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Learn how to turn your garbage into rich soil that many gardeners call "Black Gold". Classes are free of charge. Every attendee is entered into a drawing for a chance to win a composter.

WHEN: June 13th 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sept. 12th 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Oct. 10th 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

WHERE: Monroe County Waste Authority 183 Commerical Blvd Blakeslee, Pa 18610

Class sizes are limited to 20 people. Contact Cindy Parks to pre-register: cparks@thewasteauthority.com (570) 643-6100

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Edit: There are food-grade IBC water totes available locally.  These are an excellent value and hold many more gallons than the standard rain barrels.

 

Local delivery available.  More info:
http://poconos.craigslist.org/grd/5638283261.html


This will be held in connection with Monroe County Earth Day at NCC Monroe Campus.  Are you interested in collecting rain water for outdoor uses around the home?  Whether used for watering plants, washing the car, or washing windows, roof runoff collected in rain barrels provides an ample supply of naturally soft water for a variety of outdoor uses.  This spring, the Monroe County Conservation District is holding a rain barrel sale on Saturday, April 23, 2016. 

 

This Pennsylvania-made rain barrel features a screened lid, brass ball valve spigot, bottom drain, and overflow fittings, all installed on a repurposed barrel. Ordering deadline is Wednesday, April 13, 2016 and pick-up day is Saturday, April 23, 2016 between 11a.m. and 3p.m. at the Monroe County Earth Day, held at Monroe Campus of Northampton Community College.  For more information on the rain barrel, or for an order form, please call the E. E. Center at (570) 629-3061, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Update March 2016:
BARRETT TOWNSHIP -- The old Buck Hill Inn in Monroe County will once again be up for an online auction.

The online sale for the Buck Hill Inn near Mount Pocono is scheduled to begin on March 8. The starting bid is $350,000.

The inn sold for $750,000 in October, but the buyer failed to follow through with the contract, according to realtors.

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Hats off to Jimmy and Voula for being mentioned by Zagats in a recent article, 10 Reasons to Drive to the Poconos this Winter:

Mountainhome Diner

This perfect slice of Americana has everything you could ask for from a diner (pictured above): friendly service, all-day breakfast, daily specials like Yankee pot roast, towering club sandwiches and a 1950s-style ice cream shop located right next door. While this diner might not keep the night-owl hours that some city spots do, it’s worth noting that Mountainhome opens promptly at 6 AM seven days a week.

Route 191 & 390, Mountainhome, PA; 570-595-2523

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Taking advantage of humans is nothing new, and as can be seen, is not only a problem somewhere else.

Bridge Update 1/14/16:

In Barrett Township, staged construction begins on the Mountain Home Road (SR 390) bridge over Mill Creek the week of January 18. The bridge was built in 1956 and averages 5,556 vehicles a day. One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during construction, which is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016.

The bridge on Rt 390 over Mill Creek will be down to one lane as of July 15, 2015. The bridge will remain open to traffic with a signal light in place.

Well, that didn’t take long.  Only a few months after getting rid of the Barrett Township Police Department, the ESSA Bank on Route 390 in Mountainhome was robbed.  

This article may be “too little, too late,” but we can still ask questions about the way our Township Supervisors are conducting business.

1.  Why did we go with Regional over State?
Looking only at the distance between Barrett Township and the corresponding police headquarters:
- State Police Barracks in Swiftwater: 11.1 miles (19 minutes according to Google)
- Mount Pocono Regional Police: 14.9 miles (26 minutes according to Google)

November 7, 2015

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I understand the PMSD board will be further discussing and evaluating the addition of major changes to the West High School field this evening. I am very concerned that the ongoing decrease in student population may eventually lead to a closing of the West HS so the potential expenditure may be of little value long term. It seems logical to use the funds that are liberated in the selling of closed schools for other capital needs that will then allow excess tax collections to be used to reduce debt and lower taxes.

As you know all four of the districts in Monroe County (MC) are experiencing declining school enrollments and one has to ask why?  I have little doubt that high school taxes while not necessarily the root cause have exacerbated the population decline.

You and a guest are invited to attend a cocktail party hosted by Canadensis residents, Brian Long and Sarah T. Schwab.  The event will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 2pm to 5pm at the Friendly Community Center at 6683 Rte 191 in Mountainhome.  Brian is a New York producer and artist manager and is considering creating a not for profit theater company in the Barrett Township area.  He would like to meet with Barrett Township residents to discuss the viability and interest level of the idea.

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