May 23, 2016
In the wake of thousands of collegiate student athletes converging on the Schuylkill last weekend for the 2016 Dad Vail Regatta, consider the story of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club, the oldest organization of its kind in the country. The development of American athletics is intimately connected to the history of competitive rowing. It was not on a diamond, court, or gridiron that the first intercollegiate sport was contested. Instead, it was on the nation's (calmer) rivers, and Philadelphia's connections to rowing are fathoms deep.
May 14, 2016 |
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
February 11, 2016 |
Organizers of a new Schuylkill River Trail Watch intended to deter crime on the popular path will share information and invite people to join at a community meeting Thursday evening, officials said. The watch has been formed in response to recent attacks and robberies on the Schuylkill River Trail. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row. Reports of assault and harassment, often targeting female runners, have increased since last fall. Some of the offenders have been described as male teens riding on bikes.
November 3, 2015
ISSUE | MAUREEN O'HARA A Hollywood star The world has lost a beautiful, talented actress who entertained millions of moviegoers with films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame , The Quiet Man , and Miracle on 34th Street ("Maureen O'Hara, 95, leading lady and action figure," Sunday). There was a certain veracity in her acting that connected with the audience. For me, her spirited performance as John Candy's feisty mother in Only The Lonely was among her best.
September 8, 2015
Here's to old cities The town I call home, St. Augustine, Fla., and Philadelphia are competing for the highest spot on USA Today's "Best Destination for History Buffs" list. Right now, Philadelphia holds the No. 4 spot; St. Augustine is No. 5. It may be St. Augustine's year to top the list. It is celebrating its 450th anniversary this year. The city was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565 and has been continuously occupied ever since. We're not better or worse than Philadelphia, but we do tell a complete story of America's founding, centuries before it became the United States.
August 29, 2015 |
Services have been set for Friday, Aug. 28, for Trubee A. Krothe, 68, of Ventnor, N.J., a retired district director for SEPTA, who died in a Burlington Township motorcycle accident on Saturday, Aug. 22. Mr. Krothe was driving his motorcycle east on Woodmansie Boulevard in Woodland about 12:15 p.m. Saturday when it veered off the road and hit a tree, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Fred Iezzi, a foot and ankle surgeon, knew Mr. Krothe as a fellow rower at the Bachelors Barge Club on Boathouse Row in Philadelphia and at the Viking Rowing Club in Ventnor.
August 1, 2015 |
Under a hazy sun on the banks of the Schuylkill, city and Temple University officials Thursday marked the on-schedule and on-budget start of the restoration of the East Park Canoe House, the historic - and once-condemned - home of Temple's rowing teams. The boathouse, which had sat unused since being condemned in 2008, got a new breath of life last February, when the city announced that it would kick in $2.5 million and that Temple trustee and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest would donate $3 million to renovate the 100-year-old brick-and-stucco building.
July 27, 2015 |
Call it the Blue Light Special for Democrats. To mark the fact that the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be underway this time next year, Boathouse Row and prominent buildings in Center City are being lighted up in blue. Buildings that were to receive the blue treatment Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights included Liberty Place 1 and 2, the convention host committee said Saturday. The LOVE Park fountain also will join the blue-light party. Commercial facades along South Broad Street are to be lighted in red, white, and blue.
May 31, 2015 |
If waking up at 3:45 in the morning, jumping in a boat by 4:45 and arriving at school for a full day of classes by 7:30 sounds crazy - well, then you probably aren't a rower. "Everybody always makes fun of us about it," Bonner-Prendergast senior co-captain Anna Savage said. "My sister usually has to wake me up, and I may have fallen asleep in first period once or twice, but once you get into the routine, it becomes second nature. " That's especially true for a crew of Bonner-Prendergast girls who were fearless enough to take a dip into the unknown and row their way to a national crown in the varsity four plus coxswain at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA)
May 16, 2015 |
The island across from Boathouse Row had no name, and neither did the dog. At its lower end, you could jump across to the island, which was formed from sediment brought down the Schuylkill. There was nothing but wildness over there, trees and weeds and that dog. Al Wachlin is a fixture on Boathouse Row, a former head of the Schuylkill Navy. Wachlin kept seeing this dog with distinctive black-and-white markings on the island across from his Fairmount Rowing Association boathouse. Wachlin began leaving food over there.