Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Sunflowers for All – From Farm to Feeder: A Sunflower Celebration

September 14, 2012

This Sunday at 1:00: From Farm to Feeder: A Sunflower Celebration!

We’ve been driving by the brilliant fields – now you can learn the rest of the story. On Sunday September 16, you will have the chance to visit the Myrick Conservation Center to learn the story behind the local sunflower fields. Meet Charles Shattuckof Wild Birds Umlimited and Jamie Hicks and learn the complete story behind these locally grown, locally milled, and locally sold flowers.

Be sure to contact the Red Clay Valley Association to make reservations and get more information.

Another chance to get out and enjoy more of what this area has to offer.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Bear, DE/Devon, PA
Office: 302-834-3431/Direct: 610-618-0808

Upcoming Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Events

September 13, 2011

The next Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Event is this Thursday, September 15.

Delaware County Hazardous Waste EventJust a quick reminder that the last two Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste program events are just around the corner.

This Thursday, September 15, the county will be holding an event at Rose Tree Park on Route 252 just north of Route 1 (1521 N Providence Rd). Then the final event for the county will be held on Saturday, October 15 at the Upper Chichester Township Municipal Building at 8500 Furey Rd. Both events will run from 9:00 to 3:00, and they will both be accepting computers, printers, faxes, and portable televisions.

It’s a great chance to clean up and clear out.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808  

Tree, Shrub, and Perrennials Identification Course – Swarthmore College PA

May 29, 2010

The Tree, Shrub, and Perennials ID Course arrives at the Scott Arboretum in Swarthmore PA.

Have you always wondered what kind of tree that was?  What kind of bush or plant is flowering like that?  Or even where will this plant fit into our landscape?

Now you have the opportunity to learn everything you wanted to know with the Tree, Shrub, and Perennials Identification class in Swarthmore PA.  This class is being offered through the Penn State Extension Green Industry Education Committee.  The Green Industry Education Committee (GEIC) is comprised of Extension educators that work with the Green Industry in Southeastern PA.  They offer a full calender of courses throughout the region including the Tree Tenders teaching programs.

Locally, they are offering the Tree, Shrub, and Perennials ID Course in June.  This course is being taught on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning June 8th through the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College in Swarthmore PA.  The course itself will cover 25 species per session with detailed species information and landscape use.

This is a great chance to get to know our local trees and plants and learn more about the environment surrounding us.  For more detailed information, you can contact Cheryl Bjornson.

David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Newtown Square,PA/Bear, DE
Office: 302-834-3431/Cell: 610-618-0808

7 days and 43″ Later

February 15, 2010

For those that happened to see the pictures from the first storm, I went back Saturday morning to take the same pictures.  I know this is not that unusual for other parts of the country, but it was record breaking for this area.  A bit of a difference after a week and 43″ of snow:

View of Downtown Swarthmore – Sat Feb 13

Saturday’s View from the Warmth of Hobbs Coffee

The Swarthmore PA SEPTA R3 Regional Rail Station

Well – I was standing underneath this pile for the original so
this is the best I could do for now – you get the drift.

Not quite that calming atmosphere as seen last week (and actually a bit dreary), but this much snow is still quite extraordinary for this area.

Looking forward to Spring!

Cutter’s Mill – The Natural Pet Place

August 3, 2009

Cutter’s Mill in Paoli PA, The Natural Pet Place, believes that your pets also deserve the best.

Cutters Mill Store Paoli PACutter’s Mill’s logo is that it is The Natural Pet Place.  They offer a “wide variety of natural, organic, holistic foods for dogs, cats, companion birds, small animals, fish and reptiles, plus  wide variety of unique and “gotta have it” accessories.”

When they say that they offer over 50 brands of traditional, premium, natural, and organic foods for your pets, you can believe it.  Cutter's Mill Store Interior Paoli PAThe aisles are stacked with a wide assortment of foods of every imaginable type and make.  They even include a raw bar and an amazing display of baked goods.

The store itself is beautiful with a nice upscale feel: nice wood finishes on the floors and fixtures, great and imaginative lighting, kiosks handling dog beds, toys, bones, and all kinds of accessories.  Natural Organic Holistic Pet Food Cutter's Mill Paoli PALast Sunday while I was there, they had a rep from  Wellness Core Foods describing their foods and health benefits.  Cutter’s Mill has a nice open layout with seats up front and a wide variety of items tastefully displayed for easy access and perusal.

The friendly staff encourages you to bring your pet, and they were able to answer all the questions thrown their way by the pet owners.  They really seem to enjoy being there and working with their visitors.

The Natural Pet place Cutter's Mill Paoli PAThis is an upscale environment as evidenced by the Nieman Marcus inspired $2500 dog bed emblazoned with Swarovski Crystals.  By signing up  for their newsletter, however, you will be notified of all the specials for each month so you can take full advantage of everything that is offered during the year.  They also hold many special events from Letterman’s Stupid Pet Trick Auditions to Pet Psychics and they support the local community with Certified Visiting Dog Trainers and many Animal Rescue groups.

If you are looking to pamper your animal with some special food or gift, Dog Bowls Cutters Mills Paoli PAthis is definitely one place you need to look for that distinctive gift.  They are open seven days a week and they do have four locations in the region but this is the only one in this area.

Take your time, enjoy your visit, and say “Hi” to Gus while you’re there.

Green Energy Forum: PA Sunshine Program, Keystone Help, High Performance Green Building

June 12, 2009

Coopertown Elementary School Haverford PA

Last night, PA State Rep Greg Vitali held a Green Energy Meeting at Coopertown Elementary School to update local residents and businesses on new programs and financing available for energy efficiency upgrades.

With an audience composed of about one third homeowners, one third contractors, and one third small business owners, the speakers covered various programs currently underway.  They also highlighted resources that are available today for energy consumers in the area.

They split the presentation into four sections.  After a brief introduction by Rep Vitali, each speaker had about a twenty minute presentation followed by a lengthy open formal and then informal question and answer period.

Dan Griffiths, Director of Energy Technology and Deployment Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, was the first speaker covering the PA Sunshine Program and the state’s energy independence strategy.  Pennsylvania is making an over $650 million investment toward increasing our energy independence and promoting green energy in the state.  The state has already raised about $100 million in new bond funding with $30 million already being deployed in the new programs.  The program includes both funding and rebates for individual projects meeting their criteria.

The second speaker was Jeffery Gatter, Senior VP of AFC First Financial.  He delved more deeply primarily into the Keystone Help Program.  This program provides low cost financing for Energy Efficiency Home Improvements with interest rates and rebates varying on the type of projects being proposed.  This program is a key driver for both homeowners and contractors to make the investments cost effective for all involved.  Country Bridge Chadds Ford PARebates are available for projects completed after February 23, 2009 while financing is available for projects begun afte February 23, 2009.

The final speaker was Spencer Finch from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.  He covered the High Performance Green Building Program and how to approach these projects.  The key is to start small and do the obvious projects first before starting with the major retrofits and solar/geothermal options that are available.  He reviewed several of the resources available both in the area and nationally.

Thanks again to Representative Gregory Vitali’s efforts to put on another great program highlighting the steps the state is taking to help the state, residents, and the environment.  Be sure to check his website for upcoming legislation.

Classic Singles Lawn Bowling Tournament – Dupont Lawn Bowling Club Wilmington DE

May 21, 2009

Lawn Bowls SignThe Lawn Bowlers of the Northeast Division of the United States Lawn Bowls Association rolled into Wilmington DE last weekend for the Classic Singles Tournament held by the Dupont Lawn Bowling Club at the DuPont Country Club on Rockland Road.  Over twenty of the top regional bowlers competed over the weekend.

Lawn bowling has a long and varied history in the area.  Records show that lawn bowling has been a popular pastime in the area for over 300 hundred years.  Play was documented in Williamsburg as early as 1720 and probably was being played earlier.  Lawn Bowler Wilmington DEIn Europe, lawn bowling has been documented as far back as the 13th century.  Although it was banned for commoners to play in the UK from the mid 1400s to 1845 to encourage practicing archery, it continued to be played by royalty.  It is now being played around the world.

This weekend the bowlers played under cool and cloudy conditions for much of the time.  Five area clubs and several additional individuals were represented in the tournament.  The field included participants from the DuPont Lawn Bowling Club, The Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club, the Frick Park Lawn Bowling Club, the Essex County Lawn Bowling Club, and the New York Lawn Bowling Club.

Lawn Bowling Green Action DelawareAfter a full weekend of play, our congratulations go to Bud Fickley of the Frick Park LBC who won in a playoff with Dan Berg of the Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club placing second.  They were followed by Michelle Arculli and Rob Goldman of Baltimore.

Today outside the US, lawn bowling remains popular in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and several other locations around the world.  The US Lawn Bowls Association has split the country into 7 competitive divisions with multiple clubs throughout each region.  The local contacts for the DuPont Lawn Bowling Club are Sally Montigney and Tom Lawler.

Congratulations to all the players for a great weekend of play.

As always if you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to  contact me anytime.

Alternative Renewable Energy Sources – Radnor PA Sustainability Series

May 19, 2009

Just Consider:

Pennsylvania contributes 1% of GLOBAL greenhouse gases.

Think about the impact we are having globally from here in our own backyard.

Last night Radnor held the second meeting in it’s  Sustainability Series: Issues in Sustainable Living and Growth in Radnor TownshipHome Solar Array Thorbury Township PAThe night’s topic was Alternative, Renewable Energy Sources: Transforming our Energy Economy.  The series is hosted at the Radnor PA Township Municipal Building on Iven but the presentations are also aired live on Comcast Cable Channel 10 and Verizon FiOS Channel 30.

Sponsored by the Radnor Conservancy, the League of Women Voters of Radnor Township, and the Township of Radnor PA, the meeting started at 7PM and lasted until approximately 9PM.  There were four speakers in attendance for the night and they provided a great overview of the issues on a macro level.  This afforded a great follow up to the first topic in the series: Green Building 101.

In order of appearance, each speaker highlighted important items in four separate areas:

Wind Energy and Its Future as a National Energy Source
by: Brent Alderfer, Executive VP of Iberdrola Renewables (1)
Solar Energy: Transforming the Market
by: Sarah Hetznecker, Project Development Director of Conergy
Other Potential Players: Nuclear, Geothermal, and More
by: John C Nagle, Consulting Engineer
The Most Surprising New Source of Energy: Efficiency
by: Ginny Kreitler, President, Kreitler Research & Consulting, LLC
Advisor to Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

PA Field TractorAll the presentations highlighted both where we are today and the challenges that we are facing in the future. In addition, they stressed the importance that policy, not only economics, will play as the world deals with both the continuing rise in demand for energy and the required decrease in carbon for the good of the environment.  There are still many options available and choices to be made as we go forward.

The next presentation in the series will be in approximately two months and will deal with the steps that can be taken today in our homes and at the local level.

As always, if you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to ask anytime.

Green Notes for Delco PA Homes

April 10, 2009

As we enter firmly into spring, it’s a great time to clean up your yard, clear out your home, and get ready for summer.  It’s also important to remember not to forget to continue to attend to the environment.  Just a few reminders as we enter the outdoor season:

montboardThe second and last spring Delaware County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on Saturday April 25.  The collection will take place at the Emergency Services Training Center on 1600 Calcon Hook Rd in Sharon Hill Darby Township 19079.  Computers, monitors, scanners, printers, fax machines, and portable TVs will also be accepted at this event with a maximum of 3 systems per vehicle.  For more information, you can also check the Delaware County website.

Delaware County also now offers Free Collection of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs).  They will be accepted at any of the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events and can now be dropped off Monday CFLthrough Friday at the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority’s Office located in Rose Tree Park – Hunt Club at 1521 N Providence Rd (Rt 252) in Media just north of Route 1.  Home Depot is also accepting CFLs for recycling.  An estimated 99.9% of the mercury will be recovered.

Thinking of doing some additional retrofits?  Concerned about the returns and potential costs?  Check  for available programs in the state through the DSIRE website.  This site contains a great list of the available National, State, and Local incentives for renewable energy.  It is also a wealth of information for related programs and initiatives.

Also be sure to check Green and Save’s expanded website.  Their site is one of the leading resources for anyone who wants to save money and the environment while creating healthier PA homes and lifestyles.  It is packed with useful information, links, and resources that can be used throughout your personal and business life. Both the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors use it as a key education and information resource.

Again, enjoy the remaining days of spring as everything once again begins to grow and bloom around Pennsylvania.  As always, do not hesitate to contact me anytime with questions or ideas.

Gardening Resources in Suburban Philadelphia

February 18, 2009

Summer SkySpring is on its way and now is the time to plan and prepare for the new season. Whether it is for your garden, yard, or another property, there are many resources at your fingertips in Delaware County PA.  If you are considering a sale of your property this year, this is an incredibly important but often overlooked step in preparing your home.

The Delaware County Penn State Cooperative Extension offers many resources at no or minimal cost. The extension office is located off Paper Mill Road just east of the Blue Route at the Baltimore Pike exit in Springfield. The main office is in the original Lewis House but there is also an adjacent newer Environmental Center to the left of the parking lot.

The Delaware County office has adapted the traditional agricultural extension programs to serve the suburban/urban residents of the county. Their primary areas of focus include the 4-H/Youth Development Programs, Family Living & Child Care Professional Development, Home Horticulture & Urban Gardening, and Agrilculture/Commercial Horticulture Programs. “The Delaware County Penn State Cooperative Extension is dedicated to providing research based information to help individuals and families in solving everyday practices”.

Spring FlowersSome of the most useful information can be found through the Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County  program. If you have any questions, free home gardening advice is available through their volunteers. They are available in the extension office from 9-12 Tuesday and Thursday mornings during growing seasons and Tuesday mornings during the rest of the year and can be reached on their “Hort Line”: 610-690-2671 or email: In addition, they have their Home Gardeners’ School in April and a continuing series of Gardening Talks (next talk on March 14 on Hostas) on the second Saturday of each month for a small fee at the Environmental Center.

Another important program for kids is the 4-H Clubs. These include Agriculture Clubs, Veterinary Science Club, Horsemanship Classes, the Teen Council, and several additional programs. Some clubs are neighborhood or community centered groups but they also have access to the 4-H Farm and Educational Center at the Garrett Williamson Foundation on Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square.

You can also receive training and information through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In addition to their world class Garden Show, they have many additional programs throughout the city and region. Two that are applicable to Delaware County residents would be their Garden Tenders and Tree Tenders classes. The Garden Tender Courses are taught downtown, but the Tree Tenders hold classes in Philadelphia as well as the four adjacent counties.

There are additional resources available throughout Suburban Philadelphia from local schools, colleges, and retail businesses that you may also want to consider. To fully enjoy your property, prepare now and you can enjoy the fruits of your labors all summer long. If you are considering a move, this is one of the best things you can do to “stage” the exterior of your property in preparation to putting it on the market.