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The Friends of the Bangor Public Library will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7th at the

East Bangor Fire Department. The event will run from 9 am-12 pm and will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, and baked goods. Santa will visit with children during breakfast and will be available for photos. Tickets are being sold now at the Bangor Public Library, Adults $5 and Children $3 (children 2 and under are free.) Tickets will also be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the Bangor Public Library.

The local merchants and businesses on Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl wish to offer members of the Slate Belt Communities peace and goodwill this Christmas Season. As we step into the holidays, there are many things that cause us to be flustered and overwhelmed. On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 from 4pm to 6pm in the 200 Block of South Robinson Avenue in Pen Argyl, a few moments of relaxation and good Christmas spirit will be available thru Singing and Caroling and Instrumental Performances by

various groups from our local schools. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be stopping by for a visit. For more information regarding this event, please call 610-8638988. The Pocono Garden Club will hold the December luncheon at noon on Tuesday Dec. 10 at the Chateau at Camelback. The new officers for 2014-15 will be installed. The design exhibit will be a designers choice arrangement of artificial materials on a sleigh or sled. Payments are due by the end of November to Jean Singlemann , PO box 246, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. Members are $25.00. Call Jean for non-member rates at 570-421-2068. Pennsylvanias Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) grant program is now accepting applications, according to Senate Majority Whip Pat Browne. LIHEAP, which opened on November 4th, provides grants of up to $1,000 to help low-income families pay heating bills during the winter months. LIHEAP also offers crisis grants of up to $500 for

families who experience heating emergencies, such as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility termination. Local residents can apply for LIHEAP grants online at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Access to Social Services (COMPASS) website, More information on the program is also available by calling the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-8577095. We would like to wish Sherwood Shirk Jones a very Happy Birthday! We hope you have a fantastic day, Shirk! On Friday, November 29th, at Detzis Tavern, Wind Gap, from noon until 9pm, 20% of all food sales will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event is a celebration of life and a chance to give back in honor of the one year anniversary of Sue Detzis bone marrow transplant.
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Here is a list of the new items added to the collection of the Bangor Public Library during the week of November 14th to November 20th, 2013. Adult Fiction: Albom, Mitch The First Phone Call From Heaven; Berenson, Alex The Night Ranger; Childs, Laura Keepsake Crimes; Clayton, Meg Waite The Wednesday Sisters; Coulter, Catherine The Valentine Legacy; Fletcher, Martin Jacob's Oath; Harris, Robert Imperium; Macomber, Debbie Between Friends; Nunn, Malla Blessed Are The Dead; Penny, Louise A Fatal Grace; Rubio, Gwyn Hyman Icy Sparks; Santis, Pablo de The Paris Enigma; Shreve, Anita Stella Bain; Tan, Amy The Valley of Amazement. Adult Non-Fiction: Degeneres, Ellen My Point-and I Do Have One; Lethbridge, Lucy

Servants. Young Adult Fiction: Almond, David Kit's Wilderness; Stiefvater, Maggie The Dream Thieves. Junior Fiction: Daniels, Lucy Labrador on the Lawn; Gidwitz, Adam The Grimm Conclusion. Easy Fiction: Boelts, Maribeth When it's the Last Day of School; Carr, Jan Frozen Noses; Donahue, Mike The Fire that Saved the Forest; Goode, Diane Thanksgiving is Here!; Mayer, Mercer Little Monster at Home; Raccoon; Stickland, Paul Dinosaur Roar!; Sturges, Philemon I Love School; Thompson, Lauren Mouses First Fall. DVDs: Cinderella II : Dreams Come True; Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights; The Exorcist; The Frighteners; Sentimental Reflections; Tinker Bell; Tootsie; Traitor.

The New Approach will be presenting, The Most Wonderful By Maria Cascario The 8th annual Jimmy Gum Slate Belt MVP Football Award was presented to Phil Vass of Bangor High School by John Williams. The event took place at the Slate Pub in Pen Argyl on Wednesday. Runners-up for the award were Mike DePaolo of Pen Argyl High School and Dashon Russell of Pius X High School. The award is in honor and in memory of the late Jimmy Gum, who was an outstanding athlete and student at Pen Argyl High School and later at Lehigh University, where he graduated in 1984. Jim passed away in 2006 and Williams decided to honor his memory by giving this award on an annual basis. The Express Times sportswriters choose the winner annually. Jims parents, June and Sherwood Gum, and his wife, Stacy, were in attendance at the presentation.

Time of the Year, at St. Peters Lutheran Church on December

1st, at 2pm. The show will feature a variety of holiday tunes from I want a hippopotomous for Christmas, performed by the Young Approach, to Jingle Bell Rock, Ave Maria, and many more, both religious and secular. All of the proceeds are used for scholarships, not only for the church members, but for students who attend local schools. The cost of tickets is $5, which are availiable from group members, director Jean Pinto at 610-588-4386, or the church office 610-863-6859. The church is located at 1422 Church Road in Plainfield Township.

Submitted by: Sarah Dorward Penn State Equine Program Assistant

The love of agriculture certainly exists in the heart of Northampton County, where hay farms produce some of the best quality hay in Pennsylvania. Because of this, several Northampton County hay producers won top awards for their hay at the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council Hay Show held at Ag Progress Days this past August. Each year the show exhibits some of the finest hay produced in the state of Pennsylvania. Hay growers from many counties showcase their best hay in hopes of gaining elite recognition. Class placing is based on the nutritional analysis of the hay and visual

inspection of the sample. The PFGC Hay Show displayed 46 entries from 11 counties, making a very competitive atmosphere for this years hay growers. The field cured grass hay class was very large this year, containing many entries from throughout the state. Ray Mack, from Pen Argyl, PA, took first place for his first cutting field dried alfalfa hay. Mark Heitzman, of Bangor PA, also placed very high in the very competitive grass hay classes. Heitzman placed 1st with his first cutting field dried grass hay and 4th with his later cutting alfalfa hay. Dennis Newhard (Bieber-Newhard Farm, Nazareth, PA) always earns top honors for alfalfa hay in the partially heat-dried

category. This year was no exception. Dennis earned first place in four classes first cutting alfalfa, later cutting alfalfa, first cutting alfalfa-grass mix, and later cutting alfalfa-grass mix. The later cutting alfalfa entry was also the champion recipient in the category. It is without a doubt that Northampton County farmers are deeply-rooted in agriculture and fueled by a drive to succeed. Of the 46 hay exhibits, Northampton County produced 11 of those entries, the highest number of hay samples exhibited by a single county. The passion for high quality hay production is visibly evident through all of their hard work and accomplishments.

Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers To Hold Annual Railroad Days

The Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers is holding their annual Railroad Days event the following Saturdays and Sundays... December 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2013; January 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2014. The times are from 2 pm until 5 pm. Featured will be 2 floors of sleek passenger and powerful freight trains in continuous operation, located at 902 East Macada Road, Bethlehem PA, 18017. The first floor 650 square foot layout features models of O, On30 and S scale steam trains from the glory days of railroading to the mighty diesel locomotives of today, including prototype sights and sounds. Operating semaphores and signals further enhance the display. Visitors can even operate specific accessories. A miniature trolley travels between a village and a distant amusement park with both an operating ski lift and rides. Visitors can operate the park train, too. For more information, please go to

By Dr. Gary L. Welton Historically, the field of psychology focused on mental illness and dysfunction. Positive psychology developed as a unique new subdiscipline as recently as 1998. Instead of investigating the question of what went wrong, positive psychology seeks to understand the fulfilling aspects of the human experience. One aspect of life that has received much attention in this new field is the expression of gratitude. According to PsycNET, the database that indexes much of the psychological research, there were only 30 articles from 1989 to 1993 that dealt in any way with gratitude. In the next five years the number doubled to 66. The redoubling has continued every five years, so that in the current stretch from 2009 to 2013, there have been more than 640 articles dealing with gratitude. The science of mental processing has finally caught up to Abraham Lincoln and our national holiday. In their recent article, Gratitude as a Psychotherapeutic Intervention, which appeared in the August 2013 edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychology, psychologists Robert Emmons and Robin Stern reviewed the research on the benefits of gratitude. They

conclude that there are dramatic and lasting benefits in both the physical and psychological realms. For example, in the physical domain, gratitude can lower blood pressure, improve immune functioning, and increase energy. In the psychological realm, gratitude has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Gratitude has also been shown to protect from the destructive impulses of envy, resentment, and bitterness, and may even offer some protection against psychiatric disorders. On the positive side, gratitude promotes happiness, altruism, joy, love, and enthusiasm. In fact, research suggests that the effect of gratitude is larger than the effects of optimism, hope, or compassion. It turns out that my mother was very wise when she suggested I should be more thankful. Unfortunately, this lesson didnt take with me. I am much more likely to ruminate about what went wrong than I am to be thankful for what went right (not to mention being grateful for those aspects that seem to have gone wrong). The research, however, suggests that it is not too late for me. Simple research manipulations, in which subjects were assigned journaling exercises to

write down grateful thoughts on a daily basis, were effective in bringing about change. In some studies, the manipulations of these simple strategies resulted in significant increases in happiness and decreases in depression. Modern church choruses suggest to children that we need to practice the attitude of gratitude, and they are right. Practicing gratitude can impact our relationships with those around us and with our God. Perhaps the strong effect of gratitude is because it is inherently relational rather than being self-centered. Gratitude is an expression of selflessness as I move beyond the core selfishness of my being and express thanks to my creator and to those around me. It is, at its very roots, a humble act. As G. K. Chesterton wrote, The proper form of thanks is some form of humility and restraint. We are instructed by the Apostle Paul to make gratitude a ubiquitous part of our lives: Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20). Always. Everything. Though we celebrate Thanksgiving Day but once a year, let us remember that practicing gratitude as a regular daily habit (always and everything) is an essential part of the positive human experience. Gratitude is a spiritual act used by God in transforming us through the struggles of the human condition and to enable a positive resting in the work of Christ. Let the habit of gratitude transform your being and your relationships. Always and everything.

Hello fellow readers, I am thankful for the dormant perennials with seed heads awaiting their role to fall to the ground and germinate which makes me feel less guilty that I have yet to cut them back. I appreciate the structure and bark of our beautiful trees more visible now and the leaves they dropped that will decompose and provide nourishment. I welcome the evergreens that can be adorned with twinkly lights and branches of hollies and other broadleaf evergreens that can be gathered to garnish our window boxes, outdoor pots and mantels. Plus the dry hydrangea flowers, stems of butterfly bush, barberry branches with berries and other pleasing garden leave behinds to add to the seasonal display. I am thankful for the pumpkins to decorate that can be made into yummy pie or soup and toasted seeds for a salty snack.

Its joyful to watch the creatures scurrying around, hording nuts in preparation for the winter months ahead. And the flocks of turkeys that seem to congregate in masses this time of year perhaps taunting the fact that they will not be on the dinner table. Plus I appreciate when deer in their fall feeding frenzy stay clear of the gardens with the aid of Deer Out, a natural pleasant smelling deer spray, and Miss Ellie who loves the chase. It is true I enjoy the winter break from pulling weeds, deadheading and other garden chores and look forward to dreaming and planning for the growing season ahead. We have so much to talk about while our plants are sleeping! This brings me to the gratitude I have to The Press for inviting our exchange of questions and advice which we began 80 weekly columns ago. Your participation and words of encouragement are heartwarming and proof of the sense of community our newspaper nurtures. Thanks to all of you! Wishing you a joyful time with family and friends, warm memories of those no longer with us, healing love for those working through illness and recovery. Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to all! Garden dilemmas?

(NAPSI)While new throw pillows, a fresh coat of paint or a decorative lamp can do wonders to refresh a room, when you get down to it, one of the best ways to make a room sparkle is to refinish your hardwood floors. These five tips can help. 1) Dont let your floors get overly worn, scratched or damaged before you take action. Refinishing when your floors only have some wear and tear can mean an easy, one-day recoat. If you wait too long, you may have to replace some of the floorboards. 2) Go with a contractor that uses a dust-free system. Dust containment systems make refinishing hardwood

floors clean and safe by reducing airborne dust by 99.8 percent. Old wood floor refinishing methods can produce wood dust particle counts 200 times over the OSHA limit. 3) Go with a pro. Know the company thats coming in to refinish your floors. It should be experienced and insured. For example, Bona has a Certified Craftsman Program that is comprised of a trusted network of hardwood flooring experts that deliver outstanding results in both craftsmanship and customer service. They all must adhere to a Five Star Advantage program, which means they are insured, trusted, knowledgeable and mindful

to utilize products that are safe for your home and the environment. 4) Keep it green. Its a common misconception that environmentally friendly, waterbased finishes arent as durable as oil-modified finishes. An industry test found that waterborne finishes withstand wear and tear better than most oilmodified finishes. Additionally, acid-cure finishes emit extremely high levels of VOCs and harmful fumes, which means people, pets and plants have to vacate the house for two to three days. With a GREENGUARD certified, waterborne finish such as Bonas Traffic HD, you can often walk on the floor the same day.

5) Consider a change. Refinishing can be a good time to change the color and sheen of your floors. Consult a craftsman for advice or download the Bona Floor Design Guide app. Once youve refinished your hardwood floors, you can keep them beautiful by using a cleaning solution specifically formulated for hardwood floors. Avoid overly acidic cleaners (such as vinegar and water) that can eat away at your new finish. Instead, look for pHneutral cleaners that wont leave a residue behind to bring out the best in your hardwood floors. For more information or to locate a hardwood floor craftsman, go to

Open The Door To Color And Change The Apperance Of Your Home
(NAPSI)Your front door is talking about you. Its appearance speaks to your personality, decorators say. Too often, the front door of our home tends to be drab shades of beige, brown, white and gray, while the fun, vibrant colors are used to make interior and exterior walls and siding stand out. When you consider that all visitors pass through the front door, a dull and dreary door could give the wrong impression. Your front door could be an opportunity to make a bold statement about yourself with a vibrant blue, a knockout red or a daring yellow-green. Selecting big, bold color for the front door and adding accent pillows and cushions for outdoor furniture or wall art on the outside is becoming much more popular, said PPG color expert Dee Schlotter. Homeowners should use traditional, long-lasting colors for home exteriors and save the statement-making hues for accent pieces like doors and porch furniture. A different shade for shutters can also provide a colorful contrast. Contrary to some beliefs, front doors and shutters dont always have to match. In fact, using different colors on the two features calls more attention and can add appeal to your home. Proper planning and priming before adding that new, brighter color can ensure longevity for a lively, vivacious home exterior. To spice up the exterior of your home and welcome friends and family in a whole new way, try these tips:Choosing a color palette that works together is important. Mix, match and experiment before committing to your new statementmaking exterior color. Dont forget the porch ceiling. PPG Pittsburgh Paints Paint Your Own Room Visualizer now allows you to snap a picture of your door and then apply any color you like so that you can see how it can change the personality of your whole home. Learn More about it at

The annual Wind Gap Community Christmas Celebration will move the Wind Gap Park this year. In previous years, it was located at the Wind Gap Legion Post 724. The celebration will begin at 3 PM on Sunday, December 1st, with free food and the annual Christmas program. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will arrive at 4 PM via a borough fire truck. Mrs. Claus will read the

Christmas Story and Santa will distribute toys and clothing donated by area businesses and the Wind Gap Celebration Christmas Committee. This year several borough churches, restaurants and individuals will provide food. The Lights in the Park Committee will again provide lights throughout the park. These lights, along with the new tree that was donated to the borough by Jeff Stout,

owner of B & J Tree Farm, will usher in the 2013 Christmas season. The program will feature music by the Pen Argyl Area High School band, the Straw Hat Society, the Road to Carnegie Recorder Consortium, Diane Paulhamus and Loretta Santo. The Reverends David Goss and Scott Davis will present the Christmas story and reflections. Wind Gap Mayor,

James Shoemaker, and State Representative Marcia Hahn will bring greetings. Russ Roper will serve as emcee. The Road to Carnegie Recorder Consortium is a group of third grade students from Our Lady of Mt. Carmel elementary school who have been selected through a competitive grant to perform at Carnegie Hall this spring. The students will play recorders and sing.

Dictionaries Distributed to Slate Belt 3rd Graders

The Provisional Rotary Club of the Slate Belt will be holding a breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14th at the Scorecard Restaurant at 130 N. Broadway in Wind Gap, PA. Tickets are available at The Scorecard of from any Rotary Member. Adults are $8.00 and children 9 and under eat for free. To accommodate as many as possible there will be 2 breakfast seatings, one at 9:00 AM and one at 11:00 AM. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to seating. Snow date is Sunday, December 15th. Call The Scorecard at 610-863-5269 or Bill Skinner at the email or phone number listed above. All proceeds help fund projects in all of our Slate Belt Communities, from Dictionaries to the 3rd graders to donations to all worthy projects in our area. Rotary Club of the Slate Belt is a Provisional Club of the West End Rotary and is still looking for new members to join and help us Charter our Club. Our meetings are every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at The Scorecard Restaurant in Wind Gap, PA. Come be a part of helping our Local Slate Belt Communities. Come to learn how you can get involved and give back to others. If you have any questions contact Bill Skinner at the above contact information. See you next Thursday! For more information contact Bill Skinner at or 570-350-7609.

Dr. Sanjay Mehta, MD speaks to Bangor GFWC

The Bangor GFWC met on November 19th, and was pleased to have Dr. Sanjay Mehta, MD, of Lehigh Valley Healthnet Hospital address the group. Dr Mehta is a cardiac surgeon primarily at Muhlenberg Hospital and was pleased to see one of his successful surgical patients Clare Osmun attending her club meeting. Dr Mehta who is a Bethlehem native and is a forth generation physician was introduced by Ann Marie Crown, Community Outreach for Lehigh Valley Healthnetwork. Dr Mehta discussed the the causes and Surgical management of Valvular Heart Disease. He addressed the current technology and the new technology as well as the risks and costs. He was proud to describe the new Lehigh Valley Health Center which is coming to the Slate Belt and is scheduled to open in February 2014. This month the Bangor club collected pasta for PUMP(Portland Upper Mt Bethel Food Pantry); and members donated food for a Thanksgiving feast for three needy families in the area. The club will also be supporting three needy families for Christmas. Barbara Frutchey is chair of the Home Life Committee. Carolyn Smith, Public Issues chair, encouraged the club members to support the National GFWC campaign on public issues to Erradication of Polio and Improve Military Justice in violence against women. Judy Piper, President announced the next meeting will be Dec 17th and the program will be a coral group from a local school. Anyone interested in learning more about GFWC and attending a meeting please contact Marie at 610-863-5457.

The Blue Mountain Community Library will once again be the recipient of a fundraiser sponsored by Wendys Restaurant, route 512, Wind Gap, PA. On Wednesday, December 4, from 5:00 -8:00 pm, Wendys will generously donate 15% of all food sales, both dine-in and drive-through, to the library. Please consider participating in Library Night at Wendys to support the library. The Library Christmas Tree Fundraiser has begun. For a $5.00 donation you may place an ornament on the tree to honor or memorialize a loved one or pet. This year, you may also choose to take a tag from the tree and purchase a wish list

item for the library. The fundraiser will continue through the end of December. The library would also like to thank the Slate Pub in Pen Argyl for sponsoring a fundraiser for the library on October 8. We appreciate the generosity of owner Jim Seitz and the support of all who patronized the Slate that night. The library depends on fundraisers for the purchasing of new books, as well as the everyday expenses to keep the library open. Membership to the library is free for all residents of the Pen Argyl Area School District and nonresidents may join for a small yearly fee. The library is located at 216 S. Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl.

By Emily Brandon In retirement, you don't necessarily need a house with several bedrooms and a big yard. In fact, stairs to climb and a yard that needs mowing can become a significant liability as you age. Renters get to outsource emergency repairs and some home maintenance chores, which can make life easier as a retiree. Downsizing to a smaller apartment can also improve your retirement finances. Here are 10 reasons to become a renter in retirement. Tap your home equity. When you sell your home and become a renter, you can add that home equity to your nest egg, which could significantly improve your retirement finances. "Selling the home and renting gives you capital that is able to produce and earn income," says Neal Van Zutphen, a certified financial planner and president of Intrinsic Wealth Counsel in Mesa, Ariz. "It costs less to rent than it does to own. There's no maintenance costs, there's no property taxes and sometimes utilities are included."

Downsize to a smaller place. Once your children move out of the house, you don't need as much space or stuff. "Downsizing to a living space more appropriate for current needs can be additionally helpful if moving from a multi-story to single-story home, i.e., eliminating stairs," says Andrew Carle, founding director of George Mason University's Senior Housing Administration. Lower your cost of living. Retirees no longer need to live in expensive areas near the office or in good school districts. Sometimes moving even a short distance can result in a drastically lower cost of living. Outsource home maintenance. In many rental agreements, it is the landlord's responsibility to maintain the property, including the lawn, exterior of the building and many of the appliances. You are "shifting the burden of home maintenance and repair to the landlord," Carle says. "This includes interior, but

also exterior things like lawn maintenance and snow removal." One phone call for repairs. When something breaks, you don't have to spend your day finding a person to conduct the repair or getting price estimates. You simply call the landlord or administration office and put in a maintenance request. "A lot goes wrong with older homes and that's why a lot of people want to relocate," says Debra Drelich, a geriatric care manager and founder of New York Elder Care Consultants. "You don't have to deal with it when things break you just call the super." Live near the amenities you use. Some retirees choose to relocate to a walkable location near stores, parks and recreational opportunities. "You can walk to things like shops or the theater," Drelich says. It can be useful to base yourself near public transportation in case you reach a point when you no longer want to drive. Relocate near family. Retirement can be an opportunity to move

closer to your children and grandchildren. "If you rent close to your family or children or grandchildren, you have less travel expenses to see family," Van Zutphen says. You can also help each other with childcare and eldercare as needed. More flexibility. Renting gives you the flexibility to experience a new location or lifestyle without a longterm commitment. "Renting gives you an opportunity to try out a place and see what a place is really like to live in," Van Zutphen says. "Rather than buying right away, you can rent for a full year and see if you can imagine yourself living in Florida or Arizona." Find age-appropriate features. Retirees can select apartments with amenities that will allow them to live independently for as long as possible. Features to look for include apartments with a minimum amount of stairs, convenient laundry facilities and handles in the shower. "I live in this 95-year-old house with many flights of steps,

and this is not the house I am going to be able to grow older in with all the steps," Drelich says. Extra help is sometimes available. Some senior housing arrangements allow you to live independently for as long as you are able to, and then offer increasing levels of services as you need them. "For those who are getting older, there's independent living, and then when you need it, there is assisted living and nursing homes and long-term care," Van Zutphen says. Many senior communities also offer the added bonus of social activities for residents and a chance to make friends.

Pocono Health System (PHS) and VNA/Hospice of Monroe County have developed a formalized partnership to provide coordinated and integrated care to all of the patients they serve. This includes patients in Luzerne County, Monroe County, Northampton County, and Pike County. The new partnership will result in an effective continuum of care from the hospital to home care or hospice care thus improving patient

quality, safety, and satisfaction. We are pleased to partner with VNA/Hospice of Monroe County because we have a shared mission of providing world class care close to home that is focused on serving our community, said Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center. We will continue to provide services to our patients regardless of their

ability to pay. Mark Hodgson, CEO, VNA/Hospice of Monroe County added, The opportunity to partner with Pocono Health System will strengthen the home health and hospice care that we provide to the region and assist in reducing readmissions. Best practices identified by Pocono Health System and VNA/Hospice of Monroe County will be incorporated throughout the continuum of care resulting in an enhanced

coordination of care and a more effective delivery model. We enthusiastically welcome all 87 employees of VNA/Hospice to the Pocono Health System family, states Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center. The Hospice House, an acute inpatient facility for the terminally ill with 6 beds will also become part of Pocono Health Systems Palliative Medicine Program.

Spending Thanksgiving Day in service to community is a great way to commemorate this beloved holiday. The Youth Group at Grace United Methodist Church in Pen Argyl truly exemplifies the holiday spirit by taking time to prepare, cook and deliver Thanksgiving meals for those who will be alone or in need of a hot meal on Thanksgiving Day. The Youth group, composed of thirty to fifty teenagers from seventh through twelfth grades, meets at the Church on Thanksgiving Day at 7am to prepare fresh homemade meals which they cook at the Church. Rich Demeter, Youth Pastor, arrives at the Church at 4am to put the turkeys in the oven. The rest of the meal is prepared solely by the teens. Rich said We want the kids to take ownership of this service project. Karen Zanette, Youth Ministry Coordinator, said The kids sign up ahead of time to tell us

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what they will make. They bring the food uncooked to the Church and prepare from beginning to end. Last year, they made sixty meals. While all the cooking and preparing is going on, there is a sense of camaraderie among the kids and memories are made. Some of the kids who were involved in Youth Group even come back on their college breaks to help continue the tradition. Trish Demeter said Were thankful for the

cooperation of every aspect of our church family. Members donate turkeys and homemade pies. The Sunday School classes make greeting cards and homemade cookies. The deliveries are made by volunteers from the congregation and parents. They show up at 11am to help the teens deliver the meals to the individuals and families. At the end of the morning, Rich reminds the teens of what they should be thankful for and they pray together.

He tells them that we all have a responsibility to share our blessings with others in need. Rich said We promise the parents that their kids will be home by noon so they can have a Happy Thanksgiving too. Karen said, We contact Families First, Slate Family Network, the Salvation Army and Cathi Saveri, Service Coordinator at Episcopal Apartments for names of those to receive the meals. What a great way to spend the holiday!

Pen Argyl High School, Class of 1993, 20 Year Class Reunion, November 30th, 6pm, Holy Family Club, 515 West Mauch Chunk Street, Nazareth, 610-759-7887. visit online at m, Join your fellow classmates for a night full of music, dancing, dinner and cash bar. Send class pictures for the reunion slide show in JPEG format to and gburzyns@teksystems.c om. Santa Claus Is Coming To Bangor! Merchants Bank, 25 Broadway, November 30th, 10am-12pm, Photo Opportunities Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling. November 30th, 6pm at the Jones Statue at the bottom of Broadway, Refreshments at the Hub immediately following the lighting. Come One! Come All! Santa sponsored by Merchants Bank & Tree Lighting sponsored by The Hub. Mt. Bethel Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary 25th Annual Fall Show, November 30th, 9am-3pm, the Fire Hall, Rt. 611 in Mt. Bethel. Handcrafted items only, bake sale and kitchen will be open, and free parking. FMI: 570-8975308 or 570-234-6505. The borough of Portland will be hosting their Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st, 7pm on Delaware Avenue. Christmas carols will be sung, hot chocolate and cookies for all. Meet and greet santa and mrs. Claus. Help us decorate the christmas tree with plastic ornaments. Come out and celebrate the start of the holiday season! The North Bangor Volunteer Fire Company will hold their monthly All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, December 1st, from 7am to noon. The cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12,

and children under 5 are free. The fire house is located at 301 Lake Minsi Drive, Bangor. The New Approach presents "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Christmas Concert. December 1st at 2pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1422 Church Road, Pen Argyl (Plainfield). $5 charge at the door. The East Bangor United Methodist Community Church, FREE Italian Christmas Dinner, December 1st, 4-6pm. It includes ham, pasta forno, and all of the fixin's, including dessert. The church is located at 136 W. Central Ave. (Rt. 512), East Bangor, PA. (Visit every Sunday from 11am12pm. for free personal care items.) Questions? call 610-588-4453 or visit Pet Photos With Santa Paws Sunday, December 1 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Blakeslee Animal Clinic, 1521 Rt 115, Blakeslee. Costs $10 each, and includes a 4x6 print on the spot, and a photo emailed to you! FMI: Boomers, email BoomersAngels@gmail.c om or call 570-350-4977. Reagle Dodge's 4th Annual Toys for Tots Event. Santa will be joining us, December 1st 1-4pm. Enjoy with us Santa will be arriving by helicopter, compliments of Mr. Carl Tolino, The U.S. Marines & their mascot, Chesty the bulldog will be escorted in on a Fire Truck by Plainfield Twsp Fire Co. Meet one of Santa's real live reindeers delivered by Z Arch Farms,Free 4x6 Photos with Santa to take home with a toy donation you will receive a certificate for 1 free PA State inspection (expires 12/31/14) as a thank you from our family here at Reagle Dodge. We are currently & will continue accepting donations of brand new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-14 until Friday, Dec. 20th.

Don't shop, adopt! Camp Papillon will hold an Meet & Greet/Adoption Day from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, December 1 at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville. Come and meet the dogs, cats and critters that Camp Papillon has for adoption! Email volunteer@camppapillo, visit or phone (570) 4200450. The East Bangor Methodist Church Monthly Pastie Sale December 3rd. Pickup will be at the Church, 136 W. Central Ave. at 3:30pm, Choices are beef with or without onion or broccoli cheese with or without onion. Call 610-588-1745 Pocono Mountain Harley Owners Group is now accepting non-perishable food items for their annual food drive. Dropoffs can be made at Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson and Krohns Foreign Car Service. Collections will also be taken at Shop Rite in Broadheadsville December 9th and 19th from 11am-3pm. Plainfield Township Public Meeting December 5, 2013 at 7 pm. Little Bushkill Creek Study: You are invited to attend a Public Meeting hosted by the Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors and EAC regarding the study of the Little Bushkill Creek. In response to water quality results obtained in 2012, and input from the Department of Environmental Protection the Township hired URS Corporation to conduct an assessment of the stream and develop a restoration plan. The meeting will be held at Plainfield Township, 6292 Sullivan Trail, Nazareth, PA. Spaghetti Dinner with all the trimmings on Friday, December 6th from 4:30 - 8 PM at the American Legion, off

Rt 209, Gilbert, benefits Waggin' Tails Pet Rescue. Spaghetti dinner includes meatballs, marinara, salad, dessert, coffee and soda. Cost is $8 adults, children 3-12 $5 and under 3 free! There will be raffle tickets available also! Belfast Wesley UMC, 607 School Rd, Nazareth, December 7th, 7pm. Caroling under the pines. Old fashion caroling around a campfire, after caroling will be roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for smores. Call Paul for more information 1-908-565-2447 Breakfast With Santa, Wind Gap Fire Co. 111 N. Broadway, Wind Gap, Saturday December 7, 8am until noon. .Full buffet, craft, gift and picture with Santa. To RSVP, call Tiffany at 610-654-4515 or Erika at 610-863-0707. Also reserve a visit from Santa on the Fire Truck December 7, 1pm until 3pm. Sponsored by Auxiliary and Wind Gap Borough. The Chatham Community Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian Conti, will be presenting their holiday concert this season on December 7th at 7pm, Chatham High School auditorium, 255 Lafayette Ave. The band is comprised of adult volunteer members devoted to bringing instrumental music to the Chatham area and surrounding communities. . Suggested donation is $10.00, and refreshments will be served during the intermission. Waggin' Tails Presents Pet Photos With Santa. Santa will be at Pet Supplies Plus, Route 611, near Target and Home Depot, Stroudsburg on Saturday, December 7th from 11-3 for Pet Photos. Cost is $8 for 5x7 and $10 for an 8x10. Bring all your pets for an adorable photo. For more information, email information@waggintail Christmas at the Blue Mountain Community Library! December 7th, 10am on the second floor of the library, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the library to read stories to the children and listen to their requests. This event is free and appropriate for young children accompanied by an adult. Children will enjoy a fun activity and receive a special treat. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. The library is located at 216 S. Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl. Call Lisa at 610-863-3029 for information. Visit the website at Breakfast with Santa to Benefit the Bangor Public Library on Saturday, December 7th at the East Bangor Fire Department. The event will run from 9 am-12 pm and will include pancakes, sausage, fruit, and baked goods. Tickets are being sold now at the Bangor Public Library, Adults $5 and Children $3 (children 2 and under are free.) Tickets will also be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the Bangor Public Library. East Bangor Vol. Fire Co. Bazaar December 8th 10am-2pm Fill a bag for $2.00. Donations of new and gently used items can be dropped off at the fire house Monday nights. Annual Slate Belt AARP #4135 Chapter Christmas Luncheon, December 9th, 12pm, The Meadows in Hellertown. Tickets are on sale until December 1st. $18 per person. Only paid up members will be eligible to purchase tickets. For tickets call Dorothy Duckworth 610-588-3306 Monroe County Historical Association Annual Holiday Luncheon at the Stroud Mansion Fundraiser December 12th and

December 13th, There are two seatings each day. The early lunch seating will be held from 11am. until 12:30pm. and the Late lunch seating will be held 1pm until 2:30pm. The Holiday Luncheon will be held on the second floor of the historic 1795 Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, $19 per person. Tickets must be purchased at the Stroud Mansion. FMI: 570-421-7703 or East Bangor Vol. Fire Co. Craft show Dec. 14 11am-3pm Santa will arrive on the fire truck at 12. 12:30 donuts and milk with Santa. Vendors tables available call 610-588-5996. NCC Presents Winter Danceworks Students from the Northampton Dance Ensemble, December 12th, 11:15am., and December 13th, 7:30pm Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township the Acta Non Verba dance club will perform pieces choreographed by Northampton Community College dance faculty at a Winter Danceworks. Admission is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item for a local food bank. FMI:call 610-8615300. Safe Haven Pet Rescue will hold an adoption day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 15, at Tractor Supply, Rte. 209, Brodheadsville. Safe Haven will have many young dogs available for you to meet and get to know. Safe Haven requires a preadoption application with references and a home visit prior to adoption. For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and adoption applications, please visit Columbia Fire Co. No. 1, Roseto will be sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa on December 21st, 9-11am at the Firehouse. The event is open to all children from Roseto borough as children and grandchildren of current Fire Co. members. Cost is FREE for those under 10. Adults and children over 10, the cost is $5. Please call 610-588-0597 or email kidsparty@columbiafirec for reservations.

By Cindy Ross It didnt seem like a big deal to the Amish farmer. It was just a narrow tributary off a creek that flowed past the milking parlor. We thought of the tiny stream as a drainage ditch, as a way of getting rid of material we did not want, he said. The waste, including manure and wash water from the barn ran downstream and out of our lives. We thought, this stream is so small. There is really no need to worry about our actions. And then his mind changed. Our Farmer Friend participated in a program offered by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that took him and several other out on a skipjack in the Bay to see and learn how thing are connected. Thats when it hit home. Every farmer is concerned about how to make ends meet, but until we actually saw the bigger picture with our eyes, the oyster beds, and all the peoples lives and livelihoods that is impacted from our nitrogen run-off, it was difficult to understand how we could possibly impact this huge, 200-

mile long bay so far from our Lancaster County farm. Our Farmer Friend quickly adopted no-till practices. Since then, he has completely revamped his farm to make it environmentally sound. The changes made economic sense for the farmer. He now stores manure rather than spreading it on his fields to get rid or it. This cut down on his farm work and allows him to use the manure when appropriate, or sell it. A riparian buffer he put in reduces runoff and saves soil. But many in the Amish and Mennonite community are fearful of the government agencies that oversee, and help pay for, farms conservation practices. They are concerned that big business and government will take over their farms, their land, their lives and their income. Our Amish Farmer Friend says it will take time for his neighbors to come to trust, to learn. I know this frame of mind. Thats how I, too, used to think. But of course, the water adds up. A small polluted

creek leads into a larger river which leads into the Bay. It is all connected. His neighbors drive by and see that his farm looks cleaner. His animals do not wallow in muddy manure and as a result, dont get as ill. Vet bills have decreased, his cows live longer and produce more milk. More than a dozen farmers participated in the educational skipjack outing this year. When they saw how Lancaster County appears as a red zone on a map showing water pollution contribution, they understood how they add to the problem. There is a huge concentration of farms and animals in Lancaster County that contribute high nutrient run-off and sediment loads. The land is intensely used and many streams are impaired because of it. Before I learned, I was ignorant of a lot of the facts, our Farmer Friend said. But with this basic education and awareness, it is much easier to do the right thing and with the (conservation) agencies help, we can learn what the right thing is and get the necessary help and

monetary assistance to make it happen. Our people sometime look on the polluted Bay problem as one of the outside world, but we must care and respect it, our Farmer Friend says. I saw an Amish manure spreader with a bumper sticker that said, No farms, no food, but I believe we can have farms and food and save the environment. We dont have to spread manure on the field and have it run into the Bay. Ultimately, he said, he was doing his part for the future. My father farmed this land, and his father and his father. We have a long lineage and a connection here. My passion for caring for the land comes from my desire to pass this land on to my children so it is possible for them to farm and build a life here. For it really isnt our farm, in the true sense of the word. We are just caretakers of the land. When you buy a farm, you dont buy the environment. Water is part of the commonwealth, belonging to all peoples. As our Farmer Friend came to understand: It all adds up; we all need to do our part.

The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania and Keystone Girls Choir will present the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Friday December 20th, Saturday December 21st, and Sunday December 22nd at St. Lukes United Church of Christ in Belfast PA. Friday and Saturday programs begin at 7:00pm, and Sundays program at 3:00pm. The tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols was first held on Christmas Eve, 1918, at Kings College, Cambridge. Planned by Eric Milner White, former Dean of Kings College, the carols are interspersed between lessons drawn from the Old and New

Testaments and read by individuals from the community. This years program begins with the a cappella singing of Once in Royal Davids City by a child soloist, the same hymn used as the processional for every Lessons and Carols service at Kings College since 1919. The Singers will also perform American carols, as well as international carols from Canada, Mexico, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Flanders, Japan, Poland, Armenia, and five different counties in England. The service will also include congregational singing of classic Christmas

carols such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful as accompanied by the churchs pipe organ. The ninth lesson will be read by Rev. Frank Gassler, pastor of St. Lukes UCC. St. Lukes UCC is located at the Belfast Exit along PA Rt. 33. The church has limited seating, so advance tickets for these very special holiday performances are recommended and are now available for $5. For more information and to reserve tickets, please call 610-759-6002. For more information on the Choir, please visit www.singingboysofpen

Bring your pets and kids for adorable pictures with the Safe Haven Rescue Santa Claws on Saturday, December 7 from 10-2 at Berger's Agway,

Route 209, Brodheadsville. The pictures will cost $10, and make wonderful memories and Christmas gifts. Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and find them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths, and Safe Haven has saved over 600 lives so far. Safe Haven Rescue

needs Volunteers to help with Adoption Days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers, and Fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. If you are an animal lover, we would love to meet you. Help us save homeless dogs! For more information about Safe Haven, and to find a list of dogs available for adoption and Adoption Applications, please visit . Contact Safe Haven at Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook.

Lucille Gruppo Arrives at Christkindlmart

finest artisans featured at Christkindlmarkt this Christmas season. Featuring handmade, oneof-a-kind dolls: Baby Bunting, Orphan Train Riders, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Christmas Ornaments, and more. Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine, Christkindlmarkt showcases: handmade works by the nations finest artisans, live Christmas music, delicious food, glassblowing, ice carving, photos with St. Nicholas, and more. Christkindlmarkt now located at PNC Plaza at Steel Stacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 Open Thursdays Sundays, Nov. 21 Dec. 22, 2013 (closed Thanksgiving) Hours: Thursday & Sunday 11 6, Friday & Saturday 11 8. Gruppo will be participating Nov. 29 Dec. 1, Dec. 5 8, & Dec. 12 15 only. Booth #140 Contact www for more information and directions

Pocono Medical Centers New Heart Valve Clinic

Pocono Medical Centers ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute team of cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists are teaming up to provide a multidisciplinary heart valve clinic for individuals with heart valve conditions. Heart valves are thin, strong flaps of tissue that open and close as your heart pumps. In adults, heart murmurs, which are extra or unusual sounds heard during a heartbeat, are most often caused by heart valves not working properly. Birth defects, agerelated changes, infections or other conditions can cause one or more of your heart valves to not open fully or to let blood leak back through the valve that should be closed. This can make your heart work too hard and affect its ability to pump blood. If not treated, heart valve disease can cause heart failure, stroke, blood clots or sudden death due to sudden cardiac arrest. While lifestyle changes and medicine can help manage valve heart disease, you may eventually need to have a faulty heart valve repaired or replaced. In response to this community need, Pocono Medical Center has developed a new heart valve clinic so you can have access to multiple specialists at one appointment. The team of surgeons and cardiologists will discuss your condition and treatment options in our comfortable, state of the art ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute. Treatment may include routine checkups with your doctor, living a healthy lifestyle and/or taking medications. In some cases, the heart valve may need to be repaired or replaced. If you need heart valve repair or replacement, Pocono Medical Centers experienced, highly trained cardiothoracic surgeons offer a number of surgical treatment options, including minimally invasive valve repair and minimally invasive valve replacement. Minimally invasive heart valve surgery involves repairing or replacing heart valves using small incisions with faster recovery time. Talk to your doctor or call 570-4205331 to make an appointment with all the necessary specialists at Pocono Medical Centers ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute.

Sandy the Christmas Angel Ornament

Lucille Gruppo, creator of Josephines Family Dolls will be one of the nations

Twenty-five new students were inducted into the Argyl Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) Thursday evening at Pen Argyl High School. November 21st. This group joined the eighteen current members. To be eligible for the

society, students need to maintain a 95% grade average. They also need to demonstrate good character, leadership, service and scholarship. Ryan Hunt welcomed parents, friends and the new students. Dr. Julie Gum, a 2005 graduate of Pen Argyl

Area High School and a member of the Argyle Chapter NHS, was the guest speaker. She listed ten characteristics necessary for success in higher education and career advancement. She advised students to set goals, work with a purpose and maintain integrity as you approach your study and work. Dr. Gum was introduced by member, Gina Baker. The new High School Principal, Mr. David Domchek, introduced the current members. Kathleen Huff led the group in the pledge. Katlyn Rowe and Assistant High School Principal, Mr. David Oakley, presented NHS pins to the new members. Adviser Catherine Novello delivered closing remarks.

(NAPSI)When you want to impress your guests this holiday season, one thing that will make it a memorable meal is a spectacular centerpiece, such as a home-baked cornucopia. It is a symbol of bounty and will make your holiday meal extra special. Preparing a cornucopia may look difficult but its actually easy to make. Plus, you can feel confident it will look stunning and taste superb when using Fleischmanns Yeast, the most trusted brand of yeast for more than 140 years. You can showcase your favorite rolls, breads and talents in this magnificent cornucopia: Cornucopia of Breads Makes: 1 cornucopia Prep time: 45 minutes Rise time: 15 minutes Bake time: 60 to 70 minutes 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 envelope Fleischmanns RapidRise Yeast 1 teaspoons salt 1 cups water cup honey cup butter OR margarine 2 to 3 cups allpurpose flour Aluminum foil (disposable) 12-inch pizza pan 2 tablespoons water Favorite fresh baked rolls Combine whole wheat flour, undissolved yeast and salt in a large mixer

bowl. Heat water, honey and butter until very warm (120 to 130F). Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Stir in enough all-purpose flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes while forming cornucopia mold. Gently fold pizza pan into a cornucopia shape, leaving a 5-inch opening and carefully crimping the narrow end in an upward curve. Generously spray with cooking spray and place on a large baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Divide dough in half. Roll each into 15 x 9-inch rectangle on lightly floured surface. Cut each rectangle into six (15 x 1-inch) strips. Starting at the narrow end, wind a dough strip completely around the mold, overlapping strips by to -inch. Continue adding dough strips, gently pinching ends together. TIP: Insert one hand in mold and hold up upright while wrapping and tucking dough strips with second hand. Wrap the last strip around the foil opening. You may not need to use all the dough to cover the mold. The extra dough can be used to make rolls. Place the cornucopia

on prepared baking pan. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Dough will rise very little. Preheat oven to 350F. Generously brush water over cornucopia. Bake for 20 minutes. Brush with water again. (Or, for a shinier appearance brush cornucopia with 1 egg white beaten with 1 tablespoon of water.) Loosely cover with foil and bake an additional 40 to 50

minutes or until cornucopia seems very dry and is a deep golden brown. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Carefully remove foil mold, crushing it as necessary. Store at room temperature, lightly covered. Cornucopia can be made up to 5 days in advance. (Or make up to 1 month ahead and freeze.) To serve, fill with freshly baked rolls.

Whether you're tackling a Thanksgiving turkey for the first or 100th time, these tips will ensure your big bird is the best it can be. 1. Thawing a frozen turkey requires patience. The safest method is to thaw turkey in the refrigerator. Be sure to plan ahead it takes approximately 3 days for a 20 pound turkey to fully defrost. 2. For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight. 3. Cooking times will differ depending on whether your bird was purchased fresh or frozen. Plan on 20 minutes per pound in a 350 degree F oven for a defrosted turkey and 10 to 15 minutes per pound for fresh. 4. A turkey will cook more evenly if it is not densely stuffed. Consider adding flavor by loosely filling the cavity with aromatic vegetables- carrots, celery, onion or garlic work nicely- or by carefully tucking fresh herbs underneath the breast skin. For the stuffing lovers, cook the dressing in a casserole dish on the side. 5. For even roasting, truss your turkey. 6. Before roasting, coat the outside of the turkey with vegetable or olive oil, season with salt and pepper and tightly cover the breast with aluminum foil to prevent over-browning (it will be removed in step 7). 7. Once you get the turkey in the oven, resist the temptation to open the oven door and admire your handiwork. When the oven temperature fluctuates, you're only increasing the likelihood of a dry bird. About 45 minutes before you think the turkey is done, remove the foil from the breast to allow it to brown. 8. Remove the turkey from the oven when the deepest spot between the leg and the breast reads 180 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Check the internal temperature of the stuffing as well; it should be at least 165 degrees. 9. Tent the bird with foil and let rest for about 15 minutes before carving. If you need more time to make gravy, heat up side dishes, etc., you can let the turkey set for up to an hour without losing too much heat. 10. Remember to carve your turkey with a very sharp or electric knife.