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Pike Chamber Installs New Directors, Slate of Officers

Posted on January 27, 2021
Pike Chamber Installs New Directors, Slate of Officers

Mission to strengthen business community in light of health crisis, economic hardships

Milford, PA, -- (January 27, 2021) – During a virtual installation ceremony last evening, seven members of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and an honorary director were sworn-in to new two-year terms. In addition, the 2021 slate of officers began their terms dedicated to continuing the mission to help the business community in this time of great need.

“We have come through 2020 stronger as a community and more reliant upon business resources than ever before,” said Cheryl Duquette, President of the Board of Directors of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber stands ready to meet the challenges of the coming year and help our members and community any way it can.”

Duquette* is joined on the Executive Committee by the following board members: Jennifer Passenti (1st Vice President), Katrina Mancini* (2nd Vice President), Cindy DeFebo* (Secretary), Amy Burke (Treasurer), Paul Brislin (Assistant Treasurer), Jessica Black (Past President), Amanda Cykosky*, Laura Quintiliani* & James Hamill* (Non-Officer directors). Davis Chant was also renewed as Honorary Director for 2021 and Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg* was elected to another two-year term on the board ( * denotes recipients of new two-year terms on the board).

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is headquartered at the Milford Community House in downtown Milford. Duquette listed plans for the Pike Chamber in 2021 including:

• Create a network of resources for businesses in Pike County to help support their recovery from COVID-19 shutdowns

• Reach out to our membership to identify the areas of need or support in order to help bridge the gaps in their research, development, or funding opportunities

• Identify the needs of the County to help support bringing in new business to the area
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce works to help its members navigate the changing business landscape and provides resources, marketing opportunities and various networking events to help in that mission. Members of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors represent various industries and organizations throughout the region and are ready and willing to help members succeed.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT on Van Gorders’ Furniture

Posted on December 2nd, 2020
What Makes Van Gorders’ Furniture Unique

This place where we live is a gorgeous part of the world, and at Van Gorders’ Furniture we like to bring the outdoors inside. Unlike the tired old inventory at the typical big box stores, all three of Van Gorders’ showrooms feature a unique mix of lodge-style rustic furnishings that reflect the beauty of nature.

We seek out and bring home unique, quality furniture from far and wide – with a focus on American-made brands. This includes one-of-a-kind works from local artisans.

When you visit any of our 3 showrooms – in Milford, Honesdale and at Lake Wallenpaupack – you’ll enjoy a unique shopping experience. Most importantly, you’ll find a warm and welcoming atmosphere where honesty and straight talk are the gold standards.

Our spacious showrooms offer Sealy Mattress Galleries where customers can test out the newest Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster mattresses. The Honesdale location also features a La-Z Boy Comfort Studio with hundreds of recliners and sofas of all styles and sizes.

For many years now, Van Gorders' has been a premiere dealer of Old Hickory Furniture. If you’ve ever visited the great lodges at many of our National Parks, you’ve likely relaxed in some beautiful and sturdy Old Hickory Furniture. You’ve also probably seen these heirloom pieces in the backdrops of popular shows like Yellowstone and Twin Peaks, helping to set an authentic scene.

Holiday Message

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and this is always a busy time at the stores. Right now, Van Gorders’ Furniture has one hundred La-Z-Boy recliners in stock. By December 25, that number will have dwindled drastically. So please, stop by and say hi. We look forward to seeing you.

History of Van Gorders’ Furniture

It all started way back in 1936, when our great grandfather Ralph Van Gorder opened a furniture business in downtown Honesdale. A natural Dutch trader, Ralph was a born businessman and he did very well indeed. After serving in the US Navy in World War 2, Donald came home to join the family business. Full of energy, fresh ideas and ambition, Don took the store to new heights. Our grandfather transformed the The National Hotel, built in 1868, to the four-story furniture store that it is today.

Fast forward to 1978--Donald and Barbara(Grampy and Baba) opened a brand-new store at Lake Wallenpaupack. Once again, the business grew fast. Our father Scott came onboard to help his Dad. There were boom times, and there were economic downturns, but the business forged ahead.

Then, along came 2014--it's Milford time! We had dreamed of coming to Milford for a long time, and now we're here. Three stores, three brothers. We are the fourth generation, and we are determined to live up to the standards set by the generations before us.


Derek, Dylan, and Max Van Gorder

Pike Chamber Supports Hospice

Posted on November 5th, 2020
KAQ Hospice Celebrates Move with Open House

MILFORD, PA, -- November 2, 2020 -- The Pike County Chamber of Commerce was pleased to attend an open house on Friday, October 9 at the new Milford location of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice at 200 Third Street in the borough.

“We look forward to being a more active and visible member of the community,” said Lee Ellison, Director of Marketing for the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. At the larger facility, the hospice which is also the home of the Milford area Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, will host community education seminars, children’s bereavement workshops, group bereavement sessions and more.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice has served the community since 1980. Julia and Joseph Quinlan, pioneers of the Hospice movement opened the first hospice in Sussex County on April 15, 1980, the fifth anniversary of their daughter Karen Ann tragically slipping into a coma. The hospice started with money donated by the Quinlans from proceeds of a book and television film documenting their experience.

The Hospice expanded into Warren County, NJ on 1988 and in 2008 opened an office in Milford located on 315 West Harford Street. After several years the office relocated to 104 Bennet Avenue and is now housed at 200 Third Street. Hospice is not a place and hospice care is not just about those who are dying. Hospice is a comprehensive kind of care that focuses on living—it’s about living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, up until the end of life.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Sussex and Warren Counties NJ and Northeast PA; please call (800) 882-1117 to reach any services at either office. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is open to hospice families and the community for bereavement support, counseling and educational opportunities; it is located at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For hospice programs, events, and more information at

*Attached is a photo of Julia Quinlan, co-founder and CEO cutting the open house ribbon with Laura Quintiliani, Pike County Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Milford Mayor Sean Strub

Milford Thrift Opens & Cares

Posted on November 2nd, 2020
Pike Chamber welcomes new Milford business

MILFORD, PA, -- November 2, 2020 -- The Pike County Chamber of Commerce was on hand for a grand opening last month at the new Milford Thrift on East Harford Street. The Maltsev family loves nature and the outdoors and have been enjoying coming to the Poconos, Delaware Valley, Milford and Hawley for many years. Their family purchased a property in Dingmans Ferry 11 years ago and they have been visiting on weekends and during the summer ever since.

"Milford Thrift is a family owned thrift store that cares about the planet & our community,” said owner Max Maltsev. “We believe in reusing clothing and other accessories for the better benefit of the community. Our mission is to bring quality clothing and accessories to our community at bargain prices to enable everyone to dress well without worrying about the cost.”

The Maltsevs had a clothing and dry-cleaning business in New York City, but when the pandemic began it devastated their business and their family on a personal level. At that point, they made an easy decision to permanently move to Dingmans Ferry and establish their business in Milford.

“In time, we are hoping to move closer to Milford, and identify other ways of how we can make a living and contribute to this amazing community,” added the owner.

Feel free to stop in to see the beautiful array of items in their building at 214 East Harford Street in downtown Milford or call (646) 552-3728.

Chamber Updates, Distributes Pike County Visitors Map

Posted on July 9th, 2020
Chamber Updates, Distributes Pike County Visitors Map
New map brochures can be found at Milford Community House, various other locations

MILFORD, PA, -- July 9, 2020 -- The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce the new 2020 Visitors Guide Map brochure. This year the Chamber is partnering with the Delaware Valley School District (DVSD) Hometown Heroes banner program.

“Each year this brochure gets bigger and better and includes a walking tour of the Milford banners as an added highlight,” stated Tammy Savarese, Pike County Chamber of Commerce Outreach Coordinator.

The brochure includes the Chamber membership business directory, local history, waterfalls and more. Pick up your copy today at the Chamber office and Visitors Center at the Milford Community house or at one of the many local businesses displaying the map.
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is located at the Milford Community House, 201 Broad Street - Suite #2, Milford, PA 18337.

Remember, if you are a business and want to learn how you can display the map at your business or be in the next issue, contact your Chamber representatives at (570) 296-8700.

Chamber Welcomes New Board President

Posted on July 3rd, 2020
Chamber Welcomes New Board President

Cheryl Duquette brings years of community volunteerism, workforce experience to position
MILFORD, PA, -- July 2, 2020 --​ ​The ​Pike County Chamber of Commerce​ is pleased to​ ​welcome Cheryl
Duquette as its newly elected president of the board of directors. ​Duquette takes the new leadership role after serving as 1st Vice President and as co-chair of the Business Education Committee.

Duquette is the Director of Program Development for Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance where she has been employed since 2012. Duquette is also a graduate of Leadership Wayne and lives at Wallenpaupack Lake Estates. She has been a chamber board member since 2018 and expresses a sincere appreciation to her fellow board members for bestowing trust in her to help lead the Pike County Chamber of Commerce through these challenging times.

“It has always been my passion to connect as many people and businesses to the resources they need to ensure they have the tools to be the best they can be,” said Duquette. “The collaborative efforts of the board, its committees, staff and resource partners will assist businesses of all size and industry.”

"Building relationships with community and business partners is a key principle of the work of the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance. I am confident that Ms. Duquette, in her new role as President of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, will strive to build and grow those relationships and the presence of the Alliance," stated Dr. Joann Hudak, Chair, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance.
Duquette urges members of the business community and the community at large to stop in and visit the chamber office at 201 Broad Street in the Milford Community House or find out more about the services available to members at
About Pike County Chamber of Commerce
In order to support our goals and our 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 by our members provides the funding necessary to continue and expand the many programs and activities that are designed to benefit local businesses, as well as the community.

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