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Praying for another resurrection after a fire in Chi

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-04-18 06:11
I suppose it could have been worse.

That likely won't come as much comfort to the faithful at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Upper Chichester. Less than 24 hours after they gathered in the sanctuary for Easter services, fire broke out and heavily damaged the church.

You can get all the details here.

Thankfully, no one was injured. But their building suffered heavy damage.

Now the faithful will be praying for another resurrection, only this one involving their house of worship.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Cursing my fate as readers respond

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-04-18 06:01
In this job, I'm pretty used to fielding complaints.

But yesterday's response from a reader was a first.

I got a voice mail from a woman who wanted to take me to task for Monday's print column. In it I noted a couple of my foibles, including my secret vice, potato chips, which I gave up for Lent. That was a substitute for trying to refrain from cursing during those 40 days, which is pretty much a lost cause these days.

The woman who called said the way the column was presented in the paper, in which we used a photo of my old high school buddy Ed Herr, who just now happens to be the spokesman for his family's snack food empire, made it appear it was Ed who had the cursing problem.

Now I happen to know Ed. He is one of the most God-fearing businessmen I have ever encountered.

I assure anyone else who was under this impression that Ed does not share my penchant for a color vocabulary.

Chip happens? Yeah, I guess so, even when you're not even planning it that way.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Philly Science Festival: What You Need To Know

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 15:59
With 82 events and activities planned over nine days, you'll need a rundown of what to expect during the annual festival.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Charged With Criminal Homicide In Upper Merion Drug Overdose Death: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 14:52
The man who dealt the heroin and fentanyl that led to the death of a victim in Upper Merion has been charged with criminal homicide: DA.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man Gets 59 Years In Prison For Armed Robberies In Bucks, Chester, Montgomery Counties

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 13:17
A serial armed robber has been sentenced to 59 years in prison for violent incidents at gas stations throughout the region.
Categories: Lower Merion

Trash, Recycling Clean Up Days Being Held This Weekend In Lower Merion

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 11:08
If you missed the clean up weekend on April 8 and April 9, you have a second chance this Saturday and Sunday to use the free service!
Categories: Lower Merion

Armed Robbers Hit Wynnewood Pizza Shop: Lower Merion Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 10:19
Watch the video to see if you can ID the suspects. If, so contact Lower Merion Police immediately.
Categories: Lower Merion

Main Line Lax Benefit Festival Set For April 29

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 09:38
More than 50 women's and men's teams will face off during the lacrosse festival at Radnor High School next week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-04-17 08:54
Foreclosures for sale are still being listed regularly all across PA, including in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

It's of primary importance

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-04-17 06:18
Today is the last day to register to vote in the May Primary.

I'm not exactly expecting a mad dash by throngs to the County Courthouse in Media.

As far as elections go, this is about as unsexy as it gets. It's an off-year municipal primary.

That doesn't make it any less important. It just does not have the sizzle of the presidential cauldron we just endured a few months ago. On the ballot in May will be candidates seeking their party nomination for a slew of county offices, as well as municipal posts and school boards, and races for magisterial district judge.

An interesting thing has happened since the nation elected Donald Trump president.

Activism has been on the rise.

Will that translate into a big spike in numbers of voters taking part in the primary.

I'm not betting on it.

You can get all the details on what is at stake in the primary here in terms of what is up for grabs in Delaware County and here for what is on the ballot in terms of statewide races.
Categories: Pennsylvania

A chip off the old block

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-04-17 06:07
Forty days is longer than you think.

Especially when you have given up one of your favorite snack foods for Lent.

We spent Easter Sunday with our daughter, her husband, our son and his fiancee in D.C. Sunday.

I learned several things along the way.

I can't believe I am saying this, but the tiny town I grew up is for the most part just a memory.

When did Oxford become a metropolis?

Maybe it's because it was the Saturday before Easter, but I found myself sitting in traffic in my old hometown, wondering where all these cars came from. I guess that is one of the things that happens when Walmart comes to town, along with a big shopping center on the edge of town.

Things took a decided turn for the worse when we decided to duck into the Dunkin Donuts to grab a coffee for the ride home. In this instance drive-thru is a bit of a misnomer. Crawl thru is probably a better description. I spent 20 minutes in the drive-thru - and then they didn't get our order right. We actually had to send my wife's latte back because by the time we got up to the window it was ice cold. The replacement arrived with sugar. My wife was not happy.

I was still a bit in awe at what has happened to my home town.

I always drive through town on our way to picking up I-95 down in North East. But I barely recognized the sleepy little town I grew up in. On the way home, I did something I've never done before - I actually bypassed Oxford.

Maybe it's because I was in a hurry to get home.

And why might that be? Well, because I knew what was waiting for me when I got there.

Potato chips.

Yes, that most glorious snack food, and one that I have not enjoyed for the past 40 days of Lent.

I talk a little bit about Lent, giving things up and what I do for a living in today's print column, my weekly Letter From the Editor.

You might say it's a case of "chip happening."
Categories: Pennsylvania

The Joseph Chambers story

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-04-17 05:52
Forget life imitating art.

Sunday we noted a case of life imitating life.

That would be our lead story on Joseph Chambers. A few years back, the Ridley teen made headlines when he helped pull a Philadelphia police officer from his burning police cruiser.

It garnered a lot of attention and got Chambers and the officer a spot on the 'Ellen DeGeneres Show.'

For Chambers, it was just an opportunity to do the right thing, something he says he learned from his parents.

It also provided him with an opportunity to achieve his dream. It's probably not an accident that Chambers sprang into action when he saw that police car in flames. After all, his dream was to be driving one of those cruisers.

Just a few years later, Chambers' dream is reality.

He is serving as a police officer in two different Delaware County towns.

Staff writer Rose Quinn caught up with Chambers to deliver a great story Sunday - a case of 'life imitating life.

You can read the full story here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ostrich Escapes, Is Chased Through Chester County After Barn Fire

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-04-16 13:39
“I didn’t know we had wild ostriches in Exton!” an onlooker reportedly said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Submit Your Puppy As Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Puppy Of The Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-04-16 11:00
Send us pictures and a small write up for a chance to have your dog features as Puppy of the Week!
Categories: Lower Merion

the “art” of gardening

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2017-04-16 10:01

I have a gardening group that’s growing by leaps and bounds. Which makes me happy because I love to garden, and love looking at the gardens of others, and talking about gardens. 

I do not pretend to know everything. I am constantly learning. I think gardening is good for the soul and head in part because if you garden, you are always learning.

I have beds on all four sides of our house. The philosophy is simple: I want flowers everywhere. I am going for four seasons of interest and the late Suzy Bales (who was amazing gardener and garden writer who sadly passed away last spring) inspired me to that. She is not the only gardener or garden writer who has inspired me over te years, but she will always be one of my favorites because what she wrote about speaks to me still.

My current garden is pieces of every garden I have ever had, combined with elements I have admired in other gardens. I draw a lot of inspiration from English and Irish cottage gardens, truthfully.

With a few exceptions I have planted it all myself. Except for things I physically can’t do, I maintain my garden myself. Gardening makes me happy.

You get out of your garden what you put into it. A good garden is the result of trial and error, and what defines a good garden is simple: it makes YOU happy.

For me personally, given the knee injury I have been dealing with for several weeks at this point, this will be the year that tests my garden. But the up shot is I have done basically the majority of the planting, so maintenance will be the key. And hopefully I can find help for that until I am healed.

When you are putting your own garden together, it’s kind of like decorating your house – you draw inspiration from lots of places. Make a garden inspiration board on Pinterest- Pinterest is loaded with gardening stuff! I actually love using Pinterest for garden related things – it is so easy to create a virtual cork board of ideas.

In part that is why I created a gardening group and write about gardening is I believe gardeners inspire each other. And somewhere along the way when you least expect it, you develop your own gardening style.

My gardening style includes garden elements – bird baths, a stone path to dress up a hard to make look pretty area, seating areas, and so on. I also love the idea of creating “nooks”.

I love color and texture and how plants “fit” together. I love that you can plant almost anything in a pot, so it is not just about the garden beds. I love the smells and sounds of the garden and how nature rewards you when you plant.

Gardening is art, and trust me everyone has it in them to create their own artistic oasis. 

Happy gardening.


Categories: Pennsylvania

things that really matter

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-04-15 14:11

MBM photo/screenshot

Is this about Chester County? No, although we have our share of homeless too.

This is about the true goodness in human beings that exists in spite of mankind today.

Daily News Columnist Ronnie Polaneczky: Havertown homeless man gets a house for Easter

A chance conversation between two strangers brings a homeless man off the street

Updated: APRIL 15, 2017 — 9:00 AM EDT

Jonathan Sweet knows that Jesus loves him. But until he met Michelle McHugh, he wasn’t sure anyone else did.
“I had almost given up on humanity,” says Sweet, 52, a single, childless Havertown native who was homeless for seven years until a chance meeting with McHugh changed his fortunes. “Not every homeless person is a criminal or an addict. But people treat you like you’re a second-class citizen. It gets you down.”….Last December, he and McHugh were chatting at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby. McHugh, who lives in Havertown, was waiting for a train to Philly, where she works as associate director of Drexel University’s television management program….Christmas was approaching. McHugh asked Sweet where he’d spend the day.
 “Over there,” he answered, pointing to a forested area within walking distance of the neighborhood where McHugh lives with her husband, Jim, and their preschool son, Nolan.
“I was shocked,” says McHugh, 43. “While my family was warm inside a nice house, Jon was living in the woods behind us. It was heart-wrenching.”…..On Holy Thursday, Sweet moved into his new home, which is fully furnished thanks to donations and the enthusiastic services of Havertown interior designer Liz MacDonald (who even managed to find a sofa in purple, Jon’s favorite color).

This is but a brief excerpt of the article.  The article is so truly beautiful and moving that I hope everyone who reads this post, will read this article.

I remember when Michelle McHugh started the GoFundMe page to help.

You see, I am lucky enough to call Michelle McHugh a friend. 

Michelle and I met many years ago through our dear mutual friend Sherry Tillman.  Sherry, the proprietoress of Ardmore, PA’s Past*Present*Future is also the founder of First Friday Main Line.

We were planning a non-profit special event to benefit First Friday Main Line called “Foodapalooza” and Sherry tossed Michelle and I and our cameras together one Saturday to photograph chefs and local restaurants. Michelle and I had been introduced, but this was what really brought us together as friends. That and Sherry’s uncanny ability to share her friends and bring more people together.  This was in 2009.

I still love the photos I took that afternoon as I felt they were inspired by the company.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, Michelle (who lives with MS) was one of my cheerleaders. Her positivity was contagious and she was one of my friends who buoyed me through quite the life challenge.  She always just checked in. Totally casual, no big deal, how are you doing, you’ve got this.

In 2012 when she and her husband welcomed their miracle baby, I was one of the ones who could cheer her on.  She is an example of unwavering faith and goodness. 

So am I surprised that my friend Michelle took on this project? No, although project is the wrong word because her efforts are so indicative of her heart and soul.

 Michelle is a kind and loving and humble person and she deserves the accolades and a beautiful article by Ronnie Polaneczky.

In the world we live in, it’s easy to tear people down. What’s hard and shouldn’t be, is paying it forward just because it’s the right thing to do.

On the holy weekend that is Easter is the perfect time to hear the story of  Jon Sweet and his friend, who is also my friend, Michelle McHugh.

Sometimes it is hard to believe in the goodness of others, but this is such a reminder of why we just have to believe.  It is also a reminder that it’s the right thing to pay it forward, and that doing good and doing the right thing has rewards more precious than money.

This is also a story of love and friendship and the many forms they both take.

I am so very proud of my friend Michelle.

Happy Easter


Categories: Pennsylvania

Hideous Child Abuse Allegations / How Safe Is Your PA Hospital? / Teacher Jailed For Teen Drinking Parties

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-15 13:01
Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
Categories: Lower Merion

City Ave. North, South Lanes Closing Next Week: PennDOT

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-15 10:00
The closures stem from work on PennDOT's $2.9 million safety improvement project.
Categories: Lower Merion

Dog Shock Collar Used On Kids / Rooftop Burglaries Arrest/ Obama Impersonators Scam

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-04-15 09:00
Check out all the crime news you missed over the past week in southeastern Pennsylvania
Categories: Lower Merion