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A civics lesson

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 06:21
We used out editorial page today to deliver a civics lesson.

Actually, we're not delivering it. Enrique Latoison.

The Chester native admits he was not always a believer in the system, and like so many others these days, chose to disenfranchise himself by not voting.

A chance meeting turned him around. Now he's involved - and making change.

He explains it better than we ever could.

If you've ever considered if your vote makes a difference, or why you should bother voting at all, make sure you read Latoison's story. You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Phillies West (Dodgers) win

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2016-10-12 06:10
A funny thing happened to Jayson Werth and the Washington Nationals on the way to the National League Championship Series.

They got beat by the 2008 Phillies.

Yes, that was Chase Utley with the game-winning hit last night, and then sealing the deal with a great play in the field in the bottom of the ninth.

And yes, that was none other than Joe Blanton pitching a scoreless inning and change in relief to pick up the win.

The NLDS now traverses the country back to D.C. for a fifth and deciding game Thursday night.

You can get all the details on last night's game here.

You just can't keep those 2008 World Series winning Phils down!
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hot off the presses in west vincent: hope for bryn coed?

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-11 19:52

I have written about Bryn Coed in West Vincent quite a few times. It is twice the size of Chesterbrook, and developers have sniffed around it for years. Bryn Coed is mammoth in size.

Well breaking news from Birchrunville People:

Now someone at Natural Lands Trust did mention this to me a while ago (like I think a couple of years ago), and asked me not to say anything – at that point it was more of an idea.

If this happens, wow oh wow, thank God (once again) for Natural Lands Trust.  I am a member, are you?

I doubt they will be able to afford the whole parcel (1500+ acres) but hopefully a significant amount is conserved.

This was attempted in 2005 but it did not work.

Wow. Wow.Wow. Stay tuned.

****Please note my information for this at this time comes from residents who were at that meeting this evening****

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community love for ebenezer grows

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-11 18:13

Al Terrell photo taken October 11, 2016

Today while Al Terrell was on site at Ebenezer AME on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer, a couple of things that are so delightful occurred. People came to visit.

Not people with family buried there, but just people coming to visit Ebenezer and East Whiteland’s amazing history!

First, a  family stopped by Ebenezer to take pictures this afternoon and spoke with Al Terrell . Unbelievable. Their Girl Scout Troop wants to volunteer to help. Al is getting their information.

Then a woman and her daughter stopped by to take photos.  Al said the lady was a photographer.

Can I just say how awesome it is?

After a few years feeling like the voice in the proverbial wilderness, all these people are taking an interest.

God is good. Don’t know what else to say ❤️  My heart is so happy right now that people obviously DO care about Ebenezer.

A photographer and her daughter stop to visit Ebenezer today October 11, 2016. Al Terrell photo

(For my years of writing about my journey with trying to get help and recognition about Ebenezer click here and here and here .)

Every day seems to bring good news.   The only thing I will say is to caution people to not go climbing in the church ruin itself and to be careful.  That is 184 years of history in there, and way before most of our time, the roof of Ebenezer collapsed through to the stone pier foundations.  We want to preserve that, but it is NOT safe at this point for people to do anything other than view the church ruin from the outside.

Ann Christie are you watching? Chris and I promised you we would get Ebenezer help. It is happening.  All these wonderful people are coming forward.  I wish you were here to see her emerge from her green prison of overgrowth, but I would like to think you are watching like an angel over Ebenezer.

Ann was a brilliant poet as well as a fervent champion of Ebenezer.  I think I will finish with one of her poems:

Already the Heart

The spinal cord blossoms
like bright, bruised magnolia
into the brainstem.
And already the heart
in its depth — who could assail it?
Bathed in my voice, all branching
and dreaming. The flowering
and fading — said the poet —
come to us both at once.
Here is your best self,
and the least, two sparrows
alight in the one tree
of your body.

A.V. Christie / The Housing

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“stakeholder” meetings should be centrally located and convenient for “stakeholders” right?

Chester County Ramblings - Tue, 2016-10-11 17:16

A reporter asked me what happened to the link for the Chester County Planning Commission’s survey in advance of the soon to be new and glorious Landscapes3, an Exercise in Resident Futility.


Because the original link does NOT work anymore.  Great planning: they send out a link ask all their contacts to distribute within their communities and then they change it. Or make it go away. Of course I have no answer what happened to all of the answers of people who already completed the survey, do you?

So now go to this page Public Participation Opportunities , go partway down the page and see:

Topical Surveys

Developed to gather stakeholder opinions on specific topical areas, these surveys are also being made available to the public. Targeted to representatives of organizations active in the topical areas, interested individuals are welcome to complete these surveys as they become available.

  • Preservation

  • Agriculture

  • Housing

  • Utilities and Infrastructure (available October 26)

  • Transportation (available November 2)

  • Economic Development (available November 16)

  • Community Health (available December 6)


Also of note, the top part of the page:

The development of Landscapes3 will be an open and collaborative experience. The public is invited to participate throughout. The process includes:

Photo Contest

Participants can submit their favorite Chester County place in this photo contest, which is aimed at taking a different approach to identifying what is valued by residents. Prizes will be available. (coming soon)

Stakeholder Meetings

A series of stakeholder meetings will be held to identify issues and challenges facing Chester County over the next ten years. Experts will meet under the following topics: preservation, agriculture, housing, utilities and infrastructure, transportation, economic development, and community health. The public is invited to attend and observe these meetings. Click here to view meeting schedule.


How many of my photos of farms and historic houses would they like to see?

But then we come to the stakeholder meetings. Here is a screen shot of the schedule:

In the middle of the afternoon, in Coatesville? Seriously? Hello people work, pick kids up from school/sports, have farms and businesses to tend, and so on.

But no, Chester County’s idea of most opportune time to schedule these meetings is in a place not quite ideally located and at times inconvenient for the majority of people living int the real world.  Common sense would dictate if they were REALLY interested in what people who live here and pay taxes (as opposed to the carpetbagger Executive Director of Chester County Planning Department Brian O’Leary), they would have chosen a location like West Chester, or done a series of traveling meetings and maybe holding them in school auditoriums or something.

But Brian O’Leary and the Chester County Planning must not really be terribly interested in citizen participation if they choose times that are NOT convenient for average folk, even farm folk and choose a location like this one in Coatesville, that is not really even convenient to anyone.  (Which is why I think they should have had travelling meetings to capture different quadrants of the county more effectively.)

This is not an auspicious beginning to a long process that is supposed to matter, Chester County.

And no, Brian O’Leary I am not going to stop mentioning you are not a Chester County resident and come from a uniquely pro-development township (Lower Merion Township) where I don’t think you listened much at all to residents while on the Planning Commission there, arranged for political pasty “planning” awards be given to politicians who weren’t planners except in the landscape sense of the word, and were employed by Montgomery County which as a whole has been decimated by development in part.

Our chief planner should be one of us.  I find it hard to believe that no such qualified planners exist in Chester County.

Carpe Diem, Chester County Residents.  I know many of you care. Speak up. Please…before all the open space, farmland, and history is gone. This county has a unique history, and it is very much at risk.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Man falls 45-feet into transfer station trash pit during LM Township cleanup weekend; succumbs to his injuries

Main Line Times - Tue, 2016-10-11 15:28
A  68-year-old Lower Merion man fell approximately 45 feet into the trash transfer pit at the Lower Merion Public Works Koegal Complex Saturday. Residents were able to bring household trash and recycling to the center at 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley as part of the township’s Fall Clean Up this weekend.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion School District Offering Health Topic Sessions Through School Year

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-11 12:09
Drugs, sex, suicide, and gender are just a few topics to be covered.
Categories: Lower Merion

Mill Creek Road Stretch In Lower Merion Closed Daily This Week

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2016-10-11 11:20
Work begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. daily.
Categories: Lower Merion

The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Oct. 11

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-11 07:41
The Daily Numbers: 1 month until Election Day. Today also is the last chance to register to vote in Pa.

210 pound bear trapped in Ridley Creek State Park. It was sedated and safely transported to state game lands in Dauphin County.

1 woman found fatally stabbed in her Darby Borough home.

3 shootings being probed in Chester, 1 of them was fatal.

120,000 dollars in change orders OK’d for the new Haverford Township municipal complex.

100 day strike that led to the closing of the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City.

64 years, how long the casino stood on the boardwalk.

3 million dollar grant for a 2.25-mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail delivered by Gov. Tom Wolf yesterday.

29,000 visitors use the trail every week

36 Forman Mills stores that are being sold by the company’s owner and founder, Richard Rick Forman.

6 game suspension for Flyers tough guy Radko Gudas.

1 key call in Eagles’ loss to Lions that is being questioned. Coach Doug Pederson believes the Eagles touched the ball while out of bounds, meaning they should have kept possession and could have punted on fourth down, instead of having the Lions take over there.

5-0 start for Sam Bradford and the Vikings.

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

While the Eagles and Carson Wentz were suffering their 1st loss of the season Sunday, Sam Bradford and the Vikings were rolling to a 5-0 start. Just saying.

I Don’t Get It: Locker room humor? Really? I don’t get it.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to the state Game Commission workers who safely trapped that black bear in Ridley Creek State Park and transported it to safer environs upstate.

Quote Box: “We don’t speak for Trump and he doesn’t speak for our candidates.”

- Andy Reilly, chairman of the Delco GOP.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Un -bear-able news

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-11 06:51
Our wandering bear is gone.

We didn't even have a chance to give him a name.

But, of course, he did develop a Twitter account.

The bear that was spotted lurking around a couple of Main Line elementary schools, prompting a lockdown at one point, was corralled by state Game Commission officers in Ridley Creek State Park, sedated, and safely transported back to a bit more amenable digs upstate in Dauphin County.

You can get all the details here.

See you later, Yogi.
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A race to the bottom

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-11 06:34
On our editorial page, we take note of the 'race to the bottom' in today's political circles.

I guess you could actually take that literally in light of the comments by Republican nominee Donald Trump on that decade-old tape that was leaked Friday night.

The reaction was about what you might expect. Trump offered an apology, then went on the debate and passed his comments off as "locker room talk."

That didn't sit too well with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who basically pulled the plug on his support for Trump, saying he would not defend him, nor campaign for him, and was instead going to focus his efforts on saving the GOP majorities in the House and Senate.

That would include the 7th District race, where incumbent Republican Pat Meehan indicated over the weekend his belief that Trump should exit the race.

That doesn't look like it's going to happen.

Neither does a similar call from Pat Toomey.

The Republican running for another term in the U.S. Senate finds himself in a very tight spot in one of the most contentious, tightly contested Senate races in the country.

Most experts are pointing to the Pa. U.S. Senate race as one of the keys in Democrats' attempts to take back control of the U.S. Senate.

So while Toomey has again decried Toomey's lewd, vulgar comments about women as "outrageous and unacceptable," he can't really afford to reject the GOP nominee. That's because Toomey will need every Republican vote he can get - and then some - in his efforts to hold off Democrat Katie McGinty, who will look to reap the benefits of the Dems' healthy voter registration edge in the state.

None of this is going to make much of what we see over the next few weeks any more palatable.

Like we said, it's a race to the bottom.

In more ways than one.

You can read our editorial here.
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Using the F-word in the forecast

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2016-10-11 06:06
They're dropping the F-word in today's forecast.

No, not that F-word. We'll leave that to today's political report, along with the rest of that "locker room talk." We're talking about frost.

Yes, it's a tad chilly out there this morning. And while we'll have a nice, sunny day, it won't exactly get warm. Today's high will struggle to hit the mid-60s. To me that's cold.

Actually, when I climbed into my car, my dash thermometer was reading a chilly 39 degrees. It actually dipped to 38 degrees before rebounding just a bit.

Most of the frost will probably be limited to Allentown and the Lehigh Valley.

Rest assured, it will be here soon enough.

Summer's over. How can I tell? Dinner last night was my first clue.


I love soup, I just don't especially care for the weather that accompanies it.

I will endeavor once again this year to stick to my pledge not to don a winter coat before Thanksgiving. A blazer doesn't count.

Neither does a down vest.

This is what amounts to winter sport for me. That and breaking out the long underwear.

Pass the Saltines.

You can check the full weather forecast here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Just Listed: Homes for Sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 21:37
Patch brings you the latest homes on the market. Check out the latest homes for sale in and around Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood...
Categories: Lower Merion

saddle up for crebilly, chester county

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2016-10-10 21:31

Photo Courtesy of Chadds Ford Live and Kathleen Brady Shea “With the expanse of Crebilly Farm ahead of her, Mindy Worth Rhodes rides on Dunvegan Road in Westtown Township. Her goal is to raise awareness about Toll Brothers’ subdivision plan for the 330-acre property.” (Photo edited by me to achieve this cool effect)

Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words. Kathleen Brady Shea’s photo in her article today did that for me. She seems to be the sole member of the media who cares about the fate of Crebilly Farm.  I find it disturbing that I have not seen anything anywhere else as a matter of fact.

This article is about a woman whom I do not know but wish I did, because she sounds marvelous. Her name is Mindy Worth Rhodes, she is now a resident of  the historic village of Trimbleville in West Bradford Township, grew up in Westtown on General Howe Drive. She is a life-long equestrian and growing up she rode through Westtown neighborhoods to be able to ride on Crebilly.

So on Sunday, like the Pony Express rides again or Paul Revere, she saddled up her horse and distributed flyers about saving Crebilly.

How cool and appropriate is that?  To do it on horseback!

I am thrilled other people are stepping in and stepping up the game to Save Crebilly, or at least part of it.  Community matters and so does coming together on this issue.

As a friend said to me today:

The more letters and emails that go to ANY public officials, including the county commissioners, the better….. Here’s what I know about the previous apartment building: It would have conserved 90 percent of the tract. That is why some, including the supervisors, supported it. Members of the public hated the concept and came out in droves to defeat it;


Here is an excerpt of today’s article:

Saddling up support for Crebilly preservation Posted by Kathleen Brady Shea on October 10th, 2016

The news that Crebilly Farm, a historic, 330-acre property in Westtown Township, was poised to become a massive subdivision hit a former neighbor particularly hard.


Heartsick is how Mindy Worth Rhodes described her reaction to the news that Tolls Brothers had an agreement of sale for the farm, where the developer hopes to erect up to 385 homes. Rhodes explained that she grew up on General Howe Drive in Westtown Township, and about two decades ago, she often rode her horse through adjacent neighborhoods to get to Crebilly’s pristine open space.


Rhodes, who now lives in the historic village of Trimbleville in West Bradford Township, is also acutely aware of Crebilly Farm’s historic significance. Like her current residence, Revolutionary War troops traversed the property, which is bounded by Routes 202, 926, New Street and West Pleasant Grove Road.

And even though Rhodes lives in West Bradford, she said she still travels past the scenic farm on a regular basis by car, enjoying its magnificent vistas.


“Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever,” said Rhodes. She stressed that she’s not anti-development and firmly believes that Crebilly’s owners should be fairly compensated. However, she also maintains that every effort should be made to protect such hallowed ground.

And toward that end, she decided to get back on her horse.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, after printing more than 100 flyers, Rhodes saddled up White Spike and set out on a wind-swept odyssey to raise awareness….nyone interested in joining the effort or receiving more information could contact her at mindyrhodes1@gmail.com or info@neighborsforcrebilly.org.


I can’t pretend to understand the heirs to and most of the current residents of Crebilly, one of whom resides in New Mexico.  But the person we see mentioned the most when it comes to Crebilly is David Robinson. I do not know what drives Mr. Robinson.  Wish I did. I guess I do not and will never understand how a significantly affluent and influential family can sell to a Toll Brothers?  I get wanting to divest themselves of some of the land because it is an awesome responsibility, but how do you inherit something like Crebilly and not want to preserve it for future generations?

How do you not value the legacy that was dropped in your lap because you were related to certain people? Is it the whole having to work for it versus inherit it? How can you sell to Toll and live in your same homes and watch hundreds of plastic boxes grow up like demented plastic corn around you? Does the man have an overwhelming desire to be the Squire of his very own plastic Toll Village? And since the family has avoided telling anyone anything, no one knows besides the obvious objective of financial motivation and gain what is going on, right?

Now, onto other things. First,  I thought I would mention in addition to my Save Crebilly Farm Page on Facebook, there is now a Neighbors for Crebilly Page on Facebook.  I know the people who started that page a little bit, one is a residential realtor in Chester County and her significant other who is a businessman  is no stranger to conservation and land deals. They are what a friend of mine would term simply as “good people”.  So that being said, while they are not neighbors in close proximity to Crebilly anymore than I am, they are smart people whose heart is with Crebilly….you can’t go wrong with that now, can you? Maybe give their page a like too please?

So while I am on the topic of neighbors, I know people in Westtown Township are upset about Crebilly, but they are not going to Westtown Meetings to discuss it with their Supervisors.  Supervisors might be local politicians, but they are also human beings and not clairvoyant.  People with actual standing, who live in Westtown, need to speak up now before it is too late to have a voice, any voice in the eventual outcome. And whomever started the latest petition should probably come forward as I assume they wish to present their petition to Westtown?

I get the need to have anonymity when voicing opinions on certain local topics, but whomever you are, you inspired me and others to raise our collective voices regarding Crebilly with your simple message to go with your petition:

Help join the cause to save Crebilly Farm, a prized open landscape that represents Chester County’s unique history and natural beauty. There are currently plans installed by real estate company Toll Brothers to develop the Crebilly property. If you oppose these plans, please show your support. Together we can preserve Chester County’s historical significance and natural integrity that are central to our community’s identity. Let’s keep our home an enjoyable place to live in.

Here are some of the comments left by petition signers:

I hope someone hears their pleas. Eloquent and simple.

I hope Westtown residents express themselves soon so their township hears from the residents in time.

I hope people from ALL over Chester County bombard the Chester County Commisisoners with phone calls, e-mails and letters over Crebilly and the state of development in Chester County in general.  It would be nice for example if they could tell us the taxpayers and residents of Chester County why it is that our county planning is headed up by a hired gun who does not even live in Chester County? Why is the Chester County Planning Commission led by Brian O’Leary who lives in super pro-development Lower Merion Township, used to be on their planning commission and accomplished nothing really to combat over development and sprawl during his tenure in Montgomery County? Why does a pro-development Auslander the best choice? Are there no qualified planners who reside in Chester County? Really?

Other Crebilly posts:

before crebilly gets developed westtown, let’s talk traffic

is it possible to STOP toll brothers from destroying crebilly farm in westtown? sadly, probably not. a love note to the chester county planning commission

Oh and one last thing. In order for Chester County Planning Commission to be as confusing as humanly possible they have split the survey they recently sent out into different sections. You can now take a survey on just certain sections like Preservation or Agriculture, for example.

I will note their original survey seems to be not load right (maybe it’s just me, not sure and it could be Survey Monkey which gets hung up if some thing is busy), so   FOLLOW THIS LINK. It will lead you to the split up sections page.

Carpe diem folks! Once places like Crebilly are gone, they are never coming back.  It is up to us collectively to step up and demand better.  Historic preservation, equine and agricultural preservation, meaningful open space preservation.

I would like to think when it comes to Crebilly, the ghosts of American Revolutionary War Soldiers would want us to speak up don’t you?  They died to keep our land free from invaders, right?

Thanks for stopping by.


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MAP: Halloween events, attractions across the Philadelphia region

Main Line Times - Mon, 2016-10-10 16:25
Halloween is just around the corner, and there are plenty of spooky — and some not-so-scary — events across the Philadelphia region to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve.
Categories: Lower Merion

Schuylkill River Trail Gets $3 Million Grant To Extend In Philadelphia

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 16:15
The nation's best trail is only improving.
Categories: Lower Merion

Natalie Portman Campaigns For Hillary Clinton In Ardmore Monday

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 15:21
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman was in Montgomery County and Philadelphia on Monday to campaign for Hillary Clinton.
Categories: Lower Merion

Have a great community event coming up, but don't have a huge marketing budget?

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 14:51
Don't worry, we've got you covered. Promote your event to get it featured in the daily newsletter and on your local Patch homepage.
Categories: Lower Merion

Sly Fox Brewing Donates $4,700 To The Schuylkill River Trail

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 14:28
Sly Fox's Schuylkill River Trail Ale was brewed to raise awareness and funds for the trail. It succeeded.
Categories: Lower Merion

Natalie Portman To Campaign For Clinton In Ardmore Today

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2016-10-10 14:12
Academy Award winner will be at Clinton's officer on Lancaster Avenue.
Categories: Lower Merion