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Food Pantry

Jo’s Outreach Food Pantry is on the campus of Light of the World Church, 114 Academy Drive in Minisink Hills, and is open to all Monroe and Pike County residents who are in need of food. The pantry is open the first Friday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon and 4-6 p.m. Visit josoutreach.org for more information.

Native Plant Sale

At its annual Native Plant Sale in June, Brodhead Watershed Association will give gardeners what they asked for: beautiful and environmentally responsible flowers and shrubs, with even more variety and inventory than in previous years.

The popular annual sale will be held Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, at Pocono Township Fire Co.’s “carnival building” on Route 611, Tannersville.

The Friday sale, held 5:30-7:30 p.m., is for members only. Join BWA at the sale to receive first pick of the most sought-after plants, as well as a 10 percent discount. Saturday’s sale will run 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The membership discount also applies this day.

“This year’s sale will be the biggest and best. We’ll have more than 93 varieties of perennials totaling more than 1,000 plants,” said Deb Mattie of Paradise Township, sale organizer. “Thirty-three will be new to the line-up, and we’ll have more shade plants also.”

There will also be a selection of trees and shrubs. Almost every gardener in the Poconos wants deer-resistant plants. “The majority of the plants are deer resistant,” Mattie said.

“As usual, our informative signs will answer your questions and give you all the information you need,” she said. Expert gardeners will also be available to answer questions and help choose the appropriate plants for your garden.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. For information and printable plant lists, see brodheadwatershed.org/nativeplantsale.html. Call 570-839-1120 or email info@brodheadwatershed.org with questions.

Historical Presentation

The Monroe County Historical Association will host a free presentation open to the public. Local historian Rick Smith will discuss, “The Sinking of the Lusitania” as part of the Third Thursday Lecture Series. The program will be Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St., Stroudsburg.

On May 7, 1915, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner traveling from New York to England. More than 1,100 crew members and passengers perished, including 120 Americans. The sinking of the Lusitania played a significant role in turning public opinion against Germany and the incident helped provoke U.S. involvement in World War I.

As part of this lecture presentation, the current exhibition titled, “Over There … America joins the fight: 100th Anniversary of WWI” will be open for viewing. This display features uniforms, military artifacts, artwork, and photographs from the Monroe County Historical Association’s museum collection.

The Third Thursday Lecture Series is free, but reservations are required due to limited space. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation will be held on the second floor of the Stroud Mansion, which is not handicap-accessible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email at info@monroehistorical.org.

Eagle Scout

Conor Joseph Savage of Saylorsburg, PA achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Edward and Linda Savage. He is a member of Troop No. 84, which is sponsored by Christ Hamilton United Lutheran Church. Conor’s Court of Honor will be celebrated at the church in June.

Conor currently serves his Troop as senior patrol leader, and in the past has been Patrol Leader and Quartermaster. He was inducted into the Witauchsoman Lodge of the Order of the Arrow. Recently, he successfully completed the National Youth Leadership training course with Minsi Trails Council.

His Eagle Scout project involved the renovation of the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network (PVEN) food pantry’s new building. This included waterproofing and painting the walls and the ceilings, chemically treating the floors, and installing industrial shelving. He, along with a team of volunteer Scouts and friends, renovated two additional rooms to help the food bank, which serves over 800 families.

Conor is an active member of FBLA, student government, science olympiad, marching band, key club, cross country and the National Honor Society. Conor also enjoys skiing and hiking in his spare time.

Fishing Derby

Trout Unlimited will now host the kids fishing derby formerly run by the Lackawanna County Federation of Sportsman. It is reportedly one of the oldest free kids fishing derbies in the country. The 68th annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held at Lackawanna State Park on Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 9 thru 15. Admission is free. All kids win a prize.

Art Exhibition

The Pocono Arts Council will present the Members’ Exhibition 2018 to be held in the ARTSPACE Gallery through May 26. This year, 87 member artists participated, competing for awards in eight categories. A special artists’ reception will be held Saturday, May 19, 4-6 p.m. Winners will be announced at the reception. For further information on becoming a member of the Pocono Arts Council, call 570-476-4460 or visit poconoarts.org.