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Personalized blankets launch business for Wyndmoor mom

From Norway to Newtown, personalized blankets, pillows and towels created by Wyndmoor’s Betsy Claghorn proudly hang in baby rooms, bedrooms and dorm rooms. Recently featured on NBC10’s “The 10! Show,” Claghorn was invited as an “Entrepreneur Mom” to tell the story of her business success.

Claghorn started her aBCdesigns as so many other cottage industries begin – with the idea that she could produce something better. When she gave birth to her third child, Liza, she received what she called “the absolute cutest blanket.” Claghorn loved the gift but didn’t like that she could see the stitching on the reverse side.

Mt. Airy’s Shalom Center supports NY Ground Zero mosque

The Mt. Airy-based Shalom Center was one of several Jewish organizations that felt compelled to act last week after the Anti-Defamation League, a leading national Jewish organization, came out against construction of an Islamic center in downtown Manhattan, just blocks away from Ground Zero.

“The Anti-Defamation league made a big mistake,” said Rabbi Arthur Waskow, co-founder of the Shalom Center, who organized a prayer vigil in Manhattan in support of Cordoba House, the proposed Islamic Center.

Local students learn leadership skills in the woods

Homeward bound: Local students (from left) Drew Ansel, of Chestnut Hill Academy; Rose Donahue, of Springside School, and Reuben Treatman, also of CHA, stand outside Philadelphia’s Outward Bound Center after returning from a two-week hiking, canoeing and camping youth leadership expedition at the Delaware Water River Gap.

For the first two weeks in August, three local students participated in a 32 mile, 14-day wilderness hiking, canoeing and camping leadership growth expedition through the Delaware River Water Gap as part of Outward Bound Philadelphia’s Youth Leadership Corps program that stresses leadership capabilities and forces participants to push themselves beyond what they thought were personal limits to discover and access the massive potential within they may have not known otherwise.

A graduation ceremony was hosted Saturday afternoon at the Philadelphia Outward Bound Center’s headquarters on Lemon Hill above Boathouse Row on Kelly Drive for family, friends and supporters. Present were a number of local families and a local resident who is a member of POBC’s Board of Trustees. 

“I had never gone camping before, and I didn’t know anything about it, but everything that came up we just went for it,” said Rose Donahue, a participant who will be a senior this fall at Springside School. At Springside, she is involved in volleyball, crew and is president of Student Guides and co-captain of the Robotics Team that last year built a robot to compete in a soccer-themed national competition.


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