May 13, 2016 |
William Jesse Wolf, 60, of Lansdale, whose many interests were powered by a thirst for knowledge, died Friday, May 6, of pneumonia at home. "Billy," as Mr. Wolf was called, had lived with his sister Deborah since 1991. Before that, he lived in Germantown with his parents, William Jesse Wolf Sr. and Marcella Lyons Wolf. "He was my best friend," said his sister. "People just loved him. " Born with Down syndrome, Mr. Wolf regularly enchanted his family with his wisdom and sense of humor.
February 15, 2016
More than 540 guests came together Feb. 6 at the Crystal Tea Room to support the For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS), a nonprofit that gives adult cancer patients and their loved ones a weeklong respite vacation from cancer. The foundation was established by Marci Bossow Schankweiler in 1999 in memory of her late husband, Peter R. Bossow Jr., who died of cancer. Guests enjoyed dinner, drinks, live music by the Contagious Band, and a silent and live auction while raising $150,000.
December 18, 2015
Guess from these photos where Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan ate this week. (Answers below.) 1. Firecracker lentil fritters 2. Grilled (vegan) "cheese" with apples and mushrooms 3. Fresh scrapple and a farm egg For a fresh serving of Craig's Crumb Tracker quiz, join him 2 p.m. Tuesdays on his online chat: inquirer.com/ labanchats Answers: 1. Rangoon (112 9th St.) 2. Miss Rachel's Pantry (1938 S. Chadwick St.) 3. The Mainland Inn (17 Mainland Rd., Harleysville)
June 25, 2015 |
Some men spend nights in their driveways, tinkering with a vintage car. For Justin Metzler of Sellersville, it's a tiny house. Metzler, 33, has been finding it difficult to tear himself away from the project each night - partly because of the pull any hobbyist feels for his craft, and partly because this particular house has been promised to a 71-year-old man named Sam Dill, who's camping in the woods somewhere in New Jersey. The strange story of this little house on wheels began last summer, when Austin and Julie Landes, both 32, of Harleysville, visited the final, straggling remnants of a homeless encampment being cleared from public land in Lakewood, N.J. They were moved by the hardscrabble place just over an hour's drive from their home in Harleysville, and especially by Dill, with whom they felt a connection.
May 18, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
May 3, 2015 |
AFTER GETTING crushed by first-place Malvern Prep in its previous Inter-Ac League outing, Springside Chestnut Hill realized the importance of a strong turnaround yesterday afternoon against Episcopal Academy. Boosted by a rookie hurler's flirtation with a perfect game and a senior backstop's gutsy defensive play in the late going, the host Blue Devils responded with a nail-biting 1-0 victory over the Churchmen and stayed on the heels of Malvern. Promising freshman righthander Aidan Frye, who was perfect through 5 2/3 innings, yielded three hits while recording a complete-game victory.
February 20, 2015 |
Their inspiration was a marathon - a group of college students singing 658 hymns for 30 straight hours. But Forrest Moyer, the archivist at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville, decided to spread out his version of the long-distance music run. His interpretation calls for local music lovers to gather and together croon more than 600 songs in just 12 sittings this year. The result is a series of monthly two-hour a cappella singfests that are part of the Heritage Center's 40th anniversary celebration, a kind of Year of the Hymn that also salutes the Mennonite songbook.
December 18, 2014 |
The toll from one of the deadliest rampages in the region's history grew to seven Tuesday when Bradley W. Stone, the Iraq war veteran suspected of killing his former wife and five of her family members, was found dead in woods in Pennsburg, officials said. After an intensive manhunt that included house-to-house searches, even rummaging through trash bins, police found Stone's body about a half-mile from his home. He evidently died of self-inflicted cutting wounds, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.
December 18, 2014 |
Next week, Nicole Stone's family was to gather in Lansdale for an annual Christmas Eve feast of peeled shrimp and clam linguine. Seated around the table would have been four generations - Stone, her two young daughters, her mother, grandmother, and sister. Now only the little girls are alive. Over a few hours Monday, Stone's ex-husband, Bradley W. Stone, killed the rest. "It's unbelievable," Nicole Stone's aunt Connie McGaughey said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. " But it's not that some kind of trouble was unexpected.
March 25, 2014 |
Margaret E. Hahn, 93, of Harleysville, formerly of Southampton, a pastry shop owner-operator, died Monday, March 17, of causes related to aging at the Birches at Arbour Square, Harleysville. The Hahn family was known for the bakery it ran in Northeast Philadelphia and later, Bucks County. Mrs. Hahn made her family and helping to run the shop her life's work. The former Margaret E. Brenner was born in Germany. At age 6, she moved with her family to Philadelphia. Mrs. Hahn graduated from Olney High School, and then started a job at Hahn's Bakery, which was run by Carl Hahn.