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Issue 12 — Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Corbett Commends Local
Support During Manhunt
By Ken Baumel

PALMYRA — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, keynote speaker at the Pike County Republican Committee’s Annual Fall Dinner, held last week at the Paupack Hills Country Club Restaurant in Palmyra Township, spoke about the manhunt for sniper ambush suspect Eric Matthew Frein.

Corbett recognized locals in Pike and Monroe counties who have generously contributed food and provisions to support the network of State Police officers in the field tracking down Frein.

For over six weeks, State Police have been sweeping remote areas on the border of Monroe and Pike County where Frein is believed to be holed up and tracking down any plausible leads using teams of 150 troopers each in two 12-hour shifts.

Although State Police report that they have periodically unearthed evidence of Frein’s presence, such as a page from a diary giving details of the shooting, a campsite, two makeshift bombs, clothing, and a rifle, Frein continues to elude the manhunt. Based on most recent police reports, Frein has moved a few miles south of the original five-mile square manhunt area.

Corbett noted that he and a bipartisan coalition of state legislators in both houses have committed to continue funding the State Police manhunt, investigation, and ongoing effort to bring Frein to justice.

Corbett declared that due to the public danger of suspect Frein roaming free, regardless of cost, “We will not stop until he is captured.”

Corbett noted that Pike County and Monroe County residents and community are garnering not just statewide recognition, but national recognition for the outpouring of community support for the troopers’ efforts.

Corbett also recognized Pike County commissioners and the use of Pike County Training Center as a state of the art facility that is a major resource being made available to support State Police and other law enforcement agencies (such as Federal Bureau of Investigation).

Election Day Lunch

MILFORD — An Election Day soup and sandwich luncheon is being sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Milford Woman’s Association.

The luncheon is on Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. and includes soup, sandwich, dessert and a beverage. You have a choice of pulled pork, egg salad or a tuna salad sandwich

Homemade soups that are offered are chicken, vegetable, butternut squash, pea and minestrone.

Desserts are homemade and includes coffee or tea
Takeout is available but does not include beverage. Call 570-296-4711.

 

Greeley Back In
Fire Commission

LACKAWAXEN — Township supervisors on Monday approved an amended Lackawaxen Fire Commission Resolution that includes wording to reinstate Greeley Fire Dept. into the commission.

Fire Commission member Sheldon Langer said that shortly after the commission formed a few years ago, Greeley opted out. Subsequently, Greeley found that it was advantageous to rejoin because membership allows Greeley to lower its insurance and equipment purchase costs due to economy of scale afforded by the commission members pooling their purchases.

The commission now represents all four fire departments and the Lackawaxen EMS ambulance corps.

In other business, Becky Ryman of Greater Pike Community Foundation invited township supervisors and local community service groups to apply for grants and stipends.

Ryman said the foundation this month received its federal 501C3 status that makes donations and endowments tax deductible. For information on how to apply for a grant and about the organization, go to www.greaterpike.org or call (570) 296-6959.
— Ken Baumel

Habitat Gets $50,000 From Deed Recording Fees

MILFORD — At the County Commissioners meeting on Oct. 15, Habitat for Humanity of Pike County was presented with a check for $50,000 from the Affordable Housing Fund. Volunteer coordinator Mike Donlon accepted the check on behalf of the organization. The funds were derived from a $2 fee paid to the Recorder of Deeds in the County, with no additional taxpayer funds. Habitat for Humanity awards houses to those in need, and recipients help build the house, putting in at least 400 hours of “sweat equity.”

They also pay a no-interest mortgage, with the funds going to help others. Applicants must meet strict income and residency requirements as well as help with Habitat programs. Habitat for Humanity first started in the area approximately 18 years ago and just completed house #21 in Sunrise. The home has several modifications designed to be wheelchair-accessible for long time resident and County employee Ian Knox. The next house will be in Birchwood and will be the third house Habitat works on this year.

Volunteers can be of any skill level, as long as they are over 16 years of age. For more information to volunteer or to find out more information, you can visit their website at http://www.hfhpc.org/ or call 570-828-1623... for complete story, get this week's issue.

DV 5th-Grade Girls To Interview
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

WESTFALL — Seven girls who are among 40 fifth-grade boys and girls who participate in the extra-curricular DV E-News/TV video production program at Delaware Valley Elementary School in Westfall are scheduled to go on an adventure to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, according to DV teacher and program faculty coach Sharon Siegel.

The girls are Nuria Bary, Grace Lee, Isabella Anderson, Trinity Long, Jules Meeler, Stella Weir, and Helaina Stefaniak. Faculty coaches are Teri Banach, Chris Gawel, and Siegel. The girls said that they are looking forward to interviewing 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, co-winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize and the winner of the Liberty Medal. She is the youngest Nobel laureate and Liberty Medal (also known as the Freedom Medal) recipient in history. So far, six Liberty Medal recipients have also won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The interview is on Tuesday this week after the Liberty Medal presentation. Siegel said that since 1992, DV E-News/TV has scheduled interviews locally, in the Tri-state area, and beyond. Crews have gone to New York City and Washington, D.C. Each student in the program has opportunities to travel. Siegel said that the girls have been rehearsing what questions each would ask of Yousafzai, but the girls are free to improvise while videotaping the interview. Siegel recalled the last time a DV E-News/TV crew went to Philadelphia was in 1996 when they interviewed another Liberty Medal recipient, then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

Other Liberty Medal winners include boxer Muhammad Ali and former South African President Nelson Mandela. According to the Liberty Medal website, the award was established in 1988 to commemorate the U.S. Constitution Bicentennial... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Habitat Dedicates New Home For Handicapped Man

MILFORD — Habitat For Humanity of Pike County built a wheelchair accessible house and the new owner anticipates moving in soon. A dedication ceremony was held last Saturday morning with the new owner, Ian Knox of Milford, along with Habitat board members, volunteers who helped build the home, local business owners, county officials and friends. The Rev. Niels Nielsen, pastor of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 103 Delaware Crest in Dingmans Ferry, where Habitat is based, led everyone in prayer and blessing of the newly constructed house in the Sunrise Lakes private community along Route 739.

Nielsen acknowledged and gave special thanks to all partner businesses and organizations nationally and locally who donated materials or gave discounts along with free delivery, those who gave financial donations and to all the volunteers who gave their time to hammer nails or help with whatever was needed. Knox also took a minute to thank everyone in attendance and the volunteers he worked alongside during construction claiming it was not work. “It was fun! It’s been an amazing experience.”

Michael Donlon, volunteer coordinator, served as building co-chair with Jim Lariviere, another volunteer who designs houses for Habitat in Pike. Donlon described this house as completely handicap accessible with 800 square feet of tile in the house. The one-story, two-bedroom house on Sunrise Drive in Dingman Township is 1,250 square feet and includes a garage on the property donated by Angelica Veas. Groundbreaking was last year, and it took volunteers six months this year to finish building it. Nielsen estimated between 12 and 18 volunteers worked regularly during two days a week and on some days there were as many as 25 to 30.

It was designed with features like easy-to-traverse tile flooring, wide hallway and doorways, and easy access to the garage. The kitchen layout has a custom breakfast bar with drop-lighting, pull-out cabinet drawers, and appliances easily accessible from a wheelchair. Everyone touring the house raved about the spacious full bath with shower controls at its entrance and plenty of room in the tile shower to maneuver a wheelchair... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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