The Stupid Kabuki of the statewide political races

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times My daughter is an aspiring musician/singer and as such, she often considers possible future band names — it’s a bit of a running joke between us these days. Which is, of course, why I nominate Stupid Kabuki as both a possible addition to her list and a perfect description of Pennsylvania’s two statewide races this fall. To be clear, Republican Scott Wagner...

On Stage: Mmmmmmm, Bacon Brothers

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Bacon Brothers For Kevin Bacon, the thought of going out on an “Actors Rock” style music tour with other actors who have bands is not something that would bring a smile to his face. Like Kiefer Sutherland, Priyanka Chopra, Hugh Laurie, Juliette Lewis and Jennifer Lopez, Bacon’s main claim to fame is as an actor.   ...

What To Do: Old Fiddlers’ Picnic celebrates 90 years

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Imagine turning 90 and still be bursting with energy. Well, that’s what is happening with the Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic (Hibernia County Park, off Route 340, Wagontown, 610-383-2812, http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks). The lively annual event, which is scheduled for August 11, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Known originally...

Cozzone elected President of state County Commissioners Association

Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone, recently elected President of the Board of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP). Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected this week to serve as President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) for 2019.  The announcement of the election results was made this week at CCAP’s 132nd annual conference...

On Stage: Music lovers and enjoy the Heart of the matter

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This is a great time for area Heart fans with three concerts featuring musicians who have been key members of the hitmaking band from the Pacific Northwest. On August 9, there will be a concert by a band featuring two original Heart members. On August 12, Heart’s Nancy Wilson will headline her own show. Last Saturday, her sister and Heart bandmate...

Mixed Media: Connective Art and Music Festival excites the senses

By Caroline Roosevelt, Columnist, The Times Did you make it out to the Connective Art and Music Festival last weekend in Oxford? I stopped in with a few friends for an afternoon filled with art, live music, and overall fun community engagement. As someone who hasn’t spent much time in Oxford, I was pleasantly surprised the lively and enticing energy of the town. First of all, I’d like to give...

BVSPCA assists dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farm

Bella, one of three dogs rescued from a Korean dog meat farm, will be available for adoption this Friday. WEST CHESTER — The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) announced today that it received three dogs on Saturday that had been rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm. These dogs spent their lives confined in cages, with little access to adequate food and water, and no veterinary care, and now...

On Stage: Wild Rivers flows into Eagleview

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Wild Rivers The Downingtown area has never had to experience wild rivers – maybe the Brandywine Creek overflowing its banks every once in a while — but never wild rivers. On August 7, the area will get to experience Wild Rivers – a Canadian rock/folk/country band from Toronto, Ontario. The Eagleview Summer Concerts on the Square at Eagleview...

On Stage: Summer really is endless for The Beach Boys

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Beach Boys Like the Energizer Bunny, the Beach Boys just keep going and going. On August 4, the Beach Boys will bring their surf music and California beach vibe to the area for a pair of shows at the American Music Theater (2425 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, www.amtshows.com). The veteran pop/vocal group is on the road with its 2018 “Now...

DEP: Rains, flooding create high level of West Nile in PA’s mosquitos

HARRISBURG — Receding floodwaters and heavy rains across Pennsylvania are creating a perfect storm of conditions, that have contributed to the highest level of West Nile virus activity in the mosquito population since the disease was first introduced in 2000. The disease, which has infected more than 150 people in the past six years, is on track to pose an unusually higher than normal risk this...