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Delco Teen Missing Since Aug. 6: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-08-09 11:57
Breaking: Police in Upper Darby said anyone who might know where 16-year-old Sophie M. Pizzi is should contact them immediately.
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PA's First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported In Montgomery County, State Officials Say

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2017-08-09 10:52
​Breaking: Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus infection in 2017 has been detected in a Montgomery County resident.
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A salute to Darren Daulton

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-08-09 07:08
Too often we focus intently on big stories and then quickly move on.

Darren Daulton should be remembered a bit more.

Yes, he was that big a figure in Philly sports.

But not just sports, really.

Daulton is one of those rare figures who transcended sports, who reached out into all facets of society.

On our editorial page today, we talk about why his passing hurts so much.
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A great voice falls silent: RIP, Glen Campbell

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-08-09 06:45
First it was Motown. God, I love my Temps and Tops.

Then it was the Sound of Philly. If anyone ever asks you to explain just what TSOP is, don't bother. Just play them Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes doing "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and let Teddy Pendergrass explain it for you.

Then I decided I needed to be cool, and drifted toward rock. Is it just me or did Foghat open every show we saw at the Spectrum?

Of course, I was way too busy trying to be cool to get into much country, in particular Glen Campbell.

If only I knew what I was missing.

What a voice.

The truth is, it doesn't get much better than this.

And so the sad dirge that reminds us that we are getting older continues.

I guess we're going to have get used to this. Every so often a little bit of our youth is going to die. Maybe we should take the time to remember just how great so much of this music was.

And for, maybe admit that we wasted a lot of time trying to impress people instead of just enjoying the ride.

RIP, Glen Campbell.

From a fan who took way too long to get on board.
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In Quiet Philly Surburb, Dispute Between Neighbors Turns Deadly

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 17:43
Police say a man killed his next-door neighbor early Tuesday, shooting him twice in the head in a peaceful Philadelphia suburb.
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Merion Station Blood Drive To Address Ongoing Shortage

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 17:06
Blood supplies are still low despite the Red Cross putting out a call to action in July.
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Lower Merion Seeing Nearly $1M In Water Main Improvements

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 16:04
The work is part of a $1.9 million initiative to improve water service in Montgomery County, Aqua PA said.
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“the cut”

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2017-08-08 15:36

As I said in 2013 when I first wrote about Duffy’s Cut,  given the clouds of mystery and intrigue still surrounding Duffy’s Cut, I think the foggy afternoon  I photographed the historical marker was perfect.  You can never truly move forward into the future if you can’t honor the past, or that is just my opinion as a mere mortal and female.

I have written before about Duffy’s Cut and thanks to my friend Dr. Bill Watson at Immaculata, I have been blessed to have been to see  Duffy’s Cut twice.  And no, you can’t just go, you need permission. There is private property of homeowners and AMTRAK involved, and those who show callous disregard for either put the project at risk.  So please, don’t just go exploring.  Dr. Watson and his brother Rev. Watson and their team have worked so hard.

My last Duffy’s Cut adventure was about a year ago.  I was invited to accompany them on a brief dig last summer. I was with the Duffy’s Cut team and teachers attending the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)  Duffy’s Cut Teachers Institute. Everyone was so warm and welcoming to a non-educator. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.

Earlier this year, a new film on Duffy’s Cut was released.  “The Cut”  by Irish American Films. I was originally supposed to attend the premiere of the documentary film at Immaculata, and this was yet another thing my blasted knee at the time did not allow me to do.

But I bought the DVD and it has sat on my desk, haunting me until today.  Amazing.  It is amazing. So very good and true.

In the very beginning of the film they discuss the “Irish Need Not Apply” of it all. I have personal family memories attached to that.  When I was little my maternal grandfather (whom I called Poppy) would tell me stories of how the Irish were persecuted at different times in this country (John Francis Xavier Gallen was Irish and born in the late 19th century) . When he was a little boy, my great grandmother Rebecca Nesbitt Gallen was in service and was the summer housekeeper to the Cassatt Family in Haverford. If I recall correctly, he lost a lot of family during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of the early 20th century, but I digress. Poppy would tell me of anti-Irish sentiment and tales of “Irish need not apply”.

I remember feeling wide eyed and incredulous as a child hearing that.

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child”

~1 Corinthians 13:11 

Yes, it was kind of like that.  Because today I heard that phrase again, in The Cut, as an adult.  And I recall the wonderful (and recent) series by Sam Katz, “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” (which you can watch in it’s entirety online at 6ABC).    Sam Katz also discussed the plight of the Irish immigrant in his series.

Today as I watched this brilliant documentary that is so honest and true, I was struck by it all again.  I was also struck by the parallels  into the world today in which we live. Power, political power, the almost obfuscation  of the law, prejudice, religious persecution.  Here we are, residents of a country where out very forefathers fought and bled and died for our rights, our inalienable rights, and look how we treat one and other? And even in 1832, when the Revolutionary War wouldn’t have been as distant a memory, let alone the War of 1812, right?

This area in 1832 was farming and countryside and rather rural.  These Irish rail workers were discriminated  against, abused, persecuted, and ultimately murdered. And one who was complicit? A fellow Irishman named Philip Duffy.  He was by most accounts a bully who exploited these men and women who had traveled thousands of miles to a different country in the hopes of a better life.  Of course by the very nature of how Duffy treated these workers, he was was also a big coward, wasn’t he? The Philip Duffys of this world persist throughout history, don’t they?

This documentary also delves into the politics and political climate of the time, which seemed somewhat chaotic.  I have to ask have we evolved enough from then? It seems like history is so often doomed to repeat itself unless we take the steps to be part of the change, right?

I am the child of immigrants, including Irish.  I am not related to any of these workers (at least that I know of), but this inconvenient history of Duffy’s Cut hits me at the core of my being every time I read about it.  These dead men could have been my ancestors, or yours, or anyone’s. These men and women mattered. All Americans are the descendants of immigrants. It is how the U.S.A. was founded, remember?

I was struck by an interview of Walt Hunter, Duffy’s Cut Board Member, supporter and long time KYW TV 3 reporter in Philadelphia.  He spoke about having a certain feeling when onsite at Duffy’s Cut.  I totally get it, I have felt it twice.  It’s a feeling, a knowing, an awareness that great evil happened there.

You can buy a copy of “The Cut” through Irish American Films.  I strongly recommend it.

Also Dr. Bill Watson and his brother , Rev. Frank Watson can always use our continued support of this magnificent and historically important archaeological project.  Donate to The Duffy’s Cut Project.   You can donate via the Duffy’s Cut website, just look for the little round button partway down the front page of the website with the PayPal icon. Or click here to see the Duffy’s Cut Donation Page. You can also donate via Square and checks are graciously accepted.

Donations can be made directly to Duffy’s Cut Project by check or money order and mailed to:
Duffy’s Cut Project
C/O William Watson
21 Faculty Center
Immaculata, PA 19345-0667

 

This history of Duffy’s Cut is so important.  Yes it is ugly and brutal and raw.  It is a true tale of the horrific things human beings do to one and other.  But this was so awful that I totally understand why people literally tried to make this whole part of American history, local Chester County history, disappear. To the descendants of anyone involved, I am truly sorry.  It doesn’t matter that it was 1832, it’s so ugly.  But the dead will not rest until the workers are all discovered and honored.  And that will be a good thing.

Please support Duffy’s Cut.

Recent Duffy’s Cut in the media articles include:

 Promising discovery in 1830s deaths of Irish rail workers on the Main Line
Updated: JULY 13, 2017 — 3:45 PM EDT by Genevieve Glatsky, STAFF WRITER (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Daily Local: Duffy’s Cut: Search continues for 19th-century railroad workers’ graves in Malvern

By Bill Rettew, brettew@dailylocal.com
POSTED: 06/10/17, 5:30 AM EDT

CBS3 KYW: Brothers Work To Recover The Rest Of Duffy’s Cut Remains

Delco (Daily) Times Local filmmakers create Irish-American programs to celebrate culture

By Peg DeGrassa, POSTED: 03/06/17, 9:16 PM EST


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Narberth Ambulance Partners with Ardmore Food Pantry for Main Line Bike Race Food Drive

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 14:36
Cyclists and spectators are encouraged to participate in the food drive by bringing their donations of canned goods and non-perishables.
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4 Charged In Plymouth Meeting Standoff: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 12:51
Four Philadelphia men – ages 18, 22, and 31 – are now facing home invasion, burglary, and weapon charges, police said.
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Is It Time To Break Up With Your Credit Card?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 09:33
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Inaugural Kosher BBQ Competition Coming To Wynnewood​​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 09:27
The Hava NaGrilla Smoke BBQ Festival is the first ever kosher barbecue competition in the greater Philadelphia area.
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Your Local Job Hunting Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 08:28
Job hunting or hiring? Take a look at recent listings around town or post a job opening.
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How To Win Yard Of The Year (And What It'll Cost)

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-08-08 07:22
Let's face it: You want your grass to be greener than the neighbors' on the other side. [SPONSORED]
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Searching for answers to the violence

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-08-08 06:35
As I sifted through the information from an especially violent weekend in Delaware County, I started to put together the idea for today's front page.

Chester police were investigating five separate shooting incidents from the weekend. Thankfully, none of them were fatal. But the thought I had pretty much is splashed across today's front page.

Chester is a city looking for answers.

Reporter Rick Kauffman talked to police, Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, and county District Attorney Jack Whelan.

Remember Operation Safe Streets? Rolled out with much fanfare back in May, state police were added to city patrols to beef up the police presence in the city.

Reward funds have been beefed up.

One person actually did come forward with information in one case.

But the shooting has not stopped.

Neither has the search for a solution.

You can read our story here.

And on our editorial page, we join the voices of those seeking answers.
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Why the loss of Darren Daulton hurts so much

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-08-08 06:13
It's hard to get Philly sports fans to agree on anything.

Just tune in to the city's sports talk radio stations for any amount of time if you want proof.

Except yesterday.

The Philadelphia sports community joined hands with fans yesterday to profess this:

We loved Darren Daulton.

The All-Star catcher and leader of the Phillies 1993 World Series team passed away Sunday night after battling brain cancer for several years.

Daulton beat nine surgeries on his gimpy knees. But he couldn't win this fight against cancer.

Fans, friends and teammates showered Daulton with praise yesterday, remembering a player who seemed to define the word 'leader' more than perhaps any athlete who ever donned a uniform in Philly.

Former teammate and Phils' pitcher Tommy Greene maybe said it best:

"He was a man's man ... and a woman's dream."

Yes, Daulton had more than his share of female fans. He was that ruggedly handsome.

But guys were drawn to him as well.

A lot of pro athletes let it go to their head, "big-timing" fans along the way.

Not Daulton. He never met a person he didn't like, or would not chat with, or sign an autograph for, or perhaps pose for a picture with. In our lead sports column today, Rob Parent puts it perfectly.

We lost a friend.
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Best PA School Districts: Lower Merion School District

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:53
Lower Merion School District again earns a great grade from Niche.com.
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Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:52
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Ardmore Blood Drive To Address Ongoing Shortage

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 17:00
Even after the American Red Cross put out a call to donate last month, the blood supply is still low.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Junction Train Boarding To Shift Monday Night: SEPTA​

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-08-07 15:47
All trains will board from the inbound platform until the end of service Monday night, SEPTA said.
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