Archive for May, 2009

Traditions galore over Memorial Day weekend

The Memorial Day weekend, from Friday to Monday, saw a variety of traditions for the Chadds Ford area, one of which celebrated its 60th anniversary. Students at Chadds Ford Elementary School had part two of their May Fair, Friday, May 22. The fair portion was held a week earlier, but last Friday the school held the traditional May Pole dance. That activity, said ...

 
 

Longwood reopens renovated Terrace Restaurant

Longwood Gardens has always been a treat for the eyes, and now Longwood aims to be a treat for the palate as well. The botanical garden on Route 1 fully reopened its Terrace Restaurant last month, but held a special reception Wednesday for the press. Work on the $2 million project began in January with just parts of the restaurant being closed at any one time so ...

 

Local vet helps Delco Kennel Club

Veterinarian Rose DiLeva, of Animal Wellness on Route 202 in Concord Township, for the second time in the past four years helped the Delaware County Kennel Club by donating a case of sterile water to be added to the 17  K-9 first aid kits that the Delaware County Kennel Club is donating to all the K-9 police officers in Delaware County. DiLeva first helped the ...

 

Pennsbury residents to vote on open space tax

Pennsbury Township supervisors voted 3-0 during their May 20 meeting to authorize a referendum on open space taxes for the November general election. The question will ask voters if they approve a property tax of 0.79 mills for open space preservation. A mill is a tax of $1 for every $1,000 of assessed property value. The current property tax for open space is 0.45 ...

 

Saving the park must be done properly

It would be a sorry state of affairs for the Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford Township to shut down and no longer provide an interpretive role in educating the public about the Sept. 11, 1777 Battle of Brandywine. For years the park has been a place where visitors could get a feel for the battle, both about it’s military significance as wells as it’s effect ...

 

Blogging Along the Brandywine: A series of disjointed ramblings

On the second floor of Chadds Ford’s Sanderson Museum, is an autographed photo and letter from America’s March King, John Philip Sousa to Chris Sanderson.  Dated Sept. 9, 1919, it says in part, “If we get down near Chadds Ford, it will give me great pleasure to visit you.” John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), was no stranger to the Brandywine Valley. In fact he died ...

 

Letter to the editor: Libraries hit hard in state budget proposals

Pennsylvanians face the possibility of severe shortages in library service as the legislature struggles to develop its 2009-2010 budget.  While the Chester County Library System has received flat funding from the state for the last several years, library use in Chester County has increased dramatically.  Libraries are busier than ever before, serving ...

 

Natalie Harper Wood, formerly of Corning, N.Y.

Natalie Harper Wood,  99, formerly of Corning, NY, died Saturday, May 23, at Crosslands, Kennett Square, where she had lived since 1977.  She was the wife of the late Thomas S. Wood, Jr., who passed away in 2002 and with whom she shared 72 years of marriage. Born in Upper Darby, she was the daughter of the late John Krouse Harper and Helen Eastwick Harper. ...

 

Linda Marie Crampton

Linda Marie Crampton, 49, of West Chester, died Saturday May 23 at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. She was the life time partner of Andrew Luby Sr. for 23 years. Born on Sept. 2, 1959 in West Chester, she was the daughter of Ruth Ann Crampton and the late Clifford Crampton of Kennett Square. She graduated in 1978 from Kennett School ...

 

Charles Richard “Richie” Williams

A quiet, unassuming gentle man died peacefully at Chester Co. Hospital on Saturday, May 23 at the age of 80. A quiet, unassuming gentle man died peacefully at Chester Co. Hospital on Saturday, May 23 at the age of 80.  He was the husband of Merle Lank Williams, with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.  Born in Freeland, Md., he was the son of Roger ...

 

Frances Richards Pyle of Kendal-at-Longwood

Frances Richards Pyle, 93, of Kendal-at-Longwood passed away May 22 at Chester County Hospital in West Chester after a brief illness. She was the widow of Harold Pyle with whom she shared 44 years of marriage.Born in the family homestead near Toughkenamon, she was the only child of the late J. Warren and Helen Lewis Richards. Frances attended the Kennett schools, ...