Pike small businesses and non-profits may be eligible for federal aid

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced  last week that the U.S. Small Business Administration has made federal disaster loans available to small businesses in Pike, Susquehanna and Luzerne County following storms that began on May 1.

“These federal loans will help small businesses in the region rebuild following this storm,” Senator Casey said. “Getting these small businesses back up and running will help Northeastern Pennsylvania’s economy and the impacted businesses.

Applicants may apply online using the Electric Loan Application the administration’s  secure website

 Completed loan applications must be returned to the administration no later than June 2, 2014.

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Pike County Eagle Scouts attend gathering of Eagles event

Andrew Simmons and Matthew Riccio (Troop 5, Dingmans Ferry), Ed Ward, Jeremy Block and Alexander Brown (Troop 76, Shohola).

Several Eagle Scouts from Pike County attended the 2013 Eagle Scout Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction hosted by the Hudson Valley Council on October 3rd at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The scouts were guests of Ed Ward, Chairman of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association.

During the event, three Eagle Scouts were inducted into the Hudson Valley Council Eagle Scout Hall of Fame. In addition, Brigadier General Michael Meese, U.S. Army (Retired) was presented with the Distinguished Eagle Award for his years of service to scouting and his community.

Ward is a past recipient of this award.

“The Gathering of Eagles really made me realize that I’m part of the scouting equation. Now that scouting has prepared me (for the future), it’s my turn to give back,” said Eagle Scout Jeremy Block from Troop 76 in Shohola.

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Domestic violence victims are not alone

You are not alone

Eastern Pike Regional Police Chief Chad Stewart has released a message directly for victims of domestic violence.

At every domestic call, local police officers provide a victims notification booklet which provides phone numbers for services ready to help.

Unfortunately few victims take advantage of these services or any help Stewart said. Many believe the incident was a one-time occurrence. Others just don’t want to air their dirty laundry.

Nearly 25 percent of domestic violence calls made to Eastern Pike Regional Police are to repeat addresses. If you’re a victim of domestic violence there is help available to you through organizations such as Safe Haven of Pike County, a nonprofit victim service agency located in Milford.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 5 females and 1 in 9 males will be the victim of domestic violence.

“The police can only do so much to help you. We need you to take the next step in helping yourself,” Steward said.” “The next time you drive through town and see a purple ribbon, remember it is for the victims of domestic violence. You are Not Alone.”

For more information visit www.eprpd.org or www.safehavenofpikecounty.org

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Politics at Lehman school bus stop

I don’t always look my best when I take my kid to the bus stop at 6:40 a.m. and I know I am not the only one. It is dark in the morning and everyone stays in their car until the bus arrives.

We try not to make eye contact, but do I see other parents steaming up car windows with morning breath, bleary eyed, nursing a cup of coffee, some still in pajamas.

The morning bus stop is not a social event in my neighborhood. It is last minute family time when parents connect with children on important issues such as, “How much lunch money do you have left in your account?”

 That’s why it was a bit jolting to learn that magisterial district judge candidate Paul Menditto was campaigning in Lehman Township at the Pocono Mountain Lake Estates private community bus stop Tuesday morning.

He was handing out pamphlets car to car before 7 a.m.

Seems you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a campaigning Paul Menditto these days.

There is a time and a place for everything. A campaign sales pitch at the morning bus stop is not the time.

Shouldn’t a judge candidate show some common sense?

Republican Paul Menditto is currently an elected Lehman Township Supervisor and works on the Lehman road crew. He s seeking the magisterial district judge seat that will be vacated by Stephen McBride in Pike County.

Also in the running are: democrat Robert Bowell, former litigation specialist, working in the court for the Division of Youth and Family Services and currently working as a certified Pennsylvania investigator of abuse and neglect in homes for the developmentally disabled; and also on the ballot, independent Lara Anne Dodsworth, who works locally as an attorney .

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Eastern Pike Regional Police Department to offer free medical ID’s for Senior Citizens

Eastern Pike Regional Police Department will give free medical identification cards to senior citizens, Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Matamoras Borough Hall, at 10 Avenue I.

these custom-made cards outline the carrier’s medical conditions, medications and emergency contacts. Carrying this card can help ensure that patients receive appropriate treatment and that the right people are notified in an emergency.

“Emergency responders look for a medical ID,” said police Chief Chad Stewart. “We want to provide these to prevent emergencies from escalating, or any medical error. Many symptoms can be misdiagnosed without a medical ID.”

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Pocono Environmental Education Center gets an award


The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center recently held its 2013 community awards program at the Woodlands Inn, in Wilkes-Barre. The event highlighted under recognized nonprofit organizations that make an extraordinary impact within the center’s seven-county region, which includes Pike, Monroe, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Schuylkill and Wayne Counties. All winners received a certificate plaque. First place winners received a $250 donation to their organization, the Ted Daniels Community Development first place winner received a $500 donation to their organization and runners up received a one-year NCAC membership.

Awards were presented in eight categories and include:


first place:  Pocono Environmental Education Center – EcoZone! (Pike County)

runner up: The University of Scranton – The University of Success – College Preparation Program (Lackawanna County)

Health & Human Services

first place: Pocono Alliance – Bridges Out of Poverty (Monroe County)

runner up: Voluntary Action Center – Lackawanna County APPRISE Program (Lackawanna County)

Arts & Culture

first place: KISS Theatre Company – KISS Theatre Company (Luzerne County)

runner up: Walk In Art Center – Walk In Art Center (Schuylkill County)

Children & Youth

first place: United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania – True Colors Alliance (Lackawanna County)

runner up: Valley Community Library – Projects Project (Lackawanna County)

Environmental Action & Animal Welfare

first place: Delaware Highlands Conservancy – Eagle Institute: The Perfect Partnership (Wayne County)

runner up: Olga and Dorothea Dessin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Five Element – High Impact Community Outreach Program (Wayne County)

 Ted Daniels Community Development:

first place: NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania – Helping Hands Flood Recovery Program (Lackawanna County)

runner up: Child Development, Inc. – Schuylkill Smiles (Schuylkill County)

NCAC Program of the Year

Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania – Disaster Recovery Coalition of Luzerne County (Luzerne County)

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Mange infected coyote may be in Hemlock Farms


Posting at Hemlock Farms alerts the community

A possible mangy coyote has been seen in Hemlock Farms Community Association and officials there are asking community members to report any sightings of the animal.

Mange is a contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites. It  can be transmitted to other animals, and according to the flyer posted in Hemlock Farms, in rare cases, mange can be transmitted to humans.

“Hemlock Farms is studying the severity and occurrence of infected coyote, and options to address this public health issue,” they flyer said.

The community asks that any coyote sighting be reported to public safety, especially if the animal appears scraggly, scabby or has hair loss.

Nathan steers clear of coyotes as a personal policy

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Black Bear Film Festival announces 2013 films

The Black Bear Film Festival in Milford has announced the films that will run during its event weekend opening Friday Oct. 18. See the festival website for tickets and times.

I look forward to this moment every year. It’s fun to read the list of movies and pick out a few favorites.

Here are the just announced film titles and descriptions.

Isn’t it delicious

This heartfelt movie about relationships will put you on a roller coaster of emotions. To do the right thing before it is too late, correct past wrongs and heal the wounds already created is the goal. Joan Weldon has a finite amount of time to accomplish her goals and be at peace with her efforts.  The film will make you rethink just what life is all about.


The adventures of robin hood (1938 version, 75th anniversary)

This classic film starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland celebrates its 75th anniversary. Robin Hood is already an outlaw at the onset of this film. He meets Maid Marian, part of the enemy camp, who warms to Robin’s fight against injustice, and to Robin himself, eventually becoming a trusted ally.


short term 12

This new, critically acclaimed film is a revealing drama that pulls audiences into the world of neglected youth. Grace, having dedicated her life to helping kids who have slipped through the cracks, finds her own life in turmoil. Thought provoking, complex, yet with humor, this film reveals how she copes with the truth of her own troubled past.


una noche

A story of life inside Havana, Cuba and a journey in a boat across the ocean to Miami.


Frances ha

A modern comic fable that  explores New York, relationships, and everlasting optimism. Nothing is as it seems to Frances but she continues to live her life with the endurance, joy, and attitude that add lightness to her world. Enjoy Frances as her dwindling dreams and persistent reality become an everyday challenge.


the act of killing

A haunting testament to the confrontational power of documentary cinema.  It is raw, terrifying and painfully difficult to watch.



Four men will do anything to pass the most difficult test most folks have never heard of. Somm takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into the mysterious world of sommeliers. This documentary explores one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations and just may teach you something in the process.


good ol’ freda

Answering a want ad for a secretary, who would ever have imagined that 26 years later, Freda would have her own history of working for The Beatles.  An amazing, music-filled documentary.



Notorious killer whale, Tilikum, is responsible for the deaths of three individuals. Shocking footage and emotional interviews present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals for human entertainment. This emotionally wrenching story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little humans know about these highly intelligent fellow mammals.


Mademoiselle c

Carine Rotfield, doyenne of French fashion, moves to NYC in this intriguing film about transition and change. Glimpsing the fashion world from the inside out Carine transports the audience into her exciting new venture, both personal and professional. Mademoiselle c, filled with celebrities, models, and personalities, makes the world of fashion entertaining and exciting for all.


In a world

Like father–like daughter. A small town vocal coach strikes it big, but what about Daddy? After all, don’t we all want our children to succeed in life.  It is a hilarious romantic comedy about the world of movie trailer voice overs, and the winner of the Sundance Film Festival best screenplay award.


Before midnight

Vienna, 20 years ago.  Paris, 10 years ago.  Greece, present day.  Follow the romance and chance encounter of this star crossed couple on their third meeting with all the emotions and yearnings that originally sparked their interest. Is this romance going to weather their changing lives of 20 years, can real life ever match one’s imagination, or do present day circumstances end it all?


The patience stone

An Afghani woman struggles to survive in the reality of her world.


Ain’t them bodies saints

A love story cast in the mold of Bonnie and Clyde, this is the tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his family.



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Milford Garden Club hosts art show

The Milford Garden Club, in coordination with Come Paint with Me Curator Joan Polishook, will host an Art in Bloom exhibit at the Artisan’s Exchange, 219 Broad Street, Milford on Saturday, Oct. 12,from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sunday, Oct. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit and sale features original works of open-air artists who have participated in the Come Paint with Me program in the past two seasons.

Painting outdoors is inspiring to the artists. The exhibit features the beauty of nature with floral interpretations created by Milford Garden Club members.

For more info call, call the Exchange at 570-296-5550, the club contact at 570-775-6317 or the curator at 570 775-6896.

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Horse Boy film on autism to be shown in Milford Friday


 Gait Therapeutic riding in Milford presents a fundraiser film event in with the inspiring documentary movie “The Horse Boy.”

Get  inside of the world of autism and learn how one family used their son’s connection with horses to open the doors of communication and improve his symptoms The film will be presented Friday, Sept, 6 at 7 p.m at the historic Milford Theatre .

The film won the 2009 audience award and at the Sundance Film The festival.

 There will be a Skype question and answer period with Rupert Isaacson, the father of  the “Horse Boy” after the film.

Learn about their journey across Mongolia and the connection between horse riding and people with special needs during the question and answer session.

Isaacson is the creator of the “Horse Boy Method” of therapeutic riding.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door.

All proceeds benefit Gait Therapeutic riding center which uses therapeutic horse riding and other equine activities to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs including autistic riders. 

Baby-sitting will be provided for children with special needs by Pike Autism Support Services during the film.

Please pre-register your child by e-mailing info@passnepa.org or by calling GAIT.

Also, call GAIT for advance tickets. 570-409-1140.

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