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Roots Yoga By LA Guzda

Maggie (Lockwood) Lehrian grew up in Lackawaxen. She lived and worked in NYC after college but missed the peaceful lifestyle that Northeast PA offers. She returned and worked at the Himalayan Institute where she was introduced to her love of yoga. It was the philosophy of yoga that resonated so strongly with Maggie. She had found her missing piece. Two years later, she found her other half and married. They honeymooned in Bali and it was then that Maggie was clear on her direction. A friend quoted, “When you are on the right path, you just can’t quit it.” Yoga was definitely Maggie’s path. She began teaching at various locations but to her it was important to create a space that reflected her own values. The next thing she knew, the space on the corner of Main and Keystone Streets Continued on Page 5

Season to Gather By Ron Tussel

Autumn is the traditional season of gathering. For the farmer, it is time to bring in those final crops and prepare them for winter. For some it is time to can or prepare for storage those fruits and vegetables that will soon be no longer available fresh, yet through preservation techniques we might enjoy through the next several months of cold. Hunting is long considered one of the gathering techniques and one of the ways to bring home supplies for surviving the winter season. At this time we are able to hunt and harvest Canada geese and mourning doves, with our young hunters able to score a few wild ducks for the larder. But there are plenty of other items available for harvest, that can also lend to the menu of available goods come snow and cold. Our area is home to an abundant supply of hickory trees. Shag bark and smooth bark hickories love to grow in moist, shaded areas. Both produce an abundant supply of nuts that are hitting the ground right now. The Continued on Page 8

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New Township Ordinance to Aid Volunteers

169 URBAN ROAD, HAWLEY, PA 18428 Main Office: 570-685-7288 Road Dept: 570-685-3200 After Hours: 570-685-7825 Building: 570-685-2990 Zoning: 570-685-2990 Sewage: 570-685-2990 MUNICIPAL MEETINGS: SUPERVISORS WORKSHOPS Are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Township Building on 169 Urban Rd, Hawley, PA 18428. SUPERVISORS MEETINGS FOLLOW AT 7:00. Both meetings are open to the public. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS Are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. We approve minutes from the previous month at our regular meetings. Our Supervisor meetings are where the regular business of the township are conducted. Comments from the public are of value and often influence public policy and our laws. We encourage residents to attend regular meetings, hearings, and workshops.

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At its last regular meeting on Monday, September 18, 2017, the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance Number 110. Known as the Stipend Ordinance, it is intended to help with the recruitment and retention of volunteers. Declining membership is a problem throughout Pennsylvania and no more so than in Lackawaxen Township. Many of the existing members in our Fire Departments and EMS are aging and getting new recruits has become more difficult. The reasons are many, including the job market, the economy in general and changing population patterns. However, the result is still the same; fewer first responders are available to meet the emergency needs of our community. The problem has been recognized by our legislators in Harrisburg. This past November, Governor Wolf signed Act 172 into law which gave municipalities throughout Pennsylvania the power to enact ordinances providing local as well as property tax relief to their volunteers. However, it only applies to municipalities that impose a tax or to the municipal portion of the real estate tax. While it set service criteria for the volunteers to meet in order to qualify, it was further limited to property owning residents. In the case of Lackawaxen Township, many of our volunteers who might otherwise qualify based on their service, i.e. calls answered, training attended, support to their department, etc., would not be eligible. In addition, since the relief was limited to a maximum of 20% of the tax, the actual value of the relief was less than $50.00 for most volunteers and as little as $25.00 for some. The Board of Supervisors, in coordination with the Fire Commission, had initially decided that it wanted to enact an ordinance based on Act 172. After realizing the minimal financial impact it would have on the Township’s first responders, though, they decided to take another route. Meetings were held with the Department Chiefs and after extensive discussion, it was decided to propose an ordinance that was not based on tax relief. There were several reasons for this, but the inequity of the provisions of Act 172 was primary. The BOS believed that recognition of our volunteers should not be based on the value of their property or, if they even owned property at all. Being a renter, living with your parents or even living just across the border from Lackawaxen Township should not be part of the criteria for recognition of those who were answering the call, time and again. Service to their department as well as to the Township were considered most important and recognizing those who excelled at in that regard was the basis for the ordinance. As a result, beginning in 2018, each Fire Chief and the EMS will be reporting at the end of the year on the members of their respective departments who have answered 30% or more of the calls, attended 30% or more of the training sessions and supported 30% or more the of the departments work details, fund raising efforts and administrative functions. Everyone who meets that criteria will receive a stipend of $250.00 to help offset some of the personal expenses they incur by being a volunteer. And, make no mistake about it, our volunteers do have non-reimbursed expenses. Aside from their time, which is a 24/7 obligation, just the cost of driving back and forth to the station house for weekly drills can add up to several hundred dollars a year, as well as wear and tear on their personal vehicles. It’s expected that 45 – 50 of our volunteers will meet the criteria of the Ordinance and be eligible for the stipend. While that may seem like a lot of money, compared to what our volunteers save the Township each year, it’s a small price to pay for their contribution to the health and safety of our residents. Volunteer Fire Departments and EMS Squads are one of the biggest bargains any Township can get and what they do for the welfare of the community goes beyond mere dollars and cents. In addition, they do it all for a small fraction of what it would cost for paid departments. The Board of Supervisors salutes its volunteers and hopes that Ordinance 110, in addition to being a sign of our appreciation, helps, even if only in a small way, to swell their ranks.

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You Can Be Anything… Even a Firefighter By Laura Gallagher

Building Officer

When I was 17 years old I used to hang out at a fire department in NJ, the guys used to try to get me to join, and I never would because I didn’t think a female could be a fire fighter. As I got older I realized anyone could do anything they wanted if they chose to. I moved to Pike County PA in September 2013, I wasn’t in the greatest place in life at that time but I still wanted to do something for my community. So, in 2014, I decided to join Lackawaxen Twp. Fire Department and prove to myself I could be anything I wanted to be if I work hard enough.

Rich Tussel, Building Inspector 570-685-2990 Ext: 17 Fax: 570-685-2550

Zoning/Code Officer Jim Dolan, Zoning Officer 570-685-2990 Ext. 12 Fax: 570-685-2550

Commercial Building / Electrical Inspector

I wanted to be an interior attack firefighter. I thought it was going to be really difficult and I sometimes questioned if I was going to be able to do it. To my surprise my chief had an extreme amount of faith in me and seemed to believe I was going to go through training and be an interior fire fighter. So that made me push pass my doubts and fears about a few things and just go for it and have confidence in myself.

Todd Klikus 570-493-1229 HOURS: By appointment only

Sewage Department Jim Dolan, Sewage Officer 570-685-2990 Ext. 12 Fax: 570-685-2550

I just completed over 200 hours of training and now…I am an interior fire fighter! When I started training I was afraid of heights and claustrophobic. Now I wear SCBA and climb ladders with a charged hose and tools. I still have a fear of heights but I know if I needed to go up a ladder to get someone I would without even thinking about it. The great thing is no one is ever going to make you do something you don’t want to but you will be encouraged and cheered on and that alone has the power to give you the confidence in yourself and want to just go for it and surprise yourself by doing it when you thought you couldn’t. Through my experience so far I have become a better person, I believe more in myself and I gained a family.

Hours: Mon.- 8:30-10:30 am Tues.- By Appt • Wed.- 8:30-10:30 am Thurs.- By Appt • Fri.- By Appt Sat. and Sun. CLOSED

Road Department Albert G. Beisel, Roadmaster 570-685-3200 Fax: 570-685-2550 Emergency/After Hours: 570-685-7825 HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 7 am-3:30 pm

When you return from a call you feel good because you were able to be there and help someone in their most needed and challenging times. For me it’s a calming peaceful feel-good feeling that I was one of the ones there to help. Anyone at any age can be a part of that. If you want to give back to your community, help others or better yourself, I think being a volunteer at a fire department is one of the best ways you can achieve that. There is so much more to a fire department then people think. It’s not only just about going in burning buildings and homes and putting fires out. We go out for motor vehicle accidents, water rescues, CO alarms, trees down, hazmat situations, all sorts of things. There are so many different jobs to choose from in the fire department. We don’t all going in burning buildings, we need fire fighters on the outside to supply water and to do exterior fire-fighting, we need drivers to get us to the scene, fire police to direct traffic and to watch our backs, auxiliary members to

Office Manager/Assistant Treasurer Denise Steuhl, Township Secretary HOURS: Mon-Fri. 8 am-4:00 pm

Treasurer Jim Syre 570-685-7288 HOURS: By appointment

take care of us during and after a call that’s hours and hours long. Any one job can’t be completed without the other. I have had some of my best experiences in life since joining Lackawaxen Twp. FD. I have gotten my professional certificate in hazmat, I will continue training to get the professional certificates fire fighter 1 & 2, water rescue and rope rescue. I am proud to serve the community of Lackawaxen. And, I will continue to do so to the best of my ability.



Your Supervisors Chairman - Michael B. Mancino Vice-Chairman - Albert G. Beisel Supervisor - Jeffrey A. Shook

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How You Travel Is As Important As Your Destination I have a passion for any venue of travel and a cruise vacation is one of my favorites. My first cruise vacation was over 25 years ago and I have very fond memories of all my cruise adventures including my most recent Alaskan cruise.

some adult time, there are clubs and social activities for children and teens which they will absolutely love. Also, some cruise lines offer babysitting services (for a fee). Everyone gets to have fun and spend quality time together.

a port near where you live, a short drive or you may need to fly to the cruise port. Of course it’s important to consider your personal preferences and as travel designers we take all your personal interests into account when booking your trip.

Are you thinking of a cruise vacation? Where to go – how to decide?! The choices can seem endless. There are theme cruises: dancing, music, poker, culture, sports, food fests, wine tasting (“sip & sail”), Christmas markets. If you can think it, there probably is a cruise that features your theme.

Consider fundraising cruise events, business meetings, conventions, and incentive travel. As you can see, anyone and everyone is invited.

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques Cousteau

A cruise vacation is a fun-filled way to travel for families, couples, groups, singles and solo travelers. If you are cruising as a family and you would like

Cruise lines and their ships have their own personality. Ocean or river cruise? Small ship, mid-size or mega ship? Domestic, international or exotic? Budget friendly or price no object? Type of accommodation – interior, oceanview stateroom or suite? Where do you meet your ship? There may be

If you have never cruised and you have some concerns (seasickness, too confining, etc.), I would suggest a 3 or 4 day cruise to get a taste of shipboard life. I doubt that you will be bored or feel confined. You will receive a daily activity agenda filled with all sorts of things to do and see. You can do “everything” (but there are not enough hours in the day) or do “nothing”. Last but not least what is your budget? This can answer many of your other questions. There are so many choices and decisions - as travel agents we can assist you in planning your cruise journey or any travel adventure. See our website for travel information and you can always contact us for further details – not every travel offer is listed. Contact information: 570 630-1FUN (570 630-1386) -- Happy and Safe Travels



Roots Yoga

Continued from Page 1 in downtown Hawley became available. It was the right size and a great location. She dove in… Maggie lobbied her friends for feedback and in the silence that followed when she revealed her name, Feel the Love Yoga, she knew she needed to rethink the name. Tossing around many ideas: Bluestone Yoga, Downtown Hawley Yoga, Sun Rising Over Lake Wallenpaupack Yoga… Maggie broke it down to basics on what she wanted her name to represent and Roots Yoga was born. Roots Yoga offers restorative and yin yoga for all levels. In addition to traditional yoga, Roots offers Mommy and Me, Prenatal, Family, Office Yoga, Teen / Kids – age specific, Beach Yoga and Paddle Board Yoga. The latter two were inspired by the lake. “So many people are drawn to the area because of the lake; I wanted to connect its beauty to their practice.” While shooting photos, I asked Maggie to do a tree pose. She said that was too hard to do on the board but did a headstand instead. To me, a tree is a lot easier than a handstand (although I have not tried one on a paddleboard), but it shows how we each respond differently to yoga and that’s part of what excites Maggie and the team at Roots. Roots is more than yoga. Nathaniel Whitmore is a Naturalist and Ayurveda Herbalist who provides Shiatsu and Reflexology. Nathaniel offers edible nature walks in the area. There is a walk scheduled in Lackawaxen on Saturday, October 14th. Visit for details. At Roots Yoga, they support area artists through gallery events. Stay tuned for an upcoming exhibit - November 3-12, featuring my images called, Inspired in Incredible India. Roots Yoga offers classes every morning and some evenings. You can enjoy 20% savings on your first class for new students when you mention that you saw this article. For more information on classes and schedules visit the website at: or call 570-780-9371. Follow us on Instagram @PoconoSecrets and on Facebook @PocoPike. Visit or for past articles. Do you have a Pocono Secret to share? Send an email to:



Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle By The Woodloch Springs Sports Complex Fall is here! After an active summer, we find ourselves transitioning into a beautiful season and an appropriate time to re-set healthy habits. This time of year can be extremely busy juggling work, school, kid’s activities, and more. But with the holidays just around the corner, it’s a great time to kick-start or renew healthy habits for your personal fitness. Here are some great tips to help you fall back into fitness, healthy habits, and more. Variety, balance and finding something that you truly enjoy doing are key components to sticking with a fitness program and making lifelong healthy habits. Mix up your regular fitness regimen. This will help with boredom and keep you motivated. Mixing up your routine will keep your mind and body healthy. Fall is a beautiful time of year for bike rides and hiking through the brightly colored forests. It’s amazing how a brisk 20 minute walk in the morning can set the pace for a more productive day. And remember, it’s not just about working up a sweat. Combining a healthy mind and body connection creates a great lifestyle. A 10-15 minute morning meditation can start your day with focus and clarity which can also elevate your productivity. It also lessens the “monkey mind” making you more present and available to everyone you meet and opportunities that arise. Grocery stores and farmer markets will be full of fall’s freshest produce including apples, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. In season produce is rich in flavor and easy on your wallet. Take advantage of the local bounty. Northeast Pennsylvania is one of the most beautiful places to be during the autumn season for enjoyment, exercise and food. If you prefer more structured workouts, The Woodloch Springs Sports Complex offers a great variety of Group Fitness as well as a beautiful indoor pool. The classes are safe, effective, fun and lead by certified, experienced instructors. You can enjoy TRX, BOGAFit, Yoga, Pilates, Cardio Dance, Water Aerobics, Pound, and more. 570-685-8143



Wine is Fun

It’s complex, vibrant and meaningful. It should be part of your life. By Rob Kobrzynski Greetings fellow wine enthusiasts! I’ve been asked by the nice folks of the Lackawaxen Township newsletter to write a monthly column on the world of wine. Thank you for having me. No snobbery, snootiness and judgment will be found here. In my articles, I hope to provide an educational as well as entertaining experience. I can’t claim to be a complete wine expert or have achieved the status of a sommelier or even a journalist for that matter. The wine world is so vast and I am constantly learning new things everyday. One thing is that I can claim is that I am very passionate about all aspects in the wine world including tasting great wine and the art of wine making. I hope to express my ardor towards our future business located right here in Lackawaxen Township by introducing Whitehall Winery. We hope to open for business in late fall/ early winter with the intent of providing our customers exceptional wines in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. I will gladly provide more information on Whitehall in future articles as well as informing you of our winery’s progress, goals and offerings in upcoming newsletter issues.

Time for the pruning shears! Rob shown vine pruning. Remaining canes then carefully tied to the trellis.

Today in the United States wine has surpassed beer and spirits as the alcoholic beverage of choice for Americans who drink. Not only that, but as of late 2011, the United States is the number-one consumer of wine in the world. Obviously more people are enjoying wine than ever before in their homes, at parties and other social events, or when dining out. I have found that many wine drinkers want more information, both about the wines they enjoy drinking and about wines they haven’t tried yet. In future columns, I will try to explain basic information that will help you to understand why wines come in so many different styles and flavors, wine making techniques including the challenges of making wine, why some wines cost more than others, what the label on the bottle can tell you about the wine and so much more. As I mentioned, the wine world is so vast. Lets learn together, share ideas and enjoy some wine! Join us early 2018 at historic Whitehall Corners, located at 877 Welcome Lake Road in Hawley, PA in tasting new wines that should please every palate. Whitehall Winery is a short distance from Woodloch Resort, Masthope Mountain, Fawn Lake Forrest and Lake Wallenpaupack. For news & updates visit whitehallwinery. Email us at Cheers!


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Season to Gather Continued from Page 1

delicate meat found in these nuts is delicious and can be used in cookies, breads muffins or even salads. Sure it requires some extra work as the shells are small and the yield tiny, but in the end it is worth all that. Black walnuts are also on the drop at this time. These nuts are larger than hickory, and the yield is substantially more. Fresh black walnuts do not taste like their domestic cousin one might purchase in the market. Wild black walnut meat is tender and sweet and very nutty. It too is an excellent compliment to a salad or some baked goodies or even mixed with stuffing for a wild turkey or grouse dinner. Who knew that acorns could actually be a food item? We see them by the thousands crushed and ground on area roadways and scattered across walkways and lawns. But acorns can indeed be made into delicious table treats. Acorns contain tannins that cause things to taste very bitter. With a little homework one can learn methods to release and reduce those tannins, and turn the acorn meat into a food item as was enjoyed by the Pilgrims ling ago. Purged and dried, acorns can be ground into flour that yields bread and pancakes that rival domestic materials. With a little rain on the ground, another earthy crop begins to make its presence known to the trained eye. Wild mushrooms are the fruit of fungi whose job it is to break down trees left by disease, insects or lightening. There are thousands of varieties of wild mushrooms and some are indeed toxic. One with no knowledge should not partake in the picking! But anyone who has acquired the knowledge to pick a selected few of the edible variety will tell you, there is nothing tastier. Wild mushrooms appear in a tiny window of opportunity, so we use freezing and dehydrating to help store their earthy flavor for months to come. Dehydrated mushrooms can be re-hydrated for a sauce or stew, but can also be ground into powder to double as a thickening agent as it also adds its deep, mushroom flavor condensed by the dehydration. And of course we have the fruits of our hunting endeavors to add to the mix. Canada geese have been available to us along with doves since the beginning of September. Many scoff at the food quality of wild geese, but I beg to differ. Much of how food tastes when it hits the palate is in the way in which it was prepared. With little to no natural fat, wild goose and other meats are easily dried out. Wild geese can be breasted out, seasoned and grilled to medium doneness with perfection. They must be sliced across the bias of the grain to ensure the most tenderness as one would do with a London broil. Mourning doves are tiny and delicate and it takes a good handful to satisfy a family for a meal. Their meat however is hearty and tender and well worth the work of preparation. Wild doves or wild goose, topped with gravy of wild mushrooms and nuts are an exemplary way to enjoy what this season of harvest has to offer.


A Garden Starts With A Seed By Marianna Quartararo

Seeds have been preserved for generations by the efforts of many. Before there were seed companies, it was the only way to have seeds to plant for next year. Many cultures still save seeds from their harvest. Seed saving involves selecting good quality plants from which to save seed from, harvesting the seed at the proper time, and storing them in order to retain their vitality. You can start your seed saving adventure by using two of the easiest seeds to save; tomatoes and beans. These plants have flowers that are self-pollinating and require no special treatment. When selecting varieties to save, look for those that are marked as open-pollinated or heirloom (most heirloom are open-pollinated, however, not all). Tomatoes such as Brandywine, Purple Cherokee and San Marzano, or beans such as Blue Lake, and Kentucky Wonder are all examples of open-pollinated varieties. Hybrid plants, such as Big Boy, Early Girl and Beefmaster, will produce viable seed; however, it will not be like the parent plant. Hybrids are produced by cross breeding two different varieties, so you won’t know how the seedling will perform or what qualities it will have. Tomatoes are largely self-pollinating which means relatively little cross pollination will occur. Potato leaf tomato varieties may cross pollinate, however, it is still not common. Gather fully ripe tomatoes from healthy plants with the most consistent characteristics for the variety. Pick fruit at several different times in the growing season in order to preserve the integrity of the variety. Scoop out the seeds with the juice and place in a container with a lid, label, and leave at room temperature. Let this mixture ferment for several days, until a thick layer of fermented solid form on top. Warning it is going to look funky and smell like a fermentation hence the need for a lid. Remove this layer and pour seed into a fine sieve. Rinse under running water while rubbing the seed gently against the sieve to remove any remaining solids. Place the clean seeds on a plain paper plate or coffee filter, label, and dry in a cool dry room. When dry, store in a plastic bag or a small paper coin envelope. You can add a few antidesiccant packages ( save them!) or a small amount of dry milk powder wrapped in cheese cloth to keep the seeds dry. Beans seeds can be saved by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they are dry and starting to turn brown with the seeds rattling inside. This may be a month or more beyond the time you normally harvest the beans to eat. Strip the pods from the plants and spread them out to dry indoors. They will take at least 2 weeks to dry depending on humidity. You can package the beans seeds as the tomato seeds or just store them in the pods. Make sure to label and date your seeds so you know what year they are from. If you have the space, you can also store the seeds in their packages in the refrigerator. Tomato and bean seeds are viable for 3-5 years or more. Seed saving is a great way to save favorite vegetables. I have been doing so for about 30 years. There are many seed and woody cutting exchanges you can join for vegetables, flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs. Expand your horticultural horizons by the simple art of seed saving.


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John’s book is a focus on the pure joy of living with plants, growing them and documenting the changes they undergo throughout the year. John’s comprehensive study on a plant’s level of beauty throughout each season and the possible combinations with other perennials to create a truly special environment is his passion. Perennials are more than flowers, they are color, texture and each has its own distinct personality. John resides in rural New Jersey with his wife, two children and rescue dog, Mia; where he has been obsessively gardening and experimenting with plants since 2004. John’s garden has been included on the “Fine Gardening” website numerous times and is a featured garden blogger with many top gardening publications. This family-friendly event is FREE but registration is required by Nov 3rd. Please call Laurie at 570.335.6824 or email

Easy Butternut Squash Soup This fall favorite is perfect for large gatherings…for smaller ones, halve the ingredients. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter; 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup); 1 3/4 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton); 1 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes; 2 medium pears, peeled and sliced; 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/4 teaspoon white pepper; 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander; 1 cup whipping (heavy) cream; 1 medium unpeeled pear, sliced; 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted Directions Melt butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook onion in butter, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in broth, squash, 2 sliced pears, thyme, salt, white pepper and coriander. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Pour about half of the soup into food processor or blender. Cover and process until smooth; pour into another container. Repeat with remaining soup. Return soup to Dutch oven. Stir whipping cream into soup. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot (do not boil). Garnish with sliced unpeeled pear and pecans.

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Lackawaxen Outdoors By Ron Tussel October is the month of plenty in the northeast region of Pennsylvania. So many things come available this month that it is literally hard to find time to get in on all them. From small game to waterfowl to whitetails with the bow and muzzleloader, it all almost too good to be true! Grouse hunting has always been one of my favorite autumn pursuits. In fact I can remember in vivid detail the shot that landed my very first one in my game bag. I was twelve years old and on one of my very first hunting trips. Dad and I had been skirting the edge of a stream on my family ground, and I had just bagged a drake woody that had sprung from the waters. The backside of the stream was a wetland complex choked with high-bush blueberry and Eastern hemlock. I was reveling in the glory of the beautiful duck in my heavy game bag, and Schatze, our German Short-Haired Pointer was bouncing along in front of me. A fallen pine ahead was hiding the brown buzz bomb, and as the pointer went in, the grouse came thundering out. With the lightening reflexes of a twelve-year-old, I unleashed both barrels of the little Peerless 20 gauge, and to my amazement, the bird was on its way back to me in the grip of a happy pointer. An addiction was formed. The northeast has some wonderful habitat for the ruffed grouse, and though I would not say their population was at a peak, there are enough in many areas for a super hunt. A favorite haunt of mine for bumping woods chickens has always been SGL 183 in Pike County. SGL 183 contains 2,778 acres of what I consider prime grouse habitat. There exists a mixture

that includes edges cover between fallow fields and woodlands. These edges contain heavy briars and grapevine tangles that offer the grouse preferred cover. In the upland areas there are pine thickets, hardwoods and even a couple of old apple orchards. Then there are the wetland areas. While grouse are not water birds, they do seem to hold in the thick cover of the hemlocks and blueberry. You will find ample parking to enable you access to SGL 183 in Pike County. Rt. 6 just east of Lake Wallenpaupack bisects the property. Watch for Decker Pond on the north side of the highway. There is one parking area across the road, another near the rifle range and one more at the eastern edge of the property. Along the Wilsonville dike at Lake Wallenpaupack you will see Bear Run Road. This road will lead you to a parking area where you can hunt along the northwest edge of Decker Swamp. Another main access artery to the heart of SGL 183 is locally known as the Satellite Road or Decker Hollow Road, and is found just east of the PGC building on Rt. 6. There are at least four parking areas along this route, and some of the grouse habitat I described earlier. Of course other species of game are also plentiful in SGL 183 including woodcock, cottontail rabbits, squirrels, deer and turkey.

Appenzell Grays The number one game animal sought after in this country is the gray squirrel. Often overlooked for the true challenge they can offer gray squirrels are abundant and worth every minute of pursuit. If you are looking to teach a youngster the finer points of woodsmanship, patience, stalking, and marksmanship then look to the gray squirrel this fall. If you are looking for a great place for a combination outing in the northeast corner, you might want to put on your hiking boots and check out SGL 316 in Pike County. This tract of land is one of the newer additions to the

list of public land in the region. SGL 316 consists of 2,715 acres of mixed terrain and habitat. It is a beautiful piece of real estate, nestled between the Delaware River and the borderline between Pike and Wayne Counties. It was also once the land of a brewery entrepreneur. Locate SGL 316 and Cobey Pond along the Delaware River just south of Narrowsburg, New York. The Honesdale & Masthope Plank Road running between Lackawaxen and the Welcome Lake road will lead you to the entrance to SGL 316. Some of the terrain of SGL 316 presents relatively easy walking, but there are some portions that are more physically challenging. On the easterly most portion of the property, the part that borders the Delaware River, there are some steeper slopes that lead down to the railroad tracks. The top of this portion of the property is a great place to listen for gobblers in the spring. Coursing through the property is roughly two and a half miles of beautiful trout waters in Masthope Creek. This is a typical free stone mountain stream, and it is stocked with trout. There are likely some natives and hold-overs to be found in the nooks and crannies of the stream and up under the undercut banks. There are some larger pools in this stretch of stream, and while casting room might be a little tight, working a wet fly early in the morning can produce some good action. In the northwest corner of the property is a 46-acre body of water known as Cobey Pond. It is a bit of a hike to get back to Cobey, almost three quarters of a mile from the parking area, but it is a good place for some family fishing or even just a cool spot to pack in a lunch and enjoy the day. You will be able to try your hand at landing several species of panfish as well as largemouth bass. There is room for fishing from shore or you can carry in a small boat or canoe. My favorite way to fish Cobey Pond is with the aid of a “belly boat”. Easy to carry, this personal watercraft can help you get in close to where bass are hiding. There are some maintained trails dissecting SGL 316 that are great for running and gunning during spring gobbler season or for scouting out a place for next deer season. There is one trail that goes to and around Cobey Pond for a total of about 2 miles. Another runs around the perimeter of almost the whole section of the property on the north side of H&M Plank Road. Yet one more trail is accessed from the other of H&M Plank Road and about a half-mile down from the main entrance This is the only section of SGL 316 that lies on the south side of H&M Plank Road. There is no parking area for this trail. This is the Point Peter Trail and it rises roughly 300 feet to the highest point in the area, Point Peter. This trail is about a mile long to the top. Although the trail proceeds, it does run into private property. A mix of habitat and even some food plots make SGL 316 a great place to look for deer, wild turkeys, grouse, squirrels and even black bear. Whether you want to sit for squirrels, float for waterfowl, climb for whitetails or bust brush for grouse and woodcock, our region has a lot to offer for you this month. Don’t forget the mentored youth program is in effect. Get those kids outdoors for what will turn into a lifetime pursuit of wholesome activity!!



Lake Wallenpaupack; Pike and Wayne’s Giant Offering For Ice Anglers By Ron Tussel

Lake Wallenpaupack straddles the line between Wayne and Pike Counties and offers anglers top notch fishing through the ice. The huge impoundment is managed by the Pennsylvania Power & Light as a hydro-electric power source. Constructed in 1926, the “Pack”, as it is known locally, is a multi-species, multi-access angling mecca. During Late January and February the extra large, hump-backed yellow perch are schooling at the mouths of coves and hovering at the transition between deep and shallower water. Here they gather for the spawning event, the females heavy with roe that is ever so delicate and delicious. When it comes to finding fish on Lake Wallenpaupack, the task can be daunting to a new comer. Hydrographic maps are available at local sporting goods shops and these can be very helpful in pointing you to drop-offs, points and shoals where fish gather under the ice. I recommend checking wit the locals to see where fish are being caught, and when all else fails, head for where the crowds are gathered. The northern coves are some of the best areas for big perch. Walt’s Cove and Landing are located on the northern side of the lake, opposite the Wilsonville Campground. Close to shore in the cove, depths run about 10 feet and quickly drop to twenty feet plus. Just outside of the cove the water runs down to 40 feet. Perch will be staging on these breaks. Off Shuman Point to the south and east, is a trough that dives to 45 and 50 feet. This transition area, between the trough and main lake and the cove is a staging area for the big perch that head to the more shallow water to spawn. Fathead minnows rigged on a number six bait-keeper and set below a tip-up are good perch getters. If you have a portable sonar unit, it would be wise to use it to locate schools of under ice fish. If you don’t have one, try to locate a drop off and then stagger a line of tip-ups parallel to the drop off. By setting the minnows at different depths, always working closer to the bottom, you will be able to use this method to locate perch. Once you hit a school, then quickly set your jigging rod to the depth from which the perch are coming. For jigging big perch, it’s tough to beat a Swedish Pimple tipped with a mousie, spike or mealworm. PPL provides access to Lake Walenpaupack from several conveniently located positions. One area on the western end of the lake is at Ledgedale. This is the inlet side of the lake where the Wallenpaupack Creek pours in. As such, the main channel winds its way up through this narrow portion of the lake, and it runs anywhere from 20 to 45 feet as it does so. Big fish haunt this area under the ice, and the drop zone between the channel and steeper sides offer places to stage for passing bait. As you follow the

channel to the east, you come to the PPL Ironwood access, and here the channel winds around some pockets and shoals. Any of these underwater changes in depth are places where big fish will gather to ambush dinner. The humps and holes are places tat are especially attractive to some of the huge walleye that live in the Pack.

bait just a little too deep, you will see zero action. A crappie’s mouth is shaped like a scoop shovel, and it points upward. They will drift upward to inhale a minnow or jig, but seldom it seems, will they tip down very far for the same offering. Sonar will let you know what depth the school is at, and you can set you line depths accordingly.

Crappies in Lake Wallenpaupack can grow to giant proportions, due in part to the large expanse of water, but also to the huge forage base of Alewives available to them. Whenever I hunt crappies, or calicos as some call them, I look for wooden structure. This is true when seeking them under the ice as well as in open water. An area that had proven worthy of its name for these big panfish, is Calico Point and the area just to the west. Calico Point is located on the south side of the lake, across from the PPL Caffrey Camping and Boat Launch area. Around the point and to the west in the cove produced by the point, there is underwater structure that draws baitfish which in turn draws the crappies. A sonar unit can be invaluable for located schooling fish such as crappies under the ice. Often the entire school will be suspended just over a brush pile. If you present your

You might guess that I am partial to the delicious white, flaky fillets that come from the big perch in the Pack, not to mention the delicious roe of the pre-spawn females. There are however, many other species of fish, and some of them huge, on the prowl under the frozen surface of Lake Wallenpaupack. Stripers, walleyes, bass-both largemouth and smallmouth, giant channel cats, multiple species of trout, huge crappies, and bluegills, all can be tugging on the end of your line. Good, fresh line is a must on both tip-ups and jigging rids, and super sharps hooks will be a great help, because you just never know what might grab your bait. Because of its huge size, varying depths and springs and inlets, the ‘Pack almost freezes irregularly, with the calmer coves locking up first. There are big fishing waiting for you under the ice on Lake Wallenpaupack.

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“This lake is huge” is often the words I hear from neophyte “Packers” as we trudge our way across the icy span that at times looks like a huge desert before us. Lake Wallenpaupack is huge. With it’s 52 miles of shoreline, it spans about 13 miles in length. If that doesn’t seem huge, it will when you are standing out on it with a handful of tip-ups and your auger trying to figure out just where to set up.


Lackawaxen Township Garden Club Presents

Walk On The Wild Side - A Nature Hike for Edible Wildflowers and Mushrooms with Nathanial Whitmore What an exciting and informative opportunity to learn about the many delicious offerings in our own backyard with – WALK ON THE WILD SIDE, a Nature Hike for Edible Wildflowers and Mushrooms with Nathaniel Whitmore. Over thirty people of all ages joined the fun on a beautiful fall day. We started with some background


information from Nathaniel on what to look for on our hike. We leisurely strolled past the township buildings to what looks like old farm roads that offer easy access to the beautiful Oak forests surrounding the property. The young ones were very anxious to start searching for mushrooms as Nathaniel stopped frequently along the way to point out and identify trees, weeds and wildflowers and explain some of

their many uses. Nathaniel Whitmore is an herbalist and shiatsu-shi (acupressure practitioner) who works directly with plants and traditional diagnostic methods. He primarily uses wild herbs (rather than manufactured pills) and also has years of experience growing herbs. His assessment of clients’ health is based on the diagnostic methods of traditional Far Eastern medicine, such as abdominal (hara) diagnosis


from shiatsu and pulse assessment of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has spent years training with Native herbalists and studying Native American medicine, and is a true folk herbalist representing the integration of several traditional healing systems. He is regarded as one of the area’s premier experts in the identification and use of wild plants and mushrooms. Nathaniel is currently associated with ROOTS Yoga in Hawley as well as Worker Bee Community Accupuncture in Milford. He can be reached at 845418-6257 or email You can visit his website at The Lackawaxen Garden Club is sponsored by the Lackawaxen Township. The group meets the second Saturday of the month. Join Master Gardeners to learn, share and grown in knowledge. Don’t miss our next event on Nov 11. You can email or call 570-335-6824 to reserve your spot.

Pocono Snowshoeing By Ron Tussel

Many people struggle to stay in good physical shape during the winter months, driven indoors by cold and inclement weather. Others struggle to stay in good mental shape as shorter daylight hours and being stuck indoors statistically increases rates of depression. But for those looking for a little outdoor adventure while acquiring a great workout among some spectacular scenery, snowshoeing around the Poconos can be just what the doctor ordered. Like walking, snowshoeing is a cardiovascular activity with multiple health benefits. Unlike walking, the soft snow and varying topography create an activity that can vary greatly in intensity. According to the experts, “Snowshoeing is an effective, low impact, and safe form of exercise to change body composition. It burns up to twice the number of calories as walking at the same speed”. Snowshoeing engages the quadriceps, hip f lexors, and extensors. When poles are added to the activity, increased stability is achieved while conditioning the shoulder and back muscles. One important consideration when hitting the trails is safety. Since this can be a work out, perspiring is likely. Hypothermia can result quickly if one is wet during cold weather. Layering is the key to prevent moisture against the skin while allowing for movement and breathability and still affording protection against the elements. A base layer of synthetic, wool, or silk against the skin will wick away moisture. The second layer should be one of synthetic or wool for insulation and the final outer layer should consist of wind and waterresistant jacket and pants or gaiters. There are many sizes and styles of snowshoes available today. Many enthusiasts start out by renting snowshoes before deciding upon a purchase. Some of the resorts and sports shops around the Poconos provide rentals as well as private trails. Information can be found at For the beginner, a narrow pair of aluminum framed shoes with naugahyde webbing and crampons is a good choice. With these shoes sized according to your weight, snowshoeing is about as easy as walking. There are shoes for deep snow, packed trails, brushy woods trails and even for cross country snow running. One can easily find a pair of shoes to fit their physique, their needs, and their budget. The binding attaches the foot to the shoe, and it is every bit as important as the shoe itself. Choose a binding that is adjustable to fit various boots or hiking shoes, and one that allows the foot to rotate easily. Snowshoeing up and down hills requires a small amount of technical skills. When going uphill kick your foot into the snow to dig the crampon into the snow. From there you can step with full weight on this foot while using the poles to balance. When ascending steep slopes it is easier to make a zigzag track, instead of heading straight up the hill. When doing this, “edge” the snowshoe into the side of the hill to gain traction. When going downhill, slightly bend the knee so weight is equally distributed across the snowshoe. Use poles to help with balance. The Pocono Mountains offer some of the best snowshoeing trails in the region. The 12,464 acre Delaware State Forest contains the Thunder Swamp Trail System which provides a 45-mile network of interconnecting hiking trails. The trail takes snowshoers over many ridges, valleys and wetlands and provides a good workout and some beautiful scenery. One can also access four miles of the Appalachian Trail as it cuts through the Delaware State Forest. Use route 402 north from Marshall’s Creek to access these trails. Nearby is the 3,000 acres of the Promised Land State Park on the Pocono Plateau at about 1,800 feet above sea level. There are miles of hiking trails in Promised Land State Park and trails and intersections are clearly marked. Snowshoers can hike their wayinto the Bruce Lake Natural Area and see a natural glacial lake, visit the waterfalls along Little Falls Trail, or walk a loop around Conservation Island. Trail maps are available online at If you are looking for great family fun in the winter outdoors, with some side benefits for your physical and mental well being, then give snowshoeing a try.




LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP SECOND ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD PUMPKIN PARTY The supervisors of Lackawaxen Township announce the second annual Neighborhood Pumpkin Party on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11a-2p at Veterans Memorial Park in Lackawaxen Village, Route 590. Free pumpkins and decorating (one for each child, as long as supplies last). There will be music, hayrides, entertainment and a Trunk-n-Treat where children visit the trunks of decorated vehicles to collect treats. Jeff Shook, Township Supervisor said, “We are so excited to present a fun filled harvest festival. Providing family-friendly programs and events is important to building community spirit. Lackawaxen Township is a great place to call home. ” “I think this is a great way to get to know our neighbors better. We share a love of a naturally beautiful community and a quality of life that is truly special. But we couldn’t do it without the support of the Township and local businesses such as Woodloch, Ski Big Bear and Honesdale National Bank,” says Laurie A. Guzda, Chair for the event. A special thanks to the many volunteers who make this event possible, especially Michelle Thompson and Bergit Pinkston. And, to all of the generous and creative Trunk-n-Treaters, you are the heart of the event.




Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain By Ron & Randy Schmalzle Recreation Management Corporation This winter is setting up to be an exciting season! As residents of Lackawaxen Township, you are able to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tubing, great winter activities with your family. If you are new to the area or new to skiing, we are a full service ski area with lessons and rentals. This season we are expanding the Winter Operations facilities by expanding the top of the mountain. This expansion, will enhance and expand the snow tubing area, create additional beginner terrain, and also increase parking, lighting and snowmaking. As the new winter season approaches, people are asking questions about season passes, tuning skis and snowboards and wondering when they can pick up season rentals. The biggest question of all is when we plan on opening. The answer to that is as soon as we can blanket the mountain with snow. With an always expanding snowmaking plant all we need is cold weather. We hope to answer many of your questions in this article but if we miss something, don’t hesitate to call, email, visit, become a fan on our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and YouTube, or do the best old-fashioned thing and come up for a visit. It is also fun to check out our web-cam on our website for a real time look at the mountain and our progress. We are proud to work with the community and provide another fun winter season. You live near one of the best ski areas in Pennsylvania, and we will work hard to make sure to provide the best winter recreation product possible.

Season Passes

Season Passes are available for sale now at the lowest rate of $275. As of November 7th, the rate goes up. So be sure to buy early for the best deal on season passes. Passes are non-transferrable and can only be used by the person whose name and picture are on the pass. Please visit our website or call for more

information on season passes. Season Rentals – Please note deadline for discount is December 15, 2017 Season Rentals are available for pick-up starting on November 11th. The price for season rentals is discounted for anyone that purchases their rentals by December 15th. Purchase of season rentals after December 15th will be at the regular rate of $150. Season rentals not only save you money but also allow you to use the same equipment all season. If you have growing children, we can accommodate their growing feet throughout the season with no additional charge. As your skiing improves, you may want to increase the length of your skis, and that is not a problem with our season rental program. All season rentals are on a first come, first serve basis, and there is limited inventory available for this program.

mid-March. Equipment can be dropped off for tuning beginning November 11th. We will announce opening day as soon as we know what it will be through our email newsletter, via Facebook, Twitter and on our website. There are three live webcams available from our webpage during the season to view key areas of the mountain during the season. Visit to follow the happenings on the mountain as well as learn about special events, check out our live web cams, conditions, hours, forms/waivers and more.

Snow Tubing

Tubing is offered beginning December 26th. There is a 42” height requirement to participate. The price is for a 2-hour session. Tubing hours: Saturdays 10:30am – 5pm and Sundays 10:30am – 3:30pm (visit for holiday hours). A waiver must be signed for each tubing participant. Please visit our website to download, print and complete the form before coming to the ticket window to purchase tubing tickets.

Snow Sports School

Ski Big Bear’s Snow Sports School is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard. Group and private lessons are available. Ask about our Book of 5 Private Lessons. Instructors can be requested or we can match an appropriate instructor to you. Call 570.226.8585 to schedule a lesson at least one week in advance. Ski Big Bear is typically open for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing mid-December until



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