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Delaware Township Harvest Festival

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The Township Office will be closed on the following days:

By Rebecca Gray Kochovos Delaware Township’s Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, Sept 21, 2013. The festival will include all types of vendors, exhibits and attractions. The Dingmans Ferry Lions Club will provide food for sale. Music by Annie Craig, hay rides by Scott Dippel, free pumpkins, free magic shows and free face painting. The festival is open to the public at 10:00am and ends at 3:00pm. Vendors are encouraged to enter as early as 7:00 am. Vendors vehicles must be unloaded and back in the parking lot by 9:15 am. Vendors must be set up and ready to go by 9:45 am. Vendors must supply their own table(s) and electric cords if electric was requested. No early tear downs. 3-sided white tents are encouraged. All vendors MUST submit a vendor application and will be called within the next few weeks advising their location assignment. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please call 828 6406. Continued on Page 8

COLUMBUS DAY: Monday, October 14, 2013 VETERANS DAY: Monday, November 11, 2013 THANKSGIVING: Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29, 2013

Delaware Township Senior Center to offer Flu Shots The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each fall. Those at serious risk for complications from the flu are older people and young children. The Pike County Area Agency on Aging will offer free flu shots on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Delaware Township Senior Center. Please call (570) 828-8494 for further information. See page 17 for more information on flu shots being offered.

IN THIS ISSUE DAILY LIVING Contest Winners Employee Spotlight Volunteer Retires Drinking Water Testing DF Lions Club Fact Sheet Considering A Shed For Your Property? Ten-Digit Dialing in 570 Area Code Old Library Building Reclaimed Tropical Storms Preparation

DAILY LIVING Tropical Storms Preparation See page 9

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DAILY LIVING CONT. Smoke Alarms Save Lives Ask the Sensei Township Hosts Vet Assistance Hours “Honoring Our Veterans” License Plate LEGISLATURE Chair Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee Legislation Aims To Ease Veterans’ Path From Combat to College

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PARKS & REC Summer Programming at Akenac Seeking Community Events Board Members

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MEETINGS & EVENTS Events in Delaware Twp. Board of Supervisors Meetings Flu Shots Offered Del. Football League Tricky Tray

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DELAWARE THEN Ever Wonder About the History of Dingmans Ferry / Delaware Township?

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EVENTS

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Delaware Football League Tricky Tray See page 17

Ever Wonder About the History of Delaware Twp.? See page 18

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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 Road Department: Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

In August, Living Delaware Township announced a contest on Facebook in which fans were asked to submit their favorite photograph of the George W. Child’s Recreation Site with a brief caption outlining what it means to them. The winning photograph was submitted by Eugene Ruzanski of Shohola, Pa. His caption: “My family surprised me with a hike and picnic dinner at George W. Child's Park for Father’s Day 2013. I used to go there with my family as a kid, and now it's great to be able to share with my wife and kids. The recent upgrades are really great; it's a really nice place.” For the chance to be a part of future contests and other exclusives, please find us on Facebook!

Employee Spotlight Sharon Franks - Permit Processor

In 1987 the Township hired Sharon Franks. Since that time, everyone who comes to the office has had the pleasure of speaking with her – on any number of subjects. She now occupies the front desk by the door – making her the “first line of defense!” Here in the office, we think of Sharon as our “office historian.” Regardless of the subject, we all can be heard saying, “Sharon? Do you remember anything about this?” Invariably, Sharon does! In her tenure here, she has seen many changes in administration, changes in policy, and changes in all levels of personnel. She graciously uses her expertise (and memory) to patiently train all the new people, and she does it without making all of us feel silly for asking the same question certainly more than once! So, on your next visit to the Township Building, pleases feel free to say “hi” to her!

CHARLIE KROENER - Road Master

Charlie has been with the Township for approximately 12 years. Many of us knew Charlie long before his employment here, being grateful for his amazing expertise in repairing our vehicles at several of the garages in Delaware Township. We believe the Township made the right decision in hiring him to be part of the road crew, and certainly are very pleased that he accepted the recently-vacated position of Road Master upon Ted Parsell’s retirement. Charlie handles any and all matters with professionalism and certainly with good humor. Please give Charlie (and the rest of the road crew) a wave when you see them out and about working on our Township roads!

Akenac Park: Monday, Wednesday through Sunday 7:00 am – 7:00 pm CLOSED TUESDAYS Lifeguards are on duty for swimming Memorial Day – Labor Day 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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

QUARTERLY WORKSHOPS Workshops held at 6pm June 19, 2013 September 18, 2013 December 18, 2013

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Volunteer Retires e BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Dear Delaware Township Residents, It is with great sadness that I say goodbye. After much hesitation, I have decided to retire as a volunteer of the Community Events Board, formerly Recreation Committee. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time over the years serving each of you at the Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Annual Harvest Festival and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny or Easter Egg Hunt. Your gratitude and smiling faces are the true rewards of volunteerism. If I might take this moment to ask of your help. Each of the events we hold desperately need volunteers. The Tree and Menorah Lighting can always use your help in the kitchen cooking hot dogs or help with bringing the food out to the buffet. They can also use volunteers to help with the craft time or photos with Santa or the Easter Bunny.

Supervisors Update Ross Township, a municipality in Monroe County, received nationwide attention in August after a gunman opened fire during a township meeting, claiming the lives of three individuals. We ask that residents take a moment to recognize James V. LaGuardia, Gerard Kozic and David Fleetwood who lost their lives because of this senseless act. We are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Although no words can truly ease the loss to this community, these selfless public servants are in our hearts and prayers.

Last, the Harvest Festival needs volunteers to help with traffic, assisting vendors in finding their spaces, someone to greet patrons when entering the Chili Cook Off/Baking Contest building and explain how to place their votes. They also need volunteers for the hay ride, helping passengers on and off the ride or monitoring the lane to make sure pedestrians don’t walk up it. I fully understand how valuable all of your time is, however, without volunteers, these events cannot function. Delaware Township is looking to fill two seats on the Community Events Board. Please consider being part of such a great opportunity to serve. I will truly miss being a part of the team! Sincerely, Rebecca Gray Kochovos Community Events Board Secretary

Thomas M. Ryan Chair | Township Treasurer dtbos@ptd.net Elected in 2011, term expires 12/31/17 Robert Luciano Vice-Chair dtbos@ptd.net Elected in 2009, term expires 12/31/15 Thaddeus Parsell Supervisor dtbos@ptd.net Elected in 2007, term expires 12/31/13 e MANAGEMENT Barbara Foos Township Administrator | Secretary BarbaraF@delawaretownshippa.gov Krista N. Predmore Township Office Manager kpredmore@delawaretownshippa.gov Luis Barrios Superintendent of Parks & Grounds LuisB@delawaretownshippa.gov Charlie Kroener Road Master ckroener@delawaretownshippa.gov e OFFICE STAFF Sharon Franks Administrative Assistant SharonF@delawaretownshippa.gov Mary Feisenberger Office Assistant | Right to Know Officer MaryF@delawaretownshippa.gov e ROAD DEPARTMENT Michael Kolenet dtbos@ptd.net Richard Heimbrook dtbos@ptd.net e BOARDS & CHAIRPERSONS Recreation Board Rebecca Gray Kochovos becca.kochovos@gmail.com Planning Commission Lenny Glamann lennyglamann@gmail.com Zoning Hearing Board Ida Walker wadi42@aol.com Enforcement Officers Building Inspector, BIU Call: 866-344-9681 Zoning Officer Dan Rogers DanR@delawaretownshippa.gov Sewage Officer Chris Schlegel ChrisS@delawaretownshippa.gov

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Drinking Water Testing at Penn State Extension Residents who use a private water system such as a well spring or cistern should get their water tested on a regular basis. Pennsylvania has no regulations for homeowners with private water systems. You should test your water annually for coliform bacteria and every three years for pH and total dissolved solids.

aesthetic problems such as staining, taste, or odor, more extensive testing is warranted.

If you are concerned about potential pollutants or if you are experiencing

Prosser will be offering five water tests ranging in cost from $30 to $55. Tests are completed within 2 weeks after receipt by the lab. With mailing time, you should receive a report within 2-3 weeks after submitting your sample.

NEAR BUSHKILL

Penn State Extension in Pike County is partnering with Prosser Labs, a state certified water testing lab, to provide a local pick-up drop-off site for drinking water testing.

Test bottles with instructions are available at the Extension office. Water samples must be returned to the office any Wednesday before noon. For those who can’t drop off the water test bottles on Wednesdays, Penn State Extension has water test kits through the Penn State Analytical Lab. These water test kits need to be mailed, by the homeowner, to the lab at Penn State. If you can determine what potential contaminants are threats to your water supply, you can more carefully select the type of tests and analysis that you will need done to ensure the safety of your water. For more information visit Penn State Extension, 514 Broad St., Milford, PA, call 570-296-3400 or send an email to pikeext@psu.edu.

Advertising & Articles Welcome to the 2nd Edition of Living Delaware Township! The Township is working with Niki Jones Agency to produce this quarterly publication to assist in keeping our residents informed. The publication is at no cost to our tax payers. All costs are paid for through local advertising. If you are interested in advertising, please contact Niki Jones Agency at (845) 856-1266 or submitting information and/or articles to be published, please email Krista Predmore, Township Office Manager at kpredmore@ delawaretownshippa.gov. We look forward to resident input!

Delaware Township Harvest Festival Continued from Page 1 Baking Contest for Pies, Cakes or Cookies to be held during Delaware Townships Annual Harvest Festival. Contestants are required to complete the application advising the name and type of their creation. Applications can be obtained by calling 828 6406. The Baking Contest begins at 11:00 am. Tasting will be done by the Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 2:00 pm. All entries must be homemade and cooked prior to the contest. Contest winners to be announced at approximately 2:30pm. Entries need to be dropped off by vehicle by 9:30 am or on foot by 11:00 am. Contest is held in the main building. Chili Cook-Off to be held during the Delaware Township Annual Harvest Festival. Contestants must provide their own heating elements and utensils. Electric will be provided. Contestants must bring their own table. All entries must be homemade and cooked prior to the contest. All contestants must bring a minimum of 10 quarts of chili. All cooks or helpers must be present throughout entire contest. Contest begins at 10:00 am and ends and 2:30 pm. Winners to be announced at approximately 2:30 pm. Sampling cups will be provided for you.

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Linking Pennsylvania Jobseekers To Jobs Jobseekers will find it nearly as simple as, “Employer, meet Employee. Employee, meet Employer,” at the JobGateway website for the PA Department of Labor & Industry. https://www.jobgateway.state.pa.us/ jponline/ Every day, some 3,500 new job openings are posted to add to the approximately 200,000 presently available employment opportunities. Jobseekers can create and upload a resume that, in turn, is available to the thousands of employers searching the site, utilizing its sorting and filtering capabilities to locate the right employee for the job. This premiere job-matching system allows both the jobseeker and an employer to record search-related activities, free to both parties. The Jobseekers website is secure and password protected to prevent public access to private information.

HELP US FIND YOU Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps is now taking orders for reflective house signs. The signs will enable emergency responders to locate your premises even faster in an emergency. The numbers are installed on a metal backing plate with reflective house numbers. You may purchase your sign with or without a metal post. The cost of the signs is listed below.

ORDER FORM Name_____________________________ Telephone # _ _______________________

Remember…We can’t help you if we can’t find you!

House # _ __________________________

$12.00 double-sided sign

# of Signs Without Post ________________

$15.00 double-sided with pole Signs can be picked up at our Ambulance Building on Park Road when completed. To order, or for more information, please call 8282345, or mail your order to Delaware Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, (Attention: Sign Dept.) PO Box 186, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.

# of Signs With Post _ _________________

As always, we appreciate your support.

Dingmans Ferry Lions Club Fact Sheet Dear Friends and Neighbors: The Lions Club of Dingmans Ferry, PA is proud to make this fact sheet available in order to make you aware of the many community projects and services we provide to those in need of help. As you may know, Lions International is the largest service organization in the world. Our primary mission is to help people with vision problems that do not have the financial means to help themselves. We provide local residents with free eye exams and glasses when there is a demonstrable need. Therefore, over the past 20 years, we have donated nearly $7000.00 to sight related projects such as; free eye exams, free eye glasses, camps for the blind and Leader Dogs for the blind. We also have supported local Little League teams, hospitals and Food Pantries to the tune of over $10,000.00 We also support our local Volunteer Fire Companies and Ambulance Corps. We cannot provide these services without the dedication of our members. We are constantly in search of civic minded individuals such as you to help us help the needy. We meet twice a month at local restaurants for dinner. We also host pancake breakfasts and fishing contests right here in Dingmans Ferry. To learn how you can get involved in the largest service organization in the world contact any of the following Lions Club members: Jeff Scheetz Audrey Mervine David Stone

570-828-8827 570-470-5514 973-919-2837

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Considering A Shed For Your Property? By: Rick Koehler Delaware Township Zoning Officer SHED. A structure not used for the storage, parking, repair, or maintenance of a motor vehicle that is not more than one story high and whose area is not more than two hundred (200) square feet. A shed shall not be permitted in any set back except the rear set back. A shed as defined will not require a foundation. Here are the steps required for a shed. Yes, you do need a Zoning permit no matter what size. Remember: If the shed measures 200 square feet or more you will also need a Building permit. Zoning for sheds are as follows:

1. Front yard setback should be 40’ or greater 2. Side yard setbacks for less than an acre are 12.5’ 3. Side yard setbacks for one acre or more are 25’

Zoning Officer Retires Dan Rogers recently retired as Delaware Township Zoning Officer. Mr. Rogers is a long time Delaware Township resident and served as Township Zoning Officer for 8.5 years. We are sad to see Mr. Rogers go, but wish him good luck in his future endeavors. It has been a privilege to have Mr. Rogers serve the residents of Delaware Township.

4. Rear yard setback could be the rear property line with proper side setbacks.

One item to remember: Setbacks between structures: The minimum setback between unattached structures situated on the same lot shall be the same distance as the height of the tallest of the two structures. Items that are required to obtain a Zoning permit:

1. A recorded deed to your property 2. A site (survey or plot) plan: The site plan must be drawn to scale.

3. The Site plan must indicate the actual

dimensions and shape of the Shed and location showing all the setbacks.

Once a zoning permit is applied for, the zoning officer will visit the site. Make sure that the location of the shed is marked clearly. I hope this has made buying and installing a shed easier. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me. My office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. I can be contacted at (570) 828-2347.

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PUC Announces Mandatory Ten-Digit Dialing in 570 Area Code The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced today that mandatory tendigit dialing is set to begin in September 2013 for residential and business customers within the existing 570 area code. Presently, customers in this area are taking part in a permissive dialing period. However, beginning Sept. 21, 2013, mandatory 10-digit dialing will be required. During the upcoming mandatory dialing period, all calls must be made using the area code plus the seven-digit number. If only the seven-digit telephone number is dialed, customers will reach a recorded announcement stating they must hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number. This recording will be available permanently. On July 15, 2010, the Commission approved an overlay plan for the 570 code, after consideration of public input and area code

relief options. An overlay plan means that once the existing telephone numbers in the 570 area code are exhausted, new telephone services in that geographic region will be assigned telephone numbers out of the new area code, which has been designated as 272. To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 272 area code has been added to the 570 area code region, which generally covers the northeastern portion of the state and serves communities such as Scranton, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre. Beginning Oct. 21, 2013, customers in the 570 area code region requesting new service, an additional line, or in some cases, moving their service may be assigned a number in the new 272 area code. When introducing a new area code, there is an adjustment period commonly known as a permissive dialing period, which commences approximately six months before the new area code becomes effective. During the permissive dialing period, customers may reach numbers in the current area code by either dialing ten or seven digits. At the end of the permissive period, all calls require ten-digit dialing to be completed. Important facts for businesses and residents to remember during the transition:

• Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.

• You will need to dial area code + telephone number for all local calls.

• You will continue to dial 1+ area code +

Old Library Building Reclaimed Over the past year, Delaware Township has worked to reclaim the old library building at 116 Wilson Hill Road. It was the Township’s intent to have a dedicated Emergency Management Center to be used during times of crisis. We are proud to say that the work has been completed. The renovations included a new heating/air conditioning system, new carpet, energyefficient windows, along with the addition of several phone lines, including land lines. Our emergency services personnel now have internet telephone lines along with the land lines in the event the internet service is interrupted. This allows seamless communication with the County Emergency Management organization. A decision was also made to divide the space to create an additional meeting room. Township groups may now use that facility for their meetings in the event that the main meeting hall in the Township building is unavailable. Not only does the Township now have two meeting spaces, but the space in the EMA building is much more cost effective for smaller groups. This reduces the heating and cooling expenses of the very large meeting hall in the main building. We invite you to take a tour!

telephone number for all long distance calls.

• What is a local call now will remain a local call. • The price of a call, coverage area, or other

rates and services will not change due to the overlay.

• You can still dial just three digits to reach 911. • If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 are

currently available in your community, you will still dial these codes with just three digits.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner. For recent news releases, video of select Commission proceedings or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc. pa.gov. Follow the PUC on Twitter – @PA_PUC for all things utility. “Like” PAPowerSwitch on Facebook for easy access to information on electric shopping. PAGE 8

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Tropical Storms By Gwen McNamara, Delaware Township Emergency Management Coordinator Earlier this year the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predicted that 19 storms would form in the Atlantic and that 1 could hit the east coast. As the weather returns to warmer temperatures- there has been more activity in the waters. How will this affect our area? There is no sure way to tell. It is easy to forget that almost a year ago was Superstorm Sandy and the year before that were Irene and Lee. Compared to many areas, we did not have wide spread damage. But we can learn from those events to become more prepared in case another event comes our way. ReadyPA.org has a variety of resources to help Pennsylvania communities and individuals be prepared. One of the main messages is that we each need to be prepared to be independent for at least 72 hours. Your township, your county, and the state will provide appropriate assistance as soon as possible, but there will always be a need to allow time for that help to be determined and implemented. Below is an excerpt from their website:

Tropical Storms, Tornadoes And Thunderstorms Tropical storms, tornadoes and thunderstorms can be destructive and extremely dangerous weather emergencies. Tropical storms bring high winds and sometimes severe flooding. Tornadoes, nature's most violent storms, can appear suddenly and without warning — even remaining invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Thunderstorms bring dangerous lightning, one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in the United States each year. Being prepared in advance — and ready to act quickly — will help ensure your safety in the event that one of these weather emergencies occurs.

Preparing For Tropical Storms Tropical storms have sustained winds of up to 73 miles per hour and can bring intense rain that causes severe flooding. The following are steps you can take to prepare for tropical storms:

• Get an emergency supply kit that includes enough provisions for you and your family to live for a minimum of three days.

• Make an emergency plan for you and

they are more wind resistant.

• Secure your home by closing shutters,

your family.

• Know the difference between a tropical storm watch and a tropical storm warning:

and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.

• Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator's thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

Tropical Storm Watch Tropical Storm Warning Conditions indicate that a tropical storm is possible, but has not yet occurred. A tropical storm is expected to strike the area within 24 hours. The warning will include an assessment of flooding dangers, high wind warnings for the storm's periphery, estimated storm effects and recommended emergency procedures.

• Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.

• Turn off propane tanks. • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

• Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

• Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so

I encourage you to begin developing your own plan for preparedness so that together we can all get through whatever comes our way.

EMERGENCY EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS **Please Print Legibly**

FIRST NAME: ________________________________ LAST NAME:_ ____________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS:___________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________

To prepare yourself and your family for the threats posed by tropical storms, tornadoes and thunderstorms it's important that you remember to:

• Get an emergency supply kit that includes

enough provisions for you and your family to live for a minimum of three days.

• Make an emergency plan for you and your family. Below you will find detailed information on how to prepare for each of these weather emergencies.

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DT PROPERTY ADDRESS:_______________________________________________________________________ (if different than mailing) HOME PHONE:_______________________________WORK PHONE:____________________________________ CELL PHONE:_ _______________________________________________________________________________ EMAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________________________________________________________ ALTERNATE EMAIL ADDRESS:_ __________________________________________________________________

Return by mail to :

Delaware Township

Attn: Krista Predmore, Office Manager

116 Wilson Hill Road

Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

Or Email to: kpredmore@delawaretownshippa.gov

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Bulk Disposal Offered To Residents In an effort to relieve the pressures of storing unwanted bulk items on your property, Delaware Township has initiated a program to meet the needs of our residents. You may bring your unwanted bulk items the First and Third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the recycling station located at 145 Wilson Hill Road (behind the ball field #4). You may pay by cash or check. Checks are to be made payable to “Delaware Township.”

ITEMS FOR DISPOSAL: Steel, Aluminum, Propane Tanks, Washers, Dryers, Heaters, Batteries, Tires, Sofas, Chairs, Etc…. We also provide an area to dispose of branches, leaves and other mulch products.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT: Items that contain FREON such as motor vehicle air conditioners, household refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, water coolers, vending machines, icemakers, and dehumidifiers. As of January 24, 2013, THE TOWNSHIP CANNOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC DEVICES such as desktop and laptop computers, monitors and peripherals including printers, keyboards and mouses, and tablets like iPads and Kindles, as well as televisions with viewable screens larger than four inches. The devices contain potentially hazardous heavy metals that make landfilling undesirable and are potentially dangerous to the environment.

Auto Trunk Load Mini Van/SUV Small Pick Up Truck Pick Up Truck Appliances:

Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Co. Smoke alarms save lives by providing early warning of fire, yet roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working alarms. Follow these steps and tips to ensure properly working smoke alarms and proper installation:

• Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.

• For the best protection, smoke alarms

should be interconnected so that they all sound if one sounds.

• Choose alarms that are labeled of a

nationally-recognized testing laboratory.

• If possible, alarms should be mounted in the • Test smoke alarms on a monthly basis be

$10.00 $25.00 $50.00 $75.00 $10.00 each

pressing the TEST button.

• Batteries for battery-operated or battery

TIRES: WITHOUT RIMS $3.00 each

Lt. Truck $4.00 each

Lg. Truck $10.00 each

Lt. Truck $5.00 each

Lg. Truck $11.00 each

TIRES: WITH RIMS Car

By Lindsay Cairns

center of the ceiling.

COST:

Car

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

$4.50 each

Resident Bulk Disposal Sticker Application **Please Print Legibly**

The Delaware Township Bulk Disposal has been established to relieve the pressures of storing unwanted bulk items for Delaware Township residents only. In order to prevent non-residents from using our bulk disposal, please fill out the form below, provide proof of residency (vehicle registration, lease or utility bill) and apply the Delaware Township Resident sticker to the outside of your automobile. Each household member is required to complete the form below. Residents must display the Bulk Disposal DT Resident sticker on their vehicle in order to exercise disposal privileges.

back-up alarms should be replaced at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps” or “beeps”, replace batteries immediately.

• Occasionally dust or lightly vacuum the exterior of the alarms to remove dust and cobwebs.

• All smoke alarms should be replaced at least every ten years or sooner if indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions.

FIRST NAME:_ _____________________________________________________________ LAST NAME: ______________________________________________________________ MAILING ADDRESS: _ _______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ DT PROPERTY ADDRESS (if different than mailing):__________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ PHONE:_ _________________________________________________________________ VEHICLE YEAR, MAKE, MODEL & COLOR: _ ______________________________________ TYPE OF VEHICLE: ( )SUV ( ) CAR

( ) TRUCK (6ft bed)

( ) TRUCK (8ft bed)

________________________________________________________________________ DELAWARE TOWNSHIP BULK DISPOSAL IS AVAILABLE THE FIRST AND THIRD SATURDAYS OF THE MONTH FROM 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. Return by mail to: Delaware Township, Attn: Krista Predmore, Office Manager 116 Wilson Hill Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328 Or Email to: kpredmore@delawaretownshippa.gov

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Ask The Sensei... By Sensei Albert Casale Q. Bushkill. Dear Sensei my family recently moved from NY to the Poconos. Were hoping our sons, ages 6 and 9 can be indoctrinated to the different school system and feel secure. Can you give us any tips that would make our children more prepared?

any way. It is also better to not take sides in any fights that break out.

• Don’t linger alone in the building or playground after school. Teach your children what you want them to do if they miss the bus or their ride.

• Never accept rides from unidentified persons even they say a parent sent them, unless the parent specifically said beforehand. I recommend using a secret family code word.

• Keep close track of belongings. Lock

lockers, never give out he combination, and don’t leave possessions unattended “even for a minute.”

• Get to know your children’s teachers and

keep in touch with them. Ask the teachers how your youngsters are doing, but don’t automatically take either side if there’s a squabble. If you need to put pressure on the school, it is much more effective for two or more parents to confront school authorities together.

A. Welcome to the Poconos, your children’s school experiences probably could be a bit different from what their used too. Not all schools have turned into blackboard jungles, but school crime has risen, so kids need to be more alert and parents more vigilant than past years. Because you can’t be with your children directly all the time, you’ll need to depend on your children being trained by you, so your children can develop their own savvy. Here are some pointers to stress to your kids.

• Stay around other students and staff and avoid isolated sections of the buildings and grounds.

• Report anything worse than incidental

trouble to a teacher, the principle, school nurse, or other staff member, and you.

• Steer clear of kids who bring any weapons

to school or who are involved with drugs in

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Township Hosts Vet Assistance Hours Delaware Township will offer free assistance to veterans at the Municipal Building located at 116 Wilson Hill Road. Kerry Schimelfenig, a department service officer with the American Legion – Department of Pennsylvania, will visit the Township Building on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schimelfenig will assist veterans with their questions

about benefits and can help file claims. Some of the issues he can provide assistance with include: • Compensation and pension claims • Education benefits • Enrollment in the VA Health care system • Burial and survivor benefits • State benefits • Obtaining military personnel and medical records

Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services. To schedule an appointment with Schimelfenig, contact the Township Office at (570) 828-2347. If you cannot make an appointment on Tuesdays, Representative Rosemary Brown also hosts veterans assistance hours with Mr. Schimelfenig on the second Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at her East Stroudsburg district office, 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101. To schedule an appoint, contact Brown’s office at (570) 420-8301.

New “Honoring Our Veterans” License Plate Available Now The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began issuing the new “Honoring Our Veterans” license plates in mid-January 2013. The “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate was authorized by Act 194 of 2012. This attractive license plate features an image of the American Flag and a Bald Eagle and contains the words “Honoring Our Veterans.” The license plate is available for passenger cars and light trucks (up to 10,000 pounds). The fee for this special license plate is $35. Fifteen dollars from each license plate goes to the Veterans’ Trust Fund. Money in the Veterans’ Trust Fund will be used to support and assist Pennsylvania veterans and their families through grants to veterans’ service organizations and charitable organizations. In addition, funds in the Veterans’ Trust Fund will be used for defraying the costs of implementing the new veterans’ designation on Pennsylvania drivers’ licenses and other implementation costs. Although we expect that many veterans will want this new license plate, you don’t have to be a veteran to display the “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate on your car or truck. All Pennsylvania motorists can get this attractive new patriotic license plate. Show your colors and support our veterans by ordering a “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate from PennDOT. To apply for a license plate, please complete Form MV-914, “Application for Honoring Our Veteran License Plate”.

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LEGISLATURE Chair Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee By Senator Lisa Baker Pennsylvania’s 20th District Constituent Services If you have any questions or concerns with anything involving Pennsylvania state government, or would like to express your opinion on an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me. My staff and I pledge to strive to make state government more accessible and helpful to you. As your state senator, there are many ways that my office can be of service to you. Listed below are several of the services that I invite you to utilize.

• Pennsylvania criminal history applications • Pennsylvania Tax Forms • Informational brochures and forms

- Guide to benefits and rights for senior citizens

- Property tax and rent rebate forms

- PACE/PACENET applications

- Pennsylvania Driver's Manuals

- Pennsylvania transportation maps

- Absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms

My staff and I can help you by providing information on...

• PHEAA - student aid for higher education

• Status reports on legislation

• Forms from the Bureau of Consumer Protection

• Problems you may encounter when dealing with state government and its agencies

• Copies of PA House and Senate bills and state laws

• Processing PennDOT motor vehicle titles,

registrations, driver's licenses and learner's permits renewals, disability plate/placards .

• Supplying applications of PA birth and death certificates

• Pennsylvania child abuse history clearance applications

• Forms from the PA Corporation Bureau • Notary applications • Senatorial Citations and Certificates

of Recognition to commemorate 50th anniversaries, 100th birthdays, special achievements like Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold awards, or other important occasions

What you can do for me... • Let me know your problems. When you encounter bureaucratic red tape and frustration, tell me about it.

• Let me know when your community organization or municipality is seeking state funding.

• Do you need an answer in regard to state

government? Maybe I have one. If not, I will certainly try to obtain the answer for you.

• Feel free to call, write, or stop in to my offices

to share your opinions on pending legislation. I can best serve you when I know your feelings and have the benefit of your ideas.

Contact Sen. Lisa Baker at... Capitol Office 172 Main Capitol, Harrisburg, PA 17120 Phone: 717-787-7428 FAX: 717-787-9242 M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Dallas District Office 22 Dallas Shopping Center, Dallas, PA 18612 Phone: 570-675-3931 FAX: 570-674-5037 M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Hawley District Office 2512 Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428 Phone: 570-226-5960 FAX: 570-226-5964 M-F: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

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Legislation Aims to Ease Veterans’ Path from Combat to College By Sen. Lisa Baker Chair, Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee As many families help their favorite college coeds pack for time-honored, tree-lined campuses across the nation, many of our nation’s protectors are doing the same. This back-to-school preparation is far different from the packing our men and women in uniform did before their deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. And while the hazards of the battlefield may seem far behind them, these experiences still cast a powerful shadow over their relationships, reactions, and every other facet of their campus experience—especially if they returned home as a wounded warrior, with scars, whether visible or invisible. A veteran of the Iraq War recently contacted me about the barriers he encountered in transitioning from combat to campus. “I thought these programs were to help those who have so generously given their lives and time to the service of their country, but where is the reciprocity? We as veterans must jump through hoops to get benefits promised to us,” he wrote in frustration, after discovering that many schools were less than helpful. Another said he experienced a mild form of culture shock after enrolling in college. He encountered well-meaning educators and administrators who had no idea of the benefits owed to him, the academic credits earned through his military service, or the experiences he survived. After being in such a highly regimented, high-pressure military world, he had difficulty

navigating campus life and relating to teens who had just graduated from high school. These young veterans represent some of the more than 20,000 Pennsylvania heroes who have returned home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As they come back in force, it is evident that the education and military sectors need to join forces to support student-veterans in their reintegration to civilian and student life. Pennsylvania has one of the most frequently deployed National Guard units in the country, and the third greatest number of colleges—behind only California and New York. As an academic and military leader, we should be leading the charge to provide back-to-school support and take care of those who have taken care of us. Our Senate committee held a hearing last year which vividly illustrated the need for studentveterans to receive more veteran-specific information and support during the transition from combat to campus, and a centralized place for information and camaraderie. At our hearing, we were surprised to hear young veterans say how alone and alienated they felt on college campuses, and to hear administrators say that they want to help but do not feel equipped to do so. Student-veterans said a starting point lies in a centralized, easily accessible point of contact on campus and a better understanding of transfer policies. And if they were to be activated again, they wanted to know how to leave without losing tuition or earning a black mark on a transcript. After the hearing, we formed a working group and tapped into the experience of other states, the feedback of the Student Veterans of America, community colleges, private and public universities, and veterans’ service organizations. The good news is, we found some Commonwealth colleges that already have inclusive campuses. But many colleges need to do much more. They should offer successful academic transition programs and support services to maximize veteran success, along with flexible administrative processes to accommodate military mobility requirements. One large university, for example, has an Office of Veterans Services which gives excellent preadmission counseling. It waives the application fee for student-veterans and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The school has an involuntary resignation process for veterans called to active duty, a financial aid counselor to answer questions, and an emergency fund to support wounded student veterans. It offers a veteran-specific orientation

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program, disseminates a monthly newsletter and promotes the activities of the university’s Student Veterans of America chapter. Yet another state-related school just cut the ribbon on a new Veterans Resource Center, with dedicated space to interact with fellow student veterans and get information about benefits. We need minimum statewide standards and state leadership to better coordinate campus-based efforts and articulate programs. Legislation has been introduced to create a one-door system. If Pennsylvania passes this measure, we will truly make campuses more veteran-friendly. The Developing Opportunities for Veterans Education (DOVE) program will track veterans accessing higher education, promote more transparency in college veterans’ services, and foster greater acceptance of veterans and their military experience. Student veterans can better meet their campus needs through a veterans office or designated staff person and coordinate services with other key offices, such as financial aid, admissions, behavioral health, and housing. The bill would require each college, community college and university to designate a single point of contact for veterans, from whom they can receive help with admission, benefits, peer mentoring, and other academic, social, personal and financial needs. Colleges would also be required to promote their veterans’ services and programs on their website and in their campus brochure, post their withdrawal policies for mobilization and deployment and credit transfer on their website, and track and report the number of veterans through the application process. The Department of Education would be able to certify a campus as a veteran-supportive campus, which would mean it offered such things as a campus survey of student veterans to identify needs, a campus steering committee to share information, student-veteran orientation programs, peer mentoring and support programs, outreach strategies to local military bases, and a centrally-located, one-stop resource and student center. As another school year commences, it is time to remember those who have sacrificed so much for our academic freedom, and our day-to-day liberties. We must honor our obligations to them. While some of Pennsylvania’s most prestigious institutions are on the cutting edge of militaryfriendly programs and services, we need to deploy more resources to help every soldier on every campus. As the Army credo goes, we will leave no soldier behind.

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PARKS & REC Summer Programming at Akenac Park Huge Success! As you can see from the smiles on the faces of these children, the summer programming at Akenac Park was a huge success. Programs were scheduled and administered by the Township’s Recreation Director, Colleen DellaBella, which included Zumba, children’s movement, stories, hiking, crafts, and water games. The Township is looking forward to more growth in our summer program next year!

Seeking Community Events Board Members The Delaware Township Community Events Board has two (2) vacancies on its five (5) member board. The Township seeks qualified residents to serve the community by planning, supervising and regulating Township funded recreation programs. Each member appointed will serve an uncompensated three (3) year term. The Board meets the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Management Building on Wilson Hill Road. Please send letters of interest by fax to (570) 828-8705 or email to dtbos@ptd.net.

AKENAC PARK IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED FOR SWIMMING AS OF SEPTEMBER 2ND! YOU CAN STILL ENJOY FISHING AND HIKING DURING THE FALL SEASON!

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EVENTS • Saturday, September 21

Poker Run for American Legion Dingmans Ferry Post # 851 and American Legion Bushkill Post #514 Registration begins at 9:30am; Breakfast available at Post #851; Coffee and donuts at registration; $10.00 per rider and $5.00 per passenger. Entertainment from 2 – 5:30 p.m.

• Saturday, September 21

Delaware Township Harvest Festival Akenac Park 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain-date Sunday.

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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS BOARD MEETINGS: (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.

• Saturday, September 21 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, October 5

Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, October 5 Dingmans Ferry Lions Club “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast” 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Delaware Township Municipal Building Wilson Hill Road. Donations are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 6-12 years of age. Children under 6 are free. The menu features: eggs made to order, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee/tea and orange juice.

• Saturday, October 5 Delaware Football League (DFL) Tricky Tray Fundraiser Dingman Delaware Primary School. Doors Open 4:00 p.m. Drawing starts at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to benefit the Delaware Football Youth Equipment Fund.

delaware township tree & menorah lighting december 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm Caroling outside while waiting for Santa to arrive on the firetruck. Hot refreshments, hot dogs, chili, and desserts inside. Free photos with Santa with a free photo frame craft. Caroling inside - everyone welcome. Volunteers always welcome for set up, photos, craft and clean up.

• Friday, October 11, 2013 thru Sunday, October 13 Delaware Township Ambulance Corp. Bridge Collection.

• Saturday, October 19 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, October 26 Delaware Township Trunk or Treat Akenac Park (time to be determined) Rain-date November 2, 2013.

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• Saturday, November 2 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, November 2 Free Rabies Clinic Municipal Building 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. by Milford Animal Hospital.

• Saturday, December 7 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, December 7 Ding. Ferry-Delaware Twp. Historical Society Christmas Open House in conjunction with the Library (time TBA)

• Saturday, December 14

Delaware Township Ambulance Corp. Monthly Meetings: General Membership meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. Board of Director’s Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month.

• Saturday, November 16 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

• Saturday, November 16

Delaware Township Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony Municipal Building 4:00 p.m. to 7:00p.m.

• Saturday, December 21 Township Bulk Disposal Day 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

September 25, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

The Pike County Area Agency on Aging will offer free flu shots on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Delaware Township Senior Center. Please call (570) 828-8494 for further information.

All proceeds will go to benefit the Delaware Football Youth Equipment Fund. For more information check our our website: delawarefootballleague.assn.la

Wednesdays of each month

• Friday, November 29, 2013 thru Sunday, December 1

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each fall. Those at serious risk for complications from the flu are older people and young children.

Come join us for an evening of fun, food, and spectacular prizes! Fabulous baskets and super specials!

Board of Supervisors Meetings Meetings are held the second and fourth September 11, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

Delaware Township Senior Center to offer Flu Shots

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH DINGMAN DELAWARE PRIMARY SCHOOL Doors open at 4pm Drawing start at 6:00pm

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000!

Delaware Township Electronic Recycling Day with Advanced Recovery, Inc. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Municipal Building $10 per car load.

Delaware Township Ambulance Corp. Wreath Sale.

DELAWARE FOOTBALL LEAGUE TRICKY TRAY FUNDRAISER

October 9, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting October 22, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting November 13, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting November 27, 2013 5:00 p.m. Workshop 6:00 p.m. Regular Meeting

Pike County is also hosting flu shot clinics on Thursday, September 26th and Wednesday, October 2nd in Blooming Grove from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call (570) 775-5550 for more information on the Pike County Area Agency on Aging flu shot clinics.

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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. Our guest speakers cover a variety of topics ranging from the local Lenni-Lenapi Native Americans to local wildlife, Birds of Prey, life in the colonial period, the World Wars, and the impact of historic events on our community. Our local resident speakers add a colorful insight into our community before the Tocks Island Dam Project removed the town. Several special events are held during the year. In August we have our Annual Fundraiser Auction, September is our Harvest Festival Open House and in December we host our Christmas Open House.

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