Bits & Pieces Sept. 1

• Hurricane Irene blew through
the region causing less damage than anticipated, though several thousand homes
in Chadds Ford, Birmingham, Pennsbury and Concord townships lost power over the
weekend and into Monday morning. Some places were still without power
Wednesday. Several trees came down on Heyburn and Creek Roads in Chadds Ford
Township, and at least one came down on Creek Road in Birmingham Township just
north of Country Club Road. Two trees down on South Creek Road keopt that street c;losed through Wednesday afternoon. Another tree — along the Brandywine Creek — broke
several windows at the Brandywine River Museum.

Flooding and road closures from the storm delayed by one day the opening of
schools in the area.

• The Chadds Ford Democratic
Party is looking for donations as it gears up for a series of elections on the
local and national level. The most immediate election campaign is for the
Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board. An e-mail from the party Chairman Rob
Porter said in part, “…our Republican-controlled school board faces a severe
budget crisis, is in openly hostile negotiations with the district’s teachers
and has refused to raise the full amount of revenue that state law allows.”
Porter said those actions are what caused Sharon Parker to resign as school
superintendent. He is urging the election of Democrats Gregg Lindner and Kathy
Do in the November general election.

• Brandywine Valley Quilters'
Guild monthly meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Bethlehem Methodist Church,
4 Westtown Road in Thornton at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Frieda
Anderson, a contemporary quilter whose quilts are nature inspired using hand
dyed cottons and silks. Guests are welcomed. Cost $5. Visit
for more information.

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