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VIDEO: More than 100 stage rally at Rep. Ryan Costello’s office urging him to vote no on ACA repeal |Mar 23, 2017

More than 100 residents picketed Rep. Ryan Costello’s West Chester office at noon Friday, urging the Congressman to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

A sad day in the barber shop |Mar 23, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> For Burton’s Barber Shop owner-proprietor Bob Burton, the death of baseball great Dallas Green on Wednesday amounted to the loss of a good friend.

More than 100 rally at Costello’s office urging no vote on ACA repeal |Mar 23, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> With chants like “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, we need to see Costello,” and “Keep it, keep it, people really need it,” more than 100 people gathered at Rep. Ryan Costello’s office Thursday at noon to protest the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Kennett High School welcomes humanitarian aid worker |Mar 22, 2017

Former humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens will be visiting Kennett High School on April 7, 2017, to discuss with the entire student body his experiences in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Wilkens was the only US citizen to stay behind when foreign nationals were evacuated with many of the UN peacekeepers.

Kennett area authors hope their book will inspire partnerships |Mar 22, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> The authors of a new book about social services in the borough are hoping that the message takes on a life of its own.

Soup’s on! Celebrate spring with five fresh recipes |Mar 22, 2017

After a warm February and snowy March, it’s officially spring ­­‑ a time when chefs eagerly await tendrils, shoots and other tempting ingredients for seasonal soups.

Parents urged to attend AG district board meeting |Mar 21, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> Concerned about the looming deadlines for recertification and perceived delaying tactics by the Avon Grove School Board, parents and friends of the Avon Grove Charter School met in the school’s auditorium on Monday to sort out rumors and challenges.

Andy’s Dragon and Meehan’s Moose |Mar 21, 2017

If you haven’t heard, there is a meeting open to the public at Avon Grove High School on March 28 at 7 p.m. to discuss the subject of gerrymandering. Lawrence Husick of Fair Districts PA will explain it and why it leads to political divide.

Kennett Square cracking down on speeders |Mar 21, 2017

Kennett Square is cracking down on speeders.

Brandywine Valley SPCA offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries in March |Mar 21, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) will be offering spay/neuter surgeries to residents of Chester County, Delaware County, and New Castle County for just a $20 co-pay during the month of March.

Celebrate spring at Point to Point horse races |Mar 21, 2017

POCOPSON >> Just as there were hints of a very early spring – temperatures in the 60s, flowers popping up and birds everywhere, reality hit us with a mid-March snow storm. But don’t despair, a sure sign of spring in Chester County is a big racing event.

REVIEW: Kennett High students shine in “Drowsy Chaperone” |Mar 20, 2017

The sardonic Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone” that is full of wise cracks so dearly beloved by teenagers was a true smash hit this past week. The auditorium was well filled for three performances, and the cast moved with precision under the direction of Cindy Albertini and Music Director Katie Soukup.

Holdsworth to be named only the third police chief in Kennett Square in past 45 years |Mar 20, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Lt. William Holdsworth will be sworn in next month as only the third police chief in the past 45 years in the borough.

REVIEW: Mary Poppins and friends fly high at Unionville High School |Mar 20, 2017

Last weekend Unionville High School presented a beautiful production of the beloved story of Mary Poppins. With a very talented cast and all the bells and whistles of a modern stage set up, they not only flew the magical Mary Poppins but also two of her friends.

Local man finds extremely rare coin hidden in antique table |Mar 18, 2017

COATESVILLE >> As a driver for ROVER, Danny Johnson gets to know a lot of people. Most are friendly. But one person he developed a close bond with was an elderly man who had never driven a vehicle.

Work begins Monday to widen Route 322 to four lanes |Mar 18, 2017

UPPER CHICHESTER > After nearly a half-century of planning, the work to widen Route 322 to four lanes will begin on Monday. But the project, which will feature grassy medians and left and right turning lanes at certain intersections, won’t be completed for at least six years.

Bayard Taylor’s gift to Kennett Square: An old cannon |Mar 18, 2017

The 19th century was a period of dramatic developments in science, technology and ways of thinking. It was also a changeover from the era of the Enlightenment to one more focused on expression in the age of Romanticism.

Unionville officials debating whether students should be permitted to give teachers expensive gifts |Mar 17, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> At the end of the school year, many teachers often receive gifts from their students. Now, Unionville-Chadds Ford school directors want to make sure those gifts aren’t too expensive.

FILM TALK: Allentown-born Amanda Seyfried talks finding love on set, expecting her first child |Mar 17, 2017

Allentown native Amanda Seyfried came away from “The Last Word” with more than a starring role in a crowd-pleasing comedy. She also found a fiancé.

Crash on Route 41 closed the road in both directions |Mar 17, 2017

AVONDALE >> A three-vehicle crash on Friday morning closed Route 41 for several hours, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Kennett officials approve new hires, summer school agenda |Mar 17, 2017

Kennett Consolidated school directors approved the following:

FROM THE GROUND UP: Does beer belong in the garden? |Mar 17, 2017

I didn’t even know that such a thing as “leftover beer” existed or that it might be considered a dilemma. So I was surprised at a recent family gathering when the talk turned to the topic of excess brew and what to do with it.

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Have you heard of ‘Graeme of Thrones’? |Mar 16, 2017

Bring the beat back Santander Performing Arts Center: Catch international percussion sensation “Stomp” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $35.

Storm creates dire need for blood donations |Mar 16, 2017

For many in Chester County, the recent storm was an inconvenience, but to some, it is a far more serious matter. Due to the storm, more than 100 blood drives were cancelled across the East Coast on March 14.

Kennett High raises more than $45,000 in second Mini-THON |Mar 16, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> On Feb.24, approximately 300 Kennett High School students stayed on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease.

Kennett Township trails plan advances |Mar 16, 2017

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> The burgeoning system of trails and sidewalks in Kennett Township took another step forward on Monday night.

Kennett parents tell school officials they fear bullying of Latino students |Mar 15, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Concern about politically inspired bullying of Latino students has emerged in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Symphony orchestra awakens music appreciation in children |Mar 15, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Kennett Symphony of Chester County Director Michael Hall demonstrated on Sunday that even the youngest children can learn to appreciate good classical music.

KMC gym team off to a strong start |Mar 15, 2017

The Girls KMC USAIGC Gymnastics team is one-third through their season with a very promising and strong start. The team started the season off the first weekend in December in Lancaster, PA at the Miracle on the Square Meet where they faced two other PA teams and two DE teams.

Sciscione named YMCA employee of the month |Mar 15, 2017

Steve Sciscione, Kennett Area YMCA coach, has been named employee of the month.

Go back in time at Constitution Center with ‘American Spirits’ |Mar 15, 2017

Two of the U.S. Constitution’s Amendments are about alcohol — one to ban it and one to undo the ban.

THE YANKEE CHEF: Get dinner done in a snap with quick ‘risotto’ |Mar 15, 2017

Serve up some Cheesy No-Rice Risotto ... which just so happens to be gluten free I might add.

MUSIC BEST BETS: Bring Me the Horizon at the leading edge of metal |Mar 15, 2017

Welcome to “Seven in Seven,” where each Friday we take a look at shows coming to the region over the next week. Whether your musical tastes are rock and roll, jazz, heavy metal, singer-songwriter or indie, there’ll always be something to check out in the coming days.

FOOD: Enjoy the sweet luck o’ the Irish |Mar 15, 2017

At Bridge Street Chocolates in Phoenixville, a leprechaun and a shamrock garland decorate the store, tempting candy lovers to indulge in a sweet St. Patrick’s Day treat: the Irish potato.

Kennett Square man killed in Route 1 crash; snow, ice cited as a factor |Mar 15, 2017

CHADDS FORD >> A Kennett Square man was killed early Wednesday morning in a violent two-vehicle crash on Route 1 at the intersection of Creek Road. The accident forced the cancellation of every school in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District.

‘Church of Broken Pieces’ one of two street photography installations at The African-American Museum in Philadelphia |Mar 15, 2017

Street photographer and Philadelphia resident Shawn Theodore’s handle on Instagram is _xst (exist), where he has 62,000 followers.

Jurors from Pittsburgh area to decide Bill Cosby’s fate |Mar 14, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Entertainer Bill Cosby’s fate will be in the hands of jurors from Allegheny County when he stands trial this summer for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004, according to a state court decision.

Pittsburgh jury to weigh Bill Cosby’s fate |Mar 14, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Entertainer Bill Cosby and his lawyers may have gotten exactly what they wanted - the chance to select jurors from the Pittsburgh area for the actor’s upcoming trial on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004.

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf announces emergency proclamation, travel restrictions ahead of storm |Mar 13, 2017

HARRISBURG >> Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in anticipation of a significant winter snowstorm that will impact the state starting Monday evening through late Tuesday, and announced PennDOT and the Turnpike will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel.

Trumpcare probably not a good idea |Mar 12, 2017

The Republicans have finally announced what their proposed healthcare plan is. They call it the AHCA — The American Health Care Act. Most folks are calling it Trumpcare. The Trump Administration hopes to use this two-bill legislative package to repeal and replace Obamacare aka the ACA -The Affordable Care Act.

New book gives unique insight into how Kennett has prospered |Mar 11, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square.

Philadelphia Flower Show visitors to be greeted with 30,000 flowers, floating canopy |Mar 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA >> Thirty thousand flowers — with an additional 6,000 blooms suspended in a giant floral canopy — will welcome guests to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” from March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Kennett Area Democrats donate to La Comunidad Hispana |Mar 10, 2017

Kennett Area Democrats last week raised more than $1,250 to support La Comunidad Hispana. Dennett Area Democrats also sponsor various events throughout the year. In 2017, the organization sponsored the MLK CommUNITY Breakfast and the KACS Empty Bowls dinner.

How you can coax spring bulbs to bloom early |Mar 10, 2017

The scents and sights of spring-flowering bulbs don’t have to completely go away just because it’s winter.

Volunteers sought for March 25 cleanup |Mar 10, 2017

POCOPSON >> If roadways could talk, they would thank the volunteers who take a few hours out of their weekends to clear the junk off the shoulders, forests and nearby fields.

Plan your visit to the 2017 Philadelphia Flower show with this Survival Guide |Mar 10, 2017

The 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show promises to be a grand spectacle. But it’s the little things, such as knowing how to get there and how to navigate the show, that can help make your day amid the beautiful blooms that much easier and delightful.

Pitts honored for his work to bring affordable health care to senior citizens |Mar 10, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> State lawmakers, county officials and municipal leaders honored former Congressman Joseph Pitts Tuesday for his efforts to protect senior citizens during his 44-year tenure in office.

Was ‘tulipmania’ almost Holland’s economic ruin? |Mar 10, 2017

“Holland” is the theme of the 2017 Philadelphia Flower Show, but did you know that hundreds of years ago that country was in a state of unrest over its celebrated tulips?

Rudi Steinberger, Kennett Square activist, dies at age 92 |Mar 9, 2017

Rudolph Steinberger, 36-year veteran of Hercules Incorporated (1950-1986) and longtime Kennett Square community activist, died on Thursday, March 2nd at the venerable age of 92.

Police seek missing 15-year-old; last seen at Kennett High School |Mar 8, 2017

NEW GARDEN >> The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department is investigating a report of missing juvenile who is a voluntary runaway.