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Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00

Why are we spraying for caterpillars?

Edit 3/17/17: It seems the new PA Contact for spraying this year is Triple F Flying.  Source WNEP.


To the Editor:
Please do not hire the outfit from Georgia to fly over your house and spread poison throughout our environment.  The following article was posted to Facebook by the Audobon Society of Rhode Island in response to a person asking why they found these dead songbirds after having their trees sprayed.  This outfit from Georgia, "Bruces Flying Service" has a "PA Contact" listed in their ad of 570-595-2303.
- Anonymous


So, I was checking my voicemail this morning and there was one from a caller who said that she had her trees sprayed for caterpillars – trees occupied by three bird feeders - and now, she is upset that there are no birds at all for her to watch. She wonders if the spray could possibly have something to do with it. (Yes, spraying pesticides on your trees will have an effect on the songbirds.) It is not uncommon for us to get inquiries such as these, and it is with great frustration and sadness that we often are faced with educating people after the damage has been done.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

Vacation Bible School 2016

Barrett/Paradise Ecumenical Community: "Deep Sea Discovery," 9 a.m. to noon June 27 to July 1, Mountainhome United Methodist Church, routes 390 and 191, Cresco. All community children ages 3 to grade six are invited to attend. Children will learn that God is with them and watches over them wherever they go. Registration will be held at 8:30 a.m. June 27. We are encouraging all children to preregister in order to help us with planning for snacks, crafts, leaders, etc. Information or to preregister: Susan at 570-839-8029. Closing program this year will be held at 7 p.m. July 1.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

Commuity Garden, what is it?

There is much discussion everywhere about our food supply. Where is it coming from? is it safe for us? how nutritious is it? and so on. Would you like the opportunity to grow your own vegetables on a plot of land that has been plowed for you, and leveled for planting by dedicated volunteers? The Community garden offers you a small plot of land that is yours for the summer, free of charge, to plant and maintain. We are a pesticide free garden so you can be assured that your vegetables will be safe and good for you. You can connect with nature and enjoy the miracle of seeing your plants respond to your care by giving you their gifts of fresh, healthful vegetables.

By Sharon Rothman
Originally posted on the Pocono Record

Posted May. 5, 2016 at 8:44 PM

Farm-to-table foodies can indulge in a wide variety of offerings when the Monroe Farmers Market begins its summer season 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday at Courthouse Square.

A staple of the downtown Stroudsburg scene for more than 37 years, the market will continue to be open every Saturday morning, rain or shine, throughout the growing season until mid October.

Friday, 22 April 2016 00:00

Earth Day 2016

"Close to Home"

Sunday, April 24th
1pm to 4pm

Music by local Juggernaut String Band; seed swap; pony rides; seminar on Native Plants.  Instructions and seed packets available at Barrett Paradise Friendly Library - OR - Stonewall Garden

We're Busting At The Seams & Doing Some Spring Cleanin'
Friday June 17th and Saturday June 18th 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Indoor & outdoor weather permitting.

Something for everyone. Christmas items, all seasons gently used clothing for the whole family, housewares, games, toys, puzzles, cd's, video movies, framed art, tons of books, old working t.v.'s..Great prices, Lots to choose from.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00

Free Compost Classes - Sign up TODAY!

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (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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