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Big Bear Lake 2015 Activity Guide from GetAways Resort Management

Big Bear Lake, California (PRWEB) January 28, 2015

A new year has begun and GetAways Resort Management knows that means people everywhere have begun planning vacations to make their new year spectacular. Big Bear Lake is always a fantastic destination for families, outdoor lovers, and a variety of other travelers who want to discover what the spot holds for them. GetAways Resort Management encourages those who want to visit Big Bear Lake to stay at the Snow Lake Lodge to enjoy the accommodations while also finding great entertainment with this guide to attractions in the area.


Local Builders Renovate Stone Colonial in the Heart of Springfield, Delaware County

Springfield, PA (PRWEB) March 27, 2015

Rolling Road Realty, a newly formed real estate property firm based in Springfield, announced this week that their third home renovation property has hit the market. Their latest project is in the heart of Springfield, located on East Thomson Avenue, within walking distance of Sabold Elementary School.

We are really excited to present this newly renovated stone colonial home in Springfield to the active home buyers of Delaware County. This property is special to me personally because my family lives in Springfield, says Joe McPoyle, co-owner of Rolling Road Realty and resident of Springfield, Delaware County. This is the firms third flip house their prior properties have been in the nearby Swarthmore and Wallingford neighborhoods.

Situated in the heart of Springfield, Delaware County, PA, this stone single beauty stands tall on a large, private, well landscaped double lot with a wrap-around driveway at the corner of East Thomson Avenue and Barker Road. When I initially drove by the house when it was for sale, I couldnt believe how large the lot was. I grew up in Springfield and you just cant find a lot this size in Springfield, said JR McGrory, Rolling Road Realtys co-owner.

Rolling Read Realty acquired the home in December 2014 and partnered with local contracting firm, Perfect Places Construction, also operated by McPoyle, for the complete home renovation. When I first walked through the home with the prior owners son, I knew I wanted to restore it in a way that stayed true to the houses original bones. The woodwork was in great shape you just dont see woodwork like that anymore and the wood porch swing and stone fireplace added character. There was a vintage General Electric fridge in the basement that I envisioned cleaned up and painted a retro red, said McPoyle.

McPoyles Perfect Places Construction team installed a brand new kitchen including cherry wood cabinets, smooth granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. A large kitchen window above the sink allows a view of the sprawling yard and exterior landscape. Newly finished hardwood floors throughout add a modern flair to the contemporary yet traditional home.

The property at 315 East Thomson Avenue in Springfield is currently listed for sale for $ 374,500.

McPoyle and McGrory both agree, Selling the home will be bittersweet for us. We got a little attached to the Springfield property this past winter.

For a tour of the Springfield property, buyers can contact the Rolling Road Realty team at 610-721-9998 or

About Rolling Road Realty

Rolling Road Realty is a professional full service real estate renovation firm serving Philadelphia, the Main Line, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties. The company is a one-stop shop for high quality residential real estate development. They partner with local contracting firms to create the home of their clients dreams. See their current real estate listings at

About Perfect Places Construction

Perfect Places Construction is a professional full service home construction and renovation firm serving Philadelphia, The Main Line, Delaware, Montgomery and Chester counties. The companys primary focus is on residential customers and they also service large commercial builders, organizations and universities.

The firm specializes in complete home renovation, additions, kitchens, bathrooms and basements and provide 24 hour emergency repair service for electrical, heating and air conditioning needs. See their complete list of services at

About the property at 315 East Thomson Avenue, Springfield, Delaware County

Situated in the heart of Springfield, Delaware County, PA, this stone single beauty stands tall on a large, private, well landscaped double lot with a wrap-around driveway.

The property is your modern dream home with a sprawling front lawn and 4 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 2 powder rooms, outdoor covered patio, sun room with french doors, a wrap-around driveway, basement with a separate entrance, and newly installed windows throughout. Sunlight streams through the windows in the first floor open living room and dining room. A wood burning stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Relax on a weekend with a book in the 1st floor sun room with french doors. The home is equipped with a top-of-the-line gas heating system with cast iron radiators and ornate metal covers. Brand new 200 amp electrical service and meter has been installed.

The home boasts a semi-finished basement complete with recessed lights, a laundry area, powder room and an adjoining room that could be converted to a sewing room, crafting area or a tool bench space.

Gleaming brand new cabinets and smooth granite countertops adorn this new kitchen. Brand new stainless steel appliances have been installed in the kitchen, including a refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher and microwave. A large kitchen window above the sink allows you a view of the sprawling yard and exterior landscape.

Newly finished hardwood floors throughout add a modern flair. The property is situated in a lovely, family-oriented neighborhood, close to shopping, dining, train, & major highways.

This property is listed for sale for $ 374,500. Photography of the property is posted at


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Willis McDonald IV funds curator position for Draper Natural History Museum

(PRWEB) January 29, 2015

The endowed position is now officially named the Willis McDonald IV Curator of Natural Science of the Draper Natural History Museum. The Draper is one of the five museums at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.

We are so thankful to Willis for such a generous gift, says Executive Director and CEO Bruce Eldredge. This gift, together with additional endowment contributions from other Draper Advisory Board members, ensures that we retain our current nationally-recognized senior and founding curator, Dr. Charles R. Preston, and that we attract future candidates at the same level. Advisory Board members Henry P. Rip McIntosh IV and Leighton Steward also made substantial contributions to the endowment fund.

Preston says, I am deeply grateful that Willis has chosen to endow this position, and humbled that I have the honor of assuming the title bearing his name. As founding curator for the Draper, Preston arrived at the Center in 1998 and worked closely with McDonald and the museums namesake Nancy-Carroll Draper as they developed the Centers natural history museum.

It is altogether fitting that Williss name, along with Nancy-Carrolls, be forever associated with this marvelous museum, continues Preston. The Draper would never have been created, nor flourished, without the steady hand of Willis McDonald IV. McDonald served as Chairman of the Draper Advisory Board until 2013. He has been a member of the Centers full Board of Trustees since 1993.

A Cody, Wyoming, resident and an active member of the community, McDonald has been involved in numerous activities including the Boys & Girls Club of Park County, the Northwest College Foundation, and Christ Episcopal Church. An attorney, McDonald is a retired partner of White & Case, one of the largest law firms in the world with headquarters in New York City. He has remained a steadfast supporter of the Draper from its inception.

Preston has received national and international acclaim for his visionary leadership of the Drapers design and development. A wildlife ecologist who explores the influence of climate, landscape characteristics, and human attitudes and activities on wildlife, he is widely recognized as a leading authority on wildlife and human-wildlife relationships in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Since opening to the public on June 4, 2002, the Draper has developed an international reputation for cutting-edge scientific research and innovation in communicating the process and product of science about the Greater Yellowstone region to international audiences. As a top-tier natural science museum, the Draper fulfills responsibilities in original scientific research, collections development, public education, and exhibits.

Leighton Steward, successor to McDonald as Draper Advisory Board Chair, says, How fortunate that the Center has such a high quality natural history museum due to the efforts of Willis McDonald and current curator Chuck Preston. They have added a dimension to the Center that transcends normal static museum exhibits of fauna and flora. He adds, The Draper gives visitors the opportunity to see examples of some of the Yellowstone areas inhabitants at the Centerincluding live raptorsas well as take environmentally enlightening field trips into the Greater Yellowstone region itself.

As the first Willis McDonald IV Senior Curator of Natural Science, Preston continues his work building the Drapers national and international reputation; advocating for the role of natural science museums as forums for understanding human-wildlife conflicts; fostering sustainable conservation strategies; and overseeing the museums popular lecture series, live raptor education program, and innovative suite of public programming.

For more information on supporting the mission of the Center of the West, including endowment funding opportunities, contact Director of Development Kelly Jensen, or 307-578-4014.

Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently operating its winter schedule, open 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Thursday Sunday. For additional information, visit or the Centers pages on Facebook and Google+.

Sally Wiener Grotta Turns an Exhibit of her Award-Winning American Hands Photographs into a Treasure Hunt for Attendees

(PRWEB) March 16, 2015

When Sally Wiener Grotta installed the current exhibit of her acclaimed American Hands photo project at the Carbondale Public Library (5 North Main Street, Carbondale, PA 18407), she was unable to place the narrative signs beside every picture. So she set up all the signs near the entrance. This created a treasure hunt for attendees, giving them in-depth information about each tradesperson depicted, then sending them around the library to find the related picture.

On Saturday, March 21st at 2PM, Sally Wiener Grotta will guide young people at the library in finding and learning about each of the trades described, while sharing stories of the artisans she has photographed, and answering questions about the project and about photography in general. The general public is welcome to attend the discussion and gallery tour. Please call the library for reservations for the presentation (570-252-4281).

The exhibit will be on display through March 31st. Then, it will move to Palmerton, PA.

“[Sally is]…a global treasure” ~ Pat Schroeder, former U.S. Congresswoman

About American Hands

American Hands is Sally Wiener Grotta’s award-winning visual celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that built our dynamically diverse culture and established the underpinnings of our present-day society. In this ongoing project, she is creating narrative portraits of people who use their hands in traditional ways, making functional objects that are, today, typically done by machines. Along the way, Sally spends time in a wide variety of artisans’ workshops — including a spinner, weaver, blacksmith, glassblower, bookbinder, rug-maker and many others — returning over the months and years, to follow the various stages of their creations.

American Hands has been (and continues to be) exhibited in both large and small venues. An earlier version of the American Hands exhibit (called Pennsylania Hands) was installed in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, a couple of years ago. To date over 350,000 individuals have attended an American Hands exhibit. Other installations of American Hands are scheduled through 2016. Sally will also be giving lectures associated with the exhibits, visiting schools, senior citizen centers, community organizations and so forth. Eventually, it will be a book. In the meantime, there are two publications: the American Hands Newsletter and the first in a series of American Hands Journals.

The recipient of over three dozen grants, “American Hands” has been adopted by the New York Foundation for the Arts (one of the nation’s most respected arts organization) under their fiscal sponsorship. This exhibit of “American Hands” is supported by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant from the Pocono Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Sally welcomes invitations for exhibits and lectures, as well as suggestions of additional craftspeople. Please remember that her focus is on those artisans who practice the functional, concrete skills, that were required by their community, rather than those that were done primarily for artistic purposes. To contact Sally, please use the contact page on her Website, or through the project’s Facebook fanpage. To learn more about the project, please also check out the videos on YouTube.

*About Sally Wiener Grotta

Photographer, digital artist, author, columnist and lecturer, all describe what Sally Wiener Grotta does. But to truly understand who she is, one must also apply the title Storyteller to her list of accomplishments and achievements. Whether it’s a picture or an article, a workshop or a book, Sally’s primary purpose, above and beyond communicating concepts, ideas and information, is to tell a good story that will entertain, amuse and enlighten.

Recognized by xRite as “one of the world’s top professional photographers,” Sally has traveled on assignment all over the world, to every continent (including Antarctica several times), plus many exotic islands (such as Papua New Guinea). Her pictures have appeared in numerous exhibits, scores of national glossy magazines, many books and various ads. She has published eight non-fiction books (on photography and travel). Her fiction includes the critically acclaimed novels “Jo Joe” and “The Winter Boy.”

In addition to various “American Hands” exhibits, other collective and one-woman exhibits of Sally’s work are scheduled through 2016.

“Every once in awhile great artists are able to transcend…. Sally’s vision is grand… [and]… reflected in the warmth she portrays, in the people she photographs and the world she captures…” ~ Steven Rosenbaum, President of SIR Communications and former Editor of Modern Photography

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Review: 'Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War

Review: 'Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War
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Flower and Landscape Photography Workshop at Buck Garden April 21 in Far Hills
The Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden has scheduled a "Flower & Landscape Photography" workshop on Tuesday, April 21, from 9-11:30 a.m.. The session will take place at Leonard J. Buck Garden, 11 Layton Road in Far Hills.

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Announcing a New Speaking Tour with a Premier Sustainability Presentation, Americas Next National Park The Maine Woods National Park

Whitefield, ME (PRWEB) August 4, 2010

Where does one begin to do their part in preserving the earth? A new presentation titled, Americas Next National Park The Maine Woods National Park, by Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog, answers this question and more by embodying the heart of sustainability and awakening peoples environmental conscience to think and act with determination for the benefit of mankind, wildlife, our earth and America the beautiful.

Since 2008 Thomas Mark Szelog and Lee Ann Szelog have logged over 15,000 miles putting a face to the land that is the proposed 3.2 million acre Maine Woods National Park, an area larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks combined. Through the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project they provide inspiration, education, and motivation, with photographs and words, to encourage society to work together in the spirit of cooperation to create the Maine Woods National Park for the benefit of nature, wildlife, our planet and all mankind.

In the visually-rich narrated photography presentation, America’s Next National Park – The Maine Woods National Park, the Szelogs take audiences on a journey to explore a fragile and astounding ecosystem and learn about the status of the proposed Maine Woods National Park and the physical, emotional and financial benefits it will impart. The Szelogs also share the wisdom, inspiration and insight that guide them on this quest in order to help others embrace sustainability through foresight and discipline and take responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure all species, human and wild, continue to have earth to call home. Progress is not always about building the newest, most high-tech building, equipment, or device. Sometimes progress means having the courage and acumen to preserve those things that dont need improved, such as nature, wildlife and earth itself. Protection of this masterpiece we call earth begins with awareness and each one of us taking an active and brave role in its protection 365 days per year, states Lee Ann Szelog, cofounder of the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project and co-presenter of Americas Next National Park The Maine Woods National Park.

The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project has been endorsed by American icons including Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-Winning folk singer Pete Seeger. To learn more about the Szelogs, their presentation, Americas Next National Park The Maine Woods National Park, and The Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project please explore

To book a date on the speaking tour, please contact Lee Ann Szelog at leeann(at)mainewoodsnationalpark(dot)com or 207-549-5151.


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Barbara has been a photographer since she was in grammer school. Over the years she has used 35 mm Nikon cameras, 4x5 and 11x14 studio cameras, Hasselblads, and now Nikon digital cameras. She loves them all.

At one time Barbara was a portrait photographer with a studio in Princeton, NJ and Hopewell, NJ. Her focus is now on birds and animals. Of course, she still does the occasional portrait.

Over the years Barbara has studied with many well known photographers, including Philippe Halsman and Lisette Model.

All of Barbara's photographs are available for purchase as prints or downloads.