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Holiday Cheer for Seniors

Frailey Insurance and Financial Services’ Christmas tree project is now underway, The public, clients, friends and family can support the Christmas tree project, Angels for Aging. The event is being coordinated by the Frailey team at their office, 1286 N. Ninth St. in Stroudsburg.

“This is our seventh year supporting the elderly in our communities,” said Josephine A. Fontan, project coordinator and member servicing advocate/training supervisor. “By engaging in this project, we are enhancing the quality of life of some Monroe County senior citizens. We are doing this by picking a name or two off the tree and fulfilling their wishes. We then wrap the gifts, attach their name, and place them under the tree. Gifts will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 5. It’s always a pleasure making a difference in the lives of others. I encourage anyone who is interested to come in and pick a name from our tree,” says

“Many of the seniors that we serve have outlived their families, and are also low-income,” said Gretchen Peters, access services coordinator at Monroe County Area Agency on Aging. “The thoughtful gifts given by Frailey Insurance and Financial Services are sometimes the only holiday cheer that these individuals receive during the holidays. It makes such a huge difference.”

If you would like more information about our Angels for Aging project, contact Frailey Insurance and Financial Services at 570-421-7447

Dean’s List

At Massachusettes College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Jenna Smith of Stroudsburg has been named to the dean’s list for the summer semester.

Pet Food Drive

Sigma Phi Omega, the gerontology honor society at East Stroudsburg University, is hosting a food drive for the pets of Meals on Wheels recipients. The Sigma Phi Omega Pet Food Drive is for individuals who are usually homebound and cannot make it to the pet store to buy food.

“The purpose of this donation drive is to collect pet food for those who cannot buy it themselves,” said Dr. Elaine Shuey, professor and chair of communication sciences and disorders. Students, faculty and staff have always been supportive of this effort. “It is important for our students to recognize the needs of others and to help them in whatever way they can.”

The honor society will be collecting donations in Monroe Hall, room 224 until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Donations can be any wet or dry cat or dog food, bagged or canned. Individual bags and should weigh less than 20 pounds.

For more information, call 570-422-3681or email

Garden Club Meeting

Homemade holiday crafts are on the agenda when the Pocono Garden Club meets on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Monroe County Conservation District, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. Club member Brenda Abraham, a floral designer, will demonstrate how to create a holiday table design.

Participation is encouraged in the monthly design exhibit, titled “American Pride,” in honor of Veterans Day. This diagonal arrangement should incorporate red and white silk or fresh flowers in a blue container. No accessory permitted. The horticultural entry would be a collection of dried plant material — such as flowers, grasses seed pods, leaves and berries — in a container of the exhibitor’s choice. Include five or more species. The houseplant entry would be any flowering houseplant.

Bring in your entries 30 minutes before the start of the meeting. Everyone interested in gardening is welcome to attend.

For more information, email and Visit the Pocono Garden Club on Facebook.

Trees Distributed

Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) recently distributed more than 200 trees and seedlings within Monroe County as part of the PPL Community Roots program. PPL Electric Utilities sponsored the free program to help create “a cleaner, greener future.”

About 200 saplings and more than two dozen potted trees arrived at BWA’s Mount Pocono office in September, delivered by PPL, and were given to local municipalities including Stroudsburg Borough and Middle Smithfield and Chestnuthill townships.

Additionally, Monroe County Garden Club selected trees to plant near its gardens, and volunteers planted serviceberry shrubs in BWA’s demonstration rain gardens at Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg. More than 80 of the saplings were distributed to BWA members at the annual dinner celebration, which addressed ways to combat climate change on a local level.

“We know that a properly planted tree can have a tremendous positive impact on the environment,” said BWA executive director Bob Heil. “Even more gratifying is that most of the tree species provided (river birch, swamp oak, serviceberry) were ideally suited for streamside or wetlands areas, which makes this project all the more beneficial for the Brodhead watershed.”

The trees will not only beautify the Poconos and combat air pollution, but also preserve water quality. Riparian buffers — an area of trees, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation adjacent to a body of water — maintain stream system integrity, protect water quality/temperature and improve the habitat of plants and animals on land and in the water. For more information, visit