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Issue 9 — Thursday, October 1, 2015

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MILFORD — Although it has been publishing much, much longer, the Pike County Dispatch has been the newspaper of record for the County of Pike for more than 40 years. That means the Dispatch is the place to go to find out about public meetings, estate notices, bids, public hearings, real estate sales and transactions, and Sheriff sales.

The Pike County Commissioners listed the Dispatch as an official newspaper for legal notices during their opening meeting of 2014, and once again, during their annual reorganization meetings on the first business day of the New Year, most of the other municipalities in Pike County followed suit. So far, Milford and Matamoras Boroughs, and Westfall, Dingman, Delaware, Shohola, Blooming Grove. Milford and Lehman Townships have made it their business to have the Dispatch as an official newspaper.

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Founded as the Eagle of the North, it has been in continuous operation reporting news and covering local events since 1826. It is, and always has been, the mainstay in keeping the local citizenry informed. Today, subscribers are as far afield as California and Florida

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Settlers Hospitality Group To Acquire Ehrhardt’s Resort

HAWLEY — The Genzlinger and Ehrhardt families announced that The Settlers Hospitality Group would acquire Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort in late October or early November 2015. The Genzlinger family has owned and operated The Settlers Inn in Hawley for more than 35 years, and more recently, along with family member John Shuman, have established a collection of local hospitality and lifestyle businesses including Ledges Hotel, the Hawley Silk Mill, Cocoon Coffee House, Mill Market and Lake Region Fitness.

They will purchase Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, a third-generation family business on Lake Wallenpaupack, from co-owners Eric and Craig Ehrhardt. “In today’s world so many businesses sell because they have to. We’re selling because we think this the right thing to do for our family and our staff,” said Eric Ehrhardt. “This is a win-win for the local economy as it represents growth in the hospitality industry as well as more employment opportunities for local people.”

Managing Partner Justin Genzlinger, whose parents, Grant and Jeanne, opened The Settlers Inn at its current location on Main Avenue in 1980, says, “We are excited to combine our families’ expertise, with more than 100 years of Northern Pocono hospitality experience, to create the premier boutique lodging, wedding and restaurant group in the region.”

The newly formed hospitality group will keep all of the Ehrhardt family – Craig, Sue, Ashley, Steve and Eric – in key management positions. In addition, the current staff will remain intact. The Genzlingers have long supported revitalization efforts in downtown Hawley. The acquisition of Ehrhardt’s creates a bridge between Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack, and provides a family-friendly lakefront experience to their guests.

“We are doubling our lodging units and amenities, tripling our wedding and event business while expanding our restaurant group to the family friendly market,” adds Justin... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Pike Reps. Plead To Release Emergency Funding

HARRISBURG — State representatives whose districts include Pike County last week urged Gov. Wolf to release critical state funding to schools and human service agencies. Both Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Pike/Wayne) and Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) joined the House majority in passing an emergency funding bill that would allow state and federal dollars to flow to state operations that are in desperate need of funding.

“We are in our third month of this budget impasse, which is now becoming historic for many reasons. First, the governor vetoed the entire on-time, balanced budget offered to him by the Legislature. Now, our state’s human service agencies are being forced to take drastic measures in order to secure financing to continue their operations,” Peifer said.

“The state has the necessary funding, and at this point, the only person authorized to release it is Gov. Tom Wolf. Rescuing these agencies that serve our most vulnerable citizens is the responsible thing to do.”

The funding includes state appropriations amounting to $11 billion, retroactively to July 1 and carrying through to Oct. 31. The emergency funding bill also allows $24.3 billion in federal dollars to reach their intended recipients, and PHEAA grants and county child welfare funding will be disbursed at 50 percent.

“The emergency funding bill … essentially would provide funding for struggling schools and agencies in our state until a final budget is approved,” Brown said. “This is our third attempt to get state funding to the people who need it the most. It could very easily be at least another month, or more, before a full budget plan is negotiated and passed, which is why it’s important that we get a portion of the funding to them now. It is very frustrating that the governor continues to block this.”

Brown explained that this emergency funding issue is beginning to hit home. The following entities have reported they will each be in trouble in the coming weeks and months without state funding: Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, Christian Awareness Ministries Ecumenical Food Pantry, Monroe County Meals on Wheels, Safe Haven of Pike County, and many more human service agencies... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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