State announces ‘Pennie’ — a new, state-based health insurance marketplace

Today, Pennsylvania announced, Pennie™, the new state-based health insurance marketplace for 2021 coverage. Pennie is available to all Pennsylvanians and aims to improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage. It is also the only place that connects Pennsylvanians to financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage and care. Pennie was created by Act 42...

Lincoln U. approves 5-year pact for president

Chairlady Theresa R. Braswell ’84 (left) and President Brenda A. Allen sign the president’s new 5-year employment contract at the Board of Trustees meeting on September 19, 2020. LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – The Lincoln University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new 5-year employment contract for President Brenda A. Allen, Saturday. “I am committed to united leadership and collaboration...

County unveils interactive map to show 1777 property ownership, battle damage

WEST CHESTER — Just in time for the anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine this past week, Chester County Archives and Records Services has released a new interactive tool that helps you discover who lived on your property in September 1777. The 1777 Chester County Property Atlas is an interactive map that allows researchers to easily see who owned properties in 1777, and if those owners or...

Chesco to participate in ‘International Overdose Awareness Day’

Last year, 110 pinwheels were displayed at the Chester County Government Services Center on International Overdose Awareness Day – representing the 110 lives lost in 2018 to accidental drug overdose. This year’s display of pinwheels will represent an additional 104 lives lost to accidental drug overdose in 2019. WEST CHESTER — As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid and...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Older and wiser, my birthday edition.

By Gail Supplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times There are two major milestones in each year where we often, reflect on our life and assess where we are, where we were and where we’re headed. The next question is, does it align with where we want to go? For me, those two milestones are the week leading up to the first day of the New Year and my birthday. On both occasions, I ask what have I learned this...

Unionville HS student wins award for child saving invention

Pranavh Vallabhaneni Chadds Ford 9th grader Pranavh Vallabhaneni was honored recently for his ingenuity at the 5th annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by Raytheon Technologies. He was among nearly 500 award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation who were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony held on July 2. Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education...

Webinar on COVID forecasting on June 25

The Chester County COVID-19 Business Task Force will host the fourth in a series of free webinars on Thursday June 25th, 2020 at 11 a.m. This webinar will feature Dr. David Rubin of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. To join the webinar, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88181252384. Dr. Rubin is the director of the PolicyLab at CHOP,...

County grants total of $5M to 248 small businesses

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced today the award of $5 million in grants to 248 Chester County small businesses and agricultural enterprises.  The individual grants, made available through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, range from just under $1,500 to $25,000. The...

Inner Nature — Fe: An Iron Constitution

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times There are 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, but only a handful of elements are essential to life. They include hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen in large quantities, moderate amounts of iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and sulfur, and miniscule quantities of “micronutrients” like selenium and zinc. Why? In an intermittent...

So…how many people are you willing to let die?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa We’d like it to be over, but it’s not. The news that some 24 Pennsylvania counties will move a more open “yellow” stage next week naturally has folks in Chester County asking when will things open up here? The honest answer: not that soon. June, maybe. The numbers tell the story: new case numbers are not declining, if anything, they’ve been...