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
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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