Friday, December 16, 2011

Grove City Borough Planned Power Outage - CANCELED

From Grove City Borough:

The planned power outage scheduled for this Sunday December 18th has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Representatives of G.E. will be working through the weekend to complete the transformer installation; however it will not be complete in time for a shut down this weekend so the outage must be canceled.

An outage to place the new 69,000 volt transformer in service will be schedule after January 1st when inclement weather is not forecasted. We will give 48 hour advanced notice of the outage.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Grove City Borough Planned Power Outage - 12/18

From Grove City Borough:

We Are Upgrading Equipment

You may have received notification about an upcoming planned power outage. As we upgrade our electricity infrastructure with smarter technologies and perform important maintenance, sometimes it’s necessary to turn off the power. This is an important safety measure that protects our crews.

Our goal has always been to provide you with reliable electric service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are committed to minimizing the inconvenience to you and your neighbors, and we plan our upgrade work to cause the least possible disruption.

About the Planned Outage

We are replacing a 69,000 volt transformer in our electrical substation. The power to the entire Borough will need to be disrupted while the new transformer is placed into service and routine maintenance to our switch gear is performed. Your power service will be turned off at 5AM on Sunday, December 18, 2011 for approximately ninety minutes while this work is completed.

During a planned outage, your power may be off for less time than expected, or it may be turned off and on more than once within the planned window of time.

How to Prepare for a Planned Outage:

  • Learn how to manually open your garage doors.
  • Notify any security companies that monitor your home.
  • Protect your computers, televisions and other sensitive equipment by unplugging them.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors securely closed.
  • If your business has no backup power supply, consider renting one. Please note that the Borough cannot reimburse you for this cost.
  • This outage may affect your private telephone system. Make sure you have access to a telephone that operates without being plugged into an electrical outlet.

Questions about Planned Outages?

If you have questions about this notice you may call the Borough Office at 724-458-7060. We appreciate your patience as we upgrade our infrastructure to provide you with a bright future of reliable service.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Mercer County, PA Election Results - November 2011 General Election

Folks - here are the 2011 general election results for Mercer County, PA. A race of interest is the Grove City Area School District school board, as incumbents try to stave off a challenge. This race is relevant with the school board's unanimous hiring of a convict for the new superintendent.

Another important race is the Mercer County Commissioner race. Two GOPers, two Democrats, and one write-in Democrat who just may play the spoiler. Could be fun.

Results by precinct

Results by race

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grove City Christian Academy Purchases Washington Kindergarten Center

Many area churches hosted Grove City Christian Academy since its inception forty years ago. The Academy found its permanent home Monday evening as the bid to purchase the former Washington Kindergarten Center was approved by the Grove City Area School District board of directors.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the Academy to continue moving forward, offering a classical Christian education to the students of the Grove City region,” said Lee Wishing, GCCA Board President. “We’re extremely thankful for God’s provisions, to the churches that have hosted us for the last four decades, and the donors who have made this purchase possible.”

The Grove City Area School District has been constructing a new middle school, which would shift classes around various buildings. This rearrangement has left the Washington Kindergarten Center as an unused building. The GCCA board has spent the last several months investigating and evaluating the building to determine if it fulfilled the needs of the Academy in both the immediate and long-term future. The building is structurally sound and requires no near-term upgrades or repairs.

The Academy has approximately 110 students enrolled in preschool through eighth grade and two dozen enrolled in the high school study center. It is currently located in the First Baptist Church and the First Church of God. Washington Kindergarten Center is large enough to consolidate the GCCA campuses.

The GCASD decided to entertain sealed bids for the building and property. The GCCA board met in a special session to determine what the value was to the Academy. The board unanimously determined of a bid of $200,010.

The bids were opened last Wednesday and GCCA was the winning bidder. GCCA will be closing on the property shortly in order to start the school year in the new building.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Grove City Area School District Places Washington Kindergarten For Sale

Washington Kindergarten Center is for sale. The Grove City Area School District has decided to accept sealed bids for the soon-to-be-vacated building.

According to Grove City Borough zoning, the use of the property is extremely limited. The district where the school is located is zoned R1 (Residential), which is the most restrictive zoning in the borough. It is designed to protect single-family dwellings.

Principle Uses:
- Single-family homes
- Public schools
- Public recreation buildings

Accessory Uses (when used as a single-family home):
- Zero-impact home business (no signage, only family members may work there)

Special Exception Uses
- Essential services (borough infrastructure)
- Churches
- Parish houses
- Church schools
- Private schools
- Government buildings

In other words, nearly no one would be able to use the building. The public school doesn't want it (hence, they are selling it) and the local government (GC Borough) doesn't want it.

That means someone could buy it for a private home (way too expensive and would require massive remodeling), a church could buy it (not really set up for a church), a developer could buy it and demolish the building to build new houses (incredibly expensive), or a private/church school could buy it.

A person could not turn it into apartments. A person could not turn it into an business. Both are forbidden in an R1 district. That would be a move from a principle use to a forbidden use - if the Grove City Zoning Hearing Board follows PA law, there's no way any such development would be approved. Any such approval would be quickly appealed and overturned in court.

The bidding process should be interesting.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grove City Area School District's Mextorf Application Released

The Centre Daily Times formally requested Dr. Richard Mextorf's job application.

Grove City Area School District officials delayed the release for 30 days before fulfilling the request.

Mextorf mentioned his DUI issue quickly in the process:
“I am writing this letter to request consideration as a candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools at Grove City School District. Recently, I resigned my position as Superintendent of Schools at State College Area School District to address a personal issue regarding a charge of driving under the influence. I have addressed this issue aggresively, and have taken the necessary steps to ensure this incident never occurs again. It is my hope that a detailed investigation of my personal and professional history will allow you to view this singular incident of poor judgment through the prism of an otherwise pristine career of meaningful contributions and service to others.”

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grove City Save A Lot Opening June 1

The new Save A Lot store in Grove City Borough will be opening its doors on June 1. The business, owned by Dave Knopp, Jr. replaces the former BiLo store at the same Mill Street location.

The entire interior of the store has been improved or replaced. The shelving has been set in place and multiple pallets of food has already been delivered and stocked. Final construction and paint will take place this week.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mercer County, PA Commissioner Ken Ammann Out

Unofficial results state that Ammann was the third-place finisher on the Democratic side of the ballot. Brian Beader and Tim Templeton will join GOP winners Matt McConnell and John Lechner in the fall.

Jim Crow Ousted From Grove City Area School Board, Susan Herman Remains

Unofficial results (100% reporting) show that Crow lost his seat. Herman will appear on the fall ballot. A write-in campaign by Frederick White siphoned off enough votes to give Herman a last-minute surge to pass Christine Pease-Hernandez on the GOP side. Ironically, Miller and Pease-Hernandez both teach at neighboring Slippery Rock University.

Independent incumbent Dorry Foster will be on the ballot in the fall. Foster also voted for the now-convicted superintendent Richard Mextorf.

See you in November...

2011 Primary Election Results - Mercer County, PA

Folks - here are the 2011 primary election results for Mercer County, PA. Of course, the race of interest is the Grove City Area School District school board, as two incumbents try to stave off a challenge. This race is relevant with the school board's unanimous hiring of a convict for the new superintendent.

Results by precinct

Results by race

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Primary 2011: Grove City Area School District Board Members

Hat tip to Jason Reeher for this excellent summation:

A Primary on the Primary: What to look for on Tuesday in the GC school board race

The primary elections are this Tuesday, May 17th. Voters in Grove City will have a chance to select candidates; Republicans will be able to vote for five school board seats, as will Democrats. Here is some math regarding the primaries, and the general election to follow in November, to help you understand what can happen:

Republicans will select (up to) five candidates for school board. If you are a Republican, your ballot will look like this:

Adam M. Renick
Roberta M. Hensel
Christine E. Pease-Hernandez
Faye A. Bailey
Vern Junior Saylor
James L. Crow
Susan L. Herman

...In that order. There are also spaces to write-in candidates, if you choose to do so.

Democrats' ballots will look like this:

Roberta M. Hensel
Christine E. Pease-Hernandez
James L. Crow
Susan L. Herman
Vern Junior Saylor
Adam M. Renick
Faye A. Bailey

Plus spaces for write-ins.

So with five seats up for grabs, what can happen? Well, each party is picking their candidates for the fall ballot. The votes for Republicans and Democrats are NOT added together. This means that all seven candidates can still appear on the fall ballot. If, for instance, the candidates finished in the exact order they are listed on the two ballots, the Republicans would elect Renick, Hensel, Pease-Hernanez, Bailey and Saylor, while the Democrats would elect Hensel, Pease-Hernandez, Crow, Herman, and Saylor. If you make it into the top five on either ballot, you make it to the November election. Then the voters will choose five candidates from whomever survives the primary (plus Dorry Foster, who we'll get to later).

What happens if someone finishes out of the top five on both ballots? If a candidate were to finish 6th or lower on BOTH the Republican and Democrat ballots, that person would NOT appear on the November ballot. In other words (and what I hope happens) is that Jim Crow could for instance finish sixth on both the Republican and Democrat ballots; he would have effectively lost the election since he wouldn't even be on the ballot in November.

What about Dorry Foster? Ms. Foster, a school board incumbent, is running as an independent, because she is not a member of either major party. She was required to get a certain amount of signatures in order to appear on the November ballot. She has the advantage of not facing elmination in the primaries, but the disadvantage of not having her name in the election process untill the general election. In other words, if you have five candidates you really liked and voted for in the May primary, you may not want to chose a different candidate, come November.

What can we look for? Obviously, to see Crow and Herman voted out of office; the simplest way for that to happen is for them to both finish out of the top five on both ballots. However--and this is where the math comes in--something to watch for is the particular order of finish, as well as any large gaps, on the Republican ballot. In the last GC school board election, about 7 out of 10 voters were Republicans. That means that, come the general election, the Republican vote has a huge majority say in who ends up on the school board. For instance, if Sue Herman were to finish fourth or fifth on the Republican ballot this week, she will make it through to November but still have reason to sweat, especially if she also finishes low (or out of the top five) on the Democrat ballot. Finishing high on the Republican ballot is a good indication of how you will fare in the November election.

What about write-ins? Technically, a write-in candidate could upset the proverbial apple cart, and garner enough votes to be elected to the school board. However, it is an extremely difficult task in a school district-wide election. This election should be about leadership change, and voting the incumbents out of office is more important than taking away potential votes from the five newcomers. Writing in a name is just throwing away a vote that could be cast for one of the five challengers. They'll need all the votes they can get.

I'm not registered! What do I do? After the primaries, you still have from May 18 through October 11 to get registered for the November vote. Just go here: and fill out the application and print and mail it.

Then come to as many school board meetings as you can.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Grove City Area School District's New Superintendent Mextorf Sentenced

The new GCASD superintendent will get 15 days of house arrest and be on parole for six months after that. Considering the legal requirement was a punishment of three days to six months in jail, it appears that Dr. Mextorf was given the proverbial slap on the wrist.

Read the full story here.

There is a GCASD school board meeting tonight at 7:00. It is unlikely that the board will address the issue.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grove City Area School District earns "F" from Sunshine Review

The Grove City Area School District has been rated by "Sunshine Review" - a nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency. It uses a simple 10-point checklist to determine how open a governmental organization is with the citizenry. The ten points are taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records, academics, and background checks. If the "point item" is missing or incomplete, it's grade is reduced.

The Grove City Area School District has earned an "F" grade for transparency.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Grove City Area School District Candidate's Forum on May 10

Here is your chance to meet and question the candidates for the Grove City school board. There will be a candidate's forum at the Grove City high school LGI room on May 10, from 7:00-9:00pm. This date is significant because May 9 will be Dr. Mextorf's DUI hearing, followed that evening by the regular school board meeting.

All nine of the current school board members currently defend the decision to hire Mextorf, while fully knowing he had a pending DUI case. Mextorf was cited top-tier charge with a blood-alcohol content of 0.316, which is nearly four times the legal limit. Mextorf's DUI occurred while driving to school, during which time he nearly hit multiple vehicles, including a school bus.

Mextorf, through his lawyer, are seemingly not disputing the charge, as they are seeking a plea deal.

Mextorf, as GCASD superintendent, will be responsible for the guidance and direction of several hundred students and the $30+ million budget of the district.

Grove City Resident Threatens Suit over New Superintendent at Government School

Hat tip to
A Grove City man has threated to sue his school district to prevent someone awaiting trial for drunk driving from taking the superintendent's job.


(R)esident Jason Reeher said the arrest means Mextorf doesn't meet the district's standards for ethics and integrity.

That certainly makes the upcoming primary more interesting. Reeher retrieved the school district's own job search information and found a serious conflict.

The school board still defends their decision:
The school board president said Mextorf was very candid about his arrest, and that he came with glowing recommendations and was the believed to be the "best candidate" for the job.

There will be a candidate's forum a the Grove City High School LGI room on May 10 from 7:00-9:00pm. This is one day after Dr. Mextorf's hearing and the regular school board meeting.

Monday, April 18, 2011

URGENT: May 18 is Final Day for Pennsylvania Primary Registration

Today is the last day for PA residents to register to vote for the May primary election. If you have not registered, please do so today! There are lots of reasons to vote in the "off-year" election, including school board members, township supervisors, borough council members, and judges. Register TODAY!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Grove City Area Superintendent Nearly Rear-Ended a School Bus While Driving Drunk

The full criminal complaint has been released in the DUI arrest of Grove City Area School District's new superintendent, Dr. Richard Mextorf.

Hat tip to
A witness, George Lamprinos, told authorities that the motorist was "driving into the other southbound lane of traffic, almost striking other units," the complaints reads. "Also, the defendant was observed leaving the roadway and traveling back onto it."

The motorist turned onto state Route 64 and soon passed state Trooper Darryl Martin, who had stopped in the area, according to the complaint. That was at roughly 7:45 a.m., the complaint says.

Martin reported that he began following the 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee south on state Route 64. In the complaint, he wrote that he activated his lights and siren and "observed the operator cross the center line and the fog line several times.

"The operator would not pull over after following him approximately two miles, so I pulled over into the oncoming lane and drove up beside the operator and motioned him to pull over, which he then pulled into Stover's Sub Shop parking lot" in Porter Township, the complaint reads.

Martin said he identified the driver as Mextorf and noticed "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage ... emitting from his breath, and his eyes appeared to be glassy and bloodshot.

"At that time, I asked Mextorf if he had consumed alcoholic beverages, and he related he did last evening," the complaint reads. "I had Mextorf exit the vehicle and observed him swaying to keep his balance while walking to the rear of his vehicle."

Mextorf failed field sobriety tests, Martin wrote. He was taken into custody and driven to Lock Haven Hospital for a blood test, according to the complaint.


Reached by, Lamprinos, of Williamsport, said that Mextorf was "all over the road" on Nov. 18 and nearly rear-ended a school bus.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Grove City Area Superintendent Was Driving Drunk To Work

Hat tip to
In the hours before he was pulled over for DUI, (superintendent Dr. Richard) Mextorf had gone to visit a friend and, "unfortunately, drank way too much," (Attorney Joseph) Amendola said. He said Mextorf made another bad decision in trying to drive back to State College -- "ironically because he didn't want to miss work."

The article also notes that he drank because of the pressures of being a superintendent:
Amendola said that Mextorf is not a chronic alcoholic by any stretch; rather, he said, Mextorf found himself facing a lot of pressure -- much of it self-imposed -- from his job as State College superintendent.


"I think the pressure kind of surprised him -- coming from another school district where I don't think the parents typically are as involved as maybe they are in the State College area," Amendola said. " ... I think it got to a point where it overwhelmed him."

The maximum penalty for Mextorf's DUI is six months in jail. His attorney is seeking a plea bargain.

Grove City Area School District Names New Superintendent

The Grove City Area School District school board unanimously approved Dr. Richard Mextorf as the new superintendent of the district. The vote took place during the monthly meeting on Monday, April 11.

Mextorf came from the State College Area School District, where he lost his job over a Nov. 18 traffic stop, where he was arrested for DUI and related traffic offenses. Mextorf's blood-alcohol content was 0.316 - nearly four times the legal limit.

Mextorf was pulled over at 7:58 am on a Thursday morning.

Mextorf's DUI case was delayed until May 9.

The Grove City Area School District school board offered to pay Mextorf $127,000 per year, which is several thousand more per year than retiring superintendent, Dr. Robert Post.

Friday, April 01, 2011

PA-3: Dahlkemper Eyeing Another Run?


Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
Kathy Dahlkemper, the Erie Democrat who served a single term before losing the seat to Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly in November, says she’s exploring another run in 2012.

Mrs. Dahlkemper, 53, who told The Herald last year she wouldn’t rule out running for Congress again, told the Erie Times-News this week that she’ll have to make a decision fairly soon because waiting until the fall would put her at a disadvantage.
This is extremely peculiar as all evidence shows that citizens turned out en masse to vote AGAINST Dahlkemper, not to vote FOR Kelly. Additionally, Kelly has yet to do anything - good or bad - that would warrant enough voter ire to toss him out. His biggest blunder to date is his refusal to join the Tea Party Caucus, despite pretending to be a Tea Party guy during the primary and general elections. Remember his phony "tea party" that he had at his dealership?

Finally, 2012 is already shaping up to be yet another bloodbath for the Democrats. Dahlkemper must have incredibly bad handlers who are feeding her terrible information if she thinks that 2012 will be her year to win.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

School Disctricts Should Look Inward on Budget Cuts

In today's difficult economic times (Ed Rendell left Pennsylvania with a $4-billion deficit), it takes leadership and courage to tackle the problem. Enter the superintendent of the Sharon City School District, John Sarandrea.

Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
Sharon City School District Superintendent John Sarandrea announced Monday that he and business manager Tresa Templeton will voluntarily take a pay freeze for 2011-2012.

Sarandrea’s salary will remain at $117,000 and hers at $85,591.

With the state of the economy and the impending state funding cuts to education, Sarandrea said they’ll ask building principals to agree to a freeze as well.
This is a fantastic first step - but it is only one little step. A pay freeze looks good and will save several thousand dollars. But if school districts are losing millions of dollars each, it's just a start.

Here are some ways to save some serious cash:
- Have all employees contribute more to their bennies. The real world employees contribute up to 30% of the cost. If any of the "public servants" whine about moving from 3% to 5%, remind them how good they have it. Make them pay at least 15%. If they want to strike, show them the door.
- Eliminate half of the administrators. There is simply no need to have hordes of principals and vice principals. Especially when you factor in the sheer cost of these bureaucratic positions.
- Freeze pay for the next several years. The concept of "teachers aren't paid enough" simply isn't true any longer. Teacher salaries are available online in PA. Some of the salaries are appalling. And when you factor in the Mercedes Benz-benefits, it really jumps. You can easily add $25,000 to each instructor to find out what they cost each taxpayer.
- Eliminate all educational reimbursements for teachers. We should not be paying them to obtain higher degrees, then paying them jacked-up salaries when they are finished. If they want a higher education, let them pursue it like everyone else - on their own dime.
- Make sports "pay to play." This won't be fun since football is far more important than education in western PA. But you shouldn't spend millions on athletic complexes, then threaten to remove educational curricula.
- Cut wasteful spending. Private schools have been turning out better students for far less for a long time. Throwing cash at schools does not make them better - and that's been proven.
- Stop building new buildings that you don't need. Sure you want them and you can make up a million excuses why you think you need them, but you don't need a 2011 building to educate students in 2011. And if the state is throwing piles of cash at you, reject it!
- Finally (and this one SHOULD be a no-brainer) think of the taxpayers for once. You're killing them with your bloated budgets and you're making the case for school district consolidation more appealing each day. Instead of local control with a million bureaucrats, we could have regional control with a few bureaucrats. Tempting, isn't it?

The truth is that school districts have NOT been good stewards of tax dollars. There is a terrible culture of "We won the lottery!" in every school district. That money was never theirs in the first place. They did nothing to produce it or earn it. It was seized and spent without concern.

Remember that when you vote for school board members this spring.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Primary Candidates for Mercer County, PA Released

In case you were wondering who will be on the ballot this May, here you go!


Get to know these people. Find out what they believe and why they believe it. Support those who follow the Constitution and vigorously oppose those who do not. Restoring America happens at ALL level.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Upcoming Trash Mountain Hearings

We've had an interesting week of meetings dealing with the Tri-County Industries' Trash Mountain application. The biggest news is that owner Ed Vogel can't seem to find a string of building and operation permits. What this means is that TCI appears to have a bunch of illegal buildings and has been operating illegally for years. Since Pine Township doesn't have these permits on record, it seems that either TCI has been blatantly violating the law or someone has been handing out lots of wink-and-nod approvals. Either way, it doesn't look good...

Here's the upcoming hearing schedule so you can watch for yourself (all held at GCHS):

Tuesday, March 15: Canceled

March 22: 6:00pm (Pine Twp)
March 26: 10:00am (Pine Twp)
April 1: 5:00pm (Liberty Twp)

Please attend and support your community!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Save-A-Lot is Definitely Coming to Grove City

You heard it here first...

The former BiLo store WILL have a Save-A-Lot grocery store. The lease for the building was signed yesterday.

Renovations will begin immediately and the store will open in May. An exact date has not been set, but the goal is to be open by Memorial Day at the latest.

Many of the familiar faces that greeted you at BiLo will be working at the Save-A-Lot, and many of the customer-oriented policies will remain intact. Kudos to Dave Knopp, Jr. for hanging in there and treating the workers well.

This is a huge win for the residents of the borough. We'll continue to have a grocery store that serves the residents and it will be easy to get to, get in, and get out.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Grove City Ward Three: In Need of a Conservative!

Grove City Borough Council will have a vacancy this election cycle. Council member Joe Pisano (R-W3) is not seeking re-election. Joe has been a tremendous asset to council, from his leadership in moving technology issues forward to his direct approach for solving problems.

But this year is his last on council.

This means that an opening is available RIGHT NOW for those who are going through the petition process. March 8 is the last day to file petitions, so if you're interested in the seat, get moving! You only need ten signatures and there are no fees involved.

Click here to see the map of Grove City's wards.

Click here for more info about running for office.

Grove City has long been a conservative stronghold. Here is where you can do your part to keep it that way. If you are interested, but have some questions, please ask! Send me a message and I'll help any way I can. It's worth the effort!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Make a Difference in Your Community - Run for Office!

If you're tired of the way things are in your municipality or with your school board, GET INVOLVED! Anyone can sit on the sidelines and complain about taxes, regulations, etc. Most of the governmental involvement that affects your life happens at the local level.

Now is the time to circulate petitions for running for office. Go to your county courthouse, pick up the info packet, and get some sigs! You only need 10 for most offices! Be a powerful force for conservative thought in your community.

Here is the list for Mercer County offices.

Here are the dates of interest for those who want to run.

Here is the Mercer County Election Survival Guide.

Now, go make a difference!

Reminder: Grove City Leash Law is in effect

We're approaching springlike weather, which means more walkers, joggers, cyclists, and children playing. Don't forget the borough ordinance to leash your dog. And pick up your dog's waste, too!

The leash law is borough wide, whether on the street, the sidewalks, or in the park. Violators can be fined up to $300 per violation.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Grove City Save-A-Lot Deal Back On?

What a difference a few days makes...

It seems that the "99% dead" deal has swung to "95% gonna happen." Seriously. Apparently someone talked some sense into the landowner and Dave Knopp, Jr. will be bringing a Save-A-Lot to the former BiLo location.

This is good news for all parties: Borough residents will have a local place to shop, the shut-ins will have a delivery service, the former BiLo employees will have jobs (hugely important in this rough economy), and obviously, Knopp, Jr., since he has already put a fair amount of money into the deal.

When the ink dries on the deal, I'll let you know. Until then, don't hold your breath! This thing has definitely taken its turns...

Wendell August Forge on Fox News

For those of you who have been following the WAF fire story, here's a link to the coverage by Fox News.

Fox News was kind enough to send a crew to shoot some footage to take this story to a national TV audience. Of course, those of you who use the Internet for news knew of the story as it broke... ;)

The Fox News piece is a really nice follow up. Give it a's only a couple minutes long.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Grove City Save-A-Lot Not Coming, Old BiLo to Sit Empty?

The former BiLo building appears like it will sit empty as the California-based building owner won't negotiate a lease or repair the building.

Dave Knopp, Jr. may have wanted to open a Save-A-Lot (or a similar store) in the former BiLo location, but that dream is 99% gone. The staggering lease - one of the factors that killed BiLo - isn't up for negotiation. The leaky roof isn't going to be repaired by the owner. The remodeling to help Rx Express expand isn't going to happen.

Not even second-place bidder, Thorne Management Inc., is interested in the location any longer.

In short, the landowner is singlehandedly engineering his own failure.

If you want to buy the building, sure it's for sale - but the rumored asking price is well into the seven-figure range. And few - if any - buildings in the Grove City area are worth that.

For what it's worth, Knopp Jr. has invested plenty into making a store happen, including buying the old BiLo shelving, coolers, etc. He has also pledged to help the former employees find jobs, including hiring many of them at County Market. Knopp Jr. has been a stand-up businessman in this ordeal.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tri-County Industries' Trash Mountain Hearings - UPDATE 2/12

Here are the latest dates for the Trash Mountain hearings, all at Grove City High School:

March 8, 5-9 pm
March 9, 5-9 pm
March 10, 5-9 pm

March 12, 10-4 pm
March 15, 5 - 10 pm

Please attend and support those who are keeping the fight going. If you are able, please donate to the cause:

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Greenville Taxpayers Foot Bill for YMCA Utilities

In case you were looking for more reasons why Greenville is in decline (hat tip to The Herald, Sharon, PA)...
Greenville council approved a payment Tuesday night for the YMCA’s electrical bills in hopes they’ll be reimbursed when the YMCA gets its own financial situation straightened out.
Here's to hoping!

Of course, there's no legal basis for this, as a borough should not be taking on private debt. Taxpayers should be outraged - and heads should roll during this year's election. Greenville is in dire need of conservative leadership.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tri-County Industries' Trash Mountain Hearings - UPDATE 2/2

The Pine Township Hearing scheduled for this Friday, February 4th, was canceled.

The next hearing is Saturday, February 5th, beginning at 10:00 am at the Grove City High School cafeteria. This will be a joint meeting between Pine and Liberty Townships.

Attorney Ging will be questioning residents who live near the proposed landfill and other witnesses. Your attendance is greatly desired to support the witnesses!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tri-County Industries Trash Mountain Meetings - UPDATE

Trash Mountain meeting info:

All are at the Grove City High School.
- 1/13 @ 6:00pm (Pine Twp)
- 1/15 @ 9:00am (Pine Twp)
- 2/5 @ 10:00am (Pine Twp and Liberty Twp)
- 3/8 @ 5:00pm (Liberty Twp)
- 3/12 @ 10:00am (Pine Twp and Liberty Twp)

If you care about the environment, your health, your property values, and the economic health of the region, be sure to attend!