Archive for March 16th, 2011

Congressional ignorance of law, history and reality

Everyone says stupid things from time to time and most times the flubs can and should be forgiven. When those gaffs come from those who presume to be leaders, one can either laugh at them or get angry. Sometimes both reactions come out at the same time and are equally appropriate. Members of the US House of Representatives made a big deal of reading the US ...

 
 

The Garden Path: Spring has sprung

Now is the time when gardeners itch to get outdoors. We peer at the soggy ground, anxiously awaiting little green shoots. The earliest flowers have already opened—the early crocus, hellebores, Witch hazels—those wonderful plants that sound the call of spring, along with the frogs, of course. Although it’s too early to plant most things, there are many garden tasks to ...

 

Tough budget decisions getting tougher for U-CF

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposals will have painful impacts for the Unionville Chadds Ford School District. The governor’s recently released budget proposal reduces state funding to the school district by nearly $500,000. “There is bad news from Harrisburg. Our tough budget situation is getting tougher,” school board President Timotha Trigg said during ...

 

Chinese scholar departs CFES

Chadds Ford Elementary School students said good-bye to their visiting Chinese scholar during an assembly celebrating culture last week. Xuan [pronounced Shwen] Yang has spent the first six months of the school year in each of the four elementary schools in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. She completed her six-week stay at CFES last week and is now at ...

 

Battlefield Park resumes part time operation

The Brandywine Battlefield Park is up and running again, though only on a part time basis. The park has been closed to the general public since November, but opened its doors for Charter Day on Sunday, March 13. It will now be open on the weekends through April, according to Judy Thorpe of the Friends of the Brandywine Battlefield. Brandywine will also host a Living ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet March 17

Fruitloop (male) and Trix (female) are two adult parakeets that are currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. They came to the shelter on Feb. 14, because their owner’s dog did not like them. Now they are here to find a new forever home. Fruitloop and Trix are very sweet and social birds that would like to find a home together. They are now looking ...

 

Scenes from Around the Town March 17

 

Bits & Pieces march 17

• State Rep. Stephen E. Barrar, R-160, of Boothwyn, in conjunction with the Upper Chichester Township Commissioners, will host his sixth annual Health and Safety Fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Upper Chichester Municipal Building. The free event, featuring numerous co-sponsors, is open to the public and there is no charge for the activities ...

 

Police log March 24

• Pennsylvania State Police reported a case of criminal mischief in Olde Ridge Village shopping center in Chadds Ford Township on March 11. The report said someone smashed the passenger side window of a Toyota Highlander while the owner was eating at The Big Fork at 9:19 p.m. Nothing was reported taken from the vehicle. • Several underage youths face criminal ...

 

Mind Matters: Personal responses to disasters

Remember the TV show Mash? That philosophical rendering of the horrors of the Korean War? I remember one show where Alan Alda noted how the human body was so fragile, yet the human spirit so resilient. I am reminded of these words once again in viewing pictures and hearing accounts of the multiple disaster in Japan, from earthquake to tsunami to nuclear power crisis. ...

 

Obama’s Disgrace

The words could have been spoken by a government official in Orwell’s 1984: “Today, I am announcing several steps that broaden our ability to bring terrorists to justice, provide oversight for our actions, and ensure the humane treatment of detainees,” President Barack Obama said. What Obama actually did, the Washington Post reported, was to sign “an executive order ...