In this week’s issue . . .

To Your Health:
SSCA’s First Wellness Fair Is March 24

By Louise Coffin

Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is sponsoring the first annual Senior Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Inn at Swarthmore, as part of the fulfillment of the Borough’s 2015 Aging-in-Place task force.

The mission of the task force was to improve the quality of life and reduce barriers faced by residents of Swarthmore who desire to remain in the Borough throughout their lives. The Wellness Fair, “Enhancing Senior Well-Being,” will include a number of speakers and panelists sharing their knowledge about the issues of growing older in Swarthmore, and focusing on the variety of resources available in our community.

The fair begins with a thought-provoking Keynote Presentation by Mary and Ken Gergen. “Positive Aging: Biases, Blessings and Blossomings” examines the concept of Positive Aging, to suggest how rethinking and reframing aging, and the aging process, can benefit both physical and emotional health. Mary Gergen, PhD, a social psychologist, and Professor Emerita at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on feminist theory and practice, and social construction. Ken Gergen, PhD, a Senior Research Professor and former Chair of the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College, is an internationally renowned scholar, whose research interests include the relational nature of constructed realities, and …

A select group of 40 singers from the Chester Children’s Chorus is among the performers presenting Mozart’s Requiem this Sunday at Lang Concert Hall. Photo by J. Hodgson.

Mozart’s ‘Requiem’:
A Community Mosaic

By Kirsten Halker-Kratz

Forty members of the Chester Children’s Chorus will be joined by singers of the Delaware Valley community and a full orchestra in performing Mozart’s Requiem at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 3 p.m. While seating is not assigned, reservations must be made at, or by calling the office at 610-328-8180.

Conducted by Dr. John Alston, the Chorus’s founder and artistic director, the concert is a culmination of a year of dedicated practice. Dr. Alston said: “With the support of accomplished and caring adults, our Chester children will sing one of the greatest works of Western culture with confidence, accuracy, and understanding.”

The Chester Children’s Chorus includes 130 boys and girls, age 8 to 18 years old, from the Chester Upland School District. The Chorus was founded in 1994 and is a division of Swarthmore College. More information on the Chester Children’s Chorus can be found at A free-will donation will be taken to support the program.

Stay in the Loop With Alerts

Did you feel stranded with too little information during the recent storm? Take a minute to sign up for the Swarthmore Borough and Delaware County free alert notification systems. Both will send messages by e-mail and/or text, with information ranging from road closures and Amber Alerts to changes to the recycling schedule. You can pick which information you’d like to receive.

To sign up for the Borough’s alert system, follow the prompts under the “Notify Me” button on the home page Borough website ( To sign up for County alerts, follow the prompts under “Delaware County Emergency Notification System” at the bottom of the home page of the County website (

Hedgerow Celebrates its 95th, and Toasts its Belle

Penelope Reed

On Friday evening, March 23, 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. Cocktail attire is the dress code for the event. Many of Penelope’s dearest friends and admirers from the worlds of Philadelphia philanthropy and theater will greet and celebrate her during the soiree on the 23rd at the Old Mill in Rose Valley.

Penelope has worked with thousands of theater professionals during a decades-long stage career. She has also worked with hundreds of Hedgerow resident fellows and thousands of students in Hedgerow’s acting classes and summer children’s camp. She is passionate about bringing theater and performance into the lives of younger students. As an active member of Media Rotary and, more recently, the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, …

John Crawford (facing)

Haven Wrestlers Break New Ground at States

Lee Holbert (right)

For the first time ever, Strath Haven High School sent two wrestlers to the PIAA class 3A state championships, which were held last weekend at Hershey. The two Haven wrestlers were among just four from Delaware County at the tournament.

John Crawford of Swarthmore and Lee Holbert of Rose Valley went to states based on their performance at district and regional championships, and claimed the first wins and first pins ever by Strath Haven wrestlers at the state level. Both wrestlers went 1-2 in the weekend’s matches, and coach Tony Gilliano said, “Both John and Lee were phenomenal. This is a testament to the hard work they put in, training almost all year round.” Wrestling at 285 pounds, Holbert had a record of 31-7, while Crawford was 31-10 in the 160 pound class.

Gilliano said Strath Haven “kind of flew under the radar,” even though the program has grown in his three years there, with 34 boys on the team during 2017-18 season. “We’re just beginning to create a tradition at Strath Haven.”

Library Closed

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be closed on Thursday, March 22.

Science is Truth, Right? Right??

At the March 21 meeting of the Swarthmore Discussion Group, Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Information Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss the challenges of communicating scientific truth to the media and the public.

Dr. Offit, a prolific and commended author of such books as Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is also a professor of Vaccinology and of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania …

What Is Islam in Russia?

Russia today is home to 20 million native Muslims and up to 4 million immigrant laborers from mainly Muslim Central Asia. Thus Islam has become an important component of Russia’s political and cultural landscape, with vast ideological diversity among Russian Muslims themselves.

On Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., Dominic Rubin, professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow will address these complexities in a talk “Between ISIS and Kadyrov: What Is Islam in Russia?” in the Scheuer Room of …

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From February 26 through March 11, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 32 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, medical alarm, syncopal episode, cardiac emergency, tachycardia, head injury, diabetic emergency, pediatric emergency, subject down, sick person, seizures, change in mental status, burn victim, choking, fracture, allergic reaction, laceration and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarms: One in Swarthmore on the 300 block of S. Chester Rd.; two in Nether Providence Twp. on the 100 block of Brookside Rd. and the 200 block of Hidden Acres Ln.

Building (Four alarms): One in Swarthmore on the 200 block of Haverford Ave. for a tree into the house as reported last week in the Swarthmorean; two in Nether Providence …

Wooster Chorus from The College of Wooster

Two Great Choruses in Concert This Week

Morehouse College Glee Club

Two highly acclaimed choral groups come to Swarthmore next week, performing on consecutive nights. On Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Swarthmore College hosts the Morehouse College Glee Club at Pearson Hall Theater of the Lang Performing Arts Center.

Under the direction of Morehouse Professor David Morrow, the 107 year-old Glee Club is the official choral group of Morehouse College, a men’s college that is part of the Atlanta University Center in Georgia. Their repertoire is wide-ranging, including Classical European vocal music, American Spirituals, and traditional folk songs from Africa. The Glee Club …

On Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 70 student musicians from the College of Wooster in Ohio, will perform at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in the final concert of the group’s 54th annual spring tour. Directed by Lisa Wong, the Wooster Chorus will present “Let My Love Be Heard,” an eclectic program of choral music that examines love through a personal and communal lens. Featuring …

Passover Seder at Ohev Shalom

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the Wallingford-Swarthmore community to share in its annual Second Night Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31. The traditional communal celebration of Passover begins at 5:30 p.m.

Customarily a two-night observance, the Seder provides attendees with a shared meal, traditional prayers, songs, and stories, providing a greater understanding of how ancient traditions and history inform contemporary life and our shared struggles. The Ohev Seder is open to all …

First Day of Spring Tour at Scott

Celebrate the first day of spring on Tuesday, March 20, with a noontime tour of the Scott Arboretum Grounds at Swarthmore College, led by Scott staff. Meet at noon at the Arboretum’s offices on College Avenue, wear good walking shoes, and plan to see an hour’s worth of spring blooms. Inclement weather will cancel the fun.

A variety of media including drawings, paintings and ceramics from WSSD students in grades kindergarten through 12th will be on display as part of the WSSD Select Exhibition opening at the Community Arts Center. A work by student Chrissie Fackenthall is pictured above.

CAC Opens WSSD Select Exhibition

On Sunday, March 18, the Community Arts Center hosts a reception from 2 to 4 mark the opening of the biennial select show of art from students in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. The show will hang in the Duke Gallery at CAC through April 28.

The show comprises drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculpture from WSSD students, chosen by Strath Haven High School art teacher Jennifer Rodgers and other art faculty in the District. Students in SHHS Honors Art program work with CAC’s exhibition committee to hand the works. Admission to the exhibition and the reception are free and open to all. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Register by April 16 to Vote in Primary Election

The last day to register to vote in the May 15 primary election is Monday, April 16. Delaware County residents who will be 18 or older on election day have several options:

• Visit the Voter Registration department page at
• Register in person at the Voter Registration Commission, in the lobby of the Delaware County Government Center, adjacent to the Delaware County Courthouse in Media. Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
• Obtain, complete, and return a voter registration form, available at all municipal buildings, libraries and Wine and Spirits Stores throughout the county.

Not sure you’re registered? Find out at

Further questions? Contact the Voter Registration Commission at 610-891-4659 or the TDD line at 610-891-4306. Absentee voting information and applications are at The deadline for absentee ballot applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, and a voted absentee ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. Note that these deadlines are not based on postmarks. The item must be delivered by the above date and time.

Scholarships Beckon to SHHS Seniors

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to Strath Haven High School seniors who will be attending college this fall. The scholarships are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Swarthmore and funds from the former Swarthmore Women’s Club. Interested students should visit the SHHS Guidance Department ASAP for an application. The deadline is April 1.

Applicants are must submit a one-page essay on the following topic: “Rotary’s primary goal is service to the community, whether local or global. Please describe how you have served the community while in high school and how you hope to serve the community in the future.”

Ballard Spahr Galactica Takes off at waR3house3

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon, candidate for the U.S. House from the new PA 5th District, will be among friends and supporters on Friday night, March 16, at waR3house3 in Swarthmore. They will include, the members of Ballard Spahr Galactica, the headlining band comprised of Scanlon’s colleagues at the law firm Ballard Spahr. These lawyers rock, including Ballard partner /Delaware County Controller/vocalist Joanne Phillips and associate/alt-rock band Blind Melon founder/guitarist Rogers Stevens of Swarthmore.

Get tickets on the mothership early with advance purchase through the Scanlon for Congress Facebook page, or make a contribution of $25 or more at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. Light fare will be provided, and you may BYOB. The following night on the waR3house stage Cajun/zydeco masters Lost Northern Tribe brings the party to Swarthmore for St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; BYOB, etc. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Gracie Rocks On at CAC

Charlie Gracie

Community Arts Center welcomes a legendary figure next Friday, March 23, when Charlie Gracie plays at Friday Night Live.

In a 60 year career that started with a 1957 chart topper in “Butterfly,” Charlie has never not been cool. One of the few living members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he remains an energetic singer, a stylish guitar player, a warm, personable entertainer, and an influence on some of the great performers of the past 6 decades.

His music will inspire visual artists Rinal Parikh and Georgi Gretzenberg as they paint at Friday Night Live. The work they create will be sold by silent auction during the evening. Light refreshments will be offered, and adults 21 and over can BYOB. Admission is $15 at the door ($10 for CAC members) for those 17 and up; no younger persons please.

Mad Poets Try Again

The Mad Poets Society’s monthly reading has been rescheduled to March 21 (due to snow on March 7). Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek are featured readers in the session beginning at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic session. The free reading is at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, in Wallingford.

SFoA Reception Reboot

The opening for the current Swarthmore Friends of the Arts exhibit in Borough Hall, “All Mixed Up,” has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The original March 2 opening was canceled due to inclement weather. The show presents the work of the Mixed Media Studio of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. Both the show and reception are free and open to the public.

Lecture on Charles Stephens
at Rose Valley Museum

“Charles Stephens, Earth Woman, and Wounded Face” — it’s not a band name, it’s the subject of a lecture by William Weirzbowski on Sunday, March 25, at Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley.

Stephens, an artist who with his wife Alice Barber was an early resident of the Lodge following its Arts & Crafts conversion by William Price, was fascinated with American Indian cultures, and amassed a large collection of artifacts. These include artworks and objects which tell the tales of the Mandan tribal families of Wounded Face and Earth Woman.

The lecture, presented by the Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society, begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Thunderbird Lodge is at 41 Rose Valley Road, with adjacent parking at the School in Rose Valley on School Lane. Tickets are $20 ($15 for RVMHS members) and are available online at and in limited number at the door. For more information, call 484-444-2961.

Got Eggs?

Easter is almost upon us – what better time to learn the art of Ukrainian egg decoration next Saturday, March 24 1 to 5 p.m. at the Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Avenue inn Swarthmorewood. The cost is $25 and includes all materials. Reserve a seat by calling 610-544-1215.

Chip In at Chipotle

Dine at Chipotle (801 Baltimore Pike in Springfield) on Sunday, March 18, and you’ll support the BookIt! 5k to benefit the Helen Kate Furness and Swarthmore Public Libraries. When you pick up food between 4 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, tell the cashier you support the cause, and BookIt will receive 50% of the proceeds.

Computer Basics and More at Schoolhouse

Do computers scare you? Adults of all ages are welcome to get help in two classes at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Make friends with technology in a basic computer class, which meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, at the Schoolhouse Center. Learn how to use the mouse, play games, search the internet, and more. The two classes are $25 for Schoolhouse members and $30 for others, If you wish to go a bit deeper, learn how to make files, move items, create documents, and other useful information. This class costs $15 for members/$20 for guests. To register or get further information, call 610-237-8100.

Briefly Noted . . .

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School held its first “SPNDS Night Out” at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford on Saturday night, March 10. Pictured are members of the fundraising committee and school parents (left to right): Jim Irey, Mary Kadlec, Tim Smith, Colleen Burkhart-Smith, Chris Wilson, Beth Rendin, Rinal Pirakh, Ruba Ahmed, Tayler Moots, Peggy Warren (chair), Angie Tseng, and Kerri Phipps. Not pictured: Alana Johnson and Jennifer Garfall. Rock band Love Seed Trio provided the dance music, featuring drummer (and SPNDS teacher) Paul Voshell.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School has been reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school has met the rigorous standards since 1996, and is pleased to have done so once again. SPNDS is now enrolling for its preschool and kindergarten complement programs.”

Last Saturday, 22 members of Cub Scout Pack 112 led by Cubmaster Andy Rennick visited the firehouse as the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association hosted a series of sessions on emergency preparedness. The fire department, police department and EMS team gave presentations to the boys on subjects ranging from fire safety to stranger awareness to calling 911. Dr. Kathryn Jones and the fire company’s Rich Cresson were instrumental in organizing and planning the event, which was fun and educational. Above (left to right,) SP&FD members Johnathan Cresson, Stephen Yavor, and Ray Devine talk with spellbound Cubs.

After the Storm (and Before the Next)

Swarthmore firefighters had a long weekend, starting early Friday with a call to Princeton and Haverford avenues.

Fire Department Answers the Bell
By Rich Cresson

At approximately 4:55 p.m. on Friday, March 2, Swarthmore Fire Dept. was dispatched to Haverford Ave. for a report of a tree falling into a house. Firefighters from Swarthmore and Garden City responded to find a tree had indeed knocked off the top of the home’s chimney, and grazing its rear portion. Hampered by high winds, falling snow and sleet, cold temperatures, and wet ground, firefighters raised ladders and extended hose lines to determine that fire had not spread to the home, and that the smoke condition within the structure emanated from the smoke rising from the fireplace.

This alarm was among many the fire department responded to during the March 2 storm. Firefighters were actively in service from mid-afternoon Friday until 10:30 p.m. that evening, and continued to be dispatched through Sunday evening to more than 20 separate incidents. Numerous trees downed power lines and utility poles, creating dangerous situations and closing many streets within Swarthmore.

Wolfgang Nadler took this picture as he walked around Swarthmore surveilling the destruction caused by the storm.

Patience, Up To a Point

A hundred year-old willow oak came down across a Rose Valley garden and swimming pool.

Borough Manager Jane Billings said that 96% of Swarthmore households were without electrical service at some point during the storm and aftermath. Most were restored within 24 hours, but as of Tuesday afternoon, a number of streets and blocks were still dark. “We didn’t hear many complaints from residents at first, but frustrations are mounting now.”

The good news (in the bad news) is that PECO has said that areas that wait the longest after last week’s winter storm will be given high priorities next time. The bad news is that, with another storm due to hit near Swarthmorean press time, “next time” may come before power has been restored from the first go-round. Billings participates in a daily conference call with PECO to update municipalities on outages and repair timetables. (Outage info is also available on a block by block basis at — search “outage map.”)

The family avoided injury when a tree fell on their Brookside Road home in Wallingford.

During the weekend storms, Swarthmore’s Public Works Department wasn’t as busy as you’d think, Billings said. “The trees that came down took wires with them, and that work is for PECO and its specialists.” Cuzzy Rowles and his colleagues were involved in setting up traffic barricades; clearing the streets of other tree debris, which was accepted at the Delaware County compost farm; and preparing for the next storm.

Swarthmore Police Chief Brian Craig returned early from a trip to Florida, and may have questioned his choice as winds came up and trees came down across the Philadelphia area. Though the chief was not on duty during the Friday storm, the borough police force was in good hands. Emergency call volume tripled over the norm, many concerning power lines down and closed roads. There were four motor vehicle collisions during the weekend, fortunately involving no serious injuries. Communications are more critical during emergencies, and can also be more complicated, Chief Craig said. “Please call 911 with your emergency, not our headquarters,” he urged, noting that when the phones and power are out, these calls will go unanswered. Before the power went out, the department did activate the emergency notice phone system to alert Swarthmore residents of the opening of a warming center.

A Mini was further minimized when a falling tree took down power lines on Providence Road at Broookhaven in Wallingford. The driver was reportedly trapped for several hours in the car. Photo: Jon Lichtenstein.

Call Forwarding in Nether

Nether Providence Township Manager Gary Cummings said that the township building was without power and phone service through Monday, but not disconnected from residents: “Assistant Township Manager Dave Grady arranged for the office lines to transfer to our cell phones.”

Incoming calls concerned power outages and their effects, Cummings said, and he was glad to be able to refer callers to warming centers including the Garden City firehouse and the YMCAs of Delaware County, where visitors were welcomed to use showers and wireless services, charge phones, and take a break from their chilly homes.

Despite gruesome-looking tree falls in the township, injuries were few, and township property seemed undamaged, Cummings said, Public works employees worked around the clock through the storm weekend, clearing and safeguarding roadways. As of Tuesday, March 6, many pockets of Nether Providence are without power, the highest concentration in the Pine Ridge neighborhood.

If a tree falls … S. Princeton Avenue. Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

… in a forest … Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Photo: Wolfgang Nadler.

While at the Co-op . . .

Empty meat case at the Swarthmore Co-op. Photo: Pam Bartholomew.

Co-op member Kathleen Campbell of Wallingford volunteered to restock produce on Tuesday.

Mike from A.T. Samuels delivered the catch of the day to the Co-op loading dock Tuesday.

This week’s issue . . .

Swarthmore Borough Council:
Bright Lights in the Darkness
By Katie Crawford

The March 5th meeting of Borough Council came on the heels of an unexpectedly powerful and destructive storm the previous Friday night. As of Monday night’s meeting, roughly a third of the borough was still without power (including the homes of some council members). Council President David Creagan thanked the police department, the fire department, borough manager Jane Billings, and all of the borough employees for their tremendous efforts in responding to the storm.

Sarah Graden, reporting for the General Government Committee, discussed how the recent weather crisis inspired a conversation about how best to use social media as a means of communicating within the borough during emergencies and disasters. Council will continue to explore this issue.

During public comment, Aurora Winslade and her partner Seth Calderhead had the opportunity to explain their side of the ongoing story regarding the use of the large living space above their detached garage. Winslade had also sent a letter to council prior to the meeting with the intention of “clarifying factual misunderstandings of the property.”

The space in question was built and permitted in 1978 for the use of “family.” Accompanying Winslade were two of the current lodgers who she emotionally described as part of her extended family. She stressed that she chose Swarthmore as a …

What a Ride!

The Stoutland family joined dad Jeff on the field following the Eagles’ victory in Super Bowl LII (left to right): Jeff, Jake, Allison, and Madi.

One of the strengths of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles this year, experts say, was the offensive line. Successful NFL teams involve a group that requires a certain combination of attributes. Individually, these men must be intelligent, assiduous, and enormous — don’t come around unless your height starts with a 6 and your weight starts with a 3, then spend years strengthening that body, learning and perfecting technique.

That’s the starting point. Then comes the tricky part: to work together intuitively in complex blocking schemes, these men must develop a cohesiveness which can’t be taught. But it can be cultivated, and Jeff Stoutland is getting a lot of the credit for cultivating the cohesion as well as the conditioning and the technique of the Eagles O-line. Stoutland, who lives with his family in Rose Valley, has for five years coached this group of gargantuan and good-hearted players. The family feeling among the linemen spreads beyond the Eagles complex in South Philly and into the Stoutlands’ home life.

Following a wild ride through the playoffs, the Super Bowl, and the Eagles victory parade through Philadelphia, the Swarthmorean spoke with Jeff and his wife Allison Jo Stoutland.

The Swarthmorean: Was the whole family on board for the playoff ride?
Allison: Yes. Madi is a junior at Millersville University, so she could come home. Jake is at Duquesne teaching. He came back to the playoff game and was hoping we would win and once we beat Minnesota, he had to get permission to stay an extra two weeks. He said he wasn’t going back until after the Super Bowl, and then after the parade.

Jeff: In the parade, we were on bus 12, the offensive line bus. We had a lot of fun.

Allison: The Super Bowl parade … I couldn’t have been on a better bus. I’m partial to offensive linemen, and we love those guys like they’re our own. The parade itself was amazing, but being on the bus with them made it even more wonderful. …

March into Spring Next Saturday

Spring comes a few day early this year, as the Hardy Plant Society puts on its 22nd annual March into Spring seminar on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured speakers include Perennial Diva Stephanie Cohen, Jerry Fritz of Linden Hill Gardens, author Barbara Ellis, horticulturist Chuck Hinkle, designer Sharee Solow, and Kirk Brown …

Prime Time Session on the Bus

Wallingford resident Tom Collins, co- founder of the Museum of Bus Transportation in Hershey and former director of scheduling for SEPTA, will talk on Tuesday, March 13, as part of the Prime Time Luncheon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. He will discuss the impact on bus transportation on the Philadelphia area, and about the collection in …

Haven Hoopsters Host Harlem Wizards

The Strath Haven Middle School Home and School Association sponsors the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District faculty basketball team, the Haven Hoopsters, in a matchup against the Harlem Wizards on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. The tilt is at Strath …

An American Classic at PCS

The Players Club of Swarthmore producation of The Member of the Wedding includes cast members (from l. to r.) Jackson Strine (John Henry), LeAnne J. Mangano (Berenice) and Emi Branes-Huff (Frankie).

Opening next weekend and running through March 31, the Players Club of Swarthmore presents The Member of the Wedding, from the novel by Carson McCullers. This American classic is directed here by PCS mainstay George Mulford, with a cast that features several local actors, young and older. Emi Branes-Huff of Wallingford plays 12-year-old tomboy Frankie, a troubled adolescent coming of age in a small southern town in 1945. Eternallly relevant, the show examines attitudes on race and sexual identity. Other leads are LeAnne J. Magnano of Claymont and Jackson Strine of Media. The cast includes Owen Burk and Ann Ramsey of Swarthmore, Kayla Strine of Media, Carrise Magnano of Chester, David Griffith of Boothwyn, Mark Ivan Branche and Nolan Maher of Philadelphia, and Madalyn DeFelice of West Chester. Ten performances are scheduled for Fridays, March 16, 23, and 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 17, 24, and 31, at 8 p.m., Sundays, March 18 and 25, at 2 p.m., and Thursdays, March 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. Buy in advance and get information at or at the theater, 614 Fairview Road in Swarthmore.

How Does Your Water Taste?

Curious about the quality of your home water supply? Concerns often arise about the taste and quality of our drinking water, particularly during the winter months, when road salt enters our waterways. Consumers are also increasingly aware of issues such as disinfection byproducts, emerging contaminants and lead exposure. If you have questions about any of these topics, home treatment options or you would just like to increase your understanding of how our drinking water system works, please join Tracy Bouvette, executive director of the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association, for a discussion on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Borough Hall. The event is sponsored by the Swarthmore Environmental Advisory Council.

Smartphone Course at Schoolhouse

It all looks so easy in the store, but when you get home, your iPhone or other smartphone can be baffling and frustrating. Help is at hand in the form of a two-hour class starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 19, at the Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. The cost is $20 for Schoolhouse members and $25 for nonmembers. Call Kim for more information at 610-237-8100.

Jazz Alive in WSSD on Monday

Matthew Gallagher

Jazz is in bloom in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, flowering most fully next Monday, March 12, at the Strath Haven High School auditorium. Beginning at 7 p.m., WSSD Jazz Night will feature Strath Haven ensembles including the Strath Haven Middle School Basie and Ellington Jazz Bands, the Strath Haven High School Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Workshop, Jazz Nonet, and Panther Jazz Band.

Strath Haven will also welcome and honor ace trumpeter Matthew Gallagher, who will spend the day working with SHHS students and will also be featured in the evening concert.

Mr. Gallagher is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits as a studio and live musician in the realms of pop, jazz, R&B, and classical. He is the principal trumpet player for The Philly Pops and Broadway Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, and is …

Spend Saturday Night Out with SPNDS

On Saturday, March 10, the Community Arts Center’s Duke Gallery turns into a rock club for the Night Out fundraiser for Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery School. Get a sitter and get your tickets for the show, which features Paul Voshell and Rick Arzt of Love Seed Mama Jump and Johnny Phat of Mr. Greengenes. They’ll take the stage; you take to…

Choral Evensong at Trinity Sunday

All are welcome to a traditional Lenten service featuring choral evensong on Sunday, March 11, at 5 p.m. at Trinity Church in Swarthmore. The choir will sing pieces on the theme of “The Sorrows of Mary,” incorporating soloists Tracy Sturgis (soprano) and Paula Rivera (mezzo-soprano), and accompanied by a string ensemble. The public can join …

Swarthmore Gave Me My Serenity,
and My Profession

By Ann MacMullan

The Jeanses, yoga instructors.

Jeans Though I currently live in South Philly, Swarthmore is the town I’ll always call home. My family moved here in 1980, and I graduated from Strath Haven High School in 1988. Through some miracle, I eventually found myself working for Martha Stewart, with whom I won three Emmy awards as a television producer and collected a lifetime of experiences. Where else would I have glimpsed a rare ghost orchid blooming in the dank Florida swamp, while canoeing through alligator-infested waters? Or wrapped my arms around a two thousand-year old Brewer Spruce tree in the unending wilds of Oregon?

But after almost ten years of a fast-paced lifestyle, I fell apart. My panic attacks had become so frequent that I was diagnosed with panic disorder, and I lived in fear of another. Returning to the quiet of Swarthmore was crucial to restoring my health and well-being, as was discovering the tools of self-care. And yoga has been a transformative part of that journey.

I’ve explored yoga ever more deeply, receiving my teacher certification in 2015. It was a hard but rewarding process, one that required me to complete a service project. I was determined to bring yoga to the elderly, and chose the assisted living facility where my grandmother Ellie was living. At age 97, Ellie became one of our most active chair …

Scott Associates to Celebrate Spring,
and Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer

The Associates of Scott Arboretum hold their spring celebration on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 4 p.m., at Lang Performing Arts Center of Swarthmore College. Paul W. Meyer will be honored with the Scott Medal and Award, and will deliver a speech about his passion for horticulture, commitment to sustainability, and explorations of the world in search of garden plants.

A champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres reception will follow Mr. Meyer’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public, but register at 610-328-8025 or online at

Conservatory Classic Jazz Band at CAC

The Tri-State Jazz Society welcomes back the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band for this Sunday’s concert at Community Arts Center, at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford. The show begins at 2 p.m.; there are no reservations, but you can buy tickets at the door. Information:

Reading Groups at SPL

Did you know there are reading groups meeting three nights each month at the Swarthmore Public Library? Three groups meet on the third Monday at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the second Thursday at 2 p.m. To hook up with a group that works for you, call the library at 610-543-0436.

Candidates Forum Wednesday Night at Trinity

Moving the Needle: Indivisible Swarthmore presents a forum at Trinity Episcopal Church in Swarthmore on Wednesday, March 14, featuring two Democratic candidates for the party’s nomination as state senator in Pennsylvania’s 26th District.  Swarthmore Mayor Tim Kearney and Tanner Rouse of Upper Providence will discuss issues in the district and the state. All are invited to come and inform their decision in May’s primary election.  Democratic candidates Nina Ahmad (for Lieutenant Governor) and Jennifer O’Mara (for state assembly in the 161st district) will open with brief remark. The program begins at 8 pm., following a reception with refreshments at 7:30. Trinity is at College Avenue and Chester Road in Swarthmore.

March Madness Under Way at Tarble

NCAA Division III tournament basketball began last weekend, and Swarthmore College’s men’s team is already in the Sweet Sixteen. With two victories last weekend over New England College and Wesleyan, the Garnet won the right to host this weekend’s games at Tarble Pavilion in the college’s Field House. Swarthmore will play SUNY – Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9. In the other game that night at 5:30, Hamilton College will take on Springfield College. The winners of the Friday game will play each other Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Tarble. That game will determine the bracket’s representative in the Division III Final Four games, to be played next weekend in Salem, Va. Go Garnet!

Back to the ‘60s in Rose Valley

It’s not that far out, man … dig this: The Rose Valley Folk Variety Show Takes place next weekend, Friday, March 16, and Saturday the 17th. And you can share in the good vibes yourself as Folk members interpret the theme “Back to the ‘60’s — Feelin’ Groovy,” in song, dance and skits of a distinctly offbeat sort. The scene is happening next weekend at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane in Rose Valley. Admission is a 1960s-level $5 and includes beer, wine, pretzels and chips. Showtime is at 8, and doors open at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door while they last.

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(Left to rightJ Swarthmoreans Dr. Rick Gelman, Dr. David Pollack and Amy Pollack, Cordelia Delson, and Donald Delson at the launch event for the newly named Foundation for Delaware County. Photo by Robert O. Williams/The Williams Group for TFFDC.

Frances M. Sheehan of Swarthmore welcomed guests to The Inn of Villanova for the March 1 launch of The Foundation for Delaware County, of which she is President. Formerly the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, TFFDC is the largest foundation serving Delaware County, operating public health programs and making grants to nonprofits that serve children, seniors and families. The foundation then announced $330,000 of grants from its restricted funds, including a $30,000 grant to Senior Community Services of Folsom. TFFDC also launched a new website at

Ron Anderson of Wallingford has been named to the Board of Directors of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame. The current volunteer President of Nether Providence Athletic Association, Anderson has served for decades as a leader at all levels of NPAA youth sports, and was instrumental in the merger of NPAA with Swarthmore Recreation Association in basketball and baseball. Founded in 1939, the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame honors and celebrates sports legends and enthusiasts in the county.

Jiaozi are Chinese dumplings, and Jiaozi is also a band that formed last year comprising Strath Haven High School students Kevin Stabinski, Kyle Nerz, Emma Lee, and Reid Rothman. All write songs, and most of them sang on the band’s first EP (Kevin plays guitar) entitled Perspectives, which was just released and is available on Amazon Music, iTunes, and Spotify. Delicious!

On February 13, 4th and 5th graders at Wallingford Elementary School welcomed literary luminary John August, author of Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, and screenwriter of family favorites such as Frankenweenie and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following an enthusiastic presentation to the entire 4th and 5th grade classes in the school multi-purpose room, August met with various students in the WES library. From left to right are WES students Hudson M., Ryan B., Reed H., Rowan D.-B., Ian C., author John August, WES Librarian Martha Lambertsen, Vincent H., Finnian C., Jack G., Luke A., and Colin L. WES students were given the terrific opportunity of purchasing Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire and having it personally dedicated and signed by Mr. August, The author visit was arranged by Mrs. Lambertsen and Children’s Book World of Haverford.


The Rotary Club of Swarthmore applied for and received a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation, matching the $3,000 the club raised, all to be donated towards health care in Haiti, where it helped these youths and others obtain free dental care from the Cite Soleil dental clinic. Clinic staff wrote in thanks to Swarthmore Rotary: “It is so heartwarming when someone helps to make it possible to say ‘Yes, we can help you!’ to one more child or adult visiting our clinic. This clinic now has equipment to provide fillings, teeth cleanings, a dental chair and a generator to provide power … Rotary has allowed us to make a measurable impact in the lives of our dental patients. Instead of defaulting to extracting teeth, our dentists can provide fillings to our patients in two clinics!”

On February 21, 2018, the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) presented the 2018 “Project of the Year” award to the Chester Road Roundabout. The award was for Creativity, Innovation, and Excellence. Pictured, left to right, are Jamie Kouch, Nicole Kline, and Joe DiSantis from McMahon Associates, Traffic Engineers, Jane Billings, Swarthmore Borough Manager, and Janet Semler, Swarthmore College Director of Capital Planning and Project Management.

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Linton Stables was the big winner at the 2018 Chili Cookoff at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, taking first prize in the meat category as well as the coveted People’s Choice award. Phil Coleman took second prize honors for his meat chili. Other prize chili chefs were David Page, first prize and Nancy Magee, second prize in the vegetarian category. All are Swarthmore residents. The judges were Mayor Tim Kearney, Bill Randall of Hobbs, and Nanette Tobin. In the attached photo, left to right (obviously!): Nancy Magee, Phil Coleman and Linton Stables. David Page had already departed to attend the Swarthmore College men’s basketball game and learned of his win later on.

Swarthmorean Cricket Brien reports that Tyler Arboretum has won a national Wood Design Award for its 2017 renovation of its 1834 vintage bank barn. Brien, who is Tyler’s executive director, noted that “Tyler’s barn has been a constant during the transformation of this magnificent arboretum from working farm to public garden.” The timber-framed building was preserved and repurposed in a partnership with Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., and now serves as a hub of the educational and entertainment programs at Tyler. The project won in the category of Durable and Adaptable Wood Structures in the competition organized by the Washington-based Wood Products Council.

Strath Haven High School graduate Tyler Clapp, second from left, stands in front of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with his teammates. Tyler was part of the team that successfully launched the Falcon Heavy on its maiden voyage on February 6, 2018. Per Wikipedia, the “Falcon Heavy was designed to carry humans into space farther, especially to the Moon and Mars, also including potential asteroid mining.”

A song by Swarthmore native Zoe Mulford is part of Joan Baez’s new album, Whistle Down the Wind, released on Friday, March 3, 2018. Baez, 77, a folk music icon, has said that Zoe Mulford’s song, “The President Sang Amazing Grace,” is the album’s “highlight.” NPR played samples of the song in an eight-minute “All Things Considered” interview on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Zoe Mulford divides her musical career between touring in the U.S.A. and the U.K. She lives in Manchester, England, with her husband Bijan Parsia of Wallingford.

William McCullough of Swarthmore, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at The College of Wooster. McCullough, a first-year student and graduate of Strath Haven High School, achieved a grade point average of 3.65 or above.

Julia Mullarkey of Wallingford has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2017 semester.

Gettysburg College has announced that the following students have been named to the Deans’ Commendation List for the Fall 2017 semester: Samantha Hann and Quinn Wirth, both of Wallingford.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2017 semester at St. Lawrence University.

Grant Miller of Wallingford, who is in the computing security program, and Matthew Reiter of Swarthmore, who is in the computing and information technologies program, have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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The musical Les Miserables is on stage at Strath Haven High School this weekend.

Drama, Laughter, Music: Students at Play

Young and gifted actors take the stage in two local theatrical productions this weekend.

Strath Haven High School presents the last two performances of its spring musical, the redoubtable Les Miserables, the Rice/Lloyd-Webber blockbuster based on the novel by Victor Hugo (as any Honors English student can tell you).

Showtime at the SHHS Auditorium on Saturday is 7:30 p.m.; on Sunday, it’s 7. Panther thespians by the dozens play Jean Valjean, Javert, Cosette, and the poor but righteous Parisians of the early 1800s. Singers are accompanied by a pit orchestra.

The whole production is big, bold and memorable. Buy tickets at the door. SHHS is at 205 S. Providence Road in Wallingford, with parking in the lots of the middle school at 200 S. Providence.

Opening Saturday at the Players Club or Swarthmore is another musical. Really Rosie is a charmer of collaboration by Maurice Sendak and Carole King, telling the story of sassy Rosie telling the story of her fantastic life in an imaginary movie.

Nikki Torchon directs a cast including PCS Children’s Series veterans and newbies from Delaware County and beyond. Performances are at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, March 3 and 10, and Sundays, March 4 and 11, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children aged 3 to 12.

The Players Club of Swarthmore is at 614 Fairview Road; info is at

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District:
Somber Board Responds
to Florida School Shootings

By Katie Crawford

The horror of yet another mass school shooting weighed heavily during the meeting of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board on Monday, February 26, less than two weeks after 17 people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The tragedy once again has the school community critiquing its level of preparedness should a gunman attempt to attack one of our schools. The recent suggestion by the U.S. President and others of arming teachers as a deterrent to such an attack galvanized the school board to craft a preemptive response.

The board came to the meeting prepared, with board president Dr. Marylin Huff reading the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Resolution Against Arming Educators. The resolution begins, “Whereas, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board is committed to protecting its students and staff, while also providing an exemplary education,” and details its opposition to arming teachers including the fact that teachers are not trained to fire guns, and that armed teachers might make it more difficult for police officers to identify a perpetrator during an attack. The resolution emphasizes the need for more resources for students with mental health issues and concludes, “Therefore, let it be resolved that the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board does not support any proposals to arm educators, and instead will focus on safety and security improvements as well as asking legislators for more support for our efforts in this regard, including support to help us address the mental health needs of our young people.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution’s passage. Dr. Huff reiterated that the board hires teachers based on their educational background, not their marksmanship scores.

Prior to the passage of the resolution, the board heard from Melissa Carder, a district parent and a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Carder highlighted the reasons that educators should not bear arms, including the risks of accidental shootings, the risk to law enforcement officers when civilians are armed during active shooter events, and the potential loss of liability insurance were schools to allow educators to carry guns.

The strong, unique relationship between the school district and the Nether Providence and the Swarthmore Police Departments was detailed during a joint presentation from Dr. Lisa Palmer, the superintendent of schools, and Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain, who himself is a graduate of the district, and has three children who also graduated from the district. There exists a memorandum of understanding between both police departments and the school district which emphasizes sharing pertinent information with each other. Principals and the superintendent are in frequent communication. Practice drills are performed throughout district buildings and all buildings have critical and emergency response teams.

Chief Splain highlighted the four components of school safety: parents, students, the police, and the school district. He believes his department has received excellent training with regard to an active shooter and that the district is equally prepared. Officers visit schools once a day and report on their visits. They are familiar with the layout of the school and the personnel there as well. During quarterly lockdown drills, the chief walks each building with an index card, noting any ways in which to improve. There are regularly six officers on duty for the Nether Providence Police Department. Splain predicted a minute and a half response time to an active shooter situation from those officers. Within twenty minutes, he predicted, one hundred officers would be on the scene from neighboring departments.

Adding a message to parents, Splain stressed that any parent who has a weapon needs to secure that weapon, as well as any medications. There currently is a drop box for unused opiates outside of the police department. He also encouraged parents to speak up if they see changes in their child’s emotional well-being.

Splain believes one area where the system can improve is in receiving information from students. He believes students are hesitant to report on another peer’s behavior, yet Splain noted how after every school shooting, there are inevitably students interviewed who report knowing the perpetrator was struggling mentally.

Lauren Conway, a district parent as well as a licensed counselor, spoke to the board to encourage the district to do more to help students and families process tragic events such as the recent shooting in Florida, including suggestions for parents about how best to facilitate these conversations. She also questioned how the district is working to proactively check in with students.

Dottie Lee, who has four grandchildren in the district, made an emotional plea to the board to keep them safe. She also asked whether the larger police forces necessary in the event of an active shooter have the same degree of familiarity with the layout of our schools as the local police.

The Trolley Stoppers sing four-part harmony for the homeless on Sunday.

Living in Harmony

Swarthmore Friends Meeting hosts the annual Harmony for the Homeless concert this Sunday, March 4. It’s an all a capella affair, with three delightful groups from Swarthmore and environs. The Trolley Stoppers is a quartet of men of the Media area; 16 Feet is a group of students at Swarthmore College; and Chaverim combines singers from Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford colleges.

Admission to the concert is free, but the organizers suggest and will appreciate a donation of $10 per person, which will benefit the Meeting’s Cooking for the Homeless project. The show begins at 3 p.m. in the Whittier Room of the meetinghouse at 12 Whittier Place on the Swarthmore College campus.

The Community that Plays Together …

We caught up with Colleen Murphy late Saturday after a day at the gym. She actually got to see a son play in one of the basketball games, but she wanted to be there anyhow for the SRA playoffs.

All this play takes a lot of work, and as interim Executive Director of the Swarthmore Recreation Association, Murphy will spend the next year what makes SRA work so well, what could make it work better, and what the work of future Executive Directors should be.

Her children have participated in track & field, soccer, and basketball, so she already knows what SRA offers kids and their families. “We are a smaller program,” Murphy said, and it’s both easy and important “to be inclusive, to try to make it fun for all children. We let them learn how to be a teammate. Linda McCullough (SRA ED for 13 years) put a lot of her heart and passion into the job, and the programs show it.”

SRA has commissioners and boards for soccer and basketball; Murphy and administrative assistant Nika Haase complement the work of those volunteers. “As a board and a staff, we’d like to take this year and consider what we can do better to support the community. I’ll look at the job from within and evaluate what the future role of the executive director will be, then making recommendations to the board.” There’s no cookie-cutter solution, Murphy said, “We’re unique locally and we don’t have another model to follow. Other programs belong to their municipalities, but we are independent of the borough.”

Although she moved to Swarthmore 15 years ago, “It wasn’t until we had kids that I felt I’d really found my home. There are so much support and caring in this community and SRA is a big part of it.”

Bringing home the hardware from Media Hoops are 5th – 6th grade boys team members (left to right, back row): Coach Todd Parker, Gavin Schmidt, Zehavi Rodriguez, Tristan Blair, Matthew Jackson, Charlie Markey, and coach Dan Hart; (front row): Louis Parker, Danny Wuenschel, Caden Paukstis (holding the championship trophy), Connall Strachan, and Jackson Meza.

Swarthmore Boys Win Media Hoops Championship
By Lynn Meza

On Sunday, February 25, the 5th-6th grade boys Media Hoops championship trophy was taken home by our local team (8 of the 10 boys hail from Swarthmore). Led by coaches and Swarthmoreans Todd Parker and Dan Hart, the basketball team had a stellar season. With a 12-1 record during the regular season (losing one hard-fought game by just two points), the boys went into the playoffs as the #1 seed. In three single-elimination games, they knocked out their competition and took the final win to be named the champions in the 5th-6th grade boys’ division. The boys were all-around great competitors throughout the season. They showed athletic prowess on the court, unwavering support for their teammates, and kind sportsmanship to their opponents. Each player was an integral part of the success of the team. Their families are very proud of the boys — they truly are champs!

Swarthmore Men’s Basketball
Hits the Road for NCAAs

In playoff basketball action last weekend at Swarthmore College, the host Garnet men’s team (22-5) lost in the Centennial Conference championship game to Franklin & Marshall. However, the Garnet earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Swarthmore will travel to the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, for the opening rounds this weekend. Swarthmore’s opening draw is on March 2 against New England College (21-6) who won the North Atlantic Conference Championship. Host Wesleyan (21-6) faces Southern Vermont College (22-5) in the other first round game.

Check the for times and scores.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Poetic Longtime

Minna Duchovnay

Swarthmoreans Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek are the featured readers at the next First Wednesday meeting of the Mad Poets Society, scheduled for March 7, 7 p.m., at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford.

Ed Krizek has won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions, and published over seventy articles, poems and short stories in various publications. His latest work is available on Amazon.

Minna Canton Duchovnay has read her poetry all over the Philadelphia area. Her poems have been published in Mad Poets Review, Poetry Ink, Premier, The Elixir, and the anthology, Embers and Flames. She is a member of the 34th Street Poets at Kelly Writers House.

Ed Krizen


The reading is absolutely free, and open to poets and fans and everyone else. Light refreshments will be provided following the guest readings, and an open mic will follow the featured reading, so bring poetry you’d like to share.

Community Arts Center is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Questions? Contact host Sibelan Forrester at 610-328-8162 or



No easels, just work tables for CAC Mixed Media Studio members (left to right) Michele Southworth, Gail Herring, Kurt Winkleman, and Molly Wing-Berman.

Mixing It Up in New SFA Exhibition

What does Tuesday night mean to you? For members of the Mixed Media Studio, Tuesday night means inspiration and fellowship. The group of local artists gets together at the Community Arts Center to create art, encourage and critique each other, and occasionally share treats of pizza, wine, and chocolate.

Their work in various media is collected in a new show opening with a reception this Friday, March 2, 6 – 8 p.m. not at CAC but at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The show -”Mixing It Up” – represents the Mixed Media Studio with dozens of pieces in various modes and media from 7 Studio members: Nancy Barch, Wendy Cotton, Gail Herring, Patricia Kerr, Michele Southworth, Molly Wing-Berman, and Kurt Winkleman.

All are welcome to meet the artists and share refreshments at the opening reception, which is part of Swarthmore’s First Friday. Unplugged guitar and mandolin music will be provided by local musicians Graham and Jacob Brewer, performing under the group name Minor Adjustments.

At 7:18 a.m. on February 21, Company 14 (Swarthmore) was dispatched to the 900 block of N. Orange St. in Upper Providence Twp. to assist Rose Tree Fire Department on a house fire (pictured above). The initial caller stated that a bedroom was on fire and that the family was exiting the home. Tower 14 responded with a crew of three personnel. Due to the time and nature of the alarm, multiple units (in excess of 10) were dispatched to this two alarm blaze to combat the fire. Upon arrival, the firefighters from Swarthmore went to work assisting with fire suppression. Crews encounted heavy fire throughout the single family residence. Due to floor and roof collapse, firefighters were unable to enter the house. The fire was brought under control within an hour, and crews remained on the scene for several hours extinguishing hot spots.

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From February 12 through February 25, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 42 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Rose Valley and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including: unconscious person, semi-conscious person, hypotension, medical alarm, cerebrovascular event, fall with trauma, syncopal episode, overdose, injured person, cardiac emergency, tachycardia, auto accident with injuries, head injury, diabetic emergency, heart attack, nature unknown, pediatric emergency, subject down, sick person and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarm: One alarm to Oak Knoll Dr. in Nether Providence Twp. One alarm to the 200 block of School Lane in Morton. One alarm to Sylvan Ave in Rutledge.

Automobile Accidents: One accident with injury at N. Chester Rd. and N. Swarthmore Ave. Building: One alarm to the 900 block of Westdale Pl. in Springfield for a kitchen fire. One alarm to the Springview Garden Apts. in Morton for a dryer fire. One alarm to the 900 block of Orange St. in Upper Providence Twp. for a bedroom fire.

Hazmat: One alarm for a natural gas leak at the intersection of Park and Harvard Ave.

Mutual aid calls: One each to Nether Providence Twp., Morton/Rutledge, Springfield, and Upper Providence Twp.

New Leaders at Swarthmore College

Sarah Willie-LeBreton

Swarthmore College recently named two longtime members of the Swarthmore community to leadership positions at the college. Sarah Willie-LeBreton was named Provost, effective July 1, when she will replace Tom Stephenson in the role. Willie-LeBreton is a Sociology professor and has been Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology department since 2013.She served as Associate Provost from 2005 to 2008. She is an alumna of Haverford College (1986).

Salem Shuchman

Salem Shuchman, Swarthmore class of 1984, has been selected by the college’s Board of Managers as its Chair. A member of the board almost continuously since 2000, Shuchman will succeed Tom Spock as chair for a three year term. He is managing partner of Philadelphia-based private equity firm Entrepreneur Partners. Together with his wife, Dr. Barbara Klock (Swarthmore College, Class of 1986), Shuchman has been a major benefactor of Swarthmore College, notably as lead donor for the Matchbox fitness center.


American History, through a Jaundiced Eye

“A Skeptic’s Guide to American History” is the offering for the next semester in the Great Courses video lecture series, beginning on Thursday, March 15, at the Swarthmore Public Library.

Professor Mark Stoler, an expert in U.S. Diplomatic and military history, casts a jaundiced eye upon the conventional wisdom and prevalent interpretations of the American story.

Over the coming eight weeks, SPL will screen three 30-minute lectures each Thursday, with a break midway through for refreshments, in the Council Room of Borough Hall at 121 Park Avenue. The sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Enrollment is free; register in advance at, or by phone call to the library at 610-543-3171.

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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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The Swarthmore Recreation Association is thrilled to welcome Colleen Murphy, Interim Executive Director (pictured on left) and Renee Pollins, Strategic Consultant (pictured on right). Colleen and Renee join Program Coordinator, Nika Haase, bringing a wealth of professional experience and passion for our community to their respective roles. For more information on the SRA staff and programs, please visit

On Valentines Day, members of the Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association and the parents and children of the Swarthmore Community Center Playgroup celebrated together with a Valentines exchange. After making valentines and enjoying coffee, cookies, and conversation, Sheila Bell led a story time with the children.

Parents of students at George Crothers Memorial School at CADES are creating a display that shows the augmented communications devices that are being used by students in the classrooms there. The exhibit will be installed at Occasionally Yours, 10 Park Avenue in Swarthmore, thanks to the generosity of owners Scott and Theresa Richardson, Stop in for a bite and a bit of insight into how CADES is applying technology to learning.

In the Saul Wildlife Preserve in Rose Valley this week, Bill Hale of Rose Valley (2nd left) and Chris Bourke of Moylan (2nd right) of the borough’s Environmental Advisory Council joined a team from Land Stewards on the worksite during stabilization of 165 feet of stream bank along Ridley Creek. Jesa Minnick (left) and Liam Collier (right) from Land Stewards did the heavy lifting early, installing coir logs, willow fascines, three rows of dogwood brush mattresses in trenches backfilled with earth. The trees will root, intertwining in the stream bank as they grow up and provide beauty and habitat above ground. The work came just in time, as roots and buds may soon wake up in the unseasonable February warmth. The two-day project was funded by a Growing Greener grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

James M. Doyle, Jr. of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Clemson University. James major is civil engineering.

Melissa Leggett of Wallingford, a first-year Health & Occupation major, was named to the dean’s list at Elizabethtown College for the fall 2017 semester.

Gabrielle M. Weisfeld of Swarthmore graduated in January 2018 from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Trying on haberdashery for the upcoming 2018 Book It! 5K Walk/Run are (left to right) Library Directors Jen Stock of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library and Amber Osborne of the Swarthmore Public Library, and Furness Library board member Bob Siwicki. The April 7 race features a “Best Crazy Hat” award competition for runners and walkers, who will traverse a route from the Furness Library in Wallingford to the Swarthmore Library. Early bird registration is now open at

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Subzero temperatures and snow couldn’t stop Swarthmore Troop 112 from enjoying a weekend of skiing at Elk Mountain earlier this month. The annual trip is always a big hit regardless of the weather, and 33 scouts and adults had a great time on the slopes. Two new scouts worked on their snow sports merit badge, learning how to ski safely and responsibly. Pictured on the mountain Sunday morning, February 4, the group is practicing their touchdown signals in anticipation of the Eagles’ win that night. Digging the snow were Scoutmaster Chuck Kropac, Noah Millett, Tivi Fox, Michelangelo Bellini, Luke Caramanico, Chris Chapman, Johnathan Cresson, Nate Linderman, Karl Rennick, Ed Smelstoys, Nolan Spivey, Marshall Wenger, Evan Yavor, Stephen Yavor, Kevin Gao, Owen Burk, Committee Chair Kevin Connell, and Katy Chapman.

Members of the Swarthmore Garden Club (from l. to r.), Kay Rinko, Marica Martin, Susan Larson and Linda Carpenter) made 10 arrangements for Adopt-a-Room Ronald MacDonald gala.

Perry Sosi of Rutledge, a student in Leslie Taylor’s Graphic Design 3 Class at Strath Haven High School, had his self portrait selected as a winner by the art and design faculty at Delaware County Community College. Perry’s self portrait is on display at the Regional High School Art Exhibition at DCCC from now through February 22 in the Academic Building.

Caroline Stockman of Swarthmore has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at SUNY New Paltz.

Nnenna Ukpong of Swarthmore was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Georgia State University.

Bailey Williamson of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at St. Joseph’s University.