Wedding Traditions from Around the World.

Regular readers of ‘wedding talk’ know my interest, even fascination, with all kinds of rituals and traditions. Today I thought I’d take a quick trip around the world and look at just some of the more obscure wedding customs. In South Asian weddings, the bridesmaids steal the groom’s shoes and »»Read Full Post

ESSA Bank promotes two in lending division

Hutchins, Orrson will develop loan relationships analyze credit risks ESSA Bank & Trust, headquartered in Stroudsburg, has promoted Lisa Hutchins to vice president, commercial loan officer and David Orrson to vice president, credit administration manager in the Lending Division. Both positions encompass the Lehigh Valley, Pocono Mountains, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton »»Read Full Post

stuff 'round the mill

“stuff ‘round the mill” A successful community is made of many wonderful people with many wonderful and varied talents! Sunday Scott Ewing will stand supreme at the top of our list of leaders as we honor the memory of Scott and all the love, care, and works he shared with »»Read Full Post

A picture tells ...

There is nothing like a good picture to remember an event. Hunting is no different. People tell me often, 'Hey, I got a picture of a buck for you,' only to see a deer in the back of a pickup truck with its tongue hanging out. Ugh. My first advice »»Read Full Post

Is it better to give—or to receive?

OK, show of hands: who is sending out Christmas cards this year? Every Christmas I rethink my list, weighing the pros and cons of the traditional paper cards (environmentally questionable, no doubt) vs. the e-mail variety (a touch impersonal, perhaps?). In the end I will probably opt for the USPS, »»Read Full Post

Parking & walking in the Stroudsburgs

Nuggets of history • In 1895, John Springer of Stroudsburg tripped and fell on uneven sidewalk, which the "council so kindly laid down" for South Stroudsburg residents, according to The Daily Times, a local newspaper of the time. • The penalty in 1902 for spitting in a public place, which »»Read Full Post

Exercising in the Office

Exercising in the Office Tired of sitting in your chair dreaming about the body you could have if you didn’t spend all your time at work? Try these exercises to slim and tighten your abs! The abdominal squeeze: All you have to do is sit on the edge of your office »»Read Full Post

Brown Sugar Sour Cream Cakelets with Maple Glaze

These fall inspired caklets were an audition for a Thanksgiving dessert. They passed the test with flying colors.  At Thanksgiving, I like to provide an array of homemade desserts in small individual portions.  People appreciate this after a huge meal because most want to participate in the dessert feast but »»Read Full Post

What I've learned (so far) from living abroad

Well, I’ve reached that 1-year mark. One year of living in Germany, of living in another country, far away from the mores and laws of the United States. I thought that this would be an appropriate time to reflect on some things that living in Germany has taught me. The »»Read Full Post

Passport to Poconos - Keeping Our Roots

My friend Lisa showed me an old picture of five generations of women in her family gathered in Puerto Rico between the ages 4 months and 100 years old. Her daughter brought her baby from the States so her grandmother and great grandmother could see her. “How lucky you are,” »»Read Full Post