Beyond ‘Trump, bad’

By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times The June 16 editorial “For GOP candidates the question is: To Trump or not to Trump?” http://chescotimes.com/?p=25893/ makes a lot of good points about this year’s enthusiasm gap between the two major parties (see also the recent Pew poll http://www.people- press.org/2018/06/20/voters-more-focused-on-control-of-congress-and-the-president-than-in-past-midterms/)...

PennDOT shuts Rt. 82 Bridge in Kennett due to ‘serious deterioration’

The area in Kennett Township impacted by the bridge closure. Image Courtesy PennDOT. The bridge carrying Route 82 (Creek Road) over East Branch of Red Clay Creek in Kennett Township, is closed indefinitely due to serious deterioration of the beams, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. Route 82 (Creek Road) will be closed near the intersection of Old Kennett Road...

On Stage: Trevor Hall highlights his spiritual side

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Trevor Hall Area music fans have a lot of choices for live shows this weekend. They can go on a softer route on June 23 by attending shows by Dustbowl Revival, illumine/Sean & Dave Make Music, or Trevor Hall. Or, they can travel a trail of harder music on June 24 by attending shows by Poison, Hogan’s Goat or Twitching Tongues. On June 23, Trevor...

What To Do: Chester Co. Balloon Fest soars again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you realize that here are hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes floating in the sky over your head, you’re going to stop whatever you’re doing and turn your gaze skyward. If you want to experience this sensation, then you should plan on attending this weekend’s 12th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival (New Garden Flying Field, 1235...

First responders take 148 million steps toward WalkWorks goal

Representatives from Chester County’s Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs Associations and the EMS Council join Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Terence Farrell, County Health Department and Emergency Services Department representatives, and two of the three top walkers in revealing the results of the WalkWorks ChesCo! First Responder Challenge. The Chester County Hero Fund is the...

On Stage: Uptown celebrates the roots of Doo-Wop

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Soul Harmony Today’s world of music has an amazing number of genres and sub-genres.  Some of the oldest are blues, country and western, rock and rhythm and blues. The first three are easy for casual music fans to figure out. The fourth is more obscure. Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated...

Mixed Media: Summer is a fun time to try new things

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Orange Slime Mold with Puffballs and Lichen by Patrick Jacobs Ohhhh! There are so many interesting things happening this month – specifically of the more contemporary persuasion. Summertime can be a bit of a roll of the dice, considering so many art organizations slow down their regularly scheduled programming to accommodate waning summertime crowds....

On Stage: Champions of Magic dazzle at Merriam

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Champions of Magic Champions of Magic sounds like a grand title for a touring entertainment show but the name hits the nail on the head when it describes the magic show that is visiting Philadelphia this week. From June 20-24, the Kimmel Center is presenting Champions of Magic at the Merriam Theater (250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-893-1999,...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Take a summer break

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Think of all the people on summer break. There are teachers, students and people who understand the importance of getting off the “highway” of life and taking the back roads or the beaches or the mountains or the amusement parks of life to reconnect with themselves and what brings them joy, in spite of the fact that they still have to go to work five...

On Your Table: Summer is here, so start grilling

By Cathy Branciaroli, Food Correspondent, The Times Skewered Grilled Shrimp with Black Bean and Corn Salsa in Lettuce Wraps Say hello to the heart of grilling season – those weeks after Father’s Day and into high summer when grilling seems just right for kicking back on a hot summer evening.  It’s an easy answer to the eternal question of “what’s for dinner?” But then the choice gets...