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Ryan’s Deli in Aston supports the Blohm family during their young daughter’s battle with cancer

ASTON— Christina and Karl Blohm have been buying their holiday catering dishes and weekly deli meats and salads at Ryan’s Deli, 417 Marianville Rd., Aston, for years.

“The food is great and the staff are always so friendly and nice,” Christina said.

Karl Blohm recently placed his usual weekly order and asked Jillian Weilkel of Ryan’s Deli to post a flyer for his two grandsons, who ran a lemonade stand to raise money for their three-year-old cousin, Ella Blohm, who has been diagnosed with an acute illness. Lymphoblastic leukemia, six weeks ago. At the time, Ella and her parents, Karl Blohm Jr. and Connie Briggs of Secane, were taking it minute by minute as the youngster battled her way through sepsis from her first round of chemotherapy. Luckily, Ella emerged triumphant. She is now undergoing the second round.

The two young boys, Liam, 8, and Brody, 5, Porter, students at Pennell Elementary in Aston, decided to raise money by operating a lemonade stand in their driveway after hearing about the huge medical bills from ‘Ella. They are the sons of Bill and Nikole Porter of Aston. Thanks to the extreme generosity of neighbours, family and friends, the boys raised over $1,600.

According to Aston’s Christina Blohm, grandmother (“gammy”) to Liam, Brody and Ella, the owners and staff of Ryan’s Deli have gone “beyond the way” to support the family.

“Not only did the Deli owners and their customers come in and pay way more than the asking price for the lemonade, but they also bought ‘Ella’s Bunch’ t-shirts and set up a raffle basket at their store,” said Christina said. “Also they set up a donation bucket for Ella who has no idea what they are doing for her, but we do! Not only did they send us customers on Lemonade Day, they have gone above and beyond in every way since! We could never express the gratitude we feel for these wonderful owners and their amazing staff for all they have been willing to do for Ella.”

Jill Weilkel ignored the praise. The deli is owned by his mother Bonnie Ryan. Jillian and her brother Jimmy Ryan have worked there for years and have come to know Karl Blohm, Ella’s ‘Poppy’, as a regular customer. When she heard about Ella, Jillian’s heart broke.

“I lost my husband and my father to cancer,” Weilkel said. “I can’t even imagine watching a small child fight cancer. Cancer is evil. I have a grandson the same age, so I’m related. I had to get involved!”

Weilkel not only hung signs and encouraged customers to support the lemonade stand, but she put a jar on her counter for customers to deposit money for the cause. She also raffled off a backpack full of school supplies. All in all, Ryan’s Deli raised over $1,300 for Ella and the Blohms.

Fundraising continues for Ella and the Blohm family. A beef and beer is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Tom and Jerry’s, 1006 E. MacDade Blvd., Ridley Township. Tickets are $25. The event will include a 50/50 draw and raffles. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Katlyn Bucolo at 610-333-6047 or Jenna Canale at 484-841-3599 or through Venmo @Christina-Blohm-1 Be sure to specify that payment is for the ticket. Everyone is invited to show their support for Ella and the Blohm/Briggs family by attending the beef and beer event.

St. Madeline Parish is having a carnival this week

Saint Madeline Parish of Ridley Park will hold its fall carnival from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19; 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 20; 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 21; and from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. In addition to rides, food and games, the carnival will offer raffles with prizes including restaurant, supermarket and other gift cards, an electric guitar, professional sports tickets, baskets of joy and much more. .

On Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, the parish will hold a vendors’ fair, featuring more than two dozen vendors offering everything from books and wreaths to wooden items and blankets.

For more information on Carnival, email [email protected]/.

The Rose Valley Museum seeks to acquire antiquities

The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge is always on the lookout for additional antiques. Fortunately, some of his supporters are willing to part with their own parts to support the effort.

The museum will host an auction on Thursday, November 3, of Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Mid-Century Modern objects. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s acquisition fund and will be used to defray the cost of two recently purchased Samuel Yellin chandeliers and furniture that decorated Thunderbird Lodge in the early 1900s.

“We have an auction every two years and we try to make each one bigger and better,” museum curator Ryan Berley said. “This one is very accessible and affordable – items range from those that may be available for $50 to those that will sell for thousands.”

Led by Briggs Auction Inc. and Live Auctioneers, the event will feature over 400 lots of artwork, including some created by artisans in the Delaware Valley; decorative art and furniture. Some pieces belong to the museum and others are donations, while many are on consignment from local collectors.

Furnishings include an 18th-century blanket chest with intricate carvings and hand-forged hardware, a 19th-century tiger maple table made in New York State, and a Stickley bed. They are complemented by Roseville and Arts and Crafts pottery, ceramics, lamps, stained glass, and Victorian braided hair ornaments.
“The auction has no theme,” Berley said. “It’s an eclectic collection.”

Yellin, originally from Ukraine, was a master blacksmith and metal designer. He opened a shop in Philadelphia in 1909 which is still in operation and the chandeliers are designed in the Arts and Crafts style.

Thunderbird Lodge, a converted 1790s stone barn, was designed as studios for world-renowned illustrator Alice Barber Stephens and her husband, Charles, an early Native American ethnologist. Earlier this year, the museum had the opportunity to purchase a Navajo chief’s blanket, artwork and furniture from their descendants.
“Items are back in the lodge, in their original place,” Berley said.

The virtual auction will begin on November 4 at noon. A catalog and online listing will be available beginning October 21 at the following websites – Briggs Auction Inc. at Live Auctioneers at https://www. and the museum at

Neumann University presents the authors of “Same House, Different Address”

The Neumann University Cultural Arts Forum will present authors Lori Falkenstein and Renee Reed at Author’s Corner, at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Meagher Theater at the Bruder Life Center on the Neumann campus. The women will discuss their recently released book, “Same House, Different Address.” The event is free, but donations are appreciated.

Renee Reed and Lori Ann Falkenstein, both married to their high school sweethearts and mothers of four, met while working in a clinical lab. They quickly realized that although they looked different on the outside, their similarities as mothers weighed a lot more. The love they teach and feel for their family is identical.

Reed and Falkenstein invite readers into their homes to share their stories and highlight the universal bond of motherhood that celebrates differences. The experiences shared are real and raw. Their wish is mutual respect, despite everyone’s differences. Everyone is invited to come hear stories of joyful celebrations that express friendship, compassion and diversity.


Authors Renee Reed, left, and Lori Falkenstein, right, will discuss their book, “Same House, Different Address,” at Neumann University at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 21 at the Bruder Life Center on the campus of Neumann University. The event is free. (PEG DEGRASSA/ DELCO TIMES)

CatNIP Hosts Annual Fundraiser

CatNIP (Nurturing, Information, and Placement) will hold its annual fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. on Friday, October 21 at the Oaks Ballroom in Glenolden.

Everyone is invited to an evening of dinner, dancing, raffles and fun Halloween-themed surprises.
All proceeds from this event go towards the care of the many cats and kittens that CatNIP rescues. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased through Paypal on their website, Buyers should make sure to put the name and ticket number in the notes section.

CatNIP is a small, all-volunteer cat rescue and fostering group founded in 2006. CatNIP’s mission is to nurture cats into loving foster homes, provide information to adopters and other members of the community and place cats in love forever. houses.

Readers can send news and community events to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.

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