Neighbors pitch in after major fire

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What remains of the barn that caught fire in Pocopson Township Sunday. Two horses were killed.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of a late Sunday morning fire that killed two horses and destroyed a 150-year-old barn in Pocopson Township. Seven other horses were saved from the fire at Deneno Farm on Wawaset Farm Road. The horses were retired racehorses owned by Don Deneno, a retired horse trainer. More than two dozen fire companies responded to the blaze that broke…

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Marijuana dispensary eyes Chadds Ford

What started as a simple discussion about a possible zoning text change turned into an hour-long conversation about marijuana. During that conversation, members of the Chadds Ford Planning Commission learned that a medical marijuana dispensary wants to open up in Springwater Plaza in Chadds Ford. The exchange happened during the commission's Oct. 14 meeting. According to township and commission solicitor Mike Maddren, at issue was…

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Pennsbury to Oxford trail considered

Chester County Commissioners are scheduling a public meeting for a proposed trail plan that would connect Pennsbury Township with Oxford. Commissioners last year accepted a grant award to perform a study that would examine the feasibility of developing a multi-use trail to serve the communities in southern Chester County. On Tuesday, July 14, the Chester County Planning Commission will hold the first public meeting discussing…

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Lenape Road Bridge reopened

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The Route 52 Bridge is open again after a 10-month closure.

PennDOT has reopened the Route 52/Lenape Road Bridge. The bridge over the Brandywine Creek in Birmingham Township was opened on June 30. The span, between Pocopson Road and Creek Road, had been closed and detoured since August 2019 for the rehabilitation of the structure. Creek Road between Riverbend Lane and Country Club Road was later closed in November. Both roads are now open. While major…

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What it means to be green

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The five-county Philadelphia region will enter the green phase next Friday, according to Gov. Tom Wolf..

Chester County Commissioners, in a press release today, said the county is ready to go green. That word came in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of today saying the five-county Philadelphia region will enter the green phase on June 26. “[T]he county is fully prepared to further relax restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release said. Commissioner’s Chair Marian Moskowitz said in the…

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Outdoor dining draws praise

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Patrons take advantage of phase yellow any dining al fresco at local restaurants. Diners here enjoy The Gables.

It might not be the same as dancing in the street, but diners and restaurateurs are happy about dining al fresco. Restaurants in the region opened up for outdoor dining two weeks ago after counties moved from the red to yellow phase in Gov. Wolf's color scheme for getting the state back to normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yvonne and Michael Kelley,…

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Budget talks go on despite pandemic

Some things need to be addressed regardless of a pandemic. One such matter is the 2020-2021 budget for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Despite uncertainties about the budget because of COVID-19, the board is still expected to vote on the spending bill in June. A budget hearing is scheduled for May 4. In November, before the pandemic struck and shut down schools and in-person public…

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Farmers sow seeds of optimism

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Randell Spackman gets his Thornbury Farm store ready for the season. Some crops, for now, aren't locally grown yet.

Businesses try to maintain a sense of normalcy even in tough times. They have to. It's a common concern, but it becomes more so in times of uncertainty. Even for businesses that provide necessities, like farmers. Consider Randell Spackman, of Thornbury Farm in Thornbury Township in Chester County, and H.G. Haskell, of Hill Girt Farm in Pennsbury. They grow and sell food and have their…

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New owners for Dilworthtown Inn

After almost a year, the Dilworthtown Inn has new owners. Frank Rupp, a member of the board of Chadds Ford Business Association, and his wife Susan made settlement earlier this month for the inn and sister properties, the Blue Pear Bistro and the Innkeeper’s Kitchen. The restaurants have been closed since the death of Jim Barnes in April of 2019. Who will eventually operate the…

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Fire puts community’s neediest at risk

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Volunteers load a delivery from Chester County Food Bank for storage.

A malfunction in a freezer at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 sparked a fire at the Kennett Food Cupboard. The damage from fire, soot and smoke forced Kennett Area Community Service, who runs the cupboard, to throw out half of their current inventory and close their doors. "We hope to open in 7-10 days,” said Leah Reynolds, executive director of KACS. The cupboard supplies…

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Heat warning Wednesday through Sunday

The national weather service in Mount Holly has issued an excessive heat warning which is in effect from 8 a.m. Wednesday to 10 p.m. Sunday. Heat index values will be up to 110 due to temperatures in the upper 90s, and dew points in the lower 70s. The highest heat index values will occur during the daytime, especially on Saturday. However, given how hot and…

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