Frances A. Fichter of Glen Mills

Frances A. Fichter (nee Barry), of Glen Mills, formerly of Springfield, died April 29. Born in 1942 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Josephine and Louis Barry. Frances was the beloved wife of George P. Fichter IV; the loving mother of George P. Fichter, V, of Glen Mills, Kenneth Barry Fichter (Mary) of Jennersville, Jeanne Marie Giord (James) of Winston Salem, and…

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Doris June Tindall of Westtown

Doris June Tindall (nee Meyers), of Westtown, formerly of Ridley Park, passed away on April 29. Born in 1925 in Upland, she was the daughter of the late Frances M. and Christopher L. Meyers Sr. Doris attended the Pierce Business College and worked as an executive secretary with Scott Paper. She was the judge of elections for 35 years in Thornbury Twownship, Chester County. Doris…

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Chester County sheriff is ready for liftoff

Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh has enjoyed a distinguished history of notable accomplishments. In 1982, she founded Hercon, an aptly-named business that became the first female-owned construction firm to receive, in 1984, a major contract with PennDOT to complete a $700,000 overpass over I-95 in Chester. By 1995, she became the first woman president of the Chester/Delaware Homebuilders Association. Then the Pennsbury Township resident…

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Woody Shirley Deinish of Kennett Square

Woody Shirley Deinish, 85, of Kennett Square, formerly of Bozman, Md., and Plandome, N.Y., died peacefully on Saturday, May 9, with her loving family by her side. Woody was born in Glen Dale, W.Va, on April 24, and retained an abiding love for West Virginia and for her extended close-knit Hinerman and Fauley families. Her door was always open, and she welcomed and fêted newcomers…

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Riding the rails to become more convenient

Commuter rail service is going to get a boost within the next few years. SEPTA will be renovating and re-opening its Wawa station in Middletown Township, making it easier for commuters to use public transportation between Philadelphia and Western Delaware County and Southern Chester County. SEPTA representatives spoke to a variety of stakeholders during a breakfast meeting at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square…

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Adopt-a-Pet: Whiskers

Hi, I am Whiskers, a handsome gray and white, 10-year-old domestic shorthair/mix who came at the Chester County SPCA on April 28. I am quickly becoming a volunteer favorite as a social butterfly. I love attention and enjoy being petted. I would do well in most home situations, with an adopter old or young. Won’t you consider me as your next family pet?

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Police Log May 14: Accidents, DUIs, identity theft

• A Wilmington man was cited for speeding after his 2008 Mercury Milan struck an embankment on Creek Road in Chadds Ford Township on May 11. State police said Ronald J. Bender, 60, was driving south on Creek Road, north of Bullock Road at 4:05 p.m. His car crossed over the northbound lane as Bender was negotiating a left-hand curve. The vehicle flipped over after…

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Around Town May 14

• Become a time traveler in an exciting walk to explore signs of the Newlin Grist Mill nature park's past on Saturday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. Newlin’s park naturalist will introduce participants to living fossils, help walkers discover the descendants of dinosaurs, and facilitate a visit with trees old enough to have witnessed the lives of wooly mammoths. "Prehistoric Newlin” is part of Newlin…

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The Rabbi’s Study: Endings and beginnings

Even if you’ve never seen the movie, “The Graduate,” you’ve heard lines from it. You’ve heard the career advice that a family friend sagely offers Dustin Hoffman’s confused character as they walk together next to the family pool during his graduation party: “Plastics, my boy, plastics.” You’ve heard songs from the memorable Simon and Garfinkel soundtrack. You may even recall the awkward exchange when the…

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Iconic festival promotes energy independence

Offering an innovative way to celebrate the regional work being done to combat climate change and promote sustainability, the Seventh Annual Energy Independence Festival will take place on Sunday, May 17, at the MoGreena complex in Modena. Waste Oil Recylers, a proponent of the waste-not philosophy that transforms  used cooking oil into biodiesel, created the free, public festival, which has grown in popularity each year.…

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