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2:53 PM

Your Children's Safety Is PPL's Top Priority


By Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Corporation

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Every parent, especially of a younger child, worries sometimes: Have I prepared my son or daughter for the safety risks they encounter every day?

It’s easy to feel that concern. The world is full of settings where you hope your child will be safe – like crossing the street, or riding a bike, or swimming in a friend’s pool. You always hope they’ll remember the right thing to do.

Here’s some news to unfurrow your brow, parents: When it comes to electrical safety, PPL Electric Utilities has your back.

We’re once again sponsoring a lively, kid-friendly stage show called “Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit” that brings electrical safety messages into schools. Between Oct. 16 and Nov. 10, we’ll put on 67 shows in 37 schools across central and eastern Pennsylvania, reaching more than 16,000 children.Read More

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12:27 PM

To Buy or Not to Buy

617  By Kathy Henderson, CCEDC Director of Economic Development

To buy or not to buy that is the question every business owner asks themselves.  Is it better to lease my space where I can grow my business without the headaches of owning the property or purchase a building where I can grow equity in the real estate?  

Cash flow is the biggest concern of every business.  There are so many unknowns out there that purchasing the space to run your business may not be the best way to go…yet.

Owning real estate can be a great investment if you’re ready.  You can grow equity and have something tangible to show for it but when you’re just starting out you may not want or need the added stress of a large mortgage payment on top of trying to get your business off the ground.  There’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with owning a building.  
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8:40 AM

We Take Trees & Reliability Seriously


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Trees and reliability. Reliability and trees. It's a balancing act we're constantly thinking about at PPL Electric Utilities, and one we take very seriously.

We take a variety of steps to keep your service reliable. One of the most important - and visible -- actions we take throughout our system is tree trimming and removal.

It's been proven that tree contact with power lines is the leading cause of storm-related outages.

You might remember the prolonged outages in this area after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and a heavy snowstorm in October 2011. Trees were a major cause of those outages, leading us to step up our tree clearing and trimming work. Contact between a tree and a transmission line in Ohio also caused the Northeast Blackout of 2003, which left 55 million people without power.
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10:09 AM

Why Making Others Feel Important Will Make You Happier & More Successful

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development for Carbon County

Over the years I have read numerous books and articles by consultants on how to become more successful.  Brian Tracy is one of my favorites.  

We are often asked at the Chamber "how did we become so successful?"  The answer is surprisingly easy.... we honestly care about the people and businesses we serve.  

I came across an article by Mr. Tracy the other day that I felt exemplifies the way that we conduct business here at the Chamber.  This particular article adds another layer by telling us that making others feel important satisfies the deepest subconscious cravings of human nature.  

Mr. Tracy asks his audiences: "What percentage of the time are people emotional and what percentage of the time are people logical?  There can be many schools of thought, but the true answer is that people are 100 percent emotional.  They decide emotionally and then justify it logically.  But emotion comes first.Read More

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12:40 PM

Change It Up When the Seasons Change


It seems the seasons change quick these days … where in the world did summer go? We are so busy with everyday life; keeping up with family, work and technology… can we fit in much else?

I thought I’d break it down for you with the beautiful seasons we experience in our area; try a new activity and take a new approach to business:

Fall ~ The crisp cool air is upon us, time to pull out the sweaters and fleece jackets. This is a time to take in the beautiful colors that nature brings us without a doubt, every year.  Get up an hour early and take a walk or bike ride on the D & L trail before work. Enjoy the pristine lakes throughout the county by taking a stroll on the beach, kayaking or simply sit on the water’s edge and take it all in. Let your mind wonder and think about creating a brand new 30 second commercial – to promote yourself and your business. Once you’ve created a script, practice.  Get excited when you begin to use it! For help creating your commercial visit: prosperitycoaching.biz/a_6-steps-to-an-awesome-elevator-speech.html
Winter ~ Get ready for the chill in the air, winter coats and snow! Try cross country skiing, snow shoeing or tubing. If you’re not that adventurous, bundle up and take an easy walk after a snowfall and enjoy the beauty and peaceful experience of Mother Nature.  When you get back inside, make yourself a hot cup of tea or cocoa and write a press release on something about your business – it can be as little at 50 words, and then send it our way. This is a free way to get your word out – let us do the work by sending to businesses and the media! Need help, contact our office and we will help you write it up.
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3:51 PM

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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9:48 AM

Explore, Discover & Support Small Town America


The next time you head outside, take a minute to look around, take a deep breath of fresh air and be grateful for your surroundings. Carbon County has amazing things to offer. Have you explored, discovered and supported your local area?

When you walk outside, look up at the trees and remind yourself that you live in a beautiful area with stunning backdrops filled with outdoor activities to enjoy throughout the seasons. Whether it is biking, hiking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, hunting or fishing, just to name a few, enjoy the many activities we have to offer and spread the word to family and friends.  If outdoor activities aren't your thing, take in the arts and culture in the area. Visit all of our small towns and explore what each hast to offer. The Number 9 Mine in Lansford, the Harry Packer Mansion and Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe, Historical Society in Palmerton or the Butterfly Sanctuary as you head to Albrightsville.  Want to explore the talent of our local artists? Stop by the CCEDC office in Lehighton and enjoy original pieces displayed on every wall, purchase a piece you love!

Remember to take pride in your community and speak about it often and in a positive manner. When the opportunity surfaces and you have the chance to speak about your hometown, do so with excitement and pride; be a great ambassador! Take the time to volunteer for you community in some way, even if it's only an hour you can give. We have a number of non profit organizations in the area helping many local initiatives, explore your way to discovering an organization that peaks your passion, then give your support.

Hungry or thirsty? The talent that lies in our area is quite impressive when you take the time to explore. Patronize our local eateries offering outstanding bar food to upscale cuisine. Explore, discover and support our local restaurants and next time you eat out, thank the owner for setting up shop in our area. 

Let's not forget to shop local. You've heard this time and time again as we promote our small local businesses in the area. If you need a gift or something for yourself, think local, think small business. Once again, explore and discover all that we have to offer to cover your shopping and service needs... and then support our local businesses to help strengthen and sustain the industry in our area.

With spring in the air and summer right around the corner, I challenge you to explore and discover five new places or activities in your own backyard; give your support and pass along your experience. As you do, please visit our facebook page @discovercarbonpa and share your experiences with us.
In closing, I'd like to thank all of our business owners, local residents and public officials for making our area a great place to live, work and play! It is an absolute honor to serve you.

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2:07 PM

A New Year Means a New Start


Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine,
Regional Affairs Director, Southeast Region
PPL Corporation

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Do you want to lose 15 pounds in 2017? Read 25 books? Clean your basement and keep it clean? Anything is possible if you stick to it, take it one step at a time and keep your eyes on the goal.

Saving energy and money is something worth adding to your 2017 to-do list. It doesn't take a major investment or a big life change to make improvements in this area.

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