This week’s issue . . .

Swarthmore Farmers Market
Wants Volunteers

By Patrick Francher

The Swarthmore Farmers Market has become a cornerstone of the community. Every Saturday from early May until early December, hundreds of people gather to shop, socialize, and enjoy the entire market experience. Sponsored by Swarthmore Town Center, in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Farm to City, our market has become a model for markets in other towns. In 2016, the market was voted Best in Pennsylvania, and the 8th best in the USA. (Another contest is being held this year; more to come on that.)

Perching at the Swarthmore Farmers Market, where volunteers do everything from setting up tents to helping with children’s activities.

Here are some interesting (well, interesting to me) facts about the Swarthmore Farmers Market:
• Average attendance was more than 500 people per week in 2017.
• There are 30 market Saturdays throughout the year.
• There is no paid staff, so the market can’t run without volunteers.
• By volunteering at the market, students can earn community service credit to meet the requirements of their schools or the National Honor Society. And college students are more than welcome to participate!
• More volunteers are needed to ensure that the market continues to run smoothly.

Market volunteers have lots of options. You can sign up for: Early morning set up duty from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Early afternoon break down slot from 1:15 to 2 p.m.; Helping out with the kids’ activity, from about 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Or if you’d like to experience the entire day, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can sign up as an assistant manager. Starting …

Dedicated volunteers dug in last year to clean up our creeks.

That’s a Lot of Trash!
By Trisha Dougherty Lambert, CRC Watersheds Association

Three hundred twenty tons of trash removed from the Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks in Delaware and Chester Counties since 1997 — that’s a lot of trash!

Synchronized with Earth Day, CRC Watersheds Association’s volunteers come together for one main purpose — to remove trash from our streams — but along the way, so much more happens! It’s a gathering of residents from 5 to 95 years old. It’s our neighbors, local students, civic and community groups, municipalities, and a wide range of business entities that care deeply about our drinking water, our environment and the natural resources that surround us.

Join CRC this year on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., rain or shine, to become part of this extraordinary event, where you may meet new people with similar environmental interests, or chat with old stream cleanup friends. After an informative greeting from a CRC site coordinator, everyone descends into the creek or along the bank, searching for everything that doesn’t belong. In addition to removing the typical items …

Listen to the Poets in Our Midst this April

It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter, as George Harrison sang — and that’s just the last month. But if grey March drags on to the last day, it will mercifully give way to the green and gold of April. Here comes the sun!

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re borrowing a week of March to introduce it. For the four Fridays of April, we’ll publish poetry from our readers and neighbors. Swarthmore College professor and poet Sibelan Forrester jump starts Poetry Month for us with two recent works below, reflecting the hopes and observations of the season just passed.

Will you be one of the Swarthmorean’s poets this year, again or for the first time? We’ll consider works of any length or form (short of an epic), and multiple submissions are OK.

Please email your poems, as soon as now, to We’ll get back to you with comments and a publication date. The deadline is April 23, but the earlier you send us your work, the better it works for us. May the muse abide with you!

Seeking Colors Everywhere

As the train approaches
the sky has begun to lighten—
not to what they call Midnight Blue,
which must have received its name
at some very northern (or southern?) latitude.
Because the sky is fully clouded
and dumping stinging snow,
the first color of morning
is a deep and tender lavender.

I’ve been lucky in my daily life:
mostly I’m inside in early morning,
knocking on the bathroom door
to let my daughter know it’s time
to deescalate her shower,
and juggling my routine of tea,
stretching, breakfast. I can watch,
if I take a minute, out of several
windows (all four directions, though—
as in any old house—fewer look to the north)
the way the sky grows lighter, and in time
the sun begins to graze the tops of things.

But not today: the forecast is for
ongoing snow and storm. Once on the train
I unwind my melting scarves, gently
apply warm fingers to my ears, and look
out the tinted window, through which
sky and snow have now both become
the same grey medium blue.

—Sibelan Forrester

Wellness Fair Went Well

Linton Stables introduced keynote speakers Mary and Ken Gergen.

The first annual Senior Wellness Fair, presented by the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, took place at the Inn at Swarthmore last Saturday. Entitled “Enhancing Senior Well-Being,” the event was, by all accounts, an unqualified success.

Linton Stables, SSCA President, and Bill Davis, chair of the SSCA Aging-in-Place Committee, introduced the program, which included presentations on rethinking personal beliefs about aging, some physical, emotional, and financial issues that are especially pertinent for senior well-being, and architectural considerations that are particularly important when deciding to age-in-place. Exhibitors provided information about a variety of senior resources throughout the day.

More than 150 people attended the Fair, which was ably staffed by SSCA volunteers. Next year’s Wellness Fair is already scheduled — save March 30, 2019.

Plug Into Crum Meadow Greening Next Friday

Sedge Carex canescens will be one of the native species selected for planting in Crum Meadow.

Nature and Swarthmore College have a plan for Crum Woods, and you can be part of it. Next Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the new-ish Crum Woods Stewardship Committee’s will put on the first event under the new Crum Woods Restoration and Stewardship Plan.

You and other volunteers from the college community and beyond will plant 2,900 plugs of mixed wildflowers and grasses in the Crum Meadow of Swarthmore College. The Crum Meadow flood plain is a vital ecosystem to maintaining the biodiversity of many plants and animals in the Crum Woods. The current meadow is full of invasive grasses that have taken over the ecosystem. A restoration to the native state will help the macro and micro-environments of the Crum thrive.

To help you thrive during the workday, there will be pizza at 12:30 p.m. But your participation will be welcome any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. — help for as little or as long as you can! Meet the group at Crumhenge — at the center of the meadow, south of the …

Trail Run at Tyler April 7

Saturday, April 7, brings the 25th running of the Tyler Arboretum’s 10K, Delaware County’s premier trail run. See spring’s revelations up at the historic and beautiful Arboretum in Media, close up, on a lovely race course that is challenging for the fastest runners, yet suited to novice trail racers. The race is presented by the Delaware County Road Runners and is a USATF Midatlantic Offroad Grand Prix event. The start is at 9 a.m. and the party continues till around 1 p.m. Known for its great course, food, and cool gifts (this year, a belt buckle), the race is limited to 400 runners, and is expected to sell out in advance. To enter and see more information, visit

Library Holiday Hours

Both the Swarthmore Public Library and the Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be closed on Sunday, April 1.

Leaf Compost

Orders are now being taken for that fabulous Borough leaf compost. Delivery will start March 29th. One (1) cubic yard for $45; two (2) cubic yards for $70; and four (4) cubic yards for $115.00. Contact Borough Hall by emailing, calling 610- 543-4599 or placing an order through our website at Payment is due before delivery.

Join LWV for 6ABC Studio Tour

If you are a news geek, have a favorite local newscaster, or are ready to grab the microphone, plan to join the League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County on Friday, April 27, for a one-hour tour of the broadcast studios of 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; upon registration, you will be assigned to one of the two tours. The tour will be led by WPVI-TV 6ABC Station Page Matteo Ladonisi, a Rowan University student and freelance producer. Ladonisi will provide …

The Legend of Brigid of Kildare Comes Alive
in ‘Kiva Speaks’

Storyteller and former WSSD English teacher Mary Reindorp of Swarthmore brings an ancient legend to life in two performances this week of her new work entitled Kiva Speaks, a one-act play based on the story of Brigid of Kildare. The 25-minute, one-woman play will take place Wednesday, April 4, and Friday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. each day in the upstairs Community Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Reindorp says her work touches on the themes themes which came clear to her in a “pilgrimage” last summer to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. “The Ghost Ranch experience integrates body, spirit and soul,” Reindorp said last week, and encouraged creativity. She went there for a weeklong workshop, studyng “Celtic Consciousness” wth John Philip Newell, and was inspirted to write a one-act play based on his lecture about St. Brigid of Kildare, and early Christian nun. Kiva Speaks: A Play about the Legend of Brigid of Kildare touches on the themes of earth-based spirituality, the feminine divine, practicing peace, and the honoring of indigenous religious traditions as well as …

April Treat: Swarthmore Book and Bake Sale

Don’t put down your book, but please do make a mental note that the Swarthmore Book & Bake Sale is just around the corner on April 26 through 28. One of Delaware County’s biggest and best book sales offers hardcover and paperback treats for all ages, fairly priced. And when you do put down the book, think about all the books you may have no further use for. Wouldn’t they make a great donation to the sale, which is sponsored by The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library? The Friends will be accepting book donations through April 15 at the library, 121 Park Avenue. Those with a culinary orientation can also support the sale with donations of baked treats on April 25. Save the last weekend in April for a book and baked goods festival in the heart of Swarthmore. Please contact the Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library President Carol Kennedy at 610-328-7398 or at with questions, or to get involved as a volunteer.

‘Art of Nature’ at Borough Hall

This work of art depicting a dragonfly by Rinal Parikh is on display in Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Now April Is Rinal Parikh Month in Swarthmore Borough Hall. The Swarthmore visual artist just opened a solo show of her work there, entitled “Art of Nature.” She will welcome guests to an opening reception next Friday, April 6, as part of First Friday, with refreshments and conversation added to the color-drenched, energetic paintings in this show organized by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. As if that weren’t enough, Parikh will present an artist’s talk on Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m., also at Borough Hall. For more information on the artist and a look …


Quizzo Night Next Friday

Get your trivia team together and sharpen your mental pencil for the monthly Quizzo Night at the Swarthmore Co-Op, Friday April 6, at 8:30 p.m.$5 per person gets you light snacks and big fun. BYOB if you’re 21+. Reserve a table at

Daniel Ellsberg to Speak April 3

Daniel Ellsberg, a crucial figure in the history of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, the demise of Richard Nixon’s Presidency, and the development of a tradition of righteous whistleblowing, will visit Swarthmore next Tuesday, April 3, for a talk in the Scheuer Room of the college’s Kohlberg Hall. His talk is entitled “Secrets, Lies, and the Risks of Nuclear War,” and is part of the college series on The Nature of Truth and Evidence. It begins at 7 p.m., and is open to the public, though seating is limited.

As a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation and the Department of Defense, he addressed classified data and secrets of Presidential decision-making on possibly initiating nuclear war, the dangers of which are revealed in his latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. Later, as an official in the Defense and State Departments he participated in the study of U.S. decision-making of Vietnam known as the Pentagon …

Women In Science at Furness Library

There’s a double-header on the schedule for the first week of April at Helen Kate Furness Library, but it’s got nothing to do with baseball season. In partnership with Longwood Gardens’ Community Reads, Furness will continue its focus on Women in Science.

Tuesday, April 3, brings Jane Goodall (virtually) into the Furness children’s library for a 4:15 p.m. session on the legendary primatologist and the observational skills she brought to her groundbreaking work with chimpanzees. Young learners will be inspired.

On Thursday, April 5, Furness children’s librarian Lori Friedgen-Veitch will shine a spotlight on Kate Sessions, the subject of Joseph Hoskins’s The Tree Lady, who transformed San Diego’s Balboa Park. Preschoolers through 5th graders can sign up for either a 1:30 p.m. art project or a 4:15 p.m. tree planting session. Parents, do so at the library or by phone (610-566-9331, X4) by April 3.

Focusing on the Kids at Wallingford Presbyterian

On Saturday, April 7, Wallingford Presbyterian Church will host its monthly Saturday morning playgroup for kids program beginning at 10 a.m. This month will feature a special art activity. Local artist and art teacher, Ashley Coenen, will lead the children (with parent involvement) in a special art project. Ashley teaches art at the Bala House Montessori School and operates Art in the Afternoon at Nether Providence Elementary School. There is no cost for this program. Wallingford Presbyterian Church is located at 110 E Brookhaven Road.

Recycling: More than a Good Idea
By Jane Billings

Jane Billings, recycling even on weekends, corralled a stray poster at last Saturday’s March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

Did you know that recycling in Swarthmore Borough isn’t just a good idea, it’s mandatory for all residents, whether living in single family homes or multi-unit buildings? Recycling is also required for all businesses, institutions, and at community events. Acceptable items include all types of paper, glass, aluminum and bi-metal cans, plastics (all numbers except #3 and #6), and yard waste.

The best source of current information can be found on the Borough website ( Just click on the “Recycling and Trash” icon on the front page and you’ll find the following:

• A to Z Recycling and Disposal Guide.
• Guide to Single-Stream Recycling (Do’s and Don’ts).
• List of upcoming Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics (E-Waste) Recycling Events.
• Monthly recycling collection schedules, including yard waste, Christmas trees, and loose leaves.
• Information on how to purchase Borough mulch.

Don’t forget, too, that in addition to the weekly pickups on Monday (blue cans) and Thursday (yellow cans), almost all material collected curbside can also be taken to the Borough’s Recycling Center at 121 Dartmouth Avenue. The center is open to anyone, not just Swarthmore residents. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The dumpster is especially useful for recycling large cardboard boxes (please flatten first) as well as shredded paper, which is not accepted in curbside recycling bins.

Mad Poets Welcome Ehrhart and Delia April 4

Steve Delia

Local poets Steve Delia and W.D. Ehrhart will visit Wallingford on Wednesday, April 4, as the featured guests of the Mad Poets Society at its monthly reading.

Steve Delia is a poet of more than 40 years’ standing who has read and performed in many venues in the Philadelphia area. He and Mike Cohen have performed as Dueling Poets, and the two conduct interviews with poets for YouTube. Delia is the author of six chapbooks, one of which may be printed just in time for the April 4 meeting.

W.D. Ehrhart

W.D. Ehrhart is author of the recent poetry collection Praying at the Altar and the interview collection W.D. Ehrhart in Conversation. He is a History and English teacher at the Haverford School, and a Vietnam war veteran who has been active in antiwar and antiviolence efforts.

Finally, the Mad Poets’ ill-starred March meeting was postponed twice due to winter weather. That should not be a problem on May 2, when Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek should finally make their appearance originally scheduled for March 7. The First Wednesday readings are held year-round in the Duke Gallery of the Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road. The event is free and open to all, whether poets, fans, or both.

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From March 12 through 25, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:
EMS: The ambulance responded to 34 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Ridley Township and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including: unconscious person, semi-conscious person, medical alarm, tachycardia, head injury, diabetic emergency, pediatric emergency, sick person, seizures, fracture, hemorrhaging, hypotension, fall, accident with injury, back pain, cerebro-vascular event and respiratory difficulty.
Automatic Fire Alarm (two alarms): Swarthmore, 100 block of Wellesley Ave.; and Nether Providence Twp., 214 Sykes Lane for smoke in the municipal building.
Automobile (one alarm): vehicle accident at Cornell & Yale avenues.
Building (four alarms): Morton, Broad and School streets for a house fire as reported in last week’s Swarthmorean; Ridley Twp., 500 block of Highland Ave. for a shed fire; Springfield Twp. (two alarms), one at 900 block of W. Sproul Lane for fire alarm sounding and smell of smoke; the second at Sbarro restaurant for a smoking ceiling tile.
Wires (one alarm): Harvard Ave. between Cornell Ave. and Rutgers Ave. for a smoking transformer.
Mutual aid calls: one each to Nether Providence Twp., Morton/Rutledge, and Ridley; two to Springfield.

Kim Weitkamp at Story House

Kim Weitkamp, a true star of the storytelling world, will delight listeners on Saturday, April 7, at the Rose Valley Storytelling House, 3 Rose Valley Road. Weitkamp brings irreverence, musicality, and a wonderful sense of humor to her sharp and poignant observations. She performs all over the U.S., and probably other places too, but for next Saturday, she’s all ours in the intimate Rose Valley setting. Story House host Megan Hicks will also tell an ever-evolving Breton fairy tale. Suggested donation is $15 per person, which supports the artists and includes food and drink. Come around 7 p.m.; the program begins at 7:30 or so. You’ll know the place by the “Story” sign at the end of the driveway. Call 540-371-6775 or email the host at with any questions.

Get Your Mystery Fix On Mondays at SPL

Swarthmore Public Library hosts a new club for fans of British and international TV mystery series. Here’s the story: it’s free, open to all detective watchers and wannabes, and it meets every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue. No code word required.

Food for Thought Meets Thursday

Intrepid readers and cooks look forward to the first Thursday of the month at Swarthmore Public Library. At 4 in the afternoon each month, they convene to feast on recipes they’ve chosen from the month’s featured cookbook, and cooked at home to share with other Food For Thought chefs. Browse the cookbook for April at the library and bring your chosen dish for the feast at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

Jane Billings at The Gathering Place

April is “Around the Ville Month” at the Gathering Place, beginning on Wednesday, April 4, as Swarthmore Borough Manager Jane Billings gives her perspective on what is happening around town.

In particular, Billings will discuss the effect of state and federal regulations on Borough affairs and your taxes.

The Gathering Place meets at Swarthmore United Methodist Church at 129 Park Avenue; everyone is welcome.

Come at noon to enjoy a light lunch provided by Occasionally Yours, as well as dessert and beverages. Jane will start speaking at 12:30 p.m.

Technology Recycling Next Saturday

Spring cleaning isn’t as easy as it used to be. For instance, how do you get rid of your outmoded and unwanted TVs, appliances, computers, and peripherals? Here’s how: take them to CyberCrunch next Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outfit charges modest and varying fees for acceptance of air conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, tube and projection TVs, and monitors. Avert identity theft by watching as your old cell phones and hard drives are destroyed. The collection site at 1 Judy Way in Aston will also be open during the same hours on May 5. Information is at and 866-925-2354.

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