Questionnaire Seeks Input
For County Senior Services
MILFORD — Lana Romeo of the Pike County Area Agency (AAA) on aging spoke at the June 15 county commissioners meeting, and she highlighted Elder Justice Day and a new four-year State Plan on Aging that seeks input from local senior citizens.
The Third Annual Pike County Elder Justice Day was held Tuesday, June 21 at St. Vincent’s Parish Hall in Dingman Township.
Elder Justice Day offered presentations for anyone who is protecting their funds, family or loved ones so they could prevent Pike County seniors from abuse and exploitation. Romeo gave an alarming statistic of 120 elder abuse reports in the past year.
Speakers included District Attorney Ray Tonkin, Sheriff Phil Bueki and a Wells Fargo presentation on protecting your money. Free shingles vaccinations were provided after the presentations.
Romeo also presented information about the State Plan on Aging, which is developed from county AAA plans. In order to ensure that the Dept. of Aging provides adequate consideration of the Area Plans, final Area Plans are due by Aug. 1. The effective dates of the Area Plans are from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2020.
Anyone can fill out the AAA questionnaire to provide input for the four-year plan, whether it they seniors themselves, caregivers, homebound meal clients, or concerned citizens.
The questionnaire gauges concerns about senior services pertaining to financial issues, health care, medical insurance and prescription costs, affordable housing, transportation, nursing homes, power of attorney and volunteer opportunities.
You can download a PDF of the questionnaire at www.pikeaaa.org or call 570-775-5588... for complete story, get this week's paper.
Reward Now $15,000
For Tips On
Intentionally Set Wildfires
HARRISBURG — The state Bureau of Forestry last week announced an increase in the reward offered in its ongoing investigation of arson earlier this spring that scorched more than 8,000 acres of woodlands on the Monroe-Pike county line.
A reward totaling $15,000 now is being offered by the bureau for information leading to arrests and convictions in what investigators say were two fires intentionally set. Labeled the 16 Mile and Beartown fires, the wildfires were discovered April 20 and burned through May 2 in Delaware State Forest.
“A private landowner affected by the 16 Mile Fire is increasing his reward to $10,000, adding $5,000 to his already offered reward,” said Michael Kern, chief of the bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection. “Coupled with DCNR’s standing reward offer of $5,000, we’re hoping this increased annoymous donation will spur some new leads in our investigation.”
“Circumstances in both fires led us to an early conclusion that they were the result of arson,” Kern said. “Spanning almost two weeks and burning across about 8,700 acres, these fires put lives and property at major risk, which is of great concern to us.”
Cost has been set at $2 million for the wildfires in which more than 100 bureau personnel rotated in and out of fire scenes. Federal, state and local emergency and other personnel assisted, as well as a Smokey Bear Hotshot firefighting team from New Mexico. “Intentionally setting a wildfire is arson and we take that very seriously. We are asking anyone who may have information to come forward,” Kern said.
“Any information offered on anyone or anything suspicious observed in that area will be treated with utmost importance and strictest confidence.”
Information that could lead to the reward can be forwarded to bureau Special Investigator Terry Smith, 717-362-1472; firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling 570-895-4000. Anonymous tips also will be accepted but do not qualify for the reward... for complete story, get this week's paper.
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