From Inner Circle Of Iran, A Pragmatic Victor

Northern Tehran City with Alborz Mountains in ...

Northern Tehran City with Alborz Mountains in the background, Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TEHRAN — As Iranians responded to the victory of the cleric Hassan Rowhani in the country’s presidential race over the weekend by erupting into street parties not seen in many years, it almost seemed as if some sort of reformist revolution could be under way.

Across the country, drivers honked horns, men danced to pop music and women clapped, celebrating Mr. Rowhani’s campaign pledges to bring more freedom and better relations with the outside world.

But Mr. Rowhani, 64, is no renegade reformist, voted in while Iran’s leaders were not paying attention. Instead, his political life has been spent at the center of Iran’s conservative establishment, from well before Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution in the 1970s.  And analysts say that Mr. Rowhani’s first priority will be mediating the disturbed relationship between that leadership and Iran’s citizens, not carrying out major change.

Even his nickname — “the diplomat sheik” — is testament to his role as a pragmatist seeking conciliation for the Islamic leadership.  Whether in dealing with protesting students, the aftermath of devastating earthquakes or, in his stint as nuclear negotiator, working to ease international pressure as Iran moved forward with its nuclear program, Mr. Rowhani has worked to find practical ways to help advance the leadership’s goals.

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Eastern Delaware Nations Pow-Wow Held In Forksville

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Sullivan County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Sullivan County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FORKSVILLE – David Hall of Hughesville doesn’t have to worry about getting wet during a storm – as long as he has his teepee around.

Hall and his son, Corey Hall of Renovo, Clinton County, attended the Eastern Delaware Nations (EDN) Pow-wow Sunday in Forksville.

Luckily, it was sunny and dry Sunday afternoon for the Pow-wow, so there was no need to climb inside the teepee to escape a shower.

They had it on display for the annual event.

“A lot of people would think you would get wet in them, and you don’t,” David said.  He said his teepee has held up in some “pretty nasty storms.”

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McDonald’s Sued For Paying Pa. Employees With Fee-Carrying Debit Cards

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She spent her days serving up Happy Meals, but when it came time to get paid, Natalie Gunshannon says a local McDonald’s franchisee gave her an unhappy deal.

The Shavertown McDonald’s forces workers to be paid only one way: with a payroll debit card that burdens workers with hefty fees to obtain their hard-earned cash, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Gunshannon and other McDonald’s workers.

Gunshannon and an untold number of current and former employees had no option to receive a traditional paycheck or get paid by direct deposit, she and her attorneys said in the class-action against franchise owners Albert and Carol Mueller of Clarks Summit.

“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Gunshannon, 27, said Thursday outside her Dallas Township residence.

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Diane Mastrull: Working To Build An Empire Of Healthy Fast Food

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County

Location of Horsham Township in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship.

Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a “lean-as-you-can-imagine” 170 pounds.  By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240.

A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle.  Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.

“When I opened up with smoothies and popcorn, people thought I was insane,” said the founder of Bryn & Dane’s, a low-calorie, low-fat, high-fiber fast-food company in Horsham with a freestanding restaurant – and a recently added catering arm – that expects to exceed $2 million in sales this year.

“Now, people say, ‘Holy crap! I t’s probably going to happen.’ ”


Support For ‘Secret Valley’ Rail Line From Boyertown To Pottstown Picks Up Steam

Plans for a tourist excursion railroad on the eight-mile Colebrookdale line between Pottstown and Boyertown are moving forward and picking up support, most recently from a team of 40-or-so volunteers to got together to do a clean-up along the route.

Last weekend, the volunteers, led by the Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars and folks in Montgomery County’s ARD program performing court-ordered community service, picked up trash along the right of way.

Berks County Subway provided lunch for all volunteers, and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation provided water.

J.P. Mascaro & Sons provided two dumpsters.

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Family Services of Montgomery County Job Announcement

Family Development Specialist
Full-time – Minimum bachelor’s degree in social work, early childhood education, or related field. Provide education to families of infants/preschoolers.  Knowledge of child development patterns, parent education, family systems, and local community resources necessary.  Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation necessary.  Bilingual a plus.

This position is based in Family Services’ Pottstown Office.

To apply, email resume and cover letter to Jenn Brown at by 6/30/13.

Genesis Housing Corporation Homes For Sale In Pottstown

Now is the time to buy renovated single family homes.  Total monthly payments as low as $452 per month. [info/application].  Click here to see our available homes.

Pottstown homes are 610 Chestnut St., 612 Chestnut St., 405 Walnut St and 407 Walnut St. Coming soon is 433 Walnut St.

The Washington Street Neighborhood Project is revitalizing Washington Street in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  The Washington Street Neighborhood Project emphasizes home ownership and encourages local renters to become homebuyers.

The Washington Street Neighborhood Project purchases, rehabs, and resells homes at affordable sale prices with an interest free soft second mortgage for the difference between the sale price and the appraised value of the home.

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Olivet Boys & Girls Club Summer Camp In Pottstown

June 17th through August 9th

Richard J. Ricketts Community Center, 640 Beech Street, Pottstown, PA

Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

Ages 6 to 14 (volunteer opportunities available for youth older than 14)

(Weekly fee is income-based –  $25 or $50)

Subsidized families – call your case manager

Call (484) 945-1020, Janice Burgess, Unit Director