July 25, 2016 |
There were so many baby goats surrounding farmer Petter Melchior, he was practically submerged. Having heard his call, the kids had scrambled down the craggy mountainside to be fed. Oblivious to the scenery, which included a stunning waterfall, they were rooting in every nook, cranny, and pocket in search of breakfast. This was at the end of the road in Norddal, Norway, a no-stoplight hamlet in the midst of the country's famed Fjordland region. Millions of people flock to Norway annually for its breathtaking scenery, yet there are more subtle sights that warrant exploration: those preserving Norwegian heritage.
January 14, 2016
William A. Del Monte, 109, the last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, died Monday at a retirement home in nearby Marin County. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, confirmed his death of natural causes. He'd been doing "great for 109 years old," Barroca said Monday. Mr. Del Monte was just 3 months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buckboard with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said.
December 24, 2015
SHERIFF JEWELL Williams said he was surprised at the federal indictment of his predecessor, John Green, on charges of bribery and fraud. If Williams is surprised, he is the only one in town. People have been waiting for the other shoe to drop ever since City Controller Alan Butkowicz released an audit in 2010 outlining the multitude of problems in Green's office. Lost money. Cronyism. Staggering mismanagement. Green, who had been sheriff since 1988, abruptly retired a few weeks before the Butkowitz audit was made public.
December 20, 2015 |
Former Philadelphia Sheriff John D. Green's two decades in office were plagued by troubling audits and allegations from city and state watchdogs of cronyism, mismanagement, and fraud. On Friday, federal authorities added a new wrinkle to the legacy of the retired lawman, accusing him of taking bribes worth six figures from a top campaign donor and friend who was granted a virtual stranglehold over $115 million in Sheriff's Office contracts. Prosecutors allege that Green, 68, all but handed over the reins of one of the major duties of his office - managing court-ordered sales of foreclosed properties - to advertising and title firms owned by James R. Davis Jr., 65, of Wyncote.
November 20, 2015
DEAR ABBY: I loved the letter from "Ready for the Reunion" who wondered why some people in her high-school graduating class didn't respond to the notice of the reunion. Some of us would like to completely forget high school and everything associated with it. I missed my 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th year reunions. I did consider going to the last one, but then I started reading my former classmates' posts on the reunion website. It seems everyone is retired, wealthy, has numerous grandchildren, at least one retirement home in an exotic locale and spends time relaxing and jetting around (or so they say)
October 23, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My daughter has been in a lesbian relationship for 14 years. They recently took me to lunch and informed me that her partner, "Nicole," is in the process of transitioning to a male. Nicole has now legally changed her name to "Nick" and has begun hormone treatments. They have been going to counseling for the past six months. Since Nick began the transition, I have seen him three times. Last week when I was visiting, I accidentally called Nick by the wrong pronoun, "she" instead of "he" a couple of times.
February 13, 2015 |
Francis X. McNeila, 81, of Somers Point, N.J., a former pressman for the Bulletin and then for The Inquirer, died of metastatic liver cancer on Sunday, Feb. 8, at a daughter's home in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. After he retired, Mr. McNeila was a Eucharistic minister, distributing Communion at St. Joseph Church in Somers Point. "He would also distribute Communion to patients at Shore Medical Center" in Somers Point who couldn't get to Mass, said a daughter, Frances Ryder. "He did genuinely feel it was important that people maintain their faith, even when they were sick," she said.
February 10, 2015 |
Charlie Vogel is a familiar face - a celebrity of sorts - in the Hershey's Mill retirement community in East Goshen, Chester County. In a dozen years or so, he has done more than 100 interviews for the community's Channel 20 TV station, which reaches 1,700 homes. Among his most memorable guests were former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Phillies' Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, and TV weather forecasters Herb Clarke and Cecily Tynan. Vogel also interviewed Bill Campbell, the famed Philadelphia sports broadcaster who called Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
September 13, 2014 |
Leslie and Curtis Pontz's new house almost looks like a child's drawing: three gray boxes trimmed with a red door and window frames that contrast with the deep green trees and grass of the Wissahickon woods. Its simple appearance is deceptive. The West Mount Airy house is a combination of retreat, artist's studio, retirement home, and dream house - 40 years in the making. In 1973, after Leslie and Curtis married, they bought an old, three-story traditional house, promising each other it would only be a few years until they built the house they really wanted - in other words, a midcentury modern dream.
March 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia delivered some relatively positive financial news Friday. Catholic Health Care Services, for example, which operates six nursing homes and a retirement home, had an operating profit of $3.9 million in the year ended June 30. Results at the facilities, which have been for sale since the summer, improved significantly from a loss of $497,454 the previous year, according to an audited financial statement released Friday....