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Issue 4 — Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Worker Stabbed At
Welcome Center

MATAMORAS — A maintenance worker was stabbed in the head and hand while cleaning a bathroom at the I-84 Welcome Center Saturday night.

Charged with the assault and also with robbery was Caryl Cordaro, 37, no known address.

According to state police, the victim, Raymond Diaz, 49, of Port Jervis, was able to fight off his attacker and run for help to a nearby business. Eastern Pike Regional and Port Jervis police joined state police conducting a search and locating Cordaro, who police said was later identified by a witness.

Diaz was treated and released at Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the state police Criminal Investigation Unit at 570-226-5718.

Garden Club To Hold
Annual Mum Sale

MILFORD — The Milford Garden Club is holding its third Annual Mum Sale. Sales will be on a pre-order basis only. Mums are available in eight and 14 inch pots. Also available are decorative kale and cabbages in eight inch pots. Mum colors are red, bronze, yellow, rust, white, and purple. The cabbages are available in green and purple.

The kale is green only. The 14 inch pots are offered at $25 each. The eight inch pots are $10 each, or three for $25 or four for $30. The deadline for orders is Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Please contact club members Pam LeRoy at 570-686-2168 or Theresa Johnson at 570-491-5663 to place your order. Checks should be made payable to Milford Garden Club, PO Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.

Pick-up will be on Saturday, Sept. 13, between 9 a.m. and noon, at Remembrance Place at the corners of Elderberry Alley and Ann Street (behind the Citizens Bank.) All proceeds go toward the beautification of Milford Boro.

Also, please join us at our Sept. 9 meeting. The topic is “Seed Harvesting and Saving Techniques,” presented by a representative of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The time is 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, at the corners of Broad and Ann Streets, in Milford, PA.

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County Planning Commission Discusses Courthouse

SHOHOLA — Pike County Planning Commission formally discussed the newly unveiled Land Development Plan for Pike County’s proposed Courthouse and Courthouse Annex projects in Milford Borough. Pike County commissioners Rich Caridi, Karl Wagner, and Matt Osterberg fielded questions at Monday’s regular commission meeting, held at the Pike County Community Planning Dept. on Route 6 in Shohola. Caridi is commissioner representative to the Commission.

The county submitted the Land Development (LD) Plan to Milford Borough Planning Commission for approval for the courthouse complex that includes a Sewage Module plan. Pike County Community Planning Dept. and Pike County Planning Commission are required by Pennsylvania law to discuss, review, and advise the municipality on all Land Development plans.

Planning Commission member Steve Vitale asked whether the county still needed zoning variances (for Annex height, Courthouse Square lot coverage, and front, rear, and side setbacks) from Milford Zoning Hearing Board. Commissioners noted that a closer review of the Borough Zoning Ordinance and Borough Land Development Ordinance appears to indicate that the current county Land Development Plan can meet the Borough Zoning Ordinance requirement without variances from Milford Borough Zoning Hearing Board.

Previously, the county architectural engineers, McGoey, Hauser, and Edsall (MHE), told Milford Borough Council that the county would need variances. The county subsequently tweaked their plan to meet Borough ordinances to avoid variance submissions. Caridi said that the LD plan requires an agreement with the Borough for a lot (now part of the public park) in front of the courthouse. The lot is adjacent to the Kenworthey Building lot.

Caridi noted that the County is in discussion with the Borough to acquire that lot and that the Borough appears to be amenable to selling it. Osterberg said that the County has maintained that lot for 200 years and Caridi said that there is no formal recorded deed for that lot. Given the historic County role in maintaining the lot, the County could acquire it by invoking Eminent Domain law (authorizing taking ownership), according to Caridi.. for complete story, get this week's issue.

County Funding Requested For Ticks And Dogs

Milford — At the County Commissioners meeting on Aug. 20, Microbiologist Robert A. Ollar, along with the Pike County Disease Task Force, presented the County Commissioners with a white paper on an approach to tick-borne diseases.

Ineligible for state funding until April 2015, Ollar and the Task Force are seeking SHARE grant funds to seed the set-up of a field laboratory here in Pike County.

As the former head of laboratory diagnostics at St. Vincents, Ollar is confident that they can find a better diagnostic tool for the complex of organisms that cause disease through tick bites, including chronic Lyme disease.

Part of their mandate from the State as a Task Force is also education, and they plan to put together a questionnaire for diagnosis by local doctors and information for potential patients. Several people present at the meeting speaking after Ollar expressed frustration with having to travel out of state to visit specialists for proper diagnosis and treatment.

County Commissioner Chairman Richard Caridi suggested that they put Ollar in contact with Mike Sullivan, head of the Pike County Economic Development Authority. The commissioners also agreed to hold a separate meeting with Ollar and the Task Force to help connect them with potential resources.

There is a new support group for those fighting Lyme Disease and related tick-borne diseases,, which meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Pike County Milford Library.

More information on the support group and other activities of the Lyme Disease Task Force can be found on their web site at https://www.peec.org/lyme or by calling (570) 503-6334... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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