August 7, 2016 |
Like centuries of momma pigs before her, sow No. 9 was bred to eat and have babies. But as an exemplar of 21st-century farming, how would the 400-pound, bristle-haired creature fare when confronted with a rudimentary video game? Quite well, it turns out. Upon spotting a red square on a video screen the other day, the animal nudged a joystick with her snout, as she had been trained to do, and was rewarded with a snack. "She's not our prettiest sow, but she's a smart one," said Kristina M. Horback, an animal behavior scientist at the University of Pennsylvania.
July 12, 2016
ISSUE | BARRIERS Good gardens make good neighbors Seeking surcease from the relentless jabberwocky of politicians, I ventured 30 miles west of Philadelphia the other day to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. With its marvelous four-acre conservatory and brilliant outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres, Longwood is recognized as one of the greatest gardens in the world. During my visit, tulips, daffodils, and wisteria were in full bloom. The masses of flowers took my breath away.
June 27, 2016 |
Sean Fenoff didn't feel great when he woke up Saturday morning. He was fatigued and had a stomach ache. Still, Fenoff, 16, was the top male finisher at the TriRock Philadelphia Sprint Triathlon. "You've got to work with what you have," Fenoff said. Elizabeth Edwards, 17, of Kennett Square, was the top female racer. The course, along the Schuylkill near Fairmount Park, featured a half-mile swim, a 15.7-mile bike race, and a 3.1-mile run. Fenoff had a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, and Edwards finished in 1:25:18.
May 23, 2016 |
When former Daily Show host Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, agreed to adopt Lily - the horse possibly shot more than 100 times with paintballs and dumped at a Lancaster County sale stable earlier this year - someone must have been looking down from above, the director of the rescue group that has taken care of the mare said Saturday. "It's an incredible gift," said Kelly Smith, of the Omega Horse Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in York County. "Certainly, I don't think we could have planned this or imagined this," Smith said.
May 9, 2016 |
JOHN-PAUL DEAN wasn't supposed to compete in the April 19 meet to clinch a ChesMont League American Division track and field championship for Kennett High School unless he absolutely had to. The day before, the 18-year-old senior had struggled to get through practice following three days of chemotherapy at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. His doctors wanted him to rest whenever possible. That was a bitter pill for John-Paul, a team captain. Kennett hadn't won the championship in a quarter century, but had gotten close for three years running.
May 8, 2016
Three family members face charges after detectives seized five illegal gambling machines and more than $37,000 in cash from two businesses in Chester County, officials announced Friday. Jaime Sandoval, 48; his son Hugo Sandoval, 22; and niece Elizabeth Sandoval, 30, were arrested on April 18 and each face 220 charges of gambling offenses. Detectives received a tip that illegal gambling machines were operating at the Taqueria Guadalajara Express restaurant in Kennett Square and El Nayarit Mexican Store 2, a grocery store in Oxford, according to the county District Attorney's Office.
April 21, 2016 |
William Pepper, 86, of Kennett Square, an inventor who pioneered touchscreen technology and a descendant of Benjamin Franklin, died of cancer Tuesday, April 12, at his home. Mr. Pepper came from a distinguished family that includes not only Franklin, but William Pepper, a doctor and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania who was appointed provost in 1881. That William Pepper's most significant achievement, however, may have been chartering Philadelphia's first free public library - now the Free Library of Philadelphia - in 1891 with funds from the estate of an uncle.
March 11, 2016 |
Genesis Healthcare Inc. agreed to sell the majority of its home health and hospice operations for $84 million as part of a strategy to shed businesses that are not central to its nursing home operations and to pare down its huge debt load, the Kennett Square company said Wednesday. The sale of the operations in California, Idaho, Montana, and New Mexico to Compassus, a national provder of hospice and palliative care based in Tennessee, is expected to close in 90 days. Remaining hospice operations in Arizona and Nevada will be closed, Genesis said.
February 19, 2016 |
The 9,000 residents of a southern Chester County town will soon have a park of their own. Kennett Township officials said Wednesday that they would create the first municipally owned park within the township's 19 square miles. Two other parks in the township, one of which is partly in Kennett Square, are owned by other entities. "We're so excited," said Lisa Moore, Kennett Township manager. Kennett is one of the last townships in the county without its own municipal park, according to the county's Department of Open Space Preservation.