Author Archives: John McCormick

Hopefully the last of the season’s Code Blue Alerts

The folks are alright, kids. With sub-zero wind-chill temps of late and threats of historic snowstorms I actually received emails and phone calls from friends in California, Virginia, and Ohio asking if we were OK. Yes, thank you for checking on the elderly … Continue reading

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Mrs. Tilmont, retired Riverton School teacher, turns 99

It was a Girls’ Day Out last Thursday when retired Riverton School teacher Mrs. Eleanor Tilmont celebrated her 99th birthday with friends at Due Amici (her actual birthdate, Feb. 11, 1916). Father Michael Doyle read Eleanor a moving poem and gave everyone a … Continue reading

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Town Historian Paul Schopp comments on “Summering In Riverton”

Mrs. Patricia Solin and I collaborated on “Summering In Riverton” which appeared in the November GN. Shortly afterward, my friend Paul Schopp sent us a wonderful commentary which gives added context to several of our remarks and makes a couple of corrections. … Continue reading

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We go in with Palmyra on a bigger, better Antique & Collectible Appraisal

Saturday, March 28, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m. will see the return of the popular Antique & Collectible Appraisal with the affable and very knowledgeable appraiser Ronald E. Shaffer, but with a  few upgrades. The spacious Palmyra Community Center will … Continue reading

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Blizzard fizzles; Editor looks back to actual historic snows

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the so-called “Historic Snowstorm” left two inches of soft powder in Delran (5 miles north of Riverton). But it may have been enough to turn the late-January issue of the Gaslight News into a Post-Groundhog Day Issue, so … Continue reading

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Gaslight News – January 2015

Town Historian Paul W. Schopp delves into the recent discovery of skeletal remains in Riverton and finds history repeating itself in Part One 0f a two-part article, Digging Up History in Riverton. HSR Combined Board/General Meeting at Riverton School, Thursday, Feb. 12, … Continue reading

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New Year changes proposed to the Constitution and Bylaws

No, not that Constitution – the HSR constitution. Patricia Solin, our Society’s secretary, explains below. This past year the Board of the Historical Society of Riverton reviewed the its constitution and bylaws. After careful consideration, an Ad Hoc committee suggested … Continue reading

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Winterthur’s Downton Costume Exhibit a hit with HSR

HSR President Phyllis Rodgers sends this short review of our recent trip to Winterthur Museum. On Friday, December 5, thirty-nine HSR members and guests enjoyed a Holiday excursion to Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, DE. First treated to a guided tour of … Continue reading

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Our Homemade Riverton Holiday Greeting

North Korean strike in Riverton? Not-so-funny story — My 1 yr., 9 mos. old Dell computer suffered a complete nervous breakdown at the end of November and I had to replace the hard drive – lost everything on it. Like they say at the … Continue reading

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A collector’s postcards stir memories of his lifelong link to Lucy

Doesn’t everybody collect something? Their reasons and manner vary enormously. There are collectors of ancient artifacts, first day covers, comic books, Pez dispensers, medieval armor, a myriad of other items—and thankfully, old postcards. Perhaps a bigger draw for website visitors … Continue reading

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