Disclaimer: The ideas expressed below are the personal thoughts and opinions of Nate Covington and do not necessarily reflect the position of Barrett Township or the Board of Auditors.

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See attached PDF notice from AQUA America regarding their expansion in Delaware and Chester Counties, PA.  Due to this expansion, they are planning on raising the per-gallon rates for AQUA water customers in Mountainhome. 


Aqua America to acquire DELCORA for $276.5M, despite American Water's last-minute interest

Should the people of Mountainhome own and control their own water infrastructure?  


A masked man with a gun robbed China III restaurant in Cresco Sunday night.

The man entered the rear of the business at 109 Oak Lane, Cresco, armed with a handgun, and demanded employees get money from the cash register, said Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner.

Monday, 22 June 2020 13:30

Scavenger hunt at Ice Lake

Brodhead Watershed Association offers an adventure to young people wanting to get outside for a while: a scavenger hunt at Ice Lake in Monroe County.

Ice Lake is a little jewel of a preserve in Barrett Township made up of more than 70 acres —perfect for outdoor fun for families.

Armed with a checklist of natural features to find (see for a printable list), kids can “collect” the scavenger items by snapping a picture. The hunt will include a huge old oak tree, hay-scented fern, lichen, a baby hemlock tree, wintergreen, barberry, witch hazel, and a very notable boulder.

Editor's Note:
I've written and shared my own experience with Lyme disease before (and Spooky2 / biofeedback) and I found this really good video about COVID and the similarities w/ Lyme:

Dr Bransfield: A Tale of Two Pandemics - Lyme & Covid



(Rosemary Brown's article starts below)

As many of you know, I am a strong advocate for Lyme Disease and Tick-BorneIllness awareness throughout the Commonwealth. I have sponsored multiplepieces of legislation addressing this health concern and have spearheaded the PA free tick testing program.

(via Rosemary Brown)

Renters and homeowners who faced economic and financial stress related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. Applications will be accessible from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at

PHFA is currently identifying organizations in all 67 counties to help it process the large number of rent relief applications anticipated. People will submit their applications and supporting paperwork to these county organizations for review.

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million, and $25 million was set aside for mortgage assistance.

During June, in a period of about four weeks, PHFA is developing detailed programs for distributing this financial assistance quickly to people in need while following legislative requirements.

Read more about this program here.

Featured Quote:
"His estate was valued at more than $3 million with homes in Miami Beach and the 25-acre homestead known as “Green Gables” in Barrett Township, Monroe County. He is buried in the family mausoleum in the Gilbert Cemetery in Chestnuthill Township."

(emphasis added)


Original Article:

The announcement earlier this month that the last remaining area Kmart store (in Walnutport) will be closing came as no surprise to the retail community.

The company has been on a steep downward trajectory for decades, and its acquisition of Sears Inc. and two major recessions, including the one triggered by COVID-19, have pretty much sealed its fate.

What many of our readers may not know is that Kmart’s origins go back to the company’s patriarch, Sebastian Sperling Kresge (S.S. Kresge), who spent most of his formative years in the West End of Monroe County.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 13:57

Help Wanted: Farm Hand (Homestead)

Help Wanted:
Need help with maintaining flock of chickens and greenhouse.  Tasks to include shoveling manure, splitting firewood, yard maintenance, carrying bags of food, putting up fencing, etc.  

Location: Cresco

Apply: 570-576-7497 Call or Text

PUBLIC NOTICE Final Report Submission (Sections 302(e)(1)(ii), 303(h)(1)(ii), 304(n)(1)(i), and 305(c)(1)) Pursuant to the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act, the act of May 19, 1995, P.L. 4, No. 1995-2. Notice is hereby given that Cresco Realty, LLC has submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection a Final Report for a site located at 1 Weiler Dr.,6/14/20 Barrett Township, Monroe County. This Final Report states that this site is currently an active brush/abrasives manufacturing plant. The site was found to be contaminated with heating oil which impacted the soil and groundwater underlying the site. Cresco Realty, LLC has indicated that the remediation measures included characterization of the impacts in soil and groundwater and remediation and collection of attainment soil and groundwater samples. The anticipated future use of the property will be for non-residential purposes. P - June 14

Editor's Note:
I usually don't post news alerts for other municipalities but this relates to Barrett because a liquor license is transferring out of the immediate area.  This is more of an FYI - 

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