Pike plans bicentennial celebration


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  • Matt Osterberg displays Pike's commemorative coin and calendar marking the county's 20th anniversary. (Photo by Charles Reynolds)




  • Historical society director Lori Strelecki talks about plans for 200th anniversary celebration. (Photo by Charels Reynolds)



— The Pike County commissioners on Wednesday talked about ways to commemorate the county's 200th anniversary next year.

Lori Strelecki, director of the Pike County Historical Society, said the year will kick off with the commissioners declaring Jan. 31 "Zane Grey Day" in honor of the author, considered to be the founder of the Western novel. Grey moved to a farmhouse in Lackawaxen in 1905 and lived there until his death in 1939. He is interred in the Union Cemetery in Lackawaxen. There will also be a birthday celebration at the Columns museum in Milford.

Commissioner Matt Osterberg, who has been working with Strelecki and members of each township, said commemorative coins and a 13-month calendar — one month for each of the 13 municipalities — will be available for sale for $5 each at the administration building. Additional locations may be added later.

A banquet will be held on March 26, with State Sen. Lisa Baker scheduled to speak. The location hasn't been decided, but organizers are considering the Woodloch Pines Resort in Hawley.

Local students will compete in an essay writing and drawing contest. Strelecki said the famous Hiawatha stagecoach, which during the 19th century provided passenger service along the Delaware, will be available for display. For more information, visit www.pikehistorical.org.

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