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Finding out that you have been selected to be a family member’s Executor can be both an honor and a huge time commitment. Although each estate administration varies depending on the complexity and issues that may arise, there are certain duties of an Executor that are consistent regardless of those complexities and issues. It is important to understand that an Executor does not have any responsibilities before a death has occurred. Additionally, just because you are named as an Executor in a will does not mean that you have to accept that role. If you do not want to serve as the Executor you can sign a renunciation.

Music fans can once again look forward to a full slate of diverse concerts at the newly renovated Ardmore Music Hall. The venue is announcing an initial calendar of over 30 shows to kick off their fall calendar, highlighted by acts that include Del McCoury, Rebirth Brass Band, Los Amigos Invisibles, 10,000 Maniacs, Tommy Conwell, KRS-One, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Cabinet and many more.

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If you’ve ever direct-seeded lettuce, carrot, radishes, onions, or beets into your garden, you know how challenging it can be to handle those tiny seeds, and to get them only where you want them. This is why some seed companies offer these in seed tapes. Seed tapes are long strips of narrow-width paper, with seeds imbedded at the proper spacing for optimum growth out in the garden, whether you plant in-ground or in raised beds.

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WHITPAIN — Transitioning to adulthood can be a challenging time for students with autism and special needs as well as their families. Montgomery County Community College’s Bridging to the Future Conference can help connect students and families to the information, resources and strategies they need for successful transitions. The free online conference will be held on Saturday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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“All we ever talk about are the same things,” said a friend. “It’s the pandemic, politics, gun violence, racism, culture wars, immigration -- none of it any fun. We used to have so many more things to talk about.”

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Seasonal flowers. Lush foliage. Garden Burgers. Frozen Mojitos with butterfly pea powder. And even Frozen Gritty Margaritas. With all this, you’ll undoubtedly grow to love the Pop Up Gardens springing up around Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is opening gardens in Manayunk and on South Street.

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The pandemic put a damper on many summer traditions in 2020, including camp. Meant to occupy kids in fun, creative and physical ways during the balmy summer months, camp also serves as a childcare solution for working parents. Additionally, camp is a place where memories are made and new friendships and experiences are had.

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A Durable Financial Power of Attorney is an extremely important estate planning document. This document allows a competent adult to appoint an agent to act in your place with regard to your financial affairs if you would become incapacitated or be incapable of managing your finances for any reason.

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When it comes to planting vegetables, gardeners have at least four options. First, there's the time-honored method of planting seeds directly in the ground. Second is to buy seedlings and transplant them into the garden. Third is to start seeds indoors, several weeks before the optimum outdoor planting time for each vegetable type. The fourth is a combination of two or all of these options.

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If the thought of preparing a Passover seder feels like one more plague this year. Or if cooking Easter brunch or supper seems too “eggs-travagant,” there are several area restaurants that will do the cooking for you. Here’s a list of meals to-go and a few in-person options for each holiday too.

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“Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Most of us are probably familiar with this old adage. It’s an interesting, age-old piece of advice. But is it true? When I look around at (what many view as) God’s creation — this amazing planet of ours, plus all of the creatures on it — it looks like a mess to me!

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Referred to as “Filial Support,” Pennsylvania has a statute that creates liability for certain family members of an indigent person for their care (23 Pa. C.S.A. § 4603). The classification of family members under the law that can be held responsible include, a spouse, child, and a parent. For the law to apply, the individual must be indigent which simply means that the person lacks “sufficient means” to pay for their care and maintenance. It is important to understand that there is no requirement that the family member did something improper that resulted in the unpaid nursing home bill. Therefore, filial support can create liability regardless of whether the family member acted wrongfully.

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NORRISTOWN -- Although she wasn’t aware of it at the time, the seeds of Maya Crockem’s future as a woman in construction were planted early on in life. As a child, the Norristown resident would jump at every chance she got to try her hand at building something with her father, who was a carpenter. And visits to her grandmother’s house invariably included time with her learning something from one or more of HGTV’s home improvement programs.

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Len Davidson has been passionate about creating and preserving neon signs for more than 40 years. And during the dark days of the pandemic, he created a shiny new attraction for the city -- the Neon Museum of Philadelphia. The museum, which is located in the NextFab building in Olde Kensington, is home to120 of his150-piece neon collection, including vintage commercial signs, animated signs and one-of-a-kind artworks.

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Every month, there are assorted holidays, events, commemorations that give us permission to flaunt the usual healthy disciplines that determine the well-being of any conscious human being. You know -- the crunchy granola, low-fat, high-exercise, go-to-sleep-early routines.

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A Triceratops with a 1,000-pound head and three massive horns, a 15-foot-tall Wooly Mammoth, a 3,000 pound T-rex with a threatening jaw and a 98-foot long Alamosaurus with a 20-foot long tail will be the newest residents at the Philadelphia Zoo. These animatronic dinosaurs will be part of a major new exhibit opening on March 29.

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Despite snow still being on the ground, now is the time to start planning ahead for the growing season. If you do, you have a much greater chance of achieving success and finding enjoyment in your home gardening efforts.

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An advance directive includes both a living will and a health care power of attorney. The living will specifies your wishes regarding end of life care and the health care power of attorney appoints a health care agent to make decisions on your behalf regarding your health care if you are unable to understand or communicate your own wishes. But what happens if you do not have an advance directive and you are not competent to make decisions regarding your health care?

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Last week a Facebook friend shared with me a lovely little poem by Sudie Stuart Hager. Born in 1895, Hager was Poet Laureate of Idaho from 1949 to her death in 1982.

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WHITEMARSH -- Late last year, “The Queen’s Gambit” triggered widespread interest in the game of chess. The moody Netflix mini-series, adapted from Walter Tevis’ eponymous novel, sent chess-related sales skyrocketing. Participation in online chess games and audiences for tournaments boomed. The show’s impact reportedly surpassed the interest triggered by Bobby Fischer’s world chess championship win in 1972 and propelled actress Anya Taylor-Joy – who played protagonist Beth Harmon – to international fame.

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If you head out to some of the ski resorts in the region this season you’ll find that there are many things you can expect to see and experience that you’re used to. However, there will also be many aspects that are very different this year to ensure your safety on and off the slopes.

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For many, their home is their legacy and an asset they have planned to pass on to their children. When faced with the fear of the skyrocketing costs of long-term care in the United States, many ask the question: “how do I protect my house so the nursing home doesn’t take it?” and “should I gift my house to my children?” Usually gifting your house to your children is not the best way to protect it. In fact, a common misconception is that you must sell your house to qualify for Medicaid or that the nursing home will take your house. Although you generally do not need to sell your house to qualify for Medicaid, and the nursing home will not literally take your house, the fear of losing your house to the cost of long-term care is warranted.

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Every year, I look forward to the month of March, with both the Philadelphia Flower Show and my birthday falling in the same week. What better present than to be able to spend a day or two at the Philadelphia Convention Center, soaking up the sight of beautiful plants and intriguing landscape ideas, and learning new growing tips? This year, though, due to the pandemic, both the time and the location of the Show have been moved. The 2021 Show will be held in June. And, for the first time in the Show’s 192-year history, it will be held outdoors.

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My friend Elayne is doing yoga dance on Zoom. My friend Noelle calls me, dances on Facetime, we laugh, we hang up. My niece Barrie -- who I once snuck into a disco when she was only 15 -- is always good for a bump and grind hello. Her parents did forgive me, eventually.

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The “quarantine 15” or “COVID-15” are both terms referring to the common weight gain many people have experienced throughout the pandemic. The number on the scale may have been a surprise for many as they committed to making healthier life changes in the New Year. The year 2020 and even the beginning of 2021 has been very challenging.

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One way to safely skate through the winter, and perhaps the last few pre-vaccination months (hopefully) is by ice skating. Here’s what you can expect at local outdoor ice rinks.

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Estate planning is an essential step in the divorce process that is often overlooked. Careful attention must be afforded to the complex issues that may arise when dealing with an estate plan where a divorce action is pending or has been finalized. Your estate plan should be reviewed and updated after separation and before the initial filing of the divorce complaint as well as after the final decree of divorce has been entered.

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PLYMOUTH — Following the reading of Amanda Gorman’s powerful "The Hill We Climb" at President Joseph Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration, poetry became an unlikely headline-maker. At 22, Gorman – this country’s first-ever youth poet laureate – touched hearts and minds and propelled the genre into the national consciousness with her dramatic recitation.

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At the beginning of December, to bring some living color into the house, I bought a single red poinsettia plant. Perfect! That’s all I wanted. And then, for a holiday gift, one of our in-laws sent us a large basket of plants. As a gesture, it was lovely. And it did provide more color. But for me, it was as if someone had left a box of Easter chicks on the front step. Here was something alive, that we — meaning I — would have to take care of.