Archive for January 5th, 2011

Let the legislative—and political—games begin

There’s a new state General Assembly sitting in Harrisburg and a new Congress in Washington. Republicans have regained both houses in the state and of the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrats still have the U.S. Senate, but they don’t have that 60-40 majority. But will anything really change other than some of the names and committee positions? In the state, new ...

 
 

Police log Jan. 6

• State police are investigating the report of a stolen vehicle in Chadds Ford Township. A report said a 1991 Dodge caravan, maroon in color, was stolen from the parking lot near Arby’s in Painters Crossing shopping center. The victim, a 70-year-old woman, reportedly told police she parked the van at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, but that it was gone 30 minutes later. The ...

 

Plein air isn’t so plain

Artist Jacalyn Beam’s eyes light up when she talks about plain air painting and the upcoming Chadds Ford Historical Society’s plein air event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 5. Plein air refers to painting outside. En plein air is the French for “in the open air.” The style became important in the mid 19th century with French impressionists such as Claude Monet. “I ...

 

Farrell elected ChesCo chairman

Terence Farrell was elected chair of the Chester County Board of Commissioners during a reorganizational meeting on Jan. 4. Commissioner Carol Aichele was elected vice chair of the commissioners. “We need to use the economic challenges facing Chester County to refocus our efforts to make Chester County government leaner and more efficient in the coming year,” Farrell ...

 

Birmingham supports battlefield mapping plan

hed: Birmingham supports battlefield mapping plan intro: Conklin re-elected chairman during annual reorganization meeting. bod: Birmingham Township supervisors voted to send a letter of support for continued work on a Brandywine Battlefield Preservation Plan. The request came from Jeannine Speirs, chairman of the Brandywine Battlefield Task Force and member of the ...

 

Paul named chairman of CF board

Chadds Ford Supervisor Garry Paul has assumed the chairmanship of the Chadds Ford Board of Supervisors. It’s his first time as chairman, though he’s been on the board since the end of 2003. Paul became a supervisor when Jim Shipley resigned from the board. He filled the last two years of Shipley’s term and then ran unopposed on his own in 2005. His current term ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet

Lucina is an adult spayed female brown and orange tabby domestic short hair cat that is currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. Lucina came to the shelter on Sept. 10 as a stray. When she arrived she was pregnant and had her kittens here at the shelter. Lucina’s kittens have all found their new forever home and now it is her turn. Can your home ...

 

Mind Matters: 2011 reflections, not resolutions

I kissed a dolphin. I saw the Milky Way whisk its cloudy streak across a millions of light-years away starry sky. I sat in awe of goddess Pele’s volcano billowing redness into the deep blackness that is a Hawaiian night. All this in the final days of 2010. I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii during Christmas week to attend a conference and present there a ...

 

Know Your Finances: The Stock Market is Feeling Fit

In the midst of a very challenging recoveryanother intriguing year in the investment markets has come to a close. All may not be perfectly right with the financial world (is it ever?) but the fiscal meltdowns and weaknesses exposed in 2008 are further behind us, and companies and individuals are absolutely healthier than they were. We now have an economy that we know ...

 

Blogging Along the Brandywine: Why Sally was hiding in the laundry closet

I have mixed feelings about saying goodbye to Christmas 2010 as 12th Night approaches. I won’t miss Paul McCartney whining: “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time,” I know, I know, I wanted to marry him when I was 14 years old. But the magic vanished when he stopped singing and writing with Lennon. I won’t miss Bruce Springsteen’s screaming “Santa Claus is Coming ...

 

Bits & Pieces Jan. 6

Free SundaysThe Brandywine River Museum is offering free admissions on Sunday mornings— between 9:30 a.m. and noon—from Jan. 16 through Nov. 20, a press release said. Several new exhibitions are planned for 2011, including NC Wyeth’s Civil War paintings and Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth. There will also be an exhibition of works by Barry Moser. Deer HuntPeter Jesson, ...