May 6, 2015 |
From the Downingtown High School West marching band to Nashville recording studios, it's been a trajectory of long odds - and long hours - for Liz Longley and Sarah Zimmermann. The Chester County natives met in the marching band as clarinet-playing sophomores, and spent their high school years singing and playing guitar at every gig they could book in the Philadelphia region. But both had bigger dreams after their 2006 graduation. And in March, just days apart, each released albums with Nashville record labels.
May 2, 2015 |
At stake is a claim to the historic origins of the musical instrument that bellows "oompah" at parades and halftime shows, and for the Philadelphia band the Roots. Who built the first sousaphone, the largest member of the tuba family, named for patriotic-music icon John Philip Sousa? For decades, the issue has been in dispute, with the choice between a music publisher in Exton, Chester County, and an instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Ind. More than a century after the first instrument was crafted, a Harleysville pastor and a Kentucky collector have stepped into the debate, adding a previously unknown piece of information they believe helps to firmly place the sousaphone's 1890s beginnings in Pennsylvania with music publisher J.W. Pepper Co. "There's no doubt," said Dave Detwiler, a pastor at LCBC BranchCreek church in Harleysville.
May 1, 2015 |
A Chester County man was charged with murder Wednesday for allegedly causing the death of his elderly father by neglect. Edward O'Brien III, 61, of West Whiteland Township, was arrested in the death of his 92-year-old father, who was found dead at the son's residence in September 2013, the District Attorney said. After the son neglected to continue his father's prescription medication and medical care, Edward O'Brien Jr. died due to built-up fluid in his lungs that stopped him from breathing, officials said.
April 22, 2015 |
Kate Pelcin and Kristina Griste dipped the Aqua Tweeter into water, and the flood-detection device posted to Twitter: "At least three inches of water. Is your sump pump working?" Last week, the "flood" was just a pool set up in Gavin Speirs' classroom at Downingtown High School West. But soon, Aqua Tweeters are to be set up in flood-prone Downingtown Borough, allowing people to monitor water levels in public places via Twitter. Pelcin, Griste, and classmate Andrew Kim invented the device in Speirs' Introduction to Engineering Design class.
April 21, 2015 |
For opponents of Sunoco Logistics' plan to expand its pipeline operation in Chester County, last week's meeting in West Goshen Township was a small victory of sorts. After hearing residents' concerns about health issues and further pipeline construction, township supervisors on Tuesday held off on deciding whether to sign a settlement agreement with the pipeline company, surprising those gathered for the vote. The meeting was a fleeting victory for local critics, who are part of a wider fight against pipelines, because they see few major victories as development nationally shows no signs of slowing.
April 17, 2015 |
A Berwyn dentist has been arrested and charged with illegally prescribing narcotics to his wife, other staff members, and a juvenile, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Chad Gretzula, 44, and his wife, Rebecca, 32, of Yellow Springs Road in Malvern, were arrested Tuesday for the distribution of narcotics at the dental office where they worked. He is charged with 174 counts of possessing a controlled substance, theft, reckless endangerment, and related charges.
April 13, 2015 |
Chester County Republican leaders railed Friday against Gov. Wolf's budget proposal, saying that it would force four-fifths of the school districts statewide to pay more and that county residents would have to shell out $177 million more in new taxes than they might save in property-tax relief. Gathering at the county courthouse in West Chester, the state and county representatives said they might be willing to consider one aspect of Wolf's plan - a severance tax on natural gas drilling that he has said could generate $1 billion for public schools.
April 11, 2015 |
The Chester County bus driver accused of leaving a 7-year-old West Grove girl on his school van for an entire school day last week was arrested Thursday. Iver T. Rosenlund Jr., 66, of the 1400 block of Raintree Lane, Malvern, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person. Rosenlund was fired by the Krapf Bus Co. after police say he picked up the girl - his only passenger - then drove past her school and parked the van at the bus company lot the morning of March 31. The girl, a student at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center in Kennett Square, was marked absent from school.
April 10, 2015 |
Police and school officials in Chester County say they are investigating how a 7-year-old child was left alone in a parked school van for more than five hours in Kennett Square last week. The child, a pupil in the Kennett Consolidated School District, was the only passenger the bus driver had to pick up that day. But instead of dropping the child off at school, the driver parked the van for the day, apparently unaware the child had not gotten off. The driver was fired. Police and the district are investigating the incident, school officials wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday.