County: Everyone over age 16 eligible for COVID vaccine

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you’ve been waiting patiently for the COVID-19 vaccine, Chester County has news for you: it is now your turn if you are over age 16. The county Health Department announced Friday that appointments will not be available for all adults, more than a week earlier than federal guidelines required. The expansion comes in part because the county vaccination...

Chester County’s Envirothon to return virtually

Students throughout Chester County love to compete in the Envirothon every year. This year’s event will be virtual, and organizers hope that next year, the Chester County Envirothon will return to in-person competition at Hibernia Park. WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Envirothon, a schools-based tradition that challenges students’ knowledge of the natural environment, continues this year, virtually. The...

County to host Open Space Summit, April 29

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, along with leaders of Chester County’s Planning Commission and Parks + Preservation, are hosting the annual Open Space Summit on Thursday, April 29. The Summit includes a report on Chester County’s 2020 open space preservation achievements and ongoing commitment to the program, and will take place...

Kennett Mushroom Festival to return in 2021

KENNETT SQUARE — After a one-year absence due to COVID-19, one of the county’s most beloved and best attended events will return in 2021: The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. The 36th Annual Mushroom Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, according to an announcement by the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival Committee this week. The Committee also unveiled the theme...

County launches Teen Talk Line to aid mental health and wellness

WEST CHESTER — Chester County teens now have a new tool for mental health and wellness. A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds, is now taking calls and texts to support young people who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated, or confused. The National Institute of Mental Health notes that young people may be more vulnerable to stress and developing mental health conditions, such...

Houlahan highlights threat to local economy posed by Spotted Lanterfly

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan speaks at a media event Monday to highlight the threat to the local economy from the Spotted Lanterfly, as Braeloch Brewing owner Ken Steeves looks on. KENNETT SQUARE — If you are a beer or wine lover — or a fan of Chester County’s great agricultural products — you have a new Public Enemy, No. 1: the Spotted Lanternfly. This...

State to open vaccine appointments to all by April 19

Updates to add comment from Chester County Commissioners, 4:30 pm If you’ve been waiting for your chance at the COVID-19 vaccine, every resident of the state over age 16 will be eligible to schedule an appointment, but residents in the southeastern portion of the state may still find it tough to get an available appointment, as supply in the commonwealth still trails supply. The move speeds up...

72 acre Chadds Ford section of Brandywine Battlefield to be preserved

A drone view of the portion of the Brandywine Battlefield newly under conservation. As of last week, North American Land Trust (NALT) has acquired a historic Brandywine Battlefield property — located on Oakland Road in Delaware County — with the intent to protect the land forever under conservation easement before ultimately opening its 72 acres to the public as Brinton Run Preserve. Originally...

Chesco Health launches new vaccine reg. system; everyone in 1A eligible for appointments

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Health Department has launched a new vaccine registration system for its COVID-19 vaccine program. The new system helps everyone who has already registered with the county health department to easily book a vaccine appointment, and ensures appointments are allocated specifically to the individuals who are being contacted. An email sent this morning to all Phase 1A...

Chester County honors those lost to COVID

Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz is joined by Commissioners Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline, and other County elected officials, to pay tribute to the 747 Chester County residents who have died because of COVID-19. This weekend, Chester County honored the memory of the 747 people in the county who have lost their lives to COVID-19.  Three memorial tributes are being held at...