Lawn events, exhibits, public restrooms
MILFORD - The Milford Community House board of trustees held a catered open house recently to announce the next phase of renovations planned for the refurbished property at the corner of Harford and Broad streets at the traffic light in the center of Milford Borough. A tent was erected on the lawn but inclement weather forced the festivities to be moved inside.
Phase two of the renovation work will include a new sign and corner plaza at the Harford and Broad Street intersection, parking and landscape improvements as well as finishing part of the basement as a classroom and additional first floor exhibits.
A new building housing public restroom facilities will be constructed on the south east corner of the lot which will also have a small stage area for music and other performances on the lawn.
The property was a gift to the borough from the Pinchot family 95 years ago on July 1,1924, after building their new home known as Grey Towers on the hill overlooking the borough. After the Pinchots moved out of the building, it was moved to the center of the lot and turned into a library for the Yale School of Forestry. Stipulations of the gift were put on the property that it be used for community service and to that end the building was home to the Pike County Public Library until 2013 when they moved to their new building on East Harford Street.
Phase one of the renovation was completed last year and saw the rehabilitation of the exterior, insulation and interior under the direction of Architect Richard Pedranti.
The funding for renovations has come from government LSA funds and contributions from members of the community. Tenants in the building include the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, the Pike County Economic Development Authority, Pike County United Way, the Pike County Autism Support Services and the Greater Pike Community Foundation. Additionally, other civic groups hold monthly meetings in the meeting room.
More than 5,000 visitors have passed through the doors since the opening of the Visitor’s Center, which is open seven days a week.
The Community House Board of Directors are as follows: Officers: President, Matt Osterberg; Vice President, Edgar Brannon; Treasurer, Carol Osterberg; Secretary, Kathe Brannon. Board Members: Jennifer Bennett, Lorraine Gregory, Emil Moglia, Richard Pedranti, Centa Quinn, Art Ridley, Karl Wagner, III. Many of these people have been on the board for many years with Lorraine Gregory, Centa Quinn and Art Ridley combined with over 60 years of service to the cause.
Gifford Pinchot put it well, “The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.” Donations to the project by checks made payable to Milford Community House may be sent to Milford Community House, P.O. Box 361, Milford, PA 18337.