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August 27, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Schwenksville man was arrested early Thursday, not long after he struck a Philadelphia police sergeant with his car in Manayunk and then took off. Colin Murphy of the 600 block of Appaloosa Street was picked up after a tow-truck operator monitoring police scanner transmissions heard of the accident and saw Murphy's 2008 Toyota Rav-4 near Ridge Avenue and Conarroe Street, police said. The operator called police, and Murphy was stopped about a block away and taken into custody.
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April 9, 1997 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
"No Skateboarding" signs may pop up here to join the "No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping" placards seen on many streets. Tomorrow, the Borough Council plans to curb skateboarding on all public streets, alleys and sidewalks, which will leave skateboarders in one of Montgomery County's tiniest municipalities with no place to roll, twist and jump. If the proposed ordinance is adopted, Schwenksville will join the growing ranks of towns in the region in which skateboarding already has been prohibited or restricted.
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November 16, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1920s, Philadelphians went by the trainful to cool off on the banks of Montgomery County's Perkiomen Creek, hike nearby Spring Mountain, and rock on the porches of Schwenksville's resort hotels. But the belching locomotives are gone now. So are the summer hotels, save for one. The Woodside Inn, scarred by weather and plundered by vandals, sat vacant for two years before Rick and Gayle Buckman fell in love with its past and decided to give it a future. "I just kept driving by and thinking, 'I want to save this building,' " Gayle Buckman said.
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April 2, 1995 | By Jeff Eckhoff, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Montgomery County Health Department will euthanize nearly a dozen cats here to contain what is being called the county's first confirmed rabies case of 1995. The cats, which had served as a sort of rodent patrol in a Schwenksville barn, will be trapped and put to sleep in accordance with the wishes of the two men who feed them. Thomas and Robert Wiley, Schwenksville brothers who had previously ignored two Health Department orders to produce one of the cats, Homer, for testing, on Thursday told county officials to pick up the nine or 10 cats that congregate around their barn.
NEWS
January 19, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's just another hot and humid day in early January. Two-story African cacti tower above ferns flourishing in the moist heat. The weather outside may be frightful, but inside the 50-foot-high glass atrium of Ott's Exotic Plants near Schwenksville, it averages 66 degrees year-round. The swooping glass dome and the tropical flora amid the mist are about the last things you'd expect along this sparsely populated stretch of Route 29 on a winter's day. Inside, a path overhung with date palms and pungent flowers winds up a hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 1993 | By Ellen Goldman Frasco, FOR THE INQUIRER
This weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will offer more than just musical moments for the kids. Along with special concerts for young audiences, the three-day extravaganza in Schwenksville will feature a separate children's area, in the shady Dulcimer Grove, with puppet shows, storytelling, environmental workshops, hands-on crafts and more. The family festivities will begin at 3 p.m. today with a potpourri of children's entertainment. Youngsters can join musicians Dave Fry and Jackie Pack in an interactive program of original play songs, learn folk dances from around the world with Hanny Budnick and watch as the handmade puppets of Tucker's Tales Puppet Theater bring fairy tales to life.
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November 30, 2012 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
There are people who love cruises, and people like Jim Hoser who see them as floating penal colonies. "I'm too restless," says the scuba instructor from Schwenksville. His girlfriend is a cruise person. "The greatest thing for her," he says, "is getting all dressed up, having dinner, ordering room service, and not having to do any of the work herself. " A few months ago, Janice Kench persuaded Hoser to accompany her on a favorite ship, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.
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June 4, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To Montgomery County officials, an old railroad right-of-way in the northern part of the county is a nature trail waiting for hikers. To some landowners, it's the front line of a battle against a government takeover. The county has sued four landowners who it says are blocking development of the Perkiomen Trail on county property. The suit, filed Friday, requests a court order to remove fences, bridges and other impediments to the recreational trail. In dispute is a strip of land stretching from Pennsburg to Schwenksville that was a Reading Railroad right-of-way before the county bought it from the bankrupt company in 1978.
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April 20, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Scott S. Hamrick
Earth Day was celebrated Saturday at the Pennypacker Mills park in Schwenksville. There were exhibits, crafts, games and storytelling with an environmental flavor for participants.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / ANDREW EINHORN
A class on basket-making was taught by Claudy Slifer of Lafayette Hill at Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville on July 15. Slifer, who has been teaching basket weaving for 10 years, conducted the class on the porch of a historic house at Pennypacker Mills.
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August 27, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Schwenksville man was arrested early Thursday, not long after he struck a Philadelphia police sergeant with his car in Manayunk and then took off. Colin Murphy of the 600 block of Appaloosa Street was picked up after a tow-truck operator monitoring police scanner transmissions heard of the accident and saw Murphy's 2008 Toyota Rav-4 near Ridge Avenue and Conarroe Street, police said. The operator called police, and Murphy was stopped about a block away and taken into custody.
REAL_ESTATE
August 22, 2016 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Sharon and Armen DiFilippo's spacious stone Colonial features a center hall and an elegant staircase. On the wall of the second-floor landing are large framed photos of the three DiFilippo children in First Holy Communion finery - the girls in white dresses and veils, the boy in a white suit. Memories of yesterday installed in the house the family live in today. They took up residence here in 2008, a few years after the photos were taken, when Sharon and Armen and the children moved from Collegeville to Ashbourne Estates in Schwenksville.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman
THE PARENTS: Evelyn Attas, 32, and Mark Attas, 37, of Drexel Hill THE KIDS: Dylan Michael, 7; Lori Renee, 5; Piper Rose, born April 11, 2016 WHAT MADE THE WEDDING UNIQUELY THEIRS: A wedding cake with fondant in a geometric pattern of black, red and white, and no "groom's side" or "bride's side. " Everyone mixed. If there were something worse than being stuck in Schwenksville, an hour from her South Philly cousins, while pregnant and caring for a not-yet-potty-trained toddler as her pharmacist husband worked 12-hour shifts, Evelyn wasn't sure what that particular version of hell might be. Until she started vomiting blood and suffering brutal surges of back pain.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WOULD NOT have been surprising to find Dr. Milton A. Wohl, a distinguished physician, repairing a tractor on his farm in Schwenksville, putting in a crop of corn, cutting down a tree or working a piece of wood in his shop. Dr. Wohl was a prominent orthopedic surgeon, former president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and a highly regarded teacher. But he was also a farmer, a handyman who could take anything mechanical apart and fix it, a historian, music lover, fisherman and world traveler.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the leaders of a Montgomery County methamphetamine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison and 15 years on probation. Francesco "Frank" Messina, 44, pleaded guilty in November to corruption, conspiracy, and selling methamphetamine to undercover officers. He was one of 32 people arrested in what Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman called "a family affair ... consisting of distributors, users, and pushers. " During raids in February 2012, local police, county detectives, and federal drug-enforcement agents seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons from Messina's auto-body shop in Lansdale.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
There are people who love cruises, and people like Jim Hoser who see them as floating penal colonies. "I'm too restless," says the scuba instructor from Schwenksville. His girlfriend is a cruise person. "The greatest thing for her," he says, "is getting all dressed up, having dinner, ordering room service, and not having to do any of the work herself. " A few months ago, Janice Kench persuaded Hoser to accompany her on a favorite ship, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2012 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not just the music that's traditional. For many of those attending this weekend's 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, the event has become a de facto yearly reunion, not to be missed regardless of the demands of pregnancy, puberty, or parenthood. "There were a few lean years, trying to get the tradition going. . . . Now it is fully entrenched," said longtime festival attendee Marty Devaney, 47. "We're at the point where we now see people that we've known for 20 years, and we only see once a year.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thirty-two suspects have been arrested for roles in a meth-trafficking ring operating in Montgomery and Philadelphia, officials announced this morning. The alleged ring, "consisting of distributors, users and pushers," was a "family affair," with brothers Jeffrey and David Penna distributing methamphetamine from Jeffrey Penna's Hatfield Township home, in league with Francesco Messina, also of Hatfield, according to a statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and various local law-enforcement officials.
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November 16, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1920s, Philadelphians went by the trainful to cool off on the banks of Montgomery County's Perkiomen Creek, hike nearby Spring Mountain, and rock on the porches of Schwenksville's resort hotels. But the belching locomotives are gone now. So are the summer hotels, save for one. The Woodside Inn, scarred by weather and plundered by vandals, sat vacant for two years before Rick and Gayle Buckman fell in love with its past and decided to give it a future. "I just kept driving by and thinking, 'I want to save this building,' " Gayle Buckman said.
NEWS
September 20, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard F. Furia, 66, of Wynnewood, a lawyer, died of lung cancer Friday, Sept. 16, at home. Mr. Furia practiced general law for 40 years and had been founding partner with the firm of Furia & Turner in Center City since 1991. "He was an old-school family lawyer who made house calls whenever his clients needed him - nights, days, weekends, and holidays," said his daughter, Gina Rubel, who is also a lawyer. Mr. Furia chaired several Philadelphia Bar Association committees.
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