Chestnut Hill Local disposes of bound print volumes

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Bound volumes get your own piece of Chestnut Hill historyThe Chestnut Hill Local has been published since 1958 and for decades, until about 2018, copies were bound into annual then semi annual-volumes. The Local kept a set and two other sets were maintained by the Chestnut Hill Library and the Chestnut Hill Conservancy according to Leisha Shaffer, Real Estate and Classifieds Manager. When the library experienced flood damage some years back, salvaged volumes were brought to the Local’s offices. Now it’s time to make more space.  Shaffer thought members of the community might want to retain some of these volumes as keepsakes - a little bit of history for a year that was of special note such as the year they graduated high school or got married or such. So she's been running an ad - in the classifieds, of course! The Local is now offering these history-packed editions to the public and asking for a $20 contribution for each.

Editions of the newspaper from recent years have been preserved in digital form and the Local had looked into digitizing all back issues but cost considerations and the pandemic intervened, according to Shaffer.

Your correspondent was unable to ascertain whether the Conservancy has a complete print set or what years it may make available in digitized format.

Watch video interview of news weekly's Classified Manager about disposing of old bound print volumes of the Local here.

Come volunteer! Northwest Philadelphia

Northwest Volunteer Connect

Summit Presbyterian Church in Northwest Philadelphia partnered with the East and West Mount Airy Neighbor Associations to host a “volunteer connect” event on Saturday, January 6, 2024. The format was like a job fair. Representatives from a couple dozen organizations in the community were circled about the room to discuss with potential volunteers ways they can get involved. In the accompanying video, representatives from the following organizations answer your correspondent’s question “What kind of help are you looking for?”

Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels
East Mt. Airy Neighbors
Food Moxie
Friends of the Wissahickon
Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
C.W.Henry School PTA
Hosts for Hospitals
Mt. Airy Tree Tenders/Germantown Tree Tenders
Northwest Mutual Aid Collective
Pathways to Housing
Stenton Manor
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Urban Resources Development Corp.
Welcoming Homes
Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley
Woodmere Art Museum
Wyck House and Garden
Yes! And...Collaborative Arts
Quintessence Theatre

Regrettably, your correspondent didn’t get a chance to speak with Whosoever Gospel Mission or Cliveden

View more photos of the volunteer event here.

View video snapshots about the organizations in the Volunteers playlist.

Sojourn in Denmark brings surprises and delights

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Your correspondent and his spouse spent a wonderful two weeks in Denmark in May, most of it on a "workaway" vacation with a lovely family in the countryside near Gjøl, a small town on the northern coast of the Limfjord on the peninsula of northern Jutland. We have had a longstanding interest in visiting Scandinavia but confess that  two years of being hooked on the Danish television political drama "Borgen" piqued our particular interest in Denmark. It was no surprise that your correspondent didn't accidentally run into Sidse Babett Knudsen who played Denmark's first female prime minister Birgitte Nyborg nor Pilou Asbæk  who played Kasper Juul, a spin doctor, in the seriews. After all, your correspondent was  painting a 200 year old stone barn across the water and quite a ways from  Borgen (the Castle) as the Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government in Copenhagen, Zeeland, is known, not that the actors who likely now have international reach would be hanging out at Borgen anyway! Politics came up  in this interview with a  Vigo  (a play on "we go"?) rideshare driver from Romania who was sympathetic with the truck drivers who were on strike and staging blockades (but not along our route to the airport for our flight back home) in a protest against government policy. But it is culture, history and nature that figure prominently into your correspondent's documentation of this beautiful, dynamic land of 6 million people, three quarters the population of New York City.  We are grateful to all our hosts, everyone who helped us find our way and all the people of Denmark. See some documentation below.



 Denmark May 2023