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DOWNWIND: Unusual art exhibit at the Brandyine River Museum |Aug 28, 2014

The Brandywine River Museum of Art has a really big show with works by East Buffalo, New York, artist watercolorist Charles Burchfield, (1893 to 1967). His long career as an artist inspired a horde of people to attend the opening last weekend, including two buses, one from Buffalo, which is a long ways away.

Mushrooms: Delicious and healthy food |Aug 28, 2014

Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere! Mushrooms have been used as food and medicines for thousands of years. Many people enjoy eating various types of mushrooms, in both raw and cooked forms. Most are grown in Chester County, in the town of Kennett Square and its surrounding area, which is also known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World.

Rescue crews demonstrated just how good they are |Sep 3, 2014

The tragedy at Anson B. Nixon Park last week when a young man drowned in a pond there cast an air of sadness in the community. But it also showed us just how professional and proficient our local emergency responders are in dealing with these types of situations.

Arden Concert Guild to hold its 107th Old Fashioned Fair |Aug 24, 2014

The Arden Concert Gild is hosting the Arden Fair a week from Saturday on Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a real country fair with several different sections. There will be more than 120 vendors of hand-made arts, crafts and jewelry as well as food vendors, a book fair, plant sale, children’s rides and games and folk dancing.

Are you born with a taste for cilantro? |Aug 22, 2014

Over the years, I’ve learned to expect to find the flavor of cilantro in Mexican foods, but lately the herb (and the related spice, coriander) seem to be appearing in cuisines everywhere. Most recently, cilantro showed up floating in a bowl of Mulligatawny soup I purchased at a local Indian restaurant.

Win, lose or fun? |Aug 20, 2014

Stop by any local high school this week and you’ll see the kids are back.

Two big festivals coming this weekend |Sep 4, 2014

The first Festival is the 49th annual Chadds Ford Days, when time goes back to Colonial times with vendors offering quality handmade crafts and a huge art show. They have added more musicians with a big mix of different styles of music.

Sports are more than Friday night lights |Aug 29, 2014

In 1973, Sports Illustrated magazine featured on its cover the photo of a 3-year-old male horse — Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. ESPN named him the 35th best athlete of the 20th century and he is still remembered fondly.

Some funny things in the news |Sep 5, 2014

Did you see the humorous photo making its way around the internet and Facebook this week? The one I’m referring to is the photo of the scene just after Dorothy throws a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.

Ride horses better and prevent injury |Sep 4, 2014

Rev up your engines, with horsepower, that is! Equestrian events are here! Whether a jump, trot, race or show, you may find that pain, muscle spasms and imbalance prevent personal best performance when riding.

Backpacks: Not your spine’s best friend |Sep 14, 2014

Alas, the new school year is here! On top of every child’s list of school supplies is a new backpack. While backpacks vary in their style, color and sizes, they all share one thing in common: they are detrimental to the health of your child’s spine.

Outdoor festivals have a rough interruption |Sep 10, 2014

With crowds attending both the Chadds Ford Days and Mushroom Festival this past weekend, a sudden deluge of rain on Saturday was an unwelcome visitor. There was nothing to do but close the festivals down.

Finding fruits of the sea in Acadia Park |Aug 28, 2014

On our annual summer vacation in Maine, we spend most of our time in and around Acadia National Park, a destination for our family since we were kids. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, and either from hikes on the high trails or walks along the rocky coast, the views are varied and spectacular.

Emergency notifications: No more government mandates! |Sep 17, 2014

Following an unprecedented water main break that left just about every household in Kennett Square without water last Sunday, residents are demanding emergency notifications be done in a better way.

Doctor will talk about eyes |Aug 26, 2014

Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common eye disease that gradually impairs vision. With approximately 13 million people in the U.S. coping with Age-related Macular Degeneration, there are newer and more effective treatment options available today.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that |Aug 24, 2014

I don’t know about you, but with shorter days and cooler temperatures, my internal clock is off and I feel like it’s almost autumn. We still have 1/3 of summer left, even though it seems Mother Nature has been trying to convince us otherwise.

Festival benefits outlive the day |Sep 12, 2014

For several years now, there has been some criticism of the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square — or the fact that the town closes down for two days to make room for it.

Weeds don’t get in the way of this garden |Sep 4, 2014

Wallace Township resident Howard Frysinger is what you might call an inventive gardener. His knowledge of growing food and an inquisitive, do-it-yourself nature, along with the time constraints of a full-time job, seem to have led him to practice a unique style of gardening.

Plenty to do in September |Sep 3, 2014

Ah, September. I think it’s my favorite month of the year. As long as we don’t have a hurricane, it’s also usually our driest month. Admittedly, this year’s September is a bit of a downer for me.

More great fall activities for you and your family |Sep 14, 2014

Some weeks I have a love/hate relationship with doing this column. I love learning about all the outdoor possibilities in our area and I love that all these fun activities are delivered right to my inbox for my choosing.

Under 26? Stay on your parent’s health plan |Sep 16, 2014

In their quest to land a job, any job, many young adults will sacrifice what used to be called “fringe benefits” to gain a foot in the door. But many entry-level jobs either offer no healthcare benefits, or the employee’s cost share is prohibitive for someone barely making minimum wage.

In any season, expanded Meadow Garden informs and delights |Sep 17, 2014

This past June, with an appropriate amount of fanfare and celebration, Longwood Gardens opened the gate to its newest accomplishment: the expanded Meadow Garden. The meadow had always been there, but for those who wanted to enjoy Nature away from the crowds, there was nothing to do, really, but to walk the loop trail.

Aunt and uncle find worms in blackberries |Sep 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I had my first opportunity to visit my aunt and uncle at their new “digs” at a retirement center near Princeton, New Jersey. Knowing how much I love gardening, before I left, they showed me their plot in the center’s community garden.