3 Chesco legislators embarrass themselves — and us — on anti-abortion bill vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Just when you think our “great” legislature can’t get worse, it has a “here, hold my beer” moment. Such as with HB 118, one of the most ignorant, hateful and useless pieces of legislation ever passed by any political body in history. Yes, it will be vetoed and purged by Gov. Tom Wolf.  But it should never have been introduced. It should never...

County: high vaccination rates have COVID case numbers falling

Chester County Health Officials announced Thursday that 83 percent of all eligible Chester County residents (age 12 and above) are partially or fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Taking it one step further, of those age 18 and over (which follows the Governor’s benchmark), 92 percent are partially or fully vaccinated.  According to county health officials, these figures indicate that Chester County...

Letter: Race for Peace seeks to bridge gap between police and the community

To The Editor, Race for Peace Committee has made connections in Chester County including Chester County Commissioners, Tredyffrin Township Police Department along with Board of Supervisors. The Race for Peace Committee is a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. Formed in 2016 to enrich the lives of residents in all communities through programs, resources and activities for the family, to reach an understanding...

County OKs $4.2M grant to preserve open space and improve parks

The 156-acre Starr Farm in East Bradford Township, one of the recipients of a preservation grant through the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program. WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline approved the awarding of $4.2 million in open space preservation and park improvement grants at the most recent public Commissioners’ meeting....

Commissioners recognize Chester County Archive staff

The Chester County Commissioners recognized the efforts of the County’s Archives staff to earn a National Genealogical Society award for the County’s 1777 Property Atlas Portal, at today’s first in-person public meeting since the start of the pandemic. Pictured left to right are: Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Marian Moskowitz; Laurie Rofini, Director of Chester County Archives & Record...

New COVID testing system could help keep Chesco schools open this fall

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Scanning the QR code on this fast COVID antigen test, via an app, allows rapid data collection and the ability to forecast outbreaks. While virtually every adult (and most kids over age 12) will likely have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine if they (or their parents) want it, it seems increasingly likely that for kids 11 and under, vaccines will be few and...

We’re winning the war on COVD — but we haven’t won yet

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The announcement that the Centers for Disease Control said that those of us who have been fully vaccinated may now pretty much do without masks everywhere but on public transportation and medical facilities means one thing: We’re winning the war on COVID-19 — but we haven’t won yet. And we may not win for quite some time. In places like Chester...

Journey toward freedom with 2021 Town Tours

WEST CHESTER — Join Chester County this summer in “Journeying Toward Freedom” during the 2021 Town Tours and Village Walks program! This year’s program will kick off on Thursday, June 17, with a virtual ceremony and Juneteenth Commemoration starting at 5:00 pm, followed by optional in-person walking tours at 6:45 pm at the Chester County History Center. Much like last year, the virtual programs...

Compass Mark comes to Chester County, seeks help on survey of local needs

Compass Mark is a local non-profit new to Chester County but with over 50 years of service in Lancaster County — and we are excited to be here!  Our mission is to prevent addiction through education, skill-building, and community mobilization.  We are asking for your input so that we may better serve you alongside our community partners. We are a team of prevention specialists that offer an...

County starts COVID vaccinations for kids as young as 12 today

Following the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for those ages 12-15,  Chester County Health Department officials will offer the Pfizer vaccine at its walk-in or drive-thru clinic locations, with or without an appointment, from Thursday morning, May 13. From Thursday, May 13, the Pfizer vaccine will be available without the need for an...