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Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
July 12, 2018

"Honoring the Past … Building for the Future" Campaign Begins Sunday

 

An artist's rendering shows the view from the rear of the existing structure.
SLHC Executive Director Dave Luz stands on the site where the "bank" barn will be constructed.

 

           Truly one of the gems of the Upper Perkiomen Valley, the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center (SLHC) preserves and presents a history of Schwenkfelder Church as well as the region.  They do so with a passion and professionalism that is on display to every visitor.

            More than 9,000 visitors are welcomed each year at the SLHC.  They come to enjoy the collections and conduct genealogical research; they are local historians and international scholars.  More than 100 educational programs are offered each year to children and adults.

            It has been written that "Nothing replaces the authenticity of the object presented with passionate scholarship. Bringing people face-to-face with historical objects is a way of bringing them face-to-face with people across time, across space, whose lives may have been different from our own but who, like us, have hopes and dreams, frustrations and achievements in their lives."

            What began in the 1880's as a collection of books and manuscripts kept in a home and mostly pertaining to the Schwenkfelder Church, has grown to become a well-known research facility and museum.

            The problem with historical collections is that with the passing of time, the number of artifacts grows and so does the space needed to present the history.

            The Schwenkfelder collection was moved to the Carnegie Library at the Perkiomen Seminary School in 1913.  The building was designed to ...



Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
July 11, 2018

            A state law approved in October allows Pennsylvania residents access to previously prohibited fireworks. However, residents of East Greenville could be barred from setting them off in the future.

            Last week, Borough Council discussed limiting the use of fireworks in the municipality. Member Alison Palmer proposed increasing the fine for violating the new law. She also recommended not allowing any fireworks in the borough. Andrew Skelton, chief of the Borough of East Greenville Police Department, agreed.

            "People are not respecting their neighbors," Skelton said during the July 2 public meeting. "We have to create an ordinance to compel people to be respectful."

            Two officers patrolling the borough on July 4 responded to five noise complaints, according to the chief. He wrote in an email the next day that they were dispersed evenly around the municipality.

            Pennsburg Borough does not have an ordinance that specifically prohibits the use of fireworks in the municipality, according to an email from Anthony Campbell, of Campbell Code Services, LLC, of Pottstown. It states that all state rules and regulations do apply. 

            House Bill 542, signed into law last fall by Gov. Tom Wolf, allows consumers access to "consumer-grade" fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material, according to information posted on the Pennsylvania State Police's website.

            The new law, which repeals the Fireworks Act of 1939, states that ...



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