MILFORD - Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension in Pike County, was at the County Commissioners’ meeting, January 4th, discussing plans for a public workshop where you can learn how to run for local offices. There are also a couple webinars coming up hosted by Penn State Extension, on the same subject.
“Toss Your Hat in the Ring” is set for Thursday, January 26 (snow date Tuesday, January 31), 7 to 9 p.m., at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley. There is a $25 fee.

Wulfhorst said that Wayne County residents can benefit from the instruction as well, although to register to be on the ballot you would need to visit the Wayne County Bureau of Elections, rather than their Pike County counterpart.

He said an overview will be given on the types of local government and how it is organized. An Election Office official will address how to get your name on the ballot. Panelists of persons who were recently elected will share their stories of how they got involved.

“A lot of times when you go into the ballot booth… sometimes you have only one candidate, sometimes no candidate.”  He said this program helps people get a better understanding of getting elected. Local governments also have local boards and commissions that are filled by appointment, to help elected officials with their services to residents.

“Toss Your Hat in the Ring” webinars are scheduled for January 17, 6 to 7 p.m. and January 24, 12 to 1 p.m. The fee for the webinar is also $25.

Penn State Extension Pocono Distict encompasses Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon counties.
Contact Peter Wulfhorst for information at 570-296-3400 or email

Other computer webinars are planned in January by Penn State Extension, including ones on milking herd feed management, Jan. 10; grazing guides, Jan. 11 and the first of seven sessions on restoring and caring for tree canopies in your community, Jan. 26.

Penn State Extension is also home to 4-H youth clubs, the Master Gardeners program and other community development programs.

Also discussed:

Commissioners approved renewal of a contract with Dominion Voting for rover service for the 2017 election. Commissioner Richard Caridi said that they are very confident with Dominion and their election system, which cannot be “hacked” since it is not on the Internet. Pastor Leonard Gilpin, Hope Evangelical Free Church of Matamoras, led the opening prayer. At the December 28th Commissioners’ Conference, acknowledgement was given for the hiring of Justin Pfaff as an Assistant District Attorney.

Pike County Commissioners meet on the first and third Wednesday at 9 a.m. at 506 Broad St., Milford.