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March 17, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIXVILLE The pilot was explaining how the big Sikorsky S-76 helicopter sitting outside Phoenixville Middle School worked when someone asked why pilots wear flight suits. The chief reason is they are fire retardant, but all those pockets are good for stashing essentials, like lip gloss and nail files, pilot Stacy Sheard said. Most of her colleagues might not have given that answer, as the overwhelming majority of helicopter pilots are men. But at the Chester County Economic Development Council's 14th annual GETT (Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology)
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March 1, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Court Senior Judge Thomas G. Gavin will preside over the trial of former Montgomery County Republican Committee Chairman Robert J. Kerns. No trial date has been set. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille signed off last Friday on Gavin's assignment and gave him "the same power and authority as the judges of the requesting district," the order said. It came after Montgomery County Court President Judge William J. Furber Jr. advised the Supreme Court of a "full-bench recusal," according to a state document.
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February 28, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER COUNTY Three months after it took control of the troubled Chester County SPCA, a newly constituted 20-member board is divided over how to operate the shelter for Chester and Delaware Counties' stray animals, board members say. Evidence of the discord became public Saturday when executive director Emily Simmons called West Goshen police to remove two board members and two volunteers from the property, according to police. The volunteers were told to leave and not come back.
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February 19, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER An international fugitive accused of scamming an elderly Chester County man out of more than $260,000 has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and deported to Pennsylvania to face charges, according to law enforcement officials. Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said Jack Mayer stole the money from an 84-year-old East Caln Township man by telling him he had won a $3.5 million sweepstakes, and needed to pay the taxes and fees before receiving his prize.
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February 11, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
TREDYFFRIN While most of their neighbors sought shelter at area hotels in the aftermath of last week's winter storm, the Parker family hunkered down here in their Chester County home in a municipality that on Sunday still had some of the highest numbers of power outages in the region. On their fifth consecutive day without the convenience of electricity on Knox Road, Kate Parker was making Spaghetti Os on their gas stove to feed her 14-year-old son, Tom, and his friend Fin Monahan.
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February 8, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
One was an 84-year-old woman enduring her first crisis as a widow. Another was a 79-year-old diabetic whose feet had begun to ache. A third was a 94-year-old man who lives by himself. The three did not know each other. But on Wednesday night they found themselves at the same shelter in Exton, sitting at different tables in a drafty cafeteria, wondering when they could go home. When the trees fall, the wires snap, and the lights go out, everyone's life is disrupted. But the elderly who live alone become particularly vulnerable.
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February 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack R. Loew, 66, of West Chester, a suburban real estate developer and philanthropist, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, of brain cancer at his home. Mr. Loew spent the early part of his career designing and manufacturing interior cabins for passenger trains. But he wanted to do something community-based. So he focused on the acquisition and development of land, and in 1976 founded Hough/Loew & Associates, which at first offered design-to-construction services. "It was one-stop shopping," said his wife, Patricia Burton Loew.
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January 30, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Snorting in the snow, horses strain to pull Amish buggies up hills, the steaming vapor from their nostrils clouding with car exhaust in the quaint juxtaposition of history and modernity that is Honey Brook. Here, the rich and cultivated Chester County landscape calls to mind the best of America, where bounty and opportunity are promised to those who work hard - by either 19th- or 21st-century standards. But sublime vistas obscure dark truths about rural poverty. People are hungry out here: Kensington-hungry, Camden-hungry.
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January 22, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON Ryan Costello, chairman of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, will run for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.). Costello's announcement last week included an endorsement from Val DiGiorgio, the Chester County Republican chairman, who also considered running for the seat. With the bulk of the district's votes based in the county, the chairman's endorsement could be a valuable asset in a GOP primary. "The nation and many elected officials have become so divided and polarized that it is impacting the future direction of the country," Costello, 37, said in a statement.
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January 11, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER During a search of a West Chester University apartment in October, officers uncovered hundreds of pieces of marijuana-laced hard candy wrapped in vacuum-sealed bags and stacked underneath a bed, in a duffel bag, and in a closet, according to a police affidavit released Thursday. Robert Callis-Keiser, 25, of Johnstown, then a university student, was arrested Thursday and released on $25,000 bail, said the Chester County District Attorney's Office. Callis-Keiser, officials said, made the candy.
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