Author: Loretta Rodgers

Officials and community mark 15th anniversary of teen firefighter’s death

Members of the Brookhaven Fire Department were joined by borough officials and friends and family of Christopher Kangas, Friday night, to pay tribute and remember the young man who dreamed of being a firefighter. Kangas, a Brookhaven junior firefighter, was three days shy of his 15th birthday on May 4, 2002 when he was hit by a car while responding to a fire while riding his bicycle. Kangas died the next day from head injuries and trauma he sustained at what was officially ruled an accident. “I will always remember that face, his drive and incredible ambition,” said Brookhaven...

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Aldan gets new mayor and councilman

By LorettaRodgers Aldan Borough Council, last week, unanimously appointed Joseph C. Blackburn, Jr. as mayor to fill the unexpired term of James Hopely who retired last month for health reasons. Blackburn has lived in Aldan for 34 years, was active with the Aldan Boy’s Club and spent his summers at the Aldan Swim Club. He is a graduate of Penn Wood High School and following graduation, joined the Delaware County Domestic Relations Warrant Division, where he located and arrested people delinquent in paying child support. Blackburn joined the Sheriff’s Office and eventually rose through the ranks. He was...

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Brookhaven leader won’t seek reelection

By LorettaRodgers After four terms on Borough Council, Brookhaven Council President John Wilwert, Jr., last week, announced he’s calling it quits and won’t seek a fifth term when his current term expires at the end of this year.. Wilwert said his decision is based on several factors, including that he is now a grandfather and wishes to spend more time with his grandchildren. He said his regular full-time job also requires more of his time. “I don’t think it’s fair to the borough for me to barely hang on, so I will finish my term this year and...

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Buddy Bench introduced in Chichester School District

By LorettaRodgers It’s much better to be a buddy than a bully. That was the message communicated at a recent Chichester School Board meeting when a decorated “Buddy Bench” was introduced to the community. Chichester resident Dan Hill, who has grandchildren attending Chichester schools, first approached the Chichester Education Foundation about the benches, which are designed to encourage inclusiveness. The idea was accepted and encouraged, and now, every elementary school in the Chichester School District will design and receive its own Buddy Bench. Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Sherman said the district’s Industrial Arts Department was contacted and the...

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Stigale: Don’t be alarmed over medpot applications

By LorettaRodgers For the second time in a month, Aston commissioners, last week, voted 6-1 to grant Penn’s Green’s, LLC  conditional use to operate a growing and distribution medical marijuana (medpot) facility in an industrial park at 12 Mount Pleasant Drive. Second Ward Commissioner Carol Graham was the lone “no” vote, citing concerns for her constituents. “The industrial park is very old and there are some things we cannot change,” Graham said. “But, it’s our responsibility to make sure that everybody, all the properties, businesses and residents, are considered when any new business comes in. I am uncomfortable as...

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