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October 11, 2017

mobile mammography Women throughout Wayne County will have increased access to life-saving breast cancer screenings, thanks to a “big pink van.”

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ESU holds pink light walk

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono (LVH–Pocono) hosted the 17th annual Pink Light Walk last week. In collaboration with LVH–Pocono’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, the American Cancer Society and Prime Time Health of Monroe County’s Area Agency on Aging, the walk is held each year to increase awareness for breast cancer during the month of October. This year’s Pink Light Walk was organized by the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator, Lutchana Beckford, ESU Health Studies instructor Alyson Patascher, a committee from both organizations, and other members from the community. “As a long-standing tradition for LVHPocono, the walk serves as a movement to unite those of the community battling breast cancer, survivors of breast cancer or those interested in supporting breast cancer awareness to walk in unison,” said Beckford. Prior to the walk, education tables with interactive programs and information

regarding LVH-Pocono’s free mammogram voucher program service were in the ESU Science and Technology Center. ESU’s Community Health Organization was collecting canned food donations to support the Warrior Food Pantry. The walk ended at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center in East Stroudsburg, where there was refreshments and a speech by breast cancer survivor and honorary chair of this year’s committee, Bobbie Long. Long was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. After receiving all her treatments at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, she decided to become a volunteer with the support group Creative Expressions. “I hand out paper butterflies to patients,” Long said. “It’s an ice breaker, it gets them to open up. It’s also a symbol of hope.” Long spoke to the importance of building awareness and a supportive community. “If there’s one thing I learned,” she said, “it’s that we — patients and survivors — do better together.”

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Women throughout Wayne County and the Greater Carbondale Region will have increased access to life-saving breast cancer screenings, thanks to a “big pink van” housing a digital mammography system. The mobile mammography program will be available at Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers’ family health centers in Hamlin, Lake Como, Vandling and Carbondale. Wayne Memorial officials say the program was initiated to address a community need. “Wayne Memorial offers digital mammography at the hospital in Honesdale and at our Lords Valley office in Pike County, but many

women in other parts of our service area such as northern Wayne are not always able to get to those facilities,” said Wayne Memorial CEO David Hoff. “Higher rates of breast cancer are often seen in areas where screenings are not easily accessible. Early detection saves lives.” The mobile mammography program received funding from the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the AllOne Foundation and the USDA’s Distance Learning & Telemedicine program. “This project would not have happened without them,” said Hoff. The van will be staffed by mammography

technologists from Wayne Memorial, whose mammography program is certified by the American College of Radiology. Wayne Memorial performs close to 5,000 mammograms each year. To make an appointment for a screening in the mobile unit, patients with a prescription from their provider may call Wayne Memorial’s Central Scheduling Department at 570-251-6689.

11. at the Lake Naomi Club in Pocono Pines, starting with a cash bar at 6 p.m. The dinner is $35 per person. Registration forms are available at or can be obtained by emailing HATT at hatthistory@ or calling 570-580-5353. OCT. 12 The Stroudsburg Aglow will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, at Faith Alive Community Church, 10 East Mechanic St. in Wind Gap. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. Fellowship begins at 10:30. Registration is $4. OCT. 13 On Friday, Oct. 13, the public is invited to a “Shop Til You Drop” fundraiser, a unique sale of items made by or sold by Wayne Memorial Health System staff and families. The sale takes place in the hospital’s David Katz Conference Center from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be more than 20 tables of goods, including recycled wood art, handmade candles, baby booties, rice bags, jewelry, skin care products, jams and jellies and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the purchase of a “Responder 5 Nurse Call System” for the new patient tower being built. For more information, visit OCT. 14 The Monroe County Municipal Waste Management Authority (the Waste Authority) will hold a free composting class Saturday, Oct. 14. The classes will start at 9 a.m. and last approximately one hour. The classes are free and compost bins will be available to purchase at cost. One winner will receive a free backyard composter. All classes will be held at the facility in Blakeslee, and a certified Master Gardener will be teaching the classes. In order to participate, you must register with the Monroe County Waste Authority. Classes are limited to 20 people. For more information or to register for class visit our website at, email to: cparks@ or call 570-643-6100. OCT. 15 The Lacawac Sanctuary will hold its fourth annual Lake to Lake 8K Trail Run on Sunday, Oct. 15, on the trails of Lacawac in Lake Ariel. There will also be a 5K run/walk and a dog walk. The 8K race begins at 11 a.m. Proceeds support Lacawac’s preservation and environmental education programs, scientific research and advocacy and public awareness outreach. There will be prizes in many age categories. The entrance fee for the 8K trail run is $25 before Oct. 6, $30 after; the fee for the 5K run/walk will be $20 before Oct. 6, $25 after. The fee for the dog walk is $15 before Oct. 6, $20 after. Mail your check to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436 or drop by the sanctuary to drop off the check. All fees non-refundable. Call 570-689-9494 or email craig.lukatch@ for more information. • Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold a free community dinner from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, for those in need. Call the church office at 570-629-4572 for reservations and more information. OCT. 20 Wooddale United Methodist Church, 100 Barren Road, East Stroudsburg, will hold a fall yard and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. On sale will be clothing, household items, baby items and more. Baked goods and hot food will be available. Come for lunch. For more information or directions call 570424-7490. • The West End Park and Open Space Commission will a host BINGO Night on Friday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Township Park, 221 Route 715 in

On the front page: Wayne Memorial Hospital’s mobile mammography van. More on breast cancer awareness month on page 11.

WHAT’S HAPPENING To have your school, church or nonprofit social event in “What’s Happening,” email: Exact dates must be listed. NO EVENTS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE. EVENTS ARE PRINTED ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Deadline — noon on Friday for the next Wednesday publication. No faxes or handwritten submissions will be accepted. OCT. 11 The Monroe County Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Eastern Monroe County Library, 1002 N. Ninth St. in Stroudsburg. The program will be “Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania,” presented by Nicole Chinnici, forensic scientist at East Stroudsburg. The Design Theme: “Imagine Autumn.” Collage decorated with materials such as dried materials, seeds, fresh flowers, leaves, etc. Designer’s choice of size and materials. Meeting will be followed by lunch, followed by program. Everyone interested in gardening is welcome to attend. $5 for non-members (applied to your membership). Luncheon included. For more information, call 570-350-8069 or email Visit and on Facebook. • Brodhead Chapter Trout Unlimited’s general meeting will welome representatives from PennFuture and Fishing Wyoming on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road in Stroudsburg. Admission is free. For more information, email or brodheadchapter@ • Veteran TV meteorologist Benjamin D. Gelber will present “A History of Severe Storms in the Poconos” to the Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township (HATT) at its seventh annual dinner on Wednesday, Oct.

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A free support group designed to help people cope with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The sessions will provide support and focus on grief as a normal part of an individual’s transition through life. The sessions will be held Mondays, 5:306:30 p.m. through Oct. 30 in conference room No. 3 on the second floor of Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park St. in Honesdale. Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found For more information, email

Haunted Trail Volunteers Needed

The Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission (SROSRC) is now planning its second annual Haunted Trail event and is looking for individuals or groups to volunteer. Want to be a character or build and run a theme area or station? How about being a trail guide? Or simply want to help out with set up and take down? The event is actually two events in one: On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Friendly Trail will run from 5-6:30 p.m. and the Haunted Trail will run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Zacharias Pond Park (rain date is Sunday, Oct. 29). Email or call 570-426-1512 to volunteer

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The Pocono Arts Council will host its annual Holiday Store in the ARTSPACE Gallery at 18 N. Seventh St. in Stroudsburg. The shop will be open Friday, Nov. 24, through Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Selling artwork and handcrafted items is open to all Pocono Arts Council members. Membership is $39; $29 for senior citizens. Member artists who would like to be featured in the Holiday Store must submit an application by the deadline on Friday, Nov. 10. Space is reserved on a first-come-first-served basis with payment. The application is available online at under the ARTSPACE Gallery tab/Exhibitions or it may be picked up in the gallery. Artists must arrange to have their art delivered to the gallery and hung/ displayed on Monday, Nov. 20, or Tuesday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The PoconoArts staff will manage the store weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with evening and weekend hours handled by volunteers. Fees for participation are: $30 for artists who volunteer a minimum four-hour shift (with 20 percent commission to Pocono Arts); or $40 for artists who do not volunteer (25percent commission to Pocono Arts). A reception and member discount night will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m. If you have any questions, call 570476-4460 or email

Longwood Gardens at Christmas

The West End Park and Open Space Commission will sponsor a bus trip to Longwood Gardens on Saturday, Dec 9. View festive flower arrangements and the outdoor display of hundreds of trees and more than a half-million lights. Bus departs Dansbury Park, East Stroudsburg at 11 a.m. and Chestnuthill Twp. Park in Brodheadsville at 11:30 a.m.; returns to Chestnuthill Park at 9:30 p.m. and Dansbury Park at 10 p.m. Tickets are $75; $65 for kids 17 and younger. Register by Friday, Nov 24, by calling 570-992-9733 or emailing

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3 prewinter lawn care pointers Winter weather can be harsh, especially on lawns. Homeowners who spend much of spring and summer tending to their lawns may fear the impact that winter will have on their once-lush landscapes, making the fall a great time to fortify lawns against any harsh conditions to come. Homeowners must take grass type into consideration before taking steps to prepare their lawns for the winter. Some grasses are best fertilized in late-summer, while others should be fertilized in autumn. Cool-season grasses, including fescue and bluegrass, are best fertilized sometime between the months of September and November. Warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda or zoysia, should be fertilized between July and September. Once homeowners have gained a greater understanding of their lawns, they can begin exploring the various ways to prepare their lawns for whatever winter has in store. 1. ExplorE wintErizing fErtilizErs. Homeowners who want to make their grasses more winter hardy can consult landscaping professionals to determine if winterizing fertilizers will work for their lawns. These specially formulated fertilizers, many of which are made exclusively for cool-season grasses, contain higher levels of potassium and lower levels of nitrogen than early-season fertilizers. Potassium helps strengthen and harden plants, and cool-season grasses may need extra potassium as winter settles in. Homeowners who are not sure if they should apply winterizing fertilizer can conduct soil tests to determine the potassium levels in their soil. If the test indicates the soil has sufficient potassium, then applying a winterizing fertilizer is likely unnecessary. In addition, homeowners who have fed their lawn a balance of nutrients throughout spring and summer likely will not need to apply winterizing fertilizer. 2. gEt rid of fallEn lEavEs. While fallen leaves may be integral components of idyllic autumn landscapes, leaves left on the lawn throughout the winter may lead to disease in the grass. Leaves trap moisture and block sunlight and air from reaching grass, and that can encourage the development of

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Earth-friendly tips for autumn

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sleeved shirts accessible so you can layer them under sweatshirts and sweaters. The heat from layering will be trapped against your body and keep you cozier, reducing your reliance on HVAC systems to stay warm. Home repairs Check the roof for any missing shingles. In addition, look for spots where animals or insects may be able to gain entry into your home. Seal these areas and repair any leaks. This will make your home more efficient later on when winter hits its stride. Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they can’t be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket. If you have forced-air systems, move furniture away from the vents so that air can flow better around the home and keep it comfortable. Check weatherstripping around windows and doors and make the necessary adjustments. Installing additional insulaIf boots, a warm hat and a tuned-up tion also can help reduce energy consnow blower are the only items on your sumption. winter preparation list, your home maintenance plan may need a makeover. These simple home maintenance projects can help lower your energy bills, prevent more costly repairs and/or increase the lifespan of your home.

such as Roxul Comfortbatt insulation. This type of mineral wool insulation makes installation simple. All that’s needed is a serrated blade or bread knife. Cut the batt to fit the cavity and press into place. The insulation will help improve energy efficiency as soon as it’s in place and provide savings over the lifetime of your home. Comfortbatt can also be used to top or replace old attic insulation. 1. HEatinG & VEntilatiOn Aim for an R-50 or a depth of 16 inches. Examine your fireplace and chimney 4. BaCkyard CarE system to ensure that no soot or creosote Save your property from potential damage has collected. Any cracks or voids could by trimming overgrown trees and shrubs to potentially cause a fire. Before you turn the prevent ice-laden branches from thrashing furnace or boiler on, replace the air filter and against electrical wires and your home’s hire a professional to inspect the unit more exterior. Drain/shut off any exterior faucets thoroughly. These steps will improve the and sprinkler systems to prevent freezing. efficiency and life of your furnace and will Ensure rain or snow drains away from the ensure stable indoor air quality. house to avoid foundation problems. 2. SEal WindOWS and dOOrS 5. rOOf and GuttErS If not properly sealed, windows and doors Inspect your roof for shingles that are can be a major culprit for heat loss. To keep warped, damaged or even missing to prevent the warm air inside, inspect the weathera future leak. Use roofing cement and a stripping around your home’s windows caulking gun to seal joints where water and doors for leaks, rot or decay. Repair or could penetrate, such as around the chimreplace structural framing, and caulk inside ney, skylights or vent pipes. Make sure that and out, if necessary. your gutters and downspouts are securely 3. inSulatE WEll fastened. Downspouts should extend at least One of the easiest and most effective defens- five feet away from the home to prevent es against heat loss is proper insulation. Pre- flooding. vent cold drafts from entering and the loss of When it comes to preventative mainheated air through basement headers, which, tenance, a little time and effort can save when left exposed, can make your furnace thousands in energy costs and repair bills work harder. Look for a moisture-resistant over the lifetime of your home. product offering high thermal performance,

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New model joins Wrangler family By Greg Zyla

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2017 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4 Entry Price: $23,295 Price as Tested: $37,960 This week, we’re driving the 2017 Jeep Wrangler two-door, the smaller version of the Wrangler family that also offers an extended-wheelbase, four-door version called Wrangler Unlimited. Our smaller Wrangler Sahara perhaps zeros in closer to the true Wrangler legacy, which dates back to the World War II era. The modern day Wrangler not only shares DNA with the original 1941 Willys Jeep, it, to this day, has no real market competitor. This comes thanks to Jeep loyal (and even cult like) consumers who, regardless of age demographic, gleefully enjoy an ever expanding Wrangler lineup that now boasts more than 26 different Wranglers to choose from in two- or four-door trim. Other manufacturers have tried to compete along the way, but none have been able to penetrate the magic of owning a Jeep Wrangler. To further explain the Jeep legacy, in 1941 Willys-Overland took the newly developed 80inch wheelbase transport military vehicle direct to Washington, D.C., and had then-Sen. James Meade of New York, along with four passengers, drive the new Willys “Scout” Jeep straight up the 365 steps that lead to the U.S. Capitol. Meade turned around at the top and drove the Jeep back down the steps without a hitch much to the surprise of the many government officials and press photographers who had gathered. Not surprisingly, Willys-Overland won the military contract on the spot. Fast forward to 2017, and Fiat Chrysler hasn’t forgotten these family tree roots. Of the 13 distinct two-door Wrangler models available, you’ll find two models that utilize the branding birthright, namely a Willys Wheeler W 4x4 that starts at $30,395 or a Willys Wheeler 4x4 that starts at $28,295. The difference between the two is a heavy duty Tru Lok rear differential in the “W” model versus a conventional rear differential in the standard Willys Wrangler. All Wranglers, however, come with a distinctive “since 1941” logo in the interior that reminds the driver of where the Wrangler came from. For those working on a tight budget, the entry Sport 4x4 four passenger two-door starts at just $23,295 and then graduates through 11 more models to the ultimate Wrangler Rubicon Recon, that starts at $39,145. Our “in-between” Sahara starts at $30,445 and comes with a heavy duty gas shock suspension. The Sahara package costs $1,400 more

and also adds body colored grille with silver metallic and a five-speed automatic, which replaces the standard six-speed manual transmission. Our tester also featured an optional $1,995 Freedom Top hardtop, which is a color matched three-piece design that replaces the high quality Bestop manufactured softtop, the latter of which is standard equipment on all Wranglers since 1986. What’s really neat about all Wranglers is that when the sun shines and you want to frolic at the beach or in the mountains, it literally transforms into an open air fun machine as the doors and top are removable for ultimate open air adventures be it Freedom hardtop or Bestop softtop. Under the hood sits a powerful 24-valve 3.6-liter V6 engine putting out 285 horses and 260 lb. ft. of torque. The heavy duty five-speed automatic transmission comes with hill descent and is designed especially for more rugged 4x4 outings. Built in Toledo, Ohio, all Wranglers are classified as SUVs and do not compare well to automobiles in safety ratings or ultimate comfort features. Some will find entry to be cumbersome, road noise high and handling not that great. But when you take this same Jeep off road or drive in a snowstorm, the Wrangler then becomes an outstanding vehicle. Further, if you drive the smooth freeways, a Wrangler is comfortable considering its multi-tasking genes. Other options our tester included were a remote start for $495, enhanced air conditioner with automatic temp control for $395, an Alpine Premium stereo upgrade for $945 that adds a 40 gig hard drive, nine speakers with all-weather subwoofer, NAV, 6.5-inch touch display, SiriusXM for one year and a five-year SiriusXM travel subscription. An engine block heater for $95 and delivery charges of $995 brought the final tally to $37,960. Important numbers include a wheelbase of 95.4 inches, 3,976-pound curb weight, 18.6-gallon fuel tank, 17 city and 21 highway fuel mileage, 2,000-poundd tow capacity, 8.3-inch ground clearance and 12.8 to 56.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. In summary, until you own a Jeep Wrangler you just won’t understand why this vehicle is so darn popular. You’ll quickly become aware of the many Wranglers on the road, which was half the fun of this test drive. Then, when you add the other Jeeps like Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Patriot, Compass and Renegade to the fray, you finally realize that the Jeep brand vehicle is probably more valuable to the Chrysler franchise than any other vehicle it produces, including Dodge and Chrysler minivans. Likes: Legacy, affordable entry, multi-task extraordinaire, fun factor. Dislikes: Expensive options, no backup camera, rear visibility.


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