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How you can help end homelessness in our community |Jul 31, 2014

Last year, there were 3.5 million homeless people in the nation. And in Chester County, there are about 650 homeless, according to the latest Point in Time poll.

Creativity doesn’t take the summer off in Oxford |Jul 31, 2014

Each summer the Oxford Area School District offers students the opportunity to participate in music and art academies, a fun way for them to enhance the skills developed during the past school year and prepare for their upcoming lessons in the fall

Getting your kids to love the out of doors |Jul 31, 2014

Compared to just a few decades ago, children today spend significantly less time outdoors than we did as kids. Over a third of American families report that their child spends less than 30 minutes outdoors each day.

Symphony presents concert at Longwood Gardens |Jul 31, 2014

For a lovely beautiful evening don’t miss the “Symphony Under the Stars” at Longwood Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 9, by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Led by Guest Conductor Markand Thakar of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra will be playing a spirited overture featuring woodwind solos, an exultant suite with stunning work by the strings and the beloved Beethoven masterpiece, Symphony No.

Outwitting wildlife out in the vegetable garden |Jul 31, 2014

Two weeks ago, I visited Gary McKown’s suburban West Chester home to view his vegetable garden. McKown was one of the gardeners who responded to my invitation earlier in the season for people to tell me why I might want to come for a tour.

Local couple hosts former residents |Jul 31, 2014

CHADDS FORD -- The owners of a historic Chadds Ford home along Baltimore Pike hosted the house’s former owners during a sentimental reunion on Saturday.

Pocopson grants extension to The Barn at Spring Brook Farm |Jul 31, 2014

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm in Pocopson will not close, after an agreement was hammered out that grants an extension of time for Barn officials to complete work to meet code requirements.

Motorcycles |Jul 31, 2014

For people who own motorcycles, summer can’t come soon enough. And so it has arrived for another year.

Lengthy sentence urged for convicted massage therapist |Jul 31, 2014

WEST CHESTER – A Chadds Ford massage therapist who molested four female patients that went to him for treatment of physical pain should spend a minimum of 12 to 24 years in state prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by the prosecution.

Good Neighbors has revamped over 250 homes in region |Jul 31, 2014

As Good Neighbors Inc. has shown time and time again, you don’t need a television show such as “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to make a difference in someone’s life.

Two Kennett stores named Best of Philly |Jul 29, 2014

If people in Philadelphia never knew of Kennett Square before, they certainly do now after two stores were named Best of Philly by “Philadelphia Magazine” for 2014.

New Garden firing range close to opening |Jul 28, 2014

LANDENBERG – With the new firing range for the New Garden police close to opening, supervisors gave permission to Kennett, Oxford and Parkesburg for their officers to also use it.

Six from Willowdale Chapel journeying to Africa |Jul 28, 2014

In order to truly appreciate life, sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and for six Chester County men, they will be leaping far beyond those boundaries when they travel to Burundi and Rwanda in August.

Country Butcher gives Kennett its own burger |Jul 28, 2014

The Country Butcher has been a staple in Kennett Square for the last 32 years and over that time, owner Dan Boxler has been trying to keep his store ahead of the curve through creativity with his team of employees to bring new creations of meat.

Two Kennett grads place in Top 10 in nation at FBLA event |Jul 25, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

Homeless relief advocates gather in Oxford |Jul 25, 2014

OXFORD -- Advocates for overcoming homelessness in Chester County continue to tackle their task, although the solutions are often elusive.

Symphony will present ‘Under the Stars’ |Jul 25, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will present a summer concert “Under the Stars” on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. (Rain date, Saturday, Aug. 10). The concert will have guest conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Cosby wows ‘em at Lincoln |Jul 25, 2014

LOWER OXFORD -- Actor, comedian and philanthropist Bill Cosby had his audience in laughter for more than an hour on Saturday as made a pitch for academic fund-raising at The Lincoln University. Sitting by himself in a chair onstage at the International Cultural Center, he presented his views of poverty, God, family and human achievement, throwing in the suggestion that alumni reach in the pockets for contributions.

InBrief |Jul 25, 2014

Charles Patton Charles Patton, the principal of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District middle school that later bore his name, died Saturday, July 19. He was 85. A popular and respected member of the district’s community, he was described in these words by folks who posted in the school’s online newsletter:

District 28 All-Stars head to Big League World Series |Jul 25, 2014

When the KAU Kings won the Eastern Regional Championship last season and advanced to the Senior League World Series, parents, coaches, and friends told them to be happy just to be there.

Some light but useful reading for the summer |Jul 25, 2014

Looking for a little light reading to take with you on vacation this summer? I’d like to recommend the new book, “Coffee for Roses . . . and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening.” In it, author C.

Bottom line for GOP: Don’t lose the election |Jul 25, 2014

Apparently I greatly upset one of my readers with my last column. His letter to the editor [07-17-14] made no doubt that in his opinion I don’t know what I’m talking about and that I am essentially the “village idiot”.

Stoltzfus pushes on for Wounded Warriors |Jul 25, 2014

MUD LAKE, Idaho -- Southern Chester County bade Ivan Stoltzfus fond Bon Voyage as he led a huge parade of tractors through Kennett Square on April 26 on his way westward.

Matt Grieco a ‘certified celebrant’ |Jul 24, 2014

According to a recent study by The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, about 20 percent of Americans – or 52 million people -- worship in a church each week. Most local pastors report a trend of declining attendance over the years.

Matt Grieco a ‘certified celebrant’ |Jul 23, 2014

Kennett Square officials allow residents to own chickens |Jul 22, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

POLICE LOG |Jul 22, 2014

NEW GARDEN On July 8, 2014 at 11 p.m, police observed a vehicle travelling on Baltimore Pike with an equipment violation. The vehicle was followed and observed to drive over the center lines and off the travel portion of the roadway.

District 28 18-year-olds win |Jul 18, 2014

Get your kids involved in the National Parks Junior Ranger program |Jul 18, 2014

Recently my family and I went on vacation and we visited several of the National Parks out west including Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. We had been there before but when the boys were much younger.

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There’s still time for a vegetable garden |Jul 18, 2014

The idea of a fall vegetable garden can be a bit misleading. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that the label “fall” indicated harvest time, not planting time. Granted, in July and August, while we’re swimming in 90+-degree heat, it’s a challenge to remember that the longest day of the year is long past.

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Galloway offers retirement severance |Jul 18, 2014

WEST GROVE -- Veteran borough Police Chief Errol Galloway has offered to retire pending a severance offer from Council.

Kennett merchants take their wares outside |Jul 18, 2014

This weekend, July 19 and 20, will be the annual Sidewalk Sale by the Kennett merchants in uptown Kennett Square. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 20 it is open 11 a.m.

West Nile Virus found in county trap |Jul 18, 2014

UWCHLAN – County health officials on Wednesday announced the West Nile Virus was recently discovered for the first time this year in a mosquito trap placed in the township.

Bulletproof vests donated to CCSPCA |Jul 18, 2014

By KENDAL GAPINSKI kgapinski@dailylocal.com

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Science in the Summer opens at Bayard Taylor Library |Jul 17, 2014

Some children may only just visit the ocean during vacation, but those in attendance of the free Science in the Summer program at the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library are learning all about it.

Sage voted in as member of U-CF school board |Jul 17, 2014

After having to push the decision back a month due to deadlock voting, Robert Sage was sworn in as the newest member of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board in a special meeting held July 14.

Camp Curious 2.0 brings in older children |Jul 16, 2014

LANDENBERG – It’s one thing to pass down clothes between sisters, but in the Lustig family, older sister Shoshanna has given Camp Curious to her younger sister Rebecca to take over and run.

Kucera: Kennett Square is on the upswing |Jul 15, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

Unionville Quaker organizes meetinghouse tour |Jul 11, 2014

NEWLIN — A 95-year-old birthright Quaker from Unionville has taken on the task of organizing a tour of area meetinghouses.

Proposed legislation would freeze school property taxes for seniors |Jul 10, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

Neilson Carlin to be featured at World Meeing of Families |Jul 10, 2014

It may be over a year away, but Neilson Carlin has already been chosen for the opportunity to show off his work at the eighth World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22 to 27, 2015.

Battle of the Bands attracts youth to Kennett Flash |Jul 10, 2014

Debt forces college grads to move back home |Jul 10, 2014

Brian Mahoney, 24, of Collegeville, has had to bounce around from job to job while his Bachelor’s Degree collects dust. It’s the only thing he can do to get his life going while he lives at home with his parents and tries to get a handle on his out-of-control student loans.

Longwood Gardens’ Main fountain garden to be demolished, rebuilt |Jul 8, 2014

BY MATT FREEMAN For 21st-centurymedia.

Longwood Gardens hosts fireworks extravaganza |Jul 7, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH -- The skies were bright over Longwood Gardens on Friday night as an estimated 6,000 spectators honored the nation’s 238th birthday with cheers and applause during the annual Independence Day fireworks display.

Obama is a Minor Leaguer compared to other presidents. |Jul 6, 2014

There’s been a lot of noise during the past 6 years, especially on Fox News, talk radio, and TEA folks complaining about how many executive orders the Obama administration has issued during his terms as president.

Christina’s world? Maine. Wyeth world? Chadds Ford |Jul 6, 2014

CHADDS FORD, Pa. — A recent review of an Andrew Wyeth show calls his famous painting “Christina’s World” the “best-loved worst painting in history.”