This week’s issue. . .

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board:
Grass May Be Greener at WES
By Katie Crawford

Grass and data dominated the two-plus hour meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board on Monday night, November 13. The main draw for most members of the audience was the condition of the Wallingford Elementary School play field. Before its recent renovation, WES had 1.1 acres of green space available for play. Post-renovation, opens space was reduced to .52 acres, of which just .43 acres are usable. By comparison, Swarthmore-Rutledge School has roughly four acres of green space, and Nether Providence Elementary has roughly three acres. Under intensive use of this space by the approximately 515 WES students, the land has deteriorated, unearthing rock in some places and, according to principal Josh Peterkin, rendering the field unusable for as much as 40 percent of the year due to persistent muddy conditions. Unfortunately, as noted by board President Dr. Robert Sonntag (who phoned in), it is “a tough problem with no perfect solution.”

Nick Cirilli of Cirilli Associates Inc. was on hand to talk about potential approaches to …

Mr. Fantozzi’s class of 2015-16 with author Judy Schachner.

Forward Thinking at WES

Two years ago, Swarthmorean and author Judy Schachner made a special visit to the Wallingford Elementary School and the classroom of teacher Dan Fantozzi. Schachner interacted with Mr. Fantozzi’s 3rd grade class in a unique way, encouraging them all to make their own individual artistic thinking caps. To all of their surprise, Judy Schachner wrote and illustrated a storybook based on her visit to their classroom that day, which has just been published as Sarabella’s Thinking Cap. Sponsored by Children’s Book World …

Back Luck, Then Good, as WWII Ends

Second Lieutenant Harry McCallister (standing on left) with the crew of the B-17 G “Always Available,” which would be shot down on April 9, 1945.

Seventy-two Veterans Days have passed since Swarthmorean Harry McCallister flew his last bombing run as a U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant and copilot of the Boeing B-17G “Always Available.” The story of that flight on April 9, 1945 — and of Harry’s subsequent return to the German towns he revisited 60 years later — is told in McCallister’s Last Mission, published in 2004 by German author Bernard Rodig (and available through Amazon). But nobody tells it like Harry, who spun the yarn for us earlier this year at the Swarthmorean office. Stop by Harry’s table at Occasionally Yours for breakfast on a weekday morning for some details (and words) we had to edit out of the version below.

“In April of 1945, at very end of the war, there were so damn few targets left. They sent airplanes from England over there to try to get rid of three oil tanks. They really went after Hitler’s oil, that’s what really killed them. (This mission was directed at the Schleissheim …

Small Business, Big Deal
in Swarthmore Next Saturday

Next Saturday, November 25, 16 downtown Swarthmore merchants and businesses band together to help kick off the holiday shopping season for even the most “Bah — Humbug” reader.

The antidote to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday offers you the good feeling of shopping locally, with merchants you know, in a relaxed setting … and the excitement of good deals and special promotions. Shop early (Swarthmore Hardware and Vicky’s Place open at 7 a.m.), shop late (H.O.M. is open till 9 p.m. and Renato’s Pizza till midnight), shop often, with discounts, sales, and giveaways. Make sure to stop in to waR3house3 between 1 and 3 p.m. for free giftwrapping of all your purchases from the Ville, featuring a familiar and timeless black & white wrapping paper.

Stop in to Swarthmore businesses this coming week for the Small Business Saturday menu, then save November 25 to get your holiday shopping off to a lively, local, and sustainable start.

Journeys in Color at Borough Hall

Just opened at Swarthmore Borough Hall is “Journeys in Color,” an exhibition of paintings by Leslie Gerhart of Media. Swarthmore Friends of the Arts sponsors the show and hosts a reception with the artist on Friday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Originally a watercolorist inspired by the flowers in her garden, Gerhart became a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her recent work using oil pastels and other media tends towards abstraction and exploration of color and texture dynamics. Swarthmore Borough Hall is located at 121 Park Avenue. The show is open during regular hours …

Holiday Hours for Libraries

On Wednesday, November 22, the Swarthmore Public Library will close at 1 p.m., and the Helen Kate Furness Free Library will close at 5 p.m. Both will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Wind Power at Lang

Swarthmore College’s Wind Ensemble will perform its fall concert this Saturday, November 18, at the college’s Lang Concert Hall. The centerpiece of the program is Lincolnshire Posy, Percy Grainger’s musing on and melding of English folk songs. Along with …

Friday Night Live, Tonight

The Midnighters are joined by the Cornerstones on stage at CAC’s Friday Night Live on November 17.

Community Arts Center kicks off the holiday season this Friday, November 17, with fall’s final Friday Night Live. The multimedia arts happening will feature two bands playing acoustic Americana, while two American artists create visual art in CAC’s Duke Gallery. The bands feature well-known local players Brian Kors and Jake L’Armand (the Midnighters) and Jay Popky, Will Paynter, and Stacy Weathers (the Cornerstones), playing acoustic roots, blues, and jazz, in sets beginning soon after doors open …

Art Speaks, Finally, at Media Fellowship House

Media Fellowship House concludes its 6-part “Art Speaks” series of forums on Tuesday, November 28, at the house at 302 S. Jackson Street. The forum discussion is informed and inspired by a painting by Delaware County artist George Rothacker, who will moderate the talk. His work “Social Conflicts in America: Gay Rights” is one of six paintings …

Slavic Christmas Luncheon with St. Nicholas

Come get a new look at St. Nicholas and experience a Slavic Christmas luncheon on Sunday, December 3, at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church. The luncheon begins at noon, immediately following the 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy; the service and meal are open to all. Traditional Slavic food abounds, including ham, kielbasa with sauerkraut, pierogis …

If It’s Fit to Read, It’s Fit to Print

Trigger warning: Sustainability advocates who long for reduced dependence on paper may feel some discomfort while reading this piece, which is all about dependence on paper. Lots of paper. But there is recycling involved…

Kathy Taylor is imprinted with the newspaper habit.

Wednesday is recycling day in our neck of the Wallingford woods. Tuesday evening we scurry around the kitchen gathering up the goods to go in the big green container we wheel down to the end of the drive. We have the usual stuff: Prego jars for my “homemade” spaghetti sauce, 8 ounce plastic containers that held whitefish salad from the Co-op, large hinged containers once filled with Caesar salad from 320 Market, an empty bottle (or two) of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc.

But newspapers, by far, make up the bulk of our recycling. Jon and I love newspapers – real newspapers we hold in our hands. The New York Times, including the Sunday edition. The Philadelphia Inquirer with its comics. The salmon shades of the weekend edition of the Financial Times. The weekly Cape Codder that keeps …

Freedom Songs from Underground

On Wednesday, November 29, at 7 p.m. Swarthmore Public Library will sponsor “Songs of the Underground Railroad, and What They Meant,” an evening with the music of struggle and hope. Delaware County Historian Nancy Webster speaks on the oral and artistic history of a crucial movement in this exciting presentation at the Council Room of Swarthmore Borough Hall. Webster has substantial credibility — professionally as …

Media Chamber Chorale Sets Concert Schedule

A fixture in the holiday arts calendar is set, and the Media Chamber Chorale will sing its annual holiday concert program twice in December, featuring Bach’s Magnificat and other seasonal selections. The culmination of months of rehearsal by the chorus, the holiday concerts will be presented at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m., with an afternoon performance at 3 p.m. the next day at …

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