RSS Feed from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: The latest news from The Southern Chester County Weeklies: website: all stories The Southern Chester County Weeklies Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:58:44 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Backpacks: Not your spine's best friend]]> Alas, the new school year is here! On top of every child's list of school supplies is a new backpack. While backpacks vary in their style, color and sizes, they all share one thing in common: they are detrimental to the health of your child's spine. According to an article in a 1998 edition of the prestigious scientific journal "Spine," by the time a young adult has graduated from high school, he or she has experienced at least one episode of back pain, due in part to the improper use of backpacks.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:19:33 -0400 2014-09-14T19:19:33-04:00 2014-09-14T19:19:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Winning golf: Get that big bounce back]]> Two weeks ago, Billy Horschel chunked a six-iron shot into the final hole, causing him to lose the golf tournament on just when he had a chance to win it. His comment: "I didn't choke. I just made a bad swing at the wrong time." This past weekend, Billy found himself in a similar position and pulled through to win by two.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:10:30 -0400 2014-09-14T19:10:30-04:00 2014-09-14T19:10:32-04:00
<![CDATA[Spotlight of the Week: Always just one of the boys]]> There was never a time Vanessa Robtison, 31, can remember when she wasn't involved in something sports, whether it was coaching, playing or even just attending for fun.

Growing up with an athletic older brother and two cousins, she almost had no choice.

Well, at least her brother had no choice but to let her play.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:08:55 -0400 2014-09-14T19:08:55-04:00 2014-09-14T19:08:58-04:00
<![CDATA[More great fall activities for you and your family]]> Some weeks I have a love/hate relationship with doing this column. I love learning about all the outdoor possibilities in our area and I love that all these fun activities are delivered right to my inbox for my choosing. The hate part is that there simply are not enough hours in a week to do as many of them as I would like.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:03:20 -0400 2014-09-14T19:03:20-04:00 2014-09-14T19:03:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Thousands in Kennett Square without water after main breaks]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Thousands of Kennett Square residents were without water Sept. 14 after a water main located along East South Street near the front of the Kennett High School ruptured. Borough officials issued a boil water notice as a safety precaution.

The borough's public works department, along with outside contractors, worked all day Sunday to located the source of the leak and replace a 13-foot section of main that was located near three others, a sewer main and a gas line.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:40:21 -0400 2014-09-14T18:40:21-04:00 2014-09-14T18:41:07-04:00
<![CDATA[Sept. 11: Chester County remembers that fateful day]]> Many Chester County communities on Thursday held special observances to remember the deadliest attack on U.S. soil and the nation's most tragic day: Sept. 11, 2001.

In Oxford, more than 100 people gathered at Oxford Memorial Park for a tribute to honor the victims of 9/11, including members of Oxford Cub Scout Pack 213.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:29:21 -0400 2014-09-12T19:29:21-04:00 2014-09-14T18:42:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Penn supervisors OK funds for Route 796 redesign]]> PENN >> Supervisors approved spending $22,310 for a preliminary design to restructure the intersection of Route 796 and Baltimore Pike Sept. 3.

The township now owns the Red Rose Inn property.

It has expressed willingness to tear off the more recent additions to the building, leaving room for widening the intersection.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:40:47 -0400 2014-09-12T19:40:47-04:00 2014-09-12T19:40:48-04:00
<![CDATA[Field hockey: Farrell's big night leads Downingtown East over Avon Grove]]> WEST GROVE >> The Downingtown East field hockey coaches installed a new offensive system this year, one focused on the transition game.

The players have bought in, and are making it work. The 4-0 victory Sept. 8 in Avon Grove kept the Cougars undefeated at 5-0, including 2-0 in the Ches-Mont.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:39:20 -0400 2014-09-12T19:39:20-04:00 2014-09-12T19:39:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Kennett school board: Who should be allowed to voice opinions at meetings?]]> Kennett Square >> In preparation for the new school year, the Kennett Consolidated school board has been reviewing its policies and making changes and updates when necessary.

Four second readings were approved and adopted as the new policy, but one came with much debate, not only amongst the board, but a member of the public as well.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:37:52 -0400 2014-09-12T19:37:52-04:00 2014-09-12T19:37:55-04:00
<![CDATA[Festival benefits outlive the day]]> For several years now, there has been some criticism of the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square -- or the fact that the town closes down for two days to make room for it.

Essentially, those who are unhappy with it have several complaints:

The first is that it prevents local shop owners from opening their stores to business, and they lose a day's profits.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:35:23 -0400 2014-09-12T19:35:23-04:00 2014-09-12T19:35:27-04:00
<![CDATA[East Marlborough police to get new temporary home]]> EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Some municipalities conduct their business like hockey games -- a contact sport, mostly governed by rules, but punctuated by occasional moments when the gloves come off and fists meet faces.

East Marlborough is not one of those municipalities. So Monday night's split decision about where to locate the township police department's new temporary home stood out a bit as atypical in the workings of this normally polite, consensus-seeking board of supervisors.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:21:39 -0400 2014-09-11T16:21:39-04:00 2014-09-11T16:21:41-04:00
<![CDATA[Avon Grove progresses through strategic plan]]> PENN >> The Avon Grove School district is moving through the current stage in the process of creating its new five-year strategic plan. Started in the spring, the plan entitled "Creating Our Future Together," is being facilitated by Andy Hegedus of Demosophia LLC, a local consulting firm.

The process started with analyzing student achievement data and information gathering that includes surveys of parents, teachers, staff and students grades six through 12.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:20:11 -0400 2014-09-11T16:20:11-04:00 2014-09-11T16:20:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Volleyball: Shultz sisters power Shanahan over Unionville]]> UNIONVILLE >> Bishop Shanahan has a very unique one-two punch.

You may already know senior Rita Shultz who has established a name for herself in the program. Now Rita's sister, Renee, joins the team as a freshman, completing the unlikely combo on the frontline for Shanahan.

The sisters' combined 14 kills and 10 assists led Shanahan to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-23) match win over rival Unionville in Unionville Sept.

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:16:18 -0400 2014-09-11T16:16:18-04:00 2014-09-11T16:16:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Harris rebrands Eco Boutique store in Kennett Square]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Doug Harris has officially opened his newly rebranded store, State & Union, located appropriately, at State and Union streets in Kennett Square.

Eco Boutique, at 103 West State Street, has transformed into State & Union, which Harris calls "a United by Blue store within a store.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:29:28 -0400 2014-09-10T16:29:28-04:00 2014-09-11T16:22:42-04:00
<![CDATA[Girls Cross Country: Young, Breeding run Unionville past Great Valley]]> Media >> It is not an exaggeration to claim that the Unionville girls' cross country team could be one of the best in the nation this upcoming year.

Fresh off of their 2013 PIAA state championship season, the Indians returned to the course Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 8. They kicked off their season in a tri-meet against Great Valley and Sun Valley.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:24:23 -0400 2014-09-10T20:24:23-04:00 2014-09-10T20:30:01-04:00