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The Honesdale Chant Team had a great time at the Honesdale Area Jaycees Halloween parade last night and hope everyone has a safe night trick or treating tonight! Trick or treating hours are 5:30 pm to 8 pm in the Honesdale Borough 👻


by EB

Wayne County PA Renowned Worldwide

As Premier Fly Fishing Destination

Northeastern Pennsylvania, whose waters are steeped in American angling history, boasts some of the best fly fishing for trout in the world. The region is home to the Upper Delaware River, a pristine tailwater fishery treasured by anglers worldwide for its gorgeous surroundings and large wild brown and rainbow trout.

A number of  fly fishing clubs, including the prestigious Blooming Grove Club, have made their homes on the region's trout streams. Dozens of well-known streams, including the Dyberry Creek, provide first-class public angling for seasoned pros and beginners alike. For anglers looking for other kinds of action, the area's many lakes and rivers provide excellent fly fishing for bass, carp and other game fish.

Area Trophy Trout Waters include the Lackawaxen River and the West Branch of Upper Delaware River in northeastern Wayne County, while the lower Delaware River ranks as a World Class fly fishing destination.


Our thanks go to A & G Outfitters for the information provided here.


by John Schmitt

Wayne County PA Real Estate:

Trends Signal Increase In Home Values


A marked increase in Wayne County real estate sales volumes in our office signals that this trend is aligned with nationally-published data indicating that declines in home values experienced during the recession have already been, or are close to being erased. According to the report, the 0.5 percent value increase from the fourth quarter of 2013 heralded the ninth straight quarter of improvement as pre-recession prices “are becoming an increasingly distant memory as home values reach new highs and homes become more expensive than ever in many areas.”


This current market trend is particularly noteworthy for those of you who may be seriously considering acquiring a country property as your current residence, a retreat destination, for future retirement, or as an investment.


Northeast Pennsylvania, positioned perfectly between the Endless Mountains of Susquehanna County to our west and the waters of the scenic Delaware River/Catskill Mountains to our east, is a cornucopia of tranquil lakes, hardwood forests and thriving communities. Rolling farmlands, country estates and town and country properties comprise the area’s diverse real estate offerings. Our area not only provides the quintessential landscape for residential and vacation homes, but offers endless year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, excellent school systems, and a unique blend of the quaint, historical and modern.


Whether you’re seeking a destination for impromptu escapes, family gatherings, future memories or as an investment property, we urge you to bookmark as your gateway to Chant Country.





by EB


Lords Valley Country Club

By Tod Shapiro and News-Link Editorial Staff

The 2014 Golf Season for the Lords Valley Country Club (“LVCC”) is set to start, and for members and their families, friends, and guests that means another year of exceptional golfing experiences, including unmatched competitive, as well as casual and fun social, play in one of Northern Pennsylvania’s most scenic, challenging, and exciting natural environments!

LVCC, first and foremost, is an ideal venue for serious golfing aficionados and is appreciated for that reason by its 270-strong membership, encompassing a close-knit golfing community on weekends and weekdays as often as its members can make it to the links from their homes spread across Northeastern PA, New York City, Westchester, Connecticut, and Long Island, among other places. In addition, LVCC reports that the 2014 year will include an emphasis on golfing for families, friends, and guests- all will want to check the LVCC website at for a current list and updated news concerning the many tournaments and special events (some open to the public) that take place throughout the season.LVCCLogo

Notable golfing events at LVCC always start with the popular annual George Nye Golf extravaganza, named in honor of LVCC’s founding father who helped start LVCC’s rich golfing tradition. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary on July 12th of this year, the event is always a popular date on the PA golfing calendar. The George Nye is always a special event for expert and casual observers, both to play in or simply to observe the proceedings and fun. In addition, as in past seasons, the popular Parent-Child tournament on Father’s Day brings together generations of LVCC golfers in a fun-and-family-friendly manner. A plethora of fun clinics for children and adults, as well as scramble-style casual social tournaments, is always in ample supply during the summer season.

For those just learning of LVCC for the first time, here is the scoop:

The golf course is LVCC’s “crown jewel” and represents a truly exceptional golfing experience with its challenging design and its breathtaking natural setting. Members can get on the course easily and often, without waiting. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania Mountain region, not far from the Delaware Water Gap and a mere 90 miles from the greater New York metropolitan area and the major suburbs of New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Connecticut, LVCC is readily accessible by Interstates 84 and 80.

Lords Valley Country Club is a not-for-profit, member owned, fully-equipped and serviced country club offering full amenities to its members and their guests.  These amenities include ten Har-tru tennis courts, a 40’ x 120’ heated swimming pool, boat docks with sailboats, canoes, and kayaks, which are available to members, three separate dining facilities and party rooms ranging from casual to gourmet, and the crown jewel – a magnificent Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary golf course.

The club is located within the grounds of the private, gated Hemlock Farms year-round community, but it is independent of the community, and members are not required to live within Hemlock Farms.  In addition to the golf course, there is a free driving range, a putting green, and a practice green specifically designated for chipping and pitching. The pride and joy of the club is the scenic Blue tee (professional rating) par 72 course.  It is 6,344 yards long with a course rating of 70.8 and a slope rating of 127.

The course offers many challenges, but it is easily playable for golfers of all levels.  The signature seventh hole is the 516 yard par 5, with a 6,500 square foot left to right sloping green with a breathtaking view from the hilltop Blue and White tees.  The most enticing feature of the golf course is that it is perpetually interesting with the vistas changing with the seasons.  With its unparalleled maintenance, its challenging layout, the beauty of its course with varying hills, specimen trees, and waterfront holes and fairways, it is always a great place to play, whether it’s your first time or your 1000th.

Although LVCC is a private, members only club, its availability to non-members can be obtained under limited circumstances and times by having a PGA member phone the pro-shop on the non-member’s behalf.  The club also enjoys reciprocity with several other regional area golf clubs.

New for 2014: LVCC is now a member of the popular Boxgroove Golfing Portal ( – as part of the popular Golfing Social Network, participating Private Club Members and others in the Boxgroove Network can apply for reciprocal play through the service – search for Lords Valley Country Club’s Boxgroove Profile page for information and details and possible Tee Times.

The long-time Staff is back in harness for another season of top golfing instruction and support. In addition to Eugene Yanovitch, Director of Golf, who has been in that position for the past forty-six years, there is another Class A PGA teaching professional, as well as two apprentices, all offering private lessons.  The teaching programs are extensive and diversified, including enhanced individual video swing analysis and approximately forty free clinics for all members and their children.  There are also member children’s clinics every Wednesday during the summer.

The fully stocked golf pro shop was the game house of the former estate owner and has maintained its unique and historic character.  The club’s policy is to offer golf merchandise to the members at ten percent above cost.  The shop represents the Callaway Golf Company and offers a full range of its products in our Calloway fitting cart.  It also has one of the largest selections of Demo equipment in the Pocono Mountains.

For information call the Lords Valley Country Club office at 570-775-7335 or the Pro Shop at 570-775-6013 or check out the website at and look for LVCC on Facebook!

LVCC is a private, not-for-profit club, and all memberships are subject to approval by the LVCC Membership Committee and Board. 




Red Maples Golf CourseRed-Maples-4

By Allison Mowatt

A beautiful golf course amid serene farmland in South Canaan gives golfers a place to play the game with ease and relaxation.

Red Maples Golf Course is a nine hole regulation length public course located at 2322 Easton Turnpike near Waymart. Robert Pozza created and constructed the course in 1965. A year later, it officially welcomed the public to play on its greens. And yes, Red Maples will open again this year, run by the next generation of Pozzas.

Red Maples is a smaller course designed for people of all skill levels. Situated on thirty-five acres of rolling greens, it is an ideal course for walking, has no sand traps, and is a preferred course for people either learning the game for the first time or who just want to play a leisurely game. In addition, it’s also a fun course, offering enough of a challenge for serious golfers who prefer the competiveness of the sport. From the back tees, it features 2,400 yards of golf for a par of thirty-three.

Over the years, Red Maples has held on to its charm and kept its unique characteristics. It’s known among people who play the sport as one of the best kept golf courses around. The moderate course is surrounded by vibrant flowers, many red maples trees for which the course is named, and an eight acre pond.

When it first opened, it was one of the only golf courses around and got a lot of business. Before long, other courses started cropping up in the area and the competition grew, but Red Maples always held on to what made it special. The prices are reasonable and comparable with other nine hole courses. Interestingly enough, when the course opened forty-eight years ago, it only cost fifty cents to play nine holes, and now it costs ten dollars. “The price only went up twenty cents every year.

Red Maples is open seven days a week. It features a clubhouse with light snacks and club and cart rentals. The clubhouse is available for parties and other special occasions.

For more information, call (570) 937-4543.

Red Maples is located within the Greater Honesdale Area of Wayne County.


This article first appeared in one of our favorite Pocono Mountains Lifestyle, Recreation and Entertainment publications, Connections Magazine, Publication in Chant County News is by express written permission. All photos and editorial are protected under the copyright law and is the property of Connections Magazine and




According to the 2012 National Association of Home Builders™ (NAHB®) “What Home Buyers Really Want” study, basements are considered especially desirable in homes by younger home buyers and those living in colder climates.

“The study findings show that 76% of Gen Y respondents and 74% of Gen X respondents would prefer a basement in their homes,” says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls of America.  “Once you get to Baby Boomers category that preference drops to 63% — and then down even lower to 54% with Seniors.

“I believe we can surmise from these results that younger home buyers are looking for added living space and easily accessible storage areas in the homes they purchase, whereas older home buyers may be ready to ‘trim back’ on their living space and also prefer one-level dwellings.”

Energy Efficient Basements

Costello points out that the geographic areas where respondents most prefer a full or partial basement in their homes coincides with where Superior Walls precast concrete foundation systems have seen the most sales increase in recent years: the areas of New England, East North Central, and Middle Atlantic. “The study shows that more than 80% of respondents in these cold climate areas prefer to have a basement, as opposed to areas of the Pacific and West South Central areas where less than 50% of respondents stated a preference for basements.”

The same study showed that energy efficient features of products are extremely important to home buyers in all age ranges and in all geographic locations.  This does not surprise Costello, whose company has seen steady growth of sales over the years, thanks to the energy efficiency qualities of their precast concrete basement foundation systems.

“When homeowners select a Superior Walls basement system, they’re adding comfortable, energy efficient living space to their home,” says Costello.  “Choosing a precast Xi™ or Xi Plus™ concrete foundation can help save on the total heat loss in a home.  That’s a ‘bottom up’ consideration that has long-term financial benefits for a home buyer.”

Xi precast concrete panels by Superior Walls are steel-reinforced and created in the manufacturing process with DOW® Styrofoam™ boards, which provide excellent rigid foam insulation.  The resulting wall panels provide a dry, warm, and exceptionally energy-efficient foundation for a home.

Another survey finding illustrates the growing importance of energy efficiency with home buyers, 89% of respondents said they would prefer “a highly energy efficient home with lower utility bills over the life of the home” versus just 11% who said they would choose a home without energy efficiency features that costs two to three percent less.  This preference toward low utility costs reflects a realistic look at the rising costs of energy and home buyers’ desires to address this issue at the initial time of purchasing a home.

Superior Walls insulated precast concrete wall systems have earned the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center.  For homeowners, the benefits of Superior Walls foundations systems are substantial.  The energy-efficient walls help lower energy costs and reduce energy leakage while providing increased living space in a comfortable setting.

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This article first appeared in one of our favorite Pocono Mountains Lifestyle, Recreation and Entertainment publications, Connections Magazine, Publication in Chant County News is by express written permission. All photos and editorial are protected under the copyright law and is the property of Connections Magazine and


by Bailey

If paper is the No. 1 clutter culprit in your home, learn how to purge, organize, and file in style.
Since most homes now have a computer, and the majority of bills, magazines, and personal documents are available online, many have wondered if the day will come when we live in a “paperless world.”

If the piles scattered about your dining room table, hall closet, or kitchen counter are any indication, we’ve got a long way to go.

Experts say that even though people claim the mess of bills, coupons, and unopened mail is “organized chaos,” it’s still chaos, and it’s doing more harm than good. A cluttered environment cuts productivity and greatly increases stress at the office and at home.
“Being organized saves time, money, and piece of mind,” says professional organizer, Erin J. Kelly, founder of Arranged By Erin, a Chicago-based home-and-office organization firm.

“These days, we’re pulled in so many directions – home, work, church, civic duties – there’s an extreme need to simplify a person’s process so he or she can be more effective every day,” says Kelly.
Sue Monson is the office manager of a charter aviation company in Van Nuys, Calif., and says that the whirlwind of activity in her life shows most in her dining room.

“That’s the place where mail or anything else brought into the house goes: on the dining room table. My husband never puts anything away, so it’s up to me.”
It’s those piles of mail that need to go first. Kelly says that working with clients on paper management is a huge part of her job.

“I don’t know if you can go 100 percent paperless, but you can definitely get to about 80 or 90 percent,” she says. For magazines, invest in stylish file folders for those you collect, and make sure to dispose of all others month-to-month.
Kelly says investing in a scanner is the best way to begin such a process. All those old bills, business cards, receipts, and even greeting cards can be scanned into your computer and stored on a disc, mobile device, or online database.

“Everyone has a different ‘tech level,’” says Kelly. “When I work with a client, we figure out how comfortable they are with various technology and go from there.” If you are comfortable with scanning documents, you can reduce the amount of paper in your home drastically as long as you save those files and label them with names you understand, and keep them in a sensible, easily located place, of course.

Kelly notes that even if a person isn’t ready to scan documents and e-mail files, they can still un-clutter that entryway end table if they’re willing to let go. She says people simply hold onto paper they don’t need. “Credit card receipts really can go after you pay your bill each month. Bank statements and utilities bills, too: These companies back up everything online now, and you can check that at any time.”
Kelly also suggests creating a “pending” file box for information you don’t know what to do with yet, or for documents that need to be verified, like a corrected credit card bill, or various applications and contracts. New designs, including paisley, stripes, and floral prints, have removed the eyesore label from filing boxes and help homeowners get more excited about organizing.

Sue Monson says that she’d love to hire a professional organizer someday to help her with her home paper problems. She insists that she wouldn’t need help with her office since “it’s pretty neat already, probably because my husband has nothing to do with it!”

This article first appeared in one of our favorite Pocono Mountains Lifestyle, Recreation and Entertainment publications, Connections Magazine, Publication in Chant County News is by express written permission. All photos and editorial are protected under the copyright law and is the property of Connections Magazine and

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by John Schmitt

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall further than they have already. They are assuming that the best course of action is to wait for the bottom in the market and then buy. The problem with this approach is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates go up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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John Schmitt
Davis R. Chant Realtors
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Honesdale PA 18431
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