Wallingford resident and firefighter Robert L. Ranson, Jr. (right) was saluted by Chief Allen Graves of the Anne Arundel (Md.) County Fire Department upon his graduation last Saturday from Anne Arundel’s fire academy. Ranson was second in his class of 39 recruits, and also received the Outstanding Performance Award from the instructors at the fire academy. Ranson will soon complete his training and receive his permanent duty posting in the Baltimore area. A longtime volunteer in the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association, Ranson attained the rank of captain in Swarthmore, and is an honorary life member of the company. He has been owner of a fine carpentry and building company, but will leave his profession of more than 20 years to realize his dream career as a professional firefighter. He will continue to live with his family in Wallingford, in between days-long duty shifts in Maryland.
Jamie Taylor of Swarthmore, a 2015 graduate of Strath Haven High School, recently completed a semester in the Rockies in Wyoming and Utah, with the National Outdoor Leadership School. The three-month course taught students technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics in four consecutive field experiences involving backpacking, rock climbing, river rafting and kayaking, and canyoneering.
On Tuesday, May 3, at noon, Alice (Putty) Willetts raised a glass to toast the opening of the Inn at Swarthmore. “I’ve been waiting 90 years for this,” said Putty, who has spent almost all those years in Swarthmore. She was a guest of Greg Brown (left) and Anthony Coschingnano, respectively Swarthmore College’s VP for finance and administration, and executive director of auxiliary services. During the “soft opening” period this week, the elegant stemware held sparkling cider. Harder stuff will flow as of Monday, May 9, with the official opening of the Broad Table Tavern for meal and bar service.
Members of Kids for Peace Swarthmore celebrated Earth Day productively, working with chapter leader and Swarthmore Public Library children’s programmer Devon Laudenslager to clean up trash and plant flowers at the Princeton Avenue pedestrian underpass. Greening up the place were (standing, left to right): Ellis Warley, Ainsley Sullivan, Anna Warley, Isys Nelms, Naomi Nelms, Wendy Chen, Olivia Kennedy, Addison Sullivan, and in front, Alison Smithey.
Rose Valley Swim and Tennis Club members of all ages hoisted rakes, forks, shovels, mowers and blowers at the club’s spring cleanup last Saturday. The volunteer crew and staff are preparing the club’s three pools, four tennis courts and verdant grounds for the coming season. Membership information is at rosevalleypool.org. Photo by Donna Ferruzzi