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March 20, 2003 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old burglary suspect, who police say pointed a BB gun at an officer at a house in Franconia, was shot twice by the officer, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said yesterday. Steven Robertson of Valley Road in Telford, who authorities said was surprised by the officer, was in critical condition yesterday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County. Robertson, who was shot in the abdomen and arm, was flown to the hospital after the 8:30 p.m. shooting Tuesday.
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June 12, 1997 | By Malcolm Garcia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As townships grow, so grow their governments. And, following a growth trend set by other nearby towns, the Board of Supervisors here has approved five contracts for the expansion of the municipal building. "The more residents you have, the more calls you have to process," said Ann D. Williams, assistant township manager. "The time it takes to process building permits increases because of all the new homes being built. " According to Williams, 187 building permits have already been issued this year.
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August 18, 1997 | By Malcolm Garcia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If Alvin Fox has his way, Merill Bergey's days on the Board of Supervisors are numbered. Fox, a Democrat, is running for Bergey's seat in November, the first such challenge to a sitting supervisor in 10 years. Fox said that the timber industry held a "monopoly" on the board through the leadership of Bergey and former Supervisor Greg Shelly. Specifically, Fox said, Shelly, who owns a lumber business, backed development, resulting in a housing boom in the township. Shelly recently retired from the board, as did longtime Supervisor Ed Eisenhauer.
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June 27, 1997 | By Malcolm Garcia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Edward Eisenhauer Jr. says he has put his heart into his job as township supervisor, he's not kidding. One day in 1979, after he had open-heart surgery, his colleagues met in his hospital room to approve the appointment of Merill Bergey to the Board of Supervisors. "I can't remember why it had to be held, I just remember it happened," Eisenhauer said. Now, Eisenhauer, 74, is giving his heart and himself a break. After 32 years of service, he has resigned from the board.
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February 18, 1999 | By William Lamb, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joyce and Morris Shor are determined to spend their impending retirement on the 17-acre farm they have called home for 30 years - even if the bucolic property is rendered somewhat less so by the expected construction of a sewage-treatment plant literally in their backyard. And now, a lifetime tenancy agreement with the township sewer authority will give them that chance. Since August, the Shors had been fighting the township's plan to build the 200,000-gallon-a-day plant on a hairpin turn of the east branch of the Perkiomen Creek, behind their farmhouse.
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June 13, 1997 | By Malcolm Garcia, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Don't let them win. That's what everybody tells Dale Moe these days. Don't let them beat you. But since her business has been burglarized three times in two weeks, it's not that easy. Moe, the owner of LET'S II, a hoagie and ice cream shop in the Indian Valley Shopping Center, is ready to call it quits. "I'm going to sell," she said earlier this week. "I don't give up, but I can't live like this. I lay awake all night thinking, 'Will they be in there tonight?' " Closing means more than losing her business.
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March 26, 1989 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
From the back door of Naomi Hackman's house, the rolling farmland of the Franconia countryside stretches as far as the eye can see. While businesses and homes have popped up in the vicinity of Hackman's 19th-century house and barn, with a few minor exceptions the rear view has stayed the same in the 70 years she has lived there. But that may change. Directly behind Hackman's house, on 10 acres she and her husband once owned, the North Penn Area Regional Waste Management Commission has proposed building a trash-to-steam plant to serve 12 area communities.
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January 3, 1991 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
Seven municipalities in eastern Montgomery County received a boost toward improving recreation when the county awarded them open-space grants totaling $153,850 last month. Lower Gwynedd, Whitpain, Norristown, Hatfield, Lower Pottsgrove, New Hanover and Franconia all applied for and received pledges ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. Lower Gwynedd Township will receive $20,000 to help acquire 77 acres near the village of Penllyn for a park. There are only sketchy plans for the park, but most likely it will include a walking, running and equestrian trail and some soccer fields and softball diamonds, according to Constance Lauffer, the township manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011
Hillside Farms' buffalo farm store is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 750 Cowpath Road, Telford, 215-723-8499, www.hillsidefarms.biz . Rising Sun Inn, open 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. brunch Saturday and Sunday, 898 Allentown Road, Franconia, 215-721-6350, www.risingsuninn.net . Yards Brewing Company's tasting room is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and...
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June 15, 2004 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They raised the roof yesterday in Franconia. Fifteen carpenters with strong backs and busy hands, aided by a crane operator, gave new life to the Indian Creek Mennonite School. The building on Route 113 was destroyed by a fire on April 7. Because the Mennonites don't believe in using property insurance, the early-morning fire that left only the charred walls and part of the roof standing was a total loss. Rebuilding costs had been estimated at $400,000. So the project benefited from the skills of the craftsmen, some of the many who have donated their labor since rebuilding began in mid-April, school leaders said yesterday.
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December 10, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The board of supervisors in rural Franconia Township revealed Monday that for five years, the town improperly used restricted funds to cover up an unbalanced budget. The Montgomery County township will have to pay back - with interest - more than $1.3 million worth of bond issues, open-space funds, and other money misused for operating expenses from 2009 to 2013. Supervisors Chairman Grey Godshall said the budgets were prepared and executed by the former township manager, who resigned in May. The reason for his departure has not been disclosed, but he received six months' severance from the township, according to records published by the Souderton Independent.
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December 4, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a community where typical questions to local officials include "What can you do about my neighbor's dog?" and "When and where may I practice firing my shotgun?", it's rare to draw more than 10 citizens to a township meeting. But at a Nov. 17 supervisors meeting in Franconia Township, a crowd of more than 200 people overflowed into the hallways and up to the doors of the building. In less than an hour, chants of "Recall! Recall!" went up in the room. Unbeknownst to most residents, the rural township in upper Montgomery County had run up nearly $3.2 million in budget deficits since 2011, an average of 15 percent per year.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2011
Hillside Farms' buffalo farm store is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, 750 Cowpath Road, Telford, 215-723-8499, www.hillsidefarms.biz . Rising Sun Inn, open 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. brunch Saturday and Sunday, 898 Allentown Road, Franconia, 215-721-6350, www.risingsuninn.net . Yards Brewing Company's tasting room is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and...
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December 8, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania environmental officials are investigating whether this week's fish kill in Skippack Creek was caused by the same Montgomery County meat-processing and rendering plant blamed for three others in the last two years. As many as 3,000 fish, mostly minnows but also white sucker and bass, along with frogs and bullfrog tadpoles, worms and leeches, were found dead late Wednesday afternoon in a mile-long portion of the creek just below the Moyer Packing Co. (MOPAC) in Franconia Township.
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June 15, 2004 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They raised the roof yesterday in Franconia. Fifteen carpenters with strong backs and busy hands, aided by a crane operator, gave new life to the Indian Creek Mennonite School. The building on Route 113 was destroyed by a fire on April 7. Because the Mennonites don't believe in using property insurance, the early-morning fire that left only the charred walls and part of the roof standing was a total loss. Rebuilding costs had been estimated at $400,000. So the project benefited from the skills of the craftsmen, some of the many who have donated their labor since rebuilding began in mid-April, school leaders said yesterday.
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February 8, 2004 | By Robert F. O'Neill INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As YMCAs go, the recently opened Indian Valley Family YMCA in Franconia is in a class by itself. The senior class. Serving the Harleysville area, it was built along Route 113 on eight acres of land belonging to a continuing-care retirement community named after 18th century religious leader Peter Becker. A branch of the North Penn YMCA in Lansdale, Indian Valley, which opened Dec. 13, cost $6.7 million to build. It is one of only three YMCAs in the nation located on the campus of a senior retirement facility, said Julie Mulzoff, spokesperson for the YMCA's national headquarters in Chicago.
NEWS
March 20, 2003 | By Keith Herbert INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An 18-year-old burglary suspect, who police say pointed a BB gun at an officer at a house in Franconia, was shot twice by the officer, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said yesterday. Steven Robertson of Valley Road in Telford, who authorities said was surprised by the officer, was in critical condition yesterday at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County. Robertson, who was shot in the abdomen and arm, was flown to the hospital after the 8:30 p.m. shooting Tuesday.
NEWS
November 15, 2002 | By Benjamin Wallace-Wells INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Four weeks had passed since the plant shut down, and with Christmas looming and three children to feed, Manolo Vaquieras' wife was urging him to look for work elsewhere. But Vaquieras said he was a loyal company man - he would wait for Wampler. On Wednesday, his wait ended: Wampler Foods reopened, and Vaquieras had his job back. "I was very happy to be back - everyone was cheering and clapping," he said. "They're good to you. " And, he might have said, there wasn't much else in the wings.
NEWS
October 14, 2002 | By Peter Sigal INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Montgomery County food processor Wampler Foods Inc. has recalled 27.4 million pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with listeria - the largest such action ever, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pilgrim's Pride, the parent company of Wampler, has temporarily closed the Franconia Township plant where the poultry was processed, company officials said yesterday. The listeria strain found at the plant is different from the one linked to a recent outbreak in the northeastern United States that has caused at least 20 deaths, the USDA said in announcing the recall Saturday.
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March 27, 2001 | By Michelle Jeffery INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Souderton Area school board is expected to approve next week a $10 million bond issue for the construction of a new elementary school in Franconia Township, near Vernfield. The school board recently approved sketch plans for the $17 million project. School Board President Richard Swartley said yesterday that he expected the rest of the planning process to move forward without a hitch. "All of our elementary schools are full right now," Swartley said, "and we see the growth continuing . . . we definitely need it. " The school is slated for 38 acres off Long Mill Road, Swartley said.
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