This week . . . December 7, 2018

Santa Prepares for Annual Visit!

Santa Claus is coming to town! Once again, Santa is planning his annual Christmas Eve visit to Swarthmore.

Newcomers to town, however, may be surprised to learn that in Swarthmore, Santa has been making this unique tradition of visiting the children, aged 10 years or younger, in their homes since the 1890s!

Santa arrives between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Christmas Eve to visit for a few magical moments. If you would like Santa to visit your child or grandchild, you can reach Santa’s elves directly by calling (610) 543-0901, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., or you can request your visit with the man in the Red Suit by visiting the website


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The stories in this week’s issue . . .

• Swarthmore Borough Council: Tim Kearney Steps Down As Mayor by Chris Reynolds

Trinity Church Collars the Reverend Ted Thompson as Rector

• First Friday Schedule for December 7

Share Stories and Songs of the Season at SPL

• Big Weekend at waR3house3

Prep for Holidays, and Support ABC House

Christmas Bazaar at Chester Senior Center

Immigrant and Refugee Rights Confab

 ‘Jolabokaflod’ at The Gathering Place

• Take Pen in Hand, or Brush

 Leiper House Gets Ready for the Holidays

• Letters to the Editor

• Briefly Noted…  Wedding…  Personals…

Fundraiser Dec. 8 to Benefit Teacher Training in Haiti

Report from the Fire Company by Rich Cresson

Fall Dance Concert This Saturday at LPAC

 Café Expressions: Strath Haven Junior Creates Designs for Coffee Fundraiser

• Observations of the Holy Land at Discussion Group Next Week

 Advent Readings and Music at Trinity


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Ero Nicolaidou Buhayar Obituary

Ero Nicolaidou Buhayar was born in Athens, Greece, in 1923. The youngest child in a large family, she attended a private Greek-American girls’ school, just outside of Athens, on scholarship. 

Following the end of WWII, she received further scholarships to study in the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wells College in Aurora, New York, the first year, and a master’s degree in English Literature from Smith College the second year. 

At the end of her studies, Ero booked passage on a freighter bound from New York to Cape Town, South Africa, where she was met by her intended, Eric Buhayar, who was working there as an engineer. (They had met during the war in Greece.) The two were married immediately and lived in South Africa for some years, where their son, Alex, was born. They then moved to Montreal, Canada, where their daughter, Philippa, was born and eventually settled in Swarthmore.

While Eric worked at Scott Paper, Ero kept busy raising the children and eventually working in the Swarthmore schools as a librarian. She was an avid tennis player and traveler. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and painting in watercolors. In later years, she took up pottery when she and Eric moved to Kendal at Longwood. Ero is survived by her husband, Eric; her children, Alex Buhayar and Philippa Anderson; and a bevy of grand- and great-grandchildren.

Services and interment will be private. 

Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home, Inc., West Chester. 610-696-1181.