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2013 SCHOL A RSHIP W INNERS The Golf Committee would like to congratulate the 2013 Scholarship winners, from left: Joseph Iorio Bob Stephen Memorial Scholarship, attending Fordham University in the Fall;Vinelys Mendez - PFCC Golf Scholarship, attending Marywood University in the Fall; and Matthew Planer - PFCC Golf Scholarship, attending Emerson College in the Fall. Good luck in achieving your future academic goals!
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Crime Watch Activity Report
By Troy Adair
Parting Thoughts: As many of you know, I have decided not to run again when my term on the Board is up this year, primarily due to increased work commitments associated with a new job. I am proud of the improvements and changes that our community has made since I joined the board, and I feel that most of the credit for these changes has to go to Dave and the rest of our management team. However, there are a few areas in which I feel that we, the members of the community, could do more in terms of making Pocono Farms even better. First, we could be more involved. People ARE starting to get out and participate (and I am glad that we actually once again have more candidates
for the Board than we do seats), but it is largely still the same group of people participating in the same activities. We really need a broader representation of our community in our activities and on our advisory committees, and I encourage everyone to reach out to your neighbors to try to get them involved in all the wonderful opportunities we have here. Secondly, we need to be more financially conservative. I and the other Board members have tried to do our part by keeping a lid on expenses, by encouraging ideas for revenue enhancement, and by aggressively pursuing delinquent accounts, but the community as whole needs to do its part by ensuring that we have enough of a cushion in our reserves to sustain us as we go forward. Lastly, we need to devote more resources to planning for the future. In the last two years, we were unable to form Marketing or Strategic Planning committees due to a lack of interest. Any way you want to measure it: socially, financially, etc., the environment that our community operates in has changed immensely over the past few years. Going forward, we have to be prepared to deal with the changes that have occurred and plan for those that are likely to happen. In closing, I just want to say that I think that Pocono Farms is a great place to live. Working together to get everyone more involved and to plan for the future will help to ensure that it remains so in the years to come.
BOARD LIAISONS A&B, Environmental, PublicWorks Communications CrimeWatch Elections/Nominations Golf House Long Range Planning Pool Recreation Tennis
Richard McCormick Bob Penett Brian Cavanaugh Peter Volpe Troy Adair
Rich McCormick Bob Penett Peter Volpe Wayne Meyers Steve Bunker Bob Penett Troy Adair Peter Volpe Neil Carlson Steve Bunker
NEWSLETTER COORDINATOR Denise Wilson 894-4435 ext. 106 CAPFWeathervane2@yahoo.com
David Timko firstname.lastname@example.org
Accounting/Office Manager Lorraine Daviduk 894-4435 ext. 103 email@example.com Golf Pro 894-4435 ext. 110
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Bob Penett Linda Penett Linda Becht Marianne Stephen Sally Wachowski Peg Scott Sue Miller
DEPARTMENT HEADS General Manager 894-4435 ext. 100
Joe Acla firstname.lastname@example.org
Greens Superintendent Adam Herman 894-4435 email@example.com Executive Chef 894-4435 ext. 130
Richard Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
Food & Beverage Director 894-4435 ext. 132
Katrina Weithman email@example.com
Activities Director 894-4435 ext. 113
Alison Schoenherr Alisons@poconofarms.com
Director of Security 894-4435 ext. 105
Artie Furman firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Coordinator & Compliance Director 894-4435 ext. 104
Richard Savage email@example.com
MAINTENANCE 894-4435 ext. 160 (voicemail only)
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Spring has arrived here in Northeast Pennsylvania. The time for everyone to get out in the yard, cleanup, and plant. Also, our recreation committee is planning the summer festivities. Get out there and get involved. Check out the Weathervane for the planned activities and have fun. Our crime watch snow birds have returned and we will have 18 patrols driving around the community for the summer months. During the month of April we had 12 patrols driving around the community for a total of 76 hours. As always we ask members of our community to join us. If you are interested call the office and one of the committee members will call you. Two hours a week, two hours every two weeks or two hours a month. CELL PHONES I never thought of this... This lady has changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, and other items, was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby said ‘I received your text asking about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.’ When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minuets he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account. Moral of the STORY Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc…
7000 Lake Road • Tobyhanna, PA 18466 www.poconofarms.com firstname.lastname@example.org BOARD OF DIRECTORS Frank Milano, President Neil Carlson, Vice President Steve Bunker, Treasurer Wayne Meyers, Secretary
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And very important, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet family and friends who text you. Pass this on to your family and friends.
Thoughts from the Manager By Dave Timko
Spring is slowly evolving at Pocono Farms. With that, spring is by far the busiest time of year for the staff in operations. The spring season is spent getting all of the amenities cleaned up and ready for summer. All of the efforts in the spring are in preparation for the summer season where we see the most use of the amenities by our members. The administration staff works tirelessly updating member files and accounts as well as badges and credentials. The golf course, maintenance, and grounds staff spend a lot of time maintaining, booking events and tee times, cleaning and repairing the equipment and facilities, in anticipation of the use by members. The food/beverage and recreation departments are busy planning and scheduling events and activities for our members for the season. Last, but not least, is our security department and compliance director who ensure that properties and amenities are safe/secure for the enjoyment of members who are able to use them. The spring season is also very busy from the Association administration side of operations. The administration office assists in coordinating the board candidate applications for review and verification by the elections and nomination committee. The election and nominations committee is scheduled to host the “Meet the Candidates” on June 15th in the Clubhouse. This year we have 5 candidates for the three open positions on the Board of Directors. Each of these positions will be for a three year term. The meet the candidates forum is an opportunity for the members to meet and hear the candidate’s answers to a series of questions pertaining to their individual thoughts on how they are best suited for a board position. I would encourage all members to attend and to become informed on who they will be electing to their Board of Directors.
During the summer months, you will also start to see solicitations to become a member of any one of the many committees within Pocono Farms. Committees play an important role within any association. We understand that everyone’s time is valuable and somewhat limited. However, most committees meet only once a month for usually no more than one hour. I would once again encourage you to find out more about the committee opportunities and to get involved. If you have any questions about any committee, or would like more information, the Administration staff is more than willing to assist. Enjoy your spring and summer at Pocono Farms!! We hope to see you at one of the many events.
Board of Directors Meeting Schedule All meeting times are 7pm unless otherwise noted
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Friday, July 19, 2013 Saturday, July 20, 2013 — 10am Annual Meeting
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Notice Pocono Farms Homeowners As you may or may not know, in the very near future, Kalahari Resorts with a Corporate office in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin will begin building a mega indoor water park/resort hotel at Pocono Manor. We are sure that they will need Corporate housing for the various trades that come in during the building of the resort and indoor theme park.
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2013 Board of Directors Election CANDIDATES
Meet the C a n di dat e s SATURDAY, JUNE 15TH
Meet the candidates who have decided to run for the 2013 Board of Directors election. Each year you, as a Pocono Farms homeowner, have the opportunity and the responsibility to select those of your fellow members who will serve you on our Board of Directors. You have a voice in your Association and its future through our Board of Directors. Take this opportunity to inform yourself, and then vote for the candidates who you believe will be the best people to work with OUR other Board members to guide our Association towards the future.
IN THE CLUBHOUSE 10:00 AM
Stop by and meet the members running for your Board of Directors.
BILL WEIMER How many years have you been a member of the Farms? 23 years What is your occupation? Retired CPA and CFO/Controller of national nonprofit organizations. Please describe committees, clubs, volunteer work and other activities in which you have participated. CAPF and PFCCA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Golf Finance Committee, Membership Arbitration Committee, Middle States Tennis Association Finance Committee. Board liaison to Elections & Nominating, Recreation, Tennis and Finance Committees Describe any skills, talents, or specialized training, which as a Board Member, you feel will be beneficial to the community. My professional background includes accounting, finance and computer systems. I have worked in the non-profit, service sector for over 35 years. I served as the staff liaison to volunteer Treasurers and Finance Committees. I am confident that I can be a contributing team Board member in this environment. I am analytical, objective, organized and self-motivated. What is your motivation for seeking a seat on the Board of Directors? I feel that we should give something back to our Community. I believe that I can effectively serve our community during this time of new economic and environmental challenges. Our Community will have to adapt to these changes as we continue to evolve. Obviously, we want to maximize our amenities and the programs we offer as efficiently as we can. If elected, in what areas do you hope to influence the Board concerning the direction and governance of this community? I will work diligently to see that conservative fiscal policies are continued in to the future. We are facing new financial challenges as a Community. We must have adequate reserves to protect our common properties while minimizing the need for large special assessments. I believe that we should make it a priority to preserve the history of Pocono Farms. Why should the membership elect you to the Board of Directors? Having served on the Board of Directors twice, I know the time commitment involved. If elected, I will make the commitment to do what is needed to serve our membership as an effective board member. I will continue to work in a fair and objective manner for the interest of our entire Community.
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collette houston ong How many years have you been a member of the Farms? 7 years What is your occupation? I have worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for the last 26 Â˝ years since graduating from college. Since 2000, I have been the Director, Clinical Research Operations for the Cancer Center. I oversee a staff of 85, and I am indirectly responsible for over 500 clinical research staff throughout the Center. My office ensures that the clinical research conducted throughout the Cancer Center is done in accordance with the federal and state regulations, and ensures the protection and benefits of the patients. Sloan-Kettering enrolls over 25,000 people into clinical research studies every year. Please describe committees, clubs, volunteer work and other activities in which you have participated. In August of 2012, I joined the PFCCA Recreation Committee and have been the Committeeâ€™s Chairman throughout this year. The Committee supports and guides our Recreation Director, Alison, with all the existing programs. We work with her to identify new programs that may interest the members (young and old). While living in Manhattan, I was a member of the New York Junior League and participated in a variety of volunteer activities and programs including developing an educational program for young, single mothers living in NYC-based housing-shelters; this program helped them learn the skills necessary to get back on their feet, support their children and live independently outside of the system. Through the Junior League, I also participated in city-wide fundraising events, soup kitchens, and programs to clean up and beautify city parks and playgrounds. For over 10 years, my husband and I have supported a child in the Philippines with her health, education and family/food necessities; this program is run through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Describe any skills, talents, or specialized training, which as a Board Member, you feel will be beneficial to the community. I feel like my life experiences have provided me with the necessary foundation to be an effective and beneficial member of our Board of Directors. Through my career, I have managed numerous projects, large and small, written and received several grants from the National Cancer Institute, administratively manage a $10 million operational budget, and have mentored numerous staff. In 2010 with our human resources department, a physician colleague and I started a new program to recruit Veterans transitioning into the work force into clinical research positions; this program is something I am very passionate about and eager to see its full potential. Many of my senior management team has worked directly for me, for over 15 years. In addition, my volunteer work has shown me what it means to give back to a group, a community or a child. I envision that being a member of the PFCCA Board of Directors would engage me in the same way. What is your motivation for seeking a seat on the Board of Directors? We built our house in PFCCA over 7 years ago, and became permanent residents 6 years ago. We moved here for the sense of community and an opportunity to share with our children, what living in a community really means. Our children are young, and we take full advantage of what the community has to offer them and us. The community now represents our extended family, and I want to commit my services to benefit the community and ensure our children have a place to love and call home, forever. If elected, in what areas do you hope to influence the Board concerning the direction and governance of this community? I appreciate the challenges that our Board of Directors must face; I would like to provide them with the perspective of a woman, a mother and a successful business woman, and share with them what I think works and doesnâ€™t work for the growing number of young families that live in our community. I want to ensure that we maintain an amenity friendly environment which helps our property values as well as our sense of community. Although we have young children, we (my husband and I) are getting older and hope to spend many years living within Pocono Farms; I want to make sure the community maintains its quality but also continues to be competitive with other communities around us. Why should the membership elect you to the Board of Directors? Although I am very busy with work, family life and the challenges of commuting to NYC, I am dedicated to our community and want to ensure that it is truly the best that it can be. I would hope that our membership can see that in me, and know that I will represent all of us, if elected.
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GINNY DAY How many years have you been a member of the Farms? Since we purchased our home in 2007 and moved into it in 2008. What is your occupation? I retired as a priest of the Episcopal Church in 2008, and continue to work in that capacity supplying for clergy who are on vacation or otherwise unable to lead Sunday services. I also spent some time in banking and in teaching. Please describe committees, clubs, volunteer work and other activities in which you have participated. I am currently the treasurer of the PFWC. I served as Parliamentary Advisor for the GFWC Pocono Mountain Women’s Club – I am still a member of that organization and continue to do a variety of volunteer work there. I volunteer regularly at PMEHM (the food pantry here in Coolbaugh Township). I participate when Trinity Church, Mt. Pocono is the host parish for Family Promise. I was involved in the Naples Junior Women’s Club for a number of years, including chairing conservation committee and being president. As a member o that club I also served as the Junior District Director for the southwest Florida district of the state organization Describe any skills, talents, or specialized training, which as a Board Member, you feel will be beneficial to the community. As the rector of a parish one functions similarly to the CEO of a small business with oversight of staff, finances, property, and operations. I also bring my background in banking and my years as an elementary school teacher to the table. I believe that this variety of experience may be helpful. What is your motivation for seeking a seat on the Board of Directors? As a member of the community, I wish to take my turn to enhance the farms and to maintain what is already of benefit to all of us. Each of us needs to take our place in assuring that the Farms continues to be the best, safest place we can make it. If elected, in what areas do you hope to influence the Board concerning the direction and governance of this community? I do not seek this position with a pre-set agenda. If elected I would then discover the answer to this question. Why should the membership elect you to the Board of Directors? Having lived here almost 5 years I think that I have a sense of the community – who we are and who we hope to be. My life experience, as indicated above, as well as being a wife, mother, and grandmother, hopefully qualifies me for this position.
hugh doran How many years have you been a member of the Farms? 25 years What is your occupation? Retired from Local 94 30 years Please describe committees, clubs, volunteer work and other activities in which you have participated. Finances, Health & Fitness. I am a Health & Fitness Member Describe any skills, talents, or specialized training, which as a Board Member, you feel will be beneficial to the community. I have 30 years experience in HVAC and also manage a commercial building. I did belong to Local 94. What is your motivation for seeking a seat on the Board of Directors? I would like to see the board get more homeowners involved in PFCCA. If elected, in what areas do you hope to influence the Board concerning the direction and governance of this community? Try and keep spending down and get ideas from our community members. Why should the membership elect you to the Board of Directors? I feel that I can represent my fellow homeowners on the board.
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In the Farms
How many years have you been a member of the Farms? I have lived in Pocono Farms for 11 years.
PFCCA Office Hours Memorial Day thru Labor Day: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. 8:30am - 12:30pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm ID Badge Picture Hours: 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm
What is your occupation? I am a Senior Staff member for Ethernet Transformation at Verizon Communications. I have been with Verizon over 15 years and held a number of management, customer service and technical positions. Please describe committees, clubs, volunteer work and other activities in which you have participated. I was previously a member of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011. Additionally, I am a member and leader of a number of project teams related to my job and have a lot of experience working as a member of a team with focused and defined goals. Additionally, in the past I have volunteered as a youth soccer coach and with the Wilkes-Barre CYC swim team. Describe any skills, talents, or specialized training, which as a Board Member, you feel will be beneficial to the community. My experience as a customer service advocate and project manager will serve me well if I am elected to the Board. Clear and honest communication is the key to any successful association. I have worked with customers as large as State Governments and as small as a local concrete company. I have led both regional and global data communications projects. Understanding goals and the community’s needs while possessing the ability to respond to those challenges in a knowledgeable and complete manner is important. A good portion of a board member’s responsibility is listening to the membership of Pocono Farms and working with the membership’s expectations for this community toward a beneficial goal. What is your motivation for seeking a seat on the Board of Directors? I hope to ensure Pocono Farms continued status as a desirable and family oriented community. An association such as ours requires constant attention in order to maintain our sought-after position among area developments. Being fiscally prudent, yet unafraid to invest resources in order to improve and maintain Pocono Farms, is a number one priority for me. Also, ensuring that our bylaws are adhered to and enforced is imperative for our continued prosperity. Our board and our membership should be held accountable in the same fashion when it comes to following our community charter. I appreciate and utilize the available amenities of the community and I believe that superior amenities are one of our biggest assets in Pocono Farms and should be shared by everyone. Mostly though, I like living here and I want to do my best to make a positive difference in our community. If elected, in what areas do you hope to influence the Board concerning the direction and governance of this community? I feel that through practical management of resources that this community will continue as one of the best communities in the area. I believe I can utilize the skills I have obtained working as both a member, and leader of project teams, to help keep this community strong. We are so much more than a “golf community” and I want to help in expanding the community’s reach to everyone. Why should the membership elect you to the Board of Directors? We have a great community and I enjoy living here. I believe I can bring an open attitude and fresh perspective to the board, which will keep Pocono Farms among the leading communities in the area.
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FRIDAY: 8:30am - 12:30pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm ID Badge Picture Hours: 8:30am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 6:00pm Capital Improvement Fees on transfer of property: House: $1,231 Lot: $616 Building Regulations: Permits are required from the township and from PFCCA. Please check with the office (894-4435) as to your specific needs. • Building permit required from respective township and PFCCA before construction begins • Construction permitted from 7 am - 7 pm Monday- Saturday – excluding major holidays • Resale certificates are required. Fee is $200.00 Refuse Collection: Curbside pickup on household trash is done on Mondays beginning at 6 am by PantherWaste Systems 1-877-499-2783 excluding major holidays. Alternate collection days will be posted on our website at www. poconofarms.com. PantherWaste Systems will only pick up household trash. If you have any other items to discard, please call them at 1-877-499-2783 to set up arrangements. A bulk waste price list is available in the Administration Office or on the website. Recycling is picked up every other Monday. Dumpster Hours: Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm Wednesday & Friday from 8 am – Noon Animals: Dogs must be leashed or on owner’s property at all times. Wildlife, such as deer and black bear, are common at Pocono Farms. We ask that you NOT FEED any wild animals. Emergencies: For ALL emergencies including medical or fire please contact 911 first, then contact Public Safety at 570-8944435 x105. Weathervane DEADLINE NOTICE In order to produce a better newspaper for the Community, a Weathervane submission deadline has been established. All articles, announcements, classified ads, etc. must be submitted to the Newsletter Coordinator on or before the 5th of each month for publication in the next issue of The Weathervane. Submissions made after this date will not be considered until the following month. Your cooperation is appreciated. Publication of articles is subject to the approval of the Communication Committee.
Getting to Know You By Marianne Stephen
Meet The DeMarcos Meet the DeMarcos: Tony and Edna. They are high school sweethearts who have been married for 53 years and are clearly still madly in love. It is heartwarming to be in their company as they continually compliment and compliment one another. Two kinder or more positive people you will not meet anywhere. Tony and Edna were born nine months apart in the same hospital in Brooklyn and lived about ten blocks apart as they grew up. They both share the same memories of beautiful tree lined streets and children playing stickball and other games in the street. It was extremely safe and a wonderful place to grow up. Edna’s dad worked for a painting contractor business while her mother was a housewife. Tony’s dad was a World War II veteran who had landed in Normandy and was awarded two Purple Hearts. When he returned from the war, he became a “Man Friday” for a millionaire that he continued to do for many years. Tony’s mother was a housewife but eventually became a sales lady in a dress shop. Edna says she was very pretty and very nice. Quite a compliment from a daughter-in-law. Edna was 14 when she met Tony and apparently he did not make a good impression as she thought he was obnoxious. Hard to believe, knowing Tony today. They met again on the bus and Tony threw her books out the window so that she had to get off to pick them up. He got off the bus with her and walked her home. At that time, Edna announced to her girlfriend that she thought she liked him and was going to change him. As Edna describes them, Edna and her friends were a little wild while Tony was bit of a nerd. While other kids were listening to Elvis, Tony was listening to Mario Lanza. The joke turned out to be on Edna, as he opened up her appreciation of good music and she found herself attending concerts, operas etc with him (and loving it). Tony is very gifted singer. While trying out for the high school chorus, his talent was identified and he became a member of the All City Chorus and received scholarships for vocal lessons. He was on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour (for those of us old enough to remember) and he also sang in the Catskills. Tony still has a great voice, although he does not utilize it enough in the opinion of those of us privileged to have heard him sing.
Edna attended vocational school to become a beautician and has been doing that her whole life. While their children, Connie and Bobby, were little, Edna did the hair of the women living in her apartment building. Tony and Edna were married as teenagers and moved in with Tony’s mother for a year while saving to get their own place. They moved into an apartment in Brooklyn that was a 4th floor walkup. She and the other women in the building were living the life of “June Cleaver” as Tony describes it. The women cooked, took care of their homes and families and loved going to the park where the small children ran through the sprinklers. After finishing school, Tony worked as a shipping clerk and later shipping manager. I visualized him sitting behind a desk but soon learned that his job involved loading and unloading trucks filled with boxes of heavy merchandise and worked a second job on the weekends. Edna was concerned that he was working too hard and suggested that he take the NYC police department test. Tony easily passed the written and psychological tests and passed the physical portion in spite of having a double hernia operation just two months prior to the physical test. Tony worked for years in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area and was the local policeman we all dream about. Edna pointed out that he had received the “Cop of the Year” award that was given for outstanding and devoted service to the community and he was
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presented the award at a big gala dinner. This would be extraordinary enough but more so because he was a white cop working in a black neighborhood and it was a different time in our history back then. He went way above what was expected of him and offered many activities for the kids in the neighborhood. Tony was hurt twice while on duty and the second was quite serious. Tony fell off a roof while chasing a burglar and, unfortunately, the burglar landed on top of him. Amazingly, he held on to the burglar, not letting him get away. He was home recuperating for ten months before going back to light desk duty and then just shy of 15 years, left the police department due to his disability from the fall. Thank you Tony and all the police who put their own lives on the line all the time in service to the community. It is sad when someone has to leave the job that they love and are very good at because of circumstances such as Tony endured. But, Tony is not one to sit back and complain. He started another career (and not his last) and worked for a food service company, ran a cafeteria and managed a vending machine operation with over 850 vending machines throughout the state of New Jersey for about 15 years. In 1972 they moved to Staten Island. At that time Edna began working at Ultimate Hair Design which was “the place to get your hair done” and women from New Jersey and New York sought it out. Joe Victorio, the owner of the shop was a perfectionist and demanded that his employees live up to his expectations. Edna is a perfectionist herself so it was not as difficult for her as it was for many of the other operators. Edna worked there for 14 years and was co-manager for the last 6 years. Edna managed the 18 employees and the clients and the other manager, Joyce, handled the numbers. The boss would meet Edna in the morning for breakfast before the shop opened to get her input and meet Joyce after the shop closed for wine to get her input. I asked how she missed out on the wine and she said she had to get home to the kids. She left there in 1988 with tears in both her boss’ and her eyes when she moved to the Poconos. Tony and Edna had become good friends with Joe and he visited them here in the Farms and ended up buying a home and living in the Farms for the last 5 years of his life.
Edna’s Dad had a trailer in a community north of here which Tony and Edna used to visit. Eventually, they purchased a trailer and enjoyed weekends and vacations there. Both Tony and Edna like houses and used to go looking at houses just for fun when they were up here. They discovered Big Bass Lake and found a lot right on the Lehigh River and Edna fell in love. They purchased it and had a house built there by Kenny Bell, a former Pocono Farms resident and moved in during 1988. Kenny and the DeMarcos became good friends and Kenny would bring them to the Farms for drinks, dinner and other affairs. Eventually, they became friends with folks from the Farms and decided that they would prefer to live here because of the social aspect. Tony’s only criterion for a lot was that it did not overlook another house. They ended up with a beautiful lot on the golf course although neither one of them played golf. Tony designed their house himself and Edna came home from work one day to find that he had taken his graph and built a model of his envisioned house. There are very few differences in the actual house from that model. Edna’s favorite show at the time was Dallas set on the South Fork ranch. Tony told her he was naming their new home, North Spoon and the sign is still there today. Both Tony and Edna are gifted designers and decorators and their beautiful home is a reflection of that. They were the general contractors and hired subcontractors but did a lot of the inside work themselves. It was a lot of work, but they take great pride in their accomplishment. It took a year to build but made them happy watching the model come to life.
met Gail Brescher and Georgia Wix. They asked if she played golf and she said no. They said they would see her in the fall. That prompted her to take lessons and she joined the 9-hole golf league. The first time out some one mentioned woods and she asked what a wood was. Tony started playing golf because he was married to Edna. He still plays today because he loves Edna.
What do Tony and Edna like most about Pocono Farms? That is an easy answer for them – the people. They feel that there is a sense of community for those who get involved and there is always a helping hand. They were in the unique position of knowing Pocono Farms and some of its residents prior to purchasing here thanks to Kenny Bell. They made the decision to move here because of the people they met and have not regretted that decision for one minute. After about a year, Edna
Both Tony and Edna have given generously of their time to Pocono Farms. Tony served two terms on the Board and have been on virtually every committee over the years. Edna served on and chaired the House Committee for 17 years. She was responsible for many of the decorating upgrades throughout the years as our clubhouse was renovated, the Grill Room built and the new bar built in the dining room. For those of us who have been here long enough to have watched those changes, I can only say thank you Edna for the dramatic upgrades you help initiate to make our club house a source of pride for our community. Edna is a fabulous cook and prepares dinner every night except Friday when you will see Tony and Edna at the club. Be sure to stop by and say hello to them. Be prepared for smiles and good will. Being in their presence even for a few minutes is uplifting.
Edna began working at Head First on Rt 940 when they moved to the Poconos and 23 years later is still working there. The salon in Staten Island was large and the operators did not wash hair but had staff to do it. Imagine her surprise when she came here and discovered that she had to wash hair and realized that although she was an accomplished hairdresser, she had not learned how to wash hair. Needless to say, she learned fast. In addition to hairdressing, Edna is licensed in microderm abrasion and facials which she continues to do today. Tony continued to commute to New Jersey for 12 years but eventually decided that he was giving up too much and left that position and started yet another career. He went to school and got his Real Estate License 14 years ago and continues to sell homes today. He is the happiest when he is selling homes in Pocono Farms whether it is helping new people find their first home in the Farms or helping friends and neighbors buy and sell as they transition from one home to another in the Farms. Their daughter, Connie, was a supervisor in a brokerage firm in the World Trade Center and moved to Pocono Farms about 9 years ago with her husband Arthur and now her son Robert, daughter-in-law Kelly and grandchildren, Nicole and Christen, also live with her. How nice for Tony and Edna to have four generations of their family in our community. Their son, Bobby is a retired Homicide Detective and member of the Joint Federal Taskforce on Terrorism for Homeland Security. He retired after 23 years of private security. He wanted more mobility, so he returned to school and graduates this June as a Surgical Tech. He and his wife, Tori (also a retired Police Officer) live in Newburgh, NY. WEAT H ERVA NE
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Letter To The Editor Hi Fellow Home Owners: My name is Hugh Doran and I am writing this letter to remind all of you that our Annual Meeting is set for July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM. I am hoping that all of you will try to make this meeting, as the Board of Directors has some interesting things on the agenda. Come out and listen, and see what our Board has to tell you. Voice your opinions and make any comments you may have. Remember, you DO count as a member of our Community. So come to the meeting on July 20th, and be heard. No matter what, we all count. So let's get involved and let our Board know that we care! Thank you all for listening. Hugh Doran
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Pocono Farms Events
Clean- up day 2013
MAY | JUNE
Friday, June 7th FUN NITE 5pm Shotgun
$15 per person, format: pink ball Each player will have the pink ball and play the hole they are assigned. The remaining players play a scramble, and then the two scores are added together. Hole #9 anyone in your group can use. The only catch.... Don’t lose the pink ball! Call the Pro Shop to sign up 894-4435 x111.
Saturday, June 8th GENTLEMEN’S NIGHT OUT CIGAR DINNER - OUTDOOR EVENT 4:30pm 9 Holes of Golf 6:30pm Dinner & Cigar Event
$65pp Golf/Food/Event • $52pp Food/Event only Includes a sampler pack of 3 top shelf cigars. Evening hosted by famous smoke shop cigar afficionado who will explain about cigars, answer questions and show how to light and cut cigars. Cash bar. A variety of Scotch’s and Cordial’s will be available. Reservations required by June 2nd. Contact Katrina at 570-894-4435 x132 or email@example.com, or you can sign up at the Pro Shop. Cancellations made after June 2nd will not receive a refund.
Thank you volunteers!
Fri., Sat., Sun., July 5-6-7th JULY 4TH CELEBRATION Live Music - Regina Sayles Friday Saturday Sunday
By Alison Schoenherr
6:30pm - Freedom Fest BBQ on the beach Tiki Bar on the beach 11am - Bike parade 11:30am - Ceremony Noon - BBQ and outdoor activities 9pm - Fireworks Noon - Family fun and games
No outside alcohol is permitted to be brought onto PFCCA, Inc. property within the boundaries of our Association’s established liquor license. The established liquor license covers 90’ from the water’s edge and a width of 400’ from the tree line near the fountain through the beach lane side of the playground.
To the volunteers that helped make the Pocono Farms Clean Up Day, a success: We would like to say thank you for donating your time, hard work, and dedication. Approximately 100 bags of trash and various items were picked up along the roadsides in Pocono Farms. Even though Earth Day, Keep PA Beautiful Day, and Pocono Farms Clean Up Day happen once a year, it doesn’t mean that efforts to keep our community clean shouldn’t be made all year long. Simple things such as picking up in front of your house or on your road and remembering not to litter will make a big difference. If we all work together, our community will continue to be a beautiful place to live. Thank you again to all the volunteers that participated this year.
Friday, June 14th PFCCA WOMEN’S CLUB FUNDRAISER TRICKY TRAY Doors open 5pm 8 Raffle starts 7pm
Admission is $7 - includes 25 free tickets Additional sheets $3 Family fun, prizes and more fun! Make your table reservations with Katrina at 894-4435 x132 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, June 16th PARENT/CHILD TOURNAMENT 2 person Scramble - make your own groups and tee times.
$40 per team - annual members $75 per team - non-annual members Price includes golf and lunch Spend the day at Pocono Farms Country Club playing a round with your son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew... all ages welcome! 9 and 18 hole divisions. Open to members, residents and guests. Call the Pro Shop for details 894-4435 x111
Begins Monday, June 24th WATER AEROBICS 10AM at the pool Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Wednesday, June 26th Wednesday, July 31st Wednesday, August 28th MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS NIGHT 6PM - ages 21 and up
$16 to $20 inclusive Enjoy a three course dinner at the Clubhouse. Prime rib and two other selections. Fun and comfortable way to meet and socialize with other members in our community. Call Sharon Pallos at 570-894-5213 for reservations or questions.
Begins Wednesday, June 26th WEDNESDAY NIGHT BINGO Calling starts promptly at 7PM At the pool Cards are $2.50 each
Seating is limited so if you have chairs, bring them. Snack shop will be open. Reminder: No outside food or beverage is permitted at this event. This is Bingo only - the pool will not be open for swimming. Summer Bingo dates are as follows: June 26th, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, July 31st, August 7th, August 14th, August 21st.
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Pocono Farms Events Summer Camp 2013 Camp is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm For an additional cost 9:00am to 3:00pm for parents needing earlier drop-off. Summer camp is for children ages 5 â€“ 15 5 year olds required to have completed one year of Kindergarten children ages 13 to 15 are considered Senior Campers and will assist the camp counselors when needed. Proof of relationship in the form of birth certificate is required for all children wanting to attend summer camp. Open House will take place on: Friday, May 17th at 5:30pm; and Sunday, May 19th at 1:00pm in the Community Room.
Science Space Camp
Arts & Crafts Camp
June 25 - July 11
July 16 - Aug. 1
Aug. 6 - Aug. 15
Aug. 20 - Aug. 29
$90 Junior Camper
$90 Junior Camper
$60 Junior Camper
$60 Junior Camper
$70 Senior Camper
$70 Senior Camper
$45 Senior Camper
$45 Senior Camper
Add $20 to above if early drop-off applies
Add $20 to above if early drop-off applies
Add $15 to above if early drop-off applies
Add $15 to above if early drop-off applies
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Save the Date!
Pocono Farms Events
July 9th: Ladies Golf Women to Women Fundraiser Golf Outing
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Round by Round BY MARK ONG
Fun PFCC Golf Events The PFCC Tournament season is in full swing. It started with the Ice Breaker Scramble in May and ends with the Turkey Bash in late October. Some of these events are not only for golf members but are also open to resident members and guests. Ever thought of playing in a golf event but were afraid to? Well, some of these events are a great way to meet community and golf members without all the pressure of a golf tournament. At the same time enjoy one of the best golf courses in Northeastern Pennsylvania right in your back yard. The Ice Breaker Invitational is a fun four person scramble event where a golf member can invite a guest to introduce them to Pocono Farms Country Club golf. Usually the foursome comprises of low, mid and high/ new handicap players. Every player gets to hit every shot from where the best shot of the foursome lands. So if you can’t drive it far, leave it to the better player to hit it out onto the fairway and you can take turns hitting your second shot from there. Repeat again on the next shot until a best score for the team is in the hole. Other events are of similar scramble format and are also open to both resident members and guests. Events like the Fall Fling in October and the Turkey Bash in late October are both scramble events. The Fall Fling uses a non standard size cup measuring 8 inches. Scores are not necessarily as low as one would think since the cup locations are usually in devious spots on the greens. The Turkey Bash is for those who can’t accept that winter is upon us and need to get their golfing in before storing their sticks. The Luau event in August is a 2male/2female team scramble event followed by a fun poolside party with music and a Hawaiian themed buffet. There is also a 9-Hole Friday Fun Night Glow Ball event. That’s right, golf with a glow in the dark ball played under the stars. I believe someone made a hole in one in the dark last year. The 9-Hole Shootout is open to both golf and resident members. Have you ever played the same hole with more than four players? This event is for you. It amounts to fun mayhem on the golf course. There could be more people playing than watching in the gallery on one hole. Players are eliminated at each hole and the player with the best score not yet eliminated at the end is declared the winner. Come out and see what a beautiful golf course we have in our community and participate in one of these events. You are guaranteed to meet great neighbors and members playing this great game. Once you are hooked, you will be glad that golf is just a few minutes away from your front door.
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Golf Committee Meeting Dates 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Friday, June 14th Friday, July 12th
Friday, August 9th
Thirsty Thursdays 6:00—8:00pm Each Thursday we have a different beer special! Ask your bartender or server for details
June 6th Southern Roasted Chicken $11
Bone in herb roasted chicken topped with pan gravy with vegetables, potatoes, salad and rolls.
June 13th Meatloaf $10
Baked beef and veal meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls and tossed salad.
June 20th Slider Night $10
Featuring Angus beef, chicken, and fried cod sliders with french fries, potato and tossed salad.
June 27th Ravioli Night $9
Cheese, beef and vegetable raviolis with a variety of sauce choices with Caesar salad and garlic bread. To reserve a table contact Katrina 570-894-4435, ext 132 email@example.com
H A NDICA P TOU RN A MENT J uly 6 t h & 7 th $15 per person
2012 Winner: Bob Penett 2012 Runner-Up: George Litz It’s that time of year again.... This year’s format: Stableford Red, White, and Blue Tee Division Points awarded as follows: Winner of each flight goes into a shootout for overall winner
Net Bogey Net Par
Net Birdie Net Eagle
580 SR 940, POCONO LAKE PA www.michcarp.com
Please sign up in the Pro Shop by July 3rd
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