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Issue 29 — Thursday, February 15, 2018

Congressman Gets
Funding For UDC

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) announced last Friday that the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) has secured critical federal funding from the Department of the Interior. The funding had been delayed since the new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, as the Department of the Interior was reviewing all grant awards more than $50,000 in value.

Faso's office said he has worked with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during both the Fiscal Year 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018 to alleviate the funding delays.

"The Upper Delaware Council is very grateful for Congressman Faso's advocacy and persistent inquiries to the Department of the Interior.

"Restoring access to the federal funding we rely on to operate means that we can avoid our planned March 30 shut-down and staff layoffs, and continue our mission in partnership with the National Park Service to cooperatively oversee administration of the Congressionally-designated Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River," said Laurie Ramie, executive director of the UDC.

Sounding a note of caution after Fiscal Year 2017 funding had been similarly delayed by an unexpected DOI review that lasted from April to July, UDC Chairperson Aaron Robinson said, "I only hope this is the very last 'near death experience' that the Council will endure."

The UDC was established in 1988 to represent the interests of the local and state governments in New York and Pennsylvania, working through a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service, to manage the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. The designated river corridor is 73.4 miles long and encompasses 55,574.5 acres of mostly private property.


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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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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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Delaware Firefighters Ready For Ice Rescues

DINGMANS FERRY — A Delaware Township firefighter called out reassurance to another firefighter waiting in a hole in the ice on Akenac Park Lake on Saturday morning. It was just a drill for the ice rescue class, but instructor Tim Simmons of Port Jervis pointed out recent accidents nearby that served as reminders of ice hazards. Three boys in New Jersey had been playing on a frozen lake when the ice gave way. A nearby resident rescued them, but in Queens, when one boy went through ice on a lake, his friend pulled him out, then fell in and drowned.

"Rescuers got there quickly but couldn't revive him," said Simmons. "In rescue, there's a 'golden hour' after someone leaves the surface. If they're recovered within an hour and get to a medical facility, they're more likely to be revived."

Some people may not last that long, but others last longer with minimal harm, he said. Three hours is the record, and two "schools of thought" explain that extended survival, explained Simmons, who taught science at Minisink Middle School for 30 years and has taught ice rescue since 1990, while being a Port Jervis Fire Department member since 1976. One theory traces air-deprived endurance to survival in water before birth. The other theory gives credit to hypothermia for focusing blood flow where most needed. The flow of blood to the brain and heart continues, while other systems "close down," he says. But hypothermia is threatening, as it happens fast in icy water. Pain in limbs turns to numbness and loss of control. The submerged person can no longer stand and goes under, says Simmons.

"As soon as we respond to a call, we call in someone else to dive if the person leaves the surface," he said. "If you wait, you lose part of the golden hour."

Meanwhile, in addition to sending a rescuer out on the ice with a rope to loop around the midsection of the victim, other firefighters post themselves around the water to line up visual landmarks with the victim's location in case he goes under. However, at the training, firefighters lined up by the water and helped each other into buoyant one-piece wetsuits. Then, one by one, they attached themselves to a rope that would be reeled in to pull them to shore along with the victim, which they took turns playing... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Hemlock Fire Chief's House Not Spared By Fire

BLOOMING GROVE — After everyone but two dogs had left the house at 116 Fetlock Lane in Hemlock Farms on Monday morning, a passerby spotted smoke coming from the eaves. The observer, a Hemlock Farms public works department staff member, reported the fire at 9:17 a.m. Robert Palumbo, a co-worker, arrived at the house three minutes later. The burning house, he realized, belonged to Walter Magie, chief of Hemlock Farms Fire and Rescue, a position Palumbo previously held. By the time Palumbo arrived, smoke billowed from the eaves.

"Once the fire got its start, it wasn't long before it was fully involved," he said. One dog, a four-year-old German short-haired pointer, was found dead in the living room, likely from smoke inhalation, Palumbo said. The other had gotten out through the dog door.

As for the house, damage was "significant," Palumbo said, likely a "total loss" within the first 15 minutes of burning, although five fire departments had helped put it out, with 30 firefighters. Four came with Hemlock Farms Fire and Rescue, the rest with fire departments from Blooming Grove, Dingman Township, Bushkill, and Greeley.

"It wasn't a big fire," said Palumbo. "It's just that during the day we have manpower issues. People work outside the area. Conditions on the scene were icy. Once the crews were here we got in, but there was heavy smoke and water damage. A large amount of belongings are gone from heat and smoke."

Later in the morning, Palumbo, a 30-year fire department volunteer, who is now president of Hemlock Fire and Rescue, observed the scorched house, with its broken out windows, from his truck. Walking around the scene were Nicole Fish, who occupied the house with Magie, her fiancé. He was out of town, Palumbo said. Magie's father, Walter, Sr., was also there, as was his mother Patty Magie, who said she was particularly sad about the dog's death... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Commercial Tie-In Eyed For
County's Route 739 Treatment Plant

MILFORD — Pike County Board of Commissioners, in its meeting last week, said the county is looking to expand sewage capacity that serves the correctional facility in Blooming Grove in hopes of attracting commercial development. The board, with Commissioner Rich Caridi unable to attend but on a telephone hookup, moved to execute the state Department of Community and Economic Development Local Share Account commitment letter and contract for $425,000 to fund the Pike County Sewage Expansion Project. It would develop the facility serving the correctional facility. The LSA is funded by casino gaming revenue.

"We're investigating the property on Pike County Boulevard where the Correctional Facility is – 360 acres," said board Chairman Matt Osterberg. "We see an opportunity to bring economic development there.

"We don't have an adequate sewage facility there (for commercial development). We need to build and expand it," Osterberg said. "It's difficult to attract businesses when you don't have water, sewage and gas. Mike Sullivan of the (Pike County) Economic Development Authority says that all the time. We have water and central sewage there but not gas."

Osterberg said he was encouraged to increase sewage capacity when Mike Kelly, owner of Senior Healthcare Solutions of Scranton, had initially looked at that area to open a sixth facility for his company. Because there is no sewage, Kelly was discouraged by the Department of Welfare to consider a facility there. He recently has pursued one near the Lowe's store on Route 6/209 in Westfall Township, which has established central sewage available.

Osterberg also said, when asked, that plans continue to move forward in the early stages for central sewage for the area of Route 6/209 from Tractor Supply at the end of Milford Township on down through Milford Borough. It would help existing businesses there, many struggling with managing in-ground septics, and encourage more businesses to open in the borough. He said a property to build that sewage facility has been identified on the Route 6/209 three-lane road. Milford officials estimate the project can be completed in a couple of years... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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