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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  •  What made local news in 2012 

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    Here is a summary of main stories covered by The News Eagle for 2012. Dates are given for publication.
    JANUARY
    4- Eligible applicants are few for Habitat for Humanity of Pike County, PA.
    4- Salem Township Supervisors are addressing "inappropriate" sewage from trailer park.
    7- Hawley Borough will obtain tasers for the police department following an assault on an officer.
    7- Scott Mead begins duty as Hawley Fire Chief.
    7- Delaware Highlands Conservation takes a stand against conservation easements on land where gas drilling is to be done, except under extraordinary circumstances.
    11- National Park Service (Upper Delaware) is hopeful for a compromise with Lackawaxen blue stone quarry owner Wayne Holbert.
    11- Tafton Ambulance Co. is equipped to help save pets as well as people.
    14- Hawley Council set a hearing for a new restaurant at 525 Church Street.
    18- Magistrate Districts may be cut; Pike's northern area would be absorbed by other three districts.
    18- Orlando Marrero, having lost the election to Hawley Council, challenges Council member Elaine Herzog about her residency. Herzog maintains she keeps an apartment here.
    18- Wallenpaupack Area School District makes plans to save energy costs with a district-wide renovation this summer.
    21- Hawley Rotary Club will be distributing free smoke detectors.
    25- Fred Hiris is named Hawley Library Volunteer of 2011.
    25- A grand jury recommends felony charges against the former Shohola Township Zoning Officer and his wife, who is also a supervisor. Charges related to their alleged use of township responsibilities for personal gain in advancing their family business.
    28- Pike County Hands of Hope organizes to help area homeless.
    FEBRUARY
    1- Phil Scollo of Dingman Township announces a run for US Congress, challenging Rep. Tom Marino.
    1- Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. receives a $200,000 grant for their live-in firefighter program.
    8- Upper Delaware Council debates Pond Eddy's proposed "super bridge to nowhere".
    11- Wayne Pike Chapter American Red Cross moves to the Hawley Silk Mill.
    11- Lackawanna College Lake Region Center culinary students start a kitchen lab with Ledges Hotel.
    11- Michael Sullivan is named Executive Director, Pike County Economic Alliance.
    15- Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Eagle Institute announce merger.
    15- Dr. William R. Dewar III is named Chief of Staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
    22- National Park Service, Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area, discusses storm damage to Route 209; road to open in autumn.
    25- Hawley Parks & Recreation proposes to recreate the old grandstand in Bingham Park.
    29- Mayor Kevin Hawk is named chairman, Hawley Area Authority board.
    29- Medical Assistance Transportation Program is to be discontinued March 18.
    Page 2 of 6 - MARCH
    3- Pike County Conservation District will pursue groundwater monitoring in advance of potential gas drilling
    7- Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network announced it has named Lacawac Sanctuary as an international environmental studies site
    10- Hawley Council seeks grant for proposed Caleb Regenski Memorial Playground
    14- Stourbridge Line train excursions on hold; railroad owner seeks buyer
    14- Greentown LLC proposes new marina at Wallenpaupack
    17- Student proposes community garden at Riverside Park
    17- Rash of burglaries at Tink Wig are investigated
    21- Directional signs are asked for Ledges Hotel
    24- Citgo owner Gary Strasser assists with birth of baby boy after parents pull up at service station
    24- Tomato garden planned at Wallenpaupack Middle School
    28- Pike County Commissioners say a courthouse addition is needed for judicial system
    28- Pioneer gravity railroad coach at Hawley Library is being restored
    31- Richard Krebs, of Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, discovers online, a near-look alike in Germany, also named Richard Krebs and the same age. A meeting is planned in June, in Germany.
    APRIL
    4- Wayne County Habitat for Humanity plans 17th house, at Woodledge Village
    4- National Park Service calls for PPL Susquehanna-Roseland power line to use existing route through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
    4- Motorcycle run proposed for Wally Lake Fest, to benefit Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District
    14- Firefighters investigate "mystery haze" at Hawley Silk Mill but cause remains unknown
    14- Woodloch Pines is in top 10 of US family hotels rated by TripAdvisor.com
    18- State law at odds with Upper Delaware River Management Plan; Park Service could step in and buy corridor land to protect river
    28- Turnout was light at the April 24th Primary, with 11.0% at the Pike County polls and 17.4% in Wayne County.
    28- Tafton Fire Co. shows off new fire truck
    25- Wallenpaupack Area School District plans new dress code
    MAY
    5- Downtown Hawley Partnership hosts visioning meeting
    5- Grants totaling almost $2 million will expand Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
    9- Lackawanna College Lake Region Center names first Hawley graduates
    9- Pilot dies in small airplane crash at Cherry Ridge Airport
    12- A public hearing is held for the planned, new Delaware Valley elementary school.
    12- Two persons are killed and one injured, who were aboard a small plane that crashed at Spring Hill Airport, Sterling, May 10.
    12- About $70,000 in free services were provided by Horizon Dental Care , April 14, at their seventh annual "Dentistry From the Heart" event.
    16- Delaware Valley High School is named in the "Top 10" in the nation By US News & World Report.
    Page 3 of 6 - 16- The third small plane crash in eight days in Wayne County occurred May 13 in South Canaan Township. The plot was treated for a head injury.
    16- A public hearing is held to link White Mills to the Honesdale sewer system.
    16- Friends of the Pond Eddy Bridge launch a campaign to save the historic span on the Delaware.
    16- Didymo has been blooming along the Delaware River, an invasive algae described as unsightly and an environmental hazard.
    19- Maria Reakes was named president of Downtown Hawley Partnership, at the April awards dinner.
    23- Greater Lake Region Relay for Life raised $23,643 for the American Cancer Society, at the May 19-20 event at Wallenpaupack Area High School track.
    23- Wallenpaupack Area School District has revised the dress code.
    26- Barbara Yeaman, founder of the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, received a Lifetime Conservation Partnership award by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.
    30- PA State Police are he;ping the PA Fish & Boat Commission to patrol Lake Wallenpaupack.
    30- PPL closes Kipp Island on Lake Wallenpaupack for eagles.
     
    JUNE
    2- Pastor S. Michael Eskra, minister at the Cole Memorial Baptist Church since 2004, died unexpectedly, May 29.
    2- Memorial Day parades in the region are highlighted.
    6- Fire damages Hawley Ambulance & Rescue Company, May 31, closing the hall for nearly two months. The cause is traced to a falling paper clip which created an electrical short. Fund-raising is severely impacted.
    6- Pike County Training Center is dedicated, June 3.
    6- Paupack Twp. chooses Wayne Ambulance as primary ALS/BLS provider.
    9- Pocono Lakefront, a townhouse development, is proposed at the old White Beauty View location, Palmyra Twp.-Pike, Lake Wallenpaupack.
    9- Delaware Valley Relay for Life raises $35,000 for the American Cancer Society.
    13- Kidsfest, hosted by Lake Region Community Dock Foundation, raises a record $8,000 for charity.
    16- Wallenpaupack Area High School hosts graduation exercises June 15, with an estimated 331 graduates.
    16- A parade for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is scheduled in Hawley, Aug. 18.
    20- Downtown Hawley Partnership buys bicycles for public to borrow.
    23- Rev. Martin Cox, Hawley United Methodist Church, is set to retire June 30, after 31 years. Rev. Anna Knox is set to succeed him.
    23- Mill Market opens at Hawley Silk Mill, June 23.
    23- Laurie Ramie is named the new Executive Director, Upper Delaware Council.
    27- Wayne Pike Chapter American Red Cross names both Marita Wenner and Robert Haber 2012 Volunteer of the Year.
    30- Carnival in Bingham Park, hosted for many years by the former VFW Post, is to resume July 3-7.
    JULY
    4- Promised Land State Park completes a $3.3 million renovation.
    Page 4 of 6 - 4- Pike County Commissioners ask for a new hearing for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline route.
    4- Sculpted Ice Works opens a factory tour and ice harvesting museum.
    4- Michael Lehutsky is named Wayne County Republican Committee chairman.
    7- Roundup of Hawley's 4th of July parade and carnival.
    14- Grant funds are sought to to improve a picnic area at Bingham Park, foot path ad river access.
    14- A deck is planned at the Hawley Silk Mill, with steps down to the Ledges Hotel decks.
    18- A helicopter is used to remove the 45 HVAC units from the roof of the Wallenpaupack Area High School, as part of the geothermal well/energy system project.
    18- Tafton Fire Company Dive Team gives a presentation, showing how they used sonar to locate old Wilsonville under Lake Wallenpaupack.
    18- A jogger is killed by a pickup on Route 507, July 14.
    28- Workforce Wayne dedicates their Wayne/Pike Training Lab at the Hawley Silk Mill.
    28- Pike County has the third highest unemployment in Pennsylvania.
    AUGUST
    1- Wayne County Fair celebrates their 150th anniversary.
    4- Light the Night for Marley's Mission was held July 29, sending over 120 lanterns over Lake Wallenpaupack.
    8- D&H Canal Lock 31 is to be painted; other renovations to begin soon at Wayne County Historical Society canal park project in Palmyra Township-Wayne.
    8- Mary Wilson of the Supremes is scheduled at the Wildflower Music Festival in White Mills.
    11- Pike County plans to discontinue the county-wide recycling program. Palmyra Twp.-Pike is alarmed.
    11- Main Avenue bridge in Hawley, spanning the Lackawaxen, is to be replaced in 2013.
    11- Car show is held at North Primary School, benefitting breast cancer patients.
    15- Joe & Lorenzo's Restaurant in Hawley is planning to move to 313 Main Avenue, a larger location.
    15- Black Bear Conservatory expands their Children's Choir Camp.
    18- Lt. John P. Clader is promoted to lieutenant, PA State Police, and named commander at the Blooming Grove barracks.
    22- American Legion Post 311 hosts parade Aug. 18 for Iraq, Afghan war vets, and 109th Infantry National Guard about to deploy.
    25- PA Governor Tom Corbett paddles Upper Delaware, visits Zane Grey Museum and Promised Land State Park.
    25- Pike County United Way sets 12th Day of Caring, Sept. 15.
    29- Third Annual Wally Lake Fest, Aug. 24-26, is called a great success, with wonderful weather and attendance.
    SEPTEMBER
    1- Olivia Funk is named GDS Fair Queen.
    5- Cherry Ridge Airport is to mark its 50th anniversary.
    12- US Senator Pat Toomey addresses Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 6 at Woodloch Pines.
    Page 5 of 6 - 12- Homicide reported by State Police Sept. 9 in Newfoundland; man arrested for allegedly killing his wife.
    15- Pike County, school districts and municipalities asked to allow tax abatement program to spur business development in Pike.
    22- Visitation facility is proposed for Pike County Children & Youth.
    29- Lackawaxen Township looks at whether the Threshman access on the Lackawaxen River can still be used for public recreation.
    29- "Artful Bears" consists of 11 bear sculptures decorating Milford for the annual Black Bear Film Festival in October.
    OCTOBER
    6- PA Environmental Council distributed 17 grants totaling $100,000 to regional nonprofit organizations. The two largest recipients locally are the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (Green Lodging Partnership Program) and the Wayne County Historical Society (Towpath to Trails Project).
    6- Over $11,000 in tax revenue is stolen at the Wayne County Courthouse.
    6- Safe Haven of Pike County is to launch their annual Paint Pike Purple campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence.
    10- A proposal to extend a recreational trail from Lake Wallenpaupack through Hawley, is discussed at a community visioning meeting hosted by Downtown Hawley Partnership.
    10- "Witness of Faith" was held Oct. 7, with believers holding a rally promoting God and country, at stations from Lake Wallenpaupack to Matamoras. Father John Ryan was the coordinator.
    13- Wallenpaupack Area School District has nearly an A+ on the Yearly Progress Report from the Pa. Department of Education.
    13- Pike's jobless rate drops 1.5 percent.
    17- Hawley Hoedown is held Oct. 13, along with a Fire Prevention Week event in Bingham Park.
    20- A proposed food and wine festival in Bingham Park stirs controversy on Hawley Council, due to the alcohol. The proposal is turned down by a 4-3 vote at the December meeting.
    20- James and Bette Asselstine plan to open the Dorflinger Glass Company cutting shop and offices as a museum.
    24- Rabbi Steve Nathan is now leading the synagogue at Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms.
    27- Pike County gears for election day with concerns about historic low voter turnout and long lines at some polling places.
    31- Hurricane Sandy leads to widespread power outages and blocked roads. Hawley's Halloween parade is cancelled.
    NOVEMBER
    3- A hearing is held in Hawley for a defendant accused of attacking a woman on Hudson Street Sept. 7, as he exhibited "wild" behavior.
    3- The National Christmas Tree is set to stop at Grey Towers Nov. 24, on the way to Washington DC.
    10- Pike's voter turnout was 66% and Wayne, 55%. President Obama won the election in Hawley Borough.
    14- Wallenpaupack North Intermediate School 4th graders hold another Veteran's Day ceremony for the community on Nov. 9.
    17- Friendship House holds a ceremonial ground-breaking for their new facility on Roosevelt Highway, Palmyra Twp.- Wayne.
    Page 6 of 6 - 17- Hawley Silk Mill LLC asks Borough Council for a five-year tax abatement. Other, new businesses and business expansions could also benefit. Council debates the issue.
    21- Joe's Ranch House, Beach Lake, is destroyed by fire, Nov. 15.
    28- Pocono Mountain Visitors' Bureau reports new record for tourist lodging.
    DECEMBER
    5- American Legion Post 311, Hawley, distributes $17,000 to charitable and service groups.
    8- The 14th annual Hawley Winterfest is held Dec. 7-9 and is deemed a goods success.
    8- Pike County proposes to raise taxes 2.25 mills.
    12- Upper Delaware Council, National Park Service report a compromise is reached on the Holbert Quarry expansion in Lackawaxen Township.
    26- Child Care Information Services will move to Hawley, under the care of Northeastern Child Care Services. Pike County will no longer administer the program.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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