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Issue 43— Thursday, May 28, 2015

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Pike Veggie Grower
Promises 200 Jobs
At Hydroponic Plant

GREENTOWN —All Fresh Farms, LLC, an indoor hydroponic production and packaging operation that specializes in growing lettuce mixes, kales, and basil, will establish a new facility in Greene Township, Pike County, a move that is expected to create at least 200 new jobs within three years.

Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg, who is chairman of the Pike County Economic Development Authority, said that the plant could be in operation by Sept. 1 with 70 jobs openings to start, paying $12 to $15. The existing building they will occupy is near Route 390, about 8 miles from I-84, he said.

“The innovation and technology are incredible,” Osterberg said. In keeping with the food industry trend, the salad mixes will be grown completely indoors. He said that is good for the environment because herbicides and pesticides won’t be necessary in the controlled environment inside a building.

“Today’s announcement of 200 new jobs coming to Pike County is another huge win for Pennsylvania,” Gov. Tom Wolf said last Thursday. “All Fresh Farms chose the commonwealth as the best location to support their business over other sites outside of the state.”

All Fresh Farms has purchased a 50,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres located at 115 Mozzette Road in Greene Township. The company plans to invest more than $3.4 million at the new site, with plans to double the size of the facility within the first five years of operation. In addition, All Fresh Farms has also pledged to create at least 200 new jobs over the next three years... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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.

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Luna Parc Event Inspires Film Fest Sculptors

MONTAGUE, N.J. — This past Sunday, Luna Parc, an artistically designed estate created and owned by Ricky Boscarino, in Montague, held the 2015 Black Bear Pickup, where 10 selected artists picked up assigned prefabricated bears to be decorated to promote the upcoming 2015 Black Bear Film Festival.

On hand were the last remaining original co-founders of the Black Bear Film Festival, Ricky Boscarino and Jerry Beaver, who were beaming with excitement over the “kick-off” to the 16th Annual Black Bear Film Festival in Milford this October. One of the artists, Brett McLain, is taking a bear back to his studio, Freehand Custom Carvings in Freehold, to begin the sculpting process. It is McLain’s first year participating in the Black Bear Film Festival. He typically works with large-scale wood sculpture and, separately, oil paint on refurbished paneling. McLain is primarily known for doing chainsaw sculptures of, ironically, bears.

Born to a painter mother and a logging/woodworking father, McLain will be combining both traits as painter and sculptor for his version of the black bear... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Gaughan Wins Republican Primary;
Tonkin Takes Democrat Write-Ins

MILFORD — “It ain’t over till it’s over,” might be the theme of 2015’s race for Pike County district attorney. It was nip and tuck on election night but challenger Kelly Gaughan (2168) finally slipped by incumbent DA Ray Tonkin (1978) by 190 votes in the Republican Primary.

Tonkin said last Tuesday, “I am waiting for the Democratic write-in votes then we will see if it goes to the November General Election.”

Well, according to the Friday, May 22 canvass of the vote, it turns out Tonkin garnered 465 Democrat write-ins to Gaughan’s 351, making him eligible to appear on the Democrat ballot in November.

Now Tonkin, who is a member of the Pike County Republican Committee, has to decide if he wants to run on the Democrat side of the ballot to keep his job. Doing that would mean that registered Republicans voting in November couldn’t press the button for a straight GOP ticket, but would have to jump over to another ballot line to vote for Tonkin. One of his advisers said last week that Tonkin is going to take a couple of weeks to think the move over.... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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