Have a happy — and safe — Thanksgiving

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Whether you’re hitting the road to be home with family, or hosting the brood at your place, there’s a few simple tips from local and state experts to make your travel and holiday safer and happier. First, of course, I’ll throw in one of my own: don’t talk about politics. No, seriously. Don’t. I’d suggest other, less explosive topics such as “how...

Unionville High students give back, make Toys For Tots

Tech Ed. department continues multi-year tradition of building toys for the holidays The 3-D Autodesk Inventor file of the toy chicken, as created by Paige Harlan. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Although this is the season for giving, few things are as precious as items that are handcrafted and built with love for those less fortunate. Once again, the Tech Education classes at Unionville High School are...

AAA: Fourth of July 2016 likely to have highest traffic volume ever

Chester County, you know you’re not staying home this weekend. Whether you’d headed down the shore, off to see relatives or just ready to get out of town for a few days, according to AAA, fewer of you than ever will skip a “staycation” this coming long weekend. Americans will take more trips than ever this Independence Day weekend. The nearly 43 million people projected...

Remembering our heroes this holiday weekend

So many families can point with pride to those who served By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times In honor of Memorial Day, I wanted to pass along the amazing story of my husband’s grandfather. Wilfred Eugene Hockenberry (Gene to his family and friends) was an 18 year old U.S. Army soldier fighting in Salerno, Italy in World War II. He and his buddy were hiding in a fox hole when they were...

What To Do: Mushroom Drop, Mummers top New Year’s Eve

And for those still looking to get their Christmas on, many local events this weekend By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Chester County’s newest — and arguably already best-known — New Years Eve celebration is the Mushroom Drop, as part of Kennett Square’s Midnight in The Square celebration. While New York may have its crystal ball, Key West, a giant shoe, and Philadelphia...

A special poem in honor of Mothers Day

A happy Mothers Day to all! By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times Editor’s Note: Our Kelly Hockenberry takes a break from her usual prose style and shares her obvious skills as a poet and this week, diverts a bit from her usual column in honor of Mothers Day. To all of the the moms out there — especially those nearest and dearest to The Times family, we wish a very happy Mothers...

Shopping on Thanksgiving a real turkey

Stores open on the holiday, mess with the holiday and hurt Black Friday By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times By now, it is evident how much I love to shop.  In fact, hunting for bargains may be one of my favorite things to do…but NOT ON THANKSGIVING. Black Friday was traditionally the kick-off to the shopping season frenzy.  Remember how people would line up at 3:00am for a Cabbage Patch...

What not to O’wear for St. Patty’s

Celebrating the Irish doesn’t mean celebrating tacky By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times St. Patrick’s Day is coming up.  Let’s chat about what to wear….but, more importantly, what NOT to wear…. The theme t-shirt is a NO-NO (unless you are in second grade and pair it with pigtails tied with a green ribbon).  As an adult, you look like you have loose morals and/or a drinking...

With every Christmas card I blight…

Once a nice gesture, cards are becoming a production number By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, KennettTimes.com Christmas cards. In the past few years they have gone from a nice gesture to a pressure cooker for the world’s greatest Glamour shot…have you noticed? Gone are the days when you could run to Hallmark and find a box with a snowman on the front.  Now, you look like a slacker if you don’t...