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 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:07:22 -0400 60 <![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Mulching: It's not just for springtime]]> When I was out walking Tuesday morning, I stopped to chat with one of my neighbors, who was applying mulch to a newly-weeded and watered perennial bed. I was impressed by her efforts (I'm behind in my garden chores, as is usual just lately). I was also impressed that she had purchased the load of mulch from our township yard for half the springtime price -- a late-season benefit.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:30:48 -0400 2014-10-17T10:30:48-04:00 2014-10-17T10:30:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Take the time to honor firefighters this week]]> When local firefighters stage activities for National Fire Prevention Week this week, they are following a tradition that began with commemorating one of the worst fire disasters of all time.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, in which hundreds of people were killed and thousands of buildings destroyed, is far removed from the smoke detector alerts and stop-drop-and-roll drills of today's fire prevention activities, but the focus is the same.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:29:34 -0400 2014-10-17T10:29:34-04:00 2014-10-17T10:29:38-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Go for a hayride]]> Nothing says autumn more than a family hayride. And once again, the state parks in Delaware are offering hayrides for individuals or you can sign up as a group. These are the Delaware State Parks that are offering hayrides this fall. Some of them are also offering s'mores and campfires as an add-on.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:26:22 -0400 2014-10-17T10:26:22-04:00 2014-10-17T10:26:29-04:00
<![CDATA[My Two Cents: Time for schools to go Old School]]> It's not often that a news item from Wilmington will make the cut and appear on Philly TV news, but 17-year-old Emily Schaeffer, a student at Brandywine High made the cut. Ms. Schaeffer was sent home from school for wearing clothing that would be a distraction to the teen boys. She was wearing stretch pants.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:23:28 -0400 2014-10-17T10:23:28-04:00 2014-10-17T10:23:30-04:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: Classics at Brandwyn draw a big crowd]]> The vintage and super car show given at Brantwyn the other week to benefit the Kennett Symphjony of Chester County began with many people arriving late. The autos had already been on a tour through the countryside when everyone congregated for Lamberghini Bellinzs while they watched the parage of classic cars.

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:21:29 -0400 2014-10-14T13:21:29-04:00 2014-10-14T13:21:40-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Garlic is easy to grow and fun to harvest]]> Over the years, I've tried late-summer/fall plantings of lettuce, spinach and peas, but discovered that as much as I hated to see the full growing season come to an end, I was in fact ready to enjoy a rest for a while. And, to be honest, my fall crops never did very well. Except for garlic.

Technically, garlic isn't really a fall crop since it doesn't get harvested until the summer.

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:26:32 -0400 2014-10-11T15:26:32-04:00 2014-10-11T15:26:35-04:00
<![CDATA[Warm apple pie or the complexities of farming?]]> For 90 years or so (we aren't sure about those war years) Unionville has held an annual farm show.

Early on it was a reflection of the culture of the community -- an actual demonstration by the boys in the agriculture class of their best corn (and there were a lot of those guys back then).

Through the years it has changed from the Farm Show to the Community Fair.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:27:47 -0400 2014-10-10T16:27:47-04:00 2014-10-10T16:27:51-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Sky tour coming to Anson B. Nixon Park]]> Next weekend there will be a Sky Tour at Anson B. Nixon Park. What is a sky tour? The program provides an orientation to the stars and planets with the help of a green laser light, which makes it easier to follow the leaders as they visit (point) to the stars. As the sky darkens we can see several star clusters and nebula in the southern sky not far from the constellation Sagittarius, which has the shape of a huge teapot.

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:20:10 -0400 2014-10-10T16:20:10-04:00 2014-10-10T16:20:21-04:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: Rockwell Kent documentary featured at Brandywine River Museum of Art]]> Most people know about the artist Rockwell Kent, (1882 to 1971) but the people are not familiar with his adventurous travels to difficult places like Tierra del Fuego, Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia, and an attempt to sail Cape Horn. The film shows his art over seven decades. Kent's work created work for 50 books, influencing many artists in his day and even in the modern day, such as Jamie Wyeth.

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:29:52 -0400 2014-10-08T11:29:52-04:00 2014-10-08T11:29:54-04:00
<![CDATA[The Millenials -- How they could affect our society]]> The Millennials are the demographic group born after 1980. The oldest members of their group are now beginning to get involved in the political process, so their views and beliefs will greatly affect the rest of us as they eventually take over the reigns of government. This is part two of this article, part one was published in my previous column; if you missed it, check out the online edition of the Avon Grove Sun.

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:16:43 -0400 2014-10-05T07:16:43-04:00 2014-10-05T07:16:44-04:00
<![CDATA[Gaining inspiration from the Big Apple March]]> I spent an embarrassing amount of time this past week, wondering what I should write about. I was feeling gloomy; caught up in what is an odd and sometimes unsettling time of year for me, with the shortening of daylight hours and the easing of the intensity of the sun's rays.

"Garlic," I thought, finally.

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:15:48 -0400 2014-10-05T07:15:48-04:00 2014-10-05T07:16:15-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Greet the autumnal equinox with a trip to Longwood]]> Happy autumnal equinox everyone!

There is so much to do in beautiful southern Chester County this time of year. I am excited that this year, Longwood Gardens is going to have a pumpkin playground this year for kids. It opens next week and there is no additional charge with your Longwood Gardens admission.

Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:36:59 -0400 2014-10-02T10:36:59-04:00 2014-10-02T10:37:10-04:00
<![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