What To Do: Philadelphia Flower Show is a harbinger of Spring

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Philadelphia Flower Show If you’re in the mood for flowers – lots and lots of flowers – all you need do is make a visit to this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch streets, Philadelphia, 215-988-8899, phsonline.org/the-flower-show) which runs through March 12. The PHS (Philadelphia Horticultural...

CCIU announces expansion, new sites to better serve special needs students

Rendering of the CCIU’s Child & Career Development Center Great Valley Campus The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) is excited to announce a series of transformative initiatives aimed at enhancing educational services for children throughout Chester County and beyond. These projects signify a commitment to fostering innovative learning environments and expanding opportunities for students...

On Stage: Elkton Music Hall to feature familiar acts this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Quinn Sullivan Two music acts sharing the bill at Elkton Music Hall (107 North Street, Elkton, Md., www.elktonmusichall.com) on March 1 are no strangers to area music fans. The Gretchen Emery Band has played many venues around the area including Kennett Flash, Jamey’s House of Music, Stoney’s English Pub and Bellefonte Cafe Massachusetts native Quinn...

Coatesville City Council moves to centralize fire equipment

Washington Hose Company. Courtesy, Coatesville Fire Department. COATESVILLE — In a four-to-one vote on Monday, members of the City Council passed a motion for the first reading of an ordinance authorizing an amendment to a lease agreement between the City and Washington Hose Company—in order to centralize all fire personnel and equipment at the Washington Hose Company. Effective April 1, the four...

Smart ways to use your tax refund

By Joe Oliver, Columnist, The Times It’s almost that time of year when many people start receiving their tax refunds. If you get one, what will you do with it? Of course, the answer will depend somewhat on how big your refund is. Last year, the average refund amount was about $2,750, according to the Internal Revenue Service’s Filing Season Statistics report. Whatever the size of your refund,...

What To Do: Tix still available for Kennett Winterfest

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is a special time of year in Kennett Square – the time for a popular annual event known as the Kennett Winterfest. Usually, tickets are already sold out by this time but this year some tickets remain. The Annual Kennett Winterfest (http://kennettwinterfest.com/) will be held on February 24 from 12:30-4 p.m. in a tented area near 600 South Broad...

On Stage: ‘The Girl From the North Country’ at The Forrest Theater

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Chiara Trentalange and Ben Biggers in The Girl From The North Country, which is now running at The Forrest Theater. Philadelphia’s Broadway season of shows at the Miller Theater, Academy of Music and Forrest Theater fortunately has some new touring Broadway shows that are playing in Philly for the first time – like “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Mean Girls,”...

Kennett Consolodated School District mourns the sudden death of a teacher

Kathleen Arvanites The Kennett Consolidated School District is mourning the loss of beloved teacher Kathleen Arvanites, who passed away on Sunday from a sudden illness. Arvanites taught Spanish in the district for more than 15 years, first at Kennett High School before moving to Kennett Middle School. KCSD issued a statement this week, alerting the wider school community: “It is with heavy hearts...

Inner Nature: Merde!

By Vidya Rajan. Columnist, The Times Merde. In other words, s**t, p**p, d**g, number 2, BMs, excreta, droppings, stools, feces. This is not a really pleasant subject of conversation, or even a polite one (unless you lived back in the eighteenth century when everyone was apparently fascinated by it as an indicator of health). But it’s an important part of life. If you’ve ever been constipated or...

What To Do: George Washington’s birthday party

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend will feature many special family events dealing with history and nature – including an annual Presidents Day event at a national park. On February 19, Valley Forge National Historical Park (1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia, www.nps.gov) is hosting “George Washington’s Birthday Party” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The site of one...