July 30, 2015 |
As cyclists whizzed past and kayakers drifted below the bridge on a hot summer afternoon, the final link in the Schuylkill River Trail connecting Philadelphia to Phoenixville officially opened. The Schuylkill Canal Towpath, a 13/4-mile stretch running along the border of Upper Providence Township, is ready for runners, bikers and walkers after 35 years of work to restore the canal. "This is a gem that links our county to Philadelphia," said Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro at the ribbon-cutting on Tuesday attended by state and local officials and advocates.
June 14, 2015 |
About 1 p.m. Friday, dozens of candy-colored kayaks began arriving on the shores of the Schuylkill. The Philadelphia Canoe Club offered a cool, shady haven to the 100 or so paddlers who clambered out of their boats and into the building for lunch. They'd begun their voyage six days previously. "It's an effort to do it," conceded Jim Showalter, 64, a veteran kayaker who was making his 17th consecutive Schuylkill River Sojourn, paddling between 14 and 18 miles each day since June 6, when the trip began in Schuylkill County.
August 6, 2014 |
A Montgomery County man was ordered to stand trial Monday, accused of killing his father and enlisting his son to help dump the body in northeastern Pennsylvania. At a preliminary hearing in Conshohocken, David St. Onge Sr., 54, looked down as a detective read comments he allegedly made to investigators last month, including a conversation with his son after the attack. "I told David he had to help me get rid of his grandfather," St. Onge Sr. said, according to a statement read in court by Montgomery County Detective Paul Bradbury.
August 12, 2013 |
CONSTRUCTION ON the eagerly awaited boardwalk extension of the Schuylkill Banks trail is chugging along, with its slated completion date of August 2014 mostly intact. Weather delays this winter, however, could add a month or two to the contraction timeline, said Lane Fike, director of capital programs at the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. "They have to pour the concrete on the deck, and that is dependent on weather," he explained. "We're pretty happy with the progress.
November 24, 2012 |
ASHLAND, Pa. - Children were once punished with coal in their Christmas stockings. However, Len S. Kimmel prefers it when people give coal as a gift. Over many years, he has turned coal dust and rice coal - small pieces of anthracite - into jewelry and paperweights shaped like penguins and pigs. "I loved doing it and going out to be a vendor at shows and meeting people," said Kimmel, 79, of Fountain Springs. For more than 15 years, Kimmel has been crafting coal sculptures, using coal dust, rice coal, epoxy, and molds, and selling his work at area malls.
September 20, 2012 |
In another sign that natural gas is supplanting coal in the energy landscape, EmberClear Corp., a Canadian power developer, announced Wednesday it plans to build a 300-megawatt generation plant in Schuylkill County on a site where it had once envisioned a plant fueled by coal. EmberClear, which is based in Calgary, said it had selected SK E&C USA to build the Good Spring Natural Gas Combined Cycle power plant. The project, which EmberClear chief executive Albert Lin estimated would cost up to $400 million to build, will employ 500 construction workers.
March 20, 2011 |
When Muhammad Ali was training for a fight in Deer Lake, Pa., in the 1970s, the boxer was visited at his Schuylkill County compound by one of the few people in the world as famous as he. "A few years ago, Elvis came to see me at my training camp, stayed two weeks," Ali told TV Guide in 1979. "I said, 'Elvis, do me a favor. I got a guitar.' " The Greatest wanted The King to help him stir up a little trouble. He persuaded Presley to come with him to a bar in nearby Pottsville, "this little redneck place called Spoonies," where the duo sneaked in the back way. In Ali's telling, Presley went to the microphone with a towel on his head, then pulled it off, and sang, 'You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, cryin' all the time.
October 12, 2010 |
It was one of the nation's largest affirmative-action frauds - $119 million spent on 336 bridge projects, from eastern Pennsylvania interstates to SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line. The conspiracy unfolded over 15 years, unchecked by regulators, as a white-family-run concrete business in Schuylkill County used a Filipino man's minority status to win contract after contract. The sham company, operated from a Connecticut basement, became Pennsylvania's greatest recipient of the U.S. government's disadvantaged-business program.
April 23, 2008 |
A 32-year-old Medford man was arrested yesterday and charged with killing Marianne DeMartin, an Evesham woman who disappeared in 2005, authorities said. Alex James Crow, a convicted sex offender, strangled DeMartin in her condominium, squeezed her body in the trunk of her black 2001 Ford Mustang, and dumped it 120 miles away in a rural area of Schuylkill County, Pa., authorities said. His only motive was to steal a car, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said during a news conference.
May 15, 2007 |
One cool morning in June, six years ago, I found myself standing in a dewy field with people slathered in sun screen, clad in puffy, multi-colored life vests, listening intently to a river guide describe the protocols of river sojourning. Then, with a circular wave of a canoe paddle held high over his head and a cry of Head 'em out!, I was officially anointed. I was a Schuylkill Sojourner. River sojourns are well-organized, guided, canoe or kayak trips that take place over several days.