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January 2014, Volume XXXX, Number 1

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Happy New Year!

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After a night of snow, the new sledding hill is ready to go! This hill is available for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. The sledding hill is located in the back of the Clubhouse parking lot behind the bocce courts. There is a red banner on tennis courts #7 and #8 that points to the location of the sledding hill. The sledding hill is open as long as there is snow on the ground. People can sled from dawn until dusk. “We suggest that you never sled alone,” said Recreation Director John Wormuth. “Bring a buddy!”

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Association News: 2014 Budget is Adopted


Hemlock Farms Community Association Board of Directors President Rob Wolff takes a ride down the new sledding hill with his two-year-old daughter, Carly. “My daughter loved sledding. She can hardly wait to try it again,” said Rob.

Environment News: Gypsy Moth “Hot Spots” Linger


Santa visits Hemlock Farms

32, 33, 40, 40, 49, 64

Photos by Recreation Supervisor Ray Broschart


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TABLE OF CONTENTS Association News............................................. 2-23 From the Editor..............................................................2

SERVING APPROXIMATELY 4,000 HOMEOWNERS and lot owners of Hemlock Farms.

Manager’s Report...........................................................3

Published monthly by the HEMLOCK FARMS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428.

Board Focus...................................................................9

EDITOR: Connie Kern NEWS STAFF: Mary Beth Connors, Kathie Waibel PRODUCTION: MKmedia COPY EDITOR: Mary Huber ADS AND NEWS DEADLINE for next issue:

Letters............................................................................8 Employees of the Month.............................................. 11 Members’ Time............................................................13 Board Action in Brief..................................................15 Committee Meeting Minutes....................................... 17 From the Chief.............................................................21

Wednesday, January 22, 2014.



Care1 EMS News.........................................................23


Hemlock Farms Conservancy News........ 24

by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. received late will be printed only if convenient to the editor and printer, unless notification was provided to the editor that such material was forthcoming. Only typed material is accepted.


from HFCA members in good standing—are $15 for the first 15 words, and 20 cents for each additional word; 50 words maximum. There is no charge for garage sales, help wanted, voluntary personal services, and lostand-found.

FOR ADS, contact the HFCA Office at

570/775-4200, ext. 121 or 138.

THE HFCA DOES NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSE products and services of Hemlock

News advertisers. Copies of Hemlock News are available in the HFCA Office. Hemlock News (USPS # 014644) is published monthly by the Hemlock Farms Community Association, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 184289059. Annual subscription to Hemlock News is $24. Members of the Hemlock Farms Community Association receive a copy as part of their annual dues. Application to mail at Periodical Postage is PAID at Hawley, PA. POSTMASTER: Send change-of-address information to Hemlock News, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428-9059.


Robert Wolff, President Anne Marie Zenie, Vice President Michael Spitzer, Treasurer Pete Ferris, Assistant Treasurer Gloria Talman, Secretary Lyn Attreed Phil Blecker Larry Solotoff Robert Treptow

Environment News......................................... 25-29 Nature Events...............................................................24 Firewise........................................................................25

Recreation News............................................. 31-38 Recreation Report........................................................ 31 Recreation and Cultural Arts Activities......................34 Food & Friends............................................................36

Community Living........................................... 37-60 Writers’ Gazette...........................................................39 Women’s Club News....................................................40 Thru the Lens...............................................................42 Sisterhood News..........................................................43


FROM THE EDITOR Thank you to the Official Publication and Public Information Committee members George Barbier, Deborah Barmann, Vincent Comando, Jeffrey Ferretti, Bernard Hoffman, David and Phyllis Malinov, Georgene and Larry Snyder, and Michael and Rita Spitzer, who assisted Hemlock News Coordinator Mary Beth Connors in reviewing these pages for publication. Apologies are extended to Lida Glaser for having misspelled her name in the December 2013 Members’ Time.

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, and I wish you all a healthy and happy 2014. In this issue is a keepsake pullout of Hemlock Farms 50th Anniversary. It includes 2013’s celebration events and a timeline of the history of Hemlock Farms. In the regular section, you’ll find articles on the 2014 Budget, Santa sightings, and so much more! I welcome members’ ideas, comments, and suggestions, which you may email to ckern@ —Connie Kern



50+ Club News............................................................60

January 25 Regular Board Meeting February 22 Regular Board Meeting March 22 Regular Board Meeting April 26 Regular Board Meeting May 17 Regular Board Meeting May 18 Town Meeting May 28 Deadline for filing Nominating Petitions for Elections to the Board of Directors* June 28 Regular Board Meeting July12* Annual Membership Meeting* July 12* First Voting Day/ Annual Elections* July 20* Second Voting Day/ Annual Elections* Recessed Membership Meeting July 26 Regular Board Meeting August 2* Organizational Board Meeting August 16 Regular Board Meeting


*Date determined by Bylaws

Porter Township News.................................................46 Pet Parlor......................................................................47 Obituary.......................................................................48 Library News...............................................................49 Jewish Women International News.............................50 Food Finds...................................................................51 Columbia Italian-American Club News......................53 Computer Therapist.....................................................56 Blooming Grove Township News................................57 Archives News.............................................................59

9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 12:30 p.m., Clubhouse 2:00 p.m., HFCA Office

9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 10:00 a.m., Clubhouse 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Clubhouse 10:00 A.m.-5:00 p.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m., Clubhouse 10:00 a.m., Clubhouse 9:00 a.m. (tentative)



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By Mike Sibio

With such a short period of time between meetings, there is not a great deal of new information to report this month. We did work to prepare the contract with our awarded bidder for the fitness center expansion project, which will allow that project to continue on schedule. Donovan Architectural will now be able to work on the design and renderings that we will use to promote the project. Those deliverables are due by the end of March, which should not be a problem to meet. We also worked on the Stormwater Project by meeting with the ad hoc Stormwater Committee and our engineer, Mark Bowen. Together, we are working on developing the next steps needed to keep the project moving forward. Preparation of the easement process is the next important step that must be done before we move ahead with the permit applications. The easement process is complex and will have several components involving every affected member. In addition to our work on the special projects covered above, staff members in all departments were busy with the following issues.

ADMINISTRATION On November 25, a pipe for the fire sprinkler system froze and burst in the ceiling of the MacGinley Room in the Administration Building. This caused major flooding in the offices in the entire right wing of the building. Currently, we are undergoing the restoration process, which was started immediately. Pro Jan extracted all the water, the pipe was quickly repaired, and fans and dehumidifiers were placed to help dry out the building. The walls that were damaged are being repaired and painted, the ceiling in the MacGinley room is being repaired, and the water-damaged carpets are being replaced. Budget Process – During the last month, the budget took up a great deal of the Accounting Department’s time as we approached the end of the budget review process. The budget was adopted at the Board of Directors meeting on December 14. Payment Agreements – For members paying dues on the Dues Installment Plan, the last payment was due on December 1. Members were notified that barcodes will be deactivated on December 10 on all unpaid dues and past-due citations. Dues Installment Applications for 2014 are available at the Administration Office; the applications can also be found on the official HFCA website, Collection Progress – This fall, Accounting Department staff made an extra effort to serve members who have not paid their dues. A total of 106 new civil claims were filed, and 47 judgments totaling $172,600 have been obtained thus far. We also obtained out-of-state process service on 25 claims, and more are forthcoming. After receiving judgment, the Association has to

wait 30 days before filing liens. To date, 36 liens have been filed or are in process. A member can contact the Accounting Department to enter into a Special Payment Plan and begin to pay down past-due debts. The Association will then hold any judgment (and not file the lien) as long as monthly payments are being made. CIF Fund – Through November, a total of 157 properties were transferred; this resulted in more than $298,000 of Capital Improvement Fee income. This figure is significantly higher than in previous years: in 2012- $204,356; in 2011- $192,086; and in 2010$184,776.

COMMUNITY CONSERVATION Forest Management – Inspections for 16 tree removal applications were completed. Two tree restoration plans were approved. Gypsy Moth Management Group completed egg mass surveys and submitted their recommendations and report. The report shows that last spring’s aerial spray effectively reduced the population of gypsy moths in the community. The Environment Committee was requested to consider the recommendations and advise the Board. Firewise – The Firewise Board has scheduled a January 7 meeting with contractors who may be interested in bidding on an HFCA Chipper Days contract. Documentation is being gathered for our Firewise grant 2013 reimbursement and 2014 submission.

Photo by Mary Beth Connors

Lake and Pond Management – Natureworks completed the stream channel restoration contract at Willow Dam. Contract specifications for dredging McConnell Lake and Willow Dam are being developed. Samples for a water quality study in stormwater runoff following leaf fall were collected, and a report will be submitted by F.X. Browne. Source Water Protection – The HFCA Source Water Protection annual report is being prepared for submission to DEP. The Pocono Source Water Protection Collaborative held a meeting on November 26 at the Pike

County Training Center, and the interim grant report was submitted to the League of Women Voters/Water Resources Education Network. The November 13 workshop for water company operators was cancelled because not enough water companies signed up for the workshop. A Source Water Protection Forum is being planned for the spring. Environmental Protection and Education – A new feature is being developed for the Hemlock News that will photograph members taking action to go green. Eight members were assisted with questions about trees and wildlife. Tick Cards, Tree Owners’ Manuals, and Tree brochures were ordered for members’ education. Advanced Recovery collected 5,826 pounds of electronic waste during the September collection event.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT Building Activity – For the month of November, we again issued no New Home Permits. Last year in November we issued no New Home Permits and our annual total was four. We did issue one Addition/Alteration Permit, bringing our year-to-date totals to twentyeight, while last year we issued zero in November, and our yearly total was twenty-four.

PUBLIC WORKS Buildings – In addition to completing numerous service calls during the month, this crew installed a new wall heater at the Teen Center. The rain gutters were cleaned on all HFCA buildings after leaf drop in the fall. A new menorah was built for display at the Tennis Courts/Clubhouse, the 739 Gate House was painted, and both water features at the 739 Gate and the Clubhouse were shut down and winterized for the season, in addition to all the hoses and spigots that are used for landscaping. An overhead light fixture was replaced at the Orchard House. Both outdoor diesel fuel tanks at Public Works were painted, and the exterior of the Administration Building was repaired and painted. This crew assisted the Water Company with hydrant replacement and also assisted the Roads and Grounds crew with several snow removal events. Roads and Grounds – Staff collected garbage and recycling at all facilities, while litter picking continued throughout the community. At the Refuse Center, box and bulk-trash items were pushed down, and leaf and dirt piles were turned over to promote decomposition. Street signs were straightened and replaced on several roadways. The new sledding slope was cut out and leveled, and 250 bales of hay were placed on the side of the course for safety. The ice skating rink was filled. Leaves were blown from ditches for pickup by the Vac Truck before it was retired for the winter season. Three staff members attended a Chainsaw Safety Training Program. Winter snow materials (anti-skid and salt) Continued on page 4

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Manager’s Report Continued from page 3

were mixed and stored, and 1,200 gallons of salt brine was made in preparation for upcoming icy conditions. This crew was called in early for icy bus stops and steps and also for slick and snow-covered roads.

WATER COMPANY For the month of November, the Water Company personnel completed 131 work orders and responded to eight PA One Calls to mark out underground water lines. Three non-functioning water hydrants were replaced (one on Lookout Drive and two on Forest Drive). Leak detection was performed and five service-line leaks were found and repaired. Two leaking meter pits were repaired, two meter pits were replaced, and water service to three homes was shut off due to frozen pipes. The Water Company also responded to one dirty-water complaint. The five community wells were monitored daily, a release valve was replaced at Well #80, and a chlorine feed line was replaced at Well #10 by Water Company personnel. This crew also assisted the Roads and Grounds crew with several snow events.

ENGINEERING REPORT Storm Water Management – The Engineering Firm, Kleinschmidt, continues to refine the Stormwater design, which was delivered to Hemlock Farms. The Director of Public Works has begun reviewing the plan to determine if any additional changes are needed. The new ad hoc Stormwater Committee met for the second time and is making very good progress in determining our next steps. Mark Bowen of Kleinschmidt was present at these meetings, where he explained the plan and answered questions. Hemlock Lake Dam – The Engineering Firm, Kleinschmidt, has started the preliminary work that included a survey of the property. They also completed core testing down to 40’ and found no bedrock. This will affect the design of the spillway footings. Filtration System for Well #4 – The Engineering Firm, Entech Engineering, Inc., has determined that the proposed filtration building will fit on the lot HFCA owns at the end of Round-Up Court. Entech is now determining the size of the filtration unit so that the building can be sized accordingly.

PUBLIC SAFETY Winter Driving – It won’t be long before winter begins and the snow begins to fall. Snow will cover the tree branches and bushes, and the mountains will become a winter wonderland. It is truly a beautiful time of year, if you don’t have to drive in it! Driving in winter conditions on mountain roads can be very dangerous, especially for those unaccustomed to it. Driving safely on snow and ice demands concentration, awareness, skill, and preparedness. Traction is the most important factor in winter driving. Motorists should have adequate snow tires, and

four-wheel drive vehicles should have all four wheels engaged. When driving on snow, do everything slowly, and remember even if you maintain control of your vehicle, other drivers might not be in control of their vehicles, so always leave plenty of distance between you and other vehicles. Remember to anticipate your turns and stops, and be cautious when applying your vehicle’s brakes. The best plan would be to wait until the roads have been cleared before heading out after it snows. However, if you must venture out either during the storm or before the roads have been cleared, then please remember to use extra caution when a snowplow is coming towards you. Allow plenty of room for the plow to pass. When the centerline is being cleared and salted, the plow tip may be on or over the line. Snowplows are big, heavy pieces of equipment. So play it safe and give them room to pass.

RECREATION Winter Weather is Approaching – During inclement weather, we ask that members call to ensure that the Clubhouse is open and operating on a normal schedule. For information on Clubhouse delays or closures, please call 570/775-6034.

Contributed photo

Winter Safety Tips The Hemlock Farms Public Safety Department offers safety tips for driving during winter weather: Before venturing out, call State Police Road Conditions 888/783-6783 or Penn Dot 570/296-7193 to check road conditions. If there’s ice and snow, take it slow. The posted speed limits are based on dry pavement. Those speed limits may be hazardous when roads are slick. Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by driving too fast for conditions. State law requires that you stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. When you’re following a snowplow, make sure that you can see the driver’s mirrors to ensure the driver is able to see you. If you have to pass a working snowplow, be careful. The snowplow can create a cloud of snow that could obscure your vision. Also, remember that the roadway behind the snowplow is in better condition than in front of it. • Make sure that your tires have good tread.

Photo by Connie Kern

Return of Sledding – The Recreation Department is extremely pleased to be bringing back winter fun as we open up a sledding hill for everyone of all ages to enjoy. The new sledding hill is located east of tennis courts #7 and #8 behind the Clubhouse parking lot. We will be hosting a sledding party on Sunday, January 19, at 1:00 p.m., and we hope to see you all there! Winter weather conditions will allow us to expand our outdoor activity with sledding on the original ski slope beyond the tennis courts across from the Clubhouse. Soon it will be cold enough for the ice skating rink at the Conference Center to see its first use. Follow our schedule announcements on the official HFCA website,, in the Happenings, and on Channel 15. Come out and enjoy all the winter activities your community has to offer—indoors and out.

• Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. • Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. • Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. • Clean all windows of ice and snow before you start your travel. • You are responsible to clear your roof of snow (if it falls in the roadway and causes an accident, by law you can be held responsible). • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.



2014 HFCA BUDGET – EXPENDITURES – $8,651,575 Capital Items, Reserves $1,413,700

By MICHAEL J. SIBIO, Community Manager, and ANN MARIE DRAKE, Comptroller Public Safety $1,302,267

Risk Management Bad Debts $498,743

Other Member Services $1,475,448

Public Works $1,358,299

2013 HFCA BUDGET Recreation - REVENUES $1,213,113 $8,531,489

2014 HFCA BUDGET – REVENUES – $8,651,575 Recreation Income $252,630 Other Income $881,000

Prior Year Surplus $375,000

Interest Income $8,000

Dues, 2013 WATER COMPANY BUDGET - EXPENDITURES 7,134,945 $2,173,705

2014 HFCA WATER CO. BUDGET – EXPENDITURES – $1,998,164 Stormwater Expense $421,362

2014 Budget is Adopted

Administration $1,111,625

Contingency $278,380

Staff Expenses $275,558

HFCA Management Fee $108,500

Stormwater Reserves $143,618

Other Water Operating Expense $319,139

Capital Items, Reserves $268,500

Risk Management $32,698 Debt Service $428,789

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At the Hemlock Farms Community Association Board of Directors meeting on December 14, 2013, the Board adopted the 2014 budget, requiring dues as follows: 2014 dues

2013 dues

Improved lots





Unimproved lots





Adjacent lots

$ 901

$ 884



Unimproved and Adjacent lots also pay a water availability charge of $114 (an increase of $40 over the prior year) and a stormwater fee of $144. Improved lots pay an additional $10/quarter in basic water charge (now $60/quarter) and the stormwater quarterly fee remains the same at $36/quarter. The proposed budget that was submitted in September was examined by the finance

Increase ($) Increase (%)

committee line-by-line during the budget review meeting process. Only slight changes were made throughout the process, and budgeted expenditures were once again given extreme scrutiny. We were pleased to reduce dues from the budget as originally proposed mainly by increasing our anticipated surplus by $75,000 at the time of budget adoption. There are no reductions in member services.

Highlights of the 2014 budget contributing to the $35 increase in dues include: The Board approved a 3% payroll Replacement Reserve funding at pool increase; health insurance renewed approximately the same level as 2013 in at 2.2% higher than the previous order to provide for necessary infrastrucyear; Workers Compensation renewal ture needs and replacement of property. decrease of 9.3%. Continued funding for bad debts at the The Finance Committee gave its recsame rate as in the prior year. ommendations to the Board at two public A renewal increase over the prior budget hearings in October and Novemyear of approximately 8.3% in Associaber, and at the budget-adoption meeting tion Insurance coverage, excluding the 2013 WATER COMPANY BUDGET REVENUES on December 14. Workers Compensation policy.


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2014 HFCA WATER CO. BUDGET – REVENUES – $1,998,164 Prior Year Surplus Water System ($139,000)

Stormwater Fees $528,912

Prior Year Surplus Stormwater $200,000

Interest Income $1,000 Other Water Service Charges $96,000 Water Billing $1,312,000


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3. A dues installment plan must be applied for each year and signed by member no later than March 1. The application fee must accompany the signed Application & Agreement. 4. At least fifteen percent (15%) of the annual dues must be paid no later than March 1. Mailbox fees and/or citations (if applicable) must be paid in full. The member may request a copy of the signed agreement once payment of the application, mailbox (if applicable) and/or assessments, and 15% of dues is paid in full. 5. Payments will be made in equal monthly installments, including simple interest at prime rate (as printed in the Wall Street Journal for the first business day of each calendar year) plus one percent (1%). Payments are due no later than the first day of each month, April 1 through December1. Installment interest amount is shown on billing statements as a one-time charge until account is paid in full. Members may prepay at any time. 6. Members must complete a Dues Application & Agreement for each property they are applying for. 7. Members will be deemed in good standing and will lose NO membership privileges if they comply with the terms of the installment agreement. 8. The following procedures shall apply to members who fail to make timely payments on an installment plan: • Late Payment: Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) administrative charge for any installment payment not received by due date. • Installment Plan will be null and void if two (2) payments are missed. At that time a letter will be mailed demanding payment of the total balance within thirty (30) days, including interest to date, and administrative charges. Otherwise, the Association will file, without further notice, all necessary documents to place a lien on the member’s property. The member’s vehicle bar code sticker will be deactivated and all privileges will be revoked. • If a check representing any payment due is returned unpaid by the bank, the member is responsible to make immediate payment plus a thirty dollar ($30.00) administrative fee.


$25.00 Application Fee (before Feb. 1) Hemlock Farms Community Association

1. All prior year balances must be paid in full before member(s) may apply for an installment plan. 2. A Twenty-Five Dollar ($25.00) administrative application fee must accompany requests for the Dues Installment Plan, a fifty dollar ($50.00) fee is charged on all applications received after February 1.



(Member to complete Section A; Signature & Date where indicated)

A. THIS AGREEMENT, made this _____ day of __________, 2014, by and between Hemlock Farms Community Association, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, with an address of 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, Pennsylvania 18428, (the “Association” or “HFCA”) and Member Name:__________________________ of Mailing Address:______________________________________________________________ (the “Owner”).

Telephone Number: ___________________________ Account Number: ___________________________

1. Association is the Community Association of all property owners in Hemlock Farms, a planned community in Blooming Grove, Porter and Dingman Townships, Pike County, Pennsylvania; and 2. Owner is the owner of residential property in Hemlock Farms, designated as Stage:____, Block:____, Lot:____ Physical Street Address:___________________________________________________________________ 3. The parties intend to establish an installment payment plan by which the Owner shall pay the principal amount and interest to the Association in installments.

(To be Completed by HFCA Staff) B. In consideration of the recitals above, the rights and duties expressed below, and intending to be legally bound, the parties agree as follows:

Owner agrees to pay to HFCA, the amount of $_______, plus interest on the unpaid balance, installments as follows:

a) $_________ of the principal upon signing of the Agreement, which payment constitutes at least 15% of the original dues balance, plus a one-time administrative fee of $25.00 totaling $_________. b) Not included in the above is Mailbox Rental Fee of $25.00 (if applicable) which is due and payable by March 1. c) Ten consecutive monthly payments of $ _________ must be received in the HFCA office no later than the first day of each month (April 1 through December 1). **Interest is based upon prime rate (as of 1/1/14) plus 1% (TBA). The final payment shall be due and payable by December 1, 2014.

HFCA agrees that, so long as the Owner makes all payments timely, HFCA shall take no legal action to collect payment of this debt. Owner acknowledges that the unpaid principal balance and other charges allowed under Pennsylvania law are also automatically a lien on the Owner’s lot(s) in Hemlock Farms after March 1, 2014.

In the event the Owner fails to make timely payments, a twenty-five ($25.00) fee will be charged. Failure to make two monthly payments will result in the termination of this agreement. If any check from the Owner is returned by the bank unpaid, HFCA shall have the right to be paid in full immediately, plus a thirty dollar ($30.00) administrative fee is charged.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this agreement to be signed and sealed the day and date aforesaid. OWNER:________________________________________________ Date:________________________________ OWNER:________________________________________________ Date:________________________________ HFCA by:________________________________________________ Date:________________________________ Michael J. Sibio, Community Manager



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Sign up Soon By MARY BETH CONNORS At the December 14 Board of Directors meeting, the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) 2014 Budget was adopted. The HFCA is, once again, offering members the option to pay their yearly dues on a Dues Payment Installment Plan. In 2014, the Installment Plan Application and Agreement forms are available at the Administration Office and on the website. There is a $25 application fee ($50 if received after February 1). The initial down payment of fifteen percent (15%) is due by March 1. Members must apply each year for the Installment Plan and a separate application for each property is required. The interest rate for the Dues Installment Plan is prime rate (as printed in The Wall Street Journal for the first

business day of 2014) plus 1 percent. The Dues Payment Installment Plan is billed in nine monthly installments, due April 1 through December 1. Members must be in good standing in order to apply for the Installment Plan. Those members who are not signed up for the Dues Payment Installment Plan and who do not pay their dues by Saturday, March 1, 2014, must pay an interest rate of fifteen percent (15%), as per HFCA Code Chapter 85, Article V – Interest Charges.

Dues Installment Plan Costs for 2014 Improved “I” lots – $2,057 Initial payment of 15% = $309 plus $25 administrative fee = $334 plus mailbox fee, if applicable.

Photo by Mary Beth Connors

Accounts Receiveable Assistant Tara Carrubba prepares to process Dues Installment Plans. “Don’t forget that the deadline to submit an application is February 1,” said Tara.

Monthly payment: TBA Unimproved “U” lots – $1,352, plus $114 water standby fee, plus $144 stormwater fee, for a total of $1,610.

2014 Budget is Adopted

85-9 – For all other amounts past due, including dues, water billings and other assessments, the interest rate shall be the maximum allowable rate as stated in the Uniform Planned Communities Act. Administrative charges also apply, including reasonable collection fees and costs and reasonable attorney’s fees, and as stated in Payment Guidelines, which shall be enclosed with the annual dues billing.

Initial payment of 15% = $242 plus $25 administrative fee = $267, plus mailbox fee, if applicable.

From the Operating Fund:


Code for Past Due Payments – HFCA Code Chapter 85

Monthly payment: TBA Adjacent “A” lots – $901, plus $114 water standby fee, plus $144 stormwater fee for a total of $1,159. Initial payment of 15% = $174, plus $25 administrative fee = $199. Monthly payment: TBA


Lyn Attreed 3634 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-7248 Phil Blecker 3053 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-6251 Peter Ferris, Assistant Treasurer 2080 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-8884

Larry Solotoff 35 Clover Road Great Neck, NY 11021 570/775-6794 Michael Spitzer, Treasurer 369 Monahan Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314 570/775-9081, 718/494-2466 Gloria Talman, Secretary 1966 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-7199

Robert Treptow 3406 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-7665 Robert Wolff, President 3227 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/775-4200 Anne Marie Zenie, Vice President 1794 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428 570/257-0007

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New equipment budgeted in 2014 include the following: The usual replacements as needed of minor tools, equipment and furnishings, recreation/aquatics/tennis equipment, clubhouse items, etc. Capital expenditures in Public Works for a salt brine mixing system, and in Cultural Arts for a stage curtain.

From the Replacement Reserve Fund: Twelve vehicles. Administration building roofing and furnace system. Conference center septic. Clubhouse mats, indoor pool deck surface, outdoor pool surface, elliptical machine & bocce courts replacement. Public Safety building flooring and the automatic gates at Forest Drive. Computer system replacements.

From the Water Company Replacement Reserve Fund: Computer upgrade for SCADA system. Computer billing system replacement.

Well #1 pump. Vacuum truck water pump replacement. Dump truck with spreader and plow.

Roadwork budgeted in the Replacement Reserve Fund: $734,830 is accumulated for road and parking lot repair, resurfacing and line painting.

Water Company Budget including Stormwater Management: The water rates will remain at $6.95/1000 gallons in 2014. Due to increased funding to the water capital reserve for replacement of water mains, it was necessary to increase the quarterly basic fee by $10/quarter. The basic fee will now be $60/quarter (included on each quarterly water bill). The stormwater fee continues to be billed quarterly at $36/quarter. This fee covers the costs of the vacuum truck that clears ditches and culverts and also provides funding for engineering design, permitting, and future stormwater improvements.


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2. All letters must be 300 words or less. 3. Letters may not be inflammatory, derogatory, obscene, or libelous. 4. Letters should be directed to the issues and not individual members. 5. Letter writers have the responsibility to present facts accurately and may be asked to substantiate their source. 6. While every effort is made to ensure that letter writers are presenting accurate facts, readers are encouraged to verify information with management and staff, Board members, Committee chairs and HFCA. com before relying on the veracity of the statements set forth or relating such statements to others as fact. 7. EDITOR’S NOTES WILL BE ADDED to clarify information, answer questions or correct any factual misinformation according to HFCA Code Chapter 120-5D – Letters to the Editor.

The Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (HFVF&R Co.) Auxiliary want to thank everyone in the Community who helped us this year by supporting our dinners, raffles, Bingo, and gate collections. We were able to raise money to help with the expenses of the HFVF&R Co. We could not do it without YOU! Sincerely, Barbara Garofolo, Auxiliary President and all the members of the Auxiliary and the HFVF&R Co.

Appreciates Board Members Carol Comando’s letter in last month’s Hemlock News echoes my feelings about


[Editor’s Note: Community education regarding the Stormwater Management Project is an on-going process.

Thanks from the Library ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU to all the Hemlock Farmers who supported our Book and Bake Sale at the Arts and NOUGH THE UGH FAR E





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the current HFCA Board of Directors. When I have attended recent Board meetings, I was struck by their renewed sense of purpose, and their willingness to work through the issues in a collegial way. I think that makes them better Board members, and will produce better outcomes for all Hemlock members. Their decisions over the next few years will be important to Hemlock Farms for many more years into the future. I have also been impressed by their ability to keep member needs and wishes firmly front and center. The new sledding trail, the Bocce court renovations, and the introduction of Pickleball are all examples of modestly priced but innovative and desirable family recreational programs. All in all, I think Hemlock Farms present Board works hard in our behalf, and this renewed sense of purpose shows it. Like Mrs. Comando, I sometimes disagree with the Board’s decisions, but I truly believe that each of the nine members studies the issues, then acts fairly while respecting both the letter and spirit of our governing documents. Neil Barmann

The Office will be distributing the 2014 Handbook as you pick up your Recreation Badges and 2014 Mirror Stickers.


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Thanks to Everyone



Retrofitting a Stormwater Management System on an existing community is a very difficult undertaking. If not done with adequate thought and care, the design can have a negative effect on both the individual property owner and the Community as a whole. In my opinion, the current Stormwater Design lacks refinement and grace. Special care needs to be taken to be sure our scenic areas, historic places, and land to remain wild forever are not damaged by the current design or it’s implementation. Our community leaders and membership have the ability to make the Stormwater Project a welcome enhancement to our community. Our Board and its Committees should not move forward without adequate community involvement and further in depth study of this million-dollar Stormwater Project. Every Association member and associate member needs to find out what effect this project will have on their property and it’s frontage. Hemlock Farms deserves a stormwater design that meets the unique needs of our wonderful forested recreational community. We do not have it yet. Best wishes for the New Year. David Kellerman

Craft Show at the Steer Barn this year. Also, many thanks to Hemlock staffers Amy Strapec and Adrienne Cordani, and the Library volunteers Debbie Strezenec, Elaine Stanton, Anne Marie Zenie, and Cheryl Schmitt, whose coordinated efforts made for a very successful day. It was a great day!!! Anita Jorgensen, President Hemlock Farms Library Board


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By Connie Kern

Budget Approved The December 14, 2013, meeting of the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors (Board) was chaired by President Rob Wolff, with Vice President Anne Marie Zenie, Secretary Gloria Talman, Treasurer Michael Spitzer, and members Lyn Attreed, Pete Ferris, Larry Solotoff (via telephone), and Robert Treptow in attendance. A fair amount of the Board meeting focused on winter road maintenance, stormwater, and the Budget Adoption.

Chloride or Magnesium?



Environment Committee Chair Nick Santelli presented a motion that the Board reduce the use of sodium chloride where possible and replace it with the use of magnesium chloride when conditions warrant. Rationale: magnesium chloride has less of an environmental impact. Board President Rob Wolff said that magnesium chloride is exponentially more expensive. Santelli agreed, but added that sodium chloride (rock salt) is used in HFCA as a brine which may leach into sensitive areas within Hemlock Farms (i.e. Elm Beach). Wolff suggested that the professionals should decide which product to use. Anne Marie Zenie said that this topic was discussed during the Finance Committee meeting. Pete Ferris asked the opinion of Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan, who suggested returning to magnesium chloride. She also said that the practice of using more salt at lower temps is a change from what HFCA has done in the past and it is

increasingly more harmful to the environment. Santelli added that HFCA has been using magnesium chloride for the past seven years. Attreed thought that Public Works is already using the brine solution in smaller quantities to pretreat roads, and Public Works Director Bob Vandercar said that this was true. Vandercar said that using both materials would create a storage issue and that the Board should decide which material to stockpile. Lee Oakes suggested that this discussion be directed to the Finance Committee, albeit they are not qualified to make a decision regarding the environmental impact. Wolff suggested that the Environment and Finance Committees meet to discuss this issue. He also suggested that the Environment Committee investigate the cost of acquiring a second smaller system so that both materials could be on hand.

Due Diligence Ad hoc Stormwater Committee Chair John Chapman presented a motion that the Board authorize a change order to the Kleinschmidt Stormwater Design Contract for $10,000 to cover costs for Engineer Mark Bowen to attend meetings to assist the Stormwater Committee in fulfilling its charge. Wolff expressed his frustration of constantly adding change orders. Chapman insisted that the Stormwater Project is extremely expensive and that the time for due diligence is before any work begins. Community Manager Mike Sibio said that HFCA is facing two critical issues in

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order for the process to move forward: 1) the acquirement of easements from Community members, and 2) Community-wide education. Sibio felt that contact should continue with Bowen, but he doesn’t see the feasibility of Bowen attending every meeting. Wolff does not want to incur additional cost with Bowen. Sibio said education is critical, especially if member vote is required. He insisted that, for the Committee to properly inform the Board, education is needed to eliminate gray areas. Wolff thought that the Stormwater Project was an improvement project (which would not require member vote), not a new project (which would require member vote). Larry Solotoff said that HFCA does not want a jury to decide what HFCA is, or is not, required to do. Ferris asked why HFCA is paying Bowen an extra $10,000 to attend meetings, and Sibio replied that Bowen’s attendance at a specific number of meetings specified in the contract (45) has been exceeded. Ferris suggested that HFCA use an engineer from the Community to preserve HFCA’s interest. Gloria Talman asked what the amount was that HFCA is paying Bowen for transportation costs. Vandercar replied $400 round-trip each meeting. Talman asked if Bowen could attend some meetings via telephone to cut down costs, and Sibio replied yes. Talman suggested that Management use their discretion for additional expenses. Zenie said that she wants members to be supportive of the Stormwater Project and, without education, this won’t happen. Ferris is of the opinion that Bowen should be required to attend meetings as part of the contract. Sibio replied that Bowen has done a great deal at no charge. Vandercar added that Bowen had attended 57 meetings (12 meetings beyond the required 45 in the original contract) before HFCA was charged additional monies. Oakes agreed to some confusion about the project, and if it requires an additional $10,000, it would be money well spent. Comptroller Ann Marie Drake suggested, as part of the budget process, adding $70,000 to the Stormwater surplus. Spitzer suggested that $10,000 be

added to the $15,000 for extra meetings and $60,000 be added to Stormwater surplus. Approved by consensus.

Budget Adoption Finance Committee Chair Lee Oakes opened the Budget Meeting by introducing the members of the Finance Committee in attendance. Drake announced that, for 2013, operating expenses are under budget by $398,000, revenues are over budget by $99,000, and contingency is below budget by $240,000. A surplus change was made from $325,000 to $375,000. The Human Resource Benefit Module can be reduced from $19,000 to $14,000 because the plan would not be implemented until March (instead of the full 12 months). The Reserve Fund for gypsy moth spraying is currently at $130,000, therefore the $7,000 requested by the Environment Committee for spraying is well within budget. Michael Spitzer asked about the salary adjustment. Drake said the impact would be $10,757 to a department. Drake announced that she has noticed in the past few months that bad debt has increased. She said that the current payment plan default is approximately 10.5%. She recommended being conservative and increasing the bad debt line to $300,000. Spitzer said that there is a negative surplus in the Water Company budget. According to the HFCA Bylaws, when there is a negative surplus, it must be funded in the current year and it should be not by borrowing money from Stormwater. Spitzer proposed that the Finance Committee investigate how Water Company and Stormwater expenditures are consolidated, and the inter-borrowing between the two funds, for a better understanding how the 2015 budget is incorporated. Oakes believed this topic is slated for the Committee’s January agenda. She also suggested the addition of baseline water testing at an additional charge of $5,568. By consensus, the Board approved the HFCA 2014 budget.

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Profiles and Photos by Mary Beth Connors






Kay Kemery

Shirley Cox

Mike Rynda

Diane Bunce

Kay is the Hemlock Farms Bookkeeper. She is responsible for depositing the money received by Hemlock Farms and for keeping the accounts reconciled. Kay is also the backup to the Human Resource Administrator. Kay began employment in the Administration Department in July 1978.

Shirley is a Public Safety Investigator. She is instrumental in investigating criminal activity in the Community. In addition, Shirley reviews all incident reports to determine if further investigation is warranted. She began employment in the Public Safety Department in May 2006.

Mike is a working supervisor with the Roads and Grounds Crew. He runs heavy equipment, fixes potholes and does road shoulder patching. During a snowstorm, he supervises the snowplowing operation. Mike began employment in the Public Works Department in March 1997.

Diane is an Exercise Instructor. She gives classes in high-impact and low-impact exercises. In addition, she is always able to fill in at any of the exercise classes that are given. Diane began employment in the Recreation Department in September 1993.

Jason Tompkins

Rick Campbell

John Hernandez

Jason is a Patrol Officer. He responds to all medical and fire emergencies. He patrols the roads and inspects the Association facilities. In addition, Jason is responsible for issuing citations for HFCA Code violations. Jason began employment in the Public Safety Department in May 2001.

Rick is a member of the Roads and Grounds Crew. He and the crew are responsible for maintaining roadways and grounds throughout the community. This summer, Rick was responsible for directing the seasonal crew with mowing activities. In the winter, Rick plows snow and helps keep the roads clear of ice and snow. He began employment in the Public Works Department in January 2012.

John is a full-time employee who works in the Recreation Department in the summer and in the Public Works Department in the winter months. In the summer, he assists with setup of events and facility checking. In the winter, he assists in the Public Works Department. John began employment with the Hemlock Farms Community Association in June of 2013.

Jason Gramble

Rob Palumbo

Tom Rehberg

Jason is a part-time Dispatcher in the Public Safety Department. He dispatches for all fire and medical emergencies, and he handles visitor entry calls. Jason is responsible for keeping the lines of communication open during an emergency. He began employment in the Public Safety Department in March 2013.

Rob is the Assistant Director of Public Works. He assists the Director of Public Works with the supervision of the Building Maintenance Department, the Roads and Grounds crew, and the Water Company. In addition, Rob is responsible for seeing that the equipment is maintained and making sure that the department runs smoothly. Rob began employment in the Public Works Department in December 1989.

Lisa Flaherty Lisa is a Front Office Receptionist. She issues barcode stickers and recreation badges, and she answers members’ questions when they come to the front desk. Lisa began as a Dispatcher in the Public Safety Department in May 1998 and, in May 2012, she began working in the Administration Office.

Tara Carrubba



Tara is the Accounts Receivable Department Assistant. She is responsible for processing dues and citation payments and filing civil claims. In addition, Tara will be handling the Dues Installment Plan applications. She began employment in the Administration Office in April 2013.

Tom is a part-time, year-round Lifeguard. In the winter months, he can be seen watching over the swimmers in the Clubhouse indoor pool. During the summer, Tom will be at any of the aquatics facilities where he is needed. Tom began employment in the Recreation Department in June 2013.

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HOME SALES IN HEMLOCK FARMS ROSE BY AT LEAST 40% IN 2012. Information was gathered from the WaynePike Board of Realtors.



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Fit and Active By MARY BETH CONNORS “If you don’t recognize Diane, you have not been to an aerobics class in 20 years,” said Community Manager Mike Sibio. “Our aerobics classes have always been very popular, and to have someone in this position for 20 years is phenomenal.”

Photo by Mary Beth Connors


By Connie Kern

Diane was hired as an aerobics instructor 20 years ago by then-Recreation Director Mike Sibio. She teaches highand low-impact aerobics and always tries to meet the level of need for each individual member. “This is not the easiest job,” commented Sibio. “Diane has improved the quality of the aerobics classes,” said Director of Recreation John Wormuth. “We are glad to have her as part of the Hemlock Farms team.” “I don’t know anyone who has as much enthusiasm,” said Board member Anne Marie Zenie. “I have a great support team with Recreation Director John Wormuth and Clubhouse Manager Cherlyn Cioffi,” said Diane. “The enthusiasm and heartfelt gratitude of the people in the classes have inspired me to keep on loving what I do for the past 20 years.” Diane and her husband, Pierce, have been living in Hemlock Farms since 1978. They have two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.



At the December 14 Board of Directors Meeting, Community Manager Mike Sibio presents an award for 20 years of service with the Hemlock Farms Community Association to Aerobics Instructor Diane Bunce.

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Human Resource Specialist Fran Cassidy Gavin welcomed by Community Manager Mike Sibio.

The Members’ Time portion of the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors (Board) meeting of December 14, 2013, commenced at 11:00 a.m. Expected heavy snowfall may have deterred members from attending the meeting. Community Manager Mike Sibio introduced recently hired Human Resource Specialist Fran Cassidy Gavin. Gavin has been actively reviewing employee files, bringing everything up to current standards, and ensuring that all data is assembled in one place. “We are glad to have her on board,”

said Sibio. “Anytime we issue a plaque with a clock on it, it means someone has been around for a very long time!” said Sibio. Sibio presented Aerobics instructor Diane Bunce with a 20-year longevity plaque. Bunce said that, at the time of the interview, Sibio was the Recreation Director. Sibio said that when Bunce applied, it eliminated the frustration of finding a qualified applicant. He added that she is a testament to staying fit and active. Bunce said that her job is made easy by a great team and enthusiastic participants.


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The December 14, 2013, Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors (Board) meeting began at 8:30 a.m. and immediately moved to Executive Session, in which legal and personnel issues were discussed. MOTION: To accept the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of November 23, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended. Zenie/Ferris. Lyn Attreed pointed out that the minutes should be corrected to read “...recessed at 1:00 p.m. for the Second Public Budget Hearing...” instead of First Public Budget Hearing. Accepted as corrected: Zenie/Attreed. Unanimous. MOTION: To accept the minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of November 23, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended. Treptow/Solotoff. Unanimous. Board President Rob Wolff appointed Michael Spitzer to inform the OPPI Committee to generate evaluation points for the Board’s upcoming Editor review. Hemlock News Coordinator Mary Beth Connors requested that the Business Professional Services Directory and the classified ads appear on both the public and private side of the HFCA website so that these items would be available to a larger audience. Gloria Talman asked if HFCA’s advertising rates are equivalent to area newspapers (i.e. Pocono Record). Connors answered that the website advertising rates are the same as Hemlock News. Wolff would like the Committee to review the entire website’s public and private sides. Community Manager Mike Sibio suggested that

In order to avoid the closure of your Hemlock Farms mailbox and costly extra charges, the fee of $25.00 must be paid by Saturday, March 1, 2014.

the Public Relations Committee revisit the private and public sides of the website and to make a recommendation to the Board. Attreed agreed and added that it was an ideal time for a review because the website has been active for a few years.

Treasurer’s Report MOTION: That the Board approve the write-off of uncollectible accounts totaling $7,298 due to land repository sale. Spitzer/Ferris. Unanimous. Comptroller Ann Marie Drake reported that the Capital Improvement Fee Fund is at $298,000 because of 15 additional transfers in November.

Manager’s Report Sibio stated that several offices in the Administration Building are out of commission because of a water pipe burst. Anne Marie Zenie said that the HFCA staff is to be commended for continuing their work despite the less-than-desirable conditions. Sibio asked the Board to waive the bid requirement for replacing the carpet. Zenie/Ferris. Unanimous. Sibio said that people have been using the new sledding hill behind tennis courts 7 and 8. For the complete Manager’s Report, see page 3.

Committee Reports Planning, Land Use, and Architecture – MOTION: that the Board approve the concept plan and materials list for the McConnell Shoreline Restoration Project at Laurel Ridge submitted by Ecological Solutions, Inc., for a total materials cost of $6,173.86. This expenditure is being funded by a Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Grant of $5,775, resulting in an HFCA in-kind cost of $398.86. No Board action required (budgetary issue). Recreation – Regarding the proposed amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 103 – Fees, Jennifer Passenti said that the proposed fees would apply to only programs and classes, not to events. Wolff suggested limiting the number of tickets purchased at one time. Sibio said that staff strives to sell out events and limiting tickets may create a problem.

Passenti said programs and classes are the most problematic. Gloria Talman said that she was not in agreement for the code to apply to full-time renters. Passenti said the landlord, as a deeded member, is not required to give the tenant badges. Sibio suggested that this code change become a First Reading in January 2014. Moved to First Reading by consensus. Michael Spitzer suggested implementing a project plan and timeline in developing new badges, and to see if barcodes work at a single facility such as the Steer Barn in calendar year 2015 before implementing them community-wide. Art Sussman said that the infrastructure does not exist for community-wide barcodes. Passenti suggested that the ad hoc IT and Recreation Committees meet to develop an infrastructure for 2015 implementation. Appeals – One appeal decision was upheld by consensus. Environment – Nick Santelli presented the following motions for the Board’s consideration: – that the National Gypsy Moth Management Group treat the areas of gypsy moth infestation at a cost of $7,000. Was discussed and approved during the Budget adoption session. – to reduce the use of sodium chloride where possible and replace it with the use of magnesium chloride when conditions warrant. Rationale: magnesium chloride has less of an environmental impact. Wolff suggested that the Environment and Finance Committees meet to discuss this issue. (For more on this topic, see Board Focus on page 11.) – to move Budget item #423.40 from premium to operating. No Board action required. Ad hoc and Subcommittees: ALS/EMS Oversight – Community Manager Executive Assistant Helen Yale said that the revised Request For Proposal for a service provider is still in the beginning stages. Wolff said that he would like to have a new contract in place by the summer. Human Resource – Wolff announced that there is a three percent (3%) payroll increase in the 2014 budget. Wolff

would like the committee to reconvene and review current salaries. Stormwater – John Chapman asked for permission to speak with Koberlein and M&S to discuss flushable wipes (i.e. Huggies Baby Wipes) that are not biodegradable and may cause problems in the sewer system. Wolff agreed as long as no expenses are incurred. Approved by consensus. Chapman presented a motion that the Board authorize a change order to the Kleinschmidt Stormwater Design Contract for $10,000 to cover costs for Engineer Mark Bowen to attend meetings to assist the Stormwater Committee in fulfilling its charge. Drake suggested, as part of the budget process, adding $71,000 to the Stormwater surplus. Spitzer suggested that $10,000 be added to the $15,000 for extra meetings and $61,000 be added to Stormwater surplus. Approved by consensus. (For more on this topic, see Board Focus on page 11.)

Payment of Bills MOTION: That the Board approve the payment of bills as listed in the report Bills for Approval, comprised of $227,095.87 Community Association and $8,394.33 Water Company, for a grand total of $235,490.20. Spitzer/ Talman. Unanimous.

Second Reading MOTION: That the Board approve the proposed amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 233 – Acquisition of Property and Tax Sales (see Agenda on page 22). Attreed/Treptow. Unanimous.

Communications Wolff announced that Timothy Cortright, Michael Rynda, and Steven Zelosko completed a chainsaw safety training program.

Miscellaneous The meeting recessed at 11:33 p.m. for the Budget Adoption. At this time, Larry Solotoff, who was attending via phone, left the meeting. The meeting reconvened at 12:19 p.m. and adjourned at 12:44 p.m. Zenie/ Talman. Unanimous.

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The Elements of the Environment By MARY BETH CONNORS The formation of the Environmental Committee was approved by a membership vote in July of 1999. The Committee’s role is to address environmental issues of concern within Hemlock Farms and to educate the community in environmental issues. Since 2004, the Environment Committee has been instrumental in educating the community about the necessity of the deer cull. “The program’s success can be measured in the improved health of sustainable wildlife, the regeneration of forests and landscapes, and the decrease in damage to property,” said Chairperson of the Environment Committee Nick Santelli. The deer cull program is managed by the Hemlock Farms Community Association Department of Community Conservation through the services of the United States Department of Agriculture. The Committee has updated the Natural Resource

Code to reflect the fact that trees are significant players in the water cycle that helps recharge groundwater that is the source of drinking water. The Committee is tracking the threat of gypsy moth infestation to our forests with the efforts of a professional gypsy moth management company. The Committee made recommendations to the Board on appropriate action to take, and the Committee requested financial reserves to fund the continuing program of gypsy moth control. The Committee initiated the Adopt-a-Highway Program in which volunteers clean a two-mile stretch of Route 402. The Committee recognized the need for uniformity in reports and procedures by septic haulers serving Hemlock Farms. This was accomplished through a joint effort with the ad hoc Source Water Protection Committee. The Environment Committee makes recommendations to the Board. However, as with all committee recommendations, the Board makes the final decision.

Photos by Mary Beth Connors

The members discuss the many issues of concern that the Committee will address during the year.

Any Hemlock Farms member may attend any committee meeting as a guest to observe the process. Guests who attend meetings often decide to join a committee.

At the monthly Environment Committee meeting, Director of Public Works Bob Vandercar discusses the issues related to snow and ice removal.

Committee meeting dates and times are published in the Happenings, on the HFCA website, and on Channel 15.

COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES OPPI COMMITTEE NOVEMBER 30, 2013 Present: George Barbier, Vincent Comando, Jeff Ferretti, David Malinov, Larry Snyder, Michael Spitzer, Rita Spitzer Staff: Mary Beth Connors News Staff: Connie Kern, Lori Malone It is recommended that both the Business Professional Services Directory and the Classifieds be available on the private, as well as on the public, side of the HFCA website. The HFCA Handbook will now contain a listing of HFCA Financial Documents Available for Inspection in the “Things to Know” section.

PLANNING, LAND USE, AND ARCHITECTURE COMMITTEE DECEMBER 1, 2013 Present: Lyn Attreed, Carol Comando, Diane Gentile, Kathie Joseph, Cheryl Schmitt, Michael Schul, Robert Treptow Board Liaison: Anne Marie Zenie Staff: Assistant Community Manager Dorisann Mooring, Code Enforcement Officer Jesse Sloan Anne Marie reported that the Board has assigned to this Committee the task of looking at the Conference Center and Stables for possible renovation to include housing permanent exhibit space for an Archives Museum. Unfinished business: Laurel Ridge Site Plan – The Committee reviewed the Concept Plan for Laurel Ridge Beach/Shoreline Res-

toration submitted by Ecological Solutions, Inc., and made the following motion: MOTION: Joseph/Schmitt: The Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee recommends that the Board approve the concept plan and materials list submitted by Ecological Solutions, Inc., for a total materials cost of $6,173.86, minus a Palms Grant of $5,775.00, resulting in an HFCA in-kind cost of $398.86. UNANIMOUS Abstained: Attreed, Treptow, and Zenie New business: Senior Living Concept. Diane Gentile reported about a new concept in senior care called Med-Cottages or Granny Cottages. These units are long-term care housing alternatives. The Med Cottage is a modular building which provides round-the-clock monitoring in a freestanding unit dependent on a caregiver’s house. The Med Cottage efficiently combines sleeping, bathing, cooking, and living area. A senior or disabled family member can gain some privacy and independence in a setting where state-of-the-art technology is available to monitor the occupant when needed.

RECREATION COMMITTEE DECEMBER 1, 2013 Present: Jill Blessington, Carol Comando, Diane Gentile, Jen Passenti, Linda Polizzi, Rita Ruth, Cheryl Schmitt, Jami Sloan, Eileen Sokol, Bob Stoller, Bob Treptow Staff: Recreation Director John Wormuth, Recreation Assistant Michele Osborne Recreation Director’s Report: John provided us with

a concept plan for the Laurel Ridge Beach/Shoreline Restoration Project. A discussion took place with staff and this Committee. Staff will gather information on costs associated (including manpower) with implementing proposed changes. Staff will then make a recommendation to the Board regarding implementation and enforcement of the November motion regarding HFCA Code Chapter 103-1 and 103- 10F. A subcommittee has been formed for ID badges. The following will be on the subcommittee: Diane Gentile, Carol Comando, Jen Passenti, Linda Polizzi, Jamie Sloan, and John Wormuth.

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE DECEMBER 7, 2013 Present: Carole Capsuto, Alfred Carin, Dennis Fleming, Hank Hudgins, Nick Santelli, Mara Zibrin, Sally Schwartz, Carolyn Baker, Stu Baker Staff: Marian Keegan Guest: Robert Vandercar, Public Works Director Staff Liaison Report: Marian Keegan reported that the National Gypsy Moth Management Group submitted their 2014 report outlining their findings of decreased egg masses. A spray is not needed in 2014 unless there is a blow-in. There are still some viable infestations that they recommend be treated with a fungal inoculation. The cost is $7,000.00, and the monies are in reserve. MOTION: By Carin/Zibrin: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board that the National Gypsy Moth Management Group treat the areas of infestation at a cost of $7000.00. 8/1-abstention Continued on page 19

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Committee Minutes Continued from page 17

# 423.40 from Premium to Operating. UNANIMOUS Rationale: Baseline data is important to know before any contamination event occurs including—but not limited to—spills or gas drilling. Testing after the contamination event occurs is too late to prove contaminant wasn’t present before the event. Also, baseline data for one well may not be legally defensible evidence for the water quality of the other wells.






DECEMBER 7, 2013 Present: Lyn Attreed, Neil Barmann, John Chapman, Anthony Licchi, Lee Oakes, James Pellechia, Pat Quinn, Georgene Snyder, Larry Snyder, Michael Spitzer, Rita Spitzer, Gloria Talman, Peter Talman, Darryl Thaler, Anne Marie Zenie Staff: Community Manager Mike Sibio, Comptroller Ann Marie Drake BUDGET REVIEW: Review of 2014 Budget before adoption: Management presented proposed changes to the current budget. It was recommended to increase the prior year surplus by $25,000 to new total of $325,000. Our current cash balance and projected spending and income can support this change. Management recommended adding expanded HR services into our ADP contract at approximate cost of $19,000 to Administration Line 400.260, making total in line $44,400. This addition will provide tools and resources for our new HR Specialist to improve her ability to function. The initial setup fee for this change is approximately $6,300 (included in the $19,000) and is a one-time fee. The net result of these changes is a decrease in the I-Lot dues as presented in the Second Public Budget hearing of $2, with I-Lot dues now being $2,057, a $35 or 1.75% increase over prior year.



MOTION: Made by consensus: Accept management’s proposed changes as detailed above. BY CONSENSUS With regard to the Water Company 2014 Budget, the Committee discussed the Premium item of baseline well testing. The cost of these tests, as noted in the manager’s proposed budget, was originally set at $51,600. This amount had recently been decreased to a cost of $5,568 due to the fact that most of the tests are already being done through mandated DEP quarterly testing. MOTION: Made by consensus: To add $5,568 to line 423.240, engineering/water testing, for additional quarterly baseline well testing at 4 well sites. BY CONSENSUS

! HFCA Code Chapter 233 – Acquisition of Property and Tax Sales Amendment Article II – Reports 233-2 List of Properties to be Reported As soon as tax and sheriff sale lists are published, the Community Manager shall review the list of properties in Hemlock which are scheduled for sale and send a list of all such properties prior to their sale, to the Finance Committee, the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee, the Public Works Committee, and the Board of Directors.



Rationale: Gypsy moth treatment is an ongoing project receiving excellent professional management, and this expenditure will continue their recommended treatment for 2014. Guest Time: Robert Vandercar, HFCA Public Works Director, presented the issues involved in snow and ice removal. A recent change in use from magnesium chloride to sodium chloride resulted in a cost savings over the use of magnesium chloride that had been used by HFCA for the last 5-7 years. It was agreed that, while sodium chloride contained salt (more corrosive), all chemicals pose a threat to property, plants, our lake, and source water and, accordingly, require due diligence in expert handling, timely and prudent application, and cleanup, which the HFCA PW employs. However, certain areas (i.e. Elm Beach) are more sensitive as runoff from its roadways readily enters into that lake. MOTION: BY HUDGINS/BAKER: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board that HFCA reduce the use of sodium chloride where possible and replace it with the use of magnesium chloride (MGCL2) when conditions warrant. UNANIMOUS Rationale: Magnesium Chloride is less corrosive and less environmentally harmful. Committee Reports: Ad hoc Source Water Protection Committee: They have motioned to the Board that funds for the baseline testing of the wells not tested by USGS be moved from Premium to the Operating Budget. These funds are now needed as the county recently informed HFCA that monies for grants are not available. MOTION: By Baker/Capsuto: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board that the Environment Committee affirms the ad hoc Source Water Committee’s motion to move the budget item




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PS 4 - Traveled: 2,655 PS 5 - Traveled: 2,451 PS 6 - Traveled: 4,549

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December, 2013: 15,012 December, 2012: 15,203 YTD: 166,688 Previous YTD: 178,215


By Richard Hall Fire Chief

Let me start off by wishing Happy New Year to everyone! We had some crazy weather in December ranging from really cold temperatures to spring-like days. However, with winter officially here, we need to be prepared for winter weather when we absolutely must be out. I say must, because, if you don’t need to be out in severe weather or extreme cold, please stay in!



What do you do if you notice signs of frostbite? Immediately call 9-1-1. Get into a warm room as soon as possible. Immerse the affected area in warm— not hot—water (the temperature should be comfortable to the touch for unaffected parts of the body). Do not rub the frostbitten area with snow or massage it at all. This can cause more damage. Do not use a heating pad, heat lamp, or the heat of a stove, fireplace, or radiator for warming. Affected areas are numb and can be easily burned. Also, this winter, while you are cleaning your driveway, please help us by cleaning the snow away from the fire hydrant near your home. Seconds count; if we have immediate access to that fire hydrant, it just might save your home or your neighbors’ homes! Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Remember, volunteers are wanted and needed. If you are interested in volunteering for the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, or for EMS, please stop by the firehouse. We are there on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m., or you can call the firehouse at 570-7756447. Please remember to dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies! We hope you have a safe and happy New Year!

Hypothermia occurs when one is exposed to cold temperatures; the body begins to lose heat faster than it can produce it. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous, because a person may not realize it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. Signs of hypothermia in adults: shivering exhaustion confusion fumbling hands memory loss slurred speech drowsiness Signs of hypothermia in infants: bright red, cold skin very low energy What do you do if you notice signs of hypothermia? Immediately call 9-1-1. Get the victim into a warm room or shelter. If the victim’s clothing is wet, remove it. Warm the center of the victim’s body first—chest, neck, head, and groin— using an electric blanket, if available. Or, use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets. Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person. After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck.

Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Signs of frostbite: an area of white or grayish-yellow skin skin that feels unusually firm or waxy numbness



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9:00 A.M. AT THE STEER BARN CLUBHOUSE • 9:05 A.M. POSSIBLE EXECUTIVE SESSION • 10:00 A.M. COMMITTEE REPORTS MEMBERS’ TIME AND OTHER ORAL COMMUNICATIONS ARE SCHEDULED AT 11:00 A.M. FOR ONE-HALF (½) HOUR I. Quorum Roll Call II. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings A. Regular Board Meeting of December 14, 2013 MOTION: _____/____ - To accept the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of December 14, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended.

VOTING: Aye ____ Nay ____ Abstain ____

B. Executive Session Meeting of December 14, 2013 MOTION:_____/______ - To accept the minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of December 14, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended.

6. ALS/EMS Oversight 7. Human Resource 8. Fiftieth Anniversary 9. Financial Management Planning 10. Public Relations 11. Fitness Center Expansion 12. Audit Oversight 13. Stormwater 14. RESERVED 15. Exploring Ways to Increase Revenue 16. Archives Preservation 17. RESERVED 18. Information Technology VI. Payment of Bills

F. 2014 Ford F-250 Pickup MOTION: ____/____ - That the Board award the contract for a 2014 Ford F-250 Pickup to __________ at a cost of $_____. VIII. Second Reading ______ Underscoring denotes new wording. --------- Dashes denote deleted wording. IX. Unfinished Business

A. Semi-Annual Review of Executive Session Minutes

X. New Business

A. Board Retreat

A. MOTION: _____/_____ - To approve payment of bills as listed in the report “Bills for Approval” at the Board Meeting of January 25, 2014, comprised of $ _______ Community Association and $ ______ Water Company, for a grand total of $ ________.

XI. First Reading ______ Underscoring denotes new wording. --------- Dashes denote deleted wording.

VII. Awarding of Contracts

A. Indoor Pool Deck Replacement


103-1 Fees for Individual Programs

III. Treasurer’s Report

MOTION: ____/____ - That the Board award the contract for Indoor Pool Deck Replacement to _________ at a cost of $____.

A. Uncollected Dues

B. 2014 F-350 Super Cab Pick Up

MOTION: ______/______ - That the Board approve the write-off of uncollectible accounts totaling __________________.

MOTION: _____/_____ - That the Board award the contract for a 2014 F-350 Super Cab Pick Up to _________ at a cost of $____.

IV. Manager’s Report

C. 2014 F-550 Dump Truck with Plow and Spreader

Fees for individual programs shall be the same for each person enrolled regardless of the number of members of a family who may also enroll. Family shall be defined as grandparents, parents, children, and/or grandchildren of HFCA members. This policy shall apply to all group lessons as well as to courses, programs, and facilities.

VOTING: Aye ____ Nay ____ Abstain ____

C. Budget Adoption Meeting of December 14, 2013 MOTION:_____/______ - To accept the minutes of the Budget Adoption Meeting of December 14, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended.

VOTING: Aye ____ Nay ____ Abstain ____

V. Committee Reports A. Official Publication and Public Information B. Finance C. Planning, Land Use, and Architecture D. Public Health, Safety and Security E. Public Works and Physical Properties F. Recreation G. Elections H. Appeals I. Environment J. Ad hoc and Subcommittees of the Board: 1. Real Estate 2. RESERVED 3. Source Water Protection Steering 4. Project Funding 5. RESERVED

MOTION: ____/_____ - That the Board award the contract for a F-550 Dump Truck with Plow and Spreader to ___________ at a cost of $_____. D. 2014 Ford Bucket Truck with Utility MOTION: ____/____ - That the Board award the contract for a 2014 Ford Bucket Truck with Utility to ____________ at a cost of $_____. E. 2014 Ford Escape MOTION: ____/____ - That the Board award the contract for a 2014 Ford Escape to _________ at a cost of $_____.

A. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 103 – Fees (Requested by Recreation Committee)

103-9 Guidelines for Determining Amount Charged F. “Guest fees” are charges to renters and members’ guests (other than family) for participation in Association-sponsored programs. Guest fees shall be 20% greater than member cost with a minimum of $2.00 per person for each lesson, course, program, and facility rental. XII. Communications

A. Written

B. Oral XIII. Miscellaneous XIV. Adjournment



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Compiled by Lt. John D. Terwilliger AEMPT, Field Supervisor, Care1 EMS

Snow Shoveling Tips The snow season is upon us; here is a pile of snowshoveling tips to help you be heart-healthy and backfriendly while you are shoveling this winter. • If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.



As of November 2013, ALS has responded to 3,708 calls. Club Meetings and Programs


Contact Kathie at 570/257-0152.

Chess Club Thursdays

Conference Center, 7:30 p.m. All levels welcome. Contact Andy at 570/775-9479.

Fishing & Boating Club

• Avoid caffeine and nicotine before beginning. These are stimulants that may increase your heart rate and cause your blood vessels to constrict, thus placing extra stress on your heart. • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in cold winter months as it is in the summer. • Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed. • Warm up your muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms and legs, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured. • Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, therefore putting less strain on your body. • Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your heart. Pace yourself and take breaks as needed. • Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly.

Photo by Mary Beth Connors

Stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend from your knees (not your back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Avoid twisting movements. If you need to move the snow to one side, reposition your feet to face the direction the snow will be going. Most importantly—listen to your body! Stop if you feel pain! I hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday and that you all continue to have a safe and happy new year.

Meetings will resume in the spring. New members welcome! Contact Vinny at 570/775-9379.

Call Breakdown for Care1 EMS Paramedics: November and December 2013

Food & Friends

First Monday of the month

Orchard House, 6 p.m. Contact Mary at 570/775-1977.

Girl Scouts

Daisies K-1st grade, contact Bernice at 570/257-0295. Brownies 2nd-3rd grade, contact Dee at 570/257-0049.

Total Responses

Happy Hookers Thursdays

Oct. Nov. Oct. Nov. YTD 2013 2013 2012 2012 2013 42 40 39 35 576

Type of Emergency:

Conference Center, 1 p.m. Contact Evelyn at 570/775-9829.

Medical 37 33 32 29 513

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Disposition of Calls:

Contact Ronnie at 570/775-8893 or Dianne at 570/775-9204.


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Conference Center, 7 p.m. Light refreshments served. For membership information, contact Arlene Keane at 570/775-4298.


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Red Hat Scarlet Divas

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Third Wednesday of the month

Third Thursday of the month

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Hemlock Farms Conservancy (HFC)


Executive Committee Meeting NOVEMBER 25, 2013 Present: Board Members Michael Spitzer and Anne Marie Zenie Executive Committee Members: Ginny Malone, Sheldon and Joan Polishook, Kelly Stagen Staff: Hemlock News Coordinator Mary Beth Connors Approval of Minutes of Previous meeting: MOTION: Zenie/Spitzer: To accept the minutes of the meeting of November 25, 2013. UNANIMOUS Treasurer’s Report: It was reported that $4,153 was received as a result of the donation letter included in the water bill. Unfinished Business: Discussed the need for a Grant Writer/Project Manager. MOTION: Malone/Stagen: Recommendation to place an ad for a grant writer in local papers. Suggested papers: Wayne Independent, Pocono

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Record, and Times Herald Record. Ginny Malone to obtain prices for these ads and come back to the committee in January. Kelly Stagen to contact the four houses of worship to inquire if we could place an ad for a grant writer in their newsletters. Kelly Stagen to be the Project Manager for a Nature’s Children program. Other Business: Ginny Malone to bring the 2014 new brochure to the Public Relations Committee. Review of 2014 projects were identi-

nd Field Gear Fun a s k o o B dr for

BEAR-OLOGY: Fascinating Bear Facts, Tales & Trivia By Sylvia Dolson, $12 A treasure trove of facts, folklore and amazing trivia about the nature and history of all bears. A Whistler Bear Story By Steven Dolson & Katherine Fawcett, $11 World-renown Whistler may be a ski town, a mountains biking mecca, and an Olympic destination, but it’s also home to some of the most awe-inspiring animals on earth: black bears. In “A Whistler Bear Story,” you’ll meet the real black bears of Whistler: Jeanie, Katie, Marissa, Fitz and Slip among others.

fied as follows: Gala Kick-off at LVCC – Anne Marie Zenie and Mary Beth Connors Turn-key car donor program – Ginny Malone Estate planning seminars – Ginny Malone Hemlock Farms Day and Welcome Neighbor Day Water bill letter – April, July, October, and January Community outreach – Ginny to prepare presentations Committee approved applying for a “PayPal” account. Committee approved the creation of a Facebook page with Ginny Malone as Project Manager. Discussed establishment of procedures and roles of the committee members. Next meeting date: Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. in Public Safety Building.

Please send donations for attending these events to: Hemlock Farms Conservancy 3737 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428

Animal Tracks with John Jose

Sunday, February 23, 1-3 p.m. Steer Barn and walk around the wildflower hills

Amphibians and Reptiles & PARS Citizen Survey with John Jose

Saturday, April 19, 1-4 p.m.

Steer Barn and walk on Hemlock Trail or Maple Swamp Trail

Living with Wildlife

with Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Matt Kropa

Friday, May 30, 4-5 p.m. Day Camp Building

Tree ID/Forest Ecology with John Jose

Saturday, June 21, 1-3 p.m. Hemlock Trail

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Environment Day Sunday, June 29 E-Waste Recycle Day

Public Works, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FREE!

Birds of Prey with Bill Streeter

Living With Bears: A Practical Guide to Bear Country By Linda Masterson, Foreword by Tom Beck, $13 Learn why humanbear conflicts are on the rise and what you can do to prevent them at home or at play in black bear country.

Steer Barn, 1 p.m.

Live Reptiles and Amphibians

with Rick Koval, Pocono Naturalist/ WNEP

Wednesday, July 2, 8 p.m. Steer Barn

Plants and Mushrooms with Nathaniel Whitmore, Herbalist

Saturday, August 23, 1-3 p.m.

Orchard House and walk around the Apple Orchard

Tick Key An easy-to-use tick removal device, 99% effective on the removal of all sizes & types of ticks, $5. Available at the Administration Office. Checks payable to Hemlock Farms Conservancy. Tax deductible portion of each bear book is $3. Tax deductible portion of each tick key is $1.60.

E-Waste Recycle Day Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Public Works, FREE!

Birds of Prey with Bill Streeter

Sunday, November 30, 1-3 p.m. Photo by Sam Ferrell

A black birch flanked by two Colorado blue spruce.

Steer Barn

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Swamp White Oak: Quercus bicolor

Photo by Sandy Feather

This massive old swamp white oak at Jennings Prairie is easily 80-100 feet tall. It is very old and has taken some hits over the years, but it remains a majestic presence, scars and all. Jennings Prairie is a natural 20-acre prairie ecosystem that includes the blazing star prairie plant and the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. It is located in Jennings State Park, Slippery Rock, PA.

Swamp white oak is native to the eastern United States and Canada, typically found on soils that do not drain well. It tolerates periodic flooding, but not constantly inundated soils. It is an important wildlife species, both for cover and as a food source. Its acorns provide mast for whitetail deer, squirrels, mice, beavers, black bears and birds, including ducks, ruffed grouse, and turkeys. Over 100 species of caterpillars—the larvae of moths and butterflies—feed on oak species, according to Illinois Wildf lowers (www.illinoiswildf lowers. info). While the damage to the tree is usually minimal, those caterpillars are a major food source for insectivorous birds, including warblers, flycatchers and woodpeckers. Swamp white oak has an upright oval to irregular crown, and the dark brown, flaky bark develops deep ridges and furrows on mature specimens. The rounded lobed, obovate leaves are dark green and glabrous above and light green to silvery white below, often densely pubescent and luxuriously soft. It generally devel-


Deck the Halls and Can the Ashes Firewise tips that you can use this holiday and winter season: Improper disposal of ashes from fireplaces and wood stoves causes thousands of fires every year. Hot coals hidden in a pile of ashes can stay hot for up to four days! Dispose of your ashes in a metal container with a tight-fitting metal lid. Take them outside of the home and away from all combustibles, including the deck and fences.

Wet the ashes down and cover the container tightly. Now you can nestle down into a long winter’s nap knowing that you’ve made your property Firewise safe for your family and your neighbors.


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ops a good yellow fall color, and occasionally is reddish-purple. In the landscape, swamp white oak grows 50-60 feet tall with a similar spread. It is a moderately fast grower that tolerates a range of conditions, including poorly drained soil, compacted soil and drought. It grows best in full sun to part shade and evenly moist, acidic soils. Alkaline soils and those that are permanently flooded are about the only things swamp white oak cannot handle. This is a good choice as a shade tree for large lawns, golf courses, parks and natural areas. Its native habitat makes it a shooin for large rain gardens, and swamp white oak is being used successfully as a street tree. Hardy to USDA Zone 4. For more details on this lovely oak tree that grows in Hemlock Farms on poorly drained soils, visit www.illinoiswildf html.

Photo by Paul Showers (Copyright © 2011)

Silhouette of a large swamp white oak that grows in northeast Illinois.

Reference: Green Industry News. Penn State Extension newsletter for the Green Industry. green-industry/news/2013/swamp-whiteoak-quercus-bicolor. Posted November 8, 2013.

Septic system maintenance isn’t complicated, and it doesn’t need to be expensive. It is, however, very important to keeping our drinking water, lakes, and ponds clean. Upkeep comes down to four important elements: inspection and pumping; water efficiency; proper waste disposal; and drainfield care. This series of four articles will be repeated three times in the Hemlock News this year for your education and information about the upkeep of your onlot sewage disposal system.

Inspect and Pump According to the HFCA Sewage Code (Chapter 207) Your onlot sewage disposal system includes tanks, drainfields, pumps, pipes and electrical devices. While this system is not complicated, all the parts must work properly to settle heavy solids (sludge) to the bottom, float light solids (scum) on the top, and move the remaining liquid (effluent) from tank to tank then to the drainfield. Natural processes break down some of the solids and sanitize the effluent to return clean water to our aquifers, lakes, and ponds. HFCA sends a letter to members reminding them when inspections are due and provides an inspection form for completion. The inspection form and instructions are posted on the Hemlock Farms website ( The sewage disposal code requires that your sewage system be inspected every two years, or the third year following a tank pumping. Tanks are to be pumped if the sludge fills 1/3 of the tank or the scum depth exceeds three inches. Inspections will document the need for repairs. Repairs are required and will be referred to the Township Sewage Enforcement Officer. Be sure to hire a septic professional to make the repairs as soon as possible.


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STORMWATER Ribbons of different colors are being placed throughout the Community. These colored ribbons have a significant meaning to the layout for stormwater management and wetland delineation. Please leave these ribbons in place as stormwater surveying has begun.


Fires will not spread beyond the heat of a camp fire or brush fire. Precipitation may be present.


Fires will start from open flames, camp, or brush fire. Fires will spread slowly, and may go out alone.


REPORTS AVAILABLE The following reports are available on the HFCA website (, the Library, and the HFCA Administration Office: 2013 GYPSY MOTH RISK ASSESSMENT REPORT: analyzes data from 140 plots within the community and advises on expected caterpillar population for the next spring.



Fires will start from a lighted match and spread rapidly in dry grass, slower in other fuel. Fires will burn until extinguished.

2012 USDA DEER MANAGEMENT REPORT: analyzes survey data, discloses harvest results, and makes recommendations for next year.



Fires will start readily from match or glowing cinders, will spread rapidly as they increase in size, and may crown in young conifers.

2012 USDA GOOSE REPORT: discloses location of goose nests and treatments.


We all must understand the serious threat of wildfires. Homes and property do not have to become fuel for a wildfire. Here are simple FIREWISE steps you can take.

Fires start readily from sparks or cigarette butts, spread and crown rapidly. Spot fires from embers blown in the wind are common. All burn fiercely and may blow up unless promptly controlled.

A Red Flag Warning, also known as a Fire Weather Warning, is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid spread. After drought conditions, and when humidity is very low, and especially when high or erratic winds which may include lightning are a factor, the Red Flag Warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting and emergency management agencies. These agencies often alter their staffing and equipment resources dramatically to accommodate the forecast risk. To the public, a Red Flag Warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area within 24 hours.

2013 ANNUAL LAKE REPORT: analyzes data, discloses treatments, and summarizes conditions on all lakes and ponds in the community, and makes recommendations.

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•A non-flammable 3-foot barrier of rocks, stone, or other pervious material should surround any structure and be void of vegetation. •Live vegetation beyond the 3-foot non-flammable barrier to 25 feet should be spaced 3 feet apart. •Dead vegetation within 30 feet of any structure should be removed. Only leafy material may be taken to the Public Works compost area. Do not blow leaves into wooded or waterfront areas. •Prune branches up to six feet above the ground on all trees within 30 feet of any structure. •Roof and gutters should be free of leaves, pine needles, limbs, twigs and other debris. •Stack firewood at least 30 feet from all structures. •Open areas under porches and decks should be enclosed with 1/8th-inch wire-screen. •Spark arrestors are mandatory on all chimneys. Chimney flue, cap and spark arrester should be periodically inspected and cleaned. •A garden hose with nozzle, rake, bucket, and ladder should be stored outside during a wildfire threat. •Children should know how to report forest fires or other emergencies.

CANADA GOOSE Pyrotechnics may be used to harass the geese in Hemlock Farms during weekday hours. There will be loud startling cracks—it is not gunfire.

2012 LAKE WATCH WATER QUALITY REPORT: analyzes data from samples collected by the Lake Watch Team on Elm, McConnell, Hemlock and Lower Lakes. 2012 INVASIVE PLANT CONTROL R E P O R T: d i s c l o s e s t r e a t m e n t s a n d makes recommendations for controlling Japanese barberry, Japanese stiltgrass, and phragmites. MULTIPLE YEAR FISH SURVEY: describes the fish populations in our lakes and ponds and makes recommendations. 2012 DRINKING WATER REPORT. 2010 SPECIAL STORMWATER RUN-OFF STUDY REPORT: analyzes data from shoreline water samples along Hemlock and Lower Lakes.


Panic and disorganization can result when community members are unprepared for a wildfire. Use the information below if a wildfire approaches. •Channel 15, HFCA website, and the Public Notification System will maintain emergency information. •Vehicles should be backed out of the garage and parked in your driveway facing the street. •Windows, vents and doors in your home and garage doors should be shut. •Garage door openers and fuel tanks should be shut off. •Pets should be placed together with instructions for their proper care during an evacuation. •Evacuate immediately when advised. •Travel to a designated shelter or arrange for housing in a safe area. •Wear protective clothing: shoes, long cotton pants and shirt, hat, dry handkerchief. •Take your emergency “GO BAG” or emergency kit when evacuating. For more information, visit; or contact the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company at 570/775-6447.

PESTICIDE & HERBICIDE APPLICATIONS From time to time throughout the growing season, HFCA applies chemicals on our lands and waters that are needed to control infestations of invasive or harmful insects and plants that threaten our health and resources. Careful monitoring is performed to minimize the amount of chemical for adequate control while protecting our safety, water quality, and non target species. Chemical applications are dependent on weather conditions and contractor schedules. Registered pesticide applicators accomplish the tasks. Contact Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan for more information.

WILDLIFE Feeding wildlife (such as deer, turkey, waterfowl, feral cats, and bear) is prohibited in the community because it is harmful to wildlife and everyone’s health and safety. Your cooperation and understanding in following this policy is critical to the success of our wildlife management programs. Violations carry a minimum fine of $100.



Contributed photos

This electric car is a Toyota Prius. Other models available in the U.S. include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla.

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These are electric car charging stations that are available to the public.

Green Cars

By MARIAN KEEGAN, Director of Community Conservation



Many states are taking major actions to set and meet goals that reduce emissions from automobiles on our roads to ZERO.

That’s right, ZERO. For all who suffer from respiratory problems or for all who simply want to breathe clean air, relief is on the way! Electric vehicles produce zero emissions. No carbon dioxide or methane is

From the Department of Community Conservation Calling all Hemlock Farms members, residents, guests, employees, and contractors. Let HFCA know what you are doing to go green in 2014, and we’ll feature your efforts in Hemlock News. For this month, tell us if you know someone who switched from incandescent holiday lights to LED lights to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. To let us know, please call Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan 570/775-4200, ext. 127.

emitted into our atmosphere from these vehicles. When all vehicles are powered by electricity, the air that we breathe will be healthier, and green house gases that aggravate our changing climate will not be produced by our vehicles. Making the switch to electric powered vehicles easier for everyone means continuing to improve the technology, bringing the sales price down, and installing charging stations in public places. Many places are installing public charging stations and new and improved models for electric vehicles are on the market every year. We are on our way to a greener, healthier planet. In the coming year, the HFCA Depart-

ment of Community Conservation, with the help of the Environment Committee, will be researching available electric vehicles to replace the department’s existing vehicles and installing a charging station in HFCA. We all need to do our part for a sustainable, green community. Want to find out your vehicle’s fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission? Visit this EPA and US DOT website: Source: Dana Hull. (2013, October 24). California joins seven other states to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on road by 2025. [Posting]. Retrieved from ci_24378476/california-joins-seven-otherstates-put-3-3

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• BLACKTOPPING • STATE-OF-THE-ART Your estimate is free. SEALCOATING All the details required under HFCA (20% rule) are included in the free estimate. • DRIVEWAYS We will do the paving and sealing of your driveway • ROADS at a reasonable cost to you. • PARKING LOTS Plus, if we receive your signed contract, we will • MOBILE-HOME PARKS cover the cost of the Hemlock permit ($35) and we will obtain it for you! If you’re considering Port Jervis Paving, please call us at 570-296-7810 or at 845-856-2531. SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA “SINCE 1976”



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It is the responsiblity of the member to have their sewage disposal system inspected by a Pennsylvania licensed pumper/hauler using the approved inspection checklist; repaired or pumped, if necessary; and to provide HFCA with a receipt and the completed inspection checklist. The date of the inspection, pumping or repair must be documented on the receipt. Receipt must be submitted to HFCA within 30 days of inspection, pumping or repair. Violation of this code carries a fine of $250 for each month of non-compliance. After four months, HFCA is authorized to take action and charge the member for the inspection, pumping or repairs.



HFCA follows “Dark Skies” guidelines. The Board of Directors encourages every member to comply with these guidelines. •Residents should minimize the use of floodlights and other high intensity lighting which trespass onto neighboring properties. Use shielding and direct floodlights downward at an angle greater than 45 degrees so that it illuminates only the area directly below the light source. A fully shielded light cannot be seen from the same elevation as the light source. Walkway lights instead of floodlights provide the necessary illumination without the glare. •Lights which are on a timer and on all night can be an annoyance to your neighbors. And, even if motion-sensitive lights are working correctly, these lights may go on and off all night long due to nearby tree branches, the movement of animals, or passing vehicles. •Consider turning off your outside lights when you are in for the night. •Each homeowner should ensure that every outdoor lighting fixture on their property is providing only the amount of illumination necessary for the required task. As you consider ways to secure your home from thieves, remember the research and guidelines from dark skies. Constantly lit bright flood lights don’t deter thieves because they can hide in the shadows of the bright lights. If you use flood lights with a motion detector, make sure that the light is properly shielded so that the light shines only on your property. Here are websites for sky-friendly lighting: •

CAR WASHING Water from residential driveway or fund-raising car wash events typically runs down the street or parking lot and into the nearest storm drain. This wastewater may carry detergents, trace amounts of metals, and small amounts of fuels and automotive fluids. Because this water goes untreated into the nearest stream, it has the potential to harm fish and other marine life in the streambed. Wash your vehicles at a car wash. Car washes are regulated by law to recycle wastewater.



Members who own lakefront/pondfront property own the property to the water. These areas are private property. The only way to access a pond is on greenbelt. However, once at the pond, you may not walk around the perimeter or fish behind someone’s property unless that property owner gives you permission to be there. Some ponds do not have any access area available to the public. A map of accessible areas is available in the HFCA Office foyer and on the HFCA website (


Code Chapters 98 and 254: Dumping, filling, digging or otherwise altering the shoreline of HFCA lakes, ponds or inlets is prohibited. Existing alterations must be removed and restored. The naturally existing condition within the 30-foot corridor of the high water mark of any HFCA water body must not be altered. A fine of $10 per day shall be assessed for each violation.


Code Chapter 154: A tree-removal permit is required to remove any tree that may be dead or alive and hazardous to your property. The permit is free but there is a $250 per tree fine for removing a tree without a permit.

Courtesy Tree Flagging to mark your trees available at HFCA.

If you want to remove a tree that has been determined by the inspector to be “non-exempt” or not hazardous, you must submit a Tree Restoration Plan and it must be approved before non-exempt trees can be removed.


Be cautious when buying firewood (or nursery stock), outside of Hemlock Farms, as it may be infested with bad bugs or disease.


Your HFCA Environment Committee encourages all Hemlock Farms cat owners to keep their cat indoors.

Sanitary storage practices include: •Rinse out jars, cans or bottles. •Soak a paper towel in ammonia and toss into storage containers to keep out animals.


Hazardous waste as defined by state and federal regulations: Automobiles; Building material not cut to size per code; Construction materials exceeding 3 feet in length or width; Explosives (*dynamite, hand grenades, blasting caps, shotgun shells, fireworks); Friable asbestos; Helium tanks; Herbicides; Infectious, Pathological, Chemotherapeutic, and Biological waste; Large automobile parts (i.e.: engine, transmission, rear end, frames, etc.); Tires (cars or trucks); Vehicle batteries; Paint (enamel or oil base); Paint thinners; Pesticides; Propane tanks. Only leaves are accepted as yard waste opposite the Refuse Center. The Hemlock Farms Refuse/Recycling Center is now accepting refrigeration units (air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers) with freon. The prices will be as follows: Air conditioners & dehumidifiers ......................................................$25.00 each Freezers & refrigerators ....................................................................$50.00 each


Glass (clear, green, brown): Glass food and beverage containers can be easily recycled by removing caps and lids and rinsing out the contrainer. Labels can remain. Plastics: Only plastic soda bottles, milk jugs, water jugs and laundry products are acceptable. Other plastic containers such as bowls and plates are not acceptable. Be sure to remove lids and rinse out container. Labels can remain. Aluminum & Steel Cans: All food and beverage cans are recyclable. Rinse out cans before placing them in your recycling container. Labels can remain. Unacceptable: The following materials are NOT acceptable and should not be mixed in with your commingled recyclables: Aluminum Foil/Pie Plates, Ceramic Cups/ Plates, Mirror and Window Glass, Light Bulbs, Heat Resistant Ovenware, Drinking Glasses, Flower Pots, Styrofoam, Plastic Bags/Wrap (separate bins), Scrap Metals (Wire, Pipe, Pots, etc.) (separate bins)

RECYCLE LABELS Peel-and-stick recycling labels are available at the Administration Office FREE of charge. These labels can be affixed to your recycling containers for curbside pick-up.


The HFCA Source Water Protection Committee advises the Board of Directors about protecting our wells and drinking water. Please help by informing the HFCA Office of locations of materials on their property that may be harmful to the Hemlock Farms Water System such as: wells, geothermal wells, bore holes, underground propane, gasoline, oil storage tanks, dumpsites or chemical storage.


The HFCA is urging everyone to use earth-colored tarps, namely brown or green. If you have nonearth-tone tarps, please change them to enhance the look of your property and to blend in with the environment.


Help keep our community clean.




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Two Gypsy Moth “Hot Spots” Linger After Spring Spray By MARIAN KEEGAN, RF, Director of Community Conservation HFCA contracted with Helicopter Applicators last spring and sprayed to control the rising and healthy gypsy moth population. The spray was effective and reduced the gypsy moth population from a density of 47 egg masses per acre to 11 egg masses per acre. While tree defoliation and nuisance from gypsy moths will be minimal throughout most of the community this coming spring, two “hot spots” remain that may experience some defoliation and nuisance. The Board has approved the recommendation of National Gypsy Moth Management Group to inoculate the two locations in the spring with the fungus Entomophaga maimaiga. Costs would come from the Reserve Fund. This fungus was introduced from the Asian homeland of the gypsy moth and rests as

spores in the soil. It infects the body of growing caterpillars, eventually killing the infected caterpillar. It mostly infects gypsy moth caterpillars, but may infect other caterpillars in similar stages, such as tussock moths. The gypsy moth population has been observed to be on the rise in other areas in Pike County. This fall’s survey noted larger size of egg masses at three sites compared to the largest size from last year’s survey, which indicates that even though the overall population is less, the gypsy moth population remains healthy. The state did not spray last spring and does not plan a spray program this coming spring. HFCA will monitor the presence of gypsy moths in the spring in case of a “blow-in” and respond appropriately. National Gypsy Moth Management Group will conduct a survey in the fall of 2014 and determine the need for control options.

Graphics by National Gypsy Moth Management Group

FIGURE 1. This chart compares the number of gypsy moth egg masses per acre that were surveyed in the fall and represents the number of caterpillars that hatch the following spring, during the years 2010 through 2014. Overall, the spray during the spring of 2013 effectively reduced the gypsy moth population from 47 eggs masses per acre to 11 egg masses per acre.

(Egg Masses that would have hatched in spring 2013 if not sprayed)

FIGURE 2. This map locates areas where gypsy moth egg masses were found during the survey in September 2012. Circles represent the number of caterpillars that would have hatched this past spring 2013 if not for the spray during May 2013. Wider circles indicate a higher egg mass density and more caterpillars that would have hatched. Fifty-three (53) sites were observed with egg masses and were observed scattered throughout the community. The size of egg masses were also observed to be much larger than previous years, with the largest sizes being 40 mm in diameter.

FIGURE 3. This map locates areas where gypsy moth egg masses were found during the survey in November 2013, following the spray in May 2013. Circles represent the number of caterpillars that will hatch this coming spring 2014. Notice that the largest circle is smaller than the largest circle observed last fall, which indicates that the spray was effective at killing caterpillars. Only 21 sites were observed with egg masses. Interestingly, the size of the largest egg mass increased to 45 mm, which indicates that the gypsy moths that remained after spray are healthy.

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By John Wormuth, Recreation Director Happy New Year from the Recreation Department! We hope everyone had a fun, safe, and healthy holiday season. Many people use the new calendar year to focus on their health and fitness, and the Recreation Department has classes and programs for members of all ages to enjoy. Please see page 34 for a complete list of all of our classes and programs. There will be new elliptical machines in the Fitness Center! Please check the Clubhouse schedule, as we are open seven days a week with varying hours to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. Call the Administration Office for details on our outdoor programs that are dependent on the winter weather. New this winter is a sledding hill for young and old to enjoy. The sledding hill is located behind the Clubhouse parking lot. On tennis courts #7 and #8, there is a red banner pointing to the location of the hill, which will be open when there is

snow on the ground. You can enjoy sledding on the hill from dawn until dusk. We do ask that no one sled alone; always bring a buddy. Walk back up the hill on the left side as you look down the hill. We do not want anyone walking up the sledding area as members are sledding down the hill. Recreation Operations staff had a busy month inventorying our materials, reorganizing our storage areas to maximize

space, and then storing everything for the winter. All tennis courts are closed for the season except courts #7, #8, #9 and #10. These courts will remain open all winter for play on nice days. The Recreation Department is awaiting the deep freeze of winter to get our skating rink up and running. Our ice resurfacer will smooth the ice nicely. Please call the Administration office for current skating rink conditions. At the Youth Center, the youngsters are busy sorting through old items and games, and they’re planning their youth events for the upcoming year. The youngsters are meeting with Kelly Stagen, Hemlock Farms Nature’s Children Coordinator, as they plan their native garden. As you might know, they received a grant to construct their garden. All Hemlock Farms youth grades 5 through 12 are welcome to the Youth Center at their designated times. Please

HFCA CLUBHOUSE REMINDER TO ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS: The Steer Barn Clubhouse rule is that all children under age 14 must be directly supervised by an adult age 18 or over at all times.

see the Youth Center schedule on page 37 for times and dates the Youth Center is open. Events and programs—many new and exciting—abound in 2014. From new youth events to outdoor concerts, we will have something for everyone. If you are looking for lunch plans on the weekends, Michael Hill and the Café @ Hemlock Farms provide plenty of delicious food for you to enjoy. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful winter weather in the Pocono Mountains!




During inclement weather, before you head to the Clubhouse for any activity, be sure to call 570/775-6034 to ensure that the building is open.

Hemlock Farms Cultural Arts Department and Chant Realtors of Lords Valley present

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The following guidelines are designed for your safety. You are responsible for the safety of your children and yourself. Please follow the direction of the guards at all times. EACH PERSON USING FACILITIES MUST HAVE A RECREATION BADGE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. Lifeguards can use discretion to adapt rules to accommodate various bathing conditions (e.g. crowds). Lifeguards may prohibit individuals with poor swimming ability from swimming in deep water.

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Indoor Pool Rules (in addition to the above rules):

1. NO JUMPING, RUNNING OR DIVING is permitted at the Indoor Steer Barn Clubhouse Pool. 2. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 yrs. or older in the Indoor Pool. 3. Shoes must be removed before entering the Indoor Pool area. 4. Showers are required before entering any bodies of water including after being in the hot tub, steam room or sauna. 5. No balls, frisbees, or other throwing objects permitted in the Indoor Pool. 6. Shaving is prohibited in all areas of the Indoor Pool. 7. Wading pools: Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult or guardian at all times. 8. Food is prohibited in the Indoor Pool area. Water is the only drink permitted.

Ice Skating Social Saturday, February 15 | 7:00-9:00 p.m. Ice Rink at the Conference Center

Special ice carving demo by LVCC executive chef, Dan Goulet, at 8:00 p.m. Bring your skates, listen to the music, warm up by the bonfire, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and refreshments.

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On Sunday, December 22, Santa Claus made a special appearance at the Children’s Holiday Party at the Steer Barn Clubhouse. Little Maya Shelly and her mother, Liat, were very pleased to pose with him.



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Liat Shelly looks over her son Tom’s shoulder as he busily sketches away. Crayons and coloring books kept the youngsters busy while they awaited Santa’s arrival.

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Daniel Noviski concentrates on his artwork.

Children line up for a chance to sit on Santa’s lap.

Jamie (left) and Jordan Bermudez tell Santa Claus what they’d like for



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Abby Cosenza, her brother Tyler, and their Aunt Alex stand with Santa. Contributed Photos

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Santa Claus is grateful for a chair to rest on as he reaches into his bag for Abby’s present. It was a very busy weekend for him!

HO! HO! Tyler is very happy to receive his gift from Santa.


Santa poses for one last picture with Tyler and his daddy, Shawn, before getting ready to go to the next house on his list. Will your house be one of Santa’s stops next year?

See more Santa sightings on pages 40, 49, and 64.


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Aqua Aerobics

Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m.

Steer Barn Clubhouse indoor pool, free.

Boot Camp

Saturdays, 7:45-8:45 a.m. Mondays & Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Steer Barn Clubhouse, free. Looking for a challenging workout? Boot camp is for you! Mix calisthenics & body weight exercises with interval, plyometric & strength-training routines.

Dance Fitness

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m.



Steer Barn Clubhouse, free. Energetic workout! Learn to dance as well as fitness technique. Easy-to-follow routines incorporating fitness, hip hop, Latin, & ballet, as well as traditional dance/aerobic steps.


For the morning exercise classes at the Clubhouse, please use the following guidelines during inclement weather: if the Clubhouse is closed for the morning session, ALL morning classes will be cancelled. If the Clubhouse opening is delayed until 10:00 a.m., exercise will start at 10:00 a.m. and Informal Tai Chi will start at 11:00 a.m.


Be sure to call the Clubhouse at 570/775-6034 before you head out on the roads during inclement weather.

Steer Barn Clubhouse Art Room, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free. Jennifer Passenti will present opportunities offered by Lackawanna College—personal enrichment, continuing education, degree programs & much more. Hosted by the Cultural Arts Dept.

Far from Fancy*

Saturday, January 18 Snow date: January 25

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 7-11 p.m., $10 (includes refreshments). Come and rock out to the songs from the 80s to today! Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Talking Heads, Gaga, and more! BYOB/BYOSnacks. Tickets on sale now.

Fit Lite

Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays

Making Bubbles Swim Program*

Indoor Pool, $35 for class card valid for five sessions. Instructors: Kathy Sarro & Alex Gendelman (coaches for the Hemlock Hurricane Swim Team). Learn breathing, balance, coordination & improving technique. Classes open to ages 6+ (adults welcome!).

Martial Arts with Master Daniel Verbeke* Wednesdays & Fridays

Steer Barn Clubhouse, beginners 5-6 p.m.; intermediate/advanced 6-7 p.m., $50/mo. Open to adults & children ages 5 & up.

Nature’s Children “Winter Carnival”*

Informal Play Group

Orchard House, 4:30-5:30 p.m., $10, Instructor: Kelly Stagen. Geared for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Activities & experiments to discover the hidden beauties of frozen water (snow & ice). Children should dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

Steer Barn Clubhouse, noon to 2 p.m., free. Parents can meet & socialize while giving their children the opportunity to make new friends & play in a safe environment. Bring your own toys & snacks. Contact Christine at 570/369-0919.

Informal T’ai Chi

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Thursday, January 16

Steer Barn Clubhouse Large Art Room, 5 p.m. Steer Barn Clubhouse Game Room, 7 p.m.

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 9-10 a.m., free. Focus on no-impact & low-impact moves that will get your heart pumping, without stressing your joints. Exercises help increase bone density & core stability.


Practical Hypnosis Workshop* Friday, January 24

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. Sundays, 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.

Tuesdays, February 11 and 18 Snow date: February 25


Steer Barn Clubhouse Large Art Room, 6:30-8 p.m., $40, ages 16-senior. Learn how to relax on stage and have fun acting with theater games, improvisations, and scene studies. Bring your playful side and a sense of adventure to this six-week workshop given by the director of the Hemlock Players Tony Romano.

Thursday, January 9 Snow date: January 16

punches, kicks & power moves, light-tomoderate weight training followed by cool down. Everyone welcome!


Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, & 12

Exploring the World Around You

Wednesday, January 29

Steer Barn Large Art Room, 2 p.m. Choose your date, $15/session. “New Year’s Resolutions for Lasting Change” with Sasha Zhitneva. Learn how to set goals & turn them into results through visualization & active dreaming techniques.

Tony Romano Sings!* Saturday, February 8

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 4 p.m., $12. Enjoy an afternoon “cocktail” hour listening to hits from the Great American Songbook & Broadway’s Golden Age. Tony is a member of our community & the director of The Hemlock Players. Wine & cheese buffet. Tickets on sale January 19.

Yo-Lates Thursdays

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 5-6 p.m., free.

Yoga with Toby*

Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Steer Barn Clubhouse, $6 each class; sign up for at least 4 classes! NO WALK INS!

*Sign up at Administration Office


Steer Barn Clubhouse, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, free. Creates a mind/body connection. The practice of T’ai Chi has been shown to reduce stress levels & lower blood pressure while improving strength, flexibility & balance.

Instructor’s Choice Saturdays

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 9-10 a.m., free.

Original photography by Kathie Waibel, and handcrafted birdhouses by Arvid and Jeanine Thorsland are on display through January. Whenever you have the opportunity to visit this facility, take the time to view the displays.

Kick Boxing Tuesdays

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free. Intermediate full body training including



Jousting Sunday, February 16 Steer Barn Clubhouse 1:00-4:00 p.m. Compete against your family, friends, or one of the Recreation staff members.

Fun for all!

There will be a continuing display by different artists every three months.


Acting Workshop*



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Work and Planning at the Youth Center Native Garden By MADISON DIXON, MARISSA JAHN, and JENNA VAN DUYNE garden. This water-collection method will make watering the plants a breeze, and it will not add to the water bill. At our next meeting, we will be selecting the plants we plan to grow, and we will identify the animals that our garden will affect. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can show off the hard work and planning of our garden. Maybe, when people get to see what we have done, they would like to try something like this in their own backyards. If we can do it, so can you!

Photos by Bill Stagen

The young people doing garden planning in December are Alex Cosenza, Ranini Abdallah, Maritza Jahn, Jenna Van Duyne, Eddie Torres, Susie Rode, Walid Abdallah, Taylor Markham, Madison Dixon, Joshua Guernon, and Dylan Taylor. Kelly Stagen is providing leadership and guidance with this project.

Finished map of the garden.



Thanks to the funds received from the grant we worked on with Kelly Stagen, we at the HFCA Youth Center are learning about and building a native, sustainable garden. The Pike County Conservation District provides financial support for this project. In order to create this garden, we have to start planning it in the fall season. So far, we have been able to section off a small portion of land by the fence line. We treated the soil with compost material and spread it evenly throughout the garden, then we covered it for the winter. In the meantime, we have begun mapping out our ideas. We plan to recycle an old bench for the area, and hope to be able to include a birdbath. We will fully enclose the area to keep the deer out, but the plants we include will attract the birds, butterflies, and bees. A successful sustainable garden takes time and planning so we have a large rain barrel to collect the runoff rainwater from the roof of the Center leading right to the


Maritza Jahn and Jenna Van Duyne work on mapping the garden.

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FOOD & FRIENDS By Pat Tromans

Soft Dough Cookies

By Judy T. (makes 7 dozen) Cookie ingredients: 6 eggs 1¼ cup sugar 2 sticks of butter or margarine (melted, then cooled) 4½ cups flour 4½ teaspoons baking powder 1 tsp. vanilla Contributed photo

our friends. See you on January 6 at 6 p.m. Remember, February is just around the corner, and the countdown to spring can begin. Check the Happenings for our featured food for the month of February. P.S. If you have a handy hint for cooking or an interesting kitchen gadget, bring it to share with us. It is always fun to learn a new trick or two.

Steer Barn Clubhouse Fridays, Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Christine at 570/369-0919.

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if you are a certified lifeguard and are interested in becoming part of our aquatic team, please stop into the administration Office or the Clubhouse and fill out an application for employment. fall and winter hours are available at the Clubhouse on Monday, Wednesday, and friday mornings, and on Monday through friday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on weekends.

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Snow is on the ground, and it’s beginning to look like Christmas! Our kitchens are filled with the aromas of fresh-baked cookies, winter stews, and soups—comfort food for the soul. Speaking of comfort food, the Food and Friends meeting scheduled for Monday, January 6, will feature just that. Soup and bread are on the menu. Bring your favorite soup (ingredients list and/or recipe, also) or a dessert. We will provide the beverage and bread. Bring a container or two, and we can share our soups. What can be better than that? You could bring home another dinner for a cold, wintery night. In addition to bringing a soup or dessert, invite a friend to come to our meeting. We would love to have other community members or friends participate on these evenings. And don’t forget, you are still welcome even if you don’t bring a soup or dessert. We just want your participation! Our December meeting of 12 cookie-baking friends was very successful. There were hundreds of delicious cookies and, yes, the Linzer tarts were also there! After we enjoyed pizza, cookies were sampled, exchanged, and brought home. Once again, we had generous donations of food for the Food Pantry, and we appreciate the thoughtfulness of

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Tony Romano Sings! Saturday, February 8 Steer Barn Clubhouse 4:00 p.m. $12

Enjoy an afternoon “cocktail” hour listening to hits from the Great American Songbook & Broadway’s Golden Age. Tony is a member of our community and the director of The Hemlock Players.

Photos by Mark Adams

The attendees of the Cultural Arts Cabaret Dessert Theatre on Saturday, December 7, relish the delectable tastes of The Café @ Hemlock Farms desserts. “We enjoyed having the coffee brought right to us,” said some of the members. “It was a wonderful evening right here in Hemlock Farms!”


YOUTH OF THE YOUTH CENTER Mom, Dad, Nick, and Bailey from Noelle and Margo DePatie Naida and Said Abdallah from Ali Abdallah My Family from Dylan Luh My Family, Tasha, and Bailey from Marissa Boyd My family, Friends, and Montana from Tabitha Boyd

My Grandma, Dad, and Jared from Dylan Taylor My Family and Friends from Madison Dixon My Family, Zander, and Ranin from Josh Guernan

Performers from the Kathy Jenkins Performing Arts Center in Honesdale belt out an amazing duet during the Cabaret show of Jekyll and Hyde. Pictured are Jessica Ambrosina and high school senior Nicole Kuchta.




Wine & cheese buffet. Tickets on sale January 19.


Fall/Winter Hours

September 13 through June 30, 2014

Summer Hours

July 1 through September 12

My Family and Checkers from Billy Doran

Friday & Saturday Grades 5 through 8 Grades 9 through 12

7-10 p.m. 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

My Family and Dingo from Jenna Van Duyne

Sunday Grades 9 through 12 Grades 5 through 8

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Grades 5 through 8 7-9 p.m. Grades 9 through 12 9-11 p.m.

1-3 p.m. 3-5 p.m.

Friday & Saturday Grades 5 through 8 Grades 9 through 12

Sunday and Monday – Closed

7-10 p.m. 10 p.m.-12 a.m.


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Contributed photos

Vernon Schlamowitz, Toby Silverman, and Marilyn Schlamowitz enjoying the art and the refreshments. Toby was also exhibiting her glass-fused mezuzahs.

The HFCA Cultural Arts Department

Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions

Supplied photo

Instead of trying to rely entirely upon willpower for keeping up with New Year’s resolutions, get your unconscious mind on board: Learn how to set goals and turn them into results through Visualization and Active Dreaming techniques.

Join Sasha Zhitneva for Practical Hypnosis Workshop Pick your date: Thursday, January 16, 5pm Friday, January 24, 7pm Wednesday, January 29, 2pm

Large Art Room/Steerbarn Clubhouse Game Room/Steerbarn Clubhouse Large Art Room/Steerbarn Clubhouse

$15. Sign up at Administration, sign up deadline - two days prior to each workshop. For more information, contact Amy Strapec , The Cultural Arts Director. Tel: 570-775-4200, ext. 118 , e-mail: or email Sasha Zhitneva (

About the Instructor Sasha Zhitneva is certified through the National Guild of Hypnotists, International Association of Professional Conversational Hypnotists and Hypnosis Training Academy. A frequent participant in conferences and studies on new methods advancing the field, she has just returned from a seminar in Dublin on Advanced Methods of Self-Hypnosis.

The Cultural Arts Department had a full bus that went into the Big Apple to see the sights! The cold did not keep anyone from walking the High Line, seeing a show, visiting the museums, or sightseeing in Rockefeller Center! “My son, Jason, and I enjoyed the Hayden Planetarium’s Dark Universe, and we even met our neighbors Janet and Tom Leecock there! The show was amazing as was the day spent with Jason!” said Cultural Arts Director, Amy Strapec. This picture was taken in Rockefeller Center.




n Ben Gendelman performing instrumental music for the Chant Art Show on December 7, 2013. The Cultural Arts Department and Chant Realtors join together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hemlock Farms and Chant Realty of Lords Valley!

COMMUNITY SLEDDING GET-TOGETHER SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 SLEDDING HILL 1:00-3:00 P.M. Celebrate the return of sledding to Hemlock Farms. Join your friends and neighbors for some good, old-fashioned sledding fun!

Sledding races, crazy hat contest. Everyone welcome!

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A Calm Day Hi Nan,

A Winter’s Night By JOAN POLISHOOK Smoothly blanketed in snow the yard on a winter’s night has its own story to tell. Icy surface interrupted only by patterned trails of woodland inhabitants. Clues to the secrets of the woods beyond whose trees cast shadows like embracing arms lying outstretched across a snowy field.



The moon shines brightly Upon the snow-covered yard Lighting up the stage.


Poetry, Prose, Fiction, Memoir???


SHARE THE EXPERIENCE at the Hemlock Writers’ Meeting 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Orchard House

Next WRITERS’ GAZETTE deadline for entries:

Wednesday, January 15

Poetry & short story submissions considered for publication Contact Marianna Knowles at 570/257-0032.

We thought that today would be a really calm day after a bit of a dither about something on my mammogram that needed a follow up. (I’m fine–just two extra tests and three tense days.) This followed a week when I spent seven hours on the phone and computer with people at Apple and ATT because my cell phone couldn’t make calls—something you want your expensive phone to be able to do. The issue was resolved when my new best friend Rick, a supervisor at Apple, issued me a new phone and then spent two hours helping me get it operating. Rick called me every day at three o’clock to see how I was doing. I had longer conversations with him this week then I had with Dad. So, a calm day? Not so. We awoke to find that the four covers of the septic system mechanics in the back of the house were ripped off while we were sleeping. They are now on the ground alongside the pump and tanks. One of them is a concrete lid. WHAT! Who did that? Well, not a who, but a what. Apparently, we had an overnight visit by a very stealthy bear. (The mechanicals are right under our bedroom windows, but we never heard a thing.) We called security, and an officer came and said, “Yep, you’ve been visited by a bear. You are,” he said, “lucky because at other homes, the bears have pulled the pumps right out and chewed up the wires.” Ours look like they are intact. Apparently, this is a common event around here. The reason for the attack on mechanicals is unknown, but, sometimes, the bears even attack the septic mounds as well. The bright moonlight must have helped

him see what he was doing. Maybe that made him more careful.


So, now we are waiting for Oberlin, our septic repair company, to come and charge us $200 to check that the pump and aerator wires are functioning. I assume they will replace the covers as well.

A lone cardinal On a frosted white tree limb Scarlet on the snow

OK, it’s still a calm day because I have to hang around and wait for them. I’ll use the time to pack for Florida and get rid of lots of paperwork.


The good news is that, according to the security officer, once the bear finds out that there is no food in the tanks, it doesn’t come back. Also, if it really gets wintry around here, the male bears will start to hibernate.

Blizzard The snow whips fiercely while the blazing hearth warms me. The blizzard has come.

From the Hemlock Farms Writers to Our Community...

The bad news is that the females, especially those with cubs, come out periodically to search for food and there is probably more than one bear around. I wonder how well their communication system is working. Do they text each other and say, don’t bother about the Sirotkin septic system – no food there! Maybe I should give them my phone and Rick’s number. Perhaps we need an early warning system—loud bells attached to the covers of the tanks. We hope that it gets cold enough for the bears to go to sleep, but we are also encouraging Mother Nature to hold off on snow for a few weeks. Love, Mom Tanka Ready for Winter The moon shines brightly A lumb’ring bear seeks a last meal Deep sleep will come soon Snug in a warm den he‘ll dream Of spring and a plentiful feast

Happy New Year! HF CA


Winter Color

Hemlock Writers’

Open Mic Night

First Sunday of the month Conference Center 5:30-7:00 p.m. Writers read original works limited to five minutes Tell a story or come listen. Light refreshments served. For information, contact Cultural Arts Director Amy Strapec at 570/775-4200, ext. 118.


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By Jill Barbier

I always feel as if the holiday season is beginning when the Women’s Club Holiday Luncheon arrives. A good time was had by all thanks to the Board members’ planning and Lords Valley Country Club service and ambiance that never disappoints. It’s great to see so many of you attend, but we don’t see you the rest of the year. This year, those members who supported our activities/events enabled the Club to donate $3,400 to nine local organizations. (Please see the sidebar for the names of those recipients.) However, as President Kathy Roew pointed out, the number who support our fund raisers is dwindling, therefore, in the future we may not be able to donate the amount we have in the past or to as many organizations. As a New Year’s resolution, why not make it a point to come to at least one event and join us at our meetings? There are several activities planned for the winter season. Always a winner is a Pizza and Pictionary event on Friday, January 10, in the Conference Center, from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. Drop your check for $11 into the Women’s Club Mail Room box marked “Pizza” by Friday, January 3. Please bring your own beverage. Contact Kathy 570/775-9167 for questions. Equally enjoyable is a Hot Dogs and Bingo afternoon at the Conference Center on Friday, February 7, from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. This event is also $11

and includes hot dogs with all the fixings, plus chips. Bring your own beverage. Drop your check in the Mail Room box marked “Bingo,” and let Kathy know that you are coming. Grab bag prizes will be provided. Our third wintertime event, a wine and cheese party that was planned for Thursday, March 20, has been cancelled due to a conflict . A new date will be decided shortly. Dubs Cards and Senior Center Lunch and Games continue through the winter; check Happenings and Channel 15 for those dates, or call Barbara 570/775-7669.

Landscape Club............... 300 Knights/Troop Packages... 300 Safe Haven....................... 250 Archives............................ 250 Senior Center................... 200 Pike County Humane  Society.......................... 200 TOTAL............... $3,400


General Meeting Social Bridge Group Mondays

Library, 12:30 p.m. Contact Evelyn at 570/775-9553 to sign up for the following week.

Scrabble Group Mondays

Conference Center, 1-3 p.m. Contact Pat at 570/775-8858.

Canasta Mondays

Conference Center, 6:30 p.m. Contact Joan at 570/775-6555. Photos by Jill Barbier

k Kathy Roew, third from right, distributes holiday donations to representatives of local organizations.

m Josephine Zaccaria is thrilled with the “cat in a vintage chair” that she won in the holiday raffle.

Fire & Rescue................. $700 Pantry............................... 500

Women’s Club Will resume in April

Holiday Donations Hemlock Farms Library.... 700

Santa’s arrival (AKA Tom Roew) is the highlight of our holiday luncheon every year. Thank you, Santa; we know the suit gets hot and the beard itchy, but the little girl in all of us appreciates your efforts.

k Anne Marie Zenie, left, and Anita Jorgensen display the baskets of goodies each won in the raffle. n Cheryl Schmitt tells Santa what she wants for Christmas this year.

Lunch & Games

Mondays: January 6, February 3, & March 3 Pike County Senior Center, 11:30 a.m., $3pp at door. Men welcome! Contact Barbara 570/775-7669, 5 days prior to reserve.

Pizza & Pictionary Friday, January 10

Conference Center, 12 noon-3:30 p.m., $11, BYOB. Contact Kathy at 570/7759167. RSVP by January 6, 2014.

Dubs Cards

Wednesdays: January 29, February 26, & March 26

Conference Center, 12:30-4 p.m., $3pp. Lessons 15 minutes prior to game, light refreshments, BYOB. RSVP: Barbara at 570/775-7669.

Hot Dogs & Bingo Friday, February 7

Conference Center, 12 noon-3:30 p.m., $11pp. Enjoy an afternoon of food & fun. Hot dogs with toppings & chips, BYOB. Contact Kathy at 570/775-9167. RSVP by February 3, 2014.



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18% Gray If you have gone to a sports event and watched the professional photographers hold up a device known as a light meter and point it to the light behind them, that is, the light that will be falling onto the scene, the reading that they will be getting is known as an incident light reading. If you are fortunate to have such a photographic instrument, the readings gotten from it are extremely accurate. This method is probably best suited to the DSLR owners who are able to make adjustments of iso, aperture and shutter speed on their cameras. OK, I know the Gray book was less complicated reading material, but I believed it necessary for you to understand just why your colors or white just don’t come out as well as they should. Of course, if you seem to be doing everything correctly, a bit of information yet to follow, and you have the prints made at the same place all the time, perhaps you should try printing from another source. OK, now here’s the kicker, for the 3-point field goal: if all the above seems too complicated, then make sure that you take extreme care to set your scene mode dial to the correct scene for best automatic evaluation of exposure setting. When even this is all too complicated (and it shouldn’t be) then just simply set the exposure dial to AUTO and hope for the best. May you have all had a great holiday season, and my wish for each of you, my trusty readers, is good health, happiness, and peace for the New Year. HF CA

This month’s article deals with 18% gray. No, that’s not a mistake; it’s not 50 Shades of Gray—just 18%. When you look out, your brain compensates for dark and light areas, but the meter that is within your camera does not. In the print world, 18% gray is the ½ way point between a black and a white reflection. Another way of putting this is that it has been determined that if the light in an average scene is averaged out it will produce an 18% gray tone. Thus neutral gray is 18%. In order to get the colors of your photographs as perfect as possible, the white balance must be a serious consideration. This would be especially true at this time of year when you want snow to appear white. You point your camera to a friend’s face, a field of snow, or a bin full of coal. All your meter knows is how to tell you what shutter speed & aperture combination for you to use, or what it will automatically use. Again, 18% gray is determined for the average scene thus averaged out. However, what constitutes an average scene? Consider a multitude of skin tones or scene shades within that potential photograph. How can one then determine what is the correct 18% gray? One method is to take a gray card reading. Gray cards can be purchased from about $18 to $30 from any photographic supply dealer. With your camera pointed at the gray card with the subject holding it or placed in the area of the scene, fill the frame with the card and hold the exposure button down halfway to lock in the exposure and then move the camera still holding the shutter halfway and then push down all the way to take the photo. When no gray card is available, I will sometimes take my exposure off of a grayish color sidewalk or wall. Another method is to take a reading—not as accurate—off of the palm of your hand. Some advanced cameras will allow you to take the light reading and file it into the “pre” section of exposure settings, usually after you have scrolled through all the scene presets on your camera dial. Please consult your camera’s manual for the specific method to be used.

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By Gail Neldon

After a hectic, yet fruitful, year of service projects, meetings, and events, December found Sisterhood surprisingly quiet. As snow blanketed our forest community, the peaceful atmosphere was the perfect time to look back on highlights of the year gone by. One of the highlights reflected in photos you will see in this issue was the early Hanukkah party for the Jewish Fellowship Religious School students and parents. The gathering, sponsored jointly by Sisterhood and JWI (Jewish Women International), celebrated the Festival of Lights. Another highlight for 2013 was the Sisterhoodsponsored Niagara Falls/Toronto bus trip. Thirty-three participants, representing a wonderful cross section of the Hemlock Farms community, were treated to a variety of sights and experiences. All enjoyed such great camaraderie that some said was the best part of the trip. Looking ahead to 2014, the next Sisterhood get-together will be a special women’s Seder led by Ruth Rothman at the Fellowship on Sunday, January 26, at 11:00 a.m. This event will celebrate the festival of trees, Tu B’Shevat. Members should R.S.V.P. to Carole Weiss by

January 23. There will be no general or Board meeting in January. The Sisterhood’s book club will be in hibernation until April 9. At that time, in preparation for Passover, we will discuss “The Telling” by E. M. Broner. The story depicts how a group of Jewish women journeyed to spirituality through community and ceremony as they expanded the dimensions of the traditional Passover seder and Hagaddah to acknowledge the contributions of women who shaped Judaism. SAVE THE DATE! Sisterhood’s Second Annual Group Bus To u r i s p l a n n e d for September 14 t h roug h Se pt ember 19, 2014. Look for details in the Febr uar y issue of Hemlock News. In closing, on behalf of the Sisterhood, Co-Presidents Heather Greenfield and Gail Neldon send warmest greetings to all for a healthy, peaceful, and fulfilling new year!

Blue raincoats are on the agenda during the 2013 Niagara Falls Bus tour that was sponsored by the Sisterhood of the Jewish Fellowship. Can you guess who these rain-slickered ones are? All 33 participants looked silly and had lots of fun. In the kitchen with Leah during the Sisterhood 2013 Niagara/Toronto trip, Leah Dunner was invited into the kitchen of Betty’s Restaurant in Toronto by the owner to learn the secrets of their famous fish fry.

Wine-tasting at Reiff Estates Winery, Toronto on the Lake. Some of Sisterhood bus tour participants savoring the local vintage: from left, Ellen Raffman, Ken Rudin, Joyce Friedman, Arlene Rudin, Allan Brilliant, Roz Brilliant, Jerry Friedman, Norm Geron, Debbie Geron, Herb Appel, and the Reiff guide.

Photos by Arlene Rudin

Religious School students enjoy Hanukkah in Hemlock Farms. A party sponsored by Sisterhood and JWI (Jewish Women International) took place on November 24 at the Jewish Fellowship.

In Toronto, with the Sisterhood-sponsored tour. A jolly group of Hemlock Farms residents and friends take a short rest on their city tour.


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Living in Hemlock Farms ADMINISTRATION OFFICE 119 Lookout Drive Phone 570/775-4200 Fax 570/775-7370 Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily except Tuesday HFCA only accepts credit cards on ANNUAL DUES 2014: "I" lot = $2,022 "U" lot = $1,352 plus $144 for stormwater and $74 water standby fee "A" lot = $901 plus $144 for stormwater and $74 water standby fee CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FEE: Improved “I” lot = $2,022 Unimproved “U” lot = $1,011 Adjacent “A” lot = $1,011


• An HFCA “Drop Box” is available at the Mail Room (no postage required) for Administration Office mail only. The HFCA Office also has a slot in the front door for Administration Office mail. • Anyone having their house re-sided must contact the Water Company at 570/775-4200, Ext. 113. • Daily Recreation Passes are available for purchase at the Clubhouse as well as the HFCA Office at a cost of $3.00 per person per day and $15.00 per person per week, upon presentation of a current recreation badge. • Dogs must be leashed or on members’ properties at all times. • Hemlock Farms Cable TV station: Channel 15.

WEBSITE WWW.HEMLOCKFARMS.ORG Did you know... ...that you can register your visitor online? ...that you can enter your classified ads online?* Members can sign up for access to the "members only" area of the website by creating a user account.

*Excludes real estate.

EXTENSIONS AT HFCA OFFICE: 570/775-4200 Accounting Department .....................1 Building Department ..........................3 Hemlock News ....................................5 Library ............................................132 Recreation Department ......................4 Youth Center ...................................130 Water Company ..................................2 Almy, Sue ........................................119 Bickmann, Brianna .........................113 Broschard, Ray ................................142 Carrubba, Tara................................148 Connors, Mary Beth ........................121 Drake, Ann Marie ...........................141 Ferrara, Jeanne ..............................139 Keegan, Marian ..............................127 Kemery, Kay ....................................114 Mooring, Dorisann..........................124 Nally, Kevin.....................................137 Osborne, Michele ............................122 Peney, Elaine ..................................128 Rode, Marie ....................................123 Sloan, Jesse ....................................131 Strapec, Amy...................................118 Thatcher, Jill ...................................112 van der Toorn, Dana .......................115 Waibel, Kathie ................................138 Wormuth, John ...............................126 Yale, Helen......................................125


MAIL ROOM Location: 349 Hemlock Farms Road HF Mail Room 570/775-9901 Hawley Postmaster 570/226-4847 Send mail to: 2400 Hemlock Farms WINDOW HOURS: Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Building access: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. NO LONGER NEED A MAILBOX AT HEMLOCK FARMS? The mailboxes at our Mail Room are owned by HFCA and not by the U.S. Postal Service. Please do not leave your mailbox keys at the Mail Room when you wish to close your mailbox. If you sell your property in Hemlock Farms, or if your lease expires, please drop off your mailbox keys at the HFCA office on Lookout Drive and request that we close your mailbox. MAILBOX KEYS – If you plan to be away from Hemlock Farms for any extended period of time. The maximum period of time that the mail can be held at the Mail Room per postal regulations is 30 days and the minimum is 3 days. An Authorization to Hold Mail Form must be completed by the box holder. Oral requests cannot be honored. Forms are available at the Mail Room window. BULLETIN BOARD – In order to advertise non-business items, members may submit a 3"x5" index card to the HFCA Office. The cardwill be posted on the Mail Room bulletin board for a period of one month. Local businesses may submit a 2"x3½" business card to the HFCA Office. For a fee of $10 the card will be placed on the bulletin board for a period of three months. The Mail Room staff is currently placing yellow “cards” in your mailbox to alert you that you have a package to pick up. Packages may be picked up at the window during posted hours. Please remember that you MUST present your card at the window before you will be given your package. NO EXCEPTIONS! For mail addressed to Hemlock Farms, use this format:

Name 123 Street Address 9876 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428

BUILDING DEPARTMENT 119 Lookout Drive • 570/775-4200, Ext. 119 • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PERMITS Fence Code, Chapter 106 – Permit required (no fee) Major Roof Repair Code and/or Replacement Roof – Permit is required (no fee) Natural Resource Preservation Code – Permit required (no fee) before cutting down any standing tree, dead or alive. Trees will require replacement if not considered a hazard or if removed without a permit. Minimum square footage per house: 1,500 square feet Building permit required from respective township and HFCA before construction begins.

CONSTRUCTION If you are expecting any kind of delivery on a Sunday or on a national holiday that requires the use of a construction vehicle, please be aware that such vehicles will not be allowed entry as per HFCA Code Chapter 252-25–Construction Vehicles. This code also prohibits the operation of construction vehicles on Sundays and on national holidays on Hemlock Farms roads. Construction vehicles permitted 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday–Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except from July 1 through Labor Day, when entry will be limited to Monday through Friday.



Bob Vandercar with Bill and Rita Krebs as Bob wishes Bill good luck on his retirement. “I can’t say enough about Bill Krebs. He has been a tremendous help through all of HFCA’s major projects,” said Bob. “I will now have more time to spend with my children and grandchildren,” said Bill.

Two Retiring Guys

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Photos by Mary Beth Connors

Marsha and Greg Folenta with Director of Public Works Bob Vandercar as Bob wishes Greg good luck on his retirement. “I knew someday I would have to do this,” said Bob. “Greg has done a fantastic job over the past 25 years. We will miss him.”

Director of Custodial Operations Janet Syre reads a poem she wrote for the occasion.

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By Cheryl Schmitt


During the public portion of the meeting, George Schmitt reported that the Source Water Protection Committee advised that there is no well testing money available for methane testing for a baseline reading before fracking is done in this watershed. Hemlock Farms Community Association will possibly spend an additional $5,500 in 2014 for this testing. PPL will reimburse the township for

plowing on Whitaker Road. Bill Powell thanked Rob Hellyer for his years of service to the township as supervisor, road master, and in emergency management.

Monday, January 6, 6 p.m. before the regular meeting

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Cross-Country Skiing

Saturdays, January 4, 18, & 25, 9-11am Sundays, January 5, 19, & 26, 1-3pm

• Daily “check up” telephone call (for those who live alone, and for all who would like to receive a call)

$20 adult / $10 child. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski. Skis, poles, & boots provided. Register w/shoe size to guarantee a spot.

• Friendly visit as requested

Ecozone Discovery Room!

For more information contact: Arlette Buckley: 570/257-0030 Margaret Dietrich: 570/775-1647

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Saturday, January 4, 1-4pm

$2 per person. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required.

Winter Bird Walk

Saturday, January 4, 2-4pm

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Winter Waterfalls

Sunday, January 12, 1-3:30pm

$12. This is a great time of year to enjoy the waterfalls. See them as they cascade down through chunks of frozen ice and snow. Dress warm, wear sturdy boots, and bring a camera! Call to reserve a seat in the van.

Family Ice Fishing

Saturday, January 18, 1-3:30pm

$10 child / $5 adult. Learn the basics of ice fishing and try your luck on our ponds. We provide all of the equipment. Dress in warm layers. No fishing licenses required. Spaces limited. Call to reserve a spot.

Animal Tracking

Sunday, January 19, 10am-12pm Sunday, January 26, 10am-12pm

$5. Celebrate our winged friends! Join Darryl Speicher, from the Pocono Avian Research Center, for a short hike on the Two Ponds trail. Learn about the variety of winter residents that you see at bird feeders. Binoculars & field guides provided.

Free for members / $5 for non-members Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their lives. Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, eat marks, and other signs that animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos.

Christmas Bird Count

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Free. It’s the National Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count! The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, the Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends. You can register for the area around your house and participate from the comfort of your living room, or you can venture out into a different part of the count circle. If you’re a beginner, we’ll pair you up with a more experienced birder. Pre-registration is required for this event.

$2 per person. Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required.

Sunday, January 5, 8am Start

Sunday for Singles Nature Hike Sunday, January 5, 1-3pm

Free. Enjoy a guided hike on a PEEC trail. This program is all about exploring nature and meeting new people.


Pocono Environmental Education Center Call PEEC at 570-828-2319 to register for programs

Reorganization Meeting

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, sponsored by St. John Neumann Church, is a confidential nondenominational service that offers:


Sunday, January 12, 1-3pm Saturday, January 25, 1-3pm

$10. Learn the basics of snow shoes and enjoy a winter stomp through the woods. No experience necessary, we provide the equipment and teach you everything you need to know. Register early to guarantee a spot.

Sunday, January 19, 1-4pm

MLK Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 20, 9am-12pm

Start the year off right, become involved with our volunteer program! All ages welcome. Snacks provided.

Eagle Watch for Eagle Enthusiasts!

Saturday, January 25, 8:30am-3:30pm

$20. Join Jan Lokuta on a trip north in search of eagles. Visit the Mongaup Reservoir, the Delaware River, & the Eagle Institute. Bring a lunch, camera & warm clothes. Includes a special stop at “Eagle Day” at the PPL Environmental Center!

Little Eco Explorers: Black Bears Saturday, January 25, 1-2:30pm

$5 per child. It’s a new program for 3-6 year olds! Join us for a story, craft, and activity focusing on a particular critter. Call for details.



hfca dog run Maple Ridge Drive Open sunrise to sunset.

Dog owners using this facility are responsible for abiding by these rules and regulations. • All dogs must have ID tag and current rabies vaccinations. • Owners must supervise their dogs. Never leave a dog unattended. • Dog Run open daily, sunrise to sunset. Closed Wednesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 a.m. July–October. • Owners must clean up after their dogs immediately, and fill any holes dug. Please deposit all litter in a refuse container. • Owners must be in control of their dogs at all times and prevent aggressive behavior, biting, fighting, or excessive barking.


Profiles and Photos by Lis Baumann

A Lucky Dog When Rob Smoot lost his beloved 15-year-old chocolate Labrador Retriever this summer, he wasn’t the only one to say goodbye to a faithful companion. His nine-year-old yellow Lab, Lucky, also felt the loss. “Every time I go outside, I look around for my best friend, Kodi,” said Lucky, with a sniff. “I can’t say how much I miss him.”

• Strollers, carriages, bicycles, glass containers, children’s toys, food or treats are NOT permitted in the Dog Run. • Female dogs in heat and puppies under four months of age are prohibited. • Your dog must be on a leash when exiting the vehicle and approaching the outer gate. Open the outer gate only when the inner gate is closed to prevent dogs from running out. Wait until your dog is inside the main area and acclimated before removing the leash. Keep the leash ready.

But Lucky, being lucky, is pleased to announce that her adopted mother is moving in soon and will be bringing her two cats along! “I’m so excited! I’ll have two brother cats to play with. Not only that,” added Lucky with a twinkle in her eye, “but my daddy says he might even get me a puppy!”

Brother-and-Sister Act “I’m very affectionate with Maggie and Benny, but rather shy with everyone else,” explains Joon.

• Owners are solely liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dogs. Dogs acting aggressively must be removed immediately. Dogs showing repeated aggression cannot use the Dog Run. • Young children must be under constant adult supervision. No child under the age of 12 may supervise a dog.

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“Lounging is my most beloved activity,” smiles Benny.

In 2002, Maggie Morley’s husband, Don, passed away. Feeling lonely, Maggie decided to adopt a cat. At the shelter, she found an adorable black and white kitten who was loving and affectionate. Imagine her surprise when Maggie discovered the kitten was one of a set of two! Instead of bringing home one male kitten, Maggie happily adopted the female, as well. According to Maggie, Don’s favorite film happened to be “Benny and Joon,” a movie about a brother and sister. “Aren’t those fitting names for my sister and me?” asked Benny. Joon purrs softly in agreement. “We are very happy and content living here in Hemlock Farms with Maggie. She really enjoys our companionship,” Joon added.

Dapper Dean Debbie and Joe Garelli’s daughter moved out in 2003, and had to leave her Jack Russell Terrier, Dean, behind. Dean explains, “Debbie and Joe already had a dog, but they loved me so much they let me stay.” Dean, who is named after famous crooner Dean Martin, is happy in his new home, and he immediately fit right in. “I love the fact that I get so many gifts,” Dean said, with a wag of his tail. “My favorite presents are clothes. My family has very good taste.” Dean adores dressing up in his various doggie outfits and posing for the camera.

“They say I’m quite a ham,” confesses Dean. “My prized possessions are my raincoat and rain hat. I stay nice and dry on wet days.”

Lucky loves to take long walks outside. “I miss having Kodi with me, but I look forward to making new friends soon,” says Lucky.

Dog Licenses Pike County Treasurer, John Gilpin, will be at the Public Safety Building on Friday, January 31, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to offer Hemlock Farms residents the convenience of obtaining dog licenses. Pricing, information, and licensing applications can be found online at


Gia is a gentle blackish-brownand-tan girl who just turned 8 and now needs a loving family to take her into their hearts and home. Arriving as a stray she is listed as a Pit mix but has a shepherdy appearance. Look into her eyes and see how she would like for you to know her better and give her a chance to win you over with her good natured ways.

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“Baby, it’s cold outside! I’m so grateful for my warm sweater in this frigid weather,” shares Dean.

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Deacon Philip R. Bouwmans Deacon Philip R. Bouwmans, a longtime resident of Hemlock Farms, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the New York Institute of Finance and was a retired Government Bond Broker for E G Leslie, New York, NY. On January 13, 1975, Phil was invested into the Association of Master Knights of the Sovereign Military order of Malta in the USA and on May 31, 1980, after two years of studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY, he was ordained as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. Both ceremonies were celebrated in St. Patrick’s Cathedral by His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York. Phil served as Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital (now Bon Secours) in Port Jervis, NY, and was assigned as Deacon of Saint Mary’s Church in Port Jervis for many years. From 1999 to 2009, Phil served as a Deacon at Saint John Neumann/Good Shepherd Parish in Lords Valley. He was a Navy veteran serving from 1948 to 1951. Phil was born in Staten Island, NY, on November 27, 1929, and he married Virginia (Maxfield) Bouwmans on June 7, 1952, in Richmondtown, Staten Island, NY. Phil is survived by his wife, Virginia; his two daughters, Sandy Kaplan of Middletown, NJ, and Susan Henrickson and husband Dan of Yardley, PA; one son, Scott Bouwmans and fiancée Sandra Ziolkowski of Dingmans Ferry, PA; one sister, Elsie Johnson of Toms River, NJ; one brother, James Bouwmans of Flor-

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ida; five grandchildren, Ronnie, Cory, Rachel, Danielle, and Andrew; and three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Philip and Logan. He was predeceased by a daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Mike Lo Dolce; one grandson, Michael LoDolce, and one brother, Jerry Bouwmans. Phil performed the wedding ceremonies of his three daughters and baptized all of his grandchildren. Phil and his wife were former members of Lords Valley Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf. Phil will be remembered as a loving husband and family man and a good friend to many. Phil had an extraordinary sense of humor; he always had a good story to relate whenever you were in his company. I certainly will miss him! Memorial donations may be made to the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 1053 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428. He certainly will be missed.

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You’ve arrived.

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There are few places that rival the peace, tranquility and beauty of Hemlock Farms. Set in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Hemlock Farms offers members the warmth and security of a gated community, set in a pristine environment. With 75 miles of clearly marked roadways, the Hemlock Farms traveler can relax, slow down and enjoy the scenery. The maximum speed on Hemlock Farms Road is only thirtyfive (35) miles-per-hour. It is prohibited to exceed the posted speed limit on any HFCA roadway.

What’s your hurry? The Board of Directors urges you to follow the speed limit.

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Hats Off to Santa Tom!

He Flew Through the Snow to the Library Appropriately, Miss Rhoda was reading the books “Snowy Day” and “The Snowman” during the Hemlock Farms Library Story Hour on Tuesday, Dec 17, when in burst Santa! Candy Canes, gifts, drawing pads, and crayons were given to Christien Chimurski, James Busso, Logan and Jenna Petroski, Aiden and Liam Radie, and Crosby Schaub, as the proud parents and grandparents watched. Again, hats off to to Santa Tom, to Rhoda Barr, and to the children’s parents for not letting the weather dampen their spirits. “Thank you, Santa Tom for coming to the Library; we truly appreciate your dedication to this special event,” said Rhoda Barr.

Hemlock Farms Library

Photos by Sue Serlin

117 Lookout Drive 570/775-4200, ext. 132


During inclement weather, please call to confirm if open. Monday: 10 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday: 5-7 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Book Discussion Group

Tuesday, January 21, 3:30 p.m.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, led by Gloria Talman

NO MEETING IN FEBRUARY Tuesday, March 18, 3:30 p.m.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, led by Anne Marie Zenie All welcome! Contact Eilene at 570/7752755.

Pre-School Story Hour Now through June

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. No preregistration required. Contact Rhoda at 570/775-9035.

Special Winter Story and Crafts Sunday, January 26

11:00 a.m. to noon, $2 non-refundable fee. For 4-6 year olds, led by Anne Marie Zenie and Gail Blau-Kalman. Sign up at the Library.


New Acquisitions Fiction Christmas Hope, by Anne Perry Command Authority, by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney The Death Trade, by Jack Higgins Dust - A Scarpetta Novel, by Patricia Cornwell Espionage (Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Retribution), by Eric Lustbader The Gods of Guilt, by Michael Connelly Going Dark (Thorn P.I.), by James W. Hall Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt Heirs of the Body, by Carola Dunn Hunt the Falcon (Seal Team Six), by Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo Innocence, by Dean R. Koontz The Midas Murders, by Peter Aspe The Prince of Risk, by Christopher Reich The Spooklights Affair, by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini The Supreme Macaroni Company - A Novel, by Adriana Trigiani The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan

By Anne Marie Zenie

“The Very Thought of You,” By Rosie Alison “The Very Thought of You” is Rosie Alison’s impressive debut novel. It is the story of eight-year-old Anna Sands, whose mother decides to evacuate her from London at the beginning of World War II. Anna is sent to a large country estate in Yorkshire owned by Thomas and Elizabeth Ashton. The Ashtons do not have children of their own, and they offer Ashton Park as a home and school for children seeking refuge from Hitler’s Blitz. The author describes Anna’s reaction to her “new” home: “Anna had never noticed autumn before. Back home, the sheer cliffs of terraced streets blocked the light and hid the seasons. There was summertime when you ran about outside, but after that she could only remember darker days, and the long wait for Christmas. Wet leaves on the pavement and bare branches against a white sky. But here,

now, in remote Yorkshire parkland, Anna saw the glory of autumn for the first time. Great avenues of trees towered with color. Wide lawns glinted with ripe conkers, and gusts of wind swept down leaves in fiery drifts. The weather reached right through her fingertips and deep inside her, until she felt different and new.” Anna blossoms under the tutelage of Thomas Ashton, a former diplomat who is confined to a wheelchair after a serious illness. But her idyllic life in Aston Park unravels when she becomes privy to the dark secrets of the Ashtons’ marriage. What follows in this compelling tale is moving, poignant, and tragic. You will care about the characters in this novel and what happens to them as they struggle to deal with the issues of love and loss. Reading “The Very Thought of You” might be a good way to begin the New Year.



By Marilyn Meyerowitz

2014 Entertainment Book for Northeastern PA

$25. Contact Gail at 570/775-0606 for delivery to your door.

220-2 Snow Plowing onto HFCA Property Prohibited It is prohibited to place snow removed from driveways or parking pads on the HFCA roadway or right of way other than at the mouth of the driveway.



If you are an owner renting your house, the following information is of interest. According to HFCA Code Chapter 13 (E and G), if your tenant or a guest of your tenant is issued a citation for a violation of any HFCA Code and the citation is appealed, someone must appear at the hearing (i.e. owner, renter, or guest) or a $100 fine will be assessed. Owners are notified of all citations and appeals. Ultimately, owners are responsible for citations issued to their renters and/or guests of their renters. Be sure to discuss these points with your renters. According to the HFCA Bylaws, SECTION 2.4 Obligations of Membership (B does not apply): The obligations of membership shall be: A. To comply at all times with the rules and regulations of the Association and these Bylaws and the Declaration and to be responsible for like compliance by family members, guests, tenants and invitees. C. To be responsible for all damages and other violations, including any and all costs, expenses or attorney’s fees incurred by the Association as a result thereof, attributable to the member, the member’s family, guests, tenants and invitees.

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her husband, Les, set a great table, and her guests always enjoyed the expertly prepared meals. The Balabans were longtime members of the Jewish Fellowship. It was only when Les died in May of 2011 that Marilyn reluctantly sold her house in Hemlock Farms to move closer to her family. Marilyn was also an active participant in aerobics classes. There were times when she would outdo the much younger members. It was amazing to see her keep going! The Board of Directors and the membership of JWI extend our sincerest sympathies to Marilyn’s children and grandchildren. We shall treasure her memory and always remember her kind deeds.

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For membership information, contact Blossom Kusnitz at 570/775-6135 or Enid Goldberg at 570/775-9460.


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It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of Marilyn Balaban. The Hemlock Farms chapter of JWI has lost a great member and a lovely woman. Marilyn, a longtime member of JWI, worked tirelessly as a board member for more than a dozen years. She was our treasurer, and not a penny went unaccounted. Her ability to add up a column of numbers and check to see that all were correct was legendary. Several years ago, we had a penny auction to benefit Survivor’s Resources, and there was a bag that contained a massive number of pennies that had been given as payment for the bids. Marilyn wouldn’t leave until she had counted and then recounted the several thousand pennies to make sure that she had it right. She also served a year as President of the organization. Marilyn was eager to help JWI in any way she could. When JWI had their Dine-A-Round fund raiser, Marilyn could always be counted on to act as a hostess. She and



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Excellence and Elegance in a Stunning Setting Glass – is located at Ledges Hotel in the historic Silk Mill Building in Hawley. It is a dining experience to savor, and you will vow to return. They have an outstanding drink menu, and they prepare small plates to perfection. The setting is memorable; it will enhance your guest experience. With spectacular views of the river gorge falls in their panoramic dining room, the outdoor decks are available seasonally. The restaurant and bar are stylish, using beautifully grained beech wood in the decor. The history of the O’Connor Glass Factory accents the dining room with original glass mold prints and displays incorporating the history of Ledges Hotel. We visited Glass on a Saturday eve-

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ning and had the pleasure of meeting Marla Tremsky, the manager. She is also responsible for the creative cocktail menu that features favorites and seasonal delights. We tried two of their house cocktails, the Absolut Ledges Cocktail ($10) with Absolut vodka, Stoli Vanil and four drops of Orange Curacao, and the Quincy ($10) Pear vodka, muddled apples, fresh cider, and quince paste. Both wonderful.

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Social Membership Offer $5,040 $3,500 First Year Dues (over 50 yrs of age) $1,000 one-time administrative fee

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LVCC is a private not-for-profit club. Memberships are subject to LVCC Board approval.

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was happy to answer questions about the menu and to discuss selections. The restaurant and bar are open on Wednesday-to-Sunday evenings, and you can call for reservations. So, relax and enjoy the ambiance of Glass along with the exceptional service, beverages, and extraordinary cuisine.

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There are wines by the glass or by the bottle, and there is beer in bottles, cans and on draft. Their “All American Wine and Beer List” includes wines for $25.00 and under; perfect for your table. Chef Ben Sutter designs the menu and supervises the culinary staff. We savored some of their small plates, including their Butcher Board Charcuterie (3 selections for $16.50 or 5 selections for $26.50) with carefully selected fresh cheeses, meats, and pate. Their Deviled Eggs with Smoked Trout ($8) are tasty and beautifully presented. The Margherita Flatbread ($9) is light and crispy and is a perfect table share as are the Cuban Sliders ($12). Enhance any of the small plates with selections like tender Lamb Chop ($8.50), Lobster Tail ($17.50) or perfectly marinated Beef Short Rib ($8.25). Add sides like Jicama Slaw or Farmers’ Market Sautéed Greens ($5.00). Glass’s menu items are locally sourced and the chefs always use the freshest ingredients. Our waiter, Doug Brigandi,


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On Sunday, December 29, youngsters aged 10 and up rang in the new year with music, dancing and fun at the Steer Barn.



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Stop littering!

Not only is it offensive to your neighbors and the community, there is a serious fine if you are caught.

Contributed photos

Youth Event—New Year’s Dance Party!


HFCA CODE CHAPTER 130 – LITTERING 130-1 No person or persons shall throw or deposit, including from vehicles, any waste paper, sweepings, ashes (to include cigarette butts), household waste, glass, plastic or metal containers, refuse or rubbish, upon any roadway, Association properties or private property. 130-2 Enforcement Any person who violates this Chapter shall be subject to a fine of $100 for the first offense, $150 for the second offense, and $200 for the third and subsequent offense.

Madison Guzzo and Susan Rode are in the party spirit.

Margo DePatie, Kinzy Brice, Noelle DePatie, and Alexa Wildenberg serve up Mocktails and soft drinks.

Subsequent offenses will be assessed per incident to the property owner’s account. Consistent with the Bylaw Section 2.4 (C), the Member (property owner) shall be responsible for any damages or violations attributable to his or her family members, guests, tenants, or invitees.

An open invitation to Hemlock Farms residents:

Dinner with Daniel Lords Valley Country Club’s Award-Winning Chef

Friday, January 31, 2014, 6-9 pm Appetizers: Choice of...

Fried Oyster “BLT” Sushi Roll, Applewood Bacon, Spicy Mayo, Micro Greens, Tomato Relish Roasted Eggplant Paneer, Indian Curry, Tiki Masala, Spinach Mushrooms, Cheese Curds, Basmati Rice Berkshire Pork Shoulder, Sage Spoon Bread, Apple Bacon Compote, Butternut Broth

Signature Salads: Choice of...

Lords Valley Harvest Salad, Local Beets, Arugula, Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans, Honey Balsamic “Chop Chop,” Cucumbers, Hot House Tomatoes, Feta, Bell Pepppers, Capers, Sherry Mustard Vinaigrette

Entrees: Choice of...

Karrabuto Pork Loin, Root Vegetable Ragout, Roasted Sweet Potato Puree, Maple Demi-Glace Tenderloin & Braised Kobe Rib, Buttery Whipped Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, English Peas & Turnips, Borolo Natural Jail Island Salmon, Wild Mushroom Truffle Risotto, Spinach Confit, Baby Vegetable Soubis Shrimp Scampi Alforno, White Beans, Broccoli Rabe, Cremini Mushrooms, Tomato Beurre Blanc Spaghetti Squash Alfredo, Roasted Tomatoes, Parmesan Cracker,Pinenuts, Basil Cream

Desserts: Choice of...

Eggnog Crème Brule, Spiced Apple Churro, Fresh Whipped Cream Chocolate Flourless Cake, Candy Cane Gelato, Chocolate Mousse, Candied Cashews Chocolate Caramel Tartlet, Salty Pretzel Ice Cream, Sugar Cookie Tuille, Rum Sugar Coffee/Tea/Soft Drinks Included; Wine & Liquor Tickets may be purchased at the door

$40.00/PP, all-inclusive (personal check or cash only)

Reservations required: 570-775-7334 (Please provide entree selections when making reservation.)

LVCC is a private not-for-profit club. Memberships are subject to LVCC Board approval.



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Member Bob D’Elia presents our donation to Mary Bruder of the Blooming Grove Food Pantry.

Member Bernie Hengel presents our donation to Bob Crawford of the Tri-State Pregnancy Center. Member Bob D’Elia presents our donation to Robin LoDolce of the Pike County Area Agency on Aging.

By Rosanne Mardarello The next dinner/meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 17, 2014. Please RSVP to Joanne at 570/775-6766 no later than Monday, January 13, 2014. Dinner still only $10.00/Members, $12.00/Guests. PLEASE NOTE there will be no meeting in February. Meetings will resume on March 21, 2014. Prospective members are always welcome! This year’s fund-raising efforts of our members allowed us to distribute a total of $5,000.00 in charitable contributions. Our Charitable Contributions Committee chaired by Charlie Eible included Ann D’Alauro, Joie Eible, Linda Hengel, Joe Ilardi, Anne Marie Zenie, and Bob Zenie. Recipients this year are Blooming Grove Food Pantry, Tri-State Preg-

nancy Center, Safe Haven, Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Hemlock Farms Library, Hemlock Farms Landscape Club, Knights of Columbus Marine Corps, Project Linus, Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Pike County Humane Society, and Pike County Habitat for Humanity. Our mission was—and is—simply to “promote good will through good deeds.” We wish all our members, friends and neighbors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! “Buon Natale e Felice Capo D’Anno.” May we all be blessed with health and prosperity in the coming year!

Photo by Mary Beth Connors

On behalf of the Italian-American Club, Anne Marie Zenie presents Peter Ferris with a donation for the Knights of Columbus Marine Corps League to help with the League’s effort to send packages to the troop overseas.

Member Charlie Eible presents our donation to Ronnie Diaz of Hemlock Farms Landscape Club. Linda Hengel presents Tommy Roew with a “thank you gift” for playing Santa. Member Bernie Hengel presents our donation to Dave Bever of Safe Haven.

Member Ann D’Alauro presents our donation to Kristy O’Brien of Pike County Humane Society (with Tinkerbelle’s approval).

Anita Jorgensen, left, and Pat Tromans, of the Hemlock Farms Library, receive our donation from members Anne Marie Zenie, Linda Hengel, and Ann D’Alauro.

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For membership information, contact Joanne Rand at 570/775-6766. Details for all upcoming events can always be found in Hemlock News, in the Happenings, on Channel 15, and on the Mail Room bulletin board.


Monthly Dinner Meeting Friday, January 17

St. John Neumann Parish Hall, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., members $10, guests $12. Contact Joanne at 570/756766. RSVP by Monday, January 13.

Christmas Dinner-Dance Committee members Marie Desiano, Jeanette Ilardi, Lois Fare, Linda Hengel (co-chair), Phyllis Fodera (co-chair), Marie Ann Gama, and Gail Giannini.

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A Holiday Party

Contributed photos

On Sunday afternoon, December 8, State Representative Mike Peifer and Commissioner Rich Caridi celebrate with retired military veterans at the Republican Party holiday celebration held at Lords Valley Country Club.

A table of revelers enjoy the celebration.

A blanket honoring the Marines was one of the many prizes raffled off.

At the head of the table, Executive Assistant to the Community Manager Helen Yale shares the day with friends. To her right is a proud World War II veteran Larry Bocksel and his wife, Lauren.

Information from a Member


If you have a legacy (older) version of Windows or use the Linux operating system you can get fast file searches by downloading Launchy from the above web site. Launchy allows you to set up hot-key combinations of your choice to pop open an application. So. let’s say Paint is your preferred photo editing program (why you would choose Paint I have no idea). You can set up Launchy to open Paint by pressing <ALT> + <P>. Launchy enables you to customize the directories it searches and the file types it shows, so you can use it to open picture or music files as well as to run applications. **Do not click on any of the green download buttons on this page—they are ad-supported programs that I have not evaluated, so it is at your own risk. Instead, you must click the actual Download link under Launchy in the blue area to get the application. Then click only your system shown in the blue area. A happy and healthy New Year to my Hemlock Farms neighbors!


The Hemlock Farms Community Association is soliciting sealed bids for goods and services listed below. Bids will be received until the time specified on dates indicated, at which time all bids will be opened and publicly read at the Association Office. Contact Susan Almy, Hemlock Farms Community Association, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428 or by calling 570/775-4200, ext. 119 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily or email at sue.almy@ The HFCA reserves the right to waive any informalities in or reject any or all bids, or any part of any bid. Award of contracts is anticipated to occur by the Board of Directors at the Board Meeting following the bid opening, or at a subsequent Board meeting. The HFCA is a Pennsylvania, Not-For-Profit Corporation, subject to PA State Sales Tax. BID ITEMS Bocce Ball Court Replacement Clubhouse Outdoor Pool Liner Har-Tru Conversion of Tennis Courts 7 & 8

DATE & TIME OF BID OPENING January 29, 2014 11:00 am January 29, 2014 11:10 am January 29, 2014 11:30 am


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signs throughout the community. These signs are directing utility vehicles to the power line work.



Dear Computer Therapist: How can I open my favorite applications (Paint, Calculator) and files (music, pictures, documents) faster without wading through all the directories and Windows Explorer searches to find what I want? – Revealing Dear Revealing: Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 lets you use your <Windows> key on your keyboard (usually located between the <ALT> key and <FN> key on the lower left ) in combination with a few typed letters to find what you want. Try it yourself. Let’s say you have a folder in your Music directory called “oldies” and there is a song called

“Alvin’s Harmonica” in that folder. Tap the <Windows> key. The menu will pop open. In the Start search box, type the letters “alv” and the song will appear under files found. Click it and the song will play. You can open a picture or a document the same way.


Dear Computer Therapist: Should I always leave the lithium ion battery in my notebook or should I take it out until I need it? – D.C. Dear D.C.: Even if you use your laptop primarily when it is plugged in, removing the battery is not a good idea—your battery will function better and last longer if you keep it in the machine. However, if the battery is unused for a long time, it can lose its ability to hold a full charge. To use your battery optimally, you should charge it up all the way when you first buy your notebook, or when you purchase a new battery. You should then discharge it all the way down, and then charge it up again. This procedure calibrates the battery and enables it to run for more cycles.



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Members may dispose of their Christmas trees at the area across from the Refuse Recycling Center through the end of January. This area is next to where the leaves are discarded. ALL TINSEL AND DECORATIONS MUST BE REMOVED.

Share your life-changing events with your neighbors by contacting Hemlock News. Hemlock News will be happy to print your announcement accompanied by a photo or two. Contact Mary Beth Connors at 570/775-4200, ext. 121.

Recreation Badges and Mirror Stickers will be available for pickup at the Administration Office beginning Thursday, March 20. In order to pick up the badges, you must be a member in good standing for all the properties you own. You may obtain 2014 mirror stickers for all your vehicles at one time by bringing the vehicle registrations or photocopies of registrations.


2013 Recreation Badges will be honored at the Clubhouse until Saturday, March 31, 2014.

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The Blooming Grove Food Pantry helps many families in Hemlock Farms. Contributions of non-perishable foods or toiletries in non-breakable containers can be dropped off any time in the bins at the rear of St. John Neumann Church or at the Mail Room in the Food Pantry Bin.

Pike County Area Agency on Aging

Blooming Grove Center

150 Pike County Boulevard (off Route 739 North), Lords Valley, PA 18428

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Website: Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centers also located in Lackawaxen and Bushkill

LunCh: Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m. Suggested cost: $2.50/pp. Call for reservations.

Have any free time? Volunteers are always needed and welcome. Available at the Senior Center:

Grief and Alzheimer support groups, Fitness and wellness program, Eyeglass clinics, Flu shots, AARP driving classes, Free income tax preparation, Arts and crafts, Home-bound meal delivery, Monthly newsletter, Exercise classes, Theme luncheons, Trivia contests, Transportation to shopping and doctor appointments—call 570/296-3408 or 866/681-4949.

By Helen Yale Executive Assistant to the Community Manager, Blooming Grove Township Supervisor During the period from November 19 through December 16, seven building permits, eight zoning permits and four sign permits were issued. The Township’s Sewage Enforcement Officer, Glen Martin, submitted a report for the month of November. He received six applications, tested three lots, issued seven repair permits (four tank replacements and three drain field repairs), three systems were repaired and one complaint was received. He has been attempting to get the problem resolved at the Village Center. The Supervisors presented checks representing the final distribution of the Fire and Ambulance Tax for 2013. Rich Hall, representing Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, accepted a check for $42,272.35 for fire tax and a check for $28,800.00 for ambulance tax. Gail Masker, representing Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department, accepted a check for $42,272.35 for fire tax. Jon Tandy, representing Tafton Volunteer Fire Department, Family owned Serving the area for over 27 years



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71-3 DOG WASTE A. Any person owning or responsible for a dog shall immediately remove any excrement left by such animal on any Community property or right of way or on any private property other than property owned or leased by the person owning or responsible for the dog and dispose of the excrement in a sanitary manner. B. Any person walking a dog shall have in their possession a device or equipment for picking up and removing the dog excrement. C. Exceptions: Seeing Eye dogs and certified working dogs specially trained to assist disabled individuals and that the person has a disability which prevents the individual from removing the excrement or any persons using a dog in emergency or rescue operations. D. The assessment for a violation of Section 71-3 (a) is fifty dollars ($50).

accepted $9,393.85 for fire tax and $3,200.00 for ambulance tax. A motion was made and approved adopting the Township’s 2014 budget in the amount of $521,681 in income and $555,858, leaving a shortage of $34,177. In order to balance the budget, $40,000 was borrowed from the PLGIT account and will be returned to that account during the year. Sara Bue Morris, representing the Village Center, spoke about the septic issue at the Village Center; however, the Supervisors could not comment since the attorneys are now in communication. Pike County is celebrating a 200th Anniversary. There are special anniversary coins and calendars for sale at $5.00 each; they may be purchased at the Township. Everyone is invited to join us at our regular meetings, which are held the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Township Building on Route 739. When a holiday falls on a Monday, the meeting will be held on the following Tuesday.

We love our pets. Dogs are part of our families. We care daily for their health and well-being. In Hemlock Farms we do have regulations concerning our four-legged friends requiring leashing, control of annoying barking, prohibiting dogs from Hemlock Farms Community Association buildings, identification, and removal of waste. A section of the code, HFCA Code Chapter 71-3, is shown below: HFCA CODE CHAPTER 71 – DOGS

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Home • Auto • Life • Business

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Lords Valley For membership information, contact Ray Podeszwa at 570/775-6307.



Third Monday/month

7 p.m., St. John Neumann Parish Hall. All Brother Knights are invited.

Continental Breakfast

Third Sunday/month After 10:30 a.m. Mass

Texas Hold’em

Second Saturday/month

10 a.m., St. John Neumann Parish Hall, $40/player. Top prize: $1,000. Contact James at 570/775-6959.


Family Movie Night


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HEMLOCK NEWS Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company

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Prizes $35 to $1000 All numbers are played straight as drawn by the 3-number evening Pennsylvania Lottery drawing. All winners will be paid by check, mailed the following week. On Friday, December 27, more than fifty children and their parents gather at the Steer Barn for Family Movie Night featuring the film, “Despicable Me 2.” This first-time event was a big hit. Bernadette Ouellette, “Mrs. O,” Director of the Youth Center, introduces the film.

$35 donation... that’s less than 10¢/day.

January 2014

All proceeds benefit the HFVF&R Company. Note: HFVF&R Company 2014 calendar only: $5.00 donation Calendars may be purchased at the Administration Office or by calling Charlie Denniston at 570/775-7477.


Contributed photos

Michael Wildenberg, left, Jake Carrubba, and Joe Ferrara are very excited about this event.

Recreation Department staff members Meredith Spiegel, left, Alexa Wildenberg, Haley Ackerman, and Sara Maida are pleased to see so many families in attendance. “We plan on having more movie nights like this one in the future,” announced Sara.

Casey Shallowitz, left, Gabby Passenti, Jake Schallowitz, and Abby Ezra wait for the movie to begin.

Thomas Ferrara, left, Joey Ferrara, Michael Wildenberg, and Jake Carrubba enjoy their complimentary popcorn and soft drinks.


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PPL is working across from the Public Works Maintenance Building on Maple Ridge Residents are advised to use extreme caution when entering this area for picking up mulch or dropping off grass clippings or leaves.


Thank you, Robert Vandercar, Public Works Director

Enjoy Single-Stream Recycling All of your recyclables can be placed together in the same bin! No sorting required!

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10/4 2/17

11/11 12/9 3/17 11/25 3/31

12/23 4/14


The ad hoc Archives Preservation Committee is searching for memories of the early days in Hemlock Farms.



By Peter Talman Archives Preservation Committee Chairperson

St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church

PPL has the right-of-way during this project. Heavy equipment has caused several ruts in the area. PPL believes work will continue through the end of the year.

Recycling Recyclingwill willbebepicked pickedupup every everyother otherweek. week. The The recycling recyclingcan canmust mustbebe labeled labeledfor forrecycling. recycling. The The recycling recyclingcan canmust mustbebe securely securelycovered. covered.

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Families of the Roman Catholic faith who first moved to Hemlock Farms as early as 1964 found it necessary to attend regular masses at either Good Shepherd Church in Blooming Grove or Queen of Peace in Hawley. As the population of Hemlock Farms grew rapidly, there was a heavy influx of Catholics from New York, New Jersey, and other nearby areas. The time approached when it would be necessary to celebrate mass within the community. In the summer of 1971, through the efforts of Western Heritage, the developer of Hemlock Farms, and Most Reverend Bishop J. Carroll McCormick of Scranton, arrangements were made to hold masses at the old Steer Barn. By 1975, it became necessary to look into a facility that would accommodate worshippers on a year-round basis. In September of 1976, a new parish encompassing all of Blooming Grove was established. Construction of a church was planned to honor St. John Neumann. Two years later, a five-acre

parcel was purchased by the Diocese of Scranton on Rt. 739. Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on August 26, 1979, with Reverend John J. Lipinski as the first pastor. In July of 1980, the new parish complex was dedicated, providing congregants with a permanent, up-to-date facility that today serves approximately 400 families. The parish is led by pastor Father Thomas Major, assisted by senior priest Father John Ryan. In addition to the various religious education groups that are part of St. John Neumann, a Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troop and the Knights of Columbus play an active role in the community at large. Participation in the Blooming Grove Food Pantry, co-sponsoring of the Interfaith Tea and Memorial Day services, among a variety of other activities, gives those members of St. John Neumann, Hemlock Farms, and the surrounding area reason to be proud of our community. Next: Huckleberry Hole

Do you have any memorabilia in your attic or basement, or in the back of your closet?


Please contact Mary Beth Connors at 570/775-4200 x 121.

Bridge Work on 739 PENNDot began construction in the area of the bridge on Route 739 near Laurel Ridge Beach. During construction, traffic flow is reduced to one lane in alternating directions. Please leave yourself additional time if you are utilizing a route through the construction zone.

Photo by Kathie Waibel

The project is expected to take approximately 12 months to complete. Contributed photo

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By Jill Barbier

Pike County Sherriff Philip Bueki will speak at the Tuesday, February 4, general meeting about the duties of the Sheriff’s Office and interaction with the community. It’s easy to become house-bound in the dregs of winter. Why not come on out to enjoy a good program and socialize with your neighbors? We thank Chris Cowley and Joann Cerullo for serving as kitchen coordinators for our 50+ Club meetings. At the same time, please welcome Rose Alaimo and Art Sussman, who will serve for the next three months. Thank you also to

Dan Johnson, who is always behind the scenes helping with setup and cleanup. Fifty Plus will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ehrhardt’s on Thursday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For a cost of $39 pp, the restaurant will provide a light breakfast, an Irish band for listening and dancing, a family style lunch with open bar with beer, wine, and soft drinks from noon to 3 p.m., a day-ending refreshment, and—new this year—Damian the Magician. Aida (570/775-9646) is taking reservations up until our March general meeting on Tuesday, March 4.

Pete and Edie Gangarossa enjoy the Woodloch festivities with server Maria Grochowski, center, who is a Hemlock Farms resident. The Italian-evening theme was enjoyed by all.

Lawrence Ciarelli & Sons

For membership information, contact Carol at 570/871-3086. Membership dues: $6pp (7/1/20136/30/2014). Drop check in 50+ Club box at HF Mail Room. If you know a member who should receive a card, contact Renee at 570/775-6327.

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Charlie and Barbara Denniston look over all the toys that they will distribute to area families in need. Members always have been so generous with their donations, knowing that they make the children’s holiday very special.



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Steer Barn Clubhouse, 1 p.m. Speaker: Ann O’Hara from Wayne County Historical Society. Topic: The history and creation of Lake Wallenpaupack.

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 1 p.m. Contact Rosalie at 570/775-1724.

St. Patrick’s Day at Ehrhardt’s March 20

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., $39pp. Light breakfast, Irish band, dancing, familystyle lunch, and—new this year— Damian the Magician. Contact Aida at 570/775-9646 by March 4.

Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company & Auxiliary

Northeast Philharmonic April 4

Debbie Gravitte in “Broadway Baby.” Contact Rita at 570/775-6483.


Auxiliary Meeting

Royal Caribbean Cruise

First Friday of each month

May 8

Bus to ship, 9 nights, Bermuda, St. Maartens, Puerto Rico, & Haiti. Contact Barbara at 570/775-7477.

Pat Quinn and Dan Ruth did a marvelous last minute fill-in by leading us all in songs of the season. We are so fortunate to have talented members who help make our celebrations fun.

Firehouse, 10 a.m. coffee, meeting 10:30 a.m. New members welcome. Contact Barbara Garofalo at 570/2574041.



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Mail & Delivery Instructions In order to receive letters and publications in Hemlock Farms, use this format: Name XXXX Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428

In order to receive packages in Hemlock Farms, use this format: Name XXX Forest Drive XXXX Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428


If you do NOT have a mailbox at the Mail Room, packages may be returned to the sender.

Houses ofWorship

The Church at Hemlock Farms (Interdenominational Christian Church) 98 Willow Drive 570/775-6787

Worship Service

Sunday, 10 a.m. Fellowship time/reception 11 a.m.

Sunday School

8-10 a.m. for children pre-school-7th grade.

Women’s Ministries

Contact Eileen at 570/775-1729. Morning Circle – 2nd Tuesday/mo., 11 a.m. Mission Circle – 3rd Tuesday/mo., 11 a.m. Evening Circle – 3rd Tuesday/mo., 7 p.m.

Adventure Camp

Cancelled until further notice.

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Youth Group

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St. John Neumann Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms 540 Forest Drive 570/775-7497

Shabbat Service followed by Oneg Friday, 8 p.m.

Shabbat Service, Torah Study & Kiddush Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

Religious School

September-June, Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Arlyne B. Berkman Building. Contact Rhoda at 570/775-9035 or the Fellowship office at 570/775-7497.

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Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Good Shepherd: Sunday, 8 a.m.

Boy Scout Troop #416

Meets 1st, 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6 p.m., ages 11-18.

Open Bereavement Support Group

Second Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m., Parish Hall. Contact Evangeline at 570/775-7658.

St. Vincent de Paul Outreach

Let’s Stay Connected. A daily check-up call or friendly visit as requested. Contact Arlette at 570/257-0030 or Margaret at 570/775-1647.

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Milford • Shohola • Lords Valley • Hawley 296-5377 559-7616 775-7030 226-6565 *Must meet secondary mortgage underwriting guidelines & Wayne Bank’s credit policy. For PA & NY properties only. For 1- 4 owneroccupied residential properties. Call for details on additional mortgage rates and terms, construction loans or Annual Percentage Rates. Rates are subject to change without notice. Rate assumes payment is by auto draft from a Wayne Bank checking account.

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BULLETIN BOARD Weisel Home Remodeling & Custom Woodworking




SLOAN’S PAINTING exterior • interior • staining • powerwashing


JESSE SLOAN 570•775•4019

Protect Your Investment with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Repairs • Maintenance • Kitchens Design • Space Planning Off-Season Home Watch with Online Reports Cabinets of all Kinds Designed, Built, and Installed Boat Hauling, Launching, and Retrieval A Bucks County Business since 1984, Pike County since 2011

NY & CT: 212-987-0984 • PA: 570-775-4217


commercial, personal & employee benefits 218 Route 94 Vernon, NJ 07462

(973) 209-0909 Fax: (973) 209-1544


“The best in Lords Valley” TM Morey Home Maintenance 570-877-9179


Weekly inpsections of your house & property



Installation  Replacement Maintenance  Sales  Service Compare our Free Estimates Tom Scheuermann ~ 570-775-6157

COMPUTER PROBLEMS SOLVED • PC Service & Repair • Hardware/Software Installation • Hardware/Software Upgrades • Wired & Wireless Networking • Virus/Malware Removal • Pre-purchase Consulting

Dan Marcus


Your Computer Professionals 570-775-6989


WINDOW CLEANING SERVICE For Brighter Living, Call... (Father) 570-828-9521 Hank (Son) 570-828-8309 Paul RR 1, Box 918, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

Besthorne Electric SERVINg ThE hEmLOCk FARmS COmmUNITY & PIkE COUNTY



Hemlock Farms


WOOD FLOORS BY PISANO & SON August Pisano, Floor Sander and Installer

Phone: 570-686-2801 • Cell: 718-441-4810

wood floors refinished any color stain & installation father & Son Business for more than 38-Years

Our goal is to make our customers happy!


• New designs • Renovate existing landscape • Stonework • Brick Pavers • Walkways • Patios • Tree Removal • Tree Planting

20 Years Working in Hemlock FREE ESTIMATES 570-685-4858


Interior Designer/Artist



Ray Guernon

For Reliability & Quality count on Ray to handle all of your Electrical & Home Improvement Projects!

Janet F. Schmierer

General cleanup, Lawn care, Gravel driveways

SNOWPLOWING • SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION Pierce 570/775-7479 PA55213 PJ 570/775-9475

570 775 9628

A Three-Generation Family Business Ask for Ty

Shabby Chic furniture Refinishing/Refurbishing Custom Window Treatments Custom Upholstery Fabric by the Yard

Painting, Staining, Power Washing







PA 084220

• Roofing Specialists • Flashing/Leak Repairs • Deck Replacement • House Painting/Staining • Crawl Space Repairs • Power Washing PA039130

Joel W. Schachter, PE


Member: National Society of Professional Engineers and National Association of Certied Home Inspectors Licensed in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania

Mark Nelson, President

Glenn Weisel



Precise Home Inspections, LLC


2364 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428

• Interior & Exterior Painting • Power Washing • Free Estimates • Paper Hanging • Fully Insured Full-Time Resident Serving Hemlock Farms • Since 1987 PA037647

Country Cleaning Residential • Reliable Dependable

Serving Hemlock Farms for more than 20 years



PAINTING & CONSTRUCTION All Phases of Painting

INTERIOR / EXTERIOR Sheetrock • Power Washing Decks & Houses CALL ANTHONY: 570.470.0281


North East Gas Service, LLC CLEANING & REPAIR

Specializing in Gas Fireplaces, Gas Logs Sets, Direct Barbecue Gas Lines, Wall Heaters, Cook Stove Conversions, Cleaning and Repairs. Gary rush




home improvements • commercial & residential All work guaranteed and fully insured • PA#003462


Phone: 570.775.6649 Cell: 570.242.4041


Exceptional Home Improvements & Repairs Specializing in Small Jobs: Electrical • Plumbing • Carpentry

Al Savincki • 570-775-0781

Free Estimates

25 Years Experience

ContraCting SpeCialitieS • Home Improvements • Ceramic Tile Installation • New Bathrooms • Plumbing • Finished Basements and much more! Quality Work

Over 50 years experience

Vincent Fodera PA Lic. # 042770 570-775-1845



Be Selective... call Selective

HOUSE FOR SALE – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, six-year-old ranch. Oversized twocar garage, beautiful gourmet kitchen, granite countertop, stainless steel appliances. A must see. A spectacular house. Asking $279,900. Call 201/316-5494. LOT FOR SALE – 307 Forest Drive. Perc test approved. $10,000 or best offer. Call John at 917/846-5544.




Repairs Installations Tune-Ups


570-828-2221 Insured • PA7141 AUTHORIZED DEALER

Selective PlUMBiNG • iNSUReD •

HeMlOcK FaRMS ReSiDeNt FRaNK PiRaNiO 570-775-4084 PlUMBiNG RePaiRS

Dishwashers & Faucets installed electric Water Heaters Repaired or Replaced toilets Repaired or Replaced Small Plumbing Jobs • Winterizing all Work Guaranteed



STELLA HOME IMPROVEMENT NEW ROOFS • ROOF REPAIR GUTTER CLEANING Decks Additions Baths Flooring Handyman Service Doors/Windows

“No Job Too Small!” MICHAEL STELLA Hemlock Resident

570-257-0116 Insured • PA043113


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Tile and Masonry Repairs

SPECIALIZING IN: Steam cleaning of grout, sealing, and caulking. Quality tile installation and repairs for kitchens/ baths. Masonry work with cultured stone and brick, including repairs for steps, walkways, and foundations.


Rob LeMay 845-551-6754 10 years of quality home improvements in Hemlock Farms. Major renovations to custom-finish carpentry.

Free Estimates Insured


Steve Vanderbeck 570-468-0683

PA reg. # PA005181 NJ reg. # 13VH02753300

onstr uc C s ’ tio D . r n





New Homes • Additions • Screened Porches • Roofs • Decks Kitchens • Bathrooms • Garages • Electrical • Plumbing

One Call Does It All


Ofce Location: Route 402, Blooming Grove

“Our 20 Years of Experience and Pride Means a Quality Job”


Effective January 1, 2014, there is a charge for classified advertising on the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) website. In addition, the current Contractors’ List has been removed from the website and the Community has launched a fee-based Business Professional Services Directory (BPSD). A business may be listed for $10/month, $25/quarter or $90/year. Advertisements appearing for a minimum of four consecutive months in Hemlock News will be included on the list free of charge—a savings of $25/quarter or $90/year! To be included in the BPSD, or for more information, contact Hemlock News Staff at 570/775-4200, Mary Beth Connors at ext. 121, or Kathie Waibel at ext. 138.

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING on the website and in Hemlock News

$15 for the first 15 words; 20 cents for each additional word for a maximum of 50 words.

FREE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING on the website and in Hemlock News

Garage and yard sales, help wanted, free services, lost and found, and charitable events (maximum 40 words). Members must be in good standing and payment must be received by HFCA before the ad runs.



Ed Cuff... Your electrical specialist who lives in Hemlock Farms Community.



103 Unfranchise Way, Shohola, PA 18458 HIC Number: PAOAGHIC:006096

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Santa Visits Lords Valley Country Club

One of the festive window displays throughout the club that were created by the committee of Sherry Ronan, Angela Corio, and Judy Hirsch. They had a lot of help from Lords Valley Country Club Manager Jennifer Mang.

Nine-year-old Anthony Marie digs deep in Santa’s bag of presents. “I had a great time meeting Santa!” said Anthony.

Four-year-old Jake Engelson, left, and his three-year-old brother, Drew, enjoy breakfast after their visit with Santa. “The boys were very excited. They loved the elves, especially elf Jane,” said their grandfather, Dan Engelson. “They were looking forward to this for the entire week.”

Photos by Mary Beth Connors

On Saturday morning, December 7, to the delight of the children, Santa arrived at Lords Valley Country Club. Elves, Linda Lobel, left, Jane Engel, and Barbara Selig with Sofiya, Ceorgiy and Ludmila Chigirinskiy gather around Santa.

Photo by Lis Baumann

HFCA Staff members Dorisann Mooring, left, Sue Almy, Jenn Pearston, and Marie Rode are very happy to see Santa.

Hemlock News December 2013  

A community newspaper serving the Hemlock Farms Community.

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