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Saturday, September 30th & Sunday, October 1st

Meet John Stoj, Carbon County Photographer

You may have seen his beautiful photos of Pocono wildlife, landscapes and elements of nature displayed at a local area business or art exhibit, in a community magazine or even in CCEDC's new "Find Your Fun in Carbon County, PA" Tourism Brochure. Or, you may even own one of his prints and have wondered how he can get such perfect, close up shots of magnificent animals in their natural habitats while going about their normal daily routines. Well, wonder no more! Meet Albrightsville resident and Carbon County photographer, John Stoj.

John has graciously permitted the use of his gorgeous nature and Carbon County photos for CCEDC's Tourism Marketing. And, we were lucky enough to recently spend some time with him to discuss his photography career, what inspires him and why he loves Carbon County so much. We are so very excited to share our interview, his talent and imagery with all of you.

Q. John, how long have you been a photographer and how did you get started? 

A. I have been taking photographs since the late 1950’s. My interest in photography began when my dad shared his 35 mm camera with me when we vacationed at the mountain river and ski slopes. 

Q.  Do you do photography full-time or part-time?

A. Currently, I do photography part-time at Pocono Whitewater River Rafters on the Lehigh River. Previously, I served as President-elect of the Carbon County Art Association. On weekends, I work at a local meat and groceries market. More than 30 of my best locally acquired images are on display at Hazle Park Meats & Groceries in Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville, PA.

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 We are different! Everyone knows what Chiropractic or they think they know what it is. Chiropractic is one of the most misunderstood professions. At Family Chiropractic it’s different.  Instead of treating illness, disease, and pain, we look at what is interfering with your body’s ability to function to its maximum potential to create the health the body strives for.

 Our body is designed perfectly to allow for optimal use and function. The spine is the central piece to this design. Alterations in spinal alignment routinely affect the sensitive nerve system and negatively impacts the ability to interpret information, respond, and function in our environments. The majority of these spinal distortions, known as vertebral subluxations, cause chronic dysfunction which means suboptimal function, health, and well being. Your body can never work correctly in the presence of vertebral subluxations!

While we rarely think about our nerve system, the reality is that it impacts every aspect of our health and life. When there is a vertebral subluxation present, it often causes dysfunction within our bodies that we are not aware of. Optimal function gives us the opportunity for optimal health! Subluxation interferes with that option.

Dr. Lisa has been in practice for over 30 years adjusting newborns to the elderly and it still warms her heart and soul to serve, and see the change, that’s priceless!! At Family Chiropractic we make Chiropractic available and affordable to ALL families. We have a free informational session for all to attend. Just call 570-325-2748 or visit jtfamilychiropractic.com.


chamber updates

Join Us Tuesday, October 10th @ 7:00am -9:00 am

Join us for the 9th Annual Economic Outlook presentation brought to you by Mauch Chunk Trust Company, Carbon Chamber & Economic Development, Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and PPL Corporation. Gain some insight into the economic landscape of 2018 through this breakfast presentation held at the Mahoning Valley Country Club in Lehighton.

Economic Outlook for 2018: It has been a long time since our last recession……

The so-called Great Recession ended in the summer of 2009. We are currently enjoying the second longest expansion in our history. Many pundits argue that pressures are building and the economy is due for a downturn, at best, or a recession, at worst. Dr Ed has his eyes on the Federal Reserve, and will report on what that organization is likely to do in the months ahead. A Fed misstep could push us over the edge.


economic development news

Out & About with Carbon County Economic Development

Marlyn Kissner, CCEDC Executive Director, and Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development for Carbon County, had the opportunity to join Gov. Wolf on a tour of downtown Jim Thorpe on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Both had a chance to speak with him about the importance of various loan programs and overall support for our small businesses in the county. 

Carbon County Return on Environment Study – September 11, 2017

April 21, 2017 marked the beginning of what would turn out to be a six month long project on the value the environment plays in Carbon County.  Known as the Carbon County Return on Environment Study, it was facilitated by John Rogers of Keystone Conservation Trust.  The workgroup consisted of representatives from conservation, tourism, outdoor recreation, industry, real estate and government.  

The hope is that every county in the Commonwealth will eventually complete a Return on Environment Study with Carbon County joining Dauphin and Lehigh as being some of the first ones to work on this project.

So what is a Return on Environment Study (ROE) and what does it have to do with our county?  

Basically, ROE is the gathering of data and information to determine the value of the natural services in our county.  More simply put, if we had to pay for a mechanical method to purify our water or air, how much would that cost when nature will do it for us for free.

The discussion centered on the statement that, according to an article by John Rogers, money does indeed grow on trees as the trees, stream valleys, farms and forests of Pennsylvania account for millions of dollars each year in savings, earnings and avoided costs by contributing to our quality of life, health and sense of place.  Our open spaces are productive assets that generate significant social, environmental and economic value for communities.

If you have spent any time in our glorious outdoors, you know too well what Carbon County has to offer.  With over 189,484 acres of forest, not to mention lakes, rivers and streams we are an important part of the Upper Lehigh River Watershed.

But all of this beauty comes at a price.  More and more visitors are coming to Carbon to experience what we as residents take for granted every day.  Unfortunately that creates traffic and parking issues in some of our towns.   The ROE seeks solutions to those problems and creative ways to mitigate them.  

Part of those solutions must also include creative thinking and planning when it comes to progress and encouraging businesses to expand or locate here.  The environment is extremely important but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we need industry and manufacturing in addition to the tourism industry to provide sustainable jobs for our residents.  Just as you should diversify your investments we must also diversify to include other types of businesses. Sometimes that comes at a price.  But with good planning and zoning in place that impact can be minimized.   

The ROE Workgroup was very much aware of this fact at every session and worked diligently to make sure that all interests were represented.

We are looking forward to finalizing the Return on Environment Report shortly and sincerely hope that it will help in forging the successful future of Carbon County.

Looking to Expand and Grow Your Business and Need Financial Assistance?

The CCEDC Can Help!


Starting a new business certainly has its challenges.  You come up with an idea you do the research even find a great location.  Now how are you going to bankroll it?

Remember that usually the first dollars into your business are yours.  Perhaps you dipped into savings or cashed in your 401k or maxed out your credit cards.  You may even have worked your regular job and moonlighted at your business to get it off the ground but now you’re ready for the next step; actually going out on your own.

At the startup stage, angel investors are hard to find and asking for help to find grants, or ‘free money,’ is a common request that my office handles all the time. While there may be some small grants, these are not common. 

New businesses have a hard time getting funding from a bank because they don’t have the financial history of actually being in business.  There is really nothing concrete to show a lender that your business is successful much less be able to pay back a loan. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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