FireSafety19By Gary Ryman

You know that smoke detector in the hallway? Yeah, the one you (hopefully) change the battery in once a year—the one that has been there for, oh, it seems like forever.  If it’s over ten years old, and it probably is, that smoke detector may not work when you need it most.

Smoke detectors were never intended to last forever, and now new models designed for a ten-year life with sealed batteries which never need to be (and can’t be) changed are readily available.  Some states now require the use of these “10-Year” smoke alarms.  Maryland recently implemented a law that will require all apartments and homes to have this type of detector by 2018.

These new style detectors come with sealed lithium batteries which eliminates the need to get the ladder, kitchen chair, or stool out for that annual replacement.  If you’re like many folks, it’s only the irritating beeps of the low battery alarm that remind you of the need for a new battery in any case.  The 10-year detector batteries are non-replaceable, which forces the resident to replace the entire unit when the battery eventually expires.

So why should I buy one of those ten-year detectors?  There’s nothing wrong with my existing smoke alarm.  I even saw new 10-year batteries on line and at the local home center that I can use in my present detector.  Problem solved.  Well, not really.  The National Association of State Fire Marshals has an answer.

“Just like any electrical appliance, the components of smoke alarms wear out over time.  When a smoke alarm reaches ten years of use, the potential of failing to detect a fire increases substantially.”  They note this applies to both hardwired and battery operated detectors.  The National Fire Protection Association agrees, recommending replacing all smoke alarms at least every ten years.

So how many detectors should a home have and where should they be located?  The answer can differ depending upon the home and local or state codes.  National standards recommend that for new homes, a smoke alarm is provided in each bedroom, and at least one outside the bedroom area, but near enough to be heard in the bedrooms with the doors closed.  In addition, there should be at least one detector on each floor level of a home, including basements.  This is so regardless of where a fire starts, inside or outside a bedroom, the occupants receive prompt warning.  For existing homes, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a detector outside the bedrooms and at least one on each level of the structure.  Both they and the National Association of Fire Marshals agree that more is better, and providing the numbers called for in new construction is best.

There are two types of detection, photoelectric and ionization.  They each look for different signs that combustion, a fire, has started, and both have advantages.  Photoelectric detectors more readily pick up signs of a smoldering, slow developing fire.  Ionization units are better for fires with open flames.  The NFPA recommends homes have a combination of both installed.  You can buy detectors of either type or dual sensor units, which use both technologies in a single detector body.

For those with hearing disabilities, special smoke alarms are available.  These units use strobe lights and can have supplementary vibration devices to alert residents.

Where should detectors be mounted?  Since smoke rises, high on ceilings or walls is best.  On ceilings, detectors should be at least four inches from the closest wall.  If installed on a wall, the detector should be at least four inches down from the ceiling, but no more than one foot.  If your ceilings are pitched, the high point is the preferred location.  Near doors or windows where air flow can interfere with their operation should be avoided, and never paint a detector.  Paint, stickers, or other decorations can prevent the unit from functioning.

Still not sure what to do?  Some fire departments have programs to assist homeowners with obtaining and installing detectors.  At a minimum, your local department can be a source of good advice.  For questions, call the local fire department non-emergency phone number.

Statistics vary, but all show that a frightening number of homes in which smoke detectors are installed have non-operational units.  Installing 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors can help ensure functioning alarms are present and ready to help reduce the chances of tragedy.


#1FamilyFavorites_14649_A_UF-OPTIf you are raising picky eaters, there’s a cooking technique that makes some of kids’ favorite foods – like burgers and nachos – more nutritious while still tasting delicious.


Mushrooms, with their inherent umami flavor, are a perfect addition to blend into meals to increase both flavor and nutrition. Chefs kicked off the trend by blending finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers that are flavorful, healthy and Earth-friendly, and now blended burgers are showing up in school cafeterias, supermarket meat counters and fast food drive-thrus.


“Blended entrees like burgers are a win-win-win for families wanting to eat better,” said Dayle Hayes, registered dietitian and founder of School Meals That Rock. “Mushrooms add delicious umami flavor, reduce fat and sodium in many popular dishes and kids love them.”


Another fan of blending is MasterChef Junior finalist and teen chef, Evan Robinson. Robinson likes to blend with multiple varieties of mushrooms in family favorites such as tacos, burgers and stuffed peppers.


“I find that blending mushrooms into some of my go-to recipes helps increase the flavor while reducing the amount of fat and sodium,” Robinson said.


If you’re ready to start blending at home, it can be a simple process for introducing foods to even the pickiest of eaters. Recruit kids as kitchen helpers to tackle tasks such as wiping mushrooms clean and using their hands to blend the meat and mushrooms together.


For more family-friendly, blended recipes, visit


Blended Mushroom Nachos

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson

Servings: 4


5          shiitake mushrooms

5          white button mushrooms

1          clove garlic

1/4       cup chopped onions

1          tablespoon Mexican meat seasoning

10        ounces ground turkey


Cheese Sauce:

1          tablespoon butter

1          tablespoon flour

1          cup milk

1 1/4    cups Mexican blend shredded cheese


tortilla chips

salsa (optional)

guacamole (optional)

kale (optional)

romaine lettuce (optional)

tomatoes (optional)

cilantro (optional)

diced red bell peppers (optional)


In blender or food processor, pulse mushrooms, garlic and onions. In large saute pan over medium-high heat, mix finely chopped mushroom mixture with seasoning and cook 2 minutes. Add ground turkey, breaking into fine crumbles until completely cooked through. Set aside.


To make cheese sauce: In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter then add flour and whisk constantly, breaking up lumps. Stir 2 minutes then add milk and continuously whisk. Stir in cheese and mix with wooden spoon.


Assemble chips on serving platter; spread mushroom-meat crumble on top. Add cheese sauce and toppings like salsa, guacamole, kale, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and diced red bell peppers, if desired.


A Cooking Technique You Need to Know: Blending


Blending involves mixing finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat for more nutritious, but still delicious, burgers, tacos, meatballs and more.


  1. Chop your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground meat. This can be done with a knife or food processor.


  1. Blend the chopped mushrooms with the ground meat.


  1. Cook with Mexican seasoning mix for tacos, marinara sauce for meaty ragu or salt and pepper for juicy, flavorful burgers.


#2FamilyFavorites_14649_B_UFPizza Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Chef Evan Robinson

Servings: 4


1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1          medium portabella mushroom, finely chopped

2-3       white button mushrooms, finely chopped

1/2       small onion

1/2       clove garlic

2          teaspoons Italian-style herb seasoning

8          ounces ground beef

salt, to taste

pizza or marinara sauce

shredded mozzarella cheese

hamburger buns


In large pan over medium-high heat, saute extra-virgin olive oil, mushrooms, onions, garlic and herb seasoning approximately 5 minutes until vegetables are soft. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.


Blend mushroom mixture with ground beef. Season with salt, to taste.


Form into four patties and cook in same pan as mushroom mixture to preferred doneness. Top with dollop pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover pan to melt cheese then carefully transfer to buns.

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FallFestivalPageGet ready to have a rocking and rolling great time at the third annual Fall Music Festival on Saturday, September 14 from 2-9 p.m. at the beautiful outdoor music amphitheater courtesy of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary.

The majestic pines will be swaying to the music, the birds will be happily singing –all of nature wild and free!  A diverse musical lineup donating their time will include O & Co., Gram Baxtr, Ballard Spahr Galactica and Steppin’ Eddy.  Tasty food supplied by Dan Figura Concessions will include cheesesteaks, sausage & peppers, burgers, hot dogs, pierogies, tater tots, fries and fruit cups. Dan will also be donating all proceeds from his water & lemonade sales. So BYOB along with a lawn chair or blanket, relax, eat, sing, dance, meet new friends and know you’re supporting a wonderful cause!


This annual event came about when a group of friends in Wayne County, who all experienced the untimely death of loved ones, found a way to turn their deep pain and grief into something positive.  While leaning on and supporting one another, their shared tragedy inspired them to create an event that would bring people together to honor and memorialize their beloved family members.  These lifelong friends, Jamie Rutherford, Bob Carmody, Todd Stephens, Joe Gombita and Joe Adams realized the best healing therapy besides friendship is music.  And with this camaraderie and wish to give back to the community,  the annual Fall Music Festival was conceived.  This original group has grown exponentially, and as more friends join together, a truly caring team effort has helped them to collectively share a common goal.  That is to literally “grow the goodness”!

The organizers all agree music is a way to connect with each other, has a profound impact on emotional well-being, can trigger memories that transport us back to special occasions and remind us of our loved ones. Also, songs can evoke happy times and help raise our spirits.  “Songs linger forever in both our minds and our hearts, and the healing power of music is real,” says Jamie Rutherford. To these friends the festival represents a way to move forward after times of great sorrow, focus on uplifting experiences with family and friends, and at the same time help to support others in Wayne County, a community their family members all loved and called home.


All proceeds will go to scholarship funds that would have been meaningful to those family members gone too soon and include: The Robert F. Diehl Jr. Fund, Kate Frisch Carmody Fund,  Kelley Lalley Fund, Jerry “Jake” Hopkins Fund, Jake Burkhardt Fund, Mike Chesna Fund, Brian Hunt-Rutherford Fund and Fall Music Festival Music Scholarship Fund.


Tickets to the festival are available from Stephens Pharmacy, Visible Changes, Mane Creations, ReMax Wayne and Jennz Cafe in Honesdale, The Dock at Silver Birches and I.G.A Supermarket in Hawley, the Crossroads in Waymart and Comprehensive Physical Therapy in Forest City. Ticket prices for the benefit concert are $20 pre-buy and $25 at the door the day of the event.

Why not make a day of it?

Between 9:30 and 11 a.m. nature lovers can participate in a walk on one of the sanctuary’s many lovely and pristine walking trails in honor of “Kate’s Wish” to help further research for lung cancer. After the walk, sit back and enjoy the music by Two Chicks, One Guitar from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The rain date for the Fall Music Festival is Sunday, Sept. 15, from 12-6 p.m.  If it rains on the 15th, it will be moved to the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 4-H Auction Barn.

The Dorflinger-Suydam amphitheater is located at 55 Suydam Drive in White Mills.  Like The Fall Festival on our Facebook page!


WLFPAGEAug19Wally Lake Fest is now in its 10th year celebrating beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region. The last weekend in August promises endless fun for people of all ages with exciting activities and events scheduled August 23rd through the 25th.

Wally Lake Fest honors the “big lake’s” natural scenic beauty and all recreational activities from boating to biking and much more. Some of the fun, outdoor adventures happen right on the lake or beach while others take place in downtown Hawley and other locations near the lake.

Whether riding bikes or sailboats, outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to three full days of all Wally Lake Fest has to offer. There will be the 8th Annual Ride for the Lake with a 41-mile motorcycle ride around the lake, stand-up paddle board and kayak demo, Wallypalooza with live music on a floating stage on the lake, sailboat rides, a sailboat regatta featuring the Paupack Sailing Club, a Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show, an open market fair, a Tour de Towpath Bike Ride and much more!

WLF_MarketPic-OPT            Free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend making a variety of stops in order to make it possible for everyone to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience. Park your car once and take the free shuttle around to many different activities.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Silver Birches, Gresham’s Chop House and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website as well as Facebook and Instagram @wallylakefest.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTourismPR on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization. The PMVB is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


HotStuffPAGEJuly19AudubonLogoThe Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival has been bringing many of America’s finest nature and wildlife artists and craftsmen, nationally acclaimed wildlife presenters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and children’s hands-on learning activities to Hawley every July for 35 years. Envisioned to bring awareness of the natural treasures in our area, the tireless efforts of its volunteers, as well as the collaborative efforts with its partners, have made this annual event one of the leaders in environmental education and awareness in the Pocono region today.

Designed originally to bring awareness of nature’s wonders through art and close up encounters with our region’s wildlife, its efforts are now being emulated across the country. Its reputation is such that now many of the top American nature artists are present year after year.

The festival has expanded to include many of the area’s best craftsmen, encouraging demonstration and explanations about techniques, especially for children.

The real jewel of the event, however, is its wildlife and nature presentations. These exhibits and presentations have always been designed for kids, yet the audience is filled with fascinated adults as well. Through the years, children have been able to look eye to eye with some of North America’s most unusual creatures, and have the animals look back… alive, curious, and…well fed.

Over the years many different animals have been featured up close and alive – black bears, cougars, eagles, hawks, owls, vultures and even the American condor have been visitors to the festival, not to mention all the opossums, skunks, raccoons, and the wide variety of snakes, turtles, frogs, and even strange insects. All these creatures have been accompanied by top experts from around the country, ready to answer any questions, and to show what it is like to live the life of these animals.

2019 is going to be no exception to this long history of eagerly awaited NEPA Audubon festivals. Among the 2019 festival highlights are hands-on presentations by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a nationally recognized center for rehabilitation of injured local mountain wildlife. In addition will be Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, a nationally recognized expert on birds of prey. These are two of the Pocono Mountains’ favorites for wildlife enthusiasts. Second Chance Wildlife Center will be presenting as well, with a variety of wild animals recovering so as to be released back in the wild. Additionally, there are presentations and exhibits by other environmental groups.

Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, the festival helps fund environmental scholarships and conservation programs for schools and community groups. Additionally, the NEPA Audubon Society maintains two wetlands in Wayne County.

The dates of the Audubon festival this year are July 20 & 21. The festival is held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, an indoor, air conditioned facility, on Route 6 in Hawley, PA. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Plenty of delicious food is available at the event. Admission is $5, and children under the age of 12 years admitted free.



WC Fair logo_4c_bl-optNothing says summer quite like The Wayne County Fair. This year’s fair takes place from August 2nd through 10th at the Wayne County Fair Grounds, on route 191 North in Honesdale PA.

Going strong for 157 years, the fair encompasses all the best rides, one of a kind attractions, thrill shows, grand stand entertainment, games and food galore!

The Wayne County Fair also boasts a huge midway with over 26 big-time rides, kiddie rides, games and  fair food! The midway is also filled with agriculture events like horse, tractor, and truck pulls, kids’ pedal pulls and even a pony pull, plus 4-H club shows, animals all over the north end of the midway, and 4-H competitions.

The grandstand is always full with entertainment too…. monster trucks, car thrill shows, harness racing, fireworks and the popular demolition derby!  There is live entertainment daily, and free grandstand shows that will have you dancing in the aisles, including an Eagles Tribute Band on August 3rd, and on Wednesday August 7th, Terry Lee Goffee, the world’s greatest Johnny Cash experience.

The Wayne County Fair has brought back some entertainment favorites this year, like Dino Roar, the roaming T-Rex, the Black Cat Hell Drivers, Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs and Toodles the Clown.  And the fair is proud to be introducing some new excitement into their lineup with Brunon Blaszak’s Royal Tigers Show, featuring both Bengal and Siberian tigers,  Larry the Chain Saw Carver, and a mobile glass studio.

The Wayne County Fair is proud to offer a pay one price model of just $10 per person which includes admission, PARKING, all the rides, all day long, and most grandstand shows.

Senior Citizens Days are just $5.00 per person on Friday, August 2, 2019 and Wednesday, August 7, for those 62 years of age and over.

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sidewalk sales 1970 .1Honesdale’s merchants will hold Historic Sidewalk Sales & Artisan Fair starting with merchant & restaurant participation on Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19. On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21, Artisan Vendors line the streets with their handmade food and crafts, sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank.

Thursday July 18, 2019 and Friday, July 19- Take two days to browse through the great variety of stores, learn about the wonderful local services, and dine at one of the many area restaurants and cafes. Honesdale has great shops on every block, so wear your walking shoes.

Thursday evening music will be featured in Central Park by Stanky and the Cadets starting at 6:30 p.m. Just some of the stores offering discounts are Antler Ridge Winery & BBQ, Ghiggeri’s Fine Olive Oils and Balsamics, R3 Hardware, Wallflower, Finders Keepers, Arts for Him and Her, WeJo, Fins and Feathers and The Wayne County Library.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 and Sunday, July 21-

In addition to local merchant sales we will have vendors on our sidewalks with handmade soaps, jewelry, crocheted scarves and stained glass, plus chalk couture, all-natural bug sprays, honey and so much more. Saturday evening enjoy the Classic Car Show.

Throughout the entire four (4) days a Restaurant Crawl will be in progress. Participating restaurants will feature one or two appetizers at $5.00 or under for your enjoyment with a chance to win a raffle prize at every stop. Restaurant owners will be drawing winners on Sunday at the conclusion of the event.

We invite you to visit the past and enjoy the great exhibits at the Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main Street. The Museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.

Beat the heat and take a ride on one of the several trains scheduled for the 4-day event which includes Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Friday at 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. for the Ice Cream Express, Saturday 12:00 noon or 3:00 p.m. Sunday schedule 12:00 noon or 4:00 p.m. for the Dinner & Theatre ride.



ScrantonJazzLogo19On August 2, 3, 4, 2019 the Scranton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and other venues in downtown Scranton with three world class artists as its headliners.

Living legend and four time Grammy nominee Freddy Cole, youngest brother of Nat “King” Cole, will perform with his band on Friday August 2, 2019.

SJFJuly19_Shemekia CopelandMulti-award winning blues artist, Shemeikia Copeland, will take the stage with her highly acclaimed band on August 3, 2019.

Multi-Grammy winning trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker, will be the guest artist with the Jazz Festival’s 16 Piece Big Band on Sunday August 4, 2019.

Tickets will be on sale April 20, 2019. For tickets, schedules and other information please visit or call 570.575.5282.



Wally Lake FestReady to experience the festival on The Big Lake’s 52 miles of shoreline? With events on and off the water, you’re looking at a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately, celebrations are set in three main festival sections and free shuttles run to these locations on Saturday and Sunday.


Festival Sections

Wally Lake Fest venues are grouped by location. You’ll find hot spots in Downtown Hawley, the North End and the Lake Region.

Downtown Hawley groups the northernmost businesses; those located along Route 6 in town. The Settlers Inn, Hawley Silk Mill, Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company, Mill Market Bakery at the Hawley Silk Mill, Glass – Wine.Bar.Kitchen, Ritz Company Playhouse, and Penny Lane Candies & Candles are there.

North End venues are slightly south of Hawley, along the lake’s eastern shore. Stick to Route 6 between 507 and 590. Points of interest there include Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Palmyra Township Public Beach on Lake Wallenpaupack and the Wallenpaupack Area High School.

The Lake Region begins beneath the North End and curves around the water to Lakeville. It’s where you’ll find waterfront businesses like Silver Birches Resort, Lighthouse Harbor Marina, The Dock on Wallenpaupack and The Boat House Restaurant. Lacawac Sanctuary, Dorflinger Glass Museum and the Lakeville Fire Company are also in this section.

To get the most out of a bash this big, you’ve got to plan in advance. Visit the Wally Lake Fest website or the Wally Lake Fest Facebook page to learn more about daily schedules, activity centers and places to stay.

Plus, pick up our August Issue for more on this great events.