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Who to Call?...................................................2 Electronic Recycling Event ..........................3 Teens Are “Juuling” At School .................4-5 To-Do Project & Permits ...............................6 Restaurant Spotlight .....................................7 PA CHEMSWEEP Program For Pesticides ..8 Protecting Your Trees ...................................9 Garrett Williamson Community.............10-11 Health Corner: Heart Skips A Beat.............14 Senior Lifestyles..........................................15 Backyard Nature..........................................16 New Children’s Garden at Jenkins Arboretum...................................17 Valley Forge Park Alliance.....................18-19 Tali Guy’s Recipe: Preserved Lemons.......20 Wayne Art Center Class Schedule........21-23

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Teens Are 'Juuling' At School. Here's What That Means By Jamie Ducharme Updated: March 27, 2018 The most popular product in the booming ecigarette market doesn't look like a cigarette at all.

What do parents need to know about Juuling?

Although Juul products, like most ecigarettes, are made and marketed as smoking alternatives, the device is increasingly popping up on high school and college campuses. The term Juuling” usually refers to this recreational use.

Because of their sleek design and resemblance to USB drives, Juul products are easy for students to conceal and use in school sometimes even in the middle of class. (Juuls also produce less smoke than many similar devices, making them even more discreet.) The problem has grown widespread enough that school districts in states including Kentucky, A Juul vape. Portland Press Herald - Press Herald via Getty Images Wisconsin, California and The Juul, a trendy vape that resembles a Massachusetts have voiced their concerns flash drive and can be charged in a laptop's and, in some cases, begun amending school USB port, accounted for 33% of the epolicy to address the issue. Some college cigarette market as of late 2017, according to publications, including those at New York Wells Fargo data. The product is made for University and the University of Illinois, have and legally available only to adults 18 and also reported on the trend. older, and its “growth appears to be due to growth with the 18 to 24 year old age Ashley Gould, chief administrative officer at group,” according to a Wells Fargo report. Juul Labs, says that the product was created by two former smokers specifically and solely But in many cases, media reports suggest, to help adult smokers quit, and that the these devices are being used by kids and company has numerous anti-youth-use teenagers even younger than that - which initiatives in place because “we really don't has some parents, educators and medical want kids using our product.” Gould also professionals concerned. Each Juul cartridge notes that Juul uses age authentication - which lasts about 200 puff - shas as much systems to sell only to adults 21 and older nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. online, though most of its sales take place in Here's what to know about “Juuling,” the retail stores, where state laws may allow trend sweeping schools nationwide. anyone 18 and older to purchase the devices.

The design, she adds, was not meant to make the device easier to hide. “It was absolutely not made to look like a USB port. It was absolutely not made to look discreet, for kids to hide them in school,” Gould says. “It was made to not look like a cigarette, because when smokers stop they don't want to be reminded of cigarettes.”

Are e-cigs safe?

While e-cigarettes contain fewer toxic substances than traditional cigarettes, the CDC warns that vaping may still expose people to cancer-causing chemicals. (Different brands use different formulations, and the CDC's warning did not mention Juul specifically.)

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Teens Are 'Juuling' At School. Here's What That Means It's not clear exactly how e-cigarettes affect health because there's little long-term data on the topic, says Dr. Michael Ong, an associate professor of general internal medicine and health services at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. “We just don't have a lot of information as to what the harms potentially are going to be,” he says. “There likely would be health risks associated with it, though they're not going to be the same as a traditional cigarette.” Doctors do know, however, that each Juul pod contains nicotine equivalent to a pack of cigarettes. That's troubling, because nicotine

is “one of the most addicting substances that we know of,” Ong says. “Having access to that is certainly problematic,” Ong adds, because it may get kids hooked, which could potentially lead them to later take up cigarettes. Juul's products come in flavors including mango, fruit medley and creme brûlée - and the chemicals used to flavor vaping liquid may also be dangerous, Ong adds. “Even if the manufacturer doesn't intend it to be something that's kid-friendly, it's kidfriendly,” he says. A 2016 study suggested that these flavoring agents may also cause popcorn lung, a respiratory condition first

seen in people working in factories that make microwave popcorn.

Does Juuling help you quit smoking?

It's not yet clear. Gould acknowledges that Juul doesn't have great end-user data since its products are mostly sold in retail stores, but she says the company is actively researching the effectiveness of its devices.

Research about the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy using tools such as ecigarettes and nicotine gum is relatively inconclusive. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine even found that smokers trying to quit may actually have less success if they use e-cigarettes. “The literature has suggested that when you have nicotine replacement therapies, they work best if [people are] being advised by a professional,” Ong says. “When we provide things over the counter, we don't see the benefits of cessation that we would have expected by making it widely available, and that's probably the reason why: because people aren't actually getting professional help.” Correction: The original version of this story misstated the legal purchasing age for Juul. It is 18 in some states, not 21. The original version of this story also misstated Juul's marketing strategy. The product is marketed as a smoking alternative, not a smoking cessation tool.


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To-Do Projects & Permits Do I Need a Permit?

As the weather becomes warmer, there is a tendency to want to make our outdoor living areas more livable. Often times, we are in a rush to start our “To-Do” projects that have grown over the winter months without much of a second thought. Did you apply for and receive a permit or even know that a permit was required? A permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, any project that requires structural changes. Building permit applications are available at the Township office. Check with your Township before you make alterations to your home or business. Here are some of the improvements that require permits:

Fences or walls Structural repair or replacement Sheds, Greenhouses Fireplaces Wood deck, patio, porch Alternative Energy Systems Swimming pools, spa or hot tubs over 24 inches in depth Changes in use, home occupations, change in commercial tenants New building and additions Heating and air condition replacement or installation Roof replacement Plumbing alterations Electrical work or new installation Interior alterations Signs

Swimming Pool Owners Responsibilities to Protect Local Streams

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policy not to require permits for discharges from single resident pools provided the guidelines outlined below are followed. Please check if your municipality allows discharges to sanitary sewers. Residents and property managers who drain water from swimming pools need to be aware of ways to minimize environmental impact from pool water which contains chemicals that may be harmful to the environment.

Standing water or accumulated rain and/or pool water from the previous season should be pumped from the top so as not to disturb settled solids. Solids on the pool bottom should not be discharged. Following pump down of water, solids should be cleaned out manually. Leave the water in the pool at least one week without chlorinating prior to draining. Please test the pH and chlorine residual of the water to be discharged. Drain the pool only when a test kit indicates no detectable chlorine levels, and a pH level between 6.5 and 7.8. If your pool contains algae or a black film of organic matter, collect it and compost it. This water may also contain low dissolved oxygen or have elevated temperatures, so please discharge over a grassy area to avoid it from reaching storm drains.



Never drain pool water directly into a stream, pond, or other body of water. Pump pool water out over an open area, such as a lawn, at a rate slow enough so that is absorbed and does not reach the stream or storm drains. Avoid drainage paths that may spill water onto neighbors' properties. Properly store pool chemicals to prevent leaks and spills, and follow the instructions on labels for disposal. By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your pool will not only provide months of summer fun, but will also leave minimal pollution to our precious natural water supplies. Please Support Our Advertisers · To Advertise Call 610-265-6277

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CHEMSWEEP Program Provides Safe Pesticide Disposal

Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 19 counties across the state can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily next year through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's CHEMSWEEP program. “When pesticides outlive their usefulness, they can become a problem,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Rather than leaving them sitting in barns and back rooms as threats to human safety and our environment, we provide this service to each of Pennsylvania's counties every four years.” The program is offered in different counties each year. In 2018, it will be available in Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Franklin, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Potter, and Washington counties. More than 2.5 million pounds of unwanted or unusable pesticides have been properly

destroyed through the program since it was established in 1993. Every year, many pesticide products are discontinued, phased out or become unusable, leaving growers, commercial establishments, and professional applicators with potentially dangerous and toxic materials that cannot be placed in landfills. The unwanted pesticides often become a safety hazard and an environmental concern through long-term storage in garages, barns, or other areas.

participating location, primarily for incineration at facilities approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CHEMSWEEP covers the disposal cost for the first 2,000 pounds per participant. Above that level, participants are billed at the agriculture department's contracted price. The program is funded through annual registration fees paid by pesticide manufacturers and applicators. For more information, visit Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP Program webpage.

Licensed pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers and commercial pesticide application businesses from the designated counties are eligible to participate by completing the CHEMSWEEP registration and inventory form that will be mailed directly to eligible applicators, dealers, and businesses. The registration period ends February 28. An independent contractor hired by the state agriculture department collects and packages all waste pesticides at each

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Protecting Your Trees Emerald Ash Borer Alert

This invasive beetle is now in our area and will inevitably kill allash trees over the next few years. If you own an ash tree, ACT NOW to begin protecting it or plan to remove it. Dead and dying ash trees become very brittle and are dangerous and costly to remove. If your ash tree is healthy and a valuable part of your landscape, it can be treated with insecticide to suppress EAB. Regular treatment has been shown to save most healthy Ash trees and is cheaper than removing it. However, if you wait until you notice something is wrong with your tree, it will likely be too late.


During these winter months when the trees have no foliage, it is easier to spot the egg masses on their bark. Look for patches of 4 to 7 vertical columns of gray-brown, mud-like bumps. They are there all winter and well into early summer when the eggs within finally hatch. Beware! The spotted lanternfly also lays eggs on all kinds of smooth surfaces in yards, parks and other recreational areas. Check for egg masses on firewood, light posts, ladders, tarps, basketball backboards, plant containers, propane tanks, doors and windows, workbenches, tools, pipes, grilles, dog houses, fences, kiddie pools or any other smooth surfaces in home landscapes.


The key to controlling this pest is to be pro-active. All residents can help. Keep a lookout for the egg masses now. Even if you have only a few trees, or if you are an apartment dweller you can help spot and destroy egg masses around town. When you spot egg masses on bark or other surfaces, scrape them off into a plastic bag, empty jar or other container that you can seal securely and put into the trash. Do not leave them on the ground. If you do not have a tool or knife handy to scrape them off, use a credit card or whatever you can find that is stiff enough to pry the egg masses free from the surface they are on. Let's evict this pest before it has a chance to make itself at home.

If the tree is already unhealthy, or has defects or damage and is not a valuable part of your landscape, you should have it removed now. It is easier, safer, and less expensive to remove the tree before it dies. Consult your Township for a list of good options for replacing your lost tree. Consult an ISA certified arborist for treatment or removal options. You can find one at For more information on Emerald Ash Borer visit these sites: Neighbors Against Bad Bugs (NABB)

Spotted Lanternfly Alert

Yes, another tree pest, an invasive plant hopper called spotted lanternfly, has been sighted in our region. Although it favors one particular tree species, the Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima), it lays its egg masses in the early fall on the bark surfaces of the trunks and branches of a wide variety of trees. When the eggs hatch the following summer, the nymphs and then adults feed on as many as 25 tree species that grow in Pennsylvania.


Because of their broad appetite, spotted lanternflies present a serious threat to the forest canopy that protects our soil, moderates our weather, cleans our air, and hosts important wildlife. The adult lanternflies are actually kind of pretty. Only an inch long, they resemble a butterfly with wings that appear muted gray with black spots when they are folded at rest. In flight the wings open up to show more black spots, and contrasting patches of red and black with some white patches. Please Support Our Advertisers ¡ To Advertise Call 610-265-6277

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Preserving 240 Acres for Children at Garrett Williamson Thousands of children have run across the wide lawns, explored the woods, built, and re-built their lives in the Garrett Williamson (GW) community since the mid 1980's. That is when Garrett's Way and Camp Garrett opened their doors on this historic property. The philanthropic founder, Elizabeth Garrett, left her beautiful farm “for the support and maintenance of poor children…as many as possible…during the spring, summer, and fall months...” Carol Kaplan Ruark, the Executive Director, and her team are still fulfilling and expanding upon Mrs. Garrett's wishes over 100 years later. The non-profit now runs two award-winning programs for children: Garrett's Way Childcare and Learning Center, which serves infants 6 weeks of age through Kindergarten, and Camp Garrett, which serves youth ages 5 through 15 every summer. Maintaining the last original land preserve in Newtown Square is a challenge, but the GW staff is both resourceful and serious about their stewardship. They care deeply for the children (nearly half of whom receive scholarships), and continuously improve the facilities, all the while protecting the environment.

What inspires the staff at Garrett Williamson? Giselle Cosentino, the Director of Camp Garrett offered these thoughts: I love that you can literally see the impact we have had on 'legacy families'. We have camp staff who started at Garrett's Way, then transitioned to Camp Garrett in the summer, and are now Camp Leaders! Jordan Foxworth is a prime example of a camper who developed into a strong Summer Camp Counselor. During her interview last year, she responded brilliantly when asked: “ This can be a tough job, Jordan. You're out in nature with children all day - you get dirty and sweaty, there're bugs, snakes, and hot sun. The kids can get cranky and tired how do feel about that?” Jordan thought about it for a moment. Then she smiled and said: “Sounds like home to me.” Some stories are poignant too. Carol related a tragic situation: When I first started, I offered to help out one day in the Education Center at naptime. I was patting the back of a toddler who'd just lost his Mother to the opioid epidemic. As I soothed him to sleep, I contemplated the trauma that this child had to suffer at such a young age. I felt it was a privilege to provide a sense of normalcy, a caring environment for this child - and all children during bad times and good. A few years later, this same child lost his Dad, too - on Father's Day. His grandparents care for him, and Garrett Williamson is proud to be a supportive, stable sanctuary as well.

Garrett's Way faculty are incredibly supportive and highly skilled professionals. According to Jaye Norquist, the Child Care Director, “This team works extremely hard to tailor their programs for the needs of their students; they care for the children as if they were their own.” She elaborated: Every minute of the school day is intentional and geared to meet a goal. Compassion and understanding towards the children and among the families (through our Family Connection program) sets us apart. It's a demanding but exceedingly rewarding profession. In addition to receiving great care and a wonderful education, students and campers hike, practice team building and leadership skills, and make friends. Oh yes, and the campers work at least an hour in the garden every week! Jordan Foxworth, Junior Camp Counselor, with some of her happy campers!

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Preserving 240 Acres for Children at Garrett Williamson They work? Zoe Blickenderfer, the Farm and Garden Coordinator, explained: Being in the garden gives children an awareness of where food really comes from - how it looks when you plant seeds in the dirt, weed them, water, and pull out fully grown plants. They learn how fresh food tastes when they eat it for lunch (which we do every day in the summer) and how it compares to the food you get from the supermarket.

In Camp and Child Care, we work to develop a “culture of curiosity” about food, about the environment, about how we're all connected. Campers and students experience good, nutritious food straight from the earth and appreciate how healthy it is for all of us. Our next goal is to raise funds for a greenhouse right next to the garden so the children can be in a growing environment all year round! Garrett Williamson's team is very aware that they are guarding a priceless legacy. Until recently, there were hundreds of acres of open space in Newtown Square - but only Garrett Williamson completely preserves their founder's mission today. In addition to Garrett's Way and Camp Garrett, they rent space to several organizations, including 4-H of Delaware County. This is one of the only farm-based 4H programs in the country, which gives Garrett Williamson children the unique

Some of our kids have no idea that vegetables don't come in little bags, labeled “baby carrots.” When we grow “Petite Parisienne” carrots (which are small, round, and perfectly sized for kids) they are amazed!

Zoe Blickenderfer, Farm and Garden Program Coordinator, with GW's new Flow Hive!

opportunity to visit cattle, sheep, horses and other livestock in the original Garrett family barn, built in 1794. This unique campus provides the perfect environment for hands-on learning, and relies on the support of their community to sustain their life-changing programs. Garrett Williamson Campers welcome you to visit the Children's Farm Stand every Thursday in July between 3:30 and 5:30pm, and purchase some home grown produce! For further information, and to learn more about how you can get involved, visit Here's to another 100 years of growing at Garrett Williamson! Alex Morrison is the Marketing Coordinator at Garrett Williamson. She can be reached at or at 610.353.7690.

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Should I worry if my heart skips a beat? By: Maribel Hernandez, MD; Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologist at Lankenau Medical Center

Many of us have felt it at one time or another - a fluttering sensation in our heart, perhaps some palpitations, even a heavy pounding in our chest. What's the cause and when is there reason to be concerned?

If you begin to experience symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing or feeling like you need to faint, go directly to the emergency department or call 911. If you aren't experiencing these symptoms but you are experience repeated episodes of a fluttering heartbeat and have questions, begin by talking with your primary care physician. If you feel you're not being heard, seek an evaluation from a cardiologist or a specialist in arrhythmias.

Emotional or physical stress: These are common culprits. Physical stress could be an illness, like a viral infection, pneumonia, bronchitis or a recovery following surgery. In times of emotional stress, the body releases adrenaline, which can cause an irregular heartbeat.

If an arrhythmia is detected, numerous treatment options are available, from medications to catheter ablation procedures. Many arrhythmias can be easily cured, while some don't require any treatment at all.

Alcohol or caffeine: Excessive use of alcohol or caffeine can cause heart arrhythmias - including atrial fibrillation that can potentially lead to stroke. Excessive caffeine intake, like that from coffee or soda, can lead to rhythm problems, too.

There is good news: most people will experience these symptoms at some point in their lives and the symptoms are often brief and benign. However, the time to worry is when this feeling is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or shortness of breath.

Remember: regardless of what the outcome is, it's important to be your own advocate. If you have any concerns, seek a thorough evaluation.

Hormonal changes: For some women, changes during pregnancy or perimenopause can create heart arrhythmias.

These fluttering sensations are better known as heart arrhythmias, and there are many common causes for them. They occur when electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats do not work properly, which can cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly. Some of the most common causes of heart arrhythmias include:

When arrhythmias occur infrequently, they typically don't damage the heart. The time for concern is when arrhythmias are prolonged or cause physical symptoms. This may signal a more serious cardiac condition perhaps a leaky valve, weak heart muscle, or a problem with the electrical fibers of the heart such as atrial fibrillation or long QT syndrome.

Medical conditions: Overactive thyroid is one of the many conditions that can lead to heart rhythm problems, and it can be

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Senior Lifestyles Bob's Story: Navigating the Health Care System

Navigating the health care system can be confusing and frustrating. Surrey's Aging Life Care Managers, formerly known as Geriatric Care Managers, are professionals who work with seniors and their families to help them choose the best options to be able to live independently. The story below shows how Surrey's care managers crafted a working plan for one individual and his family. Bob knew he needs assistance to remain in his home but was not sure who to call to access the right services. He called Surrey to ask for guidance. Bob, widowed for several years, shared that his income was limited and he was a veteran who had served during the Korean Conflict. Bob had stopped driving, so getting to medical appointments or even the grocery store was challenging. Arthritis made it

difficult to use stairs, and he had never really learned to cook or care for the home in which he and his wife had raised their two children. Although both his son and daughter called frequently, they lived too far to help him on a regular basis. His wife had always arranged their social life, and since her death he found himself spending most of his time alone. Bob met with Wendy, one of Surrey's care managers, who recommended contacting the Department of Aging in his county and the local veteran's affairs office. With Wendy's assistance, Bob learned that both agencies were able to provide support to help stretch his finances. Wendy and Bob completed a paratransit application, which allowed him to travel throughout the county with a shared ride. Cleaning service was arranged through Surrey's Home Care Services department. Bob loved his home and knew he wanted to stay there. Wendy recommended he consider what he would do if living alone became too difficult. After much conversation about Bob's lifestyle and financial considerations, Bob decided that inhome support would be his preference. He agreed to use the shared van ride to visit Surrey on a regular basis which provided a nutritious lunch each day and the opportunity to meet new friends. He found stretching during an exercise class lessened the pain of his arthritis.

Because Bob lived alone, Wendy recommended an emergency response system which allowed Bob to contact help with the push of a button. Wendy also recommended small changes in his home to increase his safety. Among other things, these included removing throw rugs and having an electrician add an outlet so that extension cords running across a hallway could be removed. A Surrey volunteer came to help with some other minor repairs. Bob's children wanted the peace of mind that comes with knowing he would receive assistance coordinating medical appointments and he would have a caring professional accompany him to those appointments. Bob agreed to this, and the care manager stepped in to this role. She was there to visit and advocate for Bob when he ended up in the hospital for a short stay; then helped him make the transition for a rehab stay and then transition back home, making sure each move went smoothly. Navigating the array of services available to seniors can be overwhelming. For more information contact Surrey's Home Care Services at 610-647-9840.

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Backyard Nature Improve your Backyard Habitat with Radnor Conservancy & Chanticleer this Season Chanticleer opens for its 25th year on March th 28 and remains open Wednesday through Sunday fromth10am to 5pm through November 4 . There is plenty to see and do in the garden, including workshops, lectures, and finding garden inspiration. Radnor Conservancy, a local environmental nonprofit based in Wayne, PA focuses on trail efforts within Radnor Township, tree advocacy, tree planting and environmental programming with community organizations. For three years the Radnor Conservancy and Chanticleer Garden have collaborated on an educational class series, Ecology in Your Backyard, classes that focus on the connection between humans and the environment and how homeowners can improve their ecosystem impact. In April, the two organizations kick off a new selection of classes of particular local interest. Bat Box Building made its debut on April 15th. This hands-on workshop was led by local resident Dan Meier, who offered a hands-on experience where students constructed a bat box that is easy to install on the outside of a home or barn. Participants learned about the important role that bats play in environments around the world and why they matter locally. The bat houses that were built will provide a safe home for bats and can be educational and fun for the whole family.

If native plants are your interest, join Chanticleer Horticulturist Przemyslaw Walczak, as he leads a class on Native Spring Ephemerals on May 3rd. Learn about the beauty and importance that spring ephemerals have within the northern hardwood ecosystem. This class includes a plant identification walk through Bell's Woodland, a 5-acre native plant garden at Chanticleer. The class will cover the role that spring ephemerals play in contributing to a healthy ecosystem, as well as the cultural requirements for growing them. On October 6th, Chanticleer Assistant Horticulturist Lowery Douglass will offer a hands-on class that brings attention to solitary bees and their benefits. Gardeners can easily encourage solitary bees by providing artificial nest sites, sometimes called “bee houses”. In this hands-on workshop, participants will build their own bee house, while learning about benefits of raising solitary bees. This class will bring attention to the benefits that solitary bees bring to our gardens.

The last class in the series will be led by Audubon PA Program Manager, Steve Saffier. On October 20th, Beyond the Birdfeeder will review what birds are really looking for in your backyard. The class will begin with a walk to observe birds at Chanticleer and the second half of class will include a presentation that reviews common birds of Pennsylvania, resource needs of common birds, migratory species and species of concern, what plant for which bird, as well as connecting with neighbors as a way to multiply the value of your bird garden. Written by, Gretchen Groebel, Executive Director, Radnor Conservancy Images by Lisa Roper, courtesy of Chanticleer







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Children’s Garden New To Jenkins Arboretum space is an ideal scale for children; however, adults are also welcome.

Children's Garden Opens Spring 2018 Think! - Hobbit Homes, Toad Abodes, Forest Forts and Fairy Houses Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens is comprised of many different kinds of gardens with a new one soon to be added. A new Children's Garden will open this spring near the John J. Willaman Education Center. Acommittee of Board members, Staff and Volunteers have been carefully planning all winter to create a unique space designed to engage children in nature through creative play. The garden

Not a playground in any traditional sense, this garden has a unique ecologic basis and aesthetics. Special active education programs will also take place in the Children's Garden. These programs will be announced in newsletters, education brochures, social media and email. If you would like email announcements, please become a Jenkins member or make a request to sign up for email at In addition to bringing young children into a natural environment under a towering tree canopy, one of the goals of the garden is to encourage whimsical and creative play. Using all natural materials found at Jenkins, children of all ages will be able to construct miniature fairy houses, hobbit homes, toad abodes and forest forts. Building materials may be recycled again and again but never to leave the garden. Otherwise, where would the fairies, toads, hobbits and other forest creatures live?

Hitting the Reset Button

If you've visited the Arboretum in the past two years, you have surely noticed that many of our azaleas have gotten a haircut. Ok, it's really more like a buzz cut, but there is a method to our madness. For several years, the Arboretum had been battling a terrible pest called the maple mealybug. Most of us are familiar with mealybugs and other similar pests, like aphids and scales, and know them as mere nuisances that rarely cause major damage on the landscape level. The maple mealybug proved to be an exception. Despite yearly treatments using a range of treatment options, which even included soil injections, these bugs persisted and took a huge toll on our azalea collection. Many of our plants became sickly, leggy, and lacked vigor; the bugs literally sucked the life out of them. So what do you do with an old azalea that has lost its shine? You cut it down. If we're being technical, we call it rejuvenation pruning. Many plants have the ability to re-sprout after being cut down because of the buds that lay dormant under the bark until they get the resources needed to sprout in this case, light. If you've cut down invasive species such as shrub honeysuckles or burning bushes, you know this all too well. Over the past two seasons, we have been diligent about treating for the scale and have rejuvenated about half of our azalea collection. Plants that were all but dead have made an impressive comeback. A shot of fertilizer in the spring followed by a mild, rainy summer has allowed these plants to fill in with the vigor of a more youthful plant. Though it will take another year or two to regain its former grandeur, our azalea collection is on its way back. We hope you stop by to see the progress.

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YOUR OASIS. YOUR HISTORY. OUR MISSION. Foresight has preserved and protected the Valley Forge legacy for over two hundred years, starting in 1877 when Anna Morris Holstein and the Valley Forge Centennial Memorial Association raised the money to purchase and preserve Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge. A hundred years later, another group of visionary citizens united as The Friends of Valley Forge to preserve and protect what was then our newest national park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, established during the country's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.

engage with this special place; provide public and school-based programs; raise funding to provide free to low-cost programs; and inspire the next generation of park users and supporters to meet the challenges of our Park.

Today, the Valley Forge Park Alliance continues the foresight and work of its founders as an organization that has grown into a national alliance of corporations, organizations and individuals who share the Earliest known photo of goals of supporting, protecting and Washington's Headquarters at Valley Forge, c. 1861 preserving the hallowed grounds of Valley Courtesy: Valley Forge National Historical Park Forge. It also recognizes that the park is the center of an ever-growing community of citizens and is working to connect the park to We are stewards of the past. those beyond its boundaries. For those that value the historical importance of Valley Forge, we engage an What does the Valley Forge Park Alliance array of historians, scientists, authors, do? archeologists, actors, and performers who The Valley Forge Park Alliance is a registered share their multiple points of view on 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated history, the natural world, and the ongoing to protecting and preserving Valley Forge commemoration of Valley Forge. Sponsored National Historical Park, enhancing the by Malvern Federal Savings and The Sherrin visitor experience and promoting public H. and Bruce A. Baky Foundation, our appreciation of the Park's historic, popular Speaker Series is held in partnership environmental and recreational resources. with the Washington Memorial Chapel and We are a “voice” for the Park and a occurs from October through May. “gateway” to the Park for our community. Our diverse partnerships with individuals, We provide living history volunteers that businesses and corporations generate assist the Park in bringing the encampment awareness and encourage more people to experience to life through special

demonstrations of camp life, offer educational programs at local elementary schools and raised the funds to help build and outfit new huts and to restore the original Fort John Moore Redoubt so that visitors can experience the earthen fortress used to protect the Continental Army from the British who were camped in Philadelphia, less than a day's march away. While no battles were fought at Valley Forge, some 2,000 soldiers died - more than were killed at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown combined. The Alliance continues to honor the legacy of not only those who died during the encampment but also, through its Muster Roll Project, the over 20,000 surviving soldiers that served at least one day at Valley Forge. The Muster Roll Project is a free online database allowing people from around the world to discover if their ancestry leads to Valley Forge. The project is a totally volunteer based effort. We are more than just history. For those that value the Park as a wonderful oasis in a sea of urbanity, we offer guided bird walks and trail walks on Tuesday including Prescribe-A-Trail walks that offer opportunities to walk and personally talk with local health care providers on a variety of healthy lifestyle topics. We even provide water bowls for your canine buddies that visit the Park! The Alliance, in partnership with the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, is a sponsor of the annual Revolutionary 5-mile Run®, the largest one-day fundraising event that occurs in the Park each April and provides funding for enhancing the visitor experience, helping them to discover and enjoy the Park.

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The Park, with 26 miles of trails within its borders, links the Schuylkill River Trail to the Horse Shoe Trail, making the Park a major hub in a 75-mile system linking Philadelphia to the Appalachian Trail and a magnet for runners, walkers, hikers and cyclists of all abilities. Currently, we are undertaking a feasibility study for the North Gulph Road Connector Trail which will connect thousands of residents and employees to the Park without having to drive (wouldn't this be great?). Funding for the study was provided by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, REI, and Upper Merion Township. We are the gem in your backyard. For those that treasure Valley Forge as a gem in their backyard, we offer volunteer opportunities to get-involved and give-back. From public service days and special events to hands-on building projects with the Hut Brigade, there is a volunteer role for all ages and abilities. Working with the Park and our partners, we offer a range of activities to further your learning and enjoyment. Please visit for additional information.

You make the mission possible! Valley Forge Park Alliance is possible because of a powerful idea: that people, like you, are committed to preserving and protecting these hallowed grounds and their importance to our community, region and nation. From attending events to shopping in The Encampment Store, there are many ways to support. Add your support to this incredible 240-year journey by JOINING as a member, DONATING or VOLUNTEERING to make the mission possible today and for generations to come.

JULY 4 COMMUNITY PICNIC IN THE PARK Celebrate our nation's independence at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The annual community picnic includes games and crafts for the kids, a cook-out at the Visitor Center, artillery demonstrations, readings of the Declaration of Independence and guided park tours.

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Tali Guy’s Recipe Page paprika to enrich the color. If you wish, you may add other ingredients as well, such as fresh rosemary leaves, thyme, bay leaves, etc, and even add sugar. Add ½ cup of fresh lemon juice, fill the jar with water to its top and add 2 tbs of olive oil. Cover the jar and store in a dark place in room temperature for 1 month.

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After a month the preserved lemons are ready for use. Rinse them with water to remove excess salt. Bon Appétit! All rights reserved to Avital Guy 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 entertaining family and friends. Tali and her son Nir own and operate Perfumology, a luxury perfume shop located in the Court of the King of Prussia Mall. Gastronomer’s Guide, Joseph Erdos

Preserved lemons are very popular in Morocco, North Africa, where citrus trees are abundant. They are added to many dishes in order to enhance taste, and may be regarded as soy sauce in the far east. You may add preserved lemons to endless dishes, such as fish, sea food, chicken, lamb, red meat, rice, pasta or vegetables. They will provide a deeper salty and sour taste. In dishes that cook for a long time use only the pulp. In cold dishes like salads and short time cooking dishes like pasta use both the pulp and the peel. Try adding them to your dishes in small portions at first. Preparing the preserved lemons is easy. The only drawback is the long waiting period until they are ready. Step 1: Prepare a sterilized jar. Fill the jar with hot water and soap. Rinse but do not wipe. Place the jar in a cold oven and turn the oven on at 300 degrees. Heat for 30 minutes, turn the oven off until the jar is back at room temperature.

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Step 2: Use organic lemons or lemons without wax. Rinse in warm water and scrub off any dirt. Trim off any stems. There are various ways to cut the lemons. The most common are either slicing them or cutting them to quarters. In order to cut the lemon into quarters, hold it vertically in your hand and cut it in half leaving 1” above the base. Turn it 90 degrees and cut vertically again leaving 1” uncut at the bottom. You now have a lemon cut into quarters attached at the base. Insert 1 tbs of salt into the lemon. Stuff the jar tightly with lemons prepared this way to the top of the jar. If you prefer to slice the lemons instead, cut each lemon into slices, place them flatly in the jar, ad 1 tbs of salt over each layer of slices. You may add


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