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 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:29:06 -0500 60 <![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Bringing the vegetable garden indoors]]> 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.

Many books have been written about getting more our of the garden during the cold months, but now a new book, "Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-Round Vegetable Garden," takes winter growing in a whole new direction -- indoors!

I want to point out that "kitchen gardening" doesn't mean that all the plants will be grown in the kitchen.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:02:23 -0500 2014-12-18T16:02:23-05:00 2014-12-18T16:02:31-05:00
<![CDATA[Boys Basketball: Oxford gets big road win]]> 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. Great Valley turned the ball over 20 times, fell behind in the first period when they had eight miscues and were knocked form the unbeaten ranks by Oxford, 51-43, in Ches-Mont League American Division action.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:32:44 -0500 2014-12-18T15:32:44-05:00 2014-12-18T15:32:47-05:00
<![CDATA[St. Rocco celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with music and prayer]]> 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.

The Catholic celebration of Out Lady of Guadalupe isn't exactly a Christmas celebration, but it comes around during the season every year on Dec.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:11:31 -0500 2014-12-17T20:11:31-05:00 2014-12-17T20:11:48-05:00
<![CDATA[Rioting is not the answer for recent police incidents]]> 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.

In recent months there have been noteworthy instances of police actually killing unarmed young black men who should at the most have been simply arrested and taken in for questioning.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:52:51 -0500 2014-12-17T18:52:51-05:00 2014-12-17T18:52:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Local schools create ornaments for trees at Longwood Gardens]]> 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!"

The Coatesville-area school is one of 13 elementary schools participating in Longwood's Children's Trees program this year.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:04 -0500 2014-12-17T17:44:04-05:00 2014-12-17T17:44:59-05:00
<![CDATA[School board honors retiring principal Harvey]]> PENN >> A touching moment of the Dec. 11 Avon Grove School Board meeting was recognition of retiring Avon Grove Intermediate School principal Todd Harvey.

Harvey, who has been in education for the past 41 years, will be leaving the district effective Jan. 4.

"I respect and admire him for his leadership, dedication, and love of kids," Superintendent Christopher Marchese said.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:38:55 -0500 2014-12-17T17:38:55-05:00 2014-12-17T17:38:58-05:00
<![CDATA[Unionville students pitch in to make Christmas bright for needy]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Unionville High School student council members made Christmas a lot brighter for local needy families last week.

The students raised $700 from a fundraiser at the annual powder puff football game that pits high school juniors against seniors. The event is typically held in November, but because it took place in December, Student Council Vice President Hannah Bass suggested students add a donation box to raise money for area children in need.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:23:38 -0500 2014-12-17T16:23:38-05:00 2014-12-17T16:23:43-05:00
<![CDATA[Boys Swimming: Malvern, Villa fare well against Unionville]]> Malvern >> Entering the season, there were high expectations placed upon the Malvern Prep, Villa Maria Academy and Unionville's swim programs. On Thursday afternoon, the three schools came together for a non-league competition. The private schools stole the show as Malvern beat Unionville 98-66, and Villa Maria won 94-71.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:50:03 -0500 2014-12-15T13:50:03-05:00 2014-12-15T13:50:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Ice Hockey: Malvern Prep's dominance continues, defeats Unionville]]> WEST GOSHEN >> It doesn't matter who the opposition is in front of Malvern Prep. No one seems to be able to stop the dominant roll the Friars are on as they tacked on their sixth win of the season, 5-1, over Unionville in a non-conference game Friday night at Ice Line.

Even when Malvern (6-0-0 overall) comes out of the gate a little off in its game, the players and coaches are able to pull the team back together and get back on the right track, as was the case Friday.

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:45:43 -0500 2014-12-15T13:45:43-05:00 2014-12-15T13:45:46-05:00
<![CDATA[Wrestling: Kennett finishes strong to rout Octorara]]> ATGLEN >> The big men turned in some big wins to give Kennett its first lead of the night against Octorara, then the lightweights kept it rolling to complete a 54-24 Ches-Mont League American Division wrestling victory over the hosts

"These kids have been working really hard since the beginning of the season," said Kennett coach Tyrone Johnson.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:16 -0500 2014-12-11T17:00:16-05:00 2014-12-11T17:00:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Generosity abounds in Chester County]]> 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. Indeed, Chester County is the 24th wealthiest county in the nation, according to Forbes, with a median annual household income of $84,741.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:53:02 -0500 2014-12-11T16:53:02-05:00 2014-12-11T16:53:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Chadds Ford hosts 29th Candlelight Christmas]]> CHADDS FORD >> It may have been a dank, dreary day Dec. 6, but it didn't stop people from coming out to the 29th annual Candlelight Christmas.

This year's tour featured 16 historic sites scattered across Chadds Ford.

The event also coincided with the 300-year anniversary of the Barns-Brinton house, which was built in 1714 and served as the only tavern and sleeping quarters for travelers going between Philadelphia and Baltimore at that time.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:50:29 -0500 2014-12-11T16:50:29-05:00 2014-12-11T16:50:48-05:00
<![CDATA[College basketball: Lincoln holds off Cheyney]]> 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.

Saturday night was no exception, with the game going down to the wire and Lincoln edging Cheyney, 74-72.

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:53:57 -0500 2014-12-09T10:53:57-05:00 2014-12-09T10:53:59-05:00
<![CDATA[Impoverished Kennett area family finds generosity in community]]> NEW GARDEN >> Christmas came early for one of the poorest families in Chester County.

Last week, the Morales family's van broke down. Jose and Doravelia Morales have come to rely on the old van to transport their daughter Maria, 10, back and forth to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children every week.

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:23:45 -0500 2014-12-08T15:23:45-05:00 2014-12-08T15:23:50-05:00
<![CDATA[Share the warmth: Family of six gets heat repaired in their home]]> Brian is a senior citizen and has become the household lead for his family of six, consisting of his wife, daughter and three pre-teen grandchildren. Brian's income consists of social security and a nominal pension. His daughter works part-time making barely $10.80/hour while also trying, as a single mother, to stay involved in her children's activities.

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:28:15 -0500 2014-12-08T12:28:15-05:00 2014-12-08T15:18:50-05:00