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Local Events

The Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township Presents:

What's Happening in the Poconos!



Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m: “The Last Prop Fighter: 130 combat missions in the
A-1 Skyraider.” The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to announce a free program on
the origins of heavily classified CIA militarization and covert Special Forces operations in Laos during
the Vietnam War. United States Air Force veteran, Captain Alan Price Young, will present as part of
the Third Thursday Lecture Series. Young flew 130 close air support (CAS) and Combat Search and
Rescue (CSAR) missions in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia from May 1970 to May 1971. This
program will be presented on. at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. The
Vietnam War. Long before GPS, night vision goggles, drones and SATCOMs. Before Iraq. Before
Afghanistan. What really happened? How did today's counter-terrorism military, CIA, and special
operations forces evolve? Some of these stories had only recently been declassified. Hear them from
someone who was there - when the CIA funded and ran its first large-scale covert "blended" military
operations in Laos - and when elite U.S. Army/indigenous MACV SOG teams were inserted into Laos
along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, very hostile areas controlled by the NVA. Captain Young and his fellow
pilots supported these covert military ground operations. They also led life-saving recon team
extraction missions and CSAR rescues in Laos and North Vietnam – all at a time when the President
of the United States asserted that we had no American presence there. Captain Young will stay until
all questions have been answered about these events, as well any questions about the Raven FACs,
Air America, Prairie Fire Emergencies and the Son Tay Raid, a 1970 nighttime top-secret POW
rescue attempt at a prison camp 23-miles from Hanoi. He strongly encourages you to watch the new
Ken Burns PBS series, The Vietnam War, beforehand. The Third Thursday Lecture Series is free, but 

reservations are required due to limited space. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

The presentation will be held on the 2nd floor of the Stroud Mansion, which is not handicap-

accessible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County 

Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

COLLECTIONS. Members will be sharing their many collections. Join us to view the lovely items that
interest people in their spare time. What do you collect? Please RSVP to bring your own collection to
share. Contact Donna Bisset at 570.994.2973. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Friendly
Community Center (on 191 at the 390/191 split at the Mountainhome United Methodist Church).
There will be a short Business Meeting before the Program. Refreshments. All Welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11AM: A guided walk through one of Milford's original cemeteries, the

Laurel Hill cemetery located on the grounds of Grey Towers, will be conducted with a theatrical twist.
Dramatic first-person readings that will "introduce" visitors to some of the individuals buried at Laurel
Hill will bring their stories "to life." Visitors also will hear about the restoration and research that is
ongoing. Based on extensive research, the first-person readings will give participants a sense of what
life might have been like during Milford's early years. Group size is limited and pre-registration and
$10 per person payment is required at www.greytowers.org. For each program, participants should
meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot. Dress for the weather and wear
comfortable shoes. A warm beverage will be provided! The walks are held rain or shine. USDA is an
equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. For more information call: 570-296-9625 or email
us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stoddartsville Historic Center - Open the First Saturday of each month of May thru
October: Hours are between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (Organized tours by appointment. Mail to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Stoddartsville, a village founded by John Stoddart in 1816, straddles the Lehigh
River in Buck Township, Luzerne County and Tobyhanna Township in Monroe County, PA. A
Philadelphia merchant, Stoddart built the village as a terminus for the newly planned Lehigh Canal for
transporting timber and grains from the Wyoming Valley to Philadelphia. Stoddartsville included a
massive grist mill, saw mill, a hotel stagecoach stop, a tollhouse for the new Easton & Wilkes-Barre
Turnpike, general store, post office, craft shops, and homes. Mr. John L. Butler Jr. originally opened
the Historic Center 2002 to house his extensive collection of memorabilia and local artifacts collected
throughout his lifetime. With tours enthusiastically lead by Mr. Butler, the Historic Center served as a
place for locals and travelers alike to gather and learn about the Stoddartsville's rich history. After Mr.
Butler's passing in 2010, the Historic Center was acquired by the newly founded Stoddartsville
Preservation Society. Since that time, the SPS has reorganized and further enhanced the educational and historical experience the Historic Center provides. The SPS is proud and excited to once again open the door to the Historic Center and offers tours and events that support the ongoing Legacy of those who came before us in the village of Stoddartsville. Directions - From Route 115 South, turn right onto Buck Maple Lane at the Stoddartsville Cemetery, just before the Lehigh River
bridge. From Route 115 North, 3 miles from Blakeslee Corners, turn left just past the Lehigh River
bridge onto Buck Maple Lane. Look for the stone wall that borders the Cemetery along Route
115. Use Stoddartsville Road for GPS.


Important Web Site Links for many Pocono Activities:

Getting out and about in the Poconos with hikes, animals and our beautiful natural treasures,
hit on this link: http://www.mcconservation.org/default.asp?contentID=29

This Week in the Poconos from Pocono Pines:

The Clymer Library: http://www.clymerlibrary.org/wpdir/

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area schedule of events:

Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau Web Site lists tons of stuff to do:

Pocono Record listing of events: http://poconorecord.eviesays.com/




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