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Home for the Holidays


Find out about NEPA’s long-lasting love affair with pizza.


Wrap it Up!


And the Winners Are... Find out who nabbed the top spots in our annual Happie Awards

Keystone Custom Have a made in PA holiday with items produced here at home.


Find out how some professionals are taking the banking industry by storm.


Find unique gift ideas from area merchants

Fierce Women in Finance


No Reservations

Delightful December Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know.

Sample local restaurants with a long tradition of fine food.


Jingle All the Way! Make your holidays merrier with a host of Holiday Happenings.


New Year, New You! Ring in 2016 with some ideas to look and feel your best.

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MAILBAG Dear Happenings, Don't know who brought your colorful, info packed magazine into my home but it is great. As a result I will be saving lots of money on furniture. It was fun to read about the origins of the company I am dealing with. I felt immediately that they are trustworthy. I will look forward to your next magazine, but in the interim will continue to read thru the current one. You are doing a great job. Thank you. –Carol Hark, via email

Publisher Managing Editor Art Director Associate Art Director Contributors

Dear Happenings, I am a big fan of your great little magazine– since the first issue! Keep up the good work. –James Merrick, Scranton


Paula Rochon Mackarey Barbara Toolan Lisa M. Ragnacci Peter Salerno Dominick Carachilo Kieran O’Brien Kern Monika Loefflad Teri Lyon Kayla Skamanich Amanda Stickles Kristen Wallo

Account Representatives Ken Chergosky

Dear Happenings, Well deserved, Hawley (Top 10 Small Towns to Shop, November 2015)! As a Brit I love the atmosphere and individuality of the town.....the community feel is amazing. I'd much rather shop locally in Hawley than travel to big shopping centres, which are all so similar worldwide. –Valerie Ellicott, via Facebook 570-587-3532 ext. 120

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Dear Happenings, Where's Pittston? (Top 10 Small Towns to Shop, November 2015) Great little town... –JoAnn Wolinsky, via Facebook Dear Happenings, I think the Happie Awards are a brilliant way to focus readers on the many extraordinary experiences available to visitors to Northeast Pennsylvania. Kudos to your staff. –Jan Keen, Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort

On the Cover: Carol Hughes delights in getting creative with her Clarks Summit home when decorating for the holidays. Photo by: Stan Warunek, Montage Photography Published Monthly. 350,000 copies annually. ©2015 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 article in the November 2015 issue, The Top 10 Small Towns to Shop, listed the wrong name for the owner of The Apple Tree. Sharon Sinkevich owns the downtown Stroudsburg shop, which carries clothing and accessories for women. We regret the error. –ED HappeningsMag Email: Snail mail:

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Dear Readers,


o is it any wonder we chose December as the month to honor our Happie Award winners? We couldn’t have been more delighted with the genuine excitement and outpouring of, well….happiness that the firstever Happie Awards generated last year. Happenings is proud to provide a platform for our readers to speak out and name the businesses and organizations in Northeast and Central Pennsylvania that make them happy customers. It’s our way of shining a light on the hard working, talented people of our region. Check out this year’s Happie Award winners (all 178 of them) on page 148! See who your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends are naming the best in their category. Don’t forget to come back next month and see the shining faces of those who came to be honored and claim their award at our Happie Awards Luncheon and Celebration.

seasonal celebrations. We’ve gathered together details of some of the best and are thrilled to once again bring them to you in our annual, Christmas Across PA feature.

Happiness is kind of the theme of this whole issue. Take a look inside seven local homes and inns and see how the owners take pleasure in creating a joyful and warm atmosphere for all who enter. Laughter and fun are the main ingredients of countless

From the entire staff of Happenings Magazine, we wish you and yours a warm and Happie Christmas!

Since the greatest joy is derived from giving, we’ve also put together a Gift Guide filled with treasures from local shops. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did! We also want you to look and feel your best. So we put together a feature called– New Year, New You. It’s chock-full of helpful ideas and services designed to make you beam from the inside out! From proud homeowners to joyful community celebrations and Happie Award winners, I truly hope flipping through the pages of this issue makes you smile!

Best Wishes,


Barbara Toolan Managing Editor

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. 826-1100.

Light Eternal Christmas Concert, Summit University, Clarks Summit. 7 p.m. 585-9000.

Festive Holiday Craft Fair, Ladore Lodge, Waymart. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 488-6129.




Dinovember 2015, Everhart Museum, Scranton. Through Dec. 31. 346-7186

Holiday Tribute to John Denver, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 8 p.m. 344-1111.

Holidays Around The Globe, Milford Theatre, Milford. 5:30 p.m. 409-1269.






Olde Time Christmas, downtown Jim Thorpe.

Happy Hanukkah

David Phelps Christmas, State Theatre, Easton. 7 p.m. 800-999-STATE.




Make a Gift Monday, Spirited Art, Dickson City. 507-1560.


Hawley Winterfest, throughout Hawley.











National Bacon Day

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Glass– wine. Bar. Kitchen, Ledges Hotel, Hawley. 226-1337.

First Day of Winter

“A Christmas Story,” Alvina Kraus Theatre, Bloomsburg. Through Dec 27. 784-8181.



Author Christina Baker Kline, Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. 7 p.m.

Ballet Theatre of Scranton Presents The Nutcracker, Marywood University, Scranton. 2 & 7 p.m. Through Monday. 347-2867.



Christmas in Montrose, downtown Montrose. Through Sunday. christmasin


Christmas in Our Hometown, downtown Tunkhannock.


Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville. Through Jan 2. 610-488-1110.

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For the Love of Family… Family & Finery

The Hughes Home in Clarks Summit


arol Hughes credits her self-professed obsession with decorating for the holidays to her mother– Catherine Durkin. She says her mom, who was an interior decorator, “always had a way of fancying anything up.” The Hughes home in Clarks Summit brims with decorations given to Carol and her daughters by their mother/grandmother. Christmas preparations get underway Thanksgiving week. Carol says it takes her seven days to completely deck the halls. The decorating focuses on the living room, dining room, family room, foyer and outside entrance with small touches in the bedrooms and bathrooms. Carol utilizes holly branches from bushes on her property wherever possible. She waits until her daughters arrive home from college to add the final touch– the Christmas Tree. The family affair involves a trip to the Christmas Tree farm, hot chocolate and cookies.


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The stone home with large white Roman pillars on the exterior was built in the 1950s. Carol and her daughters have called it home for 20 years. Carol takes inspiration for holiday decorating from everywhere– catalogs, Pinterest, home magazines and even retail displays. “I am always looking for decorations that attract my artistic creativity. I make a lot of my own décor,” explains Carol. “I love ornate rich finishes, elaborate carvings, complicated details and formal patterns and texture.”


hile formal, elaborate dinnerware reigns in the dining room, Carol takes a more whimsical approach in the kitchen. That includes a small Christmas Tree filled with dog ornaments and monogrammed stockings for each of her six dogs.

Although difficult to pinpoint one favorite decoration, Carol says the display of Christmas cards is especially treasured. “I have photographed my girls every Christmas since my daughter, Bailey, was born 22 years ago and sent out photo Christmas cards. I do a display with every card, adding the most recent to the front,” she reminisces. H –Barbara Toolan

Photography: Stan Warunek, Montage Photography

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Visions of Victoriana


hristmas comes early at this charming Victorian residence in Hawley. Owners Gregory Turner and Anthony Knehr start the process just before Thanksgiving. The two relish the opportunity to adorn the early 1900s home for the season. “I grew up in Florida and my mother always decorated for Christmas,” explains Greg. “But here I get more into it because of the house. It’s an old Victorian, which really lends itself to the decorations.”

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hen they purchased the property in 2002, Greg and Anthony were only the third owners in the home’s history. It had most recently been used as office space. The two undertook a complete renovation that returned the house to its original appearance.

Photography: Guy Cali Associates

Decorations are a mixture of old and new. The living room, dining room and common areas receive the most attention, but lights and candles may be found throughout. Centerpieces are typically made of live greens. Of course the Christmas Tree is the focal point of the living room and has a prominent spot in the bayed window. Among the treasured ornaments is a tiny wooden plane, recovered from a recycling center 20 years ago in Florida. “We saved the little ornament and now it’s a funny memory to look back on every Christmas,” says Greg. H 12

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ature and history play a large part in the architecture and décor of this Greenfield Township home. Laura and Steve Duda built their farm on property that’s been in Laura’s family since 1844. Now the couple operates their horse-drawn carriage and wagon business from the property known as Brookvalley Farm. The proud farmsteaders describe their décor as country eclectic. They try to re-use or re-purpose as much as possible. Furniture is handmade, inherited or acquired from antique auctions. Rich wood tones are found throughout. The 10’ x 30’ covered porch is sided with roughhewn lumber to give it a barn wood look. Elsewhere pine, oak, maple, hemlock, locust, cedar, cherry, pecan and apple were used. All the varieties are native to the property. continued on page 16


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ringing the outside in is a main theme for holiday decorating. Branches, twigs and pinecones found on the farm are dipped in wax and sprinkled with salt to give them a snowy look. They’re then used to adorn everything from the Christmas Tree to wreaths and baskets. Dried fruit and nuts are used in the garland for trees. Feathers serve as ornaments and add a fun flair. The pieces sit prominently alongside the glass ornaments that once belonged to Laura’s great-great grandmother.


Laura and Steve acquired an antique Dickson stove from a local home that was being renovated. Although still functional, its current purpose is merely decorative, but it’s right at home in the antique country setting.

he farm is home to five Belgian draft horses, a pony, miniature horse, two other horses, 10 dairy goats, 30 laying hens, 75 chickens, ducks and rabbits. In early 2016 Laura and Steve plan to open Brookvalley Farmstead Bed and Breakfast on the property. Ingredients for the complimentary farm-to-table breakfast will be sourced on their own land. H –Barbara Toolan

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TREASURE HUNTING Apple Wagon Antique Mall- 21+ vendors offer a variety of tantalizing antiques and collectibles. Open year-round. Spend an hour or the day. Enjoy coffee & cookies, conversation with our friendly and knowledgeable vendors. Specializing in Antiques, Primitives, furniture, Art, pottery, glass, books, jewelry, coins and currency. Open 7 days. 1 Remington Rd, Tunkhannock, PA. Wheelchair accessible, like us on Facebook. 570-836-8713. The Black Cat- Antiques, collectibles and crafts. Bought and Sold. Primitives, Country furniture, Children's items. Crocks, jugs, Fiestaware. Open all year. Friday and Saturday 10:30-4:30 p.m. Ring the bell! Other days by chance or appointment. Phil & Kate Hari. I -81, New Milford, Exit 223, North on Rte. 11, right to 181 Union St., New Milford. 570-465-3327. Bridge Street Marketplace- Over ,000 square feet of shopping encompasses a consignment area as well as a multi-vendor co-op. Antique, vintage, gently used, new, handcrafted and trash-to-treasure items. Credit cards accepted. Call for hours. Like us on Facebook. Bridge St. (Rte. 29), Tunkhannock. 570-836-4456. Grapevine Antiques and Crafts Mall– ”Where Yesterday and Today Come Together!” Over 100 vendors, 6,000 square feet, 30 minutes from Delaware Water Gap Bridge. Hours: MondayFriday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.5 p.m. Rt. 209 & Rt. 115, behind CVS Pharmacy, Brodheadsville, PA. 570-992-4525.

Jukebox Classics and Vintage Slot Machines–Specializing in Game Room Collectables, Pin Ball Machines, Juke Boxes (old & new), barber shop poles & chairs, Vintage Gas Pumps, Cookie Jars, Salt & Pepper Shakers, Paintings, Neon Signs, Jewelry, Rugs, Coca Cola items, Betty Boop items and more. 210 Main Ave, Hawley. Phone 570-226-9411 or 570-241-6230, email:

Lark Mountain Market– See what everyone’s talking about at the area’s first co-op antique mall. Handicap accessible– climate controlled, we offer a wide variety of items: quality antiques, hard to find collectibles, furniture, home decorating accessories, jewelry, coins, military, breweriana, vintage clothing, lighting & more. 306 Wilkes-Barre Twp., Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp. 570-822-8855

Old Barn Centre/Antiques & SuchAn 1860s Quaker Barn filled with antique furniture of all periods. 12 antique dealers with treasures & collectibles for your home. Credit cards and layaway welcome. 1605 Route 220 Highway, Pennsdale. 1 mile east of 15 off I-80. Open daily 10-5, info 570-546-7493 or

Retro Decor Shop- the new face of CONSIGNMENT. Furniture painting includes Antique Chic & French Country techniques. Decor features one of a kind accents....lamps, prints, primitives, benches, etc. Jewelry and accessories. ALWAYS AFFORDABLE PRICES. Thurs & Fri: 11-5, Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-4. 1809 Red Barn Village, Clarks Summit, PA. 570-586-1222.

Mary’s Home Furnishings- Antiques– Oak & Country, 1800s–early 1900s cupboards, tables, chests of drawers, lamps, linens, rag rugs, kitchen items & much more. Original paintings by local artists. Sat. & Sun., by chance or appt. Located on Route 29, 18 mi. north of Tunkhannock in South Montrose. Mary B. Gere. 570-278-2187. 18

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anuary is the universal time for fresh starts. With the cold weather keeping residents inside, it’s time to reassess how to make our interiors cozier, more inviting and more functional. The experts at Mariotti Building have the experience and creativity to make your kitchen the crown jewel of the house. From the initial meeting to determine the finishes and surfaces clients


prefer, to the onsite consultation where the designers take measurements, to the 20/20 computer generated layout, the designers at Mariotti are there every step of the way. The level of attention, personalization and customer care is what sets it off from its big box counterparts. Sales Manager Eugene Mariotti explains how the team’s vision and customer

dedication sets them apart. “Customers often have a difficult time envisioning their kitchen space with a layout different from what they have. Our design team has the experience and knowledge to suggest the best layout with the most optimum use of space.” The difference at Mariotti Building Products is the team; six designers on staff review the design, layout, functioncontinued on page 22 December 2015

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Get discounts on these incredible products. And build your own home-based business to share them with friends and family! You’ll earn money at your own pace and qualify for trips and other goodies. To learn how to buy our products from a Home Consultant near you, or how to start your own business, please visit, or call 740-322-5406. We’d love to tell you more. Join us and enjoy a world of flavor!

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ality, door style, finish and countertops of purchased jobs daily. This added input can flag and address potential issues before they become problems to ensure a smooth seamless job. Their combined creativity gels with e ac sp y er ev Drawers to fit the latest in design to give customers a kitchen that is beautiful, inviting and highly functional. Their storage solutions can clear your countertops at the pull of a drawer. 570-344-0443 • H –Kieran O’Brien Kern


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Minooka Subaru Shares the Love This Holiday Season G ift giving is on everyone’s mind this time of year. Many donate time and funds to charitable organizations hoping to spread joy. One business in our area is hoping to spread the holiday cheer a bit further with its annual Share the Love event.

This year marks the 8th Annual Share the Love event for Subaru dealerships across the country. Minooka Subaru in Scranton has been a participant in the event since its inception. This event encourages locally owned Subaru dealerships to donate to national and local charities. When a shopper buys or leases a vehicle from a Subaru dealership, a $250 donation is given to one of five charities chosen by the buyer. Many have even chosen to spread this donation across all five organizations.

Over the past eight years, Subaru has donated over $50 million to charities nationwide. These charities include the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Meals on Wheels, the National Park Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as an organization chosen by each dealership. Minooka Subaru has chosen to support the Children’s Advocacy Center, which received $20,000 in donations from last year’s event. Children’s Advocacy Center provides support services to vic-

tims of abuse and neglect. Forensic interviews, trauma therapy and child advocacy services are available as well as child abuse prevention programs and advanced training for medical professionals. According to Joe Corbett, Jr., owner of Minooka Subaru, $15 million is anticipated in donations this year nationwide. “We have always loved helping our community,” said Corbett. “It is wonderful that Subaru has the same feelings at a national level and helps us to further Share the Love.” Share the Love 2015 continues through January 2. Visit or call (888)903-8015. H –Ashley Price

Last year's Share the Love Event check donation to the Children's Advocacy Center. L-R: Jim Corbett (Minooka Subaru), Mary Ann LaPorta (Children's Advocacy Center), Adam Woodhull (Subaru of America). 24

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Holiday Gift Guide

Beautifully detailed recliner featuring wooden bun feet and nail-head trim make this chair stately yet comfortable. Retail: $399 Available at: EFO Furniture & Mattress Outlet, Dunmore & Wilkes-Barre

Daniel Wellington Watch features a stylish and preppy look combined with a sleek and elegant design, Japanese quartz movement, scratch resistant mineral glass crystal & interchangeable straps. Available at: Roth Jewelers, Dallas

Wrap up a gift card for the Custom Perfume Studio experience. Retail: starting at $30 Available at: Note Fragrances, Scranton

Made in the USA from recycled metals. A part of every sale is donated to “Generation Rescue.� Retail: Collection starts at $25; bracelet pictured, $29 Available at: Altier Jewelers, Scranton

Dale Tiffany hand-blown glass figures. Retail: starting at $29.95 Available at: Electrical Distributing, Scranton


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Holiday Gift Guide

Rugelach- a European-style delicacy handmade from a secret recipe preserved for five generations. Filled with chocolate, raspberries, apricots or raisins and topped with cinnamon, sugar or nuts. Retail: Medium size basket $34 Available at: My Mother’s Delicacies, Scranton

Hand blown glass ornaments by Glass Eye Studio. Made in the USA. Retail: $23 each Available at: Art on the Edge, Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley


“One of a kind” furniture and accessories, affordably priced. Featuring Antique Chic painting techniques on furniture available in many wood and color combinations. Available at: Retro Décor Shop, Clarks Summit

Table top resin Nativity scene of the Holy Family. Retail: $29.98 Available at Everything Natural, Clarks Summit

Mother of pearl clover necklace. Available in a variety of metals, lengths and stone colors. Retail: $275.00 Available at: Boccardo Jewelers, Scranton

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Holiday Gift Guide

Wine and chocolate gift packages. Personalized labels on wine bottles with holiday message or corporate logos available. Retail: Starting at $20 Available at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Scott Twp.

Give the gift of creativity! Paint a gift for that special someone or pick up a gift card and they can experience the fun too! Gift card bundles available in studio only. Available at Spirited Art, Dickson City

18 karat white gold with natural yellow diamonds and white diamond earrings. 1.5 TKW Retail: $3,895 Available at Nye Jewelers, Dickson City

Stunning Gabriel & Co. Ornaments of Gold Diamond Fashion Necklace Retail: $1,625 Available Exclusively at Steve Pronko Jewelers, Dickson City

Exclusive line of Wax Junky Candles– 100 percent soy wax candles in hand cut repurposed bottles. Bottles range from vintage soda bottles to newer liquor bottles. Each candle comes in its own gift sack with a pack of matches. Available at: On and On History Recycled, Scranton


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Festive Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 12 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This event attracts up to 100 vendors representing a variety of crafts. Event will be in the PARC/Pavilion and the Carousel Dining Hall with shuttle service available. We offer a special package at the Lodge so folks can stay for the weekend and take advantage of not only our craft fair, but winter festivities in local towns.


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Return of the Globe Store

ack in 1883, John Simpson and John Cleland founded the Globe Store, a one-of-a-kind regional department store in Scranton. For 111 years, it was a landmark destination in Northeast PA, especially during the holiday season.

fashionable items made it comparable to other classic big city stores. The Charlmont restaurant, located within the store, attracted hundreds of customers. Years later, before the store’s closing, the restaurant was converted into diner style. The Globe continued to prosper into the 1900s, adding a wider selection of goods and other feature. During the Christmas season, the Globe was beautifully decorated to match the most festive season of the year.

A joint project of Scranton Tomorrow, The Scranton Chamber of Commerce and The Lackawanna Historical Society hopes to bring back some of that nostalgia. Beginning December 4, the On December 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., an opening recepwindows of the iconic The Globe Store was a popular place for photos with Santa. Pictured, tion to benefit the Junior store on Wyoming Happenings Managing Editor, Barbara Toolan, with her brother, Tim. League of Scranton will be Ave will once again wonderland created annually come to life with an exhibit held in the space. The event on the upper floors of The will take place during of items from The Globe Globe Store by The Junior Store. Photos, clothing, packScranton’s monthly First League of Scranton. aging materials and additionFriday and Arts on the al artifacts related to the Square celebrations. Call The Globe Store was a store are on loan from public 570-347-9334. H unique, well-loved store that –Ann E. Moschorak donators for this limited time closed in 1994 to the public’s exhibit. A portion of the disdismay. Its large display winplay will be dedicated to dows and wide selection of “Santa’s World,” a holiday


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LeRaysville Cheese Factory is located in a small picturesque country town in LeRaysville, Pennsylvania; we carry a variety of delicious cheeses all year round specializing in jack, curds, swiss, aged cheddars and flavored cheddars. We also have a small retail outlet where you can purchase other fine products such as local honey, syrup, jams and gift boxes. Come visit, sample and enjoy the simple pleasure of our “cheese.”

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he famous Christmas carol says “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but for many people depression and stress outweigh holiday cheer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, suicide rates are lowest in December, debunking the long perpetuated myth that suicide rates spike at the holidays. But the myth probably originated in the fact that, for many people, the holidays are hard. The recent loss of a loved one or the anniversary of a trauma can make the season especially difficult. For others, the stress of shorter days and longer to-do lists, gift-buying on a tight budget and holiday dinners with difficult family members can be overwhelming. Dr. Marie Gray, clinical psychologist and owner of Cornerstone 38

Counseling and Consulting Specialists in Dallas, PA, offers some tips to cope during the season. Set Limits Holiday preparations, parties and gift-giving can overwhelm your time and wallet. Gray says, “Recognize and respect your limitations. Give yourself permission to say ‘no’ and to be okay with it.” You don’t have to say yes to every party, and you’re free to leave early, alluding to another commitment. As for gifts, set a budget and stick to it. Have Realistic Expectations “Be realistic rather than idealistic and do not overly fantasize about fairy tale holidays based in perfection,” says Gray. We’re often forced to face difficult relationships at the holidays. Gray says,

Dr. Marie Gray Cornerstone Counseling & Consulting Specialists

“Respect the differences in others and love people for who they are, not who you wish that person should be.” She advises picking and choosing battles by determining the value of engaging in conflict versus not engaging and letting it go. Be Aware of Your Triggers, Vulnerabilities and Resiliency For individuals who have experienced a loss or a trauma, Gray says, “The key is to identify triggers as well as to validate feelings and emotions and give yourself December 2015

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permission to feel sad. But at the same time let yourself know when it is time to move forward using different methods of distraction and activity.” Gray recommends going for a walk, taking a warm shower or whatever works for you.

ing people to feel depressed, tired and irritable. Getting outside more, exercising, light therapy boxes and spending time with others can help to alleviate symptoms, says Gray. Use a Support Network

Adjust for Seasonal Changes The holidays coincide with shorter days, which can trigger seasonal affective disorder in some people. Less exposure to sunlight can interfere with circadian rhythms and affect neurotransmitters in the brain that influence mood, caus-

Spend time with a favorite friend or family member during the holiday season to help keep depression at bay. If loneliness is a factor, join a support group or volunteer somewhere to develop connections. If health issues or a demanding work schedule are pre-

venting you from getting everything done, ask for help and be specific about what you need. If you continue to struggle, Gray recommends consulting your primary care physician and seeking therapy and counseling. “Medication should be a last resort unless one already has a clinically based identified diagnosis, and if a medication regimen is introduced it should be balanced in conjunction with therapy.” says Gray. H –Susan Stopper

To learn more, contact Tracy at 570.654.4585 ext. 4222 tracy.hartmann@

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SCENE AROUND TOWN T he alumni of the former St. Mary's and South Catholic High Schools, Scranton, recently held their Mega ’60s Reunion at Genetti Manor, Dickson City. The classes of 1959 through 1969 enjoyed good food, drinks and long held friendships. Reminiscing with old classmates, catching up on grandchildren and vacations, the party goers danced and laughed the night away, while enjoying live ’50s & ’60s music.

St. Mary’s & South Catholic High Schools

Mega ’60s Reunion Genetti Manor, Dickson City



(1965); Jim Holleran, Ohio 1. King & Queen- Lynott, Clarks Summit (1964) h itc cav Bro e Denis


2. Classes of 1959-61- L-R: Jack Scheller, Scranton (1960); Jeanne Scott Davis, Harrisburg (1961); Kathleen O'Donnell Ruddy, Colorado (1961); Paul Burke, Bethlehem (1960); Bill Cusick, Scranton (1960); Marty Holleran, New Jersey (1960); Kathy Jordan Holleran, New Jersey (1961); Frank Campbell, Olyphant (1959); Al Sames, Scranton (1959)

3. Class of 1962- L-R: Ann Kelly, California; Rose Marie Turi Gluck, Scranton; Patricia Domenck Taroli, Scranton; Bill Decker, California; Alen Wandelousti, South Abington; Tony Lucas, South Carolina; Judy Nazar Holmberg, Cender Valley; Jerry Timlin, Moosic; Bernie Polentz, Georgia; Rick Whalen, Allentown; Robert Cloruri, Scranton; Jim Smith, Covington Township; Dennis Gaughn, New Jersey, Thomas Pekar, Delaware

4 4. Class of 1963- L-R: Suzanne Klassner Jones, Scranton; Evelyn McGuff-Scheller, Scranton; Judy Kasaczum Timlin, Moosic; Mary DeMario Grippi, Scranton; Marion Connolly Caffrey, Scranton; Marguerite Noto Hiemenz, Stroudsburg; Jerry Scheller, Scranton; Bob Rudnick, Virginia; Dom Geogetti, Scranton; Art Scaramuzzo, Scranton; Charlie Holleran, New York; Jim Brennan, Bear Creek; Mary Mozaleki Kryanowski, Dunmore: Stan Slominski, Maryland 5. Class of 1964- L-R: Carolyn Lucas Marazzo, Bethlehem; Barbara Dehaba, Scranton; Denise Brocavitch Lynott, Clarks Summit; Marita Kearney, Scranton; Janice Feder Lampos, Clarks Summit; Diane Deininger Loeiland, Moosic; Jeanne Flowers Bosher, Hanover Township; Art Werner, Scranton; Dan Loftus, Moosic; Marlene Layo Miller, Moosic; Ann Murphy Hogan, Peckville; Tom Brown, Scranton; Cathy McDonell Collins, West Pittston; Terry Padden, State College; Philip Boska, Wyoming



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6 6. Class of 1965 - L-R: Faith Gibbon Foley, Scranton; Nancy Reilly Clark, Ohio; Patricia Zurck Matthews, Taylor; Ann Marie Skoritowski Krauce, Dickson City; Jayne Sullivan Mattern, Dunmore; Kathleen Kandefer, New York; Renie Marx Lavelle; Mary Kathleen McDonough Ives, Dunmore; Paul Karwaski, Media; Florence Nitch Harvy, Leeman Township; Jack Clark, Ohio; James Timlin, Scranton; Rich Symuleski, South Carolina; John Lukasik, Dickson City; Ron Patane, Roaringbrook Township; Joe Foley, Scranton; Jim Holleran, New York; Patricia Grier Evans, NY; Nancy Bohan, Moosic; John Cappelloni, Scranton; Stephen Balcerzak, Maryland; Paul Shenosky, Rhode Island 7. Class of 1966- L-R: Mary Ellen Foley Knecht, Mountain Top; Mary Clare Smith Prisco, Virginia; Beverly Zielinski Gandara, Moosic; Alice Fadden Grazziano, Lake Ariel; Susan Werner Carty, Delaware; Patricia Haen Ahern, Scranton; Dave Clark, Scranton; Dave O'Hara, Florida; Paul Roche, Old Forge; Paul Biglin, Scranton; Tim Lavelle, Scranton; Bill Jackowitz, South Carolina


8. Class of 1967- L-R: Mary Cappelloni Jones, Plains; Judy Philbin Digwood, Taylor; Mary Lou Jennings Gilliom, Texas; Janne Wasnowic Whiter, Scranton; Pat Roche Tokarski, Old Forge; Mary Lou Evans Janeski, Scranton; Eileen Gilroy Evans, Scranton; Joe Donovan, Duryea; Jerry Simrell, Scranton; Joe Dunleavy, Jersey Shore; Michele Walsh Heenan, Scranton; JoAnn McGraw LaVay, Maryland; Maureen Murry Biglin, Scranton; Patricia Lowry Ulbrich, New York; Jack Marx, Minooka; Marilyn Guarina Culkin, Scranton; Tom Culkin, Scranton; Linda Padden Brown, Scranton; Jeff Heenan, Scranton


9. Class of 1968-70- L-R: Eileen Kelly Hall, Missouri; Mary Louise Murray Lyons, Scranton; Maureen Diskor Lyons, Clarks Summit; Maureen Connolly Curry, Pocono Pines; Dianne Kester Kalinowski, South Abington Township; Barbara Kister Lacek, Manheim; Ann Bonavita Eardenberger, Souderton; Ed Rejrat, Scranton; Mike Machinski, New Jersey; Sal Cerra, Dunmore; Ed Kelly, Thornhurst; Kathleen Kelly Graff, Scranton; Paul Rudnick, Camp Hill; Mary Fadden, Scranton; Peter Connolly, Pocono Pines; Tom Werner, Chester Springs 42


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405 Spruce St. • Scranton • 570-347-8700

Looking for a unique venue for the most memorable day of your life? Maiolatesi Wine Cellars has the perfect setting SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION AND TOUR. for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, corporate We can show you how our attention to detail will help you create perfect memories. functions, fundraisers, etc. Contact Pauline at 570-254-9977 or

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D Amendola Deli-ciousVisit Calabria, no passport needed. NEPA’S best authentic Italian Deli-CaféGelateria. Specialty sandwiches, panini, hoagies, salads, soups, organic ingredients. Homemade cannoli. Bindi imported desserts & gelato. Imported espresso. Catering available. Plenty of parking. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 999 Providence Road, Scranton (across from Weston field). 570-347-6007

Andy’s Pizza- A Peckville mainstay, focuses on more than serving the "best pizza in the valley." Andy's thrives on supporting the local community and preserving the past for its customers. The walls are decorated with different photographs documenting local history. With every visit, you get a taste of local tradition. 528 Main St., Peckville. 570-489-9238. 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. 570-457-5555. Armetta's Pizzeria, Inc.- Feel at home in a casual family atmosphere. Featuring homemade Italian dishes, freshly made pizza, sandwiches, crisp salad and children’s menu. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11-11. Catering for all occasions. Second floor available for private parties. 329 Northern Boulevard, Chinchilla. (570)586-5492. Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood- A family tradition since 1887. Casual fine dining in downtown Scranton. USDA prime steaks & fresh seafood. Lunches from $6.50; dinners starting at $13.50. Entertainment. Friday Night Jazz Lounge 7-11 p.m. Sunday brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner dress code. Outdoor dining available.




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Open daily. 301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. 570-955-5290

Carmen’s 2.0 Restaurant & World Tour Menu- A fresh ingredient kitchen featuring fresh steaks and seafood, house-made pastas, vegetarian options & a World Tour monthly menu featuring a different region of the world. Located in the grand Lackawanna Station terminal (now the Radisson Hotel). 570-558-3929. See ad on back cover.

Coccetti's A Restaurant & Bakery- Enjoy charming décor and unique breakfast/lunch creations, including the green goddess, homemade soups daily, and weekly salad specials. Homemade baked goods available, such as: cake by the slice, chocolate fudge brownies, and assorted cookies. Tues.- Fri. 7a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 7a.m.- noon. Closed Sun. and Mon.1124 Main St., Peckville. 570-489-4000.

Colarusso’s Coal Fired PizzaFeaturing the area's only coal-fired oven. Stop in and try some of our featured menu items such as Italian styled spare ribs, coal oven mac & cheese or one of our famous salads along with a signature cocktail.1126 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City 570489-2627.

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 closelyguarded 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.

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Cuppa Cake Cafe- Experience Scranton's only cupcakery cafe located in Green Ridge Corners at 701 E. Market St. All of our menu items are made from scratch daily! Cupcakes, Paninis, sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods, coffee, tea. Enjoy comfortable seating in our relaxing atmosphere. 570-871-4352.

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.

Failtes Steakhouse- Traditional Irish Pub with a full service dining room and spacious deck. Lunch and dinner served daily from 11 a.m. Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily happy hour. Weekend entertainment. Live music on the deck every Sunday. Great burgers, steaks, fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches and more! 1492 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry PA. 570-828-6505. The French Manor- Elegant dining room features a 40-foot 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. Fretta’s Italian Food Specialties- Established in 1906 in Little Italy, NYC, Fretta's is an authentic Salumeria specializing in the finest store made & imported Italian foods & gift products. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 8-6:30, Sunday 9-3. Major credit cards and checks accepted. Catering available. Take -out lunch & dinner specials. Outdoor seating available, weather permitting. 223 Broad Street. Milford. 570296-7863 December 2015

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Glider RestaurantSee ad page 59

Joseph’s Family Restaurant & Catering- Phil Colosimo transformed what was formerly known as "the Village" to a Tuscan-Italian themed eating experience complete with large catering room, private chef's table and pet-friendly waterfall patio. Chef Bill Genovese offers a variety of his signature dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.1546 Main St. Peckville.(570) 383-1931.

Kay’s Italian RestaurantUnique train-like structure where diners can step back in time to enjoy both the ambience of days gone by & the delicious aroma of homemade desserts, pizza, pastas, eggplant, ham & cheese pizza and Old World Pizza. Serving the area's largest eclair. Rte. 435, Daleville, PA. 570-842-6226.

Kelly’s RestaurantSee ad page 46

La Tonalteca- See ad page 51 Le Manhattan BistroSee ad page 46

Lucca Restaurant CateringVoted best new Restaurant! Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week. Serving traditional Italian dishes as well as Seafood, Steaks, Chicken, Veal & homemade desserts. Banquet facility can accommodate up to 140. 802 S. Main St., Taylor. 570-562-6339

Mangia by James- Specializing in gourmet food... eat in or take out for lunch and dinner. Need dinner on the way home? Just call or place your order on-line via the web or by using our free app. Featuring authentic Italian entrees, seafood, pasta, sandwiches and more. Catering available. 507 S. State St., Clarks Summit. 570-586-7400 Manhattan Manor- A local family owned upscale restaurant, nestled in downtown Carbondale. Menu features unique, contemporary, chef-inspired dishes. Extensive wine and martini menu featuring house made cocktails. Outside seating and private room available. Catering available on or off premise. New weekly specials! Martini Night Wednesday & Live Music. Weekend reservations requested. 8 Salem Ave. 570-282-2044. December 2015

Old Milwaukee Cafe & Bakery- Family owned restaurant

The Station House Irish Pub & Restaurant- Located at the top

known locally for our homemade soups as well as our hot and mild wings. Salads and sandwiches are also popular. We specialize in a variety of homemade pastries and cakes. New specials every week. Open 8-8 Monday–Saturday and 8-7 on Sundays. 2613 Milwaukee Road, Clarks Summit. (570) 586-9855.

of the Pocono Mountains. Casual fun atmosphere, relaxed dress, food is family affordable, featuring Classic American Grill paired with comfort food! Pub is separate from dining area, drink specials, TVs and full on & off site catering available. 1171 Main Street Gouldsboro, PA 570-676-5580.

Pietro's Restaurant- Proudly serving Italian American cuisine with French influence for 28 years. Enjoy the freshest high-end ingredients including Hereford and Angus Beef, formula-fed veal, fresh seafood, homemade pasta and award-winning sauces. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. Available seven days for private parties, funeral lunches, showers, christenings, etc. 819 Church St. (Route 247), Jessup. 570-383-2109.

Stirna’s - See ad page 50

Savory Maza Lebanese Cuisine- Enjoy and indulge in a variety of fresh homemade vegetarian and meat meals plus daily specials such as Koussa, Hashweh, Ahi Tuna kabobs, kibbee nayeh and more. Dine in or take out. 570-969-2666.

Seasons Restaurant- Fine, casual dining in the heart of Tunkhannock. Offering high quality dinners of steak or fine fish for under $30 with portions that never leave you hungry. Also serving full breakfast, lunch & Sunday brunch. Open: Wednesday-Thursday 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. -1 p.m. 53 East Tioga Street, Tunkhannock. 570-836-3080. Settlers Inn- see ad page 7 Sibio's Restaurant- Serving Northeast PA since 1974. Casual fine dining specializing in veal, seafood, steaks and pasta. All of our desserts are made in house. Lunch Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $7.95. Dinner Monday to Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. Entrees starting at $14.50. 1240 Quincy Ave., Dunmore. 570-346-3172.

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. Weddings, private parties, Reunions. Serving dinner Wed.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500.

Terra Preta Restaurant- Farm to table dining in downtown Scranton. Featuring an inspired seasonal menu. Fresh local food, homemade breads and desserts. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options. Cold-pressed juices. Full service bar featuring craft cocktails. Lunch M-F 11a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner Sun.Thurs. 4-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 4-10:30 p.m. 222 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Free Parking. 570-871-4190. Trax Platform Lounge- created from the DL&W rail terminal’s original loading platform! Relax and mingle in our cozy dining and lounge area accenting colorful subway glazed tile walls and magnificent arch columns. Fresh soups, sandwiches and entrees with nightly features. Kitchen open daily until midnight. Popular local hot spot in downtown Scranton! 570-342-8300.

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Where to Dine continued from page 45

Tiffany’s- see ad page 51 Twigs- see ad page 49 Wildflour Eatery & Desserts- All food & baked goods made to order on premises. Complete box lunches include cutlery. Weekend breakfast features & daily lunch specials such as Wildflour Salad featuring chicken, green apples, walnuts, mandarin sections, cranberries, feta cheese & balsamic dressing. Hours: 7a.m.-3p.m. daily. 480 Daleville Hwy., Covington Twp. 570-842-2345.

The Willowtree Inn- Located in historic downtown Stroudsburg. The view from our back dining room overlooks McMichael’s Creek and a grand willow tree. We serve lunch and dinner. We offer appetizers, soups, lighter fare, chicken, seafood, beef, pasta. Catering for luncheon & dinner banquets. Bar, live entertainment. Free parking. 601 Ann Street, Stroudsburg PA 570-476-0211.

Wood Grille Restaurantsee ad page 59

Looking For the Best Hot Wings? “Best French Restaurant in Pennsylvania!” Celebrati n 25 Years g in Business

Wing Night Every Wednesday! Hours: Monday 4 p.m.-12 a.m. /Tuesday-Friday 4 p.m. -2 a.m. Friday & Saturday 4 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.

268 South Main Street Wilkes-Barre • 570.706.9588 46

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Chocolate Hazelnut Buche de Noel R






Courtesy of Sarah & Michael Bodner, Harvest Catering Yield: 1 cake of 10 to 12 servings

For the Cake:

Ingredients: For the Chocolate Genoise Cake: 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 2/3 cup cake flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder, plus more for dusting 1/8 tsp. baking soda 6 large eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon Frangelico, or other hazelnut liqueur

2. In a medium bowl, sift the cake flour, cocoa, and baking soda together. Sift the mixture for a second and third time to remove any lumps.

For the Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse: 4 large egg yolks 4 tablespoons sugar 2 cups heavy cream 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted 1 tablespoon Frangelico, or hazelnut liqueur For the Gianduja Ganache: 12 ounces Gianduja hazelnut chocolate, chopped into small pieces 8 ounces heavy cream To Assemble: Sugared Fruit, Berries, or Purchased Candy Decorations

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a jelly roll pan, 10.5 x15x1 inch in size, with nonstick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment, and spray the pan again.

3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and let cool to room temperature. 4. In a medium metal, or heat proof bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together. Place the bowl over a simmer pan of hot water to create a double boiler. Stir the eggs and sugar until the mixture is warm t the tough, and the sugar granules have dissolved. 5. Pour the eggs and sugar into a stand mixture fitted with the whisk, or use a hand blender to beat the eggs and sugar until they are pale yellow, have tripled in volume, and leave a ribbon when dripped back into the bowl. 6. Whisk in the vanilla and Frangelico, and using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the eggs in 3 batches. 7. When folding in the last of the dry ingredients, pour in the cooled melted butter. 8. Spread the cake batter into the jelly roll pan, using an offset spatula to make it evenly dispersed. 9. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the cake springs back when touched in the center. Do not overbake the cake, or it will crack. 10. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool until it is comfortable to handle. Dust a dishtowel with cocoa powder, and invert the cake onto the dishtowel. Roll the cake into the dish towel, working from the long end, and rolling away from you. Let the cake cool completely.

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For the Mousse: 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ¾ cup of heavy cream. Heat over medium heat until the mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil the mixture, or you may curdle the eggs. 2. Remove the pan from the heat, and whisk in the melted chocolate and Frangelico. Strain the mixture over a medium bowl and chill until cool. 3. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, or with a hand blender, beat the remaining 1 ¼ cup of heavy cream with the 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar until stiff peaks form.

You may have extra mousse that can be reserved for dessert, or another use. 2. Roll the cake back up lengthwise, and chill 20-30 minutes until firm. 3. Pour the ganache over the chilled jelly roll, and spread the ganache to cover the entire cake. You can use a spatula to create lines that look like the wood grain if desired. 4. Decorate your cake to your preference and chill until serving. Slice the cake into 10-12 slices and enjoy!

4. Stir in ½ of the whipped cream into the chilled chocolate custard until no streaks are left. Gently fold the remaining ½ of the whipped cream into the custard until just combined. 5. Chill the mousse, covered, until ready to use. For the Ganache: 1. Place the chopped Gianduja in a medium bowl. Heat the heavy cream until it just begins to simmer, and pour over the Gianduja. 2. Let the chocolate and cream sit for 2-3 minutes, and then stir until smooth. Keep this mixture a room temperature until you are ready to frost the buche de noel. It will thicken as it cools. To Assemble: 1. Unroll the cake from the dishtowel and lay the cake as flat as possible. Spread 2 cups of the mousse evenly over one side of the cake.

Holiday HO HO HOs Health & Happiness From All of Us at Twigs! It is not too late to book your holiday party or to have Twigs do your last minute catering! Call Today 570.836.0433

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W here to

Celebrate 2016!

Ledges, Hawley

Hors d’oeuvres and champagne on arrival followed by a tasting menu at Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. Champagne toast at midnight, live music featuring Eric Rudy. Early seatings until 7 p.m. Late seatings after 8 p.m. Reservations requested. 570-226-1337

The Settlers Inn, Hawley New Year’s Eve Two Ways. Enjoy live music by Dan Bradley on piano and a special menu in the Dining Room at The Settlers Inn. Or, catch John Curtin and the Curtones in the Undercroft Supper Club with a three-course menu, dancing, hats, noisemakers and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations requested. 570-226-2993

Inn at Pocono Manor, Pocono Manor New Year’s Eve Family Celebration- with Party Includes Grand Buffet in the Main Dining Room, Champagne Toast for adults, New Year’s Eve party for the entire family, breakfast on New Years Day. New Year’s Eve - Adults Only Rates include overnight accommodations for two, five course dinner in The Exchange, champagne toast, New Year’s Eve party with four-hour open bar, breakfast New Year’s Day. To book package call (800) 233-8150

Weekly Dinner Specials Restaurant Hours: Tuesday-Saturday Open 4:00 p.m. A Scranton Tradition Since 1908

120 W. Market Street • Scranton, PA 18508 • (570) 343-5742 •

Cooper’s Seafood, Pittston & Scranton Open 11 a.m.-midnight in Scranton location with general seating as well as a Land and Sea Buffet by reservation only. Pittston location open 11 a.m.midnight. Menu will feature extra specials for New Year’s. No reservations needed. 570-346-6883

Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton College football playoff party in the Platform Lounge. Carmen’s 2.0 restaurant will feature a special New Year’s Eve menu. DJ and dancing in the Platform Lounge. 570-342-8300 The French Manor, South Sterling Black tie dinner, including an eight-course meal, wine pairing, jazz music and dancing, seating will start at 9 p.m. and offered to overnight guests only. Full breakfast the next morning. For outside guests, dinner seating will begin at 5 p.m. 570- 676-3244

Ehrhardt’s, Hawley New Year’s Eve Bash. Seating 8 p.m. Passed hors d’ouevres, buffet style dinner, music and dancing, champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Reservations required. 570-226-7355, ext. 2

The Colonnade, Scranton New Year’s Eve Dinner 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $99 per person. Reservations requested. 570-342-6114 50

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Mangia! Mangia! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


ooking for high-quality food without the price or the wait of a fancy restaurant? Try Mangia by James, a new addition to the Village Square Plaza in Clarks Summit. Since April 2014, James "Curtis" Pilosi has offered customers a healthy alternative to fast food. His principle is preparing gourmet food and having it ready at the convenience of customers. "They can use an online app to order. They can call and order at 1 p.m. and say 'I want it for 5 or 6 p.m.' Pilosi takes pride in providing all of his foods fresh and homemade. He buys and prepares his own chicken and veal, which he uses to make Italian classics, such as parmigiana, marsala and francaise. Pilosi also buys seafood locally from South Side Seafood in Scranton. Entrees include: stuffed haddock fillet, which is served with lump crabmeat with lemon butter sauce; sole francaise, which is sautéed in a white wine lemon butter sauce. Italian hoagies are made with Boar's Head Premium Deli Meats. There are also other gourmet sandwiches, such as Italian chicken cutlet, Italian pork cutlet and marinated balsamic chicken. Pilosi also makes his own


homemade soups and salads. One of the most popular food items is the jumbo lump crab cake---an appetizer served with garlic sweet chili dipping sauce. Also popular is the pappardelli pasta, which is wide pasta ribbons with spicy tomato cream sauce, hot sausage and peas. For the holidays, Pilosi offers a special menu, which contains mostly seafood (for Christmas Eve) including stuffed shrimp with crabmeat. He also takes pre-orders for catering. Born and raised in the Italian community of Old Forge, Pilosi has been working in the restaurant business since age 14. He credits on-the-job experience from many different restaurants for his cooking ability. “With different chefs you pick a little up here and there, and then you expand and make it your own," said Pilosi. Although it is geared more toward take-out, Mangia by James has a small dining area designed by his wife, Niki

Pilosi. It’s a popular lunch spot for nearby businesses. Rebecca Martino, of Stately Pet Supply located next door, loves the smells coming from Mangia's kitchen. "I can always tell when James is cooking with sauce or garlic because the smell floats through the plaza," she said. Employees at Talbots also visit Mangia by James on their lunch break. "Everything I have there is good," said Heather Meeks, whose favorite menu item is the chicken Caesar sandwich. "It's a convenient location." Talbots client specialist Dara Coslett-Granza, who loves the eggplant parmesan, often goes to Mangia by James for both lunch and take-out. "The takeout tastes like it was just brought to the table," she said.

Pilosi is enjoying running his own restaurant. He is not only the proprietor of Mangia by James, but also the sole chef. “My hands are in everything that is produced out of the kitchen," he said. Call 570-5867400 H –Ben Freda

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Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back to Local Roots: Coal-Oven Restaurant in NEPA


hile the Colarusso name has been well known across the NEPA restaurant scene for years, a new business joined the ranks more recently. Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza opened on Commerce Boulevard in Dickson City in February 2011. After renovating the space on Commerce Boulevard, the restaurant opened its doors and has been met with a successful response since. As employee Jessica Phillips points out, “customers come from hours away just to eat here!” Michael Colarusso, who’s known for his strong management skills, owns the restaurant. The head chef, Joe Henkel, is responsible for handling the thriving kitchen. The restaurant’s custom coal oven was inspired by NEPA’s anthracite coal roots, and is just one of the many aspects that make for a unique dining October 2015

experience. Colarusso’s is well-known for its menu items as well. Everything is prepared in-house every morning, and all of the soups are made from scratch. The mac and cheese, ribs, wings and sal-

ads, prepared with homemade dressing, are particularly popular with customers. The large menu also features everything from soups and sandwiches to pasta, pizzas and baked dinner entrees that take full advantage of Colarusso’s coal oven. For those with special dietary needs, the restaurant has a

variety of gluten free items on the menu. In fact, Phillips explained that many customers have told her they think Colarusso’s gluten-free crust is, “the best around!” The restaurant is also

known to feature some unique specialty items such as cannoli pizza. During the holidays, diners can expect some festive menu changes, including a holiday martini menu. Visit H –Melissa Durante


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Amendola Deli-Cious: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bringing their Family Table to Yours


his familyowned Scranton café is open daily for quick meals and delicious desserts for small family dinners and large holiday gatherings. When hungry diners enter the doors of Amendola Delicious, located at 999 Providence Road in Scranton, they step from a Pennsylvania sidewalk into an Italian corner café, complete with imported Prosciutto di Parma and the fan-favorite Tuna Italiano hoagie. Greeted by Italian music, festive decor and pleasant aromas of fresh deli sandwiches, hearty soups and tasty desserts,

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Dorina Amendola (Daughter), Cherie Amendola, Vincenzo Amendola.

One of the most unique offerings at Amendola Delicious, though, is the collection of Bindi desserts that are imported directly from Milan, Italy. In 1998, the Amendola family began featuring Bindi desserts at the annual La Festa Italiana in Scranton. Year after year they received high praise for the quality of the treats. After 15 years of featuring these treats only one weekend of the year, the Amendolas opened the cafe, complete with a deli featuring quality meat sandwiches and homemade soups and salads.

ingredients offered in every soup and sandwich, boasting organic vegetables and bread delivered fresh from bakeries in New York City. “We would never serve you something that we wouldn’t serve to our own family,” exclaimed Cherie! “These are the foods we grew up with and now we are sharing them with the community,” shared daughter Dorina.

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Amendola Deli-cious will offer large platters of sandwiches, cold cuts and antipasto, as well as trays of imported Italian cookies, baccala and cannoli for holiday parties. “The platters will go fast so we appreciate a few days notice if possible,” requested Vincenzo. Gift baskets and gift certificates are also available. The Amendolas also suggest the gift of homemade dessert! –Ashley Price

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Kay’s Italian Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dining Over the Decades


ver the years, Kay’s Italian Restaurant has become a wellloved fixture in Daleville. While the business was established in the town in 1975, its roots go back even further to a takeout pizza place the Woehrles opened at another location in 1959. Current owner, Walter Woehrle, credits his mother with starting the family business. Her husband’s painting job kept him away from the home all summer and left him with little work in the colder months, so as a young housewife, she decided to open their first pizzeria location in 1959. The Woehrles would later sell the original location to their daughter and her husband and open the Daleville location that still thrives today. Not only did Mrs. Woehrle first conceive the idea to open the restaurant, but she also trained all of the cooks at Kay’s herself. When it came to building the business, she brought extensive cooking experience to the table. Her mother passed away when Mrs. Woehrle was 13—leaving behind six children. Mrs. Woehrle was the eldest. She December 2015

learned to cook from her grandmother and a Dunmore neighbor, Mrs. Cortese, to help support her family. Her strong cooking skills would help her build Kay’s into the business it is today. The restaurant has grown and changed over the years from the original pizza place in 1959. Today, customers are greeted by Kay’s antique décor— complete with old signs and cigarette and cigar machines from bygone days. One of the dining rooms is even a

1920s dining car that the current owner and his father found and restored themselves. Kay’s menu has greatly expanded since its early days. As Woehrle explains, “You will be very surprised to see all

you get with your entree.” Kay’s now offers over 20 different varieties of pizza. In addition, the restaurant boasts three different types of homemade ravioli among its many pasta dishes. Each dinner ordered at Kay’s includes homemade bread, a choice of soup or salad and the restaurant’s specialty cinnamon buns topped with cream cheese frosting and all made in-house. Kay’s also offers a wide of variety of dessert items. Pastry cases are full of their unique, homemade treats including lemon lush, a variety of brownies, large tandy cakes and cannoli. For the more adventurous, cannoli cakes and giant eclairs are also available. Visit H –Melissa Durante 57

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e Manhattan Bistro is an authentic French restaurant in WilkesBarre that combines a touch of Paris and a touch of New York City. It is located in a century old bank building elegantly restored in the spirit of a French brasserie. The restaurant is the only French restaurant within a 60-mile radius. The French chef owner, "Chef Gwen" began his culinary training in France, working in a variety of settings and capacities. After years of


honing his cooking skills, he spent the past several years combining “hands on� cooking with the necessary elements of running an award-winning business. Chef Gwen’s cuisine is based on traditional French techniques. Over the years, particularly after working at Jean-Georges (4 stars New York Times 1998, NYC.), he broadened his culinary repertoire to include

Mediterranean, Asian and South American influences. He also has experience in traditional and contemporary American food, utilizing ingredients from all over the world. His drive, passion and love for cooking have contributed to focusing on quality, freshness and consistency. He derives much pleasure from working with seasonal ingredients, while still creating new dishes. His priority is to serve fresh, homemade and high quality products while respecting the French culinary tradition. continued on page 60

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A Northeast PA tradition since 1945. Large full menu boasts homestyle favorites including roast turkey and baked meatloaf. Most entrees under $10. Hearty breakfasts, savory burgers, thick milkshakes and tasty fries have been customer favorites from the beginning. Try the sweet potato fries!

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Tuesday 2 for 1, $20 Steamed Clams or Mussel Mania: 6 different selections of steamed mussels with french fries & baguette (marinières, provençales, normandes, billi-bi, portuguaises, coconut-curry) Wednesday at the bar:

He has worked with Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain during forums, festivals and benefits. He also won “Chopped” on the Food Network, in 2013. Lissa Bryan Smith and her husband Richard Smith are investors in the restaurant. Chef Gwen had worked under a previous owner prior to taking over the business. “It’s really a different type of restaurant. We were blown away by it and believed in the chef. Besides we decided we couldn’t live without Chef’s Hanger steak – it’s fabulous! So we decided to invest in the restaurant. It’s a great asset to WilkesBarre’s revitalization,” says Lissa. Le Manhattan Bistro is open for Brunch Sunday 10-2; Dinner Hours are: 60

$1 Oysters (Mignonnette – Cocktail sauce) Thursday International Cheese & Wine: $25. Tasting Le Manhattan Bistro’s private rooms are available for private parties and business meetings (with projector & screen.)

Monday-Thursday 4:30–10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4:30–11 p.m. Le Manhattan Bistro is located on 268 Main Street, at the corner of Ross Street, across from the U.S. Post Office. The restaurant holds weekly special nights such as:

For more information 570.706.9588 or visitit Bon Appétit! * Publisher’s note: If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, make sure you do soon! We recommend the chef’s to-die- Crème Brûlée for dessert. H

Monday night French movie (with English subtitles) & dinner 3 courses $ 20.15

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allet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University will present the 40th anniversary annual free performances of The Nutcracker Ballet on December 26, 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day at Marywood's Sette LaVerghetta theater. While there is no charge, reserved seat tickets are available to the general public, on a first come, first serve basis, at the Marywood box office (2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton) two hours prior to the specific performance. Call 570-347-2867 (BTOS). The original Scranton production was first presented by the Company’s founder Constance Reynolds in 1976, and continues under the direction of Joanne Arduino, Artistic Director. Since its first presentation,

over 350,000 citizens, from within a 60 mile radius, have enjoyed the production and have made it a part of their holiday tradition. Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University have maintained the free production through the dedication of its Board, Directors and Dancers and the generosity of local benefactors. Over 150 people are involved in the annual event including

professional designers, technicians and guest artists. The Nutcracker is a magical story told through ballet to the famous Tchaikovsky music. Toys coming to life, snow falling on dancing snowflakes and a 20 foot growing Christmas tree are just a few highlights of Ballet Theatre of Scranton’s Nutcracker gift. continued on page 64

HMATTHEW LYNADY is one of 3 professional male dancers who are alumnae of

Matthew Lynady B.F.A. Dance - The University of Arizona

Ballet Theatre of Scranton, sharing their talents in the company’s 40th anniversary production of The Nutcracker. Originally from Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Matthew has been dancing since the age of eight with concentrations in ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern and tap. He started training and performing with the Ballet Theatre of Scranton in 2008 where he is now a guest artist and performer. Matthew recently graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The University of Arizona. Matthew has attended the Bolzano Dance Festival in Italy where he was assistant to professor, Sam Watson and also toured China with Art.If.Act. Dance Project performing The Great American Dance Tour. Matthew was a guest artist at Perry Mansfield this past summer and just recently finished a tour with Odyssey Dance Theatre.

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HCOLIN BOLTHOUSE started dancing when he was 4 years old with Stage Door Dance Studio in Tunkhannock, PA. He joined Ballet Theatre of Scranton when he was 12 years old on full scholarship where he has had numerous roles in the annual production of The Nutcracker as well as full length ballet performances in Tales of Beatrix Potter, Ballet on Broadway, Cinderella, and The Phantom of the Opera. He has also received scholarships to the Arts Alive Institute, that is held each summer in Scranton, PA. In 2013 he studied in NYC at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance summer intensive program. This past summer, Colin participated in the Summer Intensive program at the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida in Miami. In 2015 he began his professional dance career and is currently with the Dancing Wheels Company in Cleveland, OH. He teaches dance at Shaker Dance Academy in Cleveland and is a dancer with Rock the House.

NUTCRACKER COMMUNITY CELEBRATION HHHHHH Ballet Theatre of Scranton and Marywood University will celebrate the 40th anniversary, annual gift to the community, production of the Nutcracker on Saturday, December 12 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Children’s activities (including face painting, a Nutcracker dress up station and photo booth), food, a DJ , basket raffles (including a piece of special Nutcracker memorabilia from the late founder Constance Reynolds’ collection) and appearances by the Nutcracker characters are among the festivities. 570-347-2867. Call for information. H

HMICHAEL MC ILWEE hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania where he started performing at the age of 10. He studied dance at Ballet Theatre of Scranton and worked with various coaches for his acting and singing education. After graduating high school, Michael trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, where he recently became a member of the dance faculty. He’s performed on several Broadway National and International Tours including: Phantom of the Opera, in Jakarta Indonesia, and The Music Man. Michael has done over 300 hundred performances of The Music Man, in four different professional productions. His most recent tour was A Chorus Line where he played four different roles. He has performed in every state in the United States. Regional theater credits include: 42nd Street, White Christmas, Hello Dolly, Carousel, and Oliver. He has had the pleasure to direct and choreograph high school productions and teach Broadway workshops in NYC, LA and various cities all over the United States. He has been assisting dance workshops and musicals with his mentor, Mimi Quillin, former assistant to Bob Fosse. Michael is also a trained musician and singer and went on to continue his studies in Los Angeles. Michael was a choreographer for Biography Channel’s: Celebrity Ghost Stories, he also can be seen as a dancer on the show. While in Los Angeles, Michael trained in competitive ballroom dance at Dance with Me Studios with coaches/owners: Elena Grinenko, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Valentin Chmerkovskiy from ABC’s: Dancing with the Stars. He most recently finished filming a short film acting alongside Alex Newell from Glee.

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oliday decorating has been a proud tradition at Woodloch Pines in Hawley since its opening in 1958. The main lobby, dozens of trees, bannisters, shrubs and everything in between are illuminated the day after Thanksgiving. That is also the debut weekend of Woodloch’s popular “Festival of Lights” ride along a one-mile nature trail.

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Woodloch Pines strives for a classic, warm, inviting and homey feel for its decor. The staff is always keeping an eye out for something that will work. Patti Kiesendahl, owner and director of retail and interior design, buys what she thinks will fit, even if it takes a while before it gets incorporated into the décor. “We’re constantly updating and upgrading, trying to give a fresh feel every year for our guests,”

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he holiday season is the biggest decorating feat of the year for the four-season all-inclusive resort. Lights start going up three weeks before Thanksgiving. A crew of eight to10 people works 12 hours a day to make sure the halls are decked in time. Fitting with the homey, comfortable feel of Woodloch, Kiesendahl does try to incorporate her own style into decorating, but keeps it on the conservative side. “During the year we’ll see over 40,000 people come through the doors, and that’s a lot of styles to please,” she exclaims. Using a lot of reds and greens and “Santas galore” to decorate, the staff tries to keep it homey and welcoming, which according to Kiesendahl, is at the heart of the holidays.

When decorating at home, Kiesendahl recommends looking for artwork that has soft, warm colors and to use nature when and where you can. Her biggest advice is to make a plan. She continues, “And remember to have fun. It’s not worth it if it’s a burden to you. Enjoy the season; get wrapped up in the spirit, and let it fly.” H December 2015


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GIVING VOICE TO THE JOY OF THE SEASON Ronan Tynan Performs at St. Peter’s Cathedral or the holiday season, St. Peter's Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, invited Irish singer Ronan Tynan to share his gift of song in an annual event called Christmas at the Cathedral, December 18 at 8 p.m. Tynan will perform a mix of Christmas selections with traditional Irish songs and an American songbook. He will be joined by special guest pianist Bill Lewis.


"I was invited by St. Peter's in 2014," said Tynan. The response was terrific, so I was asked to come back. "We can't wait to experience Ronan Tynan in concert again at the Cathedral," said Bill Manley, director of fundraising and special projects at St. Peter's Cathedral. "It truly is an early Christmas present!" "Beyond his unparalleled talent, Dr. Tynan is a masterful performer in the Irish tradition," said Reverend Brian J.T. Clarke, Pastor; Ascension Parish & Saint Katharine Drexel Parish. "His concerts include what one expects from an Irish musician: he tells stories like the legendary shanachies, he connects 68

warmly with his audience as if he’s among true family and friends, and has a no-holdsbarred approach to his gentle jabs at unsuspecting concertgoers (particularly “ginger” priests)."

"Ronan's powerful vocals coupled with his Irish wit promises to entertain and put everyone in the Christmas spirit," said Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton. "Christmas at the Cathedral captures the sacredness of the Christmas season and showcases the God given talents of a remarkable man." Ronan Tynan has been singing professionally in concert halls across the United States and internationally for 20 years, both as a soloist and with the Irish Tenors. The trio formed in 1998 consisting of himself, Finbar Wright and Anthony

Kearns. With the Irish Tenors, he recorded eight albums and five PBS specials, such as Live in Dublin (1999) and Ellis Island (2001). They currently do tours twice a year, mostly around St. Patrick's Day and Christmas. "We will be going out again together in March 2016," said Tynan. In 2004, Tynan began a solo career singing at prominent events. One of his first solo performances was singing “Amazing Grace” and “Ave Maria” at the Washington National Cathedral during Ronald Reagan's state funeral in 2004. In 2007, he sang at the White House Governors' Ball, invited by then-president George W. Bush. In 2008, he was invited again to sing at the White House but this time for the St. Patrick's Day Reception, which was attended by leaders of US and Irish governments. He also performed for George H.W. Bush's 80th birthday in 2004 and his 90th in 2014. In the wake of 9/11, Tynan's voice consoled the people of the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department and their families when he sang at their benefits and memorial services. Tynan also sings “God Bless America” for a variety of professional sports teams, such as December 2015

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baseball's New York Yankees and hockey's Buffalo Sabres. "I always feel honored to sing this song, and every time I do, I sing with reverence," said Tynan. Growing up on a farm in Ireland, Tynan sang with his father while they were working. But never more than that until 1994 when he entered a singing competition in England called Go For It, which is similar to American Idol, and won. "At the same time, I finished my studies and practiced, but ultimately decided to sing professionally full time," said the currently 55-year-old singer. Not only is Tynan an international singer, he is also a medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries. He earned a degree from Trinity College. Tynan was also an athlete performing in the 1984

and 1988 Paralympics. Despite the fact that he had his legs amputated at age 20 due to an auto accident, he earned 18 gold medals and broke 14 world records (still holding nine of them). "I love to travel and have the opportunity to sing in such a wide variety of venues both as a solo artist and as a member of the Tenors," said Tynan. "Each place is unique and so many are not only acoustically beautiful, but also visually beautiful as well. Tynan lives in the Boston metro area. Call 570-344-7231 for tickets or by visit Ticket prices range from $35-50. A pre-concert champagne reception with Ronan is $100. H –Ben Freda

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Mansion at Noble Lane

ow do you make a gem from the Gilded Age shine even brighter? Holiday decorations at the Mansion at Noble Lane enhance the gran-deur of the structure and pay homage to the natural beauty that surrounds it. The stately home in Bethany, PA (Wayne County) was built in 1903 as a country estate for founders of the F.W. Woolworth Company. According to present owner Monique Greenwood, the retail giants spared no expense in constructing their retreat, which sits on 22acres of rolling woodlands. 70

Greenwood has transformed the property into a boutique bed and breakfast resort hotel. When it comes to holiday decorating, Greenwood takes a less is more philosophy. “We change our theme each year. We prefer focal points to an abundance of stuff. We’re currently

ten with a natural, almost rustic theme,” explains Greenwood. Still every part of the 25,000 square foot mansion features some finery for the season. “We hang wreaths in the windows and string lights outside, and inside all common areas get a touch of holiday magic,” says Greenwood. December 2015

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ive greens sit atop fireplace mantles and guests are constantly in awe of the display of homemade gingerbread houses created by a local artist. The focal point of the festivities however is a nine-foot Fraser Fir Tree. It’s the centerpiece of the parlor and is placed directly under an opulent light fixture, which does double duty serving as a tree topper. Guests who arrive at the Mansion at Noble Lane during the holidays have the added bonus of seeing this grand estate in its holiday best. And there are always Christmas cookies and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks to really get in the spirit. H

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Theatrical Retelling of a Classic Holiday Favorite

Christmas Con ncert Presented by the Deparrtment of Music

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Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville


xperience the magic of the Koziar’s Christmas Village. William M. Koziar founder of the Christmas Village started decorating his home and property in 1948 to see the pleasure it brought to his wife Grace and children. The Bernville, PA event is now in its 68th year. The event has won many awards including one of the 100 top events in North America, one of the top 10 tourist attractions in PA and the best outdoor Christmas display in the world. “We are still a working farm that is transformed into a fairyland with over one million lights every November and December. The extra beauty is that we are located on a small country road that has been named for us– Christmas Village Road. 74

“When you come to the top of the hill, you see the beauty of the lights and their reflection in the lake located in front of the main house,” says Sonia Koziar daughter of William and Grace Koziar. Travel along the walkways to visit Santa’s post office, old fashioned bakery shop, the toy maker and his shop, kissing bridge, Christmas in other lands, indoor and outdoor train displays and more. Every year new additions are added. New this year is the Reading Railroad building that contains an exact replica of the Reading Train Station. See the trains on the ceiling and the walls. Stop by the lake where gigantic displays are in the middle of the lake including a tree with a light show, a large Santa on jet skis pulled by a boat driven by a

reindeer and dolphins jumping out of the water. “We have had visitors from all 50 states and many countries including China, Germany, England, France, Russia. It truly is a joyous time,” says Koziar. Food can be purchased in the refreshment barn and at two different locations along the pathways. Children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus in his headquarters at Santa Claus Lane and tell him their Christmas wishes. The walk ways and building entrances including restrooms are handicapped accessible. Koziar’s Christmas Village is open until January 2. Visit www. –Linda Scott

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Christmas on the Summit, Clarks Summit This holiday season join Summit University in, Christmas on the Summit. The University will host two seasonal arts events, “A Christmas Carol” and a “Christmas Concert: Light Eternal” at its campus in Clarks Summit. Join the cast and crew of Summit University’s Theatre Department, as they present “A Christmas Carol” like never seen before. Dr. Brian Maxwell, director of Summit University’s Theatre Department, said, “The adaptation is unique. Eight actors (pictured above) play all of the characters, and all eight actors play the role of Scrooge at some point time during the show. The story is the same, but the way it’s told is very interactive. All eight actors function as narrators in addition to playing roles.” This uniquely spun “Christmas Carol” shows how the potential for Scrooge-like attitudes can appear in each one of us. Tickets are $8 and showings begin on Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. followed by Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Christmas Concert: Light Eternal” has three performances– Dec. 11, 7 p.m. and Dec. 12, 3 and 7 p.m. in the historic Murphy Memorial Library. Tickets are $8. Approximately 60 Summit University students including two choirs and soloists will perform classic Christmas songs as well as new renditions of holiday melodies. Adam Schwamb, director of Summit University’s Concert Choir and music instructor, said, “It’s a choral and instrumental celebration of Christmas and Christ’s birth, using new and traditional Christmas carols. Our concerts truly pull together a deeper sense of what Christmas is about. Audience members will leave feeling refreshed and joyous.” During a portion of the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to join in with the performers and sing along to two classic Christmas carols. –Amanda Stickles

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ictorian celebrations abound in this town-wide three day event (December 11-13). Nearly every store front and business hosts an activity or entertainment. Visitors may park their car and hop aboard the Winterfest shuttle, which makes a loop around town every 15 minutes allowing passengers to board and depart at different Winterfest destinations. The Virgin Consort makes a highly anticipated return to the festivities on Friday, performing a program of traditional and Victorian carols plus Medieval and Renaissance sacred works at the Hawley United Methodist Church. For the first time, festival goers over age 21 can enjoy The Beer Tour. Pick up a beer tour card at any of the 11 participating bars, or the Visitors Center, complete six flights over the course


of Winterfest and take home a collectors pilsner glass. Flights available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stops include Cocoon Coffee House, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, The Boathouse Restaurant, The Settlers Inn and Glass Wine Bar and Kitchen. Saturday is jam-packed. The 15th Annual Cookie Walk and Victorian Luncheon fills the First Presbyterian Church while the Hawley Public Library offers lots of fun activities and crafts for children. Visitors may shop the Holiday Artisans Fair on Saturday and Sunday at the Hawley Silk Mill. The juried arts event features original artwork and unique crafts by established and emerging regional artists. All the works are available for sale. A $20 ticket for the Holiday House Tour allows entry to several private residences in

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and around Hawley. The self-guided tour offers a glimpse of the town’s unique architecture adorned for the holiday season. Tickets may be purchased at Teeter’s Furniture on Main Street. Horse-drawn carriage rides around town are always popular with Winterfest goers. Rides will be available on Saturday and Sunday. At the Hawley Train Station visitors may board the Winterfest Flyer for a 40 minute round trip excursion along the Lackawaxen River. On Saturday night members of the Hawley Methodist Church put on an outdoor living nativity display. The Road to Bethlehem features a progressive seven-scene display featuring live animals. Sunday only events include Breakfast with Santa at the Boat House Restaurant, Winterfest Brunch at The Settlers Inn, Joyful Ringers Bell Concert at Hawley Methodist Church and a concert of jazz music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the First Presbyterian Church. Visit for a full schedule of events.

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Built in 1790 by a Revolutionary War colonel, the Nathan Denison House is the oldest frame dwelling in the Wyoming Valley. On December 4 and 5 costumed interpreters will give tours of the home decorated for the season and show visitors how the Denisons would have entertained friends during the holidays. Festivities include food, drink and seasonal hymns. 570-823-6244 ext. 3

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Watch the story of “Tiny Tim’s Christmas” unfold in the historic halls of Wheatland. Guests to President James Buchanan’s home travel from room-to-room and watch scenes unfold in this live theatrical event. Performances run every Friday and Saturday through December 30. Guests are limited to 20 per performance. also offers Wheatland History Tours featuring a guided tour of the Presidential mansion decked out for the holidays! Guides tell about the history of 82

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Christmas in Montrose Folks in this Susquehanna County town celebrate the season with a weekend-long event (December 4-6) that relies heavily on the charm and spirit of the community. Businesses and churches downtown open their doors to host a variety of entertainment and activities.

foot chocolate shaped Santa make its way down Public Avenue. It’s a Christmas Bazaar bonanza on Saturday with four local parishes hosting sales all day. Visitors to Montrose Bible Conference Center will see a display of nativities from around the world. The Montrose Theatre will offer a free showing of “The Santa Clause.” Cupcake decorating will be at Seneca Bridal and Dress Boutique. Saturday closes with the Festival of Christmas Trees at Rosemont Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Festivities begin with a Christmas Tree lighting on Friday at Public Avenue and Church Street. Chocolates by Leopold hosts its popular Chocolate Santa Roll with guests helping the three-

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Honesdale for the holidays

Residents of the hamlet of Bethany, just three miles from downtown Honesdale, welcome visitors for Christmas in the Village on December 5. Businesses such as James Manning House Bed and Breakfast and The Mansion at Noble Lane wil host a holiday open house. Inside the James Manning House, the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir will sing carols and local author Will Wyckoff, will sign copies of his new book "Rabbit Trails." Visitors will see a display of Santa Clauses from around the world at the Bethany Public Library and Historical Society. Bethany Village will host a a tricky-tray and tree lighting ceremony. The 21st Annual Children’s Ornament Hunt

is December 12. Children up to grade four are invited to find the ornaments hidden around Central Park in Honesdale. Local businesses donate prizes for winners, but each child will receive a goodie bag for participating. The lights and sounds of the season join together for the Holiday Light Spectacular. From December 16-21 park in the Honesdale High School lot, tune your radio to 107.7 FM and watch as thousands of lights dance, fade and chase to coordinating holiday music. On December 18, the Wayne County Historical Society hosts a magical night for


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The Gift, Dallas duction flows. Letoski said, “Everything, from costume making, technical lighting directing, cast and crew, is done and created by the members of Back Mountain Harvest Assembly.

Back Mountain Harvest Assembly in Dallas will host its 22nd year of, “The Gift”– a musical drama of the birth of Crist.

Petz said, “It is a fun and entertaining way to send the real message of Christmas out to the people.”

The musical is an outdoor production with a cast of about 120 members and a host of live animals including camels and horses. Shows begin on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. followed by Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Pastor Ray

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The production was once a small gathering of people, however over the years the event and the audience grew heavily in numbers. It has become a local Christmas tradition for many area families. While enjoying the show, guests can munch on free cookies and sip of hot chocolate. Guests will also have the opportunity to receive a prize with the Gift Give Away simply by filling out the information card in the program and returning it to The Gift Giveaway Tent. A variety of prizes will be awarded at random from all entries received. Visit –Amanda Stickles

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Christmas in Our hometown, Tunkhannock For two nights (December 4 and 5), the town’s historic district comes alive with strolling musicians, carolers and horsedrawn wagon rides. Guests can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, ride a trolley to destinations across town, watch the tree lighting ceremony and see live ice sculpting. Shopping, dining and complimentary refreshments are all part of the festivities. Storefronts host living window displays and entertainment. The Dietrich Theatre will offer free movies and workshops.

Dickens of a Christmas, wellsboro Wellsboro's Main Street and the surrounding side streets will close to traffic and transform into an early Victorian marketplace for the 32nd Annual Dickens of a Christmas (December 5). Visitors will find over 170 vendors dressed in Victorian era clothing offering one-of-a-kind gifts available for sale. Downtown is filled with strolling musicians and singers, dancers and street-corner thespians. Many local churches host luncheons, concerts, tours or special services throughout the day. Hamilton Gibson Productions will present several performances of "A Christmas Carol" at the Coolidge Theater and Warehouse Theater. Join the Peace Walk from Packer Park at 5 p.m., to the Village Green for the annual community Christmas tree lighting and carol sing. 90

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The Stroud Mansion, home to the Monroe County Historical Society, welcomes visitors throughout the year. But during the holiday season, the 1795 dwelling along Main Street takes on a special glow.

Staff and volunteers decorate the entrance, front hallway, Victorian Parlor, Children’s Room and the entire second floor. Members of the local garden club adorn the Second Floor Meeting Room with greens gathered from their own properties. The decor is meant to represent and preserve every era of the county’s history including one Christmas Tree decorated with glass ornaments form the 1950s. The exhibit room

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displays the plain Christmas decoration typical of an early 1800s Quaker household, while the Victorian Parlor features the lavish decor, toys and greenery common in the late 1800s. Visitors may see the holiday decorations during regularly scheduled guided tours. The Stroud Mansion also hosts a popular Annual Holiday Luncheon (December10 and 11). The event features a hot buffet lunch catered by Dave Cook from The Cook’s Corner Restaurant, live entertainment and guided tours. On December 12, the Historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg will be the site of the annual Winter Fest and Tree Lighting. Festivities include music, refreshments, craft making, horse and carriage rides and photos with Santa. Inside the historic restored station will be a silent auction, Kids Krafts and model train display. Music and craft vendors will fill the outdoor space. The festival opens at 1 p.m. and culminates with the Christmas Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. H

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s part of the Lackawanna County Library’s Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series, the library will welcome best-selling author Christina Baker Cline on December 3. Cline is the author of the acclaimed 2013 novel “Orphan Train,” which tells the true story of orphans from the East Coast who were sent to the Midwest for adoption in the mid 1800s. Often these children

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Betty Bryden says the beauty of the Victorian architecture is highlighted with the addition of the Inn’s holiday décor. “The spiral staircase, high ceilings, elegant doorways and windows set the stage for trees, garlands and flowers,” explains Bryden.

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Come and enjoy Pennsylvania hospitality at its finest. Call to reserve your special occasion package. Winter ski or summer golf packages, we will cater to guests all seasons of the year. New meeting room and free Internet in rooms. 25161 Route 11, Hallstead. 570-879-2162 or 1-800-290-3922


What luxury our “cabin in the woods” offers! Queen canopy bed, stone fireplace, jacuzzi for two, two TVs, private covered deck and full kitchen. Enjoy our Starting Post Cocktail Lounge and award-winning restaurant. Located two miles from Mt Airy Casino, 10 minutes from the Crossings and 15 minutes from Camelback Ski Area. Paradise Valley. Cresco, PA 800-392-9400

THE FRENCH MANOR– Romantic country inn modeled after a French chateau. Gourmet French cuisine, excellent wines. AAA 4-Diamond Award Winner for lodging and dining. Luxurious suites with fireplace, Jacuzzis & balcony. New GREEN spa, Le Spa Foret. Includes indoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, couples’ massage suite, fireplace, pedicures & more. South Sterling, PA. 1-877-720-6090.

THE JAMES MANNING HOUSE– Welcome to a perfect alternative to traditional hotel lodging, this historic B&B offers all the comforts of home. Three well-appointed guest rooms, private baths, central AC, TV, WiFi, gardens and more. Enjoy a hearty home cooked breakfast, all with warm, friendly hospitality. Honesdale, PA 570-253-5573.


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Rosemont inn bed & breakfast– Enjoy the elegance of this 1859 renovated home in the Historic District of Montrose. Cozy get-aways, retreats, parties & reunions are made memorable here. 8 guest rooms with private baths. Lovely amenities. Within walking distance to downtown. 165 Lake Ave., Montrose, PA. (570) 2787600.

STONE BRIDGE INN & RESTAURANT– European-style inn, restaurant & tavern in a spectacular country setting. 13 charming rooms, with private baths, TV, A/C, several with fireplaces, free WI-FI. Continental breakfast, indoor pool/hot tub, horseback riding. Excellent dinner cuisine. Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9200.

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An African Adventure Awaits in the Poconos

Conde Nast Traveler recently named Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center the World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks. This year the Poconos became the latest of three locations owned and operated by the Nelson family. It’s already been dubbed the grandest in the resort franchise. “We have always dreamed of expanding to the East Coast, and there’s no better way to do it than with our grandest resort to date in this historically prevalent tourist area,” explained Todd Nelson, owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions at the resort’s opening. The name stems from the

With 100,000 sq. ft. of indoor waterpark space, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions features water fun for kids of all ages — from toddlers to grandparents.

Kalahari Desert in Africa, which is the second largest desert in the world. The lush Handcrafted by the Kalahari Resorts indoor watering hole and Conventions theme shop, the is far from a desert, “Joshua Tree” stands tall in the lobby creating the perfect of the Convention Center. oxymoron. The resort is authentically African themed, with hand- bring the spirit of Africa to crafted artwork adorning the Poconos,” Nelson said. the walls, Rwandan coffee “We look forward to a sucbeans served throughout cessful property that will the resort and souvenirs assist in boosting tourism in sourced from local artisan the area long term.” communities throughout The 100,000 square foot Africa. All of this was indoor water park features obtained during the Nelson a retractable roof. Guests family’s 23-day trip to may bodyboard or stand up Africa, where they went for surf 365 days a year on the inspiration that is reflected FlowRider®! Experience the throughout the resort. “We Anaconda water roller couldn’t be more thrilled to coaster, thrill to the highenergy oscillations of the Swahili Swirl or relax in the lazy river. For kids there’s Splashdown Safari and Tiko's Watering Hole– specifically designed for children up to 5 years old. Private indoor cabanas are available and equipped with a continued on page 110

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flat screen TV, chaise lounges, refrigerator, security safe and more. Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark also includes: 457 guest rooms containing one, two-and three-bedroom suites An outdoor waterpark with a huge outdoor pool, a large sun deck for relaxing, indoor/outdoor whirlpools and a swim-up bar 30,000 square feet family entertainment center with dry activities such as minibowling, cutting-edge arcade games, a 5-D theater and black light mini golf Three full-service signature dining experiences

The Wild Wildebeest is a thrilling raft ride at the World’s Coolest Indoor Waterparks where riders experience long hang times and deft gravity.

Spa Kalahari & Salon 100,000 square foot convention center 6,000 square feet of retail space Phase II of the resort is currently underway. When completed in Spring 2017, the addition will bring the resort to nearly 1,000 guest rooms, expand the outdoor

Splashdown Safari is surrounded by a zero depth entry pool that features several levels of interactive water fun.

water park and increase the indoor waterpark to 200,000 square feet thereby giving it the distinction as America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. Kalahari Resort is located off I-380 in Pocono Manor. (877) 525-2427 H

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Experience the breathtaking beauty and adventure of winter at Skytop Lodge. When snow falls, Skytop is transformed into a unique wonderland with activities that set us apart from all of our other travel seasons. Relax at our Skyview Spa or brave the elements on our UTVs or on our Tree top course. Feel the rush as you go tobogganing on one of the last remaining tobogganing runs in the region. However you wish to spend your time, our newly refreshed guestrooms and 5, 500 acres of nature’s awe inspiring grandeur await your arrival, ensuring every moment of your stay is an extraordinary memory in the making. 570-595-8924 | One Skytop Lodge Rd. | Skytop, PA



Christina Baker Kline Author of Orphan Train New York Times #1 Bestseller

Photo: Karin

Orphan Train is the heart-breaking story of children removed from orphanages in New York and sent by train to farms in the Midwest. Some found loving families; some found virtual slavery. You won’t want to miss this lecture.


Thursday, December 3, 7 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center

Admission free for Lackawanna County Library System card holders. Tickets are available online at, at any Lackawanna County Library System library, and at the Scranton Cultural Center box office.

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Christmas Magic Comes to Life

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t looks like the North Pole, but it’s actually in the Pocono Mountains. The Inn at Pocono Manor pulls out all the stops for Christmas. Although the entire resort is decorated, the main attraction is the Magical Fireside Christmas. Beginning on Thanksgiving night and continuing throughout December, the annual tradition boasts indoor and outdoor activities. Inside visitors can build s’mores, make ornaments, decorate cookies, participate in craft making, have their face painted and of course– visit with Santa Claus himself. Outside there’s an impressive holiday light display, horse-drawn carriage rides and a bonfire. The inn, reminiscent of the grand structures of the Victorian era, is the ideal setting for an old-fashioned Christmas. Originally built in 1902 as a summer retreat for the Quaker community, the property has continually been upgraded and today is a charming allinclusive resort. The picturesque drive, lined with trees, becomes extra magical with the addition of twinkling holiday lights. A 60” lighted wreath over the main entrance welcomes guests. 112



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he interior features ten individually-themed Christmas Trees, seven decorated fireplace mantles, numerous swags and garland. Work begins on November 1 to create this winter wonderland. This year the main lodge boasts a traditional Christmas theme with decorations of deep burgundy, hunter green, gold, copper and bronze tones. The Terrace level winter wonderland theme is created through the use of silver, ice blue and crystal accents. Inside Manor Hall, A Magical Fireside Christmas features more vibrant reds, greens, multi-colors, seasonal motifs and lights– lots of lights! The giant gingerbread house is always a favorite among guests. For many, a visit to The Inn at Pocono Manor has become a beloved holiday tradition. H

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Marking the Trail of History


Galusha Grow

ne of Pennsylvania’s greatest statesmen and champion of human rights is remembered with this marker along Route 11 in Kingsley, Susquehanna County. In his remarkable 20 year career in Congress, Galusha Grow spearheaded a number of historic reforms that shaped the growth of the nation.

Galusha Aaron Grow was born in May 1823 in the village of Ashford, Connecticut, the fifth child of Joseph and Elizabeth Grow. When Grow was 10 his father passed away. A widow, with no visible means of support, his mother packed up her three youngest children, including Galusha, and settled on a farm in Lenox Township, Susquehanna County. After completing local schooling Grow entered the renowned Franklin Academy in Susquehanna County in preparation for college. His studies paid off when he was admitted to Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1840. He excelled in debate and proved himself to be an exemplary speaker. After graduating with honors in 1844, he began studying law in the office of F.B. Streeter of Montrose. After only two years in practice Grow set his sights on Washington. With the assistance of Wayne County resident David Wilmot, he secured the nomination for state representative and won the election in October 1850. At the age of 26 he took his place as the youngest member of Congress. It was a time of great upheaval and discord in 114

Susquehanna County

Grow left Congress in 1863. He returned to his home in Susquehanna County and dabbled in the lumber, oil and coal business. He spent the years from 1871-1875 in Texas as president of the Houston & Great Northern Railroad. When he returned home he campaigned zealously for the election of Rutherford B. Hayes for president. As a reward Hayes offered Grow a political appointment in Russia. Photo by Jessica Morrison Grow declined. After a Congress. Some of the most failed run for the Senate in 1881 important issues in American hisGrow returned to his prosperous tory were coming to the forefront. coal business. In 1894 he ran a From the very beginning Grow successful campaign that took a stand for freedom and the returned him to the House of interests of the laboring classes. Representatives. In 1896 he was reelected by the largest majority But he is best known for his ever given to any candidate in relentless pursuit of the Homeany office in any state of the stead Act. His first speech in Union. In 1898 Grow was reelectCongress was in support of that ed for his 10th and final term in act. The Homestead Bill called office. for public land in the west to be made available to the common man for settlement. For ten years Grow’s enthusiasm and dedication to the bill became legendary on Capitol Hill and throughout the nation. Finally in 1862, as Speaker of the House, Grow’s perseverance paid off when President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. Under the law 160 acres of public land in the western frontier was given as a homestead to anyone who was over 22 years of age, the head of a family and a citizen of the United States. By 1900 Grow was largely responsible for enabling 600,000 American farmers to receive clear title on some 80 million acres.

Grow’s years in Congress had a profound effect on the development of the nation. His efforts populated the western frontier, quelled the spread of slavery and helped unite the nation. A publication of his day described Grow as “marked by a persistent advocacy of free homesteads, free territory, human freedom, cheap postage and indeed every measure by which the people were to be made wiser, purer and happier.” He passed away at his home in Glenwood, Susquehanna County, in 1907. His gravesite can be found to this day at a cemetery in nearby Harford. H December 2015

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New Year, New You! A

new year is around the corner. Why not start off fresh by treating yourself to that dazzling new look you’ve always wanted? It’s amazing how just a little change in your appearance can make a big difference. Not sure where to begin? These northeastern Pennsylvania experts in personal rejuvenation can help create the new you for 2016! –Teri Lyon

Where: Char & Company Salon, 234 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston Who: Charlene Maroni, Owner What: Microblading Details: It’s an innovative new method of drawing thin hair strokes directly on the skin’s surface using a specially designed tool. No machines. This method can fill in a sparse brow or create a new brow. The 3D effect of this service gives a realistic result that looks like real hair, unlike traditional tattoos that can leave a dull flat look. A perfect procedure for both women and men seeking to improve the look of their brows. Wow Factor: Char & Company Eyebrow Enhancements can last up to two years and fade without leaving a shadow behind. To maintain, touch-ups are necessary once a year. More Info: (570) 891-0085


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Where: J Madison Wellness Spa & Salon, 365 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston Who: Roseanne Gallagher, Owner and Aesthetician What: Lumilift Facial Treatment Details: Comprehensive, rejuvenating and regenerating treatment for the entire face. Totally pain free and doesn't require any downtime. Increases collagen production, stimulates circulation, tones and retrains target muscles to initial shape. Treatment takes approximately 45 minutes. Wow Factor: You will achieve a visible lifting effect by tightening the facial contour and slowing the aging process. Cost: $95 discounted to $65 if you mention Happenings Magazine! More Info: (570) 714-1670

Where: Lotus Salon, The Lodge at Woodloch, 109 River Birch Lane, Hawley Who: Brooke Jennings Roe, Director of Marketing What: Moroccanoil® Manicure and Pedicure Details: Revitalize your skin and stimulate your senses with the Moroccanoil® manicure and pedicure. A unique and luxurious orange peel scrub gently exfoliates your skin preparing it for the rich hydrating effects of Moroccanoil’s® honey-lavender scented Intense Hydrating Treatment and a warm eco-fin mask. Finish with a deeply hydrating cream and warm stone massage to leave your hands and feet soft and supple. Includes cuticle care and polish. Wow Factor: The Moroccanoil® products truly penetrate the hair and skin to make a noticeable difference. The personalized service at Lotus Salon at The Lodge at Woodloch makes you feel like queen (or king) for a day! The bonus is that anyone using The Lotus Salon gets use of the spa facilities (indoor pool and hyrdromassage waterwalls, outdoor jacuzzi, indoor sauna and steam room, etc.) just before or after their service! More Info: (800) 966-3562 continued on page 118

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Where: John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelids Surgery Specialist, 200 Mifflin Avenue, Scranton, and 1201 County Line Rd, Bryn Mawr (main office) Who: John J.W. Lee, MD, FACS, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eyelids Surgery Specialist What: “I specialize in performing eyelids and brow lift surgeries. It is by far the most challenging and scrutinized cosmetic surgical procedure. I received my oculoplastic surgical fellowship at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital. I have a thorough knowledge of the eye anatomy which is important since there is an important function that the eyelids have in protecting our eyes. I have performed over 10,000 eyelids/brow lift surgeries to date, thus making me an expert in this field.” Details: Upper eyelids surgery takes approximately 45 minutes surgical time while lower lids surgery can be more involved and may require up to two hours to perform. My lower lids surgical method is very unique and minimizes recovery. Wow Factor: Our eyes are the most important feature of our face. They express our emotions and also our well being. This cosmetic surgical procedure is the most popular for the face since it provides the greatest impact on the face. You feel more alert and well rested when saggy skin is tightened and lifted. When you look in the mirror and see your baggy and puffy eyelids, you feel tired and exhausted. The reflection in the mirror and comments from others regarding how tired you look can make you feel less vibrant. Cost: Upper eyelids surgery is $2400 and lower lids surgery ranges from $2500-$3500. More Info: (570) 504-5888, Scranton, (610) 789-6701, Bryn Mawr, or

Where: The Renaissance Center For Plastic Surgery, 1845 Memorial Highway, Shavertown Who: Susan J. Collini, CASC, RT, RDMS, RDCS Administrative & Facility Director What: Facial and/or Body Rejuvenation Details: There are many options addressing Facial and/or Body Rejuvenation. It depends on the patients' desires, facial or body challenges, and time and financial commitment. Some procedures are “instant gratification” and some take one-six months for final results. Wow Factor: Our surgical services and skin care procedures have the most tremendous WOW factor because there IS surgical intervention and cutting edge expertise and equipment in creating “A Better You,” especially when there are no other options for correction or improvement. More Info: (800) NEW-IMAGE or


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Where: Horizon Dental Care, 400 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 300, Scranton; 2537 Route 6 – Hawley; and 3025 Lake Ariel Highway, Honesdale Who: Dr. John Evanish III D.D.S., Owner What: One-Stop Family Dentistry Details: Fast, compassionate, multi-specialist dental care for patients of all ages (from children to seniors). As a patient you will never hear, “I’d like to refer you to a specialist.” We offer all dental services under one roof, which means less hassle, fewer visits and more affordable services. In many cases we can fix your problem during your initial visit! Wow Factor: We simply have the most convenient office hours in the area. We offer appointments from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and are even open on Saturday. The best part about one-stop dentistry is being able to complete most treatments in just one visit with minimal wait times. This allows you to “get in,” “get out,” and “get on” with your busy schedule. Cost: We provide a complimentary first exam to all of our patients. We also accept most insurances, offer specials for uninsured patients and have a great “Smile Now! Pay Later” program with 0 percent financing. More Info: Scranton, (570) 342-8800; Hawley, (888) 752-0084; Honesdale, (570) 253-4245 or

Where: GlowAnti-Aging & Cosmetic Laser Center, LLC, 102 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green Who: Kurt Massoudi, Owner What: Gold Standard Laser Technology Details: Laser technology close to you so you don’t have to travel far to get great results for your cosmetic needs. We strive to achieve the best results through our non-invasive cosmetic procedures utilizing the latest in Gold Standard laser technology. We offer an array of modifiable anti-aging treatments combined with facials with high quality skin care products to deliver visible long-lasting results with no down time. We specialize in non-invasive: Laser Hair removal for all skin types. Reduction of wrinkles, spider veins, and age or sun damage pigmentations Botox Juv’ederm Sclerotherapy Luxurious rejuvenating facials and massage therapy at an affordable price to make you Glow. Wow Factor: Our 24K Gold facial treatment combined with one session of no-pain laser treatment offers glowing results for your next wedding or night out. That is why we say “Healthy Beautiful Skin for Men and Women Born from Science and Technology” More Info: (570) 319-1725 or continued on page 122


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Char & Company Now Introduces 3D Eye Brows & American Volume Eye Lash Extensions

Get the brows you’ve always dreamed of with Microblading (3D brows). Semi-permanent and last up to two years!

Lighter, Fuller, Sexier Lashes!

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234 Wyoming Avenue • West Pittston, PA 570.891.0085 •


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Where: Scot R. McKenna, MD, FACS 1736 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton Who: Scot R. McKenna, MD owner What: Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty Details: Removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smooth and firmer. Wow factor: A flat and wellModel, not actual patient toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. The most common causes for loose or sagging skin include: aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery, significant fluctuations in weight. More info: (570) 340-6920 H

BRIDAL PACKAGE! UPDOs for three or more people $45. Plus Makeup Done for FREE with Mimosas and Muffins Served. We specialize in all hair types as well as keratin, Brazilian blow outs, relaxers, scalp treatments, weaves and braids. Come and relax in a comfortable, friendly setting with a professional stylist. Satisfaction guaranteed!



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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons


Cosmetic & Breast Reconstructive Surgery Post Mastectomy • Breast Enlargement – Lift/Reduction Facial Cosmetic Surgery • Face/Eyes/Nose/Ears Injectibles/Botox/Juvederm/Voluma • Body Contouring Surgery Liposuction/Tummy Tuck • Mommy Makeover (MMO) Dawn Quinn, Licensed Esthetician

Clarks Summit, PA • 570-586-5000 | Wilkes-Barre, PA • 570-821-2820

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Three Simple Ways To Improve Your Well-being hile it’s important to take care of yourself at every life stage, seniors are more vulnerable to age-related ailments such as high blood pressure and dementia—but by investing a little time and energy you can make small changes that help create a more enjoyable future.


Here’s a look at three good ways you can optimize your physical, mental and social health as you grow older: The Mind Matters Stimulating your brain regularly is a good way to prevent forgetfulness and keep your wits sharp. A national study of 3,000 older adults found that after five years, those who did brain training programs improved in cognitive speed, memory and reasoning. This helped with everyday tasks including managing medications, preparing meals and overseeing finances. Card games and board games are great ways to challenge your thinking power while connecting with friends and there are many versions you can play by yourself on a computer. Free apps with mind-stimulating games and activities are easily accessible on iPads, tablets or smartphones and are 124

specifically designed to train memory and attention. Make New Connections Having close relationships and staying socially active are essential to maintaining quality of life. In fact, research shows that social interaction in older adults can result in such health benefits as lower blood pressure, reduced risk of depression and potentially reduced risk for cardiovascular problems, some cancers, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. While it’s sometimes difficult to get together with loved ones who live far away or have school and work commitments, technology lets people connect instantly through text, voice, photos and video. To combat loneliness and social isolation, arrange regular Skype calls with family members and set up a group chat with friends to discuss common interests. Get Physical Exercise doesn’t have to mean running a marathon or lifting triple-digit weights. In fact, overexerting yourself may cause additional health problems. Try yoga, pilates or tai chi to relax and tone your muscles while improving flexibility and balance. Daily walks around your

hood are a good form of physical activity that require minimal investment. If you’re concerned about exercising alone, consider getting an automatic fall detection alert system so you can feel more confident. Companies such as Bay Alarm Medical offer medical alert devices that instantly call emergency services with the touch of a button in case of a fall, dizziness or other accidents. Aging is a natural life process and taking proactive measures to be physically, mentally and emotionally sound can ease the process. During Healthy Aging Month—and all year long—taking the small steps, literally, can go a long way in improving your health and overall wellbeing. Learn More For further facts on medical alert devices, go to or call (877) 522-9633. Tai chi can help flexibility and balance and can be a good idea as you age. H

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f you or someone you care about is among the estimated 45 million Americans who are 65 years of age and older, there’s an important health fact you should know: As you age, your immune system weak-


to your health care provider about flu prevention and your flu vaccine options, and get vaccinated early before it’s too late.” The flu can make existing health problems worse and

get an annual vaccination. However, the survey found that more than half of seniors are unaware that there is a flu shot specifically for their age group. Older adults have flu vaccine options, including the regu-

Understanding The Seriousness Of The Flu ens. This can make influenza (“the flu”) severe and even life threatening for older adults. The 2014–2015 flu season recorded the highest hospitalization rates among people 65 years of age and older in recent history, yet a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. seniors found that many underestimate the seriousness of the flu and are largely unaware of their vaccine options. To help educate older adults and those who care for them about the seriousness of the flu, the importance of prevention and available vaccine options, two-time Emmy and Tony award–winning actress Judith Light— starring in the new Broadway play Thérèse Raquin—has joined the Flu + You program for the second year in a row as the campaign ambassador. “I turned 65 last year, and even though I still feel healthy and active, I know my immune system weakens with age,” said Light. “I can’t afford to let the flu slow me down, and luckily my doctor gave me a flu shot specifically for my age. If you’re over 65 like me, talk 126

is especially dangerous for people with chronic health conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, which commonly affect older adults. People with these conditions are more likely to develop complications from the flu that can result in hospitalization and even death. “Adults 65 and over typically account for roughly half of flurelated hospitalizations and almost all flu-related deaths, and yet the survey we conducted shows that only 8 percent of survey respondents are concerned about getting the flu,” said Kathleen Cameron, MPH, Senior Director, National Council on Aging. “Furthermore, about one third of respondents are unaware that someone with chronic health conditions would be at risk for complications from the flu.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the single best way to prevent the flu is to

lar flu shot and a higherdose vaccine, both of which are widely available at a doctor’s office or local pharmacy. Flu vaccination is a Medicare benefit with no copay.

Older adults and their caregivers can learn more at, which features more survey results, free educational materials, and a public service announcement with Judith Light. Flu + You is a national public education initiative sponsored by the National Council on Aging in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur. In a PSA at, the National Council on Aging and Judith Light encourage people 65 plus to ask about their flu vaccine options. H

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Eyelids Surgery & Facial Injection Specialist - John J.W. Lee, MD

Non-Surgical Services:

Expert Facial Injector (Diamond level provider - TOP 3%) *Dr. Lee is an expert injector specializing in difficult areas - experience the result achieved by an expert eyelid & brow-lift surgeon! Botox cosmetic (ALWAYS $10 per unit): Our price is unbeatable! Dr. Lee has performed micro dot injections for 10 yrs - addressing each individual eyelids/forehead muscles for optimal results.” Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane fillers ($600-$700): We only offer the most popular fillers with the highest safety profile. Voluma ($800 per syringe; $1500 for 2 syringes): *The #1 filler in the US -Dr. Lee achieves amazing results using this product for the lower lids / cheeks. Holiday Voluma Special ~ purchase 2 syringes of Voluma for $1500, receive 1 syringe Juvederm complimentary ($600$700 value)! (expires 12/30/2015; can not be combined w/any other offers; limit 1 per patient; NEW patients only) *applicable at Bryn Mawr (main office) location ONLY

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Latisse (only FDA approved medicine to grow lashes): **buy 15ml kit for $159, receive 1-3ml kit ($95 value) ~ limited offer while supplies last; limit 1 offer per person!

Surgical Services:

Upper eyelids blepharoplasty to remove excess upper lids skin

Patient had the following procedures by Dr. Lee upper eyelids & Dr. Lee's suture brow lift surgery; Voluma filler to lower lids; Botox to forehead

Lower eyelids blepharoplasty surgery to resolve puffy & sagging lower lids Eyelid muscle surgery to allow eyelid to open wider for better vision (medical) or sense of alertness (cosmetic) Browlift surgery to help with the “hooded” brow appearance; Dr. Lee created a method that is less invasive and has minimal recovery Double eyelids/crease fixation to fixate eyelid skin to the eyelid muscle to create a larger more open eye shape Reconstructive Eyelid/Brow surgery performed after cancer removal and trauma

Patient had the following procedures by Dr. Lee upper eyelids, lower eyelids and brow lift surgery; Botox to forehead

Dr. Lee is an oculoplastic surgeon - specializing in performing cosmetic & reconstructive eyelids & brow lift surgeries. Dr. Lee utilizes his extensive training, which includes an ASOPRS fellowship at the distinguished Wills Eye Hospital. He performs cosmetic eyelids/brow procedures and addresses medical issues such at ptosis (weakness of eyelid muscle), obstructed tear ducts and reconstruction of eyelids after trauma or skin cancer removal. While performing thousands of eyelid & brow lift surgeries, Dr. Lee has honed his surgical skills and evolved his surgical techniques. Patients have traveled from all across the country and also from Europe, Asia, South America & Canada to seek his surgical expertise. So trust your most valuable asset - your eyes to a surgeon who has performed over 10,000 eyelids and brow lift surgeries to date!

John J.W. Lee, MD

(610) 789-6701

1201 County Line Road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

(570) 504-5888

200 Mifflin Ave. Scranton, PA 18503

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Looking Lovely As You Age recent study conducted by Harris Poll revealed that 73 percent of women aged 50 and over say they don’t feel their age, and only slightly more than one-third would like to be 25 again. Additionally, a majority say their confidence level is higher now than when they were younger. Boomer women of today feel secure in a fresh, exciting, new stage in their lives filled with work, family, and social and community activities. On top of it all, they want their looks to reflect the vital way they feel.


“The conversation about what makes a woman beautiful has never been more interesting,” notes gerontologist Dr. Alexis Abramson, who consults for the L’Oréal Paris beauty brand. “I can tell you that boomer women have reinvented and redefined every life stage as they’ve passed through it, and 128

they’re in the process of doing the same now. Many cite that, when it comes to beauty, they prefer to look like themselves, only refreshed. Rather than trying to hold on to the past, they are proud of where they are now.” Despite this confidence and contentment, there is a collective sense among women within the demographic that the beauty category has forgotten them, especially when it comes to hair color, as there are very few products on the market that specifically serve the needs of this growing consumer base. Considering that the majority of women aged 50 and over who have ever colored their hair claim to do so because they hate having gray roots, this would seem to be a serious void. The fact is that hair, just like skin, ages, and that by the age of 45, over 50 percent of people are affected by graying—such a drastic segment of the

population that it should be impossible to ignore. “Without doubt, the most common concern of women who sit in my chair is staying ahead of grays,” says Los Angeles– based celebrity hair colorist for L’Oréal Paris, Kari Hill. “As fun as hair color can be and as much as it is a vehicle for self-expression, for so many, hair color choices are function over fashion. Generally speaking, I’ve found that women want at-home hair color that corresponds to their desires: easy to use, easy to apply and, above all, looks authentic.” Most current hair color formulas designed to cover grays are often too heavy, too contrasting when roots grow in, and leave women with very visible roots that need to be touched up every few weeks. They also don’t address women’s worries about volume and shine, as colored gray hair can continued on page 130 December 2015

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appear dull. Fortunately, brands such as L’Oréal Paris have taken these insights seriously, developing products suited for mature women. Hill recommends Excellence Age Perfect Hair Color, which is specifically designed for the 50-plus age group. The color uses technology that reacts differently to gray and pigmented hair, creating a layered high and low tonal effect, almost as if highlighted, which softens the look of regrowth. In addition, it’s enriched with collagen, known for its texturizing effect, and Ceramide R for repairing and protecting.

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uring her time at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Loyola University in Chicago, psychologist Dr. Tiffany Griffiths learned a lot about diversity and holistic health. Wanting to be close to her family and “to add to the evolution and growth” in the area, she began offering therapy out of a small office in her home here in Northeast PA. Dr. Griffiths now heads a pri-

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vate practice with locations in Dunmore, Clarks Summit and Exeter with over 15 clinicians who specialize in many types of therapies and counseling for adults, children and adolescents. Dr. Griffiths and her clinicians bring a unique, modern approach using varying and sometimes alternative techniques that are proven to help their clients’ progress. As a result, they help improve the health of the whole person, not just the mind. What is a humanistic psychotherapist? Carl Rogers, a humanist and the founder of clientcentered therapy believes that we have within us what we need to grow in a positive direction and given the right environment, we will grow in a positive direction. My goal is to provide that environ-

ment, for which there are three conditions. One, unconditional positive regard, which means we shouldn’t judge patients or their lifestyle. The others are empathy and congruence. I think people miss congruence because it means the therapists need to know themselves well. Having done a little bit of work on ourselves is important to client-centered therapy. How is your approach “integrated, holistic and eclectic”? Integrated means combining primary care, the physical, with mental care. Integrating psychology with medicine has more effective outcomes in patient care. The world is finally getting that and we are integrating our model of the mind with the physical models that exist. Many primary health care physicians are referring us. They are thinking about how a person’s mental health is affected by stress, chronic pain or a diagnosis of terminal cancer. The holistic piece goes with the integrated. We’re thinking of the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We’re not keeping them in separate camps and treating them

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like they have no connection. Eclectic means we use what works for each individual. It’s about knowing where our clients are and meeting them there. Why is this approach best? It’s the way we operate. I think Cartesian Dualism, keeping the mind and body separate, has created a lot of the emptiness we feel in society because we are not treated as a whole. Wouldn’t you rather a medical doctor who questions how your lifestyle contributes to your condition? Maybe you don’t need a prescription. Maybe the condition is caused by stress, dehydration, or lack of sleep and needs to be treated behaviorally. A holistic, integrated model brings unison to mind, body and spirit so they can work together. I think the Humanistic piece is best because only we know what is best for us. We need the space to figure that out on our own. The Humanistic model provides that space. The eclectic piece creates structure if needed or wanted. What are the benefits of mindfulness?

You would be hard-pressed to find a symptom that it does not help, whether physical, mental, spiritual or emotional. The brunt of the research has been on medical issues such as hypertension, chronic pain, obesity, heart disease, gastrointestinal distress. Many of those conditions are exacerbated by stress. Mindfulness, specifically Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), reduces stress. Psychologically the most research has been on anxiety disorders and mood disorders. Trauma is also getting a lot of attention. Veterans are using MBSR for combat trauma in VAs across the nation with fantastic results. For children, it’s incredibly effective for behavioral and attention problems and self esteem. It’s also good for people who want to improve the quality of their life, be more present for themselves and their loved ones, and want to step away from the rat race. Do you offer MBSR at your practice? I’m excited to be the first in the area offering it by certified teachers. I, myself, practice and am completing my certification. We hope to expand to more specific groups like children, ado-

lescents and adolescent teens. I’m also looking forward to offering it more to primary care physicians, other medical doctors and school systems. Schools around the nation have mindful programs that have had drastic results. It decreases fighting and bullying, difficulties paying attention, aggressions, anxiety and depressed mood. It increases problem solving, attention, awareness, math scores and self-esteem. There are similar results in adults. It’s another piece of integration. Most people think of integration and they think of the medical and psychological. When I think of it, I think of the ways psychology can be integrated with many other facets of society. Why do you think people find mindfulness intimidating? In our culture, we’re taught that it’s not ok to just be. One of the first questions people ask you is “What do you do for a living?” We have built a value around doing. For some of us it’s difficult to just be because our emotions start creeping up, because of an overactive mind or not liking ourselves very much. continued on page 134

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There are all kinds of reasons why it’s difficult, but it’s certainly one of the most powerful ways to start to balance one’s life. And, no one has ever died from it. As terrifying as it feels, it just entails sitting and paying attention. It feels scary, but it doesn’t make it so. Difficult and challenging are not bad things. The more challenging, the more we grow. If you are looking for something easy, a quick fix, it’s not for you. It requires daily effort to be present. Little by little, when you start to balance the doing and the being, you start to notice symptoms just go away. When did you decide to be a psychologist? In my senior year of high school when I had a psychology class. What brought me into the field is what brings most people in, dysfunction. My family was like most and was dysfunctional. I wanted to figure it all out. In my family, I took on a role of care taker and was rewarded so I wanted to perpetuate


that. It wasn’t until I got help myself that I realized we really don’t help people. We guide them. We hold up the mirror and show them themselves. We sit with them without running away or freaking out even though they talk about all their ugliness. What is the most rewarding part of your job? It’s so cliché but true, seeing people thrive. Knowing how people feel when they come in and then seeing them at the office later on. Many of them will thank me, share something they’ve accomplished or send a card when done with their treatment. Seeing people go from feeling alone and desperate, helpless and hopeless to not only being stable, but thriving and being excited about their lives. Seeing them overcome fears and realize that they are not their depression or their chronic pain, that they are not doomed to repeat patterns, that they do have a choice. H

12 Getting Personal with Dr. Tiffany Griffiths Favorite aspect of NEPA: The proximity to major cities. Favorite quotes: “It is what it is.” and “This too shall pass.” On your nightstand: A children’s book to read to my son, “One”, a Winnie the Pooh on management book, tissues, and a light. Inspirations: My children, especially my Levi the youngest because it’s inspiring to see how everything is fresh and he hasn’t labeled it yet. Children: Jonah. Noah, Levi Education: BS from the University of Scranton, Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Internship at Loyola University in Chicago.

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trip to Terrery Dental will change patients’ attitudes about dental maintenance. This modern, caring facility features the latest technology in seven operatories and exudes a warmth typical of tight-knit NEPA. Dunmore native Dr. Michael J. Terrery, DMD pursued his secondary school education at Scranton Prep and his undergraduate studies at The University of Scranton. He completed his DMD at Temple University in 1994. The Bartonsville location opened four years later and has expanded over the last 17 years.

ated with Studio Arts Dental Laboratory (Dr. Terrery is the director), which is onsite and allows for same day, next day and third day dentures and repairs. The practice’s commitment to staying cutting edge means a dedication to continuing education and

Dr. Terrery likens being a general dentist to being jack of all trades. “I perform a wide variety of services focusing on the skills that I enjoy and excel at while referring my patients to Dr. Terrery lives in Glenmaura with his wife of 21 years Kathleen, sons Michael Jr., 18 (a freshman at St. other University), Nicholas 14 and Elizabeth 12. The providers as Joseph’s younger children both attend All Saints Academy. needed,” he equipment updated to the explains. newest technology every Dr. Terrery’s specialties four years. include everything from molar root canal to oral surgery. The practice is associ136

a game changer in dental care. Terrery Dental has the ability to scan a patient’s mouth instead of taking impressions and email the results to the laboratory. Xrays can be viewed in 3D for more in-depth analysis. Dentures and partial dentures can be fabricated in lighter, more comfortable material with less metal, and implant dentistry is now routine. The Terrery Dental team consists of the doctor, six hygienists and seven other staff members who treat patients ranging from age 3 to 99. For some of Terrery’s patients, this is their first opportunity to have modern dental care. Fear is always a concern for people going to the dentist. The doctor walks the patients through the procedure and also has anesthesia and medication onhand, which can make the process easier. It’s the patients who really make it worthwhile for Dr. Terrery, who says, “After over 20 years of practicing it’s still about getting to know the patients, their families, their children and grandchildren.” Visit H –Kieran O’Brien Kern

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Make an impression on your loved ones, without making one on the environment! Use old newspaper or magazines as wrapping paper.

made out of non-biodegradable substances.

Use unique boxes, such as a cigar box, for gift-giving.

Use a wreath made of birdseed as food for birds throughout the winter months.

If sending a small gift, use plain popcorn instead of packing peanuts. The recipient can throw it away or feed it to the birds!

Use LED holiday lights (they save up to 90 percent of the energy used by regular mini lights and last 100 times longer). Send e-cards or 100 percent recycled cards rather than traditional paper cards.

Run damaged or over-used wrapping paper through the shredder for festive packing material. Reduce packaging all together by giving an “experience,� such a lessons or activities to be done together. Trim the tree with edible decorations rather than buying new ornaments that may be

Plant an evergreen tree every year to later decorate outdoors, or use trimmings for wreaths. Decorate with natural items such as gourds and fruits (and enjoy eating them later!). Reuse old paper greeting cards by framing them as decoration. H

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Emilie Deery and her husband Brian moved their family to Clarks Summit, PA from Long Island, New York in February 2001. What drew them to the region was St. Joseph’s Center, for their disabled child, Timothy. Already with New York Life Insurance Company on Long Island, Emilie was able to transfer to the Northeast PA General office, located in Scranton. Now 26 years with the company, she recently achieved Chairman’s Council Status, the highest level of achievement within the company. She, along with three other women in finance, share their insights on the following pages. If you have a woman who you think should be profiled, please contact one of our account representatives at 570-587-3532 or The profiles that appear have been edited to fit our print version. We encourage you to read the full profiles at

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Emilie Deery Financial Services Professional at NYLife Securities, LLC. Education: Pursued Accounting at SUNY at Oswego

Most proud of: I am so very proud of my husband and my children, and lately I am proud to be the Volunteer for Good coordinator in my office. I am on the board at St. Josephs Center, and also very proud of the grants we have been able to obtain through the volunteer efforts of everyone in our office.

Family: Husband: Brian; Sons: Raymond and Matthew; and Timothy (in heaven) First Industry Job: Reports Writer for the Internal Revenue Service Previous Position: Tax Examiner Looking Forward To: Going to Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) in Vancouver in June. Financial Outlook: I believe in the prospects for a good economy. It is important to understand our own risk tolerances and to keep them in mind when planning for the future. Motivation: Freedom motivates me; the freedom to work with people that choose me, freedom to earn the best living I can while spending a good amount of time with family and friends. Freedom to do what I love! Why Women Excel in Finance: We are born to multi-task, to use our time efficiently and we are not afraid to ask for help. We are nurturers, and so we

endear ourselves naturally to others. Future for Women in Finance: Over the last 26 years I have seen women become the decision makers and certainly the movers and the shakers. I am fortunate to work in an office and an industry where women are invited to the table, and we are quickly becoming a big part of the financial work force.

Biggest Accolades or Designations: Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, Certified Long Term Care Consultant, Chairman’s Council Agent of the New York Life Insurance Company Unusual Hobbies: Creating unique jewelry. People Don't Know About: I had the lead role in the musical “Babes In Arms” in high school. I always wanted to pursue a career in acting/singing. Favorite Northeast PA Meal: I am a meat and potatoes girl, so I love Carl Von Luger’s. However, I thoroughly enjoy Pizza Night and the fabulous wines at Maiolatessi’s. Favorite Vacation Spot: Marco Island, Fl Favorite Book: The Secret Life of Bees

Advice: It is important to give back, to take the time to be thankful and to pray.

Favorite Quote: Live everyday as if it was your last.

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Jean Pavek Chief Compliance Officer, The Biondo Group Education: Skidmore College

Three Biggest Designations: Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma.

Family: Husband Gary Pavek; Children-John and Mila; Grandchildren-Alex, Alyson, Valerie, Aidan and Mackenzie; Great-Grandchildren-Bryson and Aiden

Favorite Northeast PA Meal: I enjoy occasional lunches with a good friend at the Dimmick, the Waterwheel or Bar Louis.

First Industry Job: Sales Assistant, Shearson/American Express, Port Jervis, NY Goals For Current Position: Ensuring that our fiduciary duty to our clients is our primary influence in the conduct of our business. Looking Forward To: The Federal Reserve raising interest rates. The current low interest rates have been in place for so long that they are hurting senior investors. Biggest Overcome Career Challenge: After 22 years, the transition from working with a large firm to a small, independent one required learning more detail about the daily operation of a financial organization that was previously covered by corporate headquarters.

years in the industry, I still enjoy what I do every day. Why Women Excel in Finance: I believe that women have more empathy and patience when meeting with clients. Future for Women in Finance: Opportunities for women to be successful in financial positions are increasingly available. Telecommuting and flex schedules ease earlier problems of balancing work and personal commitments.

Industry Outlook: The long term outlook for the industry is good, but patience is required to look past short term volatility.

Advice: There are many avenues to participate in the financial industry beyond degrees in economics and finance. Many positions are available for those in computer science, and even those in physics, engineering, chemistry and biology make excellent analysts of companies in those fields.

What Surprised Me: I’m continually surprised that after 33

Most proud of: That my children are happy and successful.

Favorite Vacation Spot: I enjoy traveling to many different locations, both domestic and foreign, to discover the people and culture. Favorite Quote: Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. - Edmund Burke. On Your Nightstand: “The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge” by David McCullough, which not only describes the construction, but the story of the Roeblings and the society of the time. I was born in Brooklyn and my grandmother spoke of watching the construction so this story is of particular interest. When you retire: I look forward to being able to travel and spend more time with my family.

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Theresa M. Hinton, Esq. Trust Officer, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank Education: Bachelor of Science, St. Francis University; Juris Doctor, Duquesne University School of Law

business, women are shattering the glass ceilings. I have two girls, and I tell them anything is possible. The real challenge is succeeding in your area of expertise or chosen profession regardless of gender. There is no room for complacency, and the only ticket to success is hard work.

Family: Husband, Attorney Tim Hinton; Children Sara, John, Emily and Daniel Hinton Motivation: My motivation, in my career as a lawyer and in my career with Fidelity Bank, is to help others. I have found great personal satisfaction in guiding people through the process of difficult decisionmaking in areas which require specialized knowledge and experience. Knowing that my clients are counting on me is all the motivation I need to go the extra mile.

offering a volunteer time off program that promotes and encourages contributions of time and talent to local organizations during the work day. Why Women Excel in Finance: Women as a whole have gentle qualities and often times, they

Favorite Book: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

lend support and compassion in a more personal manner. I believe when these traits are coupled with a detailed knowledge of trusts, the result is a strong and reliable working relationship.

On your nightstand: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Industry Outlook: Higher household wealth and the aging US population will lead to the creation of more trusts and estates. We will likely see some changes in tax legislation relative to these two factors. The use of trusts in situations with special needs beneficiaries is also fluid. What Surprised Me: Over the last four years, Fidelity Bank has provided over $1.5 million in financial contributions to support local charities and community organizations. I find that astounding! But what has impressed me even more is the bank’s model for community service. The bank truly supports stewardship of the communities we serve by

People Don’t Know: I am a military Brat, and my family and I lived in Brussels, Belgium for three years during my middle and high school years. Also, I was in Army ROTC during college.

Future for Women in Finance: In all industries and areas of

Favorite Quote: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

When you retire: I look forward to an extended trip to Europe with my husband and visiting all the places I used to go in my youth; then live on a lake in Northeast PA.

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Kathryn Serniak Mortgage Originator, Wayne Bank Education: Lakeland High School

customers to answer questions and guide them through every step of the home buying experience leaves me feeling fulfilled. It’s the most rewarding feeling to see the looks on my customers’ faces when they realize their dream has become a reality.

Family: Husband, Steven; Daughter, Nicole; Son, Richard; 6 Grandchildren; Madison, Reagan, Brandon, Preston, Grant and Brody Goals For Current Position: To help as many people as I can achieve their dreams of home ownership while making the process simple, straightforward and enjoyable. Looking Forward To: A busy home buying market in 2016. Challenges Facing Industry: Regulatory changes, as well as consumer confidence in the economy. Biggest Career Challenge Overcome: Keeping up with all of the regulatory changes that have taken place in the mortgage industry over the past few years. Industry Outlook: In the coming year, mortgage lenders will continue to look for qualified borrowers while consumers are still likely to see favorable interest rates. I am hopeful that 2016 will result in a good

buyers’ market, which occurs when interest rates remain low and there are plenty of homes on the market. What Surprised Me: How uncomplicated the mortgage process is here at Wayne Bank. We are a local bank where decisions are made in-house and underwriting is done locally and it makes a huge difference in the ease of doing mortgages. Motivation: Helping my customers realize their dreams of home ownership! For most people, their home is their most valuable asset and single biggest purchase, so I understand why the process can be both exciting and intimidating, especially for first-time homebuyers. Working one-on-one with my

Outside the Industry, a Dream Job: I would love to be a full-time babysitter for my grandchildren. Hobbies: I started running this year and belong to the YRun Club at the Greater Carbondale YMCA. People Don't Know: I completed my first 5K, the Fred Ciotti Memorial Race, earlier this year. Favorite Northeast PA Meal: Pizza! It doesn’t matter if it’s square, round, Old Forge style, or NY style, I love it all! Favorite Vacation Spot: The Bahamas. I got married there, and have amazing memories of our trip. Favorite Book: I’ll read anything by David Baldacci or John Grisham. Favorite Quote: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” On Your Nightstand: My Kindle, I love to read. When you retire: I want to spend lots of time with my family in NEPA and become a snowbird in the winter.

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John Mackarey*, LUTCF Agent, New York Life Insurance Company 220 Penn Ave. Suite 100 Scranton, PA 18503 570-340-1320 Member of the 2014 Million Dollar Round Table *Registered Representative offering investments through NYLIFE Securities LLC, (Member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency.

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Happenings Magazine is delighted to announce the local businesses that won the second annual Happie Awards! Winners were chosen by satisfied customers who voted online at for businesses that made them most Happie. Congratulations to all the winners and their Happie customers!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best Restaurant Overall- Ehrhardt’s Waterfront, Hawley

Best Vegetarian RestaurantEden, Scranton

Best Restaurant for SeafoodCooper’s Seafood

Best Shop for Children’s & Women’s ClothesWallflower, Honesdale

Best Restaurant for Pizza- Arcaro & Genell, Old Forge Best Wine ListMaiolatesi Wine Cellars, Scott Twp. Best Restaurant for Breakfast- Viewmont Diner, Dickson City

Best Shop for Men’s Clothes- Arts for Him, Honesdale Best Shop for GiftsEverything Natural, Clarks Summit Best Car DealerMotorworld, Wilkes-Barre

Best Restaurant for SushiAtami, Clarks Summit

Best Garden ShopCreekside Gardens, Tunkhannock

Best Restaurant for Steaks- Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood, Scranton

Best Antique ShopA Picker’s Find, Honesdale

Best Restaurant for Wings- Kelly’s, Scranton Best Restaurant for Subs/HoagiesVino’s Deli, Wilkes-Barre 94 148

Best Healthy Food Shop- Everything Natural, Clarks Summit Best SupermarketWegman’s, Dickson City Best Mall/Shopping Center- Viewmont Mall,

Best PhotographerRich Banick, Dunmore Best Shoe RepairClem’s, Dickson City Best Tailor/Seamstress AlterationsThread to Sew, Dunmore Best Car Wash/DetailingElmy Detailing in Motion, Dunmore Best AccountantRon Daniels

Best Mechanic- OK Tire & Auto Service Center, Clarks Summit Best Computer RepairBest Buy, Dickson City Best Farm/CSABrookvalley Farm, Carbondale Best Dry CleanerMercury Cleaners, Scranton Best Annual EventWally Lake Fest, Lake Wallenpaupack December 2015 2014 December

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Best FundraiserA Chair Affair, Junior Achievement of NEPA

Best PediatricianHonesdale Pediatrics, Honesdale

Best Gala/Black Tie Event- Coaches vs Cancer, Scranton

Best Children’s Dentist- Dr. Paoli & Dr. Hanyon, Pediatric Dental Specialists, Clarks Summit

Best Race- Steamtown Marathon, Scranton

Best Fair/FestivalLa Festa Italiana, Scranton Best Outdoor EventPublic Maple Sugaring Day- Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry Best History-Centered Event- Dunmore Cemetery Tour presented by Dearly Departed Players, Dunmore Best Town-Wide EventFirst Friday Scranton Best Art-Centered Event- Fine Arts Fiesta, Wilkes-Barre Best Educational Event/Seminar- Summit University Alumni Bible Conference, Clarks Summit Best Family ResortKeen Lake Campground & Cottage Resort, Waymart Best Children/Family Photographer- Cheryl Kaiser Fine Photography Best Place for Children’s HaircutsVisible Changes, Honesdale Best Summer CampSummit University Big Blue Sports Camps, Clarks Summit December 2015

Best Birthday Party PlannerJennifer Keating Best Children’s Membership- Everhart Museum Early Explorers, Scranton Best Children’s EventMoments of Magic Children’s Consignment Sale Best Local Musician/BandSkip Monday Best Concert VenueMontage Mountain Toyota Pavilion, Moosic Best Ballet/Dance Company- Ballet Theatre of Scranton, Scranton

Best Library- Albright Memorial, Scranton Best Place for a Night Out- Slopeside Pub at Blue Mountain, Palmerton Best Casino- Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre Best Sports TeamScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Best Late-Night Hangout- Trax Platform Lounge at Radisson

Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Best Movie TheaterCinemark, Moosic Best Local Theater Company- Ghostlight Productions, Clarks Summit Best Builder/RemodelerKRK Construction, Keith Kobesky, Clarks Summit Best Home Improvement StoreGay’s True Value, Tunkhannock Best Home InspectorTom Berardelli

Best Realtor- Barry Kaplan, Classic Properties, Clarks Summit Best Gas/Oil ProviderAtlantic Propane, Scranton Best Heating & Cooling Repair- T.E. Spall and Son, Carbondale Best Plumber- Wayne Pisanchyn, Clarks Summit Best ElectricianDave Misiura Best Lawn Care ProviderLawn Doctor, Pittston Best Basement Water Protection ServicesB-Dry System, Spring Brook Best Wedding PhotographerPhotography by Seneca, Montrose 149

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Best Dress ShopDiamonds and Lace, State College Best Wedding BakerDelectable Delights, State College Best DJ/BandNittany Entertainment, State College Best Wedding VenueRadisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Best Limo CompanyFullington, State College

Best Florist- Ambiance Event Planning and Floral Designs, Scranton Best Tuxedo RentalSarno & Son, Scranton Best Wedding/Event Planner- Cindy Condella of Condella Consulting Best CatererMad Chef, State College Best College- Johnson College, Scranton Best High SchoolAbington Heights, Clarks Summit Best Elementary SchoolFell Charter, Simpson

Best Tutoring ServiceNEPA Career and College Counseling Associates, Clarks Summit Best Non-Credit Training/Professional Development ProgramLeadership Lackawanna, Scranton Best College CounselorJennifer Kresock, Clarks Summit Best Teacher/ Professor- Dr. Ritch Kelley, Summit University, Clarks Summit Best Food Truck- What the Fork, Wilkes-Barre Best ServiceTerra Preta, Scranton Best BarCoopers Seafood House Best CafÊZummo’s, Scranton Best Place to Dine with Kids- Mill City Restaurant and Dairy Bar, Dalton Best Romantic DiningPOSH, Scranton Best Ethnic RestaurantAmber Indian Restaurant, Moosic

Best Preschool- Learn and Grow Early Childhood Center, Scranton

Best DinerChick's Diner, Scranton

Best Continuing Education ProviderSummit University, Clarks Summit

Best Atmosphere- Old Brook Inn, Spring Brook Twp.

Best Cyber School- PA Cyber Charter School 150

Best ValueCafe Rinaldi, Old Forge

Best Dentist- Nataupsky Family Dentistry, Kingston

Best Orthodontist- Dr. Joyce A. Perih Orthodontics, Dunmore Best Hospital- Geisinger Best Primary Care Physician- Dr. Louis Adamo, Scranton Best Rehabilitation Facility- Allied Services, Scranton Best OncologistNortheast Radiation Oncology Center, Dunmore Best Cardiologist- Dr. Matthew Stopper, Great Valley Cardiology, Scranton Best Obstetrician/ Gynecologist- Dr. Christine L. Phillips, Geisinger, Scranton Best OptometristNortheastern Eye Institute

Best Audiologist- Maggie Marriotti, Hearing Specialists of NEPA Best Family AttractionKnoebel's Amusement Resort Best Date-Night Destination- Mt. Airy Casino Theater, Mt.Pocono Best Family Fun Park/ Mini Golf- Lahey's Family Fun Park, Clarks Summit Best Yoga- Kelly O'Brien of Mission Yoga, Scranton Best Water ParkCamelbeach, Tannersville Best History/Heritage Attraction- Everhart Museum, Scranton December 2015

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Best MuseumGettysburg Natl Military Park Museum and Visitors Center Best Water OutfitterEndless Mountain Outfitters, Sugar Run Best Ski ResortElk Mountain Ski Resort, Union Dale Best Golf CourseSplit Rock Resort, Lake Harmony

Best Veterinarian- Dr. Robert Noto, Memorial Veterinary Hospital, Dickson City Best Pet GroomerFlawless Paws, Clarks Summit Best Pet Boarding Facility- Eva's Play Pups Countryside Dog Camp, Union Dale Best Place to Buy Pet SuppliesPetSmart, Dickson City Best Pet AdoptionLaura's Hope Rescue, Hop Bottom Best Horse BoardingBlue Stone Valley Acres, Laceyville Best Riding Stable/Trail RidesHappy Trails Riding, Lake Ariel

Best Dog Park- Abington Dog Park, Clarks Summit Best ZooClaws N Paws, Hamlin

December 2015

Best Pet-Centered Event- Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Walk, Clarks Summit

Best Hotel for Girlfriend Getaways- The French Manor, South Sterling

Best Spa- The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley

Best Hotel for Business Travel- The Lodge at Keen Lake, Waymart

Best SalonStyle at 529, Dunmore

Best CampgroundKeen Lake Campground, Waymart

Best Stylist- Tricia Bell, Style 529, Dunmore

Best Shoe Store- Sole to Soul, Clarks Summit Best Accessories StoreCharming Charlie Best MassagesWoodhouse Day Spa, Kingston Best Manicures/ Pedicures- Serenity Spa at Camelback Lodge Best Jeweler- Wisnosky Jewelers, Tunkhannock Best Fitness CenterLake Region Fitness, Hawley Best Personal TrainerGina Lecce, Lake Region Fitness, Hawley Best Bed and BreakfastFern Hall Inn, Clifford

Best Hotel- Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Best Overall ResortWoodloch Pines, Hawley Best Romantic ResortCove Haven Entertainment Resort, Lakeville

Best Winter ResortWoodloch Pines, Hawley Best Summer ResortWoodloch Pines, Hawley Best Vacation RentalLodge at Keen Lake, Waymart Best Local BreweryThree Guys and a Beer'd, Carbondale Best Blog: David DeCosmo Best Farm MarketScranton Farmers Market Best Chocolate Producer- Dunmore Candy Kitchen Best Event VenueScranton Iron Furnaces Best Senior Living Center- Elan Gardens, Clarks Summit Best Ice CreamManning’s Farm Dairy

Best Bank- Wayne Bank Best Local AuthorMargo L. Azzarelli Best Christmas Tree Farm- Roba's Tree Farm, Dalton & Greenfield Twp.


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Best Insurance AgencyChristie Bonnice- State Farm, Wilkes-Barre

Best Business Association- Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Best Nonprofit OrganizationCommunity Cares for Kids

Best Visitors BureauLackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Best ChiropractorAndrew Hawley, PorzioHawley, Clarks Summit Best Music InstructorEd Loch, Wilkes-Barre Best ArchitectMichael Muller, Scranton Best Christmas/ Hanukkah Event- The Gift at Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, Dallas Best Place for Mother's Day Dining- Lukan's Farm Resort, Hawley

Best Home Health Care Provider- Traditional Home Health Care, Dunmore Best PharmacyCVS Pharmacy Best Local ArtistKy Betts, Scranton

Best Interior Designer/DecoratorJane Leslie & Co.

Best Winery- Maiolatesi Wine Cellars, Scott Twp.

Best New BusinessCase Quattro Winery, Peckville

Best Downtown for Shopping- Scranton

Best New RestaurantOlde Brook Inn, Spring Brook Twp. Best Hospice Care Provider- Compassionate Care Hospice

Best Pumpkin PatchAutumn Family Fun Attraction- Roba Family Farm, Dalton

Best Independent Distributor- Monica Scaduto, Mary Kay

Check the January 2016 issue

for highlights from the Second Annual Happie Awards.

Look for information on the 2016 Happie Awards in June 2016!


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Scranton, PA • 570-498-9758






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570-346-6883 • 570-654-6883 Scranton Pittston

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BEST ARCHITECT ! Michael Muller, AIA, NCARB, Associate



Bank Towers • 321 Spruce St., #407 Scranton PA •

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3 West Olive Street • Scranton, PA





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Pittston, PA

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Dr. Robert J. Noto

WINNER Two Years in a Row!




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700 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton, PA





(570) 685-8000

Scranton 570-346-5725 • Dickson City 570-347-2766 Edwardsville 570-287-2287 • Wilkes-Barre 570-823-7658 Stroudsburg 570-421-1730



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WHO is the

cutest of them all? “Teddy Wu”

“Boo Boo”

Katie Pineda rescued this fun-loving feline. She says she’s very lovable and gets along with the other pets she lives with in Scranton.


This Jack Russell Terrier mix loves to play catch, chase after laser beams and steal food. The only thing he loves more than playing is crawling underneath the blankets and cuddling with Taryn Turissini at home in Coal Twp.


This little character is a sock bandit who loves to romp and play. He a little love muffin who keeps Patty & Steve Gary smiling in Scranton.


Kelly Graff says this guy loves to swim and play fetch. His personality is very playful and fun loving but he loves to snuggle. They make their home in Covington Twp.

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Vote for your favorite December pet at! The winner receives a Happenings bandanna!

The votes are in...

November’s Pet of the Month is Remington Zinskie of Peckville. Congratulations!



He loves to cuddle and watch TV with mommy and daddy when he isn't busy playing with everything around him. He belongs to Nicole Thomas of La Plume.

Very friendly and outgoing, that’s how Traci Matisko describes her lovable pup. He loves to hide his rawhide bones around the house in Archbald and sit by the window and watch the birds.


“Sparky” Enjoying some fun in the sun! Christine Rossavik of Falls says this girl is super friendly and loves doing tricks.

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Annie Shingler and her dog relocated from NYC to Taylor. He’s loving life in NEPA going for walks and meeting new people.


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Anxiety or Ailment?

Can a Change of Behavior Be a Sign of a Bigger Problem? Q: My 10 year-old English Springer Spaniel just began going to the bathroom in the house when left alone. I assume it’s an anxiety issue. Even though I take him out to do his business before I leave, he still has accidents in the house while I’m gone…even for short periods. How can I soothe his anxiety and stop the accidents? I would caution against making assumptions about why any dog does


anything. Yes, in order to alter a behavior we must start somewhere, but let’s begin with the least likelihood of exacerbating the issue or potentially creating additional problems. First, rule out any physical ailments; it’s entirely possible that a bladder or prostate problem just happened to arise coincidentally with your absence. But, you say, he only does it when you’re not home. Yes, that could be deliberate on his part, or it could be that you’re simply not around to notice his urgency or frequency of need, whereas when you’re home, you do. So, make an appointment with your vet for a thorough checkup with blood panels.

issues, separation anxiety, early senility or something else, his instincts should still work to your advantage. Don’t make a fuss when leaving him, nor be effusive in greeting him upon return. Be matter-of-fact in both instances, go about your business of unloading groceries (for example) before turning your attention to him, calmly accompanying him outdoors to offer praise when he eliminates outside. If he doesn’t do his business, keep him leashed with you when you return indoors, or crate him again if leashing isn’t feasible. He doesn’t get free range indoors until immediately after you see him eliminate outside.

Even before you visit the vet, begin redirecting his bathroom habits. As if he were a pup, crate him whenever you’re not present (are you absolutely certain he doesn’t water the couch even when you’re home)? Sure, he may object, and you may feel guilty, but whether his laxity is due to health

In case there’s an element of anxiety, take the time to desensitize your dog to your departure. The first few times, crate him while you’re working indoors; don’t leave. Before actually leaving the house, crate him at least a half hour before you quietly go into the yard without saying anything to the dog, making eye contact or acknowledging him in any way. Walk around the yard, come back and busy yourself inside without acknowl-

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edging the dog, speaking calmly as if in a phone conversation. If he fusses, don’t go to him until he’s been quiet and calm for at least five minutes– increase each absence and delay each greeting gradually over time. You might try recording your voice reading a book or engaging in conversation and set the recorder for constant playback while you’re gone. Don’t orient the words towards the dog, don’t use the dog’s name. Keep your voice tone upbeat, happy, confident. When you finally leave the premises, keep the first trips short, crate well beforehand and follow the same protocol of nonchalant departures and arrivals. H

–Beth Dorton Dillenbeck,, blogging at http://instinctiveimpressions.blogspot. com/

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS Area code 570 unless specified

SPECIAL EVENTS Dec. 1-Jan. 2, Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville, 488-1110. Dec. 1-19, Wreaths Around Tunkhannock, Downtown Tunkhannock, Tunkhannock, 996-7437. Dec. 5, 1-5, Holiday Train Rides, Steamtown National Historic Site, Moscow, 340-5200. Dec. 3, 12th Annual Open Skate, 6-8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, 970-7600. Dec. 4-5, Christmas in Our Hometown, Historic Downtown, Tunkhannock, 687-1584. Dec. 4-6, Christmas in Our Hometown, Apple Wagon Antique Mall, Tunkhannock, 836-8713. Dec. 4-6, Christmas Tea, Oldest House, Laceyville, 869-1679. Dec. 4-6, Christmas in Montrose, downtown Montrose, 278-1174. Dec. 4, Candlelight Christmas Dinner, 6-9:30 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Dec. 4, Wannabee Christmas, 6-11 p.m., Regal Room, Olyphant 489-1901. Dec. 5, Santa Train, Scranton, 963-6730 x8200. Dec. 5-13, 25th Annual Old Time Christmas, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg 992-6161. Dec. 5-6, Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Creekside Gardens, Tunkhannock, 836-3595. Dec. 5, Pet Pictures with Safe Haven Santa Claws, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Berger’s Agway, Brodheadsville, 992-5300. Dec. 5, Fegley’s Brew Works Craft Beer Festival, 12-8 p.m., Allentown 162

Brew Works, Allentown, 433-7777.


Dec. 5-6, Living Christmas Village, 4-7 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Dunmore, 342-5651.



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Dec. 6, 26th Annual Santa’s Snippers Cut-AThon, Now Hair Studio, Scranton 346-4460.

Dec. 11-12, Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tours, The Jackson Mansion, Berwick, 759-8020. Dec. 11-12, Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tours, The Jackson Mansion, Berwick, 759-8020. Dec. 11-13, Hawley Winterfest Beer Tour, The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Dec. 11-13, The Gift, BMHA Worship Center, Trucksville. 696-1126. Dec. 11-13, Hawley Winterfest, downtown Hawley, 470-2697. Dec. 11, Trivia Quest Scranton & Lackawanna County Tournament, 7-9 p.m., Everything Natural, Clarks Summit, 586-9684. Dec. 12-13, Holiday Artisans’ Fair, Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley, 390-4440. Dec. 12-13, A Very Merry Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Creekside Gardens, Tunkhannock, 836-3595. Dec. 12, Open House Holiday Party, 6-p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center, Hawley, 226-7355. Dec. 18, Charity Cask Night: Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 5 p.m., Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton 346-6883. Dec. 20, AFBA Indoor Bluegrass Shindig, 12:30-5 p.m., Plainfield Twp. Vol. Fire Co. , Plainfield Township, 253-2800.

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Dec. 20, Winter Solstice Celebration, 6:30-7 p.m., Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose, 278-9256.

Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Celebration, Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, Hawley, 226-1337. Dec. 31, Global Peace Meditation & Vegetarian Breakfast, 7 a.m., Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose, 278-9256. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Two Ways, 5:30-10 p.m., The Setters Inn, 226-2993. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center, Hawley, 226-7355.

COMMUNITY EVENTS Dec 1, The Laughter for Tractors Benefit, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Everything Natural, Clarks Summit, 586-9684. Dec. 2, Holiday Book and Gift Sale, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming, 693-1364. Dec. 1-2, Chat’n Do, 7-9 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020. Dec. 3, Holiday Shopping Event, 4-8 p.m., St. Mary’s Villa Residence, Elmhurst Township, 795-2810. Dec. 3, Lady Jane’s Salon, 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Bartolai Winery, West Pittston, 388-8466. Dec. 5, Soup Supper, Christ Episcopal Church, Forest City, 785-3425. December 2015

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS Dec. 5, Holiday Open House, Woods and Company, South Abington Township, 585-5685.

Dec. 6, Family Holiday Social, 12-3 p.m., United Methodist Church, Dingmans Ferry, 828-2288.

Dec. 5, Bus Trip, Philadelphia Art Museum, 7:30-8 a.m., Century Club, Scranton, 342-0204.

Dec. 10, Annual Holiday Trunk Show, Boccardo Jewelers, Scranton 344-9021.

Dec. 5, Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, 278-1504.

Dec. 12-13, Winterfest Brunch, The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993.

Dec. 5, Giant Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., United Methodist Church, Dingmans Ferry, 828-2288. Dec. 5, Community Breakfast with Santa & Toys for Tots Collection, 9-11 a.m., Elm Creek United Methodist Church, Scranton, 342-8263. Dec. 5, Decemberfest!, 10 a.m.4 p.m., Memorial Park, Carbondale, 960-2754. Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, The Main Street Farmers’ Market, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020. Dec. 5, Roller Radicals Christmas Tree Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., That Bounce Place, Wilkes-Barre Township, 762-2664. Dec. 5, Charlie Brown Christmas Event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming, 693-1364. Dec. 5, Zyto-looza, noon-9 p.m., Everything Natural, Clarks Summit, 586-9684.



featuring Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan

Dec. 12, Tea Tips And Treasures, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming, 693-1364. Dec. 12, 9th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Clarks Summit Fire Company, Clarks Summit, 6878259. Dec. 12, Festive Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m., Ladore Lodge, Waymart, 488-6129. Dec. 12, Holiday Sale, 10 a.m.7 p.m., Potting Shed at The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Dec. 13, 4th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020. Dec. 13, Book Club: “I Am Malala,” 2-2:30 p.m., Century Club, Scranton, 342-0204. Dec. 17, Clothes Closet, Daleville United Methodist Church, Covington Township, 842-6776. Dec. 17, Game Night, 6-9 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020.

Frida Dec. y, 8:00 p 18 .m.

Mass Schedule

CONCERTS & MUSICAL PERFORMANCES Dec. 3, Family Holiday Music Show! 7 p.m., Sherman Theatre, Stroudsburg, 420-2808. Dec. 3, The Wayne Choraliares Present The Joy of Christmas, 7 p.m., St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Dec. 3, Vienna Boys Choir presents “Christmas in Vienna,” 7:30 p.m., Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 674-6719. Dec. 4, John Prine, The F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100. Dec. 4, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic: Home for the Holidays!, 7 p.m., The Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton, 270-4444. Dec. 4, The Irish Rovers Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m., State Theater, Easton, 252-3132.

Light Soup Supper follows worship Labyrinth available each week

Dec. 20 Advent IV Sunday 10:30 a.m. Choral Cantata, Handbells,

Confession Schedule

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Dec. 20, Manger in the Park, 6-7 p.m., Bloomsburg Town Park, Bloomsburg, 764-5778.

December 2, 9, 16 Advent Vesper Services Half-hour 5:45 p.m. service with guest musicians each week

Carols, Scripture

Dec. 19 - 10:30-11:30 a.m. • Dec. 23 - 5:30-7:00 p.m Dec. 24 - 10 a.m.-noon

Cathedral of Saint Peter

Dec. 19, A Contra Dance: A Special Holiday Gathering, 7:30-10 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020.

A Place for You this Christmas... at Covenant Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve - 4 p.m., 12 a.m. Midnight Mass Christmas Day - 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:15 p.m.

315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton • 570-344-7231

Dec. 19-20, Pawsitively for the Animals Christmas Gift Wrap, Boscov’s at The Mall at Steamtown, Scranton, 947-1393.

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS Dec. 4, Live Music with Rick Horvath, 8-8:30 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley, 226-2124. Dec. 5, Doug Smith’s Dixieland All-Stars at the Santa Train, Various Train Stations in Northeast, Pennsylvania, 343-7271. Dec. 5, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic: Home for the Holidays!, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100. Dec. 5, Brother Sun, 7:30 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020. Dec. 5, Cricket Tell The Weather, 8-10 p.m., Harmony Presents, Hawley, 588-8077. Dec. 5, Arcadia Chorale presents Glad Tidings!, 8 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton, 871-0350. Dec. 5, Joe Stanky & The Cadets, 5-9 p.m., Regal Room, Olyphant, 489-1901. Dec. 6, Wayne Choralaires Present The Joy of Christmas, 2:30 p.m., Queen of Peace Church, Hawley. Dec. 6, Arcadia Chorale presents Glad Tidings!, 3 p.m., St. Nicholas RC Church, Wilkes-Barre, 871-0350.

Dec. 10, Doug Smith Jazz Trio, 7-9 p.m., Lackawanna Historical Society, Scranton, 344-3841.

Dec. 16, Acoustic Bluegrass Jam, 7-9 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020.

Dec. 11, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, 970-7600.

Dec. 17, Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas, 7 p.m., The F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100.

Dec. 11-12, Christmas Concert: Light Eternal, 7 p.m., Summit University, Clarks Summit, 585-9000.

Dec. 18-19, Cabinet, F.M. Kirby Center, Scranton, 826-1100.

Dec. 11, Satin Dolls, 7-11 p.m., Carl Von Luger Steak & Seafood, Scranton, 955-5290. Dec. 11, Sounds Like Teen Spirit, 7-10 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020. Dec. 11, Live Music with Silver Meteor, 8 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley, 226-2124. Dec. 12, Doug Smith’s Jingle Bell Jazz Trio, noon-2 p.m., Hawley Public Library, Hawley, 226-4620. Dec. 12, Christmas Concert: Light Eternal, 3 p.m., Summit University, Clarks Summit, 585-9000. Dec. 12, Winterfest Rockin’ Christmas with John Curtin, 8 p.m., Glass—wine. bar. kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, Hawley, 226-1337.

Dec. 18, A Holiday Tribute to John Denver, 6 p.m., Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton, 344-1111. Dec. 18, Christmas at the Cathedral with Ronan Tynan, 8 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, 344-7231. Dec. 18, Live Music with Julie Knakk, 8-8:30 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley, 226-2124. Dec. 19, Holidays Around the Globe, 5:30 p.m., Milford Theatre, Milford, 409-1269. Dec. 19, Black Tie Stereo, 6-11 p.m., Regal Room, Olyphant, 489-1901. Dec. 19, Live Music with Compass, 9 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley, 226-2124. Dec. 20, Arcadia Chorale presents 32nd Annual Messiah Sing-Along, 3 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scranton, 871-0350.

Dec. 6, “Christmas with Rutter & Friends,” 7:30 p.m., Milford United Methodist Church, Milford, 8565696.

Dec. 12, “Christmas the Cabaret Way: Music, Comedy and Everything Yuletide,” 7 p.m., The Theater at Trinity Church, Carbondale, 1-800-838-3006.

Dec. 7, Ferdie Bistocchi Memorial Orchestra, 5-7 p.m., Saint Mary's Center, Scranton, 343-5151.

Dec. 12, Opera Takes a Holiday, 7-9 p.m., The Cooperage, Honesdale, 253-2020.

Dec. 22, Sundays with Friends: Laura Frautschi, Violin, John Novacekith, Piano, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY, 745-3000.

Dec. 8, Doug Smith’s Jingle Bell Jazz Trio, Hawley Public Library, Hawley, 226-4620.

Dec. 12, The Amigos, 8-10 p.m., Harmony Presents, Hawley, 588-8077.

Dec. 26, Mike Mizwinski, 8-10 p.m., Harmony Presents at the Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley, 588-8077.

Dec. 8, Let It Show, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100.

Dec. 12, Live Music with Gone Crazy, 9 p.m., Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hawley, 226-2124.

Dec. 10, Sounds of Christmas, 6:30 p.m., Elm Park United Methodist Church, 342-8263.


Dec. 12, Jeffrey James Band, 6-11 p.m., Regal Room, Olyphant, 489-1901.

THEATER & STAGE Dec. 1-27, A Christmas Story, Alvina Kraus Theatre, Bloomsburg, 784-8181.

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DECEMBER HAPPENINGS Dec. 1-2, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Broadway Theatre, Scranton, 342-7784. Dec. 4-5, A Christmas Carol: Theatre Production, 7:30-p.m., Summit University, Clarks Summit, 585-9000. Dec. 5, A Christmas Carol: Theatre Production, 2:30 p.m., Summit University, Clarks Summit, 585-9000. Dec. 5-6, A Christmas Carol, Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, 296-9630. Dec. 11-13, Christmas Spectacular: Change, The Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, 420-2808. Dec. 20, The Nutcracker Ballet, 8-8:30 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100. Dec. 30, Kevin Hart What Now? Tour, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township, 970-7600.

SEMINARS & LECTURES Sep. 12-Dec. 19, Byzantine Iconography classes, 9 a.m.-noon, St. Andrei Icon Studio, Scranton, 342-2921. Dec. 3-6, Flying Needles Quilt Camp, Pocono EEC, Dingmans Ferry, 828-2319.

Dec. 3, Scam Education Presentation by Janene M. Holter, 11 a.m.-noon, Northern Wayne Fire Hall, Lakewood, 253-4262. Dec. 5, Eagle Watch Volunteer Training, Upper Delaware Visitor Center, Lackawaxen, 226-3164. Dec. 9, Around the World with Food: Culinary Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Wayne County Public Library, Honesdale, 253-1220. Dec. 15, Student-Run Stuttering Support Group Meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., Misericordia University, Dallas, 674-6724.

ART EXHIBITS Dec. 1-31, Threads: Connecting ‘60s & Modern Rockwear, The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, NY, 845-295-2522. Dec. 1-31, To Your Health! The Science, Culture & Art of the Cocktail, Everhart Museum, Scranton, 346-7186. Dec. 1-31, Dinovember, Everhart Museum, Scranton.

Dec. 3, Natural Wonders: Animals in Winter, 1-2:30 p.m., Lackawanna College EEC, Covington, 842-1506. Dec. 7 & 21, Children’s Cancer Support Group, 5-7 p.m., Timmy’s Town Center at the Steamtown Mall, Scranton, 341-1511. Dec. 10, Nick Jr.’s Peppa Pig Live! Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, 420-2808. Dec. 10, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 7 p.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100. Dec. 12, Ecozone Discovery Room! 1-4 p.m., Pocono EEC, Dingmans Ferry, 828-2319. Dec. 26, Children’s Cancer Support Group, 10-12 p.m., TCMC, Scranton, 342-8874.

NATURE Dec. 6, Winter Ecology Hike, 10 a.m.-noon, Pocono EEC, Dingmans Ferry, 828-2319. Find more December events at!

KIDS CORNER Dec. 2, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 10 a.m., F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, 826-1100.

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December 2015 Happenings Magazine  

Time to Deck the Halls and Celebrate Christmas Across NEPA!

December 2015 Happenings Magazine  

Time to Deck the Halls and Celebrate Christmas Across NEPA!