Mushroom industry awards scholarships to local students

AVON GROVE — Sixteen college-bound high school seniors from five Chester County- area high school districts were awarded scholarships from the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania’s Community Awareness Committee (CAC), the group announced today. Fifteen students received the Sara Manning Scholarship ($1,500) and one student received the Rob Ferranto Scholarship ($2,500)*. CAC was created...

What To Do: Lancaster offers chance to get back to nature, old ways

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Kreider Farms Tour When spring arrives, gardens begin coming back to life. First, a crocus emerges with its burst of purple color. Then, over a period of weeks, more flowers join the annual resurrection of garden blooms. Before you know it, what was previously a bleak and barren space has transformed into a home for floral activity. In many ways, that...

What To Do: As area opens, a few more options for outings

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Car Concert: The Big Takeover As we head into July, many of the restrictions caused by COVID-19 have been removed or at least relaxed – just as the pandemic’s numbers are starting to surge in the wrong direction. Still, you people who have been waiting to get out for months can now get out. You can break the chains and finally get “out and go.” You...

Downingtown West grad graduates from medical school

Skye Miller Skye Miller, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree on May 30, 2020. Dr. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., in 2016. She is a 2012 graduate of Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pa. Miller is the daughter of Donald and Eva...

YMCA’s Power Scholars Academy goes virtual in 2020

Research shows that children can lose up to two months of learning during the summer. To prevent this “summer learning loss,” the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is offering its Power Scholars Academy program for children ages 5-11 beginning July 6. In past years, children in the program have gained up to a ½ month of learning rather than losing two months of learning. Now in its fifth year,...

What To Do: As things open, more entertainment options emerge

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s been more than three months since the quarantine/shelter-in-place/stay-at-home way of life took over in the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone has been experiencing what it’s like when a misbehaving kid has been “grounded indefinitely” by his or her parents. Everyone has been champing at the bit – waiting to get the...

Fathers’ Day is twice as nice for pair of E. Brandywine Firefighters

East Brandywine Chief Vincent D’Amico and Firefighter/EMT Eddie Ranck each recently became the fathers of twins. EAST BRANDYWINE — This Father’s Day the Chester County Fire Chief’s Association is highlighting fathers who volunteer at area firehouses.  Surprisingly, two fathers who volunteer at the East Brandywine Fire Company have welcomed two sets of twins making Chief Vincent D’Amico a...

What To Do: With local state parks reopening, enjoy fresh air and sunshine

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times White Clay Creek Preserve The COVID-19 pandemic is still going strong which means the best thing is to still “shelter in place” and stay home except for necessary trips outside the home such as getting food and medicine (and, yes, liquor). However, the arrival of hot summer-like weather is providing a severe challenge to those who are going “stir...

Van Oot named Exec. Dir. of Family Promise of So. Chester County

Renna Van Oot KENNETT SQUARE — Renna Van Oot, has been named the Executive Director of Family Promise of Southern Chester County as the agency expands support services for families in Southern Chester County. COVID-19 has caused the program to shift its housing model, provide more direct funding to help families remain stably housed and engage volunteers in new ways. “Our new reality is that more...

Victory co-founded to be inducted into Chesco Business Hall of Fame

Victory Brewing Company co-founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet will be inducted into the Chester County Business Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council during a free livestream event that all businesses can attend on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12pm EXTON — For the first time ever, the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is providing free access for all...