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P.O. Box 392 • Lake Harmony • PA 18624-0392 January 2012

Lake News wishes you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year! - photo courtesy of JFBB

Lake News 3 LAKE NEWS January 2012 Frank Pieri, Publisher Mary Farnschlader, Editor Lake News is published ten times a year for the enjoyment of Lake Harmony area residents and visitors alike. Copies are free and are mailed to Lake Harmony box holders. Additional copies are available at The Country Peddler and at selected area businesses. If you are mailing copies outside of Lake Harmony, please check with your postmaster for the correct postage required. To submit an article or photo, send it to Lake News, P. O. Box 392, Lake Harmony, PA 186240392. Articles may be accepted, rejected or edited and will not be returned. Articles appearing in Lake News may not be reprinted without the permission of Lake News. E-mail us at  or call Frank Pieri at 570-722-9406. Current issue is available online at

LOCAL CONTACT INFORMATION Kidder Township Office 722-0107 Kidder Township Police (non-emergency #) 722-0192 Lake Harmony Vol. Fire Co. (non-emergency #) 722-8138 Lake Harmony Rescue Squad (non-emergency #) 722-1782 For emergencies, call 911. If you do not live in an area served by 911, call 325-9111. KIDDER TOWNSHIP MEETINGS Kidder Township Supervisor meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at the township building, and unless otherwise noted, begin at 7 PM. Notices of special meetings are posted at the township building and advertised in the Times-News. Planning meetings are held the 1st Wednesday; Zoning meetings, the last Monday; EAC, the second Wednesday. All meetings begin at 7 PM. The public is welcome.

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18624 Another bear story! We heard from folks in Holiday Pocono that one of their regular black bear visitors, who was aptly named “Grumpy Bear” by local residents, had died at the ripe old age of 35 years. Residents recall her bringing new litters to their area for many years. When the bear got old and unable to move, the Pennsylvania Game Commission had to intervene. The bear had been “aged” twice before, once by removing a tooth and estimating her age at six years old. And that was back in 1982. Do the math! That means that the female black bear was born in 1976! At any rate, recently she was having increased difficulty moving around and although she survived 35 bear hunting seasons, old age was going to win this one. 35 years is, by the way, the oldest bear ever handled by the PGC in Pennsylvania. Last month we published a photo of what the contributor had termed a “pinto” deer. We now know that the correct term is “Piebald” deer. Readers had questioned the background of a log cabin in the Jack Frost Ski Divas picture last issue. The group photo was taken at a luncheon at Murphy’s Loft. Artie’s Restaurant has a liquor license! He is now serving beer. Stop in and see all the remodeling Artie has done since Martha’s was in that building. It’s official! Closet Cases has moved to its new larger digs! They have moved into a recently vacated house behind the JOMAR plaza, located on route 940 next to the Pocono Lake Post Office. They now have much needed space and are expanding their line to include some men’s apparel.

We are happy to announce that Lake News can now be viewed online by going to issuu. com and typing “Lake News” in the search window. The change was effective with the December 2011 issue. Last month we told you about Margot and my experiences in procuring volunteer assignments at The Greenbrier Classic. It turns out that The Greenbrier Classic has decided not to offer “Will Call” as a Volunteer Committee in 2012. Returning volunteers are only allowed to initially register for the committee that they worked in 2011, therefore Will Call Volunteers who wish to return, will now have to register for the Admissions Committee. After January 15, 2012, volunteers will then have the opportunity to switch committees if they wish but switching committees will be based on availability. So if you are interested in volunteering, which I know I am NOT, visit GreenbrierClassicVolunteers

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IN MEMORIAM Paul N. Kovacs Paul N. “Turtle” Kovacs, 63, of Bethlehem Twp., died Monday, November 7, 2011 in his home. “Turtle” was a friend of many of Lake Harmony’s long-time residents. He was the husband of Ellen M. (Howard) Kovacs for 28 years. Born in Fountain Hill, PA, he was the son of the late Paul and Christine (Czipoth) Kovacs. Kovacs worked for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a crane operator and in the EFM for 32 years prior to retiring. He was a member of the local Steel Workers Union and the Bath Fish Committee.

Ed Weaver sent us the above photo of a Split Rock beer bottle which he thinks, may be one of a kind. This bottle was purchased by a beer memorabilia collector in Whitehall, PA. It appears that the bottle was from the WWII era, as the bottles were painted as opposed to the paper labels being used today. The split in the rock on the painted logo clearly shows the split in the rock here at Lake Harmony, unlike the Split Rock in the Bronx of New York City, where the split is in a smaller granite boulder, or any of the Split Rocks located in Syracuse, NY, Two Harbors, MN, Conservation Park, KY, St. Georgia, UT and South Dakota. The bottle was made for a Scranton Brewery Company and the beer is advertised to be made with Pocono Mountain Spring Water. It is also possible the bottle was made in an attempt to sell the idea of making a Split Rock Beer. Ed would like to hear from anyone who may remember drinking Split Rock Beer or seeing a similar bottle. You can call Ed at 570 722-9437.

In addition to his wife, Ellen, he is survived by daughters, Megan C. Kovacs of Portland, OR and Katilyn R. Kovacs; sister, Cheryl Miller; aunt, Regina Jellison, all of Bethlehem Twp.; nephew, Peter Keretz. Services were held November 10 at the Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway, Fountain Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Raphael House, 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd., #503, Portland OR 97214. Online condolences may be made at Joseph F. Raynock Joseph F. Raynock, 87, of Macungie, formerly of Lake Harmony, died December 16. He was the husband of Gloria (Hetzner) Raynock. A son of the late Frank and Anna (Hallahan) Raynock, he was an Army Air Force veteran. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, four sisters,two brothers, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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MORE 18624 Don’t miss the 2012 Fastnacht Weekend (Mardi Gras) on Saturday, February 11, 4 to 6 PM and Sunday, February 12, from 8:30 am to 12 Noon. Festivities will take place at St. Joseph Regional School Cafeteria, North & 6th Street in Jim Thorpe. Come out and bring the family! Enjoy homemade soups, tasty hot dogs, yummy bake sale, tricky trays, Wheel of Chance and FREE coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Enjoy a continental breakfast on Sunday morning. Taste and order your Fastnacht, Irish soda bread and Paska bread (made by 3 Kids Bake House). Don’t miss your chance to win a spectacular Easter Lottery Basket (filled with homemade candy & lottery tickets). For more information, call 570 325-3731. Pat Schoeller hosted the annual covered dish Christmas luncheon for the Wednesday Women’s Club. A few of the hits at lunch were Ginny Raphaelson’s Hot Sausage Soup, Margot Krum’s Cheese Cake and Jeanne Bingham’s Carrot Cake. Babe Kelly Carnochan organized a fund-raiser to purchase $20 gift cards for the veterans at the Wilkes-Barre VA Hospital. Ed: Ginny’s recipe can be found on page 13. The folks at Giant Carpet in Wilkes-Bare, offered this helpful hint for eliminating pet odors when re-carpeting a room where pets have been. After the existing carpet is removed, use a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Brush it into the wood flooring and leave it dry. In the next day or two, go back over the area with a mop and Downey fabric softener. Let it dry and you are ready to re-carpet the area.

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What’s Good For The Community Is Good For The Volunteer (NAPSA)—Volunteering does more than contribute to the health and vitality of a community. Lending a hand also offers physical and mental health benefits to seniors who volunteer, found a study, The Health Benefits of Volunteering, by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). “Along with delivering enormous social and economic benefit to communities nationwide, volunteer service also allows older Americans to remain active and healthy, an outcome that is critical as our nation strives to lower health care costs in times of budget constraints,” said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of CNCS’ Senior Corp program. “More than two decades of research establishes a strong relationship between volunteering and health, and we are seeing that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression and disease later in life than those who do not volunteer.” According to CNCS, more than a quarter of older adults (ages 55+) in the U.S. contributed more than 3 billion hours of service in communities across the country per year, on average, between 2008 and 2010, with a contribution worth $64 billion to our nation. “As the 78 million–strong baby boomer generation looks to continue giving back to their local communities, Senior Corps programs offer a powerful way to link them to meaningful and challenging opportunities,” said Dr. Tan.

Research establishes a strong relationship between volunteering and health. “Our programs connect people in their communities to tackle tough problems that benefit those most in need, making senior service a vital investment for our nation— now and into the future.” CNCS administers three Senior Corps programs—Foster Grandparents, RSVP and Senior Companions—which have engaged millions of older Americans in achieving results through community-driven service for more than 40 years. Senior Corps volunteers tutor at-risk students, help veterans and military families, support independent living and respond to natural disasters. For more information on Senior Corps and to find a volunteer opportunity in your local community, visit

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Convenient new location in Lake Harmony (above Country Peddler) Vacation Linen Rentals – order online or stop in. We will deliver and pick up after your stay We accommodate last minute linen rentals! Accept Master Card VISA and Discover Bonded, insured—All employees national back-ground checks and covered by workman’s compensation NOW HIRING!!!!!!!!! Call us for your Spring Cleaning We do not sub-contract the work to others as do most other cleaning services in the area. You will know who is going in your home all the time if you choose KerryClean Services.

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1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter Preparation: Place large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add potatoes, onion, pepper, garlic & jalapeño, sauté 5-10 minutes. Stir in sliced hot sausage and next 5 ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer until rice is done about 15-20 minutes. Add peanut butter stirring with a Wisk; cook 2 minutes more. I find it tastes better if you make the day before and then reheat to serve. Servings - about 12-14 - Ginny Raphaelson

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Carrigan’s Pharmacy Moves to Pine Point Plaza

Carrigan’s is planning a grand opening sometime in late Winter or early Spring. In the mean time, please stop in so that we may be a part of your quality health care. Please check out our website or Facebook for more information on our featured products and services as well as dates for classes and events, especially our grand opening. Our phone is 570-722-8861, email is, NEW FAX # is 570-215-4393, and our website is www. David Althouse and the staff at Carrigan’s look forward to seeing you soon.

The staff and owners of Carrigan’s Pharmacy would like to thank you for the warm welcome we have received by Kidder Township. We are happy to be in our larger more spacious location. If you haven’t already stopped in to see us, we invite you to please do so. We look forward to meeting new people and maintaining our relationship with our long time customers. We hope you agree that we brought the country atmosphere and friendly service with us. Our intention was to maintain our best features while improving by adding some new ones. In addition offering the conveniences of a full service and compounding (custom medications) pharmacy, we now have the ability to package medications in patient friendly, safe and convenient “carri-pacs”. We will continue to offer monthly diabetic and heart healthy classes which will now be held in our own classroom here at our new location. For your safety at home, Carrigan’s, in conjunction with Secure Technologies, now offer the Medi-Pendent. We also continue to carry products and offer services for your everyday needs and, in most cases, we are able to special order those things you may need or want which are not typically in our inventory.

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Our Licensed Massage Therapists are here to help you manage pain and relieve stress. Stop by to visit our newly renovated Mountain Massage Center! For complete listing of services visit Open to the Public 365 days/year Packages, Group rates, Gift cards and Wellness shop Lake Harmony • Split Rock Resort Mon.-Sat. 10am – 7pm • Sun. 10am – 3pm

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Helping Caregivers Manage Stress (NAPSA)—There is good news for caregivers. Resources are available that are designed to help them manage the stress that can often accompany their role. In the United States, more than 65 million caregivers spend an average of 20 hours each week providing care for people who can’t fully care for themselves. While this compassionate act is emotionally rewarding, it can take a toll on caregivers, leading to stress and potential burnout. A self-assessment for caregivers Here are a few questions to ask yourself about your caregiver experience. As a caregiver, do you: •Wo r r y t h a t y o u r o v e r a l l health is spiraling downward? •Believe that the only choice you have is to provide care for someone? •Neglect your own personal or physical concerns? •E x p e r i e n c e e x h a u s t i o n o r depression much of the time? •Notice that your eating habits have changed—eating more or less than normal? •Make adjustments to your work schedule or take significant amounts of time off from work to be a caregiver? •Feel like the relationship with the person you’re caring for is strained—where you are increasingly impatient and frustrated? •Wo r r y a b o u t t h e f i n a n c i a l commitment of your caregiving? •Feel overwhelmed with your situation, but are not sure how to make it better? Providing caregivers with care Carole Crook of Georgia answered “yes” to many of these questions during the nine years she cared for her husband James, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She decided she wanted to keep him home for the rest of his lifetime, but as his health deteriorated, she reached a point where she didn’t know where

There’s a program to provide the support that caregivers need. to turn. That’s when she looked into a program called “Solutions for Caregivers,” provided through James’ former employer. Solutions for Caregivers is designed to provide the support that caregivers need. Through the program, nurses assess a family’s situation and needs, develop a care plan and discuss recommendations with the whole family. The program connected Carole with a care manager named Audrey, who sent a nurse to their home to conduct an assessment. “She checked out James and his blood pressure. She wrote down all my questions and did a thorough job with it,” Carole said. “It took maybe two weeks to get the results back. After that, everything fell right on into place.” Audrey worked with Carole and James for five months, providing support prior to James passing away. Her imprint remains with Carole to this day. “Ms. Audrey, she was doing her job, but she just seemed like, ‘I know you and I will take care of you.’ She did above and beyond. I am so glad my path crossed with her path,” Carole said. “She became like a personal friend. She was so understanding and so nice. I just can’t give her enough praise and she did everything so thoroughly.” You can learn more about caregiver support at WhatIsSolutions

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Dance Like A Star (NAPSA)—The next time you see a beautiful dance move on TV, you may want to consider some of the surprising people it took to put it there. For example, there’s Dr. Jennifer McCleary, who served as an on-site Doctor of Chiropractic for “Dancing With The Stars.” Everyone she treated, Dr. McCleary said, both the celebrities and the dancers, saw the value of her care and showed great appreciation. “Dancers,” she explained, “often need chiropractic care because of the wear and tear on their bodies, previous injuries and repetitive motions. The resulting conditions, however, are often the same as those of any patient: headaches, whiplash, sprains, strains, knee and ankle injuries and spinal conditions.”

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Often, it takes chiropractic care to keep the arts lively and dancers on their toes. To treat the professional dancers, she needed “a lot of tools in her toolbox.” Dancers’ bodies are very flexible and the techniques she used had to be very specific to each person and problem. Dr. McCleary would not only help them feel better; they often gained something else, such as advice on staying well, from the interaction. To learn more, visit the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress at

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Get The Facts (NAPSA)—Relied on for more than a century, America’s bestselling reference book offers the answers to this year’s most pressing questions. Which 2012 election candidate plans to lower the presidential salary to less than $40,000? How many millions of smartphones were sold in the United States over the past year? Which U.S. state has the highest public high school graduation rate? The answers can be found in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2012.

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You will hunt on 200 acres of unspoiled woodlands of apple orchards and manicured working farm fields. With two ponds and a beautiful trout stream. One of the most spectacular views of the Delaware Water Gap is from the peak of our property. •

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Gracing the cover of this year’s edition are singer Adele and Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter. Gracing the cover of this year’s edition is singer Adele, whose 2011 album 21 broke the record for most consecutive weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. She’s joined by the Yankees’ star shortstop Derek Jeter, whose milestone 3,000th hit was a home run. The book also boasts a new feature on the Greatest Sports Upsets, with a list of the most surprising athletic outcomes of all time, inspired by Japan’s victory in the Women’s World Cup. Shifts in the American population are illustrated by sections like “The Changing United States” while “Year in Review” recaps the top headlines, strangest news stories and most striking images of 2011. For more information, visit

Join Ginny & Marvyn Raphaelson October 31, 2012 Pathways of Antiquity

Istanbul/Turkey to Luxor/Egypt Seven Seas Voyager – 14 nights plus 1 additional night in Istanbul and 3 additional nights in Luxor Rates start at $9599.00 per person Recive $700.00 shipboard credit Rate includes the following: Rt. Air, Free Unlimited Shore Excursions, Beverages including Wines & spirits, Gratuities, ground transfers & taxes (all inclusive cruise) Call Ginny Raphaelson 570-722-0433 Or email:

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Coming Events Albrightsville Volunteer Fire Co. hosts a great breakfast the first Sunday of every month. Enjoy breakfast with friends and support a good cause at the same time. Cost is $7.00. Bingo is every Saturday night. Doors open at 5 PM and Bingo starts at 6: 30 PM. Tuesdays, 50+ Shopper Club, The Crossings Premium Outlets, Tannersville. Shoppers 50 years of age or older can take advantage of an added 10% savings on Tuesdays by presenting identification with proof of age to cashiers at participating stores. 570 629-4650. January 1, 15, Sensational Soul Cruisers, Paradise Stream resort, Mount Pocono. Fall in love again with the classic, romantic sounds of Philly Soul, Motown, R&B, and more. Featuring fourpart vocal harmony, smooth dance steps, and a hard-driving horn section, the Sensational Soul Cruisers re-create the hits of some of the finest groups from the 60s and 70s. Tickets are $25 per person. The show will begin at 8:30 PM. Reservations required. (888) 963-3052. January 2 - January 31 & February 1 - 29, Snowshoe Loaner Program, recurring weekly on Monday through Friday. Promised Land State Park, Greentown. Come out to the Promised Land State Park Office to borrow the Park’s snowshoes! Throughout the winter, a limited number of MSR-Denali snowshoes are available for use through a Snowshoe Loaner Program at the Park. Staff is available to give brief instructions and additional information. Wear hiking boots, dress in layers and bring plenty of water. The program is designed for day-use only. Snowshoes cannot be loaned out during the weekends. A valid driver’s license must be provided in order to borrow snowshoes. Snowshoes must remain in the park and are only available when there is at least 6 inches of snow cover. Please contact the Park Office to check snow conditions and equipment availability. Snowshoes must be used at the Park and/or in the Delaware State Forest between 8 am and 3 PM. (570) 6763428.

January 7, Half Price Paint Day, Skirmish, Albrightsville. Enjoy half price on paint. Paint is only $50 per case, for players only. (800) 754-7647. January 29, 21st Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center, Hawley. Nine holes of golf atop frozen Lake Wallenpaupack. Prizes, giveaways, fun for golfers, non-golfers, and spectators. $15 per golfer in advance, $20 at the door. Tee times every ten minutes between 9 am and 2 PM. Awards ceremony at approximately 3 PM. (570) 226-3191. February 10 - 26, Crystal Cabin Fever - Safari, recurring daily, Crystal Cabin Fever at Sculpted Ice Works, Lakeville. Cure your cabin fever on a safari adventure. Come check out the amazing ice displays, such as elephants and giraffes, all sculpted from over 100 tons of ice. There will also be ongoing live ice carving shows and professional ice competitions on February 11-12 and 25-26. Guests can enjoy free hot chocolate and wine tasting with admission. Tickets are $10/ adults, $6/children ages 3-15 and children under 3 are free. The festival will be held from 11 am to 6 PM, Monday - Saturday and 11 am - 4 PM on Sunday. (570) 226-6246. February 11, 12, Fastnacht Weekend (Mardi Gras), St. Joseph Regional School Cafeteria, North & 6th Streets, Jim Thorpe. Details on page 9. For information, call 570 325-3731.

It was once customary to bake a cake with a bean in it on January 6th. Whoever got the slice with the bean was believed to have good luck all the rest of the year.

Czar Peter the Great of Russia put a tax on men’s beards and a clerk at the gate of every town to collect it.

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22 Lake News Joyce Bradley Team REALTORS® 1 Greenwood Rd, PO Box 309 Lake Harmony, PA 18624-0309 Office: 570-722-9222or 570-722-9629 Office website:

Looking to purchase a property in the area? We will gladly represent you as a Buyer’s Agent so you have a knowledgeable Team working on your behalf as you seek, find, make an offer, negotiate, and close the deal on your home, vacation property, or rental investment. A Team of experienced REALTORS® you can count on and trust to represent your interests in any Real Estate Transaction. Give us a call and ask for our Team brochure, subscribe to our email newsletter, or find out more about the area through our informative area websites – , or

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At Christmas, Robert “Geppy” Gebhardt’s living room is transformed into a Christmas village, complete with train.

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A majority of ear infections occur in children under 3 years of age. This fluid can remain for several weeks and may cause temporary reduction or loss of hearing, which can have a negative impact on speech and language skills development. According to a recent study in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, nearly one in five children with a cold or other common respiratory virus develop a middle-ear infection during the first week of infection. A majority of middle-ear infections occur in children under 3 years of age, which is a critical time for language learning and speech development. The EarCheck ® Middle Ear Monitor is an FDA-cleared, homeuse device that can help parents quickly and accurately detect the presence of middle-ear fluid, a key sign of ear infection. EarCheck is available at and at participating Walgreens locations.

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2012 Winter/Spring Calendar Tournament, Camp and Competitive Training Calendar at Split Rock Resort Under direction of George Wolbers ------------------------------------------------------Jan. 7-8 Tournament Training Session #4 Jan. 20-22 USTA Split Rock Winter Classic

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Upcoming events: January 15 and February 19 Line dancing at Penn Forest Vol. Fire Co. #2, l Lessons and music provided by Cowboy Boogie Productions with Barb and Dave. Time: 4 to 7 PM. Cost is $7. Children 10 and under FREE (soda and water included). Kitchen will be open.

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Jack Frost Ski Divas Gearing Up for a Great Ski Season The weather is getting colder and they have been making the little white stuff and you’ll soon see the Jack Frost Ski Divas back on the snow. Here are some of the highlights and we welcome all women skiers to join us for these great programs.

Advance registration for this seminar is necessary. Contact Bernie Oldroyd, JFBB Women’s Program Director at or events link/Women’s Seminar. Contact the Snowsport Learning Center at 570 4438425, X 2503 and ask for Bernie.

Mark you calendars to join us on Tuesdays at Jack Frost for a one hour free Ladies Clinic. Classes start Tuesday January 3, 2012 and run through Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (no class 2/21). Sign up at Snow Sport Learning Center by 9:445 AM and ;meet on the snow promptly at 10 AM. You must have your own or rented ski equipment and purchase a lift pass. Season pass holders are always welcome and encouraged to join in.

Save the date February 25, 2012 to support “Ski for the Cure” breast cancer awareness day at Jack Frost. The event benefits Susan G. Komen, for the Cure, NEPA affilliate. More information will be in the January issue.

Don’t miss the 2 day Women’s Seminar for skiers and boarders at Jack Frost. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, January 21 & 22, 2012. The program is taught by women instructors who are committed to provide a positive learning environment, coupled with support and camaraderie. The fee is $185 ($150 for Season Pass Holders) and includes a 2 day lift pass, two days of instruction, continental breakfast, lunch and a wine and cheese party Saturday after skiing.

Looking forward to a great winter season with old and new ski friends. Bernie Oldroyd JFBB Women’s Program Director 732 266-8533 or 570 443-8425 X 2503

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Eight Auto Insurance Myths, Busted By Joe Geiser, State Farm Agent

There seems to be a bevy of urban legends out there when it comes to auto insurance. But can you separate the facts from the fiction? The Insurance Information Institute (III) dispels some common myths about auto insurance and shows you how you can save money.

Myth 1: Color determines price of auto insurance. It doesn’t matter if your car is red, green or purple. What does matter is the type of car you select. Before you buy a new or used car, check into insurance costs. Auto insurance premiums are based on make, model, body type, engine size, age of the vehicle, age of the driver, driving record and credit history. They are also based, in part, on the car’s sticker price, the cost to repair it, its overall safety record, and the likelihood of theft. Many insurers offer discounts for features that reduce the risk of injuries or theft. These include daytime running lights and anti-theft devices. “For years there has been this notion that color plays a significant part in calculating insurance premium costs, many people believing that red cars cost more to insure because they’re linked to aggressive driving or speeding,” said Loretta Worters, III Vice President. “The fact is, insurers have no interest in the color of a car, but they are interested in knowing if you have had any previous car accidents, the number of miles you drive annually and where you live,” she explained.

Myth 2: It costs more to insure your car when you get older. Many drivers over 55 years of age can qualify for a reduction in auto insurance rates, typically for three years, if they have successfully completed an accident prevention course. Insurance companies will usually provide up to a 10 percent discount on car insurance, but check with your provider before you sign on. Mature driving courses are available through local and state agencies as well as through the AAA and AARP. You can also check with your insurance agent to find out which defensive driving courses are approved by your insurer. If you are retired or are not employed full time, you may also be eligible for a discount of up to 5 percent off your car insurance. Age requirements for this type of discount vary by state and insurance carrier.

Myth 3: Your credit has no effect on your insurance rate. Your credit-based insurance score does matter. An insurance score is a measure of how well you manage your financial affairs, not your financial assets. Many insurance companies take your insurance score into consideration when you want to purchase, change or renew your auto insurance coverage. Because the majority of people have good credit, and insurance scores are derived from a person’s credit history, most people pay less for insurance when insurance scores are entered into the pricing equation.

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Myth 4: Your insurance will cover you if your car is stolen, vandalized or damaged by falling limbs, hail, flood or fire. Comprehensive and collision coverage are optional coverages. Lenders frequently require drivers to buy comprehensive and collision coverage as a condition of a car loan agreement. Those driving older cars sometimes drop these coverages as a way of saving money. If a car is worth less than $1,000 or less than 10 times the insurance premium, purchasing the optional coverages may not be cost effective. But bear in mind, you need to purchase both collision and comprehensive coverage in order to fully protect your vehicle from all types of damage.

Myth 5: You only need the minimum amount of auto liability insurance required by law. Almost every state requires you to buy a minimum amount of auto liability coverage. Chances are you will need more liability insurance than the state requires because accidents often cost more than the minimum limits. In today’s litigious society, buying only the minimum amount of liability means you are likely to pay more out-of-pocket for losses incurred after an accident, and those costs may be steep. The insurance industry and consumer groups generally recommend a minimum of $100,000 of bodily injury protection per person and $300,000 per accident.

Myth 6: If another person is driving your car, his or her auto insurance will cover them if they get in an accident. In most states, the auto insurance policy covering the vehicle is considered the primary insurance, which means that the auto insurance company for the vehicle must pay for damages caused by an accident. Policies and laws differ by state, and you should become familiar with these differences when allowing another person to drive your car.

Myth 7: Soldiers pay more for insurance than civilians. No matter what branch of the military you are in, you qualify for a discount on auto insurance. In some situations you might be able to have your commanding officer make a phone call on your behalf, but for most auto insurance companies, you will need to supply documentation that lists your name, rank and the time that you will be enlisted in the service. This allows insurance companies to determine how long you will be able eligible to receive a military discount. Many auto insurance companies provide discounts for former members of the military and their families as well.

Myth 8: Personal auto insurance covers both personal and business use of your car. If you’re self-employed and use your vehicle for business purposes, personal auto insurance may not protect you. While auto insurance geared for businesses can be more costly than a personal policy, one of the best ways to keep your auto rates down is by having a good driving record. If there are others using your car they need to have good driving records too. Check the records of your employee drivers at least twice a year to ensure they maintain a clean driving record.

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Get Serious About Stroke (NAPSA)—There may be good news for the more than 2 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, a serious condition where a blood clot can form in the heart and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.

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Above: Joyce Bradley enjoys a cup of hot chocolate while Frosty the Snowman visits. Below: Jeanne Bingham sings Christmas Carols with the bonfire ablaze behind her.



The Lake Harmony Volunteer Fire Co. deserves a big “Thank You” for picking up Santa on December 10, 2011 and bringing him and one of his elves to the new firehouse. He arrived on the back of the new ladder truck and visited with the children attending the event in the conference room of the new firehouse. This marked the first time Santa has visited there.

Later that day, the Lake Harmony Christmas Tree located by the arbor at Nick’s Lake House, was officially lit for the season. This was followed by a bonfire and seasonal music. Frank Gilotti Jr. provided hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes, compliments of The Country Peddler and free to all attendees.

The children were all involved in various craft activities as they awaited their turn to speak personally with Santa. The craft tables were guided by several local adult volunteers who seemed to enjoy the activities as much as the children. The children and the helpers left the firehouse very clean which was much appreciated by the fire company. Thanks to all the volunteers who are always there to help make this event a success!

The sound equipment was provided by Vic Paul who was unable to attend this year due to a schedule conflict. Jeannie Bingham provided the singing (See photo on opposite page) and was sometimes accompanied by her niece, Asunta Rossi, on the electric violin. Andy Hanko did the setup work, making the event possible. Larry Potts, Michael Potts and Rich Kennedy built the bonfire, lighting it and feeding it the wood which was provided by Jason Seitz. This portion of the day had a special visitor as well - Frosty the Snowman made a return visit this year. Frosty and Santa said they will come to next year’s ceremonies as well.

The efforts of all the volunteers were truly appreciated! Overall, the event was well received and all had a great time singing along and keeping warm with the bonfire and the hot chocolate. Next year, plans are underway for another visit from Santa on the second Saturday in December. Hope to see you there! In all, this was a beautiful holiday ritual for the whole family.

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Top Five Tips To Keep Your Brain Fit (NAPSA)—Maintaining better brain health may be easier than you think. The good news is that there are practical steps you can take to enhance the way your brain functions. Following a few tips will help you remember more, think faster and perform better at work, school and in everyday life. Five Keys Here are five keys to improving brain health: 1. Eat right. Just as your body needs proper nutrients to function, so too does your brain. Fuel your brain by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants such as vitamins C and E that help prevent cell damage. Include some good fats such as omega-3 fatty acids in your diet—found in fish and shellfish, they constitute important building blocks in the brain. And make sure you drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and keep your brain hydrated. 2. Exercise your body. Regular physical exercise can help keep your brain fit by promoting increased levels of brain chemicals and more efficient blood circulation, which is vital to removing cellular waste and delivering nutrients needed by the brain. What’s more, studies have found that physical exercise stimulates the production of new brain cells. 3. B e s o c i a l . H u m a n s a r e social creatures and our brains have evolved to seek out social contact. Studies have reported that an active social life appears to delay age-related memory loss. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found that individuals in their 50s and 60s who engage in a great deal of social activity had the slowest rate of memory decline, and researchers at Kaiser Permanente found that women with active social lives were half as likely to suffer from dementia.

E x e rc i s i n g a n d t r a i n i n g yo u r brain can help improve your core cognitive abilities and keep your brain functioning at its best. 4. Get good sleep. Sleep plays an important role in memory formation. Your brain uses sleep to process and make sense of the day, consolidate memories and even generate creative new ideas. Poor sleep can lead to an imbalance in brain chemicals, resulting in depression or cognitive deficits in processing speed, attention, memory and reasoning. A few simple changes in lifestyle, such as getting proper exercise, cutting out caffeine, relaxing before bedtime and drinking in moderation, can often help improve your quality of sleep. 5. Exercise your brain. The best exercises for your brain are new challenges that use different parts of your brain and increase in difficulty as you improve on tasks. For instance, you can learn a foreign language and then use it among native speakers, or take on a new type of dancing that exercises both the body and the brain. Yo u c a n a l s o e x e r c i s e y o u r brain with training programs such a s L u m o s i t y. c o m t h a t a r e d e signed specifically to improve brain function. Described as a “gym for the brain,” the site offers personalized training programs and engaging exercises designed to improve core cognitive processes. The site is also available on several mobile application platforms. To l e a r n m o r e , v i s i t w w w.

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Think Outside The Pie (NAPSA)—Although medical research suggests eating pecans in moderation may reduce the risk of heart disease, 54 percent of Americans are unaware of how good those nuts can be, according to a new survey. Most eat pecans in baked goods but health experts suggest you snack on pecans as well. They fit the USDA Dietary Guidelines of eating a variety of protein foods, including lean meat, eggs, beans and nuts, such as pecans.


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KIDDER NEWS 2012 Contractor’s License Contractors who perform work in Kidder Township must have a current (2012) Kidder Township Contractor’s license. This includes all subcontractors if they are not covered under the General Contractor’s insurance. The fee is $50 for contractors previously licensed in 2011 or $100 for a new one. A Certificate of Insurance naming Kidder Township as Certificate Holder must be presented at the time of application. Licenses may be obtained at the Township office Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Please call the office at 570 722-0107 if you have any questions. 2012 Carbon County Dog Licenses Pennsylvania’s Dog Law requires all dogs, three months of age and older, to be licensed. In addition to your County Treasurer’s office, applications are also available at the Kidder Township office. Regular license fee is $8.50. Neutered male and spayed female dog licenses are $6.50 each. There is a $2.00 discount for senior citizens (65+). Trash Waste Management is the trash hauler for Kidder Township. WM arrives in the Township early Monday mornings; therefore trash should be placed out Sunday nights for pickup. Property owners may place up to 5 bags/cans out per week for pickup. Bags must be 35 gal. or less and cans 40 lbs. or less. One large item may be placed out for pickup each week. Yard clippings and leaves will be accepted as part of the 5 bag/can limit. No building materials will be accepted. If you have additional bulk items, you can contact WM at 800-621-2100 to arrange pickup and payment.

Encourage Recycling To cut down on the amount of trash unnecessarily going into landfills, please remember to recycle. Bins are located at Pine Point Plaza in Albrightsville. Please furnish recycling information to renters. If you have used ink jet cartridges, you can drop them off at the township building for recycling.

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HELP TO RECYCLE Unfortunately some area residents have been abusing the recycle center at Pine Point Plaza, leaving items which are obviously not recyclable. Please do not abuse this or we could lose the blue bins completely. The recycling bins are located at Pine Point Plaza at the access road from SR 534. Questions on recycling? E-mail carbonre@ What can be recycled?

• Aluminum and tin cans • Clear, green and brown glass jars and bottles • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (soda bottles, milk &

water jugs and laundry detergent bottles) Look for the number inside the recycling triangle located on the bottom of the bottle.

• Newspaper, cardboard, office paper, magazines and junk mail Remember to rinse clean all jars, bottles, cans, etc. before placing them in the recycling depot. Glass bottles and jars should NOT be broken before placing in the recycling depot. To save space, please crush all plastic containers & remove lids. (Lids are not recyclable) What does NOT get recycled!!!

• • • • • • • • • • •

Lightbulbs Aluminum foil/plates Ceramics Styrofoam Window glass Mirrors Plastic wrap/bags Pottery or milk glass Pesticides, chemical, oil/anti-freeze containers

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Avoiding Ruffled Feathers: Simple And Smart Safety And Tech Tips For Snowbirds (NAPSA)—If you’re thinking about spending winter in a warmer climate this year, you’re not alone. According to the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, almost 1 million North American “snowbirds” plan to migrate south. But before these snowbirds can settle into their Southern roosts, it’s important for them to secure their Northern perches. Best tips include: Security and Remote Monit o r i n g — Before the bags are packed, you may want to investigate new products that put technology to work while you’re gone. For peace of mind, new services now remotely monitor and control your home’s security and thermostat from a smartphone or computer. You can remotely arm or disarm the alarm system and control lighting, household appliances and the thermostat—which can save money on utility bills. With connected cameras, you can monitor the home from anywhere in the world—even receive instant text messages when doors are opened or closed. Telecommunications Services—David Gregg, new product journalist and senior editor,, shares the following advice on telephone, cable TV and Internet services: “Instead of making two separate calls, check out for disconnecting your TV, phone and Internet at your current home and reconnecting at your winter address. And it doesn’t matter if your cable service provider is different in each location. The best part is, once you are ready to

You can save time and trouble when you’ll be away from home for a while. return, you can use the same service again to reverse the process.” Freshen Up!—A dormant home will inevitably become stuffy. Keep it return-ready with a new type of air purifier that cleans the air and prevents the spread of allergens such as mold or mildew. Air purifiers with true HEPA filters capture 99.9 percent of particles and impurities. Put the unit on a timer and your air purifier automatically senses air quality levels and neutralizes viruses/bacteria, keeping your indoor air clean. Don’t Forget the Basics— Gizmos are great, but remember to turn off your refrigerator—or turn it down to the lowest setting—and unplug your electronics. For those items that can’t be unplugged, be sure to use a surge protector. Consider new devices that power down appliances and tech devices that consume phantom power—power you continue to use even after you hit the off button—saving you money on your electric bill. For more tips and ideas on how to smooth your annual snowbird migration, check out www.cable

Lake News 41 LIONS MEET The Penn-Kidder Lions Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM at “L’Antico Caffee” on Route 903 at Danner Road and the third Saturday at 9 AM at Terra Cottage Cafe in Lake Harmony. Anyone who is interested in more information about the Lions or in joining, new members are welcome. We do not have the current contact as we understand Brad Grissinger is moving out-of-state.

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PENNKIDDER COUNCIL, CCCC The PennKidder Area Council of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce meets the 2nd TUESDAY of the month. The location of the meeting changes from month to month for the foreseeable future. Their new mailing address is P. O. Box 1242, Albrightsville, PA 182101242. Visit their web site for further up-to-date information at Questions, call Rich at 570 807-0022.


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The PA Turnpike Commission recently approved a 2012 rate plan that includes a 10 percent toll increase for cash customers, with no increase for those who pay with E-ZPass. On January 1, 2012, cash rates will be increased by 10%. The increase will be applied to all vehicles. With the new rates, the most common cash toll for passenger vehicles will increase from $1.10 to $1.25, while the commercial-truck classification (Class 5) will rise from $8.095 to $9.85. The Commission cited the higher cost of handling a cash transaction, approximately four times more expensive a transaction. It costs the commission about $1 per transaction to collect a cash toll, and less than 25 cents per transaction with users of E-ZPass.

Money notes are not made from paper. They are made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen.

A security thread and microprinting were introduced to American monetary notes in 1990. This was done to deter counterfeiting by technologically advanced copiers and printers.

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CENTRAL SEWER Grinder Pump Customers For GRINDER PUMP SERVICE: contact SITE SPECIFIC @ 800 295-8853 Service calls caused by homeowner or rental negligence will be billed to the homeowner. The township has experienced several problems caused by excessive cooking grease and cloth type body wipes in the grinder pump. NONE OF THE FOLLOWING WASTES MAY BE DISCHARGED INTO THE SEWER: storm water, surface water, ground water, roof run-off, and/or sump pumps. Please review the user guidelines with anyone using your property. You can get a copy of these guidelines at the Kidder Township Office. Remember to mark the location of your grinder pump to prevent it from damage by lawn maintenance or snow removal equipment.

Homeowners, Landlords and Real Estate Agents In the interest of public health and safety, Kidder Township Code Chapter 137 requires that “an annual inspection shall be made not later than the 30th day of June of each year . . . all rental or time sharing units within the Township.” Occupancy of such premises is prohibited until a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued. Any occupancy puts the owner in violation and subject to a fine of between $300.00 and $1,000.00 per day, with each day of illegal occupancy constituting an individual offense. Applications for inspections are available at the township office Monday - Friday, from 8 AM to 4 PM or on-line at www.kiddertownship. org. Upon receipt of application and check for $35.00, one of our inspectors will contact the owner/agent for an inspection.

SEWAGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The Kidder Township Supervisors, Administration and Staff are committed to the protection of our environment and want to thank everyone for their cooperation and commitment to continue our goals to protect the quality of the township’s surface and ground waters. As part of Kidder Township’s Sewage Facilities Act 537 Study, a Sewage Management Program was enacted for all properties serviced by an on-lot septic system. This management program requires that all septic tanks/cesspools be pumped every three (3) years. (This applies to all non-sewered areas.) Schedule of pumping: * Septic systems in District 2, which include Albrightsville and un-sewered Lake Harmony and Split Rock areas (245 homes), will need to be pumped during 2012. * Septic systems in District 3, North Kidder Township, (north of I-80) and the Tannery area (287 homes) will need to be pumped by December 31, 2013. * Septic systems in District 1, which include those in the Holiday Pocono development in Albrightsville, will need to be pumped in 2014. If you are in one of these districts and have not complied with the requirement to pump your septic system, you should be aware that the penalty for non-compliance to Kidder Ordinance #111 includes, but is not limited to, Civil Action filed in the Magisterial Court of Carbon County and a $500.00 fine. For information, a list of licensed pumpers, or questions regarding this program or central sewers, contact the Kidder Township office at 570 722-0107.

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A Cheesecake Even The Lactose Intolerant Can Love (NAPSA)—Here’s food for thought: According to the U.S. Food Allergy and Intolerance Report, between 30 and 50 million Americans have some type of lactose or dairy intolerance. Many individuals must omit dairy from their diet. Previously, individuals with dietary restrictions had to sacrifice taste but not anymore. Today, there are many products to use as substitutes and creating great-tasting recipes is easy. The Red Velvet Alternative Cheesecake below uses a new dairy-free cream cheese alternative to make a delicious dessert perfect for any occasion. Red Velvet Alternative Cheesecake by Lisa Green The Butter Flys Baker 1 8-ounce tub of Galaxy Nutritional Foods Veggie Plain Cream Cheese alternative 6 ounces lite silken firm tofu 1 package white chocolate sugar-free pudding mix 1 ⁄2 package cheesecakeflavored sugar-free pudding mix 8 ounces vanilla sugar-free yogurt made with coconut milk 2 teaspoons white vinegar 3 ⁄4 cup unsweetened almond, soy, coconut or rice milk 1 ⁄2 cup liquid egg substitute 3 scoops chocolate-flavored protein powder 3 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa 1 cup Stevia or sugar substitute 2 full bottles of red food coloring 3 egg whites In a food processor, combine one 8-ounce tub of the plain cream cheese alternative, silken tofu, coconut yogurt until smooth. Add mixture to large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer the milk, egg substitutes and white vinegar. Add the dry pudding mixes, protein powder, cocoa and Stevia. Add additional nondairy milk 1 tablespoon at a time if needed. Add 2 bottles of red food coloring, blending until completely colored. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter

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Sweet and sophisticated, this red velvet cheesecake is made with dairy-free cream cheese. slowly until they disappear. Pour batter into cooled Chocolate Cookie Crust in springform pan and bake at 325° F for one hour. Crust recipe found at Galaxy’s website. Shut off oven and prop open door with a kitchen towel. Cool completely for best results; leave in oven overnight. Refrigerate for several hours. Release the cake and invert onto cake plate. Cream Topping: 1 8-ounce tub Galaxy Nutritional Foods Veggie Plain Cream Cheese alternative 12-ounce jar of Walden Farms marshmallow dip 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons Stevia or sugar substitute 1 to 4 tablespoons nondairy milk, as needed Combine all ingredients for cream topping until desired consistency. Make with less nondairy milk for decorations around cake edge, more milk to spread across surface of the cake. Galaxy Veggie Cream Cheese is a 100 percent nondairy cream cheese alternative made from a soy base, coconut and sunflower oils. It is the first product of its type that uses a nondairy culturing process to produce a true cream cheese–like flavor and texture. It is also cholesterol free, vegan, gluten free and certified kosher. Found in the produce section of grocery stores nationwide, it is available in Classic Plain and Chive & Garlic flavors. The company is a leading producer of cheese alternatives. Learn More For information, coupons and recipes, visit

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Care and Use of Your Grinder Pump Kidder Township recommends that property owners landscape around the Grinder Pump to prevent damage from vehicles, snowplows and/or lawn maintenance. Also, power to the Grinder Pump must remain constant. Do NOT turn off the circuit breaker, even if closing the house for an extended period of time. If you are closing up a home for several weeks, the manufacturer recommends purging the lines by running 20 gallons of water through the system to insure that the lines and the pump will be filled with clean water. With the extreme temperatures over the past winter, we’ve experienced many more service line freeze-ups at residences than we have in years past. This has resulted in costly repairs and inconvenience for the township as well as residents. A tip . . . If purging a line as recommended above, and we’re experiencing unusually cold weather, pour a gallon or two of RV anti-freeze along with the 20 gallons of water into your line and pump for a trouble free winter next year. Also, with most Grinder Pumps outside of the 5 year warranty since installation, do not introduce into the system any of the following: Glass, metal, diapers & baby wipes, sanitary napkins & tampons, kitty litter, plastic objects, strong chemicals, gasoline, lubricating oil & grease, flammable material, explosives, seafood shells, socks, rags, cloth, goldfish, stone. Please post our regulations in all rentals because service calls due to homeowner or renter neglect are billed to the homeowner. Copies of our regulations are available in the township Office. John P. Finnerty

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FIRE COMPANIES OFFER LIFE SAVING SERVICE If you are a resident of Kidder Township, and have a person living in your home that, in some way is disabled, i.e., bed-ridden, on oxygen, Lou Gehrig’s disease, etc., you know the importance of being able to get that person out of the building in the event of a fire or other emergency. To help expedite this process, the Albrightsville, Lake Harmony and Kidder Fire Companies are compiling a list of households where these individuals reside. This list will be given to the Carbon County Communications Center and stored in their computer. In the event, there is an emergency at your residence and 1st responders are dispatched, this information will be given to the emergency personnel at the time of dispatch (no names will be given), thus alerting them to take proper steps in planning to remove the individual, if necessary. The fire companies believe that in the event of an emergency, this early warning can only be a positive thing. If interested in being enrolled in this program, simply call Fire Chief Ralph Lennon at 570 722-8248. Supply him with the information and he will enroll you in the program. Keep in mind, that even though you are enrolled in this program, there is no guarantee that individuals will always be evacuated in time, in the event of an emergency, but it certainly lessens the risk of not being evacuated.

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Wildlife Note — 22 LDR0103

Minks and Muskrats by Chuck Fergus

Often two wildlife species are associated closely with each other. The fox and the rabbit, the bobcat and the snowshoe hare, and the mink and the muskrat are good examples. While not one of the three mentioned predators subsists solely on its “partner” species, the prey often makes up a sizeable portion of the predator’s diet. When it comes to mink and muskrats, it’s fair to say that although the muskrat is not the principal prey of the mink, the mink is the principal predator of the muskrat. Both mink and muskrats are found in suitable wetland habitat throughout Pennsylvania. They are classified as furbearers, and trappers harvest both species. By far, more muskrats are trapped than minks, but a mink pelt is more valuable than a muskrat’s. Mink (Mustela vison) — is a semi-aquatic member of the family Mustelidae. Other mustelids include weasels, martens, fishers, wolverines, badgers, skunks and otters. Mink are found over most of the northern hemisphere in both Europe and North America. They live on the edges of lakes, streams and rivers in forested areas. Adult males average two feet in length, including an 8-inch tail. They weigh 1½ to 2 pounds. Females are 10 to 15 percent smaller than males and up to half a pound lighter. Body configuration resembles that of a weasel: short legs; long, bushy tail; long, sinuous neck and body; short head; and pointed muzzle. A mink’s coat is thick, full and soft. A short, tight layer of underfur is covered with longer guard hairs, which give the pelt its luster. Colors range from russet to a deep, chocolate brown. Unlike some weasels, the mink does not turn white in winter.

Mink have excellent hearing and sight, and a good sense of smell. On land, they travel at a slow, arch-backed walk or a bounding lope, which they can keep up for miles. They swim and dive with ease; a webbing of stiff hairs between the toes of their hind feet helps propel them through water. Mink are most active at night and early morning, although they sometimes venture out during the day as well. Active year-round, mink may curl up and sleep for several days during winter cold spells. Like most mustelids, they are agile and fierce fighters, killing prey with a hard bite to the back of the skull. Prey includes muskrats, mice, rabbits, shrews, fish, frogs, crayfish, insects, snakes, waterfowl and other birds, eggs and domestic poultry. Generally, a mink is an opportunist, feeding on whatever is most easily caught or found; thus, it might avoid fighting to kill a healthy adult muskrat if, say, crayfish were abundant and easily captured. Mink occasionally kill

Lake News 47 more than they can eat. In winter, they cache carcasses and revisit them to feed. Mink den in abandoned woodchuck tunnels, hollow logs, vacant muskrat lodges, holes in stone piles and beneath large tree roots. Dens are usually near water and may have more than one entrance. Mink line their nests with dried grass, leaves and feathers; bones and scraps of kills often litter the nest area. Mink are basically solitary, except during mating season, when they use a powerful scent from their anal glands to attract mates. Males fight over receptive females. It’s not known whether mink pair up after mating, although males are believed to mate with several females. Mating occurs from February to April, with most activity in March. After mating, the fertilized eggs develop slightly, but then 13 to 50 days may pass before the embryos attach to the female’s uterine wall and continue developing. This is called delayed implantation, and it’s common among mustelids. Females give birth in early May following a gestation period of 28 to 30 days after embryo implantation. Thus, total time from mating to birth may be 40 to 80 days. At birth, young are 3½ inches in length, blind and hairless, and they weigh only a fifth of an ounce. Litters include 2 to 7 young, with an average of four. In two weeks, young are furred; their eyes open after five weeks; and after six or seven weeks they are out foraging with their mother and learning how to hunt. The family disperses by late summer. Minks are sexually mature at 10 months. Minks are best suited for areas where water pollution is minimal, because these waters will hold the greatest concentrations and varieties of prey. A male covers a range up to three miles in diameter, while a female’s range is much less. Individual territories overlap, and the same den may be used by several animals in succession. One mink will have several dens along its hunting route. Minks live up to 10 years in captivity, but a wild one would be fortunate to survive two or three winters. Disease, cars and trapping are mortality factors, and the species is preyed on by foxes, bobcats and great horned owls. The American mink was introduced to Sweden in the 1920s, and in 35 years spread throughout that country. M. Iutreola, the European mink, is found from France east to the Caucasus Mountains. Pennsylvania has two subspecies of mink, the less common mountain race, Mustela vison vison, being somewhat smaller and darker. Muskrats (Ondatra zibethica) — Why the name “muskrat?” “Musk” refers to a strong smelling substance released from this animal’s perineal glands (between the thighs), while “rat” describes its rat-like appearance. The muskrat is a rodent — related to mice, voles, beavers

and rats. The nation’s most abundant furbearer, the muskrat lives on or near the still or slow-moving water of ponds, marshes, streams and rivers and, to a lesser extent, faster mountain streams. The species is found over most of North America north of the Rio Grande River, including the coastal tidal marshes. It’s common in Pennsylvania, but nearly abundant as it used to be. Adult muskrats are 22 to 25 inches in length, including the tail. They weigh 2 to 3 pounds, have a stout body, short legs, and an 8- to 12-inch tail that is flattened vertically, scaly and practically hairless. Ears and eyes are small but well-developed. In appearance, muskrats resemble small beavers with long, ratlike tails. The tail functions as a prop when the animal stands on its hind feet, and as a rudder and propulsion-aid when it swims. The muskrat’s large, broad, partially webbed hind feet power it through water. Its forefeet are small and agile, with well-developed claws for burrowing. To insulate against cold water, a muskrat’s underfur is dense, silky and soft, overlain with long, dark brown guard hairs shading to graybrown on the throat and belly. Overall pelt color can be chestnutbrown to almost black, or any color in between. Food: roots and stems of aquatic plants (the cattail is often an important item; also bullrushes, water lilies, pickerelweed and others), and, when they grow near water, legumes, grasses, grains, garden crops and fruits. Muskrats eat a small amount of animal protein, including crayfish, freshwater mussels, fish and frogs — the last two often as carrion — and even carcasses of other muskrats. They don’t hibernate; over winter they subsist on roots and shoots dug from marsh bottoms, and the twigs, buds and bark of various trees, including willows, cottonwoods, ash and box elders. Muskrats build houses (also called lodges) of vegetation, or they burrow into stream banks, earthen dikes and dams, often causing considerable damage. Both lodges and burrows have underwater entrances and above-water living quarters. Lodges are built of cattail stalks or other vegetation, chinked with mud and weeds above the waterline. They may be 8 to 10 feet across and 2 to 3 feet above water, with a single living chamber plus offshoots, or several chambers. Muskrats do not dam streams. In breeding season, muskrats leave musk, or scent, in likely places around their territories to attract potential mates. Males may impregnate several females, and play no part in raising young. Muskrats have a high reproductive potential, giving

se along streams or colonize w sections of marsh. 48 Lake News Muskrats are sexually mae the year following their birth to large litters and breeding from spring to fall. th, butMature few females survivehave long two, three or even four litters each ugh to year, breed. Youngonmuskdepending the length of the warm season (more and dispersing immatures litters in southern Pennsylvania, fewer in the north). After a 30-day gestation especially vulnerable to period, the female bears 5 to 8 naked, andsnaphelpless young. In a month they are nks, hawks, owls,blind foxes, weaned and fully furred, and the female drives them off, g turtlesespecially and snakes. if she Surplus is about to bear another litter. A female mals —may individuals beyond overwinter with her final litnumberterthat theyear, habitat can breakof the the family up in health the spring.over Young disport ininggood streams colonize nter —perse arealong often lostorto new sections of marsh. dators, taken by trappers or Muskrats are sexually maced to move new areas. their ture thetoyear following plus individuals aresurvive more long birth, but few to breed.starvaYoung musknerable enough to predation, rats andthan dispersing immatures n and disease are memare especially vulnerable to s of theminks, secure, basic populahawks, owls, foxes, snapn. ping turtles and snakes. Surplus Some prey populations may limit their own animals — individuals beyond thefailing number to thatbreed the habitat can mbers by in crowded conditions, by support in gooda health overin overpopulated arressively defending territory winter — are often lost to , or by predators, some other of behavior. Overcrowded taken type by trappers or forced to move to new areas. Surplus individuals are more vulnerable to predation, starvation and disease than are members of the secure, basic population. Some prey populations may limit their own numbers by failing to breed in crowded conditions, by aggressively defending a territory in overpopulated areas, or by some other type of behavior. Overcrowded

breeding season may also cut m rat numbers. The population v widely from year to year, but t to show a peak in abunda muskrats are strongly territorial, and predation by mink aboutpopulation. every 10 Mink years.selis just a way of reducing the excess are tenacious fi dom have much effect on local Muskrats muskrat populations; the ers.dieMinks prefer to tackle yo surplus animals would probably soon anyway. Only if the habitat should change, such as when drought because comes or sick muskrats, a and the marsh dries up, would secureupmuskrats tureformerly adult puts a brisk defe be vulnerable to minks; the habitat can no longer supFemales defending young h port as large a muskrat population, some of the basic popubeensurplus. observed driving off att lation would become A bad winter, ingofminks. Muskrats are par an outbreak disease such as coccidiosis, orized a flood thefleas, height flatwo of byduring mites, breeding season may alsoand cut muskroundworms tapewor rat numbers. The population varies While lifetends span is widely fromthe yearaverage to year, but derto 12 months, some individuals show a peak in abundance live asabout longevery as five or six years. 10 years. are tenacious fight- open ThroughMuskrats their feeding, muskrats ers. Minks prefermarsh; to tacklethis young areas of densely vegetated can cha or sick muskrats, because a malocal habitats toture benefit waterfowl and other adult puts up a brisk defense. aqu wildlife. Muskrats Females also damage agricultural defending young haveand o mental crops near water, and their tunnels riddle d been observed driving off attacking This Muskrats parasit- and t dikes, canal banks, etc. a seriousare problem ized byand mites, fleas, flatworms, ping is the most effective least expensive solutio roundworms and tapeworms. it. While the average life span is under 12 months, some individuals may live as long as five or six years. Through their feeding, muskrats open up areas of densely vegetated marsh; this can change local habitats to benefit waterfowl and other aquatic wildlife. Muskrats also damage agricultural and ornamental crops near water, and their tunnels riddle dams, dikes, canal banks, etc. This is a serious problem and trapping is the most effective and least expensive solution to it.

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Wildlife Notes Allegheny Woodrat Bats Beaver Black Bear Blackbirds, Orioles, Cowbird and Starling

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Bobcat Bobwhite Quail

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Raptors Ring-necked Pheasant Ruby-throated Hummingbird Ruffed Grouse Shrews Snowshoe Hare Sparrows and Towhee Squirrels Striped Skunk Tanagers Thrushes Vireos Vultures Weasels White-tailed Deer Wild Turkey Woodchuck Woodcock

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50 Lake News ST. PETER THE FISHERMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH St. Peter’s is located on Lake Drive in Lake Harmony. If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please contact the office at 722-2034. Mass Schedule: Saturday: 5:00 PM; Sunday: 9:00 & 11:00 AM Weekdays: Monday thru Friday - 8 AM Confessions: Saturday 4:00 to 4:30 PM Eucharistic Adoration: Mon. after 8 AM Mass until 12 Noon, from Lent to Advent (holidays excluded) St. Peter the Fisherman Food Bank could use your help. If you want to contribute to this worthy cause, make check out to St. Peter the Fisherman Food Bank. Anything would be appreciated. St. Peter the Fisherman Knights of Columbus - Council #10772 Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the Parish Hall at 7:30 PM. Contact Grand Knight, Richard Klepper at 325-2625 or Dr. Mark Saxon at 722-2636. Visit the Knights at their web site at St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish, located on Sullivan Road in Pocono Pines, PA 18350, is the parish comprised of members of the former Our Lady of the Lake (Pocono Lake) and Christ the King (Blakeslee) churches. Tel. 570 646-6424 or

ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH St. Paul’s is located on Old Stage Road & SR 534, Albrightsville. Pastor Doug Holtz can be reached at 722-0964 or 243-1738. Sunday Schedule: Adult Bible Study and Sunday School: 9:00 AM Sunday Worship w/Communion @10:15 AM Nursery is available Check our website @ www.stpaulsalbrightsville. org for up-to-date changes and additions. AA meets Sunday, 2 PM and Wednesday, 7 PM. . FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH The Church is on Rt 940,1 mile east of Blakeslee. Sunday, Holy Communion, Worship at 8, 10:30 AM. Sunday School Classes (youth and children from age 3) - 10:30 AM. Call 646-0309 or e-mail CALVARY CHAPEL of the POCONOS Calvary Chapel of the Poconos is located at 2591 Sr 903, in Albrightsville. Pastor is Bob Malafarina. Phone: 722-9792. Sunday Service at 10 AM; Wednesday, 7 PM. Blakeslee United Methodist Church Located just north of the traffic light at Blakeslee Corners on Rt# 115, Blakeslee, the Pastor is Rev. Joseph Healey. Church School is at 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 10:30 am. with nursery class for children. Choir rehearsal is every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m.; Fellowship dinners, the 3rd Wednesday of each month and Homecoming Service the 2nd Sunday in October. Telephone 570 646-7727. Community Bible Church of Pocono Lake For information, call 646-8995 or email at www. Grace-St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Located at 40 Church Road, Jim Thorpe, the church holds Worship Service at 9 AM, Sunday, followed by Sunday School/Bible Study at 10:30 AM for children and adults.

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