HOLIDAY FLAVORS

PET HOLIDAY SAFETY

Dog and Cat above white bannerHolly, Jolly and Oh-So-Safe! Of course, you want to include your furry companions in the festivities, pet parents, but as you celebrate this holiday season, try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.

And be sure to steer them clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants, and dangerous decorations:

O Christmas Tree

Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria, and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

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Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching “toy” that’s easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery. It’s best to brighten your boughs with something other than tinsel.

No Feasting for the Furries

By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising fur kid will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Toy Joy

Looking to stuff your pet’s stockings? Choose gifts that are safe. Dogs have been known to tear their toys apart and swallow the pieces, which can then become lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines. Stick with chew toys that are basically indestructible, Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible.

Long, stringy things are a feline’s dream, but the most risky toys for cats involve ribbon, yarn, and loose little parts that can get stuck in the intestines, often necessitating surgery. Surprise kitty with a new ball that’s too big to swallow, a stuffed catnip toy, or the interactive cat dancer—and tons of play sessions together.

bellForget the Mistletoe & Holly

Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems, and many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Leave the Leftovers

Fatty, spicy, and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly medical bills.

That Holiday Glow

Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface, and if you leave the room, put the candle out!

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Keep wires, batteries, and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet’s mouth.

House Rules

If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.

Put the Meds Away

Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.

Careful with Cocktails

If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them. If ingested, your pet could become weak, ill, and may even go into a coma, possibly resulting in death from respiratory failure.

A Room of Their Own

Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case, or in a separate room away from the hubbub.

New Year’s Noise

As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears.

This pet safety article is from the ASPCA website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GLOWING TRADITION CONTINUES

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Each year around Christmas time, the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary invites the public to honor or remember loved ones with lights hung on several trees at Wayne Memorial Hospital. At night, the lights glow and twinkle and remind all passersby that love lives. The lights cost $5 each and the names of those honored are placed in a memory book displayed in the hospital’s lobby from early December until mid-January. The book can also be found on the hospital’s website.

“It’s really a heartwarming tradition,” says Love Lites co-coordinator Diane Fox. “Hundreds of people contribute each year, so the tree is truly lit up. At a time of year that’s so busy—the holidays—it’s a way for people to have a moment of reflection about loved ones. No fuss, no big packages to buy or carry, just a little light on a tree that glows all through the season.”

“I try to do it most years to remember people I love,” says Carol Kneier, Pleasant Mount. “I work at Wayne Memorial so I can see the lights every day during the season—it’s nice.”

Love Lites originated in 1991 as an auxiliary fundraiser but also as a service to the community. The night of the lighting, this year December 10th at 6:30 p.m.,  includes a ceremony that brings together a variety of community groups.  St. Tikhon’s Choir and the Honesdale High School chorus both perform songs appropriate to the season and the event.  A member of the clergy offers a blessing. Hospital staff, auxilians and members of the public who perhaps purchased a light are all invited to participate.

To participate, fill out the coupon found at www.wmh.org by Friday, December 7th.  Make your check payable to the WMH Auxiliary for $5 for each Love Lite and mail to Diane Fox, 435 Wanoka Rd., Honesdale, Pa 18431. Coupons can also be found in the hospital lobby and at various locations in the area.

For more information call Diane at

570-253-4378 or Kathie Carlson at 570-226-8115.

AN ODE TO THE CRANBERRY

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COUNTRY SIDEWALKS

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The quaint village is three miles north of downtown Honesdale on Route 670.

  • Annual Christmas in the Village: This free event, held on December 1st, features holiday open houses from 2 to 4 p.m. at E.Kellogg Bed & Breakfast and James Manning House. The Honesdale High School Chamber Choir will sing seasonal carols at the James Manning House. Other surprises are in store as well as seasonal treats and goodies at both locations.

In addition, starting at 2 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library, Mrs. Claus will visit from the North Pole to help children write letters to Santa.  Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.  Tours of the library and historical society are from 2 to 4 p.m.

Plus, enjoy “A Keepsake Christmas for Families” at the Bethany United Methodist Church, a tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. at the Bethany Village Senior Living Center and a tricky tray with drawings at 4 p.m.

“A Journey through Bethlehem” Bethany Presbyterian Church’s Living Nativity is from 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday.

  • On Christmas Eve, luminaries will be lit along Bethany’s streets.

For more information about Christmas in the Village, call Janet at the James Manning House (570) 253-5573.

T here is plenty to do throughout December for people of all ages from holiday open houses to train rides.  Shop till you drop and then head to these businesses for festive fun.

  • The 27th Annual Holiday Open House at Highlights for Children: December 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., complete with treats, entertainment, storytelling, an art show, craft room, puppetry, and more.
  • 23rd Annual Ornament Hunt: December 8th at 10 a.m in Central Park. Children can “hunt” for ornaments for a chance to win prizes.

 

HONESDALE

  • HonesdaleCSpic18Holiday Craft Fair: December 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ladore Lodge, Ladore Pavilion and Carousel & Staff Lounge Building in Waymart. Enjoy handmade items, baked goods, maple products, homemade soaps, jewelry, refreshments, and more.
  • Holiday Artisans Market: On December 9th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooperage, showcasing the work of many talented artisans of the Upper Delaware Region. You’ll find a selection of unique handcrafted gifts for friends & family.
  • Annual Chorus and Band Holiday Concert: On December 18th at 7 p.m., the Honesdale High School Chorus and Band will perform holiday favorites in the high school auditorium on Terrace Street.
  • Luminaries on Main: On Christmas Eve, enjoy 300 luminaries lining historic Main Street.
  • Throughout the month, Santa Express train rides on the Stourbridge Line will be available. Kids will receive a present from Santa and candy cane. Call (570) 470-2697.

For more information about these and more December events,  visit www.visithonesdalepa.com.

MILFORD

MilfordpicStroll along the streets and alleys and step into antique stores, unique restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, a historic theater, and specialty shops.  There are also historic architectural structures including Grey Towers, the former home of America’s first forester Gifford Pinchot; and The Columns Museum, where the Pike County Historical Society is with historical artifacts and memorabilia including the famous “Lincoln Flag.”  Both buildings are open to the public.

Other than its historical claims, Milford is considered a destination based on its shopping and dining alone with eateries satisfying every palette from authentic Vietnamese to gourmet French dishes.

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Milford resembles something out of a picture book as the entire downtown twinkles with lights and the big star on the cliff glows from a distance. The free event is held December 1st at 6 p.m. on the lawn of the Community House at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets. In addition to the tree lighting, people can enjoy a visit from Santa, cookies, and cocoa.
  • Craft Store Holiday Open House: On December 7th, the Pike County Developmental Center hosts an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Find hand-crafted gifts for all occasions.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments.  The center is at 107 West Ann Street.  For more details, call (570) 296-6319.
  • Girls’ Night Out: December 6th from 5 to 8 p.m., Milford Presents hosts another event with downtown businesses open featuring sales, refreshments, and fun. For more information, visit www.milfordpa.us.
  • Holiday Tours at Grey Towers National Historic Site: Beginning December 3rd through the 16th. Guided tours of all three floors with each room beautifully decorated for the holidays are available at 1 and 3 p.m.
  • Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale at Grey Towers: In addition to the tours, enjoy plein air paintings and a juried show of photographs, all depicting Grey Towers and the surrounding landscape. For more information on Grey Towers, visit www.greytowers.org.
  • Winter Lights Festival/Celebrating the Arts: This 11th annual event takes place Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, the 20th 2019. The festival celebrates the beauty of winter, as well as the opening of the ice rink in Ann Street Park for the season.  Plus, the much anticipated Mac-n-Cheese and Chili contest which will be bigger and better this year.  For additional information and updates, “like” the festival on Facebook.

HAWLEY

WinterfestpicDec18I n just a few days, Hawley will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Hawley Winterfest. The celebration will take place starting Friday, December 7th and running through Sunday, December 9th. Winterfest kicks off on Friday night with a celebration of music featuring the internationally acclaimed organist and conductor Kyler Brown and the melodic talents of his Virgin Concort.

Saturday, visitors will be treated to a variety of activities including a horse and carriage ride, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at B. Madigan’s, special sales at our downtown shops, and local authors at the Hawley Library. Be sure to stop by the library for a fresh cup of homemade soup contributed by the Library board of directors. And while you’re strolling down Main Street, be sure to stop in at our Festival of Lights.

The historic town of Hawley is nestled in the beautiful Pocono Mountains lake region and is home to vibrant local shops, lodgings, restaurants, and entertainment.

Sunday will feature the delights of children’s theatre at the Ritz Playhouse and a special presentation by Bob Eckstein on his newly revised book, The History of the Snowman, at the Hawley Library.

No Winterfest would be complete without taking part in our House Tour. This year is extra special and will feature homes from a different era and all representing the rich history of our area. In addition, you can enjoy ice carvings, a beer tour, a cookie walk, exhibits, contests, demonstrations, giveaways, and much more for the entire family.

“I am so proud to be co-chairing this event with Jeanne Genzlinger. We have an amazing committee of talented and committed volunteers working hard to bring this event to life,” says Kate Hayes.

Hawley Winterfest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and is made possible by the efforts and generous contributions of our sponsors and donors. All levels of sponsorship are welcome and appreciated. Proceeds from this event are used to support ongoing community projects.

Please visit hawleywinterfest.com for more information on events and how you can support this event. You are welcome to join our Facebook page for updates: facebook.com/hawleywinterfest