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Special Centerfold Feature The Shoppes Where Santa Shops

Pocono Living M A G A Z I N E©

is published bi-monthly in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania by Pocono Magazines, LLC. 1929 North Fifth Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570-424-1000 PUBLISHER/EDITOR Larry R. Sebring CREATIVE DIRECTOR/EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Barbara McMahon ASSISTANT CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jane Cumberland WEB DESIGN/DIGITAL ISSUES Graphicus Design, LLC

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December 2013/January 2014

What’s Inside 6 Keeping Wildlife Healthy in Cold Weather by Katherine Uhler 10 Take a Break from Technology 12 Follow the Road to Safe Winter Driving 15 Shoppes Where Santa Shops 27 December Events at Pocono Environmental Education Center 28 Programs at Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation 30 Challenges and Solutions for Kids and Pets 34 Winter Programs at Monroe County Environmental Education Center 36 Visiting the Deer Camps by Boots McCoy 38 Who to Call When by Brodhead Watershed Association

Falls at Diana’s Bath in the Delaware Water Gap. Photo by Matt Siptroth


Keeping Wildlife Healthy in Cold Weather



eeping humans healthy is a big job, but at least we can whine, complain, and otherwise describe our symptoms in exquisite detail to determine the cause of the problem. We concern ourselves with prevention and treatment of illness and injury, not only to individuals but for entire communities and populations. We know that injuries and illnesses stem from many sources including viruses, bacteria, insects and other creepy-crawly vectors, weak immune systems, and physical dangers such as ice and snow.


Animals are susceptible to many of the same kinds of health problems we suffer. Although they don’t outwardly display problems often, because that would draw predators, it is possible through observing and caring about wildlife, to not only become a sentinel for their problems, but to help prevent it as well. Wildlife issues may easily become human issues. Some animals get diseases which can be passed to people, or to our pets. Other simply become injured and need a hand until they can heal themselves.

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n any case, the following are some simple rules and ideas that can prevent putting wildlife in harm’s way during the winter months.


Please don’t feed bear. Luckily, bears are beginning their denning season and aren’t generally up and about until March or so, but feeding bears reduces their fear of people, a process called habituation. Bear that do not fear humans risk being trapped, or even killed when their behavior crosses the lines of humandetermined acceptability. There are folks who not only hand-feed bears, but invite them into their homes, and even feed them marshmallows “mouth-to-mouth”. This behavior endangers every other person that bear comes in contact with. The other problem for bears is garbage. Keep it in closed containers INSIDE your garage until garbage day. You can’t blame a bear for being a bear, and all kinds of critters love our garbage. At the very least, attach a suet feeder to the inside of the can and place an ammonia-soaked sponge in the suet feeder. The odor will repel most animals.


Don’t feed deer. First, feeding deer is feeding not only deer, but bears and rodents. Concentrating animals around food spreads disease like wildfire. All those mouths munching on the same pile, poop accumulating, etc. is just not safe. Rodents harbor many dangers which can cause human disease—Hanta virus, plague, ticks carrying Lyme disease and several other more recently discovered tick-borne diseases etc. Deer will not starve to death without your help, and the lean winter months will help to reduce the birth of fawns, helping to naturally balance the population. 6 POCONO LIVING MAGAZINE© DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014


Feeding birds is a wonderful hobby. To do it properly, however, requires some commitment on your part. Just as with deer, you are artificially concentrating individuals, which can contribute to conjunctivitis and salmonella outbreaks, causing death to the birds for which we are trying to care. Frequent emptying of seed, washing of the feeders in a mild bleach solution, and sweeping of the areas beneath the feeders will prevent most of these problems. t also will prevent attracting rodents, the uninvited nighttime visitors to feeders.

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our indoor-outdoor cats can contract and bring inside parasites and diseases from wildlife. Keep your cats indoors. They and you will be safer and healthier for it.

Watch for animals in need of help. Freezing ponds and lakes strand wildlife occasionally. Ducks become frozen in water. Loons and grebes land and cannot take off. Deer even fall through thin ice. Do not venture out onto ice unless you know it is thick enough to support you. Call for help if you are sure an animal is in distress.


Be sure you have wildlife-proofed your home, so that conflicts don’t occur in winter between you and wildlife attempting to share your abode. Animals attempting to den in one’s attic, crawlspace and inside walls can do real damage, and introduce fleas etc. into your home. Relocating them in cold weather generally results in the animal’s death, so prevention is better for homeowner and animal. P Have a safe, healthy and warm winter! Katherine Uhler Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center 361 Cherry Drive Stroudsburg PA 18360 DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014 POCONO LIVING MAGAZINE© 7


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Take a Break from Technology Tips to Enhance Family Togetherness

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Ready for a Tech Timeout? Foresters(tm), a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, recently launched the Tech Timeout(tm) challenge in response to a growing awareness that our attachment to digital devices may contribute to a sense of social isolation among families. Tech Timeout encourages families across North America to take a pledge to turn off their digital devices (including TVs, smartphones, video games and computers) for an hour each day for one week and connect with each other in a more meaningful way. The idea is not to eliminate technology, but to create awareness of the dependence on technology, and ultimately improve personal bonds within families.

Easy Ways to Unplug Carving out space and time for each other can start the channels of communication flowing. Here are some activities families can do together: n Board Game Bonanza - Break out the cards, puzzles and board games for a night of old-fashioned fun.


s access to technology increases, families may find they are spending more time on their devices and less time together. Some psychologists worry our growing attachment to technology may result in social isolation. “We’re getting used to a new way of being alone together,” said Sherry Turkle, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, psychologist and author of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.” “People want to be with each other, but also elsewhere, connected to all the different places they want to be.” In her book, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” Turkle explores the idea that this constant need for virtual connection is leading to a gap in communication between families, and a new generation of children is unable to actually communicate and relate to their peers or parents.

n Get Out and Play - Find a local trail and set out on a hike together. You will have a chance to interact with your surroundings and one another and be active too. n Volunteer - Volunteering can help strengthen community connections and avoid a sense of social isolation. Find a cause your family is passionate about and volunteer with a local organization. n Cook Together - Dig out your favorite recipes and try cooking as a family. Assign each person a role in meal preparation. You will not only have plenty of time to interact, your children can pick up some valuable life skills along the way. n Take a Tech-free Holiday - Family vacations are a great time to recharge and bond with your kids, but connecting can be tough if you are each plugged into your electronic devices. Fun time together will create memories your children will cherish for years to come. n Rediscover Reading - Begin a family reading hour or book club. Starting a discussion about literature will open up communication. To take the Tech Timeout pledge, and for more tips on building stronger bonds within your family, visit www. and P

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rom lower air temperatures and falling snow to icy roads and even reduced visibility due to fewer daylight hours, winter driving poses a number of challenges. While you can’t change the driving conditions, you can help ensure your vehicle is prepared to navigate them safely. Consider the following tips for getting your car in shape before colder temperatures hit:

B Maximize your visibility. Replace worn wiper blades - generally, they should be replaced every six months - and ensure that your heater and defroster are working properly to aid in window clearing. Before you start driving, always remove all snow and ice from the hood, roof and trunk surfaces of your vehicle, not just the windshield, and defrost all windows. L

Check your tire pressure. Recommended tire pressures for your car can usually be found on the inside of your driver’s-side door frame. Properly inflated tires will help ensure

you have the best traction possible on wet or icy roads. Have a professional check the tire pressure often, as tires lose approximately one pound per square inch of pressure for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature drop.

I Prevent fluid freezing. A variety of fluids are needed to keep your car running efficiently, and require different techniques to prevent them from freezing. Fill your windshield washer reservoir with a winter-rated washing solution. Keep your gas tank as full as possible. Have a shop check for your manufacturer’s recommended mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator.

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G Light the way. Make sure your headlights, taillights and turn signals are all in working order. Clear them of snow each time you drive. If driving in fog, heavy rain or snow, be sure to not overdrive the beams of your headlights. Drive at a speed that keeps you within your field of vision. j Invest in preventive maintenance. Consult your owner’s manual for recommended preventive maintenance according to the odometer reading you’re approaching. If an oil change is called for, make sure you receive oil with the correct viscosity for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and oil that’s too thick won’t do its job properly.

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f Examine under the hood. Have a shop take a look at your belts and hoses and test the battery. Battery cables should be properly connected and free of corrosion or harsh wear and tear. If they’re not, fix them now. b Consider putting on snow tires. If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy snow, particularly if you have hills to navigate, snow tires will give you extra traction and help you avoid sliding or getting stuck.

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T Pack an emergency kit in your car. Even the well-maintained car can get stranded in deep snow or inclement weather. Some things you might want to keep in the car: blankets, first aid kit, windshield scraper, jumper cables, safety goggles, small shovel, bag of sand or cat litter or even tire chains for traction, tool kit, waterproof matches, highway flares, brightly colored cloth or “help” sign, bottled water and energy bars. L Plan extra driving time. Whether it’s rainy, snowy or icy, your car is at risk of hydroplaning, slipping or sliding if you drive too fast. Allot extra time to get to your destinations during winter months so you don’t have to rush. P CONTENT: ARA DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014 POCONO LIVING MAGAZINE© 13

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Nowadays, with all the people in the world, Santa and his little elves just cannot make enough Christmas presents for everyone. So, as not to disappoint all the little children, girlfriends & boyfriends, husbands & wives, aunts & uncles and other relatives & in-laws, Santa sometimes has to stop in each town he visits to buy presents at the best shoppes he can find before delivering all his goodies on Christmas Eve. Of course, when he visits these shoppes he is wearing a disguise so you won’t know it is him. But we asked Santa to give us a list of his favorite shoppes in the Burgs and beyond, and here are the ones he recommends, some for the gals, some for the guys, some for the kids, and some for everyone. And then, after Santa has made all his deliveries, and had all the cookies & milk he can possible eat, he takes a welcomed break at some of his favorite places for food and drink in the area.

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The 14kt Outlet It’s the summer of 1979, Warren County, New Jersey. One evening, while out bowling with some friends, Ron & Mona, then in their early 20s, hear that gold has been discovered in North Carolina. So…they hop into their Plymouth Champ and off they go. Mona had been teaching and Ron had been working in construction and sometimes in the jewelry business, but now…adventure was calling. Soon, they were real prospectors panning for gold in streams in North Carolina and Vermont. They got so good at it, they published a pamphlet entitled - Where to Find Gold on the East Coast. Yet, they both said it was really hard work, and sometimes they found more than gold. Once, as Mona scooped up some gravel from the stream bottom, she found a snake in her pan, thus quickly bringing an end to their prospecting days. But, the love of that precious metal stayed with them. They came back to the area and settled on several acres 26 POCONO LIVING MAGAZINE© DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014

Celebrates 30 Years in Business “A search for gold leads Ron & Mona Siwiec to creating one of the finest jewelry stores in the Poconos” in Tannersville, kept a few horses, and opened their first jewelry store in 1983 on Route 611, just north of Phillips Street. In 1984, as the business grew, they moved to South 7th Street and also opened a second jewelry store in Mt. Pocono a year later. They consolidated the stores in 1987 at 616 Main Street in Stroudsburg, and then moved to their present location at 611 Main Street in 2001 with a well-established and growing business. Today, 30 years later, a book of hand written testimonials, (that Mona proudly keeps on the counter),

tells it all. Page after page of satisfied customers, each one happy with their custom jewelry and excellent customer service received at The 14 Kt Outlet. When asked what they attributed their success to, Mona & Ron replied with; “Hard Work, Long Hours, and Fair Prices.” Obviously, they are doing something right!

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The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is located at 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA. You can call them at 570-828-2319, or visit their website at for more information on their programming. EcoZone! Afternoon Saturday, December 07, 2013, 1:00pm 4:00pm. Explore our new hands-on, discovery room. Crawl through the bat cave, sit in the eagles’ nest, and more! $5/person

Lenape of the Eastern Woodlands Saturday, December 07, 2013, 1:00pm 3:00pm. Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills will teach you about the day-to-day activities of the Lenape culture. The food, clothing and shelter of the local hunter gatherers will be presented, along with handmade artifacts. Ages 10+ please. $20

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December Events at Pocono Environmental Education Center

Introduction to Astronomy Saturday, December 07, 2013, 6:00pm 7:30pm. Step out for an evening of star gazing and learn about some of the constellations in the sky. Pre-registration required. $10 Introduction to Snowshoeing Sunday, December 08, 2013, 9:00am 11:00am. Learn the basics of using snow shoes. No experience necessary – we provide the equipment and teach you everything you need to know. Register early to guarantee a spot! $10 EcoZone! Afternoon Sunday, December 08, 2013, 1:00pm 04:00pm. Explore our new hands-on, discovery room. Crawl through the bat cave, sit in the eagles’ nest, and more! Free

Winter Survival Hike Saturday, December 14, 2013, 1:00pm 3:00pm. Join Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills for a fun afternoon in the fields and forests. Build a shelter, try your hand at fire making, and learn other useful skills for the wintertime. Adults only, please. $20 Around the Campfire Saturday, December 14, 2013 , 4:30pm 6:00pm. Enjoy a leisurely dusk hike that ends at the campfire ring. S’mores provided. Bring your favorite campfire song! $5 Hibernation Hike Sunday, December 15, 2013, 10:00am 12:00pm. Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. Join us on a hike and experience PEEC in the wintertime. Free for members / $5 for non-members.


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Programs at Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation

Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation offers many programs year-round at their Day Street center and in the various parks in the Stroudsburg/East Stroudsburg area. Visit their website at or call 570-426-1839 for more information. The following is just a short listing of some up-coming events. Their recreational, educational, cultural and environmental program offerings are for toddlers through adults and include everything from sports, fitness, sewing, steel drum instruction, and Red Cross training to dog obedience.

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Yoga with Nadya, All Levels We will explore a broad range of movement. Tap into and release the energy that is buried deep within you. Take your mind to a neutral place and discover how proper breath & alignment of the body can create more energy & focus for you off the mat! Both novice and experienced yogis will find this class accessible & inspiring. Nadya is affiliated with Rosewood Counseling Services & is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Please bring your mat, a hand towel and water. Register at least one week in advance. Session 2: Mondays, March 10-May 5 (except April 21). Time: 6:30-7:30 pm. Fee: $80/session. Ages: 18 and older Chair Yoga with Nadya Nadya makes yoga enjoyable for levels of limited movement. Learn easily accessible ways to increase flexibility; relieve tightness and create space in the spine; emphasis on breath and moderate neuro-muscular movement. Also appropriate for injury recovery, injury prevention and seniors! No mat work; no prior experience required. Register at least one week in advance. Session 2: Wednesdays, March 12-April 16. Time: 11:30 am-12:30 pm Fee: $60.

American Red Cross Training All American Red Cross Classes are taught by a certified American Red Cross Instructor. Do you have a group of 6 or more participants? We will come out to your facility to train or we can arrange a class at the Day Street Community Center at your convenience! Fees are subject to change due to possible changes in American Red Cross certification requirements. Adult CPR/AED and First Aid Training Learn CPR and Automated External Defibrillator skills for taking care of adults in emergencies, as well as how to care for cardiac emergencies and choking. In addition, learn the basics of first aid including how to recognize an emergency, controlling bleeding and how to treat for shock. Register at least one week in advance. Date: Tuesday, February 11. Time: 5:30-9:30 pm‚ Ages: 16 and older‚ Fee: $60 (includes certification card).

Pediatric CPR and First Aid Training A great class for parents and child care workers! Learn CPR for infants and children, how to care for choking victims, and ventilation techniques. In addition, learn the basics of first aid including how to recognize an emergency, controlling bleeding and how to treat for shock. Register at least one week in advance. Date: Thursday, March 6‚ Time: 5:30-9:30 pm‚ Ages: 16 and older‚ Fee: $60 (includes certification card).

Basic Dog Obedience This class is for dogs over four months of age with no formal training. Controlled walking, sit, down, stay and come commands as well as dealing with common problem behaviors. The dogs are trained in a class atmosphere with other dogs, spectators and distractions. Register at least one week in advance. Session 3: Wednesdays, January 15-February 19; Session 4: Wednesdays, March 5-April 9. Time: 6:00-7:00 pm. Fee: $85/session. Ages: 18 and older.

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer & Health Care Providers Learn adult, child, and infant CPR for the Professional Rescuer, including 2-person CPR, ventilations and how to care for choking victims. The class is designed for those who work or wish to work in the professional health field. Includes training on the Automated External Defibrillator. Register at least one week in advance. Dates: Thursdays, January 23 and 30. Time: 6:00-9:30 pm. Ages: 16 and older. Fee: $80 (includes certification)

Advanced Basic Dog Obedience This class is for dogs and owners that have completed the basic obedience class successfully. The class will review skills learned in the basic class and train your dog to become a Canine Good Citizen. Register at least one week in advance. Session 3: Wednesdays, January 15-February 19; Session 4: Wednesdays, March 5-April 9. Time: 7:00-8:00 pm. Fee: $85/session. Ages: 18 and older.

Karate Develop self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills while learning to defend yourself and having a great time. Certified Instructors from Paskiet Martial Arts Academy teach age-appropriate Isshin Ryu karate for children and adults. This class offers a unique and light-hearted but disciplined atmosphere that keeps students interested as they learn new skills and push to excel. Register at least one week in advance. Session 3: Tuesdays, January 28-April 1. Time: 8:00-9:00 pm. Fee: $65 (includes uniform for new students). Ages: 18 and older. Advanced Steel Drum Playing This 8 week advanced class teaches advanced techniques in scales, chords, percussion and instrument playing and performance of all types of music for the listening audience or public. Register at least one week in advance. Session 2: Thursdays, January 9-February 13; Session 3: Thursdays, February 20-March 27. Time: 6:15-8:45 pm. Fee: $80. Ages: 13 and older.  


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Showhandling for Dogs Showhandling class is for people interested to show their dog in confirmation at dog shows. Register at least one week in advance. Session 2: Wednesdays, January 15-February 19; Session 3: Wednesdays, March 5-April 9. Time: 8:00-9:00 pm. Fee: $85/session. Ages: 18 and older. Zumba Zumba on the new floor at Day Street Community Center is what you’ve been waiting for all year! This 6-week Zumba class is designed to be a high energy workout that adds variety to your exercise choices. Enjoy the music, move your body and have fun at the same time! Session 3: Mondays and Fridays, January13-February 21; Session 4: Mondays and Fridays, March 3-April 11. Time: 6:006:45 pm. Age: 13 and older. Fee: $6 per class, or preregister by buying 10 classes and you’ll receive 2 classes for free ($60 for full session of 12 classes). Time: 6:00-9:30 pm‚ Ages: 16 and older‚ Fee: $80


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hough certain challenges may arise when you raise kids and pets together, our experts offer solutions that’ll keep the whole family happy together. Challenges: Your child doesn’t seem to care about animals as much as you do. Solutions: Give it time. If you try to force the issue it will probably take even longer for your child to develop an affinity toward animals. If you’re providing your child opportunities for positive experiences with animals, they will most likely grow up appreciating animals—maybe even more than you do. If they don’t, as long as your child is notinteracting inappropriately or maliciously with animals. it’s important to accept that difference. Challenges: You idealize or have unrealistic expectations about the role a pet could play in your child’s life. Solutions: There are a great many benefits to growing up with animals, but it’s important to know that animals are not a solution for all the trials and tribulations of childhood. Your child may not turn to animals for comfort or company. Keeping this in mind will help ground your expectations. 

 Challenges: Your child appears to resent the time and attention that you give to your pet, especially if you spend time on pet-centered activities that your child doesn’t want to participate in.

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Solutions: This is an age-old parent challenge—making time for yourself and others who are important to you in addition to your children. It’s important to indicate, in every possible way, that your pet is a member of the family and that each member of the family gets his or her fair share of attention. Spend one-on-one time with your child in addition to any time you may spend with your pet and child together, and be sure this is purely fun time, not chores or errands. Assure your child that you love him or her, and that spending time with your pet doesn’t take away from that.


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as possible. Feeding, walking, play and rest times should be consistent from day to day. • Set aside 20 minutes a day for uninterrupted together time with your pet. Do this at the same time each day and include exercise, which will burn off extra energy and relax the both of you. • Provide lots of safe, fun things for your pet to do on her own. Dogs usually like to chew, so stuff a Kong with dog food or healthy snacks. Kongs can be prepared and then frozen ahead of time as a time-saver. Cats like to explore, so leave empty cardboard boxes out or open closet doors or drawers for her to investigate (do make sure the environment is safe, and that the drawers are stable and doors won’t shut on her). And catnip toys are often appreciated. • Rotate your pet’s toys, exchanging them every few days so they stay interesting. Challenges: You and your partner feel differently about the family pet—i.e. one of you may be afraid, or you may have different ideas about the pet’s role in the family. Solutions: In an ideal situation, you’ll have the luxury of working these differences out before bringing a pet into the family. If a pet is already a member of the family, these differences can still be addressed. Together with your partner, and perhaps with the aid of a psychologist or other relationship counselor, you can determine how to make your life with your pet work for both of you. Challenges: Your child wants a pet, but you don’t.

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Solutions: It’s important to make a realistic decision about whether or not you can bring a pet into your family. Read up on the time and care that different animals require so that you can make an informed decision about what kind of pet you might adopt. If you can’t, be truthful with your child. Explain why you can’t have a pet right now. Remember that you will be the animal’s primary caretaker. While kids should be able to help, they won’t be able to do it all and they’ll need you to set the example. If you’re not able to take on the responsibility, it won’t be fair to your child or to the animal you adopt. P

Denali Wilderness Saturday, December 7 - Alaska’s Denali National Park is a vast, rugged landscape of stunning wildlife and scenery, and is home to Mt. McKinley - North America’s highest mountain. Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman will present a slide-illustrated talk from 10 - 11:30 a.m. on the natural history of this spectacular park based on his three summers working in Denali. Cost: $5/non-member, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free. Art Opening: Laurinda Rubin photographer Saturday, December 7 - “Nature’s Landscapes Big and Small” explores nature’s landscapes from scenic views to up-close and personal with subjects through the eyes of photographer, Laurinda Faye Rubin. Photographs on display will portray scenic landscapes from around the area to the intimate landscapes found in the smallest natural scenes of nature. Join us for the Opening Reception: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The public is invited to the reception to view the exhibit, meet the artist and enjoy some light refreshments - all free of charge. Christmas Bird Count Sunday , December 15 - Birdwatchers of all skill levels wanted. For more information contact Brian Hardiman at or (570) 629-3061.

Winter Programs at Monroe County Environmental Education Center

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Longwood Gardens/Baltimore Natural History Museum Trip Tuesday, December 3 - Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle for a trip to Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s premier horticultural displays. Acres of gardens and greenhouses will be filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. You will be treated to thousands of flowers, poinsettias, Christmas trees, lights and fountains dancing with water. There will be a guided tour and the opportunity to explore on your own. We will also visit The Delaware Museum of Natural History which opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Encounter life-sized dinosaurs, look beneath the seas, experience an African watering hole, come faceto-face with a jaguar, marvel at the diversity of birds and shells from around the world. Be sure to wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Lunch and dinner will be on your own in the Longwood Garden cafeteria or restaurant. Cost: $25/E.E. Center Member, $50/ non-member which includes admission, guided tours for both and van transportation. Pre-registration and payment are required and limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance of registration deadline. Pre-payment must be received by Friday, November 15. Meet at the E. E. Center by 7:45 a.m. for an 8 a.m. departure. Return time approximately 9 p.m. For more information or to pre-register for the program, please call the Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center, at Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on Running Valley Road near Bartonsville, offers many educational programs year-round. Visit their website at or call 570-629-3061 for more information.


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At near every cabin there’s always a “camp boss”, a “camp cook”, and of course, a “camp nit-wit”…. so more ‘bout ‘em later. But, it sure do make fer some congenial visitin’ to swap tall tales of huntin’ & fishin’, and tell other assorted lies, with these good ole boys. And, while I’m at these here camps, I always do a little horse tradin’. You know, my moonshine or applejack fer some bullets, bacon or hides. Anythin’ that might come in handy over the winter.

VISITING THE DEER CAMPS By: Boots McCoy Hi Folks, how it’s been going? Right now I want to tell ya all ‘bout a little journey that I make every year. ‘Round ‘bout the middle of December, the Pennsylvany big game huntin’ seasons are a comin’ to a close. When that happens, it makes fer a good time to go visitin’ some of the deer camps in my neck of the woods to see how the gangs fared, and do a little tradin’ at the same time. ‘Though my cabin is the only one here on the lake, there’s many more cabins & camps ‘bout 5 miles to the North, as the old crow flies, on the state game lands in Pike County. Most of them cabins & camps were built during the great depression of the `30’s by the CCC boys. Today, many are rented from the state by guys who use them as huntin’ & fishin’ clubs. These guys usually all meet at these camps the same time each year fer huntin’ season. Leavin’ their cranky ole wives fer a few weeks to hang out with the boys. Many of these fine fellas show up at camp each year all decked out in their Woolrich Red & Black plaid huntin’ jackets and britches, commonly referred to as “The Pennsylvany Tuxedo”. 36 POCONO POCONO LIVING LIVING MAGAZINE MAGAZINE©©DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2013/JANUARY 2014 2014

The quickest way fer me and Ginger (my Golden Retriever) to git to these camps is to head off cross country thru the woods and swamps on foot. It takes me and her the better part of a day so we always ask to stay at the camps overnight as quests. So, at the crack of dawn on a cold winter’s morn, we stuff the pack basket with trade goods, pull on the wool mackinaw, shoulder the .32 Winchester Special, lash on the snow shoes and strike out thru the hardwoods a headin’ due north. Some years there’s snow, some years not, but we take what we gits in stride and keeps a travlin’ along. The goin’ does git kinda tough however when we run into the “Dead Man’s Ghost Swamp”, which is thick with peat, red brush and tumblehomes. This here swamp is so named ‘cause sometime during the American Revolution a British Spy was caught and thrown in there after receiving some “justice” from a few of my patriot ancestors during the revolution. They say his body was never found, and his ghost still haunts the swamp to this day. But I think it’s all just a bunch of crap. Yet, the swamp is a treacherous place. Full of snakes, bears, badgers, cougars and other unsavory critters. And if’n you’re not careful, it’s easy to get turned around in. So I just let Ginger lead ‘cause her nose knows the way. We comes out of it after ‘bout an hour and then it’s clear sailin’ thru the hemlocks to the first camp.

The first camp we come to is called the “Dew Drop Inn” and it’s run by a camp boss named “Sasquatch Sam”. He is one mean, old, ugly codger and covered with long smelly hair from head to toe, hence the name “Sasquatch”. But, he’s a damn straight shooter and runs a damn tight camp and there’s always meat on the board when I git there. The camp cook there is called “Crazy Hatchet Jack”. So named ‘cause he uses a hatchet to butcher his meat instead of a knife. No fancy cuts from this cookie, just big venison & bear roasts on the table. And, he can be a little crackers at times, especially when he gits into my moonshine. One time after drinkin’ a few gallons he was so damn drunk that he whacked off his left thumb with the hatchet while cuttin’ up meat fer supper. Anyways, he just threw it into the grinder along with the rest of the hamburger meat we were havin’ fer supper that nite. The camp nit-wit here is “Fuzz-Nuts”, and we won’t go into how he got that name, but he’s kinda strange too! I spend the night as their guest, and me and Ginger get the best bunk in the cabin close to the wood stove. Next day, after our tradin’ is done here, we head out on down the trail to one of our fav’rite camps. This one is called “The Stumble Inn”, because most of these guys are always so drunk they can’t walk or talk straight. And there ain’t much meat here either, ‘cause these boys never sober up long enough to go huntin’ to git any meat. The camp boss, a tee- totaler called “Preacher Tom” is always yellin’ and a screamin’ at these guys to put their guns away until they sober up. And, they already got the camp all shot full of holes, so it really takes a tough boss just to keep this bunch of misfits from shootin’ each other. We all have a good time nonetheless, and when tradin’ with this bunch I usually come out ahead, ‘cause they can’t count right when they’re drunk. Some of ‘em can’t even count right when they’re sober. And ever since “Crazy Hatchet Jack” whacked off his thumb

with the hatchet, he can only count up to 4 now ‘cause that’s all the fingers he has left. The last camp me and Ginger visit is one called the “Wiggle Inn”. That’s because it’s owned by a bunch of fat guys that are so big they have to “wiggle” thru the front door, and the door is 4 feet wide. The camp boss here is “Ferocious Frank ‘Madman’ Kelly”. He’s part Irish, part French, part Injun, part Wolf and some other parts nobody can figure out. He’s big, ugly, dumb and mean as hell but can shoot the tail off a squirrel at 100 paces with his old .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock. He makes fur coats out of the squirrel’s tails and sells them to city slickers for a small fortune telling them its mink stoles. Damn fools. Over the next few days, we visit several more camps and wrap up our tradin’ before headin’ back to our own camp on the lake. It’s a simple life for us, but a good one. You all have a nice Christmas! And remember, if you’re lucky enough to live in the mountains’, you’re lucky enough!


Illustrations by Bruce Hutchison Boots McCoy is a Pocono native and lives in a log cabin deep in the woods of Canadensis with his dog, “Ginger.” He spends most of his time hunting and fishing, but sometimes when he gets into the homemade whisky from his still, he takes naps that last for three days and nights. DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014 POCONO LIVING MAGAZINE© 37

You see a FISH KILL in your stream Collect several dead fish and place them in a plastic ziploc storage bag. Place bag in refrigerator, not freezer. Collect a water sample in sterile container and place in refrigerator. Take temperature of water. Call: a) PA DEP at 570-826-2511, b) PA Fish & Boat Commission at Northeast Regional Office 570-477-5717 or c) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

Who to Call When

You see STORMWATER/EROSION OF SOIL entering a stream Photograph or video event if you can. Call: a) Monroe County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-620-3060 or Pike County Conservation District daytime only at 570-226-8220 b) Your Township or Borough Office, c) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

The steps to take and the proper authorities to call when you see what you believe is a problem with a stream

You see someone filling what you believe to be a WETLAND Take a color photograph or video if you can. Call: a) Monroe County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-629-3060 or Pike County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-226-8220, b) Your Township or Borough office, c) US Fish & Wildlife Service at 570-894-1275, d) PA DEP at 570-826-2511 e) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

You see what you believe is an ILLEGAL ACTIVITY ALONG THE STREAM? (Cutting trees along a stream bank, machinery in stream). Photograph or video event if you can. Call: a) Monroe County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-629-3060 or Pike County Conservation District - daytime only at 570226-8220, b) Your Township or Borough office, c) PA Fish & Boat Commission at Northeast Regional Office 570-477-5717 d) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

You see what you think is ILLEGAL DUMPING INTO STREAM Record license number of vehicle. Call: a) Monroe County Waste Management Authority Police at 570-643-6100 extension #222 or #227 or email a complaint at b) Your Township or Borough Police or State Police at Swiftwater at 570-4243037 or at Blooming Grove at 570-775-7374, b) PA Fish & Boat Commission at Northeast Regional Office 570-477-5717, or c) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

You think your STREAM IS CHANGING (unusual green algae growth, smell, color amount of foam in water) Collect a water sample in sterile container and place in refrigerator. Call: a) Monroe County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-629-3060 or Pike County Conservation District - daytime only at 570-226-8220, b) PA Fish & Boat Commission at Northeast Regional Office 570-477-5717 or c) BWA office at 570-839-1120.

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