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Tips for living green in warm weather
(BPT) - As the weather changes, so does our lifestyle. From grilling to gardening, we’re ready to shake off winter and jump into warm-weather fun. But what about the impact these activities have on the planet? With just a few habit changes, you can limit your environmental impact by reducing waste and energy use in the spring and summer months. And as you change those habits, don’t forget to recycle everything you can, especially batteries.
To prep for the warmer months, here are some easy tips to make your spring and summer a little more eco-friendly:
Tip 1: Go easy on the AC.
Did you know air conditioning accounts for nearly 20 percent of electricity consumption in American homes? That’s as much electricity as is used by the entire continent of Africa! To reduce your system’s carbon footprint, program your AC to reduce output during the day, and increase the set temperature by a few degrees. Bonus: You’ll save money on your energy bills too!
Tip 2: Bring your own water bottle.
As the weather starts heating up, staying hydrated is more important than ever. Unfortunately, bottled water is a major contributor to landfill waste; Americans throw away more than 60 million plastic water bottles each day. To live greener, be sure to bring your own refillable water bottle.
Tip 3: Trade out your charcoal.
Barbecues are a favorite warm-weather tradition for many, but most grilling charcoal emits high levels of carbon dioxide when burned. To reduce carbon emissions, swap out your charcoal grill for cleaner-burning propane option. Their carbon footprint is about one-third of standard charcoal.
Tip 4: Recycle your batteries.
The warmer months bring a return to outdoor activities like gardening. When you head to your local store to buy tools or plants, bring along your used batteries to be recycled. According to Call2Recycle, Inc., 88 percent of people in the U.S. live within 10 miles of a battery recycling location. Drop-off locations include Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears, Staples, and many other retailers you may already visit regularly, making it easy to recycle on-the-go.
Programs like Call2Recycle(R) make it easier than ever to do the right thing by collecting and recycling your batteries. By recycling your batteries, you not only reduce landfill waste, but it also gives batteries a second life as they can be used to make new batteries, kitchen appliances, car parts, and more! To find a recycling location near you, visit www.call2recycle.org/locator.
Pocono Community Orchestra
Pocono Community Orchestra- Rehearsals on Wednesdays, 7-9PM, Stroudsburg High School. All string, wind, brass and percussion players wanted. Intermediate level & above.Information: Betsy Buzzelli-Clarke, email@example.com.Trinity Centennial BandcMusicians interested in joining this community concert band are invited to come to rehearsals with your instrument and a music stand. Rehearsals are on Monday nights, 2 or3 times a month, in the Community Room,Stroud Township Building, North 5th St,Stroudsburg, 7PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the spring schedule.
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.
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Pocono Mountains Wine Tour
Experience a pleasant and refreshing day in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, enjoying some of Pennsylvania's best known wines on the grounds where they are made. Pocono Daytripper has partnered with four of the Pocono's favorite vineyards to take local resort guests for a leisurely day, tasting great wines at The Villas, 5785 Milford Road East Stroudsburg.
Please arrive at 10:45 am, bus leaves promptly at 11:00 am from the check-in center.
The cost is $45.00 per person (1-3 people); $40.00 per person (4-6 people); $35.00 per person (7-10 people); and $30.00 per person (11-14 people). Packages include transportation to and from the vineyards and an afternoon of tours and tasting.
Children under 16 are not allowed on this trip. Sign up in advance by calling 570-977-7731 by 5:00 pm the previous day.
Eldred Township Historical Society
The Eldred Township Historical Society meets tonight in the Eldred Township Municipal Building at 7:00 pm.
Live Eagle Nest Cam
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
License Fee Increases For Hunting and Fishing
The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission both continue to push for legislation that would allow them to set their own license fees. This Tuesday, June 20, the House Game and Fisheries Committee, of which I am a member, will host an informational meeting to discuss the proposals.
You can watch the meeting at www.RepEmrick.com, beginning at 9:15 a.m
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 20
Jaws released - 1973
On this day in 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars. Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category and took home three Oscars, for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. The film, a breakthrough for director Spielberg, then 27 years old, spawned three sequels.
The film starred Roy Scheider as principled police chief Martin Brody, Richard Dreyfuss as a marine biologist named Matt Hooper and Robert Shaw as a grizzled fisherman called Quint. It was set in the fictional beach town of Amity, and based on a best-selling novel, released in 1973, by Peter Benchley. Subsequent water-themed Benchley bestsellers also made it to the big screen, including The Deep(1977).
With a budget of $12 million, Jaws was produced by the team of Richard Zanuck and David Brown, whose later credits include The Verdict (1982), Cocoon (1985) and Driving Miss Daisy (1989). Filming, which took place on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, was plagued by delays and technical difficulties, including malfunctioning mechanical sharks.
Jaws put now-famed director Steven Spielberg on the Hollywood map. Spielberg, largely self-taught in filmmaking, made his feature-length directorial debut with The Sugarland Express in 1974. The film was critically well-received but a box-office flop. Following the success of Jaws, Spielberg went on to become one of the most influential, iconic people in the film world, with such epics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), ET: the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler’s List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). E.T., Jawsand Jurassic Park rank among the 10 highest-grossing movies of all time. In 1994, Spielberg formed DreamWorks SKG, with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. The company has produced such hits as American Beauty (1999), Gladiator (2001) and Shrek (2001).
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Fleeing spiders leave massive cobweb
(UPI) -- Spiders fleeing flooding in a New Zealand town created a massive veil of 100-foot cobwebs that waved in the wind across a field.
Tracey Maris said she was visiting Spratt Reserve in Papamoa, a suburb of Tauranga, Sunday when she captured video of the spectacular sheet of webs shimmering in a field after flooding in the town caused spiders to flee for higher and dryer ground.
"Kind of yuck, but really beautiful at the same time. I was amazed being up on top of the mound seeing how far it stretched for," Maris said.
Maris said the field of webs was short lived -- a dog ran through them shortly after she filmed the video.
Pocono Arts June 2017 Studio Classes
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.
Instructor Jim Smeltz
One Evening, June 14, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
This workshop is open to any media, acrylic, watercolor and water based oils. The choice is yours! Light is the focus of this evening.
Pocono Lions Annual Charity Golf Outing
The 18th Annual Charity Golf Outing hosted by Pocono Lions will be held on June 14 from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm at Mountain Laurel Golf Club, in White Haven. The event is a Four Person Scramble. Registration and putting contest begins at 10:30 am with a shotgun start at 12 noon. Dinner will be at Lake Naomi Clubhouse, Pocono Pines. The cost is $115.00 per person by June 9th or $125.00 per person the day of registration. If you'd like to attend dinner only, it is $40.00. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.poconolions.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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