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Lower Merion calling on residents to continue to report existing potholes

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-04-21 07:33
Lower Merion's war on potholes will last through spring, according to an email sent to residents Thursday:
Categories: Lower Merion

Winter's toll on roads costly - will pass $2.5 million - Lower Merion board told

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-04-21 07:31
How hard has Winter 2014 been on local roads? This one fact from Lower Merion Township begins to tell the story.
Categories: Lower Merion

All eyes on Boston

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-04-21 07:17
The nation will focus its eyes on Boston today.

As one public official stated yesterday, it likely will be the safest city in the world today. And with good reason.

It was one year ago that we were reminded that terror is in fact an every-day thing, something we now live with on a daily basis.

It's something I now think of when I'm in crowds, or when a I see someone carrying a backpack.

I don't live my life looking over my shoulder, but I am certainly aware of my surroundings in ways that I never used to be.

It's now part of our lives.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Main Line native, child of sexual abuse tells his story in biographical film

Main Line Times - Mon, 2014-04-21 07:10
There’s a question that many parents might contemplate about their small children – when will they begin to retain long term memories.
Categories: Lower Merion

Confessions of a bad high school athlete

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-04-21 06:59
A lifetime ago, I was a high school athlete.

I have often said that I learned as much about life from my teammates and experiences on a bad football team than I did in any of my classes.

My thoughts on that topic haven't changed, although my aching body, including the fact that I can no longer throw a ball overhand due to one specific football injury, now questions the wisdom of playing football at 115 pounds soaking wet.

I collected more X-rays than victories in high school.

But I would love to be able to go back and revisit some of those games.

Luckily, kids here in Delco don't have that dilemma.

The reason why is revealed in today's print column. That's me, No. 12, seated front center.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Cast your vote now, Flyers fans: Ray Emery or Steve Mason

Heron's Nest - Mon, 2014-04-21 06:36
Raise your hand if you had written the Flyers. C'mon, you know who you are.

The losers of eight straight games in Madison Square Garden, the Flyers were looking up from a 2-0 hole early in Sunday's Game Two of their opening Stanley Cup playoff tilt vs. the Rangers.

Fans already were saying, 'See you Tuesday night' and preparing to tackle the Easter ham when a wondrous thing happened. The Flyers looked deep inside themselves and rallied for an improbably 4-2 win to even the series at one game apiece and swipe the home-ice advantage.

They play again Tuesday night.

You can get all the details on Game Two from Rob Parent here and columnist Jack McCaffery here.

The Flyers now face a most interesting dilemma. Steve Mason was held out of Game Two with lingering issues from the infamous "upper body injury," according to the Flyers, who keep their injury reports a lot more secure than all that data gathered by the NSA.

Ray Emery played well in Thursday night's Game One loss, but was outstanding in stopping 31 Rangers shots yesterday. So is there a goalie controversy? Mason may be ready to roll Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. But do the Flyers interrupt the mojo they are building behind Emery.

For Emery, this is a bit of deja vu, all over again, but in reverse.

Last year he went 17-0-1 for the Blackhawks but found himself on the bench in favor of Corey Crawford, who led Chicago to a Stanley Cup crown.

So let's see a show of hands. Emery or Mason? Post a comment with your vote.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Skydiver ID'd After Fatal South Jersey Fall In Backyard, Near Easter Egg Hunt

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:08
Police have identified the skydiver who died Sunday in Washington Township after falling into a backyard, according to 6abc.At around 2:10 p.m., the Dye fam
Categories: Lower Merion

gingerbread perfection

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-04-20 21:18


Categories: Pennsylvania

Should Styrofoam Be Banned In Your City?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-20 12:01
By Tara May Tesimu Are you willing to give up your to-go styrofoam cups and containers to make the world a better place? Some major cities — including 
Categories: Lower Merion

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014 Peak Dates: Look! Up In The Sky!

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-20 12:01
Peak dates for the Lyrid meteor shower are coming, but you may already be able to get a glimpse of the show.
Categories: Lower Merion

my easter woods visitor

Chester County Ramblings - Sun, 2014-04-20 10:02

I was reminded once again how many critters we have close by in our woods. This is one of the yearlings. She is completely unfazed by humans. I do not feed the deer, but this was NOT taken with a zoom lens. I was just that close. truthfully it was kind of a cool, peaceful experience.

Of course this made me think of Sunoco Logistics again too. Our wildlife deserves to be protected from them and their pipelines, fracking, and drilling too. Please contact your elected representatives today, gubernatorial candidates in Pennsylvania, and the Public Utility Commmission.


Categories: Pennsylvania

Cop Dresses in Amish Drag, Domestic Fight at Walmart: Weird News in PA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-20 08:30
A look at some of the strangest news that made headlines in Pennsylvania this week.
Categories: Lower Merion

A Major League Proposal Can Come With a Major Price Tag

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sun, 2014-04-20 08:00
PNC Park and Citizens Bank Park are among the cheapest and most expensive ballparks to get engaged, respectively.
Categories: Lower Merion

my garden of frustration

Chester County Ramblings - Sat, 2014-04-19 21:20

Patience is a virtue every gardener must have. But right now I am feeling a garden of frustration. So much seems missing after the winter.


Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. ~Henry David Thoreau

As I wander around my garden I am thrilled by all the daffodils. I see some tendrils of ferns unraveling and the pink and purples of bleeding hearts and a couple of the peonies as they start to emerge.

And mint, the mint will be coming in with a vengeance. May it grow tall and strangle out the bishop’s week which nothing seems to kill.

Some hostas are emerging. So are some of the day lilies. But tradescantia is nowhere to be seen and my specimen hydrangeas are somewhat decimated after the winter. And I seem to be missing so many hostas.

Remarkably the roses are leaf budding already and I see some daisies coming back and the garden phlox.


“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” ~Gertrude Jekyll

But so much is missing. I am hoping these plants are not really missing, just still sleeping. Like all my coneflowers and remarkably a very old and established buddleia and all my species of monarda. And where are the Lillie’s of the valley? They should be poking up their little heads!

In the back garden I am so distressed about the wonderful shrubs I planted to break up the pachysandra ponds in the back. But I think I am going to loose a lot of them. The winter was just too hard.

Hence my garden of frustration.

It is so hard when you work so hard on your garden and then along comes Mother Nature to redefine and redecorate. So today I just stood and looked. And looked. And wondered.



The more one gardens, the more one learns; And the more one learns, the more one realizes how little one knows. –Vita Sackville-West

Now I wait. It is early for some things, but I think I have a LOT of digging in the dirt ahead of me.

Mind you it isn’t all bad. The lilacs are beginning to bud and the forsythia are happy and vigorous, with their graceful yellow arms bobbing in the breeze.

My Japanese maple is getting ready to start to leaf as is my weeping willow. And I love Japanese maples. I think I need to have more of those in my woods.

But right now in spite of what brings me delight, I am admittedly frustrated over what may have been lost. Sigh….only time will tell how my garden will grow!

Sorry folks, it’s that time of year when I dream in verdant greens and plan new planting beds in my head…..and start to dig in the dirt!


“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
“Winter is dead.”
~A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young


Categories: Pennsylvania

Woman Denied '8THEIST' License Plate Sues

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-19 19:17
A New Jersey woman claims that her First Amendment rights were denied. What do you think?
Categories: Lower Merion

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Disney's 'Bears'

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-19 17:07
The film hopes to inspire viewers to experience national parks.
Categories: Lower Merion

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day All Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Sat, 2014-04-19 17:04
Earth Day is this Tuesday, April 22. Here's some ways you can help the earth any day.
Categories: Lower Merion