LIMERICK PA – Recent jottings from a reporter’s notebook:

Like Many Signs, This One’s Too True

Seen flashing from the electronic sign board outside the Towne and Country Ace Hardware store on Ridge Pike:

Buy Local Or
Bye-Bye Local.

Drumming Up Business, In Advance?

During last week’s (June 23, 2009) public meeting in Pottstown Middle School on the future of U.S. Route 422, a volunteer for the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP) was in the school lobby trying to recruit members. The organization bills itself as “the independent voice for rail and transit users in the Greater Philadelphia area,” and attempts to represent rail ridership in hearings with SEPTA and other mass transit operators.

There’s been no decision made, yet, to revive the so-called R-6 Extension and return commuter train service west from Norristown to Phoenixville, Royersford, Pottstown or anywhere beyond. Discussions of how the extension project might be paid for, if ever approved, were a substantial part of the meeting’s discussions.

Makes one wonder whether DVARP is just being hopeful, or whether it knows something the rest of us don’t.