ChildSafetyNov19 OPT5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

( As parents, one of your top priorities is the safety and well-being of your children. With all the potential pitfalls of day-to-day life, however, navigating the risks can be difficult.

These everyday safety tips can help you navigate everything from car seat safety to baby-proofing and safe sleep, keeping your child out of harm’s way as much as possible from birth through his or her toddler years.

Car Seat Safety

  • Always use a valid (typically less than 6 years old), federally approved car seat in motor vehicles.
  • Ensure the seat is properly installed. Refer to the instruction manual with any questions.
  • If you use an infant carrier, strap your child in on the floor, never a counter or tabletop.
  • For at least the first two years of your child’s life, the car seat should be rear-facing.
  • The safest location for a car seat is in the middle of the back seat.

Choking Prevention

  • Avoid giving your child nuts, popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs and raw fruits and vegetables, such as grapes or carrots, that may present a choking hazard.
  • Never prop up a bottle and leave your baby unattended.
  • Inspect toys often to ensure they’re not broken and do not have small pieces that could easily become detached.
  • Be cautious of strings and buttons on clothing.

Safe Sleep

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is on his or her back, which reduces the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Avoid placing anything in the crib or bassinet that may suffocate your child, such as pillows, blankets or bumpers.
  • Keep your child’s room at a moderate temperature and dress him or her appropriately to avoid overheating.
  • Never leave your baby alone on a bed, couch, changing table, swing or infant seat.

Water Safety

  • Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 F.
  • Test the temperature of bath water before setting your baby in the tub.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub.
  • Keep toilet lids down and consider installing toilet lid locks.


  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Secure cords on blinds and drapes out of reach.
  • Keep sharp objects, such as knives, scissors and tools, and other hazardous items, like coins, beads and pins, in a secure place out of baby’s reach.
  • Store cleaning products and medications in locked cabinets. Never store potentially toxic substances in containers that could be mistaken for food or drink.
  • Cover all electrical outlets.
  • Cushion hard edges and sharp corners of furniture and decor.
  • Secure cords to electrical items along baseboards using electrical tape.
  • Attach heavy or tall furniture to the wall and avoid placing items that could fall, like electronics or lamps, on top of dressers or shelves.
  • Install safety gates with straight, vertical slats securely in front of all stairwells.

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Veterans_SettlersInn_2015028The properties of Settlers Hospitality are proud to honor United States service members with special offers and programs to commemorate Veterans Day. The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and Hotel Anthracite will offer complimentary lodging to veterans on November 11. Reservations are required. Another Hawley resort, Tanglwood, will also offer complimentary rooms to veterans.

On November 12, Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale will host a Veterans Day breakfast, free to the public at 9 a.m., first come, first serve. In addition to a presentation by Camp Freedom, the program will feature Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III as the keynote speaker. As director, Joint Staff- (PA) Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), Pennsylvania National Guard, General Wolf oversees the programs and operations for 19,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He also assists the adjutant general in coordinating the Department of Veterans Affairs, Facilities and Engineering and the Office of Administration. His other responsibilities include serving as Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In that role, General Wolf represents the equities of the National Guard in the Army intelligence community and the greater Department of Defense and Federal Intelligence Enterprise.

Veterans_SettlersInn_2015037            General Wolf is a distinguished military graduate of West Virginia University where he received a regular army commission in the aviation branch in 1985. In nine years of active duty, he served as a dual-rated army aviator (fixed and rotary wing) and dual-branch (aviation and military intelligence) qualified officer. He has held key command and staff assignments as an aviation, military intelligence and infantry officer including military intelligence battalion command and heavy brigade combat team command for the Rhode Island and Pennsylvania National Guard. His most recent assignment was assistant division commander- maneuver, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard.

General Wolf has held numerous leadership posts at bases throughout the United States as well overseas in Germany and Bosnia. His many awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon, Pennsylvania General Thomas J. Steward Medal, Commendations Medals from the Army and Air Force and an Army Achievement Medal. As a civilian, General Wolf is co-owner and senior partner with Aquila Strategy and Operations Group LLC, owner of Wolf Creek Associates Consulting and Director of Marketing for Acclaim Systems, Inc. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Veterans Day breakfast. Contact 570-536-6020 or email if interested.

At The Settlers Inn, guests can enjoy a wine and cheese fireside chat on Monday, November 11 from 4-6 p.m. The casual gathering will feature a guest speaker from Vetstock. The local non-profit works closely with The Settlers Inn as a partner in this event. Vetstock works to improve the lives of past and present members of the U.S. military and their families. The date also marks the opening of a special exhibit in The Undercroft Room at the inn. “The Art of Survival: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of An Artist and Soldier- Joe Connor” features 36 hand drawn sketches. Connor was a resident of Milford, PA and Private First Class who served in the Vietnam War from 1966-1967. He volunteered for combat duty, was attached to the First Infantry Division and chronicled the images before him on his sketchpad. Connor stepped in to become the official combat photographer/journalist of his division when the previous person was killed in the line of duty. The images he captured highlighted the daily life of the soldier, battle scenes and the Vietnamese people. Connor’s war photos and combat reports were published in military newspapers, civilian publications, military magazines and multiple history books on the Vietnam War. From the 200 plus sketches Connor made during his tour of duty, many were chosen for inclusion in the war collection of The National Archives in Washington D.C., while his photographs are part of the permanent archives of The Smithsonian Institution. Connor served with distinction, even earning the Bronze Star Medal for Valor awarded for his actions in ground operations against hostile forces. His call to public service continued after he left the military with numerous positions in municipal government that included a term as mayor of Stillwater, NJ. The public can view the exhibit at The Settlers Inn from November 8-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

“We’re honored to salute our military men and women with these programs and free lodging,” said Justin Genzlinger, CEO/Owner of Settlers Hospitality. “We wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their service and acknowledge their sacrifices in defense of our freedoms.” For more information, visit

About Settlers Hospitality

Settlers Hospitality, boutique multi-concept hospitality in Hawley, PA, consists of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, Hotel Anthracite, Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass-, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery, Lake Region Fitness and Art on the edge. For more information, check out


#1Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (93) OPTWoodloch Resort to Host 12th Annual “A Night for the Cure”
Benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure of NEPA raising funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, Woodloch Pines Resort, an all-inclusive resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, will host the 12th Annual A Night for the Cure. The tricky-tray fundraiser benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania as part of BK Hope Cures. Originally established 20 years ago by Bob Kiesendahl (BK), co-owner of Woodloch and leukemia survivor, the organization’s mission is to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

Last year’s event sold out, attracting more than 500 attendees and raising over $21,000, 100% of which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 50% of the dollars raised stay right here in Pennsylvania for education, screening and treatment grants, and 50% goes towards cancer research.

#2Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (5)Held in the Heritage Nightclub at Woodloch Pines from 5 to 8 PM, the family-friendly evening will feature over 150 items donated by local individuals and businesses, as well as wine and beer tastings, chair massages, face painting for children, hors d’oeuvres, a dessert table, and a 50/50 raffle. Guests will enjoy live entertainment and have the chance to win dining gift certificates, unique gift baskets, and overnight stay packages at the area’s leading resorts and hotels. Admission costs $10, and 100% of the proceeds are donated. The dress code is casual, and attendees are encouraged to wear pink in support of the cause.

“It’s a wonderful night to get together with friends, show our support for the survivors, and raise money for the cause. We’re now in our 12th year, and the event just continues to get better and better! We are extremely grateful to the local businesses and individuals who donate their time and talents to make A Night for the Cure spectacular. All of this hard work and generosity is truly making a difference in the battle against cancer,” said Bob Kiesendahl.

#3Night for Cure Susan Komen 2018 (145) OPTIn addition to A Night for the Cure, Hope Cures also holds two other fundraising events each year, which include both a golf tournament and a 5K run/walk. During the past 20 years, Hope Cures has raised over $1.2 million These funds benefit cancer research and patient care at several worthy facilities and foundations.

For more information about Hope Cures and this October’s great event, please visit: Additionally, table and room reservations can be arranged by calling Woodloch Resort at 570-685-8002.


WinepicOct19-OPT(Family Features) For a novice, simply distinguishing a wine preference – white or red, sweet or dry – may be the extent of his or her comfort level. However, a more experienced wine enthusiast knows there is an entire world to explore when it comes to discovering interesting wine styles.


For example, winemakers in the Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rueda draw on hundreds of years of history perfecting the art of winemaking. Together, these regions produce an array of flavorful, full-bodied reds and crisp, refreshing white wines. Recently, these regions have garnered attention for their wines’ value and versatility, making them solid choices for someone looking to explore and develop his or her palate without breaking the bank.


“The wines of Ribera del Duero are generally made in a more generous, international style that would make them a natural transition for a traditional drinker of Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Brahm Callahan, master sommelier and Ribera del Duero y Rueda ambassador. “The same can be said for Rueda. The wines have bright, ripe fruit, great weight and texture, and offer an excellent alternative for someone who likes Sauvignon Blanc.”


Ribera del Duero

There are 300 wineries in Ribera del Duero, which surrounds the Duero River for 100 miles across the region. The semi-arid terrain and climate create optimal ripening conditions for the Tempranillo grapes that define the region’s wines’ distinctive character. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the big, rich, bold red wines of the region may be to your liking.


  • For the party host: A highly rated red that is soft juicy and impressively flavorful is sure to impress guests. Encourage guests to explore beyond their go-to with a Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero.


  • For the gift-giver: For a special occasion (either as a reward for yourself or someone else), the critically acclaimed Vega Sicilia Unico is a quality choice. This wine boasts the perfect proportion of fruit (plums and berries), tannins and acidity for a true splurge.


  • For the casual wine drinker: A clean, bright blush rosé with notes of raspberries and strawberries is an enjoyable option throughout the day, from brunch to cocktail hour and onto the patio at twilight.



One of the hallmarks of Rueda’s refreshing white wines is versatility. With just the right amount of fruit and a refreshing finish, wines from Rueda are clean, bright and complex, yet effortlessly drinkable. The region is home to 70 wineries clustered on the plateau of Castilla y Leon at a high altitude of about 2,300-2,600 feet above sea level. The difficult growing environment, mineral-filled gravel soils and abundance of sunshine help create a crisp white wine with character.


  • For the environmentalist: If organic and sustainable winemaking appeals to you, Menade Verdejo is well-known as a flavorful wine made with the environment in mind. These fifth-generation sibling winemakers are pioneers in organic viticulture with an organic certification for their winery and vineyard.


  • For the bubble lover: Light bubbles are perfect alone or paired with fish and fruits, and a varietal featuring the Verdejo grape is a less common but delightful way to enjoy a little bubbly.


  • For the warm weather enthusiast: A crisp, refreshing glass of an option likeVerdejo offers minerality and intense fruit flavors to unveil an intense palate with a refreshing acidity that is ideal for a hot day.


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