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Notebook Worthy: Lighting Up The Way The Irish Might

SANATOGA PA – Jottings from a reporter’s notebook, the Emerald Green edition:

Notebook Worthy: Lighting Up The Way The Irish Might

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, And We Offer Proof …

Obviously, several illuminated minds had the same holiday idea.

From the Facebook page of the fine folks at Bark For Life of Pottstown comes Exhibit A, on the left above, of a canine too clever for words and adorned appropriately for the day in Irish eye wear and a green-and-white boa. On the right, Exhibit B, is a happy pair who brightened the  St. Paddy’s Party held Sunday night (March 16, 2014) at Liberty Fire Company in Spring City. Instead of a boa, the refreshments included green beer. A great time reportedly was had by all.

Who’s cuter? Ah, that’s for you to decide.

Sprouting Seedlings Will Be Your Sign of Spring

Notebook Worthy: Lighting Up The Way The Irish MightAccuWeather predicts today’s (Monday, March 17, 2014) high temperatures are expected to top out at no more than 35 degrees, and will be accompanied by a light snow. That’s almost chilly enough to put the frost on St. Patrick’s mug of Irish ale. Humbug!, we say. Forget the repeatedly cold temperatures our area continues to endure, and think instead of growing things: soft and bright green and fragrant.

That’s what they’ve done in recent days at the Montgomery County office of Penn State Cooperative Extension and the 4H Center in Creamery, just south of Skippack.

A corps of local residents who are certified as master gardeners – the people who know more than most of us about growing fine-tasting veggies and lovely flowers from the Good Earth – have spent their time sowing seeds that will sprout in only a few weeks’ and be ready for sale by 4-H’ers on May 17 at the center. That’s a Facebook photo of some of them at left, huddled in a garage with seeds cupped in one hand and planting fingers at the ready on the other.

The results are “lovingly grown to go to your home,” the Extension staff boasts.

Happily Grazing In The Grass On Pruss Hill Road

Great sight Sunday night on the north side of Pruss Hill Road, near the intersection with Snell Road in Lower Pottsgrove Township: three deer feeding in a small meadow up the hill from the road’s shoulder. The animals were calm, placid, with heads bowed to the grass beneath them, and almost oblivious to the traffic passing in either direction. It was too dark to photograph, but pleasant to witness.

Area resident Chrissy Brown has seen them too; “They are always up there in the evening,” she reports.

Elsewhere, This Could Have Been A Problem. Not Here

Here’s an example of great cooperation. Pottstown Cub Scout Pack 146, which meets at the First Presbyterian Church on North Evans Street, and the Pottstown Rotary Club we’re mistakenly both scheduled to hold pancake breakfasts Saturday morning (March 15) at Applebee’s Restaurant on State Street. Ooops!

As you might expect, scouts and Rotarians alike were nervous about how turnout would be affected. Good news: everyone we’ve talked to said the outcome was tremendous. Both groups had a lot of guests. Both sets of guests left filled with pancakes and sausage and bacon. And clean up between the two went smoothly.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!,” pack representatives wrote Sunday night in a Facebook status update. “Thank you to all who showed up to help, thank you to all who showed their support, and thank you to all who continue to support our Pack! Saturday’s Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser was another success!”

We Could Use This Kind of Surprise Ourselves

Dr. Benjamin Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson

We’ve learned that students in Coventry Christian Schools on North Pleasant View Road, Sanatoga, can look forward to something special May 29 (2014; Thursday).

They, their parents, school board members, faculty, local businesses and others helped boost the schools’ fund-raising to new levels this year. The community played a big role, too: the success is due in part to local response to the CCS Founders’ Day dinner last October with Dr. Benjamin Carson, which was very well received. To thank students and staff, Headmaster Paul Fisher will give everyone that day off … well, at least those who attend or work at the school. CCS also has obtained discounted tickets to the Dorney Park amusement complex outside Allentown for those involved.

Editor’s note: Notebook Worthy is a series of occasional observations; find others like it here.

Photos: Bark For Life of Pottstown and Liberty Fire Co., Spring City (top); Montgomery County Cooperative Extension (center); Coventry Christian Schools (bottom)

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