July 20, 2015 |
How "local" is your beer? It used to be that proximity of the brewery and clever references on the label would suffice. But the local quotient has ratcheted higher, lately, as prime ingredients themselves have become sourced regionally, too, in particular grains grown and malted locally by a pair of relatively new malthouses, Deer Creek in Glen Mills and Double Eagle in Huntingdon Valley. The cost is higher than malts imported, say, from Germany. But brewmaster John Wible at 2nd Story Brewing in Old City shows just how rewardingly vivid those fresh local grains can be in his toasty new Pennsylvania Lager, a deep-amber Vienna-style brew made with 95 percent barley and 5 percent rye from Deer Creek.
May 30, 2015 |
With two weeks left in the regular season, Council Rock North, which had struggled out of the gate, was on the outside looking in when it came to being one of 26 teams to qualify for the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament. Down the stretch, the Indians, with improved pitching and more disciplined hitting, flourished in must-win road games and earned a playoff berth. Thursday afternoon at Glen Mills, Matt Schram's 15th-seeded squad continued its surprising and impressive run by edging No. 4 North Penn, 4-3, for the program's first district title since 2010 and third overall.
May 28, 2015 |
Jared Melone drove in 75 percent of North Penn's runs on Tuesday. The La Salle recruit could have taken the day off, and the Knights still would have been OK thanks to James Witner. Witner kept West Chester East off the board altogether in a complete game as North Penn won, 4-0, in a District 1 Class AAAA baseball semifinal at Spring-Ford Melone went 3 for 3 with a triple, a home run, and three RBIs for the fourth-seeded Knights. West Chester East was seeded No. 17. Council Rock North 10, Owen J. Roberts 6 - Brandon McIlwain drove in five runs to propel the No. 15 seed past the No. 11 seed at Glen Mills.
May 28, 2015 |
Eric DiPietro nicely summed up Devon Prep teammate Pat Rohr's demeanor on the mound. "He's all business," the senior third baseman said. "His expression never changes. You wouldn't know if he just struck out the side or gave up a three-run homer. " The unflappable Rohr went the distance on three days' rest as the Tide claimed the PIAA District 1 Class AA title with a 4-3 win over Springfield (Montco) Tuesday afternoon at Glen Mills. Because Rohr threw 70 pitches in four innings Friday against Bristol, Devon skipper Mark Aquilante was prepared to pull the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior righthander after three or four innings.
May 24, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Weichert Realtors agent Barbara Mastronardo calls Concord Township "one hot little real estate market. " Based on what? The Garnet Valley School District, for starters - this Delaware County community is part of it. Bethel Township, for another. It, too, is part of the Garnet Valley district, but with more expensive and larger houses - the first-quarter median price was $434,500, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report, versus $350,000 for Concord Township.
April 20, 2015 |
Last year, the Mancini twins were simply middle-school spectators watching as their big sister, Grace, and their childhood friend, Maura Lyons, helped secure a meet record in the 4x1,600-meter relay for Cardinal O'Hara at the Great Valley R. Joseph Kellerman Relays. As freshmen on Saturday, Elizabeth and Eleanor Mancini joined their role models as the first and third legs of the relay and brought Cardinal O'Hara the 4x1,600 title for a second consecutive year in 21 minutes, 53.83 seconds.
April 18, 2015 |
Radnor's Sean Corelli kept Garnet Valley off the scoreboard in the late innings on Thursday afternoon. Garnet Valley could not do the same to Corelli. Corelli retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced and scored the winning run on John Lord's two-out double in the bottom of the sixth as Radnor defeated Garnet Valley, 6-5, in a Central League baseball game. Will Girton had two hits and two runs for the Raiders, who overcame two two-run deficits. In other Central League action: Ben Newbert hit a walk-off, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to send Harriton to a 12-11 victory over Haverford High.
April 4, 2015 |
Children are invited to join the Continental Army, see what it was like to be a continental soldier, and learn army essentials Saturday at Valley Forge National Historical Park. First, kids will receive enlistment papers and old-time continental-style cash. They will then learn how to load, fire, and carry a dummy musket just as soldiers did in George Washington's day. Park rangers in full continental uniform will train the young recruits. Join the Continental Army Junior Ranger Program, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Visitor Center at Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia.
March 17, 2015 |
John Lahm was a 25-year-old electrician helping to build a waterfront power plant in Chester when he saw the ship cruising north on the Delaware River. All around him, work stopped. Hundreds of men stood and stared at the strange-looking vessel, nearly as long as a battleship and outfitted with armlike cranes and a tall central tower. "That's the Howard Hughes boat," a man next to him said. Years passed before Lahm learned what he had seen that day in 1974: The Hughes Glomar Explorer, a CIA spy ship so secret that even now, 40 years later, the breadth of its mission has never been fully declassified.
March 8, 2015
STATE CLASS A FIRST ROUND Math, Civics and Sciences 81, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg 79 (OT): Nick Jones (15 points) went 4 for 4 from the line in overtime, including a pair of free throws with less than a minute remaining that put the Mighty Elephants ahead by 81-79 in Pleasant Valley. St. John's recruit Samir Doughty had 27 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. Saheed Peoples scored 14 points and Luis Reyes added 12 points for MCS. Math, Civics and Sciences finished No. 2 in District 12. Notre Dame was the District 11 champion.