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Issue 39 — Thursday, April 28, 2016
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Rock Legend’s Time
In Pike Recalled
By Anthony Splendora

MILFORD — By the strangest of coincidences, on the same day that Prince died last week, former Pike County resident Lonnie Mack also passed away. We in the community feel the loss, for Lonnie lived among us for almost three years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Lonnie had been brought to Milford and environs by Ed Labunski, ad genius of Budweiser’s “This Bud’s For You” campaign, for which Ed won a Clio award. Labunski had built a state-of-the-art, 24-track recording studio on Raymondskill Road. There world famous musicians collaborated on at least one excellent album, called simply “South.” About a mile from that studio was the country tavern-restaurant-hotel my family was at that time operating.

Over the few years Lonnie and company were here in Pike County, he and some of his colleagues became close friends of my family. When my father was in 1996 coming to his end, Lonnie and his wife, Carol, drove up from Nashville to see him. They spent an evening in my home with my family and even sang for us gathered there a duet to a song Lonnie had written. Three years ago, Lonnie came by to pick up one of my late father’s paintings, coin of an ancient deal. I wasn’t at home, but he left a note. I called, we talked and caught up, and I later mailed the painting to him. He wasn’t at that time playing, he said. My only further contact with him was through email.

One is tempted to go into Lonnie’s biographical and professional details – his beginnings in Aurora, Indiana, for example, or his touring the world in the early 1960s. But those who knew Lonnie are well acquainted with his influence on Rock, on his invitation to play at Woodstock in 1969, on his tours of England in the years before the English Invasion had fully formed. Those who have no idea of his musical prodigality will care little that Mick Jagger, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan were in the room the night Richards and Wood came out to jam with him and were proud to stand with him for a photo. I was, by these strangest of coincidences, lucky enough to be there.

Pike County SRCP Celebrates 10 Years

MILFORD — County Commissioners, at their meeting on April 20, recognized the 10th anniversary of the Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation (SRCP) Program.

The Pike County Scenic Rural Character preservation Program was created by the Commissioners in April 2006, in response to the 68% voter-approved referendum question that called for the protection of drinking water; wildlife habitat; preservation of scenic ridges and critical open space; protection of water quality of rivers, lakes and streams; parks and recreational areas; improved county and municipal planning; and related acquisitions of real property or interests therein from willing sellers on a voluntary basis and to provide education, outreach and the provision of funds for such purposes.

In the SRCP Program’s 10-year history, 20 planning projects have been funded, helping nine municipalities. Almost $440,000 has been awarded for these planning projects, with most projects also receiving state grants funds equal to or exceeding this amount. To date, the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program has awarded $5.6 million for acquisition of property for parks, open space, and trails, as well as for the purchase of conservation easements from willing sellers. Some $6 million of state, federal or other funds has been leveraged with these funds, enabling the protection of over 3,500 acres in Pike County. Of these projects, three properties (totaling 1,475 acres) are now part of the Delaware State Forest.

Pike County Commissioners applaud the Program, noting that “residents are able to enjoy the outdoor amenities, and the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program has enabled us to ensure that these special places are here for future generations... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Matamoras Conducts Water
Main Leak Detection Survey

MATAMORAS — Last week, the Municipal Authority conducted its first mobile water main leak-detection survey for the entire system in the borough and the part of Westfall Township served by the authority, according to Operations Manager Kathy Foss. Contractor Prowler Water Leak Services Company of Leicester, Mass., performed the detection. A technician wearing headphones cruised through the borough streets on a two-wheeled Segway bike listening for the sound of water leaks detected through an ultra-sensitive microphone.

The technician listened for leaks in mains and at the connection to service lines connecting the main to each residential or commercial property. According to Foss, every water main system anywhere has at least some leaks. The Prowler is a state-of-the-art system that is better than the prevailing detection method, according to authority board member, Borough Councilman Dave Clark. Clark said, “The Prowler leak-detection process will save the authority a lot of money and this allows the authority to maintain its current billing rates.

“We’ve gone four years without a rate increase and we want to continue to not raise rates. Right now, the authority’s average water bill is $40 a month, while the statewide average is $64 a month. “The authority plans to conduct a follow-up survey to check for leaks every other year. The Authority timed this survey to be done prior to our next water-main replacement project, which is in Westfall Township. “That way, if we had to do major work to fix a leak, it could all be tied together. The project would start this fall.” The Authority replaced borough mains in 2007, according to Foss. The authority received funding for the Westfall project with grant money from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Clark said, “The project is out to bid now so we expect bids to be awarded soon. We expect to begin the Westfall project in the fall... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Ethics Complaint Politically Motivated, Supervisor Says

LEHMAN — Township Supervisor Rob Rohner, supervisors were notified this month that a township resident filed a confidential complaint to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission. Rohner spoke after a regular township meeting held last week at the township building on Municipal Drive. According to Rohner, who is also the Lehman Township Secretary Treasurer/Office Manager, the commission subpoenaed some records already.

The complaint named Supervisor John Sivick, who is also Roadmaster and Director of the Lehman Township Dept. of Public Works (DPW).
Sivick said in an interview that the person filing the complaint was a DPW employee who retired in 2014. He said that he believes the complaint is without merit. He said that he believes that it is a disgruntled former employee, but that such persons have a right to file complaints. Sivick said, “I believe this is a politically motivated effort to discredit me and derail my 2017 re-election bid. There is no substance to these allegations.”

Rohner said, “The preliminary investigation started in January and the formal investigation started in March. The township is cooperating 100 percent with the investigation. We have been subpoenaed for payroll records [going back a few years for the DPW road crew].”

Sivick said, “This is my 23rd year as a township employee, 22 of them as a department head. I am doing nothing unethical now and have done nothing unethical in those years. There is no wrongdoing. I believe it is a political ploy. I have not retained an attorney yet... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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