February 3, 1998 |
The state Department of Environmental Protection yesterday issued approval for an air plan for the expansion of the Pottstown Landfill, clearing the last hurdle for Waste Management Inc. to begin dumping at the site. DEP delayed approving the air plan until it received the results of a cancer study conducted by the Montgomery County Health Department. The study, which found no cluster of cancer around the landfill but which reported an increase in three types of the disease, was released Jan. 22. The air plan permits Waste Management to construct enclosed flares to control odors caused by gas created by decomposing waste at the 73-acre expansion, which is entirely in the township.
January 28, 1993 |
The Borough Council is considering entering the trash business. But some residents would just as soon it didn't. During a meeting Tuesday, council members wrangled over hiring a private hauler to collect refuse from all 1,200 borough households and reviewed a study on the issue. Under the current system, trash collection is private. Homeowners make their own arrangements with area haulers. The study done by a King of Prussia consulting firm suggested that the borough adopt a weekly pay-per-bag collection system, in which a hauler collects the trash in special bags the borough sells to residents.
June 11, 1997 |
Preliminary investigation of Monday's fatal crash of a single-engine ultralight aircraft has revealed a few abnormalities in the plane's operation, officials said yesterday. According to standard procedure, only one person is supposed to operate an ultralight, and in this case two people were seated in the aircraft, said an Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman in New York. The only reason two people would be in an ultralight would be for instruction, which did not appear to apply in this case, the FAA spokeswoman said.
November 17, 2000 |
To keep builders at bay, the Montgomery County commissioners voted yesterday to spend $1.2 million to ensure that 414 acres of farmland in the northwestern section of the county stays farmland forever. The county money, along with $2.8 million in state funding, does not buy the farmland itself, but rather the development rights to the land. Farmers who voluntarily apply "agree never to allow development on their farmland; they keep it in farming, in perpetuity, forever," said Elizabeth Emlen, the county's farmland-preservation administrator.
September 16, 1996 |
If things had gone differently, a man who police say pilfered saw blades from a hardware store might be facing shoplifting charges. Instead, Robert James Streisel was arraigned at his hospital bedside late last week on charges of second-degree murder. If convicted, the 40-year-old Schuylkill County man could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison. Streisel, of Mahanoy City, is accused of striking a 71-year-old driver Sept. 6 during a high-speed chase along Route 100 in Douglass Township, western Montgomery County.
April 18, 2013 |
The stone walls of the house Thomas Rutter built in Berks County have remained sturdy over centuries - from the colonial period and American Revolution to the Civil War and on to the present. Within them, Rutter and his descendants were first to plot the course, in the early 1700s, of the iron industry in Pennsylvania, and later supplied munitions to George Washington's Continental Army. At the Pine Forge Mansion, overlooking the Manatawney Creek, the Rutters spoke out against slavery and turned their home into a stop on the Underground Railroad network that helped thousands of African Americans find freedom.
July 2, 1997 |
The citizens sat like guests crowded into pews at a summertime wedding, the bridegroom's side in favor of the Pottstown Landfill's expansion and the bride's side largely against it. In front of the acrimonious congregation of 100, with more spilling out into the foyer, the West Pottsgrove commissioners voted, 3-2, Monday night to approve a zoning change needed for a proposed 73.4-acre expansion of the landfill, which will be between Sell and...
July 5, 2011 |
Mark Geisenheyner spent most of the last 22 years landing himself behind bars or pleading with the state parole board to let him out again. Paul Shay - a social activist and owner of a New York City plumbing business - looked kindly upon men whom others had written off as lost causes. How exactly the two men met - one a career criminal, the other a self-described sucker for second chances - remains unclear. But the extent of their relationship may hold the answers to explaining one of the most bizarre murder cases Montgomery County prosecutors have seen in years.
October 23, 1994 |
In the mid-1980s, a tiny, working-class town in Montgomery County made a pact with a billion-dollar garbage behemoth. In exchange for allowing Waste Management Inc., the nation's biggest trash firm, to turn West Pottsgrove's dump into a major landfill, the company agreed to pick up the township's trash for free and to give the township enough money to wipe out the need for local property taxes - as long as the dumping continued. West Pottsgrove had been dependent on smokestack industries, which were long gone.
August 10, 1997 |
There is a plastic bag over the fire hydrant that serves Judi Krause's $200,000, two-Honda home in the Twin Ponds development. It's there because the water company says there's not enough water available to put out a fire. Her neighbor Marsha Kincaid couldn't flush the pesticides she accidentally sprayed in her eyes in the spring while tending her roses. She rushed to her faucet, but there was no water. "You are supposed to get it off immediately," Kincaid said. "I don't know what that did to me. " Fortified by a litany of similar stories, Krause and Kincaid's neighbor Charlene Wysocki filed a formal complaint about the lack of water April 30 with the Public Utility Commission against Superior Water Co., their water supplier.