Friday, May 1, 2015

Top 10 Plus Weekend Events May 2

May 1 Fun and Games at the Peter Wentz Farm Night Life What happened at the Wentz house after the sun went down? Guests ages 12+ only; Pre-Registration required (610-584-5104). The Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road, just off of Route73/Skippack Pike in Worcester, PA. Please call 610-584-5104 for more information.

May 1 First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes 5:30 p.m. join the Betsy Ross House for the return of the First Friday favorite, Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes! May through October, kick back, relax, and enjoy a selection of cult horror classics from the 1950s and 60s in the historic courtyard. Be sure to arrive early for special after hours tours of the House starting at 5 pm. May 1st movie Bride of the Monster BUY TICKET.  Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and movie screening.

May 1 Providence Garden Club of PA Plant Sale from 1 to 3 p.m .and Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades located at 106 South New Middletown Road (Rte 352) in Middletown.


May 2 Meade Sites in Philadelphia presented by the General Meade Society.  Departs 8 a.m. from Laurel Hill Cemetery and returns to Laurel Hill at 5 p.m. Tickets $60 includes bus, driver tip, lunch and post tour. Click on the link for complete details. Contact Jerry McCormick  215-848-7752.



May 2  All American Rock and Soul Concert, First Ladies of Rock and Soul  hear the 13 piece live band perform songs made famous by the Supremes, Ronettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Shirelles, Chiffons, Crystals and More! at the Community Performing Arts Center located at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA. Show Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. TICKETS: $35 PER PERSON Proceeds benefit the Delaware County Historical Society Education Programs and Museum. Ticket information delcohistory.com or (610) 359-0832.



May 2 Chester Charter School for the Arts' Pop Up Party for the Entire Family, Art Exhibit and Sale at the McCabe Library, Swarthmore College 5:30- 7:30 p.m.




May 2 Delaware County Suicide Prevention and Task Force 10th Annual 5K Walk and Run at Ridley Creek State Park. Meet at Pavilion #11. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

May 2 Walk for the Wounded at Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence will raise funds for Operation First Response. The 5K run begins at 10 a.m. on site registration 9 a.m. a 2 mile walk is also planned at 10 a.m.

May 2 Colonial Plantation Sheep Shearing and Textile Event 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last entry at 4 p.m. . Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under age 4 are free.

May 2 Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs 6:34 p.m. and they're off. For all you stay at home racy people, I have found a recipe for the perfect mint julep on foodnetwork.com.  It takes 24 hours so plan ahead.  You will have plenty of time in-between to pick your pony.

May 2 Kentucky Derby Party at the Paramour Restaurant, Wayne Hotel, 139 E. Lancaster Ave, in Wayne, PA . Mint Julep, anyone? 4-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and benefit the Radnor Historical Society.

May 2 Early Birding with PHL BirdPhilly 7:00 a.m, Wissahickon Valley Park. Early May in the Wissahickon is excellent for early arriving warblers like Louisiana waterthrush, as well as woodthrush and courting wood ducks. We will meet at Valley Green and walk along Forbidden Drive, stopping at bridges to search for waterthrush.Meeting Location: Valley Green parking lot. Valley Green Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

May 2  Birding by Ear Workshop at Wissahickon Environmental Center (same day as Wissahickon Valley)1:00 p.m.  After a break for lunch, a birding by ear workshop will be held at the Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House). Meeting Location: 300 W. Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118.

May 2 4H Spring Fair and Open House 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  4-H Farm and Educational Center, 395 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square.

May 2 Philadelphia Science Festival Conclusion Carnival on the Parkway  
Check the list for a full list of activities.

May 2 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival visit the CHOP Daisy Days tent as you celebrate spring in Philly. The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival takes over six blocks of Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th Streets) for the day to showcase the neighborhood’s fantastic food, fashion, arts and entertainment. Where: 18th Street and Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Noon to 5 p.m.

May 3rd Colonial Plantation Beekeeping Workshop  (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
 

Register now for May 9-17, 2015 Join in the Philadelphia Bird Race!
www.philadelphiabirdrace.org A new birding event here in southeastern PA, covering Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia provides a variety of way for birders to get involved in fun birding outings, from 1-hour walks called "Big Green Hours" to full-on "Big Day" runs right on your home turf. There are a bunch of different ways to participate. So register today or donate now to support the causes the bird race is raising funds for.  Philadelphia Bird Race and BirdPhilly are major initiatives of the DVOC. 


May 3 Blue Cross Broad Street Run 10 Miler 8 a.m.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top 10 Remembering Vietnam Veterans 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

1. One of the highlights of the Veterans Day Parade in Media, PA each year is the roar of the Vietnam Vets on motorcycles. The Vets open the parade and you take notice and stand at attention.


2. The Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. does not tell the complete story of the Vietnam War but it can give a detailed description of the names of those that lost their lives, went missing in action and those that later died from injuries sustained during the Vietnam War.

3. The Wall was built without government support. Congress did give approval for the 3 acres of land at the National Mall, it is built upon. Jan C, Scruggs a wounded Vietnam Vet was responsible for starting the Vietnam Memorial Fund that initiated the project to honor those that were killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.

A design contest was held with the following criteria:
1. must be reflective and contemplative in character;
2. harmonize with its surroundings;
3. contain the names of those that have died in the conflict or who were still missing;
4. make no political statement about the war.

A 21 year old undergraduate of Yale won the competition, her name is Maya Lin.  She was born in Athens, Ohio and is of Chinese descent. You can view a list of some of her other works at her Maya Lin Studio website. As you can see by examining the photograph of the wall below, Maya Lin meets all the requirements.




4. The memorial spans out into a V-shape. The walls are sunk into the ground, with the earth behind them. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet (3.1 m) high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches (20 cm) at their extremities. Symbolically, this is described as a "wound that is closed and healing." One side of the wall points in the direction of the Washington Monument and the other towards the Lincoln Memorial.








5. July 8, 1959 – Chester Melvin Ovnand and Dale Richard Buis were killed by guerrillas at Bien Hoa while watching the film The Tattered Dress. They are listed 1 and 2 at the wall's dedication. Ovnand's name is spelled on the memorial as "Ovnard," due to conflicting military records of his surname. Look at the top left hand corner of the tablet on the right you will see 1959 etched in stone and on the tablet to the right at the bottom right hand corner 1975. May 15, 1975 – 18 U.S. servicemen (14 Marines, two Navy corpsmen, and two Air Force crewmen) are killed on the last day of a rescue operation known as the Mayag├╝ez incident with troops from the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. They were the last servicemen listed on the timeline. On May 4, 2010 – Six names were added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a ceremony. The new names are veterans who died after the war as a direct result of injuries suffered in the combat zone





6. June 8, 1956 – The first official death in Vietnam was United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard Bernard Fitzgibbon, Jr. of Stoneham, MA who was murdered by another U.S.A.F. airman. Technical Sergeant Richard Bernard Fitzgibbon, Jr. USAF was the first American to lose his life in the conflict that would later be known as the Vietnam War. He was murdered - shot by another airman and dying of his wounds later on June 8, 1956. Through the efforts of his sister, Alice Fitzgibbon Rose DelRossi, Fitzgibbon's name was added to the Vietnam War Memorial in 1999. Following his father's footsteps, Richard B. Fitzgibbon III joined the United States Marine Corps and also served in Vietnam, where he too was killed in September 1965. The Fitzgibbon deaths are one of only three amongst US casualties in which both father and son were killed in the Vietnam War. Other Father-Son Pairs appear on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and  the names of eight women appear on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, military personnel only. No civilian casualty of the Vietnam War is represented on the memorial to my knowledge.


7. The Three Soldiers Memorial bronze statue by Frederick Hart (one white, one African American, and one Hispanic ) was dedicated in 1984.



8. ("Faith, Hope, and Charity") the three nurses shown tending to a wounded soldier in the Glenna Goodacre-sculpted Vietnam Women's Memorial statue. Approximately 11,000 American military women were stationed in Vietnam during the war. Close to ninety percent were nurses in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.


9. On November 10, 2000 a memorial plaque, authorized by Pub.L. 106–214, honoring veterans who died after the war as a direct result of injuries suffered in Vietnam, but who fall outside Department of Defense guidelines was dedicated. Ruth Coder Fitzgerald, founder of The Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque Project, worked for years and struggled against opposition to have the "In Memory Memorial Plaque" completed. Veterans who died of cancer from Agent Orange and suicide from PTSD were those who fell outside the Department of Defense guidelines to be included on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as I understand and are to be honored by this plaque.


10. The guys in the yellow hats at the Vietnam Memorial are all volunteers. I am not 100% sure if they are all Vietnam War Veterans but the one I overheard speaking was and he flies in once a month to volunteer to teach the visitors about the memorial and to honor his comrades who died.  He feels he owes it to them and it is good therapy for him as well.



An incredible and thorough point of reference about the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. is thewall-usa.com.

On the website virtualwall.org you can search the names on the wall by state and city. You can also drill down and get a bio of the people listed. There are some sobering facts; you also can place a face with a name by using the (Faces of Freedom) photos link. In Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have a very long list of names. Thomas Alva Edison High School in Philadelphia is said to have the largest loss of American life in Vietnam of any high school alumni.

Check out PBS, they have had some great specials on this week to honor the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

If you would like to see photos of some of the heroes aboard the U.S.S. Midway you can view a blog I have from a few years back at my The U.S.S. Midway link. The museum is an amazing place to visit and one you will not want to pass up if you travel to San Diego.  It is a highlight.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Top 10 Plus Reasons Why Some Men have Dogs and not Wives

This is not my own created original list, I am just sharing an amusing list passed on to me, just for fun.

Reasons Why Some Men have Dogs and not Wives

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when you’re drunk – and don’t get annoyed when you start stroking them whilst you are drunk!!

8. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

9. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get another dog?”

10. If a dog has babies, you can put an ad in the paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a pervert.

12. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad. They just think it’s interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.
14. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

This does seem to contradict that men do not like to be barked at.

I do not endorse this list. I have cats, they would scratch my eyes out if they thought I was going to the dogs.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top 10 April Awareness Month

April is just about to end.  Where did that month go?

National Autism Month Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Read the facts and Learn the signs at Autism Speaks.


National Child Abuse Prevention Month The Division of Violence Prevention at CDC works to better understand the problem of child maltreatment and to prevent it before it begins. We all wish our kids came with manuals so we can look up exactly what to do when things go wrong, maybe Google it but this is not always the place to find answers. The CDC does have Tip Sheets you can read over to start with, don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Perfect Parents do not exist, just ask your kids. If they roll their eyes you know you did a good job.

National Lawn and Gardening Month and a big congratulations to all those that are on schedule.  Your garden beds are all cleared of debris that accumulated over the winter months and you have made the assessments of just exactly what toil in the soil awaits you on these upcoming sunny and warm weekends. I have made eye contact with a few trouble spots.

National Inventor's Month  Okay best invention EVER. What would you pick and who do you want to thank for that? Al Gore, Google, Grapes?  It is an interesting thought to ponder.  What invention just makes your day? 

Scottish American Month How many great Scots can you name? At least twenty three presidents of the United States have some Scottish or Scotch-Irish ancestry, although the extent of this varies. John Paul Jones, Alexander Hamilton, nineteen of the fifty-six delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence came from Scotland or Ulster. The first men on the moon, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, were also of Scottish descent.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime. 


STD Awareness Month be informed and be protected. Get tested!

Stress Awareness Month Not everyone can easily identify that they are stressed. Some people cope well with the big stuff and sweat the small stuff and some folks can just step right over the little things and get to the big ones. What are some of the big ones? Death of a loved one, loss of job, financial trouble, emotional stress, job stress, social stress, health related worries, marital problems, divorce, teenager issues, bullying, college acceptance, homework completion, learning disabilities just to name a few.  We live in a stressful world sometimes self created and other times a pure product of our environment. Learn to step back and look at the big picture, much easier said than done. Start with counting to 10 if you feel things spiraling out of control, then take a walk. You can take a stress test at medicinenet.com.  I would not recommend taking it if you are stressed however, I just scored 5 out of 9 which makes me a failure at 56%.  Luckily I wasn't feeling stressed at the time and I can take the evaluation. They do offer some stress management techniques, start there.


National Celery Month Celery, onions, and bell peppers are the "holy trinity" of Louisiana Creole and Cajun cuisine. Chopped onions, carrots, and celery are the base for many French cuisines. The saute of onions and celery create the first aroma of Thanksgiving dinner as I prep the stuffing. Celery is used as a positive influence in many weight loss plans.  Looking for something crunchy and healthy? Peanut butter and celery is a good combo, as well as cream cheese, a ranch dip, just about any dip gets along well with celery. It is a great addition to any salad including chicken salad and cole slaw. Celery does not like all people, it can cause an allergic reaction to some but not to me.  I think I will snack on some now.  This list made me hungry. Good Stuff.
  







Monday, April 27, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Events Week of April 27

April 27 What's a brain break? It's a chance to give the mind and body a new boost of energy by taking a small exercise break. Next Monday, Kids.gov and others will be discussing healthy habits such as fitting in physical activity during the day so kids can feel better and perform better in school. At 8 p.m. ET,
share your ideas and join the conversation on Twitter by following and using #khchat!Follow @Kidsgov @KidsHealth @girlshealth @GoNoodle @Playworks @Shape_America and @Spark_Programs.

April 28  Academy Award Nominee Last Days in Vietnam documentary premieres on PBS at 9 p.m. Check PBS station for alternate times.

April 29 History of Norwood explore the early hostory of Norwood followed by a "Then and Now" slide presentation by Keith Lockhart 7 p.m. at Norwood Public Library located at 513 Welcome Ave, Norwood, PA.




April 30 History Lecture: The Springfield Historical Society presents “When The Railway Came To Concord”, Al Eelman and Ed Keane from the Concord Historical Society will present a slide show and share their information and pictures on the railways between 1857-1972. This local railway even transported troops during World War11 and was also used to ship mushrooms from this area to Philadelphia. The railway once went from Wawa to Perryville and from Philadelphia to Perryville. At first it was called the Philadelphia and Baltimore Central and later the Octorara branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. ALL ABOARD! 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building
50 Powell Road, Springfield, Pa. The program is presented free of charge with light refreshments served at the conclusion.


April 30 Fall of Saigon 40th Anniversary.

May 1 Fun and Games at the Peter Wentz Farm Night Life What happened at the Wentz house after the sun went down? Guests ages 12+ only; Pre-Registration required (610-584-5104). The Farmstead is located at 2030 Shearer Road, just off of Route73/Skippack Pike in Worcester, PA. Please call 610-584-5104 for more information.

May 1 First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes 5:30 p.m. join the Betsy Ross House for the return of the First Friday favorite, Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes! May through October, kick back, relax, and enjoy a selection of cult horror classics from the 1950s and 60s in the historic courtyard. Be sure to arrive early for special after hours tours of the House starting at 5 pm. May 1st movie Bride of the Monster BUY TICKET.  Admission is $5 and includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House and movie screening.




Get tickets now for May 2 Meade Sites in Philadelphia presented by the General Meade Society.  Departs 8 a.m. from Laurel Hill Cemetery and returns to Laurel Hill at 5 p.m. Tickets $60 includes bus, driver tip, lunch and post tour. Click on the link for complete details. Contact Jerry McCormick  215-848-7752.



Get tickets now for May 2  All American Rock and Soul Concert, First Ladies of Rock and Soul  hear the 13 piece live band perform songs made famous by the Supremes, Ronettes, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Shirelles, Chiffons, Crystals and More! at the Community Performing Arts Center located at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA. Show Time: 7:00 p.m. Doors Open: 6:00 p.m. TICKETS: $35 PER PERSON Proceeds benefit the Delaware County Historical Society Education Programs and Museum. Ticket information delcohistory.com or (610) 359-0832.



May 2 Chester Charter School for the Arts' Pop Up Party for the Entire Family, Art Exhibit and Sale at the McCabe Library, Swarthmore College 5:30- 7:30 p.m.