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Issue 50 — Thursday, July 17, 2014

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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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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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Motorcade Rolls To ‘Wall Of Remembrance’

MATAMORAS — More than 100 motorcycles thundered through Milford to Matamoras Saturday morning, starting off the ceremonies highlighting the Wall of Remembrance, which lists the names of almost 11,000 people who lost their lives during 9-11 and its aftermath.

The procession, led by Eastern Pike Regional Police and Pike County Sheriff Phil Bueki on his Harley, started at the Milford American Legion Post 139 and ended at Matamoras Memorial Park and Educational Center. Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of Pocono Mountain (CVMA) led by Commander Rich Diaz escorted the riders on the 10-mile trek which began at 8:46 a.m., the same time the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The event hosted by VetStock was a way to bring healing to families that lost a loved one when the United States was attacked by terrorists. The almost 100-foot wall displayed each of the names of those lost including photographs of the time frame beginning in 1983 when the US was attacked in Beirut to 9-11 and the Boston Marathon. Also listed are American troops killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This wall represents a lot of souls who gave themselves to protect our country and innocents,” said VetStock President and Vietnam combat veteran Tom Ryan.

The wall was built and funded by U.S. Marine David Brown, a combat veteran, and founder Richard “J.R.” Nichols in 2011 for the 10-year remembrance of 9/11 and was meant to be displayed once but due to a large public response to continue displaying it, the two men agreed and have a goal to bring to towns within a 50 mile radius of any name listed on the wall.

It was the 44th stop in the United States, which almost did not come to fruition after a portion of the wall was destroyed due to heavy rains and strong winds when it was on display at Pocono Raceway prior to its trip to Pike County. Through donations and help by citizens, the wall was repaired and back on the road again... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Former Ump Now Calls Plays In Justice Court

BUSHKILL — No other county District Justice (DJ) in the area followed the path to office taken by DJ Paul Menditto. Menditto said that he knows of no other DJ who served as township supervisor and certified umpire [for youth and adult softball and baseball leagues] and referee [for youth soccer] leagues. Menditto credits those pursuits as a training ground for the demanding role of making decisions in the courtroom that affects the lives of those who come to court.

Menditto since January has been presiding in Pike County District Court as DJ serving Delaware, Lehman, and Porter Townships. Previously, Menditto was Lehman Township supervisor for 11 years. Since the 1990s, he also worked as a certified Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) referee and umpire. According to Menditto, voting on major issues as a supervisor, having to make split-second decisions that affect the outcome of youth and adult athletic games, and a DJ ruling all rely on common sense, good judgment, and understanding the ground rules.

Supervisor boards are the place where the buck stops under Pennsylvania Commonwealth government structure, which defers a wider range of issues at the most local level. Before voting, a supervisor must frequently call on township codes, community-development by-laws; state health, safety, and welfare standards; emergency-response and disaster management, and other factors that would affect the day-to-day lives of residents, property owners, and others.

An umpire and referee must study the rulebooks and understand how to apply the rules to making a call on an athletic field that might affect the outcome of a game or season for kids, coaches, and parents. A DJ must discern the truth based on case law and other applicable laws and base a ruling on laws. In grey areas, a DJ must interpret the law to come up with the fairest decision, he noted.

According to Menditto, the decision-making dynamic in all three arenas is all about making the fair and right decision at crunch time. A DJ might recess a court session to refer case law, fact-find, or do other research to get to the truth. A supervisor might table a decision to fact-find, do research, or find an expert who can shed light on an issue. .. for complete story get this week's issue.

No Fools:
Delaware Township Opposes Penn DOT Pyrite Waste

DINGMANS FERRY — More than 70 people attended the Delaware Township meeting last Wednesday, July 9, many in response to a call to action by the online Facebook community “Pike County Alert System” regarding Penn DOT’s planned iron pyrite disposal in Delaware and Lehman Townships. According to Supervisor Chairman Tom Ryan, approximately two months ago, Penn DOT discovered pyrite in boreholes at one of their work sites in Lehman Township. They contacted state Rep. Rosemary Brown’s and state Sen. Lisa Baker’s offices regarding their desire to dump iron pyrite (aka fool’s gold) at their site in Delaware Township. At the June 25 workshop, the Board of Supervisors stated that they were against such dumping and would oppose the activity.

During the Public Comment period of the regular meeting, Supervisor Ryan gave an update on the situation. The Township Supervisors met with Penn DOT and were presented with their plan which included clear cutting their lot and building three “mountains” of material, reaching 65, 55, and 45 feet high, with another dump site on the Lehman Township line and a third in at another Penn DOT site in Lehman Township.
The material would come from reconstruction of parts of Route 2001 in Delaware and Lehman Townships. Pyrite is considered a hazardous material for disposal due to the formation of sulfuric acid when exposed to water, requiring capsulation and neutralization. Supervisor Ryan stated that at that meeting with Penn DOT, they took the position of being opposed to such a disposal site.

The acid also destabilizes road materials, leading to breakup of the surface. He continued on with the update, informing the public that the township solicitor, Thomas Farley, along with township engineers and Baker and Brown are all working on the situation to oppose the pyrite disposal in Delaware Township. In 2003, road construction on Skytop Mountain exposed pyrite near State College, PA. There, road construction continued with the pyritic sandstone as a road base and filler until metal-laden runoff was found only months later, halting construction and prompting remediation. Inclusions of cadmium sulfide and nickel-cobalt-arsenic minerals in pyrite were the source of the metals released by the acid-rock drainage (USGS, Open-File Report 2005-1148).

According to the Penn State website, “Subsequent efforts to contain the damage have so far cost more than $79 million (as of 2008).” However, according to Ryan, the State College site is “at 90” whereas the Lehman site is “at 5” in terms of pyrite, and aluminum and manganese are the more likely leachates from acid-rock drainage in this area according to the DEP... for complete story get this week's issue.

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