After five years, covered bridge reopened

After being closed for nearly five years, the historic Speakman Covered Bridge over Buck Run on Frog Hollow Road in West Marlborough and East Fallowfield townships reopened on Thursday, Oct. 20. The covered bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was closed to traffic after sustaining severe structural damage from being struck by a large vehicle in November 2011. PennDOT has…

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Lilian Eva Thompson, 96, of Kennett Square

Lilian Eva Thompson, 96, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 13 at her home at Crosslands in Kennett Square. She was the wife of William  Bennett Thompson., who passed away in 2015, and with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. She met her husband in Liverpool, England, while he was stationed there during WWII, proudly serving his country as a private in the U.S. Army. Born in Liverpool on Aug. 22, 1920, Mrs. Thompson was the only daughter of  the late "Nina and Pops" Hewish. Eve, as…

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Barrar: ‘Vote me out if I say free’

Not surprisingly, when lawmakers addressed the Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County, the topic of money featured prominently in the discussion. The BPA invited state Rep. Steven Barrar, R-160, and state Rep. Chris Quinn, R-168, to speak at their monthly meeting at Brandywine Prime on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Barrar started the conversation by noting that everything costs money. “Free” means someone else pays,…

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Growth spurts dominate Kennett Twp. meeting

Kennett Township focused on growth of assorted types at its supervisors’ meeting this week. On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the board heard a report from Police Chief Lydell E. Nolt, who has presided over the township’s police force since 2015. The department was founded in 2004, and since then it has increased in size from one full-time officer to five full-timers and two part-time officers. In…

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Heroin dealer indicted for drug-related death

A 28-year-old Delaware man has been indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl that resulted in a New Garden Township fatality this past summer. Charles M. Oberly III, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced in a press release that Donte Jacobs of New Castle had been indicted on Oct. 13 – the first such indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in…

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Borough illuminates path to saving money

The adage about not being able to squeeze blood from a rock came into play at the recent Kennett Square Borough Council meeting. Bob Norris, a member of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s board, appeared before council on Monday, Oct. 17, to ensure that active, open communication continued between the borough and school district. He said he was reaching out to hear any concerns, and…

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Voting project involves students in democracy

A Unionville High School student will help debut the 2016 Kids Voting USA project. Approximately 33,000 students from over 50 Chester County schools are expected to cast their ballot in the initiative, which is coordinated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, according to a CCIU press release. The Kids Voting kickoff ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at the historic…

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Longwood Fire Co. celebrates anniversary

Longwood Fire Company’s annual open house drew support from the public and business community as the organization commemorated its 95th anniversary. “The community certainly supported our open house this past Sunday," said Longwood Chief A. J. McCarthy. "Hundreds of people took part in our event." Refreshments were served during the annual, family-friendly event. Informational tables were manned by Crozer Burn Center; Fitchett Chiropractic;  Walgreen's, which…

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Around Town Oct. 20

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A 10-by-14 watercolor called 'Variety' is one of the paintings by Jacalyn Beam that will be displayed during a solo show entitled 'Treats and Tricks' at the Chadds Ford Gallery. It opens on Friday, Oct. 28.

“Treats and Tricks,” a new exhibit at the Chadds Ford Gallery, opens Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13. The exhibit is the first solo show at the gallery for artist Jacalyn Beam, known for her plein air paintings of the Brandywine Valley. Brandywine Prime is partnering with the gallery for the event by offering $10 gift certificates during the opening,…

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Adopt-a-Pet Oct. 20

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Maggie is one of the featured pets this week at the Brandywine Valley SPCA. She is looking for a forever home.

Come meet all the wonderful animals available now for adoption at the Brandywine Valley SPCA. All featured pets are “Name Your Price” adoption fee until Monday, Oct. 24,  or sponsor a pet and provide a safe place for our companions to rest until they find their forever homes. Help us give them a second chance at a fresh start! MAGGIE Hi, my name is Maggie, a 3-year-old female who arrived at the Brandywine…

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