Archive: February, 2012
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County will dedicate its 51st Habitat home at noon on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The house is at 408 Beech Street in Pottstown.
Whitehall Road in Montgomery County will close for six months starting next Monday, Feb. 20, PennDOT said.
The road will be closed between Sandra Lane and Stonybrook Drive as workers rehabilitate the bridge over Stony Creek.
This just in from Lower Merion Township commissioner Jenny Brown. Before running unsuccessfully for county commissioner on the Republican ticket in November, Brown had pushed for greater transparency in township government. Here she returns to her prior theme.
The issue comes to a head tonight, she says:
Eat - birthday cake the way Martha made it for Gen. George Washington.
Play - during sessions packed with children’s actitivities.
Montgomery County's 2012 Black History Celebration will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 DeKalb Street in Norristown.
The program will focus on the contributions of black women to American history and culture.
Featured speakers are Renee Amoore, of the Amoore Group, and Rochelle Griffin-Culbreath, former president of Norristown Municipal Council.
"This is an important event as Montgomery County celebrates its African American heritage," said Josh Shapiro, chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners.
Black History Committee Chairperson LaVera Seymour said she believes it is important to honor “courageous, trail blazing women that have come before us."
"With their help and support, women have been able to have the opportunity to succeed in all fields and endeavors of life, she said.
Seymour said much remains to be done.
“It's our turn to provide the necessary uplift to women of today, tomorrow, and beyond by creating more opportunities to be successful women. Let us continue to 'lift as we climb'."
The Eisenhower Middle School Choir will perform at the event. So will The Hancock School Fourth Grade Chorus, drummer Larry B. Hopewell, poet Silvia Lares, and special dancer Richarda Dinkins.
The event is free and open to the public.
Americans have recognized Black history since 1926 when Carter G. Woodson established the second week in February as a time to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.
"We value the dignity of every individual, and recognize that each of us has a responsibility in our own way to advance the common good," Seymour said.
"Our diversity is our greatest strength, and day by day, we will continue to thrive and make great progress in our schools, our neighborhoods, our workplaces and our homes."
For information contact Seymour at 610-278-3512 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Switching to Delaware County for a moment to share some info that just came our way:
Tyler Arboretum holds its annual Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will include a trek to one of the arboretum's sugar maples, a lesson on how to tap a tree and collect sap, and a talk on how the clear tree sap is boiled down to form sweet syrup. (Do not try this at home. We did, and it steamed the wallpaper off the walls.)
The lessons will be followed by an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, sausage, steaming hot coffee and cocoa, and of course, maple syrup.
Cost is $11 for adults, $6 for children ages 3 to 11. Kids under 3 are free. All proceeds benefit Tyler Arboretum. Snow date is March 3.
Tyler Arboretum at 515 Painter Road, Media, has 650 acres for visitors to see with renowned plant collections, champion trees, rare plant specimens, a native butterfly house, historic buildings and 20 miles of hiking trails.
For information, link to www.tylerarboretum.org.
Weis Markets Inc., a Pennsylvania-based supermarket company, this morning announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase three Genuardi's locations from Safeway Inc.
The stores are at 200 Ridge Pike in Conshohocken, 13 Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown, and 25 West Germantown Pike in Norristown.
The stores will continue to operate as Genuardi's prior to the completion of the sale.
"We're extremely pleased to be adding these stores to our store base," said Weis Markets' President and CEO David J. Hepfinger. "We look forward to serving these communities ... as we have in 33 counties throughout central, eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania.
“We will also be reaching out to the associates of these stores to discuss employment with our company."
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets currently operates 161 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.
Police in Lansdale said Friday they are seeking two young men who stole $1,500 worth of Mucinex from a pharmacy in Montgomery County.
And no, they did not have stuffed-up noses, police said.
Instead, police believe the thieves wanted the drugs to sell at knock-down prices to corner grocery stores.
Investigators say the theft took place at 7:40 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Rite Aid Store at 10 W. Main Street in the borough.
Police said the suspects were two African American males in their late teens or early twenties. They can be seen on surveillance tapes entering the pharmacy, police said.
The pair used gift bags stocked by the store to hide the stolen items.
Mucinex is an FDA-approved drug that loosens the mucus that can cause chest and nasal congestion. It is sold over the counter.