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*Carbon County
*Carbon Executive Committee
*Calendar of Events
*Chapter Events
*Chapter Recognition
*Chapter Service Projects
and Committee Reports

•Carbon PASR donating family literacy materials to Carbon County daycare centers.

March 26 - Region 2 Executive Meeting at 9 A.M. at the Timber Room at Wegman's Pub Dining area- Lehigh Chapter Host


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to the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees which is comprised of 278 retired members who were employed at one of five following school districts: Jim Thorpe Area, Lehighton Area, Palmerton Area, Panther Valley Area, Weatherly Area, plus the Carbon County Career and Technical Institute and the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21;or the retirees who are Carbon County residents who were employed by public school districts outside of the Carbon County area.

Carbon Chapter joins with Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill Chapters to make up Region 2 of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. Our members are former school teachers, administrators, counselors, nurses, secretaries, aides, cafeteria workers, bookkeepers, business managers, bus drivers and maintenance staff.

Carbon Chapter of PASR is meeting the needs of former co-workers and friends, raising money for scholarships, visiting members in nursing homes, doing volunteer work in the community, and lobbying state legislators on issues of importance to school retirees.

If you are not a member of Carbon chapter or of our state association won't you please join us?

We are waiting for you!


Message from Your President

Keep Calm and Carry on!! Winter will end, and Spring will find Carbon PASR members carrying on our Mission… serve others and help one another enjoy retirement. We all know there is plenty of need in our communities. Many of us are happy, enjoying our retirement and not having to deal with the many pressures of working in a school environment.

How can you continue to help others? This year finds us in NEED of your help to carry out our mission. Carbon Chapter is in NEED of an LPEC Chairman. We are in NEED of members to help on various committees. We are in NEED of members to volunteer with our numerous activities such as Keystone Military Families, Special Olympics, or visiting our shut in members. We NEED you – if you can help in any way, please contact me or any officer or committee chairman. Remember, if the dates are not suitable for you, you don’t have to do it…’s volunteer!!! I hope to see and meet more of you soon!

PASR Mission: To serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement.

Lucinda “Cindy” Sabol, Carbon County PASR President

Read the 2015 Carbon Chapter PASR Spring Newsletter by clicking on the link below

2015 Carbon Chapter PASR Spring Newsletter


Social Service Projects

Spreading holiday cheer is always the goal of our members through social services, as they visit, deliver poinsettias, and sing Christmas carols with our special needs and 90 and above members. Throughout the year, members are remembered with birthday cards, holiday cards, and cards for special circumstances. Birthday flowers are delivered to members 90 and above. Visits, phone calls, a helping hand, and donations of money and meals are some of the acts of kindness that benefit chapter members with special needs, those who are confined, or may have had surgery.


2015 Community Service Projects and Events:

There are several projects which continue throughout every year. Among these projects are the donations—both food items and monetary donations—to the Carbon County food banks and pantries. Please remember to donate when you can. There are more and more families in need. We also collect personal care items and coupons for the Keystone Military Families, in Shoemakersville. This was formerly known as Keystone Soldiers. This nonprofit organization helps so many military families from our county and region. We are planning a major trip there again in April (see below), but if you have anything for them sooner than that, please let Connie Kistler ( or Mary Ann Ashner ( know, and we’ll make sure they get your contributions.

The “Carbon Readers” family literacy program continues this year, too. We try to donate a box of family literacy materials, including ten new, or nearly new, books to a Carbon County daycare center each month. By the end of 2015, we hope to have completed the first round of visiting all of the daycare centers in the county, and prepare for another round of donations. In addition, the program will then expand and include volunteers from PASR to visit the daycare centers and read or conduct storytelling sessions.

Finally, on an ongoing basis, Special Olympics is now having their bowling sessions in Carbon County. If anyone wishes to volunteer, the bowling sessions occur on Fridays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Fritz Lanes, in Lehighton; and on Sundays, from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m., at the Haja Lanes, in Palmerton. You can contact Mary Ann Ashner to forward your name to Special Olympics, or contact Sheri Anthony, at . Special Olympics will begin track and field training in February, too—if you prefer to help with those events.

. On April 11, 2015, we will once again help to man the phones for the American Cancer Society Telethon, at Penn’s Peak, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. We have been asked to bring four volunteers. . On Wednesday, April 22nd, we will once again visit the Keystone Military Families’ operation in Shoemakersville. They are always excited about our visits and what we can contribute to their cause. They help so many soldiers and families from our area, as well as eastern Pennsylvania. Please consider this trip. We will be leaving Lowe’s parking lot at 9:30 a.m. that morning and work at their facility until 1:00 p.m.

. In June, we will once again volunteer to help the Zion Summer Lunch Program. If interested, please contact Mary Ann Ashner, or Connie Kistler.

. During the summer months, if a picnic and/or a golf outing is once again a part of Carbon County’s PASR schedule, please bring canned goods for our food banks and pantries, and/or donate personal care items and coupons for Keystone Military Families.

. In September, we will again man tables at the Senior Expo, in Jim Thorpe, at Memorial Hall. Based on past dates for this event, it appears that it will be held on Thursday, September 10th. Details will be announced later this year. . On Wednesday, October 28th, another trip will be conducted to the Keystone Military Families, in Shoemakersville. We usually stop for lunch after working there, and get home during daylight hours.

. The “Dream Come True Telethon” has come to rely on our help with the phones for their event. This telethon will most likely occur on Sunday, November 15th. If interested, please let Connie Kistler, or Mary Ann Ashner know.

. After a successful project last year, we will once again help with the “Toys for Tots” venture in Lehighton—usually held during the first full week in December. Please consider helping the needy families and children in Carbon County—by giving of your time, or by donating new toys . Details for all these projects and events will be announced well in advance. Carbon County PASR members always give thousands of hours throughout the year to better our communities. Please consider at least one of these projects or events in your schedule for this year. If you know of any other important community efforts which need help within Carbon County, please let us know.

For further information, or any questions you may have, please contact Mary Ann Ashner (, Connie Kistler (, or Janet Hall ( You may also call Mary Ann at her home, at 610-852-3502.
Hoping you had very happy and safe holidays. Wishing you a very healthy, prosperous, and safe New Year.

Mary Ann Ashner
Chairperson—Community Service
Carbon County PASR

Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees,
Members, Family & Friends

Happy New Year! Hope you will be excited about the new venues of activities for our chapter. As Carbon PASR RECREO chair I have been busy organizing and booking a number of bus trips for the up-coming year. Following is a list of confirmed trips. I am hopeful we will be able to establish a travel group. At that point I will be able to expand options. • Thursday, March 12, 2015- Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton, New Jersey. Anne Nichol's Hilarious Comedy Classis- "Abie's Irish Rose"- Young Abraham Levy tries to fool his strict Jewish father by introducing his new bride, Rosemary Murphy, as "Rosie Murphyski." The plan actually seems to work at first until Rosemary's strict Irish-catholic father arrives on the scene, and a hilarious tug-of-war erupts. Busing provided by Leon George coach (not school bus) leaving from Ashtown Dr. bus garage, Lehighton. Cost: $76.00/person; includes lunch, show, bus transportation and gratuity. There are limited tickets (33) for this show. Deadline for reservations and check is Feb. 15, 2015. *

• Tuesday, June 16, 2015- Sight & Sound, Strasburg, PA, Lancaster County to see the production “Joseph”. This will include 11:00 show followed by a luncheon buffet at Shady Maple. Transportation will be provided by Leon A. George coach and will leave from Lehighton Garage, 84 Ashtown Dr., Lehighton at 8:30AM and return time estimated by 5:00PM. Cost: $95.00pp., gratuity included.
Reservations and check are due by April 1, 2015 *

• Monday –Wednesday, July27-29,2015- PASR Seneca Lake Wine Trail & Corning, NY. This trip is run by Boscov’s Travel. In addition to wineries there will be a sightseeing cruise on Seneca Lake, tour of Rose Hill Mansion, tour of Corning Museum of Glass and visit to Rockwell Museum of Western Art. This will include transportation, 2 nights accommodation, Five meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners), services of a tour escort and all taxes and gratuities are included. Brochures are available. All arrangements are made directly through Boscov’s Travel. Cost: Double occupancy-$507pp, triple-$452, Quad-$426 and Single -$660.Your cost may be made directly on your Boscov’s card, interest free. Call Boscov’s Travel Center-800-782-5605 for details.

• Thursday, October 1, 2015 – Culinary Institute of America & Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site- Guided tour of the CIA, Full course lunch at one of the restaurants at CIA and guided tour of “Springwood”, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following the tour enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum and stroll the grounds and gardens. This day trip is being organized by Boscov’s Travel and details will be made available when CIA releases their scheduling. Cost:$145pp.

• Tuesday, December 8, 2015- Sight and Sound, Miracle of Christmas. This will be an 11:00 show followed by 3:00 lunch at Shady Maple.
Transportation by Leon George Coach. Cost $95.00 pp, show, lunch, transportation and gratuity included. *Deadline for reservations and check is October 15th. Limited seating of 33 for coach.

*All checks made payable to Carbon PASR and sent to Sandra Kokinda, 225 Gilberts Hill Rd., Lehighton, PA 18235 Phone:570-386-5970,


PASR Carbon Chapter named a three-star chapter

Diana Armstrong, PASR state vice president and PASR Citations Committee chairwoman, left, with Carbon Chapter President Janet O. Hall, center, and Stephen Vak, PASR state president.

Earlier this month at the 51st PASR Convention held in Lancaster, the Carbon Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was recognized for the exceptionally broad array of services that its members provide to others living in their communities.

During the past year, the members of the Carbon Chapter raised and contributed monies to help fund special projects in their public schools and engaged in additional projects, as volunteers, to serve the youth in their communities. The chapter members also increased their giving of monies to assist school retirees who are hospitalized, homebound, or confined in assisted living facilities, and they devoted much of their time engaged in efforts to combat and alleviate hunger in their communities.

Additionally, the school retiree volunteers in Carbon County received top honors for their work in expanding and improving economic benefits for members and for expanding and improving the information that they regularly provide to both members and nonmembers of the association. The association was pleased to note that no other local organization received a greater number of awards this year, enabling Carbon members to claim the distinction of being a "three-star chapter," only one of seven statewide. In addition, of PASR's 76 chapters around the country, only two chapters achieved two-star status, and only 11 chapters attained one-star recognition.

PASR's executive director Richard C. Rowland commended Carbon Chapter for its accomplishments. "Our organization's mission, to serve others in need and help one another enjoy retirement, is clearly in your hearts. You are certainly benefiting your communities with all that you are doing to serve the needs of public education employees, the youth, the infirm, and the hungry. We all know that in doing these great things, you are helping each other better enjoy the retirements you earned from your public school service."


Travel with PASR

MAY 4-9, 2015

For complete details, please see the brochures for the bus departing in your area

2015 French Canada Trip from Harrisburg/Reading/Hazleton area

2015 French Canada Trip from Monroeville/Meadville/Erie area



Why Join PASR?

 As a Member of PASR, You Will Gain So Much!
  • Information – We keep you aware of all the issues that may affect you in retirement.
  • Socializing – Maintain contact with the people with whom you worked, and meet new friends who share your dreams for a happy, healthy, secure, and productive retirement!
  • Comfort and Support – For you and your fellow retirees who might find themselves in need of emotional or financial assistance.
  • Discount Benefits and Services – Use any of the programs available and you will likely save more than you will ever pay in dues.
  • Legislative Advocacy – A single cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) granted by the General Assembly could return more than you would ever pay in dues to support PASR’s efforts.
  • Support for Public Education – Promote public education, as part of an association that is highly respected by the public.
Help us help you. Join PASR today!

PASR members are encouraged to register on the PASR website so that they may take full advantage of the additional information and services available to them online. The number of PASR state members who provided e-mail addresses to PASR HQ indicating that they have access to the internet is 12,876. The number of members who have registered on the PASR website is but 4,075. An activity for the 2013/2014 chapter Goals and Activities Program is to increase the number of members to register on the PASR website so that members may take full advantage of the additional information and services available to them online.



MB&S Committee Chair- Claudia Feller

APPLE COMPUTERS--newest discount benefit. As of May 2013, Apple and PASR have teamed up to bring PASR state member’s exclusive savings on Apple Computers. As a PASR State member you are entitled to a substantial DISCOUNT when buying an Apple desk-top or laptop computer. This new benefit includes the computer and complimentary shipping on orders over $50. To purchase a Mac computer at discounted prices, go to Economic Benefits at and click on links provided.

UNITED CONCORDIA DENTAL INSURANCE The United Concordia dental premiums remain unchanged for 2013-2014. Annual lump-sum premiums are the following: $412 for individual coverage, $795 for two-party coverage, and $1,229 for family coverage. If you choose to make incremental payments, there is an additional bank fee of $24 or $2 a month. Network vs. Non-network Dentists. United Concordia will provide reimbursements for your choice of either network dentists or non-network dentists. Network dentists accept United Concordia, which provides insurers with -- no claim forms, over 20% average savings off the dental fees, payment made directly to dentists, and dental locations available nationwide. Non-network dentists offer policyholders with -- freedom of choice of dentists, payment made directly to patient, and all eligible plan services covered but at a slightly lower rate than Network. For a listing of participating dentists in the Concordia Advantage network go to

VISION INSURANCE PLAN--Standard and Enhanced Plans Davis Vision now offers two plans for your convenience. Participation in either plan easily pays for itself, whether it is glasses, contacts, unconditional breakage warranty, or discounted laser vision correction. Standard: this plan offers the policyholder an option of a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses once every two years but allows a yearly eye exam.

The annual premiums are the following:
Standard: $62 (for single coverage), $112 (for 2-party coverage), and $162 (for family coverage).
Enhanced: For those who would like the option of a yearly exam as well as a new pair of eyeglasses/contacts every year, an enhanced vision plan is available. The rates are $72 (single), $127 (two-party), and $194 (family coverage).

To view the PASR Economic Benefits Please click on the link below

PASR Member Benefits & Service brochure


CARBON PASR Member Benefits

35 Blakeslee Boulevard
Lehighton, PA
10% off price of purchase, Monday and Tuesday

Route 309
Hometown, PA
10% off price of purchase, Monday and Tuesday

150 West 13th Street
Jim Thorpe, PA

CCTI HARVEST CAFÉ-10% discount on purchases

CCTI COSMETOLOGY-15% discount on Cosmetology services

CCTI HEATING/VENTILATION, & AC- Will clean & check window air conditioners at a discount rate & add Freon if needed

CCTI AUTO SERVICE & TECHNOLOGY will perform an AAA maintenance check on a member's car while they are dining at the CCTI Harvest Café or make use of Cosmetology services.
Call Mr. Resh for an appointment.

Independent Sales Rep & Unit Leader
Call Donna Kattner 570-645-9745
10% off orders with mention of Carbon PASR

30 Fritz Valley Road
Lehighton, PA 570-386-3287
10% Discount on Early Bird Meals which are, Sunday-11AM to 6PM Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-4PM to 6PM

31 W, Ridge St.
Lansford, Pa. 18232
(570) 645-3939
Discount Provided (20%)

103 East Penn Street
Lehighton, PA
5% off any services, excluding sales

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10 Hill Road on Opera House Square
Jim Thorpe, PA
10% off any non-sale M48 coded item

10 Hill Road on Opera House Square
Jim Thorpe, PA 570-325-4452
Stay 2 consecutive nights in guest lodging and receive third night free.

322 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA
10% -15% off most purchases

54 Blakeslee Boulevard
Lehighton, PA 18235
E-mail: 10% off parts & labor

126 W. Ridge St.
Lansford, PA. 18232
Phone :(570)645-7083
E-mail :
50% discount on engraving on plaques.

Routes 93 & 209
Nesquehoning, PA
10% off all entrees Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

16 W. Broad St.
Tamaqua, PA 18252
10% off Monday’s House Specialty

242-48 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA 18071
Hager Discounts are listed on the Carbon MB&S brochure provided to all Carbon PASR members.



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