October 4, 1993 |
In the shadow of sprawling pipelines, storage tanks, smokestacks and cranes, former baseball great Mickey Vernon signed autographs for children too young to remember his name. "A little girl came up to me with a book on Marcus Hook's history, and it had a picture of me in it," said Vernon, who was born and spent much of his early years there before beginning a 21-year major-league career. "I asked her, 'Doesn't that look like me?' She said, 'no.' " The young girl's lack of baseball knowledge and Marcus Hook history, though, did not matter to Vernon, the 1946 and 1953 American League batting champion with the Washington Senators, one of five clubs he played for from 1939 to 1960.
June 24, 1999 |
The borough's "Down by the River" summer festival will begin its 13th year of free concerts in Market Square Memorial Park at 7 p.m. July 5 with a performance by the 60-piece John Philip Sousa Band of Upper Darby. Though the concerts are generally held on six consecutive Tuesdays, borough officials said the opening date was changed to Monday to coincide with the Independence Day holiday weekend. The five following concerts will be held each Tuesday from July 13 until Aug. 10. All will begin at 7 p.m., and in the event of rain will be rescheduled for the next evening.
February 29, 2012 |
MARCUS HOOK has long been a quintessential company town, joined at the hip with the iconic Philadelphia company Sunoco for more than a century. With imminent closure of Sunoco's refinery there, most of the 590 workers get their last paychecks today. Now, fear is seeping into this quaint, tight-knit, working-class burg in Delaware County - fear that it could turn into a modern-day ghost town. When Sunoco said in September that it would dump the last of its remaining refining operations and focus on oil pipelines and fuel retailing, local workers and residents hoped that a buyer would emerge for the 110-year-old, 175,000-barrel-per-day refinery.
December 5, 2013 |
MARCUS HOOK Mayor James Schiliro has resigned, a month before his term was to expire. Last month, Schiliro was found guilty in Delaware County Court of recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, official oppression, and furnishing liquor to a minor. On Monday, Schiliro sent a letter to the Borough Council tendering his resignation. "We accepted it," said Borough Solicitor Mark Much. Council President Gene Taylor, who was elected mayor in the November election, will serve as acting mayor until he is sworn in, Much said.
May 9, 2013 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., the energy pipelines and terminal operator, has acquired the former Sunoco refinery in Marcus Hook for $60 million and plans to develop it into "world class" hub for shipping natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The acquisition, announced with the company's first quarter earnings on Wednesday, "demonstrates Sunoco Logistics' continued commitment to pursue opportunistic growth in natural gas liquids," said Michael J. Hennigan, president and chief executive officer.
February 24, 2013
Officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA removed at least 23 dogs late Friday from the property of a woman in Marcus Hook who runs what she calls an animal rescue agency. Terry Silva, operator of Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue Inc., faces animal-cruelty charges after officers executing a search warrant found sick and underweight animals in a filthy house, according to PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano. She said officers were continuing to search the property Friday night for more dogs. Silva, a lawyer, was cited by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in 2010 for transferring dogs in a public place and other violations.
September 10, 1989 |
For years, two companies, the Sun Co. and the Viscose Co. dominated the economic life and the physical appearance of Marcus Hook. But that changed in the mid-1960s when Viscose closed its nearly 38-acre Marcus Hook plant, leaving the nearby Viscose Village section of the borough amid empty buildings. Viscose Village, and indeed all of Marcus Hook, was in trouble, according to Ed Corse, executive director of the Marcus Hook Community Development Corp. (MHCDC), which was founded 10 years ago to encourage economic development in the borough.
March 23, 2013 |
Looking for something to do Friday night? If you like Pirates, then this is for you. A documentary, Treasure: The Story of Marcus Hook , will be holding a free special preview screening at 7 p.m. in the Marcus Hook Community Center. The film chronicles the efforts of the Delaware County Borough of Marcus Hook to change it image - and future - by highlighting it's history. Pirate history to be exact. Arrr Matey, What say ye? The struggling Delaware River community of 2,400 residents, is sandwiched between two dying refineries.
September 15, 2015 |
Stretching along either side of Marcus Hook's busy 10th Street, nearly 800 acres of industrial machinery tower above the placid waters of the Delaware River. Inside the complex, hundreds of construction workers bustle every day, their hammering and drilling echoing throughout the otherwise-quiet town. The sprawling facility in the tiny Delaware County borough of 2,400 wasn't always this way: Just three years ago, the complex - once the site of Sunoco Inc.'s oil refinery - sat largely vacant, its smokestacks extinguished, and most of its more than 500 workers long laid off. For as long as residents can remember, the refinery grounds that long belonged to Sunoco were not just a presence in the borough.