Weekend heat wave poses threat to elderly, kids & pets

With weekend temperatures in Chester County expected to soar to near 100 degrees, experts — and the state — are warning the high heat and humidity could be dangerous for some area residents. The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the mid to high 90s, today, Saturday and Sunday, before the heat breaks late Sunday. Saturday could approach 100 degrees with humidity. The NWS...

What To Do: Outdoor music as hot as the weather this weekend

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s the middle of July but with the blistering heat wave in the area, it feels more like the middle of August. There are plenty of activities on the weekend calendar but many are outdoor activities so people might have second thoughts about attending. Friday’s high is expected to be 95 degrees with a heat index that makes it feel like it’s...

On Stage: Ladybug Festival comes to Wilmington

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times It’s time once again for the Ladybug Festival (Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware, https://theladybugfestival.com) – a free two-day festival held on Market Street in downtown Wilmington. The eighth annual all-female festival will feature more than 60 musical acts on approximately 20 stages on July 18 and 19. Main Stage performers for July 18...

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times Buyer Beware, I heard my parents tell me that decades ago when I earned my first paycheck working as a part time lifeguard.  It was the mid 1970’s and I wanted a stereo. Yes I just dated myself. I listened to music before the ipod,earbuds and pandora.  I knew the sound of a needle skipping on a record and the horror of a cassette tape...

Chester County begins implementation of Clean Slate legislation

WEST CHESTER — Chester County has joined all other counties across the state of Pennsylvania in automatically sealing non-violent criminal records and non-convictions for anyone who has remained crime-free for 10 years. The sealing of the records is part of the “Clean Slate” legislation, and Pennsylvania is the first state in the nation to enact it. Because of the Clean Slate legislation,...

On Stage: Tim O’Brien brings bluegrass to Sellersville

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times The Tim O’Brien Band Tim O’Brien got interested in music at an early age and has stayed with it ever since. Growing up in Wheeling, West Virginia in the 50s and 60s, O’Brien was drawn more to traditional music than the rock music that dominated the airwaves. His musical path led him to bluegrass, country and, eventually, contemporary bluegrass....

On Stage: Hunter & Woodward perform at The Flash Sunday

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward It’s summertime and things just keep rocking hard at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). The popular venue in Kennett Square started the weekend with a show Friday night by Heather Gillis, a young Nashville-based blues rocker from Florida. On July 14,...

What To Do: Once again, it’s time for Blobfest!

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Blobfest If something is “one of a kind,” it has to be special. The Blob Fest is one of-a-kind and very special. In the entire world, there is just one BlobFest and it’s held every year right here in Chester County. “The Blob” is a low-budget horror film that was filmed at the Colonial Theatre and other locations around Phoenixville in...

On Stage: Heather Gillis brings big talent to The Flash

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times Heather Gillis Kennett Flash will be rocking this Friday night. Heather Gillis, a Nashville-based blues rocker from Florida, will make her Chester County debut on July 12 at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, 484-732-8295, http://www.kennettflash.org). Gillis is primarily a guitarist/vocalist but is much more than that. She is an...

Don’t Retire, ReFire: Living with urgency

By Gail Suplee Tatum, Columnist, The Times As I thought about what urgency means to me, and the purpose of my message, more forms of urgency opened up and surfaced. Urgency, by definition, has two meanings. One meaning is of persistence and insistence. A good example of this meaning is the urgency of the “now” mentality we live in. In this day and age where all of our “conveniences” have...