Avon Grove Sun

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Football: Kennett, Oxford in need of new football coaches |Jan 3, 2015

Since resurrecting its program in 2005, Kennett didn’t have a winning season until 2011 when the Blue Demons went 6-4 in Green’s second season. In 2012, Kennett went 7-3, barely missing the Class AAAA District 1 playoffs.

From the Ground Up: Spinning some Christmas magic |Jan 2, 2015

I’ve wished many times that I had a better image of it; but taken years ago on my old “flip” cell phone, the photo is grainy and a bit fuzzy. And I was never able to send photos from my phone, so I don’t have a copy to share with you.

Downwind: The 33rd Christmas in Miniature |Jan 2, 2015

If in all the hurry and bustle of Christmas being so close to Thanksgiving has thrown your Christmas shopping out of kilter, stop by the Chadds Ford Gallery by Dec. 31. The collection of knock out small paintings done by local artists is amazing.

Old Timers |Jan 2, 2015

KENNETT SQUARE >> Anyone who stops at Burton’s Barbershop in Kennett Square knows that no matter how cold the winter, it’s never too early to start talking baseball.

Smart Money: Be smart, keep an eye on your identity |Jan 2, 2015

You’d have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there’s a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

Chadds Ford man creates display to pay tribute to police officers |Jan 2, 2015

CHADDS FORD >> A Chadds Ford man, who proudly shows his loyalty for his college by lighting up his lawn every holiday season, has changed his message to show support for the New York Police Department.

Christmas 2014: The good, the bad and the ugly |Dec 30, 2014

The late weeks of December are widely labelled, “The most wonderful time of the year.”

AGS: The five top stories in 2014 |Dec 30, 2014

As years go, 2014 had its highs and lows, pretty much like those that preceded it. Section C of this paper contains a review of many of the stories with pictures to go with them. But here are the top news items that we are not likely to forget soon.

Boys Basketball: Miller leads Great Valley past Avon Grove |Dec 28, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> Sometimes injuries and adversity bring out the best in a team.

Galer Winery finds success on Folly Hill Road |Dec 24, 2014

Chester County has been the home for three signers of the Declaration of Independence, witnessed the largest land battle of the American Revolution and achievements in art, science and industry. Who’d think that a neurologist with a background in pharmaceuticals would want to start a winery here? After chatting with Dr.

More than 600 people helped by food basket event |Dec 24, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Hundreds of volunteers staffed tables full of coats, food and toys at the New Garden Public Works building on Saturday, carrying on a tradition of giving that began 65 years ago.

Oxford School Board looks to increase budget and maybe taxes |Dec 24, 2014

OXFORD >> The Oxford Area School District is looking at a budget increase of 5.6 percent for the coming school year, that could require a tax increase as well as drawing money from the fund balance to bridge a $5.

The Mushroom Drop returns for New Year’s Eve |Dec 24, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> After a successful debut on New Year’s Eve 2013, the great Mushroom Drop will return this year to greet 2015.

Local police review excessive force policies |Dec 23, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Some local police departments are reviewing policies on use of excessive force following nationwide media attention in Missouri and New York in which some have claimed officers were overzealous.

Local police review excessive force policies |Dec 19, 2014

KENNETT SQUARE >> Some local police departments are reviewing policies on use of excessive force following nationwide media attention in Missouri and New York in which some have claimed officers were overzealous.

Great Outdoors: Reminiscing about last year’s snow |Dec 19, 2014

They do say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I must say I am feeling that way about the December snowstorms that we had last year. It was so nice to have snow on the ground for Christmas.

Downwind: Brandywine River Museum will receive Scaife collection |Dec 19, 2014

We may never have heard of billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, but those who frequent the Brandywine River Museum will benefit from his generosity. The Mellon heir who died recently bequeathed his collection of more than 500 works of art to be divided equally between the Chadds Ford Museum of Art and to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in western Pennsylvania.

Oxford greets the season after a postponement |Dec 19, 2014

OXFORD >> Last Friday night was a little chilly, but it was substantially more comfortable than Dec. 5, when a cold and slimy rain came down on southern Chester County and Oxford officials decided to postpone the Christmas festivities for a week.

From the Ground Up: Bringing the vegetable garden indoors |Dec 18, 2014

When cold weather looms, many vegetable gardeners do what they can to extend the growing season: cover tender plants with floating row-covers, put straw or other mulch over root crops, and plant a “fall garden” of cold-tolerant varieties to improve our chances.

Boys Basketball: Oxford gets big road win |Dec 18, 2014

EAST WHITELAND >> To win games, teams must cherish every possession and take great care of the basketball. Dec. 16 at Great Valley High School, the host Patriots did not execute that part of the game very well.

Rioting is not the answer for recent police incidents |Dec 17, 2014

Rioting in the street, blocking traffic and looting stores miss the mark as solutions to curbing police brutality or aggression toward blacks. Those problems take disciplined dialogue, deep reflection on the nature of violence and defining the role of law enforcement at local and national levels.

St. Rocco celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with music and prayer |Dec 17, 2014

NEW GARDEN >> Several thousand members of St. Rocco Church in New Garden marked the anniversary of an appearance by the Virgin Mary during services on Friday.

Local schools create ornaments for trees at Longwood Gardens |Dec 17, 2014

East Marlborough >> When the wide-eyed little boy from Rainbow Elementary School first saw Longwood Gardens all gussied up for the holidays, all he could manage to blurt out was, “This is a wonderland!”

School board honors retiring principal Harvey |Dec 17, 2014

PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

Generosity abounds in Chester County |Dec 11, 2014

Recently, Forbes released its list of America’s best places to raise a family, and Chester County placed eighth. And according to real estate company Movoto, Chester County is the fourth best place in America to live.

College basketball: Lincoln holds off Cheyney |Dec 9, 2014

THORNBURY >> There’s never a dull moment when the nations two oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities get together on the basketball court. There’s always a packed, rowdy crowd and the play on the court tends to live up to the hype.