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Issue 39 — Thursday, April 30, 2015
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Matamoras Woman Joins Freedom Tower Stair Climb
By Chris Jones

MATAMORAS — Lorraine Sorg, a retired Kittatinny High School counselor, will climb the 180 flights of stairs in New York’s Freedom Tower on May 17 to raise money for catastrophically injured veterans. The Freedom Tower was built on the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorism attacks.

Sorg, who currently is a substitute teacher for Delaware Valley schools, also chose to climb the tower to honor her husband, Raymond Sorg, a retired Navy Seabee and Vietnam veteran who was working on the concourse level of the Trade Center’s South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. Lorraine wants to raise funds for two foundations named after FDNY members Stephen Siller and Capt. Billy Burke, who died in the towers on 9/11.

Proceeds from the May 17 tower climb will support service members who have been catastrophically injured in war and help educate children who’ve lost a parent. The money will also help build new homes for veterans with the worst disabilities, mostly triple or quadruple amputees.

Persons wishing to donate can log onto https://www.crowdrise.com Click on the search button on the top right and type in Lorraine Sorg and press enter. Click on View Profile, and Donate. Lorraine’s overall goal is $250. Sorg has been training for the climb at the DVHS track and by climbing steps at River’s Edge Senior Citizens homes, where she and her husband live.

Sorg’s dedication to veteran housing goes beyond the tower fund-raiser.

“The American Dream for Ray and me has been to own our own home. We would like to be a part of a collaborative effort in Pike County to establish homes for disabled veterans and their families similar to our own senior housing,” Sorg said.

“River’s Edge is currently trying to sell a piece of property that was part of their original vision. That piece of property has become the passion of our vision: a veterans’ townhouse development for handicapped veteran and their families.”

Fire Dept. Dinner

BLOOMING GROVE — An All You Can Eat Roast Pork Dinner Fundraiser will be held on May 3 from 1-5 p.m. at the Blooming Grove Volunteer Firehouse, 484 Route 739, Lords Valley (Hawley), PA 18428.

The delicious menu includes: Roast Pork with garlic, with sauerkraut, or plain; salad; mashed potatoes; red cabbage; corn; applesauce; dinner rolls; dessert; and coffee, tea, iced tea (regular & unsweetened). BYOB; Eat in or take out. Phone: (570) 775-7355.

Concerned Parents Take Children On ‘Reality Tour’

MILFORD — It starts with peer pressure, leads to crime, and tragically ends in death for many who get caught up in the epidemic. Parents and children got a dramatic reenactment of that deadly cycle caused by drug addiction on the “Reality Tour,” a recurring program presented by the Pike County Child Death Review Team.

The tour, held at the Milford Bible Church on April 23, led attendees through common scenarios of substance abuse: a drug dealer convincing peers to party, an arrest and imprisonment, a fatal overdose on prescription pills, and a funeral service led by a heart-broken mother.

“One death is too many,” said Jill Gamboni, Reality Tour Director, who stated that Pennsylvania ranks number three in the nation for heroin use, behind California and Illinois. Stopping the drug epidemic starts with parent involvement, she explained, and asked for a round of applause to all parents who brought their children to the event. “You’re the real heroes today.”

She recommended open communication between parents and their kids, and stressed that parents keep an eye on their child’s behavior. Boredom can often lead to risky activities, Gamboni explained, so involvement in a child’s life is key. Get to know your children’s friends and parents, have a code word for the phone if your kid is in a troubling situation, and simply have sit-down meals and conversations with your family.

Gamboni added that a child can be involved in drugs for an average of two years before a parent finds out, and the county is discovering some children using drugs or alcohol as young as eight years old. The tour was followed by a line-up of speakers including Shohola Police Chief Don Roa, who explained that if you have suspicions that your child is on drugs, do what you must to find out.

“You don’t need a search warrant if it’s your house,” said Roa.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin echoed that sentiment in regards to cell phones, saying, “If you pay the bill, then it’s your phone.”

Pike County Coroner Kevin Stroyan expressed his happiness seeing so many parents being proactive in their families’ well being. He stated that many think that addiction and its consequences cannot happen to them, but his own personal tragedy of losing a son to drugs proves otherwise... for complete story get this week' s issue.

Looking Ahead At Delaware Township Infrastructure

DINGMANS FERRY — Infrastructure was the main topic at last week’s Delaware Township Supervisors meeting. Supervisors Jeffrey Scheetz and Tom Ryan said they spoke to State Senator Lisa Baker and Representative Rosemary Brown about the condition of State Road 2001 while they were in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors convention. “They assured us they would exert whatever pressure they could,” said Scheetz. Ryan was less optimistic saying that PennDOT acts like a fiefdom and seemed to be ignoring Delaware Township.

The culvert caps have eroded into the road, creating areas where traffic often has to veer into oncoming traffic on the two-lane road. Ryan said that he’s seen “more and more tractor trailers on ‘01 over the past four months.” He added that if anyone is in an accident, the township has a binder of over 500 photos of the road conditions, available via a right to know request at the township... for complete story get this week' s issue.

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