Inner Nature: That sense of smell

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times When preparing a body for embalming, the Ancient Egyptians carefully entombed organs considered necessary for the afterlife with the body. The brain was considered dispensable and was pulled out of the skull with a hooked rod inserted through the nose (http://legacy.mos.org/quest/mummy.php). In this, the ancient Egyptians discovered something significant: it’s...

What To Do: Break up winter blahs with Valentine’s fun

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Victorine’s Valentine Day Celebrating Valentine’s Day is always a good way to break up the doldrums of a grey winter. Valentine’s Day Weekend has arrived so here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate the occasion with your sweetheart. There are several special events in the area that have become cherished traditional events in this area.

Baranski named to Cuddle My Kids board

Jason Baranski Scott Gabrielsen, President of the Board of Directors for Cuddle My Kids (CMK) of West Chester announced the unanimous appointment of Jason Baranski of Exton as their newest Board member. Founded in 2007, Cuddle My Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a variety of free cancer support services and resources throughout the Delaware Valley. As a pioneer in this arena,...

What To Do: Groundhogs, chocolates and Chinese New year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Penns Wood Winery One of the best things about February is Valentine’s Day and one of the best things about Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and wine-loving chocoholics are celebrating – all month. The “Wine and Chocolate Pairings” at Penns Wood Winery (124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, 610-459-0808,...

CCFWG to honor Miles, May 3

Cheryl Miles The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG) will honor Cheryl Miles – a connector, convener and passionate advocate for underserved communities in Chester County – with our Kitchen Table Award at the 14th Annual Making a Difference Luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern, PA. CCFWG established the Kitchen Table Award in 2011 to...

Jefferson named to board of Crime Victims Center

Robert C. Jefferson, IV WEST CHESTER — Robert C. Jefferson, IV, an attorney with the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood, PC, has been named to the board of directors of The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC). CVC is a community-based non-profit that is celebrating 45 years of providing free, immediate and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted...

What To Do: Feeling down? You know what will help? Chocolate.

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival Dull, grey midwinter days can lead to feeling glum but there is an antidote – chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate? Even a small dose of the brown-colored treat can elevate your mood. And, a mild sugar rush can give you a kick start.

What To Do: January means Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Orchids at Longwood Gardens If you ask Siri to name the largest family of flowering plants in the world, she/he/it would quickly come up with the answer. The largest family of flowering plants in the world is the orchid — a flower that is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful, delicate and graceful flowers in the world. The Royal Botanical Gardens...

Beam honored as Outstanding Swine Club Leader

Nelson Beam of Elverson, Chester Co. received the Outstanding Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader Award during the junior livestock sale at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show. Pictured (L-R): Nelson Beam, Ben WilliamsonPhoto Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Awarded during the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show Junior Livestock Sale, Nelson Beam of Elverson, Pennsylvania, was selected as the 2019 4-H...

WCU band wins Sudler Trophy

The West Chester University Marching Band in competition. West Chester University’s Wells School of Music announced Monday that the Incomparable Golden Marching Band is the recipient of the distinguished 2019 Sudler Trophy. Presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, the Sudler Trophy is known as the “Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world.” It is awarded every other year to a college...