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WinterFest and Tree Lighting Dec. 9 | 1-5:30pm FREE www.eastburgalliance.com Held at Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg, this annual event features music, crafts, carriage ride, children’s activities and the tree lighting at 5pm.

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Operetta Holiday Concert Dec. 16 | 5:30pm $15 in advance/$20 at door www.kindredspiritsarts.org Two well-known opera pros – a tenor and a soprano - plus one amazing pianist provide a musical evening at the Milford Theatre. Music from the classical masters and holiday songs.

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The Messiah Sing-in Community Concert Dec. 22 | 8pm $10 donation www.shawneeinn.com Moving, musical and participatory: the audience is invited to sing to the Handel’s “The Messiah” along with the chorus and orchestra.

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5th Annual Pocono Writers Conference Jan. 20 | 9am-4pm FREE www.poconoliarsclub.wordpress.com Held at the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, all about being an author. Special guests include agents, publishers, and authors.

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Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society WinterFest Jan. 26-28 Times vary $15 Fri. & Sun./ $25 Sat. www.poconobluegrass.org Sixteen bands and two stages full of swingin’ and fun bluegrass! Jam sessions and a chance to meet musicians from all over the country.

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THE MEANING OF GOOD DEEDS WORDS | Debbi e Burke

MAJOR MARY TREGELLAS, SALVATION ARMY (LEFT) WITH MARYANNE HEETER.

Being a Brownie and then a Girl Scout in the 1940’s set the stage for a lifetime of volunteerism and charity for Maryanne Heeter. “It made me realize how much a good deed means to others,” she recalled. Her first campaign? Selling a box of Girl Scout cookies at 35¢. She’s not only built her life around important causes but also has had an intuitive knack for building consensus, a vital component in fundraising and community support. The secret of creating and growing a network is simple: relationships. “Tell your story,” she says. “Believe in the mission.” Through the years some of the organizations she has felt especially aligned with include the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; Pocono Medical Center; Women’s Resources of Monroe County; the Pocono Family YMCA; the Center for Vision Loss; Pocono Mountains Community Library; the Salvation Army…and that’s just a partial list. Due to the challenges of the post-2008 economy, Maryanne has noticed a definite shift in donors who gave more to the arts are now favoring organizations that meet basic human needs such as food and shelter. “There are more homeless individuals now,” she said. “We have a need for affordable housing and for more transportation.”

Having established the Pocono Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Maryanne laments that many non-profits in our area lack the resources to hire development directors. “No doubt that was the reason I was serving on 14 different boards after my retirement in 2002,” she says. “They all needed my help in fundraising.” When Maryanne served as the director of development at then-Pocono Medical Center, she managed all aspects of the annual campaign and was responsible for raising an astounding $10,000,000 for their Capital Campaign. Then, serving as the volunteer director, she oversaw a huge battalion of volunteers: 550. From different backgrounds, they came together for one purpose, to make the experience of the sick and injured a little nicer. “I watched a blend of locals and new residents develop relationships and become friends,” she recalls. “We have retained that small-town connection.” Some of the awards Maryanne has received are the Girl Scout Thanks Badge and Thanks II Badge – the highest adult awards in Girls Scouting; East Stroudsburg School District’s Halls & Walls of Fame; AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional; and the Boy Scouts of America – Distinguished Citizen Award. In October, she was honored by the Salvation Army East Stroudsburg Corps with the 3rd Annual Ann & Joseph Farda Community Service Award.

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needy cause,” she explained. “Tzedakah is a very important duty of Jews.” Other pieces in the series include Passover seder and shabbot [Sabbath] plates, menorahs and mezuzah [small, long boxes containing scripture that is placed in the doorway of the home].

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SPEAKING THROUGH CLAY WORDS | Debbi e Burke

Looking for the quirky, eclectic, definitely different for your holiday gifting? The artistry of Linda Schwartz shines through with a variety of delightful themes that will meet your one-of-a-kind needs. Linda, who is from Stroudsburg, received her BFA from the Tyler Art School and majored in printmaking. Twenty years ago, she found her preferred medium, clay. “I like the tactile feel of the material, and the physical manipulation with my hands,” Linda explained. “It’s a visceral experience for me.” Her workspace is comprised of two separate rooms in the barn behind her home. The front room houses her “making room,” with a work table, slab roller and extruder; as well as building tools and bisque stamps she made herself. “I do not have a wheel,” she noted. “I only hand build, using a multitude of techniques; whatever the piece calls for.” The back room is where she glazes the pieces. It contains her kiln and the chemicals used to make glazes. Some of her artwork comes under the category of Judaica, and includes “tzedakah” [“charity” in Hebrew] boxes, which is essentially a bank to put aside money for charitable causes. Linda’s most popular item in this line is the Anne Frank House Tzedakah Box, crafted in the form of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. “A person puts their change into it and when the house is full, they donate the money to a

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Of the more whimsical, one only needs to look at her Fortune Teller series. They’re as cute as they are fresh and unique. “I love carnival and circus imagery,” she said. “A couple of years ago I was in Asbury Park and there, on the boardwalk, was the famous Madam Marie’s Fortune Telling, of Springsteen fame.” From that came her fortune teller creations. Almost everything inspires her: politics, the natural world, spirituality. But there’s no substitute for just rolling up your sleeves and creating. “As painter Chuck Close famously said, ‘Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just go into the studio and work.’” Linda sells her Judaica line through Etsy, and exhibits the other artwork at several galleries. Her studio is open by appointment. Pressed by hand and made with love, she puts herself into every creation. “I want the viewer to get a sense of the maker,” Linda said. “My work is consciously a little off-balance. If you want a totally perfect piece, go to Pottery Barn.” FOR MORE INFORMATION,VISIT HER ETSY SHOP AT WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/LINDASCHWARTZCERAMIC OR EMAIL HER AT LSSON5TH@PTD.NET.


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Maybe the first thing you picture when you think of East Stroudsburg’s Country Kettle Candy & Gifts is rows upon rows of barrels filled with colorful and delicious-smelling candy. The barrel candy, which costs a fixed $4.98 per pound, includes everything from sours, caramel creams, fancy handdipped chocolates, gummies and licorice in a rainbow of flavors like strawberry, pina colada, grape and apple. You’ll also find retro sweets like Turkish Taffy, candy buttons, flying saucers, Good & Plenty and other favorites from years past. However, there’s much more to lose yourself in. There are women’s handbags, purses and accessories from the vegan line Simply Noelle; worldwide canvas army bags by Mona B.; and Jim Fleming’s Big Sky Bears™. Find your fluffy and artful socks here along with “nostalgia characters” like Superman, Spiderman and Wonder Woman. Witty and inspirational signs for the home are very in now, with sayings about friendship, how important coffee is to survival, and “Live like someone left the gate open.”

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WORDS | Debbie Burke

According to Pam Schrenko, who with her husband Lou have been the owners of Country Kettle for the past 31 years, the most common initial reaction from customers when they walk in is, “Wow, look at all that candy!” Pam says with the holidays coming up, she now has the full downstairs area dedicated to holiday decorations, gifts and accessories. What are popular gifts for the holidays? “Jewelry is always popular, especially Swarovski, and they make a dated ornament every year,” she said. “Also, gift baskets, between friends or as corporate gifts, filled with teas, coffees, sauces, jams, jellies and snacks.” Other holiday go-to gifts are special scented candles in holiday bayberry and pumpkin spice, Lizzy James wrap bracelets (that can be worn as necklaces) and Officina Bernardi sterling silver jewelry from Italy. This shop of candy wonder is open year-round, 365 days a year.


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GOOD GRIEF, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS WO RDS | Tom Johnson-Medland

The holidays are times when we gather together as families, friends, and a society as a whole. They are times to gain a sense of connection to the various communities to which we belong. And, depending on the holiday and its meaning, there can be time for deep awe or gleeful abandon.

Talk about ways the holidays will be different without them. Decide as a family how that could look. Perhaps someone else will need to make the pumpkin pie or carve the turkey. Maybe you could even invest that person with the new task of doing it in memory of or in honor of your loved one.

Holidays always carry emotion, and because of that, we connect strongly with the people around us who celebrate those festivities at any level. Consequently, when someone is suddenly absent, we miss them deeply around those special times. It can take many years to integrate the loss of a loved one into the holiday celebrations and all of life. That kind of integration comes as we learn to live in the absence of our loved ones while still holding them present in our memories.

You could give a special gift to someone, donate money to a worthy cause, plant a tree, or send flowers in memory of your loved one. This can help integrate the loss by celebrating his or her life.

Talking with friends and family about memories you have of your loved one will help. You can share stories that come from celebrating the holidays with them—the foods they liked or the special decorations they insisted on (or even how they hated something about a holiday).

The purpose of good grief is to integrate loss into the rest of life and to find appropriate ways to change the lives of the survivors, as well as to honor both the absence and the memory of the loved one.

Above all else, remember it will be very different. It will be tough. You have lost someone you love. Take your time, and don’t load yourself with anywhere near the amount of preparation or activity you would usually be involved in.

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Pocono Township author Sahar Abdulaziz is inspired by people and their backstories. When Abdulaziz first embarked on her writing career, she wrote everywhere and anywhere, often planting herself in the middle of her dining room amidst the “sheer bedlam” of a large, noisy family. Eventually, though, she claimed ownership of the family library - an open space that offered a “sort of kryptonite visual buffer.” And while she experiences significantly fewer interruptions there, she also swears she’ll never turn down chocolate, tea and pizza donations from her family. Abdulaziz has six books to her credit. Her first book, But You LOOK Just Fine, is nonfiction and a user-friendly resource for people who suffer from easily concealed mood disorders. The Broken Half, As One Door Closes, Secrets That Find Us, and Tight Rope, her subsequent works, are decidedly fiction, but her characters depict true human fragilities and vulnerabilities resulting from social injustice, sexism, bigotry, racism, and bias. The Dino Flu is her only children’s book, and is a story about the strength of imagination. The upcoming Expendable, her next contemporary fiction novel, is a heartwrenching story about the lasting and detrimental effects of emotional abuse. It’s scheduled for publication in early 2018. Where does she find her inspiration to create her hardhitting storylines? She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of New Rochelle and a Master’s of Science degree from The California College for Health Sciences. She is certified in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention and Counseling. In 2016, she won an award for Community Written Expression at the Second Annual Monroe County Image Awards. She is also a member of The Pocono Liars Club, a Monroe County writers’ group. Abdulaziz uses her writing platform as a vehicle to uncover the many layers of truths often well-hidden and protected by convoluted lies. “It’s imperative my characters mirror real-life struggles,” says Abdulaziz. “What’s behind the choices they make, even when those decisions aren’t in their best interest.” “After the initial ‘I know what I want to write about next’ wears off, a certain excitement mixed with trepidation begins to seep in as I climb into my story’s head and soul; into my characters’ minds and lives. I feel almost like a Trekkie, going to places where ‘no man has gone before,’ and I love it. From beginning to end, wherever the story takes me, I am willing and ready

to explore. Then I start to write.” Abdulaziz plans to continue using her writing platform for social change, but most of all, to remind those facing difficult challenges that they are not alone. Through her stories, she continues to demonstrate that “those who have suffered abuse are not victims, but survivors.” Readers of Abdulaziz’s work can count on many unexpected plot twists that will surprise and fascinate. “For me, writing and authoring are both an honor and a gift which I cherish greatly,” she says. “I hope and pray I do the craft justice.”

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Kim Briggs just loves adventure. She craves

it. And finally, she decided to write down all the stories of intrigue and suspense running around in her head, choosing to land in the YA (Young Adult) genre. “My overactive imagination and a penchant for conspiracy theories add fuel to the fire,” she says. The Mt. Pocono, PA resident is also a writing coach and a teaching assistant for the Highlights Foundation. Local Flair: You had been writing for a while but almost gave up. What happened? Kim Briggs: In September of 2015, I doubted my chosen path. I questioned my ability as a writer. I believed no way was I ever going to be published. Then I went to my son’s junior high open house, and up on that wall, for all his peers to see, was the line, “My mom is a writer.” That was it for me. First, I cried. Then I got to work. I decided to publish And Then He, a New Adult novel, on my birthday, October 15. I edited And Then He several times. I created a website, made a cover, uploaded the books, and made my book publication happen. For those three weeks prior to the book launch, I didn’t sleep. Come November of that year, I decided to aggressively query Starr Fall to both agents and publishers. I had several full manuscripts out since the summer and full requests kept rolling in. The day after Christmas, I received THE email, and after a lot of thought and deliberation (and a lot of happy dancing) I decided that Inkspell Publishing could give me what I wanted: a book in my hands within a year, rather than the typical two to three years, with the promise that all the books in the Starr Fall series would be published, another major consideration.

“STARR BISHOP IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL DAMSEL IN DISTRESS. SHE CAN TAKE CARE OF HERSELF, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.”

Local Flair: What inspired you to launch the Starr Fall series? Kim: It came in the form of a dream. I’m always chased by bad guys while I sleep. One night I woke up in a cold sweat. A secret organization wanted me as an assassin. Me?

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THE YA HEROINE WHO JUMPS OFF THE PAGE WO RDS | De bbi e B urke

No one wants to read about me, but Starr Bishop? That’s a character who readers can get behind. I added Christian Evergood, because who doesn’t need some kissing and a dreamy hero in their life? However, Starr Bishop is not your typical damsel in distress. She can take care of herself, thank you very much. The Starr Fall characters reflect our world of friends and families. Christian, Ben and Coda are part of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Frank is African-American, and Starr and Di possess kickass female qualities. Local Flair: How did the cover art come about? Kim: The cover designer is Najla Qamber Designs. Najla is incredibly talented. It’s like she pulls the inspiration out of your brain, and after you see her first attempts at the cover, you’re like, “YES! That is exactly what I had in mind. Could we change/add X, Y and Z?” A beautiful cover is the result. The best thing in the world is to see an email from her in your inbox with your book cover. Najla Qambar is a cover genius. Local Flair: Current projects? Kim: Big and extensive. The outline of book four of the Starr Fall series is done. I think it will wrap up the series. However, I am scheming about a possible spinoff featuring Di, Starr’s co-main character in Starr Gone and Starr Lost. I’m on the lookout for a literary agent for my YA work-in-progress that combines Celtic mythology with druids, werewolves and magic in a contemporary setting. I also just started agent-shopping for a nonfiction picture book about a frontier woman who made significant contributions to the development of the West and who possessed serious “woman power.” FOR MORE INFORMATION,VISIT WWW.KIMBRIGGSWRITE.COM.


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ANNOUNCING ST. LUKE’S NEW CANCER CENTER AT THE MONROE CAMPUS

DR. NICHOLAS TAYLOR IS THE DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN OF ONCOLOGY FOR ST. LUKE’S UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK. HE AND DR. JOSEPH RUSSO, SECTION CHIEF OF WOMEN’S IMAGING FOR ST. LUKE’S UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK, SPOKE TO LOCAL FLAIR ABOUT THE NEW ST. LUKE’S MONROE CAMPUS CANCER CENTER AND MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING THAT OPENED ON NOVEMBER 20. Local Flair: What new cancer services are now being offered at the Monroe Campus? Dr. Taylor: St. Luke’s Monroe Campus now has the region’s newest cancer center. Services include Infusion (chemotherapy), Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology. LF: Why did you decide to provide these services? Dr. Taylor: We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to our presence in Monroe County. The community trusts us to take care of them. Our goal was to bring the top-notch cancer program that St. Luke’s is known for to the Pocono region to make it easier for patients to get excellent cancer care close to home. LF: What’s the news in women’s reproductive cancers for diagnosis and treatment? Dr. Taylor: We continue to offer state-of-theart cancer treatments including minimally invasive surgery. We have clinical trials available for endometrial and ovarian cancer. The latest innovations for detecting breast cancer are available. Automated Breast Ultrasound and 3-D mammography are

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some of the newer tools used to screen women with dense breasts. We offer a personalized screening program with imaging based on a patient’s risk and breast density. LF: How often should women be checked for these various types of cancer? Dr. Taylor: We recommend that women go for annual visits with their gynecologist. Pap smears, although not done annually for the majority of women, are an effective screening tool for cervical cancer. There are no effective screening tests for ovarian or uterine cancers. Bleeding after menopause or unusual abdominal/pelvic pain should be checked immediately. Annual mammograms are recommended after age 40 for women considered average risk. If a woman is at high risk she should begin screening at age 35 or ten years prior to a first-degree relative with breast cancer. LF: Are you seeing more early detection? How does it help one’s prognosis? Dr. Taylor: Cervical cancer has become a rare disease in the U.S. due to Pap and HPV screening. Endometrial cancer is usually diagnosed at an early stage because abnormal/post-menopausal bleeding is one of the initial symptoms of uterine cancer. Ovarian cancer does not have a reliable screening test yet. Cancers that are diagnosed early have much higher cure rates than those that are diagnosed in advanced stages. LF: What are the most significant changes you have noticed over the past 10 years regarding these health issues? Dr. Taylor: Fortunately, there have been many advances in women’s cancers in the past several years. The HPV vaccination is very successful at reducing infection with high-risk types of the HPV virus. Strides are being made to identify tests that can screen for ovarian cancer. Minimally invasive (robotic) surgery has advanced our ability to perform sentinel lymph node biopsies for patients with endometrial and cervical cancers. There have been advancements in ovarian cancer treatment that can significantly reduce the risk of recurrence (PARP inhibitors). Immunotherapy is playing a larger role in the treatment of gynecologic cancerstrials are ongoing for all cancer subtypes. Genetic testing of cancer specimens is identifying potential treatments for patients with recurrent cancer and helping to shape our initial management as well. Genetic testing to evaluate for inherited cancer susceptibility syndromes (BRCA, Lynch) is now mainstream and affordable. There is a lot more hope than ever before.

LF: Are you a proponent of DNA testing for these diseases? Dr. Taylor: There are two types of DNA testing for cancer patients: testing the cancer DNA and testing the patient’s DNA. We test the patient’s DNA to check if they have inherited a risk for certain types of cancer from their parents. This is important because often there are things that can be done preventively to help people with inherited cancer susceptibility so they don’t get cancer. For example, removal of the ovaries significantly reduces a BRCA 1 or 2 mutation carrier’s risk of ovarian cancer. St. Luke’s offers genetic counseling to help see which patients would benefit from having their DNA checked for cancer susceptibility. I am a proponent of evaluating the cancer DNA as well, as it can help identify candidates for clinical trials and in some cases can help tailor therapy to limit toxicity and potentially maximize response. Certain cancers require DNA testing to optimize initial treatment. LF: Aside from the genetic component, what lifestyle choices can help improve women’s chances of not getting cancer? Dr. Taylor: Overall, the best bet is not to smoke, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. Obesity increases the risk of 12 types of cancer. LF: What question do you get asked most often by patients? Dr. Taylor: “How long have I had this?” LF: What is the biggest myth about getting or treating these cancers? Dr. Taylor: The biggest myth I deal with frequently is that surgery will cause cancer to spread; that “once the air hits the cancer, it spreads.” Thankfully, this is not true! LF: Do you have future plans to enhance these services? Dr. Taylor: We’ve partnered with our colleagues in Radiology to open a brand-new Regional Breast Center in January 2018. This means that stateof-the-art imaging equipment like 3-D Mammography and Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) will be available on site to patients in Monroe County. The benefit is that if a woman’s mammogram shows an abnormality, we are able to read it and, in many cases, perform a same-day biopsy. This obviously helps to ease anxiety, as the waiting time to “find out” is reduced dramatically.

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LOCAL FEATURE

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Recently Jim Cahill, Managing Partner of Pocono Manor Investors, was blessed with what he calls “one of the greatest honors of my life.” Jim was just named as Grand Marshal for the upcoming 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Burgs. “I am third generation here in the United States,” he said. “For them to elect me as Grand Marshal has truly left me in awe. I was shocked to hear that I was nominated, and humbled when they told me that I was selected.”

By now he’s been to the motherland seven times, the latest being for last year’s 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising (the initial rebellion that led the independence of the Republic of Ireland). “I was part of a delegation that presented the Lord Mayor of Dublin herself with a replica flag that George Washington’s Irish troops used to celebrate the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade we had as an independent nation in 1779.”

Jim’s roots in the Poconos run deep. Growing up in the 1970’s just north of Bushkill, his family’s homestead was taken by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the Tocks Island Dam Project. The area is now the Delaware Water Gap National Park.

“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT”

One of Jim’s first jobs was working in Wyckoff ’s garage on Quaker Alley in Stroudsburg. In those early years, his family drove south to town for all their food and clothes shopping. In 2005, he was part of the group that purchased Pocono Manor and was an applicant for one of the casino licenses. Jim served as a board member and officer of Women’s Resources of Monroe County for many years; currently serves as a Board Member of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau; and is a member of the Monroe County Historical Society. Always curious about his Irish heritage, Jim says his journey began in earnest with his first family trip to Ireland in 1988. “So many things that had been mysteries of my personality just seemed to fall into place and make sense in Ireland,” he notes. “From my spiritual beliefs to the strange taste in music that I had (my friends would make fun of me because I would have a bluegrass tape right next to an Allman Brothers tape); even down to my sense of humor and my gift of gab, it all fell into place.” When he returned home, he continued the quest to learn more about his heritage and joined the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Morris County NJ where he lived at the time (he has since and for many years been a resident of the Poconos).

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Jim calls the Pocono Irish-American Club (PIAC) St. Patrick’s Day Parade “the coming-out event of the Poconos after a long winter. The pent-up energy of the entire community looking forward to spring is amazing.” The parade features people on their motorcycles and antique cars after their long winter naps; families waving as the cars go by, throwing out candy to the kids who scoop it up quickly. “I have always been proud to be a part of it for the past several years here in the Poconos. Supporting the groups goes without saying. All of the groups that I have had the privilege of dealing with would do just about anything to support anyone and the community here in the Poconos.” Good weather is hoped for on the day of the parade, March 18th. Says Jim, “I look forward to all the friendly faces and kids smiling along Main Street and Washington Street as we all are ‘Irish for the day.’”

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TIME FOR THE OLD TIME CHRISTMAS AT QUIET VALLEY WORD S | Debbi e Burke

For the first two weekends in December, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm holds its living Nativity, and each day up to 600 people will turn out to see it. Despite the wintertime elements and the unpredictable behavior of the animals, the event is a central part of Quiet Valley’s Old Time Christmas. Deb DiPasquale, Quiet Valley’s Director of Marketing and Special Events, hopes that the event imparts a “sense of the original, noncommercial celebration that took place in a simple, yet meaningful way for the Pennsylvania Germans who settled this land in the late 1700s. It’s not about the hustle and bustle of our modernday holiday experience; the shopping, baking, wrapping and parties attended. The original farm family believed in a truly profound celebration of the birth of Christ, the best gift of all.” The nativity scene consists of volunteer actors, some who read or sing; these would be the shepherd, a soloist and a reader, and Mary and Joseph. The only reasonable solution to not exposing a baby to the prolonged cold is the use of an inanimate Baby Jesus (a doll). The human actors are joined of course by the animals, typically a mule, draft horses, a sheep, a cow, a goat and sometimes a rabbit. “We have tried a turkey in the past, but that was a noisy addition and he hasn’t been included since,” says Deb. It’s no small feat to keep everything running smoothly, and a lot is left up to luck. “When it comes to putting a production on with animals or young children there are no guarantees,” notes Deb. “Our animals are used to regular interaction with people so they are fairly well-behaved.

They all have hay to eat and full mouths are quieter. Several times during the evening they’re offered water as well. Well-fed animals are usually content. That being said there have been times the farm animals want to steal the show and there may be periodic mooing, baaing and various other sounds as they sing along with the soloist. Bodily functions can’t always be timed either, but hopefully they occur between group visits.” However, the actors continue with their readings and songs no matter what interruptions arise. Besides the Nativity, other special features of the Old Time Christmas include a 1 ½-hour farm tour with craft activities and tree decorating at the picnic pavilion, a bonfire, and a short skit about a Victorian family preparing for an 1890’s holiday. Visitors can walk over to the Granddaddy Cabin and listen to a story of an early 1800’s Christmas, and visit the schoolhouse where the school marm and a group of musicians lead a chorus of seasonal songs. A trip to the farmhouse’s cellar kitchen brings the Belsnickel, a traditional Pennsylvania German folk character; and the Engel Education Center is the place for complementary hot chocolate, cider, homemade cookies and hot pretzels. The gift shop carries items like beautiful handcrafted wood cutting boards, hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments, gently scented handmade soaps and placemats woven on Quiet Valley looms. Deb says the best part of Old Time Christmas is recognizing those who’ve made Quiet Valley a family tradition, and the feedback from visitors who appreciate the noncommercial atmosphere of the event. “Most of all, it’s seeing the smiling faces of the guests as they leave and hearing them shout ‘Merry Christmas!’”

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 2 AND 3, AND DECEMBER 9 AND 10, WITH TOURS RUNNING EVERY 15 MINUTES FROM 3 P.M. – 7 P.M. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.QUIETVALLEY.ORG OR CALL (570) 992-6161.

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GO TOWARDS THE LIGHT WORDS | Debbie Burke

Adrienne Lopez managed a local home supply showroom, and kept getting questions about lamps. The establishment did not sell portable lighting, and, as they say, a lightbulb went off. Between herself and her husband Joe, they have over forty years of customer service and retail experience, and they realized the time was right to open a showroom. “We wanted to get out on our own,” Joe explains. So this past October the couple opened Cardinal Home Décor at the Promenade at Fountain Court in Bartonsville where they employ two staff members, Myrna and Susan. The showroom’s name has two meanings for the Lopez family. The cardinal was Adrienne’s grandparents’ favorite bird, and there’s also the play on words with the definition being of prime importance. “We want our décor items to be that for our customers,” says Joe. Cardinal Home Décor offers a large selection of lamps, both in stock and through special order. Besides lighting, they also carry original art, sculptures, vases, small furnishings, mirrors and other home décor items, plus hand-crafted jewelry and books by local authors. Hardwired lighting, including chandeliers, vanity lights and wall sconces, larger furnishings and area rugs are available through their collection of catalogs. Adrienne brings her design sensibility to the fore armed with an art history degree and specialized studio art classes that emphasized furniture design, and certifications from the American Lighting Association and the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “I know how to put colors together and create focal points. I have brought pieces into the showroom that will fit in many different décor styles. When someone comes in and begins to describe their home, we know what will work with it.” Interior designers and decorators advise layering your lighting. “Lighting can change the entire mood of a room and should be layered,” notes Adrienne. “Ambient lighting is the first of three layers and is the general lighting in a room, usually ceiling-mounted or recessed. The second layer is accent

lighting and highlights artwork, architectural details or other specific areas of a room that deserve attention. The third layer is task lighting, which illuminates an area for specific tasks like reading, writing or cooking.” Joe Lopez wants people to know that lighting has a new vocabulary now. “It’s not just watts anymore. Now you need to consider lumens, the Kelvin scale and color rendering,” he says. “This will help you get the right lighting with the brightness, color and quality of light that you’re seeking.” Some hot trends in illumination include natural materials, grays, pops of color, exposed bulbs and lamps that integrate smart features, such as charging stations. As for other décor elements, mirrors can make rooms look larger and brighter, live plants bring the outdoors in and there is a rise of interest in work by local artists and crafters, whose work is one-ofa-kind. In late November, the showroom hosted an artists’ reception for their first exhibit of local work called Way Off Main, which drew members of the arts community and their patrons. They hope to host future events on a regular basis. The owners are very communityminded as well, and are active supporters of local causes like Women’s Resources of Monroe County through BW NICE (Business Women Networking LLC) and Flip the Stats, their own start-up nonprofit organization devoted to teens in and aging out of foster care. They also offer fundraising opportunities for other groups through their showroom. The Lopez couple hopes to attract a broad clientele at Cardinal Home Décor. Says Joe, “Adrienne has a great eye for something different. There is an eclectic mix of styles in the Poconos as we not only have people who were born and raised here, but also people from diverse areas like New York and New Jersey who live and vacation here, as well. Whatever the ‘it’ is that you’re looking for, we can find it for you.”

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Ode TO THE CANDY CANE WORDS | Debbie Burke A 65-year old tradition in the Poconos is coming upon another Christmas season, and with it, the candy canes we wait for every year! From now through December 23, every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., visitors can watch candy canes being made at Callie’s Pretzel Factory in Mountainhome. And here’s an insider’s tip: it’s the white base, not the stripe, that carries the minty flavor. Founded in 1952 by then-newlyweds Harold and Carol Callie, Callie’s Candy Kitchen & Pretzel Factory are beloved local icons, visited from near and far by multiple family generations. The Candy Kitchen has its famous chocolate waterfall that will deliciously cover a variety of morsels from Rice Krispies to sunflower seeds, from cream cheese to fudge to potato chips and pretzels. Even grapes, which are perishable; so be sure to eat those within two days (which should not be a problem for chocolate lovers). The selection of truffles is astounding and makes choosing one’s favorites very difficult: flavors include key lime, champagne, and cappuccino. According to Gretchen CallieReisenwitz (who is the co-owner with her husband Mark), many people start their day with a single truffle that they savor with their morning coffee.

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For the holiday season, besides joining the crowds who come to watch candy canes being made, there are specialty items for your Christmas gift basket, which can be chocolatethemed, pretzel-themed, or both! Choices include chocolate Santas, snowmen and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; gingerbread men, peanut butter-filled candy canes and whatever else you could think of that should be enrobed in chocolate. “People even bring in their Mike and Ike candies for us to cover with chocolate,” says Gretchen. Their dark chocolate is 70%, they have white “coating” (which she says some people mistakenly refer to as “white chocolate” but, in fact, there is no such thing), and there’s a full line of sugar-free candy. All goodies can be put together into gift baskets for community fundraisers, golf tournaments, and other special events. Three miles from the Candy Kitchen is Callie’s pretzel factory where you can watch them being twisted, seasoned and baked, turning into hard or soft pretzels, pretzel bits, sticks,


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5. COUNTRY KETTLE GIFT GUIDE 2523 MILFORD RD, EAST STROUDSBURG, PA 1. Roomy handbags are supple, colorful and vegan 2. Jingly, jangly wrap bracelets in different metal tones convert to fun necklaces 3. Swarovski jewelry adds the sparkle to formal wear or a dresseddown look 4. Bangles, worn alone or grouped, make a fashion statement 5. The softest bears ever will greet your family and guests with a smile

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1. 14KT GOLD OUTLET GIFT GUIDE 611 MAIN ST, STROUDSBURG, PA 1. Nothing says elegance like diamond studs‌or a single diamond on a chain 2. The diamond experience: a ring within the perfect setting 3. A variety of necklaces to convey elegance or your colorful side 4. The sparkle of your earrings will match the light in your eyes; wear with glee

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LOCAL SCENE

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BW NICE OF MONROE COUNTY SUPPORTS WOMEN’S RESOURCES OF MONROE COUNTY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.BWNICE.ORG.

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The Monroe Chapter of BW NICE (Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education) held its first annual Red Shoe™ Luncheon & Fashion Show on Sept 22, 2017 at Camelback Lodge in Tannersville, PA. The inaugural event celebrated local women in business, bringing together more than 200 local business professionals from the Monroe County area. Guests enjoyed mimosas, networking, shopping, an auction, live music, a spectacular fashion show featuring local businesses and an inspiring program, capped off with a delicious luncheon. The highlight of the event was the special award ceremony honoring Lisa Diemer as Businesswoman of the Year.


A Personal Strategic Plan with Melisa D.B. Mersini Vice President Wealth Strategies & Management LLC Stroudsburg, PA Office: 570-424-1555 wsandm.com

The New Year is one of the best times to reflect on what you would like to do differently and improvements that you would like to make. It is natural to begin to think about finances as the cost associated with the holidays become apparent. There is a phenomenon with the New Year that gives one the feeling of a new beginning and having the drive for change. The difference between thinking and doing is all in an action plan. Knowing where you are and what you want is the first step in the process of proper planning. The beginning of the year is perfect because most companies that you bank and invest with provide detailed statements. Whether you use a yellow pad, a spreadsheet or more sophisticated planning software importance is placed on compiling the asset values and debt into a visible format. The ultimate result will be a side-by-side balance sheet. In addition to the balance sheet includes a list of goals that you would like to accomplish. Make sure that your goals are truly achievable with a few improvements and changes.

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What are you trying to accomplish? Funding retirement, college, a new purchase or reducing your expenses to cover a change in employment involves finding the finances to make your goal a reality. If you are expecting a raise give yourself half and use the remainder to apply to your targets. Look at expenses thoroughly and identify what costs are still practical. Do you pay for a gym that you never attend or a security system that you have not activated in more than a year? Are you overpaying for insurance or cable? Have you been hooked with a recurring charge on your credit card because you bought something that has auto re-order? The point of the exercise is to find wasted money and create a list of to do’s to research and make decisions. With your goals, balance sheet and a list of costs that require research and decisions you are ready to create your action plan. Creating a written plan is a necessity. Creating a list of to do’s are the blueprint that you design to identify free cash flow and new habits that will make your goals a reality. Include quarterly progress updates and a celebration at the end for all that is accomplished. I have seen many plans that include annual and long-term goals so that the ultimate desire is never out of sight. Writing a strategic plan provides a means of direction and accountability. Reaching financial success is like a marathon not a sprint and should be approached annually for success. Your financial advisor can play a key role in helping you with the plan and process. If they do not, seek one who does.

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by BOB KELLY KELLY REALTY GROUP KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE

HOME SALES AND VALUES GROW IN THE PCONOS As you read this, winter will be upon us. A beautiful time of year in the Poconos as the trees glisten with snow and ice-covered branches, and our lakes and ski slopes beckon us outdoors to skate and glide down the mountains. Don’t let this snowy time of year fool you. The housing market is very busy in the Poconos in the winter months due to all of our great outdoor activities. Last winter was a prime example. While we had very high snowfalls at the end of the season, we also witnessed a housing market in the area which took off. One could say the harder it snowed the more people bought. So, has the market in the Poconos recovered? Real estate prices slid significantly between 2008 and 2015, decimating the area. That has since reversed. Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, our market started its recovery and has climbed steadily, reflecting the past five years of activity nationwide. It just took us a little longer to begin the process, and now we are solidly entrenched in the upswing. It is certainly a good time to sell a home. The market statistics for Monroe County show that since the beginning of 2016, the overall growth per quarter has been positive, with some bouncing around; our average home sale price is up 17.7%. Monroe County has been experiencing positive economic development over the past four years which still continues to this day. The total volume of homes sold countywide increased almost 100% from 2013 through 2015. The very positive news is that over the past seven quarters, demand has continued to outpace the price increase. Based on this, as well as the number of homes on the market continuing to decrease, we should continue to see growing home prices throughout 2018. For those of you in the luxury market in Monroe County, the news is just as good for 2017. The number of homes listed at $400,000+ is showing a 33% increase in the number of homes sold year over year, outpacing the market. There are now bills in Congress to change our tax code, coupled with an economy which is growing faster with the latest GDP reading of 3% growth. This has begun to push up the 10-year bond market, which is what mortgage interest rates follow. These issues and what they mean to mortgage interest rates heading into 2018 could have an effect on housing. Stay tuned to the next Local Flair to see what the market will look like leading into spring 2018. Enjoy the winter months and be safe on the roads! Should you ever wish to learn more about Monroe County housing or find out the value of your home please feel free to contact me.

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BOB KELLY IS THE TOP-SELLING RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AGENT IN MONROE COUNTY AND IS LEADER OF THE KELLY REALTY GROUP AT KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE IN STROUDSBURG.VISIT HIM AT WWW.POCONOSHOMESALES.COM OR EMAIL BOB AT BOB@KELLYREALTYGROUP.COM.


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IMPRESSIVE ROARING BROOK COLONIAL Impressive 5-bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial on just over 7 acres offers a relaxing front porch overlooking your landscaped property. Step into the 2-story foyer with oak floor and staircase, formal living room with French pocket doors, oak floor & recessed lights, light and bright dining room. Eat-in kitchen has maple cabinets w/crown molding, 5-burner gas stove, granite counters, pantry, 5-window nook and tile floor. First floor family room has a gas fireplace with tile inlay, large master bedroom with walk-in closet and full bath. Bonus media room has built-in cabinets with storage, dual closets and access to the garage and basement. Two-car finished garage with additional storage and pedestrian door, large deck, paved driveway and professionally landscaped with pear and apple trees. Close to highways, shopping, schools, country club and golf course.

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3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Contemporary In An Amenity Filled Community Offers 4 Levels Of Living Space. Features Include Laminate Floors, Cathedral Ceilings, Stone FP and Eat-In Kitchen. Nice Wooded Lot Perfect for YearRound Living or Weekend Getaways.

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LOCAL VIBE

TONY D TRIO KEEPS THE BEAT GOING

The band members come from different musical backgrounds which mesh together to create a unique sound. Alex Desrivieres is the youngest of the group, having recently graduated from music college. He’s been featured on the Rising Star stage at the COTA Jazz Festival in 2015 and 2016, and is the percussion director at Lenape Valley Regional High School in New Jersey.

If it’s jazz you’re hankering for, you can get a nice, sweet dose of it with the seasoned and talented Tony D Trio. The ensemble is comprised of Alex Desrivieres on sax, Gary Staples on piano, organ and bass, and Tony Diecidue on drum set.

Gary Staples has been playing and performing since an early age on the Hammond B3 organ and piano. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with his own ensembles as well as working with notables like guitarist George Benson.

Established last winter, the Tony D Trio plays jazz standards with some original work. They can be found at local establishments like Roccanova’s Restaurant and the Willow Tree, both in Stroudsburg, and Black and Blue in Easton. Dr. Anthony Diecidue is a semi-retired optometrist from Eye Associates of Monroe County, who has been serving patients for over 30 years. He bucks the stereotype of the doctor who plays golf on days off. “I’ll be playing drums more as I get more free time, because that’s my passion!” he said.

Tony has been playing drums since the age of 10. He toured the U.S. and Canada in bands that ranged from jazz and rock to disco, country and even Elvis impersonators. He also performed with jazz greats Dave Liebman and Tony Marino at the St. Luke’s Summer Festival in Stroudsburg on numerous occasions; and has appeared with Rob Paparozzi of Blood Sweat & Tears and “Blues Brothers” fame. Tony has also donated his talents to the Starving Musicians charity CDs, and the yearly EyeRock events held at the Hard Rock Café in NYC.

He plays, he admitted, because basically, he can’t stop. “When you have music in you, it’s a primal drive to get it out. Music hits a pleasure center of the brain and it just feels good to make music and even better when someone appreciates it.” Tony splits his gigging time between northeast Pennsylvania and Florida, where he travels every few months to perform in what he calls “the excellent jazz scene” there. The weekly jazz jam he heads up at Roccanova’s is open to all musicians, regardless of skill level, who can come up on stage and play with the trio. It’s a time to share and enjoy the music, have fun, and make friends, he said.

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In addition to the core trio, Tony D will often bring in other musicians, such as a singer or bass player, to enhance their sound and better fit the venue. Jazz might not be for everybody, but Tony is convinced that it just takes time to wash over the listener. “Jazz appreciation is a learned experience,” said Tony. “It can be complex at times. I remember the first time I heard this one band a few years ago. I could hardly comprehend what they were playing due to the complexity of the music. But I continued to listen, and over time, I understood the message and learned to enjoy jazz.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.TONYDBAND.NET.


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