April 30, 2000 |
What does it feel like to be 100 years old? "Just like it does to be 99," said a smiling Grace Monteith, her hands folded firmly across the pocketbook in her lap. "I don't feel any older, unless I'm trying to get in and out of a car. " Monteith, who will celebrate her 101st birthday in July, was the guest of honor yesterday at the National Park Service's annual gathering of volunteers, held at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church on Columbus Boulevard. She has devoted as many as 2,000 hours of volunteer service to the Deshler Morris House in Germantown and may be the country's oldest volunteer, said Stephen Sitarski, VIP coordinator for the Park Service.
August 27, 2015 |
In recent years, Philadelphia Flower Show themes have whisked visitors to far-flung destinations from Ireland to Hawaii and the fictional Arendelle (the kingdom in Frozen , as part of last year's blockbuster "Celebrate the Movies" show, featuring a Disney partnership). But the 2016 show, from March 5 to 13, will draw inspiration from closer to home. As an ornate, national parks-theme cake melted under the afternoon sun on Tuesday - Founders' Day to the National Park Service - officials from the Park Service and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gathered on Independence Mall to unveil the theme, "Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.
March 21, 2012 |
Gene A. Woock, 75, of Fairmount, a resource specialist with the National Park Service, died Wednesday, March 14, of leukemia at home. Mr. Woock was with the National Park Service in Philadelphia from 1990 until retiring in 2002. His projects included developing hiking and biking trails over abandoned rail beds, his wife, Patricia Pronz Woock, said. Before moving to Philadelphia, Mr. Woock studied water management for two years on a fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and then was on the staff of the university's Sea Grant Institute for 10 years.
February 6, 2005 |
As an expert in monument preservation, Dennis Montagna has to be a craftsman, a good listener, and even a bit of an athlete. Montagna, 50, directs the National Park Service's monument research and preservation program. It is a job that takes him from his Narberth home to cemeteries and battlefields around the country. Much of his work is done outside, sometimes on scaffolds. "There's a lot that's physical," he said. He also said he has to be a good communicator. "It's a problem-solving kind of job," he said.
February 23, 1995 |
The National Park Service's top administrator for the New England states has been named director of the agency's Mid-Atlantic region headquartered here, officials confirmed yesterday. Marie Rust, a 22-year veteran of the service and the only woman among the agency's 10 regional directors, was named to the regional post here effective Monday, said Park Service spokeswoman Josie Fernandez. Rust replaces B.J. Griffin - formerly the second woman among the 10 regional directors - who becomes superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California.
August 11, 1998
Continental Army troops who tangled with the British at Germantown in October 1777 made "Remember Paoli" their battle cry - so fresh was the memory of the British midnight raid weeks earlier that left 53 Americans dead in a Chester County cornfield. Now another group of patriots is sounding the same cry - summoning memories of the Paoli Massacre in a campaign to save the 40-acre battlefield site from development. So far, they've rallied much of the region's congressional delegation, local officials and history buffs.
April 29, 1994 |
Saying that the city government failed to meet the conditions of a 1991 federal grant for the renovation of a community center, the National Park Service is demanding that the city pay back more than $201,000. The city got a $250,000 grant from the Park Service three years ago to help cover part of the cost of refurbishing the former Eyre Drive YMCA, which the city had bought for use as a community center. The grant was to be used, among other things, to repair lockers and showers, fix up the gymnasium, and repair the heating, air-conditioning, and electrical systems.
October 16, 1987 |
CHARTING THEIR COURSE, Joan Batory of the National Park Service confers with Lt. Walt O'Brien, skipper of the Coast Guard cutter Red Oak, during an island-hopping trip up the Delaware River. The trip yesterday was part of a National Park Service survey of 55 river islands to determine whether they should be developed or protected.
November 8, 1990 |
On a crisp autumn day, Chuck Weisman of the National Park Service yesterday got a closeup on the leafy state of affairs at Valley Forge Park. An answer to whether today - and the weekend - will be ideal for horsing around is in the Accu-Weather forecast, on Page 14.
December 18, 2015 |
What was to be a four-year program of killing deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park has entered its sixth season. The National Park Service said that although the deer population has been reduced to the target level of 185 - down from 1,277 when the shootings started in 2010 - culling still is needed to maintain density. It said deer-population control is critical to plant life that sustains other species in the park. Citing safety concerns, the agency would not disclose when U.S. Department of Agriculture sharpshooters in night-vision goggles enter the park, saying only that they show up between November and March on unspecified nights.