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LMSD Appeal In Tax Lawsuit Thrown Out

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 13:02
The district was sued by a group of taxpayers after being accused of projecting deficits, raising taxes, then coming out with a surplus.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Burglars Get Prison Time: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 11:51
Two Philadelphia men broke into a home in June lat year and stole various items, including a MacBook computer.
Categories: Lower Merion

Crash Hinders 476 South Traffic In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 11:43
Traffic is backed up for a substantial distance, traffic cameras show.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Who Killed Drexel Grad Student Hangs Himself In Graterford Prison

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 10:58
James Harris, 58, was found unresponsive in his cell by guards. He was serving a life sentence for the murder of a Drexel grad student.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Native Getting Comedy Central Pilot

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 10:44
Neal Brennan co-created, co-wrote, and co-produced "Chappelle's Show" and is getting his own shot on Comedy Central now.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gator Rescued From Philly Apartment Fire: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 10:31
One person was injured in the fire that broke out Wednesday night.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Salon Giving Free Haircuts To Domestic Violence Survivors

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 09:00
The Hair Cuttery will be offering free haircuts to survivors at locations across the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Woman Gets 7 To 20 Years In Prison For Death Of Husband

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 09:00
A Montgomery County woman pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband and has been sentenced to prison.
Categories: Lower Merion

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-04-20 08:23
Patch brings you newly listed homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Thursday, April 20

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-04-20 07:49
The Daily Numbers: 4/20. Yes it’s today’s date. It’s also a big day for pot smokers, National Weed Day, something of a high holiday for marijuana users.

8 states where recreational marijuana use is now legal.

375 nurses and techs at Delaware County Memorial Hospital who have a tentative agreement on a new deal with the hedge fund that now owns the Crozer system.

2 day strike done by the nurses back in March in their attempts to get a new deal.

75 firefighters who responded to massive fire in a Chester mattress warehouse.

5 juveniles arrested in Eddystone after series of clashes.

2.50 case price for base SEPTA fares, up from $2.25, under the proposed budget.

2 bucks for those using the new Key card system.

3 percent hike in taxes in the Rose Tree Media budget.

0 resident comments on the budget as it was adopted Monday night.

100 people who took part in series of discussions leading up to the budget.

173 dollar tax hike for average home in the district.

23 months in jail plus 1 year of probation for a Chester man for his role in the cover-up of a fatal beating in Chester.

2 home runs for Jay Bruce in leading Mets over Phillies last night.

5-4 loss for the Phils.

5 hits, 3 runs off Phils starter Vinny Velasquez, who pitched much better last night.

3 runs he surrendered were all courtesy of the 1st Bruce dinger.

4 runs on 8 hits for the Phils.

20 weeks pregnant for Serena Williams. That means she was likely 2 months pregnant when she won the Aussie Open. Wow!

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

Tip to Pete Mackanin. Consider pitching around Jay Bruce.

I Don’t Get It: Am I the only one wondering why Bill O’Reilly getting canned is such a big deal?

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Springfield Police Chief Joe Daly, who is reading kids - and their parents - the riot act after a series of incidents involving young people in the township.

Quote Box: “It’s never been this bad. Enough is enough.”

Chief Daly, after posting stern message to kids and parents on Facebook.
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A message for the Immoral Times

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-04-20 07:04
This one is too good to pass up.

I noted in a blog item this week that not everyone was especially thrilled with Monday's print column, the one in which I admitted a couple of vices, namely potato chips and a somewhat salty vocabulary.

Yesterday I received this email taking me to task for my blue streak. I thought I might share it with readers, just in case you were under the impression that everyone loves what I write. I assure you that is not the case.

"Mr. Heron - too much info! Dropping F-bombs isn't something to be proud of but obviously you feel it is acceptable. No wonder our society has stooped to the lowest level of civil discourse. As editor of the paper, I would expect a higher standard from you. Please stop mentioning your Catholic upbringing, you are an embarrassment to the nuns. With all due respect, next year during Lent, why not discontinue the foul language and eat all the Herr's potato chips you like. Recently in the news, a construction site posted a sign "no foul language here"! Correct this personal failing, it is a bad habit that needs to be stopped and it is very unprofessional."

I loved the sign-off as well:

Immoral Times

I am guilty as charged. Actually the reader is right. I'm not proud of my outbursts and I will work to curtail them. I do, however, appreciate the suggestion that I not forego potato chips next year. Excellent advice.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Georgia on our minds

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-04-20 06:51
We have something in common with President Trump. We're not kidding. We have Georgia on our minds.

We're talking politics on our editorial page today.

Specifically, the lack of sizzle as we approach the spring Primary. Especially when you compare it to that special congressional election in Georgia that sparked national attention as a refendum on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

Still, there are a lot of important things that will be decided in this primary. Make sure you voice is heard.


We explain it on today's editorial page.
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A salute to Serena Williams

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2017-04-20 06:37
Serena Williams won another grand slam title back in January. Ho-hum. It was her 23rd Grand Slam tennis title.

But this one was a little different.

She wasn't alone.

Wednesday the tennis superstar announced that she is pregnant, and in fact was pregnant at the time she won that crown.

Let me repeat that: Serena Wiliams said yesterday she is 20 weeks into her pregnancy. She won the Australian Open a little less than 12 weeks ago. In other words, she was two months pregnant at the time.

I think we can close the discussion on the greatest female athlete in history now.

You go, Serena.
Categories: Pennsylvania

vintage gardening books

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2017-04-19 15:00

Like the late Suzy Bales, another garden writer Chester County native garden writer David Culp inspires. 

Suzy Bales inspired me to truly make my current garden one of four seasons and to plant gardens around our home on all four sides. (I still consider it a work in progress, but it’s getting there.) The books she wrote titled Down to Earth Gardener and The Garden in Winter have truly guided me in my current garden to that end.  They are lovely books that you can find quite reasonably priced new and used on Amazon.com.  Mrs. Bales sadly passed away a year ago this time, but you can still benefit from her knowledge through her books.

David Culp is the author of The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage.  You can also find his book easily on Amazon.com. He is the one that made me see the beauty of layering your garden.  It is something that I have always sort of fidfled with, but his book took it to a whole new level.  

I love my gardening books as much as my cookbooks.

I have been collecting vintage gardening books since I was about 19. They are well loved and well used and much like my cookbooks, I do not lend them out. I totally encourage people to look for vintage gardening books, much like vintage cookbooks they often contain basic, time honored traditions that can get lost in translation in the Internet age.

Long before there was the Internet, Facebook, or Pinterest you relied on your own research. You poured through gardening books, you went on garden tours, you belonged to a local gardening club.

I have always been a rabid gardener, and I love to learn about gardens.  I discovered years ago quite by accident but every time you went to a garage sale or a rummage sale or thrift shop a lot of the books that people got rid of were gardening books and cookbooks.  And many of both kinds of books were as pretty to look at as they were practical for the information contained within them.

To an extent while I am a modern woman I am also an old fashioned woman. I love what people used to call the “home arts” – or making your house a home , creating your garden, decorating your home yourself, and cooking.

Some of the gardening books I have are quite old. And a lot of the ones I have are books of actual gardens, a lot of which no longer exist due to development and progress. Families die off, properties are sold.  It is a sad fact of life. Not every person moving into a house wants to garden. And sometimes depending on where something is located, the property and the gardens don’t survive. Often whomever acquires the property will give people permission to take plants, or buy them from them.

That’s how I ended up with really old hellebores years ago.  

There were a pair of old Victorian houses near the Rosemont, PA train station which had been run down apartments for years and years and finally when they were totally decrepit they were sold to a developer. I contacted the developer before they razed the houses for their condominium project.  For years in spite of watching these two once very cool Victorians deteriorate, I was fascinated by these lovely hellebores that I have never seen anyplace else to this day.  The developer let me take a bucketful of the hellebores. And although the gardens were quite overgrown by this point there were still some remnants of the design left and that was also valuable to check out and commit to my memory for future gardens.

I still look at the photos of these gardens in my books, captured and frozen in time, and the majority of the photos are black and white. They also inspire me.  The gardens of yesterday that only live in photos inside an old book.

These gardens that live only in photos of old books can so spark the imagination if you let them. They are to me as valuable as some people find the photos of gardens on Pinterest today.

Gardening is truly an art form. And how your garden looks is entirely personal. You literally get out of your garden what you put into it and as long as your garden make you happy that is what is important.

Look for garden books you like new and old and let them inspire you in your garden.  Good sources for gardening books, and even cookbooks are (again) locally at a garage or rummage sale, at a resale shop or used bookstore. If you want to go online, check out both Amazon and eBay.  Locally, I have also found many fabulous gardening books at Jenkins Arboretum.

I also love book swaps – if you are finished with the book swap it to a friend for another book.  A gardening book swap is also a great excuse for gardeners to get together!

Happy gardening!

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Rabies Clinic Dates Announced In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-19 14:00
The Montgomery County Health Department will be offering low-cost rabies immunization clinics again this year.
Categories: Lower Merion

The $42K In VA Mortgage Benefits You May Not Be Claiming

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-19 13:56
Not enough homeowners claim these amazing federal incentives. [SPONSORED]
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New Beer Debuting At Iron Hill In Ardmore Thursday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-19 13:18
The Rising Sun IPA is an "American IPA with Japanese spirit" according to Iron Hill Brewery. Stop by Thursday to try it out.
Categories: Lower Merion

Norristown Fatal Shooting Suspect Captured

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-19 12:51
Police said Wednesday that Eric Baker, the suspect in a recent fatal shooting in the borough, had been captured.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bowman Ave. Closing Thursday, Friday In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-04-19 11:03
The work will not affect bus access to Merion Elementary School, according to the township.
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