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Issue 12 — Thursday, October 20, 2016
Hurwitz Left Mark On Print, Other Trades

MILFORD — The late former Pike Online co-owner Phil Hurwitz served as president of the Pike Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Pike County Visioning Committee, but he kept his past life in the printing industry close to the vest, fearing that he might be kidnapped. Hurwitz worked 50 years in the printing industry, rising to Vice President and General Manager of American Banknote Company, Vice President of Banknote Corporation of America, and Vice President and Plant Manager of Ashton Potter. These were three of the last six private security-printing firms in the world.

As a consultant, Hurwitz developed security imprints used to deter counterfeiting on negotiable securities. It was this work that made him a potential target for kidnappers, according to his widow, Jan Hurwitz of Matamoras Borough. Though Hurwitz eluded kidnappers, he succumbed at John’s Hopkins in September from a rare genetic heart disease. Hurwitz was an inventor and Renaissance man. He perfected the peel-and-stick postage stamp adopted by the U.S. Postal Service. Because the work was done for the federal government, he couldn’t obtain the patents.

Even though Phil was in printing most of his working life, but he had his hands in many other activities. In 1969, he found an outlet for his facility for photography and writing. He worked as a stringer for a Jeffersonville. NY-area weekly. In 1969, Phil got a call to cover Woodstock at Yasgur’s Farm, in Bethel, NY, which turned out to be one of the largest rock music festivals in history, if not the largest.

As he gravitated to the technical side of printing, the demands of the work prompted Phil to seek outlets to ease the pressure. One of his favorite outlets was ranching. He owned a cattle farm in Jeffersonville, where at one time he managed 350 head of cattle... for complete story, get this week's issue.

2016 Black Bear
Draws Thousands

MILFORD — Sold out shows and overflowing audiences were among the hallmarks of the 17th annual Black Bear Film Festival this past weekend in Milford, PA. “This is truly an amazing event,” said Barbara of “Barbara and Agnes,” two women from Chicago and New City, NY, respectively, who have attended 15 out of the 17 film festivals. “The choices and variety of films and filmmakers this year really made it exciting for us,” added Agnes. “God willing, we’ll all be back next year!”

Barbara and Agnes were among the thousands of enthusiastic filmgoers who swarmed the streets of Milford under sunny skies and starry nights as residents, filmmakers and visitors celebrated the annual festival, which provided “Something for Everyone.”

“We could not have been happier with the turnout, the festival excitement and the weather,” said Will Voelkel, the festival’s Executive Director. “It exceeded all our expectations. This festival has always been about our great communities, and the people of our communities were out in full force to enjoy our 2016 theme, “Celebrating Films and Filmmakers.”

Thirty-six feature-length and short films were accompanied by over 35 actors, directors, producers and other filmmakers who took part in interviews and audience talkback sessions before and after the screenings of their films. They and special guests, the film critic Rex Reed and directors Johnny Greenlaw (“Mommy’s Box”) and Mark Christopher (“54 – The Director’s Cut”) could be seen throughout Milford eateries, in the Milford Theatre and under the iconic Sky Tent all weekend. The crowds enjoyed the Opening Night Gala, the films, the Silent Auction, the wine bar and food, and purchasing a wide array of Black Bear merchandise.

“I grew up summering in Lake Adventure,” explained Greenlaw, whose film opened the festival on Friday evening. “It is a real treat to be back in the area from LA this weekend in such a vibrant town.” Rex Reed also praised Milford for the “wonderful hospitality you have shown me.”

The weekend opened with a festive Gala called “Food, Wine & Filmmakers,” which featured wine and tasty dishes prepared by some of the tri-state area’s best chefs and restaurants. The Gala also featured “Teddy” awards bestowed upon Mr. Reed and Jerry Beaver, former Executive Director of Black Bear... for complete story, get this week's issue. Also see column on page 2.

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Forty Years

MILFORD — Although it has been publishing much, much longer, the Pike County Dispatch has been the newspaper of record for the County of Pike for more than 40 years. That means the Dispatch is the place to go to find out about public meetings, estate notices, bids, public hearings, real estate sales and transactions, and Sheriff sales.

The Pike County Commissioners listed the Dispatch as an official newspaper for legal notices during their opening meeting of 2014, and once again, during their annual reorganization meetings on the first business day of the New Year, most of the other municipalities in Pike County followed suit. So far, Milford and Matamoras Boroughs, and Westfall, Dingman, Delaware, Shohola, Blooming Grove. Milford and Lehman Townships have made it their business to have the Dispatch as an official newspaper.

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A Star Is Born At Twin Cedars

SHOHOLA — Back in 1921, when 12-year-old Carol Lombard was playing baseball with the boys, a film director saw her potential and secured for her a one-picture silent-movie contract. Lombard later found her niche as a ditzy, zany, or humorous character actor in Hollywood. She had a sultry, appealing voice, which helped her become one of the few silent stars to transition seamlessly to talkies.

Lombard mastered the arcane behind-the-scenes Hollywood studio dynamics. She parlayed her skills to become among the highest paid Hollywood actresses of her era. She was married to Clark Gable for almost four years, when her career was cut short in 1942 by a tragic airplane crash.

Fast forward to 2017, when Carol Lombaerde, a Twin Cedars Senior Living resident, no relation to Lombard, was tapped to star in a local commercial touting Milford Auto Body. Shohola-based Milford Auto Body owner Anthony Farula for years had been running a series of humorous 30-second commercials targeted to seniors. The popular series featured Horace and Lona, played by local character actors. A few weeks ago, when Farula was prepping for his next commercial, he found that the actor and actress were no longer available for his next commercial.

Farula made some calls seeking senior talent. He called Twin Cedars Senior Living owner Tamara Singer. He asked if any resident had acting experience. Singer found that Lombaerde had done some theatre when she was younger and was willing to star in a commercial. Last month, Lombaerde starred in her first commercial. Producer Bill Cohen cast Lombaerde as a wife who brings out her husband’s guns to the driveway so that he can load his pick-up truck with hunting gear for a hunting jaunt.

Unfortunately, while she is still toting the shotgun, it goes off and blasts a hole in the passenger side of the car. Fortunately, only the car is damaged. The scene was shot (pun intended) in the driveway at Twin Cedars... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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