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2013 Buck Hill Opening Dates Food & Beverage Fishing Golf Club Lawn Bowling Swimming Tennis Club Youth Activities

Friday, April 12 Saturday, April 13 Friday, April 12 Saturday, June 29 Saturday, June 22 Saturday, May 25 Sunday, May 26 Sunday, May 26 Monday, June 24

Fairway Grille Opens Opening Day of Trout Season Opening Day Opening Clinic Welcome Back Party Progressive Regressive Adult Mixer Junior Tennis Kick-Off Men’s Round Robin Camp Club/Senior Camp Opening Day

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Lot & Cot Annual Spring Meeting Sunday, May 26, 2013 4:00 PM at the Tennis Tea

Buck Hill Art Association - Sowing the Seeds for a Garden of Art in July

Ink it on your calendar now: The Buck Hill Art Association’s 68th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show -- A Garden of Art -- will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 19th and 20th. Show hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. through the Art Until Dark cocktail party and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. In addition to fabulous arts and crafts for purchase, a silk-screening demonstration will offer attendees the chance to “dye their own” scarves. Stay tuned for more information on exciting art events that will be in bloom that weekend. Help us Till the Soil! We are working hard to make the show fun for everyone. If you would like to join our crew, give the Art Show Co-Chairs a call: Kathy Legg can be reached at 917-621-6417 and Rob Frehse at 917-843-8658.

Lot & Cot Season Kickoff

Lot & Cot welcomes all community members who have paid their Lot & Cot Annual Membership Fee to attend the Annual Spring Meeting and hear from the Committee Chairs about the great events their Committees have planned for the season. The Committee Chairs for the 2013 season are listed below. Communications..........................Laura Ronayne & Michael Walters Men’s Golf....................................Bill Castellano Women’s Golf...............................Claire O’Mara Pool..............................................Elizabeth Carey, Jennifer Powers & Joyce Cullen Safety...........................................Linda Goldfarb & Lois Walinchus Tennis...........................................Donald Crabtree Lawn Bowling..............................Jim Price Fishing Derby..............................Jock Miller Camp Club Fly Fishing...............Jock Miller July 4...........................................Susan Frehse Welcome Wagon...........................Roseanne Walters Winter be determined Liaison for Youth Services activities is Sharon Keegan

The Lot & Cot: By You, For You!

In 1909, the Lot & Cot Association was formed to serve cottagers of Buck Hill Falls. What We Do • We are the designated group recognized by the Buck Hill Falls Company to advise and discuss all community issues with them, particularly matters related to the community dues. • We are the long-standing liaison between cottagers and the Buck Hill Falls Company to consider input from community members and bring suggestions and concerns to the Company’s attention, and to work proactively with the Company on behalf of the community. • We are a social organization dedicated to enhancing relationships and the quality of life in the community through sponsored events such as Winter Activities, July 4th Festivities, Summer Pool Party, Holiday Party, the Ice Cream Social, and the Fishing Derby, among others. How You Can Participate 1. Join the Association by paying the Annual Membership Fee of $75 (which pays our operating expenses and funds our Lot & Cot-sponsored activities). Payment of the Membership Fee entitles you to participate in all activities sponsored by the Association, and to participate in our Membership Meetings and vote on matters brought before the Membership. If you have not paid your Membership Fee for the Membership Year which begins on April 1, 2013, we urge you to do so that you are able to be a fully-participating Member of the Association. Your Membership Fee of $75 should be made payable to the Lot and Cottage Owners’ Association of Buck Hill Falls, and mailed to P.O. Box 171, Buck Hill Falls PA 18323. 2. Become an active member of one or more of our Lot & Cot Committees. 3. Consider serving on the Association’s Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving, please contact any of our Board members, or send us an email, to let us know you are interested so that your name can be considered by our Nominating Committee. Board members are elected at our Annual Meeting, which will be held this year on Sunday, September 1. 4. Communicate your questions, concerns and input on matters of community interest to the Communications Committee by sending an email to us at We value and need your input! (continued on page 2)

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Contact information for Lot & Cot Board members is provided below. We encourage you to send an email to the Communications Committee or get in touch with any of our Board members if you would like to voice a concern, provide comments or suggestions on matters of community interest, or serve on a Committee. We are here to serve you! Michael Walters, President 570-595-7381 Sharon Keegan, Vice-President 703-448-1909 Geoff Whelan, Treasurer 212-787-3520 Rich John, Secretary 570-595-7482 Randy Jonakait 718-858-8443 John Lawler 973-763-2767 Laura Ronayne 973-570-2620 Elise Ross 973-520-4151 Lois Walinchus 570-595-7391


Quiet Time at Buck Hill Falls

The Buck Hill Falls community is appreciated for its amenities, arts, sense of community, and for the peace and quiet it guarantees its residents. Buck Hill Falls is an oasis far from the noise and rush of urban life. To help guarantee a morning is filled with the sound of birds and children at play and not the noise of leaf blowers, nail guns, or other construction noise, residents are reminded of the tradition of “quiet time.” We ask community members to please advise all contractors of the Quiet Time Rules. If there are any questions relating to the following rules, please contact the company office for guidance or clarification. QUIET TIME RULES During the period from July 1 through Labor Day, there shall be: a. No construction, physical improvement, alteration or addition to any cottage or lot; b. No landscaping of any cottage or lot requiring the use of heavy equipment. There are four exceptions to these rules: a. The construction of totally new cottages is permitted during quiet time from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays only; b. The reconstruction of cottages in such poor condition that they are uninhabitable, as determined by the company, is permitted during quiet time from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays only; c. Any work performed by the company; and d. Any other exception approved by the Architectural Design Review Committee of the Company or by the Board of the Company, for the good cause shown.

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Official publication of the Buck Hill Falls Company Spring (April/May), June, July, August, September, Fall (October) and Holiday (November/December) Editor: Michael R. O’Shea Assistant Editor: Angela L. Croffut Proof Reader: Barbara Smith

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The Company encourages residents to keep their cottage and property in good condition. Residents may find that they must make changes to their cottage appearance or remove trees. Any such changes must be submitted in writing to the Buck Hill Falls Company before any work can begin. The Architectural and Design Review Committee reserves a 30-day period to respond; however, most inquires will take less than 15 days. Trees with a diameter of less than three inches at a height of three feet above the ground, or that are completely dead, can be removed without approval. All other tree alterations must go through the Architectural and Design Review Committee. For information contact the Buck Hill Falls Company, Box 426, Buck Hill Falls PA 18323; 570-595-7511.



Joining the Buck Hill Falls Team Angela Croffut, Resort Operations Manager

Please welcome Angela Croffut to the position of Resort Operations Manager effective January 2nd. Angela’s responsibilities will include but are not limited to cottager services, communications, food and beverage operations, youth activities and swimming. Additionally, Angela was brought in to assist us in the sales and marketing of our available real estate. The Company believes her experience will greatly benefit the community and its residents. Angela brings 13 years of experience in community management to the position. She began her community association experience with Appletree, a management company that oversees more than 27 communities throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2005, Angela was appointed property manager for LaBar Village Community Association in Stroudsburg. We believe her experience will greatly benefit the community and its residents. Angela has successfully completed the M-100: The Essentials of Community Association Management, which qualifies her to complete her certification in community management. The position of Resort Operations Manager is a newly created position to replace in house marketing programs. Marketing activities are now being handled by River Rock Communications replacing Jack Trapani.

Jessica Dyer, Front Desk

In November 2012 Jessica, or Jess as she prefers, began working part-time as the Buck Hill Falls Company Receptionist and we are happy to say starting April 2013 she will join the team full-time. Jess graduated Pocono Mountain West High School in 2007; she continued her education at AMTI participating in the graphic design program. Prior to working at Buck Hill Falls she was employed at Adams Jewelry in Stroudsburg and handled all aspects of customer service in a high-end retail atmosphere. Jess enjoys camping, hiking and is a member of the Pocono Pool League. We are pleased to have her join us and we are confident that she will do well.

Buck Hillers Donate $55,000

By Rob Dalziel, Chair, Community Services Committee For the year 2012, the Buck Hill Community once more came through for local charities including Pocono Medical Center, Monroe County Meals on Wheels, C.A.M.E., Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Department, Women’s Resource Center, Burnley Work Shop, Barrett Paradise Friendly Library, Girls & Boys Scout troops, Family Promise of Monroe County and the new Barrett Friendly Community Center. The Community Services Committee, which is comprised of Dick Boyle, Lou Consiglio, Rob Dalziel, Fran Durst, David Ottaway, Bill Redway, Dick Stillinger, and Linda Terry would welcome both your future contributions and your input regarding the local non-profits we help. We, and the organizations benefitting from your generosity, appreciate your support.


Buck Hill Artists Wanted

The Buck Hill Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is practically around the corner and we are encouraging community artists to join the Buck Hill booth to display and sell their creations. Since the booth will be shared, there is no table fee, only a 15% commission for any sales (the commission is donated to the Buck Hill Art Association for their charitable endeavors). Whatever your artistic talent - painting, photography, stained glass, needlework, woodwork, or an artistic medium all your own - all are welcome. Any Buck Hiller who wishes to participate in this combined-effort booth, or has questions, should contact Jeff Smith at 7055 or The festival starts July 19th, so it’s not too early to reserve a place and start creating!

First Call for Gertie’s Garrett

As you make headway on your spring cleaning, we urge you to donate your treasures to the BHAA’s perennially popular flea market, Gertie’s Garrett. Donations may be brought to the Buck Hill Falls Company office during regular company hours.

Fairway Grille to Open April 12

Candi Watson, the Food and Beverage Director and her team at the Fairway Grille look forward to welcoming the community to another season of good food and warm hospitality. The team has been placing the finishing touches on a revised pub and lunch menu for the 2013 season. In addition, Ed Hay, our executive chef, has planned several outstanding specials for the lunch and dinner menus. Pair any of the Grille’s signature dishes with your favorite beverage from the fully stocked bar or the Grille’s extensive wine selection. The Fairway Grille will be open from 8:00 a.m. to dusk on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. to dusk on weekends. Check future publications for extended hours of operation throughout the season.

Youth Activity Packets

We are working diligently to get the 2013 Youth Activity Packets prepared for an April 13 distribution date. An email blast will be sent once all information has been finalized. If you have any questions regarding this please call the Buck Hill Falls Company Office at 570-595-7511.


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Trash Pick-Up and Recycling

Trash – Collected every Monday morning. Palmisano Waste Disposal begins pick-up around 6:00am. Put your trash in a bag before depositing it in the trash container. If you have any concerns regarding your trash pick-up, call Palmisano Waste Disposal at 570-595-9027. Recycling – Collected every other Monday: April 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; June 10, 24. Beginning July 1, recycling pick-up will be every Monday through the summer. Recyclable items include clear, brown and green glass, tin cans and plastics marked #1 and #2. 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. Rinse all items.


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Material can be emailed to Angela at, sent by mail to the Buck Hill Falls Company Office, or faxed to 570-595-9426. June issue – May 1 August issue – July 10 Fall issue – September 18 July issue – June 5 September issue – August 7 Holiday issue – November 16

The Friendly Community Center Making progress at the old library When The Friendly Community Center opens in June, programs to help older adults kee fit, stay healthy and have fun will be offered -- from watercolor and drawing to music, acoustic jams, and yoga. Events and classes in Native culture, Civil War, travel, crafts and nutrition, among many others, are planned. The Community Center already has a Weekly Walkers group that explores local beauty spots, weekly Dance and Movement for people with Parkinson’s and other conditions (first piloted at the 2011 Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival), and a monthly Alzheimer’s Cafe. Volunteers and contributions welcome!

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Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival

The Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival will introduce a musical theater component in its highly anticipated fourth season, slated for the summer of 2013. Buck Hill will once again host performances, rehearsals, workshops and social functions during the two-week event. Preparations are already underway for this season’s major production, Love Changes Everything – a spectacular concert event featuring Broadway’s brightest stars performing celebrated pieces from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The festival’s new artistic director, Patrick Vaccariello, has conducted tours of Webber’s electrifying music around the world. Vaccariello, a highly acclaimed music director, conductor and arranger, has served as music director or music supervisor for the Broadway and National Tour productions of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, West Side Story, Come Fly Away, Lend Me a Tenor, Gypsy (with Patti LuPone and Bernadette Peters), A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Follies, The Boy from Oz, Cabaret, and many others. In addition to the Broadway concert, the festival will honor Pennsylvania’s own Mike Reid with a world-premiere staged reading of a new rendition of Reid’s musical The Ballad of Little Jo. Reid, a Grammy Award winner, received a degree in music in 1970 from Penn State University, where he won the Outland Trophy as the country’s outstanding collegiate lineman. He went on to a successful career with the Cincinnati Bengals until he retired in 1980 to move to Nashville and pursue songwriting. His distinguished music career includes acclaimed pieces for dance, chamber music and opera performances, as well as more than 30 top-ten country and pop hits. In keeping with the music festival’s educational mission, a chorus of local students will perform alongside professional artists in Love Changes Everything and The Ballad of Little Jo. As in past seasons, world-renowned professional musicians will present opera, jazz, cabaret, chamber music, and dance performances during the festival, which will take place from July 26 to August 10. Performances will take place Thursday through Sunday, with open rehearsals and workshops Monday through Wednesday. Visit for additional information and tickets. Discounted tickets on sale until June 1. Following are this season’s highlights: Musical Theater • Love Changes Everything: A Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert - a spectacular concert event featuring seasoned Broadway performers joined by the festival’s talented student chorus. Saturday, July 27 • The Ballad of Little Jo - a world-premiere staged reading of a new rendition of Grammy Award-winner Mike Reid’s acclaimed musical The Ballad of Little Jo. Saturday, August 10 Jazz • We Love You Madly: The Music of Duke Ellington – a brunch concert presented by the renowned Anderson Twins, producers and stars of the off-Broadway hit The Anderson Twins Play the Fabulous Dorseys. Sunday, July 28 • Hilary Gardner: The Great City - jazz concert featuring the versatile and accomplished vocalist Hilary Gardner. Sunday, August 4 Chamber Music • “An Evening of Four-Handed Piano: Ballet Masterpieces” - a four-handed piano concert featuring the incomparable talents of Kate Lee and Ran Dank. Thursday, August 1 • Shuffle Concert – a brunch performance featuring the innovative Shuffle Concert, which plays pieces chosen by the audience. Sunday, August 4 Opera • Il Tabarro - a performance of Puccini’s one-act dramatic opera Gianni Schicchi featuring singers from Bronx Opera and Metropolitan Opera star Kyle Pfortmiller, followed by opera’s greatest hits. Friday, August 2 • Masterclasses with Metropolitan Opera star Victoria Livengood, Bronx Opera associate director Benjamin Spierman, and Metropolitan Opera star Kyle Pfortmiller. August 6-9 Cabaret • Will and Anthony: Broadway, Our Way – a performance of standards, show tunes and contemporary pieces by acclaimed brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata. Sunday, July 28 Dance • See the Music – Justin Peck, the youngest choreographer in residence with the New York City Ballet, will present a vibrant dance concert staring dancers from the NYCB. Saturday, August 3




2013 Tennis Club Events

May 25 Saturday May 26 Sunday June 22 Saturday July 6 Saturday July 7 Sunday June 29 Saturday June 30 Sunday June 29 Saturday July 8 Monday July 11 Thurs. July 11 Thurs. July 13 Saturday July 14 Sunday July 19-21 Fri-Sun July 27-28 Sat/Sun Aug. 1 Thurs. Aug. 3-4 Sat/Sun Aug. 9 Friday Aug. 31 Saturday

Annual Progressive-Regressive Adult Mixer, 9-11am Junior Tennis Kickoff, 12:00 noon Men’s Round Robin Opening Day, 3:00pm Season Kick-Off Adult Mixer, 9:00-11:00am 11th Annual Davis Cup Tournament, 10:00am Tournament of the Ages - Adult/Junior pairings, 10:00am Voros Tournament - Member/Member, Member/Guest Voros Tournament - Men’s & Women’s A & B Divisions Member/Guest “The Bake is Back” Dinner Ladies’ & Men’s Singles League begins Ladies’ Round Robin Opening Day (4 weeks), 10:00am Tennis in Paradise Adult Mixer, 6:00pm Junior World Team Tennis (ages 10-14), 11:00am 3-5pm: Pro-Am Tournament with Pros from Philadelphia 5-7pm: Family B.B.Q. 6-7pm: 4th Annual Kids’ Davis Cup Challenge (ages 6-10) Buck Hill Falls Singles Club Championships Buck Hill Falls Doubles Club Championships Men’s & Ladies’ Margarita Mixer, 6:00 pm Buck Hill Falls Mixed Doubles Championships Twilight Tennis/ Men’s & Ladies’ Mixer, 6:00 pm 10:00am - 12:30pm: Family Challenge Cup 10:30am - 12:30pm: Adult Round Robin 12:30pm: Aichi Myochi Award Presentation

Summer 2013 Tennis Clinics

Weekly - Monday, June 24 thru Sunday, September 1 Led by Tomas Ollestad, Tennis Director/Staff ADULTS: Mondays 9am-10:30am Drills & Skills $30 $35 Tuesdays 9am-10:30am Drills & Skills $30 $35 11am-12:30pm Women 50+ $30 $35 Thursdays 9am-10:30am Wanna Work Out $30 $35 Fridays 9am-10:30am Dynamic Doubles $30 $35 11am-12:30pm Intermediate Clinic $30 $35 Sundays 9am-10:30am Beginners Clinic $30 $35 11am-12:30pm Men 50+ $30 $35 JUNIORS: Ankle Biters: Ages 4-7.........................................................$20...... $25 Tues & Thurs 3-4pm; Saturday 11am-12pm Future Stars: Ages 8-13.......................................................$20...... $25 Tues & Thurs 3-4pm, Saturday 11am-12pm Advanced Future Stars: Ages 8-13.....................................$35...... $40 Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 4-6pm Must be able to serve and play matches. High School Drill Clinic: Ages 14 and up............................$30...... $35 Wednesday & Saturday: 4:30-6pm Tennis-Pizza Movie Night: Ages 6 and up Wednesday: 6-8:30pm Price if signed up prior to 5pm......................................$20...... $25 Price if signed up after 5pm...........................................$25...... $30

Swimming News

Proud Grandparents, Frank and Ginny May, are pleased to report that Grandson, Mason Cassel, a former Buck Hill swim team standout, has been awarded a partial scholarship to Marist College, near Poughkeepsie N.Y. where he will be attending next fall. Mason got his start swimming for Buck Hill under the expert coaching of Michelle Saffer. Swimming for Upper Perkiomen High School, Mason capped off his senior year with an appearance at the Pennsylvania State AA finals held at Bucknell University in mid-March where he finished fourth, statewide, in his specialty, the 100 meter butterfly and won a bronze medal in all three of his medley events.

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Lawn Bowling

Spring is Here! The snow has melted and the greens will soon be green! The 2013 Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling season should prove to be an exciting one! The Camp Club Junior Lawn Bowling Championship and the Grandma Bunny Parent/Child Family Festival will be back by popular demand. The Junior Lawn Bowling Team will gear up again this year so get out there to practice with your kids. The Nelson Pairs Tournament, Buck Hill/Skytop Challenge, and Trumpet Vine Singles Tournament have also been scheduled. Practice and join the fun and maybe you’ll be a big winner at the 50/50 Matches. Come join us on the greens! Junior Lawn Bowling Team - If your son or daughter is between 8 and 12 years old, he or she may want to join the Junior Lawn Bowling Team. The BHF younger set has proven to be quite talented on the lawn bowling greens. If your youngster is interested, please fill out the form below. The Club’s past president, Carlisle Nostrame, will be heading up and expanding this group. As many of us can attest, she’s one fantastic team leader! If you have any questions or suggestions, give Carlisle a call. Come join the fun!

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BHFLBC Opening Clinic - The BHFLBC opening clinic will be June 29th! Keep an eye out for more details in coming weeks. The North East Division Returns - The North East Division will be returning to Buck Hill Falls in July. They’ll be holding their Hall of Fame Triples, which will be a fun tournament in which to participate. If nothing else, it’s something you won’t want to miss – and spectators are always welcomed! Questions? We have the answers. The officers for the 2013 season are President Jim Price, Vice President Frank Sabatini, Treasurer Mayson Moore-Price, President Emeritus Carlisle Nostrame, and Breeze Correspondent Barbara Smith. The Advisory Board is comprised of Elise and Tom Ross, Bob Nostrame, Sandra Sabatini, Lois and Paul Grunder, Linda Goldfarb, Don Quillen, Rob Frehse, and Barbara Roberts, North East Division and Skytop Liaison. Any of these folks are ready to answer your questions. If we don’t know the answers we will find someone who does!


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Patricia Johnson Rauch, of Devon, passed away on December 12, 2012 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. She was the devoted wife of Bill Rauch who passed away in 1977. Dr. Johnson was an accomplished woman, receiving her undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College and her PhD. from the University of Rochester. She passed on her knowledge by teaching American History at Temple University as well as West Chester University, from where she retired in 1996.

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Forms can be dropped off at the Company office or mailed to: Carlisle Nostrame, P.O. Box 364, Buck Hill Falls PA 18323.

BHFLBC Membership - Associate membership for the 2013 season will again be free. However, participation in the USLBA tournaments requires a $25 fee. We, of course, love our Angels and hope they will consider supporting us again this year. Any donation makes you an Angel and helps us continue this ever-popular tradition. Angels are invited to attend the club socials to bowl or just participate in the fun! Thank you, Angels!!! Please fill out the form below whether joining as an associate member, full member, or signing up as an Angel. We invite you all to join in the fun. It’s party time on the greens! Full Members may play in USLBA (United States Lawn Bowling Association) tournaments. They also receive Bowls magazine, membership cards and pins from the USLBA. If sending a check as an Angel or to join USLBA, please make it payable to the Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club and mail to Buck Hill Falls Lawn Bowling Club, P.O. Box 194, Buck Hill Falls PA 18323.

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George P. Shaw, 87, died March 18, 2013, at his home in Philadelphia. He was born in Ridgewood, N.J., and lived in Vero Beach from 1988 until he moved to Philadelphia in 2011. Most of his investment banking career was spent in Latin America (Brazil, Venezuela, and Chile) and the Bahamas. He retired from Commercial Credit in Baltimore in 1987. George was a graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine. During World War II, he served in the Air Force. George is survived by his wife of 60 years, Janet; sons, Peter and Douglas; daughter, Ann; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

William Wallace Sopko

William W. Sopko, 55, of Buck Hill Falls, passed away on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013, at his home. He was the devoted husband of Leslie (Dufau) Sopko, and a loving father to his three sons, Adam of Washington, D.C., Austin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Alexander of Buck Hill Falls. William was born October 15, 1957 in East Stroudsburg; he was the son of the late George and Mary (Andrew) Sopko. He was a graduate of Pocono Mountain High School and was Pocono Mountain’s first regional wrestling champion. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism at Florida International University, where he attended on a wrestling scholarship as a NCAA Academic All American. His passion for wrestling and sports continued throughout his life. Bill owned and operated Landmasters Landscaping. He received numerous awards recognizing his excellence in design and construction, including the Pocono Builders Association (Best Landscape 2000-2012) and the Pocono Chamber of Commerce (Best Overall Landscape 2000). His overall success was fueled by his lifelong love for natural beauty. Bill’s love of sports went on after college. He sponsored and coached the baseball teams of not only his three sons but also numerous generations of boys, spanning 15 years. He helped organize a weekly basketball league for all ages at Barrett Elementary School. He is one of the founding members of the Red Rock Anglers Club, a local fly fishing group that travels the world fishing, from Buck Hill to Belize. Currently, Bill is the proud holder of “The Buckle.” He was a longtime member of the Buck Hill Falls Golf Club and regularly participated in the Member-Guest Tournament. Those that knew Bill knew that his love had no limits, matched only by his rousing sense of humor. Bill organized the Spoko Family Reunions since 1977. He was an active member of St. Bernadette’s Parish and a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill lives on in the hearts of his wife, his three sons, brother, George Ian Sopko of Buck Hill Falls and sister, Alisa Mary Tessier of Raleigh, N.C. He is preceded in death by his sister, Janet Sopko Stark.



Buck Hill Birder By Frank May Frequently, in these articles, I have mentioned the importance of being in the right place at the right time in making birding discoveries. Such a fortuitous event occurred this winter when we were visiting friends in Naples, Florida. We always try to spend at least one morning exploring The Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary which is located about a forty- minute ride northeast of Naples. It is a 6000 acre oasis in what has become an altered landscape of drained farmland, orange groves and housing developments. It is very accessible and visitor- friendly with an interesting nature center and over two miles of boardwalk/hiking trails. The boardwalk allows you to observe the wildlife, including “gators” without getting your feet wet. It is also wheelchair friendly, which was handy, as one of our friends is physically challenged. The walk can be shortened by a series of switchbacks. The preserve is well staffed with volunteer naturalists who are only too willing to be helpful. They are usually up on the most recent bird sightings, so I asked one lady if the Swallow-tailed Kites had returned. This is a very attractive raptor with unmistakable black and white coloring and a deeply forked tail, hence its name. She replied in the negative, “They usually don’t arrive for another week or so.” This was on February 13th. She did ask if we had seen the Barred Owl that had been spotted a little ways down the path. We hadn’t, so we proceeded in that direction. The Owl was very co-operative perched up in plain sight twenty feet or so off the boardwalk. As everyone was oohing and ahhing over the owl, I chanced to look up and lo and behold a Swallow-tailed kite soared directly overhead. I immediately sounded the alert, and the crowd that was observing the owl refocused their attention and got a quick look at what was the first Kite of the season. The naturalist got on her walkie- talkie and reported in to the command center that a new arrival had been spotted. As we continued our leisurely advance down the boardwalk we encountered several groups of visitors and more volunteers, some of whom asked, “Did you see the kite?” Obviously word got around fast. Of course, I was beaming with modest (ahem!) delight, at being the first to spot and identify the bird, thus demonstrating by superior birding skills. Our friends, at least, were impressed. The truly amazing thing however, was the fact that the exact same thing occurred two years ago when we were last at the preserve, roughly the same time of year (mid-February). The birds must have heard that I was back in town. It is interesting and promising that the newly- installed Pope has chosen the name of Francis after Saint Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was a 13th century mendicant ascetic, who founded the monastic order of the Franciscan Friars and the Poor Claire order of nuns. He is also the patron saint of birds and other animals, and, not surprisingly, my patron saint as well. We even have a St. Francis bird bath in the side yard, a parting gift from Ernie Voros. Saint Francis is also, by modern abstraction, the patron saint of the environment. One can only hope that the new Pope will you his influence, to promote more sensitive stewardship of the natural environment and responsible agricultural and industrial practices particularly in his native Latin America.


Buck Hill Golf Club Announces Opening Day

The 2013 season at the Buck Hill Golf Club commences this year on Friday, April 12th. For those who want to come out and enjoy a game on their own time, we have lots of opportunities to do just that. Or, if you happen to be into a little competition…a full schedule of events is planned, including: Women - 9 Holers, 18 Holers, B.A.G.S. Men - Bandits, Vultures, MOLs, and Niners Junior Tournaments - Club Championship, Parent Child Mixed Tournaments - Twilights, Tournament of Roses

There will also be plenty of group and individual instruction, to help get your scores where you want them to be. And don’t forget our majors, such as the Men’s Member/ Guest, slated for July 11th-13th, our Ladies’ Member/Guest on Tuesday, August 6th, and the Joseph W. Strode Mixed Member/Guest on Saturday, August 3rd. We look forward to seeing everyone at the club this summer. Come enjoy the best darn course in the Poconos, your Buck Hill Golf Club!

Golf Club 2013 Schedule of Events May 2 May 6 May 10 June 3 June 5 July 11-13 July 28-29 August 6 August 9 Aug 17-18 Aug 24-25 August 31

9:00am - MOLs (Men of Leisure) Opening Day (and Thursdays throughout the season) 9:00am - VULTURES Opening Day (and Mondays/Tuesdays throughout the season) 10:00am - Men’s Niners Opening Day (and Fridays throughout the season) 9:15am - Buck Hill Womens’ Golf 9 Holers Opening Day (Mondays throughout season) 8:45am - Buck Hill Womens’ Golf 18 Holers Opening Day (Wednesdays throughout season) Buck Hill Mens’ Member/Guest Invitational Junior Club Championship Buck Hill Womens’ Golf 18 Holer Member/Guest Invitational Ladies’ Club Championships starts Men’s Club Championships Men’s Club Championships 8:30am - Tournament of Roses

The Comfort Queen Have a chef prep your weekly dinners; just finish up and serve at home after a long day. Family and Catering portions available. Great while on vacation or BBQ’s. See our menu online: Call or email to have menus sent to you. Try out one of the recipes or party ideas. catering • event planning • cooking classes and parties Michelle Moy 917-468-9152






Fishing Rules and Regulations

Buck Hill is fortunate to have two high-quality fishing streams, Buck Hill Creek and Griscom Run. The Buck Hill Falls Company, in cooperation with the Fishing Committee of the Lot & Cot Owners Association, continues to work hard to restore and improve the streams and the natural propagation of Brook and Brown Trout. If you want to try your hand at fishing, please read the following rules by which you must abide: • Fly Fishing Only. Fly rods, associated gear and artificial flies are permitted. Use of live bait, artificial bait (other than artificial flies), lures, etc. is not allowed. • Fishing is allowed in the Buck Hill Creek from Route 191 all the way to the Buck Hill Falls Sewer Plant. • Limited fishing is also allowed, with a few exceptions, in Griscom Run from the former Deer Lake area to where Griscom Run joins the Buck Hill Creek. Fishing is not allowed where Griscom Run crosses the fairways of the second and ninth holes of the White Course and the ninth fairway of the Red Course. • NOTE: Griscom Run from the dam at Paiste Pond going north (upstream), all of Paiste Pond, all the way through the former Deer Lake is catch & release only. • Fishing is NOT allowed in the golf course irrigation pond near the ninth fairway of the Red Course. This area is strictly off limits. • A current Buck Hill Falls fishing permit is required for ALL individuals (adults and children) fishing on Buck Hill Falls Company property. Fishing permits are available at the company office. If you are a resident of Buck Hill, there is no charge for the fishing permit. A resident includes all family members residing in the same cottage (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 22 enrolled in college or the military). • Anyone over the age of 15 must have a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and Trout Stamp. Opening Day is April 18. • All fishing laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania apply. • A maximum of three fish per day per permit may be taken from the Buck Hill Creek and below the dam at Paiste Pond on Griscom Run, south to where Griscom Run joins Buck Hill Creek. Any fish taken must be at least 7 inches in length. Fish smaller than 7 inches must be returned to the stream immediately. • All fishermen are encouraged to release all native fish caught and only keep the fish which are stocked. • Any violation of the above rules and regulations may result in suspension of all fishing privileges. Fishing without a valid Buck Hill Falls Fishing Permit, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Fishing License or Trout Stamp will result in possible prosecution.


Grass Guzzlers

Branta Canadensis, the scientific name of the Canadian goose, can consume up to four pounds of grass in a day producing three pounds of unhealthy fecal matter. It is no wonder golf course and homeowners have labeled the majestic birds a nuisance. “Golf courses throughout the United States have struggled with this problem for years,” stated Mike O’Shea, President of Buck Hill Falls Company. “When seeking solutions to the problem at the Buck Hill Golf Club we had several priorities that had to be taken into consideration. We needed to preserve the beauty and integrity of the course while at the same time taking a humane approach to discouraging the geese from the ponds and grounds. We also wanted a safe and environmentally sound solution to the problem.” The answer came in a simple, low maintenance, but highly effective solution. Away With Geese is a product based upon a basic concept. At night geese nest near water to protect them from foxes, dogs, and coyotes. The geese will no longer consider the area safe and within a few days will move to another area to nest. The solar powered Away With Geese automatically operates at night and produces an amber 360 degree beam of light directed at goose eye-level, then recharges itself during the day. The light covers 3.5 acres and is unobtrusive to people. The Away With Geese units are already being utilized on the course to discourage geese before eggs are laid or goslings are hatched in April and May.

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