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Historical Talk

Past propulsion in the Poconos — like in the rest of the world — has consisted of more than just trains and boats and planes. Hear of the many forms of transportation through the ages used in the Poconos, at the October meeting of the Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township (HATT) on Thursday, Oct. 11. The program will be presented by HATT member Kim Williams.

Many examples of past propulsion locally will be presented and discussed. Some past propulsion has evolved to being recreational today rather than its previously being a necessary means. And much past propulsion looked a lot different back in time compared to appearances currently.

This HATT program is being held at the Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and is free of charge. No advance reservation is required If you have questions, call 570-580-5353, or email Further information about HATT can be viewed at

Environment Awards

The Northeast Environmental Partners — which is composed of Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, PPL Corp., Procter and Gamble Paper Products Co. and Wilkes University —have announced award winners that will be honored at the 28th annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Woodlands Inn and Resort.

The following will receive the 28th annual Environmental Partnership Awards.

• Don Baylor, Monroe County, for his “leading role in various conservation efforts throughout Monroe County. His service to numerous non-profit organizations has led to collaboration amongst many groups allowing for cross pollination of environmental efforts and greater successes than any of these groups could have achieved individually.”

• Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Northampton County, for its “ability to form strong partnerships with local entities to not only complete the 165-mile D&L Trail, but also to create a regional network of interconnected multi-use trails in the Lehigh Valley. Their ability to form and maintain unique partnerships is what allows for increased support for complicated projects. The D&L has built relationships with organizations in five counties and more than 50 municipalities to connect the D&L Trail and preserve the heritage of the region. They are leaders in conservation, recreation and historic preservation in Northeast Pennsylvania.”

• Leggett and Platt Inc. for the “development of an environmental management system to implement environmental sustainability practices, encourage employee involvement and establish partnerships with the community to achieve their sustainability goals. Instead of simply meeting industry-specific environmental standards, they go well above and beyond to significantly improve resource management and lesson their impact on the environment. The success of this program is attributed to the many partnerships the branch has and continues to develop with employees, other Leggett & Platt branches, suppliers, government agencies and the community.”

• Patriots Cove, Wyoming County, “is a wild native brook trout sanctuary specifically designed to provide optimal habitat features to restore, preserve, and protect a threatened fish species. Patriots Cove partnered with the Wyoming County Conservation District and local volunteers to install log structures for trout habitat, remove log jams and trash in the waterways and conduct water quality sampling. More importantly, Patriots Cove is a place for veterans and first responders injured in the line of duty to fish and reconnect with nature.”

• The Emerging Environmental Leader Award will be presented to Dinah DiMeolo, Wyoming County, “for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication to protecting and promoting a healthy environment.

She has not only pursued academic opportunities to learn more about wildlife and wildlife management but has volunteered and partnered with the USDA, PA Game Commission, hunters, teachers, other youth and biologists to study wildlife and improve their habitat in northeastern Pennsylvania.

• The 24th annual Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership Award will be presented to Craig Todd, Monroe County. Todd is being honored for “his more than 35 years of dedication and commitment to the environment. Todd has spent his entire career working toward protecting the natural resources of Monroe County and northeastern Pennsylvania. His work ethic and drive allowed the Monroe County Conservation District to cooperate with numerous local and state agencies as well as the business community. Throughout his tenure he partnered with organizations to work on protecting the local environment while using smart growth initiatives.

For more information on the awards dinner or to receive an invitation, call 570-718-6507 or visit and click on “events.”

Yard and Bake Sale

Wooddale United Methodist Church, 100 Barren Road in East Stroudsburg, will hold its fall yard and bake sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Clothing, household items, baby items and more will be on sale. Baked goods and hot food will be available. For more information, call 570-424-7490.

LCEEC Events

At the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center (LCEEC), 93 MacKenzie Road in Covington Township:

Oct. 15: Early Explorers — Nuts to You, 1-2:30 p.m. Early Explorers is a series for children ages 3-6, and a guardian, that offers discovery-based learning about the natural world through stories, art and outdoor explorations. Participants explore the busy world of squirrels as they prepare for winter. We’ll go for a hike and visit some furry friends in the forest and search for their homes and food. Cost is $40 for a series of six classes or $8 per class. Classes run every other Monday through Nov. 26. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Oct. 17: Edible Landscaping and Backyard Food Production, 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about ecological design, edible landscaping and backyard food production with Richie Mitchell, owner of Bear Creek Organics. Students will be introduced to the benefits of ecological and edible landscaping, including how to find the balance between your goals for your property and what the land has to offer. Learn how to analyze your property and plan for the development of an edible landscape; a strong emphasis of the design process replaces lawns and traditional landscaping with plants that produce food, medicine and ecological benefits. Geared for ages 16 and above. $5 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Oct. 29: Early Explorers: Bats, 1- 2:30 p.m. For children ages 3-6, and a guardian. Get batty while learning about these fascinating flying mammals. Discover what they eat and play a game to see how they hunt in the dark.

For more information or to register, contact Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center at 570-842-1506.