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Contents: Who to Call? ..........................................................3 Community Events ...............................................4 Household Hazardous Waste Collection ............6 Curb My Clutter..................................................8-9 Septic Systems In Pennsylvania .......................10 Spring Storms & Power Outages ......................12 Familiar Landscape Pests..................................13 Stormwater Management ...................................14 Chanticleer In Spring..........................................18 Jenkins Arboretum Announces Retirement .....20 Library News .......................................................22 Parenting Corner.................................................24 Senior Lifestyles .................................................26 Tali Guy’s Recipe Page.......................................28 Health Corner: Colon & Rectal Cancer .............29 This publication is an effort to keep the community informed with what is actually happening in your area. For future editions, I welcome your thoughts on topics that affect the community. I'd be happy to publish your opinions on any relevant topics. Do you have an event that you'd like to publicize? Let me know, and I'll do my best to incorporate your event into the newsletter. This is your community. This is your home. Use this publication to share your thoughts and ideas with your neighbors. Are you ready to get involved in your community? Looking forward to the warmth and colors of Spring.

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Area Contact Information Fire and Ambulance Emergency Phone: 9-1-1

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Radnor Fire Company Non-Emergency Phone: 610-687-3245

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Cruise on in for the 7th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show in Downtown Wayne! Come out to see all of the antique, classic, and custom cars and motorcycles on North Wayne and West Avenues along with entertainment, food, prizes, and more for the whole family! Participate in the pulled pork contest & pizza contest to help us determine the best of the best!

This event is FREE to attend! Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Registration for Vehicles, and Vendors can be found at Call or email: 610-688-5600

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Curb My Clutter As the community moves toward becoming more sustainable, it is important to look at all types of waste that is discarded into landfills. One often overlooked item is used clothing. There is currently a market in which unwanted textiles can be repurposed and resold, which helps create less waste and puts money back into the community. CURB MY CLUTTER (CMC) is a company that works with residents to make recycling of clothing and electronics easy by requesting pick-up at their homes via text message.

Pilot programs may be offered to Townships. Participation in a pilot program may not require any cost from the Township but would yield higher recycling tonnage, and, therefore, higher grant returns from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as percentage revenue share from materials salvaged by the company. CMC is offered in 65,000 households in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, conducting 12month pilot programs where they offer a turnkey process including handling all customer service, curbside collection of clothing and electronics and community engagement to drive results.

Easier Recycling for Everyone CURB MY CLUTTER enables haulers and municipalities to conveniently communicate with customers to collect and recycle clothing and electronics. The product images submitted by users enable CMC to identify the highest value markets while avoiding the cost of holding inventory. CMC has relationships with the largest and the most innovative markets for recycling, refurbishment, and resale. The advantages for the residents of Townships who use Curb My Clutter nclude: Recycling in the palm of your hand. Text your name and address. Send photos of clothing and electronic items to be recycled. Confirm collection appointment. No need to haul recycling to an event or other location. Solving a Specific Waste Problem The disposal of used clothing and electronics has become a major cost burden and environmental hazard. Used electronics and apparel represent 10% of the waste stream. Municipalities in the U.S. spend over $500m annually landfilling used electronics and apparel. Improper disposal of used electronics is a major environmental hazard. The used electronics and apparel currently landfilled is worth billions of dollars annually in the recycling and refurbishment market.

CURB MY CLUTTER enables haulers and municipalities to conveniently communicate with customers via text to collect and recycle clothing and electronics

Frequently Asked Questions Using Curb My Clutter

What if I cannot text? You can simply call the “text” number assigned to your community and leave a voice mail message. A CMC agent will contact you and register your collection over the phone. If I can't take pictures can I still schedule a collection? You can still set up a collection without pictures. The value of being able to provide pictures make you eligible for valuable rewards. Why do I need to take pictures of my items? Having images of your items prior to collection enables us to optimize our collection routes and sorting post collection. That is how we reduce the cost to operate the program, enabling us to collect most items at no charge and offer you rewards for recycling.


Why do you ask me if I want CMC to ring my doorbell? Some items such as computers, phones, and tablets may contain confidential information. If you prefer to have those items collected at your door by a CMC representative, then we will ring your doorbell to personally collect those items to assure that the data is wiped. I am outside the current service area; how do I get Curb My Clutter in my community? We'd be happy to help, but we need your help first. Please contact your municipal leaders and ask them to consider bringing Curb My Clutter to your community.


How do I get rewarded? After collection occurs, your appointment number is activated for rewards redemption and you will be sent instructions on how to redeem on line.


Why does it matter if I recycle clothing? It may be hard to believe but 85% of all clothing is currently sent to landfill at a major cost to taxpayers. It's very important for our environment and our economy that these resources are not wasted by ending their life in a landfill or incinerator. Curb My Clutter is focused on finding new purposes for these products. What happens to my recycled clothing? A large percentage of used clothing continues to be worn either in the US or abroad. Some used clothing is remanufactured into new clothing or products such as specialty wipers (rags) for industry or insulation. Clothing has superior sound dampening properties and can be found in many cars today. 8

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Curb My Clutter Will you take my towels and bedsheets? Yes! Towels and bedsheets are acceptable items. I'm moving. Can you accept my old rugs, carpets, furniture and mattresses? These items are not accepted. If I have bags of clothing, what should I take pictures of? Please take a picture of any item that is new or like new, women's or men's business suits or sport coats, outdoor apparel (such as Patagonia, North Face, Columbia Sportswear), dress shirts, winter coats, jackets, sweaters, jeans, and sneakers. Items such as t-shirts, socks, underwear, sheets and towels should go in the bag without a picture.

What are acceptable electronics? Desktop or personal computers, tablets, computer monitors, printers, fax machines, televisions, cell phones, audio and video equipment, gaming consoles, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, mice, pc speakers, VCR, DVD, blue ray, laser disk and CD players, mp3 players, iPods, and portable radios. Will you take my refrigerator, stove, air conditioner or dehumidifier? Sorry, these items are not acceptable for collection by CMC. What happens to my electronics? Used electronics can be de-manufactured and sold for parts or scrap. Some electronics can be re-conditioned and sold.

Can I get a tax write off for items collected by Curb My Clutter? Curb My Clutter is a service provided by your municipality and is not eligible for tax deductions.

What are the fees? Standard television and CRT monitor - $35 per unit. Rear projection television, extralarge CRT television, or wood cabinet television - $100 per unit.


Why is there a fee for some TVs and Monitors? Some TVs and monitors are a challenge to recycle when they contain a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT). These devices contain hazardous materials and disposal is extremely expensive. We must charge a convenience fee for their collection.

Why do I need to recycle my electronics? In many states, it's the law! In some states, electronics are prohibited from being disposed in a landfill or incinerator. Electronics can include desktop or personal computers, tablets, computer monitors, desktop printers, desktop fax machines, or televisions.

How do I pay for my TVs? CMC has a secure account with Square to process credit card payments. After you schedule your collection, you will be sent a link to pay for your CRT TV or computer monitor in advance. Your card will only be charged after the collection is complete. Why is my rear projection TV or wooden cabinet TV more expensive to recycle than a standard size TV? Their size and weight make them harder to handle. What happens to the information I provide to Curb My Clutter? Customer privacy is important to us. We have our Privacy Statement available at My computers have personal information on them, how do I know they will be handled properly? CMC only uses responsible vendors who destroy personal information prior to scrapping or repurposing any device. Our professional staff controls the devices until they are securely delivered to certified electronics recycling companies. If you have questions about programs between Townships and Curb My Clutter, please visit Let your Township know that you want to Curb My Clutter!

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The Ins and Outs of Septic Systems in Pennsylvania

About 26 percent of Pennsylvania households rely on a septic system located on their property to treat their sewage. Most of these homes also have a private well for their drinking water. If you use a septic system, be septic smart! If you understand how your system works and how to maintain it, you will: protect your drinking water supply and your health; ensure your system's longevityand avoid paying thousands for a new system; protect your property value; and help protect Pennsylvania's groundwater, streams, rivers, and lakes. Because of Pennsylvania's geology, soils, land development patterns, and aging septic systems, there's a risk of substandard septic systems contaminating our groundwater and surface watersour streams, rivers, and lakes. When surface waters are contaminated with viruses and bacteria from sewage, swimmers are at increased risk of contracting eye and ear infections, acute gastrointestinal illness, hepatitis, or other infectious diseases. When groundwater is contaminated, it may pollute your own and others' drinking water supply and spread disease in people and animals. Did you know viruses can survive in groundwater for more than a year? In 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reported that septic system failure was implicated in 202 impaired stream miles and 3,304 impacted lake acres in Pennsylvania. Here are the ins and outs of septic system maintenance to protect your health, your budget, and Pennsylvania's waters. Who Has Oversight of Your Septic System? In Pennsylvania, local municipalities (for example, boroughs and townships) are responsible for making sure that private septic systems of 10,000 gallons or less meet DEP requirements. Any time you have questions about an existing septic system or installation of a new system on your property, you should first call your local government office. Many municipalities have a local Sewage Enforcement Officer, who properly sites, permits, and inspects the installation of all septic systems to ensure they meet requirements.

Soil Is Your Best Friend: How Your Septic System Operates Your household sends into your septic system not only human waste, but also all other liquid wastesbath water, kitchen and bathroom sink water, laundry water, and water softener backwash. So, here's what happens underground when you flush, do laundry, or use the sink or tub: The heavier solid matter settles to the bottom of the septic tank, where microorganisms feed on the waste and break it down. Lighter fats, oils, and greases float to the top of the tank, forming a scum that may eventually break down or be skimmed during system maintenance. The liquid that remains is still sewage. As it exits the tank, it contains disease-causing bacteria and viruses, as well as other contaminants. Another treatment step is needed before the sewage reaches the groundwater or surface water. The sewage flows through a pipe to a bed of gravel or other aggregate, called a drainfield. Here, it's dispersed to percolate through the soil for further treatment by microbes. Because of its filtering ability and the microbes it contains, soil is the most important part of a septic system! It is the critical barrier between partially treated sewage and groundwater and surface waters. The type of septic system you can have depends on many factorssoil depth to bedrock or groundwater, how quickly or slowly the water moves through the soil, and the soil type and texture, just to name a few. A general rule of thumb is that the site needs at least 20 inches of good soil. Keep Things Moving Underground The average lifespan of a septic system is estimated at 15 to 40 years, but it may last longer if properly maintained. Just like changing the oil in your car, maintaining your septic system extends its life for a small cost compared to the expense of installing a new system, which typically runs $15,000 or more.

Think at the sink, and don't overload the commode. Consider what you put down your sink and toilet. Limit the use of your garbage disposal. Avoid using common household items that can clog your system or kill the microbes underground that you need to treat the wastewater. “System Cloggers” -- diapers, baby wipes (even ones marketed as “flushable”), cat litter, cigarettes, coffee grounds, fats, grease, solids, feminine hygiene products and prophylactic devices. “Treatment Killers” -- household chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides, antifreeze, paint, and high amounts of anti-bacterial soaps and detergents. Don't strain your drain. The less water you use, the less your septic system has to work. Stagger the use of water-based appliances, use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, and repair any leaks in your home. Shield your field. Keep anything heavier than your lawnmower off your drainfield. Divert rain and surface water away from it. Plant trees and bushes away from the drainfield, since roots can clog the field and cause the system to fail. Your local garden center will be able to tell you the likely length of tree and shrub roots. Protect it and inspect it. According to Pennsylvania regulations, solids should be pumped out of the septic tank every three years, or when an inspection shows the tank is more than one-third filled with solids or scum. An inspector will also check that electrical float switches, pumps, and mechanical components are all operating correctly. Your local sewage management program may have more stringent requirements for inspections and pumping. Call the Sewage Enforcement Officer at your local government office for more information. Be aware of the following warning signs of a malfunctioning septic system: 1. Wastewater backing up or gurgling into household drains. 2. A strong odor or black ooze around the septic tank or drainfield. 3. Bright green grass or spongy conditions appearing on or near your drainfield. If your system is malfunctioning, call your local Sewage Enforcement Officer immediately. The sooner you act, the less pollution will occur and the lower the cost of repair work. With proper operation and

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Be Prepared For Spring Storms & Power Outages We would like to remind the public to be Q: My basement flooded and there is prepared for spring storms and power standing water. Is it safe to go down outages. Storms can cause electrical safety there? hazards on your property. Lightning, downed A: Never step into a flooded basement or power lines, standing water and power building if water is covering outlets, outages are just a few serious safety appliances or cords. Never touch electric concerns. To protect your family, follow appliances, wires or cords while you are these safety tips: wet or standing in water. Never turn off power at the breaker box if you must Q: What should I do if I'm caught outside stand in water to do so. Contact the during a lightning storm? electric company to shut power off at the meter. A: Lightning strikes tall targets, so move to a low point and crouch down. Stay away from trees. Avoid metal objects (bats, golf Q: I bought a portable generator to be clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, tools, prepared for the next power outage. Can ladders). And stay away from water I plug it into an outlet? (pools, lakes, puddles). A: Do not connect generator to an outlet or home wiring unless a transfer switch has Q: Am I safer in or out of my car during a been installed by a licensed electrician. lightning storm? Without a transfer switch, electricity can backfeed through the home to power A: You are safer in your car. Do not leave your lines, creating an electrocution hazard for vehicle during a thunderstorm. linemen making repairs. Also, never operate a generator inside; this can result Q: What should I do if I encounter a downed in carbon monoxide poisoning. power line? A: Stay away from all downed power lines, and do not drive over downed power lines. If you are standing near a line that falls down, shuffle away keeping both feet together and on the ground. If you are in a car near downed power lines, do not get out of the vehicle.







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Recognizing Familiar Landscape Pests Spring at last!

As the temperatures begin to rise and we enjoy more time outdoors, it is important to be aware of several issues in the landscape. As several familiar pests continued their march across the Main Line in 2018, a new disease popped up late in the season which has the potential to impact the vast majority of residential landscapes in our area.

Boxwood Blight

Boxwoods throughout the region were affected by Boxwood Blight late in 2018. Boxwood Blight is a fungal disease first discovered in the Europe in the mid-90's and confirmed in Connecticut in 2011. This introduced fungus affects all species of boxwood. It can additionally affect two of the most commonly planted ground covers pachysandra and sarcococca. The disease is spread by fungal spores which develop under warm and moist conditions. Irrigation, rain, landscape tools, people and pets can all aid in the rapid spread of spores throughout a landscape. Dark brown leaf spots, black cankers on stems, and

rapid defoliation from the base of the plant upward are three characteristic symptoms of Boxwood Blight. An ISA Certified Arborist can help definitively identify boxwood blight on your property and make recommendations for the treatment or replacement options of your remaining plants.

weakened and breaks apart very easily as it dies. This creates a safety hazard not just for you and your property, but also the arborist removing the tree. Contact an ISA Certified Arborist to determine the safest and most effective way to remove a dead ash tree from your property.

Spotted Lanternfly

Over the next several years most homes and neighborhoods will be affected by one or more of these pests so action should be taken to inform yourself. Thoughtful foresight and a management plan developed with an ISA Certified Arborist can help ease the burden and limit the impact on your trees and landscape.

Spotted Lanternfly continued its progression through the Main Line community last season. Adults emerge in July and persist through fall. Their large numbers and social habit make them a nuisance in the landscape. As the pests feed, they excrete a sugary “honey dew” which subsequently attracts wasps and bees to the area. Control of Spotted Lanternfly is best achieved over winter by destroying egg masses on trees. Further control can be gained during the growing season as the pest feeds on trees.

Emerald Ash Borer

EAB is quickly killing untreated ash trees in our neighborhood in great numbers. The telltale signs are all around us. Woodpeckers peel layers of bark off infested trees while foraging for EAB larvae. This “flecking” reveals blonde bark beneath. Ash trees infested with EAB are considerably dangerous. Ash becomes structurally

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Stormwater Management Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are shallow, planted depressions that are designed to absorb water from your roof, allowing it to drain directly into the soil. Typically, a downspout from your home is diverted toward the rain garden. This can prevent hundreds of gallons per year from entering the stormwater system. Rain gardens are one of the most cost effective ways to manage stormwater runoff and can be a beautiful addition to your existing landscape design.

Rain Gardens Tips Check your soil first! Rain gardens require well-draining soil. Rain gardens must be planted at least 10 feet from any below-ground basement. Rain gardens can be designed to suit your landscaping preferences by using a variety of native, perennial plant species. This is not a vegetable or herb garden. Rain gardens are designed to absorb stormwater and filter out pollutants—not for growing food. Source: Philadelphia Water ¡ HSH v1.0


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Chanticleer, A Pleasure Garden In Spring Spring is atmospheric at Chanticleer in Wayne. From cherry petals blowing in the wind like falling snow, to birdsong filling the air there is no denying the sensation of life springing forth from the fertile ground. With the onset of warmer temperatures, trees begin to unfurl their leaves, bulbs and fiddleheads push up through garden beds and lawns, and gardeners begin the work of tending the garden for the season. Visitors who arrive in spring months will enjoy both brisk walks through the garden to see seasonal displays, as well as the chance to sit and absorb the peaceful surroundings of a garden awakening from a long winter's rest. Spring is personified in a five-acre woodland garden which features a wide range of native plants and spring ephemerals. The garden is named for the creek that runs through it, Bell's Run, and has been a living laboratory for growing unusual specimen plants that emerge in spring and fade with the rising daytime temperatures of summer. Favorite specimens that can be viewed only in spring are a number of Trillium species, Woodland poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), and Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica). The delicate blooms of the Quaker ladies (Houstonia caerulea) are abundant alongside freshgreen moss which is carefully weeded and kept free of debris. For gardeners with deep shade and dry soil, where it is difficult to grow plants - spring ephemerals can be an excellent solution.

Flowering trees are an important and sometimes overlooked part of the garden palette. Defined as flowering trees less than 40-feet tall, these plants make spectacular statements, accents, and specimen trees in the landscape. Many fine examples can be viewed in the Orchard Lawn at Chanticleer. Formerly a functional apple orchard which supplied the Rosengartens with fall fruit, was replaced with disease-resistant flowering crabapples (Malus 'David' & M. 'Indian Summer' are two favorite specimens) and cherries. In early spring months, these flowering trees bloom in concert with thousands of pale-yellow daffodils, which create large drifts and nod in the wind. A selection of chairs are nestled in the Orchard Lawn, inviting visitors to step into the painterly landscape.

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they often times shed the responsibilities they are beholden to and feel invited to enter a world of creativity, texture, color, and movement. From creative bed edging, to reliable groundcovers, Chanticleer is a font of ideas for avid and amateur gardeners alike. The staff welcomes visitors to visit often, observe the garden through each season, and ask questions when you see someone tending an area. Flowering cherries bloom at the Gravel Circle. Photo by Lisa Roper

Chanticleer can be a place of respite and relief from the pressures of the outside world. As soon as guests enter the gate,

Bell’s Woodland is glimpsed over a planting of Mertensia virginica and yellow Stylophorum diphyllum, the wood poppy. Photo by Lisa Roper

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Title An Era Comes to a Close: Harold Sweetman Announces Plan to Retire as Executive Director - Spring 2019

endowment will ensure Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens will be a public garden for many generations to come. Forever Jenkins - Endow an Acre Campaign is currently 67% ($13.4 million) toward the goal of $20 million by the year 2020. Help us honor Harold by contributing to the fund. Reaching the endowment goal of $20 million by 2020 will fulfill his vision. Many people are unaware that Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins left in trust a modest $600,000 and there were no gardens - only undisturbed woodlands. The gardens and the endowment have grown dramatically over the years thanks to the wonderful generosity of individuals and foundations that truly recognize the importance of preserving Jenkins will grow in the future.

From 1974 to 2019, there has always been a Director with the Sweetman name at Jenkins Arboretum. Leonard Sweetman was hired by the trustee at that time to begin the initial plantings even before opening to the public in 1976. As the only full-time gardening director, Leonard worked tirelessly for the last 12 years of his life in growing a public garden for the future, yet one he would never have the opportunity to enjoy in his retirement. Leonard dedicated the last months of his life to helping his son, Harold Sweetman, transition as the next garden director. Leonard died suddenly from a stroke the week following his full retirement in 1986. Harold, like his father, was the only full-time staff/gardener until 1999. Harold Sweetman, over the past 32 years, has continued planting with each growing season. In addition to growing the gardens, he grew a staff of dedicated horticulturists. Maggie Knapp was the very first full-time gardener in 1999, followed by remarkable Hamilton Educational Fellows, including Steve Wright, Director of Horticulture and Maddison Paule, current Head Horticulturist. With the gardens flourishing and the resulting increased visitation, the John J. Willaman Education Center opened in 2009. Behind the scenes, Janice Legg, Administrator, and Janet Bauman, Development Director, also became fulltime staff in 2009. Also behind the scenes for 25 years has been a governing Board of Directors composed of talented community leaders, professionals, and horticultural enthusiasts. With the Forever Jenkins - Endow an Acre Endowment Campaign well underway and approaching the $20 million goal, hopefully by 2020, it seemed time to make way for a new director. Undoubtedly the new Executive Director and passionate gardeners, staff, and community members all dedicated to the special mission of Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens will ensure that Jenkins will continue to flourish and be a vibrant public garden “Forever”. Help Honor the Retirement of the Executive Director Please Give to the Fund in Honor of Harold and Christine Sweetman The permanent endowment has many named funds that are recognized in all Newsletter/Annual Report publications. Past president of the Jenkins board, Karla Herr, and her late husband Phil, have been generous supporters for many years and it was their desire to establish the Fund in Honor of Harold and Christine Sweetman. Funds in the


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Please help Jenkins reach our goal by contributing to the Fund in Honor of Harold and Christine Sweetman or by creating another named fund in someone else's honor. If financially supporting this campaign at this time is not possible, please consider making a pledge or planned gift in the future by including Jenkins in your will. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

Harold Sweetman Receives National Award

At this year's Annual Conference of the American Public Gardens Association, Harold Sweetman was awarded one of the Association's most prestigious honors. The Award of Merit recognizes an American Public Gardens Association member who has performed with distinction in the field of public horticulture and has excelled as a public garden professional at one or more institutions. The recipient's accomplishments encompass some combination of botany, horticulture, conservation, gardening, research, extension, education, development, or administration. It could be considered a lifetime achievement award, as it is intended to be given to an individual during the mid-to-latter part of an illustrious career.

This is an incredible achievement and recognizes more than 30 years of hard work, perseverance and dedication to the field of horticulture. For Harold to have done it all at one place makes it even more impressive. Born in Las Animas, Colorado, Harold Sweetman moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 8. The boyhood experience of growing up on a small farm where his family grew cash crops, ran a nursery and greenhouse, as well as florist business, may have influenced his future career path. He attended the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University. He then returned to Pennsylvania in 1986 to assume responsibility for the development of the newly established Jenkins Arboretum from his father, Leonard Sweetman, its first director. Hired

as an independent contractor by the trustee, he remained its sole full-time employee until 1999, assuming all responsibility of maintaining and promoting a small public garden on the Main Line of the Philadelphia suburbs. The Philadelphia area is now recognized as “America's Garden Capital”. Jenkins was the only public garden in the area conceived and developed where no built landscape previously existed. Concentrating on ericaceous plants, which were uniquely suited to the highly acidic, well-drained soils of the site, Harold worked to increase the plant collections and expanded them to include other native plant species with the concept that Jenkins Arboretum should showcase the diversity of Eastern North American native flora. The existing undisturbed native woodlands were ideal for creating a naturalistic landscape design. Because of the limitations of a modest $600,000 trust established at the Arboretum's inception, Harold created a Friends group to help with funding, maintaining, and growing the garden, all the while insuring free admission to the garden, which is open 365 days a year. Over time, this Friends group ultimately assumed governance of the Arboretum, opening the possibility of membership and today there are close to 1,000 loyal member households. Harold's goal was to provide a place of peace, beauty, and tranquility in a busy Main Line corridor as well as to educate the public about native flora, especially ericaceous plants, with the hopes that many of these plants could be incorporated into area gardens. Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens has been recognized by the Plant Collections Network of the APGA for both Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel Collections. To that end, he has made several trips to the Himalayas of China and India on plant expeditions, as well as attending many horticultural conferences around the country. In addition, he has given countless lectures and informational workshops to local garden clubs and community groups, all with the aim of promoting the garden and its collections. Dr. Sweetman has managed to expand the gardens, now working with a dedicated staff of seven, three full time in administration, four full time horticulturists, including two endowed Hamilton Fellowships, several part-time staff, and a core group of dedicated volunteers. Successful capital campaigns led to building a new LEED Gold certified John J. Willaman Education Center in 2009 extending the scope of the gardens to highlight local artists through gallery exhibitions and garden clubs, as well as four plant society flower shows and public plant sales. Harold has worked tirelessly to promote the Arboretum & Gardens as a “jewel” in the community and to compliment rather than compete with the larger public gardens. This newsletter seemed the perfect time to announce Harold's retirement. The garden has been his life's work and once the Forever Jenkins Endowment Campaign is complete, the garden will be secure and his work done.

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Parenting Corner Dear Parent: This is the letter that I wish I could write. This fight we are in right now. I need it. I need this fight. I can't tell you this because I don't have the language for it and it wouldn't make sense anyway. But I need this fight. Badly. I need to hate you right now and I need you to survive it. I need you to survive my hating you and you hating me. I need this fight even though I hate it too. It doesn't matter what this fight is even about: curfew, homework, laundry, my messy room, going out, staying in, leaving, not leaving, boyfriend, girlfriend, no friends, bad friends. It doesn't matter. I need to fight you on it and I need you to fight me back. I desperately need you to hold the other end of the rope. To hang on tightly while I thrash on the other endwhile I find the handholds and footholds in this new world I feel like I am in. I used to know who I was, who you were, who we were. But right now I don't. Right now I am looking for my edges and I can sometimes only find them when I am pulling on you. When I push everything I used to know to its edge. Then I feel like I exist and for a minute I can breathe. I know you long for the sweeter kid that I was. I know this because I long for that kid too, and some of that longing is what is so painful for me right now. I need this fight and I need to see that no matter how bad or big my feelings are they


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won't destroy you or me. I need you to love me even at my worst, even when it looks like I don't love you. I need you to love yourself and me for the both of us right now. I know it sucks to be disliked and labeled the bad guy. I feel the same way on the inside, but I need you to tolerate it and get other grownups to help you. Because I can't right now. If you want to get all of your grown up friends together and have a 'surviving-your-teenager-supportgroup-rage-fest' that's fine with me. Or talk about me behind my back--I don't care. Just don't give up on me. Don't give up on this fight. I need it. This is the fight that will teach me that my shadow is not bigger than my light. This is the fight that will teach me that bad feelings don't mean the end of a relationship. This is the fight that will teach me how to listen to myself, even when it might disappoint others. And this particular fight will end. Like any storm, it will blow over. And I will forget and you will forget. And then it will come back. And I will need you to hang on to the rope again. I will need this over and over for years. I know there is nothing inherently satisfying in this job for you. I know I will likely never thank you for it or even acknowledge your side of it. In fact I will probably criticize you

for all this hard work. It will seem like nothing you do will be enough. And yet, I am relying entirely on your ability to stay in this fight. No matter how much I argue. No matter how much I sulk. No matter how silent I get. Please hang on to the other end of the rope. And know that you are doing the most important job that anyone could possibly be doing for me right now. Love, Your Teenager by Gretchen Schmelzer, author Journey Through Trauma parent-corner-the-letter-your-teenager-cant-write-you

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Senior Lifestyles Surrey launches Weekend Respite Care Program Surrey's Weekend Respite Care Program gives caregivers time away to reduce stress and refresh energy. For participants, it provides a program of activities, music, gentle exercise, hobbies and meals to help them stay socially connected and engaged.

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Caregiving family members may drop their loved one off at Surrey for a day filled with activities. The program is staffed by Surrey's professional and attentive home care staff. The first step to enroll is a free assessment conducted by a Surrey staff member. This is necessary even if the individual has received services from Surrey in the past.

Scheduling the Weekend The Weekend Respite Care program will be offered for a daily fee two weekends per month, from 10 am to 3 pm. Clients will be able to schedule the days they would like to participate during the assessment meeting. Transportation may be available for an additional cost. Call Surrey Home Care at 610-647-9840 to schedule. “I had not left my husband alone outside our home in five years. He had a great time at Surrey and even tried chair yoga.”

The assessment is a critical component for optimal care. During this process our staff will collect all necessary medical and contact information. More importantly, this is also when we discuss the client's interests, hobbies, preferences and more. Individuals' needs will be incorporated in a personalized care plan to ensure they are engaged and comfortable. For example, one client likes a certain type of puzzle, another wanted to participate in a music program. Participants will have a choice of activities to participate in each day. Snacks and meals are included as part of the daily schedule.

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Remain Safe And Independent At Home What you can DO to remain safe and independent in your own home! There are home modifications that can be done now so you can be ready to enjoy this beautiful time of year. If you have mobility challenges or just want to stay safe and independent in own home, there is technology and products that can make life easily accessible. Today there are many amazing solutions that will make your home accessible, beautiful and safe.

Make an Entryway Accessible

Install a modular ramp for entry to a front, back, or side door. This will eliminate stairs for individuals who have mobility challenges or are in a wheelchair a scooter. A modular steel ramp can be assembled in one day, is removable and reusable, fireproof, slip resistant, and has handrails.

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Many falls and slips happen in the bathroom. A few easy modifications will allow you to avoid hazards that could cause accidents. Install a ADA compliant shower, sink, or toilet. Strategically place grab bars in the shower or next to a toilet for stability in a wet and slippery environment. Widen the doorways and hallways to accommodate walkers, scooters or wheelchairs. Add lever handles to doors, cabinets and faucets for easier opening. When you are ready to start a project, look for a company with accessibility experience, who is familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and local zoning laws. A Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) has been trained by the National Association of Home Builders on remodeling existing homes to age-in-place Take advantage of a FREE evaluation to review your needs.

When stairs become challenging, a stair lift offers a great solution. Stair lifts take you from one floor to the next with ease and are mounted with minimal changes to the stairs. Stair lifts come in varying indoor and outdoor models with an array of features such as remote control, swivel seats, battery back up, and more.

Amramp is an accessibility product and service company that serves residents throughout Radnor Township and beyond. Our goal is to help provide confidence so you can move from room to room or inside to outside with ease. Do not let a few barriers stand in the way of enjoying your home and spending time with family and friends.

Use Portable Ramps and Threshold Ramps

“My modular ramp has significantly increased my quality of life. The change in my daily life was instantaneous. Short trips to store and church were almost impossible. Now I can get in and out of the house and enjoy social and community interaction. My emotional well being has been positively affected.”

Sometimes one, two steps, or an uneven surface can become troublesome. These small areas of raised surfaces are often the biggest causes of a trip and fall accident. There are many styles of aluminum and rubber ramps that can provide a smooth transition for you to maneuver.


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Tali Guy’s Recipe Page Raspberry Curd is a real treat with its beautiful red color and rich taste. It is elegant to serve on the holidays, or on any day. Spread it on a toast or use it as a pie filling. Preparation is easy and the result is amazing. Ingredients: 1 lb of thawed frozen raspberries 3 tbs lemon juice ¾ cup sugar 2 tbs water 3 egg yokes 2 tbs cornstarch 2 tbs butter

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Cook the raspberries, lemon juice, sugar and water together until the sugar melts. Let cool to room temperature. Process in a food processor for a few seconds in order to reach a smooth texture. If you don't have a food processor you may skip this step. Transfer the mixture into a mid-size pot through a sieve. Press with a spatula to let the liquid pass and discard of the seeds. Wisk the egg yolks and the cornstarch in a separate bowl and add to the pot containing the raspberries. Cook on medium heat while continuously mixing. The mixture begins to thicken after a few minutes. Continue mixing for another minute or two until reaching the desired texture. Turn off the heat. All rights reserved to Avital Guy. Add the butter and mix well. Tali Guy was born in Israel and traveled all around the world, where she was exposed to various exotic cuisines and cultures. She enjoys cooking, baking, and Transfer the mixture into a jar or baked pie bottom. Keep in the refrigerator. entertaining family and friends. Tali and her son, Nir, own and operate

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Health Corner Colon and rectal cancer have historically affected older men and women. But a 2017 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute pointed to an increase in the number of adults in their twenties and thirties who are being diagnosed with these cancers. The research, which studied cancer rates from 1974-2013, found that colon cancer rates increased from one percent to 2.4 percent annually since the mid-1980s among adults age 20-39. Among adults age 40-54, colon cancer rates rose slightly less - from .5 percent to 1.3 percent since the mid-1990s. Research also revealed that rectal cancer rates have grown more rapidly, and for a longer period of time. For the 39 years encompassed in the study, rectal cancer rates grew 3.2 percent annually for adults age 20-39. Despite new findings about who exactly is at risk, this research does not shed light on why

more young adults are being diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The literature is very unclear, but it could be due to factors like obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and processed foods. What is clear is that an overall healthy lifestyle can be to your benefit.

cancer. These are all possible signs of a colorectal polyp or cancer. Don't ignore them because you are in your twenties, thirties or forties. Let your doctor know because colorectal cancer is preventable when caught early.

You can improve your health and manage your colorectal cancer risk by taking control of these factors. Make small changes by adding fiber or a fiber supplement to your diet, limiting processed meats, exercising at least three times per week and maintaining a healthy weight.

Regular colonoscopy screenings are the best way to detect and treat cancer in its earliest stages. Many people are scared or nervous at the thought of a colonoscopy, but it's a screening that could save your life. Learn more about colorectal cancer screenings, treatments and prevention at

In addition to these measures, if you smoke, you should quit. Until further research is available on the connection between a higher incidence of colorectal cancer and young adults, everyoneregardless of age or health statusshould ask their doctor about colonoscopy screenings. Screenings should begin at age 45 but, if you have a personal or family history of the disease, you may be recommended to begin screenings at a younger age. Most importantly, all of the above recommendations are for asymptomatic screenings. Please knows that if you have signs or symptoms at any age like bleeding, changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, constipation and diarrheayou should bring it to the attention of your physician to discuss whether or not you should be screened for colorectal

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