MIDDLETOWN – The Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association recently presented the organization’s annual environmental awards at the Tyler Arboretum in Media Barn. The awards, which celebrate commitment to the environment and local watersheds, were presented to: Harrah’s Philadelphia, of Chester, who received the Corporate Stewardship Award; Garrett Williamson, of Newtown Square, who received the Organizational Stewardship Award; Michael McGraw, of Broomall, who received the environmental leadership award, and; Kevin Magerr, of the Township of Exton, who received the Volunteer Stewardship Award.
CRC recognized Harrah’s Philadelphia as a corporate citizen who has made a vital contribution to the maintenance of local watersheds. Finding a balance between business and environmental stewardship is not straightforward, and CRC awarded Harrah’s the Corporate Stewardship Award for prioritizing these efforts. Harrah’s and Caesar’s Entertainment are working to emphasize corporate social responsibility, investing some $ 67 million in local communities. Over the past 10 years, Caesar’s has also succeeded in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 19.7%.
The company also prioritizes service to employees through its HERO volunteer program. For many years, Harrah’s has shared its loyal and enthusiastic volunteer groups for CRC’s tree planting, maintenance and stream clean-up events. Harrah’s also provided key support to CRC’s programs, from the annual stream clean-up to the planting of several trees and the annual awards dinner. The company recently awarded a grant to CRC’s growing efforts to focus on the needs of the town of Chester, where Harrah’s is located.
CRC Organizational Stewardship Award winner Garrett Williamson is one of CRC’s repeat tree planting sites due to its importance to the region’s watersheds, beauty, historic purpose and support of the people who work there. Garrett Williamson’s 240 acres of land have been carefully protected and donated by Elizabeth Garrett to support children and mothers in need. Today, Garrett Williamson enriches the lives of children and families in the greater Philadelphia area through educational, environmental and recreational programs at their historic farm.
Garrett Williamson’s land also abuts Crum Creek, which flows directly into Springton Reservoir, which provides drinking water to thousands of residents of southeastern Pennsylvania. Garrett Williamson has partnered with CRC to ensure their lands are optimally maintained, especially within local watersheds. They have provided countless volunteers for over six planting and maintenance projects and also co-sponsored two birding hikes with CRC this spring and fall.
The CRC Environmental Leadership Award recognizes an individual who devotes a large part of his life to protecting and preserving the environment, presented this year to Mike McGraw. McGraw is a senior wildlife biologist and ecologist at Applied Ecological Services, one of the country’s oldest ecological restoration companies, now part of Resource Environmental Solutions, the country’s largest ecological restoration company. He is part of a team that works to apply the science of ecology to land use decisions, traveling across the country to provide advice on ecology and design.
McGraw has also found the time to protect and preserve local watersheds through his work with CRC. He has been the Stream Clean-up Site Coordinator at CRC’s Drexel Lodge Park site since 2012. In addition to the clean-up itself, McGraw also shares lists of birds seen during the event. He also leads bird walks for the CRC Education and Outreach Committee.
A local non-profit organization with a small staff and a small budget, CRC could not function without the dedication of volunteers. CRC presented its 2021 Volunteer Stewardship Award to Kevin Magerr, Adjunct Professor at Temple College of Engineering. Magerr has almost 40 years of experience in environmental protection. Recently retired from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, he worked in the water protection division for 30 years.
Magerr’s volunteer efforts reflect the full range of CRC activities, from digging holes and shoveling mulch into tree plantations to serving as the site’s stream clean-up coordinator for many years at the site. from Lewis Fisher Park. He also sits on the Education and Outreach Committee of CRC, a subcommittee of the CRC Board that plans, organizes and implements the educational component of CRC programs. Magerr has been focused on helping CRC identify ways to engage young people, make CRC nature hikes fun and educational for children by creating activities for them to do hands-on investigations in streams. Most recently, Magerr coordinated the CRC Family Ride to Newlin Grist Mill. He is part of their board of directors.
For more information on CRC, including its tree plantations, stream clean-ups and educational events, or to register as a volunteer, visit http://crcwatersheds.org.
The St. Herman Russian Food Festival offers take-out only
St. Herman’s Orthodox Church, 1855 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, will hold its annual Festival of Russian Cuisine from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday November 6-7 and November 13-14.
Everyone is welcome for a âTaste of Traditionâ. This year the festival is a take-out only event, which features perogies, stuffed cabbages, blinis, cevapcici, Kolbassi sandwiches, halushki, homemade pastries and other specialties.
People can order through an outside drive-thru menu without ever leaving their car or they can order online for easy pickup at https://store.sthermansoca.org/festival, Further information is available at http://www.StHermansOCA.org.
Race For Peace organizes a âBalling Against Gun Violenceâ event
Race For Peace will host a Balling Against Gun Violence, 3-point basketball contest and awards ceremony, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 at Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby . The event will feature food, fun, entertainment and a special guest. Free entry. For more information, contact Hameen Diggins at 484-620-4816 or Andrew Howell at 267-339-4313.
Kearney and Delloso host free e-waste and shredding event
State Senator Tim Kearney, D-26 from Swarthmore and State Representative Dave Delloso, D-162 from Ridley Park, announced that they will jointly host a free event on e-waste and shredding, of 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, October 30. at Interboro High School in Prospect Park.
This event is open to residents; no commercial enterprise will be allowed. Voters are encouraged to come to the event to get rid of confidential and unnecessary documents. All materials will be shredded on site and recycled later. Each car will be allowed to shred up to four boxes / bags of documents.
Residents can also safely dispose of old electronics during the event. Acceptable items for electronic waste disposal include old laptops, tablets, computer towers, smartphones, and hard drives. Televisions and any other electronic device not listed will not be accepted at this event.
Volunteers will also be on hand to pick up non-perishable items to help those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Participants are encouraged to donate canned or canned foods. All items collected will be donated to the Share Food program.
Items needed are green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, chicken broth, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, gravy, egg noodles, elbow pasta, mashed potatoes of earth, stuffing and cornbread.
Share Food Program is a nonprofit organization focused on ending food insecurity in the Philadelphia area through food distribution, education and advocacy. Through partnerships with nearly 800 schools and over 450 community organizations across the region, Share Food Program is the largest food bank in the Philadelphia area and one of the largest independent food banks in the country.
To learn more about the Share Food program, visit http://www.sharefoodprogram.org.
Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]