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Pike’s Tick Borne Diseases Task Force Receives Award

At the awards dinner Tick Borne Diseases Task Force members: Pike County Commissioner Ronald Schmalzle, Kelly Stagen of Hemlock Farms Conservancy, Task Force Chair Rosemarie Schoepp of Kids Play Today, Pike County Commissioner Matthew Osterberg, Dr. Cathleen Mattos of Dingmans Medical Center, Task Force Liaison Brian Snyder of the Pike County Planning Office, Jill Gamboni of Rep. Michael Peifer's Office, and Michele Long of the Pike County Conservation District. Photo contributed.

MILFORD ― Pike County’s Tick Borne Diseases Task Force received an Environmental Partnership Award from the Northeast Environmental Partners on October 24 during a dinner held at the Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre.

The Tick Borne Diseases Task Force is an initiative of the Pike County Commissioners. The task force is focused on decreasing the number of tick borne illnesses by building community awareness through education, support and advocacy. The award recognizes the Task Force for its strong partnerships with numerous organizations to raise the level of awareness and education regarding ticks and tick-borne diseases through school nurse tick removal protocols, legislation, and testing.

The Northeast Environmental Partners is comprised of Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.

Meetings of the Tick Borne Diseases Task Force are held on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at 10:00 a.m., at the Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad Street, in Milford.

New members are welcome. Due to the holidays, the next Task Force meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 5 at the usual time and location.

For more information about the Tick Borne Diseases Task Force contact Community Planner Brian Snyder at bsnyder@pikepa.org or 570-296-3569.

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