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National Pretzel Day is April 26: Get a free pretzel from Philly Pretzel Factory |Apr 25, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, pretzel fans can rejoice as their local Philly Pretzel Factory joins in the brand’s decade-long celebration of National Pretzel Day and gives away one free pretzel for every customer who walks through the door.

Barnyard Bingo returns |Apr 25, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> Return to the farm this weekend.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 24, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

Work on intersection at old Red Rose Inn starts this week |Apr 24, 2017

PENN TOWNSHIP >> State Senator Andy Dinniman and state Rep. John Lawrence will be joined by PennDOT and Penn Township officials on Thursday, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the site of the former Red Rose Inn to kick off the project to improve and realign the intersection of state Route 796 and Old Baltimore Pike.

A forgotten truth in our spiritual lives |Apr 24, 2017

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine whom we’ll call Tom offered to me a great truth that sadly too many of us, including me, tend to forget.

West Chester firm ordered to repay consumers for failed T-shirt campaign |Apr 24, 2017

HARRISBURG >> A West Chester sports apparel business that raised $579,000 online from more than 8,500 consumers to create athletic shirts that purportedly changes colors in response to body temperatures has settled with the state’s Attorney General’s office and must make restitution.

Conservancy close to saving land in Chadds Ford area off Route 202 |Apr 23, 2017

CHADDS FORD >> With the battle over a proposed housing development at the Crebilly Farm property in Westtown proceeds, an area land conservation organization has announced that its plans to save another nearby piece of open space is nearing completion.

Unionville High Percussion team finishes season as seventh best in world |Apr 23, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Unionville High School’s Indoor Percussion Ensemble is returning from the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio as the 7th best in the world in the Scholastic A Division.

Earth Day in Franklin |Apr 22, 2017

FRANKLIN >> In many southern Chester County communities, Earth Day ranks right up there in importance with Christmas, birthdays and Halloween. This year, it was no exception.

Donations so high at Kennett Clothing Closet, appeal is put out for more space |Apr 22, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Donations to a popular clothing giveaway center have been so high lately, the facility has run out of space.

Security guard kills raccoon on school grounds; parents demand transparency |Apr 21, 2017

WEST FALLOWFIELD >> A school security guard shot and killed a raccoon on the Octorara High School grounds three weeks ago, but some parents claim school administrators have been covering up the incident.

Kennett Township officials take aim at gerrymandering |Apr 20, 2017

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> With documented support from hundreds of citizens, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors has called to amend the state constitution to combat gerrymandering.

Kennett area woman enters race to challenge Pat Meehan |Apr 20, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> The owner of a small business is the latest in what is becoming a crowded field of Democrats looking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7. Elizabeth Moro announced her candidacy this week in a bid to capture the Democratic nomination to take on the four-term incumbent whose district covers the bulk of Delaware County, and parts of Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties.

Montgomery County prosecutors address admissibility of Bill Cosby civil settlement at trial |Apr 20, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> If Bill Cosby and his lawyers are permitted to mention to a jury that the entertainer was sued by Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of sexual assault, then evidence of the 2006 civil settlement also should be admissible at his upcoming criminal trial, prosecutors contend.

CHEAP EATS: $10 dinners to try tonight |Apr 19, 2017

Tightening your belt after Tax Day? Stretch your budget with healthy $10 dinners your family will love like black bean chili.

Pet Fest in Kennett Square May 13 features exotic pets, contests, music and even a pet psychic |Apr 19, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Dogs have an afterlife, and if you want to communicate with a beloved pet who has passed on, you won’t want to miss the second annual Pet Fest May 13 at Anson Nixon Park.

Landhope Farms in Kennett reopens with impressive list of new features |Apr 17, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> After six weeks of renovations, The Landhope Farm Market is once again open and the list of new features is impressive.

Community policing a top priority for new Kennett Square police chief |Apr 17, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Now that he’s the new police chief, Bill Holdsworth said he will continue community policing in a big way.

UHS Robotics team advances to FIRST Championship |Apr 17, 2017

UNIONVILLE >> Unionville High School’s Flaming Phoenix robotics team will be competing in the 2017 FIRST Championship to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26-29, 2017. FIRST Championship is a dual international-level robotics competition to be held on sequential weekends in Houston, TX and St.

Kennett school officials approve new hires, retirements and more |Apr 17, 2017

Kennett Area Consolidated school directors approved the following:

Escobar named Kennett YMCA Employee of the Month |Apr 17, 2017

Arizbeht Escobar, a custodian at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been named Employee of the Month.

Eggstravaganza entertains at West Grove church |Apr 15, 2017

WEST GROVE >> The West Grove United Methodist Church marked the spring season with an family event called “Eggstravaganza” on Sunday afternoon.

Chicks and bunnies star in Oxford |Apr 15, 2017

OXFORD >> With all the crowds in sight, it was as if a rock star had arrived on Market Street in the borough. But on that pleasant spring Saturday before Easter, it was Chick and Bunny Day with a visit by Mr.

Mixed opinions on Oxford parking garage plan |Apr 14, 2017

OXFORD >> Public reaction to a proposed parking garage in the borough was mixed at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night at Ware Presbyterian Village.

Police honored at New Garden ceremony |Apr 14, 2017

NEW GARDEN >> Thursday was a night for looking back and recognizing the good work of local police officers.

Food trucks are coming to AG |Apr 13, 2017

Don’t miss the food truck fest at Avon Grove High School on April 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Last year it was a smashing success.

Montgomery County judge: Jury selection to begin May 22 for Bill Cosby trial |Apr 11, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> Jury selection will begin May 22 in Pittsburgh for entertainer Bill Cosby’s upcoming trial on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004.

Chocolate ‘eggstravaganza’: Home cooks share DIY secrets |Apr 11, 2017

“Looking good!” manager Terri Stoltz told an assembly line of candymaking volunteers — eight retirees wearing colonial mob caps in a nod to their surroundings.

Federal budget cut hurts Meals on Wheels |Apr 9, 2017

There’s been some misinformation circulating, on the internet, that claims Meals on Wheels would cease to exist if Trump cuts its funding. According to Forbes that’s not true, however there’s more to the story.

First graders, down on the farm |Apr 8, 2017

OXFORD >> Many of the first graders at Elk Ridge Elementary School felt right at home in the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab, having lived much of their young lives in the rural and farming culture of southern Chester County.

AG School District renews charter |Apr 8, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> The members of the Avon Grove School Board received a standing ovation following their unanimous vote to renew the charter school’s charter on Thursday.

Kennett High student awarded summer study trip to Germany |Apr 7, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett High School junior Eric Benjamin Gaver has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany. Ben, a fourth-year student of German teacher Duane Kotz, was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 90th percentile on the Level 4 2017 National German Exam for High School Students sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

UPDATED: Kennett High School closed after legionella bacteria found in water system |Apr 7, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett High School was ordered closed Friday, April 7, after routine testing of the hot water systems at Kennett High School, a positive test result for legionella bacteria was confirmed.

Many from Kennett Square fought in World War I |Apr 6, 2017

“There was fighting in the mountains and at night we could see the flashes from the artillery. In the dark it was like summer lightning, but the nights were cool and there was not the feeling of a storm coming.

Stroud Center honors Eagle Scout for design of outdoor education kiosk |Apr 6, 2017

AVONDALE >> A nature-inspired outdoor classroom, with an education kiosk designed by Eagle Scout Payton Shonk, is fostering streamside learning at Stroud Water Research Center. More than 5,000 students and adults have learned about freshwater stewardship at the outdoor classroom since its debut last fall, and on Thursday, Shonk, 18, was honored for his outstanding project.

Railroad tracks creating problems for proposed 12-mile trail in Kennett Township |Apr 6, 2017

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Two ankle-high strips of steel represent a stumbling block for Kennett Township’s ambitious trail system plans.

Holdsworth sworn in as Kennett Square’s newest police chief |Apr 6, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> William Holdsworth was sworn in as Kennett Square’s newest police chief April 3 in a unanimous vote by borough council. He succeeds Ed Zunino, who retired last year after many years of service.

Kennett High School inducts National Honor Society members |Apr 5, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2017-18 inductees at a ceremony and reception on March 22, 2017.

Local third-grade Girl Scout Brownies learn to share with Family Promise |Apr 5, 2017

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 4707, from Unionville Elementary, met with Susan Minarchi, Executive Director, Family Promise of Southern Chester County to deliver donations in the form of supplies and money.

Developers flocking to Kennett Square; interest in the town at all-time high |Apr 5, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> When borough officials crafted an ordinance permitted brewpubs a few years back, good things started to happen. Businesses prospered. Developers started to show an interest in the town of just one square mile.

Journey toward one billion steps begins with stroll through Kennett Square |Apr 5, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu is remembered for remarking that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. In Chester County, the journey toward one billion steps has began with a stroll through Kennett Square.

Newlin Township officials to take on gerrymandering |Apr 4, 2017

NEWLIN TOWNSHIP >> At its April 10th meeting, the Newlin Township Board of Supervisors will be discussing a resolution seeking to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania by supporting legislation calling for fair, independent nonpartisan redistricting reform.

Police seek man who robbed Kennett-area Walgreens at gunpoint |Apr 4, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Police are still looking for the man who robbed the Walgreens Pharmacy at gunpoint on Sunday, March 26, making off with money, cigarettes and an employee’s cell phone.

AG Charter performs a superb ‘Rent’ |Apr 3, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> The actors and actresses among the students at Avon Grove Charter School took on a very grown up and difficult musical last week and nailed it.

Montgomery County judge weighs admissibility of Spanish fly evidence at Bill Cosby trial |Apr 3, 2017

NORRISTOWN >> A judge has taken under advisement a request by prosecutors to admit Bill Cosby’s references to the aphrodisiac Spanish fly in a 1991 book and television interview at the actor’s trial on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in 2004.

Tonight - Unionville Indoor Color Guard send-off as they go to World Championships |Apr 3, 2017

The send off performances of the Indoor Color Guard and Indoor Percussion groups will take place at Unionville High School tonight at 8:30 pm as they make their way to the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, OH.

Willowdale Steeplechase tickets on sale now |Apr 3, 2017

WILLOWDALE >> Spring is here and patrons and fans are gearing up for The 25th Anniversary Running of the Willowdale Steeplechase!

Mimosas and Mendelssohn: What a swell party |Apr 3, 2017

KENNETT >> The Kennett Symphony of Chester County, coming off a sold-out family concert in a new venue last month and looking toward another sell out on Sunday, ventured even further into innovation on Saturday by performing its concert in the round at the Mendenhall Inn’s Grand Ballroom.

Brandywine Hills Point to Point delights with races, food and activities |Apr 2, 2017

POCOPSON >> The milestone 75th running of the Brandywine Hills Point to Point races went off Sunday, April 2, with fun family activities and exciting racing action.

FairDistrictsPA aims to reform elections and end gerrymandering |Apr 2, 2017

LONDON GROVE >> At first glance, a map showing the legislative districts in Pennsylvania looks like the result of a pastry chef gone wild with his cookie cutters. There are no uniform shapes, no uniformity in the content, and the edges don’t conform to any geographical characteristic like rivers or mountain ranges.