September 22, 2014 |
X.J. Kennedy, an eminent poet, has heard repeatedly how important the West Chester University Poetry Conference is to the writers who attend. It is one of the largest and most respected in the country. So he was heartbroken last week when university officials announced the school was removing the conference's director and canceling next year's event while the Poetry Center finds a new leader. "That's catastrophic," said Kennedy, a past keynote speaker at the conference who lives in Massachusetts.
September 17, 2014 |
Henry Day Fisher, 90, formerly of West Chester, a retired Scott Paper Co. executive and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, of kidney failure at his retirement home in Willow Street, Lancaster County. Mr. Fisher spent a 35-year career with Scott, now part of Kimberly-Clark. He retired in 1985 as vice president of the natural resources division. Although his work was demanding, he found time for family, hobbies, social outreach, and church activities, his relatives said in a tribute.
September 16, 2014 |
Dennis Berry said to his three kids a few years ago: "Which one of you wants this?" By "this," the longtime West Chester resident meant a home-based business that was more like a hobby - one that his children and friends had regularly razzed him about. In his spare time for more than 10 years, the chemical-industry career man had been selling monocles. Yes, monocles. Eyewear that fell out of fashion in the 1930s, only to be revived by the likes of Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes and an advertising mascot, Mr. Peanut.
September 15, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Before we pull into Parkesburg on Amtrak's Keystone Service to Harrisburg, here's a trivia question: In what movie did this Chester County borough's train station play a small, but important, role? The answer: Witness (1985). It is there that Amish passengers Rachel Lapp and her son, Samuel, begin an ill-fated train trip to Philadelphia, where the boy witnesses a murder. Although the station is closed, 49,000 travelers a year park in its lot and wait on its sheltered platform for one of the 26 trains that travel daily back and forth from Harrisburg to New York City.
September 12, 2014 |
On Tuesday afternoon, Dan Connor had just walked out from a linebackers and special-teams meeting. Nothing new about that. Connor had been in so many of them during six years in the NFL and for four years before that at Penn State, where he remains the all-time leading tackler. But this time, Connor, 28, was running the meeting as first-year linebackers coach at West Chester University. Connor figures he prepared for about an hour on what he wanted to cover as the Rams installed some new looks.
September 8, 2014 |
Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) threw for 262 yards and four touchdowns to lead 10th-ranked West Chester to a 35-30 victory over host New Haven on Saturday in Connecticut. Al-Hajj Shabazz (Bartram) blocked a punt and recovered another blocked punt in the end zone for a score. Mike Labor (St. Joseph's Prep) led the Golden Rams with 12 tackles, including a sack. Delaware Valley 30, Montclair State 20 - The Aggies' senior tandem of quarterback Aaron Wilmer (George Washington)
September 5, 2014 |
Around local Division II and III football, there are several new coaches, plenty of returning stars, veterans back from playoff teams, and a rare matchup between big programs on Friday night. Widener and Rowan , two of the area's preeminent Division III teams, open against each other Friday at Rowan. It's only the second meeting between the Profs and the Pride. Widener, 6-4 last season, has a new coach in Mike Kelly, who spent recent years in professional football, much of it coaching in the Canadian Football League.
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 22, 2014 |
Anticipation. Excitement. A little bit of fear. These emotions run through Heidi Brett each time she puts her clay art pieces into a wood kiln. There's no way to control patterns the flames and ash make as they brush against the artwork inside. All Brett can do is hope for the best when the kiln's door opens. "And then it's Christmas," said Brett, arts program manager at the nonprofit Historic Yellow Springs in Chester Springs. The West Chester resident sometimes travels to Baltimore to use a community wood kiln there.