May 16, 1993 |
You might think that this township in Montgomery County has nothing in common with a faraway place like Japan. You'd be wrong. Actually, Lower Gwynedd has a lot in common with Japan - Washimiya, Japan, that is; a suburb of Tokyo, about an hour's ride south of the capital. "We have the same warm hearts - that is what we have in common," said Masayoshi Watanabe, the mayor of Washimiya, speaking through an interpreter, Yumiko Furukawa. "And we grow the same vegetables. " Lower Gwynedd and Washimiya are sister cities, part of an effort to encourage cultural understanding and friendship.
April 16, 2010 |
Charles M. Barringer Jr. made a home in Africa through oil exploration, earned global recognition in Zeiss optics research, and was long involved with a South Jersey chapter of the American Field Service student-exchange program. But what set him apart from other people involved in foreign affairs, according to those who knew him, was his friendship. Mr. Barringer, 66, of Haddonfield, died of esophageal cancer Tuesday, April 6, at his home. From the local grocery cashier who cried that he was "not just a customer, he was my friend," according to his wife, to a fellow Zeiss optics enthusiast who wrote on his blog, "Damn, Charlie was a really good friend," many who knew Mr. Barringer shared the same sentiment.
November 27, 1994 |
Delaware Valley College is hosting six visiting educators for a study tour called "Strengthening Agriculture Education in Northwest China," today through Saturday. The educators, from six colleges in China, will study the status of agriculture education. In addition, they will learn how to tailor education to the needs of the community. During the study tour, Delaware Valley College faculty and administrators will present seminars and lectures. The educators' visit will also include a breakfast reception with the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
August 14, 1988 |
Walk into one classroom and you would find Harumi Hojo of Japan and all of her 11 students doing calisthenics at 8:30 a.m. - a common practice of the Japanese prior to the start of the work or schoolday. Just down the hall, you would find Sonya Hsieh of Taiwan, singing in Chinese with 11 of her students. The traditional Chinese songs taught the value of friendship and understanding. For these two teachers and 22 Chester County students, the chance to speak the language and take part in the customs of two Asian nations didn't require traveling thousands of miles by air to the Orient.
June 1, 1988 |
For most of his life, Tito Gonzales has lived in an orphanage in the poorest section of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. When he was 5, his mother died. His father, who could not afford to raise Gonzales and his six brothers and three sisters, sent Gonzales and two others to live at the San Salvador Orphanage on the edge of Sabana Perdida, a district in Santo Domingo. Gonzales, 17, who is just learning English, speaks of a love divided between the home he knows and the land in which he finds life so much easier to live.
April 29, 1986 |
Joseph Conroy, who coordinates Abraham Lincoln High School's student- exchange program, was disappointed that fears of international terrorism had forced his French students earlier this year to cancel a planned trip to Nice in August. But the French teacher was stunned by the latest shock wave from the turbulent world of international politics to hit Lincoln High School in the Northeast. Four of 26 Philadelphia families who had agreed to host French students this summer have dropped out of the program abruptly in the last two weeks.
December 21, 1987 |
City officials gave more than $1.67 million in grants to 23 cultural, civic and ethnic organizations for parades, plays and other programs in honor of the Constitutional Bicentennial. The money came from a special $2 million bicentennial fund created in May by City Council. Because no group has filed a final accounting of how its grant was used, the following summary of each recipient's program is based on the proposals they submitted to the city. NEW FREEDOM THEATER: $250,000 for one musical and two dramatic presentations and a gathering of prominent black families from Philadelphia at Mother Bethel AME Church in September.
January 21, 2013 |
S. Gayley Atkinson, 95, a decorated World War II veteran who as a Navy officer helped deliver Allied soldiers to the beach at Normandy, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, of heart failure in his apartment at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. Mr. Atkinson received the highest decoration given by the French in 2008 when he was knighted in the National Order of the Legion of Honour. The medal recognized Mr. Atkinson's service on D-Day, when he was among those assigned to carry the first wave of foot soldiers to hit Utah Beach from landing craft.
May 28, 1987 |
Ivelisse Rodriguez, wearing a blue T-shirt bearing the name of her high school, is a picture of poise and maturity when discussing plans for her senior year of high school. But the 17-year-old junior, who attends the Franklin Learning Center, said she broke into tears when she opened the letter with news that she had won a scholarship to spend her senior year in Germany in a student exchange program. While Ivelisse says she is "scared to death" about leaving home, she quickly adds, "But I love challenges, I cannot say no. It's an experience I know I will treasure the rest of my life.
November 15, 1999 |
The Cardinal O'Hara High School Band and Band Parents Association will hold their annual Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the school, 1701 S. Sproul Rd., Marple. The event will feature holiday gifts as well as individual handmade items from more than 80 crafters from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There will be a homemade bake table, refreshments and lunch-menu items for sale. The school is part of the Philadelphia Archdiocese. MENTORS HONORED Delaware County Technical School recently honored 10 local General Motors and DaimlerChrysler dealerships for serving as mentors to students enrolled in automotive programs.