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10:22 AM

Bunching or Bundling Charitable Donations with a Donor-Advised Fund:  A great year-end stocking stuffer idea to benefit Carbon County-area charities


By Guest Blogger, Joe Mastriani, CPA and Shareholder at Buckno Lisicky & Company


Individual taxpayers, who have two options when they file their personal federal income tax returns — take a standard deduction or itemize deductions — usually select the option that reduces their overall tax liability the most. Due to the recent tax law changes, the standard deduction available for taxpayers became much larger — almost twice what it was previously. This change makes it less likely that the sum of a taxpayer’s itemized deductions will exceed the larger standard deduction, especially with new limits in place on deductible state and local taxes (SALT, including real and personal property taxes, state and local income taxes, and sales taxes) and mortgage interest.

A potential side effect of fewer taxpayers itemizing their deductions is that these taxpayers may choose to reduce or eliminate charitable contributions to not-for-profit organizations because their contributions will no longer reduce their personal income taxes.  What can donors do to retain the tax deductibility of donations?Read More

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3:58 PM

Mindfulness Matters: Being Present


By Guest Blogger, Shelley Jaye Hunt, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio


As we have hopefully adjusted to the end of daylight-saving time, Thanksgiving has been celebrated and we move toward winter and our religious and spiritual celebrations in December. Much to think about relative to time. We can fully embrace time in a different way. What if we still get up in the morning at the same time as we did before daylight savings? We could use this hour to do some meditation, or quietly contemplate our day, week and month ahead; perhaps in a different way. We can use this time to tune in to our body. How can time help us to focus on our wellness? One way for us to be present in our life is to listen to what our body needs. Your body will tell you exactly what it needs. Does a vigorous walk sound appealing? Go for one. Do you want to curl up on the couch with a book instead? Are you craving dark chocolate? Eat some. Maybe today you want fresh juice.

Being present is creating awareness in the moment, each moment. Much easier said than done. Imagine a practice of the simple act of paying attention to what is going on without changing anything. When you achieve being present you find increased happiness in the moments of life. The chaos and hectic times feel less stressful and recovery from trying times become effortless.


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3:20 PM

A Few of My Favorite Things



By: Alice Wanamaker, CCEDC Member Relations Director


I applaud those of you who have or are in the process of establishing a business in Carbon County and for not only taking a positive step toward growing your business but also investing in yourself and the community. There are so many things to think about when starting a new business, each one as important as the next.
As Member Relations Director, I talk to many people about joining the Chamber of Commerce as an essential part of their growth plan, and what they get from their investment. There are so many benefits to joining; listing one or two benefits barley scratches the surface.  There are, however, a few benefits that I like to hone in on because they are usually the most valuable for our members - both new and established! These benefits are a few of my favorite things; Marketing, networking and referrals!
The Carbon Chamber & Economic Development (CCEDC) is an amazing resource for you and your business. We have the ability to partner you with invaluable resources, potential clients, customers, other businesses and the overall community. Our focus is on YOU, the business owner and our job is to make doing business in Carbon County a successful venture. Whether you are looking for a local supplier, or a list of folks who are interested in growing the community, we can help connect you with referrals or personal introductions.
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8:02 AM

Building a Climate of Trust


By Marlyn Kissner, Executive V.P. of the GLVCC and Executive Director of the CCEDC


It's enjoyable and relaxing for many of us to meet up and hang out with friends after work or on the weekends. We find comfort in sharing stories, laughing and joking or discussing serious and sensitive matters among friends and family. There is a climate of trust that we have built over time that continues to grow throughout the years.
Just the same, it is important to build a climate of trust in your professional environment. I've seen and experience this first hand throughout my professional career path. People like to do businesses with people they know and trust; building relationships is the key to connecting with new clients. Be a good listener and ask a lot of questions as you get to know new acquaintances and be sure to follow up; do what you say your are gong to do! Most people love to share information about themselves and this will allow you to get to know them on a personal level. As you network with others, keep this in mind and use best practices to build trusting business relationships. Having this foundation of trust is where the referral plan comes in to play. As you get to know someone and trust their business practices, you will most likely refer future clients their way.
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4:05 PM

October Is Energy Awareness Month- Six Great Ways to Manage Your Energy Use & Save Money


By Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL

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If we could harness the energy of little kids excited to trick-or-treat – or the energy of kids after a few pieces of Halloween candy – we could probably light the entire state of Pennsylvania. 

Unfortunately, that seemingly boundless source of free seasonal energy hasn’t been tapped. 

The good news is this: While there are no magic solutions for free energy, there are steps you can take to manage your energy use and reduce your electric bill as temperatures get colder and sunlight gets scarcer. 

October is Energy Awareness Month. In some places, it’s also called Energy Action Month. That might be the better name: Awareness is a good first step, but action is needed to save. 

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2:17 PM

Mindful Moments



Courtesy of Guest Blogger, Shelley Jaye Hunt, Jim Thorpe Massage & Wellness Studio





the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

“Mindfulness Moments,” is a monthly addition to The Jim Thorpe Current. Shared here you will find tips on short practices moving you toward a more energetic and mindfulness way of life. Learn to maximize your energy by experiencing living in the present moment. These are intended as practices, not lessons.

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1:13 PM

What's Your Secret to Staying Cool This Summer?


CCEDC Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL Corporation


It might be a cold washcloth, or an ice cube against the wrist, or a tall glass of iced tea to drink in front of a floor fan. 

Whatever it is, I hope you’re putting it to good use. Another hot summer is here, and it’s important for everyone to take care of themselves to avoid heat-related illness. 

At PPL, we take heat-related illness very seriously. Our linemen and other employees work in the heat every day to keep your service strong. We share safety tips with them, tell them to look out for each other, and urge them to be careful. 

We care about you, our customers, too. And we hope you’ll be safe and know the risks, just like our linemen do. Read More

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11:52 AM

Support Your Local Farmer

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC


When you think of small businesses, you may think of many different types.  The local bakery, a restaurant or that cute shop that sells handmade soaps and lotions or even a nail salon or accountant.  

Here in Carbon County, we have lots of those businesses.  Some of them cater to tourists, others mostly to locals, but have you ever stopped to think about the local farmers that we are blessed to have in the county.  They are a small business too and probably the hardest small business to operate because a huge part of their success depends on something very unpredictable; Mother Nature.   

Just like the commercial used to say, “You can’t fool Mother Nature”, almost every farmer I know will also say sometimes there’s no working with her either.  She can be very hormonal, having severe hot flashes one day, and downpours and thunderstorms the next. Just when you think you’re ready to plant your crops or bale hay, here she comes again with her next tantrum. Read More

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9:38 AM

Peregrine Falcons Return to PPL's Tower Building After 10 Years



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2018 June RAD column-FalconFeeding

This spring we've had some pretty impressive and unusual house guests. For one thing, they can average a speed of 60 miles per hour, with top speeds of 200 mph - all without a car.
They're peregrine falcons. And they came back to PPL's Tower Building in Allentown this spring, the first time in 10 years that a nest box on the top of the 23-story tower has hosted a pair of falcons. The initial pair laid eggs there, and we were able to watch several hatchlings join the falcon family.
We were thrilled to see them, as PPL has been involved for quite a while with efforts to restore the peregrine falcon population in Pennsylvania. In 1995, we began supporting the Lehigh Valley Peregrine Project, a community effort to release young peregrine falcons from the top of our headquarters building in the hopes that the falcons would come back to the area.
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12:19 PM

Why Brick & Mortar Stores Are Still Important

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development (CCEDC)


These days all you need sometimes to start a new business is a laptop a smartphone and a space to work such as a kitchen table.  You can create an ecommerce site and your customers can begin purchasing your products or services without you having a huge expense.  No lease agreements to sign nor monthly rents to pay. Just you and your laptop…right? 

Maybe not.  Depending on the type of products you are selling, a brick and mortar store is still a huge benefit for your business to be successful.  Especially if the products you are selling are something that your customers want to be able to try out first. Read More