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Issue 30 — Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Murder-Suicide At
Westfall Trailer Park

WESTFALL — Police say that a double shooting fatality at a trailer park on Green Acres Lane Sunday was a murder-suicide.

About 8 p.m. the county Communications Center called state police at Blooming Grove regarding a domestic dispute between a father and son that had escalated in the driveway outside the residence.

The father, Joseph Matrongolo, 82, allegedly went inside the trailer at 124 Green Acres Lane, got a handgun and fired several shots at his son, Joseph M. Matrongolo, 40, with one of the rounds striking him in the head and killing him.

Police said the senior Matrongolo then turned the gun and shot himself in the head. The Pike County Coroner’s office pronounced Joseph M. Matrongolo dead at the scene. Matrongolo Sr. was taken to Gesinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, where he was later pronounced dead.

Officers from the Eastern Pike Regional Police and Blooming Grove Criminal Investigation Unit also responded.

Camelback Waterpark
Hosts Job Fair

TANNERSVILLE — The new Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, opening in April at Camelback Resort, is hosting a two-day job fair to fill up to 600 full- and part-time positions.

There will be two interview sessions with managers from all hiring departments: Friday, Feb. 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Chateau Resort (base of Camelback Mountain), 475 Camelback Road, Tannersville.

Interested candidates are invited to learn more by attending the job fair, visiting Camelback Resort.com/Employment/ or calling 570-517-7035 for more information.

Open Carry In Park Ordinance Amended

DINGMAN — Dingman Township’s park ordinance was officially amended, eliminating the prohibition of openly carrying firearms on township recreational property. The amendment, which was unanimously passed after a public hearing on Feb. 17, still forbids the discharge of such weapons on park grounds.

Solicitor John Klemeyer brought the need for the amendment to the Board of Supervisors’ attention last month. Klemeyer recognized that Pennsylvania has very clear statutes forbidding local governments from restricting state gun laws and rights. The change is an effort to comply with state laws and avoid litigation. The township can still restrict use of firearms to authorized individuals.

“We have no choice but to take this language out of our park ordinance,” said Supervisor Chair Tom Mincer.

He added that although he was a proponent of Second Amendment rights, he hoped to see the Pennsylvania legislature change its firearm statutes to prohibit carrying firearms at locations such as parks, polling places, and other municipal locations.

“There are places and times where firearms should not be carried because they are completely unnecessary,” said Mincer... for complete story get this week' s issue.

 
7th Annual Pike County Visitors Guide In Production

MILFORD — At the County Commissioner’s meeting last Wednesday, Feb. 18, Bridget Gelderman of the Hotel Tax Board presented the kick off for the Discover Pike visitor’s guide. While their affiliate, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, promotes tourism in Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties, Discover Pike is focused exclusively on Pike County.

Gelderman said that despite everyone’s winter fatigue, “We are a four-season destination.” Advertising in the guide and map is free for tourism-related businesses, thanks to hotel tax funding. The last day for listings is March 27, and April 18 for ads in the new publication.

The Hotel Tax Board will print 40,000 guides and 80,000 maps to be distributed to over 300 locations in PA, NJ, and NY, including Welcome Centers and Tourist Information Centers. The guide will also be accessible via their website, social media, and mobile devices.

Commissioner Rich Caridi praised their efforts, saying, “You do a wonderful job to make sure Pike County has its own identity,” and added, “It’s endless, the activities that go on.” Commissioner Matt Osterberg said they handed out the current publication at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, calling it a “great venue for us to be promoting Pike County.”

For more information on advertising or listing information, you can email info@discoverpikepa.com or call Bailey Design & Advertising at 570-251-1512. You can find Discover Pike online at www.DiscoverPikePA.com or by calling 570-840-1314... for complete story get this week' s issue.

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