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Prepare healthful, nutritious back-to-school lunches |Aug 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Fading are the days of summer vacation fun and on the horizon are parent-teacher conferences, homework and packed school lunches.

For Oxford man, the fight to beat childhood cancer is personal |Aug 26, 2016

OXFORD >> Paul Matthews has seen far too many children die.

Taste of Puebla in Kennett Square closing; new burger and cheesesteak venue to open |Aug 26, 2016

The Taste of Puebla Restaurant off Broad Street in Kennett Square will close in two weeks. The Sawmill Bar and Grill featuring award-winning burgers and cheesesteaks will open at the location when the Taste of Puebla closes.

Scenic landscape preserved in London Britain |Aug 25, 2016

On July 18, 2016, Natural Lands Trust protected a scenic 55.7- acre property in London Britain Township, Chester County, preserving woodlands, rare plant species, and a valued part of the rural landscape.

Kennett first-grader battling cancer will be honorary captain at Kennett’s first home football game |Aug 25, 2016

NEW GARDEN >> Grayson Savery, who will soon begin first grade at New Garden Elementary School, will never play football. But when Kennett High’s varsity football team takes the field for its first home game of the season on Sept.

Facility for special-needs children prospers after being rescued by community |Aug 25, 2016

POCOPSON >> Two years ago, the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, a facility that provides animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities, was all set to close. Codes officers found violations at the facility that would cost upward of $100,000 after a neighbor complained of noise.

Police Reports |Aug 24, 2016

West Grove Police Drug arrest >> Eric Brodhead, of Nottingham, was arrested on Aug. 12 and charged with violations of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act (Act 64), as well as with Vehicle Code violations, stemming from a traffic stop on 08/12/2016.

Local school supply lists now available online TeacherLists.com |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.

Unionville High Marching Band Camp wraps up |Aug 24, 2016

The 82 dedicated musicians and color guard of the Unionville High School Marching Band spent the last days of their summer vacation transforming themselves into a precise, professional and

PennDOT starts major road work tomorrow in Kennett Square |Aug 24, 2016

Work will begin tomorrow on a $2.2 million project to resurface and repair almost 10 miles of roadway on four state highways in Chester County, including one in Kennett Square.

Kennett Square economic development plan to be made public Sept. 8 |Aug 24, 2016

Historic Kennett Square will sponsor a public forum to present an Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan. All are invited to attend the forum on Sept. 8 at 6:30pm in the American Legion Hall on the corner of Broad and State Street (use Broad Street entrance).

New program helps families to help themselves out of poverty |Aug 23, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> A new initiative that helps people to cut the chains of poverty -- something that has worked in other parts of the country -- is coming to southern Chester County this fall. And local officials feel it could have a dramatic impact.

Joe Pitts looks back on 44 years in office |Aug 23, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> For conservative Congressman Joe Pitts, his political career began simply with some cardboard posters and a couple of two-by-fours. That’s how he recalled his first successful campaign to fill the about-to-be-vacated 158th seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972.

More than 100,000 expected for 31st annual Mushroom Festival |Aug 23, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> The 31st Annual Mushroom Festival brings back the fungi celebration for another year of fun as mushrooms take center stage in Kennett Square, the Mushroom Capital of the World, More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the two-day event, on Sept.

51st annual Chadds Ford Days set Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 |Aug 22, 2016

Chadds Ford Days will take place Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Register now for Mushroom Festival events |Aug 22, 2016

Take your Mushroom Festival experience to the next level by registering for one of its special events such as the Antique and Classic Car Show, the Mushroom Run and Fun Walk, or the Cute-As-A-Button (Mushroom) Baby Photo Contest, or the Community Parade.

Carla Pedicone named Kennett YMCA employee of month |Aug 22, 2016

Carla Pedicone has been selected employee of the month at the Kennett Area YMCA.

Family Promise receives car for needy local family |Aug 22, 2016

The loss of a car can lead to the loss of a job which will lead to the loss of a home. That is exactly what happened to one family who is participating in the Family Promise of Southern Chester County program.

Pa Prep Live 2016 High School Football Preview now live |Aug 22, 2016

At Pa Prep Live, we embarked on a mission to gather quality content on all 93 teams in District 1 and the Catholic League.

YMCA crowd greets Runge and her medal |Aug 22, 2016

PENN >> Olympic Gold Medalist Cierra Runge returned to her roots at the Jennersville Y on Monday and was greeted by a warm and loving crowd of friends and admirers.

Proposed soils ordinance in Kennett Township appears washed out |Aug 18, 2016

An ongoing effort to persuade Kennett Township to adopt its own soils ordinance appears to be losing ground, if the township’s latest response is any indicator.

Montgomery County judge urges state court to ‘quash’ Cosby appeal |Aug 16, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> A Montgomery County judge has urged a state court to quash entertainer Bill Cosby’s appeal of the judge’s refusal to dismiss the sex assault charges lodged against Cosby in connection with an alleged encounter he had with a woman at his Cheltenham home.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane resigns |Aug 16, 2016

HARRISBURG >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane Tuesday announced that she will resign her position as Attorney General effective at the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Route 322 widening from Route 1 to I-95 to start in 2017 |Aug 15, 2016

UPPER CHICHESTER >> After all this time — and we’re talking decades, not just days or weeks — state Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, says the folks in his district may have to be careful about getting what they asked for when it comes to the Conchester Highway.

Jury convicts Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane of perjury, obstruction |Aug 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane sat stone-faced, showing no emotion, as a jury labeled her a convicted felon, finding she orchestrated the illegal disclosure of secret grand jury information to the media and then engaged in acts designed to conceal and cover up her conduct.

Lawyers: Bill Cosby in Calif. during recorded phone conversation |Aug 15, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Lawyers for Bill Cosby contend the entertainer was in California, not Pennsylvania as they previously believed, at the time of a January 2005 telephone conversation he allegedly had with the mother of Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of sexual assault.

Kennett Symphony delivers a winner at Longwood Gardens |Aug 14, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Kennett Symphony of Chester County punched a powerful program of international music into a heavy, hot and humid atmosphere on Saturday night at Longwood Gardens with great vigor and success.

Runge swims for a gold |Aug 13, 2016

LONDERRY >> The little girl who at age four told her parents she would someday swim in the Olympics did just that. And to sweeten that hope, Octorara High School graduate Ciarra Runge brought home a Gold Medal 16 years later.

New Pa. child safety seat law takes effect Friday |Aug 12, 2016

New child safety seat requirements that were signed into law in June will take effect Friday.

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane won’t testify; jury gets case Monday |Aug 12, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s fate is about to be placed in the hands of a jury after testimony wrapped up at her trial on perjury and obstruction charges.

Get a water workout this summer with aquatic classes |Aug 12, 2016

Take fitness from land to water this summer for some exercise fun and to burn hundreds of calories.

Local equestrian comes home with a Bronze |Aug 12, 2016

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> Equestrian Phil Dutton arrived home from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this week with a Bronze Medal and a smile on his face.

Restroom at West Grove park hit by vandals |Aug 11, 2016

During the overnight hours Sunday Aug. 7 into Monday Aug. 8, someone spray painted graffiti on the exterior of the public restroom building, at the West Grove Memorial Park.

Townsend joins West Grove police force |Aug 11, 2016

The West Grove Borough Police Department announces the hiring of a new part-time police officer, Richard Townsend. While new to municipal policing, Rich is no stranger to law enforcement. He spent 28 years with the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop J, Avondale and retired as a Corporal in 2014.

REPLAY: Gov. Tom Wolf talks about state budget and opioid abuse |Aug 10, 2016

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was in Montgomery County this morning to talk about the state budget and money going to opioid abuse treatment. Repoter Kaitlyn Foti was on hand with live coverage. Follow her here or on Twitter at

Tick Tock Early Learning Center plans charity golf event at Hartefeld |Aug 10, 2016

Tick Tock Early Learning Center is hosting their 2016 Annual Golf Classic on Monday, Sept. 19 at award-winning Hartefeld National in Avondale.

Land Conservancy steps in to help protect Barnard’s Orchard |Aug 10, 2016

POCOPSON >> The 74-acre Barnard’s Orchard off Route 842, which has been in the Barnard family for four generations since 1862, will never see a developer’s shovel.

Ex-aide to A.G. Kathleen Kane links her to alleged leak plot |Aug 10, 2016

NORRISTOWN >> The former college boyfriend of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who also served as her first deputy, linked her to an alleged plot to leak secret grand jury information to a reporter as he testified against her at her perjury and obstruction trial.

Prosecutor: Kathleen Kane ‘on a mission of revenge’ |Aug 9, 2016

NORRISTOWn >> Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane used “lies, leaks and lawlessness” to exact “revenge” on a former state prosecutor with whom she was feuding prosecutors told jurors at Kane’s perjury and obstruction trial.

Police Reports |Aug 9, 2016

State Police Avondale Barracks Didn’t slow down >> Shirish Junagade, 49, of Bear, Delaware, was traveling southbound on Route 41 in West Fallowfield Township on July 28 at 2:28 p.m. and didn’t slow down for a car that was stopped ahead of him at the intersection with Highland Road, police said.

Bikers ride the county for the VFW |Aug 9, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> A band of bikers headed out from the Kennett Square VFW Post 5467 on Saturday for the purpose of raising money for veterans.

Local author pens book about Chadds Ford |Aug 9, 2016

Phyllis Recca is pleased to announce the availability of her second Then and Now book covering historic properties and popular sites in the Chadds Ford area. A group of prominent families helped establish Chadds Ford, including the Brintons, Gilpins and Painters.

Valerie Lopez selected employee of the month at Kennett YMCA |Aug 8, 2016

Valerie Lopez has been selected as employee of the month at the Kennett Area YMCA.

Underprivileged students in three school districts getting free school supplies |Aug 6, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> About 300 underprivileged students in three southern Chester County school districts will not go to school unprepared this year thanks to a Longwood Rotary Club book bag project.

Brown Derby opens; features fine dining and top-notch service |Aug 6, 2016

NEW GARDEN >> The Brown Derby is back, and it’s better than ever.

Police Reports |Aug 5, 2016

State Police Avondale Barracks Strikeforce III >> The Pennsylvania State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. on July 23 on Route 1 at route 52 North in Kennett Township.

Area restaurants serve local and fresh on a plate |Aug 5, 2016

Fresh produce is all around, now that we are in the midst of summer. Pennsylvania is full of farms that provide area restaurants with locally sourced ingredients.

LCH celebrates National Health Center Week |Aug 5, 2016

The week of August 7 – 13 is dedicated to celebrating the work of the 1,300 health centers in the United States that provide care in 9,000 sites to 24 million patients (Health Resources and Services Administration).

New Kennett Township park opens this fall; will feature trails |Aug 4, 2016

for 21st-centurymedia.com Kennett Township supervisors and residents got a look a conceptual master plan Wednesday night meant to give everyone a better idea of what Barkingfield Park will be like when it opens this fall and evolves over the years.

LBJ was right: No politics from the pulpit |Aug 4, 2016

I listened to Donald Trump’s 73-minute tirade Thursday night. He definitely knows how to work up an audience. There are plenty of things that I could say about Trump’s speech, but the final issue he mentioned is my focus in today‘s column.