Sprinkler valve off during Barclay fire

Investigators now say a sprinkler valve was likely in the off position during the Nov. 16, 2017 fire at the Barclay Friends Senior Center in West Chester that killed four people. It has still not been determined what caused the fire, but there is no indication of arson. Those were the findings given in a press release the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives issued…

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Adam Miller of Jennersville

Adam Miller, 93, of Jennersville, died Monday, Jan. 28, at his residence. He was the husband of Bessie Campbell Miller, who died in 2001, and with whom he shared 47 years of marriage. Born in Ashe County, N.C., he was the son of the late Jonathan Miller and the late Mandy Greer Miller. He worked at Thompson Roses for many years, retiring in 1990. Mr.…

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Residents want drivers to stop

Cars ignoring stopped school buses and driving through stop signs are an ongoing problem in the Preserve at Chadds Ford development, according to residents. Residents at the Preserve turned out in force Monday night for the Pocopson Township supervisors’ meeting to complain about traffic problems within the development that they say are endangering their children. Shilpa Kapil said she has called the state police’s Avondale…

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Around Town Jan. 31

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Vocalists from the Curtis Opera Theater will perform at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center Saturday Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

• The Chester County Art Association is offering a series of adult classes in February. They include Still Life Painting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Plein Air on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Silkscreen and Relief Printmaking-Intermediate on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Portrait Painting on Monday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m.…

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Weather alert: Snow squalls, frigid cold

The National Weather Service is reporting three areas of weather concern for the region today and tomorrow. Those concerns are snow squalls, strong winds and arctic cold air. Snow squalls will be possible from noon to 5 p.m. today. Snow squalls will have localized significantly reduced visibility as well as gusty winds. Winds may gust as high as 50 mph in the strongest snow squalls.…

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American Beauty comes to BRM in March

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Albert Bierstadt, Coast of California, n.d., oil on paper mounted to canvas, 14 × 19 in. Brandywine River Museum of Art. Richard M. Scaife Bequest, 2015

This spring the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present American Beauty: Highlights from the Richard M. Scaife Bequest, featuring the finest works from the bequest of Mr. Scaife — who left his impressive art collection to the Brandywine and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art following his death in 2014. Co-organized by the Brandywine and Westmoreland, American Beauty features 50 paintings—a top selection of…

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Police Log Jan. 30: Drug arrests, DUIs, scam

Pennsylvania State Police • An unnamed 39-year-old was arrested for possession of cocaine in Concord Township om Jan. 26. Police said they initiated a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle for a code violation when they discovered the cocaine. • Police said a 17-year-old from Pennsbury Township was the victim of identity theft. According to the report, the victim agreed to help someone after being…

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School board hears pro field comments

While Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board members heard a lot of negative comments regarding turf fields during the January work session two weeks ago, the Jan. 28 meeting included comments from residents who like the idea. The board is scheduled to vote on the long-range plan — including whether or not to include two new turf fields — during the regular meeting on Feb. 25.Jeff Almeda,…

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Academic Achievement Jan. 29

• George David Biddle, of Chadds Ford, graduated from James Madison University on Dec. 15 with a degree in anthropology. • Matthew Weigand, of Chadds Ford, was named to the Moravian College Dean's Honors List for Fall 2018. Students who carry three or more course units during the fall or spring term and attain a GPA for the term of 3.50 or higher are placed…

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Frank Zagorskie of Avondale

Frank Zagorskie, 77, of Avondale, died Friday, Jan.. 25. He was the husband of Maureen Formanowski Zagorskie, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Louise Marsit Zagorskie and the late Charles Zagorskie. A 1961 graduate of Hazleton High School, he excelled as a three-sport athlete competing in football, basketball and baseball. While always modest…

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