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Performance Golf: Hit up the driver to launch it high and far |Sep 28, 2014

The driver is unlike all the other clubs in your bag — you really don’t want to hit down on the ball at all. In fact, the average Angle of Attack (AoA) on the PGA Tour is 1.2 downward, but Rory McIlroy hits up 2 to 3 degrees and Bubba Watson his up 5 degrees and they KILL it! The AoA is simply a measurement of whether the club head is moving upward or downward through impact.

Republicans appoint Chris Ross to fill 158th District vacancy |Sep 28, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> State Rep. Chris Ross was selected as the Republican candidate to run in the 158th district Sunday night, replacing Cuyler Walker who resigned for personal reasons.

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.

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.

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.

Vintage base ball: Big wins for Brandywine in afternoon doubleheader |Sep 27, 2014

Editor’s note: In the spirit of 19th-century base ball, the story is written with the game’s terminology used in the late 1800s. Immediately following the term, in parenthesis, is the word used in today’s time.

Football: Gordon, Sun Valley overpowers Kennett |Sep 27, 2014

Aston >> It was the Kijana Gordon and the offensive line show for Sun Valley as they racked up 353 yards — all on the ground — to come out on top in a shootout against Kennett, 38-27 Friday night in a Ches-Mont League American Division contest.

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

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

Leonard Moseley Sherman of Kennett Square |Sep 27, 2014

Leonard Moseley Sherman, 90, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Sept. 16, 2014, at his home in the Crosslands Community. He was the husband of Katherine Kennedy Sherman, whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Court approves Walker’s withdraw |Sep 27, 2014

Harrisburg >> Commonwealth Court Friday approved Cuyler Walker’s request to withdraw from the 158th state House District race. Now, county Republicans are set to meet Sunday to select his replacement on the ballot, with the current officeholder the most mentioned possibility, according to some political observers.

Kennett Square Borough Manager Brant Kucera accepts job in Oregon |Sep 26, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Borough Manager Brant Kucera is leaving Kennett Square for the west coast.

Football: Red Raiders roll past Avon Grove |Sep 26, 2014

West Grove >> Coatesville just needed the opening kickoff of the game to show Avon Grove it wasn’t ready to relinquish its undefeated football season Friday night.

Teacher sues over scholarship donation |Sep 26, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. — After facilitating classes about the U.S. Constitution, longtime teacher Jane Ladley wanted to donate to a college scholarship fund that encouraged youth to learn about the country’s founding principles.

Kennett Homecoming King and Queen! |Sep 26, 2014

P.J. O’Sullivan and Kirsten Sharp were crowned Homecoming King and Queen during homecoming festivities Friday night at Kennett High. The homecoming court: KHS 2014 Homecoming Court: Boys: Justin Hall, Timmy Louie, Nick Meola, P.

Girls Soccer: Kennett breaks through for first Ches-Mont League victory |Sep 26, 2014

CALN >> Two teams desperate for their first girls soccer Ches-Mont League win battled on a bright but breezy Sept. 22. When the day ended, Kennett High School would be riding home with a one in its division win column.

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.

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.

Exciting finish at Plantation Fields |Sep 24, 2014

Maya Black and Doesn’t Play Fair stormed around Mike Etherington-Smith’s CIC3* cross-country course to clinch the win at Plantation Field International Horse Trials in fairytale fashion.

Thousands expected for Unionville Community Fair |Sep 24, 2014

UNIONVILLE >> A homemade beer and wine contest is just one of the new features at the 90th annual Unionville Community Fair and Farm Show, scheduled for Oct. 3 through Oct. 5, at the Landhope Fairgrounds near routes 926 and 82.

Sidewalks and speeding on Oxford agenda |Sep 24, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council could not come up with a quorum at the table for their Sept. 15 meeting, but to be able to address time sensitive items, member Paul Matthews joined Randy Teel, Sue Lombardi and John Thompson, by speaker phone, to get through the most important items.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Former Unionville man donating chickens to Kennett Food Cupboard |Sep 21, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Dan Topp has always believed in giving back, and now he is putting his belief into practice.

Unionville Elementary staying fit with Boosterthon |Sep 21, 2014

Kennett Square >> It may have been a hot day, but the young students at Unionville Elementary School didn’t seem to mind the heat as the whole student-body — almost 400 kids — paraded outside with their teachers to take part in the first ever Boosterthon Fun Run Sept.

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.

Unionville student still out of school; no other cases reported |Sep 20, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> The Unionville-Chadds Ford high school student who contracted EV-D68, the virus that has appeared across the nation, has not yet returned to school.

Football: Pechin stars as Unionville batters Sun Valley |Sep 20, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville High School’s Alex Pechin has been nothing short of spectacular all season and proved again on Friday night that he is one of the better quarterbacks in the Ches-Mont League.

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.

Boys Soccer: Wood’s save fuels Warriors |Sep 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> With time expiring in the first half, James Wood saw Avon Grove’s Jamie Pettus coming toward him in a one-on-one breakaway.

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.

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.

Kennett High School one of the best in the nation |Sep 18, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett High School has earned accolades for academic achievement, ranking it as one of the best in the nation.

Is an elementary school redistricting in the future for U-CF? |Sep 17, 2014

Kennett Square >> The problem is present at Pocopson Elementary School and now the only question is whether a redistricting of the four elementary schools will happen in the Unionville-Chadds Ford district in the near future.

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.

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.

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.

Football: Missed opportunities spell doom for Lincoln |Sep 17, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> A little more than a week removed from a big win over arch-rival Cheyney in its season opener, a game played before a packed house and a national TV audience, Lincoln took the field against North Carolina Wesleyan in a downpour, before a sparse crowd.

EV-D68 hits Unionville-Chadds Ford School District |Sep 17, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District confirmed Wednesday a high school student has contracted EV-D68, the virus that has been sweeping across the nation.

Oxford council addresses taxing issues |Sep 16, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council meeting started early on Monday to discuss the first draft of the budget for 2015. At this point there is no tax increase proposed, but there was discussion of where items might need to be increased.

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.

Unionville High School has record 19 National Merit Semifinalists named |Sep 16, 2014

Unionville High School received news that 19 seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists.

Water boiling stays in effect in Kennett Square |Sep 16, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Residents told council Monday night the borough’s methods of notifying them to boil water after a water main break were ineffective.

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.