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Your Weekly Resource To What’s Happening In The Pocono Region!


February 15, 2017

canine soldier retires Navy Chief Nathan has retired to live with his former handler in Dingman’s Ferry.

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What’s happening Events and activities throughout the Poconos. page 2

Keep up with the latest happenings in our area.

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preservation aWards The winners of historical preservation awards are announced. page 4

FroM helen’s kitchen Try some of these tasty recipes, including meatball vegetable soup. page 16

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Dave Falcheck’s weekly wine column. This week: the home of Romeo and Juliet grows romantic grapes. page 7


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Plans for celebrating Earth Day Planning is under way at The Downtown Hawley Partnership, in cooperation with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership, for the fourth annual Hawley Earth Fest. Events will take place the weekend of April 21-23. Officials say this weekend-long celebration will be an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate the scenic beauty of the area. The planning committee is working with local businesses, organizations and caring neighbors to put together many outdoor activities. Throughout the weekend there will be several opportunities to learn more about natural surroundings, and celebrate Earth Day. There are many ways for everyone to get involved. Hawley Earth Fest sponsors are being sought by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and the Hawley Earth Fest planning committee. Full details about sponsorships and other donations can be found on the sponsorship form. Have an event you’d like to see crosspromoted in celebration of Earth Day? Antique sales, recycling, walks, talks and more can be themed for a down-to-Earth good time. Visit or email There are a variety of ways to help out the place you live by partnering with local nonprofits and agencies. For Hawley Earth Fest, volunteer groups cleanup a stretch of Rt. 6 into town, Bingham Park and the sidewalks for residents and visitors to welcome spring. For more details about the Rt. 6 cleanup, email For questions about activities in the park, email The planned Environmental Expo provides visitors free educational entertainment with live demonstrations, interactive exhibits, creative crafts and much more, rain or shine. Vendors

are welcome to bring their locally produced products or sustainable creations. Exhibitors and vendors will find registration forms at or email The WildHawley Parade is a free costume contest for everyone. “By reusing a Halloween costume or repurposing old clothes, we can add materials to create frogs, butterflies, oak trees and more,” Jenna Mauder, an environmental educator, said. “This year, we’re asking everyone to bring their ideas to one of the three costume workshops where volunteers will help you imagine and create a costume.” Email her Visit for the latest updated information or visit HawleyEarthfest. To stay current on all local happenings, sign up for the VisitHawleyPA. com emails. Also making Earth day plans is the Monroe County Conservation District and Monroe Campus Northampton Community College in Tannersville. On Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., organizations, businesses and local agencies throughout Monroe County have organized a county-wide event to celebrate the conservation successes of the past 20-plus years in Monroe County. A schedule of events for the day includes: musical entertainment by Mike Pilgermeyer and Katie Rubino, children’s activities, Give and Take Day sponsored by Close the Loop, electronics recycling and tire amnesty sponsored by The Waste Management Authority and exhibits highlighting local environmental business, organizations and agencies. For more information about Earth Day, visit or call 570-629-3061.

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A private reunion was held late at night in the cargo terminal of Newark Liberty International Airport recently. There was no flag-waving by gathered family and friends — just a lone Army staff sergeant waiting while a terminal attendant cut the nylon ties that sealed a crate — a crate that held his beloved friend. As the ties fell away and with the mere calling of his name, Navy Chief Nathan bounded out of his crate and into the arms of Staff Sgt. Sean Harrigan of Dingmans Ferry. They were together again. European-born German Shepherd Nathan began his service after undergoing a year of training in Italy as a military working dog, or MWD. For the nine years following his successful completion of that training, he saw continuous service in India, Kuwait,

Europe, Iraq and Bahrain as a hunter of improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. It was in Bahrain that he and Harrigan began the year-long partnership. Nathan and his fellow explosive-detecting MWDs, capable of a 98 percent bomb detection rate, were trained to sniff out minuscule amounts of a wide-range of explosives while searching entry points, patrolling within secure installations and at checkpoints. According to Harrigan, Nathan’s job-specific modus operandi was to retreat five feet from a device he had detected, lie down facing the potential killer and await its disposal. When asked how many such finds Nathan had detected, the answer was “countless.” After his retirement, Nathan remained at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Sigonella,

Sicily, while Harrigan worked to bring him home to Dingmans Ferry. After the clearing of the red tape, the only remaining obstacle to his homecoming was the payment of $602 in transportation fees. Stepping up with donations to clear the way were three local area veterans organizations: VetStock; the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association; and the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post No. 139 in Milford. These days, Navy Chief Nathan can sometimes be found at the Legion post where, in recognition of his service, Legion members continue to honor him with the permanent installation of a doggie bed and an endless supply of treats, ear-scratching and head pats.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING vegetable, sauerkraut, beverages, dessert and bread and butter. Tickets are $8; $4 for kids ages 6 to 12. Those 5 and younger eat free. Call 570-629-1136 for more information. • A spaghetti dinner and basket auction to benefit the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) Food Pantry New Building Fund will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert. The cost is $10 per person. For more information, call 570-9923136. FEB. 19 FEB 16 Paint in the Park: Party with your friends The Hope For The Homeless Monroe while you paint on Sunday, Feb. 19, 1-4 County Alliance will host a meet-and-greet p.m. at the Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 event Thursday, Feb. 16, 6-10 p.m. At the Route 715 in Brodheadsville. Sponsored by Eastern Monroe Hughes Library,1002 N. the West End Park and Open Space ComNinth St. in Stroudsburg. Four guest speakmission. Canvas, art supplies,·professional ers will share their story, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session. instruction and light refreshments included. Tickets are $35. Register at ccreationscrafts. Complimentary refreshments and light snacks will be provided. For more informa- or call 570-730-9887. • The Music Study Club of the Stroudstion, call 570-580-0571. burgs will present “Celebrating Strings in FEB 17 The West End Park and Open Space Com- the Stroudsburgs” on Sunday, Feb. 19, at mission will a host bingo night Friday, Feb. 2:30 p.m. at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N. Ninth St. There will be solo 17, at 6:30 p.m.) at the Chestnuthill Township Park, 221 Route 715 in Brodheadsville. selections, duos and quartet performances Doors open at 5:30. Admission is $15 (eight featuring young string players from the Pocono Youth Orchestra For further informaboards). Menu includes chili, hot dogs, tion, call 610-965-0268. pizza, soft pretzels and more. There will be • Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 a 50/50, specials, pull tabs, door prizes and Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold refreshments. Call 570-992-9733 or email a free community dinner Sunday, Feb. 19, for more information. 3-4 p.m. Call 570-629-4572 for reservations FEB 18 and more information. McMichaels United Methodist Church, FEB 25 at Route 715 and White Church Road in On Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-2:30 p.m., there McMichaels, will hold a Valentines Day will be a hike up Mount Wismer in Barrett roast pork dinner Saturday, Feb. 18, 4-7 Township, along a wide woods road and p.m. Menu also includes mashed potatoes, To have your school, church or nonprofit social event in “What’s Happening,” email: Exact dates must be listed. NO EVENTS TAKEN BY PHONE. EVENTS ARE PRINTED ON A SPACE AVAILABLE BASIS. Deadline — noon on Friday for the next Wednesday publication. All phone numbers are in the 570 area code unless otherwise indicated. No faxes or hand-written submissions will be accepted.

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into shifting, rocky paths. While this hike is easier than the summertime trails, it’s still moderate to challenging in difficulty. Meet at the trailhead off Route 447 in Barrett Township. The cost is free, but registration is required. Call 570-839-1120 or 570-6292727 or email • Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Centers, 8050 Running Valley Road in Stroudsburg, presents its Who Lives Where? program on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. to learn where animals spend their time in the winter months and search for some of them. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12. EE Center members free. For more information, call 570-629-3061 or visit FEB. 26 Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert, will hold a free community Sunday supper on Sunday, Feb. 26, 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 610-681-6137. • Jennie M Levine & Friends will be in concert at Faith To Faith Ministries, 2035 Milford Road in East Stroudsburg on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 pm. They will sing both traditional and contemporary gospel music. The suggested concert donation is $15; $5 for youths, which includes afterconcert refreshments. Call 570-730-4440 for more information. MARCH 11 Lacawac Sanctuary Field Station and Environmental Education Center will hold a “big lake hike” Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guided hike; learn about the natural and cultural history of Lacawac Please see HAPPENING, Page 15

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The Monroe County Historical Association (MCHA) has named the 2017 winners of the PEP (preserve, enhance, promote) historical preservation awards. Owners of historic buildings who have shown their dedication to preserving, enhancing and promoting Monroe County’s wealth of historic structures will be honored at the association’s annual meeting and awards luncheon on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee-on- Delaware. Three categories of buildings were judged: commercial, non-profit and private residence. The 2017 winners in the three categories are: commercial property — Jane Maughan Law Office, Ann Street, Borough of Stroudsburg; non-profit — Shawnee Presbyterian Church, Smithfield Township; and residential property — the Kennedy residence owned by Robert and Gina Kennedy of Hamilton Township. The Heritage Resource Award will be

given to the volunteers of the Tobyhanna Ice Harvest of Coolbaugh Township in recognition of their efforts to provide a historical experience and educational opportunities for the visiting public. “Our organization is pleased to recognize the owners of these historic properties and the volunteers who help keep our past alive,” the association’s executive director Amy Leiser said. “We appreciate their dedication in helping to maintain the historic fabric of our community. This is the 12th year we’ve acknowledged owners of historic properties. We are always looking for additional structures to highlight and we welcome suggestions of other Monroe County sites that deserve recognition.” The cost for the luncheon meeting is $35 for MCHA members and $40 for non-members. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations, with payment, should be made at MCHA offices, 900 Main St. in

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• Residents from Lackawanna County with household incomes of less than $54,000 in 2016 can receive free assistance completing their federal, state and local tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The free service is staffed by University of Scranton accounting students and numerous professional volunteers organized by the University and the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, with the support of several local human service organizations. Walk-in service without an appointment is available in Brennan Hall on the University’s campus Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from through Wednesday, March 8; and Monday, March 20, to Friday, March 31. Residents are asked to bring: a valid photo ID, all W2 forms, all 1099 forms, real estate tax receipts for the rent/ tax rebate, form 8332 for non-custodial parents; Social Security numbers or individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) for all taxpayers and dependents, W-7 forms if appropriate, information related to income and expenses, a personal banking account check if direct deposit is desired and any documentation related to health insurance for themselves and anyone on the tax return, such as Form 1095-A, -B or -C, or paperwork from the Healthcare Market Place. Last year’s tax returns are also requested. You can also make an appointment (if it is not already sold out) at the North Pocono Library, 1315 Church St. in Moscow on Thursday, March 2, 2-6 p.m. Visit or call 570-504-0614.

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The Monroe County Conservation District and members of the Stanley Becker are accepting applications for the tenth annual Stanley Becker Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior in Monroe County who is planning on attending college and majoring in an environmental field. The recipient will be presented the $500 scholarship at our annual dinner on Friday, March 31. To receive an application or for more information, contact our office. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 10. For more information, call the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center at 570-629-3061 or visit

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• U.S. Air Force Airman Christine L. McIntyre (shown) graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. McIntyre is the daughter of Brenda L. and Keith A. McIntyre Sr. of Saylorsburg. She is a 2014 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School.

• U.S. Army National Guard Pvt. Ezekiel N. Perez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Jackson, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, as well as military courtesy, drill and ceremony and the military justice system. The soldier also completed physical-fitness training and foot marches and underwent instruction and practice in rifle marksmanship, bayonet use, unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, basic first aid and chemical warfare. He is a 2016 graduate of East Stroudsburg North High School.

Visit from pen pals to socialize, play games and talk about their letterexchange experiences.

Six student members of East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta honor society made a trip to visit their pen pals from Bethlehem Area School District’s Northeast Middle School (NMS) after a year of correspondence.

This is the fourth year that ESU students have participated in this initiative. Sigma Pi Epsilon Delta is a special education and rehabilitation From left, kneeling: Lisa Craven, Morgan honor society at Coordinated by Siemon, Gage Williams, Xavier Jackson, SkyNMS learning sup- lha Ortiz, Danija Torres, Luis Aguero and Caro- ESU that reaches out to support port teacher Lisa line DiPipi-Hoy. Standing: Lyndsey Rescigno, individuals with Craven and Dr. Tanya Lorah, Ramon Cruz, Deiontye McNeil, Caroline DiPipiGabriel Nieves, Tevin Gibson, Katie Evans and disabilities. ESU students associated Hoy, associate Ashley Brown. with this organizaprofessor of special tion are in the special education and rehabilieducation and rehabilitation at ESU, the program allowed students from both groups tation program.

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2017 Mazda CX-3 Entry Price: $19,960 Price as Tested: $28,510 This week, we’re driving the 2017 Mazda CX-3, a smaller SUV coming off a complete redesign in 2016. CX-3 is another in a long line of all-new vehicles we’ve been driving the last 18 months as manufacturers continue to undertake major design and safety upgrades to better compete in the modern era. Mazda’s CX-3 ideology centers on taking the best of its popular sub compact Mazda 3 sedan and combining it with the great SUV attributes of its larger Mazda CX-5 SUV. The result is the popular compact class Mazda CX-3, which is built in Hiroshima, Japan, and starts at just $19,960 for a front drive Sport model or just $21,210 for an all-wheel drive (AWD). Thus, the reality of parking a new 2017 CX-3 in your driveway becomes a doable endeavor. Notable, too, is Mazda’s noninflationary price as the 2017 CX-3 is exactly the same price as 2016 models. Our tester arrived in top class Grand Touring trim with Mazda’s heralded i-ACTIV AWD underpinnings. This fully automatic AWD system constantly monitors road conditions and is ready to add or subtract power to any of the four wheels when needed for best possible traction. Considering the AWD system costs only $1,250 more on the three CX-3 models, (Sport, Touring and Grand Touring) this option should be a major consideration regardless of your geographical location as you never know when Mother Nature will throw inclement weather your way. Outwardly, Mazda CX-3 bears a striking likeness to CX-5 although its final stance sits on a 5.2-inch inch sorter wheelbase. The little Mazda handles well in sharper turns where it bonds like glue. The secure handling and cornering ability is a stage above the others we’ve driven, no doubt the result of Mazda’s continued efforts in SCCA/NASA road racing, Road to Indy open wheel competition or playing with the big boys in endurance Prototype racing. Specifically, Mazda cross pollinates everything it learns on the nation’s race circuits into its consumer offerings, especially when you select CX-3’s “Sport driving mode” on the six speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Here, you’ll appreciate computer controlled downshifting when braking from 60-mph for a tight, slow corner. Features like this usually don’t come in a compact SUV, but then again, either do Mazda CX-3’s standard traction hungry Yokohama Avid S34 all-season

18-inch tires on lightweight “gun metal” alloy wheels. Yes, it’s all good. Every Mazda CX-3 relies on a 2.0-liter fuel injected four cylinder that boasts a high 13-1 compression ratio for extra pep. Developing just 146 horses and 146 lb. ft. of torque, you’ll still be impressed as the CX-3 accelerates to 60-mph in a bit over eight seconds. This all comes thanks to CX-3’s less than 3,000 pound curb weight and use of lighter yet stronger sport tuned suspension and engine components. Inside, CX-3 is quite roomy for a compact SUV, although rear seat leg room is just so-so while cargo room with the back seat up is acceptable but not spacious. Still, the back seat is roomy enough for smaller adults. Overall, the cabin is well done and seating is comfortable. The instrumentation is fine although there’s too much emphasis on a large tachometer. This is offset by a heads-up display that shows the MPH number on the lower windshield. I enjoyed a 200-mile trip driving the CX-3 and it was a pure joy sans a few rutted roads that the sport-tuned suspension absorbed as it should (read that bumpy). Our Grand Touring Edition featured a standard power moonroof with tilt, rear spoiler, seven speaker Bose stereo system on a seveninch screen, leather trim, Mazda navigation, Bluetooth, push button start, automatic climate control and special LED headlights. There are more standard features that your Mazda dealer will explain. Options on our tester included a rear bumper guard ($100), door sill plates ($100) and a highly recommended $1,170 GT i-Activsense package. The latter features intuitive radar cruise control, Smart City brake control, Smart brake support, lane departure warning, auto headlights, high beam control and rain sensing headlights that all work in tandem. (This option was $1,920 last year.) Fuel mileage is good as two-wheel drive units deliver 29 city and 35 highway while our AWD Grand Touring is good for 27 city and 32 highway. Important numbers include a wheelbase of 101.2-inches, 2,952 lb. curb weight, 34.8 turning circle, 6.1-inch ground clearance, 11.9 gallon fuel tank and from 12.4 to 44.5 cu. ft of cargo space. The 2017 Mazda CX-3 receives a Test Drive “Recommended” rating in the compact SUV/Crossover/Wagon class. I’d start with the entry Sport model for less than $20K and then move up according to your economic abilities. Likes: Looks, handling, price, Skyactiv technology. Dislikes: Tight rear quarters, bumpy ride on rough roads.

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You’ve seen the movie (and its reality TV offshoots — don’t lie!) and know that Bridezilla isn’t exactly a term of endearment. Yes, having an extreme control-freak attitude about your wedding plans might get you what you want; but is alienating your entire entourage really worth it? (We checked. It’s not.)

Bride-to-be, are you struggling to keep your cool as you plan for your rapidly approaching big day? If so, take a look at the top five potential sources of wedding-day drama and our tips to on how to deal. Potential drama source No. 1: the planning. It is completely normal to want everything to be perfect for what may be the happiest day of your life. But there’s a difference between irritable at times and disagreeable all the time! Our tip: If you can afford to hire a wedding planner, drop everything and do so right away before skipping to No. 2. Otherwise, start early — as in, not the month before D-day. Make an exhaustive to-do list and be willing to delegate some tasks to people you trust — but stand your ground and don’t let anyone else take control of your day. Potential drama source No. 2: the dress. You’ve always dreamed of a fairy-


tale ball gown with all the trimmings, but a look in the fitting room mirror reveals the cold, hard truth: you could be mistaken for the wedding cake. Our tip: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, and trust the advice given by trained boutique staff — it’s their job to make you look and feel great, after all. When it comes to dresses for your bridal party, just remember the cautionary scene in Bridesmaids. To avoid having your BFFs wish they’d never met you, let them choose a style that suits both their silhouette and their budget. You have final say on the color, though! Potential drama source No. 3: the other half. Ever since you announced your engagement you’ve been sending out rather mixed messages. You want your fiancé to add his touch to the wedding, but you keep shooting down his ideas.

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You won’t stop saying that all that matters is to have fun on the big day, but keep reminding your soon-to-be husband that his buddies better be on their best behavior — or else. Our tip: Instead of wasting precious time and energy on bickering, take a deep breath and remember that a wedding involves two people. The big day should be a reflection of you as a couple (of which you’re both equal parts). Potential drama source No. 4: social media. Are you a tad obsessed with turning your online followers green with envy at the sight of your picture-perfect wedding posts? Our tip: It takes more than a vintage filter (or four) to achieve professional-worthy results to share on your feed. It also takes more than a DSLR camera to be a wedding photographer, so do your homework and hire

someone worthy of the title. And about those DIY decorations that bloggers and magazine writers always advertise as “super-easy to make,” run a few trial sessions with some of your artistically gifted friends and refrain from angrily ripping up your creation because it’s not identical the Pinterest post you were trying to emulate. Not everyone is an arts-and-crafts wizard —you can hire a decorator, you know. Potential drama source No. 5: your mirror. The thought of waking up on your wedding day with a huge zit (or a cold sore, or a sunburn, or massive dark circles or a creepy third eye) might keep you up at night, but these things do happen (well, most of them anyway). Our tip: To avoid feeling like you should keep your veil on all day (or worse, take flight à la Runaway Bride), have your beauty team — hair whisperer, makeup queen et al. — by your side to doll you up before you walk down the aisle. And don’t sweat the small stuff ! No blemish in the world is big enough to steal your thunder. You’ll see — your wedding is going to be absolutely beautiful. You know why? Because it’ll be yours. And, most of all, because you’ll have successfully preserved both your loved ones’ sanity and your own — that’s what we’d call a happy ending.

PLAN THE PERFECT WEDDING IN 15 STEPS You’re getting married. Congratulations. Now it’s time to plan the wedding. Here are 15 steps you should follow (not necessarily in order) so that everything is perfect on the big day. Before you start, set your budget and stick to it at all costs. If you think you might lose your head, your best bet is to hire a wedding planner. 1. Decide on your theme. Hollywood glamour, car-themed, turquoise and white — you know the possibilities are endless. 2. Draw up your guest list and send invitations. Will it be a grand affair or an intimate gathering? Who do you want by your side on your special day? Make sure everyone can make it by sending out save the date cards and invitations early. 3. Plan the wedding procession. Who will you pick to be the best man and who gets to be the maid of honor? Have you found a flower girl and a ring bearer? 4. Select the officiant and the type of ceremony. Courthouse wedding or religious tradition? Officiated by a priest or by a friend? Make sure that the option you choose welcomes your personal touch. 5. Find your venues. Where will the ceremony and the reception be held — in a church, at the beach, in a grand hotel, at the park or in a cozy cabin? Will you need to rent any equipment? 6. Dream up the floral arrangements and decor. Which flowers will be featured in the bride’s bouquet, the boutonnieres and the centerpieces? What kind of accents (balloons, candles, draperies) will create the perfect ambiance? 7. Prepare your registry and your gift bags. What household items do you and your partner need — a toaster, wine glasses, silk sheets? Open a registry to avoid receiving duplicate gifts. And remember to thank your guests with a personalized keepsake. 8. Secure an entertainment team. Do you need a master of ceremonies? Will a DJ, a string quartet or a rock band be in charge of the music? 9. Hire a photographer and a videographer. Who will immortalize your magical day? Take a look at several portfolios to find the pro that understands your vision.


If, at a time in the past, the boldest move you could make when it came to the color of your wedding dress was to pick off-white instead of a pristine snowy shade, that’s simply no longer the case. Like most rules, the one that dictates the color of your wedding dress is meant to be broken — and more and more brides 11. Plan your grand entrance. Will you arrive at the ceremony on horseback? On your are taking the plunge. Read on for some inspiration. bike? In a limo, a sports car or a hot-air balloon? Did you know that the white wedding dress has only been popular in North America since the 19th century? Before then, it was customary for the bride to 12. Purchase your rings. What will the objects symbolizing your union look like? Will wear — you guessed it — a colorful dress! Today, the brightly colored dress is they be golden, diamond-studded, massive or subdued? Choose wisely, because you’ll making a comeback and designers from around the world are reinventing this (hopefully.) be wearing them for life. vintage trend. While shopping for a non-white wedding dress might have been a tricky task a few decades ago, boutiques are now stocked with gowns in every 13. Shop for your outfits. Bowtie or regular tie? White gown or colorful suncolor of the rainbow — and then some. Whether you’re in the market for an elecdress? Your attire for the event should reflect your personal style and make you tric pink ball gown or an emerald green A-line, your local bridal boutique is sure feel absolutely stunning. to deliver the goods. On the fence about your color choice because you fear you’ll shock your guests 14. Book your beauty appointments. Have you called your hair stylist, your makeup artist and your esthetician yet? And what about the nail salon? Don’t forget to plan for trial by choosing an unconventional gown? Remember that this is your day and that you have the final say on what you wear. That being said, there are ways to comsessions. promise: you could incorporate a colored sash or veil in your look or choose an all-white dress with colorful stitching. 15. Write up your vows. What words will you choose to describe your feelings? Time to So, will you let your true colors shine through with your dream wedding brainstorm. dress? 10. Find a caterer and a bakery. What will be on the menu and how will food be served? Will there be a candy bar, or even a chocolate fountain? Don’t forget the cake. TS_CNG/POCONO_TIMES/PAGES [P13] | 02/13/17


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Sanctuary and Lake Wallenpaupack. Dress warm, brink a snack and water. All ages welcome.Registration appreciated. Free. Visit or call 570-689-9494 or email • Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert, will hold a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 11, 8-10 a.m. For more information, call 610-681-6137. MARCH 12 The American Legion Riders will meet on Sunday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post No. 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road in Gilbert. For more information, call 570-977-8208. • Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Route 209 in Gilbert, will hold a free community Sunday cupper on Sunday, March 12, 3-4 p.m. For more information, call 610-681-6137. MARCH 13 West End Park and Open Space Commission is sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Monday, March 13. Bus leaves Chestnuthill Park at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Cost $75. Call 570992-9733 or email for more information. MARCH 16 The Wayne County Business and Professional Women (BPW) will sponsor a bus trip

to the Philadelphia Flower Show on Thursday, March 16. Proceeds benefit the BPW’s scholarship fund and community projects. Cost is $80 per person and includes the bus and entrance to the show. Reservations are mandatory and are non-refundable. Bus picks up at the parking lot of the Honesdale McDonalds at 7:30 a.m. and also at Ray’s Shur Save in Waymart at 7:45 a.m. Bus leaves Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m. and arrives back in Honesdale approximately 8:30 p.m. For reservations call 570-470- 4102. • The Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs presents its seventh annual Not Just Another Auction, “The Luck of the Rotary,” on Thursday, March 16, 6-10 p.m. at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The auction includes an Irish-inspired buffet dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 and sponsorships, as well as in-kind donation opportunities, are available for both the silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit Valor Clinic Foundation’s Veterans’ Unstoppable PTSD program, as well as women’s resources and the club’s other non-profit and charitable causes. For information, tickets and sponsorship details please e-mail, or visit stroudsburgsrotary. org. CONTINUING Down Syndrome support group Pocono

Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (PPODS) meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in East Stroudsburg University, Stroud Hall room 219. Call 570476-1269, visit or find Pocono Parents of Children with Down Syndrome on Facebook. • The West End Republican Club, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Cherry’s Family Restaurant, Route 209 in Kresgeville, Polk Township. Republicanminded citizens are encouraged to attend. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. For those wishing to eat prior to the meeting, arrive by 6 p.m. For additional information and directions, visit or call 443-326-5100.

• Big Pocono Ski Club: not just for skiers. Biking, golf, kayaking, hiking, tennis, social events, local skiing and ski trips is what we do. You can too, when you become a member by emailing or calling 570-629-1323. • A meditation group meets on the fourth Sunday of the month, 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Stroudsburg Library 1002 Route 611. Call 570-421-0800. • A meditation group is facilitated on the second Sunday of the month, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Women Resources, 225 J. Wilson Dr. Delaware Water Gap. Call 570-424-2093 ext.35 for more information. • The West End Park and Open Space

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Happy Valentine’s Day. Here are some great diner ideas for your special evening with your special someone, or just hanging out with the family or friends. Enjoy.

MEATBALL VEGETABLE SOUP (Requested by one of our readers.) 1 pound extra lean ground beef 1 egg 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 8 green onions with tops 1 quart beef broth 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery 3/4 cup thinly sliced carrots 1/2 small head cabbage, shredded 2 tomatoes, peeled, cut in eighths 1 (48-ounce) can tomato juice 1/2 cup brown rice 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish Blend ground beef with egg, salt and pepper. Cut green onions into 1/2-inch lengths; set aside. Bring broth to a boil. Shape meat into 1-inch balls. Drop balls into broth together with the green onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, tomato juice, rice, bay leaf and basil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Stir in soy sauce. Top each serving with parsley. (This soup is delicious when made the day before). Yield: 4 servings.

Add milk, butter, onion, parsley, thyme, nutmeg, salt and Worcestershire sauce; mix well. Fold in rice, 2 cups of the cheese and spinach. Pour mixture into a 4-quart casserole or baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray or oil. Bake, uncovered, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over top and bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer. Yield: 6 servings. SPAGHETTI IN CREAMY SAUCE 10-ounces angel hair pasta, cooked and drained 1/4 cup fat-free ricotta cheese 1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese 1-1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth 3/4 cup fat-free Parmesan cheese Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Lightly spray large saucepan with nonfat cooking spray; add ricotta and cream cheese to saucepan and cook over medium heat until blended. Slowly add chicken broth to cheese and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until well blended and thick. Add pasta to sauce; toss until well coated. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. Yield: 6 servings.

CRAB-STUFFED SOLE 2 pounds filets of sole (8 pieces) Stuffing: 1/4 cup chopped onions 1/2 stick butter 6 ounce mushrooms, chopped 13 ounce crab (canned or frozen) SPINACH AND RICE CASSEROLE 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons parsley 2/3 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, Sauce: melted 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon thyme 1-1/2 cups milk Dash of nutmeg 1/3 cup dry sherry 1 teaspoon salt 4 ounce Swiss cheese, grated 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon paprika 3 cups cooked long-grain white Sauté onions in butter until tender. Stir or brown rice in mushrooms and sauté several minutes. 3 cups grated Cheddar cheese 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped Add crab, crushed crackers, parsley and salt. Spread this mixture on each filet; roll spinach, thawed and squeezed dry Preheat oven to 350 °. In a large bowl, and place seam- side down on a 9-by-13inch baking dish. using a whisk, beat eggs until blended.


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To prepare sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan. Blend in flour and salt. Add milk and stir until smooth. Add sherry and stir 3 to 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Pour sauce over filets. (You may make this a day ahead or early in the morning. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to bake.) Bake, uncovered, at 350° for about 25 to 30 minutes until sauce bubbles. Sprinkle with grated cheese and paprika and bake 5 minutes more until cheese melts. Garnish and serve. Yield: 6 to 8 servings. SHORT RIBS WITH SWEET POTATOES 6 bone-in beef-chuck (12-ounces each) 2 cans (10-1/2 ounces each) condensed French onion soup and 1 soup can of water 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 scant teaspoon pepper 3 pounds small sweet potatoes, s crubbed and pierced with fork 1 tablespoon flour mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water 1/3 cup bottled white horseradish 1/2 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon salt Preheat oven to 325°. Coat a heavybottomed pot with non-stick spray. Heat over medium heat. Add ribs in batches, if needed, cook until browned. Pour off fat. Add onion soup, water, garlic and half of the pepper. Cover; place on middle oven rack and bring to a boil. Put potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet; place on bottom oven rack. Bake potatoes and short-ribs, 1-1/2 hours until ribs are tender when pierced and potatoes are soft. Remove potatoes and let stand until cool enough to handle. Transfer ribs to serving bowl. Skim fat from soup mixture; bring to a boil and whisk in flour mixture and horseradish. Boil 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened; pour over ribs. Cut sweet potatoes in half; scoop pulp into a medium bowl. Add orange juice, butter, salt, remaining pepper, and mash with a potato masher. Serve with the ribs. Garnish servings with chives. Yield: 6 servings. BABY BROWNIE CUPCAKES 1-1/2 sticks butter or margarine

4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 3 eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped Chocolate glaze (recipe follows) Preheat oven to 350º. Line 18 (2-1/2inch) cupcake pans with paper or foil-lined cups. Melt butter and chocolate together in top of double boiler over hot water. Let cool slightly. Beat together eggs and salt in large bowl until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until thick and pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes; add vanilla. Blend in melted chocolate mixture. Add flour, stirring just until combined. Stir in nuts; spoon into lined cups; dividing batter equally. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly moist. Remove cakes to wire rack to cool. Frost tops with glaze. Glaze: Melt together 1 (4-ounce) package sweet cooking chocolate and 1/3 cup heavy cream in top of double boiler over hot water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat. Drizzle over tops of cakes. DARK CHOCOLATESTRAWBERRY SUNDAES 1/2 cup whipping cream 3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 1 tablespoon dark rum 1-1/2 pints strawberry ice cream 4 strawberries, long stemmed Bring cream to simmer in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat. Add chocolate and stir until smooth and melted. Mix in rum. Scoop ice cream into dishes. Spoon sauce over each serving. Top each sundae with a long-stemmed strawberry. Yield: 4 servings. Any comments, questions or favorite recipes? Feel free to send your thoughts to, and please write, “Helen’s Kitchen Request, ATTN: Lori” in the subject line to make sure I receive it. Thank you!

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“Sweet!”--getting that glazed-over look. Across 1 Put in stitches 5 Andreas opener 8 Cogitates, with “over” 13 Antioxidant berry in fruit juices 14 Nervous twinge 15 Like a game’s tutorial levels 16 Considered only in terms of money 19 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America bestowals 20 Bird that runs 35 mph 22 Dating site datum 23 1986-to-2001 orbiter 24 Hi-___ graphics 26 Like “The Polar Express” 28 “Ain’t happenin’” 30 “Friends” friend 31 Filet mignon cut 35 Foul, as weather 36 Number sometimes decoded as “Z” 39 Friedlander of “30 Rock” 42 Amish, e.g. 43 “Buy It Now” site 47 ___ of troubles 49 Ashley and Mary-Kate, for two 51 Christmas tree choice 52 Fall back, tidewise 54 Quirky comic Philips 55 Unagi, at sushi bars 56 It’s provided by guild members 60 Advice that the four long entries with circles failed to follow 63 Baby garment with snaps 64 Word heard by Marge a lot, I imagine 65 Extreme aversion

66 ___ Martin (007’s car) 67 Part of MS-DOS (abbr.) 68 Fairy tale preposition Down 1 Trump tweet ender, often 2 Prefix before friendly or terrorism 3 Brownie ingredients, sometimes 4 Khartoum’s river 5 Uphill battle 6 Supermarket section 7 March Madness gp. 8 Cheese companion 9 Exploitative type 10 Retired hockey great Eric 11 “Dig in, everyone!” 12 High-class group, for short? 15 Hubble after whom a space telescope was named 17 “I’ve got ___ feeling about this!” 18 “Born on the Fourth of July” locale, briefly 20 “To ___ is human” 21 “Little Red Book” chairman 25 James Bond, for example 27 “Como ___?” (“How are you?” in Spanish) 29 Horns that are really winds 32 Iron-___ (T-shirt transfer patterns) 33 London or Brooklyn ending 34 Home of Times Sq. and Columbus Cir. 37 Brings by cart, perhaps 38 Bovine quartet 39 Peanut butter brand for “choosy moms” 40 Instances of agreement 41 Hackers’ hangout that’s tough to find via search engines

44 Keg attachment 45 “I’d like to buy ___” (request to Pat Sajak) 46 Armani competitor, initially 48 “I’ll have ___ Christmas without you” (Elvis lyric) 50 “Rio ___” (John Wayne flick) 53 Ask for a doggie treat, perhaps 54 Judy Jetson’s brother 57 “Make ___!” (Captain Picard’s order) 58 Some PTA members 59 Aloha Stadium locale 60 Morgue acronym 61 Judge Lance played by Kenneth Choi on “American Crime Story” 62 First number shouted before a ball drop, often


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Commission is offering discounted ski tickets at the Chestnuthill Park office for Blue Mountain, Shawnee, Big Boulder/Jack Frost, Montage and Elk Mountains. A price list is available at Call 570-992-9733 or email for more information. • Business Network International (BNI), an organization known as is “the world’s largest referral organization,” works by creating a group of people from various industries and encouraging regular passing of referrals. Each chapter allows one person per occupational classification, and prospective members must be approved via an application process. The BNI Mountain Chapter — Poconos meets every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Quality Inn on West Main Street in Stroudsburg. For more information or to attend a meeting contact Yvonne L. Reitemeyer 570-421-7447 x233 or visit their Facebook page, BNI Mountain Chapter Poconos PA. • Pocono Submarine Veterans meet regularly on the third Wednesday each month at Wilson Fisher American Legion, Post 413, Old Route 940, Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. They are a local chapter of the national organization. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate the memory of shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. Submarine veterans from all eras are welcomed. Meetings begin at 7 p,m. For additional information , their website is, or call 610-681-2606. • The Golden Travel and Social Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month, at noon at the Pub 570, 5261 Milford Road, Route 209, in E. Stroudsburg, For more information, call 570-588-0555. • Waggin’ Tails Pet Rescue needs volunteers to help save more dogs. Waggin’ Tails Pet Rescue is a group of volunteers based in the West End of the Poconos, who have been rescuing and re-homing dogs for years. Volunteers are needed to help with adoption days, animal transport, fundraisers, and more. Foster homes are also urgently needed in order to save even more dogs and cats. You can learn more about Waggin’ Tails by talking with the volunteers or by visiting the website You will find the dogs that Waggin’ Tails has for adoption, Volunteer and Foster Applications and more. For more information, email information@waggintailsrescue. • The Pocono Mountain Division of the Fire Department New York retirees will meet on the last Thursday of the month, March through November, at 2 p.m., at the Eagles Lodge at 1210 N. Fifth St., Rte. 191, Stroudsburg. All active and retired members are invited to attend. For further information call 610-588-2623. • Monroe County Bible Clubs of “BCM

International” will be conducting Inter-denominational “Released Time Bible Classes” for Monroe County publi school children in Grades K through six. Home-schoolers are also welcome. Free parental permission slips (with schedules and times) to attend are now available for these one-hour weekly Bible Classes. They are held at a church facility near the school. Transportation is provided by ‘Bible Club’ approved local volunteer drivers. These required permission slips and more information are available by calling Jim Ecker at 570-421-9968 or email: • Western Pocono Community Library needs your help in collecting items for the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN). PVEN offers assistance to low income families or families that have hit hard times by providing food, clothing, or other assistance as necessary. To donate non-perishable food items at the library for PVEN, stop in and place items in the red wagon near the entrance. • Notre Dame Elementary, 60 Spangen-

burg Road, East Stroudsburg, hold bingo (all paper games) special games and progressive jackpot the last Saturday of the month at 7 p.m. Doors and Kitchen open at 6 p.m. • Downtown Stroudsburg will host “First Saturday in the Burg” events for people of all ages the first Saturday of each month in downtown Stroudsburg. The monthly event will include sidewalk sales, food and drink specials, live music and art at participating businesses all day on Main Street and neighboring streets in Stroudsburg. • Celebrate Recovery, a Christ centered 12-step recovery program, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church, 915 N. Fifth St., Stroudsburg. For information, contact 570-421-0750, or • Western Pocono Community Library is collecting grocery receipts from Mr. Z’s and Kinsley’s from within the past year. Mr. Z’s and Kinsley’s donate back to the library 1 percent of the amount of the receipt. Grocery receipts can be dropped off at the library

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or mailed to: Western Pocono Community Library, PO Box 318, Brodheadsville. • Fairview Seniors Club meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at Chestnuthill Park Building in Brodheadsville. Card games, bus trips, speakers and holiday lunches and more. For more information call 570-629-6757. • The Monroe Animal League (MAL) can now be contacted via email at MAL sells Shoprite and Weis Markets gift cards in many denominations and receives 5 percent from each gift card sale. Also, MAL collects Weis Markets and Kinsley’s Shoprite register tapes and Dad’s proof of purchase seals and receives 1 percent as proceeds of tape total. (You must send complete tape in order for credit). Proceeds collected from gift card sales and register tapes help raise funds for the spay/neuter, emergency vet care and feral cat programs. MAL is also in need of new members/volunteers. For meeting locations and to order gift cards, call (570) 421-7775.



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