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what ever happened to plans for farmers and mechanics building?

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-10-07 15:32

So whatever happened to the hotel plans for this building?

You can tell work is being done on it, or has been done on it, but boutique hotel it’s not is it?

Anyway I love this building in downtown West Chester so if anyone knows any updates, please post in the comments.

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the master’s baker

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2017-10-07 15:21

I have not been happy with a lot of the bakery made birthday cakes we have gotten over the past few years so we decided to go to The Master’s Baker in West Chester. I wanted a special 18th birthday cake for my stepson.

People forget that they aren’t just solely for weddings – they are a specialty bakery that can handle any of your needs. Being a specialty bakery means that you order and you pick up and there is no street traffic – it’s not retail in other words.

We ordered the most amazing birthday cake from them. Their flavors are clean and their cake texture is perfect – not dry just moist enough and flavorful. And that has been the problem with a lot of the bakery cakes we have bought over the past few years — the cake textures left much to be desired and in most cases the frostings were just dense and sweet they didn’t really have a stand out flavor of their own.

The Master’s Baker is next to St. Agnes in the Borough of West Chester.

Next time you need a specialty cake or other delightful baked goods for a special event (hint: also check out things like their canoli and French Macarons!)

The cake we chose was red velvet with a chocolate buttercream filling and a vanilla buttercream frosting in case you were wondering

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Temple Student Dies In Fall From Dorm Window / How Much Snow Will We Get This Winter? / Penn State Frat Suspended

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2017-10-07 11:23
Check out the top news that made headlines this week across the Patch network in Pennsylvania.
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The Dreaded Saturday Eagles Pick

Heron's Nest - Sat, 2017-10-07 06:31
All hail Doug Pederson.

The much-questioned (remember 4th and eight?) gunslinger head coach of the Eagles fooled us all.

Pederson has spent much of the preseason and first quarter the regular season looking for an identity for his Birds. I think he's found it.

Behind a very good run-blocking offensive line, Pederson has astounded everyone by reversing his penchant for putting the ball in the air and turning the Birds into a ground attack.

He continues to rotate at left guard, with Stefen Wisniewski and Champ Warmack. He's using a running back by committee approach to carries, and the Eagles are steam-rolling opponents.

Perhaps the best example of that was the final 6:44 of last Sunday's win over the Chargers in front of a throng of Eagles fans in L.A. The Chargers had rallied to draw within two points of the Eagles. Giving Philip Rivers the ball back needing only a field goal to win would have been a dicey proposition.

He never got that chance. The Eagles did what good teams do. No, make that what great teams do. This wasn't fancy. The Eagles simply imposed their will on the Chargers in a 13-play drive that drained the last six minutes of the clock. The Chargers never saw the ball again, and the Birds got a big win.

This week they face another scuffling team. This should be a win, but it won't be easy. The Eagles continue to be banged up. Fletcher Cox is out. One part of the running attack could be sidelined. Wendell Smallwood has not practiced all week with a sore knee.

But LeGarrette Blount and Corey Coleman should be able to shoulder the load.

And even without Cox, the Eagles defensive line should be able to put enough pressure on Carson Palmer to force a couple of key turnovers. And don't forget their new secret weapon. That would be rookie kicker Jake Elliott, who was a perfect four-for-four last week in L.A. With his booming leg, the Eagles are now a threat to score as soon as they cross mid-field.

THE PICK: Make it Eagles 29, Cardinals 24. This could be the day LeGarrette Blount, who was so impressive vs. the Chargers, becomes the darling of the Linc. The guy simply refused to go down after first contact. He's got Philly favorite written all over him.

LAST WEEK: Very impressive win against the Chargers. That final drive to run out the clock is something you expect to see New England or another playoff team do. Now the Eagles need to do something else good teams do. They need to beat a team flying across the country they are expected to handle at home. The win lifted the Birds to a 3-1 mark, and they now sit alone atop the NFC East. I fumbled this one. I didn't expect them to beat the Chargers, although I might add that those last two wins (Chargers and Giants) come against teams that are winless on the year. So let's not get carried away. I now sport an identical 3-1 mark as the Birds.

GAME BY GAME: Chiefs 27, Eagles 20. (My Pick: Chiefs 33, Eagles 17)

Eagles 30, Redskins 17. (My Pick: Eagles 26, Redskins 13)

Eagles 27, Giants 24. (My Pick: Eagles 23, Giants 17)

Eagles 26, Chargers 24. (My Pick: Chargers 27, Eagles 17)
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How Much House Can You Afford This Week?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 17:54
Mortgage rates climb, but there's more to the story if you're looking to buy a house this month. [SPONSORED]
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'Berenstain Bears' Creator, Radnor Native Being Honored Saturday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 17:26
Janice Grant Berenstain, a Rosemont native, will be honored with a plaque dedication ceremony Saturday, Oct. 7 in Clem Macrone Park.
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Child Porn Charges Filed Against Havertown Man: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 15:38
Thomas Tomeo Jr. was released when he posted 10 percent of $75,000 bail after authorities said he had more than 200 child porn images.
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Independence Blue Cross, Tower Health Reach Contract Agreement

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 13:28
Breaking: Tower Health, which recently acquired five hospitals in the Philly area, has agreed to a contract with Independence Blue Cross.
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cool car!!!

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-10-06 13:14

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Massive Wynnewood Home Features Fireplaces, Heated Pool, Cabanas, Oversized Garage, More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 12:27
See photos of this Main Line estate here and take in the luxury of this more than 8,700-square-foot early Gilded Age home.
Categories: Lower Merion

Cricket Avenue BOO Halloween Celebration Set For Oct. 21

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 12:05
Cricket Avenue is hosting its annual Halloween party that will feature tons of activities to make your kids smile.
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Temple Student's Death Ruled Suicide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 11:05
Richard Dalcourt was still in his first semester at Temple University and was studying mechanical engineering when he tragically died.
Categories: Lower Merion

main line airport marker dedication

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:59

I was unable to attend the Main Line Airport marker dedication ceremony yesterday, but my dear friends at the Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Society were kind enough to provide this photo.

Support your local and county historical societies wherever you live.  They do the good deeds, and trust me, to get even a non-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania historical marker approved, takes some doing!

Learn about the Main Line Airport HERE



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Newest Main Line Day School Debuting Oct. 19

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:55
A ribbon cutting ceremony at the new St. David's Episcopal Day School will be followed by tours of the Main Line's newest day school.
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Dog Found In Gladwyne

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 09:46
The pup is safe at Gladwyne Animal Hospital and waiting for his family. Do you recognize him or know his family?
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Open Houses This Week In Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2017-10-06 08:27
Looking to move? Here is the list of upcoming open houses nearby.
Categories: Lower Merion

A conversation with the governor

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-06 06:50
We must be in a budget crisis.

Why else would Gov. Tom Wolf be calling?

The governor has been reaching out to the media to offer his version of the now three-month state budget impasse. Thursday it was my turn.

I got about 10 minutes with the governor, who reinforced that he is no longer waiting on House Republicans to craft some kind of funding mechanism to finish the $32 billion budget that was passed just before the deadline back on June 30.

The governor intends to patch the immediate spending gap by "tapping" into profits from the Liquor Control Board.

I could not resist the opportunity to once again remind the governor that he was talking to the state's foremost proponent of scrapping the LCB and turning the sale of alcohol in the state over to private enterprise.

"Who knew all that revenue from the LCB was going to be so handy," I told the governor.

I think he got the joke.

Actually, he quickly reminded me that raiding the piggy bank of the LCB was far better than the move preferred by House Republican leadership - borrowing from the state's tobacco lawsuit settlement.

Wolf says he's done his part, streamlining government and slashing the number of state employees. Now it's time for House Republicans to get their act together.

In the meantime, Wolf is not going to hold his breath. He is going to govern.

Wolf supported the funding plan passed by the state Senate, which included a slew of new taxes as well as the state's first severance tax on natural gas drillers. It wasn't as big a tax as he once sought, but it had the key item he's been pushing, recurring revenue that will address the state's consistent budget woes. He also added that he already had abandoned something he pusheed in his first two budgets, big hikes in the state's major tax vehicles - the sales and personal income tax.

But House leaders dug in their heels against the new shale levy.

They instead this week have come up with an odd variety of measures, first looking at a levy on storage and maintenance facilities, then considering nearly doubling the hotel tax.

Neither one seems to be going anywhere.

One frustrated member of the Delco Republican House legislation told me, "It’s a level of disarray that no one can remember. I feel like the quarterback is saying “go long” every time we get in the huddle."

For his part, Wolf is done waiting.

What happens now?

"The door is always open," Wolf said. "It's time for the House to live up to their commitments."

Don't look for this to end anytime soon.

Click here for a look at what happened when Republicans from southeastern Pa. tried to get a severance tax measure out onto the House floor for a vote by the full chamber.

Click here for our editorial on the latest edition of the Pa. Budget follies.

It's enough to drive a governor to drink. Or at least skim off some of the profits.

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A salute to one of the good guys - Bob Adams

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2017-10-06 06:22
I think it's safe to say we have a love-hate relationship with many police forces in Delaware County.

Call us the Odd Couple.

They have information we need.

We are an outlet for them to get the word out.

If only it were always that easy.

Some departments are more forthcoming than others.

The truth is, we never hear from some departments. I often get the distinct impression some police departments are under orders from their bosses - the folks who have to run for office - that they don't necessarily want to see their town's dirty laundry aired in the Daily Times. Then there is the other end of the spectrum. You would be hard-pressed to find a more outspoken, accessible, quotable top cop than Upper Darby's Mike Chitwood.

The ranks of guys we can always count on to deliver information is losing one of its chief disciples today.

It's Bob Adams last day on the job as chief of police in Collingdale. After 10 years as top cop in Collingdale and nearly four decades in law enforcement, Adams is hanging up his badge.

You might say Adams is one of the good guys.

At least you would if you were a newspaper editor. Always available, always fair.

Adams is always willing to talk, even under toughest of circumstances.

Did we always agree? No. What fun would that be.

But Bob Adams shared something I try to be every day.

He was always fair.

He'll be missed - especially by us.

You can read a profile of Adams' career here.
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Black Rock Road Bridge In Bryn Mawr Closing Oct. 9

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-05 15:25
Montgomery County officials said the bridge is closing due to safety concerns. Drivers will be guided by signs to a detour route.
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Patch Contributor Roundup: American History Contest; Selfless Service Awards; Pink Hands Of Hope; More Local Stories

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2017-10-05 15:14
Some of the best and most useful content comes from the Patch community. Here's a roundup of stories from this week.
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