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 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:06:24 -0400 60 <![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Hickory harvest is a no-show this year]]> Having lived in Kimberton for 30 years, last October I finally opened my eyes to the fact that each fall the local streets and lawn edges are strewn with fallen hickory nuts. I also discovered that the hard-to-get-at nut-meat is delicious, so I was looking forward to gathering another stash this fall.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:18:19 -0400 2014-10-30T13:18:19-04:00 2014-10-30T13:18:27-04:00
<![CDATA[NOPE urges action on drug overdoses]]> PENN >> It was a sad evening in Penn Township Park on Sunday when friends and relatives gathered to remember loved ones who had died from drug abuse and overdoses.

The organization NOPE, which is an acronym for "narcotics overdose prevention education" sponsored a candlelight vigil that included a presentation from a parent who lost her 17-year-old son as well as words of encouragement from public officials.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:16:44 -0400 2014-10-30T13:16:44-04:00 2014-10-30T13:16:51-04:00
<![CDATA[BVA and RCVA announce merger]]> KENNETT >> The Brandywine Valley Association and Red Clay Valley Association members formally voted to merge the two organizations during the BVA annual meeting at the Mendenhall Inn on Oct. 22.

Agreement had already been reached between the two boards, but the final action came when the members met and cast their votes just prior to dinner.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:12:31 -0400 2014-10-30T13:12:31-04:00 2014-10-30T13:12:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Schott challenges Lawrence for 13th House seat]]> Retired school teacher Ann Schott of London Grove is challenging state Rep. John Lawrence for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives seat in the 13th District.

Lawrence, a lifelong resident of Southern Chester County, is married with two young daughters. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in business, worked at JPMorgan Chase for 10-plus years.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:12:45 -0400 2014-10-29T12:12:45-04:00 2014-10-29T12:12:54-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Barrar's priorities: Jobs, veterans, education]]> PENNSBURY >> When Steve Barrar brought a state House hearing to consider a bill that would authorize volunteer fire companies to bill for "actual and reasonable costs" to Kennett Square recently, it wasn't an election ploy. Barrar, majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, is passionate about helping veterans and volunteer organizations.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:07:11 -0400 2014-10-29T12:07:11-04:00 2014-10-29T12:07:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Whitney Hoffman favors funding for education, infrastructure]]> KENNETT >> Whitney Hoffman believes government should be more transparent, and it's one of the reasons she is running against Republican Steve Barrar in the 160th district.

The 160th state legislative district covers Birmingham, Pocopson, Thornbury, Kennett and Kennett Square in Chester County.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:04:17 -0400 2014-10-29T12:04:17-04:00 2014-10-29T12:04:23-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Ross back in race; says he has unfinished business]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> After Cuyler Walker unexpectedly withdrew as the Republican endorsed candidate for the 158th district, committee members went knocking on incumbent Chris Ross' door. Ross announced his retirement earlier this year, but when he, and not Roger Howard, was asked to run, Ross immediately accepted.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:55 -0400 2014-10-29T12:00:55-04:00 2014-10-29T12:00:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Election 2014: Rzucidlo hopes third time's the charm]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> Susan Rzucidlo is hoping the third time is the charm.

Rzucidlo, the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 158th district, ran for office and lost to Republican incumbent Chris Ross in the 2010 and 2012 district elections. This time, she's confident she has the support to win.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:51:33 -0400 2014-10-29T11:51:33-04:00 2014-10-29T11:51:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Race Through the Grapes]]> FRANKLIN >> As cross country runs go, the Race Through the Grapes 5K was a sweet one.

The event on Saturday morning ran through a brightly colored autumn landscape, and the weather cooperated with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Gregory DeSimone, in whose name the run was established, was an emergency room physician at Jennersville Regional Hospital who died suddenly last year.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:51:07 -0400 2014-10-28T12:51:07-04:00 2014-10-28T12:51:37-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Pumpkin Carve returns to Chadds Ford]]> It's time for the annual Great Pumpkin Carve at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, to be held Oct. 23, 24 and 25 on the grounds of the society's Barn Visitor Center. When they say "great" pumpkins, they mean "great," as the 60 pumpkins weigh between 150 and 400 pounds each. Most of them are the "Prize Winner" bright orange drought resistant variety, but a few are paler "Atlantic Giants," and I have even seen white ones.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:49:29 -0400 2014-10-28T12:49:29-04:00 2014-10-28T12:49:32-04:00
<![CDATA[For this local gardener, the season is just beginning]]> Mike Dippolito's garden didn't start the day that he checked the north-south orientation on his property for the best possible sun exposure and installed four planting boxes. Rather, like many gardens, Dippolito's began long before. "My grandparents raised food," he told me. "If not for them, I don't know if I'd be growing vegetables today.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:48:31 -0400 2014-10-28T12:48:31-04:00 2014-10-28T12:48:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Oxford inducts 6 new athletes]]> EAST NOTTINGHAM >> After 14 years of seeking out some of its finest athletes from the past, Oxford High School hasn't run out of champions.

At the annual Sports Wall of Fame Induction, six graduates who achieved amazing feats during and after high school were honored with a ceremony and cake reception on Monday at the school cafeteria and auditorium.

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:55:31 -0400 2014-10-26T16:55:31-04:00 2014-10-26T16:55:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Even in Chester County, Ebola is a concern]]> As national concern continues to grow over the Ebola virus' appearance in the United States, area officials are taking precautions to ensure that the virus does not gain a foothold in the region.

Last week the Chester County Health Department issued a warning to area health care professionals after the first Ebola diagnoses surfaced in Dallas, Texas.

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:52:10 -0400 2014-10-26T16:52:10-04:00 2014-10-26T16:52:59-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Henderson regains confidence with convincing win]]> WEST CHESTER >> Following a tough loss to undefeated Coatesville last week, West Chester Henderson's football team looked to regain confidence against a winless Avon Grove.

Henderson defeated Avon Grove 41-14 in their Ches-Mont League National Division game Oct. 24 at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium.

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:50:15 -0400 2014-10-26T16:50:15-04:00 2014-10-26T16:50:19-04:00
<![CDATA[Girls Volleyball: Unionville turns tables on Avon Grove]]> East Marlborough >> Last year Unionville's volleyball team saw their season come to an end when they were defeated by Avon Grove. On Tuesday night, the ninth seeded Indians returned the favor to the No. 24 Red Devils, defeating them by scores of 25-21, 25-17, 23-25, 25-22 in the first round of the District 1 Class AAA playoffs.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:31 -0400 2014-10-23T16:52:31-04:00 2014-10-23T16:52:58-04:00