Mixed Media: Color in winter

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Stan Smokler sculpture on exhibit at Delaware Contemporary

The winter doldrums are upon us. Holidays are over, and now we hang out in limbo, preparing for snowstorm after snowstorm until Spring arrives. Or… you can head to Church Street Gallery for a solo exhibition of Charles Jay’s work in West Chester and get your fix of colorful florals and a flavor of warmth and vibrancy that is lacking in the winter months. Jay…

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Hazel “Jiggs” Darone Smith of Kennett Square

Hazel “Jiggs” Darone Smith, 88, of Kennett Square, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Neighborhood Hospice, West Chester. She was the wife of Paul E. Smith, Sr., who passed away in 1982. Born in Kennett Square on July 17, 1930, she was the daughter of the late David Darone and the late Lillian Bonsall Darone. She was raised in Unionville and attended the local school. She…

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Maria Natividad Lara of Kennett Square

Maria Natividad Lara, 78, of Kennett Square, died Monday, Jan. 14, at Neighborhood Hospice. She was the wife of Mariano Zavala, who passed away in 2016, and with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Las Penas, Moroleon, GTO, Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Rafael Lara and the late Eustorgia Zavala. Maria was a homemaker and she  enjoyed cooking, watching…

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Blogging Along the Brandywine: Christy’s ‘Gran’

I had two grandmothers. One quietly entertained my sister and me with tea parties, taught us German, to sew, to color inside the lines and to write in neat cursive. The other laughed out loud, feared nothing, wore slacks in the 1950s, and taught my country mouse sister and me to ride Washington, D.C.’s buses by ourselves. Tuesday evening, I had the pleasure to see…

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Around Town Jan. 17

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Design Zone opens at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on Jan. 26.

• Longwood Gardens is offering furloughed federal workers — and up to three guests — free admission throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers must show valid government ID to redeem the offer. • Da Vita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita Inc., will host an open house on Monday, Jan. 21, at its location at 265 Wilmington West Chester Pike.…

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