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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Liberalism has failed again |Nov 7, 2013

Is anyone surprised at the absolute embarrassing failure of the Obamacare launch? Did anyone catch that the website development came in a typical 500 percent over budget (if you are keeping score, the original estimate on the cost was $93 million, and the current costs are more than $500 million)? And guess what, it doesn’t work! Hey, no need to worry, we’ll just call it a glitch.

The medicine is bitter, but the results are fabulous |Oct 24, 2013

For those of you who have been reading this page for the last two plus years, I thank you. This is going to be my last regularly scheduled column. Most of you probably know that I am on the ballot to be a supervisor in Franklin Township.

Let’s reverse the trend of childhood poverty in our area |Oct 24, 2013

Southern Chester County is arguably one of the nicest areas to live in all of the state. There’s a unique mix of open space and historic structures with an economy that can be best described as robust.

Farina tells why he’s running |Oct 17, 2013

As I attended this year’s Avon Grove School Board meetings, I was surprised by some board members’ lack of focus on our schools and the education our children receive. Instead of working on important issues such as the school security risk assessment that was completed some time ago, the increasingly ideological school board members spent time on numerous attempts to pass a resolution for the sole purpose of making political statements to Harrisburg.

20 percent of the federal force reduced should be the norm |Oct 10, 2013

So the big economic news this week, is the government shutdown. The problem is, there is no shutdown. Most news stations are reporting that 800,000 federal workers were given furlough notices. After searching through several pages on the Web, it appears that we have 4.

Auerbach: Beware of false information |Oct 4, 2013

An e-mail distributed “News” letter called Franklin Township,update (aka Whipple-gram) on more than one occasion, one recently, provided some misleading information about the upcoming school board election.

iPads are inevitable learning tools of the future |Oct 4, 2013

Oxford High School has taken a bold and wise step into the future with the announcement that it will be issuing iPads to all of its students.

Pitts: Why I oppose Obamacare |Oct 4, 2013

Republicans keep fighting against Obamacare, even after the President was reelected and after the Democrats maintained their majority in the Senate. The Washington pundit class doesn’t quite understand this.

Auerbach: Beware of false information |Sep 26, 2013

An e-mail distributed “News” letter called Franklin Township,update (aka Whipple-gram) on more than one occasion, one recently, provided some misleading information about the upcoming school board election.

The economy should be the top news |Sep 26, 2013

I am so glad that Syria is out of the news, at least for awhile. The economy should be on the front page nearly every day.

Coatesville racist text messages are especially shocking |Sep 26, 2013

By now, most of Chester County, and in fact, the great Philadelphia area knows that Coatesville School District Superintendent Rich Como and Athletic Director Jim Donato are engaged in shocking scandal involving racist and sexist text messages sent between them.

Two farewells in Kemblesville |Sep 16, 2013

The little village of Kemblesville said two good-byes this week, and for many there was a tinge of sadness about both.

Mushroom Festival has deep roots in local history |Sep 12, 2013

The past weekend’s Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square was a splendid showcase for Pennsylvania’s largest cash crop. Not only did it bring visitors from afar to support the area financially, but it got the word out that southern Chester County is an impressive place to live and that mushrooms are good for more than a side dish to steak.

A swell party, but why so late? |Sep 5, 2013

The debut of the lights at the Kennett High School football field last Friday was something of a double-edged sword or a two-sided coin.

Multi-racial support for ‘I have a dream’ |Aug 29, 2013

Anyone who digs into the history of that summer of 1963 knows that it was more than black activists that took a bus to Washington and heard Dr. King.

Parent object to dress code change |Aug 29, 2013

I am writing this letter to complain about the recent changes to the dress code at the Oxford High School.