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September 28, 2001 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Jackson, Tenn., is far from Paris, but that doesn't stop Burt Whitman from fashioning a replica of the Eiffel Tower with his scroll saw. As he cut the intricate details in thin strips of wood, he drew crowds to the Delta tool exhibit last month at the National Hardware Show in Chicago. What was almost as impressive was that Whitman is not a lifelong woodworker. His first contact with a scroll saw came shortly after he retired a decade ago. "I was at a show in Tucson, and I saw someone using a scroll saw," he said.
NEWS
September 28, 2003 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Senior Patrick Fries couldn't believe the change in Room 152 at William Tennent High School. Over the summer, his wood-shop class, once crowded with heavy power tools, had been gutted. Walls were painted, and carpeting was installed. The classroom, which had been devoid of computers, now had 21 flat-screen models. Stations were created to focus on such areas as robotics, pneumatic instrumentation, applied electrical controls, and computer-aided drafting. "For three years, I was used to seeing sawdust all over the walls and metal all over the place.
NEWS
September 27, 1992 | By Jeff McGaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Pig races, marching bands, helium balloons, pony rides, a six-foot-tall rabbit and a big top. It's a carnival. It's a circus. It's a darn good way to sell power drills and plywood. For the last 18 years, the Estate of George S. Snyder, a gigantic hardware store on Route 463 in Hatfield Township, has been hosting "Snyderama," a three-day, circus-style event designed to help sell tools and materials. This year's was held from Sept. 17 to 19. It's gimmicky, but it pays, according to Amy Terrell, spokeswoman for the store, started as a hay and grain business in 1884 by George S. Snyder.
NEWS
December 29, 2006 | By Carl Golden
I am terrified of Home Depot. And Lowe's. And places like them. Oh, sure, I watch all the TV commercials that show helpful store personnel in orange aprons skillfully demonstrating the latest in power tools to smiling customers. Everybody looks delighted. Me? I break out in a cold sweat every time I walk into one of these places and take in miles of aisles offering merchandise to build, remodel, renovate or demolish just about anything ever constructed. I have this recurring nightmare in which I'm stranded in the middle of the store, unable to find an exit.
LIVING
August 30, 1996 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Power tools appear to be striking the right chord with American do-it-yourselfers, with 1995 sales to the tune of $500 million. And none ranks higher in popularity than the cordless power driver, the combination drill/screwdriver that seems to be on a growing number of professionals' tool belts and on every amateur's wish list. Visit a home center or tool store and ask the salesperson if you can test a power driver. Then look over your shoulder. It's even money that a crowd has gathered to watch.
LIVING
October 8, 1999 | By Alan J. Heavens, INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
There was a time, not all that long ago, when only professionals and a very few serious do-it-yourselfers owned power tools. Manufacturers didn't make power tools for home use. They were for builders and contractors who needed such heavy-duty tools to cut time and effort at work sites, where power tools were the key to productivity. Clearly, times have changed. Today, sales of power and hand tools to professionals and nonprofessionals total about $30 billion a year. But new tools can be pricey.
NEWS
March 25, 2015
Three Philadelphia men have been charged with stealing power tools from work trucks and vans throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. Matthew Suarez, Nicholas Suarez, and Donald Hodum allegedly stole power tools from vehicles in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties over the course of several months, Then they resold them. The three men are charged with a total of 197 counts of theft by unlawful taking, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Township Police Chief T. Michael Beaty announced Monday.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Screwdriver vs. power tool. That's what led to Thursday's roughly 12-hour strike at the Convention Center, which ended with a one-year extension of the customer-satisfaction agreement between the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the city's unions, and a one-year extension of collective bargaining agreements. Under the settlement, the unions will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase for one year. The walkout unleashed bad publicity at a time when city convention and hotel officials are struggling to lure large groups to the center, which was expanded at a cost of $786 million in taxpayer money to do just that.
NEWS
April 28, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth and Daniel Boyson had a way of marking Valentine's Day that would warm some grown men's hearts. "Liz and I had a 15-year tradition of exchanging power tools," he said. "We'd give each other power tools for Valentine's Day. And we kept it up until we couldn't think of any more power tools. " Elizabeth Whithed Boyson, 42, a former staff member with the activist organization Greenpeace, died of endometrial cancer April 19 at her Collegeville home. Because the Boysons were frequently on the move, "we had a number of apartments over the years," Daniel Boyson said.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Central Pennsylvania church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson on religious persecution. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lower Swatara Township and Andrew David Jordan, 28, of Elizabethtown, waived an appearance Thursday at a formal arraignment in Dauphin County Court on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault. Prosecutors said the half-hour ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.
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NEWS
March 25, 2015
Three Philadelphia men have been charged with stealing power tools from work trucks and vans throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. Matthew Suarez, Nicholas Suarez, and Donald Hodum allegedly stole power tools from vehicles in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties over the course of several months, Then they resold them. The three men are charged with a total of 197 counts of theft by unlawful taking, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Township Police Chief T. Michael Beaty announced Monday.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley and Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writers
Screwdriver vs. power tool. That's what led to Thursday's roughly 12-hour strike at the Convention Center, which ended with a one-year extension of the customer-satisfaction agreement between the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority and the city's unions, and a one-year extension of collective bargaining agreements. Under the settlement, the unions will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase for one year. The walkout unleashed bad publicity at a time when city convention and hotel officials are struggling to lure large groups to the center, which was expanded at a cost of $786 million in taxpayer money to do just that.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
I'M THE marina owner featured in the cover story in the Daily News on Friday, May 3. I didn't come across as I wanted, so I'd like for your readers to hear my own words about progress we've made since Superstorm Sandy. I am fully insured, and have been since 1996, however the contents - including all of the inventory in the store, the garage and sheds, along with tools, diagnostic tools, power tools, etc. - were not covered because there was an exclusion for rising water. If the roof blew off, I would have been covered.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Central Pennsylvania church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson on religious persecution. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lower Swatara Township and Andrew David Jordan, 28, of Elizabethtown, waived an appearance Thursday at a formal arraignment in Dauphin County Court on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault. Prosecutors said the half-hour ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.
NEWS
November 1, 2010
TOMORROW, citizens across the Philadelphia area will select individuals to fill important positions in our governments. Peaceful free elections are one of the the guiding principles of our government. Registered voters will make an informed decision on who will represent us in this Republic. As awe-inspiring as the process can be, a quick look reveals it can also be pathetic. It's highly unlikely that even half the registered voters will participate. A 50 percent turnout would amaze poll-workers, pundits and politicians.
NEWS
June 25, 2010 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: We purchased a 1960 stone/stucco ranch house of about 3,500 square feet 10 years ago. We did a complete renovation: new low e-glass windows, wall insulation, and on the exterior where we re-stuccoed. We also installed a geothermal heating and A/C system and had attic insulation blown in. In short, we tried to make the house as energy efficient as possible. The attic gets extremely hot and we are considering an extraction system for the heat. At a recent home show, we gathered information on solar versus electric roof fans.
NEWS
April 28, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth and Daniel Boyson had a way of marking Valentine's Day that would warm some grown men's hearts. "Liz and I had a 15-year tradition of exchanging power tools," he said. "We'd give each other power tools for Valentine's Day. And we kept it up until we couldn't think of any more power tools. " Elizabeth Whithed Boyson, 42, a former staff member with the activist organization Greenpeace, died of endometrial cancer April 19 at her Collegeville home. Because the Boysons were frequently on the move, "we had a number of apartments over the years," Daniel Boyson said.
LIVING
April 3, 2009 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
More people are staying put in their homes, waiting out the downturn, and making cost-effective changes to their living spaces to add value and increase comfort. To lend a hand to those who want to do some of this work themselves, today's column will focus on the contents of the home toolbox. Need to know: As with any product on the market, you get what you pay for. In other words, if you buy cheap, that's exactly what you will get. If you are one of those people who are attracted to shiny and expensive things, you are likely to buy tools that you will never use. It is much wiser to have access to a few good hand tools and a couple of multipurpose power tools - either corded or cordless - than to own the high-end and expensive machinery that Norm Abram uses each week on his PBS program, The New Yankee Workshop.
NEWS
December 31, 2008 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There were a meat grinder, a barbecue grill, a turkey fryer, lots of power tools, and an array of books, including the Encyclopedia of Country Living and a handbook called the Worst Case Scenario. These were just some of the purchases cited in court yesterday that federal prosecutors contend were paid for by Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, the South Philadelphia nonprofit that is at the center of the sprawling indictment against former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo. The prosecution contends that Fumo and his codefendant, Ruth Arnao, the former head of Citizens' Alliance, routinely skimmed from the nonprofit by getting it to pay for all kinds of personal purchases, causing a loss to the charity of about $1.4 million.
REAL_ESTATE
December 14, 2008 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
On the November day in 1999 when Robyn and Mark Kaminer closed on their house in Medford, Robyn screwed up her courage and drove over, bent on spending the night there. Mark would be meeting her later. It was, after all, the couple's first home and - even if it meant sleeping on the floor - being there just felt right. "But when I got there, the place looked so awful and so creepy that I couldn't go in," she says. "When I finally forced myself to, I called Mark right away - I was literally afraid of my own house.
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