Author Archives: Marta Gouger

Taking time to smell (other people’s) roses

Wow, spring really is in bloom everywhere in the Poconos. I’ve been trying to get out of the office a couple of minutes most days to go for a walk through South Stroudsburg. Every day I see new color on a porch or in a yard. The other day I walked through an alley and came […]

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Free is always better than cheap

We had our first yard sale the summer I graduated from college. It was such a hit that during the morning, my mom and I went into the house and started pulling out more items to sell. That was 31 years ago next week. That was the year I learned people will buy anything if […]

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Close encounters with Pocono wildlife

Monday night a WNEP TV meteorologist was doing his forecast in the backyard when a mama bear and her cubs wandered onto the set. He made a beeline for the door, knowing he wasn’t supposed to run, but he couldn’t help himself. The story had a happy ending as the critters wandered off, but I couldn’t […]

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Decorating eggs the old-fashioned way

Today you can buy commercial egg dyes, stamps, glitter and even egg-arounds.  You know wraparounds that take all the artistry (and fun) out of decorating eggs. When I was a kid, we dipped them in food coloring. When we wanted to get really fancy, my mom got some kind of swirl stuff that you put in […]

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Where have all the robins been?

When we see a robin in our yard, we know it’s spring. But the truth is that some robins are here throughout the winter in the woods, according to Darryl Speicher, naturalist with the Monroe County Environmental Center. “Every year we see a few here and there in the woods,” Speicher said. When yards are […]

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Seeing yellow in the Poconos

This time of the year is just one of the best in the Poconos because we see masses of yellow in our neighborhoods, along the roads and even lined up on the highway. Talk about a showcase. Forsythia bushes provide ribbons of color with their beautiful sweeping shape. One of my favorite spots is actually […]

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Bulbs, weeds and varmints welcome spring

Today marks the official opening of spring, but gardeners in the Poconos knew it was spring even before they met the first robin of the season. We did set a record yesterday, and gardeners are thanking their lucky spades for what’s come so far.   Barb Daskal said her crocuses have been blooming since Feb. 27 […]

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Start your garden with a little newspaper, toilet paper and bleach

Jeanne Dunstane and Pat Guckenberger are Master Gardeners from opposite ends of the county. Jeanne gardens among the rocks and deer in Bushkill. She talks about making manure from deer poop. Guckenberger lives in Gilbert and has her own stories about planting among the rabbits. Together, they did a presentation about everything from seedlings to […]

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Sure seems like spring

 We didn’t really have winter so you probably didn’t notice signs of spring in the Poconos.  But the birds and the critters sure did.   It was gradual, for sure, but the birds are changing. Just like the leaves change in autumn, the birds at the feeders are different. Two weeks ago I noticed goldfinches […]

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Who can resist a bargain?

Prices are going up all over the Poconos, but if you look around, you can still find a few bargains. Pets are expensive, there’s no getting around it. But we owe our cuddly critters health care. The Eastern Pa Animal Alliance is once again offering a low-cost spay/neuter service and monthly vaccine clinic from 8:30 […]

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