Daily Local News – Bridgeville Star http://bridgevillestar.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:46:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://bridgevillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/bridgeville-star-icon-150x150.png Daily Local News – Bridgeville Star http://bridgevillestar.com/ 32 32 Hundreds of Chester County families in need receive support from CCIU students – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/hundreds-of-chester-county-families-in-need-receive-support-from-cciu-students-daily-local/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:57:47 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/hundreds-of-chester-county-families-in-need-receive-support-from-cciu-students-daily-local/

DOWNINGTOWN—The holidays have been a little brighter for Chester County families thanks to students and staff at Chester County Technical College’s (CCIU) three secondary school campuses, Child Development Center and Career (CCDC) and Holiday Hope Chest Program.

The Holiday Hope Chest is a charity event that provides a free day of shopping to residents of Chester County who are in need. The event took place at each of four locations: TCHS Brandywine, TCHS Pennock’s Bridge, TCHS Pickering and the CCDC. Over 550 families benefited from the event and the value of all donated goods and money raised totaled over $50,000.

Throughout December, hundreds of CCIU volunteers volunteered their time setting up the event, assisting customers and wrapping gifts for families. Students made up most of the volunteers and played an important role in fundraising, bringing in donations and working on the event to make sure it ran smoothly and was enjoyable for the participating families. .

“The Holiday Hope Chest began in 2003, at a time of growing unemployment, and was founded by Duane and Patty Knecht and their friends. It was created to provide community members and/or entities with the opportunity to improve the lives of families in need by facilitating the collection and distribution of new and gently used items during the holiday season.In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has renewed unemployment and financial needs for families of our community and has shown the need for the Holiday Hope Chest program more than ever,” said Brian Hughes, Principal of TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus.

Families in need are referred to the Holiday Hope Chest by community organizations and then receive a voucher to shop at the store, which consists of new and gently used items such as clothing, accessories, toys, appliances electronics and books.

Founders Patty Knecht, former Director of CCIU’s Practical Nursing Program, and her husband Duane witnessed the impact of the event on recipients and volunteers. “We see the Holiday Hope Chest program as the community helping the community and we all receive gifts from the event. Families are there to bring a physical gift, but we receive the emotional gift of being able to participate and interact with them. We also love the synergy and great opportunity the event provides for high school students. In fact, they embrace it and there were so many students who commented on how they really enjoyed being a personal shopper and connecting with the family they worked with,” Patty Knecht said.

Patty added, “We would not be able to put on this event without the great support of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the four buildings, which host the Holiday Hope Chest events.”

The Holiday Hope Chest was held on December 4 at TCHS Pennock’s Bridge and has helped over 200 families. On December 10, CCDC supported approximately 300 families while on December 11, TCHS Brandywine supported approximately 250 families. TCHS Pickering, which held its event on December 18, supported over 100 families.

Johnson fills out the stat sheet; leads Rams past Millersville – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/johnson-fills-out-the-stat-sheet-leads-rams-past-millersville-daily-local/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:13:58 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/johnson-fills-out-the-stat-sheet-leads-rams-past-millersville-daily-local/ > Leah Johnson did it all Wednesday at Hollinger Field House. The sophomore guard put West Chester on their backs against PSAC East rival Millersville, and in the process, Johnson got just enough help from her teammates to claim a 59-54 victory in women’s basketball . He snapped a six-game losing skid dating …]]>

WEST CHESTER >> Leah Johnson did it all Wednesday at Hollinger Field House.

The sophomore guard put West Chester on their backs against PSAC East rival Millersville, and in the process, Johnson got just enough help from her teammates to claim a 59-54 victory in women’s basketball . He snapped a six-game losing skid dating back to early December.

“Leah played like crazy, and we needed every point, every steal and every assist she gave us to get this win,” WCU head coach Kiera Wooden said.

He didn’t come against a top-notch opponent — the Marauders are now 1-12 overall — but at this point the Golden Rams can’t be picky. It was the team’s first outing in two weeks due to COVID protocols, and WCU is now 2-5 in the league (4-9 overall).

“It was good to get back on track,” Wooden said. “We haven’t played for two weeks, so we’re just happy to be back on the pitch, and almost at full strength.”

Johnson filled out the stat sheet in a way you rarely see. She scored a game-high 27 points (on 10-19 shooting), but also added six rebounds, six steals and six assists in 39 minutes of action.

“My teammates gave me the ball and in defense I did what I do. The coaching staff allows me to go out and make plays, and that’s what I did,” said Johnson said.

“You could tell by watching (Leah) – it was like, ‘we’re not losing this game,'” Wooden added. “And it wasn’t just on offense. His steals fueled our offense and helped us out in transition.

The Rams took the lead finishing the third quarter on a 16-4 streak. And Johnson was clearly the catalyst, scoring 12 of his team’s 16 points in the period. But West Chester didn’t take the lead for good before beating the Marauders 11-5 in the final five minutes of action.

“I thought we really dug in and trusted each other in the last five minutes,” Johnson said.

Johnson scored during hoop practice, then stole and fed freshman Morgan Warley for a quick break bucket. She also added a late free throw. But Warley and fellow freshman Nancy Ruf each added inside buckets, and a key theft by senior Justyn Roberts led to a pair of free throws by rookie Alexa Abbonizio to close it out.

“Justyn’s steal was huge, and we hit some big free throws,” Johnson explained.

“Teams that have been really good to us in the past had multiple weapons,” Wooden added. “We’re still working on that and we need to get production from people other than Lexa (Abbonizio) and Leah.

“We got that on the stretch.”

Johnson and Abbonizio combined to score the WCU’s first 20 points, and the Rams trailed 31-29 at halftime. Abbonoizio added 15 points, but no one else had more than six. West Chester’s four top class players combined to shoot 1 for 10 from the floor and combined to score four runs.

“It was just a matter of rust, part fatigue and having to find a rhythm,” Wooden said. “I think they will be fine.

“Do we expect more from them? Yes. Will they provide more: absolutely.

West Chester 59, Millersille 54

Millerville 15 16 10 13 — 54

West Chester 17 12 16 14 — 59

MILLERSVILLE – Shaw 0-4 2-2 2; William 0-2 1-2 1; Reed 3-8 0-0 9; List 6-16 4-5 16; Ortwein 1-2 1-2 3; McDonald’s 1-2 0-0 2; Taylor 1-4 0-0 3; Rodrigues 1-1 0-0 2; Beverly 3-6 1-1 8; Brown 0-1 0-0 0; Ricks 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 20-53 9-12 54.

West Chester – Ruf 103 1-2 3; Penjuke 0-2 0-0 0; Johnson 10-19 5-7 27; Jefferson 0-3 90-0 0; Abbonizio 4-13 3-4 15; Roberts 0-2 0-0 0; Red men 0-1 1-4 1; Warley 2-6 0-0 4; Holweg 1-4 0-0 3; Conran 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 20-57 10-17 59.

Three pointers: Reed 3, Taylor, Beverly, Johnson 2, Abbonizio 4, Holweg, Conran 2.

James Harrison Obituary (2022) – Rose Valley, PA https://bridgevillestar.com/james-harrison-obituary-2022-rose-valley-pa/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:26:34 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/james-harrison-obituary-2022-rose-valley-pa/ Dr. James Pennock Harrison, Jr. of Rose Valley, PA and Seabrook Island, SC, died at the age of 95 on January 14, 2022 of natural causes. Born December 28, 1926, in the old Coatesville Hospital, he lived his last days at Harrison House of Chester County, an assisted living community founded by him and his wife, Katherine S. Harrison, after purchasing the site of the ‘hospital. Dr. Harrison was predeceased by his parents, James P. and Blanche Carlin Harrison, his brother and sister-in-law Harry Francis and Phyllis Bond Harrison, and his wife of 63 years, Katherine Shockley Harrison. Originally from his beloved Christiana, Pennsylvania, he attended Christiana Elementary School and graduated from Coatesville High School where he was on the baseball team. He attained the rank of Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army serving in the Italian theater where he was stationed at the end of World War II. After leaving the service, he attended Millersville State Teachers College, which led to a successful career in public education. He went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from Temple University. Dr. Harrison began his career as a teacher at Snow Hill High School on the east coast of Maryland, where he met his wife who was in nursing school. He was a teacher of mathematics and industrial arts in Snow Hill and Unionville, PA, principal in Lebanon and West Chester, PA, and superintendent of school districts in Glassboro, NJ and Wallingford Swarthmore, PA. He retired from the latter in 1977 to work full-time in the long-term healthcare business he and Mrs. Harrison started: Harrison Senior Living. The first nursing home, Harrison House of Christiana, opened 50 years ago in 1972. It was followed by skilled care and assisted living communities in Snow Hill; Delmar and Georgetown, DE; Salisbury, MD; and Coatesville, Pennsylvania. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Harrison was dedicated to the communities in which he and his family lived. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was active in his churches. Among his many civic activities, he was President of the Wallingford Arts Center and a founding member of the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society in the historic Rose Valley Arts and Crafts Community. He was an avid reader and collector of art as well as vintage Mercedes Benzes which he also enjoyed driving. Dr. Harrison is survived by his children Ellen Harrison Saunders (Whitney) of Suffolk, VA, James Philip Harrison of Unionville, PA, and Jeffrey Carlin Harrison of Charleston, SC, his grandchildren Harrison Godwin Saunders (Rachel) of Philadelphia , PA, Mary -Carson Saunders Stiff (Joshua) of Norfolk, VA, Chase Carlin Harrison of Orlando, FL, Dylan Thomas Harrison (Mariana Su Duran) of Orlando, FL and Grace Whitney Saunders of Durham, NC, back 5 -grandchildren, a niece and 5 nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to the wonderful employees of Harrison House in Chester County, many of whom he hired and mentored, for the loving and outstanding care they provided to their father. A funeral service will be held at Penningtonville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 406 Main St., Atglen, PA on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at Chantry Place, 15 N. Bridge St, Christiana, PA . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for nursing scholarships may be made in memory of Dr. Harrison to: The Suffolk Foundation, 110 Finney Avenue, Suite 100, Suffolk, VA 23434. Please note in the line of note: The Katherine S. Harrison Donor Advised Fund. Contributions can also be made online at www.suffolkfoundation.org/donate. Shivery Funeral Home, Christiana, PA is helping the family. shiveryfuneralhome.com

Published by The Daily Local from January 17 to January 18, 2022.

Djokovic quits Australia after losing deportation appeal – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/djokovic-quits-australia-after-losing-deportation-appeal-daily-local/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 11:59:02 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/djokovic-quits-australia-after-losing-deportation-appeal-daily-local/


MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic left Australia on Sunday night after losing his last attempt to avoid expulsion and play at the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against COVID -19. Earlier, a court unanimously rejected the No.1-ranked tennis player’s challenge to have his visa revoked.

Djokovic, a 34-year-old Serb, said he was “extremely disappointed” by the decision but respected it.

A masked Djokovic was pictured in a Melbourne airport lounge with two government officials in black uniforms. He left on an Emirates flight to Dubai, the same city in the United Arab Emirates from which he flew to Australia.

He has won a record nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row, but this time won’t even get the chance to try.

“I respect the Court’s decision and will cooperate with the relevant authorities regarding my departure from the country,” he said in a statement.

Djokovic said he was “uncomfortable” that the focus was on him since his visa was first canceled when he arrived at Mebourne airport on January 6.

“Hopefully now we can all focus on the game and the tournament that I love,” he said.

The national federation which organizes the tournament, Tennis Australia, said it respected the Federal Court’s decision. “We look forward to a competitive and exciting Australian Open 2022 and wish all players well,” he said in a statement.

A deportation order also usually includes a three-year ban on re-entering Australia.

In Serbia, President Aleksandar Vucic said the hearing was “a farce with a lot of lies”.

“They think they humiliated Djokovic with this 10-day harassment, and they actually humiliated themselves. If you said that the one who has not been vaccinated does not have the right to enter, Novak would not come or would be vaccinated,” Vucic told reporters.

He said he told Djokovic after talking to him “that we can’t wait to see him in Serbia, to go back to his country, to come where he is always welcome”.

He did not say whether Djokovic had said he would go to Serbia first after his deportation.

Chief Justice James Allsop said the decision boiled down to whether the Minister’s decision was “irrational or legally unreasonable”.

Hawke welcomed the decision. His office did not immediately provide details on how or when Djokovic would leave.

“Australia’s strong border protection policies have protected us during the pandemic, resulting in one of the lowest death rates, strongest economic recoveries and highest vaccination rates in the world. “Hawke said.

“Strong border protection policies are also fundamental to preserving Australia’s social cohesion which continues to strengthen despite the pandemic,” he added.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed what he described as the “decision to keep our borders strong and keep Australians safe”.

But opposition spokeswoman for the home affairs portfolio, Kristina Keneally, said Djokovic was being deported for what he said and did publicly abroad before the government granted him a visa in November .

“This mess is not a failure of our laws. This is a failure of Morrison’s skill and leadership,” Keneally tweeted.

The response to the pandemic has become politically charged with Morrison’s Conservative coalition seeking a fourth three-year term in elections due in May.

Infection rates have soared across much of Australia since December, when Morrison’s government eased what had been some of the Democratic world’s toughest restrictions on international travel.

“I will now take some time to rest and recover, before making any further comments beyond that,” he said.

The court process that hoped Djokovic would maintain his aspirations for a 21st Grand Slam title was extraordinarily fast by Australian standards.

Within three hours of Hawke’s announcement on Friday afternoon that Djokovic’s visa had been revoked, his attorneys appeared before a federal circuit judge and family court to challenge the decision. The case went to Federal Court on Saturday and submissions were filed by both parties the same day.

The three judges heard the case for more than five hours on Sunday and announced their verdict two hours later.

There was evidence that Djokovic should be expelled based on Hawke’s assessment that he was seen as a “talisman of a community of anti-vaccination sentiment”.

Hawke’s lawyer, Stephen Lloyd, took aim at Djokovic’s anti-vaccination stance and his “history of ignoring COVID safety measures”.

Lloyd cited the example of Djokovic giving an interview to a French journalist last month while infected with COVID-19 and removing his mask during a photoshoot. Djokovic admitted that the interview was an error in judgement.

The minister canceled the visa on the grounds that Djokovic’s presence in Australia could pose a risk to the health and ‘good order’ of the Australian public and ‘may be counterproductive to vaccination efforts by others in Australia’ .

Djokovic’s visa was initially canceled on January 6 by a border official who decided he did not qualify for a medical exemption from Australian rules for unvaccinated visitors. He was exempted from the tournament’s vaccination rules as he had been infected with the virus in the previous six months.

Vasek Pospisil, a Canadian who won the Wimbledon men’s doubles title in 2014 and who worked with Djokovic to form an association to represent the players, tweeted: “There was a political agenda at play here with the (Australian) elections ) to come that couldn’t be more obvious. It’s not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home.

Pospisil wrote that Djokovic would not have tried to go to Australia at all and “was at home with his family” if he had not received the medical exemption.

Djokovic has won nine Australian Open titles, including three in a row, and a total of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies, tied with rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most in tennis history male.

Djokovic’s dominance of late has been particularly impressive, winning four of the last seven majors and finishing second in two others.

The only time he didn’t reach at least the final in that span was at the 2020 US Open, where he was disqualified in the fourth round for hitting a ball that inadvertently hit a judge line to the throat after a match.

Because Djokovic withdrew from the tournament after Monday’s schedule was published, he was replaced on the pitch by what is known as a “lucky loser” – a player who loses in the qualifying tournament but enters the main draw due to the exit of another player before the competition started.

That player is Italian Salvatore Caruso, who is ranked 150th in the world.


Associated Press writers John Pye in Melbourne, Australia, Howard Fendrich in Washington DC and Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia contributed to this report.


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Officials tout $1.6 billion in infrastructure funding for PA bridge projects https://bridgevillestar.com/officials-tout-1-6-billion-in-infrastructure-funding-for-pa-bridge-projects/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:57:59 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/officials-tout-1-6-billion-in-infrastructure-funding-for-pa-bridge-projects/

State and federal officials on Friday highlighted the impacts the $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill passed in November will have on Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on bridges.

Pennsylvania is set to receive $1.6 billion over the next five years to repair more than 3,000 bridges across the Commonwealth, according to information provided by Governor Tom Wolf’s office. In fiscal year 2022, Keystone State will receive more than $327 million in federal funding for bridge projects.

“Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation for the number of bridges in poor condition (3,353 to be exact), so to say we will benefit from the recently announced Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding is an understatement,” U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan, D.-6th District, said during a Zoom press conference announcing the funding Friday.

Undoubtedly, part of the reason Pennsylvania has so many bridges is the fact that it is home to more than 86,000 miles of rivers, streams, and streams – second only to Alaska in the United States; not to mention all the bridges over other roads and railway bridges.

That’s likely why Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for bridge funding under the program announced Friday, Houlahan said.

Locally, projects that could benefit from the funding include bridge improvements, repairs and replacements on Route 422 in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties; and on the I-95, I-476, and Route 322 bridges in Delaware County, according to PennDOT project listings planned for the region.

“Strong infrastructure is essential to the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians, especially strong and safe bridges. Bridges are the lifelines that connect our communities to each other, while modern, reliable infrastructure is essential for the expansion of Pennsylvania-based businesses,” Wolf said in a press release.

U.S. Representatives Chrissy Houlahan, left, and Susan Wild held a Zoom press conference Friday to talk about the impact of the infrastructure bill on bridge projects. (MediaNews Group image from screenshot)

U.S. Representative Susan Wild, D-7th District, said her district in the Lehigh Valley has seen an explosion of warehouses and they are having a huge impact on our roads and bridges.

Improved roads and bridges also serve existing manufacturers and these improvements can encourage future growth, she added.

And it’s not just big business that benefits.

Houlahan, who represents all of Chester and part of Berks Counties, said he visited a baker whose delivery routes have to cross a bridge with limited weight capacity so they can only load half the truck.

“They have to make two trips,” Houlahan said.

Examples like this, she said, indicate that improved bridges not only help businesses, commuters and travelers, but improve quality of life by improving air quality through reduced vehicle emissions.

It’s also timely, Houlahan said, “especially after the flooding and destruction we suffered from Hurricane Ida, our municipal leaders and union teams are ready to rebuild. This investment will benefit our entire Commonwealth.

The program represents the largest investment in bridge repair in US history.

In a press release, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called the program “the largest such investment in U.S. history,” committing $26.5 billion to states over the five coming years. Nationally, the bridge funding program is expected to help repair approximately 15,000 bridges.

“Upgrading America’s bridges will help improve safety, support economic growth and improve the lives of people in all parts of the country – in rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities,” Buttigieg said.

An analysis released last year by TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research organization, found that Pennsylvania is the 11th worst state in the nation in terms of the state of its interstate system and the 12th worst in terms of condition and structural integrity of its highway. bridges.

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave Pennsylvania a D grade for roads and bridges in its 2018 report, the latest available.

In addition to providing funds to states to replace, rehabilitate, preserve, protect and construct highway bridges, the Bridge Formula Program has dedicated funds to “off-system” bridges, locally owned facilities that are not on the federal highway. system.

While states must normally match federal funding with up to 20% state or local funding, guidelines released Friday indicate that federal funds can be used for 100% of the cost of repairing or rehabilitating these off-system-owned bridges. to premises.

The extra money for bridges is in addition to the $4 billion over five years for state highways that PennDOT will receive under the infrastructure bill. That will average about an additional $1.33 billion over five years, but that’s still well below the additional $8.1 billion a year the state says it needs to deal with normal annual roadwork and the bridges.

Consider that in just one PennDOT district — which includes Philadelphia, Delaware, Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties — the list of 396 projects to which funding could be applied adds up to about $6.7 billion.

In PennDOT District 5, which includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties, the list of needed works includes 372 projects that total approximately $3.4 billion.

“As far as specific bridges go, we’re not there yet,” Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokeswoman Alexis Campbell said in a news release. “We are doing the 2023 update [to the state bridge program] now. We will use this money wisely, that’s for sure.

While no decision has yet been made on which of these projects will be funded as a result of this bill, Houlahan noted that because so many of the projects on these lists have been under discussion and planned for so long, “many of them are shovels -ready.”

Last chance to comment on new legislative constituencies looms https://bridgevillestar.com/last-chance-to-comment-on-new-legislative-constituencies-looms/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 21:30:37 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/last-chance-to-comment-on-new-legislative-constituencies-looms/

The final opportunity for the public to provide feedback on the proposed new maps of House and Senate districts in the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be Friday and Saturday.

Public hearings will take place on Friday, January 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Saturday, January 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those wishing to speak can register to testify remotely at www.redistricting.state.pa.us/commission/article/1090 and written testimony can be submitted at www.redistricting.state.pa.us/comment/

State House and State Senate districts are redrawn every 10 years as a result of the U.S. Census, to ensure that representation in the Pennsylvania General Assembly reflects shifts and shifts in population that have occurred since the last census and divide, as much as possible, to the constitutional ideal of one person, one vote by making the population of each district as close to identical as possible.

According to the new census, Pennsylvania has globally lost its population over the past 10 years, which is why the state will have one less seat in the United States House of Representatives.

But the number of seats in the Pennsylvania General Assembly is set at 50 Senate seats and 203 House seats. As a result, the redistribution process at the state level focuses more on how to fairly distribute this fixed number of seats among the newly counted population, so that districts do not have too many people, or two few.

In addition to a similar number of people, the ideal is for districts to be as compact as possible, with a minimum number of divisions between counties, municipalities and school districts. The Pennsylvania Constitution assigns responsibility for the enforcement of these charges, at least currently, to the Pennsylvania Legislative Redistribution Commission.

The red and pink areas on this map have lost population over the past 10 years. The areas in grey, and particularly in black, have grown in population over the last 10 years Source: PA Legislative Reapportionment Committee

In his opening remarks at the commission’s hearing on January 6, commission chair Mark A. Nordenberg observed: “Two undeniable trends have driven the demographic shifts that will inevitably shape the work of this committee. One is the continued shift of population from rural to urban areas, especially from the north and west to the south and east, and the other is the increase in the non-white population of Pennsylvania .

He noted that “Cameron County, in the north central region of the state, has a population density of 11.5 people per square mile, while Philadelphia County has a population density of 11,960. people per square mile…that is, a population density greater than 1,000 times greater.

Nordenberg quoted Kyle Kopko, executive director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, as saying that “Most of Pennsylvania’s population growth has occurred in the Southeast region. In fact, according to our calculations, over the past ten years, the population of southeastern Pennsylvania has increased by 344,075 people, while the combined population of all of the rest of the state has decreased by 43,754.”

More people means moving House seats to the Southeast, where Democratic voter registration is rising, and fewer to rural areas, where Republican voters are in the majority and the population is shrinking.

The inevitable result of this dynamic is the combination of House quarters now held by Republicans and a few by Democrats, giving rise to what the commission calls “incumbent pairings.” In plain English, this means that incumbents of the same party must run against each other and only one can win.

Although Republicans have complained about the House redistricting map proposal, it is less disruptive than other models. (Source: PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission)

Republicans are crying foul over the outcome of the commission’s recommended map that will see 12 incumbent Republicans and two Democrats face off. This despite the fact that maps from Fair Districts PA and cartographer Laura Holt, who both submitted their own house map proposals, would have forced 36 matchups between incumbent Republicans and 24 matchups for incumbent Democrats.

This map shows the neighborhoods of House in Montgomery and Chester counties as they exist today. (Image taken from a screenshot)

In a taxpayer-funded newsletter released Jan. 7 to voters, State Rep. Tracy Pennycuick, R-147th Dist. wrote, “The House District Map brings drastic changes to a number of areas of the state, combining more than a dozen mostly rural and Republican districts and diluting the voice of rural Pennsylvania, while distancing a House seat of rapidly growing areas like Cumberland County in central AP and the addition of a seat in the city of Philadelphia even though the population does not justify the addition. Most small towns in the state are divided into two, three, or even four wards. And more than 4.6 million Pennsylvanians — more than a third of the population — would be moved to new legislative districts under the plan,” she told voters.

Nordenberg had a response for Pennycuick’s use of Cumberland County as an example, an example that has appeared in other GOP House newscasts.

“Cumberland County had the largest percentage increase in population over 10 years, growing 10.2%, which is great news. However, converted to absolute population growth, that 10.2 percent represents just over 22,000 people, considerably less than half the population needed to support a single-house district, while the 5 percent growth, Philadelphia County’s 1% increase, although only half of Cumberland County’s percentage increase, translates to a population increase of about 85,000 people, or almost four times that,” Nordenberg said.

As for his new district, Pennsycuick had few complaints. The new 147th district as proposed, which gets a higher percentage of registered Republicans.

“Fortunately, the 147th Legislative District, which I represent, remains virtually intact according to the proposed maps and will remain represented by a single House member,” Pennycuick said in a statement released by her office, although she lamented the loss. of Upper and West. Pottsgrove, which she now represents.

This map shows PA House’s proposed districts for Chester and Montgomery counties. (Screenshot image)

Carol Kunniholm leads the nonpartisan advocacy group Fair Districts PA. She testified before the commission and her organization constructed maps for consideration, and she strongly disagreed with Pennycuick’s characterization.

“The proposed House map is NOT gerrymandered in favor of the Democrats. By all criteria required by law, it is much better than the current house card. It is more compact, more contiguous and divides fewer counties and municipalities. This goes a long way toward undoing twenty years of warped neighborhoods,” she wrote in a newsletter.

“By reaffirming the voice of voters, these maps necessarily seem to shift likely election outcomes from a locked-in Republican advantage to a much more uncertain majority,” Kunniholm wrote. “That means the cards would require both parties to represent the people of Pennsylvania well, or face change in the next election.”

This map shows how Pottstown and surrounding townships are divided into three house districts. The new map combines them into one district, along with Limerick. (Screenshot image)

Ruth Yeiser, a Fair Districts AP volunteer who lives in Lower Frederick Township, pointed to the number of municipalities divided under the current map, including the Pottstown area, which is divided into three House seats, and that not only divides Phoenixville, but even a voting room there as well. The current map “divides fewer communities,” she said.

Republicans have also argued that the proposed map is designed to secure a Democratic majority in the House and used results from the two most recent state elections in 2016 and 2020, which included landslide Democratic wins for Governor Tom Wolf. and Attorney General Josh Shapiro, as the basis for their cartographic calculations.

Mark Nordenberg, the court-appointed chairman of the redistribution commission and the crucial vote to move the new maps forward, is a former law professor and retired chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh. (Screenshot image)

But Nordenberg explained that these were unusual years and that in a normal year, according to the current map, “Republicans win 105 House seats and Democrats only win 98 House seats, even when Democrats win 5% more votes” statewide.

“According to the Commission’s preliminary map, if the Democrats win 5% more votes, they win 106 seats compared to 97 for the Republicans. It’s a result most people would consider fair – that is, if you win a substantial majority of the vote. vote, you should also win a majority of the seats,” he said.

Additionally, “in a perfectly equal election conducted according to the commission’s preliminary map,” with each party winning 50% of the statewide vote, “Republicans are still ahead, and are expected to win 105 seats, while Democrats are expected to win 105 seats. win 98 seats,” explained Nordenberg.

This map shows the current Senate districts at the conjunction of Chester, Berks, and Montgomery counties. (Image by Patricia Rooney)

State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-146th Dist., While sad to no longer represent the communities of Trappe, Royersford and Perkiomen, he acknowledges that the new map, which combines Limerick with Pottstown and the surrounding communities of Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove and West Pottsgrove, is fairer for these communities.

“I tried to look at it from the perspective of its less gerrymander,” he said, using the phrase that denotes drawing district lines with partisan motivations.

This map shows the proposed new state senate districts at the conjunction of Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. (Image by Patricia Rooney)

And, it makes more sense for the adjacent boroughs of Trappe and Collegeville, which share a school district and public works operation, to be represented by the same House member, said Amy Smith, chief of staff for the Rep. State Joe Webster, D- 150th Dist., which will lose Skippack and West Norriton under the new plan, but gain Trappe and all of Upper Providence Township.

“He’s a practical progressive, so he’s happy with that. The new district makes sense,” Smith said of Webster’s reaction.

Queries to State Representatives Tim Hennessey, R-26th Dist. ; Melissa Shusterman, D-157th Dist., and Matt Bradford, D-70th Dist., had not returned before press time.

There’s less disagreement over the state’s proposed new Senate map, largely because the Republican and Democratic caucuses cooperated to submit a map to the committee that has a minimum number of face-to-face incumbents — a feat easier given the larger population of Senate districts.

CP Holiday Train Donates to Local Organizations | News, Sports, Jobs https://bridgevillestar.com/cp-holiday-train-donates-to-local-organizations-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 07:32:20 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/cp-holiday-train-donates-to-local-organizations-news-sports-jobs/

Photo Submitted The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train did not make its annual visit to communities last month to raise money for food for Americans and Canadians in need, but a virtual concert was held and donations were made. been made to local organizations.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday train did not visit communities this year, but a concert was held virtually last month and funds were provided to help feed those in need.

Louis “Mac” McLeod, executive director of the Minot Area Homeless Coalition, said $ 7,000 was divided and distributed to three pantries, eight soup kitchens and a meals-on-wheels program.

The funds go to the Minot Area Homeless Coalition and this organization distributes them.

McLeod said they are very grateful for what the CP Holiday Train does each year. Last year’s Holiday Train was also virtual and funds were provided as well, he said.

Those who received funds locally this year included three pantries – Notre-Dame de Grâce, the Salvation Army and the Lord’s Closet; eight soup kitchens – Faith United Methodist, Christ Lutheran, Immanuel Baptist, First Lutheran, Seventh-Day Adventist, Cornerstone (two) and St. Leo’s; and the Meals on Wheels program.

Each year, a local organization is selected as a recipient of a local food drive. The Salvation Army was the recent recipient.

The recent CP “Holiday train home” The concert aired on Facebook, YouTube, and the Holiday Train website on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

CP President and CEO Keith Creel said they were disappointed that they couldn’t once again put on a live performance to communities along their tracks, but happy to have been able to bring musicians together. exceptional for the performance that will help feed Canadians and Americans in need.

“The CP family can’t wait to get the Holiday Train back on tour as soon as it’s safe,” Creel said.

CP’s corporate donation in 2021 will bring the total amount of funds raised at CP Holiday Train stops to $ 20.64 million since the train’s inception in 1999. Food banks have also raised $ 4.9 million. food donation books at local Holiday Train events, according to CP information.

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With one hospital closed and another set to close later this month, Chester County Hospital is a major player in healthcare – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/with-one-hospital-closed-and-another-set-to-close-later-this-month-chester-county-hospital-is-a-major-player-in-healthcare-daily-local/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 15:32:35 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/with-one-hospital-closed-and-another-set-to-close-later-this-month-chester-county-hospital-is-a-major-player-in-healthcare-daily-local/

CHESTER WEST — Despite the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Chester County and the closure of the Jennersville hospital, the hospital has not been under pressure and even elective surgeries are going on without interruption.

But that could change with the upcoming closure of Brandywine Hospital later this month.

“As COVID-19 positive rates rise across the region, Chester County Hospital remains ready to treat patients of all kinds,” said Michael Duncan, director of operations at County Hospital. Chester. “Given Penn Medicine’s vast geographic footprint, we are ready to serve patients who have relied on Jennersville and Brandywine Hospital for their healthcare needs. “

Duncan said residents who are not vaccinated should get vaccinated not only to protect themselves and the public, but to avoid a situation where hospital beds are running out.

“To avoid COVID-related hospitalizations, we strongly urge our community to get vaccinated,” he said. “The data shows that boosters are essential to extend the protection of our vaccines. Anyone who is eligible – five months after a second mRNA vaccination or two months after a Johnson & Johnson vaccine – should be given a booster as soon as they can. “

Options for patients who may seek primary and specialist care are available at Lancaster General Health at Penn Medicine, as well as Chester County Hospital outpatient centers in Exton, Kennett Square, Jennersville, Oxford and Parkesburg , which includes an emergency care center.

Since the Jennersville Hospital is closed and Brandywine will be closed soon, a web portal has been created to allow county residents to navigate health care options locally. It maps other area hospitals, emergency care and clinics in and around Chester County, as well as advice on where to go for care and instructions for medical records requests. This resource will continue to be updated. It is accessible at https://www.chesco.org/5033/Hospital-Closures.

The Chester County Department of Health is finalizing the locations of COVID-19 testing providers to establish free testing sites, available by appointment throughout the county. Free PCR testing will begin on Monday, January 10 at the Chester County Government Services Center, Westtown Road in West Chester, and Technical College High School – Pennock’s Bridge Campus, located at 280 Pennock’s Bridge Road in West Grove.

A web link to all testing sites is available on the Chester County Department of Health website, www.chesco.org/coronavirus (click on “Testing Information”), including pharmacies and centers emergency care. Sites like CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Walmart offer free tests. The link will provide details on test site locations and hours of operation, as well as access to appointments.

“This period of high demand for all PCR and COVID-19 antigen tests, which follows the holiday season, means that all test providers are undergoing a huge volume of work, and most perform tests by appointment only.” , the Chester County Health Department said. Director Jeanne Franklin. “We ask anyone in need of a test to regularly check appointment availability at all locations.”

Due to high volumes, Chester County Hospital and Chester County Hospital Emergency Department are unable to accept COVID testing for mild symptoms.

Those who wish to be tested for COVID can have it passed through their local primary care doctor, local emergency care or pharmacy, or community testing sites.

Those with extreme symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain – which can be symptoms of COVID-19 and other serious illnesses – should call 911 or seek treatment in an emergency department.

The Chester County Department of Health is asking anyone who has found a positive home COVID-19 test result to report it to the Department of Health in the “Testing Information” section of www.chesco.org / coronavirus.

“Reporting only positive results from home tests helps us understand how the virus is spreading in our communities and how many of us are being tested, but the results are not included in our data reports,” Franklin said. . “And as with any information like this, it is treated as confidential and will never be shared.”

The Chester County Department of Health continues to offer appointments for the first and second dose Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for all ages five and up, as well as booster shots for those aged 12. years and older. The Department of Health vaccination locations are the Government Services Center on Westtown Road in West Chester and the Kennett Fire Company in Kennett Square.

Appointments through the Chester County Health Unit can be made at www.chesco.org/covid19vaccine. Many other COVID-19 vaccine locations across the county can be found at www.vaccines.gov.

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Chester County Annual Water Condition Report Now Available – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/chester-county-annual-water-condition-report-now-available-daily-local/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:53:00 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/chester-county-annual-water-condition-report-now-available-daily-local/

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Water Resources Authority (CCWRA) annual report on water conditions, covering the full year of 2020, is now available. The report provides a snapshot of the county’s water resources and highlights long-term trends in water quality over the past 20 years.

Maintaining water quality has been noted as the top priority for residents of Chester County, according to the most recent County Citizen Survey. The CCWRA is accepting feedback on improving our county’s water resources, our water recreation, and stormwater concerns through surveys which can be found here.

Notable findings from the annual report on the state of the water in Chester County for 2020 include total precipitation eight inches above the historic county average. Tropical Storm Isaias brought the greatest amount of rain in August 2020, but uncertainty about future local precipitation, indicated by high precipitation levels in 2018 and 2019, suggests the need for adaptive stormwater management and floodplains.

Tropical Storm Isaias also caused a significant increase in stream flows. Stream flow is closely related to water quality. Overall, stream flows from over 2,300 Chester County streams remained within normal ranges for most of the year.

The Water Condition Report 2020 summarizes precipitation, flow, water chemistry, biology, and water supply data collected at Chester County monitoring stations. Data for the report is collected through the Chester County Water Resources Cooperative Program and the US Geological Survey.

The Chester County Water Resources Authority was established by the Chester County Council of Commissioners over 60 years ago, and since then the CCWRA has provided flood protection and water supplies to the basin Brandywine Creek Hydrographic as well as Water Resource Management, Science, Information and Planning.

The full report on Chester County Water Conditions for 2020 is available at https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/65502/2020AnnualWaterStatusReport_Final_12302021?bidId=.

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150 acres of farmland in Oxford, Cochranville permanently preserved – Daily Local https://bridgevillestar.com/150-acres-of-farmland-in-oxford-cochranville-permanently-preserved-daily-local/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:37:37 +0000 https://bridgevillestar.com/150-acres-of-farmland-in-oxford-cochranville-permanently-preserved-daily-local/

WEST CHESTER — Over 150 acres of farmland in Cochranville and Oxford will be preserved through state and county investments in farmland preservation.

“Local farms are already partners in preserving our agricultural heritage, supporting our economy and helping to ensure access to fresh and nutritious food,” said Senator Carolyn Comitta, member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Business rural. “With these investments, they are also partners in conserving the open spaces and scenic rural areas that continue to define County Chester. “

The farms, which are being preserved through investments from the Pennsylvania Farmland Preservation Program, are:

The Larry W. and John D. Althouse Farm, a 53-acre ranch in Cochranville, received $ 174,690 from the state program.

David K. and Katie F. King Farm, a 55-acre dairy farm in Oxford, received $ 14,500 from the state program and $ 204,350 from the county program.

The Stewart Ramsey and Wendy Komnik Farm, a 28-acre horse farm in Cochranville, received $ 6,520 from the state program and $ 136,517 from the county program.

Peter L. Temple Farm, a 15-acre farm in Cochranville, received $ 4,000 from the state program and $ 61,700 from the county program.

These farms, along with David and Phoebe McElhenny Farm, an 18-acre crop and livestock farm in Honeybrook, received a total of $ 202,425 for the state and $ 511,556 for total land preservation funding. Chester County Farms. The farmland is part of 2,569 acres on 30 farms across Pennsylvania protected from future development with more than $ 7.2 million in state, county and township dollars.

Last year, the Commonwealth approved 166 conservation easements covering 14,397 acres that will permanently remain productive farms.

Pennsylvania leads the country in the number of farms and acres permanently preserved for agricultural production. The Farmland Preservation Program, also known as the Pennsylvania Farm Conservation Easement Purchase Program, was developed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s farm economy and protect prime farmland. This program allows state and county governments to purchase conservation easements from farmers.

Since 1988, the program has purchased permanent conservation easements on 5,979 farms in Pennsylvania, covering 606,215 acres in 58 counties, and ensuring they will remain farms into the future.

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