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The 9th annual Marietta Avenue Easter Egg Hunt was held last Saturday, April 15. The kids are bigger, but not too big for candy-filled eggs. Photo by Megan Slootmaker

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The entire class of 2018 looked on as a sobering tableau played out at Strath Haven High School this Tuesday, during the mock crash staged annually in the week before the junior prom. In the all-too-real scenario, two fatalities, an arrest, multiple injuries, and two carloads of grief ensued from a head-on collision between teen drivers, one intoxicated and one texting. The school is deeply invested in the production and its message of prevention, SHHS Principal MaryJo Yannacone said: “Our seniors involved in the theater program play the roles of the student drivers and victims. Our makeup crew works with Media Theater to provide the realistic makeup, our student volunteers at the local firehouses participate as emergency responders, and our student emergency team members provide support to the observers.” The cast included Nether Providence police units and fire and ambulance teams from Brookhaven, Garden City, Media, Morton-Rutledge, Parkside, and South Media. The mock crash was produced at Strath Haven and nine other area high schools by State Farm Insurance, Main Line Health including Riddle Hospital and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation, Media Theater, and DJ Sound.

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Wallingford-based acoustic band The Wiretappers will be among the bands playing live at Vinyl Revival in Lansdowne as part of the festivities for Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Wiretappers are a trio forged at Strath Haven High School, where guitarist Jacob Brewer and vocalist Sarah Scarborough are seniors, and mandolinist Graham Brewer is a recent graduate. Graham says: “Our sound takes influence from bluegrass and country to jazz and blues. Our aim is for a diverse musical palette spanning genres while sticking to the simplistic roots of acoustic sound.”

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Yuwen Michelson

Yuwen Michelson, daughter of Dean Michelson and Ginny Lang of Swarthmore, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Following her expected graduation this spring from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., Yuwen will spend the next year teaching at a school in Laos, as she did as a volunteer during summer 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of Strath Haven High School, and is a Sociology major at Hamilton.

Two local residents were inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: David Spencer of Swarthmore was initiated at Penn State University and Laura Conway of Wallingford was initiated at Arcadia University.

The United States Sports Academy is pleased to announce the graduation of Dr. Peter Joseph Vanni of Swarthmore, with a Doctor of Education degree in sports health and fitness with a sports leadership emphasis, with honors.

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Last weekend, the Nether U12 2005 Girls soccer team won the Bob Urban Nether Tournament in Downingtown. The team consists of 5th and 6th graders from Wallingford, Swarthmore, Springfield and other nearby towns.

For the first time in a year, Swarthmore poet Bob Small will read his poetry live, this Sunday, April 23, at the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center at 419 Green Lane in Philadelphia. The reading begins at 3 p.m. and also features Nicole Marie Mancuso and Charles Carr.

Dr. Patricia Robinson-Linder of Wallingford is directing a new production of an old play – Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – for Exclamation Theater in Maple Shade, N.J. The play opens on Sunday, April 23, with performances at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and runs through May 7. The production features actor Jessica Fields of Swarthmore. Information is at

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UP With Down Syndrome: The 27th annual Walk for Our Kids will be held next Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springfield Mall. The event is the major fundraiser for the Delaware County Down Syndrome Interest Group, which supports families of children born with Down syndrome, social events for children and adults with Down syndrome, educational programs, and other services. To participate in the Walk for Our Kids, call in advance to (610) 544-4025, donate $20 or more and get a T-shirt, or come a bit early and register on the morning of the walk. Above: Members of the Maguire family who joined the 2016 Down Syndrome Interest Group walk are, from left, Tina, Michael, Jason and Sarah Maguire, Kylie Stuhltrager, Amy, Aaron, Chrissy and Kevin Maguire.

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