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We're No. 3 in collisions with Bambi

Heron's Nest - Wed, 2017-10-04 06:54
Cheer up, early-morning drivers. It could be worse.

If you're like me and spend much of your pre-dawn commute dodging deer, as I did again this morning, needing to take evasive actions two different times to avoid mangling Bambi, this blog item is for you.

Be grateful you don't live in West Virginia.

According to a study done by State Farm Insurance, West Virginia tops the list of places where you are most likely to be involved in a car crash involving a deer.

The odds in West Virginia are 1 in 43. That's actually a little bit better than the numbers from 2016, when the odds were 1 in 41.

Pennsylvania checks in at No. 3 on the list, behind Montana. The odds here are Pennsylvania 1 in 67, that's up 5.8 percent from the year before.

Want to go somewhere where it's highly unlikely to hit a deer? Try Hawaii. The chances there are a miniscule 1 in 6,823. Good luck driving there.

Just in case you were wondering, those run-ins with our four-legged friends are not cheap. State Farm estimates average cost of such a collision will set you back $4,179. That's up from $3,995 the year before.

Be careful out there.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Elderly Montgomery County Man Goes Missing

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 18:30
He has medical issues which need to be addressed several times a week, police said. Have you seen this man?
Categories: Lower Merion

Philly Man Attacks Person At Berwyn SEPTA Bus Stop Monday: Police

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 17:04
The victim was waiting for a bus when a man attacked him. After the attack, the suspect got on a SEPTA bus and rode off, police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

500,000 Fatal Doses Of Fentanyl Seized In Montgomery County: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 15:51
Breaking: A kilogram of fentanyl was seized in the massive drug trafficking investigation, which took place over a period of several months.
Categories: Lower Merion

Ex Philly Judge Pleads Guilty To Democratic Primary Election Scheme: Feds

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 15:13
Jimmie Moore admitted to participating in a scheme involving his 2012 bid for a Democratic U.S. House of Representatives seat.
Categories: Lower Merion

Home 101: How to Tackle a Small Bathroom Remodel

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 13:31
Turning that half-bath into a whole lot more is easier than you think. [SPONSORED]
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The Ultimate Cleaning Service Cost Guide

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 13:13
This is how to get your house spick and span without lifting a finger — or breaking the bank. [SPONSORED]
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September Lower Merion Health Inspections: Hunan Restaurant, Robek's, Sam's Asian Cuisine, More

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:12
The Montgomery County Health Department inspected a several area establishments in September. Here's what they found.
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Teen In Critical Condition After Being Shocked On Lower Merion Train Tracks

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:07
The boy was listed in critical condition Monday night after suffering a severe head laceration and burns to his feet and hands.
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Hiring? Post On The Patch Jobs Board

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Tue, 2017-10-03 08:32
Did you know you can post your job opening on Patch?
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Let's talk about guns

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-03 08:20
We now know them simply by their name.




Fort Hood.

Isla Vista.


San Bernardino.


Now we stick another pin in the map.

Las Vegas.

During an outdoor country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip, a lunatic holed up in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel broke out a window and started raining bullets down on the crowd below.

Before he was done, Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant from Mesquite, Nevada, had killed 59 people and wounded another 521.

It is the single deadlinest mass shooting in U.S. history.

We are convulsed by the same horror we felt after each of these instances of mass carnage.

We recoil at that singular sound, that non-stop "pop-pop-pop" of bullets exiting an automatic weapon.

But maybe we should be convulsed by something else.

Maybe we should be convulsed by the knowledge that these things keep happening, and we do nothing to stop them.

This isn't about the Second Amendment.

That battle is over.

No one is going to take away anyone's right to own a firearm.

It simply is not going to happen. And maybe it shouldn't. That's an argument for another time.

What is not is a question that will haunt us - at least until the next mass shooting.

What exactly is the purpose of anyone having possession of the kind of firepower Paddock had stockpiled in that hotel room.

Why are we still talking about whether anyone needs to possess either a semi-automatic or automatic weapon capable of delivering the kind of mayhem rained down on those people who had gathered for a Jason Aldean concert to close out the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival.

I come at this discussion freely willing to make some confessions. I'm not a gun guy. I don't own one. Probably have not held or fired one since I put away my BB-gun as a kid.

I know that a lot of people are.

I'm not interested in taking away their rights.

What I'm interested in is not having to do these kinds of stories anymore.

So let's hear it. Why is it necessary for any individual to have this kind of weapon. Would a ban do any good anyhow? Or would people just get the guns illegally.

We've seen what happened.

We've heard the gunshots.

We've screamed; we've cried.

Now let's talk.

So that maybe - just maybe - this does not happen again.

Or at least not as casually as it now seems to be occurring.

More than anything, please let's not for a second think that this is somehow the new normal.

There is nothing normal about it.

Maybe that should be our first admission.
Categories: Pennsylvania

Rock's sad dirge: RIP, Tom Petty

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-03 07:40
Rock's sad dirge continues.

Don't ask me why, but of the dozens of rock shows I have seen in my life - including just about every major, iconic act - I never saw Tom Petty.

And no, I don't count watching that Super Bowl halftime show. I'm talking about in person.

That opportunity is now gone forever.

We have lost another of the rock gods of our youth.

Tom Petty, leader of The Heartbreakers, died yesterday after suffering a massive heart attack.

But it was not without a bit of mystery.

Believe me, as someone who does this for a living, it is the ONE inexcusable, unforgivable thing that you never want to do. Saying someone is dead when they in fact are not is a newsman's worst nightmare.

As I usually do, I posted to both Twitter and Facebook yesterday when word started to circulate that Petty had passed away.

Then something odd happened.

I kept checking our Associated Press wire for a story. And I waited. And I waited.

Turns out Tom was right after all.

"The waiting is the hardest part."

Finally, AP moved an advisory that indicated they were aware of some news reports that Petty had passe but had not yet been able to confirm.

Then came a couple of odd developments with the Los Angeles Police actually denying a report that they had been the source of a CBS-News story confirming Petty's passing.

Then it was announced that Petty had in fact suffered a massive cardiac arrest, but was on life support.

Finally, early this morning, confirmation came that Petty had died.

It is just the latest in the seeming unending string of death of the musical heroes of our youth.

For some reason, Petty always seemed to slip between the cracks when talking about the greats of rock music.

Then you stop and think about the songs.

"Free Fallin'."


"American Girl."


"Don't Do Me Like That."

Ironically enough, Petty and his band had just completed a 40th anniversary tour and openly indicated this was probably the end of the line in terms of his public performances.

"I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," he told Rolling Stone. "We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd liek to se as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road."

We were all going to be forever young.

We bought their albums - yes, the glory of vinyl. We went to their concerts. They were the soundtrack of our lives.

And now, seemingly one by one, they are being silenced.

But the music lives forever.

RIP, Tom Petty.

As always, thanks for the songs. \
Categories: Pennsylvania

A hero in Sharon Hill

Heron's Nest - Tue, 2017-10-03 07:06
On our editorial page today, we once again talk about the power of words.

One, in particular.

We caution that we too often overuse words - allowing them to lose their unique meaning.

Take the word hero, for example.

It means something very special.

Someone like Michael Reagan Jr.

In Sharon Hill, they paid homage to their own local hero.

We heartily concur.

You can read our editorial here.
Categories: Pennsylvania

end of an era: r.i.p. tom petty

Chester County Ramblings - Mon, 2017-10-02 17:38

Sadly overnight, the original news was confirmed.  Tom Petty is dead. Phil Heron confirmed it this morning in The Heron’s Nest.

Well, I won’t back down
No, I won’t back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won’t back down

No, I’ll stand my ground
Won’t be turned around
And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down

Gonna stand my ground

And I won’t back down
(I won’t back down)
Hey, baby, there ain’t no easy way out
(I won’t back down)
Hey, I will stand my ground


BEFORE: CRAZY UPDATE — Straight from La La Land.  Tom Petty isn’t dead? Or isn’t dead yet? YIKES…



Almost simultaneously one friend I went to college with another friend I know as an adult messaged me within minutes of the news that Tom Petty has just died. (See Rolling Stone.)

Driving home just now “I won’t back down” played on the radio.

If you are of a certain age, there are Tom Petty song memories and lots of people who loved him.

The Los Angeles Times had recently written an in depth article about him and his amazing body of work and a recent Hollywood Bowl concert.

RIP Tom Petty. Thanks for the music.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Norristown Man Gets Homicide Charge In Spring City Fatal Overdose: DA

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-02 16:30
The victim, 25, bought 12 bags of what he thought was heroin in Norristown. It turned out to be fentanyl, which is 50 times deadlier.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion HS Hockey To Play At Wells Fargo Center

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-02 15:50
The Lower Merion High School Ace hockey team will play on the Flyers' home ice Oct. 17. Learn how you can watch the game here.
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Delco Child Pornography Suspect Pleads Guilty

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-02 13:56
The 71-year-old man is free on 10 percent of $75,000 bail ahead of his January 2018 sentencing, court records show.
Categories: Lower Merion


Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Mon, 2017-10-02 12:37
There is no early warning system for American victims of gun violence.
Categories: Lower Merion