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What to Know about Your Tuna Sandwich
(StatePoint) Americans love their tuna. Indeed, the U.S. is the largest market for canned tuna in the world. But according to experts, much of the nation’s canned tuna is not produced sustainably or ethically.“Many of the nation’s largest tuna producers continue to talk a good game on sustainability and human rights, yet have not made the changes needed to shift a destructive industry,” says David Pinsky, Greenpeace USA oceans campaigner.
But there is good news, too. In its second-ever canned tuna ranking, Greenpeace USA found that a number of U.S. retailers have made significant progress toward offering consumers more responsible products. The tuna ranking evaluated the sourcing practices of 20 brands, including whether the fishing method used to catch their tuna harms other marine life, whether they avoid shark finning, and whether they can trace their products back to the sea. In addition, Greenpeace examined the social responsibility of tuna brands. Poor working conditions are systemic in the tuna industry, and in the worst cases, human rights violations and forced labor occur.
“Retailers are quickly realizing that consumers want canned tuna products that they can feel good about feeding their families,” says Pinsky.
In this year’s ranking, Whole Foods joined Wild Planet, American Tuna, and Ocean Naturals in the ranking’s top green category, identified as the best choices for American consumers. Whole Foods recently made a commitment to sell only sustainable canned tuna nationwide by early 2018, setting the bar for all other U.S. retailers. Wild Planet and American Tuna tied for the top score in the ranking -- both are considered to be trusted sustainable tuna brands that continue to advocate for positive changes throughout the industry. Just below the top-ranked brands are seven retailers in the second-tier yellow category.
This is a positive trend compared to Greenpeace’s previous ranking, as a growing number of evaluated brands are providing some good tuna choices that follow better practices when it comes to the environment and worker treatment.
Greenpeace says it hopes larger brands like Chicken of the Sea and others will take a leading position in the U.S. market and help move the industry in a more positive direction.
For those consumers looking to spend their dollars with brands that treat their workers fairly and mitigate their environmental impact, these overall industry trends are good news.
To become a savvy shopper, think beyond the label, which doesn’t always provide the full picture. Experts urge consumers to ask their local grocery store managers to carry brands that are doing the right things, and to consider sharing their opinions. To dive a bit deeper, you can view the entire Canned Tuna Shopping Guide, at greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/tuna-guide.
By making informed decisions you can help make a global difference, one bite at a time.
Visit the country's oldest running Jazz Club
The Deer Head Inn located just 10 miles north of the Slate Belt in Delaware Water Gap is the oldest running Jazz Club in the country.
Here's what's happening this week at the Deer Head Inn:
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 7 to 11 PM. MUSIC CHARGE $15/$8 after 9:30: WARREN VACHE TRIO with Warren Vache, cornet; Tardo Hammer, piano; Earl Sauls, bass
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 5 to 8PM MUSIC CHARGE $10. JAY RATTMAN & BILLY TEST: PLAY THE MUSIC OF JOHN COATES, JR. Jay Rattman, saxophone, clarinet; Billy Test, piano play the muisc of John Coates Jr.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25 - SUNDAY, JULY 2 COTA CAMP JAZZ including the COTA Camp Jazz Facultyconsisting of Bill Warfield, trumpet; Sam Burtis, trombone; Jay Rattman, saxophone, clarinet, flute; Brenda Earle, piano, voice; Evan Gregor, bass, Spencer Reed, guitar; Dr. Sherrie Maricle, drums; Kent Heckman, Red Rock Recording.
MONDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 to 10:30 PM MUSIC CHARGE $10. The Water Gap Orchestra Directed by Matt Vashlishan, an 18-piece ensemble of local professional performing original and arranged music from all eras.
Rhythm & Blues Concerts in the ShawneeCraft Tap Room
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 email@example.com. Visit our website, http://www.monroecountygardenclub.com/ and Join us on Facebook. www.Facebook.com/MonroeCountyGardenClub.
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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.
Entertainment This Week
Children’s Day , Civil War Encampment
Stroudsburg (PA) Quiet Valley’s Children's Day will be held on Saturday June 24, 2017. Families will be able to enjoy a variety of old fashion games and activities like relay races, making crafts, playing with old fashion toys, partake in a horse drawn wagon ride, participating in garden-related activities and more. Tours of the historic farmstead will take place as usual. Children's Day is included in the general admission price.
In addition there will be a Civil War Encampment June 24 - 25, also included in daily admission. The Civil War comes to life as the 142nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Co. G, re-enactors encamp at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm. The 142nd portray as accurately as possible the drill and every day life of soldiers in the 1800’s. By doing this they honor those who fought and in turn give us a glimpse into local history.
The militia encampment is from 10:00 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 12PM to 4:00 PM. on Sunday. Visitors can mingle with the re-enactors, who will share information on their lives and times as well as their clothing, their articles of war, and what the daily routine was like for a Civil War combatant. The 142nd encampment is a part of Quiet Valley’s summer “Highlight” program, which are special themed demonstrations that provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about traditional folk arts, heritage crafts, trades skills and typical activities of the 1800s.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is a non-profit, educational corporation dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Pennsylvania’s agricultural heritage. At Quiet Valley history comes to life on our 19th century farmstead. School and group tours are by reservation from Labor Day until June and tours for the general public run from the third Saturday in June through Labor Day Monday. Period-dressed “family” members reenact the life of the original Pennsylvania German farming family who lived on the farm from the late1760s to 1913. The farm also hosts a number of special events throughout the year. For more information on the museum call (570) 992 – 6161 or visit us online at: www.quietvalley.org.
Monroe Farmer's Market
Monroe Farmer's Market now located at Stroudsburg United Methodist Church (Rear entrance off Ann Street) It is open Saturdays 9am-noon
Their Winter vendors are:The Kitchen Witch, Menegus Farm, E&R Mathez Farm, Apple Ridge Farm, Cakes & Scones Bakery, The Daily Bread Bakeshop. Aspen Ridge Farm. Pocono Limited Winery, Woodsfresh Mushrooms, Cranberry Creek Farm, Sweet Riley’s Bakery, Special Lady’s Specialties, Spreading Joy Handmade Chocolates …and many surprise artisans.
Live Eagle Nest Cam
Gardening with Native Species
Gardening with Native Species Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM at Pocono Environmental Education Center. Free. Join Sheila Salmon, of the Pike County Master Gardeners, as we discuss the best way to make use of native species when planning and planting your garden!
Founder's Day at the Dutot Museum
Founder's Day at the Dutot Museum, Delaware Water Gap. Hear Antoine Dutot speak at the museum
Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Denny Carrig, as Antoine Dutot, will talk about Antoine's life's history and how he started Dutotsburg in 1793, which later became Delaware Water Gap.
Free guided hike at Mount Nebo
Free guided hike at Mount Nebo Part of the Get Outdoors Poconos series Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM by the Brodhead Watershed Association.
The 159-acre Mount Nebo Regional Park in Smithfield Township, Pa., provides a variety of shady walks glowing with flowering native plants — the woods seem endless, with civilization far away.
On Saturday, June 24, Brodhead Watershed Association will host a hike through this preserved land that actually isn’t far at all – the green views of Lake Nebo and the Delaware River are easily accessible to thousands of nearby residents.
Hikers will see a porcupine-chewed tree and fox scat, a brook-spanning footbridge, ducks and turtles, a musclewood tree, birch, cherry and chestnut oaks. You would never know that all this peace and natural beauty could be found a few miles from the busy world of Route 209.
Poconos Comedy Jam & After Party
Poconos Comedy Jam & After Party Saturday, June 24, 2017 9:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Each and every Saturday, hosted by Shawn Harvey with music by DJ Hot Sause. Limited tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Ages 21+ only. Doors open at 9:30 pm, show starts at 10:00 pm. Wintergreens Patio Grill, 124 Golf Drive East Stroudsburg.
Pocono Wildlife Annual Open House
Come to the Pocono Wildlife Annual Open House Event at 361 Cherry Drive off Lower Cherry Valley Rd See and learn about Wildlife! 10-4 both days!. Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM to Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Visit the largest wildlife care facility in northeastern PA. See live raptors, mammals, songbirds and reptiles all native to PA. Learn about how they are cared for and released. Live music, demonstrations, raffles, artwork, wildlife-themed gifts, bake sale, food and more! PWREC cares for more than 2000 animals a year and is funded SOLELY through donations. $9 Adults $5 under 10 under 4 free. Cash or check only. No pets please!!
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - June 24
Jacqueline Bouvier and JFK engagement - 1953
On this day in 1953, Jacqueline Bouvier and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy publicly announce their engagement. Kennedy went on to become the 35th president and Jackie, as she was known, became one of the most popular first ladies ever to grace the White House.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was born into a prominent New York family in 1929. She grew up an avid horsewoman and reader. In 1951, after graduating from George Washington University, Jackie toured Europe with her sister. That fall, she returned to the U.S. to begin her first job as the Washington Times-Herald‘s “Inquiring Camera Girl.” Her assignment was to roam the streets of Washington, D.C., ask strangers man on the street questions and then snap their picture for publication. Shortly afterward, at a dinner party in Georgetown, she met a young, handsome senator from Massachusetts named John F. Kennedy. The two dated over the next two years, during which time Jackie mused to a friend that she might actually marry a man who was allergic to horses, something she never before would have considered. In May 1953, Kennedy proposed, giving Jackie a 2.88-carat diamond-and-emerald ring from Van Cleef and Arpels.
The couple married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Twelve hundred people attended the wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm.
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Can You Believe It...
Football fan becomes 'Packer' by taking wife's last name
June 22 (UPI) -- A Green Bay Packers super fan officially became "Mr. Packer" after asking to take on his wife's last name.
Ryan Holtan-Murphy, 41, married Marie Packer, 38, at the Willis Tower in Chicago on June 17, proudly adopting a new surname to display his loyalty to his beloved Packers.
"We're the Packer family now," he told ABC News.
The pair met three years ago at a karaoke bar in Madison, Wisconsin and although Holtan-Murphy was quickly impressed by Packer's accomplishments and beauty, he was left in disbelief after learning her last name.
"I remember thinking, she was beautiful, she's hilarious, she's tough, she's a doctor, she's smart," he told WTMJ. "But when she said her name, I thought, oh, she's messing with me. I made her show me two forms of ID to prove her last name was Packer."
Packer said the two had an understanding that Holtan-Murphy would take on the "Packer" name and after spending most of her life living in the home states of some of the Packers' biggest rivals she didn't expect to find someone who would so greatly appreciate her link to the Green Bay football team.
"I was like, wow, my last name could be amazing for somebody," she said. "But I was living in Lions country and then I moved to Chicago and it's Bears country. It wasn't super popular there. I just kind of thought it was never going to mean anything to anybody. Then I met him and it meant everything to him."
Packer's husband made sure his love for the team was on display at their wedding, which featured Packers-themed signs, and place settings.
The devoted fan even surprised his bride by wearing a green suit and tie plastered with the Packers logo.
"I ordered it three months ago and have been hiding it under the bed in our guest room. She was a lot harder to find on the dance floor once I showed up in the suit," he said. "She's a great sport. She's a lot of fun."
The couple, who own custom Packers jerseys which read "Mr. Packer" and "Dr. Packer," are honeymooning in Turks and Caicos as Holtan-Murphy awaits his official name change.
"I've already started the paperwork for after the wedding," he said. "I have my completed application for a new Social Security card, new passport and new driver's license ready to mail! My new full name will be Ryan Holtanmurphy Packer. I can't wait!"
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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