Archive for October 8th, 2014

Richie LaFrance of Avondale

Richie LaFrance, 67, of Avondale, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Deborah Feconda LaFrance, with whom he shared 23 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late James and Jessie Lemmon LaFrance. Richie worked in the maintenance department at Kendal at Longwood, for 10 years, retiring ...

 
 

Local caregiver wins national award

At a restaurant table full of jokes, laughter and easy conversation, Katherine McMullen is, well, speechless. “I have no words,” said McMullen, with a beaming smile, “I’m just so blessed.” The recent party at Buca di Beppa in Exton, Pa. is in McMullen’s honor, as she has been named Caregiver of the Year for 2014 by the Always Best Care national franchise. Nominated ...

 

Hoffman takes jabs at incumbent Barrar

It wasn’t a debate and there were no harsh words, but Whitney Hoffman did flick a few verbal darts at state Rep. Stephen Barrar. Hoffman, the Democratic Party candidate hoping to unseat Barrar as representative of Pennsylvania’s 160th Legislative District, said, “It’s time for an upgrade,” in reference to Barrar’s 18 years in office. During a response to a question ...

 

Roadwork for the week of Oct. 12

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 19. PennDOT recommends that motorists allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Utility installation will require a ...

 

Respite care licensing bill goes to governor

The Pennsylvania House of representatives unanimously concurred with Senate amendments on a Chris Ross bill to establish a licensing program for community respite services, making it easier for senior citizens to receive appropriate transitional care as they age. Respite care offers older Pennsylvanians, who require only minimal care and want to remain in their ...

 

U-CF school board weighs redistricting

Redistricting can be a discomforting word, especially for parents of elementary school children. And that word is hovering over the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. The school board, during its Monday, Oct. 13, work session, is expected to vote on retaining the firm of McKissick Associates to conduct a study to assess population growth in the district. In ...

 

Unionville grad wins on ‘Sports Jeopardy’

The score seesawed through most of a recent episode of  “Sports Jeopardy” until late in the contest, when one of the three competitors grabbed a substantial lead. But Birmingham resident Steven Silverman, a 19-year-old sophomore at Carnegie Mellon University and the youngest of the trio, remained undaunted in second place. The Final Jeopardy question remained, and ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet: Moe

If you're looking for a workout buddy or simply a companion to tag along during your daily jog, then come to the Chester County SPCA to meet me. My name is Moe and I'm a handsome 4-year-old neutered male American bulldog mix. I arrived to the shelter as a stray and all I want is to belong to a family as kindhearted as me. I'm a friendly guy with an athletic build and ...

 

Photo of the Week: The Hanging Garden at Hank’s Place

Landscaping with flowers and shrubs is a passion for Hank's Place owner Peter Skiadas.

 

Race across open space aims to preserve it

Area residents are invited to race through open space to help maintain it on Saturday, Oct. 25 - and then to celebrate the results. Natural Lands Trust is sponsoring ChesLen Chase for Open Space, a 10K run, a 5K run, and a 1.5-mile run/walk, to benefit ChesLen Preserve, one of the area’s largest private nature preserves in Newlin Township. As an added incentive, the ...

 

Police Log Oct. 9: Chadds Ford youth arrested; chestnuts stolen; condoms thrown into parked car

• State police from the Embreeville barracks said they arrested five male juveniles on burglary charges: an 18-year-old from Chadds Ford, an 18-year-old from Unionville, a 16-year-old from West Chester, a 17-year-old from Kennett Square, and a 17-year-old from Coatesville. Police said from Jan. 1 through March 4 the teens removed copper and other metals from ...