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 13:29:32 -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[Seventh-grade Kennett Middle student charged in bomb threats]]> NEW GARDEN >> Criminal charges have been filed against a seventh-grade Kennett Middle School student who police say made two separate bomb threats at the school in the past several weeks. Because she is a juvenile, her name is not being released.

The first threat was made Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 2:34 p.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:11:01 -0400 2014-10-30T13:11:01-04:00 2014-10-30T13:11:03-04:00
<![CDATA[Live round found in Kennett Middle School classroom]]> NEW GARDEN >> A live rifle round was discovered in a sixth-grade classroom at Kennett Middle School by the cleaning crew early Wednesday morning, prompting a soft lockdown as a safety precaution.

A thorough search of the school was conducted with the aid of police K-9 units. Message alerts were promptly sent to all parents of children in the middle school.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:06:48 -0400 2014-10-30T13:06:48-04:00 2014-10-30T13:06:50-04:00
<![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[Regional police plan proposed for Kennett area]]> KENNETT SQUARE >> A study to determine whether four municipalities - home to 35,000 people - should form a regional police authority was completed this week, and if it gets a good public reception, regional policing could be in place sometime next year.

Last week, members of the state Department of Community and Economic Development met with elected officials in Kennett Square Borough, Kennett, New Garden and London Grove townships that are considering joining forces.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:53:12 -0400 2014-10-28T12:53:12-04:00 2014-10-28T12:53:19-04:00
<![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[Ice Hockey: Unionville opens season with win over Henderson]]> WEST GOSHEN >> If you like goals and chippy hockey, then the season opener between Unionville and West Chester Henderson was your game Monday night.

The game was intense, with a goal being scored within the first 45 seconds, and it never let up from there as Unionville (1-0) came away with a 6-5 victory.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:16:18 -0400 2014-10-28T11:16:18-04:00 2014-10-28T11:16:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Miguel Alban to receive Legacy Award]]> KENNETT >> Miguel Alban doesn't do what he does to win awards, but even so he is grateful to be one of five recipients of a Chester County Community Foundation Legacy award/philanthropy.

Alban, a Peruvian with a law degree from University of Piura in his native land (plus a master's in international law from Temple University) will receive his Thanks for Caring award from the Community Foundation at a Nov.

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:58:49 -0400 2014-10-27T11:58:49-04:00 2014-10-27T11:58:56-04:00