GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® official attempt featured at Night at the Night Museum

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® official attempt featured at Night at the Night Museum
Lakeville, PA

For the second year the team of talented artists at Sculpted Ice Works are hosting Night at the Ice Museum, a Fall themed family event featuring festivities for all ages… Rain or Shine! This year, Ice Works is presenting “award winning” ice sculptor Rich Daly in his quest to be the “world’s fastest ice carver!” Watch him attempt an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record.

The event is two weekends and is sure to be a blast for all ages. Ice carving competitions and pumpkin carving demonstrations will take place. Walk through an extraordinary display of over 100 professionally carved Jack O lanterns while finding your way through the indoor hay maze!   Antler Ridge Winery is providing complimentary wine tasting and wine sales, with admission, for adults over 21. Visit the Harvest Market which features local goods and food and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider by our newly landscaped firepit.  Take a hayride to The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Ice Harvest Museum.  Learn how ice was used before refrigeration and walk through time and see how crystal clear blocks are made now, and turned into ice sculptures.

Each year Sculpted Ice Works manufactures over 12,000 crystal clear ice carving blocks in their plant, and transforms them into brilliant ice sculptures of all sizes.  Sculpted Ice Works has opened their production facilities for a factory tour and developed a historical Natural Ice Harvest Museum.  Sculpted Ice Works is the major provider of ice blocks, ice carvings, ice bars and liquor luges to the hospitality industry throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Sculpted Ice Works is routinely contracted to create large and creative ice installations for events locally and nationally.

Rich Daly has been carving ice since 2000 and is the President of Ice Melodies Inc located

in Mastic Beach, NY on Long Island creating ice sculptures.  Throughout the winter he travels to local and nationally sanctioned ice carving competitions. Over the last decade, Rich has been recognized as one of the top carvers in the country earning a gold medal at the US National Ice Championships and becoming the US National Speed Ice Carving Champion in 2012. He has won nearly 100 ice carving events across the United States and has received over 40 Medals from National Ice Carving Association.  Rich is also a culinary arts teacher at William Floyd School District on Long Island.

The current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the world’s fastest ice sculptor is Rich Bubin of Ice Creations in Pennsylvania. Back in 2002, he carved 61 blocks of ice in 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 55 seconds.  Mr. Daly will have to beat that record to be the new title holder.

Event dates are October 19 & 20 and October 25-27. 11- 6 all days. Admission is 12.00/adult and 8.00/child. Admission includes all events and tour of the museum and factory.

Schedule of special events: 12-4 each day

10/19: Professional ice carving competition

10/20: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt- Fastest ice carver

10/25: Ice carving demonstrations in the museum

10/26: Public pumpkin carving contest- money raised goes to charity

10/27: Professional pumpkin carving demonstrations

Sculpted Ice Works is located on Rt. 590 half way between Hawley & Hamlin. Please call for directions. 570-226-6246

Kristen A. Johnson
Marketing & Accounting manager
311 Purdytown Tpke.
Lakeville PA 18438
Phone: 570-226-6246
Fax: 570-226-0110
Come visit our Factory Tour and Ice Harvest Museum!


Hawley, PA,  September 13, 2013 – AMSkier Insurance announces the Judges for the Hometown Creative HeARTS – a contest for Hawley, Honesdale and surrounding area youths to express creatively what they love most about their hometown.

Judges for Hometown Creative HeARTS are:
Jerry DeCrotie  -Since 1999 Jerry has been the owner and operator of Green Street Design Studios a freelance art and design service based in Honesdale Pa. As a Commercial designer, illustrator and Cartoonist Jerry’s artwork has been created for national and international companies and publishers such as Hearst Publications, Hal Leonard, Maid Rite Steak Company, Lucasfilm (via West End Games) and many, many others. Locally, one of Jerry’s most prominent works is the logo created for The Greater Honesdale Partnership and the logo for The Wayne Library System, and his mascots are the primary branding for at least four local businesses. As a cartoonist, Jerry is the creator of the long running newspaper comics “Trial Mix” for Connections Magazine, “…where the heart is” for The Weekly Almanac and “Buddahhead The Dragon” for The Weekender Magazine. Jerry is also currently the Art Director for The Quality Group, an e-learning company that produces process improvement business e-Learning for a range of Fortune 500 level companies, nationally and internationally.

Juan H. Espino – has been a Wayne county resident since 1988. Originally from Mexico, he is a prolific artist with an intuitive design sense and a passion for his subject matter. He is the owner and curator of The Looking Glass Art Gallery located in the Hawley Silk Mill.

Jeanne Arnold – is co-owner of K9 Bedbug Detection Services, a writer and mother of one who loves to spend her free time playing with her family. Mrs. Arnold has run writer’s conferences, and facilitated an adult writer’s workshop for seven years. Co-founder of the WCPA Homeschool group, Mrs. Arnold plans events and encourages children to strive to be the best they can be and understand that with work and application, they can succeed.

Jeff Firmstone-  is a Honesdale native and resides in Dyberry Township. He is a graduate of Honesdale High School, BS University of Scranton, MS Wilkes University.  Jeff is the Business Manager/Transportation Director for Wayne Highlands School District, a Director of the Wayne County Fair and Past President of the Honesdale Area Jaycees.

The contest encourages are youths to compete in three age groups: 6-8, 9-11, 12-15, in three formats – Art, Photography and Writing. Each winner for each age and format will receive $25. Second and Third place winners will receive a Certificate of Excellence. Submissions must be dropped off at AMSkier, 209 Main Street in Hawley, September 3rd through September 30th between 9am and 5pm, Monday – Friday along with a submission form. Forms are located throughout Hawley and Honesdale or can be downloaded at:  Winners will be announced in October – details to follow.
About  AMSkier:
Founded in 1920 by Abe Skier, AMSkier is a family insurance business with its home office in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Now led by second generation Henry Skier and third generation Jeffrey and Aimee Skier, AMSkier has developed a unique niche and a national reputation insuring America’s Finest Children’s Camps. AMSkier is known for its welcoming and caring Staff who have been together for many years – some over thirty years. Every member of the AMSkier Staff takes pride in achieving distinguished and long-standing relationships with its neighbors in their home communities and with those who entrust their businesses, homes, vehicles, and children’s summer camps to the caring and thoughtful ways of a company of people who are now in their 91st year of service.

The Brienne Bernstel Scholarship Fund

The Brienne Bernstel  Scholarship Fund
Prepared by: Sarah O’Fee
Hawley, PA.  August 27th, 2013.

The Brienne Bernstel Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Diane Bernstel who tragically lost her life after she was hit by a car in a crosswalk on Route 6. Diane was a dedicated mother, daughter and sister. She loved her job as an event planner at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort where she worked for over 24 years. She was a great friend to the community and loved people. Friends and family have come together to put a scholarship fund in place for her daughter, Brienne Bernstel, who is currently a sophomore at Kutztown University.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, checks are being sent to: The Brienne Bernstel Scholarship Fund, C/O Honesdale National Bank, 2547 Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428. 570-226-8300.

Main Street Does Matter
Thanks to the River Repoter for publishing this article about our revitalization project! If you want to read the front page click on the link below.


Erhardt’s turns 70!


We are very excited because 2013 marks Ehrhardt’s 70th Anniversary on Lake Wallenpaupack. The Ehrhardt family started with a small fourteen room Inn in 1943 and has since expanded to thirty rooms, sprawled across their property, now including Suites, Cottages, Family Units and Motel Rooms. They added an outdoor pool, baby pool, a restaurant in 1985 and an elegant banquet center in 1995.


Ehrhardt’s has passed from generation to generation, with the third generation now owning and operating the business. The fourth generation is learning the ropes and applies their parents and grandparents beliefs on hospitality to their everyday roles within the business.


The Ehrhardt’s are hard working people who have dedicated their lives to providing warm hospitality to guests for the last 70 years.


We wish them a very Happy Birthday!

Film Forward

Great news! Wayne County has been selected to show the Sundance Institute’s Film Forward series. The films were shown at the Sundance Film Festival and are gong to be shown here, April 12-28.  Please join us, it doesn’t get any better than this!FilmForwardPosterEmailFINAL

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is pleased to announce the Hawley BikeShare

Press Release

Effective Immediately    570-226-4064
July 23, 2012

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is pleased to announce the Hawley BikeShare, which provides day rental of bicycles – free of charge – to residents and visitors alike.

Purchased through the generosity of the members of the Downtown Hawley Partnership, these new bicycles are available in two sizes, in both men and women’s styles, and are geared for ease of use. Bikes will be available at 4 convenient locations throughout Hawley: AM Skier Insurance, The Settlers Inn, the Ledges Hotel and Lake Region Fitness at the Hawley Silk Mill. The bikes come complete with a helmet, lock, and removable basket for carrying purchases from local shops.

Hawley BikeShare is designed to encourage people to explore all the community has to offer; to visit the local businesses and explore a little further afield. Biking provides a connection to the community and to the natural beauty of the area. And because it’s people-powered, it’s a sustainable – and healthy — way to see the sights. Plus, it is just plain fun! Recapture the joy of biking you had as a child, or perhaps join your kids for a family outing.

The rules are simple. An interested individual simply provides a copy of his or her driver’s license (or other photo ID), signs a waiver and rental agreement holding the Partnership harmless in the event of injury and accepting responsibility for the cost of any and all damages. Bicycles need to be returned by dusk the same day. Though rentals are initially limited to those over 18 years of age, depending on the response, the program may be extended in the future to those over 16 years of age.

The Partnership will also be hosting a bicycle rodeo August 17 at 5pm in Bingham Park/Park Place Hawley. This event offers kids of all ages a chance to try out their cycling skills and learn how to ride safely. Experts will also be on hand with helpful instructions on bicycle maintenance, tune-ups and tips.


The Partnership reminds motorists throughout the region to Share the Road. It is not only prudent, but also the law. Earlier in 2012 a new Pennsylvania law went into effect stating that motorists must give bikers 4 feet of space when passing. If motorists cannot do so safely, they must wait to pass.

Hawley BikeShare is modeled after programs around the world, and locally after the successful program in Wilkes-Barre. Ongoing maintenance of the bikes is provided by Around Town Bicycles ( and by the generous support of 12 sponsors (each of the sponsors is highlighted on the bike’s baskets).

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is comprised of Hawley area businesses, organizations and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley.
The Partnership is unique in that its members not just businesses and for-profit entities but also non-profit organizations and individuals, including both full-time and part-time residents. The Downtown Hawley Partnership is also involved in business and tourism, hosting several events and activities throughout the year including October’s Hawley Harvest Hoedown and the beloved Hawley Winterfest in December. For more information please visit or like us on Facebook.

Whether you consider Hawley home, or “home away from home”, we hope you will visit soon, and often.