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DISCOVER DISC GOLFING

DiscGolfMay19Looking for exciting and inexpensive outdoor recreational fun for the entire family?  Try disc golf- a flying disc game and one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  It’s similar to traditional golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players throw a disc, or Frisbee.

The goal is to play a course while limiting the number of times a disc is thrown. The disc is tossed from a tee area to a target, which is usually a basket and considered the “hole.”  It’s easy to learn, making it ideal for beginners young and old while providing enough of a challenge for people interested in taking it to another level.  There are disc golf courses set up in different types of parks, but players can make up their own course on any available green space.

“It’s a pick up and go kind of sport,” stated Jeff Hiller, local disc golf enthusiast.  “With portable targets, people can play anywhere, and it’s great exercise.”

One of the best local spots to play is Prompton State Park, only about four miles west of Honesdale with an 18-hole disc golf course.  “It’s beautiful there, and the course is well planned and designed,” said Jeff.  “People drive from hours away to access Prompton.  It’s an ideal course for anyone whether they play once in a blue moon or are avid disc golfers.”

Local Places to Play:

Prompton State Park

Route 170 in Prompton: Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Prompton is an undeveloped state park situated on 1,500 expansive acres.  There is a 280-acre lake, boat launch, picnic area and pavilion, 26 miles of hiking trails, and other fun recreational activities.  The entire park is open to the public, and it’s free to play a round of disc golf.  Discs are not included.

Apple Grove Picnic Area

Route 191 in Honesdale: This is a serene picnic area. The full disc golf course is currently not operational, but people are still able to visit the grove for practice targets.

River’s Edge, Delaware Water Gap

A nine-hole disc golf course about two miles from the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.  This is a beginner friendly 1,955-foot course with narrow fairways.  The area is wooded with a mix of hills and flat terrain.  This is free and open to the public.  People are asked to bring their own equipment. www.shawneeinn.com | 1-800-742-9633.

CLEAN UP YOUR WHEELS

CleaningWheelsMay19-OPTBy Jim Gorzelany, CTW FEATURES

A bucket, hose, and towel are all the tools you need to keep your car or truck looking good.

Proper vehicle maintenance goes beyond taking care of your car or truck’s mechanical items.  Your vehicle’s interior and exterior likewise need regular attention to help preserve a like-new look, add longevity inside and out, and boost its resale value at trade-in time.

Looking good doesn’t necessarily come cheap, however.  A professional detailing job can cost well over $100, and even a simple automated car wash can cost $10 or more, and some can mar your vehicle’s finish in the bargain.

Fortunately, cost-conscious consumers armed with a bucket and garden hose can do the job themselves for a fraction of the cost.  Working our way from the inside out, here’s a look at the best ways to keep your car looking new:

INSIDE:

Door-to-door carpeting.

Vacuum and spot-shampoo your vehicle’s carpeting regularly (household rug-cleaning spray-foam usually will do the trick), especially after extended bouts of bad weather, to avoid permanent stains from ground-in mud and road salt.

Seat treatments.

For cloth seats, vacuum regularly using an upholstery attachment, and shampoo when necessary (using a spray-foam upholstery-cleaning product). Use a spray-on fabric-protector to repel dirt and stains.  Treat vinyl upholstery, as well as the dashboard and trim items, with a spray-on product specifically designed for plastic and rubber surfaces.  In addition to restoring a like-new gloss, this will keep such surfaces from drying, fading, or cracking.  If you have leather seats, apply a leather-restoring cream using a clean terrycloth towel to help add longevity to their luster.

Working in windows & mirrors.

Common household window cleaners work well for most automotive glass surfaces, but a homemade mixture of white vinegar and water is claimed to be best for tinted windows.

OUTSIDE:

Quick fix chips, nicks.

To prevent rusting, fix small scratches and chips as soon as possible.  Most new-car dealers sell small bottles of touch-up paint to match recent models’ finishes for a few dollars.  Clean the damaged area and apply the paint sparingly with the brush provided. If the chip or scratch has already begun to rust, sand the area lightly and apply a thin coat of primer to any bare metal before painting.  Carefully buff-out surface rust from chrome and other metal surfaces with a household scouring pad and water.

Location, location, location.

Always wash and wax your car in a shaded area.  This will both prevent water spotting and keep the wax from drying too quickly and baking onto the car’s surface (sun-hardened wax is especially difficult to remove).

Ragtime.

Be sure to use a soft rag – either terrycloth or flannel – when washing or waxing your vehicle.  Nylon or synthetic towels or paper products are not as absorbent and may scratch the finish.

Take a top-to-bottom approach.

Work your way from the top down, using an acid-free non-abrasive cleaner to wash the vehicle’s exterior; this is available at auto-parts stores and most discount stores.  Avoid using household cleansers or detergents that can remove the protective coating from the car’s surface.  Use a wheel-and-tire cleaning treatment and/or scrub wheels and tires using a stiff bristle brush to remove dirt, grease and disc-brake powder.  Use a treatment made for removing insects and road tar to clean the front grille (take extra care if your grille is made of plastic), behind the wheels and other problem areas.

The rinse cycle.

Spraying from top to bottom, rinse the vehicle by letting an adequate supply of water stream down the finish.  Be sure to spray thoroughly underneath the car and inside the wheel wells to loosen road grime; this is especially important during the winter months in snow-belt areas, when corrosive road salt can accumulate. Allow the car’s surface to dry, raising the hood and trunk to allow the water to run completely from the edges.  Especially if you won’t be waxing the car that day, remove water beads using an absorbent chamois – again, available where auto supplies are sold.

Waxing poetically.

Apply a good coat of wax to the car’s sheet metal, but be sure to choose a wax that’s “right” for your vehicle. For example, if you have an older car, you may want to choose a wax that has a light abrasive to remove minor scratches.  A newer car may require a milder polish made for so-called clear-coat paint finishes. Typically, car wax or cleaner/wax is applied with a clean, damp cellulose sponge with overlapping, circular strokes to a cool finish (to avoid streaks).  Once the wax has dried to a haze, wipe it off with a soft, clean cloth.

Lingering details.

Treat tires and exterior rubber or plastic trim with the aforementioned plastic/rubber protectant.  Use a chrome treatment to polish exterior brightwork and aluminum wheels; a household window-cleaner can suffice, but apply it with a rag, to avoid spraying an ammonia-based product onto the freshly waxed paint.

© CTW Features

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – CELEBRATING A DECADE

PENNIES#1A Decade of Fundraising for critically ill children!  PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Caleb’s Foundation is celebrating 10 years of fundraising with the announcement of their 10th Tricky Tray basket raffle!  The event will take place on Sunday April 28th from 12:00pm-2:30pm at The Dock on Wallenpaupack at Silver Birches Resort.  Over 175 themed baskets valued at $100+ for every family member will be raffled off.  Admission is free, cash bar available, door prizes & desserts will be given out and all ages are welcome!  General tickets will be sold at $8 for 25, value packs for $50, and specialty baskets valued greater than $250 will be available for $1 and $5 per chance.  Free raffle tickets will be given out to everyone who brings a full jar of pennies/change for Caleb’s Wishing Well, or a brand new Crayola item that will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia!

PENNIES#2PENNIES FROM HEAVEN was started in loving memory of Caleb, an amazing little boy who brought love and laughter to everyone he met.  He had a wonderful spirit and playful excitement for life.  He found joy in simple things, such as empty Gatorade bottles, his mommy’s guitar and his beloved stuffed animal, Mr Bear.  Twelve years ago on February 25th 2007, Caleb was granted his angel wings just five days after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  He was only 2 years old.  His mother started this foundation because she believes this is the legacy Caleb was destined to leave behind.

“No parent should have to prioritize a payment or job before the care of their sick child”

is the motto the Foundation has lived by since day one.  “Our mission has remained steadfast and that is to support parents in the care of their sick child by relieving the stress of financial burdens at home.  We help by covering rent, mortgage, electric, medical bills, and more” said Caleb’s mom, Nichole.  Since May 2010, more than 650 families with a critically ill child have received financial assistance from Caleb’s Pennies.

Due to outside support from many generous people and businesses, 98% of all donation money goes directly to families in need like Eleanor’s family.  Eleanor is a 3 month old diagnosed at birth with Hurler’s syndrome, a rare life threatening genetic disorder.  She is ready to receive a stem cell bone marrow transplant and will need to remain local for at least 100 days post-transplant.  This will require her family to be displaced for a while since they live 4.5 hours from the hospital.  (Gas bill paid).  Kijuan is a 13 year old who was healthy up until August of 2018.  He was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and has been admitted to the hospital numerous times since then.  His medical team is in the planning stages of a bone marrow transplant, hoping that his transplant will take place in the spring.  (Rent paid). Logan is a 1 year old who was transferred at birth to the NICU due to a prenatal diagnosis of a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia.  He remains in critical condition months after his surgery due to severe pulmonary hypertension.  Attempts have been made to move Logan to a hospital closer to home, but he is too fragile and no hospital will accept him.  (Mortgage paid).  Jayda is a 9 year old diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  She underwent a bone marrow transplant just 5 weeks after diagnosis.  Prior to hospitalization, Jayda was evaluated and treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which is 8.5 hours from her home.  For this reason, her family has been split up for months and there is no discharge date set for Jayda at this time.  (Rent paid x2).

These are just a few of the families who have been financially assisted by Caleb’s Pennies From Heaven.  Last year’s Tricky Tray event raised over $51,000, and with your help, they hope to top that total this year!  Please visit www.calebspennies.org for more information or contact Nichole Granville at calebspennies18@gmail.com if you would like to make a monetary donation or become an event sponsor.

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN Caleb’s Foundation, is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, contributions to which are tax deductible as permitted by law.