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Lake Wallenpaupack; Pike and Wayne’s Giant Offering for Ice Anglers “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. 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 with 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


Township News 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 Wallenpaupack 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

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Volunteerism 4 Safe Ice


Pocono Snowshoeing


News For Constituents


What’s Cookin?


First Annual Lackawaxen Neighborhood Pumpkin Party


Events at PEEC


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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.

Recently, the Code Office has noticed a trend in people placing detached accessory structures on their property without obtaining the proper permit(s). When asked why they didn’t get a permit, the answer always seems to be the same, “we thought that structures under 400 Sq ft. don’t need a permit”. While that is true most of the time regarding building permits, it never holds true regarding Zoning permits. Zoning permits are always required.

you. Our number is (570) 685-2990 or pay us a visit at the office. Hours are Monday and Wednesday 8:3010:30 or by appointment.

Township Ordinance No.81 was adopted by the Township in January 2009 to exclude detached one story accessory structures with a floor area of less than 400 sq. ft. from the provisions of the building code and from obtaining a building permit. The ordinance only addresses building requirements, Zoning permits are still required. The intent was for the roll off the back of a truck, Amish built shed/ small garage or small site built structures. Trying to enforce the building code on these small buildings just didn’t make a lot of sense. If your future plans include erecting a small outbuilding on your property hopefully this brief overview of Township requirements will help you understand what and when permits are required. If you are still not sure, please feel free to contact the Township Code office and we will be glad to assist

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Your Roads By Road Superintendent Albert G. Beisel I would first like to thank Chairman of the Vacancy Board, Gerald Wicksness, Supervisor Mancino and Tom Cardinale for appointing me as the Interim Replacement Supervisor to fill the Supervisor Vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Krochta on July 24th. 2016. I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Lackawaxen. On July 25th, 2016, I was charged with the duty of and appointed as Road Superintendent. When I first assumed my responsibilities as Road Superintendent, the Road Crew had been reduced from 6 employees to 3. None of the Road Crew Vehicles or assets had been maintained since November, 2015. Most of the vehicles still had their winter studded tires mounted, they needed state inspections or were simply not operational due to major repairs or maintenance needed and not being approved by Supervisors Mancino and Cardinale. None of the required spring road projects had begun due to materials and time not being approved by Supervisors Mancino and Cardinale. The Road Crew morale had been decimated by a hostile work environment, additional unpaid time added to their day, constant brash communication with their superiors, lack of operating equipment due to needed repairs and maintenance and no material available for them to do their job. The task ahead of me was daunting. We needed to repair and maintain all of our Road Crew assets and catch up on all the Road Work that should have been finished months ago. I often wondered if we would be able to accomplish all that was needed to done. Since that time, we have come a long way. Chairman Mancino and I have worked diligently creating a work plan for our township assets and roads. To date, all of our Road Crew Vehicles and Assets have been brought up to manufacturer specifications and properly inspected and maintained as required. The Garage has been professionally organized. Our 2012 Freightliner Dump that was up for bid with a $15,000 reserve was repaired with a minimal amount of time and money and was then sold for $39,400 after I discussed the condition of the vehicle with potential buyers. We have brought the following Township Dirt and Gravel Roads up to levels never seen before by our residents: Campen Road, Kuhn Road, Solverson Road, Hendershot Road, Martin Road, Graystone Road and Perry Hollow Road. We’ve also cleaned out ditches and repaired shoulders on Neil Thompson Road. Most importantly, Road Crew and Staff Moral has risen ! We signed our Winter Maintenance Agreement with PennDot which provides the Township the funds to cover the costs of this Maintenance on State Roads and provides a valuable service to our residents with no financial burden. All of our Winter Maintenance equipment is now ready to go. All our winter road material including Salt, Cinders and Anti-Skid have been delivered and stockpiled. All spreaders and plows are mounted, ready and operational. All Tire Chains are ready and organized. We have installed all new modern radio antennas and have upgraded our current hand held radios. The Road Crew is now supplied with proper Uniforms as required by our Employee Manual. We have come a long way and I look forward to continuing this new era of mutual respect amongst the staff and serving the residents of Lackawaxen Township in a fiscally efficient manner.

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

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Volunteerism By Al Petrillo Supplementing a county-wide effort, Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission has obtained a federal grant to help recruit new firefighters for the four fire companies within their jurisdiction.


Funds awarded to The Lackawaxen Township Fire Commission to support recruitment efforts have been directed to the “One of the Ones” Township recruiting campaign. Al Petrillo, Vice-president of the Fire Commission and chairman of its fund-raising arm, as well as a member of Forest Volunteer Fire Department, said that the township’s program will be tailored to the specific needs of their companies. The Commission’s four fire departments are Lackawaxen, Central, Forest and Greeley. As is common to volunteer fire companies nationally, he said that they each have

their struggles finding adequate staffing especially during the daytime to ensure full response to an emergency. Petrillo said it is harder to find volunteers these days, given the time commitments connected with family, jobs and schooling. Being a volunteer firefighter takes a certain amount of time. There are emergency calls, meetings and much training involved. “You got to really want to do it and have a love for being a firefighter,” Petrillo said. The township-wide program was launched last October.


Safe Ice Recent cold weather has finally capped most area lakes and ponds with a frozen layer of ice. Some ice fishing is being reported around the Poconos as anglers push the envelope to get in on their favorite winter activity. Ice fishing is very popular and a great way to shake the cabin fever blues while putting some fresh fillets on the table. Never assume the ice is safe on an entire lake just because you see others out there. I see anglers on Lake Wallenpaupack sitting on the ice with open water just out past the cove. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Ice strength is based on all these factors -plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and even animal activity.

the solid ice. If your clothes have trapped a lot of water, you may have to lift yourself partially out of the water on your elbows to let the water drain before starting forward. Lie flat on the ice once you are out and roll away from the hole to keep your weight spread out. This may help prevent you from breaking through again. Get to a warm, dry, sheltered area

and re-warm yourself immediately. In moderate to severe cases of cold water hypothermia, you must seek medical attention. Cold blood trapped in your extremities can come rushing back to your heart after you begin to re-warm. The shock of the chilled blood may cause ventricular fibrillation leading to a heart attack and death!

The recommended minimum thicknesses for new clear ice are 4" for a single person and small group activities, 5" for snowmobiles and ATVs, and 8" - 10" to support small to medium cars, and pickups. For white or slushy ice these numbers should be doubled. Drilling test holes is the only way to know for sure what you are standing on! Never ice fish alone. Wearing a personal floatation vest is also not a bad idea. I carry a coil of rope and a throwable floatation device in my sled in case someone should fall through. One can quickly toss that donut for the victim to get into before the cold saps their strength and thought process, which happens quickly. If you do fall in don't remove your outer garments as they can trap air to provide warmth and floatation. Turn toward the direction you came. That’s probably the strongest ice. Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface. This is where a pair of nails, sharpened screwdrivers or ice picks come in handy in, providing the extra traction you need to pull yourself up onto the ice. Kick your feet and dig in your ice picks to work your way back onto

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Giant Offering For Ice Anglers Continued From Page 1 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. 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 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. 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.


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 flexors, 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. 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 way into 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 www.dcnr. 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.


N EW S FOR CO N S T IT U E N T S By Sen. Lisa Baker

LEGISLATIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS As we look forward to the beginning of a new legislative session, I wanted to highlight some of our proudest 2015-2016 accomplishments. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and deeply appreciative of the chance to make a difference for families and communities in our area. HONORING OUR VETERANS MOTORCYCLE PLATE - Creates a motorcycle license plate that honors veterans and transfers $15 of the $35 fee to the Veterans Trust Fund, dedicated to helping needy veterans with food, utilities, mortgage or rent payments, health care and other necessities of life (Acts 17 and 18 of 2015) STOLEN VALOR - Makes it a crime for Pennsylvania motorists to falsely claim veteran status on their driver’s license application (Act 32 of 2015) ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PAY - Offers an exemption from the Earned Income Tax for all active duty military pay, regardless of where it is earned (Act 6 of 2016) VOLUNTEER FIRE AND AMBULANCE TAX CREDITS - Allows local municipalities to enact earned income and/or property tax credits for active fire and ambulance volunteers to help with recruitment and retention (Act 172 of 2016)

programs to help young people with disabilities more fully prepare to enter the job market (Act 26 of 2016) CORPORAL BRYON K. DICKSON II MEMORIAL - Designates Exit 30 of I-84 as the Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II Exit to honor the trooper who was killed during an ambush at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks in 2014 (Act 35 of 2015) HEART AND LUNG BENEFITS - Adds Pennsylvania Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission enforcement officers and investigators to the list of those covered to receive temporary salary, medical and hospital expenses if injured in the line of duty (Act 113 of 2016) SEASONAL WORKERS - Makes seasonal or cyclical workers once again eligible for unemployment compensation, after changes to the benefits formula caused unintended negative impacts (Act 144 of 2016) BAKER TO CHAIR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE - The new legislative session brings new responsibilities for state Senator Lisa Baker. She will chair the Senate Health &

Human Services Committee, a crucial panel with wide-ranging issue jurisdiction and a high volume of legislation. She served as a member of the committee in previous legislative sessions. Before being elected to the state Senate, Baker served as executive director of the Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a position that provided insight into how collaboration and partnerships could improve services and outcomes.

Irene Redmond shares one of her favorite recipes


PENNSYLVANIA’S ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE – PA ABLE - Establishes a savings program to help those caring for family members with disabilities that allows them to plan for the future without a disruption in essential services (Act 17 of 2016) WORK EXPERIENCE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES - Provides

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(Irene uses fresh zucchini from her garden) 3 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinn. 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup walnuts, chopped 3 eggs

2 cups sugar 1 cup canola oil 1 1/2 cups light sour cream 2 tsp. vanilla & 1 tsp. almond extract 2 packed coarsely shredded zucchini 1 (8 0z.) can crushed pineapple, well drained 1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl, combine flour with baking soda & powder, salt, cinnamon, nuts, & raisins; mix & set aside. In a lg. bowl of an electric mixer, beat eggs until mixed. Add sugar & beat until light & fluffy. Add oil, sour cream, vanilla, & almond & blend well. Fold in zucchini & pineapple. Add dry ingredients, stirring until mixture is just blended (I do this all in the mixer). Spoon batter into two well-greased & floured 9x5x3 in. loaf pans or the smaller loaf pans (you can also use a bundt pan + a small loaf pan). Bake for 1 hour or until bread tests done (use thin knife or toothpick). Check that smaller pan isn’t done sooner. Cool 10 min.; remove from pans & cool completely. I use disposable tin pans (from the Dollar store) & do not remove from the pan, just put pans on racks to cool. I can make 6-7 smaller loaf pans from one batch of batter. I usually make 1 lg. loaf pan & 3-4 smaller pans filling them to 3/4 of the top. I added the crushed pineapple & almond extract to the original recipe because I liked the added taste. I usually make these, wrap them first in plastic wrap then in aluminum foil (you can write on foil with black marker what it is) & freeze them as gifts when people visit. Enjoy.

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The First Annual Lackawaxen Neighborhood Pumpkin Party By Laurie A Guzda The First Annual Lackawaxen Neighborhood Pumpkin Party was a resounding success! Nearly five hundred people, mostly residents, gathered for the fun festivities.

your pumpkin and return to decorate. The food was abundant. The music was entertaining. The bouncy house was a big hit with the kiddies. And the nearly twenty trunks were outstanding!

This event truly exemplified the kindness and generosity of our neighbors. From our donors to our trunk decorators to our little ones fully garbed in colorful and creative costumes, so many people contributed to make the day so sensational.

I’d like to thank Scott Furer of the Lackawaxen House. His community mindedness is beyond generous. Woodloch, also, was extremely generous in donations and give-aways. Other generous neighbors include, The Honesdale Bank of Lackawaxen who showed up with gifts, popcorn and lemonade. Give-away’s came from Two River Junction, Ski Big Bear, Costa’s Family Fun Park, Alice’s Wonderland, IGA and Le Bleu Roo.

The weather was kind to us! A little windy but it settled down and allowed us a beautiful fall day. There were enough pumpkins for everyone. Kids and adults decorated their pumpkins from the outrageous to the sublime. The wagon ride was just the right length to laugh and meet some new friends, pick

Our Trunk-n-Treaters were well into the spirit of the day. The winners were: 3rd Place Judy Kuhn Conklin for her Candyland theme; 2nd place was Michelle Thompson and her scary cemetery; first place went to Alicia Shook and Michael Donovan (and dogs) for their fabulous jungle theme. I would like to add that as amazing as all of the trunkers were, especially the winners – who were selected by the children, that the Little Red Riding Hood trunk was truly one of my favorites. I thought they deserved to win something other than my appreciation. Special thanks to Bob Tellefsen for providing a great day of music along with Kenny and Tom Christianson. Supervisor Bisel and his wife Mary both worked hard to make sure everything that needed to get done, got done. They were part of the planning prior to and on hand for the entire event. Michael “Ziggy” Donahue was instrumental in getting things done and making sure safety came first. Charlie Steuhl provided warmth with a fire ring and wood. Nick Lane and his fraternity brothers were “rockstars” of the day. These strong lads not only did the heavy lifting but served as chefs, hayride safety guides, clean up and all with a smile and laughter.

I would like to thank the Huggy Buddies for their support. This loving and crazy group of people have become more than neighbors to me. I consider them family and I am grateful for all of their kindness. It was my pleasure to meet many new people, people like the Bisels, Michelle Thompson and the Coe’s. The Coe’s not only volunteered to help but they also donated a dinner for two at the Greeley Fire Dept fundraiser. For me, a big part of doing this event was to meet new neighbors. I got to meet some wonderful new folks. I would be remiss if I did not mention the one person who worked harder than anyone to make this a great day for the township, Supervisor Mancino. When Mike ran for office he promised to provide events. He drove three hours there and three hours back to pick up pumpkins when our local provider ran out. His relationship with the community was apparent as everyone he reached out to stepped-up to deliver. Mike was the driving force that oversaw every detail. Without Supervisor Mancino, this event never would have taken place. The best gift of the day, for me, was talk about a holiday event, next year’s pumpkin party and a springtime event. I don’t expect the township to pay for everything. But I do believe there should be a budget item that helps support and seed events for the township. There was talk of workshops, classes and gatherings of like-minded people that would simply require use of the township buildings. A pumpkin party may not appeal to everyone, but it’s a start. I’d like to see what events, particularly for our elder residents, would be of interest. Hopefully this was the first of many gatherings to come. A house becomes a home by the quality of love and sharing. A township becomes a community by the same. Ps. Save the date – October 22nd, 2017.



EVENTS AT PEEC Pocono Environmental Education Center Located 538 Emery Rd., Dingmans Ferry 570.828.2319 FEBRUARY Cross Country Skiing Bridge the Gap: Ski the McDade Trail Saturday, February 4 – 9:00am-12:00pm Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Skis, poles & boots provided - register w/shoe size to guarantee a spot. McDade Trail dates funding provided by the William Penn Foundation. Cross Country Skiing Sunday, February 5 – 1:00-3:00pm Saturday, February 11 – 10:00am-12:00pm Saturday, February 25 – 10:00am-12:00pm Sunday, February 26 – 1:00-3:00pm $20 adult / $10 child Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross country skiing and practice on an old logging road loop. You decide how many loops to ski. Skis, poles & boots provided register w/shoe size to guarantee a spot.

Active Adventures: Little Eco Explorers: Eagles Saturday, February 4 – 1:00-2:30pm $5 per child A fun hands-on program for young children! Join us for a story, craft, and activity focusing on Bald Eagles. Call for details. Funding for this program is provided by the AllOne Foundation. Fire Building Sunday, February 5 – 10:00am-12:00pm $5 Make fire without matches by learning techniques that involve sparks and found or prepared tinder. Ages 10+ please. Ecozone Discovery Room! Saturday, February 11 – 1:00-4:00pm $2 per person Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. Winter Ecology Hike Sunday, February 12 – 10:00am-12:00pm Free for members / $5 for non-members Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. Join us on a hike and experience PEEC in the wintertime. All ages welcome.

Bridge the Gap: Intro to Snowshoeing Sunday, February 12 – 1:00-4:00pm - Free Learn the basics of snow shoes and enjoy a winter walk along the McDade Trail. No experience necessary – we provide the equipment and teach you everything you need to know. Register early to reserve a pair of snowshoes & guarantee a spot. Funding for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation. “Winter Wonderland” Family Nature Getaway Weekend President’s Day weekend: February 17-20 Adults $225 / 25% off ages 7-10 / 50% off ages 4-6 / free under 3 Bring your friends and family to experience PEEC in the wintertime. Cross country skiing, animal tracking, nature hikes, snow tubing, campfire and more! Price includes three nights of lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch. Join us for a wonderful winter weekend! Commuter and day rates available – call for details. Animal Tracking Saturday, February 25 – 1:00-3:00pm $5 Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their lives. Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, chew marks, and other signs animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos.

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Niki Jones Agency Makes Donation to Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corporation On December 30th, local public relations, marketing and advertising agency, Niki Jones Agency, contributed a generous donation to the operation of the Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corporation. Their gift will help purchase equipment to be used on the ambulance and to continue providing much needed emergency services to the local community. The agency has also promised to host a high profile fundraising event on behalf of Port Jervis Ambulance Corporation in 2017. The ambulance corporation, located on 29 Church Street in Port Jervis, has been serving the community for over 58 years. In 1958, the Corporation was first known as the Port Jervis Lions Volunteer Ambulance Corporation and has since evolved into providing basic life support emergency services to the City of Port Jervis, the Town of Deerpark and the Boro of Matamoras, PA. The Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corporation is staffed 24 hours a day, all year around. Serving clients of the Hudson Valley and beyond for over seventeen years, located in Port Jervis, NY, the 100% NYS Women Owned Business is a full-service public relations, marketing, and advertising agency focused on visual identity and branding. The agency offers fresh, modern, and exciting options to help clients capture their target audience and increase their profitability, including web design, branding, advertising, marketing, and public relations. The agency also strives to provide eco-friendly advertising options. In the words of owner and CEO, Niki Jones, “The agency excels in the creation and implementation of results-driven integrated marketing campaigns, and currently has a clientele of local, national and international clients. Our campaigns combine traditional and digital media with public relations and social media. Through a combination of intricate strategies, we strive to change public perception, increase brand awareness and strengthen consumer loyalty.� The Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corporation is a non-profit organization, which encompasses both volunteer and paid staff. The Corporation receives no tax money and their funding derives from insurance billing and the generous donations from the community. For more information visit www. or check out their Facebook page. Contact the organization via phone at 845-8563033. Niki Jones Agency, 845-856-1266.


Right to Left: Harley Hallman, Louis Kohman, Niki Jones, Kendra Addy, Amy Rosenthal, Eric Nelson, Christopher Schultz, Taylor Hutchings. Not photographed David Stone, Barbara Muller, Nancy Johnston, Crystal Venetti, and Kelley Briggs.


SGL 316 and Cobey Pond By Ron Tussel 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.

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.

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.




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Lackawaxen Connection  

Winter 2016/17

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Winter 2016/17