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Beware Montco Restaurant Owners: Scammers Posing As Inspectors

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:50
Suspects are pretending to be health inspectors to steal money from restaurants across Montgomery County, officials said.
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Cash Stolen From Ardmore Thrift Store Sunday: Lower Merion Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:37
Police said the burglary occurred sometime Sunday, Nov. 19 at The Junior League Thrift Shop in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova Native Developing Late Night Talk Show For Fox

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:41
The standup comedian, "Chappelle's Show" co creator, and former SNL writer is developing a weekly late night show for the network.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Man Faces 20 Years In Prison For Tax Evasion: Feds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 12:39
He also faces more than $300,000 in restitution and fines of up to $1 million for his tax evasion crimes committed between 2008 and 2012.
Categories: Lower Merion

Flyers Announcer Signing Books At Main Line Store Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 12:14
Longtime announcer Lou Nolan will be signing copies of his new book "If These Walls Could Talk: Philadelphia Flyers" this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Thanksgiving 2017: King Of Prussia Mall Black Friday Hours

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 11:59
With the holiday rush poised to commence, when is the King of Prussia Mall open this week?
Categories: Lower Merion

Panel Addressing Holiday Anxiety And Stress At Main Line Church

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 11:25
Does planning, shopping, cooking, seeing family, and more cause you holiday stress or anxiety? If so, you'll want to attend this event.
Categories: Lower Merion

Delco Teen Cancer Survivor Hits Half-Court Shot At 76ers Game

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 10:30
A local teen who beat cancer and recently lost his older brother in a car crash was given the chance of a lifetime at a recent Sixers game.
Categories: Lower Merion

A community shows its best when things appear worst

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-11-21 07:49
Yes, there was grim news from West Chester yesterday on the investigation into the inferno that consumed the Barclay Friends Senior Living Center Thursday night.

Four residents are still unaccounted for and feared lost in the fire.

But amid this dire news, amid the heartache that started with the first glance of those towering flames licking the sky over the senior center, we were reminded of what is good.

The community came together in the face of heartache to help those displaced by the fire.

Neighbors descended on the Barclay to help rescue residents. They brought blankets and hot drinks to comfort those routed from their homes, now sitting outside in 40-degree chill.

Then on Sunday an overwhelming show of support formed in the long line of cars cued up at the Good Will Fire Co. to drop off donations to help those displaced. These were critical items such as toiletries, clothes, even wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

It showed the essence of what we are: a community.

We talk about it on today's editorial page.
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The grim news from West Chester

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-11-21 07:38
It was the news everyone had been fearing since late Thursday night, when an inferno roared through the Barclay Friends Senior Living Center in West Chester.

The first thing officials had to do was try to account for all the residents.

More than 130 residents and 15 staff were heroically evacuated as the blaze raged through the structure.

But not all the residents.

Yesterday Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan gave the news we feared: Four residents remain unaccounted for. Officials are not expecting a miracle.

ATF teams will now be brought in to sift through the rubble.

Hogan said that with high winds whipping the flames quickly through the structure, it's conceivable in a fire of this sort that the toll could have been much worse, that maybe as many as 40 to 50 people could have been lost.

You can get all the latest details on this tragedy here.
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Here Are The Latest Job Openings Around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-11-21 07:06
Job hunting or hiring? Take a look at recent listings around town or post a job opening.
Categories: Lower Merion

a new tale of ebenezer a.m.e. – an oral history

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-11-20 22:57

I have not written about the ruins of Ebenezer AME in a long time. But here we are on the eve of Thanksgiving and I have a wonderful story to share. It was sent to me by a former Chester County artist named Claude Bernardin who now lives in Bloomington, Indiana. He also knows my dear friend Catherine Quillman, the historian and artist who has helped me fill in the historical blanks on many an occasion.

Ebenezer AME in 1976 – photo was sent to me by Claude Bernardin who took it. This was from the side of Ebenezer that faces the mobile home park today.  None of us had seen this side until Al Terrell cleaned up the graveyard last fall.  

What I am about to post are the words of Mr. Bernardin, and the lovely green bottle and the photo of Ebenezer in 1976 are photos he sent to me. Oral histories like his are priceless. I wish my friend Al Terrell was alive to talk to Claude Bernardin!

From Claude Bernardin, his words (bold and italics):

Hiram Woodyard:

Died 12/20/1900 I believe. But certificate of death says 1/04/01.

 

He lived on an odd L shaped acre of land he was willed by Thomas Quay just below the corner of Conestoga Road and Bacton Hill Road. His parcel of land consisted ( I personally now believe… ) of a driveway easement that ran across Conestoga Road and up into the Church from the. Church rear.

His parcel of land would have been on the left side of Conestoga Road, after you turned right on Conestoga Road, heading downhill off Bacton Hill. You would first pass the old Peter Manning-smith Property ( pine trees ) a drive way and bridge on left.

Set of small woods separating the next larger Estate ( what we knew in the 1960’s and 1970’s as The Merith’s ).

That small stretch of woods used to be a long cart path heading up into the higher hills and woods between both Larger farms in the 1890’s.

Directly behind the white and green Meridith Victorian stucco farm house, back in the woods maybe 50 feet, along a little creek, on a hillside, over looking the Meriths, sits the stone foundation of an old One Room cabin. It had a small porch at one time over looking the stream and a circular well.

I grew up a stones throw away from it.

Today I think it belongs to whoever owns the Manning-Smith property and it is labeled a wild bird sanctuary.

Bobcat on Daniel P. Mannix farm, June 1971 – Claude Bernardin photo

My research suggests that this was the property of Hiram Woodyard. I dug antique bottles behind the foundation, by the big tree up stream, and even out in front of the ruins and down in that stream. That property clearly dates to 1880 – 1900.

About a decade ago an old high school friend of mine sent me some newspaper article that may have appeared in the daily local news about that region, and it mentioned some information that led me to believe that that was his property. I have since lost that information. However while working for an auctioneer I was able to get my hands on in the old 1800s map book of Chester County. Within it it showed the land parcels of that particular area and it clearly showed that property with a Cabin and I think an out house. I also own the Catherine Quillman book on the history of the Conestoga Pike, and I believe there is more information pertainingto that property within it. Putting all this information together, I have now come to the conclusion that that must be his property, and that the bottles that I dug belonged to him.

Elwood’s greenhouse and tool shed. 1970s?
Claude Bernardin photo

The last time I attempted to dig in that area I tried to dig out the cabin foundation from inside. It was just too much work for my friend and I. But I believe that there are bottles and other things down inside there. One of the things that we found was an old bedframe. The problem is that the foundation walls are collapsing into itself.

The hill beyond the cabin and down to the stream is some of the hardest clay soil I have ever dug!! If anyone was to try to do any digging in the future I would suggest using pitchforks. There are glass bottles on that hillside under the dirt, there is all kinds of barbed wire in the old wire as well.

Directly behind the cabin and in the woods further up the hill is an odd formation of land man made. I have never been able to quite figure out what it is. It is perhaps either the foundations of an old barn, or it was a man made ice pond.

Elwood’s two room shack. Claude Bernardin submitted photo. All of these old photos in this post are from his personal collection.

 In other words a deliberate formation to collect rainwater and to collect blocks of ice in the winter, a common practice back in those early days. If you are standing between the cabin and that formation, off to your far left is the Manning Smith pond, where there used to be a stone Spring house. Off to your right back in the woods further up the hill there is the ruins of an old Spring house as well.

This of course would be where they would need the ice.

This is a brief listing of the bottles that were found at this site:

Kickapoo Indian Sagwa

Dr. Chamberlain’s diarrhea cure

Ball and patent fruit mason jars

Ka-tonka, the Great Indian Remedy.

Note: both katonka and kickapoo came from a local traveling Penna. snake oil salesman wagon show.

Beer bottles: hollmans of Phoenixville, pa.

J. Harley of West Chester, Pa. and an apple green Chas. Jolly Blob beer from Philadelphia.

Numerous unmarked clear whisky’ and medicines

Horlock malted milk

Heinz ketchup

Food product jars varying sizes

The Church:

First of all, my name is Claude Bernardin

I used to live at 425 Conestoga Road, east white land township.

My father: Charles, my mother : Elizabeth ( Betty )

They had 9 children.

We are all still alive.

In the 1960s I was between 5 to 12 years old. That neighborhood had a tremendous group of children of similar age. In fact at times we had little gangs.

We were quite adventurous, inventive, and curious. Many of us got to know every single character, and adult at that corner on a personal basis. We would do chores for them, many of us even took care of them in their old age. A specific legendary character that lived right at the crossroads in a two room hand built shack, was L with Michael. Mr. Michael was kind of a hobo subsistence farmer of legendary status in the community.

As I recall, the inside of the church was lined in cherry wood paneling the pews we’re still in it and what color cherry wood so was the podium.

He used to drive up and down Bacton Hill Road and Conestoga Road at all hours of the day but mostly at sunrise and the sunset on his silver gray Ford tractor to doing his bugle for all the kids to come running to say hello. He often left families with the gifts from the fields.

He was a welcome guest at our house, and in his very old age we took care of him and would bring dinner to him at his bedside. To us he was like our quirky uncle. I knew Elwood so closely that I can still hear the singsong high-pitched slangy twang of his voice. He actually talked in some sort of meter. He was a lovely man, who cared for his community.

As far as I know he never graduated from high school, and yet was one of the most intelligent man I ever knew. He read books all the time. He could recite hundreds of poems from memory, and often did while sitting on the edges of our beds to wake us up to come down and join him for breakfast.

He used to give us a ride up and down Conestoga Road and Bacton Hill.

To repay his kindness, we did our chores for him around his property, including chopping wood for his woodstove. We rode with him to the old Kane form across from the trailer court, and would help fix up his hay wagons and the old barn.

To him I was always “Claudey”.

My brother is Richard, and Peter were the mechanics and engineers in our family, also sometimes brother guy. They would help Elwood and others in the region with all kinds of mechanical needs.

Back in the mid-1960s the church was abandoned. Two children that stood out in the neighborhood from the trailer park, Doug Buettner, and George Berry.

Slightly up the street towards the corner was Bruce McNaughton. Bruce was my brother Peter is my brothers closest childhood friend, also a character.

The old church was a wonderful place. Back then it still had a roof , a wooden floor, and altar, a podium, and even church pews.

The windows were huge, with deep inset windowsills and very large wooden shutters. The floor was beginning to show signs of wear, and rot.

If my memory serves me correctly there wasn’t one broken glass window. However the roof did have holes in it.

When you walked in the front door off BactonHill Road, to your far right against the wall in the corner, was a ladder that ran to the top of the wall, it was quite rickety back then. I climbed it on several occasions trying to reach the attic, but I was afraid of heights and so I never made it. But the church must have had in the attic that ran the entire ceiling.

I can actually remember one of the older children standing at the podium to court order to our meeting, a little bit like the dead-end gang in those James Cagney movies I think.

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deluxe pumpkin bread

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-11-20 19:16

Let the madness begin! Almost time for Thanksgiving! This morning I made the cranberry orange relish and this afternoon, pumpkin bread.

I somehow managed to pinch a nerve in my neck/shoulder so it has been slowwww going.

Here is the recipe for the pumpkin bread:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, cloves, cardamon

3 eggs

2 cups canned pumpkin

1 cup canola oil

2/3 cup white sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar – I prefer light

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup diced dried apricots

1/2 cup dark raisins

1/4 cup minced candied ginger

In one mixing bowl combine all the dried ingredients

In a second mixing bowl combine all the wet ingredients with the sugars.

When the wet ingredients and sugars are mixed, stir in the dry ingredients. Then fold in the nuts and dried fruit and candied ginger.

Pour into two greased and floured 8″ x 4″ loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50 to 55 minutes (or more- today my oven took 1 hour and 5 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

YUM!


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Thanksgiving 2017: What's Open, Closed In The Lower Merion Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 15:44
If you need to make a stop at a government office, store, pharmacy, or whatever this week, check out our handy guide.
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Attempted Burglary Reported On Mustin Lane In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 14:16
The attempted break in occurred sometime between Oct. 30 and Nov. 11. If you have information, contact Lower Merion Police.
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Main Line School Hosting Auction For Hurricane Relief Funds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 12:22
The school is looking to raise $30,000 for schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico that were affected by the recent hurricanes.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Eatery Offering Sides For Thanksgiving Dinner

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 11:32
For another year, a popular Main Line restaurant wants to help you save time this Thanksgiving by offering pre-prepared sides.
Categories: Lower Merion

KOP Robbery Suspect Dead; Officers Cleared In Shooting

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:52
The KOP robbery suspect died after being shot police, and officers involved are cleared to return to duty following an investigation.
Categories: Lower Merion

Work Affecting Lancaster Ave., I-476 Traffic Monday, Tuesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:45
Crews will be working overnight Monday and Tuesday on a beam replacement project on the Interstate 476 overpass, PennDOT said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Santa Claus Coming To Suburban Square Dec. 2

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-11-20 10:05
Don't miss Old Saint Nick as he stops in Ardmore before Christmas to bring music, crafts, and holiday fun.
Categories: Lower Merion