February 15, 2016 |
Remember George Washington and his men, said Boy Scout leaders as they rallied their own near-frozen troops at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday morning. The Continental Army didn't have the high-tech, cold-weather wear the scouts have. A shining sun was deceiving as more than 1,600 scouts gathered - braced against a punishing wind and bundled with thick layers - for the organization's 104th annual pilgrimage and encampment at the site where Washington's Continental Army stayed during the treacherous winter of 1777-78.
December 18, 2015 |
The chairperson of Valley Youth House reiterated the group's support for its new CEO on Wednesday, following a news conference to formally introduce Tom Harrington. Harrington previously led the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America, a group the city once sought to evict because its policy then banned gay members and leaders. Youth House does extensive work with gay youths, particularly those who are homeless. "We intend to keep doing what we're doing," serving youths in need, said chairperson Lesley Fallon.
December 17, 2015 |
The former head of the Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts, a group the city sought to evict because its policy banned gays, has been hired to lead a nonprofit that helps gay youths. Thomas Harrington will be introduced Wednesday as the new CEO of Valley Youth House, an Allentown-based organization with offices and initiatives in Philadelphia. In an interview, Harrington said the policy that disallowed gay scouts was set by the national Boy Scouts of America and had no bearing on his new role at Youth House, which, among other programs, helps gay, lesbian, and transgender youths find jobs, housing, and comfort in their own identities.
December 7, 2015 |
Ian Matheson Ballard, 78, a physician and a resident of Radnor before moving to Bryn Mawr in 2011, died Monday, Nov. 30, from complications of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. He and wife Helen Clothier Ballard celebrated their 33d wedding anniversary on April 16. Born in Fairview Village, he was the son of Herbert T. Ballard Jr. and Margaret Matheson Ballard. Dr. Ballard graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Lafayette College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He served an internship and his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.
November 12, 2015 |
They served on Okinawa and Saipan, in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. They were assigned to destroyers, flew B-17s, and drove six-wheeled Army cargo trucks loaded with gasoline. They saw the devastation from atomic bombs and the heartbreak of concentration camps. And when they came home, many of the World War II veterans now living at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, Delaware County, put their memories aside and got on with life. "There are parts I don't talk about," said Bill Spohn, 91, who served as an Army sergeant.
October 30, 2015 |
Serena W. gets Wired She's not famous for her work on computers, but Serena Williams does know a thing or two about being a trailblazer. That's why she says she's excited to be the guest editor for Wired magazine's November issue, which is devoted to the theme. It features profiles of 10 revolutionary figures, including activist DeRay Mckesson , Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant , UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey , and rapper Common . "That's the reason I wanted to do this issue with Wired - I'm a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn't really meant for black people.
July 31, 2015
ANY BOY SCOUT can tell you that there are a lot of different types of knots. Square knots. Slip knots. Rope knots. Figure Eight knots. They each have a different purpose, significance and importance, and they're not interchangeable. Kind of like men and women. Of course, these days you won't hear a lot of people talking about the uniqueness of the male/female dichotomy. It's not considered polite to point out that only women can have babies, with the complementary help from men. Beyond that, it's now illegal to tell two women they can't marry each other, and God forbid we slip and call Caitlyn by his/her former name: Bruce "Olympian" Jenner.
July 30, 2015
SOMEDAY, THE United States will be a true melting pot, a country tolerant and respectful of a wide variety of viewpoints, beliefs, morals and traditions. That ideal can seem far away, especially given some of the recent battles over civil rights, but this week's decision by the Boy Scouts of America to no longer discriminate against gay leaders brings us closer to that ideal. It follows closely on the heels of last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down laws prohibiting gay marriage, (and comes two years after the BSA lifted the ban on gay scouts)
July 29, 2015 |
THE BOY SCOUTS of America last night moved to end a ban on gay leaders, with 79 percent of the Texas-based organization's executive board voting for the resolution. But some equal-rights activists weren't quite ready to rejoice. The resolution still allows religious charter organizations, which oversee 70 percent of local scouting programs, to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation. Civic groups, such as rotary clubs and fire departments, can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation.
July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.