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Autumn Splendor The trees surrounding Little Bell Pond located on Mountain View Drive display the beauty of the season.

Association News: Proposed HFCA 2014 Budget


Recreation News: Concert in the Park


Photo by Kathie Waibel

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Serving approximately 4,000 homeowners and lot owners of Hemlock Farms. Published monthly by the HEMLOCK FARMS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428.

table of contents Association News

Jewish Women International News.............................54


Library News...............................................................57

HFCA Town Meeting – A Town Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Steer Barn Clubhouse Auditorium. The agenda will include: Board Goals, Cleanup of Lot 3, Community-Wide Water Quality Assurance Project Update, and Fitness Center Expansion Project. All are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Area Code Requirement – Effective Saturday, September 21, it is now necessary to dial the area code plus the telephone number you wish to call if you reside within the present 570 area code.

Letters............................................................................4 Board Focus.................................................................10

News Staff: Mary Beth Connors, Kathie Waibel

Members’ Time............................................................13

Production: MKmedia

Board Action in Brief.................................................. 14

Copy editor: Mary Huber Ads and news deadline for next issue:

News Briefs............................................................ 15, 24

Letters to the Editor are due


Any news, ads, or ad copy changes

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.

CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS —accepted from HFCA members—are $10 for the first 15 words, 20 cents for each additional word; 50 words maximum. Business Classifieds: $20 for the first 15 words, 20 cents for each additional word; 50 words maximum. Garage Sales: $10, 40 words maximum.

Committee Meeting Minutes....................................... 17 Care1 Ems News.........................................................24 From the Chief.............................................................25

Environment News......................................... 27-31 Recreation News............................................. 32-41 Recreation Report........................................................33 Recreation and Cultural Arts Activities......................34 Food & Friends............................................................39

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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 18428-9059. 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.

Board of Directors:

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

By Mike Sibio

Italian-American Club News.......................................51

From the Editor..............................................................3

Employees of the Month.............................................. 11

by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013.

Manager’s report

For the past six weeks, staff were all kept busy preparing their budgets in time to meet the submission deadline. I especially want to recognize Ann Marie Drake, Comptroller, for pulling all the spreadsheets together and Jeanne Ferrara for formatting and printing the copies for distribution to the Finance Committee and the Board. It is a monumental task that followed a month of meetings with all Department Heads, who were charged with justifying every line item in their budget. In the end, the proposed Manager’s Budget includes a $43.00 increase for I-lots and a $33.00 increase for U-lots. A-lots pay 2/3 of the U-lot amount. In addition, both U & A lots pay the water availability charge and the stormwater fee. In an effort to keep up with the higher reserve funding obligation in the Water Company, due to the need to replace some water mains in our distribution system, it was necessary to raise the water availability charge to all lots by $40.00 per year. I-lots will see this amount added to their quarterly water bills at the rate of $10.00 per quarter, while U and A lots will receive the increase with their annual dues bill in January. Unfortunately, the reserve fund did not include any monies for the replacement of water mains and recently we discovered several areas where 4” pipes will have to be replaced in the next five to ten years. At this time, I must also point out that, as presented during the months leading up to the vote for the filtration plant for Well #4, we will need another increase to pay off the loan and for added operational expense that will begin when the filter system becomes operational. That increase will be calculated in the 2015 budget proposal. After more than ten years without a water rate increase—and due to changes within the system—we now face the reality of several years of increased water fees and rates to address those changes. In the next two years, we will find out where those fees need to be set to properly manage the water system into the future. In addition to all the budget work done, each department was also busy closing out the busy summer season. Examples of that work follow:

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Editor: Connie Kern

Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

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Blooming Grove Township News................................45 Computer Therapist.....................................................46 Day Trippin’.................................................................48 Fire Company News....................................................49 Food Finds...................................................................50

Neighbor-To-Neighbor News.......................................59 Pet Parlor......................................................................61 Porter Township News.................................................63 Sisterhood News..........................................................64 Thru the Lens...............................................................68 Women’s Club News....................................................69 The Writers’ Gazette...................................................70 Classifieds....................................................................71

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Manager’s Report

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Hemlock Archives – There will be an “Open House” beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, at the Orchard House on Orchard Drive so that residents may view a collection of Hemlock Farms memorabilia compiled by the ad hoc Archives Preservation Committee. Plan a visit and learn the history of Hemlock Farms!

ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT Manager’s Proposed Budget – In compliance with the Bylaws, the proposed budget was submitted to the Board and Finance Committee members by September 15, 2013. Collections/Property Transfers Up – The Collections Report shows that we have collected 92.05% of Accounts Receivable through August 31, 2013, ahead of last year’s 91.48%. We have approximately 500 current installment plans and most members are properly paying according to installment terms. Accounting staff continue to be very busy working with brokers and title companies and processing property transfer paperwork. Through August, 110 properties have transferred, generating $212,400 in Capital Improvement Fee income. This figure is more than $71,000 ahead of the prior year. Legal Actions – The Accounting Department is busy preparing paperwork to file civil complaints on those members whose accounts are delinquent, both for dues and water payments. This results in an HFCA lien on the member’s property and it affects the member’s credit rating. Additional legal actions are underway with regard to those members with delinquent accounts.

COMMUNITY CONSERVATION Forest Management – Inspections for 31 tree-removal applications and four tree-restoration plans were completed. The invasive project continues to remove multiflora rose, autumn olive, and barberry from the hillside across from the tennis courts along Hemlock Farms Road. Native species, such as persimmon and mock orange, have been identified growing in this area. Lake and Pond Management – A seventh application of microbes was added to Little Bell, Mirror, and Wish for a Fish Ponds. McConnell Lake was treated three times for algae and aquatic weeds using Cutrine Plus and Reward. The Lake Watch Team collected the fourth water samples on the lakes. New kiosks are being built by Public Works for the boat launches; Pennsylvania Fishing and Boating Regulations will be posted on them. A large number of fish died in Willow Pond. This was first noticed and reported by members who live on the pond on August 24. By August 30, most of the dead fish were eaten by the eagles, herons, osprey, raccoons, and otter, and no new dead fish have been observed. The cause of the fish kill is reasoned to be stormwater runoff. The Willow Dam needs to be repaired, and the dam plans will be requested from DEP.

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Wildlife Management – The snakes caught by Dr. Reinart on the Delaware Forest turned out to be pregnant females, so radio-tracking devices were not used. Environmental Protection and Education – Joe Gallagher presented an educational program on Fish Behavior on Saturday, August 24, at Laurel Ridge Beach to six members, families, and guests. Twentyeight members were assisted with questions about trees, wildlife, fish, ponds, and lakes. Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan achieved a threeyear renewal for Certified Arborist by completing the required 30 hours of continuing education. The Pocono Source Water Protection Collaborative held a meeting on August 27 at the Pike County Training Center, and another meeting was held on September 24, also at the Pike County Training Center. The Collaborative is planning for a November Source Water Protection workshop for water company operators with Pennsylvania Rural Water Association.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT Building Activity – Again no new-home permits were issued during the past month, leaving our total for the year at zero. We did issue one new-home permit in August 2012, which raised the year-to-date number to two. A total of six Addition/Alteration permits were issued last month, and our annual total is now sixteen while last year the figures were three and twenty.

PUBLIC WORKS Building Maintenance – As well as completing numerous service calls, the crew assisted in the setup and breakdown of Hemlock Farms Day. At the Steer Barn Clubhouse, A/C filters were cleaned and/ or changed, and the water filter for the entire building was replaced. The Pool Pak was serviced, numerous light fixtures were fixed or replaced, and the art display cases were repaired. Twelve new gate arms were made for the 402 and 739 gates for Labor Day weekend, and the incoming gate at Forest Drive was repaired and replaced after it was hit by a vehicle. The new doors built for the stable were installed and painted, and the Public Works building was painted, as well. Roads and Grounds – In addition to completing 115 service orders this month, this crew also reported the following: preparations were made for Hemlock Farms Day, which included building a road for the antique car show, and picking up 200 bales of hay and setting them up in the game area. After this event, the hay was moved and stored in the stable, and the tent was taken down. The new tent was set up for the outdoor concert, and picnic tables were brought in for that event. The crew completed facility parking lot line painting, cattails were pulled from spillways, trees at intersections were cut back to improve sightlines, and street and stop signs were straightened, repaired, and replaced where needed. Beaches were raked, potholes and drive-

Thank you to the Official Publication and Public Information (OPPI) Committee members George Barbier, Deborah Barmann, Marna Berman, Vincent Comando, Jeffrey Ferretti, David and Phyllis Malinov, Antoinette and Gino Silvestri, Georgene and Larry Snyder, and Michael and Rita Spitzer who assisted Hemlock News staff Mary Beth Connors and Kathie Waibel in reviewing these pages for publication. Within this issue is information regarding the proposed 2014 HFCA Budget (page 7), recognition of HFCA staff (page 11), the end-ofsummer beach party at Elm Beach (page 35), and many other stories from around the Community. I hope you enjoy reading about the experiences of your Hemlock Farms neighbors. I welcome members’ ideas, comments, and suggestions, which you may email to ckern@ —Connie Kern

way ruts were filled, and fallen trees were picked up, cut and chipped. Facility mowing, shoulder mowing, and weed-whacking continued, and debris was blown off roads and intersections. At the Refuse Recycling Center, box and bulk trash were pushed down, leaf and dirt piles were pushed up, and the hopper area of the trash compactors was cleaned. Garbage and recycling was collected at all facilities, receptacles were set upright after animals had overturned them, and litter-picking continued throughout the community. A deer, two raccoons, a cat, a skunk, and a turkey carcass were removed from the community. Water Company – For the month of August, the Water Company personnel completed 84 work orders and responded to 13 PA One Calls to mark underground water lines. Leak detection was performed. Five water-service lines were replaced, and three leaking curb valves were repaired. Ten water meters and ERTs were replaced. The Water Company also responded to two dirty-water complaints. Passive flushing of a few hydrants in the Well #4 area was conducted. The five community wells were monitored daily, and two leaking valves were replaced at Well #10. The radio transmitter at the Administration Annex was repaired for Well #10 data transmission. A chlorine feed line at Well #49 was replaced, and a chlorine pump and injector at Well #80 were repaired. Lead and copper samples were collected throughout the community as per Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection monitoring requirements. Continued on page 9


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HFCA members in good standing and members of their immediate families in residence are invited to submit Letters to the Editor for publication in Hemlock News, the official publication of the Hemlock Farms Community Association. There is a limit of two letters from the same member family within a single issue of the paper. It is the intention of the editor and the Official Publication and Public Information (OPPI) Committee that publication of letters will allow for a civil discussion about important issues that face the community. The editor or his/her designee will enforce the following guidelines: 1. All letters for submission must include the member’s name, address telephone number and email address (for verification purposes only) and must be

received by 4:00 p.m. on MONDAY, OCTOBER 28. Letters

must be emailed to: mconnors@ followed by a phone call to verify receipt.

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.

letters Unimproved Lot Dues At the June Board meeting, John Sredinski questioned dues for unimproved lots, followed by a Letter to the Editor in the August Hemlock News. In the Board response it noted that the provided “services increase greatly the property values of the lots.” There are currently approximately 70 lots for sale, the majority of which are listed under $25,0001, and I understand that, except for lakefront lots, the average recent selling prices have been $15,0002. Some lots are listed for under $10,0003. For 2013, the dues for an unimproved lot was $1,545 and, over the past five years, the total dues has been $7,1274. There is no way unimproved lots have gained in value anywhere near this amount. And unimproved lot owners get few (if any) services from ownership unless they own a home on another lot, in which case they are paying for those services with their improved lot dues. On the other hand, the ratio of dues to home value for improved lots is significantly lower and most homeowners get to take advantage of the services those dues pay for. The Board also responded that we all pay school taxes whether or not we have children in local schools. True, but for 2012, school taxes were $1,803.515 for improved lots and only $195.616 for unimproved lots—almost 90% less. HFCA dues for unimproved lots are only about 30% less than improved lots. I understand this issue has been addressed by the Finance Committee, but I assume every member of that committee has a home in Hemlock Farms. Those of us who do not have homes in Hemlock, but are still paying unimproved lot dues, have no voice. There are far more improved lots than unimHF CA

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[Editor’s Note: The data on the above websites is updated daily. The amounts referenced may differ at the time of publication.]

Fresh Water We are fortunate to have able people in our community watching out for our environment—particularly our water. I just think it would be very interesting if the newly-formed Source Water Environmental Education Team—as described in the August issue of Hemlock News—could include in their work a study of the rate of fresh water use per person compared with the rate fresh water is naturally replenished—or how many people can Pike County’s renewable water supply sustain? I’m not against immigration or opposed to any particular individuals moving to this area, but shouldn’t we all be more aware that humans are using resources much faster than our earth can replace them? There is a group of activists and environmental organizations in Vermont, including Sierra Club and Center for Biological

Your question with your name and Mike Sibio’s answer may be published in the Hemlock News feature column, “Ask the Manager” as space permits.

You may submit your question: 1. In the Hemlock Farms drop box at the Mail Room 2. In the front door mail slot at the Administration Office 3. E-mail Mary Beth Connors at 4. Call Mary Beth Connors at 570/775-4200, ext. 121

Diversity, who are celebrating a decreasing population, requiring less development and less stress on the environment, and who are sponsoring an essay contest whereby scientists try come up with their estimates of how many people Vermont can support sustainably. Maybe we could try to do something similar for our area—starting with just water. Audrey Bernstein [Editor’s Note: According to Director Michael Mrozinksi of Pike County Community Planning, Pike County’s estimated population was 57,369 in 2010, 56,852 in 2011, and 56,899 in 2012. The water supply is perceived to be in abundance and of high quality. Due to numerous unknowns, the County has undertaken a few studies to assess conditions. The Pike County Conservation District is undertaking a groundwater level monitoring program and a baseline conditions study. These studies will provide quantity and quality data. Questions and concerns may be directed to Sally Corrigan at 570/226-8220.]

Great Job! We want to commend Ms. Amy Strapec on the great job she is doing as the Cultural Arts Director of Hemlock Farms. The quality of entertainment that she has brought to Hemlock Farms here in rural PA has been fantastic. Keep up the good work! Thank you, Beatrice & Marvin Cohen

Respect Private Property Recently, at the Lords Valley Country Club golf course, a group of golfers were met with an SUV driving up the cart path. When the SUV driver was asked what he was doing driving on the golf course, he stated that he was picking up his family who were taking a walk on the course. When told that it was private property, he stated that he and his family did not know that they were trespassing. They all left the golf course without further incident. While this is the first time, to my knowledge, that a vehicle was found driving on the cart path, this incident brings up the need for me to remind members of our Hemlock Farms Community, particularly new arrivals who may not be Continued on page 5


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Bocce Play-offs


We had another wonderful Bocce picnic and play-off. We had approximately 150 Hemlock members out having a fun and happy time. We were advised that we would have extra garbage pails available, but as usual, we were ignored once again. [We] saw the TWO tennis players heading for the tennis courts complaining about all the cars in parking lot. The Community spends aproximately $20,000 annually on the tennis courts and no monies were budgeted in 2013 for the Bocce courts. Jim Pellechia

[Editor’s Note: The HFCA 2013 Budget itemizes $23,465 for Tennis expenses (page 48). The HFCA Proposed 2014 Budget, allocates approximately $25,000 for the repair of Bocce Courts 1 and 2 in 2014 (page 56).]

What a Performance!

Thanks to so Many On behalf of those of us that worked to have a car show at the Hemlock Farms Fawn Hill 50th Anniversary Celebration, we would like to thank those folks that took the time to participate. We would also like to thank the almost 400 people who voted for their favorite car. And a very special thanks to the local vendors that supplied gift certificates to award to various cars. Mike Schul and Charlie McKenna


Morning School Bus Drop-Off Drop Off Procedure at the 739 Bus Stop:

Vehicles are not permitted to park in the upper Steer Barn Clubhouse lot by the handball courts. This area is for drop-off of students only. The discharge or pickup of students on Hemlock Farms Road is strictly prohibited. Any vehicles observed violating this procedure will be cited for Careless Driving (HFCA Code Chapter 252-112). The violation is a $50.00 fine.

No warnings will be issued! The safety of your children is our main concern. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


Thanks to Cultural Arts Director Amy Strapec who working with Alan Danzis brought the New Jersey Symphony string musicians to our Steer Barn stage. Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” filtered through the room as the quartet opened the program which included more of the composer’s work and finished in the second half with familiar Broadway melodies skillfully arranged for strings. Assistant principal cellist Stephen Fang introduced the group and added interesting and informative narrative to the evening’s recital. Standing ovations from a thrilled audience of over a hundred people was a strong indication of how much this type of program was enjoyed and appreciated. Let’s hope there will be more of the same… and also another opportunity to visit NJPAC by bus from Hemlock Farms in the very near future. Joan Polishook


familiar with the private nature of Lords Valley Country Club, that only golfers registered at the pro shop are permitted on the golf course. Even our own members are not permitted to walk, bicycle, or jog on any part of the golf course. This restriction is intended to protect against the risk of being struck by a golf ball and is required by our liability insurer. We have posted the commonly-used, black-and-white “No Trespassing Signs” on trees surrounding various access points to our golf course. These signs should be sufficient to alert our Community of the private nature of our golf course. We certainly do not wish to interfere with the natural surroundings and post larger and more conspicuous “No Trespassing” signs. It is my hope that this letter will alert those who are genuinely not aware of the private nature of our golf course and that additional measures will not be necessary. Again, I wish to thank the overwhelming majority of Hemlock Farms residents for their understanding and cooperation. Jennifer D. Mang, CCM General Manager of Lords Valley Country Club

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TOWN MEETING Sunday, October 27, 12:30 p.m. Steer Barn Clubhouse Auditorium Agenda: Board Goals Cleanup of Lot 3 Community-Wide Water Quality Assurance Project Update Fitness Center Expansion Project

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All boats MUST be removed from HFCA Docks by Monday, October 14.

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Proposed HFCA 2014 Budget By Community Manager Mike Sibio and Comptroller Ann Marie Drake

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An Expansion Project By MARY BETH CONNORS On Monday morning, September 23, 13 architectural companies met in the Art Room at the Clubhouse for a pre-bid meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to provide an opportunity for the companies to ask questions about the Request for Proposal (RFP) for an engineering study to obtain conceptual designs for the Fitness Center Expansion. The companies are to provide a conceptual plan in sufficient detail for the Community to obtain a guaranteed notto-exceed price for the expansion of the existing Fitness Center. Funds, not to exceed $40,000, for the engineering study were approved by the Board of Directors at the July Board

meeting. These funds will come from the Community Development line in the operating budget and will be subject to reimbursement from the Capital Improvement Fee Fund if the project is approved by membership. The information and costs from this study will be used to place the Fitness Expansion Project on the ballot for a membership vote in July. The bids for the conceptual design are due back to HFCA in mid-October. When approved by the Board of Directors at the October Board meeting, design work will begin in November and final design will be submitted by March, 2014. If this project is approved by membership in July , construction is expected to begin in March 2015.

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Management’s proposed budget has been prepared in compliance with Bylaw Section 6.2.E.1: “No later than September 15, the Manager shall submit a proposed budget to the Board and Finance Committee.” The proposed budget for 2014 can be summarized by dues figures as follows: Improved Lots: $2,065 Unimproved Lots: $1,360 Adjacent Lots: $907 The Improved Lot dues amount of $2,065 represents a $43 or 2.15% increase over 2013 dues. Unimproved Lots and Adjacent Lots also pay annual fees of $114 for water availability (an increase from $74) and $144 for stormwater management. Department heads were again asked to keep their department expenses low. Supervisors were asked to shop for the best pricing to maximize the value of our purchases. In this way, we can do our best to control some costs. For the remainder of 2013, department heads

were asked to spend only when necessary, to conserve wherever possible, to reduce seasonal hiring, and to defer filling empty positions when possible. These continued methods of expense reduction have provided us with positive cash flow throughout 2013. Dues collection has improved in 2013, allowing for a decrease to the bad debts expense budget of $40,000 from the prior year amount of $300,000. A reduction of surplus carry forward (from $375,000 to $300,000) has an immediate adverse effect on the 2014 budget, caused in part by the series of bad weather events early in 2013 and the unanticipated higher costs of gas and oil. Rising insurance premiums, higher gas and oil prices, and sluggish interest rates impact our budget in a negative way. The budget also includes a $1,403,000 contribution to the Replacement Reserve Fund, necessary to keep our infrastructure and asset replacement levels desirable.

Capital Expenditures Budgeted for 2014 Include the Following: From the General Fund: None ($0) From the Replacement Reserve (including items held over from the previous year): 12 vehicles Septic upgraded Computer system purchases Paramount elliptical Administration furnace & annex roof shingles PS flooring, carpet Automatic gates at Forest Drive Bocce courts 1 & 2 repairs Steer Barn Clubhouse outdoor new pool surface Steer Barn Clubhouse mats and indoor pool deck surface

Water and Stormwater Budgets 2014 Water rates continue to be billed at .00695/1,000 gallons used. An increase to the base quarterly water fee of $10/ quarter, (from $50 to $60/quarter) for Improved Lots and $40/year for Unimproved Lots and Adjacent Lots to the water availability fee (from $74 to $114) was necessary to allow for increased reserve funding for water lines and infrastructure as it is aging. No change to current stormwater fees is proposed at this time.

The budget process continues with review by the Finance Committee of each department, line-by-line. Appropriate committees and department heads are invited to each meeting on most of the available Saturdays in October and November. The Finance Committee will present its recommendations at two public budget hearings at 1:00 p.m. during the October and November Board meetings. The budget is scheduled for adoption on December 14 at 11:30 a.m.

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Manager’s Report Continued from page 3

Vac Truck – For the month of August, the Vac Truck needed 80 hours of repairs. It was used to clear 280 feet of pipe and 8,500 feet of trenches.

ENGINEERING REPORT Stormwater Management – The Engineering Firm, Kleinschmidt, continues to work on the design and surveying for the Stormwater Management Project for all of Hemlock Farms. The

design/surveying work is approximately 81% complete. Hemlock Dam – The Engineer Firm (Kleinschmidt) has submitted a revised proposal conforming to certain HFCA issues. Preliminary work will start in October. Hemlock Lake will be drawn down starting on October 17. A letter of notice was sent to all lakefront property owners around the lake to allow them time to address



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


REGULAR BOARD MEETINGS, BUDGET HEARINGS AND NOTICE, ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS All meetings and events will be held at the Public Safety Building (except where noted below) until further notice beginning at 8:30 a.m., Members’ Time and other oral communications will be at 11:00 a.m. for one-half hour. DATE



2013 October 26 October 26 October 27 November 23 November 23 December 14 December 14

Regular Board Meeting First Budget Hearing Town Meeting Regular Board Meeting Second Budget Hearing Regular Board Meeting Adoption of Budget

8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. (Clubhouse) 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

2014 January 25 February 22 March 22 April 26 May 17 May 18 May 28 June 28 July12* July 12* July 20* July 26 August 2* August 16 (tentative)

Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Town Meeting 12:30 p.m. (Clubhouse) DEADLINE FOR FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS 2:00 p.m. (HFCA Office) FOR ELECTIONS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS* Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING* 10:00 a.m. (Clubhouse) FIRST VOTING DAY / ANNUAL ELECTIONS* 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Clubhouse) SECOND VOTING DAY / ANNUAL ELECTIONS* 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Clubhouse) RECESSED MEMBERSHIP MEETING Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m. Organizational Board Meeting 10:00 a.m. Regular Board Meeting 8:30 a.m.

*Date determined by Bylaws

any boat or dock removals. Filtration System for Well #4 – The Engineering Firm, Entech Engineering, Inc., has begun preliminary field work on this project. A sur vey has been completed, and a rendering has been produced.

PUBLIC SAFETY Autumn in Hemlock – Although it is sad to see the summer season end, autumn in Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The trees and foliage start to turn a variety of colors that paint the mountainsides. It’s a good time of the year to simply take a day and go for a slow drive and enjoy the breathtaking views. However, while you are driving around, please be cautious! The fallen leaves create hidden traffic hazards. Wet leaves on wet road surfaces cause slippery conditions. Fall is also a very busy time of the year for some of our full-time members as the youngsters go back to school. The presence of students plays a serious role in the traffic hazards of the fall season. School buses are on the road and young people are scurrying about to and from school buses in the morning and afternoon. You almost can’t talk about the fall season and youngsters without thinking of Halloween. Our goal at Public Safety is to do whatever we can to see that every child has a happy— but most importantly—a safe Halloween. With that in mind, for months, staff has been busy planning the annual Halloween Safety Party. This party is geared towards teaching our children how to stay safe on Halloween while still having loads of fun. The party will be held on the evening of Monday, October 28, starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be lots of prizes and candy, as well as a costume parade and a contest. We hope to see you there, and bring your cameras, parents!

RECREATION Summer’s End – As the summer season comes to a close, the Recreation staff is focusing on the fall season. They have been meeting to evaluate the past summer season and the programs. We had all-time-high participation numbers in the Day Camp, and the tennis program signups were higher than in previous

years. Staff is busy crunching numbers and searching the best prices for equipment and services in preparation for the 2014 budget. Remember, the fall Clubhouse schedule is now in effect with abbreviated hours. Please remember to bring and display your badge at all times. Also anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older while utilizing any area of the Clubhouse. Children’s Halloween Party – The Children’s Halloween party will be on October 19 in the Clubhouse at 1:00 p.m. This year, we will feature DJ Bill Ohocinski, a pumpkin patch, and a candy parade through the Clubhouse. Parents, be sure to bring a camera for pictures and a trick-or-treat bag for goodies. Hemlock Haunt – Mark your calendars for Saturdays, October 19 and 26, and Thursday, October 31, as the Recreation Department and volunteers from the Community will be running the Hayride and Haunted House at the Youth Center. This will be the third year of running this event at the Youth Center, and the staff and volunteers have numerous ideas to make it the best yet. We hope for good weather this year and we want everyone who attends to have a fun-filled night. Hayrides to the Haunted house start at the Art Chalet building. On Saturday, October 19, and on Saturday, October 26, the hayrides will begin at 7 p.m. On Thursday, October 31, the hayrides will begin 6:30 p.m. The prices are $5 for adults, and $3 for children 10 years of age and under. New Programs – If you or anyone you know has any suggestions for new programs or classes, stop in the Administration office and ask for Recreation Director John Wormuth. We are always looking for new and exciting programs and classes for members. Post-summer cleanup is underway at all the outdoor facilities. We have several outdoor events planned for the upcoming months while the weather is still comfortable for outdoor activities. The fall colors are beginning to emerge, so make plans now to be in Hemlock Farms when the brilliant leaf hues peak during mid-October... you won’t be disappointed!

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By Connie Kern

Wood Chips and Rattlesnakes The September 21, 2013, meeting of the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors was chaired by President Rob Wolff, with Vice President Anne Marie Zenie, Treasurer Michael Spitzer and members Lyn Attreed, Pete Ferris, Larry Solotoff, and Robert Treptow in attendance. A fair amount of the Board meeting focused on wood chips, fences, and recreational vehicles.

Stockpiling Materials

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Recreational Vehicles During the new business discussion, a possible review of HFCA Code Chapter 189 – Recreational Vehicles, Boats, and Utility Trailers Restricted was introduced. Wolff does not believe that the issue of parking RVs on members’ properties is an enforcement issue because members are compliant with the Code, he suggested that it is an aesthetic issue. He said that, since the time of the Code’s introduction, the popularity of these recreational vehicles has increased and the point system (see Figure 1) should be revised. Solotoff suggested that a storage facility could be created where residents would be charged

Less than 35' 0

FIGURE 1: HFCA Code Chapter 189 – Recreational Vehicles, Boats, and Utility Trailers Restricted, Distance from street frontage chart. Graphic from Hemlock Farms Official Handbook 2013

to store their vehicles. Sibio stated that HFCA implemented a Code due to the fact that it does not have a storage facility/building, which would need to be approved by the Township/Zoning Officer. Solotoff mentioned that HFCA has a number of unbuildable lots that, with the addition of gravel or other appropriate material, would make good storage areas, sans a building. He said that the landscaping could be such (i.e. to leave trees surrounding it) to create a visually appealing site for these vehicles. Lyn Attreed suggested that RVs could be stored off-site or, at worst, be banned. Wolff suggested keeping this issue “on the radar.”

Seasonal Water Turn-off

If you are planning to leave Hemlock Farms for the winter, consider having your water turned off at the street. For seasonal turn-off and on there is a fee of $10.00 each time the water is turned on and off. Please contact the water company at 570/775-4200, ext. 113, to schedule your appointment at least 48 hours in advance. HF CA

Larry Solotoff suggested that the Board consider reviewing/amending HFCA Code Chapter 106 – Fences because neighbors are complaining of six-foot fences surrounding entire properties, corner-to-corner, which block the beautiful views of Hemlock Farms. He added that this is an old code and some stipulations within it do not make sense, therefore the code should be reviewed. Solotoff said that tall fences that block unattractive views would be acceptable, but he has issues with stockade-type fences surrounding entire properties. This issue was referred to the Land Use, Planning and Architecture Committee.


Community Manager Mike Sibio announced the Firewise Board’s request that Management work with the them to plan “Firewise Chipper Days” throughout the month of October 2014, for the benefit of individual members. The Firewise Board desires to develop a way for Community members to recycle their woody debris. Public Works Director Bob Vandercar stated that the property currently being utilized for the storage of materials is owned by PPL Electric Utilities (PPL). He recently had to move 50 loads of dirt so that PPL could install a new pole. He said that PPL was very accommodating; they could have requested that all the materials be removed. He recommended searching for new areas to stockpile material since it would be wasteful to not utilize said material in various HFCA projects. Vandercar said that he was recently contacted by Pioneer Construction inquiring whether HFCA would be interested in receiving the #2 Stone that is being used for PPL

roads that will need to be removed when the PPL project is complete. This stone is a material that can be utilized in the Stormwater Management Project, so he replied with an emphatic YES! Vandercar also stated that PPL is concerned with the height of the pile of leaves. He said that the amount of leaves HFCA collects is overwhelming; if this pile of leaves were to be mixed with wood chips, the pile would tend to attract rattlesnakes due to the looser composition of the material—an attribute that compacted leaves alone do not offer. He reminded the Board that wood chips are currently being offered to residents, which would make the addition of rattlesnakes undesirable. The issue was referred to Management and the Public Works Committee, by consensus of the Board.

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Fall Hydrant Flushing The Hemlock Farms Water Company will be conducting its Fall Flushing Program beginning Monday, October 7. The project should be completed by the first week of November. All work will be conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

(July, August & September) are expected to be mailed the fourth week of October. Water bills are payable within 30 days of the statement date. If not paid within this time, a $25.00 late fee will be assessed.

The Hydrant Flushing Program is a routine maintenance procedure to help ensure the sanitary conditions of our water distribution system. Residents should draw water for drinking and cooking purposes prior to the flushing time. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 570/775-4200, ext. 113. Thank you for your cooperation, Tom Sekula, Water Company Supervisor

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employees of the month

Profiles and Photos by Mary Beth Connors

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JULY 2013



Mariah Syre

Ray Martinez

Rob Smoot

Lynn Lerner

Mariah is a part-time Custodian during the busy summer months. She helps clean various facilities wherever needed. Mariah is also available to help out during the holidays. She began employment in the Administration Department in June 2008.

Ray is a full-time Patrol Officer. His job is to patrol the roads of Hemlock Farms during the overnight shift. Ray recently received an award for one year of excellent performance with the Public Safety Department. Ray began employment in the Public Safety Department in June 2008.

Robert “Rob” is a Road Crew Laborer and Vac Truck Operator. The Vac Truck is used to keep the culverts and ditches throughout the community clear of leaves and debris. Rob maintains roads and grounds, fixes potholes, and works with the Landscape Club. In addition, he is one of our snowplow operators. Rob began employment in the Public Works Department in April 2008.

Lynn is the Hemlock Farms Day Camp Director. She is involved in planning themes for the seven weeks of Day Camp and also planning daily activities for the more- than 150 children who attend. Lynn supervisors all the counselors and the counselorsin-training. She began employment in the Recreation Department in May 2012. This is Lynn’s second year as Day Camp Director.

Susan Kolanjian

Tom Sekula

Sara Urbanski

Susan is a part-time Gate Officer. She can be seen welcoming visitors at both the 739 and 402 entrances during the mid-shift. Susan began employment in the Public Safety Department in October 2012.

Tom is the Licensed Water Company Operator/Supervisor. He is in charge of all Water Company activities and the supervision of the Water Company Crew. He is responsible for the maintenance of all of the water system’s components. Tom began employment in the Public Works Department in January 2013.

Sara is the Aquatic Coordinator for the beaches. She is responsible for scheduling the staff and she also supervises the Lifeguards. Sara began employment in the Recreation Department in June 2009.

Diane Johnson

John Garren

Sara Maida

Diane is a part-time Gate Officer. She greets people at both the 402 and 739 entrances. In addition, Diane handles visitor entry calls at Public Safety. This summer, most of her time was spent handling the very busy visitor entry calls. Diane began employment in the Public Safety Department in June 2013

John is the part-time Mechanics Helper. He assists the mechanic with truck repairs, and maintaining all the HFCA vehicles and heavy equipment. John is responsible for keeping the mechanics’ department running smoothly. He began employment in the Public Works Department in July 2012.

Sue Almy Sue is the Building Department Assistant. She handles all aspects of processing building permits, and she mails septic compliance notices to members. In addition, she prepares and mails bids throughout the year. Sue is always ready to fill in at the front counter whenever she is needed. And she is needed! Sue began employment in the Administration Department in March 1988.

Isaac Syre



Isaac is a part-time Custodial Assistant. Whenever he is needed, he assists with the cleaning of the facilities. In the summer, he is needed at the bathhouses and the seasonably high-traffic buildings. Isaac began employment in the Administration Department in June 2011.

Sara is a part-time, year-round Aquatics Coordinator. She schedules the aquatics staff, supervises the life guards, and does pool maintenance. In addition, she assists with Recreation Department special events. Sara began employment in the Recreation Department in February 2011.

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members’ time

By Connie Kern

Bad Acoustics and Not Enough Parking

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Suggestions of clearer signs from Carole Isoldi presented to the Board at Members’ Time on September 21.

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Community Manager Mike Sibio presents Marie Rode with an award for five years of service with the Hemlock Farms Community Association.

Five Years of Dedication By MARY BETH CONNORS Marie began employment in the Public Safety Department as a Gate Officer and then moved on to working as a Dispatcher. In 2009, she moved to the Administration Office as a front office receptionist. Marie takes care of members at the front counter; in addition, she coordinates all aspects of Hemlock Farms standing and ad hoc committees. A

because he did not receive any use this year due to the boat racks not being built/ready when he returned to Hemlock Farms in the spring of 2013. He also expressed his frustration that no one returned his inquiries to which Sibio apologized and said that he did not receive any such message. Wolff suggested that Ogden’s request be submitted in writing so that it can be addressed at the October or November Board meeting. Sally Schwartz, on behalf of Susan Santandreu, questioned whether the funds allocated for the Bocce Court repairs are sufficient. Petitions from Bocce players were given to HFCA Management signifying the emphasis of these repairs. Sibio stated that the courts are scheduled to be rebuilt in 2014. Carole Isoldi expressed her concern about the traffic on Woodland Court that is being directed to the Forest Drive gate, especially on high-traffic weekends. She stated that the increased traffic is a danger to the children and residents due to excessive speed. She is asking for clearer signs (examples of which were distributed and shown at left) to be posted. Isoldi also recommended that a Public Safety patrol monitor Woodland Court and/or Forest Drive on high-traffic weekends. The Board referred these issues to the Public Health, Safety and Security Committee.


The Members’ Time portion of the Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors meeting of September 21, 2013, commenced at 11:00 a.m. Board President Rob Wolff asked the audience whether the Public Safety building (where this month’s Board meeting transpired) is an appropriate meeting place. Pat Pasternak complained about the acoustics and lack of parking. Larry Solotoff suggested adding microphones, and Anne Marie Zenie agreed. Community Manager Mike Sibio suggested carpooling from the Mail Room. Next month’s Board meeting will be held again at the Public Safety Building with the addition of an amplification system. Sheridan Ogden asked the Board to excuse his boat rack payment for 2014

“Marie is a dedicated hard worker. She is always ready and willing to help out when needed,” said Helen Yale, Executive Assistant to the Community Manager. Marie and her husband, Vinny, have two daughters and one son. Vinny is also employed by HFCA as a Patrol Officer in the Public Safety Department. In their off time, Marie and Vinny enjoy visiting the local casinos.

In order to celebrate this milestone in our history, a variety of commemorative souvenirs will be available at 50th Anniversary Events and at the Administration Office. Golf Polo Shirts............................$30.00 Tee Shirts.....................................$12.00 Tote Bags.....................................$30.00 Water Bottles .................................$1.00 Baseball Cap ...............................$15.00 Zip Up Sweatshirt ........................$32.00 Cinch Backpack .............................$8.00 Anniversary Journal ..........................N/C

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board action in brief

By Connie Kern

Treasurer’s Report Comptroller Ann Marie Drake presented the MOTION: That the Board approve the write-off of uncollectible accounts totaling $6,547 due to mortgage foreclosure, death, and miscellaneous reasons. Spitzer/Ferris. Unanimous. Drake also mentioned that the Capital Improvement Fee income is approximately $71,000 ahead of last year due to 110 property transfers in 2013 through August.

Manager’s Report Community Manager Mike Sibio stated that the proposed 2014 budget includes a water availability charge increase of $10/quarter or $40/year. This increase is necessary to allow for increased reserve funding for water lines and water infrastructure as it is aging. It will be necessary to replace some water mains within the next five years. Many of the water mains date back to 1976, and it was recommended by both the Reserve Model Subcommittee and the Finance Committee that the line item begin to be funded in the Reserve Study. Sibio stated that many roots have grown through the Orchard House septic system that required emergency repairs. Bob Vandercar’s efficient coordination

with the contractor allowed the work to be completed within two days, resulting in no loss of use. Sibio, on behalf of a member, requested that the Board authorize posting a temporary banner welcoming Mrs. Osborn’s son, a Lieutenant in the Army, home from Afghanistan. Approved by consensus. Ferris requested from Helen Yale the name of the soldier so that he could have the Knights of Columbus honor him. Sibio announced the Firewise Board’s request that Management work with them to plan “Firewise Chipper Days” throughout the month of October 2014, for the benefit of individual members. He expressed concern over where to place the chips. Vandercar recommended that this be referred to Management and the Public Works Committee. Approved by consensus. For more on this topic, see Board Focus on page 10. For complete details of the Manager’s Report, see page 2.

Committee Reports Board President Rob Wolff addressed the request that Mike Brassington, Jeffrey Ferretti, Jan Sussman, Georgene Snyder, Carol Comando, Marna Berman, Dan Ruth, and Rita Ruth join the Elections Committee. Attreed/Zenie. Unanimous. Official Publication and Public Information – David Malinov presented the MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation that MKmedia formulate a plan to provide the technological specifications necessary for HFCA to place paid advertisements onto the website. Sibio explained that the current website needs further investigation regarding where and how the ads would appear and, until this is clear, he feels that it would be premature to request technological specifications. Malinov stated that, in order to create a rate structure, the specifications would need to be clarified. Referred to Management by consensus. Planning, Land Use, and Architecture – Carol Comando presented the following: MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation that the current configuration of boat racks at Little Camp Beach be maintained, with the exception of the racks previously planned

to be removed, and that the two members making the request be notified by Management of the Board’s decision. The Board agreed that no more space should be taken away from the beach to accommodate closer boat racks. Ferris suggested that carriers be implemented to alleviate the problems of carrying boats or kayaks from the parking lot to the racks. Approved by consensus. MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation of the mission statement (see Committee Minutes on page 19). Comando recommended the change of “monitor and assess” to “review,” and she pointed out a typographical error. Left at First Reading to be changed. Public Health, Safety and Security – Jim Pellechia presented the following: MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation to the Finance Committee of an increase to Line B, Item #310.100 “Security Service to Lords Valley Country Club,” be instituted at the same percentage rate as other Hemlock Farms cost increases. Referred to the Finance Committee/budget. MOTION: That the Board approve the investigation of Firewise funding to ascertain whether the use of chimineas would negatively affect Firewise grant money. Referred to Management by consensus. MOTION: That the Board approved the recommendation to the Finance Committee that the Public Safety radar gun be replaced. Referred to the Finance Committee/budget review. Public Works and Physical Properties – Gus Howing presented the MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation that both structures,

(1) garage on the Matthew property and (1) small home on the Burke property, be torn down for safety reasons. Wolff inferred that it would take too long to recoup the cost of tearing these structures down (approximately $17,000). Sibio claims Public Works has secured the perimeters of these buildings to prevent squatters and/or vandalism, neither of which has happened within the last four years. Wolff stated that HFCA’s insurance company does not foresee an issue with the structures remaining because HFCA is covered for liability. Lee Oakes suggested that insurance issues are different from legal issues and that further information be investigated. Referred to Finance Committee/ budget review. Recreation – John Wormuth presented the MOTION: That the Board approved the recommendation that they withhold the decision on the Laurel Ridge/Shoreline Restoration Project until the five committees meet at the upcoming site visit. Wormuth said that the committees did meet and that further discussion will take place at the October Committee meeting. No Board action taken. Appeals – All recommendations were approved by consensus. Environment – Jan Sussman presented the following: MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation to engage the Stormwater Engineer to analyze existing codes related to stormwater and draft an all-encompassing code or package of codes directly related to members’ lots, including codes related to trees that assign specific stormwater values to Continued on page 15

PPL has begun work across from the Public Works Maintenance Building on Maple Ridge


The Hemlock Farms Community Association (HFCA) Board of Directors meeting of September 21, 2013, 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 August 25, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended. Pete Ferris pointed out that he did not vote against the engagement of MKmedia to help and advise HFCA with the website (see the Public Relations Committee motion in Hemlock News, September 2013, Board Action in Brief, page 15), but was against hiring a photographer due to the website being incomplete at this time, and he felt that the money would be wasted at this time. Vote and rationale clarified. Solotoff/ Zenie. Unanimous. MOTION: To accept the minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of August 25, 2013, as submitted/corrected/ amended. Ferris/Treptow. Unanimous.

Residents are advised to use extreme caution when entering this area for picking up mulch or dropping off grass clippings or leaves. 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. For your safety, it is recommended that you enter this area after PPL has left for the day, during daylight hours. Thank you, Robert Vandercar, Public Works Director

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is critical. Wolff suggested that this avenue be pursued. Ad hoc and Subcommittees of the Board: ALS/EMS Oversight – Wolff requested that the Board grant permission to meet with Atlantic Ambulance to address reducing response time caused by understaffed ALS/EMS. Approved by consensus. Fitness Center Expansion – MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation to approve proceeding with the advertisement of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Fitness Center Expansion Project, as modified, to be placed immediately. Sibio stated that the Board had previously authorized this recommendation and a pre-bid meeting with architectural firms is slated. The Board also reviewed the application for John Flynn to join the ad hoc Fitness Center Expansion Committee. Wolff stated that the deadline for this year has expired, but Flynn would be welcome to attend as a regular guest and to resubmit his application for membership of that committee next year.

Payment of Bills MOTION: To approve payment of bills as listed in the report “Bills for Approval” at the Board Meeting of September 21, 2013, comprised of $197,645.16 Community Association and $45,843.08 Water Company for a grand total of $243,488.24. Spitzer/ Zenie. Unanimous.

Awarding of Contracts Jan Sussman, on behalf of the Environment Committee, recommended that


trees comparative to other community resources. Rationale: There are codes that conflict with each other and we [the Environment Committee] are not engineers. Sibio explained that the Environment Committee is uncomfortable word-smithing the code due to conflicts between the codes and what the Conservation District allows. HFCA desires a comprehensive Stormwater Management Code that would include trees. Referred to Management by consensus. MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation that alternative energy solutions be included in the design and cost analysis for the Water Quality Assurance and proposed Fitness Center Expansion projects. Approved by consensus. MOTION: That the Board approve the recommendation to invite the chairpersons of Recreation; Public Works; Planning, Land Use, and Architecture; and Public Safety Committees to an upcoming meeting (date to be determined) at Laurel Ridge Beach to observe the issues and opportunities firsthand. Approved by consensus. MOTION: That the Board approve t he r e c om me nd at ion t h at f u nd s (approximately $16,000) be allocated for this budget year for additional quarterly baseline water testing at HFCA’s four additional wells. Bob Vandercar stated that the normal budget packet is $17,200 per quarter. He said that, originally, Source Water Protection suggested baseline water testing in the manner of the U.S. Geological Survey at a cost of $51,600. He suggested that a comparison be made between HFCA testing requirements and the U.S. Geological Survey list to determine what

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the Board award the Roadside Danger Tree Removal contract to Busy Beaver. MOTION: That the Board award the contract for Roadside Danger Tree Removal to Busy Beaver at a cost of $9,250. Ferris/Treptow. Unanimous. Gus Howing, on behalf of The Public Works and Physical Properties Committee, recommended to the Board that Schmidt’s Wholesale be awarded the bid for the culvert pipe even though their bid of $1,026.30 was not the lowest received. Rationale: It would match current stock and would save the community money in the long run. MOTION: That the Board award the contract for culvert pipes and assorted fittings to Schmidt’s Wholesale at a cost of $36,931.38. Attreed/Zenie. Unanimous.

Second Reading MOTION: That the Board approve the proposed amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 142 – Lots. (See Code on page 19.) Solotoff/Treptow. Unanimous.

Unfinished Business Larry Solotoff suggested that the Board consider reviewing/amending HFCA Code Chapter 106 – Fences, because neighbors are complaining of six-foot fences surrounding entire properties, corner-to-corner, which block views. He added that this is an old code, and it should be reviewed. Referred to the Land Use, Planning and Architecture Committee. For more on this topic, see Board Focus on page 10.

New Business Bylaw Amendment – Sibio recommended adding “The review and establishment of the annual Board goals” as a fourth item to Bylaw Section 3.10 Directors, Meetings, Quorum, etc. Zenie/ Attreed. Unanimous. Possible review of HFCA Code Chapter 189 – Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Utility Trailers Restricted: Wolff does not believe that the issue of parking RVs on members’ properties is an enforcement issue because members are compliant with the Code, he suggested that it is an aesthetic issue. He also suggested reviewing the entire Code. Lyn Attreed suggested that RVs be stored off-site. Wolff suggested keeping this issue “on the radar.” For more on this topic, see Board Focus on page 10.

GED Test Changes The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that the current version of the General Education Development (GED) test will expire on December 31, 2013, and will be replaced with the new 2014 Series GED test beginning in January 2014. Those who have started the current version of the test but have not completed all five parts have until December 31 to pass any remaining sections. Those who do not successfully complete all five parts by the end of 2013 will be required to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential. Partial scores from the current exam cannot be carried over to the new 2014 test. For more information about our programs, call 570/251-9335.

First Reading Proposed Amendments to HFCA Code Chapter 170 – Standing Committee Mission Statements, HFCA Code Chapter 15 – Architectural and Construction Regulations, HFCA Code Chapter 106 – Fences, HFCA Code Chapter 233 – Acquisition of Property and Tax Sales, HFCA Code Chapter 254 – Waterfront & Dock Controls, and HFCA Code Chapter 154 – Natural Resource Code were moved to Second Reading (see Agenda on page 21).

Communications Sibio mentioned an article where the State Board of Education rejected the secession of Porter Township from the East Stroudsburg School district and their subsequent move to the Wallenpaupack School district. Sibio also announced that the America Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design USA was presented to ThompsonStudio for their work on the HFCA 50 Years Souvenir Journal. Moved to adjou r n at 12:28 p.m. Solotoff/Treptow. Unanimous.

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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 2013: "I" lot = $2,022 "U" lot = $1,327 plus $144 for stormwater and $74 water standby fee "A" lot = $884 plus $144 for stormwater and $74 water standby fee CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FEE: Improved “I” lot = $1,958 Unimproved “U” lot = $1,248 Adjacent “A” lot = $832


• 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

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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.

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committee meeting minutes ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

AUGUST 10, 2013 P re s e nt: Ba r ba r a Ap p el , G a i l Blau-Kalman, Mary Brouder, Phyllis Malinov, Dave Malinov, Art Sussman, Jan Sussman, Harriet Weinstock Board liaison: Lyn Attreed Guest: Rita Ruth Staff: Assistant Community Manager Dorisann Mooring The Committee reviewed the election process and established procedures for the upcoming year.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 Present: Carolyn Baker, Stuart Baker, Alfred Carin, Dennis Fleming, Hank Hudgins, Angelo Pinto, Nick Santelli, Sally Schwartz, John Sredinski, Jan Sussman, Mara Zibrin Board liaison: Phil Blecker Guests: Carol Comando, Ronnie Diaz Staff: Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan MOTION: By Santelli/Baker: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board to engage the stormwater engineer to analyze existing codes related to stormwater and draft an all-encompassing code or package of codes directly related to members’ lots, including codes related to trees that assign specific stormwater values to trees comparative to other community resources. PASSED: 10-1 MOTION: By Sussman/Fleming: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board that alternative energy solutions be included in the design and cost analysis for the Water Quality Assurance and proposed Fitness Center Expansion projects. PASSED: 10-1 Rationale for: The Board asked that alternate energy solutions be included in all projects. Rationale against: It seems that the Environment Committee is more interested in wasting instead of saving money. Staff Report: Present the bid sheet for the danger tree contract MOTION: By Fleming/Carin: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board that Busy Beaver be awarded the Danger Tree Contract in the amount of $9,250. UNANIMOUS



AUGUST 31, 2013 Present: George Barbier, Debbie Barmann, Jeff Ferretti, Bernie Hoffman, David Malinov, Phyllis Malinov, Antoinette Silvestri, Gino Silvestri, Georgene Snyder, Larry Snyder, Michael Spitzer, Rita Spitzer Staff: Mary Beth Connors, Kathie Waibel News staff: Connie Kern, Lori Malone George Barbier was appointed vice chairperson, and the meeting dates were approved. The Board approved changing the name of the Contractors’ List to the Business/Professional Services Directory, and charging for classified advertisements on the HFCA website. The Advertising subcommittee will continue to examine increasing advertising opportunities throughout the community. MOTION: By Barbier/Silvestri: It is recommended that MKmedia formulate a plan to provide the technological specifications necessary for HFCA to insert paid advertisements onto the website. UNANIMOUS Abstained: Michael Spitzer

Telephone Alert You now have to dial a 10-digit telephone number for all calls in the 570 area. Beginning October 21, new phone customers in our area may be assigned a 272 area code. You will need to dial the 10-digit number when calling someone with a 272 area code.

All Clubs and Groups: Effective immediately, when submitting a flyer for an event, please include the complete telephone number for the contact person, including the area code.

Discussed the new project to upgrade Laurel Ridge Beach with swales, berms, and a rock basin. Matching funds to be provided from a PALMS grant. Drawing/design provided from Ecological Solutions. Suggest that other committees get involved in this project. Specifically: Recreation, Public Works, Planning and Land Use, and Public Safety. MOTION: By Baker/Zibrin: The Environment Committee recommends to the Board to invite the chairs of Recreation; Public Works; Planning, Land Use, and Architecture; and Public Safety Committees to an upcoming meeting (date to be determined) at Laurel Ridge Beach to see the “issues and opportunities” first-hand. A date and time will be coordinated by the Environment Committee chair. UNANIMOUS Regarding source water – current testing is still being done. MOTION: By Schwartz/Baker the Environment Committee recommends to the Board that funds (approximately $16,000) be allocated for this budget year for additional quarterly baseline water testing at our four additional wells. Refer to the SWP and Environment Committee motions made on March 2, 2013. PASSED: 9-0 Abstained: 1

FINANCE COMMITTEE SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 Present: Lyn Attreed, George Barbier, John Chapman, Leo Kelly, Anthony Licchi, Stan Morin, Lee Oakes, James Pellechia, Georgene Snyder, Larry Snyder, Larry Solotoff, Michael Spitzer, Rita Spitzer, John Sredinski, Jan Suss-

man, Gloria Talman, Peter Talman, Marcia Rose Yawitz, Anne Marie Zenie Staff: Community Manager Mike Sibio, Comptroller Ann Marie Drake There was a brief discussion with regard to monies expended this year on boat racks. Management is considering capitalizing this as an asset and further adding it to the Reserve Study for future funding. Management will follow up at a later meeting with any changes made. Mike Sibio relayed that the Association won the sales tax appeal from the state of Pennsylvania with regard to owing sales tax on the printing and composition of Hemlock News. This means that we are not liable for any future sales tax on this item, which amounts to approximately $6,500 per year. This decision now becomes precedent, and Pennsylvania may not issue an assessment against the Association on this subject in the future.

PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 Present: Pete Ferris, Andy DiGuardia, Buddy Gentile, Gus Howing, Bill Krebs P.E., Ralph Lenzi, Frank Maget, George Schmitt, Jim Slevin, Michael Zibrin Guest: Ronald Chamberlain, Jack Pasternak Staff: Director of Public Works Bob Vandercar, Assistant Director of Public Works Robert Palumbo Bid & Contracts: Current Bid for culvert pipe was discussed with Bob Vandercar. MOTION: By Zibrin/Schmitt: The Committee recommends to the Board that Schmitts Wholesale would be awarded the bid for the culvert pipe even though it was $1,026.30 dollars higher. It would match current stock Continued on page 19



PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT A coyote that is suspected of being infected with mange has been observed in the community. Mange is a contagious skin disease of mammals caused by a small insect called a mite. Mange may be transmitted to pets, or rarely, to humans. HFCA is studying the severity and occurrence of infected coyote and options to address this public health issue. Please report coyote sightings, particularly coyotes that appear scraggly, scabby, or hair thinning/loss, to Public Safety.

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and would save the community money in the long run. UNANIMOUS Ralph Lenzi asked that the Committee discuss the two properties along Route 739, the Matthew property and the Burke property. He wanted to know if we were still paying taxes on them and they should be torn down because of the liability issue it leaves on the community. If someone was to get in and get hurt, there would be a liable issue. MOTION: By Lenzi/DiGuardia: The Committee recommends to the Board that the garage on the Matthew property and the small home on the Burke property be torn down for safety reasons. UNANIMOUS

PLANNING, LAND USE, AND ARCHITECTURE COMMITTEE SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 Present: Eileen Cappelloni, Carol Comando, Diane Gentile, Kathie Joseph, Cheryl Schmitt, Eileen Sokol, Robert Treptow, Marcia Yawitz, Anne Marie Zenie Staff: Assistant Community Manager Dorisann Mooring, Code Enforcement Officer Jesse Sloan Little Camp Boat Racks: There was a request by two members to move the boat racks. BY CONSENSUS: The Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee recommends that the current configuration of boat racks at Little Camp Beach be maintained, with the exception of the racks previously planned to be removed, and that the two members making the request be notified by Management of the Board’s decision. Rationale: The Committee opposes taking away any additional beach space at this site. The members may request to have their space moved if a more convenient space becomes available. Empty dock slips are also available at this beach. Mission Statement: The Committee reviewed a copy of a new mission statement, following membership approval to combine PLU and Architecture, and the following motion was made: MOTION: By Yawitz/Schmitt: The Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee recommends that the Board approve the following mission statement: In its advisory capacity to the Board, the Planning, Land Use, and Archi-

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tecture Committee shall develop, recommend, and coordinate the process of community planning in Hemlock Farms, in order to preserve the quality and aesthetics of the community as a distinctive and desirable place to live, through recommendations on land-use policies and priorities. Responsibilities: Review submitted plans and specifications of HFCA structures, additions, and alterations for compliance with all building codes and existing codes applicable in Hemlock Farms. Review and prioritize short, medium, and long-range goals and objectives and recommend implementation strategies consistent with sound financial and environmental principles. Advise the Board when short-term decisions may conflict with long-range goals and objectives. Recommend to the Board the funding of a community survey when the Committee believes it is necessary to obtain updated information. It shall be the responsibility of the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee to assist in the formulation and analysis of such survey with the assistance of a professional firm, when needed. Review proposed planning initiatives on HFCA common areas to insure the protection of the natural beauty and aesthetics of the lakes, forests and scenic views of the surrounding areas. Review and assess the impact of proposals for local/regional development on the Hemlock Farms community and surrounding area. Prepare a census as ne e de d. UNANIMOUS Abstained: Robert Treptow and Anne Marie Zenie

RECREATION COMMITTEE SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 Present: Jill Blessington, Carol Comando, Bob D’Elia, Diane Gentile, Christine Melnick-Wolff, Jen Passenti, Linda Polizzi, Rita Ruth, Cheryl Schmitt, Sally Schwartz, Jami Sloan, Eileen Sokol, Bob Stoller, Harriet Weinstock, Bob Treptow Staff: Director of Recreation John Wormuth MOT ION: By Mel n ick-Wol f f / Polizzi: The Recreation Committee

142-3 Time Limit for Filing Plans; Loss of Privileges Should a member fail to file plans and commence action to restore the dwelling or lot set forth above within one (1) year from the date said member is notified of the unfit, unusable or unsafe nature of the dwelling and/or lot, such member, as well as his family, guests, tenants and invitees, shall forfeit any and all privileges of membership as set forth in Section 2.3 (C) through (E) recommends to the Board that they withhold the decision on the Laurel Ridge/Shoreline Restoration Project until the five committees meet at the upcoming site visit. UNANIMOUS Rationale: The five committees can meet, view and discuss the actual site in regards to the proposed plan Discussion took place regarding the pool heating project. John advised us that he will be gathering pricing information for a sliding hill, mini-golf, and skateboarding park. A subcommittee has been formed to review guest fees. New Business: Christine MelnickWolff inquired about the possibility of (re)forming an informal play group.

PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 Present: Ron Chamberlain, Jeff Ferretti, Bernie Hengel, Hank Hudgins, Julie Iannuzzo, Kathy Joseph, Ralph Lenzi, Richard Minutello, Angelo Papa, Jim Pellechia, Joseph Schmidt, Robert Wisniewski

of the Bylaws until such time as the restoration is completed. 142-6 Service of Notice Notice to each person listed on the deed shall be provided via first class mail or via personal service. 142-10 Assessment for Violation A. The assessment for violation of Article I shall be $250.00 at the one year period and $10.00 per day thereafter until the condition is corrected. Board liaison: Rob Wolff Guests: Dave and Cyndi Chipple Staff: Chief of Public Safety William Hamby Discussion: Outdoor furnaces – chimineas MOTION: By Schmidt/Papa: Recommend that the Board investigate Firewise funding to ascertain whether the use of chimineas would negatively affect Firewise grant money. UNANIMOUS. Abstained: Rob Wolff and Peter Ferris Discussion: Public Safety Budget Proposal for 2014 MOTION: By Papa/Hengel: Recommend to the Finance Committee an increase to Line B Item # 310.100 “security service to the Lords Valley Country Club” be instituted at the same percentage rate as other Hemlock Farms cost increases. PASSED 13-0-1 Abstained: Peter Ferris. MOTION: By Lenzi/Hengel: Recommend to the Finance Committee that the Public Safety radar gun be replaced. PASSED 13-0-1 Abstained: Peter Ferris

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AGenda NOTE:


8:30 A.M. AT THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING • 8:35 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 1:00 P.M. FIRST PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING I. Quorum Roll Call II. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings A. Regular Board Meeting of August 25, 2012 MOTION: _____/____ - To accept the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of August 25, 2012, as submitted/corrected/ amended.

VOTING: Aye ____ Nay ____ Abstain ____

B. Executive Session Meeting of August 25, 2012 MOTION:_____/______ - To accept the minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of August 25, 2012, as submitted/corrected/ amended.

VOTING: Aye ____ Nay ____ Abstain ____

III. Treasurer’s Report A. Uncollected Dues MOTION: ______/______ - That the Board approve the write-off of uncollectible accounts totaling __________________. IV. Manager’s Report 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

Ad hoc and Subcommittees of the Board: 1. Real Estate 2. RESERVED 3. Source Water Protection Steering 4. Project Funding 5. RESERVED 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 Enhancement 14. RESERVED 15. Exploring Ways to Increase Revenue 16. Archives Preservation 17. RESERVED 18. Information Technology






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A. Printing of Hemlock News MOTION: ______/_____ - That the Board award the contract for Printing of Hemlock News to_________ at a cost of $_____. VIII. Second Reading ______ Underscoring denotes new wording --------- Dashes denote deleted wording A. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 170 – Standing Committee Mission Statements

(Requested because of Bylaw change)

MOTION: _____/_____ That the Board approve the proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 170 – Standing Committee Mission Statements. Continued on page 22


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A. MOTION:_____/_____ - To approve payment of bills as listed in the report “Bills for approval” at the Board Meeting of September 21, 2012, comprised of $ _______ Community Association and $ ______ Water Company, for a grand total of $ ________.



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170-1 Approval of Standing Committee Mission Statements

A. Bylaw Article 3, Section 3.11, B lists nine ten standing Committees. They are:

1. Appeals



1. Review submitted plans and specifications of HFCA structures, additions and alterations for compliance with all building codes and existing codes applicable in Hemlock Farms.

15-9 Liability

3. Elections

1.2. Develop, Review and prioritize short, medium and long-range goals and objectives and recommend implementation strategies consistent with sound financial and environmental principles.

4. Finance

2. Architectural 2. Official Publications and Public Information

5 Planning and Land Use Planning, Land Use, and Architecture 6. Public Health, Safety and Security 7. Public Works, Physical Properties 8. Recreation 9. Environmental 2. ARCHITECTURAL COMMITTEE The responsibilities of the Architectural Committee are to preserve the quality and aesthetics of Hemlock Farms Community as a distinctive and desirable place to live. It shall review submitted plans and specifications of Hemlock Farms Community Association structures, additions and alterations, including land, and to perform such additional tasks as directed by the Board of Directors.



In its advisory capacity to the Board, the Planning and Land Use (PLU) Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee shall develop, recommend, and coordinate the process of Community planning in Hemlock Farms, formulate and recommend land use policies and priorities, and evaluate the impact of proposed local/regional development on Hemlock Farms. in order to preserve the quality and aesthetics of the community as a distinctive and desirable place to live, through recommendations on land use policies and priorities. The Committee’s major responsibilities are:

2.3. Advise the Board when short-term decisions may conflict with long range goals and objectives.

3.4. Recommend to the Board the funding of a community survey when the PLU Committee believes it is necessary to obtain updated information. It shall be the responsibility of the PLU Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee to assist in the formulation and analysis of such survey with the assistance of a professional firm, when needed.

5. Monitor proposed planning initiatives on HFCA common areas to ensure the protection of the natural beauty and aesthetics of the lakes, forests and scenic views of the surrounding areas.

4.6. Monitor and assess the impact of proposals for local/regional development on the Hemlock Farms Community our community and surrounding area.

C. The HFCA Board of Directors and the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee will not assume responsibility for the adequacy of engineering or structural design presented by applicants for new construction, additions or improvements.

15-10 Appeals

B. Any Member disagreeing with a decision of the HFCA regarding applications, permits, plans or stop work orders under this Chapter may appeal such decision to the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee in accordance with the following procedure:

d. The Community Manager shall communicate in writing the recommendation of the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee to the appellant within ten (10) days after the next scheduled Regular Board meeting following the hearing.

e. Should the appellant disagree with the decision of the Board of Directors based on the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee’s recommendation, the appellant may request an appeal to the Board of Directors. A request for such Appeal Hearing shall be submitted in writing to the Board within thirty (30) days of the date of the notification and must include a detailed explanation of the reasons for the request (e.g. information or witnesses that were not presented to the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee).

f. The Board of Directors is not required to hear an appeal. It must render a decision but may do so based on the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee Report as well as the appellant request letter, without a hearing. If it does decide to hear an appeal, it shall be scheduled within one of its next three regularly scheduled monthly Board Meetings.

h. All appeal hearings will employ the following procedures and standards:

5.7. Committee to p Prepare a census as needed. 10.9. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE B. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 15 – Architectural and Construction Regulations MOTION: _____/_____ That the Board approve the proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 15 – Architectural and Constructions Regulations.

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4. The actual hearing dates and continuances are at the discretion of the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee and Management.

C. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 106 – Fences MOTION: _____/_____ That the Board approve the proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 106 – Fences. AMEND ARTICLE 1 – All Fences Require a Permit unless Exempt

1.1 The Association regulates all fences in Hemlock Farms that are not specifically exempted in this Article. A property owner must therefore apply for and receive a fence permit before constructing any fence, in compliance with the standards in this Article. The HFCA Building Inspector Code Enforcement Officer and the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee shall review applications for fences and accompanying site plans as submitted by lot owners who wish to erect fences in the community, and the HFCA Building Inspector Code Enforcement Officer shall issue fence permits based on applications that comply with the standards of this Chapter


5.1 Property owners who apply for but are denied a permit by the HFCA Building Inspector may appeal the denial to the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee and ultimately to the Board of Directors or its designee following the procedures found in Chapter 15-10 of the Architectural and Construction Guidelines. Similarly, any person adversely affected by any decision of the Building Inspector Code


Enforcement Officer may appeal the decision to the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Architectural Committee, in the manner stated in the Handbook of Architectural and Construction Guidelines and ultimately to the Board of Directors. D. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 233 – Acquisition of Property and Tax Sales MOTION: _____/_____ That the Board approve the proposed amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 233 – Acquisition of Property and Tax Sales.

Architectural Committee prior to construction. No construction thereof shall be undertaken unless and until a building permit issued by Hemlock Farms Community Association’s Building Inspector Code Enforcement Officer has been received. F. Proposed Addition to HFCA Code Chapter 154 – Natural Resource Code

(Requested by the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Committee)

AMEND Article II – Reports

MOTION: _____/_____ - That the Board approve the proposed addition to HFCA Code Chapter 154 – Natural Resource Code.

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 (indicating those which are delinquent in payment of Hemlock Farms Community Association dues) prior to their sale, to the Finance Committee, the Planning, Land Use, and Architecture Planning and Land Use Committee, the Public Works Committee, and the Board of Directors.

E. Proposed Amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 254 – Waterfront & Dock Controls MOTION: _____/_____ That the Board approve the proposed amendment to HFCA Code Chapter 254 – Waterfront & Dock Controls. AMEND 254-1 Docks

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6. Tree removal for the erections of a modular dwelling shall not exceed that of a comparable stick built dwelling. A crane with adequate boom length must be utilized to lift and place the modular unit/units over the tree line without disturbance to the existing forestation along the front elevation (street side) of the building lot. IX. Unfinished Business X. New Business XI. First Reading ______ Underscoring denotes new wording --------- Dashes denote deleted wording XII. Communications

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Preventing Frostbite and Hypothermia Prolonged exposure to low temperatures, wind or moisture—whether it be on a ski slope or in a stranded car—can result in cold-related illnesses such as frostbite and hypothermia. The National Safety Council offers these tips to help you spot and put a halt to these winter hazards.

How to Detect and Treat Cold-Related Illnesses Frostbite is the most common injury resulting from exposure to severe cold. Superficial frostbite is characterized by white, waxy, or grayish-yellow patches on the affected areas. The skin feels cold and numb. The skin surface feels stiff but underlying tissue feels soft and pliable when depressed. Treat superficial frostbite by taking the victim inside immediately. Remove any constrictive clothing items that could impair circulation. If you notice signs of frostbite, immediately seek medical attention. Place dry, sterile gauze between toes and fingers to absorb moisture and to keep them from sticking together. Slightly elevate the affected part to reduce pain and swelling. If you are more than one hour from a medical facility and you have warm water, place the frostbitten part in the water (102 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit). If you do not have a thermometer, test the water first to see if it is warm, not hot. Rewarming usually takes 20 to 40 minutes or until tissues soften.

Deep frostbite usually affects the feet or hands and is characterized by waxy, pale, solid skin. Blisters may appear. Treat deep frostbite by moving the victim indoors and immediately seek medical attention. Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms of this condition include change in mental status, uncontrollable shivering, cool abdomen and a low core body temperature. Severe hypothermia may produce rigid muscles, dark and puffy skin, irregular heart and respiratory rates, and unconsciousness. Treat hypothermia by protecting the victim from further heat loss and calling for immediate medical attention. Get the victim out of the cold. Add insulation such as blankets, pillows, towels or newspapers beneath and around the victim. Be sure to cover the victim’s head. Replace wet clothing with dry clothing. Handle the victim gently because rough handling can cause cardiac arrest. Keep the victim in a horizontal (flat) position. Give artificial respiration or CPR (if you are trained) as necessary.

Call Breakdown for Care1 EMS Paramedics: August 2013 Total Responses

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alcoholic, caffeine-free liquids to maintain fluid levels. Avoid becoming wet, as wet clothing loses 90 percent of its insulating value.

news brief Hunting season begins soon. Be careful when hiking in state lands. Following is a list of the most common hunting seasons in our area for your convenience. DEER, ARCHERY (Antlered and Antlerless) Statewide: October 5November 16, and December 26-January 11. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. DEER (Antlered and Antlerless) Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 3D (includes Pike, Monroe and the southern portion of Wayne County): December 2-14. One antlered deer per hunting license year. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. DEER, ANTLERLESS (Statewide): October 24-26. Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. BLACK BEAR (WMU 3D): December 2-7. Only one bear may be taken during the license year. WILD TURKEY (Male or Female): WMU 3D – November 2-22, and November 28-30. PHEASANT: Male and female may be taken in all WMUs – October 26-November 30, December 16-24, and December 26-February 22 (two daily, field possession limit of four). No open season for pheasants in any Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas.










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BOBWHITE QUAIL: October 26-November 30 (four daily, field possession limit of eight). RUFFED GROUSE: October 19-November 30, December 16-24, and December 26-January 25 (two daily, field possession limit of four). This information is taken from the Pennsylvania Game Commission website. For additional information, consult their website at

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Winter Unfortunately, summer is over and the cold weather will soon be upon us. Before it gets too cold, here are some heating tips: Heating equipment is a leading cause of fire deaths in the home. Almost half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves, electric baseboard units, or portable space heaters. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Never use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturers’ instructions.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. Always use the right kind of fuel, as specified by the manufacturer, for fuelburning space heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before you put them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home. Please remember to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms each month. Dial 9-1-1 for all emergencies! Also, volunteers are always needed. If you are interested, please stop by the firehouse. We are there every Monday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Or you can call the station at 570/775-6447.



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Bear Deterrents By MARIAN KEEGAN, RF, Director of Community Conservation

Inspect and Pump

According to the HFCA Sewage Code (Chapter 207) an inspection form for completion. The inspection form and instructions are posted on the new Hemlock Farms website ( The sewage disposal code requires that your sewage system be inspected every two years, or in the third year following a tank pumping. Tanks are to be pumped if the sludge fills 1/3 of the tank, or if 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.



Your on-lot sewage disposal system includes tanks, drain fields, 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 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 the inspections are due. In addition, HFCA provides


• Wildlife will eat garbage left outside your home or in your vehicle, potentially causing damage to your vehicle or property. • Food – even small crumbs or food wrappers – left on your deck, patio, or grill will draw wildlife close to your home, your loved ones, and your pets. • Drawn close to your home, wildlife will be emboldened to stay close or even break into your home, or a neighbor’s home, looking for more food. (This has occurred on several occasions in Hemlock Farms.) • Once a conflict occurs, the animal must be trapped and removed, or killed. • Always pick up your food and trash items and secure your garbage inside.

Feeding wildlife is prohibited by HFCA Code Chapter 102.


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 on-lot sewage disposal system.

A story from a member in the September issue of the Hemlock News mentioned spreading mothballs as a deterrent to bears that hibernate under decks. Mothballs are poison and spreading them on the ground threatens to contaminate the community’s drinking water and sicken wildlife or humans that come in contact with the mothballs. There are humane alternatives to keeping the bear away. One deterrent is also a Firewise practice. Since Hemlock Farms is an approved Firewise/USA community, implementing Firewise practices demonstrates our commitment to reducing our risk during wildfires. Place 1/8 inch wire mesh behind an attractive lattice under your deck. The mesh will keep out embers that blow under decks and catch homes on fire during a wildfire, and deter the bears. Here is what the Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) from the Pennsylvania Game Commission advises when people are having problems with bears. First and foremost, check for any food sources on your property, such as garbage, bird feeders, intentional feeding by a neighbor, insects (ants or termites) in a wood pile or deck, fruit trees, or berry bushes. If the food source close to your house is eliminated, the bear will go away 99% of the time. Garbage should be kept inside until the morning of pickup. If hot weather is causing the trash to smell, try wrapping it tightly and storing it in a large freezer or air tight container until the morning of pick up. If trash is outside, try putting bleach, ammonia, or powdered garden lime in the trash can,

or use animal-resistant cans. Garden lime seems to work best because it is very sour tasting and irritates the nasal cavities of the bear if it whiffs the lime. CAUTION: DO NOT PUT THESE CHEMICALS ON THE GROUND OR MIX THEM TOGETHER. If a bear looks like it’s digging under the house, bury chicken wire at least two feet under the ground and thoroughly secure the chicken wire to the foundation or deck. Or, try placing a large sheet of plywood, secured into the ground, with carpet tack strips attached where the bear is entering. The carpet tack strips are sharp but really can’t hurt the bear, though it is painful enough that the bear usually doesn’t return. NEVER feed the bears. Feeding bear is illegal in Pennsylvania and against HFCA Code Chapter 102. Feeding will habituate bears to people. The few human-wildlife conflicts that our WCO has had in Hemlock Farms concerned bears going on decks or even breaking into houses. Our WCO believes it is because people throw food at the bears from their decks, hoping the bears will linger long enough for people to get good photographs. Several photos viewed by the WCO shows food on the property. The bear then associates people on the deck with food and climbs the deck looking for more food. The bear finds a screen door open with food inside and breaks in. If you have concerns about bears, please contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 570-675-1143. More information about bears can be found by visiting the website at www.pgc.state.

Danger Tree noTice

HFCA has designated roadside danger trees that will be removed under contract this fall. Trees that are designated for the contract are marked with a single red-and-black striped flagging tied around the trunk of the tree. A tree that threatens HFCA facilities and is owned by a member is marked with double red-and-black striped flagging, and the member has received a letter with instructions about removal of the tree. Contact Director of Community Conservation Marian Keegan at 570/775-4200, ext. 127, if you have questions about trees that are flagged.

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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.


Your connection to wildland fire protection information with a click of a mouse: 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. •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.

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Fires will not spread beyond heat of 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.

2012 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 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.


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.

2012 ANNUAL LAKE REPORT: analyzes data, discloses treatments, and summarizes conditions on all lakes and ponds in the community, and makes recommendations.

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 propagation. 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.


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.

For more information, visit; or contact the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company at 570/775-6447.

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 Hemlock and Lower Hemlock Lakes and makes recommendations. 2011 DRINKING WATER REPORT. 2010 SPECIAL STORMWATER RUN-OFF STUDY REPORT: analyzes data from shoreline water samples along Hemlock and Lower Lakes.

• Take your emergency “GO BAG” or emergency kit when evacuating.

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

The following reports are available on the HFCA website (, the Library, and the HFCA Administration Office:


• Wear protective clothing: shoes, long cotton pants and shirt, hat, dry handkerchief.




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.

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Why do Autumn Leaves Change Color? How does autumn color happen? For years, scientists have worked to understand the changes that happen to trees and shrubs in autumn. Although we don’t know all the details, we know enough to explain the basics and help you to enjoy nature’s multicolored autumn display. Three factors influence autumn color—leaf pigments, length of night, and weather, but not quite in the way we were told as children. The timing of color change and leaf fall are primarily regulated by the increasing length of night. None of the other environmental influences—temperature, rainfall, food supply, and so on—are as unvarying as the steadily increasing length of night during autumn. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with nature’s autumn palette.

Where do autumn colors come from? A color palette needs pigments. These molecules capture energy from sunlight to power the chemical reactions that convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars—photosynthesis. Trees in temperate zones store these sugars for their winter dormant period. Three major pigment types are involved in the production of autumn color. Chlorophyll is the most abundant pigment. It absorbs red and blue light and reflects green giving leaves their basic color and masking lighter shades. Carotenoids (carotene and xanthophylls) reflect orange, yellow and brown colors in corn, carrots, buttercups, and bananas. The clear yellow of tuliptree leaves and the russets shades of oaks are due to carotenoids. Anthocyanins give red, blue and purple colors to cranberries, apples, grapes, berries, cherries, and plums

depending on their acidity. They are water soluble and dissolve in the fluids of leaf cells. Chlorophyll and carotenoids are present in leaf cells throughout the growing season. Most anthocyanins are produced in the autumn in response to bright light and excess plant sugars within leaf cells. During the growing season, chlorophyll is continually used, broken down and replaced, and leaves appear green. As night length increases in the autumn, chlorophyll production slows and then stops. Eventually, all the chlorophyll is destroyed. Carotenoids and anthocyanins present in the leaf are then unmasked and show their colors. Tree species have characteristic colors. Oaks turn red, brown or russet; hickories show golden bronze; aspen and yellow-poplars turn golden yellow; dogwoods turn purplish red; beech turns light tan; and sourwood and black tupelo turn crimson. Maples differ by species— red maple turns brilliant scarlet, sugar maple glows orange-red, and black maple turns a rich yellow. But the little striped maple becomes almost colorless. Leaves of some species—such as the elms—simply shrivel, turn brown, and fall.

When is the best time to see autumn color? The timing of the color change varies by species. Blackgum begins to show brilliant scarlet branches in late August, and the related dogwood is draped in brick-red by mid-September. Maples become red and orange in late September and early October. But oaks put on their colors only long after maples have shed their leaves. In most years, northern PA counties reach their best autumn color from October 1-10. Central counties are at their peak October 10-20, and south central and southeastern PA have the most color October 20-31.

How does weather affect autumn color?

Southeastern Pennsylvania is most colorful in late October with oaks among the last to turn.

Because carotenoids are always present in leaves, the yellow and gold colors remain fairly constant from year to year. The brilliance of red colors that develop as chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling can be affected by temperature and soil moisture in late summer and fall. A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp—but not freezing— nights seems to bring about

Blackgum is one of the earliest trees to turn, showing scarlet leaves in early September in northern Pennsylvania.

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Central counties of the state reach their colorful peak in midOctober.

the most spectacular color displays. During the day, sugars are produced in the leaf but cool nights and the gradual closing of veins connecting leaves to twigs prevent these sugars from moving out. Lots of sugar and lots of light spur production of brilliant red, purple, and crimson anthocyanin pigments. Dry soils also affect the chemistry of autumn color. Like the weather, soil moisture varies greatly from year to year and from place to place. So, fall color will never be the same in any two years or locales. A late spring or a severe summer drought can affect the onset of fall color. Warm fall weather may lower the intensity of autumn colors. A warm, wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights typically produce the most brilliant autumn colors.

What triggers leaf fall? In response to the shortening days and weakening sunlight, leaves begin processes leading up to their fall. The veins that carry fluids into and out of the leaf gradually close off as a layer of cells forms at the base of each leaf. These clogged veins trap sugars in the leaf and promote production of anthocyanins. Once this separation layer is complete and the connecting tissues are sealed off, the leaf is ready to drop.

What does all this do for the tree? Winter is a certainty that all vegetation in the temperate zones must face each year. Perennial plants, Continued on page 31

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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 is typically allowed to run 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.

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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 labeled #1 or #2 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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including trees, must protect themselves from freezing temperatures and desiccation. Stems, twigs, and buds are equipped to survive extreme cold and will reawaken when spring heralds the start of another growing season. Tender leaf tissues, however, would freeze and burst in winter, so plants must either toughen up and protect their leaves or dispose of them. Evergreens—pines, spruces and other conifers—survive by toughening up. Their needle-shaped foliage is covered with a heavy wax coating and the fluid inside their cells contains substances that resist freezing. Thus the foliage of evergreens can safely withstand all but the severest winter conditions. Evergreen needles survive for several years but eventually fall due to old age. Leaves of deciduous plants, on the other hand, are typically broad and thin and not protected by any coating. They are tender and vulnerable to damage. The fluid in their cells is usually a thin, watery sap that freezes readily. This means that the cells could not survive winter where tem-

peratures fall below freezing. Tissues unable to overwinter must be sealed off and shed to ensure the plant’s continued survival. Thus, leaf fall precedes each winter in the temperate zones. Souce: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Penn’s Woods in Color We are lucky to live in one of the few parts of the world where nature has one last fling before settling down into winter’s sleep. In these lucky places, as days shorten and temperatures become crisp, the quiet green palette of summer foliage is transformed into the vivid autumn palette of reds, oranges, russets, and golden yellows before leaves fall off the trees.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Little Camp Pavilion at 4:00 p.m.

Joe will show examples of equipment, discuss safety, how to locate fish, and how to drill a hole in the ice.


For help planning your “leaf peeping” day out, visit the ”Fall in PA” page at www.visitpa. com. You will find a fall foliage webcam, route suggestions, and dates of local events across Pennsylvania. Locate the nearest State Forest or State Park destination at www.dcnr.

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Vampires Cometh… Adapted by MARIAN KEEGAN, RF, Director of Community Conservation With Halloween coming, I thought it would be interesting to dispel myths about spooky nighttime creatures-bats. Vampire bats do not suck blood. Rather, they lick the blood of cows and other small mammals. Vampire bats are actually very small and are no threat to us! So, no more fearing them in the dark. They do not get tangled in your hair, and they will not suck the lifeblood out of you. Here are some truths and, for more information, check out the Organization for Bat Conservation, A single bat can snap up over 600 mosquitoes in one hour, as well as other little pests! Bats are shy, gentle, and intelligent. They are among the slowest reproducing animals on earth. Most bat species give birth to only one live young per year. A mother bat nurses her baby from a pair of pectoral breasts. Bat populations are in rapid decline, and White Nose Syndrome is threatening them even further. Half the bats in the U.S. are listed as rare, threatened, or endangered. While both bats and mice are mammals, bats are not rodents; they are more closely related to primates and people.

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Bats live a very long time. Most bats live between 10 and 20 years. Some bats typically live to 30 years of age. The oldest known bat was recently recaptured in Europe at 41 years of age. Very few bats contract rabies. Over the last 50 years, fewer than 40 people have contracted rabies from wild bats. Scientific studies have shown that less than 1% of wild bats test positive for rabies. Bats are important nighttime pollinators in tropical and desert climates. In particular, they pollinate flowers that open at night that are very fragrant with an aroma like fermenting fruit Source: http://chicks-with-ticks. com/2012/10/07/vampires-commeth

Grab Your Seat for Fall’s Spectacular Airshow Take your position on the rocks at Hawk Mountain in Berks County (www. —the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and one of the best places in northeastern North America to view the annual autumn hawk migration—to revel in one of nature’s marvels, the fall raptor migration. All 16 species of raptors that migrate on the

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East Coast can also be seen from the ADA accessible observation deck at Fort Washington State Park in Montgomery County ( htm). The “watch” lasts through the end of October. Volunteers and other birders at these two locations happily share the identities of the birds they spot, sure to make a novice feel like Roger Tory Peterson. Once inspired, support habitat protection efforts and plant native species that help bird populations. Besides hawk sightings, a trip to Hawk Mountain may reveal may other wonders of nature—native Pennsylvania wildflowers, migrating songbirds, fungi, and snakes, to name a few! Reference: Seeds, September 2013. Newsletter of

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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players Assistant Principal Second Violinist Rebekah Johnson speaks about beginning her career with the NJSO in 1993. She tells the audience of graduating from The Juilliard School with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree.

First violinist James Tsao gives the spectators a brief biography before the concert. He received a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s Degree in Violin from The Juilliard School. In addition to his classical concerts, Tsao states that he has toured nationally and internationally with Barbra Streisand and has performed in more than 20 Broadway musicals.

Violist Martin Andersen tells the audience that he has been a member of the NJSO since 1979. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa, and he earned a Master of Music degree from Boston University. He is also an active freelance musician in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

Assistant Principal Cellist Stephen Feng has been with the NJSO since 2007. Feng earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Photos by Kathie Waibel

On Saturday evening, September 21, the Cultural Arts Department welcomes Alan Danzis, a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO). Mr. Danzis gives a brief overview of the various venues and types of performances given by NJSO, then he introduces the string quartet.

Rebekah, left, James, Martin, and Steve playing Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” “When I read in Hemlock News that the music of Mozart would be played, I knew I must attend the performance,” said Barbara Sirotkin. “The pieces the musicians played were well chosen and thoroughly enjoyable,” said Edna Gonzalez-Rothenberg.

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Fall/Winter Hours

September 13 through June 30, 2014 7-10 p.m. 1 p.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday Grades 9 through 12 Grades 5 through 8

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


Friday & Saturday Grades 5 through 8 Grades 9 through 12

During the month of October, the Youth Center’s activities will be limited to preparation for Haunted House. Normal activities and operating hours will resume in November.

Lifeguards needed



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.

Pool Rules and Regulations 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.

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.

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By John Wormuth, Recreation Director Over the last few years, October has become one of the busiest months for the Recreation Department. In addition to maintaining the outdoor facilities for fall use, the task of breaking down and storing aquatic equipment is also underway. As soon as all aquatic facility breakdown is complete, staff will begin taking down windscreens from the handball and tennis courts. Once all of the windscreens are taken down and stored, we will be taking down tennis nets as well. Please refer to the Happenings in the coming weeks to see what courts are available for play. Also, we have already begun planning for the Haunted Hayride/Haunted House event. See details for Halloween events on page 38. It takes weeks of planning and work to transform the Youth Center into the Haunted House, and we couldn’t do it without the dedication of our Recreation staff. We are seeking volunteers to help us set up and run the Haunted House event at the Youth Center. Youth Center staff will be spending much of their time this month putting together—and assisting with—all our Halloween functions. I encourage all Hemlock Farms youngsters in grades 5 through 12 to stop by the Youth Center at their designated



We need people for the following three aspects of the Haunted Hayride: to help set up the event starting early this month; to be actors and staffing for the actual event dates; and also to help in the cleanup and breakdown after the event. If you would like to volunteer, please call Ray Broschart at 570/775-4200, ext. 142.

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.

times and check out all that we have going on—from games on Fridays to movies on Saturdays—there is always something for everyone! Also, the Youth Center has an ongoing grant project in which Kelly Stagen and the Youth Center staff and youngsters will be meeting once a month to review the work that still needs to be done. Staff is still crunching numbers to adopt a finalized 2014 Recreation budget; they are being careful to keep expenses down and services at an all-time high. Planning is already underway for the following year, and the Recreation Department plans on maintaining the high standard set this year for Hemlock Farms 50th Anniversary year. Enjoy the beautiful fall weather in the Pocono Mountains, and have a fun and safe Halloween. A


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To the volunteers that helped make Hemlock Farms Day 2013 so special! Erika St. Andrews Ashley Sloan Kiley Sloan Christine Sersea Art Cordani Matt McDonald Ty Strapec

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recreation and cultural arts activities 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.

Children’s Halloween Party Saturday, October 19

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 1 p.m. Entertainment! Candy Parade! Pumpkin Patch! Geared for pre-school through grade 4. Parents are urged to bring a camera to take pictures & a Trick-orTreat bag for goodies!

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.

Fit Lite

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 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.

entrance. Leave museum 2:30 p.m., stopping for early dinner at Suburban Diner 3:30 p.m. (food on your own), return to Hemlock Farms approximately 6 p.m. Works from the Dutch Mauritshuis Museum, including work by Johannes Vermeer, will be on display. Sign up by November 4.

Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park* Saturday, October 12

WAIT LIST ONLY – Contact Michele at 570/775-4200, ext. 122.

Haunted House & Hayrides

Saturdays, October 19 & 26, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, October 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Art Chalet, adults $5., children 10 & under $3 (children MUST be accompanied by an adult). Hayrides depart from 739 Bus Stop. All participants MUST ride Hay Wagon to Haunted House. One free hot chocolate with each ticket purchase. Light snacks & glow necklaces sold at the Art Chalet.

Hemlock Players Present “Three’s Comedy!”*

practice of T’ai Chi has been shown to reduce stress levels & lower blood pressure while improving strength, flexibility & balance.

Instructor’s Choice Kick Boxing

Nature’s Children*

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free. Intermediate full body training including punches, kicks & power moves, light-tomoderate weight training followed by cool down. Everyone welcome!

Orchard House, 4:30-5:30 p.m., $12/child. Explore the colors of fall through science & art. Children should wear sneakers & be prepared to go outside. Geared for children Kindergarten through grade 4.

Koffee Klatch with Klay*

New York City Bus Trips*

Art Chalet, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., $145 includes 25 lbs. of clay & firing fees. Instructor: Amy Strapec. Class limited to 5 intermediate to advanced students. If you have ideas for pieces you’d like to design, but are not sure how to do it, bring a photo or sketch to the first class for help.

Departs from Fawn Hill Family Park 7:30 a.m., departs NYC 7:30 p.m. (*departs NYC 6:30 p.m.), $29pp. Explore the city on your own! Sign up two weeks prior.

Learn How To Dye Silk*

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 8-8:45 a.m., free.


Mondays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11

Saturday, November 16

Tuesday, November 19

Informal Tai Chi

Making Bubbles Swim Program*

Bus leaves from Fawn Hill 9 a.m., arriving at the museum approximately noon, $50pp includes bus transportation & museum

Steer Barn Clubhouse, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, free. Creates a mind/body connection. The

Swim Program

Instructors: Kathy Sarro and Alex Gendelman (Coaches of the Hemlock Hurricanes Swim Team) A program designed to improve technique, breathing, balance, and coordination. Open to ages six through adult • Beginner to Advanced skill levels Participants are required to attend a Skills Evaluation Session prior to being accepted into the program.

Classes are held at the Steer Barn Clubhouse Indoor Pool Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00-5:00 p.m. OR 5:00-6:00 p.m. Sundays: 5:00-6:00 p.m. OR 6:00-7:00 p.m. Cost: $35.00 for five sessions Register at the Administration Office

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!).

Tuesdays, October 8 & 15

Wednesdays, October 16, November 13,* and December 11*

Step Aerobics Fridays

Trunk or Treat*

Sunday, October 27 Elm Beach parking lot, 2-3 p.m. Decorate your trunk & distribute teats to children. Prize awarded for “Best Trunk.” All children up to age 12 welcome to trick-or-treat at this event. Register at the Administration Office by Wednesday, October 23. Space limited, register early!

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


Making Bubbles

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




Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Wednesdays & Fridays

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

Steer Barn Clubhouse, $10 ($15 at door), theater-style seating, Tickets on sale now. Refreshments during intermission.

Frick Museum*

Martial Arts with Master Daniel Verbeke* Steer Barn Clubhouse, beginners 5-6 p.m.; intermediate/advanced 6-7 p.m., $50/mo. Open to adults & children ages 5 & up.


Steer Barn Large Art Room, 1-3 p.m., ages 15+, $30 includes materials to make two scarves. Instructor: Mary Martuscelli. Learn to dye 100% silk scarves using the Japanese techniques of Shibori. Space limited, sign up by November 9.

Saturday, November 9 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10 – 2:00 p.m.

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New York Bus Trips Transportation is $29.00 round trip! Wednesdays, October 16, November 13* and December 11* Bus leaves from Fawn Hill Family Park 7:30 a.m. departure from Hemlock Farms, you are dropped off in the theater district and picked up in approximately the same spot at 7:30 p.m. (*Departs NYC at 6:30 p.m.) Relax or chat with friends, no driving anxieties, no parking hassles! Reserve your seat two weeks prior to the trip. Any questions? Contact Amy at 570/775-4200, ext. 118.

What will you do in New York?

Here are some suggestions from those on the bus: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, haircut and manicure then shopping, meet a girlfriend from high school, Museum of Design, tickets for a show (whatever is on discount), see the Intrepid, go to Brooklyn to the Barkley Center and Brooklyn Museum, spend the day in SoHo, or meet family for lunch and dinner.

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Young and old swim and play water sports in Elm Lake.

Photos by Kathie Waibel

On Sunday evening, September 1, Elm Beach is the scene for the End-ofSummer Beach Party.

A game of volleyball is underway.

The shoreline is dotted with parents and youngsters enjoying the benefits of shallow water.

Ben Gendelman provides the evening’s entertainment. Ben is frequently seen performing at Hemlock Farms events. If you have not had the opportunity to hear Ben sing, watch for his next performance.

End-of-Summer Beach Party By KATHIE WAIBEL

The sun sets and swimmers are asked to leave the water, but the beach games continue.

As another summer season draws to an end, Jetta, Ginny, and Guy Magrone reminisce with me on Elm Beach about the Hemlock Farms of 40 years ago. “I made many friends here that I still keep in touch with all year ‘round,” said Jetta. “My mother was a member of the ‘Hemlock Honeys’ volleyball team,” smiled Ginny. Ginny spends two weeks with her mom in Hemlock Farms. “I remember taking swimming and tennis lessons here,” stated Guy. Guy travels to Hemlock Farms from Maryland whenever he can. For the Magrone family, Hemlock Farms is “Close Enough, Far Enough, The Perfect Place To Be!”


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Concert in the Park Photos by Kathie Waibel

Although rain threatened all day, on Saturday evening, August 31, a crowd began to gather at Fawn Hill Family Park for the first outdoor concert in Hemlock Farms in many years. n Wade Preston, on keyboard, and The Movin’ Out Band perform many of Billy Joel’s tunes during the more-than-twohour show.

Wade is the original “Piano Man” hand-selected by Billy Joel to perform in the Broadway musical. His fingers (and sometimes his fists) knocked out song after song to a singing, clapping crowd.

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k People arrive with an assortment of lounge chairs and some take advantage of picnic tables for a pre-concert dinner.

On hand to provide refreshments to the concert-goers are members of the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (HFVF&R Co.) Ed Fucci, left, Vince Joseph, John Schatzle, Jesse Telmar, Marcia Hall, John Kauffman and Chris McGrath.

By the end of the performance, members of the crowd are spilling out of the tent, some dancing to the band’s last couple of tunes. The throng was buzzing with excitement, and this is what I heard: “It was wonderful!” gushed Chris Palazzo as she was leaving the field. “This was a ‘feel good’ night,” added her husband, Sal Palazzo. “My expectations were moderate after being a Billy Joel fan for 35 years, but I was blown away by the performance,” said Karen Bagnini. “The sound was fantastic! I’d like more concerts,” pleaded Pam Townsend.

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A limited number of tickets are available at our $26 group rate for those wishing to self transport.


GHOSTLY TALES AND MORE PRESENTED BY MINX PARANORMAL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, FROM 8-10:00 P.M. ORCHARD HOUSE For ages 21 and up $10.00 per brave participant. Refreshments will be served. BYOB Sign up at the Administration Office.


Geared for pre-school through grade 4. Parents are urged to bring a camera to take pictures & a Trick or Treat bag for goodies!

AT THE BLOOMING GROVE FIREHOUSE 7-9:00 P.M. Adults $5.00 Children 10 and under $3.00 Benefits Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company And the Blooming Grove Fire Department



ART CHALET Adults $5.; Children 10 and under $3. (Children MUST be accompanied by an adult ). Hayrides depart from the 739 Bus Stop All participants MUST ride the Hay Wagon to the Haunted House. One free hot chocolate with each ticket purchase. Light snacks and glow necklaces will be sold at the Art Chalet.

FROM 2-3 P.M. ELM BEACH PARKING LOT Register at the Administration Office by Wednesday, October 23. Space is limited so register early! Join the FUN! Decorate your trunk and distribute treats to the children. Prize will be awarded for “Best Trunk.” All children up to age 12 are welcome to trick or treat at this event.


PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING Children 13 and under are welcome! Costume Parade | Games Treats Monster coloring contest pick up a coloring page at Public Safety or the Administration Office in advance.


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Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair/Bake Sale Saturday, November 30, 2013

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Set-up from 8:00-9:30 a.m.) HFCA Steer Barn/Clubhouse, Lords Valley, PA 18428 Contact: Amy Strapec, Cultural Arts Director – 570/775-4200, ext. 118 FEE: $25 per (approximate) 8'x9' space Space is limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bake sale proceeds will benefit an organization within the community. Please indicate if you need electric. Spaces with electric are limited, you must bring your own electrical cords and power strips. Please fill out the information below and mail with photos of sample work* and check/money order to: HFCA Cultural Arts Department, 1007 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428. *If you have submitted photos prior to this show, you do not need to send more unless your work has changed.


Holiday Arts And Craft Show/Bake Sale Saturday, November 30, 2013 REGISTRATION FORM

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 11 Name: _____________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: _____________________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________ Email: ____________________________________

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food & friends By Pat Tromans

Fall is upon us, and the cold wind will soon be blowing in from the north. It is time to think of warm, cozy evenings complete with meals to satisfy the soul. October’s meeting of Food & Friends will introduce our new leader, Mary Breitenbach. She will be coordinating our meetings with a theme for each month. October will feature meatless dishes. What have we cooked for this evening? Check the November issue of Hemlock News for a few recipes that we prepared. For those of you who don’t know about us—we are a group of community members who get together to share good food, good company, and traditions. We also demonstrate our recipes, and we hope that you will join us!

Food and Friends meet at the Orchard House at 6:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

November will feature our annual Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings. Everyone is encouraged to bring sides and desserts to share along with the recipes. It’s fun to try something new for the holiday, and this is a good night to share with others your “trial” recipe. Along with the sides we bring, we also request a donation of food for the food pantry so we can share our bounty for the holidays. Please plan to come and enjoy the company of your fellow Hemlock Farms friends!


Booth Space $25.00 Please indicate if you require: ____6-ft. table ($10/table, limit 2 per applicant) ____Card table ____Electric $ _________ TOTAL ENCLOSED $ _________ Please initial to indicate that you have read and understand all the guidelines _____________


Items you are selling:__________________________________________________________

The Association, due to size and space limitations, as well as visual and aesthetic factors, will determine your exact spot at the fair.










Where did you say? The Orchard on Orchard Drive PIE CONTEST! TAKE A LOOK ATAPPLE THE HEMLOCK FARMS MEMOROBILIA Attach 3x5 indexIN card with following information: ON DISPLAY THE ORCHARD HOUSE. Name, Phone number, Jr. or Sr. Division, Type of Apple used and ingredients.

APPLE PIE On the day of Everything Apple, drop off apple pieCONTEST! between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the big tent by the Attach card with information: Orchard. Judging will 3x5 takeindex place at 1:00. All following slices left will be sold and proceeds will Name, $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Phone number, Jr. Sr.between Division, of Apple used and ingredients. beor split theType two winners! $$$$$$$$$$$$$ On for the the daybest of Everything drop off apple andDivision 10 a.m.(age at the by the Prizes tasting pie!Apple, Senior Division (agepie 17 between and over)9 a.m. Junior 16big andtent under) Orchard. Judging will take place at 1:00. All slices left will be sold and proceeds will $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ be split between the two winners! $$$$$$$$$$$$$ Prizes for the best tasting pie! Senior Division (age 17 and over) Junior Division (age 16 and under)

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Saturday, October 12 • 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Stop by the Orchard House on Orchard Drive to view a collection of Hemlock Farms memorabilia compiled by the ad hoc Archives Preservation Committee. Learn the rich history of Hemlock Farms; from the purchase of the land to the development of our community, it’s all documented!


Fitness Center Exercise Class: Boot Camp Exercise Class: Instructor’s Choice Pool: Lap Swim Open Swim Café Game Room Everything Apple Festival (Conference Center)


Fitness Center Pool: Lap Swim Open Swim Café Game Room


Fitness Center Exercise Class: Dance Fitness Informal T’ai Chi Pool: Lap Swim Informal Aqua Aerobics Open Swim Making Bubbles Program (2 lanes) Café Game Room

8 a.m.-8 p.m. 7:45-8:45 a.m. 9-10 a.m. 8-10 a.m. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 8-10 a.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Hemlock Players Present:

Hilarious one-act comedies starring Your neigHbors and Friends!

Steer Barn CluBhouSe

saturday, november 9 at 7:30 p.m. sunday, november 10 at 2:00 p.m. Purchase tickets at Administration Office: $10 advance/$15 at door

Refreshments available during intermission HF CA




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Neighbors helping neighbors..

Here at Belle Reve we believe good neighbors help each other. We do that by providing compassionate care to seniors in our community while employing local residents as caregivers. We believe in acting as an area resource for senior issues, raising funds to support local causes and participating in neighborhood events and celebrations.

Hemlock Farms welcomes back Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center

For more than 12 years now, it has been our privilege to provide the best Personal Care for those seniors who can no longer live alone and need some help with daily tasks, Memory Care for those experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia related illnesses and Skilled Nursing for those recovering from surgery or illness. It’s just what good neighbors do. For more information regarding our community or services, contact Kaitlyn or stop by for a tour. We’re just around the corner — in your neighborhood!

Sunday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. Steer Barn Clubhouse Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Join Bill as he introduces you to various rescued raptors— you will be fascinated by their stories Light refreshments will be served after the presentation. T H i s e V e n T i s s p o n s o R e D By T H e H e m lo C k Fa R m s Co n s e RVa n C y

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A One-Person Show


She enrolled at the Arts Students League of NY and in the National Academy of Design in NY. At the League, her skills were polished and her creative desire reborn. In 2009, Lisa and her husband, John, moved from Kew Gardens in Queens to Hemlock Farms. They have one son and one daughter. “I am looking forward to being able to display my art in the Chant Gallery,” said Lisa.

Lisa Hannick with her painting titled “Branch of Mandarins.” This painting was done in oil on black metal leaf.

During the month of November, Hemlock Farms resident and artist Lisa Hannick’s work will be represented at an art exhibit that will held at the Chant Gallery on Route 739 in Lords Valley. Lisa’s show will encompass more than 40 of her works. Most of Lisa’s work is done in still life and landscape. Lisa began her art education at the age of eleven by spending her Saturdays studying under world-acclaimed artist, Vincent Trotta. “From my earliest memLisa’s exhibition ories I knew I wanted will be at the Chant Gallery to be an artist, but my from Friday, November 1 through choice was obscured Saturday, November 30. by the complexities of There will be an opening life,” said Lisa. reception on Saturday evening, Lisa graduated from November 2, from 5:00 the Art and Design to 7:00 p.m. High School in Manhattan; she then studied architectural design at Queens Borough College in Bayside, NY, where she graduated with honors. After spending eighteen years in the architectural design industry, Lisa left to “Maple Ridge Swamp II,” done in oil, is one Lisa’s paintings answer her innermost calling—to pursue art full-time. that she did in early spring.

On Saturday, evening September 7, at the reception for the Come Paint With Me group held at Chant Realtors, Tom and Barbara Hamilton enjoy the artwork. “We think the shows are consistently of good quality,” said Tom and Barbara. “Joan Polishook does a beautiful job organizing these shows.”

Agnes Banya purchases a small painting from Joan Polishook. Joan painted this 5 X 7 in oil and titled it “View of Chautauqua Lake.”

Photos by Mary Beth Connors

Photos by Mary Beth Connors

Lisa Hannick, left, and Hope Danzis discuss the show as they nibble on the delicious hors d’oeuvres.

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The three finalists line up with the organizer of the bocce season, Jim Pellechia, center, and Nick Gismondi, left, Ginnie Giannino, Susan and Arnie Santandreu, and Lisa and John Hannick.

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Sal Cavallaro, left, and Jose Uriartebidaurreta measure a close call. Which one—the red or green—is closer to the pallino?

By Jill Barbier

The sun made its cheerful appearance for the annual bocce picnic and playoffs. The five night players were Monday’s Ginny Giannino and Nick Gismondi; they substituted for Ernie Giannino, who was sidelined with an injury; Tuesday night’s players were Rosemary and Bob Kaufman; Wednesday night’s players were Sal Cavallaro and Bill Ophals; Thursday night’s players were Lisa and John Hannick; and the eventual winners were Friday night’s players: Susan and Arnie Santandreu. A big thank you goes to “Sheriff” Jim Pellechia for organizing the season. The

weather was not as sunny for the annual picnic at Lake Genero, but all had a great time eating and playing games. Our thanks go to Dan Ruth and his team for once again providing a wonderful outing. At the Tuesday, November 5, meeting, Peter Talman, Chair of the ad hoc Archives Preservation Committee, will present a program entitled “What You May or May Not Know About Hemlock Farms.” At this meeting, De Keefe (570/775-9128) will be collecting for the veterans, as we do annually to commemorate Veteran’s Day. The donations will go toward sending packages to troops

Barry Heim, second from left, Director of the Pike County Humane Society, brought to the September meeting a number of lovable animals the shelter has up for adoption. Looking on are Ann D’ALauro, left, Rose Alaimo, and Loretta McManus.

still overseas and to those in the VA hospitals. De will have a list of specific items needed at the meeting and, of course, monetary donations are welcome. There is still time to sign up for Barbara Denniston’s (570/775-7477) Fall Day Outing on Thursday, November 7. The trip will include a tour and tasting at the Brotherhood Winery, a visit to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, and a late lunch at Torches on the Hudson. The bus will leave from Fawn Hill at 9:00 a.m. sharp, and it will return about 6:00 p.m. Cost for the day trip is $60 pp. Believe it or not, Aida (570/775-9646) is taking reservations for the Woodloch Pines Holiday evening. The night of dinner, dancing, and a show is set for Wednesday, December 4, and the cost is $40 pp. The seating is limited to the first 50 people to sign up, and there will not be bus transportation this year. Let Aida know if you wish to hitch a ride or offer to take a fellow member to this function. Cash bar is at 5:00 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Last year, we moved to the same building where the theater is located and, therefore, eliminated busing to the show. This worked out quite well and provided a more intimate setting for cocktails (with caroling), and a cozier atmosphere for dinner.

For membership information, contact Carol at 570/871-3086. Membership dues: $6pp (7/1/2013-6/30/2014). 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.



Tuesday, November 5 Steer Barn Clubhouse, 1 p.m. Program: Ardhives Chair Pete Talman on Hemlock Farms history.


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

Thanksgiving in October at Lukans Thursday, October 10

Dinner 6 p.m., $25pp includes turkey & all traditional sides. Contact Jim at 570/775-7879 quickly as seating is limited.

A Fall Day Outing

Thursday, November 7 Bus leaves 9 a.m., returns approximately 6 p.m., $60pp. Brotherhood Winery Tour & Tasting, visit National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, late lunch at Torches on the Hudson. Contact Barbara at 570/775-7477.

Holiday Exravaganza Wednesday, December 4

Woodloch Pines, 5 p.m., $40pp. Car pooling only. Limited to first 50 sign-ups. Contact Aida 570/775-9646.

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50+ Mini-Golf By BARBARA DENNISTON The 50+ Group managed to squeeze in a beautiful day between thunder showers. On Thursday, September 12, we met at 10:00 a.m. at The Fairview Café on Route 390 in Tafton for a great continental breakfast buffet on the outdoor patio. We then proceeded next door to the mini-golf course to play 18 holes of minigolf. The group actually managed to get all their games in before the next rainfall.

At about 12:30 p.m., we returned to the Café for a wonderful sit-down lunch. The Café was beautifully decorated for autumn, and the staff made us feel very comfortable and welcome. The day ended with the cutting and serving of our specialty cake, coffee, and, of course, the awarding of our prizes. The event was coordinated by Barbara and Charlie Denniston, who thank all for their participation and support. It was a good day!

Bob and Marie Desiano, Kay Winkeleer, and Tony and Laura Licchi catch up on the events of the day as they enjoy lunch.

Joanne and Ralph Lenzi, Mitch Winkeleer, and Charlie Denniston enjoying lunch.

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Our beautiful sheet cake.

Some lucky prize winners—Al Bartl and Barbara Garofolo—were very honest people who admitted to “high score.”

Photo by Candice Johnson

On Friday, September 6, some senior Hemlock Farmers celebrated the end of summer with a picnic at Little Camp Beach. A good time was had by all!

Some of the beautiful prizes that were given to the best golfers of the day.

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Remembering the Troops By KATHIE WAIBEL The Marine Corps League #909 and the Knights of Columbus #12571 created a project 10 years ago to help service persons overseas. They ship packages of necessities three times a year to active service personnel. This program is funded by donations. If you know someone who is serving in the armed forces overseas, this group of dedicated men will gladly send packages to any name that you supply them with. You can contact Pete Ferris at 570/7758884 or Jim Slevin at 570/775-9384, and they will be happy to add the name of the service person to their list. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,600 packages have been sent to service men and women. Each of these packages costs from $10-$30 to ship. If you or your organization would like to contribute, a check can be made out to the Knights of Columbus with a note that the money is designated for the “Troops Program.” The check can be sent to Pete Ferris, 2080

Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428. Our retired volunteers shop for supplies, and there is a contribution basket in the Administration Office into which you can place donated items. Another shipment will be mailed overseas in November, and it will arrive in time for Christmas. The Marines and Knights would like to thank all those who have contributed in the past. Your generosity has allowed this successful program continue.

Donation suggestions: Writing material (paper and envelopes), pens and pencils, powdered drinks, hard candy, beef jerky, mixed nuts; sunflower seeds, instant oatmeal, crossword puzzles, word games, lip balm, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, sunscreen (unscented), batteries (all sizes), disposable cameras, playing cards

Photo by Kathie Waibel

Jim Slevin, left, Burt Weinstein, Pete Gangarossa, Bob Johnson, and Pete Ferris are ready to begin packing the stacks of food, toiletries, magazines, and writing materials, along with a few extra surprises.


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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.

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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.

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By Helen Yale Executive Assistant to the Community Manager, Blooming Grove Township Supervisor During the period from August 20 through September 16, eight building permits and ten zoning permits were issued. The Supervisors adopted Resolution 5-2013, which approves the implementation of the updated Blooming Grove Township Emergency Plan. The Pike County Humane Society will be holding a low-cost vaccination clinic at the Township Building on November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Saeilo Enterprises Conditional Use Hearing was held prior to the September 16 Township Meeting. It was held at the Blooming Grove Fire Hall. The purpose of the hearing was to decide if the Business Park property could be used for firearms manufacturing. The Supervisors approved the Conditional Use Application. The Supervisors have been very involved with this project. We

Blooming Grove Township Volunteer Fire Department Main Fire Hall, 484 Route 739 Lords Valley, 1 Mile North of I-84 570/775-7355

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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

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).

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Saturday, October 5

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.

met on site with the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Pike County Conservation District more than one month ago. This project will bring more jobs to the area and will help with the tax base. The Land Development Application will be going to the Planning Commission next month. Upon their approval, it will come to the Supervisors for a hearing, possibly in November or December. There has been an ongoing septic issue at the Village Plaza. Glen Martin, Township Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO), has been working with the owners and Mr. Bonamico from Pocono Waterworks. Mr. Bonamico attended the September 3 Township Meeting, at which time the Supervisors set very strict requirements. The SEO must receive a plan from the engineer within five days. Within two weeks, a contractor must be hired and, by December 1 the project must be completed or they will be taken to court. Michael Probst has been hired as the engineer.

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Dear Found: There’s no excuse not to protect your system with the Windows 7 Backup Tool. It is so easy to use. Windows provides all the tools you need to back up your documents, photos, emails, and other files. Purchase an external USB hard drive larger than your computer’s hard drive (they are extremely cheap nowadays). A 1.5 terabyte external drive should be all you’ll need for peace of mind as backup storage for your computer. Connect the external drive to the USB port on your computer. Launch Windows 7 Backup by clicking “Start,” typing “backup” into the Search box and then clicking “Backup and Restore.” Now click “Set up backup” to get started. When the wizard appears, select your backup drive and click “Next” to choose what to back up. The recommended choice is to let Windows choose what to back up. This should cover most—if not all—of your data, and it will also make a complete backup of your hard drive known as a system image for emergency purposes. If you have files stored elsewhere on your system, or if you don’t want to take a system image, select “Let me choose,” and click “Next” to make your choices from those available. The final choice is to choose how often your backup is updated; the default setting is weekly on a Sunday. Click “Change schedule” to choose a different day and time, or

pick a different schedule (this can be daily or monthly). Once done, click “Save settings and run backup” and let Windows start protecting your files. While you wait for the backup to complete, click “Create a system repair disc” and follow the prompts to create a bootable rescue disc using a blank CD or DVD. In the event of a system failure, your files should now be safely backed up. Dear Computer Therapist: I use Windows 7 and am having a problem with my system. I told a computer technician about my problem but, being a novice, I have trouble clearly explaining what is going on. Is there any way I can get the computer tech to feel my pain and solve my problem? —Misunderstood Dear Misunderstood: It’s frustrating, but now Windows 7 includes an excellent new solution called the “Problem Steps Recorder” (PSR). When any app or program starts misbehaving under Windows 7, then all you need do is click Start, type “PSR” and press “Enter,” then click “Start Record.” If you work through what you are doing then the PSR will record every click and key-press and take screen shots. Then the PSR will package everything up into a single file when finished. All you have to do is email your computer tech guy and attach the PSR report. It’s quick, easy, and effective, and will save you hours of explaining and troubleshooting time.

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Update From our Representatives By Helen Yale, Executive Assistant to the Manager


Work-Search Registration for All Unemployment Compensation Claimants – Pennsylvania now has a worksearch requirement as a condition of eligibility to receive unemployment compensation (UC) benefits. Residents must register through Pennsylvania Career

Link and conduct active search for work within 30 days of filing an application. This will be enforced beginning with applications filed on or after August 19, 2013. Claimants who fail to register will be disqualified from UC benefits unless they qualify for an exemption. Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Applications Now Available – Fire companies and vol-

Stop littering!

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


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. 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.

unteer ambulance services throughout Pennsylvania can now submit an application for the 2013-14 Fire Company, Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program. The grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The application period is open until October 24, 2013. The grants are funded from state gaming proceeds and a total of $30 million is available to support these valuable public safety organizations. Attorney Alan Young – Recently, Hemlock Farms Attorney Alan Young was presented with the A. Mitchell Palmer Award by the East Stroudsburg Elks Lodge 319. Attorney Young is a decorated military veteran and longtime community leader. This award recognizes individuals within Monroe County for their long-term and significant contributions in the field of law, public safety, or community service. Attorney Young graduated from Lehigh University with an electrical engineering degree. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Vietnam War as a tactical fighter pilot. He flew 130 combat missions and received many commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Young attended and graduated from Cornell Law School. His expertise is in real estate and community association law. Attorney Alan Young has given much of his time to Monroe County community and public service organizations. Members in the 139th Legislative District (Blooming Grove Township) may contact Representative Mike Peifer

through his office at 570-253-5533 or email His website is Members in the 189th Legislative District (Porter Township) may contact Representative Rosemary Brown through her office at 570/420-8301 or email Her website is

Services Offered Our Representatives provide the following services: Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals. Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (special registration plates, vanity plates and temporary placards for disabled persons). Copies of birth and death certificates. PACE and PACENET for senior citizens. Property tax and rent rebate applications. Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications. State tax forms. Student aid applications. Free state maps, state park information, and PA Vacation Guides. Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters.

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By Jill Barbier Information from a Member

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This column will appear now and then about close and affordable “daycations.”

Walkway Over the Hudson furry friends, there is a doggie drinking fountain halfway across the walkway. The area offers all kinds of attractions—the city of Poughkeepsie’s waterfront and the trails for hiking located in Franny Reese State Park, to name two. Other attractions are listed in the website or call 845/454-9649. This day trip will cost you nothing but gas and time.

Directions: I-84 east to NY exit 10, last exit before Newburgh-Beacon toll bridge. Turn left at end of ramp, take US 9W north for about 15 miles.

Photos by George Barbier

The broad walkway can accommodate walkers, joggers, cyclists, and roller bladers. The views are magnificent.


Turn right at first street after entrance ramp to the Mid-Hudson toll bridge. There is a sign for the Walkway.

Drive time is about 1 hr. and 15 min. from the Hemlock Farms 739 gate.

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Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company & Auxiliary Auxiliary Meeting

$75.00 per person includes: 10:00 a.m. Registration 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start Bag Lunch Bar-B-Que Dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Firehouse, 10 a.m. coffee, meeting 10:30 a.m. New members welcome. Contact Barbara Garofalo at 570/257-4041.

Any questions? Call Patty at 570/775-9890.

Line Dancing Tuesdays

Firehouse, 7-8:30 p.m., $5pp. Contact Judy Lawbin at 570/470-8063.

Please complete and mail in registration to: Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company Golf Committee 1053 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA 18428

Semi-Annual Golf Outing Monday, October 7

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Lords Valley Country Club, $75 includes bag lunch & BBQ dinner (dinner only $30). Registration 10 a.m., 11 a.m. shotgun start, 5 p.m. BBQ dinner. Contact Patty 570/775-9890.

Drawing Monday, December 9 The designers thought of everything, even to providing a doggie water station.

$1,000 Prize. Tickets ($5) sold at the Administration Office or contact Barbara at 570/257-4041.

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Two parking lots are about a half-mile on left. Pass the first lot for handicap parking located in the second.


For those of you who enjoy seeing the brilliant colors of fall foliage, I recommend traveling to Walkway State Park. This 1.28-mile steel structure formerly was a railroad bridge over the Hudson River that, in 1888, was the longest bridge in the world linking the City of Poughkeepsie to the Town of Highland in Ulster County, New York. It remains the longest elevated pedestrian walkway in the world. After years serving as a key transportation hub, the bridge was crippled by a fire in 1974. At that time, other means of transporting raw materials through the interstate highway system took center stage. For 35 years, the bridge sat idle until support from a non-profit group managed to save and transform it into Walkway State Park. Here, people can stroll, cycle, walk their dogs, jog, or roller blade over the Hudson that flows 212 feet below while they enjoy the views of the Hudson River Valley and the mountains beyond. The walkway offers free parking on either side of the bridge, concessions, rest rooms, and picnic tables (we enjoyed a picnic lunch). There are benches interspersed along the route as well as informational descriptions of the flora and fauna in the area. While the walkway currently is wheelchair accessible, an elevator is in the process of being built that will make it even more so. For our

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On Monday, August 26, the final night of the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company’s bingo season, the winner of the $325 was Shana Gabell, with her mother, Venus, right; and Barbara Denniston and Bill Ophals, left. Mom also was winner of the final night’s 50/50. It was a lucky night for the Gabell family.

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On Saturday, September 7, more than 60 people returned to enjoy their senior prom at the Firehouse. Tina and Frank Cirri were crowned queen and king. Prizes were given for the best-dressed couple, Mary and Bob Recor; the


most unique couple, chaperone Diane and principal Buddy Gentile; and the funniest couple, Barbara and Charlie Denniston. Music was by DJ JC, and a great time was had by all.

On this final night, our “bingo crowd” was a very enthusiastic bunch. We enjoyed a good season and, on behalf of the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, we thank all the volunteers and players.

Photos by Barbara Denniston



Our final Bingo night celebrated a Western theme, complete with cowboy hats, sheriffs’ badges, and chili and ribs served up by Mike Hill of the Café. All this was enjoyed by some of our dedicated Bingo volunteers, Jim Pellechia, left; Eadie Gangarossa, Charlie and Barbara Denniston, Aida and Bill Ophals, Joanne Rand, and Maurine Giordano.

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Funniest Costumes Barbara and Charlie Denniston

Best-Dressed Couple Mary and Bob Recor

Most Unique Costumes Diane and Buddy Gentile

Queen and King of the Prom Tina and Frank Cirri

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or their unique and flavorful Lemon Cognac Dressing. For an entrée, we were delighted by the Sautéed Sea Scallops with Papparadelle Pasta, Asparagus, Roasted Peppers, Toasted Pine Nuts, Lemon, Cream, and Goat Cheese ($21.00). This entrée was just one example of the perfect blending of flavors that make Two Rivers Grille cuisine an area standout. With a tempting array of desserts, we topped off our meal with a house-made crème brûlée. The dinner menu has favorite entrees like their Sautéed Tilapia Fillet with Mushrooms, Asparagus Tips, Tomato and Sherry Cream Sauce ($16.00). The dinner menu also features nightly specials and seasonal offerings like the Crab Asparagus Fritter appetizer that is featured in the fall and winter. Chef Weber prepares meats to perfection with Char-Grilled House Cut Steaks and Chops. We suggest that guests try another favorite, tender BBQ Slow Cooked St. Louis Pork Ribs served with Fries and Homemade Coleslaw (half rack $16.00; full rack $23.00). A charming aspect of Two Rivers Grille is their attention to detail and presentation. The menu items are pic-


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ture-perfect, and the service is excellent. If you have dietary restrictions, don’t hesitate to discuss them with your server. The menu has a wealth of extraordinary choices and many can be prepared to specific preferences including gluten-free. With a well-selected wine, beer, and spirits list, guests are also welcomed to bring their own bottle for a small corking fee ($5.00). Two Rivers Grille is perfect for date night, family outings, or a gettogether with friends. It is an excellent dining choice whenever you are in the HF CA

Two Rivers Grille in Matamoras, PA, is much more than a local eatery; it’s a gourmet experience! Their contemporary dining room and outdoor patio area provide customers with comfortable elegance in a welcoming atmosphere. Executive Chef Daniel Weber and his wife, Christina, have been delighting customers with their original and delicious cuisine at Two Rivers Grille for the past three years. We had the pleasure of meeting the Webers, and our server was Laurie, Daniel’s sister. The Weber family members pride themselves on excellence. We visited the restaurant on a Friday evening for dinner. We look forward to returning to sample their luncheon menu that includes soups like the Crock of Chef’s Award-winning Chili with Melted Cheddar, which is also served at dinner ($6.00) and a wonderful array of burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and paninis. For starters, we had their Chicken and Lemongrass-infused Asian Pot Stickers with Orange Teriyaki Glaze ($8.00) and Caprese Salad with Fresh Avocado. We also enjoyed a house salad served with their popular Balsamic Vinaigrette

Matamoras area. Advance reservations are suggested. Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, Two Rivers Grille is also available for special events and parties in an upstairs banquet room. Their annual family Santa breakfast has been an area favorite, and the Weber family looks forward to hosting it again this December.

The Lords Valley Country Club’s photographers for the Gala on June 29 have composed a collection of photographs taken that evening. Photographs are available for purchase from Shutterfly. There are three separate albums to browse through.

The website link is The password is lvcc (all lower case) Enjoy looking through the albums and purchase as many photographs from Shutterfly as you wish!

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By Rosanne Mardarello The next dinner/meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 18. Please RSVP to Joanne at 570/775-6766 no later than Monday, October 14. Dinner still only $10/Members, $12/Guests. Prospective members are always welcome! Our Annual “Reverse Raffle” is open. Watch for us at the Mail Room, and don’t wait—your favorite number will be gone! $10.00 per chance, Grand Prize $1500! Contact Bob at 570/775-1588 for information. Drawings will be held during Columbus Day Weekend events in October. On Saturday, August 31, our “Good Junk” Sale was held at the home of Angelo and Eilene Papa. Again, the weather “angels” provided us with a beautiful day! All proceeds were to subsidize our charitable contributions. A big “thank you” goes to all who supported our fund-raising efforts. All items had been donated by members and friends of the Club. The Annual “Night at the Races” was held on Saturday, September 21. Thanks to the many volunteers who set-up, cooked, baked, and donated their time and effort to make this annual event a success. The night’s big winners were very happy! Our Annual 5K Walk was held on Sunday, September 22, at Fawn Hill Park. All proceeds were to benefit the Blooming Grove Food Pantry. And,

yet again, the weather “angels” blessed those who walked.

Everyone Welcome! Come and celebrate the Columbia Italian-American Club’s 15th Anniversary (as well as Hemlock Farms 50th Anniversary). on Saturday, October 12, at St. John’s Parish Hall, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Dance to the music of DJ Faith. Snacks, coffee, “and.” BYOB. $10.00 per person. Dress is “country-club casual,” and the theme is “BLACK & WHITE.” Contact Gail 570/775-0990 for reservations. On Sunday morning, October 13, the Club will celebrate 10:30 Mass at St. John Neumann Church followed by a continental breakfast. Members will be asked to assemble under the portico and enter as a group. Volunteers are needed for the breakfast afterward. Contact Marie 570/775-9897. Best Western Inn will be the setting for the Club’s Annual Christmas Dinner-Dance on Sunday, December 8. Cocktail hour, full-course dinner, and dessert. Members $40, Guests $42. Contact Linda 570/775-0521 or Phyllis at 570/775-1845. For membership information, contact Joanne Rand 570/775-6766. Details for all events can always be found in Hemlock News, in the Happenings, on Channel 15, and on the Mail Room bulletin board.

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5K Walk participants.

Columbia Italian-American Club

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.



Friday, October 18 St. John Neumann Parish Hall, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., members $10, guests $12. Contact Roe to RSVP at 570/775-4009 five days prior.

CIAC 15th Anniversary—Hemlock Farms 50th Anniversary Dance

Annual Christmas Dinner-Dance Sunday, December 8

Best Western Inn, $40 members/$42 guests includes cocktail hour, full-course dinner & dessert.

Saturday, October 12

St. John Parish Hall, 7 p.m., $10pp includes soft drinks, coffee & cake, BYOB. Music by DJ Faith. Dress is country club casual-black & white. Contact Gail Giannini at 570/7750990.

Joie and Charlie Eible are hoping for a winner.

Kathy Roew is eager to claim her winnings.

Eilene Papa, Bernie Hengel, Joanne Rand, and Bob D’Elia are helping Bob Henkel place his bet.

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Newly Installed President Anniversary in 2014 under the leadership of Ms. Poplawski. A member of the Guild for thirteen Marion Poplawski, a resident of Hemyears, Marion has been Secretary, chair lock Farms, was recently installed as of In-House program and, most curPresident of the Milford Valley Quilters’ rently, Co-Chair of Guild Programs Guild. The Guild will celebrate its 25th along with Hemlock resident Hildy Schwarz. She introduced Zentangle and Sliced Landscape classes to the Guild. Previously from Orange County, NY, Marion has been a Hemlock resident for 14 years. The owner of Black Meadow Flower Shop for many years, she taught Floral Design classes in Hemlock for the Cultural Arts Department. Married with five chilContributed photo dren and four cats. Marion Marion Poplawski, left, was installed recently as President is also active in the Pike of the Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild. Outgoing President County Humane Society. Catherine Winerman presided.

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The golfers enjoy breakfast before teeing off. Photos by Mary Beth Connors

Volunteers register the golfers. “The day was a big success,” said Pete Ferris.

Wounded Warrior Golf Classic By MARY BETH CONNORS On Monday, September 16, at Lords Valley Country Club (LVCC), more than 100 people came to play in the First Fall Golf Classic. This event was to raise

funds to benefit the Wounded Warriors. Sponsored by the Tri-State Marine Corps Gung Ho Detachment 909 and coordinated by Pete Ferris, the funds raised in the First Fall Golf Classic will go to benefit the wounded men and women

who are returning from overseas. “The golf classic brought in more than $5,000 for the wounded warriors,” said Pete. “With the generosity of our sponsors and our golfers, we are able to continue to support our troops.”

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Shirley Walker, left, and Anne Marie Zenie finish the ninth hole. “We birdied that one,” stated Anne Marie. Tim Morey, left, and Buddy Magie wait patiently for the shotgun start. “This is a great day for golf, and we are helping to support our troops when they return from overseas.” said Tim.

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Donor Luncheon Committee: Julaire Maistelman, left, Chairperson Jean Seltzer, Ronni Terr, Lea Dunner, and JWI President Marilyn Meyerowitz.

One of the highlights of our year is the annual Donor Luncheon and this year’s was just great. The luncheon was held on September 8 at Lords Valley Country Club. Club manager, Jennifer Mang, and her staff did a fantastic job for us and chef Daniel Goulet’s menu had everyone smiling. The halvah ice cream and the sugar-free zabaglione were the highlights of a great meal. As always, we appreciate the club’s efforts on our behalf. Also making the day special was the Tricky Tray. More than 80 gifts were raffled off. Hats off to Donor chairperson, Ronni Terr, who worked tirelessly to get the menu, gifts, goody bags, and all of the other arrangements just right. We would also like to thank the committee members who helped Ronni. The money raised will be used to help us support local and national charities. Our last card game of the season was played on September 16. We would like to thank all of the women who participated. We hope that you enjoyed the food and the companionship, and we will be looking for your input for next year’s games. The last regular meeting will take place on Sunday, October 6. The start time will be 12 noon at the Conference Center. This is our annual Penny Auction with proceeds going to Safe Haven.

Wrapped gifts worth $5-$10 dollars will be auctioned off. It’s a lot of fun, the gifts are always interesting, and we are supporting a great local charity. We will be sending out a survey shortly to get feedback from our members about what kinds of meetings, events, and card parties they want. We hope that you will all respond. Entertainment books are for sale at $25 each, and Mah Jongg cards are ready to order, so call Gail Neldon at 570/885-0606 and place your orders. We also have Tribute cards for all occasions, just call Ruth Rothman at 570/775-7462, and she will be happy to help you with them.


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


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Yoga and Coloring at the Library Each of Toby’s books teaches a lesson and each is a coloring book! These youngsters are very busy coloring at a table. Seated around the table are Carly Slyman, left, Dustin Slyman, and Erik Jankowski; hidden from view is Erik’s sister Isabella, and his mom, Jada Jankowski, who is taking pictures. Seated on the right side of the table from the rear is Giuliana Assaf, and Logan and Jenna Petroski. In the rear of the photo, Fran Assaf is chatting with Debbie Zuccarello, who is cuddling little Sal Luca Zuccarello.

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On Friday morning, August 30, the Hemlock Farms Library invites children’s book author Toby Silverman to read to a group of toddlers (and to their adults).


Three of Toby’s books are on display.

The book “Grandma Does Yoga” pictures many Yoga positions. The Lion was the favorite position the children tried.

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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.

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. 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 $1.40.

Dustin and Toby demonstrate the Downward Dog position. A High-Five to you, Dustin, for a great job!

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Help! I’m Lost! By KATHIE WAIBEL I’m a package containing something special for someone. I might be medicine, a tool, a part for an uncompleted project, or even a gift—a holiday gift!— and I can’t find my way to you. Why not? As a resident receiving a package in Hemlock Farms, you should be sure you use a four line address, no matter who you order from and no matter who is the delivery carrier. There are certain delivery methods that FedEx and UPS use that utilize the United States Postal Service (USPS) as the end result of their delivery point. This means some packages start out with one of these carriers, however, they end up being delivered by USPS Mail Room personnel. Both your physical address and mailbox address need to be on every package. This will assure that your package reaches you in a timely fashion. At this time, the USPS does not recognize your street address as your

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mailing address. In fact, if you list your address as xxx Mountainview Drive, your package may end up in Hawley or in some another community. Surprise! There are several Mountainview Drives within our 18428 zip code. This address duplication applies to many street names in Hemlock Farms. The proper ship-to address should look like this (with your own street and mailbox number, of course): John Doe 123 Lookout Drive 3878 Hemlock Farms Lords Valley, PA 18428

Some companies have software that does not allow for a four-line address. If you are ordering from a company for the first time, it is recommended that you speak with someone at the company to advise them of the necessity of using your four-line address to ensure that your package will arrive. An incorrect address may mean a delayed or returned package. Don’t let your package get lost! Happy shopping!

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

Adventure Camp Second & fourth Fridays: October 11 & 25, 6:30-8 p.m. for children ages 4-12. Explore God’s World! Adventures in Faith! Crafts, games, & snacks. Contact 570/775-6787.

Youth Group Wednesday, 6 p.m. for youngsters middle school-high school. Contact the Church office at 570/775-6787.

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.


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.

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Tuesday, October 8. Bus leaves Fellowship at 10 a.m., $21 per person, includes $15 slot voucher & $10 food voucher. Seating limited, reservations a MUST. Contact the Fellowship office at 570/775-7497.

Women’s Ministries: For more information, contact Eileen at 570/775-1729. Morning Circle – Second Tuesday/month, October 8, 11 a.m. Mission Circle – Third Tuesday/month, October 15, 11 a.m. Evening Circle – Third Tuesday/month, October 15, 7 p.m.

Ham Dinner Saturday, October 5, at 6 p.m. Adults $13, children 10 and under $7 includes Ham, string beans, sweet and white potatoes, salad, assorted desserts, coffee and tea.

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Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, October 7,8, & 9. Please leave your donations on these days in heavy duty plastic bags.

Trifles & Treasures Sale Saturday, October 12, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bake sale, craft items, collectibles, furniture, kitchen accessories, linens, & tools. Something for everyone!

Free Community Dinner Third Saturday of the month, October 19, 4-7 p.m. All invited to attend. It’s not necessary to bring anything, but these dishes are needed: soup, bagged salad, side dishes & desserts. Cash donations always appreciated. Contact Jennifer at 570/775-9796.

St. John Neumann

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Services: 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.

Parents Bereavement Support Group Second Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., Parish Hall. Contact Nancy at 570/775-2733 or 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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book review

By Anne Marie Zenie

Library Acquisitions

Nonfiction Mumbai New York Scranton: A Memoir, by Tamara Shopsin Paramedic to the Prince: An American Paramedic’s Account of Life Inside the Mysterious World of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by Patrick (Tom) Notestine

Easy Fiction Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Sight, by Sherri Duscan Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

“New Money,” by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal “New Money” is Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s debut novel. It is the story of twenty-four-year-old Savannah Morgan, whose life is a mess. Her dreams of becoming a writer have not materialized, she lives in a cramped house with her mother in South Carolina, and her romantic life is nonexistent. The author writes, “I remembered an old dream of seeing my name on a cover and my words on pages. A novel by Savannah Morgan—that’s what I used to doodle in the margins of my notebooks while my mind wandered during biology and algebra. Back then, I didn’t know that Charleston High was so far from the real world. I didn’t know that dreams don’t come true, happy endings only exist in fiction, romance never lasts, and all the fantasies that authors put into girls’ impressionable heads amount to nothing but lies and deception and unrealistic expectations.” BUT all of that changes when Savan-

Quote for the Day “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” —Joseph Brodsky A

The Beast: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, by Faye Kellerman Beloved Enemy: A Jack McClure Novel, by Eric Van Lustbader Below Stairs – The Classic Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, by Margaret Powell Blind Justice – A William Monk Novel, by Anne Perry The Bones of Paris – A Novel of Suspense, by Laurie R. King Bones of the Lost – A Temperance Brennan Novel, by Kathy Reichs The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star, by Susan Wittig Albert Deadline, by Sandra Brown Deadly Heat – (Niki Heat), by Richard Castle Declan’s Cross – A Sharpe & Donovan Novel, by Carla Neggers Dexter’s Final Cut – A Novel (An All New Dexter Case You Won’t See On TV), by Jeff Lindsay Dick Francis’s Refusal, by Felix Francis The Final Cut (Introducing Nicholas Drummond), by Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison A Guide For The Perplexed, by Dara Horn Hot Shot – A Novel, by Julie Garwood The Longest Ride – A Novel, by Nicholas Sparks The Ludwig Conspiracy – An Historical Thriller, by Oliver Potzsch Madd Addam – A Novel, by Margaret Atwood The Mayan Secrets – A Fargo Adventure, by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry Mistress (Large Print), by James Patterson and David Ellis Never Go Back – A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child New Money – A Novel, by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal The Quest – A Novel, by Nelson DeMille Question of Honor – A Bess Crawford Mystery, by Charles Todd Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do, by Michael Brandman Rose Harbor In Bloom, by Debbie Macomber

The Secret Keeper (Home & Hickory Hollow), by Beverly Lewis Second Watch – A J.P. Beaumont Novel, by J. A. Jance Something Borrowed, Someone Dead (Agatha Raisin), by M. C. Beaton Songs of Willow Frost – A Novel, by James Ford Who Asked You?, by Terry McMillan The Whole Enchilada (Goldy Schulz), by Diane Mott Davidson

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It’s time for ghosts and goblin and witches. Check out the library for the scariest stories in books that will make you shiver with fright and…

READ WITH DELIGHT!!! Gus and the Baby Ghost, by Jane Thayer Hocus and Pocus at the Circus, by Fran Manushkin Sir William and the Pumpkin Monster, by Margery Cuyler The Littles and the Scary Halloween, by John Peterson Little Witch’s Big Night, by Deborah Hautzig Thanks to volunteer Pat Tromans who suggested these books!

nah receives a phone call informing her that the father she never knew, billionaire Edward Stone, died under mysterious circumstances. He leaves her a fortune, but stipulates that she must move to Manhattan and work at his global news network. You will want to read Savannah’s story as she navigates the luxurious lifestyle of Manhattan, thwarts attempts to stall her career at the news network, and tries to find love. In the end, the feisty heroine reconciles her dreams with her responsibilities. The front of the book states, “This book is the perfect summer beach novel.” It is also the perfect novel to read as you watch the leaves change color in autumn!

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


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.

CLOSING: Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28 During inclement weather, please call to confirm if open.


Book Discussion Group Tuesday, October 15

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, led by Joan Roach

Tuesday, November 19 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan, led by Diane Thaler

Tuesday, December 17 Scavenger’s Daughter, by Kay Bratt, led by Eilene Papa 3:30 p.m. All welcome! Contact Eilene at 570/775-2755.

Books for Sale

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Pre-School Story Hour

October through June. Meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. No pre-registration required. Contact Rhoda at 570/7759035 for information.

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By Arlene Keane, President

Pocono Environmental Education Center

Call PEEC at 570-828-2319 to register for programs 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 •570-828-2319 •

Birds of Prey Migration

Nature at Night

$15. The hawks, eagles and falcons are migrating! Join us for a day of raptor watching at Sunrise Mountain. Dress in warm layers and bring a foldi0ng chair, binoculars, water, and snacks. Space limited—call to reserve a spot in the van.

$5. A cool fall evening is the perfect time to head outside. Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars, and enjoy the music of the night. Enjoy fun activities that test your night vision. Call to register.

EcoZone! Afternoon Saturday, October 5 – 1-4pm

$5. Explore our new hands-on, discovery room. Crawl through the bat cave, sit in the eagles’ nest, and more!

“Falling Leaves” Family Nature Getaway Weekend

Columbus Day Weekend: October 11-14

Adults $210 / Child, Commuter, Day Rates. Bring your friends and family to experience the best of what PEEC has to offer. Interpretive hikes, animal presentations, square dance, canoeing, tie-dye, campfire and more! Includes 3 nights lodging & meals from Friday dinner - Monday lunch.

Fall Photography w/ John Barclay

Weekend or week-long option!

October 13-18 – $750 / $700 commuter; October 18-20 – $290 / $240 commuter. Capture the beautiful fall colors with world renowned photographer, John Barclay. Learn about exposure, composition and more. Geared towards DSLR type cameras. A tripod is recommended, but not required. Includes lodging and meals. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity—capture the beauty of autumn under the guidance of an amazing teacher!

Fall Foliage – Hikers Paradise

Saturday, October 19 – 1-3pm

Free for members / $5 for non-members. Enjoy the autumn colors with a leisurely walk in the woods. Wear sturdy footwear, dress in warm layers, and bring a camera! Call to register.

Saturday, October 19 – 6-8pm

The “Easy Does It” Hikers Sunday, October 20 – 10am-12pm

Free. Enjoy a nice leisurely walk through the woods. Join us for easy hikes, slow paces and interpretive natural history. Call to register.

EcoZone! Afternoon Sunday, October 20 – 1-4pm

Free. Explore our new hands-on, discovery room. Crawl through the bat cave, sit in the eagles’ nest, and more!

ECO Book Club – “Desert Solitaire,” by Edward Abbey

Sunday, October 20 – 1-2:30pm

Free. Read a new book! Meet up to discuss the book and share thoughts. Bring some snacks and enjoy a delightful afternoon. Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire” depicts his entrancement with the deserts of the American Southwest. He describes how the desert affects society and more specifically the individual on a multifaceted, sensory level. Call to register.

Girl Scout Badge Fest Saturday, October 26 – 9am-4pm

$12 half day / $20 full day. Attention all Girl Scouts! Come to PEEC for a fun day of badge work. Earn badges while working outside in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Payment is required at registration. Space is limited—call early!

For information on volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, call Mike Donlon at 570 /296 5114. Work hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

On October 16, our speaker will be Bill Krebs. Please join us in friendship, good information, coffee, and donuts!

scape Club. As our September speaker, she explained that, in 1998 when she returned from Germany, she decided Hemlock Farms needed to be pretty. Starting with the Administration Building, she and her “Bottoms Up” members have improved the grounds of our Steer Barn Clubhouse, Public Safety Department, refuse center, Mail Room, front gate, and beaches. They have replaced trees and shrubs as needed with red maples, oaks, and plums, as well as added wild flowers to the hill by the Steer Barn Clubhouse parking lot. 75% of money for these projects comes from donations, the spring flower sale, and the memorial plaque at the Steer Barn. If you can help with time and/or money, please contact Ronnie at 570/775-8893. The funds the Landscape Club brings in determine what future projects are undertaken. We also learned to add peat moss and humus one inch deep every year to our soil, but not closer than 4” around the bark of trees, and we learned not to plant Russian Olive or bamboo because they are now invasive in our community. Do not plant anything close to our roads because of the winter salting. Did you know that you can cut a bunch of your tall grass, dry it upside down, and add a few silk berries to make a beautiful indoor arrangement? Thank you again, Ronnie!


Saturday, October 5 – 9am-4pm

We have 117 families in need of nonperishable/canned food, especially soups, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, tuna, baby formula, and diapers(size 3, 5), also cat/ dog food is much appreciated. Bring donations to N2N meetings, the MANNA box at the Mail Room or St. John Neumann Church. Walmart gift cards in any amount are needed for Christmas donations because no gifts or clothing will be given out. Thanks to the Italian American Club for donating the proceeds from the 5KV walk to the Blooming Grove Food Pantry The gun manufacturing company was approved to move to the Well Road. Hopefully, the company will employ as many as 100 people and bring in needed tax revenue. Unfortunately, Porter township lost its bid to move school children from East Stroudsburg to Wallenpaupack School district. One of our members spoke about Habitat for Humanity. They dedicated their 19th home for a family of five; they’re presently working on a home in Birchwood Lakes and, in the spring, they will start construction of a new home in Sunrise for a handicapped man. Thank you to Ronnie Diaz of the Land-

Church at Hemlock Farms

Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Second Time Around By MARY BETH CONNORS ThompsonStudio received an American Graphic Design award from Graphic Design: USA for designing the Hemlock Farms Community Association 50th Anniversary Journal. Emily Thompson, owner of ThompsonStudio, is the daughter of long-time residents Joan and Sheldon Polishook. Emily grew up in Whitestone, Queens, and spent her summers in Hemlock Farms. She was employed by the Hemlock Farms Community Association in the Recreation Department during the summer months. Emily attended the High School of A r t and Design in Manhattan and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Before she opened her own design firm, Emily spent ten years as an Art Director at Bloomingdales and, after that, a year as senior graphic designer of marketing at Playboy Enterprises. In 1994, Emily began her own business in Manhattan, however, in 2000, she and her husband moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they both work as artists. “Today, I focus mainly on graphic design and fine arts,” said Emily. ThompsonStudio also received an award for designing the 40th Anniversary Journal.


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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.

pet parlor

Profiles and Photos by Mary Beth Connors

Comfy and Cozy Marie Rode’s sister-in-law Mary works for Fur Baby Rescue in East Rockaway, Long Island. When Mary saw two-year-old Spunky, she knew he would be a perfect fit for the Rode family. “Mary knew I would be in a good home,” said Spunky. When Marie and Vinny Rode saw Spunky on Facebook, they knew he was for them. Spunky had been in foster care for the first six months of his life and was finally adopted. Sadly, after a year and a half, his owners could not take care of him. “It was back to foster care,” whispered Spunky. Spunky told me he is now comfy and cozy in his new home. “Foster care is better than a shelter, but there is nothing like a forever home!” he said.


• 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. • 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.

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Be prepared to enjoy a warm friendly greeting and a lot of loving attention from Sire, a German Shepherd mix who spends most of his time meeting visitors in the office, or taking in some mild exercise sniffing around the yard with the other shelter dogs. He loves being brushed, something his thick coat requires, and thanks you for the comfort and attention by snuggling up for a hug and kisses. If a 10-year-old sweetheart could be your best buddy, make room in your heart and home for Sire.

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Spunky, a two-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, relaxes on his porch. “I am so glad to be in Hemlock Farms,” said Spunky. “It’s the perfect place to be!”

Born Safe After her Golden Retriever passed away, Marilyn Marcus was sad. As Marilyn’s husband, Hershey, was ill, her daughter-in-law, Talia, thought Marilyn needed something uplifting in her life. “Talia thought a dog would do the trick,” said Yoda. One of Talia’s friends had recently rescued 40 dogs from a puppy mill in Nebraska. “My mother was one of them,” said Yoda sadly. “The puppy mill was finished with her; she no longer served any purpose.” Yoda told me nobody knew her mother was pregnant. “At least I was born in a safe environment, unlike puppies born in a puppy mill,” said Yoda. After Talia chose four-month-old Yoda, she flew from Colorado to Pennsylvania to bring the little pup to Marilyn. “Talia knew I would make a good companion, and she stayed for a couple of weeks while I got adjusted,” said Yoda. Yoda told me that Hershey passed away. “I miss him,” sighed Yoda.

Yoda, a two-year-old Pekinese, is looking to go for a walk. “I love walking in Hemlock Farms,” said Yoda.

Well-phrased Signs: On a fence: “Salesmen welcome, dog food is expensive.” In a veterinarian’s waiting room: “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit, Stay.”

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SEPTIC TANK CLEANING Ask your neighbors about our high-quality service Routine Waste Accumulation Inspection Septic Tank Cleaning Draineld Cleaning Septic Systems Installed Photos by Mary Beth Connors

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At the fundraiser held on Sunday, September 1, at the firehouse, Junior Firefighter Captain Paul Kossack gives Kathie Waibel’s car a good going over . “We had a better turnout than expected,” said member of the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Laura McGrath.

Volunteer Opportunities

Jr. Firefighters range from 14 to 18 years of age. They meet at the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Firehouse every Tuesday evening.

Helen Wood relaxes while she waits for her car to be washed. “My car looks great, and it helped the junior firefighters,” said Helen.

Firefighters are aged 18 and over. If you are interested in joining the Fire Company, you can call 570/775-6447 and leave your name and number, or you can visit HFVF&R Co.’s Station 29 Firehouse (located on Hemlock Farms Road, in the center of the Community) on Monday nights. Training sessions are held each month on the first, third, fourth and fifth Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Assistant Chief Reid Fedorisin is the instructor for basic firefighting in Hemlock Farms.


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In case of a Fire or Medical Emergency: Call 911. For all other emergencies, please call Public Safety at 570/775-4242. Visitor Entry: 570/775-4283 (775-GATE) Lost & Found located at Public Safety.

What’s Your Hurry?

Speed limit in Hemlock Farms ranges from 15 to 35 miles-per-hour. Hemlock Farms Road is the ONLY road in the Community that has a speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour. It is prohibited to exceed the posted speed limit.

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Buckle Up – It’s the Law

A Law You Can LIVE With

When riding in a vehicle, remember to use the seat belts.

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By Cheryl Schmitt

At the meeting held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, there was no new word on the Porter Township request to switch school districts. The Township should receive the decision from Harrisburg within one week. It was stated that the Township has no restrictions on the size of political signs because they are temporary. PPL has restarted work on their project since two lawsuits have been settled in their favor. PPL also reimbursed Porter Township completely for repairs

Are your visitors spending too much time at the gates? Save them time by pre-authorizing them at Public Safety before they arrive, or register online at

Next meeting will be on Monday, October 7, at 6:00 p.m.

Stop by Public Safety with the name and vehicle information of your visitor and Public Safety will give you a pass valid for the date your visitor is arriving. You can then mail it to your visitor.

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Monday through Friday, 7 to 10 a.m. & 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. HOLIDAY HOURS: No bulk trash disposal during holidays. Memorial Day Weekend ............ Sat. & Sun.:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 4 ................................................................................................. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Labor Day Weekend ................. Sat. & Sun.: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon.: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday of Columbus Day Weekend ................................................... 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday of Thanksgiving Week ......................................... 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Christmas Day ................................................................................................... Closed New Year’s Day ................................................................................. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Maple Ridge Refuse Center • 570/775-0956


Garbage-Solid Waste Disposal Code—Chapter 115-2 Source of Solid Waste states: “Solid waste shall originate from HFCA properties. Disposal of solid waste generated at locations outside of HFCA property is not permitted.” Use of the Refuse/Recycling Center is limited to residents with homes in Hemlock Farms. If a resident has a visitor, worker or family member who will be assisting them with the disposal of household trash at the Recycling Center, a permit must be obtained for their vehicle from the HFCA ofce or the Public Safety Department. Vehicles using the Refuse/Recycling Center must desplay a current valid mirror sticker.


House-to-house pickup is scheduled on Mondays beginning at 5:30 a.m. by Waste Management (800/869-5566). A maximum of three tightly covered 32-gallon containers will be picked up. Bulk pickup can be arranged in advance by calling Bulk-Item Pickup (800/869-5566). These numbers also may be called to report missed trash pickup.


A space across from the Public Works Facility is set-aside as a compost pile to recycle ONLY leaves from your yard. You may deposit your leaves on the compost pile, and take buckets of composted material (soil) for use in your gardening and landscaping projects. Removing truckloads of soil by contractors is not allowed.


If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the Refuse Center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Monday following the holiday.

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to Whittaker Road for damage made by their equipment. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has not contacted the Township in regard to the land swap, and no contact is expected in the near future. As a clarification to taxpayers, it was stated that the Township owns the building on Route 402 in which it holds its meetings and where voting takes place, but DCNR owns the property. The Township leases the property from DCNR. A grant was awarded to the Township for the slate roof and various improvements that the building needed. [Editor’s Note: Since this meeting, the Township has lost their bid to change school districts.]

Club Meetings and Programs

Adopt-A-Highway Friday, October 11

Join our next cleanup of Route 402. Enjoy coffee, donuts or muffins before working. Meet at the Steer Barn parking area & carpool to Hobday Rd. Students: your work qualifies for community service hours. Youngsters under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Kathie at 570/257-0152.

Chess Club

Conference Center, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Fishing & Boating Club New members welcome! Contact Vinny at 570/775-9379.

Food & Friends

Girl Scouts

Daisies K-1st grade, contact Bernice at 570/2570295. Brownies 2nd-3rd grade, contact Dee at 570/2570049.

Happy Hookers Thursdays

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

Landscape Club

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


Third Wednesday of the month Conference Center, 7 p.m. For membership information contact Arlene Keane at 570/7754298.

First Monday of the month

Red Hat Scarlet Divas

Orchard House, 6 p.m. Contact Pat at 570/775-1741 or Jeannette at 570/257-0026.

Conference Center, 10 a.m. Contact Lorraine at 570/775-7380.

Third Thursday of the month

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Something Nearby… Davis R. Chant Gallery 631 Route 739, Lords Valley Open 7 days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photography Show Featuring Jim Carzwell Now through October 29

Oil Paintings – Lisa Hannick November 1-30 Reception: Saturday, November 2

Hemlock Farms Annual Winter Group Show


Beginning Saturday, October 12, Hemlock Lake will be lowered for engineering work related to the PA DEP required dam improvement project.

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It’s time to turn your clocks back

Sunday, November 3 This is a good time to change the batteries on all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, sponsored by St. John Neumann Church, is a confidential nondenominational service that offers: • Daily “check up” telephone call (for those who live alone, and for all who would like to receive a call) • Friendly visit as requested For more information contact: Arlette Buckley: 570/257-0030 Margaret Dietrich: 570/775-1647

Knights of Columbus, Council #12571

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



Texas Hold’em

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

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

Third Monday/month

Continental Breakfast

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Attention Homeowners



Hemlock Lake


December through January Reception: Saturday, December 7

sion thanks to facilitator Jan Levenson. Response was so rewarding that we will be doing a discussion and film again in October and November. Be on the lookout for the dates and films. Richard Wasserman did a fabulous job at our Sell Your Gold and Silver function. We really appreciate his coming every year to spend the day with us to handle this event. Sisterhood Member Marcia Guberman spoke at our August meeting. She is Vice Chairperson of the Pike County Economic Development Council. Marcia provided us with a wonderful update of what’s happening in Pike County. It was fascinating to hear all the new projects that are coming to our area. We hope to make this an annual event. Our Tzedakah project of making hats for Israeli soldiers continues and, in a few weeks, Marlene and Harry Olenberg will be bringing this year’s batch to Israel for delivery. Can’t wait to report back to you next month on our trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto. Gail Neldon has done a yeoman’s job on this project. On Tuesday, October 2, at Gail Neldon’s home, we discussed the book “The End of Country: Dispatches from the Frack Zone,” by Seamus McGraw. Susquehanna County, in the remote northeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is a community of stoic, low-income dairy farmers and homesteaders seeking haven from suburban sprawl—and this area overlies the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas deposit worth more than one trillion dollars.

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Let me start by wishing all of our Jewish Community a Happy 5774! May the New Year bring you all that you wish for. Along with that, special kudos to Marty and Judy Hamer for putting together Sisterhood’s Holiday Greeting Card. The design by Marty Hamer of children praying at the Wall in Jerusalem and Judy’s stewarding the project from beginning to end was wonderful and much appreciated. Our Tricky Tray, thanks to chairs Gail Neldon and Heather Greenfield, with outstanding help from Jan Levenson, was a wonderful success. The Movie Night and discussion of the Israeli film, “The Other Son,” had a large turnout and an interesting discus-


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Second Saturday of each month

Sands Casino

Friday, October 11 Bus departs St. John Neumann 12:30 p.m., returns 8 p.m., $30pp includes transportation, $20 in play money, & $5 lunch voucher. Reservations a MUST. Contact Jim at 570/775-7879.

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

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At Port Jervis Paving, we do it all.

• 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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Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company By PETER TALMAN, Chairperson of the ad hoc Archives Preservation Committee








Too often, services provided by a community’s volunteers are taken for granted. A prime example might be the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company (HFVF&R Co.), which, on average, responds to 350 fire calls each year and more than 800 ambulance calls. Back in 1969, when Hemlock Farms was beginning to grow rapidly, a few individuals banded together to form the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Ambulance Corps, since emergency medical help for residents was more than thirty minutes away, at best. Not long after, a serious fire at Lords Valley Country Club provided the impetus for the formation of a fire company. By 1971, the newly purchased fire engine, ambulance, and rescue vehicles were housed in a former chicken house (which still exists opposite the Conference Center on Orchard Drive). The original developer, Western Heritage, donated a parcel of land on Hemlock Farms Road, which allowed for the construction of a larger firehouse. In subsequent years, that firehouse was expanded several times to accommodate the larger, more efficient emergency vehicles and equipment. For most of the years up to the present, all

EMS personnel and firefighters were volunteers. However, today’s lifestyles have taken their toll on volunteerism, and the HFVF&R Co. has to rely partially on paid, part-time EMS people in order to provide 24-7 coverage—a problem faced by most smaller communities in the country. According to Rob “Diesel” Palumbo, HFVF&R Co. chief for sixteen years and currently EMS administrator, the annual budget to keep the HFVF&R Co. working efficiently runs in excess of $500,000.00—only a portion of which is covered by the Blooming Grove fire tax. The remainder of the budget relies on the generosity of Hemlock Farms members through their participation in various activities such as bingo, raffles, and dinners, and also on the annual contribution of homeowners. Members’ annual dues do not cover any facet of the HFVF&R Co.’s operating costs. This is not to be confused with the Advanced Life Support unit that is covered by dues. Each and every one of the firefighters, EMTs, drivers, and auxiliary members deserves high honors for their service. Our HFVF&R Co. is yet another reason why Hemlock Farms is close enough, far enough, the perfect place to be! Next: Houses of Worship Part I – The Church at Hemlock Farms

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Interfaith Tea On Wednesday, September 25, the ladies of St. John Neumann Church host the Annual Interfaith Tea. Eilene Papa and Marie Desiano put the finishing touches on tables laden with tea sandwiches, fruit, and vegetables.

Photos by Kathie Waibel

More than 120 women gather to participate in the Interfaith Tea. Representatives from each of the three houses of worship in Hemlock Farms offer a short commentary on who “Woman” is.

After lunch, three young women from the University of Scranton Campus Ministry relate stories of collegeage students and their search for faith and spirituality. Director of the Women’s Center Justine Johnson shared one of her favorite quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt: “A woman is like tea, she never knows how strong she is until she is in hot water.” Event coordinators Josephine Zaccaria, left, and Eilene Papa, right, with Campus Ministry faculty members Mollie Vita, Kelly Miguens, and Justine Johnson, are very pleased with a successful afternoon.

Eilene begins the afternoon with an opening prayer and a few comments. “As women, we are filled with tea,” commented Eilene. “These are some of the ‘teas’ that are in our lives every day.”

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 7th, 2013 Two Seatings: 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM BUFFET

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On Sunday, September 8, at the Firehouse, the American Red Cross Blood Drive was sponsored by the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms. Volunteers Phyllis Malinov, left, Nancy Natt, and Heather Greenfield register the donors. “I will be giving blood later in the day,” said Nancy.

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Sue Serlin and Gene Castimore indulge in a sweet treat after donating blood. “I give at every blood drive,” said Sue.


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A double red blood cell donation is similar to a regular donation except a special machine is used to allow the donor to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning the plasma and platelets to the donor.

Ray LaGreca, with American Red Cross Double Red Blood Cell Technician Rachel Keil, gives a red blood cell donation.

The next Red Cross blood drive will be held at the Blooming Grove Firehouse on Route 739 on Tuesday, November 5 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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Hal Rosenblum

Professional Photographer

• Senior Photos • Business Card Photos • Family Portraits • Parties and Events • Real Estate Photography. R easonable R ates H emlock F aRms R esident email: cell: 917/699-6642

American Red Cross Blood Drives

Contact Patty Magie at 570/775-9890.

Tuesday, November 5 Blooming Grove Fire Department, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Saturday, January 4, 2014



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Windows • Patio Doors Screens Repaired and Replaced Double-Paned Insulated Glass Storm Doors • Pet Screens Custom Shower Enclosures Custom Mirrors Mirrored Backsplashes Showcase Glass and Shelves Tabletops

Monday, November 4

8-Hour Introductory Class First-time participants Two sessions each class: 4 hours each session.

Monday & Tuesday, November 18 & 19 AARP Member $12.00 Non-Members $14.00 Advance registration required. Contact Bill McMillin 570/775-7886.

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St. John Neumann Church, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Sponsored by the Boy Scouts. The American Red Cross and Patty Magie would like to extend a friendly challenge to the Hemlock Farms Community to donate blood in support of their favorite community group and/ or organization. At each blood drive, the group that has presented the most donors will be awarded a trophy that then will be passed on to the winning group at the next blood drive. A certificate of appreciation will be presented to all groups that want to be a part of this competition.

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fits, with some pressure, onto the head of your external flash. A word of caution is to fit it on the flash before attaching to the hot shoe and hold the flash unit at the upper half firmly while placing the Lightsphere onto the flash unit. A fairly new group of products made by Graslon is interesting due to internal mirrors that enhance the amount of light. The larger are the Prodigy models, flat and dome, at $99.95 and the smaller, Insight, flat and dome at $69.95. Go to I have used a new diffuser, Big Flip, made by DEMB, $33.50. DEMB, also makes a pro model for $40. They are large white plastic reflector cards attached to a plastic base and the whole unit attaches to your flash unit by way of a stretch band. There are other devices such as Westcott’s pocket box mini, $17 and Max, $20, The Rogue Flash Bender, $39.95 and the Lumiquest Soft Box, $43.95, to mention but a few. With all these in mind, remember that the larger the light source the more light that will be extended out to the scene in front of you. In light of all this (a pun), bigger is better. See you next month at Thru the Lens.

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Rule: a photograph taken with flash should NOT look like a photograph taken with flash. Some cameras have the flash built right into the camera body, and the modifiers, with but one exception that I have found, will not be able to be used by you. That exception is made by Gary Fong; it is an item called “Delta” that mounts on the telescopic lens and sells for $16. Go to Some point-and-shoot cameras lack a hot shoe but do have a pop-up flash. A modifier made by Lumiquest has a soft screen diffuser for over the flash, $10. There are a few modifiers that can be used with point-andshoot cameras that do have a hot shoe. The Puffer by Gary Fong is $21.95. The Spark by Graslon, about $35. The world of DSLR opens many doors for flash modification. Simple are Lightscoop, $20, that fits on the pop-up flash, and also Lite Genius Lite-scoop flash modifier $29.95 that attaches to a shoemounted flash. If you have purchased an external flash unit, then one of my very first modifiers was the Pocket Bouncer by Lumiquest, about $23, attaches by Velcro or an elastic strap. Omni bounce by Stofen is a plastic cap that fits onto the top of your flash unit, $9, and is camera-model specific. Vello is another company making a similar type of dome cap, $12. The Gary Fong Lightsphere, $60, is a device that I have used many times. It looks like a small plastic lampshade and

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Cinnamon Whipped Crème, Butter Pastry

Coffee, Tea, or Soda

PA Contractor # PA77535


Name _______________________________________________________________________ Telephone # ____________________________________ Amt. Enclosed $ ______________ Entrée (Circle One)

Chicken Beef

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Members $28.00/Guests $30.00. Place menu and check in mailbox addressed “Pat.” Seating: One person per group should call for table setup; do not indicate seating requests on this form. Call Pat at 570/775-7720 beginning Tuesday, November 19. The deadline is Tuesday, December 3. Please do not staple checks to form.

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women’s club news

By Jill Barbier

The Women’s Club bocce members had a good season of play, even though they were rained out three Tuesdays and lost one day for the paving of the parking lot. The group ended on a positive note with a wonderful luncheon at Mt. Haven. Congrats go to Judy Hamer and Pat Pasternak who took first place. We thank Eilene Papa and Gloria Talman for organizing the

Women’s Club CALENDAR

General Meeting

Saturday, October 12 Steer Barn Clubhouse, 10:30 a.m. Speaker : Terry Mooney, treatment counselor at Pike County Correctional Facility, with stories from prison inmates. Light refreshments.

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, 7-10 p.m. Contact Joan at 570/775-6555.

Lunch & Games

Mondays, November 4, December 2 11:30 a.m., Pike County Senior Center, $3pp at door. Men welcome! Contact Barbara 570/775-7669, 5 days prior to reserve.

Dubs Cards

Wednesdays, October 30, November 20, December 18 12:30-4 p.m., Conference Center, $3pp. Lessons 15 minutes prior to game, light refreshments, BYOB. RSVP: Barbara at 570/775-7669.

Mt. Haven Lunch & Games Monday, October 21

Mt. Haven, 12-4 p.m., $21 members/$23 guests (tip incl. includes unlimited soup/ salad/pasta bars, hot & cold beverages, 4-5 choices of entrees, & ice cream. Bring your own games or just socialize. Contact Barbara at 570/775-7669 by October 14.

schedule again this season. Barbara (570/775-7669) has arranged for a second Mt. Haven Lunch and Games on Monday, October 21, from noon to 4:00 p.m. At a cost of $21 members/$23 guests (tip included), ladies will enjoy unlimited platefuls from the salad, soup, and pasta bars, bread, unlimited soft drinks, and a nice variety of entrees. The ladies can top it all off with ice cream for dessert. Bring your own games or simply socialize, the choice is yours! Drop your check into the Women’s Club Mail Room box marked “Mt. Haven” by the deadline of Monday October 14. The speaker for the Saturday, October 12, general meeting will be Terry Mooney, whom many of you asked to return. Terry spoke to us previously about the programs available for inmates at the Pike County Correctional Facility. This time, she will read from some of the personal accounts of how people find themselves in prison—many of these appear in her new book, “Life on the Rocks...With a Twist.” The meeting will be held as usual at 10:30 a.m. in the Steer Barn Clubhouse. In the past, members sign up to adopt a child for the holidays at the October meeting, however, the Blooming Grove Pantry is not distributing gifts this year. Lists of items that will be collected in November are infant/child socks of all colors, diapers birth to size 5 for St. Joseph Home for the Disabled, food/supplies for the Pantry, returning Troop support items, Senior Center gifts, left-over yarn for the Linus Project, and pet supplies for the Port Jervis Humane Society. The Holiday Luncheon is set for Friday, December 13, at Lords Valley Country Club from 12 to 3:00 p.m. The chef has prepared a delicious menu befitting the occasion. Cost for the luncheon is $28 members/$30 guests. The menu and signup form are included on page 68 of this issue of Hemlock News, and they are available at the October and November general meetings, and at the Hemlock Farms Library. Ann Leecock is recovering nicely and will return stateside (she was hospitalized in Hawaii while on vacation) to the home of her daughter, Jody Bieber, 41 Catherine Court, Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009, for those who wish to send a card.

Photos by Jill Barbier

Even though the weather did not cooperate and the Beach Party moved to Fawn Hill, we all had a great time as the smiles from this group of ladies show.

Angie Cavallomagno immediate past president, right, passes the gavel to Kathy Roew, new president of the Women’s Club.

Tanya Stucka nibbles on an edible flower at the International Luncheon held in August at The Inn at Hunt’s Landing. The chef outdid himself with tasty dishes from around the world.

Photo by Kathy Roew

The Women’s Club Bocce League is pictured at its year-end luncheon at Mt. Haven.

Coffee Urn Missing If you “borrowed” the Women’s Club 45-cup coffee urn, please return it to the Steer Barn Clubhouse or to Kathy Roew (570/775-9167).

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Guest Authors

Coming Home

The Hemlock Writers are excited to announce a new feature…





Katey Allen, the 16-year-old granddaughter of Hemlock Farms residents Ruth and Walter Ding, wrote this story when she was 15 years old. This year, Katey entered her junior year in Hopkinton High School in Massachusetts. When she graduates, Katey plans to go to college and major in communications. “I am beginning to look at colleges,” said Katey. Katey has been published in a local Massachusetts newspaper. Last year, she received the silver key in the Boston Scholarship Art and Writing Award program. This summer, Katey was a journalist intern.

Photo by Mary Beth Connors

Ruth Ding with her granddaughter, Katey Allen

Katey told me she likes to read a lot. “A lot,” smiled Katey. “We are very proud of her,” said Ruth and Walter.

Hemlock Writers’ Open Mic Night

First Sunday of the month Sunday, October 6 • Sunday, November 3 Conference Center NEW 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 Amy at 570/775-4200, ext. 118.



A Story Teller

Terri Branche stood silently on the tarmac, her arms tightly wrapped around herself for warmth. Shuffling her feet in order to regain feeling in her toes, Terri let out a huff, steam curling out of her mouth and into the chilly winter air. Licking her chapped lips, Terri cast her gaze down the runway, impatiently anticipating the arrival of the plane. The sky was dark with rain-filled clouds, and Terri cursed the weather, the dropping temperature. If she had a choice, the sun would be shining and the grass would be glowing. Everything would be healthy and new again. But as Terri cast her gaze around the runway, her surroundings were the opposite of healthy. The grass lining the runways was a dead brown color, and the trees scattered on the edge of the tarmac resembled skeletons rattling in the wind. It wasn’t fair. The world should be shiny and healthy and new, and everything should be glowing in greeting for the honorary guest about to arrive. Terri pulled up the sleeve of her jacket to check the time. Ten minutes until the plane should arrive. Her heart thumped


Twice a year the Gazette will feature the writings of a guest author. We are pleased to start off with Coming Home written by 15-year-old Katey Allen. We hope you enjoy Katey’s story.


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, October 23

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

with anticipation, and Terri could hardly take the stress anymore. She had been waiting for this moment for months, and nothing could keep her from seeing the person she loved most in the world. “Terri,” someone said suddenly, wrenching her attention away from her watch. “It’s here.” Terri’s head snapped up, and she quickly focused on the plane that was making its way down the runway. Her heart skipped a beat, and suddenly Terri couldn’t breathe. Feeling her mother wrap an arm around her elbow, Terri tore her gaze away from the plane and smiled down at her tearful mother. “No tears,” Terri chided, fighting to keep her voice steady. “You know what he said. He wants us to greet him with smiles, not tears.” Terri’s mother wiped a tear away just in time to have another fall. “I know,” she said with a small laugh. “I can’t help it.” Terri turned back to the runway, her eyes following the plane as it gradually slowed down. Fighting to keep the tears back, she forced a smile on her face when all she wanted to do was break down sobbing. On her left side, Terri’s father placed a hand on her shoulder, his gaze trained on the plane as it coasted to a halt. Terri stood motionless, watching the plane and waiting for her husband to disembark. Johnathan Branche had served in the military for ten years. Six months previously, John left Terri for the last time, promising that in six months, he would be coming home for good. Their goodbye was as tearful as always, but Terri let him go with the reassurance that he was going to return home in six months and never leave her again. To be continued in November Hemlock News

Community Living

HOUSE FOR SALE – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 6-year-old ranch with oversized 2-car garage. Beautiful gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances. Must see this spectacular home. $279,900. Call 201/316-5494. MOVING – HOUSEHOLD AND CRAFT SUPPLIES – November 2 and 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 100 Franklin Drive. No earlies. Furniture, Christmas décor, toys, sewing, and scrapbooking items. MOVING SALE – Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 8:00 a.m., 426 Maple Ridge Drive. 12’ aluminum boat with trailer, single-seat pontoon with oars, snow blower, work bench, deck furniture, old steamer trunk, and miscellaneous household items.

To place a classified ad, call 570/775-4200, Kathie at ext. 138, or Mary Beth at ext. 121.

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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.

Phone 570-226-9558 Cell 570-493-1304

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October 24, 2013, 11:00 am



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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 The HFCA reserves the right to waive any informalities in or reject any or all bids, or any part of any bid.

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The Love of a Sister By LISA ETHREDGE If only love could change the way things are. You would have lived forever and gone so far. You would know that I am always there, thinking of you. You would know that I am there always talking to you, loving you.

Photo by Stefan Diaz

The 9/11 Memorial Site is decorated by the Landscape Club prior to the ceremony.

9/11 Memorial Service

Photos by Kathie Waibel

On Wednesday evening, September 11, the parade marches from the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Firehouse to the 9/11 Memorial at the Mail Room.

A Dozen Years Later

Blooming Grove Supervisor Randy Schmalzle gives the keynote address.

Lisa Ethredge recites her poem “The Love Of A Sister.” She is attended by Junior Firefighters Ryan Manoogian, left and Brendon Farnsworth.

The Delaware Valley Choral Society performs “Song for the Unknown Hero,” the “Armed Forces Salute,” and “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

Aubrey Fedorisin is proudly wearing a patriotic shirt. Although Aubrey is only one year old, she is already setting an example for her generation—she is proud to be an American!

The two Junior Firefighters stand ready to assist the presenters in the placement of the wreath at the Memorial site. This year, the presenters are Vincent Giordano, left, Eva and Jerry Brisman, and Maurine Giordano.

But love cannot change the things that are, Or stop my pain and mend my scars. I hope that you know I will never give up hope or even let go of the bond we shared. Even though you are not in sight, You will be forever in my thoughts and in my heart day and night. And love is what will keep you there. I am so grateful for our time together and the memories will forever hold a special place in my heart. Standing quietly, a little apart from the crowd, are two soldiers observing the ceremony. Christopher McGrath, left, is a member of the Young Marines in Hawley; beside him is Air Force Master Sergeant Jay Urbanski.

The Marine Corps stands at attention while Mitch Winkeleer, right, plays “Taps.”

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Hemlock Farms Community Association Newspaper, Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley PA

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