Lorraine Gregory receives Barbara J. Buchanan Community Service Award Gregory donates grant award to Milford Community House
Lorraine Gregory (Photo provided)
MILFORD — The Greater Pike Community Foundation presented Lorraine Gregory with its most prestigious recognition: the Barbara J.Buchanan Community Service Award for her years of dedicated community service and philanthropy in Pike County. In addition to being honored for her service, Gregory received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation to direct to the charity of her choosing — the Milford Community House due to her long-time dedication and personal history with the building and its mission. Gregory became a board member of the Milford Community House shortly after her retirement in 1996 from Delaware Valley School District as school nurse at Dingman Delaware Elementary School. She has served as president of the Milford Community House Trustees, 2014-16, during the first phase of the exterior restoration. She has worked tirelessly to help keep the Milford Community House a valued asset in our county. “Lorraine has been a source of wisdom and commonsense for decades, and always has the best interest of the community at heart,” said past board secretary and friend Jane Ridley. Together with her late husband, Randolph “Skip” Gregory, they collected postcards of Pike County for more than 30 years. In 2007, they published a selection of them in a book, "All Roads Lead to Milford." Edgar Brannon, retired director of Grey Towers National Historic Site, said, “This is a story of very special place. The Gregory Collection is unique, and documents more than 2 centuries of life and attractions in an American community.” Matthew Osterberg, President of the Board, said the Milford Community House is "so thankful to have Lorraine as a longstanding board member. Lorraine is an example of selfless service to her home town." Gregory, using her award from the Greater Pike Community Foundation, prepared an exhibit of the Gregory Post Card Collection for the Pinchot Community House Room. “Her gift of this exhibit will show thousands of visitors and residents what a special place this is, and we are grateful for her generosity not just for this, but for hundreds of other acts over the decades," Osterberg said. Gregory's award presentation was made during Greater Pike’s fifth annual dinner at Silver Birches Resort in Hawley to a sold-out crowd. “Skip would have wanted a part of his collection to remain in the community," said Gregory. "I felt this was the right thing to do.” Stop by and visit the Milford Community House, get information on what to do in our region, and see this great exhibit of postcards. Related storyPlease see related story "Skip Gregory's historic photos to grace meeting hall" at pikecountycourier.com.