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					October 2007

Some Halloween Fun
Halloween, commonly referred to as “All Hallows Eve” originated from a , pagan holiday honoring the dead. Today, the traditions have changed dramatically. Most of us are lightspirited, and relish in the fun for the young and young-at-heart. Consumers spend billions of dollars on candy, costumes, decorations and party goods, making Halloween second only to Christmas in spending. This month, instead of our typical informational article, we’ve decided to have some fun. You may actually learn something about us, but we hope it makes you smile too!
With Caller ID from Palmerton Telephone, you can see who is calling you, and decide whether to answer. Never settle for a cold meal again!

Phone Numbers
- - - - - Customer Service 610-826-6650 Business Office 610-826-2115 Repair Service 610-826-3444 Gilbert Office 610-826-9321

Ghosts and Goblins Witch’s Brew How do I know If it’s really you?

Costumes are fun at Halloween, but it is important to know how to identify someone entering your home. All of our Telephone Service Representatives wear a uniform with our logo and a picture identification badge. In addition, they will be driving a vehicle clearly labeled with the Palmerton Telephone Company Logo.

Oh, by the way, don’t be surprised if you think you see Santa Claus. That’s not a costume, he’s real, and works for our company - although we have a good suspicion that he reports to the North Pole (so be nice to him!).

Bobbing for apples Cider that’s sweet My telephone rings When I sit down to eat.

Trick or Treating Celebrations galore One phone’s not enough Our family needs more!

Adding an additional phone line can certainly be beneficial for a number of reasons, including a fax machine, young adults in the residence or a home office. It’s probably more affordable than you might expect. Call us today for more information.

Popcorn balls and candy corn My phone bill’s so high, I wear clothes that are torn.
Well, as a better alternative to a needle and thread, we recommend calling to add our residential Val-YOU Package. For just $39.99 plus taxes and fees, you’ll get all the most requested calling features and unlimited local and long distance calling within the Continental United States. It’s a value YOU can’t afford to pass up!

The history of Halloween Ahh, we have just the I wanted to read, answer! Palmerton But my computer’s so slow Telephone DSL offers I long for some speed! download speeds up to
3 Mbps, and with five packages priced from $29.95, we’re sure to have one that’s right for you!

Palmerton Telephone Company continues to engineer and advance technology for tomorrow while providing reliability and quality service that Pennsylvanians count on today.

We hope you learned something Now that our poem is through But, most of all Happy Halloween to you!

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Do you know that Palmerton Telephone has been serving the area since 1900?

From the Manager’s Desk...
KEEPING THEM SAFE One idea that seems to cross all cultural, political, racial and economic boundaries is the desire to keep our children safe. As we approach the Halloween season with it’s “Trick-orTreat”night(s), this concern comes to mind for most parents. Safety Experts have a long list of tips designed to help keep youngsters safe during this activity. Some of them are: > > > > Travel in a group, with adult supervision. Only go to homes of people you know. Make sure your little goblins can see and be seen. Inspect treats before you allow your children to eat them.

Some entertaining Halloween Facts:
- The largest pumpkin on world record as of October 7, 2006 was grown by Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island, and weighed in at 1,502 pounds. - The Irish Potato Famine (1845-50) caused over 700,000 people to immigrate to the Americas. They brought their tradition of Halloween and Jack O’ Lanterns along with them, but found the pumpkin to be more readily available than the turnips they used at home. - From earliest times, people believed that masks could keep them safe by frightening off the demons that brought misfortune when droughts and other disasters struck. - It is believed that the Irish began the tradition of Trick or Treating. While planning “All Hallow’s Eve” , townsfolk would visit neighbors door-to-door and ask for donations of food for a feast in the town.

Palmerton Telephone is helping with the effort to keep your children safe this year. We will be distributing reflective bags for your children to use when they canvass the neighborhood looking for treats. A limited number of these bags will be available at our three payment centers, our main office and the Pencor Superstore in Palmerton and the Gilbert office on Rte 209. Bags will be given to adults or children accompanied by adults. They are available free while quantities last. Let’s keep Trick-or-Treat a fun and safe experience for all of our children. Sincerely,

Tom Lager
General Manager Palmerton Telephone Company

Halloween Bags
Hey, Kids! Stop in one of our offices and say hello! We’ll give you a McGruff Trick or Treat bag that will help make you more visible on Halloween night. Hurry, supplies are limited! “Take a bite out of crime” and visit one of these locations today! Palmerton Telephone Business Office 465 Delaware Avenue Palmerton, PA 18071 Gilbert Office Rt. 209 Ye Olde Village Professional Plaza Gilbert, PA 18331 Pencor Super Store 656 Delaware Avenue Palmerton, PA 18071

Chicken Spinach Dip
Ingredients:
> 1 (10 oz.) box creamed spinach, thawed > 1 (15 oz.) can black beans drained, but not rinsed > 1 (8 oz.) jar medium picante sauce > 1 (5 oz.) can cooked chicken or ½ chicken breast flaked > 2 cups shredded Cheddar/Monterey Jack cheese

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Recipe

Directions: Mix all ingredients well. Put in a 2 quart dish sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350o for 40 minutes. Serve with Fritos Scoops or crackers.

The “How To” Corner
ABBREVIATED NUMBERS
You’ve got the 411 (Information) – and Other Abbreviated Dialing!
Do you remember the songs we learned in school - the ones that helped us remember something important? The alphabet, days of the week, number of days in a month, the list goes on and on - but the information was simplified, and made it easier to memorize. Likewise, the FCC regulates a few abbreviated numbers to make them easier to remember and dial. Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.

Do you know that Palmerton Telephone copper wires, connected end to end, circle the earth 4 times at the equator?

811 Building a deck? Installing a mailbox? 811
is the number you should call before you begin any digging project. Every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees or shrubs. If you hit an underground utility line while digging, you can harm yourself or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially be responsible for fines and repair costs.

411

Simply by dialing 411, you can reach Directory Assistance, otherwise known as Information, for long distance calls within 610, 484, 215 and 267 area codes (charges apply). For local directory assistance, dial (610)826-0411, since your first two requests each month are free.

911 Last, but certainly not least, use 911 in the
event of an emergency, such as reporting a crime in progress, reporting a fire or requesting an ambulance. Please do not use 911 for nonemergency calls, as it could delay help for people caught in a real emergency.

711 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay

Are You Fall Planting? Call 811 – Know What’s Below
It’s fall planting time! The autumn harvest is also a time for planting new trees and shrubs. For many of us, we meticulously plan the exact variety, the exact spot and the exact time to plant – but forget to call 811. Smart digging means calling 811 before each job – even planting a tree. Whether you are a homeowner or professional excavator, one call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for FREE! Choosing a tree can be a significant investment in money and time. Proper selection can provide years of enjoyment and significantly increase the value of your property. There are many resources available, including local libraries, universities, parks, nurseries and gardening clubs. In addition, consider these questions when making your final planting selections: 1. What purpose will this tree serve? 2. Is the species appropriate for our area? 3. What is the average life expectancy of the tree? Some trees live for hundreds of years. Others are "short-lived" and may live for only 20 or 30 years. 4. How big will it get? When planting a small tree, it is often difficult to imagine that in 20 years it could be shading your entire yard. 5. Does it have any particular insect, disease or other problem that may reduce its usefulness? 6. Is the tree evergreen or deciduous? Evergreen trees will provide cover and shade year round. They may also be more effective as a barrier for wind and noise. Deciduous trees will give you summer shade but allow the winter sun to shine in. Finally, when choosing a location to plant a tree, look up! Make sure there are no overhead utility lines. If you plant your tree under a utility line, it won't stay small forever – it could grow into the line and need to be trimmed. Proper tree and site selection will provide trouble-free beauty and pleasure for years to come.

Brain Teaser
August 2007

Winner!
Congratulations to Louise Koons of Palmerton, PA. Louise was the winner of a $25 Gift Card to Roadies Restaurant and Bar at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pa. What five letter word, no matter how you pronounce it, is always pronounced wrong? Answer: “wrong”

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Fun Facts
If you attempted to count the stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second, it would take around 3,000 years to count them all. Earth orbits the sun at 18.5 miles per second. All the coal, oil, gas, and wood on Earth would only keep the Sun burning for a few days. All the planets in our solar system could be placed inside the planet Jupiter. The brightest star in the night sky is Sirius, the Dog Star.The second brightest star is Canopus, which is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1981, "M&M's”® Chocolate Candies were chosen by the first space shuttle astronauts to be included in their food supply. "M&M's”® are now on permanent display at the space food exhibit of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In 1984, Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first woman astronaut to walk in space. Astronauts circling the Earth may be able to see as many as 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets each day. Slinky, the popular spring toy has gone in space shuttles to test the zero-gravity effects on the physical laws that govern the mechanics of springs. In space, Slinky behaves like neither a spring nor a toy, but as a continuously propagating wave.

October 2007 Pro d u c t Fe at u re
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> > > > > Download Speeds up to 3 Mbps Constant connection to the Internet No need for an extra phone line No busy signals Network up to 5 computers on one connection (router not included) > 5 e-mailboxes per customer with 50 MB per mailbox > Customers receive PenTeleData Unleashed Wi-Fi Hot Spot Internet access FREE in any Unleashed Hot Spot location

With five speed packages priced from $29.95 a month, we’re sure to have the one that’s right for you. Why are you still waiting? Call now and we will even waive the installation fee! For more information or to sign up for Palmerton Telephone DSL, call us at (610)826-6650.

Can you beat this

BRAIN TEASER?
Palmerton Telephone is giving away a $50 Gift Card to Roadies Restaurant and Bar at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pa.
To enter you must answer the brain teaser correctly, and send an e-mail to ptelco@ptd.net or on a 3”x5” index card sent to our local offices, with the following information: your name, address, daytime phone number (where we can contact you if you win), and the answer to the brain teaser. All entries must be received by 10/20/07. Good Luck! Palmerton Telephone

Brain Teaser
Take a female horse and chop off it's tail. Now turn it around for a sheep that's male. What is it?

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