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Issue 13 — Thursday, October 30, 2014
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EPRP Driving

MATAMORAS — The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department will be joining the Pennsylvania State Police and over 330 municipal agencies to conduct the first targeted aggressive driving enforcement that started on Sunday, Oct. 26 and continues through Saturday. Nov. 22. The Eastern Pike Regional Police will target Routes 6 and 209 and any other roadway in Matamoras Borough and Westfall Township.

As part of the Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project the second wave will aim to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and deaths on over 400 roadways throughout the state. Any aggressive driver stopped by police will receive a ticket.

Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign wrote 53,587 aggressive-driving related citations, including 31,150 for speeding alone. Traffic Control Signal Signs was the second most-common offense, resulting in 5,011 citations.

Additionally, the enforcement brought about 51 felony arrests, 145 DUI arrests and 179 drug-related arrests.

The aggressive driving enforcement is a part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project and is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Please visit www.justdrivePA.org for more information.

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.


GOP Scholarship

MATAMORAS — The Matamoras Republican Club will offer a scholarship of $500 to a deserving student from Pike County, who is of any party affiliation, who is an active registered voter and who has completed as least one year of college.

The scholarship is available to a student attending an accredited technical institute or university.

The Scholarship will be given to the recipient at the Matamoras Republican Club Christmas Party in December.

The evaluation (award) committee will select a winner using the following criteria: evaluation of applicant’s essay, financial need, and service to the county, their community or school.

For an application please call Janet Clark (570-491-2271), Lynn Moore (570-491-5034) or Lynn Homer (845-313-4442). Applications must be returned by Nov. 30, 2014.


Luhrs Return To Milford With Grand Opening

Milford — Doug and Penney Luhrs, dignitaries, family, friends, and customers celebrated the Tri State Chamber of Commerce sponsored Grand Opening of dp Luhrs True Value Hardware store at 300 West Harford Street (entrance is on Route 2001) in Milford Borough last weekend.

The opening is the third dp Luhrs True Value store for owners Doug and Penney Luhrs. The first dp Luhrs store opened at 1543 Route 739 in Dingmans Ferry and the second at 1020 Main Street in Newfoundland, Pa.

The Milford store opened in April. The Milford store is the most comprehensively stocked and the only one of the three dp Luhrs stores that is a True Value Destination store.

All True Value Destination stores in the nation have the same layout, branding, and array of features as other True Value Destination stores in the nation.

For the Luhrs clan, the Milford celebration was more than a Grand Opening, it was a homecoming. The original Luhrs Hardware store, owned by Doug’s parents, the late Albert L. Luhrs and Shorty, currently the clan’s oldest member, had their hardware store at 300 West Harford Street from the 1960s to 1990... for complete story, get this week's issue.

Bridge Nature Preserve Construction Moving Along

DINGMAN — Progress is being made on the Cornelia and Florence Bridge Nature Preserve, the Dingman Board of Supervisors announced during their Oct. 21 meeting.

Supervisor Denny Brink reported that Straka Construction, the company in charge of the project, would be pouring concrete for the pavilion pad in the coming days, and the pavilion itself was scheduled for delivery on Friday, Oct. 24.

During the meeting, the board approved Straka’s bid to complete a stone veneer on the pavilion posts at $21,000.

The board put the project to bid to see if it could find a better price, but decided to keep the project in house with Straka as all the bids were fairly close, and it would be risky to coordinate the work with another contractor.

Brink added that the pre-cast concrete bathroom will be delivered in November, and the access roads leading to the pavilion and off of Route 6 are taking shape, but won’t be blacktopped until next year as heavy construction vehicles are extensively using the rough roadways at this stage.

The township is looking towards an opening next spring... for complete story, get this week's issue.

DV Grad’s Evangelical Punk Opera Celebrates Debut

MATAMORAS — Billy Webster, a Matamoras Borough native currently residing in Chester, NJ, is celebrating the debut staging of his punk opera, “Bold Enough to Say,” a musical adaptation of the “Lords Prayer.”

Webster, his band, and cast staged the opera in two venues in the past week, one in Brooklyn, and one in New Jersey.

A 1991 Delaware Valley (DV) High School alumni and graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Webster last year got a $5,000 grant from the Episcopal Evangelical Education Society as seed money to help produce an experimental punk rock opera based on the “Lord’s Prayer.”

While at DV, he played in bands, including his own, and began composing.

Webster said that he was inspired so much by the “Lord’s prayer” that he developed a 12-part meditation cycle based on each line. The opera is an outgrowth of his experience in meditating on the prayer. Webster arranged each line of the prayer as a song title.

In the opera, Webster uses each song to explain some aspect of difficult personal identity issues facing people or thorny theological issues about existence. Webster said that as he developed his ideas of using each line as part of his daily 12-cycle daily mediation, the concept of an opera seemed inevitable.

Webster presented the opera proposal to the society. He said that the opera struck the right chord with grant board, which funds projects that could reach audiences never before reached... for complete story, get this week's issue.

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