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Kennett area dentist charged with indecent assault on patient |Oct 17, 2017

A Kennett area dentist has been charged with indecent contact with one of his female patients, according to Southern Chester County Regional Police.

Alumni athletes honored at Oxford |Oct 17, 2017

EAST NOTTINGHAM >> The Oxford Sports Hall of Fame Committee added five more outstanding alumni athletes to its wall of fame on Monday, bringing the total over the years of more than 100.

Jose Mesen named Kennett YMCA Employee of the Month |Oct 17, 2017

Kennett Square >> Jose Mesen, Aquatics director at the Kennett Area YMCA, has been named employee of the month.

Dinniman honors JAU Junior League National Champions |Oct 17, 2017

Harrisburg >> State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized the KAU Little League Baseball Team on winning the 2017 United States Junior League World Series.

Marilyn Hershey named Dairy Woman of the Year |Oct 16, 2017

WEST FALLOWFIELD >> Dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey of Cochranville was named Dairy Woman of the Year at the 51st annual World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., on Oct. 4.

Unionville grad’s house spared from wildfire, but many of his neighbors not so lucky |Oct 16, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The wind was so loud, and so strong – gusting up to 70 mph – Phil Swab couldn’t get to sleep last Sunday night at his Santa Rosa, Ca. home. He was worried that the wind would blow over one of the large trees, and it would land on his house.

Charter School feast raises funds for programs |Oct 15, 2017

LONDON BRITAIN >> The Avon Grove Charter School PTO, ever mindful and appreciative of the school’s Micro Farm and arts programs, held its second annual harvest dinner in the rural backwoods of Landenberg on Saturday.

Oxford candidates meet voters at Ware forum |Oct 13, 2017

OXFORD >> When the candidates for municipal office got together to introduce themselves to voters on Oct. 10, it was obvious that they were all very fond of the borough and loved its old time charm.

Kennett Middle School student earns Silver Award with New Garden Elementary BookNook project |Oct 12, 2017

Kennett Square >> Nina Gralewski-Goal, Kennett Middle school eighth-grade and a Senior Girl Scout, Troop 4141 has successfully completed her Silver Award benefiting New Garden Elementary School.

Third Landhope Farms store in Chester County on the fast track |Oct 12, 2017

Lower Oxford >> Supervisors this week gave conditional approval to a preliminary plan for a new Landhope Farms convenience store and gas/diesel station at the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 10 and Conner Road.

SPCA removes 60 cats, mostly Persians, from home in West Whiteland |Oct 12, 2017

WEST GOSHEN>> Officials at the Brandywine Valley SPCA removed 60 neglected cats, mostly long haired Persians from a home in West Whiteland last week. The SPCA was notified after police responded to the home for a medical emergency.

Jane Donze points to her vast experience in seeking district judge seat |Oct 12, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> Jane Donze said that with 30 years of practice in civil, criminal and family law, no one is better suited than herself to fill the district judge seat based out of Kennett Square.

Al Iacocca says his community service makes him ideal candidate for district judge |Oct 11, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> For most of his life, Al Iacocca has given back to the community. He’s volunteered on scores of civic and non-profit organizations, and now he’s looking to extend his role in public service by seeking to become the area’s next district justice.

March on the Brandywine coming to Unionville Oct. 21 |Oct 10, 2017

East Marlborough >> Unionville High School will perform in the “March on the Brandywine” marching band competition on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 6 p.m to 10 p.m.

Kennett men in their 70s bicycle to Washington D.C. |Oct 10, 2017

Kennett Township >> When George Mallory was asked, “Why did you climb Mount Everest?” he famously answered “Because it’s there.” Those are the same three words used when you ask Charlie Hill and David Leonard, two Kendal at Longwood retirement community residents, why they decided to bicycle close to 360 miles -- from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.

Mid-afternoon raid in West Chester nets drugs with street value of $200,000 |Oct 10, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> More than $42,000 in cash, 43 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $200,000, 100 THC vape pens, 219 alprazolam pills and assorted drug paraphernalia were seized Oct. 6 during a mid-afternoon drug raid at a house on the 300 block of West Chestnut Street.

Big-name country music event rejected by East Marlborough supervisors |Oct 10, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> It appears Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley won’t be performing at a country music festival in East Marlborough next year.

26 miles of road to be repaired, resurfaced in Chester County |Oct 10, 2017

Staff Report West Chester >> The Wolf Administration announced that construction has begun on a project to repair and resurface 26 miles of state highway in Chester County.

Drilling fluid spilled for third time in same area in East Goshen |Oct 10, 2017

EAST GOSHEN >> While performing horizontal directional drilling, Sunoco Pipeline has spilled drilling fluid three times since Saturday at nearly the same site.

Scores earn ribbons at the Community Fair |Oct 9, 2017

Another Unionville Community Fair has come and gone, this year with perfect weather at the Willowsdale Steeplechase grounds.

Kennett Square man celebrates 100th birthday Thursday |Oct 9, 2017

Kennett Square >> Jerry G. Winslow of Kennett Square celebrates his 100th birthday Oct. 12. He was drafted into the army in 1941 and was sent to Fort Kamehameha on Oahu with the 41st Coast Artillery, Company D.

Chesco school tax increase limits released by state |Oct 9, 2017

West Chester >> School districts in Chester County now know how high they will be allowed to raise property taxes for the 2018-19 school year after the Pennsylvania Department of Education released late last week Act 1 indices for approximately 500 districts.

Barnaby’s scores chili trophy; Church Farm School wins People’s Choice |Oct 9, 2017

West Chester >> Barnaby’s Restaurant in West Chester won the trophy Sunday for serving up the best chili at the 15th annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the West Chester Rotary Club.

Medic 94 named 2017 Pennsylvania EMS of the Year |Oct 9, 2017

WEST GROVE >> Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services MEDIC 94 has been named the 2017 Pennsylvania EMS Service of the Year by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council (PEHSC).

Orchestra opens its new office at the Art Stroll |Oct 8, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> The Kennett Symphony opened the doors of its new office to the public with an open house during Friday’s Art Stroll.

Chesco mayors urge lawmakers to protect ‘Dreamers’ |Oct 7, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Lucero Cortes, who arrived in the United States from Mexico in 2015, just earned her General Equivalency Diploma after enrolling in adult literacy classes at the Kennett Library.

Iconic Lipkin store razed to usher in new era for Coatesville |Oct 7, 2017

COATESVILLE >> The iconic Lipkin’s, building built in 1897 and its facade designed by an apprentice of one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright, was demolished late last week to make room for a revitalization project in Coatesville.

Screen time: The less the better |Oct 7, 2017

Empathy is not something we are born with. Self-centeredness present in the early years of life is a necessary component of the cognitive stages of development .

Landhope Farms raises funds to fight childhood cancer |Oct 6, 2017

Landhope Farms last week donated $6,780.43 to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, an Oxford-based organization fighting to find a cure for childhood cancer. The money was proceeds from a September fund-raiser at Landhope, Matthews, of Oxford, lost his son, Eli Seth, to leukemia in 2011 at the age of 10.

Trash fees dropping in Kennett Square; residents will be able to choose toter size |Oct 6, 2017

KENNETT SQUARE >> Kennett Square residents soon will be able to save money on trash collection.

Longwood Gardens announces record attendance |Oct 5, 2017

East Marlborough >> Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world and the most visited public garden in America, announced record attendance of 1,5 million visitors for fiscal year 2017, representing a 15.

Big name, three-day country music festival targeted for Kennett area next year featuring Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and others |Oct 4, 2017

East Marlborough >> Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Toby Keith and Brad Paisley and other big names in country music could be playing in the Kennett area next year. The three-day event is expected to draw up to 15,000 people per day.

Police seek two men in connection with distracted burglaries in southern Chester County |Oct 3, 2017

Avondale >> Police are looking for two men who are posing as workers from an electric company, distracting them and burglarizing their homes.

Sunday’s West Chester Chili Cook-Off features 55 contestants and ‘lots of fun’ |Oct 3, 2017

WEST CHESTER >> If you like it hot, or just want to spice up your life, you won’t want to miss the 15th annual West Chester Chili Cook-Off this Sunday.

Results of equine economic impact study to be released Oct. 10 |Oct 3, 2017

West Chester >> Chester County has long been known as Pennsylvania horse country, but just how much does equine agriculture contribute to the region’s growing economy?

Mushroom industry, chamber unite to create job opportunities |Oct 3, 2017

West Grove >> The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce hosted the region’s first Job Fair of its kind Sept. 29 at their headquarters in West Grove, Pa., to fill a diverse range of jobs in the mushroom industry, including machine operators, supervisors, packers and administrative roles.

Great Pumpkin Carve set Oct. 19-21 in Chadds Ford, features local artists |Oct 2, 2017

Chadds Ford >> The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts the 42nd Annual Great Pumpkin Carve on Oct. 19-21. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the quintessential Brandywine Valley experience, and is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit.

Longwood Rotary supplies muscle to make Route 82 roundabout great again |Oct 2, 2017

EAST MARLBOROUGH >> The roundabout at Route 82 and Doe Run Road looked great five years ago when it was built, but the years took a toll on the mulch and plants in the center. So the Longwood Rotary Club teamed up with the Four Seasons Garden Club of Kennett and East Marlborough Township to make it look great again.

Hometown Heroes 2017: Nominate your Hometown Hero today |Oct 2, 2017

Who is your hero? Do you know someone who has saved a life or made an incredible impact on a person or community and deserves the recognition? Digital First Media is looking for stories about local heroes for a special section coming in November and we want to share the story behind your hero.

Praying for an end to abortion in Kennett Square |Oct 1, 2017

Fr. Christopher Rodgers, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Kennett Square, leads a group of people in saying the Rosary Sunday afternoon at Cypress and Meredith streets in Kennett Square. Many held signs in both Spanish and English calling for an end to abortion.

Woman honored for playground donation |Oct 1, 2017

OXFORD >> The construction of Oxford’s new all-inclusive playground was a community effort. But credit for a big chunk of that effort goes to a 96-year-old farmer from Lower Oxford.

Spencer and Biondi pass the torch to Amos at Pro Musica |Oct 1, 2017

KENNETT >> The torch is being passed at the Pro Musica music school founded by Leon Spencer and Fred Biondi in 1995.

Avon Grove Charter school growing, adding more programs; enrollment up |Sep 30, 2017

West Grove >> When the Avon Grove School Board met on Thurs., Sept. 28, they heard the annual report of the Avon Grove Charter School, presented by Head of School Kristen Bishop.

Local residents still trying desperately to reach relatives in Puerto Rico |Sep 30, 2017

WEST GROVE >> Ted Trevarrow doesn’t know when he will see his brother.

Secret to 70-year marriage: Local couple says divorce should never be an option |Sep 29, 2017

WEST GOSHEN >> Nick and Jeanette know the statistics all too well - 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce, 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce and 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.

Kennett High students organize summer food program for Mary D. Lang students |Sep 28, 2017

Kennett Square >> For the third summer, the Kennett High School Humanitarian Club volunteered at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to assist students there. The club also provided snacks for students participating in programs at the high school.

Historic Kennett Square hires new Economic Development Director |Sep 28, 2017

Kennett Square >> Historic Kennett Square has hired Nathaniel “Nate” Echeverria as the Joint Economic Development Director to support the development efforts of the Borough of Kennett Square and Kennett Township.

Longwood Fire Co. sets community open house with tours, food, helicopter landing |Sep 28, 2017

East Marlborough >> Longwood Fire Company’s annual open housewill allow residents to tour the fire company and meet EMS personnel and firefighters.

200 take part in LCH run in Kennett Square; $32,000 raised |Sep 27, 2017

More than 200 participated in the second annual La Comunidad Hispana 5K and Family Walk on Saturday, Sept. 23 in Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square. Sponsors raised $32,000 to support LCH direct services.

Exton girl, 13, to be honored for raising nearly $200,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand |Sep 27, 2017

Exton >> A 13-year-old Exton girl has been awarded the 2018 Alex’s Lemonade Stand of the Year after raising nearly $200,000. All of the money raised will go to childhood cancer research.