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GRAPHIC: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service |Aug 25, 2016

The Organic Act, establishing the National Park Service, was signed into law 100 years ago today.

FOOD: Five takes on late-summer pies |Aug 23, 2016

Piles of peaches, tons of tomatoes, buckets of blackberries — savor the flavors of summer … in a pie.

YANKEE CHEF: Make room for this sweet, spicy recipe |Aug 23, 2016

What would summer be without the stickiness that is barbecue and the smell of sausages literally floating overhead? Try this sweet, yet spicy, recipe that pairs well with anything you can lug to the picnic table .

YANKEE CHEF: Potato salad combines veggies, crabmeat |Aug 17, 2016

I remember so well one of my parents’ first restaurants in Maine. It was the Canaan Country Kitchen. It was there that I first learned his recipe for cole slaw dressing that I have never had since.

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.

FROM THE GROUND UP: Great new plants for next year’s garden |Aug 11, 2016

The first time I ate okra, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it the second time, either, so I put it out of my mind. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even spoken or typed the word “okra” more than once or twice in my life.

Today’s the day to enjoy some s’mores |Aug 10, 2016

Bet you can almost taste it — creamy chocolate, gooey marshmallow and crispy graham cracker. The quintessential combination leaves young and old wanting s’more.

Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show returns to Laurel Hill Cemetery |Aug 5, 2016

Organizers promise visitors there won’t be any tear-inducing obsequies or gloomy dirges at Aug. 13’s Eighth Annual Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show in Philadelphia’s historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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.

TOP TAPAS: Enjoy Spanish small plates at home |Aug 3, 2016

While visiting Spain, Jenny Young, then an English college student, fell in love — with the cuisine, the culture and the country itself.

YANKEE CHEF: Spicy, sweet apple rings are delicious any time |Aug 3, 2016

I remember these spiced apple rings as a child, with my parents using 1 slice placed on top of a little lettuce as garnish for entrees at their restaurants. They are spicy, sweet and so delicious. These apple rings are great as a side for any barbecue, picnic or even as a colorful addition to your holiday table.

Youth sports can keep kids healthy in more than just the physical aspect |Aug 1, 2016

Whether it’s physical, mental, or even academic; youth sports organizations provide a variety of healthy benefits to children in a fun and engaging way.

YANKEE CHEF: Put a Hawaiian spin on BBQ chicken |Jul 27, 2016

Literally meaning “turn turn,” Huli Huli Chicken is a mainstay in Hawaii. It is a great way of barbecuing chicken without burning it because you are turning it every few minutes. Think it will come out tough? Think again! Tender and moist, even without the skin, this recipe is a must have in the summer months.

Chocoholics rejoice! It’s National Milk Chocolate Day (VIDEO) |Jul 27, 2016

Gail Warner circled today on her calendar as a day to celebrate. And if you love chocolate, you should too.

Get moving with Pokemon Go by taking more steps |Jul 22, 2016

“Are you playing Pokemon Go?” Visit popular attractions in the area and that’s a question people walking with an intense focus on their phone might hear often. The popular game app is getting people, well, going.

Summer produce shines in chilled soup |Jul 20, 2016

Think soup’s too hot for summer? Chill out with some cold ones, featuring the season’s freshest fruits and veggies.

YANKEE CHEF: Cool your meal with this avocado mousse |Jul 19, 2016

A delightfully mousse-type appetizer that is refreshing and a great way to start an even better meal during the hot season.

Laugh it up for good health |Jul 15, 2016

Research and a worldwide laughter club phenomenon are showing that humor and frequent “ha-has” is exactly what the doctor ordered for a healthier, happier life.

VIDEO: Experts share tips for DIY sushi success |Jul 13, 2016

Craving crunchy shrimp or California rolls? Have a taste for spicy tuna? Make your own with help from sushi experts like Tai Ha.

YANKEE CHEF: Healthy and satisfying broiled cod dish |Jul 12, 2016

My kind of salad! I chose cod because it has the lowest fat content of any fish and cooks rapidly. Tilapia is also a great white fish for this recipe. But what I truly love about this dish is the beautiful presentation as well as a “feel good about yourself” result.

VIDEO: The best simple grilled cheese |Jul 11, 2016

Do you like or love grilled cheese but don’t care for the fancy recipes all over the internet? Check out this recipe that differs from the original just a little bit with different kinds of cheese.

YANKEE CHEF: This sweet treat might become your favorite nibbler |Jul 5, 2016

These treats are delicious, quick, easy and just downright the perfect nibbler. By replacing over half the fat in the bowl of these cookies with apple jelly, you are adding an extra touch of flavor.

‘Dishing up New Jersey’: cookbook features recipes from across the state |Jul 5, 2016

Buttered roll. That’s the first recipe in “Dishing Up New Jersey,” a new cookbook celebrating the Garden State or as the publisher puts it — “a love letter to New Jersey’s best bites.

Want to find out where the fireworks will be over the next couple of days? Check out the interactive map |Jul 3, 2016

In the mood to see some fireworks before the July 4th holiday is gone? Here is where you can find them.

Keep nutrition in mind while traveling for the 4th of July |Jul 1, 2016

Holiday travel has its perks, like getting away for a while and seeing family — but nobody enjoys holiday weight gain.

FROM THE GROUND UP: A prickly business |Jun 30, 2016

It’s possible that one reason why I love the natural world is that while it doesn’t always look organized, it always makes sense. What baffles me sometimes, though, is seeing how people choose to use plants in unnatural ways, for instance a giant blue spruce blocking the front entrance to a house or a forsythia hedge trimmed into ugly stubs.

Downingtown resident among the new ‘faces’ at Mount Rushmore |Jun 30, 2016

The traditional summer college internship evokes images of a confined business office littered with a smattering of suits, neckties and dress shoes.

Take exercise classes outdoors for health benefits |Jun 24, 2016

It’s not uncommon to run, bike or walk outside in the summer. But the sunny season and long days are also a great opportunity to bring traditionally indoor fitness classes out into the open. Exercise classes like Zumba, yoga and circuit training can easily be moved from the sometimes claustrophobic four walls of a building to the outside natural environment.

Spend summer in rays of sunshine for good health (photos) |Jun 10, 2016

The official first day of summer is June 20, which means it’s time to take it outdoors for swimming, bicycling, running and more.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Shake it up with vibration exercise machines |Jun 3, 2016

Vibration exercise machines are creating a buzz and it’s not just from the sound the platform makes when it’s on.

Dinner, delivered: Meal kits can save time and food waste |Jun 1, 2016

“We shortcut customers to the stove by taking care of the tough and stressful parts — the meal planning, grocery shopping and ingredient prepping — and delivering it straight to their home,” explained Rebecca Lewis, HelloFresh’s registered dietitian.

YANKEE CHEF: An egg salad for kids to try |Jun 1, 2016

Although I omitted the nuts (for those who simply cannot tolerate them), this is a tremendously flavorful egg salad that will quickly remind you of that classic Waldorf salad. If you are having issues with your children trying egg salad for the first time, this just may be a way to open that stubborn door for you.

Live Blog Replay: Winners of Ladies Hat Day at the Devon Horse Show announced |Jun 1, 2016

Winners were announced at Ladies Hat Day at the Devon Horse Show. Winners were Pamala Bastings - best in show, Lesley Brown of Villanova - Best of Devon, Winner of Most fascinating - Michelle Leonard of Bryn Mawr, The Main Line’s own ‘hat lady.

Celebrate Memorial Day with fried chicken |May 25, 2016

There’s something about the smell of fresh, crispy, tender, juicy fried chicken.

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat is ripe for fresh strawberries |May 25, 2016

Tapioca is quite confusing. It is marketed in several forms, with each company portraying their product in different manners. To put all this in a nutshell, minute, quick cooking and instant are all the same.

Fitness has no age when it comes to staying healthy as you get older |May 20, 2016

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to fitness and health. There are plenty of ways for people to stay active as they get older.

Sample different oils, from walnut to butternut squash |May 19, 2016

Amy Cullen stood smiling behind a display table set with samples and trays of tasting cups.

YANKEE CHEF: Fire-roasted bell peppers key to tasty sauce |May 18, 2016

If you have never had fire-roasted bell peppers, you are in for a treat, not just for the superb taste, but how easy it is to do. Follow the instructions at the end of this recipe for an addition to the sauce that is remarkably great tasting.

What to bring to Willowdale |May 9, 2016

Everyone likes to be prepared and be organized. So here’s a check list to help you get to Willowdale with everything you’ll need to enjoy the day.

Advancing the science of freshwater research for 45 years |May 9, 2016

A simple fence installation can reduce pollution by keeping animals (and their waste) out of streams. But how effective is it? Photo: Stephanie Eisenbise

To work at Willowdale, yoga is a must |May 9, 2016

Things are getting kind of hectic around here. Well, maybe they’re always that way but it’s becoming more apparent, because the 24th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase is only a week away.

Haute to Trot: The 24th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase Races |May 9, 2016

It’s time to go hat shopping! The 24th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase will take place this spring on Sunday, May 15 2016. This Chester County tradition is a spectacular rite of spring for people from all over the Philadelphia area and beyond.

New Bolton Center gets new equine ambulance |May 9, 2016

Applestone Farm, EBY Horse Trailers, and The Willowdale Steeplechase all made it possible for New Bolton to purchase the new ambulance. New Bolton Center’s previous equine ambulance, 20-plus years old, was retired at the end of the 2015 eventing season.

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For some, racing is in their blood |May 9, 2016

Nancy Swayne has been going to steeplechases for over fifty five years. You might say that racing is in her blood. She started as a young girl going to the Maryland Hunt Cup with her father, race horse owner and trainer Bob Tindle.

Willowdale helps make Quest a winner! |May 9, 2016

Quest provides specialized pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy for children with disabilities in our outpatient clinic as well as through early intervention in the home or community.

Steeplechase water jump rebuilt after 24 years |May 9, 2016

The Willowdale Water Jump was built in 1993 by Hugh Morshead a transplanted to Canada Irishman and a true professional. That the jump has lasted so many years is a testament to his craft. Sure, and it is! After he built the Water Jump and every other fence on the course, Hugh took the mickey out of it.

Willowdale Steeplechase tickets on sale now |May 9, 2016

Spring is here and patrons and fans are gearing up for The Willowdale Steeplechase, one of Chester County’s most significant community events.

Another Willowdale Winner’s Circle takes root |May 9, 2016

The Willowdale Steeplechase is going to have another gorgeous Winners Circle this year. Dan Burt and Nathan Tuno of Roots Landscape Design/Build are returning with their team to come up with another spectacular creation.

Willowdale Steeplechase benefits the community |May 9, 2016

On race day over 10,000 spectators enjoy a casual yet sophisticated day in Chester County’s horse country. Sponsors, parking patrons and general admission ticket holders all help fund this event for the benefit of the following charities: The Stroud Water Research Center, The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center and Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc.