NEPA CLASSICS

NEPAClassicsMay19More reliable than a groundhog’s prognostication, spring is really here when the garage doors open and the boys roll out their toys – sleek muscle cars with meticulous chrome, gleaming, polished and ready for the season. Classic car enthusiasts can’t wait to show off their beauties at some of these great classic car events and clubs throughout NEPA.

3rd Annual Dingmans Township Car Show in the Park

DingmanspicThe Dingman Township Parks & Recreation Commission will be holding their 3rd annual car show in the park on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Dingman Township Park located at 679 Log Tavern Road.  Registration starts at 8 am and the fee $10.  Show goes from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm with awards ceremony beginning at 2 pm.  The event will also feature live music by The Gripes.

Proceeds from the car show will go to Pike County Humane Society, who will be hosting an adoption day.  We will also have bins to collect donations for PCHS (food, blankets, etc.) and The Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information, call the township at 570-296-8455 or go to Dingman Township Park’s Facebook page.  Visit dingmantownship.org or email recbd@ptd.net for registration form.

2019 Catskill Region AACA Car Show

CatskillCarpicOn Sunday June 2, 2019 antique, classic and custom car owners from all over the region will gather in Rock Hill, N.Y. at the Sullivan Event Center 283 Rock Hill Drive, adjacent to the Crust Italian Eatery, to show off to the public their beautiful antique, classic and custom cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.

This car show, celebrating its 56th year, is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. The gates will open at 9 am.  Call 845-932-8923, 845-798-4173 or visit www.catskillregionaaca.org for more information.  The Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club of America brings together old car enthusiasts to share all facets of the old car hobby. The club is proud to support our community by using profits from this car show to help fund local BOCES scholarship and local food banks.

VENDORS WANTED, CRAFTS, AUTO & NON-AUTO Call Vicky at 845-932-8923 for details.

5th Annual Cruzin’ 2 Browndale Car/Truck/Bike & Craft Show-Swap Meet

BrowndaleThe Browndale Fire Company No.1 is excited to invite the public to the 5th Annual Cruzin’2 Browndale Car Show benefiting the fire company to be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, beginning at 11 AM with food, music, raffles, and more until 4 PM at the Browndale Fire Company grounds, Route 247, 620 Marion Street, Browndale.  Registration for vehicles will begin at 10 AM. Rain or shine!

Cars, trucks and bikes will be on the grounds for all to enjoy!  We will have live music, food to purchase, craft and other vendors, raffles and fun!  The public is invited free to the grounds to view the vehicles.

We are still accepting crafters, vendors and swap meet applicants as well as car show registrations but space is getting limited so contact us to register now!

For more information please check us out on Facebook:  Cruzin’ 2 Browndale, or email us at: browndalefire@ gmail.com, or phone us at (570) 785-5300.  We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you all at this family friendly event!

20th Annual Equinunk Car Show

EquinunkPeoples Choice 2018 - Andy White - Cochecton - 1951 Studebaker pickupThe 20th annual Equinunk Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pine Mill Rd. in Equinunk, PA, one mile south of the center of the village. The show features vehicles of all description, including gorgeous antique cars, hot rods, motorcycles, rat rods, tractors and even the occasional semi.  There is something for every member of the family; craft and flea market vendors, bake sale, books, T-shirts, and superb ice cream from Creamworks Dairy.  Food is available for purchase. The People’s Choice Award will go to the vehicle the crowd votes as the best of the field. There will be additional Special Recognition awards, and the Best Paint Job will be recognized. Free admission, free dash plaques to the first 100 registrants, door prizes, DJ and best of all, NO registration fees.

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Dunn, The Equinunk Emporium, Menotti Tire, C. Neer RV, Inc., Pine Mill Garage, St. Clair Graphics, Town & Country Energy Corp., and Wayne County Ready Mix Concrete.  Awards are from Northeast Rally Club, and Whitey’s Auto Restoration. If you visit our sponsors, please thank them for us. Information: call 570-224-6722.

Photo caption: 2018 People’s Choice Award went to Andy White of Cochecton, NY for his brilliant red 1951 Studebaker pickup.  Andy also won recognition for the paint job on his 1970 AMC Javelin; it too is brilliantly red.

 

 

 

PATIOS “SPRING” TO LIFE

PatiosPageApr19Remember that place in the rear of your house?  It goes by the name of patio, and it has been feeling abandoned during the winter months. But that’s all about to change now that spring has sprung.  Soon family gatherings, after dinner drinks, and grilling will ensue on this extension of the home, so you must prepare.

Here are tips for sprucing up your patio:

Depending on how you left your patio last season, there may be some cleaning involved to make your patio pop.  Donna Smallin, author of “The One-Minute Cleaner Plain and Simple” recommends cleaning patio furniture with a garden hose and sprayer attachment.  “You can double the life of your furniture, be it vinyl, plastic or metal,” she says.  To clean wicker furniture, wet a cloth with a mixture of half a cup of wood oil soap in one gallon of warm water and gently wipe one small section at a time.  Use a toothbrush to clean between the weave.  Rinse with a hose, and turn the piece upside down so the water can run off.  Wipe with a dry cloth and allow 48 hours to dry.

Tackling that outdoor grill that was left unclean at the last cookout will require baking soda, water, a wire brush and elbow grease, according to Michael de Jong, author of “Clean: The Humble Art of Zen Cleansing”. And for those rust stains on the patio, take a scrub brush and pat warm water onto the spot.  Sprinkle with lemonade powdered drink mix. Then, cover with a piece of plastic wrap (weighted down by a rock) and let it soak for 15 minutes.  Remoisten your brush and scrub it off, then rinse with a hose.

Now that cleanliness is achieved, focus on beautifying the space.  It goes without saying the greenery around your patio will need to be punched up.  A patio shining with beautiful hardscape is wonderful, but dull without plants to balance it out – a trip to your local nursery for some greenery is a must.  The National Gardening Association in South Burlington, VT recommends medium to low-growing perennials for the border of a patio.  Asters, Border Dahlia, Dianthus, Phlox, Ranunculus, Veronica, Armeria, Aubrieta, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Primrose, Sazifrage and Lewisa are some varieties that will come up every year.  Down the road, they will also provide flowers for a tabletop bouquet, indoors or out.  Make sure to have some white vinegar at the ready for any unwanted grasses or weeds creeping through the crevices and patio bricks. If there’s limited space to plant, window boxes brimming with trailing foliage or flowers, topiaries and multi-hued plants in ceramic pots will go a long way in providing atmosphere, too.  Go even further by accessorizing the perimeter of the patio with lanterns or pathway lighting to enable you to see in style.

“Invest in lower wattage bulbs; they create more of a soft glow,” says Kelly Edwards from HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.”  “After all, you can have the best looking furniture in town, but without the right lighting, it can look out of place.”

If you’ve got an eye toward personalization and entertainment, sound systems, sculptures, and intricate fencing that can withstand the elements will also ensure your beautiful décor doesn’t end at the door.

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HOW TO HIRE A REAL ESTATE ALL-STAR

REAllStarMar19-optYou wouldn’t walk into a courtroom without a skilled attorney by your side.

Why enter into what could be the biggest financial transaction of your life without the right real estate representation?  An experienced, market-savvy agent can help you buy or sell a home quicker and at a preferred price.

In many areas, highly competitive seller’s markets – low housing inventory and appreciating home prices coupled with continued low interest rates – mean that house hunters and sellers alike need expert guidance, an all-star agent who can be counted on to knock one out of the park.

“Buyers are looking for an agent they can trust, someone who knows the neighborhoods intimately, but who also has the relationships and the proactive nature to find homes that aren’t yet listed on the market,” says Mark Kitching, associate partner with Partners Trust, Los Angeles.

For sellers in the most competitive markets, an agent with extensive knowledge of contracts who knows how to attract and handle multiple offers is especially valuable.

“They need a full-time agent with experience in a tough seller’s market,” says J.P. Piccinini, broker/owner of JP and Associates Realtors, Plano, Texas.

More than half (53%) of buyers polled about what they value most when choosing an agent said they wanted someone who could help them locate the right home, and 12% said they wanted an agent who could help them negotiate and close a sale, according to the National Association of Realtors’ 2015 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

The qualities buyers value: agents who are responsive, knowledgeable, and have a flexible schedule.

“An agent should be able to answer their phone and get back to clients in less than an hour,” says Mark Ferguson, agent with Pro Realty, Greeley, Colorado.  “Knowledge of great lenders, inspectors, and title companies is important.”

Sellers want agents who do more than the traditional 3 Ps, says Riccardo Ravasini, Keller Williams, New York: put a listing into the MLS database, put up a sign, and pray.

“Sellers want someone who will creatively market their unit, including promoting the listing to nearby residents and to targeted media outlets, and who will leverage his or her own network of interested buyers and investors,” says Ravasini.

When offers shower down in a bidding war, a broker’s negotiation skills are key, says Patrick Beringer, RE/MAX Metro Realty, Seattle.  While many consumers think it’s a smart move to negotiate a lower commission rate for an agent, Beringer says, “If an agent is so eager to cut their commission just to get your business, how effectively will he or she negotiate on your behalf?”

Choose an agent carefully.  The right one can swing your sales price 5 to 10% higher; the wrong one can lead to no sale at all, says L.A. agent Mark Kitching.  A poor agent is a costly mistake for both buyer and seller, he points out.  “A seller can be sued by a buyer for poor guidance and failure to disclose things that the agent left out.  A buyer can be left with a home that’s a bad investment,” Kitching says.

Ask family and friends for referrals to agents with whom they were satisfied.  Attend local open houses and meet with agents.  Search online and read agent reviews.  And be prepared to ask plenty of questions.

“Ask how long they’ve been in the business, how many deals they do a year, what areas they specialize in, what kind of negotiator they are and if they have time in their schedule to devote to your needs,” suggests Kitching.  “If you’re a seller, ask what strategy they would implement to sell your house and why.”

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HEALTHY EATING ON THE GO

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Before you hit the road

on that holiday vacation or business trip with a mindset of maintaining a healthy diet regimen, beware!  What you “think” you know about healthy food choices can hurt you.  Eating healthfully can be extra challenging when you are out and

about, whether traveling remotely, in transit from point A to point B,

or dining out locally.

 

Cardiologist, chef, and martial artist, Dr. Mike Fenster, author of ‘The Fallacy of the Calorie,’ lists eight medically-based food facts to help you correct common dietary deceptions.  This is information that will compel you to rethink your approach to healthy eating not only when you travel, but also when you’re preparing everyday fare at home:

  1. Diet salad dressings are equally, or more, detrimental. Opting for a salad even with “light” dressing when dining out may not be the healthiest choice. Whether it is low calorie, low fat, or regular salad dressing, it’s often loaded with omega-six polyunsaturated plant oils—too much of which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. In fact, consuming too much of these salad dressings can be even more harmful to your waistline and overall health than what you presume to be “less healthy” menu items you were trying to avoid with the best of intentions.  When opting for salad, stick with just a little olive oil, vinegar, fresh lemon juice or nothing at all.
  2. Burgers beat deli meat. Despite conventional thinking, the consumption of fresh red meat that isn’t over processed has not been associated with any increased risk of heart disease, cancer, or mortality. Many restaurants today, outside of the fast food variety, offer freshly ground, quality burgers—some even use beef that’s organic, grass fed, and pasture raised. In contrast to fresh red meat, the consumption of highly processed meat and meat products like that typically used in deli sandwiches often presumed to be a healthier option over burgers- has proven to be associated with an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and mortality. Piling on a few zombified vegetables that have marginal nutritional value won’t give the meal much more health merit.
  3. Diet drinks are tied to disease. The common misconception that you can avoid or compensate for poor food choices with diet drinks is a double-edged exercise in futility. In fact, studies have shown women who drink more diet drinks are heavier and have an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
  4. Under-salted food may be a diet disservice. We season our food so it tastes good, and a properly seasoned meal leaves us more satisfied and less likely to binge and over-consume. What’s more, adding salt to fresh food only accounts for about 5% of the daily intake—well within bounds. But, “fresh” is the key word as over 75% of an average person’s daily sodium intake comes from eating highly processed and prepared foods. Seek out those restaurants that utilize fresh ingredients, from produce to proteins.  In a worst case scenario, stop into a market and grab some fresh fruit, optimally organically grown, to tide you over.
  5. Low cholesterol advertising is a fat trap. Most are surprised to learn the cholesterol consumed in one’s diet has little or nothing to do with your blood cholesterol levels. Foods and menu items promoted as “healthy” because they are “low in cholesterol” are often loaded with fat, sugar, or other additives that cause more harm than a three egg omelet ever could.
  6. Bars are bogus. Energy bars, protein bars, granola bars, and other so-called healthy eating snacks are often marketed as an all-natural or otherwise nutritious choice. The fact is that many of these bars are highly processed and contain high levels of low-nutrient fillers and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Diets high in added sugars, fructose in particular, have been associated with an increased risk of developing hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and other life-threatening medical conditions.  Bars are also often loaded with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame that’s linked to a myriad of health ailments.  The short term energy boost bars provide is often followed by a “crash” that can cause you to eat yet more unhealthy bars or other food to get revved back up.
  7. Bagels are the “other” white bread. Many people are aware of the empty calories and the lack of any nutritional redemption in a slice of white bread. Commercial breads are the number one source of sodium in the average American diet.  They also often contain significant amounts of refined sugar and fat in the form of detrimental omega-six polyunsaturated fatty acids.  While many health-seekers do already avoid that slice of white bread for these many unappealing reasons, they may not know a seemingly benign plain bagel is equivalent to several slices of white bread…even before the addition of toppings or fillings.
  8. Counting calories is a fallacy. A calorie is measured by turning food to ash and recording the amount of heat given off. The caloric content of a food or beverage item doesn’t have much to do with how we actually metabolize our food. Additionally, calories alone do not accurately reflect a food’s nutritional value.  For example, a 100 calorie soft drink is not the nutritional equivalent of a 100 calorie apple.  Healthful eating isn’t about focusing on the quantity of calories, but rather it is about the quality of the consumable.

Whether you are at home or on-the-go, taking even these few considerations into account relative to the quality of the “healthy” food at hand can have a significantly positive impact on your diet and overall well-being.  Indeed, the food and drink choices you make when traveling can put you on the road to good health or result in a figurative food fatality.

Dr. Mike Fenster, “America’s Culinary Interventionalist,” is a Board Certified Cardiologist, chef, and athlete whose cutting-edge medical expertise and insight, culinary talents, and dedication to fit living convene in his uniquely integrative Grassroots Gourmet™ approach to food-born health.  His upcoming book, “The Fallacy of The Calorie: Why the Modern Western Diet is Killing Us and How to Stop It,” is currently available for pre-order at www.CardioChef.com.

COUNTRY SIDEWALKS

holiday18page 1BETHANY

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