August 26, 2013 |
He was browsing through a flea market in New Hope about 25 years ago when he first eyed the dark, varnish-covered document behind a cracked glass pane amid other old frames. Tom Lingenfelter felt drawn to the relic, though it was "filthy and disintegrating. " Was this a souvenir copy of the Declaration of Independence issued during the nation's 1876 Centennial? Lingenfelter spotted the words Anastatic Fac-simile printed on the document, decided to buy it for $100, then stored it for about 15 years, not realizing what he had. Not until 2006, when he learned about an ingenious but destructive early copying process and compared his Declaration with another rare anastatic copy, held by the National Park Service at Independence National Historical Park.
May 23, 2013 |
Despite a notably low turnout, local government candidates battled it out Tuesday in primaries across the four Pennsylvania suburban counties, with two Republican incumbents in Bucks County facing primary challenges for row offices. The prothonotary's race was the heated contest in Bucks. With more than nine-tenths of voting districts reporting, incumbent Pat Bachtle, elected in 1994 as the county's first female prothonotary - the clerk of civil courts - was narrowly leading Northampton Township lawyer Michelle Christian.
May 19, 2013
Voters across Pennsylvania have only one statewide contest on Tuesday's primary ballot - the Democratic primary for a seat on Superior Court. That race is between Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Jack McVay and Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. of Philadelphia. Republican Vic Stabile of Dauphin County is unopposed. The state bar association has rated all three "recommended. " Locally, voters in Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties will nominate Democrats and Republicans for seats on Common Pleas, Municipal, and District Court, as well as numerous suburban municipal and school posts.
July 4, 2011 |
A historical-documents collector says he believes he has a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence made through a 19th-century printing process that damaged the original. Tom Lingenfelter of Doylestown has spent years researching the document, which he bought at a flea market for $100. He said he believed it to be an anastatic copy made in the 1840s through a then-novel printing process designed to make instant copies. The only other known anastatic copy was found at Independence Hall.
February 1, 2009 |
Not much to look at, Tom Lingenfelter thought. The replica of the Declaration of Independence was coated in dark varnish, framed by dull oak planks, and protected by a cracked pane of glass. He walked away from the booth at a Bucks County flea market when he heard the asking price - around $125. But the old poster kept working on the dealer in historical artifacts. He kept thinking of how large it was, maybe 25 inches across by 30 inches long, and how unadorned, just script and signatures.
August 19, 2006 |
It might be the hardest-fought voter signature of the U.S. Senate campaign. A scuffle broke out yesterday in Harrisburg as Democratic and Green Party representatives reviewed petitions to determine whether Carl Romanelli, the Green's Senate candidate, has enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. It was the fifth straight day that the campaign rivals were essentially locked in a room at the Department of State, scrutinizing tens of thousands of signatures to settle a ballot challenge by the Democrats.
April 12, 2004
If Democrats in Pennsylvania's Eighth District want a congressional candidate who's in sync with the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry, they should back Ginny Schrader. On Iraq: The way to break what Schrader calls the current stalemate is to elect a new president who doesn't take a "my way or the highway" approach to foreign policy. On taxes: Cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent need to be rescinded in favor of incentives that discourage companies from outsourcing. On the deficit: Tax cuts, particularly in 2003, were "unconscionable" given the country's spending needs.
May 16, 2003 |
The two unendorsed Republican candidates for Bucks County commissioner filed suit yesterday in Bucks County Court, charging that three municipalities are trying to keep their political signs out of the public eye. Tom Lingenfelter and Bill O'Neill alleged that their free-speech rights under the U.S. Constitution are being violated by Buckingham Township, Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township. "I've taken on this issue in 23 municipalities in Bucks and Montgomery [Counties]
May 13, 2003
Bucks County voters will get a chance to grade their county's moderate Republican leadership this year, as the two incumbent GOP county commissioners seek new terms. Democrats won't speak on the issue until the fall, since Democratic Commissioner Sandra A. Miller and fellow commissioner candidate, Joyce A. Hadley, a former Bensalem school director, are unopposed in the primary. Republican voters have to make a decision next week: Two challengers to Republican Commissioners Michael G. Fitzpatrick and Charles H. Martin are on the May 20 ballot.
October 1, 2002 |
In the last year, U.S. Rep. James C. Greenwood has taken on Enron, Martha Stewart, and Pennsylvania's medical malpractice insurance crisis. But in November's election, the Bucks County Republican will face a slightly less intimidating foe: political novice Timothy T. Reece, 26-year-old Democratic write-in candidate. Since he wrested the Eighth Congressional District seat from seven-term incumbent Peter Kostmayer in 1992, Greenwood has never been seriously challenged in a general election.