So…how many people are you willing to let die?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa We’d like it to be over, but it’s not. The news that some 24 Pennsylvania counties will move a more open “yellow” stage next week naturally has folks in Chester County asking when will things open up here? The honest answer: not that soon. June, maybe. The numbers tell the story: new case numbers are not declining, if anything, they’ve been...

Storms knock out power for thousands; many won’t see restoration until late Saturday

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Folks all over Chester County are cleaning up and some are still dealing with power outages after a wind/rain storm passed through Chester County, Thursday. While thousands of customers in the county lost power, Thursday, many have seen their power restored, according to PECO. Still, others have been told not to expect power restoration until late Saturday...

Coatesville residents forced to light street themselves

By Tony Buck, Coatesville Resident Tony Buck hanging shop-light from front of home (Editor’s Note: As part of our evolution toward citizen journalism, we offer this submission from a Coatesville resident about an issue in his neighborhood. It is written entirely from his perspective and does not reflect input from city officials on this issue. They, of course, are welcome to respond.) It is four...

Nor’easter still expected to dump as much as a foot of snow on county

The National Weather Service snowfall forecast for today — showing much of the county expected to get between 8 and 12 inches. No, really it’s coming. Although it might be tempting to assume that like a couple of weeks ago, the nor’easter hitting the area today is more sound than fury, forecasters still say that a foot or more of snow could fall on Chester County today. As of Wednesday morning,...

PECO to spend $1.7 million to trim trees in Chesco

PECO customers in central Chester County will benefit from a $1.7 million investment to trim trees and remove vegetation along 173 miles of aerial electric lines. This project, which began in late March, will be completed by the end of May and will improve electric service for more than 13,000 customers. This work will occur in the townships of Caln, East Bradford, East Brandywine, East Caln, East...

PECO to spend $1.8M on tree/vegetation trimming

PECO customers in northwestern Chester County will benefit from a $1.8 million investment to trim trees and remove vegetation along 352 miles of aerial electric lines. This work, which will begin in early January, will be completed by the end of March and will improve electric service for 22,000 customers.    Send article as PDF   

Residents warned of utilities phone scam

PECO, other utilities customers targeted with bogus calls  By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It’s the kind of phone call that gives you a cold sweat: PECO is apparently on the phone, calling and claiming that you own them a large amount of money and that you must immediately pay them — within the hour — or your power will be shut off. But all too often now in Chester County people are getting...

New playground built in Coatesville in one day

Built by PECO, KaBOOM!, Natural Lands Trust, volunteers By Lauren Parker- Gill, News Editor, The Times Over 200 volunteers gathered at Patton Park in Coatesville Friday morning to assemble a new playground that was designed by children in August. COATESVILLE – Over 200 volunteers from PECO, Natural Lands Trust, the community of Coatesville, and with the help of KaBOOM!, gathered Friday morning at...

Sudden storm rips through county

Thousands left without power, trees downed A powerful line of thunderstorms raced through Chester County at midday, leaving more than 10,000 people without power  some of whom may not see restoration until Thursday — and various trees and branches down on local roadways. The morning’s bright sunshine and clear skies suddenly gave way to blackened skies and strong winds, gusting up to 45 MPH as...

Dinniman rips PECO over poor communication

State Sen. Andy Dinniman WEST CHESTER — In the wake of the sudden storm that knocked out power for thousands of Chester County residents, a state senator is taking them to task for failing to communicate with its customers when things go wrong. State Senator Andy Dinniman said today that PECO officials need to improve the way the energy company communicates with customers in light of the thousands...