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June 17, 1993 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At the turn of the century, Perkasie was a hub of activity, drawing both businesses and tourists. Almost 100 photographs capture the Perkasie of the early 1900s in an exhibit at the Walnut Street Gallery. Relying on photographs from local historians and families, "Perkasie, A Look Back" runs through July 6 at the gallery, at Fourth and Walnut Streets in the borough. "Perkasie was the mercantile center for all of Bucks County and a lot of Montgomery County. It started with cigar factories and later trouser companies.
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July 10, 1988 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Several central Bucks County municipalities are going to open their wallets to help Perkasie recover from a devastating June 26 fire. Two municipalities have approved donations of $1,000 each to help Perkasie's fire department replace two trucks lost during the fire. Six others are expected to consider $1,000 donations later this month. "It's one thing to lose the buildings and the revenue that comes from those businesses, but the loss of the fire protection is devastating," said John Paul, a chairman of the Warrington Township Board of Supervisors and Warrington's fire chief from 1976 to 1985.
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July 7, 1988 | By Diane M. Fiske, Special to The Inquirer
Warrington's Board of Supervisors has approved a $1,000 donation to assist Perkasie in replacing a fire truck lost in a major fire June 26. Board Chairman John Paul, who resigned as Warrington's fire chief in 1985, said that he had served with the township's Fire Department since 1958 and that the contribution to Perkasie was "the least we can do to help. " At a supervisors' meeting Tuesday night, Paul said he and representatives of eight other municipalities that had assisted in fighting the Perkasie fire had agreed to ask their boards to each approve $1,000 in aid. Perkasie lost a ladder truck and another fire truck in the blaze, which destroyed a large commercial and residential area in the Bucks County borough.
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June 10, 2012
A Perkasie police officer fatally shot a man in Sellersville Saturday afternoon in the process of trying to take him into custody, Bucks County officials said. The man was shot in the chest, District Attorney David W. Heckler said. The officer also was wounded in the incident, Heckler said. - Tom Avril
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September 26, 1990 | By Mark Jaffe, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Nancy Costello of Perkasie, separating the glass bottles and aluminum cans from her trash and placing them in a bucket makes good sense and good cents. "We figured we've got to be saving $30 to $35 a year on trash pickup," she said. "It doesn't take that much time to do it. . . . Besides, it is for a great cause. " Her sentiments appear to be echoed throughout the Bucks County borough of old brick homes and spanking new subdivisions; almost every one of the 3,600 households in Perkasie is recycling.
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November 27, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 15, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Bill Sherman of Perkasie is the new executive chef at the Golden Slipper Uptown Home in Northeast Philadelphia, preparing 4,900 kosher meals weekly for 240 residents. The nursing home is run by the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia. Sherman, 42, took to the kitchen 10 years ago after working for many years in the construction field. He graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1992 and later worked in several restaurants, including a stint as a sous chef at the Lambertville Station restaurant and at the Ferndale restaurant in Ferndale, Bucks County.
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May 6, 2001 | By Zlati Meyer INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A row of 2-inch-wide wireless-framed glasses lay on the desk, next to two dozen tiny brown leather hatbands and a pile of miniature book-strap replicas. Above was a line of doll bodies, hung by their wooden arms over the back of a workstation wall. Each was ready to be transformed into Marsha, the bird-watcher. Marsha is one of 500 styles of wooden doll that Ladie & Friends has produced since first opening in Barbara Wisber's basement in nearby Perkasie. Twenty-one years later, the company still makes the dolls by hand.
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January 23, 1994 | By Pheralyn Dove, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Some may regard him as a tenacious soul, a man with pluck and resolve. Others might call him foolhardy for having bypassed a professional career so that he could spend his days writing poetry. Enter poet W. D. Ehrhart, who, despite the frigid weather, returned to the land of his youth on Wednesday night to read from his works at the Montgomery Theater in Souderton before 20 determined souls. "It was a great night. It was magic. I think if it was anybody except W. D. Ehrhart, we wouldn't have had anybody show up," said Tom Quinn, the theater's producing artistic director.
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January 12, 2002 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
State police liquor agents said yesterday they were investigating whether a popular Perkasie neighborhood tavern may have served alcohol to a visibly drunken patron in the hours before he and three other 21-year-olds left in his car and died less than an hour later in a fiery car accident. Autopsy results showed that the driver, Matthew Cressman of Sellersville, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.24 - more than twice the state's legal limit of 0.10 - when his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix careened off a dark and winding Upper Bucks County road just before 3 a.m. Dec. 2 and burst into flames.
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July 5, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 27, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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November 3, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
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.
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August 1, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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