Overbrook School students serenade Middletown center

Two dozen students from the Overbrook School for the Blind sang to 100 residents of Granite Farms Estates, a retirement center in Middletown, on Dec. 18.

Granite Farms Estates' choir will perform for the students at their Philadelphia school in February. Herman Giersch, who taught music for more than 40 years in the Lower Merion School District and who performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall, started this dual-performance tradition 10 years ago.

The school's bell choir, led by James Palmer of the Overbrook School, performed four selections, as did the chorus, taught by Bonnie Powell. Students and Granite Farms Estates residents joined together to sing a hymn in Latin.

After the performance, seniors gave students stockings filled with goodies, and presented a donation to the Overbrook School for the Blind.

Lectures begin next week on Mideast obstacles

Covenant United Methodist Church in Springfield will host a lecture series starting next week on obstacles to peace in Israel, Palestine and the rest of the Middle East.

The studies will be held on Sunday mornings from 10 to 10:50 from next Sunday through Feb. 3 at the church, Springfield Road and Saxer Avenue, Springfield.

The series' speakers have lived in or recently visited the Middle East.

The lectures are part of the church's yearlong adult study program, "Pursuing Peace with Justice." The event is free. For more information, call the church office at 610-544-1400.

Operation Warm donates 150 children's winter coats

Operation Warm recently donated more than 150 winter coats in children's sizes to be used by patients at Crozer-Keystone Health System hospitals.

The coats will be distributed to children in need on a case-by-case basis by employees in the Pediatrics Unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, the Ambulatory Services Department at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, the Healthy Start program based at Chester's Community Hospital, and Social Work departments throughout the health system.

For more information about Operation Warm, a nonprofit based in Kennett Square, call 610-925-5700 or visit

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- Ed Mahon