County granted $3.74 million for farm preservation

At its recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board awarded Chester County the highest level of funding, $3.74 million, to preserve nearly 150 more acres of farmland on two Chester County farms.  The state board announced an overall spending threshold of $38 million for the purchase of development rights from 38 farm owners state-wide – the highest spending total in over...

Brandywine Hills Point to Point ready to run April 7

Horses vault the stone wall at last year’s Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point. When the warm breezes of spring waft their way into Chester County, the local fox hunting horses and folks who love them sniff the air and know it’s time for the annual point-to-point races. The 2019 Brandywine Hills Point-to-Point — scheduled for Sunday, April 7 — is one of the early ones. It offers a wide...

Commissioners rip ‘redacted’ Sunoco pipeline emergency plan

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell view an excerpt from the heavily redacted Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan. WEST CHESTER — After many requests, and eventually demands, the Chester County Commissioners confirmed receipt Thursday by the Department of Emergency Services of the long-awaited Sunoco pipeline emergency management plan.  But the...

County files suit against opioid manufacturers

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced today that the County has filed an action to combat the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on its residents.  The County has retained the law firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to file a civil lawsuit in the Federal Eastern District of Pennsylvania against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Commissioners celebrate National Ag Day

Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Richard Hostetter (The Farm at Doe Run), County Commissioner Terence Farrell, Kyle MacCauley (MacCauley Suffolks), David Bell (B&R Angus), Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich, Kaitlin Bell (B&R Angus), County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners recognized the County’s agricultural economic strength...

Commissioners join lawsuit, revoke easement, taking on pipeline

(Left to right) Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline on the Chester County Library property where two temporary easements for access to pipeline originally contracted to Sunoco Pipeline LP have been terminated. EXTON — The Chester County Commissioners announced today two key steps in their on-going actions against Sunoco Pipeline LP (Sunoco) regarding...

County adds 80 acres to Nottingham Park

Chester County’s Nottingham County Park has increased in size with the acquisition of 80 acres of preserved land donated by The Nature Conservancy. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Commissioners announced Monday the acquisition of 80 acres of preserved land which are attached to Nottingham County Park, and will extend the size of the park by more than 10 percent.  The additional acres were conveyed...

WalkWorks Chesco! gets to four billion steps

Chester County clocks up four billion steps towards healthier living. Pictured (left to right): Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell; Ashley Orr, Chester County Health Department; Jeanne Casner, Director, Chester County Health Department; Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone; Erin Brown, Chester County Health Department. At their Sunshine Meeting public work session last week, the...

Zanin named Chesco Open Space Director

Brianne Zanin Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell announce the appointment of Brianne Zanin as Director of Chester County’s Department of Open Space Preservation, effective February 4, 2019.  Zanin, 34, moves to this new role following six years as Deputy Director of the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation. As Director of Open Space Preservation...

Bookman announces run for Prothonotary

Debbie Bookman Debbie Bookman, current Coatesville City Council Member, has announced that she will seek election for Chester County Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary processes all civil litigation filings for the Court of Common Plea. Debbie has over 20 years experience in strategic planning and administrative operations. Currently employed by ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, PA as a...