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Issue 16 — Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Peifer’s Office
Moving To Hawley

HONESDALE – Rep. Mike Peifer’s (R-Pike/Wayne) office has moved to a new location as a result of legislative redistricting.

The office will now be located at 2523 Route 6, Suite 2, in Hawley. The office can be reached by phone at 570-226-5959 and fax at 570-226-5955.

A variety of services are available from Peifer’s office, including:
• Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
• Assistance with PennDOT paperwork (lost cards, changes, corrections, special registration plates, vanity plates, and temporary placards for persons with physical disabilities).
• Information and applications for senior citizen benefit programs, including Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE/PACENET prescription drug programs.
• Information and applications for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
• Help with securing birth and death certificates (photo identification required).
• Information about legislation.

Assistance with resolving matters relating to state agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Public Welfare, Labor and Industry, Insurance, Environmental Protection or Conservation and Natural Resources.
Additional information is also available at www.RepPeifer.com.

Nurse’s Aide Stole Dying Patient’s Cross

WILKES-BARRE — A nurse’s aide at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre was sentenced last week to two years of probation, including six months of home confinement, after pleading guilty to stealing a golden crucifix necklace from a veteran/patient last December.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik sentenced Warren T. Wells, 43, of Moscow, Pa, at court in Scranton. According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Wells’ victim was admitted to the VA Medical Center as a critically ill patient; she died several hours after Wells, a nurse’s aide at the Center, stole the crucifix worn by her as a gift from her son. Wells has been dismissed from his job as a result of his conduct.

VA Police conducted the investigation.

Pike Proud
Charity Fundraiser

DINGMANS FERRY — Members of Pike County and surrounding areas are invited to the Pike Proud Charity Fundraiser on November 22, at the Dingman Township Firehouse in honor of Police Corporal Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass.

On September 12, 2014, Dickson was killed and Douglass was seriously wounded when someone opened fire on the Blooming Grove police barracks.
All proceeds from the Pike Proud Charity Fundraiser will benefit the family of Dickson and Douglass.

Tickets include a New York Strip steak dinner with a baked potato, salad and dessert. In addition to the steak dinner, other activities at the event will be a silent auction, raffles, t-shirts and much more. Silent auction items, raffle items, tricky tray items and door prizes are still being accepted. Beverages will be provided, but attendees also have the option to BYOB.

Limited tickets are available for sale beginning Thursday Nov. 13 at Independence Hardware, Route 739, Dingmans Ferry and at dp Luhrs Hardware, at the corner of 01 and Harford Streets in Milford.

Doors for the Pike Proud Charity Fundraiser will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Sponsors for the event include Prime Time Meats, Davis R. Chant, Niki Jones Agency and Charles Kannebecker, Esq. Gold, silver and bronze sponsorships are still available. To donate or become a sponsor for the Pike Proud Charity Fundraiser, please contact Kelly Gaughan, Esq. at 570-296-8844, or Thomas Earl Mincer, Esq. at 570-296-3700.

Easton Residents Join Milford In Compressor Station Debate

MILFORD — Residents of Easton, Pa., have recently begun their own argument against gas companies building compressor stations in their town. Milford residents discussed possible collaboration with them at the supervisors’ meeting Monday night. According to Greg Lotorto, an active member of the No Milford Compressor group, Easton is not as far along as Milford in the process, and faces a compressor station twice the size of the one proposed in Milford. The Milford compressor station is set to be 9,400 horsepower.

Supervisor Gary Clark expressed that the main concern for the station is still to make it electric powered, so emissions are lower than in a gas-powered station. They are waiting on a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection that will determine which option the company may use. Clark stated, “I’m not going to push them on that and cause a rushed decision.” The DEP has until Dec. 18 to make their final decision. According to Clark, “the longer it takes the better.”

The longer it takes to issue the permit, the more time citizens have to plan an appeal. Lotorto suggested to the supervisors that they work with other groups to fund an attorney to cut costs for the township. He stated Easton Township would be willing to help, along with the Delaware River Keeper, Clean Water Action, and a New Jersey based group. He added that the lawyer who won a lawsuit against gas companies for the Delaware River Keeper would assist the attorney they hire, but was not willing to take this case on his own.

Supervisors expressed concern over bringing an appeal against the gas company. Supervisor Don Quick stated, “We couldn’t afford a large lawsuit. We’re a very small township. .. for complete story, get this week's issue.

College Board Helps Expand Exchange Program With China

MILFORD — Delaware Valley School District retired Guidance Department Chairman Jay Tucker is part of the leadership team of U.S. educators that is spearheading a major cultural and educational exchange program between U.S. and mainland China ongoing for four years. Tucker serves as a trustee on the College Board, which is running the exchange program. Part of the exchange program is the board’s annual China Bridge Delegation of American Educators trip to China.

The College Board is a not-for-profit organization consisting of over 6,000 member colleges and universities whose mission is to improve college access and opportunity for students. It’s most recognized programs geared to high-school students include the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Advanced Placement (AP), and Financial Aid Profile.

Tucker said, “The mission of the China Bridge Delegation of American Educators, started four years ago, is to improve the education systems of both countries through networking, promote teacher/student exchanges, and share best-management practices in education.”

To underscore the importance of cultural exchange with China, Tucker said that coincidentally, during this year’s delegation visit to Beijing, President Barack Obama was attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of world leaders in Beijing to improve economic relations with China and other world leaders. The delegation visited China once each year the past three years as the guest of Hanban/Confucius Institutes, affiliated with the Chinese Department of Education.

Tucker explained that besides participating in the delegation trips, as one of 31 board trustees, he took part in the board’s guiding role in a sweeping revamp of the SAT program. College admissions officers use the SAT as one of the major measures to determine whether a student is capable of making the transition from high school to college. Starting in 2015, in the U.S., the board is introducing the revamped SAT on a phased basis over the next few years... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Upper Delaware Gets 1st Woman Superintendent

LACKAWAXEN — The new Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Superintendent Kristina Heister, who replaced outgoing Superintendent Sean McGinnis in July, is the first woman superintendent in Upper Delaware history. On Monday, Heister introduced herself to Lackawaxen Township municipal supervisors at the regular monthly meeting held at the township building on Urban Road.

Lackawaxen is the first stop of her expected rounds visiting supervisors and councilpersons on both sides of the Delaware River in areas managed by her department. She also expects to speak to planning boards of the municipalities. She has already met with the Shohola Planning Commission.

Heister said that since this is her first appointment by the National Park Service (NPS) to run a Scenic Rivers park, she is taking her time to learn the ropes. The Upper Delaware shares the task of managing the river with the Upper Delaware Council (UDC), a not-for-profit agency that developed the River Management Plan that helps both agencies regulate the river.

Heister said that she is a Philadelphia native who grew up in Delaware. She studied to be a biologist and has worked for the NPS for 22 of her 23 years in the workplace. Prior to her appointment to the Upper Delaware, she was Chief of Natural Resources of the NPS Northeast Region and prior to that she was Chief of Natural Resources at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Heister said that her appointment fits in with the NPS’ increasing emphasis on two of many NPS missions: the first is to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources, particularly parks designated as outstanding Special Places, such as the Upper Delaware, within the NPS system nationwide.

The second mission is to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources for future generations. Each mission requires a different strategy and action steps... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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