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September 27, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph M. Blosenski Jr., 71, of Honey Brook, the founder of a trash hauling company in Chester County, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, of cancer at his home. He was president of Blosenski Disposal Service in Elverson, which he started in 1962 with a pickup truck in his neighborhood. He owned and operated the refuse business for 30 years. In 1994, the firm was bought by his son Anthony J. Sr. and renamed A.J. Blosenski Inc. Trash & Recycling Service. Joseph Blosenski became a vice president of his son's company.
FOOD
September 26, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christine Ruggio's daughter is gluten-intolerant, so, in the past, sending her off to summer camp used to require packing a cooler filled with gluten-free baked goods. But this summer, packing for field-hockey camp at the University of Delaware was less of a hassle. "Out of 100 kids, seven were celiac, 15 had to eat gluten-free. They had a complete menu for them, so they could have anything they want. It's come a long way," Ruggio said. "Of course," she added, "we supply them, so that made it a lot easier.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The sign in the window reads "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to a message-less voicemail. Last Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. It marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50-acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Labor shortages and rising costs are some of the challenges farmers face locally and nationally. That's what local farmers and a representative from a national agricultural agency said at a Chester County farming forum Wednesday morning. The group gathered to discuss the latest Census of Agriculture figures. Chester County is first in the nation in the value of greenhouse, nursery, floriculture, and sod sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The county is first in the state in the market value of crops, and 28th in the nation.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A wooded swath between subdivisions and a school in western Chester County could soon claim a renewable-energy first. Thousands of solar panels planned for the property will churn enough power to run Coatesville Area High School. The developer says it will likely be the only school in the country to run entirely on solar power, albeit with a little help on cloudy days. But the project has drawn fire from unlikely foes: environmentalists. Their concern - clearing forest in the name of innovation - pits one green interest against another, and raises a question that has complicated other projects nationwide: What is more valuable, solar power or the trees that block it?
BUSINESS
September 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Before we pull into Parkesburg on Amtrak's Keystone Service to Harrisburg, here's a trivia question: In what movie did this Chester County borough's train station play a small, but important, role? The answer: Witness (1985). It is there that Amish passengers Rachel Lapp and her son, Samuel, begin an ill-fated train trip to Philadelphia, where the boy witnesses a murder. Although the station is closed, 49,000 travelers a year park in its lot and wait on its sheltered platform for one of the 26 trains that travel daily back and forth from Harrisburg to New York City.
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The office's roots date to colonial times, and critics nowadays say the position is about as relevant as minutemen or muskets. But in Bucks County, more than anywhere else in the region, being a constable can still be lucrative. Six Bucks constables - elected and armed court officers paid to serve warrants, transport prisoners, and handle other duties - averaged more than $100,000 in pay annually the last two years, eclipsing salaries of the judges they work for and even the county commissioners, according to an Inquirer review of records.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - Witnesses at a state Senate committee hearing Monday called for a dramatic strengthening of DUI laws, saying current statutes are too weak to stop repeat offenders who endanger everyone. Patrick Crowley, whose 24-year-old son Liam was killed last year by a man prosecutors called the worst drunk driver in Chester County, testified that people are dying because of Pennsylvania's lax laws. "We watched our son, Liam, die," Crowley said, reading a statement written by Liam's mother.
NEWS
September 6, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national Muslim youth group will hold its 45th annual retreat this weekend, bringing together more than 1,200 men and boys from around the country to Chester County with the goal of strengthening a sense of community and identity among young Muslims. "They're not anything like the type of Muslims we hear about on television and the radio," said Bilal Rana, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. The organization, which has 71 local chapters and more than 3,000 members, is part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kennett Square, a borough in Chester County known mostly for its mushrooms, will add craft beer to its list of permanent attractions this fall when it welcomes its first brew pubs. One is owned by Victory Brewing Co., a regional craft-beer giant that sells its products in 34 states and several countries. It has a 212,000-square-foot, $38 million brewing facility in Parkesburg and has the appreciation of county officials who hope the brewer can help boost the county's economic image.
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