March 20, 2016 |
The days shorten, the evening chill intensifies, and the cord of firewood neatly stacked on the porch of the Duncreigan Inn on Cape Breton Island, part of the province of Nova Scotia, is both inviting and a bit ominous. It's early September, and my wife and I are taking our first trip to Cape Breton. Its most famous attraction, the 180-mile breathtaking and serpentine Cabot Trail, is still a few days off. For now, we've settled in for a short stay on the lesser-known Ceilidh Trail in what is arguably the cultural capital of the island, the village of Mabou, nestled on the bank of the Mull River just before it empties into the Northumberland Strait.
December 9, 2015 |
After injuries to two defensemen and a suspension to Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald has returned to the Flyers. Promoted from the Phantoms, MacDonald practiced with the Flyers in Voorhees on Monday and replaced the injured Luke Schenn, who is expected to miss two weeks. On Tuesday, when the Flyers host MacDonald's former team, the New York Islanders, the 29-year-old defenseman will be paired with Michael Del Zotto. MacDonald is looking at this stint as an audition to stay with the Flyers, who would have to get creative to fit him under the cap when Mark Streit returns from an injury.
February 17, 2015 |
* THE BOOK OF NEGROES. 8 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, BET. MINISERIES are back in vogue, commissioned by networks looking for event programming and headlined by big names who wouldn't think of committing to multiple seasons. Good as an "Olive Kitteridge" or a "Fargo" might be, they can feel, well, mini next to the blockbusters of the '70s and '80s - shows like "Roots," "The Winds of War" and "The Thorn Birds. " At six hours over three nights, BET's Canadian-produced "The Book of Negroes," which premieres tonight, is half the length of "Roots," but it's epic in scope, with a cast that includes Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. (who, 38 years ago, co-starred in "Roots")
November 26, 2014 |
Sara Park Scattergood, 100, a longtime teacher in the Philadelphia area, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, of causes related to aging at Kendal-Crosslands Community in Kennett Square. Known to friends as "Sally," Mrs. Scattergood was a beloved teacher at various institutions, including the Miquon School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Springside School, and Germantown Friends School. She also taught in the Philadelphia public schools for a year. Her specialty was teaching nursery school, kindergarten and fourth grade.
November 24, 2014 |
Dawn Wells is the mother of two young boys, one of whom will turn 3 in February. It is the same age Scott McMillan was when, police say, he was beaten to death nearly three weeks ago by his mother and her boyfriend in their home in Chester County. At her home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Wells heard about the case through social media. "It doesn't matter what part of the world you're from, everyone's affected by this," she said. "It just broke my heart. " She wanted to do something for McMillan and his 6-year-old brother, who police say also was abused.
April 27, 2014 |
Philly Folk Festival lineup is released The schedule for the 53d annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, to be held Aug. 15 to 17, has been announced. This year's fest takes place at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford near Schwenksville. The multigenerational attractions include Nashville string band Old Crow Medicine Show , sharp-witted songwriter Loudon Wainwright III , blues woman Shemekia Copeland , folk trio the Lone Bellow , folk duo JohnnySwim , veteran singer-songwriter Janis Ian , New Orleans strutters the Rebirth Brass Band , Celtic rockers Tempest , bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers , Ukrainian folk band DhakhaBrakha , Texas tunesmith Sarah Jarosz , and Nova Scotia fiddler Natalie MacMaster , among many others.
October 2, 2013 |
At this very moment, in 15 spots off the East Coast from Nova Scotia to Georgia, robots are surfing the depths of the ocean, taking its pulse. The robots - commonly referred to as "gliders" because of the way they move through the water - are measuring all sorts of things, including temperature and salinity. They're assessing the phytoplankton at the base of the food web, and tracking when and how fish move. In short, they're getting a detailed look at how the ocean works. Scientists say the project, which involves 11 institutions and even more funders, is the most concerted effort of its kind to understand the marine environment.
April 12, 2013
Israelis arrest women at Wall JERUSALEM - A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The arrests came a day after disclosure of a potentially groundbreaking plan that could allow for non-Orthodox services to be held in the area on an equal footing with those conducted according to Orthodox tradition.
November 29, 2012 |
Goalkeeper Eamon McAdam of Perkasie and defenseman David Thompson (West Chester Rustin) signed national letters of intent to play hockey for Penn State on Wednesday, the school announced. McAdam, a third-year player for the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, led the U.S. junior select team to a gold medal at the 2012 World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Thompson, who helped lead Rustin to the 2009 state title, plays for the BCHL's Chilliwack Chiefs. Wrestling. Millersville 184-pounder Daniel Cox (Methacton)
November 11, 2012 |
CAPE BRETON, Nova Scotia - The rolling farmland, glacial valleys, barren headlands, mountainous woods, rocky shores, and sun-scorched plateaus on the road to Cape Breton are enough to send the senses of the most ardent skeptic into overdrive. But sensory perfection doesn't truly kick in until one reaches the windswept cliffs that tower over the Atlantic. These views no doubt inspired Alexander Graham Bell, who made some of his greatest discoveries there. But it is the Cape's unique sounds, surprisingly, that elevate the senses to unparalleled heights.