Beavers Building a Presence on Crum Creek

Swarthmorean Robert Scott recently mentioned beaver sightings on Crum Creek, where the toothy furbearers abounded in the time of the Lenni Lenape, but were absent for decades and have only returned in the past few years. The lower trail is all but inaccessible due to tree fall, but walking downstream from the “Crumhenge” meadow near the SEPTA viaduct, Scott said, he had seen four beavers and their lodges during his evening walks along the trail.

Come Together for Music and Art at CAC’s Tie-Dye Music Festival

Connecting the community through music and art, Community Arts Center’s annual Tie-Dye Music Festival will take place rain or shine on Saturday, July 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. The free family event, presented by Ginger March and J. Rossi, and sponsored by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, features music all day, tie-dye activities, vendors, raffles and food on the side lawn of CAC at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. 

Tales of Trails in Rose Valley

15 year old Gabe Ma’s Eagle Scout project focused on the creation of a switchback trail to high ground in the Saul Preserve in Rose Valley, and creation of a new trail which will wind along a ridge overlooking the floodplain of the creek through the preserve.

2019 Summer Reading Lists

The Swarthmorean is happy to bring our subscribers a curated list of recommended books for 2019, submitted by our readers. The list consists of the best books our readers have read over the past year, and a list of books they plan to read over the summer. We hope these lists help you fill your own summer reading list.

Heard Through the Grapevine: Wine Bar Planned for Park Avenue

Like quite a few of their fellow Swarthmoreans, Jill Gaieski and Lori Knauer enjoy a glass of good wine. Together, they’ve also pursued the Certified Specialist in Wine designation at the Wine School in Philadelphia, a serious program that incorporates aspects of oenology and oenophilia. Now, out of their appreciation of wine, its variety and lore, the two are working to bring Swarthmore a wine bar and bistro named Village Vine, which they plan to open next year in the former Compendium location at 6 Park Avenue.

Three Swarthmore Mail Carriers are ‘Million Milers’

Last Thursday morning, June 20, Swarthmore postal employees paused before beginning their delivery routes, opening customer windows, and processing mail, in order to honor three of their colleagues. Swarthmore mail carriers John Fanelli, William Kane and Francis “Billy” Raymond were inducted into the Million Mile Club, each receiving an award only given by the United States Postal Service to mail carriers who have either driven or walked one million miles or have worked 30 years with the company without incident.

A Summer of Book Ideas for Young Readers

For this summer’s list, Carol Kennedy begins with one of the books that the Swarthmore Public Library is featuring in its One Book, One Swarthmore program: All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. In this excellent young-adult novel, an incident of police brutality threatens to tear a community apart.

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Welcomes Alex Evangelista as Minister for Christian Formation

Earlier this year, Swarthmore Presbyterian Church began a quest to find a new Minister for Christian Formation to help lead SPC’s youth and to support various needs of its broader congregation. After interviewing numerous worthy candidates, this spring an SPC search committee recommended Alex Evangelista. Alex accepted the call, and on Monday, June 17, began serving in the new position.