Foreclosures hearing Thursday in Stroud Twp.

Rep. David Parker (R-Monroe) has arranged for the Majority House Policy Committee to hold a field hearing on Real Estate Recession, Property Values and Foreclosures, Thursday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to Noon
The hearing will be held at the Stroud Township Municipal Building, 1211 North 5th St., Stroudsburg, and local officials and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

“While most areas of Pennsylvania have seen property values rebound after the latest recession, some areas of the state, like Monroe County, have not recovered and are seeing property values remain at 50 percent less than 2008 values,” Parker said.

“The Policy Committee’s hearing in Stroudsburg aims to take a closer look at this property value crisis, which is leading to abnormally high foreclosure rates and worry among property owners about the future of the market in the area.”

The panel testimony from local elected officials, real estate experts, bankers and credit specialists including John Moyer, County Commissioner, Gary Olson, President ESSA Bank and Trust, Peter Gallagher, Pocono Mountains Association of Realtors and Linda Gerkensmeyer, Integra Home Counseling.

CANDIDATES FORUM—Electing Our Monroe County Pennsylvania State Representatives

The League of Women Voters of Monroe County will hold a forum for the Pennsylvania State Representatives in Districts 115 and 189 in Monroe County on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 10:00 am (doors open at 9:30) at the Hughes Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg.   Four candidates will participate in the forum:  For the 115th district, Maureen Madden (D) and David Parker (R); and for the 189th district, Damary Bonilla (D) and Rosemary Brown (R).
 “The candidate forum is a great opportunity for the community to learn and understand the positions and opinions of candidates running for these state offices,” said Barbara Keiser, president of the local LWV chapter.
During the forum, the candidates will answer questions prepared by the League of Women Voters of Monroe County as well as questions from the audience.
The League is a national nonpartisan political organization formed in 1920, “where hands-on work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement.”  Membership is open to all citizens, male and female, 18 or older.  Further information about joining our organization may be obtained through Fran Ferrari, membership, at 570-856-5655, or Barbara Keiser, president, at 570-992-2981, or

GOP club to meet in West End

The West End Republican Club, meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Cherry's Family Restaurant, located on Route 209 South, Kresgeville, Polk Township, PA. Republican minded citizens are encouraged to join us to Socialize, Listen, Discuss, and Learn. . This month's meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:00 P.M. For those wishing to eat prior to the meeting, arrive by 6:00 PM. For additional information and directions, visit the club's website at, or call 443-326-5100.

Support for families touched by suicide

HALOS-CLC (Hope After a Loved One’s Suicide – Child Loss Chapter) peer support group meets from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Stroudsburg. New participants are asked to call in advance for the exact location.

HALOS-CLC offers an understanding, supportive forum to air questions and feelings about the death of a child of any age by suicide. Find out how others in our position are living with their grief while rebuilding their strength and hope, and finding some peace.

Grandparents and adult siblings are also welcome to attend. Meetings are free and non-denominational.

Pocono Mountain SD invites public to Field Dedication Ceremonies

With the final touches underway on two new synthetic turf multi-sports fields and an improved grass football field for Pocono Mountain School District students, Pocono Mountain SD would like to invite the public to attend the following field dedication ceremonies:

Home of the Panthers Multi-Sports Field Dedication Ceremony – Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 3:45 p.m., on the new synthetic turf field behind the PM West High School on the Sullivan Trail Campus.  This will be an exciting varsity soccer double-header featuring the Lady Panthers vs. the Cardinals followed by the Boys Panthers vs. Cardinals.

Home of the Cardinals Multi-Sports Field Dedication Ceremony – Friday, September 16, 2016, at 6:45 p.m., on the new synthetic turf field at the stadium on the Swiftwater Campus.   The game will pit the Cardinal Varsity Football team against East Stroudsburg North.

Home of the Panthers Football Field Dedication Ceremony – Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 11:45 a.m., on the upgraded natural grass football field on the Sullivan Trail Campus.  The game will pit the Panthers Varsity Football team against Pleasant Valley.  This will be the first home varsity football field played on the school’s campus since the school opened in 2002.

Cardinal and Panther fans are encouraged to show their school pride by wearing their school colors at the dedication ceremonies.

Blakeslee Rotary Fur Ball benefits dog park project

Blakeslee Rotary Fur Ball benefits dog park project

How to stop domestic violence, WH Lions ask

How to stop domestic violence, WH Lions ask
Terry Renninger with a portrait of his late daughter Rebecca

by Ruth Isenberg
Don’t Hit Me
That was the message on the pin guest speaker Terry Renninger was wearing, as he stood before the White Haven Lions Club members and guests at their meeting August 23 at Jack’s Grille. Renninger, from Mountain Top, told the group he has become a speaker, on college campuses and in the community, on the warning signs of domestic violence. Then he explained why.
On June 22, 2009, Renninger found the body of his daughter, Rebecca, shown at right in a modeling photo, in the basement of her home, killed by a gunshot to the head. He had been concerned when she had not called or visited on Father’s Day, and went to find out why.
What he found horrified him, but it did not shock him. Renninger outlined the signs that in hindsight pointed toward a violent outline from the time Rebecca started dating Brian while she was a senior at Crestwood High School. He isolated her from her family, hit her, and convinced her to drop out of school. Despite problems, they married in 2005.
Eventually, Rebecca found a way out and got a job. She moved in with friend, returned to school, and even started modeling. The future looked bright.
Although he had another girlfriend, Brian would not let go. He saboutaged her car, then lured her to the house, telling her he was replacing it for her. Instead, he shot her, then fled to California with a buddy. He was apprehended, but let out on bail. The investigation took almost a year, and when the DA filed charges and police were sent to pick him up, he committed suicide.
Renninger said from that point on, it was his mission to educate young people about dating abuse, and bullying in high school. “Girls don’t know the danger signs,” he said, and neither do parents
To raise awareness, he holds a concert each year at King’s Pizza in Mountain Top. He speaks wherever he can, works with agencies like the Victims Resource Center, and sells Don’t Hit Me buttons, $1 each, with proceeds going toward domestic violence prevention.
Attending with Renninger was his friend Pat Rushton of the Victims Resource Center for Carbon, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. He described resources available to victims, and suggested that the most effective way to prevent domestic violence is to speak up against jokes and comments that seem to excuse domestic violence or portray it as funny. The joke teller may not be an abuser, but someone who hears the comment may preceive it as justification for violence.
Questions and comments revealed both the complexity of the issue, and the degree of concern it generates. Lions will continue to explore the topic, and look for ways to help.


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