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‘Shop with Sheriff’ elicits mix of smiles, tears

Instead of a sleigh, this reindeer – also known as Chester County Deputy Sheriff Peter Gardner – leads a flotilla of law-enforcement vehicles escorting two school buses for the 2016 edition of 'Shop with the Sheriff.'

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, ...

 
 

Award reinforces legacy of child advocacy

When the prosecutor tried to speak to the young child about the abuse she had suffered, the girl quickly crawled under a table. Undaunted, the assistant district attorney followed suit, ultimately gaining her trust. Peggy Gusz, executive director of the Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc., (CVC) said that image represented one of her earliest memories of ...

 

PennDOT: Holiday crashes dip; DUI arrests rise

Although Thanksgiving holiday crashes handled by state police decreased this year, DUI arrests saw an increase from 2015. The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 931 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 23 through Nov. 27. The total represented a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 1,013 crashes investigated during the ...

 

PennDOT offers tips to improve holiday travel

With increased traffic expected for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period, PennDOT and Pennsylvania State Police outlined measures they will take and tools available to drivers to make holiday travel as safe and smooth as possible. Thanksgiving travelers are encouraged to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com, which allows users to see how ...

 

Conservation agreement saves Beaver Valley

It’s going to be a happy Thanksgiving for some area conservationists: Bulldozers won’t be tearing up the fields along Beaver Valley Road in Concord Township to make way for new homes because a conservation agreement has been reached that will keep the valley from development. Full details are not yet available, but the Beaver Valley Preservation Alliance and Save the ...

 

Passion pervades planners’ Crebilly meeting

A crowd of more than 250 packed the auditorium of Stetson Middle School primarily to express spirited opposition to Toll Brothers’ development plans for Crebilly Farm, a scenic 330-acre property that saw action during the Revolutionary War. The meeting of the Westtown Township Planning Commission on Wednesday, Nov. 16, began with the Pledge of Allegiance. However, ...

 

Rafferty announces run for judge

It’s only been a week since the 2016 election, but at least one person is already looking ahead to the May 2017 primary election. Pocopson Township resident Sean C. Rafferty has announced his bid to run for district justice. Rafferty will crossfile as both a Democrat and a Republican for the primary. He hopes to replace retired Judge Daniel Maisano for District Court ...

 

Conservancy seeks flood of Brandywine votes

Members of the esteemed Wyeth family found artistic inspiration in its scenic, rippling currents; George “Frolic” Weymouth, the co-founder of the Brandywine Conservancy, made his home at a crook aptly named “Big Bend;” more than 500,000 area residents rely on it for drinking water, and countless others enjoy it for a variety of recreational pursuits. Now, the ...

 

Kennett Library welcomes new board member

As the Kennett Library Board of Trustees moves forward on plans for a new facility, it has welcomed a new board member, Margaret R. Egli was inducted as a trustee appointed by East Marlborough Township last month, bringing the board back up to 15. Stan Allen of East Marlborough Township resigned from the board in September for personal reasons. Egli retired in 2012 ...

 

Toll Brothers to unveil plans for Crebilly Farm

Updated on Nov. 14 with information from County Planning Commission On Wednesday, Nov. 16, area residents will get their first look at development plans for Crebilly Farm in Westtown Township. In July, Toll Brothers announced during a Westtown supervisors’ work session that it had secured an agreement of sale for the scenic, 330-acre property. The developers’ ...

 

Election mars students’ record as predictors

Even the students – who had a perfect record as election prognosticators – got it wrong this time. Since its inception in 1996, students in Chester County who participated in Kids Voting USA have accurately predicted the presidential winners. That winning streak ended this year, however, with students aligning their presidential picks with the voters of Chester ...