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Montgomery County commissioners: Unendorsed Gale says he's 'willing to work with anyone'

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-05-26 09:14
NORRISTOWN >> A 26-year-old unendorsed Republican candidate will be moving onto the General Election for county commissioner in November.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, May 26

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-26 07:48
The Daily Numbers: 90, age of World War II veteran West Mullen, who was keynote speaker at the Ridley Park Memorial Day celebration. Mullen is a survivor of the Normandy Invasion, hitting Omaha Beach on D-Day and living to tell his story.

100, age of Margaret Gleason, who pays a visit to Arlington Cemetery every Memorial Day. This year was no exception.

2013, when the contract with the Interboro School District support staff expired. They’ve been working without a deal since.

4,234 new residents of Delco since the last census was taken in 2010.

425 new residents in Haverford, tops among growth spots in the county.

4.1 percent growth spurt for Chester Township.

5,000 rollercoaster rides being celebrated by a man out in West Mifflin, Pa., over the holiday.

12 people missing in Texas after heavy rains caused record-setting flooding.

6-3 loss to the Mets for the Phils.

6 strikeouts for the Phils, 5 of them looking, including Ben Revere, Freddy Galvis and Chase Utley all in a row.

5 losses in last 7 games for the Phils after they won 6 in a row.

18 losses in last 23 games vs. the Mets for the Phils.

2 straight wins for the Union.

Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.Just when you thought the Phils might be turning this thing around, they go right back into the tank again. Let’s face it, this team is what it is: Thoroughly mediocre.

I Don’t Get It: Still not sure where all those flag-waving patriots who celebrated Memorial Day were a few days earlier when the polls were empty on election day.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Wes Mullen, who is a piece of living history, telling his tale of survival from D-Day.

Quote Box: “They’re the only heroes I know, the heroes that gave up their lives so that we could be here.”

- West Mullen, talking about his World War II compatriots who did not survive the D-Day invasion.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Some like it hot

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-26 07:10
Go ahead and hate me.

Bring on the heat.

I actually like this kind of weather.

The hotter the better.

Humidity? Where have you been, my old friend.

I'm not sure why I enjoy thick, steamy weather. Maybe it's because I'm always cold. I have an extreme dislike for air-conditioning. Don't hold your breath waiting for me to turn it on at home.

I'm always the one sitting outside on the deck sweltering while my family sits inside in air-conditioned comfort. Every once in awhile they would peek out the door to see if I'm still upright.

This is going to be my kind of week.

The forecast calls for it to be hot, humid, with highs in the 90s all week.

Now if only we can keep those pesky thunderstorms away.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Marcus Belgrave, pride of Chester

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-05-26 06:58
A shout-out today to my friend and longtime, loyal reader Eleanor Nealy of Trainer.

She left me a voice-mail to alert me to something that was in the paper on Monday.

Since it was the Memorial Day holiday, many people might have missed it. I'll repeat it here for a couple of reasons. One, we always take note when a prominent person passes away.

And Marcus Belgrave certainly was that.

But the famed trumpeter also was a native of Chester. You can read his full obit here.

Eleanor reminded me of something that happens all the time in this crazy business:

Just how many things revert back to Chester.

Even this newspaper, the Daily Times, can trace its roots back to the Chester Times.

Eleanor told me Belgrave was a protege and student of the great Robert E. Vaughan, the legendary Chester music teacher who spent 35 years in the music programs in Chester schools.

Eleanor also pointed out that Belgrave also played with her sister in the band that performed at the Salvation Army.

She also noted something else that is too often forgotten, the common theme that runs through all of these stories:


It's that important, and that's why is remains at the heart of so many of Chester's problems.

"This is just another case of education coming through," Nealy said.

I think Marcus Belgrave and Robert Vaughan would agree.
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Harriton Senior Named 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-05-25 20:26
More than 4,300 candidates across the country qualified for the award handed out by a White House Commission.
Categories: Lower Merion

Season For Car Deaths Arrives: What Every Parent Should Know

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-05-25 18:52
More often than many realize, children are left in hot cars and the outcomes are tragic. Tips for parents and caregivers to prevent deaths.
Categories: Lower Merion

Go for the Green Awards: The Week Ahead in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:02
Take a look at some of the events on the calendar this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

setting a vintage table

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-05-25 09:28

I had people for lunch this weekend and for dinner. And I got to play with all the vintage stuff ! It’s all locally sourced and didn’t break the bank. And look at the colors? So perfect for summer.  Happy looking.

From thrift shops to consignment stores to yard sales and church sales to garage sale and vintage groups on social media you can do this literally for pennies on the dollar.  

Set a vintage table. These things were meant to be used and often the quality far exceeds their modern counterparts.

Have a great Memorial Day !

Categories: Pennsylvania

“adult” moments…

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2015-05-25 09:05

  The great thing about social media is that there are groups for just about everything. Dogs, parenting, garage sales, women’s groups, cancer support, cooking, gardening, collecting certain things, you name it. I belong to some parenting groups because, well, I am more of a late stage parent as a step parent, so it’s a great way to learn.

In one parenting group, a post caught my eye. The poster was one of those women whose profile photo was like a head shot. Perfectly coifed hair, professionally done make up and wearing a strapless dress like she was auditioning for a Real Housevives show.

The post was crowd sourcing where to get a dog and bashing a rescue which had turned her down. There were a ton of comments including from her. She was exhibiting shall we say potty mouth. Kind of ironic on a parenting page where there are often comments about how can people get their kids to not curse and not exhibit aggressive and unpleasant behaviors.


This woman goes on and on about how wonderful she is and how wronged she was and bashes the rescue some more. When challenged about rescue bashing and potty mouth in a place about parenting and mostly parenting small children, wowza. Super classy…..not. More like a bare knuckles brawler with an expensive manicure.

 If I was a rescue having to decide on her, lordy I feel sorry for them. But truthfully (based upon her comments), her issue seems to be that somewhere in the application and interview process she did not meet their criteria.  Ok pretty simple: rescues and even shelters have rules for a reason. If you don’t meet their criteria move onto a rescue you have better chemistry with or try to politely work it out. Lord knows there are a lot of homeless animals out there.

But the whole thing about a woman who puts forth an image of super coiffed and living on the Main Line and not being able to use their words well enough that they can’t avoid expletives of any level on a group page they don’t own or control where they are basically a guest like everyone else? Unnecessary and poor form. And somewhat distasteful. If they want to do that on their personal page, well that is one thing and basically dumb. But on a group page? Come on and grow up. 

And I also don’t know what it is about dog rescue conversations online but aren’t you sick of them going from zero to nasty in a blink of an eye ?  There are so many animals needing homes, yet some people have to start this controversy constantly basically because they do not like being told in essence,  “no”. Why not try to work with these rescues ? Work through their reservations? Or (again) if you don’t have chemistry with one rescue, move onto another?

And truthfully for me what I don’t care for about these conversations other than the acrimony is the cursing in a public forum like that. Surely other words can be chosen? Or does that also go hand in hand with being told “no” or anything else they don’t want to hear?

How can we teach our children well when the adults in the room are behaving like idiots?

Just saying.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Memorial Day is Monday: What's the Forecast?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-05-24 21:35
What will weather be like on Monday and the rest of the week?
Categories: Lower Merion

Petition Circulates Asking PA State Senator To Resign From Office For Blocking Marijuana Bill

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-05-24 12:01
Some constituents want Rep. Matt Baker to step down after preventing a vote on a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

Don't Get Stuck in Memorial Day Traffic

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2015-05-24 10:44
Seek alternative routes with our live traffic map.
Categories: Lower Merion

What's Open, Closed in Ardmore on Memorial Day

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-05-23 22:29
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day, a federal holiday.
Categories: Lower Merion

first rose opened!

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2015-05-23 15:44


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Temple Prof Accused of Spying, Nine-Year-Old Bugler: The Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2015-05-23 09:32
Plus, Easttown police say they nabbed a pair of vandals.
Categories: Lower Merion

Agreement Limits Sale of RadioShack Customer Data in Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-22 18:13
A coalition of states reached a settlement with the technology firm buying out the bankrupt company.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion's Wagner Marseille front runner for superintendent spot in Cheltenham

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:51
Just days after Lower Merion School District officials announced that Robert Copeland would become the new superintendent, the man who has been the district’s acting superintendent is now the leading candidate for the same spot in Cheltenham.
Categories: Lower Merion

Too Drunk to Drive? Pa. Website Offers Online Blood Alcohol Calculator

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:54
The PA DUI Association Website warns 'it is only an estimate...a person’s actual BAC can be dependent on numerous other factors.'
Categories: Lower Merion

$385K Ardmore Avenue Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2015-05-22 12:09
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

Feds say Penn Valley resident, Temple physics professor, sold secrets to China

Main Line Times - Fri, 2015-05-22 12:05
A Temple University professor who is also a resident of Penn Valley was indicted Thursday on allegations of wire fraud that is alleged to have been connected to a scheme to provide classified technology to China, according to an indictment and a press release from United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, and FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Edward J. Hanko.
Categories: Lower Merion