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 Sep 2014 21:53:38 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Spotlight of the Week: Kennett Y swimmer is All-American]]> HOCKESSIN, Delaware >> Alicia Diaz can't remember exactly when it was that she realized she was a really good swimmer, but she guesses it was when she was about 9 years old.

She was competing in a meet and won and was suddenly told afterward that her time had qualified her for district competition.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:04:16 -0400 2014-09-18T12:04:16-04:00 2014-09-18T12:04:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Aunt and uncle find worms in blackberries]]> A couple of weeks ago, I had my first opportunity to visit my aunt and uncle at their new "digs" at a retirement center near Princeton, New Jersey. Knowing how much I love gardening, before I left, they showed me their plot in the center's community garden. There wasn't much produce left at this time of year -- there were some zinnias, a few herbs and a dwindling squash vine -- but they had had a lot of fun and enjoyed some great vegetables from it earlier in the season.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:55:00 -0400 2014-09-18T11:55:00-04:00 2014-09-18T11:55:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Boys Soccer: Wood's save fuels Warriors]]> WEST CHESTER >> With time expiring in the first half, James Wood saw Avon Grove's Jamie Pettus coming toward him in a one-on-one breakaway.

The West Chester Henderson goalie knew his team had a one goal lead and controlled possession throughout the opening half. Giving up a goal in that situation would certainly have changed the whole complexion of the game.

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:53:13 -0400 2014-09-18T11:53:13-04:00 2014-09-18T11:53:29-04:00
<![CDATA[Superintendent comments on Class Pride Day]]> PENN >> Avon Grove School District Superintendent Christopher Marchese wants to get the disruptive behavior out of Class Pride Day at the Avon Grove High School. During the Thursday, Sept. 11 school board meeting, Marchese talked about the good and bad of the annual event that has been an issue in the district for years.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:08:49 -0400 2014-09-17T10:08:49-04:00 2014-09-17T10:08:53-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Missed opportunities spell doom for Lincoln]]> LOWER OXFORD >> A little more than a week removed from a big win over arch-rival Cheyney in its season opener, a game played before a packed house and a national TV audience, Lincoln took the field against North Carolina Wesleyan in a downpour, before a sparse crowd.

There was a difference on the field as well as in atmosphere Sept.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:02:46 -0400 2014-09-17T10:02:46-04:00 2014-09-17T10:02:49-04:00
<![CDATA[Emergency notifications: No more government mandates!]]> Following an unprecedented water main break that left just about every household in Kennett Square without water last Sunday, residents are demanding emergency notifications be done in a better way.

Most residents of Kennett Square awoke Sunday morning to find little or no water pressure. Toilets wouldn't flush.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:01:02 -0400 2014-09-17T10:01:02-04:00 2014-09-17T10:01:05-04:00
<![CDATA[In any season, expanded Meadow Garden informs and delights]]>

This past June, with an appropriate amount of fanfare and celebration, Longwood Gardens opened the gate to its newest accomplishment: the expanded Meadow Garden. The meadow had always been there, but for those who wanted to enjoy Nature away from the crowds, there was nothing to do, really, but to walk the loop trail.

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:57:40 -0400 2014-09-17T09:57:40-04:00 2014-09-17T09:57:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Under 26? Stay on your parent's health plan]]> In their quest to land a job, any job, many young adults will sacrifice what used to be called "fringe benefits" to gain a foot in the door. But many entry-level jobs either offer no healthcare benefits, or the employee's cost share is prohibitive for someone barely making minimum wage. Add to the equation that most 20-somethings are in good health and rarely visit the doctor and it's easy to see why many will forego health insurance in favor of paying other bills.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:02:15 -0400 2014-09-16T20:02:15-04:00 2014-09-16T20:02:18-04:00
<![CDATA[Skateboarders come from afar to Franklin event]]> FRANKLIN >> The wheels were spinning on the pathways at Crossan Park Sunday as more than 50 skateboarders from miles away showed up for a competition.

The event was hosted by Faceplant Boardriders, and its president, Robert Wheeler.

Wheeler, 24, is the founder of the company, and he said he's been in love with skateboarding since he was very young.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:35 -0400 2014-09-16T19:30:35-04:00 2014-09-16T19:30:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Oxford council addresses taxing issues]]> OXFORD >> Oxford Borough Council meeting started early on Monday to discuss the first draft of the budget for 2015. At this point there is no tax increase proposed, but there was discussion of where items might need to be increased.

The total budget amount is going up by approximately $90,000, but revenues are going up due to new construction.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:29:12 -0400 2014-09-16T19:29:12-04:00 2014-09-16T19:29:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Former New Garden supervisor starts prison term]]> WEST CHESTER >> A contrite former New Garden supervisor was led from a Common Pleas Courtroom Tuesday by sheriff's deputies to begin serving a state prison sentence for possession of child pornography.

Warren Reynolds, 53, offered an apology to Judge Anthony Sarcione for his crimes and said that he was grateful to his wife, family, and other members of the New Garden community for standing by him since his arrest on the charges in June 2013.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:17:38 -0400 2014-09-15T23:17:38-04:00 2014-09-15T23:17:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Unionville spoils Avon Grove's homecoming]]> WEST GROVE >> On Saturday afternoon, there was excitement, energy and spirit all around Avon Grove High School's campus before kickoff due to Homecoming festivities. However, once the ball was kicked off, smiles turned to frowns as Unionville rolled to a 36-0 victory in the non-league contest.

The Indians dominated on defense and showcased how assertive their running game could be, racking up 279 yards on the ground.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:02:59 -0400 2014-09-15T23:02:59-04:00 2014-09-15T23:03:10-04:00
<![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 2014-09-16T20:05:46-04:00
<![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