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


February 6, 2019

STUDENTS RECEIVE AED/CPR TRAINING Monsignor McHugh School in Cresco recently implemented CPR/AED training into their program for seventh and eighth grades. More on page 2

Area Business Spotlighted Dave’s Market in Moscow, was spotlighted at a recent meeting of the Lackawanna County Commissioners. Page 5

What’s Happening See what’s happening with a comprehensive events calendar. Page 2 Around Town Keep up with the latest happenings in our area. Page 4

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Most think of the great American spirit is bourbon. But in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it’s rum. Page 9

Ski Club Makes Donation The Big Pocono Ski Club held a basket raffle to benefit the Women’s Resources of Monroe County. A donation of $1,045 was received. Page 6


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Trout Unlimited Plans Meeting The Brodhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold a general meeting on Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road in Stroudsburg. The topic for this meeting will be Climate Change and Our Pocono Waters. There will be two presenters. Brian Wagner, will explain Trout Unlimited’s policy on climate change and what the group is doing in terms of raising awareness and supporting advocacy. Wagner is a life member of Trout Unlimited and a past president of the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited. He currently serves as the Pennsylvania representative to the Trout Unlimited National Leadership Council and chair the climate change work group. He also serves locally as secretary and youth coordinator of the Forks of the Delaware chapter of Trout Unlimited and serves on the board of the Bushkill Stream Conservancy. He is a certified fishing instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The other speaker is Emily Rinaldi, the Northeast PA campaign manager for PennFuture. Rinaldi will be speaking about

the “Our Pocono Waters” campaign and how it is being used to educate the public and local leaders about the importance of protecting the existing condition of local waterways. Rinaldi focuses on clean energy, watersheds and issues in the northeast region grounded in Mt. Pocono. She is the state lead for the Coalition of the Delaware River Watershed. Her other work focuses on community and coalition outreach/ engagement on storm water management, environmental policy revolving around pipelines and natural gas drilling, and ways to reduce water pollution in the region. Before joining PennFuture, Rinaldi was the watershed specialist for Pike County Conservation District. In that role she collected surface water and source water data in order to maintain pristine water quality in the Pocono Mountain region. Prior to this, she was also an urban resources conservationist at Berks County Conservation District, the director of Abington Area Joint Recreation Board’s Earth Camp, and a naturalist/river guide for Endless Mountain Outfitters.



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Monsignor McHugh School in Cresco recently implemented CPR/AED training into their program for seventh and eighth grades. This type of training is being introduced into schools as a graduation requirement. The training will enable students to assist their friends and family in the event of

an emergency. The instructor, William Weimer Jr., visited Monsignor McHugh last month. He has been teaching first aid/CPR/AED to hundreds of people all over the country, as he has been a certified instructor for the American Red Cross since 2005 and an instructor trainer for

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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 hand-written submissions will be accepted. FEB. 9 American Legion Riders present Comedy Night featuring Wisecrackers Comedy, on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the American Legion Post No. 927 Main Hall, 646 Fairg rounds Rd, Gilbert. Catering by Vincents Deli & Catering, Tannersville. Dinner 5-7 p.m.; comedy 7-9 p.m.; dancing 9-11 p.m. Tickets $25. Only 150 tickets available. Raffle baskets, 50/50. For tickets, contact Everett Shaver 570-977-8208 or everett.shaver@ Doors open at 5 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. • Monroe County Conservation District’s Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center announces Lilliana’s Nature Discovery Area Exploration Focus on Animal Tracks and Other Clues. On Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, become a detective and learn about tracks other clues animals leave behind in winter. Please dress warmly and wear appropriate footwear because this activity will take place outside. This program is free. For more information, call 570-6293061 or visit • McMichaels United Methodist Church, 104 White Church Rd. in McMichaels, will hold an all-you-can-eat, donation only breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 9, 8-10 a.m. Open to all. Beverages included. FEB. 10 The American Legion Riders have their monthly meeting on Sunday, February 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion Post 927, Route 209 and Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert. The American Legion Riders contrib-

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ute to Veterans, the Community, and enjoy riding. For more information, contact President Everett Shaver, 570977-8208. FEB. 17 Our Lady of Victory Church, 327 Cherry Lane Road in Tannersville, will hold a free community dinner for those in need at the church, 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Call the church office at 570-629-4572 for reservations and more information. CONTINUING Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking new volunteers to conduct interactive presentations that address situations like home fires, floods, etc. All training provided by American Red Cross in group sessions. You must be comfortable presenting the subject in a classroom setting and enjoy young children. Red Cross will provide necessary additional clearance that may e needed. Also, blood drive ambassadors need to assist with registration and refreshments. Must be positive, upbeat and enjoy meeting new people. All training provided. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity, called as needed. Additional clearance may be required provided by agency. For these and other volunteer opportunities call 570-420-3747. Office is located at 411 Main St., Suite 102B in Stroudsburg. • The Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC) meets on the third Thursday of each month at the MCDC Headquar ters, 1 8 S . N in th St . in Stroudsburg. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit • 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. Call 570-476-1269, 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 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 Inter national (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 Hampton Inn in Bartonsville. 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. • 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. Please see Happening, Page 11


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The Pocono Arts Council, along with several local partners, will host “The Earth Speaks V: A Juried Exhibition on the Environmental Crisis,” in the spring at the Dunning Art Gallery Northampton Community College Monroe Campus in Tannersville. Local partners include Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Monroe County Conservation District and East Stroudsburg University. The juror for the show is Harry C. Tabak from New Paltz, N.Y. “The Earth Speaks V” is a regional open call for work that focuses the public’s attention on the gravity of environmental issues. Artists from the following states are invited to enter: ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, VA, MD, DE, DC. Download the prospectus and enter online at There is no limit to the number of entries. Students are encouraged to enter. Student: $15 for first two entries, $10 for each additional entry; adult PoconoArts members: $20 for first two entries, $15 for each additional entry; adult non-member: $30 for first two entries, $25 for each additional entry. Deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 8. Notification of accepted entries will be on or around Friday, Feb. 15. Winning entries will arrive at the Dunning Art Gallery, on or before Thursday, March 28; exhibit will run April 6 through May 28. There will be a reception on Saturday, April 27. More than $1,000 in cash awards is available in a variety of mediums including 2D, 3D, photography and printmaking. Awards include: $250 juror’s choice award: $250 Kay & Girard Lichty climate crisis award; $100 Otto Grever printmaking award; $100 3-D award, $100 2-D award; $100 photography award; $100 ARTSPACE Gallery student award; and $50 Origins Gallery award. To cover exhibition fees and support artist expression, the Pocono Arts Council is seeking sponsorships for “The Earth Speaks V” from local businesses and community members at a minimum $250 level of support. Details here: support/become-a-sponsor/ For further information, call 570-476-4460 or email

of its Maple Sugaring site in Marshalls Creek in February and March for schools, scouts, homeschoolers and other interested groups. This is a great opportunity to lear n about maple sugaring. Tours include stops at stations providing information on the history of maple sugaring, the evaporating process that we use today, and provide the groups with the opportunity to tap a maple tree whose sap will be used in the 2019 maple syrup production. Dates this year for organized groups (including students, scouts and any organization) have been set for Monday, Feb. 25 through Friday, March 8. Cost: $4/per participant and scheduling is done on a firstcome-first-served basis. Additional infor mation may be obtained by calling 570-629-3061 or by visiting

RSVP Staff Needed Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers opportunities to help our community. Friendly visitors needed in Brodheadsville, Kunkletown and Stroudsburg area. Weekly or bi-weekly visits to add socialization to seniors in need of conversation and kindness. Grocery shoppers needed in Mt. Pocono and Kunkletown area. weekly or bi-weekly and flexible times set by you. Clients provide the list and the money to complete this service. Local hospice seeking volunteers to read to residents and provide respite care. No medical services. For these and other volunteer opportunities please contact RSVP at 570-420-3747. the office is located at 411 Main St., Suite 102B in Stroudsburg.

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munity Health office at 570-253-8990. There is a one-time $5 fee for badge processing and mailings. Each year, returning participants will receive a sticker reading ‘19’ to place on their badge. Registration also asks participants to fill out a waiver and questionnaire that asks them about topics they would like to hear more about. For more information, visit

Clymer Library Activities At Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines: • Do you need help with any of these topics: résumé writing, learning Google Docs, workplace skills, business email or job hunting skills. Want to gain invaluable professional skills? Attend this series to learn business-style writing, including emails and résumés. You will receive individualized help to fit your needs. Thursdays, Feb. 7, 21 and 28 at 5:30 p.m. Simply drop in. This event is free to attend. • Sundance in the Poconos February’s movie is “Big Fish,” Thursday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Friends of Clymer presents this winter film festival. Watch the movie and stay for a discussion. Popcorn and treats provided. Registration required. This event is free to attend.

Salvation Army Donation The AllOne Charities has awarded $7,500 to the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army for healthy food for its Feeding Program Clients including its food pantry, warehouse food distribution, soup kitchen and emergency food distribution. From bananas to broccoli, fresh strawberries to fresh green beans, pineapples, potatoes, milk, yogurt, and so much more – clients are able to make a selection of healthy foods and reap the benefits of unprocessed, nutrition-rich foods throughout the winter months when local gardens are dormant. The majority of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army’s local programs such as food baskets, hot meals, nights of shelter, rental assistance, clothing, Christmas toys for children, nursing home visitation and disaster service response rely directly on community support and giving. For information about the Salvation Army’s programs, please call 570-421-3050.

From now through Thursday, May 23, several area schools will be open after hours, 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, for walkers. The buildings are heated, secure and well-lit. The participating schools are Damascus Elementary School, EverGreen Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School, Preston Elementary School, R.D. Wilson Elementary School, Wallenpaupack — Newfoundland and Wallenpaupack High School. For more than a decade, Wayne Memorial Hospital has partnered with local school districts to offer an indoor exercise option during the coldest months of the year. For secuDean’s List rity reasons, walkers must be registered and Maple Sugaring Time Melissa Guydish of East Stroudsburg was log in/log out for each visit. Logbooks are Each year the Kettle Creek Environ- kept near entryways or school offices. To reg- named to the dean’s list at West Virginia Wesmental Education Center conducts tours ister, call Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Com- leyan College for the fall semester.

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Dave’s Market in Moscow, was the small business spotlighted at a recent meeting of the Lackawanna County Commissioners. This locally-owned business offers a variety of ethnic and American groceries along with several drinks and take out items. Homemade specialties are prepared fresh daily and sections of the store are devoted to Asian, Kosher, Russian, Italian and Polish foods, to mention a cross section. Owner Dave Martin, center, is committed to advancing the growth of small businesses in the community. From left: commissioner Jerry Notarianni, commissioner Laureen A. Cummings, Martin and commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

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Ski Club makes donation Live ice carvings & competitions Over 50 Ice Sculptures Live Music Parade- Friday 7:30PM Free Admission Free Parking Comic-con & More! During its recent holiday party, the Big Pocono Ski Club held a basket raffle. All funds raised benefited the Women’s Resources of Monroe County. At the January general meeting, a donation of $1,045 was presented. For more information about the club, email From left: Rich Wielebinski, Bob Tagliabue, Carolyn Pace, Jessie Boe, Steve Pace, Jill Guerro, Vickie Edinger, Christina Kauffman, Clara Ann Kresge and Roger Appleton.

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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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48 Entertainer criticized for a racially insensitive tweet in October--not a good look for the Divine Miss M 52 Chip in a Mexican dish named for its inventor 53 Canceled Fox sitcom with a first episode aptly titled “Pilot” (that’s Pilot with a capital “P”) 57 Western film, slangily 58 “Let’s call ___ day” 59 You are here 60 Great honor 61 Laze, with “out” 62 Nine, in some “Sesame Street” episodes Down 1 Apprehend 2 “Been Lying” singer Rita 3 Civil War soldier, for short 4 Day or night 5 Some Morse code symbols 6 Links hazards 7 “Perry Mason” star Raymond 8 Apollo astronaut Slayton 9 Convertible furniture for sleeping 10 Chris of “The Lego Movie 2” 11 On the subject of 12 Active type 13 Funny duo? 18 “On ___ Majesty’s Secret Service” 21 Leave the airport 22 Origami step 23 A bunch 24 Cellphone forerunners 27 Excavate 28 Greg who missed the entire 2007-08 season after his #1 NBA draft pick 29 Commotion 30 “I totally agree”

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Cruzan rum entwined with island’s history, culture BY DAVID FALCHEK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN WINE SOCIETY

Most think of the great American spirit as bourbon whiskey. But in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it’s rum. Two major rum producers, Cruzan and Captain Morgan, call the island of St. Croix home. But Cruzan is entwined with the culture of the island, with a history stretching back 250 years. The name, Cruzan, means “of St. Croix.” Captain Morgan relocated several years ago from Puerto Rico, lured by billions of government incentive dollars. The close-knit St. Croix community, with deep relationships strengthened by enduring adversity, view the Captain as a carpetbagger. The Cruzan facility sits on the same sugar plantation where it began. While the founding family remains involved, the distillery is owned by Beam Suntory, the Japanese-owned, Chicago-based booze conglomerate of which Jim Beam is just one component. The historic Cruzan plantation house provides offices, and a historic cane mill sits at the entrance surrounded by the flags of the nations that have flown over the island. On a recent distillery tour, visitors got to taste raw molasses, the feedstock of rum, running off tanker trucks. In an open-air fermentation house, massive open tanks of molasses bubble, creating a molasses/alcohol liquid that heads to distillation, after which it is blended

to proof and aged in used Jim Beam barrels. The finished product heads to Kentucky to be bottled or flavored, which makes sense given the cost of shipping to and from St. Croix. The tour, which costs a token $5, ends with two cocktails and samples of four or more rums, straight-up. With coconut and vanilla character dominating, Cruzan’s clean, affordable, aged light rum is outstanding and has long been my house rum. Cruzan Estate Diamond Blackstrap Rum is an oaky, earthy, aged rum with loads of character. I’m leery of flavored spirits, and Cruzan is pushing a flavored line. Its flavored rums, at about 20 percent alcohol (half the typical), work, though. More than any base spirit, rum invites fruit flavor. Cruzan’s fruity rums are featured in one of the island’s signature drinks, the Cruzan Confusion, which has as many as five flavored rums and a house juice blend or punch. Another commonly seen cocktail is the Painkiller, usually rum with pineapple juice, cream of coconut and orange juice on ice dusted with nutmeg. Most rum cocktails on the islands are fruity, sweet, “tiki” drinks. I found myself enjoying the moderate sweetness of lime and rum in the original daiquiri. You’ll certainly see the Captain behind the bar, available should someone call for it. Local bartenders may even say, in hushed tones, that it is fine rum. But nothing is more Cruzan than Cruzan rum.

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Barrett Library activities in February Chess Club Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30. Chess is a game that’s more than a thousand years old and still popular. For older players, chess is said to be the “gymnasium of the mind.” For youngsters, it stimulates the thought process. Bob Tuttle has taught chess in l i b r a r i e s a n d s e n i o r c e n t e r s fo r many years. Chess lessons will be available for all ages on Saturday mornings. Library Book Clubs The Library provides books for members, and extra books are always available at the circulation desk. At each meeting, the selected title is discussed and refreshments a re s h a re d . T h e A f t e r n o o n B o o k Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. The Evening Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. This month the Afternoon Book Club will be reading “ M a g p i e M u r d e r s, ” by A n t h o n y Horowit z, and the Evening Book Club will be reading “A Man Called

Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Holistic Programs--Yoga Mondays, at 6 p.m. Monday evenings with master yoga instructor Danielle Lane. Vinyasa is offered for beginner students. Explore this agesold healthy activity. “The Hate U Give” Book Talk Saturday, Feb. 9, 2-4 p.m. Share in a d i s c u s s i o n f a c i l i t at e d by B r i a n a Ragin on the best-selling novel “The Hate U Give.” The book is about a young girl named Starr, who witnesses the unlawful murder of her friend Khalil. The book discussion will cover a variety of topics, including raci s m a n d t h e B l a ck L ive s M a t t e r Movement. Bake it: Lavender Cookies Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Looking for a special treat for your Valentine? If so, come to the library to make lavender cookies with Chelsea Corso. These sweets are a buttery soft cookie made with fresh lavender. Please call the library, or sign up to attend. Space is limited.

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Paint & Sip Party Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1-4 p.m. Come to the library this month to warm up as we paint a mugs-and-mittens winter scene and drink some hot cocoa. This program will be held in the Weiler Family Community Room, and all supplies will be included. Sign up to attend. Space is limited. Genealogy Club Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. Are you just getting started with researching your f amily tree and don’ t know which direction to go? Have you been researching for a while but need help finding answers and discovering new resources? If so, you’ll love genealogy club with genealogy enthusiast Michael Quirion. T he Genealo g y Club will meet the third Thursday of each month, at 3 p.m.

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