Expert in historic buildings to restore old library

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  • The Milford Community House (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Paul Labounty and Peter Rushton of the Tree Commission (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

  • Vanessa Palma received permission for the "Lift One Million Pounds" CrossFit event coming to St. Ann’s Park on July 11.

  • Pete Cooney speaks during the borough meeting (Photo by Frances Ruth Harris)

In other borough news

Tree Commission — Paul Labounty and Peter Rushton of the Tree Commission reported progress with identifying and labeling trees in the borough. A commission member has visited each tree, they said. They asked citizens to look at the new Tree Maintenance Guide that provides tips on tree selection planting and pruning. Getting the right tree in the right place just became easier. Here’s the fact-packed guide online:
Secret Garden Tour — Elderberry Alley will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, for the 24th annual Secret Garden Tour fundraiser, with proceeds going to the beautification of the borough.
Unhappy with farm market — Resident Pete Cooney called the Milford Farmers Market that recently started its season at the Grotto restaurant “a big party at my expense.” He says it’s really a flea market and “like a comedy show,” with people cutting through his property and turning access to his driveway into a nightmare. Cooney wants the rude and disruptive behavior to stop, the loud music to quiet down, and the animals that have been appearing at the market gone. Borough officials said the market did not complete the conditional use agreement and may be ticketed.

By Frances Ruth Harris

— Mike Maruszewski, a contractor who specializes in historic buildings, won the contract to restore the exterior of the Community House, at the intersection of Harford Street and Route 6.

Work will begin on July 1, Richard Pendranti of the Route 6 Scenic Program told Milford Borough officials at their meeting last week.

The Pinchot family — Gilford and Cornelia Pinchot and Amos Pinchot and Ruth Pickering Pinchot — gave their former homestead to the Milford community on July 1, 1924. It most recently served as the Milford branch of the Pike County Library and is now a meeting place.

The borough will next focus on updating the interior to accommodate the latest technology, and doing preliminary interior work so that the building can be restored to use as soon as the exterior work is complete. This includes remodeling the rest room and the Historic Cyril Pinchot Reading Room while adding an exterior visitor contact station.

The historic public meeting room will be made available to organizations who will partner with the Community House to provide long

term care and maintenance of the house itself.

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