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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • New courthouse must not destroy Milford's charm

  • To the Editor: (Open letter to Pike County residents, Commissioners and Milford Borough Council) I agree !! We do need to have more modern facilities for the Pike County judicial system to handle the unprecedented number of court cases that Judge Kameen and Judge Chelak are required to oversee each month. I ...
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  • To the Editor:
    (Open letter to Pike County residents, Commissioners and Milford Borough Council)
    I agree !! We do need to have more modern facilities for the Pike County judicial system to handle the unprecedented number of court cases that Judge Kameen and Judge Chelak are required to oversee each month. I also agree that creating a safe atmosphere where jurors, witnesses and prisoners can be separated and not seated in the same room while waiting during a trial is very important.
    Being in the "people business", first as a Real Estate broker in Pike County for over 30 years and secondly as the Guest Services Manager at the Hotel Fauchere I understand the importance of maintaining the character of quaintness that is Milford. Thousands of people come to Milford to experience the charm, charisma and architectural diversity of our beautiful village. It would be impossible to count the number of times I hear how beautiful Milford is and how impressed visitors are with the pride of our community organizers like Bill Kiger, Tom Hoff, Dick Snyder and so many more dedicated residents.
    Sadly there was a time when the leaders of Milford lost their direction and permitted Harford Street to lose it character and charm. Thank Heaven for the Dimmick Inn, The Del a View House,
    The Community House, The restoration of the Zaloom Building, Harrington House, The Recchia house, the Penn Star building...They sooth the architectural pain we feel driving by Pocono Interiors, Rite Aid, The Wine and Spirits Store, Turkey Hill, the Old Rite Aid, the Grand Union.
    Broad Street is our Historic Oasis. Please do not permit the destruction of the Kenworthey building. It would be just one more nail in the coffin of Milford's charm. THERE ARE OPTIONS !!
    Pike County owns the Miller oil property where a good sized building could be constructed with a Greek Revival or Colonial facade. This property is much larger than the Kenworthey parcel
    and it would get rid of the "storage closet" that was once a gas station.
    Presently there are a dozen or more county official vehicles parked in front of the building. . Take a look at it as you drive by and you will agree it is disgraceful!! Filled with trash. Commissions, where is your pride??? Have you never noticed how disturbing the interior of this building is??? It looks like a glass front waste container..
    The second option would be to tear down, yes...tear down the cooperative extension building and utilize that property along with the Miller oil property. And the third option is, as I said in a previous letter, Build BACK.... The monetary cost is nothing in comparison to the cost of losing one more historic building.
    Residents of Pike County, please let the commissioners know that you oppose the tearing down of the Kenworthy Building to construct "a Big Brick Box Monstrosity". The commissioners are very reasonable men, they are in their offices because we felt they would represent the wants and needs of all residents of Pike County. Please ask them to listen to us...Hear us.
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    Denise DeGraw Fey
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