July 5, 2015 |
For much of the last 27 years, the vacant lot at Seventh and Market Streets in historic Perkasie has been like a missing tooth in an aging smile. It was the center of the business district until a fire in 1988 leveled the Victorian-style American House Hotel, a five-and-dime, and other businesses. The blaze was the final act in the downtown's decline. Other historic buildings already had been lost by the late '60s, taken under a federal program that encouraged their demolition in the hope they would be replaced with modern ones.
December 11, 2014 |
Francis X. Grabowski, 68, of Hilltown Township, a Bucks County lawyer, died Monday, Nov. 24, of a heart attack at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Grabowski was the founding partner of Grabowski Associates, a law firm focusing on commercial, corporate, and municipal law. His family said Mr. Grabowski's goal was to open a client-defined practice in Perkasie. He achieved that goal, and for 40 years argued cases before a variety of state and federal courts. Mr. Grabowski also appeared before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Delaware River Basin Commission.
October 23, 2014 |
Charles R. "Bud" Hollenbach, 89, of Sellersville, a legendary offensive backfield coach for the Pennridge High School Rams, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at Abington Memorial Hospital of injuries sustained in a car accident. Mr. Hollenbach was riding in a car driven by his wife, Margaret, 84, after watching their son Jeff coach a Saturday night football game between his Rams and the Central Bucks High School South Titans. As the vehicle left the Central Bucks South parking lot in Warrington, it struck an unoccupied car. The impact triggered a chain reaction with two other vehicles.
March 22, 2014 |
G. Leonard Knapp, 78, of Sellersville, an elementary teacher and respected herpetologist - who saw snakes as a force in nature - died of a cerebral hemorrhage Monday, March 17, at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Knapp taught school in the Pennridge district for 34 years, first at Hilltown Elementary School in 1962, and then at Sellersville Elementary School from 1966 until he retired in 1996. He also owned and operated Reptilrama, a road show of his own animals that he took to area fairs, festivals, birthday parties, and schools.
November 27, 2013 |
PERKASIE By all accounts, when nearly 800 guests descended upon Perkasie's public pool on a Sunday night in August, they wreaked havoc unlike anything the small town had endured. Music was blasting, people dove into the shallow end and flipped off the diving board, and empty liquor bottles were strewed across the premises at the Menlo Aquatics Center. "It was chaotic," said pool manager Tom Knueppel, adding that his staff had to rescue about 10 swimmers during the Aug. 11 soiree.
June 19, 2013
Carson Helicopters Inc. of Perkasie has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for eight alleged violations, including exposing workers to the hazard hexavalent chromium, known to cause cancer, at the company's plant in Bucks County. OSHA proposed a $40,500 fine after a complaint triggered a December 2012 inspection, the agency said. OSHA said "serious violations" by the helicopter contractor include spray booths containing combustible floor lining, no air-flow measuring devices or fire extinguisher systems, exposure to hexavalent chromium above permissible limits, lack of engineering controls to reduce exposures, and lack of a medical program for workers exposed to hexavalent chromium used in dyes, paints, inks and plastics.
November 3, 2012 |
A Philadelphia parochial school teacher was killed when the car she was driving hit a guardrail on Route 309 north of Route 113 about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Hilltown Township police said. Abigail K. O'Beirne, 27, of East Kensington, who was due to be married Jan. 26, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. She was on the way to visit her fiancé in Perkasie, her aunt Liz Kenney said. "They were settling on a home in Perkasie next Friday," Kenney said. "She was very excited about her future.
August 31, 2012
Playing on the lawn at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown Wednesday were (from left) Payton Borneman, 2, of Perkasie; Milo McIntyre, 3, of Doylestown; Connor Hall, 2, of Perkasie; and Stella Freeman, 2, of Perkasie. A caption with a different version of this photograph Thursday contained incorrect identifications.
August 1, 2012 |
The Perkasie Borough police chief is starting his investigation into the fatal shooting of a handcuffed and mentally ill Quakertown man by one of his officers now that the Bucks County District Attorney's Office has wrapped up its probe. "I'll look at whether there were any violations of our general orders," Chief Joseph Gura said Tuesday, a day after District Attorney David Heckler announced that the June 9 shooting in Sellersville was justified. "If there were [violations], I'll determine the discipline," Gura said.