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The Daily Numbers for Monday, June 27

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-27 07:32
The Daily Numbers: 7 bullets that hit Folcroft police Officer Christopher Dorman.

2 attempted murder charges against the suspect, who also opened fire on a 2nd officer.

6 minutes, how long the county emergency radio system was having problems at the time of the shooting.

2 dozen residents who strolled the woods of the site of Don Guanella School in Marple Saturday morning. Their fear is that the area is going to be developed.

30 years, how long Deputy Chief Michael Morgan served Upper Darby in various capacities, including a long stint with Garretford-Drexel Hill Fire Co. He passed away over the weekend.

6 regional rail lines that were out of service for about an hour Sunday afternoon.

4 working days for our representatives in Harrisburg to come up with a new budget deal.

31.9 billion dollar spending plan being pushed by Democrats.

31.5 billion dollar plan suggested by Republicans.

1.2 cent per gallon dip in price of gas at the pumps last week.

2.41 a gallon, average price of gas on Philly region.

7 people stabbed at a political rally in California.

3 times the Phillies rallied from deficits, only to fall on walk-off hit by the Giants in bottom of the 9th.

8-7 loss for the Phils.

28 hits combined for the 2 teams.

800th win for Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

9 of June, last time Vince Velasquez pitched. He’ll be back on the hill tonight in Arizona to start a new series.

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

Maybe we should all rally around the Union and MLS play until the Eagles head to training camp. Going to be a long summer.

I Don’t Get It: Christopher Dorman took 7 bullets and today is being released from the hospital. The guy is a walking miracle.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those who rallied around the injured Folcroft officer. The best of Delco.

Quote Box: “It just has to be the power of prayer, that and his bulletproof vest.”

- Jeanne Dorman, mother of Officer Chris Dorman.
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Remington Road Bridge work begins July 11

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-06-27 07:23
J.D. Eckman will be working for PennDOT to replace the superstructure of the Remington Road Bridge over the West Branch of the Indian Creek. The project is scheduled to start on or about July 11, 2016, and continue for approximately 3-1/2 months. Access to private drives will be maintained during the construction project. 
Categories: Lower Merion

About that front page photo

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-27 06:14
That is a very special photo that appears on the front page of today's print edition of the Daily Times.

But I have a confession to make.

It wasn't supposed to appear today. It actually was supposed to be on Sunday's front page.

It depicts wounded Folcroft Officer Chris Dorman offering a thumb's up from his hospital room in Penn Presbyterian Hospital in Philly, where he continues to recover after being hit by seven bullets when he was ambushed after responding to a call about drug activity in the borough.

The photo was given to us by Folcroft police. I had planned for it to grace Sunday's front page as the county continued to offer relief that Officer Dorman was going to make a full recovery.

Why it did not is one of those editor's nightmares that take place in the news business today that never would have happened a few years ago. Let me just say it was a combination of technology and communications issues that led to the snafu.

My heart sank early Sunday when I fired up the laptop and checked the electronic version of the paper, only to see that another photo had been used on the front page.

I was not the only one disappointed. A lot of people around Folcroft were expecting to see that photo on the front page. That's only one of the reasons we decided to use it today.

First and foremost, we're also happy that Dorman is not only recovering, but actually is expected to be released from the hospital today. We'll offer full coverage if and when he does, including the special homecoming they have planned to welcome him back on his home turf in Folcroft.

All you need to know about Delaware County and the people who live and work here was on display in the hours following Dorman's shooting. Saturday night, several hundreds people gathered at the Folcroft Municipal Building for a vigil to honor Dorman.

Let me be the first to say, 'Welcome home, Chris.'

Delco could not be prouder.

And the Daily Times is proud of the photo of you on today's front page.

Even if it took us a day longer than we originally planned.
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I know how you feel, Kenny Chesney

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-27 06:00
It's one of those things that maybe only a newspaper editor can understand.

It's something you simply can't get wrong.

It's why my hair long ago took on a fretful shade of gray.

It's why - yes even after three decades doing this - you still occasionally wake up at 3 a.m. in a cold sweat.

We all make mistakes. Maybe that's why I'm always reluctant to jump on someone who has just made one.

Kenny Chesney made a pretty big one Saturday night.

It's the one - especially now when we deliver news in a heartbeat via Twitter and Facebook - that I'm still very leery about.

The country superstar gave a shout-out to wounded Folcroft Police Officer Chris Dorman during his sold-out show at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.

Dorman is a huge fan who actually was supposed to be at the show. But that was before he was hit by seven bullets in an ambush attack after he responded to a call for drug activity behind a Folcroft apartment complex Friday morning.

Saturday morning Dorman reached out to Chesney via social media, asking the country star 'not to forget me.'

It started trending as people all over the area urged Chesney to remember Dorman at the show.

Chesney did just that, but he made a critical error.

He told the crowd that Dorman had passed away.

Folcroft officers quickly jumped on social media to indicate that was not the case, that Dorman was still very much alive.

Chesney explained that he simply got caught up in the moment and misspoke. I know how he feels. Hey, Kenny, it's even worse when it winds up in print and lasts forever.

"I think the emotions got the best of me, and I wasn't as clear as I could've been," Chesney said in a statement. "The idea that a hero like that, with seven bullets in him, would even think about me ... I heard about right before I hit the stage and it stopped me in my tracks."

A lot of people reacted with outrage over Chesney's error. Granted, it's not something you want to do. I know that better than anyone. I also know how easy - especially today - it is for something like that to happen.

I'm inclined to give Chesney the benefit of the doubt, especially after what he did Sunday morning.

Chesney personally called Dorman in his hospital room to apologize for the error, and to extend an offer to take in an Eagles game and share a beer with the wounded officer.

Dorman and his family members actually joked about it. "It didn't bother man," Dorman told our Rose Quinn in a brief phone interview Sunday. "All things considered it could have been a lot worse."

Kenny Chesney and Christopher Dorman.

A couple of class acts.
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Our annual salute to grads

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-06-27 05:45
It is one of life's seminal moments.

More importantly - at least to me because of what I do - it could be the only time a young person's name appears in the newspaper.

Graduation from high school is one of those special moments that defines much of what our communities are about, the conclusion of a 12-year journey, and in many ways the end of one part of a young person's life and the start of another.

That's one of the reasons we treat the occasion in a very special manner.

We call it the Grad Tab.

It's something we do every year for as long as I can remember.

We don't make a lot of money on it. There isn't all that much advertising in it.

But it's something I hope families will keep for years as part of their family histories.

I talk about why this is important in my weekly print column this week.
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summer

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-06-26 20:00

Every time a developer promises glory, remember photos like this. This is what we fight to preserve, this is what more people should want to preserve. Once views like this are plowed under for development they never rise again. Views like this is why we need to slow down development.

 


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the water tower and the view

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2016-06-26 19:41

Water tower on Granogue

Climbing up the steps of the water tower on Granogue is so super cool. It has (I think) essentially the best view of the Brandywine Valley. And I have been fortunate enough to do it twice in my lifetime. This most recent time I had a camera with me.

When you reach the top and climb out onto the top, it’s like you can reach out and touch the sky. The wind whistles around your head, it’s not for the faint of heart. But oh, the view. There is nothing like it.

It’s on private property. So I am sharing some photos with you.

Thank you to my friends who made this possible. I loved every minute of it ….again.

 

 


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2 transported to hospital following report of possible hazmat situation at Villanova

Main Line Times - Sun, 2016-06-26 16:32
Two people were taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital for evaluation following a report of a possible hazmat situation in a building used by the School of Nursing at Villanova University Friday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion

NBA No. 1 Pick Ben Simmons' Cousin Killed In Hit-And-Run

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-06-26 05:41
Zachary Simmons was out celebrating his cousin being drafted to the 76ers when he was hit early Saturday morning, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

dear a.m.e. church, this is your history, your members’ ancestors, what is wrong with you people? honor your dead!

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2016-06-25 10:49


This is what the ruin of Ebenezer A.M.E. church and graveyard looks like THIS week as in right now. You see, some of the East Whiteland Public Works folks went by this week to see if there was anything they could do to help those of us interested in saving this piece of history before it is too late. They were so nice to even consider doing this.

They asked how to get permission from the A.M.E. Church (national) to do this.

Good freaking question since the A.M.E. church elders are not overly communicative is a substantive way when you contact them.

Oh the irony that here they are all ready to celebrate their bicentennial in Philadelphia right after July 4th and this is how they value their history and pay tribute to their dead. What a bunch of holy hypocrites.

A.M.E. Church can you hear me now?  People are willing to help and you still don’t seem to give a good god damn about these people buried here! Historically important yet everyday people.

What would Bishop Richard Allen who founded your church think? What would Bishop Richard Allen who founded your church do? Personally I think he would have come out himself to help clear the weeds. I also think he would be ashamed and disappointed in you for not being better stewards of history and of the departed.

Shame on you A.M.E. Church, shame on you .


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Officer Expected To Make Full Recovery After Being Shot 7 Times; Suspect Identified

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-06-25 09:18
Officer Chris Dorman underwent several surgeries and is expected to make a full recovery. Shooting suspect charged; held on $1 million bail.
Categories: Lower Merion

it takes a village

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2016-06-24 19:18

The only photo I have ever seen from a book by Chester County Historian Catherine Quillman (History of the Conestoga Turnpike)

I have been writing about the ruins of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church and Graveyard for a few years now. I wrote two posts in May of this year alone:

private joshua johnson and the other old souls at ebenezer a.me. on bacton hill road in east whiteland

remembering soldiers on memorial day that a.m.e. church doesn’t care about.

Lately I have been really bummed out about the whole thing.

Why?

Because I do not get how the A.M.E. Church as a national organization about to celebrate themselves and their bicentennial in Philadelphia July 6 to July 13th as in right after  4th of July this year doesn’t seem to care about this historic and sacred place on land they still own!

I have a file of e-mails and attempted contact. National A.M.E. church leaders, regional leaders, local ministers.  Some give an initial acknowledgement of my outreach, some have wasted my time with pleasant platitudes and a complete lack of action and I wonder if they really care, but most? Most just blow me off.

There are bits of newspaper articles here and there, including this one from the 19th century with horrible language that was sadly acceptable and not considered offensive back then:

It is maddening.  These aren’t my ancestors, this isn’t my religious history per se, but this place speaks to me. It speaks to me of our country’s history and the important part these brave individuals buried there played.  Freed slaves, free people of color, black Civil War soldiers. They matter. #ThisPlaceMatters — yet it rots.

Then, all of a sudden people have started to connect with me again about this place:

One of my friends…. lives in Malven Borough. She and her brother went o try and locate that headstone but weren’t successful.  I’ve never been back to the site myself but would love to go once the poison ivy is gone. I don’t know the exact location..is it at the corner of Bacton Hill and 401 or Bacton Hill ? I don’t want to trespass. Their family has been around forever. Her father was a minister and there were a large number of siblings but all are gone. Thanks

 

And then this from another local historian I just met:

 

I recently had a lady reach out to me who’s looking for information on their relatives that were supposedly buried at that Ebenezer Church. I was hoping I would be able to find more information when I went there but everything was so grown over that we couldn’t even find the gravesite…The people that she is looking for is a James Williams, but he also went by the name Perry Ringgold. He bought his freedom in 1851 and lived in this area as a circuit preacher in the AME churches. He had a daughter who we do not have any records of and that is who I’m looking for. The daughter also had a daughter and then passed away shortly after the baby was born leaving the child to a Sophia Lane, who we do not know the relation of them to the baby. I think it may have been a sister-in-law

 

And then a lady named Tia contacted me. She is looking for family buried there. She is looking for the family the historian told me about above. She shared wondrous documents with me. The original deed, and a few other gems. I do not know where the originals of these documents are, but I was so happy to receive her e-mails.

It will take a village to save this.  I would love to get the weeds hacked back so we can see the graves. It has been a couple of years.  I heard the boy scouts will do this, but the gentleman I messaged who suggested it never responded.

If anyone from the A.M.E. church sees this, I really wish they would give a damn.  We are talking about cleaning up and maintaining a historic sacred place. Is it as exciting as Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia? No, but it is JUST as important.  A lot of the history of these churches is being lost, not just here. Records were haphazard, a lot of the history oral.

Here is the text Tia sent me from the deed:

Deed of Trust

James Malin to Samuel Davis et al.

 

This indenture made the eleventh day of the sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one between James Malin of the Township of East Whiteland in the county of Chester and state of Pennsylvania, yeoman of the one part  and Samuel Davie, Ishmael Ells, Charles Kimbul all the said county of Chester, Trustees of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to erected in the Township of East Whiteland in the said County of Chester, of the other part.   Witnesseth that the said James Malin as well for and in consideration of the trusts, hereinafter mentioned, created & declared for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar, lawful money of Pennsylvania, to him in hands paid by the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells & Charles Kimbul, the receipt of which one dollar is hereby acknowledge, hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, released and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, release & confirm unto the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells and Charles Kimbul, their heirs and assigns a certain lot or piece of land situate lying and being in the Township of East Whiteland aforesaid, beginning at a  post or stone thence by land late of Doctor John Jacobs, deceased, north sixty degrees, east eight perches to a post or stone, thence by other land of the said James Malin, North thirty one degrees and an half, West nine perches to a post or stone, thence by same and land sold to Charles Kimbul, South sixty degrees west eight perches to a post or stone, thence by land late of John Jacobs now of Joseph B. Jacobs, south thirty one degrees and an half, East nine perches in the place of beginning, containing seventy two perches of land which Joseph M Paul by deed of Indenture dated the eighth day of the fourth month on thousand eight hundred and sixteen and recorded in the recorder’s office in and for the County of Chester in book M3, page 245, granted and conveyed unto the said James Malin, his heirs and assigns forever.  Together with all & singular the ways, rights, liberties, privileges, improvements, hereditaments & appurtenance whatsoever thereunto belonging on or any wise appertaining and the reversions and remainders, rents issues and profits thereof, and also all the estate eight title interest use /codeftion property claiming demand whatsoever as well at law as in equity otherwise housover of him the said James Malin of in to and out of the same.  To have and hold the said described lot or piece of land, hereditaments and premises hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells and Charles Kimbul and their heirs to the use and behoof of the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells & Charles Kimbul their heirs & assign and the survivors and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivors and survivor forever.  In trust nevertheless and to the use, intents & purposes herinafter mentioned, expressed & declared that to say that the said lot or piece of land hereby granted and conveyed shall be appropriated as a place & spot of growing whereon to build and erect a church to be called and styled the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the Township of East Whiteland in the County of Chester for the members of said church to meet in and at, for the purpose of performing divine worship and for the erecting other necessary guildings for the conveniency and accommodation of the members of said church and for the purpose of a burial ground to bury and inter their dead and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever.  And the said James Malin for himself his heirs, executors or administrators doth covenant, declare & agree to and with the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells & Charles Kimbul & their  several & respective heirs & assigns in manner following that is to say that upon the death of any one of them the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells and Charles Kimbul or upon their or any of them being mindful or desirous to quit him or themselves of the said Trust, or upon their or any of them being expelled from religious membership by the discipline of said Church, it shall & may be lawful to & for the majority of the members of said Church in meeting assembled as often as occasion may require to make choice of another or others to manage and & requite the said Trust in the room and stead of such as shall depart this life, be desirous of parting him or their selves  of the said Trust, or being expelled from religious membership as aforesaid.  And the said Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells and Charles Kimbul and the survivors and survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall at the request of the majority of the members of the said Church in meeting assembled as aforesaid convey the said lot or piece of land with the appurtenances agreeably to the Trusts, uses intents and purposes aforesaid to such person & persons and their heirs & assigns as shall be by the majority of the said meeting in that behalf chosen, nominated & appointed in order to keep on foot and in continuance the said Trust estate for the uses and purposes aforesaid.  And also that the Samuel Davis, Ishmael Wells & Charles Kimbul or any or either of them shall not, nor will not at any time or times hereafter assign or convey over his or their said trust estate of or in the said dasonibet lot or piece of land and premises or any part therof unto any person or person or persons so as to make a tenancy in common or otherwise to sever the joint tenancy on the premises hereby created or intended so to be or in any other manner whatsoever buy shall stand and be (?) of the premises with the appurtenances to and for the uses, intents & purposes aforesaid, and to have no other use intent or purpose whatsoever. In witness whereof the said James Malin have hereunto set his hand and seal dated the day, month & year first above written.  James Malin. Seal.  Sealed & delivered in the presence of us John Rogers, James Dilworth, before me the Subscriber, one of the Justices of the peace in and for the County of Chester cam the above named James Malin and acknowledged the above written Indenture of Trust to be his ad & deed to the intent the same as such might be recorded according to law.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hands and seal the eleventh day of the sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.  James Dilworuth. Seal

Recorded Febry 18, 1832

 

 

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Ok local history buffs, have I whetted your appetites yet? Come on, it took a village to get this far, what can the extended village do to save it?

And again, if anyone from the A.M.E. church is reading, please please step forward.  Don’t just talk the talk, actually HELP.


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Jason's Toridasu of Ardmore Expands

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 15:29
The popular restaurant and kitchen hub is bringing a new location to City Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion

Public Input Sought for the Future of Schuylkill River Heritage Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 15:24
Developing the Schuylkill River Trail, restoring river quality, promoting riverside economic development: what do you care about the most?
Categories: Lower Merion

Bembry Drafted / Best Places To Live / Locals In El Salvador: Ardmore Week In Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 15:12
What's been going on in town over the past week?
Categories: Lower Merion

Homes and Apartments For Rent In Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 14:27
Find a great rental in town today.
Categories: Lower Merion

June Is National Camping Month: Celebrate In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 14:17
June is National Camping Month in Pennsylvania. Where are you going camping this summer?
Categories: Lower Merion

Great Outdoor Dining Options In The Ardmore Area, According to Yelp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 13:30
Get outside and enjoy the sunshine this weekend at one of these local restaurants.
Categories: Lower Merion

Who's Hiring In Ardmore?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-06-24 12:49
Looking for a job? Thousands of new employment opportunities have been posted on the Patch jobs board.
Categories: Lower Merion

2 transported to hospital following report of possible hazmat situation at Villanova

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-06-24 11:51
Two people were taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital for evaluation following a report of a possible hazmat situation in a building used by the School of Nursing at Villanova University Friday morning.
Categories: Lower Merion