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October 4, 1993 | By Christopher D. King, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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June 24, 1999 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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February 29, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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September 10, 1989 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 15, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 12, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
A large crowd turned out at a public hearing Wednesday night at West Chester University to support and to oppose the contentious Mariner East 2 pipeline project, which Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. wants to build to transport liquid fuels like propane from the Marcellus Shale to a terminal in Marcus Hook.   More than 200 people attended a hearing at the Sykes Student Union organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. More than 40 people signed up to speak during the public comment section, with testimony evenly divided for and against the project.
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August 11, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. - The fallen pines and oaks lie in jumbled heaps as though a tornado ripped up the forest. But it was no force of nature that cut a 50-foot-wide gash through the Gerhart family's property four months ago. Over the family's protests, timber crews hired by Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. cut down trees on three of the Gerharts' 27 acres. Protected by sheriff's deputies, the loggers came bearing a court order to clear a path for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project, a 350-mile conduit to deliver natural gas liquids such as propane to a terminal south of Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
By David Spigelmyer While the daily headlines and nonstop, 24-hour news cycles focus overwhelmingly on issues that often divide the nation, it can be easy to lose sight of where common ground exists and what shared commitments bring us together. And there's more that unites us - business and labor as well as Republicans, Democrats, and independents - than divides us. While division might drive TV ratings and social-media clicks, it's no secret that all Americans support a stronger economy with low unemployment; a thriving manufacturing sector that creates middle-class jobs for families; and a healthier, cleaner environment for our kids and grandkids.
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July 10, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will conduct five public hearings in August on the Mariner East II pipeline, which Sunoco Logistics Partners proposes to build to deliver Marcellus Shale propane and natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook. DEP will conduct a hearing from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. on August 10 at the Sykes Student Union at West Chester University, 110 W. Rosedale Ave. in West Chester. It will also conduct a hearing on Aug. 8 in Altoona, on Aug. 9 in Lebanon, Aug. 16 in Harrisburg and Aug. 18 in Westmoreland County.
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, STAFF WRITER
Gov. Wolf on Thursday hailed the departure this week of the first ship containing Marcellus Shale ethane from Sunoco Logistic Partners' terminal in Marcus Hook as a "vital first step" in completing a cross-state pipeline to tap into Pennsylvania's new energy fortunes. "Sunoco Logistics is making a $3 billion investment in Pennsylvania's energy economy by keeping Marcellus Shale resources for manufacturing right here in Pennsylvania, rather than sending this business, revenue, and jobs to other states," Wolf said.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
The first export shipment of Marcellus Shale ethane set sail Wednesday afternoon from Sunoco Logistics Partners' Marcus Hook terminal to a petrochemical plant in Norway. The JS Ineos Intrepid, one of eight 575-foot tankers commissioned by European chemical manufacturer Ineos, was loaded this week with 173,000 barrels of ethane that had been delivered to Marcus Hook from Western Pennsylvania through the Mariner East pipeline, Sunoco spokesman Jeff Shields said. Ethane, a liquid used in plastics manufacturing, is derived from natural-gas production.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which has provoked landowner opposition along its route, has been pushed back until summer because of delays in obtaining permits, the pipeline's operator said Thursday. Michael J. Hennigan, chief executive of Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., told investment analysts that more time was needed to obtain "hundreds of permits" required to build the cross-state pipeline, which will deliver Marcellus Shale natural-gas liquids to Marcus Hook.
BUSINESS
February 11, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
The project to deepen the Delaware River navigation channel will receive $22 million in the Army Corps of Engineers' current fiscal year work plan and $33 million in President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins Oct. 1, according to Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.). About 80 percent of the channel is now at or deeper than 45 feet, and the dredging work that began in March 2010 should be completed next year, said Ed Voigt, public affairs chief for the Army Corps' Philadelphia District.
NEWS
January 21, 2016
Ships carrying fruit, steel, and cars and other cargoes were up 5 percent last yearat private and public piers and terminals on the Delaware River, the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a trade group, said Tuesday. Port facilities on the river handled 2,242 ships, compared to 2,135 in 2014. "We are finally starting to turn the corner after the 2008-2009 economic down turn," said Dennis Rochford, president of the Maritime Exchange. "Last year, saw the highest vessel arrival count since 2008.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2016
In the Region Rittenhouse plan revised Southern Land Co. is negotiating with the Rittenhouse Plaza's condo owners to buy a three-story annex beside their building to accommodate more retail space at its adjacent 1911 Walnut residential tower proposal. The Nashville-based developer would use the space to extend two stories of retail planned for the Walnut Street side of the project, multifamily development director Dustin Downey said Tuesday. The space would likely be sectioned for use by two restaurant tenants, said Downey.
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