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 Dec 2014 18:03:06 -0500 60 <![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Bringing the vegetable garden indoors]]> When cold weather looms, many vegetable gardeners do what they can to extend the growing season: cover tender plants with floating row-covers, put straw or other mulch over root crops, and plant a "fall garden" of cold-tolerant varieties to improve our chances.

Many books have been written about getting more our of the garden during the cold months, but now a new book, "Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-Round Vegetable Garden," takes winter growing in a whole new direction -- indoors!

I want to point out that "kitchen gardening" doesn't mean that all the plants will be grown in the kitchen.

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:02:23 -0500 2014-12-18T16:02:23-05:00 2014-12-18T16:02:31-05:00
<![CDATA[Rioting is not the answer for recent police incidents]]> Rioting in the street, blocking traffic and looting stores miss the mark as solutions to curbing police brutality or aggression toward blacks. Those problems take disciplined dialogue, deep reflection on the nature of violence and defining the role of law enforcement at local and national levels.

In recent months there have been noteworthy instances of police actually killing unarmed young black men who should at the most have been simply arrested and taken in for questioning.

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:52:51 -0500 2014-12-17T18:52:51-05:00 2014-12-17T18:52:55-05:00
<![CDATA[Generosity abounds in Chester County]]> Recently, Forbes released its list of America's best places to raise a family, and Chester County placed eighth. And according to real estate company Movoto, Chester County is the fourth best place in America to live. Indeed, Chester County is the 24th wealthiest county in the nation, according to Forbes, with a median annual household income of $84,741.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:53:02 -0500 2014-12-11T16:53:02-05:00 2014-12-11T16:53:04-05:00
<![CDATA[Downwind: Longwood Gardens Christmas show is for the birds]]> Longwood Gardens is the most beautiful this Christmas I have ever seen, and that's going some. The initial view on entering the conservancy is exquisite with bright red set off by lots of white and silver trees and flowers. This entrance is so beautiful visitors have to wait their turn to take photos of their children in this gorgeous setting.

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:01:02 -0500 2014-12-03T19:01:02-05:00 2014-12-03T19:01:43-05:00
<![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.

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 16:08:13 -0500 2014-12-02T16:08:13-05:00 2014-12-02T16:08:15-05:00
<![CDATA[Let's end homelessness in our community]]> If you were in Kennett Square last Friday, you probably saw people carrying posters, walking about town. At first glance, it appears they are picketers, but get close enough, and you can read the signs. "There are 1.7 million homeless teens in the U.S.," or "Do you have a warm place to sleep tonight?," or "Did you know 39 percent of the homeless population is young people under age 18.

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:01:33 -0500 2014-11-25T11:01:33-05:00 2014-11-25T11:11:47-05:00
<![CDATA[Why did they vote Republican?]]> Anyone who has followed the most recent mid-term election knows that the Republican Party picked up enough votes to gain control of the U.S. Senate and retain control of the House of Representatives.

During the last election, the Democrats had the representation enough to control the Senate, but not the House.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:25:19 -0500 2014-11-20T11:25:19-05:00 2014-11-20T11:25:21-05:00
<![CDATA[Great Outdoors: Time to focus on holiday outdoors gifts]]> As I sit here writing this week's column, I am about 75 miles due north of southern Chester County, visiting my parents, and there is snow on the ground. Hard to believe. And I'm not sure I'm ready for this. But, with the holiday season upon us, I suppose it's time. And, given the choice, I would much prefer cold, crisp weather even with some snow on the ground, compared to the cool, damp, rainy Thanksgiving and Christmas Days we've had in the past.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:46:12 -0500 2014-11-19T19:46:12-05:00 2014-11-19T19:46:14-05:00
<![CDATA[My Two Cents: How to get a GOP victory in 2016]]> Election night was a good night for the national GOP: victories all across the nation.

The people have spoken, and I believe what they were saying is for the new GOP Congress to get us out of this horror movie aka Obamacare, make our borders secure, no legalizing of illegal aliens, and stop ISIS in its tracks before they come here.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:09:58 -0500 2014-11-18T18:09:58-05:00 2014-11-18T18:10:02-05:00
<![CDATA[Book ban vote in Kennett: Censorship dies an ugly death]]> The Kennett Consolidated School board made the correct decision Monday night when they voted not to ban Jodi Picoult's best-selling book "Nineteen Minutes" from the Kennett High School library.

The book is about a school shooting and goes into graphic detail of a date rape and bullying using explicit language.

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:44:20 -0500 2014-11-12T16:44:20-05:00 2014-11-12T16:44:24-05:00
<![CDATA[Editorial]]> Several weeks ago we got the announcement that Oxford had received official state certification of the significance of its historic district.

The area covered is a pretty large part -- about 60 percent -- of the downtown and includes houses and storefronts. But in Oxford's case, it's probably well conceived, because the borough has a lot of charming old buildings and homes that could almost serve as scenery for the filming of a movie about the 19th century.

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:40:02 -0500 2014-11-10T15:40:02-05:00 2014-11-10T15:40:06-05:00
<![CDATA[Regional police force plan appears solid]]> There's a plan that would create a regional police force in four municipalities -- Kennett Square, Kennett Township, London Grove Township and New Garden Township. A study has already been completed, and public comment on the plan at each municipality is expected by the end of the year.

Two of those municipalities -- Kennett Square and New Garden -- already have full-time police protection.

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 13:43:08 -0400 2014-11-01T13:43:08-04:00 2014-11-01T13:43:11-04:00
<![CDATA[From the Ground Up: Hickory harvest is a no-show this year]]> Having lived in Kimberton for 30 years, last October I finally opened my eyes to the fact that each fall the local streets and lawn edges are strewn with fallen hickory nuts. I also discovered that the hard-to-get-at nut-meat is delicious, so I was looking forward to gathering another stash this fall.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:18:19 -0400 2014-10-30T13:18:19-04:00 2014-10-30T13:18:27-04:00
<![CDATA[Great Pumpkin Carve returns to Chadds Ford]]> It's time for the annual Great Pumpkin Carve at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, to be held Oct. 23, 24 and 25 on the grounds of the society's Barn Visitor Center. When they say "great" pumpkins, they mean "great," as the 60 pumpkins weigh between 150 and 400 pounds each. Most of them are the "Prize Winner" bright orange drought resistant variety, but a few are paler "Atlantic Giants," and I have even seen white ones.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:49:29 -0400 2014-10-28T12:49:29-04:00 2014-10-28T12:49:32-04:00
<![CDATA[For this local gardener, the season is just beginning]]> Mike Dippolito's garden didn't start the day that he checked the north-south orientation on his property for the best possible sun exposure and installed four planting boxes. Rather, like many gardens, Dippolito's began long before. "My grandparents raised food," he told me. "If not for them, I don't know if I'd be growing vegetables today.

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:48:31 -0400 2014-10-28T12:48:31-04:00 2014-10-28T12:48:57-04:00