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Issue 20 — Thursday, December 18, 2014
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More Than
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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.

So make it your business to keep up with all the news in Pike to print, including official business and legal notices from your town.

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Since 1826

The Pike County Dispatch is not only Pike County's largest circulation weekly newspaper, it is also the oldest.

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

The Dispatch has covered the historic events that have shaped Pike County for almost as long as that history has been in the making.

Over the years, hometown news has shared pages with national and world events, and world events were sometimes right here in Pike County, Pennsylvania.

Its pages carry news of joy and sorrow, homespun advice, births, deaths, marriages, spats, feuds, political controversy, scandals, murders, heists, social affairs, dedications--in short, all the news in Pike to print.

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Town Treasurer Accused Of Embezzling $222,000

LACKAWAXEN — Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced on Monday that they arrested and charged 54-year-old former Lackawaxen Township Secretary/Treasurer Shawn Marie Roe of raiding the township General Fund of at least $222,242 for her benefit between 2003 and 2013.

PSP Blooming Grove Barracks Station Chief Lt. Christopher Paris and case Investigating Officer Mark Pizzutti and Township Solicitor Tony Waldron briefed the public about the ongoing investigation that led to Roe’s arrest at a press conference held at the Lackawaxen Township building during the regular township meeting on Monday.

Paris and Pizzutti reported that PSP arrested Roe on Wednesday, Dec. 10. She was arraigned at District Justice Alan Cooper’s court on Little Walker Road in Shohola and remanded to the Pike County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. She has subsequently posted bail.

PSP charged Roe with the following felonies: Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received, Access Device Fraud, Criminal Use of Communication Facility, and Unlawful Use of Computer. Paris and Pizzutti said that Roe had been cooperating in answering questions.

Supervisors hired Roe in 2000. The police report stated that supervisors started flagging problems in 2007 when they authorized Waldron to issue a letter of reprimand to Roe for her failure to provide meeting agendas for regular meetings and for her not providing monthly financial statements to supervisors.

In summer 2013, supervisors confronted Roe about other issues. Supervisor Rich Krochta said that he believed Roe paid herself for overtime and mileage reimbursements to which she was not entitled.

Also that summer, Krochta, Supervisor Bob Cocchi, and Supervisor Brian Stuart asked Roe for township financial statements from 2011 and 2012 that supervisors needed as part of a township grant application to a Pennsylvania agency. When she would not produce the documents, they fired her in mid-September for not performing her duties and for the overtime and mileage irregularities.

Supervisors asked Roe to return the township laptop. Roe returned the laptop, but with all files erased. The police complaint noted that the township computer tech recovered some files and one of them was instructions on how to “clear a QuickBooks audit trail... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Educator And Community Volunteer Jay Tucker
Announces Campaign For Pike County Commissioner

MILFORD — Dingman Township resident Jay Tucker has announced he will be a candidate for Pike County Commissioner in the upcoming Democratic primary in May 2015. Incumbent Democratic Commissioner Karl Wagner has announced he will not be seeking reelection.

Speaking at the Pike County Democratic Committee’s holiday party at the Blooming Grove Township Firehouse, Tucker cited three areas that would be his priorities if elected Commissioner.

“We need greater accountability in county government, an increased focus on effectively delivering human services and a serious economic development effort to create jobs in Pike County. But most of all, we need fresh leadership with a vision for our future; my entire career has been about bringing people together, creating teams to work towards shared goals. I’m looking forward to doing that with residents from every corner of Pike County.”

Tucker retired in 2012 as head of the Counseling Department in the Delaware Valley School District, where he had worked for more than 30 years. He is a nationally recognized expert in academic financial aid programs, noting, “I’m proud that over the course of three decades, I helped hundreds of Pike County students secure many millions of dollars in financial aid, enabling them to realize their academic ambitions.”

In recent years, Delaware Valley School District was recognized as one of the best in the nation by the Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report and the College Board. The determination was made in large part based on the expansion and and improvement of the school’s Advanced Placement (AP) enrollments and completion rates, a program Tucker helped develop and coordinate.

During his tenure at Delaware Valley, it expanded from one AP class with five students to 24 AP courses with over 1,000 students enrolled.

Tucker has a long history of community service in Pike County. He was member of the Pike County Children and Youth Advisory Board of Directors, president of the Human Services Inter-Agency Council, and a past member of the board of directors of the Church of the Good Shepherd & St. John’s Episcopal Church in Milford... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Twin Cedars Founders Had Early Vision Of Assisted Living

SHOHOLA — The late Twin Cedars Senior Living facility co-founder Bruce Harding and his wife Linda followed their dream of pioneering a user-friendly senior healthcare facility when they could not find such a facility for Linda’s grandmother. Linda and those who knew Bruce reflected on the outcome of the dream last week at one of Harding’s memorial services, held at Twin Cedars, on Little Walker Road, Shohola, and in interviews. He died on Dec. 3, following an accidental fall down a stairwell in his home, near Twin Cedars in Shohola, according to Linda.

Linda said that the germ of an idea to launch a new concept in senior assisted living started in 1970, when the couple grappled with the difficult issue of where to place Linda’s grandmother Jenny Otto, who then required skilled nursing home care. The Hardings visited multiple facilities in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and other states to find the right one for Jenny. The Hardings, who were living in Indiana in the early 1970s, could not find one. So, they coached Linda’s parents long distance on how to take care of Jenny until her death years later.

Since Linda became a certified registered nurse in Pennsylvania in 1965, while Bruce was a nursing home administrator, the couple was aware of prevailing standards at nursing homes and assisted living centers. Linda said that in the 1970s, state laws were not as strict as today. Then, understanding the needs of patients, client programming, facility lighting, visitations, and outside trips were either non-existent or much scaled down compared to healthcare facility standards required today.

Linda said that Bruce saw one facility in Northeast Pennsylvania that was so dark, with only a small bare light bulb in a dark room, where clients sat all day in one seat, drooling, and staring off into space. After that visit and after the Hardings began documenting their coaching regimen, they began brainstorming ideas for opening their own facility. The full commitment took time because they had to weigh the financial and career logistics of leaving their jobs, investing in a facility, and working full time at their own facility.

By the 1980s, Linda said, “We knew what kind of a facility we wanted and what services would work for clients. We networked with our attorney Art Ridley, Milford banker Bill Kerstetter, and others. They encouraged us to develop a plan.

“We knew that we could do a better job of taking care of people than what we had seen…Originally, we wanted to build a nursing home, but felt strongly that God was leading us in another direction. That direction turned out to be building an assisted living center, where people could have more mobility than a nursing home (where clients would be more institutionalized)... for complete story get this week's issue.


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