A longtime 'Boo'- bird knocks Halloween

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-31 06:12
Somewhere along the line I fell out of love with Halloween.

Which is odd because it was one of my favorites when I was a kid.

That and Mischief Night.

Yes, in the small town where I grew up, the night before Halloween was nearly as big as Trick-Or-Treat night itself.

That tradition seems to have waned, and given some of the things I remember doing on Mischief Night, that's probably just as well.

But while so many people - including adults - go all-out for Halloween, it no longer does a thing for me.

And that is from someone who could literally hit every house in town as a kid.

Maybe that's part of it. We have in so many instances really lost our sense of community. Or at least I have.

I hate the idea of dressing up in a costume. Look, this face is usually ghastly enough on its own. I don't need any help.

I hope the kids all have fun tonight. Don't make the mistake I used to make all the time as a kid and try to consume all that candy in one sitting.

I think I'll manage to survive.

And just think, with Halloween behind us, we can expect the radio stations to start playing Christmas music 24 hours a day any day now.

Thanksgiving? Hey, I'll just be thankful another Halloween is behind us.
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Everything is breaking Birds' way

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-31 05:52
Trick-Or-Treat, Eagles fans.

I think you can decidedly say this one is a treat.

Everything seems to be breaking the Birds' way.

Consider this:

Their next opponent, Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Linc, is the Denver Broncos.

Come on, admit it. Back in the summer when you were running down the Eagles' schedule, this is likely one of those tough games you thought the Birds might end up losing.

But the Broncos played last night on Monday Night Football, falling to our old pal Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Consider what the Broncos now have to do. After traveling to Kansas City for their prime time affair, the Broncos go back to the Mile High City. Then they have to fly across the country for a one o'clock game at the Linc.

Like I said, everything is breaking the Eagles' way.

You have to like the Birds' chances this week.

Can you say 8-1?
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A birthday wish

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:48
For a lot of reasons, this past year has been a most trying one for my better half.

And make no mistake, she is just that - and has been for more than three decades.

She has been the rock on the home front while I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the office.

She didn't exactly sign up for this.

As we prepared to share our vows, I was working one of the very few dayside, Monday to Friday gigs in the journalism racket. Then, a month before our wedding, all that changed.

I got a chance to do what I always wanted - to work on the night news desk.

I was thrilled.

She was less so.

A lot less so.

She did not, however, call the whole thing off.

I often wonder if she ever regrets that decision.

It started years - decades really - of sharing me with my 'mistress' - the Daily Times.

She took care of everything at home. I worked.

She raised two dynamite kids, for the most part on her own.

I was doing what I am always doing - working.

It's almost time for that to change. I don't know how I am ever going to repay her, but I'm planning to try.

This past year has probably been the toughest of all.

But she still looks like a million bucks.

One thing she doesn't look like is her age.

Happy Birthday, my love.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Hey, if you want to feel younger, just stand next to me.
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There are faces behind those headlines

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-30 05:18
In this job, it's easy to forget that there are real people behind the stories and headlines we present every day.

Then you get invited to speak to a group - such as the Aston Lions celebrating a very special charter anniversary.

And you sit down right next to someone who is up to his neck in just one of those stories.

It could have made for a very awkward.

But it didn't.

That's the kind of guy Norm Shropshire is.

I explain it today in my Letter From the Editor.
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Reign Men

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-30 04:58
Just call them Reign Men.

This is a game that so many Eagles teams that have let us down in the past would have lost.

A miserable, rainy day. An opponent that had not won a game.

It had all the makings of a 'trap' game.

There was even the dreaded missed extra point. Two of them, actually. We've seen these kinds of games before. But this team seems intent on proving every week that they are different.

The Eagles coughed and sputtered - especially on offense. But they won.

They stand 7-1 and have the best record in the NFL at the halfway point of the season.

Who saw this coming?

Carson Wentz was not at his best. The running game seemed to be spinning its wheels on the Linc's sloppy surface.

But the Eagles defense would not budge, steamrolling a 49ers offensive line that almost ran out of healthy players, and making for a thoroughly miserable day for rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Even Doug Pederson got into the act. For some reason the coach insisted on dialing up more pass plays late in the game when the Eagles should have been more concerned with working the clock.

None of it mattered.

This team - at least through eight games - is showing to be a different type of Bird.

And they're 7-1.

Yep, Reign Men.
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nightscape philadelphia

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-10-28 21:10

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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2017-10-28 05:42
Call it the Thrill of Victory - and the Agony of the Injuries.

The Eagles posted another impressive win in prime time Monday night vs. the Redskins. Carson Wentz again dazzled. But the Birds suffered a couple of huge injuries, losing offensive left tackle Jayson Peters, who protects Wentz's blind side, and inside linebacker Jordan Hicks for the rest of the season.

This game will present another interesting challenge for head coach Doug Pederson. So far this team has rallied behind him. Now he has to find a way to keep his team from falling into what would be the classic 'trap' game against winless San Francisco, who got blown out last week by Dallas.

And there is another big factor in Sunday's tilt. The forecast is calling for monsoon-like conditions, with rain all day. That should turn the Linc surface into a swamp and make handling the ball interesting. This is not the week to have Wentz drop back 40 to 50 times. Instead, this just might be the week to turn the keys to the Birds' offense over to LeGarrette Blount, and let him and the Birds' offensive line wear down the 49ers instead of trying to pass protect for Wentz. The Niners are one of the worst teams in the league against the run.

On defense, even without Hicks, the Eagles should be able to shut down rookie C.J. Beathard and the 49ers scuffling offense. It likely will be an ugly, wet day, but Pederson and the Eagles should prevail.

THE PICK: Make it Eagles 24, 49ers 10. Look for an ugly game in what is expected to be an all-day downpour. The Eagles will take it, as they try to fend off any letdown coming off a Monday night win and now facing the winless 49ers. This would be a great week to have LeGarrette Blount shoulder the load and take some of the pressure off Carson Wentz on what is likely going to be a tough day for throwing the ball.

LAST WEEK: Carson Wentz and the Eagles overcame a sputtering start to roll over the Redskins. It was the kind of prime-time performance in front of a national TV audience that had sports fans buzzing across the country. But the thrill of victory was dampened by two huge injuries to offensive left tackle Jayson Peters and key linebacker Jordan Hicks. More than ever, the Birds will have to rally around their second-year QB, an MVP in the making., The impressive Monday night win of puts Doug Pederson's charges at a gaudy 6-1 mark, best in the NFL. I was on board with the win and raised my personal mark to 5-2.

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)
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A salute to the Aston Lions - & some thoughts on volunteering

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-27 06:17
I don't get out of the office as much as I used to - or as much as I would like. We take this 24-hour news things pretty seriously. There is not a lot of down time.

I actually enjoy meeting and talking to the public. They always have interesting things to say about the newspaper. And I am always impressed by how much they value it.

We value them, too.

That was the overwhelming sentiment I took with me as I walked into the Ballroom at Boothwyn last night. I had been invited to speak to the Aston Lions on a very special night. When I fielded the call from Bob Hoyt, I wondered if I was going to be able to squeeze it into my schedule.

I'm glad I did.

Last night the Aston Lions celebrated their 70th Charter Night. They've been at this racket even longer than I've been at the Daily Times.

I often write about the notion that community service is quickly becoming a lost art.

Don't believe it? You should have been with me last night.

Most of the members present at last night's meeting have been doing this work for decades. They are all prominent members of their communities. People like Norm Shropshire, the well-known Delco funeral director and member of Middletown council.

Hoyt told me the majority of their Lions chapter are in their 60s and 70s. Some are even in their 80s and 90s. One august member has been volunteering for six decades.

But that is one of the things that struck me about the group. They are all older.

It's the same when it comes to so many of our local volunteer fire companies. Most members are older, have been doing this for years, and do not see that many young people stepping up to take their place.

Our volunteers are disappearing in front of our eyes.

I salute the Aston Lions on their 70th Charter Night. It was a great affair - and it allowed me to get out of the office.

Now if only I could convince more people to carve out some time to volunteer.
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The Pa. budget deal

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-27 05:54
Well, that didn't take long.

After initially digging in their heels Wednesday night, the state House got in line behind the latest funding mechanism for the state budget.

You can forget about a shale tax for another year.

And if you still dream about buying your beer, wine and liquor at a single super store as opposed to stops at a state store, supermarket and maybe your local beer distributor, you can keep dreaming.

As expected, the funding deal is all about gambling, and borrowing big bucks, which in itself is something of a gamble.

The measure is now on the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf, who for some reason is still talking about a severance tax on the state's natural gas drillers.

That's not going to happen.

You can read our editorial here.

But there is an oddity - unique to Delaware County - that is included in the package. It was pointed out on the House floor late Wednesday by state Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-161, of Swarthmore.

One of the measure included in the package is the green light for online gaming. While those funds will be disbursed by the state in every other county, the measure will allow Delaware County to set up a special authority to handle the funds.

You can learn about that provision here.

Now we wait to see what Gov. Wolf will do. This has gone on long enough. He may not like it, but he likely will sign it.
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heaven on earth is home

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2017-10-26 13:41

It looks like a painting. But it is real life.  Taken a short time ago over in Westtown.  I made my last trip probably to Pete’s Produce for the season.  (They have the most fabulous pumpkins this year, but I digress.)

Heaven on earth is where we call home here in Chester County.  Traveling through the scarred battle zone of raped land of the Sunoco Logistics Pipeline horror show to get to Pete’s really made an impression today.

We as residents need to do a better job advocating for Chester County herself.  Election Day will be here in a blink.  The power of your vote is one of the greatest ways to be heard.  Those who are NOT stewards of the land need to GO.

We need more land preservation and land conservation and less development.  We need to see what can be done to save what is left of our beautiful landscapes, including from the damn pipelines.

We have an agricultural and equine heritage that needs to be saved.  We have waterways and woods and wildlife and even the humble honey bee depending on us.

We can’t just talk about it and we certainly can’t depend upon the Chester County Planning Commission.  Pretty pie-graphs and surveys just take up space on a website.  What are they doing, really?  What are the Chester County Commissioners doing, really?  Planned photo ops are good for politics, what do they actually do for all of us? The all like to say they are helping plan our future in Chester county but I ask again exactly whose futures are the planning? Mine, yours, or theirs and those who make lots of political contributions?

I was down on the Main Line a few times over the past few weeks.  I realized once again how I truly now dislike where I used to call home.  And it is not just the great pretenders to what now passes as the “social” scene.  It’s the density, the roads, the overall frantic pace and congestion.  I realized how I literally exhale when I start to feel the open sky, fields, and forest of Chester County every time I am coming home.

But we are at such risk of losing that. We are at serious risk of losing Chester County.  From the history to the land, forests, fields, water (wells, streams, lakes, everything), to the old farm houses and barns to other historic structures — we have to act.

As my friend Mindy Rhodes has wisely said via M. Jankowski “If not you, then who?”  and John Lewis  “If not now, then when?”

Think about it.  Start with who you vote for.  And what you vote for.

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When all else fails, roll the dice in Pa. budget mess

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-10-26 06:47
Gus the Groundhog would be so proud.

When all else fails, keep on scratching.

And gambling.

Slide over Gus, you're about to get some new competition.

With a four-month stalemate seemingly going nowhere, Pennsylvania legislators appear ready to fall back on an old crutch. They're going to roll the dice - and pony up a massive increase in legal gaming in the state.

So while for the most part you still won't be able to buy beer and wine in a single super store, you likely will be able to gamble legally in your neighborhood tavern.

Wednesday night the Senate signed off on the latest version of a funding fix for the Pennsylvania budget, something that has eluded them now since July 1, when they met the state-mandated deadline to have a new spending plan in place. The only problem is that they could not agree on how to fund it, in particular a $2 billion gap between spending and revenue. You know, just like what happens when you pay your household bills every month.

Here's what the latest funding package does not include - a severance tax on the state's natural gas drillers. This despite a push earlier by Delco Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, and others to enact the state's first-ever severance tax.

Here's what's in: More gambling. More borrowing. Fantasy sports betting. Online access to both casino and lottery games. Video gaming terminals in truck stops, airports and online portals. As many as 10 new mini-casino locations around the state.

There will be a new tax on fireworks and expansion of the state sales tax to cover more goods and also online purchases.

But local tavern owners who have been pushing for video gaming terminals are out of luck. They're not included in the package. The Senate vote was 31-19. But talks got snagged in the House, which is expected to debate the package again today.

One vocal critic of the plan, Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks, who happens to be chair of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, warned of an "explosion of gambling in Pennsylvania like you've never seen before."

The plan also calls for borrowing $1.5 billion from the state's tobacco settlement fund.

All of these things would get us by for this year. And maybe next year as well. But it falls far short of the recurring revenue Gov. Tom Wolf has said is needed to fix the state's recurring fiscal woes. That's why he has consistently backed the severance tax, a move supported by Delaware County Republicans.

For a full listing of what's in the funding plan, CLICK HERE.The debate continues this morning: We'll let you know how it goes.
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A good idea in Upper Darby

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-10-26 06:12
Being a cop is a tough job.

And it gets tougher every day.

That's why a training program that was held for some officers in Upper Darby last week was so important.

It's a program called RITE. That stands for Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement.

Basically, it suggests officers look inward, at their own emotions, before they tackle what are very often volatile interactions with the public.

We think it's good advice.

And not just for cops.

It's something we all should do.

You can read our editorial here.
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The latest Sixers saga

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-10-26 05:53
The Sixers front office should get down on their knees ever day and thank God - for the Eagles.

The Birds' sizzling 6-1 start is taking the spotlight off what was supposed to be a very special Sixers season - and is quickly turning into a first-class debacle.

Or maybe we should refer to it as a first-round pick fiasco.

Yes, the Sixers are having injury issues with another first-round pick.

All of this came to a head yesterday in a thoroughly miserable day for the team - and their long-suffering fans.

Much of the day's drama surrounded first-round pick Markelle Fultz and his aching shoulder.

The team, the coach, Fultz's agent and his trainer all weighed in. Unfortunately, they were not exactly on the same page.

What we know is that Fultz will miss the next three games because of pain in his shoulder.

That seems to be about the only thing all sides agree on.

Did Fultz hurt his shoulder when he changed his shot last summer to make it more effective? Or to ease the pain? That depends on who you talk to.

Check out Jack McCaffery's column for his take on the latest Sixers saga. Then, for the coup de grace, the Sixers went out and blew a game in front of the home fans in which they led by seven with a little more than a minute left. You can get those details here.Hey, how about those Iggles!
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Not a banner day for region's Dems

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-10-25 06:44
Ask most people in Delaware County who their congressman is and you will likely get a quick answer: Pat Meehan.

It's true. The 7th District does cover most of the county, along with snippets of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lancaster counties. You can blame the wonders of gerrymandering for that, but that's another story.

The truth is Meehan represents most of Delaware County - but not all of it.v Many people along the eastern part of the county, and along the Delaware River as it snakes south - including the city of Chester - live in the 1st Congressional District and are represented by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

Yesterday was not a good day for Brady, the head of the Philadelphia Democratic Party and one of the region's most powerful Dems.

Two political consultants who worked for him were charged by the feds in connection with a $90,000 payment labeled as a campaign donation but which the feds maintain was really meant to get the candidate to drop out of the race.

Former Philadelphia Judge Jimmie Moore did just that, giving up his challenge to Brady in the Democratic Primary.

Donald Jones and Ken Smukler, one of the most familiar names in political consulting in the region, were charged in the case.

Brady was not, and has denied any wrongdoing.

Federal law imposes a $2,000 limit on contributions from one campaign to another. That would mean there would be problems with a $90,000 donation. The feds say the payment, meant to allow Moore to pay off his campaign debt, constitutes an unlawful campaign contribution.

The indictment claims Smukler and Jones funneled the money to Moore by routing the money through their consulting companies.

They are charged with violations of campaign finance and reporting laws as well as conspiracy. Jones also is charged with lying to the FBI.

It wasn't a good day for the region's Democrats.

Consider the case of former Philly District Attorney Seth Williams.

He was back in court to be sentenced after entering a guilty plea to a single count of bribery, as federal prosecutors laid out an ugly pattern of the city's top lawman lining his pockets with gifts, Eagles tickets, exotics trips and a lavish lifestyle all for access to Williams and his help in helping them in their business pursuits.

Since entering the plea, Williams has been jailed, held in an 8x10 prison cell.

He's already been fined $62,000 by the city's ethics board and been disbarred by the state.

Things didn't get a lot better in court yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond unloaded on Williams, sentencing him to five years in jail and summarily rejecting a plea from Williams that he be released for a few weeks to visit his dying mother. Yes, that would be the same mother prosecutors say Williams stole from during his glory days as the city's D.A.

Diamond blasted Williams for "feeding his face" at the public trough. He upbraided Williams: "Almost from the time you took office, you sold yourself to the parasites you surrounded yourself with," Diamond lambasted the former D.A.

Like we said, not a great day for the region's Democrats.
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Thrill of victory, agony of injuries

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-10-25 05:51
Call it the thrill of victory - and the agony of the feet ... er, knee, and ankle.

The Eagles stand atop the NFL after their convincing 34-24 win over NFC East rival Washington in front of a national Monday Night Football TV audience.

For the second straight week, they are the top-ranked team in the Associated Press Pro32 NFL Poll.

But that big win Monday night came with a high cost.

The Eagles have lost two crucial players - one on the offense and one on the defense.

All-Pro left offensive tackle Jason Peters will be lost for the season after tearing both the ACL and MCL in his right knee when it got rolled up on during a play Monday night. Funny thing about the knee. It is meant to forward and backward, not necessarily to the side, especially when you weight 350 pounds and another 300-pounder collapses the knee from the side.

The Birds also will be without middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, who apparently blew up an Achilles tendon when he caught his foot in the Linc turf.

It continues a nasty streak of injuries that has already cost the team the services of running back Darren Sproles, key corner Ronald Darby and special teams ace Chris Maragos.

All of this has been eclipsed by the spectacular play of quarterback Carson Wentz.

The second-year QB has put the team on his back.

That will be even more so now.

Columnist Jack McCaffery shines a spotlight on just how good Wentz has been.

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gossip girls

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-10-24 19:16

Émile Charlet (Belgian, 1851-1910) Gossip Girls. Sold at Skinner Auction May 2017

I wrote about gossip in 2013. As I said then, there is within human nature the desire to gossip or chatter about others. Anyone who says they haven’t done it isn’t being honest with themselves.

I have met men who were terrible gossips, but truthfully it is an especially female weapon.   It is used in my opinion most often to wound and hurt instead of the person really addressing what is wrong.

Why are women so cruel to each other?  Some say it is a basic evolutionary drive of women that men don’t have.  Some say it is low self-esteem. I think it is also that some people are just have nothing better to do.

What is it about human nature that makes some people relish the distress of others?  And why would you do that to someone who has only shown you kindness in some cases?

Why is it in the human dynamic to be cruel to one and other?

Today I learned of a recent conversation involving me.  It is the second one recently.  I marvel at how people who have never met me or have maybe met me once or twice love to talk about me. I am not that fascinating and what boring, tiny lives they must lead.  They want to know what makes me tick.  Part of the answer? Not them.

My radar has always gone up when I meet people who are way too personal too fast, too helpful, are always telling everyone how helpful they are.  These are the people that collect names of those they feel are socially helpful like kids collecting baseball cards….or savages and scalps (take your pick.)   These are the people who take a million selfies and the selfies fall into three categories (a) a core group of those who exhibit slavish devotion (b) themselves wherever and (c) with people they really don’t know, but it’s good to be in a photo with them.  These are the people who are, in the end, out for themselves.

I choose not to be around people like that.  They are toxic and basically, they just use people until they have no more use.  I want people who are shall we say of higher moral quality than that.

I have friends from every stage of my life.  They come from grade school through to the present.  My type of friend is loyal. Not phony.  Not a friend recycler (the people who literally recycle their friends every few years.)  I don’t want the friends who constantly play the “do you know” game, because I don’t really care.  I know lots of people and so what?

I avoid social climbers.  For example, they will never, ever in a month of Sundays get why you volunteer, truly.  (HINT: it’s not so someone will take your “society” photo)

A few years before I left the Main Line I saw a new breed on the scene.  I watched them as I like to observe.   Pushy and obvious, labels don’t make the person even if you sport the labels.  This new breed wasn’t even necessarily of the giant bank account.  They just wanted to belong so very desperately, completely not getting that people smell that desperation and stroll past it.

I have been off the Main Line for many moons at this point and some of these types are still fascinated by me, or news of me and why? I’m just a person – and these are never people that are discussing me because I’m interesting, it’s because they are trying to stir malice with gossip.   They don’t know me, but more importantly, I choose not to know them.  They exist for people to know them or of them.

I also am the subject of bizarre gossip because I am a blogger. And in this case people who have literally never met me as in ever.  They read what I write and decide based upon that who I must be.  Again, people I choose not to know.

These acts of random gossip mean I will probably never want to have a conversation with you.  I make my choices, and am for the most part not a follower.  I never have been — truly it is nothing new.  I was never a girl in a clique even in high school.  The fact I joined a sorority in college was somewhat unusual.  But I joined my sorority because the girls in it were fiercely independent and did not wear their starter pearls with t-shirts. (And they are still cool.)

I judge people on their merit.  If someone causes me to feel even minor aversion, it is usually with good reason.

We all were not put on earth to hang out with each other.  It would be exhausting.

People gossip to feel superior.  People gossip out of boredom. People gossip out of envy and an effort to belong.

Put your intellectual curiosity to better use…or better yet, address the subject of your cross examinations personally.


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christmas is coming!

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-10-24 13:26

I had an appointment in Wayne so I stopped at Valley Forge Flowers, more specifically The Barn at Valley Forge Flowers.

I love Christmas and I noticed they were literally decking the halls so I had to go in and check things out. They have some fabulous Christmas ornaments and holiday hostess gifts if you are in the market for them.

Especially take note of the fabulous German ornaments in the section known as The Cottage at Valley Forge Flowers. And like a complete dork, that’s the one photo I neglected to snap!

Please note that my opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way or given preferential treatment for writing my little review of a fabulous shopping experience. I am just a happy customer!

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The Great Escape: Wentz sparkles on national stage

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-24 04:59
They lost linebacker Mychal Kendricks before the game. Didn't matter.

That was compounded early when Jordan Hicks hobbled off the field with an injury that could end his season. No sweat. Next man up, you know. They lost maybe their best player, right offensive tackle Jason Peters, with a knee injury.

They survived a horrendous start, including a wave of penalty flags that saw them marching backward on their first possession of the game. None of that mattered.

Because Carson Wentz is that good.

And his teammates are starting to think they might be as well.

Wentz, who was under siege most of the night, combined 'North Dakota tough' and a Houdini-like escapability to once again dazzle. He went onto a national stage on Monday Night Football and basked in the limelight.

He pulled off a play that will now reside beside a similar piece of QB lore pulled off by Randall Cunningham, also on a Monday night game, in which he appeared to be in the grasp of several Redskins defenders early in the fourth quarter, only to someone escape, pick up a first down, and lead the Birds to another touchdown.

The bottom line? Wentz and the Eagles are 6-1 and can rightfully lay claim - at least for now - to being the best team in the NFL. Wentz went 17 of 25 for 268 and four TDs.

But that does not come close to describing what Wentz did.

Everything with the Eagles begins and ends with him. He's that good.

Injuries don't bother this team, because they have confidence that Wentz will find a way for them to win.

After one of the ugliest first quarters in recent memory, you look up and realize this team is only down three points.

They went into halftime with a 17-10 lead.

They saw one key player after another either hobble off or be loaded into a cart.

Doesn't matter.

Not so long as No. 11 is lined up behind center, coolly dissecting the defense the way you would expect a veteran NFL QB to take control, not some kid from North Dakota State in his second season in the NFL.

The Eagles just might be that good.

Carson Wentz already is.
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Teach your children well, indeed

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-24 04:41
Brace yourself.

We want to talk about race again.

No less than three school districts are grappling with ugly racial incidents.

Several communities in Montgomery County are trying to figure out why someone sent hate mail pieces to their addresses. Making it even worse is the fact that the mailings seemed personal, indicating whoever sent these items knew something about these residents.

Make no mistake.

These incidents did not take place in a vacuum. This is what happens when people try to normalize hate.

It's what happens in the wake of white nationalists marching through the streets of Charlottesville, Va., carrying tiki torches and openly espousing hateful rhetoric dripping with racial invective.

This is no longer hidden. The robes and hoods are off. This is in-your-face racism.

It's what happens when partisan politics veers of course, normalizing what was once thought to be unthinkable.

Our children are watching. And learning.

Turns out Crosby, Stills &^ Nash were right.

Teach your children well.

You can read our editorial here.
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Another tough weekend in Chester

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-23 05:18
On Friday I talked about the pitch made by county and city officials to lure retail giant Amazon to the Chester waterfront. It of course would be a huge boost to the region's economy.

It's the kind of shot in the arm that could raise the city out of its current seemingly chronic fiscal woes.

But one of the things I mentioned in the post is that first Chester need to get the upper hand on the random gun violence that continues to plague too many neighborhoods in the city.

The gunfire did not stop this weekend.

City police report that since Friday afternoon, there were five shooting incidents in Chester, with a total of 8 victims. Thankfully, at this point none of the injuries appears to be life-threatening.

The incident include a report of two persons opening fire on a crowded city basketball court from a bridge above.

Before it can talk about the latest attempt to add major attractions to its waterfront, the city must tackle the violence that too many of its citizens deal with on a seemingly daily basis.
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