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First Ever Montco Comic Fest Coming Up

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-04-08 12:42
Meet with illustrators, writers, cartoonists, publishers, editors, and performers through panel discussions, workshops, and much more.
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Main Line Golf Club Holds Fundraiser For Youth Tennis

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-04-08 12:34
The local club is looking to empower young tennis players in the region. A world class tennis trainer will also be on hand.
Categories: Lower Merion

Could There Be A Zika Virus Outbreak In Montgomery County?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-04-08 11:08
Is a Zika virus outbreak possible in Montgomery County? And what can you do to stop it?
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova Parade: What To Know If You Go

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-04-08 09:26
Thinking of heading to Villanova's victory parade on Friday afternoon? Here's what you need to know.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, April 8

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-04-08 07:09
The Daily Numbers: 20, age of man gunned down in drive-by shooting in Upper Darby. Police believe it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

2.4 percent raises for Rose Tree Media School District support staff under their new contract.

500 dollar one-time payment for secretaries in the district.

2 held in parking lot thefts after a police chase out in Chadds Ford.

7 cell phones and 3 iPads stolen from the AT&T store in Eddystone.

25 people who gathered yesterday at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square for erection of the first steel beam for the Hall of Prayers.

2 people killed, 2 injured when a car slammed into a building on Columbus Boulevard in Philly overnight.

1 p.m., start of the Villanova Victory Parade downtown today.

5 blocks, how far the Wildcats will travel, arriving at Dilworth Park at City Hall.

1.5 million in TV ads being kicked into high-profile Dem primary race for U.S. Senate.

4-3 loss for the Flyers to the lowly Maple Leafs in OT last night.

1 point for the Flyers.

1 point out of the last playoff spot, where they sit now.

2 games left, 1 more than 2 teams also on playoff hunt.

2 wins and Flyers are in.

1 loss Saturday by either Boston or Detroit and Flyers win over Pens would put the Flyers in as well.

10-6 loss for Phillies as they start the season by getting swept in Cincinnati.

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

After being the hottest team in hockey for a couple of months, the Flyers look like they’re running out of gas. And at the worst possible time. They are one point out of the playoffs, but can punch their own ticket by winning games Saturday and Sunday.

I Don’t Get It: The young man gunned down in Upper Darby apparently was not even the intended target. Even more senseless.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all those headed downtown for the Villanova Victory Parade today.

Quote Box: “My family is torn apart.”

- Mother of shooting victim in Upper Darby, at vigil held last night for her son.
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Stormwater Task Force delivers report on LM BOC; fee mulled to help pay for future stormwater management projects

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:52
Correspondent ARDMORE>>Although the motion before the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners at its April 6 Public Works Committee meeting was merely to receive a report compiled by the township’s Stormwater Task Force, that didn’t stop some commissioners from injecting their opinions on a few key elements in the document that are sure to be controversial during upcoming meetings.
Categories: Lower Merion

Barbara Fortner takes seat on Narberth Borough Council; traffic light at Wynnewood Road tunnel discussed

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:50
Correspondent Narberth >> At Wednesday’s Narberth Borough Council Caucus Meeting, a new council member was welcomed: Barbara Fortner replaces former Councilman Richard Diaz, who has resigned.
Categories: Lower Merion

Triple-A Bond Credit Rating maintained in Lower Merion; only municipality in Pennsylvania with a Triple-A credit rating

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:49
Lower Merion Township press release Ardmore >> Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s (S&P) have both reconfirmed Lower Merion Township’s Triple-A Bond Credit Rating - the highest rating attainable.T he rating from S&P reflects its opinions of the township’s “very strong” economy; management; and budgetary performance, flexibility and liquidity, the company said in its detailed report.
Categories: Lower Merion

Animal control issue in Delco not going away

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:44
We used our editorial page today to talk about a lingering problem in Delaware County - animal control.

Here’s where we stand: The county’s deal with the Brandywine Valley SPCA is going away, terminated as of June 1.

So is the county Animal Protection Board, which was set up to come up with a solution after the Delco SPCA got out of the animal control business a few years back.

Guess what is not going away? Stray animals. Lots of them.

The county needs a solution.

You can read our editorial here.
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My next life? That's easy - Jim Nantz

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:23
I know who I want to be in my next life.

Jim Nantz.

The guy had a courtside seat for maybe the greatest ending of a championship game in NCAA Tournament history as the Villanova Wildcats won on Kris Jenkins' buzzer-beater.

So what does he do for an encore.

Well, he hops on a plane and jets into Augusta for his normal duties in the tower on 18.

Now that's what I call a life.

Speaking of the Master, I never thought I'd see anything as heart-breaking as Greg Norman's collapse years ago when he blew his best shot at a green jacket on Sunday, allowing Nick Faldo to steal a Major.

That was until yesterday, when Ernie Els had the misfortune of 7-putting the first green. That's correct, he took 7 stabs at it, most within a few feet of the cup.

Been there, done that, Ernie.

Now if only I could ever get the feeling that I've done what Jim Nantz is doing this week.
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Concerns aired over ideas to handle enrollment spikes

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:21
Ardmore >> According to Lower Merion District Supt. Robert Copeland, one of the key goals the board set for the administration has been to manage the high enrollment growth in the district.
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We're still celebrating the Wildcats!

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-04-08 06:00
Anybody up for a parade?

We continue to cover the amazing story of the Villanova Wildcats and their historic run to become kings of the court - the 2016 NCAA basketball national champions.

Make sure you pick up a copy of today's print edition to get this great centerspready poster marking the Wildcats' championship season. Then stick with DelcoTimes.com for full live coverage of the Villanova Victory Parade in downtown Philly. The parade kicks off at 1 and you can follow out live coverage here.

Finally, you'll want to get a copy of the Sunday Times for a special 12-page commemorative section offering one final salute to the 2016 champion Villanova Wildcats!

Don't miss any of it!
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went to loch aerie again today

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-04-06 20:43

I know, I must be pretty boring since I am stuck on this old mansion.  But I can’t help it. i love Loch Aerie. Or Glen Loch. Or Lockwood Mansion depending on what you know her as.

I went through today with a writer I know and a writer and historian. We explored Loch Aerie again, listening to tales people had to tell. There were people there today who had been in the house over the years.

Among the first people I spoke with was a gentleman whose brother was the motorcycle gang member who was shot on the front porch.  Apparently the brother had rented Loch Aerie along with a woman described as a “Campbell Soup Heiress”. The woman’s last name wasn’t Dorrance, however. And no, I can’t remember what her name was. IN fact I found out she wasn’t an heiress per se but her father was an Executive VP of Campbell Soup.

I saw the marks in the floor today a motorcycle had left.

Then there was the very much older lady who counted all the little steps up to the top of the cupola.  I spent some time up in the cupola today myself. The views are amazing.

There were people who had lived or grown up near by, people who were just curious and a lot of people interested in the property looking Loch Aerie over.  Truthfully the house was packed the entire time.

I smiled quite a few times because I overheard people saying they had come to see Loch Aerie because they had seen it on this blog.

April 21st is the auction.  I hope the right buyer finds her in time.  This really is a truly remarkable piece of American Architecture. Today I noticed details I did not notice last week.

And for all of those people who say “but it is next to the Home Depot” when you are inside, you forget. Everything else just melts away and there you are in this spectacular mansion of a bygone era. And I was pleased to learn from a volunteer from the Chester County Historical Society that there are a bunch of photos at the Historical Society of Loch Aerie when the Lockwood Family lived there.  I am thinking a field trip might be in order.

Follow THIS LINK TO TODAY’S PHOTOS.  And remember, #thisplacematters

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loch aerie photos courtesy of the library of congress

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-04-05 21:23

Who knew? Loch Aerie has her own page on a Library of Congress website.  It’s really cool – please CLICK HERE AND GO VISIT.

The photos except the black and white at the bottom which I took are all old ones taken for that August 1958 study. Only I never saw the photos until someone suggested I check the Library of Congress listing for the mansion. These photos are available to the public courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Even the folks at The Library of Congress thinks this Chester County symbol and gem are special.  See??? #thisplacematters 

And finishing with one of my favorite photos that I have personally taken of Loch Aerie:

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loch aerie open again tomorrow – last “open house” before auction

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-04-05 20:17

Tomorrow is the last “open house”  or public viewing of Loch Aerie / Lockwood Mansion / Glen Loch Mansion before the auction on April 21st. So that is tomorrow Wednesday, April 6, 12 pm (noon) until 2 pm. If you know of a preservation buyer, tell them!

The auction people are very nice and gracious, but you do have to stop at their registration table and fill out a form so they know who is in the house. It’s no big deal, but it is an old house. Wear sturdy shoes or good sneakers, this is an old house with many rooms and floors and stairs.

Since the signs went up, the news of Chester County’s La Ronda going to the auction block has spread like wildfire, even making the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Properties for Sale List (CLICK HERE)

I would caution people that there is still opportunity here for Loch Aerie to be saved.  This is very different from those of us who watched La Ronda fall in Bryn Mawr .  No one knew what danger La Ronda was in until Lower Merion Township found out about the desired demolition. By then it was too late. And it was insane, the person who purchase dLa Ronda demolished her just because he could.  He even had a preservation buyer prepared to buy the house and move it to another location. La Ronda was replaced by an absurdly pretentious McMansion with a hockey rink and history was lost.

La Ronda was an amazing example of Addison Mizner’s work and was at that time (2009) one of the last remaining examples if not the last example in this area.  His mansions used to dot the East Coast up through New York State if I remember correctly. And in the end with La Ronda even the seller and owner were at odds over salvage rights.

La Ronda was an amazing property. I was lucky to be able to photograph her from outside her gates before she fell. I was  there like like dozens of others on demolition day. I took photos as tears ran down my face at the sheer waste of something so amazing. Even local commissioner were there and crying. It was awful . It was a house that was beloved by her former community, just like Loch Aerie is today. And just as symbolic and recognizable which is why people sometimes call Loch Aerie Chester County’s La Ronda.

The clock is ticking but not all is lost. Loch Aerie just needs a preservation buyer and not a developer who is land greedy who will buy her for the 6 acres in total she comes with and let her rot as opposed as to just lie fallow with a caretaker in residence.

Loch Aerie has stood there on her hill and watched Chester County change.  This mansion has survived Home Depot being built, turnpike and other highway expansions, motorcycle gangs and general ignorance.

Addison Hutton is one of the finest architects that ever worked or lived in Philadelphia. Loch Aerie is fanciful and lyrical in her Swiss Gothic style. Her original gardens were designed by Charles P. Miller, the landscape architect who designed Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The gardens are all but gone and the difference between this spring and some other springs I have seen Loch Aerie go through seems to be that some of the last remaining foundation plantings are but memories.

You can read the report that the Chester County Historical Society compiled for a Historic Buildings Survey in the 1950s for The Department of the Interior by clicking HERE.

You can read author Thom Nickel’s Huffington Post essay on Loch Aerie by clicking HERE.

I will note that East Whiteland Historical Commission has a meeting tomorrow evening – 4/6/2016 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Supposedly they will be discussing Loch Aerie although no agenda is posted as per usual. they also never seem to post any meeting minutes. So I can’t tell you what they are doing but they certainly have not gotten out in front of this.  Or if they have it’s a secret they keep from everyone.

We can’t save every old house, barn, mansion, structure but we should save some, right?  The crime here is just like with the Old Conestoga Inn in Tredyffrin, the Strawbridge House next to the boat place on 30 in Malvern, or Linden Hall on Route 30 in Malvern at the base of 352 and countless other structures all over, there is nothing legally keeping any of them from being torn down. The drawback to living in Pennsylvania, which is a heavy private property rights state (which of course given the eminent domain for private gain all over the state for decades is somewhat contrary in and of itself.)

But the thing is this: Pennsylvania needs more meaningful historic preservation. And there need to be more financial incentives available to preservation buyers. Other states in this country have them.

Pennsylvania also needs an overhaul of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (“MPC” or Act of 1968 P.L. 805 no. 245 as Reenacted and Amended).  This weighty tome is the bible which guides zoning and land use on local levels. This what your local elected officials will lament prevents them from preventing development/density and so on and so forth at times.  Legislators will tell you the MPC is flawed, heck they even did a comprehensive report on it around 2002-2004.)

Communities around Pennsylvania desperately need balance and even protections from development. What defined a suburb and exurb in the past may no longer fit and how does historic preservation in communities fit in? The truth is historic preservation is more of a nice option in Pennsylvania rather than the occasional requirement.

Sorry, don’t mean to put you to sleep, but I feel quite passionately about preserving our open spaces and history.

Loch Aerie is a symbol to us. A symbol of the rich history and past, homage to a time gone by, an example of legendary architecture which has withstood the test of time and is still so beautiful. And Loch Aerie could be a private home again, or an adaptive reuse. It would be a fabulous boutique hotel and there is a need. I could see a small hotel with a chic restaurant on the first floor.

Even artists have been captivated by Loch Aerie over time.  In a garage sale group I bought a print  done by Chester County artist named  Christopher Schultz.  Schultz used to present the land and wildlife of the Brandywine Valley in his watercolors and prints of his watercolors.  What I got was Loch Aerie. Apparently the print was popular 15 to 20 years ago.  I have never seen anything else by this artist, and I bought this print because it was of Loch Aerie. Not terribly valuable but pretty and spoke to me because of the subject matter.

Loch Aerie speaks to me as she does to so many of you. She needs a preservation buyer. She deserves to be saved. But someone has to want to and be able to afford to do it.  Here is hoping and praying that somewhere preservation buyers are thinking about this. It would be criminal for Pennsylvania to lose this treasure.


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