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Issue 42 — Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Vandals Trash Lehman Park Buildings

By Ken Baumel

BUSHKILL — Blooming Grove State Police Barracks is investigating a vandalism incident that occurred on Saturday night on May 5 at Lehman Township Community Park.
A township administrator reported that state police identified five young teens as suspects who trashed interiors of some of the seven buildings owned by the township in the 65-acre park located on Winona Falls Road.
One of the trashed buildings is used by the Bushkill Boy Scout Troop. The teens allegedly rampaged through the interior of that building, destroying or damaging Scout plaques on the wall.
The vandals sprayed the walls with graffiti and sprayed walls and other areas with a fire extinguisher.
Teens also broke a door of another building, vandalized interiors of other buildings in the park, and damaged equipment owned by contractor John Foglio, who is under contract with the township to remove trees and clean up damage done by last winter's Riley/Quinn storms.
Police reported that they are continuing to investigate the incidents.......For complete story, get this weeks issue.

Child Abusers Get
Lengthy Sentences

MILFORD — Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin, announced that two men, Michael Kin and Tariq Peterson were sentenced to lengthy terms of incarceration in state prison by Pike County Acting President Judge Gregory Chelak.
Michael Kin, age 30, formerly of York, PA, is to be incarcerated in a State Correctional Facility for 10 years to 20 years, pay a fine, submit a DNA sample and register as a Tier 3 sexual offender for the remainder of his life. Kin was sentenced for the crimes of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Assault and Intimidation, Retaliation and Obstruction in a Child Abuse Case.
In July 2017, Kin was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Shawn Smith after a 7 year old child disclosed he was sexually abused in his bedroom by Kin, a family acquaintance. The child was seen at the Pike County Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) immediately upon his initial disclosure. During an interview at the CAC, the victim described Kin striking him in the face when the child indicated he was going to tell someone about the abuse. Cpl. Smith worked quickly to obtain evidence against Kin to ensure an arrest and conviction.
Tariq Peterson, age 27, formerly of Bushkill, is to be incarcerated in a State Correctional Facility for 3 years to 10 years, pay a fine, submit a DNA sample and register pursuant to SORNA after being sentenced for the crimes Aggravated Indecent Assault. Peterson sexually assaulted a 12 year old child and was investigated and arrested by Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Frank Orlando.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Sarah Wilson, who prosecuted Kin and Peterson, recognized the collaboration between the District Attorney's office, Cpls. Smith and Orlando and the Children's Advocacy Center team resulted in the convictions of these child abusers. Wilson indicated that her office will continue to seek justice for young victims and lengthy prison sentences for sexual offenders.


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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County Granted Space For Courthouse Design Change


MILFORD — The Milford Borough Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to allow Pike County to encroach six feet on the borough right-of-way on West High Street for a prisoner sally port.
“The essence of what we are voting on is the safety of getting in and out of the building,” Council President Frank Tarquinio said during discussion before the vote was taken.
As the county neared completion of its multimillion-dollar courthouse annex, a last-minute request by County Sheriff Kerry Welsh to change the sally port design encountered community opposition, sparking what seemed destined to become another protracted battle like that which broke out over the original annex design.
Neighbors of the courthouse wrote letters saying the proposed entryway that would stick out beyond the courthouse footprint would erode the beauty of the historic district.
Mayor Sean Strub urged the council to “take a breather and get outside opinion” saying the design change only recently came up.
But Tarquinio asked for a vote and Councilman Aaron May moved to “allow the county to have six feet.” Luke Turano seconded the motion, subject to conditions.
Besides May and Turano, Tarquinio and Annette Haar voted yes on the motion, and Meagen Kameen, Robert Ciervo and Adrianne Wendell voted no.
Strub said the new design proposal still must go through the Borough's Planning, Zoning and Architectural Review Boards.
On Monday night, the Milford Borough Council had convened a special meeting to evaluate what County officials and residents had to say about the county's proposed site-plan modification for the sally port (area where prisoners enter and exit) that is part of the Courthouse upgrade.
The county sought the following from the borough:
• Approval for site-plan modifications that would make the sally port more secure;
• Ceding to the county part of the borough right of way on West High Street to accommodate the expanded footprint of the sally port;
• The county needs a variance for a six-foot encroachment of the borough right of way (carved from the 20-foot right-of-way setback on West High Street) from the Milford Borough Zoning Hearing Board;
• The county also needs a Milford Borough Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval for the site design, which is in a borough and national historic district. The Courthouse is also a nationally recognized historic building.
At Monday's meeting, according to County Engineer/Courthouse Project Manager Mike Lamoreaux, Pike Sheriff Kerry Welsh suggested the need for the change for additional security at the sally port. He consulted with county department heads and commissioners.
Commissioner Matt Osterberg said, "Commissioners agree that safety should be the primary concern."....... For complete story, get this week's issue.

Veterans Suicide Support Group Will Meet At Boro Hall

By Ken Baumel
MATAMORAS — Borough Council members approved use of Borough Hall by a veterans suicide support group, Joint Task Force 22 to Zero (JTF).
JTF founder Marc Cavelli, a Pike County resident, requested building use at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30. Council members took action at a regular monthly council meeting held at Borough Hall last week.
Cavelli said that the organization title came from studies done about two years ago showing that, across the nation, 22 veterans a day attempted suicide.
Although the daily count increased to 30 in the interim, Cavelli said that he had already formed his support group and had applied for a 501C3 not-for-profit status, so would keep the name for now.
Cavelli spoke after the meeting about the years he struggled to find effective support for his own experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide after he completed two tours in Iraqi combat zones.
Cavelli said, "I found the right counselors and eventually formed my own support group that really helped me. I decided that I wanted to share my network with others.
"I started two years ago. We use social media to let veterans struggling with suicide know that there are some of us who understand and care.
"We're on, Twitter, and Instagram. We have more than 6,500 followers on Facebook and a thousand or so each on Twitter and Instagram.
"We've got people in all 50 states. Many are from Colorado, California, and Pennsylvania, where there are a lot of veterans.
"We have an executive board and some non-voting members on a committee. Our group expects to have a website up in a few weeks, but we don't have an office or phone contact yet," noted Cavelli. "But we feel we are ready to launch the local network."
For those who attend the group's first network meeting who might need to contact a JTF member, some officers would provide their cell phone number, noted Cavelli...For complete story, get this week's issue.


Red Day Workers Tackle The Verge

MILFORD — About three-dozen people, most of them clad in red T-shirts, were frantically trimming, sweeping and painting around Milford Borough last Thursday, trying to get as far along in the Red Day Cleanup before the rains came.
Every May 10 on the birthday of their real estate company's CEO, Keller Williams employees take part in a national Red Day event, said KW employee Theresa Rocco, who was working along East Harford Street with a big crew, some sporting Red Day shirts and other volunteers wearing plain work clothes.
Jeff Phillips was manning a weed whacker; Bill Kiger, president of the Preservation Trust and no stranger to a broom and curb cleaning, was working up a sweat.
Maria Gordon Farrell, a Delaware Valley School District employee, was raking the verge.
Arborist Paul Labounty helped with tree trimming, and Duane Kuhn stood by with the Borough Street Dept. dump truck to pick up debris.
Rocco said the goal was to head all the way up both sides of East Harford from Mott Street to the traffic light, sprucing up the verge, which is the cultivated strip between the sidewalks and the street.
"We started at 8 a.m. and we will keep going as long as the weather permits," she said.
Meanwhile, another crew was repainting the pavilion in Ann Street Park. Each year the crews focus on a different part of the borough. By noon, a few sprinkles had fallen, but not enough to stop the march up Harford Street.
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