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These 18 PA Cities Have Higher Lead Exposure Than Flint

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 18:06
Lead exposure is a series problem in many Pennsylvania cities, including several in the Philadelphia area.
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BJ's Wholesale Club Recalls Deli Meats

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 17:40
Meats may have been exposed to pistachio nuts.
Categories: Lower Merion

Gladwyne resident accuses Lower Merion School District of fraud and deceit in lawsuit

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-02-05 17:21
A Gladwyne resident who is also an attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of all taxpayers in Lower Merion over the school district’s budget, citing what he is calling fraud and deceit.
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Lower Merion police reports

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:38
Package theft>> Lower Merion police took a report of a theft of a package from a home on the 200 block of Cricket Avenue in Ardmore Jan. 26 at 5:25 p.m.
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Attack and attempted robbery of pedestrian in Wynnewood

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:34
Lower Merion police are investigating the physical assault and attempted robbery of a pedestrian on the 300 block of Penn Road in Wynnewood Jan. 29 at 6:39 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Super Bowl Fever: Top 5 Football Movies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:22
Patch film critic shares his top 5 football movies of all time. Do you agree with his picks? Plus, famous lines from each film.
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Gladwyne resident accuses Lower Merion School District of fraud and deceit in lawsuit

Main Line Times - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:11
A Gladwyne resident who is also an attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of all taxpayers in Lower Merion over the school district’s budget, citing what he is calling fraud and deceit.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pa. Elementary Schools Ranked, Merion Is 6th

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 13:01
A new list compiled by Niche.com, an information service provider, ranks the state’s best public elementary schools.
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50 Ways To Celebrate Super Bowl 50 In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 12:17
A local tourism board has created an exhaustive list of what the area has to offer.
Categories: Lower Merion

Endangered Man, 93, Reported Missing In Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-02-05 10:26
Do you recognize this man?
Categories: Lower Merion

chester county books

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-02-03 20:03

 

I admit it, I love books.

And I have been on the hunt for the three books you see pictured above for a while, and now I can say I have added them to my library.

These three fabulous books (Forty Years of Days, Chester County & Its Day, and Barns of Chester County Pennsylvania) were all written by a Chester County treasure named Berenice M. Ball

Once upon a time, the late Mrs. Ball was a long time Chairman of Chester County Day.  As a matter of fact her former home was on the 2015 Chester County Day house tour which benefits the Chester County Hospital Foundation.

I am pretty sure Chester County Day   is one of the longest running house tours in the nation, if not the longest.

Mrs. Ball published these fabulous books in the 1970s and 1980s. 1970 (Chester County and Its Day), 1974 (Barns of Chester County), 1980 (Forty Years of Days).

The books are full of old photos, sketches, history, anecdotes. Famous Chester County properties, even ones familiar to us today, are in these books. Like the often discussed Bryn Coed Farm, once home to Justice Owen J. Roberts.

Yes that Bryn Coed in West Vincent. It was restored back in the day by R. Brognard Okie.  I only knew the property made Chesterbrook look tiny, but I had non idea about Justice Robert’s actual home. I love Okie houses.

  Reading Chester County and Its Day it was interesting to learn that once upon a time this property Bryn Coed was a favorite on the Chester County Day circuit.

“Can anyone who ever saw Mr. Justice Owen J Roberts forget him in his country tweeds, standing in the driveway, pipe in hand, greeting each guest as if he were a visiting ambassador or posing for a picture after picture with groups and individuals? What a truly great human being he was and what good friends of the Day they both were.”

Given the constant discussion of the potential of development at Bryn Coed this sent chills up my spine!

Forty Years of Days has at the end of  it a complete listing of homes and landmarks open on Chester County Day between 1936 and 1980.

You can find these books on Amazon and eBay and in secondhand shops if you’re lucky. They were all produced back in the day as limited editions, and all of the ones I found are first editions and were signed by Mrs. Ball. I can’t tell you how awesome they are. If you are a Chester County history junkie and you don’t have these in your collection, you should definitely seek them out.

I hunted these books down to learn more about the history of the county I now call home. I’m so glad I did they are fascinating.

Thanks for stopping by on a rainy foggy day.

  


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To Fence or Not to Fence at VF Middle School? Safety Consultant Says Yes (plus a lot more!)

The TE School District saga of the fencing project at Valley Forge Middle School continues.  We learned on Thursday, through the District’s website, that the “Final Report on Fencing at Valley Forge Middle School’ was available to the public.  Or so we thought. In September 2015, the District contracted with Ken Trump and his firm, National […]
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