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Pocono Gardens Lodge

During the late 1940s and early ’50, Peter Rossi, founder and owner of Pocono Gardens Lodge in Paradise Township, along with his workers drilled a new well near the resort’s main building (right). In the years that followed, Rossi expanded ownership to include family members and Pocono Gardens prospered. The resort was sold in 1971. [...]

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1976: Musical reflections

    Russel Speicher, mirrored in the bell of his baritone, leads the band from Pocono Mountain High School in Swiftwater through some German music at the close of the three-day Blakeslee Community Center Craft Show. The 1976 event featured sign making, paintings, food and music – of course.

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1965: Tired of snow

Take a ride on a chairlift During the summer of the 1965, Christina Borgerding of Syracuse University and Susie Smiley of Penn State found use for the chairlift at Camelback Mountain, and they weren’t skiing. They took in the view of the Poconos, sitting high above the mountains. The two had been contestants for “Queen” [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade, past and present

For more than three decades during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on a Sunday in during March, the streets of Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg have been filled with “Irish” spectators. This year will be no different as the Pocono Irish American Club presents the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Green and orange are [...]

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Remembering Jackie Gleason

“And away we go”   In June 1964, well-known comedian and actor Jackie Gleason, who often visited the Poconos, crowned the “Laurel Queen” during festivities at the Shawnee Inn in Shawnee-on-Delaware. A few days before the upcoming happening, local residents read about the event in The Daily Record’s article “Gleason to Crown Laurel Queen,” published [...]

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Shakers at the Grand

Did the science-fiction thriller “Earthquake” shake the Grand, unsettling the lettering on the theater’s marquee? More likely, the misspelling was an oversight by the staff at the East Stroudsburg theater. The film “Earthquake,” which was showing at the Grand during 1975, achieved outstanding box office returns nation-wide. Set in Los Angeles (a natural site for [...]

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Sherman Theater

The Sherman Theater, the neighborhood hotspot during the late 1920s near the corner of Main and Fifth streets in Stroudsburg, has weathered the passing years. It was the place where local residents seeking entertainment spent the evening – and they still do. In 2006, the nonprofit Sherman Theater Arts Foundation took over management of the [...]

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