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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:58:35 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Avon Grove schools developing five-year plan for education]]> PENN >> The Avon Grove School district is moving through the current stage in the process of creating it's new five year strategic plan.

Started in the spring, the plan entitled "Creating Our Future Together", is being facilitated by Dr. Andy Hegedus of Demosophia LLC, a local consulting firm.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:56:43 -0400 2014-09-02T13:56:43-04:00 2014-09-02T13:56:47-04:00
<![CDATA[Family mourns the loss of second son]]> AVONDALE >> Raziel Mireles, who died on Aug. 25 in a drowning accident at Nixon Park in Kennett Square, will be remembered as "… a good example of helpfulness and joy. He was never angry or depressed," said Sister Mary Sorrows of St. Rocco Church in Avondale.

Raziel, 17, was a senior at Avon Grove High School.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:52:53 -0400 2014-09-02T09:52:53-04:00 2014-09-02T13:50:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Big plays doom Oxford]]> OXFORD >> Though Oxford and Solanco are in different counties and leagues, Friday's nonleague matchup of neighbors had a rivalry game feel to it. The stands on both sides were packed, with only standing room available.

The raucous crowd was treated to a hotly contested, if sloppily played game, as Solanco used two bug pass plays to eke out a 21-15 victory.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:58:43 -0400 2014-09-02T09:58:43-04:00 2014-09-02T09:58:45-04:00
<![CDATA[Football: Running game, Dunleavy powers Blue Demons]]> LONDON GROVE >> Two teams that had very tough 2013 campaigns showed the rest of the Ches-Mont League that things may be different this season. Kennett and Avon Grove put on a spirited show of hard-nosed football Friday night in nonleague action.

Kennett took the opener behind a very strong running game and a junior quarterback, Nick Dunlevy, who ran the Blue Demon option offense to perfection as the visiting Blue Demons downed a very game Avon Grove team, 28-13, in opening night action.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:24:01 -0400 2014-09-01T12:24:01-04:00 2014-09-01T14:51:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Lightning strike possible in New Garden barn fire]]> Fire tore through a barn near the intersection of Newark and Buttonwood roads in New Garden on Sunday. A witness said the blaze may have been caused by a lightning strike, though that could not immediately be confirmed with fire officials. Avondale was among the fire companies responding to the fire.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:50:21 -0400 2014-09-01T14:50:21-04:00 2014-09-01T14:50:31-04:00
<![CDATA[Wackerman retires from Kennett Senior Center]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> The man who gained the affection of area residents for his leadership at the Kennett Senior Center was honored with a large banquet on Thursday.

Harry Wackerman capped off his 11 years of running the Book Shoppe, Sunday dinners and Friday night bingo by circulating the room and thanking all of the 100-plus guests who came to honor him.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:26:53 -0400 2014-09-01T12:26:53-04:00 2014-09-01T12:27:14-04:00
<![CDATA[Get ChescoReady!]]> WEST GOSHEN >> Amy Kate Amer knows what it is like to suffer through a natural emergency, and wants residents of Chester County to have a small bulwark against that possibility.

At the first gusts of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Amer lost power at her family's home in Valley. Her mother and son were forced to shower and sleep at a nearby fire station, and even though she works at the county Department of Emergency Services (DES) as a community outreach coordinator, she had no more inside information on when PECO would get around to restoring her electricity than any of her neighbors.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:18:20 -0400 2014-09-01T12:18:20-04:00 2014-09-01T12:18:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Let the club do some work!]]> You paid all that money for those clubs. Let them do some of the work in your swing! On the left side, you can see this student's left arm starting to bend at the elbow as the club enters the impact zone. You may have heard this called 'the chicken wing" motion through impact. He was fighting right shots that take off to the right of the target and then go farther right.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:19:25 -0400 2014-08-30T16:19:25-04:00 2014-08-30T16:19:28-04:00
<![CDATA[Off-road riders gather for fellowship and fun]]> OXFORD >> Country Chrysler was the place to be on Friday for folks who consider Jeeps and ATVs to be part of the family.

The evening of country music, fireworks and displaying their adored vehicles was the idea of Gordon Atkisson, president of the company. He said he knew lots of customers and other members of the community are fond of fixing up their wheels and riding around on rugged territory, so it was only natural to offer them a pleasant night together at no cost to them.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:33 -0400 2014-08-29T13:51:33-04:00 2014-08-29T13:52:12-04:00
<![CDATA[Sports are more than Friday night lights]]> In 1973, Sports Illustrated magazine featured on its cover the photo of a 3-year-old male horse -- Triple Crown Winner Secretariat. ESPN named him the 35th best athlete of the 20th century and he is still remembered fondly.

Last week, 41 years later, that magazine placed on its cover 13-year-old, female Little League player Mo'ne Davis, who pitched her team to the semifinals of the national championships at Williamsport in the World Series.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:38:58 -0400 2014-08-29T13:38:58-04:00 2014-08-29T13:39:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Avon Grove graduate competes in IRONMAN Lake Placid]]> It was something Mike Rogers has hoped to do since he was a kid and, finally, in the summer after he graduated from Avon Grove High School, he took the chance to become an Ironman.

"It was something I always wanted to do because my dad had been doing it for about eight or nine years now," Rogers said.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:09:33 -0400 2014-08-28T10:09:33-04:00 2014-08-28T23:58:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Finding fruits of the sea in Acadia Park]]> On our annual summer vacation in Maine, we spend most of our time in and around Acadia National Park, a destination for our family since we were kids. It's an incredibly beautiful area, and either from hikes on the high trails or walks along the rocky coast, the views are varied and spectacular.

Last week, on a roadway right along the shore, I found shrub roses growing wild.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:15:33 -0400 2014-08-28T20:15:33-04:00 2014-08-28T22:04:25-04:00
<![CDATA[Mushrooms: Delicious and healthy food]]> Mushrooms, mushrooms everywhere! Mushrooms have been used as food and medicines for thousands of years. Many people enjoy eating various types of mushrooms, in both raw and cooked forms. Most are grown in Chester County, in the town of Kennett Square and its surrounding area, which is also known as "The Mushroom Capital of the World.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:18:55 -0400 2014-08-28T20:18:55-04:00 2014-08-28T20:18:57-04:00
<![CDATA[Police urge caution on roadways during Labor Day weekend]]> As the summer's final holiday weekend approaches police are stepping up traffic safety enforcement in an effort to reduce the number of deaths on the state's roadways.

Police departments across the county will target aggressive driving behavior like running red lights, speeding, and tailgating as part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:34 -0400 2014-08-28T16:19:34-04:00 2014-08-28T16:19:40-04:00
<![CDATA[DOWNWIND: Unusual art exhibit at the Brandyine River Museum]]> The Brandywine River Museum of Art has a really big show with works by East Buffalo, New York, artist watercolorist Charles Burchfield, (1893 to 1967). His long career as an artist inspired a horde of people to attend the opening last weekend, including two buses, one from Buffalo, which is a long ways away.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:03:28 -0400 2014-08-28T10:03:28-04:00 2014-08-28T10:03:32-04:00