YEAR END REVIEW- (Dates given are dates of publication unless otherwise stated. This list is not necessarily comprehensive and some items may have been missed.)


2- Tom Mueller named chairman, Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District.

2- Congressman Tom Marino to open Hamlin field office, March 1. Anthony Herzog is his field representative.

5- Susan Beecher retires as director, Pike Conservation District. Sally Corrigan named.

9- Pond Eddy Bridge repairs planned, while ultimate fate still to be announced.

12- Hiking trail discussed at Hawley Borough, connect Lake Wallenpaupack Creek Trail with town.

16- Hawley Ambulance still seeks to recoup from Mat 2012 fire.

19- Joseph Fluhr of Hawley and science teacher, sees dream fulfilled with sending his boyhood "Smurf" toy into orbit.

19- Wallenpaupack discusses ending class ranking system in favor of Latin system.

23- Wallenpaupack Area School District to host "Code Red" safety drills.

23- Wayne Memorial Hospital acquires the former Hamlin Elementary School.

26- Palmyra Twp. Pike is asked by the Pike County Economic Development Authority to consider a swap of Delaware State Forest land along I-84 with Business Park land in Blooming Grove Twp., for future business development.

30- Owner of $19,000 comes forward after Palmyra Twp.- Pike seeks to clear old escrow account set aside from fire insurance proceeds.


6- Broad challenges to Pike County economy noted by Pike County Economic Alliance.

2- Intense discussion held over granting Hawley Silk Mill temporary tax relief under LERTA program

9- Columbine "joke" leads to closing Lackawanna College Lake Region Center, feb. 7.

9- Body of a woman was found following a house fire at Masthope Falling Waters community, Feb. 4.

13- Upper Delaware Council makes plans for 25th anniversary

16- Wallenpaupack Area School District proposes to hire armed School Resource Officers in wake of Newtown, CT school shootings

20- Main Avenue, Hawley bridge over Lackawaxen to be refurbished; work starting soon. Traffic to be down to one lane for several months

20- Hawley Council is asked to address growing cat population

23- Big rush for gun permits seen in Pike County, mostly by New York State customers

23- Delaware River Basin Commission is asked to take stand on contested Tennessee Gas Pipeline detour in Pike County; local opposition mounts

27- Rev. William Bernard Healey, former Queen of Peace pastor, dies Feb. 23rd

27- Lackawaxen Ambulance Co. joins Lackawaxen Fire Commission


2- Local opponents to Tennessee Gas Pipeline detour take to the trees to protest

2- $6000 raised by Lighthouse Harbor Marina for Tafton and Ledgedale dive teams during 2nd annual Paupack Plunge

2- Killing of correctional officer at USP Canaan by inmate is under investigation

6- Father of Wallenpaupack High School senior takes issue publicly over study of religious materials; School District says part of rounded world cultures education

9- Pike County offices go "smoke free"

9- Eleventh annual Chili/Wings Cook Off hosted by Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce is big success

9- National Park Service deals with federal sequestration budget pinch

13- Pike Wayne Association of Realtors report encouraging home sales report for 2012

13- Alarming "bang" heard March 5th in Hawley; source not identified

16- Mrs. Melva Vogler, math teacher at Wallenpaupack, is retiring March 31st having taught at the Hawley and Wallenpaupack schools 52 years

16- Body of NJ woman found March 13 at bottom of Shohola Falls Gorge; cause of death ruled as suspicious

20- Lake Region IGA explains tough policy towards shoplifters

23- Debate ensures over Atlantic Health advancing ambulance and paramedic service further west in Pike County; Pike ALS is concerned with competition

27- Benjamin Cain Kiefer, 30, is charged with the homicide of his 34-year old brother at White Mills

27- Bob Passock is the new US Postmaster at Hawley

27- Cell phone tower on ridge overlooking Hawley has been darkened at night for weeks

30- Pike County Court weighs candidacy of Mark Moulton for District Court in western Pike County. Court rules in favor of Moulton. Challenger, Shannon Muir, prevails in May Primary


3- WEDCO, Downtown Hawley Partnership tour Hawley Silk Mill, noting contribution to the local economy

3- US Army Corps of Engineers issues permit for Tennessee Gas Pipeline/ Northeast Upgrade Pipeline project detour in Pike County

3- Pike Commissioners open bids for interim courthouse

10- Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. rescue training videos on YouTube

13- Hawley Council keeps Pike ALS as primary paramedic service

17- Richard Krebs of Lakeville entertains his friend, also named Richard Krebs and an amazing look-alike from Germany

17- LP Cylinder in Shohola Twp. to expand, hire more help

20- Mike Mancino, owner of Vanderbeek Farm, wants to expand horse trail businesses

20- Week of the Young Child parade held in Milford

20- Jason and Shawn Otway, identical twins, achieve Eagle Scout rank in Troop 129 Paupack, together

24- Body of fisherman found in Lake Wallenpaupack, April 20 by dive teams

24- Contentious state on-lot septic regulation aimed at keeping nitrates from water bodies blasted by local officials, debated at Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District

24- New Covenant Fellowship Church, Hawley, marks 30th anniversary

27- Wayne County Libraries promote "What do you geek" campaign

27- Several Hawley churches hosted joint block party


1- Mock car crash at Wallenpaupack held before prom

4- Hawley girl with disabilities surprised with motor scooter by several local business people

4- Four year college program in Hawley discussed

4- Co. that owns Tennessee Gas Pipeline makes donation allowing Park Service to keep Milford Beach open this year

8- Weekend firefighter training at Pike County Training (911) Center

11- State legislative districts changing for 2014

18- Charges retained in vehicular death of jogger on July 14th along Rt. 507

22- Hope lives at Greater Lake Region Relay for Life

22- Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District sport new logo

22- Wallenpaupack School tax increase proposed lowest in four years

22- Tricky Tray raises over $44,000 for Pennies From Heaven charity, for families of sick children’s

22- Pond Eddy Bridge to be replaced; debated 20 years

25- Pike election highlights include Sheriff Phil Beuki prevails; Shannon Muir wins race for district justice in west; Mike Mancino wins race for Lackawaxen Twp. supervisor over incumbent Brian Stuart. Bruce Chandler wins race in Wayne, for Paupack Twp. supervisor

29- Pocono Mtn. Visitors Bureau optimistic for summer tourist season


1- Fire claims home, dog in Masthope Mountain Community, May 25.

1- Pike County DA announces arrest of four people for heroin trafficking

8- Helicopter landing site on Tanglwood Mountain discussed; serve PPL Susquehanna-Roseland power line project

8- Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort celebrates 70th anniversary

8- Pinehurst Country Lodge, Greeley, is featured on TV's "Restaurant Impossible"

12- Ravyn & Robyn Wine Bar & Restaurant to open June 17 at former Torte Knox, Main Ave., Hawley

12- Ledgedale and Tafton dive teams hold joint training on Lake Wallenpaupack

12- About 700 people attended Lake Region Hometown Kids Fest, raising $9,185 for people in need and nonprofit organizations

12- Masker Museum at Promised Land State Park, dedicated to the Civilian Conservation Corps legacy, re-opens

12- Gresham's Chop House honored by Small Business Administration

15- Wallenpaupack Area High School graduation numbers 302, June 14th

19- Ritz Company Playhouse to sell brick sponsorships for new walkway

19- Massive search in Lackawaxen River continues after kayaker is lost near Kimbles, June 17

19- Delaware Valley High School holds graduation, June 14

22- Kahr Arms, a major handgun manufacturer, announces plans to buy the Pike County Business Park in Blooming Grove Township to set up a plant, research and office facilities

22- Pioneer gravity railroad coach at Hawley Library re-dedicated June 15 after restoration project

26- Factoryville firefighter killed by live wire at Hamlin after stopping to help crash victim, June 22

26- Wayne/Pike American Red Cross honors those who helped Hurricane Sandy victims

29- Vetstock planned July 5-6 at Malibu Dude Ranch, Milford, to raise funds for wounded Marine veteran

29- Delaware River Soujorn's 19th event underway


3- Torrential rains strike Hawley Borough and part of nearby Palmyra Township-Wayne, June 30, triggering State of Emergency. Many flooded basements, torn up streets.

3- Main Ave. Route 6 bridge over Lackawaxen in Hawley re-opens on time, June 28, after rehabilitation work

6- Forest Volunteer Fire Dept. holds funeral procession July 3rd for Junior Firefighter Jake Daniels who died June 29th in a crash

10- Hawley is one of 20 towns across the United States selected by Benjamin Moore paint company to re-paint the downtown area, after a massive public online vote

13- "Red Chair" taken on tour of inns across the country, stopping at The Settlers Inn

13- Boy, age 9, drowns in Delaware July 8th, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

17- Harmony Presents, AMSkier hosts music events on Fridays at AMSkier gazebo, Hawley

17- Pet crematory is planned for Hawley, two doors east of Silk Mill on Route 6

17- National Park Service- Upper Delaware & public hold cleanup day taking trash from Delaware River

20- Historians of Sterling Township dedicate barn at South Sterling

20-Brass era cars dazzle Hawley as club stops by

24- Holbert Bros. Stone Quarry, Lackawaxen, provided massive stones for large exhibit of stone giants at Rockerfeller Center, Manhattan

24- Man, 51, drowns in Delaware River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

24- Safe Haven of Pike County relocates to new facility on Broad St., Milford


3- PennDOT announces a major rehabilitation of I-84 through Pike County to replace the foundation concrete in phases, over 5- 6 years. Work is to begin in the spring of 2014.

3- Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District plans their first "Dive Day" Sept. 14 with fire company dive teams, collecting junk from the lake bed.

3- 151st Wayne County Fair begins. A new record paid attendance is set when it is all over, 96,602.

3- Dr. George W. Tietjen, long time surgeon and Chief of Staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital, died July 29.

7- Pike ALS closes Milford station

10- Central Vol. Fire Dept. donated a 1983 E-1 pumper truck to Pike County for training emergency responders.

10- New uses mulled for Milford Community House once Pike County Library moves

14- Greeley Fire Co. hosts a parade for their 55th anniversary

14- Hawley Burger Co. & Cone Zone, a new local eatery, is featured

21- New, tall power line poles are changing the Hawley skyline as PPL's Susquehann-Roseland power line upgrade goes through

24- Wallenpaupack Area School District, reacting to a challenge by the Freedom From Relgion Foundation, reverses historic tradition in allowing clergy to say a prayer at graduation. A storm of public concern results.

28- Wayne County Historical Society, on Aug. 24, dedicates D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, capping about 20 years of planning, fund-raising and work.

28- Wally Lake Fest enjoys beautiful weather, huge crowds

28- Democratic candidate for PA governor, John Hanger, stumps in Hawley

31- 96th GDS Fair is underway; Amanda Ostroski is proclaimed Fair Queen

31- St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Greeley celebrating centennial; to be noted at service, Sept. 9


4- Tafton Fire Co., with mutual aid, avert potential catastrophe by stopping large propane leak at business across from high school

4- Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District 2nd "Ride for the Lake" is huge success

7- Pike County Commissioners show renderings of proposed courthouse annex; preservationists concerned over possible loss of Queen Anne-style Judge's Chamber house next door

11- Atlantic Ambulance sets up in Palmyra Township (Pike); Pike ALS concerned

14- Over 60 people attend Wallenpaupack School Board, upset that clergy-led prayer at graduation had to be stopped; District cites Supreme Court rulings on US Constitution

14- 9/11 remembered at ceremonies in Hawley and at The Hideout

18- Area school districts embracing message of Rachel's Challenge, spreading kindness

18- Booster clubs under review due to federal law seeking to prevent sex discrimination in donations

19- Mandatory 10-digit dialing in 570 area code to start Sept. 21

21- Kahr Arms plan approved by Blooming Grove Twp.

25- US Forest Service rededicates Grey Towers on 50th anniversary since President John F. Kennedy dedicated the site

28- Wallenpaupack High School students gather at flag pole before school day to pray, as part of nationwide event

28- Cole Memorial Baptist Church, Hawley, has a new minister, Pastor John May. He started Aug. 4.


2- Pike County Public Library opens its new Milford Branch on East Hartford Street.

2- Wallenpaupack North Primary School hosts annual Book Fair, with an ancient Egypt theme.

5- St. Anthony's to hold final Mass.

5- School District joisn United Way's Day of Caring

9- School police blending in the Wallenpaupack School District.

12- Federal shutdown, Closing tourist sites, Chamber: Bad for economy

16- Adding police, pay discussed at Hawley Borough Council meeting

19- Post 311 protests prayer issue for Veterans Day ceremony held at the Wallenpupack Area High School

23- Student body makes video; Wallenpaupack School District unites for a YouTube video

23- Libraries ask Pike County to help; Hawley, Newfoundland libraries serve Pike but receive no funding

26- Porter kids won't transfer; State Board denies request to change school districts.

26- Changes to Right to Know Act discussed at Paupack Township meeting.

30- Research lab to be build; part of global network studying climate change, water quality in Salem Township

30- Community celebrates new Milford library.


2-Ballot contests await your vote; Hawley Council has biggest race in Wayne County.

2-Symposium addresses child abuse, how to help with Senator Lisa Baker and PA Rep Rosemary Brown

6-Legion official dies in crash; four others have major injuries after 2-car wreck on Saturday.

6-Election signs stolen in Lackawaxen Township.

9- Mancino wins race in Lackawaxen Township.

9- Where were you when JFK was shot?

13- Post 311 gives thanks to God in Hawley.

13- Railroad crossing waiver OK'd; No longer a need to stop for non-existent trains.

16- Borough taxes see increase; Police salaries up 13 percent and officer added to the force.

16- Sunny economy seen for Pike; infrastructure problems persist.

20- Divers recover body of canoeist; Midnight moonlit paddle ends in disaster.

20- Oks given for tattoo business, hair salon in Palmyra Township Pike.

23- Hawley Library asks Pike to help; Says 46% of patrons are from northern Pike

23- Historian who' couldn't say no' dies at 91; Clinton Leet had vision for Canal Park, Stourbridge Line train

27- State to track student performance by school; No more district-wide score for Wallenpaupack students

30- Hail of gunfire rips into vehicle; Woman, boyfriend excape injury; her ex jailed in lieu of $1 million bail in Hawley

30- Woodloch's Hunger Relief breaks record; Volunteers stuff 656 food bags in under 3 minutes to beat the old mark.


4- Heavy smoke in apartment fire in Hawley.

4- Light of Life illuminates thoughts of departed loved ones; hospice ceremony Dec. 5 in Milford.

7- WAHS students learn to harvest the waves with their invention.

7- Pike County, PennDOT swaps land; PennDOT to move facility to Lords Valley.

11- May close river for 3-4 years; Pond Eddy Bridge replacement project approaching

11- Eagle Scout makes footbridge at Varden Conservation Area

14- Paint brushes to swing in March; Hawley seeks grant to finish downtown.

14- Gun maker buys land in Lords Valley.

18- Storm repairs eyed in Hawley.

18- Reflections on Nelson Mandela's legacy; Comments from local SA natives, missionaries.

21- Sheriff Dept. honors Lt. Flynn in Milford.

21- Court keeps both attempted homicide counts; Defense: Stupid, reckless, but no attempt to kill; Prosecution: Prove intent by what he did.

28- Rural hospitals brace for reform with the Affordable Care Act.

28- WAHS senior helps children with special needs.