Katdare wins Chester County Spelling Bee

DOWNINGTOWN — Soham Katdare, an eighth grader at Downingtown Middle School, practiced spelling more than 4,000 words to make it to the final round of the Chester County Spell Bee on Monday, February 10, 2020. Winning with the word “A-N-A-L-E-P-S-I-S,” Soham will continue on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Contest in Washington, D.C. that begins on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 2020 Chester County...

Op/Ed: Time to reject Socialism in America

By Christopher Gerber, Special to The Times Christopher Gerber As we look forward to the 2020 presidential election, it appears likely that Americans will be faced with a choice of two very different ideologies:  one that espouses capitalism, self-motivation and ingenuity versus socialism and its empty and destructive promises of free housing, college and healthcare for everyone. The platform of Bernie...

Ruggieri formally announces District 13 bid

Richard Ruggieri LEWISVILLE – To a packed room of constituents, Richard Ruggieri of London Grove Township in Chester County announced his candidacy for the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, District 13. At the Old Stone Cider in Lewisville, PA, Ruggieri excited the crowd with his authentic, moving message. “Not a month after I turned 18 and graduated high school, I swore an oath to the...

Galer Estate wins Gold at SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Galer Estate’s winning 2018 Albariño wine EAST MARLBOROUGH — Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery of Kennett Square was recently awarded a coveted Gold Medal at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of North American wines in the world.  Over sixty-five judges, representing various North American wine regions, evaluated nearly 6,700 wines from over 1,000 wineries...

Caln Police seek info on possible attempted abduction

The Caln Township Police Department is investigating the report of an attempted abduction that allegedly occurred in the parking lot of the Reeceville Road Wawa Convenience Store on Wednesday at approximately 12:30PM. The female victim reported that she was seated in her vehicle when she was approached by two black males. A verbal exchange occurred between one of the males and the female victim, and...

Mushroom industry highlights sustainability at Pa. Farm Show

AVONDALE — Growing mushrooms is a mystery to most people. Because they are grown in indoor growing houses, you don’t see them in field. But this growing process is just part of what makes mushrooms one of the most sustainable foods. The mushroom growing process – including the mushroom sustainability story – will be on full display at the 2020 PA Farm Show, which opens today and runs through...

What To Do: First Friday of 2020 is a busy one

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times If you want to get out of the house and do something fun this weekend, you do have some interesting options. The first Friday of the month is a good time to check out a First Friday event. This weekend, two good choices are Kennett Square and Lancaster. January 3 will be the opening day of the 2020 season for the Kennett Square Winter Farmers Market...

On Stage: Slambovian Circus of Dreams enjoys Philly NYE tradition

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Slambovian Circus of Dreams The Mummers Parade is a great Philadelphia tradition. It dates back more than a century, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on January 1. There is another Mummers tradition in Philadelphia. It dates back more than a decade, has its roots in South Philadelphia and is always held on December 30. Some bands...

Inner Nature: Gender — sex made visible

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times Charles Darwin concluded his seminal “Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” with this immortal paragraph: “Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers,...

Bosworth honored for 10K hours of service on Kalmar Nyckle

Tony Bosworth aloft in the rigging of Kalmar Nyckel in Washington D.C. in 2009. Climbing 95 feet above the deck of The Tall Ship of Delaware would be a thrill for some of us.  For Tony Bosworth, it’s been a 21 year passion. As a Kalmar Nyckel volunteer he reached his 10,000-hour milestone for service to the ship this summer, and now a carving of his likeness will be mounted on the stern of the ship...