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Holiday Luncheon

The Monroe County Historical Association will host the annual holiday luncheon at the Stroud Mansion fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15. The early seating will be at 11 a.m. and guests may dine until 12:30 p.m.; the late seating will be at 1 p.m. and guests may dine until 2:30 pm. Local musicians Erin McClelland and Andrew Moses will provide seasonal music.

The luncheon will be a hot buffet-style meal catered by Dave Cook of The Cook’s Corner Restaurant in Henryville. This year’s menu will feature fresh baby greens salad with black raspberry vinaigrette; chicken breast roulade; leek and honey crisp apple stuffing with a sweet wine demi glace sauce; herb seasoned layered potatoes with onions and cream; roasted maple brown sugar butternut squash; fresh baked rolls with whipped honey butter; and a wonderful selection of homemade desserts. Coffee, decaf, tea and a complimentary glass of wine, will be served at each table.

The cost for the luncheon fundraiser is $25 per person. Tickets must be purchased at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main St. in Stroudsburg. Seating is extremely limited for this popular event. For more information, call 570-421-7703 or email Visit

Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Leadership Lackawanna’s youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently met for its first session, which included an orientation, leadership basics and a variety of STEAM related activities. This session was sponsored by Penn State Scranton.

Leadership Lackawanna officials say its seven-month Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors while giving them an enhanced understanding of northeastern Pennsylvania as well as the opportunity to explore teamwork. Participants learn collaborative decision making, explore different communication styles and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet community leaders and other high school students.

Among the class are:

Emma Dwyer, Western Wayne High School; Brendan Fitzsimmons, Western Wayne High School; Colin Gilmartin, North Pocono High School; Alyssa Iovacchini, Western Wayne High School; Melony A. Mitchell, Western Wayne High School; Sydney R. Peet, Western Wayne High School.

Hawley Winterfest

The 20th anniversary of Hawley Winterfest will be held Friday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 9. Winterfest kicks off on Friday night with a celebration of music featuring the internationally acclaimed organist and conductor Kyler Brown.

Saturday, a variety of activities is planned including a horse-and-carriage ride, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at B. Madigan’s, special sales at downtown shops and local authors at the Hawley Library. Stop by the library for a fresh cup of homemade soup provided by the Library board of directors. And while you’re strolling down Main Street, stop in at the Festival of Lights.

Sunday will feature children’s theatre at the Ritz Playhouse and a special presentation by Bob Eckstein on his newly revised book, “The History of the Snowman,” at the Hawley Library.

Take part in the House Tour. This year will feature homes from a different era and all representing the rich history of the area.

In addition, there will be ice carvings, a beer tour, a cookie walk, exhibits, contests, demonstrations, giveaways and more. Proceeds from this event are used to support ongoing community projects.

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Food Drive

Nauman Companies, 455 Chestnut St. in East Stroudsburg, will collect non-perishable food items through Monday, Dec. 10. Food can be dropped off with a service technician or at Nauman Companies office. Visit for more information.

Dog Licenses Available

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50.

Discounts are available to those 65 and older and people with disabilities (verification is needed). An annual license is $6.50 and a lifetime license is $31.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $4.50 and lifetime is $21.50.

Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents.

The dog warden for Monroe/Carbon Counties is Jason Bell (email or call 570-350-0804.

Art Under $100

The Wayne County Arts Alliance will hold its holiday art sale “Art Under $100,” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7-9, 1-5 p.m. each day at The Dorflinger Factory Museum at Route 6 and Elizabeth Street in White Mills. This sale features artwork by Wayne County Arts Alliance member artists and all the artwork is priced at less than $100. The exhibit includes a variety of choices of paintings, collages, jewelry, ceramics, photography, woodwork and more.

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