Author: Katie Kohler

Ex-Southeast Delco teacher is a record-setting star runner

By KatieKohler Bill Schultz still gets some pretty good mileage. The Collingdale resident known for his transcontinental run in 1990 still logs over 3,000 miles a year. He easily recalls the details of his cross-country trek which started when he took his sabbatical from teaching at Harris Elementary School. He started on Feb. 21st with his hands and toes in the Pacific Ocean, with the goal of 30 miles a day for 100 days. He called the school every week and a different student would interview him and ask where he was so they could keep track on...

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The Sky is His Limit HS senior proves overcoming circumstances is possible

By KatieKohler For football players, two-a-days in summer heat is merciless. Offensive linemen driving them to the ground is tough. Two minutes left in the fourth quarter with muscles aching is mind-over-matter time. Penn Wood High School’s Kenny Ngaima experienced a different type of struggle, a life or death type, before he ever stepped inside the white lines of a football field. Ngaima was forced to grow up at a young age due to being born in Sierra Leone in 1998 in the midst of the country’s civil war which he says he was “blessed” to survive. “In...

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Football wasn’t the only thing to cheer for last weekend

By KatieKohler Whether you rooted for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, there was plenty to cheer about in Delaware County during Super Bowl weekend. The “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a national youth-led non-profit organization which utilizes the weekend of the big game to mobilize young people to fight hunger in their local communities, collected over 33,000 units (and counting) of food and cash donations. Two weekends before the Super Bowl, volunteers distributed flyers to homes in the county. On Saturday, Feb. 4th, they collected the food donations. On Sunday, over a dozen area churches held collections for...

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Local youths stay in ‘step’ with team devoted to excellence

By KatieKohler Jenaya Smith stands in front of her team of girls from Yeadon ranging in ages from seven to 16. She eyes each of them like a sergeant sizing up a platoon. Her instructions are concise. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Smith repeats during practice at Yeadon Hall. She wants to see it. She wants to hear it. Smith’s group, the Royal Excellence Step Team, is always pursuing that one fantastic noise – the sound of one person stepping. Step is a type of rhythm dance in which the participant’s entire body becomes an instrument to produce complex...

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Family-friendly auto show features superstar rides

By KatieKohler David Kelleher, the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show chairman, has plenty of options to choose from when asked about the coolest part about the annual late winter exhibition of the finest on four wheels. Something from the new Super Car Display like the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo Competition, Ferrari 599XX, or Mosler Raptor GTR? Maybe an exotic Aston Martin DB11, Lamborghini LP710 SV or a Maserati Levante S? Perhaps Kelleher’s tastes are more classic and he will be drawn to the 1968 Ford Shelby? He speaks on each show topic like a man who has plenty of...

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