Have a Happy — and safe — Thanksgiving!

It’s been a year like no other, but we at The Times are thankful for so many readers who have continued to depend upon us for local news and information. It’s been a challenging year for our Chester County communities, but we remain thankful to live and work in such a special place. We hope that however you mark the holiday, you are able to stay safe, yet connect with your loved ones and...

Grant program helps add volunteers for fire/EMS, but more are still needed

Paul Mattes A three-year, grant-funded effort to recruit volunteer firefighters for Chester County’s 45 fire companies and 32 ambulance companies yielded over 300 prospective new volunteer submissions. Of those who responded are now volunteer firefighters or EMTs, while others are still in the process, said Neil Vaughn, Past President for the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association, which received...

Families urged to apply for COVID-19 childcare grants from county

WEST CHESTER — As families struggle to cover the cost of childcare during COVID-19, the Chester County Commissioners are urging them to apply for financial relief before the December 30, 2020 deadline. The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), which administers Chester County’s childcare grant program, says as of Wednesday, 639 families representing 1,135 children have been approved for childcare...

COVID 19 Update, Nov. 18: State sets records for cases, hospitalizations, state tightens some rules, no changes for Chesco as yet

Editor’s Note: After nearly daily updates from late March through June, the pandemic eased enough for use to reduce coverage. The recent explosion of cases, hospitalizations and deaths nationally and in state have prompted a return to semi-regular reports again. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The Wolf Administration moved to boost COVID-19 mitigation efforts, as case numbers...

As pandemic rages, we can’t give up the fight

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The election is over — Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. You know what’s not over? The COVID-19 pandemic. More than 180,000 new cases were reported Friday, some 5,500 in Pennsylvania. Over the last week, Chester County is averaging 100 new cases a day — and generally speaking, we’re doing better than average, But still...

Trump, Pa. Republicans trying to steal an election they lost

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa In the last few days, Chester County has become famous — just maybe not in the way most of us would like. In the fevered dreams of some, Chester County’s officials are part of a vast conspiracy to prevent Donald Trump from being reelected President. Social media is roaring — people from thousands of miles away lecture me on what happened in my home...

Commissioners join Surrey Services for Seniors in delivering lunches and thanking veterans

Chester County Commissioners Josh Maxwell, Marian Moskowitz and Michelle Kichline deliver Grab and Go lunches and thanks to veterans at Surrey Services for Seniors, during one of the weekday drive-through lunch collections by local seniors. DEVON — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline joined staff, board members and volunteers from Surrey Services for...

Chester County Children’s Advocacy Center receives national recognition

The National Children’s Alliance (NCA) recently reaccredited the Chester County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), recognizing the work and commitment of the CAC to the children and families in Chester County. Accreditation means the CAC has met national standards for dealing with child victims of physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “The Children’s...

Even with overwhelming Biden win in Chesco, Democrats have concerns down ballot in coming elections

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa To be blunt: what the @#$% was that? Looking over the Chester County election results there were a couple of head scratchers — and races that defied the polling and conventional wisdom (especially mine). While Joe Biden winning Chester County by a remarkable 17 points was a bit of a surprise, he had virtually no coattails. Typically, such a blow out...

Election 2020: Biden wins Chesco, Comitta, Kane win st. Senate seats; 2 legislative races too close to call

Updated Monday, 7:30 to better reflect recount status in the 158th District. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa It’s not just the presidential race that continues to be too close to call: a pair of Chester County state legislative races are basically too close to call — both await the last of provisional/military/foreign ballots and may well head to recounts in the coming weeks. While...