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• Kids Heading to College • Internet Safety for Kids

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Kids Headed Off to College? How to Survive & Embrace It By Kimberly Blaker

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As you prepare to see your adolescent off to college, you flashback to all your child's milestones, special moments, and fun times you've shared together. It feels like only yesterday your toddler said their first word. Soon after, you dropped your child off for their first day of kindergarten, prepared your preteen for puberty, and took your teen shopping for the high school prom.

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But now, in what feels like an instant, your young adult is headed out into the world, more or less on their own. This is a turning point at which you no longer have much oversight or say in your child's life. This can be both scary and exhilarating for parents and kids alike. You'll worry about your adolescent's safety and well-being. But you'll also revel in your child's enthusiasm, excitement, and dreams for the future.

"Many parents look forward to this point in their lives and a freedom they haven't enjoyed in nearly two decades."

Parents' feelings about their own life without their child's daily presence and parenting responsibilities are often met with a mix of emotions as well. Many parents look forward to this point in their lives and a freedom they haven't 8 | Pocono Family Magazine Š September/October 2019

enjoyed in nearly two decades. Some parents may even feel conflicted or guilty for looking forward to 'me' time. At the same time, many parents (even those same parents) feel a sense of loss. After all, they've devoted 18 years to caregiving and raising their child. Many parents lose their sense of self while raising a family. In fact, being a parent can become one's identity. As a result, parents may feel an even greater loss when their kid heads away to college.

Survival Tips So how do you survive this transition? Learn to embrace it. A heart-to-heart. Write a letter or talk to your adolescent when you see him or her off to college. A letter is best because your kid can save it and read it again to absorb and ponder what you have to say. You've already taught your child the importance of manners and doing their schoolwork. So skip that stuff. Instead, offer wisdom about life and your appreciation for your adolescent's wonderful

characteristics. Also, avoid dumping on your child. It's okay to say you're going to miss your kid. But don't overdo it and leave your child feeling guilty or responsible for your pain or loss. Connection and space. Decide how to keep the connection with your adolescent. Phone calls, texting, email, video chat, and getting together in person offer ample opportunities to maintain your relationship. But don't overdo it. Your young adult needs time and space to experience their newfound independence and blossom. Explore. You now have a lot more free time. Don't let that downtime become an avenue to needlessly worry or mope. Instead, be proactive, and set out on a mission of selfdiscovery. Have you thought about going back to school, work, or changing your career? Now's a good time to explore your options. How about a new hobby, volunteer work, or focusing on your fitness and health? You can also broaden your horizons. Try out different music genres, visit art and history museums, go to plays and sporting events, or explore cultural restaurants or cooking.

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Travel. Plan something exciting. Consider a trip to someplace you've always dreamed of going. Or perhaps plan a long road trip or multiple weekend road trips throughout the year. Whatever you choose will help busy your time with the planning, give you something to look forward to, and remind you of the upside of an empty nest or one less child to raise. It gets easier. Remember, whatever grief, loneliness, worries, or self-doubts you experience, they're a normal part of this transition. With each week and month that passes, it'll get easier – until one day, you wake up and discover you've fully embraced your new life – and feel true joy for your child's newfound independence. 

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By: Jeff Sauder, Windstream Internet Security Expert


echnology and social media are inescapable, and for parents and grandparents, it can be a nightmare. Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and the most popular choice for teens, Snapchat, have made it even harder for parents to monitor their children's actions. According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens (13-17 years old) report they go online daily. So, what can you do to protect your children from the dangers of something that seems so inescapable? To assist, Kinetic by Windstream, along with Pocono Family Magazine, has crafted a list of best practices to help you better deal with your digitally savvy little ones. 10 | Pocono Family Magazine September/October 2019


Tweak Location and Privacy Settings Keeping up with family members through GPS may give you peace of mind, but it’s important to limit your children’s location only to the people who absolutely need it. Believe it or not, many of the photos you or your children take have exact locations attached to them, potentially leading predators directly to your children’s home or school. Be sure your child or teen has their location settings adjusted so that only you and approved family members have access to them.


Watch Out for Downloads Downloads could contain malware or viruses, especially if you aren’t getting them from a reputable source, so update your child’s gaming systems, along with any Internet security software. Equip your home with a good cybersecurity system, such as a Windstream Shield package, that provides your family with malware and virus protection, protection against identity theft and even instant access to your credit report and credit score.


Monitor Your Child’s Activity If you can’t beat them, join them! Follow your children on all social media platforms, check out their gamer profiles from time to time and keep up with key trends. While you may not have time to be an active user across all platforms, it is important that you monitor their activity from a user’s standpoint. This will help you look for any red flags.


Keep A Low Profile Whether you have a tablet-obsessed child or a hardcore-gaming teen, have your kids use avatars instead of uploading their photos to their social media or gaming profiles. Before they get started with these profiles, talk to them about the importance of not sharing too much information about themselves to strangers.


Set Some Rules Establish some rules for your children’s online activity and these rules can vary depending on your priorities. As an example, if you’re worried about voice chats during games — where your children may hear expletives or other foul or lewd language — you can disable that feature. And, don’t forget about your house rules, such as when they can play video games and for how long.

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While the Internet, social media and online gaming can help keep your family connected to the outside world, it is important to tackle these issues head-on. As a parent, you may not be completely comfortable having this conversation with your child; however, it is important to start somewhere to ensure your child knows the dos and don’ts of the digital age we live in.  September/October 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 11


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Educational activities and plans that allow kids to flex their brain muscles in fun and creative ways can be ideal ways to spend family time that makes lasting memories. While children typically gain invaluable knowledge and experience in the classroom, purposeful activities done outside of that setting can help encourage kids to keep learning and make family moments more enjoyable for everyone involved. 12 | Pocono Family Magazine Š September/October 2019


From planning trips that celebrate animals and the great outdoors to rainy day activities at home that inspire creative expression, these ideas can produce some family moments worth remembering.

1. Go on a scavenger hunt. From native

species of plants, animals and insects to neighborhood landmarks, there are plenty of interesting things that can be found right in your own backyard. Organize a scavenger hunt and work together in teams of family members to search for each item on the list, then do more research on the things you found once you return home. For a real challenge, expand your hunt to the city limits of your hometown and make a day trip of the adventure.

2. Hang out with wildlife. Learn about

different species of animals, how to help protect them and the importance of eco-friendly everyday practices by visiting a destination like an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoo or aquarium. You can explore the challenges facing endangered species, discover how community programs are spurring positive change for conservation and learn more at After learning about animals that need help, you can visit for fun kids games, coloring pages and other activities that encourage creativity. Many animal sanctuaries and wildlife recovery centers also have endangered species and offer educational information about them.

3. Visit a national park.

Many park ranger programs provide opportunities to interact with the animals

that live in the area, as well as information about any endangered animals and how you can help with conservation efforts. While in the park, you can also enjoy a nature hike, have a picnic lunch and view the different species of plants in the region.

4. Enjoy an arts and crafts day.

Spending time doing an art project is a hands-on way to help introduce kids to new ideas and ways of learning. Engage the entire family by creating crafts with different subjects of interest. This can help create conversations and opportunities to further explore what your children are interested in.

5. Organize a game day. A play day can be just as fun as it is educational. Choose from a variety of games that can allow players to get extra creative. Options like Pictionary or charades tap into different types of creative skills, which can keep everyone engaged while they're learning to express themselves effectively in new ways.

Capture Moments That Matter Make your family's learning adventures more memorable by encouraging kids to capture their experiences on paper. The practice of communicating on paper can help lock in memories, plus it's a clever way for kids to practice practical skills in an engaging and productive way.

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Adjust these ideas as needed to match the ability level of each child so the whole family can participate.

1. Write about experiences in a journal or diary. For

older kids, encourage them to use words to describe their adventures. Ask younger kids to draw a scene or image that captured their attention or excited them the most.

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display in your home to show extended family and friends. Make it a conversation piece by asking kids to think about an endangered species and depict its living environment. Available in standard, glitter, neon, metallic and pastel colors, tools like Zebra Doodler'z(r) allow little designers to explore the nearly endless possibilities for color coding, sketching, journaling and embellishing. 3. Take photos to share with friends and family both online and in-person. Get creative with your photo-taking by encouraging kids to think about the story they'll tell through the images. It might be a series of selfies tackling exciting new activities or documenting a sibling's first experience at the petting zoo. Another way to capture photographic memories is a photo treasure hunt, where kids have a list of items to search for and photograph during each outing.

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4. Create a family calendar to plan your summer activities

together. Anticipating upcoming adventures is part of the fun. Let kids help you keep track of what's coming up and build excitement with a personalized calendar. Make it a work of art by asking kids to draw icons or small images that depict upcoming activities with an option like Zebra's Sarasa(r) Fineliner Pens, which are available in 12 vibrant colors.

5. Share experiences on social media. Let friends and family in on the fun by sharing your photos, drawings, dioramas and other creations online. Seeing the positive interaction and praise-filled comments from loved ones can help reinforce the value of creative expression to impressionable young minds. 6. Create scrapbooks to help remember family moments.

Keep the pace of life from fading those precious memories by assembling scrapbooks to commemorate family adventures. Make the scrapbook a family affair with everyone contributing their own creations. 

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There's nothing like a major milestone in a child's life to test a parent's confidence. Big changes like a new school or classroom can be trying for kids and adults alike, but tackling the transition a little at a time can make it easier on everyone. Most parents agree that being confident is important, but only about 1 in 3 parents feels confident on a typical day, according to KinderCare's Parent Confidence Report. However, experts say your own feelings can impact youngsters. Whether your child is making a big change like stepping up from pre-K into kindergarten or entering a new grade in the same building, there's likely to be some trepidation. However, each child is different, which means reactions to change can vary. Some kids show up ready and raring to go, eager to explore and meet new friends, while others can be a little clingy, tearful or even refuse to look at the teacher or take a step through the door. If you think your child might have trouble making the transition, consider these strategies from the experts 16 | Pocono Family Magazine Š September/October 2019


at KinderCare to help ease both of you into a more comfortable place and build confidence for a successful school year.

Set up classroom visits before school starts. Sometimes fear comes from the unknown. By visiting ahead of time and seeing firsthand, your child can become familiar with the layout of the classroom, meet the teachers and know what to expect, which can help alleviate some of the anxiety and jitters. Talk with your child's teacher about the transition. Your child's teacher should be your partner, so be open and honest from the start. Talk about how your child handles change, what causes stress or what behaviors the teacher might expect. Don't be afraid to call and ask for updates on your child to see how things are going. Set up regular check-ins over the next few weeks to talk about any additional support your child may need. Avoid sneaking away from your child at drop-off. Talk about what will happen ahead of time and create a consistent and predictable drop-off ritual, such as two high-fives, a hug and a wave from the window, to ensure your child feels secure and safe. Continue

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this routine every day to help your child get used to the classroom environment and make sure the process is a quick, happy one. While you're typically welcome in most classrooms, lingering too long can make it harder on your child once you do leave. Be enthusiastic. Just like laughter, excitement is contagious. Rather than focus on nerves or uncertainty, share your own memories from school including how you felt at the beginning of a new school year and the excitement of learning and meeting new friends, which can help your child get hyped up, too.


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Set up a work station at home. Creating a designated space at home for your little learner to do homework, read, write, draw and complete art projects can help set him or her up to develop good study habits. Stock this station with colored paper, crayons and markers, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, books, stickers and other necessary tools, and leave room for stowing a backpack. Encourage your child to spend time working on educational endeavors in the space each night. View the full Parent Confidence Report and find more advice to help ease your child's way into the school year at ď Ž Courtesy of Family Features

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The Success of ESSA

By: Jamie Bowman

Gary S. Olson President & CEO of ESSA Bank & Trust

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From different names and new locations to a spot on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, ESSA has undergone a few changes. But over the last century, ESSA Bank & Trust’s dedication to its customers and its community has been unwavering. I sat down with Gary S. Olson, President & CEO of ESSA Bank & Trust, to learn more about how this once small-town bank is doing big things in Monroe County and beyond.

• Mr. Olson, how long have you been with ESSA? I have been here since May of 1977, so 42 years.

• How has your role within the bank changed over time? My role has changed pretty dramatically. I started here in the summer of 1977 as a Staff Appraiser which meant I valued homes of people who wanted a mortgage.

Somewhere in the early 1980s, I asked Don Cramer, who was the CEO of the bank at the time, if I could be considered for the manager position at a new branch that was being built in Brodheadsville. Several weeks later, he called me into his office and said we could give it a try. I asked about the management training program and he said, “Well, we don’t have one, so you’re going to have to teach yourself.” I did, and I got a job in what was at that point the main office, helping to run the teller line and a myriad of different activities. During this time, tragically, Mr. Cramer passed away, leading the company to reorganize. I was made Vice President of Operations; I never even made it to the branch in Brodheadsville! As a result of the reorganization, Jack Wallie became the CEO and I became the #2 person in the bank. In 2000, Jack Wallie retired, and I became the President and CEO in October of 2000.

• How has ESSA grown and evolved since its establishment in 1916? Our first office was in a rented space on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. The rented space changed a few times over the years until 1965 when we built our first “real” branch in East Stroudsburg. In 1978, we built our second branch in the Stroud Mall, and our third branch, in Brodheadsville, was built in the spring of 1983. After that, new branches began opening much more frequently. In April of 2007, we became a public company. Prior to this, we had been a mutual savings and loan which means no one owned us. We issued stock, were listed on NASDAQ, and raised $160 million in capital. With that capital, we were able to buy three banks over the last six years.

• After more than 100 years in operation, how has ESSA stood the test of time? In the early 1980s, during the Reagan Administration, banking was deregulated. Banks now had to figure out how they would sustain themselves; they couldn’t depend on the government to do it for them. Prior to this, there were no bank failures from 1934-1980. After deregulation, banks started failing left and right. Through the 80s, there was a savings and loan crisis. Then, there was a bit of recession in the early 1990s, and in 2007 there was the big recession. Through all that, some banks figured it out and other’s did not.

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The competitive piece was key, and things like having the right employees was part of what helped banks succeed. When you look back on the last 40 years, it’s interesting to think about why ESSA is still around. One of the reasons is because the Board of Directors made us start putting together strategic plans. These allowed us to think about the future and understand what we need to do to provide that level of service I’ve been talking about, and what we need to do to be innovative, get the right people here, and figure out how to execute those strategies. We’ve been pretty successful at that I suppose.

provider, Fiserv, to plan for not just next year but the next two or three years. We’ve also moved some branches around, and we opened a branch in downtown Allentown last fall, so you may see more of that.

• And how has ESSA managed to stay true to its roots? It’s all cultural; we’re here to help people. When our customers walk into a branch, we work to ensure that they leave satisfied. I think that culture is fully engrained here in Monroe County, because this is where we started. In the three banks that we bought, for the most part, that culture is there, but we spend time training all of our employees to make sure that the quality is of the same level as it is here.

"If you’re looking for a bank with outstanding customer service, a history of success, and strong ties to the community, then look no further. ESSA Bank & Trust is here to help give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances. "

• What sets you apart from other banks, not just in our area but nationwide? What we like to think, and what our customers tell us, is, because we’re a community bank, we can give the same service as other banks but we can do it better. We have friendly employees who are there to hear our customers’ concerns and figure out how we can help solve their problems, whether it’s getting through the day financially, buying a home, or affording an education. We’re also all always available, including me. Even I take calls from customers; I like talking to them!

• What is your favorite part about being headquartered in downtown Stroudsburg?

• What new and exciting things are happening at ESSA?

If you’re looking for a bank with outstanding customer service, a history of success, and strong ties to the community, then look no further. ESSA Bank & Trust is here to help give you peace of mind when it comes to your finances. With branches from Bethlehem to Blakeslee and Marshalls Creek to Mountainhome, the ESSA team is ready to serve you. 

There’s always something new and exciting happening here. As I mentioned earlier, our strategic plan helps us come up with innovative ideas. We’re working on a number of things on the technology side of operations, including online account opening. There will also be some new interfaces for mobile phones. We’re working with our technology

When I look back on my first office in East Stroudsburg, and I think about how far we’ve come, it’s been a fun ride. Through all that, the community has always supported us, and hopefully we’ve given back to the community. I like helping people, so the strong sense of community is my favorite part about being here.

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hen it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it's something short-term like buying a home or longer term like your dream retirement. For some of us it's simply about finding a better balance between spending and saving.

"The sooner you start investing, the longer your money has time to gain from rises in the market and the power of compounding and to recover from any downturns."

According to Charles Schwab's Modern Wealth Quiz, designed to help people get a better grasp on their saving, spending and investing habits, about 43 percent of Americans are "Dreamers" when it comes to their finances they tend to live in the moment but can also feel unprepared for certain life events. Only 10 percent are considered financial "Architects" they not only imagine the future but take pen to paper and map out a plan to make it a reality. Other personality types, according to the quiz, are Improvisers (18 percent), Organizers (11 percent), Mavericks (10 percent) and Philosophers (8 percent). Here are some key themes the quiz explores to determine your money personality and provide tips to help you achieve your goals:

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Is juggling your monthly bills a breeze or a tornado?

Half of Americans say they're able to pay their monthly bills on time and even put money into savings regularly, according to Schwab's 2019 Modern Wealth Survey, but a third of Americans say they typically don't have any extra cash to put into savings after their basic expenses. The remainder say they even struggle to pay those expected monthly bills and often end up with unpaid balances. Terri Kallsen, CFPÂŽ, head of Schwab Investor Services, said that automatically depositing part of your income into a savings account each month can help make it a habit. "Our survey shows about 40 percent of Americans set up an automatic transfer into their savings or investment accounts each month," she said. "That way, they don't have to make a decision to 'spend or save' each month - they've already made it."

Do you set goals or go with the flow?

While most Americans say they've thought about their financial goals, only 28 percent have taken the time to put their goals in writing, the survey shows. Another 25 percent say they don't have any plan at all. "Planning can be a key indicator of your money personality, because how much you engage with your finances is often closely tied to how confident you feel about reaching your goals," Kallsen said.

Are you an engaged investor or a sideline saver?

Most Americans have a traditional checking and savings account, according to the survey, but only about half have some kind of investing account. "Savings accounts are often seen as a safe place to put your money, but to keep up with inflation and the rising cost of living, it's also critical to invest," Kallsen said. "The sooner you start investing, the longer your money has time to gain from rises in the market and the power of compounding and to recover from any downturns."


Once you're invested, it's important to stay engaged to stay on track. Keep an eye on your investment fees and make sure to rebalance about once a year, added Kallsen.

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Check out these tips and tricks for getting your fur baby to sit for the camera and look picture perfect, from e-tailer Zulily, creative photographer, Taylor Graham:

 After choosing a great location for your shoot, give your

pet a few minutes to get comfortable with the new setting.

If you’re shooting outside, situate your pet in a shaded area. Direct sunlight can make your pet look greasy, and distracting shadows can obscure important features. A flat, overcast day makes for the most flattering pet photos.

 Get low to your pet’s level and frame the face tightly,

focusing on eyes for maximum impact. Remember to photograph the most endearing parts of your pet. Often overlooked, paws and ears can be some of the most expressive and adorable features of your furry friend.

 Treats and squeaky toys are a given for getting pets to

focus, but make sure you’re using them to your advantage. Hold the toy or treat as close to the lens as possible. This will get your pet’s gaze right where you want it to be. For capturing selfies, try the Sniff & Snap, a debut phone accessory which snaps onto the back of any mobile phone and features a slobber- and dishwasher-safe compartment for your pet’s favorite treat -- making it easier to attract a dog, cat or any pet’s attention through the power of smell long enough for totally Insta-worthy portraits. Available for only $7.99 on Zulily, the online retailer also invites pet parents to tag @zulily and share their #smelfie.

 Most cameras and camera phones have a “burst mode”

that takes many pictures in a row. Later you can select the perfect frame.

 Don’t just pose your dog against a white wall. Add

flair with accessories that fit your pet’s personality. For unique pet products at great prices, shop apps like Zulily. To celebrate the “dog days of summer” in August, the app launches two-month long sales (breaking from its traditional 72-hour sales) for pet parents that will help you capture lasting memories of your pooch. In addition to the Sniff & Snap phone accessory, are exclusive sets of day-in-thelife dog accessories curated in five distinct dog personality types, including: the Hiking Hound, the Pampered Pup, the Glamour Pooch, the Hipster Hound and the Dapper Dog. For only $29.99, these exclusive sets represent some of the best deals in retail, and include a special treat (from Bark Brew to Dog Champagne), stylish accessories (from bandanas to bowties), feeding must-haves (like zippered travel or millennial pink bowls), engaging toys (pineapples, avocados, hiking boots) and pampering products (from sunscreen to hydrating butter to cologne).

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Simplify Back-to-School Dinners WITH NUTRITIOUS MEAL PLANS

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Back-to-school season can be cluttered between after-school activities, weekend sports and evening homework - as well as making dinner each night. Creating a master meal plan with quick, simple and nutritious meals is an easy way to take control of your family's hectic schedule. Start by stocking the pantry with staple ingredients that amp up the nutrition and flavor of your family favorites. For example, American Pecans are a nutritious ingredient to have onhand - among the highest in "good" monounsaturated fats and packed with plant protein, fiber and essential minerals - and "The Original Supernut" is versatile enough for breakfast, lunchboxes, dinners and on-the-go snacking. Adding one bag to your weekly grocery list provides a canvas for exploring new dishes that are both nutritious and delicious. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1 1/2 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving (28 grams) of pecans contains 18 grams of unsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Updating your dinner repertoire doesn't have to be complicated. Fuss-free recipes such as Pizza with Pecan-Herb Topping, Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders and Pecan-Crusted Air Fryer Pork Chops can be ready in less than an hour and put a fresh twist on classic favorites to please parents and kids alike. Discover more back-to-school mealplanning recipe inspiration and cooking tips at

Pecan-Herb Topping PIZZA

[ Cook time: 40 minutes ] • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 store-bought pizza dough 1 cup raw pecan halves or pieces 1/2 cup fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional) 1 pinch salt 1 pinch pepper 1/2 cup jarred pizza sauce 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup thinly sliced red pepper 1/2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion

Heat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly flour clean surface. Using rolling pin, roll out pizza dough to 1/8-inch thick and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Gently pierce dough with fork to prevent air pockets. Bake crust 10-15 minutes, or until lightly golden in color. In food processor, pulse pecans, parsley and garlic powder until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Transfer to bowl and stir in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes (if desired), salt and pepper. Set aside. Using spoon, evenly spread pizza sauce over crust. Top with mozzarella cheese, red pepper slices and onion slices. Sprinkle 1/3 cup pecan mixture evenly over pizza. Transfer pizza to oven and bake 10-15 minutes, or until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Serve with remaining pecan-herb mixture. Notes: If dough instructions differ from recipe, use package instructions. Additional topping options include: pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon and roasted veggies. Leftover pecan-herb topping can be used for pasta and salads. September/October 2019 Pocono Family Magazine © | 29

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Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • •

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In separate bowl, whisk egg, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, water and garlic. Cover pork chops in egg mixture then transfer to bowl with pecan mixture to coat all sides. Repeat with remaining pork chops. Place three pork chops in air fryer basket. Cook pork chops 6 minutes, flip, then cook additional 6 minutes. Set aside on plate.

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Baked Pecan-Crusted CHICKEN TENDERS

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[ Cook time: 35 minutes ]

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• 2 cups raw pecan halves or pieces • 1 cup panko or gluten-free bread crumbs • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste • 1 1/2-2 pounds chicken breast tenders • • •

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Heat oven to 425 F. In food processor, pulse pecans until fine as breadcrumbs. In shallow bowl, mix pecans with panko, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon salt. In separate shallow bowl, whisk eggs until smooth. In third shallow bowl, add flour. Lightly season chicken tenders with salt and pepper, to taste. Working with one chicken tender at a time, dip in eggs, flour then pecan mixture. Be sure to press pecan mixture into chicken to be sure it is completely coated. Set chicken on baking sheet lined with cooling rack or parchment paper. Repeat with remaining chicken.

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Place chicken on center rack and bake 20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. To make Buttermilk Ranch Dip: In small bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, dried dill and salt until smooth. Serve pecan-crusted chicken tenders warm paired with Buttermilk Ranch Dip.  Courtesy of Family Features

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“Natural wood really evokes that old-time feel. In our home we have wood flooring in every room, but you can also bring in natural wood kitchen cabinets, dressers, trim and so much more.”

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farmhouse style H OW T O N A I L T H E


Farmhouse style is cozy, rustic, charming and eclectic. While creating the vibe in your own home is easy, according to home decorating experts, it requires some attention to detail.

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Designer, Instagram personality, blogger and business owner Liz Marie Galvan, who recently renovated her 1840s farmhouse, is sharing a few key elements to consider.

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Searching for the perfect table, picture frame, or bookshelf? When in doubt, use natural wood. “Natural wood really evokes that old-time feel. In our home we have wood flooring in every room, but you can also bring in natural wood kitchen cabinets, dressers, trim and so much more.” To be eco-conscious while nailing the weathered look, consider sourcing locally reclaimed lumber, where possible. You can continue the wood motif by adding shiplap accent walls or even shiplap ceilings to certain rooms.

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replacement windows “Most people don’t think a lot about windows -- window treatments, yes, but windows...not so much,” points out Galvan. “But windows themselves can be a game-changer. One of the key parts of our renovation was all-new windows with a historically accurate grille pattern, which totally changed the look and feel of the house.”

This upgrade not only complemented the historical period of the home’s structure to define the look, it also eliminated the draft she was experiencing from the old windows that came with the home -- a good reminder that old-school charm does not need to be accompanied by old-school discomfort. While Galvan did hers in white with colonial grilles, other colors, such as black, would also go great in a farmhousestyle home. Keep in mind, there are many elements to consider, and you’ll want the flexibility to customize. This is why Galvan turned to Renewal by Andersen, the fullservice custom replacement window division of Andersen. Offering a start-to-finish process, one can select among 49 color combinations, numerous hardware choices and

a wide variety of grille patterns and frames -- including a custom-designed option. For customization inspiration, visit As for trim, Galvan says you can get instant farmhouse vibes and make a new build look old by using thick, chunky window, door and floorboard trim throughout the entire home.

extra touches Decorate with items you’d actually find on a farm, as much as possible. Galvan used rustic farmhouse fabrics like grainsack, tobacco baskets, chicken nesters, farmhouse signs, barn wood and more. And about 80 percent of her home’s furniture is antique or vintage, she says. Antiquing is not only fun, but when you find that perfect treasure, there may be a touch of triumph involved. However, if the treasure hunt starts to feel more like a search for a needle in a haystack, consider going the “faux antique” route. Many stores sell convincing reproductions.

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OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS Are You Ready for the Next Season? As outdoor enthusiasts know, there are important preparations to make for extreme weather conditions. However, having gear that easily transitions between seasons means that you will always be organized and equipped to hit the road for an adventure whenever the mood strikes. Are you an all-season adventurer? Here are some things to keep in mind:

GETTING THERE If you’re going to be taking a lengthy road trip to your destination, it’s time to ensure your vehicle is equipped to handle the conditions you expect to encounter, as well as the distance of your journey. Before hitting the road, check the condition of your tires, brakes, wipers, lights, oil and coolant, and pack the car with plenty of food and water.

WEARABLE TECH Whether you’re cold-weather camping or white-water rafting, all-condition wearable tech can help you make the most of the experience. One example offering such seasonal versatility is the Casio Pro Trek PRG650Y-1, which has Triple Sensor Technology -- a magnetic sensor for compass readings, pressure sensor for altitude/barometric readings and a thermo sensor for temperature. Waterresistant up to 100 meters and offering exceptional viewability in the dark, its

Tough Solar Power feature allows its battery to be charged automatically by both natural and artificial light.

THE RIGHT TENT For maximum comfort and minimal bulk, many experts recommend campers select a tent designed for spring, summer and fall. This will offer you rain resistance and better ventilation in warmer weather. In the event you are camping in snowfall, the use of an extra cover can protect your tent from accumulation.

FIRST AID The change of seasons is a great reminder to review your first aid kid and restock anything in short supply, particularly items you may not have needed as much in previous months. As the mercury rises, check on your store of such items as sting and bite relief creams and aloe. As you prepare for your upcoming adventures, take stock of your gear to ensure you are well equipped for the months ahead.  Courtesy of StatePoint

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Celebrating & Protecting

National Parks W

hen visiting one of the stunningly diverse 419 national park sites nationwide, experts say it is important to recognize the individuals who have spoken up over the decades to protect and enhance these incredible places, as well as the work that is still needed. “It’s difficult to imagine what the U.S. would be like without the Grand Canyon or the Great Smoky Mountains or the Statue of Liberty. National parks offer more than hiking paths, beachfronts and mountaintops,” says Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation 40 | Pocono Family Magazine © September/October 2019

Association (NPCA). “We find a sense of identity and inspiration in these treasured places. They speak to who we are as Americans.” Additionally, national parks offer veterans, active-duty members and their families places of solace, healing and reflection, while honoring their service. More than a quarter of our national park sites commemorate military history, from Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, to places such as Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks, where Buffalo Soldiers were the first park rangers.

National parks don’t exist as they do today by accident. Today, Florida Panthers still roam in Florida’s Everglades; hikers in Joshua Tree don’t gaze at what would have been the country’s largest landfill; and the country’s diverse and shared history is celebrated in national parks, from Cesar Chavez to Birmingham to Stonewall, thanks to the work of conservationists, including NPCA. For 100 years, NPCA has served as a fearless defender of national parks. The idea for NPCA came at the urging of the first National Park Service director, Stephen Mather and his colleague, Robert Sterling Yard, who believed that national parks needed a voice, separate from the federal government, whose sole responsibility was to protect and enhance them for present and future generations.

“We need our national parks, and they need us to stand up and be a voice,” “The earliest park advocates shared a goal that lives on today, of ensuring the wonder of these places is preserved,” says Pierno. Each of us serves as beneficiaries of their vision and action. Now it’s our turn to ensure that 100 years from now, people will still be able to watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone, learn about the history of our democracy at Independence Hall and stand in amazement as brown bears wade into Brooks Falls searching for fish at Katmai in Alaska.” Unfortunately, national parks continue to face threats, including pollution that is harming their air and water, climate change, energy development, inadequate federal funding and a list of repair needs that is nearly $12 billion across the entire National Park System. Experts say that parks are also threatened by attempts to derail policies and laws meant to protect these treasured places -- from carving up national monuments for development to fast-tracking oil and gas leasing in and near some of America’s last truly wild places. To learn more, visit “We need our national parks, and they need us to stand up and be a voice,” says Pierno.  Courtesy of StatePoint


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dairy cow in a pasture can feel like a long way from the milk in refrigerators and at family tables. However, the distance between the farm and your family may be shorter and more sustainable than you think. Dairy farmers are committed to sharing milk's vital nutrients in more environmentally conscious ways, and they're making strides today and with each generation.

Real Milk's Role I N



Farm-to-Table Diet

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Sometimes it might feel difficult to balance your family's nutritional needs with what's best for the planet, but dairy milk production uses fewer resources than before while providing a unique nutrient package that nourishes your family. Farmers, who work the land and care for the animals that help nourish families, understand that resources are finite and must be handled wisely. From using sustainable cow feed to reusing water and repurposing manure for fertilizer, farmers improve their operating practices, reduce waste and contribute to a better environment today and for the future. In fact, today's milk is made with 65 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 76 percent less manure, resulting in a 63 percent smaller footprint compared to 75 years ago,

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according to research published in the "Journal of Animal Science." When you buy a gallon of milk, you're supporting farmers committed to continuous improvement while also incorporating one of the most nourishing foods available into your diet. Dairy milk is a natural source of high-quality protein and is the top food source for calcium and vitamin D, which diets often lack, especially for children. In all, milk provides nine essential nutrients and is one of the original farm-totable foods, meaning you're making smart decisions about nutrition while providing your family with an increasingly sustainable food. Across many aspects of life, balance is key. That is especially true in how and what people eat, and a truly sustainable diet involves more than its impact on physical surroundings. It must also be nutrient-rich, practical and affordable. The right amount of animal and plant foods can help create more sustainable diets for both people and the planet.


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

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"People often underestimate the pain they experience and think their only choice is to endure"

5 signs

you should seek medical treatment for your headache ou've been there before - you wake up and immediately feel the pulsing in your head, you get to work and can feel the pounding pressure mounting as you move between looking at your computer screen and meetings, you're gearing up for a fun day out with your kids but you cringe as the pain in your head magnifies with every shout of excitement.

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The National Headache Foundation wants you to know you are not alone. Nearly 40 million Americans experience migraine and the World Health Organization lists headache disease as the third leading cause of productivity loss due to disability. 44 | Pocono Family Magazine Š September/October 2019

"People often underestimate the pain they experience and think their only choice is to endure," said Dr. Seymour Diamond, executive chair and founder of the National Headache Foundation and Director Emeritus and Founder of the Diamond Headache Clinic. "There is nothing normal about pain in your head, yet even today after treating headache and migraine for over 60 years, I still see doctors dismissing their patients' symptoms." It can be easy to dismiss a headache as normal, but normal shouldn't be confused with common. Headaches can also be caused by your daily habits that may be easily removed from your routine or can help your doctor develop a treatment plan.

Know your headache & migraine triggers Food is one of the more common triggers, from smoked foods to alcohol and avocados, that is often overlooked. Keep a food journal to see if you can identify patterns and triggers Weather changes, including high and low-pressure systems For women, menstruation and hormone fluctuations or imbalance Screen time Stress and a compromised sleep schedule

Headaches or uncharacteristic migraine symptoms can indicate you need medical attention. People are often reluctant to call their healthcare provider or go to the ER because they don't want to arrive only to learn that nothing out of the ordinary is wrong.

Headache and migraine are serious conditions and you shouldn't be afraid to talk to your doctor, or to seek out a certified headache expert: healthcare-provider-finder. Most patients want their healthcare providers to be prepared and engaged when answering questions and be willing to educate them about their treatment options. On the other hand, healthcare providers often think that what matters most to their patients is expressing understanding and compassion. Diamond emphasized both a patient and their healthcare provider need to communicate clearly to effectively treat the headache or migraine. Simple steps you can take to effectively communicate your concerns and needs with your healthcare provider include: staying focused on the most important questions

you have, providing a daily record of your symptoms, sharing your concerns and reactions, and asking questions. After consulting with you to best understand your personal experience and needs, your doctor may recommend a combination of treatments that may or may not include: Pharmaceutical therapy Massage therapy

Diamond advises, "If your symptoms are out of the ordinary for you, absolutely seek medical attention from a specialist and get help. Your headache or migraine should not keep you from living your life to its fullest."



Diet changes

5 signs

Common signs that you should seek medical help for your headaches


You have more than the occasional headache (more than twice a week) Your headache persists, and continues to get worse or won't stop

Your headaches interfere with your normal activities of daily life You find yourself taking pain relievers more than two days a week

You take over-the-counter medications for headache relief, but the recommended dosage is not adequate


Sleep changes

Journaling symptoms Biofeedback therapy

The debilitating effects of headache and migraine don't have to be part of your regular routine. Understanding your condition, knowing your triggers and having an honest conversation with your healthcare provider can help you get back to living your life. For more information about headache and migraine or to find help, visit: ď Ž

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Great Ways to Keep YOUR MIND SHARP

When you think about exercise, you likely envision using the treadmill or lifting weights. But every bit as important to your long-term health and wellness are activities that keep your mind sharp and your cognitive abilities strong and limber. Here are several things you can do to help keep your mind sharp:

SOLVE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE A crossword puzzle asks you to reach into your longterm memory bank to solve clues. You may be filling in boxes, but well-constructed crossword puzzles will require you to think outside the box, as sometimes clues are a bit trickier than they seem at first glance, relying 46 | Pocono Family Magazine Š September/October 2019

on word play or double meanings to work. A relaxing way to unwind and concentrate, consider adding this ritual into your morning.

GET MORE FROM NATURE On your next nature hike, don’t check out mentally. Set goals and keep your senses alert, paying attention to sounds, sights and smells. New tech, such as Casio WSD-F30 Pro Trek Smart Outdoor Watch, can help. The watch features apps to support your hike, including Location Memory to record information on trails and viewpoints along the way, as well as Moment Setter to notify you when you reach your targeted altitude.

LEARN A LANGUAGE A multilingual brain works more efficiently, and it is never too late to pick up a new language. There are many languages apps available to help, some of them free, as well as more traditional taped audio lessons you can pop on while commuting to work or doing chores around the house.

MAKE MATH FUN Want to build your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to problem solve? Delve into mathematics with fun math puzzles found online. Free online software, such as, includes resources to help you solve problems, from simple calculations to statistics, graphing and more.

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In & Around the Poconos Bog Walk

Wednesday, September 04 - 10:00am to 12:30pm Monroe County Conservation

Join an Environmental Educator at 10am at the Bog

parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into the

unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our

environmental educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in

its continued protection. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Volunteer Day – Pike County Day of Caring Saturday, September 7 – 9:00am-2:00pm

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Free. Lend a hand and help us out with some seasonal

projects. This is the perfect day to become involved with our volunteer program! Preregistration required. Lunch will be provided.

Geology Hike

Saturday, September 07 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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.

Art Opening: The Beauty Around Us Saturday, September 07 - 11:00am to 1:00pm Monroe County Conservation

Art Opening: Nancy Pitcher “The Beauty Around Us”

- Nancy has hiked, climbed and paddled a great deal in the mountains, deserts and rivers. Through her travels she has always appreciated the beauty of her natural

surroundings. She now shares that beauty with her oil

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and watercolor paintings. Opening reception 11a.m.1p.m. This exhibit will run through September 30th.

Bridge the Gap: River Paddle

Sunday, September 08 - 9:00am to 3:00pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

Join us for a paddle down the Delaware! Bring a lunch and a water bottle and 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 August 8th. *Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation.*

Full Moon Bog Hike

Saturday, September 14 - 6:30pm to 9pm Monroe County Conservation

Explore the bog under the light of a full moon. The

walk begins at 6:30pm and participants should bring a flashlight. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Bug Exploration

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Bugs are everywhere! Come join us as we go discover some insects on our trails and learn about what makes them so unique.  Don’t worry; they’re not as scary as they look!

Owl Prowl

Saturday, September 14 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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Exciting “How-to” Culinary Classes


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Pennsylvania is home to a number of different species of owls. There are a handful of different species that live

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natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required.

hear them!

Fire Building

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Pocono Environmental Education Center

Sunday, September 15 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sunday, September 29 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

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Learn some primitive and modern fire making skills.

Come learn how to use a map & compass on our


orienteering course. We’ll show you the basics before you try to find all the points. Space is limited – call early!

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Sunday, September 15 - 01:00pm to 4:00pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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.

Try your hand at a flint & steel fire and more! Ages 10+

Bog Walk

Wednesday, October 2 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm Monroe County Conservation

Join an Environmental Educator at 1pm at the Bog

parking lot and take a 2 ½ hour guided journey into

the unique Tannersville Cranberry Bog. Along the way, our environmental educators will explain the Bog’s formation, its interesting plant and animal life, and

the role the local Preserve Committee and the Nature Conservancy play in its continued protection. Please

wear appropriate footwear.

Fall Flights: Birds & Brews

Signs of Fall Hike

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Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22

Sunday, October 06 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Come out for a wonderful weekend of bird watching and

Take a hike with us and discover the science behind the

birds by sight, sound, and habitat. Program is geared

behavior, why leaves change color, and why it’s the best

beer tasting. Enjoy guided hikes that teach how to identify towards beginners and experts alike.  Saturday night we’ll provide transportation to one of our local breweries and

the 1st round is on us! Includes two nights of lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Saturday, September 28 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore

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wonderful season of fall. We’ll discuss changing animal season to be out and about!

Canoe/Kayak Trip at the Bog

Thursday, October 10 - 10:00am - 1:00pm Monroe County Conservation

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. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/EE Center or Nature Conservancy members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required and limited.

Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 12 - 11:00am to 4:00pm Pocono Environmental Education Center

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Celebrate Fall at PEEC’s 9th annual Harvest Festival!

Enjoy animal presenters, arts & crafts, hands-on

activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-timey activities, & more! Bring your family & friends to this great event!

5th Annual Autumn Harvest Fundraising Dinner Thursday, October 24 - 6:00pm Dutot Museum & Gallery

5th Annual Autumn Harvest Fundraising Dinner hosted

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Fall Photography

Friday, October 18, 2:00pm to Monday, October 21 Pocono Environmental Education Center

Capture the beautiful fall colors of the Delaware

Water Gap. Learn about exposure, composition and

A great way to stay in touch with the Poconos. Cut out and mail the form along with your check for $29.95 to:

more. Geared towards DSLR type cameras.  A tripod is recommended, but not required.  Includes lodging and meals.  

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