Blair Buselli was wrestling with the wind.

It was 7:50 a.m. Saturday and Buselli was out bright and early, setting up shop for the day-long, 4th annual Outdoor Expo at the Wallenpaupack High School just outside of Hawley.


Blair Buselli was wrestling with the wind.
It was 7:50 a.m. Saturday and Buselli was out bright and early, setting up shop for the day-long, 4th annual Outdoor Expo at the Wallenpaupack High School just outside of Hawley.
The parking lot was relatively empty on this breezy, cool morning, but the warmth of the crowds throughout the day would put smiles on the faces of vendors like Buselli.
Buselli, who was also representing Shekinah Solar, was setting up a display touting the benefits of solar energy.
"Everyone hears about it, but they don't know how it works," he said. "I'm here to educate the general public, to explain the benefits and the costs. Basically, a solar energy system will pay for itself in five years."
It's 9:21 a.m. and Shannon Thomas, a Lakeville resident and high school junior, was preparing the concession stand for the hungry. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, snacks and coffee would be served throughout the day.
But, at this moment, Thomas was braving the elements -- she has a sleeping bag partially wrapped around her.
"It's too cold," she said.
In a far end of the parking lot, Michelle Sands sits alone. She had set up a booth for SEEDS, Sustainable Energy Education & Development Support of northeastern Pennsylvania, and was awaiting visitors.
"We want people to save electricity. We want people to save on their electric bills," she said. "With the recent oil spill and coal mining disaster and the drilling coming here, we want to do everything possible to save the planet."
The clock has struck 11 a.m. and the news report is coming over the speakers of Classic Hits 105.3 FM.
The Bold Gold Media Group has set up a PA system at the high school to make recorded announcements and play music all day.
The Rolling Stones' "Time Is On My Side" has just played and the hits by Billy Joel, the Pretenders, Elton John and other artists will keep churning out all day.
Ten minutes later, Chris Reinwald of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is scratching his head.
"It's name is Otis, but on our website, we're calling it Sammy," he said. While the mascot's name might be confusing, the message that Chris and company were getting out to people was quite clear: boating safety must be a priority.
On a table are boating guides for Lake Wallenpaupack, fishing and boating maps and lots of boating safety booklets.
"We want to get the word out before everyone gets into their habits," Reinwald said. "We want to break their bad habits early."
Noon arrives and a dog is being pet in front of the Dessin Shelter booth. "Help us help the pets" is their motto.
It's a good one.
Throughout the rest of the day, people will tour the parking lot, stopping at The Dime Bank booth run by Steve Ehrhardt, community office manager for the Hawley branch, and others touting their offerings.
At the concession stand, the hot dogs were going fast at a buck each, but the coffee was the big seller, taking a bite out of the chill.
The event is coming to a close around 4 p.m. as employees from Rusty Palmer in Honesdale start to load up some of their loaders, bikes and boats.
At The Wayne Independent booth, 80-year-old Jerry Price picks up some brochures and enters a contest for a free prize drawing. He's a pilot and talks about his history of flying the skies.
Meanwhile, another child has just gotten their face painted, a butterfly on a little girl.
The sun has broken through the clouds. You can feel the warmth -- the little girl is smiling.