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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Downwind: Symphony opener is a triumph in West Chester |Sep 22, 2014

The opening concert of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre in West Chester can be described as nothing less than an exciting triumph. It started with a sold out performance.

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.

My Two Cents: The Millenials — How they could affect our society |Sep 22, 2014

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the demographic group known as the Millennials. They see the world differently from the Babyboomers, and even more so from the Silent Generation. Here is the breakdown on the various generation groups.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Andrew Wyeth Exhibit at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Sep 28, 2014

Artist Andrew Wyeth created thousands of watercolor and pencil drawings over his seven-decade career. Luckily for us he didn’t throw them away. A new exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, “Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought” is composed of 23 studies that were created outdoors or from memory in the studio as a basis for four paintings, also on display.

Paul Revere, where were you? |Sep 24, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 13, when the residents of Kennett Square were about to brush their teeth and go to bed, a funny thing happened. There was no water.

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.

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.

From the Ground Up: The year of no hydrangea blossoms |Sep 28, 2014

There are two great reasons for growing hydrangeas. First, the blossoms are born in lovely, showy heads. Second, hydrangeas are reliable, blooming year after year without much effort on the part of the gardener.

Great Outdoors: Plenty more things to do in the fall |Sep 28, 2014

We are so lucky to be having such a spectacular fall season. Here are more events that you and your family may be interested in.

Legislative note: Threats to our freedom remain |Sep 29, 2014

Like many other Americans, I’ll never forget where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. I saw firsthand the damage to the Pentagon, passing plumes of black smoke rising as I drove to the Capitol on that morning.