Archive for March, 2014

Around Town March 27

• Chuck Feld told the early American story of native plants, fruit trees and home stills to a group gathered the Chadds Ford Historic Society Tuesday night.  Early settlers from Europe were afraid to drink the water from rivers. Water back home was polluted.  So settlers made best of what the crops had to offer cider, beer and peach brandy.  Many seeds are not true ...

 
 

Free Your Space: Five Quick Spring Organizing Tips

Here are five ways to freshen up your home for spring: Pantry purge. During the winter months, like many mammals, we may tend to stockpile supplies. Our cupboards can become stuffed with soups, cocoas and comfort-snacks. As this happens, more often than not, other food items get pushed out of sight. Set aside an hour on a nice spring morning to empty out a shelf or ...

 

Blogging Along the Brandywine: The Kennett Symphony and David Rahbee

Despite Accu-Weather’s 5-Day Forecast calling for light snow, the Kennett Symphony Orchestra presented “Welcome Spring” as its third and final conductor audition concert at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater at West Chester University, Saturday evening, March 22. The search, which started with Michael Hall’s “Opening Night Spectacular” audition concert on September 21, ...

 

Op/Ed: And the winner is…

And the winner of the Kennett Symphony conductor search is… For those attending all three audition-concerts, the choice is clear. One could hear the name on people’s lips as they exited Saturday’s final concert. When former director Mary Woodmansee Green announced her retirement in the fall of 2012 after 25 seasons with the orchestra, the long search for a new music ...

 

Letter to the Editor: Say ‘no’ to barn teen center

The Teen Center Barn proposal being put forth on the land of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is not consistent with current zoning and land use classifications and further efforts to secure such approvals should not be encouraged or entertained. When the land was acquired, the School District stipulated that the parcel was for “proper school purposes, ...

 

Joanne Stern Skemer of Unionville

Joanne Stern Skemer, 83, of Unionville, died Monday March 24, at the Jenner's Pond Retirement community in West Grove.  She was the wife of Robert Skemer, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Louis and the late Frances (Eisnitz) Stern. Joanne graduate from Hunter College with a bachelor’s degree in education ...

 

Art classes at Kuerner Farm this spring

Brandywine River Museum of Art offers Art Classes at Kuerner Farm this spring. Create your own masterpiece inspired by Kuerner Farm, the Chadds Ford farm that inspired Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years, through art classes on the site this spring offered by the Brandywine River Museum of Art.  This is the first time the museum has offered art classes at the farm. ...

 

Jacqueline McKenna named administrator of Pocopson Home

 The Chester County Commissioners today approved the appointment of Jacqueline McKenna as the Administrator of Pocopson Home.   “Jackie has provided more than a decade of valuable service while working at Pocopson Home and she is the logical choice to take over as administrator,” said Commissioners Chair Ryan Costello.  “She has been part of the process to create ...

 

Alice Sweeney Monroe of West Grove

Alice Sweeney Monroe, 96, of West Grove, formerly of Wilmington, died Sunday, March 16, at her residence.  She was the wife of the late Clifton James Monroe. Born in Dearing, WVa., she was the daughter of the late A. H. and Neva Davies Sweeney. She was a bookkeeper and had worked for various businesses during her career. Alice is survived by one son, Arthur James ...

 

U-CF plans to spend some, save some

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District will be spending some money and looking for ways to save some money during the next few years. On the spending side is an update to the district’s educational technology plan that could increase spending by more than $200,000 during the next three years. A BYD — Bring Your own Device — policy, which took over for a plan to ...

 

Different notes for different folks

David Rahbee’s ambition for the Kennett Symphony is to increase its surface area in the community. “I don’t want to be seen as in someone in a penguin suit,” said Rahbee in a recent interview. He added that a symphony orchestra should be out in the community beyond just asking people to attend performances. While “Sharing music is essential to my life,” according to ...