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Mt. Airy landmark destroyed by fire
Historic house designed by noted architect

The Garrett-Dunn House, a historic landmark at Germantown and Mt. Pleasant avenues in Mt. Airy, was destroyed in a spectacular two-alarm fire Sunday that showered large pieces of charred debris over an area of several blocks.

Within minutes of the first report at 11:45 a.m., the building was engulfed in flames, sending up a plume of black smoke that could be seen throughout Mt. Airy. The fire was declared under control at 12:24 p.m.

As the Local went to press, the cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Fire Commissioner’s office.


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Firefighters connect hose lines as fire engulfs the historic Garrett-Dunn house at 7048 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy.
The house, built in the 1850s, was designed by the noted 19th century architect Thomas U.  Walter, who also designed the dome and the Senate and House wings of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Photo by Walter Fox)
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Other News…


Hill area shut down by power outage

Apartment complex cited for 13 fire-code violations

 


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A great new place to meat
Where’s the beef?
At na Brasa, it’s everywhere

At na Brasa, which just opened in May at 680 N. Easton Rd., across the road from the Willow Grove Naval Air Station (Route 611), a mile and a half off the Pennsylvania Turnpike, about 15 to 20 minutes from Chestnut Hill, you might say there’s always a thriller on the griller.
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PECO should show them the money

In theory, public relations is the art of minimizing harm to a reputation through subtle persuasion.

In practice, it’s often the sloppy science of smothering crap with kitty litter and calling it a raw diamond.

Don’t get me wrong: PR is a tough job. Convincing people that global warming (a.k.a. global climate change) is a myth, for instance, must be particularly grueling, especially when you have to smile politely while reporters strafe you with questions.


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MANDL – MACY  WEDDING Cecily Snow Mandl and Alexander Gannett Macy were married on Friday, July 17, at Harkness Chapel at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., from which they both graduated.  Cecily is the daughter of Regina and Alan Mandl of Wayland, Mass.  Alex is the son of Natalie Morgan Macy of Blue Bell,  and Thomas Gannett Macy of Wyndmoor. 
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Golfer Emily Gimpel excels on and off the course

Although school’s not in session, summer is an active period for many student athletes, and Lafayette Hill golfer Emily Gimpel is no exception. A former Springside School student who’s now a rising senior at Mount St. Joseph Academy, Gimpel spent much of her summer break competing in tournaments on the challenging American Junior Golf Association circuit.
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Jay and Suzie Valinis enjoy the food and fun at the Fire, Police and Postal Workers Appreciation Picnic with their sons Joey, 6, and Owen, 4, at the Water Tower Recreation Center Wednesday, July 29.

 

 

 

 

 

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