- A new father's perspective - 

Background

My wife and I had planned on having our first baby at home with a private midwife. Unfortunately, we were unable to actually have the baby at home, as my wife required magnesium via IV to keep her blood pressure down. We wound up having the baby in our nearest hospital, formerly known as Pocono Medical Center.  (In January 2017, Lehigh Valley Health Network absorbed Pocono Medical Center, which is the ‘primary’ hospital in the Poconos.  There is now a St. Luke’s hospital in the area but they don’t have a delivery / newborn facility... yet.)

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Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:57

Community Micro-Grids

I recently came across this article about how a particular neighborhood in Brooklyn is creating their own micro-grid.  It can be attached to the main grid, when the power is up, and if the grid goes down, this little micro-grid in Brooklyn can operate on its own, at reduced power.  This would be a great addition to any community.  For the Poconos, how great would it be to set up some hydro-dams that operate in a similar fashion?

Update 7/12/18:
This ordinance was passed at the last night's (July 11) meeting

Clarification:
This ordinance only applies to 'large' fireworks displays (e.g. if you hire a professional company).  All others are regulated by the State of Pennsylvania.  

Pennsylvania's purchases of consumer-grade fireworks are limited to buyers 18 and older, and have usage restrictions, including requiring permission from the property owner, not using them inside buildings or motor vehicles or within 150 feet of an occupied structure.

Further reading:
http://www.psp.pa.gov/public-safety/pages/fireworks-safety.aspx

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 12:11

Blue Ridge completes gigabit rollout

Blue Ridge Communications has completed a 12-month project to bridge gigabit-speed internet to its entire service area, the company announced in a statement Tuesday.

Its top-tier offering now boasts download speeds of 1,000 megabits per second — one of the fastest speeds available to residential consumers in the U.S.

“Our 1 Gig launch represents our commitment to continued investment in our network and infrastructure,” Mark Masenheimer, vice president of operations for Blue Ridge, said in the statement. “We are deeply invested in this region and the people who live and work here.”

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Friday, 01 June 2018 17:18

Mountainhome Professional Center

Coming soon: Co-Working Office Space in Mountainhome / Cresco, PA.  Whether you need a desk and access to a shared conference room, or your own private suite... we build to suit! 

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 17:37

Letter from PP&L re: Smart Meters

Editor's Note: Please be advised that there are health, privacy, and security implications that come along with this new technology!  Below is the actual letter that I recently received from PP&L about new "smart" meters being installed.

Official PP&L Links:

Further Reading:

 

May 11, 2018

In coming months, we will be replacing our electric meter on your property as part of our state-approved plan to upgrade all our customers' electric meters. Your new meter will benefit you in several ways: It will help us improve the reliability of your service by better detecting power outages. And, over time, the new meters will give you improved access to data that will help you manage your energy use. Here's what you can expect during the replacement:

Monday, 21 May 2018 14:08

Regarding Route 447 Paving

5/22/18 - Update:

I was surprised to get a call back from Penn Dot. "Todd" filled me in on the schedule of roads to be repaired...highways first then secondary. He/They know all about 447 and get calls and emails every day.

But he said that should not stop people from logging their concerns.  The whole highway is scheduled for a repaving in 2019.  So let's bombard them.

Click here to submit a "customer concern" to PennDot.  The squeaky wheel gets the grease! 

Tuesday, 08 May 2018 07:50

Barrett Board of Auditors: Vacancy

[Update 5/23/18]
The Supervisors appointed Dina Rinehart to fill the auditor vacancy at the public meeting on Wednesday, May 23.

[Original Article Below]

PUBLIC NOTICE
Tuesday, May 01, 2018

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS TO FILL VACANCY ON BARRETT TOWNSHIP BOARD OF AUDITORS TAKE NOTICE that Barrett Township invites interested applicants to submit letters of interest and resumes to fill a vacancy in the unexpired term of an auditor on the Barrett Township Board of Auditors. To be eligible for appointment, applicants must be electors of Barrett Township and must have resided continuously in the Township for at least one year prior to their appointment. The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall exercise all the powers and perform all the duties and be subject to all the obligations and responsibilities for an auditor under the Pennsylvania Second Class Township Code. Letters of interest and resumes will be received until 4 p.m., local time, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at the Barrett Township Municipal Building, 993 Route 390, Cresco, Pennsylvania 18326. Any letters or resumes received after this deadline will not be considered for the appointment.

The 2016 water quality report from Aqua America is now available for Mountainhome residents.  If your property uses public water, please read this report.  

pdfAqua_Mountainhome_Water_Quality_Report_2016_PA2450039.pdf

Do you enjoy learning about foreign policy but prefer an alternative to TV talk shows where the loudest voice can dominate?  Finding a forum for civilized, informative discussion can be challenging.  But one enlightening and enjoyable option is “Great Decisions”, a weekly discussion series on foreign policy offered by the Friendly Community Center.

In February and March about twenty residents gather weekly to discuss ann important policy topic.  Informative background reading includes a well-written booklet (divided into 8 topics) and a 30-minute video for each week’s topic -- all provided by the Foreign Policy Association.  This year’s topics are as follows: 

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 16:11

Shared Housing And Resource Exchange (SHARE)

DO YOU HAVE EXTRA SPACE IN YOUR HOME?
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME COMPANIONSHIP?
EXTRA INCOME ?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, the SHARE program may be just what you need.  SHARE (Shared Housing And Resource Exchange) is a new housing program being offered in Monroe, Pike and Wayne Counties.  Professional Housing Counselors screen and match people who have extra space in their homes with people seeking an affordable living situation.

If this sounds like a good idea for you or someone you know, please contact:

Monroe County
Ryan Lohman
570-832-0538