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SUMMER 2017

THE CORNERSTONE OF THE POCONOS

NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following days: Labor Day: Monday, September 4, 2017 & Columbus Day: Monday, October 9, 2017

Hay Bale Competition A Great Success! The Pike County Hay Bale Throwing Competition was held at Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp. during their Annual Chicken BBQ and Community Fun Day over the Memorial Day Weekend. This year’s competition sponsor was Pike County Motors. Male Division Winners 1st - Taylor B. Wright 2nd - Michael Masucci 3rd - Kyle Wright Female Division Winners 1st - Becky Rome 2nd - Lisa Lastfogel​ 3rd - Jessica Breen

IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING NPS Announces 2017 Regulations And Summer Hours Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program School Vaccination Requirement Social Networking May Be Great, But How Do You Keep Your Kids Safe?

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DTVAC Recognized for Dedication to Pediatric Care

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Pike County Fire Departments Listing Emergency Management “Random Thoughts” FirstEnergy Prepared to Handle Early Summer Heat About Pike County’s Emergency Services Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs Donates Narcan to DTVAC DIG DELAWARE The Smith-Harker Volunteers

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LEGISLATURE Pension Reform Plan The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative MEETINGS & EVENTS Planning Commission Meetings Board of Auditors Meetings Board of Supervisors Meetings 2017 Bulk Disposal Dates Akenac Park Events

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PARKS & REC

Strengthening Penalties For DUI — Page 14

Akenac General Park Policies — Page 19

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DAILY LIVING NPS Announces 2017 Regulations and Summer Hours Summer is officially here and the employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are ready for a busy season. According to Superintendent John J. Donahue, “Despite what it says on the calendar, we are already well into our summer operations, as schools were out and visitors began arriving earlier than usual this year.”

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

To have a fun and safe experience, visitors are encouraged to plan ahead before coming out to the park and to be aware of what they can and can’t do, what they need to bring, where they can go, and what regulations apply. “Summer weekends can be very busy in the park and visitors should have a back-up plan in case the area they wish to visit is already full,” added Donahue. To help visitors get the information they need, the Superintendent’s Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements, and Other Restrictions has been updated for 2017 and is now posted at www.nps.gov/dewa. Hard copies are available by request. Additional information is available on the park website and Facebook page. The Superintendent's Compendium addresses park-specific issues at the local level using federal authority granted to superintendents in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 1 through 7. The CFR is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government, including the National Park Service. The CFR is available electronically at www.ecfr.gov. Under 36 CFR 1.7(b), superintendents are required to “compile in writing all the designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority. This compilation shall be updated annually and made available to the public upon request." 2017 Hours of Operation, Fees and Services include: Park Headquarters: The park’s administrative

Office: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Road Department: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Akenac Park: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday 8:00 am — 7:00 pm CLOSED TUESDAYS Beach Hours: 11:00 am — 6:00 pm After Labor Day - No Swimming Permitted BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: MEETINGS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6:30 pm at the Township Municipal Building WORKSHOPS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 5:30 pm at the Township Municipal Building

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headquarters on River Road in Bushkill, PA is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Park information and passes and parking for the McDade Trail are available during business hours. Visitor Centers: Dingmans Falls Visitor Center in PA is open from 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday; Waterfall Walks are offered every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 11 am and 2 pm. Kittatinny Point Visitor Center in NJ is open from 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Tuesday. Additional program and event listings are available on the park website. Millbrook Village: Visit a re-created 19th-century village, tour historic buildings, and see costumed rangers and volunteers demonstrating period chores, crafts and trades every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm until September 3. Additional program and event listings are available on the park website. Hours of Operation: Smithfield, Milford, and Turtle Beaches are open daily from 6 am to 8 pm. George W. Childs Park and Dingmans Falls are open from 8 am to sunset. All other areas are open from sunrise to sunset. Exceptions include those who are actively engaged in hunting or fishing, are on an authorized overnight river trip, or are backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Fees: A daily Expanded Amenity Fee of $10 per car (up to 7 people) is charged at 6 locations in the park: Turtle Beach and Watergate Recreation Site in NJ and Smithfield Beach, Bushkill Access, Dingmans Access, and Milford Beach in PA. There is a $2 per person fee for each additional person in a vehicle or for individuals who enter on foot or bicycle. Annual passes are available for $45.

E BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Jeffrey Scheetz Chair | Treasurer jscheetz@delawaretownshippa.gov Ron Hough Supervisor rhough@delawaretownshippa.gov John Henderson Vice Chair | Secretary jhenderson@delawaretownshippa.gov

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

Free Shuttle Service: The River Runner shuttle provided by Monroe County Transit Authority offers free service between Kittatinny Point and Milford every weekend until September 4. Bring your canoe, kayak, or bicycle, and let the River Runner do the driving for you. The shuttle schedule is available at: https://www.gomcta.com/trip.php.

Lori McCrory Permit Assistant lmccrory@delawaretownshippa.gov

Adams Creek Closure: The Adams Creek drainage, from the lower waterfall pool upstream to the park boundary is closed due to public hazard from May 1 to September 30. This includes the upper waterfall and pool and the Sproul Road and Long Meadow Road trailheads. The trail is open from the trailhead on Route 209 to the lower waterfall. Swimming, climbing, jumping, and diving are prohibited.

Charley Kroener | Road Master ckroener@delawaretownshippa.gov

For more information on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 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.

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Ed Hammond | Asst. Road Master constablehammond@delawaretownshippa.gov Mike Kolenet dtbos@ptd.net Richard Heimbrook dtbos@ptd.net Mike Moffa mmoffa@delawaretownshippa.gov Vincent Flatt vflatt@delawaretownshippa.gov

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

E ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS Building Inspector SFM Consulting smcglynn@sfmconsultingllc.org Zoning Officer SFM Consulting smcglynn@sfmconsultingllc.org Sewage Officer David Manter dwmanter@ptd.net

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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.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2016 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.1 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

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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Homeowners Income

Maximum Rebate

$0 to $8,000 $8,001 to $15,000 $15,001 to $18,000 $18,001 to $35,000

$650 $500 $300 $250

Renters Income

Maximum Rebate

$0 to $8,000 $8,001 to $15,000

$650 $500

In addition, the law gives the following relief to seniors in most need:

• Seniors who live in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Scranton, where local wage/income tax rates

are very high, will not benefit from a local tax shift to lower taxes on top of the reduction offered by the state funded property tax relief. To ensure that seniors in these communities receive significant property tax relief, each senior household with income under $30,000 has its property tax rebate increase by an additional 50 percent.

• In addition, property tax rebates are increased by an additional 50 percent for senior

households in the rest of state, so long as those households have incomes under $30,000 and pay more than 15 percent of income in property taxes.

Free Assistance Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices. Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program: 1-888-222-9190 Application deadline: Extended to December 31, 2017

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REAL ID - What You Need to Know On May 26, 2017, Act 3, the Pennsylvania REAL ID Compliance Act, was signed into law. In drafting the law, the General Assembly provided flexibility for Pennsylvanians to decide whether or not they want to purchase a REAL IDcompliant license or identification card. Once the federal REAL ID Act is fully implemented, those with Pennsylvania’s REAL ID will be able to use the REAL ID for entry into federal facilities, where enhanced ID is required, and for domestic commercial air travel.  Residents who choose to keep their standard driver’s license or photo ID must have an additional acceptable alternate type of identification, such as a passport or military ID, to board an airplane or enter a secure federal building. This applies both after full implementation of the federal law and in the event that Pennsylvania is not granted any more extensions. 

ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to obtain one before the final DHS effective date of Oct. 1, 2020. Once REAL ID is fully implemented, REAL ID enforcement notices will be posted at federal and military facilities requiring a REAL IDcompliant license or acceptable alternative ID for entrance. Generally, REAL ID-compliant ID will be needed for entry into nuclear power stations, military installations, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) offices. Federal buildings NOT likely to post REAL ID enforcement notices include:

• Federal courthouses (except those with

restricted areas or semi-restricted areas).

• General Services Administration (GSA)

buildings with diverse public benefits offices, including immigration services and federal law enforcement agencies.

• Veterans Administration service centers and health care facilities.

• Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offices. • Social Security offices. • Post Offices. • Department of the Interior Agencies. • National parks and monuments.

A passport will still be required for international travel. For a complete list of other acceptable alternate identifications, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/.  The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) does not and will not require children under age 18 to provide an ID when traveling with an adult companion within the United States. The adult companion will need acceptable identification. With the passage of Act 3, PennDOT has submitted deadline extension requests to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This week, DHS granted an extended grace period allowing continued use of current standard driver’s licenses for federal facility access through October 10, 2017. Since Act 3 repeals the REAL ID Nonparticipation Act of 2012 and allows for issuance of federal REAL ID-compliant licenses, DHS may grant Pennsylvania compliant status, from present noncompliance status, and deadlines will then likely correspond to those of compliant states.  Compliant states will have until Oct. 1, 2020, to fully implement the REAL ID program. So, if Pennsylvania is deemed compliant in the intervening period, our standard-issued driver’s license will be accepted for federal facility entry and domestic air travel until October 2020, while the Commonwealth fully implements its REAL ID program. DHS has confirmed that REAL ID extension decisions are pending final review, and federal agencies have been advised to continue accepting driver’s licenses and photo ID cards through the October 2017 extension.  Preliminary work on REAL ID has begun, and PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in 2019. This will allow

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EMERGENCY MGMT. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps Recognized for Dedication to Pediatric Care Every year, over 75,000 children are transported by ambulances in Pennsylvania. This means that almost every seven minutes a child is being taken to the hospital with a potentially life threatening medical condition. In order to ensure that EMS agencies within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are prepared for pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services for Children program, in partnership with the Department of Health, Bureau of EMS and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, has created the Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program to recognize EMS agencies that are willing to go above and beyond current requirements to deliver excellence in emergency medical care to children within the Commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Pediatric Voluntary Recognition Program has recognized over 150 EMS agencies across the state, including Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, located in Dingmans Ferry, PA. The program consists of five levels that include

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pediatric equipment standards, ChildLine background checks, pediatric-related continuing education courses, community outreach programs, and car seat check programs. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is recognized at the Master Level, which means that the EMS agency has additional pediatric-specific medical equipment on their ambulances, requires EMS providers to complete ChildLine child abuse background clearances, required EMS providers complete four hours of pediatric-specific continuing education per, and is actively involved in multiple community outreach programs. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps became accredited under the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program in May, but it took over eighteen months of preparation for to qualify for Master-level accreditation. Delaware Valley Emergency Services, Inc. assisted with training and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks for EMS providers. By participating in this program, Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps

is demonstrating that they are truly prepared for pediatric patients and are ready to respond to any and all emergency situations involving Pennsylvania’s youngest citizens. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the only ambulance service in Pike County, and only one of ten in the EMS of Northeastern Pennsylvania EMS Region, to be recognized under this program. The EMS of Northeastern Pennsylvania EMS Region is the designated regional EMS council that serves Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is the primary ambulance provider for Delaware Township. Additionally, the ambulance service provides mutual aid coverage to municipalities surrounding Delaware Township. They provide both basic and advanced life support ambulance services. For more information or for volunteer opportunities with Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp contact (570) 828-2345 or email info@dtvac.org.

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Pike County 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 - 570-676-3818 Tafton Fire Co. (Dept. 37) 235 PA Rt. 507, Hawley, PA - 570-226-4273 Westfall Fire Dept. (Dept. 39) 101 Mountain 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

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – “RANDOM THOUGHTS” When I began to think about what emergency management topics I would present to our residents this time around, I found myself bouncing back and forth among many items that might be pertinent or of interest to you. Hence the title “Random Thoughts”. Having had plenty of lead time to prepare this, I just couldn’t pin down one particular “string” to follow, and so I will present a few noteworthy items along what I hope is a recurring theme and let you be the judge of how relative they are you. As I write this article, it would seem that we are experiencing another year here in the Poconos where we are going straight from winter into summer, with little time for the contemplation and deliberation that the natural transition of the seasons affords our thought processes. These natural transitions are often key to family and organizational planning and afford us the opportunity to consider actions and activities in a more calculated fashion. For organizations and individuals alike, any disruption to expected “cycles” can add stresses that can lead to poor decisions and otherwise impact the normal order of things. When these circumstances occur we often find that we tend to be reactive instead of proactive. Both people and organizations are proven to be creatures of habit. Like fruit trees that are tricked into blooming early only to be stricken by subsequent cold resulting in significant crop loss, we need to avoid the temptation to rush the seasons without anticipating what might not be what we are normally used to.

outlined for you how we have updated our plans and stressed that every family should have a “plan”. But I have failed to remind you that yours and our “plans” cannot be static or inflexible. Often the best basis for this reminder that we must always keep “planning” is that well defined seasonal change we may have missed this year. So allow me to present to you some of the activities we have committed to at the Township level to help insure our planning is “everything” it should be, at a level that would be endorsed by General Eisenhower. Earlier this month we conducted recommended and required baseline Emergency Management training for both our responders and community representatives. 16 individuals completed 8 hours of training on the National Incident Management System(NIMS)- which outlines the framework that all emergency management and disaster response flow from and describes in detail how the interconnections work between all governmental agencies and private sector. 2 weeks later they spent another day in class learning the basic of the Incident Command System. This is the defined

“PLANS ARE NOTHING, BUT PLANNING IS EVERYTHING” General Dwight D. Eisenhower is credited with that quote when asked about the success of the Normandy Invasion 73 years ago this month. I think about this a lot as we move forward in Delaware Township, particularly in regards to the Mitigation and Preparedness phase of the Emergency Management cycles. In previous articles I have

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organizational structure that is implemented when an emergency occurs and uses a flexible yet standardized process to manage any and all events to a safe successful outcome. These concepts will be a valuable tool, particularly for the private development persons who attended. It will aid in maintaining an ongoing “planning” process for their own communities and in interfacing those plans with ours at the Township level.

Supervisors approved the hiring of a summer intern for Emergency Management. Kristin Jones is a local college student majoring in Marine science/ Environmental law who is working 12 hours a week for the next 10 weeks to assist me in making sure that all elements of our plans and processes are as current and accurate as possible, so that when a disaster strikes we can be effective across the entire time of the event.

As required by State law every 5 years, we continue to update and expand on Delaware Township’s portion of the Pike County Hazard Mitigation Plan turning our focus to things like the expanded public education outreach above and possible physical improvements to Camp Akenac that will allow us to include some facilities there in the Emergency Operations Plan. If these improvements are able to be effected within the next 5 year planning cycle, both “resiliency and redundancy” for our community will be improved. We have actually delivered some EM briefings in private communities to accelerate public understanding of the timing, structure and limitations of Emergency Management as regards “Response and Recovery” and more are planned for the coming months, along with another round of state certified Command and Management Training. These classes are available to almost all interested citizens, free of charge and are a key component of “planning” a cadre of trained volunteers to assist in disasters. Please look for future course announcement on the Township website.

As I stated at the beginning of this article, it is easy to be disrupted by changes to the natural order of things because we are creatures of habit. But that is what disasters do, often on a significant and serious scale. But if we are paying attention to the planning that should occur as seasonal hazards change we are better prepared to handle the disruption. It may be hard to realize but we are already on one month into hurricane season and just experienced the remnants of a tropical storm. Some residents also recently experienced a power outage, which for our area can always be a significant event. The General would ask - are we planning for the next power outage, the next hurricane, the next heat wave or simply relying on the fact that we have a plan somewhere without regard to when we last looked at it to see if it is still adequate. Both as individual citizens or as communities the key to safety and survival is in effective planning that matches needs to capabilities. I strongly encourage each of you to seek out free information on hurricanes and other weather relate events at WWW. READY.GOV and use it to guide your personal preparedness and planning. And don’t forget to do some planning when you are out of the area for a vacation as weather events can be regional or even national in nature. Stay safe and enjoy a wonderful summer season.

Since there are many elements of our existing Emergency Operations Plan that are impacted by the nature of cyclical planning, the

FirstEnergy Prepared to Handle Early Summer Heat Company Offers Tips on How to Use Electricity Wisely During Heat Wave The first hot temperatures of the year are expected in the next few days, and FirstEnergy Corp.’s (NYSE: FE) utilities have some commonsense hot weather tips customers can follow to stay comfortable while using electricity wisely during this period of high demand: Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in their home will result in using about 3 percent less energy during the hottest summer days. During sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting interior temperatures. Use fans – moving air cools skin faster, resulting in greater comfort on hot days. Use a programmable thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home, and to reduce the temperature before arrival back home. Only operate window air conditioners when someone is in the room. Keep refrigerators and freezers as full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigerator help keep other items cool, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator has to do to maintain a lower temperature. Close rooms that aren’t used regularly during the summer, and close the air conditioning vents in those rooms, as well. Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day. The less heat produced in the home, the less work the air conditioner will have to do. Consider investing in ENERGY STAR® appliances or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. FirstEnergy’s utilities may offer rebates on these purchases and tax deductions may apply, as well. Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary. In addition, FirstEnergy utilities have completed inspections of their transmission and distribution systems to assure they are prepared to help meet the anticipated increase in demand for electricity as temperatures rise.

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Fire Safety Tips: Grilling At Home & Camp Fires Summer is here and everybody wants to be outdoors cooking, camping, and having a good time. But that doesn’t mean safety stops. Here are a few tips to keep yourself and our community safe while enjoying the outdoors in Delaware Township.

Grill • Clean your grill. Remove any grease, and

fat buildup from the grill. This should be done after each use. Keep the grill as clean as possible. Fats and grease are flammable and could cause the flames to get out of control.

• Never leave a grill unattended. There have been cases of houses burning down due to an unattended grill.

• Keep children and animals at least 3 feet away at all times.

• While grilling wear clothes without long sleeves or anything that is hanging on clothing or aprons. You do not want flammable clothing getting too close to the flames.

• Use flame-retardant oven mitts • Keep the spare tank of gas away from

the grill. Do not store this under the grill. Never keep spare near or around heat. The pressure on the tank can build up causing the valve to open and release gas.

• Do not ever use a grill inside or in a

garage. Carbon Monoxide is a toxic substance and builds up every time any fuel is burning.

Camp Fires • Do not use gasoline to start a campfire. Gasoline is an extremely flammable substance. Not only is the liquid highly flammable, but the fumes are as well.

• Build a campfire 20 foot away from any

structure, low hanging trees or flammable material. This will help to prevent the fire from spreading out of control

• Never leave a campfire unattended. Even

Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs Donates Narcan to DTVAC On April 20, 2017, Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs donated several emergency doses of Naloxone to Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance. Naloxone (Narcan) is a life-saving emergency medication given to the victims of opioid overdose including heroin. The Pike County Alliance for Prevention Programs received the funding for the Naloxone from the Barbara Buchanan Endowment coordinated by the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp increasingly utilizes Naloxone to revive victims of opioid overdoses. The cost of Naloxone continues to put a strain on the budgets of Pike County emergency services agencies. The donation was given at the Reality Tour® held on April 20, 2017 at the Milford Bible Church. The Reality Tour® is a community-based drug prevention program designed as a single event to engage parents and children. The Reality Tour® is an award-winning program developed by CANDLE, Inc. that utilizes dramatic scenes balanced with coping skills to hopefully avoid drug experimentation by children. The Pike County Reality Tours are held in the Spring and Fall every year. For more information about the Reality Tour contact Jill Gamboni at 570-390-9102 or jillgamboni@yahoo.com. For more information about Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp contact (570) 828-2345 or info@dtvac. org. (Pictured from left to right: Donald Roa, Shohola Police Department; Sarah Welsh & David Spalding, Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp; Chris Britton, Pike County Coroner; Anne Zimmerman, PCAPP Board Member and Erin Stroyan, PCAPP Treasurer).

a small breeze can cause fire to spread rapidly when left unattended.

• Keep water and a fire extinguisher near if possible. A little bit of water will go a long way.

• When extinguishing a fire allow the wood

to burn down and pour lots of water on it to safely put it out when possible. If water isn't an option dirt or sand can be mixed into the ambers helping to put out the fire.

Let’s keep everybody safe and have a great summer! Stacy Hughes Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company Fire Prevention Committee

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DIG DELAWARE

The Smith-Harker Community Garden Volunteers The community garden, located on Wilson Hill Road across from the township building, is maintained by volunteers. In addition to working on their individual vegetable plots, gardeners are required to contribute  time to weed, cut grass, divide perennials and generally manage the enclosed area of the garden.  This area consists of three perennial sections, a herb garden, a butterfly garden and a perennial border.  Plants that continue to bloom throughout the summer include irises, day lilies, phlox, catmint and bee balm. Some of the gardeners work as a group on designated monthly Saturday mornings, while others prefer to work during the week or as their time permits. One on-going challenge is keeping vigorous, unwanted weeds and vines from encroaching under and over the fence. The aggressive honeysuckle vine, if left unchecked, would overtake all the gardens. And there is the constant battle with small critters.  They sometimes dig under the fence to feast on tender, young leaves of lettuce or beans.  So volunteers have to be vigilant, at all times, to combat small critters and invasive plants.

wrens. Especially pleasant during the wet season is the sound of running water from the adjacent swamp.  This water, along with some dense foliage, attracts a variety of bird life and can make a visit to the garden a learning experience. Thanks to our past and present supervisors, Delaware Township has supported the community garden since it was established in 2002.  Gardeners are able to grow their own organic vegetables while enjoying the outdoors and maintaining one of the most pleasant sites in the township.   The public is welcome to visit the garden at any time.  You

are asked, however, to refrain from picking flowers or any produce. If you are interested in participating in the community garden, either by caring for a plot or by helping with maintenance please contact Angela at mewakwhd@yahoo.com.

TO ADVERTISE CALL 845-456-1218

Make Your Livingroom Jealous Eat Out Every Night

But despite the poison ivy and bean-eating rabbits, the community garden is a peaceful, park-like spot to spend leisure time gardening or enjoying the colorful flowers and birds.  During the warmer months, bird boxes are home to tree swallows  and Eastern blue birds. Baltimore orioles have been spotted along with hummingbirds and tiny house

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Social Networking May Be Great, But How Do You Keep Your Kids Safe? They love them, and oftentimes it may seem as if your teen can’t live without them. Websites and apps, such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and the prevalence of smartphones among kids have taken social networking to new levels.

You want your child to be safe, but it’s challenging to keep up with this ever-changing technology. You may also feel like your child is much more Internet-savvy than you are. Still, as savvy as your teen may be, he or she may not be fully aware of the dangers of online networking and the precautions they need to take. The following information from the National Crime Prevention Council will help you better understand social networking and talk to your teen about staying safe.

Social networking basics Familiarizing yourself with the basic terminology used on most social networking sites will help you communicate effectively with your teen about the topic. Here are a few words you’ll hear often: Post — A message that notifies friends and followers about what you are doing or thinking.

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When discussing social networking safety with your child, encourage him or her to always use discretion when posting photos, their location status, or messages. The message should be: Think before you post. Friend request — A person interested in being a “friend” on social media will send a request, which the user can either accept or deny. Blocking — This action prevents another user from accessing your personal profile. You can block someone temporarily or permanently.

Tag — To label friends in a photo and link to their profile pages. People who are “tagged” can then decide whether to stay linked to the comment, video, or photo.

Hacker — Someone who breaks into computers or computer networks to gain access to the owner’s personal and financial accounts. Some may also create false profiles or pose as another user.

Wall — The area on your profile where the user and their friends can post their location, comments, pictures, or other information.

The four major dangers of using social networking websites and apps are:

Places — This feature allows a user to post his or her location. This information is then shared with the user’s friends and followers.

• Oversharing information — When creating a profile page, most social networking sites will ask for personal information, such as a

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home address, birth date, and phone numbers. If the page’s privacy settings aren’t set correctly, this information will be made public to anyone who visits the user’s profile page. Keep in mind that even if the account settings are set to the strictest privacy settings, users are still at risk of having their accounts hacked.

Social media users can post photos 24 hours a day. Keep in mind, though, that photo editing tools allow people to manipulate online images in any way they choose, whether for good or bad purposes.

If someone hacks into an account, he will be able to view and use the information that’s there. Simple things, such as sharing your favorite color or your pet’s name, can tip off a hacker to potential passwords. The biggest threat of oversharing, though, is identity theft, which can happen in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. An obvious way would be someone asking for a Social Security number. A not-so-obvious way is luring a user to click on a link that allows the criminal to download the user’s personal information. The anonymity provided online makes it easier for computer criminals to go undetected. • Falling for a fake identity — Social net-working sites make it very easy to pretend to be someone else. Also, anyone can take control of a user’s account if they learn the password. Therefore, teens need to be cautious when giving out information.

When discussing social networking safety with your child, encourage him or her to always use discretion when posting any type of photo, location status, or message. Urge your teen to think before they post and ask these questions: • Should I share this? Will the information put me or someone else in danger? • Do people really need to know where I am and who I am with? In other words, is it a good idea to let everyone know my exact location? • Am I selecting friends online that I can trust? Always keep in mind that it’s not always about what you post but how others may use that content. • Does the post give out too much personal information? In addition, encourage teens to follow these three simple safety tips: 1) Don’t provide optional information. When creating a profile, it’s not necessary to enter all of the requested information. The set-up page usually requires users to fill out basic information, such as their name and email. Everything else is optional. Users should not feel obligated to include their address and telephone number. 2) Don’t be an open book. Social media profiles can be set to one of three levels of privacy: “open to everyone,” “open to friends of friends” and “friends only,” which is the strictest level of security. This setting ensures that only the people your teen has accepted as a friend can view his or her information.

3) Do accept “friends” — but only people you know. A great way to ensure social networking safety is to accept only people your teen knows as friends. This will help to protect your teen from spammers, pedophiles, and others who use social networking sites to commit crimes. ***

Social media sites allow users to tag who they are with and where. While it can be fun for teens to share their location with friends and family, it can also increase their vulnerability, potentially opening them up to being robbed, sexually assaulted, or worse.

Having a discussion with your teen about social media can ease some anxiety about your child’s safety. Social networking sites help all of us stay connected to family and friends. However, it’s important to make sure your child knows how to be safe while online. For more information on social networking safety, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website, www.ncpc.org.

For example, your teen may get a message from a relative asking for banking information to wire him birthday money. While the teen may think he’s talking to a relative, the information is really being requested by someone who has hacked into the relative’s account. • Sharing your location — Social media sites allow users to tag who they are with and where. While it can be fun for a teen to share his/ her location with friends and family, it can also increase their vulnerability, potentially opening them up to being robbed, sexually assaulted, or worse. Predators can use this tool to track your teen’s movements and determine when he/she is alone. • Posting photos — Social media users can post photos 24 hours a day. Keep in mind, though, that photo editing tools allow people to manipulate online images in any way they choose, whether for good or bad purposes. While posting photos and sharing them with friends can be fun, it can also be risky.

Mt. Dojo Banquet Held To Honor Students The Mountain Dojo School of Champions in Dingmans Ferry, always in the spotlight, held a banquet to honor those students who excelled in many sports and martial arts. They showed skill, determination, leadership, and reliability. Above are the students who were honored, (left to right), Joseph Benavides, Connor Crescimanno, Gran Master Albert Casale, Race Chandler, and Mckenna Curulli.

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Strengthening Penalties for DUI To help keep repeat offenders of driving under the influence off the road, the House passed legislation recently to strengthen penalties for those who have been convicted of DUI and continue to operate a vehicle under a suspended driver’s license. Currently, anyone convicted of a DUI who then operates a vehicle despite their driver’s license suspension currently faces the same penalty – a $500 fine and 60-90 days in jail -- no matter how many times they get behind the wheel. House Bill 1049 would create a tiered system that increases the fines and sentences with each subsequent offense. Those sentence enhancements would range from a $1,000 fine and a minimum 90-day jail term for a second offense, to a $5,000 fine and no less than two years in jail for a fourth offense. In addition, the legislation would allow a judge to impose a maximum five-year jail sentence if the offender is also convicted of homicide by vehicle. The bill is now with the state Senate.

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative What is the PA Legislative Appointment Initiative? The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI) currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 Representatives, and 50 Senators, to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College — The Military College of Pennsylvania™. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. Am I eligible to apply? The Legislative Scholarship is only available to Pennsylvania residents only at Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania™. The minimum academic requirements are a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT score of 17). You can apply directly through your local state representative’s or senator’s office or you can apply for the program by applying first to Valley Forge. You must be a Pennsylvania resident. You also must be a legal resident of the district from where you apply. When can I apply? You can apply at any time during your senior year up until July 1st of the year you wish to attend. What does the application process entail? You can apply online or receive your application from your local Representative or Senator. In addition to the basic application, each legislator’s selection committee may require additional information to make their selection. What is the award amount? Applicants who are nominated by their legislator can receive a maximum award of $12, 000 per academic year. How can I find out who my legislators are? You can find out who your legislators are by visiting http://www.legis.state.pa.us/, you can search by address, county or zip code. You can also contact the Valley Forge Military College LAI coordinator Mr. Dylan Hileman at dhileman@vfmac.edu or by phone at (610) 989-1402 and he will be able to assist. I don’t qualify for the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship. Is there other financial aid available? Yes! Please contact us! We have many options for qualified students! (610) 989-1300. VALLEY FORGE MILITARY COLLEGE | 1001 EAGLE ROAD | WAYNE, PA 19087 | (610) 989-1200 | WWW.VFMAC.EDU

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Senator Lisa Baker Statement On Pension Reform Plan HARRISBURG – Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th District, issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage today of Senate Bill 1, which addresses pension reform: “This reform plan is a substantial step toward reestablishing pension fund stability. By supporting change, we recognize that the existing pension structure overburdens taxpayers without relief in sight. Most analysts have come to the conclusion there is no longer any reasonable possibility that the two systems can produce earnings sufficient to correct a decade and a half of serious underfunding of public pensions.               There are several compelling reasons for changing the structure of the statewide pension systems for state workers and educators. There is the well-documented problem of the considerable unfunded liability, and the consequent budget distress caused by rising required contributions.  There is the sharp contrast with the benefits available under most prevailing pension plans for private sector workers. And there is the growing trend of increasing mobility on the part of modern workers.               As currently structured, the two pension systems are unsustainable. Without corrective action, state services will be diminished while local property taxes will continue to rise. That status quo ill serves Pennsylvania.               The pension problem is so large that no set of solutions is easy, quick, or inexpensive. This plan strikes a better balance between the taxpayer interest and the benefits of public service, limiting taxpayer risk and reining in costs to the degree possible under law and the principles of fairness.”

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Board of Supervisors Meetings The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Workshops will be held the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. These meetings will be held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building(s), located at 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Wednesday, July 12 & 26, 2017 Wednesday, August 9 & 23, 2017 Wednesday, September 13 & 27, 2017

EVENTS Akenac Park Event: Free movie night - Saturday, July 15 Free movie night - Saturday, August 19, 2017 Harvest Fest - Saturday, September 23, 2017 Trunk or Treat - Saturday, October 21, 2017 Christmas in the Park - Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Electronic Recycling

2017 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, Summer and Fall. Bulk will only be available one Saturday per month during the winter months. July 15, 2017 August 5, 2017 and August 19, 2017

Cost: $10 per car load Location: 145 Wilson Hill Road.

September 2, 2017 and September 16, 2017

Fall Electronic Recycling Day - Saturday, October 7, 2017, 8:00am to 4:00pm

November 4, 2017 and November 18, 2017

October 7, 2017 and October 21, 2017 December 16, 2017

Wednesday, October 11 & 25, 2017 Wednesday, November 8 & 22, 2017 Wednesday, December 13 & 27, 2017

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 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 Akenac Park Recreation Hall Available for Rental The Delaware Township Board of Supervisors adopted the Akenac Park Recreation Hall & Kitchen Facility Rental Policy & Agreement at their meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, making the recreation facility available for rental for the first time since taking ownership of Akenac Park. Please call the township building at (570) 828-2347 to find out about the facilities availability for baby showers, birthday parties, reunions, family gathers, graduation parties, and many more. Reservation fees include $150 for the recreation hall only and $200 for the recreation hall with limited kitchen use which does not include the use of the stove, but only usage of the refrigerator, freezer and icemaker. A $100 security deposit check is required for all reservations. The newly approved policy and agreement can be viewed on the township website at http://www.delawaretownshippa.gov/images/forms/ APPROVED-Recreation-Hall--Kitchen-Facility-Rental-Policy.pdf

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Akenac General Park Policies (adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 28, 2017)

11. No littering, dumping refuse or disposing of outside refuse.

Park Seasonal Operational Hours

12. No hunting.

Memorial Day through Labor Day 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Sunday. Closed every Tuesday.

13. No open fires. Charcoal and/or gas grills only.

1. All individuals entering the Park are obligated to provide proof of residency of Pike County.

14. No fireworks or explosives are permitted to be discharged or possessed in the park.

2. All Pike County residents shall enter the Park free of charge.

15. No solicitation or sale of goods without written approval.

3. All Pennsylvania residents who reside outside of Pike County may enter the Park at a charge of $5.00 per person.

16. Plant removal prohibited.

4. All out of State residents will be permitted to enter the Park at a charge of $20 per person.

17. Harassment of wildlife is prohibited. 18. Unreserved park facilities are first come first serve. Reservations may be made with the Township.

19. Defacing and/or removal of park 5. All individuals within the park may rent a property is prohibited. boat at a charge of $5 per hour per boat. 20. No operation of motor vehicles outside Personal boats are prohibited. designated parking and entrance area. 6. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

21. Noise and/or music should be kept to an acceptable level and not disturb normal sensitivities of other visitors. 22. Harassment of other visitors or disorderly conduct is prohibited.

ALL INDIVIDUALS ENTERING THE PARK MUST CONSENT TO PROVIDING PROOF OF PIKE COUNTY RESIDENCY. Akenac Park at Delaware Township is a family recreation facility. Please obey all posted rules and regulations posted at the park. Delaware Township Board of Supervisors reserve the right to review fees. Off-Season Operational Hours September through November & April through March Hiking, fishing and playground available. Beach closed. No swimming. No grilling permitted.

Park Closed December through March

7. No smoking. 8. No pets. 9. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. 10. No foul language.

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