Avon Grove Sun

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.

Chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber |Mar 3, 2015

OXFORD >> It’s a sure sign of spring when the chicks arrive at Oxford Feed and Lumber, and last week, they arrived.

Flower Show has everyone’s favorite movie |Mar 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As soon as the gates opened to the public at the Philadelphia Flower Show on Saturday, the crowds poured in and crushed together around exhibits — as they have in every year past.

Chester County priest arrested, charged by FBI for child porn |Mar 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The FBI has arrested and charged the former Ss. Simon and Jude parish priest who was accused last year by local authorities of sending and receiving child pornography on a popular social media site, on which he pretend to be a 16-year-old girl.

Performance Golf: Justin Martinson on The Big Break |Mar 2, 2015

I’m looking at the ice that has grown on my windows and wondering if golf season will ever get here … Luckily, my lovely wife has reminded me that I have neglected to let you all know about “The Big Break” — Golf Channel’s reality based show about golf competition.

Girls Swimming: Locals off and running at districts |Feb 27, 2015

Philadelphia >> Many local swimmers shined during the first day of the District 1 Swimming Championships at La Salle University on Thursday.

It’s on the House: Be sure to test your home for dangerous levels of radon |Feb 26, 2015

Last month we explored the five tips to prepare for a pre-listing home inspection: be honest and upfront, clean your gutters, clear access to attics and crawlspaces, check lightbulbs and have your appliances in working order.

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.

Great Outdoors: The countdown to spring is on |Feb 26, 2015

It may not feel like it, but many great things are just around the corner. We are just about two weeks away from daylight savings time and then our evenings will be longer and brighter. Another two weeks after that it will officially be spring.

Ice Hockey: Oxford closes door on Hodgson in playoff opener |Feb 25, 2015

NEWARK, Del. >> The coaching staff only expected their team to go .500 on the season. All they wanted was to be able to be happy with how the first year went.

Women’s Basketball: Lincoln women clinch, despite loss |Feb 25, 2015

LOWER OXFORD >> No one knows better than Lincoln University women’s basketball senior Courtney Lucas how far the Lions have come since she and coach Jessica Kern arrived on campus for the 2011-12 season.

From the Ground Up: And the award goes to. ... |Feb 25, 2015

Had enough of bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snow, sleet and black ice? Happily, the Philadelphia Flower Show is scheduled to burst into bloom in just over a week. Without getting on a plane, you’ll be able to transport yourself to a place full of color and light and the heady aromas of fresh-turned soil and flowers in bloom.

Still not contract |Feb 25, 2015

OXFORD >> “OAEA Still United, Still No Contract.” That was the slogan on the buttons worn by teachers at the Oxford Area School Board meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Law enforcement seeks vandal who spray painted at Lincoln |Feb 25, 2015

LOWER OXFORD >> The Lincoln University officials are working with the Chester County District Attorney’s office to determine who spray-painted a racial slur on an entrance sign at the school.

Hundreds make the journey to Lake Placid to see the reunion of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team |Feb 23, 2015

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. >> Do you still believe in miracles?

Surviving members of 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team reflect on passing of teammate Bob Suter |Feb 23, 2015

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. >> The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will always be remembered as the 20 players who made history and allowed the country to once again believe in miracles.

Performance Golf: Control your hips, control your swing! |Feb 23, 2015

My student is showing a lot of leg here at impact — you can see his left leg from this down the line view. This golfer was suffering from a club path that headed way too far out to the right of the target line through impact, at times more than 10 degrees.

KMC gymnasts score well in trampoline meet |Feb 10, 2015

NEW GARDEN >> Matthew Wileyto, Mateo Reihman, Kyle Walchuk, Andrew Overman, Logan Walchuk, Isaac Hannah, Cullan Darhower, Jordan Walchuk, Adam Overman, Kate Elliott, Danielle Birkett, and JD Mickel took home first place medals at the KMC Trampoline Invitational on Sunday.

Basketball: Octorara routs Oxford to clinch American |Feb 5, 2015

ATGLEN >> The last week or so has seen the Octorara boys basketball team face one big test after another, with consecutive games against West Chester Rustin, Great Valley and Coatesville. Yet another exam came Tuesday night when the Braves played host to Oxford, with the Ches-Mont League American Division title on the line.

Boomers is closed, but still holds happy memories |Feb 3, 2015

LONDON GROVE >> The southern Chester County destination that many children chose as their favorite party site closed on Jan. 4 because of what the owner said was lack of income.

New Garden’s Simpson named officer of year |Feb 3, 2015

WEST CHESTER >> As he accepted the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award from Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan on Friday, New Garden Police Chief Gerald Simpson was virtually surrounded by a physical manifestation of the attitude that he — and others also honored in the ceremony — received the award with.

Ice Hockey: Snowden, Poco lead Oxford rout against Newark |Feb 2, 2015

NEWARK, Del. >> Oxford sophomore goalie Ryan Snowden had a shutout on Friday night, including four saves in the last minute to preserve the goose egg and secure the 7-0 win over Newark in a divisional match-up at the Pond.

Girls Swimming: Avon Grove girls capture first Ches-Mont League title |Feb 2, 2015

Caln >> Entering this season, the Avon Grove girls swimming program had zero Ches-Mont League titles, they never beat West Chester Henderson, and only had one winning season in school history.

‘Comedy of Errors’ pantomime is a delight |Jan 29, 2015

The Kennett High School auditorium was almost sold out for the first performance of this year’s pantomime in the English tradition, “Comedy of Errors and Pirates.” It didn’t make a lot of sense, and that is how it ought to be.

Former director of Tick Tock Early Learning Center arrested |Jan 29, 2015

NEW GARDEN >> The woman who led the Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Toughkenamon for eight years has been charged by police with theft and receiving stolen property.

Performance Golf: Turn and burn |Jan 29, 2015

As I watch the snow fall in what may turn out to be quite a storm, I realize that many of you are not about to go out and hit golf balls this week, so let’s add to our list of exercises that you can do to improve your golf swing.

Oxford School Board audit is clean |Jan 27, 2015

OXFORD >> The Oxford Area School District received a clean report for the past year from their new auditors, and are now working toward the 2015-16 school year budget.

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.

Old Timers chat with Morandini and induct eight |Jan 27, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> For baseball lovers in the Philadelphia area, it’s never too early to start thinking about opening day at Citizens Park.

Tony Scheivert takes over as new township manager in New Garden |Jan 27, 2015

NEW GARDEN >> Tony Scheivert has always liked dealing with people. He likes being around people and solving problems.

Exciting Jamie Wyeth show creates a mob scene |Jan 27, 2015

It is always pleasing to be invited to the opening of an important art show, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art created it last weekend. It opened the largest retrospective exhibition of work by artist Jamie Wyeth, and it is a fascinating show.

New Garden man arrested for allegedly abusing young girl |Jan 13, 2015

NEW GARDEN >> A 32-year-old man is behind bars on $2 million cash bail after he was arrested for allegedly abusing a young girl over a five-year period, according to township police.

A new ambulance for the Oxford Union Fire Company |Jan 13, 2015

OXFORD >> It always feels good to get a new car. The joy is even heightened when it’s the fire company getting it, and the acquisition is a new ambulance.

Pickleball blends sports to draw fans |Jan 12, 2015

A familiar sound echoes throughout the large gymnasium in the YMCA’s Oscar Lasko Youth Program Center in West Chester — the shuffling of sneakers against the shiny wooden floor. But it is there that the familiarity ends.

From the Ground Up: Looking back and looking forward |Jan 12, 2015

This week we are well into the beginning of 2015. Before leaping ahead, I want to pause a moment in the doorway of this new year and look back to remember some of the people who made the past year special for me.

Downwind: Jamie Wyeth retrospective coming to Brandwyine River Museum of Art |Jan 12, 2015

The first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth will open at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Jan. 17 and run through April 5. The show will feature more than 100 works and examines six decades of his work which pretty much covers his entire life as he was born in 1946.

West Grove gets a new ambulance |Jan 12, 2015

WEST GROVE >> On Monday, almost two weeks after Christmas, the new West Grove Fire Company ambulance was still wearing a red ribbon.

Great Outdoors: New Years resolutions and more |Jan 10, 2015

And there we have it, another year in the books.

Wyeth painting dedicated to Downingtown school |Jan 10, 2015

DOWNINGTOWN >> An Andrew Wyeth painting was dedicated Monday to East Ward Elementary School in honor of a student who died earlier this year from cancer.

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.”

Noted preservationist Nancy Mohr created recipe for old-fashioned family dinners |Jan 10, 2015

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Chester County’s first baby of 2015 is “an angel of the goddesses” |Jan 6, 2015

PAOLI >> Chester County’s first baby of 2015 came into the world while people were still popping their champagne corks for the new year.

The many Quaker Meetinghouses of Chester County |Jan 6, 2015

Religious persecution historically has caused millions of people around the world to seek a better, friendlier place to live. In the 17th century, there were many dissenters in Great Britain who disagreed with the policies of the Church of England.

My Two Cents: What happened to human innovation |Jan 5, 2015

An article in Aeon magazine asked the question: “Why has human progress ground to a halt? Yes we still are inventing things, but most are simply improvements of things already developed. For new technology, it is not at the pace of what they referred to as the golden era from 1945-1971.

College Basketball: Pendelton’s career night paces Lincoln |Jan 5, 2015

LOWER OXFORD >> In the past, Lincoln women’s basketball team had stretches where they would build up momentum, only to find it snapped by a holiday hiatus.

From the Ground Up: Reflections on the gifts of every season |Jan 5, 2015

When I was a child, one of the things I looked forward to at the holidays was my father’s annual reading of the story, “Christmas Every Day.” Written in 1892 by William Dean Howell, the story tells of a young girl who asks her papa to tell her a story.

Smart Money: The ins and outs of 529 college savings plans |Jan 5, 2015

For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children’s college education — or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you’re trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age.

Smart Health: Concussions — What parents and athletes must know |Jan 3, 2015

Extreme physical sports such as football, soccer (headers), lacrosse, hockey, equestrian, and any other sport where physical impacts occur repeatedly can increase the likelihood of injuries and concussions.

The covered bridges of Chester County |Jan 3, 2015

“They don’t build ‘em like that anymore…”

Great Outdoors: Enjoying the holiday week |Jan 3, 2015

I hope everyone had exactly the kind of Christmas that they wanted. Mine was quite good. My husband and I usually aren’t big on exchanging gifts with each other, but this year he went overboard.