On Stage: Ringling Bros. roars back to life, minus animals & clowns

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Ringling Bros. Imagine having lost contact with a dear friend and assuming that he/she had gone away forever. Then, out of the blue, the person from the past made contact and suggested getting back together again. That’s pretty much what happened to Maria Pontigo Lopez. Lopez is part of The Lopez Family, one of the best and most innovative highwire...

Commissioners demonstrate CPR in honor of American Heart Month

(Left to right) Chester County Commissioners Eric Roe, Chair Josh Maxwell and Marian Moskowitz demonstrate Hands-Only CPR under the instruction of Chester County EMS Operations Coordinator Larry Smythe (right) at the Commissioners’ February 14th Public Meeting. At the Valentine’s Day meeting, the Commissioners Proclaimed February as American Heart Month. When a Valentine’s Day public meeting...

Don’t waste your time engaging with Trump supporters; take ’em on at the polls

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times After Donald Trump’s latest horrific, anti-democracy, insulting comments, anyone who still supports him is not worth engaging with… But, they are worth taking on at the polls. Trump and his followers have removed any doubt about who they are and what they want, and it’s not a democratic republic. Far from it. WE LIVE IN a time when up is down; the sun rises...

OJR MS’s Garimella wins Chester County Spelling Bee

Pictured is Charan Garimella of Owen J. Roberts Middle School, champion of the 2024 Chester County Spelling Bee. Charan Garimella, an Owen J. Roberts Middle School student, won first place in the 2024 Chester County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 7. Garimella spelled his way to victory with the winning word “monotreme” (M-O-N-O-T-R-E-M-E). His victory qualifies him to represent the Chester...

What To Do: Carnival and Valentine’s Day events fill out local events schedule

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Get ready for an unprecedented stretch of partying, bacchanal, sweet food treats and celebrations. The party starts with the Lunar New Year on February 10 followed by Super Bowl on February 11. It continues with Mardi Gras and Carnival (and Fastnacht Day) on February 13, and concludes with Valentine’s Day on February 14. The biggest celebration is...

On Stage: A bit of romantic music for Valentine’s Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Corinne Mammana and Erich Cawalla Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. That means love is in the air and, as expected, special Valentine’s Day concerts are scheduled at a variety of venues around the area. One of these Valentine’s Day concerts is scheduled for February 11 at the Sellersville Theater (24 West Temple Avenue, Sellersville, 215-257-5808,...

WCU’s Fiorentino to be inducted into Chester County Hall of Fame

Christopher M. Fiorentino The leader of the largest university within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education will soon be inducted into the Chester County Hall of Fame by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC). CCEDC is announcing that West Chester University (WCU) President Christopher M. Fiorentino will be honored on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 before an anticipated audience...

Advice on love, life and surviving Valentine’s Day

By Nancy Plummer, Columnist, The Times Dear Nancy, I’m a widow of five years and finally feel ready to date. My friends put me on a dating app and I realized quickly it’s not for me. Last weekend a few friends and I went skiing nearby and I met this really nice man. We talked in the ski lodge for over two hours and bought me a drink. He wasn’t wearing a ring and my friends felt he was really...

Diggs named Exec. Dir. of Chesco Housing Authority

Paul Diggs The Board of the Housing Authority of Chester County (HACC) has appointed Paul Diggs MPA as Executive Director of the organization, effective immediately.  Diggs comes to this position from the Howard County Maryland – Housing Commission and takes over HACC leadership from retired Executive Director Dale Gravett. Housing Authority Board Chair Pat Bokovitz said, “The Executive Director...

Octorara school president killed in plane crash in W. Caln

Sam Ganow The President of the Octorara Area School District, Sam Ganow, was killed Thursday when his the plane he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from Chester County Airport. Ganow, 65, a long-time member of the OASD board, died when the Grumman GA-7 Cougar twin-engine plane he was flying crashed two minutes after takeoff in a wooded area in West Caln, near Old Wilmington Road. Investigators...