Archive for February 15th, 2012

Where’s the peace dividend?

First the Berlin Wall came down with East and West Germans together taking sledgehammers to the icon of the Cold War. Then there was the night when the hammer and sickle came down from the Kremlin and the Russian flag was raised in its place. The Soviet Union, the “Evil Empire,” was no more. People would now be free. The cold war was over and there was talk of a ...

 
 

Layoffs possible in U-CF School District

Layoffs are possible in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District despite officials saying the governor’s proposed budget will have no negative effect in the short term. That was the word from the school board’s Feb. 13 Finance Committee meeting. Superintendent John Sanville explained the governor’s budget presentation, saying school districts will receive a Student ...

 

Police log Feb. 16

• Police have filed murder by motor vehicle against James Fida II, 27, of Chester for his involvement in a fatal crash in October on Route 322 at Mattson Road in Concord Township. Four vehicles were involved in the crash that killed George Guillermo L. Cordero, 44, of Sanford Florida. One other person, a 77-year-old woman from Glen Mills, was injured. Police said ...

 

‘Nocturne’ showing at Chadds Ford Gallery

Night scenes and skyscapes come alive during the exhibit “Nocturne” showing at the Chadds Ford Gallery through Feb. 26. The exhibit includes works from more than 20 artists and continues the gallery’s trend during the last few Februaries of have a themed show, not an exhibit of a single artist. “Nocturne” is definitely outside the Brandywine Tradition. Gallery owner ...

 

Chadds Ford Historical Society 2012 Spring Lecture Series

Looking for a reason to escape the final weeks of winter? Come and learn from local experts as they take you on a tour of the best of the Brandywine Valley by attending the Chadds Ford Historical Society Spring Lecture Series.  All lectures are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Society’s Barn Visitors Center located at 1736 Creek Road in Chadds Ford. ...

 

Mind Matters: The psychology of prejudice

We all have prejudices of one sort or another. And when prejudice is more a simple preference than a judgment of badness of another, there is little consequence. Preferences for beer versus wine, or Italian food versus Chinese, or even for brunettes over blondes, give variety to our lives. However, when preferences become saturated with projections of judgment of the ...

 

Taking the Polar Plunge for the BVA

What’s it like to jump into a 34-degree Brandywine Creek when it’s 43 degrees outside? “I’m freezing. I can’t feel my feet,” said Jessica Brown after taking part in the fifth annual Polar Plunge at Brandywine Picnic Park. The plunge benefits the Brandywine Valley Association. “It’s for a good cause and it’s a fun time,” she added. Brown’s friend, Jonathan Hare, who ...

 

Barrar going after ninth term in legislature

State Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160, of Boothwyn, has begun his campaign for a ninth term in office. Barrar was in Chadds Ford on Feb. 12 for a petition-signing event at Pescatorte’s restaurant. Major party candidates for state representative need to collect 300 signatures during a three-week period from party members to qualify for the primary ballot. The number of ...

 

Bits & Pieces Feb. 16

• The students at Pocopson Elementary School got a lesson in healthy lifestyles and safety during a special assembly on Feb. 10. The three-member Dialed Action Sports Team, of State College, gave a demonstration of BMX freestyle bicycling that included one member jumping a bike over three supine teachers and one team member lying on the gym floor. Another team member ...

 

Kennett Y fund-raising off to good start

While the public period of fund-raising for the Kennett YMCA’s expansion project is just underway, it’s off to a good start. The quiet phase of the $3.4 million project has already generated $2 million, said Denise Day, the president and CEO of the YMCA Brandywine Valley, a group of six YMCAs. She believes the remaining $1.4 million can be raised within the next six ...

 

The Garden Path: Little hands in the garden

Growing vegetables can be a rewarding family activity. Gardens teach children how plants grow, where food comes from, and why healthy eating is important. Planting and raising vegetables teaches planning and patience. Most of all, growing vegetables can be lots of fun. You may want to start with a visit to the library. There are some great children’s books on ...