Letter to the editor. Endorsing Osterberg, Schmalze

| 15 Mar 2023 | 04:05

    Dear Citizens of Pike County,

    My family is proud to have been part of this beautiful area for many generations both as community members and previous owners of a long-time established business (Apple Valley Restaurant & Village). This letter is our full endorsement of Matt Osterberg and Ron Schmalze for re-election to the Pike County Commissioner’s Office.

    We have known Matt Osterberg for over 40 years. Matt’s love for Pike County, PA has never faded over the years. It has actually grown and can easily be seen through his many accomplishments that have strengthen the county.

    Both Matt Osterberg and Ron Schmalze have supported and assisted Pike County families and businesses in many ways over the years, but the one thing that stands out is the relieve they provided during the COVID Pandemic. Unfortunately, during Covid most businesses struggled significant financial hardship - a struggle that did not just effect the business owners but the employees, therefore, our community members. We can contest as a previous business owner that we were truly scared on a daily basis that we might lose our family business after 55 years.

    However, Matt and Ron showed their hard work and devotion to our business and many other businesses in Pike County by giving assistance that with no doubt kept community members on the payrolls and off of the unemployment line. Their quick reaction & effective actions to the pandemic economic hardship enabled businesses to survive in a highly tourist dependent area. Their economic plan allocated significant funds to assist our local businesses which in turn supported the Pike County, PA economy as a whole.

    Matt Osterberg and Ron Schmalze our truly focused on supporting & improving Pike County, PA. We urge the people of Pike County to re-elect both of them at this upcoming election as their pride in the job & ability to get things done for your benefit has been continually shown. Their priority is “Pike County First”!


    The Metzger Family