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Issue 37 — Thursday, April 17, 2014
Missing Man’s Body
Found In River

HONESDALE — The Wayne County Coroner has determined that a body found by a fisherman in the Lackawaxen River in Hawley on Sunday was that of Richard Calvitti, 68, a Hawley resident who was reported missing on Feb. 23.

Calvitti’s car was found near the river after he went missing, and blood and a knife were found in the car. At the time of his disappearance the Lackwaxen was mostly frozen, and an extensive search discovered nothing.

On Sunday, the second day of trout season, a fisherman discovered the body under three feet of water along the shoreline of the river downstream from where Calvitti’s car was found.

Coroner Edward Howell reported that an autopsy was performed, and the primary cause of death was drowning. The death has been ruled a suicide.

Steel Assembly Firm Could Bring 80 New Jobs

SHOHOLA — It has one of the highest unemployment rates (over 9 percent) in Pennsylvania, but after becoming the first Pike government entity to support a business tax-incentive package, Shohola expects 80 new jobs to come into town within a year.

In an interview after last week’s regular township meeting, township Supervisors Keith Raser and George C. Fluhr reported that they are thrilled that Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA) Director Mike Sullivan is negotiating with a stainless steel assembly company to site on Route 6.

Sullivan had previously reported that the company was considering going elsewhere, but a tax incentive and good location made Shohola ultimately more appealing.

Sullivan previously reported that the company expects to hire 20 employees. Raser said that the new company would be paying most of its trained and technically skilled personnel and managers salaries ranging from $40,000 to $80,000.

Raser said that the company facility would be very low-impact, meaning that the environmental impacts should be nil... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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Cliff Park Golf Reopens For Spring Under New Management

MILFORD — Cliff Park Golf Course opened for the season on April 10 under the supervision of PGA Pro Joe Stead. Stead, the former pro at the Lynx in Port Jervis, said he is proud to have won the lease to run the only golf course in the National Park Service system.

Stead invested in new turf and greens-keeping equipment and began work on the fairways last fall by aerating and reseeding, which will continue this spring on tee boxes and fairways.

“The course looks good,” Stead said, even after the harsh winter in Pike County.

The daily rate at the nine-hole layout is $15 for walkers, and $20 for nine holes with a cart and $25 for 18 holes riding. Members can also arrange to have their own carts on the premises, Stead said. These prices are good for weekdays and weekends, too. Season memberships range from $300 to $1,000, from junior to family memberships.

The inn remains closed while the NPS seeks an operator. Sodas and snacks will be available in the pro shop. Stead will also be giving individual and group lessons and clinics.

The Duffers League, a mainstay at Cliff Park for years, moved to a different course when Cliff Park closed and is staying put there, Stead said. But new leagues might be forming. Stead invites golfers to visit cliffparkgolf.com for information about fees, etc. and to like them on Facebook.

Pike Historic Preservation Trust Lists 2014 Goals

MILFORD — Incoming Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County President Edgar Brannon announced the Trust’s 2014 goals on Monday.
The Trust adopted the following goals earlier this month:

• The integrity of Milford’s National Historic District must be maintained and enforced. This means that the courthouse project must be in compliance with all federal, sate, or municipal laws or ordinances. The design for the new Annex, and removal of any structures from the Historic District (both original and expanded district), require written concurrence from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Milford Architectural Review Board (ARB);
• Preservation of the historic Pike County Court House, a listed structure and important historic structure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The structure should be rehabilitated according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards that guide Federal, State, and Municipal endeavors that require public funding and or public reviews. In this instance, the design grossly overwhelms the original courthouse.
• Rehabilitation of the Kenworthey House, a recognized historic building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and that is located next to the Pike County Court House... for complete story, get this week's issue.


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