Monday, January 16, 2017

ICE CREAM: Punk'd Pineapple closes shop

On Jan. 15, after we enjoyed a delicious Buddy Burger at the Market at Liberty Place in downtown Kennett, we strolled through the rest of the building and discovered to our dismay that the ice cream store, Punk'd Pineapple, is no more. They had delicious ice cream and their trademark was the pair of little sugar "eyes" that they put on every dish.
I checked their Facebook page to see what had happened, and here's what they said: "Effective December 23rd, we have decided to close our shop located in The Market at Liberty Place. We ARE NOT closing our business and we are not leaving Kennett Square. We have enjoyed serving and becoming part of the Kennett Square Community, as well as getting to know all of our customers both in our shop and on our trucks. We look forward to serving all of you again in the Spring. We will post location updates on social media or please feel free to give us a shout if you are interested in booking our trucks for events next year."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE Y: BodyPump 100 debuts

The popular group-exercise program called BodyPump celebrated its 100th release on Jan. 14, and gyms around the world marked the date with special events. Our feverishly excited Kennett Y instructors have been counting down to the date for months.
The premiere of Release 100 was in New Zealand (the home of Les Mills, creator of the program) and featured traditional Maori clothing and ceremonies. Then videos from gyms in Asia, Africa and Europe starting showing up on social media as the class premiere worked its way around the globe.
At Kennett's launch, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, 100 athletes filled the main gymnasium to get a first crack at Release 100, with multiple instructors up front teaching. There were also refreshments, wristbands, raffles and even soft pretzels spelling out "BP 100."
An 8 a.m. gym class is a little early for me, so I showed up for the 11:30 a.m. launch of the new BodyAttack class (despite the name, it's not violent) and was amazed to find that some sturdy folks had been there all morning working out, doing the different new classes! By the end of Attack, even the toughest of them looked pretty beat up, although they were still smiling. One fellow checked his fitness gadget and realized he had taken 17,000 steps, some 11 miles.
Congratulations to the Y for putting on such a fun event! I can't imagine the hours of effort that went into organizing it.

CANCER: One happy man

On Saturday night, at a fundraising spaghetti dinner, we sat with a friend from Landenberg who was full of joy and gratitude. Five years ago he had been diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer and was given a grave prognosis. He underwent extensive surgery and went through a lengthy, difficult course of radiation treatment.
The other day he went for a follow-up appointment at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Center at Christiana Care in Newark, and his oncologists told him that if his kind of cancer hasn't returned by this point, it won't.
"They said," he told me with awe, "I was cured."
"Beaming" would be an understatement for his grin.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

DUMP: Taking out the trash

I was taking my recycling over to the SECCRA landfill on New Year's Eve day and three members of an Amish family were there as well. They had brought their trash to the dump on a large, metal-wheeled wooden cart pulled by a handsome team of two large Belgian horses. Not something that I see every day.

TEMPS: A low-tech answer

In last week's column I asked for suggestions about how I could see at a glance the temperature expressed in both Celsius and Fahrenheit units so that I could learn to associate the two.
My readers came through.
Several suggested that I buy a good old C/F window thermometer (a few of you even sent photographs of yours in operation). I was so busy looking for a hi-tech solution, that hadn't even occurred to me!
One reader sent me a conversion chart from a reference manual. Another said a simple way to obtain a ballpark C from F is "take away 30 and divide by 2." And another reader suggested using the Google search bar to translate the number. 

Thank you, readers!
After spending way too much time on this, I actually did figure out how to install two weather widgets next to each other on my phone, one expressed in C and one in F. And the weather has certainly been cooperative this past week, going from 14 to 63 F (-10 to 17 C)!

Friday, January 13, 2017

EAST FALLOWFIELD: Route 82 closure

Of course, everyone is talking about the imminent closure of the heavily traveled Route 926 bridge over the Brandywine (the project is expected to start in February), but there's another repair project you should know about as well. Starting Jan. 17 and extending until June, a two-mile stretch of Route 82 is going to be shut down between Valley and Strasburg Roads so that PennDOT can fix a bridge over a tiny tributary to Sucker Run.
Honestly, I didn't know there even was a bridge there until I noticed the sign warning about a road closure and the port-a-potty.
Through traffic on Route 82 will be detoured onto
Strasburg Road, Youngsburg Road, First Avenue, and Business Route 30.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ROUNDABOUT: Filling the empty spaces

Back in September a reader, Janet, wrote to say that she felt the Route 82 roundabout in Unionville could stand to benefit from some of the gardening talent in the area. Well, she just contacted me again with the happy news that "the Longwood Rotary Club has committed to planting and maintaining the Unionville Roundabout beginning this spring. I'm sure everyone will be pleased to see this improvement."
Well done, volunteers! Another reason to look forward to spring!