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October 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Don G. Stout, 68, of West Chester, who sold commercial printing and volunteered for various causes and once received $10,000 on behalf of the Salvation Army, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, at home of appendiceal cancer. In December 2007, Mr. Stout was serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer outside the Boscov's store in Exton when a man approached and passed him a hand-written note. The letter explained how the Salvation Army had provided him with coffee and doughnuts 40 years before while he served at his military post.
NEWS
October 18, 2014
A real estate broker from West Chester has been charged with wire and mail fraud for cheating investors out of more than $2 million in a real estate ponzi scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Marie Mikesche Bontigao, 43, persuaded people to invest in her real estate projects and then used the money to pay personal expenses and operate her business between 2007 and 2013, according to court records. She has franchise locations of EXIT Realty in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware.
SPORTS
October 5, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Rachal Toppi (Glassboro) recorded three goals in the first half to propel the West Chester field hockey team (7-1, 5-1 PSAC) to a 6-1 victory over visiting East Stroudsburg (4-5, 3-3 PSAC) Friday night. La Salle 2, VCU 1 - Kendall Kreider struck for both goals as the host Explorers upended the Rams in Atlantic 10 action. La Salle (5-4, 2-1) stayed perfect at home. Emily Vasey (Central Bucks East) assisted on Kreider's game winner. VCU (1-8, 0-3 A-10) broke up the shutout bid in the 57th minute.
SPORTS
October 2, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Sophomore Brielyn Hackett scored the winning goal with 2 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the second overtime, lifting No. 16-ranked East Stroudsburg to a 2-1 upset at No. 6 West Chester on Tuesday in women's soccer. The win moved the Warriors into a tie for first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference standings. East Stroudsburg (7-1, 7-1 PSAC) set a school record with its seventh consecutive conference victory, rallying from a 1-0 halftime deficit as senior Courtney Keller scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 79th minute before Hackett delivered the game-winner.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than one-third of students who start out as freshmen at Pennsylvania's 14 state universities drop out before they reach junior year - a statistic that hinders the viability of the system, which has bled enrollment in recent years. "We simply have to do better," said Frank T. Brogan, who on Oct. 1 will mark his one-year anniversary as chancellor of the 112,000-student Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Brogan knows money woes, academic struggles, and family issues are among the reasons students take a break or drop out altogether, but to address the problem, he says a deeper understanding is needed.
SPORTS
September 29, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
West Chester (4-0, 2-0 PSAC) scored touchdowns on its first three offensive possessions and built a 34-0 halftime lead en route to beating visiting Millersville, 62-7, on Saturday. Quarterback Sean McCartney (Archbishop Wood) completed 18 of 25 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Golden Rams, who are ranked 10th in the nation in Division II, totaled 338 passing yards. Myron Myles (Wissahickon) led Millersville (0-4) with 58 yards rushing on 17 carries.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
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