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Issue 38 — Thursday, April 23, 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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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.

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Boro To Obtain Sheriff’s Office, Penn DOT Garage

MILFORD — Milford Borough and Pike County have reached a “conceptual agreement” over the requested land swaps for the proposed County Courthouse Annex. Due to the April 6 Borough Council meeting running over three hours, negotiations between the Borough and the County were continued on April 16.

The County requested that the Borough vacate a portion of Peach Alley as well as two lots in front of the Courthouse that are required for an alternate septic easement. The County will conduct any necessary surveys and asked that the Borough recommend any variances once they are approved by the appropriate boards.

In exchange, the Borough Council would be deeded the Sheriff’s Office within one year of the Certificate of Occupancy of the new Annex where the Sheriff will be housed. The space would then be available for the relocation of the Milford Police Department with one or two parking places.

The County also agreed to lease a garage at the Penn DOT facility on Bennett Avenue to the Borough for 10 years, with one-year notice of termination. County Commissioner Matt Osterberg suggested leasing the property for $1 so that they do not have to subdivide the property. The Borough currently plans to store the leaf vacuum there. However, the County does not yet own the property, and Mayor Bo Fean pointed out that access to the garage would be “years down the road.”

The Kenworthey garage will also be available to the Borough if they request it via letter. Council member Nicholas May previously expressed interest for the Borough Streets Department, and Farley said they could give it to a municipality for free if they write a letter of interest. The Borough would be responsible for moving the structure... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Trooper Memorial Garden

LACKAWAXEN — Pike County Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Robert Weintraub sought for and received cooperation from Lackawaxen Township supervisors regarding the plan to install a memorial garden dedicated to slain state police Cpl. Bryon Dickson of the Blooming Grove Barracks.

Dickson was one of two victims shot by a sniper last fall as he was exiting the barracks after completing his shift.

According to Weintraub, the master gardeners proposed the memorial project at their board meeting last fall.

Shortly thereafter, Weintraub presented the concept to Barracks Station Chief Lt. Christopher Paris, who contacted Dickson’s family, who agreed to the concept.

Weintraub said after the meeting, “A garden would be a living memorial. We met a few times at the barracks to determine the site. We plan to put it by the flagpole at the front of the building [on Route 402 in Blooming Grove Township].

“We contacted a local landscaper last week on a proposed design for a self-sustaining water garden.

"We are reaching out to other local elected officials and the public to get donations to cover landscaping, materials, and excavating.

“Master Gardeners would plant and maintain the memorial with the help of local vendors and the community people who would be willing to donate money and support his project.

“If anyone is interested in donating or helping, call (570) 296-3400, stop by the Extension office in Milford Borough, or send a donation to the office address: Pike County Penn State Cooperative Extension, 514 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337.”

Lackawaxen Supervisor Mike Mancino said that he would arrange to post the information on the township website at

Paupack School Buses Rerouted Because Of Road Neglect

LACKAWAXEN — The Tow Path is in such bad shape after years of neglect and two particularly bad winters that this school year, Wallenpaupack Area School District (WASD) Transportation Dept. rerouted some school bus routes to avoid using it. Lackawaxen Solicitor Tony Waldron reported on the bus issue. He spoke at the regular township meeting held at the township building on Urban Road.

Waldron said that WASD Transportation Coordinator Cindy Watson notified supervisors about the rerouting. Waldron also noted that Watson agreed to support the township supervisors’ efforts to petition state officials about the deplorable Tow Path condition.

Watson said in an interview last week that the rerouting did not affect WASD’s pick-up and drop off of students from the dozen or so families living on the road. However, the rerouting affects buses that have to travel the whole 15-mile Tow Path route to start their run.

Rather than having to traverse the whole route, buses take an alternate route to get to one end of Tow Path or the other end. Watson said, “This saves wear and tear on the buses. We had to do this starting this school year.”

Waldron said, “They [WASD] support our petition for improvements to make the road safe again... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner Honored By R.E.E.CH.E.

MILFORD — R.E.E.CH.E. President Luann Genovas and students from Mt. View School presented County Commissioner Karl Wagner with gifts of appreciation, including a pin and card at the County Commissioners meeting last Wednesday, April 15. The County Commissioners proclaimed April 12-18 to be the Week of the Young Child, and R.E.E.CH.E. thanked Wagner for his continuing support. The group calls “attention to the need for high-quality early childhood services for all children and families within our community.”

April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the Commissioners passed a resolution recognizing that the “entire community has a role to play.”“With the full weight of their community and victim service providers behind them, survivors will feel empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger, and shame, without fear of judgment and will feel understood and worthy of support,” Wagner read.

The Commissioners reaffirmed the County’s commitment to assisting all victims of crimes and expressed their gratitude for those who “are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.”

The Commissioners also recognized April 12-18 as National Library Week. Pike County Public Library Director Rose Chiocchi thanked supporters and invited everyone to come to library events for the week. Commissioner Rich Caridi in turn said, “Thank you for your service to the community.” Commissioner Matt Osterberg said that the library is in need of a defibrillator and fund donations would be welcome.

Sally Corrigan and Will Erdman of the Pike County Conservation District gave their annual report and 2015 plan, focusing on projects to keep soils in place and out of waterways. In addition to education and outreach, the PCCD also offers technical assistance with bank stabilization. They are continuing monthly monitoring of water levels in 24 wells and will be starting their monitoring of surface waters soon.

In 2014, they monitored approximately 40 streams in 18 major watersheds, and have data going back 20 years. PCCD is anticipating two or three projects this year to reduce sediment pollution from public unpaved roads and work sites. They have worked on 43 projects over 18 years in eight of 13 municipalities. One of their latest projects is a “tear drop” rock-lined channel adjacent to a road in Greentown, designed to protect Sugar Hill Creek.

Their web site offers water quality data from last year’s baseline study they conducted with the USGS as well as water level monitoring data. They will be at the Hawley Earth Fest April 24-26 and you can also visit them on facebook or at for complete story, get this week's issue.

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