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.
September 23, 2014 |
JUST A FEW feet into his morning hike in Wissahickon Valley Park recently, Bradley Maule was greeted by a pile of dog crap. He promptly pulled out his iPhone and made a note of the mess. A few steps later, Maule spotted a 40-ounce Budweiser bottle and a Yuengling box. He snagged both items with a Grip-n-Grab trash grabber and put them into a plastic bag fetched from his backpack. Maule, 38, of Mount Airy, is almost 10 months into his yearlong project, "One Man's Trash. " He collects litter during weekly hikes in the park and also documents every pile of dog feces and unleashed dog he sees - Wissahickon Park requires that dogs be leashed.
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.
November 8, 2013 |
VENUS Powell-Uzzell was wearing a button with the photo of a former co-worker - a father who lost his life jumping into Wissahickon Creek to try to save his son - when she helped save another man's life in September. It was a Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, shortly before 2 p.m. Powell-Uzzell, a security officer at Einstein Medical Center in Olney, was at the information desk in the hospital's main building when she got a call about a man on the roof of the seven-story garage. Powell-Uzzell, 37, who has worked at Einstein for five years, was the first - and for an incredibly long 10 minutes, the only - officer on the scene.
September 10, 2013 |
ON MOTHER'S Day, Geanna "Gigi" Harper could count on Pete Luciano to bring her a rose. Luciano wasn't her son, or even a relative, she said, but each year he would stop by her house on Venango Street in North Philadelphia, two doors down from where his wife and children lived. Now others will be bringing flowers for Luciano. On Friday, during a family outing, Luciano, 41, jumped into the Wissahickon Creek near the area known as Devil's Pool to try to save his 13-year-old son, Jordan, as the boy struggled in the water.
September 9, 2013 |
ALONG THE Wissahickon Creek, not far from Devil's Pool, a near-perfect summer afternoon ended in tragedy yesterday as three young children watched their father rush into the water to save their older brother, and neither came out alive. The father, 41, tried to save his 13-year-old son, who was struggling in the water near the popular swimming hole just before 3 p.m. yesterday, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. "He was just a father who took his kids out to enjoy a beautiful day, and this happens," said Sullivan.
September 9, 2013 |
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words. His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy, five minutes later, police said.