First Friday, December 1

Occasionally Yours
10 Park Avenue, last seating at 7 p.m. Occasionally Yours will be offering jumbo lump crab cakes with roasted red pepper sauce, along with assorted pasta with homemade sauces. Entrees include salad, roll, and vegetable. BYOB. Children’s portions available.

Breathe Om Yoga at Wellness on Park
100 Park Avenue, 7-8:30 p.m. Begin the holiday season with an uplifting candlelit Yin Yoga practice. Afterwards, choose a gift for your favorite yogi. Contact Donna to register at $15.

Houseplant Hospital
7B Chester Road, 6 p.m. to closing. BYO junk mail or holiday catalogs and make recycled holiday garlands!

Aria Mediterranean Cuisine
405 Dartmouth Avenue, 6-8 p.m. Last Chance will be performing at Aria Mediterranean Cuisine. They are the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback, performing original music in the style of contemporary folk-roots fusion and bluegrass.

Hobbs Coffee
1 Park Avenue, 6:30ish. Parsons Bakery, a benefit for Friends of Ryan Veterinary Hospital.

Swarthmore Co-op
341 Dartmouth Avenue, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Are you ready for some trivia fun? It’s Quizzo night, so gather a team, grab some drinks, and see you there! BYOB if 21+. Light table snacks will be provided and an awesome prize for the winners.

This week’s issue. . .

Kindergarteners serve Friday’s meal of tomato soup, cornbread, and salad.

Farm to Desk Dining in Rose Valley

It’s lunchtime at the School in Rose Valley, and about 100 students prepare to share a meal with their classmates. Kindergarteners ladle tomato soup into bowls for one another. A 3rd grader tells her class that white beans make this soup “thicker than traditional recipes.” Upperclassmen bustle to and from the kitchen with salads, tableware and drinks.

Lunch is not so much a break from learning as a continuation of it at this progressive school, where food awareness has become an increased area of focus, integrating many areas of knowledge into each school day for students from kindergarten through 6th grade.

“We’ve had family style lunches here forever; it’s an important part of our identity,” said SRV Head of School Rod Stanton. “Serving and eating lunch together teaches social and emotional skills as well as responsibility and interdependence.” But the cost of food and a full-time lunch chef make the program an expensive component of the tuition, and Stanton said that when he arrived at SRV two-plus years ago, the lunch plan was at a crossroads. “We could cancel it, or we could go all-in.”

After extensive conversations with teachers, parents, students, and alumni, Stanton decided that SRV would go all-in. “I got a sense…

Go Green at Scott Arboretum Holiday Sale

Choose the perfect wreath, winter berries, greens, and other holiday decorations at the Scott Arboretum holiday sale December 2. Photo by D. Mattis.

The best holiday decorations start with the freshest greens, and nowhere will you find a fresher, more varied array of locally collected natural foliage and accents than at the annual Scott Arboretum Selections Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2, at Scott’s Wister Center on the Swarthmore College campus.

Long-lasting, well-made wreaths designed by Scott volunteers and staff are available for purchase, as well as the materials to make your own..

Entrance is free to this family affair. In addition to the greens sale, your gang can roast marshmallows over the fire, warm up with hot cider, hot chocolate and snacks; create nature crafts and take in kids’ storytime at 1:15 p.m.; get holiday decorating inspiration from experts, and get a start on gift shopping with unique gifts and plants. A special “Berries and Bark” Garden tour of the arboretum…

YPTW Presents A-Plus Staging
of ‘Schoolhouse Rock Jr.’

t’s back to school next weekend for cast members of YPTW’s Schoolhouse Rock Jr., including (back row, l. to r.): Miranda Graves of Swarthmore, Anna Mannix of Springfield, Ellie Gordon of Media and Natalie Caputo of Swarthmore, and (front row, l. to r.): Joe Perullo of Swarthmore, Will Rubin and Rodrigo Perez-Gasiba of Media.

Young People’s Theatre Workshop, celebrating its 40th year, is presenting the delightfully educational musical Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. on December 1 and 2 at (where else?) Swarthmore-Rutledge School on College Avenue in Swarthmore.

The cast is comprised of 50 YPTW members in grades 2 through 8. Over the course of four weekends of vigorous rehearsal, the cast and crew has put together a toe-tapping production that will instruct and entertain. Songs which may be familiar from the beloved Saturday morning cartoon series include “Unpack your Adjectives,” “Interplanet Janet,” “I’m Just a Bill,” and …

Catch ‘Little Mermaid’ at PCS through December 9

Ben Long and Stacy DiCandilo star as Prince Eric and Ariel in the Players Club’s production of The Little Mermaid. Photo by Renee Grant.

The Players Club of Swarthmore makes a splash with the Disney family musical The Little Mermaid, which opens Friday, November 24, for 12 performances at PCS, 614 Fairview Ave. in Swarthmore.

Ryan Stone directs the action in the magical undersea kingdom, where Ariel (Stacy DiCandilo, Springfield), longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy King Triton (Richard Johnson, Secane), her father and king of all the sea, escape the clutches of Ursula (Shelli Haynes Ezold, Havertown), the evil sea witch, and convince Prince Eric (Ben Long, …

Undergraduates and Inmates Turn Pedagogy
Inside-Out at Chester Prison

By Lisa Shen

Professor Keith Reeves with students in an Inside-Out program during a prior semester. Photo credit: Laurence Kesterson, Swarthmore College Photographer.

Revolutionary both in the composition of the class and the challenges it makes to orthodox approaches to criminal justice, a Swarthmore College course this fall has afforded undergraduates the opportunity to learn from and learn with inmates at the Chester State Correctional Institution (SCI.) In Professor Keith Reeves’s “Politics of Punishment” class, 15 Swarthmore students attend classes at the SCI alongside 15 inmates. Together, the carefully chosen participants in this course — part of the “Inside-Out” exchange program founded in Philadelphia 20 years ago — examine the extensive racial and class disparities in the criminal justice system, and question the standard narrative …

Preview and Shop Handcrafted Holiday Sale
at CAC Party November 30

Community Arts Center and The Potters Guild will transform the Duke Gallery at CAC into a holiday gift market featuring one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of fine craft and pottery for the annual Holiday Sale.

A day before the opening of the annual Handcrafted Holiday Sale at Wallingford’s Community Arts Center, guests can preview and shop the sale inventory during a preview party on Thursday, November 30, in CAC’s Duke Gallery at 414 Plush Mill Road. The party, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., is open to all, offering light refreshments, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, live piano music by Jeff Knoettner, and a performance by Media Chamber Chorale, all for a $5 admission fee. From December 1 through 9, the artisan market will feature one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of fine craft and pottery created by 30 members of the Potters Guild and 30 others among the region’s finest artists in a festive holiday atmosphere. From Monday, December 4, through …

Anna Bruno Makes a Splash in Whitewater
By Andrea Bruno

Anna Bruno performing a “Helix.”

The biggest event of the year in freestyle whitewater starts Monday, November 27, in San Juan, Argentina, where the top playboaters from around the world will gather to compete, performing moves and tricks like those done by snowboarders, surfers or skaters (spins, aerial loops, flips, and turns) in a feature called a hole where the water pours over a drop and recirculates back upstream. Dozens of events at White Water Park on Rio San Juan, downstream of the Ullum dam, will be live streamed through December 2 at

One of these international paddlers is my daughter, Swarthmore native Anna Bruno. Anna’s dream of becoming part of the U.S. Whitewater Team began 10 years ago when a group of whitewater kayaking friends encouraged her to participate in the U.S. team trials in Colorado. Although her efforts were valiant, she knew she had a lot of work to do to …

A Classic Carol, Played with Perfect Pitch

Community members join professional actors in the cast of Hedgerow Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

On November 24, Hedgerow Theatre opens one of our area’s most cherished holiday gifts with its 25th annual staging of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

A Christmas Carol is a timeless story of the redemption of a man to his better self — we choose to shut ourselves off from our humanity, and we can choose to embrace it,” said adaptor and director Jared Reed.

Professional actors are joined by community members, creating an ensemble that expresses the joy and fellow-feeling of the season in Hedgerow’s Dickens-era grist mill theatre, making for a warm and memorable experience. “Hedgerow prides itself on telling great stories and bringing …

Remember Home for the Holidays
Next Saturday!

Swarthmore’s annual Home for the Holidays celebration comes around next Saturday, December 2, with all the joy you remember, and a new race to kick off the day.

The Santa 5K run (costumes encouraged) goes off at 8:45 a.m. in its first ever tour of the borough (no doubt scouting routes for present delivery). Santa himself returns aboard the Polar Express in the evening, leading a festive ramble.

From 2:30 in the afternoon into the evening, enjoy games and readings, music and dance, arts and crafts, food and drink, and carriage rides.

Register for the run and book carriage rides in advance through, where you’ll find the lowdown on all the festivities.

Crum Woods & Creek Restoration Meeting Dec. 5

The Crum Woods Stewardship Committee invites all neighbors and interested parties to a discussion on Tuesday, December 5, of the 10-Year Crum Woods and Crum Creek Restoration Plan prepared by Applied Ecological Services.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Cunniff Hall, Science Center 199 on the Swarthmore College campus. Committee co-chairs Jeff Jabco and Liz Nichols will introduce the …

On the Mariner East 2 Pipeline

George Alexander

Next Sunday, December 3, concerned neighbors of Sunoco’s planned natural gas pipeline will air their knowledge and opinions of the company and its project at Swarthmore Friends Meeting House, 12 Whittier Place. The talk is entitled “The Mariner East 2 pipeline: how it came to be, why it is so bad, and what we can do about it.”

Media resident and Swarthmore Friends Meeting member George Alexander will present background based on his investigations of the pipeline and Sunoco’s conduct in environmental and safety matters in Pa. Rich and …

Hometown Collective Fine Craft Show

What better way to make the holidays warmer than by shopping locally, and supporting local crafters? Next Saturday, December 2, Providence Friends Meeting House hosts the Hometown Collective Fine Craft Show, a holiday show and sale representing the unique and affordable creations of some of the Delaware County area’s most accomplished crafters.

You’ll find art quilts, metal sculpture, wooden furniture, baskets, jewelry, pottery, and other artisanal works. Admission (along with a raffle ticket) is free to the show, which runs …

Furness Library To Host Author Talks In December

Local authors Annabel Annuo Liu and David Komarnicki will discuss and read from their works in separate talks at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in early December. To register for either or both of these free talks, sign up at the front desk or call HKF at 610-566-9331.

Annabel Liu speaks at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 5, at the library. The Shanghai-born writer is a bilingual author of literary essays, short stories, a novel, and three memoirs, the third of which is her latest effort, When Chopsticks Meet Apple Pie: Cross-cultural Musings on Life, Family, and Apple Pie.

David Komarnicki’s book Five Stars in the Window: Growing Up During World War Two recounts his childhood as one of ten siblings in Chester, Pa. His talk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the Library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Schoolhouse Offers Safe Holiday Shopping Course

The internet can be a scary place, but you can learn to shop safely at home with tips and website intel, to be shared at a course from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, at Schoolhouse Center in Folsom. The cost for Schoolhouse members is $17; it’s …

Few Questions for Mary Walk, Swarthmorean and recently elected Delaware County Register of Wills:

Did you like campaigning, and did you expect to win?
On the morning of the election it crossed my mind that we could win. I knew I had done everything I could. I loved the campaign; we were all over the county, and I got to meet a lot of great people.

What was impetus for you to become a candidate?
I was asked to run. I thought it sounded interesting, I had time to do it, and I said yes at a very fortunate time. Delco has been under Republican rule for more than 100 years, and I ran with a slate of people who are what I hope will be the first wave of Dems in county office.

How did your career prepare you for the job functions of Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans Court? The Register of Wills must be …

Briefly Noted . . .

Last week one of the afternoon classes from Swarthmore Friends Nursery School had the pleasure of visiting the Swarthmore College List Gallery to view the work of Donald Teskey. The gallery director, Andrea Packard, talked to our children about Mr. Teskey’s work, and how he created his paintings. The children then sketched their favorite piece, and later in the week created their own landscapes, emulating the style of Donald Teskey. The photo attached shows some of the children listening to Ms. Packard’s description of the work. Parent, Quincy Carpenter, arranged the tour.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has awarded Michael Petrie of Swarthmore the organization’s highest honor, the PHS Distinguished Achievement Award. Michael may be best known for his wildly beautiful and unconventional award-winning exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show, many of which have won Best in Show. In 2017, after 22 consecutive years and many ribbons and awards, Michael retired as a main exhibitor at the Flower Show. This award recognizes Michael for his many years of devotion to the Philadelphia Flower Show, for the mentorship and guidance he has provided to other exhibitors, and for his success in delighting the millions of Flower Show visitors who have been educated and inspired by his work.

Joy Clauss of Wallingford, chairperson of The Nether Providence Shade Tree Commission (STC) reports that eight bare root shade trees, supplied by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, were planted in four area parks on Saturday, November 18. Nether Providence personnel delivered the trees and helped with the heavy lifting parts of the project. Also participating were STC members Tyler Bozzuto and Lisa Jacobs, and Cub Scout Pack 145, along with their parents. The STC members dug the holes and situated the trees in place. Then the scouts with the help of their parents filled in the holes and topped off each with black mulch, spread by the children’s little hands. You may visit the trees at Summit School, Wilson Park, Sapovits Park, and Bullen’s Lane Park. Joy remarked, “A great learning experience was enjoyed by all.”

Letters to the Editor

Distilling the truth

To the Editor:

The Biddle Riddle. It appears to me, that selling beer (or even wine) in the Co-op would not violate the terms of the Biddle Tract covenant.

Pennsylvania Statutes Title 47 P.S. Liquor § 1-102, define a “liquor” as “any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented or other alcoholic beverage, powdered alcohol, or combination of liquors and mixed liquor a part of which is spirituous, vinous, fermented or otherwise alcoholic … except pure ethyl alcohol and malt or brewed beverages.”

The last exclusion refers to “any beer, lager beer, ale, porter … alcoholic cider and mead.” The statutes do not define “spirituous,” but the universal dictionary definition of that is: “containing or impregnated with alcohol obtained by distillation of spirituous liquors.” The statutory definition of wine is “liquor which is fermented from grapes and other fruits” without addition of “alcohol derived from malt, grain, cereal, molasses or cactus [sic].”

So, neither wine nor beer are “spirituous liquors” within the meaning of the term in the Commonwealth.

Tony Addison

The wonderful Fetter concerts

To the Editor:

Just a short note to remind everyone that the the wonderful (and wonderfully free) Fetter Concert Series has started again at Lang Hall. (This hall is named for Eugene Lang ’38, and not, as someone whispered, Lang Lang.)

On Friday, November 17, we heard a diverse program including Festak Variations by Branch Freeman ’20, a scintillating and humorous set of variations, excerpts from Samuel Barber’s little heard Souvenir Suite for two pianos with a set of three rotating pianists, along with Brahms, Dvorak, and Gospel selections.

The next Fetter Concert is Friday, December 1st. Consult the Swarthmorean and the College website for these and other College concerts.

Bob Small

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Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board:
Grass May Be Greener at WES
By Katie Crawford

Grass and data dominated the two-plus hour meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board on Monday night, November 13. The main draw for most members of the audience was the condition of the Wallingford Elementary School play field. Before its recent renovation, WES had 1.1 acres of green space available for play. Post-renovation, opens space was reduced to .52 acres, of which just .43 acres are usable. By comparison, Swarthmore-Rutledge School has roughly four acres of green space, and Nether Providence Elementary has roughly three acres. Under intensive use of this space by the approximately 515 WES students, the land has deteriorated, unearthing rock in some places and, according to principal Josh Peterkin, rendering the field unusable for as much as 40 percent of the year due to persistent muddy conditions. Unfortunately, as noted by board President Dr. Robert Sonntag (who phoned in), it is “a tough problem with no perfect solution.”

Nick Cirilli of Cirilli Associates Inc. was on hand to talk about potential approaches to …

Mr. Fantozzi’s class of 2015-16 with author Judy Schachner.

Forward Thinking at WES

Two years ago, Swarthmorean and author Judy Schachner made a special visit to the Wallingford Elementary School and the classroom of teacher Dan Fantozzi. Schachner interacted with Mr. Fantozzi’s 3rd grade class in a unique way, encouraging them all to make their own individual artistic thinking caps. To all of their surprise, Judy Schachner wrote and illustrated a storybook based on her visit to their classroom that day, which has just been published as Sarabella’s Thinking Cap. Sponsored by Children’s Book World …

Back Luck, Then Good, as WWII Ends

Second Lieutenant Harry McCallister (standing on left) with the crew of the B-17 G “Always Available,” which would be shot down on April 9, 1945.

Seventy-two Veterans Days have passed since Swarthmorean Harry McCallister flew his last bombing run as a U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant and copilot of the Boeing B-17G “Always Available.” The story of that flight on April 9, 1945 — and of Harry’s subsequent return to the German towns he revisited 60 years later — is told in McCallister’s Last Mission, published in 2004 by German author Bernard Rodig (and available through Amazon). But nobody tells it like Harry, who spun the yarn for us earlier this year at the Swarthmorean office. Stop by Harry’s table at Occasionally Yours for breakfast on a weekday morning for some details (and words) we had to edit out of the version below.

“In April of 1945, at very end of the war, there were so damn few targets left. They sent airplanes from England over there to try to get rid of three oil tanks. They really went after Hitler’s oil, that’s what really killed them. (This mission was directed at the Schleissheim …

Small Business, Big Deal
in Swarthmore Next Saturday

Next Saturday, November 25, 16 downtown Swarthmore merchants and businesses band together to help kick off the holiday shopping season for even the most “Bah — Humbug” reader.

The antidote to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday offers you the good feeling of shopping locally, with merchants you know, in a relaxed setting … and the excitement of good deals and special promotions. Shop early (Swarthmore Hardware and Vicky’s Place open at 7 a.m.), shop late (H.O.M. is open till 9 p.m. and Renato’s Pizza till midnight), shop often, with discounts, sales, and giveaways. Make sure to stop in to waR3house3 between 1 and 3 p.m. for free giftwrapping of all your purchases from the Ville, featuring a familiar and timeless black & white wrapping paper.

Stop in to Swarthmore businesses this coming week for the Small Business Saturday menu, then save November 25 to get your holiday shopping off to a lively, local, and sustainable start.

Journeys in Color at Borough Hall

Just opened at Swarthmore Borough Hall is “Journeys in Color,” an exhibition of paintings by Leslie Gerhart of Media. Swarthmore Friends of the Arts sponsors the show and hosts a reception with the artist on Friday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Originally a watercolorist inspired by the flowers in her garden, Gerhart became a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her recent work using oil pastels and other media tends towards abstraction and exploration of color and texture dynamics. Swarthmore Borough Hall is located at 121 Park Avenue. The show is open during regular hours …

Holiday Hours for Libraries

On Wednesday, November 22, the Swarthmore Public Library will close at 1 p.m., and the Helen Kate Furness Free Library will close at 5 p.m. Both will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Wind Power at Lang

Swarthmore College’s Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert this Saturday, November 18, at the college’s Lang Concert Hall. The centerpiece of the program is Lincolnshire Posy, Percy Grainger’s musing on and melding of English folk songs. Along with …

Friday Night Live, Tonight

The Midnighters are joined by the Cornerstones on stage at CAC’s Friday Night Live on November 17.

Community Arts Center kicks off the holiday season this Friday, November 17, with fall’s final Friday Night Live. The multimedia arts happening will feature two bands playing acoustic Americana, while two American artists create visual art in CAC’s Duke Gallery. The bands feature well-known local players Brian Kors and Jake L’Armand (the Midnighters) and Jay Popky, Will Paynter, and Stacy Weathers (the Cornerstones), playing acoustic roots, blues, and jazz, in sets beginning soon after doors open …

Art Speaks, Finally, at Media Fellowship House

Media Fellowship House concludes its 6-part “Art Speaks” series of forums on Tuesday, November 28, at the house at 302 S. Jackson Street. The forum discussion is informed and inspired by a painting by Delaware County artist George Rothacker, who will moderate the talk. His work “Social Conflicts in America: Gay Rights” is one of six paintings …

Slavic Christmas Luncheon with St. Nicholas

Come get a new look at St. Nicholas and experience a Slavic Christmas luncheon on Sunday, December 3, at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church. The luncheon begins at noon, immediately following the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy; the service and meal are open to all. Traditional Slavic food abounds, including ham, kielbasa with sauerkraut, pierogis …

If It’s Fit to Read, It’s Fit to Print

Trigger warning: Sustainability advocates who long for reduced dependence on paper may feel some discomfort while reading this piece, which is all about dependence on paper. Lots of paper. But there is recycling involved…

Kathy Taylor is imprinted with the newspaper habit.

Wednesday is recycling day in our neck of the Wallingford woods. Tuesday evening we scurry around the kitchen gathering up the goods to go in the big green container we wheel down to the end of the drive. We have the usual stuff: Prego jars for my “homemade” spaghetti sauce, 8 ounce plastic containers that held whitefish salad from the Co-op, large hinged containers once filled with Caesar salad from 320 Market, an empty bottle (or two) of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

But newspapers, by far, make up the bulk of our recycling. Jon and I love newspapers – real newspapers we hold in our hands. The New York Times, including the Sunday edition. The Philadelphia Inquirer with its comics. The salmon shades of the weekend edition of the Financial Times. The weekly Cape Codder that keeps …

Freedom Songs from Underground

On Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. Swarthmore Public Library will sponsor “Songs of the Underground Railroad, and What They Meant,” an evening with the music of struggle and hope. Delaware County Historian Nancy Webster speaks on the oral and artistic history of a crucial movement in this exciting presentation at the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall. Webster has substantial credibility — professionally as …

Media Chamber Chorale Sets Concert Schedule

A fixture in the holiday arts calendar is set, and the Media Chamber Chorale will sing its annual holiday concert program twice in December, featuring Bach’s Magnificat and other seasonal selections. The culmination of months of rehearsal by the chorus, the holiday concerts will be presented at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., with an afternoon performance at 3 p.m. the next day at …

Briefly Noted. . .

Two weeks ago, the Chester Office of Workforce Development hosted a luncheon to recognize “WorkReady Chester” and its 10 student interns from summer 2017, along with program partners and corporate sponsors. Photo slide presentations, facilitated by Dr. Patricia Williams Diaw of Swarthmore, Director of Two Smiles for a Child LLC, showcased the interns and professional development training which took place during the six-week summer program. Awards and Certificates of Recognition were provided to the interns and the corporate sponsors of “WorkReady Chester” for their contributions to the 2017 summer program. From left to right: Chester Councilman William T. Morgan, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Councilwoman Elizabeth O. Williams, Chester Workforce Coordinator Eric D. Bayne, Swarthmore Rotarian Anne Hansen, Swarthmore Rotarian Hillard Pouncy, Two Smiles for a Child Director Dr. Patricia Williams Diaw, and Councilman William A. Jacobs.

In late September, firefighters and family members of the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association participated in the Towers 2 Tunnel 5K Run, sponsored annually by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001. The foundation also honors military and first responders who continue to serve our nation and are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. Ready to race from the Battery Tunnel to the 9/11 Memorial are (l to r): Firefighter Dave Sacker, his daughter Catherine Coats, Chief Rob Ranson, his daughter Emily Ranson and son Robbie Ranson. The Swarthmore contingent raised $850 for the foundation in 2017, this sixth year of participation. Photo by Dave Sacker.

The Rotary Club of Swarthmore was strongly represented among more than 300 Rotarians from Districts 7450 and 7460 at an event at Springfield Country Club celebrating “30 Years of Women in Rotary.” Among six honorees from District 7450, RCS member Anne Hansen of White Horse Village was given an award in recognition of her work in education on behalf of Rotary and its beneficiaries. Anne was also among six members the Swarthmore club honored for their long service, along with Ann Seidman, Putty Willetts, Betty Ann Flynn, Gladys Snively, and Penelope Reed. Perri Ann Evanson, who sent this photo, said, “The Rotary Club of Swarthmore is currently 42% women — which I find amazing, since when I joined there were fewer than a half dozen.”

Letters to the Editor

Scout wreaths on sale soon

To the Editor:

With the holidays coming up quickly, Swarthmore Troop 112 will be conducting their annual wreath sale again. The wreaths are expected soon, and the boys will be in the neighborhood selling them after Thanksgiving, door to door and in the town center.

This fundraiser helps the troop purchase gear and participate in outdoor activities throughout the year. Over the past year the troop has gone skiing, camping, backpacking, to the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, to summer camp in the Poconos, whitewater rafting, camping at Hershey Park, and on many more fun activities.

The wreath sale helps the boys raise funds to help cover part of the cost of these activities. The generous support of the community is greatly appreciated, as always.

The 20” wreaths are being sold for $16 each, and can be purchased from the scouts as they sell them or by contacting the troop at

Kevin Connell
Troop 112 Treasurer

SPL Books $9K from sale

To the Editor:

The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library wishes to thank everyone who helped to make our recent Fall Book & Bake Sale a roaring success! With hard work, enthusiasm, great community participation and many hands, we were able to raise $9,081 for the library, which it will use for its ongoing programming, collection development, outreach and other expenses. The books brought in $8,265, and the delicious baked goods brought in $816.

Thanking individuals by name is not possible — there were far too many in our generous community who helped, by donating books and other items, helping to sort, price and display them, contributing home-baked treats, collecting money, publicizing the event, and participating in set-up and clean-up. If you did any of these things, please give yourself a big pat on the back and know that your efforts are appreciated greatly by the library and the Friends. And if you shopped, thanks as well, for supporting the library with your purchases.

One name, however, we simply must mention, that of Bern Rehberg, who offered his long-standing expertise and experience to our efforts, with hard work, wisdom, and good humor. Thank you Bern, for all that you did to make this a successful sale!

The Spring Book & Bake sale will take place April 26-28, 2018. We will start accepting donations again after November 25, on the red cart right inside the library doors.See you all at the library!

Jeannine Anckaitis, Carol Kennedy, Anne Papa, and Betty Wallace
Executive Board of the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library

This week’s issue:

Swarthmore Borough Council:
High Spirits and Budget Progress
By Katie Crawford

There was a hint of a festive mood at the Monday night meeting of Borough Council. Community members in support of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association filled a good half of the room’s seats. Linton Stables, representing the SSCA, spoke to council about the senior group’s request for the borough to allot $19,500 in funds in the 2018-19 budget for its work in the community. Mr. Stables added that all of the money would be used to address the specific recommendations of the Aging-in-Place Task Force. The supportive presence of friends and neighbors in support of the SSCA, while appreciated by council, was icing on the cake, given that the General Government Committee had already decided to support their budget request. General Government chair Ross Schmucki noted that the SSCA had not put forth a request in many years. Once that good news had been delivered, most of the community members there in support exited …

Frank Steltz on the radar platform of the USS Blandy.

Vets on the Radar

Not all heroes are in movies. Wars are won, freedom is preserved, lives are saved by service men and women who keep the mighty machines and massive armed forces working as they grow up and gain confidence and expertise. The effort and talent of service personnel rarely gets recognized. We have an action story for you next week.

This week and last, at Occasionally Yours and Vicky’s Place, we heard about hard work, commitment, and good times from several local veterans of varying vintages. Here’s a recollection from Frank Steltz of Wallingford, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 through 1967. “I was a terrible high school student, and after graduating 62nd out of a class of 63 from high school in 1963, I decided to upgrade to a four year Navy hitch if I could get a good school. The recruiter gave me the Navy’s entry exam and I must have done pretty well in the math part because he said the navy would guarantee Electronics Technician (ET) school, the best and hardest “A” school the navy had. So I signed up. “On September 24, 1963, I said goodbye to my girlfriend Marion and my parents, and …

‘Little Women’ Come to Life on SHHS Stage

This fall’s Strath Haven High School dramatic production is a retelling of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, presented at the SHHS auditorium in four performances beginning Thursday, November 9. Director and SHHS English teacher Jeannie Pietrzak describes …

‘Swarthmore Jeopardy’ at TGP

Linton Stables channels Alex Trebek in Wednesday’s special edition of the Gathering Place, especially for game show fans. Tune in for lunch at noon on November 15 at the Gathering Place, then test your knowledge of trivia as the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association president leads the group in a rousing game of Swarthmore Jeopardy. Topics may include Swarthmore history, local geography, College matters, senior facts …

The horrific damage done by a tree to Win Welsh’s home on St. Croix during Hurricane Maria.

A Vacation, Repurposed

Usually on the second week in October, the five Welsh siblings get together in St. Croix for a reunion, a drink or two, and lots of tennis, “which when we play it is a contact sport,” says Dave Welsh, owner of D. Patrick Welsh Real Estate in Swarthmore. This year was different in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. Virgin Islands pretty hard.

A view of the walkway down to the pool at Win Welsh’s cottage resort.

Win, the sister among the five siblings and resident owner of a St. Croix cottage resort where the Welsh gang holes up, is a former landscaping contractor who had her work cut out for her. Most flights to the island in early October were canceled, including 3 out of 4 Welsh round trips. Dave was still up for the adventure, though he packed a bit differently than usual. Instead of a tennis racquet, Dave took a chainsaw — “Brand new, still in the box — the only way they let you take it on the plane,” Dave said.

Puerto Rico was walloped by Maria, of course, and will be years coming back. St. Croix, not far away, was more fortunate, Dave says. The island is narrow, flat and not hard to access for crews restoring infrastructure like power lines. The power plant in Christiansted is back on line, so the banking system works, though generators still drone throughout the country. As for the Welsh family property, the buildings weathered the storm well, but the chainsaw got put through its paces.

For those seeking to support relief and rebuilding efforts in the Caribbean, consider donating to the American Red Cross at, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands at, or Tim Duncan’s hurricane relief fund at

Fire Department Report
By Rich Cresson

Swarthmore firefighters responded to a chimney fire on the 200 block of Dickinson Avenue on Saturday, October 28. The heating season has arrived. In accordance with that, residents are reminded to have their heating systems and chimneys serviced annually to avoid possible malfunctions and unintended fires. Photo by Rich Cresson

From October 22 through November 5, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 43 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 accident with injury, sick person, seizures, overdose, fall with trauma, cardiac emergency, head injury, syncopal episode, change in mental status, back pain, hypertension, semi-conscious person, unconscious person, respiratory difficulty, nature unknown, subject down, hemorrhaging, cerebro vascular event, tachycardia, resident stuck in wheelchair, …

Art Happening in Swarthmore this Saturday

In conjunction with this Saturday’s Farmers Market, the first-ever Swarthmore Art will be held on November 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More than 20 artists and artisans will exhibit and offer their work for sale along South Chester Road from the clock at the SEPTA station to the Inn at Swarthmore. That section of road will be closed for the duration of the market.

Pictured is Kristen Buck and her business is Crooked Curiosities. This photo was taken when she participated as The Featured Artist at the Swarthmore Farmers Market this summer. Most of the artists that have been at the Farmers Market during this season will be at the Art Market as well as some new local artists.

Fetter Chamber Music Concert Next Friday at Lang

On Friday, November 17, student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform the first of three chamber music concerts this academic year. The performance at 8 Lang Concert Hall is free and open to all. Performers and selections include: Gospel Choir: DuLaney, Victory Belongs to Jesus; Franklin, My World Needs You; …

Prison Recidivism: Why?

Despite efforts at reform and restructuring preparation of prisoners for release, recidivism rates remain maddeningly high. On Monday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m., Erin Corbett, a 1999 graduate of Swarthmore College, makes the case that limited opportunities for education and post-prison employment are prime contributors to the phenomenon …

Richard Cresson in Normandy, at the grave marker of Swarthmorean Lt. John J. Stokes.

Honoring D-Day Veterans,
At Home and Over There
By Donna Cresson

In August, my husband Richard, son Johnathan, and I toured the World War II battlefields of Normandy, France. This trip was a ‘bucket-list’ must do to honor Richard’s father, William J. Cresson, Jr., a Naval Lieutenant Commander. Stationed in Dartmouth on the southern coast of England, he was tasked with adjusting the compasses on the invasion ships in preparation for the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944.

A friend and fellow Swarthmorean, Lieutenant John H. Stokes, Jr. USNR, was also part of the war effort. It is unclear what his duty was in the D-Day invasion, but he was part of the initial landing forces. The day following the invasion, a mutual friend to these two Swarthmoreans informed William that John was killed in action on D-Day. William always desired “to make it to the other side of the channel” to visit Mr. Stokes’s grave with Richard. Unfortunately, William never made it to Normandy, but this summer, his son and grandson did.

Mr. Stokes’s name is read every year during Swarthmore’s Memorial Day commemoration services, and it was Richard’s wish to honor both his father and Mr. Stokes.

PCS Ventures into the Wilderness

Oliver Feaster and George Mulford appear in A Great Wilderness At the Players Club of Swarthmore

The Players Club of Swarthmore opens a new production of A Great Wilderness this weekend at the Raymond W. Smith Stage. The play by Samuel D. Hunter concerns the last assignment of Walt, who counsels teenaged boys at his camp in remote Idaho, with the goals of persuading them to renounce their homosexuality. Things fall apart as his client Daniel disappears into the wilderness, and Walt confronts his own contradictions.

Anthony SanFilippo directs this drama, whose cast includes George Mulford and Timothy Oskin of Swarthmore, Oliver Feaster of Glenolden, Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale …

Arts and Sciences Meet in Three Talks at College

Artistic expression and scientific study conjoin in three talks this coming week at Swarthmore College, all of which are free and open to the public.

On Monday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m., Canadian poet and professor Adam Dickinson speaks on “Biological Media; The Poetry of Chemical and Microbiomes in the Anthropocene” at the Lang Center for Social Responsibility. Dickinson argues for the critical potential of an “ecopoetics” mixing science and art. He will read from and discuss two related books of his poetry: The Polymers and Anatomic. The night sky has …

Panther Pajama Run This Saturday

Run in pajamas, walk in slippers — just don’t sleep through the annual Panther Pajama Run and Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, November 11. It’s a major fundraiser for the Foundation for Wallingford-Swarthmore Schools, and a scrumptious outing for all members of your family. The big day unfurls at the George L. King Field …

American Immigration at the Crossroads

The Swarthmore Discussion Group continues its monthly series of thought-provoking evenings over dinner with a talk by Thomas Alexander Aleinikoff on Wednesday, November 15, on Immigration policy and its implications.

Swarthmore College 1974 alumnus Aleinnkinoff is director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. He will address the perplexing issues of legal immigration, refugee accommodation, and border enforcement in the blunt force “America First” era. The group meets at the Inn at Swarthmore, 10 S. Chester Road, for Happy hour conversation at …

DCYO and YMO Set Program for Nov. 19 Concerts
By Michele S. de Cruz-Saenz

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra’s WSSD contingent.

The Delaware County Youth Orchestra and its intermediate ensemble, the Young Musicians Orchestra, will share a venue for their respective Fall concerts. Both concerts will take place at the Welsh Valley Middle School in Narberth, Pa., on Sunday, November 19. Concerts are free and accessible to those with disability. At 3 p.m., DCYO, under the direction of maestro Andrew Hauze will perform German, “Three Dances from Henry VIII, Brahms, “Tragic Overture,” op. 81, Strauss II, “Overture to Der Zigeunerbaron,” and Copland, Billy the Kid. At 7:30 …

Beginners, Explore Yoga at SPL

Turn over a fall leaf and explore a healthy new habit through Swarthmore Public Library this autumn. Donna Shumaker will teach a beginner-friendly yoga series for adults, with three weekly sessions beginning Wednesday, November 29, from 7 to 8 pm. You should …

What’s New in ‘Everybody’s Hometown?’

Media Mayor Bob McMahon will speak next Tuesday, November 14, at the monthly Prime Time Luncheon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. His talk will catch us up on new developments in the borough, and will include a focus on veteran initiatives. A Viet Nam vet himself, the mayor will describe how veterans are helping educate Media …

No Longer at This Address
By Barbara Bernhardt

Barbara Bernhardt

Did you ever wonder who lived in your house years ago? Back in the day (and maybe even still), your house location might have been identified as, “I live in the old Gerner house (or the Harris house or the Bernhardt house) on South Princeton.” I never thought when I moved to an apartment that I would wonder who lived there before me, but when an invitation to the Wallingford Community Art Center arrived in the mail addressed to Amelia Furman, I couldn’t help but wonder: who’s Amelia Furman?

Now, the Internet gives us immediate answers to such questions, and all I had to do was type in the name and there she was — an artist, wife and mother who grew up in Pa. now living and painting in Loveland, Colorado. Well, that was just too much! Though I …

Come Set a Spell

It’s that time: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is in town this weekend. (Don’t worry if you missed the first 24; you’ll catch up soon.) The Tony Award-winning musical, a smash on Broadway, will receive a full orchestral stage production by the Swarthmore College Departments of Theater and Music and Dance. This collaboration is directed by visiting assistant professor and Philadelphia theater innovator Alex Torra, with …

4Ever Grateful FUSE Concert Sunday

On Sunday, November 12, Congregation Ohev Shalom will ring out with sounds of joy and thanksgiving as the joined voices of area adult and youth singers participate in a concert organized by FUSE – the Fellowship of Urban-Suburban Engagement. The concert …


Briefly Noted . . .

The Swarthmore College Women’s Soccer team brought home another trophy this week, this one marking their title as Centennial Conference Champions. This is the second time in four years that the team achieved this challenging feat. The team includes Strath Haven High School alum Lizzie King and Kacey Hafertepe, and was ranked in the top 25 nationally (out of 430 teams) all season long. The Garnet go on the road to William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., for the first round of the NCAAs this weekend. It is Swarthmore Women’s fourth straight appearance in the tournament, and they are looking to go beyond their Elite Eight run in 2015 to get to the Final Four. Games are webcast and accessible through the Swarthmore College athletics website.

DVR Alert! Wallingford residents Joe McEneaney and Michelle Radabaugh, proprietors of Swarthmore shop Blond Sugar and Honey, will be featured in the Sunday, November 19, edition of Flea Market Flip on HGTV. The episode, entitled Flipping Like Sugar and Honey, was shot earlier this year. Check your local listings for times and channel number. (Always wanted to say that.)

Dr. Virginia Brabender of Swarthmore was one of three Widener faculty members to received the university’s Distinguished University Professor Award on October 26. Dr. Brabender’s, a professor of clinical psychology, research has focused broadly on personality assessment, group psychotherapy, and issues related to diversity such as non-traditional families and issues facing women within the clinical psychology profession. Dr. Brabender has published seven books, and she has had more than 40 peer reviewed publications over her academic career.

Agenda for Swarthmore Borough Council Meeting

 MONDAY, November 13
Borough Hall • 7:30 p.m.

• Consideration of Resolution 2017-15 lifting deed restriction relating to sale of alcohol for two properties in the Biddle Tract.
• Consideration of Ordinance 1080 regulating door-to-door soliciting and canvassing in Swarthmore.
• Adoption and Authorization to Advertise Proposed 2018 Budget.
• Consideration of revised Civil Service Regulations.
• Consideration of action relating to a request for a fence variance at 238 Park Avenue.
• Authorization to Repair Gazebo Roof at Little Crum Creek Park.
• Consideration of Resolution 2017-14 in support of Circuit Trails.
• Financial Report.
• Manager’s Report.

If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend this meeting of Borough Council and require an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the proceedings, please contact Borough Manager Jane Billings at 610-543-4599 to discuss how the Borough may best accommodate your needs.