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HARRISBURG PA – Joseph Bergquist of The Victory Bank in Limerick has been appointed to the Grassroots Advocacy Committee of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association (PBA). The committee coordinates the association’s grassroots contacts program, which consists of volunteer bankers who meet with state and national legislators to explain and discuss issues effecting the industry and consumers.

Bergquist’s two-year committee membership begins Jan. 1. He is a vice president and commercial relationship manager at the bank, and specializes in commercial lending, commercial real estate lending, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans.

The PBA, located in Harrisburg, is the state’s major banking trade association. It provides government relations representation on behalf of the industry in Pennsylvania, and offers extensive continuing education programs for bankers.

SANATOGA PA – What has become an annual breakfast salute to U.S. Armed Forces veterans in the state’s 44th Senatorial District, which includes Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick PA townships and the borough of Pottstown, will be held Oct. 30 (2010; Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA, Sen. John Rafferty has announced.

Rafferty, in a mailing to veterans and others from his 3770 Ridge Pike, Collegeville PA, district office, said the morning would consist of a free breakfast for veterans, and “a patriotic celebration” featuring a keynote speaker. All veterans who live in the district may attend, but advance registration is required.

Seating is limited. The registration deadline is Oct. 26. For more information or to register, call Rafferty’s office at 610-831-8830.

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BLUE BELL PA – Speaker and author Bruce A. Jacobs will discuss the research and recommendations in his book, “Race Manners for the 21st Century: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans in an Age of Fear,” during a symposium Tuesday (April 6, 2010) from 12:30-2 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College’s central campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell PA. The free event is open to the public.

The symposium is the final event of the college’s current year dialog on diversity.

Between 2000 and 2007, overall growth in Montgomery County (PA) was about 3 percent. During the same period, however, the county’s African American population grew 13 percent; its Asian American population, 32 percent; and its Hispanic or Latino American population, 49 percent. The college has even greater percentages of mixed cultures. “We are looking at what we are doing to see where we need to change, adapt and grow to meet the needs of our students and the community,” said Rose Makofske, the college’s director of equity and diversity initiatives.

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Votes can be cast between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In Limerick (PA) Township, polls are located at:

  • St. James United Church of Christ, 321 S. Limerick Rd., Limerick PA (District 1),
  • Limerick Township Building, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA (District 2),
  • Linfield Fire Company, Main Street, Linfield PA (District 3),
  • Brooke Elementary School, 339 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford PA (District 4), and
  • Evans Elementary School, 125 Sunset Rd., Limerick PA (District 5).

And in Royersford (PA) Borough, at:

  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 575 Main St., Royersford PA (District 1), and
  • Golden Age Manor, Fourth and Walnut streets, Royersford PA (District 2).

Most voters will cast their ballots using an electronic voting machine.

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Election Day is just six days away.

HARRISBURG PA – Video tutorials on how to use electronic voting systems, a polling place locator, and a tool to confirm voter registrations all are being made available now on the Department of State‘s voter education website, VotesPA.com, in preparation for the Tuesday (Nov. 3, 2009) municipal election, Commonwealth Secretary Pedro A. Cortes said.

A special Election Day assistance tool also allows voters to print their own one-page information sheet that lists their polling place, directions and what to bring to the polls.

The department wants to ensure voters are ready to cast their ballots in all contested races. “The website offers a broad range of information to improve voters’ experiences at the polls,” Cortes said.

Cortes reminded voters that Pennsylvania law requires them to present identification the first time they go to the polls, or if they have moved to a new polling place. Newly registered voters who show up on Election Day without ID will be permitted to vote using a provisional ballot, but only as a last resort, he said.

Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card,
  • ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the U.S. government (such as a passport),
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID,
  • Student ID, and
  • Employee ID.

Voters who lack photo identification may use a non-photo identification that includes their name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include:

  • Voter ID card issued by the voter registration commission,
  • Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or federal government,
  • Firearm permit,
  • Current utility bill,
  • Current bank statement,
  • Current paycheck, and
  • Government check.

For more information, call 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772).

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POTTSTOWN PA – With Election Day only 5 days away, the Montgomery County Board of Elections on Wednesday (Oct. 28, 2009) officially advertised the hundreds of polling places that will be open for voters to cast their ballots in local and state political races that are part of the municipal general election.

Two full pages of listings appeared in The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper, one of the county’s many publications of record for legal notices.

In Limerick (PA) Township, polls will be located at:

  • St. James United Church of Christ, 321 S. Limerick Rd., Limerick PA (District 1),
  • Limerick Township Building, 646 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA (District 2),
  • Linfield Fire Company, Main Street, Linfield PA (District 3),
  • Brooke Elementary School, 339 N. Lewis Rd., Royersford PA (District 4), and
  • Evans Elementary School, 125 Sunset Rd., Limerick PA (District 5).

In Royersford (PA) Borough, at:

  • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 575 Main St., Royersford PA (District 1), and
  • Golden Age Manor, Fourth and Walnut streets, Royersford PA (District 2).

Most voters will cast their ballots using an electronic voting machine. Votes can be cast between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – Limerick’s state senator, John C. Rafferty, will be joined by state Rep. Mike Vereb in conducting a town meeting for Ursinus College students Oct. 22 (2009; Thursday) at 6 p.m. in Room 107 of Olin Hall at the college, Main Street, Collegeville PA.

The session is intended to allow students, faculty and staff members to meet and interact with the state legislators as they discuss issues facing Pennsylvania.

Rafferty is a former state deputy attorney general who represents residents of Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District. He was re-elected for a second term in November 2006. Rafferty serves as chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and is a member of Appropriations, Banking and Insurance, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Judiciary, and Transportation committees.

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