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Family’s anti-DUI crusade eludes surprise

With her husband Ken Iwaniec (from left) at her side, Debby Iwaniec accepts the Governor’s Pathfinder Victim Survivor Activist Award for her statewide  efforts to curb drunk-driving.

With her husband Ken Iwaniec (from left) at her side, Debby Iwaniec accepts the Governor’s Pathfinder Victim Survivor Activist Award for her statewide efforts to curb drunk-driving.

On March 27, 2008, a 24-year-old state trooper had been savoring his dream job, having just completed his probationary period at the Avondale barracks, when his shift ended and he began his drive home. Just two miles from the station, a woman transporting her 4-year-old son and a fifth of Grey Goose slammed head-on into Trooper Kenton E. Iwaniec’s vehicle; Kristina ...

 
 

Human-powered helicopter history to land

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester will welcome a piece of aviation history on Friday, Aug. 26, when it receives one of four rotors, hubs and trusses from the first human-powered helicopter, Atlas. The Atlas, designed and built by Canada’s AeroVelo, will be part of a new interactive exhibit that will incorporate a stationary bicycle ...

 

Trust announces scenic, 55.7-acre easement

Natural Lands Trust announced that it has protected a scenic 55.7-acre property in London Britain Township, preserving woodlands, rare plant species, and a valued part of the rural landscape. The property was placed under a conservation easement last month, which means that it remains in private ownership but is protected from future development in perpetuity, said ...

 

YMCA: Zoe for president in 2064

The YMCA of Greater Brandywine hosted its first Advocacy Day on Wednesday, Aug. 24, along with the announcement of an unconventional presidential candidate: Zoe, a 1-year-old toddler. Zoe, a hypothetical contender for 2064, represents the potential that should be nurtured in every child through the support of the Y and the local community. At Wednesday’s event, the ...

 

Tax credits available for farming conservation

Area farmers can now apply for 2016-17 Resource Enhancement and Protection program (REAP) tax credits, according to a press release from state Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19. “Pennsylvania farmers continue to make great strides in safeguarding our local streams and watersheds,” Dinniman said in the release. “This program can go a long way in helping farmers take advantage ...

 

Top dog to be crowned at Chesco field trials

Chester County Sheriff's Deputy Dan McCole (from left) and Nero, Deputy Ryan Barr and Murphy, Deputy Mike Sarro and Dexter, and Deputy Mike Carlson and Luke demonstrate their teamwork.

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office will give new meaning to the dog days of summer as it hosts the U.S. Police Canine Association’s annual Police Dog I field trials on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28. The event marks the first time the two-day field trials have been held in Chester County, and the public is invited to attend and observe at the Chester County ...

 

Economic development plan set to debut

The research on the Kennett area’s future development has been analyzed, the comments have been considered, and the results are ready. A public forum to present the Economic Development Strategy and Implementation Plan will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the American Legion Hall in downtown Kennett Square, according to a Historic Kennett Square press ...

 

Disappearance creates painful, 7-year mystery

Few area cases have confounded authorities more than the disappearance of a West Brandywine Township nurse and mother seven years ago. About 5 a.m. on Aug. 23, 2009, guests partying at the home of a former Philadelphia 76er were the last people to see 29-year-old Toni Lee Sharpless before she vanished, leaving an incomprehensible lack of clues in today’s electronic ...

 

Basking in baseball, apple pie – and awards

Mark Rupsis, the chief operating officer of Chester County, is the recipient of the 2016 'Outstanding Chief Clerk Award' from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.

Chester County’s top administrative official typically takes pride in being in charge and knowing what’s happening. But that pattern got interrupted last week when Chester County Chief Operating Officer Mark Rupsis attended the 130th Annual Conference of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. Rupsis said the announcement that he was the recipient of ...

 

Bike-pedestrian bridge opens in Valley Forge

Sullivan’s Bridge – the new, four-span, bicycle and pedestrian trail bridge spanning the Schuylkill River in Valley Forge National Historical Park – opened on Friday, Aug. 19. PennDOT Secretary of Transportation Leslie S. Richards joined the National Park Service and federal, state and local officials to celebrate the opening, according to a PennDOT press release. ...

 

Debate set for 19th-district Senate candidates

Voters in the 19th state Senate District will have a chance to hear both candidates on Sunday, Oct. 23. Incumbent state Sen. Andy Dinniman will debate Republican challenger Jack London, a former police officer and professional athlete who has worked for 20 years in the financial sector, at 2 p.m. at Borough Hall in West Chester. The event is sponsored by the League ...