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Pandemic Today: We Didn’t Expect to be Here. So, What’s Next?

By David B. Burmeister, DO, MBA, Emergency Medicine/Pediatric Emergency Medicine, LVHN   Originally posted January 12, 2022 David Burmeister, DO, Chair, Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, LVHN, shares a perspective from the front lines in this op-ed When we started vaccinating health care workers at Lehigh Valley Health Network, the end of the pandemic seemed like…

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Get Your Plumbing Ready for the Holidays with the 3 P’s

By Andreas Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Did you know that plumbers call the day after Thanksgiving, “Brown Friday?” It is the busiest day of the year for us! So while you are preparing your holiday meals and getting ready to host company, don’t forget to get your plumbing ready, too! Just follow the…

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Prices are on the rise: shop smart for the energy supply that’s right for you

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities If you’ve been to the store lately, you’ve probably noticed that prices are going up.   From beef to gas, and just about everything in between. But, just like you’d shop around for the best price on everyday goods, it’s important to know that you can also…

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Cost of Supplies and Its Effect on Small Businesses

By Kathy Henderson, CCEDC Director of Economic Development I overheard a conversation the other day that went something like this: If goods are manufactured in the United States, and they aren’t sitting on a ship in the ocean, why is there a shortage?   Good question but consider this: goods that are manufactured in the U.S….

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Energy Vampires

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Energy vampires are scary.   And no, we’re not talking about those people who drain the energy out of you.   We’re talking about all the electronic gadgets, gizmos, appliances and other devices that draw energy — commonly known as phantom loads — when they’re plugged in but…

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PPL Electric Utilities customers reach Emergency Rental Assistance Program milestone

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Pennsylvania utility helps customers receive more than $2.6 million in assistance PPL Electric Utilities customers have received more than $2.6 million in utility payments through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) and millions remain for eligible customers. ERAP, a federal program administered by the state, is…

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What Did Your First Job Teach You?

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC My first job was at Clover Leaf Farms meat stand at the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market when I was 15 years old. Every Friday after school, my girlfriend and I would ride a different school bus than our regular one from Lehighton High School and get dropped…

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Don’t Take Out the Shovel or Start Up Digging Machinery Until You Call 811

By Jane George, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities Do you intend to plant trees, shrubs or flower beds in your yard or start up a backyard construction project in the near future? If so, be sure to call 811 before you start!  Make the call, for your safety and the safety of others.   Everyone should make the 811 call before any digging…

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The Importance of “No Time”

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC On the advice of a friend, I have been reading “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.  It is a 12- week self-study course on un-blocking your creativity which I have found to be very enlightening.  The core of the class is to begin with writing your morning…

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Possible Tax Changes on the Horizon: A summary of President Biden’s Budget proposals

By Joseph A. Mastriani, CPA/PFS, CFP | Shareholder| Buckno Lisicky & Company CPAs The Biden administration released its “Green Book” of revenues and policy proposals on May 28, 2021. The focus of the plan is to extend the tax breaks enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act for lower- and middle-income taxpayers. These tax…

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