In this week’s issue . . .

(Left to right) Special effects director Liz Krov makes final adjustments to a prosthetic rig as the scene is slated and director Cameron Mitchell gets ready to go for a take.

Moviemaking After Hours in The Co-Op

Former Swarthmorean and 2009 Strath Haven alumnus Cameron Mitchell returned last weekend to the Swarthmore Co-Op, camera in hand and film crew in tow. In a couple of long nights shooting in the store after hours, film director Mitchell has the footage in the can, and post-production is under way on his movie entitled …wait for it … “The Co-Op.” 

His first narrative film will be entered in the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge, Mitchell said recently, describing the script: “The log line for ‘The Co-Op’ is: A robber’s plan quickly unravels when he discovers that the Co-Op he has marked is full of disabled people. I wanted to create a film where we would see many disabled people in a public setting and a film that would have a disabled person in a protagonist role dealing revenge on all of the past representations of disability in cinema.”

The film project was a bit of a family affair. Cameron met Rachel Middleton (SHHS 2011) in Strath Haven’s marching band in 2008. The couple married last year and now live in northern New Jersey, but had a reunion of sorts in Swarthmore. Rachel’s sister Rose McDaniel was location manager for the shoot at the Co-Op where she is Departments Manager. Cameron’s father David, who is disabled, acted in the film. Both parents are professors of disability studies at George Washington University, but maintain a home in Swarthmore, where Cameron’s interest in film began. He developed his conceptual technical abilities in Temple University’s Film program and has since worked on many films as a documentary director, cinematographer, and in camera, production and lighting on major studio productions.

Links for viewing The Co-Op and other entries in the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge at

Treats for the Mind and the Mouth
at SPL Book & Bake Sale

Starting next Thursday, you can feast your intellect and your taste buds at the Swarthmore Public Library’s annual Book and Bake Sale with thousands of books at popular prices and delicious home baked treats on offer.

This year, there is a bumper crop of young adult fiction among the vast array of hardcover and paperback books covering virtually every subject and every table  in Swarthmore’s Borough Hall. 

The children’s book room has board books, chapter books, picture books; games and puzzles abound; CDs, DVDs and other forms of media are represented; coffee table books and other rare and precious volumes fill the Booktique.

The sale opens Thursday, April 26, at 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. Friday’s hours are the same but most items are half price, while Saturday’s “$5 a bag” sale goes from 9 to 4 p.m. The discounts apply to most items except those in the Booktique, which will go for $20 a bag on Saturday.

The talents of local bakers will also be on display, as well as businesses like Occasionally Yours and Hobbs. If you can contribute, please bring your baked goods to the Library on Wednesday, April 25. In any case, come to the sale hungry and forget your diet. 

All proceeds from the Book and Bake Sale benefit the Swarthmore Public Library and its programs and services. To get involved, call SPL president Carol Kennedy at 610-328-7398.

‘The Greatest Story Ever Sung’ Opens at PCS

Starting tonight — Friday, April 20 — the Players Club of Swarthmore presents Jesus Christ Superstar for10 performances through May 5 on the PCS Main Stage at 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore. Bohdan Senkow directs this righteous, revolutionary …

Music at Lang, This Weekend and Next

Tis the season for chamber music as students in Swarthmore College’s Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform four concerts in the coming week.The first of these will be held tonight (Friday) at Lang Concert Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.; encores of the Fetter …

Campus & Community Store Plans
Independent Bookstore Day Bash

Browse, nosh, laugh and shop next Saturday at the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. From 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, the store at 4 S. Chester Avenue will offer an author reading, raffle, …

Early Spring and Tree Peonies Tour at Scott

On Tuesday, April 24 at noon, stroll the grounds of Scott Arboretum with the Arboretum’s expert staff, paying particular attention to the somewhat delayed spring blooms. On Monday, April 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., experts from the Mid-Atlantic Peony Society …

Spend Arbor Day at the Arboretum

Next Saturday morning, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, bring the family to celebrate Arbor Day at Scott Arboretum. Start at the Wister Center, tour the arboretum on a scavenger hunt, get practical horticultural advice from Scott’s friendly gardeners, enjoy refreshments…

Vaccine Facts at Schoolhouse

Next Thursday, April 26, come to Schoolhouse Center to get the facts about vaccines for shingles, flu, and pneumonia in people age 50 and up. Alight meal will be served at the free session. Come by 4:15 p.m. to register for the 4:30 program. The center is at …

Schoolhouse Offers Class to Save You Time

The Schoolhouse Center in Folsom presents “Eliminating Errands,” a class on Tuesday, April 30, designed to help you save time and aggravation by using your cell phone or tablet to automate and shortcut those tedious chores.The class meets from 11 a.m. …

Teach Swimming This Summer!

If you enjoy the water, consider giving lessons this summer to students in the Chester Children’s Chorus Summer Program. As part of the Chester Children’s Chorus 6-week Summer Program, learning to swim has become a favorite activity for the younger …

WSSD Sets Summer Band and String School

Summer is the season for young musicians pursuing virtuosity, picking up a new instrument, or just having fun playing music with friends. The Wallingford-Swarthmore Summer Band and String School is the place to do all three. Beginning June 18, the …

Art + R + B = Friday Night Live at CAC

The spring season of Friday Night Live wraps on April 27 with an exciting pairing at Community Arts Center: soul singer Lisa Chavous with visual artists Olga Nielsen and James Kelewae.  Lisa Chavous performs R & B from Motown to Philly and beyond. …

LWV Candidate Forums May 1 & 2

The League of Women Voters sponsors two important forums, convening Fifth District Congressional candidates to discuss their positions in advance of the May 15 primary elections. The audience will submit questions for the participants at the events. At …

March in May

With just a month to go until the Swarthmore Charity Fun Fair on Sunday, May 20, it’s time to make your plans to join the fun in the grand opening parade, which this year has the theme “Having Fun Helping Others.”  Get together with friends and neighbors, family …

Dig M. Louise Baker, Archeological Artist of Yore, In HKF Program Wednesday
By Angela Hewett

To early 20th century archaeologists digging in the Middle East and South America for 2,000-year-old artifacts, the most popular woman in America was artist M. Louise Baker — and she lived in Wallingford! An artist, Baker worked at University of Pennsylvania …

College Seniors, Working in Many Media,
to Show at List Gallery

From April 19 through May 14, a series of four weeklong thesis exhibitions at List Gallery will feature the work of eight Swarthmore College senior art majors, each of whom has developed themes and created works reflecting a conceptual focus. Their chosen …

Stories of Other Places and Other Times

Interactive tribal songs; flute, hoop and eagle dances; urban anecdotes and timeless teachings all weave together in Ty Defoe’s “Hoop of Life” exploratory performance, which will take place on Tues., April 24, 4:30 p.m. at Upper Tarble in Clothier Hall. Storytelling …

Ohara Ikebana Exhibition, Workshop This Weekend

The Delaware Valley chapter of Ohara Ikebana presents a weekend celebrating the exquisite art of Japanese flower arranging, beginning on Friday, April 20, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Wister Center of Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. On …

TGP Welcomes Pat Francher

Pat Francher, coordinator of the Swarthmore Farmers Market and Makers Market, will be the speaker at the Wednesday, April 25, Gathering Place meeting as part of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association series of “Around the Ville” in April at …

Readings at Swarthmore College

Ru Freeman, author of A Disobedient Girl and On Sal Mal Lane, will read from her work at the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. On the following afternoon, Mikhail Shishkin speaks about the experiences and cross-cultural …

Ed Jones’s First Hundred Years, Mostly in Swarthmore

Ed and Donna Kay Jones at their home at 221 Haverford Avenue. In the background is 227, where Ed grew up and later lived for decades.

New centenarian Ed Jones has spent about 80 of his years in Swarthmore, and given much of his wisdom any energy to the leadership of its civic and community institutions. The members of two of these — the Rotary Club of Swarthmore and the Centennial Foundation — recently honored him with celebrations of his April birthday. Before the cheers subsided, the Swarthmorean talked recently with Ed and his wife Donna Kay Croddy in their home at 221 Haverford Avenue.

Ed: I’ve lived in this house only since I got married. My father designed and built the house next door, 227. He took the plans into an architect in Philadelphia, asked him how much it would cost, the architect said $10,000. So he brought the plans back, and was his own architect. We moved there in fall of 1931.

The Swarthmorean: So you’re not a native?
Ed: I came to Swarthmore in the 8th grade, so I’m a newcomer. I was born on 28th Street in Chester, so they tell me; I was not recording these events. They jumped me ahead so I graduated in 1935. Went through all four years of Swarthmore High School, at the corner of College and Princeton avenues in what is now the elementary school.

TS:  Did the town look different then?
Ed: Chester Road was a grade crossing, no underpass, with gates and a watchman on duty. Lots of train traffic, freight as well as passenger. I was present when they dedicated the underpass. They  cut a ribbon; I was prepared with the scissors and cut a piece off. I gave that to the Swarthmore Historical Society.

TS: Where else have you lived in Swarthmore?
Ed: I was overseas in the Army when I got a letter from my wife [Lyn, Ed’s first wife of 72 years, died in 2013], saying ‘Come home and live in the house I bought.’ It was a twin stucco house on Hillborn, and we lived there about 3 or 4 years until our eldest child was ready to start school. I was having lunch down in Chester one day when I heard a Realtor sitting at the next table describing a house that he had for sale. I walked over to him and said, ‘I’ll buy that house.’ It was on the 300 block of Cornell Avenue, near the grade school and just what I wanted for my children. We lived there until my father got quite old and infirm, and we moved to his house. Then I ended up getting married to Donna Kay [already living at 221] and moving here.

TS: Were you always a Quaker?
Ed: I was born, baptized and confirmed as an Episcopalian in Chester. We moved from Chester and when I got old enough I went to the minister in Cheater and said, “I want to transfer my membership from the Episcopal Church to the Quaker Meeting. My wife’s a Quaker.” He said, “no, once you’re an Episcopalian, you’re always an Episcopalian. You can’t transfer out.” That irritated me, I said, “If I don’t make it to heaven as a Quaker, I’ll fall back on what you’ve got.” That was my last conversation with him.”

When they put the addition on the meetinghouse [Whittier Hall] some years back, I was the clerk and signed the note to borrow $100,000 to build the addition. This was the biggest note I’ve ever signed. That was a real act of faith, and they paid it off in a year’s time, with contributions.

TS: You are speaking this week at the Rotary Club of Swarthmore. How long have you been a Rotarian?
Ed: I joined Chester Rotary first, about 1945. When I came out of the service, one of the first things I did was see if I could become a Rotarian. They put me in charge of handing out all the name cards. I became the acting president. GE had a big firm in Eddystone and their workers were on strike. I invited management to come speak to Rotary about their problem. They declined. So I called the head of the union and asked him to come tell us what it’s all about … [A newspaper story on the talk appeared], and the next day I got a phone call. Management wanted their own Rotary program. An agreement was reached.

TS: What was your job in the Army?
Ed: Training clerks in Aberdeen, Maryland, [and then in England and France] I was a junior officer in a heavy automotive maintenance company … I’d been assigned 6 men to locate vehicles. We drove them … into Paris and we saw the victory parade go down the Champs Elysee, with General Eisenhower sitting in the back of an open car. I knew it was going to be worth seeing.

I got assigned to the war crimes branch in Weisbaden. Every POW who was released into American hands was interviewed on release as to anything they might have seen or heard, and those interviews were stacked up. It was our job to go through them. I was already a lawyer at this point. I stayed until the Nuremberg trials began. I was in that job for six months or so. 

TS: Then what?
Ed: Then back to my father’s law office in Chester, a member of the Delaware County Bar, the firm was Jones and Jones, he was the third generation. When I got back to my father’s law firm, he made me responsible for building up deposits in the Chester Federal Savings and Loan which later merged with Bryn Mawr Trust.

Now, I’m pretty near retirement. I developed quite a practice of writing wills and settling estates and I found that people who have wills written, by and large they expect to live for a good many years. But it doesn’t bring me new clients.

TS: What was your role in creating the Centennial Foundation?
Ed: I had a wealthy client and told her that this was a place to put her wealth when she died. We started it while she was still living, and set out to define its purpose. I invited all former mayors of Swarthmore to lunch, where I invited them to become members of the first board of directors. The donor was interested in parks, and scholarships, and its mission has remained consistent.

TS: You were also mayor, right?
Ed: Yes, I was mayor and then went to state legislature. I finished a term for someone who died, them was elected to a two year term. I had to spend so much time in Harrisburg, I rented a one room apartment, when our children were still at home.  

TS: Tell us about your family at that time.
Ed: My first wife’s name was Adalyn, but she went by Lyn. Our first child is Linda McKee; she lives in Lancaster, she and her husband were in the winery business. It’s interesting that they ran a winery … I don’t drink. My next daughter is Alida; she lives in Hartford, Conn. I was in the army when she was born. My commanding officer was also awaiting a child’s birth, but he could not deny me leave to go see my baby. My youngest daughter is Nancy, who lives in Ohio. One of her daughters has become a doctor. 

We had a son, Edmund, who was murdered in front of our house. It was a terrible time when my son died.  

TS: Was it difficult to live in Swarthmore after that?
Ed: No, I didn’t blame it on the town. I blamed it entirely on the family who let their son go out with a big knife on him. The whole town was rocked by this. The memorial service was held in the meetinghouse which was filled and put up a lot of chairs outside. The next door neighbor started a foundation to fund the memorial scholarship in memory of Edmund A. Jones at Swarthmore College.

TS: Were you active in government after the Legislature?  Delaware County?
Ed: I’ve been involved in Delaware County Council, and served on the SEPTA board of directors. I’ve always been a rail buff. And when Blue Route was in planning, I and others went to Washington to meet … [and] the highway went on the other side of the Crum. 

TS: What has most changed in your time in Swarthmore?
Ed: The way it looks? The largest single change was the railroad underpass. The train crossing was not a mechanical operation. And I think the roundabout is a good way to keep traffic under control.

TS: Like the Blue Route, that was a big debate.
Ed: But an informed debate. This is a town full of intelligent people with diverse sets of skills and knowledge.  If you want to get something done in Swarthmore, you can probably find someone who knows how to do it.

Poetry Corner

2018 Swarthmore Spring

The brittle sticks of April, broken, prolific, scattered,
The ground, cold beneath exposing sparse green sprouts.
We walk around assessing debris,
Above, tall trees still bereft stand profiled.
Against the gray their branches ungreened
Appear as nerve endings gone awry.
Patterns, revealing no promise of spring. 

Remembering childhood’s carefree game,
Pick up sticks, a delicate retrieval of rainbows,
Carefully separated, slender colors extracted then
Dropped singularly for points.

Unlike our point, to rush, raking to collect in heaps
Before another untimely April blizzard
Arrives, covering what lies beneath.
These sticks, irregular, ungainly,
Differing shades of unpleasant brown.
Their clumped, clinging wetness webbed with leaves
Finally piled at the curb.

Nearby, the tender limbed bushes
Just a hint of green on their brittle branches.
We wonder, worry what ability to bend, to endure
Tonight’s wintry mix, to resist becoming brittle sticks.

The next day, cans of sticks emptied,
Just the street’s clutter to sweep.
In the sunshine my neighbor’s cherry tree
“Loveliest of trees” shares its glowing blossoms
Above a smattering of soft snow.
The light green grass underneath thankful
For last night’s flaked watering, more blessing than blizzard.

— Ann Foster

Ann Foster is a recent arrival to Swarthmore, coming from Florida via Bucks County. A retired high school English teacher, she has been more a reader of poetry than a poet, but says that “With my family now grown, I can indulge in and practice more writing.”


Threading the trail through spruce forest
Then hand over hand up a wooden ladder
Sweating, seeking foot holds
in the gray boulder face blooming with green lichen.
A chipmunk skitters into a crevice split by winter’s ice
at forty below

Muscles burning, we scramble over stone steps heaved
up by giants’ thunder breath.
A weasel slips between the silver birches

Breaking out onto the mountain top
We loll on sun warmed ledges
on the hawk fierce profile of
the mountain,
sentinel of
the glacial lake below

Two monarchs, then three
orange and black kaleidoscopes
wing, float and rise on thermal air
brushing by my shoulder

It’s the vroom. The roar.
The charge across the grass,
blades flashing.
The grinding gears and breaking sticks.
The first lawn cut of spring
enchants his toddler heart. 

— Elizabeth Fletcher

Elizabeth Fletcher is a medical and technical writer and editor, and a published poet and essayist. She has lived in Swarthmore with her husband Fred Tinter and sons Alex and Evan for 30 years.

Fire Horn

This morning while out walking
that old fire horn startled me
(the way it always does)
like a newborn’s cry in the night

I cannot help but think of you when I hear it
so braided is the sound into my memory
like the everyday clatter of clearing plates 

I picture its howl rushing through high branches
of heroic oak and trembling ash to find me
to help me find you

We play Mastermind on the dusty oriental rug in the living room
sail around the world in creaking wicker baskets
eat Cheerios dry in the playhouse

I creep into mother and daddy’s room like a feral cat
strain to reach deep into the top of the highboy
scoop out quarters with my fingertips

I take you to Eddie’s market to buy Tootsie Rolls and Swedish Fish
make you hold my hand when we cross Yale Avenue
and promise not to tell that I got smokes instead of candy

We climb to the high part of the roof
lay back on the warm, feathering slate
we hoot and shout into the clouds

With each blare and pause of the fire horn
my mind clicks through our stockpile of scenes
A steady, visceral hum of connection

Until the siren quits and the hum returns to crackle

I hope one day you will just come home
maybe then the horn will sound but I won’t even hear it
or maybe it won’t sound, and I will not even notice it is gone

— Liz Morris Orye

Liz Orye is a Swarthmore native who now lives and writes in Wallingford. In between then and now, she lived for a decade in Virginia. She owns a petit floral design studio called Bough & Blossom.

El Capitan

The Captain of the Guadalupes
Stood on the desert plain
And sighted ‘cross
The Delawares
In hope of tropic rain

But to his wish
Came burning sun
And whispers
Parched and dry
From oceans drained
And forests dropped
Beneath the hard blue sky

My Captain, my Captain
Can not you hear the waves?
You used to be a massive reef
That stood out in the sea
Where urchins spawned with
Snails and worms and great
Sharks sported free?

Oh Captain, El Capitan
Your ship has gone aground
Where crabs and fish and
Tiny shrimp did once so much abound
Where now the yucca blossoms
And the ocotillo nods its head
Where lizards scamper in the sun
And horny toads make their bed

My Captain waits for rising tides
To bring the sea again
And sure enough, it will come
Though not this year or next
But in time’s long awaited pulse
The earth will sink, the ice caps melt
The planet will convulse

And silently the knife sharp waters
Will creep upon the land
Then will silver fish and octopi parade
For the Captain on revue
Where herds of elk now browse
The bushes of the heights
Still wet with morning dew.

— Christopher Ray

“El Capitan is a massive fossil coral reef that stands above a desert valley in far west Texas, south of Carlsbad Caverns. Not to be confused with El Capitan of Yosemite Park.”

The Vulture

The vulture cuts his silent turn
A carbon in the blue
His watchful rheumy eyes collect
The denizens in view
He spots some morsel
In the glade
On evolution’s wake
He comes behind the Reaper
As the rake.

— Christopher Ray

House Fire on Ogden Avenue

Photo by Rich Cresson

Firefighters were called to a dwelling fire on Ogden Avenue on Thursday, April 12, at 12:34 p.m. for a “building fire — in the eve outside the window.” Assistant Chief Rick Lee, one of the first arriving firefighters found a single family dwelling with fire extending from the 1st floor at the rear of the structure.

Due to the time of day, Chief Lee knew that manpower would be a critical issue. The first alarm dispatched five neighboring fire departments. This was quickly expanded to three alarms calling upon the resources of 16 fire departments from as far away as Aston and Haverford Twp. 

Photo by Gloria Ellers

The fire quickly extended up the exterior wall to the roof area. The fire’s head start combined with the lack of manpower and equipment forced firefighters to evacuate the structure until master streams could be deployed to knock down the bulk of the fire. At that time the interior attack was resumed until the fire was brought under control and finally extinguished. Luckily the house is situated midway between two fire hydrants so water supply was not an issue once apparatus arrived on scene. Apparatus remained on scene until approximately 4 p.m. 

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation by the Swarthmore Fire Marshal.

Photo by Bill Menke

Books for Teens and Preteens

By Carol Kennedy

April is National Library Month, and the Swarthmore Public Library has some brand-new titles for pre-teen and teen readers! Check these out!

Out of Tune by Norah McClintock. In this murder mystery, Riley figures out who killed one of her classmates, a girl who seemed to have everything going for her. It will keep mystery lovers turning pages.

Polaris by Michael Northrup. Adventure, science fiction. It is some time in the 1830s, and a group of young cabin attendants and deck hands find themselves alone on a large sailing vessel in the middle of a storm, just outside the mouth of the Amazon River. The adult crew has mutinied and deserted the ship. Meanwhile, something very scary and mysterious is lurking beneath the ocean’s surface. In a series of nail-biting episodes, the kids figure out how to survive. This is a great adventure story, with both historical and science-fiction elements. The action is non-stop.

Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders. In this accessible book, Sanders addresses young people and describes the issues he is most passionate about — health care reform, climate change, economic equality, Wall Street reform, higher education, immigration. He explains the need for economic justice and other changes he deems necessary. Illustrations help to break up the text and add a modicum of humor.

Deadly Wish by Sarah L. Thomson. This exciting adventure story, a sequel to Deadly Flowers, involves a female ninja warrior whose mission is to guard a magical pearl that harbors a demon. She has to transport the pearl through unknown lands, facing one danger after another as she encounters other ninjas, thieves, samurai, and monsters. Along the way, she faces many choices: to rely only on her own ninja skills or accept the help of friends? Use up her last wish, even though doing so will unleash a terrible demon upon the world? This book will appeal particularly to anyone who loves all things Japanese.

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin. Stephen King for the young-adult set. Mae is a teenage girl who comes from a small town where the residents practice Satanism. When she becomes part of Jules’ family, things begin to get stranger and stranger. Older teens will keep turning the pages of this suspense/horror story to try to figure out what secrets Mae is hiding, and why her family of Satan-worshippers is after her. The story will appeal to those who like suspense and have a taste for the macabre.

Carol Kennedy of Swarthmore is a retired school librarian and a member of the TriState Young Adult Review Committee (



Willard C. Richan and Ann B. Hubben

Dr. Willard C. (Will) Richan and Ann B. Hubben were married on April 7 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore. Officiating were The Rev. Patricia Oglesby and The Reverend William North.

Will and Ann’s children also participated with them in the ceremony. Will’s son, David Richan, Esq., of New York, was best man, and Ann’s daughter, Carol Hilgenberg of Costa Mesa, Calif., was maid of honor.

The couple, who reside in Chester, will take a honeymoon trip to Orkney, a group of islands off Scotland, in June. Orkney is the ancestral home of the Richan family.

In keeping with the theme of the wedding and the honeymoon, Major Colin Drummond, playing bagpipes in full Scottish regalia, escorted the wedding party to the reception.

Music at the ceremony also included a piece played by the bride’s sister, Barbara Pederson, on a Native American flute from her collection.

Rachel Mashek (right) of Swarthmore and Olivia Walsh of Bryn Mawr won the recent National Junior Squash doubles championships held at Wilmington Country Club in Greenville, Del. This is their second national championship win together. Both are students at the Agnes Irwin School. Rachel was also a finalist, along with her partner, Jack Winston of Chestnut Hill, Mass., in the Under 19 national mixed division. Rachel is the daughter of Tom and Helen Mashek.

Letter to the Editor

In praise of Anya Silver

To the Editor:

I taught a beautiful, talented dear little girl all thru Swarthmore High School, and I have followed her illustrious career. Now I see the picture on the front page of the Swarthmorean of a beautiful young woman, Anya Krugovoy Silver. My love and congratulations go out to her on her outstanding achievements, and to her dear mother who raised such an exciting daughter and has always been a long time contributing citizen of “Our Town” herself.

And since Caroline Baker was a dear friend of mine, I thank Anya for for giving credit to Caroline for Anya’s beginnings. Caroline was a poet herself, and mentored many a student who stayed connected to her long after high school. In fact after Caroline died, I found hundreds of pieces of paper in her desk with poems on them.I subsequently made them into a hard back book for Caroline’s extensive family.

Again, I want Anya to know how proud we all are of her, and thank her once again for remembering her beginnings.It brings me great joy.

With great affection,

Putty (Alice Willetts)

This week’s issue . . .

Guggenheim Fellow Anya Silver’s
Poetic Muse Emerged Here

Just named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2018, poet and Mercer University Professor Anya Krugovoy Silver is a true daughter of Swarthmore. 

Swarthmore-raised — her mother Christel Krugovoy lives here still — the Strath Haven High School alumna has lived for 25 years in Georgia, but she says “Swarthmore is always my hometown in my heart.”

Guggenheim Fellow Anya Silver

Anya’s best friend since 6th grade, Swarthmorean Oonie Lynch, tipped us off to the award — no surprise to Anya. “Oonie is always in my corner, always looking out for me. She’s one of the constants in my life.” One of 175 artists, writers, scholars and scientists to receive the fellowship this year among 3,000 applicants, Anya says, “I knew I was on the list, but still I was beyond thrilled and surprised.”

Her poetry career started in 11th grade, encouraged by Strath Haven English teacher Miss Baker. “Since 3rd grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer but it was when I read The Lady of Shalott and Dover Beach in her class that I really started to write poetry.”

When she got to Haverford College, Anya felt herself “start to become who I was.” It turned out that she was a serious student and a serious writer, who after graduating from Haverford with an English degree concentrating on poetry did “meaningless jobs” for a couple of years before entering a Ph.D. program at Emory University. Five year later, she finished her dissertation (on Victorian Literature and Anorexia Nervosa), claimed her degree, and with her husband Andrew Silver, sought teaching positions in the same place. Miraculously, both were hired at Mercer, and have been there since 2000.

“I know I’m extremely lucky,” Anya says, considering how many aspire to become poets and how few can truly make it their vocation. “Writing is not just writing – it’s difficult to switch your brain back and forth,” she says, while writing, say, literary criticism is a formal discipline, poetry uses different mental muscles.

“Poetry is more intuitive, and it has to be concise,” Anya says. “Most poetry is written from personal experience,” whether in the poet’s perspectives or narrative; images or word selection, all is influenced by personality and experience. Over the past 14 years, as Anya has confronted metastatic breast cancer, she says: “My work has dealt with my experience of cancer and illness, of considering death and the meaning of life. I write a lot in mythology, mystery and fairy tales. I’m aware of fragility and strength, too.”

The Guggenheim comes with a cash grant, and with that stipend comes freedom, Anya notes. “The fellowship brings the gift of time, which is most valuable to any writer. It enables me to take a semester off from teaching and just write.”

Following this semester, Anya will make one of her occasional returns to her hometown, stopping for a fix of coffee at Hobbs and of reminiscence at Renato’s. She has the same thought each visit: “I wish that everyone there knew how perfect a town Swarthmore is.”


I place you by my window so your skin can receive the setting sun,
so your flesh will yield to succulence, lush with juice,
so the saints of autumn will bless your flaming fruit.
Because cancer has left me tired.
Because when I visit God’s houses, I enter and leave alone.
Not even in the melting beeswax and swinging musk of incense
has God visited me, not when I’ve bowed or kneeled or sung.
Because I have found God, instead, when I’ve crouched in bathrooms,
lain back for the burning of my skin, covered my face and cursed.
Persimmon: votive candle at the icon of my kitchen window,
your four-petaled stem the eye of God in the Temple’s dome,
tabernacle of pulp and seed,
dwelling place for my wandering prayers,
I am learning from you how to praise.
Because when your body bruises and softens, you are perfected.
Because your soul, persimmon, is sugar.

Copyright Anya Krugovoy Silver
More poems of Anya’s can be found in this week’s printed issue.

Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board:
Examining the Extended School Year
By Katie Crawford

Referencing John Dewey’s quote, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself,” Megan McCullough, director of Secondary Special Education, and Gina Ross, director of Elementary Special Education, presented to the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board on the Extended School Year services available to qualifying special education students in the district.

The presentation began by defining what the Extended School Year (ESY) is not; it is not summer school or summer camp, and while credit recovery can be part of the experience, it is not the purpose of enrollment in an extended year program. There are extensive federal and state regulations pertaining to the extended school year which make clear that these programs are for students who need educational support beyond the regular school calendar and are not simply in need of summer camp activities or daycare.

A variety of factors are considered before recommending a student for ESY, such as the severity of a child’s disability, their self-sufficiency and independence, and how “successive interruptions” or time out of school affect their ability to retain information. Educators look at patterns in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), progress reports before and after breaks, teacher observations, as well as medical and parental input. 

ESY takes on a variety of forms in the district including structured academic programs at the elementary and secondary level, intensive social skills workshops, as well as the coordination of related services like speech therapy or occupational therapy. Sarah Holt, who teaches life skills at Strath Haven High School, also addressed the board. 

During the summer Ms. Holt works with the Summer Panthers program for students with both academic and life skills needs. She shared photos of students from this past summer participating in activities specially designed for students in need of occupational, speech, or physical therapy. Activities included arts and crafts, cooking with a focus on daily …

Clean Up Your Home Turf on Earth Day

Swarthmore Town Center, Mayor Tim Kearney, and Swarthmore Borough Council are partners in the 2018 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania to be held on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22.

The Cleanup goes from noon to 4 p.m., and volunteers are needed for a variety of beautification tasks around the ‘Ville. To sign up for a specific task, please visit the Swarthmore Town Center website:

Meet at noon in the Central Park Amphitheater for instructions and to break into work groups. And when the work’s over, be sure to stick around or come back to the amphitheater, because at 4 p.m., the play begins, with a music performance by the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra. Pack a picnic dinner and BYOB and the staff from Hobbs will also be slinging their Good Boy Burgers. 

Everyone is invited to the celebration. It’s the perfect way to officially welcome Spring to the ‘Ville! And if Earth Day is a rainout, the event moves to Sunday, April 29.

Food Truck-a-Thon Next Friday

The Swarthmore Co-Op is circling the wagons for the year’s  first Truck-a-Thon, next Friday, April 20, in Swarthmore’s Central Park. 

From 5 to 9 p.m., at least 20 of the finest mobile food purveyors will be competing for your accolades and dining dollars. Six new vendors are among the caravan that will spread from Myers Avenue and the Co-Op to Borough Hall. For info, visit

Who? What? Where? When?
By Louise Coffin

Have you ever asked yourself: “Where can I find a chorus, a nursery school, a gardening club, a church?” Or “When can I attend an academic lecture, create art, play baseball, learn about my town’s history or its government? How can I find these resources all in one place?”

These and many, many other questions can now be answered online. Simply log on to and select “Community Organizations Directory” from the menu on the left. You will have access to a listing of more than 100 nonprofit, volunteer, and community organizations based in Swarthmore and nearby towns.

Each group appears with a brief description and includes street address, phone number, and contact personnel as well as links to email and website, if applicable. Your search is made easy with an alphabetized listing, a category drop-down menu, and a name entry box.

A project of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, this directory is for everyone — children and adults; new residents and longtime denizens. So, if you want to find out about art exhibits, scouting, political groups, libraries, theaters, transportation, international service organizations, recreation for kids, programs at Swarthmore College, and more, look no further. These resources are waiting for you.

Chester Children’s Chorus to Visit
and Sing at Westtown School

By Kirsten Halker-Kratz

Forty members of the Chester Children’s Chorus will meet students, faculty, alumni and parents at the Westtown School as part of the school’s Shoemaker Artist Series on Sunday, April 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome at this community concert, to be held at the school’s Barton Test Theater at 975 Westtown Road, West Chester. 

Conducted by Dr. John Alston, the Chorus’s founder and artistic director, the concert will feature classical, gospel and popular works that the chorus is working on for their spring concert series. On Monday, Dr. Alston will spend the day working with Westtown music students.

Westtown’s Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer Series includes a lineup of distinguished visitors each year who move their students toward self-education and self-knowledge. A legacy since the 1960s of the Shoemaker and Flaccus families, the Shoemaker Series brings to campus talented men and women from a variety of fields. An important part of the Shoemaker visits includes opportunities for Westtown students to interact with these individuals. More information on the Chester Children’s Chorus can be found at

Scanlon Leads, but Delco Dems Make 
No Endorsement in Fifth District
By Andrea Knox

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon was the top vote-getter among 12 candidates who sought the Delaware County Democratic Party’s endorsement last Sunday (April 8) for U.S. Representative in the new 5th Congressional District. However, because no candidate received the required 55 percent of votes cast, no endorsement was agreed upon, thus the May 13 election will be an open primary, with no Democratic favorite listed on the county ballot.

Individual municipalities are free to endorse their favorites and print their own sample ballots showing those favorites. The Swarthmore Democratic Party will hold an endorsement vote this coming Wednesday (April 18) on both the Congressional race and the 26th State Senate district race. In the Pennsylvania Senate contest, Swarthmore mayor Tim Kearney is vying with Tanner Rouse of Upper Providence for the nomination to oppose incumbent Republican Tom McGarrigle …

Planning for July 4

The Swarthmore Independence Day Committee will hold its annual planning meeting on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting in Swarthmore Borough Hall.

Town Center’s Anita Barrett at TGP

Have you attended a concert in the new Central Park amphitheater or visited the monthly art exhibits at Borough Hall? April is “Around the Ville” month at the Swarthmore Senior Citizens’ Association, so plan to attend the Wednesday, April 18, meeting of The Gathering Place to hear Anita Barrett, Town Center Coordinator, tell about the exciting events with the stores and community activities, as well as planned improvements. …

Growing SPNDS students (first row, L to R) Casey Moots, Arden Phipps, Mia Warren, Emma Wilson, Jack Mains, and Katerina Christodouleus, (second row, l. to r.) Logan Bloom, Ramsay Kadlec, Ian Wilson, and Mitchell Christodouleus.

Order Plants Now from SPNDS

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School (SPNDS) is now taking orders in its Annual Spring Plant Sale, which offers a wide variety of plants, flowers, vegetables and herbs, with all proceeds benefitting its scholarship fund. Presale orders will be accepted through April 20. Download from, or request one by phone by contacting SPNDS at 610-543-2861.

Orders can be picked up at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

A limited amount of flowers and plants will also be on sale to the public during the pick-up windows. The church and SPNDS are at 727 Harvard Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081.

CAC Saddles Up for Boots and Bandanas Bash

The Boots & Bandanas Bash committee, co-chaired by J. Rossi, Ginger March and Holly Farnese, solicited a variety of silent auction items including a painting of Johnny Cash by David McShane for CAC’s spring fundraiser on April 21.

The Community Arts Center hosts its annual spring fundraiser on Saturday, April 21, a wild western party in the Duke Gallery, called the Boots and Bandanas Bash. 

A posse of party planners is rounding up guests for the hoedown, where you and your pardner can dance country and western style to the roots rock & roll music of the Twangbillies. 

Jeffrey Miller Catering will serve up Southwestern vittles, and if you head for the saloon, you’ll find an open bar all night long. Attendees are asked to dress the part in their most creative western attire.  

The Bash starts at 7 p.m. In addition to the food, drink, music and fun with friends, you can bid on silent auction items including ceramics, paintings, sporting events, …

Shred it, Trash It — Just Get It Out of Here

Next Saturday, April 21, Wallingford Presbyterian Church sponsors a Shred and Fed event, which is an opportunity to dispose of paper files and records in a highly secure mobile shredding unit operated by Docuvault. It’s free and open to the public (individuals only, not businesses) however, you are invited to donate non-perishable foods or funds to be given to food banks in Chester. The hours are 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; the church parking lot at 110 Brookhaven Road in Wallingford is the venue. On Monday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nether Providence residents can take their heavy trash for drop-off at the township’s public works garage, 5 Brookhaven Road. Don’t bring hazardous waste or electronics; do bring an ID that shows you live in the township. Questions? Call 610-566-4516.

Vendors Sought, then Shoppers

Members of the Strath Haven Class of 2020 planning the May 5 sale include (l. to r.) William Graham, Alexander Lombard, Jake Dunning, Trevor Reiss, Sophie Goodwin, Rori Caulfield, and Matt Pizzirusso.

Are you a crafter or artist looking for a place to sell your creations? Do you want to get rid of some of that stuff you’ve cleaned out this spring? Or are you looking to add to your collection at bargain prices.  Anyway, circle May 5 on your calendar for the Strath Haven High School Craft and Flea Sale, which will be held in the SHHS gym from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is room for 40 vendors; if you want to be one, call 610-470-9035 to request an application form. The cost is $50; proceeds benefit SHHS Class of 2020 After Prom.

Vendors are also wanted for the Flea & Craft Market at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Church on April 28. Claim your place to sell your stuff (non-food) for just $20; call 610-544-1215 by April 21. The Church is at 900 Fairview Road in Swarthmorewood.

Last Call for Art! Homegrown Artworks Wanted

All artists over 18 who live in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District are invited to participate in the 2018 Celebrate Swarthmore Artists Exhibit, by submitting an entry form by Monday, April 23. Artists can enter one or two original pieces in any medium except photography. Entry forms are available at Borough Hall and at The show will be hung at Borough Hall from May 2 to June 3.

Meditation Classes in Faith and Life

David Page

This Sunday morning, and also the following Sunday, April 15 and 22, David Page will lead a two-part Faith and Life class on Practical Meditation at the Swarthmore United Methodist Church.

A long-time resident of Swarthmore, David has been practicing Yoga Meditation for 25 years. The classes will focus on means to deepen our personal experiences in mediation, and offer an opportunity for exploration and questions. No experience in meditation is necessary. If you attend, it may be helpful to bring a small pillow. Worship service begins at 10 a.m., and the classes will begin in the Chapel after the 11 a.m. coffee fellowship, at approximately 11:15. Everyone is welcome at these events.

A Stable Genius at MAC Gallery

In a new show opening Saturday, April 14, two artists respond to the current culture of political polarization. Alex Gingrow of New York and Philadelphian Joe Boruchow express their complex feelings and views on the presidency of Donald Trump, in an exhibition curated by Dana Crossan. The opening reception is Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the MAC Gallery, 605-B W. State Street in Media. Info:

Co-Op Board and Members In Action

In a letter to many property owners in and near the Ville, the Board of the Swarthmore Co-Op recently described the steps it plans to take “to secure the legal right for the Swarthmore Co-Op to sell beer and wine at the store.” The legal action to quiet title seeks to “quiet” the deed restriction pertaining to about 150 properties which were part of the Biddle Tract.

Property owners who wish to opt out of the complaint and avoid the process of legal notice can still do so; contact the board at to arrange completion of a release and notarization at your convenience.

Members of the Swarthmore Co-Op will hear more on the subject this Thursday, April 19, at the annual meeting, which convenes at 7 p.m. at the Co-Op. The board and general manager will provide an overview of the Co-Op’s circumstances and plans for the short and medium term. All members can vote for or against any or all of six nominated directors, and for or against a proposal to allow future notifications by email as well as postal mail. Snacks and drinks follow the meeting.

Dig in on Earth Day Eve

Spend a couple of hours communing with the earth — and your neighbors — on Saturday, April 21, at Little Crum Creek Park. Volunteers will work from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on weeding and mulching trees, cleaning out the stream, removing invasive species and rebuilding the wood chip path to the gazebo. The event is sponsored by the CRC Watersheds Association and the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council.

Evening Highlights at Scott

Scott Arboretum staff members will guide a group around the Arboretum grounds on Wednesday evening, April 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join them at Scott offices to scope out the evening highlights among spring’s delayed offerings. Rain (or snow) will cancel.

Compass Conference This Weekend
Explores ‘Multiness’

Points of the Compass are members of Swarthmore College’s Multi community (clockwise from the top): Christopher Malafronti ‘18, Lamia Makkar ‘21, Dakota Gibbs ‘19, Clarissa Phillips ‘19, Casey Lu Simon-Plumb ‘18 and Adero Kauffmann-Okoko ‘21).

Yes, the world is becoming increasingly multicultural. But for persons of mixed ethnic and cultural identities, adoptees, and immigrants, the relationship to the mainstream culture is more complex than ever. Understanding and celebrating the ever-growing Multi experience is the focus of Compass: Navigating Multiness at Swarthmore College this weekend (April 13-15) including workshops, panels, and a Saturday keynote conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Junot Díaz.

The conference is presented by undergraduates involved with Swarthmore’s Multi club, including Compass coordinators Casey Lu Simon-Plumb ‘18 and Christopher Malafronti ‘18, who together said: “Over the past four semesters we have worked tirelessly to bring it into reality, to share this experience of navigating Multiness …

The Communities of Rose Valley at RVMHS

In the April 22 program at the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society, Morris Potter tells stories about the organizations and institutions — and connections among them — in the historic arts and crafts community. Potter is a Rose Valley native and grandniece of RV founder William Price. The talk at 4 p.m., with a small reception to follow, will be held at the RV Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, 41 Rose Valley Road. Admission is $20 ($15 for RVMHS members).

Trinity Youth Host Coffeehouse

The Youth Group of Trinity Episcopal Church will be hosting a Community Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity House, 307 N. Chester Rd, Swarthmore. All are welcome to listen and to perform. There are still spots available for any level of performer (adults and youth!). Musicians, spoken word artists, singers, actors… all are welcome. Contact Rosemary Fox at for a time slot. Admission is $5. Beverages are free, and baked goods will be on sale at the event, which benefits Save the Children. All proceeds will be used to purchase farm animals for families in need.

What Do Today’s Writers Need to Know?

On Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m., The Writers’ Guild of Delco is offering a free presentation open to all Delaware County residents 18 years of age and older. Learn about the publishing options and procedures available to writers in today’s ever-changing industry. Do you know how to find an agent? Are you familiar with the tools of the trade and how …

George Keith and the Quaker Rift

Early Quaker George Keith stirred the pot in America’s Colonial times, arguing that Quakers had strayed from true Christianity. The issues he raised in the 1690s continue to resound in Quakerism today, says Madeleine Ward, who is Henry J. Cadbury Scholar at Pendle Hill. Ward will speak on Monday, April 23, at the Barn at Pendle Hill, exploring the changes and consistencies in Quakers’ understanding of “the light within.” The talk begins at 7:30 p.m.; it is free and open to all at Pendle Hill, 338 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Mt. Cuba, Almost Libre

Delightful and distinctive among local public gardens, Mt. Cuba in Hockessin, Delaware, is dedicated to native plants and sustainable horticulture. Visit this gem on Friday, May 4, with the guidance of a docent and the company of friends from the Swarthmore Public Library. SPL is arranging a bus trip, which will leave at 9:15 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. In between you’ll enjoy a 2-hour walking tour, a picnic lunch (you bring), and a bit of free time for wandering, The cost is just $10 apiece, and you must register (soon!) at the library.

What’s the Buzz?

Ed Pieters, Ph.D. knows bees, and you will too if you attend his presentation next Friday, April 20, at the Swarthmore Public Library. Beginning at 7 p.m., Dr. Pieters — a former entomology professor with his own apiary in Newtown Square — will discuss stinging insects, honey and other bee products, bee decline, bee biology, and bee-friendly plants. The program is free and open to the public. To register, please call 610-543-0436 or email

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening With Weaver

Willian Woys Weaver, a guru of the movement of heirloom vegetable gardening from the fringes to the mainstream, will hold forth at Tyler Arboretum on Saturday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The occasion is the relaunch of Dr. Weaver’s seminal book Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: Regional Foods in a Changing Climate, which includes new photography and new plant entries. His talk will be followed by Q&A and a book signing. The cost is $20 for Tyler members and $30 for others.

The Wallingford-Swarthmore School District is represented in the Delaware County Young Musicians Orchestra by (L to R, front)Caeli Rieger, Ava Manaker, Ella Berg, and Nicholas Cardi, (L to R, rear) Julia Knapp, Calli Sophocles, Matthew Lund, Jessica Knapp, Sunny Mao, Daniel Jing, Grace Gong, and Ashrith Kandula. Jake Millett was not present for the picture.

Delco YMO to Perform, Free, on Sunday, April 22

The Delaware County Young Musicians Orchestra will perform its 2018 Spring Concert on Sunday, April 22, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Meagher Auditorium of Neumann University, Aston, PA. Under the direction of Maestri Nicholas Pignataro and Miku Schiota, the orchestra will present a program including Mozart, Symphony No. 36, “Linz,” first movement; Sibelius, Finlandia: Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, fourth movement; Ippolitov Ivanov, “Procession of the Sardar,” and Holst, “Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity,” from The Planets. Admission is free. For directions to the concert, visit

Swarthmore Garden Club Horticultural Award
By Susanna Morikawa

The Swarthmore Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior residing in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. Private school and Strath Haven seniors are eligible.

The award is made on the basis of a short essay which reflects the student’s demonstrated involvement in the broad range of horticultural and environmental activities.

To apply, please submit an essay describing your interest and experience in horticulture, gardening, or environmental issues dealing with horticulture. The essay should explain in some detail what you have done and plan on doing in the future relating to horticulture. 

The essay should be no more than 500 words and must be submitted by April 25, 2018. Strath Haven students should submit the essay to Kathy Markert, Career Center Coordinator, Strath Haven High School. Private school students can submit to with the subject line SWARTHMORE GARDEN CLUB. Deadline: April 25, 2018.

Report from the Fire Company

By Rich Cresson

From March 26 through April 8, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 30 calls for medical assistance, to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, 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, hypotension, fall, accident with injury, cerebro-vascular event, extremity pain, abdominal pain, assault victim, cardiac emergency, lifting assist, overdose, nature unknown and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarm: Two in Swarthmore, on the 300 block of Dartmouth Ave. for the alarm sounding in the hallway, and on the 300 block of Rutgers Ave. for a smoke detector activation; two in Nether Providence Twp., on the 700 block of Kincaid Mills for a key pad failure, and on the 100 block of South Providence Rd. for a general alarm.

Automobile: onw alarm, for a two vehicle accident at Westdale Ave. and South Chester Rd.

Building (four alarms): one in Morton at Kohl’s department store at 405 Baltimore Pike for a transformer failure; two in Swarthmore, on the 200 block of Lafayette Ave. for a garage fire as detailed in last week’s Swarthmorean, and in a Swarthmore College dormitory for an exhaust fan motor; one in Springfield Twp., on the 200 block of Gleaves Rd. for an oven fire.

Hazmat: one alarm to the 400 block of Rutgers Ave. for an odor of gas inside the dwelling. 

Wires (two alarms in Swarthmore): Harvard Ave. and Yale Ave. for utility pole on fire, and North Chester Rd. & North Swarthmore Ave. for wires sparking from a transformer.

Mutual Aid Calls: to Nether Providence Twp. (two), to Morton/Rutledge, and to Springfield.

Briefly Noted . . .

Last Tuesday, bestselling author Phil Bildner spent an energetic and full day at Wallingford Elementary School, reading to and talking with the WES student body. A former New York City public school teacher, Bildner has published more than 20 books, including many sports-themed and historical fiction titles. WES’s PTO and librarian Martha Lambertsen brought Bildner to the school, and Children’s Book World made his books available for purchase and personal inscriptions by Bildner. Among the 4th and 5th grade classes, 14 students were chosen by lottery to join Bildner for lunch and dessert in the WES Library. The conversation covered heady  real life topics, personal interests, achieving goals, and realizing dreams. Fourth and 5th grade “diners” are (l. to r., front row) Olivia G., Samantha C., Emily B., Katie S., and Eli P. and (l. to r., back row) Sebastian R., Colin L., Michael M., Luke A., Leah C., Manny P., Fletcher N., Kamil W., and Elizabeth C. The grown-ups are Martha Lambertsen and Phil Bildner.

It’s a girl! Tony and Joan Watson of Swarthmore are delighted to announce the birth of their twentieth grandchild.
Eleanor Jane, born February 27, 2018 is their eighth granddaughter.
Ellie lives with her mom and dad, Marianne and Jeff Watson, and “big” sister, Martha, in Media.


Thomas E. Spock, an alumnus of the former Nether Providence High School (antecedent of Strath Haven High School) will be inducted into the Delco Hi-Q Hall of Honor at the annual Partners in Education Celebration to be held at Drexelbrook Corporate Events Center on April 19. Tickets for the Celebration are available at Spock participated in Hi-Q in 1973 and 1974, captaining both the Hi-Q and varsity soccer teams — a duality that boded well for his career. Tom studied economics at Swarthmore College, earned his MBA from Stanford University, and enjoyed a successful career as an executive in the media and sports industry including positions with the National Football League and NBC. He is a founding partner of Scalar Media Partners LLC, a boutique consultancy advising the media, entertainment, sports, and related technology industries.

More than 40 young artists and their families attended last Sunday’s Growing Green EcoArts Fest, taking part in a bunch of kid-friendly crafts and learning experiences about environmentalism. Activities were led by local merchants and organizations, including event sponsor and host Swarthmore Community Center. Erin Magargee and June Burnheter decorated reusable tote bags, which were given by SCC to each child. Photo by Quincy Carpenter.

Book It! Winners.

Braving a blustery April 7 morning, runners and walkers made it from Wallingford to Swarthmore in the 2nd annual Book It! Run to benefit the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and the Swarthmore Public Library. 

Overall winners were Jay Henriques and Diana Davis. Age group winners were: age 1-11: Jacob Albanese and Olivia Kennedy; 12-19: Luke Vacha and Morgan McErlean; 20-39: William Gilchrist and Madeline Delaney; 40-59: Mark Wenger and Marjorie Adams; and 60-69: Joel Cooper.