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SUMMER 2019

THE CORNERSTONE OF THE POCONOS

NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following days: Labor Day - Monday, September 5, 2019

Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild Awards Scholarship To Area Senior The Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild has presented a $1,000 scholarship to a student from Wallenpaupack Area High School. The recipient is Madison Guzzo who was chosen for her outstanding artistic talent along with her academic and impressive resume of extra-curricular activities. The Guild proudly presented the scholarship award at their 30th Year Celebration meeting on May 22, 2019. Applications to participate in their scholarship program are mailed out in the fall to many area high schools inviting students who are interested in furthering their education in the field of art. The Milford Valley Quilters’ Guild gives back to the community in many ways and the scholarship program is one example of what they do. If you would like to find out more about the Guild or would like to become a member please visit our website at www.milfordvalleyquiltersguild.org.

IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING Pennsylvania Tackles Litter Local Township Manager Completes Municipal Government Program One in Three Easter at Akenac Park A Big Success

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DIG DELAWARE Plants Grow Better People

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MEETINGS & EVENTS 2019 Bulk Disposal Dates & Recycling Delaware Twp. Electronic Recycling Day

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LEGISLATURE News for Constituents Toomey Reintroduces Bipartison Bill

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EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT On the Move With Emergency Preparedness 6

DAILY LIVING Harvest Festival Vendor Form — Page 4

TOWNSHIPS TODAY Ambulance Companies Facing Crisis of Their Own

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PARKS & REC Akenac Park General Info NPS Will Start Charging Fees Park Prepares for Summer Visitors Brandwein Institute Search for Eagles

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EVENTS

PARKS & REC

Events at Akenac Park — Page 9

Park & Recreation Professionals Day — Page 14

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DAILY LIVING Pennsylvania Tackles Litter Warm weather marks the kickoff of Pennsylvania’s efforts to tackle roadside litter. More than 121 million pounds of trash has been removed from the Pennsylvania landscape. DELAWARE TOWNSHIP

Township Adopt-A-Road

time. You or your civic or volunteer group sign a twoyear agreement to pick up litter at least two times a year. In return, PennDOT posts recognition signs along the adopted roadway giving you or your group full credit for your efforts.

116 Wilson Hill Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Phone: 570-828-2347

Program Overview:

Program Facts

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 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Akenac Park: Open daily from dawn to dusk. Closed every Tuesday for maintenance 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

• Open to groups, businesses and individuals

Adoption Time Length: 2 years

or younger). Minors must have parental permission. Events Per Year: Minimum of two PennDOT will provide: Safety vests, trash bags, work gloves, “Litter Crew Ahead” signs (by request) and other equipment as required by your PennDOT representative

on volunteer groups to maintain adopted sections of roadway, the Sponsor-AHighway program involves businesses and interested parties securing agreements with Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corp. to use its skilled maintenance forces to perform roadside work, including litter removal, graffiti removal, sweeping, landscape plantings and mowing.

PennDOT will: For your Area Size and Location: safety the Pennsylvania State • Minimum of two litter State highway right-of-ways, Police (PSP) will be notified Sponsored roadways will pickups per year (Spring including interchange areas, of all scheduled events. have signs placed and Fall) that recognize traffic islands or two-mile PennDOT will: Pick up the sponsors. sections of roadway • Township will place bagged litter from the Program signs with Age Requirements: roadside and post signs in your name on the Participants must be 8 recognition of your efforts. road adopted, and will years of age or older. PennDOT’s SPONSOR A provide you with the There must be at least HIGHWAY supplies needed for one adult (18 years of litter pickups. age or older) per eight While PennDOT’s Adoptminors (17 years of age A-Highway program relies • Qualified participants can attend Township Spring & Fall

• Cleanup days FREE OF CHARGE

Available Township Roads:

• Log and Twig Road

Emery Road Chestnut Ridge Road

• Johnny Bee Road

Kitty Harker Road Spencer Road Long Meadow Road

• Park Road

Myck Road Mary Stuart Road Doodle Hollow Road

• Doolan Road

Sproul Road Nichecronk Road Long Meadow Lane

For more information, call Robin Jones at 570-828-2347

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Local Township Manager Completes Municipal Government Academy Program

E BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Krista Predmore, manager of Delaware Township, recently completed the administration certificate program of the PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA), a leadership and municipal education program of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).

John Henderson Chair - jhenderson@delawaretownshippa.gov

“PSATS launched the Municipal Government Academy several years ago to give township officials and staff a leg up on performing their duties,” PSATS Executive Director David Sanko said. “In the academy, education in leadership and communication skills overlaps the training in four technical tracks: administration, planning and zoning, public safety, and public works.”

Rick Koehler Secretary - rkoehler@delawaretownshippa.gov

PMGA participants earn primary, secondary, and elective credits by attending classroom workshops and webinars and other PSATS educational opportunities, such as the Annual Educational Conference, Human Resources and Labor Management Institute, Boot Camp for Township Officials, and Grassroots Advocacy Day. In this year’s graduating class, six individuals, including Predmore, completed the certificate program by earning 30 credits in the administration track. In addition, 10 individuals completed the diploma program by earning 60 credits from across the four tracks.

Jane Neufeld Vice-Chair | Treasurer - jneufeld@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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PSATS structured the academy to give participants practical information they can use in their positions, Sanko said.

Vincent Flatt | Road Master vflatt@delawaretownshippa.gov

“We didn’t want to just have courses on abstract local governance topics,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that students came out with useful strategies and techniques to help them do their jobs better and more efficiently. That’s our ultimate goal.”

Michael Moffa mmoffa@delawaretownshippa.gov

For more information about the PSATS Municipal Government Academy, go to pmga.psats.org.

John Olivieri dtbos@ptd.net Shane Williams dtbos@ptd.net Chris Kimble dtbos@ptd.net

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class represent more residents (5.5 million Pennsylvanians) than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

E BOARDS & CHAIRPERSONS Planning Commission Sharon Franks, Secretary Zoning Hearing Board Lori McCrory, Secretary Auditors Dennis Lee - dennisleedtauditor@gmail.com Yvonne Tetta Michael Dickerson

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Delaware Township’s Annual

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108 Abbey Lane Dingmans Fry PA (Akenac Park)

*VENDORS WANTED*

A $20 refundable deposit is required. The deposit will be kept if you are a “no-show.” The deposit will be returned to you at the end of the event.

Free Hay Ride*Free Chili Contest*Free Face Painting*Free Pumpkin (for children while supplies last) Food for sale-Crafts-Displays-Games-Vendors Vendors may start setting up at 8:30 am. Vehicles must be returned to the parking lot by 10:30 am. Early tear downs are not acceptable. Vendors are responsible to provide their own tables, chairs and tents (if desired). Spaces are approximately 10x10. Any questions contact Rebecca Gray 570 800 2266 Please complete and return the bottom portion. Checks are payable to Delaware Township Mail to: Rebecca Gray Attn: Recreation PO Box 424 Dingmans Ferry PA 18328 All applications must be returned by 9/16/19. Spaces cannot be reserved without your deposit.

Name: _______________________________________________________________________________ Product or Service: _____________________________________________________________________ Phone# _______________________________ Email: ________________________________________ Mailing address: ______________________________________________________________________ Do you have any special location or accommodation requests? _________________________________

One in Three One in three women across the United States have experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Considering that domestic and sexual violence are two of the most under reported crimes, this number could be drastically higher. Why do people not report domestic and sexual abuse? Is it the stigma that society has created of being a victim? Could it be the fear of retaliation by the abuser? Maybe the fear of losing custody of the children? Or perhaps the fear that no one will listen? The answer is… all of the above. The sad truth is that many victims feel no one will believe them if they open up about their abuse. A victim may only reach out for help once. If a friend or a loved one says they are being Toll Free Numbers State 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 _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIHEAP

1-877-881-6388 1-800-692-7462

For 28 years, Safe Haven of Pike County has been assisting victims of abuse and crime throughout the community. Not only does Safe Haven help victims directly, Safe Haven also works to prevent abuse in the future by providing educational presentations to children, teens and adults. If you or someone you know could benefit from Safe Haven’s free and confidential services, call our 24-hour hotline at 570-296-HELP (4357).

WILDFLOWER MUSIC FESTIVAL An outdoor festival on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Long Ridge Road, White Mills, PA (between Honesdale & Hawley)

JUKEBOX SATURDAY NIGHT A Music Review of the Great Big Bands Saturday, July 6

ILYA YAKUSHEV Classical Pianist Saturday, July 13

THE EARLS OF LEICESTER PRESENTED BY JERRY DOUGLAS

Grammy-winning Bluegrass Saturday, July 20

PIANO MEN

The Music of Elton and Billy Saturday, July 27

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

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

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

ALL CONCERTS $24 ADULTS / $12 CHILDREN Gate opens at 5:00 pm Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Senator Bob Casey

1-866-802-2833

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, PERFORMANCES ARE AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE WALLENPAUPACK HIGH SCHOOL, HAWLEY, PA

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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abused, believe them. You may be the only chance they have to find help.

TOM SADGE AS NEIL DIAMOND

A Tribute to the Legend Saturday, August 3

KAREN AKERS

Broadway / Cabaret singer Saturday, August 10

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE

North Carolina-Based Newgrass Saturday, August 17

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www.wildflowermusic.org Charge tickets by phone: 570-253-5500 Tickets can be purchased at the Dorflinger Glass Museum Gift Shop and on the evening of the performance at the gate. TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Easter at Akenac Park A Big Success! Akenac Park in Delaware Township was hopping on Saturday April 13th! The Easter Bunny hopped down the bunny trail and greeted over 500 children. Children ranging in age from 2 months to 12 years old took part in an Easter Egg hunt, making a craft and visiting with the Easter Bunny. There was one Prize Egg winner for each of the four age ranged categories. Please like our Facebook page for information on past or future events. www.facebook.com/recreation18328

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EMERGENCY MGMT. On The Move With Emergency Preparedness You took your vehicle to your favorite garage to ensure that all mechanical systems are “good to go” and checked and rechecked all the “stuff” you will need for a great time once you arrive. You load it and the kids up and off you go. Your trip is going smoothly, and you are taking “safety breaks” (sanity breaks if the kids are small) like AAA and others recommend every couple of hours or hundred miles. As you move along on a bright sunny day with temps in the 70's traffic on the interstate slows and eventually comes to a complete stop. There is some type of incident somewhere ahead of you but not anywhere that you can see. You are 10 miles past the last exit ramp and know from signs and GPS that the next exit is 8 miles ahead. After 30 minutes of complete standstill you realize that something is majorly wrong and the frustration mounts as you come to the understanding that circumstances are totally beyond your control and your plans are in total disarray. How are you going to adapt to the situation and ild

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As this article is being written, Memorial Day has come and gone, school has recessed for the year and the official start of summer is only a week away. Across the country and the Commonwealth people's attention has turned to making the most of the time between now and Labor Day with family gatherings, recreation and vacations. As focus turns to creating memorable moments it is easy to forget that the risk of disaster or other emergency remains, as does the need to adjust your own perception of “Personal Preparedness” whether at home or away. And so, I offer the following points for your consideration to help keep you and your family's memorable vacation time safe and happy. Imagine if you will, that your summer plans include a long road trip to visit relatives in a midwestern or southern state. You've plotted your route along the vast interstate highway system and scheduled your overnight accommodations along the way.

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keep your family safe, since you never anticipated this? Farfetched you say to me? Not so, according to the latest current events -right in our own area- as recently as the last few weeks route 80 in both NJ and PA had incidents which resulted in the highway being totally closed for several hours. And even though authorities eventually managed to divert traffic to local roads, it didn't help those travelers caught in the “no man’s land” between exits. But you can and should be prepared be for these unexpected emergencies. Even though you plan to stop regularly, always keep a small cooler with water, energy bars or other snacks in case this situation arises. Even warm water is better than no water especially when traveling with small children or the elderly. Additionally, do you have a car emergency safety kit either bought commercially or made up by you that includes things like a small first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, blanket, etc. Check the condition of the contents before

you leave. If you're stuck in traffic for any serious length of time(hours) have a clear idea of how to reduce exposure to extreme temperature and possible vehicle failure. Run the engine and the air conditioner for defined periods (10-15 minutes per hour) and keep an eye on the condition of the young, the old and any pets if they are along for the ride. Try to seek out information on the situation via the internet or AM radio(old school).If necessary and safe to do so, consider pulling as far off the road as possible, exiting the vehicle and seek out a shady area while waiting for traffic to begin moving again. If you are among those lucky travelers who are directed off the interstate to a local road, reprogram your GPS accordingly or better yet stop and consult the actual travel map you packed before you left. Hint, if you want really good state maps for free, you'll usually find them at the “welcome centers” just off the highway as you enter each new state. Diverting to local roads will get you moving again but not at the same pace as the highway, adjust your plans accordingly. Keep in mind that arriving safely, despite any slowdowns or unexpected interruptions is more important than arriving quickly. Instead of a road trip, perhaps your vacation plans include a stay at a

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luxury resort, theme or waterpark either in or out of the country. No matter what geographic location you choose, here are some concerns and considerations that are common to all. Given all the headlines surrounding recent tragedies at resorts, etc. You might want to research any statistics that might be available regarding security and safety provisions for the property you've chosen or even the community/area just outside the property. This is particularly relevant for offshore/out of country travel whether that be Mexico, the Caribbean or even Europe. Keep in mind that many of these locations are not governed by the same regulations and standards that apply in our own country. When you arrive at your accommodations and check in or shortly thereafter, make an effort to find out what the hotel's fire and emergency procedures for guests are. We all know these instructions are usually posted in very small print on the back of your room door and often in any guest guide that lists all amenities, services, menus, etc. But most folks are more concerned about how to turn the TV on. Take the time to read them at the start of your visit so that you can focus the rest of your time on enjoying your stay. Keep in mind that elevators are never to be used in a fire emergency, make sure you and your family know the location of the 2 nearest fire exit stairs to your room and as you enjoy the hotel's amenities note the nearest emergency exits in places like the pool, restaurant, night club, etc. Since in a fire visibility in the hallway may be limited, consider counting the number of

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room doors between your room and the exit stairs to serve as a benchmark for evacuations. It is also advisable to survey the outside of the building in relation to the exit stairs close to your room, so you will know where you will be if you have to exit at any time during a fire – most likely you will not be anywhere near where you entered to check in. Before you go to bed for the night, place your critical items such as wallet, cell phone, keys, etc. someplace where they are easily accessible in the dark. Do you typically carry a small LED pen style flashlight on trips? They are a cheap and valuable tool

to have in any emergency where visibility is limited.

venues and family members enjoying activities or events separately, discuss what Keep in mind when booking to do if you are not in a room that most modern proximity to each other fire department aerial when an emergency of any apparatus (ladder trucks) type occurs. Predetermine a are not effective for rescue “rally” point or meeting area above the 8th floor and at a readily accessible and in most cases today those identifiable location away windows or sliding doors from the main building and can no longer be opened make sure that everyone due to safety and security carries their cell phone at reasons. Also remember that all times. You might want with all of the elements of to inquire as to the number modern fire protection in of security personnel at place (fire barriers, smoke the hotel or resort and detectors, sprinklers) you how they can be identified. may be safer in your room Encourage children who with the door closed than in may be of “independent” a corridor filled with smoke. age to readily seek them out in your absence if they If you are staying on a have any issues or concerns property with multiple regarding their safety. Whether enjoying good times and activities in your home or your “home away from home” have a family emergency plan that is known to everyone. With the current popularity of things like Air BnB and other adaptations of the traditional bed and breakfast theme you should consider how to apply the concepts above to those accommodation as well. Maybe your vacation plans don't allow for any long distance or extended travel times. Perhaps you will be considering day trips to a variety of different

events such as concerts, sporting events, etc. It is unfortunate, but we live in an era where even these activities can involve risk of catastrophic events. Over the past few years we have seen numerous tragedies associated with onetime events where people were killed or injured while simply trying to have a good time and enjoy their favorite performer. Your “personal preparedness” for this now needs to include being “situationally aware” from the time you arrive at the venue until the time you are safely on your way home. As with other activities be clearly aware of emergency exits in your vicinity and be able to recognize security personnel and any areas that may provide refuge from anything from severe weather to outright attack. No matter what activity or trip you are engaged in- it is advisable to have some type of emergency alerting service programmed into your phone. These services are free and public safety based to provide alerts via text for all types of impending threats. For residents of Delaware Township, the recommended site for this is Code Red alerting and signing up takes only a few minutes. Even if your summer vacation includes none of the plans discussed and you’re are just going to stay at home, relax and maybe have friends or relatives visit, you and everyone in your family should have a clear vision and perspective of risks associated with any activity, so that the summer is one filled with happy memories to share in years to come. Preparing for emergencies begins with you personally long before the emergency services ever respond to your call for help. As those of us who have been doing this for a long time will tell you, “Murphy was an optimist!” Stay safe and have the summer of a lifetime.

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Pike County Fire Depts. 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 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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DIG DELAWARE Attention Gardeners: Grow your own organic vegetables this summer! Community Garden Plots Available Location: Smith-Harker Organic Community Garden on Wilson Hill Rd., Dingmans Ferry (across from the Delaware Township Building). Plot Size: 10 x 15 ft. in upper garden, fenced in area Cost: $20 and eight hours of volunteer time total from May - Oct. to maintain the public garden areas. Requirements: Only organic based materials allowed. No synthetic, petroleum base fertilizers, chemical herbicides or pesticides may be used. Contact: Susanridyard@gmail.com or 239-571-2334

“Plants Grow Better People” By Carol Padalino I found an article, written by Karen Smith,  while looking through an old issue of “Nature Study - A Journal of Environmental Education and Interpretation” from August 1989. This issue focused on food, nutrition and the environment.  After reading through the journal, I realized that this information is as relevant today as it was many years ago.  Because gardening has become more than just a pastime for vast segments of our population, I am sharing portions of the article with you. “Plants have long been recognized as essential nutrition for the body but health care professionals have come to recognize their value to the mind and spirit.  The Holden Arboretum’s horticultural therapy program has  been combining the use of plants with special-needs individuals  for over 30 years.  In the most general of terms, horticulture therapy programs seek to improve the mental and physical health of its participants. Programs are structured uniquely to emphasize the needs of its participants.  “Today’s adults  are living to an older age, staying healthy, and maintaining their independence longer.  This trend creates changes in the social structure of older adults.  Horticultural therapy offers an alternative to this group that combines the social and emotional issues of the ‘well-elderly’  with horticultural activities.   “When the world wearies and ceases to satisfy there is always the garden” (The Rocky Mountain Horticultural Therapists). The garden has been a retreat from the stresses of life for generations.  The green and growing environment affects us all in many ways. The change of the seasons, the anticipation of the first crocus in spring, the taste of the first harvested tomato, and the smell of a favorite lilac bush are examples of sensory stimulation resulting from our environment. Feeling comfortable with your environment, being able to anticipate change, to desire  to live in the present rather than the past and look forward to tomorrow, can all be influenced by our physical surroundings. Many health care facilities are addressing this issue by developing landscaping that invites interaction among its residents and is designed to accommodate special needs. One care facility features a barrier free garden for its residents.  It includes specialty areas of interest such as fragrant plants, old fashioned varieties, meditation areas as well as community garden and activity areas. Resident behavior and attitude towards daily living is significantly affected  by the physical environment. Horticultural therapy  can be directed  towards specific client goals as well as to improve the overall environment. The fruits of this therapy nurture the body, mind, and spirit.” The Smith-Harker Community Gardeners invite you to visit the community garden located on Wilson Hill Road across from the Delaware Township Building.  Enjoy the green, smell the flowers and herbs, touch the fuzzy leaves, listen to the moving water and bird chatter, sit and take in the beauty of your environment.  Thanks to the support of  the Delaware Township Supervisors, the maintenance work of  the township crew, and the dedicated volunteerism of the participating gardeners , the  garden has flourished. Or perhaps you are interested in having a plot of your own to grow organic vegetables. If interested, contact Carol Padalino at carolpadalino@aol.com or Susan Ridyard at susanridyard@gmail.com.

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EVENTS important contacts for seniors

2019 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.

From the Pike County Area Agency on Aging

July 6, 2019 and July 20, 2019 August 3, 2019 and August 17, 2019 September 7, 2019 and September 21, 2019 October 5, 2019(Electronic Recycling Day) & October 19, 2019 November 2, 2019 December 7, 2019

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.

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP

PIKE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION Hours 7:30am-4:00pm 570-296-3408 or 866-681-4947

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING DAY

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

Fall 2019 Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Delaware Township Bulk Waste Area located at 145 Wilson Hill Road

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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Board of Supervisors Meetings Notice is hereby given that the meetings for the Delaware Township Board of Supervisors for 2019 will be on the second (2nd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month on the following dates: January 9th and 23rd, February 13th and 27th, March 13th and 27th, April 10th and 24th, May 8th and 22nd, June 12th and 26th, July 10th and 24th, August 14th and 28th, September 11th and 25th, October 9th and 23rd, November 13th and 27th, December 11th. 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 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.

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LEGISLATURE News for Constituents Real ID and Your Social Security Card Licensed Pennsylvania motorists planning to obtain a Real ID will need to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation verification of identity, a Social Security card, and proof of Pennsylvania residency. In addition to the other documents, your Social

Security card must display the Identity for other documents same name as your official that may be accepted. proof of identity papers.  A replacement requiring NO name change may be issued based on one document from the pre-approved list. 

Open the 511PA maps legend and select “Active Roadwork”. Locate and click on any construction symbols you may encounter for confirmation of effected roadway and pinpoint details allowing you to plan Motorists are encouraged for the delay or choose an to consult the list of alternate route.  Confirm current PA Department any potential delays due to of Transportation road, heavy traffic (red) or stop highway, and bridge and go (black) patterns of construction projects during travel. Morning, noon, or road construction season.  the middle of the night, 511PA reflects up-to-date information on traffic delays, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and more than 860 traffic cameras.  Additional details on projects are available by clicking on the Regional Offices map and selecting one of eight. 

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Peak Pennsylvania Tornado Season Upon Us Peak Pennsylvania tornado season typically runs from April through June, according to the National Weather Service. However, increased tornadic activity in early 2019 may also indicate an above average number of storms in July and August.  The typical May sees 3 tornadoes in PA, while May 2019 witnessed 13 tornadoes.  The NWS reports 29 tornadoes to date, though PA’s average is 17 tornadoes annually. Understand the difference

between a tornado watch and a warning. Know what to do before, during, and after a tornado.  Sign up for AlertPA to receive emergency and weather-related alerts, health notifications and other updates from Commonwealth and Federal agencies.  

Summer Cookout and Picnic Protections Annually, one or more of 250 different types of foodborne illnesses infect approximately 48 million people, hospitalize 128,000, and kill 3,000 individuals, according to the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.  Tips for packing, transport, site preparation, crosscontamination, and temperatures for storage, serving, grilling, and cooking of food are outlined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Recognize the most common symptoms of food poisoning including upset stomach, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever and know when to seek medical assistance.  Keep in mind, adults aged 65 and older, children under 5, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women are at greater risk of illness and permanent damage related to food poisoning. 

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Toomey Reintroduces Bipartison Bill to Prevent Animal Crushing Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (RPa.) is continuing his longstanding bipartisan effort to protect the lives of defenseless animals by reintroducing the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. Introduced with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), the PACT Act would outlaw a heinous form of animal abuse known as “crushing,” where deranged individuals maim and torture animals.

“Crushing defenseless animals is barbaric, disgusting, and wrong. There is no place for it in our society,” said Senator Toomey. “I call on my colleagues to join me in ending this horrific practice once and for all. Let’s get it passed in both chambers and send it to the president for his signature.”

society for the maiming and torturing of animals,” said Senator Blumenthal. “The barbaric individuals who commit these crimes should be held accountable for their heinous acts. This bill should be swiftly approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law.”

“Decades ago, FBI profilers established that “Our bipartisan bill banning individuals who viciously the inhumane practice of target innocent animals animal crushing makes clear also present the threat of once and for all that there escalated violence against is no place in a civilized humans, but federal law

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enforcement needs the tools to stop some of the most violent cruelty. Congress can change this by passing the PACT Act,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We thank Senators Toomey and Blumenthal for introducing legislation to finally fill this gap in the law and their continued efforts to protect our communities.” Background Despite taking steps in 2010 to ban the sale of videos depicting

animal crushing, Congress failed to make the underlying act of crushing a federal crime. This means that - even when there is overwhelming evidence that animal abuse is taking place - federal law enforcement is unable to protect animals or arrest known abusers. The PACT Act would ensure that individuals found guilty of torturing animals face felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison. The PACT Act passed the Senate with unanimous support in 2017, but stalled in the U.S. House.

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Ambulance Companies Facing Crisis of Their Own Volunteer fire companies are on the verge of extinction, and now Pennsylvania is facing another public safety crisis. This one involves emergency medical service agencies, whose numbers have shrunk dramatically from 2,000 in the late ’80s and early ’90s to between 900 and 1,000 today. As volunteers dwindle, paid personnel become harder to come by, and insurance reimbursements only partially cover expenses, the EMS crisis has reached a tipping point in many communities. “The reality is that ambulance services are experiencing a severe financial crisis,” says Stephen Bobella Jr., the executive director of both the Northern Berks EMS and the Elverson-Honey Brook Area EMS, which serve municipalities in Berks, Chester, and Lancaster counties.

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He calls it the “golden age of reimbursement,” when insurance checks covered expenses. “When EMS started, it was about neighbors helping neighbors,” Scott Rhoat, chief of Bellefonte EMS and the president of the Centre County Ambulance Association, says. “It’s almost impossible today for volunteers only to run an EMS system.” Following passage of Pennsylvania’s first EMS law in 1985, emergency services became more regulated, and many agencies started the shift from volunteer to paid personnel who could better provide round-the-clock EMS coverage. Around this time, agencies also began to separate from their volunteer fire companies to become independent organizations. “Many years ago, we were viewed as strictly a transport service,” Bobella says. “Today, we are a health care provider.”

Circumstances, however, have not always been so dire.

With well-equipped ambulances and highly trained staff, today’s EMS providers take the emergency room out to the community and into living rooms.

For decades, ambulance services thrived. Buoyed by low operating expenses and more than equitable reimbursements from patients’ insurance companies, many organizations had built a nest egg of savings.

However, better care brings higher expenses, and the consequences of this shift in services — from volunteer to paid staff, from transport only to advanced health care — have taken a financial toll on EMS operations.

“We had in the ballpark of a million dollars socked away at one time,” David Braucht, president of the Penns Valley EMS Board of Directors in Centre County, says.

For starters, the equipment needed to deliver basic and advanced life support is expensive. Paying for a career staff also greatly increases EMS budgets. Salaries, however, for first

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For decades, ambulance services thrived in Pennsylvania. However, as volunteers dwindle, paid personnel become harder to come by, and insurance reimbursements only partially cover expenses, the EMS crisis is reaching a tipping point in many communities.

responders remain low, making it difficult to attract candidates to the job. The increased level of training requirements can be a deterrent, too. To become an EMT takes 200 hours and costs upwards of $1,000. The training for a paramedic is even more intense, requiring a multi-year and multithousand-dollar investment in time and money. “When an EMT starts at $9.50 an hour and is making maybe $18,000 a year, it’s hard to convince people to go into this career,” Rhoat says. In rural areas, where the population pool is smaller, paramedics and EMTs are even harder to find, yet these units’ life-saving services are

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especially essential in a region where trauma and critical-care centers are hours away.

Not Keeping Pace Saving lives is the goal of EMS providers so when a 9-1-1 call comes in, they respond first and deal with money issues later. “EMS is the best example of socialized medicine, where we are required to respond and transport and can’t refuse service,” Rhoat says, “and those who can pay make up for those who can’t.” While the scope of emergency medical services has evolved over time, the system that finances it has been slow to change. In a recent victory, however, the state increased the reimbursement of ambulance transportation for Medicaid patients for the first time in 14 years. In January, the Medicaid reimbursement rose from $120 to $180 per loaded trip for basic life support transport and from $200 to $300 per loaded trip for advanced life support. The act also allows for a $2 charge per mile for loaded trips in excess of 20 miles. A 2018 law made another important change by requiring health insurance plans to pay all reasonably necessary costs associated with ambulance services, even if the victim is not transported. Previously, insurance carriers could refuse to reimburse an ambulance company that provided medical service to a patient but didn’t transport the person to the hospital. Private insurance has also become problematic for ambulance companies since the Affordable Care Act, which ushered in high deductible, high-copay insurance plans. These make it more challenging for EMS companies to collect from patients, particularly if the EMS is an out-ofnetwork provider.

“When an EMT starts at $9.50 an hour and is making maybe $18,000 a year, it’s hard to convince people to go into this career.” services for granted. “For 30 years, EMS had been delivered to the valley for nothing,” Braucht of Penns Valley says. Those days are over, EMS officials say, and solutions must come soon through community involvement, local government support, and legislative action. Chuck Cressley of Jefferson County EMS understands how the challenges facing EMS right now can feel overwhelming. “We’re not giving up,” he says. “If we don’t work through this, then essentially, we would have to go back to a time when the local funeral director provided emergency transport in a community, and that is untenable.”

Have You Been Bitten By A Tick? Through efforts of our local Legislators and the Pike County Tick Borne Diseases Task Force there is now free tick testing available to all Pennsylvania residents. The tick testing is done at the wildlife DNA lab located at East Stroudsburg University. The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab offers FREE basic testing to all Pennsylvania residents. PA Tick Research Lab is a university-affiliated lab based in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania that is dedicated to providing fast, highly rated, laboratory-quality tick testing to people in high-risk areas for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases nationwide. The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab can analyze your tick, test for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Order your test online at https://www.ticklab.org/ and learn whether you’re at risk before symptoms appear.

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In these cases, the insurance company will send the reimbursement check to the insured individual, who should then turn it over to the ambulance company. Unfortunately, some individuals simply cash these checks and rebuff ambulance companies attempts to recoup reimbursement, which only exacerbates the problem.

Seeking Solutions With reimbursements below cost for all payers, agencies must raise the remaining funds through municipal contributions, membership programs, donations, fundraisers, and grants. And there’s another challenge: EMS has been self-sufficient for so long that communities simply take their emergency

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PARKS & REC Akenac Park

Park and Recreation Professionals Day

Akenac Park is open for summer fun! Located just off Route 739, along Abbey Lane in Delaware Township. The Park offers activities for the whole family including fishing, hiking, swimming, boats, picnic area, playground, party rental facility, library and historical society.

July 19 at a park near you! What is a park without those who keep them safe, clean and ready to use? Who brings life-enriching services to all ages and abilities? Park and recreation professionals and their volunteer cohorts. That’s who!

FEE SCHEDULE Delaware Township/ Pike County taxpayers are FREE with proof of tax bill

On July 19, celebrate the normally unsung services of some 8,000 Pennsylvania park and recreation professionals, along with thousands of other volunteers who contribute to our wellbeing by serving on Boards, Committees, Commissions, Friends, Neighborhoods, Trails and other groups, by visiting a park on the first ever Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day.

General Park Policies (adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 9, 2017) Park Seasonal Operational Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Sunday. Closed every Tuesday. 1. All individuals entering the Park are obligated to provide proof of residency of Pike County. 2. All Pike County residents shall enter the Park free of charge. 3. All Pennsylvania residents who reside outside of Pike County may enter the Park at a charge of $5.00 per person. 4. All out of State residents will be permitted to enter the Park at a charge of $20 per person. 5. All individuals within the park may rent a boat at a charge of $5 per hour per boat. Personal boats are prohibited. 6. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7. No smoking. No vaping. 8. No pets. 9. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. 10. No foul language. 11. No littering, dumping refuse or disposing of outside refuse. 12. No hunting. 13. No open fires. Charcoal and/or gas grills only. 14. No fireworks or explosives are permitted to be discharged or possessed in the park. 15. No solicitation or sale of goods without written approval. 16. Plant removal prohibited. 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 property is prohibited. 20. No operation of motor vehicles outside designated parking and entrance area. 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.

House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. The questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes. Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use? Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents. “Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place. Q: Who can purchase fireworks? Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them. Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?

Also, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances. Q: Where can the fireworks be purchased? Airborne fireworks, including Roman candles and bottle rockets may only be purchased at brick-and-mortar stores.

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• They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner. • They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building. • They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building. • They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure, whether or not a person is actually present. • They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.

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Off-Season Operational Hours September through October; 8:00 a.m. to dusk April through May Hiking, fishing and playground available. Beach closed. No swimming. No grilling permitted. Park Closed November through March (to be determined based on weather by BOS) except on M, W, F - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for access to the Delaware Township Library

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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.

Pennsylvanians are blessed to own more than 6,000 community parks and 12,000 miles of trails in every nook and county, and 121 (award-winning!) state parks, with one within 25 miles of nearly every resident. Along with them are countless playgrounds, pools, beaches, campsites, marinas, picnic areas, athletic fields, skate parks, dog parks, festival venues, gardens, visitor centers, historic and cultural attractions, and many other recreational facilities and amenities. The healthful value and relative importance that Pennsylvanians place on their parks and natural areas is shown in the fact that, although Pennsylvania is the 33rd largest state, only Alaskans and Californians have more park land. Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Professionals Day is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society to honor those who plan, provide, and operate our parks, trails, programs and facilities for all our citizens. This third Friday in July, visit a favorite or nearby park to bask in its all its many benefits, as well as show a little appreciation to the programmers, managers, maintainers, landscapers, facilitators, lifeguards, coaches, event organizers and caretakers who enhance the experience for all of us.

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BOAT RENTAL $5.00 Per Hour We are pleased to welcome our seasonal staff for the 2019 season: Park Supervisor: Enid Resto Head Lifeguard: Alex DeVilliers Lifeguards: Mikenzie Accetta, Jacob Cole, Casey Kidd, Cooper Kidd, Kelsie Moffa, Robert Riccio, Tara Stevenson

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Park Prepares for Summer Visitors Employees at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area have been busy gearing up and getting facilities ready for a busy summer season. The 70,000-acre national park unit is located in PA and NJ and is one of the top 25 most-visited national park units in the country with 3.2 million visits recorded in 2018.

Dunnfield Creek/Lake Lenape area trails at the south end of the park. The shuttle fee is $1 per person for a roundtrip fare and runs every 30 minutes on summer weekends. Schedules are available at: www.gomcta. com/trip.

Recreation Site. Some areas are “carry in/carry out” so please take all of your food scraps, trash, and other waste with you when you leave so that wild animals are not attracted to these areas.

Pitch a Tent: • Valley View and Rivers Cool Off In or On the River: Bend group campsites are • All beaches and boat/ available to groups of 5 or canoe launches are open for more people by reservation. the season. A $10/car fee is “This summer, our visitors Call (570) 426-2434 or email charged 7 days a week; annual will likely see more of our DEWA_Campground@nps.gov passes are available for $45. staff stationed at busy sites throughout the park where we • Visit the park website for a list for information or to make a reservation. of businesses in the area that can better serve the public’s • Alosa River Campsites rent canoes, kayaks, and rafts needs. We’re going where the are available to river users and provide transportation or people are and where we can by reservation. There are 6 bring your own. be of most assistance. ” said individual campsites at this • Use the free River Runner Superintendent Sula Jacobs location. Go to recreation. shuttle to transport your of the park’s summer plans. gov or call (877) 444-6777 to own canoes, kayaks, and gear “We’ve been planning ahead reserve your riverside campsite for a day on the river. and getting the park ready to before you visit. There is Check schedules at welcome our visitors and offer no vehicle access to these www.gomcta.com/trip. them a wonderful national campsites. park visit,” she added. “But for • Always wear a properly-fitted • Dingmans Campground US Coast Guard-approved the best trips, we recommend offers tent and RV sites. For lifejacket when on or near that visitors plan ahead too.” more information or to make a the water. Get information in person, reservation visit their website at Go for a Ride…or a Drive: online, or by phone: Dingmans Campground or call • The McDade Trail in PA (570) 828-1551. • Park Headquarters is open is a great place to ride your • River camping is available Monday through Friday from bike (and it’s the only trail to those on extended river 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except in the park where bikes are trips in accordance with park federal holidays. Stop by or call permitted). You can start and regulations. Designated river (570) 426-2452 for assistance finish at the same place or campsites can be found on the during business hours. do a one-way trip using the park website. • Backpacking • Dingmans Falls Visitor Center free River Runner shuttle to on the Appalachian Trail is is open Fridays from 11 am to 5 transport you and your bike on permitted in accordance with pm and Saturdays and Sundays weekends. park regulations. from 9 am to 5 pm from June • Visit the park website for • A complete list of 15 to September 2. information on bicycle rentals campgrounds, river campsites, • Visit the park website at in the area. and regulations is available www.nps.gov/dewa. • Take a scenic drive and enjoy on the park’s website. Make • Follow us on Facebook the views. reservations well in advance as at www.Facebook.com/ • Visit one of our partnercampsites and campgrounds DelWaterGapNPS. operated sites (check their are in high demand during the websites for hours and summer months. Take a hike: All trails in PA program offerings): are open except the following Watch Water Fall: Visit the • Mohican Outdoor Center which will remain closed until tallest waterfalls in PA and NJ! (Mohican Outdoor Center ) further notice due to public Raymondskill Falls in PA drops • Pocono Environmental hazard and ongoing trail 165’ in three segments while Education Center (PEEC) maintenance and construction • Peters Valley School of Craft Buttermilk Falls on Mountain work: Road in Walpack, NJ tumbles (Peters Valley) • George W. Childs Park • Foster-Armstrong House and 75’ from side of Kittatinny • Adams Creek Trail and Ridge. Both have stairs and an Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse drainage area observation area. The Hackers (Montague History) • Hornbecks Creek/Indian Falls Trail and the Tumbling • Walpack Center and Van Ladders Trail Waters Trail at Pocono Campen Inn (Walpack • Conashaugh Trail Environmental Education Historical Society) • Montague Grange (Montague Center (PEEC) are also great All trails in NJ are OPEN places to check out waterfalls. Grange) with the exception of the There is no fee to visit lower portion of the Van Pick a Place to Picnic: All waterfalls within the recreation Campens Glen Trail. The picnic areas are open except area. Visit the park website for trail is open from the upper for those at George W. Childs trail maps. parking area to the trail Park and Van Campens bridge just downstream from Take a stroll back in time: Visit Glen. Check the park website the waterfall. The remainder Millbrook Village, a re-created for group size limits and of the trail is closed due to nineteenth-century museum restrictions. Grills are not hazardous conditions and trail provided anywhere in the village where costumed rangers construction work. park and are only permitted at and volunteer guides provide tours and demonstrations Milford Beach, Turtle Beach, Use the Pocono Pony’s Hiker Smithfield Beach, Toms Creek of period crafts and trades. Shuttle to get back and forth Millbrook buildings are open Picnic Area, Bushkill General between the Park and Ride lot on Saturdays and on the first Store Picnic Area, Watergate in the town of Delaware Water and third Sunday of the month Recreation Site, Hialeah Gap, PA and the Kittatinny from 10 am to 4 pm between Picnic Area, and Namanock Point/Appalachian Trail/

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June 15 and September 2. The grounds are open for self-guided tours daily during daylight hours. Admission is free. Special events are held throughout the year. Learn something new: Take a class or enroll in a workshop with one of our park partners. Make something of your summer at Peters Valley School of Craft where you can learn blacksmithing, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry-making, and a host of other fine arts and crafts. Sign up for an orienteering or birdwatching program, learn how to build a fire, or attend Quilt Camp at PEEC. Take a guided hike, learn to use a map and compass, or take a wilderness first aid course at Mohican Outdoor Center. For a complete list of classes, workshops and programs and

information on dates, times and how to register, visit the individual organization’s website. Tips for Travelers: • Travel on Tuesday… or Wednesday, or Thursday to beat the crowds. Weekends are busy. • Plan ahead! Visit the park website or call ahead to find out what you can and can’t do, where you can go, what you need to bring, and what you should leave at home. • Have a Plan B… and C in case the places you wish to visit are already full when you arrive. Many popular destinations are full by 10 am on summer weekends. • Know before you go! Be aware of rules and regulations and check safety information for a fun and safe visit.

Brandwein Institute Search for Eagles Eagle Watch Report: The season’s final Brandwein

Institute half-day ‘Search for Eagles’ took place in the Delaware Valley on Sunday, March 10. The temperature at the start was 41 degrees and at the finish 36 degrees. It was a cloudy, misty, and at times foggy day. 140 miles were logged during a six-hour search in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic River from the Callahan House to the trips conclusion at the headwaters of the Lackawaxen River. Jack Padalino, president emeritus of the Brandwein Institute, a partner with the National Park Service, led the search that recorded 25 species of birds including 24 bald eagles, 2 redtailed hawks, common raven, and a tree swallow. A number of bald eagles observed were adults in or at a nest or near open water of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Scenic Upper Delaware. To participate in a ‘Search for Eagles’ field trip call 845-325-0536 or email jack@brandwein.org. Field trips are weather permitting. Dress warmly, bring binoculars, field guides, and a lunch. There is no charge. Seen on March 10: 24 bald eagles, 2 red-tailed hawks, a common raven, Canada goose, American black duck, mallard, common merganser, wild turkey, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, rock pigeon, mourning dove, blue jay, American crown, belted kingfisher, tree swallow, white-breasted nuthatch, black-capped chickadee, tufted titmouse, European starling, American goldfinch, and the dark-eyed junco.

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