Gunsense offers ‘Building Bridges’ workshop, May 2

Gun Sense Chester County (formerly The Chester County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence) is offering a “public invited workshop” for anyone interested in learning techniques for building thoughtful discussion on issues related to gun violence prevention. The workshop is called “Building Bridges.” It’s designed to teach skills and approaches that can help foster conversations that avoid...

What To Do: Earth Day, more important than ever

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Earth Day has been becoming more necessary every year. Now, because of the political turn of events in last November, efforts to protect the earth are crucial. Earth Day has been featuring celebrations all around the world for more than 40 years. There are a number of special Earth Day festivities in the area this weekend, including the “Earth Day Walk...

HPP to offer YMCA fitness memberships for Medicaid/Medicare members

PHILADELPHIA — Health Partners Plans (HPP) is expanding its commitment to health care with a new partnership with YMCA of Greater Brandywine. For the first time, many Medicaid members will be eligible for fitness memberships – covered by HPP for a full calendar year from when they enroll — at one of seven YMCA locations in Chester County. Medicare and CHIP recipients will also have access...

UHS grad launches kids’ book series focused on shelter dogs

CHICAGO —  This month, 2011 Unionville High School graduate and current Chicago author Savy Leiser launched a new series of children’s books called The Furever Home Friends. Each book tells the story of a real dog who has lived in an animal shelter or rescue, and their journey to adoption. Each character also has a corresponding 12-inch flannel stuffed animal. To fund the production of the...

Kennett Democrats elect new officers

The Kennett Area Democrats elected a new slate of officers Thursday. Left to right: Dick Bingham, Wayne Braffman, Victoria Wiedwald, Karen Meyerson, Dale LaBar. At its April 13 meeting, the Kennett Area Democrats (KAD) elected a new slate of officers to guide the civic organization through the next four years: Chair: Wayne Braffman, Kennett Square Vice-Chair: Victoria Wiedwald, Kennett Township Secretary:...

What To Do: lots of fun for Easter weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Winterthur This weekend, you need to watch where you’re walking lest you step on something you shouldn’t be stepping on – Easter Eggs, that is, not dog droppings. There will be Easter Egg hunts everywhere – from huge hunts presented by organizations and churches to small family backyard hunts. One thing for sure — there will be a lot more hard-boiled...

TCHS students show off art at Exton Mall

TCHS Brandywine Commercial & Graphic Arts senior Zyonna Boykin stands next to the work she submitted for the 2017 Commercial & Graphic Arts Senior Exhibit. DOWNINGTOWN — Commercial & Graphic Arts students at the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus are offering the public an insight into their creative talents. For the second year in a row, TCHS Brandywine seniors...

Smucker announces 2017 Congressional art contest

LANCASTER — U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) has announced the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District. “I’m thrilled that I have opportunity to showcase the artistic ability of students in our communities,” said Rep. Smucker. “The winner of the competition will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for all members, staff, and visitors...

14 new LPNs graduate from CCIU program

On Thursday March 16, 2017, students in the full-time CCIU Practical Nursing Program, located in Downingtown, became the 120th class to graduate from this program.Row 1 left to right: Kendra Anderson, Larissa Wilkins (Salutatorian), Dylan Harding, Brandi Trego, Kayla Draper (Valedictorian), Rachael Dupree (Valedictorian).Row 2 left to right: Tedescha Short, Amanarys Santana Rivera, Destinee Merrick,...

ZOOM to help folks get to medical appointments

Thomas Metcalf, John Davis and Steve and Bonnie Yost, volunteers for the ZOOM program and Chester County residents. WEST CHESTER — Family Service of Chester County announced this week that its new program – ZOOM – will launch on April 19th and begin connecting area nonprofit clients with free transportation to and from medical appointments. ZOOM is the first program of its kind in Chester...