In this week’s issue . . .

To Your Health:
SSCA’s First Wellness Fair Is March 24

By Louise Coffin

Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is sponsoring the first annual Senior Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Inn at Swarthmore, as part of the fulfillment of the Borough’s 2015 Aging-in-Place task force.

The mission of the task force was to improve the quality of life and reduce barriers faced by residents of Swarthmore who desire to remain in the Borough throughout their lives. The Wellness Fair, “Enhancing Senior Well-Being,” will include a number of speakers and panelists sharing their knowledge about the issues of growing older in Swarthmore, and focusing on the variety of resources available in our community.

The fair begins with a thought-provoking Keynote Presentation by Mary and Ken Gergen. “Positive Aging: Biases, Blessings and Blossomings” examines the concept of Positive Aging, to suggest how rethinking and reframing aging, and the aging process, can benefit both physical and emotional health. Mary Gergen, PhD, a social psychologist, and Professor Emerita at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on feminist theory and practice, and social construction. Ken Gergen, PhD, a Senior Research Professor and former Chair of the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College, is an internationally renowned scholar, whose research interests include the relational nature of constructed realities, and …

A select group of 40 singers from the Chester Children’s Chorus is among the performers presenting Mozart’s Requiem this Sunday at Lang Concert Hall. Photo by J. Hodgson.

Mozart’s ‘Requiem’:
A Community Mosaic

By Kirsten Halker-Kratz

Forty members of the Chester Children’s Chorus will be joined by singers of the Delaware Valley community and a full orchestra in performing Mozart’s Requiem at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 3 p.m. While seating is not assigned, reservations must be made at, or by calling the office at 610-328-8180.

Conducted by Dr. John Alston, the Chorus’s founder and artistic director, the concert is a culmination of a year of dedicated practice. Dr. Alston said: “With the support of accomplished and caring adults, our Chester children will sing one of the greatest works of Western culture with confidence, accuracy, and understanding.”

The Chester Children’s Chorus includes 130 boys and girls, age 8 to 18 years old, from the Chester Upland School District. The Chorus was founded in 1994 and is a division of Swarthmore College. More information on the Chester Children’s Chorus can be found at A free-will donation will be taken to support the program.

Stay in the Loop With Alerts

Did you feel stranded with too little information during the recent storm? Take a minute to sign up for the Swarthmore Borough and Delaware County free alert notification systems. Both will send messages by e-mail and/or text, with information ranging from road closures and Amber Alerts to changes to the recycling schedule. You can pick which information you’d like to receive.

To sign up for the Borough’s alert system, follow the prompts under the “Notify Me” button on the home page Borough website ( To sign up for County alerts, follow the prompts under “Delaware County Emergency Notification System” at the bottom of the home page of the County website (

Hedgerow Celebrates its 95th, and Toasts its Belle

Penelope Reed

On Friday evening, March 23, Hedgerow Theatre will celebrate its 95th anniversary with a Ball to honor its own Belle: Director Emeritus Penelope Reed, who was recently awarded a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award. Cocktail attire is the dress code for the event. Many of Penelope’s dearest friends and admirers from the worlds of Philadelphia philanthropy and theater will greet and celebrate her during the soiree on the 23rd at the Old Mill in Rose Valley.

Penelope has worked with thousands of theater professionals during a decades-long stage career. She has also worked with hundreds of Hedgerow resident fellows and thousands of students in Hedgerow’s acting classes and summer children’s camp. She is passionate about bringing theater and performance into the lives of younger students. As an active member of Media Rotary and, more recently, the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, …

John Crawford (facing)

Haven Wrestlers Break New Ground at States

Lee Holbert (right)

For the first time ever, Strath Haven High School sent two wrestlers to the PIAA class 3A state championships, which were held last weekend at Hershey. The two Haven wrestlers were among just four from Delaware County at the tournament.

John Crawford of Swarthmore and Lee Holbert of Rose Valley went to states based on their performance at district and regional championships, and claimed the first wins and first pins ever by Strath Haven wrestlers at the state level. Both wrestlers went 1-2 in the weekend’s matches, and coach Tony Gilliano said, “Both John and Lee were phenomenal. This is a testament to the hard work they put in, training almost all year round.” Wrestling at 285 pounds, Holbert had a record of 31-7, while Crawford was 31-10 in the 160 pound class.

Gilliano said Strath Haven “kind of flew under the radar,” even though the program has grown in his three years there, with 34 boys on the team during 2017-18 season. “We’re just beginning to create a tradition at Strath Haven.”

Library Closed

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be closed on Thursday, March 22.

Science is Truth, Right? Right??

At the March 21 meeting of the Swarthmore Discussion Group, Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Information Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss the challenges of communicating scientific truth to the media and the public.

Dr. Offit, a prolific and commended author of such books as Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is also a professor of Vaccinology and of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania …

What Is Islam in Russia?

Russia today is home to 20 million native Muslims and up to 4 million immigrant laborers from mainly Muslim Central Asia. Thus Islam has become an important component of Russia’s political and cultural landscape, with vast ideological diversity among Russian Muslims themselves.

On Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., Dominic Rubin, professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow will address these complexities in a talk “Between ISIS and Kadyrov: What Is Islam in Russia?” in the Scheuer Room of …

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From February 26 through March 11, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 32 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Ridley Township, and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including: unconscious person, medical alarm, syncopal episode, cardiac emergency, tachycardia, head injury, diabetic emergency, pediatric emergency, subject down, sick person, seizures, change in mental status, burn victim, choking, fracture, allergic reaction, laceration and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarms: One in Swarthmore on the 300 block of S. Chester Rd.; two in Nether Providence Twp. on the 100 block of Brookside Rd. and the 200 block of Hidden Acres Ln.

Building (Four alarms): One in Swarthmore on the 200 block of Haverford Ave. for a tree into the house as reported last week in the Swarthmorean; two in Nether Providence …

Wooster Chorus from The College of Wooster

Two Great Choruses in Concert This Week

Morehouse College Glee Club

Two highly acclaimed choral groups come to Swarthmore next week, performing on consecutive nights. On Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Swarthmore College hosts the Morehouse College Glee Club at Pearson Hall Theater of the Lang Performing Arts Center.

Under the direction of Morehouse Professor David Morrow, the 107 year-old Glee Club is the official choral group of Morehouse College, a men’s college that is part of the Atlanta University Center in Georgia. Their repertoire is wide-ranging, including Classical European vocal music, American Spirituals, and traditional folk songs from Africa. The Glee Club …

On Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 70 student musicians from the College of Wooster in Ohio, will perform at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in the final concert of the group’s 54th annual spring tour. Directed by Lisa Wong, the Wooster Chorus will present “Let My Love Be Heard,” an eclectic program of choral music that examines love through a personal and communal lens. Featuring …

Passover Seder at Ohev Shalom

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the Wallingford-Swarthmore community to share in its annual Second Night Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31. The traditional communal celebration of Passover begins at 5:30 p.m.

Customarily a two-night observance, the Seder provides attendees with a shared meal, traditional prayers, songs, and stories, providing a greater understanding of how ancient traditions and history inform contemporary life and our shared struggles. The Ohev Seder is open to all …

First Day of Spring Tour at Scott

Celebrate the first day of spring on Tuesday, March 20, with a noontime tour of the Scott Arboretum Grounds at Swarthmore College, led by Scott staff. Meet at noon at the Arboretum’s offices on College Avenue, wear good walking shoes, and plan to see an hour’s worth of spring blooms. Inclement weather will cancel the fun.

A variety of media including drawings, paintings and ceramics from WSSD students in grades kindergarten through 12th will be on display as part of the WSSD Select Exhibition opening at the Community Arts Center. A work by student Chrissie Fackenthall is pictured above.

CAC Opens WSSD Select Exhibition

On Sunday, March 18, the Community Arts Center hosts a reception from 2 to 4 mark the opening of the biennial select show of art from students in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. The show will hang in the Duke Gallery at CAC through April 28.

The show comprises drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculpture from WSSD students, chosen by Strath Haven High School art teacher Jennifer Rodgers and other art faculty in the District. Students in SHHS Honors Art program work with CAC’s exhibition committee to hand the works. Admission to the exhibition and the reception are free and open to all. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Register by April 16 to Vote in Primary Election

The last day to register to vote in the May 15 primary election is Monday, April 16. Delaware County residents who will be 18 or older on election day have several options:

• Visit the Voter Registration department page at
• Register in person at the Voter Registration Commission, in the lobby of the Delaware County Government Center, adjacent to the Delaware County Courthouse in Media. Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
• Obtain, complete, and return a voter registration form, available at all municipal buildings, libraries and Wine and Spirits Stores throughout the county.

Not sure you’re registered? Find out at

Further questions? Contact the Voter Registration Commission at 610-891-4659 or the TDD line at 610-891-4306. Absentee voting information and applications are at The deadline for absentee ballot applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, and a voted absentee ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. Note that these deadlines are not based on postmarks. The item must be delivered by the above date and time.

Scholarships Beckon to SHHS Seniors

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to Strath Haven High School seniors who will be attending college this fall. The scholarships are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Swarthmore and funds from the former Swarthmore Women’s Club. Interested students should visit the SHHS Guidance Department ASAP for an application. The deadline is April 1.

Applicants are must submit a one-page essay on the following topic: “Rotary’s primary goal is service to the community, whether local or global. Please describe how you have served the community while in high school and how you hope to serve the community in the future.”

Ballard Spahr Galactica Takes off at waR3house3

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon, candidate for the U.S. House from the new PA 5th District, will be among friends and supporters on Friday night, March 16, at waR3house3 in Swarthmore. They will include, the members of Ballard Spahr Galactica, the headlining band comprised of Scanlon’s colleagues at the law firm Ballard Spahr. These lawyers rock, including Ballard partner /Delaware County Controller/vocalist Joanne Phillips and associate/alt-rock band Blind Melon founder/guitarist Rogers Stevens of Swarthmore.

Get tickets on the mothership early with advance purchase through the Scanlon for Congress Facebook page, or make a contribution of $25 or more at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. Light fare will be provided, and you may BYOB. The following night on the waR3house stage Cajun/zydeco masters Lost Northern Tribe brings the party to Swarthmore for St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; BYOB, etc. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Gracie Rocks On at CAC

Charlie Gracie

Community Arts Center welcomes a legendary figure next Friday, March 23, when Charlie Gracie plays at Friday Night Live.

In a 60 year career that started with a 1957 chart topper in “Butterfly,” Charlie has never not been cool. One of the few living members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he remains an energetic singer, a stylish guitar player, a warm, personable entertainer, and an influence on some of the great performers of the past 6 decades.

His music will inspire visual artists Rinal Parikh and Georgi Gretzenberg as they paint at Friday Night Live. The work they create will be sold by silent auction during the evening. Light refreshments will be offered, and adults 21 and over can BYOB. Admission is $15 at the door ($10 for CAC members) for those 17 and up; no younger persons please.

Mad Poets Try Again

The Mad Poets Society’s monthly reading has been rescheduled to March 21 (due to snow on March 7). Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek are featured readers in the session beginning at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic session. The free reading is at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, in Wallingford.

SFoA Reception Reboot

The opening for the current Swarthmore Friends of the Arts exhibit in Borough Hall, “All Mixed Up,” has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The original March 2 opening was canceled due to inclement weather. The show presents the work of the Mixed Media Studio of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. Both the show and reception are free and open to the public.

Lecture on Charles Stephens
at Rose Valley Museum

“Charles Stephens, Earth Woman, and Wounded Face” — it’s not a band name, it’s the subject of a lecture by William Weirzbowski on Sunday, March 25, at Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley.

Stephens, an artist who with his wife Alice Barber was an early resident of the Lodge following its Arts & Crafts conversion by William Price, was fascinated with American Indian cultures, and amassed a large collection of artifacts. These include artworks and objects which tell the tales of the Mandan tribal families of Wounded Face and Earth Woman.

The lecture, presented by the Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society, begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Thunderbird Lodge is at 41 Rose Valley Road, with adjacent parking at the School in Rose Valley on School Lane. Tickets are $20 ($15 for RVMHS members) and are available online at and in limited number at the door. For more information, call 484-444-2961.

Got Eggs?

Easter is almost upon us – what better time to learn the art of Ukrainian egg decoration next Saturday, March 24 1 to 5 p.m. at the Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Avenue inn Swarthmorewood. The cost is $25 and includes all materials. Reserve a seat by calling 610-544-1215.

Chip In at Chipotle

Dine at Chipotle (801 Baltimore Pike in Springfield) on Sunday, March 18, and you’ll support the BookIt! 5k to benefit the Helen Kate Furness and Swarthmore Public Libraries. When you pick up food between 4 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, tell the cashier you support the cause, and BookIt will receive 50% of the proceeds.

Computer Basics and More at Schoolhouse

Do computers scare you? Adults of all ages are welcome to get help in two classes at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Make friends with technology in a basic computer class, which meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, at the Schoolhouse Center. Learn how to use the mouse, play games, search the internet, and more. The two classes are $25 for Schoolhouse members and $30 for others, If you wish to go a bit deeper, learn how to make files, move items, create documents, and other useful information. This class costs $15 for members/$20 for guests. To register or get further information, call 610-237-8100.

Briefly Noted . . .

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School held its first “SPNDS Night Out” at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford on Saturday night, March 10. Pictured are members of the fundraising committee and school parents (left to right): Jim Irey, Mary Kadlec, Tim Smith, Colleen Burkhart-Smith, Chris Wilson, Beth Rendin, Rinal Pirakh, Ruba Ahmed, Tayler Moots, Peggy Warren (chair), Angie Tseng, and Kerri Phipps. Not pictured: Alana Johnson and Jennifer Garfall. Rock band Love Seed Trio provided the dance music, featuring drummer (and SPNDS teacher) Paul Voshell.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School has been reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school has met the rigorous standards since 1996, and is pleased to have done so once again. SPNDS is now enrolling for its preschool and kindergarten complement programs.”

Last Saturday, 22 members of Cub Scout Pack 112 led by Cubmaster Andy Rennick visited the firehouse as the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association hosted a series of sessions on emergency preparedness. The fire department, police department and EMS team gave presentations to the boys on subjects ranging from fire safety to stranger awareness to calling 911. Dr. Kathryn Jones and the fire company’s Rich Cresson were instrumental in organizing and planning the event, which was fun and educational. Above (left to right,) SP&FD members Johnathan Cresson, Stephen Yavor, and Ray Devine talk with spellbound Cubs.

Letters to the Editor

Stop discriminating against autistic children

To the Editor:

Our son has high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Like many children with high-functioning ASD, our son has areas of uncommon skill, interest, and dedication. One of his was musical theatre.

In his young life, he’s performed in 18 different shows. Musical theatre was the one place in his life where he could be successful and be accepted. Last summer, our son was recruited by the Rose Valley Chorus & Orchestra for its production of The Mikado. He tried out just like anybody else. RVCO, which knew of his autism but judged him on skill alone, accepted him. Six weeks of rehearsal went by without incident. Our son worked hard and paid close attention. Because he is autistic, he knows that he can interpret language differently than others. So he asked questions of his fellow performers to make sure he had it right. No one ever told him that he was being disruptive.

Then, just two weeks before the show was to open, RVCO kicked our son out. They told us his “autistic behaviors” weren’t “working out.” By “autistic behaviors,” they meant “asking questions.” But no one had ever told him that his questions were distracting. No one ever said they were uncomfortable. RVCO didn’t bother to give our son that feedback. Why? RVCO assumed that because he’s autistic, our son can’t respond meaningfully to constructive criticism. RVCO was wrong. He can and does. But RVCO didn’t even give him a chance. Then, when it got too frustrated because he didn’t change “autistic behaviors” RVCO didn’t tell him to change, RVCO kicked him out.

This may not be a big deal to RVCO, but it is to us. Autistic children like our son face misunderstanding and frustration every day. They’re ridiculed and excluded because their brains process stimuli differently than most people’s brains. When children like our son can find success and belonging, it’s precious. Musical theatre was the one activity where our son knew he would always find success and be accepted. But since RVCO excluded him for “autistic behaviors” without warning, when we’ve asked him if he wants to audition for a show, he’s only given us one answer: “They’ll kick me out because I’m autistic.”

RVCO owes our son an apology. And it must stop its discrimination against autistic children.

Maria Deysher and Michael Heins
Garnet Valley

Streambank stable; native plants to come

To the Editor:

Thank you for your recent article and photograph publicizing Rose Valley’s streambank stabilization project. The project will stabilize 165 feet of streambank along the Ridley Creek, which will help to reduce the sediment loading in this important waterway. This was made possible by a grant under Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program. The grant was authored with the help and guidance of the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), and CRC is also managing the grant for the borough.

In addition, the grant includes funding for riparian buffer restoration in 2.5 acres along Ridley Creek that had been previously completely infested with Japanese knotweed. Volunteers will remove remaining invasive plant species — especially wineberry — in June, and the area will be replanted with 265 native trees and shrubs in the fall.

Anyone interested in helping out can talk with a member of the Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council at our native plant sale and spring work day during the morning of May 12 (rain date: May 19). The plant sale will be located behind the Old Mill at 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley.

Dave Firn
Rose Valley Borough Council

Letter to WSSD Board

The following letter was addressed to the Board of Directors of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.

Dear WSSD Board of Directors:

Swarthmore Borough Council would like to express its support for the “Resolution Against Arming Educators” passed by the Wallingford-Swarthmore Board of School Directors on February 26, 2018 in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We applaud your focus on safety and security improvements, and on efforts to address the mental health needs of our young people. We understand that Strath Haven High School will be offering educational assemblies on school safety to students, and that both high school and middle school students will be allowed to recognize and remember the shooting victims of Stoneman Douglas High School by walking out of class on March 14, 2018. We support these actions and your decision allowing the students to participate responsibly without repercussions.

Very truly yours,
David J. Creagan, President
Swarthmore Borough Council

Gloria Hamilton Obituary

Gloria Hamilton of Swarthmore died March 10, 2018 at her home. She was 91.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Samuel and Francis Radbill and lived in Lansdale before moving to her late residence 40 years ago.

Gloria was a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Girls and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Library Science from Drexel University. She was a self-employed medical editor and had previously worked for Merck.

Gloria was an avid knitter and had a love of books and reading, but most important was her devotion to her family.

She is survived by her sister Estelle Berley (David) and two nephews, Sam Berley (Patty) and Alex (Rebecca) Berley.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to The Swarthmore Public Library, 121 Park Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

Online condolences may be made at

Rev. Dr. Philip Ware Zebley Obituary

The Rev. Dr. Philip Zebley passed into eternal glory on March 9, 2018 at the Rydal Park Presbyterian retirement home in Rydal, Pa. He was born on May 25, 1931 in Appleton, Cecil County, Md., and raised on the family dairy farm. He graduated from Elkton High School in 1948 and attended the University of Delaware at Newark, majoring in agricultural sciences. In 1950, he transferred to Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., where he met Maryalice “Trig” (Moyer) Zebley, his cherished wife and life partner. Phil and Trig were married on June 25, 1954 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Mifflintown, Pa. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage together.

Phil graduated from Maryville College in 1952 with a B.A. in History. He then attended Western Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa., and graduated with the Master of Divinity in 1955. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on June 1, 1955 by Marion Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. He then faithfully served five Presbyterian congregations in Huntsville, Ohio, East Orange, N.J., Huntsville, Ala., Wilmington, Del., and Saranac Lake, N.Y., between 1955-78. In 1978, he served as an area counselor for the Presbyterian Major Mission Fund in southern Indiana and Illinois. From 1979-87, he was the Executive Presbyter of Grafton and Parkersburg Presbyteries in West Virginia. From 1987-1990, he served as the Executive Presbyter of Mackinac Presbytery in northern Michigan. From 1990-92, he served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Senecaville, Ohio.

He retired to “Morganwood” in 1991 and enjoyed twenty years in this vibrant community of retired Presbyterian pastors and mission workers located in Swarthmore, Pa., adjacent to Swarthmore College. Phil and Trig enjoyed much fellowship at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church. He also served as interim pastor of five congregations in the Philadelphia Presbytery during this time. In 2011, the Zebleys moved to the Rydal Park retirement home.

During his years of pastoring, Phil was also a lifelong student who worked diligently to earn a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1970, followed by a Doctorate in the Science of Theology (S.T.D.) at SFTS through distance learning and several summers in residence at San Anselmo, Calif. These three summers of study residence in Northern California are a beloved memory of the family. Phil was a lover of people and truly enjoyed engaging people in the communities he served. He was a leader in community service and an advocate for local and international missions. In Saranac Lake, N.Y., he worked to create a non-profit carpentry training program for Vietnam Veterans called “TIHI: Training in Home Improvement.” During his retirement years, he was very involved in Habitat for Humanity, International, serving both as a resident volunteer at the HFH headquarters in Americus, Ga., participating in a mission trip to Central America and serving as the office development and manager for Delaware County Habitat for Humanity between 1996-97. He loved reading, travel and was a consummate gardener.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Maryalice “Trig” Zebley; daughter Cosette (Tom) Kilfoyle and son Rev. Christian (Kay) Zebley; and eleven grandchildren: Matthew (Tania) Frieswyk, Nathan (Devon) Frieswyk, and Jonathan Frieswyk; Rebecca Kilfoyle and Samuel Kilfoyle; and Anna, Emma, Kristina, Isaiah, Abigail and Molly Zebley. Phil was predeceased by his brothers Edgar Zebley and Frank Zebley, and his eldest daughter Consquella (Zebley) Frieswyk.

A committal service for close friends and family was held at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10 a.m. A public memorial service will be held at later date and time to be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties at Condolences may be sent to Helweg and Rowland funeral home in Abington, Pa.,

Kathryn (Kate) Dwojeski Obituary

Kathryn (Kate) Dwojeski, beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law, Nana, and friend, passed away on February 21, 2018 at the age of 71.

Formerly of Ringtown, Pa., and Swarthmore, she most recently resided in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She spent her final days bathed in the love of family and friends near and far, and in the care of the wonderful staff at Jupiter Medical Center and Trustbridge hospice.

Kate graduated from Marywood College in 1968 and earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Villanova University in 1972. She began her career as librarian at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. She then stayed home for ten years to raise her daughters in Swarthmore, becoming very active in town organizations — most notably the Swarthmore Public Library and the Home and School Association.

She later worked as the librarian at Aronimink Elementary School and library coordinator for the Upper Darby School District, where she spent the last 25 years of her career.

Through this work, she was a positive influence on thousands of children. She was an avid reader and knitter, who willingly shared her passions with anyone interested in them.

Kate had spent the last four years bravely powering through treatments for ovarian cancer. Her family is very grateful to her for taking that on. Because she did, she got to know her three grandboys and make some wonderful memories.

Kate is survived by Len, her husband of 41 years; daughters Anne (Yvonne) of Medford, Mass., and Julia of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and three grandboys, Oliver and Lincoln of Medford, Mass., and Tremaine (aka Bubba) of Palm Beach Gardens.

If you wish to honor Kate, please donate to a library or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (

If you wish to continue her legacy, read to a child.

Gertrude Blood Seybold Obituary

Gertrude “Trudie” Seybold died peacefully at her daughter Patricia’s home in Boothbay, Maine, on March 1, 2018. Trudie had been a longtime Swarthmore resident and had been active in the Planned Parenthood Association, civil rights, and community politics. She was also an active member of the Swarthmore Quaker Monthly Meeting.

Trudie was married to John Warren Seybold for almost 68 years. He predeceased her in 2004 at the age of 88. Her only brother, Webster Blood, also predeceased her. Trudie was 100+1/2 years old at her death.

Trudie and John were founding members of the Swarthmore Co-op. They were involved with the Swarthmore Swim Club from its inception, and insisted that Jewish and black families were welcomed as members.

Trudie grew up in the Detroit area, and in Worcester, Mass. She attended the Bancroft School and was a graduate of Swarthmore College (class of 1939). After raising her children, she earned a Masters in Library Science from Drexel University.

As a teen, she would often travel on business with her uncle, Chet Seymour, who would drop her off in the morning in a new city, and pick her up at the end of the day. She loved exploring new places and learned to love libraries and public transportation.

Trudie and John became Quakers during their college years. The entire family spent 18 months volunteering at the American Friends Service Committee’s Quaker Center in Paris in 1960-1961. Trudie loved the time she spent in Paris. She studied French at the Sorbonne, learned the subway and bus systems, and enjoyed getting to know the city and traveling throughout Europe with her family.

After they returned from Paris, John founded Research on Computers for the Printing and Publishing Industries (ROCAPPI) — the world’s first computer typesetting company. Rocappi headquarters, at 1501 Baltimore Pike, drew a constant stream of visitors from all over the world to see the pioneering work it was doing.

Trudie and John moved to Cherry Hill, N.J., in 1968 after Rocappi was sold to Lehigh Press. They moved back to Rose Valley in 1972, and ran Seybold Publications, a newsletter publishing and consulting firm, first out of their basement in Rose Valley and then on State Street in Media. After John retired in 1989, they moved to the Quadrangle retirement community in Haverford. Trudie moved to Maine to live with her daughter in 2015.

She is survived by her three children: Jonathan (Santa Fe, N.M.), Andrew (Phoenix, Ariz.), and Patricia Seybold (Boothbay, Maine). She is also survived by four grandchildren: Andrew Seybold, Jr. (Kathleen, Ga.), Nancy Seybold (Washington, D.C.), Jesse Breuer (Billerica, Mass.), and Karen Sottile (Happy Valley, Ore.); and three great-grandchildren: Cornelia Seybold, Dorothy Seybold, and Everett Breuer. All of them loved her dearly and loved the time they were able to spend with her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory should be made to: Boothbay Region Health Center, 185 Townsend Ave., Suite R, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538, or at Trudie was instrumental in getting this new community health center up and running.

After the Storm (and Before the Next)

Swarthmore firefighters had a long weekend, starting early Friday with a call to Princeton and Haverford avenues.

Fire Department Answers the Bell
By Rich Cresson

At approximately 4:55 p.m. on Friday, March 2, Swarthmore Fire Dept. was dispatched to Haverford Ave. for a report of a tree falling into a house. Firefighters from Swarthmore and Garden City responded to find a tree had indeed knocked off the top of the home’s chimney, and grazing its rear portion. Hampered by high winds, falling snow and sleet, cold temperatures, and wet ground, firefighters raised ladders and extended hose lines to determine that fire had not spread to the home, and that the smoke condition within the structure emanated from the smoke rising from the fireplace.

This alarm was among many the fire department responded to during the March 2 storm. Firefighters were actively in service from mid-afternoon Friday until 10:30 p.m. that evening, and continued to be dispatched through Sunday evening to more than 20 separate incidents. Numerous trees downed power lines and utility poles, creating dangerous situations and closing many streets within Swarthmore.

Wolfgang Nadler took this picture as he walked around Swarthmore surveilling the destruction caused by the storm.

Patience, Up To a Point

A hundred year-old willow oak came down across a Rose Valley garden and swimming pool.

Borough Manager Jane Billings said that 96% of Swarthmore households were without electrical service at some point during the storm and aftermath. Most were restored within 24 hours, but as of Tuesday afternoon, a number of streets and blocks were still dark. “We didn’t hear many complaints from residents at first, but frustrations are mounting now.”

The good news (in the bad news) is that PECO has said that areas that wait the longest after last week’s winter storm will be given high priorities next time. The bad news is that, with another storm due to hit near Swarthmorean press time, “next time” may come before power has been restored from the first go-round. Billings participates in a daily conference call with PECO to update municipalities on outages and repair timetables. (Outage info is also available on a block by block basis at — search “outage map.”)

The family avoided injury when a tree fell on their Brookside Road home in Wallingford.

During the weekend storms, Swarthmore’s Public Works Department wasn’t as busy as you’d think, Billings said. “The trees that came down took wires with them, and that work is for PECO and its specialists.” Cuzzy Rowles and his colleagues were involved in setting up traffic barricades; clearing the streets of other tree debris, which was accepted at the Delaware County compost farm; and preparing for the next storm.

Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig returned early from a trip to Florida, and may have questioned his choice as winds came up and trees came down across the Philadelphia area. Though the chief was not on duty during the Friday storm, the borough police force was in good hands. Emergency call volume tripled over the norm, many concerning power lines down and closed roads. There were four motor vehicle collisions during the weekend, fortunately involving no serious injuries. Communications are more critical during emergencies, and can also be more complicated, Chief Craig said. “Please call 911 with your emergency, not our headquarters,” he urged, noting that when the phones and power are out, these calls will go unanswered. Before the power went out, the department did activate the emergency notice phone system to alert Swarthmore residents of the opening of a warming center.

A Mini was further minimized when a falling tree took down power lines on Providence Road at Broookhaven in Wallingford. The driver was reportedly trapped for several hours in the car. Photo: Jon Lichtenstein.

Call Forwarding in Nether

Nether Providence Township Manager Gary Cummings said that the township building was without power and phone service through Monday, but not disconnected from residents: “Assistant Township Manager Dave Grady arranged for the office lines to transfer to our cell phones.”

Incoming calls concerned power outages and their effects, Cummings said, and he was glad to be able to refer callers to warming centers including the Garden City firehouse and the YMCAs of Delaware County, where visitors were welcomed to use showers and wireless services, charge phones, and take a break from their chilly homes.

Despite gruesome-looking tree falls in the township, injuries were few, and township property seemed undamaged, Cummings said, Public works employees worked around the clock through the storm weekend, clearing and safeguarding roadways. As of Tuesday, March 6, many pockets of Nether Providence are without power, the highest concentration in the Pine Ridge neighborhood.

If a tree falls … S. Princeton Avenue. Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

… in a forest … Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

While at the Co-op . . .

Empty meat case at the Swarthmore Co-op. Photo: Pam Bartholomew.

Co-op member Kathleen Campbell of Wallingford volunteered to restock produce on Tuesday.

Mike from A.T. Samuels delivered the catch of the day to the Co-op loading dock Tuesday.

This week’s issue . . .

Swarthmore Borough Council:
Bright Lights in the Darkness
By Katie Crawford

The March 5th meeting of Borough Council came on the heels of an unexpectedly powerful and destructive storm the previous Friday night. As of Monday night’s meeting, roughly a third of the borough was still without power (including the homes of some council members). Council President David Creagan thanked the police department, the fire department, borough manager Jane Billings, and all of the borough employees for their tremendous efforts in responding to the storm.

Sarah Graden, reporting for the General Government Committee, discussed how the recent weather crisis inspired a conversation about how best to use social media as a means of communicating within the borough during emergencies and disasters. Council will continue to explore this issue.

During public comment, Aurora Winslade and her partner Seth Calderhead had the opportunity to explain their side of the ongoing story regarding the use of the large living space above their detached garage. Winslade had also sent a letter to council prior to the meeting with the intention of “clarifying factual misunderstandings of the property.”

The space in question was built and permitted in 1978 for the use of “family.” Accompanying Winslade were two of the current lodgers who she emotionally described as part of her extended family. She stressed that she chose Swarthmore as a …

What a Ride!

The Stoutland family joined dad Jeff on the field following the Eagles’ victory in Super Bowl LII (left to right): Jeff, Jake, Allison, and Madi.

One of the strengths of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this year, experts say, was the offensive line. Successful NFL teams involve a group that requires a certain combination of attributes. Individually, these men must be intelligent, assiduous, and enormous — don’t come around unless your height starts with a 6 and your weight starts with a 3, then spend years strengthening that body, learning and perfecting technique.

That’s the starting point. Then comes the tricky part: to work together intuitively in complex blocking schemes, these men must develop a cohesiveness which can’t be taught. But it can be cultivated, and Jeff Stoutland is getting a lot of the credit for cultivating the cohesion as well as the conditioning and the technique of the Eagles O-line. Stoutland, who lives with his family in Rose Valley, has for five years coached this group of gargantuan and good-hearted players. The family feeling among the linemen spreads beyond the Eagles complex in South Philly and into the Stoutlands’ home life.

Following a wild ride through the playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the Eagles victory parade through Philadelphia, the Swarthmorean spoke with Jeff and his wife Allison Jo Stoutland.

The Swarthmorean: Was the whole family on board for the playoff ride?
Allison: Yes. Madi is a junior at Millersville University, so she could come home. Jake is at Duquesne teaching. He came back to the playoff game and was hoping we would win and once we beat Minnesota, he had to get permission to stay an extra two weeks. He said he wasn’t going back until after the Super Bowl, and then after the parade.

Jeff: In the parade, we were on bus 12, the offensive line bus. We had a lot of fun.

Allison: The Super Bowl parade … I couldn’t have been on a better bus. I’m partial to offensive linemen, and we love those guys like they’re our own. The parade itself was amazing, but being on the bus with them made it even more wonderful. …

March into Spring Next Saturday

Spring comes a few day early this year, as the Hardy Plant Society puts on its 22nd annual March into Spring seminar on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured speakers include Perennial Diva Stephanie Cohen, Jerry Fritz of Linden Hill Gardens, author Barbara Ellis, horticulturist Chuck Hinkle, designer Sharee Solow, and Kirk Brown …

Prime Time Session on the Bus

Wallingford resident Tom Collins, co- founder of the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey and former director of scheduling for SEPTA, will talk on Tuesday, March 13, as part of the Prime Time Luncheon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. He will discuss the impact on bus transportation on the Philadelphia area, and about the collection in …

Haven Hoopsters Host Harlem Wizards

The Strath Haven Middle School Home and School Association sponsors the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District faculty basketball team, the Haven Hoopsters, in a matchup against the Harlem Wizards on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. The tilt is at Strath …

An American Classic at PCS

The Players Club of Swarthmore producation of The Member of the Wedding includes cast members (from l. to r.) Jackson Strine (John Henry), LeAnne J. Mangano (Berenice) and Emi Branes-Huff (Frankie).

Opening next weekend and running through March 31, the Players Club of Swarthmore presents The Member of the Wedding, from the novel by Carson McCullers. This American classic is directed here by PCS mainstay George Mulford, with a cast that features several local actors, young and older. Emi Branes-Huff of Wallingford plays 12-year-old tomboy Frankie, a troubled adolescent coming of age in a small southern town in 1945. Eternallly relevant, the show examines attitudes on race and sexual identity. Other leads are LeAnne J. Magnano of Claymont and Jackson Strine of Media. The cast includes Owen Burk and Ann Ramsey of Swarthmore, Kayla Strine of Media, Carrise Magnano of Chester, David Griffith of Boothwyn, Mark Ivan Branche and Nolan Maher of Philadelphia, and Madalyn DeFelice of West Chester. Ten performances are scheduled for Fridays, March 16, 23, and 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 17, 24, and 31, at 8 p.m., Sundays, March 18 and 25, at 2 p.m., and Thursdays, March 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Buy in advance and get information at or at the theater, 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.

How Does Your Water Taste?

Curious about the quality of your home water supply? Concerns often arise about the taste and quality of our drinking water, particularly during the winter months, when road salt enters our waterways. Consumers are also increasingly aware of issues such as disinfection byproducts, emerging contaminants and lead exposure. If you have questions about any of these topics, home treatment options or you would just like to increase your understanding of how our drinking water system works, please join Tracy Bouvette, executive director of the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, for a discussion on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Borough Hall. The event is sponsored by the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council.

Smartphone Course at Schoolhouse

It all looks so easy in the store, but when you get home, your iPhone or other smartphone can be baffling and frustrating. Help is at hand in the form of a two-hour class starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. The cost is $20 for Schoolhouse members and $25 for nonmembers. Call Kim for more information at 610-237-8100.

Jazz Alive in WSSD on Monday

Matthew Gallagher

Jazz is in bloom in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, flowering most fully next Monday, March 12, at the Strath Haven High School auditorium. Beginning at 7 p.m., WSSD Jazz Night will feature Strath Haven ensembles including the Strath Haven Middle School Basie and Ellington Jazz Bands, the Strath Haven High School Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Nonet, and Panther Jazz Band.

Strath Haven will also welcome and honor ace trumpeter Matthew Gallagher, who will spend the day working with SHHS students and will also be featured in the evening concert.

Mr. Gallagher is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits as a studio and live musician in the realms of pop, jazz, R&B, and classical. He is the principal trumpet player for The Philly Pops and Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, and is …

Spend Saturday Night Out with SPNDS

On Saturday, March 10, the Community Arts Center’s Duke Gallery turns into a rock club for the Night Out fundraiser for Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School. Get a sitter and get your tickets for the show, which features Paul Voshell and Rick Arzt of Love Seed Mama Jump and Johnny Phat of Mr. Greengenes. They’ll take the stage; you take to…

Choral Evensong at Trinity Sunday

All are welcome to a traditional Lenten service featuring choral evensong on Sunday, March 11, at 5 p.m. at Trinity Church in Swarthmore. The choir will sing pieces on the theme of “The Sorrows of Mary,” incorporating soloists Tracy Sturgis (soprano) and Paula Rivera (mezzo-soprano), and accompanied by a string ensemble. The public can join …

Swarthmore Gave Me My Serenity,
and My Profession

By Ann MacMullan

The Jeanses, yoga instructors.

Jeans Though I currently live in South Philly, Swarthmore is the town I’ll always call home. My family moved here in 1980, and I graduated from Strath Haven High School in 1988. Through some miracle, I eventually found myself working for Martha Stewart, with whom I won three Emmy awards as a television producer and collected a lifetime of experiences. Where else would I have glimpsed a rare ghost orchid blooming in the dank Florida swamp, while canoeing through alligator-infested waters? Or wrapped my arms around a two thousand-year old Brewer Spruce tree in the unending wilds of Oregon?

But after almost ten years of a fast-paced lifestyle, I fell apart. My panic attacks had become so frequent that I was diagnosed with panic disorder, and I lived in fear of another. Returning to the quiet of Swarthmore was crucial to restoring my health and well-being, as was discovering the tools of self-care. And yoga has been a transformative part of that journey.

I’ve explored yoga ever more deeply, receiving my teacher certification in 2015. It was a hard but rewarding process, one that required me to complete a service project. I was determined to bring yoga to the elderly, and chose the assisted living facility where my grandmother Ellie was living. At age 97, Ellie became one of our most active chair …

Scott Associates to Celebrate Spring,
and Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer

The Associates of Scott Arboretum hold their spring celebration on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lang Performing Arts Center of Swarthmore College. Paul W. Meyer will be honored with the Scott Medal and Award, and will deliver a speech about his passion for horticulture, commitment to sustainability, and explorations of the world in search of garden plants.

A champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow Mr. Meyer’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public, but register at 610-328-8025 or online at

Conservatory Classic Jazz Band at CAC

The Tri-State Jazz Society welcomes back the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band for this Sunday’s concert at Community Arts Center, at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The show begins at 2 p.m.; there are no reservations, but you can buy tickets at the door. Information:

Reading Groups at SPL

Did you know there are reading groups meeting three nights each month at the Swarthmore Public Library? Three groups meet on the third Monday at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the second Thursday at 2 p.m. To hook up with a group that works for you, call the library at 610-543-0436.

Candidates Forum Wednesday Night at Trinity

Moving the Needle: Indivisible Swarthmore presents a forum at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore on Wednesday, March 14, featuring two Democratic candidates for the party’s nomination as state senator in Pennsylvania’s 26th District.  Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney and Tanner Rouse of Upper Providence will discuss issues in the district and the state. All are invited to come and inform their decision in May’s primary election.  Democratic candidates Nina Ahmad (for Lieutenant Governor) and Jennifer O’Mara (for state assembly in the 161st district) will open with brief remark. The program begins at 8 pm., following a reception with refreshments at 7:30. Trinity is at College Avenue and Chester Road in Swarthmore.

March Madness Under Way at Tarble

NCAA Division III tournament basketball began last weekend, and Swarthmore College’s men’s team is already in the Sweet Sixteen. With two victories last weekend over New England College and Wesleyan, the Garnet won the right to host this weekend’s games at Tarble Pavilion in the college’s Field House. Swarthmore will play SUNY – Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9. In the other game that night at 5:30, Hamilton College will take on Springfield College. The winners of the Friday game will play each other Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Tarble. That game will determine the bracket’s representative in the Division III Final Four games, to be played next weekend in Salem, Va. Go Garnet!

Back to the ‘60s in Rose Valley

It’s not that far out, man … dig this: The Rose Valley Folk Variety Show Takes place next weekend, Friday, March 16, and Saturday the 17th. And you can share in the good vibes yourself as Folk members interpret the theme “Back to the ‘60’s — Feelin’ Groovy,” in song, dance and skits of a distinctly offbeat sort. The scene is happening next weekend at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane in Rose Valley. Admission is a 1960s-level $5 and includes beer, wine, pretzels and chips. Showtime is at 8, and doors open at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door while they last.

Fill a Hole in Your Landscape With a Street Tree

By Karol Bock

Trees are now available from Swarthmore Borough’s Tree Committee to borough residents who wish to plant a street tree this year, perhaps to replace a tree that has been lost. The ordering deadline is Monday, March 19, 2018. A limited number of trees is available.

Order forms are available at the Borough office or on the Borough’s website at The cost of a new tree is $125, including planting and mulching. Trees will be planted this spring as weather permits. For more information, please contact me at 484-472-8639.

Not to be planted under utility lines; require a curb strip greater than 5’ wide.

Acer rubrum — ‘Red Sunset’ — Red maples are common in the northeast U.S., and this is an exceptional cultivar for a street tree. It has a pyramidal to rounded outline reaching 40’ to 50’ at maturity. Autumn colors are brilliant orange and red.

Acer saccharum ‘Green Mountain’ — sugar maple — This large maple (60’ tall) is one of the most attractive trees for its scarlet fall color. This selection is one of the better maples for our area. This tree grows fast when young and needs plenty of room to mature.

Quercus nuttallii — Nuttall’s oak is a tree native to southeastern Pennsylvania and farther south. It has an irregular rounded crown at maturity and will reach 60’ tall. Leaves resemble pin or red oak. Autumn color is a showy red.

Suitable for planting under utility lines and in narrower curb strips (less than 5’ wide).

Carpinus carolina — American hornbeam or ironwood is a native tree that reaches 20’ to 30’ in height with a rounded outline. It has small to medium leaves that are dark green in summer changing to yellow, orange and scarlet in autumn. Older branches have an attractive winter look with a smooth gray, muscled looking bark.