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Issue 48— Thursday, July 2, 2015


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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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DV Debates Pension Shortfall,
But Passes 2016 Budget, 5-4

WESTFALL — The fur was flying at the June 18th Delaware Valley School Board Meeting as it was their final day to approve a budget for the upcoming school year, and it was clear that school board members were far from seeing eye to eye. Before the subject was even placed on the table, Jack Fisher, VP of the Board, called for an executive session.

At the heart of the controversy lies the fate of the teachers’ pensions via the teacher’s union, The Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA). Due to the state underfunding the program nearly a decade back, the teacher’s pensions have been running on a deficit. While some feel this deficit of $100 million is only a “paper” deficit and will not be an issue in the future, Fisher sees this as being a “legacy deficit” that will possibly have a negative impact on the district’s budgeting in the future. There was so much that was included in the budget – including some staffing changes – that there seemed little hope of reaching a happy consensus.

Five “yes” votes were needed to pass this budget, and in an attempt to reach this goal, the proceedings turned into as one board member noted, a “circus.” What seemed impossible to agree upon was the appropriate tax increase that would cover expenses and leave enough to put aside money to meet this expected deficit that may become an issue in the future. The difficulty in this is that it involves the board essentially looking into a “crystal ball” to see into the school and state’s financial issues.

Those of a more conservative nature felt a higher tax was acceptable. As Fisher had noted, the 2.79 percent tax increase proposed in May’s meeting offered only one public complaint, so the public, he felt was not at odds with raising the school taxes to the maximum. But others disagreed, and for a variety of reasons.

In the end, the board approved a 2 percent increase. But dissension was not simply over the issue of the PSERS fund. Other board members also objected and voted against all personnel changes, as they believed that the changes took away from necessary programs in lieu of other programs. One member voted no on all votes due solely to these personnel changes.

The final vote was close, but good enough to pass. The 5-4 vote was as follows: Brian Carso, Zachary Pearce, Fisher, Chuck Pike and Wroblewski, yes; Jack O’Leary, Jessica Decker, Lutfy and Sue Casey, no.... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Festival Copes With Weather, Schedules July Rain Date

MILFORD — For the first time in 13 years, rain put a significant damper on the Milford Music Festival, forcing some outdoor venues to cancel performances, but much of the show went on despite the weather, according to show organizer Adriane Wendell. The festival had booked the largest number of acts in recent years, partly because some business owners booked up to 10 acts, but the cancellations scaled the event back down.

Under balmy skies, Friday went well. Rainouts mostly affected Saturday, the main day for the festival. Sunday, it rained, but more lightly, so many acts managed to go on inside at venues. Pedestrian traffic was quietest on Saturday, the main festival day. For the second year, Wendell and the Festival Committee invited Delaware Valley School District students who play in bands to participate. Wesley Band celebrated its second year at the festival.

Wesley Band members, DV High School students 10th grader Bailey Kislak, 11th grader Tim Cohen, and 11th grader Dan Felix, who play punk and alternative music, introduced some original compositions. They met while at Shohola Elementary School and have played together ever since. They formed this band last year. Band members said that they would try to stay together as a band after they graduate from DV. Dairy Bar, the ice cream emporium located on West Harford Street, was prepared for virtually any weather. They had a tent for musicians and a tent over the tables for the audience. Ernie Kara soloed and opened the festival program at the Dairy Bar Friday with his electric rock and Delta blues numbers.

Hotel Fauchere and the Patisserie hosted at least 10 acts during the weekend. A tent in the garden behind the Fauchere also provided cover for musicians and attendees. Dr. Glenn Heller opened at Fauchere, playing classic jazz standards on his guitar. At Patisserie, Travis Love Benson sang folk songs, accompanying himself on guitar. Milford Theatre presented PikeStock, featuring musicians representing a pastiche of music genres and original works.

Besides music, the festival also attracted vendors on Broad and Harford streets. Debbie Dallassio, who was in front of the Patisserie, is a crafter who transforms a bullet shell casing, which she ties to an engraved inspirational quote (such as “Got to Make it Happen,”) into a necklace. Veterans, law enforcement folk, and others love these gifts. Amy Eisenberg, another event organizer, said, “Each store and venue does its own booking. That is part of what makes the festival so unique. That makes the music programming unique... for complete story, get this week’s issue.

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