What To Do: Chester Co. Balloon Fest soars again

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you realize that here are hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes floating in the sky over your head, you’re going to stop whatever you’re doing and turn your gaze skyward. If you want to experience this sensation, then you should plan on attending this weekend’s 12th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival (New Garden Flying Field, 1235...

Firt Baptist plans ‘Shipwrecked’ vacation Bible school

KENNETT SQUARE — First Baptist Church of Kennett Square will transform into an uncharted island – complete with shipwreck — for its annual Vacation Bible School. “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus” will be held July 23-27 from 6-8:25 p.m. nightly. It is open to children from kindergarten through fifth grade who live in or will be visiting the southern Chester County area.   ...

LCH 5K group practices build community, new runners

A regular running group at Kenneth High School, sponsored by La Comunidad Hispania, is helping local runners get in shape — and ready for this fall’s LCH 5K run event. Yolanda Castañeda, Javier Soria, and Veronica Tinoco all share a new achievement in common: they completed their first ever 5K run during the 2018 Kennett Run last month. In collaboration with Kennett Run Charities, the...

What To Do: It’s all about Dad this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Tre Bella The fun, food, music and activities are enough to draw you to Wilmington each June for the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival (St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 North DuPont Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 302-421-2790, www.stanthonysfestival.com which is entering final weekend and will close on June 1. This weekend, there is an added attraction with...

Troop 6 Scouts build compost bins for Coatesville Community Garden

Senthil Vel and Boy Scouts and volunteers from Troop 6 in front of the compost pens at the Coatesville Community Garden. COATESVILLE — On April 7, Senthil Vel, an Eagle Scout from Troop 6 in West Chester led the project to build two sets of 3-bin composters in the Coatesville Community Garden located at 3rd Avenue and Lincoln Highway. More than 200 hours were spent by volunteers from Troop 6,...

Longwood awards KHS student with McGovern Scholarship

Longwood Fire Company has presented its $1,000 Jim McGovern Scholarship award to Torianna LaBare. To qualify for the scholarship a student must be a senior at Kennett High School in good standing. The student must have attended Kennett for at least two years and be a Pennsylvania resident. The winner must have at least a 3.0 grade average and has shown excellence in science or mathematics. An essay...

What To Do: Strawberry festival is always a sweet time

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Strawberry festival The unofficial start of summer arrived last weekend and the official start of summer is just around the corner. The weather is warm, municipal and private pools are open and school is almost done for the year. Another sure sign is the arrival of the annual Brandywine Health Foundation’s Strawberry Festival. This weekend, the...

Lewis to host paper shredding event, June 2

Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. (R-Chester) is hosting a paper shredding event on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Borough of South Coatesville Citadel Federal Credit Union parking lot, 135 Modena Road, Coatesville. “We know, all too well, how damaging identity theft can be. Destroying documents with personal information is a great way to minimize the risk we face, so I encourage everyone to...

What To Do: Longwood’s fountains, parades, Devon Horse Show and so much more

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Longwood Gardens Memorial Day Weekend is a time for weekend getaways, barbecues and traditional events. It is also a great time to visit Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org). The biggest attraction at Longwood right now is the Festival of Fountains, which is running now through September 30. With fountains that...

Mac N Cheese cook-off to aid recruitment of fire, EMS volunteers

For the 7th annual Chester County Mac-n-Cheese Cookoff, the Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary has created a special partnership with the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association to gain awareness of the need for volunteers for local fire and EMS stations. Proceeds from the cookoff support community projects and this year 10 percent of the fund will be donated to the Chester County Hero Fund. For more...