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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.

Stink bugs making a big comeback locally |Sep 27, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> They’re back, and this year their numbers are bigger than ever.

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.

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.

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.

Skateboarders come from afar to Franklin event |Sep 16, 2014

FRANKLIN >> The wheels were spinning on the pathways at Crossan Park Sunday as more than 50 skateboarders from miles away showed up for a competition.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Former New Garden supervisor starts prison term |Sep 15, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A contrite former New Garden supervisor was led from a Common Pleas Courtroom Tuesday by sheriff’s deputies to begin serving a state prison sentence for possession of child pornography.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Joseph of Pocopson Township |Sep 21, 2014

Andrew “Andy” Joseph, 20, of Pocopson Township, passed away on August 29, 2014, due to complications of epilepsy. He was a 2012 graduate of Unionville High School and was just beginning his junior year at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, majoring in business.

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.

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.

Spotlight of the Week: Kennett Y swimmer is All-American |Sep 18, 2014

HOCKESSIN, Delaware >> Alicia Diaz can’t remember exactly when it was that she realized she was a really good swimmer, but she guesses it was when she was about 9 years old.

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.

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.

Field Hockey : Betrando’s penalty stroke goal lifts Henderson in OT |Sep 20, 2014

WEST GROVE >> Sometimes the best decision a coach can make is to delegate a decision to the players on the field.

Oxford teacher creates video with class |Sep 28, 2014

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> Fortunately for the students of Oxford High School, education is more than reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. One notable addition is the subject that Chris Pierdomenico teaches: Video and Communications.

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.

Oxford students get a taste of college life |Sep 21, 2014

OXFORD >> Just as they are getting used to the new experience of starting high school, 20 ninth graders at the Oxford Area High School are also adapting to their first college experience.

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.

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.

They made it through the rain |Sep 22, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Avon Grove High School Principal Tom Alexander said he had his fingers crossed from the moment he woke up on Saturday. The forecast was for rain, but he was bound and determined that he didn’t want to move homecoming activities inside the school.

Wiltrude Paprotta of Kennett Square |Sep 22, 2014

Wiltrude Paprotta, 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, surrounded by family, at the Kendal Retirement Community, Kennett Square, where she resided for many years.

Oxford concludes contract with Teamsters |Sep 20, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> Negotiations between the Oxford Area School District and the Teamsters Local Union No. 384 for service and support staff have come to a conclusion with a new contract. The new agreement, approved by the school board at its Sept.

Football: Unionville spoils Avon Grove’s homecoming |Sep 15, 2014

WEST GROVE >> On Saturday afternoon, there was excitement, energy and spirit all around Avon Grove High School’s campus before kickoff due to Homecoming festivities. However, once the ball was kicked off, smiles turned to frowns as Unionville rolled to a 36-0 victory in the non-league contest.

Football: Big plays doom Oxford |Sep 2, 2014

OXFORD >> Though Oxford and Solanco are in different counties and leagues, Friday’s nonleague matchup of neighbors had a rivalry game feel to it. The stands on both sides were packed, with only standing room available.

Football: Hubley snags 7 TDs in Oxford’s shootout win over Kennett |Sep 21, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Ryan Hubley hauled in seven touchdowns passes from quarterback Danny Green as Oxford outlasted Kennett in a 53-47 shootout, spoiling the Blue Demons’ homecoming festivities.

GOP to meet Sunday to replace Walker in 158th District |Sep 25, 2014

Committee members of the 158th legislative district will convene on Sunday at party headquarters to nominate a replacement for Cuyler Walker if Commonwealth Court approves the withdrawal.

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.

Deworming horses topic of free lecture |Sep 3, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> On Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Rose Nolen-Walston, DVM, will discuss the latest views on deworming horses, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA.

Superintendent comments on Class Pride Day |Sep 17, 2014

PENN >> Avon Grove School District Superintendent Christopher Marchese wants to get the disruptive behavior out of Class Pride Day at the Avon Grove High School. During the Thursday, Sept. 11 school board meeting, Marchese talked about the good and bad of the annual event that has been an issue in the district for years.

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.

Great golf involves knowing the Gear Effect |Sep 4, 2014

I would like to review some crucial information about why the ball goes where it does that many of my own students overlook all too often. By now, I hope Ball Flight Law No. 1 is clear: The ball takes-off toward the Face Angle, and curves opposite the Club Path.

Republican candidate Walker for 158th District seat steps down |Sep 25, 2014

East Marlborough Supervisor Cuyler Walker suddenly withdrew as the Republican candidate for the 158th State Representative District, saying personal issues are getting in the way of campaigning.