November 12, 1993 |
It was Reggie Beauchamp who thought up the idea of topping off the Billy Penn statue for a special event - and that was not the World Series. The year was 1952. The stunt was just one of many that Beauchamp, then director of special events for the Evening Bulletin, concocted to catch people's attention. He wanted to remind Philadelphians of Fire Prevention Week. So he enlisted a city engineer, and the two climbed up City Hall, to the brim of Penn's hat, and topped it with a nine-foot firefighter helmet.
March 12, 1989 |
The name has changed, and the methods are different. But the purpose remains the same. When the Octoraro Farmers' Club - named for the creek that flows through the area - was formed in 1856, the club's constitution outlined the purpose for its 15 members: "promoting our Agricultural Interests and Social Fellowship. " Today it's called by a somewhat more official-sounding name - the Octorara Young Farmers Association - since joining the Pennsylvania YFA 20 years ago. But it still follows the mandate set down 133 years ago: "Experiment with breeding, raising and feeding stock . . . make records of crop production and experiment with various kinds of fertilizer on all kinds of crops.
July 22, 1988 |
With farmers' crops dying and their profits disappearing, the governors of New Jersey and Delaware yesterday asked the federal government to declare their states drought disaster areas. The declaration, if granted, would make qualified farmers eligible for low- interest loans to help offset their losses from the drought, which agriculture officials estimated would exceed $118 million in New Jersey and $37 million in Delaware. Pennsylvania officials continue to watch the state's dry conditions, monitoring twice-weekly crop reports, but have not asked for disaster assistance.
October 1, 1998 |
Clusters of apples hang heavy, ripening red and round here in Adams County, Pennsylvania's apple-growing heartland. They look good, and they taste good. The dry weather has made the sweet ones sweeter and the tart ones tarter. But, say apple experts in the nation's fifth-largest apple-producing state, there just aren't enough of them. Blame the cool, damp spring. The bees stayed home in late April and early May. And so, experts say, not enough apple blossoms were pollinated.
July 9, 1988 |
This won't be remembered only as the year that drought came fierce and sudden to the Prickett farm on Fostertown Road in Lumberton. This will also be remembered as the year that 12-year-old Charlie Prickett did a man's work, hauling aluminum irrigation pipe across the cracked dirt and wrenching open sprinkler spigots on his daddy's potato farm in 95-degree heat for a buck- fifty an hour, every day, seven days a week, from 8 in the morning till close...
October 31, 1996 |
Robert De Niro and long-ago girlfriend Toukie Smith, reportedly bickering over custody arrangements for their year-old twin sons, may destroy whatever little friendship remains between them. The two were a couple on the New York scene for years, but had been estranged a good long time when De Niro and Smith decided to provide the test-tube essentials and have a surrogate mom bear them a child. Bob was expected to bow out of the picture after a child was conceived. But since the couple was presented with beautiful twin boys, Julian and Kendrick, a year ago, nobody wants to take a back seat.
November 13, 2009 |
The Cleveland Browns are being beaten and beaten down by coach Eric Mangini. That's Jamal Lewis' take. Frustrated by another losing season, the veteran running back blasted Cleveland's first-year coach yesterday, saying Mangini is pushing his players too hard in practice. But Lewis, one of Cleveland's six captains, has not taken his complaints to Mangini. "Hey, this is his show, it's not mine," said Lewis, who intends to retire after the season. "It's his show, it's not my show.
August 9, 1988 |
The Senate yesterday passed a $3.9 billion drought-assistance bill, the most generous drought relief ever committed to help American farmers. The measure passed 92-0. The House is expected to approve it today; President Reagan is expected to sign it by the end of the week. Lawmakers began working on the bill when the devastating effect of the worst drought in 50 years became evident two months ago. One month ago, the Agriculture Department estimated that the grain crop had been slashed by 24 percent.
September 9, 1992 |
Traditionally, Labor Day signals the end of summer. But the peach, fuzzy symbol of the warm months, isn't paying any attention to the calendar this year. For the first time in recent memory, this gem of a summer fruit is just coming into full harvest. "School bells are ringing, apples are beginning to ripen and it's important for us peach growers to let people know September will be New Jersey peach month this year," said Genie Decou, of Decou Orchards and Farm Market, outside Bridgeton, N.J. "In the 30 years we've been farming, this is the latest I have ever seen such a harvest.
March 18, 2005 |
Now here's a subject that can kill a first date. Garlic. Though garlic breath can be a real turnoff, the pungent but profitable crop is becoming more popular in Pennsylvania. Near Dublin, Bucks County, Jay Wildemore started with one 40-foot-long row 15 years ago and now plants three rows, each as long as a football field. On the campus of the Westtown School in Chester County, Pete Flynn has planted it for only the last four years, but "we kept getting bigger every year" - now eight rows, each longer than two football fields.