June 15, 2022 – 

On June 14, 2022 members of the Monroe County Drug Task Force executed drug raids at the Roadway Motel on Broad Street in Delaware Water Gap. After receiving information from multiple sources, detectives learned that AMANDA PETRIZZO, 36, of Cresco, BOBBY YOUNG, 39, of Kunkletown, ROBERT BENJAMIN, 39, of Henrvyille, and SHANNON WHEATON, 77 of Delaware Water Gap, were selling drugs, specifically heroin, methamphetamine and crack cocaine out of the hotel.

4-year-old Kenzie Moore's dream came true Saturday when the community rallied together and made him an honorary firefighter.

MARSHALLS CREEK, Pa. — Climbing up the steps of the fire truck is just one of the many things firefighters at the Marshalls Creek Fire Company have to do on a regular basis.

And it's one of the many things 4-year-old Kenzie Moore of Cresco got to do on Saturday as first responders got together to grant his Make-A-Wish to become a firefighter.

Original Title:
Auditor General DeFoor Releases Audits of 36 Municipal Pension Plans in 19 Counties

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HARRISBURG – Auditor General Timothy L. DeFoor today announced the release of audit reports for 36 municipal pension plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Bucks, Cambria, Clearfield, Crawford, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Snyder, Tioga, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming and York counties.

Editor's Note:
Last week, I reached out to Dollar General HQ to inquire about the status of our local store, because the rumor I'm hearing is they did not obtain a proper permit from PennDOT for the entrance off Route 390:

Here is the response from Dollar General Public Relations:

Hi Nate, Thanks for reaching out! DG is currently under construction on a new location at 967 PA Route 390 in Cresco, PA. At this time, a store opening is slated for summer 2022 but understand that construction progress may alter this date. Please feel free to check back with us on a periodical basis for updates.

Source: Pocono Record

Let there be light!

As the smoke from the incense lingered, a loud applause filled the worship space when the votives were lit and the lights turned on.

It was all part of the Dedication Mass at Most Holy Trinity Church in Cresco held Sunday and led by Bishop Joseph Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton.

A never before seen sketch of a decades old murder suspect is finally being distributed to the public. 52-year-old John Leonard Sr. of Cresco was killed on September 8th in 1970. It happened around 2:30PM at the Buck Hill Falls Hotel in Barrett Township -- which has since been demolished after falling into disrepair. Leonard was the taxicab driver of a black 1966 Plymouth Sedan for Mick's Taxi Service. He was called to the hotel where a white man with dark hair and approximately 30 to 40 years old approached the vehicle. Leonard was later found in the sedan dead with multiple gunshot wounds. Police say Leonard had five children at the time. He was a World War II veteran. And was an active member with the VFW and his community. If anyone has information on this crime-- you're asked to contact state police at Stroudsburg.

This photo of Skytop Lodge has special meaning for me. It is, first and foremost, the first place I saw fireworks as a kid. We lived down in the valley but every year would go and park along the golf course with other locals to watch the show. At that time, outsiders were not allowed in the gate especially for the fireworks! During the Second World War, the roof of the Lodge was used by plane spotters...my Dad was one....and later, when we were having troubles with the "Russkies", the skywatch was continued and I volunteered to take a shift...four hours? A bonus was to spend quiet time on that roof looking at the sky and the beautiful valley before me. I never saw any "enemy planes" but I did learn how to enjoy quiet time and enjoy my surroundings....a real gift for an "itchy" teenager. I soon left the Poconos for college and my grown up life. But that bit of responsibility coupled with the beauty of my home town has lived with me a very long time. It shaped my devotion to public service and a life of volunteering in other larger pursuits.

Earl Rose
Palm Springs, California

Skytop Lodge is one of the United States’ most traditional yet luxury accommodations.

Not only does it offer a fantastic all-inclusive package, but Skytop Lodge is also a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Skytop Lodge opened its doors in 1928 and has been welcoming guests since!

Friday, 06 May 2022 15:58

Sample Ballots: May Primary (2022)

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Your current rate:  8.941¢/kWh

Default/price to compare rate as of 6/1/22:  12.366¢/kWh

via the Library: Thanks to a grant from the R. Dale & Frances M. Hughes Foundation last year, we were able to install security cameras at the Library which now makes it possible for us to host a drop box. 

Monday, 02 May 2022 14:05

Going out on a limb for Arbor Day

This Arbor Day, Ike Olson of Keystone Tree Specialists is paying it forward, helping save a nearly 100-year-old gray birch tree at the Skytop Lodge.

Author: Amanda Eustice (WNEP)
Published: 4:04 PM EDT April 29, 2022
Updated: 4:04 PM EDT April 29, 2022

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. — Skytop Lodge in Barrett Township has thousands of trees on its property, but not all are state champions, nearing 100 years old.