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

•January 14, 2015 - 12 noon Luncheon meeting at 2 Kings Restaurant,1474 Blakeslee Blvd. NW, Lehighton.

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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, Janet Hall
Strengthen Your Core

If you pay any attention to personal trainers or exercise enthusiasts, you are very aware of how important that message is to anyone hoping to remain healthy. The phrase is just as applicable to our PASR chapter. I can only guess at how it has happened, but I do know that our chapter’s core (read executive committee) is very strong and healthy. I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people for the last several years, with the most demanding having been the last two. In my position as president, I could view all the efforts of our committee chairs, see how they plan, coordinate with other committees, support and guide them.

I have learned that some committee chairpersons are required to keep precise records, and report to headquarters on a regular basis. Our treasurer must have his records audited. Our newspaper editor works many hours to fill spaces with a balance of print and white areas, making it informational and entertaining. Seeing how it all works out is so satisfying to me. I am impressed by how it works and is completed and seemingly, with no interference by me.

Our core is strong! However, I have also learned that some of these members serve in other organizations, and many have personal commitments requiring a lot of their time, and I wonder how long they will be able to maintain the schedules they follow. It would be a great help to all of them if they had other members to share the tasks. We need to identify and pursue retirees in Carbon County who could help to keep our hard-working groups performing well without the danger of burning out.

I think that if each of us would do our best in identifying ONE potential new member, it would be possible to train those newcomers to first assist our “core”, and eventually take over those positions. ONE new member does not sound like too much to ask. If we remain alert to what is happening in our own school district, we could combine efforts in that direction. It’s possible you might expand that search to all sorts of social situations -- morning coffee at the diner, the picnic with neighbors, waiting in the check-out line at Giant. You might be surprised where the conversation will lead.

Finally, I cannot write my last message without a robust “Thank you!” to Phyllis Seems, who could be likened to the heart of our core? She is a source of infinite wisdom, and has been so very patient with me for the last two years. I will always be grateful to her for all of her patience and assistance.

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

Janet O. Hall
Carbon County PASR President

Read the 2014 Carbon PASR Chapter Fall Newsletter by clicking on the link below

2014 Fall Carbon 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.


Community Service Projects

The Community Service Committee of the Carbon County Chapter of PASR has been very busy. Throughout the year, we have collected food items and monetary donations for the food banks of Carbon County. In addition, we collected personal items and coupons to be distributed to our troops by the Keystone Soldiers organization, located in Shoemakersville, PA. Once a month, a box of family literacy materials, including children’s books and family literacy tips, was delivered to a day care center in the county. Hundreds of families are benefiting from this “Carbon Readers” project.

In addition to all of the efforts to collect needed items as mentioned, members of our chapter also go on the road to participate in many worthwhile causes. On October 29th, a group visited Keystone soldiers to help pack care packages for our troops, as well as helping them organize their new facility. Our chapter received the Keystone Soldiers “Award of Excellence” in April for our support and efforts with this organization. November found us manning phones at Penn’s Peak for the annual Blue Ridge Chapter’s “Dream Come True Telethon”, which serves chronically and terminally ill children in our area. In December, our members participated in the “Toys for Tots” program within the county, by donating toys, as well as helping to pack and organize holiday gifts for youth throughout the county.



Carbon PASR Chapter sure knows how to have fun. The September “Silver Spoons” trip to Williamsport had participants stepping into the rich history of the millionaires who resided there in the past. Along with the paddleboat ride, gourmet lunch and other sightseeing, it was a very enjoyable trip. Getting into the spirit of the Christmas holiday season, on December 7th, members attended a bell choir and vocal concert at the Ben Salem Church in Lehighton. A delicious dinner was enjoyed at the Normal Square Inn, Lehighton, afterward. The approaching new year promises to offer several interesting and exciting travel opportunities, as plans are being finalized for a variety of RECREO events offered by our county chapter. In March, there will be a trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “Abie’s Irish Rose”. A visit to the Sight and Sound Theater for the show “Joseph” is planned for June. In July, there will be a 3 day, 2 night trip to the Seneca Lake Wine Region in the state of New York; while in October a trip to the Culinary Institute of America and Hudson Valley area.


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

 & Services Brochure

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.



Summit Hill, PA

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