Marcellus Shale Gas Boom Has A Downside – Crime

In a modern-day echo of the raucous Old West, small towns enjoying a boom in oil and gas drilling are seeing a sharp increase in drunken driving, bar fights and other hell-raising, blamed largely on an influx of young men who find themselves with lots of money in their pockets and nothing to do after they get off work.

Authorities in Pennsylvania and other states are quick to point out that the vast majority of workers streaming in are law-abiding. But they also say the drilling industry has brought with it a hard-working, hard-drinking, rough-and-tumble element that, in some places, threatens to overwhelm law enforcement.

Read more: http://www.stargazette.com/article/20111029/NEWS01/110290358/Pa-towns-see-crime-surge-amid-gas-boom?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Athens, PA Flood Recovery Slow But Steady

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2011 has been a year of disasters.  As we recover from the freak snow storm on Saturday, many still without power, let us look back on the flooding which devastated parts of Pennsylvania and follow-up on the recovery efforts being made.

Athens, Pa. – On Maple Street in Athens Borough on Saturday, residents were making progress: some were spackling, some were insulating, some were putting up drywall, and one was ready for a break.

The street was inside a zone so devastated by the flood of nearly two months ago that, in the days just after the flood, people had to pass a Pennsylvania Army National Guard checkpoint to enter.

Read more: http://www.stargazette.com/article/20111030/NEWS01/110300350/Flood-recovery-slow-steady?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Check Out This Halloween Display In Elmira Heights, NY

Happy Halloween!

Check out this house in Elmira Heights, NY.  These people go all out for Halloween.  Click on the attached link from the Star Gazette and view the 20 pictures of their exterior Halloween display!

Click here: http://www.stargazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=CB&Date=20111030&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=110300802&Ref=PH&Item=0

Philadelphia Eagles Dream Team Finally Clicks!

Last night’s complete blow-out (34-7) of the Dallas Cowboy‘s by the Philadelphia Eagles gave fans a much-needed victory.  The “dream team” that had been much hyped before the season began finally gelled and played consistently for four quarters.

The Dallas Cowboys finally scored in the fourth quarter but were completely shut down by the Eagles offensively and defensively.  The Eagles made it look easy.

Andy Reid and his coaching staff as well and Michael Vick and his players were all on the same page last night.  The Eagles played like champions.

I hope this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the season from the Eagles.  It sure makes watching football fun again!

Curb Tree Damage Around Pottstown After Weekend Snow

Free lance photographer and occasional Roy’s Rants contributor Jody Rhoads snapped a few pictures around town showing curb tree damage after Saturday’s freak October snow storm.  I suppose a certain Citizen For Responsible Government, aka the PAC man, on Chestnut Street is mourning the loss of some of his precious babies.

150,000 PECO Customers Still Without Power

PECO is reporting that at the height of yesterday’s freak blizzard, 250,000 customers were without power.  That number has been reduced to 150,000.

Chester, Bucks and Montgomery Counties were the hardest hit.  Customers in these three counties represent almost 100% of the 150,000 still left without power.

Hundreds Of Thousands Without Power In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA – Mother Nature’s October surprise snowfall has cut power to about 428,000 customers in eastern and central Pennsylvania as trees weighted down by heavy flakes topple onto power lines or traffic accidents bring down utility poles.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/pennsylvania/20111029_ap_rareoctobersnowcutspowertothousandsinpa.html?ref=twitter.com#ixzz1cCoU0WAf
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Dana Reports Increased Earnings For Third Quarter

Some good financial news for our area today as Dana announced their 3rd quarter results.  Dana Holding Corp. reported a year-to-date income of $148 million for 2011.  In 2010 that figure was only $24 million.  Sales were up almost 30 percent over the 3rd quarter of 2010 and up $1.1 billion year-to-date over last year.

Dana operates a driveshaft plant in Pottstown which contributes greatly to the local economy.

Lancaster City Homeowners Going For Bright Colors

You can’t miss them.

North Mary Street is home to a tangerine-colored house, which happens to be next door to a purple house.

A house painted the same shade as the aquamarine hue of the Caribbean Sea sits along South Queen Street.

And have you seen the hot pink house on Beaver Street?

Yowza!

Bright-colored houses and businesses are popping up all over Lancaster city, which has traditionally been more of a colonial-hued town.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/486890_House-hues-brighten-Lancaster-city.html#ixzz1c5uTqaBk

Charlie Sheen Gets New Sitcom

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Just when you thought we had heard the last of Charlie Sheen for a while, he pops back up again.  Charlie just got signed to the FX Network for a new show called Anger Management (based on the Jack Nicholson movie).  Charlie will play the role of a therapist who has his own issues (who says art doesn’t imitate life?)

Sheen has the green light for 10 episodes.  The new show will most likely air in a block with reruns ofTwo And A Half Men.  (Talk about falling in a pile of @#*$ and coming out smelling like a rose!)

Art Exhibit And Reception At Mosaic Community Land Trust – Pottstown

We would like to invite you to come join us at the MOSAIC Community Land Trust gallery located at 10 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania for a reception event. Exhibiting artists Raun Kercher and Let Ritvalsky’s opening reception is open to the public on November 12th at 7PM to 9PM. 

We are also celebrating the volunteers who have contributed to preparing Pottstown’s First Community Gardens! We’ve much to celebrate so please join us!

Raun Kercher

“Raun Kercher’s artwork covers a history of American music from the genres of both American Blues and Jazz. The artwork tells a history while capturing emotions expressed in music.”  www.raunkercher.com

 Let Ritvalsky

“My art, regardless of the medium I’m using, is simply an end result of whatever happiness runs from my brain through my hands to my tools each day that I work. This talent brings great energy to my life and I am honored to have it. My art isn’t about making a statement, unless that statement is to bring a smile to someone when they see my work.”

The Mosaic Community Land Trust Gallery is located at 10 South Hanover Street across the street from the Brick House. For more information on MOSAIC Community Land Trust, please visit and subscribe to the blog here or become a friend on Facebook. Pottstown is on the brink of revitalization so you can follow the development of the gardens and other events by getting connected.

MOSAIC Community Land Trust

Email:  PottstownCLT@gmail.com

Internet:  www.mosaiccommunitylandtrust.org

Amy Winehouse Cause Of Death Released

A British coroner ruled that Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning.  “Death by misadventure” was the result of having a blood alcohol level five times over the legal drunk-driving limit.  Ms. Winehouse had “fallen off the wagon” shortly before her death and had begun drinking heavily after a period of sobriety.  Ms. Winehouse was 27-years-old.

Borough Of Pottstown Mission Statement Adopted October 11th

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MISSION STATEMENT
Borough of Pottstown

Our mission is to provide and maintain superior municipal services in a safe and controlled community setting, keeping within the designated financial constraints as set forth in our annual budget, in order to attract and retain responsible property owners, businesses and community leaders that will continue to assist in our improvement and growth for the future, while remembering our P.R.I.D.E.

P.R.I.D.E. Core Values

  • P – Plan - We will accept that change is inevitable, and PLAN accordingly for the future.
  • R – Responsible - We will manage our financial and human resources in a RESPONSIBLE manner.
  • I – Interests - We will consider the INTERESTS of the entire community in decision making
  • D – Deliver - We will strive to DELIVER superior services to the tax and rate payers.
  • E – Equity - We will treat everyone and every situation with EQUITY and fairness.

Adopted and approved by Pottstown Borough Council October 11, 2011.


Dave Mell Blues Band At Sunnybrook Ballroom – Pottstown

The Dave Mell Blues Band is appearing at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, PA on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 8pm till 11pm. 

The cover charge for this event is $5 per person.  The Sunnybrook Restaurant is adjacent to the ballroom and is open till 9pm. 

We hope that you, your family and your friends are able to join us at this event to help us support the Sunnybrook Foundation.

Sponsored by “What’s Happening TV Show” for the Sunnybrook Foundation

All You Can Eat Flapjack Fundraiser – Pottstown Applebee’s

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 Wings of Victory Outreach Corp.

Developing Self-Sufficiency for Homeless Women

All You Can Eat Flapjack Fundraiser

When:  Saturday, November 5, 2011

Where:  Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 833 North State Street, Pottstown, PA  19464

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Cost:  Adults $6, Children 12 & under $4, Family $25

Donations may be made at: http://www.WingsofVictoryOutreach.org

Pottstown YMCA 21st Annual Halloween Safehouse

Pottstown YMCA

21st Annual Halloween Safehouse

Y Cares Treat Trail & Food Drive

Friday, October 28, 2011, 6-8 PM

Ages 12 & under with Adult

Admission Fee – Canned Food Item or Donation

Food donations benefit the pantries of The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities & the Salvation Army.

Monetary donations benefit the Y Cares Program of Freedom Valley YMCA

Freedom Valley YMCA at Pottstown, Adams & Jackson Streets, 610.323.7300 or  www.fvymca.org

Free National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Tri-County Community Network Supports Drug Enforcement Administration

Pottstown, Pa. (October 20, 2011) – The Tri-County Community Network (TCN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health, social and environmental conditions in Western Montgomery, Northern Chester and Eastern Berks counties, is renewing support this month for efforts by area law enforcement agencies to collect unused prescription drugs, taking them out of the hands of youth and helping to protect public water supplies, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Casey Jones, a member of TCN’s Education & Advocacy Team and the C.A.R.E. committee, said the organization is promoting positive response by its members and their communities to the 3rd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 29, at various area locations.

Law enforcement agencies will be supervising free, no-questions-asked collection of unused prescription drugs, often found accumulating in home medicine cabinets and drawers, at several community locations, including designated supermarkets and pharmacies.

Collection sites within the Greater Pottstown area include:

  • Pottstown – Giant Food Store, 86 Glocker Way, Pottstown (North Coventry Police) and Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, 2199 Buchert Road
  • Birdsboro – Birdsboro Pharmacy Parking Lot, 310 West Main Street
  • Gilbertsville – Giant Markets, 173 Holly Road (Douglass Township Police)
  • Phoenixville – Borough Hall, 140 Church Street, and Giant Food Store at 700 Nutt Road
  • Schwenksville – Pennsylvania State Police – Skippack Barracks, 2047-C Bridge Road
  • Zieglerville – Lower Frederick Township Police, 53 Spring Mount Road
  • Oaks – Upper Providence Township Police, 286 Black Rock Road

Individuals also may drop off prescription drugs at other locations found at the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Jones, a families advocate who undertakes community outreach as part of the Transformation Initiative for Building Healthy Communities Through Healthy Families, said the national collection program complements a significant number of TCN’s own collaborative initiatives in the areas of health, education, environmental awareness, youth and family development, assistance to caregivers, and homelessness.

“Prescription drugs have become a new drug of choice for youth,” he said, noting that national survey results from the DEA found one in seven teens admitting to abusing prescription drugs to get high during the past year, with 60 percent of teens who have abused prescription pain relievers having done so before the age of 15.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that unused prescriptions, poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet, may enter streams and rivers and, ultimately, end up in municipal water supplies.

In addition to promoting proper disposal of unused prescription drugs, TCN is seeking to educate the public, including children, about the dangers associated with un-prescribed use of medicines.  It will be providing posters and other materials to its members and the public for distribution to and education of individuals, employees and clients.

During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back in April 2011, over a half ton of unused prescription drugs were collected in both Montgomery and Chester counties, reflecting over 12.5% of the total state-wide collection total.

Members of the public who would like to promote this activity with posters or handbills, that also can be used as church bulletin inserts, may obtain them from TCN at info@tcnetwork.org.

Additional information about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative, along with the searchable database of collection sites in neighboring areas and nationally, is available at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Job Seekers Forum To Be Held In Pottstown, November 3rd

 

   Tri-County Community Job Seekers Forum

Thursday, November 3, 6pm-8pm

Tri-County PerformingArtsCenter

245 East High Street,Pottstown

Learn more about job opportunities in the Tri-County area.

Get the inside scoop from employers.

Q & A with HR Representatives.

Refreshments will be served.

To register call 610-705-3301, Ext. 2

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TCN Exelon Nuclear Workforce Development Program