Mac N Cheese cook-off to aid recruitment of fire, EMS volunteers

For the 7th annual Chester County Mac-n-Cheese Cookoff, the Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary has created a special partnership with the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association to gain awareness of the need for volunteers for local fire and EMS stations. Proceeds from the cookoff support community projects and this year 10 percent of the fund will be donated to the Chester County Hero Fund. For more information...

What To Do: With outdoor events looming, hope for dry weather

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Larry Ahearn will perform at Spring Gulch. Hopefully, things won’t be too soggy over the next few days – especially because many of the popular events on this weekend’s calendar are outdoor activities. From May 18-20, the Spring Gulch Folk Festival will return for another year at Spring Gulch Resort Campground (475 Lynch Road, New Holland, 717-354-3100,...

Coatesville HS students participate in Youth Government Convention

Last month, three high school students from the Brandywine YMCA, Kristian Williamson, Rowan Kelly, and Dallas Smith of Coatesville, Pa., attended the Annual Youth and Government Model Convention in Harrisburg. Last month, three high school students from the Brandywine YMCA, Kristian Williamson, Rowan Kelly, and Dallas Smith of Coatesville, Pa., attended the Annual Youth and Government Model Convention...

What To Do: The Willowdale Steeplechase is Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Without question, the Brandywine Valley is known for being horse country. It has established its reputation as an area known for staging top-flight equestrian events. The 2018 equestrian season had its unofficial start last weekend with a big annual point-to-point event in Delaware.

Toomey announces appointments to service academies

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey Wednesday, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) proudly announced the appointments of four Chester County students to United States service academies. Senator Toomey nominated all four students. Carson McLaughlin, son of Patrick and Megan McLaughlin, attends Renaissance Academy Charter School where he is a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. McLaughlin runs cross...

What To Do: Kennett rolls out the party for Cinco De Mayo

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Cinco De Mayo Cinco De Mayo is day for partying — one of the biggest party days of the year for the people of Mexican descent. But, just as you don’t have to be Irish to party on St. Patrick’s Day or Indian to get colorful celebrating Holi, you don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate Cinco De Mayo.

Coatesville Charter School summit, May 12

The Coatesville Area School District will host the Rediscover Coatesville 2018 Charter School Summit May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coatesville Area Senior High School, 1445 Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville, PA 19320. The free program, open to the public, will showcase the wonderful educational opportunities offered in the Coatesville Area School District (CASD), and provide an interactive experience for...

Downingtown-Thorndale Chamber holds 73rd annual dinner

The dinner was held with a packed house at Downingtown Country Club. DOWNINGTOWN — The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 73rd Annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Program on April 24 at the Downingtown Country Club. The Chamber’s 2018 Civic Awards were presented to Virginia “Ginny” Pierce (Citizen of the Year), Downingtown Country Club (Business of the Year), Housing...

What To Do: Spring — no really — is finally here (probably)

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Winterthur If spring in the Delaware Valley this year were a baby in the womb, the doctors would surely have been working on induced labor by now. The vestiges of a long, grueling winter refuse to go away and spring continues a rectangle to emerge. According to the latest weather forecasts, warmer temperatures are on their way.

Willowdale Steeplechase tweaks lineup for 2018

EAST MARLBOROUGH — The 26th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 has some new excitement to offer this year! The Chester County tradition is a spectacular rite of spring and a traditional Mother’s Day event for people throughout the Brandywine Valley and beyond.