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Pitts, Houghton spar in Lancaster debate for Congress |Oct 22, 2014

LANCASTER >> U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts said he represents his constituents in the halls of government.

Football: Lincoln shaded late by ECSU |Oct 22, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> It wasn’t have been the prettiest game of football when Lincoln hosted Elizabeth City State for homecoming Saturday. Both teams tended to hurt themselves with mistakes.

Unionville continues to fight against bullying |Oct 22, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> It may have been some time since the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board has made mention of bullying, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t continued to work on it.

Football: Oxford flies past Avon Grove |Oct 22, 2014

OXFORD >> On Friday night, the Oxford offense put on a show for the home fans, defeating Avon Grove 38-28 in a non-league contest.

Council waives road fees for library |Oct 22, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council voted to waive the road opening fees for the Oxford Public Library expansion project and took a small step toward putting a crosswalk in front of the location.

Kennett area man survives Alaska train derailment |Oct 21, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> A township man has recovered from his injuries and says he’s lucky to be alive after the train he was riding on earlier this year in southeast Alaska derailed, sending him into the icy waters of a huge lake.

Kennett Township may take ownership of Chandler Mill bridge |Oct 21, 2014

The fate of the Chandler Mill bridge remains a controversy, but a definitive step toward a final resolution is set for the near future.

It’s official: Ross will be on ballot |Oct 21, 2014

HARRISBURG>> Republican State Rep. Chris Ross will stay on the ballot for the 158th state House race in November after Commonwealth Court rejected an appeal that objected to Ross replacing former candidate Cuyler Walker.

Take the time to honor firefighters this week |Oct 17, 2014

When local firefighters stage activities for National Fire Prevention Week this week, they are following a tradition that began with commemorating one of the worst fire disasters of all time.

Great Outdoors: Go for a hayride |Oct 17, 2014

Nothing says autumn more than a family hayride. And once again, the state parks in Delaware are offering hayrides for individuals or you can sign up as a group. These are the Delaware State Parks that are offering hayrides this fall.

From the Ground Up: Mulching: It’s not just for springtime |Oct 17, 2014

When I was out walking Tuesday morning, I stopped to chat with one of my neighbors, who was applying mulch to a newly-weeded and watered perennial bed. I was impressed by her efforts (I’m behind in my garden chores, as is usual just lately).

My Two Cents: Time for schools to go Old School |Oct 17, 2014

It’s not often that a news item from Wilmington will make the cut and appear on Philly TV news, but 17-year-old Emily Schaeffer, a student at Brandywine High made the cut. Ms. Schaeffer was sent home from school for wearing clothing that would be a distraction to the teen boys.

Crowds celebrate autumn at Oxford Feed |Oct 17, 2014

OXFORD >> It may have been soggy on Saturday, but that didn’t keep the people of Oxford from coming out to have fun.

Girls Volleyball: Unionville gives Conti-D’Antonio 500th win |Oct 16, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Unionville volleyball team had lots to celebrate on Wednesday, senior night, a division title, but the biggest thrill was for the man in charge.

Boys Soccer: W.C. Henderson clinches National Division title with convicing win over Oxford |Oct 16, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Ellis Vague had a smile on his face moments after West Chester Henderson accomplished one of its goals from the start of the season.

New strategic plan for Avon Grove schools |Oct 15, 2014

PENN >> The focus of the Oct. 9 Avon Grove School Board meeting was a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Margaret Sharp of the completed draft of the district’s new comprehensive strategic plan.

Cross country: Downingtown West clinches first Ches-Mont boys’ title since 1988 |Oct 15, 2014

East Marlborough >> Entering the 2014 Ches-Mont Cross Country Championships, there were questions to be answered.

Kennett Square centenarians celebrate birthdays |Oct 15, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Leena Caudill was born in 1911, the same year as Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan. Dorothy Edinoff was born in 1912, the same year as Gene Kelly, Karl Malden and Danny Thomas.

Council ponders parking expansion |Oct 15, 2014

OXFORD >> Public comment centered around parking and traffic filled the first hour of the Monday, Oct. 13, Oxford Borough Council meeting before any of the business items could be addressed.

Halloween haunt for kids in the Oxford area emphasizes fantasy |Oct 15, 2014

NEW LONDON >> A different kind of Halloween spook attraction that doesn’t emphasize killer clowns and other macabre beings is running at a summer camp in the Oxford area through October.

Downwind: Classics at Brandwyn draw a big crowd |Oct 14, 2014

The vintage and super car show given at Brantwyn the other week to benefit the Kennett Symphjony of Chester County began with many people arriving late. The autos had already been on a tour through the countryside when everyone congregated for Lamberghini Bellinzs while they watched the parage of classic cars.

Oxford seeks members for Architectural Review Board |Oct 14, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced last week that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission officially certified the historical significance of the Oxford Borough Historic District, according to a press release from his office.

Unionville man paints his truck pink in tribute to his wife |Oct 14, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Pink is all the rage this month. Pink T-shirts, pink ribbons, pink socks — all to call awareness to celebrate survivors in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

John Wood remembered as a ‘visionary’ |Oct 14, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> When John Wood had a vision that ultimately helped to form Kennett’s After The Bell Program, he knew the focus had to be on volunteerism and community spirit.

John Cotton Wood of Kennett Square |Oct 14, 2014

John Cotton Wood, a resident of the Kendal Community in Kennett Square, died on Oct. 9, 2104, at the age of 97. Born in New York City on March 8, 1917, he grew up in areas around Boston and San Francisco and summered in Europe.

Future growth depends on preservation, says study |Oct 13, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> Economic growth for Chester County is as dependent on preserving natural beauty as encouraging business growth, said a new report to guide planning over the next 10 years.

The Great Pumpkin Carve set Oct. 23-25 |Oct 13, 2014

Anyone over the age of 40 likely remembers the television special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which aired on Oct. 27, 1966, and became a smash hit with whimsical scenes of kids carving jack o’lanterns, accompanied by the inspired jazz piano of Vince Guaraldi.

Bette comes home |Oct 13, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Bette, the pig that was maliciously shot by an archer at the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary, has returned home and is recovering nicely from her wounds, thanks to the skilled veterinary care at New Bolton Center.

Girls Soccer: Baxter, Weiderhold goals lead Cougars past Unionville to stay unbeaten in Ches-Mont National |Oct 13, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> It was a night game on the pitch as Unionville (7-3-0) played host to Downingtown East (7-0-3) Oct. 6. East, behind goals from Madison Baxter and Brittany Weiderhold, were able to hold on and beat Unionville 2-1 in a Ches-Mont game.

Embreeville developers continue challenge in West Bradford |Oct 13, 2014

West Bradford >> The zoning hearing board received opening statements Wednesday in a dispute with a developer on whether the township meets its “fair share” obligation for housing growth.

Penn settles on ambulance funding formula |Oct 12, 2014

PENN >> Ensuring the safety of township residents has a price. At its Oct. 1 meeting, the Penn Township Board of Supervisors voted to approve a formula for funding the West Grove Ambulance service.

Oxford Library breaks ground for expansion |Oct 12, 2014

A project that some thought was dead in the water and gained new life and taken wing.

Field Hockey: Unionville edges Downingtown East in battle of Ches-Mont division leaders |Oct 12, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Tuesday’s cross divisional match-up between Downingtown East and Unionville featured two teams with more in common than their respective places in the Ches-Mont standings.

Football: Coatesville remains perfect with win over Kennett |Oct 11, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Coatesville’s football game with West Chester Henderson next week is one of the most anticipated games this season, but they did not want to take Friday night’s game against Kennett lightly.

Football: Downingtown East overpowers Avon Grove |Oct 11, 2014

WEST GROVE >> In an age, and division, where the spread offense and zone blocking has almost become the norm, Downingtown East’s physical running game has an old-school feel to it.

Football: Boon’s three TD’s power Unionville past Octorara |Oct 11, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Brandon Boon never guessed he would have a double-digit touchdown season when Unionville football kicked off in August.

Football: Adderley helps Great Valley knock off Oxford |Oct 11, 2014

OXFORD >> You knew that the ball will be in the air often during the Great Valley-Oxford Ches-Mont League American Division football game.

From the Ground Up: Garlic is easy to grow and fun to harvest |Oct 11, 2014

Over the years, I’ve tried late-summer/fall plantings of lettuce, spinach and peas, but discovered that as much as I hated to see the full growing season come to an end, I was in fact ready to enjoy a rest for a while.

Warm apple pie or the complexities of farming? |Oct 10, 2014

For 90 years or so (we aren’t sure about those war years) Unionville has held an annual farm show.

Behind the Scenes: Eastern State full of fun and fear for Halloween |Oct 10, 2014

Philadelphia >> Halloween has always been one of my two favorite holidays of all time. On a normal, day-to-day basis, I’m not a fan of fear, but there’s something about the month of October which allows me to push that feeling aside as I drop a lot of cash to go to “haunted” places, watch marathons of horror movies and don crazy costumes to dish out my own share of spooks.

New firearms ordinance enacted in Kennett Township |Oct 10, 2014

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Supervisors have amended the township’s controversial firearms-use ordinance in hopes of finally arriving at regulations that can promote safety, avoid unreasonable restrictions, and survive legal scrutiny in a shooter-friendly state.

Great Outdoors: Sky tour coming to Anson B. Nixon Park |Oct 10, 2014

Next weekend there will be a Sky Tour at Anson B. Nixon Park. What is a sky tour? The program provides an orientation to the stars and planets with the help of a green laser light, which makes it easier to follow the leaders as they visit (point) to the stars.

New safety measure for ice hockey coming to county |Oct 10, 2014

Thomas Smith was just any ordinary hockey player with a dream of landing a scholarship to play at the collegiate level and someday making it to a pro team.

Panel hears responders’ thoughts on bill to aid fire companies |Oct 9, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Members of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met Tuesday in the borough to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for “actual and reasonable costs,” excluding manpower.

Companion pig helps in rescue of pig shot with arrow at animal haven |Oct 9, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Chenoa Manor’s Bette is “some pig” — a friendly and inquisitive, tan, 600-pound pet that could very easily have assumed a role in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.

Kennett council says goodbye to borough manager |Oct 9, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Council started the process of saying goodbye to outgoing Borough Manager Brant Kucera at its Monday night meeting, and it also started the process of finding Kucera’s successor.

Ice hockey: Hockey is back with start of Hicks Cup tournament |Oct 9, 2014

West Goshen >> It has felt like a long off-season since West Chester Rustin was crowned state champions in March, but hockey is finally in the air as Ice Line filled with eight teams competing in the Hicks Cup preseason tournament Monday night.

Football: Rustin shuts out Oxford |Oct 9, 2014

WESTTOWN >> On Oct. 3, West Chester Rustin continued their dominance in the Ches-Mont League American Division, defeating Oxford, 45-0. The Golden Knights proved that they could attack their opposition on the ground and through the air.

Downwind: Rockwell Kent documentary featured at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Oct 8, 2014

Most people know about the artist Rockwell Kent, (1882 to 1971) but the people are not familiar with his adventurous travels to difficult places like Tierra del Fuego, Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia, and an attempt to sail Cape Horn.

Unionville Community Fair a success |Oct 8, 2014

Clear skies prevailed for the 90th annual Unionville Community Fair last weekend.