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Gallagher-Bradenham nuptials celebrated
Bridget Jean Gallagher of Chestnut Hill and Captain John Goddin Bradenham, United States Marine Corps, of Williamsburg, Va., were married on June 7 at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church of Whitemarsh in Fort Washington where the Reverend Marek P. Zabriskie performed the ceremony.


Myths, folklore and history of the Clifton House
In this 150th year since the 1858 rebuilding of Clifton House, the Historical Society of Fort Washington is presenting the history of property in which it is headquartered at the monthly meeting. The program will be presented at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Clifton House, 473 Bethlehem Pike in Fort Washington, just south of the Lafayette Avenue Connector. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.
Originally built in 1801, the Clifton House has served as a tavern, a resort hotel, store, boarding house and museum. It has had numerous owners and many tales about it have been spun over the years. Tom Rivel, Lew Keen and Robin Costa from the Historical Society will present some of the folklore associated with the site as well as the documented history of the building. The presentation will be largely based on the research of long time member and past president of the Historical Society of Fort Washington, Edward T. Addison, Jr.

Clifton House is currently the headquarters of the Historical Society and contains  a four room museum and research library consisting of a large collection of books, maps and articles dealing with the American Revolution, especially the Whitemarsh Encampment of 1777, the Civil War, and local history. It is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. and by appointment at other times. For further information, call 215-646-6065.


New GFS science building taking shape
Students and faculty returning to Germantown Friends School this week were struck by the sight of the new science building that sprang up on Coulter Street during the summer.  The structure that is currently taking shape will house high school courses in physics, chemistry and biology in an environmentally sensitive “green” building.   The project is being funded through private donations to the school and uses local suppliers, contractors and workers.   
Head of School Richard L. Wade noted, “This building will also make a statement in Germantown.  Sustainable buildings like this will become increasingly important to cities.” 

The facility is due to be completed in time for the September 2009 school year.


MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Ruth Cionca, of Mt. Airy, uses clicker training and other gentle methods to teach kids and grown-ups to train their canine friends. Ruth will begin a series of nine weekly training sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 to 8 p.m., at Grace Epiphany Church in Mt. Airy. The classes are sponsored by Mt. Airy Learning Tree. For more information, call 215-843-6333.

FIRST FRIDAY IN MT. AIRY: Carolyn Hines, a former buyer for Whole Foods stores who helped develop the concept behind Black Olive, manages the new store at 7122 Germantown Ave. It will soon be followed by Black Olive Vegetarian Restaurant on Mt. Airy Avenue, near Germantown. Black Olive is one of many stores and galleries in Mt. Airy that will stay open until 9 p.m. for Mt. Airy First Friday on Sept. 5. For more information, visit or call 215-844-6021. (Photo by Erin Vertreace)