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Borough Newsletter – Spring 2011

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Mayor’s Column
Welcome new Library Director
Plant Exchange
Yard Waste Pick-up
Arbor Day Celebration
Union Athletic Association
Independence Day Celebration

Lansdowne Folk Club
Memorial Day Parade
Important Information from Borough Staff
Upcoming Events
Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day!
2011 Meeting Dates
Yard Sale Day
Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary

Mayor’s Column

By Jayne Young

Thank goodness, after the Winter we have had, Spring is finally here and so begins a season filled with a multitude of activities and events. As you read through this newsletter you will find much to keep you involved and amused. Because this is the last newsletter until fall I plan to take you all the way from April to July.

First and not a moment too soon the Yard Waste Pick up returns and after this past winter’s storms we all have our work cut out for us. Fallen branches and overgrown vines can all be placed curbside for this environmental pick up.

After your clean up is complete you may want to add a little something. GLFL is hosting another Plant Exchange. Bring a plant to take a plant. It’s a great way to thin the overgrowth and get something new at the same time.

Lansdowne is not all work no play so be prepared to be entertained. A new play from our own Celebration Theater followed by a Folk Club performance and the return of the “Red, White and Bluesy” fundraiser for the Union AA.

For the civic minded “Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day” is back. This year we are adding a public shredding service. Bring your records and personal papers so they can be shredded beyond recognition. Take note Arbor Day event will be help at 7pm this year. Same place, same commitment to trees.

In May, we can shop at the Arts and Crafts sale and the Town Wide Yard Sale. A trip to Italy, with the Lansdowne Symphony, is scheduled early on and on May 30th we can run the distance at the Memorial Day 5k the morning of our annual parade. Thank goodness the Farmer’s Market returns May 28th and we once again have a place to meet and mingle which we do so well.

Independence Day will be upon us in no time at all and that rounds out the season’s activity calendar. The details to all the happenings can be found in this newsletter, so save it, refer to it often and don’t miss a thing.

Welcome our new Library Director

Sandra Samuel Giannella, to Lansdowne

I know it must seem like “Groundhog Day” at the Lansdowne Library but, we have a new Director. The extensive search is over and the Library Board has hired a gem.

Sandra comes from the Phoenixville Library where she was Director of Youth Services. She has been in the Library Science field 20 years, beginning her career in Maryland. Her undergraduate degree was in Communications/Theater and she is a self proclaimed lover of the classics. From Greek and Roman mythology to the Opera she is what one might call a buff.

I asked her if anything surprised her about Lansdowne’s Library? Knowing that libraries across the state are taking a real hit financially, to the point that it is hard to function, she was happy to learn that Lansdowne is committed to theirs. All the employees that she spoke with were eager to share how much they love the library and want a director that will love it as well.

Sandra found the children’s section a real treasure, “It’s Gorgeous.” Over the years she has learned how important it is to make a building as visually attractive and inviting as possible. Since most outside funding is tied to circulation, increasing circulation is vital. Marketing becomes a really big deal and the visually exciting attracts patrons.

So here are her literary stats:
Favorite Author: Robert Graves
Favorite Genre: Historical Fiction.
Other authors she named in a high speed list: Ann Rice, J.R.R. Tolkein, C. S. Lewis, Maurice Sendak, Hans Christian Anderson and Edward Gorey. “Legends.”

Her philosophy on Libraries: They are truly democratic. Because they are public and all are welcome they break down boundaries. They expose everyone equally to the wider world around them. “The best thing a library can do is open your mind.”

She really cannot wait to start working here and has found much to interest her. Sandra has already offered to help with the Lansdowne Theater. ( remember she was a Communication/ Theater Major). She said the connection between the arts and libraries can not be overstated.

Sandra is eager to meet you all so stop by our library and welcome our new director.

Plant Exchange

Saturday, May 21st
10:00-12 noon.

Sponsored by the GLFL

Spring is a great time to divide your overgrown plants. Bring a plant to exchange for another. If you don’t have any plants to give, pay $1.00 for available plants.

Main Parking Lot on Lansdowne Ave. (across from the movie theater)

Yard Waste Pick-up has begun.

Every other Wednesday leave yard waste at the curb.

Place yard debris directly in trash cans or large brown paper yard waste bags sold at hardware and grocery stores.

Branches and sticks must be bundled together and tied with string.

No plastic bags, please.

Arbor Day Celebration

Friday, April 29th
Sycamore Park
All welcome

Mark your calendars!

The Union Athletic Association
Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2011.

A full mile long parade with marching bands, antique cars, children’s decorated bikes and floats will begin at 9:00AM.

In the evening there will be a great fireworks program with live music beginning at 7:00PM.

Come out for one of the best days the borough has to offer.

Lansdowne Folk Club

4/28/2011 7:30 PM
Joe Crookston

Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Ave.

Cost: $15/18
For more information call, 610-622-7250

Memorial Day Parade

The Lansdowne Business Association invites all to gather along the parade route on May 30, 2011 and to join in remembering and honoring those who went to war and gave their lives to protect and preserve our country’s freedom.

The parade will begin at 10AM, led by our veterans, starting at the corner of Lansdowne & LaCrosse Avenues. It will proceed north on Lansdowne Ave. for 5 blocks to Essex Ave., then 3 blocks east on Essex and onto the Penn Wood High School field, where there will be a flag salute and then a wreath presentation at the WW I and WWII memorials.

Important Information from Borough Staff

Marlyn Park Sanitary Sewer Upgrades 2011

As 2011 began, some residents may have noticed a sewer project in Marlyn Park. We chose this time of year to minimize the impact of construction on the residents that use this park. The purpose of this project is to relocate two existing sanitary sewer lines that cross the stream. The existing lines were televised, to the extent that they could be, to determine the most cost effective solution. It was determined that the least expensive option over the long term was relocation. There were several reasons for this; reduction of stream water entering the sanitary line, elimination of any possible sanitary water entering into the stream, and to reduce our overall treatment cost. The relocation of these sanitary lines should provide environmental and financial peace of mind for years to come.

Practical Applications of Improved Storm water Management

Over the past few years the borough, with help from some outside organizations, has been actively attempting to help control storm water runoff with small but important changes. Most of these items have been discussed in past newsletters but it may be time for a reminder.

The trees planted along Baltimore Ave. were a project of Tree Vitalize and The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. These trees help absorb runoff that would otherwise enter the storm water system. A single tree can absorb hundreds of gallons in runoff per year. This is great example of urban water infiltration.

Two summers ago rain barrels were installed in some homes in the borough by a Youth Work Camp and The Community Action Agency of Delaware County (Funding from Claneil Foundation). The idea behind rain barrels is to capture water runoff from down spouts, and store it to use later in gardens and flower beds. It also lessens the load on our storm water system. Not only does this save you money on your water bill but the water collected is naturally softened.

In the fall of 2010 a Rain Garden was installed at the Lansdowne Public Library (Funding and technical support by Claneil Foundation, American Rivers, Northcreek Nursery, Blue Trillium Design and Green Weaver Landscapes). Rain Garden’s work by collecting water from downspouts and directing it to a specially designed mixture of plantings to allow for soil infiltration. Once again this reduces the load on our storm water systems during rain events, but also has an added aesthetic benefit. The Rain Garden, once established, requires less maintenance then a lawn.

These simple yet significant additions to the borough are also meant to educate the residents, and encourage them to attempt a project of their own. For a hand in determining what you can do at your property to help eliminate storm water runoff email

Keeping Vines Out of Trees

It has been said that vines allowed to grow onto tree trunks and up into the canopy of trees choke the tree. Some twining vines, such as English Ivy may physically choke the tree reducing nutrient flow within the trunk and branches, but other vines can be just as detrimental to your tree:

Vines compete for the same light, water and nutrients that the trees and shrubs in your yard need to grow healthy and strong.

If allowed to take over an area, especially at the base of a tree, vines may provide a hiding space for critters you’d rather not have in your yard. Vines may also cover the signs of disease or decay that might otherwise be an early signal of a tree-health problem.

The weight of vines can overwhelm small trees or older trees and lead to their untimely death. Vines also add an unnatural weight to the branches of even a healthy tree. This might lead to the breakage of branches or cause the tree to be top-heavy and more likely to fall in a severe storm.

Be careful when dealing with vines, as poison ivy is common in this area. A mature poison ivy vine looks thick and hairy in the winter months and may show three distinct leaflets that tend to be shiny-looking, during the spring and summer months.

If you have vines that have taken over your trees, you can cut them at the base of the tree with a small sharp knife, a pruning shear or a lopper, being careful not to damage the bark of the tree. Throughout the course of the summer the vines will wither and die, loosening their grip on the tree; they can then be easily removed by hand.

Keeping vines out of your trees will improve the health of the trees, prolong their life and reduce the chances of property damage caused by trees or limbs affected by vines.

Erica Sollberger is the Director of Parks and Recreation for Lansdowne Borough. She is a registered landscape architect and a certified arborist.

Upcoming Events

Lansdowne Farmers Market

Every Saturday, May 28 to October 30

9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Rain or Shine

Lansdowne Avenue Parking Lot

Primary Election Day May 17th

Don’t Forget To

4th Annual Lansdowne Arts and Crafts Show

May 7, 2011
Lansdowne Municipal Parking lot
9 am – 3 pm

Sponsored by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation

features the talents of local artists and crafters

An Evening in Italy

Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 7:30PM

  • H. BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture, H. 95
  • C. REINEKE: Octet, Op. 216
  • G. ROSSINI: Overture to L’italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  • F. MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90, “Italian”

All Lansdowne Symphony shows are performed at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Lansdowne Memorial Day 5K Race

Race starts @ 8:30am

Register at

Funny, Smart and Witty!

Accountant George Spelvin finds himself experiencing an actor’s worst nightmare: he is on stage, but doesn’t even know what the play is.

April 1-3, 8-10, 16-17, 2011

Directed by Clare Conroy Hughes
All performances begin at 7:00 pm.

Ticket Pricing
Standard: $9
Group Rate: 5 tickets for $39

All shows at the Twentieth Century Club.

For more information visit us on the web at

Keep Lansdowne Beautiful Day!

When: Saturday, April 16, 2011
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Borough Green (corner of Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues)

It’s time for spring cleaning!

Join us at the Borough Green for our clean up of all the streets throughout the Central Business District and up and down Lansdowne and Baltimore Avenues. The businesses in the district will be joining volunteers to remove trash, sweep the sidewalks and generally beautify our home. Help spruce up the downtown just before folks come to visit us for the Arts and Crafts Sale on May 7th, the Town-wide Yard Sale on May 14th and the Farmers Market starting on May 28th.

Gloves, bags for trash and recycling, brooms and other necessities will be provided so just bring yourself and your friends, neighbors and family for this great community day! This year we are being joined by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, a premier environmental organization, and home to the “Litterbug”.

Also on Saturday we will be hosting a Paper Shredding event. Bring your old documents and records to the Highland Ave. Parking Lot between 11am and 2pm and they will be shredded and the paper recycled.

Prizes awarded throughout the event!!!

2011 Meeting Dates

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Borough Council Business Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, April 20 , 2011
Borough Council General Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 1 , 2011
Borough Council Business Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Borough Council General Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Borough Council Business Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Borough Council General Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Borough Council Business Meeting
7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 20 , 2011
Borough Council General Meeting
7:30 PM

Lansdowne’s 10th Annual Town-Wide Yard Sale Day

Saturday May 14, 2011
9:00 AM to ???? PM – Rain or Shine*

Join the fun!

Call Betsy at Borough Hall, 610-623-7300, by April 24 to add your address to the map!

Fun and Free for the whole community!

Sales all over town
Maps available at: Stephanou’s Sunoco, Mar-Win Shop, Bag Doyle’s Deli, Lansdowne Library and Borough Hall.

Lansdowne Fire Company Ladies’ Auxiliary

April 9, 2011

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast
8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Manoa Shopping Center
1305 West Chester Pike
Havertown, PA 19083
$7.50 per adult
$4.50 per child

May 19, 2011

Lansdowne Fire Company
26 N. Highland Ave.
Lansdowne, PA 19050
3 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Nelson’s BBQ
Chicken dinner* `$7.00
BBQ Ribs dinner* $12.00

For more information or to place an order please call 610- 485-4526 or 215-990-8415

All proceeds benefit the Volunteer Fire Company of Lansdowne

*dinners include roll, butter, side dish and soda.

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