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If I understand correctly, the reason bus drivers cost the school district so much money is the medical benefits package that applies not to both the bus driver and their family.  


COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Outsourcing may be the result of a bus contract dispute in the Pocono Mountain School District.

Negotiators for the union that represents the district's bus drivers have decided that outsourcing to a private bus company called First Student is the best option for drivers who have been working without a contract since July.

"I don't really agree with it, but hopefully, the district has everyone's best interest in mind. I think it was fine the way it was and there really wasn't a reason to change it," said parent Amber Rascona.

According to the school district, outsourcing would eliminate proposed salary cuts and offer drivers more affordable health care options. It would also save the district millions of dollars a year.

When you first walk into the Mountainhome Deli & Cafe, it’s the signage, cozy fireplace and decorations that catch the eye.

Owner Ray Cawolsky, who opened the business in 1993, takes great pride in the eatery’s inviting atmosphere.

Even though he’s got a storage unit and a laundry room overfilled with holiday decorations — Halloween is his favorite and locals look for the infamous witch who visits every year hoagie in tow — it brings a smile to his face knowing that the young and old alike enjoying visiting his second home.

“Great adventures are best spent with great friends.” I am not sure if anyone has ever stated this quote but these words quickly came to mind after a recent bald eagle excursion spent with my best friend Ron Dickey. I asked Ron, a resident of Barrett Township, if he would be interested in joining me on a preliminary scouting trip in search of wintering bald eagles along the Delaware River and surrounding watershed. The reason of the scouting trip was to determine when to schedule Bald Eagle auto tours that were available for the guests of Skytop Lodge. However, after several successful seasons, Skytop Lodge is now offering these bald eagle auto tours to the general public. If fact, anyone who is interested in sending a few hours with me in search of majestic bald eagles on an entertaining and educational wildlife adventure might consider the opportunity.

Paint a rain barrel for display at a business in Mountainhome or for your home.

A "Green" Community Project Administered by Brodhead Watershed Association

  • We will recruit business sponsors for barrels.
  • We will choose the winning designs for business display.
  • Barrels delivered at end of April.
  • Painted barrels installed late June/ early July 2020.
  • We provide the rain barrel and a stipend to cover artist's costs if barrel is for public display.
  • You provide the design.
Saturday, 18 January 2020 20:12

Propane Prices - January 2020

Just a quick FYI to anyone who uses propane to heat their homes - I just got pricing today from local propane suppliers and found Heller's Gas to be the best price at $1.14 / gallon.  This was for a delivery of 300 gallons.  

The highest price was $1.99 / gallon.  It pays to own your tank and price shop each fill!  

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE Estate of KEVIN JOSEPH CONROY, a/k/a KEVIN J. CONROY, late of the Township of Barrett, County of Monroe, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Deceased Letters of Administration in the above named estate having been granted to the undersigned; all persons indebted to the Estate are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims are directed to present the same without delay to the undersigned or her attorney within four (4) months from the date hereof and to file with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the Forty-Third Judicial District, Monroe County, Orphans' Court Division, a particular statement of claim, duly verified by an affidavit setting forth an address within the county where notice may be given to claimant. TRACI J. CONROY, Administratrix P.O. Box 404 Canadensis, PA 18325 OR TO: CRAMER, SWETZ, McMANUS & JORDAN, P.C. Attorneys at Law By: F. Andrew Wolf, Esquire 711 Sarah Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 PR - Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31

Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:02

PUBLIC NOTICE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE (2020)

PUBLIC NOTICE REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE Notice is hereby given that the 2020 regular meetings of the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors will be held at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Regular meetings are scheduled as follows: on second Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. (Feb. 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9) and on fourth Wednesdays at 8 a.m. (Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Dec 23). 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 Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Barrett Township Solicitors P - Jan. 15
Thursday, 16 January 2020 14:50

PUBLIC NOTICE WORK SESSION SCHEDULE (2020)

PUBLIC NOTICE WORK SESSION SCHEDULE Notice is hereby given that the 2020 work session meetings of the Barrett Township Board of Supervisors will be held at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326, on the third Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Work session meetings are scheduled as follows: Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16. 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 - Jan. 15

PennDOT Maintenance Forces will patch potholes on PA 390 between PA 447 and and the Pike County line, imposing lane restrictions 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Friday.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program is now accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors.

The 2020 application period is open through April 1. This year, both growers and processors of hemp are required to apply. The permitting of processors is new for the 2020 program. Each individual property will require its own permit and application. A permit costs $150.

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