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SPRINGSIDE STUDENTS PITCH IN FOR EARTH DAY Fourth grader Frankie Reitmeyer (above) of Chestnut Hill cuts a branch that had fallen down so it could become part of a natural fence that her class made to close up a cut-through in the Wissahickon Woods to make sure hikers stay on the trail.  Third grade students Jessie Penn (left) and Hunter Smith water some of the dry vegetation in the Wissahickon Woods behind Springside School; they had earlier removed a silt fence and completed other work with Fairmount Park’s Volunteer Coordinator David Bower and Volunteer Coordinator Kevin Groves from Friends of the Wissahickon, who worked with the girls on Thursday, April 17 as part of their early Earth Day efforts.

Local developer is new owner of Caruso’s
by Kristin Pazulski

The new owner of Caruso’s Market is John Capoferri, an area developer, who assured customers that, though there will be improvements and changes, the store would remain a “full-service grocery store.”

Hill Company branches out
by Lisa Kniezewski

Hill Company has seen much change since 1949. Once a local hardware store, since 1976 it has been transformed into a premier furniture store. Now the firm has a new partner, Marguerite Coyle, alongside owner Linda Moran, and a new branch in Worcester as well.

Local Sports

Mount softball dazzled by Jems

Sophomore Alyssa Drummy went the distance for MSJ in Thursday’s game. For more photos visit (Photo by Jimmy J. Pack Jr.)

Following Tuesday’s 5-0 setback at the hands of undefeated league leader St. Basil’s, Mount St. Joseph Academy’s softball team was looking to rebound with a home-field win last Thursday in another Athletic Association of Catholic Academies contest.

However, visiting pitcher Jamie Kloss and the Jems of Villa Joseph Marie had other ideas. Kloss hurled a no-hitter with two strike-outs and just one walk, and the Jems jolted the Magic defense with 15 hits. They built up an 11-0 lead that brought the ten-run-lead rule into effect to end the game after six innings. For the Mount, sophomore pitcher Alyssa Drummy finished with one strike-out and no walks, while yielding 15 hits.

In the battle for the middle ground in the AACA, Villa Joe improved to 5-3, and the Magic leveled off at 4-4. Back at the beginning of April, the Jems had defeated the Mount in a much closer game, 2-1.

CHA baseball pegs Penn Charter
by Justin Goldman

TOP LEFT: CHA’s Thmoas Devlin slides into second base. TOP RIGHT: Sophomore Zach Lehrbaum makes the final catch of the game. For more photos visit (Photo by Jimmy J. Pack Jr.)

Hard work really does pay off. At least that was the case for CHA leftfielder Zach Lehrbaum on Tuesday afternoon after he hit a two-RBI single to give the CHA Blue Devils a 10-9 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against visiting Penn Charter. That hit proved to be the difference as the Blue Devils found a way to win the hotly contested match

Local Life

‘You can’t do evil so that good will result.’
FOW deer euphemisms conceal FPC’s bloody massacre


Five years ago there were about 180 deer in the park, according to the Fairmount Park Commission. Today there are about 30, thanks to the annual FPC killing program they call a “cull.” This year, according to an FPC press release, FPC-backed riflemen killed (the euphemism in the press release is “removed”) 153 deer throughout the entire park after nine nights of shooting within a five-week period.

In 1925, the Wissahickon Valley was in ill repair. Refined citizens were avoiding the park. Hooligans were carving their initials in trees and making whoopee in the bushes. Since the park was in their own backyard, a few wealthy eastside landowners decided to take action. They formed the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW), and using their own money, planted over 100 varieties of poisonous sticker bushes on the west side to keep the hooligans out. This was considered charitable work, since the hooligans themselves were being paid to do the labor.






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