May 16, 1987 |
Musical chairs, a game that was de rigueur in my partygoing rounds during grade school, used to fill me with trepidation. To be left standing while everyone else was seated (snugly and smugly in their chairs) was the ultimate humiliation. Maybe this is why there was an extra pleasure in being an onlooker while the dancers of the ZeroMoving Dance Company played the game in Karen Bamonte's The Attic, a dance that was performed for the first time last night at the Port of History Museum at Penn's Landing.
September 5, 1991 |
Bensalem police said they took two fugitives into custody after finding them hiding in the attic crawl-space of a home in the 4500 block of Remo Crescent Drive Tuesday morning. Police said that one of the fugitives, a 17-year-old whose name was withheld, had twice escaped from authorities. The other, Joseph Taggart, 19, of no fixed address, had escaped Aug. 26, from the Bucks County Rehabilitation Center, where he was being held on charges of simple assault, theft of services, disorderly conduct and violating parole, police said.
August 21, 2003 |
David Douglas had known about the family letters for a long time. But it had been years since anyone had lifted them from the little, black tote bag in the attic, undone the plastic wrap that kept them dry, and read the marvelous passages written amid the turmoil of the Civil War. They were the words of Leonard Williams, a captain in the 2d South Carolina Cavalry, to his young wife, Anna, at their modest Greenville, S.C., farm. The bundle of 135 letters describe the Confederate officer's hopes and fears over four years of the bloody war. They talk of the innermost details of military campaigns as well as routine life in the camps - the scourge of fleas, sore backs, and staving off hunger by eating the crackers they found in deserted Yankee camps.
November 21, 1987 |
Far from the novel's page-turning excitement, the film Flowers in the Attic provides all the thrills of watching an exterminator work. You can understand why the book was so popular. It tapped into every child's fear of a parent's death - and suggested there was a fate worse than Dad dying, namely Mom's indifference. Plus, it offered just about every imaginable Gothic-novel situation: the gloomy grand manor, hidden secrets locked in the attic, slow poisoning by arsenic, child abuse, incest and disinheritance - all shrouded in cobwebs, infested with mice and presided over by Monster Mommy.
August 5, 2012 |
For close to 50 years, it sat in a corner of an attic, just another dusty, forgotten piece of wood with an obscure name stamped into it: Momen Clemente. That piece of lumber - a Roberto Clemente bat from the seventh game of the 1960 World Series - was among memorabilia auctioned Thursday night at the National Sports Collectors Convention at Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards. It sold for $41,825. Other items up for bid included a loving cup given to Honus Wagner in 1917 ($44,812.50)
February 11, 1988 |
Lying dust-covered in a New England attic, a white silk banner carried in the Grand Federal Procession in Philadelphia 200 years ago might have been lost forever if not for the march of progress bringing the Blue Route past the doors of the Leiper House in Wallingford, Delaware County. The recently discovered six-foot-square banner, carried in the historic parade by tobacconist Thomas Leiper, may be the only one remaining of the 60 banners used in the procession on July 4, 1788, to celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, said James Green, curator of printed books for the Library Company of Philadelphia.
September 7, 1989 |
Mary Beyer, who left the security of 20 years as a civilian employee with the Navy to open a consignment gallery in Wayne, recalled recently that the Smithsonian Institution is referred to as "the attic of the United States. " She likes to think of her new store as the "attic of Delaware County. " And the evidence inside the 2,300-square-foot store at 163 W. Lancaster Ave., which is primarily culled from local homes, makes her point. Consignment Galleries, a franchise that cost $25,000, falls somewhere between an antiques shop and a thrift store.
September 3, 1995 |
Delaware State Police might call it "America's Worst Home Video. " A 50-year-old Lewes man was arrested after police found him hiding in an attic videotaping vacationers in the house he had rented to them. John M. Kwiatkowski of North Heron Drive was charged with burglary and five counts of invasion of privacy. He appeared before a magistrate yesterday in Georgetown and was released after posting $6,000 bail. State police said Kwiatkowski rented out his neatly furnished home in Lewes to five people.
June 14, 2013 |
Question: We have an attic with a set of steps that pulls down from the ceiling. In the winter, we keep an insulated foam dome in the attic that covers the folded steps and the trap door that they are attached to. This helps to keep the heat in the house and to keep the cold air in the attic. My question is, should we leave the foam dome in place in the summer? My thoughts are that heat needs to escape and we should move the foam dome off of the folded steps and door. But then I'm concerned that the heat going up to the attic will also pull our air-conditioned air along with it. Answer: Warm air rises and cold air falls, but since your attic gets hot in the winter, you might want to have the dome in place to keep the warm air in the attic and not leaking into the space around the folding stairs where it might add to the efforts of the air-conditioning.
September 14, 2014 |
Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician said we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam were likely allowing hot, humid air into the attic. The consultant suggested removing all the batt insulation in the ceiling and redoing the spray foam to totally encapsulate the attic.