Avon Grove Sun

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.

Eagle project honors World War II Defense Women |Nov 20, 2014

OXFORD >> When Derrick Maule went to work on his Eagle Scout project, he did not know that he was going to learn about his own family history as well. Maule created a memorial garden at the Oxford Memorial Park in honor of the World War II Defense Women.

Scotty McMillan’s story touches hearts worldwide |Nov 19, 2014

It’s hard for many to imagine, looking at the photos of an innocent Scotty McMillan, that the red-haired, blue-eyed toddler would in his short life become the subject of a horrific news story that has captured the attention of people around the world.

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.

Avon Grove Board addresses communication issues |Nov 19, 2014

PENN >> When the Avon Grove School Board met on Thursday, Nov. 13, it was at the Avon Grove Intermediate School (AGI), the same building that was evacuated because of a bomb threat exactly one week earlier.

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.

West Grove ‘caretaker’ sentenced for molesting boys |Nov 18, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> A man convicted of molesting two children in West Grove was sentenced to 83 to 166 years in prison, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Avon Grove teachers rally for contract settlement |Nov 18, 2014

PENN >> Avon Grove School District teachers braved sleet and chill on Thursday as they rallied for a new contract along Route 796 in front of the elementary school complex and district office.

16 historic buildings on Candlelight Christmas tour |Nov 18, 2014

Visitors to the Brandywine Valley know that the region holds many treasures, including its historic houses: long-standing structures many with rustic springhouses, some of which date back over 300 years.

‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ plays at Unionville |Nov 18, 2014

Shakespeare in Hollywood Plays at Unionville

College Basketball: Lincoln men fall at home in opener |Nov 17, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> Lincoln men’s basketball coach John Hill knew well ahead of time their home opener was going to be a tough one. The Lions, with a much different cast than a year ago, would have to start finding their own identity in a hurry, as coming right out of the gate, they’d be squaring off against one of the very best teams in Division II in East Stroudsburg.

Road cleanup helps family of fallen Avondale trooper keep his memory alive |Nov 14, 2014

AVONDALE >> The family of a local state trooper who died six years ago at the hands of a drunken driver were out in force Sunday morning picking up trash alongside the road where the crash happened.

Basketball: Lincoln looks to continue progress |Nov 14, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> To get an idea just how much progress the Lincoln men’s basketball program has made under John Hill, consider this: the 2014-15 squad must replace its top three scorers and yet the Lions were picked to finish second in the CIAA Northern Division in the preseason coach’s poll.

Oxford Council will hasten complaints to zoning officer |Nov 14, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough has an ordinance to protect residents from disruptive neighbors at rental properties, but to get help, a police report on complaints is required to start the process. Residents from South Street came to the Nov.

Kennett School Board votes against banning book |Nov 12, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> It’s a topic no parent wants to ever hear on the television or read in the paper, but the number school of shootings and active shooters have risen over the years from six in 2000 to 16 incidents in 2013, with 24 percent of those happening in educational environments, according to a recent report released by the FBI.

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.

UHS student passes on brushes for spray cans |Nov 12, 2014

Christopher Shaw’s brother used to joke that he couldn’t even draw a stick figure.

Scouts retire old flags at evening ceremony |Nov 12, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Streaks of red and blue in the western sunset sky, reminiscent of the colors in Old Glory, showcased the flag retirement ceremony at the Kennett Fire Company on Sunday evening.

Oxford driver guilty in fatal crash |Nov 11, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Did a southern Chester County woman lose her life in a motor vehicle crash because an Oxford man was — figuratively speaking — dying of thirst?

Senior Center honors veterans at luncheon |Nov 11, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Senior Center Veterans Luncheon Speaker Hank Detering told his those in attendance that modern education neglects the proud stories of people who fought for America’s freedom.

State official speaks in Kennett about $64,000 grant that will help elderly |Nov 10, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> By next year, one out of four Pennsylvanians will be 60 or over, and 70 percent will need long-term care at some point in their life.

West Grove selects new police chief |Nov 10, 2014

WEST GROVE >> The borough has named a new interim police chief to replace Errol Galloway, who retired in September.

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.

Ross defeats Rzucidlo in 158th District race |Nov 5, 2014

Rep. Chris Ross has retained his 158th District state House defeating Democrat Susan Rzucidlo in Tuesday’s elections

Pitts wins 16th Congressional District with help from Lancaster County |Nov 4, 2014

Congressman Joe Pitts, R-16, of East Marlborough Township held onto his seat after 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, but not before fending off a strong challenge by former state Rep. Tom Houghton of London Grove Township.

Oxford hosts Halloween extravaganza |Nov 3, 2014

OXFORD >> Anyone looking for a good Halloween parade was well satisfied in Oxford on Thursday.

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.

Football: Unionville seals winning season with win over Oxford |Nov 1, 2014

OXFORD >> A week removed from a loss that knocked them out of playoff contention for the first time in years, Unionville didn’t have much to play for when they traveled to Oxford on Friday night.

Time running out for Pa. property tax reform |Nov 1, 2014

HARRISBURG >> A bill that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is one step closer to a full vote by the state Senate.

Bancroft students collect 2,300 cans of food for local needy |Oct 31, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> 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, according to a recent report on the poor and homeless.

West Grove Fire Company teaches kids safety |Oct 31, 2014

NEW LONDON >> The West Grove Fire Company went all out this year to mark Fire Prevention Month and teach kids what to do if they meet a crisis. On Oct.22, firefighters Lisa Glass and Mike Miller drove over to yet another southern Chester County school — the New London Christian Preschool — to demonstrate what they do when they fight the flames and what the trucks are equipped with.

Robert Kennedy Jr. honored for environmental efforts |Oct 31, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Robert Kennedy Jr. received a standing ovation by about 300 enthusiastic admirers at the Stroud Water Research Center’s annual gala on Thursday at Longwood Gardens.

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.

NOPE urges action on drug overdoses |Oct 30, 2014

PENN >> It was a sad evening in Penn Township Park on Sunday when friends and relatives gathered to remember loved ones who had died from drug abuse and overdoses.

BVA and RCVA announce merger |Oct 30, 2014

KENNETT >> The Brandywine Valley Association and Red Clay Valley Association members formally voted to merge the two organizations during the BVA annual meeting at the Mendenhall Inn on Oct. 22.

Election 2014: Barrar’s priorities: Jobs, veterans, education |Oct 29, 2014

PENNSBURY >> When Steve Barrar brought a state House hearing to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for “actual and reasonable costs” to Kennett Square recently, it wasn’t an election ploy.

Election 2014: Schott challenges Lawrence for 13th House seat |Oct 29, 2014

Retired school teacher Ann Schott of London Grove is challenging state Rep. John Lawrence for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th District.

Election 2014: Whitney Hoffman favors funding for education, infrastructure |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT >> Whitney Hoffman believes government should be more transparent, and it’s one of the reasons she is running against Republican Steve Barrar in the 160th district.

Election 2014: Ross back in race; says he has unfinished business |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> After Cuyler Walker unexpectedly withdrew as the Republican endorsed candidate for the 158th district, committee members went knocking on incumbent Chris Ross’ door. Ross announced his retirement earlier this year, but when he, and not Roger Howard, was asked to run, Ross immediately accepted.

Election 2014: Rzucidlo hopes third time’s the charm |Oct 29, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Susan Rzucidlo is hoping the third time is the charm.

Race Through the Grapes |Oct 28, 2014

FRANKLIN >> As cross country runs go, the Race Through the Grapes 5K was a sweet one.

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.

Football: Henderson regains confidence with convincing win |Oct 26, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Following a tough loss to undefeated Coatesville last week, West Chester Henderson’s football team looked to regain confidence against a winless Avon Grove.

Even in Chester County, Ebola is a concern |Oct 26, 2014

As national concern continues to grow over the Ebola virus’ appearance in the United States, area officials are taking precautions to ensure that the virus does not gain a foothold in the region.

Oxford inducts 6 new athletes |Oct 26, 2014

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> After 14 years of seeking out some of its finest athletes from the past, Oxford High School hasn’t run out of champions.

Girls Volleyball: Unionville turns tables on Avon Grove |Oct 23, 2014

East Marlborough >> Last year Unionville’s volleyball team saw their season come to an end when they were defeated by Avon Grove. On Tuesday night, the ninth seeded Indians returned the favor to the No.

FIELD HOCKEY: Gould’s heroics lift Avon Grove over Methacton in District 1 Class AAA opener |Oct 23, 2014

Linfield >> Three new starters on the backline and a forward line that needed to replace a slew of graduated goal scorers.

Pitts, Houghton spar in Lancaster debate for Congress |Oct 22, 2014

LANCASTER >> U.S. Rep. Joseph Pitts said he represents his constituents in the halls of government.

Football: Lincoln shaded late by ECSU |Oct 22, 2014

LOWER OXFORD >> It wasn’t have been the prettiest game of football when Lincoln hosted Elizabeth City State for homecoming Saturday. Both teams tended to hurt themselves with mistakes.