Coatesville’s Dream Season Comes To A Halt

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By Joseph Santoliquito

HERSHEY, Pa. (CBS)–It was a little hard to accept, though no one, possibly not even themselves expected to be playing in December. That didn’t curtail the hurt any less.

Coatesville’s football team did many good things this season, many for the first time, like reaching the PIAA Class AAAA state championship. But a dream season came to an abrupt end against powerful North Allegheny Saturday night, 63-28, at Hersheypark Stadium before 6,047.

The Red Raiders turned the ball over four times—three leading to North Allegheny touchdowns. Coatesville ended a very successful season 13-3 and won the District 1 Class AAAA championship for the first time since 1992. Coatesville won 11 of its last 12 games, including a 10-game winning streak in which the Red Raiders mercy ruled every team except one.

“These kids have a lot to be proud of,” said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega, whose…

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the last post of 2012


As I sit here this morning dear readers, I am feeling a bit contemplative.  It has been DSC_0038a busy year, full of change.

I began 2012 with this as a new blog as I transitioned full-time out here to Chester County as yet another refugee from the Main Line, which was no small feat after thirty plus years in one area.  But they say change is good, and it has been for me.

I have found as an adult where I belong.  I love being in Chester County and discovering new haunts, barns to pick treasures from, meeting new people, photographing and writing to my heart’s content. I also just love the abundance of beautiful open space and scenery, although I worry about that given the zeal and rate at which some developers are tearing up the landscape to build plastic Tyvec boxes for all the equally plastic Barbies and Kens…

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As Predicted, October Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Shows 4 Percent Annual Increase

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Today, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed that the non-seasonally adjusted October 10- and 20-City Composite rose 3.4% and 4.3% on a year-over-year basis, in line with Zillow’s forecast released last week. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the 10- and 20-City Composites rose 0.6%  … Read the rest

Five Things Consumers Should Expect From the Housing Market In 2013

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In 2012, the national housing market finally turned a corner. We’ve now experienced 13 straight months of home value appreciation. Sales were up significantly over 2011 as buyers returned to the market, boosting demand.

So what will 2013 have in store? Here are five things … Read the rest

U.S. Homes Expected to Gain Value for the First Time in Six Years

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U.S. homes are expected to gain more than $1.3 trillion in cumulative value in 2012, the first annual gain in six years and the largest since 2005.

More than 75 percent of the 177 metro areas included in this analysis – 135 in all – … Read the rest