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Balloon Fest 2017 in photos

Balloons take flight over New Garden Township in the early evening.

Mother nature treated hot air balloon enthusiasts and observers with fair skies and gentle winds during the seventh annual Chester County Balloon Festival held at the New Garden Airport this weekend. Winds should be no more than 10 mph for a safe trip. There was music, food, some zip lining and even a pool where people could learn a little bit of scuba diving. ...

 
 

Photo of the Week: Squid Tree 2017

A full canopy shields early summer grasses as they grow through the exposed roots of a tree along the Brandywine Creek. Continued natural erosion exposes more and more of the roots each year.

 

Planner: Crebilly development a net gain

According to David C. Babbitt, the proposed development of Crebilly Farm by Toll Bros. in Westtown would be a net gain for the township and the West Chester Area School District. Babbitt is a land planner who did a fiscal impact study on the plan in October. He gave testimony on his report during the June 20 conditional use hearing held at Bayard Rustin High School. ...

 

School board sets budget, taxes up

Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board directors approved the district's 2017-2018 budget during their June 19 meeting. The budget does include a tax increase for property owners. Appropriations for the next academic year are $84.9 million with real estate taxes for property owners in the Chester County portion of the district levied at 28.42 mills. Property taxes in ...

 

Photo of Week: A Run Along Time

A run trickles through a property on Webb Road in Chadds Ford Township, slowly eroding the area at the base of a tree over time.

 

Suit challenges gerrymandering in PA

While there's been movement on the township level to get local governments on board with an effort to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania has now filed a suit claiming the 2011 redistricting maps were drawn unconstitutionally. The 42-page complaint was filed this morning in Commonwealth Court. According to a press release, ...

 

School board to vote on budget

It’s down to the wire for Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board Directors to decide on a budget for the next school year. A vote on the spending plan is set for next week. The board set the budget to be considered during its June 12 work session. Under the proposed budget, expected revenue is $84,918,161, while anticipated expenditures total $84,932,572. Real estate ...

 

Photo of the Week: Let’s Dance

Trees do some slow dancin’ and swayin’ to the music, at least in a Rorschach ink blot sort of way.

 

New PRD ordinance in Chadds Ford

Despite objections and some suggestions from residents, Chadds Ford Township supervisors last night voted 3-0 to enact a new ordinance for planned residential developments. The new ordinance increases the minimum acreage required for a PRD. That increase calls for changing the requirements for a PRD-1 from 50 acres to 100 acres, and a road may not bisect the ...

 

Charge to class: ‘Be that guy’

The charge to Unionville High School's Class of 2017 was a straightforward one, "Be that guy." That was the basic message from Principal Jimmy Conley to the almost 300 students in the class during the June 7 commencement ceremony held at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware. Conley told a story from his home life, about how his wife reacted to ...

 

Concord OKs Royal Farms

Concord Township Council last night unanimously approved the conditional use and land development for Royal Farms. Lou Colagreco, the attorney for the applicant, said work would likely begin sometime in 2018 after his client gets the necessary permits from PennDOT. Royal Farms wants to construct a 4,166 square foot store on the 1.4-acre lot in the split on Route 202 ...