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• Kind and Caring Children • Mental Health Risks for Youth


• Elevate Your Outdoor Getaway

HEALTH 14 18

• Wellness Travel • Wellness at Home







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• Connect with Your Child's Teacher • Support Teachers This Falls


• Shop Smart, Spend Less • Basics About your Credit Score


• Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet


• Boost Student's Immunity


• Comforting Colors • Decorate for Halloween


• Home Charging for Electric Cars


• Then and Now




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“We often encourage children to be friends with everyone, but that’s unrealistic”


At some point, many parents will likely find themselves encouraging their children to “be kind” or “be friendly.” While they lead with the best of intentions, nearly all parents will worry about whether their child is kind to others when adults are not around.

HOW TO RAISE “We often encourage children to be friends with everyone, but that’s unrealistic,” said Carter Peters from KinderCare’s Inclusion Services team. “We don’t have to be friends with everyone, but we do need to be friendly with everyone. When children learn to respect everyone, even those they don’t like, they help create a kinder, more welcoming community.”

her learn to identify and name feelings. Then work together to identify appropriate expressions of those feelings.

While children are generally kind, it’s possible they might internalize societal messages that equate kindness with weakness. With a little help, children can develop a sense of empathy, which can help them have positive interactions with others whether they’re on the playground, in the classroom or at home.

Some healthy ways to react to emotional moments could be to find a quiet place to calm down, talk with a trusted adult like a teacher, squeeze fists or name the feeling: “I’m so angry right now.”

Consider these three ways parents can encourage empathy: 1. Try a new twist on “what did you do today?” Find a

consistent time during the day – at pick up, during dinner or before bedtime – to ask your child, “How did you help someone today?” or “How were you kind to someone today?” Be sure to offer your own examples from your day, too. This helps your child understand the connection between his or her actions and kindness to others. It also opens the conversation for you and your child to discuss missed opportunities to show kindness, how you could both do better next time and how you and your child could show kindness in the future.

“Children need to learn they can express big emotions, like frustration or anger, without taking those feelings out on others,” Peters said.

The ability to think and react rationally diminishes when angry, so practicing potential responses while in a calm, lowstress state is essential to helping children learn to apply those responses when they’re upset. Having this toolbox of responses to rely on also gives children the autonomy of deciding how best to respond to an emotionally difficult situation, which can lead to a sense of empowerment when they realize they chose to act kindly despite their emotions. For more tips about raising kind and caring children, visit kindercare.com. Courtesy of Family Features

“thank you” and be specific about why the action was kind: “That was so kind of you to clear the table after dinner. Your help made cleanup go faster. I appreciate that.” Don’t forget to use this same technique with other family members, too. Ask your child what compliments he or she likes to hear and encourage him or her to do the same for others. This teaches empathy and encourages children to treat others the way they want to be treated.

3. Build a toolbox of responses for tough situations. First, help

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2. Intentionally call out acts of kindness. Go beyond a simple

your child build emotional literacy skills by helping him or


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Mental Health Risks FOR YOUTH


oday’s kids are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety at home, school and in their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic, which affected kids in all those places, only exacerbated the problem. The surgeon general issued an Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis to highlight the urgent need to address the growing concern. “It is normal for children to experience emotional distress as they develop and mature,” United States Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said. “However, the number of youth struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide over the past decade have increased. The future well-being of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation.”

“The pandemic has been incredibly disruptive for youth since it has affected routines, access to social activities and virtually every aspect of their lives”


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Even pre-pandemic, mental health challenges were the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people with up to 1 in 5 children ages 3-17 in the U.S. having a mental, emotional, developmental or behavioral disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The pandemic has been incredibly disruptive for youth since it has affected routines, access to social activities and virtually every aspect of their lives,” said Robyn Knecht, director of counseling for St. Joseph’s Indian School, a Native American residential school that helps students move beyond the cycle of poverty, addiction and mental illness with an education and opportunities for a brighter future. “Offsetting those impacts requires an active response from trusted adults that promote healthy development and well-being.” If you’re concerned about your children, or another child close to you, consider these tips from Knecht and St. Joseph’s.


Create a Support System of Family, Peers and Teachers The people surrounding youth influence their behavior directly and indirectly. Each child needs a team of actively involved adults at home, school and within the community leading by example and encouraging success. Similarly, encouraging friendships with peers who demonstrate positive habits and good decision-making skills can provide a sense of connectivity and beneficial peer pressure.

Encourage Academic Achievement & Aspirations Not every student is destined to be valedictorian, but every student can give his or her best effort. Encourage and recognize effort in studies, be conscious of struggles and work with educators to find additional support when needed. Talk about the future and impress upon your child many careers require further training through college, trade school or another form of advanced education. Talk with your child about setting academic goals and equip him or her with the tools necessary to achieve them. Find things your child is passionate about and encourage participation in activities that foster development.

Set Clear Expectations for Behaviors & Values Although it’s natural to test limits, kids need clear boundaries. Consistently communicating your expectations for behavior and values sets a bar for your child and demonstrates your care and commitment to his or her success. Backing up your expectations with reasonable consequences when your child falls short can help teach responsibility and accountability.

Teach Coping & Problem-Solving Skills How your child responds to and navigates challenges is as important as the outcome. Teaching your child how to accept disappointment, navigate conflict and be solution-oriented in the face of adversity can serve him or her throughout life.

Promote Involvement in Social Activities A sense of connectivity is important for humans at any age. Encouraging participation in group activities can help create opportunities to form bonds with other children whose families share similar values and interests. Examples include sports teams and religious groups, as well as age-appropriate jobs where teens can interact with other kids learning the value of hard work.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Seek Outside Help If you notice changes in your child’s behavior or routine, be inquisitive and partner with him or her to work through them. If your child doesn’t open up, it’s OK to find another trusted adult he or she can connect with. Ask your child if there is someone he or she would feel comfortable talking to and look into counseling services in your community. Additionally, mentor and social service programs can help support your child’s journey and foster a supportive network.

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Tips for an elevated outdoor getaway When you think about the outdoors, you probably picture rugged terrains in a forest or woods. The term "roughing it" may come to mind. But your trip into nature doesn't have to be devoid of comfort. Whether you're experienced in outdoor recreation or learning how to camp for the first time, you can start off right by thinking of ways to elevate your next trip into the wilderness. Check out these three tips to create a glamorous outdoor getaway you and others can enjoy together.

Dress up your site Decor isn't just for your home! Whether you have a tent, trailer, cabin, yurt or van, a few fun touches can add comfort and style to your site. Purchase some battery-powered string lights and hang them inside your tent or camper to create soft, warm lighting as you turn in for the night. 12 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

You can dress up your outdoor spaces by layering colored or patterned tablecloths on the picnic bench, laying down an outdoor rug for extra seating and using a pretty tray to keep items together and out of the way on your table. You can also use string lights around your picnic area to create a whimsical atmosphere.

Add some campfire pairings A great glass of wine can pair perfectly with camping fare. Whether you're enjoying some salty snacks, grilling hotdogs over the campfire or making s'mores, pairing wine with your food can make a good meal a great one. "Nature and luxury aren't mutually exclusive," said Flat Top Hills consulting winemaker Angelina Mondavi, member of the fourth generation of the winemaking family. "In fact, wine pairs well with relaxing outside, and can really complement favorite

camping fare. Pack a few bottles of your favorite wines with you and you can have a sip of home in the great outdoors. I love to bring a bottle of our Buttery Chardonnay or Rosé to put in a cold flowing creek to cool down, so when I return from a day of fly fishing the bottle is perfectly chilled and ready to be enjoyed by the campfire."

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Flat Top Hills wines are designed to elevate everyday occasions. They are approachable, high-quality, fruit-forward, and made to easily match any meal. Open a bottle of new Buttery Chardonnay to sip with chips and dip, popcorn or toasted marshmallows. A rich Red Blend or Cabernet Sauvignon goes perfectly with burgers and even as a dessert pairing for s'mores. Whip up a pasta salad and enjoy a glass of crisp Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. If you plan to take a hike and picnic nearby, pack a bottle of Rosé to go with your packed lunch. Plus, Flat Top Hills white and rosé wines come with an easy to open screw-cap top, making them especially convenient when camping.

Stock your camp kitchen At home, you have easy access to everything you need to make a meal. When planning your outdoor getaway, make a list of utensils, tools and gadgets you might need on your trip. Consider purchasing a camping stove and coffee percolator so you can enjoy a cup before building your campfire and cooking breakfast. If you enjoy a morning smoothie, find a batterypowered blender to stash in your camp kitchen items.


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ou're dreaming of a vacation where you can have fun while being healthy. You want to travel somewhere equal parts exciting and relaxing. You want meaningful experiences that inspire you to live your best life. And you are not alone, which is why wellness travel is experiencing huge interest in 2022.

Wellness travel destinations are available nationwide and are often located in the beautiful backdrop of nature. This natural setting can inspire mental and physical well-being, and you may enjoy activities such as guided hikes, outdoor meditation and more.

what is wellness travel?

why choose wellness travel?

Wellness travel is not a new concept, but it has evolved tremendously over the last several decades. Previously, wellness travel typically meant a spa getaway, and, while spas remain an important part of this travel trend, vacations focused on wellbeing go beyond massages and facials.

The pandemic has changed many people's approach to travel. After shelving vacation plans, today's traveler wants experiences that are meaningful and support their core values. Because wellness travel embodies the idea of proactive health that includes mixes of rest and relaxation with opportunities to learn, grow and try new things, it's often the ideal choice for couples, groups or solo vacationers.

Wellness travel today supports mental and physical health in meaningful ways that can be customized to the traveler. You can visit spas that feature traditional services as well as new options such as hydrotherapy that uses the healing benefits of water and chromotherapy that incorporates the power of light. Other pillars of wellness travel include access to fresh, wholesome foods as well as myriad fitness activities. This may include specialty exercise classes or the opportunity to explore local flora and fauna independently.


Some people choose wellness travel because they are looking to kickstart a healthy lifestyle. Others are looking to continue their current health journey and expand their sense of wellbeing. Many people like that wellness travel destinations are located throughout the United States, so there's no need to travel internationally and have a passport. In fact, you may be surprised how many top-rated wellness travel destinations are located within driving distance or a short flight.

what are wellness immersion retreats? Wellness immersion retreats are planned events that you can attend where you get access to a variety of health-related activities and amenities designed to inspire you to feel your best. These experiences vary in length, anywhere from a weekend to several weeks. For example, the one-of-a-kind Kohler Well-Being Experience is a three-day wellness extravaganza presented by Prevea Health with gifts from lifestyle brand goop. The weekend starting June 24 is packed with curated special events that allow guests to explore everything the luxury Midwest resort offers while gaining a fresh perspective on the world of wellbeing from influential figures. Dr. Michael Roizen, Anna Kaiser, mindfulness educator Catherine Ekeleme in partnership with goop, and Dr. Bryan Williams join Destination Kohler's own roster of experts from Yoga on the Lake, Bold Cycle, Sports Core, and Kohler Waters Spa for special programming throughout the weekend.

"Wellness travel today supports mental and physical health in meaningful ways that can be customized to the traveler." In addition to the Well-Being Experience, Destination Kohler is hosting a new series of Wellness Immersion Weekends available July 8-10, Sept. 9-11, and Oct. 7-9. These flexible and tailored weekends are specially curated by Kohler's wellness team to offer unique experiences like private yoga Nidra, guided hikes, intention setting and journaling, a custom-blend essential oils class and wellness assessments. Access to a wellness concierge is included to help guests customize their itinerary to explore the resort's full range of offerings. Wellness travel is appealing to many people because it supports their value of proactive health while providing an inspiring yet relaxing break from routine. This trend is likely to grow, continuing well into the future. Courtesy of Brand Point


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WELLNESS AT HOME Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. Establishing a plan for each day before heading off for work or school is beneficial for staying on time and organized, and many families' mornings start with a nutritious breakfast.

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This school year, add better-for-you breakfast recipes like Orange Oatmeal or an Orangeberry Smoothie to the menu. These morning meals are powered by 100% orange juice, a delicious option that helps fuel the body with essential nutrients that support a healthy immune system and overall diet quality with no added sugar.

• Vitamin C - Commonly associated with helping maintain and strengthen a healthy immune system by protecting cells and promoting the production and function of cells. One 6-8-ounce glass of OJ is an excellent source.

"A growing number of research studies has revealed children who regularly drink 100% orange juice have higher intakes of key nutrients, higher quality diets and may have healthier lifestyle habits, like greater physical activity levels, than children who do not drink OJ," said Dr. Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus. "Study after study confirms that 100% orange juice not only has a place in the diets of children, but it can also serve as an easy way for parents to provide key nutrients without fear of adverse effects on body weight when served in moderation." Consider these nutritional benefits of Florida Orange Juice, "The Original Wellness Drink."

Diet Quality

Because 1 cup of 100% orange juice counts as 1 cup of fruit, it's an easy way to contribute to your children's fruit intake. As a kid-favorite, it's a nutrient-dense beverage that helps increase the intake of key nutrients including vitamin C, folate, thiamin, magnesium, potassium and, in fortified juices, vitamin D and calcium.

When paired with a healthy lifestyle, Florida Orange Juice has vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juices) and phytonutrients (naturally occurring plant compounds) and may help support a strong immune system.

• Vitamin D - Plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that get into the body. One 6-8-ounce glass of fortified OJ is a good source. • Plant Compounds, Flavonoids and Colorful Carotenoids - Work to support the immune system by helping to fight inflammation and helping cells communicate with each other, which can help strengthen immune response when encountering infection.

No Added Sugar

Unlike foods and beverages that contain added sugars, the natural sugar in 100% orange juice contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. As one of nature's nutrient-rich foods, OJ is a convenient way to enhance whole fruit intake and reach daily recommendations. Plus, it can be used as a substitute for nutrient-poor foods and beverages, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, in the diets of children and adults.

"Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on." SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© 19


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new school year can feel like uncharted territory for children, parents and teachers alike as they learn new things and meet unfamiliar faces. Building a relationship with your child's teacher can help create a positive school experience for everyone involved. Plus, teachers who connect with their classroom families help families feel seen, heard and represented in the classroom. "When parents and teachers connect, they can create a stronger support system," said Tyreca Elliott from KinderCare's education team. "Bridging the gap between home and school gives children continuity, improves academic outcomes and nurtures children's social and emotional well-being. When families and teachers work together, children can succeed." Building connections with teachers opens lines of communication between home and school, allowing families to learn about their child's day and helping teachers feel supported.

Consider these three tips from KinderCare teachers to help families create connections and build trust and collaboration with their child's teacher. Be Intentional. Ruby Villarreal, a preschool teacher of nearly 30 years, suggests meeting with your child's teacher before the first day of school to introduce your child and your family. Share your child's previous school experience, likes and dislikes as well as any home issues that may impact your child's mood or behavior, such as a new sibling, recent move or divorce. Raise any concerns you may have - no matter how big or small. Your child is the teacher's priority too, and he or she might have some tips and tricks to help you help your child.

"Bridging the gap between home and school gives children continuity, improves academic outcomes and nurtures children's social and emotional well-being."

Communicate About Communications. Drop off and pick up times can sometimes be too busy for more than a "hi" or "bye." Ask your child's teacher how he or she likes to t communicate, and share your preference, too. Let the teacher know if you would like a phone call during a lunch break for a quick update about your child or if you'd rather communicate via email or the school's app. Make a Big Difference with Little Chats. During pick up or drop off, try to leave time for a brief conversation. This could be a quick chat about something fun your child did over the weekend or why he or she might be having a tough day. It could also mean asking, "What can I ask my child about on the way home?" or finding out about activities you could do to help your child keep learning at home. "Learning is a partnership between families and school," said Quiana Smith, a 15-year prekindergarten teacher. "Your child will be excited about school and learning when he or she knows you're excited about it, too." To learn more about how to create connections between home and school, visit kindercare.com. Courtesy of Family Features


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hroughout the pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond for their students, becoming not just educators, but also counselors, role models and friends to their students by supporting their overall well-being.

Heading back to school means stocking up on supplies, updating wardrobes and planning new routines for hassle-free mornings. This fall, as you prepare for the new school year, consider these ideas for supporting your children's teachers, too:

Even so, only 52% of teachers feel valued by their communities, according to PDK International, a professional association for educators. What's more, teachers are more burnt out than ever, with 81% reporting their workloads have increased and 55% sharing they have less time for planning than before, according to a State of Teaching survey conducted by Adopt a Classroom.



With the extra roles and responsibilities many teachers have taken on in recent years, there aren't enough hours in the day to complete special projects or keep up with certain tasks. Ask teachers how you can lend a hand. That might mean spending

some time physically in the classroom, or there may be ways you can support your children's classes from home, such as assembling instructional packets or researching field trip ideas.

RECOGNIZE TEACHERS WHO GO ABOVE & BEYOND Chances are good you know at least a few educators who have gone beyond the call of duty and made an exceptional impact on their students. Honoring their contributions shows appreciation for all they do. One way to demonstrate your gratitude is by nominating educators for Staples' fourth annual #ThankATeacher contest, which recognizes 20 stand-out educators who go above and beyond for their students. Winners' schools will be awarded $5,000 in classroom essentials for the upcoming school year. Learn more about how to nominate a teacher at staplesconnect.com/thankateacher.1

BE A PARTNER IN YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME Supporting teachers isn't just about the classroom and supplies; you can also provide a helping hand by creating good habits and modeling the importance of education at home. Actions like creating routines that keep students on a comfortable, familiar schedule help teachers manage classrooms more effectively. You can also make communication with your children's teachers a priority so you're aware of concerns and can help address them early.

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ATTEND SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS & VOICE SUPPORT Keeping tabs on the issues affecting your school district and teachers is an important part of monitoring and advocating for your children's education, but it's also a way for you to lend your support on topics affecting teachers. Stay informed about issues that matter to your children's teachers and support school board policies and actions that serve teachers' best interests. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to 50 U.S./D.C., 18 or older as of date of entry who possess a web-enabled mobile device as of July 24, 2022. Begins 12:00 am ET on July 25, 2022 and ends 11:59 pm ET on August 15, 2022. Sponsored by Staples(r) the Office Superstore, LLC. For complete rules and eligibility, visit staplesconnect.com/thankateacher.

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DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES Often, teachers dip into their own income to create fun, engaging learning experiences and supplement student supplies when they run low. In fact, the average teacher spends $745 on supplies for their classrooms that are not covered by school budgets. According to Adopt a Classroom's State of Teaching survey, 71% of teachers spent more of their own money on classroom materials in 2022 than during the previous year. You can ask teachers what supplies they need, or you can give back to teachers through Staples' Classroom Rewards program.


"Supporting teachers isn't just about the classroom and supplies; you can also provide a helping hand by creating good habits and modeling the importance of education at home." SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© 25

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Shop Smart spend less THIS BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON

As summer nights shorten and the school year approaches, you may be looking for ways to reduce the stress and costs of back-to-school preparations and ease into a new routine. Thankfully, the experts at Dollar General are offering families suggestions for an easy and affordable return to classes.

School Supplies Start by separating and categorizing students’ supplies lists and compare to items that may be left over from the previous school year. To pick up needs in one easy stop, visit a local Dollar General to purchase school supplies that are colorful and cost-effective, with over 100 back-to-school items priced at $1 or less. School and classroom essentials may include notebooks, coloring supplies, backpacks, a reusable water bottle and more. Additionally, a variety of hand sanitizers starting at $1 can be easily placed into lunchboxes, desks, pencil cases or given to school staff to help stop the spread of germs.

"You can send students of all ages to their classes prepared with everything on the list, all while saving time and money."


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For teachers who want to save big in 2022, sign up for a DG account and get verified for 30% off qualified items on up to four shopping trips through September 9, 2022. Additionally customers can save $3 on qualifying $15 or more supply purchases in the stationery, cleaning and paper, and houseware categories through September 9, 2022. All offers are available through DG Digital Coupons online and in the DG App, where customers can load coupons and rewards on an easy-to-use platform and redeem them at checkout.

Healthier Eating Back-to-school also means after school activities such as clubs and athletics. While juggling practices, rehearsals and club meetings, consider packing healthier snacks to support a busy schedule. Meal prep can also be helpful on busy days, and Dollar General’s DG Easy Meals provides access to simple recipes with affordable ingredients to make breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner easy and stress-free. Entrees like PecanCrusted Salmon or Buffalo Chicken Pizza can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat. Dollar

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Organization Necessities As the school year begins and schedules fill up, some find it harder to stay organized. Use a customizable planner or calendar to remind you of pick-up times, parent-teacher conferences and other important appointments. These tools are also great for high school or college students managing a new class schedule. Write out chores on a dry erase board, which can be secured to the side of the fridge, to keep track of daily duties. Finally, if your surfaces tend to collect clutter, a large canvas storage container can be a great way to keep items together for a quick cleanup. With these back-to-school tips and tricks, you can send students of all ages to their classes prepared with everything on the list, all while saving time and money in the process.

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Learn the basics about your credit score 5 THINGS TO KNOW

Many people have financial goals - maybe it's to get an education, buy a car, purchase a home, or start a business - that require access to credit. However, if you are new to credit, trying to build a credit history can be daunting. It helps to know the basics about the FICO® Score. A FICO Score summarizes your credit report into a three-digit number. Credit reports are maintained by the three nationwide credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion. The score includes measures on how long you've had credit, how much credit you have, how much of your available credit is being 30 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

used and if you've paid on time. It helps lenders determine how likely you are to repay a loan. This, in turn, affects how much you can borrow and how much it will cost (e.g., the interest rate). "Knowing that access to credit is a key building block for economic inclusion and financial independence, FICO has been spearheading efforts to help more consumers gain access to credit, safely and responsibly," said Sally Taylor, vice president and general manager of FICO Scores. "Before FICO, human bias could play a factor in the decision."

But what if you are a young adult or immigrant with no credit score at all? Lenders want to include new borrowers. To help support this, FICO and lenders are using alternative data and innovative credit scoring techniques, while ramping up consumer credit education efforts.

"Knowing that access to credit is a key building block for economic inclusion and financial independence" FICO introduced alternative scores such as UltraFICO Score, which enhances credit bureau data with data not typically found in traditional credit bureau files, such as balance information from your consumer permissioned checking account. The recently introduced FICO Score 10T taps into trended data - a deeper look at traditional credit bureau data, the use of trended data considers a historical view such as account balances for the previous 24-plus months, giving lenders more insight into how individuals are managing their credit. People can also take steps to actively build their credit history. To help, here are five things to know if you are new to credit:

Understand the basics about your score Ninety percent of the top U.S. lenders use FICO Scores to help them make lending decisions. To get a score, you need at least one credit account opened for six months or more and at least one account that is reporting to the credit bureaus in the last six months (Those criteria can be met with the same account.). If you have zero credit history, you can consider applying for a credit-builder loan or a secured credit card.

Take advantage of new ways to establish credit More lenders are using newer scores that tap into alternative data sources, such as telecom, utilities and checking account

data. To help establish credit history, consider opportunities with reputable lenders and the credit bureaus to proactively share your personal, responsible financial information (such as on-time rent payments).

Actively monitor your score Research has shown that consumers who frequently check their credit score are more likely to have a higher overall score. There are several ways you can monitor your score. FICO works with over 200 institutions to provide FICO Scores free to consumers. You can check your monthly credit card statement, your online banking environment or go to myFICO.com to monitor your score.

Demonstrate responsible borrowing and stay the course Your FICO Score is dynamic; it changes with your credit behavior. Your score today doesn't have to be your score tomorrow. Plan and stay the course with positive borrower behaviors that will be reflected in your credit file. Stay up to date on your bills, keep balances low and only apply for the credit you need.

Empower yourself with knowledge Understanding your credit score and how to manage it doesn't have to be a mystery. There are many educational resources available, including free workshops supported by FICO where you can learn about your credit score directly from the experts. Visit www.scoreabetterfuture.com to learn more. Whether your goal is purchasing your first home, going to college or financing a new car, it is helpful to envision a target credit score that allows you to achieve it. With that target in mind, and these tips and educational resources, you can start building a sustainable path toward a FICO Score that achieves your financial goal, regardless of your current credit experience. Courtesy of Brand Point


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Celebrate Halloween with Your Pets Whether heading to a party, celebrating on social media or greeting little ghouls and goblins at home, getting the entire family - including the four-legged family members - involved in the Halloween festivities can be the biggest treat of all. However, it's important to take some precautions to avoid spooking your pets, particularly if you'll be dressing them for the occasion. 32 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

In addition to keeping your pets out of the candy bowl and tempering their excitement during all the hustle and bustle, keep these tips from PetSmart's resident veterinarian and pet care expert, Dr. Jennifer Freeman, DVM, in mind to ensure your pets are comfortable in their costumes so they're able to celebrate stress-free.

Take baby steps.

Start by trying a simple accessory, like a bandana, on your pets. See if they allow this and will walk around with it on for a few minutes. Not all pets like wearing clothes and some may become stressed or agitated while wearing a costume. However, many just need a little coaxing and positive reinforcement, such as praise and a treat.

Reward with sOmething tasty.

After you put the apparel or costume on your pets, reward them with their favorite treat to create a positive association between wearing the costume and getting a treat.

Ensure the COstume is safe.

Once you know your pets are comfortable in a costume, it's important to ensure the outfit allows them to walk, bark, meow and see without difficulty. Additionally, if your pets can easily trip over their legs, try another type of clothing. Make sure there aren't any accessories attached that may be easy for them to chew on or swallow.



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"Know your pets are comfortable in a costume, it's important to ensure the outfit allows them to walk, bark, meow and see without difficulty."


Pets can overheat easily, so ensure their clothing is not too bulky or heavy if it is warm on Halloween. Watch for elastic features around the paw area that may be restrictive and be certain there is enough room around the widest area of the chest to allow for proper air flow and ventilation.


Pets often communicate through body language and their behavior may let you know if they're stressed or uncomfortable. Pay extra attention to your costumed pets' body language while attending parties or events and watch for signs of discomfort such as pacing, hiding or refusing to move. For more tips and tricks for keeping your pets safe this Halloween, as well as ideas for seasonal costumes, toys and treats, visit PetSmart.com. Courtesy of Family Features

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Steps to Boost Students' Immunity 34 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

Heading to the classroom means opening doors to opportunities for educational and social growth, but to keep students at school day after day, it's important to keep health top of mind. When close proximity to other children exposes them to illnesses like common colds, strong immune systems can be the difference between perfect attendance and a few days of absences. To help boost your children's immunity, consider these tips from the experts at Healthy Family Project.

Drink Water Hydration plays a major role in keeping immune systems functioning properly by aiding the production of white blood cells, which are important for fighting off infection. Find more immunity-boosting recipes at HealthyFamilyProject.com.

Broccoli Tater Tots

Eat Healthy Foods Focusing on foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins can help boost immunity by protecting the body from free radicals that cause inflammation and damage cells. For example, vitamin C boosts the function of immune cells and foods high in fiber help keep the digestive system healthy.

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

Broccoli provides a good source of vitamin C, but if your kids aren't big fans of the green veggie, turn to these Broccoli Tater Tots for an easy way to sneak some greens onto the family table. Due to their high vitamin C content, mandarins are another perfect addition to family diets. Their small size makes them easy to pack in lunches, toss in a bag or enjoy in a sweet treat like Frozen Creamsicle Yogurt Bites.

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Get Plenty of Sleep The Sleep Foundation recommends 9-11 hours of sleep each night for kids ages 6-13. Proper sleep helps regulate the body's biological rhythms, helping people stay healthy.

Exercise Regularly Whether your children participate in sports or just enjoy playtime, encourage exercise to help boost the immune response, particularly during colder months when they may spend more time indoors.

Reduce Stress Adults aren't the only ones who experience stress. Talk to your children about anxiety, stress and mental health, as stress can leave them feeling run down while weakening the immune system, leading to less energy for fighting illnesses.

2 russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes cold water 2 cups broccoli florets 1 large egg 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 400 F. In large stockpot, cover potatoes with cold water. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce to low and simmer 3 minutes. Add broccoli; don't stir. Cover and cook 4-5 minutes, or until tender. Drain. In large bowl, mix egg, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and garlic powder until just combined. In food processor, pulse potatoes and broccoli 8-10 times until finely grated. Add to breadcrumb mixture and stir to combine. Use tablespoon to scoop potato mixture into 40 mounds. Shape each into oval and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes; flip and bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© 35


THE MOUNTAINS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Celebrate the holidays surrounded by great company and even better cuisine in the Pocono Mountains. From romantic dinners by candlelight to farm-to-table experiences, our local chefs are serving up something for every palate. Visit PoconoMountains.com to see all of our mouth-watering dining options and make your reservation.

Frozen Creamsicle Yogurt Bites Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


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1 mandarin vanilla Greek yogurt sprinkles

Place one piece of parchment paper on baking sheet that fits in freezer. Peel mandarin and separate into individual slices. Place one big scoop yogurt in small bowl. Dip each mandarin slice in yogurt, covering about half of each slice. Place individual mandarin slices on parchment paper. Add sprinkles. Freeze at least 1 hour or overnight if adding to lunchboxes.






Comforting Color

In the world of design, what's old inevitably becomes new again, and a similar pattern is inspiring today's on-trend color palettes for home decor. The latest styles reflect reviving and comforting colors influenced by heritage and romance, lending to a look that is familiar in an individualistic way. Whether living through the romance of rural lifestyles, the comfort of home or the nostalgia from far-off times, some of today's most beloved design aesthetics celebrate the past, present and future while bringing balance, hope and comfort for you and your family to embrace.


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Using color to evoke feelings and emotions is hardly new but combining a carefully curated color palette with other design elements can allow you to create a look that pays homage to the past while breathing new life into your living space.

"The Vintage Homestead Color Collection offers an effortless look that reveals the importance of being hopeful to find stability and balance"


Reimagining classic, familiar tones allows you to achieve a design motif that is equal parts reminiscent and refreshing. "The Vintage Homestead Color Collection offers an effortless look that reveals the importance of being hopeful to find stability and balance," said Ashley Banbury, HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams senior color designer. "Our 2023 Color Collection of the Year revives elements from the past that are perfectly paired with vintage, comfortable and classic colors."

BLENDING PAST AND PRESENT Striking a balance between old and new can take many forms, as these styles show:

•Heritage Revival

An interest in reviving the past is evident in design trends like a remerging appreciation of antiques and vintage elements, such oversized furniture and traditional shapes. To capture this style, your design should focus on contrasting old and new for a mixand-match look. 40 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

A cohesive color scheme can allow the various elements to stand on their own while working in harmony for an intentional design. For example, the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams 2023 Color Collection of the Year includes a combination of familiar tones that have been thoughtfully curated by design experts who borrow color and design concepts from the past for a hopeful future and a sense of belonging. Hues like Poetry Plum and Hot Cocoa evoke warmth and depth, while moderate shades like Restrained Gold and Glamour offer fresh ways to incorporate mid-range neutrals. Meanwhile, soft tones like Natural Linen and Cool Beige offer subtle color for lighter, brighter spaces.

•Mixing and Matching of Eras

A new take on retro design is emerging in which eras are blended and new and old furnishing work side by side. To get this look, you'll craft a space that marries historical and contemporary design, celebrating both old and new. To design for longevity, incorporate pieces that are ambiguous in era and stand the test of time.

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• Vintage Homestead

Reviving design elements from the past with mixed patterns, classic shapes and vintage decor adds up to comfortable and comforting design. With this trend, prints and patterns encompass a range of styles, reinforcing how interiors connect to fashion. Mixing classic elegance with sleek vintage shapes is refining the concept of polished comfort. To achieve the look, curate pieces in heritage shapes and patterns, along with retro accents. Be sure to incorporate vintage lighting and glass, as well. A versatile color choice like Darkroom, the 2023 Color of the Year from HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams, is an alluring shade that is classic enough for heritage interiors but also modernly retro for a throwback-inspired aesthetic. It's a neutral perfect for creating an eclectic yet modern look inside and out. Get inspired to combine the past with the present for a comforting design that's all your own at hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com. Courtesy of Family Features


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Costumes and candy may be mainstays of Halloween, but decorating is a fun way to set the mood and add a little extra excitement in the weeks leading up to the holiday. These spooktacular ideas can help dial up the drama and delight for all ages.



A traditional glowing jack-o'-lantern may be one of Halloween's most recognized icons, but pumpkins can be used in plenty of other fun ways. You can dress them up with glitter and ribbon for a more elegant look or group a series of pumpkins in varied shapes and colors for a seasonal centerpiece. You can even give a pumpkin a coat of chalkboard paint and count down the days until Halloween.


Get little ghosts and goblins into the Halloween spirit with hand-made decorations that make your seasonal decor equal parts sweet and spooky. Fold a black piece of construction paper down the middle and trace a child's hand and wrist, with the wrist extending over the folded edge. Cut along the traced line, leaving the fold intact, and when you unfold the paper, you'll have a bat to decorate. Add eyes and attach string to the top of the wings to hang and display.



"A traditional glowing jack-o'-lantern may be one of Halloween's most recognized icons, but pumpkins can be used in plenty of other fun ways."


Some of the best Halloween displays have something in common: attention to detail. Get creative with your props and decorations to incorporate some unexpected attention-grabbers like brains in a jar. Place bunches of cauliflower in a clear glass container and cover with water died red.


If you're entertaining for Halloween, incorporate spooky decor with your food and drinks to keep the theme going throughout the party. Use cauldrons as serving bowls and skeleton hands as serving spoons. Add plenty of cobwebs and other spooky accents to the table, and search for easy recipes that fit your theme. One fun idea for kids is baking sugar cookies in fun Halloween shapes and serving them with a selection of foodsafe syringes pre-filled with colored frosting.


All the tricks and treats indoors make for plenty of good spirit, but don't forget to set the scene outside, too. Dressing up your front door lets visitors know they're in for a real treat. A haunted graveyard scene or a spooky spider den with lots of critters dangling from fake cobwebs are sure to show all who dare to enter that a howling good time lies ahead.

It’s not just a day of shopping here in the Pocono Mountains—it’s an experience. Wander our historic streets. Explore our art galleries. Find unique local goods. And stop for a bite at one of our top-rated neighborhood restaurants along the way. Discover all of our shopping and sights now at PoconoMountains.com.

Find more frightfully fun ideas to make your home Halloween ready at eLivingtoday.com. Courtesy of Family Features SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© 43


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"Those using portable chargers to charge their vehicles should consider carrying comprehensive auto insurance coverage,"

Home charging for electric vehicles: Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing in popularity as drivers consider the operating cost of owning an automobile as well as the environmental impact of their commutes. The number of electric vehicle models available has nearly doubled in the last few years and the market is getting charged up. The rising demand for electric vehicles has led to a larger inventory of new and used plug-ins in the auto market. "EVs have high safety ratings and offer a quieter ride," said Kevin Quinn, vice president of auto claims at Mercury Insurance. "Add in low maintenance costs and the opportunity to reduce a vehicle owner's carbon footprint, and it becomes very appealing to consumers who are looking to buy a new car." With more than 2 million electric cars on the road in the U.S., EV owners know that home charging is one of the most important aspects of owning an electric vehicle. Other than driving, cold weather zaps batteries of energy quickly. Using the air conditioning or heater, as well as uphill drives, also reduce 44 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

What you need to know

range. Knowing that there might be more frequent charges under these demands makes home charging more appealing.

CHARGING AT HOME According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Home Charging Study, 84% of EV owners regularly charge their vehicle at home. It costs about half as much to charge an EV at home as it does to charge at a public station. Home chargers also offer the convenience of being programmed so they draw power during off-peak hours, saving EV owners money. Most EVs come with a Level 1 charger allowing drivers to charge at their residence from a standard 120-volt household outlet. This method can take several hours, typically overnight, to get back most of the car's range. For this reason, many EV owners purchase Level 2 charging stations to be installed in their home. Level 2 charging allows for a quicker charge using a 240-volt outlet.

EV owners looking to install a 240-volt power outlet or hardwired charging station to their home should speak with a trusted electrician who is trained, licensed and insured to install NEMA 14-50 outlets. These outlets are similar to what an electric dryer or oven is plugged into. Once installed, the charger would be considered part of the home and will need to be covered by supplemental insurance in the event of any type of loss.

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HOME CHARGERS AND INSURANCE "A standard homeowners' policy excludes coverage related to motor vehicles and their equipment, accessories and parts," said Bonnie Lee, vice president of property claims. "It's important that EV owners who install a Level 2 charger protect their homes as well as their vehicles. We had a policyholder put 300 battery packs together to charge his car and it didn't end well. The battery packs overheated and burned down the garage. Fortunately, his homeowners' insurance claim was covered, but it's best to have an electrician handle any EV charging station installations." EV owners can also charge their vehicles with portable chargers, but how owners obtained those chargers could make a difference on which type of insurance would be needed. If the portable charger came from the dealership with the vehicle, it would be covered by their auto collision or comprehensive insurance. However, if EV owners purchase a portable charger after buying their vehicle, they may need special equipment coverage. "Those using portable chargers to charge their vehicles should consider carrying comprehensive auto insurance coverage," said Quinn. "A standard homeowners' insurance policy excludes coverage related to motor vehicles, which means losses to vehicle equipment, accessories and parts are not covered."




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While reports of fires happening while EVs are parked and charging are rare, owners should always be mindful when charging their vehicles. "Electric vehicles are still relatively new to the marketplace so automakers are still perfecting them," said Lee. "EV owners need to do their due diligence and make sure they're properly educated about their manufacturer's recommendations for proper charging." Courtesy of Brand Point SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© 45

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Then When I was a teenager, (and despite the incredulity of my granddaughters, I was indeed a teenager once) my friends and I had a routine to prepare for a Saturday night out. Our little group of four would get together to try on different outfits and do our makeup. We didn’t even start to “get ready” until 11 pm. It was de rigor to arrive at our destination only after the scene was hopping – which meant never before midnight. In those bygone days, last call at the local haunts wasn’t until the wee hours of the morning, so we had plenty of time to check out the good-looking boys, dance, and roam from place to place on our circuit. I don’t remember the last time I had that kind of get-upand-go. Today, the only place I want to be at 11 pm on a Saturday night is in bed with a cup of chamomile tea and my true crime 46 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022


By Roseanne Bottone

podcasts queued up. If you would have told me when I was a young lady that this would make me happy in my senior years, I might have said, “I will never be that boring.” Oh, well! I feel comfy and well-rested. A bonus of this low-key domestic bliss is that I always feel good on Sunday mornings. We’ve all experienced an evolution in fashion since the 1970s and I ask (replete with palm smacking forehead), “What were we thinking?” My excuse is that all of us have always been influenced by the trends, and it wasn’t my fault. Thankfully, those 6-inch chunky heels on top of platforms have given way to the “sensible shoe.” As a woman “of a certain age,” I simply can’t risk “falling off” my shoes - and I’m pretty sure that would happen if I were up that high; My sense of balance isn’t what it used to be. Now that I’m all the wiser, my head is no

longer metaphorically or physically in the clouds. Let’s get real - the closer to the ground I am, the better! Since we’re talking fashion, what about those micro-mini skirts? Sharon Stone’s classic Basic Instinct scene where she purposefully flashed what we all maneuvered and contorted to hide every time we sat down or bent over was a shocking reminder of how close we came to disaster for an entire decade. What a way to live. “Easy-breezy” is now my motto. Make fun of me if you must for my long, flowing muumuu, but I flutter, glide, dip, and twist with the abandon of a toddler. (Although, I can’t get my feet into my mouth, muumuu or not.) I used to love the TV program “The Time Tunnel.” The protagonist was rescued from his predicament at the very last millisecond of each show by being jettisoned through time only to land in the middle of another harrowing scene. We had to wait a whole week to see what would happen next. How did we have the patience? Like you, I imagine, I am now a Netflix et. al. binger. I have no patience. None whatsoever. Is it technology that has ruined me? Or am I morphing into the quintessential cranky old lady – just because? Are you old enough to remember when encyclopedias were in book form? A salesman would knock on our door every so often and sell my parents the next volume. If we had a question, we had to look it up. If the answer wasn’t readily available at home (because maybe we were only up to the letter “N”), we’d walk two miles to the local public library, peruse the card catalogue and stacks, or ask the reference librarian for help. It had to be a very important question to warrant the effort of that long trek. How did we manage without, “Alexa, [fill in ANY question]”? Or without instantaneous results from Google and Bing searches? Really? Why weren’t we thoroughly frustrated by not immediately having access to the recipe for Baba Ghanoush or knowing how many children the hot celebrity of the day had? Do I delude myself into thinking I know so much more now? The truth is, I don’t even know my own daughter’s telephone number; if I lost my phone, I’d be up the proverbial creek without a paddle. On the other side of the coin, I watched YouTube videos and learned how to change out a toilet myself. On balance, I prefer instant access to anything I want to know and allowing electronics to remember things for me. After six and a half decades of living there’s too much stuff in my head and no storage room left for more. My brain RAM is at 99% capacity.

In today’s age of gluten-free, vegan, organic everything, can you imagine the faux pas of keeping an Entenmann’s cake on top of the refrigerator in case company stops by? Or mixing up “Tang” instead of fresh-squeezed? The horror the “toasted vanilla-extra cream-caramel drizzle-venti coffee” crowd would feel if they knew about Sanka? I remember riding home in our family car lying on the shelf in the window behind the back seat. Now I wouldn’t dream of transporting my grandson anywhere unless he’s strapped into his $500 padded “space capsule.” I rode my bike and roller skated without a helmet. Egads! Am I a walking miracle? How have I managed to live this long? Ignorance was bliss. But knowing better is divine. The world turns. Things have changed. Some for better, some for worse. I’ve changed; and only for the better, of course! P.S. On second thought, I am boring. I wish I could send an e-mail to 17-year-old me to make her laugh. (Although, practically speaking, she’d have no way to receive it). I’d tell her, “Someday you are going to be absolutely thrilled by how great the lint trap is in your new clothes dryer! Then I’d tell her, “But, don’t worry. You turn out to be a hip, happening, cool Granny in so many other ways!”

Roseanne Bottone is a regulatory compliance training instructor, former Peace Corps Volunteer, cancer survivor, grandmother, MBA, and freelance writer. She travels the country teaching business people about environmental and transportation safety regulations, and is a newspaper columnist. She’s a homeowner in East Stroudsburg and lives with her daughter, grandchildren, two cats and a Rottweiler.



play in its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear. mcconservation.org

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm PEEC Nature provides food & natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Join us on a hike focused on wild edible & medicinal plants. There will be no collecting or consumption during the program. peec.org

Volunteer Day

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 01:00pm - 04:00pm PEEC Lend a hand and help us out with some seasonal projects. This is the perfect day to become involved with our volunteer program! Pre-registration required. peec.org Photo courtesy of John Galarza

In & Around the Poconos Movies in the Park

September 2 2022, 7:45pm – 9:45pm The Karate Kid (2010) October 7; 6:45pm- 8:30pm Back to the Future Dansbury Park Bring blankets or chairs, join us on the lawn for a movie night with family or friends! Bring extra layers, since fall can get chilly at night. Movies subject to change. A suggested donation of $5 per person will support Pocono Cinema and local parks and recreation. NO registration required. In the event of unfavorable weather, updates will be shared at StroudRec.org

Wednesday Bog Walk

Wednesdays through October, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Kettle Creek Join us at 10am at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 1/2 hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our environmental educators will explain the Bog's formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy 48 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

Park Plant Walk

Saturday, September 10, 2022, 02:00pm - 03:30pm Dansbury Park, East Stroudsburg, at the Trailhead Join PEEC staff as we walk through our parks and learn about the common plants that grow here. We will discuss tips for identification and which plants have edible and medicinal properties.*No picking or collecting will be done during the program. peec.org

Irish American Festival

September 10, 2022, 11:30am - 8:00pm Downtown Stroudsburg Join the Pocono Irish American Club in a celebration of Irish American heritage with music, food, drink, dance, vendors, children’s activities and fun for the whole family. poconoirshamericanclub.com

Bog Walk

September 11, 2022, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Sep 11, 2022 Kettle Creek Join us at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 1/2 hour guided journey into the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our environmental educators will explain the Bog's

formation, its interesting plant and animal life and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. mcconservation.org

questions. $3 per person. Advanced Registration Required. stroudrec.org

Bridge the Gap: Introduction to Orienteering

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 01:00pm - 03:00pm PEEC

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm PEEC

Come learn how to use a map & compass on our orienteering course. We’ll show you the basics before you set out to try and find all the points. peec.org

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 01:00pm - 04:00pm PEEC Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. peec.org

Pocono Mountains Community Food Fest Fundraiser September 14, 2022, 5:30pm

The Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser exists to provide a safety net of support for non-profit organizations in Monroe County. Started in 2004 and originally sponsored and spearheaded by locally based vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur, the event has grown to include a team of presenting sponsors. As all costs are covered by these sponsors, 100% of ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations for each event benefit the non-profit recipients. The Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser, which has been hosted at a variety of venues and has become the ultimate networking event of the summer. Offering its guests a wonderful night out AND the opportunity to support our community – it’s no wonder the event draws 400+ people year after year! pmcfevent.com

Fun Under the Stars

September 16 2022 7:30pm-9:00pm Location to Be Announced Join us for S’mores and Stargazing! We’ll start with a campfire, then take a nighttime lantern lit stroll out to a telescope, where an astronomer will show you our local universe and answer

Geology Hike

Take a hike on the Fossil Trail with Paul Kovalski, aka Dr. Dinosaur, as we discuss the geology of our area and what makes our park unique. peec.org

Pocono Organics Fall Fest

September 17, 2022, 10:30am - 3:30pm Pocono Organics Celebrate another summer of spectacular harvests at Pocono Organics at our Annual Fall Fest! See a colorful collection of vendors, live music by Unqualified, hands-on educational attractions, even Alpacas speckled throughout our farm. Enjoy, our Farm FEAST menu featuring some of the best farm fresh food in the Poconos -plus- raffles to win great prizes from our market-café, Sunset Hill Shooting Range, The Village at Pocono and MORE! poconoorganics.com

Nature at Night

Saturday, September 17, 2022, 08:00pm - 09:30pm PEEC A pleasant summer evening is the perfect time to head outside. Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars, and enjoy the music of the night. Enjoy fun activities that test your night vision. We recommend bringing a flashlight! peec.org

Fall Flights: Birds & Brews From Friday, September 23, 2022 To Sunday, September 25, 2022 PEEC

Come out for a wonderful weekend of bird watching and beer tasting. Enjoy guided hikes that teach how to identify birds by sight, sound, and habitat. Program is geared towards beginners and experts alike. Saturday night we’ll provide beverages from local breweries while you relax around our campfire! peec.org


Stargazing Trip

September 23 - 25, 2022 Kettle Creek Join us for a weekend stargazing trip to Cherry Springs Dark Sky Park and the PA Grand Canyon! Spend one night at Cherry Springs State Park Campground and one night at Lyman Run State Park Campground. mcconservation.org

Mom & Me Masquerade

September 24 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm; Rain Date: October 8 Chipperfield Elementary School* Dress up together with your little one as super spies, ninjas, pirates, heroes, or in black tie attire! Masquerade as whatever your hearts desire! There will be dancing, a photobooth and snacks! *Location may change based on virus mitigation needs. $40 for one mom and one child. $5 each additional offspring. Advanced Registration Required. Registration deadline is September 22. Space limited. StroudRec.org

Festival of Wood

September 24-25, 2022, 10:00am - 5:00pm A Celebration of our Natural & Cultural Heritage of Wood On hiatus for two years, the Festival of Wood, sponsored by the US Forest Service, the Pocono Arts Council, and Grey Towers Heritage Association at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA returns in 2022 in tandem with National Public Lands Day. The annual event has grown to include unique crafts made from wood, children’s activities with wood and wood products and a number of educational demonstrations and programs. This festival draws over 3,000 patrons from the Tri-State area. For 2022, we are limiting the fine craft exhibitors to no more than 25 and diversity in wood media is expected.

October Scavenger Search October 1-31 2022 Downtown Stroudsburg

Collect clues, solve puzzles, be the detective you secretly always knew you were! All ages are invited to participate in this Scavenger Search at any point during the month of October. The activity will take approximately 1.5 hours. If you figure out the answer and submit it, you’ll be in the running 50 POCONO FAMILY MAGAZINE© SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2022

for a prize! Prize still to be announced. Free; No registration necessary. Participate any time. StroudRec.org

Pickle Me Poconos

October 1, 2022, 12:00pm - 5:00pm Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg The Pocono Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Pickle Me Poconos Festival is back again for 2022 on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. This festival will feature and highlight ALL things pickle!

Nature Photography

Saturday, October 01, 2022, 01:00pm - 03:00pm PEEC Learn some beginner techniques on how to frame a picture, and we’ll take you out to practice those skills on our campus. Great for children and those starting from scratch. Participants will need a camera for pictures, even a phone camera will do! peec.org

Owl Prowl

Saturday, October 01, 2022, 07:00pm - 08:30pm PEEC Pennsylvania is home to a number of different species of owls. There are a handful of different species that live around PEEC. Let’s explore and see who we can find! peec.org

Animal Tracking

Sunday, October 02, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm PEEC Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their lives. Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, chew marks, and other signs animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos. peec.org

Harvest Family Camp Weekend

From Friday, October 07, 2022 - 11:00am To Monday, October 10, 2022 - 04:00pm PEEC Bring your friends and family to experience PEEC in the splendor of autumn. Animal presentations, canoeing & kayaking, nature hikes, crafts, campfire and more! peec.org

Full Moon Hike at Tannersville Bog October 8, 2022, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Kettle Creek

Explore the bog under the light of a full moon. The walk begins at 6:30pm and participants should bring a flashlight. mcconservation.org

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International Food Festival

October 8-9, 2022, 11:30am - 5:30pm Shawnee Mountain Food vendors & trucks, crafters & fine arts vendors, indoors and outdoors, children’s area touch-a-truck (Sunday), children’s area bounce house & obstacle course (Saturday), chairlift rides, and live music all weekend long!

733 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA Cupcake Shop & Nostalgic Candy

Exciting “How-to” Culinary Classes

570-730-4944 ldiemer@ptd.net www.Kitchen-Chemistry.com

Art on the Mountain

October 8-9, 2022, 11:30am - 5:30pm The 8th Annual Art on the Mountain and International Food Festival collide to create a two-day event for foodies and arts enthusiasts! Join us inside the Hope Lodge at Shawnee Mountain to find a juried selection of the region’s best fine artisans and craftspeople.You can look forward to international fare, indoor fine art & craft show, live music, and children’s activities with a mountain of colorful fall foliage as the backdrop. poconoarts.org

Signs of Fall Hike

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 01:00pm - 03:00pm PEEC Take a hike with us and discover the science behind the wonderful season of fall. We’ll discuss changing animal behavior, why leaves change color, and why it’s the best season to be out and about! peec.org

Nature Photography

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 10:00am - 12:00pm PEEC Learn some beginner techniques on how to frame a picture, and we’ll take you out to practice those skills on our campus. Great for children and those starting from scratch. Participants will need a camera for pictures, even a phone camera will do! peec.org

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1003 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-421-9000 | www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com Gary A. Raish, Supervisor


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