Raise that Flag! All summer long, American Farmland Trust conducted the Farmers Market Celebration, which rallies support for local farms and family farmers by asking shoppers and community members to identify the best farmers markets in America. Customers and farmers were asked to endorse their market in four areas, including: “Focus on Farmers”; “Healthy Food for All”; “Pillar of the Community”; and “Champion for the Environment.” When the votes were tallied, Swarthmore Farmers Market emerged as the top ranked farmers market in Pennsylvania, and #8 in the United States. At the Farmers Market tent last Saturday, market activities coordinator Pat Francher (left) and market manager Andy Rosen raised the banner commemorating the achievement.
Delaware County Council Chairman Mario Civera Jr. (2nd from right) recently presented the board of the Swarthmore Co-op with a resolution recognizing October as National Co-op Month. October is over, but the Co-op continues, 2,000 members strong and nearly 80 years old. Civera commended the board on the success of the store and their outreach to the community. From left: Delaware County executive director Marianne Grace, Co-op acting general manager Dawn Betts, Co-op Board member Andy Rosen, Civera, and Co-op Board chairman Pam Bartholomew.
On Wednesday, October 26, Johnathan Cresson (center) of Troop 112 appeared before the District Board of Review to be considered for the Rank of Eagle. The board unanimously approved his advancement, making Johnathan the second Scout from Troop 112 this year to attain the rank of Eagle. Pictured above are (l. to r.) assistant Scoutmaster Joe Foglio, committee chair Kevin Connell, Eagle Scout Cresson, Scoutmaster Chuck Kropac, and assistant Scoutmaster David Heinbockel. Johnathan’s project involved the construction of the municipal shed adjacent to the Fire Company, which is used for storing equipment for the weekly Farmers Market as well as supplies for the Swarthmore Horticultural Society. A 9th grader at Strath Haven High School, Johnathan is one of the youngest scouts to achieve Eagle in recent memory. His parents are Donna and Rich Cresson of Swarthmore, and Johnathan is also active with the Swarthmore Fire Department, along with his father. Troop 112 is chartered through the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, and has been providing leadership development and outdoor adventure to the youth of the area since 1928.
Besides choosing a new President of the United States, local residents are invited to choose some novels, cookbooks, children’s books, art tomes, movies, music and more during the Election Weekend book sale at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. Just head downstairs at the Furness Library (100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford across from Pantry One) and browse around freely for treasures and bargains, regardless of party affiliation. Book sale hours: Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday, November 6, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday, November 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, November 8, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Last week, Scott Arboretum horticulturist Josh Coceano (left) and educational intern Alexis Bacon (not shown) helped children plant and learn about bulbs at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School. SFNS students including (left to right) Hajoon Kim, Jack Cleary, Diya Noronha, Bluma Lefkowitz, and Colton Smulyan dug in to liven up the grounds of the Swarthmore Friends Meeting House. SFNS director Kim Bernaus said, “We look forward to seeing daffodils and hyacinth brighten the pathway to our playground in the early spring.”
Representatives of Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School in Wallingford accepted an award last week from the Healey Education Foundation at Healey’s Celebration of Achievement at the Union League in Philadelphia. The school was cited for “highest percentage growth in the annual fund, elementary school,” with a 169% increase. On hand were (left to right): Healey Foundation president Christine Healey; from Mother of Providence, development chair Beth Missett, advancement director Linda Rooney, enrollment chair Sean O’Reilly, board chair Joe Dougherty, principal Therese Waters, COO Kim Flaville of the Connelly Foundation, business manager Rosemary Endres, board member Mike McArdle, Healey Foundation VP of operations Jason Morrison, and Father Ed Hallinan, pastor of St. John Chrysostom.