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February 22 eNewsletter



Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Through the USPS, residential households can order one free set of 4 at-home COVID-19 tests.

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

Order Here

If you are experiencing any problems, please refer to the PA Homepage news article, “Can’t get free COVID tests from USPS? Here’s what you might be doing wrong.

Environmentally Friendly Snow Removal Methods

Easier on you, your property, and your wildlife

When the snow starts to melt, it creates runoff that flows over land such as paved streets, parking lots, building rooftops, and alongside your driveway and property line parallel to roads.  Stagnant runoff turns into ice. Usually, to combat this, we are prone to using salt. However, salt erodes the various surfaces it comes in contact with and, in abundance, can harm local wildlife including plants. To make this season a little easier on yourself, your driveway, and your local environments, please take into consideration the following tips:

  • Use salt and deicers when absolutely needed. Reminder: salt is not effective below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Sand, gravel, or kitty litter will give you traction when it’s too cold for salt. Shovel walkways and your driveway immediately after a snowstorm for a better chance of preventing ice.
  • When piling your snow after shoveling and plowing, choose locations where the snow will have the most opportunity to seep into the ground instead of becoming stormwater runoff. Choose relatively flat areas that are away from sensitive areas like streams, ponds, and your private well if you have one.
  • Pay special attention to places near your home that are eroding during snow melt. Make a plan to improve these areas in spring using plants that can slow and stop erosion, like native grasses and meadow plants or native trees and shrubs. Planting salt-tolerant species along your driveway or property along the road can create a protective buffer for local waterways.
  • Make sure the storm drains closest to your property are clear of snow and other debris. Do not shovel snow into storm drains since they empty directly into local creeks.

To avoid creating hazards for other vehicles, do not push snow from your driveway into the road. Instead, pile snow on the right side of your driveway to ensure the snow will not be re-plowed back onto your driveway. Image provided by PENNDOT, more information can be found here at their website.

Recycle Your Real Christmas Tree

After the holidays, our residents have two places to drop off their real Christmas trees:

Oak Grove Multi-Municipal Compost Facility
3305 Oak Grove Dr.
East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Monday – Saturday from 7 AM – 2 PM

Smithfield Township Municipal Center
1155 Red Fox Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 4:30 PM
(Only available through Feb. 28th)

The Grapefruit Eater

By Robert Lovenheim

Last year I did my good deed for the decade. I drove a cousin suffering from dementia from her home in New York City to an assisted care home in western New York State. Months later a box arrived from Florida. Her sister, out of gratitude, had sent me a box of Florida grapefruit. This was not a random thank you, but an offering steeped in family tradition. Our parents had wintered in Florida for many years and always sent the kids gift boxes of Florida grapefruits, oranges, and a special orange called a “honeybell.”

The older generation’s obsession with gift oranges goes back to their pre-depression youth where oranges and grapefruits were exotic fruits in the northeast. Kids actually got an orange in their Christmas stockings as a unique gift. Apart from the holiday, oranges were only accessible to the upper class.

Along with my cousin’s gift of grapefruits came a special serrated-edge spoon and a curved knife. The second is to carve the grapefruit section and the former to dig them out. Now I ask you, what other citrus fruit requires a special kit to eat? I was hooked. Beyond the new instruments to master, the taste at breakfast was euphoric.

To feed my new obsession I needed a constant supply of grapefruit. This is easier than it sounds. The Florida grapefruit season runs from January through March, some less accustomed would say longer. During the season, acquiring grapefruits in the Poconos is easy. Every market has the standard ruby red and sometimes offers white.

Before and after the season, grapefruit fanatics must turn to imported fruit. I’ve found South African and Peruvian ones at local markets. Given the distance it has traveled and the price, it’s still pretty good. What is the basis of grapefruit obsession? I think it starts with a parent. Much like deer hunting is passed down from generation to generation, grapefruit eating appears to follow the same pattern.  If I had not observed my father eating this bitter fruit at breakfast, would I?

Let’s face it, at two for five dollars in the off-season, only those already hooked would allow themselves to indulge. And then there is the ritual aspect of a special knife to carve, and a special spoon to dissect. Now let us consider the nutritional value: two grams of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, thiamine. Outdoing an orange!

As I dig in with my special spoon every morning, one nagging question breaks my pleasure: am I becoming my father? Do all grapefruit eaters ask this question?





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