The members Pennsauken Fire Department are mourning the loss today of Deputy Chief Jack Weiss, 90, of the East Pennsauken Volunteer Fire Association, No.1. He was a patriarch, ambassador, teacher, and member the Greatest Generation. Deputy Chief Weiss was immensely loved by his family, friends and decades of members of the Pennsauken Fire Department. As the finest example of what it means to be one of us, Deputy Chief Weiss maintained a constant presence among our members at meetings, drills and on the fireground throughout his 64 years of service to the Township of Pennsauken. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Congratulations to firefighters Alexander Grant and William Marshall on the completion of EMT Training - including more than 200 hours of coursework and 10 hours of Emergency Room time - through Mt. Laurel Emergency Medical Services. The Emergency Services Training Center is dedicated to providing quality training and education to our Fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Law Enforcement professionals, and organizations that serve our communities. Great job!
On May 13th, Thomas A. Holland, of Merchantville, was appointed by the Senate president to the New Jersey Military Skills Council. The Council is responsible to assess the condition of military skills and training in the State and to advise the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Education on expenditures from the Workforce Development Partnership Fund and other State funds for the training and education of workers in preparation for jobs with the military and supporting industries. The five military installations in NJ are: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; Picatinny Arsenal; United States Naval Weapons Station Earle; Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing; and United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
Here's a video update on how the three bean varieties and the pollinator garden along the Wellwood Park tennis courts are progressing after the first month. Several of the beans are just beginning to bloom with a sweet light purple flower - good news that those plants have fully matured and are ready to begin reproducing. The west side of our tennis planter area gets significantly more sun than the east - something to keep in mind next year - but, I expect those east side stragglers to catch up.
As a third-generation Funeral Director, Matthew Gaskill, owner of Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services, has been actively involved in the funeral service for over twenty years. And, as a Borough resident, he and his wife, Mary-Elizabeth and their daughter, Meredith, have been dedicated to the local community. Matt is President of the Merchantville Task Force, Chairman of the Pennsauken-Merchantville Area Chamber of Commerce, a parishioner at St. Peter R.C. Church, Past President and member of the Burlington County and West Jersey Funeral Directors Association. He's also a member of numerous community and charitable organizations. Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home is a family owned and operated funeral home providing a tradition of personal and compassionate service that is especially important at one of the most difficult times in our lives - the loss of a loved one.
On Saturday May 4th the Borough of Merchantville and American Legion F. W. Grigg Post 68 dedicated a portion of West Chestnut Avenue "Corporal Grigg Way". Mayor Brennan spoke of the positive impact the Post has had on Merchantville and the surrounding communities during the past 100 years. Thanks to the entire Merchantville/ Pennsauken/Cherry Hill community that came out in support of this event. This young 19 year old Doughboy - one of 11 children - with his entire life ahead of him, fell in combat and rests in an American Cemetery in France. Many, many thanks to Zachary Moore and his father George for capturing the Corporal Grigg Way street dedication on video.
The Public Works department has announced a new schedule for brush and yard-waste pick up. For the East Side (properties from Center Street eastward to Ivins Avenue) pick-up is on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month; West Side (properties from Center Street westward to West End Avenue) pick-up is on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month; and, there is NO pick-up on the 5th Wednesday of the month. Brush consists of: leaves, tree limbs, grass clippings, hay, corn stalks, organic matter; which can be bagged, put in cans or tied in bundles of no more that 40 Lbs. or 4 feet in length. Please have items ready for pick up by 7:00 a.m.
If you are lucky - like Merchantville - you have farmer's markets in your area. But that can get very expensive and take time - driving to the market, parking, then make your way through others trying to get their fresh produce in the few hours that the market is open. So what is the alternative? Growing your own food. It's possible on a small scale, regardless of time, space, money and knowledge. And, encouraging children to grow their own food is one of the best things parents can do. It teaches them responsibility for a living thing, that vegetables can taste good and that they can become more self sufficient and not reliant on big food companies. If you need help getting started message us at IE Merchantville!
Mother Earth News shares a great article on how you can simply recycle your own grounds and expect to produce a few pounds of beautiful oyster mushrooms a week—at which point you’ll need to create an oyster mushroom dressing, sautéing your harvest in a balsamic vinaigrette and tossing it over fresh greens crumbled with feta cheese. Step-by-step instructions.