May 11, 2011 |
John C. Williams Jr., 85, of Lafayette Hill, a part-time construction manager at Montgomery County Community College from 1994 to 2006, died of a heart attack April 29 at his home. Born in Pen Argyl, Pa., north of Easton, Mr. Williams graduated from what is now Pen Argyl Area High School. Mr. Williams studied naval science at the University of Virginia and served as an officer on a Navy tender off Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb testing, according to his son, J. Scot. Mr. Williams earned a bachelor's degree at Lafayette College in 1950 and a master's at Lehigh University in 1952, both in civil engineering.
April 4, 1986 |
The Goode administration, concerned that its plan to burn the bulk of Philadelphia's trash in Berks County may be doomed, has begun reconsidering the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard as a possible site for a trash-to-steam plant. Sources familiar with the issue said Streets Commissioner Harry M. Perks met Wednesday with Navy officials in Washington to discuss the controversial South Philadelphia project, which would produce energy for the naval shipyard. Perks would not comment on the meeting.
November 19, 2013 |
To understand why Don Rongione wants people to buy American on Tuesday - American Made Matters Day - put yourself on the factory floor of Bollman Hat Co., where on Friday the president and chief executive watched Tony Lehman fashion wool felt into a tuxedo-ready top hat. Tugging on finely crafted Texas wool felt as if it were hosiery, Lehman pulled the black fabric around a mold of wood blocks to form the sharply creased crown. That old-style skill, brought stateside by Germans, was one of the first things Lehman learned 31 years ago when he landed a job at Bollman, America's oldest hatmaker, outside Reading.
June 22, 1994 |
Ocean-Monmouth and Berks County advanced to tonight's Carpenter Cup baseball final by different means at Veterans Stadium yesterday. In an offensive shootout, Ocean-Monmouth had 10 hits and six stolen bases to defeat Suburban One American, 9-8, in the second semifinal game. In the first game, five Berks County pitchers allowed just six hits and one unearned run in a 10-inning 3-1 victory over South Jersey's Tri-Cape team. Trailing, 8-7, entering the ninth, Ocean-Monmouth used an RBI single by Chris Kenney of Christian Brothers Academy and an RBI ground out by Joe McCullough of Toms River South to pull out the win. Both runs were unearned as Suburban One American committed two of its six errors in the inning.
August 21, 1988 |
Russell Henry takes great pride in his craft. The 80-year-old Birdsboro resident specializes in slipware pottery, a type in which the raw clay is painted before the pottery is fired. He said it was one of the crafts that Pennsylvania Dutch settlers brought with them. "My ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch, and I take the same pride in my craft that they always took in theirs," Henry said. This pride will be on display at the ninth annual Fall Pennsylvania Crafts Day at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford.
September 11, 2001 |
For her next show, Joyce Floreen figures she'll paint cows. "I have this feeling that maybe livestock will disappear too," the Berks County artist said last week as she prepared to open a show of her current subject: family farms, which are vanishing beyond Philadelphia's suburbs as development advances north and west. "A lot of places around here are just being built up," Floreen said, citing "the slow encroachment of houses coming closer and closer and closer. " Nearly a year ago, she set to preserving homesteads in oil on canvas, creating representations to transcend that encroachment.
December 13, 1989 |
That inevitable byproduct of a consumer society - trash - is contributing mightily to push up Delaware County's property tax rate by 8.3 percent, according to officials who yesterday passed a $137.3 million budget for 1990. For county homeowners, it means county real estate taxes on the average house assessed at $3,300 will go up $23.04 to $299.41. It is the ninth county tax increase in nine years. Trash-disposal costs will increase $6.47 million next year to $27.4 million or 20 percent of the total county budget.
March 11, 2011 |
The total rainfall from the latest storm varied greatly across the region, from about an inch in Atlantic City to more than 4 inches in the Poconos, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the tallies released this morning. They were recorded at 4 a.m., unless indicated. PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, 1.41 inches Valley Forge, 2.52 Kennett Square, 2.57 Chadds Ford, 3.42 Media, 1.89, 6:43 a.m. Ambler, 1.87, 6:15 a.m. Downingtown, 3.07 Towamencin, Montgomery County, 3.56 (2 a.m.)
March 29, 2012
A REGISTERED sex offender, already accused in a federal indictment of exploiting a 1-year-old to produce pornography, has been bound over for trial on charges of raping the child in Montgomery County. Robert Knappenberger, 41, of Boyertown, Berks County, was being held at the Montgomery County prison in lieu of $15,000 bail, police said. He is accused of rape, statutory rape, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. The images of the abuse were posted on the Internet, according to the 2011 indictment.
August 2, 2011 |
AN EASTERN Pennsylvania man has been ordered to pay nearly $14,000 for yelling racial slurs at his neighbor and threatening to burn her house down. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission said Dino Concordia of Shillington, Berks County, also ridiculed Kelly Walton over her disability and "continually humiliated her" in front of neighbors and friends. Walton, who is black and suffers from neck and spinal injuries, had asked for $8,000 in damages. But the commission said it found Concordia's behavior so "vile," "heinous" and "despicable" that he should pay her $10,000.