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CHRISTMAS TREE GROUP
SETS ANNUAL MEETING
THE 11TH ANNUAL NORTHEAST REGIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS MEETING AND TRADE
SHOW WILL BE HELD FROM 8 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M. MARCH 15 AT THE MOUNTAIN LAUREL
RESORT IN WHITE HAVEN.
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Christmas Tree group sets annual meeting
The 11th annual Northeast Regional Christmas Tree Growers Meeting and Trade
Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 15 at the Mountain Laurel
Resort in White HavenThe meeting is sponsored by Penn State Cooperative
Extension and the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. Penn State
is an affirmative action, equal opportunity university, and everyone is
welcome to attend. The meeting is accessible to persons with physical
The topics to be discussed include: Growing Fraser Fir at Lower Elevations;
Pests Associated with True and Douglas Fir; Taxes and Financial Planning;
Positioning Your Christmas Tree Business for Growth; and Update on Sprayer
There will also be a commercial trade show. All exhibitors deal in
Christmas tree-related equipment and supplies.
The purpose of this meeting is to educate new and established growers on
the most up-to-date cultural and marketing practices available.
Attendance at this meeting qualifies licensed pesticide applicators to
receive credits towards recertification. Update training credits will be
assigned by the PA Department of Agriculture.
Meeting enrollment will be limited to the first 250 people who
pre-register. All registrations must be made by March 7. For more information,
contact the Carbon County Cooperative Extension Office at 325-2788.
Photographer attends number of seminars
Loretta Diana, professional photographer for Diana Photo Graphics, recently
attended several photography seminars.
The first was a seminar on photographing children and was taught by Master
Photographer Roy Madearis of Texas.
Diana also attended a workshop entitled "Pets are People Too" where
techniques of pet photography were taught by Master Photographer Ira Nozik.
Monthly volunteer meeting to be held
Eckley Miners' Village will hold its monthly volunteer meeting at 10 a.m.
today in the auditorium of the Eckley Visitors Center.
Anyone interested in becoming an Eckley volunteer, or in finding out more
about the Eckley volunteer program is welcome to attend.
These monthly meetings are intended as organizational and informational
sessions used to plan special programs and to disseminate information about
what is happening at the village. Prospective volunteers can also meet other
people who already volunteer at the museum.
For more information, contact the Eckley Miners' Museum at 636-2070.
Retreat helps plan strategies for CAN DO
More than 30 CAN DO staff and volunteers spent the better part of Feb. 8 at
the agency's annual planning retreat reviewing the progress made during the
past year and devising strategies that will best position the community for
continued success in the months ahead.
Held at the Coxe Estates in Drifton, the retreat brought together various
CAN DO staff, officers, board members and other invited guests in an informal
setting to analyze and discuss important planning and development issues.
Conducted annually prior to the start of CAN DO's fiscal year on July 1,
agency officials say the retreats have become a crucial factor in setting
priorities, measuring progress and preparing for the future.
One-day cleanup planned for April 26
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, along with the Greater
Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, will once again sponsor the "Keep Pennsylvania
Beautiful" campaign. The one-day cleanup will be held April 26, rain or shine.
"Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful" is a statewide effort designed to encourage
concerned citizens and groups to participate in a meaningful community
Donna Palermo, Vice President of Operations for the Chamber of Commerce, is
coordinator for the Greater Hazleton area. Assisting Palermo are Bill Job and
Gene Rafalli, PennDOT; Margie Reznick and Bill Spear, Hazle Drugs; Bob Argust,
UGI; Don Brior, Black Creek Township; Ed Dudeck and Andy Benyo, Hazle
Township; Maurice Christino and Mark Thompson, City of Hazleton; Ed Ferdinand,
Childrens' Home; and Jeff Fierro, Vice Chairman of Community Affairs for the
Since its inception 15 years ago, the yearly cleanup in the Greater
Hazleton Area has become the largest volunteer effort in Luzerne County. Last
year, over 2,000 volunteers participated, and officials are hoping to surpass
that figure this year.
Targeted areas include the beltways, Route 309, Stockton Road, East Diamond
Avenue, Route 93, downtown and area playgrounds. Participants can choose the
select any specific area that they feel is in need.
PennDOT stresses that this is a litter cleanup and is not intended for bulk
trash removal. Crews will not pick up large items such as appliances,
furniture, mattresses, etc. Hazleton, West Hazleton and Hazle Township conduct
spring cleanups for such items and people should watch their newspapers for
the dates that these pickups will occur.
PennDOT will provide work crews with fluorescent orange safety vests,
gloves and trash bags.
Sign up forms will be sent out to local groups within the next two weeks.
Anyone interested in becoming involved should contact Donna Palermo at