Barrar takes aim for 10th term

As a nine-term state legislator, state Rep. Stephen Barrar is fairly well known, but the 160th Legislative District has changed. Because of redistricting, the 160th lost some municipalities from its eastern edge, but picked up Pennsbury and Kennett Townships as well as Kennett Square on the western side. Barrar, 60, of Upper Chichester, is seeking [...]


Wyeth Studio now national landmark


The Andrew Wyeth Studio in Chadds Ford Township was named as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. This designation for the studio follows that of the two other properties owned and made open to the public by the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The studio has been added to the Kuerner Farm’s [...]

Adopt-a-Pet: Amber


Hello, my name is Amber. I’m a sweet little orange tabby. I’m a 4-year-old spayed female who was surrendered by my owner because they could no longer care for me. Don’t you just love my coloring? People who meet me say that I’m very unique and beautiful. Please consider taking me home! You can find [...]

Around Town Oct. 2


Top photo: Fourth-graders Aidan Walsh, Gavin Llorca, Holly Hayes and Xavier Schweitzer, along with their teacher, Sister Elizabeth celebrate the invention of the ice cream cone at St. Thomas the Apostle in Concord Township. • Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery announces the release on Friday, Oct. 3, of two 2012 Cabernet Franc wines from two [...]

Photo of the Week: History’s Mysteries


An old blacksmith shop makes one wonder who, or what, has passed this way before.

Demystifying Facebook for business owners

In an age of fluid Facebook rules and formats, small business owners often struggle to maximize its potential to reach prospective customers. Want to find a list of the people who liked your business page? Unless you’re prescient enough to search under “banned users,” you probably won’t locate it, said Judith Lee, a social media [...]

Applied Belief: Jesus encounters a gay couple

On Sept. 11, two gay men were attacked in Philadelphia. While the investigation is ongoing it appears, based on the facts so far reported, that this was a brutal attack undertaken by three if not more young men and women. As I read this story I was saddened by the fact that this happened in [...]

Life On Track: Four ways to live a life of purpose

The first thing to understand about finding your purpose is that it’s very much like finding a dinosaur relic.  The first thing you need to do is to identify where you should look.  In this case, the place you need to begin to dig is within your chest.  Not literally of course. Purpose is something [...]

Citadel accepting nominations for Heart of Learning Award for Chester County teachers

 The nomination period for the 2014-2015 Citadel Heart of Learning Award opens today. Students, parents, and colleagues are welcome to nominate Chester County’s best and brightest teachers, grades K-12. Nominations will be accepted through December 31 and can be submitted online at or by filling out a ballot at any Citadel branch in Chester County. [...]

High-impact program targets youth drug abuse

One in five teens has abused prescription drugs, often beginning at age 13, “a number that shocks many people,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. In response, he said law enforcement and volunteers are collaborating to run a school-based drug abuse prevention education program called Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE). Hogan said the nonprofit [...]

Unionville Fair: ‘It takes a community’


When former Unionville-Chadds Ford Superintendent Sharon Parker began her tenure in the school district in 2006, she acknowledged some queasiness regarding the annual Unionville Community Fair & Farm Show. Parker said her knowledge of farm animals came from viewing them from afar on the road to Lancaster. Seeing old fair photos and hearing the excitement [...]

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