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Oct 31, 6PM -8PM are the officially sanctioned Treick or Treat hours for Smithfield, Middle Smithflield and East Stroudsgburg.  We hope that trying to confine house to house visits to these hours will help drivers look for children on the streets.

Smithfield Township is in the process of establishing an Open Space Review Board and
is looking for Township residents who would be willing to serve on this committee. The
committee once established, will meet to recommend appropriate properties to be
considered for preservation in order to ensure clean water and preserve our aquifer.
Any interested residents should contact Brian Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Smithfield Township is in the process of establishing an Open Space Review Board and
is looking for Township residents who would be willing to serve on this committee. The
committee once established, will meet to recommend appropriate properties to be
considered for preservation in order to ensure clean water and preserve our aquifer.
Any interested residents should contact Brian Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our RSVP Partners at the American Red Cross have an exciting Fire Prevention program that will install 10 year Smoke Detectors in your home.

They will also provide you with an escape plan for your family. 

There is no charge for this program, but you do need to make reservations. 

Call 570-234-2705 and mention that you are a friend of the RSVP program.

News that China is no longer taking unsorted recycling waste is leading to a major crises in the system. Americans regularly throw jsut about every category of supposedly recylable waste in the recycle bins, but only a fraction of it can be used.  The rest is plowed under in landfills.This includes pizza boxes with grease stains, plastic coated diapers, packing tape on boxes, food clam shell boxes, and junk mail. Limit what you throw in your recycle boxes to "The Big Four."  That is: Corrugated cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs with necks, metal food ns beverage cans, and glass bottles and jars. Concentrate on bottles with a neck like water bottles,milk jugs, detergent bottles.  That's it!  Throw away all caps and lids--that is a different material. And don't think that because the plastic bottle has the little triange on it (see photo above) that it is recyclable.Sadly, most of what we use goes to landfills. 

Educating Homeowners to Help Improve Water Quality

Consider some or all of these conservation actions:

  1. 1.   Plant trees and other native vegetation to help encourage water filtration. If a property borders a stream, plant trees along the banks. Trees help to stabilize the bank and filter excess nutrients.

2.   Fertilize lawns only when needed to establish vegetation or when called for by a soil test. If applying fertilizer, use a spreader calibrated to apply the minimum recommend rate.

3.   Reduce energy consumption. Power plants contribute to pollution rot the atmosphere in the form of nitrogen oxides which, when deposited on land by rainfall area source of excess nitrogen in waterways.

4.   Reduce fuel consumption. Car exhaust is also a significant source of atmospheric nitrogen.
5.   Do not connect sump pumps, cellar drains, or roof drains to the sanitary sewer system. Modern sewage systems are designed to handle sewage only, not stormwater—which can overwhelm a system and potential cause overflows.

6.   Minimize or eliminate the use of a garage disposal. Instead use a backyard composter. It reduces the burden on sewer systems and creates with which to fertilize gardens.

7.   Compost grass clippings and autumn leaves. They are a natural source of fertilizer for plants and trees.

8.   Minimize stormwater runoff by using rain barrels, rain gardens, and pervious surfaces. These are natural filtration systems into the ground rather than letting water run off to storm drains.

9.   Maintain septic tank systems since overburdened  or malfunctioning systems contribute nitrogen to groundwater and local surface water.

Ticks and Deer Ticks are perennial challenge to living in the Poconos. Our part of Pennsylvania has one of the highest infestation rates in the Northeast. The best way to know if a tick is potenially harmful is to have it annalyzed. First you must remove the tick using a "Pro-Tick Remedy" remover (availavble online--basically a pair of cheap tweezers with a magnifying glass) or a pair of regular tweezers. Grasop the tick the head, pull it fimly put it in a plastic bag. Then clean the bite area with disinfectant. You should do this within 24 hours of the bite.

Take the tick to DEWA Safety Office at ESU Innovation Center, 562 Independence Rpad (Route 442 at the cornner of Brown Street). Their number: 570 422 7892. If you have been bitten by a deer tick, a rash will begin within 3 to 30 days. (The "bullseye many people think is the sign of a bite only appears in 50-60% of the cases). Symptoms can be: headache, loss of appetite, dfever, swollen glands, muscle and joint pain, conjunctivits (pink eye), tiredness. If you think you may have some of the symptoms or if rash develops--see a doctor without delay.

Anf the easiest way to prevent all this is to wear light colored clothing (to better see the ticks on you), wear insecticide where the active ingrtediant is DEET (the more the better), put your pants inside your socks, and check you body (or a friend's) after your hike. This is serious stuff if you get Lyme desease, so try to prevent tick bites.

That time of year again. The Township will be picking up leaves only,  from Oct. 13 to Nov. 22.  (No tree branches, brush or garbage).

BWA is excited to see that a Master Watershed Steward program is about to begin in Monroe County. In this worthy program, individuals with passion for water quality can receive training on how they can use their energies and skills to help protect the environment and water quality.

 We encourage interested individuals to attend the informational meeting. See details below:

Penn State Extension and the Monroe County Conservation District are excited to launch the Master Watershed Steward Program.

The Master Watershed Steward program is a collaborative effort between Penn State Extension, Monroe County Conservation District, and local conservation groups. It is similar to the Master Gardener program and is designed to train people in a formal way about the basics of water resource stewardship, creating an energized and educated group of citizens. The MWS program is in 13 counties across the state and has 194 volunteers that have contributed over 7,500 volunteer hours in 2017.

We are recruiting 20-25 interested people for the class of 2018.
The class will consist of 40 hours of training on various topics, including water quality, stream health, groundwater, native plants, and recreational resources.
Once this part of the training is complete, trainees perform 50 hours of volunteer service on selected projects such as:
- Organizing and executing stream cleanups.
- Designing and installing demonstration rain gardens.
- Assist in stream restorations.
- Organize educational workshops addressing topics such as rain barrels, pollution prevention, invasive plant control, and stormwater management.

Applicants are welcome from all walks of life. If under 18, you must be accompanied by a guardian or adult.

 

The program will start on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm
and will continue every Thursday through May.
There will be several Saturday field trips.

An informational session at 6:30 pm will be held on Thursday, January 18, at:
Monroe County Conservation District
8050 Running Valley Rd.
Stroudsburg, Pa.

If interested, please contact:
Jim Vogt
Phone: 570-421-6430
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/monroe
Penn State Extension
Monroe County
724 Phillips Street, Suite 201
Stroudsburg, PA 18360

Senior Services

The Township is always searching for Health and Wellness resouces for seniors in our community. One is The Senior Guidance Organization. This organization is dedicated to providing helpful senior living resources for the elderly. They have a dedicated section that provides extremely well detailed and thorough information on Pennsylvania assisted living:

https://www.seniorguidance.org/assisted-living/pennsylvania/

Their website also discusses all services available for seniors living in Pennsylvania.  It outlines helpful state programs for seniors and allows to find assisted living facilities in every city, town and borough in Pennsylvania.  http://smithfieldtownship.com/smithfield-life/our-town/resources

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