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Issue 38 — Thursday, April 20, 2017


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Official Paper 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.

Look for the Pike County Dispatch at local news dealers, and read all about it!

State Trooper Describes Pain Inflicted By Sniper's Bullets

MILFORD — State Trooper Alex Douglass could no longer check his emotions on Monday at the Pike County Courthouse as Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin asked him to talk about his recovery from a sniper bullet that went through his body, which he said "disintegrated" his rectum and right hip, shattered his femur and led to 18 surgeries and painful infections in his back, lower spine and hip.

"I have severe burning in my rectum. It's like taking a serrated knife, sticking it in there and twisting it," said Douglass as his voice broke and he would wipe away tears after taking a few moments to regain his composure. "I was a solid 180 pounds and I got down to 135 pounds from the infections. I have to regain my strength and build my upper body back up.

"I'm going back to cross-fit, which is what I like to do. It's not what it used to be. I'm trying to get there and trying to get back."

Douglass was the final witness called for the day by the prosecution in the trial of Eric Frein, charged in the murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson and the attempted murder charges for wounding Douglass on Sept. 12, 2014 at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. Frein, who faces 12 counts, could serve a life sentence or get the death penalty if convicted.

It was a day loaded with testimony from ballistics and firearms expert Frederick Dressler of the ATF, a total review of the 48 days Frein was on the run by state Game Commissioner map designer Danny Jones, and computer crimes experts talking about electronic files Frein had on matters related to the shooting. Then, Douglass spoke before a riveted courtroom about his horrific night as he faced away from Frein throughout his 45-minute testimony.

Frein looked at Douglass without showing any emotion... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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