Archive for July, 2009

Tip-a-Canoe, more than a backyard cruise

For the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy, the annual Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue, Too is much more than a cruise through the backyard. Last Saturday marked the 11th year for the event. More than 150 boaters took to the water for the roughly four-hour paddle from the Brandywine Picnic Park to Big Bend, the home of Brandywine Conservancy Chairman of the Board ...

 
 

Koons applauds sheriff, but with reservation

The Democratic Party candidate for judge of Common Pleas in Delaware County said she applauds the action of the county sheriff to delay housing foreclosures, but Nancy Rhoads Koons has reservations. “I’m very happy that they’re going to institute the program that I’ve been asking since April to be instituted. I’m disappointed it took a political campaign to make this ...

 

Lipstick on a legislative pig

It was a bad idea before and it’s a bad idea now. “It” is a national identification card. In 2005 during the Bush administration, the Republican controlled Senate passed—with no debate—a House of Representatives resolution, HR 418, known as Real ID. Real ID, had it become law, would have set federal standards for state issued drivers licenses—and other state issued ...

 

Welsh assumes sheriff’s association presidency

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh was sworn-in as president of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association. The ceremony took place in Butler County Pennsylvania, at the 87th annual conference of the association, In the 90-year history of the association, a female sheriff has never been elected to the top leadership position. “This is an historic moment for the ...

 

Police log for July 23

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Media barracks will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location this weekend, July  24 through July 26. • A 54-year-old man from Wilmington was charged with receiving stolen property after he was seen crawling on the floor of the AMC Theater in Painters Crossing about 10 p.m. on July 17. A police report ...

 

Mind Matters — When To Be Brave

“Be brave,” my father would say. He died thirteen years ago; however his words reverberate beyond death. Lots of messages from the past echo in us: we all carry the spoken and unspoken adages and scripts of our parents. Internalized within us are mantras not of our own making. And the mantras create our personalized family “mythology.” Some of these words we need to ...

 

Blogging Along the Brandywine: Down on the Bayou

Hello from New Iberia, La.–the Queen City of the Bayou Teche, a tiny center of culture in the heart of Cajun country, just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. If you’ve read any of David Lee Burke’s mystery series about detective Dave Robicheaux, you know New Iberia. It’s his hometown. The Konrico Rice Mill and Mclhenny’s Tabasco Sauce Company are also in New ...

 

Jay D. Cole of Avondale

Jay D. Cole, age 64 of Avondale, died July 21 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was the husband of Norma Johnson Cole, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of Vera Reese Cole of Avondale, and the late Ray D. Cole. He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Prior to his retirement, Jay worked at ...

 

Dorothy M. Scott of West Chester

Dorothy M. Scott, 94, of West Chester and formerly of Haverford, died July 14, at Brandywine Hall in West Chester.  She was the wife of the late Dr. William Scott, who passed away in 1983. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Jane Crane Ehrig. She was a member of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. In her earlier years, Mrs. ...

 

Richard Scott Swayne of Landenberg

Richard Scott Swayne, 56, of Landenberg died peacefully at his home on July 17, with his family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Anita Frezzo Swayne, with whom he shared 20 years of marriage and was the beloved father of Michael J. Swayne. Born in Lancaster, on Dec. 7, 1952, he was the son of the late George H. and Marian Lee Carter Swayne. Richard was ...

 

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm helps kids with disabilities

Mary Beth Drobish is proud of the success she’s had since she opened The Barn at Spring Brook Farm three years ago. She said one of the successes was that a 2-and-a-half year old girl with Down Syndrome who had never borne her own wait, walked for the very first time all because of a connection made between her and a miniature horse. The 17-acre farm is tucked away ...