Longwood Gardens, Willowdale Steeplechase team up for special Mothers Day package

Action from the Willowdale Steeplechase can now be combined with time at Longwood Gardens. File photo. EAST MARLBOROUGH — Longwood Gardens, one of the great gardens of the world, together with one of the region’s finest horse racing events, the Willowdale Steeplechase, invites visitors to spend Mother’s Day weekend in the charming bucolic countryside of the Brandywine Valley, Chester County,...

Operation Phoenixville Elves hold annual wrapping party

Volunteers for Operation Phoenixville Elves wrap gifts Sunday at the Great American Pub. PHOENIXVILLE — A hearty group of “Elves” gathered Sunday at the Great American Pub to wrap gifts and spread a little bit of the holiday season cheer to local families in need. After starting in 2014 with just about about 12 families, Operation Phoenixville Elves is now working to help more than...

HB 1890: a perfect storm of cluelessness and cruelty

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you spend time on social media (my condolences), you’ve probably seen a lot of heat about a proposed Ohio law that would force women with ectopic pregnancies have their embryos/zygotes reimplanted. Whatever your views on on abortion, this is scientifically impossible — no one ends an ectopic pregnancy as a form of birth control, but literally as a life-saving...

CASD student faces charges over social media threats

CALN — Township Police said Friday charges are pending against a Coatesville Area School District student who is alleged to have posted a potentially threatening image on social media — allegedly as a prank to get out of school on Nov. 24. According to police: “On the evening of Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Caln Township Police were alerted by the Coatesville Area School District Police...

What To Do: Christmas celebrations kick into high gear

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Coatesville Christmas Parade The Coatesville Christmas Parade is a cherished area holiday tradition. The event, which is Chester County’s largest hometown parade, will be held on December 7 in downtown Coatesville. The festive annual parade (http://coatesvillechristmasparade.com) will get underway at 10 a.m. with Strode Avenue and Lincoln Highway...

On Stage: Peacock, Antigone Rising still going strong

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Alice Peacock Just before the end of last century, two female acts arrived on the music scene and immediately began receiving accolades for their work and started building a solid fan base – Alice Peacock in 1999 and Antigone Rising in 1998. We’re now approaching the end of the second decade of this century and both acts are still making great...

Killion and staff to conduct food drive

In the spirit of the holiday season, Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester and Delaware) and his staff are conducting a holiday food drive to benefit the West Chester Food Cupboard. “While Chester County is Pennsylvania’s most prosperous county, there are still people – often children – in our own community who are hungry,” said Killion. “As the holidays approach, it’s important to be thankful...

Pine Street’s 100 Wheels Project to build 1,000th bike on Thursday night

The elves of Pine Street Carpenters will gather at the remodeling firm’s shop on December 5 for its 12th annual 100 Wheels Project bike-build. The West Chester company’s community service project has provided nearly 1000 bikes to deserving children in the community, and on December 5 the remodeling firm will build another 122 bicycles for those in need. WEST CHESTER — For a hundred or so...

Sestak ends Presidential campaign

Former Congressman Joe Sestak Joe Sestak, a Democrat who represented the old 7th Congressional District in Chester and Delaware counties  between 2006 and 2010 ended his presidential campaign Sunday night. Sestak, a retired three-star U.S. Navy admiral struggled for attention and campaign donations — never making the threshold to participate in any of the Democratic Party debates — and was...

New book recalls building of Messiah Lutheran Church in Downingtown

The Rev. Barry M. Ridge has published a book about the building of Messiah Lutheran Church, 46 W. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown. Pastor Ridge served the congregation from 1977 to 1987. Messiah’s current building, which was dedicated in 1986, replaced an earlier building at the same location. A Time to Build is a collection of sermons and photographs tracing Messiah’s adventure in building:...