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Issue 51 — Thursday, July 24, 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.

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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

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Which Way For County Courthouse Design?

MILFORD — It’s hard to tell in which direction county commissioners are heading vis-à-vis the explosive issue of the Pike County Courthouse annex. At one point in last week’s commissioners meeting, they seemed to be telling the phalanx of courthouse protesters who packed the room that they were barking up the wrong tree complaining about the courthouse annex’s possible impact on borough property values.

The real arbiters of such concerns are the Milford Borough Council and the borough’s Architectural Review Board, and opponents of the county design should take their concerns there, Commissioner Karl Wagner said, adding that the county is going before the ARB on July 28.
“By law, we have to go the ARB first… and ARB will make its recommendation to the Milford Borough Council, and the Borough Council will make its decision, and they are the ones who, more than us, represent the residents of Milford Borough,” Wagner said, adding that the county would have to deal with that, whether by changing its design or possible legal recourse.

Later in the meeting, Wagner’s remark about “changing our design” took on new meaning when Osterberg told the audience that he would consider having the county engineer look at the latest alternative to erecting the annex on the lot of a torn-down Kenworthey House: building an entirely new court complex on Bennett Avenue, a half-mile from the current location on Broad Street, at the northeastern most border of the borough. Under that plan, first floated by Sean Strub, one of the original protesters of the county plan, the historic courthouse would become a ceremonial venue or tourist attraction of some kind, while possibly continuing to house parts of county government. Proponents of the Bennett site also say new site construction there would proceed in an uncongested area.

Later in the week, Wagner said that there were environmental issues with the Bennett Avenue site, which has housed two or three PennDOT truck garages, complete with underground fuel storage tanks, for decades. Wagner said environmental studies would have to be done before the county even finalizes its contract to swap land in Blooming Grove for the Milford site... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Bueki Fought For Bill Requiring Sheriff Training

MILFORD — A bill requiring elected Sheriffs to receive law enforcement training was signed into law early this month thanks to the efforts of Pike County Sheriff Phil Bueki.“It never made sense to me that sheriffs elected into office were never required to receive training unlike the deputies that serve the Sheriff’s Office,” Bueki said.

Bueki began his quest over three years ago and on July 9, Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 114, which provides training for sheriffs as well as a certification and decertification process at no cost to the taxpayers. The training will be paid through a portion of funds collected through the sheriff’s departments from legal documents that they serve. Sen. Lisa Baker said in an interview that “Sheriff Bueki was a statewide leader in advancing this important piece of legislation that will require sheriffs to have training as elected officials” while noting how she fully supported his efforts.

“There was a time in Pennsylvania when many of the individuals elected to the Office of Sheriff had no law enforcement background, but that simply isn’t the case anymore,” said Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association Director Bob Wollyung.

“Now, all but a handful of Sheriffs are either former deputies or police officers, former chiefs of police or former members of the State Police. This legislation recognizes those changes... for complete story get this week's issue.

Radcliffe’s New Flick Features Pike Pooches

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — A Pike County resident spent a day on the Manhattan set of a new movie by Universal Pictures recently with two canines that are appearing in the comedy called “Trainwreck.” It is being filmed in Bryant Park in midtown, and she even got to meet English actor Daniel Radcliffe, who is best known for his lead role in the Harry Potter film series based on books by J.K. Rowling.

“Trainwreck” was written by and stars Amy Schumer. It is scheduled for release next July. Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei are among the cast appearing in the movie with some four-legged co-stars. Diane Lange, who had moved from Staten Island to the Greeley area two years ago, learned about the no-talent call for 24 well-behaved canines for the upcoming movie from a friend whose dogs already appear in commercials. No specific talent was needed, only that the dogs would be calm within a pack while filming scenes. They were expected to focus and not get freaked out with cameras and lots of crewmembers on the noisy streets of Manhattan.

Lange took two of the family’s females, Sookie and Jamie. Sookie, 4, is a Norwegian Buhund. This energetic working breed is closely related to the Icelandic sheepdog. Jamie, 7, is a golden retriever owned by dog trainer and family member Donna Anderson... for complete story get this week's issue.

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