Sean Strub has been involved with the Milford Enhancement Committee since 1999, including overseeing the annual Welcome Party since its inception. Sean has served as Mayor of Milford since 2016, is on the board of the Greater Pike Community Foundation and Pike Artworks, Inc. (Milford Readers & Writers Festival) and helped launch the Black Bear Film Festival, Milford Music Festival and Opera! Pike! Park!
Eileen Smith has been active in the community since moving here in 2018. Serving as vice-chairman, she oversees various duties for the MEC including the Community Clean Up. Eileen also serves on the board of Grey Towers Heritage Association and co-chairs the GAIT TRC Advisory Council.
Yana Montau-Thatcher has been a resident of Milford Borough since 2009 and has loved Milford for much longer. After retiring from a successful career in the insurance industry in 2019, she and her husband Dale decided to focus their energies on helping their community thrive.
Maureen is a fairly new resident in Milford Borough, but already firmly established here with a strong affection for the Borough and its residents. You’ll often see her walking with her husband enjoying the proximity of the Borough to DWGNRA and Gray Towers, or volunteering at events in town and at St Patrick’s church.
Adriane Wendell has been part of the MEC since moving to Milford in 2008 after retirement from 29 years in the telecommunications industry. She successfully ran the Harrington House B&B in Milford for 12 years and also served on numerous boards including the Chamber of Commerce, Black Bear Film Festival, Historic Trust of Pike County, Milford Borough Council and Milford Presents.
Luke Turano is married to his best friend, Krista, and together they have two wonderful daughters - Mackenzie and Charley. They moved to Milford in 2016 and allowed their roots to grow. Luke owns and operates Turano Insurance & Financial, and is whole-heartedly dedicated to the community.
The mission of the Milford Enhancement Committee is to preserve and enhance Milford's invaluable heritage and special character for the benefit of residents, businesses, and visitors by investing in streetscapes in the Borough’s commercial district and public spaces, improving the connection between Milford Borough and its natural environment, and facilitating greater volunteerism and civic engagement.
The Milford Enhancement Committee seeks to create a more attractive and pedestrian-friendly community through improving sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs, pedestrian lighting and landscaping, particularly in the Borough’s commercial district and near and in its parks.
The Milford Enhancement Committee also works to strengthen the connection between Milford Borough and its natural environment, by creating pedestrian walkways, hiking and biking trails to the Delaware River, the Glen, Sawkill Creek, The Knob and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
We will pursue these efforts through the cultivation of partnerships with local governmental and non-profit organizations and the promotion of meaningful community engagement and participation.
Founded in 1999 by Richard L. Snyder as the Milford Square Enhancement Committee, with an initial focus on the intersection of Harford and Broad Streets that over the years has expanded to include all of Milford’s commercial districts and public spaces.
Since its founding, the MEC has completed many projects in the borough, totaling more than $7 million in improvements through the end of 2020. No county or borough tax dollars have been spent on the MEC’s work; all of the funding has been raised privately or from government grants.
The MEC originally operated under the auspices of the Milford Community House and subsequently the Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County served as the MEC’s fiscal sponsor until 2021. In 2021, the MEC incorporated independently and received 501-c-3 non-profit status.
While most of the funding for the MEC’s work has come from state and federal grants, the funds raised privately are particularly important because the state and federal grants do not cover initial design, estimating and grant writing expenses.
These expenses are paid for by private donations, which have principally come from the MEC’s annual Welcome Party event, an annual end-of-the-year solicitation and sponsorship of pedestrian lights and benches.
The Welcome Party, held in June of each year, was launched in the early 2000s and designed to both “welcome back” seasonal residents as well as to welcome new residents from the Borough and surrounding communities. The event is held outdoors with live music.
A volunteer committee each year oversees the planning, theme, decor and execution of the event. Over the years, the MEC has installed almost 200 historic-style pedestrian lights and 40 benches. Many of those have been sponsored and display plaques honoring or memorializing persons chosen by the sponsor.
Our communities help define who we are. Communities nurture us as individuals, families, friends, and citizens. Communities reflect what we value. Preserving a community means protecting what we value.
In today's highly mobile and changing society, every day we risk further breakdown of our communities and the important grounding they provide in our lives. The town of Milford, Pennsylvania, is a very special and still intact county seat community, endowed with a rich heritage. Elements of this heritage include:
Milford is the home of the father of the American conservation movement, Gifford Pinchot, and includes historic properties such as Grey Towers, the Pinchot family’s ancestral home, the Milford Community House, once also a Pinchot family home, Forest Hall, the first home of the Yale School of Forestry and historic inns and other sites.
Milford retains its village character and Victorian charm and includes many fine examples of historic homes and turn-of-the-century buildings, including work by some of the best-known American architects
Milford has a rich physical environment which includes the Delaware River, Sawkill Creek, and National Park and Forest Service lands with dramatic bluffs, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Few towns enjoy such an extraordinary historic legacy as well as beautiful natural and built environments. To maintain Milford's special character and sense of community requires vigilance and planning to continue to improve our buildings, streets, sidewalks, and other public spaces.