This week’s issue . . .

Hedi Apt (in tiara) was at the heart of the celebration, surrounded by four later generations including youngest guest Delaney Disbrow (on Hedi’s lap), 99+ years her junior.

Hedi Apt Starts Her Next Century

On the eve of her 100th birthday, February 19, 2018, Hedi Apt was feted at the Swarthmore Inn by her daughters, sons-in-law, and many of her dozens of grandchildren and step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. “She has become the proud, attentive matriarch of a family,” said Joan Apt, Hedi’s daughter and Swarthmorean. Her relatives came from Israel, California, New Mexico, Florida, Michigan, Vermont, New York, Connecticut, and of course Pennsylvania. The champagne corks popped, Joan said, “Dorothy Freeman played ‘Happy Birthday’ on the ukulele, and a fine time was had by all.”

Shortly before the celebration, Hedi answered a few questions with wit and warmth (and a prompt or two from Joan) in the 6th floor apartment at Plush Mills in Wallingford, where she has lived for the past six years or so.

The Swarthmorean: Are you one of the oldest people here?
Hedi Apt: I’m always one of the oldest, wherever I go.

TS: When did you come to America?
HA: I was a teenager, I think. It was a hell of a long time ago.

TS: That was a good time to come to America, I guess.
HA: It’s always a good time to come to America. At all times, it’s better than anywhere else.

What Hedi left behind in 1937 was an increasingly chaotic Europe. Born in Basel, Switzerland, she grew up in Weimar-era Frankfurt, and attended school in Geneva. An expatriate speaking French and English, Hedi narrowly escaped the Holocaust, …

Swarthmore men celebrate Saturday’s victory over F & M. They’ll face Ursinus or Dickinson in a Centennial Conference semifinal Friday night.

Swarthmore Men’s Basketball
Hosts Centennial Tournament

The road to the Centennial Conference championship once again runs through Swarthmore College and its Lamb-Miller Field House, where the Garnet will host the Centennial men’s basketball tournament for the second consecutive year. With a 21-4 record during the regular season, the hoops homers hope for a reprise of the 2017 tournament, which they won.

The Garnet clinched the #1 seeding last weekend with a thriller of a victory over Franklin & Marshall. After a sluggish start, Swarthmore led by 5 points with less than a minute to go, but prevailed only after an F & M three-pointer missed at the end. It was the Garnet’s first victory over the Diplomats since 2013, ending a 10-game losing streak within the …

New Pest Threatens Your Trees
By Ginny Scott

Arborist John Studdy of Bartlett Tree Experts addresses the Emerald Ash Borer in a talk on March 7.

Ash trees are one of the most common large shade and street trees in our community, but they may now be on a path to extinction, due to the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Experts agree that the EAB, an invasive insect that was first identified in the U.S. in 2002, will kill virtually all untreated ash trees in its path by tunneling into branches and stems, causing the wood to become weak and brittle. Once a tree shows any signs of EAB damage, tree death is nearly certain.

Moreover, delay in the removal of an EAB-infested tree is unwise; the tree’s weakened branches quickly become too unstable for a tree worker to climb, thus requiring the expense of bucket trucks for the workers’ safety. To help tree owners understand their risks and options, the Swarthmore Horticultural Society (SHS) will hold a free information session, …

Swarthmore TimeBank
Moving Right Along!

By Bill Davis

On January 22, the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association sponsored two introductory meetings for local residents, on the philosophy and practice of TimeBanking. The meetings featured talks by the Phoenixville, PA TimeBank Coordinators, Margo Ketchum and Joel Bartlett. Altogether, about 50 Swarthmoreans attended at least one of the gatherings, suggesting, yet again, there is a genuine interest in establishing a Swarthmore TimeBank!

Subsequently, the SSCA Aging-in-Place Committee created special training sessions for those interested in orienting new members; and, most recently, a Steering Committee has been organized to oversee the management and further development of Swarthmore TimeBank.

At this time, SSCA is proud to announce there are 32 newly-minted members of our very own TimeBank! Curious? Interested? Look up Swarthmore TimeBank online to check out the website, and learn how to become a member; or write me at for an answer to all your TimeBank questions.

Save March 23 for Hedgerow Ball

Penelope Reed

Start picking out a gown, make sure your dinner jacket is back from the cleaners – whatever you need to do to prepare for a ball, begin soon with an eye toward a red letter day: Friday, March 23. On that date, Hedgerow Theatre will celebrate its 95th anniversary with a Ball to honor its own Belle: Director Emeritus Penelope Reed, who was recently awarded a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Belle of the Ball Benefit — to be staged at the Old Mill in Rose Valley opens at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and segues into an evening of song and performance, a fine dinner, and special presentations involving many of Hedgerow’s foremost artists and …

Strath Haven Paddle Tennis team members include: (Back row, l. to r.) Justin Malley, Aidan Frick, Joyslin Bushman, Grace Kochanowicz, Lexi Burk, Gretchen Clauss and Katy Chapman; (middle row, l. to r.) Dean DeRosa, Kristina McGee, Kiera Caldwell, Elisa Kruse and Gillian Brennan; (front row, l. to r.) Cole Wirth and Emma Lee. Not pictured: Walter Clauss, Henry Dawes, Lizzie Healy, Chris Schmucki, George Steinke, Lily Steinke, Zach Smith and Christian Thack

Up Crum Creek, With a Paddle

Strath Haven High School seniors and team captains Henry Dawes, Emma Lee, Chris Schmucki (all of Swarthmore) and Cole Wirth of Wallingford talked for a couple of minutes after fifth block and before a practice session of the Strath Haven Paddle Tennis club.

Did you start the team this year?
Emma: I was in it freshman year but the seniors didn’t pass it down. So we brought it back this year. Mrs. [SHHS counselor Kristin] Dunning is our advisor.

What do like about paddle tennis?
Emma: It’s a social sport. It’s causal – a club sport that people don’t take too seriously.
Henry: There are only 4 people on the court at a time and usually two courts. You can interact with the other players during a match, and in your downtime off the court.
Cole: We have a warming hut with a pot-bellied stove. A lot of gossip goes on in the hut. What? I’m not one to tell. What does being on the team involve? Emma: We …

Swarthmore Friends Invite Friends to Visit Sunday

Claudia & Rich Aldred

The Swarthmore Friends Meeting House at 12 Whittier Avenue is hosting consecutive events on Sunday, February 25, and the entire Swarthmore community is welcome to attend.

The second session of the “Quakerism 101” series will meet in the Whittier Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Both practicing Quakers and inquirers are invited to discuss the topic of “Quaker worship” and the powerful experience of the gathered meeting. Steven Davison, a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting and author of the recent …

Sierra Club Invites You to Help Get Ready for 100

Are we Ready For 100? Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick says we will be. Bowser-Bostick, a Chester resident and a member of Sierra Club’s Delaware County group, coordinates Sierra Club’s local RF100 effort, part of a nationwide initiative to obtain commitment of municipalities large and small to source from 100% renewable resources all the energy used in their cities and towns. The goalposts are fixed at the year 2035 for …

Come Play at Trinity Church Game Night
By Rebecca Clemmer

Trinity Church in Swarthmore opens its doors to all on Saturday, March 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for an evening playing the games you love. All ages are welcome to come play our games, or to bring your own. There will be spaces for both quiet and active games. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and you may also bring something to share. Pizza will be available at a cost of $5 per person. RSVP through the church website at so we can get a …

‘Women in Science’ Begins at Furness Library

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library, in partnership with Longwood Gardens’ Community Reads program, is celebrating some of the leading lights profiled in Rachel Ignotosky’s children’s book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and author of the environmentalist milestone Silent Spring, will be the …

Jasper String Quartet at Lang March 2

The Jasper String Quartet, one of the sensational young outfits in classical music today, is a Philly fixture, and a familiar presence on college campuses this academic year, including several visits to Swarthmore, will perform once again at the College on Friday, March 2. The Jaspers will be on Stage at Lang Concert Hall at 8 p.m., in a free concert open …

Scanlon Campaign Kicks off Saturday

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon invites neighbors and all voters in the new 5th Congressional district (which, pending further legal action, covers all of Delaware County) to her campaign kickoff this Saturday, February 24, 1:30 p.m. at Swarthmore-Rutledge School. Scanlon, pro bono counsel at the Philadelphia-based law firm of …

Faith & Life Explores Unlikely Bible Heroes

This Sunday, February 25, at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, Pastor Sukja Bang will enlighten the Faith and Life class about women who are “unlikely heroes,” five women called out in Jesus’ family tree, including Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Come at 11:15 a.m. to discern the important messages conducted through these …

Story Time Again in Rose Valley

Native Philadelphian Fanny Crawford headlines the March 3 session at the Rose Valley Storytelling House, 3 Rose Valley Road. She is producer of the Stories in the Round and cohost of the Storytelling Hour Podcast. The event starts around 7 p.m. with refreshments and conversation, followed around 7:30 by story time with Crawford, and then host …

Writers Guild Presents ‘Getting Published’
By Jennifer Lincoln

Every author yearns to say one sentence: “I’ve been published.” The meaning of that statement has changed drastically in the past ten years and although traditional publishing still exists, other options are continually cropping up.

In a new three-part “Getting Published” presentation series, the Writers Guild of Delaware County sorts through all of the confusion between publishing methods to set the record straight. Part one will take place on Saturday, March 10, …

Bored? HKF’s Got Board Games!

Fifth through 12th graders have no excuse to complain of boredom on Friday, March 9, when the Helen Kate Furness Free Library hosts an afternoon of free, fun, and sometimes intense gaming. Possible games include Flux, Ticket to Ride, Snake Oil, Settlers of Catan, and Evolution, and other new games. The games begin at 3:45 p.m., and those who …

Mercury Rising: Lecture at Scheuer

Dr. Linda Campbell, Senior Research Fellow at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has made a study of contaminants in freshwater environments around the world. In a lecture next Friday, March 2, she will address the biomagnification of mercury in food webs of fish in Chines and Tibetan waters. Her talk from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Scheuer …

Opening at List: Embodied Forms

Donna Polseno and Ellen Shankin share a medium — ceramics — as well as inspirations and aesthetic perspectives. And beginning on Tuesday, February 27, the two potters will share an exhibition at List Gallery entitled “Embodied Forms,” which will highlight more than 30 of their recent works.

Both artists will speak during a lecture in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center. The gallery will be open beginning at 4:30 p.m., and a …

PCS Is Looking For a Few Good Men …

Singers The Players Club of Swarthmore is seeking male singers for the cast of the upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, the Lloyd Webber/Rice rock opera from 1969. Director Bohdan Senkow says that since the show is entirely set to music, singing chops are more crucial to the show’s many male roles than acting experience.

The show will be performed ten times from April 20 to May 5 at the Players Club’s main stage on Fairview Road. More details and arrangements for auditions are available from the director at and 610-742-4136.

Vamonos to Espana in Scott’s ‘Wanderings at One’

Wander over to Lang Performing Arts Center cinema on Thursday, March 1, and warm up to Spain in next week’s episode of the Scott Arboretum “Wanderings at One” series. Scott Horticulturist Josh Coccano explores the parks, botanical gardens, and urban greening efforts in Madrid and the Mediterranean coast, where lush plant life …

The Wright Stuff

Celebrate American poet James Wright, and his biographer Jonathan Blunk in a reception and talk at the McCabe Library Atrium on Tuesday, February 27. Poet and critic Blunk has just published the first authorized biography of the “hugely influential” Wright, the fruit of 15 years’ labor and research among the elder poet’s family, friends, and papers. He will …

Schnips Ahoy!

Next Thursday, March 1, German cultural critic and broadcast personality Jurgen Kuttner presents VideoSchnipsel, a performance and talk, given in English at the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.. Kuttner’s Video Scraps is supported by the German Studies section of Swarthmore College’s department of Modern Languages, the …

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