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Hats & Horses! The Voluntary Action Center’s signature spring event combines the excitement and fashion of the Derby!

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Volunteer Spotlight

See the latest trends and styles in gowns for the big night!

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Senior-Centered Ideas

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Learn about recreation and care options for seniors.

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45 Ways to Volunteer

Ready to Play Ball Meet the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders President and GM.

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Discover how to make a difference!

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It’s Easy Being Green! Find out where and how to celebrate Earth Day in Northeast PA.

Meet those dedicated to giving back.

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Prom Fashion

April’s Alive! Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know!

Food Lovers’ Guide Craving something? Find where to go to satisfy every flavor craving in this guide to Northeast PA food!

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Home & Garden Get tips and inspiration for your spring home and garden projects!

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Must-Visit Public Gardens Find a list of impressive nearby gardens, including Longwood Gardens (pictured above right)!

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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, I read your article on the Food Facts of NEPA (February 2014) and noticed there were a couple of places that are actually located in NEPA (unlike a few that were not) that I feel deserved to have been mentioned. Agostini's Bakery in Old Forge has been a family owned business for over 100 years, and they make THE BEST Italian bread on the planet like their twist bread that my family always had with Sunday macaroni. The second is Ferri's Pizza. Ferri's has been a family business for 78 years and is well known for their Footlong Hotdogs and Potato Pizza! Not only does the pizza place display the world's largest private collection of Anthracite Coal Mining artifacts but it is also the HOME (and birth place) of potato pizza! –Sabrina, via email Dear Happenings, Thank you for honoring Carlee Webber in the March issue. She is such an amazing person and inspires us to keep searching for a cure! Your staff is so easy to work with and did an amazing job working on the article for the 14th Annual Black and Blue Ball. Your commitment to the community is helping us make people more aware of the 43 neuromuscular diseases covered under the MDA umbrella. –Nicole Jorgensen, Director of Business Development Muscular Dystrophy Association

Publisher Managing Editor Art Director Associate Art Director

Barbara Toolan Lisa M. Ragnacci Peter Salerno

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Associate Editor

Erika A. Bruckner

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Ken Chergosky Rosemary Nye Jane Preate Annette Profera April Dakoske Kieran O’Brien Kern Julie Korponai Melissa Sanko Michael Baldi Erika Wilson

On the Cover: Eleanor Gwyn-Jones gets Run-forthe-Roses ready at POSH in Scranton Photo: Guy Cali Photography Published Monthly. 350,000 copies annually. ©2014 HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process except with written permission.

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Correction The photos in the Mother’s Day Getaway Essay Contest announcement in the March 2014 issue were misidentified. The Grand Prize is courtesy of The French Manor and the second prize is compliments of the Inn at Pocono Manor. We regret the error. –ED 4

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Dear Readers,

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s a writer it seems difficult to come up with an original quote or statement that sums up various aspects of the human condition. It appears that nearly every scenario and emotion has been previously described by someone else in history… an apostle, a poet, a

ther o n a e v o To L erson is to see P d.” o G f o e c the Fa bles Miséra , Les aljean V 862 n a e J e d in 1 p u b li s h

songwriter or perhaps a playwright or screenwriter. Indeed when we interview our subjects we often ask for his/her favorite quotation. It’s interesting to see which words a person uses to live by… and to discover who first penned the words. As I proofread this April issue, a few famous quotes summed up the common thread of “volunteering.” One comes from Paul the Apostle’s letter to the Corinthians where he writes… “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love (charity) it profits me nothing.” Our cover story features the Run for the Roses event, which is a major fundraiser for the Voluntary Action Center, an organization dedicated to the concept of people helping people. While the concept of volunteering April 2014

might be camouflaged by big hats, pretty spring dresses and mint juleps, truly what lies at the heart of volunteering is indeed “love.” Love for another. Centuries later than St. Paul’s words, in Victor Hugo’s depiction of the atrocious circumstances of the French Revolution, character Jean Valjean passionately expresses, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” On page 84 in the article,“Heartbreak Turns to Healing,” you will read about Nichole Granville who continues to show her love for other children she does not know following the tragic loss of her own beloved 2-year-old son. And on page 118, you will read about Megan Allman, who voluntarily showed her “charity” by donating a kidney to a fellow high school classmate. In our “Volunteer Spotlight,” (page 18) you’ll also read about Phyllis Watkins, an 82-year-old woman who was recently recognized for 14,400 hours of service at Geisinger CMC. Truly, a community’s strength can be measured by the love (charity) that its members so willingly bestow. We hope you find as much inspiration in this issue as we did.

Fondly,

Paula Paula Rochon Mackarey Publisher

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Earth Day Festival, Passover Begins Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 570-828-2319.

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Wilkes University Lecture Series U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, Darte Center, Wilkes University 7:30 p.m. 570-406-4306.

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2014 Spring Film Festival, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. Through Thursday 570-836-1022.

Employment Expo, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. www.scrantonchamber.com

Under the Big Top Gourmet Gala, Genetti Manor, Dickson City. 5-8 p.m. 570-969-8998.

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Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science, Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 7 p.m. 570-941-752

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60th Anniversary Celebration, Scranton Area Foundation. 4-7 p.m., Scranton. 347-6203.

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Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch with the Easter Bunny, Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton. 11 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. 570-346-7049.

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Cirque Dreams Rocks, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Through Sun. 570-342-7784.

10th Annual Grand Civil War Ball, The Century Club, Scranton. 8 p.m. 570-344-3841.

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3rd Friday Art Walk, downtown Wilkes-Barre. www.thirdfridaywb.com

Kristian Bush, Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m.

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14th Annual MDA Black & Blue Ball, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. 795-7035.

Endless Mountains Maple Festival, Alparon Community Park, Troy. Through Sun. 570-297-3648.

Autism Awareness Month Child Abuse Prevention Month National Pecan Month Jazz Appreciation Month National Garden Month


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Join us for The Voluntary Action Center’s

Run for the Roses!

Saturday, May 3, 4-8 p.m. The Waverly Country Club • Live Coverage of the Kentucky Derby • Passed Hors d'oeuvres • Authentic Derby Dinner • Mint Juleps and Open Bar Tickets and Event Sponsorships Available. Proceeds benefit programs of the Voluntary Action Center, NEPA.

Make a Reservation by calling the Voluntary Action Center at 570-347-5616 by April 25.


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Hats

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Voluntary Action Center’s Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby

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orses are ready to spring from the

gates, and people of Northeast PA are ready to celebrate outside and reveal

spring fashion. It’s the season for the

Voluntary Action Center’s (VAC) Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby!

Now in its eighth year, the Derby has grown to include a fashion-forward hat parade, live enter-

Preview of Fine Kentucky Derby Millinery & Afternoon Tea April 13, 1-3 p.m. at POSH at the Scranton Club Get ready for the Run for the Roses event by attending this fashion-forward tea! Selections of fine hats from Samuels Hats of New York will be available for purchase. The hats may be perfect attire for the Derby, Easter or spring and summer fashion. A $25 ticket includes an afternoon brunch and complimentary beverages.

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tainment and a cigar tent. Event staples, such as an authentic Derby menu and a live showing of the Kentucky Derby keep supporters coming back. The Derby will be May 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Waverly Country Club in Clarks Summit.

Hats off to Fashion! “Derby hats have a long tradition for not only their fashion, they’re said to be good luck,” explains VAC Board President Michele Margotta Neary. If that’s true, the Derby is one of the luckiest events in the region! While some attendees opt for comfort and a chance to don spring shorts for the first time, many guests choose to debut seasonal finery. Men generally wear suits and solid-color hats in Roaring ‘20s style. Many ladies pair simple spring dresses with widebrimmed hats that feature simple accessories or humorous themes. As guests arrive, “a committee of fashion minded individuals keeps their eyes out for the most outlandish, original, fashionable and creative hats that have that WOW factor,” explains Neary. These individuals are invited to be part of the Hat Parade. They show off their styles, and guests can vote for their favorite with a donation to determine the Hat Parade Winner. “Fashion has always been a big part of Kentucky Derby, and VAC is excited that its annual event has taken off and attendees have ‘run’ with the theme and stayed true to the Derby tradition,” says Neary.

Hats off to the Horses! This Derby-centric event will have live horses on site. Even with 350 guests, when the horn sounds to announce the start of the live televised Kentucky Derby, “you can hear a pin drop until the finish line is in view,” admits Neary. The taste of Kentucky will shine through a menu of April 2014


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cucumber sandwiches, hush puppies, stuffed vegetables with Boursin cheese, onion rounds, BBQ chicken and ribs, hot dogs, chopped salad, corn bread, baked beans, potato salad, fruit, zucchini casserole, ice cream sundaes and chocolate cookies! An open bar and Mint Juleps, the authentic drink of the Derby, will also be served. Proceeds go into VAC’s general operating fund and the 10 distinct programs the organization oversees. Call 570347-5616, or visit www.VacNepa.org

VAC by the Month! Get involved with VAC through the Year! January

Resolve to make a difference! Search for volunteer opportunities online at www.VacNepa.com!

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Show the love. Enjoy the Volunteer Center’s Valentine Cookie Sale!

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Bowl for Kids Sake to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters!

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Seniors, get assistance with taxes from February through April with Tax Counseling for the Elderly.

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Attend a regional rite of Spring, the Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby!

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Take a Downtown Living Tour to benefit VAC!

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School’s out! Mentor a child through Big Brothers/Big Sisters!

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Discover how you can help at one of VAC’s Senior Community Centers in North Pocono, Jefferson Township and Taylor.

–Erika A. Bruckner

Read more about VAC’s programs at www.HappeningsMagazinePa.com!

September Find something creative at the Art Auction Happy Hour to benefit VAC! October

Attend the Elimination Dinner to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters!

November Donate to VAC’s Sock Drive! Socks are donated to food pantries, shelters, nursing homes and similar locations. December Support the Christmas Holiday Bureau, which benefits local families in need, and come out to a Holiday Happy Hour to benefit VAC!


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Fashion at the Derby

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Trend Recap of the 2013 Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby

he Voluntary Action Center’s Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby has become a regional rite of spring, beckoning ladies to get outside and show off spring fashions. In traditional Derby style, hats top off the ensembles for many fashionloving guests. Here are a few trendsetting styles from 2013. Read more about this year’s event on page 8.

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ISTORIC ELEGANCE EETS ODERN GLAMOUR On Location at the April 2014 Cover Photo Shoot: POSH at the Scranton Club

ormerly a private club, POSH at the Scranton Club has elevated an elegant, historic building into a modern, must-visit restaurant and event space. The destination has been open to the public since 2011. Owners Paul Blackledge and Joshua Mast first restored a Scranton residence into what is now known as The Colonnade, a stylish event space and boutique hotel. In both properties, the owners managed to pair the properties’ inherent classic details with bold colors to make a statement– their design trademark.

Memorable Motifs Within POSH, a name derived from the combination of “Paul” and “Josh,” sits fantastic elements, such as a double staircase, picturesque stained-glass window and private event space for up to 300 people. “Guests love POSH for its beautiful architecture and re-use of a building in downtown Scranton,” notes Mast. The Fashion Lounge 12

welcomes guests and sets the mood for a unique experience. It is the setting for the April 2014 cover photo by Guy Cali Photography. High-Fashion Inspiration Blackledge and Mast spent many years in the fashion industry in New York City before opening the restored properties in Scranton. Their experiences took them around the globe with designers such as Isaac Mizrahi, Karl Lagerfeld and Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons. Memorabilia from their careers in fashion stand out as décor for the Fashion Lounge, including a cape that was part of Blackledge’s senior design collection at Drexel University. Fashion TV HappeningsMagazinePA.com

videos, such as footage from New York City’s Fashion Week, are played to communicate the energy of New York’s 7th Avenue to downtown Scranton. A bold palette is dominated by a captivating purple, chosen to add regal tones to the room. Assertive contrasts, from colors to textures, heighten the drama of the space. An ornate chandelier hangs over glamorous streamlined furniture. Woodwork around the original fireplace is dressed in the room’s signature contemporary purple color. Mast admits, “It is a great space for cocktails and small bites along with private parties of 10 to 40 guests.” Visit www.POSHatSC.com or call 570-955-5890. -Erika A. Bruckner April 2014


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Now Accepting Applications for the Core Program Class of 2015! Deadline to apply is April 30, 2014

The Area’s Premier Leadership and Professional Development Program To learn more about the program and enrollment, please visit www.LeadershipLackawanna.com

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On the Cover:

Meet Eleanor Gwyn –Jones

Photo by Guy Cali Associates

leanor Gwyn–Jones is a writer and Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay who was born and raised in England. Gwyn–Jones had always dreamed of going to drama school, but in reality studied biology. She later returned to her dream and received her first role in London with a touring theatre company, touring England’s festivals and national touring houses for three years. She says, “A sense of adventure and a romantic heart,” brought her 3,000 miles west to Northeast PA.

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“When I came to the U.S., adhering as I was to the Visa regulations, I could not work,” she explains. “I was beside myself because I had worked seven day weeks with the theatre shows. I had always been a big letter writer, and my aunties would always respond, ‘You should be a writer!’ So one day, I opened the laptop and started writing.” What resulted was her first book, “Theatricks,” a female fiction released in December 2013. Gwyn–Jones threw herself into the main character, Enna. Instead of “method acting,” she “method wrote,” to bring the character to life. The book incorporates comedy, a London-to-Scranton setting, an endearing heroine and even racy bits. “It’s not a fluffy read about calories or lattes; there are questions about loyalty and fidelity to one’s self, one’s dreams, as well as one’s lover; following your passions and finding one’s home,” she explains. Her second book, “Jazz Hands,” is scheduled for release this spring. “Theatricks” can be purchased in paperback or digital download through www.Amazon.com or www.Omnific.com. –Erika A. Bruckner

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How to Create a Do-It-Yourself Derby Hat ats off to volunteering? At this event, it’s “Hats on!” Linn McDonald has attended the Voluntary Action Center’s Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby event for four years, and every year, her attention-getting hat has topped off her look. She says the key to a fantastic derby hat is to create something that will be noticed. “Don’t be bashful about it,” she advises.

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She has donned a cream, large-brim picture hat adorned with flowers, tulle and satin bow as well as a pink cloche (bell-shaped hat popular in the 1920s) with feathers, tulle, sequins, flowers, ribbons and roses. “Every little girl and

big girl loves the chance to dress up,” she admits. “We are hardly ever brave enough to wear a hat on a normal day, so the derby gives us the chance to dress up and wear a big, beautiful hat!”

How to Create a Stunning Hat After decorating, the original hat can hardly be seen, so McDonald suggests buying an inexpensive hat or using an old hat you have on hand. Costume shops, consignment shops and your attic are good places to look. You’ll also need a glue gun, adornments like tulle, ribbon and flowers and your imagination! McDonald likes to use a variety of adornments on each hat. Put the hat down, and lay decorations on it. Change it around until you see what you like; then start gluing.

Hat Dance McDonald is owner/director of Linn McDonald School of Dance

and Green Ridge Youth Theatre and the Dance Minor Program Director at Marywood University. “I have been teaching dance and directing theatre for 35 years. There are always shows that call for different kinds of hats,” she explains. “By rearranging, adding or subtracting adornments, the hat can be used for different shows.” She is the creator of “The Romance of Hats” performance, which originated about 20 years ago and has been performed by students at her studio. It is currently in the repertoire of Marywood University’s Dance Elan company. In the first number, the girls dance with beautiful hatboxes of different sizes. During the dance, they open the boxes and don the hats. The narrator describes each hat, the type and how it was worn. Featured songs are “Ladies who Lunch” by Barbara Streisand, “I Feel Pretty” from “West Side Story” and “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. “It is very entertaining and a bit educational too,” notes McDonald. One last piece of advice from McDonald, “Remember, it is difficult to give or get a kiss without tipping your hat- it takes practice!” –Erika A. Bruckner

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Giving Back to Northeast PA

PHYLLIS WATKINS Geisinger CMC, Scranton No two days are the same for the 82-year-old Clarks Summit resident who volunteers at Geisinger CMC Hospital in Scranton. Watkins assists staff with errands, talks to patients and their families, and tries to put a personal touch to difficult emergency room visits where she has volunteered since 1976. Geisinger recently recognized her for 14,400 hours of service. “I just love what I do and being able to use the gifts I’ve been given,” says Watkins. “I go home thankful and feel honored to work with the wonderful staff and make a difference in somebody’s life.” Watkins plans to continue her 12-hour weekly volunteer service as long as she is able. She has also inspired her two daughters and granddaughter to give of their time at CMC.

LOUISE KINTER State Theatre, Easton A retired teacher living in Bethlehem Township, Louise Kinter has spent her life volunteering. She volunteers as chairperson for the Cancer Society Boutique at the Rink, as a church usher and is planning the 100th anniversary of her sorority chapter. However, Kinter says, “State Theatre is the heart of my volunteering because of its devotion to the community and the arts.” Being able to help and see the differences 18

made in the lives of others is Kinter’s favorite part of volunteering. When not spending time with her family, Kinter is an avid golfer with a goal to golf in all 50 states. This June she will have only five states left.

LOIS JEAN GALLAGHER Lackawanna County Library Every Thursday, Louis Gallagher enters the Abington Library. She leaves with more than books. Gallagher leaves with a sense of accomplishment, knowing she has helped others. Proximity, a love of books and a general interest in wanting to do community work started Louis Gallagher’s 45-year volunteer career at the library.

JOHN ZELENA Wilkes University For college students, making the transition from academia to the corporate world can be challenging. Wilkes University alumni John Zelena makes it easier. Each semester he mentors a junior or senior Wilkes student, giving the student perspective on what awaits him or her after graduation. Since graduation in 2004, Zelena has supported Wilkes at alumni events and through donations. When not helping his alma mater, Zelena fundraises for different causes through 5K races and participates in service projects for Leadership Wilkes-Barre. Zelena lives in Catasauqua, PA and works as a project manager/engineer for Cornell Iron Works in Mountain Top, PA.

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PEGGY ZINKAVICH

LISA MOZELSKI | Wyoming Seminary

Wyoming Seminary Peggy Zinkavich is aware of the positive results cancer organizations provide to people. “As a cancer patient, the support I have received over the years has inspired me to pay it forward,” says Zinkavich. “Knowing that I can be helping the person sitting next to me at the oncologist’s office makes me feel good.” Zinkavich has volunteered for over 15 years, helping Wyoming Seminary Lower School raise record-breaking funds for the American Cancer Society. Her inspiration comes from the compassionate faculty, staff, parents and students at Wyoming Seminary where she is an Administrative Assistant for the Lower School. Zinkavich calls Kingston her home.

A wife, mother of two daughters, freshman and sophomore class dean, teacher of anatomy and physiology and head athletic trainer at Wyoming Seminary, Mozelski still finds time to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, Candy’s Place and the Medical Oncology Prescription Fund. “I’m inspired by the amazing people who are diagnosed with diseases and fight for their lives,” says Mozelski. That inspiration is something she hopes to pass on to the young people. “Introducing them to charity helps broaden their horizons and opens their eyes to the needs of others so that they become adults who can continue to serve in their communities,” says Mozelski. Originally, from Mountain Top, PA, she currently resides on campus at Wyoming Seminary as Dorm Faculty.

CHRISTOPHER ARNONE Muscular Dystrophy Association Attorney Christopher Arnone knows what it is like to need and receive help from others. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor and undergoing 13 brain surgeries, Arnone endured years of rigorous recovery where he relied on the help and support of others. Grateful for that help, Arnone says, “I promised myself I would do everything I could to help others.” This is his sixteenth year volunteering for MDA, where he has acted as Judge for the annual Lock Up event fundraiser. This is his nineteenth year supporting the Lions Club. Additionally, he helps his hometown of Jefferson Township. Arnone’s volunteer efforts and two law practices leave little time for hobbies, but the thank yous he receives from those he helps make it all worth it. Continued on page 22

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Giving Back

to Northeast PA BETTY CUFF

HELEN MCDONOUGH Hospice of the Sacred Heart Hospice can be difficult, but with the help of caring volunteers like Helen McDonough the end-oflife journey is full of compassion and caring. A lifelong volunteer, McDonough has visited with patients for four years. She also partakes in the Hospice Guardian Angel program that provides a caring presence during patients’ final days. “I get so much more out of volunteering than I give, and I always feel better after I visit with a patient,” says McDonough. The Scranton resident also belongs to a prayer group and is first vice president of the Theresians.

Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of NEPA Betty Cuff has always made time for helping others. Since high school, the Dunmore resident has volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels, brought Communion to shut-ins through her church and has brought comfort to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of NEPA patients since 2001. Cuff touts, “being able to bring happiness to a patient even if they are nonresponsive, by holding their hand or talking to them,” as her favorite part of her volunteer work.

Voluntary Action Center Caring Hands Group These ladies have met weekly, for nearly a decade, to knit and crochet items for local agencies. From creating lap robes for nursing home patients to hats for NICU babies to headbands for the homeless, the women share not only a passion for knitting, but also a desire to help those less fortunate. “We enjoy getting together and love the feeling of helping others,” says group Seated front row l-r: Carol Morgan and Pat Warning. member Kathy Hopkins. “Plus Standing l-r: Martha English, Jane Matthews and Kathy there is only so much knitting Hopkins. you can do for your family.” Knowing that their handmade items bring joy to those who receive them inspires the women to keep on knitting. –Julie Korponai

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Receiving the medical care you need doesn’t have to mean leaving your home or residence. You can receive the care you need from trusted health care professionals in your own community with our home health and hospice services. If you feel that you or someone you love could benefit from our care or you have questions, please call us. We are here to help! • Berwick, Berwick, PA, 570-416-0561 • Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 570-718-4400 • NEPA, Scranton, PA, 570-961-0725 • NEPA, Tunkhannock, PA, 570-836-1640 • Moses Taylor, Scranton, PA, 570-770-7340


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STAYING ACTIVE

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Foster Grandparents Program 10-year award recipients. Seated: Dolores Jagoda and Rachel Jones. Standing (l-r): Mary Lou Zerfoss, Director FGP; Mary Lou Postupack, Rita Massage and Adrienne Fine; Kathy Dwyer, FGP Coordinator. uzerne & Wyoming County Area Agency on Aging Foster Grandparents Program The Foster Grandparents Program is a local chapter of a national organization which assigns senior citizens, age 55 years or older to schools, day care centers and Head Start Programs to act as mentors for literacy programs. These older Americans work 20 hours per week at their chosen location. In addition to the motivation, self worth, social contacts and renewed sense of purpose, being a Foster Grandparent offers a modest, tax free stipend, transportation assistance or reimbursement, paid holi-

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days, an annual medical examination and a yearly recognition event. Locally, there are 146 seniors participating in the program. 570822-1158 or 1-800-252-1512. Endless Mountain Area Agency on Aging On April 26, the Endless Mountain Area Agency on Aging will hold its first Super Bingo at Blue Ridge High School in New Milford for a chance to help others and win prizes! Sponsorships have been donated by local businesses allowing all proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the Area Agency on Aging. Tickets are $25 in advance, HappeningsMagazinePA.com

$30 at the door. Doors will open at 11 a.m. allowing participants time to enjoy fun, food, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Endless Mountain Area Agency on Aging will also hold its second annual Auction at the UlsterSheshequin Fire Hall in Ulster on Friday, May 16 at 6 PM. Doors open at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the live auction will benefit the Area Agency on Aging Benefits Services for Seniors. Donations of items are welcome. 570-268-1261 www.bsstaaa.org. Monroe County Area Agency on Aging The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging prepares a monthly newsletter to benefit people over 60 living in Monroe County. This publication is full of health information, local events and a calendar for the senior center. Sent to over 2,800 recipients in the mail, the newsletter can also be accessed through www.poconoseniors.org or www.monroecountyPA.gov through the Aging in the Human Services Portal. In addition to the newsletter, the Monroe County Area Agency on Aging assembles a yearly Booklet of Benefits described as “one-stop shopping” for senior citizens. The booklet is a compilation of must-have information such as discount programs, legal advice, home support and personal care, transportation, Monroe County nursing homes, important phone numbers and Area Agency on Aging services. 570-420-3735. –Katie Manley April 2014


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Unique Rehab Programs Return Patients to an Active Lifestyle

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t. Mary’s Villa in Roaring Brook Township offers several rehab programs to assist people who are ready to return home or to a personal care home. The programs are offered in the skilled nursing facility as well as the personal care home and include strength training, tai chi and shortterm rehabilitation.

assistance, doing bicep curls on a small exercise ball, balance and stretching exercises.

Donald Welsch is a personal care home resident. He developed a staph infection after a long illness. When he was admitted to the rehabilitation pro“St. Mary's Villa has always gram, he could not provided short-term rehaeven walk. “He was in bilitation as an option for the program for our residents. Saint Mary's is weeks, and as his stacontinually seeking ways to tus improved they serve our residents. Our began doing his rehainterdisciplinary approach bilitation at the percombines aggressive rehasonal care home as bilitation and skilled nurswell as the nursing ing care designed to return home so he could our residents home, usually begin his transition within 30 days,” says Melissa from one level of care Margotta, marketing directo another,” said Margotta. tor of Saint Mary’s Villa Welsch’s rehab included Campus. Programs are open walking, going up and to any resident who can down steps, leg lifts and benefit working from it. with Saint Mary’s Villa has received a weights. 5-Star Quality Rating from the "They are A team of staff memCenters of Medicare and a devoted bers, comMedicaid. Nursing homes with group of prised of this rating have above average individunurses, als who quality and nursing care. speech, worked physical hard to and occupational therapy bring me back to 100 perand activities departments, cent. I can do anything,” works with each resident. Welsch said. Residents participate in a wide range of activities “Utilizing the state-of-theincluding walking with art services and programs 26

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available within Covenant Healthcare Systems, we continue to promote a progressive atmosphere to provide an optimum environment to our residents. We focus our care for our residents as we would want to be cared for,” said Margotta. The resident is discharged with a plan, and family and friends are encouraged to become involved in their care. Visit www.StMarysVilla.com or call 570-842-7621 –Linda Scott

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When you need expert medical care fast, it’s good to know Milford Health & Wellness/Urgent Care is nearby.

Milford Health & Wellness/Urgent Care provides urgent care for illnesses and injuries, including suture repairs and fracture care. We also offer physicals, vaccines, routine screenings and access to the best private practice physicians in the region. X-rays, CT, lab and EKG are done on-site. Our staff of board-certified physicians is affiliated with Atlantic Health System’s Newton Medical Center, named #1mid-sized hospital in New Jersey by Castle Connolly. In case of emergency, we’re seamlessly connected to Newton Medical Center. And you don’t even need an appointment. Just walk in. Most insurance plans are accepted.* Did we mention, it is right in the neighborhood. *Services are billed as an outpatient department of Newton Medical Center, so contact your insurance carrier to confirm coverage.

Milford Health & Wellness/Urgent Care 111 East Catharine Street, Milford, PA 18337 Milford Health & Wellness/Urgent Care 570-409-9700 For more information call 888-4AH-DOCS or visit atlantichealth.org/urgentcare Open 7 days a week, 9:00am - 9:00pm


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hen a loved one needs a higher level of care, it can be an alienating and stressful experience for all parties involved. A sense of autonomy may be lost, and interaction with peers may decrease. Irene Woelkers, Archangel Adult Day Care Services director notes, “As our loved ones age and health issues become serious, it is extremely difficult for them to manage life independently. This is the appropriate time to consider caregiver assistance in order to maintain a safe, healthy living environment.” This doesn’t require angelic intercession, but it is definitely helped by an Archangel. Located in

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The daycare environment allows caregivers time to fulfill their family and career obligations. Caregivers can remain in the workforce and receive much needed respite knowing their loved one is in a safe, stimulating environment. This helps maintain a healthy relationship between the caregiver and the loved one. Established in 2011, the program is designed to improve the quality of life for the elderly while offering a solid foundation of support for those who care for them. Participants are properly monitored by staff in a safe environment while enjoying daily activities in a state-of-the-art home with a handicap accessible wraparound porch, fireplaces, flat-screened TVs and a well-equipped kitchen. Situated on 2.5 acres, visitors may take guided walks, dig in the garden or spend quality

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time on the front porch. The Archangel Adult Day Care is licensed for 22 participants per day. The small size fosters a sense of community and facilitates peer groups for the visitors and caregivers. Having others to discuss similar concerns lends itself to better relationships for all parties. An LPN, (center nurse) a CNA (activities director), program director, driver and dedicated volunteers are on site during operation hours. “Our personal home-like environment allows our participants to receive individualized care along with socialization, health monitoring, physical and cognitive exercise, nutritious meals and activities,” explains Woelkers. Activities include baking, music, gardening, walks and playing cards or bingo. Visit www.ArchangelAdultDayCare .com. 570-909-9672. –Kieran O’Brien Kern

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3. American Cancer Society Looking for: Cosmetologists & Estheticians Where: Taylor Description: Feel Good Look Better Program Contact: Desiree Voitek, 570562-0749 Desiree.Voitek@cancer.org

4. St. Josephs Center Looking for: Care Providers for residents Where: Scranton Hours: Vary

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6. Abington Senior Center Looking for: Bingo Caller Where: Abington Senior Center Hours: Monday, Wednesday Friday; 10 -11 a.m. Contact: Kathy Stark, 570586-8996 AbingtonSenior Center@frontier.net

7. Dress For Success Lackawanna Looking for: Transportation Service Where: Scranton Description: Transportation to and from Scranton facility for “interview suitings” and “training” Hours: Vary Contact: Mary Ann Lezzi Lackawanna@dressforsucess.org

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Looking for: Dog Walkers (Must be 18) Where: Clarks Summit Hours: Monday-Sunday noon-4 p.m. Contact: Taryn Wintermantel, 570-585-0516 tew305@aol.com

Looking for: Driver Where: Scranton Description: Drive a pickup truck to stock food pantry Hours: Monday-Friday, time varies Contact: Sister Ann Walsh Friendsofthepoor@frontiernet.net

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9. Scranton Half Marathon, April 6 Looking for: Traffic Control Where: Scranton Hours: 8-10:30 a.m. Contact: Sandi Opshinky/Cara Sherman Scapemay2@aol.com 10. Scranton Cultural Center Looking for: Ushers/Ticket Takers Where: Scranton, Hours: Vary Contact: Maria Santomauro 570-346-7369 www.scrantonculturalcenter.org

11. NeighborWorks NEPA Looking for: Home repairs Where: Scranton Hours: Flexible Contact: Karissa Tugend Ktugend@nwnepa.org

12. Pennsylvania Association for the Blind: Lackawanna Branch Looking for: Crafts Center

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Looking for: Foster Parents Where: Dickson City Description: Help transport dogs to the vet and walk dogs. Hours: Flexible Contact: Dawn@adoptaboxerrescue.com

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Valley Authority Looking for: Trail clean up Where: Scranton Hours: Vary Contact: Owen Worozbyt oworoby@LHVA.org 14. Ronald McDonald House Looking for: House Volunteers Where: Scranton Hours: Daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Contact: Ben Loomis 570969-8998 rmhscranton@comcast.net

15. Meals on Wheels Looking for: Meal Delivery person Where: Scranton Hours: Vary Contact: Shannon Cooper Shannoncooper@verizon.net

16. Voluntary Action Center Looking for: Disaster Volunteers Where: Scranton Description: Provide a variety of assistance to communities recovering from natural disasters Contact: Ellen Stevens estevens@vacnepa.org

17. Hillside Park Looking for: Clean up personnel Where: Clarks Summit Hours: Vary Contact: volunteers@abingtonparks.com

18. Hospice of the Sacred Heart Looking for: Office work, patient visitors Where: Wilkes-Barre Hours: Office Work: MondayFriday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Patient Visitors: Flexible Contact: Ann Seechock aseechok@hospicesacredheart.org

19. Northeastern PA Philharmonic Looking for: Assistants Where: Wilkes-Barre Description: Assist in lobby during performances Hours: Vary Contact: Pat Arvonio Parvonio@nepaphil.org

20. Junior Achievement of NEPA Looking for: Tutors Where: Pittston Township Description: Teach simple financial literacy skills to local elementary classes Hours: September-May; 30 minutes a week during school hours Contact: Paul Francis Pfrancis@janepa.org

21. American Red Cross Looking for: Blood drive vol-

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unteer Where: Bloomsburg Description: Greet and welcome blood donors Hours: One to two days a month, four hour shifts www.americanredcross.org/ support

22. Carbondale Senior Center Looking for: Receptionist Where: Carbondale Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Contact: Lisa Torch Ltorch@uncnepa.org

23. WVIA-TV Looking for: Pledge drive help Where: Pittston Hours: Vary Contact: Amber Loomis, 570602-1123 Amberloomis@wvia.org

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25. Mid-Valley Senior Center Looking for: volunteer to teach computer skills to seniors Where: Jessup Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact: Lisa Torch ltorch@uncnepa.org

26. Concern4Kids Looking for: Office work Description: Non-profit child welfare agency Where: Eynon Hours: Vary Contact: Joe Monczewski jmonczewski@concern4kids. org

Where: Nicholson Hours: Vary Contact: Loretta Dragon Loretta@oakleafthc.org

29. Habitat for Humanity Looking for: Board member Description: Non-profit Where: Scranton Hours: Vary Contact: Paul Philpott volunteer@habitatlackawanna.org

30. Veterans Center Looking for: Activities Assistance Where: Scranton Hours: Vary Contact: Pamela Wood Pawood@npa.gov

31. Waverly Community House Looking for: Help with special events Where: Waverly Hours: vary Contact: Stacy Ossenfort, 570-5868191

32. Endless Mountains Nature Center 27. Boy Scouts of America Looking for: Adult Cub/Boy Scouts for Leaders Out Reach Program Description: A United Way Agency Where: Moosic Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30- 4:30 p.m. Contact: Jim Naticchi jnaticchi@nepabsa.org

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Looking for: Gardener/Maintenance/News writer/Computer Work Where: Tunkhannock Description: Non-Profit, nature preservation Hours: Vary www.emnconline.org/volunteer.php

34. AWSOM Animal Shelter Looking for: Animal Care Assistant Where: Stroudsburg Description: Non-Kill shelter, Volunteers must be 18 Hours: Vary Contact: 570-421-DOGS

35. Sherman Theatre Looking for: Ushers, Ticket Takers Where: Stroudsburg Description: Must be 18 Hours: Vary depending on show time Contact: Richard Berkowitz Rich@Shermantheater.com 36. Grey Towers National Historic Site Looking for: Tour guides, Cemetery conservation Where: Milford Hours: Vary Contact: Info@Greytowers.org

33. Indrolaka Animal Sanctuary Looking for: Sanctuary Tour Guides Where: Mehoopany Hours: Vary by appointment Contact: Indra Lahiri Indra@epix.net HappeningsMagazinePA.com

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REST—KNOWING YOUR LOVED ONE IS HAPPY AND HEALTHY IN OUR HOME

Archangel Adult Day Care Services include: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Podiatry Music Therapy Art Therapy Cognitive Stimulation Programs Nutritional Counseling Guided Walking Tours Computer Education Programs Field Trips • Pet Therapy Grandparent Programs CareGiver Support Programs

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Description: Domestic abuse, sexual assault and crime victim’s training required Hours: Flexible www.safehavenofpikecounty.org/get-involved/volunteer/

43. Make-a-Wish Greater Pennsylvania Looking for: Wish Granters Where: Scranton Contact: Maggie O’Brien mobrien@wishworld.org

37. Bread Basket of NEPA Looking for: Food Pantry Volunteer Where: Scranton Hours: One day a month for an hour Contact: Sandra Roberts breadbasketbepa @verizon.net

38. Pennsylvania Girl Scouts Looking for: Event Planner Where: Olyphant Hours: vary Contact: Lyndsey Pompey Lpompey@gshpa.org

41. American Cancer Society Looking for: Road to recovery drivers Description: Volunteer drivers needed to take patients to treatments Where: Taylor Hours: Vary Contact: Desiree Voitek Desiree.voitek @cancer.org

42. Safe Haven Looking for: Office Assistant Where: Milford

44. Anthracite Heritage Museum Looking for: Tour Guides Where: Scranton Hours: Vary Contact: Chester Kulesa Ckulesa@state.pa.us

45. Mid Valley Hospital Looking for: Patient visiting, feeding, transporting Where: Peckville Hours: 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Contact: Rosemary Takacs Rtakacs@mth.org –Compiled by Michael Baldi

39. Heartland Hospice Looking for: Patient visitors Where: Wilkes-Barre Hours: Vary Contact: Kathleen Green 4664officestaff23@hcrmanorcare.com

40. Rail/Trail Council of NEPA Looking for: Trail Clean up Where: Union Dale Hours: Vary Contact: Deb McNamara Trails@nepa.net

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12 Free Things You Can Do Through a Library ost people think of the library as a great place to get books. But books are only part of the story. Today’s libraries offer activities, education and entertainment. Best of all, everything is free at the library. All you need is a library card.

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There are 10 libraries in Lackawanna County. A Bookmobile travels to locations throughout the county. Cardholders can also visit www.lclshome.org. anywhere, anytime on a personal computer or mobile device. It’s a virtual library with a surprising number of resources for reading, learning, playing or doing business. To celebrate National Library Week, April 13 to 19, here are 12 free things you might not have known that you can do with your Lackawanna County Library System library card. 1. Learn a language Mango, available at lclshome.org, uses real-life situations and actual conversations to teach you a new language. 2. Download a magazine Choose from more than 100 36

magazines to download to your computer or device through the Library’s Zinio collection. 3. Download eBooks Hundreds of titles are available to download and borrow, just as you would a printed book from the library. But you can do it from home or anywhere 24/7. 4. Download eAudiobooks Prefer to listen to a book? eAudiobooks are great for long car trips, workouts or just relaxing on the couch at home. 5. Reserve a book Search the library catalog at home or on your mobile device, and reserve the book you want. Then just stop at the library of your choice to pick it up at your convenience. HappeningsMagazinePA.com

6. Stop in for a story Children’s librarians at every Lackawanna County Library System library have storytimes for children, from infants to toddlers and school age kids. 7. Attend a lecture The Library Lecture Series brings major speakers to Lackawanna County. Historian David McCullough, novelist Salman Rushdie, deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard and humorist Fran Lebowitz have all appeared. With a library card, admission is free! 8. Search your family tree Use a library computer to gain access to the resources of www.Ancestry.com.

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Your Mom and Dad spent a lifetime caring for you, now you may find yourself caring for them. RN Clinical Coordinator • 24 Hour Staffing • Private & SemiPrivate Suites with Full Private Bath • Individually Controlled HVAC • Daily Laundry & Housekeeping Services • Planned Social Activities & Outings • Resort Style Dining Transportation to Local Doctor Visits

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To schedule a tour call 570-629-2410 Weston Senior Living Center at Hillcrest, 6000 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA

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9. Renew checked-out items Running late? Avoid late fines by going online at www.lclshome.org to renew your checked-out books, videos and other material. 10. Get help with schoolwork At home or in the Library, students with a Lackawanna County Library System library card can get help with math, science, English and social studies through individual tutoring sessions on www.Tutor.com 11. Find a job www.lclshome.org has resources to help you look for a job or find the training you need to qualify for new opportunities.

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12. Borrow books by mail Books By Mail helps those who are unable to get to a library because of physical limitations or illness. And it’s not just for books. All CDs, talking books, videos and DVDs from the Library System’s collection are available. If you qualify, library material can be sent to you in the mail with a handy, postage-paid return container. Check it out at www.lclshome.org/services/index.php. Join more than 60,000 Lackawanna County residents who have a library card. Stop in or go to www.lclshome.org

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THE GOOD, BAD AND UGLY OF COFFEE

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offee– the spirit of rational inquiry. It smells good, tastes better and for good or bad has shaped societies and altered individuals’ lives. Historically tied into global trade, coffee has played a role in bringing world cultures together. It represents a livelihood for some and an environmental or political point of contention for others, but for the majority of people who consume coffee, it is just a ubiquitous drink imperceptibly ingrained in their lives. In some cases, maybe it is just a casual indulgence connected to a symbolically important gathering such as a holiday, but more commonly, coffee has become a daily necessity required throughout the day, throughout the world. From hometown coffee shops, to college campuses, Austrian cafés, to the tea lands of India and China, coffee is everywhere and growing in popularity. And why shouldn’t it? It’s an inspiring consciousness-altering

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substance that invokes clarity and has aided our capitalist world in production since the Industrial Revolution. Artists, inventors, knowledge workers– they all seem to swear by it. Hemingway drank copious amounts of it– among other things. While in Paris, Einstein said, “A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems,” and the Googleplex reportedly has about 25 cafés to support its staff. But does it support us? I will say outright I do not claim to be able to answer that, and I might even argue that our reductionist model of science may truly never understand the complete set of interac-

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tions that play out across the very nuanced variances of human physiology. What I am sure of though, is that popular blog posts abound about the ten reasons you should drink coffee, and we appear to be long past the days when coffee was deemed outright bad for you. It is now almost touted as a must have in our “healthy” hectic lives. Be it an antioxidant which protects against various neurological diseases, a performance enhancer, an antidepressant or most recently a memory booster, the list of purported benefits for drinking coffee seems to be growing. But one thing coffee is


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not, is restorative. That is why we sleep. Of that much I am sure. The problem is that not all sleep is created equal, and caffeine, the famed stimulant in coffee, affects the type and quality of sleep we experience. Some of you coffee drinkers may instantly say, “I fall asleep just fine,” and that may be true; maybe you do not suffer from sleep latency problems. Regardless, the time it takes to fall asleep is only one part of the

larger issue. Disrupting sleep in the restorative phases such as stages three and four ought to be your main concern, and caffeine consumption has a direct affect on this, and thus how effective you are in all aspects of your life the following day. With caffeine having a half life that varies based upon individual circumstances, it is hard to create a magical cut-off point in the day that a person should stop drinking coffee, but many

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WHERE TO DINE Anthony’s- Casual dining with such entrees as Dover Sole, New Zealand Baby Rack of Lamb, hand-cut Black Angus N.Y. Strip Steaks, etc. Tray of Red Pizza Thursday night special$9.95. Clam special-every Wed.– $4.95. Open Tues.-Thurs. & Sunday 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 4:30-11.p.m. 202 S. Main Avenue Old Forge, PA 570-451-0925. Arcaro & Genell- On Main Street, Old Forge since 1962. Carrying on the family tradition of homemade Italian specialty entrees, seafood, steak, chicken, veal & much more. Old Forge Red & White Pizza. Open Monday -Saturday, lunch at 11 a.m., dinner at 3 p.m.; takeout available. Private parties Sun. Catering services available on and off premise. www.arcarongenell.com 570-457-5555.

Barley Creek- see ad page 57 Barrett’s Pub- An NEPA favorite for 30 years. Serving

Coney Island Lunch- A Scranton tradition since 1923. Taste the Texas Wieners and Texas Hamburgers that made us famous. Serving homemade soups, old-fashioned rice pudding and chili-con-carne. Enjoy our legendary chili sauce, created from a closely-guarded family recipe, eat in or take it out. Open Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sun. noon-6:30 p.m. 515 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. 570-961-9004. www.texas-wiener.com.

Cooper’s Seafood- see ad page 47 Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant- Overlooking beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, Ehrhardt’s cozy atmosphere and delicious food will have you returning time and time again. We offer a variety of steaks, seafood, salads, burgers, sandwiches and more! Open 7 days a week 11:30 a.m. Pub open later. Route 507, Hawley. 570-226-2124. www.ehrhardts.com.

award-winning pizza made with fresh dough, famous wings and hamburgers. Homemade pierogies are also a favorite. Kids of all ages enjoy the game room. Open 7 days a week. 474 Main St., Archbald. 570-876-2503.

Best Friends Cafe- Casual dining. All pasta, ravioli, pierogie– handmade on premises. Breakfast & lunch daily 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring our giant pierogie stuffed with your favorite omelet or sandwich ingredients. Dinner specials: Thurs., Fri., Sat. 4:30-8:30 p.m. We cater. We deliver. BYOB. 1097 Carmalt St., Dickson City. 570-483-4747. www.besfriendscafe.com

The French Manor- Elegant dining room features a 40foot vaulted ceiling and two massive fireplaces. Request a table on the terrace for wonderful views of the Pocono Mountains or a table by the fireplace for a romantic dining experience. Gourmet dinner menu features Classical and Nouvelle French Cuisine. Proper attire required. (Jackets for gentlemen). Please note: restaurant is not suitable for children under 12. Reservations: 570-676-3244. www.thefrenchmanor.com.

Glenburn Grill & Bakery- Great breakfast menu & Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood- A family tradition since 1887. Casual fine dining in downtown Scranton. USDA prime steaks & fresh seafood. Lunches from $5.95; dinners starting at $10.95. Entertainment. Friday Night Jazz Lounge 7-11 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner dress code. Outdoor dining available. Open daily. 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 570-955-5290 www.carlvonluger.com

specials daily. Signature sandwiches on homemade bread. Dinner entrees- N.Y. Strip, slow roasted prime rib, breaded haddock, chicken marsala– to name a few. BYOB. Homemade bakery items. Open 7 days a week Sun.-Tues. 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Rtes. 6 & 11, Clarks Summit. 570-585-8777. www.theglenburngrill.com

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room, cozy bar or under the awning on our deck, and enjoy dazzling views of Lake Wallenpaupack while choosing from delicious steaks, seafood, Italian specialties and more. Visit us at www.greshamschophouse.com Rte. 6, Hawley. Open 7 days at 4 p.m. 570-226-1500.

Coccetti's A Restaurant & Bakery- Enjoy charming

JJ Bridjes- Casual dining. Largest menu in The Abingtons

Carmen’s Restaurant & Wine Bar- see ad décor & unique breakfast/lunch creations including funky chicken salad, Eggs Benedict & Christmas wrap. Daily homemade baked goods including our popular white coconut cake & chocolate fudge iced brownies. Daily breakfast/lunch specials.Tues.-Friday 7 a.m.- 2 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-noon. Follow us on Facebook.1124 Main St., Peckville. 570-489-4000. 42

includes fresh cut steak, seafood, veal, pastas, Mexican, along with burgers, sandwiches, oversized salads, snacks and appetizers. Best sports viewing in the area. Kitchen open late. Take out available. 925 Northern Blvd, Clarks Summit. Open 7 days a week lunch & dinner– kids welcome. 570-586-8833. www.jjbridjes.com

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La Tonalteca- see ad page 49 Leggio’s- see ad page 57 Lil’s Bar & Grill- Nestled on Lake Winola just a short ride from Clarks Summit and Tunkhannock. Modern yet casual, cozy bar and family dining, available for any occasion. Serving your favorite bar food and Chef's daily specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner.1085 State Route 307, Lake Winola. 570-378-3324

Stirna’s Restaurant & Bar- More than 100 years in service. Catering on & off premises seven days a week, for all your needs- large or small. Exclusive caterer for LaBuona Vita, formerly the Parish Center, Dunmore. Visit our smoke-free bar & restaurant. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 4 p.m. Until closing. 120 W. Market St., N. Scranton, 570-961-9681 570-343-5742.

Mahoning Valley Country Club Clubhouse Grille- Open to the public. Featuring a new menu for 2014. Enjoy the comfortable atmosphere inside or on the patio. Homemade food at reasonable prices. Appetizers, sandwiches & entrees. Open 7 days a week. 323 Country Club Rd., Lehighton. 570-818-4411.

Manhattan Manor- Family-owned restaurant & bar in downtown Carbondale. A unique dining experience featuring steaks, pastas, flatbreads and a variety of delicious, unique chef-inspired dishes. Large contemporary wine and martini menu. Live music, outdoor patio, on and off-site catering. Join us for hand-rolled sushi on Tuesday evenings. Hours 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 8 Salem Ave. 570-282-2044. www.manhattanmanor.net

Marco Antonio’s- Chef-owned restaurant in historic downtown Stroudsburg. Specializing in the cuisine of Spain & Portugal, while also serving a wide variety of traditional favorites. Award-winning steaks & seafood. BYOB. Closed on Tuesday. Located at 620 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-424-2415. See the menu at www.marcoantonios.com Market Street Grill- See ad page 61 Mayuri Indian Cuisine- Authentic South/North Indian cuisine with a balanced menu between vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Enjoy excellent food and outstanding service. Some of our dishes include Dosa, Paneer, Tandoori, Biryani, Naan, Gulab Jamun and many more. 917 Wyoming Ave., Scranton www.pennmayuri.com Fax: 570-227-0017 Phone: 570-341-3410

Patsel's- see ad page 53 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery- see ad page 134 Quaker Steak & Lube- see ad page 134 Ruth Chris Steakhouse- see ad page 59 Settlers Inn- see ad page 55 State Street Grill- Cozy & casual street-side dining. Award-winning patio. Voted Best Chef 2008. Best Ambiance 2011, Friendliest Bar 2012. Popular for cocktails and small plates. Wide ranging American Cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Sat.11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 4-10 p.m. Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. 114 S. State St. Clarks Summit. 570-585-5590. www.thestatestreetgrill.com

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Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Monthly Wine Tasting Dinners. Serving dinner Wed.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500. www.stone-bridge-inn.com The Sweet Lush Cupcakery- The area’s original “Cupcakery” features 32 rotating flavors with seasonal specialities. Pre-order cakes available. Specializing in wedding & event catering. Voted Best Desserts of 2013. Like us on Facebook for hours, holiday menus, contests & more. 105 Chestnut St., off Drinker St., Dunmore Corners. 570-871-4240. Sycamore Grille- In the heart of Delaware Water Gap. Fresh seafood, steaks & pasta. Pub favorites like wings, burgers & more! Bar voted "Best Happy Hour" in the Poconos. Nightly Specials, live music, seasonal lunch. Come down to the Gap…we can't wait to see you! Exit 310 Rt. 80 570-426-1200 www.sycamoregrille.com facebook.com/sycamoregrille

Twigs- see ad page 61 Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant- see ad page 51 Wood Grille Restaurant- see ad page 51 Yakitori Sushi & Grill- New Japanese restaurant in Keyser Oak Shopping Center. Dine in, take out. Delivery within 5 miles. BYOB. Free wifi. Serving fresh sushi, tempura, teriyaki. High quality and very affordable prices. Mon-Sat Lunch 11a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner 4-10 p.m. Sunday closed. 1736 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. 570-209-7716. www.Yakitorisushiandgrill.us

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Whatever food you desire, we’ve got a local option that promises to satisfy your craving! While each of these shops and restaurants offers a range of flavors and products, here is a just a taste of some specialties guaranteed to start your mouth watering!

If you’re craving... FRESH PIZZA Arcaro & Genell Restaurant, Old Forge Situated on a key intersection of the town known as the “Pizza Capital of the World,” this restaurant is famous for classic Old Forge Red Pizza – a rectangle, thick-yet-light crusted version with red sauce and cheese and ordered in “cuts” instead of “slices.” But while first-timers opt for the red, true pizza lovers also order a tray of another color. The Double Crust White Pizza starts with homemade pizza crust topped with a generous amount of blended cheese and folded over to create the double herb-topped crust. This family-invented item, which stands out from any calzone or open-faced white pizza, has been on the menu since 1962.

If you’re craving… A BOUNTIFUL BREAKFAST Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant, Pocono Pines Known as the “Breakfast King” for over 40 years, menu options go beyond usual breakfast fare with items like Breakfast Tostadas, Lobster Crab Cake Benedict, Bacon Waffles and Stuffed French Toast. The Pocono Sampler includes a taste of nearly everything on the breakfast menu! The other famous meal comes only on Thursdays and Sundays – Wing Nights!

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Wing samplers with over 13 flavors come on a tiered rack, allowing diners to sample a variety of flavors. To combine breakfast and wings, they created an award-winning spin on Chicken and Waffles– a waffle-battered wing drizzled with a homemade ancho chili maple syrup and powdered sugar.

made chicken and grape salad. Guests can also choose from turkey, tuna, cheeseburger and buffalo chicken “sandwedges” served with homemade chips on a choice

If you’re craving… SUPERB SANDWICHES Coccetti’s Restaurant & Bakery, Peckville The California Reuben is the star of this restaurant’s lunch menu. Served either cold or grilled, this sandwich goes far beyond a typical turkey Reuben. Soft rye bakery bread is piled high with fresh roasted turkey breast, Swiss cheese, homemade cole slaw and Thousand Island dressing. The turkey breast is roasted and sliced in-house, and the cole slaw is Grandma Flood’s family recipe. You’re also welcome to top it off with a homemade chocolate fudge iced brownie The Clubhouse Grille at Mahoning Valley Country Club, Lehighton The Club is a fantastic place to get a Club – a Club Sandwich, that is! Customers gravitate toward old favorites, sandwiches crafted fresh for each order with quality ingredients. This year, they’ve added Croissant Clubs to the menu, stuffed with their popular home-

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of onion, ciabatta, white, wheat or multigrain bread. The casual dining restaurant will also introduce new dinner entrees such as fried chicken, steaks, seafood and pasta primavera. Stirna’s Restaurant & Bar, Scranton Home-style recipes and dinner favorites are across the menu at this North Scranton gathering place. Patrons can grab simple sandwich favorites from melts to meatloaf and grilled cheese. They can also step it up with items from the signature sandwich menu. The well-known “Stirnaburger” is a full quarter-pound of top choice ground beef topped with tomato, bacon and American or Swiss cheese melted on a semi-hard roll. Buffalo Chicken, Steak and Cheese, Portabella, Prime Rib, Chicken Rancher and a piled-high Double-Decker Club are

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other sandwich-board standouts. Sycamore Grille Restaurant & Tap Room, Delaware Water Gap Kenny’s Crabcake Sandwich has a following, both at the restaurant and at local food festivals and farmers’ markets across the Lehigh Valley! These crispy-fried crab cakes are pure crabmeat with spices and a little panko. The delicate crab flavor shines through since there is hardly any filler. They could be topped with lettuce or tomato, but crab purists prefer them “naked” with just the house-made remoulade on a soft potato roll. Loyal customers eat the sandwich every single Saturday for

lunch at the Easton Farmers’ Market! When they’re served at food-themed events, they get a special twist, like BLTtopped versions at Baconfest or with roasted garlic remoulade at Garlicfest.

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If you’re craving… SATISFYING SALADS JJ Bridjes, Clarks Summit The JJ Specialty Salad (pictured above) has been a staple on the menu since this restaurant opened 24 years ago. The best-selling dish goes far beyond the average garden salad, inspired by a steak salad in Pittsburgh. Grilled chicken, steak and shrimp is piled over fresh greens, tomato, cucumber, green peppers and red onion, and it’s all topped with French fries, shredded cheddar and a choice of dressing. While all dressings are homemade, the Caesar Italian House Dressing is most popular. Leggio’s Italian Restaurant, Dallas Amid Italian dishes and American favorites, Lori's Salad serves up a pleasing combination of ingredients in a generous portion. The owner was tired of eating boring salads, so she came up with a list of fun food items to upgrade this healthy dish into much more than rabbit food. Her salad features grilled 46

chicken or shrimp, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and walnuts. House dressing completes the dish.

If you’re craving… AN ELABORATE BRUNCH Carmen’s 2.0 Restaurant at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the historic Grand Lobby Atrium’s Tiffany glass and marble walls are overshadowed by another kind of masterpiece. Executive Chef Chris Chludzinski’s culinary work of art is an award-winning brunch that has been well loved for decades. The elaborate meal features a chef-attended omelet station and carving station, alongside hot dishes that creatively combine the best of breakfast and dinner entrees and sides. A whole poached salmon, salad offerings with the signature misto dressing and a dessert display anchored by a chocolate fountain round out the menu.

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Patsel’s, Clarks Summit This restaurant known for creative preparation and artistic presentation of seasonal foods shows off its signature flare during Sunday Brunch! The expansive array of foods features chefattended omelet and Belgian waffle stations, a carving station of herb-roasted prime rib and other roasted meats. Anti-pasto, grilled vegetables, peel-and-eat shrimp, cold poached salmons, beans, rice, breakfast potatoes, muffins, bagels and

Danishes abound in creative displays. Entrees feature seafood, chicken, bacon, sausage, eggs Benedict and home-style French toast. A dessert display tops it off with chocolate-covered strawberries, trifles, tarts and crème brulee! Brunch will be served every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Patsel’s closes its doors on August 31, 2014, exactly 15 years since it first opened.

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Cooper’s Seafood House Scranton & Pittston

BE HOOKED! One Visit & You’ll • Over 400 Bottled Beers & 40 Rotating Draft Beers! • Buck a Shuck Oysters Daily 5 to 7 • Half Price Drafts! 5-7 • Every Sunday & Monday Steamed Maine Clams $2 a Dozen MONDAYS Quarter-Pound Split Maine Lobster Tail-$5.99

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY Half-Pound Lobster Tail Dinner $17.99 701 N. Washington Ave. Scranton • (570) 346-6883

YOUR EXPERIENCES ARE OUR HISTORY

On the Waterfront 304 Kennedy Blvd. Pittston • (570) 654-6883

Family owned & operated for more than 65 years! Cooper’s is rated one of the Top 100 Restaurants in The U.S. by “Restaurant Hospitality Magazine”

Since 1948

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cased in items like handcrafted gourmet pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and soups. Fresh salads include Wolfgang’s famous Chinois Chicken Salad, and his classic dishes feature Roasted Atlantic Salmon Filet and Barbecue Rotisserie Chicken.

If you’re craving… MEXICAN FLAVOR La Tonalteca, Scranton & Clarks Summit While all the dishes at these sister restaurants are undeniably authentic Mexican, fajitas are a customer favorite! Sure, you can choose from six different fajitas, like beef, chicken or seafood, but to experience the most popular version, opt for the Hawaiian Fajita (pictured above). If the flavor doesn’t blow you away, the presentation will! Shrimp or chicken is cooked with vegetables and pineapple, which is served within a halved pineapple shell and paired with rice, guacamole salad, sour cream and tortillas. To add another layer of Mexican flavor, visit the Scranton location on Mondays and the Clarks Summit spot on Tuesdays to enjoy a meal serenaded by a Mariachi band. Lil’s Bar and Grill, Lake Winola This spot overlooking the lake serves up a wide variety of items you’d expect at a

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grill – from chicken wings and pizzas to home-cooked dinners and handcrafted sandwiches. But they elevate the flavors with a unique flare and creative touches. Every Wednesday, people rave over “Mexican Night” special features. Guests can enjoy chimichangas, $2 tacos and many new items not normally found at a typical taco shop, like Spicy Ahi Tuna Tacos.

If you’re craving… GOOD FOOD, FAST Wolfgang Puck Express, Wilkes-Barre At this fast-casual restaurant, guests order at the counter, and food is delivered to the table. Organic and locally grown products are show-

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If you’re craving… A TEXAS WIENER Coney Island Lunch, Scranton Downtown Scranton’s oldest restaurant has been serving up Texas wieners since 1923. Traditions abound, from the original recipe passed down from the owners’ grandfather and father to onions diced in a 1928 Hobart Buffalo Chopper to grilling the dogs right in front of the customer. An all-beef wiener is sliced, grilled, placed on a steamed roll and topped with Düsseldorf mustard, fresh diced onions and the famous chili sauce. They’ve been voted one of America’s best hot dogs by Fox News and The Daily Meal. Get a Coney Party Bag with all the fixins for a dozen Texas Weiners to serve at home.

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juicy rib eye to a tender filet to a full-bodied New York Strip.

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If you’re craving… SAVORY STEAKS Anthony’s Restaurant, Old Forge With a name like Anthony’s in a town like Old Forge, many might expect the restaurant to serve up Italian recipes – and they would be right. But they may not predict that one of the best selling items on the menu isn’t pasta or pizza – it’s steak! They start with a high-grade, top-of-the-line meat. The Certified Black Angus New York Strip is hand-cut in house, cooked in a cast-iron skillet and topped with succulent shrimp scampi. The signature filet mignon can be served Montreal style or “Black and Blue,” broiled with crumbled blue cheese. Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood, Scranton USDA Prime dry-aged beef is served in the famed old-age family tradition from Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn, NY. The highest quality steaks are broiled at a high temperature and speed, but the preparation starts long before. Meat is uniquely dry-aged for 21 days, pro-

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ducing a flavorful, nutty, buttery taste and a texture so tender it can be cut with a fork. The Porterhouse Steak is an impressive item, with both a filet mignon and sirloin served on a ceramic sizzler plate straight from the broiler. The unique plate allows steak to be ordered at different temperatures for each guest; the more welldone steak is finished cooking tableside! Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Wilkes-Barre When you have “steak” in your name, you’ve got to be sure your meat stands apart. USDA Prime steaks are the king of the menu at this steak house. Each steak is served with a signature sizzle on a 500-degree plate alongside locally sourced produce. Steak varieties range from a

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Twigs Café, Tunkhannock Steak or seafood? You don’t have to choose between these favorite food groups! Get it all with Twigs’ Steak Alaska (pictured below). The dish combines a six-ounce choice sirloin fire-grilled and topped with shrimp, scallops, crab-claw meat and a housemade Alfredo sauce! The dish that has it all was introduced at the restaurant by one of their first (and youngest!) sous-chefs. It sparked quite the reaction after it appeared as one of the Friday Night Features. Customers loved it so much, it now makes regular appearances on the specials list. If it’s not on the menu, just ask! Wood Grille, Scranton One highlight of the restaurant’s Italian-American cuisine is grilled-to-order steaks. The meat is hard-to-find Hereford Beef, a superior grade of meat from Hereford cattle raised with time-honored traditional methods.

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If you’re craving… DINNER & A SHOW

The meat is minimally processed with no artificial ingredients, making it naturally tender, juicy and flavorful. The steaks are grilled to order on an apple-wood-fired grill in Pittsburgh or Cajun style. Tournedos is a popular dish with a halved filet mignon wrapped in prosciutto and sautéed in burgundy wine sauce atop garlic toast and mushroom caps. Strip steak, veal chops and pork mignon are other wood-fired favorites.

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Woodloch Resort, Hawley If you’re hungering to go beyond dinner to enjoy an outside-of-thebox evening, head to Woodloch on a Wednesday or Saturday evening. You’ll enjoy a theme-night dinner in the dining room accented by a character parade of real and fictional characters related to the theme of the evening. Take a short stroll down the hall to the Heritage Nightclub to watch a Broadway-style show, “Woodloch Takes you Back to the ‘80s.” You can turn it into an overnight escape.

If you’re craving… LENTEN OPTIONS Barrett’s Pub, Archbald Passed-down family recipes provide plenty of options during the season of Lent. Handmade pierogies are made in-house from an old Polish recipe from the owner’s mother-in-law. The potato-filled pasta pockets are served up with butter and onions or deep-fried. Customers can also take home a bag of pierogies to cook at home! Fresh haddock is another favorite, served filled with a house-made crabmeat stuffing or fried in a homemade batter and paired with French fries and cole slaw. The award-winning, fresh-dough pizza and Stromboli can be customized with a wide range of toppings or in a favorite combo like tomato basil.

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If you’re craving… HANDCRAFTED SWEET TREATS Chocolates by Leopold, Montrose (also sold in various shops throughout the region) This gourmet chocolatier handcrafts chocolates in house, from chunky barks to molded candies and filled treats. The most popular confection is their signature Buttercrunch, with a recipe passed down from candy maker to candy maker for four generations. Although

If you’re craving… FRESH-ROASTED COFFEE Cocoon Coffee House, Hawley Coffee is the steady beverage served alongside freshly prepared salads, soups, pastries, sandwiches and breakfast dishes. They start with highest quality beans from a local roaster, Electric City Roasting Company, which focuses on sustainability and direct trade relationships with farmers. Every barista at the shop goes through extensive training to know how to create the perfect cup of Joe. The drink menu features a wide variety of coffee drinks and flavorings, as well as a selection of spirits that can be added.

many toffees on the market today are hard and difficult to eat, Leopold’s Buttercrunch is a butter almond toffee that melts in your mouth. The toffee is surrounded by a blend of milk or dark chocolate and then hand-rolled in freshly chopped almonds. The candy is so popular, the shop makes it daily, so it’s always fresh. Buttercrunch Bites are the bite-size version of the same treat. Kitchen Chemistry, Stroudsburg At least 10 flavors of cup-

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cakes, including Peanut Butter Passion and Seven Chocolates You Meet in Heaven, are available for customers to pick up whenever the shop is open. However, the signature event – The Cupcake Lab – is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. Guests can drop in to learn a decorating skill and then create their own jumbo cupcake to take home! Other classes are offered, ranging from cupcakes, cake pops and candies to cheese, bread and old-fashioned soap making. Private classes can be tailored for bachelorette parties, children’s birthdays or business team-building exercises. The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, Dunmore Cannoli, Blueberry Pancake (pictured below), Cotton Candy, Coconut Custard, Caramel Macchiato, S’mores, Apple Cider Donut, Limoncello– This bakery has reimagined all your favorite foods and transformed them into cupcakes! 32 regular flavors rotate daily, in addition to cupcakes that fit the flavor theme of the week, such as Breakfast Cereals or Italian Foods. Peanut Butter Cup is a customer favorite. The sweets are made fresh from scratch every morning. Glutenfree options are also baked fresh. In warmer weather, try an Italian Gelato Cupcake Sundae.

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If you’re craving… HEARTY CHOPS Crescent Lodge Restaurant, Cresco This country inn’s menu features dishes with a bit of flair. The Lamb Chops stand out as a crowd favorite. These doublethick loin chops are lightly seasoned, prepared with a special cooking technique and served with mint jelly. The Kurobuta Cowboy Pork Chop with a port wine mushroom glaze and Charbroiled Hand-Cut Veal Chop Saltimbocca with a balsamic demi-glaze are also served.

When one is served to the dining room, other orders always seem to follow! This homemade favorite is available every Friday and Saturday evening and certain holidays.

Gresham’s Chop House, Hawley The restaurant puts a unique twist on a classic dish with Pork Osso Bucco. Instead of the traditional beefy, veal version, Chef Paul Gresham created a hearty and satisfying pork version bursting with barbeque flavor. A large pork shank is slow-simmered, smothered with bourbon barbeque sauce and served over a pile of mashed potatoes made with a touch of garlic. The presentation alone leads many to try the home-style dish.

5 Months Remain to Make Fun Patsel’s Memories! Save These Dates: Saturday, April 12 Seatings at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Breakfast with the Bunny

Sunday, April 20 Seatings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m

Patsel’s Easter Buffet

Sunday, May 11 Seatings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Buffet

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Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Dinner Tues.-Sat. Brunch Buffet Sunday Beginning at 5:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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If you’re craving… SUCCULENT SEAFOOD The Beaumont Inn, Dallas Seafood and fresh fish features are prepared with a wide range of cooking techniques on a daily basis, keeping guests wondering what the next feature will be! Although the dishes change, the seafood is fresh, delivered to the restaurant four times each week. One example is the Pan-seared skate wing topped with sautéed jumbo lump crab finished with blood orange scented ver jus beurre blanc and garnished with housegrown sweet pea tendrils. All dishes are garnished with house-grown micro herbs. The restaurant grows 16 herbs and vegetable sprouts.

Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton and Pittston When “seafood” is your middle name, it has to be the star of the menu. At this restaurant, it’s good enough to serve the locals, professional athletes and even a few U.S. Presidents. They start with the highest quality seafood, and the staff is highly trained in seafood knowledge. Customers can’t get enough of the signature Maryland Crab Bisque. Fresh fish, shellfish, sandwiches and meats appear on the menu alongside unique options like Alligator Soup and Salted Caramel Sweet Potato Fries. The restaurants are also known for offering over 430 bottled beers and serving a Free Birthday Dinner to patrons with a valid photo ID. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley Dining lakeside may get patrons craving seafood, and the restaurant is happy to deliver. The signature dish is Chesapeake Crab Cakes, made with a heaping portion of real crabmeat. The blend of claw meat and back fin crab is broiled and served with a homemade imperial sauce. Classic Yuengling® Fish and Chips, Vegetable CharCrusted Salmon and GlutenFree Broiled Flounder are

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some other “Captain’s Catches,” each served alongside a house salad, rolls and

choice of oven-roasted potatoes, risotto, seasoned fries or mashed potatoes. Manhattan Manor, Carbondale Ahi Tuna has been a menu favorite since the restaurant opened. The sesame-seedencrusted, sushi-grade ahi tuna is seared to rare and served on a bed of wasabi mashed potatoes with a teriyaki reduction. The creative take on potatoes was a delicious solution for customers who crave the taste of wasabi without being overpowered by the taste. The tuna itself is only 200 calories, and the potatoes add a home-style infusion to the modern Japanese flavors. Haddock, sea bass, shrimp, lobster, clams and scallops are a few of the other seafood entrees available.

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If you’re craving… HEALTHY SNACKS Everything Natural, Clarks Summit Ready to go beyond your typical peanut butter experience? This natural foods and gift shop features unique “Grind-Your-Own” Almond and Peanut Butters. Customers can freshly grind their choice of nut butters in the shop with just a flick of a switch. Grind just enough to dip your locally grown apples and celery you picked up at the shop for lunch, or grind a larger supply for the family’s sandwiches. Since the butters are unsalted and unsweetened, customize them as you like, with a dash of sea salt or a dollop of honey. The shop is one of the only places to get the freshly ground treat. Customers freshly grind about 800 pounds of peanut butter and 850 pounds of almond butter per year!

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If you’re craving… SPANISH-PORTUGUESE CUISINE Marco Antonio’s, Stroudsburg The only Spanish-Portuguese restaurant in the Poconos is family-owned and open for lunch and dinner. Chef Marco Antonio Herrera was head chef for 14 years in the Ironbound Section of Newark, NJ, an area known for Spanish-Portuguese cuisine. The menu boasts three different Paellas, or casseroles with rice and a mix of meats, vegetables and seafood, known for its roots in Valencia, Spain. Vegetarian Paellas mix vegetables and yellow rice; Paella Marinara features rice, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops and a half lobster. Paella Valenciana includes everything in the Marinara as well as chicken and chorizo. All dishes in the BYOB restaurant are made to order and are completely customizable, even to accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

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If you’re craving… CREATIVE SMALL PLATES Glass—Wine.Bar.Kitchen. at Ledges Hotel This small plate menu has dishes suited for sharing. One example of a modern approach to a classic favorite takes beet and goat cheese salad to a new level. The Beet Meringue and Aerated Goat Cheese Mousse is served with smoked carrot, balsamic geleé, roasted beet, orange powder and shaved radish. The favorite flavors are reinterpreted and presented in a playful, creative way. The techniques used in assembling the dish full of textural and flavor contrasts makes it a unique choice for those who dine alongside the waterfall gorge.

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If you’re craving… GLUTEN-FREE FARE The Gluten Free Basket, Dallas This shop offers a wide range of gluten-free food along with a staff that helps meet customers needs. The market selection includes pastas, cereals, breads, desserts, snack foods, crackers and meats, in addition to a complete line of frozen foods. Homegrown, farm-fresh vegetables and fruits are available in season.

tots aren’t like those in a school cafeteria, but rather, they’re akin to fluffy mashed potato clouds. Robb discovered the dish by accident, when a potato ricer literally mashed her potatoes back together. Her customers keep coming back to enjoy the great “mistake” discovery alongside their entrée of choice.

tile! Think vinegar is only for salads? Think again! These bulk balsamic varieties can be drizzled on meats, seafood and ice cream (some customers even say they could drink it straight from the bottle)! Another unique vinegar flavor is Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Balsamic Vinegar by Cibaria Vinegars and Oils, delicious over poached pears and grilled meats.

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If you’re craving… SMOKED MEATS & POTATOES Market Street Bar and Grill, Scranton When Executive Chef Danielle Robb is smoking meats inhouse, passers by will smell the smoky flavor from a block away! She smokes different meats each week, frequently using apple wood chips soaked in Angry Orchard Hard Cider. The perfect pair to smoked meats, burgers, Panini and wings is the new restaurant’s unique take on the potato – a Tater Tot. These

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If you’re craving… UNIQUE OILS & VINEGARS Mill Market, Hawley Bulk oils and vinegars are two of the locally produced foods found at the Mill Market. Buy a bottle in the store, or bring your own. Then fill up with your choice of balsamic vinegars and olive oils. Oils feature flavors like garlic infused, basil infused, organic Italian and California mission. Balsamic vinegars come in varieties like 25 Star Vinegar and Fig Vinegar, all with great flavor that is extremely versa-

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Quaker Steak & Lube, Dickson City & Bloomsburg Fresh, never frozen, chicken wings come in 26 different flavors, ranging from mild Ranch to extremely fiery Triple Hot Atomic! Mild Buffalo-style sauce and “Original” BBQ are popular varieties. Unique options include Parmesan Pepper, Louisiana Lickers, Thai ‘R’ Cracker and Dusted Mango Habanero. Select sauces and seasonings are available to take home by the bottle. Customers can choose from traditional bone-in wings, breaded boneless wings or grilled boneless wings. Hoping to serve wings to your crowd at home? Order anything on the menu by phone or online and pull up to pick up your order from the Wingo Windo.

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FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE to NORTHEAST PA

If you’re craving… GREAT FOOD & LOCAL BEER Barley Creek Brewing Company, Tannersville When it opened in 1995, Barley Creek was the first brewpub to be built in the region since Prohibition. The restaurant handcrafts its own beer on site using the finest ingredients, including water from its own 700-foot artesian well, which results in varieties like Wonderlust Imperial Chocolate Porter and IronArm Belgian-Style Ale. 10 styles of Barley Creek brews and eight other well-regarded microbrews are on tap, ready to be served up alongside a wide selection of American fare ranging from steaks, burgers, chicken and seafood to salads, pasta, brick-oven pizza and vegetarian favorites. Free tours of the brewhouse are offered weekdays at 12:30 p.m. Commemorate your unique dining experience with a beer-related gift from the Brewtique!

If you’re craving… LOCAL INGREDIENTS The Settlers Inn, Hawley With a menu that is constantly changing to give guests a fresh experience, the one thing that stays consistently top-quality is the use of locally produced ingredients. The restaurant uses locally grown vegetables and fruits, locally made cheeses and locally raised fish, game and meats. Customers love knowing where their food comes from, and they appreciate the difference in freshly harvested taste. Executive Chef Ben Sutter explains, “Take a simple thing like a carrot. Get one from the average grocery store and then get one from Anthill Farm in Wayne County, PA, and do a taste test. You will think you have two completely different vegetables in front if you!”

If you’re craving… JAPANESE FOOD Yakitori Sushi & Grill, Scranton Experienced chefs bring a wide range of authentic Japanese cuisine– including sushi, sashimi, udon noodles and hibachi. Sushi ranges from classic favorites to creative house specials. The Yummy-Yummy roll is just that. The restaurant’s signature sushi roll features crab, cream cheese and avocado, deep-fried and topped with crunchy crab, cucumber and the chef's special sauce. Erika A. Bruckner

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From the Kitchen of Patricia Atkins, Co-Owner of Patsel’s Restaurant

Ingredients: Olive oil 4 Chilean Sea Bass filets, 6 oz. each Salt & Pepper Coat sauté pan with olive oil and heat, medium high. Place sea bass in pan. Sear one side to light brown; turn and sear the other side. Bake at 350 F for about eight to 10 minutes.

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2 Tbsp. fresh thyme or 1 Tbsp. dried 1 bay leaf

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, prosciutto and garlic. Sauté about five minutes. Add the chicken stock and beans, adding enough chicken stock to cover the beans. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 30 minutes.

Salsa Verde (May be prepared one day ahead)

1 bunch basil 1 bunch scallion 1 Tbsp. thyme 1 bunch parsley 1 clove garlic 1 cup green olives 1/2 cup drained capers Salt & pepper 2 Tbsp. lemon juice 2 cups olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Purée until smooth. Refrigerate.

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Cut squash into eighths. Lightly salt. Slice out most of the seeds. Sauté in oil and butter until crisp-tender.

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Method: Place one cup ragoût in center of plate. Alternate yellow squash and zucchini around beans. Place pan-seared bass on top of beans, and top with chopped parsley or a combination of chopped herbs. Serves four. Bon apetit!

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treehouse used to be a ramshackle child’s fort in a backyard perch. But one Wayne County family has turned that notion on its ear. Their luxurious backyard feature has even gained national acclaim. Recently, Animal Planet’s series “Tree House Masters” came to the property to film the season two premiere episode, “Temple of Adventure.” The title for the episode derived from the Indiana Jones-themed, two-story tree house, which includes custom features like hidden passageways, two bouncy suspension bridges, and a rock-climbing wall. Host, and creative visionary of “Tree House Masters,” Pete Nelson, brought his team of skilled craftsmen to the area to make this common childhood dream a living reality.

the “Temple of Adventure” was brought to life with oneof-a-kind pieces from Van Gorder’s Furniture in Hawley, Pa. These pieces include a replica World War II plane propeller, a custom-crafted rocking chair, a vintage sleigh, a wine center carved from a canoe, hickory bookshelves and high-quality mattresses!

two different retail locations with showrooms packed with distinctively diverse home furnishings with a rustic flare. It didn’t take long in the showroom for the “Treehouse Masters” production company to realize that the aesthetic promoted by Van Gorder’s Furniture was the perfect fit for “The Temple of Adventure.” “I was honored when we got a call from producers saying they were interested in furnishing a tree house with furniture from our stores,” said Dylan. “When the episode aired, we were beyond proud to see our distinctive, rustic and classic-style home furnishings on national television.”

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With a tree house of this size and caliber, interior decorating was a priority! The elegant and rustic interior of

“Bring the Outdoors Inside is our slogan here at Van Gorder’s Furniture,” said Dylan Van Gorder, heir to his grandfather’s business and current owner of the store. “Our customers appreciate the furniture’s inherent reflections of our local landscape, as well as our consistent commitment to environmental friendliness.” Van Gorder’s was launched in 1936 when Ralph Van Gorder founded the Honesdale Furniture Exchange. Today, there are

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Custom Building by Carriage Barn offers every service you need to take any renovation project from start to finish. Whatever style you’re looking for – from old-fashioned country to ultra modern – Carriage Barn’s experienced design experts will produce outstanding results, helping you achieve “the whole look” that you want.

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Henry & Roseanne Nardone Share Their Lakeside Garden Text by Melissa Durante • Photos by Christopher Cosgrove

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Mountain Bloomers for the past two years, is newer to the craft. Their home was featured on the Back Mountain Bloomers’ biannual Garden Tour last spring. With upwards of 43 different species of flowers, the couple describes their garden as “eclectic.” A particularly unique feature in their colorful array is the Mountain Laurel, the Pennsylvania state flower. HappeningsMagazinePA.com

The garden was inspired by the potted plants the couple grew on their deck that were later replanted in the yard, creating a sprawling display. For Henry, the highlight of the garden is the Koi pond, an old feature of the garden that the homeowners restored as part of their gardening efforts. Roseanne simply explains, “I love the view.” The location, which features panoramic lake views, did April 2014


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come with its challenges. Situated on the cliffs, the already rocky Pennsylvania soil was a real challenge to the gardeners. The solution: the couple created raised flowerbeds for their backyard retreat. The Nardones, who put many long hours into creating the winding stone path and pond as well as tending to the plants, aspire to create an ever more self-sustaining garden to enjoy.


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GET GLAZED! With spring in full swing after an endless winter, homeowners are throwing open their doors and windows. While this will usher in the fresh air, it may also highlight areas in the home that require resuscitation. Dale Muchler from Perma Glaze and Liners in Dickson City helps savvy, budget-conscious customers breathe new life into their kitchens, bathrooms, walls, driveways, patios and pools for a fraction of the cost of a full renovation.

Perma Glaze is a synthetic porcelain coating which restores old, worn out bathtubs and bathroom and kitchen countertops. Applied to ceramic tile, it creates a protective nonporous barrier to eliminate mold and mildew.

AFTER BEFORE A Bathroom floor in the “classic” shade of 1950s blue gets brought into the new millennium with Perma Glaze. “We have dozens of solid or multi-stone colors and can have custom colors blended to match any décor,” says Muchler.

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(Continued from Page 68) Having a new kitchen doesn’t require ripping out the existing cabinetry or countertops. Perma Glaze can renew your most used social space without costly renovation.

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How to Make Your Garden

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pril showers bring May flowers. But how do you get the perfect garden? Corky’s Garden Path in Scott Township offers some helpful hints into a garden that will pop. Knowing which plants thrive best in conditions that match your garden may be the key to a successful garden.

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Some flowers for shade to part shade include the Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’. This flower starts off as variegated foliage then blooms into fragrant pale pink flowers by late spring. Red drupes that appear in the fall then follow the clusters.

Heuchera or Heucherella are also known as Coral Bells and Foamy Bells. Its dark purple foliage looks best against a bright yellow or green background. They produce white or light pink flower spikes late spring through summer. Among shade loving perennials these make a statement unlike any other.

Some statement plants for the sun include the Physocarpus ‘Coppertina’. This beauty blooms dark copper colored leaves and branches that coat themselves in puffs of bright white flowers in summer. With the potential to extend eight-feet tall and wide this plant is best left with some room. In winter the large branches leave multi-colored twigs that contrast with the snow. Echinacea is one of the newest and most loved discoveries for gardens. The new varieties of coneflower provide colors not often seen in any other flower. With colors like mac n’ cheese, tangerine dream and hot papaya these Coneflower’s are a must have for any avid perennial gardener. Visit www.corkysgardenpath.com or call 570-586-9563. –April Dakoske

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Natural Wonder Rob & Sharon Astary’s Countryside Garden Text by Melissa Durante • Photos by Christopher Cosgrove

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buildings including a barn for the horses and an old-fashioned well, a vegetable garden, a rose garden, a gnome garden and several fairy gardens. Sharon explains, “I just kept thinking,” and her husband adds, “Things went where they were supposed to go.” The couple designed their outdoor retreat with hopes of creating a private outdoor space HappeningsMagazinePA.com

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change things, the Astarys each have favorite parts of their garden. For Rob, it’s the pond and for Sharon, it’s a reading nook on the front porch and an array of flowerbeds and boxes that run along the side of the garage. They both admit that the greatest challenge in creating their private escape was the stone patio they built themselves as a place to dine and entertain guests. The mirrors peeking out of ivy, the repurposed headboards and the hand-painted dÊcor on the patio reflect the custom touches throughout the garden. The couple added their own flair wherever possible, from hanging chandeliers on the porch, building a man out of flowerpots and edging beds with old ceramic plates, among other unique touches that truly bring their imaginations to life.


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Gardens Within a Day’s Drive

FEATURED GARDEN: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua, NY 585-394-4922 www.Sonnenberg.org very step of the historic grounds offers a unique treasure, from the Roman Bath-style swimming pool to the Sub-Rosa “Secret” Garden. The regular garden season is May 1 to October 31, with high teas, moonlight strolls and spe-

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cial arts and children’s events happening throughout the season. Sonnenberg, German for “sunny hill,” includes the expansive gardens and grounds as well as a 40room 1880s Queen Annestyle mansion, which is now used for special events and tours. $12 adult admission includes entrance into the gardens and mansion. Guided walking tours of the estate are available with admission from Memorial

Day through September 30. Cell phone audio tours are also available. Unique Highlights Some rare elements include the Greenhouse complex, one of the few remaining intact Lord and Burnham greenhouses in the nation. Water cascades through the Japanese Garden, featuring a unique Tea House, five bridges and a 12th-century bronze Buddha. Sonnenberg is one of a few public gardens in the country, and the only one in New York, to have a Japanese Tea House. The Moonlight Garden comes alive during the Moonlight Strolls Lights and Music Series on Friday evenings in July. An OldFashioned continued on page 78

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over 100 different species of trees, many of which are the oldest of their kind in the United States. A Complete Outing Garden guests can dine on premises. Crepe sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts and specialty beverages are

Garden boasts a quartermile of boxwood hedges surrounding beds filled with perennials, annuals and grasses. A columned arbor, the Colonnade stands tall within this garden. Other highlights include the Rose Garden, Italian Garden, fountains, Blue and White Garden, Pansy Garden, Rock Garden and

served at the High Noon Café. The Finger Lakes Wine Center offers wines and gourmet foods, plus a tast-

ing room of up to 15 different wines all made with New York State-grown grapes. For the Kids A free “I Spy” Trail Adventure Map will lead children age 12 and under through a trail of clues along garden paths to find answers along the way.

Once they complete the map, they’ll get a prize! Events in April A Greenhouse Open House is held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon and Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. For a $1 donation, see tens of thousands of seeds started, the tropical Orchid House and Palm House. Hug a Tree on April 26! The daylong, tree-themed event will feature talks, walks and more! continued on page 80

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More Public Gardens Within a Day’s Drive Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA The 23-acre botanical garden includes a Butterfly House, Arboretum, Children’s Garden and Historic Hershey Rose Garden with more than 5,000 roses. 717-534-3492 Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA Over 1,077 acres are covered with themed gardens, such as the Italian Water Garden, Water lily Display and Palm House. Art performances, dining events and workshops abound. 610-388-1000 Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, PA This country retreat of a pharmaceutical owner was open to the public in 1993. The home is surrounded by over 5,000 plants in areas such as the Teacup Garden, Pond Garden and “The Ruin,” meant to look as a house falling down. 610-687-4163 Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA The Horticulture Center has modern hall, greenhouse and visitor center with tropical plants, statues and greenery. It’s home to Centennial Arboretum, dating to1876, and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. 215-685-0096 Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, PA The National Historic Landmark includes an 18th Century home and surrounding meadow, farm, orchard 80

and wetlands, open free to the public year-round, except on city-observed holidays. The Green Room has handson activities and Nursery offers homegrown plants. 215-729-5281 Hortululs Farm Garden & Nursery, Wrightstown, PA A 100-acre 18th Century farmstead and nursery and a Farm Museum. 20 formal gardens surround 18th and 19th Century buildings. 215-598-0550 Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA The 92-acre garden features 12,000 labeled plants. The Out on a Limb canopy walk gives guests a new perspective from 50 feet up in the treetops. 215-247-5777 Wyck Historic House, Garden and Farm, Philadelphia, PA The National Historic Landmark boasts a Rose Garden that dates back to 1824, widely recognized as the oldest rose garden in original plan in America, with over 70 cultivars of historic roses. 215-848-1690 PHS Meadowbrook Farm, Meadowbrook, PA About 15 room-like gardens, walled by low hedges, surround the estate house. Tours are offered through the English Cotswold-style home surrounding gardens. 215-887-5900. HappeningsMagazinePA.com

Tyler Arboretum, Media, PA One of the oldest arboreta in the Northeast, Tyler boasts 650 acres of plant collections, trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails. Nine tree houses and a Butterfly House are open seasonally. 610-556-9134. Arboretum at Penn State and HO Smith Botanic Gardens, University Park, PA The gardens adjacent to the University Park Campus are open free to the public from dawn until dusk. Phase 1 of the gardens is now open, including a Rail Trail, strolling garden and Fragrance Garden. A new children’s garden is in the works. Governor’s Mansion Gardens, Harrisburg, PA Surrounding the residence are The Susquehanna Gardens, Rose Garden, Penn’s Woods and the West Lawn. Penn’s Woods features historically significant plants native to PA. 717-787-1192 Stonehedge Gardens, Tamaqua, PA The free, non-profit public garden is a certified Wildlife Habitat with over seven acres of cultivated gardens surrounded by nearly 20 acres of woodlands and nature trails. Highlights include a water garden, culinary herb garden and new Labyrinth. 570-3864276. –Erika A. Bruckner Visit www.Happenings MagazinePA.com for Public Gardens to Tour in NY, NJ & DE April 2014


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onnie Evans has always enjoyed gardening. As a child, she remembers, she would sit outside in her pajamas and watch her mother as she worked in her garden. These days, Bonnie is up at dawn in the growing season tending to her largely perennial Honesdale garden. Her garden comes to life in spring with Garden Snowdrops. Their early arrival even tops crocuses as they often peep through a snow covering. Sunny, yellow daffodils, a sign that spring has arrived are abundant in her garden.

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For 11 years Bonnie has tended to her property. She is ecologically-minded and is drawn to the interactions among plants and their pollinators. "I work to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Ecology is so important," she says. Some perennials in her garden are Lavender; Echinacea, in the Daisy family; long-blooming Pentstemon; Cardinal Lobelia which satisfy Bonnie's hummingbird and butterfly visits; Peonies; Russian Sage which blooms silver early on and blue in the fall; Foxglove, Day Lilies, Asters and Bell Flowers. She generally works from 6 a.m.

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until 9 a.m. in her garden weeding and thinning, and planting annuals in bare spaces. She is also inspired by native and foreign cultural gardens. Some time ago, Bonnie built a stone path with slate, concrete and river stone, which she had seen in a Japanese garden. The path meanders among the flowers and her patio area. A rock structure, called an Inuksuk, modeled after the landmarks used by the peoples of the Arctic region of North America and meaning "This is a good place," marks the entrance to a labyrinth which she has mowed into a field. This is where she places all the extra native flowers she has cultivated, including Yarrow, Coneflower and Daffodils.


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Heartbreak Turns to Healing

Local Family Dedicated to Help Families with Sick Children ennies from Heaven, an annual fundraiser benefitting families with seriously ill children, arose from the death of 2-yearold Caleb Joseph Regenski who was a happy and healthy little boy until

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a February weekend in 2007. Caleb was an active and curious child who walked at nine months old, says his mother Nichole Granville of Hawley. "When he got sick over the weekend, I thought he had the flu bug." Instead, by early Tuesday morning, Caleb took a turn for the worst. After being rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, he was quickly lifeflighted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Sadly, Caleb went into a coma and it became evident that he would not pull 84

through. However, Nichole and Caleb's dad were able to spend the five days in the hospital holding, talking, reading and singing to Caleb before he died. "We had something like 25 family members and friends with us who were supporting us," Nichole says. "We were consumed by what was happening but it was heart breaking to see the sick children who had no one with them because their families had other responsibilities."

Nichole realized just how lucky they were to have had Caleb for two and a half short years and how thankful she was to be able to hold him as he took his last breath. Amid her own grief, an 18-month-old boy named Michael caught Nichole's attention. "He was all alone because his parents had to go to work and had no one to help them," she explains. "It's tough to realize that some parents can't be there for their children when they're sick because they have other children and other responsibilities," explains Nichole. "I knew I had to do something to help other families during the most difficult time in their lives." HappeningsMagazinePA.com

Pennies from Heaven is the foundation created by Caleb's mom to offer financial support to eligible families so they can concentrate on their critically ill child's recovery. Monetary grants have covered mortgage payments, electric bills, car payments, heating bills— payments that reduce anxiety and help families focus on their sick children. In 2010, Pennies from Heaven held its first fundraiser. Families at CHOP were the first beneficiaries but currently the foundation has branched out to other hospitals across the country. To date, Caleb's foundation has raised nearly $250,000 and 270 families have been assisted. "The applications never stop," Nichole says. The Fifth Annual Tricky Tray Fundraiser will be held at Ehrhardt's Waterfront Restaurant in Hawley on April 27 from noon until 2:30 p.m. Over 100 themed baskets, valued at $100+ will be raffled. General tickets will be sold at $5 for 25, value packs for $50 and specialty baskets valued between $250 and $900 will be available for $1 and $5 per chance. Admission is free, cash bar available, door prizes and desserts will be offered during basket drawing, and all ages are welcome! –Christine Fanning

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REVEAL I AM a sophomore at Scranton High School.

THE BEST PART OF BEING A TEENAGER IS that it’s fun and exciting to engage in activities both in and out of school and because we’re granted a lot of freedom to spend time with friends!

MY FAVORITE SUBJECT IS history because I find learning about the past to be very interesting. It provides some perspective as to HAILEIGH FINNERTY of Scranton shares why things are the way how she spends her time and why she loves they are today.

Happenings Magazine! I AM a basketball cheerleader, on the cross country team, member of the Scranton High School Knight Rhythms, and I dance at Ballet Theater of Scranton. I have met many great friends while participating in these activities.

THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ABOUT BEING A TEENAGER TODAY IS dealing with peer pressure and the high expectations we face on a daily basis. I try to look at each day as a learning experience that will help me grow as I enter adulthood. I ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH MY FRIENDS when we go out to eat or simply hang out and have a movie night together!

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MY FAMILY shares the events of our day during dinner every night! I cherish this time because most families today are so busy that it is extremely rare that they all get to sit down and have a meal together.

Haileigh Finnerty began reading Happenings when she was just 8 or 9 years old. Her favorite issue of Happenings was the August 2008 bridal issue. Haileigh loved the cover photo because of the dress the bride was wearing. Each month, her dad brings a copy of Happenings home from his office for Haileigh to read. The bridal features have always been a favorite of hers. When she was younger, she pretended that she was a wedding planner!

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I have a 3-year-old female Border Collie. She's really sweet and obedient. I'm thinking of starting her in classes to become a Certified Therapy Dog. How do I know if she would be well suited to visit patients in the hospital and nursing homes? What can I do to help her succeed outside of class?

Did you know for sure what you wanted to be when you graduated high school? How many vocational and avocational changes have occurred since then? One can never know for certain, just evaluate potential suitability and then go for it! If she’s sweet and sociable, enjoys people of all ages, is comfortable in a variety of environments and is responsive to command, your dog has a solid foundation for success. It hardly matters how obedient or sweet natured a dog is if they don’t enjoy interacting with people. Sociability is therefore a

primary criterion. But calmness and stability are even more crucial. A Border Collie usually is a lively animal, which could be dangerous in institutional situations if your dog is reactive and flighty. Some dogs have a knack for responding compassionately to the ill and injured, and there’s really no way to determine your dog’s capacity for this in advance. You can hope you have one of those special dogs who knows how to establish rapport, but even if yours is just a normal friendly dog, her presence can be a very healing agent for elderly and recuperating individuals. To prepare your girl, expose her to diverse environments and activities. Therapy dogs must be confident and comfortable around people who might move erratically, talk loudly, smell funny and behave unpredictably. Patients will be using canes, walkers and wheelchairs and be surrounded by tubes and wires and beeping machines. Loudspeakers will barrage your dog with announcements.

Borrow canes, crutches or walkers from attics or second-hand stores. Leave them accessible around the house for your dog to investigate. When they’re no longer interesting, walk with them around

the house. Stroke her with the end of a cane or crutch. Set the walker over her while she’s lying down– keep her calm, you want a ho-hum reaction. Ask friends or coworkers to walk clumsily through your house with various assistance devices. Have those same friends greet you in an overly loud, exuberant manner, perhaps lunging towards you for a clumsy hug, or patting your arm or back with excessive enthusiasm. Take her to noisy indoor venues. Practice her obedience in a crowded park. Find a cooperative nursing home and ask to bring your dog into the waiting area and down the hallway. Be creative– it’s surprising how many places you can take your dog if you’re polite and explain why you want to bring your obedient dog into the establishment. With therapy work, the owner must commit as much as the dog, so it’s possible that even if your dog loves it, you might not want to dedicate the time and effort required. The test is outlined here– http://www.goldendogs.org/test.cfm –Beth Dorton Dillenbeck, Hollow Hills German Shepherds blogging at www.instinctive impressions. blogspot.com


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TREASURE HUNTING Bridge Street Marketplace– More than 7,000 square feet of shopping encompasses a consignment area as well as a multi-vendor co-op. Antique, vintage, gently used, new, hand-crafted and trash-to-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570836-4456.

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The Rotary Club of Scranton is turning 100 years old this month and inviting the community to join in the celebration! Chartered on March 1, 1914, the Rotary Club of Scranton was the 101st club to be chartered under Rotary International, a service organization dedicated to the core principle of “Service Above Self.” “It’s a great honor for everyone involved with our club to be part of the celebrations of our centennial year,” says Alycia Schwartz, president of the Rotary Club of Scranton. Rotary was founded in 1905 by a Chicago lawyer, Paul Harris, who met with three clients to create a club of business and professional men for friendship and fellowship. In 1907 he served as president and initiated a service project to construct public toilets in Chicago. This step transformed Rotary into the world’s first service club. "Scranton was the fourth club

in Pennsylvania and the 101st club to be chartered," says Rick Williams, a past president and board member and unofficial Rotary historian. "Rotary is now very international, with more than 34,000 clubs and 1,220,000 members worldwide, so being club 101 is a huge source of pride for us," he says. According to Williams, "A good club is a mix of local hands-on projects and financial contributions, and supporting the Rotary International Foundation which allocates funds for large worldwide projects," he says. In 1987 Rotary launched Polio Plus, an attempt to vaccinate every child in the world in order to eradicate polio. "When the program launched in 1987, Scranton was given a goal of $35,000," says Williams. "We raised more than $50,000 and our entire district exceeded its goal." Since then Rotary has raised $850 million dollars for the campaign partnered with the World Health Organization to reach its goal. In 2011, the Gates Foundation pledged a gift of $355 million if Rotarians would match the gift with $200 million more by June of

The Rotary Club of Scranton Celebrates 100 Years 2012. The challenge was met six months ahead of schedule. Over two billion children worldwide have been immunized. Locally, Scranton Rotary sponsored the first Boy Scout troop in the city in the early 1900s; started the Big Brother movement, The Boy’s Club, Little League Baseball and Biddy Basketball In Scranton. "Before the proliferation of private ambulance services we donated the first mobile intensive care unit to the City of Scranton," Williams notes. "We have a strong attachment to the Rotary Youth Exchange program and currently have a student living abroad in Japan. We also host a student from Germany." In recent years the Scranton club has helped to raise substantial funds for local Autism programs. The Scranton club meets monthly at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel. Several centennial activities are planned including the dinner gala at the Scranton Cultural Center on April 26. Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. The program will consist of a multi-media presentation and remarks by Bryn Styles, a prominent Rotarian from Toronto. Ticket cost is $75. RSVP by April 10, 2014 to Carol Trapper 2406 Browning Close, Moosic, PA 18507. –Christine Fanning

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What to Wear this Year

his year’s top fashions include high-low hemlines and two-piece designs. All of these styles are available at Dolly’s Boutique in Scranton. Call 570-9699181 or visit www.DollysBoutique.net

his year’s top fashions include highlow hemlines and two-piece designs. All of these styles are available at Dolly’s Boutique in Scranton. Call 570-969-9181 or visit www.DollysBoutique.net

This gown by Partytime Formals has sheer cap sleeves with jewel detailing, sheer back and jewel wrap around an empire waist. Retail: $378 Model: Erika Wilson, Happenings Magazine Designer

Photos: Lisa Ragnacci, Happenings Magazine This pick proves twopiece gowns are back in style! The aqua blue gown by Sherri Hill is a matte jersey knit with beads adorning the high waist line and edges of the top and neck Retail: $500

This yellow gown by Faviana which is exclusive to Dolly’s Boutique, is a strapless chiffon gown featuring an ornate cutout side and beaded detail. Retail: $378 Model: Haileigh Finnerty, Happenings Magazine Reader

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This style is so hot right now! It's a high-low dress, which means short in the front and long in the back. The Sherri Hill design has a strapless iridescent beaded sweetheart top with a silk chiffon skirt. Retail: $398

The second is a jersey gown with high leg slit and a beaded mesh one shoulder top with a sheer back. This dress is an exclusive by House Of Wu. Model: Katerina Nye, Daughter of Happenings Magazine Marketing Representative Rosemary Nye On Location: Patsel’s Restaurant Clarks Summit, PA

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any of my most vivid childhood memories are punctuated by what I wore. Back-to-school shopping was an event. Part of looking forward to the year ahead was planning what I would wear on the first day of school, for picture day, on the all important field trip to Skate-AWay. I can tell you what I had on when I tacked an “e” onto the word nervous and lost the 4th grade spelling bee, and I can describe the thrill of finding sandals that perfectly matched the dress I wore to 8th

grade graduation. I can recall the details of these garments with great clarity, but what I remember most is how I felt when I put them on. I grew up in the Abingtons

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and spent many afternoons in the women’s boutique where my mother worked. It never occurred to me that it wasn’t my job too. Although my parents opened Nada & Co. in 1990, my experience in dance and theatre turned my focus to costume design and I set my sights on New York. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Production from Fordham University and spent several years working in theatre, film and television. In 2005, I returned to the area to become a partner in our business. Ironically, our business was most successful when I split my time between Manhattan and Chinchilla. There was magic in having an Upper West Side address, but there are no secrets that are shared once you pass through the Lincoln Tunnel. We were the same people doing what we always did, striving to find the best and most unique merchandise at the best value and to present it

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to our clients in a comfortable atmosphere with a focus on service. We are not alone in this quest. Our community is rife with businesses that are not driven by the bottom line but by a passion for beautiful things. Anyone who questions this fact speaks to the most significant thing that is ever missing in Northeast PA…pride. For me, fashion is not about following trends; it’s about being inspired by color and texture. Creating a wardrobe is not about five key pieces; it’s about curating a collection of pieces I love to wear. Shopping is not about grabbing as much as I can at the lowest price but about investing in items that I look forward to pulling out year after year. I enjoy dressing. As we transition into spring, don’t be afraid of new ideas and styles, but be sure to choose items that you’ll look forward to wearing day to day. Think about where you will go and what you will do this season; focus on how you want to feel in your clothes, and the right look will follow. Enjoy the experience of shopping. Try things on; ask for help; have your sleeves hemmed!

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The Princess Maker G abrielle Giello is preparing for her third year as a volunteer for Camp Happy Times in Wayne County. It will be her second time making “prom” at the camp magical.

youth, camp-goers arrive with minimal clothing. After seeing how little the campers had, Gabrielle brought one of her own prom dresses for

Dawn Giello, as her biggest helper as well as Chelsea Lopatka, Kelci Wolfe, Michelle Hein, Carly Hein and Karen Huezo. She also

Camp Happy Times is a week long overnight camp operated by the Valerie Fund for children ages 5-21 who have or have had cancer. Initially, Gabrielle became involved with the camp when her mother approached her with the opportunity to do makeovers for a prom-like event the camp holds annually. Chanel provided gener- Gabrielle Giello (back row, second from left) and her team of volous amounts of makeup unteers assist the youngest group of girls at Camp Happy Times. for the girls, and it was one of the girls the following recognizes Spotless up to people like Gabrielle to year. “When she came out of Cleaners in Dunmore for make them feel like the dressing room, we cried both donating dresses and princesses. and embraced,” recalls lending a van for trans“I thought of the Gabrielle. “After that, I vowed portation of the gowns. first time I went to the camp director that I Although the project is a to a big dance,” was going to come back with huge undertaking, Gabrielle says Gabrielle. 100 dresses.” does it for the satisfaction of “Except, there the girls’ reaction when they That is exactly what she did. was one thing find that perfect dress. With the help of fellow volunmissing. teers, Gabrielle made a These girls Dress collection began Facebook page and the projdidn’t have March 1 for the August ect exploded. “People that I dresses.” event. All sizes are needed didn’t know were contacting and for the first time, boy’s Predomme,” says Gabby. “The suits will be collected for inantly response was remarkable!” the event. To donate a gown inner The Facebook following or suit, visit Prom Dresses city spawned newspaper articles. for Cancer on Facebook or The attention helped email giellog@ Gabrielle collect over 200 gmail.com. Monetary donadresses for the event. Most of tions can also be made to the campers of Camp Happy the Valerie fund through A teenage Times were able take home www.thevaleriefund.org/ girl from two dresses each for their youcanhelp/waystogive. Camp Happy –Katie Manley future school dances. php. Times models a prom Gabrielle cites her mother, dress. 102

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Can’t Miss Earth Day Events

Get Your Green On! Great NEPA Cleanup Through May 31 Individuals can help by cleaning up litter. Organizations, associations, schools and groups can register. Once registered, free supplies will be delivered and “Pick It Up Days” will be scheduled with access to free disposal. www.GACofPA.org

Pocono Environmental Education Center Earth Day Celebration April 13, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Learning stations, hikes, exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music and more. $5 per car. Dingmans Ferry. www.peec.org

Salt Springs Park Trail Day Cleanup April 19, 11a.m. Volunteers are needed to uncover the beauty of the park. Free food, drinks, and T-shirts will be offered to all helpers. Franklin Forks. 570967-7275. www.friendsofsaltspringspark.org

Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science April 24, 7 p.m. Interactive science experiments, displays,

astronomy observation. Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. Scranton. 570-941-7520. Everything Natural Earth Day Open House April 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free earth friendly food, live music and e-Cycling. State St., Clarks Summit. www.EverythingNatural PA.com

Grey Towers Heritage 8k Run /Walk April 26, Registration 8 a.m.; Race 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit free public programs at the Grey Towers National Historic Site. Adults are $27-33 and children 17 and under are $17. Milford. www.GreyTowers.org/Race

Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, new addictions add

excitement to the day! Local organizations and businesses will offer fun activities for the community. PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Hawley. www.pikewayneearthday.word press.com

Downtown Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration April 26; Rain Date, April 27 Events include: crafts, workshops, live music, displays and more. All entertainment is free unless otherwise noted. Jim Thorpe. www.jimthorpeearthday.com

Salt Springs Park Earth Day and Arbor Days Tree ID Walk April 26, 10 a.m.-noon Celebrate nature and learn more about the variety of trees in Northeast PA. Jim Kessler will identify and discuss native species while taking the group on an easy to moderate hiking trip. Meet at the Bunny Trail trailhead. $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. Franklin Forks. www.Friendsof SaltSpringsPark.org


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Free Seminar with Dr. Marita Schauch, N.D. Restoring Hormones Naturally! • Friday, April 11 Free Seminar with Tracy Kreider, N.D. Less Stress, More Energy • Thursday, April 24 Earth Day Open House • Saturday, April 26 featuring free food, live music & e-cycling

Health. Food. Gifts. Details? Click or Call • Clarks Summit • 586.9684 • www.everythingnaturalpa.com

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Insiders’ Tour of Pike County Ideas to Explore Nature

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n 1987, I bought my house in Pike County. At that time, 20 percent of the residents in my community were part-time, summer/weekend residents. Today, 80 percent of the resident are full-timers. A lot has changed in 25 years, but one thing that seems to stay the same is the beauty of this Northeast PA county. We are blessed with numerous lakes, the Delaware River and plenty of places to get out hike and enjoy nature. One such place is the PEEC (the Pocono Environment and Education Center) in Dingmans Ferry. Located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area (we call it “The Park” for short) this former Pocono honeymoon getaway now advances environmental education, sustainable living and appreciation for nature through handson experience. I go there to take hikes in the woods. PEEC has over 12 miles of hiking trails, and it’s a great place to go anytime of the year. Another great place to hike is Childs Park, located just a few miles north of PEEC in Dingmans Ferry. This park offers a number of cascade waterfalls along Dingmans Creek. You can follow the creek all the way down to the bottom of the mountain approximately three miles, and you’ll end up at Dingmans Falls. This is a magnificent waterfall and is

one of my favorite places to go to get away from it all. Just north of the Dingmans Falls access is the intersection of Route 209 and 739. If you go east (left) on 739, you’ll soon find yourself at the historic Dingmans Bridge. It’s the last privately owned bridge on the Delaware River; it connects drivers to Sussex County, New Jersey. It has been in operation since 1900. To the immediate right of the bridge, you’ll find a boat access ramp and parking. From May to October Kittatinny Canoes operates one of its canoeing and kayaking bases next to the bridge. You can paddle down river eight miles south to Eshback; it takes about three hours. You can also park here, and Kittattiny will take you upriver to its Milford location for a nice 10-mile trip back to your car.

My wife Judy and I exploring our beloved Pike County

access every 0.5 to 5.3 miles. The trail is open to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and restricted pet-walking. No motorized vehicles are permitted. The trail runs from Milford to Marshalls Creek parallel to the Delaware River. Just north of the 739/209 intersection there’s a cool little store off to the right called Phoenix; they sell products from Texas and Mexico, plus cool t-shirts. -Ken Chergosky, Pike County resident since 1987

The 32-mile McDade Hiking Trail is also accessible if you park in the Boat Ramp section of the park in Dingmans Ferry. The trail passes through forested areas and farm fields and past views of the river and cliffs. Terrain varies from rugged foot trail to wide gravel paths. Trailheads provide

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includes four tickets to a 2014 game, four baseballs and four t-shirts! The Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the RailRiders are calling “All Aboard” for family fun! Adding to the excitement of the game is in-game entertainment, the Fun Zone for kids and daily promotions like fireworks and giveaways!

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THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

Events We are pleased to invite you to a variety of K-12 school activities, lectures, cultural events and performances available as resources to our Scranton area neighbors.

April 9 5:30 p.m. The Mutiny on the Bounty: Myth & Fact Schemel Forum and Friends of Library cooperative program featuring Edward R. Leahy. Free. Heritage Room, The Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 570-9416206.

April 10

Conference on Aging Presentations by leading academic & industry professionals, including a track for general public/ elder care providers. Fees vary. Various locations on campus. Call 570-9414237.

April 24 7-9 p.m.

Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science Interactive science experiments, displays, astronomy observation and exhibit of University of Scranton/Pennsylvania American Water Art & Essay Contest submissions. Free. Loyola Science Center. Call 570-941-7520.

April 25-27, May 2-4 The Jungle Book

Presented by The University of Scranton Players. Fees vary. McDade Center of Literary and Performing Arts. Call 570-941-4318.

April 26 & 27

Friends of the Library Book & Tag Sale Heritage Room, The Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 570-941-4078.

April 27- May 1

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Indian Festival of Color, film screeing and sampling of Taiwanese cuisine, Asian-fusion concert performance and Sky Lantern workshop/contest. Free. Campus locations and dates/times vary. Call 570-941-6312.

May 3

31st Annual World Premiere Composition Series Concert University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir featuring works by composer/conductor Kyle Athayde. Free. The Houlihan McLean Center. Call 570-941-7624.

Stay Informed…about University events, programs and resources Visit scranton.edu/community Subscribe to Community Relations E-Newsletter Email community@scranton.edu to receive monthly updates

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Egg-citing Easter Events!

Public Square, Wilkes-Barre

Easter Egg Hunt- Saturday, April 12, 10-11 a.m.

Nay Aug Park, Scranton Scranton Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble Sunday, April 13, noon

Misericordia University, Dallas Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch with the Easter Bunny- Saturday, April 12, Egg hunt at 11a.m. Specify brunch seating choice of 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. Adults $10; children 5-12 $5; no charge under 5. cougarconnect.misericordia.edu/bunny or 570-674-6768.

Waverly Community House, Waverly Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg HuntSaturday, April 12, 10 a.m. Crafts and breakfast; visit by the Easter Bunny. $10 per person and free for children under the age of one. 570-586-8191, extension 2.

Trinity Episcopal Church, West Pittston Breakfast with the Easter Bunny- Saturday,

April 12, 10 a.m. RSVP to trinityepiscopalwestpittston@hotmail.com

Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, Stroudsburg, Easter Cork Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! - Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. Family friendly breakfast buffet with omelet station. Kids’ activities, crafts and fun. Meet the Easter Bunny! Followed by the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Adults $14, Kids 4-12 $10 kids 3 and under free. 570-619-0053 or www.mountainviewvineyard.com.

Patsel’s, Clarks Summit Breakfast with the Bunny- Saturday, April 12, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.; children may have their photo taken with the Easter bunny. 570-563-2000 or www.patsels.com

Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch with the Easter Bunny-Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. Reservations: 570-346-7049.

Regional Hospital, Scranton Easter Bunny Breakfast, Saturday, April 5,9:30 a.m.-noon, Msgr. McGowan Conference Room. 348-7372.

My Town Family Education Center, Bloomsburg 3rd Annual Indoor Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. 784-7900.

Harmony Heart Camp, Scott Twp. Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 254-6272.

Pet Supplies Plus, Stroudsburg Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 5 & 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., www.waggintailsrescue.com

Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming Easter Sale & Visit with the Easter Bunny, Saturday, April 12, noon. 693-1364.

Sit, Stay ‘n Play, Stroudsburg Safe Haven Rescue Photos with the Easter Bunny, Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., www.safehavenpa.org Find more at www.HappeningsMagazinePA.com 110

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Grand Civil War Ball 10th Annual

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Century Club, 612 Jefferson Ave., Scranton PA Music by Spare Parts & prompting by Martha Griffin. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple.

New this Year: Dinner with the Generals

Pre-Ball Dinner beginning at 5 p.m. The Scranton Club 404 North Washington Ave., Scranton PA Prix Fixe Dinner will include: Salad, Prime Rib of Beef, potato,vegetables, dessert and coffee. The cost is $25 per person. (Cash bar will be available)

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On Sunday, April 13, the fun continues when the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel hosts a Ragtime Brunch with live music and dancing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. call Carmen's Restaurant for reservations.

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ob Crain began as a summer intern with the Concord Quarry Dogs, a New England Collegiate League Baseball team. He worked in the professional baseball and football industries for several teams, in sales and as a coordinator of in-game promotions. Just prior to joining the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Crain worked for the Omaha Royals in Kansas City as assistant general manager. During his tenure, the franchise achieved its highest attendance figures since the 2000 season, and he helped the club set records for five consecutive years in advertising and group sales. He also played an integral role in the design and construction of Werner Park and led the club's rebranding to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Crain moved to Northeast PA in 2012 to become the president and general manager of the Triple-A franchise of the New York Yankees. Crain took over during a $43.3 million overhaul of PNC Field, and was charged with leading the club through a name change and rebranding to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The team set franchise records in revenue while posting its highest attendance since 2008, a figure that ranked among the top 20 in all of minor league baseball.

What was your first impression of Northeast PA? I loved it. When I visited the area during my interview process, all the people I met were so nice and the terrain and scenery were all so beautiful; it felt like home as soon as I got off the airplane. What was the first thing you changed? We needed to become engaged in our community. I felt we had to change our perception to a new, familyfriendly, promotional-based team. We identified the problem by talking with fans and our staff. It was very easy to identify. I will never say that something is “fixed” but I will say we improved it greatly and continue to do so each day. Community Relations was a line item in a budget in the past. We changed Community Relations to its own department. We hired a Community Relations Manager and implemented programs such as Adopt-aField, Community Organization of the Night and Nightly Military Recognition. I think we were successful as we won the Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s Best Practices in Community Involvement Award. What suggestions did you receive? People wanted to feel they were getting the most of

their investment whether they were a full-season ticket holder, sponsor or someone who only came a few times. That’s why we implemented a full promotional calendar, lowered season ticket prices and more than half of our home games included either a giveaway, fireworks show or in some cases, both! When a fan leaves the ballpark and says, “I had fun tonight.” That’s job number one- providing a fun experience. It doesn’t get any better than that. You’re young. You’re not from this region. How do you think those two things help (or hurt) you as RailRiders president? First off, thanks for the compliment! The gray hairs I have popping through sometimes make me think otherwise. I’m not sure if being young and not from the area hurts or helps me. I think what a person in my position has to do is set a tone with the staff and with the community. There are only really two things in life that you can control: effort and attitude. The tone I want to set with my staff and the people of Northeast PA is one of hard work with a smile on my face. What factors led to your record high attendance last year? The buzz of the new ballpark, the revamped promotions, and a soon-to-be Hall of Famer


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in Derek Jeter made 2013 a truly historic season.

What might people be surprised to note about the business of baseball? It sounds backwards, but baseball is secondary in my view. People would be surprised that we are not in the baseball business, rather the entertainment business. I was once told by a very smart man, “Control the controllable.” We have no control over the players or the coaching staff, so why worry about it? We are solely focused on providing the area with a quality experience in which friends and family can gather together. Our target demographic is “moms in mini-vans.” Moms traditionally make the family entertainment decisions, so that is who we try to communicate with the most. Our philosophy is- true baseball fans, like myself, know about the games, and they are going to attend because they love the continued on page 114

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How do you plan to beat the record attendance this year? Effort, effort, effort. We work tirelessly to enhance and better the fan experience to ensure companies are booking their company outing at PNC Field, individuals are getting their ticket packages and kids are joining the “Quills Kids Club.” We are the community’s team, and we want to be the first place they think of to enjoy a nice spring/summer night.


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game and want to watch the baseball on the field. Our growth opportunity is to attract people who are looking for affordable entertainment. That is why we focus so hard on our promotions and marketing. Why do you believe investing in baseball is good for the region and taxpayers? I’m far from a politician. All I can tell you is what I see, and what I see is a beautiful ballpark that won “Ballpark of the Year” and provides hundreds of jobs to folks in the area, is a revenue generator for the county, state and Moosic Borough and provides countless partnership opportunities with area vendors. In my humble opinion, our ballpark is a great asset to the community we all share. How can sports help revitalize the region? I’m not sure if it is sports specifically that will do that or if is providing a gathering place to create a bond with the community. I think our good friends at Montage Mountain are doing a wonderful job at creating a community-gathering place that we can all rally around. I’m not sure how much we specifically can revitalize a community by ourselves. Our goal is to provide a quality, family-entertainment experience at a reasonable price, and if we accomplish that goal and it aids in a revitaliza-

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Amy and Rob Crain with Golden Retrievers, Tessie and Molly at Bark in the Park night at PNC Field.

Getting Personal with Rob Crain President & General Manager, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Residence: Clarks Summit Hometown: Burlington, MA Education: Springfield College, Springfield, MA Family: Wife Amy; two Golden Retrievers Molly and Tessie Favorite Quotation: “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.” –Winston Churchill Childhood Hero: Mario Lemieux Most Daring Thing You’ve Done: Climbed a rock cliff in South Dakota, cliff dove in Hawaii and jumped off bridges

tion of the area, so be it. We are glad to help. What feedback have you received from players and coaches? The players have the nicest clubhouse in all of Minor League Baseball, hands down, so they love it. And from what I know about coaches, if the players are happy, so are the coaches.

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when I was in high school. Daring is fun… People Would be Surprised to Know: For relaxation, I like woodworking projects. I’ve built Adirondack chairs and am in the process of refinishing 50-yearold oak bedroom furniture. What Brings you Joy: Vacationing with my wife. Recognitions: Scranton Chamber SAGE Award – Best Practices in Community Involvement, Midlands Business Journal (Omaha, NE) 40 Under 40, 2013 Best New Ballpark – Ballpark Digest

The visiting team clubhouse is nicer than most home clubhouses and has its own hitting tunnel, which is abnormal at the minor league level. Do you secretly wish Jeter will come for another rehab visit this season? That is no secret! He can wear a SWB RailRiders jersey anytime he would like and is welcome back anytime.

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Our April 2000 cover poster was seen on numerous episodes of NBC’s The Office.

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CHRIS’ SECOND CHANCE

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hen Dickson City resident Christopher Polk received a call from a high school acquaintance in December, he was speechless. Megan Allman, 23, also

meanwhile is also doing well. Megan is the eldest of six children who have all been taught that, "No matter how hard life seems to be, there are always others that are less fortunate and

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forward; a stranger, willing to give me a second chance at life.

of Dickson City, was offering him the answer to his prayers– a live kidney. "I didn't know what to say," says Chris. "I was crying. It was amazing that someone came forward; a stranger, willing to give me a second chance at life." Chris' search for a live kidney donor was profiled in Happenings last August. His kidneys had failed two and one-half years before and he was enduring four-hour hemodialysis treatments three times a week. His hope for a living donor was important because a live donor kidney usually functions immediately and has the potential to function for 20 or more years. On Thursday, February 27, Chris had his life transforming transplant surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and three days later he was released from the hospital. One week after his surgery his pain was subsiding and he had much more energy. His donor 118

we should do what we can to help one another," explains Megan. "We were told that it's not always about money, and we were often getting creative with our help." Megan was inspired to help Chris after seeing his plight on Facebook. But she had also been nursing a desire to "pay it forward" after a 2007 house fire where the community came together to assist her family. "It was my chance to give back, to do something that really meant something," she explains.

to get her health in check. "They have been a fantastic support system, despite their fear for me," she says. Losing weight and getting healthy was a prerequisite to donor surgery. Megan was assigned a donor advocate who was totally dedicated to her well-being and had a psychological evaluation to ensure her motivation and understanding of the procedure was clear. Doctors also investigated the cluster headaches she had been experiencing and ordered her to stop taking the NSAIDS she used to relieve

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her pain, since they are hard on the kidneys. Unbeknownst to Chris, in the months before her offer, Megan was preparing for surgery, meeting the transplant team and submitting to regular testing. In December she was ready to proceed and contacted Chris. "He was speechless," she explains. "Telling him was as good for me as it was for him; it was what I needed." Chris has said that he could never repay her for what she has done for him. Megan wants to bring attention to the need for organ donation. She would also like Chris to "pay it forward." "We all need to come together to help one another," she says. Chris and his entire family hope to pay it forward by volunteering with the Northeast Coalition for the Gift of Life chapter. They are also helping a family friend, 22-year-old Caroline Azzarelli of Dunmore, who is also in need of a living kidney donor. Anyone interested in helping Caroline, by being tested to be a living donor, should contact the Department of Transplant Services, Geisinger Wyoming Valley at 570.808.5590. –Christine Fanning

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MOONLIGHT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Th e C h i l d r e n’s Ad vo c a c y Ce n t e r o f N o r t h e a s t e r n Pe n n s y l va n i a Ce l e b ra t e s 1 0 Ye a r s o f Wa l k i n g & R u n n i n g t o S ave C h i l d r e n

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n April 27, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania will celebrate a milestone; ten years of the Moonlight Walk/Run at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. Established in 2004, this family-friendly event gives walkers, runners, children and their parents the chance to come together for fun and purpose. “Child abuse is a community problem, it requires a community response. When people come together at events like these, it raises the level of awareness of abuse and the shared responsibility and courage to act on behalf of a child in need,” explains CAC/NEPA Executive Director Mary Ann LaPorta. Approximately 1,500 people participate in the Moonlight Walk/Run. It is the largest annual fundraiser for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. All proceeds go directly to support services

for children and adolescents who have experienced abuse. Participants come from all over Northeastern Pennsylvania. Adult registration is $20 before April 15 and $25 after. Student registration is $15 and children under 12 who accompany a paying adult are free. In addition to the 10K and 5K runs and the 5K walk there is a fun run for kids, a family festival, pre and post event entertainment and refreshments. The educational tables feature services and activities for area families. Not only is the Moonlight Walk/Run a great family event, it is a call to action. “Moonlight bonds its participants, not just through a sense of accomplishment. It motivates them to embrace and champion the needs of abused children,” explains LaPorta. “Knowledge, funding and a sense of responsibility in the community are all it takes to make the world a safer place for children.” Visit cacnepa.org or call 570.969.7313. –Kieran O’Brien Kern

Since 1998 CAC/NEPA has served over 9,500 children. In 2013 alone 1,200 adults and children were educated about abuse. Reporting of abuse has increased 210 percent since the inaugural year of the Moonlight Walk/Run in 2004. Last year 1,411 children and adolescents received forensic interviews, medical assessments, trauma therapy and child advocacy services from The Children’s Advocacy Center. 90 percent of victims know their abusers.


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n Saturday, April 12, The Century Club in historic downtown Scranton will host The Lackawanna Historical Society’s 10th annual Grand Civil War Ball. The ball will be a delightful trip through time and will reenact a mid 19th century formal ball. Period attire is admired, so guys break out your tailcoats and ladies find your elegant gowns to commemorate an evening of 19th century elegance and fun. Spare Parts, a vintage band extremely well versed in the music of the 1860s, will provide the dancing tunes for the ball. The band will play authentic music from the Civil War era including polkas, waltzes and schottisches. All dances will be taught, so don’t worry if your Civil War era moves aren’t polished and up to date. If you are still feeling nervous about dancing,

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there will be a pre-ball vintage dance workshop held earlier in the day. The workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Century Club and will cost $10 a person. Although some guests take the wardrobe portion of the night very seriously, period dress is not mandatory. Modern formalwear is acceptable, but more than 70 percent of the attendees make some sort of attempt to dress in the style of the 1860s, with the majority going all out. "For civilian gentlemen, all they have to wear is formal evening wear,” explained event organizer Jennifer Ochman. "But some gentlemen take the period look even more seriously, and accessorize with antique men’s jewelry such as watch chains and shirt

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studs. They finish the look off with white gloves, appropriate for dancing." For the ladies, however, achieving that 1860s look can be more challenging. The women of the 19th century were particularly elegant, down to the very last detail, and unless you have antique family heirlooms passed down from that era, dressing the part might be a challenge. "Some ladies take an old prom gown and refurbish it for their evening look,” said Ochman. “Quite a few go all out- from wearing proper corsets and petticoats, to putting on a historicallycorrect gown that must be laced closed in the back,” continued Ochman. "There are the fancy hairstyles, topped off with headdresses of ribbons and, like the gentlemen, they add the finishing touch– white gloves.” Tickets for the ball are $35 a person, or $60 a couple. For more, call 570-344-3841 or visit www.ScrantonCivil WarDay.com –Michael Baldi

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A Trip through the 60’s featuring the music of Simon & Garfunkel

Fri., May 2 8 PM - $35/$30 Sponsored by M&T Bank and 99.9 The Hawk

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Artful Variety in Film Spring Film Festival at Dietrich Theater or the 12th year in a row, the best independent films of the year will play at the Dietrich Theater’s Spring Film Festival in Tunkhannock. Each day through April 12 offers an exciting artful film.

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Featured films include, “The Lunchbox,” a charming film from India. A lonely man accidentally receives the wrong lunch. It isn’t long before a sweet romance arises between him and the lunch maker. “August: Osage County,” (pictured above) is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel and stars Hollywood heavyweights, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper and Juliette Lewis. One of the Film Festival’s most anticipated

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APRIL HAPPENINGS All area codes are 570 unless noted

Special Events

April 4, 60th Anniversary Celebration, 4-7 p.m., Scranton Area Foundation, Scranton. 347-6203. April 5, American Lung Assoc. Arena Climb, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. 823-2212. April 6, Under the Big Top Gourmet Gala, 5-8 p.m., Genetti Manor, Dickson City. 969-8998. April 6, Scranton HalfMarathon, 9 a.m., Memorial Stadium, Scranton. April 6, Anthracite Hi-Railers Model Railroad Club O Gauge Train Display, 1-4 p.m., Bill's Shop Rite Plaza, Daleville. April 8, Employment Expo 2014, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. www.scrantonchamber.com April 11-13, NEPA Sports & Fitness Expo, Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wyoming Valley Sports Dome, Wilkes-Barre. April 12, 10th Annual Grand Civil War Ball, 8 p.m., The Scranton Club, Scranton. 344-3841. April 12, The Taming of the Brew, 7-11 p.m., Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. 784-5530. April 12, Family Service Assoc. of NEPA 12th Annual Spring Gala & Auction, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. 823-5144, ext. 309. April 13, Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. 128

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April 17-19, Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus: Super Circus Heroes,Thurs. 7 p.m., Fri. 3 & 7 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre. 800-745-3000. April 18, Third Friday Art Walk, downtown Wilkes-Barre. 905-0508. April 24, Earth Day Evening of Environmental Science, 7 p.m., Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 941-7520. April 24, Back Mtn. Library Luncheon with Special Author Judie Panneton, 11:30 a.m., Appletree Terrace, Dallas. 675-1182. April 25, 14th Annual MDA Black & Blue Ball, 6:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. 795-7035. April 25, NEPA Blogfest Spring 2014, 6 p.m., The Red Mill, Pittston. www.nepablogs.org April 25-27, Annual Hawley Earthfest, throughout Hawley. www.hawleyearthfest.com April 26-27, Annual Spring Home & Garden Festival, Ladore Lodge Camp Retreat & Conference Center, Waymart. 226-4941. HappeningsMagazinePA.com

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April 27, Children's Advocacy Center 10th Annual Moonlight Walk/Run & Family Festival, 2-8 p.m., Nay Aug Park, Scranton.

Community Events April 3, Boy Scout Troop 251 Spaghetti Supper, 5-7 p.m., United Methodist Church, Clarks Green. April 4, Safe Haven Pet Rescue Adoption Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tractor Supply, Mt. Pocono. www.safehavenpa.org April 5, Candy's Place 3rd Annual Night at the Races, 610:30 p.m., Independent Hose Co., Kingston. 714-8800. April 5, Hawley Public Library's Annual Booklover's Ball, 6-10 p.m., Ehrhardt's Waterfront Banquet Center, Hawley. 226-4620. April 5, UNICO 2nd Annual Charity Pig Roast, 6-10 p.m., April 2014


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APRIL HAPPENINGS Fiorelli's, Peckville. 342-7975. April 5, Contra Dance, 7 p.m., Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. April 5, Annual Spring Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fraternal Order of Eagles, Scranton. 961-5495. April 5, Spring Vendor Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., West Scranton Intermediate School, Scranton. 963-6842. April 5 & 12, Pet Photos with the Easter Bunny,11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, Stroudsburg. www.waggintailsrescue.com April 6, Annual Passover Model Seder, 3 p.m., Lake Naomi Club House, Pocono Pines. 857-0738. April 11, Baked Haddock Fish Dinner, 5-7 p.m., Sts. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant. 383-9487. April 12, Pasta Dinner, 4-8 p.m., Dalton Fire Co., Dalton. 575-1217. April 12, Easter Sale & Visit with the Easter Bunny, noon, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. April 12, At Home Party Marketplace, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 587-3440. April 13, Safe Haven Rescue Photos with the Easter Bunny, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sit, Stay n Play, Stroudsburg. www.safehavenpa.org April 13, Lebanese Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Ann Maronite Church, Scranton. 342-9229. April 13, Camp Papillon Adoption Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tractor Supply, Brodheadsville. 420-0450. April 2014

April 25, St. Joseph's Center Night at the Races, 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, Taylor. 963-1290. April 26, Spring Gardening Sale, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. April 26, Abington Community Library Spring Book Sale, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., United Methodist Church, Clarks Summit. 587-3440. April 26, 7th Annual Foods of the Delaware Highlands Gala, 5 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley. 226-3164. April 27, Safe Haven Pet Rescue Adoption Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tractor Supply, Broadheadsville. www.safehavenpa.org April 27, St. Mary’s Church Pasta Dinner, noon-5 p.m., American Legion, Jessup. 489-3929. April 27, All You Can Eat Breakfast, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Shavertown Fire Hall, Shavertown. 675-1302. April 27, Boomer’s Angels Dog Adoption Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, Stroudsburg. 350-4977.

Concerts April 2, 9 & 16, Organ Recital, 11:30 a.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. 825-6653. April 4, Richard Marx, 8 p.m., Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Bethel, NY. 845-295-2500. April 4, 4 Girls 4: Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie & Leslie Uggams, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE.

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APRIL HAPPENINGS April 13, Cuban Jazz- The Pedrito Martinez Group, 7 p.m., Carver Hall, Bloomsburg University. 349-4409. April 14, U.S.Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-barre. April 19, Leroy Justice, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Silk Mill, Hawley. 588-8077. April 25, We the Kings, 7 p.m., Anderson Sports, Center, Misericordia University. 674-8111. April 25, NEPA Philharmonic: Beethoven's Ninth, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. April 25, Deana Martin: Tribute to Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE. April 25, NEPA Philharmonic & Collaborative Choirs, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. April 25, Chris McNulty, 7:30 p.m., Milford Theatre, Milford. www.kindredspiritsarts.org April 26, Up & Coming Comedy, 8 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

April 26, Comedy with Jared Freid, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Silk Mill, Hawley. 588-8077. April 26, Jean Rohe & Maeve Gilchrist, Silk Mill, Hawley. 588-8077. April 26, Celebrating 30 Years of Singing, 3 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Jim Thorpe. April 26, Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Wallenpaupack H.Sl., Hawley. 289-1090. April 26, The World’s Greatest Elvis: Shawn Klush, 8 p.m., Theater at Lackawanna College, Scranton. 654-9565. April 27, Marywood Chamber Singers Concert, 3 p.m., Marian Chapel, Marywood University.

April 4-6, "Urinetown," Fri-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Music Box Dinner Playhouse, Swoyersville. 283-2195. April 5, The Metropolitan Opera: "La Boheme," 1 p.m., Digiplex Cinema Center, Bloomsburg. 387-8516. April 5, Laugh Out Loud, 6:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. 823-6799, ext. 221. April 4-6 & 11-13 , “The Laramie Project,” Fri.-Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Theatre at Brooks, Keystone College. 945-8454. April 11-13, "Cirque Dreams Rocks," Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 342-7784.

April 28, Ani DiFranco, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 421-2808

April 12, Ballroom with a Twist, 8 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, WilkesBarre. 826-1100.

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April 1-10, 2014 Spring Film Festival, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 836-1022.

April 26, Comedian Jessica Kirson, 8 p.m., Temple Hesed, Scranton. 344-7201.

April 1-13, “The Deuce Revisited,” Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Delaware. 421-5093.

April 26, "The Bronx Wanderers," 8 p.m., State Theatre, Easton. 800-999-STATE.

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APRIL HAPPENINGS Art Exhibits

Seminars & Lectures

April 1-18, All University Juried Student Art Exhibition, Madelon Powers Gallery, East Stroudsburg University. 422-3483.

April 3, Lady Jane's Salon, 6;308:30 p.m., Bartolai Winery, Harding.

April 1-May 11, A World Apart: The Legacy of George Gabine, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University. 408-4325. April 1-June 16, D-Day 1944– Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory!, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186. April 1-June 16, WWII on the Homefront, Everhart Museum, Scranton. 346-7186.

April 5, The Art of Fish Prints, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. April 5, 12, 19 & 26, Free Tastings & Demos, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mill Market, Hawley. 390-4440. April 6, Learn How to Make Pysanky, 2-4 p.m., Sts. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant.

April 22, NEPA Career & College Counselor: The Interview, 6:30 p.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. 702-5700. April 24, Caregiving in the Home: Balancing Life, Work & Loved Ones, 6 p.m., Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus, Dunmore. 941-0339. April 26, Coupon Crew, 1 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. April 24, Less Stress, More Energy, 6-8 p.m., Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. 586-9684. April 26, Spring into Gardening, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Technology Center, Penn State Wilkes-Barre. 825-1701.

April 1-June 29, Andy Warhol: Again for the First Time, Downtown Gallery, Lewisburg.

April 8, Finding Your Best Fit College, 7 p.m., Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 702-5700.

April 10-May 16, Naturally Preoccupied, Artspace Gallery, Bloomsburg. 784-0737.

April 7, The Menu: Patio Party, 7 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111.

April 27, Introduction to Fly Fishing, 9 a.m.-noon, Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

April 25-26, Art Show & Sale, Fri. 4-9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. 278-9256.

April 11, Restoring Hormones Naturally, 2-4 p.m., Everything Natural, Clarks Summit. 586-9684.

April 27, U.S. Senator Richard Luger, 7:30 p.m., Darte Center, Wilkes University. 408-4306.

April 29, Arts Alive, 6-9 p.m., Mountain View H.S., Kingsley. 972-8719.

April 12, Special Glass Blowing Demonstrations & Factory Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gillinder Glass Factory, Port Jervis, NY. 845-856-5375.

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APRIL HAPPENINGS April 5, Spring Waterfalls, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506.

April 5, Volunteer Trail Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506.

April 26, Guided Tour, 1 p.m., Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel. 689-9494

April 5, Tumblin’ Timberdoodles, 7:40 p.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. April 6, Volunteer Day, Spring Cleaning, 9 a.m.-noon, Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 6, Sunday for Singles Off Campus Hike, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 8, Camouflage & Mimicry, 6:30-8 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506. April 12 & 27, Salamanders, Frogs & More, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 12, Spring Peeper Search, 8-9 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 12, Birding Tune-Up, 2-3:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506. April 19, Spring Waterfalls, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. April 19, Guided Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Nescopeck State Park, Drums. 403-2006. April 23, Reptile & Amphibian Survey Program, 6-8:30 p.m.,

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April 12, Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Waverly Community House, Waverly. 586-8191, ext. 2. April 12, Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., Public Square, Wilkes-Barre.

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April 19, Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Harmony Heart Camp, Scott Twp. 254-6272.

April 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 & 2930, Little People & Nature, 10-11 a.m., Dietrich Theatre, Tunkhannock. 996-1500.

April 19, Tea, Tips & Treasures American Girl Doll Tea, 1 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming.

April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, Mommy & Me, 10-11 a.m., Riverside Park, Tunkhannock. 836-3835.

April 22, Children's Earth Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-noon, My Town Family Education Center, Bloomsburg. 784-7900.

April 5, Easter Bunny Breakfast, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Msgr. McGowan Conference Room, Regional Hospital, Scranton. 348-7372. April 5, Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch, 11 a.m. & 1:45 p.m., Cooper's Seafood House, Scranton. 346-7049. April 5, "The Monster Who Ate My Peas," 11 a.m., Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 344-1111. April 10, Natural Wonders: Super Seeds, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506. April 12, Lego Club, 11 a.m.noon, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. April 12, 3rd Annual Indoor Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m., My Town Family Education Center, Bloomsburg. 784-7900. April 12, Young Adult Book Club, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wayne Co. Public Library, Honesdale. 253-1220.

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April 24, Natural Wonders: Awakening Amphibians, Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506. April 24, Tom Knight Puppet Show, 1:30 p.m., Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 996-1500. April 24, Make It, Take It, 3-5 p.m., Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit. 587-3440. April 26, Healthy Kids Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., YMCA, Carbondale. April 26, Family Storytime, 11 a.m., Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 996-1500. April 27, Natural Wonders: Inside of an Egg, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College Environmental Ed Center, Covington Twp. 842-1506.

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Abington Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Allied Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Archangel Adult Daycare . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Barley Creek Brewing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Barton Supply Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Bella Faccias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 Bella Natura . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Bethany Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Birchwood Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Cabot Oil and Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103 Carriage Barn Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Century 21 Select Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Children’s Advocacy Center . . . . . . . . . .119 Chocolates by Leopold . . . . . . . . . . . . . .111 Commonwealth Home Health . . . . . . . .23 Coopers Seafood House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Corky’s Garden Path Greenhouse . . . . . .69 Covenant Presbyterian Church . . . . . . .131 Country Inns/B & Bs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126 Custom Building by Carriage Barn . . . . .65 Delta Medix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Dining Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Dolly’s Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Eagle Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Ehrhardt’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau . . .125 Everything Natural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Fidelity Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Fine Line Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 French Manor Inn & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Fritz Brothers Well Drilling . . . . . . . . . . .130 Geisinger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Getz Personal Care Home . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Glint of Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Gluten Free Basket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .131 Gumpper Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Hazzouri Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Hospice of the Sacred Heart . . . . . . . . . .25 Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes . . . . . . .81 Justus True Value Home & Garden . . . . .71 Kathy Pope’s Hair Fashions . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Kelly McCool Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 King Glass & Paint Services . . . . . . . . . . . .81 Kitchen Chemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Lackawanna College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Lackawanna County Library Sys . . . . . . .17 Lackawanna Historical Society . . . . . . .111 La Tonalteca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Leadership Lackawanna . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Leggio’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Market Street Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 April 2014

Mariotti Building Products . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Marshall, Parker & Weber . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Mary Koczwara Hair Studio . . . . . . . . . . .97 Masonic Village . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Mesko Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Milford Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Minooka Subaru . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105 Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. . . . . . . . . . . .17 New York Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Note Fragrances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Nye Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124 Olde Barn Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Orthodontic Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101 PA Cyber School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Patsel’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Penn Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Perkins Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 PNC Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Preppy Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Puppy Paradise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Quaker Steak & Lube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 Radisson Lackawanna Station . . . . . . . .135 Ringling Brothers Circus . . . . . . . . . . . . .121 Ruth’s Chris Steak House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Scarlett Oak Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Settler’s Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Shannon Pet Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Shawnee Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Shoppes at Montage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 Sonnenberg Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Spirited Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110 Split Rock Resort/H2O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 St. Mary’s Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Stampien Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 State Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Studio M Architecture & Design . . . . . . .77 The University of Scranton . . . . . . . . . . .109 Traditional Home Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Treasure Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Twigs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant . . . . . . . .51 Van Gorder’s Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Wayne County Ford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107 Weston Senior Living Center . . . . . . . . . .37 Wilkes University Lectures . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Wisnosky Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Wisspering Pines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77 Wood Grille Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Woodloch Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 WVIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .117 Wyoming Seminary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

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DICKSON CITY Exit 191a off of I-81 4005 Commerce Boulevard 570.489.LUBE (5823) There's ALWAYS something happening at The Lube! From Tuesday's All-You-Can-Eat Wing Night, Happy Hour with Half Price Appetizers running Mon.-Thurs. from 8-10 p.m., Friday, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 4-6 p.m., and so much more! QUICK LUBE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT LUNCH BUFFET Lunch Buffet Mon., Wed. & Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Or check out our new “Price Break” Lunch Menu 11 a.m.-3 p.m.! MONDAY - KIDS NITE 5-8 p.m., $1.99 kids meals (with adult purchase), free face painting, play Wii on the big screen, Crafts with Coop our mascot on select nites! EVERY NITE IS MOVIE NITE at THE LUBE! Stop by the Lube to Win FREE IMAX Movie Gift Cards daily on our prize wheel! $15 Movie Meal Deal Lube Burger, Side & Fountain Beverage plus Movie Ticket.* Present your ticket stub for daily discounts and specials! *Regular Movie ticket not valid on IMAX or 3D OUR LENTEN-FRIENDLY MENU begins March 3. Our traditional “Dinner with the Easter Bunny” is April 7. BIKE NITES ARE BACK! Vendors, Games, Prizes & more! Every Wednesday (weather permitting)! BIKE NITE VENDORS WANTED! Contact Crystal at cwhite@thelube.com for details.

570.387.0490 570.387.6702 Get 10% OFF Accommodations!

Also Located in BLOOMSBURG Exit 232 off of I-80 211 Columbia Mall Drive 570.389.WING (9464)

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E. STROUDSBURG BLOOMSBURG DICKSON CITY MOUNT POCONO STROUDSBURG WILKES-BARRE 563 Milford Road 570-223-0600

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Exit 232 off of I-80 Exit 191a off of I-81 570-963-1115 570-784-1140

DANVILLE

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103 Westfall Town Dr. Exit 224 off of I-80 Exit 145 off of I-81 570-275-1529 570-491-4341 570-455-0313

Exit 3 off of I-380 570-839-0300

Exit 305 off of I-80 570-421-6263

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I-81 & Rte 315 570-883-5682

615 SR 6 East, Suite 1 570-996-0157

Exit 165 off of I-81 570-823-7264


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