Chamber News

Grand Opening for CDD

Posted on November 16, 2009
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the Center for Developmental Disabilities (CDD) of Pike County. CDD is celebrating the opening of their new location at 101 Pocono Drive, Milford, in the PennStar Bank Building. The CDD event also included tours of the new facility and an open house reception.

For more than 30 years, CDD has provided educational, therapeutic, behavioral, and family support services for children with developmental delays and disabilities from birth to kindergarten age. Their grass roots response began with Marion Almquist, a nurse and long-time resident of Pike County, who visited families and helped them access information and services. Over the years, the CDD has evolved into a multi-disciplinary program that currently provides services to over 200 families in Pike County.

The CDD is the only Department of Public Welfare licensed early care and education center that provides early intervention services in Pike County. For further information about CDD programs, services or the wish list, please visit or contact Ann Gillerlane, Executive Director at (570) 296-3992.

November 2nd, 2009

Posted on The Business of the Flu
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with Bon Secours Community Hospital to hold presentations by Dr. Joseph Cirello, titled: “The Swine Flu: Implications on You, Your Staff, and Your Business.”

Dr. Cirello, a Family Physician with Bon Secours Charity Medical Group, will be speaking at the Pike County Chamber November Board meeting to share information and to advise local community business leaders. In addition, a free, half hour presentation will be open to the entire business community and to the general public on Tuesday, November 17th at 10am in the Chamber conference room located at 209 E. Harford Street in Milford.

“Being prepared with knowledge is the first step in protecting your business from the flu,” advises Danielle Jordan, Executive Director of the Chamber. “If a blizzard was expected in our area, the businesses would be preparing themselves. Taking the time and effort to prepare an Influenza Pandemic Plan is no different in protecting your business. Here at the Chamber, we have prepared in case there will be a need for work-from-home strategies so that we can conduct our business remotely.”

“In addition, should the local public health officials recommend social distancing to reduce the spread of the flu, it will tremendously affect the local business community,” continues Jordan, “If the schools and child care programs close, that alone is a huge issue for a large segment of the working population. Many events such as large business-related meetings and community gatherings will also be canceled.”

Jordan also advises, “I’m not sure how to overcome the social awkwardness of this issue, however, the business greeting of a handshake may need to be reconsidered during the flu season.”

Dr. Cirello, a board certified Family Physician, earned his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University, his Medical Degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine and completed his Residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit NJ. Dr. Cirello has recently opened his practice, seeing patients of all ages, at the Bon Secours Health Center, 510 Routes 6 and 209, in Milford, PA. If you would like more information, please contact the Chamber at (570) 296 – 8700.

Joint Pike / Wayne Chamber Breakfast

Posted on December 4, 2009
The Joint Pike / Wayne Chamber Breakfast with our Local State Legislators has been rescheduled for December 4, 2009.

Our Local State Legislators:

Senator Lisa Baker

Representative Sandra Major

Representative Michael Peifer

Representative John Siptroth

Representative Edward Staback

Guest Moderator: George Roberts, TV-13 Senior News Anchor

Date: Friday, December 4, 2009

Time: 7:30am – 9:30am

Where: Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center, Route 507, Tafton, PA

The PA State Legislators will speak about important issues and projects in the counties, with particular focus on matters of interest to the business community. Comments will be followed by a Q & A session.

This event is brought to you in a joint effort by the following Chambers: Hawley / Wallenpaupack, Pike, Southern Wayne and Wayne.

For questions or to reserve a space, please contact:

Pike County Chamber of Commerce

PCCC: (570) 296 -8700

Chamber Networking Event

Posted on October 22nd, 2009
October 22, 2009

From 5p.m. – 7p.m.

At G.A.I.T. Therapeutic Riding Center

316 Foster Hill Road – (off of 7th street)

Milford, PA


$5.00 member $10.00 non-member

50/50 raffle, door prizes, light refreshments

Chamber Networking Event

Posted on September 17th, 2009
Biondo Investment Advisors is pleased to host a Chamber Networking Event and welcome the Business Community to their new location at:
The One 540 Route 6 & 209 Milford PA

September 17th 2009
5pm to 7pm

Complimentary wine & hors d’oeuvres

Catered by: The Waterwheel Café

6pm Remarks by: Joseph Biondo, Sr. CEO & Founder
Limited parking on site, extra parking available at Altec Lansing & Levy, Stieh & Gaughan

$5.00 Members
$10.00 Non-Members

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Sharing the Harvest in Tough Times

Posted on September 14th, 2009
Press Release: For immediate Release: August 17, 2009

Sharing the Harvest in Tough Times

Milford, PA: 100 years ago, farmers in the Pike County area would come together, have a pot luck meal and share their bountiful late summer crop harvest with their neighbors. It was a way for neighbors to come together and help each other out in preparing for the difficult winters.

Today, the same concept is being followed by hosting a town wide food collection for the benefit of our local food pantries. The month long food drive in September will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry, which is a joint effort of: The Good Shepherd Church in Milford, The Presbyterian Church in Milford, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Matamoras, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Milford and The United Methodist Church in Milford. The following businesses are the location sites that are accepting non -perishable food donations during the entire month of September: Bodies In Balance, Dr. Haggerty, Dr. Newmark Chiropractic, Zaleski Optical, Dr. Roebuck – Brace Place, Wachovia Bank, 7th Street Café and Fretta’s.

The highlight of this food drive is the Share The Harvest Benefit Dinner organized by the Milford Business Council, to be held on September 14 from 6pm – 9pm. The Title Sponsor for the Share The Harvest Dinner is the Independence True Value Hardware Store of Dingmans Ferry, which is locally owned and operated.

The Share the Harvest Dinner will be held in the beautiful tented gardens of the Laurel Villa Inn, there will be specialties from over a dozen fine food establishments to bring you a true taste of Milford. Local eateries contributing to this fabulous tasting dinner are: Fretta’s, Hotel Fauchere, Jorgensen’s at The Dimmick, Laurel Villa, The Patisserie, Water Wheel Café. Scrumptious desserts will be by the Milford Dairy Barn and Irene’s Kitchen.

You can mingle and nosh until you drop while enjoying the entertainment by Eric Langberg and a cash bar. Advanced tickets only are $30 each or $50 for two, and are available for purchase at Hare Hollow on 322 Broad Street. Please note that due to high demand, no tickets will be sold at the door.

In addition to the donation of the portion of the 50/50 cash lottery to the Ecumenical Food Pantry, there will also be a 1 Can = 1 Ticket Raffle. For each can or box item that a guest brings to the dinner, they will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes and gift certificates donated by the following local businesses: American Living, Artisans Exchange, Badea & Soul, Black Walnut Inn & Stables, The Craft Show, Denim or Lace, Everything But The Horse, Forest Hall Antiques, Hare Hallow, Harrington House, Judy’s Antiques, Wells Ferry Emporium and Zaleski Optical.

One of the main organizers of this annual event, Kelly Wilson of Hare Hollow, said the following about last years event, “Thanks to the help of many of our local eateries, we were able to collect loads of food to help the food pantry with donations, and help raise funds to support the Lions Club and raise money to promote Milford.”

“Our local citizens support our area businesses and in return our local businesses recognize that they have a citizenship in our community”, stated Danielle Jordan, Executive Director of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. “These businesses recognized a need in the community and they are coming together to assist the food banks in stocking the shelves for the cold winter and to raise funds. It’s just a wonderful effort by all that are involved.”

For a complete “wish list” of food items, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (570) 296 – 8700 or visit

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