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Hill architect on the cutting edge of environmental building design

Muscoe Martin is at once a reminder to a distant past and a messenger of the future. His name, as old-fashioned as it gets, is a reference to his Southern roots, but when Martin decided to his open an architecture firm in 2006 his focus was on the future.

M2 architecture, the small firm he runs from a second floor office at 14 West Highland Ave., is a “green” boutique outfit aimed at the city’s growing environmental movement.

Green lap pool at the Martin home that uses plants to filter water. (Photo courtesy of Muscoe Martin)f
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City Council committee supports bill to ban farming at Manatawna

Woman raped in Chestnut Hill

Eichler and Moffly anniversary pictures

Fall For Arts slideshow


Artist ‘leaves’ his mark by branching out into trees

When you hear about someone sneaking into the woods with a few buckets, a number of scenarios might come to mind — some kids transporting supplies to build a fort, maybe. But in this story, that someone is a grown, bearded man. Maybe he’s building bombs?

The less incendiary truth is that it’s a local artist/art teacher (at Abington High School) sneaking into the woods to mix pigments in a mortar and pestle, as it has been done for ages, into colors he uses to paint primitive images on old trees. This is not something you see every day.


What are we afraid of?

As people around the country are busy redecorating their homes to put a little scare in the air, to make their typically well-groomed lawns look like temporary graveyards populated by the undead, a lot of Americans are busy getting scared by what they see every night on the evening news.

For starters, there are the political ads. I don’t know who is scarier: Is it the could-be-a witch, Christine O’Donnell? Or is it Joe Sestak, who in a hilariously over-the-top ad by Pat Toomey, appears, Godzilla-sized and angry-faced, looming over the steps of Congress as if he’s poised to tip it over and gobble up the Constitutional rights of average Americans?


Penn Charter soccer settles for tie

Penn Charter’s soccer team may have had reason to be a little overconfident when they traveled to Bryn Mawr last Friday afternoon to take on the girls of Baldwin School.

It’s true that the Quakers were missing injured freshman sweeper Steph Soroka, but the Baldwin Bears had lost four starters since the beginning of October due to injuries and non-medical problems, and even when the Bears were in full strength last month, they fell to PC by a 6-0 score in the first game of the home/away series.

However, after Charter’s first goal was matched by Baldwin in the opening period last Friday, the Quakers could not score again, going home with a 1-1 tie that moved their Girls Inter-Ac League record sideways to 3-2-2. The stalemate represented an improvement for the host team, which had lost each of its seven previous league matches.


This is Darla, she’s being fostered. She’s a rescue from down south. A real sweetie. So if anyone wants to adopt Darla, she’s here in our hospital. She comes with Julie our technician.” Sheldon Gerstenfeld, VMD, Chestnut Hill Veterinary Clinic, Erdenheim, with Darla and Julie Raymond. For interview, see



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