What: Working Pike Job Fair
When: April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing
Who: Unemployed, under-employed, those seeking shorter commutes
Cost: Free for job seekers
Info: 570-296-2909

MILFORD - Cindy DeFebo, Workforce Development Agency, announced the upcoming Working Pike Job Fair to be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Tuesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The job fair has been held for the last several years drawing about 600 job seekers and 65 potential employers.

Michael Sullivan, Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority, mentioned that he has an employer contact who will be testing the Pike County market bringing 50 potential technology based jobs to the Fair.

They addressed the county commissioners on February 28.

Sullivan also stated that the first job fair attracted many more workers than there were jobs, but the business economy has changed and that there are now more employers interested in attending.

The job fair was initiated by many of the local churches seeking to find employment of the area’s poor and an alliance with the County to make something happen.

It has grown over the last two years and has garnered additional community support. DeFebo added that four days a week the Workforce Development Agency is at the Pike County Library with a workforce professional present for two hours helping people write cover letters, resumes, and on-line job applications.

There is no charge for job seekers. Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing is located at 120 Routes 6 & 209, Matamoras.

Employers from the tri-state area may register for exhibit space. The fee is $50.00.

For more information contact Pike County Workforce Development Agency, 837 Route 6 Unit 2, Shohola, at 570-296-2909.

Ombudsman services

Robin LaDolce, Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging spoke about the Ombudsman Services agreement stating that there are approximately 300 seniors in long term senior care in the county and that these people need representation.

Due to the Federal Final Rule of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Area Agency on Aging is no longer able to provide these services themselves and needed to contract this service out to the non-profit organization Serving Seniors, Inc. out of Lackawanna County. LaDolce also welcomed volunteers who are willing to serve even a few hours a month to help seniors.

Drinking water program

Michelle Long, Administrative Manager at the Pike County Conservation District along with Peter Wulfhurst, of the Pike County Extension office announced a Drinking Water program to be held at the Conservation District office at 556 Route 402 in Blooming Grove on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.

Funding in the amount of $2,000 was received from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Non-point Source Pollution Prevention Educational mini-grant. This is the 3rd and final workshop in the series which allows the 1st ten residents that register and attend the program to receive a test kit to test their home drinking water. Wulfhurst stated that Pennsylvania is one of only two states who do not regulate private wells.

The test kits for this program cover four parameters, bacteria, pH, nitrates, and total dissolved solids. From the first 20 tests results, 4 wells failed for bacteria. Other test kits are available. The main focus of the program is to educate homeowners on how to protect their own drinking water. Residents wishing to register for the free program may call the District at 570-226-8220.

Krista Gromolski, Conservation Outreach Coordinator for the Pike County Conservation District presented the 2017 Annual Report. Highlights of the report include the Districts work with landowners, builders and engineers to ensure that best management practices are implemented on earth moving projects as well as projects located near streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

A major concern for the the District is protecting water resources as well as administering dirt, gravel and low volume road program providing funding to townships and boroughs to minimize the amount of run off going into our water sources while minimizing maintenance costs to the municipalities. Gromalski also mentioned outreach programs such as the Drinking Water program, a program for local contractors on March 21 at the EMS Training Center in Pike County.

This program will inform builders and contractors of the services the District provides as well as how to work with them as early on as possible to help streamline their projects while maintaining water quality and using best management practices.

Strengthening Families

Pike County in coordination with Penn State Extension has established the Strengthening Families Program to serve parents and children 10-14 years of age. It is a free seven week program available in the Delaware Valley and Wallenpaupack School Districts with both Spring and Fall Sessions.

The sessions are two hours long. In the first hour parents and youth separate into small groups sessions and the last hour brings everyone together for a family session. One half hour prior to each session, dinner is served, and there is free, on-site child care for younger siblings.
Fun, learning ways will be presented to promote family bonding, to keep lines of family communication open, and to use family strengths to solve problems together. More information and registration are available at the Penn State Extension Office by contacting Angela Smith, SFP Program Arranger at 570-296-3400 or by email at axs1397@psu.edu.

Commissioner Osterberg urged people to connect with the Pike County Extension Office, referring it to the best kept secret in Pike County. Information of the programs is available on line. Commissioner Caridi  asked the Master Gardners for their help with installing raised garden beds between the Extension Office and the Administration building while complimenting them on their work on the memorial to the late Trooper Byron Dickson at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. The gardeners appeared enthusiastic and were asked to put together a project for review at a later date.

Pike County Reality Tour

Another community outreach program supported by the County, the Pike County Reality Tour, provided by the Pike County Alliance for Prevention Program will be held at the Milford Bible Church on May 3 and May 31, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. both dates. This is an award winning, evidenced based drug prevention program appropriate for parent and child (ages 10-17) to attend together.

For information contact Jill Gamboni at 570-390-9120 or by email jillgamboni@yahoo.com.