August 19, 2014 |
"Days since last rainfall?" "Well, yesterday we got a little bit. " "Water clarity?" "Looks pretty clear to me. " "All righty. Stream bed color?" "Brown," Doug McClure pauses, staring at the mud, "with green highlights. " "Odor?" Wendy McClure doesn't wait for her husband's answer. She spreads her arms wide and raises her nose to the sky: "Doesn't smell like much of anything. Just a creek. " The North Wales couple were on their first official field survey Wednesday as "Creek Watchers" - a group of 60 amateur scientists collecting water-quality data for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
June 20, 2014 |
AN EAST Germantown woman probably won't be sleeping tight any time soon, to hear her tell it. Sabrina Hammond, who lives on Nedro Avenue near 19th Street, filed a civil suit Monday in Common Pleas Court, claiming she was "aggressively attacked and bitten" by bedbugs at a Wissahickon movie theater last September. In the suit, Hammond says the bugs bit her on the buttocks and legs while she was watching a movie at the United Artists Theater on Main Street near Ridge Avenue. The bites caused a "severe shock to the nerves and nervous system" that has prevented her from completing her "daily duties," leaving her with "great financial damage and loss," according to the complaint filed in the case.
June 6, 2014 |
William Cain could only look longingly out the window of his Willow Grove home. After brain surgery in January to remove a large blood clot, the 62-year-old band director was resigned to a two-month home recovery. During that time, he could not drive; help his wife, Debbie, shovel snow; or - most important for the enthusiastic musician - teach at Wissahickon Middle School. Five months later, as an elated Cain accepted the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Ovation Award, he thought back to those two empty months, in disbelief at how far he had come.
May 31, 2014 |
Architect Alfred Dragani and his wife, Concetta, an art historian, were at a Chestnut Hill dinner party six years ago when they learned that the house next door was for sale - and their ears perked up. The house, designed in 1957 in two glassy pavilions by Swiss architect Oskar Stonerov, was a rare gem - a modern house on a street dominated by modern architecture in the middle of Victorian Chestnut Hill. A devotee of the International Style of architecture, Stonerov advocated clean, sparse designs and community connections as espoused by the writings of French architect Le Corbusier - whom Alfred Dragani had admired since being a graduate architecture student at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1990s.
March 28, 2014 |
ONE GIRL lives in Wissahickon, another in West Philly and a third in Overbrook - in other words, nowhere near Temple University, where they're accused of assaulting three women in a 20-minute span Friday. Najee Bilaal, 16; Zaria Estes, 15; and Kanesha Gainey, 15, will be tried as adults on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses in those attacks, the District Attorney's Office said yesterday. In the most savage attack, authorities said, Estes allegedly smashed a brick into the face of a 19-year-old Temple student during a scuffle with the woman and her boyfriend on Norris Street near 17th.
February 18, 2014 |
It all started with a long-overdue win. Plymouth Whitemarsh entered its Jan. 8 wrestling match against Wissahickon with a fair record, 6-5, and hopes of grinding out the school's first win over its Suburban One American rival in four years. The Colonials (18-8, 7-0 conference) handed Wissahickon a 53-7 setback that night, setting them on a course that would include victories against annual league front-runners Norristown (42-27 score), Upper Dublin (50-16), and Upper Moreland (36-25)
February 16, 2014
BASKETBALL Wissahickon, the 30th seed in the District 1 Class AAAA basketball tournament, was the unlikely leader at halftime Friday night against Great Valley when Trojans coach Kyle Wilson gathered his team in the locker room. Keep up the pressure, the coach said, because no one would feel it more in the opening-round game than third-seeded Great Valley. "Look, we're a 30 seed," Wilson said when his team led by two points. "No one is expecting a 30 to beat a three.
February 12, 2014 |
Cousins Chase and Purnell Wilson are separated in age by just two months. On Monday afternoon, they were separated by just two points. Chase Wilson scored 30 points to lead host Wissahickon over his cousin and Perkiomen Valley, 79-77, in an overtime nonleague boys' basketball game. Not to be outdone by his cousin, Purnell Wilson finished with 34 to pace the Vikings. Trailing by four points in the final moments of regulation, Chase Wilson raced up the court and was fouled on a three-point attempt with seven seconds remaining.
February 9, 2014 |
Methacton's Eric Straup had seen Isaac Philip before, and he knew what he had to do to notch his third consecutive win over the Wissahickon senior in a 120-pound duel. "Front headlock," Straup said. "I've been using that a lot. " Straup's pin of Philip helped seal a loud win for Methacton as the Warriors downed host Wissahickon, 65-5, in a nonconference bout Friday. "I've wrestled him before, and I did pretty good," Straup said. "It was pretty much the same thing today against him. " Straup was one of the Methacton regulars to post wins, and some of the team's younger guys also had a productive match, as the Warriors' freshmen combined for five wins.
January 20, 2014 |
Haverford School's L.J. Barlow earned his 100th career win on Saturday afternoon and the host Fords won four of their five matches at the Buckley Duals. The junior reached the milestone in a 45-26 win over Radnor. He also won by forfeit at 195 pounds in Haverford School's 57-16 win over Harriton. Also at the Haverford School: Dennis Burns grabbed a second-period pin at 106 pounds to lead Truman over Great Valley, 49-25. Dan Vossbein (132 pounds) and Dustin Stone (138) added back-to-back first-period pins.