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Issue 52 — Thursday, July 28, 2016
Family, Friends Recall Happy Memories Of Leanna

DINGMAN — Some people exit through life with barely a stir, but seventeen-year-old Leanna Walker of Dingman Township lived life to the fullest, lit up every room she entered, left a powerful legacy of memories, and much joy, according to family, friends, and acquaintances. Leanna’s tragic death also stirred many. She left home with her boyfriend Sky Michael McDonough on April 18 and she was found dead on May 15 at the Snyder Llama Farm on Foster Hill Road in Milford Township.

The investigation into her death and related circumstances are ongoing, so closure is challenging for all who knew Leanne. Nevertheless, her family held a service and memorial service at Milford Bible Church last Saturday. Milford Bible Church Pastor Rev. Jerry Currin said on Saturday that Leanna’s immediate family were not church members, but the church offered its facilities as a community service. Assistant Pastor Elias Carrero, who conducted the service, said that the church wanted to be part of bringing the community together to heal from this tragedy.

Those who knew Leanna well spoke of her immense energy and boundless optimism. Several said that she always found a positive aspect, even in the bleakest situations. Leanna’s sister Diana said, “We were always wearing each other’s clothes without asking each other. She wore my T-shirts, and I wore her clothes.

“All those little things that irritated me have now become part of the memories I will never forget. It is no longer annoying, but has become memories to cherish. I appreciate you being here with us. Leanna, you would approve. We have to keep going. Leanna loved selfies. I still have them. Everyday, I go on www.facebook.com to see any [selfies or other] memories of her. All we have left are the memories to keep us going. I will always stand by you, Leanne. I will fight for your justice.”

A brother of one of Leanna’s close friends, who is 15 years older, said, “Leanna was boy crazy, but shy. She had so many hopes and dreams. She had an innocent perception of the world.

“She always had a smile. She was a jokester, who always had pranks up her sleeve. She’s in a better place now. I only wish she could live out her amazing dreams. My own daughter looks like Leanna. I will tell her all about Leanna. I love you, Leanna. I will never forget you.”

Delaware Valley School District chorus members touched the audience with these telling lyrics: “I leave my heart wide open. I will love and have no fear. Don’t cry for me down here. I will share my sins and struggles that I’ve carried all those years. I will love and have no fear, but when I get to where I’m going, I’ll stand forever in his amazing grace. Hallelujah, I will love and have no fear.”

A friend said, “Leanna, we love you. You’re heart with us. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wear makeup in heaven and you can eat all the empanadas you like. You loved cosmetology. You can do the angels’ hair.”

DV teacher Mrs. Nicholas said, “Leanna, you showed so much kindness. Thank you for teaching me kindness.”

The chorus also sang the following: “It’s been a long day without you my friend. I will tell you all about it when I see you again. We’ve a come a long way from where we began. Hold every memory as you go. It’s been a long day without you my friend. I will tell you all about it when I see you again... for complete story, get this week's paper.

 
NYC Man Drowns
At Westcolang Lake

LACKAWAXEN — A 65-year-old New York City man drowned in Westcolang Lake last Saturday afternoon after apparently swimming off a boat.

Pike County Coroner Christopher Brighton on Tuesday identified the drowning victim as Hunter Lee Adamo, giving his New York, NY address but saying he also had a residence at Fawn Lake Forest near the lake.

Dispatch outdoor columnist Ron Tussel works at the boat launch on Westcolang Lake. Tussel told the Dispatch on Monday, “Yes, I was the one who called it in, as I work at the boat launch, and he was right in front of me and my staff. …Very sad.”

Tussel said the man appeared to be swimming on his back with his head up, then disappeared under the water. Rescue and boat crews began responding around 5 p.m. Others at the lake suggested Adamo might have fallen off the boat.

Officials said Adamo was outside the lake’s roped-off swimming area, adding that people in the water outside the beach area should wear life preservers.

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Pike Planners Shocked By Rate Hikes On Toll Bridge

SHOHOLA — Pike County Planning Commission members expressed consternation that the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) is proposing a dramatic fee increase for certain classifications of vehicles, such as dualies, pickup trucks with two rear axles. The issue came up for discussion at the Planning Commission’s regular monthly meeting Monday when Director of Planning Mike Mrozinski briefed the commission members on proposed bridge initiatives in the county.

Those initiatives include the DRJBTC fee increase on the Montague/Milford Bridge, the Mott Street Bridge rehabilitation, and the Pond Eddy Bridge replacement. Planning Commission members noted that apparently, one of DRJTBC’s proposed rates would go from $1 to $6.50 for dualies. Members agreed to send a letter to DRJTBC in agreement with commission member Steve Vitale’s concern. He said, “That is more than a 600 percent increase. Let’s ask them to justify this rate increase and the others.”

Meanwhile Mrozinski said, “Pike Commissioners, at their regular meeting on Aug. 3, are planning to conduct a public hearing [at 9:30 a.m.] on the Mott Street Bridge project.”

Mrozinski said he was amazed at the ballooning cost. What started a few years ago as a $461,725 routine bridge-replacement project has since mushroomed to a $1.5 million bridge rehabilitation project. Mrozinski said, “The intent now is to save the bridge. The rehabilitation should have no effect on the historic nature of the property.”

Even though it was cheaper to replace the bridge, and even though Pike County received a green light to get $461,725 from PennDOT for that project, a subsequent PennDOT engineering report recommended that since the bridge is a historic resource, it could not be replaced. Instead, PennDOT decided that the bridge must be rehabilitated, a much more expensive proposition, noted Mrozinski. Last year, PennDOT initially estimated that rehabilitation would cost $643,690, but a more detailed analysis showed that the cost might be $1.5 million, noted Mrozinski. Now Pike has to find funding to cover the difference between the estimated $1.5-million project cost and $461,000.

Mrozinski said, “We have spoken to PennDOT and they seem willing to help bridge the gap.” Whether that gap is the full amount or whether the county has to come up with more money is yet to be determined. Mrozinski said that though preliminary work on the Pond Eddy Bridge replacement started, main construction starts next year at the earliest. Meanwhile, the old bridge must serve residents, visitors and suppliers to Pond Eddy... for complete story, get this week's paper.

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