Briefly Noted . . .

The Swarthmore Recreation Association is thrilled to welcome Colleen Murphy, Interim Executive Director (pictured on left) and Renee Pollins, Strategic Consultant (pictured on right). Colleen and Renee join Program Coordinator, Nika Haase, bringing a wealth of professional experience and passion for our community to their respective roles. For more information on the SRA staff and programs, please visit

On Valentines Day, members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association and the parents and children of the Swarthmore Community Center Playgroup celebrated together with a Valentines exchange. After making valentines and enjoying coffee, cookies, and conversation, Sheila Bell led a story time with the children.

Parents of students at George Crothers Memorial School at CADES are creating a display that shows the augmented communications devices that are being used by students in the classrooms there. The exhibit will be installed at Occasionally Yours, 10 Park Avenue in Swarthmore, thanks to the generosity of owners Scott and Theresa Richardson, Stop in for a bite and a bit of insight into how CADES is applying technology to learning.

In the Saul Wildlife Preserve in Rose Valley this week, Bill Hale of Rose Valley (2nd left) and Chris Bourke of Moylan (2nd right) of the borough’s Environmental Advisory Council joined a team from Land Stewards on the worksite during stabilization of 165 feet of stream bank along Ridley Creek. Jesa Minnick (left) and Liam Collier (right) from Land Stewards did the heavy lifting early, installing coir logs, willow fascines, three rows of dogwood brush mattresses in trenches backfilled with earth. The trees will root, intertwining in the stream bank as they grow up and provide beauty and habitat above ground. The work came just in time, as roots and buds may soon wake up in the unseasonable February warmth. The two-day project was funded by a Growing Greener grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

James M. Doyle, Jr. of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Clemson University. James major is civil engineering.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a first-year Health & Occupation major, was named to the dean’s list at Elizabethtown College for the fall 2017 semester.

Gabrielle M. Weisfeld of Swarthmore graduated in January 2018 from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Trying on haberdashery for the upcoming 2018 Book It! 5K Walk/Run are (left to right) Library Directors Jen Stock of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and Amber Osborne of the Swarthmore Public Library, and Furness Library board member Bob Siwicki. The April 7 race features a “Best Crazy Hat” award competition for runners and walkers, who will traverse a route from the Furness Library in Wallingford to the Swarthmore Library. Early bird registration is now open at

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