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Issue 25 — Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Democrat Guccini
Seeks 2nd Term As
Pike Commissioner


MILFORD — Steve Guccini of Greentown announced he is running for re-election on the Democratic party ticket as Pike County Commissioner. He is currently serving in his first term in that position, having been elected in 2015.
Committed to innovation and bi-partisan solutions, Guccini's efforts focus on:
• Building a competent and helpful workforce
• Increased training, salaries and benefits
• Forming an opioid task force and holding major drug companies accountable
• Transform the County's infrastructure
Already, he has been instrumental in working to:
• Increase services
• Expanded County transportation system for seniors and those with disabilities.
• Two new senior centers - Matamoras and Lehman Township.
• Retain and adequately compensate County employees
Guccini is a lifelong Pike County resident and is a member of St. Veronica's Catholic Church in Greentown where he serves as a lector and eucharistic minister. He is the President of the United Way of Pike County and is a founding member of the Northeast Citizens Review Panel. He previously practiced law in Pike County and was an Assistant District Attorney for 12 years, where he headed the child abuse task force, an Assistant Public Defender for 4 years and was a Guardian for neglected and abused children for 13 years. He is on the advisory boards of the Area Agency on Aging, Children and Youth Services, Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services and the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Board.


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!

Police Headquarters Moving To Westfall

WESTFALL — Eastern Pike Regional Police (EPRP) are planning to move to the Westfall Township building as soon as the lease expires at their current Matamoras Borough Hall headquarters, according to Westfall Township supervisors.
Westfall supervisors discussed the relocation, anticipated to take place later this year, at last week's regular township meeting held at the township building on Delaware Drive.
Westfall Supervisor Bob Melvin asked and got support from the other supervisors that the board would not renew the Borough Hall lease agreement.
Since the Borough Council and Westfall board must agree for the lease to be renewed, if one party does not agree, the renewal cannot take place, according to Westfall Solicitor Robert Bernathy.
Supervisors directed Bernathy to draft a letter informing the Borough Council of Westfall's decision. EPRP Chief Chad Stewart indicated at the meeting that his department wants to move its headquarters as soon as possible.
EPRP chiefs had previously indicated to Westfall and Matamoras municipal officials that the department had outgrown Borough Hall and wanted modifications to the building. EPRP chiefs and the council members have discussed those concerns, but the council has not agreed on options satisfactory to council members or the two EPRP chiefs........For more information pick up a copy at a local vendor or subscribe.



DV School Board Discusses Plan
For Junior ROTC, HS Rifle Team


By Wayne Witkowski

WESTFALL — Delaware Valley School District is moving forward to establish a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).
That idea moved closer to reality during a Delaware Valley School District Board of Directors workshop last week. Parents, local police, retired New York City police officers and military veterans numbered among the gathering that packed the district administration building meeting room, many pledging their support.
Retired U.S. Navy Cdr. Andrew Will, who has taught at the War College, spoke about the Naval Junior ROTC program that he heads at Middletown High School, which has grown to 135 students since it began in 1987.
In tandem with that idea, the board also discussed the prospects of starting an interscholastic rifle team.
Will said that "the only way to get your foot in the door" to a full Junior ROTC is to start with the National Defense Cadet Corps for a few years. He said the start-up cost runs around $150,000.
Will said Junior ROTC can be affiliated with any of the branches of the military but must have two officers from that branch as instructors at the high school. Even when certified by that branch of the military, the military does not reimburse the salaries for Junior ROTC instructors.
"I'm amazed, They've got a real commitment (from the public) here," said Will, praising the show of support from district Superintedent John Bell, who stressed that plans "are in the very early stages."
He explained to the gathering the ROTC originated before World War I as a way to produce trained leaders for the military toward the building war effort.
"Junior ROTC has been around in high schools since 1964," he said. "It focuses on citizen development, character development and life after high school. It's not a tactical program. They're not trying to recruit kids but to show the career values of a military lifestyle."...
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Shared Garbage Truck Needs Replacing

By Ken Baumel

MATAMORAS — The nine-year-old garbage truck used to pick up trash in Matamoras and Milford Boroughs has racked up enough miles that it should be replaced.
Matamoras Borough Councilman and Public Works Committee Chairman Dayne "Dee" Losee dropped the replacement bomb at the first regular council meeting of the year held at Borough Hall last week. He said, "We need a new truck soon. We need the biggest they make."
Since Matamoras owns the current truck, the borough would buy a replacement truck, likely to be new. Losee estimated that a new truck would likely cost from $250,000 to $275,000.
Losee said that the truck required for the twice-a-week pick-schedule must be sturdy and large. Even with cost sharing, the replacement would be a hefty chunk of change, noted Losee. Ideally, Matamoras would cost-share the purchase with Milford Borough, if Milford council members agree to continue the arrangement.
Council President Joe Sain said, "Since we have a contract with Milford [to share the cost], we should price out a truck and get ready on paper [to discuss the issue with Milford]."
Sain asked about the cost of a new truck. Losee estimated that the new truck could be amortized over five years, which would cost slightly more than $50,000 a year.
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