Delaware Valley Rotary essay contest winners


English teacher Deanna Zarzecki, junior Aiden Rubenstein, junior Nicoletta Cuccio, junior Kayli Ziolkowski and 11/12 principal Ron Collins

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Rotary essay contest. Delaware Valley juniors Aiden Rubenstein earned frist place, Nicoletta Cuccio places second and Kayli Ziolkowski was honored in third place at a Rotary meeting on Feb. 25 at Balch’s resturant in Milford.

Students were required to write a 250-300 word essay describing what the theme of education meant to them using the topic “Engage Education, Change Lives.”

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Promised Land State Park has a hatched eagle egg

Promised Land State Park this week has documented at least one eagle egg that has been hatched by the park’s nesting bald eagles. The eagle pair has been nesting at the park since 1999.

 The best place to view the nest is from the Bear Wallow Boat launch because the path to the Wildlife Observation Station is still snowed in. You will need binoculars or a spotting scope.

Stay at least 330 feet back from the nest at all times. It is against the law to go any closer to the nest, whether by land or water.


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Join the Christmas bird count in Pike

"Count me in!" says the pine-grosbeak

Pennsylvania Game Commission officials are urging wildlife enthusiasts to join the tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Audubon Society’s 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count, which will take place Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

The Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world, and the data collected through the count allows researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America.

Local counts will occur on one day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5. Volunteers can pick the most convenient circle, or participate in more than one count. It takes place within “count circles,” which focus on specific geographical areas. Each circle is led by a “count compiler,” who is an experienced birdwatcher, enabling beginning birders to learn while they assist.

Those who live within the boundaries of a count circle can even stay at home and report the birds that visit their backyard feeders.

The first step in participation is to locate a count circle that’s seeking participants and contact the local count compiler on Audubon’s website,, to find out how you can volunteer.

In Pike County, The Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry hosts a count circle that encompasses most of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. To get involved in the count, contact Molly Check at 570-828-2319.

There is no fee to participate in the Christmas bird count.

Dan Brauning, who heads the Game Commission’s wildlife diversity division, said the Christmas Bird Count makes an indispensible contribution to conservation because it monitors bird species that spend winters in Pennsylvania.

“Some of these species are much easier to count or monitor in winter because their breeding ground is so far north in areas where there are few people or roads to give access to habitat,” Brauning said.

The rusty blackbird, for instance, migrates from the boreal taiga forests of Canada and Alaska to the southeastern United States in winter, Brauning said. Pennsylvania is on the northern edge of its winter range, and it sometimes turns up in the Christmas Bird Count, he said. Hawks also are more easily counted in winter, Brauning said.


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Vigil at Pike Courthouse for the homeless

Pike County hands of hope plans a candlelight vigil during the night of the National Homeless People’s memorial, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., on the Pike County courthouse lawn.

The vigil is meant to remember those homeless people who have died because of their lack of housing.

That evening, Pike County Hands of Hope will also collect items for local homeless and nearly homeless people. Those who are nearly homeless are facing foreclosure or eviction.

Items being collected are for hygiene kits and include toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, shaving cream, soap, men’s winter gloves, sheets, pillowcases, and gift cards from local businesses. Notes of encouragement to be placed in the kits are also appreciated. For more information about Pike County hands of hope call 570-296 HOPE (4673)

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New picnic pavilion in Delaware State Park


A new picnic pavilion will provide picnicking options for larger groups at the Delaware State Park in Milford Township. The pavilion, built from Douglas Fir posts and beams, has a concrete floor, . cedar ceiling and standing seam metal roof.

Ed Nikles Custom Builder, Inc., recently built the picnic area featuring eco-friendly amenities at Lily Pond picnic area trailhead and forest demonstration, located on Schocopee Road in Milford. Inside a precast concrete restroom facility is a waterless composting toilet, an environmentally friendly feature

The pavilion, was advertised for bid to local contractors last year, was funded through a partnership between Pike County and state government.

Through an agreement with Pike County, the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources has taken over management of Lily Pond

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Movie for children Saturday at Pike Library

In conjunction with the annual Milford Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7th,

Before the Milford tree lighting Ceremony Saturday, the Pike County Public Library will show a children’s holiday movie from 2-4 p.m.

During the movie, parents may leave and take advantage of local shopping. The event is open to children ages 5-10.

The film will be shown in the Community Room of the library’s new Dorothy E. Warner building, located at 119 East Harford Street.

Registration for the movie is recommended but not necessary. Parents must leave their name and a phone number when dropping off their between 1:45 and 2:00 p.m.

All children must be picked up by their parents by 4:15, just in time to enjoy the festivities at the tree lighting ceremony, which begins at 4:30 in front of the Community House, at the intersection of Broad and Harford streets in Milford.

To register your child, visit the PCPL in Milford or call 570-296-8211.

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A fresh look at the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The Pike County Historical Society, in cooperation with Harmony Presents, will bring the award-winning stage production “For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay” to the Hawley Silk Milll on Friday, Dec. 20.

 Broadway actor and costumer, Billy Hipkins, stars in the one-man production that takes a fresh look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It focuses on the life of Jennie Gourlay, an actress poised to star at Ford’s Theatre before John Wilkes Booth killed the President; and with him, Gourlay’s dreams of stardom.

At the time, Jennie Gourlay was an actress in the production of the play Our American Cousin, which was being performed the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Waiting in the wings when the assassination occurred, she was shoved to the ground when Booth hurried past her in his escape from the theatre. She knew Booth, as did the entire cast, and was forever saddened and perplexed by his actions that fateful night.

Gourlay eventually married and moved to Milford, where she lived until her death in1928.

She held in her possession an American flag said to have briefly cushioned the dying Presidents head while he lay on the floor of the Presidential Box. The flag, known as The Lincoln Flag, is now in the possession of the Pike County Historical Society and displayed in their museum.

Also in the Gourlay Collection in the Columns Museum are three stage costumes belonging to the actress, one in particular which was to be worn the night of Lincoln’s assassination.

Doors for the show open at 7:15 p.m. and the production begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 by  

For more information about this event, The Columns Museum, or the Pike County Historical Society, visit or call 570-296-8126.


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Funny play performed by Delaware Valley Middle School this weekend


The cast of Honk!

Delaware Valley Middle School students will be performing the play “Honk! A musical tale of the ugly duckling.”

The performances will be Nov. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Delaware Valley High School auditorium.

Tickets are available by reservation by calling 570-296-1835. Prices are $8 for children and senior citizens, and $10 for adults.

HONK! Is a comedy with the message that being different is OK and that it is something to be welcomed, embraced and celebrated.

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Classical boy band Well-Strung to play in Milford

Well-Strung, a hunky modern boy band that mixes hot pop songs sung in quartet harmony, with classical music, will be at the Milford Theater in Milford this month.

The group stars violinists Edmund Bagnell, Christopher Marchant, and Trevor Wadleigh, and cellist Daniel Shevlin.

Well-Strung will perform the classics by Mozart and Vivaldi, as well as pop hits by Ke$ha, Adele and others, but with their very own spin.

Check out this video of Well-Strung’s version of “Since you been Gone”

The concert is Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance.

Get tickets here.


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Saw Creek Estates Community manager earns top industry credential


Saw Creek Estates General Manager David Martin recently joined the elite group of community association managers who have earned the Association Management Specialist credential from the Community Associations Institute. 

Martin, whose career includes 25 years of property management experience with several Fortune 500 firms, was hired to lead the Saw Creek Estates team in 2006. By earning the AMS credential, he joins more than 6,000 managers worldwide who have earned this designation. 

 “Professionals who earn CAI credentials maximize the value they can provide to their community association clients,” said CAI Chief Executive Officer Thomas Skiba, “Not only have these professionals demonstrated a personal commitment to self-improvement, but they have also elevated their practical knowledge and expertise. That’s what all community associations need, and what board members and residents deserve.” 

The credential is the second level in the CAI development track for community association managers. An AMS credential is recommended for managers looking to enhance their career by increasing their knowledge and expertise.

Saw Creek Estates Community Association in Bushkill has nearly 3,000 property owners.

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