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A parade - & a front page - for Peggy

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2015-10-07 06:28
I get a lot of complaints every day about the content of the newspaper.

It's usually the same refrain: "How come there is so much negative news in the Daily Times every day."

Some callers just can't resist referring to us by the nicknames that often accompany conversations about our content - the Daily Crimes, or even the Daily Slime.

Today will not be one of those days.

For that I can thank Peggy Witmer, the Prospect Park Termites youth football team, and the Interboro community.

Earlier this week I got an email from Vicki Neill about a special event that was taking place Wednesday.

Frank and Peggy Witmer were icons in the Prospect Park and Interboro communities. Avid football fans, they were ardent supporters of the Prospect Park Termites as well as the Interboro Bucs.

Yesterday the community decided to repay the favor.

Members of the youth football team marched to the Witmer house to serenade Peggy Witmer on her 99th birthday. Frank, who passed away several years ago, no doubt was looking down with a huge smile on his face - and an Interboro jacket on his back. You can read all the details here.

They actually shut down the street where Peggy Witmer lives so the kids could march from Prospect Park Elementary School to her home.

I have said many times that the most important decision I get to make every day is the story that dominates our front page. Of course, these days, that gets expanded to the story that holds the lead position on our website. That online story changes throughout the day. It's one of the things I like most about delivering news online. We can change it constantly, literally delivering news 24 hours a day. In print, we get one shot.

I guess a lot of people would wonder if today's story on the "Parade for Peggy" would qualify as the most important story in Delaware County yesterday.

Maybe not.

But I decided to do it anyhow.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Witmer.

Great idea, kids.
Categories: Pennsylvania

The World Will End Wednesday, Philly-Area Bible Group Says

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 21:01
eBible Fellowship, based in Sharon Hill, says there is a “strong likelihood that Oct. 7 will be the end of the world.”
Categories: Lower Merion

UPenn Among Four Pa. Universities Ranked In The Top 100 Globally

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 19:31
What are the best universities in Pennsylvania - and around the world?
Categories: Lower Merion

Pennsylvania's 'Honoring Our Veterans' Motorcycle Plates Available

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 19:01
he plates, which have been available for cars since 2012, became available to motorcyclists on Oct. 6.
Categories: Lower Merion

Look Up! NASA Rocket Launch May Be Visible Over Ardmore Wednesday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 18:32
Between 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, residents in Pennsylvania may get a glimpse of NASA”s next suborbital launch.
Categories: Lower Merion

Philadelphia College Lockdown Not Related To Online Threat: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 16:32
The timing of Tuesday's incident couldn't have been worse.
Categories: Lower Merion

Villanova University Public Safety Advisory

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-10-06 13:49
Dear Villanova Parents and Friends: Yesterday, Public Safety sent an email to all Villanova students, faculty and staff to inform them that federal authorities have notified colleges and universities in our region that threats of violence have been made against "an unspecified university near Philadelphia," of which there are 110. The information includes a date of Monday, October 5, 2015. We have been assured by the FBI that they have no knowledge of a specific threat.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore Oktoberfest Is Coming Up: What To Know

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 13:37
Got plans this weekend, Ardmore?
Categories: Lower Merion

Ardmore: How Much Do You Plan to Spend on Halloween This Year?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 12:21
Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion this year on everything from costumes, to the family pet, candy and more.
Categories: Lower Merion

It's a wrap: Comprehensive Plan in hands of LM Commissioners

Main Line Times - Tue, 2015-10-06 12:02
ARDMORE >> Lower Merion Township’s nearly decade-long effort to write a new Comprehensive Plan has reached an important milestone.
Categories: Lower Merion

Montgomery County Drug Ring Sold Heroin Called 'Certain Death': Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 10:25
The father of a man who died from a heroin overdose provided critical information that led to the arrests.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sen. Casey Campaigns Against Heroin In Montgomery County

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2015-10-06 09:04
The senator from Pennsylvania was in the borough the day that a county-wide heroin ring was busted.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-10-06 07:24
The Daily Numbers: 35 feet, how far a Swarthmore student fell to his death from an embankment in woods at the rear of the campus over the weekend.

9 a.m. Wednesday, when Delco Judge Chad Kenney will hold the next hearing on the latest plan to save the Chester Upland School District.

5.5 to 11 years in state prison for an East Lansdowne man for his role in a couple of robberies.

1 dead, 3 injured in Chester shooting.

14, age of child Chester County authorities allege was given heroin by her mother.

5 men busted in a heroin and cocaine ring that targeted addicts in Berks and Montgomery counties.

100 days of the Pa. budget impasse looming this week.

2 billion dollars in one-time cash reserves used in the last Pa. budget. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf believes the state needs tax hikes to put it on an even fiscal keel.

40 years in jail for Christina Regusters, convicted in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a child from a day care center in Philly.

65, age of Jerry Modesire, former head of the NAACP in Philadelphia, who died over the weekend.

2 Philly police officers injured when their SUV slammed into a tree near Philadelphia International Airport.

1 dead, 20 injured when an SUV slammed into a SEPTA bus in Frankford section of Philly.

3, age of boy struck by car and in critical condition last night in North Philly.

12 now dead in 1,000-year flooding in South Carolina.

1,000 people sent to shelters across the state.

40,000 without drinkable water in S.C.

50 percent of the sand on some New Jersey beaches that was replaced after Hurricane Sandy washed away in the storm.

7 people injured when 3 cars on an Amtrak train derailed in Vermont

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

Chip Kelly keeps talking about how this Eagles team needs to ‘execute’ better. Reminds us of the legendary John McKay, when asked about his expansion Tampa Bay Bucs team’s execution he quipped: “I’m in favor of it.”

I Don’t Get It:
A mother faces charges for injection her 14-year-old daughter with heroin. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to Upper Darby cops, who once again today are sitting down with residents to talk about issues in the community.

Quote Box: “We just need to execute the plays better.”

- Eagles Coach Chip Kelly
Categories: Pennsylvania

Yes, the heroin problem is that bad

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-10-06 06:37
Still wondering about how bad the heroin/opioid epidemic really is?

Maybe this will change your mind.

Yesterday authorities in Chester County arrested a woman for injecting her 14-year-old daughter, as well as her young friend, with heroin.

You can get the details here.

Ironically, news of the arrest came on the same day U.S. Sen. Robert Casey was in the region calling for more money for treatment programs.

Just in time.
Categories: Pennsylvania

There's always a Delco connection

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-10-06 06:31
It is something I am constantly preaching to my staff.

Every time there is a big national or international story, I always quip to them, "Don't worry, it will somehow work its way back to Delaware County."

It happened again this week.

Twice, actually.

Reporter Rose Quinn detailed the story of longtime Delco resident Ed 'Rusty' Allen. What are the odds that he would wind up living across the street from Umpqa Community College in Oregon, where a troubled young man went on a killing spree last week, killing nine and wounding nine others.

Then over the weekend we were monitoring the damage and fallout from Hurricane Joaquin. Several callers pointed out to us that the ship El Faro that went down in the storm off the Bahamas was built at the legendary Sun Ship yards in Chester.

Like I said, there's always a Delco connection.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Chip Kelly, meet John McKay

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2015-10-06 06:04
Chip Kelly, meet John McKay. And you might want to consider adopting his sense of humor.

Like Kelly, McKay was a legendary college coach, the faces of excellence at USC. He got lured to the NFL by the thought of taking over an expansion team, the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Unlike Kelly, McKay had a sense of humor.

When asked what he thought of his pathetic team's execution, McKay famously shot back: "I'm in favor of it."

Kelly is not nearly as clever.

Execution is Chip's new favorite word. He insists that's what at the root of the Eagles' problems, and their 1-3 record.

Every time he's asked about what is ailing the Birds' offense, which has a penchant for not showing up at the start of games, he insists it's all about "execution."

Not talent. Not play-calling. Not desire.

It's execution.

The smartest guy in the room isn't budging.

"I think we have the right guys, and we're doing the right things," a defiant Kelly informed the media after Sunday's game in which the Eagles' offense again was pretty much non-existent in the first half. "We need to execute the plays better. That's what we need to do."

Kelly insists his team is merely a couple of plays - and kicks - away from being 3-1 and leading the division, instead of 1-3 and at the bottom looking up at three other mediocre teams all deadlocked at 2-2.

Chip Kelly put this team together. He won a power struggle in the offseason, deposing GM Howie Roseman. All personnel and roster decisions are now in Kelly's hands.

How's that working out for you, Eagles fans?

The least Kelly could do would be to emulate McKay, and develop a sense of humor.

Instead, he seems to bristle at anyone who questions his thinking. That now might include star running back DeMarco Murray, who made it pretty clear after Sunday's brutal loss to the Redskins that he didn't think he was getting the ball enough. It will be interesting to see what if anything happens between Kelly and his star back.

In Kelly's world, it's all about culture. It beats scheme. It even trumps talent.

If only it worked that way on the field as well.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Ardmore Pub Among Top 50 'Best Bars Of Philly'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-10-05 19:31
What are the best bars in Montgomery County?
Categories: Lower Merion

Montco Mother Who Lost Son To Alcohol Poisoning Campaigns For Awareness: Report

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-10-05 19:01
One mother's tragedy has been a blessing for others.
Categories: Lower Merion

BREAKING: Massive Heroin And Cocaine Ring Busted In Montco

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2015-10-05 18:31
The trafficking operation had continued on even despite arrests of ring members in June.
Categories: Lower Merion