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, 05 Mar 2015 06:03:26 -0500 60 <![CDATA[The reason behind the library name change]]> The Board of Trustees for the Kennett Public Library (KPL) recently made a big decision, two decisions in fact. The first decision, made last year, was to build a new library on property the library already owns at Waywood Road, .8 miles from the library's current location. The second decision, made at our January Board meeting this year was to change the name of the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library to the Kennett Public Library.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:43:56 -0500 2015-03-03T12:43:56-05:00 2015-03-03T12:43:56-05:00
<![CDATA[Empty Bowls the latest successful fundraiser]]> There are many great fundraisers staged in southern Chester County. It's no wonder, considering nearly 9 percent of families and 1,903 children ages 5 to 17 live in poverty in the Kennett Consolidated, Avon Grove, Unionville-Chadds Ford and Oxford Area school districts.

As startling as those figures are, they represent a 65 percent increase in childhood poverty in southern Chester County in the past five years.

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:38:25 -0500 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00 2015-03-03T12:38:25-05:00
<![CDATA[It's on the House: Be sure to test your home for dangerous levels of radon]]> Last month we explored the five tips to prepare for a pre-listing home inspection: be honest and upfront, clean your gutters, clear access to attics and crawlspaces, check lightbulbs and have your appliances in working order.

The goal of this column is to share important information that will save you time and money, and in today's column, maybe even save a life.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:40 -0500 2015-02-26T17:45:40-05:00 2015-02-26T17:45:40-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: The countdown to spring is on]]> It may not feel like it, but many great things are just around the corner. We are just about two weeks away from daylight savings time and then our evenings will be longer and brighter. Another two weeks after that it will officially be spring.

Since we are in the southeastern corner of the state, we have an earlier opening day of trout season than most of the rest of the state.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:43:37 -0500 2015-02-26T17:43:37-05:00 2015-02-26T17:43:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Are holidays losing their meaning?]]> It wasn't heresy, and there was surely no malice intended. But the announcement that two local churches were engaged in delivering what they called "drive thru ashes" last week was definitely in bad taste and demeaned the spirit of the day known as Ash Wednesday.

We earlier decried the bad behavior of shoppers on Black Friday, when they pushed, shoved and generally acted uncivilized in the shopping centers as they tried to get bargains for Christmas.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:42:11 -0500 2015-02-26T17:42:11-05:00 2015-02-26T17:42:11-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: And the award goes to. ...]]> Had enough of bitterly cold temperatures and the threat of snow, sleet and black ice? Happily, the Philadelphia Flower Show is scheduled to burst into bloom in just over a week. Without getting on a plane, you'll be able to transport yourself to a place full of color and light and the heady aromas of fresh-turned soil and flowers in bloom.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:24:22 -0500 2015-02-25T17:24:22-05:00 2015-02-25T17:24:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Performance Golf: Control your hips, control your swing!]]> My student is showing a lot of leg here at impact -- you can see his left leg from this down the line view. This golfer was suffering from a club path that headed way too far out to the right of the target line through impact, at times more than 10 degrees. That path caused big pushes to the right as well as big hooks to the left.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:16:25 -0500 2015-02-23T16:16:25-05:00 2015-02-23T16:16:25-05:00
<![CDATA[Our view: Police chiefs Simpson, Zunino providing effective leadership]]> Residents of Kennett Square, Kennett Township and New Garden Township are fortunate to have not only extremely competent full-time police forces, but police chiefs who have great leadership skills.

New Garden Police Chief Gerald Simpson was named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year last week, an award issued by the Chester County District Attorney's office.

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 11:35:05 -0500 2015-02-06T11:35:05-05:00 2015-02-06T11:35:05-05:00
<![CDATA[MLK's words ring true in Kennett and the world]]> On the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we recall these words spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Aug. 28, 1963, by Dr. King.

The challenges to come together and rise above circumstances remain, and the message is as important to all Americans as ever. Following are excerpts from Dr.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:32:03 -0500 2015-01-27T10:32:03-05:00 2015-01-27T10:35:18-05:00
<![CDATA[Exciting Jamie Wyeth show creates a mob scene]]> It is always pleasing to be invited to the opening of an important art show, and the Brandywine River Museum of Art created it last weekend. It opened the largest retrospective exhibition of work by artist Jamie Wyeth, and it is a fascinating show. It shows the growth of his talent and approach from his early childhood drawings over six decades to his latest dramatic paintings.

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:20:22 -0500 2015-01-27T10:20:22-05:00 2015-01-27T10:20:22-05:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: Jamie Wyeth retrospective coming to Brandwyine River Museum of Art]]> The first major retrospective of the art of Jamie Wyeth will open at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Jan. 17 and run through April 5. The show will feature more than 100 works and examines six decades of his work which pretty much covers his entire life as he was born in 1946. By beginning with his earliest drawings the evolution of his creative process may be studied.

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:42:37 -0500 2015-01-12T10:42:37-05:00 2015-01-12T10:42:38-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Looking back and looking forward]]> This week we are well into the beginning of 2015. Before leaping ahead, I want to pause a moment in the doorway of this new year and look back to remember some of the people who made the past year special for me. It is such a privilege to be invited into someone's garden, and I am grateful to those who welcomed me so generously.

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:41:35 -0500 2015-01-12T10:41:35-05:00 2015-01-12T10:41:37-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: New Years resolutions and more]]> And there we have it, another year in the books.

I can't believe it. Did any of you go watch the big mushroom drop? I haven't done that yet, but it will be on my bucket list to do some day. For now, with two little kids, who am I kidding -- we don't stay up until midnight. It looks like a lot of fun though and I'm glad that our region has another fun thing to be known for.

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:54:31 -0500 2015-01-10T13:54:31-05:00 2015-01-10T13:54:33-05:00
<![CDATA[Reason for Kennett Square's success lies in the people]]> "We're a booming town and we're getting bigger and bigger. We're a happening town now."

Those words were spoken by Michael Uhle of Kennett Square, on New Year's Eve, about 15 minutes before the drop of a huge 500-pound stainless steel mushroom.

Uhle is right. While other small boroughs in Chester County and other counties throughout Pennsylvania struggle to remain vibrant, Kennett Square has found the formula.

Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:47:22 -0500 2015-01-10T13:47:22-05:00 2015-01-10T13:47:24-05:00
<![CDATA[My Two Cents: What happened to human innovation]]> An article in Aeon magazine asked the question: "Why has human progress ground to a halt? Yes we still are inventing things, but most are simply improvements of things already developed. For new technology, it is not at the pace of what they referred to as the golden era from 1945-1971. Those years just happen to be the New Deal years that FDR set in motion in 1932.

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 17:24:20 -0500 2015-01-05T17:24:20-05:00 2015-01-05T17:24:22-05:00