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Historic House tour This year’s Historic House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, during Hawley Winterfest.

More on page 2 WHat’s Happening See what’s happening with a comprehensive events calendar. page 2

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around toWn Keep up with the latest happenings in our area. page 3

beHind tHe WHeel Columnist Greg Zyla test drives the 2017 Jeep Cherokee. page 4

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The first sightings of snow for the 2017-2018 winter season have been spotted over the past few weeks across multiple locations in the Pocono Mountains. Ski areas rejoiced, responding to Mother Nature by making even more snow. For the most up-to-date information on opening dates and snow conditions, visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s snow conditions page. Here’s what’s new for the upcoming ski season. • Big Boulder Ski Area is open on weekends, depending on weather. Its sister mountain, Jack Frost Ski Resort, has snow fans blowing as the temperatures dip into the 30s. New this year for both mountains (known together as JFBB), is a three-day lesson with equipment rentals and lift tickets for just $99. JFBB snow conditions are guaranteed. If riders are not completely satisfied with the trail conditions, they can simply return their ticket to Guest Services within one hour of purchase and they will receive a “Snow Check,” good for the same lift ticket type valid that season. Projected opening: Dec. 15. There is also an expanded program offering all active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military a free military discount card, which entitles them to 40 percent off midweek/nonholiday lift tickets, and 25 percent off weekend/ holiday lift tickets. • Blue Mountain Resort is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It has grown to encompass 39 trails and 16 lifts. To celebrate this milestone, they will have a birthday bash during Winterfest on Jan. 27. In addition, guests can take part in Throwback Thursday parties featuring live music from each decade, giveaways, a costume contest, discounted lift tickets and more. The resort is also introducing a new state-of-the-art grooming machine. Projected opening: second week of December. • Camelback Mountain Resort has 37 trails, 16 lifts, 100 percent snowmaking, the largest snow tubing park in the U.S. and the newly launched, after-dark Galactic Snowtubing. With the addition of Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia

Indoor Waterpark, Camelback is now a four-season resort. It has made investments in two new snowmaking pipelines, a new HKD snowmaking system and taking on a complete renovation of the Cameltop Lodge at the mountain’s summit for the 2017-2018 winter season. Projected opening: Dec. 8. Triple ticket is three lift tickets for $129 and available for purchase through Dec. 15, with zero black-out dates. • At the family and beginner-friendly Shawnee Mountain, the Bushkill Park has been retired, and Shawnee has moved its top-to-bottom new freestyle terrain park to the 4,000-foot Delaware Trail, a location which provides access from the Tomahawk Express Quad Lift. The lower section of the new Delaware Park will host a new “Jib Plaza” with multiple rails and boxes. The Country Club Trail will also have its former Incubator Park redesigned and plans call for both new parks to be full of signature jib features along with stepover jumps for creative airtime. The 3,000-foot Bushkill Trail will open this winter as an intermediate trail for top-to-bottom carving and cruising. In terms of snow making, more than 5,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe has been installed on the Delaware and Country Club trails, and a large electric compressor has been added to the snowmaking system, which will greatly enhance Shawnee’s snowmaking efficiency at marginal snowmaking temperatures. New rental equipment has also been added to the ski and rental facility. Open now (with limited terrain), Dec. 13 with more. Maxi-Miser is a pack of three lift tickets valid any time this season and transferable between family members. Available through Dec. 24. • Ski Big Bear has expanded its beginner terrain, allowing more room for lessons, which is what the ski area really takes pride in. It specializes in private lessons for young children, as well as affordable learn-to-ski packages that offer group lessons. The tubing area has doubled in size, from two lanes to four. Projected opening: Dec. 16. Discounts are currently offered off the regular price of the season passes and season rental programs.

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This year’s Historic House Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, during Hawley Winterfest. It will take a close look at Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal Lock Houses dating from the 1820s. Participants can take a self-guided tour of four of these houses, which will be festively decorated for the holidays. Hear stories about the houses from the owners who have preserved these sites and made it their own. When the D&H Canal was in operation, these houses served as residences for the lock tenders. They allowed the canal boats passage through the gates as the canal varied in elevation along its 108mile route between Honesdale and Rondout, New York, on the Hudson River. The canal operated from 1828 to 1898, with its chief purpose to haul anthracite coal to market. The lock tenders were vital to its

successful operation. The Holiday House Tour begins at the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, which is owned and managed by the Wayne County Historical Society. Although the lock house no longer stands, participants will meet at the Daniels Farmhouse, which served as an inn for canal families and crews, and provided a canal store. While at the Canal Park, hear about its history and tales and prepare for the journey to the four sites down the canal, from Hawley to Lackawaxen along Towpath Road, which follows the path of the canal and towpath, where horses and mules at one time pulled the canal boats. Tickets are $20 and are available for advance purchase at the Hawley Silk Mill, Settlers Inn, Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the Hawley Library, Teeter’s Furniture and the Wayne County

Historical Society in Honesdale. The day of the tour, the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., where tickets may be purchased. A portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Wayne County Historical Society to benefit the restoration of the Canal Park at Lock 31. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more detailed information and a full schedule of Hawley Winterfest activities, call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at 570-226-2141 or pick up a Hawley Winterfest brochure at the visitors center or other area businesses. For a complete schedule of events and continuous updates, visit or “Like” Hawley Winterfest on Facebook.

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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. DEC. 9 The Social Activities Committee of St. Eulalia Church will sponsor a one-day bus trip to Watkins Glen, N.Y. to visit four wineries and shopping. Tickets are $75, which includes bus transportation and admission to the wineries. Bus leaves church parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Bring your own lunch, purchase your own dinner. Call 570-842-8537 or 570-702-3446 for tickets. • Monsignor McHugh School, on Route 390 in Cresco, will host breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to noon. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and his elves will be visiting and you can have your picture taken with them (for an additional cost). There will be raffle baskets, crafts for the kids, carolers and story time. The Santa shop will be open. Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, toast or bagel and hash browns. Tickets are $5, $3 for kids 10 and younger. • The annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting at The Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg will be held Saturday, Dec. 9. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.. Activities begin at 1. A Santa Train will

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run at noon and 2. A dinner will be served on the 4 p.m. train. The event will be filled with music, refreshments, craft making and horse and carriage rides. Pony rides will be available, weather permitting. Kidz Krafts, a silent auction, and a model train display will be inside the depot. Gifts will be available for sale at the vendor booths. Canned and dry foods will be collected for the Salvation Army at the depot during the month of December. Items may be brought to the festival or delivered to the depot from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. DEC. 10 The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Victory Church, on Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will sponsor a buffet breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes and an omelet bar, with coffee, tea and juice included. Tickets are $7; $4 for kids; kids younger than five eat free. Take out available. Call 570-629-4572 for more information. DEC. 11 Armando Lucas Correa, author of the bestselling novel “The German Girl,” will speak at a meeting of the Lake Naomi Book Group, to be held at the Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines, on Monday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m. The German Girl is an historical novel about the ship St. Louis, which arrived in Havana Harbor in 1939, and what happened to its ill-fated passengers. Call 570-646-

0826 to register for this program. DEC. 12 The Pocono Garden Club will host their annual Christmas luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Peppe’s Restaurant, Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg, beginning at noon. The holiday Design is titled “Three Kings.” A monochromatic triangular arrangement using colors of royalty. Using silk or fresh flowers an accessory will be permitted in the design. Entertainment will be presented by Byrd Pressley. Tickets are $25 for members and $28 for nonmembers. For more information or to make reservations, call 570-5179795. DEC. 14 Stroudsburg Aglow Lighthouse, soon to be Wind Gap Aglow Lighthouse will meet on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Faith Alive Community Church 10 E. Mechanic St. in Wind Gap at 10 a.m. for Christmas fellowship time. Lee Schaible, president of North East Philadelphia Aglow will lead the meeting. Bring plastic grocery bags and Christmas cookies. RSVP to 610-905-8400 so that the right amount of food can be ordered. Donation $4. DEC. 15 The Monroe County Historical Association will host the annual holiday luncheon at the Stroud Mansion fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 15, and again on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St. in Stroudsburg. There are two seatings each Please see CALENDAR, Page 7

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For more than 30 years, Times-Shamrock has owned and operated The Pocono Shopper. Today, The Pocono Times provides a unique advertising vehicle to reach all of Monroe County within a two-week advertising cycle. Total Combined Distribution (unduplicated): two-week cycle, more than 30,000 WEEK 1 DISTRIBUTION Zone 1 — 5,000 direct mail; 5,000 drop point; 10,000 total Select areas: East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bushkill Zone 2 — 5,000 direct mail; 5,000 drop point; 10,000 total Select areas: Effort, Brodheadsville, Kresgville, Kunkletown, Saylorsburg, Tannersville, Tobyhanna, Scotrun Week 1 total = 20,000 WEEK 2 DISTRIBUTION Zone 1 — 5,000 direct mail; 5,000 drop point; 10,000 total Select areas: East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Bushkill Zone 2 — 5,000 direct mail; 5,000 drop point; 10,000 total Select areas: Effort, Henryville, Kunkletown, Saylorsburg, Scotrun, Tannersville, Cresco, Tobyhanna, Sciota Week 2 Total = 20,000 For information on display or insert advertising in The Pocono Times, call (570) 421-4800.

Around Town Community Center Events

At Eldred Township Community Center (ETCC), 510 Kunkletown Road: • Volunteers wanted: Can you donate an hour of your time a week? Do you like to play games? Do you have an interesting program to present (i.e. travel program, instruction, etc)? The ETCC is looking for community members to share their experiences with others. Call 610-381-4252, ext. 2 December programs: • Mondays (except Dec. 25), acoustical jam sessions, free and open to the public. Bring an instrument or just come listen. • Tuesdays, 7 p.m., crochetingg. All skill levels welcome. Free, but donations appreciated. • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., sewing and quilting. All skill levels welcome. • Thrift store hours: Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday sales are going on all month. • Rooms available for community and private functions. Call 610-381-4252, ext. 2.

Dog License Information

It is state law all dogs three months or older must have a current-year license, or be subject to a $300 fine per dog. 2017 licenses will be available Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. Prices: male-female $8.50. Neuter-spayed $6.50. Senior/disabled male-female $6.50. Senior/disabled $4.50. In order to provide added convenience and service to the pet owner the office will mail dog renewal post cards for each dog directly to you. You can also print an

application from monroecountypa. gov/treasurer. You can purchase your license in the office, 1 Quaker Plaza, room 103, in Stroudsburg. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Closed holidays. If applying via mail, fill out application and make check payable to Monroe County Treasurer. If you no longer have a dog, call 570-517-3182. If you are a new dog owner and cannot obtain an application, call the office.

Winter Break Nature Camp

The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center, 93 MacKenzie Road in Covington Township will hold a Winter Break Nature Camp, Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. There will be plenty of outdoor play and exploration along with indoor, winter-themed games, activities, crafts and snacks. The program is open to children ages 6-13. The cost is $135 for all three days. Pre-registration is required prior to Friday, Dec. 8, and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 570-842-1506.



Intro to Fly Tying

The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a six-session “introduction to fly tying” course in January and February. The course will introduce students to the tools and techniques needed to enjoy this pastime. Through the class the students will tie 11 different flies, each chosen to provide instruction on a different technique. Students will receive additional materials to allow them to practice at home between classes. Loaner equipment is available from the chapter for $5, plus a $20 deposit. There will be prizes for students at each class.


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2017 Jeep Cherokee Entry Price: $23,695 Price as tested: $42,190 This week, we’re driving the 2017 Jeep Cherokee delivered in legendary Overland trim. Cherokee is the smaller version of Grand Cherokee and is one of the best looking SUVs on the road. This Overland “Trail Rated 4-by-4,” which debuted in mid-2016, dates back to the 1954 Willys Overland, regarded by many as the first SUV style station wagon ever built. Re-designed in 2014, the Toledo, Ohio, built Cherokee 4-by-4 is a prime example of a small SUV multi-task vehicle ready for any off-road adventure. The entry Cherokee Sport starts at just $23,695 in 2.4-liter four-cylinder, two-wheel drive form while the 4-by-4 Sport starts at $25,695. A total of eight different Cherokees are available, with our tester Overland the most expensive 4-by-4 model with an entry price of $37,695. Consumers can also order the upper-class V6 Cherokee Overland in 2WD form at $34,895, which for many families is just fine as a family hauler with limited towing and light duty off-road abilities. Either way, be it 2WD or 4-by-4, you’ll receive top quality Jeep Overland quality and surprising comfort. Aesthetically, today’s Jeep Cherokee is a goodlooking small to mid-size SUV/Wagon. Standard fare on our Overland includes all of the modern goodies like 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen navigation with SiriusXM, nine-speaker stereo with subwoofer, heated and power front seats with lumbar, power liftgate, dual zone climate control, ventilated front seats, leather trimmed seating, 18-inch tires on aluminum polished wheels and some 15 other amenities and style enrichments. Powered by a 3.6-liter V6, Jeep Overland consumers can rest assured there is more than enough horsepower (271), torque (239) and towing ability (4,500 lbs. with tow package) to take care of just about any need that comes your way. All 2017 Cherokees, be it entry to top line, come with a nine-speed automatic which is much better than the five-speed automatic Jeep utilized through 2013. New is a gas saving “Start-Stop” feature, which shuts the engine off when you are stopped for a red light or stop sign resulting in MPG numbers of 20 city and 27 highway for the 4-by-4 version. And speaking of the 4-by-4, Jeep’s proven Active Drive I Selec-Terrain 4-by-4 system just happens to be one of the best traction combos in the 4-by-4 industry. It offers Jeep’s switchable SelecTerrain four modes of fully automatic, snow, sport

and sand/mud coupled to a standard brake lock differential. Most other Jeep Cherokees come standard with a 2.4-liter four cylinder putting out 184 horses and 171 lb. ft. of torque. Although nowhere near as powerful as the V6, Cherokee enthusiasts have a choice to make. However, keep in mind the overall recommendation is the V6 Cherokee even though the four cylinder’s MPG numbers are better at 22 city and 31 highway versus the aforementioned 20 and 27 for the V6 Overland 4-by-4. Drive both the four cylinder and the V6, and then make your choice. Safety features that result in overall Four Star government crash ratings come thanks to Jeep’s modern air bag system, four-wheel ABS discs, automatic emergency braking, available tow system with sway control damping, all the stability and traction controls, electronic brakeforce, hill start assist, hill descent control, and much more. The ride is very good while handling is secure thanks to Overland 4-by-4’s standard off-road suspension. Our Overland came with a recommended $1,695 optional Technology Group, which adds excellent high-tech safety enhancements. Featured are fullspeed forward collision warning with active braking, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, advanced brake assist, lane departure warning, rain sense wipers, and automatic high beam control. The other option that spruced up the Overland was a $1,755 Command View dual-pane panoramic sunroof. This brought the final tally to $42,695 with 1,095 destination included. The cabin is quiet thanks to a standard premium insulation group while Overland models are filled with bonus items. Included are wood and leather wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped instrument panel, Parkview rear safety camera, blind spot and cross traffic, Overland badges, integrated voice command with Bluetooth, numerous cup holders and storage bins, one year of free SiriusXM radio, and two-tone touches. The seating is very comfortable, and cargo room is decent for a smaller to mid-size SUV. Important numbers include a wheelbase of 106.3-inches, 15.9 gallon fuel tank, 3,953 lb. curb weight, up to 54.9 cu. ft. of cargo space, and 8.7-inches of ground clearance. You won’t go wrong with a Jeep Cherokee parked in your driveway. Additionally, there are up to $5,000 incentives currently being offered, so some of you can park this upper-class Overland in your driveway for $37,695. Likes: Overall design, multi-task abilities, heralded Jeep reputation. Dislikes: Four-cylinder models won’t haul cargo and four passengers as well as the V6, large A-pillar hampers side vision.

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day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please note this event will take place in the second floor meeting room of a historic structure, which is not handicap accessible. The Stroud Mansion will be decorated for the holidays and guests attending the luncheon are welcome to tour the museum. The luncheon will be a hot buffet-style meal catered by Dave Cook of The Cook’s Corner Restaurant in Henryville. Tickets are $25, and must be purchased at the Stroud Mansion. Seating is extremely limited for this popular event. For more information, call 570-421-7703 or DEC. 16 The Blooming Grove Fire Department and Hemlock Farms Fire & Rescue will help Santa visit children in Lords Valley on Saturday, Dec. 16, noon to 3 p.m. Santa will arrive on a fire truck only at the homes that sign up. Each child receives a small gift from Santa You must pre-register for a visit by calling 570-775-9890. DEC. 17 Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold a free community dinner for those in need on Sunday, Dec. 17, 3-4 p.m. Call the church office at 570-629-4572 for reservations and more information.

• The 244-acre West End Regional Park owned by Chestnuthill Township, features a variety of trails. A recent addition is a network of single-track trails to challenge mountain bikers and hikers. Brodhead Watershed Association will host a guided hike at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, for a moderate to challenging hike of about 2 miles, exploring the new network. The hike is free, but registration is required. Directions will be provided upon registration. Call 570839-1120 or 570-629-2727; email info@ DEC. 18 St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish, 5112 Pocono Crest Road in Pocono Pines, will host Nashville-based Christian recording artist Mark Smeby as he performs traditional favorites and inspirational original songs for the whole family. The concert, “Live Hope Now!” takes place Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. JAN. 15 On Monday, Jan. 15, Full Gospel Holiness Church Of God In Christ, 167 Summit Ave. in Pocono Summit, will sponsor, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a breakfast and a local march beginning at 8 a.m. from the church to the Pocono Summit Firehouse at 5335 Hummingbird Drive in Pocono Summit. Signs will be provided to all participants. A donation of $20 is being requested

for adults; $10 for children younger than 12. Breakfast will be served to all participants at the firehouse. Make your reservations for the march and breakfast no later than Thursday, Jan. 11, by calling 570-839-8170. All checks and money orders should be made payable to Full Gospel Holiness COGIC. 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. • 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. • 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. • 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 Please see CALENDAR, Page 15

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Kicking off the season

Cheerleaders from East Stroudsburg University helped Santa and Mrs. Claus to kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle holiday campaign at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. According to the Salvation Army’s website (salvationarmyusa. org) the Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 when the Salvation Army Captain in San Francisco was determined to provide a free Christmas dinner for those in need. Today the Red Kettle Campaign takes place worldwide to help the Salvation Army address the needs of less fortunate. For more information about the Monroe County Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, contact The Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps at 570-421-3050.

Meal donation Notre Dame Elementary School collaborated with Monroe County Children and Youth Services and sponsored 30 less-fortunate families in our community for complete Thanksgiving meals that included turkeys along with all of the fixings for this holiday season. In addition, they were able to secure an additional 15 turkeys for other identified families through Monroe County Children and Youth. $600 was donated by the Victaulic Company toward the purchase of the turkeys. The students donated all of the non-perishable items. NDES families, students, Girls on the Run and the local Girl Scout troop came together to decorate and fill all of the baskets.


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Jazz concert East Stroudsburg University’s jazz ensemble will present a winter jazz concert on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. The concert, sponsored by the Department of Theatre, is open to the public at no cost. For more information about the concert, email esuarts@ or call 570422-3483.

Record-breaking food drive

North Pocono High School student council organized its annual canned food drive for the local North Pocono Food Pantry. In 2016, they collected about 7,000 cans. This year, the students more than doubled that total, to 18,729 cans. North Pocono students were encouraged to collect cans through a competition during Spirit Week. Many teachers also gave incentives. The senior class won the competition. The cans were loaded onto three school buses, to transport to the food pantry. “It is humbling to see how our school and community can come together to feed those less fortunate during the holidays,” said Jenna Schmidt, student council president. “This is the spirit that makes us proud to be a part of North Pocono.”

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The holiday season is upon us, and there is no better time to start getting those holiday favorites ready for baking, filling your home with holiday cheer. Here are some of my favorites. SPICY HOLIDAY FRUIT BARS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 cup buttermilk 1/3 cup molasses 1 egg 1/2 cup chopped nuts 1/3 cup raisins 1/3 cup chopped mixed candied fruit and peels orange icing (see below) Stir together the first seven ingredients in a bowl; set aside. Beat shortening in large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add buttermilk, molasses and egg. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until combined. Stir in nuts, raisins and 1/3 cup candied fruit. Spread on greased 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Bake at 350º for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool thoroughly in pan on wire rack. Frost with orange icing (see below). Decorate with additional candied fruit and peels, if desired. Cut into bars. Yield: 48 bars. Orange icing: Stir together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and enough orange juice (about 2 tablespoons) to make icing of spreading consistency. PISTACHIO COOKIE STICKS 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 stick butter (no substitutes) 1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels 1 teaspoon shortening Stir together flour, sugar and cardamom in


a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in pistachios. Form mixture into a ball and place on a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth. Pat or roll dough into a 10-by-6-inch rectangle and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325º for 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cut into 3-by-1-inch sticks while the dough is still warm. Cool on wire racks. Melt semisweet chocolate morsels and shortening in a small heavy saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Yield: 18 to 20 pistachio sticks MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH NUT SLICES 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 stick butter or margarine 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup milk 1/2 pound ground walnuts or pecans Powdered sugar Beat cream cheese and butter or margarine in bowl with electric mixer until wellcombined. Add flour; mix well. Shape into ball. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours. Cook sugar and milk in saucepan over medium heat until milk boils and sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Add nuts. Remove from heat; cool until spreadable. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to form an 18-by-12-inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Spread each with nut filling. Starting from along side, roll up each strip, jellyroll style. Cut rolls crosswise in half. Place, seam side down, on ungreased cookie sheets.Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices without separating. Bake at 350º for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Let cool slightly. Remove; cool on racks. Yield: about 5 dozen. MINCEMEAT TWISTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1-1/2 sticks butter or margarine 6 to 7 tablespoons cold water 2/3 cup prepared mincemeat 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel

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milk sugar Stir together flour, brown sugar, nutmeg and baking powder. Cut in butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle water, one tablespoon at a time, over mixture until all is moistened, tossing gently with a fork. Form dough into a ball. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour until easy to handle. Combine mincemeat and orange peel in a small bowl; set aside. Divide dough into quarters. On a floured surface, roll two of the quarters into 12-by4-inch rectangles. Spread each with half of the mincemeat mixture. Roll the remaining quarters into 12-by-4-inch rectangles and carefully place over the mincemeat. Trim uneven edges. Cut each rectangle into 12 4-by-1-inch strips. Twist each strip twice. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350º for about 12 to 15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar. Return to oven; bake 5 to 8 minutes more or until golden. Remove from pan; cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen twists.

½ cup whole milk 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 1 can pumpkin puree (see note below) Dash salt 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 tablespoons butter, plus some to coat the baking pan In a saucepan over high heat, mix sugar and next 4 ingredients. Bring to boil, stirring constantly, until foamy. Lower heat; continue boiling, stirring occasionally, until a drop of the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water. (A soft ball will flatten when lifted from the water.) This step may take up to 45 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Stir in pie spice, vanilla and 3 tablespoons butter. Let stand for 1 hour until lukewarm. Beat until mixture becomes very thick and loses some of its gloss. Scrape it into a lightly buttered 8-inch square pan. Set aside until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 1-inch squares. Note: Seasoned pumpkin pie filling may be substituted for plain pumpkin puree; omit salt and pie spice. Yield: 64 (1-inch) pieces.

CHOCOLATE MACAROONS 2 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted and cooled 1 (7-ounce) package flaked coconut Line 1 or more cookie sheets with aluminum foil; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and salt with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, while beating about 3 minutes on high speed or until stiff peaks form. Fold in melted chocolate; then fold in coconut. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 325º for about 13 minutes. Cool cookies completely on cookie sheet. Carefully peel cookies off foil. Repeat with remaining cookie dough, using a clean piece of foil for each batch. (Dough will get stiff upon standing.) Yield: 3 dozen cookies.

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Front or Rear pads or shoes. Not Comb







Most cars. w/AD. Not combinable w/ any other offers. Ends 1/6/18

Most cars. w/AD. Not combinable w/ any other offers. Ends 1/6/18


on purchases of $199 or more with your Mavis Discount Tire Credit Card o Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. See stores for details. S

YES! WE DO PA STATE INSPECTIONS! at select store locations BARTONSVILLE 109 Turtle Walk Lane ................... 570-338-6070 BRODHEADSVILLE 1949 Route 209 ....................... 570-338-6071 EAST STROUDSBURG 56 S Courtland St ............ 570-420-7442 MARSHALL’S CREEK 4549 Milford Rd.................. 570-338-6073 MATAMORAS 115 Strand St..................................... 570-338-6092 MT POCONO 2964 Route 940 .................................... 570-338-6072

OPEN 7 DAYS! Mon - Fri 8aM-6pM, Thurs 8aM-8:30pM, saT 8aM-5pM, sun 9aM-5pM


570-420-7442 In the Old Firehouse

† by mail-in rebate when you purchase a set of four, select, Michelin tires. Must buy 4. Not combinable with any other offers. See store associate for details. Valid 11-15-17 – 12-11-17 ** by mail-in rebate when you purchase a set of four, select, Goodyear tires. Must buy 4. Not combinable with any other offers. See store associate for details. Valid 10-1-17 – 12-31-17 § by mail-in rebate when you purchase a set of four, select, Dunlop tires. Must buy 4. Not combinable with any other offers. See store associate for details. Valid 10-1-17 – 12-31-17 Actual tread design may vary from those shown. Some items/sizes by special order only. If we are out-of-stock on an advertised item, we will issue a rain check. Purchases may be limited to normal retail quantities.Not responsible for typographical errors. See stores for warranty info. PRICES VALID W/AD ONLY.


DECEMBER 6, 2017



The Pocono Times--12-06-17