Best Reason to Live in the Poconos Series – Paintball in the Pocono Mountains

By: Don Hannig

In all of us, there remains a little bit of the child we once were. It’s a small flame that can’t be extinguished, even with the advance of time and the duties of adulthood. So if the term “paintball” causes your eyes to roll or the thought “that’s just for teens – too much for me!” to pop into your head, you may want to reconsider. The child in you would love it – and you don’t have to be brimming with youthful vigor to have fun with this great activity.

There are many paintball and outdoor adventures to be had in the Pocono Mountains, on any given weekend. The truly great part is, with the advance of technology and the addition of many wonderful amenities, paintball/outdoor adventure can be a fun and pleasant experience for entire families – of all age groups. Even if you own a business, corporate team building events or rewards are an excellent way to experience fun in the Poconos.

Pocono Mountain Paintball

Pocono Mountain Paintball is a family owned and operated facility, located just a short drive from the historic town of Jim Thorpe, in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Pocono Mountains, and has been offering paintball and other outdoor adventures for over 15 years. Their goal is to make sure that you and your family has a fun, safe and memorable day in the fresh Pocono air. In addition to their many acres of high quality playing fields, Pocono Mountain Paintball has more features and amenities that keep players coming back again and again – check them out.

1. They have 12 paintball fields including 3 scenario fields offering acres of terrain that includes streams, thickets, oak flats, hollows, hills, buildings, forts, trenches, and sand bag bunkers.
2. They limit their fields to a maximum of 100 players per day. This means MORE play time and LESS wait time!
3. Their fields are on-site. This means you don’t have to endure a long bus ride to get to the action.
4. In addition to their great playing fields and top of the line rental equipment they offer a complete facility with amenities such as hot showers, changing rooms, cafe, picnic pavilion, and gift shop.
5. There is a FREE Hot Dog BBQ after play.
6. They offer group, student, and Military discounts, making it an ideal locale for birthdays, bachelor parties, or any group/business organization event.
7. Other outdoor activities are available: such as rafting, biking, and kayaking down the Lehigh River Gorge. Some great packages are offered so that you can experience several activities.

In Addition

There are several other reputable paintball facilities located in the Pocono Mountains Region:

1. The Paintball Asylum in Tannersville offers a thrilling array of playing fields and adds a special high-intensity thrill to the sport. Angler’s Cove Fish & Pay is located on the same property as the Paintball Asylum. While the paintball players fight it out on the fields, other family members can sit back and relax next to one of the four fully stocked trout ponds.

2. Kittatinny Paintball features exceptional mountain top playing fields overlooking the beautiful Delaware River.

3. Skirmish Paintball in Albrightsville is open seven days a week, year-round. Skirmish offers over 50 paintball fields on 700 acres of gamelands. Perfect for weekend fun, team building, bachelor or birthday parties. Skirmish’s “Invasion of Normandy” game was voted one of the “Most Manly Man Adventures” by the Travel Channel.

So if you do not want to miss out on a heart-thumping way to have fun and act a bit like a kid again, take a gander at some paintball this season. You may be pleasantly surprised. Paintball has been around for over a decade for a reason… it’s a big-time rush of fun, now with all the modern amentities!

 To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

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Should You Relocate to the Pocono Mountains? 5 Stellar Reasons the Answer is YES!

By: Don Hannig

The Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania have garnered the fabled allure of beauty and fame for many different reasons. Some of us think of love and romance complete with champagne bubble baths at the finest lodges, while others imagine the endless rolling mountains filled with meandering trails, splendid lakes, and unique wildlife. Many others simply find it – an amazing place to call home. A place where they can belong, dwell, and spread their family roots and bonds.

If you’re still a tad nervous about making the move to a place that some city-dwellers would dub “in the middle of nowhere,” you can stop the worrying right here and now. The path has been paved by many others long before you. The highways and byways are well traveled yet uncongested, and the winding back roads are as breathtaking as ever. And if you haven’t figured it out already, here are 5 more reasons why the Poconos are right for you and your family.

Five Stellar Reasons to Make Your Pocono Move

 

1. The Housing Market. You’ve got it right – even though we may be in the depths of a recession, it is a great time to purchase a home due to the record low interest rates we are experiencing, and hugely discounted prices on homes. In fact, you may not see rates this low again in our lifetime. It simply doesn’t make sense to throw money out the window on overpriced rent in the city or elsewhere.

According to BurlingtonMortgage.biz, recent mortgage pricing data released at the end of May 2012, confirmed that mortgage rates have not risen above the current historically low levels. The survey showed that average 30 year fixed mortgage rates across all US markets were 3.78% (0.8 points) for the week. Based on these rates, a $200,000 home would merely run a mortgage of $884.00 (omitting property taxes). How can you pass on that steal, honestly?

2. The Location. Based on a ranking of states with the longest average commute-to-work times, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey showed that New York (30.4 minutes) and Maryland (30.2 minutes) residents spent the most time traveling to their jobs. Many New Yorkers, as well as those working in Allentown, Bethlehem, and central New Jersey are opting for the drive time – as long as the home they return to is a soothing family paradise. The quality of life is better for their children, crime rates are down, schools less crowded, and weekend activities abound in the Poconos. Commuting is certainly a sacrifice, but many city workers find the commute quite doable, and even relaxing.

3. The Environment. More and more Americans are embracing the beauty of nature, the concept of preservation and green space, and the adoption of green living and building practices wherever possible. This trend is growing in the Pocono Mountains Region, where residents respect, enjoy, and treasure what their pristine surroundings have to offer. State Parks and Educational Nature Centers abound, and in general, the children spend more time outdoors investigating what nature has to offer, as well as learning to value it as an important resource.

Even homebuilders are attuned to the needs and wants of new home owners, and are striving to interweave green building and energy efficiency in building construction and appliances. Planned residential developments (PRDs), which incorporate the most modern and environmentally conscious design while retaining aesthetically pleasing homes and recreational/open spaces for families and children, are currently on the rise.

4. Outdoor Activities & Resort Amenities. In the Pocono Mountains, you need not ever utter these words again: “I’m bored.” If you are an outdoor enthusiast, a whole host of amazing opportunity is right outside your doorstep. If you prefer museums and cultural events, there is no shortage of plays, historical places, interesting small town vendors, or even top-of-the-line outdoor malls for you to choose from. Resorts abound, due to the reputation of the Poconos being THE place to go for a vacation, and many offer exclusive weekend opportunities and spa treatments. Winter sports in the Pocono Mountains are unparalleled all along the east coast. There truly is something for everyone, every season.

5. The Four Seasons of Pennsylvania. There is just something wondrous and fresh about the cyclically changing seasons in Pennsylvania. It’s both a rhythm and a way of life that just seems natural and right. No certain kind of weather lingers too long. Although it can be hot in the summer, the sever intensity the south experiences is just not there. And while cold spells occasionally happen, they typically are not long-lasting, and are peppered with some fairer days – much more so than the northern states (but the skiing is still awesome in the larger mountains). If you’re frugal – this can be figured into some serious financial savings as far as heating and cooling are concerned. Spring and fall are wonderful seasons to behold and experience what the Pocono outdoors has to offer.

If you are looking for some particular advice on what you can specifically do in the Poconos, visit our Best Reasons To Live In The Pocono Mountains series, it will provide you with details and websites to get your Pocono-bucket list off and running. But know that the reasons to relocate your family (or to start one) right here in the Poconos are everything you dream of and more.

To find out more about the benefits of energy efficiency and green building please call Keswick Point, the region’s newest PRD, at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at keswickpointe.com.

 

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Best Reason To Live In The Poconos: The Lure of Fantastic Golf Courses!

By: Don Hannig

Life in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania harbors many wonderful benefits. If you love the outdoors – whether immersed in the miles of forested trails, unique land marks, or simply driving along enjoying the verdant woodlands interspersed by valley farms, the Poconos remains the ideal place to call home . The wide variety of sporting opportunities our region provides is truly outstanding – and the bevy of golf courses is no exception.

The lure of the golfing green is a siren call to many of us. And although some may argue that golf is a pastime and not a sport – there are many more healthy advantages to golf than you may realize. One of the best parts of golf, from a fitness standpoint, is the high amount of cardiovascular activity that is involved in the sport. Think about it—most golf courses are spread over multiple acres of hilly ground. Therefore, walking across a golf course is a great way to improve your cardiovascular system – so leave that cart behind!

However, cardio is not the only type of exercise that your body needs! Giving your brain a workout – outside the office – is also very important for mental longevity and the slowing of memory loss as we age . Golfing forces you to remember numbers, images, and even specific tips and techniques. Therefore, it is a great all-around way to exercise both body and mind!

Golf also teaches youngsters (and old-timers!) to let go of our finicky quest for perfection and to reach the acceptance that there will be a next hole, and another shot to come. Like most great games, golf has enough paradoxes to suit different temperaments: whether you are the type A personality who strives to be better all the time, or whether you are out to relax, chill, and have a good time – golf can be a perfect outlet.

This month, we have chosen to highlight some of the best that our region has to offer! Here are our TOP 5:

1. Great Bear Golf and Country Club. According to Pennsyvlaniagolf.com, “The Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is one of the best in the region. There are no parallel fairways and the course winds over gently rolling terrain. For a course in the mountains, the elevation changes are fairly tame. The course has a great finishing hole. The par-5 18th is a sweeping dogleg and the approach must be hit over marshland to an island green.” This course is located in Marshall’s Creek, just north of East Stroudsburg.

2. The Country Club at Woodloch Springs. This fantastic course features a challenging collection of holes that play up and down some steep terrain. Tee Boxes at Nos. 7 and 10 are perched high on the sides of hills making for dramatic shots. The course provides a number of Pocono overlooks that are visually stunning. This course is located in Kresgeville roughly 30 miles north of Allentown.

3. Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. This grand golfing resort has stood the test of time and conquered. Most of the 27 holes sit on an island in the Delaware River – how amazing is that?? Two holes require shots across the river from tee to green. Shawnee was the first course laid out by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast and it retains the feeling of a bygone era. According to pennsylvaniagolf.com, “Paul Runyan upset Sam Snead to win the 1938 PGA Championship there. In 1967, a young college golfer named Hale Irwin won the NCAA championship at Shawnee.” The golf course and resort is located at Shawnee-On-The-Delaware, north of East Stroudsburg.

4. Cherry Valley Golf Club. Nestled along the Appalachian Trail, the Cherry Valley Golf Club is a picturesque 18-hole public golf course which meanders up and down the mountain through the woods. Incredibly outstanding views of the Blue Mountains! The club features a restaurant, bar and pro shop, professional staff, tournaments and group outings/events.

5. East Course at the Inn at Pocono Manor. According to the Pocono Mountains visitor’s bureau, “The East course has been the site of professional tournaments and pro-am events. The West course is a modern-style layout with wide fairways that dare the long hitter to be aggressive.” Get yourself hyped for some serious golfing here!

Some of the older resort courses are not as ‘amenity rich’ as newer golf courses, but it doesn’t detract from the amazing quality of the golf. If you know which gorgeous mountain to look behind, you can find a treasure trove of superb golf in the Pocono Region!

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

 

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The Value of Community: 10 Ways to Make Your Life and Neighborhood Better

By: Don Hannig

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

Do you dream of living in a neighborhood like the one you remember as a child? Growing up, many of us lived in an environment that served both as a home-base and as a playground. The neighbors and their own children were our trusted friends and allies. We could roam, play, and just do what kids naturally do. As time passes, and we have our own children, we often wish for a neighborhood to be a sanctuary and the community to be our support system – just like we used to have as kids.

However, in these times, such an idyllic picture is no longer the norm. We have become a transitory population – we move from place to place in search of a better lifestyle. We don’t stay anywhere long enough to know our neighbors and we hesitate in reaching out to people in order to avoid the uncomfortable and inevitable good bye. We don’t trust as easily. We build high fences and cultivate thick hedges around our property to discourage intrusion. Many neighborhoods are virtual ghost towns during the week because, while the children are in school or daycare, the adults are at work. When these families come home after a busy day away, the last thing they want to do is socialize with neighbors.

So where did we go wrong? Building a sense of community – a feeling of belonging, and pride about such membership – is a cornerstone to healthy, happy lifestyles – and unfortunately, many have forgotten this essential need. These critical values need to be passed to our children, and in doing so, provide them with identity, purpose, and a bonding culture.

According to Dr. David Chavis, President of the Association for the Study and Development of Community, “the three factors that most influence our physical, social, and psychological well-being have to do to the degree of which a person has a sense of community, a sense of control, and a sense of adequate resources in his or her life.” By focusing only on our immediate families, rather than the needs of a community, we have set ourselves adrift on a lake without means of navigation, and no way to call for support when it’s truly needed.

Modern-day communities. Through the careful design of planned residential developments, we can foster an excellent modern community-building effort among residents of a neighborhood. According to Barbara A. Brahm of Ohio State University Extension, “Families need supportive communities to provide social ties, enhance health, teach values, and develop assets in children and youth. When living in a supportive community, a family can grow to its full potential and provide the best environment for children to grow into healthy, caring adults. And the act of bonding together in a community not only makes our physical and economic life possible in today’s world, it gives us the social interaction we need to produce op¬timum physical and mental health.”

Interested in strengthening your own community building skills? Here are 10 Great ideas for creating a supportive and peaceful environment in your own neighborhood.

Form a neighborhood committee to give awards to neighborhood adults and kids who do something special.

Create a neighborhood directory for each resident. Make sure you personally meet every person listed in this directory.

Learn about your community’s cultural heritage and teach it to your neighbors.

Strive yearly to improve your home’s curb appeal – small touches mean a lot, and instill a sense of pride in everyone who lives in your neighborhood. Be a positive example if other neighbors are not – but don’t criticize. Lead by example.

Start a community garden. Try to pick a centralized location, or one that is readily visible to most neighbors or visitors passing through.

Organize social activities on your street. Make it a tradition, whether monthly or seasonally, but keep it going. Split preparations in a fair manner.

Always remain positive, even if one of your residents is not. Don’t fall prey to negativity or succumb to petty arguments. Peaceful mannerisms will spread!

Support your local farmers market. You could even go as far as to create a sign-up sheet for produce, and take turns purchasing fresh market items for your neighborhood.

Create a neighborhood watch, and remain vigilant when others are on vacation. Always let another neighbor know when you will be gone more than a day.

Look for opportunities for your family to be involved in community service . Volunteer to train a dog for the blind. Participate in community litter clean-up days.

When you begin to build a sense of community in your neighborhood, you will be pleasantly surprised– a lot of other changes come about. Community-building can be a catalyst for our own positive individual change and growth. Old and new community traditions will become important and there will be a renewed sense of community pride and unique cultural heritage. These traditions and habits will build youth who in turn contribute to healthy families, who construct lively communi¬ties, who produce developmental assets. It is truly a wonderful cycle to embark on.

To find out more about the benefits of energy efficiency and green building please call Keswick Point, the region’s newest PRD, at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at keswickpointe.com.

 

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Best Reason To Live In The Poconos: Pocono Bazaar & Flea Market

By: Don Hannig

Although the draw of outdoor recreation in the Pocono Mountains is undeniable, most of us feel that some weekends are just meant for shopping. And who can resist the temptation of a really fabulous bazaar and flea market experience? At the Pocono Bazaar & Flea Market, both young and old alike can enjoy meandering through a large variety of vendors featuring hand-crafted items, steals and deals, food, clothing, and much more.

The Pocono Bazaar is located 7 miles North on Route 209 from the Route 80 exit #309, in East Stroudsburg, PA. The flea market recently re-opened at a new location, and will feature both indoor and outdoor vendors, so you can shop away no matter what surprises the weather might bring! The Bazaar features:

  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Books, Music, & Movies
  • Electronics
  • Food Vendors & Groceries
  • Hardware, Tools, Key-making
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Massage & Reflexology
  • New Age
  • Home & Garden
  • Garage Sale Items
  • Leather & Luggage
  • Health & Beauty
  • Toys & Variety Items
  • Pet Supplies
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bargain Items

This market is truly enormous – there are five buildings just to house the indoor vendors alone. There is something for everyone, no matter what your interests and hobbies might be. You can even schedule a massage while you visit! The market is open from 9 am – 5 pm every Saturday and Sunday, and on President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Friday (Black Friday).

Connect on Facebook or visit the Bazaar online for more details. Forget the crowded malls with long shopping lines and experience some of the greatest deals the Poconos has to offer. And add it to the long list of great reasons why living in the Pocono Mountains feels so good!

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

 

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2012 Potential Home Buyers Alert- Is Now The Time To Purchase a New Home?

By: Don Hannig

Based on a recent Wall Street Journal Survey, owning a home is now more affordable than at any time over the past fifteen years. Sagging prices and interest rates below the 4 percent range on a 30-year fixed mortgage are the largest drivers behind this record trend of housing affordability. But down markets, rising inflation, and the perception of an uncertain economic future in this country has left many potential homebuyers a bit uneasy about taking the ultimate plunge.

So where do YOU weigh in on new home ownership – are you still perhaps a bit hesitant? Ironically, the reluctance for many people to buy a home in this economic climate is what makes it a relatively good time to purchase. Those low mortgage interest rates alone may sway many qualified borrowers to consider buying a home – and banks are avidly looking for sound candidates. Couple these fantastic rates with low prices from dropping values and foreclosures, and you have yourself a buyer’s market!

Four Factors Why It’s a Poconos Buyers Market NOW

1. Mortgage rates. Current interest rates alone make buying a quality home a sound financial decision, as some rates are at a near 60-year low. From an investment standpoint – if you had to make a choice between buying your first home OR investing in the stock market, which option do you feel would be the better bet? In a recent CNBC news interview with Warren Buffet, when posed with the very same question, the businessman/tycoon said he would buy the home. “If I knew where I wanted to live the next five or ten years, I would buy a home (with that money) and I would finance it with a 30-year mortgage. It’s a terrific deal,” said Buffet emphatically.

2. Rental Prices Are Up. According to a rental index by Zillow, an online home and real estate marketplace, median rents rose 3 percent nationally from January 2011 to January 2012. At the same time, the number of renters has increased due to the economic and employment challenges of the past several years. People are simply scared to buy, or may not have the credit or adequate down payment to do so.

3. Freedom of Choice. If you just take a short drive, the bevy of “for sale” signs is nearly shocking. Home buyers have the ultimate luxury of choosing the type of home they wish to buy, in the community they are most happy with, at a price they can afford. New construction companies really WANT your business, and are willing to prove it through quality service and construction.

4. The Pocono Mountain Region Rocks. It’s way more than just a place to live. Over the long haul, homeownership in the Pocono Mountain regions offers numerous advantages that simply can’t be attained through renting. From putting down roots in a community and creating memories, to the ability to make whatever home improvement choices you’d like, homeownership certainly has its benefits. You can check out the Best Reasons To Live In the Pocono Mountains blog series for hundreds of reasons why the area is a fantastic place to settle for the long haul.

Do remember that all these economic factors will not automatically mean that home ownership is the right thing for you personally. If you are going to be in the area for at least 5 years and can afford all the costs of home ownership, including insurances and real estate taxes, then now is a very good time for you to buy. If your situation is more uncertain or you don’t want all the responsibilities of long-term ownership, renting still may be the right option for you.

Also know that a down market won’t last forever. Real estate broker Don Ricedorff believes that the home market is beginning to improve with the growing influence of the “millennial” generation, also known as “Generation Y.” Generation Y is considered those between the ages of 18 and 35 and it currently makes up 34 percent of the workforce. It is projected that in five years, “millennials” will make up 65 percent of the U.S. workforce, according to 2010 U.S. Census.

“They will all need a primary home to live in,” Ricedorff said. “This is the best time to lock in a low rate and a low cost of living. Rents are likely to only increase.”

So what does this information mean to you and your family? Is it YOUR time to buy?

To find out more about the benefits of energy efficiency and green building please call Keswick Point, the region’s newest PRD, at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at keswickpointe.com.

 

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Best Reasons to Live in the Pocono Mountains – 261 Miles of Amazing Hiking and Biking Trails!

By: Don Hannig

The Pocono Mountains are comprised of 24,000 miles of scenic terrain from rugged wilderness to rolling hills and farmland. The true marvel is that nearly all of it is easily accessed through State Forest and Game Lands roads. If you’ve recently moved to the region, or are considering doing so, you will have the bounty of the outdoors as your own backyard playground! From scenic vistas to forested glens of soft fragrant fern, the breathtaking beauty of mountain life abounds. Grab a camera, pack your lunch, and make a day out of your venture – it’s all just minutes away from your door. Here is a Top Five Pick of the area’s best hiking and biking spots for you to visit.

1. McDade Trail Bike Trip. If you’d like to start off with an adventure for all endurance levels and abilities, and even relax a bit along the way, this trip is for you. With 5+ miles of gradual trail available to both hikers and bikers, you can stop to picnic, swim, or even hit up a vending machine. Detailed trail maps and Bed and Breakfast spots are accessible as well. Located at the Delaware Water Gap State Park.

2. Lehigh Gorge State Park. This gorgeous rail-to-trail contains 25 self-guided miles of bliss along the wild & scenic designated Lehigh River. With the towering gorge walls rising above the trail, the view cannot be beat. Basically a flat ride/hike, the added benefit to this destination is no interference from cars. You can even visit the beautifully quaint town of Jim Thorpe when your hike is completed; it is a mere stone’s throw away.

3. Appalachian National Scenic Trail. If you live in the Poconos, you must hit a section of this historic trail system. Since the 1920’s hikers of all backgrounds have aspired to complete the trek from Georgia to Maine, and an entire segment within the lower range of the Pocono Mountains is easily accessible. Sections of this trail can be a little strenuous for hikers, but the sense of accomplishment is surely worth the effort. Access at the Delaware Water Gap.

4. Wolf Swamp Trail System. If you enjoy water, hit the trails at Wolf Swamp and view the glistening lakes and flowing streams that surround the area. During the last ice age massive glacial sheets formed the stunning topography of the region, leaving behind a landscape sculpted by water. If you are so inclined, you can hit the outlets afterward! Tannersville, PA.

5. Hickory Run State Park. One of the most unique sites in the Pocono Mountains is the Boulder Field at Hickory Run. Revered in Native American history as a place of sacred import, you will realize the geologic significance and stunning views after your trek to the edge of the boulder fields. Miles of rolling wooded trails are available within the park, as well as swimming and camping. Visiting this amazing National Natural Landmark is a must-do! Route 534 off I-80.

The Pocono Mountains will provide you with an endless supply of outdoor fun, so make it your goal to visit each and every park or trail system in the region. Ease your stress load and take a day to explore what the pristine forests, lakes, and rivers have to offer. You only need to pick the where and when! The beauty of nature is guaranteed.

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

 

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6 Efficient Ways to Keep Your New Home Eco-Friendly

By: Don Hannig

Although most of us would enjoy the distinction of saving the planet from the negative effects of unsustainable energy consumption, no one I know is actually a super (green) hero. There are many home builders who incorporate stunningly green design elements into their creations, but you don’t necessarily need to be architecturally gifted in order to put some eco-friendliness into your own home and into your daily life. And guess what – you can even reap the benefits NOW – and not just in future generations!

Green building may have begun with the design and the structural foundation of your new home, but has now grown to encompass much, much more. The benefits are numerous: it can increase your personal comfort, your family’s health and well-being, your energy costs, your available sunlight, and the cleanliness of the air you breathe. Right here, right now. So check out these 6 ways you may not have realized could help you with your superhero’s quest.

1. Programmable Thermostats.  Energy Star estimates that homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings. The pre-programmed settings that come with these thermostats are intended to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. The premise is to establish a program that automatically reduces heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much. Do you know how to properly install your thermostat system?
2. Steam Cleaners.   Did you know that most commercial cleaning products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? These compounds are released in the form of gas which contains chemicals that can be harmful to your health, especially when used indoors in a confined area without sufficient ventilation. Steam cleaners provide a sanitary and environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals – all you need is clean tap water, which releases no harmful VOCs into your home environment – and you save money on the chemicals.
3. Rechargeable Batteries.  Do yourself a green favor and switch your entire home to rechargeable batteries. It’s so easy to grab a pack of energizers while you are at the hardware store, but it is truly soooo wasteful. Rechargeable batteries have come down so much in price that it no longer makes sense to ignore the issue, and you can afford to have a revolving supply available whenever they are needed.
4. Electricity Monitors.  Do your own detective work and find out just where you are draining power – and your pocketbook. This can help save you tons of money by showing you exactly where energy is being wasted the most in your home, and which appliances are most in need of replacement with energy efficient models. These monitors are inexpensive and include watts, the cost of operation, and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
5. Green Gardening.  Bet you didn’t think of the going green on outside of your home, huh? Green gardening includes choosing native and drought-resistant plant species that require less water and fertilizer. You could also conserve 40 gallons a day in dry periods by upgrading your sprinkler system to a “smart” controller that’s climate sensitive and will adjust for hotter temperatures and switch itself off when it rains. Remember to water before 8 a.m. to save on all the water that is lost to evaporation when it’s hot and sunny!
6. Bamboo Yourself.  A heightened consumer environmental awareness has given sales of bamboo clothing, flooring, building materials, and other items a huge boost. Bamboo grows rapidly – sometimes 3 to 4 feet per day without fertilizer or pesticide – and it releases some 35 percent more oxygen into the air than a similar-sized stand of trees. Bamboo matures (and can be replanted) within seven years compared to 30-50 years for hardwood. Bamboo is also making waves in the clothing industry as an eco-chic and functional new fabric, and you can find bamboo bedding, towels and rugs.

Above and beyond selecting a eco-responsible residential developer to build your new home, there are quite a few things a conscientious family can do to promote green living and energy efficiency– and save themselves some cash in the process.

Consumer demand for environmentally responsible products and materials has brought a plethora of options for the homeowner to choose from, and they will not even break the bank. There is just no reason not to live green, and it sets a wonderful example for our children as well. So put on your superhero cape (the green one) and adopt a new way of thinking in your life and your home – today!

To find out more about the benefits of energy efficiency and green building please call Keswick Point, the region’s newest PRD, at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at keswickpointe.com.

 

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Exploring Our Unique Cultural Heritage

By: Don Hannig

The breathtaking vistas of the Pocono Mountains were created some 12,000 – 15,000 years ago with the advance and eventual retreat of the Wisconsin glacier. The massive glacier molded the landscape into what it remains today – sprawling mountains interspersed with natural wonders such as lakes, waterfalls, boulder fields, bogs, and thousands of acres of forested lands.

Such geologic beauty has provided the backdrop for some very unique cultural history – beginning with the Native Americans who populated the Pocono Mountain Region – to who we are today…. a rich blending of many cultures and backgrounds!

Early Peoples

Long before Europeans arrived, the Poconos were densely populated with many different Native American peoples, including the Delaware, Minisink, Lenni Lenape, Iroquois, Shawnee, and Paupack Indians. The Delaware River basin was an area ripe with wildlife and provided a rich cultural variety even among the native peoples of long ago. The Dutch were the first European settlers, establishing settlements in 1659 near the famous Delaware Water Gap an impressive gorge with 1200 foot cliffs on either side of the great river.

Advancing Industry

Peoples of eastern European descent, namely the German and English, took up a living in our region in the late 1700s, after the Walking Purchase and a period of bloody battles between the natives and the whites of the region – skirmishes over land ownership. A booming industrial period ensued, as the Poconos were rich with anthracite coal and other natural resources. The canal system and a bustling railway economy allowed the lumber industry to prosper. Farming was an integral part of the area’s economy as well.

Romantic Allure

In the early 1900’s, the Pocono Mountain Region became better known for what it is today – a destination for escape, relaxation, and enjoyment of the bounty of nature. Hotels sprang up as wealthy new tourists were drawn like flies to beauty of the area. In the 1960’s the Poconos became known as a honeymoon haven nationwide– further expanding its growing economy of tourism.

Home Today

Today, the Pocono Mountains provide a home to those of us who recognize the region for what it is – the jewel of eastern Pennsylvania. We can enjoy the best of all worlds here – an area culturally rich in lore and history, closeness to the major cities of the Northeast, and the richest beauty nature can provide!

Check Out These Great Destinations!

Eckley Miner’s Village 

Hickory Run Boulder Field

Delaware Water Gap

Jim Thorpe

Tannersville Cranberry Bog

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

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Best Reasons To Live In the Pocono Mountains – The Tannersville Cranberry Bog: Ecosystem Exploration

By: Don Hannig

How would you like to wander through a fascinating National Natural Landmark on top of a floating boardwalk – right here in the middle of the Pocono Mountains? The Tannersville Cranberry Bog would be a truly unique outdoor experience, and a geological snapshot of a colder bygone era – The Ice Age.

Thousands of years ago, a frigid glacial lake covered the entire area. Slowly over the millennium, due to restricted air and nutrient flow, sphagnum moss grew out into the lake as the waters retreated, forming a layer of peat over 40 feet thick. So don’t step off the boardwalk – you could sink to your knees or deeper in the thick gooey peat! But be sure to look carefully around you to see such fascinating creatures as bog turtles, warblers, owls, foxes, coyotes, and even some endangered species – such as the bog copper butterfly!

The Monroe County Conservation District schedules weekly walks with an expert guide to point out the features and history of this amazing natural resource. Known as “The Cranberry” to nearby residents, visiting the Tannersville Cranberry Bog has become traditionamong school students, educators, scientists, nature lovers, and photographers who returnevery year. If you look closely, you might even find some of North America’s most beautiful native orchids, including rose pogonia and the state-endangered heart-leaved twayblade.  Other trails in the upland woods adjacent to the bog are open to the public without special scheduling so bring your hiking shoes and a backpack – remember green exercise is the best for kids

The Cranberry Bog includes over 900 acres of land permanently preserved by The Nature Conservancy, through community support, and a joint effort with Pocono Township. Remember that once it is destroyed by the encroachment of development or groundwater depletion, the Tannersville Cranberry Bog could never again be recovered – it took over two thousand years to create! So come out and show your support and appreciation, and explore a truly unique ecosystem right within the heart of our beloved Pocono Mountains. Plan your visit today!

To find out more about the Pocono Mountains, please call us at 570-646-4646, email us at info@keswickpointe.com or visit our website at www.keswickpointe.com

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