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Issue 12 — Thursday, October 23, 2014
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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.

So make it your business to keep up with all the news in Pike to print, including official business and legal notices from your town.

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Since 1826

The Pike County Dispatch is not only Pike County's largest circulation weekly newspaper, it is also the oldest.

Founded as the Eagle of the North, it has been in continuous operation reporting news and covering local events since 1826. It is, and always has been, the mainstay in keeping the local citizenry informed. Today, subscribers are as far afield as California and Florida

The Dispatch has covered the historic events that have shaped Pike County for almost as long as that history has been in the making.

Over the years, hometown news has shared pages with national and world events, and world events were sometimes right here in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Its pages carry news of joy and sorrow, homespun advice, births, deaths, marriages, spats, feuds, political controversy, scandals, murders, heists, social affairs, dedications--in short, all the news in Pike to print.

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Visiting Pike, Corbett Confident
He Can Close Election Poll Gap

PALMYRA — Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, is confident that he is closing the gap in the polls in his bid to win re-election. Corbett was keynote speaker at the Pike County Republican Committee Annual Fall Dinner held at Paupack Hills Country Club in Palmyra Township last week.

Earlier this month, a poll showed Corbett behind by 17 percent, but a poll last week showed the gap is only 7 percent. If he loses the General Election to Democrat Tom Wolf, Corbett would be the first incumbent governor in decades to lose. Wolf has been outspending Corbett, but Corbett is banking that voters recognize his strong suit, which he says is his accomplishments and ability to keep campaign promises.

Those accomplishments and some of the promises include eliminating the state budget deficit, promoting job creation, attracting enough business into the state to strengthen the economy, lowering unemployment, balancing the state budget, getting legislators to approve the state budget on time; fixing highways, roads, and bridges; developing energy independence, and making government smaller and more efficient.

Corbett said, “I am making tough decisions and because of that, I might not get re-elected, but I am doing the right things.” His wife Sue said, “My husband is not a good politician, but he is a good governor.”

Corbett noted that his energy policy was controversial, but the state is now more energy independent that before. Property taxes in the state are lower than either New York or New Jersey on average. Pennsylvania had not increased state income tax in four years. Corbett also noted that his state employee pension policy is also controversial. He wants trims and solutions that won’t bankrupt the state for future generations. That policy has prompted some unions to strongly oppose him... for complete story, get this week's issue.


Garden Club To Light Up “Welcome To Milford Sign”

MILFORD — At Milford Township’s meeting Monday night, Pam LeRoy addressed supervisors for their help to light up the “Welcome to Milford” sign by Apple Valley. Lighting up the sign is part of an ongoing effort of the Milford Garden Club to spruce up the area.

To light up the sign, LeRoy requested the township’s assistance to dig a line to the sign for the electric work. She stated the garden club would pay for the cost of the electric work, if the township would pay for the ongoing electric bill.

Supervisor Gary Clark noted the timing is perfect, since the township recently began inspecting streetlights to see which go unused and could be shut off. He stated, “I think it’s a great idea.” The recent savings from shutting off the streetlight where Route 6 and Twin Lakes Road meet would cover the cost of the new lighting, according to Clark... for complete story, get this week' issue.


Frein Search Moves South; Blood Test Proves Negative

BLOOMING GROVE — Possible blood samples found on porches of houses in the search area for suspected trooper killer Eric Frein proved negative for Frein’s DNA, state police reported Monday. On Thursday Oct. 16, two separate homeowners in the Cresco area reported finding blood at their residences. One residence had what appeared to be blood droplets on the deck of a covered porch.

The other residence had what appeared to be blood on the inside of a rear door of an enclosed porch. Samples were collected and lab analyses were conducted. The blood droplets on the first home were confirmed to be human blood but DNA testing was negative for Eric Matthew Frein. Testing on the stain collected at the second residence proved not to be blood at all.

“For the past week, we have had no additional sighting on Frein in the Canadensis area,” said PSP Lt. Col Bivens. “However, one possible sighting was reported slightly south of our current search area, early this past week. Overnight, a sighting, for which we are assigning a high level of credibility, was reported in the area of Pocono Mountain East High School.”

“The individual’s description was consistent with Frein, and he was observed carrying a rifle,” said Bivens. “The individual’s face was covered with mud, so a positive identification could not be made. A search of the area is ongoing,” added Bivens... for complete story get this week's issue.

DV Superintendent Renews Contract For 5 More Years

WESTFALL — At the Delaware Valley School Board meeting last Thursday, Oct. 16, Board of Education Vice President Zachary Pearce announced that negotiations had been successful and the School Board would be offering Superintendent John Bell a new five-year contract.
With only four superintendents in the last 40 years, Delaware Valley is well above the state average of two to three years for retention.

Pearce said that “John Bell has certainly done a phenomenal job” facing challenges such as Hurricane Sandy, the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and the recent PA State Police shooting. With three capital projects planned in the next three years, the Board said that the stability offered by Bell would be needed. Board of Education President Pam Lutfy added that she appreciates his “Tri-State appeal,” and Board member Chuck Pike said that Bell’s “commitment to Delaware Valley is appreciated.”

With a base salary of $170,000, Bell will receive a raise of 2.75 percent each year for three years and 2.5 percent for years 4 and 5. Bell also “gifts back” 10 percent of his healthcare costs to the school district... for complete story, get this week' issue.


Marino Seeks Ebola Travel Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom Marino, R-PA-10, called on Centers for Disease Control Director, Tom Frieden to resign from his position, citing failures in adequate hospital preparation, public information dissemination and overall protection of high-traffic public transportation facilities.

Marino also called for a complete travel ban for persons, other than medical and military personnel, traveling to and from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa. This comes after he signed a letter with 27 other House colleagues sent to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry and Homeland Security Secretary Johnson asking for a temporary freeze in visa issuances for affected countries.



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