December 12, 1989 |
The Holiday Season is here again, and "something special" is in the air. It's the aroma being given off by our mail person, who expired in our driveway several days ago while attempting to deliver 300 pounds of Holiday Greeting cards. These were mostly from businesses sending us heartfelt pre-printed bulk-mailed holiday wishes like: 'Tis now a time for Peace on Earth And Joy for all Mankind So let us know if we can help Unclog your sewer line. But we don't have time to read all our holiday wishes.
August 23, 1987 |
At Monday's meeting, it was air conditioner 1, West Whiteland Board of Supervisors 0. The battle began during discussion of the Fairfield Place shopping center, when the dripping of an overhead air conditioner started to annoy the board. "Plop, plop, plop," it sputtered. Dispatched to fix the drip, Township Manager Stephen Ross and Public Works Director Joseph Roscioli placed a metal ashtray beneath the unit. "Ting, ting, ting," it intoned, louder than ever, prompting Supervisor Chairman Ronald L. White to break off discussion of the 250,000-square-foot shopping center and ask, "Could you put some paper in there so it stops the jingle bells?"
December 20, 1987 |
When are nine jingle bells, a red wooden box and a length of nylon string worth $1,950? When a panel of judges in Washington, D.C., says so. No, this was not another case of frivolous government purchases. The money was the prize awarded in the first annual Invent America contest to Rachel Smith, now a fourth grader at the McKinley Elementary School, for her invention of a musical box last year. The school and the district also shared in the prize. Twenty judges ruled that Rachel's instrument was the most creative and ingenious invention among third graders in Pennsylvania.
December 16, 1996 |
Whatever your taste in holiday music - country to classical, reggae to rap - you'll find fresh pickings to satisfy at CD shops. The offerings have grown so diverse, in fact, that you can virtually customize the festive sounds to complement a mood or event. Consider these options. Burned out on the holiday already? These globally minded discs offer a fresh, invigorating slant on the season: "World Christmas" (Metro Blue) - The whole earth is celebrating on this festive fusion set. Saxophonist Bob Berg trades licks with North Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain on "We Three Kings," Papa Wembo and Mino Cinelu put a lilting, Afro-spin on "Angels We Have Heard on High.
December 8, 1994 |
They sold more than 115,000 copies of their debut album, "Meowy Christmas," last year and are likely to double the number with their new "Here Comes Santa Claws. " Yet Mike Spalla's musical prodigies continue to run from success. "Whenever they see me take out my microphone and tape recorder, they hide in the cupboards," said Spalla, speaking of the nine furry felines (whose names include Cheese Puff, Sprocket, Twizzler and Cueball) who make up his hit singing group, Jingle Cats.
December 14, 2009 |
It was nowhere near a white Christmas, just rainy, and those weren't bells jingling, just key rings and change purses. But yesterday's Christmas carol sing-along and organ concert at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square was a welcome antidote to a gray day and a grim year. "Puts me in the spirit," said Teresa Souders of West Chester, among the more animated of the 133 concertgoers in the famous ballroom, a chandeliered affair built by Longwood founder Pierre S. du Pont in 1929 to house his 55-ton pipe organ.
May 23, 1990 |
CHEATIN' HEARTS You may not know your spouse as well as you think. More than 75 percent of American men recently surveyed said they were certain their wives would never cheat - but nearly 35 percent of the women questioned said they already had. And the Esquire magazine survey, based on 4,000 readers who mailed in a questionnaire, showed a similar discrepancy between wives' expectations and husbands' infidelity. BUTTING OUT Smokers, the most successful method of quitting is do-it-yourself.
December 27, 1990 |
On the first floor of the Main Line Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Paoli, Christmas carolers from the King of Prussia Rotary met Ernie Nagy, 77. After circling the floor, with Santa Claus and an elf handing out candy canes and bags of cookies, the 25 carolers made their way upstairs. There, waiting for them in the lobby of the second floor, was Nagy, with a nurse's aide by his side. Thin, long-legged and wearing a baseball cap, Nagy wanted to join in the caroling Thursday evening.
July 25, 1997 |
For her 10th birthday, on July 7, Cathleen Palmer asked for one of those toy cyberpets everybody has. She didn't get one. But for Christmas - a Christmas celebrated in July - she opened up a wrapped Nano Kitty, America's version of the Japanese Tamagotchi cyberpet. "I wanted this for my birthday, but I didn't get it," said Cathleen, smiling and pressing the buttons to make her new kitty "sleep. " As far as the Bucks County Bar Association is concerned, Cathleen is a mission accomplished.
October 22, 2011 |
What, no decorated wagon to carry Santa Claus up York Road in Hatboro's annual holiday parade? No batteries to light up Rudolph's shiny red nose? Times are hard all over, and in Hatboro, Chamber of Commerce organizers are scrounging last-minute money to keep the holiday parade afloat. "If we don't get the funding, we will have to look at a smaller parade. We won't get the marching bands and the Mummers, because we wouldn't be able to pay for them," operations manager Meredith Baker said.