirit of Christmas Festival.
  • Tickets to the Tamaqua Area Community Advent Breakfast on Saturday, December 10 at 9am at Zion Lutheran Church are available for purchase at the chamber office during office hours. Cash only. $5 donation per ticket.
  • 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.


Santa Parade tonight at 6:00pm, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greet at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.
Give the gift of a clean car this Holiday Season. Gift cards available now!!!
The Washery System Car Wash, 200 Cedar St, Tamaqua. (570) 668-2857
Tamaqua Advent Breakfast Dec. 10
Tickets for the sixth annual Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast are now available from many Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network representatives, church offices as well as the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce office and the Tamaqua Community Art Center.
The event is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10 at Zion Lutheran Church, Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets, in Tamaqua.
Marta Gouger, editor of the Time News daily newspaper, is this year’s speaker. Susan Featro and Tom Flamini are this year’s musical guests. The program features a candle lighting ceremony.
The breakfast is sponsored by the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. In addition to the breakfast, TAFFN and TACP also sponsor Hunger Weekend and Walk in May and currently Step-Up Tamaqua, volunteers addressing the local addiction issue. 
In its 25th year of helping Pennsylvania families in need, hunters from across the Commonwealth can continue to share their deer harvest and provide thousands of pounds of venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) program, which partners with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Department of Agriculture and many other sportsmen and charitable organizations.
Hunters can donate all or part of a harvested deer by taking it to a participating processor, which will then distribute the ground venison to food banks and pantries. In an average hunting season, the HSH program’s goal is to channel about 100,000 pounds of processed venison through the state’s 20 regional food banks, which then redistribute to more than 5,000 local provider charities such as food pantries, missions, homeless shelters and churches, as well as individual families. To find a list of local processors or for more information, visit
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