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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 02:42

Backyard chickens

Looking to starting your own flock of backyard chickens? We can help with obtaining chicks, coops (we'll help design & build), supplies and can help answer questions...

Is there a fee for your services?
If you only have basic questions about raising chickens, we will do our best to help for free. 
We charge an hourly fee for any hands-on services:  Building the coop, getting supplies, helping... Each situation is different.

Sustainable Source for Chicks (Egg-layers, straight run)
Our LOCAL network of fertile hens can currently incubate over 600 eggs at a time.  Please let us know if you you want to be added to the waiting list for chicks.  (It takes 21 days for them to hatch)

Coop Materials:
Options vary - we can order regular 2x4 material, 3/4" plywood, standard metal roofing, and custom-build a coop using new materials.  We also have sources for locally sawmilled, rough cut, live edge type lumber of varying species.  Coops can also be made from recycled materials like wooden pallets.

Read More:


Edit 4/22/20:

Are backyard chickens allowed in Barrett?

Attached is information pertaining to the Zoning Use H-8, Keeping of Livestock which pertains to chickens.


Original Title: "Monroe County EMS Company Worried It May Run Out Of Money Before Pandemic Is Over"

MONROE COUNTY, Pa. - Like many non-profits during the coronavirus, Pocono Mountain Regional EMS is hurting. 

The first responders serve six communities in Monroe County but say their call volume is down by 25% since the crisis hit, which affects their bottom line.

Thursday, 09 April 2020 19:26

Important Dates: 2020 Primary Election

Visit votesPA.com/ReadyToVote to learn about mail-in voting, new voting systems and how you can get involved. 

Voters can skip the lines on election day with mail-in voting.
Read more about this convenient way to vote: votesPA.com/mailballot 

PUBLIC NOTICE ESTATE NOTICE Estate of AUDREY C. TRANSUE, late of the Township of Barrett, County of Monroe, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Deceased Letters Testamentary in the above named estate having been granted to the undersigned; all persons indebted to the Estate are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims are directed to present the same without delay to the undersigned or her attorney within four (4) months from the date hereof and to file with the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas of the Forty-Third Judicial District, Monroe County, Orphans' Court Division, a particular statement of claim, duly verified by an affidavit setting forth an address within the county where notice may be given to claimant. Pamela A. Sheloski, Executrix 4109 Residence Dr., Unit 512 Fort Meyers, FL 33901 OR TO: CRAMER, SWETZ, McMANUS & JORDAN, P.C. Attorneys at Law By: F. Andrew Wolf, Esquire 711 Sarah Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 PR - April 3, April 10, April 17

PA Department of Revenue

Dear Pennsylvania Taxpayer,

Please see the below update from the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, with an important message about the Pennsylvania primary election.
PA Department of State

Dear Fellow Pennsylvanian,

These are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the Pennsylvania primary election related to COVID 19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while also ensuring access to voting, the legislature, Governor Wolf, and the Department of State worked together to pass legislation to reschedule the PA primary election to Tuesday, June 2.

Friday, 27 March 2020 14:19

1918: Influenza hits Monroe County

By Amy Leiser, Executive Director
Monroe County Historical Association

The influenza virus has been in existence for thousands of years. Since humans began domesticating livestock and living alongside them, the flu has been an illness that has plagued our species. Greek philosopher, Hippocrates, first described flu symptoms 2,400 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1933 that the influenza virus was correctly identified in humans by scientists and researchers Christopher Andrews, Patrick Laidrow, and Wilson Smith.

There have been documented epidemics and pandemics of the influenza virus for hundreds of years, but the Influenza Outbreak of 1918 was the worst on record. During the Spring of 1918, mild cases of the flu were reported across the globe, but by autumn of that year, the flu virus had hit pandemic proportions all over the world. The 1918 flu, also known as The Spanish Flu or La Grippe, killed an estimated 50 million people. By comparison,16 million people died during World War I. Individuals who caught this particular strain of the flu deteriorated quickly; some died within 24 hours of contracting the virus.

Looking out for our customers We’re facing this public health challenge together. Here are some of the things we’re doing to look out for our customers during this coronavirus pandemic.

Delivering on our core mission Our homes, health-care facilities and grocery stores need reliable electricity to keep moving during this crisis. Powering our communities remains our number one responsibility.

Rest assured, throughout this crisis and beyond, we’re working every day to maintain a strong, resilient and reliable power grid. You need us to keep your lights on, and we’re here for you. And we’re doing it safely by limiting direct interaction between our employees and customers and respecting social distancing at all times.


Offering assistance to customers in need

If you can’t pay your bill during this crisis, we will not cut off your electric service. We’ve also waived late payment charges for all customers, effective March 16, 2020.

Beyond that, a variety of payment assistance programs are available if you’re struggling to pay your bill during this time.

  • OnTrack offers a lower, fixed monthly bill and debt forgiveness for customers who are income-eligible.
  • Operation HELP is a fund supported by our company, employees and customers. It provides grants to help eligible customers pay their heating bills. We’re happy to say that our PPL Foundation recently donated an extra $500,000 to Operation HELP.
  • LIHEAP is a federal program that provides cash and crisis grants to eligible customers. It’s open through April 10, so there’s still time to apply.
  • Budget billing can smooth out your payments so they’re consistent and predictable throughout the year.
  • We may be able to set you up with a payment arrangement to split up past due balances into installments.

Learn more and apply for assistance  

Registered voters can sign up today at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

For more voting information in the state of Pennsylvania, visit: VotesPA.com

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously agreed Tuesday on a plan delaying the primary election until June 2 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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