Letters to the Editor…

Pictured (from left to right) Karen Peichel, Anne Clauss, Hally Stief, and Donna Milligan from the golf outing at The Springhaven Club in support of the Suburban Seahawks Club.

Pictured (from left to right) Karen Peichel, Anne Clauss, Hally Stief, and Donna Milligan from the golf outing at The Springhaven Club in support of the Suburban Seahawks Club.

Golfing for a cause

To the Editor:

On Monday, May 23, more than 90 players from as far away as Carlisle, Pa., came to The Springhaven Country Club to help raise funds for facility improvements for The Suburban Seahawks Club. While rain threatened for much of the afternoon (there were even a few claps of thunder), it held off until everyone was safely inside, eating food and bidding on exciting auction items.

The field included, not only swim team families, but many local residents and businesses. By all accounts everyone had a great time, including some well-known folks from the world of sports. Attentive golfers were able to spy Chris Wheeler, Herb Magee, Jim Lynam, and Dickie Noles out on the course.

While the Suburban Seahawks Club may not be a household name for everyone in town, many of its swimmers call Swarthmore home. And you can see many of these swimmers if you look at the top finishers of swim meets at Swarthmore, Wallingford, and Rose Valley. In fact, the Suburban Seahawks, which is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) USA Swimming clubs in the nation, traces its history back to Rose Valley. About 60 years ago, Peter Daland, coach of the Rose Valley swim team summer club, was the first coach of the Suburban Swim Club, which was formed to give swimmers of the Suburban Swim League a place to swim year-round.

Suburban is one of the few clubs that owns its own pool. “It costs a lot of money to keep the facility running,” explained board member and Swarthmore resident Amy Bergstrom. “The funds raised today will help us with some major facility improvements.”

The entire team wishes to thank all of those who came out to support our club — and all of those who couldn’t make the event but supported the team through generous donations. Our sponsors included Gold Sponsors: Bryn Mawr Running Co., Edith Dixon, MoreVent, the Yoshimura Family; Silver Sponsors: Andrew and Sheila Finley, the Arthur Jackson Company, the Benner Family, Mike Cappelletti, Gregg Denning, Digital Filaments, Docutrend, the Egan Family, Joe Lally, Lauren Meserve, O’Brien Greene & Co, the Perullo Family, Piazza Honda, Precision Benefits, Procurri, LLC, Quinn Construction, the Wrenn Family; Program Sponsors: Tom Sheridan, Dr. John Crawford, Jim Foggo, Greg Milbourne, Steve Taub/Allstate, Kevin Newsome, and Jim Smith; and our supporters after the signs had been printed: Andy Schmutz, Gregg Denning, Mike Capelletti, and Joe Lally.

And thanks to The Springhaven Club and the Phillies, without whom this event would not have been possible.

See you next year!

Jeff Sumner

Keep on dancing…

To the Editor:

A few doors down from your office on Park Avenue is an unassuming community treasure. At Swarthmore Ballet Theatre, Lori Ardis and daughter Amber Flynn have prepared more than their share of young people for success in professional dance. Just as important, hundreds — maybe thousands — of our children have learned the lifelong joy of dance along with teamwork and the confidence to tread the boards (or win in the boardroom). All this comes with life lessons, seldom discussed, never at length. They’re learned as they’re lived, in the flow of class, rehearsal and performance.

Many of your readers know this, but SBT has been part of Swarthmore so long that we take it for granted. Long after my daughter grew up there and I took a corporate relo to Jersey, I came back as a fan and volunteer. What happened during the opening performance of Coppélia (Sat., May 28) reminded me how extraordinary SBT really is.

The music stopped. The dancers paused, knowing that the music can skip a beat; they’re prepared to pick up and go on very quickly. But that morning was no typical day. The silence continued.

I’m not sure who took the first initiative to go on (and if I guessed, I’d be wrong). Most important, everyone — from the youngest dancer to the most accomplished — moved on together, without hesitation or loss of expression. Without direction or a time-out, without a word or a note of music, they went on dancing — a full stage in perfect time.

When the music stops, keep dancing. The ability of the SBT troupe to keep going without the sound track proves how well all of them had mastered their roles and positions on stage. It also proves that they are an exceptional team — each dancer performing in harmony with others, each scene progressing without delay — eight minutes without a cue. I was so captivated, I only noticed the music was back on as it blended into their dance.

Dancing a triumph when the music stops is a learning experience. The young dancer comes to realize that whether it’s opening day, a school day or someday at work, things happen. Somebody falls, forgets a step, loses a contact lens… . The big news is not what happens but how we respond when it does. Not running for the wings or looking for who’s to blame, but thinking clearly, going with confidence, working together.

Thank you, Swarthmore Ballet Theatre. For all our children, we need “more like this.”

Bonnie Weaver
(aka Meredith’s mom)


To the Editor:

Having lived in (and now near) Swarthmore my whole life, I have looked forward to The Swarthmorean arriving every Friday. After all, “nearly everybody reads The Swarthmorean” is so much more than a slogan. And for me, there’s nothing like holding the paper in my hands and taking time to read it all.

However, I just discovered Swarthmorean.com, the online version, and I have to say it is really well done. More photos than in the printed version, all in color, and some with caption rollovers, helping the layout and making the “paper” very interactive.

One article really jumped out at me – the article about Memorial Day (http://www.swarthmorean.com/articles/memorial-day-in-swarthmore). SO much more complete with these additional photographs showing what took place.

Bravo, Diane and Chris… this looks great!

Charlie Seymour, Jr.


To the Editor:

I have to wonder if the press, Bill Kristol and others are making a game of poking Trump just to see him react. Whatever the reason, it’s working — witness the recent lashing out after he was questioned about his contributions to vets, or almost any time he’s questioned. He doesn’t like being poked, and he’ll react as predictably as any 3rd grader. Just imagine what will happen when Putin pokes him as he’s sitting next to the nuclear button!

Jim Leming


To the Editor:

Sign on Baltimore Pike just now. Someone looking for old Porsches. Next door neighbors have two. Keep them in the garage. Hear them growl coming and going. Even guy who once rented the house out front had one. New Panamera. Got it after messy divorce. Knew someone in MA who also got one after a messy divorce. Had a client who had two, exactly same. Black SUVs. In Swarthmore. Had another near neighbor who was a lawyer and drove a Carrera with a huge spoiler on the back. One day he drove it to his son’s school. Kid valet said, “Nice car, sir.” He was all puffed up about that. Drove one once. Fast. Curvy road. Still alive.

Bill Menke

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