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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thousands in Kennett Square without water after main breaks |Sep 14, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Thousands of Kennett Square residents were without water Sept. 14 after a water main located along East South Street near the front of the Kennett High School ruptured. Borough officials issued a boil water notice as a safety precaution.

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.

Kennett school board: Who should be allowed to voice opinions at meetings? |Sep 12, 2014

Kennett Square >> In preparation for the new school year, the Kennett Consolidated school board has been reviewing its policies and making changes and updates when necessary.

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.

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.

East Marlborough police to get new temporary home |Sep 11, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Some municipalities conduct their business like hockey games — a contact sport, mostly governed by rules, but punctuated by occasional moments when the gloves come off and fists meet faces.

Chadds Ford restaurant robbed at gunpoint |Sep 10, 2014

State police are looking for the suspect who robbed Friendly’s Restaurant at Painters Crossing in Chadds Ford at gunpoint Monday morning.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Police: Scams working in area |Sep 5, 2014

Police in several Chester County communities are warning residents and local business owners about a phone scam that has cost some victims up to $3,000.

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.

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.

Unionville marching band takes the ALS challenge |Sep 3, 2014

In what has become an internet sensation, people across the country — and even the world — have grabbed their cell phones, cameras and webcams to record themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, all in the name of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - otherwise known as ALS.

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.

Kennett man recounts ‘Campaign of Terror’ |Sep 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA >> In spending a suburban New York City man to prison for waging a “months-long campaign of terror” against a Kennett Square businessman and his associates, a federal judge this month cautioned that he remained concerned that the punishment would have little or no impact on the man’s future behavior.

Unionville Community Park opens to public |Sep 2, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The new Unionville Community Park officially opened Monday, Sept. 1, at a dedication ceremony attended by more than 30 people.

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.

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.

Nancy A. Taylor of Ocean Pines, Maryland |Sep 1, 2014

Nancy A. Taylor, 64, of Ocean Pines, Maryland, and formerly of Bel Air, Maryland, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at the Coastal Hospice, At The Lake, in Salisbury, Maryland.

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.

Get ChescoReady! |Sep 1, 2014

WEST GOSHEN >> Amy Kate Amer knows what it is like to suffer through a natural emergency, and wants residents of Chester County to have a small bulwark against that possibility.

Unionville High School named as one of the best schools in nation |Sep 1, 2014

EAST MARBOROUGH >> Unionville High School once again has been ranked as one of the very best high schools in the nation.

U-CF, Kennett score well on school performance |Aug 30, 2014

The state Department of Education has released school district academic performance scores that Gov. Corbett had wanted to use to determine how schools spend state block grant money. The action was made possible by right-to-know requests.

Drowning victim just started his senior year at Avon Grove |Aug 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> The 17-year-old who drowned at Anson B. Nixon park Thursday night was Raziel Mireles, who had just started his senior year at Avon Grove High School.

La Comunidad hosts business skills workshop |Aug 29, 2014

Kennett Square >> For the second year, La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) is hosting a series of workshops for Latino entrepreneurs.

Brothers not guilty in gang stabbing |Aug 28, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A Common Pleas Court jury on Friday acquitted two brothers of a stabbing at a New Garden party that had overtones of gang-related tensions, concluding a five-day-long trial that featured dueling accounts of who initiated the violence at a child’s party.

Teen feared to have drowned at Anson B. Nixon Park pond |Aug 28, 2014

Kennett Township >> Police and rescue personnel were called Thursday night to a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park.