Hundreds gather at OUTFest to support the LGBTQIA+ community

Chester County History Center was filled with OUTFest Rally Attendees. WEST CHESTER — Hundreds of Chester County residents gathered Saturday at the Chester County History Center for a rally in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.  The event featured local elected officials, community leaders, and local advocates. The rally was held in response to the cancellation of a planned OUTFest street festival...

Times 2022 election questionnaire: David Cunningham, 13th State House District

David Cunningham It is time again — for the fourth straight election cycle — for The Times election questionnaire for legislative candidates — your chance to get an unfiltered look at candidates’ views on various issues. The questions were sent out in September to both major parties in the county, asking them to be distributed to the individual campaigns. As always, the answers are...

What To Do: Unionville Fair tops big list of weekend events

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Unionville community Fair Each year, a sure sign that autumn has arrived is the weekend when the annual Unionville Community Fair (113 East Street Road, Unionville, http://www.ucfair.org) is held – the first weekend in October. The fair, which is running now through October 2, is a real down-home country fair with farm equipment displays, cow pie...

On Stage Extra: Villa Maria celebrates 150th anniversary with concert

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This has been a very special week for Villa Maria Academy – and a week that will close with a very special event on September 30. Villa Maria Academy is celebrating its 150th anniversary and capping the celebration with a reception and concert at People’s Light (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern) on September 30. The concert will feature the husband-and-wife...

Due to expected rain, OUTFest rally moves to indoor venue

Local leaders and advocates have been working hard behind the scenes to plan a rally in support of the LGBTQ+ community in the wake of the cancellation of the originally planned OUTFest street festival. The event will include a rally with notable speakers, a brief march, and a party at Split Rail Tavern on Walnut Street in West Chester. Given the current forecast for rain on Saturday, October 1, 2022,...

On Stage: Step back in time for The Sixties Show at The Colonial Theater

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Sixties Show If you grew up with the music and the vibes of the 1960s or if you’re a later day fan of that era, there is a show coming to the Colonial Theater (227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, thecolonialtheatre.com/events) on September 30 that you don’t want to miss — The Sixties Show. The Sixties Show is a high energy trip back in time...

Officials gather to celebrate creation of Big Elk Creek State Park

John Hallas – State Parks Director with DCNR, Todd Pride – President of Legacy Land & Water Foundation, Cindy Adams Dunn – Secretary of DCNR, Senator Carolyn Comitta, John Norbeck – Deputy Secretary DCNR, Josh Maxwell – Chester County Commissioner celebrate the creation of Big Elk Creek State Park, Wednesday. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)...

OJR school district to hold community forum on start times

Owen J. Roberts (OJR) School District will host a special community forum on Thursday, Oct. 6 to discuss school start times for the 2023-2024 school year. The forum will begin at 6 p.m., inside OJR Middle School, and will include the school district’s recommendations for potential school start times, options for consideration by the public and the opportunity for community input before the OJR Board...

Kennett Sq. officials celebrate groundbreaking of new apartments

(Left to right) Doug Doerfler (Kennett Square Borough Council) Matt Johnson (Director of Development), Dan Berger (CEO), Steve Berger (Founder), Matt Fetick (Mayor of Kennet Square) KENNETT SQUARE – Berger Rental Communities, a full-service real estate company, broke ground on September 27th to commemorate the start of construction of Kennett Square Apartments. Kennett Square Apartments will...

Love will triumph over hate in Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa I guess it is easy to hate someone if you “non-person” them. More interestingly, people are using a twisted version of faith to justify such behavior. Whether it is kidnapping migrants — here legally on an asylum application — or the despicable torrent of emails sent to West Chester Borough officials over OUTFest, we have a hate problem, not just...