(WBRE/WYOU) — A delicious holiday tradition can be enjoyed at a resort in the Poconos.
A giant gingerbread house can be found at the Skytop Lodge in Barrett Township. The sweet endeavor begins months in advance with the planning stage. Then the preparations begin.
It takes 920 eggs, 612 pounds of flour, five pounds each of ginger, sugar, and spice and hours of labor. This is the 10th year for the gingerbread house.
BARRETT TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A man died this afternoon after he was pinned underneath his vehicle in an accident in Barrett Township, Monroe County.
Police say Richard Simon was working on his car on the side of the road when it fell on top of him.
Simon’s son freed him using a car jack, but he was pronounced dead on the scene.
The incident is under investigation.
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On Wednesday evening the Pocono Mountain School District Board of Education voted to reject the fact finder’s recommendations regarding support staff contract negotiations. The vote was 7-1, with one abstention.
“It is with profound disappointment that our association learned of the board’s vote to reject the neutral fact finder’s recommendations for a fair settlement. We felt that his recommendations were a fair compromise that allowed both sides to move forward. Our members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the fact finder’s report. It’s frustrating to see the board’s lack of urgency to resolve this matter,” stated Dawn Cello, president of the Pocono Mountain Educational Support Professionals Association.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING BARRETT TOWNSHIP TO SUBMIT A PA SMALL WATER AND SEWER GRANT APPPLICATION TO THE COMMONWEALTH FINANCING AUTHORITY ON BEHALF OF PRESBYTERIAN SENIOR LIVING
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PUBLIC NOTICE INTENTION TO ENACT PROPOSED ORDINANCE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Supervisors of Barrett Township hereby gives public notice of its intention to enact the ordinance summarized below at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors to be held on December 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. As summarized below, the proposed ordinance would establish regulations for short term rental units within Barrett Township. At the time of the public meeting, the Supervisors will listen to comments by members of the public concerning the proposed ordinance. If substantial amendments are not offered to the draft of the proposed ordinance, the Supervisors intend to consider enactment of the proposed ordinance immediately after the public meeting. The proposed ordinance is entitled: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF BARRETT, COUNTY OF MONROE, COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, RELATING TO THE USE AND REGULATION OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL UNITS WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP AND ESTABLISHING APPLICATION AND PERMIT STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES, PROVIDING FOR ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT INCLUDING PENALTIES, AND OTHER MATTERS PERTAINING THERETO. The following is a brief summary of all of the sections of the proposed ordinance: Section 1 contains a short title of the ordinance. Section 2 identifies the scope and legal authority of the ordinance. Section 3 governs interpretation of the ordinance. Section 4 contains definitions of terms used in the ordinance. Section 5 requires permits to be obtained for short term rental units in Barrett Township. Section 6 outlines the permit procedure. Section 7 contains short term rental unit standards. Section 8 provides for the fees, term and renewal procedure for permits. Section 9 provides for an enforcement officer for enforcement of the ordinance. Section 10 requires inspections of short term rental units. Section 11 governs marketing of short term rental units. Section 12 provides for notices of violation. Section 13 provides that violations of the ordinance are a public nuisance. Section 14 governs violations and penalties. Section 15 makes each owner of a short term rental unit severally responsible for compliance with the ordinance. Section 16 contains an appeal procedure. Section 17 contains a severability provision. Section 18 repeals inconsistent ordinances. Section 19 provides that the proposed ordinance shall be effective five days after the date of its enactment. The full text of the proposed ordinance is on file for inspection and review without charge (or a copy may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof) at Barrett Township's offices at 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. A complete copy of the proposed ordinance has been provided to and may be reviewed at the Pocono Record and the Monroe County Law Library. If any person with a disability wishes to request that special accommodations be made to allow his or her participation, he or she is asked to contact the Township at 570-595-2602, at least one business day in advance to make arrangements. Weitzmann, Weitzmann & Huffman, LLC By: Todd W. Weitzmann, Esquire 700 Monroe Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Dec. 2
The state Senate has passed legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania from $7.25 per hour to $9.50 per hour by 2022, but the move, which now heads to the state House for consideration, does not have universal support.
Raising the minimum wage “will cut off access to work experience for those trying to enter or re-enter the workforce, such as teenagers and former inmates, halting economic progress in its tracks for many Pennsylvanians,” Commonwealth Foundation Vice President & COO Nathan Benefield charged in a statement.
“Instead of pushing counterproductive wage mandates, policymakers should focus on proven ways to boost economic opportunity for all, including enacting commonsense spending limits to prevent tax hikes, lowering Pennsylvania’s extreme corporate tax rate to promote job growth, and cutting licensing requirements so low-income earners can start their own businesses and control their own futures,” Benefield added.
It may not be a record-breaker, but one lucky hunter in Monroe County bagged a mammoth bear to kick off what could be a landmark hunting season on Saturday.
That bear, which was checked in at the Tobyhanna station, currently tops the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s “Largest Bear” list at 813 pounds live weight, and 689 pounds after gutting.
According to game wardens, the bear was taken by a Bucks County hunter in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
The closest competitor, a bear harvested in Luzerne County, weighed in at 747 pounds.
Those bruins are both monstrous additions to what could be a record-setting harvest for the state.
“It looks like we’re just about 1,000 away from the highest season, which was 4,350 in 2011,” Pennsylvania Game Commission information and education supervisor Bill Williams said on Tuesday. “We did have the early muzzle loader season for bears this year, so this is a new arena we’re in. We did have the two-week archery season, the muzzle loader season which ran for seven days, and we also had the junior and senior season that week, too.”
Just a year before that peak season, David Price of Barrett Township took down a record-smashing 879-black bear just north of Fernwood Resort in Pike County. That bruin has not been surpassed since Price harvested it in the 2010 season.
Pennsylvania needs about $5.5 billion to bring the state’s highways, bridges and public transit up-to-date, according to a report released by the House Transportation Task Force, and lawmakers are supporting a path to ease the financial woes.
The Task Force, appointed in July by House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, met with transportation officials, held 35 conference calls with stakeholders and reviewed studies and lawmaker testimony in compiling its 44-page report.
Some of the key takeaways:
The state has faced a long list of funding challenges over the years. Revenues from gas sales have dropped, and the state has lost an estimated $100 million in buying power, according to the report.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale revealed that about $750 million per year of money from the Motor License Fund goes to the Pennsylvania State Police budget.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is saddled with debt after the federal government denied the state permission to place toll booths on I-80. The turnpike raised tolls but is still $13 billion in debt, according to the report. The turnpike has a $450 million annual obligation to PennDOT, but that will drop to $50 million per year from 2022 to 2057.
Rep. Lori Mizgorski, R-Allegheny, said she will introduce legislation that will curb the turnpike’s debt obligation.