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Be Well | April & May 2013


Publisher & Creative Director

Ali Schratt

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Letter from the Publisher




Fundraising Fashion


LF Artist: Jim Smeltz


Profile: Farda Landscaping



Profile: The Pleasure of Belonging at Pinecrest Lake Golf & Country Club

Distribution Coordinator


Michael Tukeva & Pocono Alliance


Feature: Depression A Slow Crawl Through Hell


Local Flavor: Desserts


Kathy Kuck: Pocono Health System’s Creative CEO


Out & About: The Sherman Theater


Fill ‘Er Up: 6 Pillars of Brain Health


Ahhhmazing Escapes


On the Air with Gary in the Morning


Q&A with Core Awareness


Doc Pawsitive on Pet Wellness


The 19th Delaware River Sojourn


Karen Tetor

Graphic Designer

Cathryn Hahn

Stephen Lippay

Adam Schratt

Contributing Writers

Karen Tetor, Allison Mowatt, Roseanne Bottone, Ali Schratt


Beverly Dyson


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Letter from the Publisher

Before business, marriage and kids, I was an extremely healthy person. I was fit and balanced. But as soon as I allowed the stress of it all to rule my life… my health and well being plummeted! Of course, it’s an obvious thing and everyone knows that stress kills, but it is baffling to me how many of us still allow ourselves to fall prey to it. I am a wicked “Type A” personality, and I am really working hard to combat the stereotypical crash and burn effects of the label. This January I committed to a complete lifestyle overhaul, and it is working. I have been on a mission to become “Type B” - for balance. I am eating what I am supposed to when I am supposed to eat it, but not sacrificing anything. I am committed to an hour or more of exercise 6 days a week and no more than 55 hours a week at the office. And, most importantly, I sleep 7 hours a night. Now that I have been in this routine for 12 weeks… I am amazed by the changes in my mind, body and definitely my spirit. I’m down 10 pounds, I am happy and focused, and so is my family. Quite honestly, I feel bionic. I’m ready and excited to tackle the changes and challenges coming to Local Flair this year. Follow me on my blog as I document the ups and downs of my journey toward great health and wellbeing at We have some great stories, events and interviews in this issue to point you in the right direction toward balance and happiness! Enjoy the spring and as always… keep it local!

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Ladies, please donate your fashionable and gently used items (clothing, shoes, belts, scarves…). Teenage and women’s clothing needed.


Mia Anderson Megliola for drop off sites and any information: 570.595.7500 or mia@

Where & What

Tall Timber Barn Boutique 4th Annual Clotheswap Fundraiser

Times & Dates

Friday May 10 • 6-9 p.m. Premium evening shopping. Limited tickets sold. $75 fills a large shopping bag while you enjoy wine and cheese! Saturday May 11 • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $40 fills a large shopping bag Saturday May 11 • 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Bargain Basement (Take what you like; donate what you like!)

Fundraising Fashion Takes a Second Trip Down the Runway Written by Karen Tetor

Mia Anderson Megliola considers herself very blessed. “My parents taught me about charity. I have been given a talent for designing and decorating, and I inherited a fashion sense from the most beautiful woman I know, Charlotte Anderson, my Mom (She belts everything!) And I have a very philanthropic husband, Ralph, who built us a fabulous barn to host events.” Putting those blessings together, Mia has orchestrated an annual Clothing Swap Boutique that raises money for local charities. This year’s May 10 and 11 event will benefit United Way of Monroe County. Ladies dig through their closets for gently used and even new higher-end clothing items. The donated items— including accessories—adorn the racks and shelves of Tall Timber Barn in Canadensis, an Adirondack-style event structure. “At this February’s Booklovers’ Ball, I wore a beautiful red


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gown that I found at last year's clothes swap. It’s hard to re-wear red. I’ll be donating it!” says Mia. Mia loves hearing the stream of remarks from the growing legions of women who look forward to the clothing boutique, now its fourth year. “A gal at the boutique introduced herself to me, pointed to a garment she had donated, and said, ‘I wore that outfit on my first date with a fabulous man I dated!’ One friend struggling with the death of her mother found comfort in donating her mom’s beautiful clothing to the boutique. “Her mother was a stunning dresser; I featured a special rack for just her clothing: the Joan Foster Collection," says Mia. Last year an attendee picked up a dress and said, "Do you know I tried on this dress at the Apple Tree, loved it, sadly didn't buy it. And, here it is, my size!" A 1,200 square foot barn packed with over 900 artistically displayed fashions

makes for a “feel good fundraiser,” smiles Mia. “And you go home with a huge bag of clothing, a great combination!” She and her team of volunteers “want every women to walk out of Tall Timber Barn with at least one incredible treasure! Imagine finding a Calvin Klein dress, or a pair of brand new Ugg boots, a Spyder ski coat…some items with the tags still on!” Mia’s first boutique benefited a child with leukemia. The two subsequent years raised money for Sheep Shed, which collects used furniture for victims at Women’s Resources. Unsold clothing is always donated to ECHO, the Women’s Resources resale boutique in Stroudsburg. 6 For more information about the Tall Timber Barn, visit, and connect on Facebook. Search “Tall Timber Barn Annual Clotheswap.”

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MARTINIS The Original, The 9th...


MANICURES Thursday, April 18th at 5-8 PM at

Free event to benefit

Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc. Free Sushi and Appetizers Free Runway Spring Fashion Show by:

~ Free Admission ~ Feature Martini ~ Designer Gift Raffles from The Apple Tree on Main ~ Gift Certificate Raffles from • The Spa at Mt. Airy • desaki Restaurant ~ Visit for advance purchase of VIP Table Seating, Runway Seating, and Mini-Manicures Sponsors Include:


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MEN For Women

585 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 570.421.7950

585 Main St., Stroudsburg, PA 570.421.7950

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By Karen Tetor

No person will ever step into the homes where many of Jim Smeltz’s paintings hang. And there are business lessons to be learned from his story. Smeltz, a Stroudsburg artist, has found a unique niche for his watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings: dollhouses. The marriage sprang from Smeltz’s decision to market his works on the internet. “A woman who had been Mayor Clint Eastwood’s secretary found me on E-bay,” he explains. “She made dollhouses and needed ToulouseLautrec style paintings for her miniature French pastry shop.” When a dolls house magazine soon described him as “a prestigious doll house artist,” Smeltz chuckled. A “Pennsylvania impressionist,” he views himself as someone who just loves to paint and market. Smeltz then honed his internet marketing strategy, targeting special interests on the web. Smeltz added “doll house” to his E-bay tags. “Soon after, a doll house maker in Long Island bought over 200 of the miniature paintings,” Smeltz smiles. Smeltz now teaches other artists to use virtual galleries on ETSY, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. His classes at AC Moore, Back Street Studios, the PM Art Group, the Pocono Arts Council and both the Monroe County Library and the Technical School have revealed the tips


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of global marketing, which have had him typing out address labels to Tasmania, Johannesburg, Athens, Rome, Denmark, Belgium, Wales, every American state, and every Canadian province. “Most of what I ship out now are prints,” says Smeltz. Local artist John James says that Smeltz is one of the finest art teachers in the area.

Artist Jim Smeltz’s internet marketing has exploded into a world-wide following. Jim admits he is awed by the numbers to date:

The self-taught 65-year-old Smeltz featured his work in traditional venues throughout most of his career. “I’ve won over 70 awards, including ‘Best of Show’ at the Hazelton Art League and at ‘Art Across the River,’” he says modestly. “Most recently, I was honored with a second place win at the COTA Delaware Water Gap Festival.”


“I paint what people want and like,” says Smeltz. Internet shoppers snatch up his depictions of crows, ravens, mermaids, snowmen, barns, stars and local subjects including the Deer Head Inn and the Delaware River Gap. Smeltz also has lots of fun painting and marketing his 2.5” x 3.5” minis, called ACEO: Art Cards, Editions and Originals. These are baseball card sized prints that people love to buy and trade.

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Now retired from his job at Sears, Smeltz savors his mornings. He says, “I pour a cup of coffee, open my Facebook page, post a painting, post a song, and help my friends get our morning moving.” 6

Facebook 1,688 friends

@jimsmeltzart 10,800 followers

Etsy Store

name: jimsmeltzgallery 176 paintings & prints 741 admirers

name smeltz711 5,324 paintings & prints Find Jim Smeltz’s paintings on his website, angelfire. com/art/smeltzgallery

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SPRING IS HERE Let Farda Landscaping & Excavating Create the Outdoor Living Space of your Dreams

Written by Tina Beck | Photo by Susie Forrester

“Those who work with us know that our workmanship is unparalleled and that we always complete our jobs on time and on budget.”

Warm weather is finally here and beckons us outdoors to enjoy balmy evenings, cookouts with friends, or a relaxing afternoon spent working in the garden. What better way to welcome the season than with an outdoor living space, expertly designed by Farda Landscaping & Excavating to complement your lifestyle and increase the beauty of your home. Farda Landscaping & Excavating takes a visionary approach to outdoor environments, reimagining traditional landscapes and incorporating a refined aesthetic to create an outdoor oasis which is truly breathtaking. Everything from lightings and water fixtures; to trees, shrubs, and flowers; to custom designed stone work and other creative accents can be handled by Farda Landscaping from start to finish. Farda Landscaping & Excavating has been a Pocono landscaping leader since 1977. Anthony Farda, owner of Farda Landscaping, is a respected member of the local business community. He has earned a reputation among customers and peers alike for an uncompromising attention to detail, superior service, and unmatched skill at creating some of the region’s most celebrated landscape designs. “I am extremely proud of the reputation my company has within the Pocono community,” expresses Anthony Farda. “We have established solid customer relationships that have spanned decades. Those who work with us know that our workmanship is unparalleled and that we always complete our jobs on time and on budget.”

“If you want the job done right the first time, there’s only one call to make and that’s to Farda Landscaping & Excavating,” summarizes Farda. Farda Landscaping & Excavating has been recognized by their peers for superior talent in landscape design and stonework. Farda most recently received several 2012 Pocono Builders Association Awards for industry leadership, among them Best Landscaping Residential Outdoor Living Space, Best Specialty Stonework, and Best Landscape Renovation over $10,000. Additionally, Farda Landscaping received the Pocono Builders Association’s highest honor, the 2012 Award of Excellence, recognizing greatest achievement in the Pocono building community for the year. Farda Landscaping provides professional landscape and excavation services throughout the Pocono Mountain area, as well as custom stonework design and installation. There is a certified arborist on staff at Farda Landscaping to handle all manner of tree work, from pruning to removal of large trees. Additionally, Farda’s expert landscape designers can handle the largest excavations through the most delicate of hand plantings. Farda Landscaping never subcontracts out their work and proudly owns and operates their own equipment on each job site. Regardless of the challenges individual sites may present, you can rest assured that Anthony and his team have the talent and know-how to bring the vision for the landscape to fruition. 6 For more information on Farda Landscaping & Excavating, call 570-421-5376 or to view a portfolio of their work, please visit You can also visit Farda Landscaping & Excavating on their Facebook page for the most current list of special offers and discounts.


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Pinecrest Lake Golf & Country Club

The Pleasure of

BELONGING Written by Karen Tetor | Photos by Stephen Lippay, Mark Luethi

“It’s a small, private club where everyone knows your name,” says Pinecrest Lake Golf Club manager Brendon Carroll. At this Pocono Pines golf club, an 18-hole championship mountain course is only the beginning. And limited membership and exclusive golfing privileges mean far more than open tee times on a Saturday morning. “Pinecrest is a clubhouse where members pull up chairs for newcomers. It’s where afternoon games of mahjong follow up mornings on the golf course. It’s where friends, neighbors, and families pull tables together on a Saturday evening while enjoying Chef Matt Gocek’s fabulous cuisine,” says Carroll. The Adirondack-style clubhouse incorporates the pine and birch that also spreads out in the surrounding 1,450 acres. In 2012, Pinecrest came under community ownership, managed by a trust. The club is now accepting new members for the 2013 golf season. On May 25, 2013, the community is polishing the welcome sign and inviting prospective golf club members to enjoy 18 holes of golf and a complimentary lunch for only $38. We are welcoming anyone who wants a 100% private club experience—along with the personal, friendly setting unique to Pinecrest,” says Carroll Steve and Gabe Glaesser fell in love with Pinecrest’s community experience when they joined Pinecrest in 1998. “As ‘transplants,’ we love the atmosphere of total acceptance, the spirit of people looking out for each other,” says Gabe. “Many folks here have had high-pressure jobs, and they value the importance of relationships. Everyone shares their varied life stories and interests.” The Glaessers immerse themselves in many of the groups that forge strong friendships, including book clubs, afternoon barbeques and evening trivia contests at the clubhouse. “As soon as someone new enters, you hear members saying, ‘Is


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this your first time here?’ ‘Are you enjoying yourself?” The Friday men’s golf group immediately hooked Steve Glaesser. “It’s actually camaraderie day,” he laughs. “The format is designed to meet new people. Each week, you are scheduled to play with different members. Even in the off-season, guys get together on Fridays for lunch and to swap stories.” Steve values “a private course where you aren’t fighting weekend crowds and where you are with people you see all of the time.” Pinecrest also skillfully ratchets up the competition with such golf events as the annual Member-Guest tournament. Scrambles, SNAG introductions, Ladies’ Day and adult & children’s clinics offer up play for every golfer. The 6,215 yard, par 72 champion course was designed by J. Christopher Commins, who redesigned the Ocean Course at Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island.

As soon as someone new enters, you hear members saying, ‘Is this your first time here?’ ‘Are you enjoying yourself?’ The Glaessers credit much of Pinecrest’s esprit d corps to co-managers, Brendon Carroll and his wife, Beth. The couple affirms that “Pinecrest is not just competing for rounds of golf. We are offering an experience members can’t get anywhere else.” 6 Pinecrest Lake Golf Club is located in Pocono Pines, PA. For more information, call 570.646.4444 or visit their website,

golfing enthusiasts and recreational players


PINECREST Come take a test drive on May 25, 2013 $38 plus tax for 18 holes of golf and complimentary lunch. Reservations required. Learn about Pinecrest’s flexible membership options, including Signature, General, House, and Associate memberships. For 2013, initiation fees are waived for new members.


features • Par 72, 6,215 yard private 18-hole championship mountain course • Situated on 1,450 acre Pinecrest Lake Community • Tee-to-greens bentgrass (tees, greens & fairways) • Five sets of tees • Championship greens • Design complements natural topography • Dramatic views • Over 200+ feet elevation change • Returning “nines” course • Adirondack Style clubhouse • Golf memberships to please every kind of golfer • Abundant amenities available including tennis, outdoor pool, and lake 679 Pinecrest Drive Pocono Pines, PA 18350 Phone 570.646.4444

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Written by J. Renee Olson Photos by Stephen Lippay Michael joined Pocono Alliance in 2008. He enjoys volunteering and is very active with his church and its ministries. A most notable item on his bucket list: to share a kiss with his wife, Elisa, in Paris, France. They live in Easton and are expecting the birth of their first child in May.

Pocono Alliance Force of nature, powerhouse, and go-getter are just some of the words used synonymously with his name, and a single conversation with Michael Tukeva will leave you with a smile on your face and a newfound excitement for the possibilities of a better community. With flashy shoes and the ability to laugh at himself, he’s clearly a man comfortable in his own skin, and his sincere altruistic values allow him to be persuasive without being pushy. But make no mistake; Michael gets results. His determination, keen business sense, and strong interpersonal skills have helped him lead Pocono Alliance, a grassroots non-profit organization, into a new era of success in Monroe County.

calls to other agencies are also made on the behalf of some to help establish eligibility or obtain needed services. They assist approximately 500 individuals via phone and 16,000 through their website per month.

“Glamorizing problems won’t help. We need solutions, we need to get things done, and finding the right people who want to do that with us is just as important,” Michael says. In his five years as Executive Director, he’s been proactive about raising funds, creating awareness, developing a strong marketing plan, and fostering relationships.

Tax to the Max program assists businesses paying a

“Pocono Alliance provides resources to the community by building relationships and creating solutions. Programs focus on self-sufficiency, healthy living, and child & family development.” That is Pocono Alliance’s mission statement. If you think it sounds broad, that’s because it is. With only five paid employees and a few volunteers, Pocono Alliance has more than a dozen different community programs. Over the years, five have grown enough to stand independently. For example, Family Promise, a 501(c)3, was born from a Pocono Alliance program.

Pocono Info is a free helpline that connects individuals with human services and information. Advocacy 20

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Cops ‘n’ Kids is national literacy program that encourages

relationships between children, community, and law enforcement, and strives to ensure kids have access to books. Stroud Regional Chief of Police, Bill Parrish, is involved with the local initiative brought to Monroe County through Pocono Alliance. Pocono Alliance maintains and coordinates book drives and distribution.

corporate net income tax, as well as others, with opportunities to turn some of their tax liability into a community asset. “Many Pennsylvania businesses can redirect some tax money to us, where it can be used as scholarships that will help our youth thrive. Unfortunately, there are still many who don’t know about the option, or don’t understand it,” Tuveka says.

Crossing Abilities, an all-inclusive playground, will open in

Tannersville as part of the Mountain View Park this spring. The playground will be the first of its kind in Monroe County, tailored specifically to the needs of children with disabilities. Various community-wide efforts are underway to obtain funds still needed to complete the project. 6 Pocono Alliance has been serving Monroe County for ten years. With quiet strength, they have forged ahead as a leader in community wellness. Their progress and programs speak to their success. Visit www. for a complete list and overview of programs.

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Lyme Aid Labs from ESU’s

Written by Karen Tetor Photos by Stephen Lippay

In 2010, Melissa Shaw was an East Stroudsburg University graduate biology student with a big idea. With the support and resources of ESU’s Research and Economic Development team, Melissa developed that idea into a marketed product currently available in 100 stores in 20 states— and soon to be launched at several major retailers this spring. The product, Lyme-Aid, is a $5.99 pocketsized diagnostic kit for Lyme disease. The kit includes a special tool for tick removal, a plastic bag, a form, and an addressed envelope to transport the tick to the ESU testing center. The additional $39.95 testing fee results in the purchaser’s knowledge of whether or not the tick bears lyme disease. Melissa lives in East Stroudsburg and is currently working at Sanofi Pasteur with plans to pursue a doctoral degree in the near future. LF: What was the impetus for your pursuing the Lyme-Aid venture? MS: As a graduate student at ESU, I entered ESU’s Business Plan Competition in December 2010 with just the idea for Lyme-Aid and wound up winning first place, which really got the ball rolling! LF: How did the concept of Lyme-Aid come to you? MS: It came from interactions with concerned members of the community, in particular parents of children affected by Lyme disease. The Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory at ESU has performed tick testing for several years, and I envisioned a way to make it more accessible and also have an educational aspect, as there is so much misinformation about Lyme disease.


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LF: What role did ESU have in helping develop and market this product? MS: ESU played a major role: from encouraging me to enter the idea into the competition, to helping secure grant funding for product development and subsequently overseeing the licensing agreement that allowed us to bring the product to market. I would encourage any current students to utilize the great resources that ESU provides for aspiring entrepreneurs. LF: Who else was instrumental in helping you develop Lyme-Aid? MS: Everyone who heard about it, from local business owners to state representatives, really took an interest in what we were trying to do. Dr. Jane Huffman, my faculty mentor and co-founder of Lyme-Aid, helped every step of the way. In addition, if it were not for the entire Research and Economic Development team at ESU, Mary Frances Postupack in particular, Lyme-Aid would still just be an idea. LF: How much time commitment does Lyme-Aid demand from you now? MS: The reigns have been handed over; however, I continue to stay involved in the commercialization process I stayed on at ESU and the Northeast Wildlife DNA Lab for about a year after graduating to help launch Lyme-Aid, which we did officially in November, and I just left the company in December. Now, distribution and sales are handled by the company who licensed Lyme-Aid, Garrett Hewitt International. It can also be purchased on the website or right in downtown Stroudsburg at Dunkelberger’s Sports Outfitter. 6

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depression a slow crawl through hell Written by J. Renee Olson Photo by Regina Nicolardi


magine with me a world full of hopelessness, where sleep is the only thing you desire. You’re alone, isolated from others, questioning why you can’t be “normal” like them. Covered by a heavy blanket, you’re smothering in despair, and time has slowed so every second is its own eternity of sorrow. Or perhaps you’ve visited this horrible place, otherwise known as depression. Jim Shoopack, age 38, called his experience with depression a “slow crawl through hell.” Diagnosed in 2001, Jim clearly recalls his relief when he found there was actually a name for the way he felt. “When I was suffering from depression, but didn’t know what depression was, life sucked.” “What non-depressed individuals imagine depression to be can’t do it justice. Depression is a true medical illness. It’s more than just being sad,” Dr. Robert E. Morrow, MD, of Pocono Psychiatric Associates says. “It is the only pain I know of that routinely causes people to contemplate ending their lives to escape the way it makes them feel.” Clients often tell Morrow it’s worse than any physical pain they’ve ever had to deal with. Morrow explains depression is the result of the brain’s inability to allow an individual to have the normal full range of emotions.

Social Stigma & Statistics

Step 1: Recognize the Symptoms & Get Help Cheryl*, age 46, says she didn’t get help for a long time because she felt ashamed. She would often wonder why she was unable to control herself and felt she should be able to “suck it up.” Ten years after being diagnosed with depression, she wants people to know they shouldn’t feel something is wrong with them if they have symptoms of depression. Dr. Morrow agrees social stigma is one of the reasons people are not thoroughly treated for depression. 1:4 women and 1:6


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men suffer symptoms at least once in their lives, but Morrow says these numbers may be skewed, as women may be more likely to admit they have symptoms and seek help.

Medications & Holistic Treatments Step 2: A Plan of Action

Safer medications, such as Paxil, have helped relieve some of the social stigma attached to depression and have helped some people better deal with the illness. Bev, age 50, claims she turned to medication because she was “stuck” in spite of employing a range of other strategies. “Use of medication does not negate a holistic approach. It works in tandem,” she says. Both approaches together have helped her adequately address her symptoms. Kelly, age 26, tried a long list of medications, all of which made her feel disconnected, numb, and lifeless. She’s been able to take control of depression by finding and focusing on what she calls her “source”—something she defines as what fuels her from the inside and makes her happy. The number one cure for her depression has been outdoor exercise. She breaks though self-imposed limitations by skiing, rock climbing, biking, and trail running. She also uses camping and backpacking to learn contentment away from materialism and the “If only I had...” complex. Yoga, meditation, and reflection are all key factors, and she’s also currently learning the correlation between nutrition and mental health. For Cheryl, medication worked. “When I went on medication, it reminded me of when The Wizard of Oz turned color. I also have Thyroid Disease and never questioned the doctors when they diagnosed me and told me I’d have to take a pill for the rest of my life, so why would I question taking a pill to help manage my depression for the rest of my life? I didn’t always feel that way, but now I’m okay with it,” she says. Cheryl has

“It is the only pain I know of that routinely causes people to contemplate ending their lives to escape the way it makes them feel.”

The Increased Diagnosis and Unmet Needs of Depression The average age of first episode depression has been occurring at earlier ages since the 1930s, and it seems more common than ever, but more likely we’re simply recognizing it more and the stigma has lessened, according to Dr. Robert E. Morrow, MD, of Pocono Psychiatric Associates. Unfortunately, many people diagnosed are still undertreated. Why? One reason could be what Dr. Morrow calls the “Golden Rule.” Translation: “Those who have the gold rule.” The number of psychiatrists is dwindling nationally because of comparatively low insurance reimbursements and funding. Lack of funding could be because procedures such as heart surgery or cancer treatments are more profitable, or because mental health issues are still not as openly discussed and accepted as outpatient surgical procedures and high blood pressure. Whatever the reason, it’s a national need we can no longer ignore.

-Dr. Robert E. Morrow, MD

Out of pocket costs often force patients to compensate by visiting their family doctor for medication. As a result, they also skip the therapy they so desperately need and forgo holistic treatments. Remember, no one method of recovery can stand-alone successfully.

also incorporated faith, therapeutic massage, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture, and she says a number of approaches together have cured her. Sisters, Anita Bondi, PhD, LMT, and Louise Bowman, MSNutr., LAC, are co-directors of Wellspring Holistic Center in East Stroudsburg. “The body and its functioning are beautiful, complex mysteries, and each person is unique and different. There is not a ‘one plan fits all’ way to treat anyone. Depression can be the result of many different things. In Holistic Medicine we look beyond diagnosis and prognosis. We see each person as an individual — listening to their unique story and history, and treating the whole person not just the label,” Bondi says. Bowman, who specializes in acupuncture, echoes the whole body approach and adds that treatment plans are based on symptoms, palpation, pulse diagnosis, and more. Dr. Morrow agrees medication isn’t always the answer for everyone and says holistic treatments aid in the treatment of depression. “Medication gets you up off the floor to get the therapy you need,” Morrow says. He stresses that therapy and follow-up are key. Jim Shoopack found medication and therapy helped him get back on track. He then learned the correlation between exercise and mood. He incorporated running into his treatment plan and later formed an organization called “Run Over Depression,” through which he still promotes awareness of Mental Health Illness, speaks publicly, and works toward removing social stigma. 6 *Names of some individuals interviewed have been changed to protect their privacy.

There’s more

In 2010, Pocono Medical Center conducted a Community Needs Assessment Survey. The results showed additional mental health services in Monroe County as one of the two most pressing unmet needs in our community. Kathy Kuck, CEO of PMC, confirms Monroe County shows higher percentages of mental illness when compared at both the state and national levels, and she feels strongly about addressing the need. As a result, a Community Health Connections Steering Committee has been formed under her leadership. Read more about this initiative on page 26, “A Community Comes Together”.

Even if you’re not depressed, you can help. What to do? Recognize the signs of depression, and encourage friends or family members with symptoms to see a doctor. Urge Politicians to address these unmet needs in our society. Read the article, “A Community Comes Together” on page 26 of this issue to learn more about what is being done locally to address mental illness and wellness, and get involved by supporting it.

J. Renee Olson (a/k/a Jennifer Olson) is a writer, author and blogger living in the Pocono Mountains of PA. To read more of her work, visit her website, Regina Nicolardi is an award winning freelance photographer from NEPA whose publication credits include National Geographic Magazine. See more of her work at

For local sources, and their advice on dealing with depression, visit

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acomes community together By J. Renee Olson

In 2010, Pocono Medical Center (PMC) conducted a Health Needs Assessment Survey under the guidance of East Stroudsburg University and the School of Public Health. The results were cause for concern. Not only does Monroe County show higher rates of mental health issues when compared to other areas of PA, but the numbers are also higher than those at a national level. Wellness, something that ties into behavioral health (mental illness falls into the behavioral health category), was also a concern. “To me, this is a community issue, not just a hospital or physician issue,” says Kathy Kuck, CEO of PMC. “People may not to want to live here, our law enforcement is frustrated, and our local businesses are affected by employee productivity issues.” At the annual public board meeting in October 2011, PMC openly discussed this issue with politicians, schools, local law enforcement, and the business and non-profit communities. As a result, the Community Health Connections Steering Committee (CHCSC) was formed in 2012, and members set out to explore ideas that would bring positive change. From a wellness perspective, companies from Weis Markets to Stroudsmoor Country Inn are coming together to create healthy menus and encourage shoppers to buy healthy foods with free coupons. On the side of behavioral health/mental illness, social stigma is the first obstacle. A National Depression Screening Day is held each year in October, but attendance is low. “Who wants to come to a screening and admit they have a problem in a group setting?” Kathy asks. CHCSC has been working on subtle ways to better the community and break through the stigma barrier, such as bringing people together to talk about how to be happier in life. The creation of a community portal that would serve


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as a resource is one possibility, and specific needs of schools are also being discussed. Bill Parrish, Chief of Police for the Stroud Regional Police Department, serves on the steering committee. He talks about an initiative to work with School Resource Officers and provide training regarding mental health issues they may see in a school setting. “This could result in early alerts and allow intervention before crisis mode hits with another teen suicide or gun rampage,” Parrish says. Many people are under-treated, sometimes even when they are on medication and undergoing therapy. PMC, in partnership with ESU, a CHCSC partner, is now preparing to introduce “Health Coaches,” a new additional layer of treatment. Coaches would monitor patients in between visits with doctors and therapists to help keep things on track, including possible home visits. “Sometimes little things matter, like what color furniture someone has, and whether or not the windows in someone’s home are open and allowing natural light to filter in...things health practitioners would normally never see,” Kathy says. The second obstacle is money. Federal funding and insurance reimbursements are comparatively low; therefore many hospitals and health care facilities don’t have related services. CHCSC hopes that by implementing programs and proving they can work, perhaps their success will be recognized and federal funding will increase. They are researching grant opportunities to fund this initiative. They also applied for a “Roadmaps to Health Prize” through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but the submission was not selected. Work also continues with the National Park Services for a Healthy People program and grant. “Our vision is simple: A healthy community,” Kathy says. “A community coming together and working toward a common goal can make it happen.” 6

Hospitals currently join together in advocacy under The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. Kathy Kuck has recently been appointed to their board of directors. Individually, every citizen can lobby for attention to this important need. Go to to stay informed and make your voice heard collectively.

Steering Committee Members Bob Phillips

Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce

Chief Bill Parrish

Stroud Area Regional Police

Commissioner Suzanne McCool Monroe County Commissioners

Dr. Alberto Cardelle

East Stroudsburg University

Dr. Douglas Arnold

Pleasant Valley School District

Kathy Kuck

Pocono Medical Center

Mathilda Sheptak

United Way of Monroe County

Michael Tukeva Pocono Alliance

Pastor Emilio Quinteros Pocono Community Church

Peggy Howarth

Monroe County Transportation Authority

Sheila Theodorou

Carbon Monroe Pike Developmental Services

PMC employees and physicians also provide support to the Community Health Connections Working Groups. Learn more about Community Health Connections at www. CommunityHealthConnectsions, or call (570) 476-3767 to get involved!

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Kathy Pocono Kuck Health System’s Creative CEO Kathy Kuck laughs when she thinks about unwinding. She laughs a lot. And she never unwinds. “I just rewind so that I can spring forward!” she asserts. As Chief Executive Officer of the Pocono Healthy System/ Pocono Medical Center (PMC), Kathy lives by the words of George Bernard Shaw, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do it for it whatever I can.” For Kathy, these words capture the “24 hour, 7 day a week commitment” of healthcare and of her life in general. When Kathy isn’t physically at the hospital, that doesn’t mean she isn’t “there.” On the rare occasion Kathy is “rewinding,” you’ll still find her thinking about PMC. “Caring for others doesn’t leave me when I leave work for the day,” she says. As a licensed registered Nurse with a master’s degree from Columbia University, Kathy assumed PMC leadership in 2008 and has since overseen PMC’s completion of the ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute; the building of the new and comprehensive Hughes Cancer Center; a Level III Trauma Center, a spine surgery program, and a Level III neo-natal intensive care unit. Creativity, she says, is the key to taking on challenges that lie ahead.

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“In healthcare today, you need to be creative. By delivering healthcare services within the community through our new medical homes, it makes healthcare services more convenient and accessible to the patient. We also have to be creative with new approaches to education, like our new Spirit Girls program for eighth grade girls, which targets a whole new demographic with an educational and fun approach. In addition, through technology, we have updated the way we interact with our community, such as the new community Health Portal through our Community Health Connections (CHC) initiative. The CHC Health Portal will provide


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an electronic platform to increase community engagement throughout our region, creating supportive relationships between people in need and people who care.”

The best part of the job

“The best part of my job description is the last sentence: ‘...and all other duties as requested or required,’ because this is when my creativity comes into play. I love problem solving, and I love people.”

Laughter, the best medicine

“I do laugh a lot. I think that’s what keeps me sane – especially the ability to laugh at myself. I play Mrs. Clause for the children’s Holiday party and the Executive Management Team joins in by wearing elf costumes! It’s all part of the creative process, of building a team that will enable this hospital to continually evolve.”

Choosing excellence

“It is all about the mission...meeting the community’s most significant health care needs. The decisions to advance healthcare are based on what is best for our community. Whatever we choose to do, we must do it with excellence!”

The biggest challenge

“The ‘unknown’ regulation that is to come that will affect reimbursement presents the biggest challenge. Nationally, we are facing a shortage of physicians and nurses to meet future healthcare demands. And, care is moving out of the hospital and into the community giving us thoughtful redesign of how to deliver care in the future. Challenges, yes. But we view them as opportunities. We will succeed.”

Filming on location

“Our monthly Blue Ridge 13 show has had very positive feedback when we changed the format to one that is more interactive and creative. We are now out and about, filming at ‘real’ locations. People are happy to learn about the services that PMC and its physicians provide.” [Note: Kathy hosts the popular monthly show.]


Give to our New Hometown Endowment Fund The East Stroudsburg Salvation Army has established the Hometown Endowment Fund to provide a continuity of income for the services and operations of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army. All gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, life insurance, real estate, remainder values of charitable trusts and annuities are fully tax deductible. The East Stroudsburg Salvation Army Hometown Endowment Fund welcomes planned gifts such as bequests, trusts, and large or small annuities. Regardless of the size of your gift to the Hometown Endowment Fund, it will be pooled and invested, with the interest used to fund local programs for our Monroe County neighbors.

Make a Difference Be a part of this enduring gift of love to our community

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Out & About

A VIP Reception at

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The Sherman Theater in beautiful downtown Stroudsburg celebrated their 8th Anniversary in style with a red carpet event on Friday March 8th. Shown above; 1. Suzanne and Brandon Igdalsky 2. Miriam Conway, Patricia Metzgar and Bob Phillips 3. Dave LaPoint and Chelsea Krueger 4. Bridget Williams and Dawnell Moore 5. Sherman Theater CEO, Rich Berkowitz takes in the evening. 6. Toby Sabatine, Stephanie Troiani, Shane Izykowski and Martelle Jones 7. Ricky Durst with State Representative Rosemary Brown 8. Kathy Kuck on left 9. Jill and Rob Howell 10. ESU President Marcia Welsh and husband, Dr. Louis Terracio 11. The Marquee announcing a special performance by 12. The Vienna Boys Choir 13. Robin Smith


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1. A beautiful crowd! 2. Steve and Mathilda Sheptak 3. The Jeter Family 4. Guests 5. Suzie Farley and Lianna DeLuise 6. Jim Rowcliffe and June Pepe 7. Erik Diemers displaying Kitchen Chemistry Creations 8. David and Andrea Rimberg 9. Artist John Kolbek


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We’ve all experienced that moment when you walk into a room and can’t remember why! Early research states as you get older, the speed of your brain begins to slow down and your memory sometimes “shorts out.” Good news! That may not be completely true! Scientists now say that your brain is actually getting smarter as you age. There are more and more things you can do to invigorate your noggin and maintain healthy brain function. The health of your brain, like the health of your body, depends on several factors. You may be surprised how making the smallest tweaks to your daily routine can boost your intellect, postpone mental aging and help you live a longer life. It’s never too late to start boosting your brain power. Give your brain what it needs so its vital processes aren’t disrupted. Talk with your doctor about setting up a balanced health and wellness plan to keep you and your noggin on the right track.



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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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96.7 On the Air With Written by Roseanne Bottone Photos by Stephen Lippay

Imagine Groucho Marx and the Three Stooges as your life’s guiding forces. Radio personality Gary Smith, better known as “Gary in the Morning,” credits vintage comedy as his inspiration for the work he does keeping his listeners entertained and laughing at his antics. There’s more to him than his on-air wise-cracking persona; during his morning show at 96.7 FM he can be irreverent, whacky and even a little goofy, but during breaks he is the consummate gentleman with his guests, an encouraging mentor to his newest intern Gigi, and a caring friend to his co-workers. I’m blowing his cover here folks: Gary is a down-to-earth, really nice guy! Gary says, “When I was a kid, my classmates might have voted me the class-clown, but I was already their student council president.” The handwriting was on the wall at a young age – he had a knack for humor paired with an intelligent approach to life. Groucho Marx said, “Behind every successful man is a woman; behind her is his wife.” Don’t worry! Gary’s wife Laurie can take a joke. Gary describes her as “the single most decent and kind person I’ve ever known. She’s pure sweetness.” There are two other women in Gary’s life that figure large in his success and happiness too. Co-host Elisa Chase has been working with him for ten years. She is his rock. An upbeat, charming woman who exudes


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Gary in the Morning competence, Elisa keeps Gary’s feet on the ground and his spinning brain focused on the moment. “I feel like an octopus around here. I have eight arms that are into this, that and the other thing,” she said. Gary generously recognizes that, “without her, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.” Then there’s daughter Taylor, his “reason for living.” As the child of a sometimes controversial public personality, she learned to develop a tough skin. Gary said, “When we’d go out together she’d make pre-emptive strikes. She’d say, ‘Dad, don’t say this.’ Or, ‘Dad, don’t do that.’” He proudly says, “I tried to comply. The one thing I’ve done right is how I raised my daughter.”

We want to be known as the hometown station. We love laughing – and making other people laugh even more. Rounding out Gary’s support team is Dan-the-engineer. “That’s how I’m known around here,” he kids. “I don’t have a last name.” Together they are building the station and bringing in new listeners to their morning show that airs weekdays from 5:30 am to 9 am. They’re the new guys in town and have been broadcasting from Stroudsburg for only 8 months. Gary says, “We want to be known as the hometown station. We love laughing—and making other people laugh even more.”

Gary, Elisa, and Dan are civic-minded citizens dedicated to promoting good causes and the efforts of non-profit groups. On weekends you’ll find them out and about lending a hand. They encourage people to call in with community-oriented problems that need public attention. They’ve developed relationships with local resources that can help. They gave a shout-out to Fire Captain Joey B. of the East Stroudsburg Acme Hose Company #1 who keeps the team abreast of what’s happening in town. “This radio station is for people helping people,” Gary says. Commuting listeners are encouraged to call in with traffic updates to warn others of accidents and delays. Elisa and Dan nod in agreement when Gary says, “One of the best things about being on the radio in the area is that we become part of people’s lives. We become part of their history and memories of living here in the Pocono Mountains.” Gary is a spiritual man and knows he’s blessed with a beautiful family—at home and in his work world. He ends every show by saying, “Thank you, God. And thank you, Mom.” 6

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Core Awareness Kris Richie at Core Awareness is one hip fitness coach. Local Flair recently caught up with her to ask a few questions. Local Flair: Tell us about Core Awareness. Kris Richie: Core Awareness is a mind/ body studio featuring the Pilates Method of exercise created by Joseph Pilates. But it is so much more than just a Pilates Studio. We have Reformers and Group Mat classes for all levels. You can train one on one with me or with a group. We also offer Kettlebell classes, Kickboxing/Strength Training Circuit classes and we just added a TaiChi Class into the schedule again. Our mission is to motivate, inspire, and assist everyone in reaching their fitness goals. We are open 6 days a week with a number of different classes. This June, I will be having my 5 year anniversary here at the studio. I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most amazing people these past 5 years. I love what I do because I am surrounded by great people and enjoy seeing the results from all their hard work and dedication. LF: What made you decide to get into the business of Pilates? KR: I have been in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. I saw the many benefits of what Pilates can do for you. Pilates strengthens the core or “powerhouse”. It improves flexibility, balance and posture which we all need and seldom work at. You become mindful of your own body and learn how the breath and movement work together. You get stronger from the inside out. It can help with stiffness and low back pain. Most of the Pilates principals can be applied to other forms of exercises and into your daily activities so that you can have a more safe, enjoyable, stress-free & pain-free life. With all these beneFITS, I try to have my clients take what they learn from class and apply it to their every day lives. So here I am today, owning my own business


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with the much appreciated support and encouragement of my loving husband and two daughters! LF: What is the most rewarding on a dayto-day basis? KR: Seeing clients get that “ah-ha” moment and then watching them perform a certain exercise that they could not do before they started training with me. LF: What do you want people to feel when they come to the studio? KR: I want them to feel welcomed, not intimidated. I want them to feel like they got a good workout and are ready to come back for more. I am not your typical “gym,” and I am blessed with such a great group of clients. LF: What is your personal favorite class? KR: I like them all. I love a variety of training so my body and mind do not get bored. LF: Best class for burning calories? KR: Probably my Kettlebell class. We can really work up a sweat, keep the heart rate up and be challenged. The kickboxing circuit class is another good one to burn those calories. LF: Best class for toning? KR: Pilates is a great way to gain lean, long & strong muscles while my Kettlebell and circuit classes build and define your muscles using a slightly different approach. I like to encourage variety and cross training.6 For more info about Core Awareness, visit or call Kris at 570.688.7768.

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Wellness? By Clair Thompson aka Doc Pawsitive

Many baby boomers remember a popular Fram television commercial where an old-school auto mechanic intones, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later.” This commercial implies that delaying automotive preventive maintenance such as oil changes and tune ups can lead to disastrous consequences of mechanical breakdown and engine failure. Try imagining a commercial where a doctor, dentist or veterinarian uses the same scary “Pay me now or pay me later” line. Though you’re not likely to ever see such a commercial, the importance of health “preventive maintenance” can’t be overlooked. Increasingly, health preventive maintenance programs are known as wellness. The majority of veterinarians today recognize that education, awareness, prevention and early detection are as important as diagnosis and treatment of disease. Rather than simply administering vaccinations, performing surgeries and treating disease, vets are increasingly called upon to counsel clients on breeding and birthing, diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, behavior and training, geriatrics and hospice care. The primary goal of any wellness program is simply using all available resources to ensure pets live long, happy and healthy lives, avoiding too often unnecessary pain, suffering and expense of illness, disease and injury. Often wellness care starts even before the arrival of a new pet when the veterinarian or their staff can advise people on pet selection, appropriate breeds, potential breed problems, avoidance of congenital problems and even rescue, shelter and fostering options for a new pet. Once the adorable puppy or kitten arrives, wellness includes a comprehensive veterinary examination “from the tips of the nose to the tips of their toes,” discussion of the importance of early socialization and training, excellent nutrition, housetraining advice, disease avoidance and prevention and more. Wellness veterinarians and doctors believe in the “cradle to grave/womb to tomb” philosophy that encompasses all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. At wellness visits, doctors not only focus on specific problems that crop up, they ensure a thorough discussion of the pets medical history, living situation whether indoor/outdoor, solitary or gregarious, low risk lifestyle vs increased risks through environment or exposure. Health care staff clearly recognize that many problems can be avoided or prevented entirely through wellness advice. Proper vaccination schedules depend on risk assessment and lifestyle, while proper scheduling of spay/neuter surgery ensures proper growth and development while eliminating many risks of cancers and infections. Nutritional counseling and food selection eliminates the risk of obesity and the consequences of diabetes, hip dysplasia and more. Early socialization and training not only stimulates pet development but helps eliminate behavioral issues later in life while providing much needed exercise for pet development; veterinarians and owners alike know that a tired pet is a good pet! Wellness counseling includes finding each pet a “job,” whether it be fetching, retrieving, assisting, alerting, protecting, comforting, relaxing or guiding. Therapy dogs and cats, guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, hunting dogs, avalanche dogs, and more all started life as cute little bundles of fur whose owners channeled their enthusiasm into a more stimulating and rewarding life. When disease, injury or age catch up with pets, wellness includes advising clients of various options including discussions on feasibility, success, referrals, hospitalizations, medications and even hospice care vs. euthanasia. Wellness programs are here to stay for physicians, dentists, veterinarians and other health care professionals. In the current high tech, digital, modern medicine environments of today, the real answer to longevity, health and well being may not necessarily mean high tech expensive testing, leading edge medication and treatment, more frequent visits or higher costs. Wellness can simply mean finding a doctor with a shared interest in your pet and the enthusiasm and time to listen to your concerns, discuss your options and share in your joy as you share your life with that special dog or cat. 6

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St. Luke’s is first in the region to offer INTRABEAM® IORT, an advanced intraoperative radiation therapy treatment for early stage breast cancer. IORT can potentially save you six weeks of daily radiation therapy by delivering the required dose in one day. St. Luke’s offers a personalized team approach To learn more, call St. Luke’s InfoLink at 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537) or visit

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Making “Our able Remark River” ! YOURS


he closest many people get to the Delaware River is when they are driving across a toll bridge en route to work. This June, the Delaware River wants to invite you to connect with the river, to slip a kayak into its cool waters, and dip a paddle into its cultural and historical legacy. The 19th Delaware River Sojourn is beckoning all newcomers, even those who have never held a paddle or an oar and especially those who have never bonded with the river that carves through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. This year, the sojourn is scheduled as an 8-day paddling trip combining canoeing/ kayaking/rafting, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. The theme is “Our Remarkable River.” “We’re not looking for whitewater kayakers,” says Rich Egan. Chairman of the Sojourn Steering Committee. “This is a leisurely stroll. In fact, 25% of our sojourners are first-timers.” The other three-quarters of the group are those who “come back each year and do more and more days. It’s not unusual to have people return annually for 10 years or more!”

Typically, over 200 participants, including many families, join in the sojourn experience on the days of their choice. Some journey for only a day, others for the entire week. Most choose the option of using kayaks provided by the livery service, but some prefer to bring their own boats. Safety support and instruction is provided by members of the National Canoe Safety Patrol. The daily fee, about $80, includes boat rental, shuttles, most meals, camping site fees, and a wealth of historical and environmental presentations woven throughout the trip. “Some kayakers told me they will never forget hearing the Lenape prayer sung by Native American linguist Shelley DePaul as we entered the Delaware Water Gap last year,” says Egan. “This year, I have people already excited about the historical talk at the Roebling Aqueduct. The Greek feast was a bit hit, so we’re going to do it again. And I know the ice cream social at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing in Philly will be a grand finale.” “The sojourn is a celebration of the Delaware River,” says Egan. Local, state, federal, and private support—including grants—make it affordable and possible. “Many agencies, including the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the National Park Service, and the American Canoe Association, contribute to this event in order to increase understanding, awareness, and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed,” explains Egan. 6 The journey begins with a visit to the website:


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The 2013 Delaware River Sojourn Itinerary: Pick your days! Saturday, June 22 Ten Mile River Access (NY) to Zane Grey Access (PA) Sunday, June 23 Zane Grey Access to Jerry’s Three Rivers Campground (NY) Monday, June 24 Lackawaxen River: River Bend Access (PA) to Zane Grey Access on the Delaware River (PA) Tuesday, June 25 Milford (PA) to Dingmans Ferry Access (PA) Wednesday, June 26 Dingmans Ferry to Bushkill Access (PA) Thursday, June 27 Giving Pond (PA) to Bulls Island (NJ) Friday, June 28 Bulls Island to Lambertville (NJ) Saturday, June 29 Independence Seaport Museum (PA) to Gloucester City (NJ) and back with the tide

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A Bird’s Eye View

On Facebook, we asked where you go in the Pocono Mountains when you need some “me time.” Thank you for all of your responses! James Chesnick took this photo at Mt. Tamamy. Gorgeous! Share your favorite outdoor photos with us on Facebook by May 1st for the chance to be published in our June issue!


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Be Well | Local Flair Magazine | April & May 2013  

The April & May 2013 issue of Local Flair Magazine, premiere lifestyle publication of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.