Don’t Retire, ReFire: Pay inspiration forward

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Do you give yourself enough credit?  Most of us don’t.  If we did we would feel so much more fulfilled.  It would give us a purpose.  If you struggle with feeling a sense of purpose, consider inspiring someone else. The saying goes that it’s better to give than to receive.  This certainly is true in my life. No matter what our age, each of us...

Commissioners appoint 3 to chair comp plan steering committee

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced this week the next step in the Landscapes3 process – the creation of a steering committee to guide the development of the new county comprehensive plan. The steering committee will be co-chaired by three Chester County leaders representing key sectors of the county’s drive to balance growth and preservation: Chris Alonzo, President of Pietro...

County kicks off survey for Landscapes3

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced the kickoff of a public opinion survey for Chester County at Tuesday’s Commissioners’ public meeting. The survey, which will help to identify citizen priorities for the future of Chester County, will contribute to the vision for Landscapes3, the county’s long-range comprehensive plan.    Send article...

Op/Ed: It’s all in the planning

By Michelle Kichline, Chair, Chester County Commissioners   Michelle Kichline Chester County is widely known as a beautiful and happy corner of Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, we are considered the fourth happiest county in America.  Ours is one of the best counties in which to live, work, and raise a family, and it falls upon our local government to maintain the high quality of life that...

Don’t Retire-ReFire: ‘Your Emotions’

Finding emotional happiness is a key By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times No matter what stage in life we are, our emotions direct us and, at times, allow logic to go out the window. In the next few paragraphs, we will shed light on this very loaded subject and the ways we can lasso our emotions to enable a peaceful, happy, fulfilling life. When we’re little, our parents are our guide...

Don’t Retire-ReFire: Physical health and wellness

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Health and Wellness are two words that are not synonymous. However, they do go hand in hand, when it comes to your ReFirement. Health refers to the physical body and whether or not it is free from disease, while wellness, on the other hand, refers to every facet of our lives. It is the complete balance of our well-being from the physical, the spiritual,...

Change will happen — are you prepared?

By having a plan, you can be ready when things go a little off course By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times Change is Inevitable! That is the one thing we can count on, in life! It is how we handle change that makes the difference between maneuvering through a change or being thrown completely off balance by it. The key words in coping with change are strategy, preparation and expectations. You...

How to plan the perfect outing

A few tips to keep your plans from unraveling By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times When was the last time you were in charge of a fun outing? Whether for your sweetheart, your family, friends, or colleagues, we’ve all dreamed of being the perfect “cruise director”. Well, we might not all be Julie McCoy from the Love Boat (yes, I’m dating myself I know), but before you plan another fun...

Using the Triad of Change for a better life

Know what you want, and make a plan to get there By Dr. Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times The Triad of Change is a tool that helps to create a recipe for success in life.  Even (especially) during times of challenge, the relationships between Perception (what you focus on), Structure (how you organize your life), Behavior (what you actually do), and Energy (fuel) have the power to helps us thrive. January...

Planning is important before starting a business

A little work beforehand can save headaches down the road By Bronwyn Martin, Columnist, The Times If you’re thinking about starting a small business, it’s important to look carefully before you leap. Owning a small business can be very rewarding, but it can also require a lot of time, energy and funds long-term. Taking the right steps upfront can help you increase your chance of success and...