Adia M. Gibbs is on a roll. The 37-year-old Stroudsburg resident has received several awards for her artwork since last summer, and she shows no signs of slowing down. With work strongly influenced by themes of family and music, Gibbs won the first place prize for multi media sculpture two years in a row at the COTA (Celebration of the Arts) art competition at the Dutot Museum in Delaware Water Gap. She also won the annual COTA poster contest with her design for the 2013 COTA festival. This year, she won a first place in ceramic sculpture from the Pocono Arts Council, and her latest piece, a large wall mural in Dansbury Park, was chosen by Project Street Art (founded by Shane Izykowsky, Director) as the winner in a call for mural designs to be painted in 10 public areas in Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg.
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The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy when families and friends gather to share each other’s company, revisit fond stories of holidays past and make new memories to last a lifetime. But what if a loved one is no longer able to remember the holidays or the family and friends he has spent them with? What if dementia or Alzheimer’s has robbed a parent or grandparent of the ability to make and cherish new memories?
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You don’t want to be a Scrooge — you really don’t — but every year at the holidays you wonder why your “seasonal” allergies are still bothering you. Why are you sneezing, wheezing and coughing while everyone else is caroling, sleighing and making snowmen?
“There’s a certain pressure around the holidays to be at your best,” says allergist Dr. Bryan Martin, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “The problem is many people who suffer from allergies and asthma don’t realize the holidays and winter weather bring hidden triggers. Cold weather doesn’t mean that symptoms stop. Factors besides pollen and ragweed can cause your allergies and asthma to flare. In fact, two thirds of allergy sufferers have year-round triggers and symptoms.”
WHITE CHRISTMAS PIE
(A holiday favorite.)
1 (9-inch) baked and cooled pie shell
1 tablespoon gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped
3 egg whites, room temperature
’Twas the night of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Holiday on the Circle — the university kicked off December with the annual holiday celebration on Monday, Dec. 1.
Michael Lloret, a senior majoring in theatre from Shawnee-on-Delaware, performed Michael Bublé’s version of “All I Want for Christmas” in the Abeloff Center for the Performing Arts. In his time at ESU, Lloret has starred in “Seussical,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Farewell Love,” “Heaven’s Diner,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Sold.” He is also president of the Musical Theater Organization.