An assist in job searching is being offered at public libraries in Pike County and the two that serve the public in Wayne County in the region of Lake Wallenpaupack.

MILFORD - An assist in job searching is being offered at public libraries in Pike County and the two that serve the public in Wayne County in the region of Lake Wallenpaupack.
Pike County Workforce Development Agency has branched out with weekly hours at libraries in Milford Borough, Dingman Township, Hawley Borough and Newfoundland.
Both the Hawley and Newfoundland libraries have a significant outreach to patrons in Pike County.

Cynthia DeFebo, Executive Director of the Pike County Workforce Development Agency, said that not full job counseling is offered at these branch locations, but one on one help is provided. Services offered include:

Registering for Pennsylvania’s JobGetaway Identifying job leads Resume and cover letter review Completing online employment applications.

DeFebo discussed the new service at the Pike County Commissioners’ meeting, August 16th. A workforce professional brings a laptop to each library.

“Not full services like we offer in our office [in Shohola], not a lot of career counseling, just kind of quick, one on one. We had a guy drive from Lakeville for a Dollar General application. It’s cumbersome; we could have met him in Hawley and done it in 20 minutes.”
She said that on-line applications can be tricky, and people need help with them.”

“The libraries are thrilled to have us,” she said. Two sessions have already been held at Pike County libraries and were very well received.

Commissioner Richard Caridi commented that there are a lot of companies offering jobs but not enough applicants.

The services provided by Pike County Workforce Development Agency are available to not only Pike County residents, but also Wayne County or anyone in need of job search assistance.

The library schedule is as follows:
Tuesdays - Dingman Township Branch Library 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesdays - Milford Branch Library 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Thursdays - Newfoundland Pubic Library 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Fridays - Hawley Public Library 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Eclipse viewing

Among the many programs being offered by Penn State Extension in Pike County is a special Solar Eclipse Community Viewing Party, Monday, August 21st from noon to 4 p.m. at Airport Park, 701 Avenue Q, Matamoras. Open to everyone at no charge, 4-H Director Angie Smith will have safe, handmade solar viewing devices on hand, which will project an image of the partial eclipse.

There will also be special solar filter eyeglasses to use. A screen will be set up to show NASA’s live coverage of the total solar eclipse event from the parts of the country where the Sun will be fully covered by the Moon. Children may participate in building the solar eclipse viewers. The concession stand will be offering some eclipse-themed treats.

Smith handed out some sample solar eclipse viewers to the commissioners.Call Angie at Penn State Extension at 570-296-3400 for more information.

Emergency communications

Bids were opened for an emergency communications tower in Blooming Grove Township. There were three bids, ranging from $510,230 to $395,000. Awarding of the bid was deferred to a Commissioners’ Conference set for August 28 at 9 a.m. The bids will first be reviewed by County 9-1-1 Director Bernard Swartwood.

Home rehab grants

A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) hearing was held. This year, approximately $244,000 is available for Pike County, which can be used for single family owner-occupied home rehabilitation, who meet federal low to moderate income guidelines. Consultant Marvin Brotter stated that none of Pike County’s municipalities meet the 51% threshold of low to moderate income households, to apply for projects through the CDBG program. He said the funds available for FY 2017 are probably enough to rehabilitate 10 or 11 houses.

Senior Expo

The 2017 Senior Citizens Expo is set for Friday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dingman Township Fire Hall, 680 Log Tavern Road (off Route 739). Around 60 exhibitors are featured; light refreshments will be offered. The event provides information about services and activities to enhance the lives of senior citizens. Admission is free.

Pike County Transportation will provide free rides to the Expo for anyone age 65 and over. You must register in advance for this service by calling 570-296-3408 by Sept. 1.
The Expo is hosted by State Rep. Michael Peifer and Rep. Rosemary Brown.

Correctional Officers

The following persons were approved for hire as Correctional Officers: Emilee Newport, Matthew Hendershot, Nikolas Dilles, Kevin Velilla and Andrew Hernandez.

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