Garnet Valley wins first Hi-Q contest of 2019

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 Garnet Valley High School’s Hi-Q team won the first competition of 2019, scoring highest in a competition against Upper Darby High School and Academy of Notre Dame de Namur. Pictured are GVHS Hi-Q Team members, left to right, front, Patrick Li, Aadarsh Balaji, Sai Mamidala, Aditi Sridhar, Vishesh Patel, back, Neeraj Shenoy, Brandon Gorski, Harry Markel, Kushagra Gupta and Jeffrey Lin. Missing from photo: faculty advisors Lesley Arensberg and Sandra Dubnansky.

UPPER DARBY —  Delco Hi-Q’s 71st season resumed on January 4 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Upper Darby played host to Garnet Valley and Academy of Notre Dame on the first week back from winter break. Notre Dame, not wanting to miss a chance to participate, cut their break one day early to get back to competing. All three teams were off to a great start by correctly answering their first questions in Current Events. Garnet Valley quickly pulled in front of their competitors early in the match with a perfect first half. At half-time, Garnet Valley led with 34 points to Upper Darby’s 19 and Notre Dame’s 18.

The second half is when Upper Darby came on strong, scoring in every category except Art History.  When it came time for the last question, Upper Darby pulled within seven points of Garnet Valley. With only four points left to earn in Math, it was apparent that Garnet Valley would win but that didn’t stop their competition from trying. The top seven teams at the end of the season earn a trip to the playoffs, so every point counts as the season moves forward. Final Scores: Upper Darby, 48: Garnet Valley, 53: Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, 25.

Delco Hi-Q is a partnership between Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation. FMFCU Vice President Rick Durante serves as Director and Quizmaster, FMFCU Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Danielle Griffin is Hi-Q Assistant Director, and DCIU’s Dave Bramble is the production engineer. In addition to support from the 21 participating schools, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation are the primary corporate sponsors. Additional support comes from longtime sponsor Kimberly-Clark Chester Operations and the Delaware County Daily Times.

Free ‘Winter Highlights’ tour at Scott Arboretum

The community is invited to experience the beauty of the winter garden with Scott Arboretum staff during a free Winter Highlights Tour of Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College 12 noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin in the Scott Arboretum offices. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be cancelled.

The Scott Arboretum is a unique garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging horticulture in its broadest sense through displays on the 350-plus acre campus of Swarthmore College. The Arboretum is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org.

McGeehan joins Aston Financial staff

Neil J. McGeehan has joined the staff at Aston Financial Services, Inc., a mortgage broker with offices in Springfield. McGeehan is also an active affiliate member of Suburban West Realtors Association.

Get in shape while having fun and supporting Tinicum Fire Company

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Tinicum Township Fire Department and Fierce Nutrition will host Cardio Drumming sessions for adults of all ages at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the firehouse, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington. The weekly fundraiser is open to both men and women. Cardio drumming is an exercise done with drumsticks in a bucket that burns 450 calories in one hour.  The class is facilitated by instructor Peggy Harding. To RSVP or find out more information, visit the “Tinicum Firehouse Cardio Drumming” page on Facebook or stop by the firehouse during the designated times to try a class.

COSA invites older adults to join walking program at Springfield Mall

Adults age 60 and over  are invited to join the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging (COSA) at Springfield Mall for the Arthritis Foundation’s evidence-based Walk with Ease Program.  The free program is proven to reduce the pain of arthritis; increase balance, strength and walking pace; build confidence in your ability to be physically active; and improve your overall health.  Participants receive the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease Guide Book, a guide to walking for better health, improved fitness and less pain.  Information is shared at each session and then the group walks, each at his or her own pace.  The program will be held three days each week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 10 a.m., now through February 15. The group will meet on the ground floor outside Target where the tables and chairs are located. Call COSA at 610-499-1937 to register.

Travel with Ridley Ed Foundation to see ‘Kinky Boots’

The Ridley Educational Foundation will host a trip to New York to see the award winning musical Kinky Boots on March 23. The show, written and produced by Cyndi Lauper, will end its long Broadway run this April.  The trip will depart from Ridley High School at 9 a.m. and return by 9 p.m.  Cost for tickets in the front mezzanine is $185. Seats are limited and $100 will reserve a  spot,  with the $85 balance due Feb 1.

Checks may be mailed to: Broadway with Carol, 640 E. Springfield Rd., Springfield, PA 19064.  People should include an email address, cell phone number ,the code “ref3/23” and with whom they wish  to be seated. Credit cards are accepted for payment in full only plus service fee through paypal by visiting www.broadwaywithcarol.com/.  For questions call Carol O’Leary at 610-331-7289 .

Delco fire officials suggest new year’s resolution

Fire company leaders from across Delaware County suggest making a resolution that will make a difference to many-- volunteering at the local fire house or rescue squad. According to Delaware County Fireman’s Association President Judy Kirby, a firefighter, emergency medical technician (EMT), and instructor with S.M. Vauclain Fire Company in Crum Lynne and Rocky Run Fire Company in Media, the need for volunteers has never been greater. Whether someone wants to fight the flames, provide medical help and transport to the sick or hurt, or support those who do in a non-emergency role, a Delaware County fire company or rescue squad has volunteer roles available.

Firefighters and EMTs receive training. Non-emergency volunteers do just about everything else. Examples include administrative and office duties, building maintenance, community outreach, and teaching fire prevention and safety skills at schools and community events. Whatever a volunteer’s skill set, the local fire company or rescue squad needs it. In  addition to  the multitude of adult volunteer positions, teenaged junior firefighters are also needed. Junior firefighters  assist full firefighters and begin firefighter training that will prepare them to become full members at 18.

To volunteer or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit www.fightdelcofires.com or stop by the local firehouse.

Author to discuss book on creativity at Aston Library    

Aston Public Library, 3270 Concord Rd., Aston Twp., will present Book Talk with author Christine Burke 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Burke, author of "The Well-Nourished Artist- 8 Ways to Feed Your Creative Soul," will lead an activity that will help participants tap into their own creativity. The author is also a certified health coach and artist and owner of LiveYourCreativity.com.

Admission is free and books will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author. Seating is limited. Register by calling 610-494-5877.

Readers can e-mail community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21stcenturymedia.com/.

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