about chestercountyramblings

Face it, I’m a gal with a few opinions on occasion and I have a natural curiosity about life.

So how did I begin blogging?

Well, it all started a few years ago when small business owners in Ardmore who also happen to be friends of mine were being targeted by eminent domain for private gain.  I discovered in this David vs. Goliath world, you have to take opportunities where you find them, and so I became a blogger at Save Ardmore Coalition blog.

This is not however, the only writing I do.  I do freelance and occasional op-eds. You can read some of my published snippets HERE.

I am also a local “Go To Girl” when it comes to P.R. and media placement.  If you have a need for such services, or freelance writing, or a digital photographer, check out Go To Girl .  One thing I am really proud of with regard to making magic in media placement has to do with being part of First Friday Main Line and Operation Angel Wings.  And in February, 2010 I was one of the people honored by U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach via H. Res 1045 – you can read it by clicking HERE.

Circling back to photography, if you want to check that out, please visit mainlineclicks on  Flickr.

If this isn’t enough for you, also note that I am proud to say I am a breast cancer survivor.  I have written about this journey in my life since my diagnosis – it’s called ihavebreastcancerblog.

Writing is a passion, and this is the latest extension of that passion.  Enjoy the blog!

54 thoughts on “about chestercountyramblings

  1. Hey Carla – thanks so much for the great posting on the EGFM – mind if I link our blog to it this week? Would love to meet you at the market – please stop by the EGFM tent next week. Thanks again!
    Lisa

  2. Hi! Found your blog on a google search. I’m the new chair of the East Goshen Park Commission. Wanted to make sure you knew about our community day on the 23rd and to see if you could also fill me in on more of our local blogging scene. I’ve got some ideas that have to do with social media and would like to learn more about our community. Thanks!

    Heidi

  3. Hi! Just found your blog – it’s really interesting! You have better news that the Daily Local (which isn’t that hard to do, I guess). Do you know the scoop on the building in your header? I always pass that and wonder what it’s about!

    • Thank you! I appreciate the compliment! As for the barn, Malvern Patch had something on it a few months ago. I heard that it was painted back in the day by a then young wife, and never painted over. Not sure why it was painted with that, I have always wondered if it was a battle of the sexes argument

      • The story on the barn is a good one!! However it is well guarded by the locals. If you would like to know it feel free to drop by my parents house, sit on the porch and ask them. They are wonderfully colorful people but very private. They are amazing parents who raised the five of us, as well as many more that crossed their path, with great love and taught us to be giving people just like them. Take some time to get to know them and you too will be blessed!!

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  5. I finally got to read your pear post. Just delightful. It certainly brought me back down memory lane.
    Thanks, Carla.
    xoxoxo
    Marge

  6. Just found your blog via a link from Pattye Benson’s blog. Great stuff here – you’re RIGHT on the mnark with the questions surrounding the ZHB/BOS/Tredyffrin Township drama! I’ll be following your blog moving forward! Great stuff – keep it coming!!

  7. Thank you for the wonderful mention of Frazer Antiques on your blog. I have been a fan for 24 years – first as a customer and now as a customer and dealer in the store. It’s always exciting to hear that someone visiting our shop has had an enjoyable experience. Hope to see you again.

  8. I just helped organize the Conestoga Class of ’62 reuninion and want to start a Blog for our classmates to communicate with others and post news items. Could you please direct me to the Blog site you use as your template – it looks great!
    Thanks – Lee Calhoon

    • Lee, thanks for the compliments – it is just one of the free wordpress templates – the theme is “Twenty Eleven” and I customized where I could for colors, etc I like visually. Truthfully however as someone who has worked on high school reunions, a public Facebook page is more effective and less work. Cheers.

  9. Thanks Blog Lady,
    I think we are going to shy away from FaceBook as there would be too much information out there on all of us on the Net. And we couldn’t protect the prorietary apects of the posts compeletely. Will start to look into Word Press.

    • That is where you are wrong. A blog is even more public than Facebook. You can create a Facebook page that is in fact a private group and not public. You can invite classmates to join it, but it is not in the public view. A blog puts it out there, I have been at this for about 10 years now, so I know

  10. Hello,

    Could you please contact me at Editor(at)TriCountyRecord.com to discuss Off The Track.

    Thank You,

    Justin Finneran

  11. Hi! Was hoping you come to the Yellow Springs art show and sale. It’s our fortieth year and we are very proud of our 175 artists. The show opens with a lively preview party on April 26th and continues through Mother’s Day on May 12th. Th proceeds from the show help to benefit the village, which, as you know, needs as much support as we can muster. So, hope you can help spread the word to help our efforts. This show is run by a core of thirty committee volunteer committee members and upwards of a hundred other volunteers. http://Www.yellowsprings.org. Thanks! Maureen Fendrick, Chair

  12. Dear Chester County Remblings: How do I start a stream of conversation on this website. I’m not a computer geek – yet. Is “Leave a Reply” the start of a conversation?

      • So nice to know there may be a forum for my concerns. You may know that PECO has contacted neighbors announcing they will be installing MANDATORY Smart Meters soon. I have done very basic internet research to find that this may not be the best thing for Chester County and PA. The purpose of the smart meter is to transmit electric useage to PECO. Eventually, this will result in controlling/restricting electric use. I believe, as do many others across the country, that this is an invasion of privacy. However, my greatest concern is for health reasons. There are RF (radio frequency) waves emitted from these meters. Radiation from the meter can be transmitted through walls. Geiger counters can pick up degrees of radioactivity. These RF waves are emitted 24/7. Utility companies compare the radioactivity to cell phones and microwave ovens. Of course we don’t use cells or microwaves 24/7. Some states have banned Smart Meters completely. I’ve been in touch with our legislators since these is slow moving legislation in the General Assembly. I’m hoping to speed up action on these bills (HB899 and HB 902) by inspiring civic interest. I am supplying informatin to the ACLU. My daughter has contacted her Pediatrian who plans to investigate through his professional organization, Pediatric Association of America. Various illness are reported related to RF waves….. headaches, general ill feeling, aching teeth, sleep disturbances, etc., etc. It’s harmful to pets and plants (can you imagine?) I predict that after a year or two, citizens will feel unwell – no one would ever imagine the problem would be RF waves from their new electric smart meter.
        You might be able to tell I’m very upset about this mandate. Do you think the residents of Chester County might be interested to hear about the “down” side of these meters? You website shows blissful photos of barns and other pleasantries. I don’t want to upset everyone – but everyone shoud be upset. Did you know about this? If you have any advice as to how we might proceed – either on your blog – or not, please share your thoughts. Thanks, jan
        No need to publish my ramblings……………….yet. If you think your blog might help us, I can consolidate my thoughts and concerns. Thanks again.

      • Thank you for your comments. I should tell you that this is my blog, so I reserve the right to publish or not publish any comment as I see fit. I have chosen to publish your comment, although I will not be taking this up as an issue. Smart meters are not an invasion of privacy. I have an uneasy relationship at best with Peco Energy because sometimes they just do stuff that annoys me. However in the big picture of things to fight about, this is not worth my time. The cost of energy, that is something worth fighting about. You of course can start your own blog and discuss whatever you choose on it. Or you can apply to be a blogger on one of the patch sites were or contact a local reporter and see if they are interested in your issue. Thanks for writing

  13. Thanks for giving me the space to share my concerns. I noticed some misspellings. Let me edit my note and resubmit it.

    • Ok look, what is it you don’t understand that once something hits MY blog it is mine??? I was trying to HELP and it is obvious you are not only nuts but a blithering idiot as well. You have absolutely NO idea the contacts I have that might actually be able to help you. You contacted me, I did not send out into the universe I was taking on a new cause. Be glad I do not publish your e-mail and IP address (because I can do that too).

      • Wow. That is harsh and uncalled for….nuts? idiot?? If you consent to printing an opinion or steam of conversation you might be kind . It is, however, your blog. My point was simple. I wanted to inspire comments from the citizens who may be unaware of the danger of smart meters. No more and no less. PECO will defend their actions — as energy reduction is mandated to them. If smart meters were such a good idea, everyone would jump on board voluntarily. To the public I say: over time, when the headaches begin or your pets are moaning and roaming the house – consiider that it could be your new, untested (over time) smart meters. Other states have banned them. Our State Assembly is proposing legislation to make smart meters optional. Gosh – no harm to express an opinion.

      • Not harsh, you madam, are a fruitcake. Now run along and either start your own blog or bother someone else. Of course if you had done your homework you would see there are sites dedicated to this topic. But I have to ask: are you going to run around with the smartmeter taped to your forehead?

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  15. Hi,

    Great job on the blog. I grew up in Lower Merion and am currently living in Lancaster. I’m looking to move my family to a better school district and was considering West Chester (specifically Henderson) because we love the area, it’s affordable, and the school appears to be doing well.

    However, between your blog and a friend of mine who works in union relations, I’m really calling the WCASD into question. My biggest beef with the public school system now is how much emphasis they place on testing– do you know how reliant WCASD is on funding?

    Or, more specifically, in your opinion, should I steer my kids clear of the whole school district? It looks like they’re cutting programs, fighting with their teachers and not managing money well. Is this an accurate view or is a student served well enough?

    • I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t think there are any easy answers when it comes to public school education anywhere today. I just don’t think of much of the West Chester area school District. I have friends with had positive experiences with the school district, but I have to be honest most of my friends have their children are in private schools or religious schools or charter schools at this point.

      I will tell you that the people I know who have children in the great Valley school District love it – So maybe that is an option for you.

  16. Hello…

    Very nice picture of the old fire truck. Can you send me the location of that truck so I can go take some more pic’s?.

    Thanks

    • I will have to figure out what road it’s on. It is a backcountry road and a more rural part of Montgomery County outside Schwenksville- it is the Barto Fire Company that used to own truck – They might be able to better assist you – because if you want to take good photos you’re going to have to get permission to go onto the property

  17. I’d like to have a conversation about using your image of the Malvern Train station for a project I’m involved in. I need the image in black and white and maybe some retouching done to remove the name of the coffee shop. Is the resolution sufficient if I want to blow it up to wall size? It’s OK if it gets a little fuzzy, it’ll work in the room decor just fine that way. Please feel free to email me. I’m excited about the image, let me know if we can work together on this.
    Thanks,
    Alex

      • Hi,
        I just came across this. My Grandfather was the Ticket/Frieght Agent for the Malvern P.R.R. Station up to the 1940’s. I have a Pen and Ink drawing of the station way before any ‘improvements’ were made.

      • Hi Bob! Thanks for visiting my blog! CCR has a Facebook page and if you want to post a photo of the pen and ink drawing of the station or if it is posted on a photo page online and you provide a link I would love to see it. And if there is anything you want to share about your grandfather maybe I could turn it into a post up here! Thanks!

  18. I just happened to find your blog because I was looking for photos of Hallman’s General Store in Chester Springs. I was a teacher and somewhat administrator of the Chester Springs Studio way back in the late 1970’s – 80’s. I was a young girl just out of art school at the time when several of the board members of the studio enticed me and my then boyfriend, who was a potter to come to the studio to teach. I left the area after a few years to pursue other dreams, and I am sorry to see that Yellow Springs has deteriorated in the manner you described. During my time at the studio, I initiated all kinds of programming that brought people to the village. We re-vamped the art studio classes and even partnered with Philadelphia College of Art professors who came to the studio to teach. We developed a classical dance program, visiting artists program, several community festivals, art exhibitions, and even held monthly square dances at the studio. I championed the idea that the village could be restored and maintained through some of the same notions that you implore in your essay. The history, beauty and charm of that little village is incredible. The hot springs were something that I felt should be resurrected. A history museum and a living museum were other concepts. I was seen as a smart-ass I am sure, by a few of the old guard. I was an interloper, and I was sassy. It didn’t go over well In spite of the success of many of the programs that I had initiated. Over the years there has been generosity by a few. Obviously, this has not been enough to even sustain the needs. It seems to me that the Historical and Museum Commission of the State of Pennsylvania needs intercede before it is too late.

    • Hi there! Tom Hickey told me about this page, and where I want you to post this is on the Chester County ramblings Facebook page. I’m a little pressed for time between now and Christmas, so my post something sort of on-the-fly, but if you could start by posting it there I would appreciate it.

  19. Hi ! Have really loved reading your blog for over a year. Would it be possible for our group, the Historic Birchrunville Neighborhood Association to link to our webpage promoting our Winter Celebration fundraiser? It’s a celebration of Birchrunville and saving the historic schoolhouse. Everyone is invited!

    • Sure! No problem! Some people in your group know me, and they have my email address and I would be happy to put something up. Send me a good photo of the village of Christmas and the details on everything for the celebration. I believe something was sent out via Google groups? Have them send that to me please. Thank you

      • Thank you! Your blog has become one of the best sources of Chester County news, I’ll send something out to you tommorrow. We’re very excited to share Birchrunville with the rest of the county!

  20. Nice blog! If you ever ramble into the southeastern corner of the County also known as the vast lands of “Count” Landenberg…. come and visit us at Meadowset Farm, as small family farm / sheep dairy. All the best!

  21. I just wanted to express solidarity with you all in Chester Co. Here in Dauphin Co. we are fighting the same battle as Sunoco threatens our neighborhoods and homes with the looming pipeline, pump stations and shut-off valve facilities.

    We are doing our best to inform the public about Sunoco’s underhanded shenanigans. Thank you for being another voice of opposition against their bullying tactics.

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