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Reasons To Work Out With Your Dog
Love it or loathe it, we can all agree that exercising is way more fun with friends. And if you’re looking for a workout buddy that will keep you motivated, is always on time and won’t complain about going the extra mile, then look no further than your four-legged pal.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that dog owners are 57 to 77 percent more likely to meet the government’s activity targets (150 minutes a week) than those who don’t own dogs. According to researchers, people with dogs also felt more confident that they could find time for exercise regardless of other commitments, plus were more able to overcome workout barriers (ahem, that after work happy hour). So your loveable pup is basically your own personal Richard Simmons.
Want more good news? Even taking your furry friend for a brisk walk counts as exercise. Plus, if you and your pup increase your pace to 4.7 miles per hour, you’ll burn as many calories per mile as you would running. Not too shabby.
Eastburg Community Alliance Seeks Vendors
The East Burg Community Alliance is seeking vendors for their upcoming events, Music on Mondays and the Freedom Festival. The Music on Mondays runs from May to Sept. 6 to 8 PM. The fee is $50 for the season. The Freedom Festival is July 3 and 4. Prices vary. For information email Sonya Cole at email@example.com.
Pocono Arts June 2017 Studio Class
STROUDSBURG - The Pocono Arts Council will offer the following classes during the month of June. Classes, unless noted otherwise, are held at the PoconoArts Cultural Center, 18, N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg. To register call PoconoArts at 570-476-4460 or register online at www.poconoarts.org.
Painting on Canvas Workshop
Instructor Linda Stockman
One evening, June 12, Monday, 6-9pm
In this workshop you will be painting a whimsical “Daisy Pop” flower with acrylic paint. Bring any size canvas you would like to work on, acrylic paints, brushes and rags for clean up. This is a fun, freestyle class….no pressure. Bring a friend and enjoy a night of painting and friendship.
Tuition: Member $30/Non-Member $40: Senior Member $20/Non
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Entertainment This Week
Monroe Garden Club Garden Tour
Tour seven beautiful private gardens near Stroudsburg on Saturday, June 24, 10-4, Raindate June 25.. Tickets available at Bryant Street Park, corner of Broad St and Bryant St., Stroudsburg at 9:30 AM day of tour. $8 members, $10 non members.
For more information, call President Robin Teets 570-350-8069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website, http://www.monroecountygardenclub.com/ and Join us on Facebook. www.Facebook.com/MonroeCountyGardenClub.
Shawnee Community Concert Series for June
Shawnee Community Concert Series is held on Tuesday nights at 7pm, year around, (rain or shine) at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The performances will run for approximately one hour and will take place at The River Sanctuary (pavilion) or in the lobby of the Inn (depending on season and weather). There is no admission fee but donations for the performers will be collected prior to intermission.
Live Eagle Nest Cam
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 12
Reagan challenges Gorbachev - 1987
On this day in 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany. In 1945, following Germany’s defeat in World War II, the nation’s capital, Berlin, was divided into four sections, with the Americans, British and French controlling the western region and the Soviets gaining power in the eastern region. In May 1949, the three western sections came together as the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), with the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) being established in October of that same year. In 1952, the border between the two countries was closed and by the following year East Germans were prosecuted if they left their country without permission. In August 1961, the Berlin Wall was erected by the East German government to prevent its citizens from escaping to the West. Between 1949 and the wall’s inception, it’s estimated that over 2.5 million East Germans fled to the West in search of a less repressive life.
With the wall as a backdrop, President Reagan declared to a West Berlin crowd in 1987, “There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.” He then called upon his Soviet counterpart: “Secretary General Gorbachev, if you seek peace–if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe–if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Reagan then went on to ask Gorbachev to undertake serious arms reduction talks with the United States.
Most listeners at the time viewed Reagan’s speech as a dramatic appeal to Gorbachev to renew negotiations on nuclear arms reductions. It was also a reminder that despite the Soviet leader’s public statements about a new relationship with the West, the U.S. wanted to see action taken to lessen Cold War tensions. Happily for Berliners, though, the speech also foreshadowed events to come: Two years later, on November 9, 1989, joyful East and West Germans did break down the infamous barrier between East and West Berlin. Germany was officially reunited on October 3, 1990.
Gorbachev, who had been in office since 1985, stepped down from his post as Soviet leader in 1991. Reagan, who served two terms as president, from 1981 to 1989, died on June 5, 2004, at age 93.
Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot June 12
Come and enjoy music and art at the depot. Vendors and art begin at 6:00 PM; music at 7:00. A free will offering will be taken on behalf of the musicians. Event is held rain or shine as they move inside the depot if the weather is bad For a relaxing evening, come and enjoy music and art at the depot. Bring a chair and your family and friends.
The performers this week are the J.M. Hill Elementary School Chorus. Their director is Cathy Tynemouth. She states the following about the group:
"This is the fourth and fifth grade chorus from J.M. Hill Elementary School. This year, this chorus had over 80 members. Along with their two annual chorus concerts, they performed in the community throughout the year. They have sung in the past years at East Stroudsburg Borough's Harvest Fest, Big Brother/Big Sister Telethon, Pocono Medical Center's Tree Lighting, Stroud Mall, Lackawanna Train Ride Excursions, PTA events, and Pancake Day. This year their spring program was "A Musical Road Trip Across the USA". They stopped in many places on their travels and performed songs like "Fifty Nifty United States", Deep in the Heart of Texas", and "Shenandoah". Join them on this musical journey where they always end up "Home"!
Linda Kolbek is the artist for the evening. Her art is derivative to the work of Joan Miro and the "cartoon'ish" styles of Sally Cruikshank. It could be described as a "abstract cartoon". Her primary use of media is acrylic on canvas, and the themes range from the whimsical to the strange spiritual world of the unknown. She enjoy play on words, and this is also another reoccurring theme found in the structure of her work. Most of her influence is based on personal experiences that have happened in her life.
Western Pocono Library Summer Programs
Programs being held for Baby through age 7 years old and Young Adult ages 8 through 18 years old Tuesday at 10:30 am, Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Thursday at 6:30 pm. Special guests with special programming to be announced. Registration began May 30th.
* Library will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday
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Competitive eater downs record 255 Peeps in 5 minutes
(UPI) -- The world's No. 2 ranked competitive eater broke his own world record by inhaling 255 marshmallow Peeps in 5 minutes.
Matt Stonie, who hails from San Jose, Calif., downed 255 of the Easter-season marshmallow treats Saturday at the second-annual National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship in Maryland.
Stonie broke his own record of 200 Peeps in 5 minutes, set during last year's event.
Stonie, who is ranked No. 2 by Major League Eating, was awarded $1,750 and a trophy filled with Peeps.
Finding relevance in the evolving consumer environment
(BPT) - You could call this a story of dreamers. Of taking chances, tempting fate and daring to take a blind leap of faith. The first chapter began because Bob Page found himself stuck in a job he hated.
"I lived for my weekend hobby, going to flea markets searching for vintage china and crystal," says Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page. "As friends heard what I was doing, they would ask me to look for their patterns. I had a little recipe box that I kept index cards in and I would take notes of things that people were looking to find. That went so well I ran ads in some magazines, and I started getting calls from people looking for those older, hard-to-find patterns. And I began to think, there's a real need here no one is meeting."
From small beginnings
Early on, Page climbed through dumpsters looking for boxes to repurpose for shipping. As the requests grew, Page knew he had to make a move. He quit his job as a state auditor, hired a part-time assistant and refused to look back.
"I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, so my family was really upset and thought I was crazy, trying to sell used dishes for a living," says Page. "I had to take this chance because I really felt like if I could devote myself to my hobby full time, I could make it work. I didn't think I would as a CPA, but if I'm doing something I really enjoy, I'll be better off."
Page's gamble hit a sentimental spot with customers who would rather replace the patterns they loved rather than buy new ones. And so began dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd.
Fast forward 36 years, and Page's weekend hobby has grown into the world's largest retailer of vintage and current dinnerware, crystal, silver and collectibles. The numbers alone are astounding. Replacements' facilities cover an area larger than eight football fields. Inventory includes more than 11 million pieces from nearly 450,000 patterns. With nearly 400 employees, the company's global reach includes millions of customers spanning six continents.
On the human side of the business, as a gay man, Page knew discrimination firsthand, which drove him to create a company known for inclusion, innovative workplace practices (such as on-site health care), and an emphasis on taking a stand to protect all people. Many national magazines have also recognized Replacements as one of the top pet-friendly companies in the country.
Writing the next chapter
Despite Replacements' success on so many levels, in recent years the company had to face the same reality dogging so many businesses: It wasn't attracting younger buyers.
In this changing customer landscape, with millennials strongly influencing buying habits, leadership recognized Replacements needed to reinvent itself in this new world of consumers.
"Customers had pretty much pigeonholed us as a company used to replace broken pieces, which was frustrating because Replacements is so much more than a matching service," says Chief Marketing Officer Linh Calhoun. "Our challenge became figuring out how to stay true to our current customer base, while at the same time establishing relevance as a lifestyle business with a new audience. We realized that regardless of their stage in life, we needed to show each generation how Replacements can play a part in helping them create experiences they'll never forget, whether they're hosting their very first cocktail party or their 20th Thanksgiving. Like so many other brands, we truly have to be relevant with all ages."
To tackle this dilemma, Calhoun's team began identifying what their current customer looked like, then created buyer personas of new customers they wanted to reach. Through this exercise, they developed the company's new tagline, "There's a place for you," alluding to both the company's impact on customers and its inclusive stand for social justice. The team stepped up its social media efforts, redefined its mission statement and leveraged the company's recent 36th anniversary to create another milestone by launching the retailer's first flagship video.
So far, Replacements is seeing overwhelmingly positive responses both from its longtime customer base and those just learning about the company. While it's too early to tell how well the refreshed focus will resonate with consumers, Page's advice for would-be entrepreneurs is also timely for companies looking to evolve to the next level.
"Settling for comfortable is the easy way out," says Page. "Don't be afraid to take risks - you'll never know what you might achieve if you aren't willing to take a chance and step out of your comfort zone."
Education and Careers...
Tips decoding college financial aid award letters
Cut through the chaos with expert tips for understanding college financial aid letters (BPT) - Whether you're a high school senior or an adult looking to change careers, a college degree can be the key to a bright future. As acceptance letters arrive in the mail, another important document is not far behind: financial aid letters.
"College is a major investment, and many people require financial assistance to pay for it," says Harlan Cohen, New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Naked Financial Minute. “It's vital to understand financial aid so you can make informed choices and avoid surprises in the future."
The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2016–2017 school year is $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities, according to the College Board.
In order to find out what aid you qualify for, you should start by filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After your information is processed, and you’ve applied to the colleges of your choice, you'll receive financial aid award letters in the mail with the results from each school where you were accepted.
Not all financial aid letters are the same, so deciphering and comparing them can be confusing. To help get you started, the experts at College Ave Student Loans share tips and tricks for how to easily understand your financial aid letter.
Look carefully at symbols and terms: College award letters may use different wording and abbreviations. For instance, rather than spelling out the word “loan” you could see “L” or “LN”. You might also see “net price” and “net cost.” Look carefully at how each school calculates these amounts. Some schools will subtract loan amounts from these figures. Just remember that loans need to be paid back, usually with interest; loans can help you spread the cost of college over time, but they don’t eliminate the expense.
Know the difference between gift aid and loans: Gift aid is money that is awarded to qualifying students that isn’t expected to be paid back. Gift aid includes things like scholarships, grants, and housing or tuition waivers. Not all applicants will qualify for gift aid, but most will be eligible for federal loans. As a general rule, you should expect that you’ll need to pay loans back, usually with interest.
Be aware of the impact of outside scholarships: If a student is awarded a private scholarship, the financial aid letter may list its effect on the amount of money offered by the school or in federal aid because the student’s financial need has already been partially covered. This could impact gift aid, loan amounts, or both.
Keep an eye out for work-study offers: If you indicated an interest during the FAFSA application, your financial aid letter may list approval for a work-study job that provides money toward your studies and fits with your class schedule. The money you earn is typically applied directly to your school expenses.
Understand your expected family contribution (EFC): Depending on your personal circumstances, there may be a line item for expected family contribution. This is the amount of money your family is expected to contribute toward your college education based on their tax and savings information. This will impact your overall award package.
Think about additional costs: Your financial aid letter may not include all of the costs associated with going to school. Think beyond tuition and make sure you have an idea of what you’ll be spending on housing, food, transportation, books, supplies, additional fees, and other living expenses.
If you find the amount of financial aid provided isn’t enough (including the amount offered in federal loans), families may want to research and explore private student loans as an option to cover the additional expenses. Look for competitive interest rates and flexible repayment options that match your budget. College Ave Student Loans also offers a calculator that showcases how much families can save with various loan options at www.collegeavestudentloans.com.
Finally, if you’re still unclear about the terms and conditions of any college award letter, it’s important to reach out to the school to ask for clarification or discuss your options. You don’t want to leave any money on the table.
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or email@example.com.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
Local Galleries & Museums
Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
Holiday Craft Show, Handmade Gifts by Local Artisans, Dec 2-4, 9-11. Fridays, 5-8PM. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-5PM. 570-476-4240 or www.dutotmuseum.com.
Holiday Store, (thru Jan 2). 18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4. 570-476-4460 or www.poconoarts.org
Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg. 570-421-6431 or www.stroudsmoor.com
Findings Jewelry & Art Gallery
Gold, Silver, & Gemstone Creations of Jeweler & Owner Daniel Varipapa. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5PM; Sat, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 39 N. Seventh St., Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. 570-426-1888
Gallery at Liztech
Made in PA. Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 10AM-6PM, 95 Crystal St. EastStroudsburg. 570-424-3177 or www.Liztech.com
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Holiday Art and Photo Exhibit and Sale featuring scenes of Grey Towers: plein air paintings by artists of Come Paint with Me and a juried exhibition of photographs by members of Pike Imaging Council. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Miford, Daily 11AM-4PM. 3-floor Mansion Tour available weekends at 4PM. 570-296-9630 or www.greytowers.org
Kettle Creek Art Gallery
Photo Contest Winners. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. 570-629-3061 or www.mcconservation.org
Madelon Powers Gallery
Gallery Hours: Weds & Thurs: 11AM-7PM. Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 11AM-4PM. Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg University. 570-422-3483 or email@example.com
Miller’s Fine Arts Gallery
Features Contemporary Stone Sculptures from East Africa and other African Artifacts. Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-6PM and Sundays by appointment only. 402 Brushy Mountain Rd, EastStroudsburg. 612-573-6594 or 914-588-6843 or www.cmillersfineart.photoreflect.com
Monroe County Historical Association
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10AM-4PM, First & Third Saturdays, 10AM-4PM. One-hour Guided Tours: 11AM & 2PM daily. 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-421-7703 or www.monroehistorical.org
Hours: 11AM-5PM, M-W; 11AM-7PM, Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Fri; 10AM-5PM, Sat; Noon-4PM, Sun, Route 115, Effort. 570-872-9683 or www.MudWorksPotteryPA.com 10% Discount for PoconoArts Members
Northampton Community College Monroe Campus - Keystone Hall, Dunning Art Gallery, "Flying Free - Birds & the Human Spirit" (thru Jan 13). Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8AM-9PM, 201 Keystone Hall, Monroe Campus, Tannersville. 610-861-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Origins Gallery on Main
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1-5:30PM. 580 Main St., Stroudsburg, 570-507-7571 or www.originsgallery.org
Créches from Around the World, Pearsall Room, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Available 9AM-5PM, (thru Jan 2). 1-800-SHAWNEE or www.shawneeinn.com
Wing & A Prayer Chapel
120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, Sunday, 1-4PM. 607-644-0596 or email@example.com
Monroe County Roasd Work