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THE CORNERSTONE OF THE POCONOS

NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following days: Good Friday: Friday, March 30, 2018 • Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Field Trip Series Search For Eagles By Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen The first 2017-18 Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen Memorial Field Trip, Search for Eagles took place in the Delaware Valley on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The temperature at the start was 31 degrees and at the finish 34 degrees. Winds, strong at times were mostly from the southeast. It was a day that started with a 100% overcast sky through the conclusion with partly sunny skies. The day began with watching feeder birds that included Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Downy Woodpecker among others. The 11 participants, including a teacher and three students from Wallenpaupack High School, logged 134 miles in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic River from PEEC to the Bushkill Access and the trip’s conclusion at the headwaters of the Lackawaxen River. Jack Padalino, president emeritus of PEEC and the Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, led the search seeing 31 species of birds that included 25 Bald Eagles (BE), one Golden Eagle, and 9 Redtailed Hawks. The first raptors of the day were a pair of Red-tailed Hawk perched east of Route 209 near the Heller Farm. At the Bushkill Access in the Delaware Water (Continued on Page 14)

IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING DTVAC Fighting Opioid Crisis Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Seeks New Members Vacancies Toll Free Numbers Just Say No - Township Supervisors Sometimes Have to Make Unpopular Decisions Important Contacts for Seniors New Medicare Card Mailing Strategy NPS to Close River Road

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DELAWARE TOWNSHIP 116 Wilson Hill Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Phone: 570-828-2347 HOURS OF OPERATION: Building Inspector: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 am Sewage Officer: By appointment only Zoning Officer: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 10:00 am Office: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Public Works: Monday through Friday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm Akenac Park: Open Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 2018. Park is open from 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday and Wednesday - Sunday. Park is closed Tuesday. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: MEETINGS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building WORKSHOPS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building

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On January 10, 2018, Governor Tom Wolf took a step forward in bolstering the fight against heroin and opioid addiction by signing a statewide disaster declaration to enhance state response, increase access to treatment, and save lives. The declaration is the first-of-its-kind for a public health emergency in Pennsylvania. Under this disaster declaration, Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp. began utilizing new naloxone standing orders issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on January 18, 2018.  Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving emergency medication given to the victims of opioid overdose including heroin. Naloxone has been proven to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death. With the new standing orders, once ambulance personnel revive a victim of an opioid overdose, ambulance personnel will then provide a spare naloxone dose with the “At-Risk Person” or with family members, friends, or other persons who are in a position to assist the AtRisk Person in the event of another opioid overdose. In addition to the medication, ambulance personnel will provide instructions on how to use the medication and will provide the patient a referral to drug counseling/ treatment. Delaware Township Vol. Ambulance Corp. (DTVAC) will continue to “leave-behind” naloxone for the length of this disaster emergency as long as DTVAC can continue to receive the naloxone for free through programs from the Pennsylvania Commission

applicable federal law enforcement agencies. Wright stated, “The cost of DTVAC’s Advanced Life overdoes continues to put a Support Coordinator, strain on DTVAC’s budget; Kyle Wright stated, however, DTVAC has been “Unfortunately, it may be the recipient of several too late to revive a person allocations of Naloxone.” from an overdose by the In 2017, the Pike County time an ambulance arrives Alliance for Prevention at the patient and the Programs donated of patient ultimately dies from several emergency doses the overdose. Many of the of Naloxone to DTVAC. overdose deaths we respond The Pike County Alliance to are from opioid users for Prevention Programs In addition to electronic who have been assisted by received the funding for the emergency medical services health records generated naloxone from the Barbara in the past. By enabling the for every patient interaction, Buchanan Endowment DTVAC will collect data on patient’s family or friends coordinated by the this program by completing Greater Pike Community to administer naloxone we a specific Department of can cut down on the time Foundation. And in 2018, Health survey every time from patient overdose to DTVAC received several medication administration, this procedure is used. doses of naloxone to assist in treating opioid-related truly increasing the patient’s In addition, DTVAC will overdoses from a grant now report all naloxone chance of survival.” In a program coordinated by administrations to the further effort to reduce on Crime and Delinquency or similar programs.

the “overdose to naloxone administration time”, DTVAC is in the process of executing naloxone agreements with Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company and Wild Acres Public Safety. Agreements will allow those agencies to legally possess and use naloxone. Under the agreement, restocking of naloxone will be provided at no cost to the agencies.

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the Pike County Training Center and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Physician General. Pike County Training Center Training & Operations Manager, Jordan Wisniewski stated, “Naloxone has been distributed to over eight emergency service agencies in the County and we are ready to assist additional

agencies, as needed”. Donations are still needed for other associated medical equipment and supplies used to respond to overdose emergencies. Online donations to DTVAC can be made at www.dtvac.org. DTVAC has also been focused on prevention efforts and has been a long-time supporter of the Pike County Reality Tour. The Reality Tour® is a community-based drug prevention program designed as a single event to engage parents and

children. It utilizes dramatic scenes balanced with coping skills to hopefully avoid drug experimentation by children. The Reality Tour is held four times a year, twice in the Spring and twice in the Fall, at the Milford Bible Church. To obtain a registration form visit www.pikepa.org. or contact Jill Gamboni 570390-9102. If you would like more information on this program or have any questions, contact DTVAC at (570) 828-2345 or email info@dtvac.org.

E BOARD OF SUPERVISORS John Henderson Chair | Secretary - jhenderson@delawaretownshippa.gov Jane Neufeld Supervisor | Treasurer - jneufeld@delawaretownshippa.gov Rick Koehler rkoehler@delawaretownshippa.gov

E ADMINISTRATION Krista Predmore Township Administrator kpredmore@delawaretownshippa.gov Sharon Franks Administrative Assistant | Permits sharonf@delawaretownshippa.gov Robin Jones H.R. | Administrative Asst. rjones@delawaretownshippa.gov Lori McCrory Permit Assistant lmccrory@delawaretownshippa.gov

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Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Seeks New Members

Vincent Flatt | Road Master vflatt@delawaretownshippa.gov Mike Moffa mmoffa@delawaretownshippa.gov Steven Tarquini starquini@delawaretownshippa.gov

E BOARDS & CHAIRPERSONS

We need you! Assistance needed to help us with our events throughout the year. Please consider joining us in giving back to our community. We know people have lives and may be unable to help with all events, just help when you can. We Serve!

Planning Commission Lenny Glamann - lennyglamann@gmail.com Zoning Hearing Board Max Brinson - maxbrinson@yahoo.com Auditors Dennis Lee - dennisleedtauditor@gmail.com

That is the motto of Lions Clubs International. We are a small group of people that help the local community. Two of our main areas of service include providing financial assistance to those that have sight related issues and assisting the local food pantry with donations. Check our Facebook page for meeting times and places. Facebook.com/dflionsclub.

E ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS Building Inspector SFM Consulting - smcglynn@sfmconsultingllc.org Zoning Officer SFM Consulting - smcglynn@sfmconsultingllc.org Sewage Officer Ron Russel - ecc@masthope.org

DINGMANS FERRY LION’S CLUB

Annual Fishing Contest Saturday, April 28, 2018 Noon to 3pm We stock Egli’s pond with over 300 trout, provide thechildren with hot dogs, soda/water & give prizes for the 3 largest fish caught & 1 for the smallest fish caught. E  very child who participates gets a small prize for attending. For more information contact Lion Audrey Mervine-Mead 570-828-6285 EGLI POND ON ROUTE 739 (NEAR CENTURY 21 ROY HULL) DINGMANS FERRY, PA

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VACANCIES

Toll Free Numbers State

BOARD OF AUDITORS

Auditor General’s Tipline

1-800-922-8477

Cancer Hotline

1-800-422-6237

Child Abuse Hotline

1-800-932-0313

Consumer Protection Bureau

1-800-441-2555

DEP

1-800-541-2050

Elder Abuse Hotline

1-800-490-8505

Ethics Commission

1-800-932-0936

Health Line

1-800-724-3258

Inspector General

1-800-932-0935

Insurance

1-877-881-6388

LIHEAP

1-800-692-7462

LCB

1-800-932-0602

Military and Veterans Affairs

1-800-645-8924

Mortgage Assistance

1-800-342-2397

PACE/PACENET

1-800-225-7223

RECREATION COMMITTEE

PennDOT – Motor Vehicles

1-800-932-4600

PennDOT – Potholes

1-800-349-7623

PennDOT – Roadway and Weather Conditions

1-800-331-3414

PHEAA

1-800-682-7392

Delaware Township is seeking creative volunteers interested in being part of the implementation of the township’s recreation programs and activities. The Recreation Committee is under the supervision and direction of the Board of Supervisors. Must be a Delaware Township resident. Please send letter of interest and brief background information by email to dtbos@ptd.net or by mail to Delaware Township, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate

1-800-222-9190

PUC

1-800-692-7380

Revenue

1-800-728-2937

State

1-888-659-9962

Turnpike Commission

1-800-331-3414

Unemployment Compensation

1-888-334-4046

Welfare Assistance

1-800-692-7462

Welfare Fraud

1-800-932-0582

Worker’s Compensation

1-800-428-2383

Delaware Township has one (1) vacancy on its Board of Auditors. Auditors shall reside in the township. The term is for six (6) years. The Board of Auditors shall audit, settle and adjust the accounts of all elected or appointed officials of the township and its boards or agencies that received or disbursed funds of or owing to the township during the immediately preceding calendar year. The Board of Auditors shall determine the compensation for Supervisors employed by the township. The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will accept letters of interest for the available vacancy by mail at Delaware Township, 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 or by email to DTBOS@ptd. net. No phone calls please.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR Delaware Township is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Emergency Management Coordinator. The EMC must provide oversight and direction to the BOS, be competent and capable of planning and effecting coordination between agencies of government, local emergency responders and the public prior to and during declared disasters. This is a volunteer position and is open to Delaware Township residents. An annual stipend is provided. Days and hours vary. Resumes can be submitted to the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors, 116 Wilson Hill Road Dingmans Ferry, Pa. 18328 or emailed to dtbos@ptd.net. A full description of the responsibilities is available upon request at the Township Office.

Federal Senator Bob Casey

1-866-802-2833

Senator Pat Toomey

1-855-552-1831

Congressman Lou Barletta

1-855-241-5144

Congressman Tom Marino

1-202-225-3731

IRS

1-800-382-1274

Medicare

1-800-829-1040

Social Security

1-800-772-1213

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‘Just Say No’ To Comply with State Laws, Township Supervisors Sometimes Have to Make Unpopular Decisions Wal-Mart is coming to town and wants to build its new store near your neighborhood. The township supervisors should just say no. A pig farmer wants to set up shop down the road from your new dream home. The township supervisors should just say no. A local businessman wants to open an adult bookstore a few doors away from your church. The township supervisors should just say no. It’s that easy, right? Well, not really. When making land use decisions, township supervisors must comply with a handful of state laws, including the granddaddy of them all, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, which was enacted in 1968 to guide local officials as they develop their communities. And while the MPC, the courts, and the legislature have given township supervisors a certain amount of latitude and flexibility in making local land use decisions, they have been very firm about one thing: Townships with zoning ordinances must allow for every use. In other words, townships must set aside land for such necessary things as homes and businesses and such controversial things as landfills and cell phone towers. No matter how much residents may protest, township supervisors have very few options when faced with an unpopular use: If the applicant complies with state and local laws, the township must allow it. “Township residents may not want an adult bookstore or a hog farm in their community, but the courts have determined that these are legitimate uses,” says Elam Herr, assistant executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. “So unless a township wants to wind up in court, spending valuable tax dollars be-cause it sidestepped a state law, it can’t ban or say no to these businesses. The supervisors’ hands are tied. “Sometimes, that’s difficult for residents to understand,” he adds, “but townships must follow state and federal laws like anyone else or face the consequences.”

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important contacts for seniors From the Pike County Area Agency on Aging MEDICARE PLANS AVAILABLE www.medicare.gov Call APPRISE at 800-783-7067 Call Medicare at 800-633-4227 or 877-486-248 (TTY) Or call us at 570-775-5550 for appt. to assist you. PIKE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION Hours 7:30am-4:00pm 570-296-3408 or 866-681-4947 DO NOT CALL REGISTRY If you want to stop those nagging calls from solicitors you can place your phone number on the Do Not Call registry by calling 888-382-1222 or go online to www.donotcall.gov SENIOR LAW CENTER Senior Law Center protects the legal rights & interests of seniors in PA through legal services, referral services and advocacy. Call their helpline at 877-727-7529 PIKE COUNTY AREA AGENCY ON AGING Blooming Grove - 570-775-5550 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm Dingmans Center - 570-828-7812 Hours: Tues & Fri 9am-3pm Lackawaxen/Shohola 570-685-7808 Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 9am-2pm Milford - 570-832-1929 Hours: Wed & Fri 1am-3pm

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New Medicare Card Mailing Strategy

FLU VACCINE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new, unique Medicare Number will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on each new Medicare card, starting April 2018.

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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. Every flu season is different, and the flu can affect people differently. Every flu season millions of people get the flu, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes.

ion rotect P t s e he B ine Is T c c a V u Fl Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Flu vaccines... •

Can keep you from getting sick with flu

Can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalizations

Are very important for people with chronic health conditions like diabetes and

New Medicare Card Mailing Waves:

including among children and older adults

heart and lung disease •

Help protect both pregnant women and their babies

May make your illness milder if you do get sick

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for several months after birth from the flu

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Each year, CDC reports the number of flu illnesses, medical visits, and hospitalizations prevented by flu vaccination. During the 2015-2016 flu season:

Denver

• 3 Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin after June 2018

The estimated number of flu illnesses that were prevented by flu vaccination =

5.1 million. As many people use the Denver International Airport in one month.

Portland

The estimated number of flu medical visits that were prevented by flu vaccination =

• 4 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont after June 2018 • 5 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina after June 2018 • 6 Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming after June 2018

2.5 million. Equal to the population of Portland, Oregon.

Texas

CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis by geographic location and other factors. These mailings will follow the sequence outlined below. Additional details on timing will be available as the mailings progress. Starting in April 2018, people with Medicare will be able to check the status of card mailings in their area on Medicare.gov.

The estimated number of flu hospitalizations that were prevented by flu vaccination =

• 7 Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virgin Islands after June 2018

Enough people to fill every registered hospital bed in the state of Texas.

eason y Flu S r e v E d ccinate Get Va CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial. Ongoing flu vaccination is recommended as long as flu viruses are circulating, even into January or later.

OCTOBER

JANUARY

NPS Will Close River Road to Protect Breeding Amphibians Motorists can expect River Road within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to be closed on several evenings over the next few weeks to protect breeding amphibians. The closures are contingent on the weather and may come earlier than usual this season, as the region has experienced a relatively mild winter. Lack of

MARCH

snow cover on the ground and few snaps of consistently warm temperatures mean that the ground is no longer frozen, a trigger to wildlife that spring is near. Each year the National Park Service take steps to protect migrating amphibians by closing River Road in

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Middle Smithfield Township between park headquarters and Hialeah Picnic Area on several mild, rainy

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nights from March to mid-April. This closure allows vulnerable amphibians to crawl or hop from distances of a few hundred feet to sometimes more than a quarter mile, to moist breeding pools without the risk of being crushed by vehicle tires. The trigger for the road closures will be forecasts calling for evening rain with mild temperatures- usually in

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the 50’s. Since the amphibians are active principally at night and have completed their treks by dawn, the road will be closed at approximately 4:00 p.m. and will remain closed until approximately 6:30 a.m. For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area or updates on road closures call

For more information visit:

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park headquarters at (570) 426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm; visit our website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS. CS273764B

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Love Your Dog, License Your Dog Did you know your dog must be licensed by January 1 of each year if you are a Pennsylvania resident? Dog owners may purchase an annual license for $8.50 or a lifetime license for $51.50. The annual fee for spayed or neutered dogs is reduced to $6.50 annually or $31.50 for a lifetime.  Older adults and those with disabilities may apply for a discounted dog licensing fee. Purchase your dog license from the Pike County Treasurer’s Office located at 506 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337. The Pike County Treasurer’s office maintains a database of licenses that are issued, which enables lost dogs to be returned to their owners more readily. This reduces costs incurred by the municipalities when the Humane Society must take possession of a lost dog.

ADLEB 14-18 rev. 9/2014

PA Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement

DOG LICENSE APPLICATION Year of license DATE

License # DOG’S NAME

COLOR OF DOG:

SPOTTED

DOG’S AGE

WHITE

BLACK

BROWN

BREED

OTHER-INDICATE

If the license is issued by an agent rather than the COUNTY TREASURER, an additional 50¢ will be charged. ALL PRICES INCLUDE SERVICE FEES ALLOWED BY LAW. REGULAR FEE

PERSON WITH DISABILITY OR SENIOR CITIZEN FEE

MALE

NEUTERED MALE

FEMALE

SPAYED FEMALE

MALE

NEUTERED MALE

FEMALE

SPAYED FEMALE

$8.50

$6.50

$8.50

$6.50

$6.50

$4.50

$6.50

$4.50

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR A LICENSE THAT REQUIRES THE DOG OWNER BE A SENIOR CITIZEN, AGE 65 OR OLDER, OR A PERSON WITH DISABILITY, YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF AGE OR DISABILITY TO THE COUNTY TREASURER OR AGENT. OWNER’S NAME

TELEPHONE NO.

OWNER’S DATE OF BIRTH MO.

STREET

DAY

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TOWNSHIP/BOROUGH

CITY

STATE

ZIP CODE

PA E-MAIL ADDRESS

I HEREBY VERIFY THAT I AM THE OWNER OF THE DOG THAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS DOG LICENSE APPLICATION. I MAKE THIS STATEMENT SUBJECT TO THE CRIMINAL PENALTIES OF 18 Pa § SECTION 4904 (RELATING TO UNSWORN FALSIFICATION TO AUTHORITIES).

SIGNATURE OF DOG OWNER/APPLICANT REQUIRED

IF APPLICANT IS A MINOR, SIGNATURE OF PARENT OR GUARDIAN IS REQUIRED MAIL TO PIKE COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE

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New Route 209 Commercial Vehicle Exemption Signed Into Law NOTICE OF New legislation allowing in one or more of nine vehicle per calendar year. by legislation. (See 36 CFR, DELAWARE limited use of US Route 209 adjacent municipalities, or Section 5.6: https://www. A commercial vehicle is through Delaware Water if the operator is serving a gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFRTOWNSHIP PUBLIC defined as any vehicle Gap National Recreation business or person located 2011-title36-vol1/pdf/CFRHEARING TO AMEND Area by some commercial in the park or in one used to transport property 2011-title36-vol1-sec5-6.pdf.) or provide services to an or more of the adjacent The full text of the new ORDINANCE 110 AND vehicles was signed into individual or business for a law by the President on municipalities. Adjacent legislation can be viewed at: ORDINANCE 901 fee or profit or that is used Monday. “We are very municipalities include: https://www.congress.gov/ in connection with any grateful for the hard work Delaware Township, bill/115thcongress/ houseDEFINiTIONS ADDING business regardless of how and compromising spirit Dingman Township, bill/560/text?q=%7B%22se KENNELS the vehicle is registered. of all who were involved Lehman Township, arch%22%3A%5B%22209% PLEASE BE ADVISED that the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will hold a Public Hearing to amend Ordinance 110 and Ordinance 901 on the 28th day of March 2018, at 7:15 p.m., at the Delaware Township Municipal Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania 18328. The purpose of the hearing is to amend Ordinance 110 adding section 17.UU Kennels as a conditional use in commercial zone and to amend Ordinance 901 to include the definition of kennel and board kennel. Ordinance 110 and 901 can be reviewed in its entirety at the Delaware Township Municipal Office located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Public Works Laborer Public Works performs many functions, including the maintenance of roads, water systems, and equipment along with upkeep of all publicly owned facilities. Other duties include snow removal, work zone flagging, mowing, tree removal, etc. Must be 18 years old and in possession of a valid commercial driver’s license. Welding experience a plus. Hours are Monday - Friday; 7:00am - 3:30pm; 40 hours per week. Send resume via email to dtbos@ptd.net or via fax to 570-828-8705 no later than Monday, March 12, 2018. No phone calls please.

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in drafting this important piece of legislation and getting it passed, especially Congressmen Tom Marino and Matt Cartwright, Senator Pat Toomey, former park superintendent John Donahue, and local elected officials from affected communities,” said Chief Ranger Eric Lisnik who will manage the commercial vehicle program for the park. “Getting the large tractor trailers and non-local commercial vehicles off of Route 209 while allowing use by smaller trucks and local businesses protects National Park Service resources and infrastructure, provides a better and safer experience for visitors and commuters, and allows local businesses and communities to thrive.” The previous law allowing some commercial vehicles to use Route 209 expired on September 30, 2015. Until the new law expires on September 30, 2021, operators of local commercial vehicles with 4 or fewer axles may obtain a permit to use US Route 209 if the vehicle is owned and operated by a business that is physically located in the park or

Matamoras Borough, Milford Township, Milford Borough, Middle Smithfield Township, Smithfield Township, and Westfall Township. All other commercial vehicles are prohibited on Route 209 through the park. The National Park Service is currently in the process of interpreting the new law and working to establish associated regulations and a permit system for eligible commercial vehicles. School buses transporting students for school or school-related activities and fire, ambulance, and other public safety and emergency vehicles do not need a permit to use the road. Information on how, when, and where permits may be purchased will be released once it is available.

A vehicle registered to an individual is considered a commercial vehicle if it is used to conduct business.

The use of government roads within national park areas by commercial vehicles, when such use is in no way connected with the operation of the park area, is prohibited under federal regulations. This law, and other the commercial vehicle laws that were in place in the past, provides an exception to that general regulation under certain conditions and parameters, as defined

22%5D%7D&r=2. Contact the Chief Ranger’s Office at (570) 426-2414 with questions about commercial vehicle permit eligibility. For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and site openings and closures, call park headquarters at (570) 426-2452, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm; visit our website at www.nps.gov/dewa; or follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ DelWaterGapNPS.

“We anticipate having permits available for purchase in April with full implementation and enforcement of the new law beginning in July,” said Lisnik. The fee to obtain a 2018 permit will likely be set at $100 per vehicle for the remainder of the year; subsequent annual permit fees will be set at $200 per

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Pennsylvania Licenses Young Drivers Through A Three-Stage Program, Reflecting The Driver’s Gradual Progression In Skill, Experience, And Decision-Making Ability. LEARNER’S PERMIT After successfully completing a physical examination, vision screening and knowledge test, young drivers may begin behind-the-wheel practice. Basic driving skills and safe habits are developed under adult-supervised conditions. Requirements under the law include: • Learner’s permit valid for one year: The learner’s permit will be valid for one year with extensions for those requiring more practice time. • Scheduling your skills test: PennDOT encourages students to schedule their road test for their earliest eligibility date printed on their learner’s permit at the time their permit is issued. • Six months of learning: A sixmonth skill-building period to practice and gain experience is required before a young driver may take the road test for a junior license. • Proper supervision: You must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years of age or a parent, guardian, person in loco parentis or spouse who is at least 18 years of age and licensed with the same or higher class vehicle that appears on your learner’s permit. • Skills requirements: 65 hours of adult-supervised skill building. Except for a motorcycle learners permit, this requirement includes no less than ten hours of nighttime driving and five (5) hours of bad weather driving. A parent or guardian must certify (Parent or Guardian Certification Form (DL180C) that the young driver’s six months of skill building included at least 65 hours of practical, adult-supervised driving experience. • Nighttime driving restriction: The young driver may not be behind the wheel between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Young drivers may travel for employment and for volunteer or charitable service during these hours, but they must carry proper documentation. • Passenger limitation: The number of passengers must not exceed the number of seat belts in the vehicle. This applies to all drivers under age 18. • Required sanctions for

high-risk drivers under age 18: A young driver’s permit will be suspended for 90 days if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of a single high-speed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit).

with you. The increased limit does not apply to any junior driver who has ever been involved in a crash in which you were partially or fully responsible or who is convicted of any driving violation.

• Motorcycle license requirements: Successful completion of a Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program Basic Rider Course is a requirement for a young rider before a motorcycle license can be issued.

A regular driver’s license - typically issued at age 18 provides unrestricted driving privileges to teenagers who have progressed through the graduated system and have an established history of safe driving, If certain conditions are met, some young drivers may qualify early for a license before age 18.

JUNIOR LICENSE Young drivers who graduate to a junior license have satisfactorily completed all learner’s permit requirements, including the road test, but the following restrictions still apply: • Required sanctions for highrisk drivers under age 18: A young driver’s junior license will be suspended for 90 days if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of a single highspeed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit). • Nighttime driving restriction begins at 11 p.m.: Even with a junior license, a young driver may not be behind the wheel between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions for employment and volunteer or charitable service will apply, but young drivers must carry proper documentation regarding their need to travel.

UNRESTRICTED LICENSE

• Unrestricted license before age 18: A young driver cannot obtain an unrestricted license before age 18 unless he or she has maintained a crash-and conviction-free record for 12 months and has completed an approved driver’s education course. To apply for an unrestricted license before age 18, young drivers must complete a special form, DL59, and submit it to PennDOT along with a certificate of completion from an approved driver’s education course, An affidavit of consent from a parent, guardian, person in loco parentis or spouse who is at least 18 years of age must also be provided. • Passenger limitation: The number of passengers must not exceed the number of

seat belts in the vehicle. This applies to all drivers under age 18. • Required sanctions for highrisk drivers under age 18: A young driver’s unrestricted license will be suspended for 90 days if he or she accumulates six or more points or is convicted of a single high-speed violation (driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit). SEAT BELT REQUIREMENTS Drivers and occupants in a vehicle who are under the age of 18 must wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, and children under the age of eight must be securely fastened in a child restraint system. Failure to comply with the new law’s seat belt provisions is a primary offense, meaning that a driver can be pulled over and cited solely for that violation. THE PARENT’S SUPERVISED DRIVING PROGRAM PennDOT has developed a tutor’s guide for those teaching teenagers to drive. As a helpful supplement to the Pennsylvania Driver’s Manual, it guides tutors through lesson plans that help organize the time spent behind the wheel and assists in better preparing young drivers for the open road. The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program guidebook, is available at www.dmv.pa.gov by clicking on Forms and

Publications. SOME BASICS OF SAFE DRIVING • Always remember to buckle up before taking the wheel and ensure that your passengers do, too. • Know and follow the rules of the road. • Stay within speed limits and drive at a speed that is safe for road conditions. • Look out for the actions of other drivers on the roadway and communicate your intentions to other drivers • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance. • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For more information or if you have more questions, please go to www.dmv.pa.gov Consider The Gift of Life When you get your driver’s license, you can choose to give the gift of life and become an organ donor. Join the more than three million Pennsylvanians who have said they care by choosing this life-saving option. If you are under age 18, you must have the consent of your parent or guardian to become an organ donor.

• Seatbelt requirements: The number of passengers must not exceed the number of seat belts in the vehicle, and all seatbelts must be worn. This applies to all passengers and drivers under the age of 18. What You Need To Know About Pennsylvania’s March 2015 Young Driver Law • Passenger restrictions: You may not carry more than one (1) passenger under the age of 18 who is not an immediate family member unless one (1) of your parents or guardians is in the vehicle with you. After the first six (6) months of driving on a junior license, the limit is increased to no more than three (3) passengers under the age of 18 who are not immediate family members unless one (1) of your parents or guardians is in the vehicle

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EMERGENCY MGMT. ORDINANCE NO. 304 AN ORDINANCE OF DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, PROVIDING FOR PENALTIES FOR FALSE FIRE ALARMS CAUSED BY FAULTY FIRE DETECTION ALARM EQUIPMENT OR NEGLIGENCE This Ordinance shall be known and cited as the “DELAWARE TOWNSHIP FALSE FIRE ALARM ORDINANCE” WHEREAS, pursuant to the Second Class Township Code, 53 P.S 66506, entitled “General Powers”, the Township Board of Supervisors is authorized to make and adopt Ordinances necessary for the proper management, care and control of the Township, and the maintenance of the health and welfare of the Township and its citizens; WHEREAS the Township Board of Supervisors desires to prevent the number of times the fire department

is dispatched and traveling to an event that is without cause, yet still puts personnel and equipment at risk by the necessity to physically confirm through response that no hazards to life, safety and/ or property exist; WHEREAS the Township Board of Supervisors desires to ensure that property owners take the appropriate actions after a malfunction and/or other false alarm as defined herein, to properly maintain the fire alarm

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system and all components as designed during an actual fire and/or other emergency.

Article I- Definition: FALSE ALARM - Any signal activated by an automatic protection device, any audible alarm or any other kind of direct or indirect signal given to which police departments, fire department or emergency response agencies respond which is not the result of an attempted illegal entry, burglary, intrusion, fire, medical or other similar emergency, excluding weather extremes and utility interruptions, which activates a protection device which results in the transmission of a signal to a central station monitoring company and the subsequent dispatch by Pike County 911 of the departments or agencies listed above to the alarm location.

- Any device designed to automatically suppress or prevent a fire, medical or other similar emergency and shall include, but not be limited to, smoke detectors, heat detectors, automatic sprinkler system devices, range hood suppression systems, combustible or toxic gas detectors, and all system components of the above.

false fire alarm, a written report shall be made within fourteen (14) days by the owner or lessee to the fire department and shall contain what steps have been taken to eliminate future false fire alarms.

Article II- False Fire Alarms Prohibited:

1. First, second, and third false fire alarm( s) in any one calendar year shall be subject to a written warning from the fire department, who shall keep such warning(s) on file with the affected fire department and shall be kept on file with the affected fire department for a period of three (3) years from the date of the false fire alarm.

It shall be unlawful for the property owner, lessee or any person occupying or otherwise on any premises protected by an automatic protection device within Delaware Township, to make or cause to be made, a false fire alarm, directly or indirectly to any fire department responding to alarms within the Township, when the false fire alarm is caused by faulty detection or alarm equipment or by the negligence of said property owner, lessee or person.

A false alarm shall include, but not be limited to, any signal activated directly or indirectly resulting from the maintenance being performed on any system described above or any component of any automatic protection device. Single station or interconnected, hard wired and battery operated residential smoke and heat detectors, gas alarms and “local/ proprietary’’ commercial fire alarm systems which only directly alert the occupants of the premises are specifically exempted from the provisions of this Ordinance.

Fire alarms incurred inadvertently, accidentally and/or as the result of work on or around the automatic protection device shall not be exempt from the enforcement provisions of this Ordinance.

AUTOMATIC PROTECTION DEVICE

(b) Upon notification of a

Article III- False Fire Alarm Service Fees (a) The status of an alarm is to be determined by the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company (“DTVFC”) Fire Chief, or in the absence of the Chief, the Officer In Charge at the time of the alarm and response. The decision shall be final.

(c) Service fees for false fire alarms shall be assessed by the Township as follows:

2. Within twenty-four (24) hours of the alarm, the DTVFC Fire Chief shall be responsible to provide notification in writing to the Township for action by the Code Enforcement Officer or other authority designated by the Township. The notification, at a minimum, shall consist of a copy of the fire report detailing the nature, location and extent of the alarm and the reason the alarm is being classified as false. Within seven (7) days of receipt of the notification, the Code Enforcement Officer or other authority designated by the Township shall send a written warning to the property owner(s) and/ or lessee(s) by certified mail of the provisions of the Ordinance and the possibility of fines for continued failure to properly maintain the

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automatic protection device or take such other appropriate action to prevent successive false fire alarms. 3. Upon receipt of the written warning from the Township, the property owner(s) or lessee(s) shall provide documentation in writing to the Township and the DTVFC of the corrective action taken to prevent successive false fire alarms, including but not limited to any repairs made to the automatic protection device. If a certified fire alarm contractor performed the repairs, a copy of the service report shall be included. Said documentation shall be provided to the Township within fourteen (14) days of receipt of the written warning. 4. Fourth false fire alarm in any one calendar year shall be subject to a service fee not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00); and/ or legal action by the Township. 5. Fifth and subsequent false fire alarms in any one calendar year, shall be subject to a service fee not to exceed Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00); and/ or legal action by the Township.

or other court of competent jurisdiction. (c) For the purposes of this Ordinance, the responsibility for the activation shall rest with the property owner of the premises from which the false fire alarm originated.

Article V- Cooperation The officers of the department and/ or agency agree that in support of enforcement of the provisions of this Ordinance, they will agree to appear in court as necessary, provided that reasonable accommodations and/or notice be made to allow for their work schedules.

Article VI-Severability The provisions of this Ordinance shall be severable, and if any provision hereof shall be declared unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of any of the remaining provisions of

Article IV-Penalties and Remedies for Violations (a) In the event a violation of this Ordinance occurs, in addition to such other remedies as may be available under existing law, the Township may institute an action in equity to prevent, restrain, correct, abate or enjoin such violation. (b) Any person, whether as principal or agent, who violates this Ordinance or assists or abets its violation, shall upon conviction thereof, before any Magistrate, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than Fifty ($50.00) Dollars, nor more than Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars, together with the costs of prosecution

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this Ordinance. It is hereby declared as a legislative intent of the Township that this Ordinance would have been amended as if such unconstitutional, illegal or invalid provision or provisions had not been included herein.

Article VII- Repealer All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances conflicting

or inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance hereby adopted are hereby repealed.

Article VIII- Effective Date This Ordinance shall become effective five (5) days from the date hereof. ENACTED AND ORDAINED THIS 24th DAY OF January, 2018.

Pike Co. Fire Departments Lackawaxen Twp. Volunteer Ambulance Service (Dept. 21) 109 PA Rt. 590, Greeley, PA 570-685-4022 Greeley Fire Department (Dept. 23) 245 PA Rt. 590, Greeley, PA 570-685-7537 Bushkill Fire Company (Dept. 24) 124 Evergreen Dr., Lehman, PA 570-588-6033 Blooming Grove Fire Dept. (Dept. 25) 484 PA Rt. 739, Hawley, PA 570-775-7355 Dingman Twp. Fire Dept. (Dept. 26) 680 Log Tavern Rd., Milford, PA 570-686-3696 Central Fire Dept. (Dept. 27) 574 Westcolang Rd., Hawley, PA - 570-685-7344 Delaware Twp. Fire Co. (Dept. 28) 131 Wilson Hill Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA - 570-828-2223 Delaware Twp. Ambulance Corp. (Dept. 28) 135 Park Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA - 570-828-2345 Hemlock Farms Fire & Rescue (Dept. 29) 1053 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA - 570-775-6447 Lackawaxen Fire Dept. (Dept. 31) 116 Township Rd., Lackawaxen, PA - 570-685-7330 Matamoras Borough Fire Dept. (Dept. 32) 506 Avenue Q, Matamoras, PA 570-491-4154 Milford Fire Dept. (Dept. 33) 107 W. Catharine St., Milford, PA - 570-296-6121 Mill Rift Fire Dept. (Dept. 34) 139 Bluestone Blvd., Mill Rift, PA - 570-491-4850 Promised Land Fire & Ambulance (Dept. 35) RR 390, Greentown, PA - 570676-3818 Tafton Fire Co. (Dept. 37) 235 PA Rt. 507, Hawley, PA 570-226-4273 Westfall Fire Dept. (Dept. 39) 101 Mtn. Ave., Matamoras, PA 570-491-4717 Shohola Fire Dept. (Dept. 41) 325 PA Rt. 434, Shohola, PA 570-559-7525 Forest Fire Dept. (Dept. 81) 1129 Towpath Rd., Hawley, PA 570-226-5022

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Annual Ice Rescue Training Practice makes perfect. On Feb. 10, 2018, The Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company held their Annual Ice Rescue Training Class. Members participated in 4 hours of classroom lecture in the morning, then moved out to the ice in the afternoon for “hands-on” training.  Members donned dry suits and simulated rescuing victims from the ice.  Ice rescue is specialized training. With over 20 “bodies” of water in our township, It is important that the members of the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company know what to do when an incident like this occurs. DTVAC Squad 28 had one member participate and an ambulance on standby while we were on the ice and in the water.

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DIG DELAWARE Spring Wildflowers By Carol Padalino Few things in nature beautify the landscape more than wildflowers. Their countless colors and designs are found almost anywhere - from fields to woods, deserts to ponds, and even in junkyards, dumps, and cracks in shopping mall parking lots. Wildflowers are also essential parts of our environment and our lives.  They feed insects, birds, animals, and even humans; they hold together and condition the soil, and they provide many modern medicines.  A wildflower is a blooming plant that can survive without the help of humans.  More than 10,000 kinds exist in North America, many of them rare and limited in territory, hundreds of them are abundant and widespread.  I have chosen three to discuss here, all easily found on a spring hike or drive through Delaware Township. Skunk cabbage is a wetland wildflower known for its putrid smell.  This unusual but interesting and beneficial plant makes its appearance in early winter. In fact skunk cabbage appears so early that naturalist John Burroughs wrote “it may be found with its  round green spear-point an inch or two above the mould in December.  It is ready to welcome and make the most of the first fitful March warmth.”  The plant’s scent has been described as combining “a suspicion of skunk, putrid meat and garlic.”  This smell makes the plant unappetizing to most grazing animals but has the ability to attract insects.  Certain flies can detect the smell from long distances and then provide transportation for the plant’s golden pollen, food for bees.  For the insects that love the scent and nectar, it is a healthy part  of their diet.  Besides the smell, skunk cabbage has the ability to emit warmth.  The plant can regulate its temperature well above the outside temperature throughout the day and night.  This attribute allows the plant to melt its way above the frozen ground.  This native American plant has a long history of medicinal uses.  It may also be the oldest wildflower since its roots may live more than 200 years. Requiring a moist wetland soil, this plant has extensive optimal growing conditions throughout Delaware Township.  Look for it as you hike or take a drive early in the spring. Another plant that signals spring is Coltsfoot, a dandelion look-alike.  Commonly found along roadsides and wastelands, coltsfoot grows in some of the poorest soils, only demanding sunlight and moist ground.  The coltsfoot flower blooms well before the leaves emerge, making it an important plant for bees.  The plant provides nectar early in the season when flowers are uncommon.  Coltsfoot is an herbaceous perennial plant that does well in alkaline, clay soil.  Wildflower lovers especially enjoy the lively yellow color after the snow melt.  The flowers can easily be found in our township thriving along the roadside shoulders composed chiefly of salty road sand from years of winter storms. Coltsfoot is best known as an herbal remedy to treat coughs and bronchial congestion.

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In fact, the botanical name, Tussalago, means ‘cough dispeller’. The herb has been used for this purpose and to provide relief from other respiratory disorders since pre-historic times. Dutchman’s breeches, an herbaceous perennial, is a native wildflower common throughout the rich woods of eastern North America.  This plant blooms in the early spring from March to April.  In the wild they are often found in rocky, sloping areas of moist woodland.  Flowers are white to pink and resemble a pair of pantaloons hanging upside down.  The common name derives from the fact that the flowers are pantaloon shaped.  Examining the plant it is easy to imagine that the arching leafless stems are clotheslines with pantaloons hanging to dry. This plant grows in moist, shady areas and has compound leaves that appear almost fern-like.  The Dutchman’s breeches can spread to cover considerable areas. The flowers are pollinated by early bumblebees whose proboscis is long enough to tap the nectar.  Honeybees, with a shorter proboscis, can gather only the pollen with their front feet. Native Americans considered this plant useful for skin conditions and as a blood purifier.  Delaware Township has many large stands of Dutchman’s breeches.  I love spotting them as I cross the Dingmans bridge into New Jersey. I have learned that I can rely on the sighting of these wildflowers, each in its’ specific habitat, year after year, as  a sure indicator of spring’s warmer weather.

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Memorial Field Trip Series - Search For Eagles Continued from Page 1 Gap National Recreation Area were Belted Kingfisher, White-throated Sparrows, and 2 Mallards. Additional Red-tailed Hawks were seen proximal to the PEEC turn off of route 209 and at the Hornbeck’s Trail Head. Our first BE of the day was at the Dingmans Ferry Access down river and perched on the New Jersey side. The feeders at the bridge hosted a Brown Creeper and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Our tour of the cemetery added Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Tree Sparrows and another Red-tailed Hawk. Near the Zimmerman Farm Road we added an adult BE that was perched in a Sycamore on the PA side of the river.

The BE nest near mile marker 17 on Route 209 has had birds in and around it for the past few weeks. This nest has been active for at least six years and today we saw an adult perched on the rim of the nest. I was able to capture an image of the eagle perched on the rim of the nest and have included it with this report. At the Callahan House, headquarters of the Brandwein Institute we shared a round of introductions, distributed Search for Eagles field guides and background information, and reviewed the trip itinerary.

on and in the Metz Road nest while constructing it. We watched as one of the BE brought a stick to the nest. We enjoyed the coming and going of both birds for about 15 minutes. We visited Milford Beach, no BE. On the road along the river we were able to locate an adult BE perched in a Sycamore tree at the end of Bennett Road at a condominium complex.

We drove past an interesting wood sculpture at the intersection of Ann and Third Streets and continued a pull off at the Kittitinny Camp ground to view the cliffs where Common Ravens are believed to nest On the way to Milford Beach and BEs are frequently seen. we observed two adult BEs No luck, no BEs or Ravens. We enjoyed a rest stop at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center where we viewed an Eagle Institute exhibit, a 701 pound Trophy Black Bear, and added Cedar Waxwings, Eastern Starlings, Rock Pigeons, and Ring-billed Gulls. On the way to Pond Eddy Farm overlook we added Common Mergansers. Plank Road and Rio Reservoir was our next destination. Traveling north we added a perched adult BE. As we crossed the bridge approaching the Observation Blind we searched upstream for BEs, there were none. We back tracked along Plank Road where there were two eagles, an immature in flight and a perched adult. The Rio Reservoir Dam had 2 adult BEs perched downstream. An image of one of the perched birds is attached. There were a half dozen people at the dam in addition to members of our

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group who enjoyed watching We have frequently seen the eagles. BEs in this area and were delighted to have finally We returned to the located the nest. Close by Delaware and traveled at the Angler’s access to the upriver. river we added two adult BEs, one perched and one About a half mile upriver in flight. from where the Mongaup enters the Delaware we were excited by 3 perched BEs, an adult, a sub-adult, and a juvenile. Near Indian Head Canoe livery we watched an adult BE in flight. As we approached Pond Eddy nest site, we looked at an adult BE at a favorite perch high above us on the ridge. One of the students located a juvenile BE perched down river from where we parked. The group had fun trying to determine whether or not there was one or two birds that we were seeing. Conclusion: one juvenile bird.

No eagles were at Minisink Ford Observation Blind. We crossed the Roebling Bridge, enjoyed a pit stop, then proceeded to the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Delaware and the Zane Gray access. By the time we reached here we had seen 20 BEs.

Traveling upstream along the Lackawaxen we saw an additional 5 BEs and a Golden Eagle at locations such as the Engavaldenger Road, Mail Box 510, Appert Road, and downstream from Swinging Bridge where we had great looks at a perched In Barryville we were able to then in flight Golden Eagle. locate the BE nest on the PA We concluded our field trip side of the river in Shohola. at 4:30 p.m.

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In addition to the 25 Bald Eagles and a Golden Eagle we also saw:

Eagles’ nests we discovered will be monitored on subsequent Searches for Eagles: Sunday, January 7, 2018 Sunday, February 4, 2018 Sunday, March 4, 2018 TO PARTICIPATE IN A SEARCH FOR EAGLES FIELD TRIP:

PHONE: 570.296.6752 AND INDICATE WHICH SEARCH YOU WILL BE ATTENDING. Or, email: jack@brandwein.org to leave a message.

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An Eagle identification field guide and a “Search Meet 8:00 a.m. at the PEEC for Eagles” hand-out will be parking lot OR Meet 10:00 provided for participants a.m. at the Historic Callahan by the Paul F-Brandwein House, 101 Route 209 Institute. Join us to Search South @ mile marker 21, For Eagles. Milford, PA – WEATHER

• Canada Goose • Mallard • Common Merganser • Wild Turkey • Ring-billed Gull • Red-tailed Hawk • Sharp-shinned Hawk • Rock Pigeon • Morning Dove • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker • Downy Woodpecker • Pileated Woodpecker • Red-bellied Woodpecker

• Blue Jay • American Crow • Common Raven • Belted Kingfisher • Tufted Titmouse • Black-capped Chickadee • White-breasted Nuthatch • Brown Creeper • American Robin • Cedar Waxwing • European Starling • Northern Cardinal • Dark-eyed Junco • White-throated Sparrow • Tree Sparrow • Song Sparrow

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Board of Supervisors Meetings Notice is hereby given

that the meetings for the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors for 2018 will be on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month on the following dates: January 10th and 24th, February 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, May 9th and 23rd, June 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, August 8th and 22nd, September 12th and 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 14th and 28th, December 12th and 26th. All meetings to be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building(s), located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328. Workshops will begin at 6:00 p.m. and regular meetings at 7 p.m.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS: The Delaware Township

Planning Commission will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m.; with the fourth (4th) Tuesday as a workshop on an as needed basis. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.

BOARD OF AUDITORS MEETINGS: The Delaware Township

EVENTS 2018 Bulk Dump Disposal Days

2018 Bulk Dump Disposal Dates The Delaware Township Bulk Disposal will be open the first and third

Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the Spring,

The Delaware Township be openperthe Summer and Fall. Bulk will Bulk only beDisposal available will one Saturday month first and third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. during the winter months. to 4:00 p.m. during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Bulk January 20, 2018 will only be available one Saturday per month during the winter months. February 17, 2018 March 17, 2018 April 7, 2018 (Electronic Recycling Day) and April 21, 2018 May 5, 2018 and May 19, 2018 June 2, 2018 and June 16, 2018 July 7, 2018 and July 21, 2018 August 4, 2018 and August 18, 2018 September 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018 October 6, 2018(Electronic Recycling Day) and October 20, 2018 November 3, 2018 and November 17, 2018 December 1, 2018

Smith-Harker Community Garden 2018

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The Smith-Harker Community Gardeners will be holding their organizational meeting in April to discuss contracts, plot assignments and volunteer work days. There are garden plots available for interested township residents. Gardeners are responsible for the planting and maintenance of their own area along with attendance at designated work days  to assist with maintenance of the garden’s  public areas.  With the township’s support, the community garden has been operating successfully since 2002.  It is located on Wilson Hill Road, across from the Delaware Township Municipal Building.  For additional information please contact carolpadalino@aol.com.

Board of Auditors meetings in 2017 will be held quarterly, as needed, at 10:30am on the 3rd (third) Saturday of March, June, September and December 2017. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Emergency Management Building, located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.

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PARKS & REC Looking Younger As We Age By Sensei Albert Casale There is hardly any one aspect of your body functions that is not affected by exercise, but more important, particularly as we get older, is posture. Often, our posture deteriorates as a result of normal aging, with gradually softening bones and loss of muscle flexibility. Our chins begin to jut

forward, our backs become humped and our knees and hips bend. If this continues our breathing and lung capacities can lesson, our gaits can become shuffling and there’s often a greater likelihood of fractures. If we are to look better as we get older, we must also be protecting against developing backaches as

we get older. The bones of the spine tend to soften, particularly in women. We may lose height because the vertebral bones tend to become thinner. The good news is that backaches can be prevented if the back muscles are kept strong by simple exercises and good posture to support the spine. An erect spine will also help in digestive functions. Good posture will improve if you learn the proper ways to stand, sit, bend, lift and walk. . As we get older it is important to maintain a program of at least gentle exercise like gentle Yoga or Tai-Chi to help ensure that the deterioration normally associated with old age is forestalled.

Get Ready! Akenac Park will be opening soon. Get ready to enjoy the beach, trails, special events, boating, family picnics and much more. Check out our Facebook page (Delaware Township) and our website (www.delawaretownshippa.gov) to see what events are taking place. Akenac Park opens Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 2018. Park is open from 8am to 7pm Monday, Wednesday-Sunday. The Park is closed on Tuesday.

Also, lead with your thigh, not your foot Master Sensei Albert Casale is a world class health and wellness professional and trainer at the Mountain Dojo Martial Art, Health

and Wellness Learning Center in Dingmans Ferry and is a member of the American College Sports Medicine . For information, or comments ‌ email mountaindojo@yahoo.com or call 570-828-7386

Tips to improve posture:(Consult your doctor or specialist if unsure of your fitness level) Practice walking along in a straight line, so that you correct any tendency to walk with your feet too apart or with your toes pointing out. When you walk, try to balance your head and upper and lower torso in line.

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Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Vision Care Help The Dingmans Ferry Lions Club would like to announce to all the residents of Delaware Township that we are prepared to help those who are in need of eye examinations or eye glasses but, do not posses the financial means to get them. If you or a member of your immediate family qualify, the Lions Club is prepared to help. To learn more, simply contact Robin Jones at 570-828-2347.

Call me today for a noobligation quote! 570.828.6145 Rebecca Gray Your Local Farmers Agent 100 MARY LOUS WAY (Route 739) DINGMANS FERRY, PA 18328 RGRAY1@FARMERSAGENT.COM

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Living Delaware Township - Spring 2018  
Living Delaware Township - Spring 2018