March 13, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Adjutant Gen. James Joseph resigned Friday, nearly two months after the Wolf administration abruptly announced he was going on leave without citing a reason. Joseph, who headed the Pennsylvania National Guard and the state Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, went on paid leave from his $137,392-a-year post in mid-January. In announcing Joseph's resignation Friday, the governor also did not say why the adjutant general had stepped down. Joseph went on leave after several legislators received an anonymous letter asking for an investigation into his actions while at the helm of the department.
January 26, 2016 |
Gov. Wolf and other state officials praised the work of road crews and emergency responders Sunday for the absence of fatalities or serious injuries on Pennsylvania's highways during the weekend snowstorm. But they left unanswered the many questions remaining after several tractor-trailer trucks jackknifed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near milepost 123 on Friday night, causing a backup that stranded an estimated 500 cars, trucks, and buses for hours into Saturday night. The backup forced the Turnpike Commission to close miles of I-76 east of Pittsburgh and dozens of marooned trucks were not cleared until Sunday.
October 5, 2015 |
Services are to be Saturday, Oct. 17, for Augustine Warner Janeway Rhodes, 86, formerly of Villanova, a mother and volunteer, who died Saturday, Aug. 22, of cancer at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Known as Tina, Mrs. Rhodes had houses in Bradenton Fla., and Princeton and Cape May, N.J., but her family's life really revolved around their home in Villanova. She was born in Phoenixville, the daughter of Augustine Smith and Helen Gulick Janeway. As a child, she moved with her family to Washington, Harrisburg, and Ventnor, N.J., as her father accepted leadership positions in government service, including as commanding officer of the Pennsylvania National Guard and executive director of the Pennsylvania General State Authority.
July 12, 2015 |
The Army's announced decision Thursday to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks and 17,000 civilian employees from its payroll by 2017 has left military officials at bases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania wondering how they will be affected. The specifics of the reductions - when further automatic cuts could take place later this year through sequestration - are not likely to be known for two or three months. Some officials Friday seemed generally optimistic that the effects here will be minimal.
April 20, 2014 |
Robert Hesse Jr., 91, of Gwynedd Valley, a Philadelphia printing-company executive and community volunteer, died Tuesday, April 15, of respiratory failure at a retirement community in Medford. After a career in the graphic arts, Mr. Hesse retired in 1986 from the Winchell Printing Co. as executive vice president in charge of sales. At the time, Winchell was one of the largest printing firms in Philadelphia, with 300 employees. It was sold and later closed in 1994. Mr. Hesse, whose last name rhymes with Bessie, was born in Abington.
February 28, 2014 |
Nicholas Sellers, 81, a lawyer, district justice, educator, and Army veteran who saw action during the Vietnam War, died of heart failure Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hill in Whitemarsh, a continuing-care retirement community. Mr. Sellers worked as a lawyer and manager for several charitable and historical organizations, including the Society of Cincinnati of Maryland, a group devoted to preserving the legacy of those who fought for American independence. He also was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, which dates to 1774.
October 18, 2013 |
State Sen. Michael J. Stack 3d, the Philadelphia Democrat who had been weighing a bid for governor, announced Wednesday his candidacy for lieutenant governor. Although Republican Gov. Corbett has struggled in the polls and is seen as vulnerable, Stack, 50, would have faced daunting competition for the Democratic nomination for governor. Stack now confronts a less formidable field for the right to challenge incumbent James Cawley, a Bucks County Republican. U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the Philadelphia Democratic Party chairman, will serve as honorary cochair of Stack's campaign.
July 12, 2013 |
Police are investigating the death of a Pennsylvania National Guard member who was found dead in his Montgomery County home Wednesday after it was surrounded by officers. Lower Pottsgrove Township police said they did not shoot the man but declined to say how he died. His identity was not released pending notification of family. Police Chief Michael Foltz said the incident began when guard members paid a visit to the man's home on Lynn Drive about 11:45 a.m. because he was AWOL, having failed to show up to work since Friday.
April 7, 2013
The nonprofit Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials said Friday. The nonprofit would buy the 10,900-square-foot armory at 226 N. High St. for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester) said he introduced a bill Friday to authorize the transfer. The group would receive a low-interest loan and launch a fund-raising campaign to pay for renovations needed to transform the 1916 building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into an arts center.
April 6, 2013 |
A local nonprofit group is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials announced Friday. Pending legislative approval, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance would purchase the 10,900-square-foot armory for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to establishing a permanent theater in West Chester, would receive a low-interest loan to buy the property at 226 N. High St. The group would launch a fundraising campaign to pay for the renovations needed to transform the nearly century-old building into an arts center.