Christian Henry Gudknecht died in 1879. His family, who recently dedicated a grave marker to the Civil War soldier, continues to honor his memory today.
The state Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved a preliminary plan last week that doesn’t make many changes to local Senate districts, but does dramatically alter several area districts in the House of Representatives.
Democrat Ron Donatucci, the city’s register of wills, is enrolled in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan and originally planned to step down after completing his eighth four-year term in 2011.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives does not appear eager to consider a bill that passed the Senate last week that would create a school voucher program in the state.
The family of Lacey Gallagher traveled to Harrisburg last week to attend the signing of a bill inspired by the teenager’s death in 2007.
The three-member city elections commissioners’ panel will have at least one new face because nine-term incumbent Democratic chairwoman Marge Tartaglione was defeated in the primary.
Four years ago, Republican City Councilman Brian O’Neill faced a fairly stiff challenge from Democrat Sean McAleer, but the incumbent rolled to re-election with 58 percent of the vote despite Michael Nutter’s strength at the top of the ticket.
There will be at least six new members of City Council, and one of those newcomers will represent the 6th Councilmanic District beginning in January.
On Tuesday, 11 candidates will be vying for seven City Council at-large seats.
At long last, Mayfair has a sparkling new playground, courtesy of lots of people with Giant hearts.