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Historical society launches new event

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Sunshine and warm temperatures accompanied the first ever Barn Market held at the Chadds Ford Historical Society on April 18. CFHS Board President Kendal Reynolds said the 39 vendors — mostly antiques’ dealers — paid $125 each for a booth. Hundreds of visitors came through the society’s grounds to browse and buy. Reynolds said the purpose of the Barn Market, in ...

 
 

Pioneering winemaker is mourned

The co-proprietor of Stargazers Vineyard and Winery – and one of the pioneers of the area’s wine industry – died earlier this week at the age of 73. Alice Weygandt, whose winemaking passion took root in 1979 when the first grapes were planted on the property, succumbed to bone cancer, said John Weygandt, her husband of 48 years. The winery, which overlooks the ...

 

Sanderson celebrates Lincoln

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In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Christian Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford is running an exhibit dedicated to the country’s 16th president. The “Four Score and Seven Years Ago” exhibit shows off a number of items, including a piece of the handkerchief used as a bandage to dress Lincoln’s fatal head ...

 

Eagle Scouts and horse farms

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A real estate agent and a 14-year-old Boy Scout each gave Pennsbury Township supervisors something to think about during the township’s April 15 supervisors’ meeting. Those thoughts, however, ran in different directions. Bradley Heacock, of Boy Scout Troop 31, wants to build a footbridge across the pond on the west side of the Pennsbury Township Park. He made his ...

 

Chester County puts volunteers in limelight

At their meeting on Wednesday, April 15, the Chester County Commissioners gave a pat on the back to the county’s volunteer corps and its telecommunicators. Commissioners' Chairman Terence Farrell explained that the week of April 12 to April 18 is not only Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week, but also Volunteer Appreciation Week. Commissioner Kathi Cozzone read a ...

 

Supervisors clarify Vineyard Commons conditions

There were no substantive changes, but Concord Township supervisors approved on Tuesday, April 14, an addendum to their March resolution granting preliminary approval for the Vineyard Commons project. The addendum clarifies four of the 19 conditions placed on the developers. Attorney Jaros, representing the applicant, said some of the conditions “lacked specificity ...

 

Concord looking to expand trail network

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Concord Township is looking for ways to expand its trail network and part of the consideration includes Rails-to-Trails, PECO easements and becoming part of a national trail network. During an April 13 Greenways and Open Space Network Committee meeting, landscape architect Marc Morfei, from Pennoni Associates and a township resident, presented the public with a broad ...

 

Pileggi: Bill would update DNA use to fight crime

A bill strengthening and modernizing Pennsylvania’s use of DNA technology to fight violent crime, sponsored by Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-9), was approved on Tuesday, April 14, by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s time for Pennsylvania to catch up with DNA science,” Pileggi said in a press release. “Since our DNA database was created more than two decades ago, ...

 

Staff input into Barnard House interior sought

For now, it’s back to the drawing board for the interior of the Barnard House, the Pocopson Township supervisors decided at Monday night’s meeting. The supervisors tabled a vote on a “scope of work” bid package from Melton Architects after discussion about the space dominated the 1½ -hour-long meeting. Work has been proceeding on the exterior of the building, an ...

 

Details on Route 926 Bridge project released

PennDOT has provided a project update for the Route 926 Bridge, which spans the west branch of the Brandywine Creek between Pocopson and Creek roads, Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, said in his weekly newsletter. The newsletter said preliminary engineering has been completed and approved, and an environmental clearance is expected in May – pending the resolution of ...

 

Bus driver to face criminal charges

Updated at 6 p.m. to add bus company comment A school bus driver is facing criminal charges after leaving a 7-year-old girl in a van for an entire school day, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said on Thursday, April 9. Hogan made the announcement two days after the Kennett Consolidated School District superintendent issued a public apology for the ...