PSP warns about vaccine scams

While people should protect themselves against the virus, now they’re warned to protect themselves against vaccine scams. The Pennsylvania State Police reminds residents to remain vigilant about scams attempting to take advantage of the coronavirus vaccine. While two vaccines have been approved and have been released for distribution, that distribution is based on a priory list. The official distribution is the beginning of a sustained…

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Around Town Dec. 31

• The Delaware County Library system — including Rachel Kohl Library — has 100 new mobile hotspots available for checkout. Hotspots provide wireless Internet on the go and are loaned out for three weeks at a time. Request your hotspot just like you would a book. It will then be sent to Rachel Kohl via our county van delivery service and you will be contacted…

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Wolf lifts latest COVID restrictions

The COVID-19 mitigation efforts that Gov. Tom Wolf ordered on Dec. 12 will be lifted as scheduled on Jan. 4, the governor said today. Those restrictions — the 10-person indoor and 25-person outdoor gathering limits, the bans on indoor dining, gyms, bars, entertainment facilities, and extra-curricular activities — will be gone as of 8 a.m. Monday. Wolf said those mitigation efforts “did what they were…

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BRM looking ahead to 2021

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Andrew Wyeth, The Carry, 2003, tempera on panel. Private Collection. © 2020 Andrew Wyeth/ARS

While museums are closed through Jan. 4 by the governor's order, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is looking ahead with four new events beginning in January. Among them are a talk from Victoria Wyeth, a children's reading program, a discussion on artist Horace Pippin and the Birmingham Hill Preserve, and a virtual tasting of beer, chocolate, and jerky. The Victoria Wyeth talks are 7…

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Police Log Dec. 30: Fatal crash

Pennsylvania State Police Media Barracks • State police said a 59-year-old man from Gibbstown N.J., was killed in a two-car crash on Route 1 at Schoolhouse Lane in Concord Township on Dec. 23. They identified the deceased as Donald H. Degnan. According to the report, Degnan was driving south on Schoolhouse Lane and turned onto southbound Route 1. He then continued to move from the…

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Gretchen Ramona Walker Jones of Jennersville

Gretchen Ramona Walker Jones, of Jennersville, died Sunday, Dec. 27, from complications of progressive supranuclear palsy. She was 86. Gretchen was born in Plain City, Ohio to Grace Headlee Walker and Holly Walker, a banker and civic leader. The third of five children, Gretchen was an outstanding student and athlete. As a child, she could be found playing basketball with the boys, gardening with her…

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Musings: Ugh!

At one time or another, most elementary school students were asked in September how they spent their summer vacation. As we move into January 2021, it’s time to ask something different. How was your 2020? Likely, most people would respond with a resounding “Ugh!” And that’s the polite response. Another way to address 2020 is, as J.D. Tuccille of Reason Magazine put it, “annus horribilis.”…

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Mushroom Drop goes hybrid

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This year's Mushroom Drop will be hybrid, with the drop carried on Facebook.

If there had been any doubt before, it’s gone now. The annual Mushroom Drop in Kennett Square, scheduled for Dec. 31, is virtual this year. No happy New Year’s revelry in the street watching the giant mushroom come down. But, in-person viewing is still available, sort of hybrid. Midnight on the Square, The Mushroom Festival, and the Kennett Area Restaurant and Merchant Association are hosting…

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