April 18, 1991 |
Two servicemen who served in Operation Desert Storm - Chris Niles, a Navy corpsman, and Sam Galarza of the Marines - paid a visit Monday to Hillendale Elementary School in Chadds Ford to answer students' questions about the Persian Gulf war. Fourth and fifth graders at the school corresponded with Niles' and Galarza's battalion while it was overseas.
April 28, 1994 |
Second graders from a class at the William Cramp Elementary School, North Philadelphia, boarded a bus yesterday morning and headed off to another world in search of their pen pals. "A lot of the children think that crossing the bridge to get here is like crossing the ocean," said teacher Lorraine Scott after the group arrived on the lush green of Haverford College's Elwell Field. Helping bridge the gap were about 30 Haverford and Bryn Mawr College students, who signed up several months ago to become pen pals with members of Scott's class.
December 16, 1999 |
The following report is about a blue plate special that cost its buyer $14,850. And no, it wasn't the special of of the day at the Melrose Diner. The winning bid for this Vermont white-on-blue porcelain automobile tag is believed to be the highest figure ever paid for an antique license plate, reports the collectors publication Old Cars Weekly. The auction was held in the Vermont village of Townshend. The person who made the winning bid for the plate requested anonymity. The number "9" plate has the lowest number known to survive in a series of tags issued between 1905-07, said reporter Keith Marvin.
May 17, 1992 |
The smiles on their faces said it all: The music of children was a welcome sound. Especially welcome because the children were their pals. Pen pals. To mark National Nursing Home Week last week, the residents of Harlee Manor Nursing Home in Springfield got together with youngsters from the Walden School in Swarthmore with whom they have been exchanging letters. The younger correspondents, from first through eighth grade, performed on the piano or sang for the older correspondents such tunes as the theme from Beauty and the Beast.
March 16, 1988 |
"Ready, now go," Todd Flynn, 11, yelled with all the authority he could muster while clinging to the video camera on his shoulder. If he didn't stay still, the shot at Red Bank Battlefield would be squiggly. He shifted his weight and pointed the camera at Matthew Galbraith, 11, standing square, his shoulders as stiff as the breeze whipping off the Delaware at the Red Bank Memorial. "I said, 'Go,' " Todd hollered at his classmate. "In October of 1777, 1,200 Hessians attacked Fort Mercer, which used to stand here," Matthew started, reading from a paper he had to grip with two hands to save from the wind.
June 16, 1986 |
It was a day for finally putting a face with a name. Meridith Laskin, 7, predicted that Cherese Verdi, 8, would have long, black hair. Cherese bounced into the room, her smiling face surrounded by blond curls. Cherese, on the other hand, had figured Meridith for a blonde with short hair. Wrong again. Meridith had long, dark hair. But then, these girls had met only on paper - pen pals who began their school-year-long correspondence in October. The affair Thursday at the Lynnewood School was the seventh annual Pen Pal Picnic, the culmination of letter writing between second graders of teachers Mary Stein at Lynnewood and Marge Vowler at the Manoa School.
June 23, 1988 |
Jeanne Lennon, 58, and Barbara Kitchen, 59, have been friends since they were teenagers, but they met face to face for the first time Sunday . The two women formed a friendship 43 years ago, and it has developed through the written word. Lennon, of Upper Darby, and Kitchen, of Devon, England, never even thought of communicating by phone until October 1986. That telephone conversation led to a visit by Kitchen. "I wrote in early 1986 and suggested we exchange phone numbers, and one day my husband, Dennis, simply said, 'Why don't you give her a call?
February 24, 1991 |
Fourth graders at Lynnewood Elementary School in Haverford Township School District have adopted the members of a Navy fleet hospital, a 500-bed medical outpost in Saudi Arabia, as pen pals. The students have been writing regularly to the soldiers at the hospital since September. One of the fourth graders, Dennis Mahoney, has an uncle, Michael Mahoney, a medical doctor, stationed with the hospital. Dennis and his teacher, Kay Shearer, organized the program, which now includes other fourth-grade classes.
June 15, 1988
The last thing anybody heard, Gov. Casey was still reading the report of his own judicial reform commission. But that explanation for his silence on the commission's sweeping recommendations is becoming shopworn now that the governor has had the report for five months, even in the unlikely event that he really is a slow reader. It's apparent Mr. Casey has little or no interest at this time in implementing the chief recommendations of the commission, which called for establishing a non-elective system of selecting appellate judges in Pennsylvania and strengthening the state's judicial disciplinary procedures.
February 6, 1991 |
Sharon Matthews knew she couldn't take a textbook approach to teaching her seventh graders about growing old. So the 34-year-old home economics teacher at Medford Township Memorial Middle School sought help from a local retirement community. With the aid of Medford Leas resident Newlin Smith, about 25 residents of the development were enlisted, starting in late November, to become pen pals with Matthews' 160 seventh-graders. "I wanted to let the students know that when you are older, you still have a lot to offer," Matthews said.