Author: Loretta Rodgers

Marcus Hook’s ‘bike guy’ honored on 100th birthday

Marcus Hook resident Charles Hembree, last Friday, was shocked when members of Borough Council, neighbors, police officers and local children riding  bicycles stopped to wish him a happy 100th birthday. Hembree is very well known in the borough and is lovingly called “the bike man.” “I was very surprised,” Hembree said. “It was just wonderful. I wish I would have known they were coming so I could have had a cold drink or snacks for them. I didn’t think that many people even thought that much about me.” Born in Caryville, Tennessee on Aug. 18, 1917, Hembree was one...

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Aldan cop replaces local boy’s stolen bike

Damian Faust and his family say they will never forget the kindness shown them by Aldan police officer Chris Izzi. Faust, 12, who lives in Clifton Heights, was riding his neon green and blue Mongoose bicycle last week on Clifton Ave. in Aldan. He was headed to meet friends when he was abruptly stopped by a male who looked to be about 16 years-old. The teen told Faust he had a gun and would shoot him if the boy did not hand over his bicycle. The alleged teen robber then knocked Faust to the ground and stole the bicycle,...

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New Year, New Leaders: Domes takes the Neumann U. helm

The Neumann University Board of Trustees announced in March that Dr. Chris E. Domes would become the sixth president of the university. He succeeds Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, who served as president for more than 20 years, and in other capacities for 44 years. “I am tremendously grateful to the Neumann (board) and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for placing their trust in me to succeed Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, a nationally respected leader in Catholic higher education,” Domes said. “I know I have big shoes to fill, and I am eager to build on her legacy at Neumann.”...

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Coebourn Elementary earns national honor in elite competition

Coebourn Elementary School was recently recognized at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg for being a recipient of the 2017 U.S. Dept of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award. Coebourn is among 45 winning schools from across the nation and was the only school in Pennsylvania to receive the honor this year. Nationally, 45 schools, nine districts, and nine post secondary institutions were named 2017 Green Ribbon Schools, including the School District of Philadelphia. “Earning a National Green Ribbon Award from the Department of Education is a tremendous accomplishment for Coebourn and Penn-Delco,” said Superintendent Dr. George Steinhoff. “In the past...

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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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