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…

The Yellowwood Table

Text and photos by W.A. Harris In last month’s issue of the Voice, I described how Irv Thompson, assisted by Tom Swartz, was giving a new life to the Yellowwood Tree that was cut down from its years and years standing tall in the Yellowood Cluster. Holding up Irv’s work, was a defective switch operating the table saw. The switch had to be replaced. Well, the necessary part finally arrived and Irv was able to continue fashioning the various pieces that make up the table, such as the table legs and the tabletop as shown below. Then the pieces all … Read on…

Quilt HIstory

By Bobby & Walter Harris Photos by Walter Harris For the past 13 or so years, Bobby and I have been members of the Mercer Museum and we try to attend all of their opening receptions. Well, Friday, May 12, was no exception. The exhibit preview reception featured the Mary Schafer Collection: A legacy of Quilt History, and, Small Worlds: The Sharon Holloway Dollhouse and Miniatures Collection. To our pleasant surprise, Pine Run was a major exhibit sponsor. Barbara Chierici, Pine Run Sr. Director Sales and Marketing was there along with Villagers, Bill and Mary Lieser, Carole Scanlon, Carol Ann … Read on…

Gardening with Bob Jack

“June is bustin’ out all over…”. This song from Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma”, doesn’t take much of your imagination to see how it might pertain to gardening. To assure “bustin’ out” in your beds and borders, get your hands on some organic plant food the first fine day in June and scatter it about your “bustin’ out” perennials and flowering shrubs and stand back and wait for the show! Here at Pine Run, we are particularly blessed to have some terrific plantings of hydrangea shrubs. These beds with their big “mophead” blooms are enough to take your breath away each … Read on…

A Sunday in War Time

I was so proud I had perfected my backflip over the back of our living room couch. It involved getting my mouth fixed just right, gathering momentum, doing a short run, digging my head and hands into the soft couch cushions, then flipping my legs up and over the hard back of the couch and crashing to the floor on the other side, then emerging to the applause of the handsome young men in their Air Force blue uniforms I was trying to impress. My mother was mortified. Here was her seven-year old daughter showing off her waving skinny legs … Read on…

Summer Fun in the Clusters!

Neighbors in Redwood and Quince enjoyed a convivial afternoon gathering on Sunday, June 19. They gathered chairs under the shade of a tree for conversation, sandwiches, iced beverages, baked treats, and creamy ice cream bars that helped keep everyone cool! … Read on…

Let’s Go Flyers!

On March 28, 2016 Pine Run Associates Larry McGlynn, Stephanie Dryden, Joyce Gerstemeier, Jeanne Redner, Danette Benecke, Tracy Mullarkey, Tim Hayes, Ginger Gruver, along with Villagers Rich Egan and Joan Schumacher, met up with “Broad Street Bully” legends Dave Schultz, Bernie Parent, and Bob Kelly, then cheered the Flyers on to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets at The Wells Fargo Center. Claude Giroux scored the final goal at 4:46 in overtime securing a crucial win for playoff positioning. Joan Schumacher scored a goal too – she got her hat signed by Bernie Parent! … Read on…

Snow! Snow!

While snow is beautiful there is a limit to our appreciation for even beauty can be overdone. This past weekend is a case in point! As the snow continued to fall throughout the eastern area of the country it became a challenge to maintenance workers everywhere and the Pine Run community workers met the challenge. They kept walkways cleared. In the meantime, the Quince tree in front of my cottage became a thing of beauty as clumps of snow gathered on it branches sparkling in the sun of a new day. While this will not last it gave me a … Read on…

President’s Column

Our Board, and its role, was reorganized about two years ago after adopting a Task Force report, which looked at how we were managing ourselves. The major and initial change was opening up Board Meetings to greater Villager participation. Other important changes involved expanding the responsibilities of the six Directors and, more recently, initiating full Board participation with management in informal Leadership and Planning sessions. To understand why a Village Board exists, it is first necessary to look at the role of management and our staff. We pay our monthly fees and, in turn, they provide the services that are … Read on…

Who Gives a Hoot?

One year, early in the morning in mid-September, I heard six deep hoots, answered a short distance away by another six or so. This serenade went back and forth for about twenty minutes. The performance was repeated that day about 6PM. This was the Great Horned Owl, a common resident here and one of our largest owls. The male selects the territory and then calls to attract a mate. The female then selects her lifetime mate and she will also select the final nest site.* Mated pairs may occupy territories year-round and the territories are established and maintained through the … Read on…