What To Do: First Weekend full of outdoor options

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Old City First Friday If you want to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend, you do have a few 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 Old City Philadelphia and Lancaster. This month’s edition of First Friday Lancaster (https://visitlancastercity.com/first-friday)...

What To Do: Holiday events move to virtual in this most unusual year

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Yuletide at Wheatland We all have to accept the fact that Christmas 2020 will be like no other Christmas Americans have ever experienced. The same goes for New Year’s Eve 2020/2021. The Grinch may have stolen Christmas in the past, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has blasted Christmas out of the sky. One of the major effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has...

Holiday spirit overflows at Avon Grove Library

Every year Avon Grove Library collects stockings for the Avon Grove Christmas Basket program, a community-wide initiative to bring joy to families in need during the holiday season. This year the library collected three times as many stockings as last year, a wonderful reminder of the kind and generous spirit of our community during what has been a difficult year for many. WEST GROVE — There’s...

KACS offers thanks to the Manfredi family

Left to right, John, Frank Jr., & Frank Manfredi. Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) is thankful for the long-time partnership & support with the amazing Manfredi family. Manfredi Cold Storage has generously supported our two annual holiday food distributions with donations of chickens and turkeys for more than 15 years. These last several years Manfredi Cold Storage has donated over 1,000...

Chester Co. volunteer recognized with Green Building United’s 2020 Groundbreaker Community Leader Award

Paula Kline The Clean Energy Planning Series, developed by volunteer Paula Kline, was one of five projects and community leaders celebrated at Green Building United’s 2020 Groundbreaker Awards, a virtual award ceremony on Thursday, December 17. Green Building United’s annual Groundbreaker Awards recognizes and celebrates green building leadership, innovation, and impact in greater Philadelphia,...

Harley owners rev up donations for W. Chester Food Cupboard

Members of the Brandywine Harley Owners Group with a sample of the food they were able collect for the West Chester Food Cupboard during a two-month drive. CHADDS FORD — The Hannum’s Brandywine Harley-Davidson dealership located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Brandywine Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapter, initiated a 2-month long food drive to donate necessities to the West...

What Do To: A holiday season like no other

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times This is a December like no other. Normally, this is the time of year that your brain gets battered into submission by being exposed to an endless array of men and women ringing bells while standing next to donation baskets, traffic jams caused by mall-bound shoppers and the non-stop playing of Christmas carols everywhere. In 2020, your brain is also getting...

Taste of Phoenixville pivots to take-out, expands to 5 days for 2020

PHOENIXVILLE — Organizers of the 19th Annual Taste of Phoenixville event won’t let COVID-19 stop them. With a pivot to take-out, Good Samaritan Services empowers the community to take their health into their own hands while they still have an exciting and engaging event to raise money for Good Samaritan Services, a Phoenixville organization that serves the community’s homeless and at-risk individuals. “This...

Libertarians gather to clean up Bournelyf Special Camp

Last weekend was the final volunteer cleanup effort at Bournelyf Special Camp in West Chester, Pa. Members of the Libertarian Party of Chester County arrived to straighten up the grounds of the camp before Winter sets in. The Chester County Libertarians support volunteer initiatives to help organizations in our community, and Bournelyf is a favorite of ours. “Bournelyf is a unique operation,” explained...

What To Do: Despite many cancellations, Santa still coming to West Chester

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times  These crazy times just keep getting crazier – and scarier. COVID-19 infections and deaths are spiking in Pennsylvania and nearby New Jersey and Delaware. As a result, the states’ governors have been ramping up the restrictions and calling for shutdowns throughout the area. Philadelphia has been hit with the toughest restrictions but Pennsylvania in general...