Community steps up to help flooded out Brandywine Ace

By Mike McGann, Editor, the Times @mikemcgannpa Local residents help to clear debris in the parking of Brandywine Ace Pet & Farm in Pocopson. POCOPSON — From a distance, with cars parked everywhere and people everywhere despite looming rain clouds, it looked a lot like a normal Sunday afternoon at Brandywine Ace Pet & Farm. It was anything but. Flood water raged through the store late Wednesday...

Ida brings massive floods, damage, tornados to Chester County

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Just one of the dozens of flooded areas in Chester County from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which dumped 6-8 inches of rain on the county, Wednesday. Photo: courtesy Chester County Emergency Services. A vicious storm – the remnants of Hurricane Ida — ripped through Chester County Wednesday, causing widespread flooding, power outages and damage,...

County to remember those lost to overdose, Aug. 31

In observance of International Overdose Awareness Day, Chester County will place 101 pinwheels in front of the Justice Center and Government Services Center buildings in West Chester, representing the 101 lives lost in the county last year to accidental overdose. As part of Chester County’s commitment to combat the opioid epidemic, the County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces...

Chesco Health to do mosquito spraying in parts of Phoenixville, Schuylkill, Aug. 25

The Chester County Health Department will conduct a mosquito control treatment spray in portions of Phoenixville Borough and Schuylkill Township on Wednesday, August 25th from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm. The need to conduct the control treatment follows confirmation of multiple mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the area. The rain date is Thursday, August 26th from 7:30pm to...

Op/Ed: Gerrymandering cheats voters

By Mike Hays, Special to The Times Mike Hays One of the most abhorrent and undemocratic things about gerrymandering is how it stifles competition. As a new teacher in Pennsylvania, I have been thinking about how I might explain gerrymandering to my 8th grade class. Full disclosure: I am not an innocent bystander, having run for the PA House 26th District in 2012 as an underfunded, yet determined, 32-year-old...

County: Community support has made all the difference in year since Ashwood Apartments fire

On Tuesday, Chester County issued the following statement, thanking many members of the local community for their support in assisting the victims of the Ashwood Apartment fire a little more than a year ago: On Thursday, July 30 2020, fire devastated the Ashwood Apartment building in North Coventry Township, Chester County, completely destroying 45 homes, displacing 50 families and leaving 100 men,...

Chesco seeks consultant to develop specialized pipeline hazard emergency plan

WEST CHESTER — At the request of the Chester County Commissioners, the Chester County Department of Emergency Services has prepared a Request for Proposal (RFP) to specialist contractors, for the development of a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline hazard-specific addition to the Chester County Emergency Operations Plan.  The RFP also calls for the development of tools to better prepare the public...

The lies that kill

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The lies are killing people. Thankfully, the open deception about COVID-19 has been of limited impact here in Chester County, save the odd spittle-flecked angry email or comment claiming the virus is fake, masking is a plot against freedom, the election was rigged and that Donald Trump would be reinstated on Aug. 13. None of that is true, of course, but...

Aug. 12 is Career Link Day

The PA Department of Labor and Industry has declared August 12th as “PA CareerLink Day – Join the Workforce PA” and Chester County is joining in this state-wide recognition.  A Chester County Partner Resource Fair, held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 12, will highlight the services that Chester County residents can take advantage of, if they are looking to join, or re-enter the workforce. The...

:CH to celebrate National Health Center Week with spoitlight on partners

LCH Health and Community Services (LCH) plans to celebrate another year of local community impact during National Health Center Week, August 8th through August 14th.  LCH provides integrated health care and community services to over 8,000 residents in southern Chester County each year through their health centers in Kennett Square and Oxford, and their specialty services site in West Grove, which...