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Community meeting planned before Lovett Library closes

by Sue Ann Rybak The Free Library of Philadelphia will hold its final community meeting at Lovett Memorial Library in Mt. Airy at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, before the branch closes for renovations on April 1. Representatives from the Free Library, including Joe Benford, deputy director of customer engagement; Chris Arlene, a member of […]

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In last Friday’s second dual meet at Springside Chestnut Hill, SCH sophomore Kyle Williams (left) controls Ryan Orr of Phil-Mont Christian Academy. (Photo by Tom Utescher)

Tiebreaker gets GA grapplers past SCH

by Tom Utescher In wrestling, pins and forfeits each put six points on the board in the team scoring, but last Friday Germantown Academy profited from some garden variety three-point decisions. In the final dual meet of the Inter-Ac League season, the visiting Patriots wound up in a 36-36 tie with the host Blue Devils […]

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GFS chess player designs chess app for Apple Store

As Germantown Friends School junior Rob Fetell prepared for chess competitions, he struggled to gather all of the information he needed to prepare to meet his opponents. So, he did what any tech-savvy teenager of his generation would do – he made an app! Fetell has been playing chess since first grade, stating that it […]

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Mt. Airy artist riding wave of coloring book craze

by Len Lear Coloring books for adults are about as hot these days as the Carolina Panthers. According to, coloring books for grown-ups were one of the hottest trends in publishing last year, taking many by surprise. The numbers were so impressive, one major publisher advised, “If you want to be a bestselling author, […]

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Being thrown into the job of costume director at the last minute is not exactly as easy as putting on your pants. (Photo by Hugh Gilmore)

Please don’t make her Stagecrafters’ costume director

by Janet Gilmore “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness dumped on their heads and don’t like it.” — Shakespeare (paraphrased) Five minutes or less after I walked in to the first costume meeting for “The Late Christopher Bean” by Sidney Howard, the new play running at Stagecrafters Theater, 8130 Germantown […]

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Snowed out concert brilliantly revived at Hill church

by Michael Caruso Unfazed by the “Blizzard of 2016,” Suzanne DuPlantis and Laura Ward, co-founders and co-directors of Lyric Fest, rescheduled the Friday, Jan. 22, date for “Biography in Music: Johannes Brahms” to Jan. 29 in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Joined by four singers and one actor, they presented a moving portrait of […]

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