Avon Grove Sun

Evelyn Swenssen tells of ‘Life with Music’ |Aug 15, 2014

We are all on a journey, and composer/ musician/performer Evelyn Swensson, formerly of Chadds Ford, known for her involvement in the music world, has created a road map of her incredible journey and success.

Kennett Symphony Delivers Glorious Program |Aug 15, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County had an absolutely marvelous evening of music last weekend. The weather was perfect, and a big crowd came -- so many, in fact, the line waiting to get in to the theatre extended up the hill toward the Peirce house.

Here’s Credit 101 for Your College Freshman |Aug 15, 2014

To parents with a freshman entering college this fall: You’re probably expecting to shell out major bucks for tuition, room and board and a million other necessities over the next few years. But before you send your kid off, make sure you share one gift likely to steer him or her along the road to financial security – a sound understanding of how credit works.

Oxford Council hears speeding complaints |Aug 15, 2014

OXFORD >> In July, residents came to borough council complaining about speeding on Mt. Vernon Street. Their complaints were heard again this month, along with other residents who have concerns about speeding on North Third Street and overall throughout the borough.

Discovering the healing power of herbs |Aug 15, 2014

I’ve always thought of herbs as something to spice up savory dishes, to soothe a headache or rash, or to delight the nose. It turns out that herbs can do even more than that. Here’s a story I received from Sally Hammerman, of West Chester.

Corn harvest begins for Chester County Food Bank |Aug 15, 2014

HIGHLAND >> It’s a little late this year, but corn is now on the menu for participants in the services of the Chester County Food Bank.

Local woman helps pass anti-ivory legislation |Aug 15, 2014

Landenberg >> Jen Samuel said when she was growing up in Landenberg she loved animals — especially dolphins and butterflies. Then in college she learned about elephants — an endangered species with so many unique and impressive qualities that she decided to do something to ensure their survival.

New scouting option starts to take shape |Aug 15, 2014

I received the following information from Victoria Grimme, a mom in Oxford. She is the parent who is starting the new Baden-Powell Service Association troop here in southern Chester county. For more information on Baden-Powell, visit BPSA-US.

Guests search history at Primitive Hall |Aug 15, 2014

Visitors explore local history at Primitive Hall

Barn decision was welcome news |Aug 7, 2014

It wasn’t quite Christmas in July, but the news that an agreement had been reached involving The Barn at Spring Brook Farm was a welcome gift indeed for those searching the newspaper recently for something to be satisfied about.

The freestones are coming |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- If ever there was a good week to follow the doctors’ nutritional advice, it’s now.

Open for guests |Aug 7, 2014

LONDON GROVE -- The dreams of a little boy are blossoming into full flower in the form of Chenoa Manor, an animal sanctuary owned and operated by veterinarian Rob Teti. There on a 25-acre farm that sits on the line between London Grove and New Garden, about 230 animals live in peace, never having to worry again about predators, the slaughter house or starvation.

Former principal organizes river trip for vets |Aug 7, 2014

By FRAN MAYE fmaye@21st-centurymedia.com

West Grove Garage chosen for CC Foundation award |Aug 7, 2014

The Youth Philanthropy Award honors young, emerging philanthropists under age 35, who give time, talent and treasure, while also inspiring others to give. This year’s award winner, West Grove Garage Student Advisory Council, has been instrumental in the success of growing after-school programs.

Visiting the birthplace of American forestry |Aug 7, 2014

Vacation last month took me on a drive through North Carolina. In Durham, I spent several happy hours exploring Duke Gardens. In Asheville, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I spent a day touring the Biltmore estate.

Summer readers celebrate with ‘Star Wars’ heroes |Aug 7, 2014

PENN -- The Avon Grove Library held a summer reading wind-down party for the kids who have been participating in the program throughout the summer. The appearance of a Star Wars Crew was the icing on the cake for the events that have attracted them to the library in West Grove for the past two months.

Longwood Gardens presents Symphony Under the Stars |Aug 7, 2014

This coming Saturday, Aug. 9, will be that wonderful outdoor concert at Longwood Gardens in the Open Air Theatre by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County as they play beloved classical favorites beginning at 7 p.

Longwood Gardens opens new meadow section |Aug 7, 2014

Have you been to the new section of Longwood Gardens yet? It opened just a few weeks ago and it’s fantastic. It is so peaceful to walk on the hiking and walking trails. They have so many miles of paths (and not even just including the Meadows) that it really makes a membership worthwhile.

An amazing thing happened in 1776, 1787 and 1996 |Aug 7, 2014

I’ve been thinking about the welfare problem of late. I remember watching The David Susskind Show on Channel 12 circa 1970 where this woman, who happened to be black, had 14 kids and proudly boasted to Susskind’s nationwide audience that she was going to have 14 more, because the more kids she had the more welfare money she got.

Good Neighbors has revamped over 250 homes in region |Jul 31, 2014

As Good Neighbors Inc. has shown time and time again, you don’t need a television show such as “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to make a difference in someone’s life.

How you can help end homelessness in our community |Jul 31, 2014

Last year, there were 3.5 million homeless people in the nation. And in Chester County, there are about 650 homeless, according to the latest Point in Time poll.

Creativity doesn’t take the summer off in Oxford |Jul 31, 2014

Each summer the Oxford Area School District offers students the opportunity to participate in music and art academies, a fun way for them to enhance the skills developed during the past school year and prepare for their upcoming lessons in the fall

Getting your kids to love the out of doors |Jul 31, 2014

Compared to just a few decades ago, children today spend significantly less time outdoors than we did as kids. Over a third of American families report that their child spends less than 30 minutes outdoors each day.

Symphony presents concert at Longwood Gardens |Jul 31, 2014

For a lovely beautiful evening don’t miss the “Symphony Under the Stars” at Longwood Gardens on Saturday, Aug. 9, by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Led by Guest Conductor Markand Thakar of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra will be playing a spirited overture featuring woodwind solos, an exultant suite with stunning work by the strings and the beloved Beethoven masterpiece, Symphony No.

Outwitting wildlife out in the vegetable garden |Jul 31, 2014

Two weeks ago, I visited Gary McKown’s suburban West Chester home to view his vegetable garden. McKown was one of the gardeners who responded to my invitation earlier in the season for people to tell me why I might want to come for a tour.

Local couple hosts former residents |Jul 31, 2014

CHADDS FORD -- The owners of a historic Chadds Ford home along Baltimore Pike hosted the house’s former owners during a sentimental reunion on Saturday.

Pocopson grants extension to The Barn at Spring Brook Farm |Jul 31, 2014

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm in Pocopson will not close, after an agreement was hammered out that grants an extension of time for Barn officials to complete work to meet code requirements.

Motorcycles |Jul 31, 2014

For people who own motorcycles, summer can’t come soon enough. And so it has arrived for another year.

Lengthy sentence urged for convicted massage therapist |Jul 31, 2014

WEST CHESTER – A Chadds Ford massage therapist who molested four female patients that went to him for treatment of physical pain should spend a minimum of 12 to 24 years in state prison, according to a sentencing memorandum filed by the prosecution.

New Garden firing range close to opening |Jul 28, 2014

LANDENBERG – With the new firing range for the New Garden police close to opening, supervisors gave permission to Kennett, Oxford and Parkesburg for their officers to also use it.

Six from Willowdale Chapel journeying to Africa |Jul 28, 2014

In order to truly appreciate life, sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and for six Chester County men, they will be leaping far beyond those boundaries when they travel to Burundi and Rwanda in August.

Homeless relief advocates gather in Oxford |Jul 25, 2014

OXFORD -- Advocates for overcoming homelessness in Chester County continue to tackle their task, although the solutions are often elusive.

Symphony will present ‘Under the Stars’ |Jul 25, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will present a summer concert “Under the Stars” on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. (Rain date, Saturday, Aug. 10). The concert will have guest conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.

Cosby wows ‘em at Lincoln |Jul 25, 2014

LOWER OXFORD -- Actor, comedian and philanthropist Bill Cosby had his audience in laughter for more than an hour on Saturday as made a pitch for academic fund-raising at The Lincoln University. Sitting by himself in a chair onstage at the International Cultural Center, he presented his views of poverty, God, family and human achievement, throwing in the suggestion that alumni reach in the pockets for contributions.

InBrief |Jul 25, 2014

Charles Patton Charles Patton, the principal of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District middle school that later bore his name, died Saturday, July 19. He was 85. A popular and respected member of the district’s community, he was described in these words by folks who posted in the school’s online newsletter:

District 28 All-Stars head to Big League World Series |Jul 25, 2014

When the KAU Kings won the Eastern Regional Championship last season and advanced to the Senior League World Series, parents, coaches, and friends told them to be happy just to be there.

Some light but useful reading for the summer |Jul 25, 2014

Looking for a little light reading to take with you on vacation this summer? I’d like to recommend the new book, “Coffee for Roses . . . and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening.” In it, author C.

Bottom line for GOP: Don’t lose the election |Jul 25, 2014

Apparently I greatly upset one of my readers with my last column. His letter to the editor [07-17-14] made no doubt that in his opinion I don’t know what I’m talking about and that I am essentially the “village idiot”.

Stoltzfus pushes on for Wounded Warriors |Jul 25, 2014

MUD LAKE, Idaho -- Southern Chester County bade Ivan Stoltzfus fond Bon Voyage as he led a huge parade of tractors through Kennett Square on April 26 on his way westward.

District 28 18-year-olds win |Jul 18, 2014

Get your kids involved in the National Parks Junior Ranger program |Jul 18, 2014

Recently my family and I went on vacation and we visited several of the National Parks out west including Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. We had been there before but when the boys were much younger.

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There’s still time for a vegetable garden |Jul 18, 2014

The idea of a fall vegetable garden can be a bit misleading. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that the label “fall” indicated harvest time, not planting time. Granted, in July and August, while we’re swimming in 90+-degree heat, it’s a challenge to remember that the longest day of the year is long past.

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Galloway offers retirement severance |Jul 18, 2014

WEST GROVE -- Veteran borough Police Chief Errol Galloway has offered to retire pending a severance offer from Council.

Kennett merchants take their wares outside |Jul 18, 2014

This weekend, July 19 and 20, will be the annual Sidewalk Sale by the Kennett merchants in uptown Kennett Square. On Saturday the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 20 it is open 11 a.m.

West Nile Virus found in county trap |Jul 18, 2014

UWCHLAN – County health officials on Wednesday announced the West Nile Virus was recently discovered for the first time this year in a mosquito trap placed in the township.

Bulletproof vests donated to CCSPCA |Jul 18, 2014

By KENDAL GAPINSKI kgapinski@dailylocal.com

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Unionville Quaker organizes meetinghouse tour |Jul 11, 2014

NEWLIN — A 95-year-old birthright Quaker from Unionville has taken on the task of organizing a tour of area meetinghouses.