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Issue 47— Thursday, June 25, 2015


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More Than
Forty Years

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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The Voice Of Pike County
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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Former Commissioner Charged With
Brandishing Gun At Ambulance

MILFORD — Former Pike County Commissioner Harry Forbes was issued a disorderly conduct citation for allegedly brandishing a handgun at an ambulance as he passed it in his vehicle on Route 6 in Carbondale Township last December. State Trooper William Shamnoski said that the two crewmen aboard the Waymart ambulance called state police and Forbes was pulled over later in Wayne County.

Jordan Thompson, 25, the driver of the ambulance, said he and attendant Michael Chapman, 24, were returning to Waymart after taking a patient to the hospital, when Forbes came up behind him on the Casey Highway.

“I’m not gonna lie. He scared the **** out of me,” Thompson said. “I did nothing wrong. He was in the passing lane so I moved over to the slow lane. I looked over and he was waving his hands.”

When Forbes got in front of them, Thompson said, “All of a sudden he was waving the gun between the headrests.”

He said his partner took a picture of the license plate and then they called state police on the 9-1-1 radio.

“We pick up people who get shot by people like him. We have no vests; we can’t defend ourselves,” Thompson said. “People need to know this can’t be happening.”

The incident occurred on Dec. 31, 2014, which would have been Forbes’ last day as director of former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Northeast Regional office in Scranton. Two years before, a state employee who filed a whistleblower complaint about a fellow employee who seldom showed up to work stated in a lawsuit that Forbes, while working for Corbett, looked into the whistleblower’s claims and allegedly carried a handgun to work, despite policies prohibiting it. Forbes worked in the same office as the whistleblower, but was not employed by the Dept. of Community and Economic Development, the whistleblower’s employer.

The whistleblower, Matthew P. Domines, told the Scranton Times in August 2012 that he feared he might be “physically attacked” by Forbes and the target of his complaint. Shamnoski, who now works at the state police training academy, but was with Troop R at the time of Forbes’ summons, said that Forbes, [as per Title 18 of the Pa. crimes code, section 5503 (a) (1), disorderly conduct] “with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, engaged in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior, to wit defendant displayed his handgun to the victims as he passed them in his vehicle.”

Status information about the case in the court of Magisterial District Judge Sean McGraw is classified as “awaiting plea” as of June 2... for complete story, get this week's issue.


Hall Of Famers From The Halls Of DV

WESTFALL — If there were a Hall of Fame for Delaware Valley graduating classes, the Class of 2015 would be in it. They were so outstanding that they will go down as among the truly great classes in Delaware Valley history, according to DV School District Superintendent John Bell.

Bell spoke at the 2015 Commencement, held at the DV campus in Westfall Township last Friday. Bell should know a little about setting the bar high and accomplishing goals. As a youth, he set two major goals in his life, to become a school superintendent and to officiate in the Little League World Series. He realized both goals two years ago. So, when Bell says a class is special, that carries an extra punch.

Bell encouraged the graduating seniors to “Dream big dreams of all the things you want to do in life, develop a plan to turn your dreams into goals, work as hard as you can to achieve your goals, and don’t listen to those who say you can’t achieve them.”

Both bleachers at Warrior Stadium were filled (and parking spilled over to the Wal-Mart superstore next door), with all on hand to share in the accomplishments and dreams of this outstanding class.

Director of Secondary Education Dr. James Purcell listed the many outstanding accomplishments (see sidebar).

In the student speeches, Salutatorian Tyler Williams set the tone for the graduating class’ culture of excellence. He said, “I would like to welcome you to the 59th annual Graduation Olympics. Today’s contestants are the 2015 graduating class, the teachers, the families, and everyone else in the audience.

“I moved to DVSD from the Stroudsburg SD in the fourth grade. I was leaving a highly accredited school district for one I had never even heard of. I was sure that Delaware Valley could not compete with Stroudsburg’s standing, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

“Delaware Valley is one of the greatest schools in the nation. It has pushed me to my maximum capabilities, provided an unmatched level of education, and many of the greatest experiences of my life. So thanks Mom and Dad for forcing me to move... for complete story, get this week’s issue.

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