Florence “Kammy” Franz of Kennett Square

Florence “Kammy” (Kahmar) Franz, 81, of Kennett Square, died Thursday, March 21. She was the spouse of George Franz, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late George Kahmar and Edith (Austin) Kahmar. Kammy graduated from Haverford High School in 1960, Muhlenberg College in 1964, and taught in the Nether Providence School District, earning her…

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Brandywine Art Guide: April arts & events

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Octopus's Garden by William Spiker at Blue Streak Gallery

The art world is your oyster this April, with a wide variety of events, exhibitions, and festivals in the Brandywine Valley. From film to sculpture to the masters of the Brandywine Tradition, art lovers are spoiled for options. It is the perfect time to explore and see something new! • Saliim Projects, a gallery that opened last year in Newtown Square, presents Well Within: Portraits…

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Business Briefs March 29

• The Chadds Ford Business Association's next meeting will be a breakfast meeting at the Chadds Ford Township municipal building, at 8:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 11. Township Manager Lacey Faber and some township supervisors will be in attendance to bring us up to speed on the current events in our community. Breakfast by Chadds Ford Coffee House. The cost is $20, pay at the…

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Academic Achievement March 29

• Baily Halsted and Maggie Lawrence of Chadds Ford were named to the Ohio University Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester. Ohio's Dean's List recognizes undergraduate students who complete a particular semester with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.999 with a minimum of 12 hours attempted for letter grades that are used to calculate GPA. • Cade Brennan and Nathan Winnick of Chadds Ford…

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Road report for April 1 through April 5

PennDOT has announced the following weather-dependent road projects that could affect drivers in the greater Chadds Ford area from April 1 through April 5. Motorists are urged to allow extra time traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Construction will begin on Monday, April 1, on a $15.2 million project to replace the South Creek Road bridge over…

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New tip line for PSP

The Pennsylvania State Police now has a new way for the public to share information related to active investigations, cold cases, the apprehension of wanted persons, or locating missing persons. It’s called PSP Tips. "Assistance from the public is often vital to solving crimes or locating missing or wanted individuals," said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy commissioner of operations. "The social media platforms, the toll-free…

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Around Town March 28

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Longwood Gardens new conservatory will be the largest stand-alone conservatory in North America when it opens in November. (Courtesy Image)

• It’s time to mark the calendars. Longwood Gardens has announced that after three years of construction, Longwood Reimagined will open on Nov. 22 of this year. Changes and additions include a third conservancy that’s all glass and will be the largest stand-alone conservatory in North America, a Cascade Garden with a Bonsai Courtyard, and more. • The owners of Taste & Sea Seafood, Steaks…

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CF supports land purchase

Chadds Ford Township supervisors Wednesday night voted to contribute $250,000 to the North American Land Trust’s grant application to buy 1597 Baltimore Pike. Supervisors’ Chairman Samantha Reiner said the money would come from Open Space funds, something the Open Space Committee approved. The property is the former home of N.C. Wyeth and, most recently, the Camp family. The Camps sold the property to developer Wayne…

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CF Winery for sale

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The Chaddsford Winery is up for sale after 42 years.

It’s been 12 years since Eric and Lee Miller retired from the ChaddsFord Winery. Now, the Petrillo family of New York, the remaining founders and owners, are looking to sell. The asking price for the 5-acre property on Route 1 is $4.5 million. This would be the second local winery sale in a year. Longwood Gardens bought the Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in September.…

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Police Log March 27: Assault

Kennett Square Police Department • Police said Joshua Laaksonen, 24, of Kennett Square, was arrested and charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment, following an altercation during which he allegedly pushed a female subject to the ground, causing injury. Officers observed a small laceration and bruising on the victim’s left knee. Laaksonen was taken into custody and transported to central booking at Chester County…

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Kennett native makes Olympic team

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Justin Best, a native of Kennett Square, has made the U.S. Olympics Rowing Team. (Courtesy image)

 Kennett Square native and member of the Newport Rowing Club Justin Best is now on the United States Olympic Rowing Team for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics. This marks Best's second consecutive Olympic appearance, following his silver medal win in the men's four at the 2023 World Rowing Championships and his performance in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A graduate of Drexel University, Best has had…

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