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, 18 Sep 2014 01:40:21 -0400 60 <![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
<![CDATA[Some funny things in the news]]> Did you see the humorous photo making its way around the internet and Facebook this week? The one I'm referring to is the photo of the scene just after Dorothy throws a bucket of water on the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz. The photo shows her clothes with her witches hat all crumbled up on the ground, because the witch melted.

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:08:47 -0400 2014-09-05T18:08:47-04:00 2014-09-05T18:08:50-04:00
<![CDATA[Ride horses better and prevent injury]]> Rev up your engines, with horsepower, that is! Equestrian events are here! Whether a jump, trot, race or show, you may find that pain, muscle spasms and imbalance prevent personal best performance when riding. Pain in the lower back, neck, hips, shoulders, knees and wrists often sidelines riders can limit participation in sporting activities they enjoy.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:26:38 -0400 2014-09-04T20:26:38-04:00 2014-09-04T20:26:40-04:00
<![CDATA[Two big festivals coming this weekend]]> The first Festival is the 49th annual Chadds Ford Days, when time goes back to Colonial times with vendors offering quality handmade crafts and a huge art show. They have added more musicians with a big mix of different styles of music. At noon the schedule for both days has the duo of McGraw & McLaughlin, at 4:30 p.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:20:12 -0400 2014-09-04T20:20:12-04:00 2014-09-04T20:20:13-04:00
<![CDATA[Weeds don't get in the way of this garden]]> Wallace Township resident Howard Frysinger is what you might call an inventive gardener. His knowledge of growing food and an inquisitive, do-it-yourself nature, along with the time constraints of a full-time job, seem to have led him to practice a unique style of gardening. It helps that he grew up on a farm and learned how to grow food early on; he has an instinct for it.

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:18:59 -0400 2014-09-04T20:18:59-04:00 2014-09-04T20:19:24-04:00
<![CDATA[Plenty to do in September]]> Ah, September. I think it's my favorite month of the year. As long as we don't have a hurricane, it's also usually our driest month. Admittedly, this year's September is a bit of a downer for me. This is our first year in many that we are not going to the beach during the second week. Now that I have two kids in school, we just weren't comfortable pulling them out of school, especially my younger son, since this is his first year of kindergarten, I didn't want to disrupt his schedule when he is getting used to a new routine and new friendships are forming.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:57:07 -0400 2014-09-03T17:57:07-04:00 2014-09-03T17:57:10-04:00
<![CDATA[Rescue crews demonstrated just how good they are]]> The tragedy at Anson B. Nixon Park last week when a young man drowned in a pond there cast an air of sadness in the community. But it also showed us just how professional and proficient our local emergency responders are in dealing with these types of situations.

Raziel Mireles, who had just started his senior year at Avon Grove High School, drowned shortly after trying to retrieve a soccer ball from the pond.

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:54:01 -0400 2014-09-03T17:54:01-04:00 2014-09-03T17:54:04-04:00
<![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[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