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Delaware First Township In Pike To Require Sewage Maintenance Plan

Pike County Dispatch, August 16, 2012
By Lisa Mickles

DINGMANS FERRY — In an effort to protect the township’s drinking water and inform residents on the importance of maintaining their on-lot sewage systems, the Delaware Township Supervisors approved Pike County’s first municipal-wide On-Lot Sewage Disposal Maintenance Plan.

At a public hearing held last Wednesday, Sewage Enforcement Officer Chris Schlegel outlined the new ordinance that establishes regulations concerning the maintenance of all on-lot sewage disposal systems, requires septic pump haulers to register with the township, and allows intervention by the township when it comes to public health and safety issues relating to sewage effluent entering groundwater.

“Everyone will now have to be their own septic treatment operator,” said Schlegel.

The township had no choice in the matter since the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), as part of its new regulations, required the plan to be in place in order for the township to get approval of its Act 537 sewage facility plan, which had not been officially updated through DEP since 1976.

“We are looking to have every septic tank inspected once every three years through a sludge judge test,” said Schlegel.

Most septic systems built within the past 20 years consist of a buried tank to capture solids and grease, and a drain field for disposal of the remaining liquid. On-lot systems, in order to function properly, are required to be pumped out regularly to avoid malfunctions and prevent untreated solids from entering the groundwater supply.

A sludge judge test is a long tube that is entered into the septic tank, which shows how much sludge is at the bottom of the tank. If the tube is more than a third full, the tank should be pumped. As a safeguard, homeowners have the option to appeal the hauler’s decision, in which case, the township will be contacted and can double-check the readings. Haulers found to be falsifying readings will no longer be certified.

The township will be divided into three separate districts. District One would consist mostly of homes north of Silver Lake Road, which are the private communities of Birchwood Lake Estates, Traces of Lattimore and Pocono Mountain Water Forest. For District Two, communities south of Silver Lake Road such as Old Marcel Lakes Estates, Pocono Mountain Lake Forest, and sections residing in Delaware Township of the Pocono Mountain Lake Estates will be included. The main section of Wild Acres, the largest private community in the township, would be in District Three.

Schlegel said there are approximately 1,200 homes in each of the districts, noting that some sections of private communities might overlap into other districts.

Once the plan is implemented, notifications will be sent out to each of the homeowners, starting with District One, with a timeline for completion (April through October), a list of acceptable haulers, and a form to be filled out and submitted to the township.

Park Moves Into High Gear This Summer

 Pike County Dispatch, August 2, 2012                                                                                                             

CORRECTION - Free concert featuring J.T. Carter & Leona will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Delaware Township's Akenac Park

Delaware Township Announces the Launch of New Website

Delaware Township Announces The Launch of New Website 

Dingmans Ferry, PA – Thanks to Delaware Township’s new website, which officially went live on June 8th, 2012, residents and staff of the area now have streamlined, virtual access to the Township’s latest news and events.
The new website makes a variety of detailed information more accessible to the public, including offices, resources, forms, and Township news and events. Residents can find information regarding the area’s parks and recreational events, view the Township’s monthly calendar, and even access and review minutes from public department meetings. Links to social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, keep residents updated regularly through smartphones as well as computers, while important forms and applications will soon be available for easy completion and submission online. The area’s quarterly newsletter, Townships Today, is also available for download.

One of the most interesting and promising aspects of the Township’s website, however, is the Local Directory page, which freely promotes all companies or individuals doing business in Delaware Township. Businesses are invited to create a login and password, update their company’s profile, and advertise their services offered in the area, with no payment required.

“We’ve waited a long time to build a proper website for the Township,” said Tom Ryan, Chairman of the Delaware Township Board. “Now everything that is available in the Township office can be accessed on our site, which will make our residents’ lives a bit easier. We’re thankful for that.”

The launch of the website, which was designed by the Niki Jones Agency of Port Jervis, NY, offers a modern design with user-friendly navigation. “I am so pleased to have launched this website,” said Niki Jones, President and CEO of the Niki Jones Agency. “Delaware Township is a beautiful gem in Pike County with a long history, and I am glad to have provided its residents a corner on the Web to call their own.”

The new website can be accessed at To register for the Local Directory, please visit the website, click on “Local Directory,” then “Business Directory,” and follow the simple instructions. For more information on Delaware Township, please contact 570-828-2347.  

Historic Film Presentation Huge Success at Akenac Park

                                       (photo by Lisa Mickles)

Historic Film Presentation Huge Success At Akenac Park

Pike County Dispatch, July 26, 2012

Over 1,000 people attended the free historic movie trilogy Saturday evening featuring the new production, produced and edited by Dennis Lee of Tribute New York Production "Dingmans Ferry Americana," which highlighted missing film footage of sev­eral families from the 1930's to 1950's who visited and Jived in Dingmans Ferry. Pictured from left, the vintage, video-footage protectionist Ted Mervine, Lee and Tom Witter, the man instru­ mental in searching for the film for over 50 years that he recalled being videoed as a young boy.


Dingmans Ferry Movie Trilogy Offers Trip Down Memory Lane

Dingmans Ferry Movie Trilogy Offers Trip Down Memory Lane

By:  Lisa Mickles

July 19, 2012 Pike County Dispatch

DINGMANS FERRY — A free historic movie trilogy highlighting Dingmans Ferry should bring about the memories of simpler times when fun was a community activity and helping neighbors was a common occurrence.

If you want a potent symbol of the former Dingmans Ferry before the Tocks Island project, come to Akenac Park, off Route 739 on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. for an outdoor screening of three short movies highlighting the formidable town.

The three films, directed and produced by New York Film Producer Dennis Lee of Tribute New York Productions, will last about an hour and a half, and will delight people of all ages. Two of the films have already been shown to the public at different venues but the most recent production highlights the life and times of several families who made their way each and every summer to what was once called Shepard’s Corner, located at the intersection of Route 2001 and Silver Lake Road.

Lee, who produced the remarkable film using old 16 mm footage from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, said the film took almost a year to complete after viewing more than eight hours of reel-to-reel footage that sat in a basement for more than half a century.

“The historic value of the films is priceless,” said Lee, noting how most of the buildings that made up the hamlet of Dingmans Ferry are no longer in existence after the federal government proposed back in 1950 to begin acquiring, often by condemnation, land to construct a lake and dam, which never came to fruition, now part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The story on how the movie idea germinated is just as interesting as the film itself.

Longtime Dingmans Ferry resident Tom Witter had been searching for decades for 1950’s video footage of the community marching down Silver Lake Road at the annual Easter Parade.

After searching for decades, Witter one day broached the subject to fellow native Ted Mervine and asked him if he knew of any film that highlighted the parade that he recalled being filmed so long ago.

That is when Mervine told him… sure he did. The stacks of reels have been sitting in his basement for the past 50 years along with footage dating back to the 1930’s. You see, Mervine, was one of the projectionists back in the 1950’s along with his uncle, who took the earlier footage.

After coming across the historical find, Witter contacted Lee and asked if he could transfer 8 hours of 16 mm film to video to preserve the film. Lee said that when he first reviewed the film using an old projector, he was constantly worried that the 50-year-old bulb would burst. He knew right then and there the importance of preserving the film depicting some of the history of Dingmans Ferry... for complete story, get this week's issue.


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