Bits & Pieces for Oct. 28

• The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced
Friday, Oct. 29, that there will be lane restrictions on Route 52 between routes
1 and 926 from Nov. 1 through Nov. 5. The restrictions—from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.—are
for wetland mitigation, part of the project that will move Route 52 further
north along Route 1.

• A reminder to Chadds Ford Township voters: The new polling place for township residents is Calvary Chapel on Brandywine Drive between Hannum’s Harley Davidson and Endo Pharmaceutical.

• Key members of the Johnston Gang defense and prosecution teams will meet on Nov. 17, to discuss the case of mass murders in Chester County.

The panel discussion is the first time prosecuting and defense attorneys, FBI, Chester County Detectives and state police members have gathered together since the Johnston brothers were convicted of multiple murders in 1980.

The panel members include prosecuting attorneys William H. Lamb and Dolores Troiani, FBI agent David Richter, Chief Chester County Detective Charles Zagorskie, Pennsylvania State Policeman Tom Cloud and defense attorney Larry Goldberg. Tony List, who represented Bruce A. Johnston Sr., is expected to attend the event.

The event will take place at theRadley Run Country Club, 1100 Country Club Road, West Chester. The cost is $20 and reservations are needed as seating is limited. For information, call 610 793-1660. A buffet dinner will be available following the event at a cost of $19.95. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the discussion beginning at 6 p.m.

• The Brandywine Ballet of West Chester will sponsor a College Fair for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Great Valley Middle School, 255 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, PA 19355. Free parking is available.

Representatives from colleges and universities who offer programs in dance, theatre/drama, and music will be on hand to speak with students and their parents about admissions criteria and procedures. High school students who have interest in the performing arts (beginner through highly accomplished performers) are encouraged to attend along with their parents and friends.

• Meet nature's night shift as the Delaware Museum of Natural History celebrates Bats and Other Creatures of the Nighton Saturday, Oct. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Family-friendly activities shed light on nocturnal animals, including those found at the unveiling of the new "Nature Nook."
· Observe an owl pellet dissection and guess what the owl might have eaten for dinner.
· See live nocturnal animals like a toad, lizard, snake, and tarantula.
· Watch an imaginative puppet show comparing bats to birds as described in the beloved children's book "Stellaluna."
· Play the "Where's My Baby?" bat game using only your sense of touch to match pairs.
· Watch special movies about bats and owls.
· Listen to recorded animal noises and guess whether the sounds came from an owl, cicada, coyote, cougar, or other nighttime creature.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $8 for children. Visitors wearing Halloween costumes receive $1 off. For more information, please call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org. • A holiday tradition turns the Brandywine River Museum into a holiday treat during A Brandywine Christmas, Nov. 26 through Jan. 9. The annual O-gauge train display, which fills an entire gallery, has two new features this year will again be on display. Christmas Critters will be sold and a special exhibition, The Imaginary Beasts of Royal Lacey Scoville, presents 38 fanciful watercolors that form an original narrative written and illustrated by Royal Lacey Scoville for his daughter Eleanore.• Hagley Museum and Library invites families to participate in the “Christmas at Hagley” activities on Workers’ Hill. Visit the Sunday School and Gibbons House to enjoy holiday pastimes. Activities include playing indoor games, baking and tasting old time recipes (cookies, biscuits, popcorn), doing handwork (knit, crochet, quilt, needlework), playing or listening to musical instruments, looking through a stereoscope, solving rebus brain teasers, and making a paper ornament. Activities on Workers’ Hill will be held Nov. 26-30, weekends in Dec. (4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19), and Dec. 26 through January 2. Visit www.hagley.org for full activity descriptions, times, and locations.

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