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6 Letter from the Publisher

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10 Give: Charing United Way

Karen Tetor

12 Give: Rallying Together

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14 Meet Kathy Uhler

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Photography Stephen Lippay

18 Building a Future with RW Buff 20-21 Third Time Custom 22-23 An Enchanted Lifestyle at Buck Hill Falls 25-29 Ready, Set, Get Healthy! A Women’s Summer Photoshoot

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Karen Tetor, Allison Mowatt, Roseanne Bottone, Ali Schratt


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30 Connecting with SARTA 32 DRIVEN: A Men’s Summer Photoshoot feature at Pocono Raceway 38 Dissecting Diabetes: A feature by PMC 40 Out and About: Martinis & Manicures 42 Out and About: The Salvation Army Dinner 44 Out and About: The Living Room 46 Out and About: Clotheswap Fundraiser 50 Lost? Not Me! I’m Geocaching 52 Take a Walk on the Wild Side 54 The Local Scoop on Ice Cream 56 Picture Perfect Patios 58 Take Your Dog and Get Out! 61 The New Pocono Community Calendar 62 Parting Shot: A Lake Perspective

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Letter from the Publisher

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I can’t help but think about my childhood when summer hits the Pocono Mountains. My siblings and I spent our days exploring in the woods and our nights catching fireflies. It was such a lazy and lovely time and I want those natural joys for my girls. I grew up in the Pocono Mountains when there was one traffic light along the 611 corridor and the only school that had a campus was East Stroudsburg University. Sure, it’s great to reminiesce about the way things were, but I understand that an ever-changing environment is the only thing that is certain. As parents, we want to shield our children from harm and give them every opportunity to be great human beings- the challenges are great. To state the obvious, it has become such a fast-paced, over-connected world and it is so easy to get caught up in it all. Technology is amazing, but on a warm summer day, when hopping on a bike should be the first thing on my 8 year olds to-do-list... technology is my enemy. It should be the desire of sunlight and the curiosity of nature, not iPods, iPads, Xbox and every other gadget that kidnaps the minds and bodies of my children.

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So as I sit in the house I love, surrounded by the forest and the artwork of my children, I can’t help but be thankful for my husband. When we were much younger and just starting to get serious about our future together, I asked him to move to Phildadelphia to be with me and he told me that he, “would die in the city.” I thought it was a pretty overdramatic thing to say at the time, but now, when I look around at what he has created for our family, I understand that he was telling the truth. I am grateful that my children have a deep relationship with nature and that Adam knows and teaches them (and me) what is important in life. Happy Father’s Day to my husband and to all of the great dads who keep us exploring. Have a great summer and make sure you get outside!

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“It’s my turn to do it.” “It’s our turn to step up,” were the words that inspired Ralph Megliola to take on this year’s chairmanship of the annual United Way of Monroe County fundraising campaign. “A group of my peers were at a party and having a conversation about philanthropy,” recalls Ralph. “We were talking about great community leaders, people like Dr. Dracos, Dr. Cramer, and Doc Mattioli. These guys have been the champions of the charities.” “The next thing we knew, my buddy Trip Ruvane, owner of Barley Creek, was chairing the United Way fundraiser,” laughs Ralph, who even then suspected that he eventually would be taking that helm. “We needed to put our money and time where our mouths are,” he insists. “Now it’s my turn to do it.” Ralph admires his United Way predecessor, because “Trip made giving fun!” Anyone who knows Ralph Megliola knows that laughter also sparks up everything he does. “Fun provides the momentum,” he explains. Ralph wants people to beg, “Where can I find the NEXT United Way event?” He points to last year’s car wash at the Pocono Race Track, where the entire United Way team grabbed sponges and buckets, while customers then dried their cars by racing around the track. Ralph points to the success of Andrew Moore’s spectacular Parisian night at Stone Bar Inn, with 100% of the profits going to United Way. With people asking Ralph if they are going to do it all again, he assures them, “Yes... and more!”

Mia, Ralph and Pasquale Megliola

Chairing United Way


By Karen Tetor

This year’s “Winter Survival Kit” raffle is already a big hit, with a prize offering 150 gallons of heating oil, $500 of groceries, and a $500 gas card. The drawing will be November 20. And renowned Pocono Chef and TV personality Nicola Mersini of Momento’s is already prepping the menus for extraordinary Italian feasts fused with fundraising. “When I decided to accept the chair, I thought the hardest part would be convincing my wife, Mia,” admits Ralph, who serves on the Barrett Township ambulance and fire departments and is a township supervisor, as well as running his business RGM Enterprises. I expected her to say, ‘How?’” he laughs. “But instead, she said, ‘I’ll support you on this.” Ralph knows he has the support of his 8-yearold son Pasquale, who washed cars for 14 hours non-stop at last year’s Raceway event. Ralph steals a line from Bill Cramer to describe the help he needs in this campaign: “It doesn’t have to be treasure that you give. If you don’t have money, give time or talent. Give a gift certificate for your business or your service. It all adds up.” 6

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To Benefit United Way of Monroe County

July 24, 2013 The Shawnee inn & Golf Resort Registration & Lunch at 11 a.m. Shotgun Start at 12:00 p.m. For more info:

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From left, in front row, are: Eileen Chimerine, Holly Lehrer and Marjorie Seger. From left in back row: Laura Bacon, Nancy Mills and Debra Lenderink.

Rallying Together Last year, The Lake Naomi/Timber Trails Breast Cancer rally raised $55,000 for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The Foundation promotes breast health, fosters the healing process and provides a public agenda for the prevention and cure of breast cancer. The Foundation also provides educational programs and maintains an advocacy network throughout the states. while giving free mammograms and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underinsured women who do not qualify for government programs. Everything that is raised during the Rally stays local! The Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation works directly with Pocono Medical Center to provide free mammograms and

diagnostic tests for uninsured and underinsured women who do not qualify for government programs. Taking over as The 2013 Rally Chair, Laura Bacon is ready for the challenge. “Taking over the reins of this year’s rally is an awesome responsibility. We can only hope to raise enough money so that all women, no matter what their financial status, can be guaranteed that their breast cancer will not cost them more than they can handle. We who live in Lake Naomi/Timber Trails community are fortunate that we can coordinate the fundraising for this most worthy cause, give of our time freely and serve the local businesses with affordable advertising and patronage.” 6

Here’s how you can get involved.

May 31st from 6-9 p.m.

Cupcakes and Cosmos The Blakeslee Inn is hosting Cupcakes and Cosmos. Gather the Girls and indulge in gourmet hors d’oeuvres, delectable cupcakes and exotic martinis as you shop the B.I. Boutique filled with local artists and crafters - all for a great cause! Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. Your ticket includes one cocktail ticket, gourmet heavy hors d’oeuvres, delectable cupcakes including liquor-laced, gluten free, and diabetic varieties, as well as admission to the B.I. Boutique to shop local artists & vendors. Plus, there will be a cash bar, opportunities to purchase gourmet cupcakes to take home, and the an opportunity to purchase The Blakeslee Inn’s Ultimate Cupcake Cookbook. To purchase tickets go to


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July 13th with a 9 a.m. start time Registration is 7-8:30 a.m.

5K Run/Walk

Rebecca Van Gilder and Sarah Naughton have organized a 5K Run/Walk as part of the Lake Naomi/Timber Trails Breast Cancer Rally. The 3.1 mile route will have you out early, sweating through the wooded neighborhoods of Pinecrest, along the lake, and finishing at the pool. Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning, right? “Organizing the details of the race was a challenge, but we are hoping the proceeds from the event push the Rally over the $60K mark,” said Naughton and VanGilder. You must register by June 29th. Go to: to download the form.

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Kathy Uhler

By Allison Mowatt

Founder and Director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center For Love of PWRC

Monroe County native Kathy Uhler is the Founder and Director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, [PWRC], a place where injured and orphaned wild animals native to PA are cared for until they can fend for themselves, when they are released back into the wild. Kathy operates the PWRC with the help of her husband Eric, Manager Ashley Decker and the generosity of volunteers. In 1982, the PWRC became licensed. Six years later it was incorporated as a non-profit organization funded entirely by community donations. The facility serves six counties and takes in more than 1,000 animals annually, including fawns, owls, hawks, squirrels, rabbits, songbirds, raccoons and bears.

Kathy’s Calling

Kathy always had a love of animals and education. As a student at East Stroudsburg University, she majored in Environmental Studies. Her internship involved working at a wildlife center similar to the PWRC. “I enjoyed it so much, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” she says. With a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology, Kathy is also a teacher in Bio Ethics and Ecology at Stroudsburg High School. “The PWRC started as a small animal care facility in a spare bedroom of my modest mobile home,” Kathy recalls. When she built a new home, she incorporated the wildlife center as the entire downstairs of the home and outside in the yard. Eventually, she and her husband settled into Cherry Valley.

Mission and Goals

Kathy’s immediate goal is providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife. Second is educating the public through live wildlife educational programs using animals not releasable to the wild. Demonstrations are given throughout the


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community. “It’s wonderful when a person sees an owl up close,” says Kathy. “Many people now living in the Pocono Mountains come from urban areas and fear these animals. The programs are a meet and greet.” Lastly, the organization enforces public safety. Kathy urges people to contact her if they have questions about the local wildlife. Preventing injury and disease is important, and advice on the phone and the programs keep people from putting themselves and the animals in danger.

For the Love of Animals

Kathy loves all animals but has a soft spot for bear cubs. She recalls a particular heartfelt moment when “a mother bear climbed an electric pole because she thought the buzzing was a bee hive. She was electrocuted, and her three cubs were found lying on top of their mother’s body and were wailing like human babies.” The state Game Commission brought them to Kathy. “They are very deep creatures and having the opportunity to watch the cubs grow up and to release them back into the wild is indescribable.”

Get Involved

The PWRC is always in need of volunteers and donations, monetary or otherwise. For more information, visit, find them on Facebook, call (570) 402-0223 or email The PWRC is located on Cherry Drive in Stroudsburg.

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Kathy presents about ten live wildlife demonstrations, which are free and open to the public. For a complete listing, visit 6

Buck Hill Art Association

Scholarships for Artists By Karen Tetor

Left - “Self Appraisal,” is a self-portrait Ashley Milillo submitted as part of her Photo 300 class at Penn State University. Ashley’s 2011 Buck Hill Art Association Scholarship went towards her first year of tuition. “The ‘evil eye’ bracelet has always been one of my favorites that I own,” says Ashley, so I wanted to come up with a way to incorporate it in a photo without it looking like the typical product shot.” Bottom - Victor Malcervelli graduated in 2008 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Animation. His 2004 Buck Hill Art Association Award is just one of the many he used to finance his entire degree. His professional animation work has included animation for television pilots, and animation for Bank of America, Apple and Yahoo commercials. See more of Victor’s work at The Buck Hill Art Association supports the dreams of young artists. The association’s annual scholarships have helped students such as Ashley Milillo and Victor Malcervelli, both graduates of Pocono Mountain East High School, to chip away at costly tuition as they major in fine art, drama, poetry, music, dance, and film. Ashley just completed her sophomore year as a photography major at Penn State University, and the 2011 Buck Hill Art Association Scholarship was a boost of confidence and cash for this young woman, who hopes to be a fashion photographer. Victor, recipient of a 2004 scholarship, is now an artist for Breaktime Studios in San Francisco. The Buck Hill Art Association offers two types of scholarships each year: The Buck Hill Art Association Scholarship goes to one or two students who are Seniors at local high schools, and who are going on to schools of higher education in the arts. Applications are available at the local high schools. The Jenkins Art Scholarship goes to an employee of the Buck Hill Falls Company, a family member of an employee, or a Buck Hill community member who is interested in studying the arts. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and the award may be given to the same individual up to three times. The award may be split between recipients but will equal the total sum of $1,000. The application deadline is August 8, 2013. The scholarships are for students who are graduating from high school or continuing in their post-high school studies. For more information visit:

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FUTURE By Tina Beck

RW Buff Inc. on Positive Housing Market Growth and its Impact on Our Community

new season for the Pocono housing market has begun as resurgence in business for both new construction and remodeling projects has stirred a renewed excitement within the building community. No place is this more evident than at RW Buff Inc., a leading Pocono construction specialty firm focused on custom home building, historic restorations, home renovations, and remodeling projects.

“We have seen a marked increase in construction activity over the last few months as pent up demand for both remodeling and new construction has emerged in the market,” expresses Bob Buff, owner of RW Buff Inc. “With low interest rates still in place and existing home prices on the rise, the ability to finance either a new home or dream remodeling project is again becoming a realistic option.” The impact of revived construction activity has long reaching implications for the Pocono community, well beyond the building and remodeling projects themselves. According to a recent CNBC reports every dollar spent on housing reaches back into the community six fold in the form of economic activity. Additionally, new housing and remodeled homes add to community beautification and increase the overall values of the housing market in general.

“The science of building today has changed from where it was several years ago,” continues Buff. “The projects we are working on now focus on creating comfortable living spaces which are energy efficient, with smaller overall land footprints, and a lower cost of ownership. The end result is a home which works well with the natural environment of the Poconos while giving its owners a costeffective, exceptionally crafted home.” Three recent RW Buff Inc. projects exemplify the shifting tide of the Pocono housing market and its positive impact on the building industry. The first, a recently completed whole house renovation in Stroud Township, put RW Buff Inc.’s skills at preserving the historic integrity of a home into good use. Under the leadership of Joe Holbert, RW Buff Inc. project supervisor and general manager, the project, completed on a home owned by Bill and Kris Clark, transformed an early 1950s house into a perfectly outfitted cottage-style home designed for their active retirement lifestyle. The first floor of the home was re-imagined to include the master living suite while the second floor layout became ideal for accommodating overnight guests. The rebuilding of the garage, as well as a new sunroom and breeze way, lent added convenience to the space. In the end, the house retained its original charm while providing the ease of living and updated stylistic flourishes the owners were seeking. The second RW Buff Inc. project, currently under construction on Dreher Avenue in Stroudsburg Borough, is a new energy efficient, high performance model home. Utilizing the latest in sustainable building techniques, the RW Buff team has conceptualized an attractive and efficient design for this 1,860 square-foot home with a focus on low overall cost of ownership. “This is the perfect house for raising a family,” says Buff. “It’s in a great location and in easy walking distance to downtown and schools.” The third RW Buff Inc. project, on a large land parcel in Pike County, Lehman Township, is also being overseen by RW Buff Inc.’s Joe Holbert and features the remodeling of a small farmhouse into a guest quarters and a separate, custom built Manor house, currently in the design phase, as the primary residence. Designed with an open, prairie style sensibility, both dwellings boast an aesthetic which exudes accessible luxury yet complements their Pocono surroundings. Summarizes Buff, “I am proud to have these and other projects underway which showcase the craftsmanship of my company and reflect the emerging growth for home building and remodeling in the Pocono community. I predict many exciting things to come as the building and construction market transforms businesses and revitalizes our local economy as whole.” For over 20 years RW Buff Inc. has provided their clientele with distinctive service, superior construction capabilities, and thoughtful architectural details for finished projects suited to the most discriminating tastes. The company offers service lines which include custom home construction, remodeling, commercial construction, historic restoration, and commercial renovation. A dedication to client satisfaction and a reputation for integrity are the hallmarks of success for RW Buff Inc. 6 To learn more about RW Buff Inc. and their many notable projects, visit, find them on Facebook, or call 570-476-5437.


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The Daus with Mike Dembinski and Bert Rinehimer


Jim and Diane Dau had done it twice before, but this time, it would be special. When building their two previous homes in New Jersey, the Daus had relied upon pre-designed construction blueprints. As the empty nesters now envisioned their ideal retirement oasis, they conjured images of a home they would design themselves, in an area they loved: the Pocono Mountains. They also wanted a place their grown children, Bryan and Megan, would come to for relaxation, while spending time with their parents. “We were driving back home from a Penn State football game in 2011, spontaneously decided to detour onto Route 940 and ended up in Lake Harmony at Century 21 Select Group,” recalls Jim. “There we had met Lucille Richmond, who guided us in our search for available lots, and finding quality custom home builders in the area.” That was the start for our completely custom home—and our totally enjoyable experience in building it.” Bert Rinehimer, president of the company, tells his clients that “Our company doesn’t limit our clients with offering only choices of A, B, or C. We give ideas, sketch plans, and create off of the clients’ ideas.”

Step Into a Custom-Built Home The Daus wanted a downsized living space crafted with unique, authentic details they had cobbled from their dream home musings. Working with Michael Dembinski of Rinehimer Construction, Jim and Diane soon realized they had hired a builder who specializes in one-of-a-kind signature details. “All I had to do was mention something or think of something, and Michael would sketch it for us, find it for us, show us picture of it. We were the designers. Rinehimer Construction made it happen.” The vision included a fireplace mantle made of reclaimed handhewn barn wood accenting a two-story hand-cut stone fireplace.


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“We loved the barn wood accent, so Michael suggested using the same wood for columns in the kitchen. Craftsmen Butch & Rick Halstead hand-fabricated the kitchen columns right on site, and used the leftover pieces to create a mirror frame for the powder room.” Rich cedar and stone details merge the forested acreage with the Dau’s Split Rock Country Club home. Stone columns and cedar porch posts and rails welcome guests to enter through a Craftman Style Douglas Fir front door. Rough sawn pine trim, hickory floors, oak stairs and railings, and wainscoting bestow the natural feel of a Pocono retreat. Even the timber bark hue of the fiber cement siding conveys the look and feel of authentic wood.

Decisions Made Easy Decisions can be overwhelming. “Rinehimer Construction made it easy for us,” Jim insists. “They broke it into modules. Then they would lead us to the next design phase.” From choices in exterior styles to the complexities of kitchen choices, the Daus emphasize that they never felt submerged. Diane admits that the kitchen presented her greatest challenges. “With Rinehimer Construction’s assistance, Jim and I pulled everything together,” says Diane. “Together we found the perfect stone backsplash to complement the Cambria quartz countertops. Whether cabinets or tiles, all of us working together was invaluable.” Jim and Diane smile every time they mention Michael Dembinski or Bert Rinehimer ‘s name. “Bert even helped us pick out our building lot! And even on weekends, Michael would be emailing us ideas and photos,” comments Diane. “We’d call Michael on Friday telling him that we wanted hammered wrought iron balusters for the loft. By Saturday, he’d have sent us pictures. We would ask, and Rinehimer Construction would provide.” Rinehimer’s office Design Center also assisted by showcasing a wide range of options in everything from siding to flooring.

Keeping it Local and Personal Rinehimer Construction prides itself in using local, private subcontractors and craftsmen. Jim and Diane relied upon Rinehimer’s recommendations. “I soon came to realize that if Bert qualified them, that was good enough for us,” says Jim. “Every contractor and worker who entered this house had an excellent rapport with Michael and Bert, and they were all great to work with.” And that included Bert’s wife, Patty, who besides being CFO of Rinehimer Construction, designed and created the custom window treatments for the Dau’s home, through her company Shades of Perfection. The Daus appreciated their personal interaction with such local contractors as Amity Kitchens, Huffman’s Electric, Pocono Lake Supply, and Pocono Tile Works. Ross & Ross Landscaping brought the Dau’s living space outdoors, with the use of natural stone pavers, custom fire pit, and a soothing waterfall display. Pocono architect Wayne Vanderhoof of Schoonover & Vanderhoff Architects designed the home. The solid copper lighting was created by Hutton Metalcrafts, a studio only a few miles down Route 940. “We have personal relationships with each of these companies and professionals,” explains Bert. “We keep it local. It’s important for the client to meet the people in the trade. These businesses are owner operated, and often, the owner does the work.” “We wanted a quality, efficient, custom home, and that’s what we got,” says Jim. Rinehimer’s reputation for such building has netted its being named as a preferred homebuilder in other private, lake and golf communities including Lake Harmony, Lake Naomi, Timber Trails, Pocono Manor, Lakeview Estates, Buck Hill, and Keswick Pointe. 6 Rinehimer Construction is located in Downtown Business Square, Old Route 940, in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. For more information, call 570.643.6653 or visit

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An Enchanted Lifestyle By Karen Tetor

Tyler and Katie Miller’s three daughters are now the fourth generation of Millers to live in the Buck Hill Falls community. Tyler reflects upon raising his own three daughters in a community founded on the Quakers’ vision of sylvan serenity and a place that continually thrives with a social, recreational, and cultural dynamic.

“My family’s life at Buck Hill Falls really began when my grandparents bought a cottage here in the early 1940s--a cottage they named Ginger Quill, a lesser-known fly in Grandpa’s fly box. Millers are avid fly fishermen who love Buck Hill’s 4,500 acres of spring fed streams, producing some of the feistiest native Brook trout in the northeast. “Our family of six exceeded the capacity of Ginger Quill, and my parents rented a neighboring cottage allowing us to run next door to visit our grandparents for meals and sharing the day’s adventures. As teenagers, my sister and I proudly netted our first full-time jobs as camp counselors, just as our father had done a generation ago. Grandma Bunny would pack lunches and wave us out the door in the morning. After dinner we would often play bridge before heading out for the active social scene at night. “While running the Buck Hill Teen Camp postcollege, I found my relationship with Katie turning into a romantic one from just knowing her as a younger sister of a close Buck Hill friend. Katie was also a third generation Buck Hiller with her grandparents buying cottage #39 in the early 1940s. We’d often see Grandma Jean on our porch playing bridge or having a cocktail with Grandma Bunny. Katie’s parents had spent their honeymoon at the


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legendary Buck Hill Inn. It took a bit of convincing, but Katie’s older brothers ultimately gave me the green light to date their sister. The natural beauty and landscape in Buck Hill help create the ultimate courting environment. My father proposed to my mother at the romantic overlook at Buck Hill Falls. “After my grandmother passed away, my parents, Jock and Kay Miller, bought a cottage they named Deer Watch, after a favorite twilight pastime at Buck Hill. Katie and I bought the neighboring property, named High Appleyard when built in 1901 in an old orchard. Now our three girls are able to run next door for Nanny’s (my mom’s) breakfasts before camp--dashing through her garden after to share their day’s adventures. With room now in our home for Katie’s parents to stay and Katie’s brother having a house close by, Buck Hill continues to be a truly enchanting place with generations of memories. Holidays and summer reunions at Buck Hill are magical. “The best of Buck Hill’s many age-old traditions is the July 4th weekend. Costumed children march in the parade, which ends at the pool, with the release of 13 pigeons representing the original 13 colonies alongside the Camp Club kids singing songs. After tennis, golf, swimming in the stream and pool games, the day continues with a picnic up on the mountain where old school games live on. Night brings an ice cream social and a private fireworks display on the historical golf course that rivals even the NYC barge shows. “The quieter seasons at Buck Hill mean afternoon hikes and later sitting by the fire roasting our collected chestnuts. Cross country skiing on the golf course or downhill skiing on a nearby mountain along with paddle tennis, ice skating and sledding make Buck Hill a winter wonderland. “We cherish the role Buck Hill has had in our childhoods, our families, and our friendships. It is a fantastic place for children--and if they become great swimmers, golfers, tennis players, lawn bowlers or fly fishermen in the process, all the better!” 6

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The Buck Hill Falls community is beautiful, with the grandeur of the cottages carefully tucked into the lush landscape of the mountains, and natural waterfalls found along the walking trails scattered throughout the community. Visitors are welcome here. Buck Hill Falls offers rich, cultural programs throughout the summer with guest lectures, a renowned music festival, an art show

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and amenities for golfers, fishermen, hikers and tennis players. Call or visit our website to learn about the community or if you are interested in attending one of our events:

Art Show July 19 and 20th Foxhowe Lecture Series

Buck Hill Golf & Fairway Grille: Now open daily 7 days a week. Call 570-595-7730 to book your tee time or 570-595-3535 to make your dining reservation. Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival July 26 – August 10

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HEALTHY! @Stroudsmoor Country Inn

Photos by Eileen Noelle Styling by Shear Design Salon Day Spa Hair by Claire Cohen Floral Hairpieces by Susan Bernadette Lebel Make-Up by Bria Orley Clothing Available at Ready Set Run

Getting healthy seems the hip thing to do these days. Being healthy is a fine balance between mind, body and spirit, and aren’t we fortunate to live in an area where the outdoors is a natural and majestic playground! And, what more magestic a place than the grounds of the Stroudsmoor Country Inn for a photoshoot? So, we gathered four local healthy ladies at the Inn to showcase the clothing and sneakers from Ready Set Run on Main Street in beautiful downtown Stroudsburg. Ironically, as we were preparing for the shoot, Linda Forte told me about the new “Healthy Advocates Menu” launching at the SCI Restaurant on Thursday, June 20th. The menu contains several gluten-free items, and all nutrition facts per serving are listed. Stroudsmoor has partnered with Pocono Medical Center on this endeavor, and they hope other restaurants will join the Healthy Menu Initiative. The kick-off Spirit of Women event at SCI- The Restaurant at Stroudsmoor- is June 20th starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at For more information phone 570.476.3357 or email Ready Set Run, owned by Trish D’Imperio, specializes in everything for the runner, walker and fitness enthusiast. RSR experts can fit you with technical running and walking apparel for any condition. Are you looking to make some active changes in your life? First Strides is a gradual 12 week program that will help you comfortably progress from the couch to walking, jogging or running at a pace that is right for you. The summer program kicks off in Stroudsburg on July 22 and Brodheadsville on July 23rd. Go to or phone 570.424.6431

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Chrissy Wile “Commit with Chrissy” is virtual training for fitness families and individuals. Through the program, Chrissy creates Facebook groups to help motivate, texting, calling – anything to motivate! She includes a nutrition plan. Chrissy is a mom of 3 and an elementary math teacher, and runner at heart. Her workouts include Insanity, Body Beast, and working out at Crossfit Pocono. Her diet includes eating all whole foods. Clothes: North Face Eat my Dust Skirt - $54.95 Brooks Podium Shirt - $23.95 Sneakers – Mizuno Wave Rider 16 - $114.95


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April Pansy April is the owner of Crossfit Pocono and is the Personal Training Director of Elevations. She runs 5K races and half marathons. Active with 2 kids, she utilizes clean eating including proteins and vegetables and following Paleo diet guidelines. Clothes: Brooks Podium Shirt - $23.95 CWX ž Length Stabilyx Tights - $87.95 Sneakers – Saucony Progrid Peregine 3 $109.95

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Rita Martin Rita is married with 2 daughters: a 3 year-old and a 1 year-old. She is a Local Flair blogger and a stay at home mom who is very kid-oriented, even in her daily workout. She does exercise videos with the girls, runs, often using jogging stroller for the kids, and does circuit training. Her day includes balanced meals, lots of snacks, and using Juice Plus (even for kids to keep up their immunity). Clothes: North Face Better than Naked Singlet - $44.95 North Face Better than Naked Shorts - $54.95 Sneakers – Newton Neutral Lightweight Trainer - $154.95


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Cally Notargiacomo Cally keeps fit by being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, and walking her dog, Max (who has recently lost 20 lbs.) She takes classes at the Y including Body Pump, and Spin classes. Cally usess Juice Plus, a capsule that packs 10 vegetables and 7 fruits into one pill, giving you all the nutrients for better skin, hair and health. Cally is also a distributor for Juice Plus ( Clothes: North Face Shavasana Legging - $74.95 North Face Better than Naked Singlet - $44.95 Sneakers – Newton Neutral Trainer - $174.95

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Jordan Lewis, Linda Breen, Ted Butz, Jeffrey Walters, Anthony Drago, Michael Frailey, and Edward Kuschner

By Karen Tetor

Building the NETwork,

Michael Frailey and Ted Butz first became tennis buddies when the two were on the Stroudsburg High School tennis team. Both became successful Stroudsburg businessmen, and both shared the same dilemma. “Where do you find people to play tennis?” posed Frailey. The two joined up with colleagues on the courts and formed SARTA: Stroud Area Regional Tennis Association, an organization that has already kick-started its goal to “promote the growth of tennis as a means of healthful recreation and physical fitness in the Stroud Area/ Monroe County PA region.” Butz says it is fortunate that “the Board of Directors came together at the same time with diverse talents and expertise from marketing, tennis, education to reach this goal.” With 8 competitive teams already in place and e-mail blasts shooting out to over 300 enthusiasts, SARTA is embracing players of all abilities. Club events such as “Breakfast at Wimbledon,” First Friday night, social round robins at Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School and chartered buses to the US Open have charged up members to take on the ultimate vision: a place to play. SARTA now wants to pull its dream project into the realm of reality by constructing an indoor and outdoor tennis facility, a training/recreation center for men, women, and children of all ages.

then the facility “Tennis players now have to drive out of the area to find competitive play,” says Frailey, who serves as President of the SARTA Board. “Tennis is growing as a sport, but local growth is stymied by a lack of year round facilities. For half the year we have to hang up the rackets and wait for the next season.” The approximately $1.7 million needed to construct such a facility with 6 indoor and 10 outdoor courts doesn’t seem out of reach for these savvy businessmen. “You start with a business plan, with 501c3 status” says Butz. “You find funds, raise money, and then you build it.” “The appeal of the Pocono Mountains is in its quality as a green, healthy area,” explains Frailey. “We want to partner with groups that promote the outdoor lifestyle, connecting with greenways, with hiking and biking trails.” SARTA is working with Stroud Region Open Space programs and other public entities to raise funds. “Our missions really merge,” says Frailey. “We’re about promoting healthy recreational lifestyles.” 6



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hen you envision a silver haired gentleman with a formidable handlebar mustache, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and sporting a tweed jacket and red tie, you probably think of your favorite university professor. William E. Rinehart is just as intellectual and presides over a large office with shelves of books and papers behind him, but he’s actually the President of Gray Chevrolet Cadillac in Stroudsburg. Bill and his family are part of our area’s history. “I’ve lived in East Snydersville since I was born, and I’m the fifth generation to live in the same house. My barn has a cornerstone from the year 1843, and the cornerstone for my house is dated 1856,” he says with quiet pride. That sense of belonging influences his business philosophy: “I’m a fan of slow, steady and stable.” The dealership has been at its present location since 1999. “Our customers come in for our quality product, but they like to know that we will be here to serve them,” Bill acknowledges. “We plan to stay!” Bill credits his dairy farmer Dad with instilling in him a strong work ethic, and with introducing him to the world of automobiles. “My Dad worked 365 days a year milking cows, rain or shine, and even on his wedding day,” Bill explains. “I’d sit on top of milk bottles when we did door-to-door milk runs until the mid-1960s.” Mr. Rinehart, Sr., bought his farm equipment from International Harvester on West Main Street in Stroudsburg and eventually purchased the business. He sold major appliances, tractors and trucks. And so began little Bill’s fascination with engines, equipment and tools. “We didn’t have hydraulic lifts


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in those days, so I’d slide under the cars on wheeled platforms called ‘creepers,’” he recalls. A parts technician would yell out, “Bring me a fan belt for a V-549!” and 10-year-old Bill would run to assist. By his mid-teens, he was working in the office after school, on weekends and during summer vacations. As a high school senior, he specialized in title work. “I’ve been working in the car business 7 days a week for 50 years or so,” Bill says. “I look forward to coming to work each day. I’m comfortable – the car business makes sense to me.” Today, he welcomes folks into a recently renovated, state-of-the-art General Motors (GM) prototype showroom. It’s bright, cheery and comfortable. More than 300 cars are on the lot, and new inventory is always arriving. Bill appreciates his hard-working, professional sales consultants. He says Cadillac Manager Andreas Odysseos has spent his whole career in the car business, too. Bill describes Andreas as “a fine gentleman and a likable guy. He knows the product inside out, he understands our client base, and he’s knowledgeable about financing and trade-in values.” Andreas was serving as Treasurer to the Cadillac Northeast Local Marketing Association and came out of retirement when GM referred him to William Rinehart. Andreas says, “Mr. Rinehart is a great guy and a great boss. He appreciates what I do for him, and I’ll stay as long as I’m healthy.” Andreas, dapper in an impeccable dark blue suit and speaking with a touch of a Greek accent, projects a sense

of competence. He studied business and accounting in London and was a successful business owner in Cyprus until 1974 when political turmoil in his country lead him to emigrate to the United States with his wife and two young children. The day after he arrived in the U.S., he saw an advertisement in the paper for a finance manager in a car dealership. He was deemed “over qualified” for the job. He needed work to support his family, so he talked his interviewer into giving him a job as a sales rep. Two months later, he was promoted to Manager! “I am successful because I show my customers full respect. I treat the reps that work for me right. And I love what I do!” Andreas beams. Andreas says, “Customer satisfaction is my number one priority in every deal. I take full responsibility from A to Z; from the sale to paperwork, delivery, follow-up and service.” He works hard to improve the image of the profession. “I want to live with integrity. I respect the buyer and I have certain principles, which I follow. I will always do the right thing.” Andreas has been at Gray’s for only five months, and he has already amassed repeat customers and referrals to their friends and family. The Gray Chevrolet Cadillac Dealership is a civic-minded business. They are members of the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce, host blood drives, and sponsor the Athena Awards recognizing successful business women. Andreas and Bill both say, “We are just local guys going to work in the community.” 6

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Just Another Day at the Office... It doesn’t take long for me to get excited when I pull in to Pocono Raceway. The sights and sounds of the cars, the smell of exhaust in the air, for me it all translates into the question, “how do I get to drive one of those?” Oh well... a girl can dream. Since Father’s Day is right around the corner and excitement is brewing about the IZOD Indycar Series returning to the track after a 24 year hiatus, I thought it would be a perfect time to catch up with the guys of the Raceway and get the details for the upcoming season. When the (now) late Doc Mattioli retired in 2011, he felt confident in handing over the reigns to his grandchildren. Brandon, Nick and Ashley* Igdalsky took over as President & CEO, Executive VP/COO and Secretary of Pocono Raceway, and the family legacy is thriving. As young dads, both Brandon and Nick share the desire to foster excitement of NASCAR and INDYCAR in kids and to create a more family friendly environment at Pocono Raceway. “Tricky’s Kit Camp” a soft play area will be unveiled this summer at the June NASCAR race. The animal themed camp was designed in the shape of the Tricky Triangle and will feature the classic Aesops Fables stories. The Camp will share the same hours as the Raceway, and admission is free. In addition, kids tickets to the IndyCar race start at just $12.50, and the Cup Races are always free on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, June 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pocono Raceway is hosting an Annual Bowlopolis Kid’s Day. There will be free activities including face painting, bounce houses, clowns, photo booths, educational/community activities and more. 

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Dads, kids and NASCAR - it’s all good... but INDY? To me, personally, it’s beyond exciting to have those amazing machines flying around the track at 200+ MPH, in my backyard. This year IndyCar has resurrected the “Triple Crown” challenge with the July 7th, 400 mile race at Pocono sandwiched between the kickoff in Indianapolis and the finale at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. If a driver wins two out of three races, they receive $250K and $1M will go to a “Triple Crown” winner. I’m buying my tickets and placing my bets, people! See you at POCONO!  *Ashley Walsh Not pictured in this article.  To find out more about these and other 2013 Pocono Raceway events go to

Ricky Durst – Director of Ticketing Operations Wife: Christina. Kids: Alxis, 17.

Story by Ali Schratt Photos by Stephen Lippay

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Nick Igdalsky – COO and VP Wife: Brandy. Daughters: Payton, age 2 and Kennedy, 3 months.

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Want to WIN Terrace tickets to the Izod Indy Race on July 7th or the August 4th NASCAR race? We are giving away two to each race. All you have to do to enter is tell us why the special dad in your life deserves a day at the Raceway! Go to

Pocono Raceway has a unique design. Each turn is modeled after turns at 3 different tracks. Turn One (14 degree banking) was modeled after the now defunct Trenton Speedway. Turn Two (also known as “The Tunnel Turn”) is like Indianapolis Motor Speedway (8 degree banking), and Turn 3 (6 degree banking) is similar to The Milwaukee Mile. It could be said to be a tri-oval, but the turns are much more severe than those of a more typical tri-oval such as Daytona, and the track is nearly a triangle. They have been likened somewhat to the hairpin-style turns of road courses. An additional complication is that the three turns are not identical, nor are any of the three straights identical in length. The banking of each turn is considerably less than on many other long ovals. Although the track is long (2.5 miles), the sharp nature of the turns and low banking tends to make the overall speeds much lower than at other tracks of similar lengths, thus restrictor plates are not needed here. For its unique characteristics, Pocono Raceway is sometimes referred to as a royal. Others refer to Pocono as a modified road course due to the use of shifting gears to handle the range between the slowest curve and the fastest straightaway. *Graphic via

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Project Impact: The solar farm generates enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes, in addition to the Pocono Raceway. The solar farm will offset more than 3,104 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. OR...

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Track Classification: Super Speedway Similar Tracks: Daytona International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway Distance: 2.5 Miles

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Tricky’s Kit Club is Coming!

Grand opening of the designated “Kids Only” soft play park at Pocono Raceway will be WIDE OPEN for the June 9th NASCAR Race. It’s free and it’s fun, so come out for Kid’s Day June 8th and let your kids explore what’s new and exclusive for the kiddos at the Raceway! Brandon Igdalsky – CEO and President Wife: Suzanne. Kids: Madison and Mackenzie (twins), age 9.

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Dissecting Diabetes

The dog days of summer — the sticky, sweaty, humid weather – are often unpleasant. A diabetes diagnosis used to elicit the same feeling – no more eating your favorite foods, not being able to exercise and painful glucose monitoring. But wait! There’s good news! Just as a steamy summer fades to a crisp autumn, since the discovery of insulin in 1921, living with diabetes allows you to do just that – live. Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, is a treatable metabolism disorder where you have high blood glucose (blood sugar). This is either because your body produces an inadequate amount of insulin, because your body’s cells don’t respond properly to insulin, or both. Without insulin, your body cannot convert sugar from food into nutrients for cells. The

Type 1 • Body doesn’t produce insulin • Referred to as insulin-dependent, juvenile or early-onset diabetes • Usually develops before 40th birthday • Lasts a lifetime • Approx. 10% of all diabetic cases • Insulin injections needed, regular blood tests, and special diet


• Frequent urination • Unusual thirst • Extreme hunger • Unusual weight loss • Extreme fatigue and Irritability

excess sugar buildup in your bloodstream may eventually cause severe organ damage and premature death. Doctors can determine whether you have a normal metabolism, prediabetes or diabetes with a urine test, which finds out if excess glucose is present. This is usually followed by a blood test, which measures blood glucose levels. There are three types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational – each with their own set of symptoms. Because many of these symptoms go unnoticed or appear harmless, diabetes often goes undiagnosed. Early detection and treatment of symptoms can decrease your chance of developing diabetic complications. If you’re concerned you suffer from some of these symptoms, talk to your doctor.

Type 2*


• Body doesn’t produce enough insulin for proper function or the cells in the body are insulin resistant • Risk of developing increases with age • Approximately 90% of all diabetic cases worldwide • Usually lasts a lifetime, progressive disease • Treated with weight loss, diet, exercise, monitoring of blood glucose levels and insulin injections *The vast majority of patients with type 2 diabetes initially had prediabetes. This is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to merit a diabetes diagnosis. The cells in the body are becoming resistant to insulin.

• High levels of glucose in blood during pregnancy • Body unable to produce enough insulin to transport all glucose into cells resulting in rising glucose levels • Diagnosis made during pregnancy • Usually controlled with exercise & diet • Between 10-20% will need to take some type of blood-glucose controlling medications • Undiagnosised or uncontrolled can cause delivery complications


Diabetics of Distinction Prediabetes & diabetes don’t discriminate. They occur in people of all ages and races - and occupations! These famous diabetics didn’t let their diagnosis stand in the way of achieving their dreams – don’t let it stand in the way of yours!

Insulin Intelligence • Any of the type 1 symptoms Insulin is a hormone that is produced • Frequent infections in your pancreas. It’s released when • Blurred vision you eat protein or when glucose is • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal present in your blood. Insulin makes it • Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet possible for glucose to enter our body’s • Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections cells; without glucose in our cells, we **Often those with type 2 have no symptoms would not be able to function. Insulin is injected into the fat just under your skin; this allows it to get into your bloodstream. Porcine insulin, insulin from a pig, is the most similar to human insulin. Exercise While humans can take animal insulin, genetic Physical activity is crucial and has a direct engineering has allowed for the production of bearing on successfully managing your diabetes. synthetic “human” insulin. Try fast walking, swimming, cycling, dancing or mowing the lawn; 30 minutes five days a week is Keeping in Control recommended. The goal in managing your diabetes is keep your blood glucose levels, blood pressure and Healthy Eating cholesterol levels under control. This is done It’s a myth that diabetics spend their life hungry through self-monitoring of your blood glucose, or always resisting tempting food items. The exercise and healthy eating. best diet for a diabetic is the same healthy diet that’s best for everyone. So go ahead - eat your Glucose Monitoring favorite foods! Just beware of the quantity of A Glucose Meter, a small-battery operated carbs, fats and proteins you consume at each device, tests your glucose using a small sample meal to avoid. It’s important to regulate of your blood. The meter reads how much your sugar levels so you can avoid glucose is present in your blood. hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).



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Thomas Edison, scientist Elizabeth Taylor, actress Aretha Franklin, singer Larry King, talk show host Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds

The New Face of Surgical Oncology POCONO MEDICAL CENTER is proud to welcome Mo Lareef, MD, to our Oncology Team. Located at the Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, Dr. Lareef brings over 15 years experience and is fellowship trained from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Lareef is the recipient of the prestigious Guth Award, given to those who have demonstrated exceptional compassion for the sick with a true sense of humanity and human dignity. Dr. Lareef is Board certified and currently consulting, diagnosing and treating patients with cancer. “I want my patients and their families to know that I will listen to them and guide them through their course of care. Compassion and communication are the keys between patient and doctor, and I believe in a continuation of care.� Mo Lareef, MD Surgical Oncologist

Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center 181 East Brown Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 (570) 426-2970 Photo: Ron Blunt

The New Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center

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Martinis and Manicures at Desaki




Photos by Stephen Lippay






10 1. The Spa at Mt. Airy is in charge of manicures


2. Jane Koeble 3. TJ Price, Bianca Price, and Carol Anderson 4. Enjoying the show 5. Serving up deliciousness 6. The ladies of The Apple Tree helped raise thousands for



Women’s Resources 7. A great night to celebrate with friends! 8. Charlie Trapasso 9. 100% of t-shirt proceeds benefitted Women’s Resources Shirts designed by Local Flair. 10. Jennifer Olson 11. The crowd enjoys the evening 12. Sharon Sinkevich 13. All of the gorgeous models



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Salvation Army Celebrity Chef Dinner

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12 1. Bob Kelly, 2. Tricia and Michael Fritz 3. Bill Cramer, 4. Helpers 5. Suzie Farley and Chef Steven Sundberg 6. Community Volunteers 7. Judge Jennifer Harlacher Sibum and Theresa Yocum, 8. Chef G 9. Jere Dunkelberger and Kim Diddio 10. Guests giving orders 11. Chef Andrew Moore 12. Chef Nicola Mersini



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13. The entire volunteer celebrity chef staff

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The Living Room’s One Year Anniversary Art-Stravaganza




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1. Andrew Ozkenel, 2. Peter Ambush, 3. Keith Shepherd, 4. The Current performs while models get painted, 5. Cristen Elmore-Goren, 6. DJ Patrick Richards, 7. Kat McLane shows off her trophy, a painting by John Kolbek, 8. Shane Izykowski announces the billboard contest entitled “The Sky Gallery”, 9. Jessica Harty, 10. Kat McLane, 11. Shane Izykowski, 12. Elisa Chase hosts The Fantasy Fashion Show, 13. Jason Cronan flexes and shows off his body paint done by Maia Rossiello, 14. Dawn Epright, 15. The Living Room Gallery as seen from Main Street, 16. Keyaira Lynn Ozkenel, 17. Shane Izykowski and Stephani Troiani, 18. The Current, 19. Kat McLane, and 20. Peter Ambush paints model Matt Starner


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Clotheswap Fundraiser at Tall Timbers Barn


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Lost? Not Me! I’m Geocaching! Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunting By Roseanne Bottone Photos Courtesy of Kevin DeVizia

If you love outdoor exploration, and if “hide and seek” was once one of your favorite childhood pastimes, a Geocaching adventure (pronounced Geo-“cashing” - like cashing a check) will have you rediscovering the joy of play. Participants use Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to hide and seek a container, or “cache,” where you’ll find trinkets, toys or other items of little value. Over 2,000,000 caches are hidden worldwide. It’s not about the treasure though; it’s about finding it! Geochaching is great for techno-geeks, nature lovers, scouts, treasure seekers, families, and urban explorers alike.

Where are the Caches in Our Area?

Geocaches are located in local parks, on city streets, under water, and deep into the woods off hiking trails. They can be as large as a shoebox, or as tiny as a Tic Tac.

How to get started

Start with a visit to the official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site: (It’s free to join.) Search for a cache site by zip code and select one based on a 1–5 difficulty rating scale. There are more than 35,000 caches hidden within a 25-mile radius of the Pocono Mountains. Thousands are right in our area. Beginner caches are shaded in green. When you find a cache, you’ll write in the cache log-book for posterity and then enter the info online when you return home. If you take something from the cache, be sure to leave something of equal or greater value! Visit, search for “Geocaching” and read “19 Ridiculously Creative Geocache Containers.” You’ll see them vary from an adorable fairy garden with a door in a tree, to a birdhouse, a hollowed out log, and a fake water spigot. This YouTube video gives a quick review of the basics:

How Do I Find a Cache?

Enter GPS coordinates by hand, or download to your GPS-enabled mobile phone, or to DeLorme, Magellan, and Garmin devices. Lace up your hiking boots, prepare a day sack, and carry a little shovel! There’s a Geocaching app available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad through iTunes, and for Android devices on Google Play for $9.99.


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Great Web Spots

Tri-State Geocachers on Facebook: You’re invited to join Tri-State Geocachers on family-friendly, free activities and a potluck picnic at their annual gathering on June 30 called the “Tri-State Treasures Seven.” Newbies are paired up with experienced Geocachers for a treasure hunt. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resource website at lists upcoming Geocaching events in our PA State Parks. Visit and enter “geocaching” into the search box for Pike County sites and join the Northeast PA Geocachers group at

Take a Class with Kevin DeVizia

Caching Enthusiast Kevin DeVizia is conducting a free Geocaching class and hike facilitated at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on June 8 at 11 a.m. Go to for directions and contact info. Kevin, a math teacher at Delaware Valley High School, received a hand-held GPS device as a Christmas present in 2005. Like any grownup kid, he was anxious to go out and play with his new toy. Within a few days he found caches in NY, NJ and PA and was hooked on Geocaching. 6

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Take a Walk on the Written by Karen Tetor

Pack up the water bottles and snacks, slip on your hiking shoes, and don’t forget the bug spray and sunscreen. Pocono Mountain hiking trails beckon to trekkers of every age and ability. Explore new areas of the mountains, and en route, discover local eateries, shops, and lodging that make our area a vacation spot for both out-of-towners and locals. For state park trail information, go to: For national park information, go to: You’ll Love the “Gonehikin” Blog. The blog Gonehikin is a great source of photos and detailed trail information for favorite trails—including gems in our area.

3. Promised Land State Park & Delaware State Forest

Pick up one of these handmade walking stick at The Village Crafters Gallery in Tannersville

4. Wallenpaupack Lake & Creek Trail

It’s all so easy along the Lehigh Gorge Trail, a 26 mile trail following an abandoned railroad grade along the Lehigh River. Park at White Haven, Rockport, or Glen Onoko to enjoy your chosen section of the trail. Bikers have long loved the Gorge trail, which stretches from the Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to the charming town of Jim Thorpe in the south. The 6,107 acres of the Lehigh Gorge Park also host challenging trails, such as the Glen Onoko—rocky and steep, but with breathtaking waterfalls and scenic vista. Eat: Trattoria 903 Shop: Shops in downtown Jim Thorpe Stay: The Inn at Jim Thorpe

Start off on Lake Wallenpaupack Trail, built by Palmyra Township, and then step onto the connecting Wallenpaupack Creek Trail, owned by PPL. The combo trail is a level 4.2 mile long round-trip walk that starts at the dike of the lake. With an up-close view of this 5,700 acre lake, the path winds past the Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the PPL Environmental Learning Center and passes over the huge water flume that feeds water to the power plant. Both centers, as well as the information at the dam, provide an education on a level trail that’s designed for the whole family. Go to Eat: Glass at the Ledges Shop: Paupack Blueberry Farm Stay: Sandy Beach Motel

2. Big Pocono State Park

5. Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail

1. Lehigh Gorge State Park

A panoramic tri-state view and 8.5 miles of color-coded looped tails along rock walls and through rhododendron tunnels reward hikers on Big Pocono. Want an easier trek? Drive to the top and do the upper loop of South Trail and Indian Trail, which forms a 1.3-mile loop from Rim Road. If you want a rugged ascent from the bottom, start at the old railroad grade at Riday’s Gate (not marked on State map), a blue-blazed trail maintained by Pocono Outdoor Club. Be sure to stay on public property. Eat: Barley Creek Brewing Company Shop: Village Crafters Stay: The Chateau


If the almost 50 miles of hiking trails at Promised Land aren’t enough, you can step onto the surrounding trails on the 12,464 acre Pennsylvania Delaware State Forest. Stop in the state park office for a map; the trails are well marked! A favorite is Bruce Lake trail, the 10, 8.5, or 7 mile loop to a breathtaking glacial lake Eat: Old Ranger’s Inn Shop: Theo B. Price Country Store Stay: Frogtown Inn

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Choose your section and your level of difficulty on the 32 miles of the McDade Trail, along the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The trail stretches from the southern tip at the Hialeah Trailhead all the way up to Milford. Trailheads provide access about every 5 miles. An easy way to sample the trail is to take two cars. Leave one at the Turn Farm parking area on River Road while the other takes you to the Hialeah Trail Head. It’s a 5.2 mile hike back to Turn Farm. Eat: Inti Peruvian Cuisine Shop: Popcorn Buddha Stay: Santosha on the Ridge

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The Local Scoop Gabel’s Ice Cream

The Junction

Serving the Poconos Since 1956 on Route 611 Tannersville, PA 570.629.0370

An iconic roadside stand with lots of toppings on Route 940 Pocono Pines, PA 570.646.4030

Eats & Sweets 30 flavors of soft ice cream & 50 hard dipped varieties Route 611 Tannersville, PA 570.629.2220

Big Star Drive-In Opened in 1954. Operated by the 3rd generation of the Boehner family 1833 W Main St. Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570.421.0547

Hilltop Drive-In A Pocono icon built in 1948 and serving up a retro 50s-style U.S. 209, Brodheadsville 570.402.0511

Lewis’ Drive-In A Pocono Record on-line poll ranked Lewis’ as one of the top three ice cream stands in the area Route 209 Marshalls Creek 570.223.0517

Mary Ann’s Dairy Bar Named one

of the best ice cream stands in the nation in votes compiled by the founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Route 447, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570.421.1499

Zoe’s Ice Cream Emporium An authentic early 1900s ice cream parlor located in the historic Castle Inn, 20 Delaware Ave Delaware Water Gap 917.861.2257

Jimmy’s Ice Cream A classic ice cream stand using only the freshest fruit 910 Route 390 Mountainhome 570.595.2523

Sweet Creams Old-fashioned ice-cream parlor featuring homemade ice cream in the case 429 Main Street Stroudsburg 570.421.7929

Casino Theatre A blast from the past, decorated with 1950s nostalgia 110 Pocono Blvd. Route 611 Mount Pocono 570.829.7831


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Picture Perfect

Some would argue that the living room or kitchen is the heart of a home, but in the summer time, it’s definitely a patio, a porch, or a deck. At Penn Furniture in Scranton you’ll find lots of unique outdoor furniture and accessories by Brown Jordan and more. Take a look above or stop in to browse at 97 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania. For more information, call 570-346-6591 or visit


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By Clair Thompson aka “Doc Pawsitive” Need a perfectly good excuse to spend more time outside? Simple solution, grab your dog and get out! Nothing quite validates the need to be outside like having a dog dependent on you for walks, exercise, travel and social activity. Have you ever tried explaining to your spouse why you need to golf, ski, go boating, ride your bike or go hiking every single day of the year? Let me know how that goes over! Dogs need to get outside each and every day of their lives, and many dogs must go outside multiple times a day. While your husband or wife will likely never agree to your enjoying your favorite hobby or chosen outdoor addiction 365 days a year, they will completely understand your dog’s need to be outdoors each and every day of their lives. And who better to accompany your dog outside than you?! So you want to spend more time on the Appalachian Trail or other great trails in the Poconos? Take your dog hiking. Want to go swimming or boating on the Delaware River, Lake Wallenpaupack or at Beltzville? Grab your dog and hit the water. Prefer snow sports like cross country skiing or snowshoeing? Many durable dogs are really into cold weather and snow. Whether you are biking or hiking on the MacDade Trail, a dog makes an excellent companion for all sorts of exercise. Doc Pawsitive has rescued a variety of different dogs over his lifetime and has always engaged in outdoor activities combining his passion for pets and his sense of adventure. Dogs are excellent companions for walking and running, hiking and biking, swimming and snow sports, travel and adventure. Dogs even make great company for long naps in the yard and the occasional sedentary siesta to recover from all the exercise and fresh air. No matter when or why you want to be outside, your dog will almost always be a willing and capable companion. Some people prefer pets for their company, some for their protection, some for their great listening ability and some to help them meet new friends and potential partners. There are few things on Earth that will increase your likelihood of meeting new people and striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger quite like having a dog by your side, no matter what the breed of dog or type of person you are. People love to talk about dogs; your dogs, their dogs, young dogs, old dogs, big dogs and small dogs are all favorite topics of conversation. People share stories about the dogs of their past, present and future. Doc Pawsitive travels throughout the country and is rarely without a dog by his side anymore, whether riding shotgun in his truck or sitting comfortably in his motorcycle sidecar. Dogs certainly make people more approachable no matter where you go or what you are doing. When travelling with his sidecar sidekicks Crash and Burn, 2 rescued pit bulls, Doc is often approached by complete strangers wanting to pet the dogs and take their photograph with them. Despite Doc’s dark sunglasses, black leather, wild hair, full sleeve tattoos and 2 pit bulls, people consider him approachable because of the dogs and the love of seeing dogs have such a great time. Complete strangers are strangers no more. We share stories of our dogs, our families, our lives and our dreams because being outside with a dog makes us more interesting and safe to approach, especially to other dog owners. If you want to spend more time outside, if you want to get more exercise, if you want more adventure in your life and especially if you want to meet friends and influence people, take along your dog. And if you don’t have a dog, today is the perfect day to get outside and travel to the nearest animal shelter to make some new friends and adopt a perfect outdoor companion! 6 Paws Veterinary Clinic is located at 5224 Milford Road in Marshalls Creek. For more info, call 570.588.1000.

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Get it on the

CALENDAR! By J. Renee Olson

We’ve all heard the saying, “communication is key,” and some local residents have recently developed a way to help our community communicate better. Dennis Jeter, President & CEO of A Sound Strategy, and Michael Tukeva, Executive Director of Pocono Alliance, a local non-profit organization, have partnered to bring the Pocono Community Calendar to life.

What is it? “The calendar is a central place for all for-profit and nonprofit companies to share their events with the public. It could be a business card exchange, a tricky tray, or a blacktie gala. Anything goes,” Jeter says. Membership and event posts are free for 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Forprofit companies are charged a small membership fee to list events, and they can also pay to advertise on the calendar. Even better than the power of shared information is the local economic benefit—50-60% of all proceeds go back into the community by allotting 20% toward marketing the calendar to the public and 30% allocated to local projects that support our community. In addition, forprofit companies have the option of allocating 10% of their advertising fees to a specific 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This new premier calendar has replaced the most widely used community calendar of past years, which was previously maintained by Pocono Alliance. The Pocono Info section of their website now has a direct link to the new Pocono Community Calendar. “Connecting our community is a goal Pocono Alliance strives to achieve every day. This partnership with A Sound Strategy brings a new level of synergy to both for-profit and non-profit organizations that share common goals,” Tukeva says.

How to get involved There are already approximately 45 organizations and businesses adding events to the calendar. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase and promote your business or fundraisers. Go to to sign up, advertise, or post events and photos. Or, call A Sound Strategy at 1-877-699-3211. 6 __________ J. Renee Olson (aka Jennifer Olson) is a writer, author, and blogger living in the Pocono Mountains of PA. To read more of her work, visit her website:

Parting Shot

A Lake Perspective

Top: A Lake Wallenpaupack sunset. Bottom L to R: A waterfall at Ricketts Glen State Park, a sunset near the lake, and barn scenery. Rob Forsythe visits Lake Wallenpaupack daily, regardless of the season. For over a year, he’s been building a following through Instagram (with currently over a thousand followers) by taking sunset, sunrise, waterfall and various other nature-inspired photos in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Want to see more of Rob’s work? Search for username @forcedskin


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June July 2013 - Get Outside  

The June July issue of Local Flair Magazine - premiere lifestyle publication of The Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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