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Issue 1— Thursday, July 30, 2020
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WMH Closing Pike COVID Testing Site

HONESDALE — As of Friday, July 31st, the COVID-19 testing site at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley operated by Wayne Memorial Hospital will officially shut down. Its last day will be Thursday, July 30th. The hospital's alternate site at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Honesdale will, in turn, move from three days a week to five days a week, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hospital officials say the number of tests being done in Pike, which hovered around or less than 10 a day, was not enough to warrant the staff. At the same time, the uptick in elective procedures at Wayne Memorial, such as surgeries and cardiac catheterizations, called for more testing availability in Wayne. Anyone who is admitted to the hospital for surgery or otherwise must undergo a COVID-19 test prior to admission.
Pike County Commissioners said testing sites remain available at Dingmans Medical Center and Wal-Mart.
Wayne Memorial Hospital requires a prescription for all COVID-19 tests. Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services offers analysis at the hospital and through an outside service, LabCorp. For more information, visit www.wmh.org.


Dingman Votes $10K For EMT's

DINGMANS — Dingman Township Supervisors voted to support Milford Borough with $10,000 for EMT services.
Milford Borough and Township, Shohola and Dingman have been working on funding EMT services for the Milford Ambulance to sustain daytime service, which has been sporadic. Dingman will provide a portion of the funding, contingent on the towns funding their share of the $30,000 cost of running daytime EMS until Sept. 30.
Engineers reviewing the Pocono Mountain Woodland Lakes bus stop have agreed on plans to improve the project. The repairs will hopefully move forward shortly. The bus turnaround lot needs to be completely replaced while repairs for the car parking lot are adequate with some tweaks.
The Board tabled consideration of a proposal by McGoey, Hauser and Edsall Consulting Engineers for proposed culvert pipe replacements along Van Auken Road and Fischer Lane. The proposal for the permit and engineering costs came in well over the $25,700 estimated cost.

— Dakota Hendricks




Henderson To Play Football

WESTFALL — Delaware Valley High School star football player Jason Henderson has decided on continuing his gridiron career at Old Dominion University.
"I have (developed) a very good relationship with the coach," said Henderson, a standout running back and veteran linebacker with more than 300 total tackles while starting his first three seasons, all of them ending in a trip to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs as well as three straight district titles and a 32-7 overall record in that span.
"We formed a bond. The coaching staff wants to turn that program around and I'd like to be a reason why and a part in its success."
Henderson has been leaning toward a college career at ODU over the past year. He said Syracuse, Villanova and Florida Atlantic also were on his short list, but the ODU campus in Norfolk, Va. appealed to him before he decided to sign for a scholarship package to ODU late last week.
"I'm happy for him. It's an outstanding college with a coaching staff of young, energetic guys. I think he'll fit in perfectly," said Delaware Valley High School football coach Keith Olsommer.
Along with running the ball for 249 yards and eight touchdowns, Henderson caught 21 passes out of the backfield for 345 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, he had 162 total tackles playing his customary linebacker spot last fall.
An outstanding wrestler in the 190-pound class, Henderson the past two years was Delaware Valley's lone qualifier for the state championships. He was 43-8 with 24 pins, the eighth wrestler with 40 or more pins in a season while sparking Delaware Valley to the team district title. Henderson brings a 90-27 record into his senior season.


Another Cabin Approved For Restored Camp

BUSHKILL — Mont Lawn Camp Retreat Center in Lehman Township is closed this summer because of COVID-19 but camp administrators are optimistic about the future.
Six cabins dating back to the 1960s have been restored through an anonymous donor, and Todd Holmes, site engineer, presented a plan to the Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting last week to approve a proposed new, seventh cabin. It raises the occupancy limit to just under 300 campers.
Supervisors approved the plan during the meeting, which preceded a lengthy public hearing and adoption of short-term rental ordinance amendments and zoning changes.
"The existing buildings were outdated," said camp director Sam DeWitt, who attended the meeting, after the approval. DeWitt said the number of young campers coming to the Poconos from New York City has held steady in recent years but said, "We're hoping to increase campers. ... It could regain popularity with the kids from New York City."
Holmes said the road to the camp would be widened to 20 feet with a turnaround area for emergency vehicles, and the parking area around the cabin would add only one more parking spot that would be ADA-accessible. The seventh cabin has a capacity for 20 campers.
Holmes received approval for his request to extend the waivers to six. "We usually agree to no more than four," quipped township Attorney Don Karpowich. They involve stormwater conditions, impervious surfaces and a steep slope. There would be public notification of the work to Bushkill Falls and one private property owner abutting the camp property.
Supervisors approved the waivers and work will begin in the weeks ahead.
Mont Lawn Camp began in 1900 and relocated to the 200-acre site in Lehman Township in 1960 from its original site of Nyack, N.Y...For more infomation subscribe to our paper.





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