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reject the mariner 2 east pipeline

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:12

Reject the Mariner East 2 pipeline! (click on hyperlink to go to Sierra Club initiative)

Normally I do not pass these things on. But I hate Sunoco (and am not enthralled by the other gas line companies either, but they are more polite to deal with if you have to call and ask questions like I did today). Out here we are on wells and they put us, our families, our pets, our neighbors, our wildlife, our environment, our drinking water and more at risk.

Sunoco thus far seems to bully, lie, and intimidate their way through Chester County and elsewhere, raping the landscape as they go.

None of use should  want them stealing any more land belonging to anymore individuals thru their B.S. Eminent Domain practices because they are not doing any of this for us….ever. With big oil and big gas, it is always and always will be….about them.

They put toxic, highly flammable, and highly combustible products too close to homes, and they are NOT protecting water sources or wildlife, let alone people.

This is NOT about us and our energy supply. They are just stealing it for other people. They don’t even adequately compensate people for what they do if you want to make it solely about money and it is so much more than that. And thus far the majority of local officials just bend over and give it up without much of a fight.

In the past two days I have had conversations with people from East Goshen and West Goshen Townships who both do not know each other and their experiences as related to me were virtually identical.

They were threatened with eminent domain and they felt they had no choice but to give them an easement; and both hired attorneys that cost many thousands of dollars!

They feel the worst is yet to come as they haven’t started the pipeline invasion yet. They have heard that townships may give them rights to work 24 hours a day, which if true is insane!

So much for East Goshen and West Goshen townships… These folks both tell tales of strange men and women with Texas and Louisiana car plates on their properties TRESPASSING before they even had legal easements.

It just isn’t right and the elected officials are of no help at all.

One said to me (and I quote):

What many don’t know is how in the end our property values will be affected and it is my belief that my property value ( and all on the pipeline path) will go down because of the easement… But the same monies will be needed to support the town budget so everyone else’s taxes will go up to provide the same tax base . We are all losers.

 

We are all losers.  Yup.  I received a pamphlet recently from Spectra Energy about pipeline safety.  I have not previously received any pipeline info before where we currently live.  So I called.  I spoke with a very nice man named Don in Gas Control.  And wow, we do not have a gas line on our property or in our immediate neighborhood, but wow, pretty darn close.
Another election year issue on a national scale.  Please sign the above petition and add your voice.  And for those of you tired of trespassers, call Andy Dinniman’s office in West Chester .  There should be rules as to when they can access easements and they should provide advance notice.

Anyway, that’s it. I hate pipelines and I hate what they are doing to our area.  And for what?


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Beloved Ardmore Woman, Longtime Marrone's Employee, Passes Away at 93

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 16:26
Dee Paolone was a dedicated employee of Marrone's for 43 years.
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Pennsylvania Man Sexually Assaulted 7-Year-Old Girl, Took Nude Pictures: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 15:32
In addition to felony sexual abuse of children, the suspect is facing 225 counts of possession of child pornography, the DA said.
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Rio 2016: Meet Pennsylvania's Olympic Medalists

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 12:42
The Rio Olympics were a historic games for Team USA, and Pennsylvania athletes played a major part.
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Pennsylvania 4th Worst State for Women's Equality, Study Finds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 12:09
What are the best and worst states for women's equality?
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Montgomery County Gets $30,000 From PECO For Enivronmental Projects

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 11:30
PECO has granted 20 local municipalities $160,000 in funding for open space and environmental projects, including Newtown.
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Water Main Break Floods Montgomery County's Cheltenham Square Mall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 10:44
Streams of muddy water flowed outside of the Cheltenham Square Mall early Tuesday morning after a water main break.
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Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence Adds Montco Stop to Itinerary

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-08-23 10:22
Mike Pence was set to visit Bucks County Tuesday afternoon. Now he's coming to King of Prussia as well.
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The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Aug. 23

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-08-23 07:19
The Daily Numbers: 29, age of suspect from Glenolden in the fatal hit-run crash that took the life of a disabled female veteran in a wheelchair in Philadelphia.

6, age of latest victim of gunfire in Chester. A boy was shot in the hand, another innocent victim caught in the crossfire.

4 acre parcel on Palmers Mill Road in Marple that is stirring another controversy development in the township.

44.9 adjoining acres already owned by developer Steve Sudhop, who plans to build a continuing care retirement community on the site.

40, age of man killed in crash on the Blue Route Monday morning.

882,000 dollars in grants for Aston Township from Pa.

3 kids under age 4 left at a hotel in Pittsburgh for up to 3 days.

14,900 more emails found by the FBI probing Hillary Clinton’s accounts.

4 sponsors who have dumped swimmer Ryan Lochte after his latest shenanigans at the Rio Olympics.

14 billion dollars, how much Pfizer will pay for the cancer biotech company Medivation.

260,000 dollars, how much a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2016 will need to cover their future health care, according to a new study.

6 percent boost over the numbers from last year.

27 people that had to be evacuated from a roller coaster at Hersheypark when the ride stopped after a malfunction.

58, age of Michael Brooks, former college hoops star at La Salle, who died of a massive stroke.

31, age of middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, signed by the Eagles yesterday.

3 million dollar deal for the aging defender.

1.75 milllion guaranteed.

7 of January 2017, when Penn State men’s hoops will host national power Michigan State and Tom Izzo at the Palestra.

1 more day until we deliver our massive 96-page look at high school football.

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

Stephen Tulloch has arrived to shore up the Eagles linebacking corps, but I hope that he does not usurp playing time from Jordan Hicks.

I Don’t Get It:
Don’t look now but there may be another development controversy brewing in Marple Township.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the Aston Public Library, which is now loaning out laptops for residents to use to gain access to the Web.

Quote Box: “It’s an opportunity for me to get to know the students personally.”

- Widener President Julie Wollman, who met with several groups of students this week.
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Pa.: The gift that keeps on giving

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-08-23 06:41
Pennsylvania, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

That's particularly true for elected officials.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is now saying he takes "full responsibility" for the $160,000 in gifts that he failed to report.

It's not clear yet whether he broke any law.

In Pennsylvania, it's hard to tell because there is no law, no ban on public officials accepting kids. In fact they can pocket as much as they want, so long as there is no indication that there is an expectation of some type of action in their jobs in exchange for the financial lures.

It's the old "quid pro quo."

That needs to change.

It's on today's editorial page.
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More on the Greatest Generation

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-08-23 06:31
Maybe we're all just nostalgic, yearning for the past, a sense of security, or just a simpler time.

I have to say I was a bit taken aback by the reaction to my recent blog and Monday's column saluting my parents and "The Greatest Generation."

It generated more comments and reactions than anything I've written in a long time.

I don't like to think of myself as clinging to the past, but there is no doubt that I yearn for the much simpler life I enjoyed as a kid.

This has nothing to do with growing up, getting married, starting a career, having kids.

Real, serious commitments and responsibilities.

This has more to do with how we lived, how we dealt with each other, both as families and communities.

What we placed our priorities on, and the effect that has had on us as individuals and a society.

The reason we dwell on it, I believe, has to do with the fact that I don't think we can ever go back.

As I wrote on Monday, it was a different time, a different world.

For instance, do you realize that our children will never know the glory of a world without cell phones?

Think about what that means, and the ramifications it has for us, both as individuals and as a society.

It is now the first - and last thing - I do every day. Check my email. It rarely leaves my possession. I get slightly panicky on the rare occasion when I leave the house and realize I don't have my phone with me.

We have a fixation on being "plugged in."

As a member of the media I feed that desire. Yes, it's a two-edged sword.

I am saddened that my kids never had the opportunity to grow up in the kind of world I did. They have no conception of a world where, if you wanted to change the channel on the TV, you actually had to get up, walk over to the TV, and change the dial.

Don't laugh. It happens to be my opinion that the TV remote control might just be represent the single biggest technological change ever confronted by our society.

It fundamentally changed the way we live. For instance, it turned the advertising world on its head. TV was a captive audience. Why do you think local news was such a big deal. Because the most popular newscasts delivered that audience to the network news that followed, because people simply did not have the desire to get up and change the channel. You were forced to look at - or at least sit through - the commercials. Now a commercial usually is greeted by reaching for the clicker and seeing what else is available.

The other dominant thought I've had since the reaction started pouring in was that we can never go back. No one is going to give up their phones. We're not going to change the pace at which we live, our frenetic, 24/7 "connected" lifestyles.

That's why I was so impressed by one comment left on Facebook about my column. A reader reminded that while our parents may have indeed been what we refer to as The Greatest Generation, "We are the greatest generation to the younger ones now. We must teach them about the good old days. There's some food for thought."

I've always tried to do that with my kids. Much to their disdain at times. We are all products of the past. While we live in the present, we need to impress that sense of tradition and values with those who will become the next Greatest Generation.
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A sure sign that summer is waning

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-08-23 05:52
59.

No, that was not my most recent golf score. (Not even for the front 9!)

That was what the thermometer in my car read when I climbed behind the wheel this morning.

Once I headed out onto the road for the drive to the office, it actually dipped to 53.

No doubt a lot of people are rejoicing at the end of our heat wave and the oppressive, thick air that clung to the region for more than a week.

Don't count me among them.

I actually like that kind of weather. Don't hate me, but the thicker the air, the more I like it.

It's conducive to one of my favorite things to do. Sit.

Of course, I usually have a newspaper or a book in my hand. OK, these days that could even include a phone.

I take my outdoor sitting pretty seriously. I have a series of outdoor spots arranged that allow me the choice of being in the sun or not. That's a small concession to my dermatologist, who, aware of a family history of skin cancer, takes one look at my face and grimaces. It's not the latest outbreak of zits (I'm going to be 61 in two weeks, I know my face is going to clear up any week now).

It's the effects of the sun.

"Nice tan," he grimaces, following up by again urging me to at least use sunscreen.

I do.

But I have no intention of giving up my summer pursuit.

Unless, of course, like last night. When I noticed something distinctly different when I got home.

A chill in the air.

The first thing I do when I get home (aside from stuffing my hand into the biggest bag of potato chips I can find), is get out of my shirt and tie, toss on a favorite pair of shorts, don my newly acquired University of Colorado T-shirt, and head outside. The hotter the better.

Humidity? Bring it on.

Last night was like a cold slap in the face.

Not only did it remind me that the heat wave was over, it foretold of something far more serious. Summer's days are numbered. Soon the kids will be back in school. The Eagles will be playing. I've already noticed it getting darker much earlier. I long for the days when there was still a sliver of light after 9 o'clock. Now I struggle to read outside a little after eight.

I call it the autumn creep. It's started.

So I will not join the TV newscasters who this morning are salivating over this cool break in the weather.

Thankfully, it's supposed to heat up again this week.

You can catch the full forecast here.

Am I the only one who loves humidity?

Let me know what you think.
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New to the Market: Home Listings in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 21:45
Looking for a home? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
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Ardmore Unity Day is coming together

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-08-22 21:04
Ardmore’s 40-year-old Labor Day weekend tradition called Unity Day is once again getting ready to kick off Saturday, Sept. 3. There will be hours of music, lots of food, and numerous vendors filling the Vernon Young Memorial Park along Ardmore and Spring avenues for this late summer celebration.
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Hillary Clinton Opens Second Campaign Office in Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 16:53
Hillary Clinton, who already has bases of operations in West Chester and Norristown, is now establishing roots in Lansdale.
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SPCA Fundraiser To Be Held at Ardmore Chipotle

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 15:56
Support the Pennsyvlania SPCA and dogs and cats around the state at Chipotle fundraisers taking place at these locations.
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Back to School: Lower Merion School District 2016-2017 Calendar

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 11:40
It's never too early to be prepared for the upcoming school year. Here are the key dates for the district for the 2016-2017 calendar year.
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PA Home Invasion Leaves Father of 6 Dead, Wife Critical: Reports

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 10:11
Armed men broke into a Hunting Park home in the middle of the night Monday, demanded money, and opened fire, according to multiple sources.
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Sept. 3: Ardmore Unity Day is coming togetherAnnual event benefits Ardmore Community Center activities, local students and brings old friends together

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-08-22 10:07
Ardmore’s 40-year-old Labor Day weekend tradition called Unity Day is once again getting ready to kick off Saturday, Sept. 3. There will be hours of music, lots of food, and numerous vendors filling the Vernon Young Memorial Park along Ardmore and Spring avenues for this late summer celebration.
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Wynnewood Seminary Opens for New Academic Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-08-22 10:01
Despite confirming that they were looking for a new home, Wynnewood's Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has opened for a new school year.
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