Bookshop Donates to Theatrical Gems
VILLAGE VIEW, December 2016 Issue, pg. 15
Photo date:  December 4, 2016
Photo by ________________

Mary Ruvane, president of the Little Green Bookshop, presents a check for $500 to Theatrical Gems co-founders Jacob Shoesmith-Fox and Claudia Stuart after their "Broadway in the 21st Century: From Hairspray to Hamilton" concert. Located on Rt. 390 in Mountainhome, the non-profit bookshop sells new and used books, offers a variety of educational and artistic programs, and helps to support the cultural arts in and around Barrett Township.

The 10 Best of 2015
THE BUCK HILL BREEZE, pg. 11, WINTER 2015-2016
by Mary Lowengard

It’s that time again when lazy journalists take the low road in their year-end reviews and instead of waxing poetic in artfully constructed exposition just slap together the “10 Best” (or sometimes the “10 Worst”) whatevers. I’ve drunk the Kool-Aid—so sue me. Herewith, my personal journey down Lazy Writer Boulevard, Buck Hill Falls, PA 18323.
  1. The Quiet Man Bookshop on 390 morphed into the Little Green Bookshop this summer and is now a fixture on my Saturday circuit. Mary Ruvane’s knowledge of books is encyclopedic and when I poked around looking for a copy of Lily King’s Euphoria she knew it wasn’t in stock. A week later she emailed saying she was holding it for me at the front desk. Now that’s service. Take that, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Noble.
Happy Holidays, all—see you in 2016!

To see 2.through 10 of Mary's 10 Best list click here to see the full article on page 11.

TEENS PAGE: Calling all teen writers
Pocono Record
Posted Sep. 27, 2015 at 7:02 PM
Updated Sep 27, 2015 at 10:38 PM

The Pocono Record invites high school students in the in the Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain, Stroudsburg and East Stroudsburg school districts, plus Notre Dame and homeschool students, to submit stories and photos for our new Teens page.

Student writers will not be paid, but will work with an editor, experience modern journalism, and get a byline for stories chosen to run in print and online.

Due to limited space, not all stories will be chosen for publication. Stories with photos are more likely to be chosen.

Writers must be able to email a story before deadline and be open to honest feedback.

To participate, individuals or small teams of writers may pitch a story idea by writing a few sentences explaining the story and any photo or video that may go with story. Pitches must include writer’s name, school, grade and phone number.

Frequent writers may occasionally be offered an assignment. Pitch your story idea to editor Beth Brelje at using the subject "Teens page" in your email.

Stories most likely to be accepted include: Stories about trends in fashion, technology and social media, school activities, unusual hobbies or projects, or stories about someone who has done something remarkable or out of the ordinary.

Aid for business losses during Frein hunt still sought
Published: September 12, 2015
See also the Pocono Record's slightly modified version (front page,no images):State aid pursued for losses from Frein hunt 

When plans were announced in June to shut down the Route 390 bridge over Mill Creek in Monroe County’s Barrett Twp. from July to November, Mary B. Ruvane, Ph.D., marveled at the cruelty inherent in the decision.

The bridge closure would have severed a key artery through the township’s commercial district at the height of the 2015 tourism season even as the community was starting to bounce back from last fall’s disruptive search for accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein.

“We all just wrote to our representatives and said you can’t do that,” Dr. Ruvane, president of the Little Green Bookshop in Mountainhome, said. “We just barely made it through the Frein disaster and now you’re going to split our town in half and make the tourists bypass all of us. ...

“We couldn’t believe the thoughtlessness or the lack of consideration from the state of Pennsylvania. They had no recognition that you were just about to destroy the town a second time.”

Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners, the contractor replacing the Route 390 span as part of the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, relented. Construction is now set to begin in 2016, and the work will be done in stages so one lane stays open for the duration.

It was a small victory in a broader fight in an area that still bears scars from the search for Mr. Frein. The Canadensis man is awaiting trial on charges he shot and killed Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II and seriously wounded Trooper Alex T. Douglass during an ambush outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks last Sept. 12. He pleaded not guilty in January.

State Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20, Lehman Twp., continues to seek a way for the state to help municipalities that incurred unexpected expenses and businesses that experienced a slowdown recoup losses related to the 48-day manhunt in Monroe and Pike counties. Pike County alone has estimated roughly $100,000 in local costs, Ms. Baker said.

The senator, who has sought for several years to authorize a regular source of state financial assistance to help local governments during emergency situations, said an opportunity to appropriate some aid could arise when the 2-month-old state budget stalemate is resolved.

A Senate committee initially planned to hold a hearing last year in Pike County to take testimony on issues stemming from the manhunt, including the impact on local governments, nonprofits, businesses and schools. The hearing was postponed so it would not interfere with Mr. Frein’s pending trial. However, Ms. Baker said it will eventually happen.

The manhunt came during a peak period for the Pocono region tourism industry when visitors flock to view the fall foliage.

The industry has boosted its tourism ad buys to remind people not to forget the Poconos when making travel plans this year, said Carl Wilgus, president of Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Former Gov. Tom Corbett issued a disaster emergency proclamation during the manhunt to activate a mutual aid compact with neighboring New York and New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency looked into whether businesses in the manhunt zone would be eligible for federal Small Business Administration disaster loans, said agency spokesman Corey Angell.

However, the agency determined the manhunt costs fell below the financial threshold needed to get such aid, he said.

The House approved a bill last winter to give the state education secretary power to issue school emergencies for reasons of safety, health and weather so districts would have more options to meet the 180-day school year mandate.

Rep. Mike Peifer, R-139, Greene Twp., sponsored the bill in response to extended school closings during the manhunt in the Pocono Mountain and Wallenpaupack Area school districts. The measure is before the Senate Education Committee.

The Little Green Bookshop is, in a sense, a product of the upheaval caused the search for Mr. Frein.

Previously known at the Quiet Man Bookshop, the store reorganized in June as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the cultural arts in Barrett Twp. and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Ruvane said she believes Quiet Man owner Charlie Miller had grown tired of retail, but the Frein manhunt forced the issue.

“It destroyed the whole fall sales period. ... Many of the organizations and businesses here depend on that last leg of tourism, and so he threw in the towel,” she said.

While she is not aware of any businesses that closed as a direct result of the manhunt, Dr. Ruvane said some continue to struggle to make up the losses.

The new nonprofit’s main priority for the next five years is to raise money to rebuild the Pocono Playhouse as a sustainable, year-around attraction. The theater, a Mountainhome landmark for 62 years, was destroyed in a 2009 fire.

“With the bookshop and a few other organizations, we’re all trying to bring back some of the things that used to make us great, and the theater is one of them,” Dr. Ruvane said.

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Shootin' The Breeze
The Buck Hill Breeze
Published: Fall 2015, page 4
Updates noted in [brackets]

*...Mary Ruvane founded the Little Green Bookshop [in] June [of this year] as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the advancement of cultural arts in Barrett Township and surrounding areas. Located on Route 390 in Mountainhome, the bookshop raises funds through the sale of gently-used books, gift items, memberships, special event fees, and donations. In addition, the shop has space for local artists to display and sell their work. An initial goal is to raise money for rebuilding the Pocono Playhouse to provide the local theater group, Theatrical Gems, with the stage and seating capacity worthy of their productions. The bookshop accepts book donations, trade-ins, and offers special perks to members and donors. For more information or to be added to their mailing list, email the or give them a call at [570-595-BOOK [2665]]. We’re cheering for this worthy newbie.
   The Little Green Bookshop doing good work.