Category Archives: Around The Hill

The Firing

Stony Meadow Pottery Kiln Opening and Spring Planter Sale, April 12th, 9am – 5pm.

The folks at Stony Meadow Pottery invite you to come celebrate spring, and enjoy an expanded range of garden wares, in addition to a selection of wares for kitchen and dining. Visit the Stony Meadow Pottery website at for directions and images of their work.

Jordan Taylor, Potter at Stony Meadow Pottery recently invited us to view a part of the process of creating pottery using a Sawankhaloke-style kiln.

Above, he and and Charlie Buteraugh of West Clifford stoke the hand built walk-in wood fired kiln named for a region of Thailand.

The firing process can take up to five days to achieve 2400ºF – the temperature necessary for this technique to be effective.

Though unforgiving, laborious, and exhausting, this firing technique yields results unavailable by any other means.

Visit the Stony Meadow Pottery website at Stony Meadow Pottery to see the uniquely beautiful results of Jordan’s talent applied to this technique.

Art Department Luncheon at the Century Club


Michael O’Neill of the The House of Flowers in Forest City, was recently the guest speaker at the Art Department Luncheon at the Century Club in Scranton Pa, where he explained and displayed some of his work and spoke on the dynamics and interaction of color in his work.

His work is as a florist, yet he speaks of art as his passion….”Painting is what I live and die for”.

Mr. O’Neill has exhibited his paintings at the Art Exchange in Union Dale, and had entries in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and the Academy Award Ceremonies in Hollywood.

He also arranges the Art Exhibit for Mr. Paul Roginski’s class of the “Pallette Pals” at the Borough Building in Forest City.

Pictured above, left to right: Gloria Bilotta, Mrs. O’Neill, Micheal O’Neill, and Patricia Zeszotarsky, President of the Century Club.

Elk Racers Dominate

Pocono Productions photo

The Elk Mountain Racing Program has been enjoying a banner season, routinely dominating the top finishing positions of most races this year.

Above, Elk Racer Elizabeth Karam shows winning form typical of Elk’s many rising stars.

For more information on Elk’s Racing Program, visit their website at

National Trails Day


It was a beautiful day on the D&H Rail Trail Bed in Forest City for National Trails Day.

Nancy Ross (holding t-shirt) accepts recognition for her work in helping to create the D&H Rail Trail from Ed Talone (holding certificate of recognition) of the American Hiking Society. Also pictured Rail-Trail Council of North Eastern PA member Joe Brophy and Executive Director Lynn Conrad.