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Issue 17 — Thursday, November 26, 2015
Snowmaking Begins
At Some Area Slopes

MILFORD — Despite a mild fall, local ski slope operators are gearing up another winter season. While natural snow lovers might be reduced to wearing their pajamas inside out and hoping for snow, some slopes have begun snowmaking, and others are aiming to open soon or testing the snowmaking cannons.

Ron Schmalzle said Ski Big Bear in Masthope, Pa., would ride out a mild Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday and possibly begin snowmaking on Saturday. “The forecast looks favorable for the next three weeks for a spell of snowmaking weather,” Schmalzle said. Check out for information.

Meanwhile, snowmaking has begun for the 52nd season at Camelback Resort in Tannersville in the heart of the Poconos. Camelback said they have focused the snow guns not only on the summit to base slopes, but also on its Terrain Based Learning shaped-snow features and Snowtubing Park.

“The first day of snowmaking every year is more exciting than the last,” said Brian Czarnecki, vice president of sales & marketing, adding that “you can now stay overnight and spend more time on the Mountain, and also play in the indoor waterpark.”

Mountain Creek in Vernon, N.J. is testing its snowmaking machines and hopes to begin dusting the slopes in mid-December. Go to and click in mountain report. Think snow!

Despite State
Budget Impasse,
Safe Haven
Continues Services

MILFORD — With Harrisburg continuing to bicker over the state budget, now a good five months overdue, it is the organizations and people who use county services who suffer. And as is the norm, the first to lose out are the social services.

Safe Haven, a woman’s shelter and much more, is one of these agencies. While money is tight, and a hiring freeze is in effect, all of Safe Haven’s free and confidential services are in full service at this time.

Elizabeth C. Heij, L.C.S.W., interim executive director of the organization, states that between a loan taken from the equity of their building and a variety of private donations, Safe Haven is fully operational and offers a multitude of free services, from temporary safe housing – including food and toiletries – private and group counseling by highly trained and specialized individuals, legal assistance and a host of other services.

A full list of their ongoing programs is available on their website at for complete story, get this week's issue.

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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.

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Relic Of Milford Boardinghouse Era Demolished

MILFORD — Without much fanfare, a remnant of local resort history came crashing to the ground Monday, but local history buffs were quick to resurrect its long-ago significance. Vacant for years, the Brookside Villa was demolished by local builder Martin McDonough, who has recently erected several houses near the northeast edge of Milford Borough, not far from where the Villa stood.

Zoning Officer Bob DiLorenzo said McDonough obtained a permit from Milford Township for the demolition of the building, which was on the verge of collapse. The Brookside was mostly located in Milford Township on the far bank of the Vandermark Creek. Milford native and local historian Skip Gregory said that the Villa was built on the boundary of Milford Borough and Milford Township and that its double-decked porch was actually in the Borough, with the rest of the building in the township.

According to “All Roads Lead To Milford,” “Toward the end of the [19th] century, Milford was becoming a resort center of eminence. Inns, hotels and boardinghouses proliferated.“In tune with the times, the spacious old farmhouse of John and Louisa Ross Brodhead was renovated by their daughter, Kate Van Wyck, to accommodate summer guests and was named the ‘Brookside Villa.’ The 1000-acre tract included the rich farmland lying along the Vandermark and extended to the Delaware River.”

Gregory said that the tract included the part of Milford Borough across Route 6-209 along Bennett Avenue. By 1925 the Villa advertised in a Chamber of Commerce booklet, “accommodations for 25, all modern improvements … fresh vegetables and milk from our farm.”

Later a plan to use the Villa as the centerpiece for a summer colony never came to fruition... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Education First Line Of Defense In Heroin Epidemic

LACKAWAXEN — Last week, Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force (HPTF) members and Pike law-enforcement representatives talked turkey about heroin and narcotic prescription drugs. HPTF presented a workshop on heroin at the Lackawaxen Township Fire House on Route 590. Citizens who formed HPTF and are now board members briefed Pike County residents on the local impacts of the national epidemic of alcohol and addictive drugs.

Board member Suzie Frisch said that the most challenging problem is educating the public about the growing population of addicts hooked on prescription painkillers, opiates, and heroin. According to Frisch, educated parents and the public can be a first line of defense to deter the spread of heroin and prescription drug opiates. HPTF’s mission is to educate and train the public on heroin issues.

Pike County District Magistrate Alan Cooper warned that heroin addiction is not like other drugs. A good talk with a child or youth hooked on heroin, or temporarily taking away the car keys, or preventing watching TV are very ineffective deterrents. One resident commented that she had recently seen a “60 Minutes” TV program in which an addict trying to recover went to a rehabilitation center 17 times without successfully kicking the habit.

Frisch said that the chemical/biological bondage to heroin is so comprehensive that without an average of 90 days of professional, intensive rehabilitation at a treatment center dedicated to heroin users, an addict would stand little hope to recover. Cooper said that he worked for 12 years as an assistant district attorney in Pike County, where he had a chance to see first hand the terrible consequences of youths and others falling into addiction.

Cooper said that virtually every addict, even only weeks after addiction, becomes unkempt, gaunt, physically unwashed, and dirty looking. Cooper said, “Without intervention, anyone addicted to heroin will almost surely end up dead or in jail. The addict will not get over the addiction by a good talking to, being grounded, or denying access to the TV. The only alternative is to kick the habit.”

What did Cooper recommend for kicking the habit? Education and awareness are key, but as an assistant DA or as a district magistrate, he said that he always tried to take every legal step to save a person’s life, even if it meant finding a way to get them into jail. He said, “Jail could save an addict’s life because in jail, treatment starts immediately.”

Cooper said, “About 85 percent of Pike County Correctional Facilities inmates are there for drug and alcohol abuse, and 90 percent of the burglaries are done by drug addicts. Some have come close to being killed by homeowners [who catch them in the act]... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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