Avon Grove Sun

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.

Football: Oxford flies past Avon Grove |Oct 22, 2014

OXFORD >> On Friday night, the Oxford offense put on a show for the home fans, defeating Avon Grove 38-28 in a non-league contest.

Council waives road fees for library |Oct 22, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council voted to waive the road opening fees for the Oxford Public Library expansion project and took a small step toward putting a crosswalk in front of the location.

It’s official: Ross will be on ballot |Oct 21, 2014

HARRISBURG>> Republican State Rep. Chris Ross will stay on the ballot for the 158th state House race in November after Commonwealth Court rejected an appeal that objected to Ross replacing former candidate Cuyler Walker.

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.

Crowds celebrate autumn at Oxford Feed |Oct 17, 2014

OXFORD >> It may have been soggy on Saturday, but that didn’t keep the people of Oxford from coming out to have fun.

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).

Boys Soccer: W.C. Henderson clinches National Division title with convicing win over Oxford |Oct 16, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> Ellis Vague had a smile on his face moments after West Chester Henderson accomplished one of its goals from the start of the season.

Council ponders parking expansion |Oct 15, 2014

OXFORD >> Public comment centered around parking and traffic filled the first hour of the Monday, Oct. 13, Oxford Borough Council meeting before any of the business items could be addressed.

Halloween haunt for kids in the Oxford area emphasizes fantasy |Oct 15, 2014

NEW LONDON >> A different kind of Halloween spook attraction that doesn’t emphasize killer clowns and other macabre beings is running at a summer camp in the Oxford area through October.

New strategic plan for Avon Grove schools |Oct 15, 2014

PENN >> The focus of the Oct. 9 Avon Grove School Board meeting was a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Margaret Sharp of the completed draft of the district’s new comprehensive strategic plan.

Kennett Square centenarians celebrate birthdays |Oct 15, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Leena Caudill was born in 1911, the same year as Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Ginger Rogers and Ronald Reagan. Dorothy Edinoff was born in 1912, the same year as Gene Kelly, Karl Malden and Danny Thomas.

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.

Oxford seeks members for Architectural Review Board |Oct 14, 2014

WEST CHESTER >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced last week that the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission officially certified the historical significance of the Oxford Borough Historic District, according to a press release from his office.

Unionville man paints his truck pink in tribute to his wife |Oct 14, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Pink is all the rage this month. Pink T-shirts, pink ribbons, pink socks — all to call awareness to celebrate survivors in October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

John Wood remembered as a ‘visionary’ |Oct 14, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> When John Wood had a vision that ultimately helped to form Kennett’s After The Bell Program, he knew the focus had to be on volunteerism and community spirit.

John Cotton Wood of Kennett Square |Oct 14, 2014

John Cotton Wood, a resident of the Kendal Community in Kennett Square, died on Oct. 9, 2104, at the age of 97. Born in New York City on March 8, 1917, he grew up in areas around Boston and San Francisco and summered in Europe.

Future growth depends on preservation, says study |Oct 13, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> Economic growth for Chester County is as dependent on preserving natural beauty as encouraging business growth, said a new report to guide planning over the next 10 years.

The Great Pumpkin Carve set Oct. 23-25 |Oct 13, 2014

Anyone over the age of 40 likely remembers the television special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” which aired on Oct. 27, 1966, and became a smash hit with whimsical scenes of kids carving jack o’lanterns, accompanied by the inspired jazz piano of Vince Guaraldi.

Bette comes home |Oct 13, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Bette, the pig that was maliciously shot by an archer at the Chenoa Manor animal sanctuary, has returned home and is recovering nicely from her wounds, thanks to the skilled veterinary care at New Bolton Center.

Penn settles on ambulance funding formula |Oct 12, 2014

PENN >> Ensuring the safety of township residents has a price. At its Oct. 1 meeting, the Penn Township Board of Supervisors voted to approve a formula for funding the West Grove Ambulance service.

Oxford Library breaks ground for expansion |Oct 12, 2014

A project that some thought was dead in the water and gained new life and taken wing.

Football: Downingtown East overpowers Avon Grove |Oct 11, 2014

WEST GROVE >> In an age, and division, where the spread offense and zone blocking has almost become the norm, Downingtown East’s physical running game has an old-school feel to it.

Football: Adderley helps Great Valley knock off Oxford |Oct 11, 2014

OXFORD >> You knew that the ball will be in the air often during the Great Valley-Oxford Ches-Mont League American Division football game.

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.

Behind the Scenes: Eastern State full of fun and fear for Halloween |Oct 10, 2014

Philadelphia >> Halloween has always been one of my two favorite holidays of all time. On a normal, day-to-day basis, I’m not a fan of fear, but there’s something about the month of October which allows me to push that feeling aside as I drop a lot of cash to go to “haunted” places, watch marathons of horror movies and don crazy costumes to dish out my own share of spooks.

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.

New safety measure for ice hockey coming to county |Oct 10, 2014

Thomas Smith was just any ordinary hockey player with a dream of landing a scholarship to play at the collegiate level and someday making it to a pro team.

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.

Panel hears responders’ thoughts on bill to aid fire companies |Oct 9, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Members of the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee met Tuesday in the borough to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for “actual and reasonable costs,” excluding manpower.

Companion pig helps in rescue of pig shot with arrow at animal haven |Oct 9, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Chenoa Manor’s Bette is “some pig” — a friendly and inquisitive, tan, 600-pound pet that could very easily have assumed a role in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web.

Football: Rustin shuts out Oxford |Oct 9, 2014

WESTTOWN >> On Oct. 3, West Chester Rustin continued their dominance in the Ches-Mont League American Division, defeating Oxford, 45-0. The Golden Knights proved that they could attack their opposition on the ground and through the air.

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.

Cops: Alleged New Garden thieves distract victims |Oct 8, 2014

New Garden >> Township police are investigating a burglary after three men used a distraction technique during a Friday afternoon incident in the 100 block of Ewart Road.

Ross nomination as Walker replacement comes under fire |Oct 8, 2014

Harrisburg >> Several people are challenging Chester County Republicans’ nomination of Chris Ross to replace former candidate Cuyler Walker in the 158th state House race.

Spotlight of the Week: Gianelos captures singles title |Oct 5, 2014

Tennis has always been in Eleni Gianelos’ blood since she was born.

Oxford celebrates its homecoming |Oct 5, 2014

OXFORD >> Oxford Area High School held its annual Homecoming festivities on Friday, Sept. 26. The parade featured the high school band, cheerleaders, fire trucks and floats.

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.

Kennett Democrats Facebook page hacked |Oct 2, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> With just weeks until the general election, the Facebook page of the Kennett Area Democrats was hacked and deleted, and some Democratic leaders say the timing of the crime is more than a coincidence.

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

Happy autumnal equinox everyone!

Fountain Garden to get $90 million restoration |Oct 2, 2014

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Longwood Gardens will begin work next month on a $90 million restoration of the 5-acre Main Fountain Garden that has thrilled guests for nearly 60 years.

Volleyball: McCann sisters power Avon Grove |Oct 2, 2014

LONDON GROVE >> Team chemistry is key to sustaining a winning program. Anytime you have three sisters on the roster who all play at a high level, the team chemistry comes a little easier. That’s exactly the case for the Avon Grove volleyball team, which was able to snap a four-game losing streak behind masterful performances from Sarah and Emily McCann.

Board sees results of community input |Sep 30, 2014

PENN >> As a part of the Sept. 25 school board meeting, Avon Grove Assistant Superintendent Margaret Sharp and via Skype, consultant Dr. Andy Hegedus, gave a presentation on the results of the recently completed co-labs process.

Longwood Garden’s bathrooms may be best in country |Sep 30, 2014

At Longwood Gardens, the nation’s most visited public garden, everything is beautiful — even the restrooms.

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.

Football: Octorara staves off Oxford |Sep 29, 2014

OXFORD >> Though it was a night where the offenses grabbed center stage, it was one simple stop that spelled the difference in Octorara’s 42-40 Ches-Mont League American Divsion victory over Oxford on Friday night.