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Holiday cHeer witH a jazz beat East Stroudsburg University will present “Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite” on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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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 108-mile 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.

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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 HawleyWinterfest.com or “Like” Hawley Winterfest on Facebook.


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Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite East Stroudsburg University’s Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection will present Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite will be performed by the Water Gap Jazz Orchestra, directed by Matt Vashlishan. The 17-piece ensemble will be joined by local jazz vocalist Nancy Reed and Duke Ellington’s grandson, Edward Ellington II, as guest narrators telling the story of the Nutcracker.

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has become one of the most recognized holiday performances since its debut performance in 1892. In 1960, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arranged their own jazz version of the suite for Columbia Records. The music is instantly recognizable with a fresh, “hip” twist, and has become very popular among jazz musicians, jazz listeners and general audiences. Before the performance, at 6 p.m., ESU’s art + design and theatre departments will host the opening night of the ESU Holiday Craft Market. The event, in Madelon Powers

Gallery, will feature a craft market, wreath decorating competition and student carolers. The Holiday Craft Market will be open Dec. 4 and 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dec. 6 and 7, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite is open to the public. General admission tickets are $15; students and children are $5. Tickets are available by calling 570-4223156, or can be purchased online in advance at esufoundation.org/duke2017. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, call 570-422-3828 or email alcohncollection@esu.edu.

happen on Sunday, Dec. 3 (snow date Dec. 10), at the Bushkill Firehouse, 123 Evergreen Drive in Bushkill, 8 a.m. to noon. Visit with Santa for pictures (bring your camera), and there will be a gift for all children ages 10 years and younger. Breakfast will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, hash browns, toast and beverages. The cost is $8; $5 for kids ages 3 to 10. The snow date, if needed, is Sunday, December 10. Email bushkillfireauxiliary@gmail.com for more information. 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 570842-8537 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. 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 570-6294572 for more information. 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 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

WHAT’S HAPPENING To have your school, church or nonprofit social event in “What’s Happening,” email: poconotimes@timesshamrock.com. 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 hand-written submissions will be accepted. DEC. 2 The Willing Workers of Paradise Valley will hold its annual country Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Keokee Chapel United Methodist Church on Keokee Chapel Road off of Route 940 in Paradise Valley. The meal will be a hot dog and barbecue lunch, with homemade soups and apple dumplings. • Church Women United (CWU) of Monroe invites everyone to a covered dish luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 2, at noon. The host church is Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church on Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville. The CWU Margaret Wyckoff Wells award will be presented to Sharon Taylor. The CWU Valiant Woman award will be given to Helen Brown. Filled Christmas stockings will be collected and given out to area organizations. Call 570-629-0649 for more information. DEC. 3 On Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blakeslee Animal Clinic, 5251 Route 115 in Blakeslee, for $10 you can purchase a 4-by-6inch color print of your pet with Santa Claus. You can also have the digital image emailed. Funds raised will benefit Boomer’s Angels Animal Rescue and Care. Email boomersangels@gmail.com or visit boomersangels.com or on Facebook. • Breakfast with Santa is brought to you by the Bushkill Fire Co. auxiliary, and will

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are going on all month. • Rooms available for community At Lackawanna College’s EnvironAt Pocono Environmental Educaand private functions. Call 610-381mental Education Center, 93 MacK- tion Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Road 4252, ext. 2. enzie Road in Covington Township: in Dingmans Ferry: Nov. 30, 5:30-7 p.m., Live PA • Winter Ecology Hike, SaturMammals. Get up close and personal day, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon. Free with live native mammals. Join Angie for members/$5 for non-members. Colarusso, founder of Second Chance Learn how different plants and aniIt is state law all dogs three Wildlife Center, as she introduces us mals survive the winter. All ages welmonths or older must have a currentto some of her furry friends. Learn come. year license, or be subject to a $300 about wildlife rehabilitation and mam• Ecozone Discovery Room, Satfine per dog. 2017 licenses will be mal adaptations during this live ani- urday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. $2 per peravailable Dec. 1 through Dec. 31. mal show. Geared to all ages. $5 per son. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, Prices: male-female $8.50. Neuterperson. Pre-registration is required. crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaspayed $6.50. Senior/disabled For more information or to register, ver lodge and dig in a fossil pit. Excall 570-842-1506 or visit lackawa- plore this indoor discovery room and male-female $6.50. Senior/disabled nna.edu/EnvironmentalEducation. enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural $4.50. In order to provide added convehistory, sustainability and the local nience and service to the pet owner environment. the office will mail dog renewal post For further information: call 570cards for each dog directly to you. 828-2319, visit peec.org or email You can also print an application You’re invited to attend an Eagle peec@peec.org. Pre-registration is refrom monroecountypa.gov/treasurer. Watch volunteer training day on Sat- quested until otherwise noted. You can purchase your license in the urday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the office, 1 Quaker Plaza, room 103, in Delaware Highlands Conservancy in Stroudsburg. Hours are 8:30 a.m. Lackawaxen. Volunteers are trained to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Closed holito monitor and collect data about days. If applying via mail, fill out apthe hundreds of eagles that migrate At Eldred Township Community plication and make check payable to to the region every winter, to educate Center (ETCC), 510 Kunkletown Road: Monroe County Treasurer. the public on “Eagle Ettiquette” and • Volunteers wanted: Can you doIf you no longer have a dog, call help them have a great eagle-watch- nate an hour of your time a week? Do 570-517-3182. If you are a new dog ing experience. Volunteers are also you like to play games? Do you have owner and cannot obtain an applicaneeded to help staff the visitor center an interesting program to present in Lackawaxen on weekends. (i.e. travel program, instruction, etc)? tion, please call the office. Binoculars, spotting scopes, The ETCC is looking for community training manuals, data forms and members to share their experiences hand warmers are provided by the with others. Call 610-381-4252, ext. Delaware Highlands Conservancy. 2 The winter Eagle Watch program December programs: runs through February, weekends • Mondays (except Dec. 25) only. Volunteers cover morning or af- acoustical jam sessions, free and ternoon shifts, and the main monitor- open to the public. Bring an instruing areas are the Mongaup Reservoir ment or just come listen. and the Delaware River at Minisink • Tuesdays 7 p.m., crochetingg. Falls and the Zane Grey boat launch All skill levels welcome. Free, but doat Lackawaxen. nations appreciated. • Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 Advance registration for the training day is required. A light a.m. to 4 p.m., sewing and quilting. breakfast is included. Send an All skill levels welcome. • Thrift store hours: Wednesdays email to info@delawarehighlands. org, or call 570-226-3164 or 845- through Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat583-1010 to register. urdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday sales

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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 to 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 570421-3050.

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Notre Dame Elementary School collaborated with Monroe County Children and Youth Services and sponsored 30 lessfortunate families in our community for complete Thanksgiving meals that included turkeys along with all of the fixings for this holiday season. In addition, we 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 towards the purchase of the turkeys. The students donated all of the nonperishable items. NDES families, students, our Girls on the Run and our local Girl Scout troop came together to decorate and fill all of the baskets.


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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, creating prime conditions for skiing, snowboard and snow tubing. For the most up-to-date information on opening dates and snow conditions, visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s Snow Conditions page. The Pennsylvania Ski Area Association has reported what’s new for the 2017 ski season. • Big Boulder Ski Area was the first to open this season in the Poconos and is currently 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 Peak Discovery Program, where skiers and riders can “Learn, Practice & Explore” when they want, where they want, at any “Peak Resort” in the Northeast. The program is a threeday lesson with equipment rentals and lift tickets

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for just $99. Another bonus for the winter season: 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: open weekends, Dec. 15 fully. JFBB & “Peak Resorts” has also expanded a program offering all active duty, retired and honorably discharged members of the U.S. military who visit any Northeast “Peak Resort” a free military discount card, which entitles them to 40 percent off midweek/non-holiday lift tickets, and 25 percent off weekend/holiday lift tickets. • Blue Mountain Resort is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. On Dec. 22, 1977, Blue Mountain Resort opened as Little Gap with four trails and two lifts. It has since 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, costume contest, discounted lift tickets and more. The resort is also introducing a new state-of-the-art grooming machine, allowing them to lay down snow surfaces from terrain parks, to moguls, to cruising trails. Projected opening: second week of December. • Camelback Mountain Resort continues to reinvent itself since opening in 1963 with 14 trails and three lifts serving 41,656 skiers. Today, Camelback serves more than 1.7 million outdoor enthusiasts and visitors annually with 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 in 2015, 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. • Family and beginner-friendly Shawnee Mountain has several updates for the winter season. 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, a great place to hike, hangout and to perfect skills. 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 step over 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 Centac 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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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 admin@monroehistorical. org. 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. 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 theppods.org 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. Republican-minded 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 westendgop. com 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 llasher@ptd.net 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 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 poconosubvets.org, or call 610-681-2606. • The Golden Travel and Social Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the

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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 offroad suspension. Our Overland came with a recommended $1,695 optional Technology Group, which adds excellent high-tech safety enhancements. Featured are full-speed 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’s 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. Greg Zyla writes a weekly car column for The Daily Review in Towanda. Write to him at gzyla@thedailyreview.com. ©The Daily Review 2016.


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Quiet Valley holds ‘Old Time Christmas’

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road in Stroudsburg, will present its 27th annual Old Time Christmas event on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, with candlelit tours leaving every 15 minutes beginning at 3 p.m., with the last group going out at 7 p.m. Gather around a bonfire while you wait for your visit to the 1800s to begin. Guides in period clothing will lead guests on their journey. It takes about an hour and a half to two hours to see all of Old Time Christmas. All funds raised support the mission of the non-profit farm museum. Admission is $10; $5 for children ages 3-12, with those under 3 admitted free. Dress warmly. Groups of 12 or more with reservations, receive a discounted price when going out 2:30-3:30 p.m.

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invited to attend. For further information call 610-588-2623. • 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 waggintailsrescue.com. You will find the dogs that Waggin’ Tails has for adoption, Volunteer and Foster Applications and more. For more information, email information@ waggintailsrescue. • Monroe County Bible Clubs of “BCM International” will be conducting Inter-denominational “Released Time Bible Classes” for Monroe County public 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: jimeckerbcm@verizon.net. • 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 Spangenburg 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. • The Monroe Animal League (MAL) can now be contacted via email at monroeanimalleague@gmail.com. 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. • A noon day prayer is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Full Gospel Holiness COGIC, 169 Summit Ave., Pocono Summit, (one block from Salvation Army). Pastor is Dr. Leanon Trawick. Call 839-8170 for more information. • The Barrett Township Historical Society is planning to display a World War II exhibit at the Cresco Station Museum. Veterans and families with the following: memorabilia, artifacts, uniforms, weaponry, newspaper articles and letters, are asked to consider aiding the society with this exhibit. All items loaned will be safeguarded and returned at the end of the exhibit season. Items donated may also be used for permanent exhibit and/or to loan/donate or would like more information, contact Joanne Seese, at 570-595-2694.email joannes@ptd.net or 570-839-9122, email: Leeanne@uplink.net. • 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 celebraterecoveryswc@gmail.com. • 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 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. • Eastern Pocono Animal Alliance (EPAA) is a Spay/Neuter Clinic located in Brodheadsville and is in need of volunteers. EPAA could use someone to come in one day a week to check in clients, answer phones and schedule appointments. The person would need to arrive by 8:15 a.m. and be able to commit to being there every week. EPAA also has volunteer positions available to help with vaccination clinics and substitute desk work. Stop in to the EPAA office in back of Rainbow Plaza, Rte. 209, Brodheadsville or visit epaaonline.com or call 570-994-5846. Please see CALENDAR, Page 15

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Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!

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61 At least 62 Hunchback of horror films 63 Some ice cream containers, for short 64 Thelonious Monk’s “Well You ___” 65 “Can’t say I’ve seen it” Down 1 Canola, for one 2 “I’ll take that as ___” 3 Elvis classic of 1956 4 Nullifies 5 Clickable text 6 Letters associated with Einstein 7 Org. with Lions and Jaguars 8 Covetous 9 First side of a scoreboard, generically 10 Everglades wader 11 Manufacturer of Gummi Bears 12 Repeats 13 Outward appearances 18 “Hollywood Squares” win, perhaps 22 Made docile 23 Distillery tank 24 Altar reply, traditionally 25 Poker pot part 26 Sir Walter Scott novel 28 Approx. takeoff hrs. 31 They’re retiring AIM at the end of 2017 32 Body shop removal 33 Charter ___ (tree on Connecticut’s state quarter) 35 Nitrous ___ 36 Piece for Magnus Carlsen 37 Way in the past 41 Poe’s “The ___ and the Pendulum”

42 By ___ means necessary 43 Response to an impressive put-down 44 Little Red Book follower 45 Oreads, naiads, etc. 46 “Cold one, over here” 47 Elect 49 From ___ (henceforth) 50 Drum kit drum 51 Treasure hunter’s assistance 53 Online tech news resource 56 Fishing pole 57 Directional ending 58 Police officer 59 Before, in old poems

LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION edited by Matt Jones psychosudoku@hotmail.com

©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com). For answers to this puzzle, call (900) 226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Reference puzzle #855.

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• The Poconos Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network meets twice a month at the Hughes Library in Stroudsburg. For membership information, visit holisticmoms.org or contact Jen at HMNmonroepa@gmail. com or by phone at 570-872-7140. The Holistic Moms Network strives to connect parents, create supportive communities and help parents and others to learn about holistic, natural and green living. • Operation Touch of Home is seeking the names and addresses of area troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to be recipients of the fall 2015 essentials shipment. Family members or friends with this information should contact touchofhome@hotmail.com. • Evening Adult Bible Study Tuesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. Bring PP your Bible. McMichael United Methodist Church, Rte. 715 and White Church Road, McMichael. Call 570-629-1136 for more information. • The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnut Hill Township Building on Rte. 715 in Brodheadsville. New members of Italian decent and all those who respect and enjoy the Italian culture are welcome. For more information, call president Joe Pini at 570-992-2678. • The COGIC Community Center (Formerly Christ the King Family Center) located in Blakeslee, has a facility to seat more than 200 people, along with banquet tables (round or oblong) for use. There is a full commercial kitchen also available which consists of steam table, coffee maker, grill, four ovens and six cook tops along with a dishwasher. Matching china along with eating and cooking utensils is also available. The COGIC Community also offers WIFI, a central PA system along with AC/HVAC. Also available are smaller meeting rooms which would accommodate 50 or more people and comes equipped with a projector camera and central speaking system. This facility is handicapped accessible. Non-Profit organizations are welcomed. Special discounts will be given to help achieve goals for a worthy purpose. Located five miles from the PA Turnpike and five minutes from Interstate 80, the COGIC Community Center is located at 354 Rte. 940, Blakeslee. For further, information, contact 570-355-0232 or 570-994-7122, email cogicblakeslee@frontier.com. • Are you a follower of Thomas Merton’s work? An interfaith study group is being formed in the Stroudsburg area. The dates, times and meeting location will be determined by the participants. There is no cost. If you are interested, send your name, phone number and email address to Mel at oneoftheone99@yahoo.com. • The Italian American Heritage Club of Monroe County welcomes Americans of Italian birth or descent and all other Americans

who appreciate, respect and understand the Italian culture. The group is dedicated to serving the community. Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at The Chestnuthill Township Park Building on Rte. 715, Brodheadsville. • Pocono Mountain Bible Fellowship Church will host a free Bible Study each Sunday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Childcare

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