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SPRING Clean Up in Ardmore

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
Meet your neighbors and fellow business owners and help us clean up downtown Ardmore!!

Ardmore is looking for "ART OUT OF BOX"

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
Repurposing durable metal newspaper boxes into creative street sculptures filled with cultural news and/or objects!!

It's Readers Choice time!

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
Vote for your favorite business in the Main Line Media News Readers Choice. Vote in paper: Main Line Times, Main Line Suburban Life, King of Prussia Courier. Vote online!

2015 Ardmore Initiative Leadership Breakfast and Annual Meeting

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
Ardmore Initiative Leadership Breakfast and Annual Meeting Presentations


Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
Sharing Dranoff Properties statement providing additional clarity on the One Ardmore Place project. Reminder that the Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (12/10) to discuss and vote on a variety of issues surrounding the project at 6:10pm in the Lower Merion Township Building (75 E. Lancaster Avenue).

Gov. Corbett restores $10.5 million for One Ardmore Place, Cricket Lot project

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago

Ardmore Initiative Reauthorization

Ardmore Initiative - 1 hour 27 min ago
The Ardmore Initiative is a Business District Authority that must be periodically reauthorized by its stakeholders. 2013 is a Reauthorization year for the Ardmore Initiative. Click here for more information on our proposed plan, meeting dates and more.

Two Killed in Chester County Plane Crash

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-03-29 20:54
A small plane crashed Sunday afternoon shortly after taking off from Brandywine Airport.
Categories: Lower Merion

siri, what is the meaning of life?

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2015-03-29 19:49

Categories: Pennsylvania

benjamin jacobs house in exton gets new lease on life

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-03-28 17:24

I have said (and written previously) that ever since I came to Chester County I have loved this house alone in its own meadow and field on Ship Road in Exton. So I put a photo I took up on the Chester County Ramblings Facebook page and a friend of mine told me it was a house on the National Register of Historic Places, the Benjamin Jacobs House .

Anyway, the Benjamin Jacobs House has been part of the Church Farms School land parcels.  It was even mentioned in the Downingtown Area Historical Society Newsletter of April 3, 2014 . That house and the family from which it gets its name are steeped in Chester County history.

So today I got a new Twitter follower request and much to my delight it is the new owner of the Benjamin Jacobs house!  And the house is being restored!!!

The owner, Sarah Toms,  is chronicling the restoration in a blog. Personally, old house nut that I am, I am very excited about this!  This is, after all something amazing in today’s age: someone actually wants to restore a truly amazing house like this! I can’t wait to read along with everyone else as the work progresses!

Here is her inaugural post:

Benjamin Jacobs House: Why Exton?

I’ve lived in Pennsylvania’s Chester and Montgomery counties since the mid 1990’s, and to be honest, the Exton area never spoke to me. For one, there’s no quaint town center like so many boroughs in this area to draw you in and make you want to explore the shops and neighborhoods. The busy routes 100 and 30, which transect Exton, are uninspired corridors of stop and go traffic lined with same-same chain stores and restaurants. It really could be Anywhere, USA. So when my husband Ben and I started looking for a home close to a train station and near our children’s charter school, we reluctantly decided to take a second look at this area.

The Benjamin Jacobs House was the first home for sale that we looked at online and based on the pictures and description, it seemed to be exactly what we were looking for. Large enough for our big family and situated in a peaceful park setting, Ben and I were excited to see it in person. We also liked that this home has a really interesting past that is connected to the founding of our country (Benjamin Jacobs’ father, John Jacobs, was Speaker of the House when the Constitution was signed, and Benjamin not only helped to fund the Revolutionary War but was also a signer of Continental Currency – stay tuned for more history!).

Our first viewing was in March, 2014 and I have to say my first impression as I pulled in and parked in the home’s parking lot (yes, it has a 15 car parking lot) was Addams Family, here I come! Half of the front porch had fallen down and was lying next to the house, all the exterior paint was flaking off, and there are no shrubs or gardens, so the huge white structure felt stark and at odds with its setting. The house sits a little way back from Ship Road, but given the unwritten rule that everyone must exceed the speed limit by at least 20 mph, I didn’t feel too keen about living on this busy road. When I looked to Ben to gauge his first impressions, I was amazed to see my beloved beaming from ear to ear. My English husband had finally found his country estate, and where I saw years of renovations ahead of us, he saw vast potential in this dilapidated gem. Our realtor Terry, who with his wife Lois, has helped us to sell and buy previous homes, let out a chuckle – he seemed to already know that this place would be right up the alley of his quirky clients.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Penn State President Shows Support for Wolf's Tuition Freeze Plan

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-03-28 12:02
Governor Tom Wolf offers a boost in funding for state universities in his proposed budget.
Categories: Lower Merion

good morning coffee cake

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-03-28 09:41

I also call this cheater’s coffee cake because it is made with Bisquick a pre-made baking mix. So it is also semi-homemade but without Sandra Lee’s coordinating kitchen scape, table scape, and so on. You can also use a generic baking mix that is like Bisquick.

The base for this recipe used to be on the Bisquick box. I don’t see it there anymore. But over the years I have tweaked it and this is my favorite version. It mixes up quickly and is a delicious treat on weekends!

    2 cups Bisquick (or comparable generic baking mix that is like it)
    2/3 cup milk (NOT skim – 1% or 2% or even buttermilk)
    1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
    1 egg
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon  cardamom 
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
      2/3 cup Bisquick
      2/3 cup brown sugar
      1 teaspoon cinnamon 
      4 tablespoons butter
    Preheat oven to 400°
    Grease with either butter or Crisco  a large deep dish  pie plate. Mix batter ingredients – everything except the blueberries. Fold them in when everything else is mixed thoroughly.  (NOTE: You can also use dried cranberries or white seedless raisins instead of the blueberries. If you use dried fruit like that you’re going to bake on the lower end of the time estimation, or about 20 minutes.)
    In  a separate bowl mix topping ingredients together with either two forks or a pastry blender until crumbly crumbs are formed.
    Take a large deep dish pie plate and grease it.
    Pour batter into pie plate. Evenly distribute crumbly topping on top and cut crisscross well across top a few  times with a knife. 
    Bake in 400° oven for approximately 25 – 30 minutes
    Allow to cool for a little bit (at least 20 to 25 minutes) before serving but tastes best serve warm.
    Categories: Pennsylvania

    Drexel Grad Among Plane Crash Victims, Graffiti Wave Hits Easttown: The Week in Review

    Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-03-28 07:00
    Plus, a gun rights group sues Lower Merion Township over its firearm ordinance.
    Categories: Lower Merion

    $649K Wiltshire Road Home Among Area Open Houses

    Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-27 13:45
    Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
    Categories: Lower Merion

    Delco Wegman's Hiring Local Employees for New Store

    Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-03-27 12:46
    The Concordville location will begin interviewing for 175 available full time positions, with a total of 500 employees expected by November.
    Categories: Lower Merion

    Developers seek relief to save Wynnewood's William Penn Inn

    Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-03-27 12:07
    WYNNEWOOD >> A new development plan and collaboration for the parcel that houses the historic William Penn Inn in Wynnewood has been welcomed over the alternative — a subdivision plan that calls for the demolition of the 1799 former turnpike inn and tavern, with construction of five new single-family houses.
    Categories: Lower Merion

    Draft of new form-based zoning code in Narberth ready for public review

    Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-03-27 12:06
    Nearly a decade ago, Narberth’s planning commission completed a review of the borough’s existing zoning code and came to a troubling conclusion.
    Categories: Lower Merion