Ginger – Our First Border Collie

My introduction to Border Collies began when my sister-in-law and her husband got a black and white one, Mac. I couldn’t believe how smart they were. At that time we had two other dogs, Barney and Sam. They were dogs that have stories behind them but intelligence – not much. Well, because Mac was such a handsome specimen, he was called upon for stud service and with that came the offer to my in-laws to pick a pup from the litter. The in-laws were not interested in having another dog but they asked if we wanted one. Well yes – … Read on…

Honor Tour Trip

On Monday, May 7th, 2018, several hundred Vietnam Veterans departed on the Bucks County Tour of Honor. They filled five large buses and departed from Parx Casino at 6AM. The group reached the World War II Memorial at 9:45AM in DC. Upon exiting the vehicles, they were surrounded by hordes of children of all ages who fought to thank them, congratulate them and shake their hands. The emotions of these kids were obvious, and no doubt reflected values learned at home regarding courage and love of country. The next stop was Arlington Cemetery and then the Air Force Memorial. The … Read on…

Manhattan Sail-Away

As the Sagafjord sailed from her pier Skyscrapers caught the sunset. Helicopters whirred. The lady of liberty glowed green then gold. Next to me on deck a young actor from the ship’s cast stood clenching his fist.   “I will star on Broadway,” he vowed.        “I WILL” The band played. City lights beckoned, luring like sultry sirens.      New York         … NEW YORK — by Kay Winters … Read on…

History and Development of Burpee’s Big Boy Tomato

I joined Burpee in 1954 and worked during the summer months with Jonathan Burpee harvesting Big Boy in a field near what is now Delaware Valley University (Del Val). Two men, Ovid Schifries, PHD and a geneticist, and Ted Torrey, farm manager and plant breeder working at Fordhook Farms in Doylestown, PA, developed Big Boy. They crossed a popular home garden variety with a large male tomato. They grew out the plants, made some selections, grew out and made more selections and then harvested the tomato. Then they grew them out again to make sure that the cross was fixed … Read on…

Not My Two Cents

As most of us here at Pine Run are between 65 and Death, I offer these words to live by written by someone else. They appeared in Harry Newton’s daily blog called in “Search of the Perfect Investment”. In these days of fighting political parties, threats of war, guns in schools and all other horrors, I found it calming and insightful. I hope you will also. Let’s be good to ourselves as well others. (Editor’s note: This is a very abridged version of the original article.) Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your … Read on…

Our Loyal Eagles Fan!

Shirley Wunsch and her husband Al, sitting on a custom “Eagles Helmet Golf Car”. This picture was taken outside their Golf Car business in the late 70’s. Shirley has been a Philadelphia Eagles fan for quite some time. She attended Super Bowl XV in New Orleans, January 1981, when the Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders. Tickets for the Super Bowl in 1981 were $40.00. Shirley waited 24 more years to watch Super Bowl XXXIX in Sydney, Australia when again her beloved Eagles lost to the New England Patriots in 2005. She will be rooting on her Eagles once more … Read on…

In the Run

We know a wonderful, loving, special man, who puts the needs of others before himself. That round container that collects food for the less fortunate in this community (it’s across from the concierge desk) is taken weekly to the Baptist Church Food Larder on Butler Avenue, New Britain, by our Villager of the Month of February, Bill Kurz. He has been doing this for 15 years! Bill likes Pine Run for its food both in the Cafe and at The Cottonwood. He loves looking out on Green Road, experiencing nature: the birds, deer, the lovely view and beautiful woods. We … Read on…

In the Run

Our villagers for the month of January, a very special couple, are Lola and Larry Glass. They love Pine Run and we love them. Both contribute their talents to Pine Run. Lola plays the organ at Sunday services and Larry has been Villager Board Treasurer for 18 of the 19 years they have lived here. Lola was born in Danville, PA. Her mom, Evangeline, taught elementary school and her dad, Earle, was an interior decorator and had a store in Danville. Lola had two sisters, Lorraine and Virginia. St. Peters, their family church, needed an organist and since 15-year-old Lola … Read on…

I Think I Can…I Think I Can

At first I couldn’t believe it. Yes I knew there was some risk. The doctor said, The lump in your throat has enlarged. Your thyroid will have to come out. I don’t think it’s malignant, but we can’t take a chance. I was scared, but I kept repeating to myself, “It’s not cancer and 90% of the patients are fine.” I have always been an optimist. Celebrated rainbows, snowflakes, the Spring, sounds of tree frogs. As a child my favorite book was The Little Engine That Could. I wanted to read again and again how against all odds, the little … Read on…

In the Run

A happy-go-lucky guy with a lovable dog. If you’re having a bad day, you instantly feel better in his company. If you’re discussing your aches and pains, you feel better after talking to him. He’s better than Aleve!! Our villager for the month of October is jovial Richard Michie. Richard was born and raised in a row home on North 18th Street in Philadelphia. Among his early recollections were of his dad, an air-raid warden, and the curtains being closed when the air-raid sirens sounded and to this day, remembers ration books. In the back of his house was an … Read on…