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Breathtaking Barn Conversion Twice Featured In Architectural Digest / 90-Acre Farm / $11M Mansion: PA Wow Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-05-28 13:37
Here are some of the most interesting and expensive properties on the market in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

This week's Foreclosures around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-05-28 08:56
Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across PA, including in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Graveside Whiskey, Grief and Honor: War Vets Remember Fallen Brothers On Memorial Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-05-27 15:14
Each American has their own view of what Memorial Day means. For many veterans, it is a somber day to appreciate their fallen brothers.
Categories: Lower Merion

Addiction Counselors Overdose, Die / SEPTA Driver Accused Of Child Porn / Man Assaults Victim With Cerebral Palsy

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-05-27 10:00
Here are some of the biggest crime stories from across the Philadelphia region over the past week.
Categories: Lower Merion

City Ave. Lanes Closing Next Week: PennDOT

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-05-27 10:00
The closure will be in effect Tuesday, May 30 to Friday, June 2.
Categories: Lower Merion

A Tragically​ Prophetic Final Facebook Post​ / Addiction Counselors Overdose At Halfway House / Kmarts Closing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-05-27 08:53
Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

11 Pennsylvania Kennels Among Humane Society's 'Horrible Hundred' Puppy Mills

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-05-27 00:58
Several Pennsylvania puppy mills have been named on the Humane Society's "Horrible Hundred" listing of the worst offenders in the nation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Special Trash, Recycling Schedule In Place Next Week: Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 13:18
Read on to find out when your refuse and recyclables will be collected next week
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Health Fair Offering Education, Screenings, Activities, And More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:57
Representatives from several area institutions, including Main Line Health, Narberth Ambulance, and Nova Care, will be on hand at the fair.
Categories: Lower Merion

SEPTA Fare Hikes Coming July 1

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:38
After holding public hearings in the five-county region, SEPTA has approved fare hikes that will affect prices across the board.
Categories: Lower Merion

pony up for hat wars

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-05-26 11:19

It’s here! The sport of kings everyone heralds Memorial Day and the first minutes of summer in with: hat wars at Devon Horse Show.  “Ladies” Day is May 31, and I am certain it won’t disappoint.


“Buy your reservation now”? Seriously are they paying someone to write this stuff? What happened to “make your reservations now, purchase tickets today?”

But please note The Devon Horse Show category of “Best Jewels of Devon” – I shudder to think about that bedazzling that will be done…can’t you just see bedazzled Lilly LOL?

Sigh….remember the genteel days gone by that once was Ladies’ Day? It used to be so civilized and nice. Today’s Ladies’ Day is just not for me.

I have lovely friends who are still stalwarts of this event.  But even they do not care for the element of Nouveau Devon it attracts.  It’s that whole faux society of it all.   Some of these women think that because they can throw a few fake flowers on the wrong color straw hat and layer on fake pearls that are so cheap they look like pop beads, and buy new Lilly dresses that they are instant society. And the irony is how many of them have ever ridden a horse, how many of them are in fact afraid of horses?  How many of them actually know what is going on at equestrian events?  (I do not pretend to be an expert, but I rode a little as a child and I have a general idea of what’s going on because I have a lot of friends who are horse people for lack of a better description.)

I have always loved horses. And I used to love going to the Devon Horse Show.  But what Devon has evolved into in recent years makes me wish and hope it returns one day to what it was. 

In my mind’s eye I see the Devon I personally remember best. The Devon of the mid 1970s through the 1990s. That was the Devon where you still saw the real Lilly Pulitzer and Vested Gentress dresses and spring/summer ladies pants outfits, and gentlemen had their khacki pants (lots of “Nantucket Reds”) and boaters.

What always sets the vintage Lilly apart from the modern Lilly are not the patterns, but the fabrics.  Today’s fabrics are cheap looking and feeling for the most part.  The fabrics of vintage Lilly and vintage Vested Gentress had weight to them and body. The cotton material was of such a high-quality and weave that it would hold up to heat and humidity.  Modern Lilly has fine patterns but the actual quality of the fabric cheapens the whole deal.

What will be interesting to watch this season at Devon is the society coverage. My money is on Caroline O’Halloran and her Savvy Main Line society glam squad and what will be their coverage.  

Caroline has added a real society column to her super popular website. Caroline’s columns feature a team of ladies who actually used to work for the society pages, and real coverage of events. And with their photos and Caroline’s columns you don’t just have people lined up for well-dressed society mugshots, you have well styled photos, an actual description of the event, what it’s benefiting, and so on and so forth.   It’s old-school and delightful in a modern website format and for those who chose to advetise it is a superior platform and I am not compensated to say that, it’s my opinion.  I find Savvy a much more polished and comprehensive a product when compared to what Susan Scovill puts out, unfortunately for Susan. While Susan pioneered the idea of a local website with event photos when she and the Main Line papers got their divorce a few years ago, her website in my opinion needs to evolve.  

Here is hoping people are better behaved at Devon this year, right? Last year and the police stuff wasn’t very Devon was it? And here is hoping that the people who attend Devon Horse  Show behave better than the people who attended Radnor Hunt, right?  People who are members of Radnor Hunt have been chattering about those who were guests at this season’s event which is at a private club who behaved liked early Animal House Frat House and if this is true, how could they show such casual disregard for Radnor Hunt?

It’s a lovely day for Devon today, however, so go buy a hat, see the horses and have a lemon stick!


Categories: Pennsylvania

City, School Officials Highlight Resources Amid Recent Suicides, Including 10 Year Old

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 10:15
"Suicide affects everyone and we all can be a part of the solution to prevent it."
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Man Sentenced To Prison For Felony Homicide In 2012 Crash

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 09:30
A Montgomery County man will spend significant time behind bars for a crash that killed a 16-year-old boy in 2012.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gun Stolen In Radnor Home Burglary Thursday: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 09:01
Police said the King of Prussia Road home was burglarized during the day Thursday.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tractor Trailer Carrying Hogs Flips Over In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:30
A tractor trailer carrying hogs flipped over in Montgomery County on Thursday night, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Newest Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-05-26 08:29
Take a look at the open houses in and near Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Yeah, the heroin problem is that bad

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:09
How bad is the heroin problem in the region?

All you have to do is look at what happened last weekend at a recovery facility in Chester County.

They had two people die of heroin overdoses.

But these weren't clients seeking to shake up the tentacles of addiction.

These were counselors.

So where do we start in attacking this fiend.

Well they're getting a start in Springfield.

It's on our editorial page today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Why I love & respect Memorial Day weekend

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-05-26 06:00
Congratulations!

We survived another winter.

Hell, we might even survive another spring; I"m not really which is worse.

After another night of pounding rain, it's time to commence my favorite weekend of the year.

Happy Memorial Day!

Why do I love this annual three-day holiday.

Let me list the ways.

First and foremost, I suffer from a guilty conscience.

I never served in the military, and I always feel terribly insecure when these kinds of issues come up. That's why you will wait a long time for me to start sounding off about anyone's military service, or who is qualified to make military decisions. That's not me. I wasn't there. I didn't serve. I'm not going to judge. I'm just going to take the time this weekend to offer a humble 'thank you' to those that did, and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for me to have the kind of life I have.

Secondly, it means summer is just around the corner, even if no one has bothered to let Mother Nature know.

At some point on Saturday, the sun is actually supposed to make an appearance, and the temperature is expected to head back toward 80. Now if we could just crank up the humidity, that would be just fine with me.

Sunday night is perhaps my favorite night of the year.

I usually lie in bed, hopefully with the windows open on a warm night, listen to the creatures chirping outside, and revel in the knowledge that I don't have to work Monday (aside from my usual web work; the Internet demands to be fed and it does not respect holidays), but also that the entire summer lies ahead.

Finally, I'm a sucker for a parade.

That is why I will be there Monday in my town standing and watching the bands and floats with veterans pass by. Do yourself a favor. Try to take in the festivities in your town. We have a full list of holiday events in Delco here.

I guarantee you that you will feel better for it. A little patriotism can go a long way.

On with the summer!

See you at the parade!
Categories: Pennsylvania

Conestoga High School Hazing Fallout: Football Coach Sues T/E School District Administrators

Fourteen months ago in March 2016, the TE School District fired five Conestoga High School football coaches and head coach John Vogan resigned after Chester County DA Tom Hogan charged three football players with sexual assault of a younger player. The investigation stemmed from a freshman football player’s allegations that three senior players held him […]
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