So…how many people are you willing to let die?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa We’d like it to be over, but it’s not. The news that some 24 Pennsylvania counties will move a more open “yellow” stage next week naturally has folks in Chester County asking when will things open up here? The honest answer: not that soon. June, maybe. The numbers tell the story: new case numbers are not declining, if anything, they’ve been...

What To Do: Visit the world’s great gardens, virtually

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens “April Showers” are done and now it’s time for “May Flowers.” Garden sites and horticultural attractions all over the Northern Hemisphere usually are a bustle of activity with visitors arriving to check out this year’s spring flowers in an attractive live setting. But COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay at home in order...

Mr. President, we ARE scared, and you aren’t helping

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times If you’re not scared, you’re not paying attention. COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire, we see massive shortages of medical equipment and testing and a federal government paralyzed by a cult of personality, ignorance and lies. Thankfully, most of our state governors — including our Tom Wolf — have stepped up to partially fill the void of leadership. So, yes,...

Katdare wins Chester County Spelling Bee

DOWNINGTOWN — Soham Katdare, an eighth grader at Downingtown Middle School, practiced spelling more than 4,000 words to make it to the final round of the Chester County Spell Bee on Monday, February 10, 2020. Winning with the word “A-N-A-L-E-P-S-I-S,” Soham will continue on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest in Washington, D.C. that begins on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 2020 Chester County...

Op/Ed: Time to reject Socialism in America

By Christopher Gerber, Special to The Times Christopher Gerber As we look forward to the 2020 presidential election, it appears likely that Americans will be faced with a choice of two very different ideologies:  one that espouses capitalism, self-motivation and ingenuity versus socialism and its empty and destructive promises of free housing, college and healthcare for everyone. The platform of Bernie...

Ruggieri formally announces District 13 bid

Richard Ruggieri LEWISVILLE – To a packed room of constituents, Richard Ruggieri of London Grove Township in Chester County announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, District 13. At the Old Stone Cider in Lewisville, PA, Ruggieri excited the crowd with his authentic, moving message. “Not a month after I turned 18 and graduated high school, I swore an oath to the...

Galer Estate wins Gold at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Galer Estate’s winning 2018 Albariño wine EAST MARLBOROUGH — Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery of Kennett Square was recently awarded a coveted Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines in the world.  Over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluated nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries...

Caln Police seek info on possible attempted abduction

The Caln Township Police Department is investigating the report of an attempted abduction that allegedly occurred in the parking lot of the Reeceville Road Wawa Convenience Store on Wednesday at approximately 12:30PM. The female victim reported that she was seated in her vehicle when she was approached by two black males. A verbal exchange occurred between one of the males and the female victim, and...

Mushroom industry highlights sustainability at Pa. Farm Show

AVONDALE — Growing mushrooms is a mystery to most people. Because they are grown in indoor growing houses, you don’t see them in field. But this growing process is just part of what makes mushrooms one of the most sustainable foods. The mushroom growing process – including the mushroom sustainability story – will be on full display at the 2020 PA Farm Show, which opens today and runs through...

What To Do: First Friday of 2020 is a busy one

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you want to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend, you do have some interesting options. The first Friday of the month is a good time to check out a First Friday event. This weekend, two good choices are Kennett Square and Lancaster. January 3 will be the opening day of the 2020 season for the Kennett Square Winter Farmers Market...