Might as well go full on down the rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland. Arbor Learning Academy in Malvern on Ravine Road. What in the Sam Hell has happened there??? There is something brewing and bubbling and a police investigation and it’s CLOSED?
O.K. that definitely made me interested and guess what? I picked it all off on a web cache.
Then this showed up and is being passed around Facebook and like everything else in this post is publicly sourced:
But what did this grammatically challenged letter even mean? To most families the woman who was “fired” was always the one folks thought was the owner. (The word “fired” is in quotes because you will see a little further down she claims otherwise, so it’s in dispute it seems?) See this post from some point in Stepford Wives For Totalitarianism where she self-describes as “owner”:
I pulled the corporate stuff that anyone can view on the PA site to look up corporate names. This is all I got:
So who the hell actually owns this joint? A great mystery of life. Then this thing appeared on Facebook, of which didn’t get the whole explanation which is why I put “fired” in quotes because this differs from whomever is now saying they are the “owner” :
So I am guessing, that missive above prompted this next screen shot. A reporter reaching out. But haven’t seen an article yet:
So what else? Oh I pulled some of the inspections things off of the PA Compass website of which I pulled a selection and you can all go look up it all yourselves:
Alrighty then, sign me glad I do not have need of one of these daycare places. Except there are some really good ones. I will be honest from the time I saw this being proposed on some agenda in East Whiteland I thought this was hinky, mostly because I found the location totally odd.
I still, like the rest of you, do not have answers. But something is obviously going on. So what gives? It would be a neat trick to learn who actually REALLY owns this Arbor Learning Academy wouldn’t it? And should this place even re-open? Would people trust it?
Today I finally made it to Farm Boy Fresh in Malvern.
“Don’t take my picture!” he said “Look at this apron!”
Oh Chef, the thing is this, pristine aprons to me mean y’all aren’t having fun creating your food. (Besides, I am the home cook who can kill an apron almost as soon as I put it on!) So a little smudge of something on your apron is a good thing.
I have been wanting to get to Farm Boy Fresh and as today is Thursday, it was chicken basket day, so instead of just writing about how amazing everything looks, I went for a little look see myself. (I wrote about them earlier this month.)
Yes, seriously, we have a classically trained chef who trained with people like Emeril Lagasse right here in Chester County. Living his best life with his wife on their lovely farm and cooking breakfast and lunch….inside the Sunoco Station at Routes 30 and 29 in Malvern. Yes, where Three Crazy Ladies was.
While there, Chef Paul Marshall was telling me about the chicken he uses when he was preparing my order and a couple of others. He uses Poulet Rouge. I had not heard of that type of chicken in years. As in I saw them on a farm once in France when I was like 14. They are a russet red chicken with long legs and a bare neck. Seriously. I realized those were the chickens I saw ummm…. decades ago.
I did a little reading when I got home and these chickens do indeed have longer legs and they are less round than some chicken breeds can be. They are known for their flavor and apparently they have thinner skin. I actually found a farm down south that raises them and you can buy them and other heritage poultry and meats from (Joyce Farms).
I am not sure if this is where the chicken today came from, but the chicken I had today was so good it was like a religious experience. Did you ever have lunch that smelled so good and looked so good that it was like there was no time for social media and food photos and you just ate a meal without taking it’s photo? You know the way it used to be before we were Instagramming, Tweeting, or Facebooking?
That was today.
The chicken was hot, juicy, and fresh and there was that lovely fluffiness of perfectly cooked chicken that had not only a good dredge with flavor, but buttermilk. And a little bit of a flavor profile that gave it just a little reminiscence of a kick but not spicy. Super subtle. Served with the chicken was this slaw that I am guessing was Napa cabbage (my favorite) and I am not sure all what else, but it had Asian influences and seemed to be more of a vinaigrette and essentially I could have dined on that alone it was so good.
I also bought a yummy blueberry chia muffin, chocolate chip cookies, and a jar of hot pepper jelly.
You know what else I liked? I got to hang out and talk to the chef. I have a friend from high school who is a chef (Carlo DeMarco of 333 Bellrose in Radnor), and have met others over the years through friends and family and they are a lot of fun to speak with.
Since I like to cook, I like to learn, and all of the chefs I have met are happy to talk food and share. Chef Paul Marshall is no exception. He was so nice and very interesting and I also loved hearing him speak about his wife Julie who apparently grew up in the area. That was awesome. You have to totally and immediately appreciate and respect someone who obviously adores their spouse, and their eyes light up when they speak of them.
My friend Sherry Tillman, who created First Friday Main Line and owns Past*Present*Future in Ardmore can tell you that I am a food geek. Whenever we were doing out food events years ago like Foodapalooza, she always knew she had someone to go to the participating restaurants and photograph the food and chefs and speak with them. That is my idea of fun.
Soon at Farm Boy Fresh there will be amazing high boy farm style tables so you can eat in and not just take out. It is totally quirky to have an amazing chef cooking in a gas station, but you know what? That juxtaposition just works. This is fun.
Farm Boy Fresh is a welcome addition to the lunch and breakfast places in Chester County. It’s so great to meet someone that just loves what they do.
Go get yourself some breakfast or lunch. Farm Boy Fresh is located at the Sunoco at 7 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern (the corner of Route 30 and Lancaster Ave in East Whiteland Township)
I will note for the record that I was not compensated for this review. I went in to buy lunch and I will be back! I am Farm Boy Fresh hooked!
Keith Hartman Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Photo Credit: STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer
Keith Paul Hartman slipped from this world at 1:04 A.M. on Saturday, March 24, 2018. he was in the ICU at Paoli Hospital where he had been taken around March 9th, 2018. Keith was born on December 28, 1955 to the late Lester B. and Louise Capp Hartman. He was 62 years old.
Keith lived in General Warren Village, and he worked for many years at Bishop Tube with David Worst. He and David grew up together in the village. Keith was a proud graduate of Great Valley High School.
He was an active member of the Malvern Pocahontas Lodge #201 IOOF. Keith worked at Bishop Tube, Herzak’s Automotive and later operated Hartman Automotive. Keith found a great enjoyment fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
I only knew Keith a little over a year, and I thought he was one of the nicest people I had ever met. He was a kind man with a larger than life voice and a laugh that was joyful from deep inside. He had a very funny sense of humor.
As a relatively new person to Chester County, he and many of the General Warren Villagers I have met have been among the most warm and welcoming. I met Keith through his lifelong friend, David Worst.
Keith also had the courage of his convictions, and stood up for what he believed in.
I am actually pretty sad as I write this. I told some of his friends I would write a tribute to Keith, and as I am given more details, I will update this post. I felt I had to write something now. He was too nice a guy not to ask for prayers for in his memory. I honestly thought he would come home.
Joyce Anne Hartman, Keith’s beloved wife predeceased him in 2011 and I also know he leaves behind his stepdaughter; Anna K. Schaeffer (Garett) and his four step-grandchildren. He is also survived by cousins including Kevin L. Hartman. He is also survived by his stepmother, Jane Hartman.
Light a candle for Keith and say a prayer.
Life is so precious, and we are faced with that thought every time we lose someone who touched our lives. Keith touched my life only briefly, but I am glad I knew him for any amount of time.
My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
A service has been planned as per his cousin Kevin Hartman:
Just wanted to post Keith Hartman’s service arrangements.
Saturday 3/31/18 from 10 – 11 AM are the visitation hours at Malvern Baptist Church,
11- 12 AM will be the service at Malvern Baptist Church
Keith was a great friend (and cousin) to those of us who knew him .
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm on your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
I do not even really know how to begin this post. I am so sad, I am in shock. Al Terrell my friend who made the clean up of Ebenezer AME on Bacton Hill Road in Frazer possible has died quite suddenly.
I knew in November when we were getting ready for the special ceremony at Ebenezer that Al was not feeling well. We talked about it. When I saw him at the ceremony he was so happy it was happening but I saw this stillness about him . And I could tell he felt poorly and it bothered me.
Al at the ceremony this past fall right next to our soldier Joshua’s grave
After the ceremony we swapped emails, text messages and one or two phone calls. Christmas and beyond it was just text messages. He still did not feel well and wasn’t sleeping. At that point he made me promise to not give up on Ebenezer in case something was really wrong with him. I promised.
And oddly he had been on my mind because a couple of people had asked me if I heard from him.
One of the things we last spoke of was his disappointment in the AME Church not responding to him further about what he wanted to see happen at Ebenezer. I had a licensed structural engineer look at Ebenezer. The long story short on that is the long walls are showing signs of bowing and need to be shored up to save what is left of the church ruin. In order to do a more comprehensive engineering report, the walls would have to be shored up and the center of the ruin hand cleared of debris. If properly stabilized, the church could be saved as a ruin, and possibly restored if money was no option. But for that the AME Church as landowner would have to give permission for any of this. They never replied to him. SHame on them for doing that to him. He never asked them for a cent.
We were also trying to get someone with special radar equipment into the graveyard to properly map the graves once and for all. I won’t give up on that and I hope Dr. Watson at Immaculata will help me with that.
Clean up this fall
I won’t give up on Ebenezer but I am so sad that this is the second friend I have made because of this sacred place who has gone home to God. Maybe somewhere in heaven Al will meet up with Ann Christie and they will talk about Ebenezer.
Al and I became friends only in 2016. He had contacted me initially to tell me he would get Ebenezer cleaned up. AT first I was like “yeah, ok” because I was so disappointed in mankind and AME church professionals and leaders in particular who had led me on a merry chase about saving and cleaning up Ebenezer for a few years at that point.
But Al just stayed in touch and slowly things began to happen. Throughout the summer and into the fall of 2016, Al was often my first message in the morning or before I went to sleep about Ebenezer.
Al and I used to visit the same soldier before Ebenezer got too overgrown. We shared Joshua Johnson.
Al had this quiet doing about him, he just persisted until things happened. Every new grave uncovered, or progress made by the Willistown Scouts he texted me about. Al restored my faith in humankind. Sounds kind of silly or even trite to my ears, but it is true. He was just a decent, nice, and caring man. He had a deep faith about him.
Myself and the other ladies of Ebenezer as I call them will miss him terribly. They do not make people with such honor and godliness and human kindness like Al anymore.
After Luke Phayre the Eagle Scout’s mom Kathy called me this afternoon it was like someone had punched me in the stomach. Al was someone I knew such a short time. But he made an impact. He mattered.
To Al Terrell’s widow and family, my deepest condolences. Heaven truly has another angel. Selfishly, I wished heaven did not. Al and I had clean up plans for the spring already.
Al Terrell with reporter Adam Farence of the Daily Local in November.
Al Terrell you were one of a kind. I feel blessed having known you even a short while. You were a good man. Whenever I visit Joshua I will think of you. You will be missed. I will miss your text messages with photos of what was uncovered at Ebenezer and even your unabashed joy when people in the area just stopped by Ebenezer to pay their respects.
Everyone, I wish I could write more or be more eloquent. I am just so truly sad at this moment.
Here is Al’s death notice and the service is this coming Saturday, January 21 at Saints Philip and James in Exton. The viewing starts at 9:30 am:
TERRELL Al, age 71, of Malvern and Cape May Point, NJ, died on January 15, 2017. Survived by his wife, Darryl (Waller); his children; Lana, Andrew (Jessica) and Joseph Terrell and his grandchildren; Ella and Sophia. Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation on Saturday, 9:30-10:45 AM followed by his Funeral Mass at 11 AM at Sts. Philip and James Church, 723 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Willistown Boy Scout Troop 78, 2 Mill Rd., Malvern, PA 19355 or Triangle Park, P.O. Box 74, Cape May Point, NJ 08212 would be appreciated.
Here is a tribute that came in from Kimberly Boddy a friend of mine (and grand daughter of the late and beloved Chester County Artist, Lee Carter):
There are no words that can possible alleviate the shock and heartache that Mr. Terrell’s family, friends and associates are feeling at this moment in time.
We know God has spoken and we are left to say Amen, while simultaneously asking ourselves, WHY. You are right Mr. Terrell was a special soul who touched the hearts of those who were blessed to meet him. I agree that we must carry one the Restoration of Ebenezer in honor of Mr. Terrell.
We can take solace in the fact that he did indeed honor the Civil War Colored Troops buried at Ebenezer in spite of the run around he received from the A.M.E Church, District and Local Leaders.
Mr. Terrell did not have historical amnesia or seek notoriety or financial gains. His only desire was to honored those that came before him in the most respectful way and even when he received no response, support or acknowledgement from the landowners he still honored those souls interred at Ebenezer.
The crumbling, one-room house of worship and its toppled gravestones had been all but hidden behind a towering wall of weeds for years when Alvin Terrell drove up in his yellow VW Beetle this summer and vowed, “No more.”
The semiretired data analyst/kindergarten teacher had long lived right down the road from the abandoned Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in East Whiteland Township, a congregation founded in 1832 for freed slaves and indentured servants. Once, nearly 20 years ago, he and his teenage son even helped clear away brush as part of an Eagle Scout project. But without someone to continually care for the property, he said, “Mother Nature took it back.”
Now, the 71-year-old Terrell is pledging to reclaim it, to restore the Chester County church to some semblance of its former sacred self.
“I just feel like the people buried here deserved better,” said Terrell, who plans to help create a nonprofit whose first charitable act will be the rebuilding of Ebenezer, abandoned since the early 1900s. “This is history.”
EAST WHITELAND >> During a humble autumn afternoon, a small ceremony paid homage to a long since abandoned graveyard housing African-American Civil War veterans, and others whose names have been lost to time and erosion.
For Bruce Reason and Al Terrell, the sight of the cleaned up Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church cemetery on Saturday was a welcome one…
The person who came along and led the clean-up effort was Henderson High School sophomore Luke Phayre.
Phayre, a member of the Willistown Boy Scout Troop 78, had been looking for a project to complete so he could become an Eagle Scout.
And Terrell, himself a former assistant scoutmaster working on rejoining the troop, suggested to Phayre that he clean up the graveyard as his own son, Andrew did almost two decades earlier.
This morning I met a friend for breakfast and coffee at Malvern Buttery on King Street in the Borough of Malvern. So much fun!
It was my first time there and what a nice open space with friendly staff! We had amazing organic yogurt and croissants along with coffee and a chai latte.
They are very kind and there were plenty of people parked there with laptops. Ironically I was at the same table as the Madam of the Malvern Farmers’ Market. She was holding court at the other end of my table.
Despite millions of dollars in renovations, some SEPTA stations remain inaccessible to some travelers with disabilities.
NBC10’s Chris Cato talked with Anne Cope, who says she was on the White House lawn when the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990. But 23 years later, she says public transit accessibility in Philadelphia still remains a major problem.
“The ADA was passed in 1990, and here we are with stations, some pretty important stations, that aren’t accessible yet,” said Cope.
SEPTA has spent 9.2 million dollars in federal stimulus money to build two elaborate wheelchair ramps and a pedestrian tunnel at the Malvern station. However, once reaching the top of the ramp, people with disabilities cannot board any trains because there is no raised platform there.