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Mudderella draws thousands to Unionville |Aug 22, 2014

Unionville >> It was time to get down and dirty at the Plantation Field as nearly 5,000 people came out for the 2014 Mudderella PA Aug. 16.

Local volunteers, veterans to get recognition at Kennett football games |Aug 21, 2014

Kennett Square >> Emergency responders, police, fire volunteers, school administrators and local veterans are among those who will be honored at halftime of every Kennett High School home football game this year, except homecoming.

Hacking puts patient information at risk at 4 area hospitals |Aug 21, 2014

Community Health Systems, which operates several hospitals in the Chester County area, said a cyberattack believed to be from China may have compromised patient information.

Ivan Stoltzfus arrives in California |Aug 21, 2014

Ivan Stoltzfus, the Honey Brook man who in late April rode through southern Chester County on his tractor en route to the Pacific Ocean, arrived at his destination a little over a week ago.

Voting begins today for Reader’s Choice Awards |Aug 20, 2014

Polls open today for the Daily Local News’ annual Reader’s Choice awards. From clothing to food, from banking to schools, we want to know your favorite shops and services in the area.

Embreeville developers argue against ordinance change |Aug 20, 2014

West Bradford >> Developers with housing plans at the former Embreeville State Hospital property challenged a recent change to a township zoning ordinance, arguing the township is not meeting its “fair share obligations” for regional growth.

Robert Scott Neville |Aug 20, 2014

Robert Scott Neville passed away on Aug. 11, 2014, at home after a year-long battle with cancer at the age of 60. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Fitz Charles Neville, and their daughter Laura Neville Bryant, with whom he shared his life and his home, most recently in Pearl River, Louisiana.

Avon Grove School Board prepares student athletic policy |Aug 19, 2014

PENN >> School is not open yet, but student athletes are already getting ready for the fall season with practices and training camps.

U-CF district ready to welcome back students |Aug 19, 2014

Kennett Square >> Things were a little bit chilly at the end of the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board meeting Aug. 18.

Stephanie Gulden Jackson |Aug 19, 2014

Stefanie Gulden Jackson, beloved sister, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014, in Corte Madera, California, after a courageous two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Kennett Square bank robbed |Aug 19, 2014

Kennett Square >> Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced that a bank robbery took place at the Santander Bank, 313 W. Cypress St. in Kennett Square on August 15. A 5’6” male with medium build entered the bank at approximately 8:50 A.

Discovering the healing power of herbs |Aug 15, 2014

I’ve always thought of herbs as something to spice up savory dishes, to soothe a headache or rash, or to delight the nose. It turns out that herbs can do even more than that. Here’s a story I received from Sally Hammerman, of West Chester.

Corn harvest begins for Chester County Food Bank |Aug 15, 2014

HIGHLAND >> It’s a little late this year, but corn is now on the menu for participants in the services of the Chester County Food Bank.

Local woman helps pass anti-ivory legislation |Aug 15, 2014

Landenberg >> Jen Samuel said when she was growing up in Landenberg she loved animals — especially dolphins and butterflies. Then in college she learned about elephants — an endangered species with so many unique and impressive qualities that she decided to do something to ensure their survival.

Guests search history at Primitive Hall |Aug 15, 2014

Visitors explore local history at Primitive Hall

Oxford Council hears speeding complaints |Aug 15, 2014

OXFORD >> In July, residents came to borough council complaining about speeding on Mt. Vernon Street. Their complaints were heard again this month, along with other residents who have concerns about speeding on North Third Street and overall throughout the borough.

New scouting option starts to take shape |Aug 15, 2014

I received the following information from Victoria Grimme, a mom in Oxford. She is the parent who is starting the new Baden-Powell Service Association troop here in southern Chester county. For more information on Baden-Powell, visit BPSA-US.

Kennett Symphony Delivers Glorious Program |Aug 15, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County had an absolutely marvelous evening of music last weekend. The weather was perfect, and a big crowd came -- so many, in fact, the line waiting to get in to the theatre extended up the hill toward the Peirce house.

Here’s Credit 101 for Your College Freshman |Aug 15, 2014

To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security – a sound understanding of how credit works.

Evelyn Swenssen tells of ‘Life with Music’ |Aug 15, 2014

We are all on a journey, and composer/ musician/performer Evelyn Swensson, formerly of Chadds Ford, known for her involvement in the music world, has created a road map of her incredible journey and success.

Anderson’s hard work earns Girl Scouts Gold Award |Aug 14, 2014

The Girl Scouts Gold Award suggests a minimum of 80 hours of work on a project, but rising Kennett senior Kierstin Anderson went well over that - by 220 hard hours.

Two arrested for dealing heroin, cocaine in Kennett Square |Aug 14, 2014

A New York man and a Delaware man were arrested for distributing heroin in Kennett Square following a two-month investigation by Kennett Square police.

The freestones are coming |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- If ever there was a good week to follow the doctors’ nutritional advice, it’s now.

Open for guests |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- The dreams of a little boy are blossoming into full flower in the form of Chenoa Manor, an animal sanctuary owned and operated by veterinarian Rob Teti. There on a 25-acre farm that sits on the line between London Grove and New Garden, about 230 animals live in peace, never having to worry again about predators, the slaughter house or starvation.

Former principal organizes river trip for vets |Aug 7, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

West Grove Garage chosen for CC Foundation award |Aug 7, 2014

The Youth Philanthropy Award honors young, emerging philanthropists under age 35, who give time, talent and treasure, while also inspiring others to give. This year’s award winner, West Grove Garage Student Advisory Council, has been instrumental in the success of growing after-school programs.

Summer readers celebrate with ‘Star Wars’ heroes |Aug 7, 2014

PENN -- The Avon Grove Library held a summer reading wind-down party for the kids who have been participating in the program throughout the summer. The appearance of a Star Wars Crew was the icing on the cake for the events that have attracted them to the library in West Grove for the past two months.

Longwood Gardens presents Symphony Under the Stars |Aug 7, 2014

This coming Saturday, Aug. 9, will be that wonderful outdoor concert at Longwood Gardens in the Open Air Theatre by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County as they play beloved classical favorites beginning at 7 p.

An amazing thing happened in 1776, 1787 and 1996 |Aug 7, 2014

I’ve been thinking about the welfare problem of late. I remember watching The David Susskind Show on Channel 12 circa 1970 where this woman, who happened to be black, had 14 kids and proudly boasted to Susskind’s nationwide audience that she was going to have 14 more, because the more kids she had the more welfare money she got.

Barn decision was welcome news |Aug 7, 2014

It wasn’t quite Christmas in July, but the news that an agreement had been reached involving The Barn at Spring Brook Farm was a welcome gift indeed for those searching the newspaper recently for something to be satisfied about.

Longwood Gardens opens new meadow section |Aug 7, 2014

Have you been to the new section of Longwood Gardens yet? It opened just a few weeks ago and it’s fantastic. It is so peaceful to walk on the hiking and walking trails. They have so many miles of paths (and not even just including the Meadows) that it really makes a membership worthwhile.

Visiting the birthplace of American forestry |Aug 7, 2014

Vacation last month took me on a drive through North Carolina. In Durham, I spent several happy hours exploring Duke Gardens. In Asheville, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I spent a day touring the Biltmore estate.

Bayard Taylor Library hosts Google Maker camp |Aug 6, 2014

Gadgets, motors and Macs have been whizzing and whirring inside the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library as they play host to the six-week Goggle Maker camp, allowing students, ages 13 to 18, the opportunity to participate in art, tech and design projects with the new 3-D printer.

Oehler earns highest Girl Scout award |Aug 6, 2014

Jess Oehler is no stranger to helping out in her community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Motorcycles |Jul 31, 2014

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.