Chesco donations to hurricane victims top 160,000 pounds

Damage as captured by Chester County Sheriff’s deputies in Port Aransas, Texas — a small community on Mustang Island, across from Corpus Christi, where Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Days after area first-responders returned from delivering 68,000 pounds of donations to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, they began setting up a similar effort for Hurricane Irma’s Florida victims – an...

Chester County to participate in drug takeback day, Oct. 28

WEST CHESTER — Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place this Saturday, October 28th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides temporary local sites for safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription...

Dinniman: Equine industry helps drive local economy

Dr. Barbara Dallap-Schaer, Medical Director of the New Bolton Center (right) with Senator Dinniman (center) and Pa. Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding (left) during a tour of the New Bolton Center. EAST MARLBOROUGH — The equine industry spends $546 million annually on goods, services, wages and salaries in Southeastern Pennsylvania, according to a new study conducted by Delaware Valley University. The...

Commissioners make annual agriculture awards

Don Cairns WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners, along with the Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council), presented two agricultural awards at Wednesday’s Commissioners’ Meeting. The 2017 Farmer of the Year award was presented to Don Cairns of Cairns Family Farm in Parkesburg.

Chesco celebrates Planning Month

Chester County Commissioners present a Community Planning Month proclamation to members of the Chester County Planning Commission. (Left to right): David Ward, Assistant Director of the Chester County Planning Commission; Matt Hammond, Chair of the Planning Commission; Commissioner Terence Farrell; Brian O’Leary, Executive Director of the Planning Commission; and Chester County Commissioners Michelle...

GOP, Dems spar over campaign materials

Updated 9 a.m. 10-17: Confirms Reif’s title is Controller By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Margaret Reif (left) and Norman MacQueen The county’s Democrats are taking Controller Norman MacQueen to task for citing achievements on Republican Party campaign literature that Democrats say are “outrageous” and “imagined” while GOP officials say challenger Margaret Reif is being dishonest...

Chester Co. aims for one billion steps in 2017

Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone (center front) are joined by county health department staff and community partners to celebrate walking one billion steps in just six months. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners and Health Department threw down the gauntlet and Chester County residents “stepped up” to the challenge – walking one billion...

County: Landscapes3 continues to make progress

Chester County is continuing to advance development of Landscapes3, the next long-range comprehensive plan. As part of this process, Chester County Commissioners unveiled a video series about the plan, the Planning Commission released an analysis of the public survey results, and the Landscapes3 Steering Committee began to conduct meetings.

Chesco planning launches survey on Chester Valley trail expansion

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a public opinion survey about a plan to extend the popular Chester Valley Trail westward across the county. The goal is to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown and ultimately connect with the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade Trail located just outside of Atglen in Lancaster County. The Chester Valley Trail West project includes...

Tower complete purchase of four Chesco hospitals

Four Chester County area hospitals, Brandywine Hospital, Jennersville Hospital, Phoenixville Hospital and Pottstown Hospital officially have new owners. Reading Health System has completed the acquisition of five hospitals and their associated assets from subsidiaries of Community Health Systems. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, with an effective date of October 1, 2017. The newly formed health...