Chamber News

Milford Twinkles With Lights!

Posted on December 7, 2009
The snow falling added to the ambiance of the annual lighting celebration of the Tree and Star on the Knob this past Saturday at the Community House. The Reverend Ben Willis from the First Presbyterian Church in Milford said an all inclusive prayer and the Dingman Delaware Choir performed holiday selections as everyone enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies. Emcee Matt Dorcas led the children in a countdown as simultaneously at 5:30pm, Milford's Mayor Quinn presided over the official Knob lighting and Milford Lion Bill Harkness presided over the town tree lighting. Then you could hear the crowd cheer as the Milford Fire Department gave Santa Claus a first class ride into town on a fire truck with the sirens and lights on! Santa Claus had a wonderful time listening to the children's holiday wishes and gave them all candy canes. "The children of Milford have been especially good this year!" said a jolly St. Nick. "Please be sure to leave me milk and cookies for when I came back on Christmas Eve!"

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is grateful to the following for assistance in this wonderful community holiday event: The Milford Business Council, The Town of Milford, The Milford Community House, The Pike County Library, The Milford Fire Department, The Artisan Exchange, Wayne Bank of Milford, Matt Dorcas from Bold Gold Media Group, Rev. Ben Willis from First Presbyterian Church in Milford, The Dingman Delaware Choir and special guest Mr. David Helms.

Holiday Party POSTPONED

Posted on December 8, 2009
Due to tomorrow's bad weather, The Pike County Chamber is RESCHEDULING our Holiday Party to Tuesday, December 15th from 5p.m.-7p.m.

Holiday Tree and The Knob Lighting

Posted on December 5, 2009
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce announces that the annual lighting of the Holiday Tree and Star on The Knob will be held on Saturday, December 5, starting at 5 p.m. at the Community House / Library on the corner of Broad and Harford Streets. Come and see the thousands of twinkling white lights in the trees along the streets of historic Milford decorated by the Milford Lions Club. Members of the Milford Business Council will provide hot chocolate and cookies and the Dingman Delaware Choir will be performing holiday selections.

Simultaneously at 5:30pm, Milford’s Mayor Quinn will preside over the official Knob lighting and Milford Lion Bill Harkness will preside over the town tree lighting. Then the moment that each child looks forward to as Santa Claus arrives in town on a Milford Department fire truck to listen to their holiday wishes and give them candy canes.

The retail shops and restaurants along Broad and Harford Streets as well as the Old Lumberyard, Upper Mill and Apple Valley will be offering huge specials, holiday sales and discounts during the evening and will be open until 9pm. The businesses will also be decorating as they compete for the title of “Best Holiday Display” in the Chamber’s first holiday window decorating contest, assuring that window shopping is more delightful than ever! The Chamber is asking all businesses to turn lights on by December 2 and to be a part of the community lighting ceremony. For more information contact or (570) 296-8700.

Local Volunteers Recognized

Posted on November 23, 2009
Local Volunteers Recognized

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held its 15th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, November 20th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras. It was hosted by the Pike County Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.

Thirteen non-profit organizations were on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does. The following people were honored: Lena Fitzpatrick for Bon Secours Community Hospital, Gail Blau-Kalman for Center for Developmental Disabilities, Gary Rusnack for G.A.I.T. Therapeutic Riding Center, George Hill for Pocono Environmental Education Center, Julie Ewald for Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, Monica McVitie for Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Johanan Bickhardt for Pike County Choral Society, LizAnne Samuelson for Pike County Developmental Center, Rachel McKean for Pike County Economic Development Authority, Arnold Green & Fabio Disla for Pike County Health Fund, Kathy Varkados for Pike County Humane Society, Matt Walsh for Pike County Teen Alcohol & Drug and Joan Woda for Safe Haven of Pike County.

The Pike County Chamber presented three awards: Chamber Director of the Year to Matt Dorcas of Bold Gold Media Group, Outstanding Business of the Year to the Biondo Investment Advisors and Outstanding Volunteer of the Year to Mrs. Ronnie Biondo.

Bottom row(from left to right) - Lena Fitzpatrick, Bon Secours Hospital, Monica McVitie, Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Gail Blau-Kalman, CDD, LizAnne Samuelson, PCDC, Kathy Varkados, Pike County Humane Society, Joan Woda, Safe Haven, Danielle Jordan, Pike Chamber.

Center Row – Ronnie Biondo, Volunteer of the Year, Rachel McKean, Pike County Economic Development Authority, Fabio Disla & Arnold Green, Pike County Health Fund, Matt Dorcas, Director of the Year,

Back Row – Julie Ewald, Milford/Matamoras Rotary, Johanan Bickhardt, Pike County Choral Society, Matt Walsh, Pike County Teen Alcohol & Drug, George Hill, PEEC, Joe Biondo, Jr. – Business of the Year.

State Legislative Breakfast

Posted on November 18, 2009
Updated Press Release: For immediate Release: November 18, 2009

State Legislative Breakfast

A State Legislative Breakfast will be held at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Friday, December 4th at 7:30am. This legislative update is presented by the Wayne County, Southern Wayne Regional, Hawley – Lake Wallenpaupack and Pike County Chambers of Commerce. This joint chamber event is open to the public and is an excellent opportunity to hear first hand about the issues that affect the area where we live and work. Updates of the state budget will be presented and a limited amount of questions will be taken from the audience. The legislative panel will include Senator Lisa Baker, Representative Sandra Major, Representative Michael Peifer, Representative John Siptroth and Representative Edward Staback. The guest moderator for the event is George Roberts, TV-13 Senior News Anchor.

The Healthy Workplace Awards will also be presented by all four of the participating Chambers. Sponsored by Blue Cross NEPA and ChamberChoice, the recipients are the Woodloch Pines Resort for large business and The Himalayan Institute for small business.

The sponsors for this legislative event are Boucher and James Inc., The Dime Bank, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center and Stephens Pharmacy. The cost for a ticket is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Reservations are highly suggested and can be made by contacting the Wayne Chamber of Commerce at (570) 253 – 1960.

Joining Together To Help

Posted on November 13, 2009
The United Way of Pike County and the Pike County Chamber of Commerce are collaborating in a joint effort to raise awareness and collect food during this holiday season, which will be donated to local food shelters. In addition to can and non-perishable food items, personal items such as: toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo and toilet paper are also being encouraged.

"Hunger is a community wide problem that is not that visible," said Christine Obser, President of the United Way of Pike County. "By joining the efforts of our organizations, we hope to help more local people."

You can help this holiday season by donating at any of the following locations in the Milford area: The United Way located at 105 W. George Street, The Pike Chamber of Commerce at 209 E. Harford Street and the Pike County Human Development office on 107 W. High Street. The Chamber will also be collecting items at the Holiday Tree lightening on December 5th at 5pm at the Community House in Milford and at the Chamber Holiday Party at the Hotel Fauchere on December 9th from 5-7pm. To have large donations picked up contact the Chamber at (570) 296-8700.

In addition, donations can be made online at With the Online Food Drive, the food banks can obtain items that they need and can also stretch your dollars by purchasing overstock and closeout items. In many cases, they can buy over four times as much as you can at the grocery store for the same money!

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