May 2, 2000 |
Three mutilated goats that may have been slain as part of a ritual were found yesterday in a wooded area in East Bradford Township, authorities said. Chuck McDevitt, public relations manager for the Chester County SPCA, said the goats had been decapitated and their stomachs were slit with a steak knife and then stuffed with legumes similar in size to baked beans. Also, in place of one of the goat's heads were two small bird heads. The birds appeared to be either pheasants or guinea hens, McDevitt said.
September 3, 1994 |
The Goats took the stage at the Trocadero on Thursday night in a rush. Speaking the praises of "Philly Blunts," rappers Madd and Swayzack (the third MC, OaTie, who rapped on the Goats' debut, Tricks of the Shade, is gone) bounded out to the screaming crunch of bass, drums and guitar. They were in a hurry to serve up material from their long-time-coming sophomore effort, No Goats, No Glory (Ruffhouse/Columbia), due Sept. 20. Madd wore a bearded, goatish grin; Swayzack seemed calm, until he leapt head-first into the crowd.
March 31, 1995 |
No more Goats, no more glory. On Saturday night at the Khyber Pass Pub, the Philadelphia rap band the Goats will play their final show. The Goats had two good-to-great albums under their belt: 1992's politically charged Tricks of the Shade and last year's No Goats, No Glory. But the larger bummer is that the Goats are that rare group of rappers who can bring their music off on stage with a crackling, funky live band. "It's a major loss for the whole Philadelphia music community," said Glenn Manko, publicist for the band's label, Ruffhouse Records of Conshohocken.
November 13, 2012 |
The officials in Millbourne Borough were at an impasse with an impenetrable, seemingly invincible enemy: the tangle of weeds on a hillside near the western reaches of the Frankford El. Volunteers had failed to clear the mess. The bank was steep, so mowing was out. Herbicides might foul Cobbs Creek. Finally, weeks ago, officials brought in weed control's top guns: goats. Brian Knox, owner of the Maryland firm Eco-Goats, unloaded Larry, Georgia, Deb and 31 more goats from a trailer and herded them onto the roughly one-acre plot, encircled by an electric fence.
December 4, 2009 |
The overgrown meadow at Bartram's Garden has been a nettlesome project. What to do about all those weeds? A controlled burn is the preferred way to manage it, but Bartram's is in a dense, urban neighborhood and burning is illegal in Philadelphia. Chemical treatments are an option, but the stewards of this historic site on the Schuylkill's west bank felt herbicides should be a last resort. And so the jokes, then serious talk, turned to goats, nature's weed-eaters, for whom a 15-acre field knotted with Canada thistle, mugwort, and vetch isn't a problem at all. It's a smorgasbord, one that's increasingly being offered to goats around the country as a natural way of ridding parks, hillsides, vacant lots, and pastures of overgrown brush and tenacious weeds.
October 26, 1989 |
Donald and Barbara Mangus don't want Mansfield's zoning rules to get their goats. So they have filed suit in Burlington County Superior Court challenging a township ordinance that threatens three of the four goats kept on their land. The suit, filed yesterday, contends that an ordinance restricting the number of livestock on township land is so vague as to be unconstitutional. According to the ordinance, only "one livestock" can be kept on one acre. But, the suit contends, the word livestock is not defined.
June 7, 1997 |
The goats that will rescue the serpentine were released yesterday morning in Nottingham County Park in southern Chester County. Serpentine is the gray-green rock that occurs mostly on ocean bottoms but breaks land in a few rare places - like Nottingham Park. The only places in North America where it occurs - outside of eastern Maryland and Southeastern Pennsylvania - are California, Quebec and Nova Scotia. And where serpentine occurs, prairie grass grows. So, down near the Maryland border are prairies just like in Nebraska and the Dakotas.
July 20, 2011
Any manager of natural lands knows the plague of invasive plants. Now, the Friends of the Wissahickon are trying a new weapon: goats. The group has chosen six test sites in Wissahickon Valley Park with comparable terrain and conditions. At two of the sites, the herbicide glyphosate will be applied in midsummer and again in late summer. At two more, volunteers will yank away weeds. The last two will be the purview of six Angora goats owned by Yvonne Post, who reports that "goats like to eat vertically, and anything on the ground they will pull.
August 29, 1991 |
Pygmy goat owners in Tredyffrin Township need worry no longer that their animals may be banned from their property, after the Zoning Hearing Board ruled that the goats were exotic pets and not livestock. The board unanimously agreed last week that Susan Hansen, of Tory Hollow Road, did not have to find a new home for her pygmy goats, Daisy and Samantha. Hansen's home is in a residential area, and zoning ordinances prohibit keeping livestock on her property. "I was shocked," Hansen said.
November 12, 1992 |
In February, when the Goats became the first Philadelphia act signed to Ruffhouse Records - the home of the pop-rap duo Kris Kross - one Goat was working as a hot-dog vendor in Old City. Another drove a delivery truck. And the third principle Goat was about to leave for Africa to join the Peace Corps. "I was literally days away," recalls OaTie (real name James D'Angelo), the Peace Corps-bound Goat. He's sitting in the kitchen of a two-story Old City apartment/studio, the home of the Goats, talking about the group's roller-coaster year, which culminates this week when the band's debut album, Tricks of the Shade, reaches record stores.