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Taking care of business with good taste

Members of the Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County (BPA) climbed onboard a rented tour bus for a special dining experience this past week. Four locations hosted one course of the annual Dine-Around event, which showcased the generosity of the business community in an unexpected way. The hosts all donated their course, serving it up to ...

 
 

From homeless 10-year-old to well-heeled lawyer

Nikki Johnson-Huston

Neither an empty seat nor a dry eye was to be found as Nikki Johnson-Huston told her story today to a Chester County organization committed to making a difference. The event was an antidote for the images of riots, hopelessness, and frustration on every TV station in the past week. Johnson-Huston told of being homeless at the age of 9. Her mother had lost her way to ...

 

Facebook circa 1800

How did early Pennsylvania German settlers record the stories of their lives? If you think the answer is a two syllable word beginning with the letter F, you are right. Fraktur is a font and a decorative form of storytelling. “A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans and the Art of Everyday Life” exhibit of folk art opens this weekend at Winterthur. The objects in the ...

 

Rudolph a no-show, but music a delight

Surprises punctuated the performance of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra  Saturday night. For many area residents, the December concert held at Kennett High School starts the holiday season. The program read as one might expect as the holidays approach with seasonal medleys, "Nutcracker Suite," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Skater’s Waltz," and so on. The audience ...

 

Thumbs up for Giving Tuesday

Renee Koener gives the thumbs up for giving to Operation Warm. As its program development manager, Koener explained that Operation Warm provides “more than a coat.” Koener told of the joy in children who receive what might be their first piece of new clothing ever. Her story was well-received by another local organization, Neighbors In Business. Neighbors began a ...

 

BPA Board wants to check diabetes

The Board of Directors of the Business and Professional Organization of Western Delaware County presented a $500 check to Hannah Burella for the American Diabetes Association. The presentation was made at the monthly meeting of the BPA held at Brandywine Prime Wednesday November 19. Eight year old Burella opened the program last month with her story of her life as a ...

 

Two women, one ocean, one stroke at a time

The Pacific Ocean represents the last stop for indigestible garbage. Upon arrival, refuse that isn’t biodegradable coalesces to form an island. Estimates of the island’s magnitude range from the dimensions of Texas to half the size of the United States. What’s a woman to do? A good start was finding a like-minded spirit. Vicki Otmani was working out at Rocky Run YMCA ...

 

Feel your oats, rolled or cut

Chef Dan Kratz demonstrated the art of cooking oats today at the Women In Business meeting.  Thirty women and one brave man gathered for the monthly meeting. Not intimidated by a room full of women, Dave Golder said he goes where good food is.  And good food there was at the breakfast buffet in the Hilton Garden Inn. Kratz explained that the fewer ingredients the ...

 

President and Ebola upstaged

The Affordable Care Act was the original topic for Patrick Gavin, president of Crozer Chester Medical Center, who addressed the Business and Professional Association of Western County (BPA) last week.  However, when members assembled for their monthly meeting at Brandywine Prime, they got a surprise: 8-year-old Hannah Burella opened the program. Burella told a story ...

 

Sold-out, stand-up crowd welcomes Hall

Michael Hall offered the audience both challenge and comfort in the inaugural concert for the Kennett Symphony’s 74th season. The challenge was in the first piece. Comfort was everywhere else. Hall was warmly welcomed by a sold-out crowd at the Madeleine Wing Adler Theater at West Chester University Saturday September 13. The program opened with a sparkling ...

 

Chadds Ford Rocks

More than one hundred fans from the Chadds Ford Business Association cheered on the Blue Rocks baseball team Friday, July 11.  The event was the fourth annual benefit the Friends of Brandywine Battlefield. Jim DeFrank’s team from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services was in the first row.  Sitting directly behind home plate can be a risky as a pop up fly landed in their ...