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High-flying adventure a hit with sheriff

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh enjoys the view at 22,000 feet in a Boeing  C-135. Photo courtesy of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn "Bunny" Welsh enjoys the view at 22,000 feet in a Boeing C-135. Photo courtesy of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

It wasn’t until after Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh returned to terra firma that she got an inkling that a recent adventure had come with an element of peril. Welsh participated in the Defense Department’s Bosslift program, which gives employers insight into military installations by having them accompany National Guard and Reserve members during ...

 
 

Applauded for their specialty: saving lives

Members of the Keystone Valley Fire Department pose with Keith Johnson (right), president of the Chester County EMS Council after receiving the Distinguished Service Award.

Last year, 18 people in Chester County lost their pulses and would have lost their lives were it not for the intervention of first-responders, and two citizens in imminent danger of death were similarly saved by the county’s emergency services community. In addition, four babies decided to make their appearance into the world before their mothers arrived at the ...

 

‘Chunky Tuna’ savior elicits hearty applause

Former Kennett Township Police Chief Albert J. McCarthy (from left) cuts his retirement cake as Supervisors Robert A. Hammaker, Richard L. Leff, Scudder G. Stevens, Township Manager Lisa M. Moore, and acting Police Chief Lydell Nolt look on.

The Kennett Township supervisors dispensed with regular business efficiently at Wednesday night’s meeting so they could focus on the reason for the standing-room-only crowd: a sendoff for Police Chief Albert J. McCarthy, who was receiving his retirement badge after 42 years of police work. Supervisors’ Chairman Scudder G. Stevens read a tribute that gave an overview ...

 

Makeover for scrapple factory moves forward

Guests arrive at the former East Bradford Boarding Home for Boys, part of the Strode's Mill Historic District and the site of a fundraiser for the property across the street.

Steps from where George Washington’s troops procured grain from Strode’s Mill in East Bradford Township, an equally tenacious group procured funds on Friday, May 15, for a project to turn the deteriorating northeast corner of the crossroads into a source of community pride. The Friends of Strode’s Mill held a country casual fundraiser at the East Bradford Boarding ...

 

Election lineup twists during primary

While most of the primary election results occurred as anticipated, several last minute write-in campaigns in Chadds Ford and Concord townships could add names to the November ballot or redefine specific races. Democrat Alan Horowitz was unopposed on the primary ballot for his party’s nomination to run for a six-year term as supervisor in Chadds Ford, but with a ...

 

School board talks budget, teacher contracts

While neither the proposed final budget nor teacher contract negotiations were on the agenda, both were aired out during the May 18 Unionville-School Board meeting. During the public comment period, seven members of the audience stood up to say basically the same thing, pay the teachers better. Birmingham Township resident Kristin Walker told he board that she ...

 

Horowitz aiming to end one party rule

Alan Horowitz acknowledges that it’s an uphill battle for him to be elected supervisor in Chadds Ford come November. Horowitz is the Democratic Party candidate for that position, and he’s going up against incumbent Supervisor Samantha Reiner. Reiner was appointed to replace Keith Klaver, who resigned as supervisor in January, but she’ll be running for the seat ...

 

3rd-generation vintner venture bears fruit

Eric Stauffer (top right) shows off a bottle of [Ee'z], a family collaboration, with his parents, Eric and Lee Miller, in the wine cellar of their West Chester home.

For area vintners, the co-founders of Chaddsford Winery blazed trails that have extended far beyond the Brandywine Valley. Eric and Lee Miller founded the winery in 1982, nurturing it from a fledgling upstart that bucked the odds into the state’s largest winery, garnering accolades along the way. When the couple exited the business in 2012, they said they wanted to ...

 

NFL legend, nonprofit co-founder dies

Garo Yepremian, whose efforts to kick brain cancer matched the intensity of his storybook NFL career, succumbed to the disease at the age of 70 on Friday, May 16.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. with quotes from Bill Baldini Garo Yepremian, the former NFL kicker who helped the Miami Dolphins win consecutive NFL championships but is best known locally for his fundraising efforts to give brain cancer the boot, died Friday of the disease. The Chester County resident was 70. "Yesterday, we lost our hero," said a Facebook posting by the ...

 

Training to stay steps ahead of disaster

Following an ambush, operatives rush to rescue a wounded comrade during a training exercise at the Chester County Public Safety Training Center's Tactical Village.

The accident victim was finally extricated from the mangled vehicle seconds before SWAT team members’ rapelled down the side of a building during a hostage crisis, which turned out to be a prelude to a nearby car explosion that generated a fireball. Chaos reigned supreme on Friday, May 15, at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus, but the simulated ...

 

Kennett Township police chief retiring

After 42 years of police service, Kennett Township Chief of Police Albert J. McCarthy has announced his retirement. In an email, Kennett Township said McCarthy, 64, would receive his retirement badge at the supervisors’ public meeting on May 20 at 7:30 p.m. “It was just time,” McCarthy said. “I always wanted to serve others, and I hope that I’ve done that.” He ...