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.
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.