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Issue 3— Thursday, August 13, 2020
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GAIT Car Wash Fundraiser

MILFORD — GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization proving equine-assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges, will host a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, August 22, rain date Sunday, August 23, GAIT's volunteers will be ready for customers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milford Township Building, located across from Kost Tires on Routes 6 & 209.
Proceeds from the car wash will support the Jean Work Scholarship Fund, which helps ensure that riders with special needs can access GAIT's programs regardless of their financial status. Seventy percent of GAIT's annual operating income comes from grants and other donations. Despite GAIT's efforts to keep costs low, some participants still require financial support.
The Jean Work Scholarship Fund was established specifically to help those families, and the fund could not exist without the support of GAIT's volunteers and generous donors.
The scholarship fund is named in honor and memory of Jean Work, who was a dedicated volunteer, board member, and PATH International Certified Instructor at GAIT. Jean believed strongly in the benefits of therapeutic equine activities and often supported riders who experienced financial difficulties with her own money rather than see them turned away. After Jean's passing, Allan and Wendy Kaplan established the Jean Work Scholarship Fund to continue her legacy. Private donations, employee matching gifts, and fundraising help to replenish scholarship funds each year, ensuring that GAIT's equine-assisted activities and therapies continue to be accessible to all. For questions or additional information, please contact GAIT at 570-409-1140 or email info@gaittrc.org. GAIT is located at 314 Foster Hill Rd., Milford, PA 18337.


Red Tape Hinders EMS Response

DINGMAN — In the ongoing impasse over rules governing county employees' responding on EMS calls, Dingman Township Supervisor Chairman Tom Mincer said new rules from the County do not forbid county employees from responding to EMS calls, but they make it "near impossible" to do so.
The county memo received by the township states: "In the event an employee responded on an EMS call and is notified that a patient he or she had contact with has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, the employee must notify the Director of Public Safety or a 911 Supervisor immediately.
"At that time, the employee cannot return to work until he or she provides the results of a negative COVID-19 test administered seven days after the exposure. If the test results are positive, the employee must be retested 14 days after the initial exposure. If symptoms develop, a return-to-work date will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Public Safety and/or the County Commissioners.
"Prior to returning to work, a negative COVID-19 test will be required. Any time off will be taken out of the employee's sick/vacation/personal time."
Employees that wish to respond to EMS calls will be quarantined at work in a training room isolated from other staff.
Dingman Township Fire Chief Mark O'Brien said the Department has been out of service more than they would like and that they responded to one suspected COVID case last month that tested negative. The Department responded to only 34 fire and 54 EMS calls in July vs. a year-to-date total of 285 and 603 respectively. O'Brien has been in contact with other ambulance service providers like Atlantic Health, Medivac, St. Lukes and Pennsylvania Ambulance to try and coordinate some responses in the community but has not received much of a response yet.


BG Controls Access To Town Hall, Zoom Meetings


LORDS VALLEY — Security has been upgraded at the newly renovated Blooming Grove Township building as well as for township Zoom meetings, Supervisor Chair Nick Mazza said at the Zoom supervisors meeting last week. "We've upgraded security for the building doors with locks that are electronically controlled," he said. "You can't just wander in. You need to be given access. Cameras have been installed, so we know when someone pulls into the parking lot and approaches the building and who and where they are."
He said that many people contributed to the designs of the old building and new addition. The result included efficient central air conditioning.
"It's well insulated, and the air conditioning is like a refrigerator," Mazza said. However, the old part of the building still needs to be made ADA compliant, and the parking lot needs repaving.
As for Zoom meetings, security was improved after a hacker interrupted a previous meeting, which Mazza said was consequently deleted from Facebook.
"Anyone can watch the meeting on Facebook and post comments, questions and links," Mazza said. "But to get into the Zoom meeting requires a passcode.






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