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Free Parking On Saturdays In Philly Through Jan. 1

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 14:23
You can park for free after 11 a.m. on each Saturday for the rest of the year. Discount rates are also offered at several PPA garages.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Dies After Thanksgiving Pit Bull Attack In North Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 13:24
The man reportedly walked into a back yard where several pit bulls were located. Police shot and killed one of the attacking dogs.
Categories: Lower Merion

Potential New Pancreatitis Treatment Discovered At Lankenau

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 12:17
Pancreatitis can be a contributing factor to pancreatic cancer. And some local experts have made a breakthrough with pancreatitis treatment.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Community College Launches 'Music Technology Suite'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 10:07
An innovative, state of the art new "Music Technology Suite" has opened up at Montgomery County Community College.
Categories: Lower Merion

$200K Grant Awarded For Ardmore Pump Station Upgrades

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 09:59
Montgomery County entities and municipalities were awarded more than $12.6 million in grants recently, and Lower Merion got a cut.
Categories: Lower Merion

Public Meeting To Address The Future Of Norristown State Hospital

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 09:51
What do you think about the state of Norristown State Hospital? And are you curious about its future?
Categories: Lower Merion

Remains Of Final 2 Victims Of West Chester Fire Found

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 09:31
The four missing victims from the catastrophic blaze at a West Chester senior center have now been found and confirmed dead.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Knife Point Robberies In Haverford Under Investigation

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 09:26
One occurred the evening of Nov. 19 and the other the night of Nov. 22. Anyone with information is urged to contact Haverford Police. I
Categories: Lower Merion

Your Guide to Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood and Nearby Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-11-24 07:54
House hunting? Here are this week's open houses around town.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Dreaded Black Friday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-11-24 07:22
Yes, I'm weighing in a day early. Call it the Dreaded Black Friday Eagles Pick.

9-1, baby!

How's that for a reason to be thankful.

And the Cowboys got into the Philly holiday spirit, getting embarrassed for the second straight week at home in Jerry Jones Palace, as they put up another turkey Thursday in falling to the Chargers. The loss leaves the Cowboys reeling at 5-6, losers of three straight by 20 points or more. All of those games have come without suspended stud running back Ezekiel Elliott. Without him, and with an ailing offensive line, QB Dak Prescott has not exactly looked like the say guy who was an MVP candidate last year.

In the meantime, here in Philly, everyone has spent the week guarding against two ugly words: Trap game.

The Bears are in town, sporting a 3-7 record.

The game comes after the Birds Sunday night demolition of the Cowboys, and sandwiched in between a two-week West Coast trip where the Eagles will face the Rams in L.A. and Seattle.

Doug Pederson has done just about everything right in this magical season.

That's why I'm banking on the Birds to take care of business vs. the Bears.

Oh, and a couple of other things.

The game will feature two quarterbacks who both went No. 2 in the draft. Who would you rather have, Mitchell Trubisky or Carson Wentz. The Bears can only hope Trubisky mimics what Wentz did last year, builds on that and then takes off in his sophomore season next year, much the way Wentz has this season.

But the Bears have a bigger problem. They depend on a ground game led by Jordan Howard, who actually leads the NFC with 841 yards rushing. The problem for Chicago is that nobody has run the ball on the Eagles' stout defense. I don't think that changes this week. Instead I think it is the Birds, with their four-headed monster backfield, that dominates the line of scrimmage and grinds out another methodical win.

THE PICK: Make it Eagles 31, Bears 13. That's right. I don't think this one is going to be close. If it's one thing the Eagles have done this season it is beat the teams they are supposed to be. They are supposed to beat the Bears. I think Doug Pederson will have them ready to roll.

LAST WEEK: Any win over the Cowboys is sweet. To do it in prime time, in a Sunday night encounter on national TV and in Jerry Jones' palace only makes it that much better. After they spent the first half trying to shake off the rust and getting back in sync, the Birds came out of the locker room trailing 9-7 and simply imposed their will in a dominating effort vs. Dallas. The huge win pushed the Eagles' NFL-best mark to 9-1. I remain in hot pursuit, picking another winner to improve my record to 8-2.

GAME BY GAME: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Chiefs 33, Eagles 17)

Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 24. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 17)

Eagles 26, Chargers 24. (My Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Cardinals 7. (My Pick: Eagles 29, Cardinals 24)

Eagles 28, Panthers 23. (My Pick: Panthers 26, Eagles 17)

Eagles 34, Redskins 24. (My Pick: Eagles 31, Redskins 19)

Eagles 33, 49ers 10. (My Pick: Eagles 24, 49ers 10)

Eagles 51, Broncos 23 (My Pick: Eagles 23, Broncos 19)

Eagles 37, Cowboys 9 (My Pick: Eagles 29, Cowboys 17)
Categories: Pennsylvania

the thanksgiving gift

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2017-11-23 15:53

These past few years my blog has been my journey through my now not so new home county, Chester County, Pennsylvania . It’s also been whatever I feel like writing about at the time – what moves me, inspires me, what I want to share.

I have been a blogger for years, but out here I don’t think there are many people like myself who blog just because they want to write. So I am an acquired taste to many. I am also not a monetized blog, which is a rare species sometimes these days. With the blogging sometimes over the past few years I have had some incredibly negative experiences even with all the amazing and heartwarming and positive experiences of writing. As a result it may take me a few days when someone writes to my blog and is truly complementary.

So what I’m about to tell you is basically my O. Henry story for Thanksgiving 2017. (And as a related aside, if you have never read O.Henry you should. His stories are timeless and endure through the ages.)

Recently, someone wrote to me via my blog to tell me how much he enjoyed what I wrote about. And this gentleman, Chris, has really read what I’ve written. It always leaves me slightly in awe when I realize this because I write for myself. I enjoy the act of writing and expressing myself, it’s my art so to speak. And sometimes (sadly) along with the pleasant commentary , I get really ugly comments about my blog; it’s not always happy thoughts. That is the sad reality of the world we live in.

And this nice man also offered me an amaryllis bulb. And for a gardener like myself, there’s nothing better this time of year than paper whites and Amaryllis. I happen to love Amaryllis and the weird spring and fall made mincemeat out of my remaining Amaryllis bulbs and I actually didn’t have one started for Christmas. Someone from DutchGrown, a bulb grower and supplier out of West Chester had given him a couple of bulbs, and he thought enough of me a total stranger and fellow gardener, to offer me one. (And now I know about another bulb grower which is Chester County local too!)

2017 has been a crazy year for me being a blogger, so I showed the note to my husband, and he said that there is enough good on this earth that we can still take people at their word, even strangers. So today I sent a note back and said I would love to have an Amaryllis bulb and say hello.

I have to tell you I really didn’t expect him to come by today because it is Thanksgiving and he has a family, but he did. Sadly, I had hopped into the shower to get ready for family coming here for Thanksgiving. So he and my husband met instead. And now we have a new friend, well met.

There is that phrase about the kindness of strangers, and it definitely proves itself true here in this situation. And once again my travels through Chester county and my blog have introduced us to get another person we normally would not have met.

Chris, Happy Thanksgiving. This post is for you. Thank you for the beautiful bulb and reminding us what is important in this life. It is a true O.Henry moment.

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers and pay it forward this holiday season. Believe.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Media Theater Holiday Fun; Viking Economics; More Local Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-11-23 12:00
Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

thankful. grateful.

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-11-22 21:26

I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for my pumpkin pie to finish baking. The simple things, the traditions of Thanksgiving.

As I sit in my cozy kitchen I am also thinking about those less fortunate this Thanksgiving. In particular, the elderly who lost their homes and their memories in the devastating Barclay Friends fire almost a week ago in West Chester.

I am thankful and grateful for my friends,family, and neighbors . I am thankful and grateful more specifically for my husband and stepson. We have a happy home that makes me feel like I am the luckiest woman on the planet.

Thanksgiving has roots in 1621 when the Plymouth colonists shared a harvest feast with Wampanoag Indians. This autumn harvest festival is acknowledged today as the origins of our American Thanksgiving.

In 1863 during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln created in November the national holiday we know today. He proclaimed a national Thanksgiving holiday, and here we are!

A fun historical fact is Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving to be the last Thursday of November. But during the depression in 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to move the holiday up a week. Something about spurring retail sales. But public outcry caused Roosevelt to sign a bill into law in 1941 making Thanksgiving officially the last Thursday in November.

There are as many ways to make a Thanksgiving dinner as there are ways to set the table. The melting pot that is our country means there quite a lot of different nationalities and races putting their spin on Thanksgiving dinner. Every family has their own traditions.

As we come together tomorrow with either friends or family, remember those who came before us. Remember friends and family.

Say a prayer tomorrow on Thanksgiving for the United States of America. I do not feel the strife and anger from coast to coast is what the founding fathers or even those early Pilgrims had in mind.

We have a great country and the politicians who want to screw everything up be damned. We have a lot to be thankful for and we can’t allow them to define who we are. They work for us. And if they aren’t working for us, we replace them one election at a time. From the smallest Borough all the way to the White House.

Happy Thanksgiving. Be grateful for what you have, don’t expend negative energy coveting what you don’t have. Enjoy the day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Philly High School Counselor Sexually Assaulted Student: Cops

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 17:23
The 50-year-old man is accused of having six sexual encounters with a teenage male student at his home and one in the school, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

6ABC/Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Parade: What You Need To Know

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 17:00
See the parade route, road closure, parking restriction, and more details about Thursday's parade here.
Categories: Lower Merion

Movies Out Thanksgiving Weekend: 'Darkest Hour,' 'Coco' And More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 12:53
How did Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Story" come to be? Plus Winston Churchill comes to life and a young boy goes on a quest to find fame.
Categories: Lower Merion

Accident On I-476 Ramp Slows West Conshohocken Traffic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 11:56
Breaking: An accident on the I-476 ramp in West Conshohocken is impacting traffic in the area Wednesday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

Japanese Food Festival Coming To Ardmore Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 11:51
Take a break from Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend, as Maido! in Ardmore is inviting you to taste authentic Japanese foods.
Categories: Lower Merion

holiday decorations

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-11-22 11:43

I always decorate my chandeliers for Christmas. I decided to do them for Thanksgiving as well this year.

The design style started with a strand of cranberry colored wood beads that I bought a while back at a barn sale. When I looped them through my chandelier the rest of the design sort of came to me.

So I bought an additional two strands of beads for this chandelier and the craft store also yielded pinecones strung on twine, which saved me time and effort.

I think the effect is simple and pretty but not too rustic. When it comes time to decorate for Christmas I will add birds and some hanging snowflakes to this and it will look just beautiful.

My husband of course seems to think I am just trying to get a “jump on Christmas” as he put it. Now that isn’t exactly true, but I will not deny that this helps me get some of my pre-decorating done for Christmas.

If you are interested in beads like this, as well as a pre-strung pinecones you can also find them on Amazon and eBay and Etsy. They are not terribly expensive and I think it gives such a nice look.

Happy day before Thanksgiving!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Elmwood Park Zoo Euthanizes American Buffalo

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-11-22 11:38
Tatonka, known as "Tonks," a beloved American bison, was euthanized at Elmwood Park Zoo on Wednesday.
Categories: Lower Merion