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For Crebilly, settlement hopes percolating

Preservationists are hoping to save at least of portion of Crebilly Farm in Westtown Township.

At the end of 2017, the Westtown Township Board of Supervisors voted to deny Toll Brothers’ conditional-use application for Crebilly Farm, prompting jubilation from area residents that would prove short-lived. For more than a year, opponents of the plan to erect 319 homes on a scenic, 322-acre tract had attended dozens of multi-hour meetings that produced almost ...

 
 

Art, history mix well for Paint Out Chadds Ford

Art will intersect creatively with area landscapes this week as the Chadds Ford Historical Society (CFHS) hosts its 10th Annual Paint Out Chadds Ford. The “plein air” event will feature paintings done outdoors, typically in a single sitting. From Thursday, Feb. 1, through Saturday, Feb. 3, area residents will see artists set up around the area, bringing their ...

 

Museum trains on track to battle breast cancer

Updated at 9 p.m. to add acquisition of caboose The Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art has given procrastinators reason to rejoice: Its popular holiday model trains will be displayed through Sunday, Jan. 28. Even better, the unprecedented extra time comes with an addition to the Brandywine Railroad O-gauge extravaganza: a train car that promotes breast-cancer ...

 

Beer, water mix well at annual BRC dinner

The 2017 Dinner & Silent Auction of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRC) not only tapped into its members’ shared passion for clean water and environmental advocacy, but it also showcased the simpatico efforts of a popular, local beer-maker. The annual dinner, held on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Mendenhall Inn, attracted a record crowd of 250 and offered ...

 

At festival, glasses raised to crush cancer

The 26th Annual Wine Festival at the Dilworthtown Inn borrowed lyrics from the musical “Annie” – with a slight revision: “The sun will come out … in an hour.” At least that’s what forecasters repeatedly insisted. But on Sunday, Oct. 15, Mother Nature defied predictions that the clouds would soon subside. They never did, but people were having too much fun to care. ...

 

Wyeth adds pop of pink to Halloween display

As darkness fell and rain showers intensified, the young woman wearing a hoodie and wielding a can of spray paint worried momentarily about being placed in handcuffs. She understood that she would have some explaining to do if police saw her traipsing around the Wyeth property on Wednesday evening, Oct. 11. But it probably wouldn’t have taken Victoria Browning Wyeth ...

 

For anti-cancer fundraiser, grape expectations

On the heels of Chester County Day, Chester County Hospital has a second fall ritual on tap this weekend: the 26th Annual Wine Festival. The hospital is hoping that area oenophiles will gather at the Dilworthtown Inn in Birmingham Township on Sunday, Oct. 15, to help put a cork in cancer. Attendees will be able to stroll the grounds of the historic restaurant and ...

 

Chester County Day: Hills, thrills and chills

Uncommon items such as an antique dental chair, Emmy Awards, and an “Indian” door combined with near-perfect weather to entertain guests of the 77th Annual Chester County Day, the longest continuously running house tour in the country. This year’s popular fundraiser for Chester County Hospital — held annually on the first Saturday of October  — commemorated the ...

 

Chester County has much to celebrate

This year’s Chester County Day on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have much to celebrate. In addition to continuing its 77-year tradition as the longest-running house tour in the country, the popular, area fundraiser will also honor the 125th anniversary of Chester County Hospital, which was founded in 1892. The 2017 ticket-holders will have access to ...

 

Battle lines redrawn at Crebilly Farm meeting

The Westtown Township Planning Commission provided a lesson in Revolutionary War history and corporate economics to an audience of nearly 300 at Stetson Middle School. The crowd gathered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, for the second of four public meetings designed to provide the planners with information regarding a 300-plus-unit development proposed for ...

 

‘Shop with Sheriff’ elicits mix of smiles, tears

With flashing lights and wailing sirens, the law-enforcement caravan followed a lead motorcycle driven by a deputy sheriff decked out as a reindeer; it also included Mrs. Claus in a prison van as it pulled up to the Walmart in East Marlborough Township on Saturday morning, Dec. 3. Such unconventional touches added a twist to the “Third Annual Shop with the Sheriff, ...