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Issue 43 — Thursday, May 25, 2017


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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.

So make it your business to keep up with all the news in Pike to print, including official business and legal notices from your town.

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The Voice Of Pike County
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.

Look for the Pike County Dispatch at local news dealers, and read all about it!

Peace Officers Memorial Day Resonates In Pike

MILFORD — Pike County Board of Commissioners at their meeting last week approved a resolution that hit home to them. President John F. Kennedy introduced it nationwide 55 years ago by former. They proclaimed May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The commissioners had seen last month the conclusion of the trial and death sentence for Eric Frein, whose sniper attack in 2014 killed state Police Cpl. Bryan K. Dickson II and mortally wounded trooper Alex Douglass and they've seen reports nationwide of the growing wave of violence against law enforcement officers.

Phil Bueki, serving 40 years in law enforcement and the last 15 as Pike County Sheriff before he will retire at the end of this year, invited officers from his department and the Pike Correctional Facility as well as Eastern Regional, Milford and Shohola township police departments to the meeting. District Attorney Ray Tonkin also acted on the invitation to attend as Bueki hailed the good turnout of law enforcers whose countless hours of working together while putting themselves in danger ensure the public safety. Bueki also praised correctional facility Warden Craig Lowe and his assistant wardens for keeping the Frein trial running smoothly without incident amid high security. "There were many outstanding individuals for that," Bueki said.

The resolution, read by Commissioner Rich Caridi, also honors the fallen officers and goes on to "encourage all citizens of Pike County to express their deep appreciation to the men and women ... who still strive to keep us safe." "God bless you," Caridi said in conclusion. Tonkin also spoke briefly, expressing his gratitude to law enforcers present. Bueki shares that realization of the dangers while saying that he is retiring now for one simple reason: "I'm 59. I put in 40 years," he said. But he also mentioned as he left at the end of the meeting the dangers he and his family faces like many officers do, especially those with greater responsibilities. "You get tired after a while of having the curtains drawn at home and worrying about your family's safety," he said.

Bueki said it's a problem every law enforcer faces, especially those with higher responsibilities... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Zero Tolerance This Weekend In DUI Patrols

BLOOMING GROVE — In Pennsylvania, drinking and driving remains a top safety issue. Of all crashes occurring annually, a driving under the influence (DUI) crash is five times more likely to result in death compared to non-alcohol-related accidents. In order to help protect the traveling public from intoxicated drivers, the Pennsylvania State Police of Troop R, Blooming Grove, this weekend will conduct DUI sobriety checkpoints and DUI roving patrols on Pike County roads that experience a high rate of DUI-related traffic violations and DUI-related crashes.

Lt. Sean Jennings of Troop R said that to prevent and deter drinking and driving this weekend, the checkpoints and patrols would be conducted with a zero tolerance enforcement policy. Pennsylvania's DUI laws prescribe a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration. DUI penalties can range from a $300 fine with six months probation all the way up to fines of $5,000 with prison sentences of up to five years. Sentences can include driver's license suspensions of up to 18 months, attendance at alcohol safety schools and mandatory ignition interlock systems.

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