Volunteers needed for Benchmark Cycling Classic

The final moments of the 2016 Benchmark Cycling Classic — and the 2017 event looks to be even more exciting. But the event needs local volunteers to help put it on. WEST CHESTER — When the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic hits the streets of downtown West Chester on Saturday, August 12, hundreds of volunteers will form the backbone of the event. Over its 12-year history, the event has...

Op/Ed: Ambulance companies are sending 911 call for funding help

By A.J. McCarthy, Chief, Longwood Fire Company A.J. McCarthy The severe fiscal plight of ambulance services across Pennsylvania was highlighted this week in an editorial in neighboring Lancaster County. That same editorial could have been written about ambulance services in Chester County as the same frightening facts are applicable. Dean Bollendorf, president of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania,...

Relay For Life seeks volunteers

DOWNINGTOWN — The American Cancer Society is seeking teams for the 2017 Relay For Life of Central Chester County. Whether you are a first-time Team Captain or a seasoned veteran, you are part of a very special group of dedicated volunteers that is helping the American Cancer Society finish the fight by providing leadership and motivation to a team of your friends, family, and coworkers in a Relay...

Op/Ed: Volunteering to cuddle needy newborns

Drug-addicted babies need volunteers By Susan Rzucidlo, Special To The Times I confess, I typically read two newspapers a day as well as online papers and other news sites and listen to news radio. Occasionally, I share what I read on social media. Last week I shared a story on my Facebook page from The Philadelphia Inquirer about volunteer cuddlers, who hold and help newborns who are, in most...

CASD hosts Day of Service in honor of MLK Jr Day

Nearly 200 volunteers turned out to donate time to local organizations By Lauren Parker, News Editor, The Times  From left to right: Samuel Trizonis, Elena Long, Jadyn Brown, Rebekah Hallenbeck and JaLeah Blanton of the CASD presented essays on community service Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr day. Photo courtesy of CASD COATESVILLE – The Coatesville Area School District hosted a...

Canine Partners For Life seeks volunteers to raise puppies

COCHRANVILLE — You can help change the life of an individual with a disability by raising a puppy for Canine Partners for Life (CPL). CPL trains and places service dogs to assist individuals with a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. The service dog industry continues to grow and CPL is processing more applications than ever before. In order to meet the increased demand, CPL has...

Local company builds doghouses for LaMancha Animal Rescue

LaMancha now considering additional corporate sponsorships By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Volunteers from Evolve IP raised funds to purchase for eco-friendly, maintenance free doghouses for LaMancha Animal Rescue. EAST FALLOWFIELD – Rescue dogs at LaMancha Animal Rescue got a special treat last week when volunteers from Evolve IP in Wayne built four doghouses for the outdoor...

Volunteers prep for UHS AfterProm

It is time for the annual Unionville High School After Prom — an event designed to keep prom attendees safe and entertained following the big night. One of the top incentives for students to attend: a drawing to win a car, donated by Scott Honda of Westtown. This year’s car was deleivered Monday and presented to the Unionville High School PTO. Pictured from left to right are Duke Scott...

Is it time to look at the role of standardized tests in schools?

Also: if teacher unions demand raises, they should say what to cut from education programs to pay for it By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The rising tide against Common Core continues to obscure a growing, but still under discussed debate about the value and quality of standardized testing in our schools. While it seems increasingly likely that a passing grade on the Keystone tests will not end...

Letter: Decline in fire volunteers a crisis in Pennsylvania

To The Editor, A member of the Pennsylvania Senate was quoted last week as saying the decline of brave, volunteer firefighters has reached a crisis point across Pennsylvania. This sad state is endangering the welfare of all residents across the Commonwealth. A newspaper article quoted Senator Kim Ward as saying is it well past the time for lawmakers to address this issue. I know some of our local...