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 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:43:35 -0500 60 <![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
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Reflections on the gifts of every season]]> When I was a child, one of the things I looked forward to at the holidays was my father's annual reading of the story, "Christmas Every Day." Written in 1892 by William Dean Howell, the story tells of a young girl who asks her papa to tell her a story. In compliance, her father weaves a tale of a girl about his daughter's age who petitions the Christmas fairy to let it be Christmas every day.

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:12:24 -0500 2015-01-05T00:12:24-05:00 2015-01-05T00:12:26-05:00
<![CDATA[Smart Money: The ins and outs of 529 college savings plans]]> For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children's college education -- or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you're trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age.

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:06:56 -0500 2015-01-05T00:06:56-05:00 2015-01-05T00:06:59-05:00
<![CDATA[Smart Health: Concussions -- What parents and athletes must know]]> Extreme physical sports such as football, soccer (headers), lacrosse, hockey, equestrian, and any other sport where physical impacts occur repeatedly can increase the likelihood of injuries and concussions.

According to the CDC, children should engage in physical activity 60 minutes each day, and when increasing training, no more than 10 percent in intensity and time should be added each week.

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:34:17 -0500 2015-01-03T17:34:17-05:00 2015-01-03T17:34:19-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Enjoying the holiday week]]> I hope everyone had exactly the kind of Christmas that they wanted. Mine was quite good. My husband and I usually aren't big on exchanging gifts with each other, but this year he went overboard. I asked for two birdfeeders. We have a big pole in the yard with four hanging hooks and over time, two of the feeders got broken (darned squirrels!) and had to be thrown out.

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:31:42 -0500 2015-01-03T17:31:42-05:00 2015-01-03T17:31:45-05:00
<![CDATA[Smart Money: Be smart, keep an eye on your identity]]> You'd have to be living under a rock not to be concerned about identity theft. It seems like every other month there's a new report about another massive data breach somewhere in the world.

Not surprisingly, a thriving industry has sprung up around helping to protect consumers from identity theft.

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:31:36 -0500 2015-01-02T12:31:36-05:00 2015-01-02T12:31:38-05:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: The 33rd Christmas in Miniature]]> If in all the hurry and bustle of Christmas being so close to Thanksgiving has thrown your Christmas shopping out of kilter, stop by the Chadds Ford Gallery by Dec. 31. The collection of knock out small paintings done by local artists is amazing. It is hard not to see at least five paintings that you would like to have in your home.

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:22:49 -0500 2015-01-02T12:22:49-05:00 2015-01-02T12:22:51-05:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Spinning some Christmas magic]]> I've wished many times that I had a better image of it; but taken years ago on my old "flip" cell phone, the photo is grainy and a bit fuzzy. And I was never able to send photos from my phone, so I don't have a copy to share with you. Which is really too bad.

The photo I'm remembering was taken during one of our summer trips to Acadia National Park.

Fri, 02 Jan 2015 12:21:45 -0500 2015-01-02T12:21:45-05:00 2015-01-02T12:21:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Christmas 2014: The good, the bad and the ugly]]> The late weeks of December are widely labelled, "The most wonderful time of the year."

They are called that for good reason, because even beyond the obvious holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ, even those who are not Christian -- or even believers in a traditional deity -- can still find joy and celebration in this season.

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