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Issue 4 — Thursday, August 27, 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.

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Election Lawyers Lock Horns
In Pike DA Ballot Showdown

MILFORD — A lawyer representing five Democratic petitioners who are seeking to knock incumbent District Attorney Ray Tonkin off their ballot and Tonkin’s election lawyer sparred at the Pike County Board of Elections’ special meeting held on Monday. The board held a special meeting to hear an argument presented by petitioners’ lawyer Bill Jones of Scranton that the board should immediately file a notification letter to the Pike County Democratic Committee acknowledging that Tonkin is off the ballot based on a 2014 federal Supreme Court decision about the inviolability of state and local election-law calendars.

Jones declared, “Tonkin did not follow the law. He can’t change the election code.” He said that the code refers to Pennsylvania’s Election code on Election-year calendars, and Pike County’s published Election-year calendar that is published in compliance to state code. Jones said, “The federal decision is clear that local election boards cannot change timetables of such published calendar dates once a filing deadline is missed.”

Jones contended that Tonkin missed a Pennsylvania and Pike filing deadline to pay a $100 fee to the board, due by write-in candidates, at latest by the 85th day before General Election day, which was Aug. 10. Jones noted that Tonkin also missed filing related affidavits that typically must be submitted with the fee. Tonkin’s lawyer, Lawrence M. Otter of Silverdale, Pa., objected to Jones’ line of reasoning. He noted that the Democratic petitioners were obligated to make two filings and that they missed a filing deadline.

One filing is a Petition Objection appeal to the Pike County Court of Common Pleas, and the other is a petition to the election board to take action directly instead of via the Court of Common Pleas. The board convened the special meeting in response to petitioners’ call for board action. Otter said that the petitioners filed the court petition in a timely way, but missed the board filing deadline for petitions of Aug. 17 by one day.

Otter said, “I have yet to see a date-stamped copy of the court petition that was received by the Board of Elections. That is an absolutely necessary process. Therefore, based on Pennsylvania Election law, missing either deadline derails the entire petition process... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Vietnam Pilot And ‘Huey’ Reunite At Milford Legion

MILFORD — In a moment of living history, an Army pilot during the Vietnam War and his Huey helicopter were reunited Friday on the lawn outside the Milford American Legion. “I teared up when I came up on it; this was my aircraft for 10 months of my tour,” said Capt. Larry Uzzell of the 68th Top Tiger Tails, who visited the Legion to see the UH-1H “Huey” that he last flew in July 1970.

The ‘copter was donated to the Marsch-Kellogg Legion post in 2000 and has stood on the lawn along Route 2001 ever since. “The Huey was a beautiful machine, very forgiving,” said Uzzell, who was attending a pilots’ reunion event in Washington, D.C. and made a side trip up to Milford to see the aircraft and meet with Vietnam veterans and other Post members. Uzzell first sat in the cockpit and posed for pictures, then got out and walked toward the tail of the aircraft.

When he saw the number 15544 on the tail, he said, “I’m not sure about this, mine was Number 543.” Later he went around the helicopter looking for another identifying marker and he and Marsch-Kellogg Post Commander Rich Diaz found a stenciled 15543 inside the door on the pilot’s side of the cockpit, confirming that this indeed was his whirlybird.

Diaz, who was on convoy escort duty with the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam and was medivacked from Ben Hoe in a similar Huey, asked Uzzell if that could have been on his ship, but Uzzell, who was with the 68th Assault Helicopter Company, said his craft was a maintenance helicopter that mainly flew field fixes or went to Saigon for parts. Later the 15543 was turned into a rescue ship and it still has a large Red Cross on its nose and tail as it sits outside the Legion.

When Uzzell flew it had the more risqué nose art of a naked lady and a growling tiger, which was repeated on the snazzy cap Uzzell wore to the reunion... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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