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Issue 4 — Thursday, August 25, 2016
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The League Of
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Fall Event Schedule

MILFORD — The League of Women Voters of Pike County has announced its fall schedule of events that include voter registration drives, an election reform study sponsored by LWVPA, and another in their series on county government. The League will also once again be publishing its Voter Guide for the November 8 election. Following is a list of public events.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Dingman Township Firehouse – Log Tavern Road. Voter registration materials, absentee ballots, and other voter assistance will be available from League members.

Among those currently scheduled to participate are Pike County Commissioner Steven Guccini, Blooming Grove Tax Collector Jeanine Tenzi, and Delaware Township Auditor Jane Neufeld, who will discuss finance, taxation and budgeting in the county and at the township level. The program is not open to the general public at this time due to space considerations. However, LWVPike is happy to provide civic groups in Pike County with this or a similar program, or speakers on local or state government, or on issues of concern to residents. Contact the League at pikelwv@gmail.com for more information.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Akenac Park, PA 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA
Voter registration materials, absentee ballots, and other voter assistance will be available from League members.

There will be a number of registration efforts at post offices and other locations in Pike County. Volunteer to help or sponsor an effort in your township by contacting LWVPike at pikelwv@gmail.com.

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Blooming Grove Firehouse, PA 739, Blooming Grove, PA
LWVPike will conduct its first issues study since becoming a full-fledged in June of this year, the LWVPA sponsored study on Election Reform. With such a timely topic as election reform in a year where primary politics and ballot access became such an inflammatory subject, LWVPike is taking the unusual step of inviting the general public to observe and experience how the organization seeks non-partisan consensus on such difficult issues. For more information, email the League at pikelwv@gmail.com.

For those interested in becoming members or needing more information about the Pike County League, please visit our web page at www.LWVPike.org or email us at pikelwv@gmail.com.

Class Of 2016: Where Are They Headed?

WESTFALL — Delaware Valley High School’s board learned at its meeting last week that 77 percent of the students of its graduating class are headed to four- and two-year colleges, while another 6 percent are taking nondegree programs and 4 percent are headed for service in the military. The rest are off to the workforce and there were 11 dropouts.

District kindergarten to 12th grade guidance counselor Jennifer Cosentino gave a PowerPoint report showing that $1,699,475 in college scholarships was awarded to graduated high school seniors. Another $66,751 went toward athletic scholarships, and the local community presented $160,000 in scholarships to the class of 2016.

Cosentino also presented 2015 findings available in other areas, with 2016 figures yet to be tabulated, including a larger 459 student enrollment for advanced placement classes. It includes 17 freshmen enrolled for the first time, attributed to a new AP geography class. There were 67 AP Scholars, 18 AP Scholars with Honors and three National AP Scholars.

The 2015 reports show a 93 percent graduation rate and SAT scores of 515 in reading, 579 in math and 498 in writing. Cosentino said she expects similar data for the 2016 class. “It (SAT testing) went well. We had a good day here in the spring,” Cosentino said. “We expect numbers for 2016 to be about the same... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Make-A-Wish Reaches Out To Pike County

MILFORD — Maggie O’Brien, regional manager for the Make-A-Wish office in Scranton, serving 11 counties in the Northeast Pennsylvania region, said she wants her office to have more involvement with Pike County. It’s one of six offices in Pennsylvania serving 57 counties, along with other offices in West Virginia in the nonprofit’s region, granting a wish to a child under age 18 who suffers with a progressive, degenerative life-threatening illness. O’Brien expressed her concern in her presentation about the mission in the Pike County area of Make-A-Wish, founded in 1983, during a presentation to the Pike County Commissioners’ bi-monthly meeting last week.

“My office identifies Pike County as a priority; we’re not reaching all of the population in the area,” O’Brien said. “Five children are diagnosed (in the county) with life-threatening illness every year and not one was referred to us this year. I’m here to brainstorm options to network more with the community. “We want to saturate the area as much as we can,” O’Brien later said. “It can be daunting.” In past years, four or five children in the area have been served by Make-A-Wish. O’Brien said her office, which was moved from Wilkes-Barre to Scranton in 2009, carries 2.5 positions on staff. O’Brien said a trip to Disneyworld is the most requested wish – more than 80 percent. But there are other wishes.

She pointed to two past cases of local children whose wishes were achieved through her organization: a girl from Matamoras who was 5 years old at the time for a trip to Hawaii and a young teenager from Bushkill who wanted to play her flute with the Boston Pops orchestra. O’Brien said wishes can include visiting with a celebrity, saying World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena is the most popular with more than 600 requests. Youngsters also have wishes granted to spend time around their favorite professional teams. Wishes normally cost a limit of $4,400 per child, with some exceptions, and are funded privately through charitable contributions and grant money, about 85 percent of which goes directly to the children’s wishes, O’Brien said. She said there also is funding from Kids for Wish Kids fundraising programs in schools, with those funds staying in that area... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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