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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.

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Pit Bull Attack Dominates Borough Council Agenda

MATAMORAS — At the regular Borough Council meeting last week, concerned residents asked for help in addressing dogs running loose that menace or attack pets and people. Council President Joe Sain relaxed the council agenda and allowed residents to speak and vent about the incident two weeks ago in which borough native Doris Dodd’s dog Jasper was attacked and seriously injured by two pit bulls and Dodd was injured in the melee. Both were treated and released.

Eastern Pike Regional Police (EPRP) Assistant Chief Eric Stewart briefed the council and public on the incident in which the pit bulls escaped from a screened-in area in a residence on Avenue O and attacked while Dodd walked Jasper on a leash. Stewart said that even though he responded to the scene quickly, the dogs left the scene by the time he got there. He said, “I would have shot the dogs, if I got there sooner.”

Stewart said that in May, he cited the pit-bull owners for non-compliance to the Pennsylvania dog-leash law. For that incident, EPRP referred the matter to Jim Rickert, the Pennsylvania Dog Warden for this district, which covers three counties. Dodd said that she was disappointed with the apparent lack of timely response after the attack. She finally reached Rickert four days after the incident by calling his office.

Stewart defended Rickert. Stewart said that Rickert was prepared to come to the borough immediately after the attack that occurred at 5 p.m. on July 28, but Rickert’s supervisor allegedly would not authorize Rickert overtime pay for an on-site visit after regular office hours. Stewart reported that Rickert immediately prepared a complaint and took other legal steps. According to Stewart, Rickert had previously filed a warrant after EPRP followed up a complaint about those pit bulls running loose in May.

Stewart noted that since the owners allegedly used a false name in registering the dogs with the state, Rickert had to delay his warrant and complaint-filing procedure. Stewart noted that Rickert’s office, in a new complaint, is citing the pit-bull owners for violations of Pennsylvania dog law and use of a false name. Rickert filed the complaint last week... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Microbiologist Wants To Start Lyme Disease Research Lab

DINGMAN — After reading a recent article in the Dispatch on the Pike County Lyme Disease Task Force, Dingman Township microbiologist Robert Ollar wants to site a research lab here dedicated to tick-borne diseases.

Ollar’s credentials and proposal fit the mission of the Task Force, according to its cofounders, Mikki Weiss and Martin Theys, who, with other members of the Task Force in the past month, encouraged Ollar to pursue his lab proposal.

Ollar said that his findings would likely improve treatment outcomes for tick-borne disease victims.

Ollar is a retired Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College. His lab was located at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. The lab closed when the hospital went bankrupt in 2012 and closed.

Ollar’s specialty is identifying genetic markers, known as micro-RNA, which are left behind by infections plaguing breast, lung, prostate, rectal, and colon-cancer victims.

Ollar said that recent research by other scientists has found that genetic markers were found in animals infected with Lyme disease. He believes that this indicates a great potential that tick-borne infections would also leave markers in humans.

Ollar is unaware of any lab in the nation entirely dedicated to finding markers in humans or finding how tick-borne-disease pathogens cause damage to victims in the latter stages of infection, after the pathogens leave the blood and enter tissues... for complete story get this week's issue.

Officials Excited By Supermarket Developer’s Land Buy

DINGMAN — Local officials are pleased to hear recent reports of a developer purchasing 200 acres in Dingman Township to build a supermarket and shopping center.

Developer Jim DePetris made the company’s intentions to develop the Route 739 and Log Tavern Road property public at the end of July, after rumors of a supermarket coming to the location have spread in the area for years.

Although no plans or proposals have been submitted to the township, Dingman Supervisor Chair Tom Mincer stated during the Board’s Aug. 5 meeting that the township looks forwards to hearing what the company has envisioned for the space and what new services will come to the area.

“We are very receptive,” said Mincer. “It is an area that has been looked at for development previously, and it is an area of the township that quite frankly calls out for development.”

Mincer added that DePetris’ company has a solid reputation, and has developed several similar shopping centers in the state including recent stores in Monroe County.

“Everything that we have learned of the developers is that they are very knowledgeable,” said Mincer. “We are very excited to work with them... for complete story get this week's issue.

‘Peenpackers’ Kin Gather For Cemetery Dedication

GODEFFROY, N.Y. — Gumaer family members, dignitaries, and guests celebrated the dedication of a historic marker installed at the Gumaer Cemetery here last Saturday. The dedication served as a mini family reunion and a chance to bone up on pioneer families, their descendants, and the history of the area, originally named Peenpack. All attendees were related to the eight pioneer families, referred to as Peenpackers, who first settled the area in the late 1600s. More than 70 people attended the event, including Don Gumaer, who flew in from California.

The dedication follows a four-year cemetery cleanup, funded by a Gumaer family endowment, according to Judy Gumaer Testa, who has a personal mission to educate the public about the cemetery and pioneer families buried there. Testa is the cemetery researcher/historian, researcher of the original settlers for the Peenpack pioneer families and slaves who are buried in the cemetery. She is also the main Gumaer family historian. Testa said that though the cemetery was used before 1713, the earliest documented gravesite was 1713. The cemetery was active until 1863.

Testa indicated that in the absence of a perpetual trust arrangement, the cemetery became overgrown and virtually neglected from 1863 to 2009. Testa acknowledged Lucille Gumaer Ogden for her research and advocacy work to restore and preserve the cemetery during the 1970s and 1980s. She enlisted the aid of the Minisink Valley Historical Society. Testa said that as a result of Ogden’s work and the society, Dr. Kenneth Gumaer in 2005 sought a solution to restore the cemetery.

Dr. Gumaer formed a Gumaer Cemetery Trust in 2005, setting the Trust’s mission to preserve the cemetery plots. He linked up with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan and other groups. The foundation helped facilitate the organization of a perpetual trust from his estate, from which an annual maintenance stipend is drawn... for complete story get this week's issue.


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