YMCA announces 2020 award winners

Daryl Thomas WEST CHESTER — The YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is presenting two of its highest honors during its board meeting on Wednesday, March 24. Daryl Thomas of Herr’s Food will receive the 2020 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes the effort and achievement of the YMCA’s most special friends and emphasizes the need for community service by all citizens. Advantage Building...

What To Do: As seasons change, popular attractions ending soon

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens There are several “last chance” attractions in the area this weekend. It’s a “time is running out”/“final chance to see”/“snooze you lose” situation. “Winter Wonder” is running through March 21 at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000,www.longwoodgardens.org). The celebration of the beauty of winter...

What To Do: After a long year, museums, attractions slowly reopening

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens Amazingly, it was a year ago when COVID-19’s destructive path began to evidence itself all across the United States. On Friday the 13th in 2020, things started to shut down in response to the newly arrived pandemic. Because of Coronavirus, doors were beginning to close. But the doors were not being slammed shut and locked tight. That...

‘Find Your Voice’ with West Chester Studio at Uptown

WEST CHESTER — West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts at Uptown! (WCStudio), Uptown!’s award winning theatre school and camps, helps students young and old find their voice. Uptown! Singer, Tori Koechert, started at WCStudio as a shy, timid middle schooler.  She began with one class and never looked back. “I grew quickly as a performer and person all thanks to WCStudio.” Tori went on...

What To Do: Yum! Kennett Restaurant Week underway

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times With the arrival of spring just two weeks away – the Spring Equinox arrives Saturday, March 20 at 5:37 a.m. EDT – celebration time is just around the corner. Kennett Square is already in a celebratory mood – albeit not for spring. Now through March 7, Kennett Square is in good time mode with Kennett Square Restaurant Week (https://historickennettsquare.com). More...

Thorndale Giant employees volunteer at Honey Brook Food Pantry

GIANT Thorndale manager Mike Smith, store team members Liane Colon, Sue Rambo On Wednesday, February 24, team members from The GIANT Company’s Thorndale store spent the morning and evening volunteering at Honey Brook Food Pantry, sorting food items and distributing them to food pantry clients.  Thorndale store manager Mike Smith also surprised the pantry with $1,000 in GIANT gift cards, and donated...

What To Do: Brandywine Railroad extended, Kennett Winterfest goes virtual

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Brandywine River Museum With COVID-19 still impacting everyone and everything, there aren’t nearly as many things on the weekend activity schedules as there usually are. Fortunately, there are still some worthwhile events and attractions – many of which are here in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. The “Brandywine Railroad” display at the Brandywine...

Chesco FOP donates scholarship funds to boost police diversity

President Steve Plaugher (Left) and Vice President Bob McCarron, Chester County FOP, announce a donation of scholarship funds for a student of color to attend the Municipal Police Academy. WEST CHESTER — During Black History Month, the Chester County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) provided $6,800 for tuition and stipend toward diversifying local law enforcement. The donation contributed to an initiative...

Former Chester County resident co-authors new book on Phillies’ minor league history

A long-time Chester County resident is the co-author of Life in the Minors, 5th Annual Phillies Minor League Digest, an historical book that details the franchise’s minor leagues from the first affiliate in Hazleton, PA, to the current structure. The 355-page book, filled with over 170 photos, many of historic significance, is available now in both color and black and white. A portion of the...

What To do: Valentine’s is over, but wine and chocolate are forever

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  This is always the deadest time of year for activities and special events. Winter arrived in December. Now, all the holidays — Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, Dia de los Reyes, Valentine’s Day, Carnival and Mardi Gras — are in the rear-view mirror. And winter, which is bleaker this year than most, is still here. Fortunately,...