Category: Ramblings

The Cautionary Tale of East Lancaster

Crossing my Twitter feed today was a brief announcement that the middle and high schools in East Lancaster School district is going remote starting tomorrow. “The Garden Spot campus (MS/HS) will switch to virtual learning for all learners starting Wednesday, September 29 and switch back on Monday, October […]

How To Reduce Junk Mail/Calls/etc

Last Sunday, during remote church in our living room, a contractor (without a permit) knocked on our door and asked if we wanted the hole in our driveway filled in. Not the best timing. Garden City has gotten a bit of a reprieve from the constant stream of […]

A Survey For SEPTA

I saw on Billy Penn that SEPTA is currently conducting a survey about use of its Regional Rail system. Garden City is less accessible to SEPTA’s Regional Rail than the northern parts of the township, but its probably still of interest to many commuters that rely on it […]

Aqua Plans to Raise Rates

In the last few weeks there have been a couple of good articles about Aqua’s plans to raise rates. They’ve asked the state PUC for approval to raise water rates by 17% and wastewater rates by 33%. WHYY covered it here and the DelCo Times story is here. […]

Preparing for a Storm

This morning the weather forecast calls for possible tropical storm conditions tomorrow. So it seems like a good time to review emergency planning. One of the missions of the Citizen Corp is to improve citizen readiness. The Red Cross has a list here. Water, 1 gallon per person. […]

NPE is not a Great Place to be a Tree

Hopefully the piece last week convinced you that trees provide numerous benefits to the people that use the space around them. This past weekend I took a look at the township’s largest land-owner, the school district. The schools have planted a fair number of trees, but they tend […]

In Defense of Trees

I’ve had a few conversations recently with Garden City residents complaining about the costs of tree maintenance and their intention to remove trees on their property. On my way around the neighborhood it seems like there’s always a large tree being taken down. But the arguments being made […]

The Covid Vaccine Success in PA

On NPR’s Covid tracker, I saw that Pennsylvania hit 1 case/100k/day. Its on the threshold of going into the green, low risk category, something it hasn’t done since, well, I’m not sure it ever did. On the line chart, Covid rates are the lowest since the initial outbreak […]

Solar Panels, Part 1

This year we decided to get solar panels on our house for a variety of reasons, the main one being that our roof is nearing the end of its lifetime. I thought I’d write up my research so that it might help others. The best approach to decarbonizing […]

Large Fuel Spill in Brookhaven

Front page on yesterday’s DelCo Times was a story about a fuel spill in Brookhaven at the Gas N Go there. The spill has killed wildlife and looks to have closed nearby Coeburn Elementary for the remainder of the school year. The Inquirer has a further story today […]