Chamber News

Pike County Chamber Installed New Directors and Executive Officers for 2012

Posted on January 27, 2012
On January 24, 2012 the Pike County Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Installation Breakfast and General Membership Meeting where they inducted the new Directors and installed the new slate of Officers for 2012. Newly installed Chamber President Philly Viscardo gave an overview of some upcoming changes and new goals for the coming year.

The ceremony and breakfast was held at Mount Haven Restaurant in Milford. Attorney John Stieh installed the Chamber’s Executive Committee: Philly Viscardo, Dingman Delaware Insurance, President; Aileen Kolvenbach, Pike County Light & Power, 1st Vice President; Simone Palmer, The Dime Bank, 2nd Vice President; Lee Oakes, Secretary; and Paul Brislin, EA, Treasurer.

Geraldine Dziak, Milford Health & Wellness Center, Erwin Guberman, CellularOne of NEPA, John Hollister, Rodgers, Olver, Polley, Inc., and Barbara Wortmann, Sussex County Community College were inducted as new Directors; Davis R. Chant, Chant Realty, Beth Nikles, Nikles Realty and Ken Winters, Eastern Propane were inducted as Honorary Directors and Adriane Wendell, Harrington House as the Milford Business Council Representative.

Those new Directors join the existing Board of Directors who represent other area businesses and community representatives: Amy Bridge, The Milford Journal, Mary Ann Butler, Times Herald Record, James Campistrous, J-Angelo Event Planning, Coulby Dunn, Mountain View Homes, Eric L. Hamill, Esq, David Hoff, Wayne Memorial Hospital, Kathy Hummel, Tish Leizens, Our House Publications, Ed Nikles, Sr., Ed Nikles Custom Builder, and MaryAlice Petzinger, Wayne Bank.

The mission of the Pike County Chamber is to accelerate business growth in Pike County, Pennsylvania, by representing business in promoting economic development while preserving and enhancing our community’s quality of life, by providing value-added programs and benefits to promote membership and to help members achieve success and by building partnerships and coalitions for business to effectively work with community, government and educational organizations in the shaping of public policy.

In order to continue to carry out that mission, the Chamber continues to search for ways to provide more, complete and up-to-date information, services, and benefits to Chamber members and the community. Becoming a Chamber member will provide an individual or business with benefits and advantages only offered to members. The annual investment fees of members provide the funding necessary to continue and expand the many programs and activities that, which are designed to benefit local business as well as the community.

For more information about joining the Pike County Chamber of Commerce please call 570-296-8700, or visit

Photo 1 – (from l-r Beth Nikles, Barbara Wortmann, Dave Chant, John Hollister, Erwin Guberman & Adriane Wendell. Photo 2 – (from l-r Executive Committee Paul Brislin, Lee Oakes, Simone Palmer, Aileen Kolvenbach and Philly Viscardo.)

Pike County Chamber To Hold Annual Installation Breakfast & General Membership Meeting

Posted on January 10th 2012
On January 24, 2012 the Pike County Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Installation Breakfast and General Membership meeting where they will induct the new Directors to the Board and install the new slate of Executive Officers for 2012. The newly installed President will also give a brief overview of what to expect and some goals for the coming year.

The ceremony and breakfast will be at 7:30a.m. at Mount Haven Restaurant in Milford, PA. The public is invited to attend. The fee is $17.00 for Pike Chamber members or $20.00 for Non-members. Reservations are required so please R.S.V.P. by calling 570-296-8700 or e-mailing to by January 18, 2012. The Chamber hopes to see many of the local community people and businesses attend.

For more information about joining the Pike County Chamber of Commerce please call 570-296-8700 or visit

Pike Chamber Helps Celebrates Grand Opening of New “Hip” Store in Dingmans Ferry

Posted on January 5th, 2012
It’s the Vanilla Pig! The story begins here… On one hot summer day two women joined forces and found themselves dancing in the kitchen to 70s music. With flour in their hair and their moo-moos on, they laughed and became the “Sistas Yum Yum Treats”. This adventure lasted one Saturday. After selling all of their coffee cakes, they found themselves wanting to do more. So they decided to try their hand at crafting and give their inner creative side a way to bust out. After packing up the car with all of the crafts, they would travel to craft fairs and flea markets. This got old real fast and the quality of their crafts went unappreciated. Thinking out of the box, they began discussing the possibilities of finding a home for their lonely crafts. This would give them the opportunity to invite other local artists, and make one big happy family. It didn’t take too long for them to find that special place.

The “For Rent “sign jumped out at them and when they saw the little yellow cottage they knew that this was the beginning of what was going to be The Vanilla Pig. When entering The Vanilla Pig you are hit with a wonderful aroma and your eyes will wonder. They have over twenty local artists working with all different types of medium. There is quilting, glass work, knitted hats, copper jewelry, pottery, chocolates and much more. And let’s not forget that The Vanilla Pig has their crafted items for sale! Along with the Artsy stuff there is recycled house ware items, vintage ornaments and a lot more! At The Vanilla Pig their saying is “OINK FOR AN ARTIST”

Things move around and change at The Pig, it’s never a boring stop! The owners will take donations of house ware items such as small furniture, dishes etc. It’s also their practice TO BUY your stuff, because they are not a consignment shop. Artists and Crafters they welcome you to contact them; they are always looking for a unique, creative hand. However there might be times when they are not accepting merchandise. Please call and never just drop off items at their door. In January of 2012 The Vanilla Pig will be hosting workshops and Birthday parties.

The Vanilla Pig believes in supporting local non-profit agencies and charities. Every two months they will select a different organization to donate to. This month the chosen recipient is The Holy Trinity Food Pantry on Silver Lake Rd. in Dingmans Ferry. With the economy in the dumpster they have found themselves feeding 85 families which are about 350 people or more. It’s been very difficult for the pantry to service these families with all the government cut backs. The “donation Pig” is always in the store if you feel like helping out those in need this winter just stop by.

The dream has become a reality and the proprietors of The Vanilla Pig hope you enjoy their shop as much as they do. They want to throw out a special Thank you to all those who assisted in the creation of The Vanilla Pig! The Pike County Chamber of Commerce along with family and friends helped celebrate the Grand Opening last month and invites everyone to check out The Vanilla Pig is located at 1818 route 739, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328, (570) 828-oink (6465). Email- You can also visit their facebook page.

GAIT TRC of Milford Celebrates New Logo

Posted on January 5, 2012
GAIT TRC of Milford Celebrates New Logo

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce, supporters along with the staff of GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center located on Foster Hill in Milford, PA, unveiled the new sign with the new logo, Thursday, December 15th. Signs-on-Anything created this for GAIT TRC encompassing their new logo, name alteration, and affiliation with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International organization, PATH Intl. The sign will be hung at the entrance of the GAIT facility.

The Executive Director and representatives from the Board of Directors, volunteers, staff, and horses were all present for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Tri-state Chamber of Commerce, both of which GAIT TRC is a member, to help commemorate this day. This ends the celebrations of GAIT’s 16th year and begins the future of GAIT. These past 16 years have been challenging with moving horses and programs to Milford from Montague in 1998, the barn-destroying fire in 2005 and the purchasing of its current property in 2004. But through it all GAIT has sustained itself through grants, fundraisers, and donations from people who know that the horse can bring joy, organization, and a sense of freedom and independence to people with special needs.

As GAIT heads into its 17th year of operation in this area with its 9 horses, 3 instructors, 4 staff, 7-member board and over 100 (!) volunteers, we invite each of you to our Gala event coming up on September 22, 2012. Please watch for more information in the up-coming year. If you are interested in giving a year-end donation to GAIT, please contact us at 570-409-1140. Donations are tax-deductible. You may also visit our website, and “like us” on facebook.

In the photo:

"Beau" is the name of the horse. His breed is a "paint horse".

People from Left to Right:

Gigi Kratzke, Administrative Assistant for GAIT; Sandy Stalter, GAIT TRC Board Member; Martha Dubensky, Executive Director and Founder of GAIT TRC; Jen Ewald, Volunteer;

Miriam Siegel, GAIT TRC Board Member and Treasurer; Deborah Fischer, GAIT TRC Board Member; Ed Walthall, Volunteer; Luisa Weinstein, GAIT TRC Board Member.

Pike Chamber Holiday Networking Event

Posted on December 9, 2011
The Pike Chamber's Holiday Networking Party which is sponsored this year by Pike County Light & Power Company and will be held on December 15th at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Cost is $5.00 for Pike Chamber members and $10.00 for non-members which include complimentary appetizers, cash bar, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Everyone is welcome to bring your friends and business associates along with plenty of business cards and take advantage of this event to network your business, organization or upcoming event! You will have many chances to make new contacts and get more business no matter what industry you are in. Making those important face to face contacts at this festive holiday event is a powerful and affordable marketing technique that can help your business grow.

For further information contact the Chamber by e-mailing or calling the Chamber office at 570-296-8700.

Pike Chamber Holiday Event for Kids Now FREE!

Posted on December 9, 2011
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that a local business contacted the Chamber after seeing the initial article of the Holiday Ornament Event for kids in which the fee was suppose to be $7.00 per child. In keeping with spirit of the holiday season, James Campistrous of J-Angelo Event planning said they would sponsor the event so that every child that wanted to attend and make an ornament would be able to join the fun and parents wouldn't have to worry about another cost involved! The Chamber is very grateful to J-Angelo Event Planning for this generous sponsorship.

The Women in Business Committee of the Chamber is holding the Holiday Ornament Decorating event on Sunday, December 18th from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Best Western Inn in Matamoras. Thanks to J-Angelo Event Planning, all children can attend for FREE and can come into the festive atmosphere of holiday music and decorations, pick out a pre-made ornament and decorate it anyway they wish with the assortment of crafty ideas. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts or Uncles can now take a little time out of their busy holiday schedules and make the little ones feel special while crafting an ornament for their own tree or as a gift! The kids can sing along to their holiday favorites while doing their craft, having milk and cookies and then while their project is drying, they can sit and visit with Santa to let him know how good they've been all year and take pictures before they go! Reservations are suggested. Also collecting donations of new hats, gloves, scarves and socks for local kids in need.

For further information contact the Chamber by e-mailing or calling the Chamber office at 570-296-8700.

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