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September 19, 2014
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Pike Public Library moves ahead

MILFORD, PA — Rob Rohner, president of the Pike County Public Library, told the Pike County Commissioners last week that the library has all its funding in order—$2.5 million in grants.
“We intend to break ground this October,” he said.
The grants will only pay for the building and not the essential equipment, like chairs, tables, file cabinets, shelving and other. “That amount – around $500,000 – will be raised by the Friends of the Library,” he said. “We feel that now that the community sees that we are a viable board with local representation, the community will pitch in.”

Reidy to become interim extension director

LIBERTY, NY — Lydia “Lee” Reidy will become an interim executive director for Sullivan County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) for the next six months. Reidy is now the executive director of the Ulster County Cornell Cooperative Extension, and plans to spend three days a week at the Sullivan office, while maintaining her position in Ulster.
The extension has made several unsuccessful attempts to get a permanent new executive director in recent years, leading to what the extension’s 2010 report described as a “rollercoaster” path.

“During the next six months, we’ll be evaluating staff, programming and board functions, and making recommendations… to increase efficiencies,” Reidy said. She will also investigate the possibilities of grant funding, as she has already done in Ulster, in the face of dwindling government funding.
Reidy is familiar with the Liberty area, having summered there as a child and more recently as an adult with family.