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All-Time Great NCAA Coach To Host Great Valley HS Basketball Camp

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 16:05
A basketball camp this summer in Malvern will feature one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
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Most Popular Baby Names In Pennsylvania In 2015

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 13:27
What were the most popular baby names in Pennsylvania in 2015? There's a new winner for girls. The top boy's name has been same since 2011.
Categories: Lower Merion

Black Bear Spotted In Wissahickon Park

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 12:24
A black bear was spotted wandering around Wissahickon Park on Friday morning, according to the Friends of the Wissahickon.
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magnifica azalea is magnificent indeed

Chester County Ramblings - Fri, 2016-05-13 12:11


This azalea is gorgeous! I purchased it last year from Applied Climatology in the West  Chester  Growers Market.

I am having a love affair with my garden again. We were having a love hate relationship the past two weeks because of the weeds that seem to grow by the hour and then by the minute because of all the rain.

The spring bulbs are done, the azaleas are blooming, the viburnum are starting to pop, and the roses are all budded out for their first bloom cycle.

The hostas have popped up everywhere and the ferns are luscious this year. I did lose some things with the weird weather we had over the winter including some echinacea  that I thought were bulletproof.

The hydrangea are struggling this year a bit. They were fine until that last little cold snap that fried their new green buds just emerging from their winter’s sleep.

Haven’t seen a lot of the annuals I like other than herbs, so there will be less of those in the garden unless some have self seeded. The lilies of the valley my neighbors gave me are gorgeous and very happy. They are growing with Creeping Jenny under a tree.

New for this year I have decided to go after a slope that slopes down to the woods on one side of our property. It has nice light and I separated it into sections. One section closer to the house has been planted with lilacs. I envision a beautiful hill of blooms and lilacs perfuming the air in a few years.

Next to that I will be planting some more azaleas and hydrangeas and I’m not sure what else. On the other side of that is my even bigger experiment. I have planted raspberry and gooseberry and thornless blackberry bushes. I have Elderberry that is going crazy along with one surviving currant  plant on the other side of the garden, so in a few years I will either be making a lot of jam or the birds will be really, really happy.

My garden has now grown enough that the people who are professionals in the gardening industry like to come see my garden. Some are growers from whom I have bought beautiful plants, others are looking for inspiration for gardens they are helping their customers design. It’s the being a whole inspiration thing that I am torn about.  

I have always designed my gardens to suit me and be unlike any other that I see out there. So I really am torn as to how much of an inspiration I want my actual garden to be as far as the design goes. I don’t know that I want to see my garden multiplied and versions of it growing on different properties. After all it’s all my sweat equity and labor that has gone into my garden.

I’ve bought all my plants , I’ve planted them all myself, I’ve learned from trial and error what works and what doesn’t work. So while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, do I really want to see my garden style multiply?

Don’t misunderstand me, I love helping other gardeners. But I want to inspire people to seek their own creativity, not copy mine.  Gardeners by nature are generous people. I am just torn on this issue because it’s my sweet equity, and it’s not like a landscape architect is saying to me that they love my garden and they will give me even credit recognition, they just want to see what I have done. 

I have been through this before with other gardens and while  I want to share sometimes it just bothers me that someone else will copy what I did and take the credit and not give credit where it’s due. It’s not even about money or a shared commission, it’s about saying hey I didn’t dream this up but someone I know did.

Anyway just some random thoughts on another rainy day.

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Narberth Ambulance Plans Active EMS Week, Beginning May 15

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 11:28
Ambulance tours, blood pressure screenings, book readings, safety tips and more will be held at numerous locations around the area.
Categories: Lower Merion

'The Ballad of Trayvon Martin' Play Opens In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 11:20
A play based on the final hours of Trayvon Martin is opening in Philadelphia.
Categories: Lower Merion

Have A Yard Sale Coming Up In Ardmore? Spread The Word Here

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Fri, 2016-05-13 09:55
Nothing is worse than going through the hassle of setting up a yard sale and then not having enough people show up.
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There's no shortage of opinions; this is just one of them

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-05-13 06:03
Another day, another piece of technology.

The Heron's Nest is now podcasting!

Yes, now you can not only read my daily ramblings on the news, you can listen to me as well. I will be offering a daily - at least several times a week - podcast with what's in the newspaper, why we do the things we do, and trying to answer readers' questions about the constantly changing news racket.

Today I will tackle the subject of what happens when someone disagrees with our coverage. You can listen to the podcast here.

This usually starts with a phone call.

That's what happened a couple of weeks ago, after our coverage - splashed all over Page One - of a search at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby.

This all started with what appeared to be a drug transaction down the street from the school. During the drug buy, a weapon was displayed, with a threat to shoot a student in the foot.

Eventually calmer heads prevailed, but the student returned to school with the gun.

A student who witnessed the drug deal - including the gun - then had a decision to make.

The day after the police search of the school, I penned an editorial pointing out what I considered a silver lining to the story.

That would be the fact that a student actually did the right thing, by going into the school and informing school officials that a student had returned to the school with a gun.

It was exactly the right thing to do, and something that does not always happen.

School officials notified police, who urged them to put the school on lockdown. Police then swept the school with their K-9 crews.

Some pot was found in a couple of lockers. The search eventually led to the gun - fully loaded - that had been brought into the school.

But the day the editorial appeared in the paper, I received a phone call from a reader who was not real happy with the way we handled the story.

He wanted to know why we focused on the fact that while pot was found in two lockers, we didn't make note of the fact that all the other kids' lockers came up clean. I admit it's a different way of looking at the story.

In short, that's not news. People - yes, including students - doing what they are supposed to do doesn't not make headlines. I know that's not fair, but that's the nature of the business.

The reader, a Bonner alum who is getting ready to send his daughter to the school next year, also took exception to my noting that the search turned up drugs and charges against "several" other students.

In fact it was two.

That's when I made him an offer I always make to people who disagree with our coverage of a story.

I asked him to write a letter to the editor with his version of what happened and why he disagreed with us.

I eventually wrote a column about the whole situation, starting with the fact that it pained me to do the story, because of the fact that I have a soft spot in my heart for Bonner. It was our coverage a few years ago that helped save the school.

Bill Horan was good to his word. So was I. You can read his letter here.

Ironically, it appeared on the same day another Bonner alum wrote reacting to my column, saying he thought our coverage was on the money. Paul Sullivan, Bonner Class of '60, chimed in from Fresno, Calif.

I always tell people I have AN opinion, not the only opinion.

That's the whole reason behind having an op-ed page. It's meant to be something of a community of ideas, where we can share our thoughts about the news.

I know every day someone is going to disagree with our coverage. I get phone calls like the one I received from Bill Horan every day. Initially, people are usually stunned that the editor actually picks up his own phone. Then they are often taken aback that I'm not only wiling to listen to their side of the story, I always offer them an avenue to have it published. Just ask Bill Horan.
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The Daily Numbers for Friday, May 13

Heron's Nest - Fri, 2016-05-13 03:03
The Daily Numbers: 2 members of the Colwyn Fire Co., a mother and daughter, who face trial on charges they stole fire company funds.

50,000 dollars, how much officials believe they swiped over an 18-month period.

3 school principals in Upper Darby who will be leaving the school district.

93 to 192 months in the slammer for a Chester pastor convicted of the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

50th commencement taking place this weekend at Neumann University.

678 grads who will pick up diplomas Saturday.

7-4 win for the Phils over Atlanta yesterday.

3-run double in the 10th from Cameron Rupp wins it, after Phils blew 4-0 lead.

5-5 road trip for the Phils, after they started 1-4.

4 hits for Odubel Herrera, who was on base 5 times out of the leadoff spot.

13th save for Jeanmar Gomez, that’s tops in baseball.

4 year, $26 million dollar deal for Eagles top draft pick Carson Wentz. All of that money is apparently guaranteed. Nice.

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

I’ve always wanted to see a bunch of guys from Texas come here and hold a rowing event on the Schuylkill. Of course they would call it the Dadgum Regatta.

I Don’t Get It: The pastor of a church in Chester is going to jail for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper
: Kudos to Dr. Julie Wollman, who will be installed as the new president of Widener University today.

Quote Box: “My heart has been destroyed.”

- Father of Chester rape victim
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the mystery of bryn coed….what is going on?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2016-05-12 18:09

Well what is going on at Bryn Coed? That giant land parcel mostly in West Vincent Township? Twice the size of what was cobbled together to form Chesterbrook in Tredyffrin Township?

I realize I am opening up Pandora’s box because I am supposed to be she who is not supposed to ask questions about anything in West Vincent (according to some) but someone sent me the above photo. Bryn Coed Lane IS Bryn Coed, right?

It came with a message about people recently seeing surveyors out there and speculation as to whether the surveyors were there because of a developer, the Deitrich family, a conservation group or any combination of the above? And rumors in the past of family meetings with boatloads of attorneys over this which would be completely normal if true since it is a giant property right?

This property has over 20 tenant properties correct? So if they are going in now to deal with lead pipes and lead paint and whatever deferred maintenance should’ve been done years ago at these houses are getting closed what does that mean exactly? Because you’re also clearing the rent rolls off a large property with each house that gets a notice like this,  so is that clearing the way for conservation or development?
Look conserving this at least in part IS possible just look at King Ranch:

King Ranch: Embryo of preservation In 1982, the Brandywine Conservancy and a group of residents collaborated to buy and save 5,300 acres, lighting the spark that fired the conservation movement in Chester County and beyond. By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

POSTED: September 21, 2005

Coming south out of Coatesville on Route 82, just beyond the Ercildoun crossroads, time seems to slow down…..This is the land where for almost 40 years steers from the fabled King Ranch of Texas spent blissful summers feeding on lush pastures before they were sent to the packing house.

It is the land of the Cheshire Hunt, where hunters ride to the hounds in pursuit of the wily fox.

And when this land came under threat of development in the 1980s, the Brandywine Conservancy and a group of farsighted residents jumped into the fray to save it, lighting the spark that fired the conservation movement in Chester County and beyond.

“We had to do something,” conservancy founder and chairman George ‘Frolic’ Weymouth said. “We heard they were going to sell to Disney. It was unbelievable.”….

An offer was tendered, but the first negotiations in Kingsville with Jim Clements, Kleberg’s successor, got off to a rocky start.

“Jim Clements told me: ‘I don’t like you and I didn’t like your father, either,’ ” Weymouth recalled. “That kind of took us back a bit.”

Clements turned down the conservancy offer, but on the spur of the moment, Sellers said he and Weymouth offered to buy it all. They asked for a six-month option, which Clements granted.

“It was an interesting time,” Sellers said. The conservation easement movement was in its infancy and the new rules governing such easements coming out of the IRS were untested, he said.

Sellers said skepticism over the deal was rampant. “I never took so many arrows, and I just got out of heart surgery.” Weymouth said he even put his own property up for collateral.

By the time the deadline arrived, 21 investors were persuaded to join a limited partnership, called Buck & Doe Associates, to buy 5,367 acres for approximately $12 million and protect it with conservation easements. A 771-acre parcel was carved out to protect The Laurels, which is now a preserve owned by the Brandywine Conservancy…..

“At the time, it was the biggest privately funded land-conservation deal in the United States,” Sellers said. “It was probably the best real-estate investment these people ever made.”

Boston lawyer Stephen J. Small, who wrote the IRS rules governing conservation easements, said the King Ranch transaction was “a home run of a deal.”

“They were way ahead of their time,” said Small of the Brandywine Conservancy. “They were really pioneers.”


There was so much written on King Ranch (including a great article from 2011 from Lancaster Farming about the cattle from Texas returning to Chester County.).  The articles are all fascinating and there is a lot to be learned from them – check out the articles going back a few decades now on the Philadelphia Inquirer website.

Here’s a little Bryn Coed history courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer circa 2005 (really long article, this is just an excerpt):

Deal aims to keep bulldozers at bay A 1,522-acre site, but only 27 lots. By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

POSTED: June 23, 2005

With Congress and the IRS taking a close look at the tax breaks landowners are claiming for conservation, U.S. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.) and Tim Holden (D., Pa.) have started the Congressional Land Trust Caucus to ensure those benefits are preserved.

Their efforts come at a time when a major conservation deal is pending in West Vincent Township that depends on those tax breaks and would preserve at least 1,522 acres in an area under siege as one of the hottest addresses in Chester County.

“We want to make sure they are not taken away,” Gerlach said of the tax breaks during an interview earlier this week. Another goal is to preserve the programs that help land trusts survive and prosper, he said.

The land, most of which is owned by the Bryn Coed Farms Co., includes the homestead of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Owen J. Roberts and other historically important sites.

Bryn Coed Farms is owned by William, Daniel, and H. Richard Dietrich, all of whom are philanthropists. H. Richard Dietrich Jr. is a trustee of the Philadelphia Art Museum. They are heirs to the Ludens cough-drop fortune…..It is one of the largest conservation transactions in the county since a $12 million arrangement in 1984 that preserved 5,367 acres of the King Ranch.

If the sale goes through for one of the signature landscapes in northern Chester County, there would be 27 lots instead of a potential 700 new homes allowed under the current zoning. Lots would range from two acres to more than 100 acres….

The deal, which has been pulled together by the North American Land Trust, has been in the works for three years, said the trust’s president, Andrew L. Johnson.

North American Land Trust has formed a limited partnership with 12 investors, or founding members, and itself as managing partner, Johnson said. The partnership would buy the land and place conservation easements on it, and members would then be deeded lands with restricted building areas.

The members of the partnership would receive tax deductions based either on the purchase price or, if they wait a year, on the market price, Johnson said….The West Vincent deal stands in contrast to the plans announced for the 450-acre Jerrehian estate, another prized tract outside West Chester, that calls for the construction of 530 new homes.

Since I can’t find this on the North American Land Trust website, I am guessing this fell through, never to be heard of again? Pity.

Saw smatterings of discussion on Pottstown Mercury site years ago, and the last mention I seem to be able to find is in The Phoenix in 2006.

Rolling the years back a bit (14 almost to the day), there was a fascinating and extremely LONG article in The Daily Local in 2002:


POSTED: 05/16/02, 12:01 AM EDT

WEST VINCENT — The farmlands and rolling hills that decorate the stretch of Route 100 between Route 401 in West Vincent and Pughtown in South Coventry represent the quintessential Chester County landscape for many. But those untouched lands are on the brink of massive change.

This section of the only major north-south artery through Chester County is in stark contrast to West Whiteland and Uwchlan to the south, where residential and commercial development has changed forever the face of the landscape. Housing pressure on the Route 100 corridor just south of Ludwig’s Corner is proof that development is pushing its way into West Vincent at an alarming rate.

Nearly every open tract of land in neighboring Upper Uwchlan near Route 100 is being gobbled up by developers with 2,600 new homes proposed or under construction. With the Vanguard Group’s new 10,000-employee campus planned in Uwchlan and other major office projects in the works along the Route 202 corridor, West Vincent is the next frontier of territory ripe for housing.

“This is definitely a major wave,” said West Vincent Township Manager Allen Heist….

But farther north, officials are learning the hard way how that might be accomplished. Nowhere is that more clear than in West Vincent, where the quiet country life lived by families for dozens of years appears in danger of radically changing — but not without a fight.

Three major developments proposed for the area include The Hankin Group’s 273-home Weatherstone development at routes 100 and 401. There is also the West Vincent portion of the Toll Bros. Ewing tract, expected to bring about 320 more homes, and on top of that, a proposed 216-unit apartment complex on the Griffith farm at Route 100 and Nantmeal Road.

The fate of 1,500 acres owned by Bryn Coed Farms — the developer responsible for Upper Uwchlan’s planned 620-unit Byers Station — is anyone’s guess, Heist said.

Being farmed now, the land in the area of Kimberton, St. Matthews Road and Pughtown could become the site of hundreds of more residential units….

On another front, residents have appealed to township supervisors to reconsider a sketch plan by developer David Della Porta for 216 apartments at Ludwig’s Corner.

The apartment complex, for which formal plans have yet to be submitted, will be the township’s first….


Read that entire article.  Now Bryn Coed is a frequent enough topic in West Vincent. If you recall the meeting minutes from March 2015 you will recall a rather snarky letter to a resident who expressed concerns.  Bryn Coed showed up there.

Bryn Coed also shows up in East Pikeland meeting minutes  – including September 2014

Bryn Coed has been discussed with Northern Federation too.

Bryn Coed also turned up in a fascinating article about tenant farmers from May 1992:

Farmers Who Have No Roots In The Suburbs, Short Leases On Coveted Land Are The Rule. By Steve Goldstein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

POSTED: May 24, 1992

Steering the massive, green John Deere 4440 tractor over loamy Chester County earth, leaving corn seed in his track, Rick Schlosberg is the picture of the modern metropolitan-area farmer: Tending borrowed land on borrowed time.

“I don’t own a stitch of ground,” admitted the rangy 37-year-old. “The day is gone when someone can buy land around here and think they can farm it.”

Schlosberg farms more than 2,000 acres of suburban Philadelphia. Not a stone can he call his own….

The two Holy Grails of rental farming – a large parcel and a long lease – recently were united in one Chester County tract, creating a sensation in the farming community.

Offered for lease was the 1,000-acre Bryn Coed farm in West Vincent, which the Dietrich family, former owners of Ludens candy and the Nan Duskin boutiques, had privately farmed for years.

If they had gone public with their intention to rent, the Dietrichs likely would have been overwhelmed by responses. Instead, their retiring farm manager and his agent quietly asked five area farmers to bid.

The winner was Schlosberg, who was already farming 1,100 acres close to his home in Newtown Square, Delaware County, and had a good track record with large properties.

“The last thing the owners wanted was someone that couldn’t handle it,” said Schlosberg, who was busy planting 700 acres of corn and 200 of soybeans at Bryn Coed.

Schlosberg was coy about the lease, but reliable sources said he was paying $62 per acre for three years.

So there hasn’t been talk of North American Land Trust in conjunction with Bryn Coed for the past few years, but rather Natural Lands Trust which just saved the Haas Estate in Villanova, PA.  I am a big believer of the Natural Lands Trust, so if anyone can save at least a chunk of Bryn Coed it would be them.

But ….BUT this is such a large land parcel. And developers are willing to pay. Hoping for the best, yet fearing for the worst here. If a conservation deal is actually in the works, it would be nice to hear about. But who knows? This is one of the last large prime plums like this in Chester County, right?

Thinking about Bryn Coed of course begs the question of what is happening in Chester County overall with regards to development and when do residents regardless or municipality REALLY have a say?

From one end of the county to the other, open land is under siege. Constantly.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Lower Merion K9 Dog To Receive Bulletproof Vest

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-05-12 17:38
K9 Officer Rookie will be well protected while he's on the job.
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Authorities To Reveal Probable Cause Of Fatal Amtrak Derailment

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-05-12 16:06
One year ago, an Amtrak train derailed, killing eight people in Philadelphia. The cause of the crash will be released May 17, the NTSB says.
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422 To Close Overnight In Upper Merion Area

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-05-12 15:57
U.S. 422 will be closed for continued massive improvements throughout May, PennDOT announced.
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Lankenau Institute Scientist In Wynnewood Earns Distinction

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-05-12 12:25
Charles Antzelevitch, who works at Wynnewood's Laneknau Institute, has received a highly distinguished award.
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Philadelphia man faces attempted murder charge in alleged road rage shooting

Main Line Times - Thu, 2016-05-12 09:53
PHILADELPHIA >> Pennsylvania State Police have apprehended the man accused of firing a shot at a motorist from his car in an incident of apparent road rage on Interstate 476 Thursday, May 5.
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How to Post Your Free Ardmore Graduation Announcement on Patch

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2016-05-12 09:48
Use our free announcement service to share the good news about your Ardmore middle school, high school, or college graduate.
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Leaders, Lincoln and kids: A sit-down session with Delco's future

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-05-12 06:00
What do you think goes into being a good leader?

I had a chance to meet lots of them yesterday. They are all sophomores in high school.

I took part in the annual Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy put on at Penn State Brandywine by the Youth Council of the Delaware County Workforce Development Board and the Foundation of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce.

I was part of the media panel.

The idea - or at least the way I approached it - was to try to impart some life experiences that shaped who you are and helped on the journey into a leadership position.

I told them about several seminal events in my life that I believe shaped who I am and what I do for a living. I of course started with the house I grew up in and my parents, who would not for one second consider starting a day without consuming at least one or more likely several daily newspapers.

I relayed the effect of eights years under the loving - but rather firm - guidance of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for eight years at Assumption BVM School in West Grove, Pa. Yes, I can diagram a sentence like nobody's business.

But I was somewhat surprised when each of the five groups of kids who rotated into my table failed to note the significance of another seminal event in my life. None of them seemed to grasp the importance when I told them that for the first two years of my college experience, I had the high honor and distinction of attending classes at Lincoln University.

Usually, especially when I'm speaking to adults, when I offer that piece of information, I'm greeted with quizzical looks. So I asked each group of kids if they knew why some people might consider it a bit odd for me to have attended Lincoln University.

Nothing. Blank stares.

Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe we're moving past old stereotypes.

But I'm thinking it's something else. I'm worried that these young people don't understand just what Lincoln is and what it stands for.

The school, just outside the little town of Oxford, Pa., where I grew up, is one of nation's oldest, most acclaimed institutions of higher learning traditionally dedicated to the education of African-American students.

Or, as it was often referred to on campus, the "Harvard of black schools."

I then asked the kids if they understood why that experience was so important to me, and why it had such an effect.

Again, I was met with silence, although this time I think they simply may have been modest.

So I asked one young person in each of these groups to look around the room and tell me what they saw.

What they saw is exactly what I saw every day growing up in Oxford, and what I am guessing they see most days in their own experiences. They see a bunch of faces that look just like mine, and theirs.

And then I told them of the experience of walking into a packed classroom at Lincoln University, looking around and realizing mine was the only fact that looked like that.

I urged them at some point to try to gain that kind of experience, either socially, in school or at work. I use the lessons I learned at Lincoln University every day, in terms of how I deal with people and how I hope people deal with me.

I told the kids I also think this country would be light years ahead of where we are, in dealing with the same social issues that have dogged us for years, if every person had at least a small taste of that kind of minority experience.

You want leadership. What I encountered at Lincoln counts.

I hope those kids took that lesson with them when they left Penn State Brandywine yesterday.
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The Daily Numbers for Thursday, May 12

Heron's Nest - Thu, 2016-05-12 04:38
The Daily Numbers: 89 years ago, that’s when Lancaster Police Lt. Elwood Gainor’s body was discovered along Hook Road in Darby Township. He had been shot in the head. Yesterday he was added to the Delaware County Law Enforcement Memorial in Rose Tree Park, almost 9 decades after his death.

3 doctors - 2 from Delco - charged in a pay-for-prescription pill case out of Philadelphia. Authorities believe they were selling opioid drugs to dealers and addicts for cash.

8 to 20 years in prison for an Upper Darby man for molesting a 14-year-old girl inside a mosque. The judge called the suspect ‘demonic.’

9th District state Senate seat now filled by Republican Tom Killion, who was sworn into office yesterday.

213 acres of Cardinal Crossing in Marple Township that might get a reprieve from development. Township commissioners opposed the plan last night at a packed hearing.

43, age of Chester County man who now faces charges in his wife’s shooting death in what the D.A. out there called a ‘savage’ murder. The victim is believed to have recorded her own murder when the attack by her husband began.

37, age of ‘extremely violent’ suspect wanted for assaulting his landlord in Upper Darby.

54 Delco centenarians residents feted with lunch yesterday by the County Office of Senior Assistance at the Drexelbrook. They are all 100 years old or more.

4.5 to 10 years in prison for a Chester County woman who admitted she helped her 14-year-old daughter shoot up heroin.

3 years probation for the woman who was chief financial officer of a Philadelphia tourism bureau after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the organization.

1 year ago today, when an Amtrak train flew off the rails in Philly, killing 8 and injuring hundreds.

106 mph, how fast the train was going when it veered off the tracks while going around a curve.

9:21 p.m., when the derailment occurred.

5-1 loss for the Phils last night in Atlanta, snapping their 3-game win streak.

1 run on 2 hits, all the Phils could muster against Braves starter Williams Perez.

2 wins at home now for the Braves, who halted a string of 11 straight home losses.

4 runs on 7 hits over 4 and a third innings for Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff.

2-2 tie for the Union against the vaunted L.A. Galaxy in Chester last night.

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

The eyes of the soccer world were on Chester last night for a visit by the star-studded lineup of the L.A. Galaxy. Serious kudos to the Union for coming up big in a 2-2 draw.

I Don’t Get It: Doctors selling opioid drugs without prescriptions. Want to know why we have such a huge opioid problem in this country? Doctors, heal thyselves.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to all the centenarians feted yesterday at the annual luncheon put on by COSA at the Drexelbrook.

Quote Box: “Butter, cheese and potato chips.”

- Marion Roth, 107 years old, when asked the secret to a long life at yesterday’s centenarian luncheon.
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Water Slide Block Party Planned In Philly This August

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Wed, 2016-05-11 17:41
Philly will be the scene of the biggest block party of the summer when a 1,000-foot water slide arrives on Aug. 6.
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west caln house moving day

Chester County Ramblings - Wed, 2016-05-11 16:11

All photos courtesy of John Hashem. He happened to be in West Caln driving on Cedar Knoll Road when it was occurring.

I have always been fascinated by these kinds of house moves. It’s very cool when an old house and building gets a new lease on life.

Apparently the home owner is moving the old house and then building an addition to make the house more livable by today’s standards.

Adaptive reuse and restoration. That is pretty cool in my book!

The company doing the moving is Wolfe. I think what they do is really cool!

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