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Issue 11 — Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Vetstock Disburses $17,000 In Donations To Vet Groups
By Ken Baumel

MILFORD — Vetstock announced that earlier this month, it distributed $17,000 to veterans groups. Vetstock founders and board members Tom Ryan, Richard Diaz, and Kelly Gaughan held a presentation ceremony at the Marsch-Kellogg America Legion Post 139.

The post is located on Route 2001, just outside of Milford Borough, in Dingman Township. Many Vetstock members are members of the local chapter of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, an organization with chapters all over the nation. Vetstock is so closely affiliated with the national organization that between last year and this year, the national organization donated a total of $41,000 to Vetstock.

Vetstock holds an annual fundraiser in Pike County in July. Vetstock and the national group pool resources each year. This year, the national group donated $10,000 and Vetstock raised $7,000 from Vetstock events, donations, and raffles.

Ryan said that at the ceremony, Vetstock gave $15,000 to a regional Home for Our Troops organization based in Massachusetts. The organization builds homes adapted for use by wounded veterans, helping those veterans rebuild their lives.

Ryan said that Vetstock also gave $1,000 to the Monroe County Joint Veterans Color Guard, and $1,000 to Post 139.

DV Jazz Concert

MATAMORAS — The award winning Delaware Valley High School Jazz Ensemble will present a special “Music in the Park” concert Saturday, Oct. 18.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Airport Park located in the borough of Matamoras, PA. The concert will feature a program of standard jazz literature of the American Songbook and feature the talent of the DVHS student musicians.

This concert is the first of what is expected to be a series of public concerts sponsored by the Matamoras Recreation Advisory Board.

Admission is free. The public is asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

Please come out and enjoy this wonderful community arts initiative.

For more information, contact Mr. Lance Rauh @ 570-296-1800 x7161.

Draft Budget Has No Tax Increase

SHOHOLA — Township supervisors approved advertising and posting the preliminary Shohola 2015 budget, one without a tax increase. At the regular township meeting held at the township building on Twin Lakes Road last week, supervisors commended Secretary/Treasurer Diana Blume for developing the budget, finding ways to trim expenses, and for securing multiple grants.

The draft budget is posted at the township building. Residents can review the budget and comment until a public hearing on the budget, scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the township building. Supervisor George C. Fluhr and Blume noted that one windfall that is helping to reduce expenses is that Roadmaster Robert Myer recently celebrated his 65th birthday, which means that the township would not have to pay his full health benefits since he qualifies for Medicare.

The township saves $10,000 annually and would only be responsible for covering his supplemental health insurance... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Foundation Announces New Scholarship Program

WESTFALL — John “Duke” Schneider and Tom Hoff, representatives from the Greater Pike Community Foundation (GPCF), briefed supervisors and the public on recent foundation initiatives. The GPCF briefing took place at this month’s regular Westfall Township meeting held at the township building on Delaware Drive.

GPCF recently held a dinner honoring Milford Borough resident Barbara Buchanan at Skytop Lodge in Monroe County. At the dinner, GPCF announced the kick-off of a new foundation scholarship program in Buchanan’s name. GPCF plans to award one or more students a $1,000 scholarship a year.

GPCF is applying for a 501 C3 federal not-for-profit status. Meanwhile, local property owners, even those living outside Pike, could donate to GPCF and qualify for a tax deduction through GPCF’s affiliation with Luzerne Foundation. Luzerne Foundation, an organization with assets of over $40 million, is administering banking, bookkeeping, and financial services for GPCF.

Luzerne Foundation is also providing GPCF partial access to Luzerne Foundation assets for grants and philanthropic services earmarked by GPCF. Not-for-profits serving Pike County property owners and residents could apply to GPCF for grants or receive other types of support from GPCF. Schneider said that volunteers run GPCF. GPCF has no paid staff... for complete story, get this week's issue.

 
Triple Dedication Also Honors Mayor Gassmann

MATAMORAS — The late Dick “Dyke” Gassmann, former Matamoras Borough Mayor and Pike County Democratic Committee chairman, who was an educator, Korean War veteran, community-service leader, and consummate public-service advocate, received recognition at dedication ceremonies held at Airport Park during Columbus Day weekend.

Veterans Memorial Park and Education Committee sponsored the program, which included three ceremonies:


• Dedication of the pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park and Education Center and the Memorial Stone identifying the pavilion as the Gassmann Pavilion;
• Dedication of a bench in the pavilion named for Gassmann;
• Dedication of a Civil War monument, an installation of three stones.

A contingent of Delaware Valley fifth graders who are members of Delaware Valley DV E-News/TV used money from their annual fund-raisers to buy the bench. The students and co-founder of DV E-News/TV and Faculty Coach Sharon Siegel dedicated the bench. Siegel said for over 10 years, Gassmann facilitated for the student interviewers a chance to meet and speak to veterans every Veterans Day at Veterans Park.


According to event Master of Ceremonies Arthur Ridley, Gassmann was the driving force who assembled the legion of volunteers, donors, and veterans who helped make the park, located in Airport Park in Matamoras Borough, one of the most unique and outstanding veterans memorials in the nation. The committee also dedicated the most recent memorial installation in the park, one dedicated to Civil War veterans... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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