Inner Nature: The incredibly resilient tardigrade

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, The Times In the annals of the ecosystem’s version of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a long list of organisms that are considered over-performers: tough, enduring and even thriving in environmentally adverse conditions. Most endure in state known as cryptobiosis (also called anabiosis), which means “mysterious or enigmatic” and refers to the difficulty in telling if...

What To Do: Longwood sparkles in winter

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Longwood Gardens in winter. Visitors to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000, www.longwoodgardens.org) during the next two months might find themselves singing lyrics from a song thought of as a Christmas carol but is really a lot more – lyrics such as… “In the lane, snow is glistenin’,  A beautiful sight, We’re happy tonight,  Walkin’...

On Stage: Red Wanting Blue headlines at City Winery

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Red Wanting Blue Red Wanting Blue has been around for a long time – if you consider more than a quarter century to be a long time. The Ohio-based rock band has played many different venues around the Delaware Valley with the last few shows hosted by the World Café Live. On January 23, Red Wanting Blue will add another Philly venue to its CV when...

CCEDC: County economy in ‘terrific’ shape

“How are we doing in Chester County when it comes to the economy? Oh baby, we’re doing terrific,” said Patti Brennan as she shared expert insights for 2022 at the Chester County Economic Development Council’s 18th Annual Economic Outlook. Brennan, the President and CEO of Key Financial, Inc. who has been named a Hall of Fame Advisor by Dow Jones & Company’s Barron’s, was joined by James...

GOP continues to whine when they can’t rig the vote

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you can’t win fairly, then rig the game. This is pretty much the new motto of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Whiny over new legislative redistricting maps that only give them a slight advantage, the GOP in the legislature is trying to use a constitutional amendment to make sure they can fix the game again.  They’re trying, again, to do the...

What To Do: Let’s get prehistoric

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times This weekend, there will be a dinosaur showdown featuring two travelling animatronic dinosaur exhibits touching down at different locations – “Dino & Dragon Stroll” in Oaks and “Jurassic Quest” in Philadelphia. From January 15-17, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Station Avenue, Oaks, 800-677-4677, www.phillyexpocenter.com) will be...

On Stage: Christine Havrilla fights through a difficult year

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Christine Havrilla It’s safe to say that 2021 was a tough year for all of us with the pandemic causing major disruptions in health, work, school and just about everything else. It’s also safe to say that 2021 was a tough year – an extremely tough year – for Christine Havrilla, a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who is headlining a show at...

Vogel announces run for Congress

Ron Vogel A Chester County Realtor has announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th District. In a letter, Ron Vogel informed the members of the Republican Committees of Chester and Berks Counties of his intention to seek the seat currently held by Democrat Chrissy Houlahan. Vogel said: “I will not stand idly by while the America we all love falls...

County announces two new COVID testing sites

With COVID case counts in Chester County at record highs, the county’s Health Department is moving to add testing sites, while asking residents to report positive “at home” test results. They also remind everyone that vaccinations and booster shots remain available for free from the Health Department. Officials with the Chester County Health Department (CCHD) announced the latest...

Blue light to shine at Chesco court house to recognize National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

One of the six pillars of Chester County’s Historic Courthouse will shine in blue light on January nights beginning the evening of January 11, 2022—National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The single lighted pillar represents an estimated one in six children who were reported as endangered runaways and were likely victims of sex trafficking (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,...