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, 30 Sep 2014 01:57:37 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Legislative note: Threats to our freedom remain]]> Like many other Americans, I'll never forget where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. I saw firsthand the damage to the Pentagon, passing plumes of black smoke rising as I drove to the Capitol on that morning.

These horrific attacks, which killed over 3,000 innocent people, were sudden, and jolted the country out of a decade of relative calm after the downfall of communism.

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:27:34 -0400 2014-09-29T11:27:34-04:00 2014-09-29T11:27:36-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: The year of no hydrangea blossoms]]> There are two great reasons for growing hydrangeas. First, the blossoms are born in lovely, showy heads. Second, hydrangeas are reliable, blooming year after year without much effort on the part of the gardener. Typically, what growers mostly concern themselves with is getting the acidity of the soil right, depending on whether they prefer pink (neutral to alkaline soil) or blue (acidic soil) flowers.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:11:31 -0400 2014-09-28T11:11:31-04:00 2014-09-28T11:11:37-04:00
<![CDATA[New Andrew Wyeth Exhibit at Brandywine River Museum of Art]]> Artist Andrew Wyeth created thousands of watercolor and pencil drawings over his seven-decade career. Luckily for us he didn't throw them away. A new exhibit at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, "Andrew Wyeth: Lines of Thought" is composed of 23 studies that were created outdoors or from memory in the studio as a basis for four paintings, also on display.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:08:00 -0400 2014-09-28T11:08:00-04:00 2014-09-28T11:08:02-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Plenty more things to do in the fall]]> We are so lucky to be having such a spectacular fall season. Here are more events that you and your family may be interested in.

Marvels of the monarch

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, from noon to 2 p.m., at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311.

Come out to Bucktoe Creek Preserve to learn about the fascinating life cycle and amazing migration of the beautiful monarch butterfly.

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:04:33 -0400 2014-09-28T11:04:33-04:00 2014-09-28T11:04:39-04:00
<![CDATA[Paul Revere, where were you?]]> On Saturday, Sept. 13, when the residents of Kennett Square were about to brush their teeth and go to bed, a funny thing happened. There was no water.

According to some reports and gossip, a lot of folks wondered right off the bat if their most recent water bill payment checks had bounced or if something was wrong with the pipes leading into their houses.

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:34:40 -0400 2014-09-24T11:34:40-04:00 2014-09-24T11:34:43-04:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: Symphony opener is a triumph in West Chester]]> The opening concert of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre in West Chester can be described as nothing less than an exciting triumph. It started with a sold out performance. Board President Paul Merluzzi in his introductory speech urged the audience to welcome the new music director not with the polite applause usual for classic music lovers but more like a stadium enthusiasm, and he received it.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:25:56 -0400 2014-09-22T13:25:56-04:00 2014-09-22T13:26:06-04:00
<![CDATA[My Two Cents: The Millenials -- How they could affect our society]]>

There's been a lot of talk lately about the demographic group known as the Millennials. They see the world differently from the Babyboomers, and even more so from the Silent Generation. Here is the breakdown on the various generation groups.

The Silent Generation was born between the years 1928 and 1946.

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:55:22 -0400 2014-09-22T12:55:22-04:00 2014-09-22T12:55:25-04:00
<![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[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[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[More great fall activities for you and your family]]> Some weeks I have a love/hate relationship with doing this column. I love learning about all the outdoor possibilities in our area and I love that all these fun activities are delivered right to my inbox for my choosing. The hate part is that there simply are not enough hours in a week to do as many of them as I would like.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:03:20 -0400 2014-09-14T19:03:20-04:00 2014-09-14T19:03:22-04:00
<![CDATA[Festival benefits outlive the day]]> For several years now, there has been some criticism of the annual Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square -- or the fact that the town closes down for two days to make room for it.

Essentially, those who are unhappy with it have several complaints:

The first is that it prevents local shop owners from opening their stores to business, and they lose a day's profits.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:35:23 -0400 2014-09-12T19:35:23-04:00 2014-09-12T19:35:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Outdoor festivals have a rough interruption]]> With crowds attending both the Chadds Ford Days and Mushroom Festival this past weekend, a sudden deluge of rain on Saturday was an unwelcome visitor. There was nothing to do but close the festivals down. At the Chadds Ford Days, longtime volunteer George Franz timed it perfectly, closing the festival 20 minutes before the storm.

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:19:42 -0400 2014-09-10T16:19:42-04:00 2014-09-10T16:19:50-04:00