Avon Grove Sun

Logic versus the Heart |Feb 26, 2017

The Trump Administration is proposing a cut to the school breakfast and lunch programs that would stop allowing some schools from giving all students free meals. Currently the program allows schools that have 40 percent of their student body who are living in low income families to provide all kids free meals.

Local Hispanics living in fear for themselves and their children |Feb 25, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Concerns over deportation threats issued by U.S. President Donald Trump were evident at a community conversation on immigration hosted by La Comunidad Hispana on Friday evening.

Symphony Concert coming to Henderson High |Feb 18, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> The Kennett Symphony of Chester County has a big treat for music lovers next month. The annual Family Concert will be presented on March 12 at 2 p.m. at Henderson High School at 400 Montgomery Ave in West Chester.

Paws for People brings comfort for those in pain |Feb 17, 2017

KENNETT >> A group of therapy dogs and their owners got together to hone their interpersonal skills at a training session on Thursday.

The Liberal Tea Party |Feb 12, 2017

What goes around comes around. Back in 2009 many Democrat Congressional folks faced angry protesters at any town hall meeting they attended. These protestors eventually became The Tea Party. What were those protestors fighting? They were protesting President Obama and his Democratic controlled Congress, who wanted to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare.


OXFORD >> A modern retirement community that started out years ago as a home for elderly ministers and missionaries to live out their sunset years celebrated its 40th anniversary on Feb. 7.

Dinniman announced grant for SCC Regional Police |Feb 9, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that New Garden Township will receive $44,000 in state funding for the merger of the New Garden and West Grove Police Departments.

A large crowd at Harry Potter Afternoon |Feb 9, 2017

WEST GROVE >> To many people “Harry Potter” is just a book. But to the kids at the Avon Grove Library on Friday afternoon, it’s a whole, exciting lifestyle.

Dental Health program held for pets |Feb 9, 2017

OXFORD >> There are few places in southern Chester County that are more animal friendly than Oxford Feed and Lumber on Railroad Avenue in the borough. There customers can find beds, house, toys food and accessories for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, chickens Guinea pigs and more.

Who’s who in the DuPont family |Feb 9, 2017

Last weekend Estate Historian of Winterthur Jeff Geoff spoke on the subject of the du Pont family to an overflow audience. There were also 140 names on the standby list. The topic cannot be covered in one hour as the number of du Ponts were counted at the 200th anniversary of landing in America and there were thousands of them.

Old Timers celebrate the great ones among them |Jan 22, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Former Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler almost didn’t make it to the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame Banquet, where he was scheduled to speak on Saturday. He was battling a nasty case of the flu and called banquet organizer Prissy Roberts earlier in the day saying he was doubtful about coming.

Basketball star Overton urges audience to nurture King’s dreams |Jan 16, 2017

OXFORD >> Former LaSalle University and NBA basketball star, and recently appointed Lincoln University Men’s Basketball Coach Doug Overton told his Spirit of Giving Luncheon audience to believe in dreams and help nurture them in others.

Calling a snow day starts early for superintendent |Jan 9, 2017

PENN >> When the flakes start to fall, it’s just like those kids singing gleefully on Channel 6: “There’ll be no school tomorrow if it snows!”

Local talent on display at ACT show |Jan 8, 2017

FRANKLIN >> It’s a large chasm between starring in the high school play and acting on Broadway, but in southern Chester County, there’s a nice step in between.

Visitors from afar come to see the lights of Longwood |Dec 22, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Residents of Chester County often take for granted the jewel of flowers and fountains that lies among them.

First responders have dinner at West Grove Fire Company |Dec 21, 2016

WEST GROVE >> The annual turkey dinner event at the West Grove Fire Company continued Friday as first responders from all over southern Chester County dropped in for turkey, pork, sausage and salad.

Starr will be honored at Old Timers banquet |Dec 19, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> Old Timers Hall of Fame President Bob Burton announced that former Kennett High School baseball coach George Starr will be honored with a special “Achievement in Coaching” award at the banquet on Jan.

District honors kids who received merit recognition |Dec 18, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> On Thursday, Avon Grove High School honored students who scored high on their National Merit Scholarship exams. The nationwide program takes the scored obtained by high school seniors on their preliminary scholastic aptitude tests and recognizes the approximate top 3 percent with the designation of “Commended” or “Semifinalist.

Local theater group announces plans for the coming year |Dec 18, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Avon Grove Community Theater, the group that brings yearly musicals to southern Chester County, joined Santa Claus at Applebees on Sunday morning to greet kids, raise some money and discuss its plans for 2017.

Fire at Sam’s Sub Shop |Dec 16, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> Sam’s Sub Shop on State Street and its greater building was the victim of an early morning fire on Friday.

Solemnity, joy and music mark Our Lady of Guadalupe |Dec 12, 2016

NEW GARDEN >> Christmas time at St. Rocco Church is more than candy canes, Santa Claus and sugar plums.

Wheeler will speak at Old Timers banquet |Dec 5, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> Old Timers Hall of Fame President Bob Burton announced last week that former Phillies announcer and current team ambassador Chris Wheeler will be the speaker at the upcoming annual banquet, now in its 37th year.

Visiting camel oversees Oxford Nativity scene |Dec 3, 2016

OXFORD >> Third Street was loaded with seasonal spirit on Friday as friends and neighbors celebrated the arrival of Santa Claus and much more.

Volunteers take on a graffiti epidemic |Dec 2, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> A building that has been the repeated target of graffiti taggers got a facelift on Saturday as friends and neighbors came with paint and brushes to cover up the offensive markings.

Santa and the missus dropped off on the way to fire call |Dec 1, 2016

WEST GROVE >> A funny thing happened on the way to the town tree lighting: The fire company got a call.

Thousands of lights adorn vehicles at Kennett parade |Nov 26, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> If one thing was clear at the Kennett Square tree lighting parade on Friday, it was that in this day and age just about anything can be lit up without an extension cord or an electrical socket.

The turkeys at Chenoa Manor face a long and carefree life |Nov 22, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> The seven turkeys at Chenoa Manor were having a good day on Saturday. They sun was shining, it was warm, they had plenty of room to roam and they had the assurance that they were in no danger of becoming someone’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Think about it: Stephen R. Covey and his Seven Habits |Nov 3, 2016

“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” ­— Stephen R. Covey

WTIM: Music Around Town Oct. 19 edition |Oct 18, 2016

What’s going on musically in the Berks-Mont Newspapers coverage area? A lot, and we want to help keep everyone in the know.

A grand day at Avon Grove High School |Sep 26, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> Spirits were high at Avon Grove High School’s Homecoming on Saturday. The heat wave had broken and the parade started on time. Probably the only downer was the football game loss to West Chester East, 21-3.

Expanding service |Sep 20, 2016

LONDONDERRY >> When Darlene Sullivan looks back on her 27 years of training service dogs, she recalls Year One when there was only herself and one dog at her house. But that didn’t last long.

Three AG seniors are National Merit semifinalists |Sep 20, 2016

Three Avon Grove High School students have been recognized as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an honor that fewer than one percent of high school seniors in the United States achieve.

Avon Grove Charter PTO will host farm-to-table dinner |Sep 12, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> In the spirit of the legend that true love and home grown tomatoes are the only two things that money can’t buy, the folks at the Avon Grove Charter School are hosting a dinner to consume what’s grown on campus.

Local school supply lists now available online TeacherLists.com |Aug 24, 2016

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year, as all of their schools supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.

Joe Pitts looks back on 44 years in office |Aug 23, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> For conservative Congressman Joe Pitts, his political career began simply with some cardboard posters and a couple of two-by-fours. That’s how he recalled his first successful campaign to fill the about-to-be-vacated 158th seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1972.

YMCA crowd greets Runge and her medal |Aug 22, 2016

PENN >> Olympic Gold Medalist Cierra Runge returned to her roots at the Jennersville Y on Monday and was greeted by a warm and loving crowd of friends and admirers.

Kennett Symphony delivers a winner at Longwood Gardens |Aug 14, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Kennett Symphony of Chester County punched a powerful program of international music into a heavy, hot and humid atmosphere on Saturday night at Longwood Gardens with great vigor and success.

Runge swims for a gold |Aug 13, 2016

LONDERRY >> The little girl who at age four told her parents she would someday swim in the Olympics did just that. And to sweeten that hope, Octorara High School graduate Ciarra Runge brought home a Gold Medal 16 years later.

Local equestrian comes home with a Bronze |Aug 12, 2016

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> Equestrian Phil Dutton arrived home from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro this week with a Bronze Medal and a smile on his face.

Bikers ride the county for the VFW |Aug 9, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> A band of bikers headed out from the Kennett Square VFW Post 5467 on Saturday for the purpose of raising money for veterans.

Backpack giveaway attracts kids to store |Aug 4, 2016

LOWER OXFORD >> Saturday was a great day to buy or get service on a cell phone, because all the Verizon retailers in the United States were giving away free backpacks.

Penn Oak babies sprouting along Route 41 in Londonderry |Aug 4, 2016

LONDONDERRY >> Links to the region’s history are sprouting in a local meadow in the form of baby Penn Oak trees. A field with tiny saplings poking their heads skyward sits along Route 41 at Street Road and is being cared for by artist Emily Artinian.

LBJ was right: No politics from the pulpit |Aug 4, 2016

I listened to Donald Trump’s 73-minute tirade Thursday night. He definitely knows how to work up an audience. There are plenty of things that I could say about Trump’s speech, but the final issue he mentioned is my focus in today‘s column.

Cat saved by firefighters |Jul 17, 2016

While the home of Saturday’s fire in London Britain Township was a complete loss. This morning we received information that a life was saved during the fire! A crew from Station 21 Oxford found a cat in the basement scared soaking wet and with smoke inhalation.

Flesh-eating bacteria kills chamber president |Jul 15, 2016

OXFORD >> Friends and neighbors filled St. Christopher’s Church on Thursday night to honor the memory of philanthropist and Chamber of Commerce President Jerome Rodio.

Act readies summer musical “Grease” |Jul 15, 2016

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Avon Grove Community Theater known at “Act” is getting ready for it’s annual summer musical.

New book asserts Pennock was no racist |Jul 11, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> In his recently released biography of pitching great Herb Pennock, author Keith Craig strongly disputes the rumor that the late Baseball Hall of Famer and Kennett Square native made disparaging racial remarks about Jackie Robinson in a 1947 telephone call.

Pitts deserves the accolades he’s receiving |Jul 7, 2016

Congressman Joe Pitts has been annoying liberals for the past 40 years, especially on the issues of guns and abortion. In return they routinely vote for candidates a little more to the left to represent them in Washington.

Giant Penn Oak dies in Pocopson |Jul 7, 2016

POCOPSON >> A tree that witnessed the northward march of Hessian troops toward West Chester during the Revolutionary War has died.

Pitts honored by friends and local Republicans |Jun 28, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> Friends and political colleagues gathered at the Inniscrone Golf Club on Monday to wish Joe Pitts well and thank him for his service.