Around Town Sept. 14

• The Brandywine Battlefield Park hosted a 9/11 ceremony Monday evening on the anniversary of both the 1777 Battle of Brandywine and 2001 terror attacks. As has become the tradition, Carl Closs, portraying Gen. George Washington, read the letter Washington wrote to John Hancock following the loss of the battle to the British. State Rep. Stephen Barrar was unable to attend, but former Chadds Ford Township Supervisor George Thorpe read a statement Barrar sent in. Also, current Supervisor Noelle Barbone presented the Battlefield Park Associates with a $10,000 check in honor of the group's dedication to preserving history.

• West Chester University is offering an “environmental sustainability film series” through December in the Business and Public Management Center Room 101. All films start at 7 p.m.; the lobby opens at 6:15. Sept. 14, “Unacceptable Levels;” Oct. 12, “Circle of Poison;” Nov. 9, “We The People 2.0; Dec. 7, “The Wisdom to Survive.”  Refreshments and community group displays will be available in the lobby preceding each film.  Expert panels and question and answer session will conclude each film.  Contact Margaret Hudgings – or Sean McLaughlin

• Delaware County is reminding residents that the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election is Oct. 10. Individuals can register at the Voter Registration office at the Delaware County Government Center, 201 W. Front Street in Media, or online at The last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is Oct. 31. Applications for absentee ballots must arrive by that Oct. 31 deadline.

• The Kennett Area Senior Center is holding our second yard sale of the year. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. You can find decorations for the home, kitchen supplies, appliances, puzzles, toys, clothing, furniture and much, much more.  Grab a bite to eat, too.  Renew your energy and continue to shop after a hot dog or hamburger, chips and beverages.  Stop by 427 S. Walnut Street in Kennett Square. Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 S. Walnut Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

• Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library's nine-story museum, and the conservatory will be illuminated with massive projected images on Monday, Sept. 25, for the "Light Art Grand Tour USA," a documentary on 50 landmarks in 50 states. The Light Art Grand Tour will visit some of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, including those in the original 13 states, filmed in the order in which they joined the Union. Because of space limitations, attendance at the Sept. 25 light show will be limited to members and guests. Registration is required. The event begins at 7 p.m.

• Hobby Horse Competitions are coming to Oxford courtesy of Oxford Feed & Lumber. The Pink Hobby Horse Prance will be held at the store, 112 Railroad Ave., Oxford, PA, on Saturday, Oct. 7. From 9-11 a.m., participants register, then assemble and customize stick ponies at the store. They are also welcome to bring a "pony" from home. The pony show begins at 11 with divisions for ages each offering under saddle (walk, trot, canter), over fences, and trail classes.  Participants should wear athletic attire and sneakers or running shoes. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure that participants will receive a tee shirt in their size. The $10 fee includes tee shirt, components to assemble one stick pony, and entries for one division.  Call 610-932-8521 or stop by the store to register and help us continue our support of local breast cancer coalitions.

• Runners of all ages and ability are invited to race through scenic and challenging terrain for Natural Lands' fourth annual ChesLen Chase for Open Space. The race will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the 1,263-acre ChesLen Preserve in Coatesville, Chester County. Runners can choose from three courses—a 10K run, a 5K run, and a 2-mile fun run-walk— all of which traverse ChesLen Preserve's scenic landscapes. The demanding trails of the 10K and 5K will take runners across open fields, through dense woodlands, and around marshy wetlands, steep hills, and a creek crossing. The 2-mile fun run-walk leads folks around a loop trail with magnificent views of the preserve. Registration is $45 for the 10K race, $35 for the 5K race, and $25 for the 2-mile fun run/walk. Kids, ages 12 and under, are free but must be registered to participate. Runners receive a $5 discount if they register on or before Oct. 5. Members of Natural Lands receive an additional $5 discount. Learn more and register online at

State Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, chats with members of the Chadds Ford Business Association during the CFBA's networking session held at the Gables on Sept. 7.



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