Adopt-a-Pet Dec. 31

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Dougie Dougie is an adorable 4-year-old with a love for all things adventurous. He loves to romp around in the grass, play fetch, and snuggle up at the end of the day. Dougie would like to be an only dog in a home with older children (12 years old…

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Chadds Ford passes budget

Chadds Ford Township has its budget for 2019. Supervisors passed the plan during its workshop session Friday, Dec. 28. The budget calls for spending and revenue to be slightly more than $1.1 million. That represents an 8.87 percent increase in both over 2018 but taxes remain steady at 0.882 mills for properties in a hydrant zone and 0.787 if outside of such a zone. Total…

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Roadwork for Dec. 29 -Jan. 4

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. 29 -Jan. 4. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Route 3, West Chester Pike, between S. Matlack Street and High  Street, will…

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Joel Lucio Vazquez Bedolla

Joel Lucio Vazquez Bedolla, 28, died Tuesday, Dec. 25. Born in Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Salvador Vazquez Cintora and Evangelina Bedolla Jimenez of Kennett Square. Joel worked for the Excel Modular Scaffold & Leasing Corp. in New Jersey. He was a member of St. Rocco’s Catholic Church in Avondale. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan, and enjoyed cars, listening to Rap…

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It’s Mushroom Drop time

Midnight Monday, that is. It’s Midnight in the Square, Kennett Square’s sixth annual Mushroom Drop when a huge metal mushroom is lowered to bring in the new year. Festivities get underway early with a laser light show at 6 p.m., followed at 6:30 with children’s entertainment at The Garage at 115 S Union Street. The giant lighted mushroom will be raised at 8:45 p.m. and…

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From mushrooms to oil and mattresses

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The former Phillips Mushroom Museum building that became a health food store, is gone. A Quick Lane service center and a mattress store will be going onto the property in East Marlborough Township.

The old Phillips Mushroom Museum on Baltimore Pike at Orchard Avenue in East Marlborough Township gave way to a health food store more than 15 years ago. Then the health food store closed shortly after Whole Foods moved into Concord Township. Now the building and those behind it are being torn down. According to East Marlborough Township Manager Laurie Prysock, the front of the property…

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Police Log Dec. 26: Crashes, thefts, domestic dispute

Pennsylvania State Police • Both drivers in a two-car crash were cited on Dec. 12 in Chadds Ford Township. A state police report identified the drivers as Tyler F. Dougherty, 28, of Glen Mills and Nehal S. Gandhi, 44, of Chadds Ford. The police report said Gandhi was making a left turn onto northbound Route 202 from Summit Drive. Dougherty was southbound on Route 202…

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Adopt-a-Pet Dec. 24

The following animals are ready to be adopted from the Brandywine Valley SPCA in West Chester. Bruiser His name may be Bruiser, but he’s a total softie on the inside. Bruiser is a mellow 7-year-old who is looking for a quiet home to continue his heartworm treatment. This snuggle-bug is friendly with other dogs and ready to find his perfect family. Bruiser’s adoption fee and…

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Mind Matters: Post funeral reflections

I sit in the Philadelphia airport terminal waiting through stormy weather to return to Boston. This was not a planned trip but an unexpected journey taken to attend the funeral of a cousin who died suddenly. Last  Christmas her sister died after many years of being ill. All those years, Kris had been her caretaker. After Margie died, Kris, although grieving, also felt some relief…

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Best holiday lights

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More than 500,000 lights grace more than 150 trees throughout Longwood's outdoor holiday display. Photo courtesy Longwood Gardens.

America voted and Longwood Gardens has been named the winner of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by USA TODAY’s 2018 10   Best Readers’ Choice Awards! With over 500,000 outdoor lights, and fountains that dance to holiday classics, Longwood won the contest sponsored by USA Today and, topping a list of 20 botanical gardens from across the U.S. Norfolk Botanical Garden, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical…

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