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					          2009
   TAMAQUA AREA
    COMMUNITY
  PROGRESS REPORT




       Tamaqua Area
    Chamber of Commerce
Tamaqua Industrial Development
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 246 East Broad Street
 Tamaqua, PA 18252
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CONGRATULATIONS
       TO
 RANDY GORMLEY
2009 CITIZENSHIP
 AWARD WINNER
                     46th Annual
             Citizenship Award Recipient
                    Randy Gormley
                     Tamaqua, PA

The Citizenship Award is presented to a resident of the
Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older, who
has shown dedication to the betterment of the community
through their volunteer endeavors. Nominations are taken
from civic organizations and the public at large, and the
winner is selected by an independent panel chaired by the
Tamaqua Chamber President.

This award is often presented to one of the area’s unsung
heroes, and that is a perfect description of this year’s winner,
Randy Gormley.

Helping people and asking nothing in return is what made
Randy a perfect fit for the award.

For over 30 years, Randy has dedicated his time and support
to several groups to help make this a better community for
everyone. He is the son of the late Frank and Olivia (Creitz)
Gormley and is a 1953 graduate of the former Lansford High
School. He began working in the construction department
for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s District
5-0 office in Allentown, a career that spanned 38 years until
his retirement in 1991. During that time, he also served a
two-year stint of service in the U.S.Navy.

Randy, and his wife of 54 years, Doris, reside in Tamaqua’s
North Ward. When he settled in Tamaqua, Randy became
very involved in civic affairs. He has been a long time
member of the Tamaqua Borough Board of Health, serving
as its president for nine years and has also served on the
Tamaqua Planning Commission.
Randy has been a member of the Tamaqua Elks Lodge 592
for over 45 years, serving as an officer and a trustee. The
lodge holds his efforts in high esteem and has made him a
recipient of its Elk of the Year Award.

He has been delivering meals and providing fellowship to
Tamaqua Area Meals on Wheels clients for over 18 years,
and currently serves as president of that organization’s board
of directors.

As a volunteer for Horses and Horizons, Randy serves as a
side-walker for therapeutic horseback rides.

Randy’s many hours of volunteering with the Red Cross
Bloodmobile has provided the “gift of life” to thousands of
people over the years.

Randy is an active member of the First United Methodist
Church, in Tamaqua, where he serves as a trustee.

Randy’s dedication to our community and his “helping people
and asking nothing in return” attitude has made him a
humble servant and unsung hero to thousands of people
throughout the Tamaqua area.

It is with great pleasure that we honor him with this award.

Thank you, Randy, for all that you do for our community.


                      Serge Chrush,
                    President
        Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
     TAMAQUA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
              2008-2009 REPORT

It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone.
The Chamber continues to make positive changes that allows
us to better serve our members, our businesses and the entire
community. Our board is actively engaged in the operations
of the Chamber and we have several working committees
which have added to our membership growth, involvement
within all of the Tamaqua area communities, and ongoing
successes.

The Chamber serves as the initial contact point for those look-
ing to relocate to the Tamaqua area, as well as referrals for all
of our members. Our professional staff, consisting of Linda
Yulanavage, our Executive Director, and Eileen Barron, our
Administrative Assistant, provides valuable information to
walk-in visitors and tourists as well as responding to all
business inquiries.

Our Chamber is very unique in that we provide management
and implementation of the Borough of Tamaqua’s Main Street
program, with our Executive Director serving as the Main
Street Manager. This program provides façade improvement
projects, off-street parking in the downtown and management
and maintenance of Depot Square Park.

Our office also serves as the headquarters for TIDE, the
Tamaqua Area Community Partnership, Downtown Tamaqua,
Inc., the Tamaqua Art Center Gallery, and the Tamaqua
Historical Society.

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the
initial contact point for those looking to relocate to the
Tamaqua area and provides business referrals for our
members. We provide many benefits to our members and our
professional staff continues to look for new opportunities to
upgrade these services and benefits.
One major addition to these services was the development of our
website, www.tamaqua.net. We are working closely with Lehigh
Carbon Community College to provide educational seminars for
our members and local business community.

The Chamber is proud to continue the tradition of presenting the
top commercial seniors at both Tamaqua Area and Marian
Catholic high schools with the Charles “Sam” Ghares award. It is
also an honor for us to present the Ella Ray Mundy award to a
Tamaqua Area senior and the John Earley Award to a Marian
Catholic senior.

In addition to the wide variety of member services and benefits we
provide to our members, our Marketing Committee organizes
several events throughout the year to promote our members and
improve the quality of life for everyone throughout the Tamaqua
area. One of the most popular events is the Outdoor Summer
Concert Series. These concerts provide a variety of free musical
entertainment in historic downtown Tamaqua.

The Chamber, with the help of the Borough of Tamaqua continues
to provide Christmas lighting to the downtown area. This service
is made possible through the generosity of our business and
community partners. The dazzling light display at Depot Square
Park is designed by Frank Fabrizio of Remember When Video in
Brockton, who also provides the “jumbotron” for the New Year’s
Eve celebration and ball drop each year.

Our strong working relationship with TIDE, the Tamaqua Area
Community Partnership, Downtown Tamaqua, Inc., the Blueprints
Community team, and the Borough of Tamaqua allows us to
continue forward with our mission to promote the economic,
industrial, professional, cultural and civic welfare for the Tamaqua
area. The officers, board of directors and staff of the Tamaqua
Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone for their continued
support of our efforts on behalf of our members.
                      Serge Chrush, President
              Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
At Air Products, social responsibility is all about caring
for the environment and communities in which our
employees, their families, friends and neighbors live
and work. We are deeply involved in helping our
communities, both because it is the right thing to do
and because it’s also the right way to do business.

That’s why we are proud to be named to Business Ethics
Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”
After all, being a good corporate citizen is really all
about people helping people. And we are proud to
support the people and organizations that are making
our community a better place to live.
        CHAMBER OFFERS BUSINESS SEMINARS

  The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce continues to
  provide the best in services and information to both its
  members and to the community through educational
  seminars throughout the year.




                                          Here, Kurt Kushner of
                                          Nationwide Financial
                                          Network addresses
                                          attendees on the topic of
                                          "Avoiding the Six Mistakes
                                          That Can Destroy Your
                                          Business and Your
                                          Future".

                                          Also facilitating the
                                          presentation were Barry
Gangwer and Ralph Snyder of Tobash Insurance, Lucy Murphy of
Murphy CPA, and attorney Jeffrey Bowe of Bowe, Lisella and
Bowe. Participants had the opportunity to assess how well their own
businesses and personal assets are protected.



SAFE SENIORS PROGRAM
With the help of the Tamaqua Police Department and Shafer’s
Pharmacy, the Chamber provided valuable information to senior
citizens about ways to avoid identity theft, mail scams, and
                                prescription drug safety.




Lee Shafer and Tamaqua Police
Officer Rick Bekesy presented info on identity and prescription
safety to seniors at the ABC Tamaqua HiRise Building..
         DOWNTOWN TAMAQUA, INC.
      Tamaqua’s Main Street Organization
                 114 West Broad Street
                  Tamaqua, PA 18252
                     (570)668-6899
                   Fax (570)668-0826
              downtowntamaqua@verizon.net



                      OFFICERS
                Joseph M. Plasko, President
              Maureen Donovan, Vice President
                   Judy Johns, Secretary
                 Donald Serfass, Treasurer

              BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                   Pat Freeh-Stefanek
                   Dale Freudenberger
                       Rich Gibson
                      Micah Gursky
                      Linda Heigele
                        Ann Kline
                     Sally Neumann
                        Kay Rottet
                       Jim Zigmant

               MAIN STREET MANAGER
                 Linda J. Yulanavage
             ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
                    Eileen Barron

The Borough of Tamaqua’s Main Street program is managed
by the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The program
 continues to provide management and funding for Façade
 improvements , Depot Square Park, South Railroad Street
 Parking Lot, Mauch Chunk Street Parking Lot, and the Pine
         Street Garage, as well as promotional and
             economic restructuring activities in
                   downtown Tamaqua..
TAMAQUA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
          114 West Broad Street
           Tamaqua, PA 18252
               (570)668-1880
             Fax (570)668-0826
       Email: chamber@tamaqua.net
       Website: www.tamaqua.net

               OFFICERS
          Serge Chrush, President
         Todd Miller, Vice-President
        Maureen Donovan, Treasurer
          Susan Fegley, Secretary

       BOARD OF DIRECTORS
            Tom Banditelli Sr.
           Attorney Jeff Bowe
              Serge Chrush
           Maureen Donovan
               Susie Fegley
           Pat Freeh-Stefanek
             Barry Gangwer
              Micah Gursky
           Mary Jane Horvath
               Gar Thomas
              Jerry Knowles
                 Jack Kulp
                Todd Miller
             Ann Ostergaard
                Joe Plasko
               Jim Zigmant

        EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
          Linda J. Yulanavage
      ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
             Eileen Barron
BREAKFAST MIXERS are held every other month for members
and guests of the Tamaqua Chamber. An interesting mix of guest
speakers provide valuable information.

Below—Former Penn State and NFL fullback, Mike Guman, now
a VP in the mutual fund industry, gave Chamber members insight
into his football career, along with advice on the challenging
economic conditions facing business owners.
HEALTHY TIPS was the subject of a Chamber breakfast
mixer, when Dr. Joann Calabrese, DO, spoke on the effect
that diet, stress, and lifestyles have on everyone. Some
simple solutions were offered by Dr. Calabrese..

The Chamber provides the opportunity for its members to
sponsor and speak at its bi-monthly breakfast mixers.




        Shafer’s Pharmacy
                    11 Center Street
                  Tamaqua, PA 18252
                Phone: (570)668-0290
                www.shaferpharm.com

 Your community-minded independent pharmacy
                  Law Offices of Gary D. Marchalk, LLC
                              204 East Broad Street
                               Tamaqua, PA 18252
                                  570-668-5321
                             www.marchalklaw.com

    Family Law                      Real Estate                   Civil Litigation
      Divorce                    Criminal Defense                Landlord/Tenant
      Custody                          DUI                       Employment Law
      Support                    Traffic Citations                Corporate Law
Wills/Trusts/Estates              Accident Cases                     Taxation

                            Gary D. Marchalk, Esquire
                             M. Lee Albright, Esquire
                              Keith Hoppes, Esquire


              Affiliated with Northeast Pennsylvania Abstract, LLC
                      and the handling of real estate closings
                              www.nepaabstract.com


CHAMBER’S EVENING NETWORKING/SOCIAL MIXERS
In addition to our breakfast programs, the Chamber offers the opportunity for our
members to relax and network, during our bi-monthly evening mixers. The
mixers are sponsored by our members.

Member hosts provide light food and refreshments for the evening.



                                                Liz & Bruce Confer (left)
                                                hosted an evening mixer
                                                at The Golden Spike Inn,
                                                which was sponsored by
                                                Bowe, Lisella & Bowe, and
                                                Hope’s Towing & Collision
                                                and Our Family Mini Mart.
                 CHAMBER’S OUTDOOR
               SUMMER CONCERT SERIES




Above, Chamber member Liz Krewson and her family enjoy dinner
outdoors at The Restaurant at the Station during one of the Chamber’s
outdoor summer concerts.

The Summer Concerts are a project of the Chamber’s Marketing
Committee, chaired by Jack Kulp.

Free concerts are held every other Thursday evening on the platform of
the Tamaqua Railroad Station and feature a wide variety of musical
entertainment from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania. The concerts
are held from June through September, weather permitting.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the sweet sound of music in historic
downtown Tamaqua!

         Concert schedule is online at www.tamaqua.net
CHAMBER’S SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT at
Villas Crossing was a big success thanks to our community
sponsors. The money raised brings more services to Chamber
members, including educational seminars, website services,
mixers and more.




       Mike Cranston and his winning Team WalMart
      ——————————————————————-
        John Yuschock—New Horizons Vacations
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS
      FRIDAY, 09/18/09
          FUN—FOOD—PRIZES

       TAMAQUA AREA
    CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
         3rd ANNUAL
      GOLF TOURNAMENT

            VILLAS CROSSING
              GOLF COURSE
       Sponsorships Now Available!
       Teams/Individuals welcome!
            Call Serge Chrush
                 (570)778-2277




Nick Zigmant and the Villas Crossing lunch delivery crew!
Donovan Roberts performs on the platform of the Tamaqua Railroad Station
during one of the Chamber’s outdoor summer concerts. A full schedule of
eight performances is scheduled from June through September 2009.
Information on the performers can be found online at www.tamaqua.net and
www.myspace.com/tamaquaconcertseries




       Music lovers enjoy a free outdoor concert on a warm
       summer evening in historic downtown Tamaqua,
       courtesy of Tamaqua Chamber Marketing Committee.
TAMAQUA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
              2009
     SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

A warm summer night, sweet blues in the air, and the beauty
 of Depot Square Park – the perfect combination for a great
        night of fun and entertainment in Tamaqua.
               Bring your lawn chairs and
             join us on the platform at the
               Tamaqua Train Station for
    Relaxing evening of free musical entertainment.

                      June 4, 2009
                        Jay Smar
                     June 18, 2009
                       Lester Hirsh
                      July 2, 2009
          Bluzin’ (Bev Conklin & Wayne Smith)
                     July 16, 2009
                       Sarah Ayers
                     July 30, 2009
                     Forward Thrust
                    August 13, 2009
                    Donovan Roberts
                    August 27, 2009
                       The Fat Cats
                  September 10, 2009
                            KJ

                           The
           Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce
                           2009
                    Summer Concert Series
      A project of the Chamber’s Marketing Committee
Provided through the generosity of our community sponsors.
  Since 2005 when the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh designated
  Tamaqua as one of only 22 “Blueprint Communities” in Pennsylvania,
  Tamaqua’s Blueprint Communities Team has worked implement a plan
  to improve the Tamaqua Area. The team identified the following areas
  to be addressed:
      • Sustain Tamaqua’s successful Main Street Program
      • Improve the strength and role of the Tamaqua Area Chamber
      • Designate Tamaqua’s South Ward as a Pennsylvania “Elm
          Street” community to achieve neighborhood improvements
          similar to the improvements in the downtown
      • Involve the youth in marketing the quality of life in Tamaqua
      • Develop affordable housing while preserving our historic
          resources
      • Implement a plan to encourage the use of the Upper Floors of
          Tamaqua’s Downtown



Tamaqua Efforts Considered “Best Practices” and will be
featured at Conference in Montana

On June 1, 2009, rural communities will gather in Kalispell, Montana to hear how
leading communities are re-inventing, revitalizing and sustaining themselves.

Tamaqua’s efforts in economic development, downtown revitalization, recreation,
neighborhood improvements, historic preservation, education and health care will
be highlighted. This honor comes as a result of Tamaqua being designated as
one of only two rural “Sustainable Communities” in the country by the renowned
national non-profit, Rural LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation).

Micah Gursky of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership will lead a panel
discussion which will focus on the challenges and successes Tamaqua faces in its
revitalization efforts. For more information go to www.rurallisc.org. Rural LISC
supports several Tamaqua efforts including the redevelopment of upper floors in
Tamaqua’s Downtown and Service Learning at Tamaqua Area High School.
    DOWNTOWN TAMAQUA’S UPPER FLOORS—
          VALUABLE REAL ESTATE
        AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT
As Tamaqua’s downtown continues to improve, the vacant and
under-utilized real estate on the second third and fourth floors has
been identified as an asset. In 2008, the Blueprint Communities
Team partnered with Rural LISC and the Alliance for Building
Communities to complete a Market Study of Tamaqua’s Downtown
Upper Stories. The study called for effective polices that address
the obstacles to properly developing the upper floors including
parking, elevator access and utility billing practices that discourage
commercial and residential investment in the downtown’s “upstairs.”


                                   The Upper Floors are no longer
                                    an after thought in downtown
                                  revitalization. The unique views
                                  and architectural features make
                                   this space a resource that can
                                     add valuable residential and
                                          commercial space.




                                  These photos provide an example of
                                    the space that is available in the
                                   upper floors in historic downtown
                                      Tamaqua for residential and
                                       commercial development.
                              LOOKING UP:
              A CALL TO RECOVER THE UNDERUSED
                            UPPER STORIES
                                    IN
                        DOWNTOWN TAMAQUA
                     (VIDEO AVAILABLE ONLINE)
 The Tamaqua Area Community Partnership recently commissioned the
 production of a short video to highlight the potential for development of
       the upper stories of our commercial buildings in downtown
     Tamaqua. The video features the commercial and residential
     development that has been completed at the Flat Iron Building
                           by the Miller family.

  The Chamber's Executive Director, Linda Yulanavage, along with Todd
  Miller, owner of the Flat Iron Building, Kerry Barr, a residential tenant in
       the building, and Les Wargo, owner of Atlas Structural Steel, a
 commercial tenant in the building, provide insight on the possibilities and
advantages for development of the building stock in downtown Tamaqua.

 Producer, Ed Redding, provided the editing of this production. The still
   photos are part of the Upper Story Market study that was recently
 completed by Schroeder & Schroeder Consulting of Barnesville for the
                        Community Partnership,

You will be amazed at the possibilities that are available for development
of market rate housing, and commercial space in Tamaqua's downtown.

You can view the video on the Chamber’s website at www.tamaqua.net,
                simply click on Economic Development.


   For further information on the development possibilities, contact the
            Chamber of Commerce office at (570)668-1880, or
                         chamber@tamaqua.net.
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LISA JANE SCHELLER STUDENT CENTER OPENS
What was once Tamaqua’s South Ward Fire Company, is now home to the brand new
$400,000 Lisa Jane Scheller Student Center on the Tamaqua campus of Lehigh Carbon
Community College. The new center, which includes a study area, lounge, game room
and bookstore, provides a place for students to enrich their college experience. The
Scheller family, which founded Silberline Manufacturing Company, Hometown, helped
fund the center in honor of their daughter,
Lisa Jane.
$1.5 MILLION DOLLAR SCHELLER
SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT was
also announced by the Scheller family for
students who seek to pursue higher
education beyond LCCC at four-year
schools, including Bloomsburg, Kutztown
and East Stroudsburg Universities.

Graduates of Tamaqua Area High School
are already able to attend LCCC free of
charge for two years through the scholarship program established by the John E. Morgan
Foundation, which was funded by the late Morgan, founder of the former J.E. Morgan
Knitting Mills, Hometown.

Bloomsburg University is also offering a four-year degree program in elementary
education at LCCC, which means students can seek that degree and not have to leave
the area. The Scheller scholarship can also be used toward that program and the college
is looking to extend it to a business degree program.
     Student Housing Proposed for Downtown
         Will Tamaqua be a college town?
Since the establishment of the Lehigh Carbon Community
College (LCCC) John & Dorothy Morgan Center for Education,
college students from throughout the region have traveled to
Tamaqua for classes. These students, plus the Tamaqua Area
graduates taking advantage of the Morgan Scholarships, means
hundreds of people of all ages are taking classes at LCCC
Tamaqua. And with the new Lisa Jane Scheller Student Center,
Tamaqua is now home to a genuine “campus.”


This campus growth and Tamaqua’s focus on encouraging
investment in the upper floors downtown inspired developer
Frank Atkinson to undertake the development of student housing
                                               in his four-story
                                               building at
                                               43-45 West
                                               Broad Street.




                                               Development
                                               plans include
                                               mixed use with
                                               commercial
                                               space on the first
floor and student housing and non-student units.

ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS RESULTS
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance recently conducted an
analysis of the potential economic impact resulting from the
spending on goods and services by ten people residing at such a
facility in Tamaqua. These ten people would support an
estimated 1.2 jobs in the Schuylkill County economy.

There would also be an estimated $125,906 in economic activity
and an estimated $77,526 in total value added. These estimated
impacts are in 2004 dollars and number of jobs.
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                                                   Sun. 8am – 1pm
                                                         Lunch
                                                    Wed – Sat 11am-
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        Tamaqua, PA 18252                                 Dinner
                                                    Wed – Sat 4pm-
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        Extended Lunch Hours 11AM to 3PM
WITH FREE DELIVERY TO DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES

  We specialize in Club & Organization meetings & parties,
      Business Luncheons, Corporate Wine Dinners,
            Funeral Dinners, Rehearsal Dinners

                Upcoming Events include:
Beer Tasting Dinner, Murder Mystery Dinner and much more.
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     The Tamaqua area is a vital market filled with
      opportunities and a superior quality of life.

                            Location
Located in the northeast region of Pennsylvania, within the I-81
 Corridor, the Tamaqua area is ideally situated for businesses
 wishing to serve a densely populated portion of the country,
            all along the East Coast and to the west.

    The Tamaqua area is strategically located with access
                    to most major markets.
•Within a 500-mile radius of 40% of the nation's population and
                 60% of Canada's population.
  •20 minutes from I-80 for east/west/northern tier markets
      •55 minutes from I-84 for the New England markets

                           Labor Force
      Excellent availability of experienced, well-educated
                      and skilled laborers.
             Employees offer a strong work ethic
               and high productivity standards.

                      Education & Training
        Northeastern Pennsylvania has a strong system
of higher education, featuring an extensive network of colleges,
               universities and technical schools.
        Our institutions will customize training programs
                    to meet employers needs.

                     Cost of Operating
       Considerably lower operating costs as compared
          to major metropolitan markets including
              Philadelphia and New York City.

                           Incentives
         Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce and
     Tamaqua Industrial Development Enterprises (TIDE)
             will partner with the Commonwealth
        to tailor an attractive financial incentive offer.
                          Real Estate
      A wide array of options for lease or purchase for
    offices, industrial, commercial, retail, and mixed-use
    in our downtown and our mixed-use business park.

                              Utilities
             A highly reliable electric delivery service
that operates on a different grid other than the one servicing
        Manhattan with service provided by PPL Utilities.
  Utilities in place in Tidewood East Industrial Park include:
           water, sewer, rail, electric, and fiber optics.

                       Quality of Life
 Low crime rates, coupled with short daily commute times,
                   and lower cost of living
       An abundance of leisure activities for all ages
                      Majestic scenery
      First class educational opportunities, including
   2 years free college at LCCC for Tamaqua graduates
           A Pennsylvania Blueprint Community

                Commercial Opportunities
                The Borough of Tamaqua is
         a Pennsylvania Main Street Community—
            a commercial revitalization program,
          managed by Downtown Tamaqua, Inc.,
            through the Chamber of Commerce.

            The Borough of Tamaqua is a
        Pennsylvania Elm Street Community -
        a neighborhood revitalization program,
 managed by the South Ward Neighborhood Committee.

                  Visit us online at
                 www.tamaqua.net
COMMUNITY SYMBOL RETURNS HOME—After being destroyed by
vandals 82 years ago, the Tamaqua Indian statue has been returned to a permanent
home in front of the Tamaqua area school auditorium. The large Indian fountain-type
statue was rededicated following the remanufacture of the Native American
monument and restoration of the original, five-ton granite base on which it stood. the
statue was originally donated to the Tamaqua School Board in 1919, by the legendary
Dr. Katrina (Kate) Freudenberger, one of the first women doctors in Pennsylvania.
                                                        Historic preservation funding,
                                                        obtained with the help of Rep.
                                                        Dave Argall, along with
                                                        community donations from
                                                        Walters Monument and Soley’s
                                                        Garage and Towing made the
                                                        restoration possible.
                                                        The original base was found on
                                                        a farm in West Penn Township,
                                                        in 1960 that was purchased by
                                                        Eileen & Richard Meiser. The
                                                        Meiser family donated the origi-
                                                        nal base to the community to
complete the restoration..
                       VOLUNTEERS
                 KEEP DEPOT SQUARE PARK
                  BEAUTIFUL YEAR ROUND



                                                          Boy Scout Troop
                                                          777, Tamaqua,
                                                          lay down a layer of
                                                          mulch around the
                                                          trees and plants in
                                                          Tamaqua's
                                                          Depot Square
                                                          Park, located at the
                                                          Five Points Inter-
                                                          section of Routes
                                                          209 and 309.
                                                          The scouts were
able to purchase eight yards of mulch thanks to a grant from Thrivent. De-
pot Square Park is managed and maintained by a              volunteer commit-
tee that is part of the Downtown Tamaqua Main Street Program. The Main
Street program is managed for the Borough by the         Executive Director
of the Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce.




Tamaqua Brownie Troops
1296 and 1297 and Daisy
Troop 1210 celebrated Earth
Day with a project in which
they planted pansies and
perennials near the John E.
Morgan Memorial Fountain in
Depot Square Park.

The Tamaqua Area Chamber
of Commerce donated four trays of pansies to the project and Lowe's store
number 292, West Hazleton, donated an         additional 225 flowers.

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The Tamaqua Historical Society’s annual Summerfest and
Heritage Festivals brings thousands of visitors to downtown
Tamaqua. Scenes from Tamaqua’s past are reenacted
during the festivals. Scenic passenger train excursions take
passengers from the 1874 Tamaqua Train Station, through
the historic Tamaqua tunnel enroute to the Historic High
Bridge, in Rush Township. The Summerfest is held on
Father’s Day and the Heritage Festival is held on the second
Sunday in October each year.
Tamaqua was named as Schuylkill County’s Best Walkable
Community by Schuylkill On The Move and the Schuylkill Conservation
District. Tamaqua Council President, Micah Gursky, accepts the
award during the 2008 Summerfest in downtown Tamaqua.




Edward R. Rummel, who served his country as a Tech 5th Class in the
2nd Armored Division, 4th Army, during World War II, Tamaqua
participated in the National Bell Ringing Ceremony with the ringing of
the colliery bell at the borough's Depot Square Park. Members of
C.H.Berry American Legion Post 173 provided the color guard and gun
salute. The ceremony honors the 13 original colonies who signed the
Declaration of the Independence.
Congratulations to Randy Gormley from Don & Bettsy Hadesty.

             DIRECT MAYTAG
           Home Appliance Center
     A trusted local retailer for 36 years!



                 Maytag, Jenn-Air, Amana, Whirlpool, Estate


 We sell the BEST…and service the rest!
 1130 E. Broad Street     Don, Bettsy & Chris Hadesty
 Tamaqua, PA 18252             (570) 668-3456
             www.directmaytagtamaqua.com


                   CLASSIC ROCK FOR ADULTS
                                               LIVE MUSIC PERFORMED
                                           BY FIVE SEASONED MUSICIANS
                                                      THAT WON’T
                                            RUPTURE YOUR EARDRUMS!
                                         JACK KULP – LEAD/BACKUP VOCALS &
                                                    BLUES HARP
                                             ED MICHALIK – PERCUSSION
                                       MIKE PIASKOWSKI – LEAD/BACKUP VOCALS
                                                 & ACOUSTIC GUITAR
                                       STAN PIASKOWSKI – BASS GUITAR, ACCOR-
                                          DION, KEYBOARDS, BACKUP VOCALS
                                        PAUL RUMBEL – LEAD GUITAR, MANDOLIN
                     http://www.myspace.com/coalholesoul
   For available dates, e-mail Jack at jack_kulp@yahoo.com, or call at 570-778-0624.
             For performing rates and booking confirmation, e-mail Stan at
                    spiasko@netscape.com, or call at 570-889-3825.
         SOUTH WARD NEIGHBORHOOD
       TAMAQUA’S ELM STREET PROGRAM

The Pennsylvania Elm Street Program, administered by the
Pennsylvania Downtown Center on behalf of the Department
of Community and Economic Development, assists
municipalities in rejuvenating residential and mixed-use areas
adjacent to their central business district.

The Elm Street Program is based on the successful Main
Street Program, which targets downtown commercial districts,
linking the central commercial areas and the neighborhoods
that surround them. In Tamaqua, the program is managed by
the South Ward Neighborhood Committee, headed by the Elm
Street Manager, Kathy Kunkel.

The South Ward Neighborhood Committee is dedicated to
working with and supporting existing community organizations
in efforts to promote home ownership, reconnect with
Downtown Tamaqua and address neighborhood safety
issues.

The Committee works with current and former neighborhood
residents and community organizations to improve the
neighborhood park, assist neighbors and make improvements
to make the neighborhood a better place to live, work, play and
raise a family.




          CONGRATULATIONS RANDY!

       Lynn Zimmerman
                      Financial Advisor
                                139 West Broad Street
                                 Tamaqua, PA 18252
                                   (570)668-6854
                             “MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING”
       SOUTH WARD
      NEIGHBORHOOD
        COMMITTEE
Tamaqua’s Elm Street Organization

     BOARD OF DIRECTORS
       Louise Howells, Chair
           Micah Gursky
         Michelle Mehallic
            Steve Tertel
             Bill Willing
          Harold Kunkel
     ELM STREET MANAGER
           Kathy Kunkel

        Mailing Address
         230 Race Street
       Tamaqua, PA 18252
             Phone
     (570)668-4804, 668-1250

Email: southwardneighbors@hotmail.com
              Website
      www.southwardtamaqua.org
Tamaqua’s South Ward Committee volunteers were
kept busy in 2008 as the group worked towards its goal of
making the neighborhood a safer, more attractive place to
live, work, play and raise a family. In addition to two clean
up/litter campaigns, the group launched a campaign to raise
awareness of litter problems related to cigarette butts.
The façade grant program went into full swing, with seven




property owners receiving grants to improve their homes.
Additional funding is being sought for the program, which
now has a waiting list for future home improvements. The
pocket park at Spruce and Hunter Street was cleaned and
restored with supplies donated by Weicker’s Home
Improvement Store.




         CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS!
                   RANDY

         FOR MAKING OUR COMMUNITY A
            BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US!
                 Linda & Eileen
 RANDY GORMLEY

2009
The South Ward Playground was a hub of activity, as usual.
In addition to providing children of all ages a safe place to
gather and play, numerous events were held throughout the
year, including a free summer lunch program, Fun Day, a 9-11
Memorial service, a Spooktoberfest in October and a visit with
Santa in December.
The SWNC also launched a campaign to preserve the unique
heritage of the ward. Volunteers visited with long time
residents, gathering memories of days gone by to preserve for
the future. The first “Spruce Up Campaign Award” was
presented to long time resident Jeannie Woodward of South
Railroad Street.

The Carriage Street Pedestrian Stairway Project received
PennDOT approval late in 2008. The project was put out for
bids and construction will begin sometime in 2009.

The SWNC’s website is up and running. Information
concerning all of the group’s events is found at
www.southwardtamaqua.org. The office is located at 230
Race St. Office hours vary and Manager Kathy Kunkel is also
available at 570-668-4804 or 668-1250.
                              DOWNTOWN TAMAQUA’S
                              FIRST HISTORIC EASEMENT
                              PROJECT
                              Upper levels of the historic building, now
                              housing LaDolce Casa, on West Broad
                              Street, in downtown Tamaqua, have
                              undergone a major transformation.

                              The project is made possible through the
                              efforts of the borough’s Main Street
                              program.


                                Under the Historic
                                Easement pro-
gram,          Downtown Tamaqua, Inc., will own
the rights to the building’s façade and those
rights are a permanent part of the deed. Cur-
rent and future owners are responsible for the
maintenance and upkeep in accordance with
standards set by DTI.
The project will continue with the restoration of
the first floor façade. Similar projects are
planned for the future.
 Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission
 Since 1998, the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) has been
working to increase the recreational opportunities in the Tamaqua area and
Eastern Schuylkill County, with an emphasis on park and trail development and
rehabilitation.

 The ESRC consists of the Borough of Tamaqua, the Borough of Coaldale, the
Borough of Middleport, Rush Township, Schuylkill Township, Walker Township,
West Penn Township, the Tamaqua YMCA, and the Tamaqua Area School
District. The formation of the ESRC is considered a real progress in
inter-municipal efforts in a region that had previously been known for being
divisive and mistrustful. The ESRC’s importance cannot be over-stated and its
work over the years has exemplified public/private partnerships and synergy
with government agencies, private partners, and non-profit organizations.

 Over the past twelve years, the ESRC has been successful in both securing
funding for projects and running successful programming for the residents of
Eastern Schuylkill County. From assisting with acquiring land for public parks
to rehabilitating playgrounds, from developing trails to constructing fully usable
recreational facilities, the ESRC has been instrumental and extremely active in
improving and increasing our area’s recreational opportunities.

 Examples of projects that have become possible due to inter-municipal
cooperation through the ESRC are: the Lehigh & New England Rail-Trail, the
Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail, the Newkirk Tunnel Environmental Education
Area, the acquisition, planning and development of the West Penn Park East,
the development of the Rabbit Run softball field, the Bungalow baby pool, the
North and Middle Ward Playground basketball court, the lighting of the
Tamaqua Area School District’s soccer field, the development of the Mary-D
Fire Company Sports Complex, the development of the Black Diamond
recreation area in Coaldale, and the development of Richard E. Miller Park in
Hometown.

In addition, the ESRC runs a wide range of programs through the summer and
winter months, including basketball and volleyball leagues, bike races, youth
activities, weekend tournaments, etc. These programs target a wide demo-
graphic area of men, women, and children of all ages.

 Since 1998, the ESRC has helped bring in over $1.5 million in recreational
funding to the Tamaqua area and have catered to thousands of people with its
vast array of seasonal programming opportunities throughout the year.
  EASTERN
SCHUYLKILL
RECREATION
COMMISSION


Executive Direc-
                    tor—Jason Boris
   Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Monday-Friday)
                        Office:
  Tamaqua Area School District Administration Building
              138 West Broad St., 3rd Floor
                  Tamaqua, PA 18252
                   Mailing Address
        320 East Broad St., Tamaqua, PA 18252
                  esrcrec@hotmail.com
         (570) 668-2919 Fax: (570) 668-6850
        ESRC Commission Members
           John Trudich – Tamaqua Borough
           John Handler – Tamaqua Borough
       Tom Rottet – Tamaqua Area School District
Mike Hromyak (Treasurer) – Tamaqua Area School District
        Joe Plasko (Secretary) – Tamaqua YMCA
            Steve Simchak – Rush Township
              Joe Pinkey – Rush Township
  Linda DeCindio (Vice-Chairman) – Schuylkill Township
          Dan DeCindio – Schuylkill Township
             Dave Price – Walker Township
            Robert Hope – Walker Township
           Al Martinez – West Penn Township
      Jim Akins (Chairman) – West Penn Township
              Sue Solt – Coaldale Borough
          Beth McClure – Middleport Borough
          John DiFilippo – Middleport Borough
            John Kabana—Coaldale Borough
        Middleport Borough Joins ESRC

On January 1, 2009, the Borough of Middleport became the
ninth participating member of the Eastern Schuylkill
Recreation Commission.

Middleport (population of 435) becomes the smallest
municipal entity in the ESRC and the newly formed
partnership marks the first municipal expansion since the
Borough of Coaldale joined the regional recreation commis-
sion in 2002.

Beth McClure and John DiFilippo will serve as Middleport’s
representatives on the ESRC Board.

One of ESRC’s top priorities for the Borough of Middleport is
to help secure funding to facilitate the restoration and
rehabilitation of their borough playground, which was heavily
damaged and lost in the flooding of 2006.
Mary-D Fire Company Sports Complex
   Schuylkill Township

     In 2004, the
ESRC secured a
$25,000 Grant for
Schuylkill Township
to rehabilitate the old
Mary-D ball field.
Two years later, the
ESRC partnered with
the Schuylkill Head-
waters Association in turning that initial rehabilitation
project ($25,000) into the development of a brand new
$450,000 multi-use recreation area.

    With the help of 18 other project partners, the Mary-D
Fire Company Sports Complex was unveiled in June of
2008. This state-of-the art facility features a fenced-in
                                        baseball/softball
                                        field, a fenced-in
                                        soccer field, an
                                        expanded parking
                                        area, a paved walking
                                        path along the entire
                                        perimeter of the
                                        project, and an ice
                                        skating area for the
                                        winter months.

                                       The Tamaqua Area
                                       Baseball Association
and the Tamaqua Area Youth Soccer Association will be
the primary tenants of the new facility, which according to
ESRC Executive Director Jason Boris, is the largest and
most successful project undertaken by the ESRC in its
twelve-year history.
Bungalow Playground
Borough of Tamaqua
                             In the fall of 2008, the
                             Bungalow Park (Howard
                             Buehler Memorial Pool)
                             received a much-needed
                             recreational upgrade with
                             the development of a new
                             playground area.

                              The new playground,
                             which is adjacent to the
                             current pavilion, was
                             made possible through a
                             DCNR development grant
                             obtained through the
                             ESRC.

                             In addition to remediating
                             some on-site drainage
                             issues, the funding helped
                             purchase a multi-purpose
                             modular play unit, several
                             swings, spring riders,
                             bounce buttons, benches,
                             safety surfacing and ADA
                             access/parking.




    In previous years, the
ESRC has assisted the
Borough of Tamaqua in
upgrading other areas of
the Bungalow Park,
including the construction
of a new baby pool and the
rehabilitation of the
basketball court.
Park and Playground Development and Rehabilitation
Borough of Tamaqua, Rush Township, Walker Township

Over the past three years, the ESRC has successfully obtained
$105,000 in funding to be used towards three different park
and playground projects encompassing the Borough of
Tamaqua, Rush Township and Walker Township.

                                             The Borough of
                                             Tamaqua has
                                             received two
                                             separate grants
                                             (totaling $30,000)
                                             for start up
                                             funding for the
                                             Owl Creek
                                             Community Park.
                                             Earth work and
                                             site preparation
                                             has already
                                             begun on a parcel
                                             of land adjacent
to the Owl Creek Reservoir, which will eventually house a
basketball court and a small playground area.

The ESRC also helped obtain a $35,000 DCNR Small
Communities Grant for Rush Township for the rehabilitation of
the Quakake Playground. The current park has been stripped
bare and all of the deteriorating playground equipment on site
has been removed. With the funding, the Township is planning
on rehabilitating its basketball court, building a new parking
area, and adding one or two new pieces of playground
equipment to the site.

 Walker Township has also been the beneficiary of a $40,000
DCNR Small Communities Grant to be used towards
improvements at Wildcat Park (next to the Township
Municipal Building). Plans include the renovating of
one tennis court and the relocation of the park’s basketball
court (which currently doubles as the township building’s
parking lot) to ensure the safety of its users. The new court will
be surrounded by fencing and will replace one of the two
existing tennis courts on site.
K&K                       Oil
           Company
     Post Office Box 65
    Weatherly, PA 18255
(570)657-0056   1(800)964-6451
Looking Ahead
   Borough of Tamaqua and West Penn Township

                                 Two projects that look to get
                                underway later this year are
                                the first phase of the
                                Tamaqua Riverwalk and the
                                development of West Penn
                                Park East.




     The ESRC received a
$96,000 DCNR Grant through
the Pennsylvania Recreational
Trails program for the Borough
of Tamaqua for the first phase
of construction of a Riverwalk
project to be placed alongside
the Little Schuylkill River
running from Willing Park and the Tamaqua Community
Center to Cedar Street.

    The Riverwalk is eventually slated to run to Broad St. as
more funding becomes available and will be a welcomed
linkage between the downtown, Boyer’s Food Store, Willing
Park and the Tamaqua Community Center.

     The ESRC also helped obtain three Grants (through the
late State Senator Jim Rhoades, former State Representative
Dave Argall, and the Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources) for the development of West Penn Park East
(located just off Route 443 on Cold Spring Road).

    This project will feature the construction of one youth
baseball/softball field, one soccer/all-purpose field and a
crushed stone parking area. West Penn Park East will help fill
a recreational void within the township and supply local youth
sports organizations a safe place to gather and play.
PROGRAMMING REPORT

In 2008-2009, the ESRC saw increased participation in
all of its major recreational programming.

                                The summer basketball
                                league is the largest and
                                most competitive in
                                Schuylkill County and
                                features 14 teams.




The summer volleyball
league has doubled
from four to eight
teams over a ten year
span.

 The ESRC also runs a
successful adult winter
basketball league which
consists of nine teams, and a co-ed youth basketball pro-
gram which features over 100 children in grades 3-6.

                                Other ESRC
                                programming includes,
                                but is not limited to, bike
                                races, recreational/sports
                                leagues and tournaments,
                                and Breakfast with Santa
                                in conjunction with
                                Tamaqua’s Spirit of
                                Christmas Festival.
2008
  2008
                                114 West Broad Street
                                Tamaqua, PA 18252
                                (570)668-6899

                                 The Gallery continues to bring a wide variety
                                 of visual art to the Tamaqua Area. A volun-
teer Art Guild manages the     exhibits at the Gallery, which is a project of
the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. The Gallery shares space with
the Chamber’s office in      downtown Tamaqua.
The Gallery’s “from the Streets to the Gallery” exhibit featured 20 amateur
                              photographer’s (from kids to adults) views of
                              the Tamaqua Area. Each participant was given
                              a disposable digital camera and asked to re-
                              cord their     favorite images from throughout
                              the entire Tamaqua area. The event has be-
                              come annual community event.

                              Some of the photos from the exhibit are now
                              being featured on Tamaqua area postcards
                              that are now offered for sale in the Gallery.

                              Exhibits featuring local artists are scheduled
                              throughout the year at the Gallery.




                      Congratulations,
                       Uncle Randy!
                   Jason, Jill and Jimmy
LEHIGH ASPHALT
PAVING & CONSTRUCTION CO.
PAVING & ASPHALT MATERIALS
  SAND & STONE PRODUCTS
   1314 East Broad Street
         P. o. Box 549
     Tamaqua, PA 18252
  Telephone (570)668-4303
      Fax (570)668-5910




              EDWARD’S
              FLOWERS
              501 W.
              BROAD
              TAMAQUA

(570)668-0480
FTD SERVICE
SAME DAY DELIVERY
263                             Lafay-
            ette Street
           Tamaqua, PA
          (570)668-3901
Stop in and enjoy great food and drinks
with Pete Smulligan and Stacy Hollen-
     Lois Breiner, Tamaqua,
     adjusts the hands of the
     rare McClintock stained
     glass clock which she
     has donated to the
     Tamaqua Historical
     Society so that it can be
     returned to its former
     location on the front fa-


                             çade of the society museum on West Broad
                             Street.

                             Breiner’s father managed to save the
                             valuable clock from destruction almost 50
                             years ago. The society hopes to restore the
                             clock to working condition and have it
                             re-installed on the front of the building where
                             it once hung. The clock was originally
                             installed in 1915. The society is currently
                             seeking funding for the restoration.



                                            M & S True Value Hardware
                                            Expands Downtown
                                            With the new addition, the Miller
                                            family, who have owned the
                                            business since 1964, now has a
                                            total of 12,500 square feet of retail
                                            space in its complex, including the
                                            main building and the second floor,
                                            as well as the seasonal shop on
                                            South Railroad Street.

                                            The hardware store has been lo-
cated at the current location of 10 West Broad since 1895. The expansion occu-
pies the site of the former Tamaqua Hotel,
which was razed by a fire in 1991. The
Millers are committed to maintaining their
presence in historic downtown Tamaqua.

Todd Miller was the 2008 Citizenship
Award recipient..
                  2008—2009
  TAMAQUA INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ENTERPRISES
              PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 I have just completed a year as the President of TIDE and it was
a great learning experience that I really enjoyed. I especially
enjoyed working with the people in TIDE, the Schuylkill Economic
Development Corporation (SEDCO) and the Chamber of
Commerce. These people are a group of very dedicated
individuals committed to bringing quality jobs to the Tamaqua
Area.

  A major blow to the Tamaqua Area and TIDE during the past
year was the closing of the HanesBrands facilities that caused a
loss of 155 jobs (44 of them from the facility in TIDE Industrial
Park). These facilities are now being marketed with TIDE’s
assistance by CBRE, a major commercial real estate broker.
There has been serious interest exhibited by one company in the
TIDE Park facility.

 The six companies that are operating in TIDE Industrial Park and
the products and services they produce are:
• Trans Western Polymers, Inc.(see below)
• Highwood USA, LLC (see below)
• Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc.(special effect
    performance aluminum pigments)
• Fox Transportation Inc. (refrigerated truck distribution of
    deep-frozen foods and standard truck distribution of many
    other products)
• Gellner Industrial, LLC (water based polymers for printing inks
    and industrial coatings),
• Veolia Water North America-Central, LLC (clean-up of water
    based by-product material under contract to Air Products).

  The number of employees working in the Park is 439. The total
investment in plant and equipment by the companies is
$66 million.

In spite of the very negative economic climate in the country
during the past year, very positive accomplishments have been
made by several of the companies in TIDE Industrial Park and
within the TIDE organization.
      Accomplishments in the TIDE Organization

Engineering Studies in Tide Industrial Park
Prodesign Plus, P.C. under contract from TIDE has completed
80% of the engineering studies for a Land Development and
Storm Water Management Plan for the available acreage in the
Park. This is required to meet the new DEP regulations for storm
water treatment.

 KOZ Designation for Undeveloped Lots in TIDE Industrial
Park
Negotiations are being carried out with all the proper taxing
authorities to obtain KOZ designation for all the undeveloped lots
in the Industrial Park

TIDE Web Site
A TIDE web site is being developed by a project team consisting
of Suzie Fegley as project manager and team members Bill Yost
and Tom Mullahey. They are doing an excellent job and the web
site is 75% complete. All TIDE literature is being updated and
published as TIDE web site pages on the Tamaqua Chamber web
site. TIDE literature on a web site will allow updating as needed
with very little cost as compared to the cost of publishing
brochures.

Remaly Manufacturing
TIDE continues to work with Remaly to formulate a development
plan to expand their existing operation. Remaly and TIDE
continue to explore all possible options.

TIDE Industrial Park Clean-up and Beautification Program
The Industrial Park frequently becomes littered with bags and
other litter from Hometown Commons retail stores and some
people have also been using the Park as a dumping ground.
A committee has been formed to develop a permanent solution to
Park clean-up and maintenance and to develop a beautification
plan for the Park. The committee consists of Mary Jane Horvath
as committee chair and members include Bob Fox, Shawn
Gilbert, and Gerry Heffner.

An Earth Day clean-up was carried out by TIDE people and
employees from the Park’s companies.
  Accomplishments of Companies in TIDE Industrial Park

 Trans Western Polymers, Inc.
Trans Western Polymers continues to grow and is a great
success story.
They are the largest employer in the Park employing 240 people
and they are looking to hire a number of new people.
They operate a 120,000 sq ft facility and manufacture plastic
trash bags for private label customers. In spite of the poor
economic climate, their business according to the Management
Team at the plant is in a growth pattern. They have increased
output during the past year and are projecting to continue this
growth into the near future.

 Highwood USA LLC
Highwood USA also continues to grow and is another success
story in the Park.
Highwood celebrated a 40,400 sq ft expansion of its
manufacturing plant this past July and has grown from 28,000 sq
ft when it started in 2004 with 8 employees to 68,400 sq ft with
45 employees at the present time. The expansion will lead to the
creation of 50 new jobs when all the new production lines are
completely installed.
Highwood produces the best, most realistic synthetic wood
products available today. Highwood is budgeting a sales
increase for 2009 which will be accomplished mainly through new
products and new markets.

 Silberline Manufacturing Company, Inc.
During the past year Silberline’s Ernest Scheller III Center for
Technical Functions & Advanced Manufacturing which is located
in the Industrial Park received two significant awards. One is for
innovative application of technology in manufacturing and the
second is for nanotechnology research.
Nanotechnology deals with things that are extremely small. The
head of a pin measures one million nanometers. At the nanolevel,
materials have unusual electromagnetic, physical and visual
properties.
TIDE Industrial Park Sign
TIDE has been negotiating with Zamias (the developer of
Hometown Commons) since March 2008 for Zamias to pay,
as they agreed, for the replacement of the TIDE sign at the
northern section of the TIDE Park entrance.
This sign is very important to the TIDE organization and for
the six operating companies in the TIDE Industrial Park.
It is needed to provide directions into the Park for delivery
personnel and business visitors to the companies and to
prospective TIDE clients who travel south on Route 309.
 TIDE finally received payment in April of this year.

A beautiful new sign has been designed and it is expected
to be installed by this summer.

TIDE Board of Directors
Six new, very capable people with wide experience will fill
positions on the Board of Directors.

The new members are:
• Shawn Gilbert (Rush Township Supervisor)
• James Mason (Silberline)
• Connie Ligenza (Tamaqua Area School District)
• Brian Connelly (Tamaqua Borough Council)
• Maureen Donovan (Lehigh Carbon Community
   College)
• Mike Prock (Mauch Chunk Trust).

 I want to express my thanks to all the members of the
TIDE Board and its Executive Committee (Jerry Knowles,
Jeff Bowe, Serge Chrush, and Jim Zigmant), the Schuylkill
Economic Development Corporation (Frank Zukas and
Gerry Heffner), and the Tamaqua Area Chamber of
Commerce (Linda Yulanavage and Eileen Barron) for all
the help and guidance they have given me this past year.


                   Joe Urenovitch
                   TIDE President
 Congratulations, Randy!




                          M & I DELI
                       535 N. Railroad
                        Tamaqua, PA


             Homemade Cooking
Hoagies—Soups—Salads—Sandwiches—Platters
       Haulshiki—Halupki and Desserts
        Many of your ethnic favorites!
         Party trays, Sympathy trays,
  Fund raisers and catering for all occasions!


      (570)668-4669
15,000 SQUARE FOOT TAMAQUA YMCA OPENS
                                       The fully equipped, state-of-
                                       the-art Tamaqua YMCA
                                       recreational complex and
                                       fitness center opened in
                                       December, in the former
                                       Jamesway Department Store,
                                       on US Route 209, in
                                       Tamaqua. Private funds and a
                                       capital campaign raised
                                       $850,000 to pay for the facility

                                          The YMCA has operated for 97
years within the community and this is the organization’s first full op-
erational facility. The recreation and fitness center includes top of the
line hardware such as treadmills, universal gyms, weights, cardiovas-
cular equipment, pool tables, table top soccer games, bumper pool,
table top hockey games and play and learning areas, including
                                    miniature versions of Tamaqua
                                    landmarks the Texas Lunch,
                                    Tamaqua Fire Department, along
                                    with a little schoolhouse and JEMS
                                    Little Nursery.

                                 The site includes an interactive
                                 youth center, gymnasium, preschool
                                 center, child watch area and meet-
                                 ing/conferences rooms. The center
offers rentals of the gym and meeting room, party hosting, summer
adventure camp, Tamaqua Jack & Jill Preschool, and a nursery.

Programs offered include Cardio Kickboxing, Aerobics Step Interval,
Youth Floor Hockey, Water Aero-
bics, lap swim and swim lessons.
The Y’s water activities are held at
the Tamaqua High School pool.
The YMCA is affiliated with the
Reading/Berks County YMCA.
The Executive Director, Nick Zig-
mant, can be reached
at (570)668-2903.
            TAMAQUA AREA
               MOURNS




              Senator Jim Rhoades
                  1941-2008



Thank you, Senator, for your unsurpassed support of all
   our efforts throughout the entire Tamaqua area.
In Memory
    of
        †
    James Bowe

    John Kellner

    Elbur Purnell
          †

Thank you for all you
 contributed to make
  the Tamaqua area
     a better place
  to live, work, learn
        and play!
          WHAT’S HAPPENING IN TAMAQUA?
Tamaqua offers a wide range of activities and events throughout the year to
      appeal to all ages and interests. Here are a few just a few:

Downtown Farmer’s Market—Saturdays from June to October

Tamaqua Summerfest—June 21, 2009—Car show, street fair, free musi-
cal entertainment, working blacksmith shop, trolley rides.

Sidewalk/Community Yard Sale—August 1, 2009

Tamaqua Heritage Festival—October 11, 2009—Large Street festival, car
shows, free entertainment, ethnic foods, historical re-enactments, crafts,
Scenic passenger train excursions

Haunted Hayrides at Owl Creek—October, 2009

Tamaqua’s Halloween Parade—October, 2009

Ghostly Spirits of Tamaqua Tour—October 2009—Meet and greet our
“spirits” as you relive some of Tamaqua’s most interesting history.

Tamaqua’s Spirit of Christmas Festival—December, 2009 Santa pa-
rade, breakfast with Santa, guided Victorian house tours, crafts,  musical
entertainment, Victorian Tea, Festival of trees, kid’s activities.

Christmas at Owl Creek—December 2009

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop—December 31, 2009 at the ABC Tamaqua
HiRise, see the “Broad Street Jumbotron”, refreshments, free
entertainment.


   For information on what’s happening throughout the Tamaqua
        Area, be sure to check the online calendar of events at
                          www.tamaqua.net
                              ANOTHER HISTORIC FAÇADE
                              RESTORATION COMPLETED
                              Work is finally completed on the
                              façade of the American Hose
                              Company. The newly installed
                              truck door was funded by a grant
                              from Downtown Tamaqua, Inc.,
                              Tamaqua’s Main Street program.




The Main Street program
implements projects that
encourage economic
development and historic
preservation throughout the
commercial corridor of the
Borough of Tamaqua.




           BOWE, LISELLA
             and BOWE
                        Attorneys
  Jeffrey P. Bowe and Thomas R. Lisella

   General Practice—Personal Injury—Wills/Estates
    Corporate Law—Real Estate—Bankruptcy Law

  109 West Broad Street—Tamaqua, PA
            570-668-1241
        TAMAQUA’S SUCCESS APPLAUDED

A Blueprint Communities advisory group, including officials
of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and other
Blueprint Communities partners toured Tamaqua on a fact
finding mission. The group was seeking an update on how
Tamaqua’s initiatives are progressing, as well as ideas on
ways to make the Blueprint program more beneficial.
   Koch’s Turkey Farm
            &
      Retail Store
          416 Valley Road
        Tamaqua, PA 18252
            (570)668-2089
            (800)247-7300


          **All natural**
No animal by-products or antibiotics
       Products also available at the
        Hometown Farmer’s Market
         Wednesdays 8 am to 8 pm
  Located in Lewistown Valley
             VOTE

 Jerry Knowles
State Representative

            On
          May 19th


                   PETALS & GREENS
                     230 Pine St.
                      Tamaqua

                    (570)668-5600
                     LET US BE
                 YOUR FIRST CHOICE!

Special thanks to Deb for the beautiful
  arrangement for tonight’s dinner!
St. Luke’s Miners Memorial Hospital’s new Health
Center, located along Route 309, in Rush Township,
brings the area access to health care service to residents
needing health screenings, lab work, immunizations,
wellness checkups and attention to those feeling ill, along
with a variety of other services.




 Kane Lumber Co. Inc.
            500 West Cottage Ave.
             Tamaqua, PA 18252
              ℡570-668-1910




         Proud to Serve Tamaqua and
       the Surrounding Communities for
                      30 + Years
 HISTORY OF TRANS WESTERN POLYMERS
The history of Trans Western Polymers is one of innovation,
technology, and corporate responsibility. While this is our past,
it also represents our vision for the future.

Founded in Northern California in 1983 by Joon Bai, Trans
Western Polymers is a manufacturer and distributor of plastic
products, including disposer bags, food contact bags and wrap,
reclosable bags, and plastic cutlery and tumblers.

Not only does Trans Western develop products that consumers
feel comfortable using in their homes and institutions, we are
also focused on providing bags that are durable, yet
environmentally correct. The TWP and “Private Label” disposer
bag program was developed to meet these objectives,
producing better products with less plastic. Trans Western is
able to deliver thinner bags that perform better through a
combination of state-of-the-art equipment and resin developed
in conjunction with suppliers. These partnerships and the
utilization of technology have allowed us to produce new and
truly superior products.

The Tamaqua, PA. facility was established in 1997. This plant
operates in order to better service our customers in the Midwest
and the Eastern United States.

The TWP Yanbian facility was established in 2003 and is
located in the North East region of China in the Jilin Province.
This facility was built to service our customers in the Western
United States.
     *Auto Club
 *Insurance Agency
   *Travel Agency
 Pottsville           Tamaqua
 622-4991             668-1003
            aaa.com




  Compliments of
Senator Dave Argall
 Paid for by the Volunteers for Argall
        THE SUCCESS OF TAMAQUA’S
          MAIN STREET PROGRAM




Business leaders and Main Street managers from six-
northern Schuylkill County towns toured historic down-
town Tamaqua, looking for ideas and guidance to take
back to their own community programs.

The success of Tamaqua’s Main Street program has
drawn many visitors here over the past 11 years. One
of the most visible project is the downtown streetscape
that was completed last year. Façade improvements
in downtown Tamaqua have been completed on over
60 properties—both commercial and residential—
within the commercial corridor.

The Main Street program is successfully managed for
the Borough by the Executive Director of the Tamaqua
Chamber, a unique situation in the state. Community
support makes this possible.
                            TAMAQUA HISTORICAL
                                  SOCIETY
                                   PLANS
                               MAJOR MUSEUM
                                RENOVATIONS
                         PHASE ONE COMPLETED IN 2008

                          Tamaqua Historical Society has com-
pleted Phase One of a       major museum restoration project with
the aim of creating a safe and attractive atmosphere for preserv-
ing and exhibiting their collection of historical memorabilia from
Tamaqua and the        surrounding area. It has been a longtime
goal of the Society to be able to afford to renovate the exterior
and interior of the   former bank building at 118 West Broad
Street, which was last      renovated in 1960.

Following completion of a project assessment report by Daniel
Schroeder, Historic Preservation Consultant, the Society began
fundraising 2006 and 2007 for the renovation project and was
successful in raising $120,000 towards the project. Funding
came from a variety of sources, including private dollars raised
by the Society, CDBG funds contributed by the Borough of
Tamaqua, a Legislative Initiative Grant from Rep. Argall through
PA Department of Community and Economic Development and
a PA Heritage Park Grant from the Schuylkill River National and
State Heritage Area.

In 2008, construction plans were completed and work began on
first renovating and repairing the exterior of the Historical
Society Museum building with the funds which had been raised.
The work included rebuilding and replacing two large roofs on
the building, all new storm water management, and sealing up
areas that were exposed to the elements at the top and rear of
the property.



       Email: tamaquahistoricalsociety@tamaqua.net
In 2009, the Society is back to raising funds again so that
renovations of the museum interior can get underway in the
next few years as more funds and grants are secured. The
Society has to restore the architectural details of the ornate
interior of the former bank while updating all HVAC,
electrical, lighting, and climate control systems. If funds
allow, the Society hopes to purchase more new display
cases to better preserve all the artifacts.

The museum has begun to reopen on a limited schedule
each week to allow visitors a chance to come in and view
the artifacts, exhibits and collections belonging to the
Society. The museum is now open Monday evenings and
may expand those hours as summer progresses and
volunteers become available.

The Society continues to provide the public with
opportunities to view some of their vast photographic
collections during their popular “I Spy” programs. During
these events, the public is invited to look through old
photos and to help identify the people, places and events
that are a part of the history of the Tamaqua area.

In addition, the Society organizes two major festivals each
year—the Summerfest and the Tamaqua Heritage Festival.
Each of these events brings crafts, ethnic food, musical
entertainment, historical tours, car shows, and much more
to the thousands of visitors who attend. When available,
the Society sponsors the ever popular passenger train
excursions offered by Reading, Blue Mountain and
Northern Railroad.

Tax deductible donations towards the renovation project
can be sent to the Tamaqua Historical Society, 114 West
Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252. For more information,
contact Dale Freudenberger, President, at (610)597-6722.

     Help us preserve our Tamaqua area heritage!
        HANG LOOSE
        BAR & GRILLE


        300 East Broad
        Tamaqua, PA
          Great Food
          Live Music

        Outdoor patio
    & deck
Private room for
 party rentals
   (570)668-2952




  www.
tamaqua.
   net
       TAMAQUA CITIZENSHIP AWARD WINNERS


1964 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Mrs. Ella Ray Mundy (Deceased)
1965 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Gordon Pfeil (Deceased)
1966 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Mrs. Ruth Kropp (Deceased)
1967 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   George Seligman (Deceased
1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Rev. M. E. Detterline
1969 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   A. A. “Brig” Young (Deceased)
1970 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Anthony J. Maff
1971 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Willis R. Parnell (Deceased)
1972 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Paul L. Wagner (Deceased)
1973 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Oscar S. Werley, Jr.(Deceased)
1974 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Dr. Harry W. Bailey (Deceased)
1975 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   John Lindemann (Deceased)
1976 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Jacob Rimbach (Deceased)
1977 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   William G. Guy (Deceased)
1978 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Chester A. Hoffman(Deceased)
1979 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   E. Franklin Griffiths (Deceased)
1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Charles “Sam” Ghares (Deceased)
1981 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   William A. Moser (Deceased)
1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Mrs. Elizabeth Purnell (Deceased)
1983 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Rev. F. Peter Muhr
1984 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Robert J. Pitts
1985 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Dr. Mary Malishaucki (Deceased)
1986 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Raymond Ripko (Deceased)
1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   John Kellner (Deceased)
1988 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Dorothy”Tillie” Ghares (Deceased)
1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   William H. Fegley, Sr.
1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Linda Yulanavage
1991 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   George Wenzel
1992 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Junior Zehner (Deceased)
1193 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Constantine “Gus” Depos (Deceased)
1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Sheldon Shafer
1995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Ruth Essington
1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Nicholas J.Young
1997 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Paul Scherer
1998 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Floyd Zimmerman
1999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Herman Lutz
2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Dr. H. Bruce Geiger
2001 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Robert Evans
2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Dale Freudenberger
2003 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     Pat Freeh-Stefanek
2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Judy Hoppes
2005 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Curtis J. Bailey
2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Sally Ann Neumann
2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Jerome P. Knowles
2008 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   Todd Miller
CONGRATULATIONS
    RANDY
           From the

      TAMAQUA
        AREA
     COMMUNITY
    PARTNERSHIP
Continuing to work with all of
           our partners
 to improve the quality of life
      in every community
         throughout the
          Tamaqua Area

Pat-Freeh Stefanek, Chair
           (570)668-1880
114 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, PA 18252

				
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