what suNOco does

All of these photos were taken today from the Giant parking lot at the Giant on Boot Road in West Chester and up where the senior living community Wellington is (and Hershey’s Mill.)

Sunoco cut down a slew of the trees for their pipeline. Nothing left but jagged stumps. 

Oh and apparently Sunoco is getting sued too?

Recently there was a pipeline forum – follow these links  courtesy of Tom Casey (whom everyone should vote for on primary day in West Goshen) :

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why not do write-ins?

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” — US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

That wonderful quote is from a website I discovered called PA Transparency Project.
They say:

Even if your name does not appear on the ballot, you can still run for office by running a write-in campaign. Voters can write your name in for any office.

So…. next….a reminder as to exactly how Malvern Borough achieved a political coup and greater political freedom a couple of years ago.

They did a below the radar by word-of-mouth old school write in campaign. And they changed the face of who governed them for the better didn’t they?

I have seen a lot of talk all over the place about various people in Chester county municipalities from one end of Chester County to the other talking politics in municipalities large and small and every size in between. 

 A lot of people are truly just NOT satisfied with the candidates being put forward by their political parties.

The simmering political anger that exists in this country from coast to coast, also exists on the most local of levels where in a lot of cases it takes decades at times to enact political change and change the face of who governs you.

May 16 is the primary. Which means Republicans vote for Republican candidates and Democrats vote for Democrat candidates. There is no cross pollination of a “general” election. If you are a member of an “other” political party, you sit the primary out.

The only thing the primary does is establish who the Democrats are going to put forward as a formal candidate and who the Republicans are going to put forward as a formal candidate in the fall.

That being said, if you want to toss out an incumbent whom needs retirement, a write in during a primary is a true opportunity isn’t it?

Pick the candidate YOU want not who your political party says you’re SUPPOSED to want. Or the candidate you are told you are supposed to want.

You all have to be uniform with your candidate’s legal given name an ensure they are from the proper political party in a primary but it’s a great way to get rid of incumbents whom you only see when there’s an election to be run and won, isn’t that true?

Talk to the now borough council members in Malvern who did this a couple years ago. 

It was totally stealth. I think it is one of the more fabulous things I have seen in an election cycle since Lower Merion was able to dump eminent domain for private gain years ago. It’s  a simple formula: if you change the face of who governs you, you break the cycle.

Politics and government needs to belong to the people not to powerbrokers. So why not write ins to dump incumbents?

Carpe Diem- people can do this and it’s done all the time. And an off cycle primary is the ideal opportunity. Level your playing field, just don’t tell your committee people – they will just report back to party bosses won’t they?

Malvern Council president steps down as council picks 3 candidates for January vote
By Linda Stein
lstein@mainlinemedianews.com
Dec 18, 2013

After a stormy meeting two weeks ago, Malvern Council met Tuesday in what began as a much calmer meeting. By the evening’s end, however, councilman Van Sciver would step down as council president….The council chambers were crowded with Malvernites who were concerned about whether the council would seek to appoint a pro-development insider to take the place of Richard Sponenbergh, who resigned just after the election.

That election brought in three write-in candidates –David Bramwell, Todd Lexer and Matt Radano—who ousted three incumbents. The mayor’s office also changed hands….The issue that appeared to drive voters to the polls was the scope and pace of development that was changing a charming small town into a more urban environment.

Read about write-ins that occured in PA last spring by checking out this article on PennLive.

This post is just one opinion- but again- if you have the opportunity to dump the same  old same old , why not try?

Just look what tiny Malvern Borough accomplished, right?

anna maciejewska is still missing

I was asked by a friend who lives in Charlestown to post about Anna Maciejewska , who is still missing.  

According  to media and local reports she has not been seen since like April 2nd or April 10th (I have seen both dates in media reports and on social media, so I don’t know which one is correct. All I know is she has been missing for weeks at this point.)

I am guessing last person who saw her is her husband because well she is married and has a little boy named Andrew (do I have his name right?) who I think is like 4 or 5.  He must miss his mommy something fierce, so I figured I would put a post up in the hopes like all the media reports that someone somewhere has seen something.

Has anyone seen Anna Bronislawa Maciejewska?  The PA State Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen her. Call 911 or Embreeville barracks at 610-486-6280


Media reports continue to go out and the AP has picked up the story. 

It would be great if a national law and justice show like Nancy Grace could tell her story so please, if you are in the media or know media, pay it forward so Anna’s son  Andrew (?) doesn’t lose his mom.  Anna is Polish and I am also told that family in Poland is frantic.

Anna Maciejewska went missing from the Charlestown section of Malvern.  She was driving a blue Audi A4 she is 43 years old and 5′ 4″ and 150 pounds 
There is a Facebook page up for FINDING Anna Maciejewska.

She’s a mom. She’s not going to leave a little child like that. Please, if you have seen Anna Maciejewska, call the police.

saving history through salvage

Pattye Benson photo

When you love history and historic preservation, there are things that make your heart beat faster.

Preservation is a balancing act. Not everything can be saved in perpetuity. Such was the case of Fritz Lumber in Berwyn. But now I have learned from my dear friend and Preservation  Wonder Woman, Pattye Benson, that Fritz’s beautiful big old red barn as it is deconstructed, will be going to the restoration of the Jones Log Barn!  

Here is what Pattye wrote:

 

The final phase of the rebuilding of the Jones Log Barn is finally underway! With the generous help of Stacey Holmes Ballard and Eadeh Enterprises, the Trust is now able to complete the Jones Log Barn at Duportail House. Scott Walker of Axe Handle Timber is the contractor for the project. 

 The Barn Saver of Lancaster County is deconstructing the large red barn at Fritz Lumber — the materials from the red barn will help complete the Jones Log Barn. How wonderful that a part of the of the Fritz Lumberyard Development project will also include the rebuilding of the 18th century Jones Log Barn.

For all of those who support historic preservation, we are asking you to ‘like’ the Rebuilding the Jones Log Barn Facebook site and follow the progress of the project. The Living History Center at Duportail will be a win-win for the community!

This is what it is all about: all these different people coming together with true generosity of spirit to save history, salvage history, and pay it forward! Bravo!

happy may day!

Photo from St. Peter’s May Day celebration early 1970s.

When I was a little girl I went to St.Peter’s School at 4th and Pine in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia.  We celebrated May Day as a school.

May Day was something all of the kids looked forward to.  Somewhere I have photos my mother took, but the first photo you see in this post and the last were given to me a few years ago by my childhood and adult friend Anthony. What you see in the photo was some of the dancing we did along with the dancing around the Maypole which weaved beautiful and bright ribbons into a lovely pattern as we went round and round.

May Day was such fun! There was the dancing around the Maypole and the other dancing which included dancing over clay pipes – a very Celtic/Gaelic dance.  

I was never coordinated enough to do any of the fancy or specialized dancing but I loved the magic of the Maypole and all of May Day.  In my minds eye I still have a little flickers of memory of these May Day events. I swear today I can hear echoes of the music and clapping!  I remember as a little girl it was the one time I wanted to have the right dress for May Day celebrations. 

Two photos are from when I went to St. Peter’s but the  other photos are old photos I have found on the Internet so people can see what the celebrations were like.

Caroline Seamans, the Headmistress of St. Peter’s when I was a girl instilled some wonderful traditions. It was a great place to be a child.  It wasn’t perfect, and like any school had issues, but was a pretty cool place.

May Day is known also as International Workers Day and today the news in our area is showing demonstrations of public school teachers in front of City Hall in Philadelphia. But that’s not the history of May Day I remember as a child.

May Day is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures, to this very day. Early May Day celebrations started with ancient Romans who celebrated the Festival of the Roman Goddess of flowers, Flora. Ancient Romans held on April 27. Germanic countires celebrated Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries and in the British Ilses was the Pagan holoday of Beltane, held around on April 30.

As time marched forward, all of these celebrations got folded into May Day celebrations. These May Day celebrations which have had increasingly waning popularity which I find so truly sad given the innocence and beauty wnd fun of May Day used to mean these May dances and Maypole.

There was also once upon a time a lovely tradition of May baskets – little baskets of spring flowers and treats left anonymously with a glad heart for neighbors. England and Ireland still maintains a lot of the May Day traditions from what my research has indicated, and there they crown May Queens as well. In Finland they keep the tradition of Vappu, their May Day street festival and carnivals.

May Day was lovely as a child. We felt so grown up and special dancing around the Maypoles. I am so glad I have those memories.

Here is a link to a video of a celebration in a village in Cornwall – CLICK HERE. And Bryn Mawr College has a big May Day celebration as part of it’s traditions – CLICK HERE. At Bryn Mawr College they also have Morris Men who dance.

Anyway, happy May Day and rabbit rabbit.

Maypole St. Peter’s School Philadelphia – early 1970s

chester county history seen through…postcards

I was hunting for a Chester County book on eBay recently and came across by accident some really cool old postcards about Chester County.

No, I did not buy any, these are just screen shots. But these little postcards are like snapshots of our county’s history! I think it’s pretty cool so I decided to post some of them. Long before a text message and selfies on social media, we had post cards.

I have a couple of friends who actually send postcards to friends and family still today when they travel. They are as still as fun to receive today as when I was a child.

Postcards and handwritten letters are almost obsolete in today’s world. I think that is a shame indeed.  

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these old postcards!