September 16, 2013 |
A Bucks County man was reported dead Friday of West Nile virus, officials at the state Department of Environmental Protection said. The man, whose name and address were not released, began exhibiting symptoms Aug. 20. Human cases of the virus were also reported last week by a woman in Philadelphia and a woman in Delaware County. The state has reported seven human cases of the virus in five counties; the other cases have been in York and Montgomery Counties. There are no medications to treat the virus, and no vaccine will prevent it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop symptoms.
March 27, 2012
Mary Ann DeSantis Kulka, 77, a former public elementary school teacher in Bucks County, died of heart failure Friday, March 23, at her home in Barnegat, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kulka graduated from Little Flower High School in 1952 and after years of evening classes earned her a bachelor's in 1958 at what is now St. Joseph's University, her husband, John, said in a interview Monday. She was among the first women to graduate from St. Joseph's, became editor of The Nighthawk, the evening school's newsletter, and played on the women's basketball team, he said.
April 22, 1986
In lower Bucks County's redrawn Sixth Senate District, three-term incumbent Sen. H. Craig Lewis is facing a vigorous primary challenge in the May 20 election from state Rep. John F. Cordisco for the Democratic nomination. Jim O'Brien is unopposed for the Republican nomination. The Democratic campaign has been more than simply lively; it has become intensely personal, dripping with charges and countercharges over residence, district loyalty, character and integrity. After sorting through those charges - and because of his distinquished record of representation in the Senate - The Inquirer heartily recommends the nomination of Sen. Lewis.
April 14, 2014 |
The gray Toyota Corolla that Abbie Hoffman drove in Mexico during his fugitive years still sits in upper Bucks County, parked on the old farm where he lived and took his own life 25 years ago. "I've been wondering what to do with it," Michael Waldron, Hoffman's former landlord and friend, said last week. "But I'm not sure who would take it. " They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women. "He was pretty rowdy," said a 64-year-old regular, who didn't want to give his name.
June 10, 2014 |
When Jean Seaman, a district judge in Jamison, Bucks County, needed civil notices to be served for her court over the last four years, she often called on her daughter, Stacy Wertman. Wertman, an elected constable in Ivyland, works for five district courts in Bucks County, and she made about $11,000 last year completing jobs for her mother. Constables, locally elected officers who perform tasks such as serving warrants and transporting prisoners, are paid by the assignment, and judges can assign any task to any qualified constable they prefer.
October 10, 2013 |
William T. McKenna, 83, of Langhorne, a family doctor in Bucks County for three decades, died Saturday, Oct. 5, of cancer at his home. Born and raised in Port Richmond, Dr. McKenna graduated from Temple University School of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a founding physician at Delaware Valley Hospital in Bristol and St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. Dr. McKenna practiced family medicine as a solo practitioner in Yardley for 30 years.
April 1, 1987 |
W. Atlee Burpee Co., the world's largest mail-order seed company, has been sold to a group of private investors for an undisclosed price. Harvey Snyder, a Burpee spokesman, said Clayton & Dublier, a New York investment group, agreed Friday to sell the firm to B.T. and Wicks Capital, two New York investor groups, and to Burpee's current management. Clayton & Dublier purchased Burpee, whose headquarters are in Warminster, Bucks County, from ITT Corp. in December. ITT Corp. owned Burpee from 1979 to 1986.
March 24, 2013 |
The 2013 annual nationwide count of homeless people, taken on the night of Jan. 30 and 31, found fewer individuals in Chester County and more in Bucks County than were tallied in January 2012. Comparable figures for the nation, as well as for Philadelphia and for Delaware and Montgomery Counties, are not yet available, officials there said this week. The 625 people counted in Chester County this year compared with 666 found there in 2012. But the 476 recorded in Bucks County on the same January night this year were more than the 422 in the 2012 survey, due to a change in how information is gathered.
April 27, 2013 |
Almost a year to the day after Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, a majority of Bucks County voters cast their ballots for his opponent in the 1864 presidential election, Democrat George S. McClellan. Lincoln won Pennsylvania by 52 percent but was outpolled in Bucks County, 7,235 to 6,197 - indicating that many there favored ending the war, according to Cory Amsler, vice president for collections at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. The history of Bucks County during the Civil War, Amsler surmised, "is not all neat and tidy.
October 6, 1996 |
A bright red, out-of-control Dodge Viper sports car shot across Woodhaven Road from the left lane to the right at 6 p.m. last night, police said, smashing into the concrete side rail of a bridge and flipping several times. When the car came to rest, its driver had a broken wrist, its 450-horsepower engine was lying a few feet away on the pavement, and a 26-year-old passenger from Richboro, Bucks County, was dead. Police identified the driver as Raymond Scalzo, of Bensalem.