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EDI T O R I T ’S F I NA L LY SPR I NG ! Oh, what a winter it has been... in between the snow storms and holidays, we had a fire at our offices. Needless to say - the stress of the past several months of dealing with insurance, meeting deadlines and staying sane is catching up with me! Luckily, I got to read the all about our Leading Ladies in this issue, which gave me strength and inspiration to keep moving forward. Judge Worthington. Dr. Welsh, Rachel Moyer and many others shared there journeys with us, and I couldn’t be more proud to have them grace our pages. Read their stories on pages 26-46. I am also excited to celebrate the 11th Annual Black & White Gala on May 12th which benefits Women’s Resources of Monroe County. I have been a big supporter of this great organization for over 10 years because their mission and their work to end sexual and domestic violence is so important . I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments. You can learn more about Women’s Resources of Monroe County by visiting April/May has a little something for everyone! From beautiful spring bling to a few of the most amazing houses tucked away in the mountains. Get out and enjoy spring! See you again in June. Keep it local!

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02 03 Buck Hill Falls Golf Course Opening Day Apr. 12 | 9am-8pm Prices Vary

01 Art Opening Miharu Lane ‘Great Trees’ Apr. 7 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monroe County Environmental Education Center (Outdoors) Free Admission

Loyalty to the soul of the game is a century-old tradition at the Buck Hill Golf Club. Opening its first nine holes in 1907, Buck Hill Falls established itself as the premier course in the Poconos. Get your clubs ready for your first round on the beautiful course. Visit www.buckhillfallsco. com for tee times and information.

The “Great Trees” series began in 2015 when Miharu visited Japan after 58 years. From “Old Sycamore” by the ruins of the Parrish Church circa 1784 in Maryland to “Lady Sycamore” in Tannersville, PA, she found abundance of subject matters. Opening reception 11a.m. -1p.m. Exhibit runs April 2nd through 30th. Visit www. for more info.

04 BPO ELK #319 Wedding Event Sampling Apr. 15 | 12pm - 5pm Free Admission with pre-reg. ($10 at the door)

Assorted vendors & caterers set up for you to explore their talents to help you plan for your big day.This unique colonial mansion is a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of the Pocono’s, and hearkens back to yesteryear, a time of grandeur and opulence, located at 260 Washington St, East Stroudsburg, PA. Phone 570-401-3958 for tickets and information.

02 Welcome Spring- A 6- Week Yoga Series for Children Apr. 9th - May 14th Every Monday 11am -11:45am Prices Vary

Help your child bloom, like a flower and shine like the sun with this creative and educational yoga experience. The classes are designed to build stability through structure, flexibility and mobility through play, but most of all - the classes are designed for Children to have a ton of fun while learning and becoming happier, healthier, more resilient, young humans. Visit for more informationa dn to register.

05 Monroe County Earth Day April 21 | 10am - 3pm Northampton Community College Monroe Campus | Free Admission

Enjoy family activities, great food. Guest speakers and green capus tours! Participate in the Tire Amnesty Program and the 10th Annual Give & Take sponsored by Close the Loop. For more information visit




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04 06 Spring Peeper Search April 21 | 7:30pm - 9pm $5 Admission

These tiny tree frogs have thawed out and are active again in our forested wetlands. Listen to the impressive choir made by these vocal amphibians as we carefully catch, study, and release them. Bring a flashlight for better searching! Visit for more information.

07 Mandala on Canvas: Paint and Flow Apr. 21 | 1pm - 4pm Boundless Yoga Studio $40 in Advance

Learn the ancient practice of creating a mandala on a 12x12” canvas with Tracy Gross and Chelsea McMahon. Chelsea will start by leading an intuitive yoga flow to get creative juices moving. Tracy will then guide the group through the process of mandala creation, from how to build its basic structure and use colors of your choice to make it your own. Visit for tickets and information.



08 11th Black & White Gala May 12 | 6p,-10pm Tickets $125 in advance

Join Women’s Resources at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center for the 11th Annual Black & White Gala, benefiting Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Enjoy delicious dinner selections prepared by the renowned Kalahari Restaurants’ chefs. Dance the night away with a rockin’ live band and bid on fun and exciting live and silent auction items. Visit for information and to purchase tickets.

09 Tweets and Sweets May 19 | 9am - 11am $5 Admission

Interested in learning more about birds? Join us for a hike that focuses on bird ID and their unique natural history. We’ll be having breakfast snacks & beverages before we head out. We will provide binoculars and field guides. Visit for more information.

10 Shawnee Celtic Festival May 26th-27th | 11am - 5pm Admission $7.50-$12.50

Kick off summer with sights and sounds of Emerald Isles & Scottish Highlands with live music, Celtic vendors, Irish & Scottish dancers, petting zoo & more. Visit for tickets and information.

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give In 2014, Kimberly Miller’s dear friend Sarah Raley was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma. Sarah’s battle inspired her to join the fight to find a cure for blood cancers. Having run two marathons and two half marathons for the mission since then, Sarah nominated Kim to run for Woman of the Year Competition, so that together they could create more survival stories like hers. “Although I was inspired to become involved with LLS because of Sarah’s diagnosis and the loss of other friends and family; what keeps me most passionate about it is seeing kids, like Pleasant Valley student Schyler Herman, fighting everyday to beat these diseases. As the mother of healthy children, it is my hope that someday no parent ever has to hear the words ‘your child has cancer’,” shared Kim.

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support Team Kim will be hosting many fun events from April through June to raise money for the Lukemia and Lymphoma Society including: “Taste of the Burg” A food and beverage tour of Downtown Stroudsburg May 20th 2:00-5:00

Man and Woman of the Year is a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors.

Vist for a full listing of events and to purchase tickets.

The man and woman who have raised the most funds during the ten-week campaign are awarded the prestigious title of Man or Woman of the Year in their community. The man and woman who have raised the most across the entire US will be recognized as the national Man & Woman of the year.


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A F EW OF OU R FAVOR I T E LO C A L F I N D S TO H E L P YOU SH I N E T H I S SPR I NG . 1 . 2 . 3 . SPA R K L E in 24K gold plated jewelry over nickle free brass, this elegant, “wearable luxury” is for the modern woman. This beautiful designer uses semi-precious stones in chalcedony, crystal and mother of pearl. Perfect for all of life’s occasions.......casual to black tie. Available at The Apple Tree in Stroudsburg. for info. 4 . 5 . 6 . 7 . SH I N E brilliantly with ring by Uno de 50, Charm Bracelet by Pandora, dazzling necklaces by Swarovski, meaningful bracelets by Ronaldo. Available at The Shoppes at American Candle. for mor info.


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A few of our favorite local, “lighter bites” for spring. 1. Avocado and Endive Salad served with a Lemon Vinaigrette from Momento Pizzeria & Restauarant. for hours and info. 2. Baja Crispy Fish Tacos from Van Gilder’s Jubilee - Battered Cod, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheddar - jack cheese and cilantro lime sauce in three warm flour tortillas www.poconojubilee.comfor more info. 3. Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad - Chopped Romaine, toasted croutons and served with our house made dressing and shaved Parmesan. for hours and info. 4. Garlic Lovers Chicken - Tender Breaded or Grilled Chicken Breast & Melted Mozzarella on Toasted Garlic Bread from Vincent;s Deli & Catering. for menu and info.



Proudly Serving the Pocono Mountains since 2005 Momento Pizzeria & Restaurant has been involved with community charities, built relationships with local farmers and provided diners with delightful surprises when they visit. Stop in today to try one of the many fine dishes we have to offer.


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A Family Feeling at GLUCO LODGE Personal Care Home

Gluco Lodge is a Personal Care Home that provides ‘age In place’ or, if the resident’s health changes, they will not have to leave to another facility for care. Now licensed for 51 Beds, the most recent expansion offers stylish, private rooms with full baths, at an affordable rate. Also in the expansion, two ‘couples suites’ were designed, so a married couple living longer can remain together. Because Gluco Lodge Personal Care Home is an ‘age in place’ facility, one spouse may decline at a different pace, but now, they can remain together while having their individual needs met.

If you’re like me, you don’t want to consider the fact that your parents will ever get old and need to be cared for outside of their own home. However, after visiting with the owners and employees of The Gluco Lodge Personal Care Home in Stroudsburg, I find comfort knowing there is a local facility that offers quality, loving care for our aging parents. The Perry Family has owned Gluco Lodge Personal Care Home since 1985. In 2007, a second floor was added in response to requests for more private rooms. Now, with yet another expansion completed, the Private Suite Wing, they welcomed its’ first residents, in March.

Longevity of the residents speaks volumes. There are multiple residents who have lived at the facility for over 15 Years. Gluco Lodge truly becomes their home and families find comfort during a stressful and emotional time. The residents enjoy home-cooked meals by Executive Chef Darlene along with peaceful views of the countryside. Diane, daughter-in-law to Hap - a new resident says, “my father-in-law Hap became a resident the summer of 2017, he loves it at Gluco Lodge! The staff treat him so well and he gives great reviews to the chef. Everyone’s kind and caring ways with him go above and beyond, his transition was so pleasant.” The large and comfortable gathering spaces, daily activities, exercise classes and the salon allow the residents to stay sharp and active. Gluco Lodge Personal Care Home and the YMCA just celebrated its 10th year participating in Senior “Sittercise” with Kit Dreas ,the YMCA Group Exercise Instructor. Seniors participate in Exercise classes ranging from Yoga to Tai Chi, “we feel it is of the utmost importance to engage our residents and prevent becoming sedentary. We surround them with the ‘family feeling’ and treat them with love and respect,” says Nataley Perry, Administrator. 6


Gluco Lodge Personal Home Care is hosting an Open House on May 12th from 10am - 3pm. Various senior services team members will be available to answer questions provide information while you take a tour of the facility and the new wing. Contact Joanne Transue, Marketing Director to set up a tour by phoning 570-992-7270.

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Small Town

Strong Town MO’R Tennis & Fitness

““They need someone to guide them in their decision making,” Mo explains; “There have been some very talented kids on a local level, some who can go on to play Division I in college and that is a great accomplishment. But, they need someone to help them decide the right path for them. Someone to be honest with them about their talent. I am able to honestly direct them to the right next phase without making their decisions for them. As an example, I brought one extremely talented local state champion to have a practice with Andy Roddick, he decided the right next move for him would be finding the perfect Division I college to resume play rather than going pro. Andy’s 100 mile an hour serves made his mind up for him - not me telling him what to do.”

Mohesh Koregaokar, affectionately known to all as Mo; is a tennis and fitness dynamo and a man who wears many hats. His impressive list of coaching credentials and tennis certifications, combined with the fact he has mentored many well-known players including Andy Roddick, Serena and Venus Williams and Karan Rastogi to achieve career heights; make it an obvious next step to add a new hat to his collection; Owner of MO’R Tennis, Fitness & Sports (formerly Pocono Wellness & Sports Center) in Eagle Valley Corners, East Stroudsburg. Mo is also the Tennis Pro at Skytop Lodge and the Head Girls’ Tennis Coach at Lackawanna College in Luzerne County. As a nationally ranked junior and professional in India, he brings an infectious energy and love of the sport with him wherever his work takes him. “We are a small community club with a large mindset,” says Mo. “We are focused on growing the community of tennis lovers we already have here in the poconos, to develop talent and help build our small town into a strong town.”

The fitness club boasts the best equipment in the area. Karen Fisher, who has been a member for over 10 years says, “I love the crowd and the trainers! There are all shapes and sizes at the club and nobody feels intimidated to be here. The equipment is exceptional not like the ‘cheaper’ gyms.” She continued, “the tennis courts are fabulous and they have a definite edge with the top-notch service they provide.”


Under the corporate entity Global Sports Management, both Mo and his wife Bonnie see the opportunity in the Pocono Mountains to take tennis to the next level. Working closely with the community, they bring their skillset to resorts and schools. Currently, the ESU Girls Team practices at their facility. Mo teaches all phases of tennis from beginner to professional and the one thing he understands is that kids need management.

We are focused on growing the community of tennis lovers we already have here in the poconos, to develop talent and help build our small town into a strong town.


Chad Smith Director of Fitness and Personal Trainer The trainers come from East Stroudsburg University and many have been there for their entire careers. “one of the most important things we do for our members is educate them on proper exercise an training. We can design programs for anyone; from beginner to high level athletes,” say Chad Smith Fitness Director. The professional tennis courts are the best quality and they have added lines to make them perfect for young kids to learn on. MO’R also uses the industry leading ACE Attack serving machine, which provides the ability to create world-class training programs. Coming soon is a new online data processing system for player development and stroke correction. An exciting addition to the facility is the popular Peloton bike which has its own private studio space overlooking the club. Members can sign up for sessions to take a live streaming class as many times as they want. BackCourt Hoops runs workshops and clinics at MO’R and they are hoping to grow the popular program and massage wellness is offered at the club. Other upgrades are in the works including the addition of a Yoga Studio on the second floor. “We are building a facility that will be perfect for our members to create a well rounded fitness lifestyle.” Mo continues, “we also hope to bring team building and corporate outings to the facility in the near future.” Memberships at MO’R Tennis, Fitness & Sports are unlimited and include all classes and use of facilities.

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Wonder by Tom Johnson-Medland

There is an odd thing that happens in our grieving, and there is an odd thing that happens in our mending amid grief. The memories and emotions that emerge in our grieving—those memories and emotions that lead us into sorrow—lead us full-circle through the pain into a tender peace.

our healing, then we are mending. If our grief is dry and arid, we probably just need to listen a bit more to our minds and our hearts which hold the thousands of memories of our loved ones. We need to look at pictures and cry. This bitter sweetness is present in our perceptions of those who offer to help us mend. What people say often alarms us and we feel it’s not the right thing. And then we have the feeling that we are glad they cared enough to try. Back and forth, up and down, around and around is the process of mending amid grief. Sometimes we laugh when we think of Uncle Harry’s crazy hat collection, and then we sob because we don’t get to watch him make those crazy faces anymore. We cry when we think about our mother having cared for us as children when we were sick with chicken pox, and we breathe a sigh of relief when we realize she no longer is suffering with her confusion and horrible labored breathing.

It is an odd gift that loss has left us. We find that the very memory of walking hand in hand with our loved one makes us cry in the absence of them and those moments, but that very remembrance of them and those moments opens our hearts to a deep awe and gratitude as well. We miss them, but oh how sweet it was to have had them at all. We have come across this bitter sweetness throughout our lives. It is the sense we have when we realize that our own gifts are often our own curse, or the very wounds that we carry through our lives are the very place where we are able to touch others and bring deep healing. Pleasure and pain— at once a bittersweet wonder. I remember holding Mary’s hand as she went on and on about the gardens she and her husband had planted.

These memories and these emotions are both our bridge to the people we have lost and our bridge to our own healing. They enable us to arrive at a place where we may mend and do it slowly, tenderly, and with grace. All of the things that we have done together; all of the love and conflict and growth meld into one and give us pain in their absence, and strength to go on ahead. Try to figure out how the trees and roses can make you cry and laugh at the same time. I cannot. See if you can imagine how blue skies and white clouds can remind you of a loved one’s death. I cannot, but they do. And somehow the colors of the rainbow, and peoples’ faces, and friends shaking hands, and babies crying all give us sadness and hope at the same time. (Thank you, Louis Armstrong, What a Wonderful World).

Through her sobbing she told me of the gathering of plants and rocks from all of their many trips with their children. “This one is from Pennsylvania, and that one from China. It hurts so much to see them, but they are so beautiful and they remind me of all that we shared. When I think of the memories, it actually gives me the strength I felt when we were there, together, doing those things.” You have sensed the oddness of having your tears actually be your nourishment. Ask me how it works; I do not know, but that it aids the mending, I do know that. If there is no bittersweet wonder in our grief, then we are stuck. But if there is a bitter sweetness to

©2000; Modified and reprinted with permission from Bereavement Publications, Inc., Bereavement Magazine, Living With Loss ™ Magazine, July/August 2000, p. 39 888-604-4673 | About the author: Tom Johnson-Medland has been a hospice professional since 1997, providing counseling and support to patients and families, as well as leadership and guidance to hospice providers to ensure high-quality hospice services are available to those seeking them. He is currently a director with the BAYADA Hospice office in the Poconos. An ordained minister and accomplished author, Tom has published more than 50 articles and 14 books. He lives in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, with his wife Glinda and his sons Zachary and Josiah.


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Could the Poconos Be Headed for a Real Estate Bubble? I hope this issues Real Estate Market Update finds everyone beginning to enjoy the spring! Amazingly, the brutal March weather did not slowed down the Residential Real Estate Marke. Which has been the theme over the past year and a half; Real Estate prices continue to rise. The Lehigh Valley is now entering its’ fourth year of appreciation and Monroe County is entering its’ third. With these continuations one must begin to ask- what was the case from 20052007? Is there a Real Estate Bubble upon us?

and that our Stroudsburg Borough officials and State elected officials can work together to direct some state redevelopment funds to downtown. We have such a beautiful downtown, howeverthere are too many vacant lots. Imagine if the town could double the buildings and people living in it to support its growth. The time has come for our elected officials to bring some of the money which has been given to Bethlehem, Allentown and Lancaster to Stroudsburg. As we look at the Real Estate numbers for the past year in Monroe County it is not only VERY encouraging but also a little scary. Inventory remains somewhat low, consistently averaging 25-30% less homes on the market than the previously month on month averages. However, while that number has remained consistent, prices are jumping fast! Consider that the price increase for homes sold year on year for January showed a 19% increase. Then look at February and that number grew to a 34% increase in a month! This 15% increase can mainly be attributed to the inventory shortage and huge drop in foreclosure homes available.

Monroe County went through an extended 8-year price decline, was the last county in the area to rebound due to the high amount of foreclosures which were in the pipeline. It was just two years ago that the county would normally have 1,000 to 1,200 foreclosures a month. Fast forward to 2018 and what a difference. Now foreclosures are running at 20-30% of previous and the “flippers” are paying much more for the few properties they can find to rehabilitate. Real Estate in the county continues to look up- as it has been over the past 27 months. Much of what has led to the rebound is more work in the PA-NJ-NY region for homeowners living in the area which has increasingly slowed down foreclosures and in turn, caused many multiple offer bidding wars to occur on homes. In just 2017 alone, my team were involved in 28 of them. As the county continues to grow and add new businesses it just attracts more people who are rediscovering it. The Pocono Manor Investments announcement that the Ripley’s Aquarium is now a definite, as well as Kalahari doubling the size of their convention center and the pre-announcement of a new entertainment complex which will accompany the aquarium to the mountain, just adds more visitors to discover how beautiful the Pocono Mountains truly are. As this momentum continues, we should only hope that townships to the east work as hard to bring more business so that the county counties to grow at a proper ratio

The big question is with interest rates and inflation on the rise how long can this run up last? We are still not where we were at the bubble in 2007 but we are closing in fast. The biggest questions are what will the rising interest rates do once they exceed 5% or in the not too distant future 6%? Based on the way these rising interest rates take a toll on home purchasing power down the road it should come into play. The question is; when? You see this in ads however now is the truly the time to look at selling your home if you plan to in the near term. With inventory levels lower and prices higher than we have seen in over a decade the time could not be better. Please call me today if you would like to learn more about what your home may be valued at today. You may be pleasantly surprised! 6




Offering a Solution New Private Suites Include Full Private Bath Semi-Private and Private Rooms 24 Hour Care Respite and Respite Day Care Available Assisting Seniors with Styled Affordability

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For an Open House on May 12th from 10am - 3pm. Various senior services team members will be available to answer questions provide information while you take a tour of the facility and the new wing. Contact Joanne Transue, Marketing Director at 570-269-5629. 800-992-7270 | Find us on 1127 Kemmertown Road, Stroudsburg, PA


A Rich History of CHARITY, JUSTICE, LOVE and FIDELITY East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge #319

On May 11, 1927 the first meeting was held in the new Elks Lodge located at 260 Washington Street in East Stroudsburg. 47 candidates were elected to membership on that date and the order was founded to practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Love and Fidelity: to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its membership; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to cultivate good fellowship. The BPO Elks is a strictly American fraternity that is nonpolitical and non-sectarian and their membership is diverse. The Elks conduct vast programs of benevolent, educational and patriotic works. Scholarships are awarded annually to thousands of young people who demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership.

In addition to private parties and weddings, The Elks Lodge hosts many charitable organizations throughout the year. The Flag Day ceremony is assisted by Cub Scout Troop 85 and the 9/11 ceremony is assisted by the Monroe County Joint Honor Guard. The A. Mitchell Palmer awards dinner recognizes a community leader for their long term and significant contributions in the field of law, public safety or community service. (A. Mitchell Palmer was a chartered member of our Lodge and served as Attorney General under President Woodrow Wilson).

The rich architecture of The Lodge represents the spirit and tradition of the organization and is available to the public to rent for special events. Their virtues are prominently displayed on each wall of The Grand Hall, which seats up to 200 guests. The Central Hall on the first floor can seat 150 guests and has a fireplace above which hangs the famous painting by Cullen Yates, “Elk in the Moonlight”. A second painting by Cullen Yates is also on display in the dining room, which was donated to the Lodge by the LaBar family. Downstairs houses The Esquire Bar, which has a private bar and bathroom and an area for entertaining. The Bowling Alley and game room include four bowling lanes, a pool table, foosball table and private bar. They are located on the lower levels and are perfect for bachelor parties, private parties and game nights. With its’ full kitchen and ample working room throughout, the Elks Lodge is set perfectly for guests to have their events catered by an outside vendor of their choice.

For the past 50 years, The Lodge has hosted a Christmas Party for the clients of Burnley Workshop. Each November a “Toys for Joy” spaghetti dinner is held to kick off the Holiday Season, which is sponsored by the Pocono Record and benefits the less fortunate families in our community. The Veterans for the Wilkes-Barre VA hospital are guests for lunch, bingo and bowling several times during the year. Each year, The Elks Each present dictionaries to the entire third grade class of Stroudsburg. Joining with the Street 2 Feet program The Elks provide lunches and clients with bus passes and gift cards. In August they team up with Big Brother/Big Sisters and Pocono Alliance to provide Backpacks to children in our community.


Karla Malanga worked with the Lodge on designing the lay-out for this article and is planning the first Wedding Sampling event to take place at the Lodge on April 15, 2018 from 12 PM – 5:00 PM. There will be assorted vendors and caterers set up for you to explore their talents. Special Events supplied the linens and is the main vendor for linens, china and tents.

Where: East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge #319 260 Washington St, East Stroudsburg, PA Date: April 15, 2018 Time: 12 PM -5:00 PM Cost: Free admission with preregistration - $10.00 Contact Karla Malanga to register for this event by phoning 570-401-3958

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Dr. Marcia Welsh, PhD., President East Stroudsburg University


What inspires you as the president of a university? I meet students on campus every day who are energized by what they’re learning and are eager to use their talents and knowledge for the greater good. They inspire me because they come to us from so many pathways and in many cases choose to pursue a specific degree despite personal challenges and the weight of financial debt. I take the name of our strategic plan, “Students First: Empowering Innovation through Collaboration,” to heart. Daily, I work with ESU’s leadership team, Council of Trustees, colleagues within the State System and influencers in our community to identify ways to help our students in terms of scholarships, internships and externships, and services. The resiliency of our students to overcome obstacles is humbling and reminds me – every day – of why I do what I do.

What has your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way been like? I started in science and I was discouraged every step of the way. I was told “you can’t do that.” An advisor told me I was too scatterbrained to ever go into the field of medicine. That I should do what other women do, take off and have kids and then get back to work. When I had my first child I took 3 months off for parenting time. In grad school I wasn’t allowed to use the electro microscope because they had assigned times to use it and I couldn’t make it with my family obligations. I was the first woman at the University of South Carolina Medical School to be hired as a full professor. That was pretty amazing. As you try to rise through the ranks in higher education, you have to try harder and work harder to excel to make it though. It’s truer than I wish it were. It’s lessened…women have shown they can do the job. Women are now in a powerful place. They have a chance to really step up. It’s our world too. Time is opportune to take a stronger role.

Why did you get into education? My parents instilled in us to get an education. My mother got her college diploma at age 16 and then became a second-grade teacher. As siblings, we were four college grads. I was considering med school, but female physicians told me not to pursue a medical career because there was so much discrimination. I wanted to be an artist but my mother said, “They don’t make money.” So, I received my undergraduate degree in physical science, took anatomy and did a lot of sketching and drawing. Then I got a Ph.D. and taught med school for 20 years. The department chair went on leave and I was asked to step in as the interim chair. That’s a big step in medical school. I was the first woman elected to chair the faculty senate at the University of South Carolina. I had dual administrative roles for a while, and really enjoyed it. When the department chair returned, I was asked, “Why don’t you stay another year?” Then I was hired as the associate provost. I stayed in administration.

Do you sit on any boards? Yes, I serve on the Northampton Community College Monroe Campus Advisory Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities (NEPACU), Women’s Resources of Monroe County Board, and the Pocono Mountains Music Festival Board.

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I’m also a member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station board of directors, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, WVIA Board of Directors, TecBridge Board of Directors, and chair of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Board of Directors.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible at ESU?

What are your strengths? Stubbornness is a strength and a fault. It’s my tenacity. I don’t let go easily. I always want to win, to be the best school in PASSHE. I was middle of four kids, and we lived in a small town and my father owned a small-town store. He made sure we were always gracious. I try to be very accessible and available too. I say hello to every single student. It’s important in this line of business. The students see me as human and they get to know me. It shows that there’s somebody here who cares about you.

I power through it. I try to get it to happen. If somebody comes

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve?

up with a better idea, I’m open to anything that makes it easier. I get stubborn and I want what’s best for the university; it’s students first, so they have every opportunity to be successful.

I go the gym to stay fit, and I read and take continuing education classes to stay on top of what’s current. I follow social media, and a lot of current education websites to know what’s happening at other universities. Also, I strive to be a better writer and a better public speaker.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? To go for it. All too often women say, “I have to learn it.” Men just do the next job, but women take another class. I did that my entire life, waiting until I was ready and some man would get the job. I learned to just go for it. Women need to do a better job of planning their future, not just letting it happen to them; not to think, “Maybe they’ll make me an offer,” but by being proactive.

How would you define “success”? Happiness. Watching my kids, I see that they’re happy doing what they’re doing. It isn’t just about money. It’s having enough to be comfortable, have enough food, those are the things we need to be really happy.

What are your “words to live by”? Another day in which to excel. It’s my personal mantra! I want ESU to excel too. When I came here, one of my goals was to turn things around. Taking care of your facility and your campus shows you will take good care of our families’ sons and daughters. We have rebranded and now have a contemporary logo. We have faculty who were willing to step up and outside of the comfort zone and adopt the 3D printing capabilities that very few schools offer. To excel also means to plan. We are involved in the Monroe 2030 county plan. If Monroe is the fastest growing county now, it’s a good time for us to think about what it will look like. We need to be more sustainable. We should also be a bigger part of the community. We’re not a walled castle; we are a public university that serves our community. 6

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Margherita-Patti Worthington, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas 43rd District

What inspires you as a professional in criminal justice? I’m always challenged by new problems and new solutions, which gives me a chance to participate in positive change and improvement. Courts are being asked to solve societal problems, a significant shift in their historic role. I’m constantly inspired by the strength and resilience of victims and their families; by their ability to forgive and understand, showing us that societal punishments and forgiveness can co-exist; and by those who are struggling to combat the monster that is the opioid epidemic. Most reassuring are the people I work with, who are dedicated to helping people in need. They handle overwhelming caseloads with limited resources, trying to solve problems that many believe unsolvable.

How many years are you in this profession? I was a practicing attorney for 13 years before election to the bench in 1999. I’ve served as a Trial Judge for 18 years and have been the President Judge of the 43rd Judicial District for the last six years.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced. In school I began to see subtle differences in treatment between women and men. Innuendo was rampant in the workplace and I have certainly been asked inappropriate questions and been in uncomfortable situations. Unfortunately, harassment and sexism are still rampant despite the policies and regulations against them. With the sustained attention these issues are finally receiving, I hope those speaking out today will have more positive results than we did in the past. Working full-time and caring for a family is difficult, tiring and sometimes frustrating. You always feel something or someone is suffering; it’s a juggling act, not a balancing act. I was blessed with great, supportive friends and family.

Why did you get into this line of work? I believe that a judge can help people and make a difference in our community.

Do you sit on any boards? I sat on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross, Monroe Chapters. I have been appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its IOLTA board, which manages funds for programs for indigent persons in civil cases, completing my six-year term as vicechair in 2015. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed me to the State Criminal Rules Committee and I’ve just begun my second three-year term as vice-chair. I chair the MET (Monitoring and Evaluation Team) and co-chaired the Language Access Advisory Group, developing a statewide plan for increased accessibility to the courts. I served on the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission Strategic Planning Workgroup, and as an officer, then President of the Pennsylvania State Trial Judges Conference. I’m currently Chair of the Past Presidents Committee and Co-Chair of the President Judges Committee.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible at work? In running and improving the Court, the biggest challenge is doing a lot with very little. Our operating budget and staffing are minimal; add a very old and crowded work space, and being efficient and innovative is difficult. That said, we must move forward in spite of these difficulties, and be innovative, using technology to operate more efficiently.


What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Be yourself! Work hard. Have passion for what you do. Help each other. Speak up. Take care of yourself. Trust your instincts. And, when things are not right, be the one who makes them right.

How would you define “success”? Waking up every morning and thanking God for what I’ve been given; my family, friends, colleagues, and life; and being grateful and practicing that gratitude.

What are your strengths? I see my faults and try to improve myself. I NEVER give up, I view adversity as a challenge, I work hard, I try to be prepared, I listen, I am empathetic, I care deeply and I love deeply.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I never stop learning. I stay up-to-date on the law, am involved in statewide committees and speak with my colleagues regarding best practices. I like to challenge myself both mentally and physically. Several years ago, I camped and rafted the Grand Canyon for two weeks, living outside, sleeping on a tarp and “bathing” in the Colorado River. I’ve run numerous half-marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon, a triathlon and the Civilian Military Combine, requiring discipline and training.

What are the three biggest accomplishments in your life? The biggest accomplishment is my family. I have been married for 31 years and we have two wonderful children. With hard work and luck, we’ve managed to raise two smart, polite, and compassionate children who are hard-working and care deeply about their family, friends and communities. Next is my work in the Court. Our community has changed dramatically over the last 20 years. I believe that in my six years as President Judge I’ve moved the Court forward in its use of technology, review of business processes and collaboration on projects involving multiple stakeholders. I initiated an annual training program for Court employees, helping them better understand how each is an integral part of the Court. Finally, but not lastly, I immersed myself in the world of cancer care while my father and younger sister were fighting the diseases that would ultimately take their lives. It was an incredibly difficult time in my life and for my family, but my dad and sister were so brave and strong. They gave me strength.

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Sharon Sinkevich, President of the BOD Women’s Resources & Owner of The Apple Tree


What inspires you as a retail owner? Today I’m inspired by great classic feminine design produced by designers using natural fabrics like cotton and comfortable, washable textiles. Women’s Wear Daily was my Bible when I founded The Apple Tree in 1981, but today I’m bombarded with inspiration from designers, the internet, professional emails and more. For me, it’s about trying to continue to represent The Apple Tree point of view while serving my loyal guests.

What has your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way been like? Frankly, I never consider myself at the top of my field since I’m in a constant state of becoming. I am always searching for the next best line of clothing to bring to my ladies as the fashion industry evolves. I’m only as good as my last season. I put myself through college working as a waitress and had many jobs throughout high school, college, and had many career interruptions with much uncertainty. There was no grand master plan, just a personal passion for pursuing style, fashion and doing my very best for my guests throughout my many careers.

Why did you get into the fashion industry? Loving style and fashion since I was a young girl was influenced by my dear mother who was “Martha Stewart” way before her time. Since as young as I can remember, she taught me about “pretty things,” “being a lady” and instilled an appreciation for fine textiles and their intrinsic nature. My love for the industry and the feeling of femininity was in my DNA. Despite the fact that women’s positions in the business world were limited in the early 70’s, I was lucky enough to be chosen as an intern in an executive training program in retail management after college graduation. I was also fortunate to be closely mentored by a business owner in the hospitality industry who gave me a “life experience MBA” by the age of 30.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible? Many times I had doubts about my professional and personal paths. I always had to take care of myself. Clarity and confidence came though some very hard life experiences. I had to work hard and stay close to the values I learned early in childhood along with my faith and family.


Every life experience, from being the eldest of five children, to being put into positions of responsibility and leadership in elementary and high school, has taught me so much. I’ve always had a desire to be put in places of responsibility and became a babysitter at a young age. Shortly after, I became a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and had the opportunity to work with disabled children. While I was waitressing to put myself through college, a strong work ethic was birthed in me. I continued to work hard and grow as a person and professional. Founding a beauty business and being elected as the first woman treasurer and VP in the International Association Board of Directors in the beauty industry was a great privilege and taught me a great amount.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Learn as many life skills as possible, not just in your chosen profession, but in discovering who you are; work hard, and take on bigger roles in life when they come to you. Walk through your fear. Fear isn’t an option when you want to live your best life. Know what you want in life to create your life of “purpose and meaning,” because as my fifth grade teacher stated, “Tempest Fugit” (“time flies”).

How would you define success? Success for me has been about being authentic and realizing that life is “lived forward but learned backwards.” Lots of life lessons are learned through mistakes and heartache, but being resilient enough to keep moving in the direction of your greater good will propel you forward. It is important to remember to be your own best friend while offering your greatest self to your chosen career path with the utmost value for whom you serve. “Bloom where you are planted.” Nature has a way of providing opportunity; you can be the best version of yourself as a woman no matter where you are in the world.

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What are your biggest accomplishments? When life threw me a big curve ball at age 50 with much loss and heartache, there were few female mentors. I promised myself that if I survived, I would pay it forward and help other women. My volunteerism in my community with founding ECHO, a resale shop of gently used fine women’s clothing that benefits Women’s Resources of Monroe County, was a way for me to reach out to abused women by raising money for legal fees. Volunteering to chair the Black & White Gala to benefit abused women and being elected president of the Board of Directors of Women’s Resources of Monroe County has continued to help me evolve as a champion and advocate for women. In my boutique, our clients and customers are our guests, all of whom are real women, with real issues who desire to be their personal best on the outside as they continue to evolve through womanhood. From ages 20-99, I am honored to provide individual help and styling for each and every guest who walks through the door.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I’ve learned that beauty is more than looks. It is in the faith, character, intelligence, style and strength that make for a beautiful woman. Developing yourself personally and professionally is all about having something to give away to other women in your family, friend circles, community and workplace.

What are your “words to live by”?

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Rachel Moyer, Vice President & Director of AED Placement & Advocacy Programs

What inspires you as a professional in the advocacy realm? Meeting someone who has survived sudden cardiac arrest, knowing that an automated external defibrillator (AED) saved their life. Also, knowing that the AED donations we have made to individuals, schools, police vehicles and organizations have influenced others to do more of the same. Doing things that save lives and prevent family tragedies like we experienced with our son, Greg, who died at the age of fifteen after experiencing sudden cardiac arrest playing high school basketball.

How many years have you been heading the organization Gregory W. Moyer Defibrillator Fund? We established the fund the night Greg died, 17 years ago.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the forefront of this cause and the challenges you faced along the way. As you can imagine, I have heard every excuse of why a particular school district, organization, public building, business or the police can’t have AEDs. Excuses have been liability, funding, training, maintenance and the potential of an AED being stolen. When Pennsylvania school districts were given the opportunity to receive two AEDs, seven of them refused this opportunity. I called each of the superintendents and asked if I could answer any questions they had. If there was still hesitation, I asked if they would sign a statement stating they refused the donation. Needless to say, every district opted to take their free AEDs. I have learned that with most schools, an AED has more impact if the students, teachers, administrators and staff are responsible for some part of the monetary cost. If they have a dress-down day, wearing red day or can buy an AED wrist bands they feel more a part of the cause. Asking for money is not easy. We are constantly inundated with requests, but what makes it easier is having something tangible to show people, like their new AED and what their contribution has done. Many people do not know that the PA State Police do not have AEDs in their vehicles that patrol the roads and highways, except for the Stroudsburg Barracks. We purchased, with the generous support of Mt. Pocono Rotary, enough this year and intend to help the PA State Police throughout the state get AEDs for all their cars.

Do you sit on any boards? Besides the Greg Moyer Fund, I am on the Board of Ryan Gomes’ Hoops for Heart Health Organization. I have served on the Board and been an officer with Monroe County Children & Youth, Pocono Medical Center Auxiliary, American Cancer Society, Monroe County Historical Association and Shawnee Fire Company Auxiliary, PTO of Smithfield Elementary, Notre Dame of East Stroudsburg Booster Club and NY State United Teachers Union representative in Port Jervis, NY.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in managing this organization?

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I find myself responding to preventable tragedies. I realize positive chains of events spring from these tragedies – people are educated and recruited to the cause, but we need to step back and develop a well-thought-out campaign to educate the general public and policymakers that is not driven/dependent on tragedies and celebrities. There is no reason why AEDs can’t become as common as fire extinguishers, seat belts and microwaves.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise and grow in their profession? Develop a clear, compelling message, enlist a circle of friends to help, and start in your community and build out, using social media to reach a broader audience. Join or establish a group with common experiences and expand it to reach the national stage, and never stop.


How would you define “success”? Saving lives and knowing that we have placed AEDs where they have been successfully used or given a family the knowledge that everything was done to give their loved one a second chance. We might not be able to save everyone, but at least we tried.

What are your strengths? The power to persuade, a tendency to be stubborn and persistent and being action-oriented. I don’t understand anyone’s reluctance toward placing AEDs in locations that have the potential of saving lives. I believe by talking to as many people as possible, we can make them proactive instead of reactive. AEDs are still not a household word. When you are an advocate, your responsibility is to educate and not assume that everyone is aware of your cause.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? Remembering that in any conversation I have the potential to create a change agent to our cause, that AEDs belong in all public places. It is also critical to be educated about your cause and demonstrate your commitment by your actions.


What are the three biggest accomplishments in your life? Besides my three children – Kate, Abbie, and Greg? Our PA State Representative Kelly Lewis proposed HB 966, the first State AED Law, which gave every school district in PA at least two AEDs. This bill’s impact was so big that it actually reduced the cost of AEDs in this country by 50% and made it affordable. Rep. Kelly introduced this bill a month after Greg’s death and it passed unanimously on what should have been Greg’s 16th birthday. As a teacher in New York, I persuaded the New York State United Teachers Union to support legislation for AEDs in all schools. Without its support, the bill would not have passed. I have also helped many parents throughout the country get AED state legislation for schools in their own state.



What are your “words to live by”? Have a mission in life that helps others survive and pay it forward as best you can.

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Peg Zukawski, Owner, Shear Design Slaon & Day Spa


What inspires you as a salon and spa owner? When I walk into the salon it continues to amaze me that so many private moments of complete attention and caring are going on around me. With the unending assistance from my husband Bryan and great management team, I can provide this beautiful space where so many in the community and beyond can continue to visit time after time, and feel at home. Also, watching and sharing in each of my girls as they mature in their personal lives and grow to their maximum potential as professionals, this above all is most rewarding.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. As a young stylist in the 60’s my thoughts were to be and do more than the average hairdresser. I was fortunate to have been hired by one of the top salons in Stroudsburg , the Malozi Salon. After a time, I was drawn in a different direction, and left to create my own culture. Hair design is a rapidly changing industry. Staying ahead of the curve was a challenge that fulfilled me. The discovery of our beautiful church and buying it was a necessary step in having a successful business. Small business loans, a great accountant, and the help of a community bank was the answer. After years of partnerships, becoming a sole owner seemed daunting. Developing a strong support system was the next hurdle. Luckily this process fell into place. Developing a fresh team was a welcome change. Now after two years of stepping away from the chair, I can enjoy watching and sharing in the continuation of my dream. Many thanks to my manager Jean Tretheway, Bryan, and my talented staff!

Why did you get into the salon industry? My love for art and creativity led me to an industry where every day has its challenges and rewards. The instant gratification of improving someone’s appearance and self-esteem, while loving what I do, was a true gift. Developing lifelong relationships with co-workers as well as my clients was an unexpected bonus.

Do you sit on any boards? I am the co-chairperson of the Annual Flower Show at the Pocono Garden Club.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible? The fashion industry evolves with the seasons, hair and make- up as well. My staff and I continue to this day with current cutting and coloring techniques based on the Vidal Sassoon and Wella philosophies. Aside from the continued skill evolution in our art form, the salon industry has catapulted into the technological age. The creativity of my designers in social media has now become one of the driving forces for our business. What would we do without our Constant Contact and computers! We’ve come a long way from the appointment book…

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What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Make learning your priority, never relax in your quest for perfection. Be confident and unyielding in your ideals, and above all, surround yourself with positive and like-minded people.

How would you define “success”? As I look back on way too many years, I have few regrets. Success to me is the closeness of my employees, so many friends and loved ones, and a business that I’m proud of.

What are your strengths? Sometimes I can see things others don’t. I have an eye for balance and beauty. I have always worked hard and played well with others.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I spend a lot of time listening to people in all industries who are wiser than me. I love learning and sharing what I’ve learned. Continuing education classes will always be part of my life. More recently, I’ve been working with my artistic designers in training our staff in every aspect of the industry. I’ve fallen in love with gardening at my home in Blakeslee. This time of solitude and creativity helps me to be calmer and more open to the continual changes.

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Nadine Ramos, Founder and President, Lasio, Inc.

What inspires you as the founder of Lasio, Inc.? My inspiration comes from seeing how you can turn nothing into something, as long as you keep passionate to your dream and focused beyond measure.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. Well, for starters, it hasn’t been an easy journey. I created a lifechanging product in the beauty industry with no partners and limited resources. I worked my tail off to create a hair category for the “unknown product” which we know today as Keratin Treatments. The process is slow and hard when you do not have the financial support the bigger brands have. When I saw the bigger brands jumping on the keratin bandwagon, it devastated me. They seemed to have exceeded Lasio in brand recognition and sales. What I did not realize, is that most of those brands would later not withstand the Keratin Category because of their inconsistencies and product concerns. I humbly announce that Lasio, Inc. is noted as one of the leading Keratin companies on the market today.

Talk about your journey into the wholesale beauty industry. I remember it like it was yesterday. I don’t want to give my age away, so let’s just say... I wasn’t legal to drink. I had reached a crossroad in my life after losing my mother at a very young age. I grew up in a very loving, single family home with my mom and younger sister. After my mother’s loss, I had to grow up quickly. This is when I found myself deciding on what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I could not fail, I had no security blanket, I had a major responsibility of taking care of my sister. One day my friend invited me to another friend’s house, where a Brazilian man was performing a hair service. The moment I saw him performing this service, I was in awe of the transformation it made on the hair. I was instantly intrigued. He didn’t share about the product. Nobody knew what it was and how it truly worked. I knew I needed to have this product and do something amazing with it. Long story short, I borrowed money from family and good friends, I booked a trip to Brazil and did not leave there until I found the underground product the man was using that day in my friend’s house. After a very long journey of borrowing money and paying it back, I worked with an amazing chemist and perfected what we now know today as Lasio Keratin Treatments. It took years of dedication, passion and the ability to stay focused. I gave up my “young and fun years” to keep my dream alive. Failure was not an option. Although there were many times I wanted to give up, I could never bring myself to doing so because I always looked at how far I had come. The nothing I once had became something.

Do you sit on any boards? Yes, I’m a board member of Thrive Collective in New York City.

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In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in your job? Employees have a great way of making you adaptable. They are all so different and come with many strengths and experiences. I learn every day how to adapt in the workplace because of who I work with daily. My employees keep me flexible, open-minded and motivated every single day. I have been blessed with a great team.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Research, learn, and remain teachable. Rising takes perseverance and perseverance comes from inner strength and experience. So learn, learn, learn from everything you do.

How would you define “success”? I define my success with mentorship. When you have learned and experienced, you can now mentor the next “go-getter” and rising entrepreneur.

What are your strengths? My strengths come from my faith. I have to believe daily that my purpose is to continue to build Lasio and to impact lives in a positive and motivating way.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I try to stay grounded in my faith to keep positive and to keep my mind strong and unwavering. I develop new business strategies by networking with those in the beauty industry. I try to participate in attending as many seminars, trade show, webinars and anything industry-related as possible.

What are your “words to live by”? Remain hungry and remain teachable because that is how you grow, learn and create. 6

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Chris Loebsack, Owner of Boundless Yoga Studio


Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. I am fortunate in my current field that it is filled with mainly strong and powerful women role models. Yoga as it was originally practiced was made by men for men, and women were not considered strong enough to participate. In the West, women have strongly tipped the scale and about 80 percent of the participants now are female. There are two parts of the journey to the top of my field. One is the consistent and deeply dedicated practice to education, yoga and acrobatics. It has been a daily practice. When someone comments on a physical posture I am in with “you make it look so easy....” I always have to laugh a bit. Of course, it’s easy now. I’ve been practicing for two hours a day, six days a week, for over twenty years. I have fallen out of postures more time than most people have ever tried and I have days where I would rather stay in bed, but if we truly want to be good at anything we have to be willing to put in the work to get there.

What inspires you as a yoga instructor and the owner of a yoga facility? Everything inspires me! The more I tune into the simple things that surround me the more ideas flow. My students and the stories they share with me are my greatest inspiration. Their success and ability to share community with one another keep me focused on building from the ground up. When students struggle with a pose, life stress, or coming to yoga for the first time to find a path to feel better, I am moved to create a space that is inclusive and has something to assist each individual.

I was always hungry to better myself and that continues by practicing humility, submitting myself to continuous mentorship and being open to learning, reevaluating, letting go and relearning. The second aspect is not only getting good at what I do, but overcoming my shyness and fears to put myself out there and seek the opportunities that would help me progress. I knew that I would not get on to the global stage of teaching by staying in Stroudsburg waiting for someone to notice me. Instead I apprenticed under master teachers and traveled with them to conferences and training programs, getting the opportunity to both learn and to network. It was through assisting other teachers that opportunities began to arise for me to teach; or they decided to move on to other gigs and put me in their place. I have been honored to teach at some of the most prestigious conferences and festivals in my field and I know it was because I simply kept showing up and had the willingness to step it up when the opportunities finally arrived. Now I have the freedom to both travel and teach on the global stage, and I am blessed to have two studios here at home where my heart is with my local community.

Why did you get into yoga, health and well-being? My mother took me to my first yoga class. I had been dealing with stress from the demands of working multiple jobs while going to school and was mentally maxed out. In addition, I was struggling physically with pain and a diagnosis of juvenile fibromyalgia. Yoga created a deep place of relief and allowed me to get off my medication. I dabbled on and off until I graduated from college. It wasn’t until just after September 11th, 2001,when my job in NYC was placed on hold, that I committed to a daily practice and shifted fully into the depths that yoga could offer me.

Do you sit on any boards?

Yes, I serve on the Acroyoga Educational Committee.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in building your business? Business to me is like creating great music. You have to learn the notes and practice your scales. Sometimes a crowd might like your tune and other times you may have to win them over with your string that got off key. The best musicians can not only read the music of others and use the techniques that work, but they learn to improvise and ride the groove with the other musicians they are jamming with. (cont.)

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Business in no different. Clients, employees and contractors might love music but often want to play at different beats or like extremely different styles. The key I find in business is to become a good conductor and to keep learning more about each one’s gifts and talents so that we can play together or know when we need to listen and give someone a solo.

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The highest aim is where everyone is moved by the music, and for me this means keeping my eye on the vibe of the community and working towards a harmonic balance between when we turn up the volume and when we allow the space between the notes to create the ultimate success for everyone. It is the hardest part for any business to balance out the needs of all individuals involved in making a business rewarding. I work to listen more and try to do my best to evolve my approach and practices to the tune of what I hear.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Keep a beginner’s mind so you are always open to ideas and opportunities as they flow towards you; this also keeps you humble. Success doesn’t come easy and it is not something you can force. Set your goals and be steadfast and consistent in your efforts. Most of all be willing to let go of the things that are not working for you.

How would you define “success”? I define success by mutual reward. There has to be something in it for everyone. It is not always an easy equation to balance the needs and desires of the business, employees/contractors and clients and my own personal wants and needs, but each decision I make tries to keep all parts of the equation in a space of equilibrium. This requires often a step back to reflect and gain clarity. I love asking myself questions from all sides to see if I can find the win, win, win. 823-F Ann Street Stroudsburg, PA 1444 Pocono Blvd #106, Mt. Pocono PA 570-664-0956 • Like us on Facebook

What are your strengths? I have an ability to see the big picture while still maintaining an eye on the details. Part of that insight into the big picture is the ability to see clearly the talent in my teaching team and to continuously finding ways to highlight their strengths and passions. I truly love to find people’s hidden talents and help them bring those gifts to the surface. I can handle many things by choosing carefully what I invest my time in so that I can actually mono-task and give the best of myself to each project, rather than spreading myself too thin.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I will always be the student first and foremost. The exciting part about my career is that it involves a bit of everything from history, philosophy and lifestyle to academics of anatomy and physiology combined with a physical practice. It all gets topped off with business and career development.

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I spend a significant portion of my time on personal study and development in the form of personal practice, podcasts, books, videos, workshops, conferences and training. I feel when I am continuously immersed in learning and cultivating skills in a variety of areas I can show up with fresh ideas and expand not only my own body and mind, but motivate, inspire and create at my edge with my colleagues.

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What are your “words to live by”? My mantra has always been “Clarity, Integrity and Love!” For me there has never been anything more important than honesty. I think when we are honest and have clear boundaries we can show up fully and carry more compassion. 6


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Dr. Kimberly Filipowski, Chiropractor, Mountain Valley Orthopedics


What inspires you as a chiropractic practitioner? Without question, helping people is my greatest passion in life. It fuels everything I do both personally and professionally. As a chiropractic physician, I have the opportunity to help people improve their quality of life. Most of my patients present suffering from some sort of pain. Sometimes the impact this has on their life is profound. Helping them get back to what is important to them, like family, work, fitness, whatever that might be, is the most rewarding part of what I do.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. I would say the decisions I made along my journey to begin integrating my chiropractic practice into mainstream healthcare and the business community have certainly set the stage for the opportunities that have followed. Historically, mainstream medicine and chiropractic have conflicted with each other. Opening my first chiropractic office in the medical building across the street from the hospital was the first step. Pursuing an integrative rather than antagonistic relationship with other healthcare providers, imaging centers, community leaders and organizations opened doors and created relationships which ultimately lead to the opportunity to create Mountain Valley Orthopedics’ first chiropractic department in 2011. Certainly, there have been challenges. The ever-changing field of healthcare is a constant. Over the 18 years I have been practicing, we have seen drastic changes in insurance reimbursement - most specifically as it pertains to the cost of care for the patient. Increasing demands on documentation for physicians continue. A variable economic climate that impacts business and the trend of practitioners moving into group- and most recently hospital-owned practices, are just a few. Personally, as a mother of two teenage daughters, striking that delicate home/work balance is the greatest struggle. My girls are my heartbeat and ultimately the reason I work so hard. Hopefully they are learning that they can pursue their passions in life and still raise a loving family and celebrate a happy home.

Why did you get into chiropractic? When I was a teenager and young adult I suffered from chronic, often daily, headaches. I was on prescription medication for migraines and living on over-the-counter pain medication. At the age of 22 I was introduced to chiropractic care. It changed the quality of my life and ultimately changed the course of my life. I had graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and was contemplating law school. Changing career paths to become a doctor was an unexpected direction for me. Over 20 years later I wouldn’t change that decision.

Do you sit on any boards? I am Chairwoman of the Board for the Pocono Family YMCA; Immediate Past President of the Pocono Alliance Board of Directors; Secretary of the Stroudsburg Planning Commision; Member of the Rotary Club of the Stroudsburgs; and member of the MCTI Academic Advisory Council.

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What challenges did you face to begin to raise $100K for lymphoma? I will be able to better answer that question in June! You are referring to my upcoming Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year campaign. Four years ago, my close friend Sarah Raley was diagnosed with an aggressive lymphoma. Although not a runner, I registered to run a marathon to raise money for LLS. I have since run two marathons and two half-marathons for LLS, raising over $13,500 to date. I have subsequently set a personal goal to raise $100,000 lifetime for LLS, thinking it would take years of running to accomplish this goal. The universe decided to put this plan in fast forward. This year, Sarah nominated me for the Man and Woman of the Year Campaign, a philanthropic competition to support blood cancer research among a group of motivated and dedicated individuals in communities across the United States. Candidates form powerful fundraising teams and compete in honor of two local children who are blood cancer survivors. Our team’s goal is to raise $125,000 which would be a chapter record for Woman of the Year.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in building your business? In healthcare there is really no choice in the matter. In business you have to learn that sometimes things work, sometimes they don’t, and you have to be ready to try “plan B, C D”… as many times as it takes. I guess the concept is change the plan, not the goal. I have gone from a partnership to solo practice to small group practice and now a large multidisciplinary practice. The goal has always been to help people and be able to support my family. That won’t change. The format and the plan are always dynamic.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Be courageous. That does not mean fearless. Some of the best decisions I have made were the scariest. Taking a deep breath and walking through the fear with confidence is essential. Learn and lead. Know you will never know it all, but you will know enough and you will also inspire others as they follow their own path.

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How would you define “success”? Honestly, the older I get the more I define success by happiness and fulfillment rather than financial or other material standards. Certainly, those things are important but at the end of the day I have succeeded if I have served the needs of my family, my patients and my community. Seeing my children growing into happy, healthy young adults who are compassionate, hardworking and respectful members of society is my greatest success.

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What are your strengths? I fairly organically rise to positions of leadership. so I would say that is a strength. I pretty much have no “comfort zone.” Whether it is pursuing a professional opportunity, running a marathon, leading a community organization, or trying to fund a cure for cancer, I’ll take on just about anything.



How do you develop yourself and continue to improve?


I read or listen to things that inspire me. I started the practice of posting a positive, motivational or inspirational quote on social media nearly every day. It is a practice I usually do first thing in the morning and it sets my mind on the right track for the day. If it also resonates with someone else that is a bonus!


I also surround myself with people who inspire me. My fiancé is a perfect example. He is a father, 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, a teacher, coach, and community leader and my respect for him drives me to be a better person.

What are your “words to live by”? I came up with my personal mission statement in 2008 when the Chamber of Commerce named me Citizen of the Year: “Be grateful for what you have, work hard for what you want and help as many people along the way as you can.”


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Melisa Mersini, VP, Wealth Strategies & Management

What inspires you as the VP of Wealth Strategies & Management LLC? I am inspired when I am able to help provide clients with advice pertaining to their investment and financial planning and help build their financial confidence for their own financial future. Changing market and economic conditions requires focus. My clients look to me to help them navigate these changes and provide customized advice to their goals.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. My career was challenged when I moved from Northwestern Mutual Insurance to PNC in August of 2001. I essentially started from scratch to pursue a position that focused on Investments. I originally teamed up as a junior advisor with a pair of experienced consultants who were unhappy with my addition - without their consent. After my first few weeks on the job, I found myself in a difficult position; I was a young female soliciting potential investors in the shadow of 9/11. No one wanted to talk about investments; especially with someone that appeared to be new to the industry. Thankfully, I had perseverance and worked hard to have conversations, demonstrating my knowledge and passion to help people during what turned out to be a time they needed advice the most.

Talk about your journey into the financial services field industry. I never intended to begin a career in financial services. I was studying marketing with an art minor and wanted so much to be like Darren on the show “Bewitched.” In 1994, my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania from South Carolina. Still attending college, I was seeking a job and interviewed for a position at a physician’s office. The interviewer determined that I would be a better fit for a marketer position with her friend at a Northwestern Mutual Insurance Agency. Shortly after starting with Northwestern Mutual, my agent highly recommended that I get licensed and pursue a financial services career permanently. I’ve never looked back. I enjoy helping and educating individuals and families on a critical component of their life: their finances.

What are your strengths? My strengths are my energy and my drive. I love tackling a difficult task and going to whatever lengths necessary to find a resolution. Additionally, I think of myself as a “girl’s girl.” I enjoy being there for my fellow business women and support them in any way possible. Lastly, I am not afraid to lead by working hard and I wouldn’t ask anyone to do something I haven’t done before or wouldn’t do myself. I often receive feedback that I communicate in a concise manner.

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How do you develop yourself and continue to improve?

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In my profession, one must be a student of the business and constantly read and educate themselves as changes occur rapidly. Professional development is essential in an ever-changing economic landscape. In recent years, I have become more involved in my community by volunteering my time and skills with various organizations I feel are making a vital difference. Improvement comes in many forms and my association with these organizations challenges me and allows me the pleasure of working closely with people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in your job? Just as the economy and markets are constantly changing, the financial industry has seen many changes. On a personal level, making the move from Northwestern Mutual, where the focus was on family insurance protection, to PNC, where I actively provided investment advice, was a major adjustment. After two significant downturns in the market during my career, I realized that I needed to increase how often I was meeting and communicating with my clients to help them through difficult times and decisions. Technology has allowed me to be tremendously flexible on how and where I provide advice. I can share real-time views of my computer screens to collaborate with clients while reviewing reports in my planning software. I can work with clients across the country, just as easily as I can with someone sitting in my office.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession?

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Stand out. Do everything possible to become the one who knows the most about your industry. In the early years I personally paid to attend conferences, classes and I joined professional groups to gain essential knowledge and be exposed to bright minds in my industry.

How would you define “success”? I define success as when someone is happy. A “Type A” personality will never be content. We are always pushing ourselves; however, when you reach a point that you are balancing the areas of your life, having fun, and feel comfortable with the progress you are making, a sense of happiness abounds and, to me, that is success.

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What are your “words to live by”? “Done Bun Cannot Be Undone.” I learned to not dwell on negative emotions that crop up when things did not go my way, or if I said something that didn’t come out perfectly, or rehashing decisions after they had been made. Letting go of something that you cannot change, learning what you can from it and moving on is life-changing. In my opinion, it is by far the best way to get to the point of living in the now.

Melisa D.B. Mersini Vice President, WS&M LLC Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Private Advisor Group and Wealth Strategies and Management are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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Mary Nauman, Owner, Pure Day Spa


What inspires you as a professional in the spa business? I’m inspired by my wonderful staff and clients. I opened the spa hoping to do something that I loved. I love the beauty industry and had worked at a spa prior. I thought I could do it a little better and my own way. I wanted people to have an amazing experience and to make people feel at home. It’s a great environment for people to work in, for our clients to be taken care of, and to do what I love to do.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field and the challenges you faced along the way. I’ve been blessed with a fairly smooth journey. My biggest challenge has been balancing home life and work life. There is never enough time in the day to get it all done. The biggest struggle is that I was a stay-at-home mom. I’m still devoted to my children – and now I have grandchildren. What’s hard is trying to make time and run a successful business. If I need time for one, the other one lacked. As women, we feel we have to do it all, we think we can do it all, and honestly, we can’t. It was hard for me to balance. I just did my thing and people came. We borrowed money to open the spa and my husband did the construction, so we were lucky there. As I was growing the business, I did everything: cleaned, painted, put together all the furniture, hung everything. Our staff started out with four total, and I went about growing it in a slow way. We grew by word of mouth, telling family members, and so on. Now we are up to 15 employees. I did it slowly and chugged along, and I tried to give the best services when people came in. You have ups and downs, but you have to put on a smiling face and try to fix the problems.

Why did you get into this line of work? I’ve always loved the beauty industry and knew I wanted to do something in the field. When I first graduated high school, I went to beauty school in Lancaster, particularly for makeup. I thought I was going to do something for models on the runway, but I didn’t follow that path. I went to a modeling agency. But then I said to myself “this isn’t going to work unless I go to NYC,” so I strayed from the beauty industry and went back to college for business management. Then in college, I switched to education, but as a junior in college and a co-teacher in the classroom, I realized I didn’t love it. I knew right there it was not for me. I was doing it for all the wrong reasons; to be there for my kids’ schedules. You should be passionate about whatever you do. I always loved skincare and makeup and nails and doing hair. I remember doing my two sisters’ hair, curling it and putting it up in different styles. When I went to beauty school I loved it. Why not do something you love?

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible in building your business? I’ve learned that life can change in an instant and the only way to cope is to be adaptable. I’ve learned to not get too upset when circumstances out of my control arise. I just figure it out the best way I can. When I first opened, I’d be beside myself if a client was unhappy or a pedicure was scheduled wrong and my girl couldn’t do it. I’d think - why is this happening? It shouldn’t be happening. I learned to try to adapt, apologize, say “we can fix that” and “what can we do to make it better?” I go with my gut and I learn from my decisions and move forward. Adapt. That is the word for sure.

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What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? It takes time, hard work, dedication and sometimes sacrifice, but it’s worth the climb. People don’t see it, but it’s like the tip-of the-iceberg effect: they see you succeeding and don’t see what you went through. Like there was a time a client screamed at me and when she had left, I went in the back and cried. You put in a lot of time and you kind of miss out on other things, but you have to be “here” to get “there.” And then you’re in a good place, where you can delegate and have some time to yourself.

How would you define “success”? Making a living doing something I love! I can honestly say I love what I do. I love being around people and making them feel good. Skin care is my forte, facials are my thing. I do everything here. Success is having a business, a spa, that people love to come to as their escape.

What are your strengths? I am hard-working, compassionate, empathetic and devoted. I feel having empathy is the most important. With clients and staff I always try to put myself in their shoes to really understand them. I think it’s one of my best qualities.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I try to read up on new products and treatments in the industry. I attend continuing education classes to stay current and informed. I read about 10 magazines a day, and go online looking for health and beauty news. I like trying new pedicure products. I talk to the other spa owners and professionals in town. We all get along, and we send each other business.

What are your “words to live by”? Always try to find the positive in everything you do. Don’t dwell on bad experiences, learn from them. It’s going to be a good day. Give love/receive love and be positive, and it will come back to you. 6

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Christine Wilkins, VP, BHG Wilkins & Associates


What inspires you as a President at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Wilkins & Associates, and as a Stroud Township Supervisor?

It’s inspiring to do a job I love - working with people, finding solutions for them, and being involved in our community. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned. The positions have similarities. What I learn as supervisor can be brought back to the agents, and vice versa. I’ve always been involved in community activities, and the supervisor role filled that need in me to serve the community.

Talk about your journey as a woman at the top of your field - in both roles - and the challenges you faced along the way. Being a woman and earning respect was probably my biggest challenge (especially at a young age), but once I gained respect in both fields, my partners in government and business took my ideas with sincerity. I started in real estate at age 19. I lived in Florida at the time and went to take the exam to get my license. There were about 400 people lined up. I stood in line thinking, “Am I doing the right thing?” The rest of the people were over age 50. But I really loved it and knew I was doing the right thing. I was appointed, then elected, as the first female Supervisor at Stroud Township (the 2nd largest municipality in Monroe County) when I was 44. I’ve earned respect in both jobs. In my journey, I’ve been very fortunate to have had a lot of support. I’ve always taken my jobs very seriously, and have the ability to put my customers first and to be open to understanding to the needs of our community. Taking the time to truly listen and not jump to judgment is very important. I’ve always had an optimistic personality and been very passionate in my choices. If something is difficult I just keep trying and working on it until I get it.

Why did you get into real estate, particularly in this region? I’ve lived here since I was five years old. I was partially raised by developer and resort owner Charles A Poalillo Sr., who was the original developer of Penn Estates. As one of the original residents of Penn Estates, I remember Charles developing the community. I knew many of the sales team, knew the Model Home Village, and the watched roads, lake and amenities being built. I truly enjoy being outside, with people, and traveling our beautiful area. Real estate offers me those opportunities. For me, it’s been the love of sales, the challenges of property management, managing offices, being a part of my agents’ success, and becoming a Licensed Real Estate Instructor that provided a way for me to pass on my knowledge. Along with my husband, Thomas R. Wilkins, we run one of the largest real estate and property management companies in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Do you sit on any boards? Yes, on the Stroud Township Board of Supervisors; Monroe 2030 Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs Committee and Strategic Planning; and the Monroe County Council of Governments.

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Why did you get involved in municipal government? After what I learned from Charles, who served on the Stroud Township Planning Commission, I developed an interest in serving our Township. I’ve always been community-oriented and felt that being part of the Zoning Hearing Board or Planning Commission would fit well with my background and knowledge of real estate. I went on to serve both boards. It was at that time I was asked about my interest in running for township supervisor. It was an opportunity, a “door opening.” I took on the challenge and have enjoyed being a part of government ever since. More people need to be involved to be a part of a solution.

In what ways have you learned to become adaptable and flexible?

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I believe everything happens for a reason. Things will happen in a way we might not foresee. Yet, if you remain focused on what you want to accomplish, it might not be an easy or straight road, but it’s a road that will make you stronger and get you closer to where you want to go. Not everyone will see eye to eye. Sometimes we need to adapt or give a little to move ahead. Being adaptable and flexible has helped me with my family, my business and in government.

What is your advice to women seeking to rise in their profession? Rely on the support around you and make it work. Try to balance everything the best you can. You have to work on yourself, work on your profession and work well with other people. Take your job seriously and build a plan. Don’t beat yourself up too much if things don’t go as planned. It’s in those times we learn to do things better. Follow through with what you say you’re going to do, and work with intent. Keep focused on where you want to go, putting family and doing good first. Your accomplishments will follow. Follow your passion and enjoy life!

How would you define “success”? Do what you love and love what you do. That is success. Money isn’t going to bring happiness if you’re not happy with yourself and what you’re doing first.

What are your strengths? Are they the same for both roles? I’m very positive, personable and willing to help anyone; also, a hard worker, very passionate, persistent, focused and goal-oriented. I love taking on new challenges, putting myself “outside the box.” I like to push myself out of my comfort zone.

How do you develop yourself and continue to improve? I take on new ventures and learn with an open mind, and avail myself of extra training and motivational seminars. Technology changes literally on a daily basis, so it’s important to learn new ways, better ways, to stay on top of trends and what’s happening around us, and to be a good communicator and understand the issues we face in our business and community.

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What are your “words to live by”? Never give up; do the best you can. Always be positive. Be respectful. Everybody has different needs, and we have to listen to each other. If we all work together we can accomplish so much more. 6 STROUDSBURG OFFICE

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Love The Winter Activities, This 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhome At Camelback Offers A Cozy Living Room With A Stone Fireplace and Cathedral Ceiling , Dining Area Has Access To The Deck, Kitchen Has Oak Cabinets and Breakfast Bar, Ductless A/C and Master Bedroom With Walk In Closet.

Looking For Your Mountain Getaway, This 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath Home Has A Spacious Living Room With Beamed Cathedral Ceiling, Eat-In Kitchen With Solid Wood Cabinets And 1 st Floor Laundry. All Located In An Amenity Filled Community And Close To All The Poconos Has To Offer.

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RETREAT 40 Laurel Hill, Moscow Pa. MLS #PM-53813 For more information visit, call 570-517-3686 or email

This ultra-efficient, modern Beaver Mountain log home is a true hidden gem. The 4,300+ square foot home is situated on a 3.85 acre parcel and sits on a ridge with a magnificent mountain view. The home offers comfortable yet elegant living with vaulted ceilings, a large stone fireplace, a loft, three master suites and a beautiful, modern kitchen with granite counter-tops and modern appliances. The walk-out finished basement compliment the four decks to bring the outdoors in. There is ample storage and parking garage for two cars and an RV carport. Efficiency upgrades include 38 solar panels, geothermal and hybrid water heater which will keep your expenses low. The whole home generator, furnace, two fireplaces and water filtration system and softener make this the perfect retreat.

Dozens of brands to choose from including: Stickley Thomasville Ralph Lauren Century Hickory Chair Brown Jordan Hickory White Lloyd Flanders Tempur-Pedic


LIVING with style

Open 7 Days/Week 97 Lackawanna Ave. Downtown Scranton 570.346.6591

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.� - Gerard De Nerval

Spend the day in the trees climbing and balancing in our aerial adventures ropes course! Choose from 5 courses featuring 66 elements to conquer.

NEW! Two kid-friendly courses For the ultimate thrill-seeker, The thrill of snowtubing without now open for ages 4-7! Climb on Pocono Zip Racer is the best way the snow! Blue Lightning is allropes, swing on bridges & walk on to get your fix. Race your friends season tubing featuring the Magic tightropes. Fun and adventure, or family down the mountain on Carpet Lift, two 400-foot lanes, just closer to the ground! dual racing zip lines! and a private group function area.

Our newest tree course featuring 9 zip lines with bridges and ladders.

MAKE THIS AN ADVENTURE YOU WON'T FORGET! Exit 309 I-80 • Route 209 in Bushkill, PA • Call for more information! 800-446-0231 For rates and hours, visit our website. Advance group reservations recommended.

Local Flair April & May2018  

Local Flair is the story of our community. It highlights the movers and the shakers, the artists and the makers. It's a taste of the cuisin...

Local Flair April & May2018  

Local Flair is the story of our community. It highlights the movers and the shakers, the artists and the makers. It's a taste of the cuisin...