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WHITE HAVEN
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.

Saturday, March 01, 1997     Page:

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    WHITE HAVEN
    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 disabilities.
    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 Equipment Technology.
    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.
    HAZLETON
    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.
    ECKLEY
    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.
    DRIFTON
    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.
    HAZLETON
    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 beautification effort.
    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 Chamber.
    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 455-1508.
   
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