Showing posts with label Chester County. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chester County. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chester County GOP Endorses Ryan Costello for Congress

No surprise here. Chester County's favorite son, Ryan Costello, has been endorsed by the Chester County Republican Committee in his bid for Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District seat.

Costello, currently chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, is attempting to succeed fellow Republican Jim Gerlach (also a Chester County resident.)

Gerlach, who first won the 6th District seat in 2002, announced earlier this year that he will not see re-election.

In addition to his duties as county commissioner, Costello is an attorney in Phoenixville, Pa.

This is a press release issued Wednesday night:
WEST CHESTER, PA – Ryan Costello received the formal endorsement of the Republican Committee of Chester County in his campaign for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional following a vote this evening by rank and file members of the party at a nominating convention in West Chester.  Costello currently serves as Chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners.

"It is an honor to have the endorsement and support of the committee people of Chester County," said Costello.  "As a Member of Congress, I will work to keep taxes low, control government spending, and promote continued economic growth in our region. We need to get our country back on track and restore a national sense of optimism about the future direction of America.  That means we need elected officials who are going to put the interests of the American people first.

"I appreciate the confidence that the committee people have placed in me, and I want to especially thank Chairman Val DiGiorgio for his leadership of the committee." said Costello. "Just as important, I appreciate all of the hard work they do year in year out to help communicate the Republican ideals of fiscal responsibility and limited government to voters.  Their support and dedication is going to be a key factor in the weeks and months to come as this campaign heats up."
Costello is the only Republican seeking the Republican nod in the 6th Congressional District. Two Democrats have also announced.Costello clearly has the advantage to succeed Gerlach because he can count on the Chester County vote and won't have to wage a primary fight.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sens. Rafferty, Dinniman Honor State Champion Spring-Ford Girls' Basketball Team

State Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) and State Sen Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) honored the Spring-Ford Area High School Girls' Basketball team at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on Wednesday for the team's 60-45 win over Cumberland Valley in the 2013 PIAA Class AAAA state championship on March 22.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Paul Ryan coming to Pennsylvania

Paul Ryan will make his first campaign stop in Pennsylvania in Chester County Tuesday. Follow the link below to find out how you can get tickets to the event.

Paul Ryan to attend 'victory rally' in West Goshen

Monday, June 18, 2012

Live by the property tax, die by the property tax

Opponents of efforts to reform Pennsylvania's antiquated school property tax system are running out of excuses.

Holding a gun to property owners' heads to force them to pay property taxes may work ... until the economy sours, which it has for the past 5 years, and then the property owners seek relief from the courts.

From a story by Michael Rellahan of the West Chester Daily Local News:
WEST CHESTER – Chester County Common Pleas Senior Judge Thomas Gavin has ruled in favor of the Exton Square Mall in its appeal of its 2010-2011 property tax assessment, meaning a possible long-term loss of revenue for the West Chester Area School District, among others, which had argued against the appeal.

Gavin, in a ruling made Friday, agreed with the mall’s real estate appraiser that the assessed value of the 39-year-old regional mall was $52.6 million, far below either the Chester County Board of Assessment’s value of $62.5 million and the school district’s expert’s calculation of $62.3 million.
So where is the West Chester School District going to make up the lost tax revenues?

Eliminating school property taxes and substituting a combination of sales taxes/income taxes is the only way to fund public education.

That's why it's distressing that Pennsylvania legislators have tabled House Bill 1776.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chester County declares ban on open burning

The Chester County Board of Commissioners has declared a ban on open burning for all Chester County residents and businesses, effective immediately.

From a press releases issued Friday afternoon:

The temporary 30-day ban is based on current weather conditions and forecasted conditions, as well as the recent wildfire in French Creek State Park. Gusting winds, combined with dry fields and forests have made conditions extremely unstable for open burning.

Open burning of any combustible material out-of-doors in either a burn barrel (screened or unscreened), fire ring or on the ground is banned. This includes the burning of garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper and vegetation from land that has been cleared.

The lack of green foliage in the spring, little rainfall, low humidity and sunny, windy days have increased the chances of forest and brush fires spreading. The William Penn Forestry District 17, which covers Chester County, advises on its website that conditions today are “extreme”, meaning fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely.

“The Forestry District may elevate these conditions to “Red Flag Warning” over the weekend, indicating that critical fire weather conditions are either currently occurring or will shortly be occurring,” said Robert Kagel, Chester County Department of Emergency Services Deputy Director for Emergency Management.

For more information on fire conditions for wildfires and open burning, go to the Pennsylvania Fire Wardens Association District 17 website,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Chester County D.A. reorganizes office; 4 prosecutors let go

New Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan promised change during the campaign last year ... and he's keeping his word.

The Mercury - Chesco D.A. reorganizes office; 4 prosecutors let go

Monday, January 02, 2012

Rep. Kampf announces re-election bid

Freshman state Rep. Warren Kampf, R-157th Dist., announced Monday he will seek a second two-year term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“During my first year in office, I have answered the public’s call to restore fiscal discipline to state government and have focused on making our state more competitive in the national marketplace,” Kampf in a prepared statement. “I am proud of my efforts thus far, but know there is still much to be done. Restoring our economy by reversing the failed policies of over-spending and over-borrowing of the previous administration will take time.”

Kampf said he is running again because “there is more work to be done both to fulfill his pledge to the people of the 157th District, as well as to keep Pennsylvania on a course toward economic recovery.”

“I am continuing to develop comprehensive legislation to address the pension issue in our state by creating a defined contribution retirement plan, like those in the private sector have, for all new state hires and will introduce it early this year,” Kampf said. “I will continue to work to ensure education funding remains a top priority in the budget, and push for further reforms to our state’s tax structure to help lure new job creators to our state and encourage current businesses to expand and create more jobs.”

During his first term, Kampf kept his pledge to lead by example on reform and fiscal discipline, refusing perks like a state-paid automobile and per diems, as well as not accepting the salary COLA for both 2011 and 2012, and not enrolling in the legislature’s defined benefit pension system.

“I ran for this office to try and make a difference for local residents and Pennsylvania, not to take part in the perks of office. I promised to turn my back on those perks in these difficult times and have kept that promise,” Kampf said.

An attorney by profession, Kampf served for seven years as a Tredyffrin Township supervisor before his election to the state Legislature.

The 157th House District covers portions of Chester and Montgomery counties.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday, December 02, 2011

Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke to run for Pennsylvania auditor general

After less than one-year in office, Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke has set her sight on a bigger political office: Pennsylvania Auditor General.

From the West Chester Daily Local News:
"In these tough economic times, it is crucial that every taxpayer dollar is spent wisely. I will bring the same commonsense, fiscally conservative reforms I have implemented in the Chester County Treasurer's office to the office of auditor general. We need a principled conservative reformer in the auditor general's office, and that is why I am running."
Read the full story at the link below:

County treasurer talks about her run for state auditor -

The current auditor general, Democrat Jack Wagner, is prohibited by the state Constitution from seeking a third term.

For more information about Duke's campaign, visit her website,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Major Expansion of King of Prussia Mall Announced

And you thought finding a parking spot was difficult now? Just wait until the new owners a 140,000-square-foot expansion of what already is the largest shopping mall on the East Coast.

The idea is to connect the The Plaza and The Court with new retail and restaurant space.

And did I mention there's a casino being built nearby?

Good luck sitting in traffic.

Major Expansion of King of Prussia Mall

Thursday, November 10, 2011

State Rep. Curt Schroder won't seek re-election

The West Chester Daily Local News is reporting that veteran state Rep. Curt Schroder, who was elected to Chester County's 155th House District seat in 1994, will not seek another term when his current two-year term ends next year.

Schroder is one of the best known and most popular politicians in Chester County and often runs unopposed for re-election.

"Eighteen years is a long time," Schroder told the newspaper. "I have reached the point where I feel I have just about given all I can to this position."

He told the newspaper he has no immediate plans for the future, but at age 50, you can bet Schroder will find something in the public arena to keep himself busy.

The 155th District is heavily Republican and the county GOP should have no trouble keeping the seat in Republican hands in 2012.

State Rep. Schroder announces he will not seek re-election -

Friday, November 04, 2011

Rep. Warren Kampf to host Veterans Expo

State Rep. Warren Kampf, R-157th Dist., will host a Veterans Expo on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Road (Route 23) in Valley Forge.

"I've organized this event for all veterans and their families to educate them, particularly those returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan, on the benefits available to them through government agencies," Kampf said in a press release. "These include education grants, disability, compensation, and other applicable veterans programs."

Representatives from county, state, and federal veterans' affairs departments will be on hand to discuss their agencies' roles in the benefit process and describe the various services they provide veterans and their families. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP by contacting Kampf's district office at 610-251-2876.

More information about the expo is also available on Kampf's website,

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gov. Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill for Route 23

A section of Route 23 from the Chester-Montgomery border to Route 100 has a new designation.

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Highway Designation Bill

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Rep. Gerlach to host free trade forum

Congressman Jim Gerlach, R-PA 6th Dist., is partnering with state and federal agencies to provide information about international trade to local employers.

Gerlach will be holding a Free Trade Agreement Forum for local businesses on Friday to provide information about the resources available for employers interested in selling their American-made products overseas.

Here are the details:
WHAT: Chester County Economic Development Council
WHEN: Registration and light refreshments will be served at 8:00 A.M. The program will begin at 8:30 A.M. and end at 12 noon.
WHERE: Chester County Economic Development Council, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton PA 19341
From a press release issued by Gerlach:
President Obama this week sent free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia to Congress for ratification. These free trade pacts are expected to create new opportunities and new jobs for local companies by lifting tariffs and other barriers imposed on U.S. goods.

The Small Business Administration, Export-Import Bank, U.S. Commercial Service, World Trade Center Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will discuss the array of resources available to companies. Two local businesses – Allied Wire & Cable of Collegeville and Analytical Graphics Inc. of Exton -- also will share tips on how they have succeeded in international trade.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dinniman: Why all the secrecy on Route 422 toll plan?

Last week, some 500 residents showed up at a public forum to express their opposition to plans to toll Route 422 in Southeastern Pennsylvania. A half-dozen Republican state lawmakers have also stated publicly they will oppose the tolling plan. Now, a Democrat has joined the opposition.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th Dist., has some concerns about a proposal to toll Route 422 in Montgomery County:

From an op-ed published in The Pottstown Mercury:
Pennsylvanians have a right to an honest, open debate on the issue. Unfortunately, such honesty and openness is questioned when the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission refuses to share information and then gives two conflicting answers as to why. Whether one is for or against the tolling proposal — and I am opposed to it — access to information is crucial to any public-policy debate.
Why all the secrecy on Route 422 toll plan? -

America's Best Haunted Attractions Are Both In Pennsylvania

Just in time for Halloween, has released its 2011 list of the Top 13 Best Haunted Attractions in the United States.

And topping the list? A pair of haunted attractions in suburban Philadelphia: The Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum, both operated by the same company.

Here's what has to say about the best haunts in the U.S.:
1. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania: The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride is a unique haunted attraction for several reasons: The Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees creating the ultimate dark trail even during a full moon. This puts customers on edge even before ever entering the first hayride scene. Combined with a digital custom soundtrack, pyrotechnics and continuous scares throughout the ride, this hayride attraction is sure to create the ultimate haunting experience of your life! To read a more detailed article about this attraction, visit their website at Additionally, The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt. It's located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. The building itself will instill real fear and true horror in anyone. The Asylum has been investigated by professional ghost hunters and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters several times. This attraction is truly haunted. To read a more detailed article about this real haunted house visit their website at Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other. These have to be number one on our list for locations to get scared this Halloween.
To review all 13 haunted attractions, visit

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Lawmakers to respond to Route 422 tolling proposal

Four Southeastern Pennsylvania state legislators will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the proposed tolling of Route 422.

The feasibility study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission supports a plan to toll the roadway between Pottstown and King of Prussia despite widespread opposition from area residents and lawmakers.

Four members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Montgomery and Chester counties will weigh in on the report's findings during a 2 p.m. press conference at the 422 Business Center in Oaks.

Participating in the event are Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Chester/Montgomery), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) and Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).

All four have expressed reservations in the past about tolling Route 422.

For more about the tolling plan, check out this recent article in The Mercury.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tea Party Rally in Phoenixville on April 15

The Valley Forge Patriots is sponsoring a Tax Day Tea Party Rally in Phoenixville, from 5 to 7 PM on Friday, April 15, at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets.

"We are urging folks to come out and join us," said Betty Dunkel of the Valley Forge Patriots. "We need to let our legislators know that we are Taxed Enough Already and they need to reduce taxes and cut spending."

The Valley Forge Patriots are a conservative political education and action group that meets the second Friday of every month at PJ Ryans in Phoenixville. The group welcomes new members who are interested in learning the Constitution, holding elected officials accountable, and believe in smaller government and personal responsibility.

Contact Betty Dunkel at 610 933-2015 or go to our MeetUp site at for more information.

A Tea Party Rally sponsored by the Chester County Liberty Alliance will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 3 PM on the Courthouse steps in West Chester.