Kennett book bags: We live in a fabulous community |Sep 15, 2015

Over the last couple months, several times we’ve reached out through this newspaper and other media channels to the community requesting assistance for our annual Book Bag drive. In these calls for help, we shared that through the first of August, your response for this year’s drive was considerably less than in previous years.

Ray Stackhouse: Being in “Shape” is Relative; Being Fit for Duty is not |Aug 18, 2015

In this time of fitness fads and trends, I submit to you that in the business of firefighting, there is no room for confusing what is and what is not fit for duty.

OUR VIEW: Community pitches in for two great projects |Aug 18, 2015

It certainly is wonderful when the community unites behind a really good cause and helps to make it a reality.

OUR VIEW: Beer garden in Kennett is a good idea |Aug 4, 2015

It looks as if yet another beer venue is coming to Kennett Square.

OUR VIEW: Kennett Square must not withhold library funding |Jul 10, 2015

On Monday, July 20, Kennett Square borough council will vote on whether it will withhold funds from The Kennett Public Library. On July 6, in a letter to council, Mayor Matt Fetick asked council to consider this request.

Library official urges support at council meeting |Jul 9, 2015

Editor: The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library would like to thank the many members of our community who have come out in overwhelming positive support for the Library and our staff and who are surprised and dismayed by Kennett Borough Mayor Matt Fetick’s recent statement urging Borough Council to vote to withhold funding from the Library at their upcoming July 20th 7 pm meeting due to “his lack of faith in the current Board to lead the Library into the future.

New initiative will help local Latinos |Jul 6, 2015

The population of Hispanics in Chester County is growing by unprecedented numbers. In Chester County, nearly 7 percent are Hispanic, and that number grows by the day.

New law could discourage volunteers |Jun 23, 2015

On April 20, 1999, 15 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine High School by two deranged students with a gun. On Oct. 2, 2006, five girls, aged 6 to 13, were killed in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County by a 32-year-old milk truck driver.

There are more Del Bittle’s in our community than we realize |Jun 5, 2015

A few weeks ago, East Marlborough supervisors received a request, at a public meeting, to pay $240 for the meals of 20 first responders at the Third Annual Thank You Party, scheduled for later this year.

Keith Knauss stalling U-CF teacher negotiations |May 18, 2015

Editor: In a recent Unionville Chadds-Ford Board meeting, Director Keith Knauss advocated for stalling the negotiations process so that the contract with UCF teachers expires and goes into status quo.

Unionville clarifies its stance with teachers |Apr 17, 2015

Editor’s Note: The folowing was issued as a follow-up to negotiations between the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board of directors and the teachers’ union. This statement is also posted on the district’s web site:

Kennett Square officials must manage growth responsibly |Apr 14, 2015

In case you haven’t noticed, Kennett Square is in the midst of an economic boom.

Atlanta educators stuck between two bad choices |Apr 9, 2015

Last week 11 Atlanta, Georgia, teachers, administrators and test coordinators were taken to jail in handcuffs after having been convicted of racketeering. These individuals, who faced the same penalties as the folks who carry out organized crime, could be in jail for up to 20 years.

Joan Holliday a deserving recipient of chamber award |Mar 27, 2015

The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet where it names an outstanding citizen of the year is a signature event held each spring. Since 1968, a notable person from the community gets the award and the recognition that goes with it.

Kennett Library should address programs instead of name |Mar 24, 2015

The public outcry against the name change of the Bayard Taylor Library is merely the surface reaction to questions about the future of this old and formerly revered local institution.

Is Unionville-Chadds Ford School District going backward? |Mar 16, 2015

Editor: Unionville-Chadds ford High School is ranked 7th in Pennsylvania and is a top 500 school nationally, according to US News and World Reports. More than 50 percent of UCF students take AP courses and more than 92% of students score proficient on benchmark exams.

The key to a better night’s sleep |Mar 12, 2015

Do you ever find that no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to get comfortable sleeping? Perhaps you have bought countless sleep aids and you still find that you are waking up with a stiff neck, lower back pain, numbness in your hands or legs, headaches, or even sinus congestion? Since we spend close to a third of our lives sleeping, and another ten percent of our lives lying in bed, that is a staggering number of time not to feel comfortable.

Empty Bowls the latest successful fundraiser |Mar 3, 2015

There are many great fundraisers staged in southern Chester County. It’s no wonder, considering nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts.

The reason behind the library name change |Mar 3, 2015

The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library (KPL) recently made a big decision, two decisions in fact. The first decision, made last year, was to build a new library on property the library already owns at Waywood Road, .

It’s on the House: Be sure to test your home for dangerous levels of radon |Feb 26, 2015

Last month we explored the five tips to prepare for a pre-listing home inspection: be honest and upfront, clean your gutters, clear access to attics and crawlspaces, check lightbulbs and have your appliances in working order.

Are holidays losing their meaning? |Feb 26, 2015

It wasn’t heresy, and there was surely no malice intended. But the announcement that two local churches were engaged in delivering what they called “drive thru ashes” last week was definitely in bad taste and demeaned the spirit of the day known as Ash Wednesday.

Great Outdoors: The countdown to spring is on |Feb 26, 2015

It may not feel like it, but many great things are just around the corner. We are just about two weeks away from daylight savings time and then our evenings will be longer and brighter. Another two weeks after that it will officially be spring.

From the Ground Up: And the award goes to. ... |Feb 25, 2015

Had enough of bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snow, sleet and black ice? Happily, the Philadelphia Flower Show is scheduled to burst into bloom in just over a week. Without getting on a plane, you’ll be able to transport yourself to a place full of color and light and the heady aromas of fresh-turned soil and flowers in bloom.

Performance Golf: Control your hips, control your swing! |Feb 23, 2015

My student is showing a lot of leg here at impact — you can see his left leg from this down the line view. This golfer was suffering from a club path that headed way too far out to the right of the target line through impact, at times more than 10 degrees.

Our view: Police chiefs Simpson, Zunino providing effective leadership |Feb 6, 2015

Residents of Kennett Square, Kennett Township and New Garden Township are fortunate to have not only extremely competent full-time police forces, but police chiefs who have great leadership skills.

MLK’s words ring true in Kennett and the world |Jan 27, 2015

On the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we recall these words spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 1963, by Dr. King.

Exciting Jamie Wyeth show creates a mob scene |Jan 27, 2015

It is always pleasing to be invited to the opening of an important art show, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art created it last weekend. It opened the largest retrospective exhibition of work by artist Jamie Wyeth, and it is a fascinating show.

From the Ground Up: Looking back and looking forward |Jan 12, 2015

This week we are well into the beginning of 2015. Before leaping ahead, I want to pause a moment in the doorway of this new year and look back to remember some of the people who made the past year special for me.

Downwind: Jamie Wyeth retrospective coming to Brandwyine River Museum of Art |Jan 12, 2015

The first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth will open at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Jan. 17 and run through April 5. The show will feature more than 100 works and examines six decades of his work which pretty much covers his entire life as he was born in 1946.

Great Outdoors: New Years resolutions and more |Jan 10, 2015

And there we have it, another year in the books.

Reason for Kennett Square’s success lies in the people |Jan 10, 2015

“We’re a booming town and we’re getting bigger and bigger. We’re a happening town now.”

My Two Cents: What happened to human innovation |Jan 5, 2015

An article in Aeon magazine asked the question: “Why has human progress ground to a halt? Yes we still are inventing things, but most are simply improvements of things already developed. For new technology, it is not at the pace of what they referred to as the golden era from 1945-1971.

From the Ground Up: Reflections on the gifts of every season |Jan 5, 2015

When I was a child, one of the things I looked forward to at the holidays was my father’s annual reading of the story, “Christmas Every Day.” Written in 1892 by William Dean Howell, the story tells of a young girl who asks her papa to tell her a story.

Smart Money: The ins and outs of 529 college savings plans |Jan 5, 2015

For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children’s college education — or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you’re trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age.

Smart Health: Concussions — What parents and athletes must know |Jan 3, 2015

Extreme physical sports such as football, soccer (headers), lacrosse, hockey, equestrian, and any other sport where physical impacts occur repeatedly can increase the likelihood of injuries and concussions.

Great Outdoors: Enjoying the holiday week |Jan 3, 2015

I hope everyone had exactly the kind of Christmas that they wanted. Mine was quite good. My husband and I usually aren’t big on exchanging gifts with each other, but this year he went overboard.

From the Ground Up: Spinning some Christmas magic |Jan 2, 2015

I’ve wished many times that I had a better image of it; but taken years ago on my old “flip” cell phone, the photo is grainy and a bit fuzzy. And I was never able to send photos from my phone, so I don’t have a copy to share with you.

Downwind: The 33rd Christmas in Miniature |Jan 2, 2015

If in all the hurry and bustle of Christmas being so close to Thanksgiving has thrown your Christmas shopping out of kilter, stop by the Chadds Ford Gallery by Dec. 31. The collection of knock out small paintings done by local artists is amazing.

Smart Money: Be smart, keep an eye on your identity |Jan 2, 2015

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there’s a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

Christmas 2014: The good, the bad and the ugly |Dec 30, 2014

The late weeks of December are widely labelled, “The most wonderful time of the year.”

Great Outdoors: Reminiscing about last year’s snow |Dec 19, 2014

They do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I must say I am feeling that way about the December snowstorms that we had last year. It was so nice to have snow on the ground for Christmas.

Downwind: Brandywine River Museum will receive Scaife collection |Dec 19, 2014

We may never have heard of billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, but those who frequent the Brandywine River Museum will benefit from his generosity. The Mellon heir who died recently bequeathed his collection of more than 500 works of art to be divided equally between the Chadds Ford Museum of Art and to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in western Pennsylvania.

From the Ground Up: Bringing the vegetable garden indoors |Dec 18, 2014

When cold weather looms, many vegetable gardeners do what they can to extend the growing season: cover tender plants with floating row-covers, put straw or other mulch over root crops, and plant a “fall garden” of cold-tolerant varieties to improve our chances.

Rioting is not the answer for recent police incidents |Dec 17, 2014

Rioting in the street, blocking traffic and looting stores miss the mark as solutions to curbing police brutality or aggression toward blacks. Those problems take disciplined dialogue, deep reflection on the nature of violence and defining the role of law enforcement at local and national levels.

Generosity abounds in Chester County |Dec 11, 2014

Recently, Forbes released its list of America’s best places to raise a family, and Chester County placed eighth. And according to real estate company Movoto, Chester County is the fourth best place in America to live.

Downwind: Longwood Gardens Christmas show is for the birds |Dec 3, 2014

Longwood Gardens is the most beautiful this Christmas I have ever seen, and that’s going some. The initial view on entering the conservancy is exquisite with bright red set off by lots of white and silver trees and flowers.

Smart Money: Be smart, keep an eye on your identity |Dec 2, 2014

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there’s a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

Let’s end homelessness in our community |Nov 25, 2014

If you were in Kennett Square last Friday, you probably saw people carrying posters, walking about town. At first glance, it appears they are picketers, but get close enough, and you can read the signs.

Why did they vote Republican? |Nov 20, 2014

Anyone who has followed the most recent mid-term election knows that the Republican Party picked up enough votes to gain control of the U.S. Senate and retain control of the House of Representatives.

Great Outdoors: Time to focus on holiday outdoors gifts |Nov 19, 2014

As I sit here writing this week’s column, I am about 75 miles due north of southern Chester County, visiting my parents, and there is snow on the ground. Hard to believe. And I’m not sure I’m ready for this.