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Kennett Symphony Delivers Glorious Program |Aug 15, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County had an absolutely marvelous evening of music last weekend. The weather was perfect, and a big crowd came -- so many, in fact, the line waiting to get in to the theatre extended up the hill toward the Peirce house.

Good Neighbors has revamped over 250 homes in region |Jul 31, 2014

As Good Neighbors Inc. has shown time and time again, you don’t need a television show such as “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to make a difference in someone’s life.

Avon Grove School Board prepares student athletic policy |Aug 19, 2014

PENN >> School is not open yet, but student athletes are already getting ready for the fall season with practices and training camps.

2104 Mushroom Festival features music, eating contest, parade, Midway and plenty of fun |Aug 21, 2014

Kennett Square >> Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Kennett Square Sept. 6 and 7 for the 29th annual Mushroom Festival. And this year, there’s more to see than ever before.

Lengthy sentence urged for convicted massage therapist |Jul 31, 2014

WEST CHESTER – A Chadds Ford massage therapist who molested four female patients that went to him for treatment of physical pain should spend a minimum of 12 to 24 years in state prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by the prosecution.

Kennett Square bank robbed |Aug 19, 2014

Kennett Square >> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that a bank robbery took place at the Santander Bank, 313 W. Cypress St. in Kennett Square on August 15. A 5’6” male with medium build entered the bank at approximately 8:50 A.

Here’s Credit 101 for Your College Freshman |Aug 15, 2014

To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security – a sound understanding of how credit works.

Local couple hosts former residents |Jul 31, 2014

CHADDS FORD -- The owners of a historic Chadds Ford home along Baltimore Pike hosted the house’s former owners during a sentimental reunion on Saturday.

Longwood Gardens presents Symphony Under the Stars |Aug 7, 2014

This coming Saturday, Aug. 9, will be that wonderful outdoor concert at Longwood Gardens in the Open Air Theatre by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County as they play beloved classical favorites beginning at 7 p.

Mudderella draws thousands to Unionville |Aug 22, 2014

Unionville >> It was time to get down and dirty at the Plantation Field as nearly 5,000 people came out for the 2014 Mudderella PA Aug. 16.

Brandywine BBC tying together the love of baseball with history |Aug 19, 2014

Pocopson >> It was just another beautiful summer day in Pocopson Park and the perfect setting for an old fashioned game of baseball Sunday afternoon.

The freestones are coming |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- If ever there was a good week to follow the doctors’ nutritional advice, it’s now.

Barn decision was welcome news |Aug 7, 2014

It wasn’t quite Christmas in July, but the news that an agreement had been reached involving The Barn at Spring Brook Farm was a welcome gift indeed for those searching the newspaper recently for something to be satisfied about.

Voting begins for Reader’s Choice Awards |Aug 20, 2014

Polls are now open for the Daily Local News’ annual Reader’s Choice awards. From clothing to food, from banking to schools, we want to know your favorite shops and services in the area.

Local woman helps pass anti-ivory legislation |Aug 15, 2014

Landenberg >> Jen Samuel said when she was growing up in Landenberg she loved animals — especially dolphins and butterflies. Then in college she learned about elephants — an endangered species with so many unique and impressive qualities that she decided to do something to ensure their survival.

Motorcycles |Jul 31, 2014

For people who own motorcycles, summer can’t come soon enough. And so it has arrived for another year.

Ivan Stoltzfus arrives in California |Aug 21, 2014

Ivan Stoltzfus, the Honey Brook man who in late April rode through southern Chester County on his tractor en route to the Pacific Ocean, arrived at his destination a little over a week ago.

Pocopson grants extension to The Barn at Spring Brook Farm |Jul 31, 2014

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm in Pocopson will not close, after an agreement was hammered out that grants an extension of time for Barn officials to complete work to meet code requirements.

West Grove Garage chosen for CC Foundation award |Aug 7, 2014

The Youth Philanthropy Award honors young, emerging philanthropists under age 35, who give time, talent and treasure, while also inspiring others to give. This year’s award winner, West Grove Garage Student Advisory Council, has been instrumental in the success of growing after-school programs.

Longwood Gardens opens new meadow section |Aug 7, 2014

Have you been to the new section of Longwood Gardens yet? It opened just a few weeks ago and it’s fantastic. It is so peaceful to walk on the hiking and walking trails. They have so many miles of paths (and not even just including the Meadows) that it really makes a membership worthwhile.

Hacking puts patient information at risk at 4 area hospitals |Aug 21, 2014

Community Health Systems, which operates several hospitals in the Chester County area, said a cyberattack believed to be from China may have compromised patient information.

Visiting the birthplace of American forestry |Aug 7, 2014

Vacation last month took me on a drive through North Carolina. In Durham, I spent several happy hours exploring Duke Gardens. In Asheville, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I spent a day touring the Biltmore estate.

Corn harvest begins for Chester County Food Bank |Aug 15, 2014

HIGHLAND >> It’s a little late this year, but corn is now on the menu for participants in the services of the Chester County Food Bank.

Getting your kids to love the out of doors |Jul 31, 2014

Compared to just a few decades ago, children today spend significantly less time outdoors than we did as kids. Over a third of American families report that their child spends less than 30 minutes outdoors each day.

Outwitting wildlife out in the vegetable garden |Jul 31, 2014

Two weeks ago, I visited Gary McKown’s suburban West Chester home to view his vegetable garden. McKown was one of the gardeners who responded to my invitation earlier in the season for people to tell me why I might want to come for a tour.

Summer readers celebrate with ‘Star Wars’ heroes |Aug 7, 2014

PENN -- The Avon Grove Library held a summer reading wind-down party for the kids who have been participating in the program throughout the summer. The appearance of a Star Wars Crew was the icing on the cake for the events that have attracted them to the library in West Grove for the past two months.

Open for guests |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- The dreams of a little boy are blossoming into full flower in the form of Chenoa Manor, an animal sanctuary owned and operated by veterinarian Rob Teti. There on a 25-acre farm that sits on the line between London Grove and New Garden, about 230 animals live in peace, never having to worry again about predators, the slaughter house or starvation.

West Grove woman will work in Philadlephia school through Americorps |Aug 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA >> As her fifth year at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Philadelphia draws near, principal Lisa Ciaranca Kaplan isn’t holding her breath over district funding. Her after-school Spanish and Mandarin programs are immune to budget woes, thanks to a partnership with University of Pennsylvania.

New scouting option starts to take shape |Aug 15, 2014

I received the following information from Victoria Grimme, a mom in Oxford. She is the parent who is starting the new Baden-Powell Service Association troop here in southern Chester county. For more information on Baden-Powell, visit BPSA-US.

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.

Guests search history at Primitive Hall |Aug 15, 2014

Visitors explore local history at Primitive Hall

Discovering the healing power of herbs |Aug 15, 2014

I’ve always thought of herbs as something to spice up savory dishes, to soothe a headache or rash, or to delight the nose. It turns out that herbs can do even more than that. Here’s a story I received from Sally Hammerman, of West Chester.

Creativity doesn’t take the summer off in Oxford |Jul 31, 2014

Each summer the Oxford Area School District offers students the opportunity to participate in music and art academies, a fun way for them to enhance the skills developed during the past school year and prepare for their upcoming lessons in the fall

Avon Grove graduate competes in IRONMAN Lake Placid |Aug 28, 2014

It was something Mike Rogers has hoped to do since he was a kid and, finally, in the summer after he graduated from Avon Grove High School, he took the chance to become an Ironman.

Veterans groups replace stolen cemetery markers |Aug 26, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Square American Legion and VFW have joined to replace 157 veterans markers that were stolen from local cemeteries in mid-July.

Former principal organizes river trip for vets |Aug 7, 2014

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Symphony presents concert at Longwood Gardens |Jul 31, 2014

For a lovely beautiful evening don’t miss the “Symphony Under the Stars” at Longwood Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 9, by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Led by Guest Conductor Markand Thakar of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra will be playing a spirited overture featuring woodwind solos, an exultant suite with stunning work by the strings and the beloved Beethoven masterpiece, Symphony No.

New Garden gang members go to trial for alleged stabbing |Aug 25, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Jury selection began Monday for two men accused in an alleged gang-related stabbing at a New Garden birthday party.

Win, lose or fun? |Aug 20, 2014

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

O’Neill eager to change Avon Grove’s fortunes |Aug 22, 2014

London grove >> The Avon Grove football program has a bit of an identity problem.

An amazing thing happened in 1776, 1787 and 1996 |Aug 7, 2014

I’ve been thinking about the welfare problem of late. I remember watching The David Susskind Show on Channel 12 circa 1970 where this woman, who happened to be black, had 14 kids and proudly boasted to Susskind’s nationwide audience that she was going to have 14 more, because the more kids she had the more welfare money she got.

How you can help end homelessness in our community |Jul 31, 2014

Last year, there were 3.5 million homeless people in the nation. And in Chester County, there are about 650 homeless, according to the latest Point in Time poll.

Evelyn Swenssen tells of ‘Life with Music’ |Aug 15, 2014

We are all on a journey, and composer/ musician/performer Evelyn Swensson, formerly of Chadds Ford, known for her involvement in the music world, has created a road map of her incredible journey and success.

Oxford Council hears speeding complaints |Aug 15, 2014

OXFORD >> In July, residents came to borough council complaining about speeding on Mt. Vernon Street. Their complaints were heard again this month, along with other residents who have concerns about speeding on North Third Street and overall throughout the borough.

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.

Oxford woman elated over receipt of royal letter |Aug 25, 2014

OXFORD >> Sis Ennis has had a lot of dreams come true in her 95 years, but few experiences rank as high on her scale as the day she got the card from England’s Royal Family on July 29.

Drop it in for longer drives |Aug 24, 2014

A young golfer who was mightily struggling with his game was moving his hands and club almost horizontally, out toward the ball at the start of his downswing. This move is known as swinging over-the-top.

Lawrence wants cigarette tax to go statewide |Aug 26, 2014

All the talk about hiking the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help fund city schools has some state lawmakers wondering, what about the rest of the state?

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.

New Garden Air Show awes spectators |Aug 27, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> All eyes turned upward as the amazing men in their flying machines performed feats of magic in the sky on Saturday.

Drop it in for longer drives |Aug 24, 2014

Above is a before and after comparison of a young golfer who was mightily struggling with his game. On the left, he was moving his hands and club almost horizontally, out toward the ball at the start of his downswing.

Arrests made at Parkesburg DUI checkpoint |Aug 26, 2014

Avondale >> Six people were arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and three others were charged with drug offenses during a sobriety checkpoint Friday night on Route 41.

Students return to Chester County schools |Aug 27, 2014

August still has a week to go, but the yellow buses are running and students are back to school in eight of the county’s 12 public school districts. With many districts forced to push back graduation and the end of school to later than usual in June because of the excessive number of snow days, summer vacation was abbreviated on each end.

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.

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.

Police urge caution on roadways during Labor Day weekend |Aug 28, 2014

As the summer’s final holiday weekend approaches police are stepping up traffic safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of deaths on the state’s roadways.

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.

Brothers not guilty in gang stabbing |Aug 28, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court jury on Friday acquitted two brothers of a stabbing at a New Garden party that had overtones of gang-related tensions, concluding a five-day-long trial that featured dueling accounts of who initiated the violence at a child’s party.

Off-road riders gather for fellowship and fun |Aug 29, 2014

OXFORD >> Country Chrysler was the place to be on Friday for folks who consider Jeeps and ATVs to be part of the family.