Chamber News

Milford Lights Up For the Holidays!

Posted on December 08, 2010
The cold weather didn't stop the several hundred people from attending the Annual Festival of Lights this past Saturday in Milford. The lighting celebration of the Star on the Knob overlooking Milford and the trees in town added to the ambiance of the start of this holiday season. The Dingman Delaware Choir led by Brian Krauss performed holiday selections as everyone enjoyed hot chocolate, donuts & cookies. Emcee Philly Viscardo led the children in a countdown to light up Milford as to what marks the kick off to the holiday season. 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 being led by motorcycles decorated as reindeer! 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 wishes to thank the businesses and volunteers who helped make the Annual Festival of Lights this past Saturday possible: The Pike County Community House & Art Ridley, the Pike County Public Library & Ellen Shaffner, The Milford Lions Club & Bill Harkness, the Milford Business Council & Adriane Wendell, the Milford Fire Department, Dave Helms & Dave Ruby, Voltron Electric & Ralph, Dunkin Donuts MRD of Milford & Mittal Patel, Bon Secours Community Hospital & Mary Decker, the Dingman Delaware Children's Choir led by Brian Krauss, Delaware Valley School District, The Milford Craft Show, The Harrington House, Hare Hollow, The Artisan Exchange & Mike Gruodis, Wayne Bank & MaryAlice Petzinger,Toni & Maria, Dingman Delaware Insurance Company & Philly Viscardo, Life Behind Bars Store, Linda Peter and her motorcycle reindeers, Paul Brislin, Tammy Savarese and any of the other volunteers and businesses who helped to pull this all together for everyone & made it successful. The Pike County Chamber wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and all of the best for a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!

Wine Tasting with Hors D'oeuvres

Posted on December 11, 2010
December 11, 2010 - 5pm to 8pm

Sponsored by the Hampton Inn & the Women in Business Committee of the Pike
County Chamber of Commerce

($15 includes a complimentary cookbook!)

Snow Date: Dec. 12th

Please bring non-perishable current dated food items

For more information please call 570-296-8700 or 570-491-5280.

Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted on November 10th, 2010
The Frankel Foot & Ankle Center held an Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at its new location at 518 Routes 6 & 209 in Milford, PA. Following a complete renovation of the former site of the Fireworks Depot, The Frankel Foot & Ankle Center offers state-of-the-art services and is proud to be Pike County’s only dedicated foot and ankle facility. Owned by Marc R. Frankel, D.P.M. , a board certified podiatrist, The Frankel Foot & Ankle Center treats the full spectrum of foot and ankle conditions ranging from routine nail care to complex foot and ankle surgery, and offers advanced services including laser for fungal toenails, digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, leg circulation testing, and electronic medical records. For more information or to set an appointment, please call them at 570-409-0123 or visit

Photo – from left to right – Philly Viscardo, Chamber Director and Dr. Marc Frankel with staff and family.

Pike Volunteers Celebrated!

Posted on October 27, 2010
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce recently held the 16th Annual Community Awards Banquet, which is hosted in partnership with numerous service organizations throughout the area. The wonderfully witty Arthur Ridley emceed the event and Dingmans Florist presented flowers to all of the award recipients.

“Volunteers don’t give of themselves for accolades,” stated Danielle Jordan, CEO of the Pike Chamber. “It’s wonderful to acknowledge and celebrate the special people who give so much of themselves to our local community.”

Please help us celebrate the following award recipients:

Terry Finlayson: Pocono Environmental Education Center
Richard St. John: G.A.I.T.
George Edward Moon: The Pike County Developmental Center
Jacqueline Eadicicco: The Pike County Area Agency on Aging
David Swift: Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program
Richard Snyder: Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County
Theresa Johnson: The Milford Garden Club
Laurel Bishow & Frank Morey: Pike County Humane Society
Dotty & Nick Luca: St. Jacobi Lutheran Church
Arthur K. Ridley: Rotary International of Milford – Matamoras
Pat & Ken Corcoran: Pike County Public Library
Susanne L. Wroblewski: Center for Developmental Disabilities
Marie Hawkins: Pike County Advanced Life Support
Carol Markwalter: Pike Chamber - Director of the Year
Hampton Inn of Matamoras: Pike Chamber - Outstanding Business of the Year
Richard Snyder: Pike Chamber - Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

“If you happen to see an award recipient around town, please thank them for what they do,” concluded Jordan. “It’s amazing how much saying thank you can mean to someone!”


Posted on October 18, 2010
Social media can be a powerful tool for all types of small businesses, but understanding how to use it can be challenging for many entrepreneurs. The Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pike County Economic Development Authority are partnering to offer a seminar entitled "Social Media and Your Small Business" on Wednesday, November 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the chamber office in Milford. Participants will find out how to use affordable tools to position their businesses and add to their customer base. The seminar is presented by Keith Yurgosky, manager of internet business at The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center. Yurgosky serves as the center's social media expert and has traveled the country presenting this seminar. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. To register, call 570-296-7332. The University of Scranton SBDC provides confidential small business consulting services to existing businesses and start ups in Pike County at the Chamber/EDA office by appointment only. To request SBDC services, complete the online request at

State Legislative Forum Held

Posted on October 8, 2010
A State Legislative forum was held at the Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant on Friday, October 1st. The legislative panel included Senator Lisa Baker (R-20th), Representative Michael Peifer (R-139th) and Representative John Siptroth (D-189). This joint Chamber of Commerce event was presented by the Southern Wayne Regional, Pocono Lake Region, Pike and Wayne County Chambers of Commerce. The guest moderator for the event was Tim Downs from the Bold Gold Media Group.

This event was open to the public and provided the opportunity to hear first hand state and local updates on legislation. The PA State Legislators each spoke and addressed questions poised from the audience. Discussion of current issues and projects in both Pike and Wayne counties included the proposed severance tax on the gas industry, the state budget and school funding for our area.

All four Chambers of Commerce are grateful to the local businesses event sponsors: Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Hampton Inn of Matamoras, The James Manning House Bed & Breakfast and The Dime Bank.

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