Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Church-First Baptist Church of Collingdale

Location: Corner of Andrews and Clifton Avenues
 Hours of Operation:  Sunday School @ 9:45 AM
Worship Service, Sundays @ 10:45 AM
Fresh Encounter Prayer meeting,  Every 1st Sunday of the month @ 6:30PM
Denomination: Baptist
Type of ministry they specialize in: Community outreach and missions work to African nations.
When founded:  September 1882 with a Sunday School class conducted by Mrs. Royal. First congregation met in 1887, but charter for church not granted until May 6, 1889. First pastor was Reverend Milton Lutz.
Vision Statement  To affirm the authority of the Word of God in order to:
                           1) Reach our community
                           2) Realize godly relationships
                           3) Reproduce servant disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
Current Pastor:  Reverend Perry Messick

First Baptist has a rich history of community service. The current pastor is involved as a chaplain to both Collingdale fire companies and helps sponsor community events such as "Clean-Up Collingdale." Every summer the church also has an outreach to the community in the form of Children Fun Nights. The church also supports Lighthouse Baptist church in Liberia.
For more information visit:
First Baptist Church of Collingdale

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Business-Kelly's Kandy & Nuts

Location: 312 MacDade Boulevard
Hours of Operation:  Monday-Satuurday 10 am - 5 pm. Summer Hours. Hours vary during holidays.

Type of business: Homemade designer candy and nuts
What they specialize in:Custom made wedding and shower favors made in chocolate and Easter chocolate eggs.
When founded/opened: Kelly's Kandy & Nuts had their first store at Booth's Corner in 1973, and moved to Brookhaven Shopping Center after a fire gutted Booth's Corner in late 1973. Dale and Thomas Sheehan moved their store to Collingdale in September/October 1984 when an old friend, Mrytle Snell recommended the building.

Founders: Dale and Thomas Sheehan

Mission Statement: to make the most original chocolate that is homemade and delicious as well as decorative.

Kelly's Kandy also sells a wide variety of hard and soft candy, fruit trays dipped in chocolate and nuts. Their aim is to please the customer and they are quite willing to customize any order. They are known for their elaborate displays made entirely of chocolate for major holidays such as Easter. Their love for candy design shows in every display and each piece could be considered a piece of art.

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Kelly's Kandy & Nuts Facebook page

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Past Churches-Central Methodist Church of Collingdale and Aldan

Location: 815 Clifton Avenue
When founded: May 24, 1924 at the home of James N. Dann with 22 members. It grew fairly quickly, necessitating a move to larger facilities. They met briefly in a store at North Street and Woodlawn Avenue and then at a small church on Woodlawn Avenue between Magnolia and North Street until a new church was erected at Clifton and Ash Avenues. Groundbreaking for the new church was November 2, 1924. Reverend William A. Ferguson, the district superintendent in charge of missions and church extensions for the area, attended and Mrs. G.W. Wilson of 23 Glenwood Avenue in Aldan was accorded the honor of turning the first spadeful of dirt.
Denomination: Methodist
History: Reverend Joseph Sproule was the first pastor. He served from 1924 to 1927. He was followed by:
Walter Hoechest  1928
John N. Althouse-1928-1929
Alfred M. Blakesley-1929
S.K. McConnell-1929-1930
W. Scott Housman-1930-1933
G.W. Perkins-1933-1936
Price M. Collins-1936-1939
Stuart A.L. Thomas-1939-1941
Willard W. Pullen-1941-1942
Howard W. Blackburn-1942
John W. Tindall-1942-1948
Under Reverend Tindall, a building fund began which raised 10,000,00 from the sale of the Mariner's Bethel church in Philadelphia. One of the stipulations for use of the money was that the name of the church would be changed. Construction for the new addition to the church began in 1946 and ended in 1948 and the name was then officially changed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Past Business-Collingdale Millwork Company

Collingdale Millwork Company's history

One of the first businesses in Collingdale, Collingdale Millwork Company, then called Collingdale Manufacturing Company, was founded by Maximilian LaRoche around 1891. Originally and for the most part during its entire history, the millwork was set up to process wood and wood products to supply the surrounding communities with material to build homes. LaRoche kept the business going until around 1910 when he turned it over to a cousin, Otto Wand. Wand owned the company for a long time. Records seem to indicate that M.H Kilpatrick was president of the company during the time he ran for Burgess of Collingdale. He was Collingdale's Burgess from 1926 to 1929. Like most companies during the Depression, the millwork struggled to remain afloat. Ownership remainded in the Kilpatrick family until 1959 when it was then transferred G. Robert Overhiser. Overhiser was the last president of the company when it closed in 1998. The deed was then transferred to Cannon Brothers Inc.Today around a half dozen small business reside in the buildings once owned by Collingdale Millwork Company.

Information gathered through record search of company deeds and may or may not be completely accurate.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Profile-Entertainer Amazing Larry Vee

Area of expertise: Amazing feats of juggling various objects in the air at the same time while balancing on a unicycle, a pogo stick or a ball.
Accomplishments: Larry has won numerous awards in competition both domestically and internationally. He first started competing back in 1977 when he won an award at the International Juggling Association for his technique. He also was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Today Show. One of his first appearances was on the Mike Douglas Show in 1978.
Performance venues: Larry can perform anywhere, except when he's performing with fire. Then safety precautions are taken and the performance goes on outside if safe space not available inside. One of the smallest spaces Larry performed was a small living room that had a 7" ceiling.
Contact information: 
The Amazing Larry Vee
Juggling, Hula-hoop, Unicycle
& Pogo Stick Tricks
705 Blackstone Ave.
Collingdale, Pa 19023-3611
800 5 JUGGLE = 800 558 4453
610 522 5488      
Alternate phone 610 522 8343
Cell phone – last minute or emergencies only 215 833 9482= 215 Vee Wit 2
Recommendations: Larry customizes each show to your satisfaction. Shows can be geared towards adults and small children.