Avon Grove Sun

Local artists bring their skills to the flower show |Feb 1, 2016

Penn >> When the Philadelphia Flower Show opens on March 5, visitors will be dazzled not only by acres of outstanding landscapes, but by a number of fine art displays featuring beautiful and fascinating plants.

Ceramics and soup for a good cause |Feb 1, 2016

Oxford >> The Oxford Arts Alliance is combining ceramics and soup to suppost a local charitible agency.

Tie vote means no all-day kindergarten at Avon Grove |Jan 29, 2016

Penn >> Parents will have to wait at least one more year for full-day kindergarten to come to the Avon Grove School District. Several school board members seeking more information before committing to the change resulted in a tie vote at the Thurs.

Unionville takes two from Kennett |Jan 27, 2016

Boys Basketball: Unionville 45, Kennett 42 >> In Ches-Mont American action, the Indians outscored the Blue Demons 14-4 in the final quarter to stage a come-from-behind victory on Thursday, Jan.

West Grove adds new full-time police officer |Jan 27, 2016

West Grove >> The borough doubled the size of its full-time police department with the hiring of Justin Fonock at its January meeting.

Finally: Affordable Health Care |Jan 27, 2016

I don’t know about you, but I’ve watched my health care insurance premiums and deductibles rise year after year after year. My deductible for 2016 doubled from last year. According to President Obama, the Affordable Care Act [ACA] is saving lots of money.

AG emergency radio faces its first big challenge |Jan 22, 2016

Penn >> A local emergency radio station that was launched in November is facing its first big challenge with the imminent winter snow storm.

A bright future ahead for the Octoraro Hotel |Jan 18, 2016

Oxford >> “Architecture” is the word in the borough for the next month or so, as plans for the Octoraro Hotel are revealed and the Arts Alliance hosts a show on the subject.

Lincoln honors a ‘good son,’ Julian Bond |Jan 17, 2016

Lower Oxford >> The Lincoln University community paid tribute to the recently deceased civil rights acvitist Julian Bond with a celebration of life convocation Thursday, on what would have been his 76th birthday.

Nine new members of Kennett Square’s Old Timers Hall of Fame |Jan 17, 2016

Kennett Square >> Phillies community ambassador and former broadcaster Chris “Wheels” Wheeler told an audience of about 250 that the Phillies are likely on the road to recovery from two bad seasons.

Championship team visits |Jan 12, 2016

Kennett Square >> Members of Kennett High School’s 2002 state championship basketball team visited the game against Avon Grove at Kennett on Saturday. They posed for pictures, where honored at halftime and sat with Rick Nelms, who coached them to that amazing season.

After 55 years with Penn, Finnen has lots of memories |Jan 10, 2016

Penn >> The song asks “Should auld aquaintence be forgot and never brought to mind?” but for Bill Finnen, who has worked for the township for 55 years, there are just too many memories and people to forget.

85-year-old twins energize local talent show |Jan 10, 2016

Franklin >> Avon Grove Community Theater is the closest thing folks can find to Broadway in southern Chester County.

John Chambers returns as West Grove Fire Company Chief |Jan 8, 2016

West Grove >> A familiar West Grove resident is returning as Fire Chief, the result of annual elections at the West Grove Fire Company. John Chambers was elected fire chief and Tom Glass was elected president of the WGFC, which serves the communities of Southern Chester County in and around the Avon Grove School District.

How could someone be so heartless? |Jan 8, 2016

The arrogance and heartlessness of some folks truly amazes me. The story of Dalene Bowden, a school cafeteria worker in Idaho, who was fired after giving a hungry student a free lunch is an example of a such a supervisor who should be fired and never allowed anywhere near a school.

Chester County Hospital hosts its first baby early |Jan 1, 2016

West Chester >> Shanice Washington and Kadeem Morales of Coatesville greeted their new son, Lenox, at 1:02 a.m. on Friday.

A place to find really good news |Dec 20, 2015

Do you ever feel as if the events in our world are spinning out of control? Do you ever feel as is our world is like looking into one of those distorted mirrors, in a circus fun house where nothing is as it should be? Do you ever feel as if our world has changed so that what used to be up is now down and what was down is now up? Where what used to be right is now considered wrong and what used to be wrong today is considered right? When you listen to the radio, watch TV, and read the newspaper, do you wonder why there isn’t more good news? Whatever happened to common sense? It sure does seem like the inmates are running the asylum.

Food basket tradition continues for 61 years |Dec 20, 2015

New Garden >> A charitable Christmas tradition that started in 1954 continued with mighty strength anfd spirit on Saturday, spreading cheer and goods to those who could use a boost.

Hundreds pay tribute at wreath ceremony |Dec 14, 2015

Oxford >> With a dedication to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and teach children the lessons of those who protect the nation, more than 200 people gathered for the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on Saturday.

Steele releases AG championship book |Dec 13, 2015

West Grove >> It’s been more than 40 years since the Avon Grove High School basketball team won the 1970 state championship, but the players and longtime residents still enjoy recalling the glory and the details.

Thousands celebrate Guadalupe at St. Rocco |Dec 13, 2015

New Garden >> For members of the largely Hispanic St. Rocco Church, Our Lady of Guadalupe is a December festival that rivals Christmas in its importance.

Oxford Health Center opens on Third Street |Dec 11, 2015

Oxford >> Kennett Square-based La Comunidad has opened a branch in Oxford dedicated to dealing with physical and psychological health.

New Bolton Center treats sick Naval Academy goat |Dec 8, 2015

East Marlborough >> Bill the Goat is ready and eager to appear in this Saturday’s 116th Army-Navy football game, but along the road to his fame and adulation he has had to endure some physical problems that were treated at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center near Unionville.

Students warn seniors about scams |Dec 7, 2015

Penn >> If a deal sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. That’s the message the students from the criminal justice class at the Chester County Technical College High School brought to residents at Jenner’s Pond on Thursday.

Shopping with the Sheriff |Dec 6, 2015

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The Chester County Sheriff’s Department made the season brighter for about 100 kids as the officers took them shopping for gifts on Saturday.

Something for everybody at Oxford’s Country Christmas |Dec 5, 2015

Oxford >> In the spirit of the monthly First Friday Stroll, much of the community was out strolling Third Street on Friday night.

apology |Dec 4, 2015

I would like to apologize to all the parents, band members and alumni who found the editorial about the Avon Grove Band halftime performances offensive.

Kennett parade lights up the streets |Nov 28, 2015

Kennett Square >> They call it “Black Friday,” but on that evening in the borough the lights were multicolored and spirits were high. It should have come as no surprise that the fair weather and high temperatures would attract thousands to the annual Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade — known informally as Santa Claus’s arrival.

Schoolyard turkeys |Nov 21, 2015

A trio of turkeys, apparently looking for food or a safe zone at Thanksgiving, have been visiting the grounds of the Penn London Elementatry School in Penn for several weeks. School offcials said the birds appear unfazed by people and vehicles passing by.

Cousteau granddaughter receives Stroud award |Nov 20, 2015

East Marlborough >> The granddaughter of famed French conservationist Jacques Cousteau received the Stroud Water Research Freshwater Excellence Award on Thursday night.

Breakfast in Oxford hosts veterans and guests |Nov 15, 2015

Oxford >> Current and former members of the U.S. Military shared stories and renewed friendships at the Veterans Breakfast in the Oxford Senior Center on Saturday.

Emergency management radio activated |Nov 15, 2015

New London >> Last winter a tree fell in an snowstorm just outside West Grove, blocking traffic on Old Baltimore Pike. For many drivers, the first they knew about it was when they came upon the barriers set up by the responders.

Kennett Senior Center honors veterans |Nov 6, 2015

Kennett Square >> The Kennett Area Senior Center was brimming with patriotism as veterans, friends and members joined for the annual Veterans Day luncheon on Friday.

Lawrence joins seniors in frustration over property taxes |Nov 5, 2015

Oxford >> It was clear from the conversations on Monday afternoon that state Rep. John Lawrence was just as frustrated about property taxes as the senior citizens he was speaking to,

Do, Lindner, Brookes win seats on Unionville School Board |Nov 4, 2015

Southern Chester County >> In the race for three open seats in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Region C, winners were Republican Beverly Brookes and Democrats Gregg Lindner and Kathy Do, who campaigned as a team.

Doerfler, Braffman, Mallon win in Kennett Square; Kimmel first female supervisor in E. Marlborough |Nov 4, 2015

Southern Chester County >> The folks in East Nottingham Township live in a largely rural environment, and they like it that way. On Tuesday the voters put their pocketbooks where their hearts were and voted 693 to 550 to impose a one-half of 1 percent earned income tax dedicated to open space, parks and/or historical restoration.

Ghosts, ghouls and witches haunt Kennett Square |Oct 26, 2015

Kennett Square >> The great thing about the Kennett Square Halloween Parade is that the spectators dress up as well as the marchers.

Memorial run raises funds for scholarship |Oct 18, 2015

Franklin >> Friends and colleagues of a beloved doctor who died too soon are keeping his memory alive with an annual run event.

High school club helps autistic students make social connections |Oct 18, 2015

London Grove >> Off in a sheltered corner of the high school parking lot, away from the noise and chaos of the impending football game on Friday evening, a bunch of kids sat around enjoying the evening at an autumn tailgate party.

Homecoming is a hit at Avon Grove |Oct 10, 2015

London Grove >> Homecoming at Avon Grove High School is more than just a dance and a football game. In fact, it’s more than a daylong experience, and the activities extend beyond the student body participation to include many community members.

Mother’s boyfriend accused in cocaine-lunch money case |Oct 8, 2015

London Grove >> An arrest warrant has been issued for David Guinan, the man police say is responsible for cocaine making its way into Penn London Elementary School last Friday.

Unionville Fair continues a long tradition |Oct 4, 2015

East Marlborough >> For old timers in the school district, the smells and sights of the weekend’s Unionville Community Fair brought back memories of the old days when it was called the Farm Show and was held at what is now Unionville Elementary School.

Bell Tower gets a facelift for its 10th anniversary |Sep 29, 2015

The cupola and bell that for years sat atop Oxford school buildings and then was tucked away for a decade, got a facelift on the anniversary of its resurrection.

High spirits and yellow baseball caps greet local pilgrims |Sep 27, 2015

NEW GARDEN >> As daylight arrived in southern Chester County on Sunday, another wave of St. Rocco Parish members arrived for their bus trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis.

St. Rocco members thrilled to visit the Pope |Sep 26, 2015

New Garden >> Before the sun came up over Avondale on Saturday, the nuns of St. Rocco Parish were getting things ready for the five-bus caravan into Philadelphia for the Papal visit: water, snacks, toilet paper and — most importantly — the admission badges.

Matta earns 100th win as D-East rolls |Sep 26, 2015

LONDON GROVE >> As Cary Angeline handed the game ball to Mike Matta, the Downingtown East head coach was quick to defer credit for his milestone win amidst the thunderous applause of the Cougars.

New Garden Meeting House celebrates 300 years |Sep 20, 2015

New Garden >> It’s often said that people on their birthdays are fond of looking back.

Local 5-year-old is Parkway Run Ambassador |Sep 19, 2015

New Garden >> An exhuberant five-year-old who is living with cancer served as a 2015 Parkway Run Ambassador for the opening of Saturday’s event in Philadelphia.

Basin Commission delays decision on Artesian Water docket |Sep 18, 2015

Wilmington, Delaware >> The Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday postponed consideration of an application by Artesian Water Company to withdraw water from the Broad Run well in New Garden Township.

Residents have their say at Artesian Water meeting |Sep 13, 2015

New Garden >> The residents of several southern Chester County townships had plenty of questions for the Delaware River Basin Commission at a meeting in the Avondale Fire House last week.