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Issue 50 — Thursday, July 12, 2018

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BBFF Gala Star
Tab Hunter Dies

By Chris Jones

MILFORD — Tab Hunter, the star of last year's Black Bear Film Festival documentary biopic, "Tab Hunter Confidential," and centerpiece of the BBFF opening night gala at the Hotel Fauchere, died last Sunday in Santa Barbara, California. He was 86.
Allan Glaser, his romantic partner and producer of "Tab Hunter Confidential," said Hunter died from a blood clot that caused a sudden heart attack. Glaser also attended the festival with Hunter last year.
In his 2005 autobiography with the same title as the movie, Hunter broke decades of silence to reveal his closeted years in 1950's Hollywood, when there was a taboo about revealing the double lives of homosexual stars like Rock Hudson and Hunter.
Hunter was one of the most bankable romantic leads during the '50's and '60's in such movies as "Battle Cry," and "Damn Yankees. Warner Brothers even created a record label for him as part of his contract, and he had a No. 1 hit, "Young Love."
After tastes changed later in the 1960's from heart-throb leading men to counterculture types like Al Pacino and Jack Nicholson, Hunter moved on to television, where his weekly television sitcom, "The Tab Hunter Show," ran for 36 episodes, then to theater gigs, and campy movies like "Polyester," and the Western spoof, "Lust in the Dust."
"Very sad news. It was such a joy to host Tab and Allan last fall at our Black Bear Film Festival," said Sean Strub, Hotel Fauchere's CEO. "A lovely gentle man."
Movie actor and BBFF program director Robert John Keiber echoed Strub's sentiments: "He became everyone's friend instantly. Such a fine human being. We were so lucky to have him. Condolences to his equally gracious partner, Allan."

Official Paper More Than
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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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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Pond Eddy Can't Wait To Get Back To Normal

POND EDDY, Pa. — With Pond Eddy Bridge about 75 percent complete, the 24 homeowners and residents in Pond Eddy Village can soon return to a normal life, according to PennDOT Bridge Design Engineer and Bridge Project Co-manager Sue Williams.
At Monday's PennDOT press conference, Williams led a tour where the new span is bridging the Delaware River adjacent to the old bridge that has withstood floods and storms since it was built in 1904.
The joint PennDOT and NYDOT project is going according to schedule and on budget, with December the target completion date, noted Williams, but the replacement posed some challenges.
"We were running out of ways to repair and fix the bridge. It got to the point where we couldn't do more repairs. We had to replace the bridge," said Williams, who works closely with co-manager Steve Franciak, a construction specialist.
For safety reasons, years ago, PennDOT drastically reduced the weight limit. Williams said, "It was getting so bad that one resident always wore a life preserver whenever he crossed the bridge."
The old bridge is virtually the only way to the outside world for the 24 or so Pike County property owners, half in Shohola and half in Westfall Township, according to Marina Mackey, who lives in the Westfall section of the Village of Pond Eddy.
The weight limit prohibits fire trucks and ambulances from crossing the bridge. They must take a roundabout, back door route over a railroad right of way from Shohola, according to Shohola and Westfall fire company chiefs. And residents can't do projects that require construction vehicles.
Mackey said that she has lived in the village for 20 years. Her 18-year-old daughter Michaela is a Pond Eddy native. On her father's side, Michaela is a fourth-generation Pond Eddy denizen.
Mackey said that the weight limit increases the cost of living and makes for inconveniences. She said, "We can't get propane tank deliveries. Buying propane in small canisters that we carry in the car is at least 30 percent more expensive than getting the tank refilled."
Mackey said that during a brush fire that occurred in the village last month, a helicopter ferried water and sand to douse the flames.......For complete story, get this week's issue.



Greater Pike Foundation Celebrates
Community House, Hefty Grant Fund

MILFORD — This year's Greater Pike Community Foundation distribution plan, their most generous ever, was just one part of community enhancements celebrated at a open house at the Community House in Milford Borough three weeks ago.
The enhancements include bringing together under one roof economic-development and community-service agencies, providing public restrooms, and siting a visitors' information center in the most convenient location in Milford Borough.
At the Open House, Pike County Commissioner and Community House Board President Matt Osterberg thanked state Sen. Lisa Baker, and state Reps. Mike Peifer and Rosemary Brown for their role in facilitating a $200,000 Local Share gaming grant that allowed the Community House to add the grant to their own $350,000 investment.
The $550,000 allowed the Community House to complete their long-term plan for a comprehensive renovation of their historic Pinchot family endowment, deeded in the 1920s.
Osterberg also thanked all the other donors, including business development and community-service groups.
The renovation, designed by and completed under the supervision of architect Richard Pedranti, included accommodating space for new tenants: the Foundation, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, the Pike County Economic Development Authority, Pike Autism Support Services, the local Lions Club and the Milford Garden Club. Other community service groups can access use in the common area.
The Community House board presented Pedranti with a recognition for his outstanding renovation.
Foundation Grants Highest Ever
Meanwhile, the Foundation is earmarking $125,000 in grants this year, the most ever in one year, according to foundation board Chairman Jim Pedranti (Richard's dad).
Since their formation in 2012, the foundation distributed $250,000. The distributions increased dramatically after the endowment from the Richard Snyder Foundation kicked in two years ago. Previously, the foundation depended mostly on the Barbara Buchanan trust fund and other donations. ,..For complete story, get this week's issue.

Har Haven Temporary C.O. Revoked
By Dakota Hendricks

DINGMAN — Dingman Township Zoning Officer Chris Wood delivered a determination to the Board that Har Haven's temporary Certificate of Occupancy of the former Mount Haven Resort be revoked effective July 3, 2018.
All involved parties have a 30-day window from the announcement to issue an appeal to the Dingman Township Zoning Hearing Board.
Wood determined that Mount Haven/Har Haven lacked several licenses and approvals to operate as a resort, including water supply use approval, food service license, and a license to collect county room tax. Wood determined that Har Haven was "not being operated as a resort in the manner consistent with the previous use" and "that the motel, cabins, mansion building and restaurant" cannot be occupied except by "mechanics and artisans" to complete renovations from the date his determination was made public.
"Furthermore, without a Certificate of Use, the grounds may not be leased, rented, or otherwise used by any customers, group, or association," the determination stated.
The full determination is available on the Dingman Township website.
Residents Ask Questions
Township residents asked the Board several questions about how they would move forward and what the township would do about the current occupants of Har Haven. Township Solicitor John Klemeyer said he would discuss potential actions with the Zoning Officer.
Appletree Resource Group presented to the Board a planning module and further details on their progress towards fixing sewage issues in Sunrise Lake Section 9. The required water and sewage modules are estimated to be before the Board within the next six to nine weeks.
Supervisors approved the appointment of Jeanne Zingaro as an alternate Planning Board member.
The Board approved a request to purchase new guide rails for Tunnel Road at a cost of $4,120.25.
The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on July 17 at 7 p.m.




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