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Expert heart care from Geisingerr.. It’s always close to home.

Still think all healthcare is the same? Geisinger-Community Medical Center is home to a state-of-the-art Heart and Vascular Institute that provides Scranton with the best heart physicians and latest advancements in the treatment of heart conditions. From heart attack care to heart disease and thoracic surgery, we offer expert care for all major heart and vascular ailments, backed by Geisinger’s nationally recognized expertise. Call 570.969.7355 or visit


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Stan Warunek, Montage Photography


Go Red for Heart Health


Meet ladies of every age who advocate for heart health.


Elegant Experience Peek inside the setting of the cover photo shoot at historic Zacharellis Gardens in Elmhurst.


45 Food Facts In celebration of Happenings Magazine’s 45th anniversary, discover 45 things you might not know about food in Northeast PA!


Find home project solutions all in one place– the Lackawanna Home Builders Association Home Showcase.


Polar Plunge Ready to take the leap? Find out how!


Four-Legged Friends Find advice for pet-owners, and choose your favorite cutie to support in the Pet of the Month Contest!


Show the Love Grab Valentine’s ideas for romantic escapes, date-night ideas and shoplocal gift guide.


Nail Down Home Projects

Fiery February! Things to do, where to go, everything you need to know!

Valentine’s Day Dining Your guide to a romantic meal.


Jersey Boys Experience the story of Frankie Valley and the Four Seasons!

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Dear Happenings, Several years back you wrote an article on me, surviving and fighting through breast cancer (September, 2009). The enthusiasm and spark your article gave to the public has continued to help our community. I have since had several relapses; however, I am in remission again and living every day happy, healthy and with the will to help and fight forever. You made such an amazing impact on my life, and I thank you for sharing my story. Your article paid it forward to so many! Thank you with all of my heart! The cover with my daughter and my sister will forever be a part of my life. –Jennifer Derr, via email

Dear Happenings, The article is so special (Creating an AgeAppropriate Environment, January 2014)! Thank you for ALL you do and continue to do for the Children’s Advocacy Center and the child/teen victims of abuse and neglect whom we serve. –Mary Ann LaPorta, via email Dear Happenings, We love the story (Winter Waterfalls–Noteworthy Proposals in NEPA, January 2014)! Thank you for publishing it! Hopefully, we can put our wedding story in at the same time next year! –Leanne & Tom Reynolds, via email

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On the Cover: Karley Hill Goes Red for Heart Health at Zacharellis Garden, Elmhurst Photo: Stan Warunek, Montage Photography Published Monthly. 350,000 copies annually. ©2014 HAPPENINGS MAGAZINE All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process except with written permission.

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Voyce, who at age 87 attributes her good had a milestone birthday last year, and I health to daily walks. Joy DeSoto has built a have to admit, turning 40 did bring an successful business out of helping people be epiphany. It was time to pay attention to physically fit. The owner of Birchwood Fitness my health. I was all too guilty of one of the shares advice for people at any age who want pitfalls of youth– the illusion that nothing can to get proactive about happen to you. All those health (page 112). Then things people say to worry For every hour of exercise there’s Karley Hill and about don’t apply to you. Mackenna Cole– two amazBut that “dreaded” birthday you can add two hours ing young ladies who overdid come with the realizaon to your life. came heart defects to live tion that better health now happy and healthy lives. can allow me to reap bene-


fits for years to come. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests you look first at your family history. Both my grandmothers passed away as a result of heart disease, so I know it’s time to buckle down! It all starts with exercise. It's amazing the things that inactivity can do to your body, virtually setting off a domino effect of health issues. Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer have all been linked to inactivity. But there is hope. According to the American Heart Association, for every hour of exercise you can add two hours on to your life! In fact studies show physical activity can keep heart disease, the number one killer of women, at bay by reducing the chance of heart disease 30 to 40 percent and stroke by 25 percent.

As you flip through the pages of this “Go Red” issue, I hope you find inspiration in the real-life stories, information and professional advice to lead you on a path to a healthy lifestyle.

To your health,


Barbara Toolan

I take inspiration from the ladies featured in this issue. They donned red dresses in support of AHA’s Go Red Campaign to raise awareness of heart disease. Plus, they are wonderful role models for living a healthier lifestyle. Like Ann

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February sunday








Instant Decision Open House Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre.








Classic Movie Series: Casablanca, Dietrich Theater, Tunkhannock. 1 & 7 p.m. 836-1022

Festival of Ice, downtown Clarks Summit. Through Sun.











“Much Ado About Nothing,” Theatre at Lackawanna College, Scranton. 2 p.m. 945-1455.

9 “Jersey Boys,” Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton. Through Feb. 16. 800-745-3000



Rhythm of the Dance, State Theatre, Easton. 4 p.m. 800-999-STATE


Sunday for Singles Nature Hike, Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 1-3 p.m. 828-2319.

Presidents Day


National Cupcake Day

February is American Heart Month Bake for Family Fun Month Library Lovers Month Responsible Pet Ownership Month

Date Night– Love, Spirited Art, 6:30-9 p.m.

Winter Fun Night, Rock Mountain Bible Camp, South Gibson. 7-9 p.m. 756-2200

Geisinger-CMC Ladies Night Out for Heart Month, POSH, Scranton. 6 p.m. 703-8709.


Happy Valentine’s Day!


The Broadway Boys, State Theatre, Easton. 8 p.m. 800-999-STATE.


Winter Craft Beer & Food Pairing Dinner, Patsel’s, Clarks Summit. 7 p.m. 563-2000.

Cross Country Skiing, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 9-11 a.m. 828-2319.


Hearts & Snowshoes, Ledges Hotel, Hawley.

22 LHBA Home Showcase, Through Sun. Mall at Steamtown, Scranton.

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Every Age Goes Red for Heart Health!

Heart health is important at every age. The ladies on the following pages illustrate this truth vividly, with one person representing a distinct age range. Each dons a red dress to raise awareness of heart disease– the number one killer of women and men in the nation.

The grand foyer at Zacharellis Gardens in Elmhurst with unique coffered ceiling of hand carved acorns, raised panel oak wainscot, maple floor with oak inlay medallion, period chandelier and grand staircase.

Hair & Makeup: Rose Flynn, Mary Beth Nealon, Michelle Foley and Brea Bidwell of Alexander’s Salon & Spa, Scranton Photography by Stan Warunek, Montage Photography Text by Erika A. Bruckner

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Karley Rose Hill

Preschool Student, JFK Elementary

Resides: Scranton. Family: Parents Douglas and Kristy; Sister Karalyn. Pets: Scooby (Beagle). Loves: Ballet, singing, swimming, attending local plays, going to the library and the Philadelphia Zoo. Community Involvement: Karley was the 2013 Child Chair for the Lackawanna County Heart Walk. She has participated in the walk the past three years and plans to be involved in the future.

I was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetrology of Fallot. I had open-heart surgery at 4-months-old at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Now, I love to swim, dance, go on walks with my family and play at local parks!

Mackenna Cole



6th Grade Student @ West Scranton Intermediate School

Resides: Scranton. Family: Parents Michael and Michelle; Siblings Caitlyn, Michael & Cameron. Pets: Enzo & Mia (Dogs). Loves: Dance, cheerleading, basketball & swimming. Goals: Be a high school cheerleader and attend Penn State University

Community Involvement: Child Chair for the American Heart Association in 2008; she and her family are very active in raising awareness and funds in the community.

I had three open-heart surgeries and many cardiac catheterizations in the past 11 years. My first surgery was at 3 days old.” Since then a daily regimen of medication, regular doctor visits and procedures at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are routine. “Mackenna is not going to let having a CHD change her life. She does everything and anything any other 11year-old girl is doing,” explains her mom. Mackenna is not restricted from any physical activities; in fact, her cardiologist loves how physically active she is!

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Kara Levandoski Physician Assistant, Geisinger Health System, Cardiology

27 Age

Resides: Nanticoke. Loves: Fashion, shopping & crafting. Education: King’s College. Lesson Learned: “I have many patients who are well into their 80s and 90s, and despite having a cardiac diagnosis, remain healthy, active and happy. I often ask them, ‘What’s your secret?’ and they all say the same thing, ‘I worked hard all my life and continue to keep busy.’ Hidden Talent: She’s won hula-hoop competitions! Goal: To provide trust-worthy and compassionate healthcare to patients every day!

My cardiology classes immediately sparked my interest in the heart. I chose Cardiology as my elective rotation and did my clinical rotation in Cardiology at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Cardiac Surgery at Geisinger Community Medical Center. Working with real heart patients was fascinating to me, and I knew I wanted to focus on cardiovascular medicine after graduation. I was lucky enough to work with Dr. Mark Bernardi in his cardiology practice before we both joined Geisinger last summer. Providing care to cardiac patients, both physically and emotionally, has definitely affected me in a positive way. Seeing my patients get better and make heart-healthy choices has touched my heart and made me feel good about helping them through their illnesses.

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Julie Melf

News Manager, WNEP-TV Resides: Wilkes-Barre. Loves: Traveling & baking. Education: Wilkes University. Hidden Talent: Multiple-time cupcake competition winner. I was born with aortic stenosis, a bicuspid valve and a heart murmur – a rare, terminal heart condition. I spent a majority of my childhood in various hospitals for different treatments, and I was correctly diagnosed in grade school. I received a mechanical valve replacement in October 2010 after going into congestive heart failure. My heart started to shut down. I began “Project 365,” doing one new thing a day until my life-or-death surgery. The doctors told me that if I didn't have surgery I wouldn't survive until Thanksgiving. We thought the initial surgery went well, and I went home after one week. On my first night home, I went into heart failure again. I went through cardiac tamponade and had about seven liters of blood pressed up against my heart. I had to have another openheart surgery. I spent the next month in the hospital. They didn't think I would push through; my family even purchased a cemetery marker for me. But miraculously, I pulled through. I went through a rigorous cardiac rehab program. I was the youngest person in my class, and now my days are filled with taking Coumadin and hearing my heart tick due to the mechanical valve.

I’m happy to report all is well now, and I plan to have a luau-themed birthday party when I turn 101. I believe women who have heart surgery scars should not be ashamed or embarrassed by them; they are signs of survival and should be worn with pride.


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Deana Kilmer

Registered Nurse; Nurse Practitioner Student; USAF Major, Assistant to Chief of Provision of Nursing, Air Force Medical Operations Agency; Self Employed, Living the Green & DMK Medical Legal Consulting; Co-owner, Greenfield Energy Solutions.

Resides: Greenfield Twp. Family: Husband Jeff; Children Myha & Macie Mae. Loves: Skiing, running, learning, being a mom, gardening, teaching and serving in the community. Education: Penn State University, University of Scranton, Walden University.

I worked in nursing for almost 18 years. I started my career at Hershey Medical Center in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit where I provided care for Heart Transplant and Cardiac Surgical patients. Registered Nurses have unique positions to inspire and empower others to take one more next step whether big or small. As women, we by nature tend to put everyone before ourselves. It is important to integrate time for our spiritual, physical, emotional and nutritional needs. We need to accept that it is okay to take time away for ourselves to provide self-care.

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48Joy Wolk DeSoto Age

Owner of Birchwood Fitness, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, Nutritionist Resides: Clarks Summit. Family: Children Elena & Dana. Loves: Fitness activities. Education: University of Delaware, Syracuse University, Medical Center of Delaware.



Donna Lisowski

Pro Bono Associate, NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates; Retired educator; Former District Guidance Department Chair and secondary school counselor.

Resides: Peckville. Family: Husband Thomas; Daughter Jillian. Loves: Reading, theatre, cooking & traveling. Education: Catholic University of America, University of Scranton.

My job has made me more aware of heart disease. A large number of clients and members have heart disease, and only after diagnosis do they begin to listen to the advice that they have largely ignored for many years. It is unfortunate that many wait until they are diagnosed, but it is never too late to begin. No matter what, everyone needs good eating habits and regular exercise. My goal is for people to realize that exercise is fun, and there are so many activities that can be chosen to fulfill this criteria.

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My dad’s first heart attack occurred when he was 36. He died when he was 54 following his fifth heart attack. My mom passed away 17 years after having quintuple bypass surgery. My older brother underwent heart surgery and received five bypasses when he was 55. I have one younger sister who also has heartrelated issues. Because of my strong history, I began educating myself at an early age, initially to help my family, and then later, to learn more about my own risk factors. I became aware of my lipid profile and started taking preventive approaches. I was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease following my initial heart catheterization and stents placement. I under-

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71Bonnie Maciak Age

Volunteer; Retired cosmetologist

Resides: Clarks Summit. Family: Husband Ken; Children Scott and David; Daughters-in-Law Ana and Dena; Grandchildren Cole and Avery. Loves: Volunteering, gardening and cooking. Education: Lackawanna Beauty School, Penn State University.

My heart problems caused me to have a stroke, open-heart surgery and a stent. I also need to have a mitral valve replacement. I have learned to take control of my health and to better educate myself regarding heart-health issues. I have found our local hospitals have great programs and health fairs to help heart patients. I also learned not to sweat the small things in life, have less stress. My husband and I are peer visitors with Mended Hearts, and I am also the vice president of the organization. I have learned so much by attending meetings and have met so many people who are struggling with heart disease. I volunteer at Regional Hospital of Scranton and Allied Services to learn more and help others. I love being a volunteer at Allied Services, which makes me feel like being part of another family. Sometimes it seems my health problems are minor compared to the patients and residents that come to Allied for help.

went another cardiac intervention that resulted in additional stents. Campaigns like ‘Go Red For Women’ have done a great deal to raise the level of awareness of heart disease in women and to inform the public of the difference between men’s and women’s symptoms. Women need to be proactive. You are the best advocate for your own health. Take the time to get checked, especially if you have risk factors. Learn what your numbers mean. None of us can do anything about the genetic makeup we inherit, but we can all make an attempt to manage factors within our control. Even small lifestyle modifications can make a difference. By doing so, I believe you gain a sense of empowerment and control over your disease.

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Ann Voyce

Retired Teachers’ Aid, NEIU Resides: Simpson. Family: Late Husband Stephen; Children Dr. Stephen Voyce & Mary Ann Duffy; Six Grandchildren. Loves: Traveling

I had a heart attack at age 60. I walk over two miles a day six or seven days a week. When the weather is bad, I walk at the YMCA. I eat healthy and keep my weight under control. My blood pressure and cholesterol are good without any medication.

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The Pulse of Coronary Care

Heart Care at Regional Hospital of Scranton First First First First First


Open-Heart Surgery (1971) Coronary Care Unit (1960s) Defibrillations by a Nurse (1960s) Coronary Angioplasty (1983) Medtronic Resolute Zotarolismuseluting Stent (2013)

egional Hospital of Scranton (formerly Mercy Hospital) has claimed many regional firsts in heart care.

Noteworthy Achievements “We have a history that goes back many years, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re pushing forward on many levels,” insists Chief of Cardiology Christopher Dressel, M.D., who is also a founder of Great Valley Cardiology. Under the leadership of Dr. Dressel and Interventional Cardiologist Sridhar Kumar, MD, Regional Hospital became a fully accredited Chest Pain Center in 2013, the first in the city. The designation was given for expertise and commitment to quality patient care as shown by a wide set of stringent criteria. The cardiologists at Regional Hospital have pioneered several breakthroughs. Dr. Kumar has started treating structural 16

heart disease, basically closing holes in the heart, without surgery. They’re the first in Scranton to do abilations of atrial fibrillation, a cuttingedge procedure. They’re completing more cardiac catheterizations by utilizing a radial artery in the wrist,

Regional Hospital became a fully accredited Chest Pain Center in 2013, the first in the city.

which produces better outcomes than when using the usual femoral artery near the groin. From the Impella Device, which helps the heart pump better, to mapping software that identifies problem areas, to the successful prevention of amputations, the cardiology program aims to be at the forefront of modern technology and patient care.

Lear Von Koch, M.D., Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Regional Hospital of Scranton

Keeping Pace with Technology Nationally, heart attacks are the leading cause of death. Reducing the mortality rate through patient education and quickly administered, effective treatment is the goal. In cardiac emergencies, national guidelines push for no more than 90 minutes between a patient’s hospital arrival and opening the vescontinued on page 18

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From left: Mark Mileski, director of cardiac catheterization; Dr. Christopher Dressel, chief of cardiology; Dr. Sridhar Kumar, cardiologist; Elaine Walker, director of cardiopulmonary services; and Brooks Turkel, CEO, Regional Hospital of Scranton. advancements and improvesel. Regional Hospital consisments and pushing for new tently measures less than 60 technology that we now offer minutes, with 17 percent of our patients,” Dr. Kumar cases at 30 minutes or less. notes. Dr. Dressel, who has 35 This is due, in part, to a high years of experience in level of integration between Scranton, adds, “We’re lookthe cardiology team, the ing into future possibilities, Emergency Department and like replacing valves without first responders. “The heart care a patient receives real- surgery. Clearly, our hospital, staff, doctors, nurses and ly begins when they call administrators are leaders in 911. The EMS providers start the region in this regard.” treating them, and specially That team includes nurses equipped ambulances send who average 25 to 30 years vital signs, EKGs and telemeexperience with the hospital try while they’re still enas well as Chief of route. Doctors can be waiting, fully briefed on the National guidelines push for no more patient’s than 90 minutes before treatment; 17 status when percent of cases at Regional Hospital the are in 30 minutes or less. ambulance arrives,” Cardiothoracic says Commonwealth Health Surgery Dr. Lear Von Director of Communications Koch, a premier James McGuire. provider of open heart surgeries in the region since Looking to the Future 1981. “We know the commu“Dr. Dressel has been really essential in pushing forward 18

nity; we know patients and their families. When you’re scared, we can relate to them, and they already know our faces,” admits Elaine Walker, RN, Director of CardioPulmonary Services. Providing community education and screenings, giving patients the opportunity to discuss all options and being integrated with other healthcare facilities in the Commonwealth Health network allow Regional to help the community in prevention, informed decision making and seamless transfers to regional healthcare centers. Visit www.RegionalHospitalOfScra –Erika A. Bruckner, witnessed an open-heart surgery performed by Dr. Lear Von Koch in 2009. Read her first-hand account at www.Happenings

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Old Forge Family Helps Champion Congenital Heart Defect Legislation for Pennsylvania Newborns he elation caused by the birth of a child quickly deflates when doctors bring bad news. Such was the case for Jonathan and Amanda Evans, when on April 25, 2012 doctors said their daughter, Vayda, was born with a heart murmur. That murmur sparked doctors to perform a pulse oximetry screening. The screening revealed Vayda had Tetralogy of Fallot, a condition in which several congenital heart defects occur at once, creating a malfunction of the heart. “It scares me to think if she didn’t have the murmur, what could have happened,” says Amanda. Many babies are not that lucky. The Centers for


Disease Control estimates that each year United States hospitals discharge about 300 newborns with an unrecognized Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD). According to the American 20

Heart Association (AHA), Congenital Heart Defects occur in eight out of every 1,000 live births and account for 27 percent of infant deaths due to any birth defect. The statistics are terrifying, yet 17 states, including PA, do not require pulse oximetry screening as part of the testing newborns receive before leaving the hospital. New research suggests that when all infants are screened using pulse oximetry in conjunction with the routine practices, CCHD can be detected in over 90 percent of newborns. After the shock wore off, the Old Forge family reached out to the American Heart Association for more information and support about their daughter’s condition. AHA put Amanda in touch with PA State Rep. Karen Boback, Ph.D. who put together House Bill 1420 that would require

pulse oximetry testing for all newborns. In November 2013, the bill passed the House and heads to the Senate for consideration. At 6 months old, Vayda underwent successful open-heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. “It was the most gut-wrenching experience of my life,” says Amanda. “The hospital staff and

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yourself for anything like that.” The surgery repaired her ventricular septal defect (hole between the right and left ventricles) and corrected the narrowing of the pulmonary outflow tract (the valve and artery that connect the heart

with the lungs). Today, 20month-old Vayda has a three-inch scar across her chest that serves as a constant reminder to her parents of what a simple test helped them discover. Though the spunky toddler won’t ever remember the surgery, Amanda is prepared for when she asks about the scar. Armed with a heartwarming chil-

dren’s rhyme book, Zip-Line, written and illustrated by a father whose daughter had open-heart surgery, the book answers the question "How did that line get there?” Vayda will continue to have yearly follow ups with a cardiologist. –Julie Korponai

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FORMER NYPD DETECTIVE MAKES A CASE F O R WO R L D CLASS CARE llied Services prides itself on “miracles in rehab, performed daily.” For John Monahan, the statement could not be more true. A Brooklyn native and retired New York City homicide detective, Monahan suffered a series of three strokes between early December 2011 and late January 2012. While preparing to return home to Scranton from New York, he felt a strange sensation in his hands, than dropped his soda and keys. Luckily, his wife, Marie, Director of Speech


an. arie Monah

John and M Pathology and Audiology at Allied Services, recognized the signs of stroke and rushed him to Lenox Hill Hospital.

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John Monahan with his daughter, Rachel

He lost the use of his hands, could not walk, had difficulty with his visual perception and needed help with nearly everything. “You realize incrementally what you took for granted, how the simplest things become a monumental feat,” says Monahan. Stroke causes impaired sensation, movement and intellectual processes and occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Within minutes, oxygen and food cannot reach the tissue, and the cells begin to die. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, striking nearly 800,000 and causing death for more than 137,000.

Initially, Monahan began his rehab therapy at a renowned facility in New York. “During 20 years of rehab work, I’d never seen a stroke that severe,” says his wife. However, the

Monahans found the protocol less rigorous than what she was accustomed to at Allied, and they made the decision to bring him to Scranton. She credits the strides he has made to the team of therapists at Allied. While she always appreciated how hard her fellow therapists worked, she never fully realized the depth of their devotion until she saw their work first hand, not just with her husband, but with all of their patients. One of the most severe symptoms Monahan experienced from the stroke is “pusher syndrome,” or an altered perception of body, causing him to feel that he was upright when he was actually severely tilted to the left. Allied therapists used ZeroG, one of the world’s most advanced systems for people relearning how to walk. Wearing a fitted harness, the system allows the patient to balance and stand without having to carry their full weight. Monahan never experiences any down time in his therapy as his wife pushes him to go February 2014

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further in his recovery. “I always try to think what it would be like to be him, how I am going to help him without driving him insane,” she says. “She’s good at trying new ways to get me to go further and is always insightful in what she says,” says Monahan. Today, he is able to climb stairs to the second floor of their home, help with the

cooking and enjoy dinner out at favorite restaurants with friends. An avid fly fisher and hunter before the stroke, he hopes to be able to get back to his past time when fishing season opens this year. Recovery has its ups and downs. “There are days we feel we are at the top of the mountain, but we know there are five million

more things to achieve,” she says. Luckily, the couple’s difficult days rarely happen at the same time. They have a running joke that when everything is okay, Monahan will buy his wife a tiara. They are not there yet, but hope to be someday. –Julie Korponai



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ardiac disease breaks hearts. Literally and figuratively, the disease can wither the body and spirit, along with the spirits of those who love and care for the patients. Support is one of the major components of recovery for a heart patient and his or her families and caregivers. Mended Hearts is a non-profit organization with 400 chapters, one of which is in Scranton, PA.


This network of heart disease survivors partners with hospitals and rehabilitation clinics

Getting to the Heart of Support:

Mended Hearts Gives

Patients a Network of Peers to provide hope and support for patients and families. Scranton’s Chapter 276 was officially established on January 1, 1996. Chapter president Jack Walsh truly lives the Mended Hearts mission statement of “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” He knows what it’s like to “wear the hospital gown” and all the questions and concerns that go along with it. “How will I provide for my family? “Who will take care of my spouse and my kids?” “Will I be able to go back to work? “When?” “It’s important to visit the patients, to listen to their concerns and to show them that it’s still great to be alive,” Walsh notes. He stresses the importance of cardiac rehabilitation but explains that often when a patient successfully completes rehab, they end up sepa24

rated from much of the network that has supported them. In many ways, Mended Hearts fills that gap. The group has 90 to100 members, including a visiting team of 17 current and former heart disease patients who offer peer-topeer support for patients and families. They visit patients in hospital, connect online and offer telephonic support. According to Walsh, this helps illustrate to heart patients that, “Life can still be strong and healthy on a personal level.”

Walsh had emergency openheart surgery 19 years ago. Since then he has visited 35,000 heart patients.

As February celebrates all matters of the heart, Mended Hearts Chapter 276 has its Celebration of Life Dinner. The gala takes place at Genetti Manor in Dickson City on February 15 and features dinner, dancing and a presentation by noted thoracic surgeon Dr. Lear Von Koch. Tickets are $20. Call 570-340-4842.

–Kieran O’Brien Kern

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Eat Your Way to Better Cardiovascular Health Experts Weigh in on Heart-Healthy Foods Dr Russell F. Stahl, M.D., Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Geisinger-CMC And Liz McDonald, R.D., Clinical Nutritionist, Geisinger-CMC, explain. Q. Which foods support a healthy heart? A. If it’s colorful, it’s good for you. Fresh fruits and vegetables (the whole fruit, not just the juice) provide vitamins

Consume whole grains, not processed food, whenever possible. Go nuts. Instead of chips, nuts make for healthier and more filling snacks when you are hungry or need energy. Q. Name top foods people should avoid if they want to support a healthy heart? A. Desserts! Come on, you know what is bad for you; just eat a little less. Keep the dessert portions very small.

Grilled Swordfish Salad from Shenanigan’s in Lake Harmony Photo: Andrea Rosar

and fiber while avoiding excessive calories. If it has four legs, try to avoid it. Meat, especially “well marbled” (i. e. fatty) steaks, should be consumed in moderation. If it swims or flies, provided it’s prepared properly, it’s better for you. 26

Sodium, especially if you have hypertension (high blood pressure) or have had heart failure. Trans-fats. There’s been bad P.R. about trans-fats, and it’s well deserved. Eliminate them from your diet. Q. Which words should

ers beware of on a menu? A. “Savory” is bad. This usually refers to foods that are high in fat and sodium. Cream sauces. They’re tasty on the tongue, but they’re terrible on your waistline. Stick to entrees labeled steamed, grilled, broiled or baked. Q. What should be observed on food labels? A. Read labels noting the trans-fats, sodium content and portion size of foods. The best way to protect your heart is to not consume excessive calories. The best way to avoid that is to keep track of how many calories go into your mouth. Q. What else is important to note about heart health? A. The only method that has been shown to work for weight loss is long-term behavior modification. Do not go on a diet or join a gym in an effort to quickly lose weight. Make modest lifestyle changes that are sustainable; move a bit more, and eat a little less. Keep track of your exercise (for example, steps or miles walked) and how many calories you consume, along with your weight. Gradual weight loss over a long period of time is your goal – make your efforts sustainable! Visit February 2014

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Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Two Young “Go Red” Advocates from Past Issues of Happenings Magazine Julia Danzeisen and Christina Dennis were young ladies when they stepped into the spotlight to raise awareness for heart health as models in Happenings

Julia Danzeisen “Go Red” Participant in 2005 Then: 4-and-a-half-year-old student at Trinity Lutheran Nursery School who counted playing with the kitchen set at school among her hobbies Now: 13-year-old 8th grade National Honor Society student at Valley Middle School who loves to paint, draw and spend time with friends and family Resides: Sugarloaf, PA Family: Father Kittrick, Mother Jennifer, Brother Kittrick Update: Julia’s first surgery to replace a mitro valve in her

Magazine’s “Go Red for Women” annual February feature. Get reacquainted and see how far they’ve come!

heart was when she was only 1yea- old. She is gearing up for a second mitro valve replacement surgery in the next few years. Although she doesn’t remember much about her experience as a “Go Red”



Julia as a pre-scho ol student (left) and eighth -grade student (above) 2005 photo by Sta n Warunek, Montag e Photography

model, she and her family continue to support the American Heart Association Heart Walk, and Julia has recruited friends to join.

Christina Dennis “Go Red” Participant in 2009 Then: 19-year-old King’s College sophomore and Starbucks Barista who enjoyed camping, working, running and driving aimlessly Now: 24-year-old mom and server/bartender at Red Robin who loves spending as much time as possible with her son, 17-month-old Noah


Matthew Wagner, going for walks and cooking. Camping is still on her list of favorites. Resides: Quakake, PA Long-Term Boyfriend: Matt Wagner Update: Christina found out she had heart problems at age 11. She has since stopped taking medication for her heart problems, and she continues to do whatever

she can to become healthier, such as joining a gym and eating well. Her heart has now been healthy for years. When she found out she was pregnant in December of 2011, Christina visited her cardiologist to make sure that her heart would be okay throughout pregnancy. “I had to wear a heart monitor for a

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few days to see if my heart was under stress from the new life growing inside me, and all of the results came back saying I was healthy,” she explains. “I feel great, which is amazing news for both me and my new little family! Medication can be helpful to an extent, but taking care of yourself is so important.” She loved getting pampered with hair and makeup services before her “Go Red” photo shoot five years ago. She also says, “It was amazing to meet other people who shared stories similar to mine or who knew people who were going

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through a similar situation. Looking back, I am also thankful that I was able to give a speech at the American Heart Association Heart Gala to share my story with other people (even

though I was terrified at the time). The whole experience was a really positive one, and I'm glad that I got to be a part of all of it.” -Erika A. Bruckner



egmaier Christina with Matt Wagner Christina at the St -Barre, and their son, Noah Mansion in Wilkes on left


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On Location

Inside Zacharellis Gardens his architectural gem tucked away in Elmhurst, Lackawanna County, provided an elegant backdrop for Happenings’ 2014 Go Red for Heart Health photo shoot. We gathered nine local ladies who posed throughout the 22room estate.


Zacharellis Gardens was bult in 1897 and designed by architect F.J. Amsden. Thanks to just a handful of owners in over 100 years, the home retains almost all of its original woodwork and fixtures. Current owner Tina Plink has made the home open to the public as a unique event space hosting weddings, showers, parties, luncheons and more. Top Right: Guests enter through the sprawling "greenhouse" which features raised panels and unique fluted columns that blend with original stonework and wroughtiron posts. Middle Right: The turret room with historical trim and a Tiffany fixture is an elegant sitting area for relaxation or private conversation and offers gorgeous views of the grounds. Below: A pair of Greek Sphinx statues welcome guests to the flagstone terrace overlooking a pond and landscaped gardens designed by William Webster, a protege of famed American landscape architect Frederick Olmstead.

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Above: A favorite sitting area among guests, the heated window seat is situated opposite the grand foyer and staircase. The cozy nook features stained glass windows, fluted oak columns with raised panel base, hand-carved corbels and original maple floors.

Below: A distinguishing feature of the former living room, the maple and chestnut bookcase is crowned by stained glass windows, outfitted with raised panel wainscot and flanked by period gas lights.

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Advanced Cardiology Specialists: Taking Care of Your Heart sing state-of-the art technology, the doctors at Advanced Cardiology Specialists deal with all aspects of cardiology prevention and disorders of the heart including ultrasound imaging, heart catharization, and electrophysiology. The practice’s six doctors have a wide range of expertise; all are board certified, and four have been in practice for more than 20 years.


The ability to provide patients with cuttingedge treatment options sets Advance Cardiology Specialists apart from other practices in the region. Through participation in national and international clinical research studies overseen by either Harvard or Duke University, patients gain access to the latest treatment options in 32

the field of cardiology. Research is key to making strides in how patient conditions are treated. Over the past five years, Advanced Cardiology patients have participated in various studies including how cholesterol medication affects heart attack rates, how blood-thinning medicines for patients with irregular heartbeats can decrease the risk of stroke, as well as how blood thinners affect patients with stents in defining how long they need medication.

The future of cardiology is in prevention. The more the public is aware of how to stay healthy, the less chance there is of having to see a

cardiologist. While a seeing a cardiologist is not always necessary, the best practice

Dr. Stephen Voyce, Interventional Cardiologist at Advanced Cardiology Specialists

is to see your general practitioner regularly. A General Practitioner is able to identify potential cardiological risks and refer patients to cardiologists when certain factors get too high. Keys to being heart healthy include stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, controlling diabetes and detecting family history risk factors early. –Julie Korponai

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Drive In--Blood Drive! Donate on the Geisinger Coach n February 20, Geisinger Blood Center will partner with the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit to hold a blood drive. The Geisinger coach will be in the library parking lot from 1 to 7 p.m. to accept donors. After donating, participants can find refreshments and relaxation in the library.


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Laura Gardoski, the children's librarian, says this is the first time they have partnered for a blood drive, and she's hoping for a good community response. "There is always a need for blood, but this time of year there is especially great demand," Gardoski explains. "Every two seconds, someone needs blood." According to Geisinger, donors should plan to spend about an hour total for the donation visit and should eat a healthy meal and drink non-caffeinated fluids before. Donors should not smoke for at least one hour beforehand or chew gum or mints before or during their donation. Donors must be at least 17 years old and should be in good health. It is requested that donors bring a form of identification, a list of current medications and a list of any places outside the U.S. that they have visited in the last three years. "All the blood will be processed and distributed locally, so this is a perfect opportunity to help our community," Gardoski said. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling the circulation desk at the library or by stopping in to schedule in person. Visit or call 570-5873440. –Casey Phillips


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WHERE TO DINE Anthony’s- Casual dining with such entrees as Dover Sole, New Zealand Baby Rack of Lamb, hand-cut Black Angus N.Y. Strip Steaks, etc. Tray of Red Pizza Thursday night special$9.95. Clam special-every Wed.– $4.95. Open Tues.-Thurs. & Sunday 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 4:30-11.p.m. 202 S. Main Avenue Old Forge, PA 570-451-0925. Arcaro & Genell- On Main Street, Old Forge since 1962. Carrying on the family tradition of homemade Italian specialty entrees, seafood, steak, chicken, veal & much more. Old Forge Red & White Pizza. Open Monday -Saturday, lunch at 11 a.m., dinner at 3 p.m.; takeout available. Private parties Sun. Catering services available on and off premise. 570-457-5555. Best Friends Cafe- Casual dining. All pasta, ravioli, pierogie– handmade on premises. Breakfast & lunch daily 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Featuring our giant pierogie stuffed with your favorite omelet or sandwich ingredients. Dinner specials: Thurs., Fri., Sat. 4:30-8:30 p.m. We cater. We deliver. BYOB. 1097 Carmalt St., Dickson City. 570-483-4747.

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

Carmen’s Restaurant & Wine Bar- see ad page 124

Coccetti's A Restaurant & Bakery- Enjoy charming

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

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

Gresham’s Chop House- Dine in our beautiful dining room, cozy bar or under the awning on our deck, and enjoy dazzling views of Lake Wallenpaupack while choosing from delicious steaks, seafood, Italian specialties and more. Visit us at Rte. 6, Hawley. Open 7 days at 4 p.m. 570-226-1500.

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

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

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


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

Market Street Grill- See ad page 41

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Mayuri Indian Cuisine- Authentic South/North Indian cuisine with a balanced menu between vegetarian and nonvegetarian dishes. Enjoy excellent food and outstanding service. Some of our dishes include Dosa, Paneer, Tandoori, Biryani, Naan, Gulab Jamun and many more. 917 Wyoming Ave., Scranton Fax: 570-227-0017 Phone: 570-341-3410

Patsel's- see ad page 39 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery- see ad page 122 Quaker Steak & Lube- see ad page 122 Ruth Chris Steakhouse-see ad page 35 Settlers Inn- see ad page 49 State Street Grill- Cozy & casual street-side dining. Award-winning patio. Voted Best Chef 2008. Best Ambiance 2011, Friendliest Bar 2012. Popular for cocktails and small plates. Wide ranging American Cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Sat.11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 4-10 p.m. Sunday Brunch 10 a.m. 114 S. State St. Clarks Summit. 570-585-5590.

Stirna’s Restaurant & Bar- More than 100 years in service. Catering on & off premises seven days a week, for all your needs- large or small. Exclusive caterer for LaBuona Vita, formerly the Parish Center, Dunmore. Visit our smoke-free bar & restaurant. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 4 p.m. Until closing. 120 W. Market St., N. Scranton, 570-961-9681 570-343-5742. Stone Bridge Inn & Restaurant- Quaint European village nestled on a hilltop, surrounded by rolling countryside – discover Northeast PA’s best-kept secret! Excellent cuisine in a casual atmosphere, multi-level tavern & patio with entertainment. Monthly Wine Tasting Dinners. Serving dinner Wed.-Sun. I-81, Exit 206, Rt. 374 East two miles past Elk Mountain, Union Dale. 570-679-9500. Sycamore Grille- In the heart of Delaware Water Gap. Fresh seafood, steaks & pasta. Pub favorites like wings, burgers & more! Bar voted "Best Happy Hour" in the Poconos. Nightly Specials, live music, seasonal lunch. Come down to the Gap…we can't wait to see you! Exit 310 Rt. 80 570-426-1200

Twigs- see ad page 41 Yakitori Sushi & Grill- New Japanese restaurant in Keyser Oak Shopping Center. Dine in, take out. Delivery within 5 miles. BYOB. Free wifi. Serving fresh sushi, tempura, teriyaki. High quality and very affordable prices. Mon-Sat Lunch 11a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner 4-10 p.m. Sunday closed. 1736 N. Keyser Ave., Scranton. 570-209-7716.

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From the Kitchen of John Gorrick, Executive Chef Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ingredients: Crab Sauce 2 Eggs, Whole (Out of Shell) 3/4 cup Mayonnaise 1/4 Tbsp. Blackening Seasoning 2 Tbsp. Creole or Dijon Mustard 1/4 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Fresh Chopped Parsley Crab Meat Mixture 1 lb. Jumbo Lump Crab Meat (fresh or canned) 1 cup Finely Crushed Crackers (Ritz or similar brand)





Place eggs in a mixing bowl, and mix well with a wire whip. Place remaining crab sauce ingredients in the mixing bowl, and mix well until all ingredients are incorporated. Add the crab meat to the mixing bowl, and gently fold to incorporate, trying not to break up the crab meat lumps. Sprinkle the finely crushed crackers over the crab meat mixture, and gently fold to incorporate. Using a large scoop or clean hands, portion crab cakes into 3 oz. portions. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Evenly spread canola oil or cooking spray on a baking sheet. Place portioned crab cakes on the oiled baking sheet, and place into the 425 degree F oven on the middle rack. Set the oven timer for seven minutes. Cook until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F and outside is golden brown. Be careful not to burn the bottoms of the crab cakes. When crab cakes are fully cooked, remove from oven and serve with your favorite sauce. Ruth’s Chris serves them with lemon butter drizzled over the top and garnished with red and green diced peppers and fresh chopped parsley.

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Recipes for Sweethearts

Entrée, Drink & Dessert Suggestions for a DIY Romantic Dinner


Blueberry-Co ffee-Rubbed Filet Mignon Chocolate Sw with eet Chili and Rosemary Gla From the Kitche n of Executive ze Chef

South Sterling

Andy Gramps,

The French Man

or, Ingredients: 6 oz. Filet Mig Evenly season filet non with salt and pepp 1 oz. of Dark Ch er. Ro ll beef in coffee grou ocolate nds to coat. 1/2 cup of Hea Coat bottom of saut vy Cream é pan with oil; plac 2 oz. Sweet Ch e ili Sauce over medium-high 1 Large Shallo he at. t On ce m eat is seared, finish 1 Sprig of Rose in oven to mary desired temperatu 1/4 cup Bluebe re. rry Coffee Gro unds For sauce, sweat sh Salt and Pepp allots in sauté pan er to Taste until translu

cent. Add cream; reduce by one third. Add remaining ingr edients; reduce by another one third. Strain sauce, and se rve.


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Poached Pears ecutive Banquet Chef Sam Giacobbe the Kitchen of Ex From rt, Hawley Waterfront Reso Ingredients: 1 cup Pears e 1 cup Red Win r ga Su 1 cup 1 TBS Vanilla ste Cinnamon to ta

to a boil; cool Bring all items Perfect for two! g. before servin


The French Kiss From the Kitchen of Jerry Bogedin, Self-Trained Chef/Owner of Twigs Café, Tunkhannock Ingredients: 1 oz. Chambord 1 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao 1.5 oz. Half and Half

Shake ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

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Northeast PA Food Facts

45 Facts to Commemorate Happenings’ 45-Year Anniversary in 2014!

1. Mr. Peanut is a NEPA native! The Planters Peanut Store was first opened on East Market Street in WilkesBarre, PA. 2. Dunmore, PA-based What the Fork Food Truck’s Pulled Pork Taco, topped with sriracha slaw, candy sauce and sweet potato straws, earned second place in “LIVE! With Kelly and Michael’s” Truckin’ Amazing Cook-Off in 2013. 3. Famous diners at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton, PA have included President Bill Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton, New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and the entire cast of “The Office.” 4. Mission Brand Mexican and Latin American foods, including corn and flower tortillas and chips, are manufactured in Mountain Top, PA. 5. Just Born candy is headquartered in Bethlehem, PA, which means PEEPS® and


MIKE AND IKE® are Pennsylvanians! 6. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of PA peppers? Country Day products are manufactured in Scranton, PA, including hot and sweet peppers, horseradish and pickles. 7. Stegmaier Beer, which dates back to 1857, is produced by the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. 8. Chocolates by Leopold’s signature Buttercrunch came from a century-old German butter toffee recipe handed down from master confectioners to the Montrose PA-based gourmet chocolatier Leopold Schreiber.

9. Pottsville PA’s Yuengling Brewery is America’s oldest brewery, established in 1829 by David G. Yuengling, an immigrant of Wurttenberg, Germany. 10. Ring Pops are produced by Topps Company in Scranton, PA. 11. The “Pizza Capital of the World,” Old Forge, PA, boasts its own nationally known style of rectangle, thick-crust pizza. 12. Authentic Northeast PA food establishments were often mentioned on “The Office” television comedy, and the fictional characters often frequented Poor Richard’s Pub, which is located in Scranton PA’s South Side Bowl.

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13. Manning Farm Dairy in Dalton, PA has 75 milking cows and over 50 flavors of homemade ice cream.

14. The Texas Wieners at Coney Island Lunch in Scranton, PA were named one of America’s Best Hot Dogs by Fox News and The Daily Meal. 15. Two Chefs on a Roll, a full-range manufacturer of custom and private label savory and bakery products, has facilities in Carson, CA and Jessup, PA.

in 1978. They still hand-make cheeses in LeRaysville, PA. 19. Schiff’s Restaurant Services, Inc. in Scranton, PA ships homemade smoked and cured meats nationwide, including their most popular, signature smoked kielbasa blend of pork and beef. 20. Northeast PA natives may remember unique flavors of Scranton PA’s former Crystal Club Soda Company – Birchola, Swiss Crème and Cherokee Red. 21. When in Hazleton, PA, do as the Hazletonians do… eat a cold-cut “pitza,” affectionately known as “pitz.”

16. Bingham’s Restaurant in Kingsley, PA is known for pies– in fact President Obama stopped to sample some of the13 varieties in 2013. 17. While they’re famous on the retail side for their Smidgens, 30 percent of Dunmore PA-based Gertrude Hawk Chocolates’ business is ingredient inclusions, bitesized chocolate pieces found in ice creams and baking products. 18. LeRaysville Cheese Factory was built by a group of Old Order Amish farmers February 2014

22. The 2007 season of “Hell’s Kitchen” featured awardwinning pastry chef Jen (Yemola) Revak of the Inn at Turkey Hill in Bloomsburg, PA. 23. In the 1930s, Pittston, PA was dubbed the “Tomato

Capital of the World.” The town shows off every August through the Pittston Tomato Festival. 24. La Festa Italiana is a Labor Day weekend tradition in Scranton, PA, celebrating Italian tradition (a.k.a. Italian food!). 25. While we’re talking festivals, the region knows how to create a party around specific foods! Case in point? Pocono Garlic Festival, Pocono’s Wurst Festival and

Pocono Chicken Wing Off (all at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area); Great Tastes of PA Wine and Food Festival and Great Brews Classic Beer Festival (at Split Rock Resort), Montrose Blueberry Festival (Montrose, PA), Lebanese Heritage Festival (Scranton, PA). continued on page 44 43

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(C ontinued from Page 43) Lebanese Heritage Festival (Scranton, PA). 26. 200 different meat products are produced by MaidRite Steak Company on its 10-acre site in Dunmore, PA. 27. Lu-Anne Antisdel of Rome, PA is the 57th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess, who works to promote dairy foods within the Commonwealth. 28. Pocono Crunch, a combination of butterscotch and crisped rice with cashews, is the biggest seller at Callie’s Candy Factory in Mountainhome, PA. 29. Within a few hour drive, Northeast PA residents can find themselves in the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square, PA. The town hosts an Annual Mushroom Festival, including a fried mushroom eating championship, and it celebrates with a “Mushroom Drop” to ring in the New Year. 30. It’s a Keeper is an awardwinning food blog by Northeast PA resident Christina Hitchcock. She’s also field editor for Taste of Home Magazine and kitchen expert for


31. Harry Chapin’s song “30,000 Pounds of Bananas” was based on a tragic accident in Scranton, PA involving a truck full of bananas.

35. NEPA Swappers is a food-swapping community. The group hosts events for locals to share and exchange homemade and homegrown foods.

32. Pocono Pro Foods of Stroudsburg, PA, one of the nation’s leading independent food distribution companies, originated as Pocono Produce Company in 1940.

36. National Bakery is known for hard rolls, baked daily in its Scranton, PA facility.

33. Plumpy’s Pierogies, a threegeneration manufacturer of “The Pennsylvania Pierogie” in Jessup, PA, supplies 50 local supermarkets with 12 varieties of pierogies plus seasonal specials.

37. Culinary Arts program students at Keystone College create menus and prepare meals for diners at Chef’s Table Restaurant on the La Plume, PA campus.

34. Loch’s Maple Syrup of Springville, PA produces syrup from sugar maple trees that results in unique sweet treats like maple cream, maple walnut topping, maple mustard, maple coffee and maple caramel popcorn.

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38. Northeast PA non-profits have mastered food-centered fundraisers. Eat well and do some good at the Chocoholic Frolic (SCOLA), Gourmet Gala (Ronald McDonald House), Taste of the Abingtons (Rotary Club of the Abingtons), Taste of the Town (Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce), Taste of the Valley (Geneva School) and Great Chefs’ Challenge (Women’s Resource Center).

40. Montrose Chocolate & Wine Festival combines local wines and gourmet chocolates with demonstrations, samples, music and arts every spring in Montrose, PA.

42. Pallman Farms is a fourgeneration farm in Clarks Summit, PA known for “upick” strawberries in summer and turkeys and capons for the holidays.

39. Seafood goes from Alaskan waters to a PA plates, courtesy of Wild for Salmon in Bloomsburg, PA, which is owned by PA locals who fish Bristol Bay and then sell the seafood in their home state.

43. Sweet...! Surrounding the Northeast PA region, Peeps, Hershey’s, Tastykake, Mars, Godiva and Turkey Hill ice cream are manufactured.

David Happel

41. Take a spin on the Endless Mountain Wine Trail to visit nine wineries centered around the PA Route 6 corridor.

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44. & Salty! Also, south of the region is the “snack belt” with pretzels and chips as prize foods. Wise, Snyder’s of Hanover, Utz, Herr’s, Middlesworth, Gibble’s, Moyer’s and Tom Sturgis brands of snacks are manufactured in PA. 45. Milk is the official PA state beverage, enacted by the General Assembly in April of 1982. -Erika A. Bruckner


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Get Swept Away... without Going Far


Woodloch Pines, Hawley Romantic Midweek Getaway Every Wednesday in February, experience a theme-night dinner and Broadway-style show, and receive reserved seating, complimentary bottle of champagne and a rose. After your overnight stay, enjoy a full day of outdoor winter activities on Thursday, and then relax in the indoor pools and Jacuzzis. Add a spa treatment through The Lodge at Woodloch. Onenight, two-meal packages start at $169. If you can’t stay overnight, enjoy Wednesday night’s dinner and show for only $29.95 (ask for the Happenings Valentine’s Special*!) *Not available Wednesday, February 19, 2014; prices do not include service charge and taxes. 1-800-WOODLOCH

James Manning House Bed & Breakfast, Bethany Romantic Getaway Package includes a bottle of “bubbly” and chocolates in your room. Or, splurge with the Romance in the Air package, which includes the “bubbly,” chocolates, roses and two artetched keepsake wine glasses. 570-253-5573


Belhurst Castle, Geneva, NY Belhurst Romance Package Choose from overnight accommodations at White Springs Manor, Vinifera Inn or Chambers in the Castle. Your choice of Belhurst Estate Winery Isabella or Naturel Sparkling Wine will greet you along with an assortment of gourmet chocolates and a bouquet of fresh roses. Visit Isabella Spa for a Relaxing Romantic Retreat Service with foot soak, exfoliation, wrap and massage. Enjoy a four-course dinner and all-you-can-eat-breakfast. Valid through May 31, 2014. 315-781-0201 Hampton Inn, Jim Thorpe/Lehighton Romance Package Sweethearts will be greeted by a rose-petal covered bed, candles, bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. 610-377-3400 Split Rock Resort, Lake Harmony Romance Package Stay in a Willowbrook Suite with fireplace and Jacuzzi, where champagne and chocolatecovered strawberries will greet you. Enjoy dinner and breakfast daily. 800-255-77625 continued on page 48

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Our experienced travel consultants will help you select your destination, your wedding package, and make all travel arrangements for the bride and groom along with all your friends and family to make your destination wedding perfect! We offer the same great service for your Honeymoon, plus we offer a convenient BRIDAL REGISTRY and supply you with custom made invitation inserts. 317 Davis St., Clarks Summit, PA 570.586.1666 • 800.242.8076 February 2014


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Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, Hawley Couple’s Getaway Stay includes two nights of accommodations, champagne, continental breakfast and a $50 restaurant gift certificate. Available through May 1. The Valentine’s Weekend Package (Feb. 14-17) includes two nights of accommodations, two tickets to Valentine’s Dinner Theater, $30 restaurant certificate and continental breakfast. 570-226-4388 Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Historic Romance Special overnight rates available. Stay for dinner at Carmen’s 2.0 in the Grand Lobby. 570-342-8300

Colonial Brick Inn & Suites, Hallstead Valentine’s Package Stay overnight in a deluxe guest room for two, and enjoy a bottle of sparkling juice and box of candies upon arrival. 800-290-3922 Crescent Lodge, Cresco Spa Package for Couples Enjoy overnight accommodations for two, continental breakfast, welcome basket and $100 gift certificate at Bliss Spa. Upgrade to a private luxury cottage with stone fireplace and Jacuzzi. Available Tuesdays through Thursdays. Stay and Dine packages with fourcourse dinner and wine also available. 800-392-9400 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Gibson/New Milford Romantic Escape Package Overnight accommodations are enhanced by sparkling white wine, a bouquet of flowers and box of chocolates. 570-465-5544

The French Manor, South Sterling Enchanted Evenings This mid-week package includes lodging, afternoon tea, gourmet candlelight dinner and full gourmet breakfast. For stays of two nights or longer, a picnic basket lunch will be served on the day of your choice. Fruit and cheese, decanter of sherry, chilled champagne, chocolates and flowers will greet you in your room or suite upon arrival. 877-720-6090 Settlers Inn, Hawley Romantic Getaway Receive a 55-minute couples’ massage at Utopia Day Salon. Enjoy dinner in the candlelit dining room as well as a full country breakfast. 800-833-8527 48

Ledges Hotel, Hawley Suite Serenity Retreat Stay two nights in a deluxe suite or two-bedroom suite, where you’ll each receive a 60minute massage and gift basket with spa amenities. Take a private yoga class in your suite or on the serenity deck. Enjoy welcome wine and cheese in your suite or on the deck overlooking the falls. 570-226-1337 Pocono Pines Motor Inn & Cottages, Tafton Outdoor Activities Abound Stay near Lake Wallenpaupack, perfect for ice boating and fishing or venturing out on snowmobile trails. Shopping and arts centers also close by. 570-226-2772 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, WilkesBarre Brand-New Hotel Stay in a first-class guest room or suite just steps away from the in-house Spa Sapphire, indoor pool, fitness center. 1-888-WIN-IN-PA

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Spirited Art

Offers a Colorful Night Out for Couples

avigating the perfect date or Valentine’s gift can be difficult. This year, why not try something different? Date Night at Spirited Art in Scranton is a great combination for a new relationship or to spice up a longterm love affair.


Spirited Art ® is an optimistic, creative painting class for those who want to learn the basics of acrylic painting in the company of great friends. Participants need not be experienced artists to enjoy what the evening has to offer, explains owner Katharine Schkloven (above right). “We lead you through the painting in simple steps, which are described in an easy manner. Although real artists lead the classes, they know to break it down for the average person. We will help you if something goes wrong, and acrylic paints are very forgiving.” The classes are also BYOB, sometimes handy for the more reserved in need of some liquid courage!


While the February 5 Couples’ Night isn’t’ the first hosted at Spirited Art, it is geared for Valentine’s Day, as the painting for the evening is

little as you like,” says Schkloven. A second Couples Night on February 13 will feature Kandinsky’s Hearts, based on the famous work– Kandinsky's “Circles.”

“LOVE,” based on the Robert Indiana sculpture found in JFK Plaza in Philadelphia. Each person will get their own 10 x 20 canvas: one paints the L and the V, and the other paints the O and the E. Hung together, they form the complete painting. “I think it is a really fun thing to do on a date because you can talk as much or as

A great setting for experienced couples to work together, it can also be telling for those just embarking on a new romance. Schkloven says that some get really into it and go outside the box, others follow instructions meticulously. “I think this can give you some insight into how this potential mate is going to handle life. You can’t plan for everything, and life will throw some crazy things at you as a couple,” she says. The evening lasts anywhere from two to two and a half hours, and culminates in a class picture to be posted

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on Spirited Art Scranton’s Facebook page. Along with the sense of accomplishment in trying something new, you leave with a finished gift and a daily reminder of something you and your partner created together. A special Girl’s Night is planned for Valentine’s Day with the theme, 50 Shades of Paint. Participants can register at –Nicole Krempasky

230 West Tioga St. • Tunkhannock • 570.836.5754 •

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What Their Hearts Desire... Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Everything chocolate for Valentine's Day– from the spicy and colorful Cinnamon Nonpareils to elegant Velvet Satin Heart Boxes. Retail: $4 to $35 Get it at: Chocolates by Leopold, Montrose

Bring the warmth of a sunny afternoon in southern Spain to your home with our organic balons in a vase. Made entirely from recycled glass using traditional methods, they are lovely on a mantle or your favorite windowsill. Retail: $65 Get it at: The Potting Shed at The Settlers Inn, Hawley

Crabtree & Evelyn products offer the most beneficial ingredients inspired by nature to create a range of products which includes fragrances, bath and shower gels, soaps, home spa products, body lotions, hand creams and home fragrance. Retail: $6-$40 Get it at: Corky’s Garden Path, Justus

Anushka leather purses– a unique creation that blends art and functionality with élan. Anuschka is the premier, original hand painted brand. Retail: $120-$200 Get it at: Everything Natural, Clarks Summit


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Pandora Jewelry is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! Retail: Bracelets start at $45; beads start at $25. See store for specially priced sets-while supplies last. Get it at: 3 Sisters, Kingston 14 kt white gold, 16" chain and heart consisting of .25 natural white brilliant cut diamonds and 1.25 tcw of fancy shaped enhanced blue diamonds Retail (after discount): $2,995 Get it at: Glint of Gold, Scranton

A Gift Card for the Custom Perfume Studio! Let them create their very own Signature Scent! Retail: from $24 to $69 Get it at: Note Fragrances, Scranton

Galatea– gemstone enucleated pearls that have been hand carved. Retail: starting $300-$1,700 Get it at: Wisnosky Jewelers, Tunkhannock

Vera Bradley Sweetheart Coin Purse. Retail: $18 til Feb. 14. While supplies last. Get it at: Waverly General Store, Waverly

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The French Manor, South Sterling

R ESTAURANTS &R OMANCE Va l e n t i n e’s D ay D i n i n g O p t i o n s Ac r o s s N o r t h e a s t PA

The French Manor, South Sterling Valentine’s Specials: Dinner served 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 14 from the winter Four-Diamond menu plus special couples’ entrees and desserts. Live piano music will play in the dining room for dinner all weekend. All ladies will receive a red rose and heartshaped box of chocolate. Overnight packages available, such as the Couples’ Mountain Spa Retreat. Reservations Required. 570-676-3244 Most Romantic Dish: Chateaubriand for Two. “This entrée boasts the castle cut of filet mignon, shrimp Normandy, Cognac mushrooms, stuffed tomatoes, veg-

etable, starch du jour and on the Half Shell with Coconut chef’s sauce of the evening, Green Curry Vinaigrette and flambeed and carved tableForbidden Rice Salad. “It allows side,” explains Executive Chef the couple to share a dish and Andy Gramps. become interactive. The oysters Pair It: Jean Luc Columbo, are a natural aphrodisiac, and Cotes du the Rhône Rouge, a “The oysters are a natural aphrodisi- spicy medium-bodac, and the spicy curry produces curry ied red wine prothat will commood-boosting endorphins...” duces plement both moodthe beef and boosting endorphins,” says the creamy shrimp Normandy. Executive Chef Michael J. Bodner. Patsel’s Restaurant, Glenburn Pair It: 2007 Bonterra Organic Valentine’s Specials: Special a Viognier, a crisp white wine la Carte Menu for dinner Friday, with tropical and jasmine February 14 and Saturday, notes. “This exotic wine will February 15. All guests receive complement the oysters nicely. roses. Reservations required. As always, any type of bubbly 570-563-2000. white wine such as Cava, Most Romantic Dish: Oysters

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The Settlers Inn, Hawley

pair well with oysters as well,” notes Bodner.

romantics for more than 30 years,” notes Sutter.

The Settlers Inn, Hawley Leggio’s Italian Restaurant, Valentine’s Specials: Dallas Valentine's Day Dinner, Friday, Valentine’s Specials: Full February 14, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. is menu and dinner features $75 per person with live music available. Reservations recomby Dan Bradley and complimended. 570-675.4511 mentary roses for the ladies. Reservations recommended. Stirna’s Restaurant & Bar, 800-833-8527 Scranton Jazz Supper Club with the Valentine’s Specials: Open for Gypsy Jazz Quintet will be dinner 4 p.m. to midnight. Sunday, February 16. Dinner Reservations: 570-961-9681. will be served 5:30 to 9:30 “The pair of legs envoke a playful p.m. with live music from 6 romanticism, and the port and fig to 9 p.m. $65 reduction is decadent...” per person. Reservations recommended. 800-833-8527. Most Romantic Dish: Lobster Most Romantic Dish: Confit Tail served with drawn butter Duck Legs with Roast Shallot completed with their signature Sweet Potato Hash, Port and strawberry salad with homeFig Reduction. “The pair of legs made creamy poppy seed evoke a playful romanticism, dressing and “almost-famous” and the port and fig reduction Stirna’s Brownie. is decadent,” explains Executive Chef Ben Sutter. Coccetti’s Restaurant and Bakery, Peckville Pair It: 2005 Savigny-LêsValentine’s Specials: HeartBeaune “Aux Fourches,” Maison Champy, Côte de shaped cookies, chocolate Beaune fudge iced brownies and red Romantic Touches: “The Inn’s velvet cake are a few sweets fireplace has been a draw for available all week long. In addi56

tion to the regular breakfast and lunch menu they’ll feature Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Ice Cream Waffle, Red Velvet Pancakes, Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict, lunch for two and complimentary mimosas for the adult ladies! Most Romantic Dish: Red Velvet Pancakes – they’re sweet, chocolaty and served with warm butter cream sauce. Romantic Touches: Enter the Conversation Heart Contest and enjoy lots of love songs from the ‘70s ‘80s & 90s. “Our favorites, of course,” say owners Tara Coccetti Black and Tammie Coccetti McHale. “We make everything with love!” Quaker Steak & Lube, Dickson City Valentine’s Specials: Sweet Heart Dinner for Two with special menu. Reservations recommended. 570-489-5823 Most Romantic Dish: Sesame Chicken Rice Bowl. Sauteed chicken tender crusted with sesame seeds and coated in a fiery Thaisian sauce, served over Lube rice and fresh steamed vegetables. Pair It: Barefoot Moscato

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Lake Wallenpaupack

Lil’s Bar & Grill, Lake Winola Most Romantic Dish: Clams Tuscany: One dozen cherry stone clams sautéed with diced prosciutto, fresh herbs, white wine and house lobster stock. Reservations 570-3783324 Romantic Touches: Located above the lake with a cozy atmosphere.

Dauphinoise potatoes to add a hint of French romance to the dish.” Pair It: “We have found a Pinot Grigio’s crispness stimulates the palate for food and pairs well with the seafood in the dish,” says Giacobbe. Gresham’s Chophouse, Hawley Most Romantic Dish: Pablo’s Pasta. Succulent shrimp sautéed in oil, garlic, white wine, black olives and sundried tomatoes, then served over angel hair pasta. 570-226-1500. Romantic Touches: Overlooks Lake Wallenpaupack.

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant & Banquet Center, Hawley Valentine’s Specials: Valentine’s Dinner Theater on February 14, 15 and 16 with cash bar and cocktails starting at 5:30 p.m. The four-course The Boat House Restaurant, dinner will be served at 6:30 Hawley p.m., followed by the comedy Valentine’s Specials: On “’Til Beth Do Us Part” perFriday, February 14, ladies will formed by the Ritz Company receive a fresh, red rose, and Players. The play begins at 8:30 there will be live music after 9 p.m. Reservations Required. p.m. Dinner specials include 570-226-7355 ext. 2 Chicken Most Portofino, Romantic “Our location along the shoreline King Cut Dish: “In of Lake Wallenpaupack - as serene Prime Rib, our Scottish Seafood Salmon, all and beautiful as can be...” Stuffed of the Portabella ingredients Mushroom Cap with Red ‘marry’ together,” says Pepper Sauce and Stuffed Executive Banquet Chef Sam Giacobbe. “The sweet blue crab Lobster Tail with homemade Crabmeat Stuffing, in addition bisque that accompanies the to the full, regular menu. dish is a unique touch, as most Dessert specials include White restaurants serve it simply as a Chocolate Raspberry soup. We marry it to our Cheesecake and tableside salmon with delicious results. Crepe Suzette. Special menu We have also included 58

will be available through the weekend. Reservations recommended. 570-226-5027 Most Romantic Dish: Stuffed Lobster Tail. “The succulence and luxuriousness of the meal just seems to set the mood for a nice night out with that special person in your life,” says Owner and General Manager Matt Kiesendahl. “You also know it’s love when a couple can amicably split one of our delicious desserts, and nothing says romance like the personal attention and service of a tableside creation as decadent as crepe suzette! Pair It: “The acidity of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or an Italian Pinot Grigio would nicely complement the Lobster,” says Kiesendahl. Romantic Touches: “It all starts with our location along the shoreline of Lake Wallenpaupack- as serene and beautiful as can be. Our special tableside dessert will add that extra flair to your evening,” notes Kiesendahl. Carmen’s 2.0 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Scranton Valentine’s Specials: Special menu February 14 and 15. Reservations recommended. 570-342-8300. Most Romantic Dish: Grilled Filet Mignon. An 8-oz. choice filet served with cabernet

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Be nIce Health. Food. Gifts.

10th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Special events February 13-17th Click or call for more info

Clarks Summit 586.9684 •

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Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel, Hawley

demi-glace served with chef’s selection of starch and vegetable. Romantic Touches: Refined elegance in the Grand Lobby of the historic hotel. World Tour menu and wine list boast dishes and drinks inspired by France all month long. Glass—Wine.Bar.Kitchen. at Ledges Hotel, Hawley Valentine’s Specials: Valentine's Day Dinner, Friday, February 14, 5 to 10 p.m. The $55 fixed-price, five-course menu includes welcome charcuterie, tapas, farm-to-table offerings, seafood and dessert sampling. Live music by Eric Rudy will be 8 to 11 p.m. in the recently renovated lounge. Reservations recommended. 570-226-1337 Hearts in the Snow on Saturday, February 15 is a daytime snowshoe trek or hike with Northeast Wilderness Experience, followed by dinner at Glass from 5 to 10 p.m., serving the Valentine’s Day fivecourse menu and a complimentary bottle of wine. $75 per person. Reservations recommended. 570-226-1337 Most Romantic Dish: Raw oysters with a bloody Mary


granité sauce. Pan-seared diver sea scallops with a red beet foam. Pair It: Evolution, a proprietary white blend by Sokol Blosser from Oregon's Willamette Valley. Romantic Touches: “The setting above the scenic Wallenpaupack Gorge and Falls is naturally spectacular,” says Executive Chef Ryan Janesko.

Parrillada. This meal for two to share boasts seasoned grilled slices of beef, chicken, pork and shrimp cooked with special sauces and served with pico de gallo, hot sauce, beans, rice, poblano pepper salad and tortillas. 570-586-1223 (Clarks Summit) 570-969-0966 (Dickson City) Romantic Touches: Authentic Mexican atmosphere, with occasional live mariachi music.

Glenburn Grill & Bakery, Sycamore Grille, Delaware Clarks Summit Water Gap Most Romantic Dish: The Most Romantic Dish: Seafood Mocha Espresso cheesecake St. Jacques. Jumbo scallops and combines coffee and chocolate lobster meat in a simin sherry ply “The five-course menu includes cream sauce decadent charcuterie, tapas, farm-to-table served in a flaky puff pasdessert! offerings, seafood and dessert...” try timbal Call with rice pilaf ahead and vegetable. 570-426-1200 570-585-8777 Romantic Touches: MadeTwigs Café, Tunkhannock from-scratch dishes and fresh Valentine’s Specials: Everyone ingredients highlight the who dines at Twigs Friday home-style restaurant’s breakthrough Sunday on Valentine’s fast and lunch fare, which is Weekend can enter to win dincompleted by a sweet bakery ner at Twigs, flowers from assortment. Monies Floral & Friends Gifts and a movie at the Dietrich La Tonalteca, Clarks Summit Theater for two. On Friday & Dickson City Most Romantic Dish: continued on page 62

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Annual Engagement & Wedding Band Sale March 29 & 30

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Crescent Lodge, Cresco

February 14 couples will be the most romantic dish anyone able to have their palms read could have,” notes self-trained by Cate Ross of Sit a Spell. Chef/Owner Jerry Bogedin. Lovers’ Pair It: Drink “Lovers’ Drink Specials include the “Anything Specials from the include French Kiss for the adventurous Nimble Hill The and The Flirtini for the hopeful...” Winery is French always a Kiss for choice pick, the adventurous, Belvedere and now you can try one of the Sparkle for those who forgot to new beers from Nimble Hill bring the bling, and The Flirtini Brewing Company,” suggests for the hopeful! Dinner specials Bogedin. include Braised Short Ribs with wild mushrooms, port wine Crescent Lodge Restaurant, and shallot reduction; Chilean Cresco Sea Bass sautéed with baby Valentine’s Specials: Special spinach leaves in a marmalade Menu with open dining from and white wine reduction 5:30-10 p.m. February 14, with sauce and Herb-Cured Scottish live piano music. A Stay-AndSalmon oven baked with papri- Dine Package includes lodging ka smoked fingerling potato. for two, dinner for two, box of Reservations recommended. assorted chocolates, ice-chilled 570-836-0433 champagne and a fresh rose. Most Romantic Dish: “Any one Reservations required. 570-595of our pasta dishes are on 7486. every count superb, but the Most Romantic Dish: Veal sweet image of sharing an Scaloppini Luciano, sautéed unexpected kiss at the end of a with artichoke hearts, tomashared pasta noodle is by far toes, fresh basil and garlic in


white wine and extra virgin oil. Pair It: Cabernet Savinon, Sterling Yakitori Sushi & Grill, Scranton Most Romantic Dish: Love Boat for Two. Ten pieces of sushi, 12 pieces of sashimi, a dragon roll, spicy tuna and California roll. 570-209-7716 Romantic Touches: Authentic Japanese food and Hibachi make a unique dining experience. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Wilkes-Barre Valentine’s Specials: Served February 13 to 16. Reservations recommended. 570-208-2266. Most Romantic Dish: Porterhouse for Two. The USDA prime cut combines rich flavor of a strip with the tenderness of a fillet. Romantic Touches: Famous for food and wine, especially the signature steaks served on a sizzling 500-degree plate. –Erika A. Bruckner

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The Perfect Pair

Belhurst Wines & Valentines


elhurst Castle, situated on the Northern shore of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region, boasts overnight accommodations, dining, special events and a spa. But nothing puts the romance into Valentine’s Day more than Belhurst’s wines, which have won over 300 medals.

Register of Historic Places and named one of the “Most Romantic Places in New York State.” “The history and beauty of our property is important to us,” explains Fiorilla.

To completely experience the culinary side of Belhurst, immerse yourself in the Specialty Wine Pairing Package, one of the Castle’s Kristine Fiorilla, manager of most romantic dinner packBelhurst’s Wine & Gift Shop, ages. It offers personalized says the classic combination attention from a Belhurst of sparkling wine, chocolate Wine Expert as guests are and guided strawthrough berries chef-creelhurst Castle was named ated sets the mood one of the “Most Romantic gourmet for a Places” in New York State. dishes romanpaired tic with Valentine’s evening. Most of award-winning wines. Ideal Belhurst wines are chosen for Valentine’s Day, the packbased on the history of the age is perfect at any time of Belhurst Castle, an 1800s year for couples, groups and stone castle on the National special occasions. Choose


from Canandaigua, Keuka and Seneca Seasonal Wine Pairings, which range from flights of four to six Belhurst wines paired with a four- to six-course dinner. Call 315-781-0201 ext. 515 or visit

Must-Try Wines for Valentines: Isabella Sparkling Wine: Full-bodied, with a hint of strawberry rhubarb and a sparkling foxy quality.“It's a beautiful wine to sip throughout the evening,” Fiorilla adds, “especially with dark chocolate!” Naturel Sparkling Wine: Crisp, with hints of lime.“This zesty and semi-dry sparkling wine goes well with starter appetizers or light fare,” notes Fiorilla.“It’s beautiful as a special occasion toasting wine!”

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Lehighton, PA Jim Thorpe Area

Ski Package* - includes all day/night lift ticket to Blue Mtn. per adult. Tubing Package* - includes all day/night tubing ticket to Blue Mtn. per adult. Romantic Package - includes bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries.

Fall in


you again.


*up to 4 people per package

All packages include Hampton’s Hot on the House Breakfast, indoor Jacuzzi & Pool, WiFi, & business center. 100% Non-Smoking Rooms Link: Valid until 4/2013 Blackout dates may apply. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions

610-377-3400 PA I-476/ EXIT 74 • 877 Interchange Rd. • Lehighton, PA From PA Turnpike I-476 - Take exit 74 for Mahoning Valley towards Lehighton. Follow Route. 209 South 3/4 mile. Hotel is on the left.

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When You Wish Upon a St ar:

Jersey Boys Shines Brightly at The Scranton Cultural Center


f you’re from my neighborhood, you got three ways out. You could join the army; you could get mobbed up, or you could become a star.” This month, a little bit of Jersey will reside in the heart of Scranton. The Broadway phenomena “Jersey Boys” comes to the stage at the Scranton Cultural Center February 4 to 16. 66

This Tony and Grammy Award-winning show tells the story of the Four Seasons. Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, blue collar kids from the “wrong side of the tracks” in New Jersey, wrote their own songs and created their own sound to become one of the biggest

American pop sensations of all time. These four boys from Jersey sold 175 million records worldwide before they were even 30 years old. Tony Award-winner Albert Nocciolino is President and CEO of NAC Entertainment continued on page 68

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Presented by:

Congratulations to our honoree Dr. Michael Wolk, Allied Services and our Wings of Life Award recipient Lisa Gilchrist. For more information, please visit

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Ltd. He explains how this and for the 2012 sold-out New Jersey story resonates “Frankie Valli and the Four with Northeast PA audiSeasons” show at The ences. “Scranton has a love Scranton Cultural Center. affair with Frankie Valli and “Jersey Boys” theatre goers the Four Seasons. Their uniwill be taken back to versal, rags-to-riches story another not era with Nocciolino estimates a $3 only songs resmillion impact from the two- such as onates week run at the Scranton “Sherry” with and “Big Cultural Center audiGirls ences, Don’t it makes them proud.” This Cry.” is best illustrated by the The audience will be packed house last year for touched by the story of the the “Midtown Men” (the rise of Frankie Valli and the original cast of Jersey Boys Four Seasons, the success singing songs of the ‘60s) of a band that developed


its own sound and the unvarnished look at their trials and tribulations that resulted. Along with wonderful music and a compelling story, “Jersey Boys” will bring revenue to the region. Nocciolino estimates a $3 million impact from the two-week run at the Scranton Cultural Center, from the cast and crew staying in hotels and eating locally, to the approximate 20,000 theatre patrons who will park, eat and stay in the greater Scranton area. Visit www.Broadway or call 570-342-7784. –Kieran O’Brien Kern

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Staff and volunteers at Woodloch Pines break a world record while helping those in need

oodloch Pines in Hawley recently broke a Guinness World Record– assembling more then 650 hunger relief packages in under one and a half minutes. With the help of Woodloch staff, guests and local community members, the record was broken!


This record broke the one previously earned at a Walmart Shareholders meeting in 2012. Once the feat is reviewed by the Guinness World Record Committee, Woodloch Resort will be declared the new title holder. Erica Filstein, the marketing coordinator at Woodloch, is very excited about the success of the event. She says the idea to break a record came over the summer. "Our social depart70

ment hosted record breaker activities where guests could get involved in different competitive activities. That spurred the idea of hosting a major Guinness World Record event during a fall weekend." After doing some research and looking into previously broken records, the team made a decision on hunger relief packages. "We thought it was a phenomenal idea, especially since we pride ourselves on giving back to the community," Filstein says. The "Just-add-Turkey" packages contained ten nonperishable, holiday-themed food items such as canned vegetables, boxed stuffing and potatoes. More than 10,000 pounds of food were assembled during the minute and a half.

Woodloch had the help of many generous sponsors, primarily their food service supplier Pocono ProFoods. The resort also received help and donations from Brucelli Advertising and the United Way of Pike County. –Casey Phillips

Several food pantries benefited from these food packages including Ecumenical Food Pantry in Milford, Good Cheer Food Pantry in Greeley, Holy Trinity Food Pantry in Dingmans Ferry, Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Paupack, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hawley and Bushkill Outreach Food Pantry in Bushkill.

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Can’t-Miss Events

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Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, 2 p.m. The Theatre at Lackawanna College, Scranton Gaslight Theatre Company returns to the Community Concert's stage for this special production featuring local actors. William Shakespeare's classic comedy weaves a wonderful web of wit and humor around two couples set to conquer cuckoldry and restore honor, all while delightfully succumbing to stubborn, beautiful love... in spite of themselves and each other. 570-955-1455

Battle of the Bands Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre Local cover bands will compete for a $10,000 grand prize plus a chance to open for a national headliner. The event kicks off in Breakers and continues Wednesdays through the spring. 1-888-WIN-IN-PA

Red Hot Chilli Pipers Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton Bagrock. It’s the sensational blend of bagpipe and rock and roll brought by the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a nine-piece ensemble of


Winter Craft Beer and Food Pairing Dinner Feb 28, 7 p.m. Patsel’s, Clarks Summit Chef Michael Bodner will expertly pair four courses of food with a selection of craft beers. One of L.T. Verrastro’s craft beer experts will share his knowledge. Reservations required. 570-563-2000

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St. Patrick's Day Getaway at The Settlers Inn, Hawley

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Includes a one-night stay for two, dinner for two with live band performing Irish tunes The Settlers Inn is a bed-and-breakfast lodge in the Lake Region of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, artfully decorated with mission-style furniture and arts and crafts touches. Savor fresh-baked artisan breads and an exquisite meal in the chef-owned, farm-to-table restaurant. Then, recline with a glass of fine wine in front of the Chestnut Tavern’s roaring fire.

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usiness owners of the Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA) will sponsor the 10th Annual Festival of Ice throughout Clarks Summit February 13 to 17– President’s Day Weekend. This year’s theme is Rock n’ Ice and will include live ice carving demonstrations and 50 ice sculptures on display. “The festival is great for all ages, and best of all it is a gift to the community thanks to ABPA and its members,” says Laura Ancherani, ABPA executive director. The weekend activities begin with a parade on Thursday, February 13 at 7 p.m., followed by an annual Family Fun Faire at the Clarks Summit Borough Building. Visitors can enjoy an "Eaglemania" concert on Saturday evening, February 15, at the Clarks Summit Elementary School located on West Grove St in Clarks Summit. Entertainment and food round out the weekend festivities. For the first time, horse-and-carriage rides will also be offered on Friday, February 14. Visit


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Rural Region Revitalization

The Growth of Wyoming County


ina Severcool Getts serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce. She works with business members to increase commerce and tourism, revitalization, historic preservation and infrastructure improvements. Her background lies in business and accounting, specifically in nonprofit healthcare.

How has the region grown recently? Our region has experienced tremendous growth over the past five years. The introduction of natural gas and wind energy production has proven to be very beneficial. Our acceptance of the gas industry and the ability to grow and adapt local businesses to fit new needs is a major accomplishment for our region, which is often criticized for not accepting change. My biggest challenge will be to help the businesses in our county develop and take advantage of that growth. What new businesses can be beneficial to Wyoming County? The county must tap into its 80

natural beauty and the opportunities it offers for families to get away. Therefore we need businesses focused on engaging families in the outdoors and appreciating the natural surroundings. Wyoming County has natural resources that have not yet been tapped. What makes you most proud of Wyoming County? Despite our growth, Wyoming County has not lost its small-town neighbor mentality. People in our businesses and restaurants take pride in knowing their customers; people you pass on the street greet you with a smile and a sincere hello. Business owners know and anticipate your needs and help you to find the products and services you need. What would you most like to change about Wyoming County? I would love to promote and create more growth through tourism. Wyoming County can offer families from New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia an affordable family-focused vacation and the ability to connect with nature and each other through outdoor recreation, small-town shopping and locally grown and prepared foods. The chamber also has

two member airports. Private flights and pilots for hire work from here to make travel to Wyoming County fast and easy for weekend trips from all over the East Coast. How does the chamber enhance the region? The chamber has over 450 member businesses. We provide services including free promotion, networking and the opportunity to purchase health insurance, dental insurance and an energy program. Our free Educational Luncheon Series is a member favorite. Topics for 2014 will focus on community resources (many of which are free) to grow business. What are some of the chamber’s unique initiatives? The holiday promotion, Shop Chamber, helps local businesses advertise during the holidays. Another program we will begin is “After Hours Share & Care,� a networking event. Each month host businesses will partner with a local nonprofit chamber member to provide resources they need, whether it be food for a food bank or mittens for local families in need. I look forward to continue the Educational Luncheon Series and the Job Fair & Gas Expo put in place by my predecessor.

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What will it take to produce true revitalization in the region? True revitalization will come through partnerships and through believing in and supporting local businesses. The chamber has committed to funding, in partnership with a state grant, an Economic Development Study. Pending approval of state funding, the chamber will work with The Institute to create an actionable economic plan with measurable goals and benchmarks.


Getting Personal with Gina Severcool Getts

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, King’s College Family: Fiancé Anthony Suydam; Children Anna, 9; Aiden, 6; Alex, 4 Favorite Quotation: “Love what you do.” Childhood Hero: Her Aunt Donna Most Daring Thing She’s Done: “I spent my freshman spring break in Florida on a service trip building houses for Habitat for Humanity. People May be Surprised to Know: She grew up in Wyoming County on a dairy farm. What Brings her Joy: Family

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Executive Director, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce

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Two Score and Five Years Ago


his August will mark my twentieth (20th) year at Happenings Magazine. Yes, two decades of my life have been involved with this publication that began 45 years ago! As we celebrate Happenings Magazine’s 45th anniversary this year, we will take a peek back to see how not only the magazine, but the region, has evolved. For a quick background, Happenings Magazine was founded in June 1969 by three men, Murray Doliztky, Tom Reddington and Jim Eagen. Our current Managing Editor Barbara Toolan and I met as students while at Marywood University. We began growing the magazine in earnest in 1995. We worked out of the former publisher’s basement for

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four years before moving to our current office in 1998. We are now enjoying our newly renovated, virtually paper-less office. Much has changed in just Our first issue, June 1969, featured the Irish our time. Balladeers. The group included Charles Rogers Personally, I now Sr., his three sons, Chuck, Bob and John and his need reading son-in-law Ted Andrews. Eddie Lennihan, a glasses to proof popular Scranton musician rounded out the pages. I also can’t Balladeers. They had just cut a new record seem to go quite under the Avoca record company label called “The Molly Maguires.” The Molly Maguires as many hours without sleep to were a secret society formed by the Irish coal miners of the anthracite regions of PA. The meet a deadline. movie, “The Molley Maguires,” was filmed in And, as I look the small mining town of Eckley, near Hazleton, around at some with scenes shot in Jim Thorpe as well as in of the “kids” who Paramount Studios in California. appeared in the magazine, I realize that they are all grown the area by encouraging up, in some cases, with famihealthy behavior, participation lies of their own! From the in regional events, educational magazine’s perspective, more and training opportunities and and more people are reading recreational activities. We’re Happenings Magazine on proud to share unique features their iPads and smartphones, of the diverse restaurants and so while our features are inns that dot the landscape. local, our reach has become And we’re thrilled to share the international. stories of the inspiring individuals from whom we can learn. What hasn’t changed at all in the past 45 years, however, is the passion for bringing the best of the region to our readers. Fortunately, we get to dwell on the region’s best assets. We strive to improve

Thanks for reading and enjoying the journey with us! -Paula Rochon Mackarey, Publisher


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FIRST-EVER February Issue


Showcased the ice rink in the former Lackawanna County Stadium

s part of our 45th anniversary celebration, each month we’ll open the time capsule to see what was new and who was the talk of the town in Happenings through the years. Take a peek at four decades of February in Northeast PA as seen in Happenings Magazine.


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oledad O’Brien, anchor of for her two daughters, CNN’s American Morning, Sophia, 3 going to the gym to get has and Cecilia, 1. “I’m getting strong!’” a lot in common with older every moment and I want Soledad admires the medical Happenings’ February cover to make modsure I’m going to be around field reports of her colleague, els. She also donned a for my Dr. red dress to children Sanjay Gupta. “Women for a long time,” admits help promote heart disease put themaware- Soledad. Her selves last. Their home, goal is to stress the ness among women. The kids and photo of importanc family always come first,” e of good health so that Soledad, accompanied relates by 23 other her children Soledad. “Dr. Sanjay does will one day make it a female celebrities, appeared a numin the priority ber of stories about women October 2003 issue of and Glamour. in their “Throughout my career I was a lives. producer of medical stories,” Soledad relates Soledad. “I was honored to and her be chosen to bring attention to husband, Brad Raymond the problem of heart disease.” , make sure to eat well and take heart disease stressing time to the need for Soledad has two very good exercise. “I enjoy exercise women to take care of reaand I themsons to make her health carve out time for it. I selves.” Soledad also participat a priority. love when ed She takes pains to be a in last spring’s Barnard role model Sophia says to me, ‘Mommy’ Summit in s New York City, a platform devoted

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to the health care of women worldwide. “It all comes Northeast PA as part of the down to dollars when Celebrity Luncheon series. talking about women’s health She will discuss how she issues,” remarks Soledad. works to obtain a balance in “The health of a communi her personal and profession ty al is dependent upon the lives and how she has hanhealth of its women because dled the challenges and we’re usually the ones opportunities in her career. who take care of everyone else.” “I’ll talk about where I’ve come from as a Harvard As a reporter, she undergraduate of Cuban, Africanstands the need to ask American and Irish heritage important, relevant questions and how I’ve grown,” particularly of doctors. relates “I Soledad. “Hopefully, I’ll need to stay up on the be able to inspire someone research and pose the diffi- Soledad out there.” The luncheon cult questions even if they’re Morning.O’Brien, 36, joined CNN in 2003 to anchor American will She was previously the host of NBC’s Weekend Today. t take place at uncomfortable to ask,” Genetti Hotel explains with men. We’re physiologi & Conference Center Soledad. “For example, cally in why aren’t different across the Wilkes-Ba board women put into more and that rre starting at 10:30 studies? needs to be addressed.” a.m. For more informatio Women aren’t interchan n, call geable (570) 696-3967. On May 13, Soledad will visit


FIRST-EVER “Go Red for Women”

–Nicole V. Langan

Soledad O’Brien, who was an anchor for CNN at the time, shared her passion for bringing attention to heart disease in women.

The healing effects of humor were explored at an event held at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.


Featured a skierseye-view of Lake Wallenpaupack

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Show us the Doors When one door closes… Take a picture!

of Nor theast PA! Photo Contest

ake a photograph of a Northeast PA door, and submit it at www.Happenings to be eligible for a door prize we think you’ll love– a $100 gift certificate to Corky’s Garden Path Greenhouse in Clarks Summit.


Here’s what you need to do. Take a picture of a door in Northeast PA (door should be on a public building or your own home, please! No playing paparazzi in front of an unsuspecting neighbor’s private residence!). We’ll share entries in future issues and announce the winner in March 2014. To enter, upload the full-resolution, digital file at www.HappeningsMagazine with entry information. Get inspired by these photos of local churches by Debbie Sylvester of Scranton. Pictured are Hickory Street United Presbyterian Church, Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. Paul of the Cross and Holy Cross, all in Scranton. 86

Keep those entries coming! RULES 1. Photographs must be original. 2. Digital file must be at least 1 MB in size. 3. Photograph must be taken in one of the following counties: Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming. 4. Photographs must be of public buildings or photographer’s own residence, or photographer must secure permission of owner before photographing property. 5. Happenings has the non-exclusive right to publish all submitted photos online or in print.

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Homeward Bound

2014 Lackawanna Home Builders Association Home Showcase hat better place to shop around for home building and improvement projects than The Mall at Steamtown? For the second year, the downton Scranton shopping center will host the Lackawanna Home Builders Association (LHBA) Home Showcase– February 21 to 23.


Seminars and a Contractors Connection will also be featured throughout the weekend. “The contractors connection is a silent salesman exhibit featuring LHBA building and remodeling members. Marilyn Andres, cochair of the Home Showcase encourages consumers to stop by for an informal look at what LHBA membership has to offer the community in quality new home building and remodeling construction. Co-Chair Dennis Brislin notes that the Contractors Connection is an excellent way for members to get in touch with thousands of consumers who may be interested in building or remodeling. “It’s a win/win situation for consumers and members of the LHBA”, says Gentile. Kids will get involved through the annual LEGO building contest!

This is the 24th year for the event. The move to the Mall at Steamtown last year drew over 11,000 consumers to the home showcase. Exhibitors were thrilled with the response from the larger Northeast PA region and reported record leads and sales from the 2013 Home Showcase. Perez Design. Build. Remodel LLC is the presenting sponsor of the 2014 home showcase. “The LHBA Showcase is a great way for clients to get to know us before inquiring about a project, “ said Adam Perez. Looking a human being in the eye is surely a better way to make a decision. We really enjoy the show season and answering questions that help people get closer to their dream remodel. There’s so much new out on the market every year, and the LHBA Showcase is a great way to deliver it to the public’s eye.” The show is free, and over 100 exhibitors will have booths. “People can expect to see everything and anything related to home building, remodeling, design and decorating”, says LHBA Executive Director Dottie Gentile. Demonstrators will be available to answer questions and provide information on their services and products. A basket containing a 55-inch smart TV and iPad will be raffled. 88

Visit –Linda Scott

Home Showcase Seminars Saturday, February 22 “2014 Trends in Kitchen Remodeling” Presented by Perez Design. Build. Remodel at 1 p.m. Caning Demonstration Presented by Nick's Furniture Services LLC at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23 “The 3 Things Roofers do that VOID YOUR WARRANTY” at noon “2014 Trends in Kitchen Remodeling” Presented by Perez Design. Build. Remodel at 1 p.m. Caning Demonstration Presented by Nick's Furniture Services LLC at 3 p.m.

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2014 Home Showcase Exhibitors* Aerus Electrolux American Water Co. Appleby Systems Inc. Bath Fitter BIU of PA Inc. Citizens Savings Bank Community Bank N. A. Cornerstone Building Solutions Dollar Energy Fund/ PPL Epower Fine Line Homes Hannabery HVAC Happenings Magazine I’m The Guy Kitchen Saver Lackawanna Home Builders Association Mariotti Building Products Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing Nick's Furniture Service LLC Northeast Gutter Pro One Week Kitchens Orkin Pest Control Owens Corning Basement Finishing Systems Pella Products Inc. Perma Glaze & Liners Perez Design. Build. Remodel LLC Ken Powell Companies Re-Bath Northeast Renewal by Anderson Ben Rinker Electrical Contracting Inc. Seamless Gutter & Supply Co. Spring Hill ChimneyServices Superior Walls by Advanced Concrete Valley Pools & Spas Vector Security Wayne Bank Williams Mobile Crushing & Recycling

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Mortgage 101 Tips from Fidelity Bank or those looking to branch out on their own, start a family or look for a permanent investment, simply finding that little corner they can’t wait to call their own is just the beginning of home ownership. Buying a home can


be both a thrilling and terrifying time in a person’s life. Often, potential buyers don’t know the details of obtaining a mortgage, a necessary step for most trying to fulfill their homeownership dreams. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be a completely baffling process. Banks have teams of highly qualified, specialized consultants ready to help you and answer any questions you may have.

The first step in the mortgage process is setting up an appointment. At Fidelity Discount and Deposit Bank, customers


will always have an in-person appointment with one of the mortgage consultants. They provide a list of all the financial information needed for the meeting. This helps the consultant to assess the potential borrower’s needs and provide advice on how to proceed. Fidelity Residential Mortgage Loan Manager Maureen Polster’s first tip is to watch your credit. “Don’t do anything drastic right before applying for a mortgage or during your mortgage process.”

How does one know for which type of loan he or she may be eligible and for what amount? “It’s determined by factors such as income, debt and credit score.” The fees included in monthly payments include principal, interest, escrow for taxes and sometimes Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI, needed when the borrower has less than 20 percent equity in the home. “Once 20 percent equity is

put into the home, whether through payments or improvements or a combination of the two, PMI is eliminated,” explains Polster. Many potential borrowers wonder if they should go for a fixed or adjustable rate loan. Polster explains that both can have benefits. The positive part of a fixed rate is that if the rates go up, yours will not. Equally so, the negative part is that when rates go down, yours also will not. You also have the option of rate locking your interest. Rate locking provides the opportunity to secure your loan at the best available rate at the current time, even if rates increase during the application process. All it requires is a signature during the application process.

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on the home that’s ordered by Fidelity once a potential buyer meets with a consultant. Mortgage rates and information are not just for those looking for a new home; current homeowners should also pay attention to the trends of the market. “Rates are still at historically low levels, and there’s still opportunity for many homeowners to refinance,” says Polster.

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Finally, the borrower will leave the appointment knowing if they are approved, subject to final underwriting. Once the bank receives a complete

file, it takes usually no more than five days for approval. The total time it takes from application to closing is 45 days or less. –Nicole Krempasky


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SPLASHIN’ with Compassion Fundraiser Honors Young Cancer Victim

rigid temperatures won’t stop “The 12 Pack” from keeping the memory of their friend alive. In fact, it’s the key ingredient to honoring the life of Shannon McDonough. The group is organizing the first-ever Polar Plunge at Montage Mountain on February 1 as a fundraiser in memory of Shannon McDonough who succumbed to colon cancer in 2009 at age 23.


“The 12 Pack” is comprised of a dozen local girls with friendships dating back to preschool: Stephanie Schofield, Kayley Noon, Sheri Jordan, Christa Chmil, Wendy Egan, Katie Rosecrans, Brittney Lee, Andria Blanchard, Megan Charles, Leigh Zaleski, Shannon McDonough succumbed to colon Erica McCormick and Shannon cancer in 2009 at age 23. McDonough. “Even as we got older, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade day was port young individuals battling cancer in the one holiday that brought us all togethNortheast PA. The Pre-parade breakfast at er,” explains Schofield. A typical parade day the Schofield’s home has turned into an for “The 12 Pack” began at Schofield’s annual benefit, drawing home where her roughly 200 attendees father cooked breakthis past year. fast for the girls Participants will plunge before they headed downtown for the into whitewater harbor at With the success of their parade day festivities. The first the base of the Alpine Run annual event, Friends of parade day the girls Waterslide Complex. Shannon McDonough spent without has been working to McDonough, they plan the next big eventdesigned and sold a polar plunge. Splashin’ with Compassion themed t-shirts, raising $80. A local oncolowill be held on February 1 at Montage gist recommended a patient in need of Mountain in Moosic, regardless of the monetary donations to fund treatment. weather. Participants will plunge into The funds, all of which were donated in whitewater harbor at the base of the McDonough’s name and left on the Alpine Run Waterslide Complex at the cendoorstep of the recipient, sprouted into tral hub of Montage Mountain. It's a pool the non-profit organization, Friends of deep enough to plunge, yet shallow Shannon McDonough. Monies raised supcontinued on page 96 94

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enough to stay above water! Activities include plunging into ice-cold water, warming up beside one of many fire pits and feasting on food and drink. The event was a suggestion made by Gene McDonough, Shannon McDonough’s uncle. Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. The actual plunge will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. DJ entertainment, silent auction, refreshments and a kid’s table will be part of the fun! There will also be a raffle consisting of baskets generously donated by local businesses and generated by members of “The 12 Pack” and their families. Costumes are encouraged and will be rewarded for best individual costume, best group costume and most creative. In addition to prizes for cos-

tumes, there will be underwater rings tagged with additional prizes for plunge participants that are lucky enough to grab one! Tickets are available online or at the door for $35 to plunge. Those not participating in the plunge may attend the event for free. Visit or call 570-903-9079. –Katie Manley

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ing there. I spent my sophomore year in Europe, with a semester in London and another in Florence. It was in Italy that I fell in love with wine and pizza, and back in love with my high school sweetheart and husband of today. I returned home and joined Matt at Drexel University, where we both graduated with degrees in finance. Thereafter, I joined my father, Robert Naismith, in our first business venture together. I feel so fortunate to have had this amazing mentor and business partner for the past 16 years! We cofounded three successful businesses in the area, the latest of which is called JUJAMA after my three children. JUJAMA, Inc. provides a mobile networking platform where conference participants can prepare

collaboratively prior to professional events. I have a strong commitment to this area; my children are the fifth generation to be raised here. I believe having a good support system is the key to being able to balance work and family, and having a positive experience in one setting either at home or at work can enrich life in the other. In my free time, I love entertaining with a brick pizza oven I had built in my home, bringing together all of those things I fell in love with in Italy--wine, pizza, my husband and also great friends. Pizza might just be my next business venture!

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Chew on This... How to Correctly Channel Your Pups Energy My West Highland Terrier is just a little over a year old chews on everything! Is there anything I can do apart from keeping everything out of her reach? Various jokes credit dogs’ lack of opposable thumbs as being the only thing keeping them from completely ruling our worlds. While there’s some humorous truth to that, the serious truth is that lacking opposable thumbs, their interface with the world is through their mouths. They greet and explore, test and learn via their mouths. And just as we often develop nervous habits involving our handstwisting our hair or biting our nails or cracking our knuckles- dogs can develop nervous traits like habitual


licking or chewing. These are often secondary behaviors born of underlying issues, boredom being number one on the list.

grocery or butcher. Give raw beef bones in her crate or on the tile floor. They’re greasy, so don’t allow snacking on your carpets.

Teaching your pup to play fetch and tug with her own toys will drain some of her energies. As you play, give each toy a name, as in “you love your Tuggie, find your Tuggie.” Using the name consistently during play sets up the next step, helping the dog differentiate between her toys, which can be chewed, and your possessions, which cannot. If she mouths the latter, stop her with a firm “NO!” and redirect with “get your Tuggie!” Playfully help her look for it. Take care she doesn’t associate unwanted behavior, like chewing, as a key to inviting playtime. You should initiate play throughout the day on your own terms, so you can insist she implement self-control at other times. If her needs have been met and she still chews inappropriately, she can occupy some of her time in her crate with an indestructible toy or a real beef shank bone. Supply good ol’ fashioned bones, not rawhides or compressed products, but the real deal from your

Terriers developed as generalpurpose farm dogs to rid barns and homes of vermin; they had to be tough, resilient, energetic and aggressive. They used their teeth to yank out roots that interfered while digging varmints from underground burrows, and to dispatch those rodents when caught. Those traits are still present and need healthy outlets in today’s world where we generally expect only cuteness and affection. Your Westie is being true to her heritage, and since you don’t want to banish her to fulltime life outdoors or adorn your home with steelencased furniture, you’ll need to creatively channel her instincts into games and exercise. Hook that thumb into a leash. I can’t overstate how truly transformative a simple walk can be. Dog walking is not leisure strolling, it’s a purposefully brisk three-to-four mile-per-hour pace for at least a half hour, ideally twice daily.

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Finding Free Money for College

s the costs of a college education continue to skyrocket around the country, potential and current college students struggle to find sources for funding. With some research and planning, students may discover free sources of money for college in numerous available scholarship opportunities.


Many factors are included in the total cost of a college education. For example, college tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, school supplies and other miscellaneous necessities are all on the list of ever-growing expenses for students today. Extra money to help defray the costs of these items would, of course, be extremely helpful to students. First and foremost, it is necessary for all students who plan to attend a post-secondary institution to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the most important form


students and parents should complete in order to qualify for almost ALL types of financial aid. Federal, state, local and private entities use the information to determine eligibility for grants and scholarships. It is available January 1 for the upcoming academic year. The FAFSA must be completed each

year that the student is enrolled in a post-secondary institution. States and post-secondary institutions have various deadline dates. More information can be found at With this in mind, scholarships are free money available for funding college. It is never too early to start looking for scholarships. Various scholarship programs are open to both high school and younger

students. There may also be opportunities for students already enrolled in college to find scholarships. Be aware of scholarship scams. Some examples of scams include, “This scholarship is guaranteed, or your money back. You should NEVER have to pay any money to get a scholarship. Also beware of, “We will do all of the work for you”. As we know, there is “no such thing as a free lunch.” No one is going to do ALL of the work for you. A student’s input is essential to any reputable scholarships. Another caution is that every college and university has an outside scholarship policy that dictates what happens to need-based financial aid packages when students win a merit scholarship. Federal laws require the school to reduce the financial aid package when the sum of financial aid from all sources is more than the school’s cost of education by more than $300. continued on page 108 February 2014

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Excellent sources for finding scholarships are corporate organizations or employers, various civic associations, disabilities agencies, post–secondary institutions, religious organizations and states of residence. There may also be scholarship opportunities for field of study or intended career, gender, international students, military participants, minority status, national or ethnic background and returning adult students. Not all scholarships require students to have all As in school. With the proper research and guidance, students can find scholarships awarded for numerous reasons, many of which may be a perfect match. The best advice for completing scholarship applications is to apply early, follow all directions, be organized, check all work, have someone else check the application, keep copies of everything and, if required, reapply each year. Some websites which offer information on schol-

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REVEAL DURING THE WEEK I am the chorus teacher at Dunmore High School. I teach both choral and show choir classes for grades 9 to 12. MY TYPICAL WEEKEND MORNING ENTAILS relaxing while drinking a coffee with cream and sugar from she Zummo’s. I also love tea, with just honey.

I SING IN Daddy-O and the Sax Maniacs as one of the front girls. I like the variety of music we sing and events we perform. I love being able to still perform. MY FAVORITE ROOM IN MY HOUSE IS my living room. It’s decorated with vintage

Colleen Reynolds of Scranton shares how spends her time and shares her talents!

LOCAL ARTISTS I FOLLOW ARE The Push – known as “The best ‘80s band you never heard of.” My brother Jimmy Reynolds is a part of it along with Tim McDermott. I also like Cabinet which is known for their Bluegrass music. MY FIRST CONCERT WAS Hall and Oates. I went with my parents, Nancy and James, and brother, Jimmy, when I was 9.

items that I got from both my grandmother and consignment shops. I have an old transistor radio in there, too.

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THE MOST INTERESTING PLACE I VISITED THIS YEAR WAS Nashville, Tennessee. I actually went there twice this year. My favorite landmark was definitely the Grand Ole Opry. THE MOST USED APP ON MY IPHONE IS Instagram. I have over 1,500 photos on my phone. I’m obsessed with photos. IF I HAD TO SHOP JUST ONE CORNER IN SCRANTON IT WOULD BE Spruce Street, but I also like the cute East Scranton area. The Daisy Collective has really cute items. I WOULD DESCRIBE MY STYLE AS feminine-retro. I recently have learned to sew my own clothes.

Colleen Reynolds is an eight-year reader of Happenings who loves the pet section and the daily updates on Happenings’ Facebook page. She picks up her copy at the AAA office in Scranton — the location of her first job. Zoey Deschanel. I also like Grace Kelly’s classic style. THE BEST PART OF BEING IN MY 20s IS that many life milestones like graduating college and getting your first job happen at this time. But, there are also still a lot of possibilities ahead!


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o become healthier is a popular New Year’s resolution, especially among women. However, methods of starting a healthier lifestyle vary depending on age. “No matter what age you are, nutrition and fitness always play a key role in health and quality of life,” explains Joy De Soto, owner of Birchwood Fitness in South Abington Township. Here, sh breaks down tips and advice to stay healthy and active through each phase of life.

them. Calcium-rich foods are important, as these are peak bone building years. Managing social and career stress is important in this age group as is moderating caffeine and alcohol consumption.


Crucial for laying the foundation for activity and good habits, the teen years are perfect for involving sports, play and activity for fun as kids and teens will often model their lifestyle of healthy habits from what they are used to growing up. They should get 60 minutes of physical activity daily. It is also important to teach teens to eat well-balanced meals and to use coping mechanisms with strong family support to help with selfesteem issues that often derail adult efforts to stay healthy.

With the possible addition of family responsibilities and time constraints, the 30s are a busy time for many who often push fitness and wellness to the backseat. Although this age group tends to focus on short-term fixes rather than seeing the big picture, these are the years that will set up “prevention” for many long term illnesses. Products and supplements are targeted at this age group, setting up poor habits for the future and wreaking havoc on heart health. Resist the urge to eat out, indulge in fast food, and eat out of stress which causes obstacles for weight maintenance. Find enjoyable exercise that will double as a natural stress reliever and energizer like adult sports leagues. Goal-setting activities like participating in a 5K can help keep this age group on track.



A person in their 20s will start to encounter many life changes and make more independent decisions making it an important time to structure a fitness schedule. Making exercise fun and social is a great way to stay in the habit and make new friends during new situations. A 20-something should concentrate on cardiovascular conditioning in addition to muscle and bone strength while attempting to overcome the challenge of eating well due to food preparation potentially being new to

“Feeling old” is a hallmark of someone in their 40s. Sore low backs, tight hips and hamstrings are common ailments in this age group. Some of this is due to wear and tear and some can be due to inactivity, desk jobs and years of poor posture. Try some additional stretching type exercises while mixing in flexibility and balance. The combination will increase desire to become more active. This decade makes a slower metabolism more evident, so strength training is strongly encouraged.



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50s This is when pre-disease symptoms set in making exercise extremely important. Physical activity can alleviate symptoms of menopause which can affect weight, sleep and blood pressure. Tailor your activity for your own medical conditions and limitations. Ask a personal trainer to make specific modifications to your activity. Have a healthy diet that is calorie appropriate and rich in disease fighting nutrients while utilizing exercise, massage and meditation as important components to total wellness.

60 and Beyond Studies show that exercise at this age is very important to hold off severity of chronic diseases and improve quality of life, but high risk activities should be limited. Exercise classes for this age group become important for the


social aspect and as a mood elevator. Smaller appetites, depression and limitations can create obstacles for proper nutrition, so focus on hydrating and eating adequate protein. Consult a personal trainer and/or nutritionist at any age to individualize your plan and utilize friends to help you stay on track. Check with your health insurance plan or employer to see if they offer special incentives for working out. Visit Birchwood Fitness to take advantage of their classes and facilities as well as to consult a professional on how to begin your fitness and health regimen for 2014. 窶適atie Manley

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Kids & Super Smiles! Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month


ach February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. According to the ADA, “Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.” This February, the ADA encourages kids to “Join the Super Smile Team!” The McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, will appear on posters across America with Den and Gen Smiley and K-9 the Dog, all pushing for good oral health. These superheroes fight for what’s right – brushing teeth for two minutes two times every day. National Children’s Dental Health observances began in Ohio in 1941. Since then, the concept has grown into a nationwide program. The American Dental Association held the first national observance of Children’s Dental Health Day on February 8, 1949. In 1981, the program was extended to a month-long celebration.

The ADA recommends

that kids brush teeth for two minutes two times every day.

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS All area codes are 570 unless noted Special Events Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, Free Tastings and Demos, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mill Market, Hawley. 390-4440. Feb. 13-17, Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, downtown Clarks Summit. Feb. 20, Geisinger-CMC Heart Month Ladies’ Night Out, 6 p.m., POSH at the Scranton Club, Scranton. 703-8709. Feb. 21, Sangria Team Challenge, 6-8 p.m., Vinter’s Circle, Dickson City. 383-0224. Feb. 21-23, LHBA Home Showcase, Mall at Steatmtown, Scranton. 341-7496.

Community Events Feb. 1, Community Contra Dance, Church of Christ Uniting, Kingston. 333-4007. Feb. 1-12, Treat Your Sweet on Main Street, Bloomsburg. 784-2522. Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, Fill-A-BagFriday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 8, Paint the Mountain Pink, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, East Stroudsburg. 9770872. Feb. 8, Northeast PA Brain Bee,

1:30 p.m., FEBRUARY Loyola Science SUN MON TUE WED THUR FRI SAT Center at the University of 1 Scranton, 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Scranton. 9417630. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Feb. 8, 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Congregation 23 24 25 26 27 28 B’nai Harim Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m., Lake Feb. 16, Pajama Prance Naomi Club House, Pocono Run/Walk, 1 p.m., Main St., Pines. Carbondale. 282-2882. 646-0100. Feb. 28, Abington Heights Civic Feb. 8, Glass-Blowing League Mardi Gras, 6 p.m., Glen Demonstrations & Factory Oak Country Club, Clarks Summit. Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Gillinder 587-9033. Glass Factory, Port Jervis, NY. 845856-5375. Theatre Feb. 9, Camp Papillon Feb. 1, 2, 6-9, 14 & 15, Dracula, Adoption Day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., Tractor Supply, Brodheadsville. Providence Playhouse, Scranton. 420-0450. 342-9707. Feb. 15, Paw Jam, Erie Trackside Feb. 1-27, BCRAC February Film Manor, Port Jervis, NY. Fest, Keystone Theatre, Towanda; 845-856-3677. Rialto Theatre, Canton; Sayre Feb. 15, 3rd Annual Alley-Oop Theatre, Sayre. for Autism 3-on-3 Basketball Feb. 6, Galactic, Sherman Theater, Tournament, Byron Gymnasium Stroudsburg. 420-2808. at the University of Scranton, Feb. 7, Slask Song and Dance Scranton. www.thecommonEnsemble of Poland, 7:30, Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 15, Mended Hearts 18th Lewisburg. 577-1000. Annual Dinner Dance, Genetti’s, Feb. 8, Hansel & Gretel, 2 & 7 Dickson City. p.m., Dunn Center for the 340-4842.

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS Performing Arts at the Keystone Theatre, Towanda. Feb. 12, Rebelution, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Feb. 22, Dopapod, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Feb. 28-March 2 & March 7-9, She Loves Me, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, Scranton. 941-4318.

Concerts Feb. 1, 15 & 22, Live Music with Dan Bradley, 6-9 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Feb. 7, Open Mic Night, 7-9 p.m., Cocoon Coffee House, Hawley. 226-6130. Feb. 7, The Lighten Up Duo, 8-11 p.m.,, Hawley. 226-1337. Feb. 7 & 8, Destination Blues Winter Music Festival, Moose Exchange, Bloomsburg. 317-2596. Feb. 8, Live Music with Peter Daniel, The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Feb. 14, Singer/Songwriter Janet Burgan, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, WilkesBarre. 825-6653. Feb. 15, The University of Scranton Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m., Houlihan McLean Center,

Scranton. 941-7624. Feb. 16, Jazz Supper Club with the Gypsy Jazz Quintet, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Settlers Inn, Hawley, 226-2993. Feb. 21, Compass, 8-11 p.m.,, Hawley. 226-1337. Feb. 21, Venice Baroque Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg. 577-1000. Feb. 21, Stringposium, Haas Center for the Arts, Bloomsburg. 389-4289. Feb. 21, Music in the Park Fundraiser, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Waterwheel Café, Milford. 570-296-2383. Feb. 23, 6th Annual Gene Yevich Memorial Concert, Houlihan McLean Center at the University of Scranton. 941-7624. Feb. 26, Romano Drom, 7:30, Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg. 577-1000. Feb. 26, Battle of the Bands, Breakers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 27, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. 420-2808. Feb. 28, Rick “Noodles” Horvath,, Hawley. 226-1337.

Art Exhibits Feb. 1-23, Quilted Expressions, Artspace Gallery, Bloomsburg. 7840737. Feb. 1-March 2, Classical Masters: The Grandeur of Rome, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University, Dallas. 674-6250. Feb. 1-March 14, Women for the Arts, Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-4214. Feb. 27-April 6, Astral Blue: Photographs by Robert Brown, Artspace Gallery, Bloomsburg. 784-0737.

Lectures & Seminars Feb. 1, Ready to Run Northeast PA Conference, The University of Scranton, Scranton. Feb. 3, 10, 17 & 24, Downton Abbey Discussion Group, 4 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 3, Yoga Class, 10 a.m., Nancy Kay Holmes Library, Scranton. 2070764. Feb. 4, The Power of Email & Social Media, 8 a.m., Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton. 342-7711.

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS Feb. 6, Downloading eBooks, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 & 13, Enlightened Self-Interest Examined, 6 p.m., Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton. 941-6206. Feb. 7, Artists Patrons and Benefactors: Women for the Arts at the University of Scranton, 5 p.m., Pearn Auditorium at the University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7630. Feb. 8, Beginning Beekeepers Seminar, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Park Street Complex, Honesdale. 677-7268. Feb. 8, Middle Atlantic States Philosophy of Education Society Conference, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-7401. Feb. 10, The Art of Leadership, Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton, Scranton 941-6206. Feb. 11, Customer Service: How to Build Relationships, 8 a.m., Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton. 342-7711. Feb. 11, 18 & 25, The Walking Dead Discussion Group, 4 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 15, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m., Wyoming Valley Chapter American Red Cross. 1-800-RedCross. Feb. 18, Strategic Corporate Citizenship: How to Create Shared Value, 8 a.m., Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton. 342-7711. Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 26 & April 2, Jewish-American Short Stories, 6 p.m., University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6206. Feb. 20, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 6 p.m., Wyoming 120

Valley Chapter American Red Cross. 1-800-Red-Cross. Feb. 22, 3rd Annual Career and Academic Planning Day, 9 a.m.3:30 p.m., King’s College, WilkesBarre. Feb. 22, Ignite: Student Leadership Conference, University of Scranton, Scranton. 941-6233. Feb. 22, Young Adult Book Discussion: Eleanor & Park, 11 a.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 25, Finding Unity in Diversity, 8 a.m., Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Scranton. 342-7711. Feb. 27, Adult Book Discussion: S.E.C.R.E.T.S., 4 p.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 28-March 2, It’s Time: Challenges to Christian Doctrine, Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor. 610-588-1793.

Nature Feb. 1, 8, 9, 22 & 23, Cross Country Skiing, Saturdays 9-11 a.m.; Sundays 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 2, Snowshoeing, 1 p.m., Skytop Lodge, Skytop. 629-3061. Feb. 2, Eagle Day, 2-5 p.m., Endless Mountains Nature Center, Tunkhannock. 836-3835. Feb. 2, Eagle Watch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 7, Eagle Watch, Monroe County Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg. 629-3061. Feb. 7-28, Eagle Watching, Fri. noon-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Delaware Highlands Winter Field Office, Lackawaxen. 226-3164.

Feb. 8, Animal Tracking, 10 a.m.noon, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 8 & 9, Vegetable Gardening Weekend, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 9, Winter Waterfalls, 1-3:30 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 15, Hearts in the Snow Snowshoe, Hike & Dinner,, Hawley. 2261337. Feb. 18, Wildlife Forensics, 6 p.m. Tunkhannock Public Library, Tunkhannock. 836-3835. Feb. 22, Family Ice Fishing, 1-3:30 p.m., Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 8282319. Feb. 23, Primitive Fire Building Class, Pocono Environmental Ed Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319. Feb. 23, Sunday for Singles Nature Hike, 1-3 p.m., Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry. 828-2319.

Kids Corner Feb. 1, Rubber Band Jewelry Bonanza, noon, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 1, LEGO Club, 11 a.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 5, 12, 19 & 26, Crafty Kids Club, 3:30, Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Feb. 15, Family Movie Day: Free Birds, 11 a.m., Wyoming Free Library, Wyoming. 693-1364. Find more February events at

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DICKSON CITY Exit 191a off of I-81 4005 Commerce Boulevard 570.489.LUBE (5823) There's ALWAYS something happening at The Lube! From Tuesday's All-You-Can-Eat Wing Night, Happy Hour with Half Price Appetizers running Mon.-Thurs. from 8-10 p.m., Friday, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday 4-6 p.m., and so much more! QUICK LUBE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT LUNCH BUFFET Lunch Buffet Mon., Wed. & Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Or check out our new “Price Break” Lunch Menu 11 a.m.-3 p.m.! MONDAY - KIDS NITE 5-8 p.m., $1.99 kids meals (with adult purchase), free face painting, play Wii on the big screen, Crafts with Coop our mascot on select nites! EVERY NITE IS MOVIE NITE at THE LUBE! Stop by the Lube to Win FREE IMAX Movie Gift Cards daily on our prize wheel! $15 Movie Meal Deal Lube Burger, Side & Fountain Beverage plus Movie Ticket.* Present your ticket stub for daily discounts and specials! *Regular Movie ticket not valid on IMAX or 3D BOOK YOUR NEXT PARTY WITH US! Dinner, Cocktail & Business Parties. Free room rental. Full bar service. Formal or informal. Special Menus Available. Fun, Festive Atmosphere! Also Located in BLOOMSBURG Exit 232 off of I-80 211 Columbia Mall Drive 570.389.WING (9464)

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February 2014 Happenings Magazine  

Heart Health Advocates of Every Age • Romantic Escapes for Sweethearts • Valentine's Day Ideas • Financial Advice • All the Best of Northeas...

February 2014 Happenings Magazine  

Heart Health Advocates of Every Age • Romantic Escapes for Sweethearts • Valentine's Day Ideas • Financial Advice • All the Best of Northeas...