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Issue 46 — Thursday, June 15, 2017
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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.

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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.

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Heat Is On At Delaware Valley Engineering Contest

WESTFALL — They weren't reinventing the wheel, but working to find a way to make it turn with an engine powered by a heat source. It was the project goal last Friday in the fourth annual Warrior Team Challenge at Delaware Valley High School's old gym. About 50 high school and middle school students in small team groups earnestly put together an array of items to build a functional steam engine powered by light candles in the Soda Can Engine Challenge. In a race against the clock resembling some television reality shows, the group had to research the idea on a laptop computer, assemble 30 available items ranging from toothpicks to plastic tubing, fishing line and steel wire and the wood to build the frame with 19 tools. They had to use a coke can engine or Stirling engine powered by four tea light candles.

Its heat eventually would rotate an output shaft serving as an axle to turn the wheel. The amount of times a wheel turns per minute went toward the winning score. Teams had to give a presentation and a demonstration to judges at the end of the five-hour event. Scoring included creative design, teamwork and, most importantly, how natural, renewable or recyclable materials are used in a "green" concept. In the only academically based invitational tournament hosted by Delaware Valley High School, the competition pitted two teams from Delaware Valley High School that included a team of 11th and 12th graders and a team of 9th and 10th graders, and squads from Wallenpaupack, North Pocono and Wyoming Valley West high schools. There also were three middle school teams from Dingman-Delaware Middle School, Wallenpaupack and North Pocono.

Delaware Valley organized its team from its high school engineering program that has four classes. Event judges were Delaware Valley alumnus Gene Ruzanski from Schoenagel & Schoenagel Eingineering and Land Surveying of Scranton; Ethan Mindrebo of McGoey, Hauser and Edsall Consulting Engineers with an office in Milford and Anca Pulis from nonprofit Air Soil Water. "It looks good. It's definitely a challenge," Pulis said while checking out team tables during the competition. "Some of the teams are a little more focused. They all show ideas they're working toward." Many students admitted it was a struggle to meet deadlines.

"It's going good. They're giving us (time) extensions. It's one of the harder challenges I've seen," said junior Harlan Muttee, who was on last year's Delaware Valley team that won the Warrior Engineering Invitational with a water filtration project. His team finished third this year and included seniors Nick Shi and Daniel Curtis and juniors Karoline Baranowski and Jacob Roccabruno... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Abuse Victim Awarded Bail In Fatal Shooting Of Husband
Gets To Join Family Before Sentencing

MILFORD — A domestic violence victim who ended up fatally shooting her husband during a New Year's Day confrontation in 2016 was released from county jail on $50,000 bail Friday. Jeanette Hughes, 47, had spent more than 17 months in Pike County jail as a model prisoner. She will now have a few months for "her family to go through some good things together," before she goes back to jail, according to her attorney, Michael Weinstein. Hughes was in Pike County Court last Thursday for a bail hearing before Judge Gregory Chelak. Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin said he anticipated Hughes would plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. A hearing on the guilty plea is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 29 in Pike County Court.

Weinstein asked Chelak to set bail at $25,000. Tonkin said that if the court were to grant bail, he wanted $125,000 and electronic monitoring, and that there be no alcohol or drugs in the living environment. Tonkin said a review of the case showed there were previous reports of domestic violence, and physical evidence (a bullet slug in the wall) of prior discharge of a weapon in the home on North Castle Drive in Westfall where the fatal shooting occurred. Hughes plans to live at the home of her mother, Elizabeth Seyer, where Hughes' three children have been living while their mom was incarcerated. Seyer was in court last week to vouch for her home being a good environment for Hughes while she gets things in order before going back to jail after she pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Weinstein said the plea is not based on a battered wife defense but on self-defense in the heat of the moment. "She wants to see her daughter off to college. Her other daughter is getting married," Weinstein said. "She is not a threat to leave by any stretch of the imagination."
Weinstein said she has substantial ties to the community and no previous criminal history. Hughes and her husband, Keith Hughes, owned the former Milford Army Surplus Gun Shop on Route 6-209 in Milford Township. Keith Hughes died on Jan. 1, 2016 at Morristown (NJ) Hospital from a single gunshot wound to his chest from a .22 caliber pistol.

Hughes told responding police that she shot Keith Hughes. They had gotten into an argument and Keith threw a plate of food on her lap to the floor and smashed it, putting his forearm across her face and yelling. She went and got the .22 from a gun safe because she felt that she might be in danger and went to her bedroom. Keith came back to the bedroom, yelling, "Go ahead and shoot me," before she fired the fatal shot, according to the criminal complaint... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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