Avon Grove Sun

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Judge allows couple to keep pool fence |Jun 21, 2016

WEST CHESTER >> In a sometimes biting and other times lyrical decision, a Common Pleas Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by neighbors of a New Garden same sex couple over the fence they built to enclose a planned in-ground swimming pool.

Grant performs solo at the library |Jun 19, 2016

WEST GROVE >> It was almost as if history were pulling an ironic trick on the Avon Grove Library on Friday. Robert E. Lee re-enactor Frank Orlando, who was scheduled to appear with Ulysses Grant re-enactor Ken Serfass, had to cancel because he fell ill and had to have surgery, according to a press release sent by library director Lori Schwabenbauer.

LIVE: Avon Grove vs. Hempfield in PIAA Class AAAA Championship game |Jun 17, 2016

The Avon Grove softball team plays Hempfield in the PIAA Class AAAA championship game today at 1:30 and you can follow everything that happens live. Daily Local staff writers Jeff Kerr, Neil Geoghegan and Pete Bannan will be on the scene.

waiting game |Jun 17, 2016

Online: For updates on Friday’s game, follow @jeff_kerr and @NeilMGeoghegan on Twitter and visit papreplive.com.

Avon Grove graduates celebrate accomplishments |Jun 13, 2016

NEWARK, DELAWARE >> The Robert Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware was packed to the gills with friends and relatives of Avon Grove High School’s 88th graduating class on Monday night.

Oxford Graduation: A time for reflection and celebration |Jun 4, 2016

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> The seniors of Oxford Area High School celebrated their commencement on Friday in the school gym with beach balls and confetti.

Local event organizers are models of volunteerism |May 31, 2016

The late Danish writer Piet Hein left us with a lot of pithy poems and sayings. After this week’s Memorial Day weekend of storms and then no storms, the following statement hits home:

Troop 31 honors two more new Eagles |May 31, 2016

Bradley Stephen Heacock Last week Boy Scout Troop 31 of Chadds Ford held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to honor two New Eagle Scouts, Bradley Stephen Heacock and Robert Andrew Maxwell. With these two newly achieved Eagle Scouts, Troop 31 has now had 130 Scouts become Eagles since 1963.

Oxford honors its heroes at a community parade and ceremony |May 30, 2016

OXFORD >> Third Street came alive with music and old vehicles at the annual Oxford Memorial Day parade on Monday.

Oxford High School honors outstanding alums |May 30, 2016

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> Oxford HIgh School honored four graduates at its 11th annual Distinguisehd Allumni Recognition Ceremony on Friday. The recipients of the accolades were Greg Deaver, James W.

Route 52 (Lenape Road) Scheduled to Close Next Week in Pocopson Township for Bridge Repairs |May 26, 2016

KING OF PRUSSIA >> The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Route 52 (Lenape Road) is scheduled to close between Pocopson Road and Creek Road in Pocopson Township, Chester County, on Tuesday, May 31, through Thursday, June 2, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for bridge repairs.

Is this the best the GOP can do? |May 25, 2016

The GOP nomination process has turned into a real mess. Out of 17 GOP candidates, Trump is the best they could give us? The Trump thing really boggles my mind, especially with Evangelical/Fundamentalist Christians.

Mayor honors outstanding citizens |May 25, 2016

On Monday, May 16, Oxford Mayor Geoff Henry honored his outstanding borough residents for the past year. They were all nominated by friends or neighbors who had written short letters of recognition about them.

Mushroom flies return to Harrogate neighborhood |May 25, 2016

NEW GARDEN >> Most people are happy when the warmer temperatures of spring roll around, but that’s not the case for the folks who live in the Harrogate community just off Limestone Road.

HARMAN TROPHY |May 22, 2016

ROSEMONT >> Over the course of the season, multiple players on Avon Grove have come through in the second half to lead the Red Devils in a crucial spot.

Heroes honored at EMS dinner |May 20, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> It’s not often that a hundred-or-so life-saving heroes are gathered in one place. But that’s what happens every year at the Chester County EMS Council Awards Ceremony at the Kennett Fire Company’s Red Clay Room.

Jubilation at Lincoln University graduation |May 13, 2016

LOWER OXFORD >> An atmosphere of jubilation permeated the Lincoln University graduation ceremony on Friday in spite of rain forcing everything inside. The event is traditionally held in the stadium with ample room for the thousands who attend, but for this particular day, the guests were ushered to several locations to either watch live in the gym or see it on giant TV screens in other venues.

Avondale residents urged to boil water following a water line break on East Third Street |May 10, 2016

AVONDALE >> All residents of Avondale are being urged to boil water before using it following a water line break Tuesday afternoon on East Third Street.

Local grower nurtures Penn Oak’s children |May 8, 2016

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> Jim Plyler is a model of fatherhood, but not in the traditional sense.

Easy fishing at the annual trout rodeo |May 7, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> Plenty of folks from southern Chester County were in line to have fish for dinner on Saturday night.

Get ready for some fishing on Saturday |May 5, 2016

KENNETT SQUARE >> The ponds at Anson B. Nixon Park, which until this week in 2016 held a few turtles and assorted Canada geese, are now brimming with trout, awaiting the annual Trout Rodeo on Saturday.

Avon Grove debuts new TV studio |May 1, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> Move over Jim Gardner and George Stephanopoulos, there’s a new TV station in town.

Bingo in the Barnyard is a hit |May 1, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> The Avon Grove Charter School was down on the farm on Saturday with its “Bingo in the Barnyard” celebration.

AG budget raises taxes 3.1 percent |May 1, 2016

PENN >> Avon Grove School Board approved a proposed final budget at their Thurs., April 28 meeting, which would be supported by a tax increase of 3.1 percent.

Smucker earns Republican nomination for 16th Congressional District seat |Apr 27, 2016

State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-13, of Lampeter, earned his party’s nomination to run for Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District seat about to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts of East Marlborough.

Several hundred gather to bless the bikes |Apr 24, 2016

KENNETT >> It has become a rite of spring at the Power Place Assemblies of God Church: the annual Blessing of the Bikes.

Oxford School District to increase taxes 1 percent |Apr 23, 2016

LOWER OXFORD >> During the Tuesday, April 19, school board meeting, the board voted to approve the proposed final general fund budget for the coming year in the amount of $65,663,336. This is an increase of 3.

Chiefs present future department merger |Apr 22, 2016

WEST GROVE >> New Garden and West Grove could be in store for more comprehensive police protection as soon as their councils give approval for a proposed merging of the two deparements.

Ride the bull at ‘Bingo in the Barnyard’ |Apr 18, 2016

London Grove >> The old Willie Nelson-Waylon Jennings song warns mommas, “Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”

Drunk driving without the booze |Apr 17, 2016

PENN >> Anyone who wanted to find out what it’s like to drive drunk from a sober perspective had a chance to try out the DUI trailer at Penn Township’s Public Safety Day on Saturday.

AG Flag Football adds a senior level |Apr 17, 2016

FRANKLIN >> Seventeen years ago Jim Russell founded the Avon Grove NFL Flag Football League. It was designed to be a safe and enjoyable alternative to the youth tackle leagues, and, as he says, it gets the kids outside on the weekends.

Charter school grows tilapia for The Whip |Apr 15, 2016

WEST MARLBOROUGH >> When the management of the Whip restaurant advertise that they buy fresh and local, they really mean it.

The food trucks are coming! |Apr 11, 2016

LONDON GROVE >> Save you appetite for dinnertime on April 22, because that’s the day the food trucks are coming to Avon Grove HIgh School.