Author: Leslie Krowchenko

Neighbors Take Action: Beaver Valley saved as open space

When Concord residents and those from neighboring communities first learned in 2012 about the possible development of 240 acres of Beaver Valley, they hoped for the best but prepared for the worst. The best has happened. The tract once considered for a 160-home subdivision has been deeded to The Conservation Fund to be preserved as open space. The organization led an effort among Brandywine Conservancy, Beaver Valley Preservation Alliance, Beaver Valley Conservancy, Mt. Cuba Center, Save the Valley, the township, Delaware County Council and individuals who love the land to raise the $8 million to “close the gap.” The...

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Chester Eastside celebrates retiring leader, Rev. Bernice Warren

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent When the Rev. Bernice Warren Cultural Arts Program opens at Chester Eastside Inc. (CEI), it will not only enhance the activities its namesake currently provides for children at the center, but will work to encompass the culture of the entire city. Not unlike the way CEI’s move to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church several years ago has enriched the lives of those within both ministries. Warren’s 21 years as CEI’s pastor/director were celebrated Saturday night with a gala at the Ballrooms at Boothwyn. More than 225 family and church family members, high school and undergraduate friends,...

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Marple celebrates Arbor and Earth days with new tree planting

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent With a week to go before this year’s actual date, the Marple Tree Commission celebrated Arbor Day last Friday by planting a black locust at North Malin Road’s tot lot. Joined by local residents and elected officials on the day before Earth Day, the group added the tree to the landscape in a spot visible to all who bring their youngsters to enjoy the equipment. The sapling joins another one planted recently near the jungle gym. “The timing is perfect,” said member Liz Ball referring to Earth Day. “It is a wonderful day to take...

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Students win with case against nation’s Electoral College

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent If the students in Rachael Pinsley’s class had their say, Hillary Clinton would be the 45th president. The fifth graders at Glenwood Elementary School decided popular vote, rather than the Electoral College, should determine who occupies the White House. The strength of their argument took second place in the fourth annual Lenfest Citizenship Challenge hosted by The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement. “The American electoral process is a topic we teach every year and it’s especially interesting when it’s an election year,” said Pinsley during the February Rose Tree Media School Board meeting....

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Area student becomes a calendar pin-up in county poster contest

By LeslieKrowchenko SPIRIT correspondent Paxon Hollow Middle School student Ryan Fazio is Mr. November in the 2017 Delaware County Department of Human Services calendar. The seventh grader was one of the winners of the 28th annual Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Awareness Poster Contest. His work, a black-hooded figure sitting on a throne surrounded by butts and matchbooks with the caption, “Don’t Smoke Cigarettes – They’ll Turn You to the Dark Side!” is most appropriate for that month, as Nov. 16 is the Great American Smokeout. The annual event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers across the...

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