Trail grant brings tears of joy

The Harvey run trail will extend from Ring Road at the Chadds Ford Township municipal building driveway to the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

When Deb Reardon heard the news, tears came to her eyes. Reardon chairs the Chadds Ford Open Space Committee, and the news was that the group had finally been awarded a grant for a footbridge to be installed over wetlands as part of the long-sought-after Harvey Run Trail. “We’ve been trying to get this going [...]

 

New owner aims to serve club’s patrons well

Jamie Sulzman, who first picked up a tennis racquet at the age of 4 or 5, has never put one down for long. He played No. 1 singles and doubles at West Chester University, where he received a teaching degree and a minor in business. He said he knew then that he wanted sports to [...]

Patton garden project: From ‘what if’ to wow

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Four years ago, the Patton Project took root with a series of “what ifs?” On Friday, Oct. 24, the garden initiative, spearheaded by two teachers at C.F. Patton Middle School, generated “wows” from an appreciative audience. Well over 100 students, teachers, parents, school administrators, donors, lawmakers, and community partners assembled to celebrate the project’s newest [...]

Priest accused of disseminating child porn

*** STORY UPDATED  at 4:10 p.m. *** A Catholic priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township was charged on Thursday, Oct. 23, with multiple felony counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the prosecution of Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, [...]

The Carve, and carvers, cometh

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When words such as awesome, fun, creative and talented are bandied about in Chadds Ford during late October, the conversation is almost always about The Great Pumpkin Carve. This year was no exception. With 76 pumpkins waiting for the skilled scalpel — or penknife, saw or chisel —almost as many carvers marched into the “Pumpkin [...]

Stroud center honors Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., recipient of the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, addresses an enthusiastic audience at Longwood Gardens, where the Stroud Water Research Center's Water's Edge gala was held Thursday night.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., recipient of the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence, addresses an enthusiastic audience at Longwood Gardens, where the Stroud Water Research Center's Water's Edge gala was held Thursday night.

During a prodigious, high-profile career that has run the gamut from arrests to accolades, a common theme emerges in the work of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: water stewardship. That distinction led him to Longwood Gardens on Thursday night, Oct. 23, where the 60-year-old activist received the 2014 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence.  The honor is [...]

Two face charges after Malvern Prep lockdown

Two men are being charged with carrying a firearm at Malvern Preparatory School, following an incident that prompted a lockdown, District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a press release. Jibri M. Richardson, 22, of Ardmore, and Michael F. O’Brien, 59, of Glen Mills, were observed by a school employee at 8:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, [...]

Alleged repeat drunk driver behind bars

A Chester County magisterial district judge apparently decided that society needed protection from a 42-year-old Downingtown man, setting his bail at $750,000 cash. Dharmesh P. Vaswani came before Magisterial District Judge John R. Bailey because he was involved in a one-vehicle crash the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 21, in West Vincent Township that constituted a [...]

Civic group honors Karl Kuerner

Father and son Karl Kuerner Jr., left, and Karl J. Kuerner III, provide commentary during a slide show presentation regarding the Kuerner Farm, Andy Wyeth and art. The younger Kuerner said his painting of his father entitled “Unloading Straw” is “the ultimate portrait of my father.”

Father and son Karl Kuerner Jr., left, and Karl J. Kuerner III, provide commentary during a slide show presentation regarding the Kuerner Farm, Andy Wyeth and art. The younger Kuerner said his painting of his father entitled “Unloading Straw” is “the ultimate portrait of my father.”

The names Wyeth and Kuerner are deeply rooted in Chadds Ford culture. Indeed, artist Andrew Wyeth used the Kuerner Farm as a backdrop, and its owners as models, in numerous paintings. The farm represents a family legacy, and when Karl Kuerner Jr. — the son of the man Wyeth befriended in the early part of [...]

Around Town Oct. 23

Sometimes addition comes from subtraction.

Sometimes addition comes from subtraction.

• Wegman’s is still set to open next fall. Peter Miller, of Carlino Construction, the developer for the project said everything is still on track for an opening by Thanksgiving of 2015. The old dry cleaners and Sovereign Bank along Route 202 are gone in preparation for the Chadds Ford side of the project. All of [...]

Photo of the Week: Autumn Eve

Autumn Eve

Autumn Eve

The sun sets behind some trees at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square on an autumn evening.

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