Safety


WORKING IN BLUSTERY CONDITIONS  – Wind gusts of up to 50 mph Saturday (Feb. 19, 2011) blew down power wires and knocked out electricity in parts of Limerick PA Township and elsewhere. Utility company crews were busy (above) restoring power and reconnecting cables at the intersection of Ridge Pike and Airport Road (below).

A portion of the roadway was blocked for a time, and limited to one lane (above), as repairs continued. Limerick Fire Company responded to the scene and helped to direct traffic. Nearby, and across the area, the strong winds toppled trees and brush (below), and in some cases required professional clean-up.

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ROYERSFORD PA – Four–hour refresher educational programs approved by the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to help lower automobile insurance costs for senior citizens will be conducted by the East Penn AAA during January and February (2011) at a new location, 70 Buckwalter Rd., Royersford PA. The classes previously were held in Pottstown.

The 4-hour driver improvement refresher course will be held Jan. 19 (2011; Wednesday), and Feb. 16 (Wednesday), both from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Its cost is $10 per AAA member, $15 per AAA member couple, and $20 for non-members.

A companion 8-hour driver improvement core course, titled “Safe Driving for Mature Operators,” is already under way this month (November 2010) at East Penn’s Pottstown office. Its first schedule for 2011 has not yet been announced.

Successful completion of the courses allows insureds age 55 and older to qualify for a state-mandated reduction in the cost of their premiums. For more information, call toll-free 800-564-0300.

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LIMERICK PA – A certified child passenger seat safety technician is now on the staff of the Welsh Subaru auto dealership, 105 W. Ridge Pike, Limerick PA.

The technician’s services in checking to ensure car safety seats are properly installed is being offered by the dealer at no charge, according to the Community Outreach page of the company’s website. Drivers who want to have their car seat installations reviewed should contact Welsh Subaru by e-mail, here, or call 610-755-7519.

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Technology makes tracking a child easier.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – A free workshop intended to help parents track their young children using the global positioning satellite (GPS) capabilities of cellular phones, will be held Oct. 28 (2010; Thursday) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville PA.

 

Such services are available from cell phone carriers without the need for additional equipment. Parents can track their kids between school and home, and verify their whereabouts at the home of a friend.

The seminar is sponsored by the TriCounty Community Network, a Pottstown-based organization of health care providers and health-related groups. For more information on the session, or to make a reservation, call Mark Pinto at 610-933-3013 Ext. 32.

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LIMERICK PA – Mother Nature, like many residents of Limerick (PA) Township, must love a good car show.

Bright sun, blue skies and moderate temperatures greeted the first Limerick Fire Company fund-raising car show held Sunday afternoon (Oct. 10, 2010) in the parking lots surrounding the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant at 70 Buckwalter Rd., Royersford. Dozens of vehicle owners entered their cars and trucks to compete for the company’s trophies, awarded to top antique, top classic, top newer, Best of Show, and Peoples’ Choice selections.

A nominal entry fee made sure there was plenty of all makes and models to see, while free admission to the public and the couldn’t-ask-for-better weather ensured a good turn-out. The fire company also offered musical performances, food, and a variety of door prizes to show participants. The money collected benefited the company’s purchases of new apparatus.

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PHOENIXVILLE PA – Dynamics, patterns and red flags that are warning signs of unhealthy relationships between individuals will be explored Oct. 21 (2010; Thursday) beginning at 7 p.m. in a free workshop open to the public at Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville PA.

The event is sponsored by the TriCounty Community Network, a Pottstown-based organization of health care providers and health professionals.

Tips will be offered for improving interactions with family members, friends, and partners. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, call Mark Pinto at 610-933-3013 Ext. 32.

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Listen for the sirens but remember, it's only a test.

LIMERICK PA – Exelon Nuclear is scheduled to conduct its routine test Monday (Oct. 4, 2010) at 2 p.m. of emergency siren systems surrounding the Limerick Generating Station. Residents near the plant may hear a steady tone for a period of 3 minutes.

The test is performed on the first Monday of each month as part of Exelon’s emergency preparedness program.

The sirens are one of several methods emergency management authorities use to notify the public of emergencies such as fires, floods, tornadoes, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events.

Additional information on emergency preparedness can be found at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site.

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