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Lower Merion Township phones out for period tonight

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-11-23 14:36
Lower Merion Township has announced that its telephone system will not operational tonight, Monday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. while necessary maintenance is performed.
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christmas crafting

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-11-23 13:54


I have been on the hunt for a larger soft form folk art Santa, and I haven’t been able to find one.

So I decided to make one and here he is!

For my first attempt at a craft like this I don’t think I did a bad job! I used things I had around the house. 

Recently we had gotten some new pillows I saved the old ones for crafting – the beard and the body is stuffed with one of the old pillow’s stuffing.

Buttons I always save I think it’s a habit that comes from my mother and grandmother because both of them sewed. So I reused some buttons. 

Some red cotton lace trim I had picked up at a fair years ago has had many uses and this time Santa was able to have festive suspenders by using a couple short lengths of it.

Santa’s actual head comes from one of those flannel cotton shoeshine mits  you get in hotels. His clothing was made from old pajama tops and bottoms. And that includes his little plaid boots.

Buttons were used for his eyes and I painted them a little in the center so he didn’t look so bride of Chucky. His glasses were made from red florist wire and he has a little yarn mouth.

His mittens were actually thumbs from old knit gloves that had holes in them. And I formed his body and his legs from one of those grocery store-type  recycled, reusable “fabric” bags.  The bag I used actually was a giveaway in Ardmore, PA  a few years ago and it was off-white so it worked perfectly for these purposes.

I handstitched him together and made him a cap and gave him a yarn tassel at the end of his cap. I created his nose and some depth in his face by bunching the fabric and the stuffing and stitching it down in places.

I can make wreaths and things but this is my first time ever trying to make something like this. I didn’t have a pattern I just had an idea in my head of what I wanted him to look like. He’s about 3 feet tall. I had wanted a Santa likes this to sit on a chair at Christmas.

Move over Martha Stewart because I think my Santa is pretty cute! Have a great day!


Categories: Pennsylvania

Shooting Reported In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 13:52
The incident occurred late Sunday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Shooting Reported In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 13:51
The incident occurred late Sunday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion High, Harriton Among 100 Best High Schools In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 12:20
New 2016 list: Niche.com collected test results, graduation rates, surveys and more to determine the best schools in PA and in the U.S.A.
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12 Ardmore Runners Finish Philadelphia Marathon

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 11:51
On Sunday, over 9,000 people took to the streets of Philadelphia to race 26.2 miles. How did Ardmore stack up?
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Dear Santa, young Digital First Media readers share all they want for Christmas

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-11-23 11:47
Digital First Media We’re asking our littlest readers to share their hand-written (or drawn) letters to Santa and send them to us for delivery to the North Pole! The Mercury will quickly deliver your letter to the big man himself who will respond with a letter for your child. 
Categories: Lower Merion

Train fire near Villanova causes brief SEPTA delay Monday morning

Main Line Times - Mon, 2015-11-23 10:52
SEPTA service on the Paoli Thorndale line was slowly getting back to normal late Monday morning following a train fire that caused the evacuation of hundreds of passengers.
Categories: Lower Merion

When Do Lower Merion Schools Close For Thanksgiving?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-11-23 10:37
Students will have a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some districts get off more than others.
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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Nov. 23 (Eagles Edition)

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-23 08:11
The Daily Numbers: 45-17 embarrassing loss by the Eagles to the Bucs yesterday.

5 TD passes thrown by Bucs’ rookie QB Jameis Winston.

3 interceptions, including a Pick-6, for Eagles QB Mark Sanchez.

235 yards rushing for Bucs running back Doug Martin.

2 yards shy of single-game record vs. the Eagles.

283 yards on ground surrendered by Eagles defense.

84 and 58 yards runs for Martin.

5-5 record for the Bucs.

4-6 mark for the Eagles.

19 of 29 for 246 yards for Winston.

26 of 41 for Mark Sanchez.

10 of 16 3rd down conversions for Tampa Bay.

3 days until the Eagles play again, vs. 3-7 Detroit on Thanksgiving.

39 yard catch and run by Josh Huff on 1st series of game to stake Birds to 7-0 lead.

4th most points every given up by a Chip Kelly-coached Eagles game.

10 TD passes given up by Eagles defense in last 3 games.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.

No Philly pro team has won a home game in November.

I Don’t Get It: So much for all those people clamoring for Mark Sanchez to start over Sam Bradford.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the fans who stuck in there a lot longer than most towns would before flooding out of the stadium.

Quote Box: “It was embarrassment. Let’s get ready for Thursday.”

- Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Tax plan could scuttle budget deal in Harrisburg

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-23 07:05
Remember that 'broad framework' for an agreement to end the six-month-old Pennsylvania budget stalemate.

Not so fast.

The deal is predicated on an increase in the state sales tax to fund property tax relief.

Now, it turns out Republican leaders don't think they have the votes to deliver the tax hike. And this comes after Gov. Tom Wolf's hopes for a hike in the income tax, as well as a new levy on natural gas operations in the state.

Neither one of those are included in the new budget deal.

Now it turns out there may not be the stomach in the Legislature to increase the sales tax, from the current 6 percent to 7.25 percent. The sales tax is probably the most regressive tax, and usually takes a much bigger toll on those who can least afford it, the poor.

All of this comes at the same time the Senate today may vote on a bill that would eliminate property taxes altogether. The hook for that plan is increases in both the sales and income taxes in exchange for elimination of the property tax.

I don't think that is going to happen either.

Which leaves us right where we've been for months in Harrisburg.


We'll keep you up to the minute in the latest budget shenanigans.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Draining the life from Philly fans

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-23 06:43
The only thing that amazes me about today's print column is that I wrote it BEFORE yesterday's Eagles' debacle vs. the Bucs.

It's something I have been wondering about for the last couple of years. It hit home last week while I squandered a gorgeous afternoon sitting in front of the TV watching the Eagles stumble and fumble their way to another loss.

But actually it's more than that. I've been wondering why we expend so much emotion on our sports teams, especially when the losses seem to bother us - the fans - much more than the players.

Don't believe it? Did you happen to catch any of the Eagles players yukking it up with the Bucs yesterday while they were getting their backsides handed to them.

The fans live and die with these teams. In Philly these days, we only die. A Philly pro team has not won a home game in November. That's right, we're sitting on an 0-fer.

Yesterday afternoon and again this morning, my stomach was turned by what I saw on that field yesterday.

I wonder how many players feel the same way?

Nick Nolte's character from the classic football movie 'North Dallas Forty' was right.

Time to put away childish things.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Have the Eagles quit on Kelly?

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2015-11-23 06:31
This is no longer about wins and losses with the Eagles.

This is now about effort.

And the idea that what was put forth out on that ragged turf at Lincoln Financial Field yesterday matched the sod - raggedy.

It is one of the worst things you can say about a team, and a coach.

But it is one I was left wondering while watching a fairly mediocre Tamp Bay Buccaneers team dismantled the squad Chip Kelly put together.

Have the Eagles quit on their coach.

You could hear the whispers back when Kelly doubled down on his controversial decision to jettison DeSean Jackson and part ways with the team's all-time leading rusher, LeSean McCoy.

In return Kelly got linebacker Kiko Alonso. How has that worked out?

There was talk that Kelly did not deal well with today's athletes.

Then came a standoff with offensive lineman Evan Mathis, who soon found himself outside looking in after Kelly released him. There is nowhere else for Kelly to look to explain what has happened with this team than in the mirror. He won that offseason power struggle for full control over personnel in the Birds' front office.

You have to wonder what Jeff Lurie and Howie Roseman are thinking now.

Yesterday's 45-17 loss to the Bucs strikes at the heart of this Eagles team. Their defense, heretofore one of their strong points, was shredded. At the same time, it did not look like Kelly's players seemed especially upset at what was transpiring on the field.

At several points in the game, they could be seen yukking it up with Bucs players when play was halted.

Kelly dismantled a 10-6 team - albeit one that collapsed late last year, with three consecutive losses keeping them out of the playoffs, including a disturbing one to the Redskins that mirrored what happened yesterday, with an Eagles team that simply failed to show up.

I thought Kelly needed to send a message to his team last week, maybe by releasing wide receiver Miles Austin, who appeared to give less than full effort on several plays.

Instead, we got nothing but that aggravating staccato-style Kelly speech after the game.

Yesterday, the Eagles finally fully imploded. Billy Davis' job should be jeopardy after that effort by his defense. Mark Sanchez decided for some reason to call out Darren Sproles, the one person on this team that seems to give complete effort.

I'm not the only one wondering openly whether Kelly has lost this team.

Columnist Jack McCaffery offers similar thoughts.

Our front page pretty much sums up what has happened with this Eagles team:

Chip Wreck.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Let's Talk Turkey: 5 Things to Know About Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-22 18:31
Your burning questions about turkey are answered here on Patch.
Categories: Lower Merion

PA Now Tops Nation In Drug Overdose Deaths Among Young Men

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-22 16:01
PA's male drug overdose deaths between the ages of 12 to 25 have doubled over past decade, surging to the highest number in nation.
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ICYMI: Local School Refuses To Transfer Bullied Boy, Report Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-11-22 09:31
The boy and his family say that he's been beaten, bitten, had his nose broken, and his face shoved in paint.
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nighttime in the village

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-11-21 23:41


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Pennsylvania Launches 'Mammal Atlas' To Track State's Wild Animals

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-21 13:02
You might be surprised at how many different wild animals call the Keystone State home.
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Philly-Bound Flight Delayed After 'Complaint' Of Men Speaking Arabic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-11-21 09:02
The two men from Philadelphia were cleared to fly within 10 minutes but the experience was humiliating, they said.
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