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Proceed with caution using those fireworks |Jun 28, 2015

Kennett Square >> Fireworks on the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie, but without cautious use they can pose a much greater threat than that sweet dessert.

GLOBETROTTING GRADUATE: Why I keep going back to Paris |Jun 27, 2015

Paris is not my favorite place to visit, yet I find myself consistently revisiting the city. Outside of London, it is the foreign city I know best.

Perspective on Parenting: 10 years a mom |Jun 27, 2015

Years ago, as a communications professional in the corporate world, I remember when my colleagues were honored for a decade or more of service. In a world where attention spans are gradually diminishing, doing anything constructive for 10 years can be considered quite an accomplishment.

‘Legendary’ exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia explores house ballroom culture |Jun 27, 2015

Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin creates art, but also shines a light on people who need to be seen.

Sandberg resigns |Jun 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Ryne Sandberg has resigned as Phillies manager in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in baseball.

Demolition vehicles set the stage for Red Rose renovation |Jun 26, 2015

Penn >> As the United States approaches Independence Day, the most historic of its holidays, a local building that goes back to the nation’s origins is undergoing a radical transformation.

Police Reports |Jun 26, 2015

State Police Avondale Barracks Pizza shop >> Dana Richard Gill, 50, of cochranville allegedly stole a wallet from Pasquale’s Pizz Shop in the 3000 block of Limestone Road in West Fallowfield township on June 6 at 11:35 a.

Program for special needs children thriving in Pocopson |Jun 26, 2015

POCOPSON>>It was about this time last year that the Barn at Spring Book Farm, a facility that provides a barn-type educational setting for special needs children, announced it would be closing.

Kennett Square dentist has the cure for migraine sufferers |Jun 26, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> The last straw for Amy Lewis, 36, (not her last name) came after she was forced to stay in bed all day long with an icepack on her head, unable to play with her two-year-old son or go out with her husband.

Another new development on the fast track in Kennett Square |Jun 25, 2015

A developer’s plan that involves construction of a new complex near Victory Brewing Co. now involves a dog park and a walking trail, and preliminary plans will be submitted this week.

Newlin girl competing for Miss Pre-Teen USA |Jun 25, 2015

Sophia McLaughlin, who resides in Newlin Township, will be travelling to Washington D.C. the weekend of July 4 to participate in the National Miss United States pageant for the title of Miss Pre-Teen United States 2015.

Brew Hub: Craft brewing in the Philly region |Jun 25, 2015

The Craft Beer industry has soared to new heights globally, and the Philadelphia area has been a flagship of homebrewed growth and innovation.

New law could discourage volunteers |Jun 23, 2015

On April 20, 1999, 15 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School by two deranged students with a gun. On Oct. 2, 2006, five girls, aged 6 to 13, were killed in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County by a 32-year-old milk truck driver.

Local school districts, churches, even scouts fear new law will deter volunteerism |Jun 22, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> Officials at many non-profit organizations are worried that a new law that takes effect July 1 will discourage volunteers so much that it may jeopardize continued operation. And school officials, who already have in place strict security measures, fear school trips and after prom programs may get scrapped because of a lack of volunteers.

Popular program that helps Kennett area seniors on the chopping block |Jun 22, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE>>A popular program that helps senior citizens in southern Chester County will be eliminated June 30 unless emergency funding is obtained.

Kennett Brewing Co. opens in Kennett Square |Jun 21, 2015

For 21st-centurymedia.com It’s a Thursday afternoon, Kennett Square’s newest brew pub is days from opening, and Mark Osborne, the self-confessed obsessive who’s a big part of the driving force behind the Kennett Brewing Company, is everywhere at once during the final scramble to get everything ready.

Despite high winds, Chester County Balloon Festival flies high |Jun 21, 2015

NEW GARDEN>>Tens of thousands of people attended the Chester County Hot Air Balloon Festival at the New Garden Flying Field over the weekend.

New program aims to alleviate family homelessness in area |Jun 19, 2015

WEST GROVE>>An initiative to end family homelessness in Southern Chester County that involves 23 local churches will begin this fall.

Charleston Shooting: Pastor, 8 others, fatally shot at church in Charleston |Jun 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. >> A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime.

So much history in a small town in France |Jun 18, 2015

And I’m sitting by the Seine… It’s a pleasure to be soakin’ in

Fire destroys London Britain barn |Jun 16, 2015

Fire destroyed an old barn on the 1600 block of Flint Hill Road in London Britain Township early Tuesday June 16, 2015. West Grove firefighters were alerted just after 2 a.m. and first arriving crews found the structure fully involved.

Preliminary public transportation details for Pope’s visit to Philadelphia released |Jun 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Mayor Michael A. Nutter, City and agency officials announced preliminary information about public transportation options during the World Meeting of Families convening, Sept. 22 to 25, 2015, and the weekend of the Papal Visit, Sept.

Union sizing up Honduran Palacios |Jun 15, 2015

CHESTER >> One of the first transfer rumblings of the summer hit the Philadelphia Union Monday with the revelation that Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios is training with the club.

Prison release rarely an option for dying state inmates |Jun 14, 2015

Leon Jesse James was supposed to die in prison.

Scout creates flag drop box in Oxford |Jun 14, 2015

Oxford >> Life Scout Garland Hamilton hosted a flag retirement ceremony in the park on Sunday — the culmination of a project he has been working on for months for his Eagle rank.

Giles goes into orbit, Phils fall again |Jun 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies got a quality start from the new guy, a yeoman’s effort from a beleaguered bullpen, and a lot of stranded base runners from a punchless lineup in their 1-0, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at PNC Park Friday night.

With the help of 3-D printers, Westtown School students develop prosthetic hands for children |Jun 13, 2015

Engineering students at Westtown School have developed robotic hands for two area children. As part of the school’s Hand Project, and in conjunction with Nemours/ Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, the high school students worked for months in Westtown’s Science Institute, customizing each hand so it would fit each child accordingly.

Perspective on Parenting: Stuff to do with kids this summer |Jun 13, 2015

School’s out, so it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to pass the time and make some fabulous summertime memories for our families. While I know I’m definitely going to catch a few movies with my kids; I saw ET and the Goonies as a child of the 80s, I also want to make sure they experience the world around them.

Sixers’ Embiid suffers apparent setback in recovery |Jun 13, 2015

Nearly one year after the Sixers took him with the third overall pick in the draft, Joel Embiid seems no closer to playing.

Library kicks off summer reading program with magic, T-shirts and book signings |Jun 13, 2015

WEST GROVE >> The Avon Grove Library kicked off its summer program Saturday with a menu of activities that not only keeps local kids engaged in projects but also partners with the Avon Grove School District for summer reading assignments.

Kennett parents tell officials not to shortchange art, music, gym and Spanish classes |Jun 12, 2015

A parent and former teacher insistently asked the Kennett Consolidated School District board members to reconsider the amount of time kindergarten students are taught art, music, gym and other special subjects.

Bancroft, Greenwood students learn about water safety |Jun 12, 2015

Students at Greenwood and Bancroft elementary schools got a head start on learning to swim by participating in a unique SPLASH program at the Kennett Area YMCA Friday.

Phillies Notebook: Sandberg wants to see more of Rupp |Jun 12, 2015

PITTSBURGH >> The Phillies played an afternoon game Wednesday in Cincinnati before making a puddle-hop to Pittsburgh before sunset, then had a full day off Thursday before getting back to business Friday night at PNC Park for the start of a weekend series against the Pirates.

Kennett students told to cure cancer and change lives |Jun 12, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> Dream big, take nothing for granted, live life to the fullest and change lives.

Avon Grove graduates fond of looking back |Jun 11, 2015

Newark, Del. >> A sea of maroon-clad Avon Grove seniors entered the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware on Wednesday, jubilant that their years of work brought them to that place and that time.

Police Reports |Jun 11, 2015

Correction Car crash >> In the May 28 issue of the police reports in The Kennett Paper and Avon Grove Sun, it was mistakenly reported that Kathleen DeCamillo of Cochranville rear-ended another car and fled.

Bills on the move in Pennsylvania to end municipal pensions |Jun 10, 2015

A month after Republican lawmakers advanced a plan to end the traditional pension for new state workers, they’ve set their sights on doing the same for future municipal employees in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission delays recommendation for funding formula |Jun 10, 2015

NORRISTOWN>> The Basic Education Funding Commission announced Wednesday that it will not be making a recommendation to the Pennsylvania legislature for a fair funding formula for public schools by the June 10 deadline.

Unionville students told bigger and better things are ahead |Jun 9, 2015

NEWARK, DE.>>Four years of high school was merely a “stepping stone” to bigger and better things, and it did more than merely prepare students for life in the real world.

Charter students told to leave a trail and find their way |Jun 9, 2015

LOWER OXFORD >> The Avon Grove Charter School’s Class of 2015 was a special one, because it was the first to go all the way through from kindergarten to graduation.

Hillendale student running to help kids with vision problems |Jun 8, 2015

Twelve-year-old Nikolas Toocheck, a student at Hillendale Elementary School, is running a marathon in each of the 50 U.S. states to raise money for the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides critical vision care to people in need around the world.

Kennett Square man arrested for alleged bank robbery spree |Jun 8, 2015

COURTHOUSE >> A Chester County man is being held in Montgomery County jail for allegedly committing a spree of bank robberies in Montgomery, Westmoreland and Lancaster counties.

Sacred Heart Church celebrates 100 years |Jun 7, 2015

OXFORD >> Sacred Heart, a Catholic church that has grown and thrived in a town with Scots-Irish Presbyterian roots, celebrated its 100th birthday this past weekend.

Girl Scouts say goodbye to Camp Tweedale |Jun 7, 2015

LOWER OXFORD >> It was a sad day for old Girl Scouts of southern Chester County as the regional council closed Camp Tweedale for the last time.

Graduation is ‘bittersweet’ for Oxford High School’s class of 2015 |Jun 6, 2015

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> Students from the 135th graduating class of the Oxford Area High School collected their diplomas on Friday during commencement exercises at the Oxford Area High School gymnasium.

There are more Del Bittle’s in our community than we realize |Jun 5, 2015

A few weeks ago, East Marlborough supervisors received a request, at a public meeting, to pay $240 for the meals of 20 first responders at the Third Annual Thank You Party, scheduled for later this year.

Police Reports |Jun 5, 2015

State Police Avondale Barracks Possession >> Amanda Corinne Beiler of West Grove was found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on Route 1 at Route 796 in Penn Township on May 21 at 10:54 a.

Charter School arts |Jun 5, 2015

LONDON GROVE >> On Friday, the Avon Grove Charter School pulled out all the stops to display a year’s worth of art and performance.

‘Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd’ plays to standing room |Jun 5, 2015

The Kennett Township Historic Commission hosted an SRO crowd last week at the Kennett Township Building when two electric speakers held the attention of the audience. Karen Marshall, Chester County Historic Preservation Officer spoke about the proposed Harriet Tubman Freedom Trail that would go into Maryland which has already set aside land for it.

AG Board should consult the Beach Boys |Jun 5, 2015

Several decades ago, the Beach Boys issued some good and well-received advice: