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» Though it was hardly a day without drama, May 19’s Radnor Hunt Races certainly had the blessing of Mother Nature, who managed to save her heaviest showers for after the event. A few spills and an equine fatality (though, thankfully, no serious injuries to the riders) added a bit of an edge to the proceedings, but the food and the company were top-notch. J. Scott Catering deserves a hand for supplying sumptuous food to no less than nine sponsor tents, including ours.

» Bala boy Chuck Barris, of Gong Show fame, returned to the area in May to peddle his latest book, The Big Question, a futuristic take on reality game shows. Credited by some for laying the foundation for reality TV, Barris has endured his share of criticism (for dragging down television’s quality standards) and ridicule (for his tenuous FBI connections). But, hey, we love our underdogs.

» Surely it was a day of mixed emotions for defense lawyer Frank DeSimone when his client, Eli Karetny, operator of the Pier 34 nightclub that plunged into the Delaware River in May 2000, pled guilty seven years later to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering 43 others injured in the collapse.

» In May’s primary election, voters in Tredyffrin/Easttown, Lower Merion and Radnor townships snubbed pending school district referendums to raise income taxes and lower property taxes. The referendums were mandated by state property-tax-relief legislation passed last year. Can’t say I’m surprised.

Have an inside line on some gossip? E-mail associate editor Dawn E. Warden at dwarden@mainlinetoday.com.

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