Our Companies

Blue Ridge Communications

Blue Ridge Communications is a leading communications provider that serves residential and commercial customers in northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania. Our services include Digital TV, Blue Ridge Dream Whole Home DVR, High Speed Internet, Digital Phone, HDTV, and Smart Home Security.

Our Digital Cable line up with On Demand offers customers several levels of programming packages, a convenient on-screen program guide, and On Demand access—allowing customers to order from a large library of new release movies, events, and TV programs. Additional digital services include: HDTV packages, traditional DVR services, and Blue Ridge Dream, powered by Tivo, providing the world's only DVR and streaming player in one. TV customers also have access to over 90 channels on the go with our TV anywhere service, Blue Ridge Go.

Get quick and reliable service with Blue Ridge High Speed Internet, powered by PenTeleData. We offer a variety of packages, including our Dream 100 Mbps speed.

Blue Ridge Digital Phone keeps customers connected with unlimited local and long distance service within the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; plus the best calling features available at no additional charge.

Blue Ridge Smart Home is the latest in home security and home automation. In addition to 24/7 home monitoring and live cameras, we feature home automation that allows you to manage lights, door locks, appliances, and your home’s temperature.

Blue Ridge Communications is also very active in the communities it serves by sponsoring and participating in numerous local events every year and is committed to many charitable organizations.

Visit at www.brctv.com.

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Blue Ridge Communications TV-11

BRC TV-11 is the local origination channel on the Blue Ridge system serving Northern Lancaster County.  While not the only news station in the area, BRC TV may be one of the only broadcasts devoted strictly to local information. Unlike national or 24-hour news cycles on television and online, TV-11 specializes in the happenings and events specific to its viewing area.

Visit at www.brctv11.com.

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Blue Ridge Communications TV-13

BRC TV-13 is the local origination channel on the Blue Ridge system serving Carbon, Monroe, Wayne, and Pike counties, as well as parts of Lehigh, Schuylkill, Northampton, and Berks counties. While not the only news station in the area, BRC TV may be one of the only broadcasts devoted strictly to local information. Unlike national or 24-hour news cycles on television and online, TV-13 specializes in the happenings and events specific to its viewing area. TV-13's hour and a half of live, local news broadcasts every weekday, and its 10pm newscasts are consistently among the top rated programs.

Visit at www.brctv13.com.

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Claude's Creamery

Sticking with its classic soda fountain theme, Claude's has a selection of 42 flavors of premium hand dipped ice cream and the best soft serve ice cream around. Claude’s also offers signature sundaes, ranging from the Berry and Cream Dream, piled high with strawberry and blueberry sauce; to the Brownie Bravado, covered in marshmallow and hot fudge. The sundae menu also includes sundaes specifically for kids. One features Playdough ice cream, a bright yellow vanilla ice cream with pink and blue cookie pieces, which is one of Claude's biggest sellers.

But that's not all! Claude's also has milkshakes that can be made from any flavor of ice cream, ice cream sodas, complete with soda made from pure cane sugar, and its unique offering: the Claudehopper. Claude's also offers ice cream cakes for any occasion, pies, and sandwiches, all made with Claude's hard and soft ice cream.

Claude's now offers Spillane's Hot Dogs, an assortment of specialty hot dogs that were local favorites for many years. Pierogies, nachos, mac and cheese, and sausage sandwiches are available.

Visit at www.claudescreamery.com.

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Lehigh Valley Press

In September 1987, the Times News entered the weekly newspaper business when it purchased the East Penn Free Press published in Emmaus. Through the next two decades, seven more weekly newspapers were started, each serving school districts in the Allentown and Bethlehem areas, including Bethlehem, Catasauqua, East Penn, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland, Salisbury, and Whitehall. Each of these corresponds with the Press name, for example, Bethlehem Press, East Penn Press, Parkland Press, etc.

Today, these eight newspapers form the Lehigh Valley Press. The Press weekly newspapers are independently owned and operated by the Times News Media Group of Lehighton, and are printed at the TN Printing complex in Lehighton.

Visit at www.thelehighvalleypress.com.

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No Peaking

No Peaking–the gift shop at Penn’s Peak–is a unique store with a musical theme. The shop retails apparel, jewelry, candles, cards, posters, artwork, toys, and various novelty items. It is also the place to find official Penn’s Peak, Roadies, and Penn’s Peak Radio merchandise. No Peaking is open concert nights, weekends, and weekdays on a seasonal basis. Penn’s Peak gift cards and souvenirs can also be purchased online.

Visit at www.nopeaking.com.

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Palmerton Telephone

Palmerton Telephone is a local telephone company covering approximately 100 square miles in Carbon and Monroe Counties in Pennsylvania. It offers services ranging from landline telephone service to high-speed DSL Internet access as well as voicemail and other standard services. It maintains over 700 miles of copper and fiber optic telephone cables in Carbon and Monroe Counties, both aerial and underground. All the copper wires lined end-to-end would stretch to just over 108,000 miles—that means they would go around the earth just over 4 times at the equator!

Visit at www.ptelco.com.

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Pencor Construction

Pencor Construction was started in February 2006.  While most of its time is dedicated to serving the construction needs of the Pencor family of companies, it also maintains the commercial customers that it served under previous ownership.

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Pencor Electric

Pencor Electric was started in May 2006. While most of its time is dedicated to serving the construction needs of the Pencor family of companies, it also maintains the commercial customers that it served under previous ownership.

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Pencor Services, Inc.

As an entertainment and communications company serving Pennsylvania, Pencor Services, Inc. is dedicated to providing our customers with advanced, effective and affordable services to improve their quality of life. We strive to provide excellence in customer service while reaching out to support the communities we serve.

As a leader in the communications’ industry, we provide our employees a safe and rewarding work environment along with the latest technology available to meet our goals. Pencor will continue to serve with the moral principles of honesty and integrity on which this company was founded.

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Pencor Wireless

Pencor Wireless has been offering cellular service since 2000, when Bell Atlantic Mobile became Verizon Wireless. Its current locations in Palmerton and Walnutport are both Verizon Wireless Authorized Retailers. This means that the stores have permission to sell Verizon Wireless equipment and service.

Visit at  www.pencorwireless.com.

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Penn's Peak

Penn's Peak, a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue located in Jim Thorpe, can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers. Enjoy a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, twin bars, and a full service restaurant aptly named Roadie's. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn's Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of northeastern Pennsylvania's Appalachian Mountains.

Visit at www.pennspeak.com.

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In 1994, the dawn of the information age, Pencor Services, Inc. founded PenTeleData with the purpose of providing affordable Broadband High-Speed Internet Access to homes. Today, that vision also includes a diverse fiber optic network that provides dedicated data connections for hospitals, schools and universities, banks, government, retail, and general businesses. The vision arose from a consortium of Lehigh Valley schools and their need to establish Point-to-Point Data Connections. The result was a partnership of cable and telephone companies who provided the knowledge and ability to build and interconnect networks. That partnership continues today, and includes Blue Ridge Communications, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, Service Electric Cablevision, and Ironton Telephone. As one of the largest privately owned networks in the nation, PenTeleData has over 9,000 miles of fiber optic wiring deployed and over $300 million invested in fiber optic infrastructure.

Visit at www.penteledata.net.

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Times News Media Group

Today's "TIMES NEWS" newspaper can trace its history back over 120 years to the Mauch Chunk Daily Times established in 1883. James J. Boyle, who served as editor and publisher from 1908 until his death in 1951, was the most prominent name in the early history of the “Mauch Chunk Daily Times.”

The Mauch Chunk Daily Times was very much a family operation. Boyle's son, Joseph, followed in his father's footsteps as a journalist and covered the town and county courthouse for many years. He was known in Carbon County as Mr. Newspaper. Joseph's sister, Gertrude Apfelbaum, was a columnist for the paper while her husband, Cy, headed the newspaper's advertising staff. Gertrude and Joseph were co-publishers of the “Mauch Chunk Times News” (later the “Jim Thorpe Times News”) from 1951 until 1967, when the newspaper was purchased by Pencor Services, Inc.

Besides the Boyle family, the McCall family owned the “Lansford Record” and the Miller family published the “Tamaqua Evening Courier.” In 1968, Pencor purchased the “Lansford Record” and in 1971, acquired circulation of the “Tamaqua Evening Courier.” The combined newspapers published under the banner of the “Times News Record and Courier” until 1971, when the name was changed to the “TIMES NEWS.”   

In 2020, the Times News changed their name to Times News Media Group in order to better reflect the variety of services offered to our readers, advertisers and community. Growing from the nine papers, the Times News Media Group offers a variety of advertising options such as Facebook Sponsored Advertising, Digital Billboards and Digital Newspaper Racks. We act as a source for all local news via the Times News, Lehigh Valley Press, tnonline.com, lvpnews.com and our social media channels. We are a creative hub through services offered at TN Printing. Most importantly, we give back to our community through the Kid’s Closet Sale, Times News Travel, and our many contests, sweepstakes and quizzes.

Visit at www.tnonline.com.

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TN Printing

In 1971, TN Printing began as a small in-house print shop, designed to support the Times News and its sister companies. The one press operation was located in a small corner of the Times News building, located at First and Iron Streets in Lehighton, PA.

Throughout the seventies, printing technology changed at a rapid pace and more open press time quickly became available. Instead of printing only a daily newspaper, TN Printing became a premiere commercial cold set web printer and offered full color sheet fed printing services.

In 1986, the rolling hills of the Mahoning Valley became home to a new web printing facility. As an expansion of the existing sheet fed division in the downtown, the four-unit Uniman press printed at speeds of 15,000 papers per hour, with four full color page capabilities. In 2002, as business increased, the Mahoning Valley facility expanded to house the Times News and TN Printing under the same roof. The 20,000 square foot expansion allowed for a new five-unit state-of-the-art computerized Koenig and Bauer web press, with in line gluing, that has the ability to print 30,000 papers per hour, with sixteen full color broadsheet pages. It includes a Kodak Trendsetter direct to plate system with Staccato screening capabilities, Epson digital proofing and color management, and a Nela optical plate punching and registration system.

In addition to printing services, a full service mailroom offers CASS certified inkjet addressing, variable data printing, tabbing and envelope insertion capabilities. TN Printing also can get a targeted list of customers, to maximize the cost-effectiveness and success of your direct-mail advertising.

Visit us at www.tnprinting.com.

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