September 4, 2014 |
Kennett Square, a borough in Chester County known mostly for its mushrooms, will add craft beer to its list of permanent attractions this fall when it welcomes its first brew pubs. One is owned by Victory Brewing Co., a regional craft-beer giant that sells its products in 34 states and several countries. It has a 212,000-square-foot, $38 million brewing facility in Parkesburg and has the appreciation of county officials who hope the brewer can help boost the county's economic image.
August 26, 2014 |
Yuliana Vazquez of Kennett Square was 25 with an 8-month-old baby girl when doctors found a lump in her breast. Her cancer was even scarier because she did not understand her diagnosis at first. Vazquez is from Mexico, has a middle school education, and speaks little English. Add in complex medical terms and the unreliable interpreter she had found, and Vazquez was lost. She missed some of her treatments. She had to delay some appointments. The cancer later spread to her liver and bones.
August 24, 2014 |
A festering political feud in Chester County was stoked anew this week with the most unlikely fuel - a ticket for public urination. Brian McGinnis, the newly elected head of the county Democratic Committee, was cited by West Chester police one night last month after being spotted in an alley. A group of party members - who also happen to be his predecessor's most vocal supporters - are now calling for his resignation. Their demand, in a statement issued Thursday, stunned McGinnis.
August 21, 2014 |
At the farm at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Chester County, the stalks on the chard are a startling fire-truck red. The eggplants, shiny as the Lexuses and Mercedeses in the parking lot, offer mirrorlike reflections of moneyed folk with the luck and good sense to eat well. Flawless, fabulous vegetables have long been a perk of the middle and upper classes, who could afford to pay as much as $765 for 24 weeks of produce as part of the community supported agriculture program (CSA)
August 21, 2014 |
Honey Brook Borough has been busy installing decorative sidewalks and curbs, period-style lighting fixtures, and plants in its downtown for more than a year. It plans to repave its main street. And the borough of about 1,700 people wants the rest of Chester County, and especially businesses, to know about it. Boroughs in Chester County with relatively small populations and limited resources are hoping to revitalize their business districts, as Phoenixville and West Chester have been able to do. "There are some that are right on their heels that are smaller and making an impact and utilizing resources very well," said Patrick Bokovitz, director of the county's Department of Community Development.
August 19, 2014 |
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
August 12, 2014
IT MIGHT surprise you to know that a few - not many, but a few - Pennsylvania lawmakers are not, well, pigs. Over the years, I've occasionally noted how members of our Legislature do pretty well, thanks to taxpayer generosity. Actually, thanks to their own greed and taxpayer apathy. But not all take everything they can. Using Right to Know requests, the Daily News got data from the State Employees' Retirement System and the Legislature on lawmakers not grabbing the biggest bennies: generous health-care coverage and/or pensions.
August 1, 2014 |
A former Coatesville detective who stole from the department where he worked for nearly two decades was sentenced Wednesday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in the Chester County prison, a fraction of the term prosecutors sought. Gerald Pawling, once honored for civic engagement and public service, stole more than $60,000 from the Coatesville Police Department, Police Benevolent Association, and Police Athletic League. District Attorney Thomas Hogan, whose office sought a 10- to 20-year sentence, said in a statement that "all of Chester County law enforcement" was dismayed by Judge David Partner's decision.
July 28, 2014 |
Visiting the blacksmith who shod horses for his family's farm, young Amos Glick was inspired: "You put a piece of metal at the forge, heat it and beat it, and you get a completely different shape. " As a teenager he worked at the Pequea Machine Inc. plant in Lancaster County, building manure spreaders. At 22, with marriage pending, and funds from his father and the local Mennonite bank, Glick in 1998 started Compass Iron Works in Chester County, refitting an old sawmill among cornfields a few miles past suburban Philadelphia.
July 27, 2014 |
Chester County contractor Jeff Morrison looked at the forgettable facade of Jennifer and Michael Mankowski's home, a stuccoed, farmhouse-style exterior. But what he actually saw was a circa-1900 house begging to emerge. His partner, designer Courtney Kish, saw it, too. They envisioned using different textures (stone, cedar shake, faux-wood siding, and some stucco) to delineate the house's existing separate sections - a style that defined the classic Chester County farmhouse look.