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• May & June 2018 •


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Pocono Living Magazine and Pocono Family Magazine, two regional publications filled with articles, features and photography exploring and capturing the real Pocono Mountains living experience. Our publications can be found at many locations throughout the Pocono Mountains region, and are available by subscription.

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• Family Fun in the Sun • West End Regional Park







• Music Therapy


• Spring Lawn Care


• Your Cat's Scratch


• Welcome Warmer Weather


• The Most Value for Your Company





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• Your Current Drivers License


• Small Changes for Better Living


• Ways Kids Can Cash In • Mother Nature, Human Nature


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Family Fun in the Sun Summer Recreation & Activities

for the

Whole Family

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By: Kimberly Blaker

It's the season your kids have been waiting for, so how will you maximize the long lazy days of summer with your family? Celebrate the carefree season to its fullest with these outdoor activities and adventures your whole family will enjoy.

Back to nature

Water, water everywhere BEACH BUMMIN’

Load up the beach ball, buckets, and blankets, and get ready for a day at the beach. For added fun, take along goggles, snorkels, and fins for underwater exploration.


Head to a local, state, or national park and make a day of nature hiking. Before you go, make a list of things for your family to find and identify, such as a black oak tree, woodpecker holes, a garter snake, or a raccoon paw print. Carry a backpack with binoculars, sunscreen, visors or sunglasses, and plenty of water and snacks. Don’t forget your hiking shoes and a lightweight jacket in case the shade becomes cool.


You don’t have to be a horse owner to enjoy the pleasure of riding one of these majestic beings. Visit your nearby horse rental stables and catch the sunset on horseback. For a stable near you, visit Make sure your child is provided a helmet for his safety before you ride.


Summer wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the zoo. Visit the wild at one of the many zoos that have created natural, spacious settings for their animals, and teach your children the importance of these habitats. Check the schedule for animal presentations, and don’t miss the petting zoo where youngsters can walk and talk with the animals and feed them from their palms.


Perk up those taste buds because strawberries are now in season. Round up the family and head to the strawberry patch for a day of fruit filled fun. When you get the strawberries home, work together rinsing them, removing stems, and preparing them for shortcake, smoothies, and fresh strawberry pie.

Spend a smoldering summer day cooling off at one of the many water wonderlands. Your family can swoosh down waterslides, catch the man-made waves, and tube around narrow canals. Before you go, ask about age and height requirements and what activities are available for the younger set. Also, don’t forget to protect your family’s skin. Apply sunscreen throughout the day.


Canoeing is a fun-filled family adventure for all ages. Look for canoe rentals on a clear river, and take a cool dip when the day heats up. Carry belongings such as your wallet, keys, and snacks in a waterproof bag that floats since tips are not only common (although can easily be avoided if caution is exercised), but can be half of the fun. Be sure to give the kids plenty of opportunities to paddle and steer.


So, you don’t have an ocean nearby? Don’t despair. You can likely find plenty of wave action at a wave pool in your own community or nearby. These pools often supply tubes and rafts for riding the waves. Call in advance to find out. If they don’t offer these amenities, ask if you can bring your own.


Plenty of cool fun can be had right in your own backyard. Make it a family tradition to have an annual water spree.

Fill water balloons, and play a game of catch. Or hook up the sprinklers for a refreshing game of tag. Don't forget to fill up the squirt guns and super soakers to ensure everyone stays drenched. Then take a refreshing break in a wading pool. May / June 2018 Pocono Family Magazine © | 7


You don’t have live on a lake or even own a boat to enjoy this luxury. Contact your nearby marinas, lakeside stores, and resorts to find out where you can rent a pontoon or motor boat for a cruise around the lake.

Your own backyard UNDER THE STARS

Take full advantage of the peaceful summer nights and camp out in your backyard. Kick off the evening by watching the sun set. Then build a bonfire (if it’s permitted in your area), roast marshmallows, and gaze at the stars. Bring along your guide to the stars, and see what you can spot: the Little Dipper, Hercules, or Sagittarius.


Set up this outdoor game the whole family can play. Then hold a summer’s end family croquet match. Give handicaps to each family member based on their most recent scores for a game so it's fair to everyone.


Is the wind hampering your fun? It won’t be for long. Make the most of that breeze, and get your kite up in the air.


Organize a backyard carnival to raise funds for your favorite charity. The whole family will have a ball putting on this event. Hang posters in local businesses, and submit a news release to your local radio station and newspaper. Ask friends and neighbors to help man the booths. Then set up games such as a bean bag toss or number wheel, a baked goods stand, fortune telling, face painting, and refreshments.


Make summer gardening a family affair. Ask each member to choose a favorite vegetable to plant. If you’re getting a late start, look for starter plants that have already sprouted. Work together to get the garden ready and plant it, then give each person his or her own responsibility for keeping it up: watering, pulling weeds, picking ripe produce, cleaning it, and preparing it to eat or store. 8 | Pocono Family Magazine © May /June 2018


What’s a backyard without a hideout or special place to kick back? Younger kids will thrill at building a tree house or fort. Older kids will look forward to a covered hangout, such as a gazebo, for visiting with friends. Whatever you build, have the whole family pitch in. Small children can feel a part of the project by carrying small materials, dispensing nails, and occasionally swinging the hammer.


Summer abounds with fairs and festivals along river fronts and in the streets. Enjoy live music, new foods, boating and ski shows, magic acts, and arts and crafts. Look for upcoming festivals in the entertainment section of your newspaper, or pick up an event guide from your state travel bureau or chamber of commerce.


Family fun centers offer a variety of recreation for the whole family. Get ready to practice your batting swing, holler “fore,” speed around the race track, bump another boat, or have some wacky golfing fun.


Join the craze, and spend the day rummaging for treasures. This is a great way for kids to get the most out of their limited earnings, teach them the importance of recycling and how to get the best value for their money.


Places and things to see during the summer are abundant, from checking out the big city with its tall skyscrapers, old architecture, and murals and art displays, to viewing the wonders of nature from sand dunes and mountains to waterfalls and shorelines.


Unwind listening to a summer concert in the park or taking in a movie under the stars. These events aren't always well publicized, so contact area parks for a summer schedule.


Paved trails are popping up everywhere: in parks, along

riverbanks, and even through many towns. Pull out your

bikes and roller blades, and take advantage of these smooth paths. For a better work out and to keep everyone moving at an equal pace, have small children ride bikes while older

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A trip to a theme park can be the highlight of the season. If your children are at different ride levels, invite another family or two with children similar in age to your own. Then divide up so everyone can get the most out of the day. Meet up for lunch and dinner to swap kids, so all adults get time with each age group.


Take your kids for a picnic and an afternoon at the park. Scout your area for an updated park with a large, enclosed fort-style playground. Bring along a playmate for your child, and they’ll be content for some time. Don’t forget to bring your reading to catch up on. 

Visit for a local listing of many of these places to visit or fun things to do in our region!


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WEST END REGIONAL PARK By: Editor Samantha J. Holbert

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The Romascavage West End Regional Park arose from the passion of many park and recreation lovers from the West End of Monroe County. Slowly but steadily this property, with its blend of open fields and primarilyhardwood forest, is being developed to become a scenic and recreational destination for all. The Park exemplifies conservation and public recreation for people who live or work in Chestnuthill, Eldred, Polk and Ross Townships. In late 2001, Chestnuthill Township acquired the 224acre property on Merwine-Hilltop from Nettie I. and Frank Romascavage for the purpose of establishing a multi-use recreational area for the Townships and Pleasant Valley School District. The property had been owned by Nettie’s father, Marsh Merwine, who used it as a cattle farm. Local officials, who first viewed the land when it was planted with ornamental and Christmas trees, could see the tremendous potential the tract presented as a park of regional magnitude. The Township leveraged funds from the County Open Space Program and the PA State Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to purchase the property. The West End Park and Open Space Commission (WEPOSC), created in 2006 by Chestnuthill and Ross Townships and the School District, was charged with developing, managing and offering programs and special events at the Park.

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The Regional Park offers opportunities to hike, bike, run and play on trails and fields throughout the park. The 6 miles of wooded trails, including the threefourths-of-a-mile all-inclusive Fleetwood Trail, offer an all-terrain surface for running, biking - or even walking with a stroller or your dog. The pavilion is ideal for a birthday party or family picnic. The open field is mowed to accommodate a kite-flying enthusiast or a pair of teens tossing a frisbee. WEPOSC has also offered beginner archery programs in that field to the public, using equipment acquired with grant money from the statewide program Get Outdoors PA. Still to come are athletic fields, courts, playgrounds and other community-centered amenities, including a community center building.

"The Regional Park offers opportunities to hike, bike, run and play on trails and fields throughout the park."

Soon to become a part of the Regional Park is the Regional Dog Park, benefactor of this year’s 2nd annual 5K9 Leisure Run/Walk. It will be a welcome addition at Romascavage for people and their four-legged furry friends. Once completed, the dog park will occupy just under 3 acres and provide 3 fenced-in sections so dogs can frolic with friends of a similar size. The West End Park and Open Space Commission and its Friends group have worked hard to raise funds and secure grants to build the dog park from the Pennsylvania State Local Share Assessment, Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund and Community Conservation Partnership Programs. Dog

parks are becoming more widely embraced in the county as public officials and volunteers realize that the parks are not only valued for the enjoyment of the canine, but also their owners! So lace up your sneakers and bring your furry best friend to the 2nd annual 5K9 Leisure Run/Walk on Saturday, May, 5th at 10A.M. at the West End Regional Park at 578 Evergreen Hollow Road, Brodheadsville. Registration starts at 9A.M. and the donation is $20 per person with no charge for children under 12. The first 100 registrants get a bandana; plus, there are door prizes, vendors and refreshments. All dogs must be licensed and have current vaccines. Visit our sponsors Trendi Pawz, Pet Nanny, Creature Comforts, Lawn Doctor, and Me & My Dog Pet Pantry. Registration and information are available at RunWalk or call Bernie Kozen at (570) 992-9733. If you live in the West End and have a dog or just enjoy participating in a competitive or leisurely run/walk, join the organizers of the West End Regional Park for the 5K9 event. You may also feel free to visit the park anytime. Don’t forget to bring your dog! 


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Music T herapy By: Allison Mowatt

One of the most vital universal languages we can all connect through is music. It’s a powerful medium that has the unique ability to resonate with people from all walks of life. It helps us say what we can’t verbalize, heals us from traumatic experiences and gives us the ability to focus and concentrate. Music is often the soundtrack to important moments in life— when when we’re ill, lonely and joyous. These are only a few examples of how music impacts our lives on a daily basis.

Music therapy is an established health profession where music is used to address the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual needs of people within a therapeutic relationship. Board certified music therapists work with clients in individual or group settings and provide treatment through creating, singing, moving and listening to music. There are many different methods of implementing music in therapeutic ways. Timothy Gannon, founder of Creative Arts Healing, in Narrowsburg, New York, practices a style rooted in improvisation. “I might work with adults suffering from depression, adolescents with autism, or newly diagnosed cancer patients, and use improvisation as an approach for working in particular domains of health,” he said. “I take into consideration a client’s energy, affect, movements, and verbalized needs and utilize elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, and tempo to create a musical context to help address their goals.”

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For some, it can be a lifeline and a safe outlet. There are many positive and healing effects of music as it targets various areas of the brain. Studies have shown that it can rehabilitate the neuronal connections in a traumatized brain.

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a combination of both. Interestingly, certain sounds have specific references across various populations. The sound of an arpeggiated harp often evokes a sense of moving water.” In other improvisational music therapy sessions, Timothy uses voice, piano, guitar, drums, xylophone, and other percussive or melodic instruments. One person may be able to relieve anger or move through anxiety by creating a primal drum beat while another connects to the melody of a piano or a guitar to give expression to a thought or emotion. Creating a unique environment and using the appropriate music is essential when trying to engage a client. People react differently to what they’re hearing whether it’s a melody with the voice or vibrations from various instruments. This is an important consideration in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, of which Timothy is an Advanced Trainee. The use of classical music and imagery, with a trained therapist, has the ability to access internalized experiences and guide people through the latent material of their internal world. During a session, Timothy begins by talking with clients in order to understand the potential direction of the session. After helping the “traveler” enter into a non-ordinary state, usually through a relaxation protocol and focus images, he then chooses specialized classical music programs. “The client can reach deep 1 Batch emotional states that reside in more subtle levels of the psyche through the use of the imagination and the music. This may bring internalized themes into awareness. After the client “returns”, the experience can be integrated through verbal discourse or other creative methods such as journaling, improvising or mandala.” Classical music is important because it is harmonically complex and the dynamics are expansive. “It aids in evoking different types of imagery experiences,” Timothy added. “For example, some people have visual imagery, depicting vivid scenes or colors, while others have somatic imagery, focusing on body sensations or the movement of energy, or 16 | Pocono Family Magazine © May / June 2018

Timothy acknowledges the importance of music therapy for pre-mature babies and their parents. Research and one-onone care showed these fragile babies reacted positively to the gently crooning voice over a lightly strummed acoustic guitar, the steady rocking in a chair, and the soothing sounds of an ocean drum, which replicates the sound of the womb and creates a secure environment for a baby in distress. Physiological markers like weight, blood pressure, heart rate, breathing , and suck/swallow response show improvement when music therapists use specific qualities of music to entrain to and influence the baby’s body functions.

"The client can reach deep emotional states that reside in more subtle levels of the psyche through the use of the imagination and the music." There’s also been remarkable improvement in stroke patients who are in pain and may be self-conscious in their movements and speech. In addition, when working with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Timothy notices the sense of community they receive through exploring song-writing, performing a song and giving voice to thoughts, feelings and emotions. Another approach is Environmental Music Therapy (EMT). For example, a Music Therapist may softly strum their guitar within hospital settings and play songs or improvise

for patients and staff. Timothy offers a unique approach. “Doctors, nurses, aids and patients are all exposed to environmental stressors,” he said. “For example, the beeping of monitors, elevators, and other machinery, creates a sonic backdrop. That can create stress over prolonged exposure. I can incorporate these sounds as rhythmic and harmonic components to develop a sound scape in which people may interpret it in different ways and it can become a musical experience. It allows them to experience these sounds in a different context.” The power of music transforms people and restores their strength. When we listen to music, it also helps us understand each other and the world. In other words, it strikes a universal chord within us. At Creative Arts Healing, Timothy offers private counseling, individual and group therapy, education, and experimental workshops. In conjunction with Creative Arts Healing, Timothy also provides creative programming services at local organizations such as The Chi Hive in Narrowsburg, NY, River Family Wellness in Callicoon, NY, The Bodhi

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Allison Mowatt is a freelance writer and currently a Pike County resident. As an Information Specialist for the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau's Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Allison is able to combine her passion for exploring the area, sharing it with visitors and writing about it. When she's not working, Allison enjoys hiking, dining out at restaurants, listening to live music, trying out new recipes at home, and reading.

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he snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that perfectly green grass and enviable garden does not have to be hard.


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any dead grass shoots. By removing this debris early you can prevent disease and pests while also giving your lawn sufficient time to recover.


Cutting the grass no longer requires preparation and setup. With innovative options like the Greenworks 60-volt selfpropelled lawn mower, you do not need to worry about gassing up your mower or finding the nearest outlet for the extension cord. The mower can run up to 60 minutes with a

fully-charged battery, so it is ready to go when you are, and you never have to smell like gas again! The mower's smartcut technology adjusts the power based on the thickness of your grass, extending the run time and improving cutting performance.


Consistency in watering is an easy way to keep your grass green and lush. Maintain a schedule to prevent your grass from drying out and browning. Sprinklers and outdoor timers will ensure that your grass does not miss a watering session.


Anyone can create the perfect hedge shape. Now that your grass is healthy, freshly cut and weed-free, it is time to focus on the rest of your yard. Try a cordless, battery-powered product like the Greenworks 60-volt hedge trimmer. The lighter weight and strong power allow you to trim your hedges without wearing out your body. Whether your hedges are up high or running along your fence, no place is out of reach. Spring is just beginning and now is the time to get a jump start on your lawn. To learn more about the tools that can make lawn care easier this spring, visit  Courtesy of Brand Point




fter the not-so-wonderful weather we had this winter, we’re welcoming the bright blooms of springtime with open arms. Planting annuals is a great way to keep your property looking colorful all summer long. For beautiful begonias and immaculate impatiens, follow these tips.

• Patience is a virtue. Here in the Poconos, we are infamous for late-spring frosts which can quickly destroy an entire array of annuals. As a rule thumb, it’s usually safest to wait to plant annuals until after Memorial Day. But keep an eye on the weather - an unexpected frost may still be possible. If frost is in the forecast, cover your flowers with a sheet for protection. • Follow the directions. You know those little sticks that come in flats of flowers? Read them! If the instructions say your plant needs full sun, it’s true. For example, geraniums will not thrive without the sunlight they crave. Same goes for shade-lovers, like impatiens, which are happiest in shady spots. • Space space space! Plant annuals far enough apart to allow for future growth. While your planters may look sparse at first, give it time. Once plants mature and fill out, your arrangements will be exactly what you envisioned from the start. By planting annuals too close together, you run the risk of the plants suffocating each other and not reaching their full potential. As always, don’t forget to keep your plants watered. Take note of annuals that require deadheading to keep them in bloom for the entirety of the season. If you’d like something more low maintenance, look for plants that require a little less TLC. Happy planting!

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Why cats scratch & how to safely stop it

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Ever since the day the first feline became a house cat, destructive cat scratching has plagued owners. All the affection and loving care owners shower upon their cats can feel like wasted energy when the thanks they get looks more like hatred: shredded furniture, carpet and curtains. It's a normal human response to be angry or frustrated about damage inflicted by cats' scratching, but equally normal is a cat's need to scratch. Cat scratching is a behavior that fulfills both physical and emotional needs. Cats scratch to stretch their bodies, maintain their hunting and climbing skills, groom their claws and mark their territory, showing they're in a safe space. However, these behaviors cats exhibit to establish a safe living space can be anything but pleasant for their human companions. This can lead frustrated owners to take drastic measures to modify behavior, but those decisions can be risky, especially when it comes to a permanent and potentially harmful practice like declawing.

Many pet owners believe that declawing their cats is a harmless and quick fix for unwanted scratching, similar to trimming one's nails. However, if a declawing procedure were performed on a human being, it would be like cutting off each finger at the last knuckle. "Not only does the practice cause pain, it removes an important self-defense tool and the surgery itself poses risks related to anesthesia and infection," said Dr. Valarie V. Tynes, president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, licensed veterinarian and veterinary services specialist at Ceva Animal Health. "All of this can lead to behavioral issues that may be worse than a shredded couch." Declawing is an irreversible measure to address a normal behavioral issue in cats. Declawed cats may be less likely to use a litter box, more likely to bite and the disruption of the natural scratching behavior can cause lasting physiological problems. That sentiment is echoed by national organizations such as the American Association for Feline Practitioners, which deems the practice of declawing an ethically controversial procedure that is not medically necessary in most instances. In fact, declawing cats is now illegal in several U.S. cities.

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Routinely trim nails. Regular nail care is an important part of general care and hygiene for your cat, but it can also help prevent scratching damage by eliminating the sharp, destructive claw tips. Properly trimmed nails are less likely to snag or split, and cats with well-trimmed nails are less likely to resort to scratching as part of their own selfgrooming rituals.


Create scratch-friendly zones. Keeping cats from scratching areas you don't want them to bother is far more likely if you provide areas where they can scratch at will,

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such as scratching pads and posts. Pair these scratching areas with a product such as Feliscratch by Feliway, which is clinically proven to prevent destructive scratching by redirecting cats to scratch in the right place. Cats are attracted to the drug-free, naturally derived product and will feel compelled to scratch where it's applied, leaving that chair or couch alone.

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Reinforce off-limits areas. Cats are highly tactile, so applying textured materials like double-sided sticky tape or rough, crinkly aluminum foil to areas you don't want scratched can be an effective deterrent.


Consult a behaviorist. Not all cases have easy answers, but an expert with experience in animal behavior can provide guidance based specifically on your cat's personality and circumstances to help create a custom solution.


Eliminate negative reinforcements. Avoid punishing your cat for undesirable behavior. This includes shouting, spraying with water or swatting your cat. Punishment can increase stress and anxiety. It can make the problem worse and may even make your cat afraid of you.

DIY Scratching Post Designating a spot for your cat to safely scratch is one of the most effective ways to minimize damage to your possessions. A homemade scratching post is a quick and easy project.


Cut foot-long length of 4-by-4-inch wood and a 1-foot square piece of plywood. The exact sizes can vary, but these are good starting points that you can adjust up or down, depending on your space.

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Sand away splinters and rough edges.

Add a sturdy fabric wrap or paint to lend aesthetic appeal to the plywood base.


Wrap the post tightly with heavy-gauge rope or carpet scraps (or both), securing tightly with glue and reinforcing with a staple gun.

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Securely attach the post to the base using a long bolt.

Place the post in an area your cat enjoys spending time, and consider adding a pheromone therapy spray to attract your cat to the post. ď Ź

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Warmer, longer days are made for quality time with friends and family. There's no better way to cap off an afternoon in the sun than a good meal followed by a great dessert. Plan to end your next gathering on a sweet note with these fruity desserts to conclude a day spent with loved ones. Fruity treats are hard to resist, especially when paired with tasty, complementary flavors and textures. If you're looking for a treat that travels a bit off the beaten path, this pie may be just the answer. A crushed pretzel crust and creamy peanut butter filling provide a salty, savory background for plump, sweet strawberries. Or serve up a taste of the tropics with a cream pie that celebrates a medley of textures and flavors from lively blueberries to toasted coconut. When you make fruit the star of the dessert, there's no question you need top-quality ingredients. Each of these desserts features Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which are made from fresh fruit, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are GMO-free, for a delicious dessert every time. With a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, blueberry, cherry, peach and strawberry, there are plenty of convenient, versatile dessert options for any occasion. Find more tasty treats for entertaining and beyond at

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Family Finances

New Advertiser Pocono Magazines would like to welcome ESSA BANK AND TRUST to our family of advertisers. The ESSA Bank and Trust Corporate Center is located on Eighth and Palmer Streets along the shore of the meandering McMichael Creek in downtown Stroudsburg. They pride themselves on values of quality, stability, integrity and trust that has led them from a single privately-held bank to a publicly traded corporation who can better serve the people of Eastern Pennsylvania.

East Stroudsburg Building and Loan was founded in 1916 to support local homebuyers of East Stroudsburg with affordable residential mortgages. As a result of a merger between the East Stroudsburg Building and Loan with the Keystone and Commonwealth Building and Loan Associations in 1970, East Stroudsburg Savings Association was formed. ESSA, now a publicly traded company, is in 24 locations between Philadelphia and Scranton; 7 in Monroe County alone. ESSA also has a long history of giving back to the community in time and funding. The ESSA Foundation has aided local non-profits with over $12 million in grants for causes such as community health, housing, education, parks and recreation, and the arts. If you are interested in doing banking for your home or business in an institution that prides themselves on convenience, friendly service and competitive rates, visit ESSA Bank and Trust today at a location near you.

FINDING A BANK THAT HAS THE MOST VALUE FOR YOUR COMPANY By: Jim Gillen, Chief Marketing Officer, ESSA Bank & Trust

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n today’s economy, banks are faced with a challenging interest rate environment, compressed margins, regulatory burdens and the ongoing pressure to find new clients and build franchise value. This is good news for companies of all sizes, as banks are competing aggressively for their business. As you evaluate your own banking services, and possibly contemplate a change, it makes sense to talk with more than one bank. This gives you a better chance of finding the right solution and the right partner for your company. Finding the “right bank” takes a lot more than a competitive interest rate on a loan. Many businesses will expand their banking relationship beyond traditional loan and deposit solutions and thus will have a vested interest in learning about additional services such as electronic banking, mobile banking, treasury, insurance, wealth management and so on. It makes sense to create a banking scorecard that fits the specific needs of your business. After all, your business has other needs too, and finding the right partner could have a significant impact not only on your company’s financial performance, but the overall efficiency of your business. And the more efficient your business, the more time you can spend trying to grow your business.

"Finding the “right bank” takes a lot more than a competitive interest rate on a loan." With that said, what are the most important components of your banking relationship?

WHEN YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOUR TEAM, IT SHOWS. From personal checking and savings accounts to mortgage and home equity loans, ESSA is here to help you get the most from your money. It’s time to start banking confidently.

Create your own scorecard and rank products and services that are specific to your business needs, then seek a banking partner that can meet your requirements. Generally, people rely on their trusted instincts and select banks in the market that have a positive image or where they have a prior banking relationship. However, it might be a good time to meet with new banks and bankers to see how many of your business “must haves” they can handle satisfactorily.

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Here are some of the things to think about when considering your bank’s value proposition.

Use these tools to make your business more efficient and more accurate while reducing costs.



Let’s start with financing. A full array of products and terms should be available to meet existing needs, as well as future needs as your company grows.

Most business-to-banker relationships pay more attention to the banker rather than the bank. But there are definitely a few boxes that need to be checked off when we talk about the bank’s value proposition:

Secured and unsecured loans, lines of credit and letters of credit should be on the list.

TECHNOLOGY The right mix of electronic banking and cash management services can help you move money, pay employees and electronically pay bills or collect funds with the push of a button.

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• Is it convenient for you to do business with the bank? • Do its products and policies work well with your company’s needs? • Is it convenient for you to meet with your banker? • Do you have access to decision makers?

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE • Does the bank have experience working within your industry?

• If so, how many similar clients does it have? • How long has it been serving your industry? • Does the bank support you with someone who specializes in your type of business or with a generalist?

RELATIONSHIP & RELIABILITY You need a responsive banker. You don’t want one who is too busy to provide proper account servicing. That your banker is trustworthy is a given, but is your banker knowledgeable? This is perhaps the most important of the relationship boxes to consider. You need someone you can rely upon and who wants to see your business succeed as much as you do. Does your banker ask the right questions about your business to help ascertain your real needs? Lastly, does your banker have a solid understanding of the business banking products that are available?

DELIVERY CHANNELS & ANCILLARY SERVICES Is the branch network convenient? Are there other nonbanking services available such as wealth management, trust, health care or other insurance services, payroll, bookkeeping, etc.?

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THE RELATIONSHIP – WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU? A bank’s value proposition means different things to different people. It’s up to you to decide your imperatives and to make sure you’re checking off as many boxes as possible before choosing a bank.

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Is your current driver’s license no longer valid for air travel?

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ue to the latest extension PennDOT-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards can be used to enter federal facilities and board domestic commercial flights through October 10, 2018.


structure means you won’t “lose” time that you’ve already paid for. After the initial REAL ID product expires, you won’t pay an additional fee, beyond regular renewal fees, to renew a REAL ID product.

But, beginning October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID-compliant license, identification card or an acceptable alternative identification as approved by TSA to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility without a secondary form of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved identification. If you want to use your Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo ID as identification for these purposes, you may want to consider getting a REAL ID when they’re available. The visible difference will be that a REAL ID-compliant product will be marked with a gold star. REAL ID products are produced using the same security features as standardissued products.

PennDOT is working to develop a deployment plan that will make REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses and identification cards available to Pennsylvania residents by Spring 2019.

Customers will pay a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee (current renewal fee is $30.50 for a four-year noncommercial driver’s license or a photo ID). If your Driver’s License expires before REAL ID’s are available, you must still renew it. It will be optional and voluntary to change your current license to a REAL ID. However, if you choose to get a REAL ID when they are available, your REAL ID expiration date will reflect any remaining time on your current license, plus four years. The expiration date of the initial REAL ID product will include any time remaining on your existing non-REAL ID product, plus an additional four years, unless you are over 65 and have a two-year license. This expiration date

"It is extremely important not to confuse the newly designed version of your license with the Real ID." It is extremely important not to confuse the newly designed version of your license with the Real ID. Periodic design and security updates are standard business practice for PennDOT, and it was in the best interest for them to continue with such updates despite prior legislation prohibiting REAL ID compliance. REAL ID is optional for Pennsylvania residents. You will be able to get either a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, or a standard driver’s license or identification card. If you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, military ID, or another federally approved identification, you may use this as your form of identification to pass a TSA checkpoint at airports nationwide and visit a secure federal building or military installations at any time.

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If you know you will not be boarding a commercial flight or visiting a secure federal facility or military base, you do not need a REAL ID. At this point you do not need a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card to do any of the following:

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• Drive • Vote • Apply for or receive federal benefits for which you are entitled (Veterans’ Affairs, Social Security Administration, etc.) • Enter a federal facility that does not require an ID (i.e. a post office) • Access a hospital or receive life-saving services • Participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations (serve on a federal jury, testify in federal court, etc.)

What documents will I need to obtain a real ID? When you apply for a REAL ID (which will not be available until 2019), you will need to present original versions or certified copies (if applicable) of the following documents, per federal regulations:

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certificate name to your current name. If you have a valid U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card with your legal name, you may use that as your name change document. • Two Proofs of Current, Physical PA Address Examples: Current, unexpired PA license or ID and a no more than 90-day-old bank statement or utility bill with the same name and address

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Small Changes for Better Living A busy schedule doesn't have to prevent you from taking steps toward a lifestyle that fosters overall well-being. There are many easy, small changes you can make toward better living that can make a noticeable impact. Choose the long route. For many people, it's an automatic move to find the closest parking space or shortest distance to the door. With your lifestyle goals in mind, consider taking a different approach. Look for ways to work in more physical activity. Seek out a spot in the back of the parking lot as an opportunity to increase your steps for the day, or choose the longer scenic route when walking your dog at the park for a more pleasant experience all-around. 36 | Pocono Family Magazine Š May / June 2018

Take time to recharge. Even when you're strapped for time, carving out a few minutes for yourself each day to focus on your mental well-being is important. This can include simply enjoying a few moments of silence or something more specific like meditating or journaling. Busy people tend to carry more stress, so looking for ways to inject these calming activities into daily schedules can help keep you refreshed and bring you more happiness.

Practice self-care. Especially when you're busy, it's easy to slack on self-care, but combine that with elevated stress and you may be especially susceptible to not feeling your best. Give yourself a boost with a daily vitamin or try a warm bath with Epsom salt to soothe your senses.

Space out your meals. Waiting hours to eat can cause people to overeat at major mealtimes especially dinner. Taking time to plan simple snacks throughout the day helps ensure cravings are met and overeating is avoided when the dinner bell rings. Consider keeping a snack like Nonni's Artisan Thin Chocolate Chip Cookies on-hand for guilt-free snacking when hunger strikes.  For more better-for-you snack ideas, visit

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Go for guilt-free snacks. Better living isn't about giving up everything you like; it's about balance and moderation. For example, Nonni's Foods now makes a better-for-you chocolate chip thin cookie that lets you enjoy the indulgence without the guilt. Made with real, premium ingredients like dark chocolate, crunchy California almonds and coconut oil, the individual portion packs are portable for the perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy cravings anytime, anywhere. Available in Double Chocolate, Almond Chocolate and Toasted Coconut varieties, each pack contains three cookies that are low in sugar, fat and carbohydrates with an average of only 100 calories total.

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Ways Kids Can Cash-in

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Money Making Ideas for Tweens & Teens By: Kimberly Blaker


n important aspect of helping kids develop into responsible adults is teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money. Through this they gain self-esteem, come to understand the real value of a dollar, and become more responsible in the way they spend money. Share the list below with your pre-teen or teen for an array of ways they can cash-in this summer.

The grass is always greener

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below the cost of professional services. Also, don't forget to include your phone number. Then you can deliver the fliers to the homes in your neighborhood lodged between doorknobs or tucked under mats. Just don't place anything in mailboxes because it's illegal.

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Make the most of neighbors’ garage sales by setting up a refreshment stand in your own front yard. You’ll need a small table and a handmade sign: “Cookies and Lemonade - 50 cents each.” Set out a pitcher of lemonade or Koolaid, disposable cups, and wrapped cookies. At the end of the sale, add up your profits, and divide them with your partners.

Too old for toys & games?

If so, clean out those you’ve outgrown, and hold a sale. Make a cardboard or wooden sign to attract neighborhood kids and passersby. Then lay out blankets in your front yard, and spread out your goods. Keep your prices reasonable. And don’t forget a 25-cent box filled with odds and ends.

Kiddie care

Window washing

Offering your services for this dreaded task is sure to be a success. If you get the job, make sure your parents know the homeowner and approve of you going inside. Clean the interior of all windows, including doors. Also, don’t forget to open the windows and clean the ledges and tracks. Offer to do exterior windows you’re tall enough to reach without a ladder. Ask permission to hose them down to remove loose dirt. Then wash and dry them by hand.

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be ready to babysit for other children. Spread the word through family, friends, and neighbors. Once you’ve gained experience, post fliers on library, grocery, or laundromat bulletin boards. When babysitting, play games, and do activities with the kids. Avoid talking on the phone or watching TV. Parents love sitters that keep their children busy. Also, don’t forget to clean up and wash dirty dishes.

Garage cleaning is a big chore, especially for the elderly, or anyone who just doesn't have the time. So offer your services to relatives and neighbors. When you get a job, be thorough. Move everything into the driveway or yard before you begin. Remove cobwebs with a broom. Sweep ledges and the garage floor. Then hose the garage concrete (with permission) to loosen ground-in dirt. When it’s dry, neatly arrange everything back into the garage.

Fence finishing

Wood fencing requires ongoing maintenance. So offer to assist your neighbors in sprucing up their yard by painting or staining their fences. The homeowner should supply the paint or stain and the necessary tools. Be sure to follow directions. Also, take your time and do a careful job.

Pet owners who don’t like to kennel their pets are often in a dilemma at vacation time. Pass out fliers in your neighborhood offering to pet sit. Do the sitting in your home, garage, or fenced yard, if your parents agree. Otherwise, make regular visits to the pet’s home. Be responsible, and do exactly as the pet owner instructs, for both your safety and the pet’s.

Are weeds taking over your neighbors’ flowerbeds? Then offer to get them back into shape. Before you get started, find out which are plants versus flowers that haven't yet bloomed. When in doubt, ask before you pull them. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Hose the ground lightly to loosen roots. Pull weeds from rock beds, shrubbery, and cement cracks. Then dispose of them properly.

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Have you hit another growth spurt? Ask your parents if you can consign your clothing and split the profits. Look for consignment shops in the yellow pages under “resale,” “clothing – used,” or “consignment.” Find out their policies. Then get your clothing ready. Wash and dewrinkle, then hang or fold them neatly. Don’t forget shoes, jackets, and pajamas, too.

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Errands for the elderly

Are there handicapped, disabled, or elderly persons in your neighborhood? If so, they’re apt to need some help. Offer to run errands within walking or biking distance. Attach a basket to your bike, or carry a backpack for easy transporting. If you have your driver’s license, offer to do more distant-runs.

Who’s walking who?

If you’re looking for a new summer pal, why not make it man’s best friend? Pass out fliers to offer your pet walking services. Never run a dog unless the owner agrees. And if the dog starts panting or doesn't want to run, never push it. Dogs can easily overheat, which can kill them.

Make it shine

Round up your friends, and get ready for some cool, wet fun! Hold a car wash in your driveway or a parking lot with permission from the property owner. Make a large colorful “Car Wash” sign. Include your cost, no more than your local car wash charges. Have your supplies handy: a bucket of soapy water, rags or sponge, a hose, and plenty of dry towels.

News courier

Hop on your bike or blades, and spread the news—that is, deliver the news. Apply for a route with your local newspaper, or add your name to the waiting list. Place newspapers either in a newspaper box or on the front porch to make sure they’ll remain dry. It may even increase your tips.

A volunteer vacation

Summer camps are always in need of volunteers. So contact those you’d like to attend, and ask how you can take part. You’ll need to know the age requirements, duties involved, and what activities you’ll be able to participate in. Summer camp staff and volunteers generally are not paid. But the experience and the week away may be well worth it.

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Old McDonald had a farm

You don’t have to be raised on a farm to make a good farmhand. Although it’s certainly a bonus. Visit area farms, and offer your help. Work may include laboring in fields to feeding and caring for livestock.

At your service

Offer home cleaning services to your neighbors. Plan to do the following tasks, unless other arrangements are made: dust furniture and window ledges; vacuum carpet and stairs; sweep and mop tile, linoleum, and wooden floors; scour sinks, bathtubs, and toilets; shake out rugs; vacuum upholstered furniture; and make beds. Ask if straightening up is expected. Also, find out which cleaning products (supplied by the homeowner) to use on fixtures, appliances, and furniture to prevent damage.

Pool patrol

If sunbathing is your thing, then this is the job for you! Find out the age and certification requirements for lifeguard duty. Then apply at your community pool, YMCA, or nearby beach. While keeping an eye on swimmers and soaking up the sun, keep your skin safe by using a good sunscreen.

Daycare duty

Do you love little kids? I mean lots of little kids? Then contact daycare centers and home daycare providers, and find out if they need a young assistant. Look up daycare centers in the yellow pages. You can find home daycare providers in classifieds, on bulletin boards, and through your state-licensing agency. Tasks may include assisting with crafts and activities, reading stories, helping with lunch and snacks, and cleaning up.

Nurturer of nature

If you’re a nature lover, don’t forget about your local parks. Possible positions may include assisting with planned activities and events, maintaining park grounds, and tending ticket booths. Call area parks to find out what jobs they offer and how to apply. 


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shear brilliance

Brilliance is defined as “exceptional talent or intelligence,” so it’s no surprise where Shear Brilliance got its name. With two locations, in Tannersville and Stroudsburg, and eight years in business, Shear Brilliance is one of the biggest names among Pocono area salons. At Shear Brilliance, you can count on quality service at a reasonable price along with outstanding customer service. As a Paul Mitchell salon, Shear Brilliance’s stylists are always up-to-date on the latest techniques and trends. Plus, you’ll leave with hair that feels amazing, thanks to Paul Mitchell’s line of products. But salon owner Kirsten Bonilla believes in giving customers so much more than just a cut and color. “We are educated, and we want to educate you. We take the time to explain things to our customers so they know how to keep their hair looking great.” Imagine not only getting a great hairstyle but learning how to maintain it, too! Planning a wedding? Preparing for prom? Let the team at Shear Brilliance have you looking your best on your big day. In addition to doing amazing work for customers, Shear Brilliance is also doing big things for the community. Whether it’s donating time and talent to benefit local organizations, like AWSOM and Women’s Resources, or offering free hair washes to those affected by power outages in March’s blizzard, Kirsten and her team are determined to give back whenever they can. We’re lucky to have businesses, like Shear Brilliance, that take care of the Poconos and its people! For more information, visit or check out Shear Brilliance on Facebook.

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Mother Nature, Human Nature

Opens at the Dutot Museum


he Dutot Museum kicks off its 2018 season with an exhibition of two artists, both of whom are relative newcomers to the Dutot and Monroe County art scene. The title of the exhibit, "Mother Nature, Human Nature," implies the vastly different styles and subject matter of artists Marie Liu and Kate Horan. Like the yin yang symbol, the distinctions in the work of these artists, when seen together, complete a picture of both the inner and outer worlds of the human experience. Educated in Fine Art at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO, Marie Liu returned to the northeast to be in the landscape with which she feels a kinship. Her year-long Residency with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (2015-2016) gave her the opportunity to focus on the Park area, learn about its history, research the art of the Pocono region, and exhibit the resulting paintings. Horan attended graduate school focusing on painting, drawing, and art history at SUNY/Buffalo. She also studied at the Art Student's League (NY) and the School of Visual Art (NY). Horan's career as a professional artist began in Hoboken, NJ, where she exhibited in solo and group shows. Her passion is making figurative art: creating through invention and observation, images that reflect caring, contentious, vulnerable, elusive, complicated human beings. The public is invited to the Exhibition's Opening wine and cheese Reception at the Dutot Museum, Friday, May 25, 7-9 pm. There you can meet and talk with the artists and view their work. The Exhibit will be on view from May 26 - June 10. In addition to Marie Liu & Kate Horan’s work, this year the gallery will host the following exhibits: Riv15 – A Big Picture, June 16 to July 1; Will Daskal, July 7 to July

22; En Plein Air Fine Art Show & Silent Auction, July 28; Eleanor Shelton, August 11 to August 26; Will Rothfuss, September 1 to September 16; and Lauryn de Leeuw, Rena Hottinger, & Lisa Sakoutis, September 22 to October 7. The museum and gallery are open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., beginning May 26th through October 7th. For further information on the museum and gallery please visit 

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Run, Hike, Crawl: PEEC 5k

Saturday, May 5 – 8am Registration / 10:00 am Race Begins $25 Early Bird/$30/$35 Race Day Take a journey through the woods of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Our 5k runs through our main campus and a variety of different woodland habitats on two of our gorgeous trail loops. Top 3 participants for male and female in each age group receive awards. Early Bird Registration by April 14th guarantees participants a t-shirt. Call for more details – Maximum of 100 spaces!

Spring Migration Bird Walk Saturday, May 5 - 9am - 11am

Bird migration is just getting underway at this time... join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman at 9:00am for this two-hour stroll along the Kettle Creek trails searching for warblers, orioles, tanagers and other new arrivals. Cost: $6/ non-members, $4/children under 12. EE Center members FREE. Please call 570-629-3061 to register.

Bridge the Gap: Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk

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Sunday, May 6, 10am - 12pm Free

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Nature provides food & natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Join us on a hike focused on wild edible & medicinal plants. No collecting will be done in the Park.

Tea Plant Party

Saturday, May 12 – 1pm - 4pm $15 Learn the basics of planting and caring for your very own succulent arrangement. Program includes all of the supplies you’ll need with plenty of succulents and planters from which to choose. Makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift! All ages welcome.

Dutot Museum Open House Saturday, May 12 - 1pm Free

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Featuring the infamous Walking Purchase of 1737 by Frank Salivate. Free admission and light refreshments. Meet your neighbors and learn about the museum’s history. www.

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Century Day

Saturday, May 12 $35/EE Center members, $40/non-members Roger Spotts will be driving the Kettle Creek bus as Darryl Speicher, from Pocono Avian Research Center, will be on the lookout for 100 species of birds for this year’s Century Day! We’ll meet at Kettle Creek at 7am then head to the River Valley to start our day. We’ll make our way south and east visiting some incredible habitats along the way. In addition to the opportunity to spend all day with Roger and Darryl, the fee includes lunch, beverages, and snacks throughout the day. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is Friday, May 4. There is limited space so register early! Pre-registration and payment are required and limited. Refunds given only if notification is made at least one week prior to program date. Please call 570-629-3061 to register.

Plant Sale!

May 12 & 13 – 9am - 4pm Free admission Choose from a variety of native and deer resistant flowers and grasses to beautify your yard at our annual plant sale! Sun loving and shade loving plants will be available. Remaining plants will be sold through the following week so stop by to check them out! PEEC Members will be able to join us for a pre-sale on May 11th from 5 – 7pm.

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Aug. 17th @ 5pm - 7pm Country Kettle’s 6th Annual Tricky Tray Benefiting the Pike County Humane Society 2523 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 570.421.8970

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Birding the Bog

Wednesday, May 16 - 7 - 9:30am $6/non-members, $4/EE Center or Nature Conservancy members and children under 12 Combine one of the most unique natural settings with one of the most spectacular natural phenomena and you get a morning of migration birding at the Bog. Pre-registration is required. Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Road. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right. Please call to register 570-629-3061.

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Saturday, May 19 – 9 - 11am $5 Interested in learning more about birds? Join us for a hike that focuses on bird ID and their unique natural history. We’ll be having breakfast snacks & beverages before we head out. We provide binoculars and field guides. Ages 10+ please.

Quiet Valley Farm Animal Frolic

May 19, 20 and May 26, 27 Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 12pm – 4pm.

Sunday Bog Walk

May 20 - 1 - 3:30pm $6/non-members, $4/EE and Nature Conservancy members and children under 12 Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour 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. Please wear appropriate footwear. Preregistration is required and limited. Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right. Please call 570-629-3061 to register.

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Helicopter & Airplane Rides ~ Airplane & Military Displays Kids Activities ~ Antique Cars ~ Pocono Raceway Pace Car 1:30 pm Memorial Day Veterans Ceremony with Parachute Jump


Sponsored by the Mt. Pocono Rotary

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Wilderness Walkabout

Sunday, May 20 – 1 - 3pm Free for Members / $5 for Nonmembers Get out and explore PEEC! Join Paul Kovalski, aka Dr. Dinosaur, as we hike one of our trails and discuss the natural history of our park.

Marie Liu & Kate Horan Exhibit at The Dutot Museum Opening Reception - Friday, May 25 - 7 - 9pm Exhibition Open May 26 - June 10

Canoe Kayak Trip at the Bog

Thursday, May 31 - 10am - 1pm $6/non-members, $4/EE Center or Nature Conservancy members and children under 12

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Join us on a paddling trip into the Bog Preserve on Cranberry Creek. The program lasts 3 hours. Participants are required to provide their own kayak or canoe. Meet at the Bog parking lot at 10am. Pre-registration is required and limited. Directions: Route 611, at the light at the Tannersville Inn turn onto Cherry Lane Rd. The bog parking lot is 1.9 miles from 611 on the right. Please call 570-6293061 to register.

Levee Loop Trail Race

Saturday, June 2nd National Trail’s Day Visit for more information.

Introduction to Blacksmithing Saturday, June 2 – 10am -12pm $5 6683 Route 191 in the heart of Mountainhome, PA

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Interested in learning about the trade of blacksmithing? Join William Barrett, of the New Jersey Blacksmiths Association, for a look at the history and basics of blacksmithing. Program will include live demos over a forge.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, June 2 - 9am - 1pm We are proud to be hosting another blood drive from 9am-1pm. Call Barbara at MCCD at 570-629-3060 for more information. To register or learn more about American Red Cross blood drives, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


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Pike/Wayne Region’s $50k 2018 Goal

4th Annual $40k 2017

Saturday JUNE 16 2018 $50K GOAL

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Ann Street Park In Beautiful Downtown Milford, PA

Registe r May 16 by , 20 to recei 18 ve a F REE T-S HIRT!

Check In: 9:00 am Run Starts: 10:00 am

After Party With Food, Music, Raffles, and Resource Fair


Visit to register and donate. Email with questions. THIS EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE!

DONATE: Online at or mail checks to: Pocono FoxTrot 5K, Box 2776 Gold Key Lakes, Milford, PA 18337 All profits from this event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research!

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle Saturday, June 9 – 10am -12pm Free

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk Saturday, June 16 – 10am - 12pm $5 per person

Join us for a paddle around our ponds! Beginners are welcome – we teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately – you may get wet. Call in advance to reserve a boat. Funding for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Nature provides food & natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Join us on a hike focused on wild edible & medicinal plants. No collecting will be done in the Park.

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle

Saturday, June 9 – 1 - 4pm $2 per person

Sunday, June 17 – 10am - 12pm Free

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. No registration required.

Join us for a paddle around our ponds! Beginners are welcome – we teach you everything you need to know! Dress appropriately – you may get wet. Call in advance to reserve a boat. Funding for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Riv15 - A Big Picture Exhibit at The Dutot Museum

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Opening Reception Friday, June 15 - 7 - 9pm Exhibition Open June 16 - July 1

Frog Frolic

Sunday, June 10 – 1 - 3pm $5 per person Spend the afternoon with us at our ponds and streams! Learn about some of our frog friends as we gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy.

Sunday, June 17 – 1 - 4pm $2 per person

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. No registration required.

Geology Hike

Saturday, June 23 – 1 - 3pm Free for Members / $5 for Nonmembers

Bridge the Gap: River Paddle

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.

Join us for a paddle down the Delaware! Bring a lunch, a water bottle, and don’t forget to dress for the weather. We will provide extra water and snacks. Choose between a canoe or kayak. Preregistration is required and begins at 8:30am on May 16th. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Frog Frolic

Saturday, June 16 – 9am - 3pm $10

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Sunday, June 24 – 1 - 3pm $5 per person Spend the afternoon with us at our ponds and streams! Learn about some of our frog friends as we gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy.



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