Opinion

Downwind: Symphony opener is a triumph in West Chester |Sep 22, 2014

The opening concert of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre in West Chester can be described as nothing less than an exciting triumph. It started with a sold out performance.

My Two Cents: The Millenials — How they could affect our society |Sep 22, 2014

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the demographic group known as the Millennials. They see the world differently from the Babyboomers, and even more so from the Silent Generation. Here is the breakdown on the various generation groups.

Aunt and uncle find worms in blackberries |Sep 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I had my first opportunity to visit my aunt and uncle at their new “digs” at a retirement center near Princeton, New Jersey. Knowing how much I love gardening, before I left, they showed me their plot in the center’s community garden.

In any season, expanded Meadow Garden informs and delights |Sep 17, 2014

This past June, with an appropriate amount of fanfare and celebration, Longwood Gardens opened the gate to its newest accomplishment: the expanded Meadow Garden. The meadow had always been there, but for those who wanted to enjoy Nature away from the crowds, there was nothing to do, really, but to walk the loop trail.

Emergency notifications: No more government mandates! |Sep 17, 2014

Following an unprecedented water main break that left just about every household in Kennett Square without water last Sunday, residents are demanding emergency notifications be done in a better way.

Under 26? Stay on your parent’s health plan |Sep 16, 2014

In their quest to land a job, any job, many young adults will sacrifice what used to be called “fringe benefits” to gain a foot in the door. But many entry-level jobs either offer no healthcare benefits, or the employee’s cost share is prohibitive for someone barely making minimum wage.

More great fall activities for you and your family |Sep 14, 2014

Some weeks I have a love/hate relationship with doing this column. I love learning about all the outdoor possibilities in our area and I love that all these fun activities are delivered right to my inbox for my choosing.

Backpacks: Not your spine’s best friend |Sep 14, 2014

Alas, the new school year is here! On top of every child’s list of school supplies is a new backpack. While backpacks vary in their style, color and sizes, they all share one thing in common: they are detrimental to the health of your child’s spine.

Festival benefits outlive the day |Sep 12, 2014

For several years now, there has been some criticism of the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square — or the fact that the town closes down for two days to make room for it.

Outdoor festivals have a rough interruption |Sep 10, 2014

With crowds attending both the Chadds Ford Days and Mushroom Festival this past weekend, a sudden deluge of rain on Saturday was an unwelcome visitor. There was nothing to do but close the festivals down.

Some funny things in the news |Sep 5, 2014

Did you see the humorous photo making its way around the internet and Facebook this week? The one I’m referring to is the photo of the scene just after Dorothy throws a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz.

Weeds don’t get in the way of this garden |Sep 4, 2014

Wallace Township resident Howard Frysinger is what you might call an inventive gardener. His knowledge of growing food and an inquisitive, do-it-yourself nature, along with the time constraints of a full-time job, seem to have led him to practice a unique style of gardening.

Two big festivals coming this weekend |Sep 4, 2014

The first Festival is the 49th annual Chadds Ford Days, when time goes back to Colonial times with vendors offering quality handmade crafts and a huge art show. They have added more musicians with a big mix of different styles of music.

Ride horses better and prevent injury |Sep 4, 2014

Rev up your engines, with horsepower, that is! Equestrian events are here! Whether a jump, trot, race or show, you may find that pain, muscle spasms and imbalance prevent personal best performance when riding.

Plenty to do in September |Sep 3, 2014

Ah, September. I think it’s my favorite month of the year. As long as we don’t have a hurricane, it’s also usually our driest month. Admittedly, this year’s September is a bit of a downer for me.

Rescue crews demonstrated just how good they are |Sep 3, 2014

The tragedy at Anson B. Nixon Park last week when a young man drowned in a pond there cast an air of sadness in the community. But it also showed us just how professional and proficient our local emergency responders are in dealing with these types of situations.

Sports are more than Friday night lights |Aug 29, 2014

In 1973, Sports Illustrated magazine featured on its cover the photo of a 3-year-old male horse — Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. ESPN named him the 35th best athlete of the 20th century and he is still remembered fondly.

DOWNWIND: Unusual art exhibit at the Brandyine River Museum |Aug 28, 2014

The Brandywine River Museum of Art has a really big show with works by East Buffalo, New York, artist watercolorist Charles Burchfield, (1893 to 1967). His long career as an artist inspired a horde of people to attend the opening last weekend, including two buses, one from Buffalo, which is a long ways away.

Finding fruits of the sea in Acadia Park |Aug 28, 2014

On our annual summer vacation in Maine, we spend most of our time in and around Acadia National Park, a destination for our family since we were kids. It’s an incredibly beautiful area, and either from hikes on the high trails or walks along the rocky coast, the views are varied and spectacular.

Mushrooms: Delicious and healthy food |Aug 28, 2014

Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere! Mushrooms have been used as food and medicines for thousands of years. Many people enjoy eating various types of mushrooms, in both raw and cooked forms. Most are grown in Chester County, in the town of Kennett Square and its surrounding area, which is also known as “The Mushroom Capital of the World.

Doctor will talk about eyes |Aug 26, 2014

Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common eye disease that gradually impairs vision. With approximately 13 million people in the U.S. coping with Age-related Macular Degeneration, there are newer and more effective treatment options available today.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that |Aug 24, 2014

I don’t know about you, but with shorter days and cooler temperatures, my internal clock is off and I feel like it’s almost autumn. We still have 1/3 of summer left, even though it seems Mother Nature has been trying to convince us otherwise.

Arden Concert Guild to hold its 107th Old Fashioned Fair |Aug 24, 2014

The Arden Concert Gild is hosting the Arden Fair a week from Saturday on Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a real country fair with several different sections. There will be more than 120 vendors of hand-made arts, crafts and jewelry as well as food vendors, a book fair, plant sale, children’s rides and games and folk dancing.

Are you born with a taste for cilantro? |Aug 22, 2014

Over the years, I’ve learned to expect to find the flavor of cilantro in Mexican foods, but lately the herb (and the related spice, coriander) seem to be appearing in cuisines everywhere. Most recently, cilantro showed up floating in a bowl of Mulligatawny soup I purchased at a local Indian restaurant.

Win, lose or fun? |Aug 20, 2014

Stop by any local high school this week and you’ll see the kids are back.

How you can end homelessness in our community |Jul 28, 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.

A milkman returns |Jul 7, 2014

We acknowledge that the times have changed since the Daily Local News looked around and found itself in the latter stages of the 20th century.

Spring Brook Farm: How did it ever get this far? |Jun 25, 2014

I’ve been a journalist for 35 years. I’ve been to more municipal meetings than I care to remember. In the late 1980s, I was at a Parkesburg council meeting when a riot erupted after a citizen -- angry at the vote on a tax increase -- rose from his chair and threw punches at a counselor.

Spring Brook Farm is too valuable a resource to lose |Jun 24, 2014

Take a good look at the photo inserted into this editorial. It is a photo taken last year of a special needs child from the Child and Career Development Center at the Chester County Intermediate Unit visiting The Barn at Spring Brook in Pocopson Township.

Are energy drinks hazardous to your health? |Jun 12, 2014

Energy drink consumption for teenagers and people in their twenties is the fastest growing group in the soft drink industry, with sales totaling a whopping nine billion dollars. In fact, they are quite popular on most college campuses, and among adults in the workplace.

Anson B. Nixon Park is the best park around |May 29, 2014

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.

Time for a change at Bayard Taylor Memorial Library |May 22, 2014

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “Nothing endures but change.” So it should be no surprise that changes are coming to the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library.

Pros and cons of universal life insurance |Apr 14, 2014

(Do you have a question about your financial affairs? Financial planning consultant, Robert S. Pennartz, CFP® takes calls at 1-302-654-5556, extension 138 or 1-800-366-0632, extension 138. A selection of these questions and Pennartz’s responses are published in this column.

Pros and cons of universal life insurance |Apr 14, 2014

(Do you have a question about your financial affairs? Financial planning consultant, Robert S. Pennartz, CFP® takes calls at 1-302-654-5556, extension 138 or 1-800-366-0632, extension 138. A selection of these questions and Pennartz’s responses are published in this column.

Kennett cafeteria workers should show more compassion |Apr 1, 2014

Editor: It is not often that I read the Kennett Paper and feel anger and outrage. But this week’s Kennett Paper article (March 27) about an overdue lunch account at Greenwood Elementary made me furious.

The Law of Potholes |Mar 20, 2014

The Law of Potholes Dreaded potholes! They seem to be everywhere this year, so avoiding them all is nearly impossible. The result: lost hubcaps, bent rims, flat tires and even accidents and injuries.

We live in a very caring community |Feb 28, 2014

Israel Rivera is much like many of the immigrants who came to southern Chester County to make a better life for his family.

Homeless count fell short |Feb 7, 2014

The members of the team of 16 county officials and volunteers who went on a quest to find homeless people in Chester County last week are to be commended. It was brutally cold that night, but those on the quest stuck it out through the early morning hours to gather data that would eventually make its way to the U.

A look at the jury selection process |Feb 6, 2014

If you’ve ever been called for jury service, you probably know that it can be very boring -- sitting in the jury room waiting most of the day, being filed into a courtroom like sheep being herded, then listening to a judge or attorney ask you all sorts of questions, some of them a little personal.

Our society has flipped 180 degrees |Jan 30, 2014

I received some comments from folks who have read my previous column where I addressed the Duck Dynasty brouhaha. One person felt Phil’s religious freedom was being deigned. I decided to not just answer them back in a e-mail, but as others probably have a similar view decided to address that issue in my column.

Remember all those who fought for Civil Rights |Jan 30, 2014

Last week’s Martin Luther King Day of Service honored the memory and messages of the slain civil rights leader. But recalling King’s words, getting together for meals and putting in time to help the food cupboard were only part of what this holiday does and should represent.

We’re on the path to racial harmony |Jan 24, 2014

It was heartwarming to see so many people come together Monday to work on local service projects to make the lives better for the less fortunate in our community. The annual MLK Day of Service is a truly wonderful event that brings people of all races and creeds together to make a positive difference.

Be aware of modern day McCarthyism |Jan 16, 2014

I recently watched our DVD copy of “Good Night and Good Luck” which tells the story of the famed CBS Radio/TV reporter Edward R. Morrow and his battle with McCarthyism.

|Jan 16, 2014

Preserving the relics of the past and gaining knowledge from studying historical dwellings can be good and useful. But valuing those lifeless objects over human need is cruel and inhumane and can sometimes be a mask for racism, ageism and classism.

Mushroom Drop was a great success |Jan 8, 2014

When the idea of a mushroom drop was proposed a few months ago, it seemed like a great idea. But officials didn’t figure the publicity surrounding the event would intensify to a point where it appeared on a TV segment of “Good Morning America.

Might a single-payer system be right for America? |Dec 20, 2013

A headline in the news caught my eye recently. It read: Colin Powell endorses single-payer health care. The article essentially said that Colin Powell, a Republican, was impressed by the quality of single payer health care systems in Canada, South Korea, and Europe and believes the US should join them.

Mushroom drop approved in haste, but still promises fun |Dec 18, 2013

Add the mushroom drop to the list of impressive events that attract people to Kennett Square. Like the Mushroom Festival and Brewfest, it will draw thousands of people to a town of 5,000 people that’s just one square mile.

150th Remembrance Day something special |Nov 27, 2013

When a teenager turns 16, you would think they’d ask for a car for their birthday, right?

Tick Tock gives needy families a boost |Nov 21, 2013

The U.S. Route 1/Baltimore Pike corridor is home to more than 12,000 residents of Latino heritage, 21 percent of the total corridor population, according to a recent study on housing and transportation options conducted by Landscapes2 under the direction of the Chester County Planning Commission.

If you were elected, don’t forget us |Nov 14, 2013

There are quite a few municipalities in the area whose elected bodies put aside political party differences once they are in office.