MIDDLETOWN — In an annual tradition, the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC) recently presented awards for environmental stewardship at the Barn at Tyler Arboretum in Media. This year, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College received the Organizational Stewardship Award; Apple Leisure Group of Newtown Square received the Corporate Stewardship Award; Tracy Bouvette of Swarthmore received the Environmental Leadership Award; and Kurt Leininger of Malvern as Volunteer Stewardship Award. The annual event is hosted by CRC to recognize extraordinary contributions by individuals and organizations for work and dedication to our watersheds.

The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott. The idyllic property that today makes up the Swarthmore College campus is often named one of the most beautiful in the country, in large part due to the Arboretum’s plant collections and gardens. Crum Woods encompasses 220 acres of campus as mostly forested land straddling the Crum Creek in Swarthmore. The Arboretum staff and dedicated volunteers have worked to have Crum Woods represent a natural ecosystem indicative of Eastern Pennsylvania. Claire Sawyers, Executive Director of the Scott Arboretum, accepted the award for the organization.

CRC’s first-ever Corporate Stewardship Award was presented to Apple Leisure Group of Newtown Square, one of the world’s leading travel, leisure and hospitality management groups. Apple Leisure’s AM Resorts is North America’s fastest growing luxury resort company. Their commitment to the environment is also well established and growing with each year. Last year, Apple Leisure Group became CRC’s first corporate partner, sponsoring two significant tree planting and streams cleanup projects at Garrett Williamson in Newtown Square and Cheyney University in West Chester. The company’s hardworking and committed group of volunteers made a real difference in these watersheds’ sites. Ferenc Kitzinger of Apple Leisure Group accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

Environmental Leadership Award recipient Tracy Bouvette of Swarthmore has an over 40 year career in the areas of water resources and environmental management. After retiring from consulting, Bouvette joined the CRC Board four years ago. In July 2016 he became Board President and Acting Executive Director of CRC, making critical contributions during an important time for the organization, especially in the areas of fiscal management, refining the organization’s mission, and enhanced fundraising.

Kurt Leininger of Malvern was presented with the Volunteer Stewardship Award. Among Leininger’s many years of volunteer contributions to CRC, he has served as an enthusiastic site coordinator for the annual CRC Streams Cleanup. He also locates potential new sites for many CRC projects, scouting the watersheds for locations that would be suitable for cleanups or plantings.

In addition to the 2019 Awards presentations, guests enjoyed a presentation by Colin Purrington of Swarthmore on the dreaded Spotted Lanternfly. The former Swarthmore College evolutionary biology professor currently writes a blog in which he shares his nature photography and various biology projects, most recently giving away 500 milkweed seedlings to spur the population of monarch butterflies in Swarthmore.

In addition to a silent auction, attendees at the annual dinner also contributed to the CRC Tree Fund, which funds tree plantings throughout the year. CRC plants 300 to 500 trees a year along with hundreds of shrubs in areas along creek beds and in neighboring woodlands.

CRC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Among the many special celebrations will be a birthday party at the organization’s headquarters at Willistown Township’s Okehocking Preserve on May 30. Schedules for all CRC Events, as well as more information about the organization and how to volunteer or contribute, can be found at crcwatersheds.org.

Upper Darby Marine Corps Detachment holds holiday toy and food collection

The Upper Darby Detachment of the Upper Darby Detachment #884 Marine Corps League will host its annual holiday toy and food collection open house 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the detachment home, 1026 Providence Rd., Secane. Price of admission is a $10 or better toy, or cash equivalent. The League will not be collecting food, but would appreciate cash or gift certificates,so the receiving families can purchase the holiday meal of their choice. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa will make an appearance for the kids. All collections go to families in need in the local area.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office kicked off annual Mitten Tree Drive

Now through Dec. 27, employees of the Sheriff’s Office will collect new mittens, scarves, hats and winter accessories to donate to children in need in Delaware County. The items will be donated to the emergency shelter and transitional housing clients of the Community Action Agency of Delaware County. Items can be dropped off at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in the Courthouse, 201 W. Front St. Media. The names of donors will be added to the Christmas Tree outside of the Sheriff’s Office.

Media Theatre presents ‘Elf, The Musical’ during holiday season

The Media Theatre will present “Elf, The Musical,” running through Jan. 12. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, “Elf” instills the holiday spirit in young and old with a story by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin and upbeat songs by Tony nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.

Buddy, a young orphan, is accidentally transported to the North Pole where he is raised by elves, unaware that he is a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making skills cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and his true identity. Throughout his adventure, Buddy is determined to win over everyone he meets and to remind New Yorkers about the true spirit of Christmas.

For show times and ticket information, visit www.mediatheatre.org or call the Media Theatre, 610-891-0100.

Haverford Historical Society hosts holiday house tour

The twelfth annual Haverford Historical Society Holiday House Tour is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. For tickets, call Terri Dougherty at 610-449-1571 or email terridesign88@yahoo.com.

Sen. Kearney hosts rebate assistance events

Sen. Tim Kearney (D – Delaware, Chester) will host two property tax/rent rebate assistance events, on Sunday, Dec. 13, and again on Friday, Dec. 20. Both events will be held at his district office in Springfield.

Since the rebate program’s inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters; half of Social Security is excluded.

For more information, call Sen. Kearney’s office at 610-544-6120.

Readers can submit community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com/.

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