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NOTICE: The Township Office will be closed on the following day: FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

Pike County and Delaware Township Join Forces to Enhance Library Pike County Public Library Board recently met with the Delaware Township Library Board to discuss ways to help enhance the services currently available at the Township Library located at Akenac Park just off Route 739. The Township’s collection is acquired through purchases and donations from residents. After meeting, Pike County Library and Delaware Township Library have agreed to join forces. The County Library will give books, DVDS, and audiobooks to the Township Library. These items should be on the shelves and available to patrons very soon.

Delaware Township Library at Akenac Park.

Patrons at the Delaware Township Library will be encouraged to register for Pike County Public Library cards which would give those patrons access to online resources along with the PCPL’s collection of books, periodicals, DVDs and inter-library loan materials. Delaware Township, the Delaware Township Library and the Pike County Library are enthusiastic about their partnership and the benefit to local residents. If you are interested in contacting the Delaware Township Library, call: 570-828-2781.

IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING A Quiet Winter at Delaware Cemetery


Continued to Be Prepared


Grilling Safety


Bridge the Gap 2014


Township Administrator To Retire


Ask the Sensei...


Onlot System Operation and Maintenance - Homeowners Guide



Delaware Township Uses Alternate Fuel — Page 4

LEGISLATURE Constituent News From Sen. Lisa Baker DIG DELAWARE Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds The Hummingbirds are Back PARKS & REC Akenac Park Summer Schedule Delaware Football League To Hold Registrations





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2014 Bulk Dump Disposal Days


Board of Supervisors Meetings


Planning Commission Meetings


Community Events Board Meetings


Board of Auditors Meetings




Ever Wonder About the History of Delaware Twp.? See Page 7

Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Events Listing — Page 17

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DELAWARE TOWNSHIP 116 Wilson Hill Road Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Phone: 570-828-2347 HOURS OF OPERATION: Building Inspector: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am – 9:30 am Sewage Officer: Tuesdays Only 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Zoning Officer: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Office: Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

A Quiet Winter at Delaware Cemetery This past winter was quiet at our Delaware Cemetery. Sincere thanks to Charlie Kroener, Mike Kolenet, Richard Heimbrook, and Jeff Shirley – for your thorough work at keeping our entrance and main road clear and accessible at all times. A couple of weeks before Easter, we were fortunate enough to have Boy Scout Troop 174 come to the cemetery and clear the grave “blankets” and other grave holiday decorations that had been there through this past winter. You did a thorough and terrific job doing this clearing and cleaning up. A big thanks to you all! Delaware Cemetery was then ready for Spring and Easter. Families have been placing lovely

flowers at their family gravesites. The grass finally started turning green, and suddenly Memorial Day was just ahead. Again, as has happened for a number of years now, members of Dingmans Ferry’s American Legion Post 851 and Boy Scout Troop 174 were at the cemetery the Friday before Memorial Day to remove last year’s flags and place bright new ones at veterans’ graves. As a result of scout Dillon Puglisi’s Eagle Scout project, this year the number of flags placed has increased from 125 to over 230. On the bright Monday morning of Memorial Day, Delaware Cemetery seemed like a sea of American Flags as the day’s honors began with a small ceremony at our Veterans monument. Thank you to all for this caring tribute.

Road Department: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Akenac Park: CLOSED TUESDAYS

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: MEETINGS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 6 pm at the Township Municipal Building WORKSHOPS 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 5pm at the Township Municipal Building



Continue To Be Prepared By Gwen McNamara, Delaware Township EMA With spring finally here, it is hard to remember that in the back of our minds we need to continue to think about how to be prepared in the case of an emergency. What supplies could be kept on hand to maintain us for at least 72 hours until higher help arrived? What things could be easily kept by the door that we could grab if we needed to leave in a hurry? If not everyone was home, where would we meet? These are just a few of the things we should consider. I always try to discuss because I feel it is important to speak with one voice for how we should react in case of a disaster. This year, they are adding an emphasis on kids, including them in the process so they can help and be informed. An excerpt from their page: This year's Resolve to be Ready campaign focuses on 'Family Connection' to reinforce the importance of parents including their children in preparedness conversations in advance of potential disasters. The Ready campaign makes an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by recommending families consider these three ideas when making a plan: who to call, where to meet and what to pack. The campaign includes age-appropriate tools and resources to introduce conversations about disaster preparedness to children on, including a downloadable family emergency plan, emergency kit checklists and guidelines on how to make preparedness a year-round family activity. Check out the materials that you can use in your community to get families prepared in 2014. So as we enjoy our kids this summer, take some time to include them in the process. At this time of year many of us enjoy their backyard BBQ or sitting around a fire. As wonderful as they are, we need to respect the dangers they pose. We live on the edge of the National Park Service and a small fire could get out of hand very quickly. From comes the pledge: Show your commitment to wildfire prevention. I pledge to: • • • • • • • • •

BE SMART WHENEVER I GO OUTDOORS To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire. To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire. To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors. To never, ever leave any fire unattended. To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on. To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials. To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather. To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.

So be safe everyone and remember that we are all in this together.

e BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Thomas M. Ryan Chair | Township Treasurer Robert Luciano Supervisor Jeffrey Scheetz Vice-Chair | Supervisor

e MANAGEMENT Barbara Foos Township Administrator | Secretary Krista N. Predmore Deputy Administrator | Asst. Treasurer Luis Barrios Superintendent of Parks & Grounds Charlie Kroener Road Master

e OFFICE STAFF Sharon Franks Administrative Assistant | Permits Catherine Bram Administrative Assistant | Asst. RTKO

e ROAD DEPARTMENT Michael Kolenet Richard Heimbrook

e BOARDS & CHAIRPERSONS Recreation Board Mike Bukaj Planning Commission John Naturale Zoning Hearing Board Max Brinson Building Inspector BIU Call: 866-344-9681 Zoning Officer Rick Koehler Sewage Officer Dave Manter Call: 570-828-2347



Delaware Uses Alternate Fuel

Grilling Safety

Delaware Township recently purchased a propane powered 2014 Ford Extended Cab Truck as the newest cost saving measure driven by the Board of Supervisors. The supervisors then approved the installation of a propane fueling station to fuel their township vehicles in order to save money and have a lowered impact on the environment. The township is also currently working to convert their 2008 GMC truck to accept the low cost fuel alternative.

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Using an alternative fuel such as propane has several advantages over gasoline. First, propane is clean-burning and leaves engines free of deposits. Second, engines that use propane emit fewer pollutants into the air than engines that use gasoline. Use of propane can result in lower vehicle maintenance costs, lower emissions, and fuel costs savings when compared to conventional gasoline and diesel. Presently, domestic automakers have reduced their offerings of vehicles that can operate using propane and other gaseous fuels; this has placed renewed emphasis for the conversion or "upfitting" of new vehicles to operate on propane and compressed natural gas. Propane holds approximately 86 percent of the energy of gasoline and so requires more storage volume to drive a range equivalent to gasoline, but it is price-competitive on a cents-per-mile-driven basis.

SAFETY TIPS: • • • • • •

Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended. Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.


There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel. If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use. When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

PROPANE GRILLS Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooling, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.


July is the peak month for grill fires. Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns.



Township Administrator Set to Retire Delaware Township Administrator, Barbara Foos, is set to retire from the Township as of June 26, 2014. The announcement came with deep regret at a Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Ms. Foos has been with the Township since January of 2012 and has contributed to many aspects of its current administration. Her biggest accomplishments consist of the renovation of the Township office, reclaiming the old Township Library as a usable space for Emergency Management, starting the process of getting the Township into the technology age, and installing a new phone system. Just to name a few! The Board of Supervisors is thankful for the efforts of Ms. Foos over the last two and half years and wish her luck in her future endeavors!



Ask The Sensei…. By Sensei Albert Casale Q.( Branchville) . Dear Sensei. I am always stressed when my two teenagers drive their cars. They both had separate minor fender benders, they both have been issued summons more than once for aggressive driving. How can I help them to understand that aggressive driving can be a serious threat to others and there own safety. What tips can I teach them to avoid these driving behaviors ? A. Driving can be a stressful experience, and all drivers have gotten frustrated behind the wheel at some point. One of the causes is the increasingly congested roadways are a growing source of driver frustration, but studies suggest the real root of aggressive driving lies within each of us. Drivers can cope by taking an honest look at their driving behavior and attempting to reduce their stress level behind the wheel. Give your teenagers a self-test help them analyze their driving . Do they answer yes to the following statements. That will let you know what needs to correct their driving behaviors.

• I regularly exceed the speed limit in order to get to work on time. • I tailgate other drivers, especially those who sit in the left lane. • I flash my lights and honk my horn to let drivers know when they annoy me. • I verbally abuse other drivers whether they can hear me or not. • I frequently weave in and out of traffic to get ahead. • I feel the need to set bad drivers straight. Some Tips to Adjust To When Driving. • Avoid using cell phones and text messaging. • Avoid loud fast music. • Leave yourself enough time rather than trying to make good time. • Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes. • Take a deep breath and remember escalating a situation will only make things worse. • It is important to know that a confrontation on the road can escalate to a criminal act of an assault..



DELAWARE THEN Ever Wonder About The History Of Dingmans FerryDelaware Township? The Dingmans Ferry-Delaware Township Historical Society was founded in 1994 to preserve the rich history of Dingmans Ferry and Delaware Township. The object of the Society is the promotion and encouragement of historical study and research and particularly the collection of historical records and artifacts preserved in our museum at Akenac Park. The museum is open the third Saturday of each month, March through November


Monthly meetings are held at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month, March through November. Meetings are held at the Delaware Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road. This is our 21st season and listed below is our calendar for some of the coming events:

Meeting dates for the remaining season June 19

Marie Zimmermann – Bill Keiger

July 17

Business Meeting plus our Ice Cream Social

August 21

Pocono Wildlife – Amazing Animal Adaptations – Kathy Uhler

September 18

Business Meeting

October 16

One of the Darkest Days in the History of the Delaware Indians – Frank Salvati

November 20

Business Meeting and Covered Dish Supper – Members only

Activities at Camp Akenac Museum Third Saturday of each month March through November June 21

Marie Zimmermann display

Society membership is $5.00 per individual and $10 per family.



Onlot System Operation and Maintenance - Homeowner’s Guide The best designed and properly installed onlot sewage disposal system will still malfunction if the homeowner does not properly operate and maintain the system. In addition to requiring costly repairs, malfunctioning systems can contaminate surface and ground waters, cause various health problems, and spread disease as well as create unsightly messes and foul odors when raw sewage surfaces or backs up into the home.

How an Onlot (aka "Septic") System Functions There are two basic types of anaerobic (without Oxygen) onlot systems; those with gravity distribution systems and those with pressure distribution systems. In both types, there are three major components:

exits through pipes into a layer of gravel and then percolates through the soil for additional treatment. The bacteria in the soil neutralizes many of the contaminants in the wastewater.

• Avoiding putting chemicals in the

Signs of an onlot system in trouble include:

• Inspecting the septic tank, pipes and

• Toilet runs sluggish. • Sewer odors in the house and/or drinking water.

• Illness, often to household visitors. • Sponginess around septic tank, distribution box or dosing tank and absorption area.

• Surfacing raw sewage. • Dosing pump runs constantly or not at all.

1. The septic tank.

• Dosing tank alarm light is on.

2. The distribution box (gravity system) or

• Backup of sewage into laundry tubs or

3. The Absorption area.

Many of these signs indicate an onlot system malfunction.

dosing tank (pressure system).

Sewage flows to the septic tank, where the primary treatment process takes place. In the tank, the heaviest matter settles to the bottom (forming sludge) and the lighter matter (scum) floats on top of a somewhat clear liquid called effluent. While the sludge and scum must be pumped out regularly, the clear liquid flows out of the tank to a distribution box or dosing tank, and is then directed to the absorption area by gravity flow or through pressurized pipes. Within the absorption area, this effluent

other fixtures.

Preventing Malfunctions Homeowners can help prevent malfunctions and ensure the long-term use of their onlot system by doing the following:

• Conserving water and reducing waste flow into the septic tank.

• Having the septic tank pumped at least

every 3 years, depending upon tank size and household size.

septic system.

• Not using the toilet to dispose of bulky, slowly decomposing wastes. drainage field annually.

• Maintaining accurate records of the septic system (design, installation, location, inspections, pumping’s, malfunctions, repairs.)

• Preventing run-off from downspouts, sump

pumps, and paved surfaces from getting into the septic system.

• Keeping heavy vehicles, equipment and livestock away from the septic system.

• Not planting trees and shrubs over or close to the septic system.

Conserving Water and Reducing Waste flow Onlot systems not only treat and dispose of domestic sewage from toilets; they also receive wastewater from various other household fixtures, including baths, showers, kitchen sinks, garbage disposals, automatic dishwaters and laundries. Conserving water and reducing the amount of waste flow from household activities is an important step to ensuring long-term use. The more water-using devices in a household, the greater the burden is on the onlot system. Following are some helpful water conservation tips and a comparison of water usage between conventional fixtures versus water-saving fixtures.

1. Use the dishwasher and laundry washer only when they are loaded to capacity.

• Top Loading Laundry Washer 35-50 gal./load

• Front Loading Laundry Washer 22-25 gal./load



2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing fixtures quickly. Install flow control (regulator) devices on faucets.

• Regular Faucet Aerator 2.5-6 gal./min. • Flow regulating Aerator .5-2.5 gal./min. 3. Take short showers instead of baths. Install

water. So instead of using caustic toilet bowl cleaners or bleach, try mild detergent or baking soda or one half cup of borax per gallon of water.

or coffee grounds down the toilet because they can clog the system. Any questions, please contact your Township SEO.

Also NEVER flush bulky, hard to decompose items such a sanitary napkins, diapers, paper towels, cigarette filters, plastics, eggshells, bones

Information reference: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

flow control or water saving devices on showerheads and other plumbing fixtures.

• Conventional Showerhead 3-15 gal./min. • Water Saving Showerhead 2-3 gal./min. 4. Reduce water use each time you flush the

toilet. Put a heavy device such as a brick in a plastic bag or a water-filled plastic bottle in the reservoir or install a low flow toilet.

• Conventional Toilet 4-6 gal./flush • Water Saving Toilet 3-1.6 gal./flush 5. Use the garbage disposal sparingly. These

wastes place a greater burden on the septic system. If you have garden space, compost the material instead.

Pumping Your Septic Tank A septic tank accumulates solids (sludge) and scum which should be pumped out at least every three to five years. The frequency of pumping depends upon tank size and household size. Larger households generally require more frequent pumping’s (every one or two years). In Pennsylvania, specific tank sizes are generally based on the number of bedrooms in the home because the number of bedrooms is an indicator of household size. For example, a home with three bedrooms must have a 900 gallon or larger septic tank. The more bedrooms, the larger the septic tank. For more information on the recommended frequency of pumping’s, contact your local agency (normally your local township) Sewage Enforcement Officer or the Department of Environmental Protection.

Your Toilet Is Not A Trash Can Trillions of living, beneficial bacteria constantly treat and decompose raw sewage in a septic system. The effectiveness of these bacteria can be impaired if harmful substances and chemicals are put into the septic system. Harmful substances/chemicals include: • • • • • • • •

oils and grease gasoline antifreeze varnishes and paints and solvents harsh drain and toilet bowl cleaners laundry detergents with high sodding elements bleach pesticides

Remember, what goes into your toilet and drains many eventually end up back in your drinking



LEGISLATURE Constituent News from Sen. Lisa Baker Outdoor Programs for Young People

Caring for Older Pennsylvanians at Home

Pennsylvania State Parks offer outdoor programs for young people designed to help them experience the joy of the outdoors and teach them about conservation.

Families often find themselves forced to make difficult choices regarding the extended care of older family members when there is very little time to make them. They unexpectedly find themselves trying to figure out the where, when and how of care, while coming to terms with the deteriorating health of their loved one.

DiscoverE programs are offered at many state parks throughout the Commonwealth for young people ages 4-17 to explore the outdoors. Trained educators and interpreters lead young learners through structured play, while older youth are challenged by gaining recreational skills, conducting special projects and participating in valuable experiences. Parks individually schedule programs which may range from a few hours to week-long events, all aimed to explore the outdoors. Program information may be found at the state parks and schedules can be found by searching DiscoverE under the Calendar of Events. Pennsylvania State Parks: DiscoverE: DiscoverE/index.htm Calendar of Events: list.asp?intDivisionID=3

Education for Electricity Consumers With the recent media attention on higher-thanexpected variable electric rates, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is working to provide as much education as possible to consumers in order to help them avoid exorbitant electric bills. The Commission is urging residential customers who receive their electricity through a competitive supplier to review their contract. Consumers with variable contracts or contracts set to expire need to look at their terms and conditions. They can also see and compare all electric rates offered in their area at PAPowerSwitch. Public Utility Commission: PAPowerSwitch:

While it is never easy to think about the day when someone may not be able to care for themselves or could be facing end-of-life decisions, individuals and families can prepare for that time by researching options and resources before that day arrives. The Pennsylvania Homecare Association offers a Bringing Care Home guide which can serve as a resource to families as they being to explore options including home care, adult day care, assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice.

an easy checklist to organize your emergency kit and important contact information. National weather forecasters: http://www.accuweather. com/en/weather-news/atlantic-hurricane-forecast-2014noaa/27410246 Precautions: pt?open=512&objID=4666&mode=2 Emergency supply kit: portal/ emergency_supply_kit/1363013 Evacuation: pt/community/be_prepared/21274/make_a_plan/1359592 Emergency Preparedness Guide: http://www.portal.state.

Pennsylvania Homecare Association: Bringing Care Home: Bringing Care Home

Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now: http://www. emergencypreparednessbrochure_pdf

2014 Hurricane Season Outlook & Preparation

Lyme Disease – Avoiding Exposure

Hurricane season, according to national weather forecasters, will see three to six storms with one or two expected to be major hurricanes. Remembering it only takes one, the PA Emergency Management Agency is issuing precautions. Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to develop two sets of storm response plans. First establish plans and an emergency supply kit to remain in your home. Develop a second set directing your family’s evacuation upon the recommendation of authorities. PEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Guide can prepare you to respond to and cope with natural or manmade disasters. Print a copy of “Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.” for

The number of Pennsylvanians with Lyme Disease continues to rise to approximately 4,000 cases annually since its 1982 discovery, prompting the PA Department of Health to release a Lyme Disease Fact Sheet. What are the symptoms? How is it diagnosed? Is treatment available? These are just a few of the questions answered by the Department. See pages 3-4 of the EpiNotes Fall 2011 edition for a photo of a deer tick and the distinctive “Bull’s Eye” rash that frequently accompanies a bite from an infected vector. From three to thirty days following exposure to a Lyme Disease-bearing tick, you may present with a multi-stage, multi-state inflammatory illness that left untreated may progress to latestage arthritic or nervous system complications. Consult with your physician if you suspect you may have been infected by the spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected tick. Lyme Disease Fact Sheet: portal/ Department: EpiNotes Fall 2011: Lyme Disease-bearing tick: portal/



Our aim is to make people aware of their role in power consumption and increase understanding of the potential for renewable energy to replace or supplement existing power sources. Since the renewable sources may not generate all the power required for the cabins, they will be tied into the existing power grid, so that any slack can be taken up. The other advantage of this is that any additional power they generate will go right back into the grid, leading to cost savings. We are able to implement this project in stages, adding more panels as additional funding is secured. The success of renewable energy depends upon educating people on its benefits. This system will allow people to directly see the benefits of renewable energy, compared to conventional energy sources, paving the way for a future built upon renewable energy sources.

Family Nature Getaway Weekend

Moonlit Drumming

From Thursday, July 03, 2014 To Sunday, July 06, 2014 Cost: Adults $210 / Child, Commuter, Day Rates Available Bring your friends and family to experience the best of what PEEC has to offer. Nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfire and more! Price includes three nights lodging and meals from Thursday dinner to Sunday lunch.

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Cost: $30 adult / $15 child Master drummer, Maxwell Kofi Donkor, is back for another unforgettable experience. Enjoy an introductory lesson and a drumming circle under the moonlit sky. Don’t miss this great event! No experience necessary. Call to reserve a drum. Sunday for Singles Nature Hike Sunday, July 13, 2014, 1:00pm - 3:00pm Cost: Free Enjoy a guided hike on a PEEC trail. This program is all about exploring nature and meeting new people.

Frog Frolic & Frog Frenzy


Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:00pm - 3:00pm Sunday, July 13, 2014, 10:00am - 12:00pm Cost: $5 per person Join us for a fun afternoon at the ponds and streams! Learn about some of our frog friends as we gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy!

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Unless otherwise indicated. To Register: Call PEEC at 570-828-2319 with credit card information available

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PEEC has recently launched an IndieGogo Campaign – Children’s Residential Solar Lab. In the Children's Residential Solar Lab, visitors will be able to monitor the amount of power being generated using meters in the cabin and see trends throughout their day, as well as the specific impact of their use of outlets, lighting, etc. on the amount of energy they are consuming. This pilot program will involve converting one cabin to a photovoltaic solar array, with advanced monitoring capabilities. We will install four (4) 500-watt solar panels on one of our cabins and make it the centerpiece of a new program focusing on the environmental impact of renewable energy. This system features an iPad app that will allow visitors to monitor the amount of energy being produced by the system and compare it to the amount of energy being consumed. We plan to eventually expand the project to include 3 additional cabins using other types of renewable energy sources, including thermal solar, passive solar, and geothermal.

Summer Events At PEEC

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PEEC’s IndieGoGo Campaign

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Check out PEEC’s IndieGoGo Campaign



DIG DELAWARE Plants for Attracting Hummingbirds It’s fun to watch hummingbirds drinking from red plastic feeders, but more fun to see them working flowers in a garden. Their brightly colored iridescent feathers make them appear as living sun-catchers, hence their nickname, flying jewels. They can hover in mid-air when sipping nectar from brightly colored flowers with their long, slender beaks. While buzzing around a garden, hummingbirds expend so much energy that they must eat almost constantly and visit over a thousand flowers every day. The key to attracting hummingbirds to your yard is to plant lots of brightly colored red and scarlet flowers. They will also visit pink, rose, orange and purple flowers. Herbs, flowering shrubs, dwarf trees and vines all can be used to create an ideal habitat from ground level to 10 feet or more. Brightly colored flowers that are tubular hold the most nectar and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. These include perennials such as bee balm, columbine, daylilies and lupine; biennials such as foxglove and hollyhock and many annuals including cleome, impatiens and petunias. Because producing nectar requires a lot of energy and plants get that energy from the sun, plants that attract hummingbirds typically do not do well in shady areas. The following list includes native plants judged to be the top ten found naturally within the breeding range of ruby-throated hummingbirds: trumpet creeper, beebalm or Oswego tea, trumpet honeysuckle, cardinal flower, spotted jewelweed, red columbine, Canada lily, Indian pink, red buckeye, mountain rosebay or Catawba rhododendron.

Bee Balm

More plants that also attract hummingbirds are agastache, beard tongue, catmint, coral bells, goldenrod, larkspur, Russian sage, scarlet sage, summer phlox, verbena, and zinnias.



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The Hummingbirds Are Back Of the more or less 320 different kinds of hummingbirds recognized today, only 14 breed in North America, north of Mexico and only one, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird appears regularly during late April in our area. Hummingbirds are the smallest living birds and are members of the family Trochiladae (meaning “small birds”.) As a group hummers are best known for their small size, remarkable flight powers, and brilliant colors. Roger Tory Peterson said, “Birds have to be one of the most vivid expressions of life there is.” For many people, the hovering, jewel-like, hummingbirds are an embodiment of motion, energy, and life. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is about 4 inches long with a wing-span of almost 5 inches. To reach their Pike County nesting grounds each spring they take a direct but hazardous route across the Gulf of Mexico, flying nonstop over more than 500 miles of open water. The male’s metallic scarlet gorget (throat) has a velvety black chin-strap. Male hummers are smaller than females. Their nest is a tiny lichen covered cup about an inch and a half across and an inch and a quarter deep, filled with down and attached to a branch anywhere between three to thirty feet above the ground. The tiny eggs take 14 days of incubation by the female prior to hatching. Young are fed by vigorous pumping of food from the stomach of the adult. Its food is nectar and insects and other small critters that haunt throats of flowers. It can remain suspended in front of a flower and unlike most birds, can fly backward. The name “hummer” is derived from the rapid motion of their wings. They fight vigorously among their own kind over territory and will attack birds and other animals many times their size. For most people attracting Ruby-throats begins with putting out a feeder. Any commercial feeder will do. Fill it with a sweet solution prepared by dissolving 1 part table sugar in 4 parts water, boiling for a minute or two, and letting it cool. (Boiling sterilizes the solution so it will last longer without spoiling.) There is no need to add red food coloring. WARNING: Hummingbirds are known to be addictive. You may find yourself providing them with water and planting flowers that attract them.

Think Green This Summer...









Monday Nature Walk Book Club Craft Time

Outdoor Games

Story Time & Activity


Rainbow Loom Club

Discovering Craft Time Science

Outdoor Games

Story Time & Activity


Cardio TBD Craft Time Kickboxing for Parents Nature Walk for Kids

Outdoor Games

Story Time & Activity


Rainbow Loom Club

Outdoor Games

Get Fit Craft Time For Kids

Story Time & Activity

WEEKLY THEMES Week Beginning


Book Club

June 23-27

We’re Wild about Summer

Magic Tree House

June 30 - July 3rd (No activities on 7/4)

Celebrate America!

Read a true story

July 7-11 I Love Nature!

Bring a book by your favorite author

July 14-18 Be An Explorer

Read your favorite adventure book

July 28 - August 1

Science is Great

Magic Tree House

August 4-8

Super Hero / Princess Week

Read a book about your favorite Super Hero or Princess

August 11-15

Beach Party

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Summer Activities at Akenac Delaware Township is pleased to announce the summer activities at Akenac Park. Beginning on June 23rd, children can participate in several activities including nature walks, crafts, games, and many more! Activities begin at 10 am, with a new one every hour. All children’s activities are free to Pike County residents. We are pleased to announce the beginning of our summer book club. Each week, children will read books by the same author while creating fun projects about their books. This is a great way to encourage summer reading, while having fun! Parents can join us every Thursday at 10 am for Cardio Kickboxing! The cost of the class is only $8. Parents can enjoy a great workout while their children are engaged in outdoor activities. A complete schedule of camp activities and weekly themes can be found on the Delaware Township website, the township building on Wilson Hill Road, or at Akenac Park.


Delaware Football League Holding Registrations The Delaware Football League is currently holding registrations for its upcoming 2014 season. The DFL is a non-profit organization dedicated to instilling the fundamentals of football and cheerleading for children ages 5-12. The purpose of the DFL is to inspire our children to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship, and physical fitness. We pride ourselves on being a familyoriented league, and the safety of our children is our number one priority. We are excited to announce a community partnership with the Delaware Township Ambulance Corp, who will be present at each of our games this season. Our coaches have received and are certified in concussion aid and are currently working toward receiving certification in basic first aid and CPR. Our coaches will also receive training on the newest coaching techniques. Our mission is to instill the fundamentals of the game. While some leagues have moved away from the flag football division, we have maintained our flag program as we believe safety and skill development are paramount to the success of the program. Our tackle division is working to develop skills that go beyond the basics; preparing them as Warriors and Timberwolves. The DFL Cheer program is guided by the rules and regulations of The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, and provides a great

foundation in cheer for each level. We develop the basic skills and fundamentals necessary for future success, while teaching the importance of positive attitude, teamwork, commitment, discipline, and good sportsmanship. Our coaches and Board of Directors work closely with the middle and high school coaches of Delaware Valley and East Stroudsburg North to insure our players and cheerleaders are ready for the next level. The DFL recognizes the importance of keeping the cost of registration at a minimum; therefore, we encourage parents to take advantage of our Early Bird registration. Register by June 15th, and save $20 on the cost of registration. In addition, the DFL offers a $10 sibling discount! There will be additional savings and incentives to those who refer new players to the league. The DFL is pleased to announce that parents can now register online! Go to www. to sign-up for the 2014 season. There are a lot of exciting new things happening in the DFL! We are looking forward to a great season!

Summer Is HERE! It’s the time of year that many of us eagerly anticipate and we are happy to announce that Akenac Park is ready! The park will again be open six days a week (closed Tuesdays for maintenance). Some of the changes that have occurred throughout the year include the addition of “Gate Keepers.” Our Gate Keepers are the first faces you see upon entering, and they will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding upcoming events and other planned activities. There are quite a few familiar faces this year, as we are fortunate to have several lifeguards returning to the park. We are proud of the conscientious manner in which they do their jobs and the Township is happy to have them back. Also, we are pleased to announce that our Recreation Director, Colleen Dellabella is returning this summer and - with a full slate of fun activities for children of all ages! Keep your calendars open since we have three movie nights and two concerts scheduled! As always, these events are free to Delaware Township and Pike County residents. We sincerely encourage any and all suggestions our residents might have that would improve the park or the activities available…. So, please give us a call!




Board of Supervisors Meetings (Meetings are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month) June 25, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting July 9, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting July 23, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting August 13, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting August 27, 2014 – 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

BUDGET MEETINGS The board of Supervisors will hold budget meetings on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8am and Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 8am – at the municipal building.

2014 Bulk Dump Disposal Days 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. for Delaware Township residents only. June 21, 2014 July 5, 2014 and July 19, 2014 August 2, 2014 and August 16, 2014 September 6, 2014 and September 20, 2014 October 4, 2014 and October 18, 2014 November 1, 2014 and November 15, 2014 December 6, 2014 and December 20, 2014

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETINGS: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building. Workshops are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. AS NEEDED.


(formally known as the Recreation Board)

1st Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Management Building on Wilson Hill Road.

BOARD OF AUDITOR MEETINGS: 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Emergency Management Building on Wilson Hill Road.



The Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Events Free Ice Cream Social / Friendship Night Tuesday, July 22nd 6:30 to 8:00pm Learn more about what our Lions Club does to serve our community. Location: Forklift CafĂŠ, 1764 Route 739

National Night Out Tuesday, August 5th 6:30 to 8:00pm Dingmans Ferry Lions Club is sponsoring this event designed to strengthen our community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and local law and safety partners. The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local crime and safety programs, and most importantly, send a message that we are organized and fighting back. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbors even better. Free fingerprinting kits and ice cream will be available for your children. Location: Township Municipal Building, 116 Wilson Hill Road

To Advertise Call 845.754.2356



Mosquito Prevention • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy BTI products • Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, containers that hold water. home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills • Properly dispose of discarded tires that mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed. pets, aquatic life and plants. Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers. • Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains. • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. • Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk: • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes. • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes. • When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October. • Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An

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