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The Actors Co-op Provides Unique Take On Training

Two Delaware County residents — Val McAdoo from Wallingford and Pete Postiglione from Springfield — decided on Swarthmore as an ideal setting for The Actors Co-op to offer classes for children and adults who aspire to learn acting and creating for today’s media. They teach performance in front of a camera, emphasizing that acting for film and television is very different than acting for the stage.

SHS Bulb Sale Offers ‘Bee-Friendly’ Beauties

We’ve barely escaped the summer heat, but soon the dark, cold days of winter will be upon us, and every gardener will start counting down the days to spring blooms. On Saturday, October 19, the Swarthmore Horticultural Society will hold its annual Bulb Sale at the Swarthmore Farmers Market, featuring a variety of beautiful spring-blooming bulbs that share one special characteristic: they are all beloved by bees. 

Strath Haven Golfers End Main Line Dominance

For the past two decades, Conestoga and Radnor have ruled the Central League when it comes to high school golf. That changed this fall when the Strath Haven golf team won the school’s first-ever league championship, posting a perfect 13-0 record. Along the way, Haven’s deep squad of seniors and underclassmen scored impressive wins over the Main Line powers.

Big Weekend in Swarthmore

It will be an exceptionally busy few days in Swarthmore from October 4-7. At Swarthmore College, it’s Garnet weekend. Swarthmore town center is busy day and night, starting with October‘s First Friday celebration and Quizzo at the Swarthmore Co-op. Swarthmore Presbyterian Church puts on its annual fall fair, and Swarthmore’s Farmers Market begins at 9:30 as usual, with Swarthmorean publisher Rob Borgstrom performing antique appraisals. Check out our whole rundown…

The Oeno Files

Dedicated to the proposition that life is too short to drink bad wine, Swarthmore residents Steve Platt and Robin Schaufler are charter members of the Ethanology wine group which meets more or less monthly to taste wines, as well as other myriad forms of alcoholic beverages. The group consists of seven couples or pairs from as far away as Wilmington.

Tyler’s Edible Garden: a Fresh Approach to Learning

After a productive first summer growing season in Tyler Arboretum‘s Edible Garden, the harvest can be reckoned not just the tons of vegetables and fruit produced, but also in the seeds of ideas planted in the minds of visitors to the historic public garden in Media. A goal of the recently-completed $1.4 million project was to help visitors connect with nature on an entirely new level, said Mandy Santiago, Tyler’s executive director. “More than 800 children this summer attended camps at Tyler, and dedicated parts of each day to helping plant, dig, prune, and harvest crops in the Edible Garden.”

WSSD Hires First-Ever Assistant Superintendent

At its Monday night meeting this week, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board authorized the hiring of Mary Figura as WSSD’s its first-ever assistant to the superintendent for management services. Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer said that compared to similar school districts, Wallingford-Swarthmore has had a “lean administrative team.” Figura is currently director of curriculum, instruction and technology in the Pine Grove (Schuylkill County) School District.

Fine Arts and Crafts Fest Saturday Kicks off Delco Arts Week

In the coming week, Delaware County will become a festive carousel of art and artists, and on Saturday, Swarthmore will be its hub. The Fine Arts and Craft Festival, presented by the Community Arts Center, returns to Swarthmore for its fifth consecutive year this Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. It’s one of the first events in the first-ever Delco Arts Week, which involves more than 50 events and exhibitions across the County through Sept. 29.

Completing the Circle with Team USA

It’s interesting how things can come full circle. My goal as a skater was to earn a place on Team USA, whose members travel internationally. I achieved that back in 2001, and my partner and I were assigned competitions in Japan and the Czech Republic. Then, right before we were to leave to compete, the tragedy of 9/11 occurred, and the U.S. skating federation felt it was safer to keep the younger athletes home for that year. And one of the greatest rewards yet came a couple months ago, when I was selected to be a PT for the very first Junior Grand Prix skating event, to be held on our home turf in the iconic Olympic Village of Lake Placid, N.Y. I was thrilled to once again be named as a member of Team USA!

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Emma Phibbs, PT, DPT

Building Relationships, and a Record of Service

Pennsylvania 26th District State Senator Tim Kearney and his chief of staff Sara McCullough recently met with The Swarthmorean to review results achieved during Kearney’s first eight months in office, and to discuss the political life of a first year senator as a member of the minority (Democratic) party.

Play More, Sleep Right, Learn Better

The Wallingford-Swarthmore administration has extended an invitation for interested parents to join the task force that will explore the issue of adolescent sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation and the possibility of delaying school start times. Meanwhile, in a move likely to be celebrated by 3rd graders throughout the district, the School Board voted 8-0 at its September 9 meeting to eliminate loss of recess as a penalty for student misconduct.

The Hunt For a Vacation Home

The idea of a second home — at the shore, on a lake, or in the mountains — has a certain appeal. But my husband Greg Brown and I have studiously avoided purchasing such a place, thinking that once we do, we’ll be stuck going to that same place over and over again instead of travelling. However, that doesn’t keep us from checking out the real estate in fun places we visit! This summer we made a car trip to western North Carolina where we did look at some homes, in case we ever change our minds.

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Linton Stables

Swarthmore Is Ready for 100

Swarthmore Borough Council Update

Swarthmore Borough Council acted on several matters that promise to make the borough a healthier place to live. With several members of the Sierra Club‘s team in attendance, Council adopted Resolution 2019 -05 - Sierra Club Ready for 100. This resolution commits Swarthmore to join hundreds of other U.S. municipalities in resolving to attain 100% renewable electricity use in all homes, businesses, and government buildings within the borough (not just municipal government) by 2030.

Stress Balls, Indeed!

On Monday, Jack Stollsteimer, Democratic party candidate for Delaware County District Attorney, called for an investigation into District Attorney Kat Copeland, saying: “DA Copeland has spent more than $75,000 in county funds on giveaway items branded with her name that have no legitimate law enforcement use. Fly-swatters, backscratchers, stress balls and nail files are traditionally used as giveaway items for political campaigns.”

Living a Rock and Roll Dream

Swarthmorean (and Swarthmorean co-publisher) Greg Hoy traveled up to the Catskills of New York to participate in a rock and roll dream — the “Three of a Perfect Pair” music camp hosted by members of legendary progressive rock group King Crimson. Bonus slideshows and videos included.

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Greg Hoy

Friday Night Game to Honor Haven’s First Championship Team

Twenty years ago, Strath Haven High School won the first of two consecutive class AAA state football championships, riding the crest of an incredible wave of success that also included 94 straight District One victories, and Central League and District One championships every year from 1996 through 2003. Both past and future football glories are on the minds of the founders of the Haven Gridiron Club, which was recently formed by alumni and parents of current team members, not just to celebrate the glory days, but also to contribute to future successes.

New Year, New Links, New Schedules

After a hiatus caused by a July storm, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board reconvened on August 19 with a full slate, and a revamped agenda. Dr. Palmer emphasized that no decisions had been made regarding school start times, and invited the public to participate in the work of a task force and attend a regional panel discussion night.