Archive for May 18th, 2011

After bin Laden?

The hunt for Osama bin Laden was always a sideshow. President George W. Bush even said at one point that he wasn’t much concerned with finding him. He probably meant it. Still, bin Laden played a useful role for the U.S. foreign-policy elite: he was still out there plotting, necessitating a vigilant “war on terror.” And if he were eventually caught and killed, ...

 
 

Russell Erwin Parsons of Kennett Square

Russell Erwin Parsons, 77, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Monday, May 16, surrounded by his loving family. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Paul Alexander, Sr. and Mary Jane Lansberry Parsons. Russell will be dearly missed by his friends and family, especially his loving wife of 57 years, Mary M. Parsons (nee Bird). In addition to his wife, he ...

 

Bits & Pieces May 19

• Boy Scout Troop 31 promoted five scouts to the rank of eagle on May 16 and two days later another member of the troop pitched his Eagle Scout project to Pennsbury Township supervisors. The board approved the plan of Marshall Lane to install a 1,500-foot long and 3-foot wide footpath at Johnson’s Wood Preserve. The path will be edged with wood logs and will include ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet may 19

Jeanie is a young adult spayed female orange tabby domestic short hair cat who is currently available for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. Jeanie originally came to the shelter last July because her family could no longer afford her care. She was adopted but brought back after five months because Jeanie is still a very playful cat and likes to play tag as you ...

 

Pols: There will be more money for education

How much remains anybody’s guess, but two state legislators said school districts will be getting more money from the state this year, despite losing the $1.1 billion stimulus money. “There will be additional funding provided for K through 12 education for public school districts over and above what the governor had proposed on March 8. The only question is how much ...

 

Small business dealing with slow recovery

Most small business owners would agree that small businesses are not recovering as well as larger businesses during the current recession. Denny Dennis, of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, shares that view. Dennis told members of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, during a May 17 luncheon, that the current recovery is different than ...

 

Senior expo draws large crowd

Getting a lot of service providers with information in one place for senior citizens was the goal behind state Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s Senior Expo held last week. Dozens of providers and hundreds of seniors from Pileggi’s 9th Senatorial District packed the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square on Thursday, May 12. “[The purpose] is to provide seniors with information that ...

 

Write-in candidates score big in school board primary

Vote totals updated below: Update 1. A last-minute write-in campaign in the primary may have insured there will be Democrats on the ballot for Region C of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board election in November. Democrats had no one on the ballot, but began the write-in campaign for Gregg Lindner and Kathy Do 10 days before the May 17 primary. Republicans ...

 

School board evaluating transportation outsourcing

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors are in the final stages of evaluating the economic benefits of outsourcing the bus transportation. The directors will vote once their final review is complete the school board directors assured transportation department employees. According to Director Holly Manzone, “We are playing with people’s careers. The employees ...

 

K-5 buildings configuration clarified

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Superintendent Sharon Parker’s May 15, 2011 letter to UCF families posted on the school district Web page at http://www.ucfsd.org/pdf/superintendents_msg_051511 and the May 16 school board meeting put to rest the concerns of many UCF families regarding possible reconfiguration of the district’s four elementary schools. Parker ...

 

The Garden Path: Divide and conquer

What gardener doesn’t want free plants? Well if you’ve got perennials and you’ve had them for awhile, chances are you have free plants and don’t even know it. Many perennials can be divided (broken up into smaller clumps) and will not only survive, but will thank you for it. Dividing perennials relieves congestion (crowding), eliminates headaches (from plants ...