Opinion

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.

My Two Cents: How to get a GOP victory in 2016 |Nov 18, 2014

Election night was a good night for the national GOP: victories all across the nation.

Book ban vote in Kennett: Censorship dies an ugly death |Nov 12, 2014

The Kennett Consolidated School board made the correct decision Monday night when they voted not to ban Jodi Picoult’s best-selling book “Nineteen Minutes” from the Kennett High School library.

Editorial |Nov 10, 2014

Several weeks ago we got the announcement that Oxford had received official state certification of the significance of its historic district.

Regional police force plan appears solid |Nov 1, 2014

There’s a plan that would create a regional police force in four municipalities — Kennett Square, Kennett Township, London Grove Township and New Garden Township. A study has already been completed, and public comment on the plan at each municipality is expected by the end of the year.

From the Ground Up: Hickory harvest is a no-show this year |Oct 30, 2014

Having lived in Kimberton for 30 years, last October I finally opened my eyes to the fact that each fall the local streets and lawn edges are strewn with fallen hickory nuts. I also discovered that the hard-to-get-at nut-meat is delicious, so I was looking forward to gathering another stash this fall.

For this local gardener, the season is just beginning |Oct 28, 2014

Mike Dippolito’s garden didn’t start the day that he checked the north-south orientation on his property for the best possible sun exposure and installed four planting boxes. Rather, like many gardens, Dippolito’s began long before.

Great Pumpkin Carve returns to Chadds Ford |Oct 28, 2014

It’s time for the annual Great Pumpkin Carve at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, to be held Oct. 23, 24 and 25 on the grounds of the society’s Barn Visitor Center. When they say “great” pumpkins, they mean “great,” as the 60 pumpkins weigh between 150 and 400 pounds each.

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.

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.