Paying tribute to couples who love — and fight fires together

Amanda and Tom Keesey Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in fire stations across Chester County love is in the air. To help celebrate the holiday, the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association is paying special tribute to couples who keep the spark of romance alive by saving lives together as volunteer firefighters. The Association also encourages anyone looking to show their love for...

Fire companies use new commercials to recruit

Lights, camera, action! Cameras were rolling as Chester County volunteer firefighters sharpened the skills they’ll need to battle a blaze. And the incredible footage yielded two great new commercials now in Chester County movie theaters. The Western Chester County Fire Chiefs hosted a Day in the Life of a Firefighter training session at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus May 5....

Mac N Cheese cook-off to aid recruitment of fire, EMS volunteers

For the 7th annual Chester County Mac-n-Cheese Cookoff, the Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary has created a special partnership with the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association to gain awareness of the need for volunteers for local fire and EMS stations. Proceeds from the cookoff support community projects and this year 10 percent of the fund will be donated to the Chester County Hero Fund. For more...

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...

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...

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...

YMCA honors volunteers

​Denise Day (YMCA of Greater Brandywine CEO), honors Rip Tilden (left) and Joe Viscuso (right) with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award.