What To Do: Mushrooms and more to kick off fall events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Mushroom Festival After three decades, anniversaries begin to take on a special significance. This weekend marks the 33rd anniversary of the annual Mushroom Festival in downtown Kennett Square (http://mushroomfestival.org). The Mushroom Festival supports the old southern Chester County axiom “There’s a fungus among us.”

What To Do: A mysterious First Friday in Kennett

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Friday is August 3 and that means it is August’s first Friday. The first Friday of the month is a good time to spend an evening in Kennett Square, West Chester or Lancaster – a time to enjoy special First Friday activities. Kennett Square will celebrate First Friday with its Art Stroll (downtown Kennett Square, http://historickennettsquare.com) from 6-9...

What To Do: Cinco De Mayo in Kennett

Also, Sheep and Wool Day, and Goats By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times 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 celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. With the huge Hispanic population in southern Chester County, Kennett...

Chester County’s Underground Railroad remembered

Kennett Historical Commission details township, county role in leading slaves to freedom By Jacqueline Kennedy, Correspondent, The Times A map of some of the sites where Chester County residents housed newly-free slaves before and during the Civil War. KENNETT — The Kennett Township Historical Commission held its annual meeting earlier this month that featured a presentation titled “Follow...

Ellison is out and so is the Tea Party

One — the former Democratic power-broker — knows he’s done, the other is oblivious By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times As we head into the holiday season — and hopefully, a couple of weeks of relative quiet — a few notes and thoughts on local political stuff and other news items. Maybe the topline item this morning is that James Ellison is out at Rhoads & Sinon — meaning he will no...

Coatesville celebrates 56-7 homecoming blowout

Through wind and rain, Raiders’ running backs carry team to victory By Kyle Carrozza, Staff Writer, The Times Daquan Worley cuts across the field en route to a 66-yard touchdown. Coatesville’s committee of running backs has been unstoppable all year. Photo by Justine Newman CALN – Some games, not only does one team look stronger on paper, but it also benefits from the lucky bounces –...

Using Brandywine as tool to instruct, connect

Coatesville Youth Initiative seeking applicants for popular, annual Trek Participants in the 2012 ‘Brandywine Trek’ enjoy a stint of canoeing during last year’s odyssey. A life-changing odyssey that typically forges lifelong friendships awaits participants in this year’s Brandywine Trek. Sponsored by the Coatesville Youth Initiative, under the auspices of the Brandywine Health Foundation,...

Cosentino joins Chester County Futures

Chester County Futures’ New Director of Student Programs Giselle Cosentino . EXTON — Giselle Cosentino has been named the new Director of  Student Programs for Chester County Futures. Cosentino brings nearly 20 years of experience both working and volunteering in non-profit organizations across the country and an extensive educational background to Chester County Futures (Futures). Organization...

Calm prevails in Chesco schools after Conn. shootings

Although many shaken by last week’s events, everything is largely normal at local schools By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Schools across Chester County experienced a largely quiet, event-free day — even as parents, students and staff remain shaken by the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday. School officials at local districts took extra care to communicate...