July 25, 2016 |
From the greener suburbs of Montgomery County to urbanized Manayunk, the Wissahickon Creek courses through some of the region's most-scenic areas and alongside a well-traveled trail. It is a popular fishing, and even a swimming, stream. It is also a troubled stream; a source of concern, particularly since it supplies 10 percent of Philadelphia's drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency has identified the Wissahickon's water quality as "impaired," and efforts to improve it have been more than a decade in the making.
May 22, 2016 |
A week after a small black bear was seen swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, is it safe to go into the park? Wildlife Conservation Officer Jerry Czech, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says yes. "We didn't tell people to stay out of the woods when it was spotted," Czech said Friday. "It would be perfectly safe to go about your business," he said. "With the amount of people in that park ... it's probably not there. " Czech said he believes the bear spotted May 13 near the Valley Green Inn, by Forbidden Drive and Valley Green Road, was the same bear later seen in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, on Sunday.
May 20, 2016 |
Since a black bear was spotted swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park last Friday, many have been wondering: Where has the bear gone? Wildlife officials say there have been reported bear sightings this week spanning more than 30 miles from Philadelphia to Delaware County and Delaware, but they are not sure if any of those sightings are the same bear spotted near Valley Green Inn last week. Jerry Czech, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said by email Wednesday that there were no sightings of the Wissahickon bear over the weekend in the city.
May 18, 2016 |
After an unexpected guest - a black bear - caused alarm Friday when it was spotted in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, park-goers were left wondering: What happened to the animal? The bear swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods after a crowd gathered along the bank. It's not known where it went after that. No black bear sightings were reported in the Wissahickon over the weekend, Erin Mooney, a publicist for the group Friends of the Wissahickon, said Monday.
May 15, 2016 |
A black bear was spotted Friday morning in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park by a man fishing near the Valley Green Inn. Maura McCarthy, executive director of the Friends of the Wissahickon, said she got a call about 11 a.m. from the fisherman, a member of the Friends group. "He looked downstream and saw a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on," she said. "The bear was fishing. " The bear then swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods. "We're encouraging people to exercise caution," McCarthy said.
May 9, 2016
Beth Kephart is the author 21 books, including "This Is the Story of You" (Chronicle Books) I may have been an angsty adolescent, but my darkest secret involved nothing more than this: a box of watercolors, a drugstore paintbrush, a Bic pen, and a series of blank books with Naugahyde covers. I painted the pages of those books to buckling saturation. I waited, impatiently, for them to dry. Afterward, alone on my roof or in the shade of a tree, I Bic-scratched into those multitonal hues such awe-invoking grandeur as this: A daffodil dons her yellow skirt, Smoothes out the ruffled pleats of the hem, Places her fringed bonnet on her tiny head . . . and goes out for tea. Clearly I was just inches away from a career as the next Jack Kerouac, the future Allen Ginsberg, the once-and-always Emily Dickinson.
April 11, 2016 |
Undaunted by the heavy, wet snow and the Februarylike chill, Emily Southerton was outside in a soggy work yard learning how to check the engine oil on a walk-behind skid-loader used to build and maintain trails in the popular Wissahickon Valley Park. The 28-year-old middle-school teacher from Roxborough was training Saturday to be a volunteer crew leader for the Friends of the Wissahickon, engaged in a multiyear effort to rebuild large portions of the heavily used trail system along the Wissahickon Creek, lest they turn into gutters that flush away hillsides when it rains.
January 26, 2016
By Dennis Miranda Most Philadelphia-area residents probably give little thought to the historic waterway to their north that feeds into Fairmount Park and the Schuylkill, or to its connection to the clean drinking water coming out of their faucets. But the city has just entered a partnership to restore this very important waterway, the Wissahickon Creek, and Montgomery County's other municipalities in the watershed should follow suit. The Wissahickon Valley is home to almost a quarter of a million people.
November 8, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Nothing can compare to a hike on a warm autumn day in Fort Washington State Park. Just you, 483 acres of woods, marsh, Wissahickon Creek, and an occasional flock of bird-watchers, binoculars trained on the tree tops of a nearby hill. This is Whitemarsh Township, over the city line from Chestnut Hill and Andorra, and still, after more than three centuries, one of the most desirable addresses in Montgomery County.
April 23, 2015 |
CANDY WRAPPERS, pregnancy tests, Halloween decorations and more beer cans than you can imagine - Bradley Maule has collected it all over the course of a year during his weekly hikes through Wissahickon Valley Park. And now, he's ready to display his findings. All 3,768 of them. Maule's "One Man's Trash" project launched in January 2014 in hopes of bringing attention to litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The PhillySkyline.com founder and Hidden City co-editor started the project because he was appalled by the amount of trash he saw in the Northwest Philly arm of Fairmount Park along Wissahickon Creek.