Archive for December, 2015

Op/ed: AOPC plan wastes taxpayer funds

With Pennsylvania locked in a five-month budget impasse, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) is creating something that already exists at public expense.  As our schools and nonprofits suffer without state funding, AOPC is developing a computer system to manage all of Pennsylvania’s 67 county registers of wills' and orphans court clerks’ offices.  ...

 
 

Juan Lopez Villagomez of Toughkenamon

Juan  Lopez  Villagomez, 22, of Toughkenamon, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, at his residence. Born in Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Juan Lopez Carrillo and Graciela Villagomez Guzman. He was a 2010 graduate of Kennett High School, and a member of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church. He was a stronger man, always thinking about his family. He was a happy boy all the ...

 

Lillian A. Mcmahon of West Grove

Lillian A. Mcmahon, 86, of West Grove, died Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Brandywine Senior Living in Kennett Square. She was the wife of Norman C. McMahon, who deid in 2011, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Chatham, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Hazel Prange Aberts. She was a member of the West Grove united Methodist Church. Mrs. ...

 

Volunteers needed to assess homelessness

On what typically tends to be a frigid, inhospitable evening, Chester County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) is inviting residents to walk in the shoes of the homeless. The county need volunteers to canvass designated areas to help determine the number of people lacking appropriate shelter during the annual Point-In-Time Count. The federally-mandated ...

 

Adopt-a-Pet: Dec. 28 to Jan. 3

Come meet all the wonderful animals available now for adoption at the Chester County SPCA. Not ready to adopt? Sponsor a pet and provide a safe place for our companions to rest until they find their forever homes. Help us give the most precious gift of all – a home for the Holiday Season. 'Gene' My name is Gene, and no I'm not a dude. Despite the spelling I am a ...

 

Avid chocolate lovers being sought

The United Way of Southern Chester County is issuing a clarion call for chocoholics. Those with a taste for hundreds of delectable chocolate treats – an array that includes cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes – should mark their calendars for Sunday, Feb. 21, this year’s date for the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival. This popular fundraiser, which ...

 

Mind Matters: Re-spect in the New Year?

Here it is: Winter solstice time, when the northern hemisphere faces the darkest days of the year with various celebrations of light. Meanwhile, I sit in Cambridge, Mass., awaiting the arrival of my first grandchild. When this column appears, hopefully she will have been born and we will all be headed into a new year. What sort of a new year will it portend for the ...

 

Roadwork for week of Dec. 26

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect residents in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of Dec. 26 through Jan. 2. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Route 842 in Pocopson, Newlin, and East Marlborough townships will continue to require ...

 

Around Town Dec. 24

Top photo: Merry Christmas from Leader’s Sunoco. Jim Leader, far left, hosts his 30th Christmas Eve open house at the gas station on Route 1 at Creek Road in Chadds Ford village. • The Kennett Area Senior Center’s Walnut Street Café Community Breakfast will be offered on Monday, Jan. 4 from 7 to 9 a.m. Please join us for a fabulous meal including a variety of choices ...

 

Art Watch: What gift inspired you as a child?

When we search for that perfect gift for our children, do you ever wonder what gift they will remember the most? Whether it is the gift of an experience or something purchased, a gift can be the catalyst to discovering a life's passion. I asked some local successful artists what gift they received when they were young that inspired them creatively, and what gift they ...

 

Roving patrol provides free help to drivers

So far this year, more than 16,600 motorists have benefitted from PennDOT’s State Farm Safety Patrol, according to a PennDOT. The patrol, for which nearly 11 percent of the cost is offset by a public-private partnership (P3) sponsorship with State Farm insurance, is a roving safety patrol offering free motorist assistance on select expressways in the Harrisburg, ...