Fire companies use new commercials to recruit

Lights, camera, action! Cameras were rolling as Chester County volunteer firefighters sharpened the skills they’ll need to battle a blaze. And the incredible footage yielded two great new commercials now in Chester County movie theaters. The Western Chester County Fire Chiefs hosted a Day in the Life of a Firefighter training session at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus May 5....

Volunteers needed for Benchmark Cycling Classic

The final moments of the 2016 Benchmark Cycling Classic — and the 2017 event looks to be even more exciting. But the event needs local volunteers to help put it on. WEST CHESTER — When the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic hits the streets of downtown West Chester on Saturday, August 12, hundreds of volunteers will form the backbone of the event. Over its 12-year history, the event has...

Op/Ed: Ambulance companies are sending 911 call for funding help

By A.J. McCarthy, Chief, Longwood Fire Company A.J. McCarthy The severe fiscal plight of ambulance services across Pennsylvania was highlighted this week in an editorial in neighboring Lancaster County. That same editorial could have been written about ambulance services in Chester County as the same frightening facts are applicable. Dean Bollendorf, president of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania,...

Op/Ed: Volunteering to cuddle needy newborns

Drug-addicted babies need volunteers By Susan Rzucidlo, Special To The Times I confess, I typically read two newspapers a day as well as online papers and other news sites and listen to news radio. Occasionally, I share what I read on social media. Last week I shared a story on my Facebook page from The Philadelphia Inquirer about volunteer cuddlers, who hold and help newborns who are, in most...

Canine Partners For Life seeks volunteers to raise puppies

COCHRANVILLE — You can help change the life of an individual with a disability by raising a puppy for Canine Partners for Life (CPL). CPL trains and places service dogs to assist individuals with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. The service dog industry continues to grow and CPL is processing more applications than ever before. In order to meet the increased demand, CPL has...

Is it time to look at the role of standardized tests in schools?

Also: if teacher unions demand raises, they should say what to cut from education programs to pay for it By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The rising tide against Common Core continues to obscure a growing, but still under discussed debate about the value and quality of standardized testing in our schools. While it seems increasingly likely that a passing grade on the Keystone tests will not end...

Letter: Decline in fire volunteers a crisis in Pennsylvania

To The Editor, A member of the Pennsylvania Senate was quoted last week as saying the decline of brave, volunteer firefighters has reached a crisis point across Pennsylvania. This sad state is endangering the welfare of all residents across the Commonwealth. A newspaper article quoted Senator Kim Ward as saying is it well past the time for lawmakers to address this issue. I know some of our local...

YMCA honors volunteers

​Denise Day (YMCA of Greater Brandywine CEO), honors Rip Tilden (left) and Joe Viscuso (right) with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.

Longwood Fire Co.: 94 years of service and going strong

Volunteers embrace — and serve —  the Unionville and Kennett communities By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Members of the Longwood Fire Company enjoy a moment, Thursday night, after finishing a rescue demonstration at the company’s Open House. KENNETT — The Longwood Fire Company, a 100% volunteer organization, community pillar and impressive emergency response resource has...

Demon Lights Committee edges closer to goal

With expected revenue from Carnival and Mushroom Festival, the committee hopes to purchase stadium lights by 2014 By Nicole Brown, Staff Writer, The Times Dark no more after 2013? If fundraising continues on pace, the 2013 football season will be the last at Kennett High School played only daylight — as a new lighting system could be ready for the 2014 season. KENNETT SQUARE — The Demon Lights...