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Editor's Note:
For those who don't remember, they tried 'outsourcing school bus drivers' in Chattanooga, Tennessee and it made the news in 2016:

Report: Driver Asked Kids ‘Are You Ready To Die’ Before Crashing Bus In Chattanooga

This driver was found guilty in 2018 for the crash, and subsequently charged with statutary rape.  


(Original Article Pocono Record)

Despite Election Day being over, yard signs have been popping up throughout communities in the Poconos over the past couple of weeks.

Community members have been campaigning to drum up support for the transportation staff at Pocono Mountain School District before the school board hosts a public meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to potentially outsource those services.

The signs began to dot lawns and the sides of streets after the district’s school board announced at a Sept. 5 meeting that they would be looking into the possibility of outsourcing transportation services. The transportation department is made up of 150 bus drivers, 35 additional staff and 170 buses. The cost of operating the department in 2017 was more than $15.2 million, according to Wendy Frable, PMSD public relations director.

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Did you know that there used to be a YMCA in Mountainhome?  How about Solar-Way, a Solar Design and Installation Service?  Lots of gems in this old publication.  The old library, Cresco station... a handful of organizations are still open for business in town!  

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE Estate of Patricia A. Haines, deceased Late of Barrett Township, Monroe County 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 months from the date hereof and to file with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the Forty-Third Judicial District, Orphans' Court Division, a particular statement of claim, duly verified by an Affidavit setting forth an address with the County where notice may be given to Claimant. Tracey L. Haines-Qiaquinta, Administratrix c/o Timothy B. Fisher II, Esquire FISHER & FISHER LAW OFFICES P.O. Box 396 Gouldsboro, PA 18424 PR - Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23

By Kevin Conroy

In the mid-1970’s, the Cresco Railroad Station may have been the loneliest spot in the Poconos. The place gave no hint of its past, a roiling past that included as many as a thousand passengers a day, the parking lot jammed with horses and buggies and automobiles that would turn today’s heads. There were fortunes made in trade. Among the thousands of pieces of freight delivered there? Five barrels of pork delivered to Cresco in 1896 from Armour & Co, in 1900 a one hundred twenty-five pound barrel of soap, freight charge 25¢.

Editor's Note:
Why wasn't this guy locked up when he was charged for his prior arrests?  

CANADENSIS — Chester Botch, 49, was charged this week with selling heroin out of his Beartown Road home in Barrett Township after an Oct. 24 incident there.

Botch was placed in Monroe County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail and is awaiting a district court hearing.

[Editor's Note: Unfortunately, the recycling center in Barrett is now closed...]

With recycling and waste programs struggling throughout the region, recent grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be providing much needed relief.

A total of eight Monroe County organizations received nearly $2 million to be used for different types of recycling program and education.

“By providing these grants, we are helping bolster recycling in communities all over Pennsylvania, and reduce the amount of material going into our landfills,” said Patrick McDonnell, Department of Environmental Protection(DEP) secretary.

The state’s DEP announced earlier this month that 195 county and municipal governments would be receiving $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation grants In Monroe County, eight programs received a total of $1,993,805. The grants can be used for recycling and education programs, as well as leaf collection.

Clarification 10/30/18:
This Sheriff's sale is not for the Deer Run property itself.  The property for sale is located north of Deer Run and is owned by Edward Clark ETUX.  Deer Run itself is a separate property and NOT for sale. Sorry for the confusion!  

PUBLIC NOTICE SHERIFF'S SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE By virtue of a certain Writ of Execution (Mortgage Foreclosure) issued out of the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to 4592 CIVIL 2017, I, Todd A. Martin, Sheriff of Monroe County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will expose the following described real estate to public sale in the Monroe County Courthouse, Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 29, 2018 AT 10:00 A.M. PURCHASERS MUST IMMEDIATELY PAY 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE OR SHERIFF'S COST...WHICHEVER IS HIGHER BY CASHIERS CHECK ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground situate in the Township of Barrett, County of Monroe, and State Pennsylvania, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a set P.K. nail in the centerline of Pa. Traffic Router #390, being the road from Canadensis to Sky Top, thence along the centerline of said road North thirty-one degrees forty-six minutes East one hundred forty-one and eighty-seven one-hundredths feet to a point; thence along lands now or formerly of Walter Melnikoff and Deer Run Lodge South seventy-seven degrees East five hundred eight and forty-five one-hundredths feet to a point in line of said Deer Run Lodge; thence along said Deer Run Lodge South thirty degrees fifty-one minutes fifty-one seconds West two hundred eleven and fifty one-hundredths feet to a set pipe; thence along lands of Julius Schratt, et us, the following courses and distances: North, Sixty three degrees thirty-two minutes forty-seven seconds West one hundred sixty and thirty-two one hundredths feet to a set pipe; thence North seventy degrees fifty-nine minutes fifty seconds West one hundred thirty-eight and eighty-three one-hundredths feet to a set pipe; thence South eighty-eight degrees thirty-three minutes thirty-three seconds West seventy-five and thirty one-hundredths feet to a set pipe; thence North sixty-one degrees twenty-seven minutes twenty-nine seconds West one hundred twenty-six and ninety-five one-hundredths feet to the place of BEGINNING. CONTAINING 1.92 Acres more or less. UNDER AND SUBJECT TO ANY RESTRICTIONS OF RECORD. BEING the same property which Thomas R. Arnold and Dayna Waitley Arnold, husband and wife, by deed filed June 20, 2002 and recorded in the Recorder's office of said county in Book 2124 Page 8194, granted and conveyed to Edward Clark and Antonia Peterma-Clark, husband and wife. 426 Skytop Road, Barrett Township, PA 18344 (aka 109 Annies Way) Permanent Parcel No.: 01/6/1/25-1 PIN: 01639900100694 SEIZED AND TAKEN IN EXECUTION AS THE PROPERTY OF: EDWARD CLARK TO ALL PARTIES IN INTEREST AND CLAIMANTS: "All Property Owners' Associations (POA) who wish to collect the most recent six months unpaid dues in accordance with their statutory lien under the Uniform Planned Community Act of 68 PA. C.S.A. 5315(b)(2)(ii) must provide the Sheriff's Office at least two weeks before the Sheriff's Sale with written notification of the amount of the lien and state that "such amount is for the past six months prior to the Sheriff's Sale only." Any sale which does not receive such notification from a POA will not be collected at the time of Sheriff's Sale." A schedule of proposed distribution for the proceeds received from the above captioned sale will be on file in the Office of the Sheriff within thirty (30) days from the date of the sale. Distribution in accordance therewith will be made within ten (10) days thereafter unless exceptions are filed within said time. Todd A. Martin Sheriff of Monroe County Pennsylvania MICHAEL C MAZACK, ESQUIRE Sheriff's Office Stroudsburg, PA Barry J. Cohen, Sheriff's Solicitor PR - Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9

Hi Nate,

I for one do NOT support the continued increase in PMSD administrators' budget when we can't adequately support the bus drivers and other front line workers in the district. If I gave myself pay increases in this economy I would go out of business. Not to mention, they claim to be "saving" money by outsourcing things like transportation which will put the locals out of work. How is it that the community has no say in these matters?

I went to one of the meetings where Robinson's increase was debated, the consensus from most was we can't afford it yet the school board, with the exception of one person voted to approve. I guess we can just keep passing the buck to the taxpayers until the entire district is full of "for sale" signs and foreclosed properties. The only people who will be able to afford the school taxes will be the school administrators. They brag about the minuscule millage decrease but they close down several schools which in my opinion should have DRAMATICALLY decreased our millage. Instead they pass the money on the the admins, give us a few crumbs, and pat themselves on the back.

Original Article:

PMSD defends admin salary increases

With a unanimous vote during a board meeting earlier this month, the Pocono Mountain School Board renewed contracts for four administrators through the end of the 2023-2024 school year.

With incremental raises, those four administrators are expected to make more than $820k during that school year but Board President Rusty Johnson feels it is money well spent.

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