Conservancy all geared up

for snow party in Gladwyne

The Lower Merion Conservancy is offering its first Impromptu Snow Adventure in Rolling Hill Park, 1301 Rose Glen Rd., Gladwyne.

As for date and time, it's up to the weather. When and if it snows this winter, the nonprofit group will invite people to play and learn in the snow for an afternoon that will include sledding, learning about how animals survive in the winter, and drinking hot chocolate.

To participate, call 610-645-9030 or e-mail

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. The conservancy will e-mail registered participants, and let them know the first weekend date with adequate snow. The event costs $4 per person or $10 for a family, and the fee is payable at the event.

MLK award this year to go

to the Upper Merion police

Upper Merion Township's Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Committee will honor the township's police department with its annual MLK Humanitarian Award.

The honor will be given at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Upper Merion Middle School, 450 Keebler Rd., King of Prussia. The award is part of the committee's annual program in honor of the civil rights leader.

The committee cited the police department's diversity, race-relations training for its officers, and sensitivity to the needs of all citizens regardless of race, gender, or ethnic background.

Past winners include Philadelphia Mayor John Street, who attended Upper Merion schools through eighth grade; Dr. Norman Washington and Doris Freeman, who have worked on behalf of fair housing in the area; and former Upper Merion Area School District Superintendents Terry Mancini, Laura Michener and Charlie Scott for their support of public education.

Student musicians from the Upper Merion Area School District will perform at the ceremony, and Montgomery County Commissioners, state legislators, local school board members and others are scheduled to attend. Awards for youth essay, art and poster contests conducted in Upper Merion schools also will be given out at the free event.

The observance of the King holiday will conclude with a service project, part of the King Day of Service throughout the area Jan. 21. The local group will bring, prepare and serve brunch and conduct a service in memory of King at Bethesda Broad Street, a permanent residence for formerly homeless men and women in Philadelphia.

For more information, contact David Broida, chair of the Upper Merion Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Committee, at 610-864-4303 or

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CityTeam's final appeal

to aid families this holiday

CityTeam Ministries, a Chester-based nonprofit organization that serves the poor and homeless in the Philadelphia area, needs help to provide food to more than 800 low-income families and deliver toys to more than 2,000 children this holiday season.

The group also seeks assistance to start prepping for next year's event.

At this point, the organization prefers donations of money because it provides flexibility and prevents overstocking or understocking of specific items, a CityTeam spokesperson said.

Tax-deductible cash contributions via check or money order should be made to "CityTeam Ministries," with the notation "Holiday Food Drive."  Donations can be sent to CityTeam, 634 Sproul St., Chester, Pa. 19013, or made by visiting

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Also on the Web site, donors can sign up for the Memorial Gift Program. A $25 gift provides toys for a needy child, and the donor will receive a card to honor or pay tribute to a loved one.

Tax-deductible contributions of toys can be delivered directly to CityTeam's Rescue Mission, 634 Sproul St., Chester. It will be open for holiday collections between 9 a.m. and noon tomorrow and reopen for toy collections from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Volunteers are also needed Friday, when all extra toys must be moved from the Chester Armory at Eighth and Sproul Streets to the main building at Seventh and Sproul. To volunteer for the 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. shift or the 1 to 4 p.m. shift, call volunteer coordinator Paul Homan at 610-872-6865, Ext. 114.

- Ed Mahon