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The Daily Numbers for Monday, Aug. 22

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-08-22 06:55
The Daily Numbers: 2 women who conquered the Pacific Ocean.

2,400 miles, how far Vicki Otmani and Megan Biging rowed from Monterey to Hawaii.

57 days, 13 hours, 30 minutes, how long it took them, a record time in the Great Pacific Race.

6 meetings in executive session for the Upper Darby School Board in their discussions concerning the status of Superintendent Richard Dunlap.

29, age of Glenolden man charged in the fatal hit-run of a pedestrian in Philadelphia.

2 people now charged in the death of a Penn State professor who police say was pushed off a cliff.

5 people injured in a house fire in Philly.

3 more churches closed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

7.8 cent per gallon jump in price of gas this past week.

2.27 average price per gallon.

2 local fans hit by foul balls over the weekend at Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park.

9-0 loss for the Phillies to the Cards yesterday.

5 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings for Phils starter Vince Velasquez.

6 extra base hits for the Cardinals.

14 straight games with at least 3 extra-base hits.

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

Freddy Galvis is ticked that the Phillies have not extended the netting to protect fans from foul balls.

I Don’t Get It: Kathleen Kane has no regrets. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Megan Bicking and Vicki Otmani, who rowed across the Pacific Ocean, Monterey to Hawaii, in record time. Well done.

Quote Box:
“The only color we saw was blue - blue water, blue sky - so coming back and seeing all these colors is overwhelming.”

- Vicki Otmani, after rowing across the Pacific.
Categories: Pennsylvania

More on the Greatest Generation

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-08-22 05:51
I used my Monday column to revisit something I put here in the blog last week. That would be our parents, and the notion of the Greatest Generation.

I was thinking about it because Thursday would have been my mother's 102nd birthday. Saturday was my wife's dad's birthday. Sandwiched in between I went to a funeral for a Friday that reminded me of the importance of family.

That was paramount to my parents - and I am guessing to many of their generation.

They worked hard. And partied just as hard.

They were fiercely loyal to faith and family. They always had each other's backs.

What they lived through, survived and continued to thrive makes many of our tribulations today seem fairly trifling.

They knew real success, real heartbreak, good times and bad.

It never bent their resolve.

For those - and for many more - they were in fact the Greatest Generation.

You can read my Monday column here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Raising Kane on the radio

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2016-08-22 05:42
My thanks to Sunday columnist Christine Flowers, who again invited me to join her on her Sunday night gabfest on The Big Talker, WPHT-1210 AM. We talked about Pennsylvania's attorney general, or former attorney general Kathleen Kane.

I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback the day after her conviction on two counts of perjury and seven other counts of abusing her public office, when Kane told a reporter she had "no regrets."

In fact, it led me to write this editorial.

I was not the only one fairly stunned at Kane's reaction. Ernie Preate knows a little bit about where Kane is right now - and where she might be headed.

In case you don't remember, Kane is not the first attorney general to be convicted of criminal wrongdoing. Preate went down back in 1995 in connection with campaign contributions. He went to jail. He emerged a better person and rebuilt his life, once again practicing law.

Preate simply can't believe Kane's blithe attitude when it comes to her conviction.

He pointed out that it would likely serve her well to start singing a different tune. Kane will be sentenced in October by Montgomery County Judge Wendy Demchick-Alloy.

Preate says a sense of humility, and of acknowledging your wrongdoing, is the key to a lenient sentencing.

We'll see if Kane can manage to pull that off. If she does, it will be the first thing she has gotten right in a long time.

It's still hard to believe how fast Kane rocketed to fame, and how quickly she fell, for the most part because of a purely personal vendetta against a rival prosecutor she believed was responsible for a less than flattering news article about her.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-08-21 21:50
What's going on? Check the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch calendar for what's happening in town.
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2016-08-21 21:32
Check out the latest foreclosure deals in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Open Houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2016-08-20 21:38
An open house planned by the right realtor can help you in any number of ways. Check out those around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

Circle That Date: Coming Events In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 21:55
What's going on? Check the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch calendar for what's happening in town.
Categories: Lower Merion

Foreclosures New to the Market in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 21:00
Check out the latest foreclosure deals in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

When Will Thunderstorms, Rain Hit Ardmore this Weekend?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 17:15
Sunny skies prevail on Friday into Saturday. But it might not last for long, forecasters warn.
Categories: Lower Merion

Human Trafficking / Mother Shakes Baby / Massive Child Porn Bust: Top PA Crime News

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 16:46
Check out the top crime stories around Pennsylvania over the past week.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia's First Human Case of West Nile In 2016 Reported

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 16:08
A human has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Phialdelphia, the Department of Environmental Protection said Friday.
Categories: Lower Merion

What You Need To Know About Getting Wine Shipped To Your Home In Pennsylvania

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 15:15
Under a new law, Pennsylvania residents can now have wine shipped directly to their homes. Here's what you need to know.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Company Sued By Department of Labor for 401(k) Violations

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 12:20
A Montgomery County firm administering employee benefits allegedly charged excessive fees and transferred assets from plans.
Categories: Lower Merion

New Cancer-Fighting Patent Issued to Wynnewood's Lankenau Institute

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 12:02
A revolutionary new treatment for a type of cancer called Barrett's esophagus has been developed by a Lankenau doctor.
Categories: Lower Merion

Patch's Live Back-To-School Deals Blog!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 11:18
The Patch Deal Hound will be hard at work all weekend sniffing out the best online back-to-school deals. Click early and often. Woof! Woof!
Categories: Lower Merion

West Nile Spraying / Fresh Air Kids / Montgomery Ave Paving: Ardmore Week in Review

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 10:20
Check out what's been going on in the borough over the past week.
Categories: Lower Merion

592 New Jobs In the Last 30 Days in Ardmore

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-08-19 09:50
Looking for a job?
Categories: Lower Merion

The real public servants

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-08-19 06:27
It would be all too easy to look at the sad saga of Kathleen Kane and simply shrug your shoulders at the sight of one more public servant running afoul of the law.

She's hardly alone. She's not even the first attorney general to be convicted. Remember Ernie Preate?

But there is another view of public service that does not get nearly the attention.

It was on display this week in Folcroft.

You can read all about it on today's editorial page.

It's one more reason to thank Chris Dorman - as well as all the officers who rallied to his side.
Categories: Pennsylvania

New Open House Listings This Weekend in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-08-18 21:16
So where can you find the open houses in Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood this weekend? Here’s a look at the most recent listings...
Categories: Lower Merion

how is this chester county?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-08-18 17:35

Called Courts at Chester Springs and located at 770 Birchrun Road ,Chester Springs,PA as per Pulte website, this is the latest in developer-grown plastic house crops.

This is located in West Vincent Township, Chester County.

How many families does that add to the school district, I wonder?

Wake up Chester County. It’s time to slow down development across the county before it truly is too late.

Oh and that raggedy grove of mismatched trees in photo above is conservation I am told? Really?

This urbanization of the country does what exactly?  Besides eliminate open spaces and the agricultural heritage of the county? How is this beneficial to all residents?

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Categories: Pennsylvania