You’ve heard of a ‘shaggy dog story;’ – well, here is a ‘shaggy raccoon’ story

From the Belfry August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore I’m a city girl. Because there weren’t any woodland creatures where I grew up, I assumed that most animals were either animated, like Bambi and Thumper, or stuffed, like the ones in the dusty dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences. So I was surprised as a grown-up when I looked out […]
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Abandonment, from the cat’s point of view – ‘I was dumped on the streets, and I’m about to be killed’

Pets August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Betsy (aka Gina DeNofa) My name is Betsy. And I needed to be loved. I was brought into the ACCT Philly animal control shelter as a stray. For unknown reasons, my family had dumped me on the streets. Being in the shelter was better than outside, but I was not far from danger. The […]
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Local author weaves ‘Thread’ of fitness, pain reduction

Local Life August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Len Lear In May of this year we wrote about Stephen Segal of Mt. Airy, an athletic 67-year-old who has played tennis two or three times a week at the Germantown Cricket Club for the past three decades in addition to assorted tournaments and league play. Segal, who is chairman of eReadia LLC, a […]
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Put statues of corrupt Philly judges outside Art Museum

Life So Far August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris Corruption and mismanagement have been discovered in the court system, the police department and several other municipal departments in Philadelphia. Federal investigations are ongoing. Sound familiar? Well that’s the news from 1947, but it could have been 1927, 1867, 1987 or, of course, today. The only difference now is that a Democratic […]
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Shift manager at WW ready to shift into higher gear

News August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Karen Plourde Someday, Annie Gontarek will be able to put her time in the grocery business in her rear view mirror. But for now, being shift manager at Weavers Way (WW) Mt. Airy is a way to support herself while she works out what she wants to do next in life. Annie, 27, graduated […]
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Local group works to raise gun violence awareness

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Gail B. Hicks In 1963 I thought that the assassination of President Kennedy was the worst thing in the world. Then Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy lost their lives to gunfire. Little did I know that gun violence would become a commonplace occurrence. Gun deaths in malls, schools, movie theaters, […]
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Lane returns to Hill for Sept. 10 lecture

News August 28, 2014 0 Comments

Philadelphia Print Shop co-owner and Antiques Road Show regular Christopher W. Lane will return to Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for a presentation on the American West. The presentation will take place at Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia between 7:30 and 9 p.m. At the beginning of the 19th century, […]
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Ex-ballet dancer 30 pounds heavier but still hopeful

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Gulivindala “Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley I am a dancer. Well, I WAS a dancer. I have a BFA in Dance. OK, I graduated in 1991 but still, I do have the degree. I had a successful career for 20 years. I do not […]
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Hawk steps down as director of historical society

News August 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Sue Welsh Jennifer Hawk, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, will leave her position on Oct. 17 to return to her home state of Indiana. “I cannot think of a better executive director than Jennifer has been,” CHHS president J. Randolph Williams said in announcing her resignation to his board of […]
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Up in Maine: A mystery concert and a change of heart

Enemies of Reading August 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore A guy who couldn’t sing worth a damn floated into hearing range on the pond last night and though he annoyed me at first, I wound up envying him so much I wanted to holler him ashore and make his acquaintance. What annoyed me is that I was out on the screened […]
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