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Bubbling with field-trip excitement, a group of third graders entered Swarthmore Co-op eager for a tour. Passing bins of local apples, they peppered their guide with questions, wondering what makes a co-op a co-op?

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In the spectrum of jazz artists today, Hiromi Uehara is a talent that is unequivocally unrivaled. The Japanese pianist, and Berklee College of Music alumnus, has been pushing the boundary of what defines jazz and piano composition in modern music since her debut in 2003.

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UPPER MERION — In his 20 years of teaching at Upper Merion Area High School, Choir Director Brian Horoho has never taught a student as musically accomplished as Joe Galfi.

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The year 2020 means different things to different people, such as a graduation year, wedding year, birth of a child, or celebration of leap year. But 2020 should be important to all of us for one overriding reason, the U.S. Census. Every 10 years, by mandate of the U.S. Constitution, a census must be conducted of all persons living in the United States, regardless of immigration status, color, age, income status and location within the U.S. The results of the census are vitally important to all of us, both to ensure adequate representation in Congress, and so that we can receive our share of the $883 billion in federal funds distributed each year to 55 large census-guided programs, per the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. (See www.KeystoneCounts.org).

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Chances are you have grown accustomed to robots and automation in your day-to-day life, from the googly-eyed bot roaming the aisles of local grocery stores to the automated answering service that greets you when you call your bank. For the sake of efficiency and convenience, most of us have automated more and more of our daily lives.

ROXBOROUGH — Fall fun is brewing at the seventh annual “Roxtoberfest," the Roxborough neighborhood’s uniquely Philly spin on the world-renowned German Oktoberfest celebration. The popular, family-friendly event, presented this year by Roxborough Memorial Hospital, will take place on Saturday…

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Last Wednesday evening, the city’s beloved conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, energetically bound onto the stage of Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sporting his new blonde hair. It was enough of a change to spark excitement from the audie…

The Historical Society of Montgomery County will hold a series of classes on the history of World War II in Europe taught by Pottstown historian and writer Michael Snyder, who writes the First Sunday History features for MediaNews Group. The World War II series will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and November 6, in the Meeting Room of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown.

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All hands hoay, me hearties. Sail ho! Raise th’ Jolly Roger and grab yer cutlass for t’morrow’s th’ day when even a right landlubber doth change ’e’s tongue. ’Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day, so best be spending ye doubloons on a wee bit o’ local rum. Savvy?

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Welcome to ‘Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

The Roxborough Male Chorus will hold an open house on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Avenue at Hermitage Street, Philadelphia. There is free parking in the church parking lot and on the street.

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Welcome to ‘Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

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I’m always on the lookout for fun, new things to do in the area, so I couldn’t pass up an invitation to preview the upcoming 9th Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl last Wednesday night. If you’re asking how it can be a “new” thing to do, when it’s the “9th annual,” the answer is because it’s new to me. I’m just late for the party. Although I never went to the Philly Burger Brawl before, it always sounded “interesting,” so off I went to the media tasting preview tour to see what’s up with all this burger-hoopla, year after year.

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Welcome to ‘Seven in Seven,’ where each Friday we’ll be taking a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

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John Griffen’s creation was an ideal field artillery piece for the Civil War. Of relatively light weight, the tube weighed 816 pounds as compared to the 12-pound Napoleon that tipped the scales at 1,227 pounds. The rifling inside the barrel increased its accuracy and, range-elevated to 5 degrees above the horizontal, it could reach out to 1,835 yards, slightly more than a mile.

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According to the National Park Service, there are approximately 3,218 monuments and tablets on the Gettysburg Battlefield, including about 400 cannons. The tubes or barrels of the vast majority of these pieces were made during the Civil War and among these are many 3-inch ordnance rifles or Griffen Guns that were made in Phoenixville by the Phoenix Iron Co.

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According to an article in Forbes, yet another example of how the United States treats its elderly is the rapid “graying” of bankruptcy over the past few decades. The author of the Forbes article was actually reporting on an article in the U.K.’s Financial Times who told the story of the sad and uncomfortable situation regarding elders in American bankruptcy courts. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2019/08/15/elderly-bankruptcy-why/#2639d5bd4f51).

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Check out some new additions to the local restaurant scene like GG Italian in Glen Mills. Inspired by the chef’s daughter (GG), the menu’s “full of life, zest and will bring a smile to everyone's face” with everything from Crispy Calamari to Chicken Cutlet Italiano. www.ggitalian.com