100 Years Ago – 1918: The Emergency Hospital patients who are convalescing have been removed to the Owls Building, Ninth and Sproul streets, Chester. Send them magazines, books and daily papers to keep them content until they are really well enough to be discharged.
75 Years Ago – 1943:
The Media School Board decided last night in favor of accepting the services of the Delaware County Tuberculosis Association for mass X-ray examinations. The examinations, which involve only the taking of an X-ray of the chest, will show whether or not tuberculosis is present. The examinations will be given to all athletes at the school and to members of the 10th and 11th grades.
50 Years Ago – 1968:
The Pennsylvania Department of Highways in Harrisburg has received an apparently low bid of $17,440,448 for the construction of a section of Interstate 95 in Delaware County. American Dredging Co. of Philadelphia submitted the bid to construct the superhighway between Sellers Avenue in Ridley Township and Darby Creek in Tinicum. A PDH spokesman said the project calls for a bridge over Darby Creek in Ridley Township and two bridges over Wanamaker Avenue in Tinicum. 25 Years Ago – 1993:
For the first time, a national watchdog group has threatened legal action against Pennsylvania’s WAM legislative pork barrel fund. The Washington Legal Foundation has formally asked legislative leaders, the governor’s office and department heads to furnish documents relating to the issuance of WAMs. WAMs – shorthand for “walking around money” – are officially known as legislative initiative grants made by Senate and House leaders to party lawmakers for pet projects in their districts. The WLF estimates $183 in taxpayer funds “have been doled out under this system since 1988 for many questionable activities.”
10 Years Ago – 2008:
In these tough economic times, Aldan residents could get some good news before the end of the year, in the form of no real estate property tax increase next year. That was what Councilman Michael Xavier, chairman of the finance committee, announced at a recent council meeting. Although he noted it’s still early in the budget process, 96 percent of revenues anticipated for 2008 have been collected to date and expenditures are just
69 percent of what’s shown in the current budget.