DCCC’s 37th Annual Elder Week offers food, fun and discounted education – Delco Times

MARPLE — Delaware County Community College will hold its 37th Annual ElderWeek on May 17, 18 and 19, during which people age 55 and older can learn, have fun and find fellowship in specially designed mini-classes on the college’s Marple Campus at 901 S .Media Line Road. “We are excited to once again host this wonderful event! There is literally something for everyone. Some of our most popular workshops include, ‘Understanding Social Media,’ ‘Watercolor,’ ‘Meditation’ and ‘Delco Sports Legends,’” said Tricia Scepansky, the college’s Director of Community Education.

Registration is $130 for all three days, or $115 for two days, which includes workshops, continental breakfast and lunches at the ElderWeek Café. Most classes and activities will take place in the STEM Center, which is conveniently located next to the parking lots and easily accessible.
To register and find out more visit: http://www.dccc.edu/elder-week.

Advance registration is required and limited. Classes and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-registered basis. The preferred form of registration and payment is by phone with a credit card at 610-359-5025. Registrations by mail should be postmarked no later than May 5. The college cannot guarantee class placement but will do its best to enroll registrants in the classes they most desire. Placement is based on rolling enrollment. To learn more about Delaware County Community College, visit http://www.dccc.edu.

Delco awarded $600K Grant from DEP for purchase of electric vehicles

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that Delaware County has been awarded two Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants totaling $600,000 to be used by the County for the purchase of new electric vehicles and related charging stations.

The generous grant, sought by the Delaware County Office of Sustainability, will allow the county to purchase 69 new EVs—with 29 dedicated to the new Delaware County Health Department for health care visits around the county—and 22 charging stations. This compliments two 2021 AFIG grants that recently allowed the county to purchase 15 EVs and three charging stations, bringing the entire county fleet to 84 EVs and 25 charging stations.

With the entire Delaware County fleet of vehicles consisting of over 300 cars, trucks, and specialty law enforcement vehicles, the new grant will enable the county to make a significant improvement in the percentage of sustainable no-emission EVs in the county fleet and aggressively transition away from fossil-fuel burning vehicles. Overall, the new EVs are poised to displace 33,253 gallons of gasoline per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 178 tons per year.

The transition to EVs and the related reduction in fossil-fuel burning vehicles is part of the Delaware County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, which is currently in the final stages of development. This plan will provide the county with a variety of action items to address human-caused climate change, which Delaware County Council and global experts agree is the greatest threat to public health today, with the most vulnerable populations at the highest risk.

St. Catherine of Siena Church introduces new pipe organ from Italy

St. Catherine of Siena, 104 Aberdeen Ave., Wayne, recently installed a new custom pipe organ. The instrument was hand-made by Fratelli Ruffatti, a world-renowned organ builder in Padua, Italy, a town that has been producing fine instruments since 1940. Today, Ruffatti organs can be found all over the world but only three are in Pennsylvania, with only one in the Philadelphia area.

St. Katharine’s organ story began in 1965 when a new church was constructed to replace a smaller, outdated building from 1895. A generous donor gifted an organ that had been used at an organ teachers’ convention but was never intended for church use; it lacked crucial features such as volume control, which was in constant need of costly repairs and was placed in the choir loft which led to logistical and acoustic problems. The organist frequently had to dash into the organ chamber to adjust or remove pipes that continued to play. The parish had investigated replacing the organ since 1995. With generous support from its members, that long-held dream has just come true.

Monsignor Hans Brouwers, St. Katharine’s pastor, worked closely with church leaders, the music department and finance committee to thoroughly research whether to rebuild or replace the organ. Ruffatti offered the best proposal to make an organ designed for the church space, using age-proven techniques combined with the latest technology.

The agreement was signed in 2018 and the organ arrived this past February. Four Fratelli Ruffatti craftsmen traveled from Italy to install the organ in the sanctuary, a process which took three weeks and required a specialized, state-of-the-art crane to lift the 2500-pound console and 16-foot mahogany pipes into the church’s choir loft. Once assembled, two professionals arrived from Italy to tune and voice the 2,242 organ pipes.

The new organ made its debut on Easter, marking the greatest celebration of the Christian faith. Msgr. Brouwers noted, the organ has been the official musical instrument of the Catholic Church ever since Charlemagne had one installed in his chapel in 812AD. Its wide range of sounds – from the 16′ principals to the 6″ flute pipes – provides musical expression of all of our spiritual urges, ranging from lamentation and sorrow to joy and praise, as we worship God. This new organ will accompany the congregation at St. Katharine of Siena Church in their prayerful songs for generations to come! ”

For more information on St. Catherine of Siena, visit http://www.stkatharineofsieng.org.

Upper Darby announces Earth Day celebrations

Upper Darby will host several Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in the township this weekend. Habitat for Humanity will lead two events in the township as part of their “Rock The Block” program: Volunteers will build a community garden at the Prayer Chapel Church on Hampden and Locust Sts., as well as plant residential trees throughout the township with the Upper Darby Tree Tenders. The program runs from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, April 23.

Also on Saturday, at 1:30 pm, there will be a dedication of the Native Tree Nursery at Naylors Run Park, 1567 Garrett Rpad. This project is a collaboration of the Shade Tree Commission, the Tree Tenders and the township Parks Division. The nursery is dedicated to Clyde and Gisela Hunt, longtime residents and active volunteers who have planted hundreds of trees here in Upper Darby.
On Sunday, April 24, members of the Shade Tree Commission, the Tree Tenders and the township are getting together again to plant trees along the newly constructed Darby Creek Trail. Planting will begin at 1:30 and participants will meet at Bloomfield and Rosemont Avenues. Extra hands are always needed and volunteers can sign up on the township website homepage.

Additionally, an Identity Theft Protection event will be held at Beverly Hills Middle School on Wednesday, April 27, from 5-7:30 pm Each resident is allowed two boxes or bags of papers to be shredded on site. Acceptable materials include legal documents, bank and credit card statements, check books, as well as tax and medical records. There will also be a Drug Take Back Van from Delaware County DA’s Office on site to collect unneeded, expired, and past prescriptions.

More information on all these events can be found at http://www.upperdarby.org.

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