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SPRINGFIELD – The GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Springfield honored five outstanding female seniors at Springfield High School this month.

Rosmy Joseph was the recipient of the Doris Monaghan Scholarship. The JWC awards this grant every other year. Other honorees include Julia Urglavich, Kiona Lac, Betsy Warwick and Lauren Campbell.

Members of the Springfield JWC enjoyed meeting the winners and their families. Founded in 1952, the GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Springfield is a nonprofit organization of diverse women from throughout Delaware County who are committed to making the community a better place.

The JWC of Springfield invites women to break out their caftans and pearls, channel the spirit of the TV show “Three’s Company” and join them, with or without Stanley, for a fun-filled day of nostalgia and flamboyant fashion in Mrs. Roper Pub Crawl on Sunday, April 28 at Downtown Media.

The event starts at Off The Rail, 109 W. State St. at 2 p.m.

New club members are always welcome. For information: www.facebook.com/groups/GFWCjuniorwomanofspringfield.

DCCC’s Return to Learn Week from May 14 to 16 offers learning, fun and community for older adults

Delaware County Community College will hold its 39th annual Return to Learn Week, formerly Elder Week, May 14-16, during which community members ages 55 and older can learn new skills, make new friends and immerse themselves in new topics in specially designed mini-lessons at the university’s Marple Campus, 901 S. Media Line Road, Media.

Students will find courses such as astronomy and astrochemistry, landscape design, contemporary short stories, line dancing, acrylic painting, film history and much more. Participants can also learn practical skills such as carpentry, healthy cooking and managing income and expenses during retirement.

Registration costs $130 for all three days, or $115 for two days, which includes eight workshops, continental breakfast and lunch.

Most classes and activities will take place in the university’s modern, bright STEM center, which is conveniently located next to the parking lots and easily accessible. To register and learn more, visit http://dccc.edu/elder-week.

Pre-registration is necessary and limited. Classes and workshops are filled on a first come, first registered basis. The preferred form of registration and payment is by telephone by credit card at 610-359-5025.

The registration deadline is May 10. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by May 10th. The college cannot guarantee class placement, but will do its best to enroll registrants in the classes they prefer. Placement takes place on the basis of continuous registration.

Jacob Fizzano, Sarah Harris and Cody Vu are among the students selected for the PMEA All-State A Cappella Ensemblele.  The students will represent Ridley at the All-State conference in Erie.  (courtesy of RIDLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT)
Jacob Fizzano, left, Sarah Harris and Cody Vu are among the students selected for the PMEA All-State A Cappella Ensemble. The students will represent Ridley at the All-State conference in Erie. (courtesy of RIDLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT)

Ridley musicians selected to perform at the PMEA All-State Festival in Erie

Ridley High School recently announced that several of its talented musicians have been selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Festival in Erie.

These exceptional students will demonstrate their musical prowess and represent Ridley.

The PMEA All-State Festival is a pinnacle of musical excellence, bringing together the best student musicians from across the state. Ridley said this is the largest number of students ever selected to participate in this event, highlighting the musical talent nurtured within the halls.

The selected students will have the honor of performing in front of conference participants, music educators and esteemed physicians, providing a unique platform to share their passion for music and demonstrate their dedication to their profession.

Here are the selected Ridley students:

All-State Jazz Band: James McKinney

All-State A Cappella Ensemble: Sarah Harris, Jacob Fizzano and Cody Vu

Modern band show: Tommy Castagna, Jeremy Leafey, James McKinney and Cole Steiner

All-State Concert Band: Sean Buchanan and Claire Yenchik.

Tyler Arboretum invites the public to its annual plant sale

Tyler Arboretum will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 every day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free plant sale takes place outside, rain or shine, and has the largest selection of plants yet.

Garden experts are on hand to provide advice on plant selection, planting and care tips and the best types of companion plants. Shoppers can purposefully explore the diverse selection of plants, carefully chosen for the benefit of birds, pollinators and people.

The plant sale’s large selection offers something for every budget and taste, including trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables.

The fundraiser helps care for Tyler Arboretum’s valuable natural areas, trails and gardens. More details can be found at: https://tylerarboretum.org/plant-sale.

Smithbridge Road bridge is reopening after nine months of closure

State Representative Craig Williams (R-160) announced the reopening of the Smithbridge Road bridge yesterday, April 19. The reopening marked the completion of reconstruction of the nearly 100-year-old bridge that is vital to the communities of Bethel, Concord and Garnet Valley. .

The bridge is essential to connect residents to Route 202 and major educational institutions such as Garnet Valley High School and Middle School.

It was closed for urgent repairs in July 2023 after inspections revealed critical deterioration.

Before the bridge closure, there were almost 8,000 drive-overs.

Williams worked with PennDOT to expedite land use permits, township improvements and expedited bidding for the contractors. Even with the accelerated schedule, the bridge still opened a day earlier than planned.

“Most who check our social media updates or read our weekly email updates don’t know how much coordination was happening in the background or how hard our contractors worked through difficult weather this winter,” Williams said. “I hope everyone finds a moment to thank you to RoadCon Inc. and their subcontractors. I am also grateful that PennDOT was willing to meet with me weekly for updates and openly receive my challenges from it, especially when things were difficult in the beginning. They were real partners. And finally, thank you for the patience of our community who have had to endure this inconvenience. Living near the bridge myself, I know how disruptive this was to our families and businesses.”

The area where the bridge is located has seen the most rain since 1912. The storms cost the construction crew 16 days of work.

The project was made possible by the hardworking teams of PennDOT engineers in District 6 and the dedicated contractors who prioritized this project under challenging conditions.

Residents and local businesses have been eagerly awaiting the reopening for several months, which promises to restore and improve access to essential services and facilities, strengthening community ties and economic activity in the area.

The ceremony included remarks from Williams, state Sen. John Kane, Concord Township Council Chairman Dominic Pileggi and president of Road-Con Inc. Al Hoffman.

Singer Anne Hills will perform at the Lansdowne Folk Club in May.  (courtesy of IRENE YOUNG)
Singer Anne Hills will perform at the Lansdowne Folk Club in May. (courtesy of IRENE YOUNG)

Lansdowne Folk Club announces May’s guest

The attending Lansdowne Folk Club presents singer, actress, writer and musician Anne Hills at 7:30 PM on Thursday, May 16 at the Twentieth Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne. The doors open at 7:00 PM

Tickets cost $20 if purchased in advance online or with an advanced telephone reservation, and $25 without advance reservation.

For reservations, parking information, ticket presales and more information, visit https://folkclub.org, email [email protected] or call 484-466-6213. Only cash and checks are accepted at the door.

Anne Hills is a beloved voice of the contemporary folk music scene, receiving awards and recognition for her live performances, her unique solo and collaborative recording projects, and her overall artistic and benefit work.

Her song “Follow That Road” was the title cut of the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter Retreat and has been a certified folk classic since the late 1990s. Hills tours extensively and wins over audiences with her warm, lively and humorous performances. More information about Anne can be found at http://www.annehills.com.

Other upcoming concerts include Roy Book Binder on June 6, Marc Douglas Berardo and Walt Wilkins on September 26, Grace Morrison on October 24, Craig Bickhardt and Jesse Terry on November 21, and Carla Ulbrich on December 5.

Founded in 1993, the Lansdowne Folk Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to presenting folk, acoustic and blues music.

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