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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.

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 [...]


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


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 [...]


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, [...]


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.”

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 [...]


Preservation awards bestowed in West Chester

The West Chester Downtown Foundation hosted its fourth annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Chester County Historical Society, an opportunity to recognize and honor projects both large and small that help highlight and preserve West Chester’s historic character.  The Bricks and Mortar Awards recognize construction projects of exceptional quality that [...]


No recommendation yet on Woodlawn property

Concord Township Planning Commission members still aren’t ready to recommend yea or nay on the development proposed for the Woodlawn Trustees property. Following another three-and-a-half-hour meeting on Oct. 20, township solicitor Hugh Donaghue told a crowd dominated by opponents of the plan that the commission would announce its decision on Nov. 17. John Jaros, the [...]


U-CF senior questions board on parking fee

A routine meeting of the Unionville-Chadds Ford school board threatened to become a snoozer for about a dozen high school students in attendance – until one of them took advantage of the comment period at the end of the meeting. Senior Sam Miller asked the board why the student-parking permit costs a whopping $200 a [...]


Chadds Ford gets grant for walking trails

Funding for three Delaware County projects – a municipal park, a network of trails, and stream bank restoration – was approved today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) announced in a press release. “These are exciting projects that will pay dividends for decades to come,” Pileggi said. “I strongly supported [...]


PA high court to hear Concord First appeal

***This story has been updated*** The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Concord First regarding that group’s desire for a question to be placed on the November ballot. In July, the citizens’ group filed a petition with more than 900 signatures — more than the 582 needed — that asked whether [...]


At Longwood, mums to offer shout-out to color


Visitors to Longwood Gardens early this week will see an uncommon sight: lots of buds. However, by Saturday, Oct. 25 – as if on cue – they will become a profusion of vibrant hues as more than 80,000 chrysanthemums take center stage. The annual Chrysanthemum Festival at the gardens will run through Nov. 23, transforming the [...]

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