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Issue 19 — Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Unification Church
Might Be Eyeing
B. Grove Property

By Jessica Cohen

LORDS VALLEY — Two Blooming Grove properties are headed for significant transitions, according to Township Supervisor Chair Nick Mazza. The direction of a property owned by Kahr Arms is not yet clear, but the Unification Sanctuary, which has a family connection to Kahr Arms' owner, is on the planning board schedule on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. The Unification Sanctuary has a location in Newfoundland and drew attention with their enthusiasm for AR-15 rifles and their crowns made with bullets.
"They're [Unification Sanctuary] coming before the planning board with a proposal for a Kahr Arms property," Mazza said. "I don't know if they'll bring attorneys or engineers."
The other property in transition is the former Bagel Barn on Route 739. The owners of Carini Ristorante, across the street, purchased it to make it a restaurant and café, Mazza said. "They're getting permits to build an addition," he said.


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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.

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Community House Part Of Tree-Lighting

MILFORD — The annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday at the Community House on Broad Street in Milford Borough attracted a handsome crowd drawn by many attractions, the hoopla, the food tent, tree lighting, toy trains, motorcycle brigade, Santa, etc.
For decades until a few years ago, the lighting of the Star at the Knob overlooking Milford paired with the tree lighting.
A few years ago, when the National Park Service, which owns the property on which the star was located, prevented the star lighting for reasons of "political correctness," the Community House celebration excluded the star lighting.
Under the late Commissioner Gerry Hansen's watch in the mid 1990s, the ceremony was renamed Festival of Lights, run by the Milford Business Council in partnership with the Pike Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, and the Pike County Commissioners.
A few years ago, Milford Presents took over the mantle of organizing the event from the council and renamed it the Tree Lighting ceremony (sans the star lighting).
This year, for the first time, the annual celebration included events inside the newly renovated Community House, now home to multiple community-service organizations, such as the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Visitors Center, and Greater Pike Foundation.
Usually, the event started at dusk, but this year it started in daylight mid-afternoon inside the center, where the organizers hosted a display of antique toy trains brought by hobbyists Tom Keegan and Jim Monaghan.
Meanwhile, Milford Presents organizers Adrianne Wendell, chamber administrators Lee Ann Camarero and Tammy Savarese, and volunteers took visitors for a tour of the Community House and offered cookies, coffee, hot chocolate, and refreshments until dusk.
At dusk, event Master of Ceremonies, Milford Presents Board member Katrina Foster (owner of KKPR), introduced Ding-Del Children's Choir Director Brian Krauss and the choir and welcomed the crowd.
The choir kicked off the outdoor event with a medley of holiday songs. Krauss has been leading his team of kids at the annual lighting celebration for close to two decades.......For more information pick up a copy at a local vendor or subscribe.





Sewer Extension Panned At Borough

MILFORD — The Milford Borough Council passed a no-tax-hike budget on Monday with little discussion, but pressure to spend $37,000 on the borough's cost-share of a study to determine the viability of a shared central sewage system with Milford and Westfall Townships roused conflict.
Since the issue has been discussed for years, Councilwoman Meagen Kameen said that the urgency of the other municipalities resulted from a development planned in Milford Township. She was reluctant to have the borough spend the money now when a grant application could generate funds for the study in May.
In the audience, others opposed a central sewage system that Frank Tarquinio, council president, said would likely result in a requirement that residents make use of it.
"Hooking up to the system would cost $10,000-$15,000," said Jon Kameen, Meagen's husband. "My septic system is good. I don't want to be told I must change."
Although Tarquinio conceded that short-term effects would be "painful," he insisted on the necessity of it. "Every year we get many applications to redo septic systems," he said. "For the long term, we must do this."
Councilwoman Adriane Wendell noted that lack of a central sewer system limited commercial possibilities. Mayor Sean Strub said the change is "inevitable."
"Milford and Westfall are going ahead, even if we don't," he said. "It's expensive to do on our own. The need has been identified again and again. It's best to do this when we have partners."....For more information pick up a copy at a local vendor or subscribe.




Twp. Begins Process Extending
Commercial Sewers To Milford


By Ken Baumel

WESTFALL — On Monday, Westfall Township supervisors approved an ordinance authorizing the township to enter into an inter-municipal agreement with Milford Township and Milford Borough for a sewer line to serve commercial property owners in Westfall, Milford Township, and Milford Borough along the Route 6/209 corridor from Walmart into the borough.
Westfall Supervisors approved the ordinance at a hearing held right before the township regular meeting held on Monday at the township building. The other municipalities would also have to approve an applicable ordinance in compliance to state guidelines.
The underground sewer line now originates from the Westfall General Authority plant on the Delaware River, adjacent to Best Western Inn at Hunts Landing. It runs along Route 6/209 to Walmart.
The ordinance authorizes the township to work with Milford Township and Milford Borough to evaluate the feasibility of installing the sewer-line extension to move sewer effluent along the Route 6/209 corridor to the Westfall Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
WWTP has excess capacity to treat additional sewage collected via the extension. The Westfall Municipal Authority, which oversees the plant, would evaluate the projected effluent flow rate, estimate cost for constructing the extension, and estimate potential future flow-rate increases as the corridor develops economically.
The evaluation would check if the project is financially sustainable to the township and would not be a financial burden to Westfall property owners.
Part of the evaluation would determine how the extension would be implemented, how the extension would serve properties, which entity would bill Milford Township and Milford Borough customers, and find a common billing system.
A feasibility study and regional Act 537 Plan should be funded by grants and determine if the project is feasible.
Pike Commissioner and former Milford Borough Council Chairman Osterberg said in an interview on Tuesday that the proposed extension line should ideally serve the borough to the Dimmick Inn on Broad Street, and Belle Reve on one end of East Harford Street to the end of West Harford Street.
The study should determine if the line could go to the Upper Mill and to just outside the Borough, to Apple Valley Village.
The next step after ordinance passage is for each municipality to adopt an inter-municipal agreement, according to Westfall Solicitor Bob Bernathy





















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