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Community Garden Opens See page 4
LLV Recipes See page 18
Cocktail Corner See page 25
ROUND TWO AND HOPE
New RFPs For 2018 Road Plan Sent Dennis Peters, of Peters Consultants, Inc., Berwick, Pa., addressed the June 2 meeting of the Locust Lake Village Roads Committee and offered the possibility that the rebidding process for the 2018 Road Plan could result in work on the 2018 Road Plan being completed by Nov. 15. Peters Consultants, Inc. was engaged by the Locust Lake Village (LLV) Property Owners Association (POA) Board of Directors to design the required
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Call For Candidates For LLV POA Board Those property owners in good standing who wish to run for the Locust Lake Village Property Owners Association Board of Directors must file their credentials at LLV’s Administration Office by the annual members meeting July 21. Candidates will be running for three-year terms to fill three open seats previously held by Wade Burchell, and Carrie Pohl, who are completing their own second three-year terms as officers of
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Opening Day of Trout Season brought scores of anglers to LLV’s East Lake. See “Nothin’ But Fish” section beginning on page 14.
Board Votes Down 2018 Road Plan When Locust Lake Village (LLV) Property Owners Association (POA) Board Chair Wade Burchell said that “a lot is going on” in his opening remarks at the May 19 monthly board meeting held at The Chalet, that statement was soon more than proven correct. The report on the Roads Committee given by Chair Steve Marga was the tipping point when Marga expressed disappointment in the board’s refusal to approve the 2018 Roads Plan that the committee had been working on since late last year.
DELIQUENCIES HURT LLV
His frustration was shared by many property owners in attendance who strongly voiced their displeasure with the decision. Amid pleas from the audience of “Fix our roads,” two comments from the floor seemed to crystalize the controversy. “For 30 to 38 years we’ve been voicing our concerns,” one person shouted. “We are frustrated over these ongoing conditions,” voiced another.
Marga explained to the board and the audience that the
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Collections Activity Setting Precedent In addition to the vote on the bid for the 2018 Roads Plan project, collections represented another important item on the agenda for the May 19 meeting of the Locust Lake Village (LLV) Property Owners Association
(POA) Board of Directors.
“Based on our inhouse audit reports, we use the foreclosure process as a tool,” said Board Chair Wade Burchell, who has been leading the effort in foreclosures and collections since 2017. “If we don’t do anything, delinquencies in dues payments will continue to cost us money.” To Burchell’s knowledge, there has never been a foreclosure completed by LLV prior to 2018, only lenders have performed this previously. He pointed out the top six accounts in arrears owe LLV $240,000. Four of the six are in foreclosure; two have had judgements handed down against them.
Burchell explained that delinquencies and foreclosures tie up properties that otherwise could be owned by people who would pay the annual assessment fee,
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About the Village
Table of Contents About the Village From the Desk of the Community Manager
LLV Community Garden Debuts
Stolen Ellis Tribute Marker Replaced
Fantr y Hired as Asst. Community Mgr.
Rumors and Roads Lead Off April Meeting
Getting to Know You...
Board Salutes Rangers at May Meeting
Security Wear Your Wrist Band
Inside & Outside The Village LLV Calendar of Events
NOTHIN’ BUT FISH Kids Fishing Contest Kicks-Off Summer
Fishing With The Kids
Anglers Make Fish Feel at Home
Opening Day of Trout Season at LLV
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND From the Home Kitchens of LLV
Memorial Weekend Eats at LLV
New Property Owners Welcomed With Wine & Cheese
SPRING REDUX Easter Sunrise Service
Mardi Gras Happy
Easter Bunny Does Breakfast with 20 Friends
Another Season Begins at the Range
Spaghetti and Bingo
About Village People Review of Books
Village Life Book Club Recommends...
The Good, The Bad, And The Oooh So Ugly
They’re Back - Our Feathered Friends!
Archers Update - On Target for 2018
Anglers Update - Trout & Contest Season
The best time of the year has arrived. It’s summer vacation time in the Village!
Whether you are spending your vacation here at Locust Lake or some faraway place, have a beautiful vacation with all your family. Congratulations. You earned it.
Summer time in the Village is exciting and filled with all kinds of activities for the young as well as the young-at-heart. You could spend the day at one of our beaches, do some serious fishing at Locust or East or Pines lakes—or at all three. For the kids, there’s arts and crafts at The Chalet along with the water slide out on Ski Hill.
Don’t pass up the Friday Night BBQ at The Chalet—a perfect (and inexpensive) way to unwind, with a menu that features tried-and –true hot dogs, burgers, and brats as well as veggie burgers. Specialty items include pulled pork, pork rounds, rib eye steak, and seafood. Check the menu of the day. And you might even win the weekly 50-50. By the way, it’s tax-free. But, wait (as they say on late-night TV)! There’s more!
The recreation department has a full schedule of activities for everyone to enjoy. Turn to page 13 of this edition of the Villager for the full lineup. Plus there is so much to do in and around the Poconos. I hope you have lots of fun on your vacation or lots of relaxation on a weekend getaway. Fit in all the activities you want and forget about your job. But above all else, have a safe vacation.
While you are enjoying yourselves, we will continue to improve the level of services that the people of LLVPOA have come to expect and deserve. Enjoy the summer. Positively working for you,
Daniel T. Dougherty, Jr. – CMCA, AMS
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It’s Time To Make A Difference By Wade Burchell, Chairman of the LLV/POA Board of Directors As I leave my post, I wanted to share these concerns and observations with you. I want you to understand how your vote matters in the way business will continue in the village. Use your best judgment, listen to all sides of the presentations at Candidates Night, ask pertinent questions, and vote. Your village needs you! Come August you all will have opportunity to influence the future of our Locust Lake Village Community. It’s election time! There will be three positions open that need to be filled. It’s YOUR vote that counts and makes our village run. I am completing my second threeyear term and only this last year as your chairman… but I have to convey some thoughts and observations as I step down. I’m saying this because there are several items that the Board has been dealing with since I’ve been elected to this post, and I’d like to outline those that I feel are most important to continue driving forward.
The first is just around the issue of how this Board “drives forward,” which can take on different meanings, depending on how you strategize around them. One manner of driving forth is to plow ahead, doing things the way they’ve always been done, and hoping for a better outcome - without different thinking, this could result in a poorer outcome. Another way is to obtain constructive consultative information, weigh it, consider several options, and then come to a consensus decision based on these.
Some of you may have noticed that the Board tends to have to deal with both approaches, first overcoming the “way it’s always been done” vs “the way it should be done differently.” This struggle is tiresome and wastes a lot of time and resources. For example, we recently had a vote on the 2018 Roads Project, and the votes were revealed at the May 2018 Board meeting. Here the audience saw the split in the decision and were surprised at those who did not vote for the project. Behind the scenes, there were other motives influencing the vote (politics and personal agendas), and ultimately, the project did not get approved at that time, though sorely needed.
In my opinion, we need more board members who will honor their fiduciary duties with no bias, with a mindset that LLV POA is a business and not a club, and who are able to represent ALL in the community, for the good of the community, and not just for a small group, clique or political agenda. Certain projects have been ramrodded through the bid process and been awarded when it suits the vocal minority— not the overall community. A roof cover over The Chalet’s BBQ area does not benefit the overall community but it does keep a few folks dry should a storm develop when a BBQ cook out is scheduled. I was not in favor of this project, but it passed in 2016 as a sole sourced project with no real specs or real hard drawings.
a proper reserve fund. These considerations and approvals cannot occur separately, and these decisions need to be considered as to how they affect our dues up front.
My recommendation for the Board would be to freeze capital expenditures until there is an accurate assessment of our reserves by an independent firm using updated data to calculate the actual replacement value for existing assets. In 2018, our budget reduced reserve allocation by $50,000; we cannot sustain this reduction in allocation without an increase in dues or a windfall in delinquency collections (which has been one of my priorities and which will hopefully be one of the activities continued by the Board). Yes, we have funding of Presently we have drawings approximately $1.2 million, but and a pending township permit, just because we have funds we but the township permit for should not spend them without the deck expansion required knowing how much it will take additional handicap parking; to replace an expenditure. It this addition will increase the is a difficult decision to raise price of the project (current cost dues but a little over time is projection still unknown) but it better than kicking the can will be well over the $65K that down the road and hitting the was earmarked. This project was membership with a big fee. originally ramrodded through Retaining qualified personnel without proper planning and The expenditure concern rolls now is costing additional right over to our personnel funding to complete. This is not issues that are a result of LLV a good business practice and not being competitive in the continuation of such practices will ultimately affect our reserve wage arena. Over the last couple of years several employees account and our annual dues. have resigned due to gaining That rolls right into the next higher paying jobs in other issue about voting on a project communities. We have had a without the visibility of the impact on annual dues to overall difficult time attracting any qualified candidates because we reserve funding. do not pay well. That’s why, in Capital improvements vs. order to keep our community replacement funding safe by having a full complement When capital improvements of qualified Rangers, we have been approved and funded, provided raises to the Security in the current motions before Department, but we will need to the Board, there has never been do that again in the near future. any simultaneous increase Your new Board should include in annual dues to cover the members who have concerns for reserve funding for the future better staffing and who would work on increased funding for replacement or repair of these good employees. NEW items. The new Board you vote in should properly assess the impact of future motions for projects by not only identifying the initial actual expenditure, but also must include consideration and approval of an annual dues increase to cover the reserve funding of that project. Though there is sensitivity to raising dues, the reserve funding needs to be assessed and added to the budget by potentially increasing dues with each NEW capital project to continue keeping
Need for succession planning
For the first time since I have been on the Board, we have set into place a succession plan for our Community Manager. A recent survey indicated that the majority of respondents were favorable with the way Dan Dougherty has been working within the community, and they did NOT want him to be replaced. This is good news for our village, but there are a few full-time residents who would like to see the community manager removed, and who
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believe that they themselves can run the Village without a community manager. This is a serious risk that creates a step backwards for our Village operations, not to mention the conflicts of interest that arise in such circumstances. Thus, in order to ensure operational continuity, it is wise that we have now aligned a community manager with an assistant manager so both can understand the inner-workings of the village.
This Community Manager/ Assistant Manager duo should make for more efficient village coverage as they are the interface between all departments. Our new Assistant Manager, Don Faltry, also will also have a special emphasis on working with the Security Department, because he is a former Police Chief. The Board you elect should embrace this concept, allowing time for the Assistant Manager to learn the job, and helping Dan Dougherty, our Community Manager, with the numerous jobs that are always creeping into the daily work. Thoroughness, efficiency, and the ability for back-up coverage is the benefit of such organization.
Lastly, I have heard some concerns that non-resident members of the board (those who do not live at LLV fulltime), cannot be accountable enough for matters of the village, cannot possibly be as accessible as those who are living in the village, and cannot possibly understand the real issues within the community. Within the village there is a very small group of full-time residents who do not want non-residents allowed to have positions of elected authority. Over 80% of our community are not full-time
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The LLV Community Garden is growing. -- Photo by Steve Geffen
WATCH IT GROW
LLV Community Garden Debuts It took more than three years, but the Locust Lake Village Community Garden at East Lake finally took root with the first plantings over Memorial Day Weekend.
Steve and Deb Tatum opened the garden on Saturday morning, May 26 with plantings of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. “We’re so enthused about it,” said Deb. “The minute we read about it in the Villager, we were one of the first to sign up. We’re from New Jersey, the garden state, and always go organic.”
Serious gardeners, they bought their plants from a nursery in New Jersey, and wasted no time in getting started. Deb began tilling their box, one of 28 in the fenced-in garden while Steve spread some bagged top soil, and began the planting. Each box measures 4 ft. by 8 ft. by 18 in. in height with sitting sills. For their cucumber plants, Deb and Steve brought along tomato cages, “so they’ll grow up and not out,” said Steve. Bob and Helen Leonard also were on hand with their gardening plans.
“Jenny Lynns,” said Bob in a determined yet laid back tone typical of a serious gardener. “They’re a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew. Cut them in half, hollow out the seeds, put in a scoop or two of ice cream—man, that’s out of this world!” Their planting list includes basil, spice, and, of course, tomatoes. “She’s got the green thumb,” said Bob of Helen’s prowess with plants. While she is excited about the Community Garden, Helen quietly admitted, “We’re from Jersey, and miss Jersey soil.”
Steve Geffen, chair of the garden committee, led the effort to form the community garden along with help from Bob Christensen, Rich DeMarco, Steve Pace, Steve Marga, and Bill Dorner. The group constructed the boxes over this past winter in LLV’s Maintenance Department’s shed.
“They made the difference,” Geffen said. “We had a lot of fun building the boxes, and we could not have done it without their construction and building experience.” Local contractor Darwin Keiper and Sons Excavating performed the leveling of the ground for the garden and positioned the boxes for easy access. The garden’s 28 boxes sold out rather quickly, said Geffen. Soil contains a mix of 50 percent top soil and 50 percent compost. He emphasized that “we want to keep the garden organic with no chemicals.”
The LLV Community Garden is growing. -- Photo by Steve Geffen
Access to the garden is from dawn to dusk. Boxes rent for $25 a year, and each box renter receives a key to the entry gate. The eight-foot high fence around the garden is intended to keep local wildlife out of the area. “We want to enhance the feeling of community with the garden,” Geffen added. “That feeling continues to be at the heart of the Village. Even though at times it seemed like the project would stall, I’m happy that it got completed.” He commented that future expansion could be possible, citing the popularity of community gardens at Big Bass Lake where the garden went from 30 to 80 boxes and at PineCrest where the number of boxes doubled. But Geffen added, “If the board expresses an interest in it.”
Darwin Keiper & Sons Excavating of Pocono Lake prepare the plot east of the baseball field at East Lake for LLV’s Community Garden.
Deb and Steve Tatum are the first gardeners to “break ground” at the Village’s Community Garden.
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Denny and Dee Kasarda stand beside the replaced sign post that honors the memory of Dick Ellis on Ellis Island.
RIGHTING A WRONG
Stolen Ellis Tribute Marker Replaced A tribute to one the most appreciated members of the LLV Maintenance Department was held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, when the island out in Pines Lake that had gone unnamed since the early days of the Village became known as Dick Ellis Island. A white wooden marker approximately 10 feet high with the inscription “Dick Ellis Island” was erected just off the shore of the island as part of the tribute. The idea for naming the island after Ellis came at the suggestion of former LLV Ranger Debbie Parker.
The marker, created out of an original Village sign post by LLVers Dee and Denny Kasarda, was stolen in May of last year. “My heart sank,” said Dee when she heard that the marker was gone. She had led the effort to name the island after Ellis. “It was a tribute to Dick Ellis. Whoever took that post has no idea of the kind of figure Dick was in the Village.” Many residents have said that Dick put his heart and soul into whatever assignment he was given during his ten-year tenure with LLV Maintenance. At the dedication ceremony in 2012, Dick’s daughter, Rebecca McManus, said that whether it was running the ski lift, collecting trash, or cleaning the Pavilion, he always took pride in his work.
A resident of nearby Thornhurst, Ellis passed away at the age of 82 on Jan. 29, 2011—two months after he retired. He had fought cancer three times. Earlier this spring, the Kasardas decided to right the wrong. They reconditioned another original Village sign post, transported it out to the island, and erected it in place of the original marker.
“He was a good ol’ maintenance guy,” recalled Denny of Ellis. “He could do a little bit of everything.”
At the dedication six years ago, Ellis’ wife Barbara said of Dick, “He sincerely enjoyed working for the wonderful people of Locust Lake. Every day he came home with a happy story.”
Don Fantry, new assistant manager
NEW TO THE LLV STAFF
Fantry Hired As Assistant Community Manager Effective Tuesday, May 29, Don Fantry arrived for work as Locust Lake Village’s new assistant community manager.
Fantry, a retired police officer who served as deputy chief in the Springfield, Pa. police department and as chief of the North Wales, Pa. police department, brings 30 years of experience to the Village. “I’m looking forward to it,” Fantry said of his new position, while attending the Village Life Committee’s Welcome Wine and Cheese held at The Chalet on Saturday, May 26. “It’s important to get out into the community to learn what’s going on.”
From his career in law enforcement, he brings communication and administration skills to the job of assistant manager. “With my communications skills, I hope to bridge some gaps and help things move forward,” Fantry said. His administrative responsibilities will include overseeing the Village’s Ranger Security Force. “My administration skills hopefully will make the community safer as well as bringing the community closer together,” he continued. “I want to make sure that there is a plan so that when people to come to the Village, they can enjoy themselves and be safe.” No stranger to the Poconos, Fantry and his wife Denise have been coming up to the mountains for more than 20 years.
“The mountains have a lot to offer,” he commented. “I enjoy the NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, visiting Jim Thorpe for rock climbing, and quiet family time in the woods.” Although retired from law enforcement, Fantry plans on doing a lot of things in his new position. “I still have a lot left in the tank,” he said. “I’m retired but not tired.” Fantry’s position will not add salary to the Village. “He’s filling the position left vacant by former Chief Ranger Andy Gross’s resignation,” pointed out Dan Dougherty Jr, the Village’s community manager.
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LLV POA BOARD MEETING
Rumors And Roads Lead Off April Meeting The Locust Lake Village (LLV) Property Owners Association (POA) Board of Directors held its monthly meeting Saturday morning, April 21 at The Chalet. Vice Chair Carrie Pohl conducted the meeting in the absence of Chair Wade Burchell. Pohl’s opening remarks dealt with rumors that tend periodically to circulate within LLV. “Rumors can be very damaging,” she said. “If you hear a rumor regarding the board, please contact Community Manager Dan Dougherty or a board member. We have heard rumors about subjects that have never entered our minds or that we have never discussed. Rumors can be damaging to the community.”
from each contractor awarded part of the plan. A Notice to Proceed will be issued to each contractor after receiving the bonds, insurance, and signed Agreements. Contractors will advise Peters before beginning a project. Peters will serve as the engineering representative during the construction process and through project finalization and final closeout.
Maintenance has been doing pothole repair, weather permitting. Work was completed on Lake Lane, White Pine and Ridge roads. Other roads to be addressed: Berry Lane, Elk Run, and Maple.
LLV POA Treasurer Bill Manager’s Report Dorner reported the following Community Manager Dan Dougherty Jr explained the delay for March, 2018: Income, $175, 924.51—year to date: in completion of new offices $1,495,139.87; expenses: for the Recreation Department $170,130.40—year to and the Ranger Security Staff date: $408,728.22; account which will occupy a portion balance: $5,794.11—year of the conference room in the to date: $1,086,411.65. Administration Office. Work Capital Improvement Fund, has been held up for more Income: $303.33—year to than a month while waiting date: $873.06; expenses: for permits from Tobyhanna $6,284.61—year to date: Township’s code enforcement $6,284.61; account balance: agency Bureau Veritas. Permits were finally received on April 20, ($6,111.19)—year to date: $332,632.91. Capital Reserve allowing continuation of work. Fund, Income: $3,639.18—year The Roads Committee and the to date: $13,891.05; expenses: community manager met with $24,612.14—year to date: Peters Consultants, Inc. for project $24,612.14; account balance: planning for LLV’s 2018 Road ($10,721.09)—year to date: Plan. Scheduling to include work $1,228,494.81. to be completed by Memorial Day Weekend on: Lake Lane, Martha’s Committee Reports Lane to Chipmunk Road including Finance: Chair Pat Holohan said the dumpster area; before July 4 that the committee is reviewing on: Ridge Road, Partridge Drive, LLV’s profit and loss statement Turkey Court, and Tommy’s Lane; and the status of collections. after Labor Day on: White Pine The committee expressed Drive and Farmer Drive. Peters concern that reporting for the reported that there are no drainage Capital Reserve and Capital problems on Lake Lane but needs Improvement funds do not cleaning of ditches and pipes. A full follow LLV’s financial policy. report will be submitted. Treasurer Bill Dorner suggested that the policy be rewritten. Peters will perform the following for the 2018 Road Plan: Prepare Recreation: Chair Carrie contract documents and Pohl reported that planning is technical specifications; contact underway for summer events. Monroe County Conservation Pohl said that “every weekend is District and Tobyhanna filled in as well as daily activities. Township for any permits; bids A live band has been booked for for the project will be submitted the Fourth of July; a bonfire and to LLV by 12 p.m., April 30, DJ for after 4 p.m. 2018, and opened by the Roads Communications and Committee later that afternoon Technology: Chair Scott followed by a summary Baedenkopf stated that the for the board; Peters will committee is evaluating prepare Notice of Awards and external providers for voting Agreements, obtain payment by e-mail. Villager coordinator and performance bonds and Fran Odyniec indicated that the certificate of liability insurance
The April 21 meeting of the LLV/POA Board of Directors held at The Chalet.
spring edition will be 28 pages in length featuring a new Work Zone column by Mary Friel and stories on the opening of the Ski Hill and snow plowing among others.
Bylaws: Chair Pat Hiddleson reported that the final edits of LLV’s bylaws will be submitted to the board in May. The committee also is evaluating the best method to send the edited bylaws to property owners in good standing so that they are not burden by a voluminous amount of paperwork to answer the question: How many changes can a person handle and review at one time? Village Life: Chair Diane DiSandro said that a Welcome event for new property owners will be held at The Chalet on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. DiSandro invited “old property owners and board members to welcome them.” Lakes & Wildlife: Bob Christensen reported that the committee continues in its efforts to keep the goose population from taking permanent residence in LLV.
The Chalet Deck Expansion: Board reported that the architect, engineers, Peters Consultants, and Oakridge Construction have the plans and are waiting for proper permits to be issued from Tobyhanna Township. Target date for completion is by Memorial Day Weekend. Community Garden: Board approved $6,275 from the Capital Reserve Fund for installation of a fence on the east side of the baseball field; approved $5,400 from the Capital Improvement Fund for site preparation by Keiper and Sons Excavating.
Revised employee drug policy: Developed by HR Consultant Mary Friel to cover legal marijuana for medicinal purposes and prescription drugs was approved by the board. An Employee Cell Phone Use policy delineating personal use from on-the-job use to protect both employee and employer was also approved. Swim Docks: Board approved purchase of three new 8’ x 20’ swim docks to replace deteriorating docks presently in Locust, East, and Pines lakes from Pocono Boathouse at a total cost of $20,407 from the Capital Reserve Fund. Pocono Boathouse will handle all assembly, preparation and delivery of the docks.
Emergency Alerts: A property owner expressed concern over the lack of a proper emergency notification system in LLV in view of a recent extreme domestic dispute that involved a gun. LLV Security was at the scene as Pocono Regional Police handled the incident. The property owner suggested considering an emergency signal via cell phone. Speeding Trash Truck: A property owner raised concern over a trash truck going too fast for winter conditions in the Village. The property owner observed that the truck does not stop at stop signs, and asked the board to look into the matter.
up last year. A likely location would be the basement of The Chalet that is presently used for Arts and Crafts. “Do we do away with Arts and Crafts?” asked Pohl. “A fitness center is something to think about that could be included in next year’s budget along with improvements of the bocce courts.”
Subletting Rooms: A property owner questioned the legality of a property owner or a renter renting rooms to people from outside LLV. In order to do subletting, Community Manager Dan Dougherty said the law states that the property must have multiple electric meters, which hasn’t happened in LLV. Beaver Run Road: A property owner pointed out that “there is no road there” due to the effects of extreme winter weather. The property owner said that the condition of the road poses a safety hazard, and makes properties “look bad.”
Foreclosure Fees: A property owner requested that the board track collection costs on foreclosed properties. Board Member Carl Piazza said that “this should be done.” Vice Chair Pohl agreed, “Everybody should know.” Community Manager Dan Dougherty indicated that such a report is being developed by the Administration Office and will be presented in May to the Finance Committee and the board.
Chalet Kitchen: A property Bocce Court: A property owner owner expressed grave concern pointed out that the bocce court over the cleanliness of The Chalet’s kitchen, citing the at Pines Lake retains water presence of grease and dust making it difficult for people interested in playing, and asked from cooking. The property the board to look into the matter. owner called for improved cleaning procedures with either engaging an external Fitness Center: A property cleaning company or forming a owner asked about the kitchen committee. possibility of creating a fitness center at LLV. Vice Chair Pohl said that the idea was brought
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Getting to Know You… By Mary Friel
Name: Kathleen Benner Position: Bookkeeper/ Accounting Administrator How long employed at LLV: 39 years
THE REAL POOP
What’s Good For The Goose Isn’t Good For The Village By Dee Kasarda, LLV Board Member
What’s black and white and poops all over?
What question do you get asked most in your job? “Can I have a copy of…?” Oh, and lots of requests for old paperwork.
What’s your pet peeve (in or out of work)? Litter on the roads! I Kathleen Benner organized a group of family and friends in Blakeslee to pick up litter along the roads. PennDot supplies bags and gloves, and we get bags and bags full of litter.
If you could visit anywhere in the world (all expenses paid) where would you go? Italy and Ireland. Last month I took a cruise to Bermuda with family and friends – there were 23 of us! We spent three days in Bermuda –it’s so beautiful and the water there is such a pretty blue. What’s your favorite kind of music? All types, really. However, if I can’t even make out the words they are singing – I skip it. Country music and ‘70s music are probably my favorite.
What’s the best advice you were even given? Who gave it to you? “If it doesn’t involve a decimal point, stay out of it.” That is my best advice – to myself from me. Is there a movie you can watch over and over and never get tired of? The Notebook, Steel Magnolias, and I like to watch all the old classic TV shows.
What do you do to relax when you’re not at work? Go camping and spend time with my nieces and nephews and family. I like exploring the small towns of Pennsylvania. My family had a camper for over 30 years and we enjoyed many camping trips to a campground near Bloomsburg which we fondly refer to as The Funny Farm.
Do you have a pet? I don’t currently have any pets of my own. I find myself volunteering to take care of everyone else’s pets while they are away. That way I still get my doggy snuggle time. What do you like best about working at LLV? The property owners. We have such nice families here and I’ve seen kids grow up here and come back with their kids. And, I also love the type of work I’m doing.
It is the Canada goose, and it is a challenge to rid our beach and lake areas of this bird which is protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. According to the USFWS, there are 5 million breeding Canada geese in North America. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that in the United States, between 1970 and 2010, the Canada goose population increased about 14-fold — from 250,000 to 3.5 million. Closer to home, in the eastern part of the country, non-migratory geese have increased by 2 percent in the last 10 years.
What the goose left behind. Photo by Dee Kasarda
Now, there are migratory and non-migratory geese of the species. In Pennsylvania, the nonmigratory part of the family has grown from 2,400 birds between 1955 and 1960 to 250,000 birds in 2016. The Pennsylvania Game Commission states that prior to 1935 no Canada geese nested anywhere in the state. Today they are found in every county—all 67 of them. So, Monroe County and Locust Lake Village are not the only areas that share the goose problem.
Everyone knows how messy the beaches and walking areas are from this bird but did you know one goose will defecate 3 pounds of fecal matter a day? National Geographic Society research has found that 50 geese can produce 2 1/2 tons of excrement in a year. Think about it: one goose equals 3 pounds of fecal matter in a day! That is enough pollutant to close our beaches and cause diseases that humans can acquire. Among those diseases are: chlamydiosis, e-coli, listeria, pasteurella, multocida, and salmonella.
Various research studies have found that geese can live up to 24 years. Because they have few natural predators, Canada geese lay more eggs and have more of those eggs survive to adulthood. And they feed on grass and prefer to be near water such as East Lake, Pines Lake, and Locust Lake. The USFWS recommends using two methods to deal with the geese problem: prevent public feeding of geese; and the use of hazing methods to scare geese away from public areas such as lakes and beaches.
Notice that there are signs posted at LLV beaches that state: Don’t feed the geese. That is LLV’s “no feeding policy” and it is important that residents and their guests comply. LLV’s lakes are tested weekly during the summer and the results have been pristine because of the persistence of volunteers working on goose control who employ air guns to chase away the geese. Unfortunately there is another poop problem in LLV created by our four-legged canine friends that needs attention. Pennsylvania state law states that all dog owners must clean up after their dogs. However, that is not always the case in LLV. Keep in mind that canine fecal matter carries disease. When a dog owner leaves that matter lying on the road or near a lake, rain waters can carry germs from that matter into our precious lakes. So, pick up after your pooch. The bottom line: Don’t feed the geese and clean up after your dog.
Being diligent and responsible will help keep our lakes clean and pure and adjacent areas neat and tidy.
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Wrist bands, flags, plates, and stickers Property owners can pick up LLV wrist bands, flags, plates, and parking stickers at the Administration Office. Keep in mind that while attending any recreational activity or using any of the amenity areas such as the beaches, you must wear your blue 2018 LLV wrist band: dark blue for property owners; light blue for guests and renters.
Locust Lake Bible Study meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Administration Office conference room. Led by an ordained Christian minister, the study is non-denominational and is for anyone with questions about the Bible, the Christian faith, or who would like to better understand the Bible. Come with specific questions and the group will together find answers in the Bible. For information, contact Linda Buscavage at 570-646-3616.
Jean Havelin, daughter of Mary Gettis and motherin-law of Bob Gettis, passed away on May 29. She was 88, and was a friend to many here in the Village including the ladies that play cards on Tuesdays and the people at Bingo on Monday. She also attended the Wednesday lunches with Mary on a regular basis.
Regional Road Work
Caution and slow-going are required on Route 611 between the Sanofi labs in Swiftwater and Great Wolf in Scotrun. PennDot is in the midst of a 2½ -year construction project to overhaul the road.
There’s always room for one more volunteer at an LLV event. Volunteers play a big role at LLV, help control costs, and make events more enjoyable. For details or to volunteer, contact LLV Recreation Director Nicole Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the LLV Administration Office.
Clubs and committees
Here’s how to contact clubs and committees in the Village:
• Anglers Club—Tom Rafter: email@example.com; Joe McCusker: firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Wolek: email@example.com
• Archers Club—Dave Chorney: firstname.lastname@example.org • Birding—Bob Gettis: email@example.com
• Book Club—Barbara Halligan: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Garden Club—Steve Geffen: email@example.com • Bylaws Committee—Pat Hiddleson: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Finance Committee—Pat Holohan: email@example.com
• Village Life Committee—Diane DiSandro: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Recreation Committee—Nicole Hill: email@example.com • Rules Committee—Administration Office: firstname.lastname@example.org • Roads Committee—Steve Marga: email@example.com • Buildings and Grounds Committee: George Leonhardt: Georgeleonhardt@aol.com
• Communications and Technology Committee—Scott Beadenkopf: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Security and Emergency Planning Committee—Administration Office: email@example.com
• Lakes and Wildlife Committee—Joe McFadden
For information on all activities, contact the Administration Office at 570-646-3616. Summer Office hours: Monday thru Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Website use continues to increase. Since Sept 2015, monthly log-ins have increased from 4,760 to 19,161. The percentage of accounts logging in monthly continues to run at more than 50 per cent. Get an account log-in by going to locustlakevillage.org and clicking on “to request a log-in ID.”
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Informed Delivery® by USPS Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon. Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mail pieces and track packages in one convenient location.* *Images are only provided for letter-sized mail pieces processed through USPS’ automated equipment. https://informeddelivery.USPS.com/box/pages/intro/startaction
Yellow Dot This program assists folks in “the golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a Yellow Dot decal in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. For more information, www.penndot.gov/TravelInPA/ Pages/Yellow-Dot.aspx.
POA Board Workshops
The LLV POA Board of Directors encourages LLV residents and property owners to attend POA Board Workshops during which items and issues for the monthly board meeting are discussed. Workshops are held at the LLV Administration Office at 7 p.m. on the Friday before the monthly board meeting which takes place every third Saturday of the month.
LLV trash and recycling dumpsters at Pop Gassner Way (down Martha’s Lane from the corner of Lake and Martha’s lanes) are open for trash disposal and recycling Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bagged household trash only must be placed inside of dumpsters, not on the ground. Not permitted: construction material or debris; appliances, metal or furniture; automotive parts, tires or batteries; lawn debris, leaves, twigs, branches or wood.
Recycling is single-stream. You can deposit: newspapers, plastics, junk mail, magazines, office and school paper, phone books, pizza boxes, cans, glass, metal and aluminum cans, and corrugated cardboard. Please breakdown cardboard boxes and cartons to allow more room in the dumpsters.
It’s a community library with a global reach and more than 50,000 items including books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, audio books, and miscellaneous CDs. Add to that lineup eight desk-top and three laptop computers as well as three children’s computers and a wireless zone. Art shows, a chess club, the Brown Bag Book Club and speaker and lecture series also are featured. A Savvy Senior Center offers large print books and an Optelec reading aid for the visually impaired among other items. Located on Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines just off Route 423 North in Tobyhanna Township, the library’s hours are: Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed. Call 570-646-0826; www.clymerlibrary.org.
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Collections Activity Setting Precedent and, in turn, have a negative effect on property values throughout the Village. “One party hasn’t paid dues in 14 years,” he continued. “We get that person out of here, our return on investment in legal proceedings is that we replace that person with a paying property owner.” At the board’s workshop held Friday evening May 18, Burchell said that LLV has been relying too long on statutory judgements instead of real judgements. He explained that a statutory lien is against the LLV property only, so if there are insufficient proceeds against the foreclosure then there is no easy course of additional action against the debtors. A real judgement allows LLV the option of pursuing the debts against their primary residence or even personal property or garnishment after a foreclosure, based on state statutes. Due to a malfunction in The Chalet’s overhead projector, Burchell was unable to show statistics on the top six accounts in arrears. However, he shared those statistics with the board at its workshop meeting. Without publishing names, here are the amounts owed by the “top six:” FC-1: $64,567.20 – 10 years no payments, in hiding. “We think we found this person,” said Burchell; FC-2: $54,367.62 – Sale July 26, 2018, 10 years no payments; FC-3: $40,192.71 – Bankruptcy, 14 years no payments; FC-4: $36,979.07 – 11 years no payments, in negotiations; FC-5: $24,177.22 – Settled, more than 10 years no payments; FC-6: $20,095.64 – Paperwork served May 15, 7 years no payments. Monies collected for past dues, penalties and interest in 2017 amounted to $79,608; thus far through May of 2018, $54,437. Costs for filings and attorney fees were $18,257 in 2017; thus far through May of 2018, $7,731. After deducting expenses, amount credited to LLV’s Operating Fund as a surplus in 2017 was $61,351; surplus thus far through May of 2018, $46,706. “Estimates for 2018 on an amortized basis, if we continue at the current pace, could amount to as much as $130,000,” said Burchell. “We are sending a message to the most flagrant of offenders. We need to replace these offenders with people who pay their dues.” Regarding the pace of collections, he asked for a motion to proceed with vigorous collection actions. The board approved the motion by a majority vote. Burchell acknowledged the work that LLV Office Manager Mary Marucci and Bookkeeper/Accountant Kathleen Benner have done in researching and preparing the information needed to take action against offenders. “We’re at a turning point,” he told the board. “We are setting a precedent in light of past egregious offenders.”
Board Salutes Rangers At May 19 Meeting At the beginning of the Locust Lake Village (LLV) Property Owners Association (POA) Board Meeting of Saturday May 19 held at The Chalet, Board Chair Wade Burchell recognized the outstanding efforts of the LLV Ranger Security Staff in helping local firefighters contain a house fire in the Village. Rangers Jim Kelly, Tom Dowd, Tom Schad, and Mark Brugler rendered assistance including traffic control and perimeter patrolling at the scene.
The audience gave the Rangers a rousing round of applause in appreciation of their efforts. No one was injured at the scene as the house was vacant at the time. During the meeting, Burchell announced that the board had approved the hire of Don Fantry as assistant community manager. Fantry, a retired 30-year veteran of law enforcement in Springfield and North Wales, Pa., will report for work on May 28. As part of his duties, he will be responsible for LLV’s Ranger Security Staff.
LLV Community Manager Dan Dougherty Jr reported that work is progressing on the conversion of space in the Administration Office conference room into offices for the Recreation Department and the Security Department. Work is expected to be completed near the end of the month.
The Maintenance Department retrofitted the canoe racks at LLV’s lakes to accept kayaks in response to requests for that adjustment. “There seems to be more kayakers than canoers this year,” Dougherty commented. Pothole repair of LLV’s roads is being done when weather conditions permit. Maintenance
Supervisor John Sivic and crew have been applying cold patch, and have been tracking how long it has been holding up. Cold patch seems to be holding up even on the dirt roads. Dougherty pointed out that this process is not standard practice, but a “bandage” due to time restrictions and staffing limits.
“when it stops raining, we can finish the fencing, and then we’ll be ready to go.” Geffen requested that some improvement be made to the garden’s access road to reduce the uneven surface.
The board approved the lot joinder of 1402 and 523 Windy Pine Road. Write-offs approved: Maintenance has been working 102-0694, 1627 Lake Lane for to prepare the Village for $4,968.96; 101-3245, 129 White the Memorial Day Weekend. Pine Road for $35,966.90*. Dougherty noted that the wet Write-offs for repository lots: weather and storms have been 102-7066, 903 White Pine challenging but that as much Road for $5,194.66; 102work as possible will be done. 7646, 811 Beaver Run Road and 131 Chipmunk Road for New swim docks for East, $10,513.49;101-2903, 1280 Locust, and Pine lakes have been Beech Lane for $6,842.40; delivered to Pocono Boathouse and 102-7079, 106 Fern Road for assembled, and will be in the water $7,092.40; 100-3116, 1710 and ready for use by the weekend. Ridge Road for $7,092.40.
LLV/POA Board Treasurer Bill Dorner submitted his report for April 2018. Operating income generated $119,099.05—year to date: $1,614,238.92; expense total was $87,932.01 leaving an account balance of $31,167.04— year to date: $1,117,354.02. For the capital improvement fund, $291.01 was recorded income— year to date: $1,164.07, year to date: expenses: $7,978.82, leaving an account balance of ($703.56)—year to date: $331,929.35. The capital reserve fund had income of $4,432.12— year to date: $18,325.37; expenses: $1,912.50—year to date: $27,954.88 with an account balance of $2,519.62—year to date: $1,229,586.39. Dues received for the current year stood at $1,452,553.47; dues for prior years, $15,253.87. Accounts receivable: $32,983.20—year to date: $2,678,869.76. Chair Burchell commented, “LLV is in good shape financially, the best financial shape [of communities] in the Poconos. We need to keep in mind that LLV really is a multimillion dollar business, and not a clubhouse.”
Status of Chalet Parking Lot and Deck projects
Community Manager Dan Dougherty reported that both projects are funded. The Village has the drawing for the parking lot but is waiting for approval from Veritas, Tobyhanna Township’s code enforcement agency, for permits. Permits are still needed for the deck expansion. Once the permits are issued, the Village can then send out requests for proposals from local contractors. Target date for deck completion is September.
Chair Steve Geffen of the LLV Garden Club indicated that
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*This amount consisted mostly of fines for failure to remove unsightly vehicles from the property. The property owner, an elderly woman in her 90s and living in Florida, had had no previous success in securing titles to the vehicles which were in the name of her deceased husband and registered in New Jersey. The vehicles could not be removed without the proper registration. This situation went on for years with fines mounting up to great amounts. Wade Burchell solved the impasse for Shirley A. Strempp Kohler who wrote the following in a letter to him: “If it had not been for your concern and interest we would still be searching for answers… you contacted the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles and the Surrogates Office of Burlington County, N.J. to confirm our efforts…” Kohler’s fines were reduced and she agreed to a fair settlement.
Resident Barbara Hudson pointed out that there is a lack of night time lighting on the east side of the Administration Office building occupied by Century 21 Real Estate. In response to floor comment, Chair Wade Burchell appointed resident Mike Wilchek to analyze the need for sign and landscaping improvements at LLV’s main entrance.
Finance: Chair Pat Holohan reported that the committee continues to request the Board to follow the rules in place for financial guidance or provide alternative measures for the rules, particularly for the Replacement Reserve and Capital Improvement funds as well as the procedure for projects requiring capital funds. The Community Garden
project is now over $20,000 with a little over $6,000 for the replacement of the baseball field fence coming from Replacement Reserve Fund.
The committee expressed concern that the roads project would exceed the 8 percent rule and require community approval. Many of the roads are in the Replacement Reserve Fund and at most require Capital funds for their upgrade. “Every member of our community deserves a decent road,” Holohan commented “There is no decrease in dues when we don’t provide one.” Board debate continues over the installation of the kitchen range hood at The Chalet. Thus far only one company has expressed interest in taking care of the entire procedure to get the hood (a fire retardant system) in place; cost, $15,000. Other companies won’t touch the project because the product is not theirs. Without the hood, we may not be able to use the fryers.
have logged in at least once. The committee is evaluating e-vote alternatives. Depending on our progress, we will bring a proposal to the June board meeting in view of the upcoming election. The summer edition of the Villager is in the production stage and is targeted to “hit the street” just after the Fourth of July.
Recreation: Chair Carrie Pohl announced that the activities calendar for May through September is complete. Pohl said that the Mother’s Day Breakfast was “packed” with attendees and the staff had to set up more tables. Weekly Friday Bar-B-Cues at The Chalet begin the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend. For the Memorial Day Weekend Picnic on Sunday, clams and jumbo shrimp cocktails will headline the menu. Pre-orders for clams and shrimp are recommended and can be placed at the Administration Office.
Pohl pointed out that lifeguards will be on duty at Locust Lake on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays LLV has been aggressively pursuing only. They will be on duty at Pines Lake seven-days-a-week. delinquent dues from property owners, which requires increased spending (filing and legal fees). We Bylaws: Chair Pat Hiddleson reported that the committee is in have seen some response and look the process of final edits of LLV’s forward to more. Bylaws and will soon be submitted to the board for approval. The front entrance signs to LLV are difficult to see from Route 940, Rules & Regulations: Board especially driving West. Cost for Chair Wade Burchell appointed replacement is being evaluated. board Vice Chair Carrie Pohl and Assistant Treasurer Security: With the resignation of Diane DiSandro to restart the Ranger Chief Andy Gross, Chief committee to complete the edit Deputy Tom Schad and Ranger and update of Village Rules & Mark Brugler have been sharing Regulations by the end of the responsibility for the operation of year. Because both women are the department. The committee on the committee, they reported reported that Code Enforcement that the process is threeOfficer Mark Brugler cited eight quarters complete. properties for code violations. One of the staff’s vehicles requires Village Life: Chair Diane extensive repairs. It is ten years old DiSandro invited the board and with 80,000 miles on its odometer. LLV property owners to attend Suggestion was made to replace it the committee’s next Welcome with funds from the Replacement Wine and Cheese reception for Reserve Fund. Improvement of new property owners to be held the camera monitoring system Saturday evening of Memorial in the maintenance yard was Day Weekend at The Chalet from recommended. While every 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Book Club’s security camera in the Village is current read is “Camino Island” working, the need for improved by John Grisham. The club meets central monitoring control every second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at The Chalet. was suggested. “Read the book and join the Communications & Technology: conversation,” DiSandro said. Fran Odyniec gave the report on The LLV Bible Study group meets behalf of Chair Scott Beadenkopf. every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 Parent company of At Home p.m. in the conference room of Net, LLV’s current web platform, the Administration Office. Skinny announced its end-of-life on Dippers, the Village’s weight loss support group, meets every Mar. 31, 2019. It has offered a Saturday at 9 a.m. at The Chalet. free upgrade to its new platform, DiSandro also announced that free Frontsteps, at our current price tennis lessons for kids will be held for the first year of service. by Steve Pace at the tennis courts Given we are ready to “ditch” At at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. Home Net because of its clumsy interface, we will accept the upgrade offer and work with Dan Lakes & Wildlife: Bob Christensen reported that the Dougherty and the office staff on geese situation is in good shape. the transition. Website logins for Christensen pointed out that the past 30 days as of May 17, 2018: Total logins:, 19,161; 874 of 1,489 spillway at Locust Lake has a superficial crack that needs repair.
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Board Votes Down 2018 Road Plan committee’s goal was to have work done on seven roads, in compliance with PennDot standards.
Peters Consultants, Inc., of Berwick, Pa., the firm engaged by the board to coordinate engineering and quality control aspects of the project, sent requests for proposals (RFPs) to 12 contractors. Eight had declined to participate while only one would bid on the entire project and one was interested only in working on Martha’s Lane and the dumpster area. The company interested in the entire project was Wayco, Inc., of Canaan Township, east of Carbondale, Pa. “Prior to the May board meeting, we submitted our plan to the board which reviewed it at their workshop,” Marga continued. He said the initial impression he received from the board was favorable. The cost, as submitted by Wayco, would be $528,000.
Potholes above and below on Selig Road.
Some members of the board claimed that they had not received notice of the interested company’s bid, although Burchell has indicated that he had sent the notice to each board member via email, and has record of his transmission. When Burchell reminded the board that “people are upset,” his comment received thunderous applause.
Marga pointed out to the board that the Roads Committee was not planning to spend the Village’s money “whilly nilly.” “The board would like to have seen more vendors respond but apparently our aggressive schedule discouraged some of the vendors,” said Burchell. “With the board delaying the plan,” Marga continued, “we’ve lost time with our contractors. We’d be lucky if we could get work started by July. Now we’re stalled.”
2018 Road Repair Plan
The following are roads that the Roads Committee has targeted for repair in its 2018 Road Repair Plan: Partridge Drive, Turkey Court, Ridge Road, Tommy’s Lane, Laurel Hill Road, Martha’s Lane to Chipmunk Lane, including the dumpster area, and Lake Lane.
Burchell pointed out that if the board had approved the plan, “We could have had Lake Lane and Martha’s Lane done [before Memorial Day]. The bid is competitive based on historical data.” At the height of the controversy, longtime resident Bob Leonard requested a show of hands from the board so that the audience could see how the board had voted on the bid. Burchell recognized the request, then called for a vote from the board. Five members opposed the plan: Treasurer Bill Dorner, Secretary Dee Kasarda, Al Hankin, Bob Wolek, and Tony Ruggiero. Four in favor of the plan were: Assistant Treasurer Diane DiSandro, Carl Piazza, Vice Chair Carrie Pohl, and Chair Wade Burchell. With tensions rising, Burchell, in a final effort to “get the board onboard,” asked for a motion to accept the bid from Wayco. The motion failed to pass along the same lines as before.
In the discussion that followed, the board members who voted against the plan in lieu of Burchell’s statement that he and the community manager had emailed all board members with an executive summary of the bid, said that they had not been given enough information to make a qualified decision on spending $528,000 from the Village’s Capital Reserve Fund, which hovers around $1.2 million. Secretary Dee Kasarda said that Shiffer Bituminous Service Co., of Kunkeltown, Pa., that had previously done road work in the Village and Tobyhanna Township, had been left off the RFP mailing list. Marga directed his closing remark to the board. “This board has very little confidence in this committee.” The audience reacted with a loud and positive applause.
Closing discussion on the bid, the board agreed that RFPs for work on the 2018 Road Plan would be resent and include any missing contractors. Burchell directed the community manager to have a new RFP package with “open completion schedules and the other options” to be released in the next 10 days. “We want to get this awarded and address the next phase of roads,” he said.
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Security AVAILABLE AT ADMIN. OFFICE
Wear Your Wrist Band By Tom Schad, LLV Chief Deputy Ranger What comes to mind when you think of wrist bands?
Likely, you think of that souvenir band you received from a special day or event that you attended or participated in like weddings, concerts, festivals or 5k runs. The purpose of the wrist band is to show everyone that you belong at that event.
Property owners will have a dark blue wrist band; long renters have light blue wrist bands; and guest renters have light blue plastic bands. The guest rentersâ€™ light blue bands are for daily use at the amenities and will have an expiration date on them. All wrist bands are water-proof and very durable.
Each year, our LLV family grows in new membership and families who have learned about the Village as a prime residential or vacation spot in the Pocono This is the same theory Locust Mountains. As you can easily Lake Village Rangers use to imagine, that turns into a lot of identify homeowners, renters new families and faces for our and guests when you are Ranger staff to remember, and, attending recreation activities or therefore the need to check for enjoying LLV amenities. We also the proper wrist band. To avoid can tell from the type of band any type of embarrassment with you are wearing whether you our Rangers or any authorized are a property owner or a renter personnel when verifying your or just a visitor. membership, please remember to wear your wrist bands at all
times when using our amenities, attending village meetings or at any of our recreational events. Individuals 12 years of age and older must wear the wrist bands. If for any reason you forget your wrist band while at one of our amenities, our Rangers will issue you a written warning until you can provide proof you are a member in good standing or a guest/renter. Upon inspection of the proper band, the warning will be canceled. The two types of wrist bands and a bracelet that will identify LLV residents and renters. It is very important to keep in mind that property owners are responsible for all violations that occur in the village by their renters, tenants, guests and even contractors. If you have yet to pick up your six free resident wrist bands, be sure to stop in at the Administration Office so that you wonâ€™t miss out on all the fun and events that take place in the Village throughout the year.
For more information about wrist bands, contact the administration office and get started making memories in Locust Lake Village this summer.
Security Ranger Mark Brugler checks the wrist band of LLV resident Geoff Hutton on the opening day of trout season at Locust Lake.
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Inside & Outside the Village HERE COMES SUMMER
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LLV Calendar of Events More events will be added throughout the summer. Some dates may change due to the availability of vendors etc. This is a general outline of upcoming activities. For more information, contact LLV Recreation Director Nicole Hill at 570-843-7323.
Weekly Activities at The Chalet: • Friday Night BBQ – Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Fridays, 5:308:30 p.m. Each week will feature a signature dish like BBQ ribs, seafood, or rib eye steak. Menus will be posted in the weekly E-Blast from Recreation Director Nicole Hill.
• Adult Bingo – Mondays, May through October. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m.; food available.
• Adult Cards & Games – Ongoing throughout year, Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. • Arts & Crafts – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. through, August 23; waterslide open 11-11:45 a.m.
• Ceramics – Fridays at 10 a.m. through August 24; waterslide open 11-11:45 a.m.
• Family Thursdays – Family Bingo and Pizza Night (alternates with Family Movie Night). Doors open at 6 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m.
Weekly Activities at other places:
• Bible Study – Ongoing throughout the year, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Office.
• Ice Cream on the Beach – Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m. through August 29 at Pines Lake.
• Family Movie Night (part of alternate Family Thursdays) at 8 p.m. at Locust Lake Beach.
• Monday – Sunday at Pines Lake: from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through August 26.
• Friday – Sunday at Locust Lake: from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through August 26.
• Labor Day Weekend/Friday-Monday – Pines and Locust lake beaches open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
• Saturday, July 7 – Cornhole Tournament, more info TBA. DJ and Bonfire at Pines Lake.
• Sunday, July 9 – Anglers Club Fishing Contest 7—10 a.m. at
Locust Lake; Anglers Club Breakfast (Members Only) 10 – 11 a.m. Kids Pet Show at Pines Lake 10 a.m. Cornhole Tournament Finals
• Thursday, July 12 – Monthly Book Club Meeting, 7 p.m. at Administration Office.
• Saturday, July 14 – Archery Open House, 1 – 4 p.m. at the Archery Range. Family Trivia Night at The Chalet, 6 – 10 p.m.
• Saturday, July 21 – Archery Dinner Dance at The Chalet, 6 – 11 p.m. Balloon Sculptor and Campfire at Pines Lake, 7 – 9 p.m.
• Saturday, July 28 – Luau & Pig Roast at Locust Lake, 6 – 10 p.m.; music and food
• Saturday, August 5 – Annual Benefit Dinner &
Auction to benefit the PA Wounded Warriors at The Chalet starting at 5 p.m.
• Thursday, August 9 – Monthly Book Club meeting, 7 p.m. at the Administration Office.
• Saturday, August 11 – Family Fishing Contest at Pines Lake
hosted by the Anglers Club, 9 – 11 a.m. Fish Fry at The Chalet hosted by the Anglers Club (property owners in good standing only) from 4 – 7 p.m.
• Saturday, August 18 – Night at the Races at The Chalet, 6–10 p.m. • Saturday, August 26 – DMAP Certification at Archery Range, 9 a.m. Storyteller & Campfire at Locust Lake, 6:30 p.m.
• Saturday, September 1 – Cardboard Boat Races at Pines Lake, sign in from 1 – 2 p.m., races start at 2 p.m. DJ & Bonfire at Pines Lake, 7 – 11 p.m.
• Sunday, September 2 – Scavenger Hunt at Pines Lake starting at noon. Lobster Bake & Picnic at Locust Lake, 4 – 7 p.m.; preorders for lobster will be taken at the Administration Office. Fireworks at dusk at East Lake
Calling all Volunteers!
Volunteers are need for help with these activities. For more information, call Recreation Director Nicole Hill at 570-843-7323 or email Nicole@locustlakevillage.org.
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Pocono Wesleyan Church 203 Spur Road Pocono Lake, Pa. 570-646-7456 Poconolakewesleyan.org
St. Maximillian Kolbe RC 5112 Pocono Crest Road Pocono Pines, Pa. 570-646-6424 Stmaxkolbepoconos.org
St. Mark RC Church 1052 Bear Lake Road Thornhurst, Pa. 570-472-3061 Churchofstelizabeth stmark.org
Thornhurst United Methodist Church 342 Old River Road Thornhurst, Pa. 570-842-1434 Facebook: Thornhurst Umc
Congregation B’nai Harim Reformed 5349 Pocono Crest Boulevard Pocono Pines, Pa. 570-355-5350 Bnaiharimpoconos.org
Community Bible Church of Pocono Lake 899 Route 940 Pocono Lake, Pa. 570-646-8995 Poconolakechurch.org
Faith Lutheran Church of Blakeslee Route 940 & Robyn Lane Blakeslee, Pa. 570-646-0309 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FB: Faith Lutheran Church, Blakeslee PA
Nothin’ But Fish GONE FISHIN’
Kids Fishing Contest Kicks-Off Summer They were lined up around East Lake and ready to go waiting for LLV Anglers Club President Tom Rafter to give the signal that would start the club’s 25th annual Kids Fishing Contest held Saturday, May 26 between 9 and 11 a.m. under near perfect weather conditions.
The objective was to find out who amongst the 72 young anglers would reel in the biggest trout. Contest rules stipulated that any child 15 years of age and under could compete as long as they signed in at the Anglers’ sign up table located on the northwest shore of East Lake. In the event of a tie, the winner would be determined by that person’s sign-in time. The top three finishers had first choice of approximately 100 prizes which ranged from tackle boxes, rod-and-reel sets, lures, and nets among others partially donated by Pocono Boathouse. However, every young angler then could choose from the remaining prizes. Club Secretary Joe McCusker handled the signups assisted by Bob Wolek, Tom Rezner, and Dave Chorney. “We always hope that this contest is enough either to get kids started or to increase their interest in fishing,” said McCusker.
This year’s top three finishers were: Bella Famularo, with a 2.2 lb. trout; Devon Ferkler, a 1.12 lb. trout; and Anabel Helmandollar and Nick Rodden tied for third, each with a 1.1 lb. trout. It was the third time in the last three contests that Helmandollar had finished in third place; five years ago, she took
first place. Ferkler last year took first place with a 2 lb. trout.
“I was really happy,” said a surprised Famularo, 9, of her winning catch. “It kind of put up a fight.” She was part of a trio of fisherwomen that included her cousin Chloe Koppenhaffer, 8, and her sister Sophia, 7.
From left, Anglers Joe McCusker, Bob Wolek, and Dave Chorney go through another weigh-in at the Anglers Kids Fishing Contest.
According to the trio, each young lady caught a fish within minutes of each of their first casts. “On my first cast and I caught a fish!” exclaimed an excited Koppenhaffer. For her prize, Bella chose a tackle box but she didn’t intend to keep it for herself. “I made a deal with my cousin,” she explained on the condition that she might finish near the top, “because she didn’t have a tackle box.” Now Chloe has one.
Devon Ferkler, 10, who took first place in last year’s contest, said it was a good day for her, and chose a net for her prize. “It’s not because we don’t have any nets,” she said, “this is a bigger net.” Helmandollar, 11, was satisfied with her tie for third place with Rodden. “I feel good,” she said. “I like fishing, so I chose a net.”
Bella Famularo, 11, took first place with a 2.2 lb. trout, and chose a tackle box for her prize.
Devon Ferkler finished second with a 1.12 lb. trout, and chose a net for her prize.
Anabel Helmandollar tied for third place with a 1.12 lb. trout, and chose a net for her prize.
Rodden, nearing the age limit for the contest, simply enjoyed the event. “It was nice,” he said. “I was surprised at my third place tie.” He chose a revolving lure for his prize. However, after the contest he had lent it to Kim Wendling, who was fishing by the East Lake bridge with seven of her friends. Her party of eight agreed that Rodden is a “master instructor.”
Here’s How It Got Traction
Tom Rafter, president of the LLV Anglers Club, recalled how the club’s kids fishing contest attracted some unexpected attention. “A guy came up to us as we began the first contest,” Rafter said, “and asked us what we were doing. I said, ‘We’re fishing.’” Apparently, that was all this guy needed to know. Rafter said that he came back a bit later with a load of soda.“Then a second guy noticed what we were doing, and he came back with snacks,” Rafter continued. “That’s how this all started and grew into what it is today.”
Nick Rodden tied Anabel for third place with a 1.12 lb. trout, and chose a revolving gold lure for his prize which he allowed Kim Wendling to try out.
After the top winners made their choices from the prize table, every child who signed up for the contest got their chance to choose a prize based on their sign-up number.
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FISHIN’ AND HOPIN’
Fishing With The Kids There probably were as many fish stories as there were young anglers out for the LLV Anglers Club’s 25th annual Kids Fishing Contest held at East Lake.
Young Ethan Weaver, 6, was very optimistic as a first-timer in the contest. “I’ve been fishing two years and I go with my grandpa,” Ethan said. “I’m gonna get a big one.” His father, Adam, who accompanied Ethan on this fishing trip, said of the contest, “It’s fun for the kids to go out and fish.”
This year’s contest was not a first-time around for Austin Pierce, 4. His first time was last year with his grandfather, Jay Pierce. “I was here last year,” Austin said in a soft voice. “I’ve already got two and one got away. That was a hard one. Yeah, I’m having fun.”
Jay, who has been a LLV resident since 1986, mentioned that his kids were in the contest 25 or so years ago, said fishing has been a lifelong endeavor for him. “My daughter is 30 years old, and we started fishing here when she was 3. Even if you don’t have grandkids, you should come to watch. It’s great!”
Austin Pierce, 4, proudly shows one of his two catches in the Anglers Kids Fishing Contest.
Taylor Ricevuto, 10, and her brother Joey, 13, were intensely tracking their lines from their position on the south shore of East Lake. For Taylor this was the third time in the kids contest. “I was pretty close last year,” she said. “I was in the top four or five.” Joey, a seven-year fisherman, revealed that there is some degree of competition between him and his sister. “I beat her, she beats me,” he said of their low-key rivalry. But both of these young anglers agreed, “It’s fun.” Their mom, Nina, is the family’s fishing buddy. “I help them fish,” she said. “They give me the grunt jobs like clearing tangles.”
Nevertheless, Nina thinks the contest as well as fishing is awesome. “It’s a reason for everybody to get up in the morning,” she said. “It gets them away from video games. That’s the best thing about being up here.” Ken, their Dad who was fishing a few yards from Taylor and Joey, said of the annual kids contest, “It’s a great event and the first big weekend of the summer, and it’s good family time. It gets the kids off of X-Box to learn a different skill.”
Taylor Ricevuto, 10, is all in as she works her line during the Anglers Kids Fishing Contest.
Ethan Weaver, 6, with his Dad Adam, are signed up for the Anglers Kids Fishing Contest.
WHERE THEY LIVE
Anglers Make Fish Feel At Home There’s an unseen community that thrives at Locust Lake Village, courtesy of the Locust Lake Anglers Club. Since 1991, thousands of fish have found homes every year in Locust, East, and Pines lakes through the club’s stocking program. Stocking takes place as many as six times a year between April and December, and is recommended or approved by Bill Kirkpatrick Aquatic Environmental Consultants, of Scotland, Pa. Much to the delight of the Village’s fishermen, golden shiners, largemouth bass, black crappies, walleyes, and trout ply the depths of the Village’s lakes. Back on Saturday morning Mar. 31 of this year, eight Anglers convened at East Lake for the first Bob Getz, Jr, of Getz Farms in Jonas, Pa., carefully hands Anglers President Tom Rafter of a two-part trout stocking. Bob Getz and a net full of trout from the Getz Farms hatchery. his son Bob, Jr, of Getz Farms in Jonas, Pa., pulled up with 700 lbs. of trout that were to be evenly distributed between East and Locust lakes with the help of the Anglers. From left, Anglers Tom Hurry, Gary Facchiano, Sue Petro, Tom Rezner, and stocker Bob Getz, Jr, watch intently as Tom Rafter transfers a net full of trout to Joe McCusker for the water at the boat launch at Locust Lake.
Angler Tom Rezner is the pivot man between Bob Getz, Jr and Anglers Secretary Joe McCusker as Rezner is about to hand off a net full of trout to McCusker for stocking in Locust Lake.
While the air temperature hovered around 35 degrees, the water temperature of the lakes stood at about 50 degrees. “This is trout weather,” said Getz, Sr. “They grow and eat when the water is 50 degrees—that’s the best temperature for them.” He noted that there were a couple of tiger trouts in the load he had brought to LLV. “Tigers are not rare in hatcheries,” continued Getz, Sr, “but they’re impossible in the wild.” Getz Farm includes a hatchery where, according to Getz, Sr, “We cycle 30,000 fish a year.” Commenting on his delivery to LLV, he said, “You will be good. These trout average a pound.” Angler Sue Petro, observing the stocking, said, “They’re a nice size. I hope I can catch one.” Angler Mike Petro, Sue’s husband, talking with new Angler Gary Facchiano, with an eye to trout season, proclaimed, “There will be fish on the grill.” “It’s better than last year,” laughed Sue Petro. “That’s pretty much what I say every year. We’ll fish every weekend we can.”
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Bob Getz, Jr lifts a net bulging with trout while Anglers President Tom Rafter observes the process at East Lake as part of the March 30 trout stocking of East and Locust lakes.
Fishing Regs Fishing in the lakes at Locust Lake Village is covered by Pennsylvania state law, as stipulated by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Licenses • Are sold by license issuing agents such as Pocono Boathouse on Route 940, or online at www. pa.wildlifelicense.com.
• Current license, signed in
ink, is required of persons age 16 and over to fish or angle for any species of fish and to take fishbait, baitfish and species of amphibians and reptiles from Commonwealth water.
• Annual licenses are
valid from Dec. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018. While fishing, your license must be sgined in ink and must be displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must be prepared to furnish positive proof of identification.
• Resident license (annual) for ages 16-64: $23.90
• Senior resident license (annual) for ages 65+: $11.90
• Senior resident license (lifetime) for ages 65+: $51.90
• You qualify for a resident fishing license if you are a bona fide resident of Pennsylvania. Positive proof of identification is required and includes: valid Pa. driver’s license; a valid non-driver photo identification card; a current Pa. voter registration card.
Rods, lines and hooks • An angler may use a
maximum of three lines fished either by rod or by hand when fishing for gamefish, baitfish or both.
Panfish regulations • Daily Limit is 20
• Minimum lengths: Sunfish,
7 inches; Crappie, 9 inches; Yellow Perch, 9 inches.
• Sunfish includes Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds, Redear Sunfish.
• Crappie includes both
Avid fishermen line the shore of Locust Lake on the morning of Opening Day of Trout Season at Locust Lake Village.
LET THE FISHING BEGIN
Opening Day Of Trout Season At LLV With their rods raised for the official start at 8 a.m., scores of fishermen anxiously awaited the opening day of trout season on Saturday April 14 on the shores of East and Locust lakes as well as on the water in Locust Lake.
anything in the first five to ten minutes. I usually have to wait for an hour.” However, luck was not on Shaina’s side, but that didn’t matter to her.
“I’ve been fishing for three years,” she said while admiring her father’s catch. “I’ve never caught one while everybody else Andrew Henning and his Dad George enjoy fishing together on the Opening Day of Trout Season at LLV’s Locust Lake. catches fish. But I never fish any “I hope they’re hungry,” laughed other time than with my Dad. It’s his van at the East Lake parking Andrew added that he has Sue, referring to the hundreds of quality time with him.” lot and staked a claim with a caught every species in Pines trout that the LLV Anglers Club had Tony added, as only a father couple of chairs. “You got to be Lake but a crappy. “He is previously stocked at both lakes. could, “She’s my lucky charm.” early,” Lee said. “Otherwise you extremely serious about fishing,” It didn’t take long for Tony won’t get a good spot.” said George. Last year Andrew Shaina was recognized by LLV Catizone to find out. Catizone caught a 26-inch walleye and a and his daughter Shaina, a nurse Security in the Villager last year He should know. Lee has been 27-inch bass in Pines Lake. “It’s at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley for her quick action in helping to fishing for 30 years, and has about being out here together,” stabilize a heart attack victim in caught his fair share in fresh Maternity Center in WilkesGeorge said of his days fishing the Village. water and deep sea. A general Barre, had taken up a spot not with Andrew. contractor, he tries to get out to too far from the Petros. Mike Lee wasn’t taking any East Lake three or four times a Offering a small insight into his chances on missing out on a “That’s lunch,” Tony proudly season—work permitting. fishing strategy, Andrew said, good spot along East Lake. On declared of his first catch. “It “It’s catching at the right spot at Friday afternoon, he pulled up Of this year’s opening day of trout the right time.” feels great. I usually don’t catch season, he commented, “It’s just another beautiful day in paradise.” Tom Rafter, president of the LLV Anglers Club, also was at Over at Locust Lake, Andrew his favorite spot along East Henning, 9, was there with his Lake. “This is probably the best Dad, George. “I caught a Tiger opening day of trout season,” Trout on my third cast,” Andrew Rafter said. “I can’t remember it said, who, according to George, being this good. And this is one of may have a career as a biologist, the sunniest days we ever had.” botanist or environmentalist. “I got my first new species with the With the temperature at 50 Tiger Trout.” degrees under sunny skies, who could disagree? “You never know what’s going to happen,” said Mike Petro as he and his wife Sue eyed up the prospects at East Lake.
Black and White Crappies Tony Catizone raises high his first catch of the day that he reeled in within five to 10 minutes of the Opening Day of Trout Season at East Lake.
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Nothin’ But Fish
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Memorial Day WEEKEND RECIPES TO SAVOR
From The Home Kitchens Of LLV Recipes never go out of style, and some are guarded family secrets. Beginning with this edition of the Villager, we will highlight recipes from “Locust Lake’s Favorite Recipe Book,” a collection put together in 2008 by Locust Lake Village’s Recreation Committe. You will find names of familiar as well as not-so-familiar LLV cooks who contributed their culinary gems to this handsome 64page book published by Morris Press Cookbooks of Kearney, Nebraska. But don’t feel left out! Share a favorite recipe in the Villager with your fellow LLVers by sending it to Fran Odyniec, Villager editorial coordinator, at Francis1937@ live.com. Bon appetite!
“Locust Lake’s Favorite Recipes”
Broccoli Salad – Carrie Pohl
Salad 2 bunches broccoli ½ cup raisins ½ sunflower seeds, shelled 12 pieces bacon, fried and crumbled Dressing 1 cup salad dressing ½ cup sugar 2 tablespoons vinegar
The first Friday Night BBQ of the season brought out an army of diners that couldn’t wait to sit down to a dinner of ribs and sides at The Chalet.
Enjoying a comfortable evening out on The Chalet’s deck during the first Friday Night BBQ of 2018, diners engage in conversation along with their meals.
RIBS, CLAMS AND SHRIMP
Memorial Weekend Eats At LLV Two culinary events that traditionally signal the opening of the summer season over the Memorial Day Weekend at Locust Lake Village made their much anticipated return: the Friday Night BBQ and the Memorial Day Clam Bake and Picnic.
The Friday Night BBQ (every Friday night from 5:30 to 8:30 through Labor Day Weekend at The Chalet) offered a menu that included hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, sausage, and ribs as well as a tastetempting buffet of side dishes such as potato salad, cole slaw, broccoli salad, baked beans, macaroni salad, cucumbers and onion salad, rotini salad, fruit salad, and garden salad. Diners had their choice of a full meal or al a carte, reasonably priced accordingly, and could enjoy their meals either at tables in The Chalet, on the deck, or on the lower patio. “The weather could not have been better for our first BBQ of the season,” said LLV Recreation Director Nicole Hill. “This was a busy night if not as busy as any Friday night last year. It was a great way to open the summer season.”
Volunteer cooks and runners had their hands full. The consensus opinion of that crew, who kept up with order after order especially the racks of ribs: “We were busy!” But, for the Sunday Clam Bake and Picnic originally scheduled for Pines Lake, the weather turned wet and nasty like a disgruntled New York waiter. “That threw a slight hitch into our plans,” said Hill. “So, we got out an eBlast and moved the event once again, like we did last Labor Day, to The Chalet.”
Separate broccoli and mix with raisins, sunflower seeds and bacon. Mix dressing ingredients together. Pour dressing over salad and mix. Refrigerate for a few hours.
Fettuccine ‘Eileenie’ – Eileen A. Binns
3 oz. fettuccine 8 oz. shrimp, frozen 2 cups mixed vegetables, frozen 1 teaspoon butter 1 teaspoon cornstarch ½ teaspoon bouillon granules ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper ¾ cup skim milk 2 tablespoons skim milk 2 tablespoons cheese, grated
In a large saucepan, cook pasta. Add shrimp and frozen vegetables. Return to heat, cook gently 1 to 3 minutes. Drain and return to saucepan. In a small pan melt butter. Stir in cornstarch, bouillon granules and lemon pepper. Add ¾ cup of milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of milk. Pour over pasta mixture. Toss to combine.
The change in venue didn’t dampen any of the appetites. Hill had ordered 2,100 clams and 80 lbs. of shrimp. “If you hadn’t pre-ordered as we had suggested,” she said. “You were out of luck, but you could also choose from some of the Friday Night BBQ items that were on the menu.” Hill said that either event could not have happened without the help of an army of volunteers. “These LLVers are dedicated to helping make events like these happen,” she said. “They are the huge difference that reinforces the community spirit here in the Village.” Menus for the Friday Night BBQ are posted weekly in eBlasts from the LLV Recreation Department and will feature a signature entre such as ribs, seafood, or rib eye steak in addition to traditional BBQ fare.
Volunteer Dawn Dayton does a 50-50 sale, while volunteer Tom Cortez checks in on a diner’s request.
Getting the clams and a burger or two ready for hungry diners, the volunteers (from left) Mena Spitz, Community Manager Dan Dougherty Jr, Recreation Director Nicole Hill, and Dee Kasarda sort things out.
Under the watchful eye of volunteer George Leonhardt, volunteer Wade Burchell successfully makes another burger transfer to volunteer Dee Kasarda.
Ambrosia – Jan Gavzy
11/2 cans (or 20 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained 3 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained 2 oranges, cut into small pieces 1 pint sour cream 1 (10 ½ oz.) pkg. miniature marshmallows 1 (7 oz.)pkg. coconut
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving. Serves a large crowd.
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Volunteer Larry Macolly points to another order of clams that’s nearly ready for the table.
VILLAGE LIFE EVENT
New Property Owners Welcomed With Wine And Cheese As part of the Memorial Day Weekend festivities to kick off the summer at Locust Lake Village, the Village Life Committee held another in a series of Welcome Wine and Cheese receptions for new property owners Saturday evening, May 26 at The Chalet.
“We decided to hold the Wine and Cheese on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend,” said Diane DiSandro, chair of the Village Life Committee, “because, with so many people up for the weekend, it was an ideal opportunity for new residents to Deb and Ray Tatum meet fellow-LLVers. It also was an opportunity for folks to meet the new assistant community They had looked at a couple manager, Don Fantry.” of other Pocono Mountain communities before choosing Commenting on attendance, LLV. They settled on their home DiSandro said that the event in the Village last August. was one of the largest that the committee has hosted, “We did our research,” Angie and included LLV Community continued. “None had nowhere Manager Dan Dougherty Jr and near the activities that LLV members of the LLV Property has. There’s a great sense of Owners Association Board of community, and you still feel Directors. the opportunity for privacy and family time.” New property owners Deb and Steve Tatum, of Mickleton, N.J., That was just fine as far as had looked at ten homes in their children Nate and Lily are the Village before they went to concerned and who are looking settlement in October of last forward to a full summer at year. “It’s a fixer-upper, but it LLV. “It’s a lot of fun and good inspired us,” said Steve of their experiences,” said Nate. “I’ve met choice. “It was a labor of love.” a lot of new friends.” But the attraction to LLV started some time ago. “We stayed with friends here in the Village many times,” he continued. “The beach, the people you meet, it’s not a five-star community, it’s ten stars. It’s magnificent.” Deb added, “Our friends made it so much fun, we had to get a place up here. I pray that this house brings love to us and our family. It has everything to do that.” Both Steve and Deb also are gardeners, and already have a box in the new Community Garden by East Lake. “That’s over the top,” said Steve of the garden. “I was worrying how they would keep the deer out. All the plants are protected and there’s a watering system, too.”
For Ray and Angie Schinzel, of Havertown, Pa., coming to LLV was “not just buying a house, we were buying an experience,” said Angie.
Shannon and Frank Shaffer
Ray and Angie Schnizel with Nate and Lily
It took only one weekend for Frank and Shannon Shaffer, of Wyomissing, Pa., to go the route that brought them to the Village in October of 2016.
little electric motor,” Shannon laughed.
“We rented one weekend,” Shannon said. “It kind of sold us, and, yeah, we need to be here.”
When they came to the Welcome event, little did either couple
realize that they would meet again so soon at The Chalet. “Things like that happen at Locust Lake,” said Diane DiSandro.
Their initial thought was that they wanted a place that would be within two hours of Wyomissing.
“The (Jersey) shore wasn’t for us,” said Frank. “It would take four hours to get there. To be here within two hours makes it easy for us to get here more often.”
Shannon quickly found the LLV environment much to her and Lily agreed. “I like fun activities,” she said, “and I made new friends.” Steve’s liking. During the Welcome event, Nate and Lily joined the LLV Archery Club and said they also will join the LLV Anglers Club.
“I think it will be a lot of fun to learn to shoot and make friends,” Lily said of the archery club. Angie pointed out that both kids have been doing some archery with their grandfather. However, Ray and Angie kept their LLV house a secret from Nate and Lily. “The kids didn’t know we were going to buy it,” admitted Angie. “We brought them up and asked them what they thought of the place.”
Then Ray let the cat out of the bag. “I’ll tell you something,” he said to them. “We’re going to buy this house.” Ray said that Nate and Lily immediately began picking out their rooms.
“You come here and you’re in a different environment from the fast-paced one at home,” she said. “And the people, more than anything (make it different).”
The LLV Ski Hill could factor into their son’s weekend plans come this winter. But both Frank and Shannon like being near and on the water. “That’s the most important thing,” said Shannon. “Activities come later.”
To prove their point, they had sat earlier in the day that Saturday for three hours in their kayaks on Locust Lake. That’s where they made an initial connection with Deb and Steve Tatum. Deb and Steve were passing by in their paddle boat but didn’t seem to be paddling, Frank and Shannon had noticed. “They were cheating with their
Joann Yakscoe, left, and her daughter Dana Klepacki in the middle of some their “priceless possessions” during the Memorial Day Weekend LLV Yard Sale.
PARTING IS SWEET SORROW
What’s a yard sale?
Although the Memorial Day Weekend Yard Sale was somewhat curtailed by rain, Saturday was a near perfect day for the sale. Joann Yakscoe and her daughter Dana Klepacki made the best of the day with their tables of “stuff.” “These are priceless possessions that other people can enjoy,” said Joann as she took perhaps a final look at them. Dana offered some hope. “We may part with these priceless possessions but they’ll remain in the community with our neighbors.”
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Easter Sunrise Service Rev. Stephen Gray, of Pocono Lake Wesleyan Church, led the Easter Sunrise Service at East Lake on Sunday, April 1. The church hosts the annual service on the shore of the lake attended by as many as 75 worshippers. Breakfast followed at LLV’s The Chalet, prepared by members of the congregation. – Photo by Tom Dowd
Mardi Gras Happy You’d never believe it, but, then you might. That’s Ardy Merrell and Bob Boyer whooping it up at a Mardi Gras Party held at Oceanside Village in Surfside, S.C. Photo submitted by Bob Boyer
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For the older kids 5 to 12 years of age, the Easter Egg Hunt took place on a blocked off stretch of Hillside Terrace.
The Easter Bunny visits with Barb and Jack Lauser and Kyle Lauser, Jr, age 2.
Kids from 0-4 years of age are on the Easter Egg Hunt on the deck of The Chalet.
EASTER FUN AT LLV
Easter Bunny Does Breakfast With 20 Of His Closest Friends Snow from a storm that had covered the Ski Hill earlier in the week couldn’t keep the Easter Bunny away as he hopped into The Chalet Saturday morning, March 24 for breakfast with an “eggstatic” contingent of 20 young LLVers, holiday crafts, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. “I got up at 7:30,” said Shane Fitzgerald, 4, who was accompanied by Krystal Myers. “All he kept saying was, ‘We gotta get there to see the Easter Bunny’,” Myers said as she and Shane made their way through the breakfast buffet line. “We’ve been here to see Santa and the Halloween Party but this is our first time for the Easter Bunny. It’s excellent.”
Barb and Jack Lauser along with Kyle, Jr., 2, also were new-comers for the Easter Bunny breakfast. “This is our first time,” said Jack. “We just bought (their home) in September.” “It’s very nice,” said Barb, “and the food is excellent. We definitely are looking forward to other events here in the Village.” LLV cook Tom Spitz and his son Andrew created made-to-order omelets in addition to the taste-tempting offerings at the buffet table that included sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, sausage and egg bake, and home fries. Meanwhile down in The Chalet’s crafts room, young LLVers were busy decorating eggs with a variety of designs.
Shane Fitzgerald, 4, politely raises his plate requesting some sausage from volunteer Pat Holohan as Krystal Myers observes with an approving look.
The Easter Bunny lends a helping hand to a young egg hunter on the deck of The Chalet.
Sarah Buckley, 10, with Lily Schinzel, 9, explained the process involved with the time-honored art of egg dyeing and decorating. “Put the egg into the dye you choose,” said Sarah, allowing time for the dye to dry. “Then you make a design with a white crayon.” Lily described the drying process. “You rest your egg on the base,” she said of the cradle-like device that is an essential part of the process, “and let it dry.”
The girls were accompanied by Lily’s step-mom Angela Schienzo, who appeared to be having as Sarah Buckley, 10, and Lily Schinzel, 9, display their finished much fun as Sarah and Lily, and said that the three products. of them were up at LLV for a “girls weekend.”
After breakfast, egg decorating, and visits with the Easter Bunny, it was time for the Easter Egg Hunt.
LLV Recreation Director Nicole Hill said that due to the covering of snow on the Ski Hill, the hunt took place in two waves: one on The Chalet’s deck for kids 0 to 4; the other, on a blocked off stretch of Hillside Terrace for kids 5 to 12. “We couldn’t really use the Ski Hill for the hunt,” Hill said. “So for safety’s sake, we had the younger kids on the deck and the older kids out on the Terrace. Our thanks to LLV Security for closing that portion of Hillside Terrace for the older kids.” From left, Lilyanna Pace, 4, Charlee Bachor, 5, Maddie Johnston, 1, and Dani Bachor, 3, do justice to their meal while waiting for the arrival of the Easter Bunny.
Assisting Hill with the event were volunteers Carrie Pohl, Lisa Spitz, Becca Spitz, Diane DiSandro, Dawn Dayton, Adam Hill, Bill and Eileen Binns, Tom Spitz, Andrew Spitz, Mike and Gloria Pellegrino, Pat Holohan, and Terry Jones.
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ARCHERS OPEN HOUSE
Another Season Begins At The Range The Locust Lake Village Archery Club marked the start of its seventh season on Saturday May 5 with an Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its archery range located just above the Village’s Sledding Hill.
Those LLV archers were at the ready as more than 50 people of all ages found their way to the range. The club made sure that six of its members were near the firing line at all times throughout the event to help the experienced and notso-experienced archer take aim on nine standing targets. “We chose folks for instructors who are comfortable working with people,” said Bob Gettis, vice president of the club. “And we brought out additional bows and arrows so that folks would not have to wait a long time for their turn.”
“Nice, bring your bow back, not in,” gently instructed Archer John Robinson as Sameera Adnan listened carefully as she took her first ever aim at a target. Robinson’s advice paid off as she successfully began grouping her shots near the bull’s eye. “This is my first time,” said Sameera with a warm, satisfied smile. “Being calm and relaxed helped with grouping my arrows.” Robinson, monitoring her progress, told her, “Your grouping is getting better.”
Archer John Robinson shows Sameera Advan the way to steady her bow before releasing the arrow.
Bill Eisemann, who with his wife Kristen bought their house in LLV in July 2017, has been doing archery since he was 12. “It’s a get-away,” he said of the sport. “I don’t think about work and I’m out in nature. I’m mostly a bow hunter.” Kristen, a first-time archer, set herself at the shooting line with a cross bow. “I looked through the scope, and had to focus with both eyes. I want to try more!” Bill, drawing on his wealth of archery experience, commented, “It’s easier to shoot with a cross bow. It’s more forgiving and accurate.”
Jim and Jean Sullivan were quick to take a turn at the shooting line. “We saw the listing [about the open house in the weekly e-Blast] and said, ‘Why not come up?” said Archer John Robinson agrees with an elated Dawn VonBerg over how easy it seemed to hit the target. Jean. The Sullivans became LLV property owners in April 2017, and are continuing to explore the amenities of the Village. “That’s what makes LLV tick,” said Jim, not the least of which is archery. “We decided to try it and see what happens and give it a shot.” Jean was more than up for the opportunity to take a bow in hand. “You’re never too old to learn something new,” she said with cool confidence. “I had no anxiety, and if I did, I wouldn’t be here.”
Archer Dave Chorney offers words of confidence to Alexa VonBerg, 11.
A new feature this year at the archery range is a range dedicated to the younger set. “Many families bring their children to our open houses,” said Gettis, “some younger than ten. So, we set up a safe area for kids. It’s a secluded area, and they’re always with a club member.”
Anabel Helmandollar, 11, no stranger to LLV activities especially the Anglers Kids Fishing Contest, stepped up to the shooting line at the kids range. Archer Bob Wolek offered encouragement and advice. “Be persistent and try to do the same thing over and over,” he told her.
However, Anabel is not a newcomer to archery. She was introduced to the sport through the Girl Scouts. “I like it,” Anabel said, “and getting outdoors. I can practice and get better at it. I’m more interested in the sport than in hunting.” “This is one of the reasons we bought a house here,” said Stacy, Anabel’s Mom. “LLV is geared to family and friends. We’re outdoor people. This is my Disney World.” Archers’ Secretary Dave Chorney was helping Alexa Van Berg, 11, get comfortable at the shooting line back at the main range. “Keep your arm steady,” Chorney suggested. “It’s fun,” said Alexa, who wanted to hit one of the target balloons on her first try.
Archer Bob Gettis goes over some of the
Carol Chesnet, Alexa’s grandmother, another first-time archer, had a slightly different reaction. “I hit a balloon,” she gushed with a big smile basics of archery with Jean Sullivan. as she raised her arms in victory. “I just got bragging rights.” And she was awarded an archery club souvenir cooling bag for her achievement. Carol’s daughter, Dawn VonBerg was almost as excited as her Mom as she hit the target. “I did it,” she said jubilantly. “It’s my first time!”
John Robinson confirmed Dawn’s initial prowess with the bow. “Her arrow goes straight and she has a clean release.” Gettis, taking a break from giving some instruction, pointed out that the club had added a “zoo” to the range. “They’re actually 3-D targets,” he said, “but we won’t be using them today. It’s more for awareness and for the young kids.”
The “zoo” includes: two black bears, a warthog, a wolverine, a prairie dog, a rabbit, a turkey, a deer, and a raccoon. According to Gettis, the 3-D targets simulate what the experienced archer or hunter may see in the wild. He said that the goal of an open house is to provide the community with a fun afternoon and to help grow club membership. Judging by the reaction of the attendees at their May 5 Open House, the Archers were right on target.
First-time archer Carol Chesnet accepts the prize from Archer Diane Wolek for hitting a target balloon during the Archers Open House.
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Chairman’s Message residents, but who have eyes, ears, and abilities to help better the community. They should not be excluded from the ability to participate in elected positions to enhance the village. As a non-full-time resident and your Board Chairman, I strongly believe that non-residents can have an impact, and I ask that you vote for those who are capable of representing your interests for the overall community. In light of that statement, I wish to point out that as a non-resident and chair of your board, I worked to initiate the hire of a full-time code enforcement officer to our Ranger Security staff in order to assure compliance with LLV property rules and regulations; supported the 2018 roads project for proactive planning; represented the association in court to obtain judgements; and developed aggressive collections tactics and accounting systems on over 100 accounts resulting in more than $100,000 in judgments among other projects.
Spaghetti and Bingo Like mozzarella and pasta, the annual Spaghetti Dinner brings together appetites and friendship to benefit one of Locus Lake Village’s most popular recreational events, Monday Night Adult Bingo. Held at The Chalet on Saturday evening, April 21, proceeds from the dinner “go to the Bingo fund in the recreation budget,” said Marcia Rezner, now in her second year as chair of Bingo. “Bingo is the type of event that you can enjoy, get lucky, and win.” Doors at The Chalet open at 6 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m. Above, reminiscent of the spaghetti scene in the hilarious Marx Brothers movie, “Night at the Opera,” Diane Ruggiero delightfully serves up a heaping helping of the “little strings” pasta.
Non-full-time residents are able to “know what is going on” if they apply themselves and have support from good quality staff. Working for our village only takes commitment; most non-fulltime residents just as most full-time residents share the same passion and concern for a place we all pay for and enjoy. Your Board can consist of non-full-time resident members as long as they share values for transparency and honesty, can obligate themselves to the concerns of the general populace and not a few pushing an agenda, and who feel they can run the Village like a business, looking to sustain it with a healthy budget and a well-run operation. Overall, I step down with a hopeful heart and the community in good financial shape with some initiatives in collections to further bolster our reserves. I want to thank all who have helped me learn along the way and that have been sounding boards for some of the projects and initiatives. I always try to keep in mind that we are all neighbors at the end of the day and that we ALL should have the best interest of our village at heart. Good luck to all members, and I will be around and remain active in the coming year.
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About Village People A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
VILLAGE LIFE BOOK CLUB
Review of Books The Village Life Book Club rates the books its members read on a scale of from one to five acorns. Titles chosen are varied so that the acorns will fall where they may based on members’ opinions.
“We plan to share our reviews with the LLV community through the Villager,” said Barbara Halligan, the club’s coordinator. “It’s our goal as a club to encourage LLVers to read as well as to join us for interesting insight and lively discussion.” The Village Life Book Club meets the second Thursday evening of each month at 7 o’clock. With the return of the warm weather, Book Clubbers will meet in The Chalet, or outside on the deck. “Read the book and come join us for discussion and fun,” added Diane DiSandro, chair of the Village Life Committee. To learn the club’s “book of the month,” call the Administration Office (570-646-3616), pick up the club’s flyer at the office, check the Thursday e-Blast from Nicole Hill, or contact Barbara Halligan (email@example.com) or Diane DiSandro (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This quarter’s reviews
The Spy: A Novel of Mata Hari by Paulo Coelho So, was Mata Hari a spy? Or a scapegoat, tried, convicted and executed to improve the morale of a country tired of war? The Spy provides a fictionalized account of the life of the infamous Mata Hari, a woman who tested the boundaries of decent feminine behavior at a time when the Victorian era was still within living memory. Mata Hari left her family, her husband and child, and went on to forge her own path, using sex and lies to pave the way. With her novel erotic act, the “Dance of the Seven Veils,” she entertained and titillated European society as an exotic dancer and became a courtesan to wealthy and powerful men. But with fame comes controversy, and sometimes suspicion. At the height of World War One, she is arrested and tried for espionage, her name becoming forever synonymous with “femme fatale”.
The short read (209 pages on Kindle) won’t answer all of your questions, and can get confusing when dealing with the question of espionage and the arrest. However, one must keep in mind that this is a fictionalized account, and the story did evoke discussion regarding what options were open to the women of her time, especially regarding potential occupations, sexuality, abuse and injustice. – Barbara Halligan We give it: 3 out of 5 acorns.
We all know an “Ove.” Ove is a man who has never been a highly social fellow, and now has become even crankier and more anti-social since losing his wife. A man with obsessive compulsive tendencies, he can’t stand a thing out of place, or an opinion that doesn’t correspond with his. Ove feels it is his duty to ensure that the members of his community follow the rules, and hilariously does his best to police the neighborhood. A new family moves in across the way that includes an inept husband, a very pregnant and opinionated wife, and their two young daughters. With this development, Ove is reluctantly dragged into all sorts of interactions with people he would just as soon ignore. However, once he’s involved, he’s compelled to help, and the story provides glimpses into the secretly kind, generous and sad soul that is Ove. The book switches back and forth between the present and the past to tell Ove’s story, which is not to everyone’s liking. But in doing so, it helps the reader to understand the depths of a cranky old man. This book won’t only delight you as a story; it may inspire you to reach out to the cranky old man in your life, with a little more compassion and understanding then you had before. – Barbara Halligan We give it: 5 out of 5 acorns.
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly “Father loved the fact that a lilac only blossoms after a hard winter.” This line essentially sums up the point of this story, and how three women make it through what is inevitably the most difficult time in not only their lives, but the lives of the entire world. It is the story of how these women deal with the struggles of World War Two. Caroline is a New York socialite who yearns to do her part in helping the victims of the war, often to the dismay of her social circle. The love she finds is cruelly taken from her in a way in which no decent person would fight back, so she focuses her energy in doing everything she can to help the forgotten women in war torn Europe. Kasia is a carefree teenage girl in Poland, living a dream that turns into a nightmare when Hitler invades her homeland. She stubbornly refuses to hide behind her femininity and pushes her way into helping with the underground resistance. The risks she takes could bring the Nazis down on her at any moment. Herta pulls herself up from a dreary and tragic childhood to become a physician, and in 1940’s Germany, she’s a woman in a staunchly male world. Frustrated that her talents are completely underused simply because she’s a woman, Herta joins the medical staff at the notorious concentration camp Ravensbruck. The cruelty she witnesses forces her to make hard decisions about how she will conduct herself as a professional and as a human being. This book provided a rare glimpse into how the actions of these women made impacts on the lives of people near them, as well as on the lives of people they never even met. A compelling story that brings to life the experiences, lives and loves of the women affected by the war, and tells us both the physical and emotional toll it took on their lives. – Barbara Halligan We give it: 5 out of 5 acorns.
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Village Life Book Club Recommends… Summer’s here and the time is right for reading on the beach, or at any place you may choose at LLV. The Village Life Book Club suggests a few titles that should more than help you while away the summer and help satisfy your appetite for a good read. Barbara Halligan, coordinator of the Book Club, compiled the following list:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A science fiction novel about virtual gaming that will hold a special place in the hearts of ‘80s babies. Won “Amazon’s Best Book of the Month” in August, 2011.
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by Leni Zumas
A dystopian novel about women’s rights - is this about the future? Or can this happen now? A New York Times Editor’s Choice.
The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
A psychological thriller along the lines of “Gone Girl.” An instant No. 1 New York Times bestseller.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
A single mother. A perfect suburban neighborhood. A custody battle. Excellent character study. Named a Best Book of the Year by: People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, the list goes on and on.
The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
A woman with a past makes a new friend...but the friend may be no friend at all. Reminiscent of “Big Little Lies.”
by Joanne Weck and Margaret Carson
A Pocono Mountain mystery for those of us who like a little local flavor. Available on Amazon.
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Cocktail Corner By Carl Piazza, Mixologist
Just in time for summer, the Lemon Drop Martini is a classic summer drink that is refreshing and clean. There are many versions, however this is a favorite in my house, and they keep coming back for more. The key to a great Lemon Drop is simple syrup, fresh lemon, and a cocktail shaker. Then it’s all about the presentation.
Simple syrup (although, I must admit that when I heard about this the first time, I thought I needed to run out to the grocery store or liquor store, so forget about it) is actually very easy to put together that we make a batch and store in the fridge, so we have it handy. It is used in many, many drinks, so it won’t go to waste. Here’s what you have to do: Boil equal parts sugar and water, that’s it! We make one cup at a time (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water) and store it in a glass or plastic container after it cools a bit. Now back to the Lemon Drop, the classic summer martini. Ingredients: 3 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Simple Syrup 1 Lemon
Super Fine Sugar Directions:
The Presentation - Cut the lemon in half for squeezing, then cut about an 1/8 inch slice from one of the halves. Cut that slice in half like you would if you were to start slicing a pizza pie. Take half the slice and rim the martini glass inside and out on the top ¼ inch of the rim of the glass. Then, holding the glass upside down, either sprinkle or dip the glass with or into super fine sugar. Cut a small notch into the remaining slice and secure it to the rim of the glass. The Drink - Fill the shaker with ice cubes, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, and juice of the lemon. Shake Festival ad 9-17_Layout 9/18/2017 10:18 PM glass. Page 1Enjoy!!! like crazy and strain1 into the martini l l l
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The Good, The Bad, And The Oooh So Ugly By Rose Petal
While some people may have come to your mind when you read the title, this article is about those creepy-crawlies you find in the soil and on your beloved plants. What I am finding is that most of them are good – for your plants. However, there are the bad ones whose diet destroys what it takes you a season to grow. Good or bad, to me, they are all ugly. I enjoy gardening and understand the balance of nature, but I can’t stand nature’s tiniest creatures crawling or landing on me. That feeling of itsy bitsy legs climbing on my skin, leaving behind who-knows-
what, and maybe sinking their pointy fangs into me, makes my reflexes jolt like a horse bucking from a bee sting. If you’re like me and can’t stand those tiniest creatures crawling or landing on unprotected skin, consider using an insect repellant like “OFF” before heading for your garden or Community Garden box. There is no way that a list can be provided that tells you all of the good or bad bugs because there are so many. Some that are good and look kinda cute as adults, have really sick looking
larvae—and I mean sick. For example, the “good” lady bug and the lacewing adults aren’t too bad to look at and are good for your garden because they eat aphids. But both their appetites are outdone by their own larvae who consume aphids* like a teenage boy at dinner time. So, the cute adult ladybugs and lacewings are good for the garden but their ugly babies (i.e. larvae) are better. We don’t like to see ugly; it just seems that ugly denotes bad— kill the ugly, kill the bad is our state of mind. Not sure this is a correct analysis but it works for me. Most of us have the internet at our fingertips so look up the ugly before you end a life. There are many websites that speak to your garden nemesis. Take a look at gardeners.com then go to the “pests and diseases directory.” Or you can go to Penn State Extension at extension. psu.edu and look up “pests and diseases” or “trees, lawns, and landscaping.”
My point is that we should not swat, squash, step-on, or spray every bug because it is ugly or we “think” it must be bad. I need to work on this myself. Change my thinking to realizing that they all have their place in nature and a job to do. Our job is to make sure we know what we are doing when we curtail the ugly because they may be the good ugly.
Aphid larva on a leaf
An adult lantern fly
A lantern fly with extended wings
*Aphids: microscopic insects that suck the sap right out of the plant thus killing it. This sap is the plant’s life blood. Aphids come in many colors but in this area, in a residential garden, you will probably see them as white or slightly yellow or pink. Look on the underside of the leaves and the stems. They usually attack by the hundreds. Lacewings and ladybugs are great natural predators.
PS: An example of cute but bad is the spotted lanternfly. It is invasive and so destructive the State is trying like h_ _ _ to get rid of it. If you see one, take a picture of it. Then contact PA Invasive Species Hotline on 866253-7180 or on email@example.com . If you can capture it in a jar of alcohol, do so. Otherwise, kill it. There is more information on https://extension.psu.edu and search for lanternfly. PAGE 26 | LOCUST LAKE VILLAGER | SUMMER 2018
They’re Back – Our Feathered Friends! By Bob Gettis
2018 has gotten off to a spectacular start in Locust Lake and within driving distance. Well driving distance might be a bit of an exaggeration but in February my work brought me to Long Island, N.Y. and at the end of the day my travels took me to Quogue a peninsula on the South shore. An expert birder that I encountered pointed me to a spotting of the Snowy Owl, a first for me and a memorable event. Locust Lake has been alive with some special surprises including a great shot by Locust Lake birder Kathy Devine of the Baltimore Oriole. We’re pleased to report sightings of spring time visits from the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks with the male’s unmistakable red apron.
Mary Gettis noticed the Kingfisher atop a dock post on Pines Lake. The Kingfisher hovers when he fishes, has a unique call and flies in a distinctive wavy pattern. In capturing the shot of the Grosbeak I was treated to an early view of the Humming bird. Two Jays were like a mirror image on a pine branch. Lastly, the remarkable Osprey had a fish lunch on a nearby branch. With those talons nothing is safe! My thanks to Kathy and Mary for their pictures and to Rich DeMarco for his shot of an eagle. Those that might be interested in being part of a LLV birding club write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eagle -- Photo by Rich DeMarco
Where Have All The Sailors Gone? This is “the way we were” at Locust Lake Village around 1983, as a veritable flotilla of Sunfish glide by on Locust Lake in this photo taken by Julius Kiss and submitted by his wife Johanna.
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New RFPs For 2018 Road Plan To Be Sent engineering and documents for the original request for proposal (RFP) which has been updated and sent to contractors in the region, and to review submitted bids. The firm also will inspect all aspects of completed road and drainage work to assure compliance with PennDot standards and quality control according to contract documents and specifications. After the LLV POA board at the May meeting voted 5-4 against funding the bid from Wayco on the plan recommended by the committee citing a lack of information and an allencompassing list of potential contractors, Peters updated the original RFP and attended the committee meeting to field questions and concerns that the committee might have. This was done at the request of committee chair Steve Marga and Community Manager Dan Dougherty Jr. Peters sent notice of the availability of the RFP to
31 contractors located in northeastern Pennsylvania ranging from Kunkeltown, Easton, Pocono Summit, Stroudsburg to Tannersville and Honesdale.
He also explained that one company can bid on the entire project or can bid on certain items. Peters reassured the committee that regardless of the number of contractors on the project, his firm will make certain that all work is done according to contract documents and technical specifications. The new schedule for reissuing the RFP called for notices to go out before June 5. Responses and bids are expected to be submitted by noon of June 22. After the review is completed, the committee’s recommendation will go to the LLV POA board for its review followed by its vote at the board’s annual meeting on Saturday July 21. “This project should be done by Nov. 15,” Peters said, referring to the
deadline imposed by winter weather for road work. He assured the committee that “It will be in compliance with PennDot standards.”
In preparing the contract documents and technical specifications for the original RFP, Peters Consulting had already performed an analysis of the conditions of every road
in the Village and the condition of the drainage associated with those roads. “Everything has been plotted, evaluated, and documented,” Peters said. “That is part of our contract with the Village.”
He specifically mentioned that all the project work will be done by bonded contractors. “This
protects the Village against any liability claims.” According to Peters, the only drawback in the first RFP was the tight timeline. “It was the only discouraging part of the original RFP.” The committee had hoped that work could be started in May, but Peters said that limited the number of contractors who would be interested in such a schedule.
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Call For Candidates For LLV POA Board the board. Tony Ruggiero was appointed to fill the vacancy on the board when John Laughner resigned, and is eligible to run again.
for office. To be placed on the ballot, a person must complete a candidate’s questionnaire and secure a petition with five signatures of members in good standing. The names Under Village Bylaws, a of those wishing to run will candidate elected to the board then be placed before the LLV can hold the office for two POA board at the annual board consecutive terms, after which meeting in July for nomination he or she must step down and to the ballot. Nominations can let one year pass. After one year, be made from the floor during that person can then again run the annual meeting.
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A Meet the Candidate Night for those nominated will be held at The Chalet on a Saturday evening to be determined before the election. Ballots will then be mailed to POA members in good standing for their vote. Regardless of how many properties a POA member in good standing may own, a property owner is entitled to only one vote.
Deadline for returning ballots by mail, or in person to the LLV Administration Office is noon on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Ballots deposited in a locked box at the Administration Office, are sent to LLV’s certified accountants in Scranton for validation. The LLV Election Committee will tabulate the ballots at The Chalet at noon of Aug. 15. Results will be submitted to the board for acceptance at the Aug. 18 monthly board meeting. Last year, 1058 ballots were sent to property owners in good standing; 385 ballots were returned. “Those results were slightly better than our average of 360 out of 1,100,” said Community Manager Dan Dougherty Jr. “It is of great importance that all property owners in good standing exercise their right to vote. The board is the voice of the community and is charged with overseeing the operation of Locust Lake Village which is actually a $2 million dollar business.”
Elected last year to one threeyear term were: Bill Dorner, Diane DiSandro, and Dee Kasarda. Elected to one two-year term was Bob Wolek. PAGE 28 | LOCUST LAKE VILLAGER | SUMMER 2018
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2018 Membership Application Membership Dues $10 Individual/Family Name:_______________________________________________________________ Home Address:_______________________________________________________ Contact Number:______________________________________________________ LLV Address:_________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ LLV Telephone #______________________________________________________ Email Address:________________________________________________________
Comments/Suggestions for improving Fishing Club activities: ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________
Trout and Contest Season Is On By Joe McCusker, Secretary
The Ice Fishing Contest scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 18 at Locust Lake from 9-11 a.m. was cancelled due to poor ice conditions, and was not re-scheduled due to the ongoing poor conditions.
Stocking for the Opening Day of Trout Season took place on Saturday, Mar. 31 at East Lake and Locust Lake. About 20 people came out to watch the trout go into the lakes during a cool sunny morning. Some of the trout were tagged, four in each lake. Tag numbers 28, 29, 31, and 32 in East Lake and tag numbers 33, 34, 35, and 36 in Locust Lake. Land a trout with one of these tags and take the tag to the LLV Administration Office for a cash prize. An Anglers Club meeting also took place on Saturday, Mar. 31. Multiple topics of discussion took place.
Opening Day of Trout Season at LLV and the Poconos began at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. The weather was sunny and warm. Bringing out 78 anglers to East Lake and 127 anglers to Locust Lake along with 16 boats on the water. Security did a great job checking for wrist bands, fishing licenses, and boat stickers along with life jackets on boats if required. The bite was slow for most anglers. Live baits, power/paste baits, spinners, and spoons seemed to work best on enticing the trout to bite. Additional spring trout stockings of East and Locust lakes took place on April 25 and May 9. East Lake was stocked on May 23 for the Kid’s Fishing Contest, which was held on Saturday, May 26 at East Lake. Additional details to follow.
Special thanks to Mike and Sue Petro for their cash donation to the Anglers Club and a rod and reel combo as an additional prize for the Kid’s Fishing Contest along with Frank Suplick and Jim Roberts for their cash donations to the Anglers Club.
Info you can use
Catch Limits: Please observe the 4-trout daily catch limit within LLV during the regular season and the catch and release of all largemouth bass along with the enhanced panfish special regulations within LLV.
Catch & Release Best Practices: When releasing trout back into the lake avoid handling the trout as much as possible to avoid removing the protective slime from the trout’s skin. This can make the trout sick and become malnourished. Wet hands first if you must handle. Best to keep the trout in the water and remove the hook with a pair of pliers. Swallowed hooks - All species: Never pull and rip the hook out if swallowed or hooked deep in the throat. If you cannot remove the hook safely simply cut the line as close to the hook as possible.
LLA REPRESENTATIVE USE ONLY Paid To:______________________________________________________________ Date:___________________ Place:_______________________________________
Dues and Membership: Don’t forget to pay annual Anglers Club dues for 2018 – if you have not already done so. Annual dues are still only $10. Any questions regarding club membership status or the Anglers Club, contact Tom Rafter at: firstname.lastname@example.org (215-776-0831), or Bob Wolek at: email@example.com (201-370-2992), or Joe McCusker at: firstname.lastname@example.org (215-389-6209 or 215-694-5493).
UPCOMING EVENTS: The Family Fishing Contest is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9-11 a.m. at Pines Lake. Come down and fish with your family, some of your family, or just fish on your own. The Annual Fish Fry also is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 at the LLV Chalet.
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