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dreaming of gardens yet to come…

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2014-01-06 11:56

What do you do on a gray and rainy winter’s day?

Why dream of gardens yet to come of course!

I can’t wait for the weeks and months to fly by until I can dig in the dirt again!

I thought I would share with all of you a few of my favorite mail order plant resources:

Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Colonial Creek Farm

Bridgewood Gardens

David Austin English Roses

White Flower Farm

Do not misunderstand me, there’s nothing to replace the awesome experience of a fabulous local plant nursery. However, if you are a gardener like me who looks for plants that are not part of a regular nursery’s roster, you need to have other sources as well.

It is wet and damp and cold outside….my garden needs these winter days in advance of spring. So while my plants sleep, I plan.

What are your gardening plans for spring?

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Montco Code Blue extended through Friday

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 11:55
The Montgomery County Commissioners, on the advice of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, have declared an extension of the Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency for Montgomery County based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Woman barricades herself in City Avenue Taco Bell bathroom stall

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 11:55
Police responded to the Taco Bell at 5 West City Avenue at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 after a 60-year-old Philadelphia woman barricaded herself into a stall in the ladies’ restroom and refused to leave.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County defense lawyer accused of selling painkillers to undercover detective waives hearing

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 11:22
NORRISTOWN – A Montgomery County defense lawyer who once represented a doctor accused of running a pill mill for addicts must answer to charges in county court that he allegedly sold oxycodone to an undercover detective.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Commissioners praise road crews for keeping roads safe

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 11:22
NORRISTOWN — Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, along with county Director of Public Safety Tom Sullivan, announced the county’s efforts to clear the roads of snow and ice will be ongoing and thanked work crews for keeping the county safe at a press conference Friday afternoon.
Categories: Lower Merion

Pa. Slot Machines See a Slump

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-01-06 10:42
The State Gaming Commission has cited out-of-state competition as a reason for the decline.
Categories: Lower Merion

Updated: Scorpion hitching ride in bananas, stings grocer

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:56
An employee at the new Giant store in Haverford Township had a rude suprise Saturday when he was stung by a scorpion hiding in a shipment of bananas he was unpacking.  Haverford police and EMS responded and transported the man to the hospital.  They also had to catch and transport the scorpion so doctors could identify the species.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Monday, Jan. 6

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-01-06 09:27
The Daily Numbers: 26-24 loss to the Eagles that rudely booted them out of the playoffs.

54 years without a Super Bowl for the Eagles.

3 of 4 road teams that won Wild Card games.

2 California teams, the Chargers and 49ers, that went into brutally cold sites in Green Bay and Cincinnati and won.

185 yards rushing for the Saints, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

80 yards for the Eagles on the ground.

77 yards on 21 carries for LeSean McCoy, not his best night.

48 yard field goal missed by Alex Henery, along with a short kickoff that will put his future with the Eagles in jeopardy.

1 huge drop for Riley Cooper in the 3rd quarter, with nothing but open space in front of him.

2 TD passes by Nick Foles to rally the Birds back into the lead in the 4th quarter.

29 TD passes against 2 interceptions for Foles this year.

119.2 passer rating, third highest in NFL history.

8-3 record for Foles as the Eagles starter after taking over for Michael Vick.

20-20 for Vick as a starter for the Birds.

3 games minimum missed by Vick in each of the last 4 years.

34, how old Vick will be when next season kicks off.

5 degrees temperature with wind chill of minus-10 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

61 degrees, temperature in Delco this morning.

50 degree dip by tomorrow, when temperatures are expected to go into single digits.

32 below 0 temperature today in Fargo, N.D.

-50s and -60s wind chill in the Midwest today.

1 man and 1 dog killed by a hit-run driver on Providence Road in Upper Darby Sunday afternoon.

1,519 cases of flu documented in Pa. between Sept. 29 and Dec. 21.

8.4 points per game for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the Chester High star who is now playing for the University of Arizona.

91-61 win for Villanova over Providence.

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

Spare me the talk about the great year the Eagles had. They did. But it doesn't change what happened Saturday night. They lost a game they should have won. At home. In the cold. Against a dome team. Huge missed opportunity.

I Don’t Get It: I'm as die-hard a football fanatic as you'll find, but I'm not sitting out there in Green Bay for that game yesterday. Wow!

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Chip Kelly. Outstanding first year as Eagles coach. Now onward and upward.

Quote Box: “What's there to be proud of? Getting here isn't good enough." - LeSean McCoy, after Eagles loss.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Budget and Affordable Care Act on TE Special Meeting agenda tonight … Is this the precursor to outsourcing?

There is a special TE School Board meeting scheduled for tonight for 7 PM at Conestoga HS. The two items for priority discussion on the agenda are (1) The Board will consider options to close the projected budget imbalance of approximately $3.1 M for the 2014/15 school year and (2) Presentation of the impact of […]
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Eagles blew a great opportunity

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:30
Eagles fans spent much of Sunday salving our wounds in the wake of their excruciating last-second loss to the New Orleans Saints Saturday night.

Shayne Graham's field goal was a kick in the gut, dousing the region's case of playoff fever and leaving fans to ponder what next year will bring.

Not so fast.

I concur with all those who are singing the praises of first-year head coach Chip Kelly. He took a morose franchise that won all of four games in the final year of the Andy Reid regime and turned them into a 10-win squad that went on the road and won what amounted to a playoff game against the Cowboys to snare the NFC East crown and a spot in the playoffs.

Now everyone is expecting even bigger and better things next year.

That may be, but it does not change the fact that the Eagles blew a golden opportunity. The fact is they were a home favorite, playing a team and quarterback that is notorious for being a bad road team. The Saints are almost unbeatable in the Superdome, but struggle when on the road. Drew Brees likely will one day have his bust on display in the Hall of Fame, but he often turns into a bust outside in cold weather. He didn't play all that well Saturday night. In fact he wasn't the difference. The Saints' little-regarded running game was. They simply beat the Eagles on the line of scrimmage, in particular late in the game, as they drove toward the winning field goal.

The path was there for the Eagles to beat the Saints and possibly go deep into the playoffs. With a decidedly weak NFC this year, it wasn't outside the realm of possibility that the Birds could have been busing up the Jersey Turnpike for a date in this year's frozen Super Bowl up at the Meadowlands.

Now, they are once again on the outside looking in. And a look ahead at next season carries no guarantees. Winning the NFC East does not do them any favors. Their schedule is much tougher. Repeating as NFC East champs won't be easy.

Need proof that success doesn't necessarily translate to the next year? Try talking to RGIII and the Redskins. They were a playoff team last year. How did that work out.

Chip Kelly and the Eagles had a great year. I'll be the first to say it.

But I'll also be first in line to say they blew a golden opportunity Saturday night.

Our lead sports columnist, Jack McCaffery, is thinking the same way. Here's his column today.
Categories: Pennsylvania

My take on Monsignor Lynn

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-01-06 08:05
Monsignor William Lynn will be back in court this morning.

He has a date with the judge who sentenced him to three to six years in prison after he became the only high-ranking church official in the U.S. to be convicted of endangering children in connection with the priest child sexual abuse scandal. That conviction has since been overturned. Last week Judge M. Teresa Sarmina granted Monsignor Lynn bail, but she also indicated she wanted him to appear before her to review the conditions of bail. That will happen this morning.

I am using my print column today to discuss my thoughts on the monsignor, and why I believe the recent court rulings were the right thing to do, even while I remain deeply troubled about the way both he and the archdiocese handled this saga.

You can read it here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Another front page controversy

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:52
Well, I've done it again.

Not everyone was thrilled with this Friday front page, in particular that lead headline.

In particular, it seemed to bother some of our fine elected representatives in Harrisburg.

They think the newspaper was taking a cheap shot at them, that the headline 'Hosed' carries a negative connotation, that the public was somehow being cheated or otherwise being ill-served by the folks who voted for the $2.3 billion transportation package that resulted in price hikes at the gas pump.

That was not our intent.

What we wanted to show was that it did not take long for the price hike, which everyone knew was coming with the first of the year and the passage of the plan, to hit them in the wallets when they went to fill up their tanks.

Prices jumped as much as a dime in the first two days of the new year.

We have editorialized numerous times that the transportation package was necessary to address the state's crumbling infrastructure and underfunded transit systems. We've also been clear that it was going to come with a cost. That was evident to anyone who failed to fill up their tank before the new year. That delay cost them.

We were not accusing legislators of somehow hood-winking the public. We merely were pointing out the fact that prices at the pump are up.

Make no mistake. That was my headline and my idea for that front page. I came up with the idea for the illustration of the of the pumps, and the 'Hosed' headline as a reference to the gas hoses and the fact that prices were going up.

Obviously, not everyone shared that opinion.

It's something I have learned to count on in this business. That front page is extremely important. And people pay pretty close attention to it. And they're not timid about letting me know when they think we've either stepped over the line, or are being unfair.

Once again, I can assure you that I have heard your complaints.
Categories: Pennsylvania

It must be a remake of 'The Fog'

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-01-06 07:33
Mother Nature must have a sense of humor.

Last week she doused much of our holiday spirit with an ugly combination of snow, ice and bitter cold. Sunday morning she again tweaked us with a light rain that turned almost everything into a sheet of ice. Just walking to the car turned into an adventure.

Hey, it's winter. I don't like it (actually I hate it), but I get it.

So how do you explain this morning?

When I clambered down the steps this morning at the ungodly hour that I arise, I took my normal peek out the front door. Then I rubbed my eyes and tried it again.

I couldn't see a thing. Not even the cars in the driveway a few feet away. I flipped on the outside light. That only made things worse.

The culprit was a thick fog that would no doubt warm the heart of an ex-patriot Londoners.

When I ventured out, I was astounded at how warm it was. It's not a mistake. Just days after we had temperatures in the single digits, the thermometer is now approaching 60. That is not a typo. I know, I make enough of them.

Yesterday's spitting rain, combined with rising temperatures overnight and the thick layer of snow on the ground whipped up a serious case of pea soup-like fog. The morning commute was an adventure, to say the least, as I dodged from one pocket of thick fog, into a clearing, and back into the mist again.

I'm not complaining. I'll take fog and 60 degrees in January anytime.

That's the problem. It's not sticking around.

In fact, hard as it is to believe, by this time tomorrow, our temperatures are expected to tip 50 degrees. That's right. The brutal cold that has turned much of the Midwest into a popsicle is headed our way. Tomorrow we will struggle to get into the teens.

You can find the full forecast here.

I'm going to blame it on global warming. It's as good as any other reason I can think of.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Alleged Lord & Taylor Shoplifter is Suspect in Havertown Robbery

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:36
Philadelphia man fits description of actor in multiple regional crimes
Categories: Lower Merion

Common Pleas Court upholds Haverford decision denying big billboards

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-01-06 00:36
MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Common Pleas Court judge has upheld a 2012 Haverford Township Zoning Board decision denying the installation of five billboards in the township.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Boy Plays National Anthem at Sixers' Home Game (With Video)

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-01-05 23:57
From a News ReleaseFor Main Line Media News (Bryn Mawr, PA) -- Seven-year-old Ardmore resident Aidan Peterson was selected to play the National Anthem at the 76ers v. Nets game on December 20.
Categories: Lower Merion

Warning: Icy road conditions through the morning

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-01-05 23:53
Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until 1pm. Roads have become treacherous. Salting Operations are in effect, according to Montgomery County and Lower Merion police.
Categories: Lower Merion

Updated: Scorpion hitching ride in bananas, stings grocer

Main Line Times - Sun, 2014-01-05 23:53
An employee at the new Giant store in Haverford Township had a rude suprise Saturday when he was stung by a scorpion hiding in a shipment of bananas he was unpacking.  Haverford police and EMS responded and transported the man to the hospital.  They also had to catch and transport the scorpion so doctors could identify the species.
Categories: Lower Merion

Bryn Mawr Trust Employee Dies

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-01-05 21:06
An Ardmore resident dies at 89.
Categories: Lower Merion

Open House, Recycling Event This Week in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-01-05 21:03
Here's what's going on this week in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion