Author: Loretta Rodgers

Brookhaven honors its own longtime personalities

Longtime Brookhaven clerk Mary Jo Ruth was stunned when her name was called during a recent Council meeting. Ruth, who recently retired after 21 years of service to the borough, was told that her husband, John, was being recognized by the local American Legion Post #94. “John is being recognized, but we wanted to surprise Mary Jo,” said Council President John Wilwert, Jr. “Mary Jo has done so much over the years and has contributed a lot to our community.” In addition to her duties as clerk, Ruth created the official borough seal, served as borough photographer, and editor...

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Penn-Delco honors retirees, math champs, and budding young authors 

  The Penn-Delco School Board, during a recent meeting, recognized retirees Elizabeth Todak, paraprofessional at Coebourn Elementary School (16 years); Col. Thomas Reiman, JROTC instructor at Sun Valley High School (8.5 years); Mario Fernandez, custodian at Sun Valley High School (16.5);  and Robert Owsiany, security guard (13.5). Personal sentiments were shared about each retiree by their supervisors.  Joined by family members and friends, each was recognized for their many years of service to the district. Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Steinhoff and school board President Kevin Tinsley presented each with a gift and thanked them for their commitment and...

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It’s official. Trainer Republican primary settled with incumbent winners

Every municipal election night yields results that “are not final.” In the case of the recent Trainer Borough primary election for Council, that was really correct. According to a borough official, a problem counting the votes on election night led to misleading and incorrect results. According to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections official results, which were released approximately two weeks after the election, incumbent Republican Council member Jon Mathews got the most votes with 91; Awilda Burgos (82), Regina Beck (72), and newcomer Ralph Miles (72). All will be on the Republican ballot in November. Incumbent Republican Councilman James Cassidy received 63 votes; challengers Jennifer Frazier (65), Marcia Kline (31), Teresa Yeager (15),  and Deborah Mervine (21). Mathews is a 21-year borough resident and has served on Council for 16 years, including a term as president. He attended RETS Electronic School and works at Visual Communications as a foreman responsible for the construction of displays. Burgos is a 22-year borough resident, a graduate of Chester High School and attended Widener University. She works at an AIDS care group in Chester and is completing her first term on Council. Beck, a 62-year borough resident, is currently Council president. In addition to serving there for numerous terms, she was appointed mayor in 2008 and served in that capacity for more than a year. Beck attended Eddystone High School and received...

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Memorial Day observed across Delaware County

From parades and picnics to solemn observances, the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice were honored at Memorial Day events across Delaware County. Rain did not dampen the spirits of residents who lined the streets to attend parades which featured veterans, emergency services, local groups and organizations. Solemn ceremonies also took place at American Legion Posts and VFW’s across the...

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Trainer race could result in upset; Hess and Deitman win easily

By LorettaRodgers One of the most hotly contested races in Delaware County took place in Trainer Borough where nine Republican candidates were vying for four positions in the upcoming November general election. Incumbent Republicans Regina Beck, Jon Mathews, Awilda Burgos and James Cassidy, Jr. were challenged by Ralph Miles, Jennifer Frazier, Marcia Kline, Teresa Yeager and Deborah Ann Mervine. There were no Democratic candidates. Reported results indicate a race too close to call. At press time the numbers were: Mathews 91; Burgos 85; Cassidy 82; Frazier 79; Miles 77; Beck 76; Kline 28; Mervine 27; and Yeager 18. Poll...

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