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BBLCA Winter Membership Meeting Saturday, March 19, 2011 10:00am, Clubhouse Complex All members are encouraged to attend! The regular Board Meeting will take place at 8:30am preceeding the Membership Meeting

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Adult Social Activities Program

10th Anniversary Community Party By Lorraine D’Amato The ASAP (Adult Social Activities Program) was formed by Joan Muller and Diane Petroski 10 years ago with about a dozen or so ladies ready to make things happen. They not only made it happen, but the ASAP took off like rockets! On January 11th, we celebrated 10 years of picnics, craft courses, shows, luncheons, dinner parties, German Night, day tripping, shopping sprees, gambling at the casino, nature walks, exercise, bowling, crocheting, quilting, painting - and neither Joan or Diane were in attendance to help celebrate with us. We understand that Diane is having the time of her life out on the kayak with her margaritas, hmmm… We miss the both of them, and we’re looking forward to having them back home soon.

PALMS 2010 Photo Contest Winner Congratulations to Diane Tice for being selected as a winner in the 2010 PA Lake Management Society (PALMS) Photo Contest. Diane’s photo titled “Winter’s Beauty” of Lake Natalie was selected as a winner. Her photo will be used by PALMS on their brochure, newsletter and on their web site (http:// Thank You Diane for sharing the beauty of Big Bass Lake Community with the PA Lake Management Society.

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General Manager’s Report By David Ingegneri I am pleased to report that your Board of Directors have approved the addition of a small exercise room in place of the current ski shop. Previous surveys that we have conducted confirmed that most members would rather have a small exercise room then a small ski shop. The Recreation Committee is still working out the details, but we plan to open a small exercise room at the Recreation Center by July 1, 2011. Due to the work that we are doing in the Recreation Center this year, we will close for four weeks instead of our usual two weeks. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but please be advised that the Recreation Center will be closed for the month of June 2011. The outdoor pool will be open during that time, weather permitting. As usual, what follows are some brief updates on some of our 2011 planned projects: Larsen Tennis Courts Repairs: The work on the Larsen Tennis Courts is scheduled to be completed by May 23rd, 2011. The only work that needs to be done is the final color coating. The color surfacing will be the same colors as our tennis courts at our Clubhouse which are blue and green, the same colors used at the US Open. Recreation Center Repairs: As part of our two year major repairs project for the Recreation Center, we have budgeted $158,518 for this years work. Included in the work are painting, new carpet, new stair handrails, refurbished snack bar area, new furniture, pool repairs, new exercise room and general interior repairs. This project should be completed by July 1. Lake Natalie Dam Repairs: We are on track to complete the Lake Natalie Dam repairs by June 15th, 2011. The advertisements for the Request for Proposals for this project were published starting February 2, 2011. A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 9:30am on February 15th (all members are also invited to attend this pre-bid meeting at the Administration Building). The proposals are due back to us by 4pm on March 11th. Please be advised that the boat dock on Wildflower Circle will be closed during the construction process but should be open by June 15th. Also, at this point we are anticipating that the lake level will be no more then 1’ below normal levels during this work. Larsen Bathhouse Repairs: Before the summer season opens we plan to have our Larsen Bathhouse rebuilt. The funding of the budgeted $19,274 will come from our Reserve Program. Other Reserve Program Expenses: We have budgeted $6,900 for an update to our Reserve Program that will be completed this year. In addition our Reserve Program

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expenses this year are $60,000 for vehicles, $8,877 for pool furniture, $4,225 for well pump & casing, $186,205 for roads and culverts, and $31,915 for interior repairs to the Administration Building. The complete Reserve Program with the details of these expenses along with our current reserve expenditures and income for the next 27 years is listed on our web site or available for review at the Administration Office. If you have any questions about our Reserve Program please contact me directly at (570) 842-6388. As always, I do hope that you find the above updates informative. Some of the items above were listed in previous GM LakeViews reports, but deserved repeating. Please remember that they are not meant to be a complete list of all our current activities. I encourage any member to contact me directly if they have any questions about anything listed above or any issue regarding Big Bass Lake Community. I also encourage you to take advantage of my Meet the Manager Saturdays where I am available to discuss any issue (held on the first, second, and fourth Saturday of each month between 9am and noon). Please feel free to call me at any time if you can not make it in to see me during the Meet the Manager Saturdays. We can then either discuss your issue on the phone or make an appointment to meet face to face. Please refer to our website or stop by the Administration Office for meeting minutes, management reports, department reports, and additional information.

What You Need to Know About Real Estate Taxes: 2010 vs. 2011 By Elaine M. McLain, Business Manager The Big Bass Lake Community Association property lines connect to three separate townships and two different counties. The counties are Wayne County and Lackawanna County. Lehigh Township is located within Wayne County. Covington and Clifton Townships lie within Lackawanna County. Homeowners typically pay three separate real estate tax bills; one for the township, one for the county, and one for the school district. Your real estate tax bills are generated from the township and county in which you live. The school tax bills may be generated from the school, the elected school tax collector or an independent vendor hired by the school. By far, the school tax bill is the largest amount of the total of all taxes assessed for township, county and school taxes. Recently there has been much discussion about the local Clifton Tax increase. Some of our members have spoken positively of the Clifton Township Taxes and some have spoken negatively. According to Clifton Township Supervisor Ted Stout, the local tax for the high end of homeowners in Clifton Township will go from $70 to $120 per year. Clifton Township is in the process of purchasing 50 acres of land for $180,000 in an effort to keep this area forested and green. Mr. Stout stated that township’s three supervisors believe that the 50 acres they plan to purchase next to the Municipal Building will allow for the expansion of the recycling drop-off area and the perhaps development of recreational amenities. He confirmed that some of the land is considered wet lands but could still be developed. According to Ted, this land purchase has been considered for many years and is in concert with their “Comprehensive Plan.” It should be noted that there has been proposals to the Township to develop this land into a Condo/Townhouse development. Some residents have been concerned that this parcel may someday be used for commercial activities. The chart below shows the taxes for each category by millage rate. Millage is 1/1000th of a dollar. To obtain your tax dollars, multiply your assessment by the millage. Please note that we can not confirm the accuracy of this data. Please refer to the appropriate tax agency for the most up to date information. Also, if you live at BBLCA full time be sure to apply for your PA Homestead Tax Relief if you haven’t already. Please contact the local tax office for more details. TAX CATEGORY Clifton Township Taxes Lehigh Township Taxes Covington Township Taxes Wayne County Taxes Lackawanna County Taxes Lackawanna School Taxes

2010 3.5 5.79 10.25 1.95 3.99 11.61

2011 6.00 5.79 10.25 2.00 3.99 12.05

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Local Joint Police Force Rob O’Donnell, Safety Director Clifton Township is currently reviewing its options for a Local Joint Police Force for its residents. Currently, Big Bass Lake Community Association members living in Lehigh Township (132 homes & 79 lots) receive police coverage from the part time Lehigh Township Police. Members living in Covington Township (70 homes & 31 lots) receive police coverage from the Covington Police Department. If you are a member living in Clifton Township (903 homes & 572 lots) you are serviced by the State Police solely. Since our roads are not PA DOT certified, neither the local police nor the state police can issue traffic violations on our roads. Although the Big Bass Lake Community Association Safety Patrol does patrol our roads and common property and has the ability under the PA UPCA (Pennsylvania Uniformed Planned Community Act) to issue citations for violations of Big Bass Lake Community Association Rules and Regulations, we are not a police force and have no police powers. As previously reported, there has been proposed legislation which may charge local municipalities like Clifton Township extra for State Police Service if they do not have a police force. This fee is expected to, and has been proposed to be substantial on the township as an incentive to regionalize or create a local authority. Big Bass Lake is staying in touch with Clifton Township to see what if anything they are planning to do with a Local Joint Police Force. If you would like to be involved with the Local Joint Police Force proposal, please attend the Clifton Township Board of Supervisors Meetings which is held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm. We of course will keep the BBLCA members aware of any news on this topic as it becomes known to us.

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BOD Meeting of November 20, 2010

Questions/Comments & Answers Question or Comment: Regarding the recycling of newspaper and mixed paper, questioned if there would be a special container allocated and where would it be located. Answer: At this time no decision has been made to offer recycling of newspapers or mixed paper at BBLCA. However, these along with other recycling activities are being explored. In addition, Clifton Township is considering to offer newspaper recycling for our residents. Question or Comment: Would these mixed paper containers provide for glossy papers and magazine recycling? Answer: See previous answer. Question or Comment: Stated that badges were checked at her event but are not checked at other functions, for example the children’s Halloween party. Answer: The rules are that all members must were badges at all events that occur at BBLCA Common Facilities. Staff periodically checks badges but it would not be feasible to check each and every person at all events. Staff conducts random badge checks.

BBLCA Recreation By Kim Yencho, Recreation Director Thanks to all the snow we received in January, members and guests had a great time on BBLCA’s sledding and tubing hills. Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend was very busy with many tubers and sledders enjoying the day off from work and school. We have many exciting events scheduled for the upcoming months. Check future Lake Ledgers, Channel 80, and our website ( for extended hours and changes. Upcoming events: March 5 Paint Ceramics - 2pm at the Rec. Center March 19 Winter Membership Meeting - 10am in the Clubhouse The Ski Shop is open for the 2011 season. BBLCA ski rentals may be used at other locations. Normal hours of operation are weekends from 9am-5pm. Additional hours will be posted on the website, Channel 80, and in future Lake Ledgers. The Recreation Center & Indoor Pool is also open for the winter season. Normal hours of operation are Saturdays 12 noon to 6:45pm and Sundays from 11am to 4:45pm. With all this cold weather, who can’t wait for summer to come?? This summer we are looking for new ideas and activities. If you have any ideas or suggestions for recreation programs, please contact Kim Yencho at

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By Kathy Herling Just in case you’ve been in a quandary, thinking that the Big Bass quilters have been quiet lately, let us quickly put your mind to rest. These quaint ladies have been quilting on a beautiful creation, suitable for a queen size bed, in vibrant fall colors named “Autumn Splendor.” It will be raffled off this year with the proceeds going to the Gouldsboro Ambulance Corps. For your further edification, previous charities that have been recipients include the Gouldsboro Fire Company, the American Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association, Gouldsboro Methodist Church and the Gouldsboro Area Foundation, as well as the quintessential beauty that hangs in the community clubhouse. All expenses incurred in making the quilts are absorbed by the dues paid by members, which are approximately $15 per year. However, sometimes a project requires the ladies to add a little more funding to finish the quilt. We have also made simple, basic coverlets and donated them to Moses Taylor Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. We’re always happy to welcome new members, whether they are master quilters, or newcomers to the craft. Help is offered to new members regarding cutting patterns, piecing and hand quilting. Stop by and see us at work any Thursday 10am to noon.

Winter Driving & Snow Plowing Supplies By Steve Scorzelli, Maintenance Director Snow fall in January 2011 is making up for the lack of snowfall we received in November and December. In January, we mobilized nine times for snow/ice events. During the calendar year of 2010, we mobilized 25 total times for snow/ice events, used approximately 410 tons of salt, 300 tons of anti-skid, and 3600 gallons of liquid calcium. Our 2010 budget for these items was $31,800 and we spent $39,164 due to more supplies being used then we anticipated. It should be noted that our four year actual average for these supplies was $40,383. If you must travel during a snow/ice event PennDOT offers these Winter Driving Tips: • Carry a winter emergency travel kit. • Listen to weather and travel advisories; if you don’t have to travel, don’t. • Keep your gas tank at least half full. • Slow down and increase following distance; avoid sudden stops and starts. • Beware of roads that look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as “black ice.” • Use extra caution on bridges and ramps where ice can often form without warning. • Carry a cell phone. • Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads. • PA State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your wipers are on. • Use your low beams in bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow. • Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors and all vehicle lights as often as needed. • Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle. If snow or ice from your vehicle strikes a vehicle or person and caused death or injury, you can be ticketed. • Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes. • Do not pass or get between a plow line (several trucks plowing side by side). • Make sure someone else knows where you are going and when you expect to arrive. In case you run into an emergency, someone will know where to look for you. • If you become stranded, stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, make sure the tailpipe is clear; keep the downwind window cracked open. • Do not drink and drive and always wear your seat belt.

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Board of Directors Meetings February 19, 2011 .............. March 19, 2011 .................. April 16, 2011 ..................... May 21, 2011 ..................... June 18, 2011 .................... July 16, 2011 ...................... August 20, 2011 ................. September 17, 2011 ........... October 15, 2011 ............... November 19, 2011 ............

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Committee Meetings All meetings are held at the Administration Office. Dates and times are subject to change. See website for most up to date schedule or call the office 570-842-6388. ADULT SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Administration Office - 10:30am February 8, 2011 March 8, 2011 April 12, 2011 May 10, 2011 June 14, 2011 July 12, 2011 August 9, 2011 September 13, 2011 October 11, 2011 November 8, 2011 ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW Administration Office - 8:00am February 26, 2011 March 26, 2011 April 30, 2011 May 21, 2011 June 25, 2011 July 23, 2011 August 27, 2011 September 24, 2011 October 22, 2011 November 19, 2011 CITATION REVIEW Administration Office - 9:00am February 26, 2011 April 23, 2011 June 25, 2011 July 23, 2011 August 20, 2011 September 24, 2011 November 26, 2011 FISCAL COMMITTEE Administration Office - 9:00am August 27, 2011 October 1, 2011

ELM COMMITTEE Administration Office - 10:00am March 12, 2011 April 9, 2011 May 14, 2011 June 11, 2011 August 13, 2011 September 10, 2011 October 8, 2011 MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE Administration Office - 9:00am February 5, 2011 March 5, 2011 April 2, 2011 May 7, 2011 June 4, 2011 July 9, 2011 August 6, 2011 September 3, 2011 November 5, 2011 December 3, 2011 RECREATION COMMITTEE Administration Office - 2:00pm February 19, 2011 April 9, 2011 May 21, 2011 June 18, 2011 August 20, 2011 October 15, 2011 December 17, 2011 SAFETY COMMITTEE Administration Office - 9:00am February 5, 2011 April 2, 2011 May 7, 2011 June 4, 2011 August 6, 2011 September 10, 2011 October 1, 2011 @ 1:00pm November 5, 2011 December 3, 2011

Ten Reasons “Why TOPS?” By Lorraine D’Amato 1. TOPS stands for “Take Off Pounds Sensibly”. We encourage wellness through a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, exercise and on-going support. 2. TOPS provides support for all stages of the journey. Getting started on the road to wellness through weight loss is hard. Staying there can be harder. Whether members have made it to goal or need help maintaining, thousands of TOPS chapters worldwide provide support whenever and wherever needed. 3. TOPS understands that weight loss is more than just a number. Losing weight isn’t just about counting calories or what the scale reports. TOPS provides on-going support and up-to-date wellness information through the TOPS website, the membership magazine, TOPS News, and The Choice Is Mine Membership Guide. 4. TOPS chapter meetings encourage members. In addition to a weekly weigh-in, meetings include programs that address various wellness topics such as nutrition, movement, dealing with stress, and other issues to support members. 5. TOPS celebrates achievement. TOPS members are encouraged every step of the way as they work towards their goal weight. Special celebrations mark achieving this goal as well as maintaining it. 6. KOPS are TOPS with staying power. TOPS members who reach their goal “Keep Off Pounds Sensibly” and graduate to KOPS status. KOPS often serve as inspiration and mentors to TOPS members focused on achieving their weight-loss goals. 7. TOPS supports obesity research. TOPS have funded more than $6.8 million in the clinical study and research into obesity, metabolic reactions and related problems. 8. TOPS does not set goal weights. Members meet with their healthcare professional to set a realistic and appropriate goal weight. TOPS does not impose standard weight chart guidelines on its members. 9. TOPS is nonprofit. TOPS is committed to providing long-term support for people seeking long-term weight loss. Annual membership fees are sensible, too, plus nominal weekly dues. 10. TOPS was first. TOPS was founded in 1948 with the philosophy that the best way to lose weight, achieve wellness, and maintain a healthy lifestyle is by incorporating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and continued support and encouragement. Our TOPS Chapter meets Tuesday nights in the Administration Building. Weigh-in 4:45pm to 5:20pm; meeting starts 5:30pm to 6:15pm. First visit is free; then $26 to join and $5 monthly dues. Men, women and children (starting at age 7) are welcome. We have one gentleman in our chapter that we are so very proud of. He is losing weight and feeling healthier every week. Come for a visit. More info? Call Lorraine at 842-2685.

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Gouldsboro Area Gatherings Sometimes we don’t learn about special events going on here in our local community until it’s too late. Here are some upcoming events you may want to put on your calendars now: AREA CHURCHES: Gouldsboro United Methodist Church (Corner of Main St. & Fourth St.) Sunday School (9:30-10:15am). Worship Service at 11am; “Gouldsboro Café” coffee time at 10:30am the last Sunday of the month; all are welcome. Choir Practice: Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm. You do not need to be a member; call Jacqui Adams at 843-5049. Upcoming Events: Interfaith Fellowship Potluck Luncheon: Sunday, April 13, 12:30pm. All are welcome. Call Marjorie Haines (842-4737) or Paige Wendling (843-5070) if you have questions. Craft Show & Bake Sale: Saturday, June 4, 9am-3pm

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Grace Lutheran Church (Main St.) New Times: Sunday School 9am; Worship Services 10:15am. “Women of the ELCA” first Wednesday of the month 7pm. Morning Bible Study & Soup Lunch: Thursdays 11am; materials provided. Soup lunch served. For questions contact Pastor Tom at 8426409. For general information call Jean Unger (842-3549) or Karen Lewis (877-2428). St. Rita’s Catholic Church (Main St.) Mass Saturdays at 5:30pm; Sundays at 8am in the church and 9:30am in the Gouldsboro Fire Hall. Ongoing Pierogies Sale; call the church office to order. Call the Church Rectory at 570-842-4995 between 9am and 3:30pm for more information. Mountain Bible Church (services held on 2nd Street off Rte. 507) Sunday Service 10:30am; Bible Study Thursday 6:30pm. Wellness Bible Study, 1st Saturday of every month at the Senior Center in Daleville, Route 435, 10am. Contact Dr. Eric DeWarren (570) 419-5495. Pastor Nick Patterson (570) 417-3977 (church). Gethsemane Baptist Church (Route 435, Daleville) Sunday School 10am; Worship Service 11am, Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer 7pm. Pastor John Nemo - Church Phone is (570) 842-8742 St. Catherine’s Catholic Church (Church Street, Moscow) Masses: Saturdays 5pm; Sundays 7:30am, 9am and 11:30am. Reconciliation/Confessions: Saturdays 3:30pm in the Eucharistic Chapel. Office hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm. The office phone is (570) 842-4561. St. Catherine’s Knights of Columbus Council #6050 meets in Kelly Hall under the church on the second Wednesday of every month. The Fourth Degree meeting is at 7:30pm, followed by Third Degree meeting at 8pm. The fourth Wednesday of every month is a social meeting. For more information about programs at St. Catherine’s contact Dot Blash (570) 842-6759. Information about Historic Gouldsboro groups & events: Gouldsboro Historical Society – meets the third Monday of every month at 11am at the Lutheran Church on Main Street in Gouldsboro. New members welcome. Gouldsboro Area Foundation – GAF has its headquarters in the Gouldsboro Train Station and also manages the station. Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month at 7pm; new members are welcome. The Gouldsboro Train Station contains the GAF gift shop (with Gouldsboro souvenirs) and a full service event room (rest rooms, kitchen & seating for 60) available for rent. Contact Jeannie at 842-6129 for details. A museum in the train station is operated by the Gouldsboro Historical Society offering historical exhibitions. The station is open to the public Saturdays 10am-2pm, weather permitting.

Upcoming Events: • Saturday, April 2, 2011: Train Station is open 10am-2pm, museum and store open for business. • Saturday, April 9, 2011: Night at the Races, at the Fire House, $10 per person pay at the door. Doors open 6pm, post time 7pm. Buffet served at 6:15pm and beverages. • Saturday, May 14, 2011: Fashion Show at the United Methodist Church, tickets call; Jeannie 842-6129. • Saturday, May 28, 2011; 9am at the train station Flea Market and Bake Sale; for table rentals call; Marilyn 842-8584. • Monday June 6, 2011; Golf Tournament at Paupack Hills Country Club-Greentown. RegisSeptic Tank Cleaning • Drainfield Cleaning tration 8am, Shotgun 9am. Awards Sewer Rooter Service • High Pressure Jetting Dinner, prizes call, Jerry 842-1772. SEPTIC PUMPS - Alarm and Repair Service • Saturday July 2, 2011; 9am at the Gouldsboro Train station Flea Market and Bake Sale, for table rentals call; Marilyn 842-8584.

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Reading for Pleasure Sparks Friendships and Learning By Joan Halle “We read books, talked books, argued over books, and became dearer and dearer to one another.” This quotation, from the BBLCA’s January selection of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, sums up the atmosphere at the monthly meetings of a garrulous bunch of BBLCA members, all of whom just love to read. Started a number of years ago, book club members meet for about two hours and share their often differing views on each month’s selection. A spirited discussion often evolves, and, as one member recently remarked, “I learn so many things I never knew.” The December holiday meeting, held for the past two years at the home of Jacqui and Doug Adams, features poetry readings selected by each member, and tasty refreshments. Chris Sparling, book club member, avid reader and sometimes poet, shared her poem about the club: We meet once a month to discuss An epic, a novel and such. A mystery so eerie, or a saga not dreary. Of reading we can’t get enough. A lively discussion ensues Over next month’s selection to choose. Well, we can’t all agree On just what it should be So someone suggests the reviews. While we all have our favorites it’s true It’s the friendship we find Between kindred minds That provides the true paper and glue. So while books are my friends They’re a means to an end It’s the friendship with each one of you.


Do your part to help save our environment! Drop off your electronics and universal waste for recycling

Electronic & Universal Waste Recycling Day Big Bass Lake Maintenance Complex Saturday, July 2, 2011 10am -2pm Items Accepted Include: (NOTE: You cannot dispose of any of these items in the BBLCA Trash Compactor) • Telephones/Cell Phones • Computer Monitors ($7 fee) • Computer Accessories • Dehumidifiers ($20 fee) • Keyboards/Mice • Floor Copiers ($5 fee) • Cables & Cords • Washers & Dryers ($15 fee) • Stereos & Speakers ($2 fee) • Dishwashers ($15 fee) • Printers/Fax Machines ($2 fee) • Stoves ($15 fee) • Small Appliances ($2 fee) • Air Conditioners ($20 fee) • DVD Players, VCRs ($2 fee) • Microwaves ($2 fee) • Televisions ($22 fee) • Desktop/Laptop Computers ($2 fee) • Floor Freezers ($25 fee) • LCD Monitors ($2 fee) • Refrigerators ($30 fee) • Hard Drive Destruct w/cert ($7 fee) • Straight Lamps (1-4 ft 75¢ each, 5-8 ft $1.25 each) • Alkaline & Lead Acid Batteries ($1 lb) • U Tubes, Circular Lamps, Compact Lamps (75¢ each) • Lithium Batteries ($4 lb) • Shattershields/Coated Lamps ($1.75 each) • Document Shredding (off-site 18¢ lb) • Halogen & Incandescent Lamps (50¢ each) • Non PCB Ballast (30¢ lb) • Christmas Lights (25¢ lb) (If you have an item not on our list please contact us, it may be acceptable) *Fees apply to certain items for the recycling cost of hazardous or data sensitive material*

All BBLCA members are invited to attend meetings, held at 2:00pm at the Administration Building on the third Tuesday of each month. A flyer about the selected books is available at the Administration Building, or contact Marjorie Haines at (570) 842-4737.

Love to Read? By Joan Halle The BBLCA “share and read” adult library offers hard cover and paperback selections, as well as some “large type” choices for those staying at BBLCA. Popular titles from recent years are displayed alphabetically by author in the hallway of the administration building. Readers can select from the displayed books and then return them when they are finished. The free library also welcomes donations of recent fiction and nonfiction to be shared with others. Just leave your donated books and returns in the basket across from the bookshelves. BBLCA member Dottie Ruzi and her helpers will sort and shelve the selections for your reading pleasure.

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