Friday, November 4, 2011
Patch editors from throughout Montgomery County helped restore nearly 100 flood-damaged trees at the Trust during Patch's community service Give 5 program.
As part of Patch's commitment to community service, Patch editors from throughout Montgomery County travelled to Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, for a day of service. Patch calls its community service program, "Give 5," as in the editors spent over five hours at the Trust, pulling invasive porcelean berry vines from trees and straigtening nearly 100 saplings that were damaged by recent flooding. Most of the editors were astonished at how quickly the service opportunity went, and how much fun they had working in the woods. "I may not want to return to the land of technology," David Powell, Patch Montgomery County associate regional editor, said. --- For the full story, please click on the above video.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The free visitor shuttle service enters its third year of operation.
What goes in a circle every 20 minutes, looks like a tour bus for the Continental Army Marching Band, and is equipped with a bicycle rack? The Revolutionary Shuttle at Valley Forge National Historical Park is back for a third year, plying a seven-mile loop that covers most of the park. Riders can hop on or off at any of nine stops, including Washington's Headquarters and the park's visitor center. The colorful shuttles, wrapped with images of Continental soldiers that make them easy to identify, come along every 20 minutes. Visitors may feel free to linger at any park destination without having to worry about catching the next shuttle. The shuttles carry bike racks, allowing visitors to combine a bike tour with a bus ride, and are also …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
We've got a new app for your iPhone. Also: Letters to the editor.
We try not to toot our own horn too much at Patch, but this one’s too good to keep to ourselves. We knew the technology elves at Patch HQ were busily working on something neat, but last Thursday their invention came to light: introducing the Patch app for the iPhone. You can now take Patch everywhere. The app is in Apple’s App Store and features a variety of ways for you to stay connected and keep up-to-date about what’s going on in the community. For starters, the app will consist of all the things you get on the daily Upper Moreland - Willow Grove site, including community news, weather, local business listings and events in the Upper Moreland area. You can read the latest articles on local events, the best place to grab lunch, features …
Sunday, March 27, 2011
We live in a really amazing-looking galaxy. It's too bad we can't see it.
Because you're taking the time to read this column, I will assume you know that the Milky Way is not only a candy bar. But have you ever actually seen it? For an increasing number of people, the answer is "no." More on that in a moment. First, some background. The Milky Way is the galaxy―the gravitational grouping of more than 100 billion stars—to which our sun belongs. It's what's known as a barred spiral galaxy. Most of the stars in it are located in the central, bar-shaped region from which two long, spiral shaped arms protrude. Our sun is not in the center, but out in one of the arms. In celestial terms, we're out in the sticks. What's more, all the other stars you can see in the night sky are out in the spiral arms with us. The …