Avon Grove Sun

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.