Opinion

Take the time to honor firefighters this week |Oct 17, 2014

When local firefighters stage activities for National Fire Prevention Week this week, they are following a tradition that began with commemorating one of the worst fire disasters of all time.

Great Outdoors: Go for a hayride |Oct 17, 2014

Nothing says autumn more than a family hayride. And once again, the state parks in Delaware are offering hayrides for individuals or you can sign up as a group. These are the Delaware State Parks that are offering hayrides this fall.

From the Ground Up: Mulching: It’s not just for springtime |Oct 17, 2014

When I was out walking Tuesday morning, I stopped to chat with one of my neighbors, who was applying mulch to a newly-weeded and watered perennial bed. I was impressed by her efforts (I’m behind in my garden chores, as is usual just lately).

My Two Cents: Time for schools to go Old School |Oct 17, 2014

It’s not often that a news item from Wilmington will make the cut and appear on Philly TV news, but 17-year-old Emily Schaeffer, a student at Brandywine High made the cut. Ms. Schaeffer was sent home from school for wearing clothing that would be a distraction to the teen boys.

Downwind: Classics at Brandwyn draw a big crowd |Oct 14, 2014

The vintage and super car show given at Brantwyn the other week to benefit the Kennett Symphjony of Chester County began with many people arriving late. The autos had already been on a tour through the countryside when everyone congregated for Lamberghini Bellinzs while they watched the parage of classic cars.

From the Ground Up: Garlic is easy to grow and fun to harvest |Oct 11, 2014

Over the years, I’ve tried late-summer/fall plantings of lettuce, spinach and peas, but discovered that as much as I hated to see the full growing season come to an end, I was in fact ready to enjoy a rest for a while.

Warm apple pie or the complexities of farming? |Oct 10, 2014

For 90 years or so (we aren’t sure about those war years) Unionville has held an annual farm show.

Great Outdoors: Sky tour coming to Anson B. Nixon Park |Oct 10, 2014

Next weekend there will be a Sky Tour at Anson B. Nixon Park. What is a sky tour? The program provides an orientation to the stars and planets with the help of a green laser light, which makes it easier to follow the leaders as they visit (point) to the stars.

Downwind: Rockwell Kent documentary featured at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Oct 8, 2014

Most people know about the artist Rockwell Kent, (1882 to 1971) but the people are not familiar with his adventurous travels to difficult places like Tierra del Fuego, Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia, and an attempt to sail Cape Horn.

Gaining inspiration from the Big Apple March |Oct 5, 2014

I spent an embarrassing amount of time this past week, wondering what I should write about. I was feeling gloomy; caught up in what is an odd and sometimes unsettling time of year for me, with the shortening of daylight hours and the easing of the intensity of the sun’s rays.

The Millenials — How they could affect our society |Oct 5, 2014

The Millennials are the demographic group born after 1980. The oldest members of their group are now beginning to get involved in the political process, so their views and beliefs will greatly affect the rest of us as they eventually take over the reigns of government.

Great Outdoors: Greet the autumnal equinox with a trip to Longwood |Oct 2, 2014

Happy autumnal equinox everyone!

Legislative note: Threats to our freedom remain |Sep 29, 2014

Like many other Americans, I’ll never forget where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. I saw firsthand the damage to the Pentagon, passing plumes of black smoke rising as I drove to the Capitol on that morning.

From the Ground Up: The year of no hydrangea blossoms |Sep 28, 2014

There are two great reasons for growing hydrangeas. First, the blossoms are born in lovely, showy heads. Second, hydrangeas are reliable, blooming year after year without much effort on the part of the gardener.

New Andrew Wyeth Exhibit at Brandywine River Museum of Art |Sep 28, 2014

Artist Andrew Wyeth created thousands of watercolor and pencil drawings over his seven-decade career. Luckily for us he didn’t throw them away. A new exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, “Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought” is composed of 23 studies that were created outdoors or from memory in the studio as a basis for four paintings, also on display.

Great Outdoors: Plenty more things to do in the fall |Sep 28, 2014

We are so lucky to be having such a spectacular fall season. Here are more events that you and your family may be interested in.

Paul Revere, where were you? |Sep 24, 2014

On Saturday, Sept. 13, when the residents of Kennett Square were about to brush their teeth and go to bed, a funny thing happened. There was no water.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.