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Issue 38 — Thursday, April 20, 2017
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Preservation Matters
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By Bill Kiger

The Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County takes an active interest in local issues affecting the historic landscape of the community. Many times we will write letters to support positive outcomes. Here is our current perspective,

• Cliff Park Inn (DEWA). The renovation of this historic inn, and re-establishment of its restaurant and accommodations should be a priority in the Park's Historic Properties Management Plan. It would preserve important history and provide economic benefits for everyone: The Park Service would get a full-service trailhead and recreational showcase at this end of the park, complementing the privately-owned Shawnee Inn at the other; and Milford would get badly-needed rooms for outdoor enthusiasts. It is greatly hoped that an agreement with an interested investing party can be worked out.

• The Cross on The Knob. This beacon of community tradition has shown over the borough for many years during the Easter season, thanks to the considerable efforts of the Milford Lions Club. It is being interrupted this year as the Lions and the Park Service work through some federal policy interpretations. Community tradition is history and deserves equal protection under the law. The cross certainly has Easter meaning for the congregations of the four Milford churches, each topped with a cross. But a cross has come to symbolize so much more: Peace, love, compassion, safety, sharing, community togetherness. It is also a universal symbol for a soldier who has fallen in war. It is a part of the life and character of a community and that's history we need and can all believe in.

Farmers Market

MILFORD — Starting on May 28 and every Sunday until October 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the environmental non-profit Air Soil Water will again host the Milford Farmers Market. This will be their 4th annual market, this year in a new location – The Columns Museum, 608 Broad Street in Milford, PA. The Columns is a significant cornerstone of Milford and home of the Pike County Historical Society.

The Milford Farmers Market will have local vendors from the tri-state area, live music and educational programs for all ages. The market has a specific goal of keeping local food and sustainable agriculture in the forefront of public consciousness. The market drives home the point that people can demand better food, better health, a better local economy and a more responsible use of land and resources.

Each vendor was selected and vetted by the Air Soil Water team and will include an elaborate assortment of produce, meats, breads, bakery goods, jams, personal products... and more. All fresh, hand picked, home made, nothing industrial. Offerings will change as the weeks go following the natural growing season for fresh food.

The 2017 Milford Farmers Market kicks off Memorial Day Weekend, running every Sunday rain or shine May 28th – October 15th 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Any vendor wishing to participate should send an email to milfordmarketpa@gmail.com as soon as possible with all of the specifics of what you grow/make, location of farm, ingredients, how it's prepared and any additional information. If approved, you will be sent an application for 2017 season.

DV Craft Fair

MILFORD — The DV Music Dept. Booster Club will hold a Vendor and Craft Fair on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delaware Valley High School 9/10 Cafe' and Middle School Gym. There will be over 60 vendors, crafters, and businesses selling their goods and services. Free kids craft table, kids games, 50/50 and other raffles and snacks and drinks. The school is located on Route 6 & 209 in Milford.

Visit http://dvmusicdept.wordpress.com.

Milford Presents:
'Toast To Milford'

MILFORD — Taste, toast and tour your away around the streets of Milford, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 29 as dozens of specialty shops and eateries offer samplings of the best food and beverage selections in the region. This completely free event is hosted by Milford Presents and participating business offering everything to please your palate from contemporary craft beers and farm-fresh menu favorites to signature sangrias and delectable balsamic vinegars.

Toast To Milford appeals to the food and beverage connoisseur in all of us. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Green Valley Farms Market & Creamery will offer ice cream, local meats & cheeses as well as fresh baked goods. The Hotel Fauchere will host tastings at both Patisserie Fauchere and Bar Louis: Highland Kitchen natural juice blend at the popular bakery & cafe and Shawnee Craft Beer and 5-Spoke Cheese at the downstairs bar & bistro.

Golden Gifts Jewelry will serve their famous Sangria from noon until 3 p.m. and The Artisan Exchange will feature a tasting from Moonshadow Farms at noon. New business Waterwheel Guitars at the historic Upper Mill will host an open house with snacks.

On Harford Street, the Milford Craft Show features food from The Fork at Twin Lakes and a wine tasting from Stroudsburg's Renegade Winery while neighbors at Ambience Furniture & Fine Gifts will serve wine, hors d'ouvres and gourmet coffee until 9 p.m.

Special craft beer tastings sponsored by LT Verrastro Distributors will be hosted at Ice Cold Beer Here at Key Food Marketplace from noon until 2 p.m. with encores at The Waterwheel Cafe & Bar from 1-3 p.m., and Jorgenson's at The Dimmick Inn from 5 until 7 p.m.

A complete listing and map of all tasting venues is available on Facebook: "ToastToMilfordPA.TTM."

Little Walker Road, Downtown
Shohola Paving Advertised

SHOHOLA — Township supervisors continue to prioritize road repaving, repairs, and upgrades. At last week's regular meeting, Shohola supervisors approved advertising for paving bids for two sections of Little Walker Road. Both sections are between Twin Cedars Senior Living Complex and Route 6. Supervisors also approved advertising repaving a section of downtown Shohola, from the tennis courts to the middle of downtown. Supervisors also applied for a grant to upgrade the dirt sections of Little Walker Road and Parkers Glen Road. Pennsylvania offers municipalities annual grants under the state's Dirt and Gravel Road program, which is not part of the state's annual Liquid Fuels allocation (used by municipalities to fund local road rebuilding and maintenance.)

Resident MaryAnn Yeaw questioned supervisors about what they are doing to deter drivers of overweight trucks from using Little Walker Road, which has a 10-ton weight limit. Supervisor Chairman Greg Hoeper said, "If a 20-ton garbage truck is on that road, or a well-drilling truck, or a delivery truck, we can't stop it." Supervisor George C. Fluhr said that the township must allow drivers of trucks providing essential services, such as garbage removal, well drilling and delivery. Fluhr said after the meeting, "If someone abuses the weight limit, we have to have someone there to see it to do something about it. We just don't have the staffing to have someone on the roads all day."

Yeaw said, "Aren't there permit regulations [for heavy trucks using the road]?" Hoeper replied, "Not for well drilling or garbage trucks. It would cost us millions of dollars to get a perfect road [that can accommodate heavier traffic]." Yeaw asked why supervisors don't apply for additional grants for road upgrades. Township Secretary/Treasurer Diana Blume, who is the township administration's grant writer said, "We are applying for grants." The township has obtained state grants for dirt roads, such as Parkers Glen, in recent years. She noted that grant writing is not a slam-dunk. It can be challenging. For example, Blume said that though the township Fire Dept. is a separately incorporated entity not formally part of the township administration, it ran into an unexpected roadblock.

About a year ago, the department asked their bank to provide financial information that the Fire Dept. needed for a state grant application for a building repair. Shohola Fire Dept. President Brad Dellert said at the meeting that a mistake submitted disqualified the application for two grant cycles (spanning two years). The department can reapply this fall for next year's state grant cycle. Blume noted that the department discussed putting its financing into another bank... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Township Spring Cleaning Includes Park, Beachfront

DINGMANS FERRY — During the April 12th meeting, Delaware Township Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of various materials to repair public properties around the township including Akenac Park, Akenac beachfront, the playground and the township building. Local Boy Scout Troop 174 will be repairing the Akenac Park Recreational facility. The Township is providing the materials to redo the flooring in the building. The Dingman Delaware Little League petitioned the Board for assistance concerning rising field maintenance costs at last month's meeting. Their request was approved and the Board will purchase 42 tons of clay to refinish the fields.

The Board is still revising the Delaware Township Employee Handbook to encompass hiring CDL drivers. The guidelines would establish how CDL drivers are hired, what hourly wages are set, training and possibly reimbursing employees for CDL certification, etc. The 4H club has been approved to use Akenac Park for the fishing and archery club from mid-June to mid-August. Local Girl Scout Camp Hidden Falls is in the process of being sold to The Conservation Fund. The camp is 1,000 acres; however, it is primarily located in Lehman Township, with only 315 acres in Delaware Township. The Conservation Fund is an environmental group that has successfully preserved forests across the U.S. They plan on purchasing the camp and transferring it to the National Park Service.

Gambetta Ballet is considering holding a Jazz Festival at Akenac Park on June 17th. Details are still being worked out, including a possible rain date. The next council meeting will be the 26th of April.

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