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4th of July Celebration

Photos by Beth Haser Once again, Buck Hillers gathered together to celebrate July 4th in a timeless fashion. This Independence Day was one fun-filled event after another that kept everyone - from the youngest to the oldest - pleasantly busy. The day’s events are organized by the Lot & Cot Owners’ Association. Starting at 9:30 a.m. the parade traveled from the flower garden to the pool and included horses, floats with Camp Clubbers, a collection of antique vehicles, bagpipes, a marching band as well as George and Martha Washington (actually Rob and Mary Lou Dalziel). Then, at the pool, the kids from Camp Club sang patriotic songs and recited the poems of the original colonies; and we heard from guest speaker Robin Ottaway. Later in the day, the annual picnic at Metzgar’s Farm featured games for the kids, which was followed by the Ice Cream Social at the putting green. But the highlight of the day was the fireworks on the golf course. We would like to thank the McNeil, Miller, and Ottaway families for donating the fireworks this year. Multi-generations of families could be found on the golf course “oohing” and “aahing” to the colorful display in the night sky. Thanks to all who helped make this day a special one for all Buck Hillers.

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Graduation Announcements Mary B. Ruvane of Mountainhome, PA received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during their Commencement exercises on May 13. She is the daughter of Joan S. Ruvane and the late Joseph J. Ruvane, Jr. of Buck Hill Falls. While pursuing her course work, Ms. Ruvane held positions at UNC as a teaching fellow, IT department research assistant, and team member on projects funded by Microsoft and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She previously earned a Master of Science degree in Information Science from UNC and was inducted into Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society, as well as Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the Honor Society of Graduate and Professional School Students. Ms. Ruvane is currently exploring opportunities for post-doctoral research, adjunct lecturing, and business consulting.


The Susan Party Did you know that there were more than 20 Susans at Buck Hill? Last year’s directory listed 23. For years some of us have talked about having a Susans Party, and last summer the First Annual Susans Party was held on Susan Robert’s porch. No need to identify the guests, although we did all wear name tags!

Austin Sopko, son of Leslie and William Sopko, Cottage 149, was chosen for Lambda Sigma, the National Honor Society for college sophomores. Austin attends Pace University in New York City.

Kathryn Rose Finley, M.D., daughter of Bruce and Betsy and sister of Daisy, graduated from UC Davis School of Medicine on May 19, 2012. She is doing her residency at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. There is a new doctor on the mountain. Congratulations Dr. Rosie!

Camp Club Reunion September 2012 Breeze Deadline

The deadline for the upcoming September 2012 issue of the Breeze is August 10, 2012. Material can be sent by email to

July 10, 2012

We attended Camp Club during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Some came from as far away as California, North Carolina, Vermont and Rhode Island for the reunion. During World War II, cottagers had a Victory Garden to grow vegetables where the present Camp Club is located.

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Bottom row, left to right: Ruth Ottaway Sherer, Judy Thompson Bradley, Ruthanne Clark Groseclose, Vicki Norris Dean and Tommy Thompson. Second Row: Emily Reeves Sloan, Barbara Brown Lott, John Ruvane and Jim Ottaway. Standing: Jim Crawford, Terry Fuller, Mike Tappan and King Wright.




Lot & Cottage Owners’ Association Big Trout Have Arrived in We trust you, your families and your guests enjoy several Lot & Cot sponsored events this summer...the 4th of July parade and ceremony, ice cream social, lawn bowling clinic, carnival, fishing derby and more! These events are made possible by cottagers who have paid their membership fees. If you have not already done so, please send a $75 check (payable to “Lot & Cot Owners’ Association”) to P.O. Box # 171. Save the Date! Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 4 p.m. at the Tennis Tea. An agenda will be mailed in the coming weeks. Cottagers who pay their Lot & Cot Membership Fee by August 1 will be eligible to vote at our meeting. Copies of our bylaws will be printed shortly. You can obtain a copy at our upcoming Annual Meeting. Copies will also be available in the BHF Company Office or can be viewed on our website. Got questions, comments or suggestions? Our Communications Committee would like to hear from you. Contact them at

Golden Years Golf Tournament August 20-21, 2012

The annual tournament for 60’s and over will kick-off with the traditional cocktail party, Sunday evening August 19 at 6:00pm at The Fairway Grill. Players, spouses, and significant others are invited. Twoman teams will be selected at the cocktail party; rules, e.g. “no bad lies” will be the same as pervious (fun) years. The teams will play four nine-hole matches. Cost is $100, including drinks and snacks at the cocktail party, two box lunches, and prizes (everybody wins!). Last year’s winners were Charlie Ribardo and Frank Papeo. Come on out and enjoy! Application forms are available at the Pro Shop. Questions? Contact Rob Dalziel (570595-7304/

Buck Hill Falls Book Club

The August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 2:00pm at the Wilson cottage (no. 369). The book chosen is THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes. Margaret Bo Birnes of NYU will lead our discussion. RSVP: Barbara Wilson 595-7716 . The September meeting will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 4:00pm in the Urice Room. The book selected is IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS by Eric Larson. Mill Jonakait will lead our discussion. RSVP: Mary Lou Dalziel 595-7304.

the Buck Hill Stream

An invitation to cottagers to take up this beautiful sport!

By Jock Miller On the morning of July 6th, Beaverkill Hatchery delivered 150 beautiful 20- to 24-inch Cantaloop California Rainbow trout, German Brown trout, and Tiger trout. The Tiger trout is a cross between the Brook Trout and the Brown trout. While 5X tipit is the normal leader weight to use on the 8- to 15-inch trout, these are monster three- to seven-pound fish and can easily break your line. When fishing for the BIG ONES, I suggest that you use 4X tipit. Of course, it is considered “sportier” to use the 5X tipit, but you have to really play the fish carefully, giving it plenty of line and let the reel do the work. It is tempting to reel in the fish, but if you do with the big ones, they will snap the line. So, be patient, enjoy the fight and when the fish tires, (it might take twenty minutes with the big ones). Then slowly bring the fish to shore using a net if possible. The more experienced anglers will “tail” the fish without a net, meaning they will grab the tail to land the fish rather than use the net. Please release all big fish, 18 inches to 25 inches: The purpose of this big fish stocking is to give everyone a chance to “catch the big one,” so please release your big fish back into the stream to give others the thrill of fighting a big fish. When you land the big fish, it will be tired from the fight so after the fly hook is out of the mouth, gently hold the fish’s tail and bring the fish back and forth in the water to force water and oxygen through the gills until the fish is revived then let the fish go and watch it swim away to give the next fly fisherman the thrill of their lives! Tight lines to all!



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Foxhowe’s Provocative Summer Events

Michael Duffy Time Magazine Editor and Presidential Chronicler Saturday, August 18 at 8:15p.m. (optional dinner 7p.m.) Michel Duffy is Executive Editor of Time magazine and directs the coverage of presidents, politics and national affairs for both the magazine and His new book, Inside the President’s Club: Inside the World Most Exclusive Fraternity, examines how the leaders of our nation have turned to their predecessors for guidance — regardless of party affiliation. Duffy joined Time in 1985 as a Pentagon correspondent and in the 25 years since has covered Congress, the White House, national politics and national security. Duffy, who has written more than 50 Time cover stories, has won the Gerald R. Ford Award for reporting both on the White House (1994) and defense and national security (2005). With a team from Time, he has shared in the Joan Shorenstein Barone Prize for Investigative Journalism awarded by the Kennedy School of Government in 1997. He is the co-author, with Nancy Gibbs, of The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House ( 2007) and, with Don Goodgame ofMarching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush (1992). Duffy has been a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and has appeared regularly on PBS’s Washington Week in Review for the past 15 years. He has also appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and CNN. Prior to joining Time, he was a staff writer at Defense Week.

Special Family Work Day Chestnut Mountain is once again open to Buck Hill hikers but its trails need a bit of attention. Please join members of the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation and other volunteers of all ages who will be clearing those trails on the morning of Saturday, August 18. Volunteers will meet in the Paiste Pond parking lot at 9:30 and will be provided with a free picnic lunch on the site of Camp Club’s old Chestnut Mountain camping site.

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Catch Some Fun at the Annual Fishing Derby on August 5th

The Buck Hill Falls Company and Lot & Cot Owners’ Association will host the annual Buck Hill Falls Fishing Derby on Sunday, August 5 (rain or shine). The Derby will be held at the Paiste Pond Activity Center from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Fishing Derby is open to all children of the Buck Hill Falls community ages 3 through 15. Youth ages 3 through 5 will begin fishing at 8:00 a.m. Youth ages 6 through 9 will begin fishing at 8:45 a.m. and ages 10 through 15 will start at 9:15 a.m. Refreshments will be available during the Derby and each child will receive a t-shirt.


Trash Pick-Up and Recycling

Trash Pick-up: Summer household trash pick-up occurs on a weekly basis each Monday and Friday morning through September 12. Please remember that our trash company, Palmisano Waste Disposal, begins picking up the trash at 6:00 a.m. To assure that your trash is not missed, please put your trash in the receptacle on Sunday and Thursday evenings or before 6:00 a.m. the morning of pick-up. All trash must be placed in bags before disposing of it in your receptacle. Also, please remember not to leave any receptacles empty out on your lot. Recycling: Recyclable items will be collected every Monday through the summer. Recyclable items include clear, brown and green glass jars, tin cans, and plastics marked on bottom #1 and #2. Please rinse all items; removing labels is not necessary. Separate aluminum if possible; newspapers must be tied and placed in a plastic or paper bag; telephone books and magazines should also be bundled and placed in a brown paper bag.


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Prizes will be awarded by age group in the following categories: Age Groups • Children Ages 3 to 5 (begin fishing at 8:00 a.m.) • Children Ages 6 to 9 (begin fishing at 8:45 a.m.) • Children Ages 10 to 15 (begin fishing at 9:15 a.m.) Categories • First fish caught • Shortest fish caught • Longest fish caught • Fish caught with a tag While fly fishing is preferred, all children in the above age groups may use worms, lures and other artificial bait. Bobbers will also be allowed. Children who have their own fishing gear should bring it. For those who do not have fishing gear, a limited quantity of fishing gear will be available for them to use. There will be a limit of one fish per child, which may be kept and taken home. All others must be caught and released. Entry forms for the Fishing Derby are available at the following locations: • Buck Hill Camp Club • Buck Hill Falls Company Office • Buck Hill Swimming Pool Please fill out one entry form for each person participating in the fishing derby. Completed forms must be turned in to the Company Office by August 2.

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Dear Fellow Buck Hillers, I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer so far. I know I saw many of you at the myriad of events that we presented at the Festival this year. Whether it was the dance programs that afforded us the opportunity to see some of the best ballet and dance students in the country from the Rock School of Dance Education to the best professional dancers in the country from New York City Ballet; to experience the exhilaration of our own country’s unique music in the form of Jazz by the incomparable Dave Liebman, 2011 NEA 2011 Master of Jazz Award recipient, to the melodic sounds of the Anderson Twins Sextet; to discover the joy of chamber music in the intimate venue in which it was meant to be heard; to marvel at the great Verdi masterpiece “La Traviata,” combining professionals with our own regional students; and finally to develop a new understanding of what it means to “act the song” as taught by the incomparable duo of Andy Gale and Mark Janas to our Young Scholars. I think we can all say that where we are today is leaps and bounds of when we first started in 2010. All of this has happened in two and a half years through a true community and regional collaboration of volunteers and supporters. For those of you who are not familiar with what we do the rest of the year, I call your attention to the programs that have been spawned from the festival fulfilling its mission to provide music and education for the benefit of the entire region. To that point, I wanted to let you know that we received two combined $17,500 grants from the Hommer Foundation and the Ottaway Foundation to start our library program, where we will present performing artists to the children in the summer reading program at the seven regional libraries of Monroe County and use the art forms of music and dance to bring alive books that children will then be motivated to check out from the library. We think this program will be unique and may be another model to link arts to literacy. We are continuing with our SOAR program where we present five two-day artistic residencies to the school districts of Pocono Mountain and East Stroudsburg, a combined student population of 21,000 students. The program also reaches students at East Stroudsburg University, giving the program a collegiate academic focus. This has been supported for the last two years by a generous grant from the Weiler Family. The statewide Parent Teacher Association is considering presenting this program to their annual meeting at East Stroudsburg in 2013 as an example of schools partnering with arts organizations to create innovative ways to supplant the arts programs that have been cut back tremendously in all the school systems. We will be continuing our Young Scholars scholarship program during the Festival where 25 students will spend two weeks with our resident Broadway professionals culminating in their own concert. This has been supported by an annual grant from the ESSA Bank & Trust Foundation for $37,500. Finally, as a result of our workshop at our 2011 festival by David Leventhal of the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York, we are establishing our own chapter of Dance for Parkinson’s Disease; one of these chapters will be right in Mountainhome at the new community center. This will give patients with Parkinson’s disease a chance to use dance to lift their spirits and improve range of motion for people with movement disorders. As you can see, all of our extended educational programs are totally supported by outside funds, assuring that your individual contributions are solely utilized for festival events. Finally, turning to next year’s 2013 Festival, as many of you know Patrick Vaccariello, one of the most established Musical Directors on Broadway will be taking over as our Artistic Director. Patrick has directed over 16 Broadway shows, including Gypsy, Cabaret, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, and Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway just to name a few. Patrick sees great potential for our region and is especially interested in hosting an evening of new composers’ works. Patrick, as you can imagine, is exposed to countless musical composers both in his career as a Broadway Musical Director but also in his role as a guest teacher at both the Steinhardt School of the Arts at New York University as well as stints at Yale University. He envisions holding a competition and selecting the best work to present the world premiere at our 2013 Festival. Next year he is also going to present an evening of works of Andrew Lloyd Weber that he has conducted around the world with Sir Andrew. He feels that the proximity to New York will afford him the opportunity to bring and create high quality venues at a fraction of the cost that it would be in New York. The audience potential is great given that according to the last Census Bureau, our area is within a two-hour drive of a population of close to 30 million. All of this is only possible with the continuing support of our donors and volunteers. To make the coming season a reality, we need to know that we have sufficient funding to begin hiring our artists. The levels of artists we bring to the Festival often are booking one


year in advance. Please send in your pledge forms today while it is fresh in your mind so the highest quality of artists can continue to be one of the hallmarks of our performances. I think the potential for the region is limitless if we can let our imaginations soar. We have, I think, some of the best talent in the country available to us. Are we going to take this opportunity and go forward? As I have said many times “Without art there is no community and without community there is no art”. Please be part of the dream and support this journey. Best, David Mazza President, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival

Yes! I Want To Be a Part of Adding Broadway’s Best to the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival! My name as I would like it listed in all materials: _________________________________________________________________ Levels of Giving Friend ($100-$499) Initial Donor ($500-$999) Founding Donor ($1,000 - $4,999) Founding Patron ($5,000-$9,999) Grand Patron ($10,000+) I understand the need to create a sustainable festival and would like to pledge $________ for the following seasons: ___2013 Season

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*Those committing pledges for multiple seasons will be inducted into the EVERGREEN CIRCLE, a special recognition for Bequests and Recurring Gifts. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE MY 2013 GIFT NOW: ___I’ve enclosed a check (make payable to “Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival”) ___Visa ___Mastercard ___AmEx ___Discover Card #

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Community Services Committee It’s time again. Time to dig down (deeply we hope) for worthy charities in Barrett Township and Monroe County. Your Buck Hill Community Services Committee is seeking donations for 2012. We miss Frank Dracos—who gave so much of himself for Community Services—and we will seek to match his dedication. Here is a summary of donations that were made under Frank’s leadership in 2011, thanks to your generous contributions: CAME Food Bank .............................................................. $6,000 Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Department ...................... $4,000 Barrett Paradise Friendly Library ........................................ $5,000 Barrett Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts ......... (each) $1,000 Pocono Medical Center ...................................................... $5,000 Meals on Wheels ................................................................ $3,000 Family Promise of Monroe County ..................................... $1,000 Women’s Resources ......................................................... $2,000 Burnley Workshop .............................................................. $1,000

Once again, we are asking for a minimum cottage donation of $200, but will gratefully accept any contribution. Buck Hill Community Services is an IRS-approved 501(c) 3 organization so all of your donations are tax deductible. You will be receiving a personal request letter; we hope you will proudly respond. The Committee: Dick Boyle, Lou Consiglio, Rob Dalziel, Fran Durst, David Ottaway, Bill Redway, Dick Stillinger, and Linda Terry. If you have any questions, please call Rob Dalziel, Chair, at 570-595-7304. Letters of Gratitude These following excerpts are from letters of gratitude from the organizations that the Buck Hill Falls Community Services Committee has helped in 2011. Daisy Troop 50341 – “Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, Barrett Township, say thank you for the contribution made to their organization.” Barrett Paradise Friendly Library – “On behalf of The Board of Trustees of the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library and myself, I would like to thank you, your committee, and the residents of Buck Hill Falls for your extremely generous donation of $5,000. These monies will be used to help us defray our operating expenses. We are truly grateful for the continued support of the Buck Hill Falls Community Service Committee.”


Quiet Time at Buck Hill Falls

Our Quaker forbearers settled Buck Hill Falls as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of turn-of-the Century Philadelphia. Quiet time has been a Buck Hill goal from the beginning. July 1st through Labor Day we ask that you refrain from any outside physical improvements to your cottage and/or landscaping projects that require the use of loud equipment. One hundred and eleven years after its founding, Buck Hill is still a retreat from the noisy outside world. Always remember that with topography like ours at Buck Hill Falls, noises of all kind travel easily. Please be courteous of your neighbors’ peace and quiet.

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Just a little bit about me outside the work environment of Buck Hill Falls. I was born and raised in Bronx, New York, graduating from Evander Childs H.S. Within a few months I started working for Citibank, N.A. in New York City. When the Citibank and Salomon Smith Barney merger took place 30 years later, I was one of thousands who were laid-off. My most memorable year was 1986, not just because the Mets won the World Series and the Giants made it to the Super Bowl and won, but because I was invited to attend, as a member of the clerical staff, the Citibank Board of Directors meeting being held in Japan that year. Wow what an experience! I’ve raised two wonderful children, Irene who is married to Derrick, a mother’s dream for her child, and Robert who both live and work in Monroe County. My working relationship with Buck Hill started after my husband passed away. My assignment was temporary, as the front desk receptionist, although I was asked to stay full time the very next day; I guess my years with Citibank paid off! My spare time is spent with family and volunteering at VFW Post 3448 on Route 196 where I am President of the Associate members. We help coordinate fundraising events for active service men and woman, our veterans and the community. I love animals and beautiful Fall days. After 13 years with Buck Hill, I still enjoy the many tasks put before me as Executive Administrative Assistant, but most of all the working relationships I have made within the Company. The serenity of Buck Hill is why I accepted the position, but the people are why I have stayed.

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GOLF SHOP NEWS Our Men’s Member Guest Invitational was held July 12-14. After 9 holes on Thursday evening, marked by a rainbow towards the end of the round, the gentlemen enjoyed a great pig roast by the Fairway Grill. On Friday another 18 holes were played, after which every team in the tournament still was in contention to win it all. After Saturday’s rounds, the flight winners were decided and headed to the 9th tee on the White Course. On the first playoff hole, Corbett Powers made a clutch downhill 5 footer to win the tournament with his guest, John Palmieri. Congratulations to them, all the flight winners, and the rest of the field, for helping to make this tournament a very special event.


2012 Member Guest Champions: John Palmieri/Corbett Powers

Hole in one: Pat McGrath #7 Blue

Quaker Flight

1st Rich Whelan/John Basil 2nd Brian Wilson/Dave Murphy

Griscom Run Flight

1st Rob O’Mara/Jerry O’Mara 2nd Jim Brecker/Ken Dubbs

Jenkins Woods Flight 1st George Ketigian/Jim Mucciolo 2nd Paul Speaker/Buff Berry Paiste Pond Flight

1st Bill Castellano/Dave Burns 2nd Tony Sieghardt/Ted Brown

The Falls Flight

1st Trip Ruvane/Ralph Megliola 2nd Woody Frehse/George Sandhu

Metzgar Farm Flight

1st Randy Jonakait/Steve Schilder 2nd Jeff Whelan/George Haskell

Donald Ross Flight

1st John Caggiano/Fritz Favorule 2nd Chuck Rusbasan/ Pat Grasso

Red Rock Flight

1st Dave Toomey/Randy Randolph 2nd Norm Herms/Doug Murray

Buck Hill 9 Holers - July 16, 2012 - Better Ball of Partners Two teams shot a one-under 35: Sue Steidel/Ginny May and Sue Walker/Jean Kofol. Four teams tied for third with 36: Barbara Herkner/Linda Goldfarb, Susan Neumann/ Mary Rosenberg, Susan Huffman/Randi Canonico, Karen Walden/Joanne Whelan

Thursday evening rainbow during the Member Guest Photo by Tom O’Malley

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Mixed Club Championship - June 23, 2012 1st (63) William Newell/Cathy Clark 2nd (63) Sally Sherratt/Jim Sherratt T3rd (64) Jen Ryan/Tony Roberts T3rd (64) Tony Sieghardt/Jean Sieghardt T3rd (64) Warren Goldfarb/Sue Berry Closest to Pin Tony Cullen and Marsha Johnson Congratulations to Ginger Toomey & Janet Newell, this year’s Member Member Champions. Also congrats to the flight winners: Dawn Kendall & Claire O’Mara, Claire Castellano & Tina Mandry, Denise Boyle & Marsha Johnson



GOLF SHOP NEWS cont. Twilight July 6, 2012 A record crowd came out to participate in our July 6th Twilight and Pub Night at the club; 108 golfers took part. When the smoke had cleared, the players below came out on top! Congratulations to all and thanks for playing! BLUE Score = 25.1 Kerry Lecker Lisa Whelan Rich Whelan Joanne Whelan

WHITE Score = 24.6 John Gerlach Gere Gerlach Jeff Smith Barbara Smith

Score = 25.9 Julia Mutch Jimmy Mutch Eileen Mutch Andy Mutch Mutch

Score =26.1 Wendell Ehinger Betsi Ehinger Johnson Johnson

Score = 26.3 Ed Kendall Dawn Kendall Karen Kovalcik Dave Kovalcik

Score = 26.6 Rob Dalziel Mary Lou Dalziel Ginny May Frank May

Score = 27.5 Corbett Powers Joyce Yao Tyler Miller Kate Miller

Score = 27.0 Chip Place Mary Alfieri Judy Stillinger Rich John

Long Drive Blue Men Matt Carroccio Blue Women Kerry Lecker

Long Drive White Men John Gerlach White Women Betsi

2012 Golden Years Tournament August 19, Sunday - Cocktail Party August 20/21, Monday & Tuesday - Tournament Questions? Call Rob Dalziel (595-7304) or Tom O’Malley (595-7730).

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By Gary Clark, PGA Teaching Professional With the grip the most important item alignment runs a close second. Over the past three years at the hill I can assure that most of us have alignment issues. The only person whose alignment is spot on all the time that I have given lessons to is Tim O’Mara. The following procedures will help us with our alignment. 1. Lay a club or alignment stick down for our foot line this should be slightly left of our target, with our feet-hipsshoulders on the same line. Make sure our shoulders are lined up just like your feet. 2. Another stick or club for ball and club head line this one should be aimed at our intended target. Reminder: Sometimes our shoulders are lined up to the left of our foot alignment, this would make our swing path right to left and we all know when looking down at our divot it goes to the left of our target, with the resulting shot going to the right. Good alignment!

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By Joe Anthony, Assistant Golf Professional Hey everybody! We are through three weeks of our Junior Golf Tournaments and it has been a very exiting season thus far. We introduced a new point system this year so instead of having winners every week, we are keeping points standings for the season and at the end of the summer we will determine the winners by who has the most points. Points are earned based on their finish in their division every week. First place receives 4 points, second place receives 3 points, third place receives 2 points, and participants receive 1 point. Here are the standings thus far: 4 Hole Division Mike Donopria – 9 points Summer Yao-Cullen – 5 points Jimmy Wilson – 5 points Colin Burns – 5 points Ella Miller – 3 points Honorable Mention: Luke Powers, Lucy Preston, Bridget H, and Audrey Wilson 6 Hole Division Stewie Sopko – 6 points Timothy Keegan – 5 points Max Keating – 4 points Tom Carey – 3 points Meara Wilson – 3 points Honorable Mention: Ned Smith, Ben O’Mara, and Jack Mitchell 9 Hole Division Dylan Glowski – 9 points Sam Smith – 7 points Cole Johnson – 2 points Logan Haser – 2 points Gabriel O’Mara – 1 point Thank you to everyone who has been participating. And for anyone who would like to come out and play we hold these junior tournaments every Monday at 3:00 p.m.






BUCK HILL BIRDER By Frank May The latest addition to my ever-growing ornithology library is 100 Birds to See Before You Die by David Chandler and Dominic Couzens, a thoughtful gift from Mary Kate and Fred Ruben. The title says it all as it is a “bucket list” of fascinating birds that any avid birder would wish to add to his life list. Obviously the criteria for inclusion in such a list is largely subjective to the authors but each of the birds featured is unique because of its rarity, spectacular plumage, unusual life history, mating rituals peculiar habits etc. With somewhere around ten thousand species of birds worldwide, the book represents about 1% of the total possible choices. I was surprised to find that Ginny and I have logged, to date, sixteen of the birds represented. Ten of our total we have spotted in North America, that is, north of the Mexican Border in birding geography. These include the featured cover bird, the Bohemian Waxwing which we encountered several times while living in Alberta, Canada. Its close relative, the Cedar Waxwing is common here in the east and not too shabby looking a customer in its own right. These can be seen in flocks sometimes numbering in the hundreds. They can frequently be found over the Buck Hill Creek near the clubhouse feeding on berries and fly-catching for insects. Other birds first seen in Canada, but may also be found in the western states are the Rock Ptarmigan and the Snowy Owl. There was a Snowy Owl located in a field near Reeders in the west end of the County several winters ago. Other North American birds we have seen include: Vermillion Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Harlequin Duck, Greater Road Runner, Red Crossbill, Western Grebe and Roseate Spoonbill. The authors warn you up front that reading this book can only spur your appetite for foreign travel. These trophy birds are, for the most part, evenly distributed across the globe with some fourteen to be found in North America. South America and Africa each can claim seventeen, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea combined totaling another fourteen. We are going to have to start building up our frequent flyer miles. Most of our foreign travel to date has been confined to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe so we have a lot of the globe left to explore. Two of the more exotic and rare species we have seen were in Costa Rica and Trinidad. The first was the Resplendent Quetzal, whose name fairly well describes it, an almost impossibly beautiful bird that we saw in Manuel Antonio Preserve. The second was the improbably weird Oil Bird which we found at the Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad. The Oil Bird is a fruit eating, nocturnal feeder who reside in caves much like bats. It concentrates oil in its body and we were told that the natives used to trap them cut off their heads and light them like lamps. Both of these birds are rare, ranked 12th and 19th respectively in the book, and probably would not have been found without the aid of an experienced guide. We were asked which of the birds featured in the book, that we have checked off the list, are we the most proud of. After some deliberation I would have to say the Eurasian Hoopoe. This is a very exotic looking bird with a magnificent crest and long hooked beak that you wouldn’t expect to see in Europe. They are however, wide spread across the continent and winter in Africa. We found ours in some ones back yard garden on a hillside in North West Italy overlooking the Ligurian Sea. We discovered it ourselves without the aid of a guide which made it particularly rewarding. Back in our own birding paradise, Golfers playing in the member/guest were treated to a fly-over by a mature Bald Eagle during the lunch break at the turn-around. Several of us waiting to tee-off on eight blue saw a very large coyote chasing a couple of deer across the fairway. Never a dull moment in Buck Hill!



Conservation Foundation

Naturalist Rick Koval leads Conservation Foundation hikers to Rattlesnake Falls, just beyond the Metzger’s Farm picnic area Photo by Jeff Smith

A record 325 attended the Conservation Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance hosted by Ed and Susan Reilly Photo by Jeff Smith

Buck Hill Conservation Foundation Annual Meeting Sunday, August 19, 2012 Tennis Tea Business Agenda – 3:30 p.m. Review of the progress and activities of the past year Election of Officers and three new Trustees Program Agenda – 4:00 p.m. Carol R. Collier, P.P., AICP, Executive Director Delaware River Basin Commission

The Conservation Foundation’s Trail Gang led by John Styk helped clear almost all of the 25-mile trail system in two weeks in July Photo by Jeff Smith

The DRBC is an interstate/federal commission that provides a unified approach to water resource management without regard to political boundaries.



Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...Hawaiian Style!

The ladies’ lawn bowling events have been fun and quite creative. This group of ladies enjoyed macadamia nuts, banana chips, coconut, pineapples and strawberries, along with Hawaiian punch, of course! Add to that tiki torches, leis, grass skirts and flowers in their hair and you have a real Hawaiian-type lawn bowling social. Instead of bowling toward the traditional jack, they used a bamboo stick! Only at Buck Hill. Photo by Sue Walker

The 4th of July Parade Photos Courtesy of Jeff Smith

Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club 2012 Season JULY 24 Tuesday 2 pm 27 Friday 9 am AUGUST 4&5 Sat/Sun 9 am 12 Sunday 2 pm 14 Tuesday 2 pm 16 Thursday 5 pm 18 Saturday 2 pm 25 Saturday 2 pm SEPTEMBER 1 Saturday 2 pm 8 Saturday 10 am 8 Saturday 5 pm

Ladies Social Bowling Jr. Lawn Bowling Championship-Camp Club NED Tournaments Grandma Bunny Parent/Child Family Festival Ladies Social Bowling 50/50 Match Nelson Memorial Tournament (Rain date Sun. 19th) Buck Hill/Skytop Challenge @ Buck Hill (rain date 8/26) Singles Tournament (Rain date Sun. 2nd) Trumpet Vine & last bowl of the season photos Board and Friends cocktail and dinner.

Event contact: Buck Hill Falls Company Office and Carlisle Nostrame at 570-595-8584

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Lawn Bowling Kicks Off a Great New Season! Photo by Hank Walker

Join us for our Fun 50-50 Tournaments! Owen Hearty, Don Quillen, Carllisle, Tomas and Charlene sharing the winnings

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Full Members may play in USLBA (United States Lawn Bowling Assoc.) tournaments. They also receive Bowls magazine, membership cards and pins from the USLBA. Make checks payable to Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club and mail to: Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club, P.O. Box 194, Buck Hill Falls PA 18323.

Camp Clubbers Enjoy Bowling and Treats

Our lawn bowling program for Camp Clubbers is rolling right along with our children being taught the basics of this exciting game. Certificates for ice cream treats are being awarded each week to the Camp Clubber who has shown exceptional sportsmanship in lawn bowling. Keep up the good work, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you on the greens! To date, certificates have been awarded to: Toban Tracey .................Dragonfly McKenzie Kromm .........Dragonfly Katie Powers .................Bullfrog Gabby Saffer .................Bears



Who Did It? By Fred Ruben on behalf of the Buck Hill Conservation Foundation

SAFETY CORNER Camp Club and Other Traffic Reminders

Please observe the speed limit of 5 mph through the congested area of Camp Club to the end of the tennis lot. The entrance to Camp Club will be one way from 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the entrance on Rabbit Run Road and exit onto Golf Drive. This allows children to exit and enter their vehicle on the passenger side and reduces the possibility of being hit by a passing vehicle. Please drive cautiously on all Buck Hill roads and in parking areas. Summer is here and there are more COOKING SCHOOL & SUPPLIES cottagers out walking, jogging, biking and enjoying other outdoor activities. The speed limit in Buck Hill is 15 mph. ROUTE 191, MOUNTAINHOME

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Having a bird feeder is our yard has brought hours of pleasure. In the winter using suit packets for one feeder and a seed mixture of oiled pumpkin seeds and a variety of other seeds brings a full spectrum of birds including woodpeckers, chickadees, titmouses, and many others. In summertime the feeder is probably unnecessary for the birds with nature providing a full menu. Despite this we have kept the feeders up with seeds and probably spoiled our birds. We’ve seen birds galore and the ever-present squirrels and chipmunks that eat off the ground as result of the messy feeding of the birds. Some of the larger birds spill more food than they eat! About a month ago I was taking out the feeder to hang it up, when I noticed gray feathers all over the driveway. It was a challenge to clean up the mess. I wondered what had happened and concluded that one of the fat doves that waddle beneath our feeder every day had been a meal for some animal. I subsequently noticed no change in the birds’ feeding habits following that incident. Last week I was travelling outside the country and calling home each night to touch base. Mary Kate was holding the fort by watering plants and putting out the feeder, usually my job. Later in the week she told me how she saw a mysterious gray creature from the kitchen window streaking across the drive. When she went out with the feeder there were dove feathers strewn about. We speculated that the predator could be a feral cat, a dog, a small coyote, or a fox. I doubted the fox as the ones I’ve seen have been a beautiful brown. I’ve just returned home and resumed my duties to water, etc. As I was watering shrubs in our side yard in the early morning I was thrilled to see a gray fox lope across the side yard only feet away from me. He headed for our driveway and quickly disappeared. Was this the predator we didn’t suspect? Of course, the fox was not caught “in the act,” but seeing the animal in the same area is at least circumstantial.

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