How I Smother Weeds with Newspaper

WHEN WEEDS INVADE MY PERENNIAL BEDS, I don’t get mad — I get newspaper. Newspaper-mulching, as we have discussed before,  makes weeds disappear instantly.  And it prevents them from re-emerging for an entire season, if not longer. I newspaper-mulched one of my weed-choked beds just this morning. Would you like to see the easy procedure?…(READ MORE)

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July // Shakespeare in the Cemetery: Richard III

There are no gods in Shakespeare. There are only Kings.” – Jan KottThe royal house is decimated. Thirty years of civil war has laid waste to a nation, and the blood of thousands has been spilt, all to answer a single question: who shall wear the crown? To some it might seem a small matter. What difference does it make whose temples are encircled in cold metal, or whose brow is pressed down by the weight of jewels? Surely now, with so few left to quarrel, we will have peace. And yet one man’s unbridled ambition will not let him rest…This summer Laurel Hill and The Mechanical Theater welcome you to land godforsaken and ghost-haunted. Shakespeare’s brooding character study asks us as it has for centuries: in a world where there are no gods – only kings- can we be reconciled with each other? Or shall we kill each other to the last man, and the ghosts inherit what’s left?What better place than amid the tombs to tell Shakespeare’s haunting tale of lust, ambition, intrigue and murder? A thrilling twist on the traditional “Shakespeare in the Park” motif, this production of King Richard III is directed by Josh Hitchens and features Ryan Walter, Neena Boyle, Megan Edelman, Rachel Gluck, Josh McLucas, and Loretta Vasile. Bring your own blankets, beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.Two weekends of performances will take place on July 15, 16, 22 & 23. All performances begin at 7:30pm (with prescheduled rain dates of July 17 and 24). Check in takes place at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.The cost is $20/person; or $17/members. Advanced tickets are strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.

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Gardening Tip :: Companion Planting  

Companion planting is based around the idea that certain plants can benefit others when planted next to, or close to one a nother.  Companion planting exists to benefit certain plants by giving them pest control, naturally without the need to use chemicals, and in some cases they can give a higher crop yield Generally, companion planting is thought of as a small-scale gardening practice, but it can be applied on larger-scale operations. It has been proven that by having a beneficial crop in a nearby field that attracts certain insects away from a neighboring field that has the main crop can prove very beneficial. This action is called trap cropping. COMPANION PLANTING Beans: All bean enrich the soil with nitrogen fixed form the air, improving the conditions for whatever crop you plant after the beans are finished. In general they

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Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Rosemont

The Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) has informed Lower Merion Township that mosquitoes collected in a July 8th, 2016 sample tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The sample was taken from Ashbridge Park in Rosemont.

The Township has NOT been notified of any action deemed necessary by the MCHD in response to this positive test, but will provide updates as further information becomes available.
Taking the following steps from the MCHD website can help reduce the risk of contracting the West Nile Virus or any other mosquito-borne illness:

When outdoors, use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, some oil of lemon eucalyptus or paramenthane-diol. Follow the directions on the package.

Many mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.

Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not being used.

For more information on West Nile Virus please contact the Montgomery County Health Department at (610) 278-5117, or click here for the Department’s web page on the virus:

July 23rd – LMPD Coffee With A Cop

coffee and conversation  with a cop
“Coffee with the Cops” event. Saturday, July 23, 2016, with community members at the Ardmore McDonald’s, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is a chance to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and enjoy some coffee compliments of the LMPD.

All community members are invited to attend, at 111 W. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore. Please contact the Crime Prevention Unit with questions, at (610) 645-6240.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the

department’s work in Lower Merion’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“Residents who have attended so far have really enjoyed interacting with our officers,” said Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath. “We’ve found these events to be invaluable in helping residents feel comfortable asking questions, bringing concerns, or simply getting to know our officers with no agenda or speeches.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are increasingly being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members – one cup of coffee at a time.

July & August – Yoga on the Trail

Yoga on the trail

The Friends of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail have partnered with local yoga studio, Dana Hot Yoga brings you Yoga on the Trail! Starting at 11AM on Sunday May 1st, we invite you to join us in Cynwyd Station Park, right next to the (soon to be open) Trail’s End Cafe for a fun and relaxing yoga class that is appropriate for all levels.

When: 11 AM, 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from May – August
Where: Cynwyd Station Park
What: 60 minute yoga class for all levels
Why: For fun, of course!

Please make sure to BYOM (bring your own mat)
Suggested donation to benefit the Cynwyd Heritage Trail- $5



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