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Two Delco Breweries Earn Medals At Beer Competition

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-10 11:07
Two breweries in Delaware County earned silver and gold medals from the Great American Beer Fest recently. Have you tried them?
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Here Are The Latest Job Openings Around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-10 08:50
Looking to work closer to home? Here are the latest job openings nearby.
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9-Year-Old Pup Missing In Bryn Mawr

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-10 08:42
Have you seen Franny in the Bryn Mawr area? She went missing Monday morning.
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Gray's Lane Closing For Sewer Work

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-10 08:35
The work and closure were scheduled for Monday. Oct. 9, but steady rains postponed it.
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Dealing with kidney stones

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-10 06:08
I never knew I was in such good company.

Apparently lots of people have deal with kidney stones.

And almost all of them no doubt are praying that they don't have to face a return bout.

I know I am.

I wrote about it in my Monday print column. The feedback was great. So many people reached out to tell me of their own experience and offer some tips for keeping these things at bay.

And almost every person mentioned something I learned first-hand: They have never encountered that kind of pain.

So far, so good. The X-ray indicated I have stones on both sides, but there is a chance I might have passed them.

Thanks for all the tips. Yes, I have been increasing my water intake. I always drank water all day - when I wasn't inhaling coffee. I'm trying to keep doing that. It keeps the body flushed and hydrated. It also keeps you in the bathroom.

All I know is I never want to experience that kind of pain again.

I'll keep you posted.
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Joel Embiid cashes in

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-10 05:55
I'm not going to argue the move the Sixers made yesterday to lock up center Joel Embiid to a long-term deal.

The team made it clear. Embiid simply can do things on the court that not many people are able to do.

And that's part of the problem.

Embiid is all too rarely on the court.

That didn't stop the Sixers from signing him to a max contract extension, $148 million over five years.

Embiid, who missed all of his first two seasons in the league with a variety of ailments, has just started to scrimmage in 5-on-5 in training camp. He has yet to appear in the exhibition season.

He finally got on the court last year, playing in parts of 31 games before having knee surgery. He has never played without a minutes restriction because of his lengthy medical issues.

When the Sixers finally got him on the court, it was only with minutes restrictions that limited his effectiveness. He also did not play back-to-back games. None of that stopped him from showing signs of being a dominant player. When he was on the court, it was obvious he could be a difference maker, averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds last season.

"He's a difference maker," coach Brett Brown said. "He has a chance to be great. There's still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work ... he's really only been playing basketball for six years, he's just scratching the surface."

No argument from me.

Embiid is the key to the Sixers season. With him, they have a chance to be a playoff team. Without him, even with the addition of Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, they are still in rebuilding mode.

But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid was worth the risk. "In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym," Brown. "He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that's different than anything else we have."

Now all they have to do is get him - and keep him - on the floor.
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Pretzel-Eating Raccoon Mural Pops Up In Philly

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 16:43
What do you think of the city's newest mural? Let us know in the comments.
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Recycle Electronics Next Month In Wayne

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:16
Stop by Wilson Farm Park on Nov. 4 to safely and securely recycle items such as computers, phones, TVs, air conditioners, and more.
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Alex And Ani Among 4 New Businesses Opening At King Of Prussia Mall

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 12:02
Four new retailers will open up shop in the King of Prussia Mall between now and early 2018.
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Rain Closes Lower Merion Fords Monday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 11:52
Breaking: After steady rains throughout Monday morning, the township has closed its fords out of safety concerns for drivers.
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How To Winterize Your House: A Simple Checklist

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 10:26
Prep now or be cold later. [SPONSORED]
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Burglar Removes AC Unit To Steal From Merion Home: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 09:46
Anyone with information on this home burglary should contact Lower Merion Police as soon as possible.
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Montgomery Ave. Closing Nightly Through Oct. 12

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 09:37
Drivers will be detoured as the nightly work closes the road.
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2017 Lower Merion Halloween Safety Map

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 09:00
See our interactive map showing registered sex offenders in the township to help you and your family stay safe this Halloween season.
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These Are The Newest Homes For Sale Nearby

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-09 08:13
Your dream home awaits.
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Third down magic

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-09 06:48
The NFL is all about third down.

And Carson Wentz is all about third down.

All the Eagles second-year quarterback did Sunday was go 11 for 12 on third down as the Eagles scorched the Cardinals. Wentz is dialed in. So is his head coach, Doug Pederson.

Wentz threw four touchdown passes Sunday as the Eagles raced out to an early lead over the Cardinals and never looked back. Final score: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7.

And it wasn't that close.

Wentz doesn't look like a second-year NFL QB. This isn't what young signal callers are supposed to be doing. Especially not on third down. But it's pretty clear Wentz is not just any second-year QB.

He has a varied skill set that allows him to adjust on the fly, and when all else fails, he has the physical ability to make something out of nothing.

Yesterday, in the battle of Carsons, Carson Wentz was stellar, while Carson Palmer looked very much like the beleaguered leader of a team that is coming apart at the seams.

Part of that is the frustration of Wentz's third-down magic. There is nothing more deflating to a defense than to surrender a first down on third down, thus preventing them from getting off the field.

Went tossed TD passes on three consecutive possessions in the first quarter to basically decide this contest.

It was the kind of "step on the throat" performance when you get a team down that the Eagles too often have failed to do in the past, instead letting teams crawl back into the game.

Overall the Eagles were went 9 for 14 on third down. Wentz went 11 for 12 for 225 yards and three TDs on third down. Wentz already has six TDs on third downs in five games.

This team has risen to the occasion each week, overcoming whatever obstacles lie in their path.

Injuries? They've had their share. The loss of Darren Sproles has not stopped the offense. Playing their second week without All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox has not stopped the flow on defense.

Yesterday they lost right tackle Lane Johnson to a head injury. Ironically, it was Johnson's suspension last year after the Eagles sprinted to a 3-0 record that seemed to pull the plug on the season. Yesterday, they simply buckled their chin straps and soldiered on. Now they may face their biggest challenge.

They are looking at a short week before going on the road to face Cam Newton and a very good Carolina Panthers team. They also are 4-1. Don't be against the Eagles. And Carson Wentz.

Especially on third down.
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Taking aim at bump stocks

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-09 06:25
Yes, we went there Sunday.

We waded back into the gun debate.

On our editorial page, we noted the national conversation. You know, the one we have every time there is a mass shooting.

But this time, in the wake of 59 people killed and 500 more wounded by a madman raining heavy firepower down from his sniper's lair on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Ban resort onto a crowd enjoying a country music festival in Las Vegas, there appears to be something different.

Stephen Paddock was able to modify several of his semiautomatic rifles to fire as an automatic. In other words, instead of having to squeeze the trigger on every shot, he was able to simply hold the trigger down and unleash his version of hell.

Both the guns Paddock used and the device he used to alter his weapons were perfectly legal.

The device is called a bump stock.

And it quickly became the target of those seeking to limit the damage in these heinous events.

But there was something different this time.

After the normal outrage was offered, agreement came in from two places where that kind of talk is not usually offered. Several Republican members of Congress said they would consider banning bump stocks. Even the National Rifle Association indicated it's something that should be considered.

Yes, it just might be time.

You can read our Sunday editorial here.

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A medical update

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2017-10-09 06:03
I have been remarkably lucky when it comes to my health.

Oh, I've had a couple of minor skin cancer scares. It's in the genes. You know, that fair-skinned Irish lineage. Yes, I had my share of nasty sunburns when I was a kid. (What, baby oil and iodine doesn't act as a sunscreen?) The skin cancer thing is in our family so any more as much as I love the beach, I'm the guy wrapped on towels.

Then there's my face. Yes, take it, please. Or at least tell me it's going to clear up one of these days. I just turned 62 and I'm sure it's going to happen any day now. I've only been waiting since I was 15.

But none of that prepared me for what hit me last week.

What was it?

Two words: Kidney stones.

Believe me, you don't want to mess with it.

Kidney stones was bad enough. But a secondary issue was almost as bad.

I detail my medical maladies in my weekly Letter From the Editor.
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path and price of freedom

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2017-10-08 16:12

I sit and reminisce once in a while.  What a long, strange trip it has been. This life we live has highs and lows, ups and downs, triumphs and sorrows.

We all lead ordinary lives and eventually something hits us and just doesn’t sit right. Then you become active where you live.  It is somewhat of a NIMBY prospect (Not in My Backyard) because you often do not realize how wrong something is until it is happening in your own backyard.

Trust me; it is far easier to just be a sheeple in your community accepting at face value verbatim whatever local politicians and power brokers tell us must be so. (You know the theory of they say it is so , so it must be so?)

Some assert that it is far easier to just vote the way you are “told” — and yes, volunteering in local elections many moons ago I literally heard someone say that as they walked an elderly person into a polling place say “Now you just vote the way we told you to.”  That very memory is one of the things that always makes me tell people to vote in all elections, including local .

You don’t realize that our vote is such a powerful voice.  Check out the candidates…and also whenever able check out who supports them financially as that always tells an interesting tale.

If you are in a group trying to enact change, never, ever back a candidate for political office when they come calling.  Ask them to take YOUR position, i.e. what are they willing to do for you? Don’t be used by politicians. They are public servants, they work for us.  That also means that anyone at any time should be able to speak to an elected official.  If they as politicians, do not have time for everyone, replace them with those who do have time. Keep replacing until you get the ones you want representing you.

I have never had the desire to run for elected office.  I don’t have the long-term stomach for the games and the inevitable deal making.  Politics however will always fascinate me and repulse me. It makes for interesting people watching, that is for sure.

I have, however, had the privilege to know some amazing elected officials in my life from the most local of levels to Harrisburg to Washington D.C.  Like me, like you, they are just people.   I have no hero worship, just appreciation for some of them because they do care and they do work darn hard to make a difference.

We live in a dangerous and somewhat crazy political climate right now.  As Americans, we have watched in horror as people have shot up schools, Congressmen on ball fields, random people in malls and movie theaters.  A week ago today we all awoke to the news that Las Vegas was the scene of a massacre engineered by a mad man.  All those poor people were doing was listening to music at a concert.

Yeah, we need to have a conversation about gun control, but NO ONE can do that CALMLY in this country.  All people and officials on both sides of the issue do is SCREAM at each other.

We live in a crazy political climate and most of what we hear out of a sitting United States President appears on Twitter.  In my opinion , as an American citizen,  I not only find the behavior embarrassing that we even have a Tweeter in Chief, but somewhat removed from everyday reality.

Along with friends I have fought eminent domain for private gain.  It was a whirlwind and we fought all the way down to Washington, D.C. alongside folks like ordinary people from Long Branch, NJ , Cramer Hill Camden NJ, Coatesville Pa (Saha Farm), and Suzette Kelo of New London, CT (as in the U.S. Supreme Court Case.)

Another time, other friends and I found ourselves the recipients of a congressional commendation for a specific volunteerism campaign we had initiated and completed.

I have done what I have done because I believe in community and a sense of greater good; because it was the right thing to do.

Along the way I have grown less idealistic and naïve.  Sadly, I can be jaded now.  But as you age and watch how bloody cruel and duplicitous human beings can be to one and other, you change.  But you have to remember the good in people, as hard as that is at times.

I am just a person.  I was not born with other than an immigrant pedigree.  Italian, Irish, and Pennsylvania German.   To me that makes me a quintessential Pennsylvanian.

I believe in our Constitution and the freedoms our founding fathers fought and bled and died for.  Yes, the same values and freedoms that subsequent generations of Americans have fought and marched and bled and died for. It seems as Americans that we have been perpetually fighting for our rights and freedoms.  But is that not the very nature of preserving and enhancing freedom?

As an American born in the birthplace of American rights and freedoms, I believe in the First Amendment.

Be independent-minded in life.   You will be glad of it.

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Thanksgiving 2017 Store Closures: Which Pennsylvania Retailers Won't Be Open?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2017-10-08 09:40
From Burlington Coat Factory to T.J. Maxx, dozens of stores nationwide will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017.
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