CDBG funds awarded

- The Wayne County Commissioners moved to award $194,693 in funds to local projects and to move forward with establishing a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ).

The commissioners made their recommendation for nine projects to be funded by the upcoming Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This came during the second CDBG hearing held after the commissioners regular meeting.

The list of applicants awarded funds are:

• Paupack Township: $20,000 for Ammerman Road.

• Berlin Township: $10,000 for the Municipal Plant.

• Waymart Borough: $15,000 for the playground project.

• South Canaan Township: $14,650 for ADA restrooms at the township building.

• Hawley Borough: $15,000 for a playground/park project.

• Clinton Township: $35,000 for paving Marion Street.

• Pleasant Mount Community Center: $20,000 for energy conservation measures.

• Wayne County Historical Society: $15,000 for Lock House ADA work.

• Wayne County Commissioners: $50,043 for the Honesdale Footbridge connecting Riverside to Court Street.

The commissioners also decided to move forward with submitting an application to make the Sterling Business and Opportunity Park a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ).

A KOZ is an economic development strategy by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). To be eligible to become a KOZ, the zone must be comprised of an area of at least 10 acres in rural areas, or 20 acres in urban areas. A KOZ is designed to entice new development where there was very little, or no, activity prior.

Commissioner Brian Smith said the establishment of a KOZ at the Sterling Business and Opportunity Park will be the first in Wayne County.

"We need to be competitive to attract business," he said, with approximately 190 acres being submitted to be designated as a KOZ.

Ice cream month

The regular meeting also had Brea Rutledge, a Wayne County Diary Maid, present to discuss the importance of diary in Wayne County. The commissioners were also happy to declare July "Ice Cream Month" throughout the county.

In Wayne County, "there are approximately 65 active diary farms," Smith read in the proclamation, "producing approximately 92,000,000 pounds of milk per year." The total value of milk income for just one year is around $20,332,000.

Smith went on to state that around 85 percent of farm revenue produced by dairy farms stays within the county, resulting in an economic and business impact.

After the proclamation, the commissioners participated in a sundae building contest in Central Park in Honesdale to take on the Wayne County Dairy Court.

Other business

• Olivia Clause was approved to serve as a youth representative on the Children and Youth Advisory Board from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

• Sealed bids were opened for the installation of an elevator in the old courthouse. One bid was received from Grimm Construction for the amount of $482,421, which was higher than the estimated cost. No action was taken on the bid.

• Merel Swingle, a Salem Township Supervisor, was appointed to be a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Here's the scoop!

The following was received from the Wayne County Dairy Court.

On Thursday, June 20 the Wayne County Commissioners declared June Dairy Month and July Ice Cream Month in Wayne County.

On hand to receive the declaration from the commissioners was Wayne County Dairy Maid, Brea Rutledge.

Commissioners Brian Smith and Wendell Kay commended Brea on her public speaking skills and thanked her and the court for the work promoting the dairy industry in our county.

Smith, who is also a farmer, spoke of the importance of the industry to the county and the country.

Following the regular business meeting, the commissioners met Brea in Honesdale's Central Park to compete in a giant ice cream sundae making contest. Helping Brea out was committee member Courtney Swendsen.

Although the commissioners made an nice ice cream creation, Brea and Courtney completed their sundae first and the public voted it the best in show! Ice Cream was served by the commissioners and committee members to the public. It was a great way to celebrate Dairy Month and welcome Ice Cream Month.

Poetry contest winners

In May, before school was let out for the summer, court members Dairy Ambassador Zoe Buckingham and Dairy Maid Brea Rutledge visited the Wayne County Dairy Committee Poetry Contest winner for 2013 and class. We are pleased to announce that Maeleigh Eldred, who attends RD Wilson School submitted the winning entry this year. She won a dairy prize basket and her entire class was treated to an ice cream party. Congratulations! Here is Maeleigh's poem: Ice Cream Ice Cream Ice cream, ice cream such a treat. The yummy texture can't be beat. It cools me off on a hot summer day, After I've been outside to play. Chocolate and sprinkles taste so good. They top ice cream like toppings should.

This poetry contest is an annual event open to all third graders in Wayne County. Students are invited to enter through their classroom teachers. Dairy Maid Abigail Hynes is bringing you this month's summer cool down recipe-

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

5 lg. Strawberries, 1/2 c. banana, 2 c. ice, 2 oz. plain yogurt and 8 oz. cold milk.

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick and smooth. Pour into a 16 oz. glass. Top with optional whipped cream and chopped strawberries. Enjoy!