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Friday, 28 February 2020 15:43

2020 Census: Why is it important?

$675+ billion in federal public funding
The Census determines how much funding each state receives for the next 10 years.

Pennsylvania receives $26.8 billion each year
That’s $2,000 per Pennsylvanian (per year).

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Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services (PMREMS), a nonprofit organization, would like to first thank you for last year’s support. Your membership and donations truly make a difference. Last year, PMREMS responded to over 6500 emergency calls showing an increasing need for our services. As call volume increases, so do operating costs which include building and vehicle maintenance, equipment purchases, and training classes for our medical professionals. To help offset these costs and continue to give the quality of care you deserve, we turn to our community for help.

On Sunday, Worthington State Forest in New Jersey went up in flames. Worthington State Forest is on the “Jersey side” of the Delaware Water Gap and is home to Mount Tammany, where the brush fire claimed more than 80 acres overnight.

The cause of the brush fire, which started in the afternoon, has not yet been determined as of Tuesday. The New Jersey Herald reported that the fire was fueled by leaf litter and “dead and down fuel,” and dead hardwoods, which were killed by gypsy moth caterpillars. Officials cited that the mountain side is typically covered by at least two feet of snow this time of year.

In Pennsylvania, our wildfire season begins in March and lasts until May, before the risk rises again in the fall.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:22

PPL Trimming Notice March 2020

Important Notice: 
Based on the Davey inspection, tree crews contracted by PPL will be in your area in the near future to perform this important work at no cost to you.  


  • ALICE refers to three descriptors of people who aren’t in poverty, but still have difficulty covering all basic needs: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
  • The ALICE measure is necessary because the Federal Poverty Level “is no longer a realistic measure of financial hardship in households across each county in the U.S.,” the report said.
  • Barrett Township "ALICE" rate is 54 percent


Editor's Note:
This article mentions the "low unemployment" rate but don't let the numbers fool you: a person is only considered unemployed if they are actively seeking work.  If they haven't applied for a job in a given period of time, they are no longer considered "unemployed" but rather "outside the labor force."  This is how they are able to say that the unemployment rate is so low.  


Original Article:

About one-third of Monroe County households are above the poverty line, yet earn less money than the local cost of living.

Between that and the 7 percent of Monroe County households in poverty, 41 percent of all households struggle to some degree to meet basic expenses, according to the United Way of Pennsylvania’s 2019 ALICE report. (The data in the report is from 2017.)

Monday, 24 February 2020 12:37

PUBLIC NOTICE: Blasting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE BLASTING SCHEDULE Notice is hereby given that the following blasting schedule shall apply for the Bill Barry Excavating Incorporated Quarry (also known as the Cresco Quarry) on Quarry Lane in Barrett Township, Monroe County, PA. Blasting will be conducted during daylight hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., at which time guards will be posted to limit access. Horn warning signals for blasting will be as follows: Pre-blast warning: At least one minute but no more than two minutes prior to detonation a warning signal of three blasts, each lasting about five seconds, will be given. Post blasts: After the blaster-in-charge has determined the blast area is safe, the blaster-in-charge will sound an "all clear" signal, consisting of one long blast, lasting approximately 10 seconds. All horn warnings should be of sufficient power to be heard from a distance of 1,000 feet from the blast site. Certain conditions may cause a blast to be conducted outside the scheduled hours, such as rain, lightning and other atmospheric conditions, operator safety or public safety. Bill Barry Excavating Inc. 174 Quarry Lane Cresco, PA 18326 P - Feb. 23

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Our Appropriations hearings focused on concerns with overspending and mismanagement in the current year’s budget. The House Appropriations Committee kicked off this year’s budget hearings by questioning administration officials about their actual funding needs for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $36 billion budget, which represents a spending increase of more than $2 billion over the current year’s enacted budget. Nearly $1 billion of that increase is the result of the administration’s overspending in this year’s budget. This week, our committee met with officials from the departments of Revenue, Aging, State, Military and Veterans Affairs, Corrections, and Labor and Industry.

ALLENTOWN — A missing Barrett Township man has been found deceased in Allentown, according to the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.

Kevin Cummings, 37, was pronounced dead the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 20, by a deputy coroner. He was in a wooded area along Jordan Creek, near West Hamilton Street and South Fourth Street.

Starting March 2nd, 2020
Will be closed for approx 120 days
Both directions will be closed

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in our elections will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.

Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. You may register online or in person at your county courthouse up to 15 days prior to an election, which is April 13.

You may apply for the mail-in or absentee ballots here.

For the first time voters may choose to cast their ballots by mail for any reason.

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