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Issue 42 — Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Muir Recertified
As District Judge

HARRISBURG — Magisterial District Judge Shannon Muir was again certified for services as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal eduction course work.

Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), the educational program for Magisterial District Judges is held in Harrisburg, PA. Muir is judge for District 60-3-02, covering Blooming Grove, Greene and Palmyra Townships.

The week-long instructional program included updates on the Vehicle Code, Civil Law Update, Landlord/Tenant Updates, International Property Maintenance Codes (Universal BOCA Code), Active Shooter Awareness, Ethics, Mental Health Law Update, Constables & the Fee Bill, Mental Health Behavioral Clinical Assessments, Bail & PFA, Drugs & Electronic Wiretap and Criminal Law Update.

Sobriety Checks Planned This Weekend

BLOOMING GROVE — State police from the Blooming Grove barracks announced that they would be conducting DUI sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols over the Memorial Day weekend (May 21-25) with a zero tolerance enforcement policy.

They said the enforcement would be concentrated on various roadways within Pike County experiencing a high rate of DUI-related traffic violations and DUI-related crashes. Police reported five fatal DUI collisions in Pike County over the past two years. DUI laws prescribe a legal limit of .08 percent blood alcohol concentration.

Basic SKYWARN
Training Scheduled

LORDS VALLEY — The National Weather Service in Binghamton, NY will be conducting a Basic SKYWARN (weather spotters) training class on May 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The class will be held at the Pike County EMA building located at 135 Pike County Blvd. in Lords Valley, PA. This class is for beginners or anybody that has a general interest in weather. This class trains volunteers to report severe weather to the National Weather Service. The class is free and open to everyone; no age requirements, previous training, or equipment is required.

The SKYWARN program is a nationwide program that provides real-time severe weather reports to the National Weather Service. “Trained weather spotters provide valuable lifesaving information to the National Weather Service and we encourage those who have an interest in weather to participate in this critical program.” Said David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist. “Despite all the technological advances, SKYWARN Spotter reports are still crucial to the National Weather Service in providing more accurate severe weather warnings” Nicosia continues.

There are a limited number of seats so please register if you plan on attending. Register online here: http://goo.gl/forms/mhBFD7utYo or by calling 607-729-1597 EXT 4. If you have questions please respond via email to bgm.skywarn@noaa.gov. For more information on this class, including maps of the class locations, or for other classes in our area, please visit us at weather.gov/bgm or follow us on Facebook.

Realtors Spruce Up Therapeutic Petting Zoo On ‘RED Day’

DINGMAN — Last week, over 20 Keller Williams’ real-estate company employees from their Tri-state area offices celebrated RED Day by taking a day off to provide Country Ark Farm in Dingman Township a facelift. RED Day is an acronym for Renew, Energize, and Donate. For the past eight years, Keller Williams Real Estate shuts down their offices on one day in May for RED Day.

Their 80,000 agents and associates do volunteer community service projects for a designated company in their regional or local area, according to Bob Wells, a co-partner in the Keller Williams’ Keystone Partners Group (serving communities from Westchester, New York to Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania). Keller Williams RED Day Project Coordinator Theresa Rocco assembled the team that carried out Farm owners’ Donna and Mike Ciancitto’s priorities, which included gardening, weeding, re-mulching, painting, staining picnic tables, refurbishing the play areas, repairing outdoor furniture, raking, and hosing down plastic play items... for complete story get this week' s issue.

Auditor Litigation Goes To Oral Arguments

DINGMANS FERRY — The appeal for the case between the Delaware Township Auditors and Supervisors will have a hearing at the Superior Court on June 15. The Supervisors estimate that legal fees for oral arguments could reach $10,000, even though the Auditors have only $121 left of the originally requested legal fees. At their meeting last Wednesday, May 13, the Supervisors suggested a possible Sunshine Act violation since the Auditors have cancelled several meetings in advance of the appeal. According to the Sunshine Laws, discussions with lawyers regarding litigation can be conducted in executive sessions, and executive sessions should be announced at the following meeting.

In a telephone interview Auditor Dennis Lee explained that they schedule 12 meetings in advance to make advertising easier for the Township, and they cancel if there is nothing pressing on the agenda. Lee said they held their meeting March 21, after John Wells was appointed to replace Mike Dickerson. He also pointed out that all written arguments for the case had to be submitted by Jan. 30, and they had completed all work and discussion with their lawyer by then and that he was empowered to talk with their lawyer directly.

Lee stated, “We have followed all the rules and regulations for the Sunshine Law... for complete story get this week' s issue.

Grad Student Biking For Syrian Refugee Children

BUSHKILL — The life of former Lehman Township resident and East Stroudsburg North graduate Tim Mathews suddenly changed last year from a quiet role as an accountant to challenge of adventure. Mathews is in the midst of a solo 1,700-mile bicycle ride from Arlington, VA to Grapevine, TX to raise money for children who are refugees of the sectarian conflict in Syria. Mathews uses Google Maps and Global Positioning System on his Smartphone to navigate. His trip started in early May and he expects to arrive at his destination by mid June.

Mathews said, “The logistical challenges are the most difficult aspect for me, determining my route every day, figuring out when and where I’ll eat, making sure that I have enough water and Gatorade, determining what is necessary to carry each day, because the weight can slow me down, and figuring out where I’ll sleep. “The riding is the easy part to me and my body is holding up well so far (even though one night the temperature plummeted to 37). “I talk to strangers daily. I met one person who is biking from San Diego to Rhode Island and back. This is his 10th cross-country trip. He is raising money for childhood cancer. He gave me a lot of advice on riding and fundraising... for complete story get this week' s issue.

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