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Family mourns the loss of second son |Sep 2, 2014

AVONDALE >> Raziel Mireles, who died on Aug. 28 in a drowning accident at Nixon Park in Kennett Square, will be remembered as “… a good example of helpfulness and joy. He was never angry or depressed,” said Sister Mary Sorrows of St.

Residents cry out against proposed equestrian ordinance in Newlin Township |Sep 9, 2014

In what started as just a neighborly dispute has turned into a township — and possibly countywide — issue and a possible new equestrian ordinance for Newlin Township.

Downingtown elementary school principal dies at 50 |Sep 8, 2014

DOWNINGTOWN >> Michael Solon, principal of Bradford Heights Elementary School, died over the weekend at the age of 50, after just beginning his ninth year as principal.

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.

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.

Emergency room colleagues plan a run |Sep 5, 2014

FRANKLIN >> When emergency room physician Dr. Gregory DeSimone of the Jennersville Regional Hospital died suddenly last year, his colleagues agreed he was too important and beloved to forget.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mushroom Festival schedule of events |Sep 3, 2014

Friday, Sept. 5 Parade starts at 6 p.m. on State Street at Willow and marches to Center Street. Gov. Tom Corbett will be the guest host.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lightning strike possible in New Garden barn fire |Sep 1, 2014

Fire tore through a barn near the intersection of Newark and Buttonwood roads in New Garden on Sunday. A witness said the blaze may have been caused by a lightning strike, though that could not immediately be confirmed with fire officials.

Mushroom Festival hosts Corbett and opens the street for dancing |Sep 6, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square’s 29th annual Mushroom Festival debuted Friday evening with a parade featuring a visit from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, and a string of citations presented by local legislators.

Wackerman retires from Kennett Senior Center |Sep 1, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The man who gained the affection of area residents for his leadership at the Kennett Senior Center was honored with a large banquet on Thursday.

Results from the 29th annual Mushroom Festival |Sep 10, 2014

National Fried Mushroom Eating Championship

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.

Newsweek: Unionville High 68th best in nation |Sep 10, 2014

Indepth rankings by Newsweek have Unionville High School as the sixth best high school in Pennsylvania, and the 58th best high school in the nation.

Friends remember Kennett drowning victim |Sep 7, 2014

Several hundred friends and acquaintances of Raziel Mireles gather at Anson B. Nixon Park on Thursday evening to release balloons in his memory. The 17-year-old Avon Grove senior drowned Thursday, Aug.

Spotlight of the Week: Always just one of the boys |Sep 14, 2014

There was never a time Vanessa Robtison, 31, can remember when she wasn’t involved in something sports, whether it was coaching, playing or even just attending for fun.

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.

Galloway poised to retire |Sep 4, 2014

WEST GROVE >> Chief Errol Galloway served his last day on the West Grove police department on Friday pending approval of the borough council on Wednesday night.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Cross Country: Downingtown West boys and girls teams take control in Ches-Mont National |Sep 5, 2014

GLENMOORE >> Before the 2014 cross country season began, Downingtown West’s girls and boys programs were picked to finish first in the Ches-Mont National.

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.

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.

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.

Football: Running game, Dunleavy powers Blue Demons |Sep 1, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Two teams that had very tough 2013 campaigns showed the rest of the Ches-Mont League that things may be different this season. Kennett and Avon Grove put on a spirited show of hard-nosed football Friday night in nonleague action.

Football: Great Valley grinds out win over Avon Grove |Sep 6, 2014

West Grove >> Possession is nine-tenths of the law and Great Valley (2-0) showed that against Avon Grove Friday night as they denied the Red Devils from holding onto the ball for long and came away with a 42-13 victory.

Avon Grove schools developing five-year plan for education |Sep 2, 2014

PENN >> The Avon Grove School district is moving through the current stage in the process of creating it’s new five year strategic plan.

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.

Field hockey: Farrell’s big night leads Downingtown East over Avon Grove |Sep 12, 2014

WEST GROVE >> The Downingtown East field hockey coaches installed a new offensive system this year, one focused on the transition game.

Penn supervisors OK funds for Route 796 redesign |Sep 12, 2014

PENN >> Supervisors approved spending $22,310 for a preliminary design to restructure the intersection of Route 796 and Baltimore Pike Sept. 3.

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.

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.

Dinniman rep visits Oxford Senior Center |Sep 6, 2014

OXFORD >> September is officially Senior Center Month. On Aug 27, Tyler Arkatin, a legislative assistant from the office of State Sen. Andrew Dinniman, brought a citation to the Oxford Senior Center to mark the occasion.

Caroline Flournoy Anderson Burnett of Kennett Square |Sep 9, 2014

Caroline Flournoy Anderson Burnett died peacefully at age 97 at her home at Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square, on Aug. 25, 2014.

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.

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.

Storm doesn’t interrupt eating at Mushroom Festival |Sep 7, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> A thunderstorm intruded during the mid-afternoon of the well-attended and activity-packed 29th annual Mushroom Festival on Saturday, but the day was otherwise the usual upbeat collection of vendors, food servers and demonstrators.

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.

Avon Grove progresses through strategic plan |Sep 11, 2014

PENN >> The Avon Grove School district is moving through the current stage in the process of creating its new five-year strategic plan. Started in the spring, the plan entitled “Creating Our Future Together,” is being facilitated by Andy Hegedus of Demosophia LLC, a local consulting firm.

Sept. 11: Chester County remembers that fateful day |Sep 12, 2014

Many Chester County communities on Thursday held special observances to remember the deadliest attack on U.S. soil and the nation’s most tragic day: Sept. 11, 2001.

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.

Cook-Jordan connection powers Lincoln |Sep 5, 2014

brudick55@gmail.com LOWER OXFORD >> The annual ‘Battle of the Firsts’ between the nation’s two oldest historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Lincoln University and Cheyney University was still in doubt late in the fourth quarter until Lincoln’s Dezmon Ellis returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to seal the Lions’ 30-18 victory in the opener for both teams Thursday.

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.

Let the club do some work! |Aug 30, 2014

You paid all that money for those clubs. Let them do some of the work in your swing! On the left side, you can see this student’s left arm starting to bend at the elbow as the club enters the impact zone.

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.