Grace DeFeo of Glen Mills

Grace DeFeo, 87, of Glen Mills, formerly of Ocean City, N.J., died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. She was the wife of Frank DeFeo who died in 2013, and with whom she shared 57 year of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Camillo Verratti and the late Anna Bianchi Verratti. She was an underwriter at the Aetna…

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Victor Castaneda Velazquez of Avondale

Victor Castaneda Velazquez, 54, of Avondale, died Monday, Nov. 26, at Christiana  Hospital. He was the husband of Irene Ayllon Mendiola. Born in Almoloya De Alquisiras, Mexico, he was the son of Elpidia Velaquez of Mexico and the late Rafael Castaneda. He was a maintenance worker at South Mill Mushrooms in Kennett Square. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son Miguel…

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Welsh not seeking reelection

 After nearly two decades, the first female sheriff elected in Chester County has announced that she will retire from the Sheriff’s Office and therefore won’t be seeking re-election. Her term ends in early 2020. Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh, the longest-serving sheriff in county history, said she plans to pursue one of several opportunities that have surfaced. “Sometimes God leads you down a path…

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Around Town Nov. 29

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Santa with Longwood Fire Company

• Candlelight Christmas is this Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, from 1-6 p.m. This event highlights the society's historic buildings, decorated with symbols of the season. Visit our three 18th century houses along with our visitor center, adorned with symbols of the season. Admission is $15 per person or $10 CFHS members. Tickets are available online or at the visitor center. • The…

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Mixed Media: Holiday traditions

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'A Longwood Christmas' lights the sky through January 6

Welcome back from wherever Thanksgiving took you for the last week. For me, I ventured to Charleston, South Carolina to visit family and enjoy the temperate weather, brightly colored colonial buildings, and the smell of salty sea air. It was a lovely respite, but I welcome the return to the Brandywine Valley and our beautiful holiday traditions. Perhaps you’ll be entertaining out of towners in…

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