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Barrett Township News, Events, Public Notices: Villages of Mountainhome, Cresco, Skytop, Buck Hill Falls, Canadensis

A never before seen sketch of a decades old murder suspect is finally being distributed to the public. 52-year-old John Leonard Sr. of Cresco was killed on September 8th in 1970. It happened around 2:30PM at the Buck Hill Falls Hotel in Barrett Township -- which has since been demolished after falling into disrepair. Leonard was the taxicab driver of a black 1966 Plymouth Sedan for Mick's Taxi Service. He was called to the hotel where a white man with dark hair and approximately 30 to 40 years old approached the vehicle. Leonard was later found in the sedan dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Police say Leonard had five children at the time. He was a World War II veteran. And was an active member with the VFW and his community. If anyone has information on this crime-- you're asked to contact state police at Stroudsburg.

By Joanna Stone

The "Get Outdoors Poconos" series invites the public to hike Buck Hill's private trails! The Brodhead Watershed Association is privileged to obtain exclusive access to this one-time event.

Buck Hill Falls is situated within Jenkins Woods, a section of old growth forests of oak, hemlock, white pine, birch, and tulip poplar that was spared from logging in the late 1800s.

This photo of Skytop Lodge has special meaning for me. It is, first and foremost, the first place I saw fireworks as a kid. We lived down in the valley but every year would go and park along the golf course with other locals to watch the show. At that time, outsiders were not allowed in the gate especially for the fireworks! During the Second World War, the roof of the Lodge was used by plane spotters...my Dad was one....and later, when we were having troubles with the "Russkies", the skywatch was continued and I volunteered to take a shift...four hours? A bonus was to spend quiet time on that roof looking at the sky and the beautiful valley before me. I never saw any "enemy planes" but I did learn how to enjoy quiet time and enjoy my surroundings....a real gift for an "itchy" teenager. I soon left the Poconos for college and my grown up life. But that bit of responsibility coupled with the beauty of my home town has lived with me a very long time. It shaped my devotion to public service and a life of volunteering in other larger pursuits.

Earl Rose
Palm Springs, California

Date: Monday, May 30, 2022
2:30 pm

Skytop Lodge is one of the United States’ most traditional yet luxury accommodations.

Not only does it offer a fantastic all-inclusive package, but Skytop Lodge is also a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Skytop Lodge opened its doors in 1928 and has been welcoming guests since!

Lawrence "Larry" A. Esposito, 69, of Cresco, PA, husband of Debra Montgomery-Esposito, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 in his home. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he was the son of the late John and Marian (Luzietti) Esposito. Larry was a retired Media Production Manager for Metro-North Railroad, in NYC.

Friday, 06 May 2022 15:58

Sample Ballots: May Primary (2022)

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Friday, 06 May 2022 11:14

Concert in the Park: July 5, 2022

July 5, 2022
4:30pm - 8:30pm

At the Former Barrett Elementary Center, Cresco PA

Admission $5
ages 5 and under free

Your current rate:  8.941¢/kWh

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via the Library: Thanks to a grant from the R. Dale & Frances M. Hughes Foundation last year, we were able to install security cameras at the Library which now makes it possible for us to host a drop box.