Melting ice & warming hearts…people YOU know doing ‘Good Stuff!’

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Got ‘good stuff’ to share? Email kim@chescotimes.com (submissions are due the 15th & 30th monthly; and are subject to editorial review.)

So much DRAMAA  ‘shout-out’ to all the hard-working local kids and directors bringing affordable theater to our communities… Look for these March performances: Kennett – Oklahoma, UnionvilleWest Side Story, Rustin Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, OxfordCinderella, SalesianumBye-Bye Birdie, Malvern PrepGrease, Jennersville YMCAMusic Man, Avon Grove – (April performance) Once Upon a Mattress…the Times says ‘BREAK A LEG!’  A congratulations on terrific February performances go to: CoatesvilleBye-Bye Birdie, WC EastBack to the 80s, Henderson Sweet Charity…For more information on show times & tickets, check out the respective district’s & Y’s home pages…

GoodStuffFor our furry friendsChester County SPCA’s Henry’s Cupboard was recently launched. Named in honor and memory of Senator Andy Dinniman’s beloved poodle, Henry, the goal of this program is to provide free food assistance to pet owners living below the poverty level. The Chester County SPCA facilitated more than 3,400 adoptions in 2014. For more information on the Cupboard, to donate or to apply for assistance visit: www.ccspca.org…

Owning the ‘block’Avon Grove High’s Olivia Paoletti is a triple qualifier for the PIAA – AAA State Swimming & Diving Championships….recently winning gold in both the 400 breast stroke and IMs at Districts making her AGHS’ FIRST female swimming district champion…and the TRIFECTA: Unionville High’s Girls Swim Team won the Ches-Mont League American Division for the third year in a row, finishing their season 8-1. The team was led by Laura Barthold, Lauren Stabler, Lindsey Hewton and Maura Grimes

And the winner is...Sorry, you’ll just have to wait and see!  The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce will be announcing its Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award at it’s 48th annual gala – March 20th…stay tuned!  For tickets and more information visit: www.scccc.com

Thinking INSIDE the box….Congratulations Chester County High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) “Project In a Box” competition winners: Bishop Shanahan (1st), Downingtown STEM Academy (2nd) and Coatesville (3rd)

Random acts of kindnessKennett Middle School students and teachers were ‘paying it forward’ in February with month-long activities included raising money to provide Kennett Food Cupboard with FRESH, baked pizzas; a luxury many needy families cannot afford, surprising students by covering lockers with personalized inspirational sticky note messages, and composing thought provoking personal notes on self worth and value …and word is March’s KMS theme will focus on the rewards of ‘perseverance’…

Alley-OOP! …Congrats to Octorara High’s boys basketball team on their BIG win over Glen Mills for 80-54 win for District 1-AAA title…The Braves move on to the state tournament versus District 12’s Archbishop Caroll

‘Secret’ Service…Kennett youth coach, Jill Hunt, and members of KHS girls and boys lacrosse teams were spotted donating indoor lacrosse gear and giving lax pointers to the Garage Youth & Community Center and its fans.  Gear was ‘gifted’ by friends in honor of anonymous Kennett-area volunteer’s & Garage advocate’s milestone birthday…

Rockin’ some ‘heavy metal’…Great Valley’s 4×800 girls relay team of Elise Claffey, Anna Willig, Tabitha Wismer and Crosby Spiess bring home G-O-L-D with a time of 9:22.52 at Sunday’s PTFCA State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Penn State University. For the guys, Downingtown West’s 4×200 relay team of Ian Alleyne, Nate Alleyne, Matt McCool and Josh McLemore earned the silver medal with a time of 1:29.34…

Leading the Way…Kudos to Patton Middle School teachers Ms. Ballard, Ms. Hisler and Mr. Walsh as they presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Conference in State College on February 23. Ms. Ballard and Ms. Hisler presented on our outstanding Patton Gardens Project while Mr. Walsh presented a session entitled “Modeling Digital Citizenship for Students”…

Service Above SelfLongwood Rotary gets a big nod…raising$1,000 to help a Kennett Squre family who lost everything in a devastating house fire New Year’s Eve, raising $500 for Wings For Success and also providing helping hands to move Wings inventory from Frazer to their new KSQ location…

Behind the LensKennett High’s video production students, under the direction of award-winning teacher Frank Vanderslice, were featured on FOX-29 during its Saturday morning programming. K-TV crew members:  Kiersten Anderson, Yanira Cintora Lopez, Laura Elliott, Dorothy Lovell, Heather McDonald, Tyler Mousley, Lucas Ransick, Isaac Reynolds, John Rodgers, Marisa Rossi, Kyle Sheridan, Adrianna Taraboletti, and Sarah Terpning were all a part of the production action.The short videos were filmed at the request of Nicole Wolfe, executive producer of FOX 29 Weekend…

He’s got HEARTPierce Middle School’s John Kosic was recently honored for 30 years of fundraising for the American Heart Association raising more than $34,000 along the way.  Thanks to John’s commitment, Pierce has been hosting Volleyball for Heart since 1985

Art goes to Washington…The annual Congressional Art Competition is here! Chester County high school students are encourage to participate… Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and within each congressional district. For information & rules visit www.house.gov or contact your local congressional office…

Dodging the ballOxford Area High’s Future Business Leaders of America sponsored its 5th annual Dodgeball Tournament benefiting the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation. The winning squad was the Moondogs: Joey Boggs (captain), Cole Moran, Ryan Hubley, Zach Deasey, Josh Mosely, Nick Salvadore, Nolan Benke and Tyler Farr. This year’s tournament had the highest number of participating teams and raised the largest amount of money for the Eli Foundation..special thanks Walgreen’s – Oxford, for its generous donation of bottled water for all the participants…

Face-Off…Avon Grove Ice Hockey Club prevailed 6-1 over Kennett Friday night, and advances to the DSHA Varsity Division Championship against the Delaware Military Academy. The Championship was cancelled Sunday night due to weather conditions and has yet to be rescheduled…

 

 

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