Chamber News

Van Gorders' Furniture recently opened a new showroom

Posted on November 3, 2014
Long time Pike County Chamber member Van Gorders' Furniture recently opened a new showroom in historic Milford, Pennsylvania to complement its locations at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack and downtown Honesdale.

The Milford showroom at 321 Water Street features a Sealy Mattress Gallery and a selection of traditional brands along with unique rustic and lodge furnishings, which are a Van Gorders' specialty.

"We're bringing a longstanding business to town, and we feel welcome already," says Proprietor Scott Van Gorder. "We've fallen in love with Milford and expect to be here a longtime."

Van Gorders' is a 4th-generation family-owned business that began in 1936 when Ralph Van Gorder founded it as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange within a sprawling four-floor historic landmark that was originally the National Hotel, and has stood at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets since 1865.

Since that time, the business has grown and changed with the times. In 1978, Don Van Gorder opened a modern second showroom on Route 6 at beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack. His son Scott joined the business and brought a distinct focus on lodge- and Adirondack-style furnishings that reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Catskills and Delaware River Highlands.

Scott's three sons Derek, Dylan and Max have since entered the business, and in October of this year Van Gorders' Furniture expanded into its third showroom in Milford. "We have staying power, a unique product mix, and an honest approach to business," adds Scott.

Through more than 75 years in business, however, some things have never changed such as a caring and knowledgeable professional staff with many years of valuable experience. Every team member at Van Gorders' Furniture is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience, which means being helpful without being pushy, just like the old days.

For more information visit or call the Milford showroom at 570-296-9610.



Pictured at the Grand Opening of the new Milford, PA showroom are local business leaders with members of the Van Gorder family, from left to right: Max, Sarah, Derek, Jackson, Beth, Dylan and Scott; Pike County Commissioner Karl Wagner, Bill Cohen of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg, and Gina Ehrhardt of Representative Mike Peifer's office. In the forefront, cutting the ribbon, is Greg Van Gorder.

Pike County Chamber Celebrates the Grand Opening of Peebles Department Store

Posted on November 3, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce was on hand to celebrate the Grand Opening of Peebles Department Store in the Westfall Town Center. Area dignitaries such as Pike County Commissioner Matt Osterberg, Matamoras Mayor Janet Clark and PA Governor Tom Corbett’s Regional Office Director Harry Forbes spoke and welcomed Peebles to the County.

Peebles is thrilled to bring Pike County shoppers a new department store. Peebles is excited to hire store associates and bring new jobs to Pike County and anyone interested in joining the team can apply online at This marks the 200th Peebles store to open nationally and the 35th store in Pennsylvania. Customers will discover Peebles brings recognized brands, style and value together with exceptional customer service to create an enjoyable shopping experience. Popular brands that Peebles offers include Nike, Levi’s, Dockers, Carters, Jockey, Skechers, U.S. Polo Association and Nautica.

All Peebles customers can apply for a Premier Rewards credit card and receive special shopping privileges, including a $10 Payback Reward for every $250 charged on their Peebles credit card. Peebles offers other great perks like Club 50, which provides 20 percent off purchases every Tuesday for members age 50 and over. To honor active, inactive and retired military, Peebles provides a 15 percent military discount every day.

“Pike County shoppers deserve a hometown store that delivers exciting fashion and well known national brands of clothes, shoes, cosmetics, accessories and home decor. Peebles is that store,” said Michael Glazer, president and CEO of Stage Stores Inc., the parent company of Peebles. For more information visit or visit the store.

20th Annual Community Awards Banquet

Posted on November 3, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce held its 20th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, October 24th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras. It was hosted by the Pike County Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.

Twelve non-profit organizations were on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does in our community. The following people were honored: Pamela Lutfy by Delaware Valley School District, Volunteer Tom Vistosky by Dingmans Medical, Maryann Riedl by Grey Towers Heritage Association, Ann Marie Catalano by Milford Garden Club, Lee Ann Camarero & John Bell by Milford-Matamoras Rotary Club, Georgiana & Bob Ehrlich by Pike County Area Agency on Aging, Sue & Doug Jacobs by Pike County Developmental Center, Theresa Rocco by Pike County Hands of Hope, Betty Hague by Pike County Public Library, Diana Becker by Pocono Environmental Education Center, Madeline Ragin by Safe Haven of Pike County and Alice Molampy by Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Agency.

The Pike County Chamber itself presented two awards: Chamber Director of the Year to Simone Palmer of the Dime Bank and Outstanding Business of the Year to Progressive Health of PA.

The Chamber wishes to thank Art Ridley, Carol & Peter Markwalter and Judy Shay and her staff at The Riverview Inn who helped make this another successful Chamber event. If you wish to learn more about the honorees and their organizations, please contact the Chamber office at (570) 296-8700 for the program booklet that was handed out that evening.

The Pike County Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Newly Appointed Directors

Posted on September 15th, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce welcomed six newly appointed Directors to the Board recently. The new Directors are Michele Baehr, Derek Bellinger, Jack Boyle, Michael Sokoloski, Dr. Gina Vives and Jody Welsh.

Michele Baehr is the Executive Director of the American Red Cross covering Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties. She is active in the Rotary Club of Stroudsburgs, Red Cross and her church.

Derek Bellinger is the Lords Valley Branch Manager of NBT Bank. Derek comes from Wayne County and is involved with Wayne/Pike CEF and is a Sunday school teacher at his church.

Jack Boyle comes from the Middletown Community Health Center that recently opened in Milford and he is the Senior Manager of Development. Jack is part of the Association of Development Officers, Association of Fundraising Professional & Past President of the Westchester-Fairfield Chapter of Public Relations Society of America.

Michael Sokoloski is from Bayada Home Health Care and is the Community Liaison covering Pike and Monroe Counties. Mike is a Board member with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging Board Member, the Bayada PAC Board and the River Valley Senior Provider Group Board member. Mike is also an ALS liaison for Bayada, an ACS “Coaches vs. Cancer” Committee member and is part of the Alzheimers Memory Walk.

Dr. Gina Vives is the Director of Curriculum & Technology at the Delaware Valley School District. Dr. Vives is a member of the International Society for Tech. in Education, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, PA Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, PA Association for School Administrator and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

To round off our new group is Jody Welch. Jody is the Owner of Two Ladies Cleaning Service which covers the PA, NJ & NY areas. Jody is an active member of A.B.A.T.E. of Pike County and works with members of the Matamoras Recreation planning events. Jody won the 2012 Top 20 under 40 Business Leaders.

The Pike County Chamber is proud to welcome this exceptional group of business leaders to its Board of Directors and we look forward to new and exciting opportunities for local business that these new additions can help with. Pike County Chamber President Paul Brislin expressed excitement welcoming the new members to the Board and thanked them for their future volunteer time and contributions they will be making the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and our community.

“Our organization is led by some of Pike County’s top professionals who understand that connecting with customers is the key to growth in today’s strongly competitive marketplace” stated President Brislin. For more information on the Pike County Chamber of Commerce please visit

Pike County Chamber of Commerce Membership

Posted on August 29, 2014
Are you a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce? No? Why not? Membership has it's privileges! We are coming into the busiest time of year for the chamber. Become a member, take in all that membership has to offer and see how you can become a more visible person and promote your business in our community! Visit us at to view our upcoming events, view our new member benefits, and download a membership application.

Pike Chamber Helps Recognize Areas Top Volunteers

Posted on August 19th, 2014
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce is holding its 20th Annual Community Awards Banquet on Friday, October 24th at The Riverview Inn in Matamoras, PA. It is hosted by the Chamber in partnership with the Service Organizations throughout the area.

The Awards Dinner is held each year to provide a forum to honor those volunteers and volunteer organizations throughout the community whose vital contribution adds so much to the quality of life in the Pike County area.

This year approximately 10 non-profit organizations will be on hand to honor their own and to showcase their commitments toward the worthwhile work that each does. The Pike County Chamber will present the Volunteer of the Year award.

The price of the dinner is $30.00. The deadline for reservations is October 17th and can only be made by calling the Chamber office at 296-8700. We can not accommodate walk-ins. The evening’s festivities begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 6:30p.m.

Come out and help us honor the volunteers of Pike County and support these very important organizations. There is a program book that everyone gets and still has ad space available.

If your organization would like to recognize your top volunteer and would like to join us, please contact Lee Ann at 570-296-8700 before September 12th.

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