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Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Looking for a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride but don’t want to travel far? Lucky for you the neighboring town of Kennett Square will be offering one more holiday carriage ride for the season! Rides are available from the Genesis Brick Walkway 101 East State Street, Kennett Square from Noon to 3 pm on Sunday, December 23rd. Parking is free on Sundays & is available in the Municipal Parking Garage or along the street. There is a charge of $5 per person, with the exception of very small children sitting on a lap. The rides last approximately 15 minutes and the route will go through the scenic back streets of Kennett Borough. For more information visit http://www.historickennettsquare.com or click here.

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The Chadds Ford Great Pumpkin Carve!

This annual tradition began last-night (Thursday, October 25th) and continues tonight, Friday October 25th and Saturday October 27th from 5 to 9 p.m. Last night more than 60 local artists gathered to carve the huge pumpkins. The pumpkins will be lit and displayed tonight (Friday) and Saturday! Come out and enjoy great food provided by Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary, live music, hayrides and a chance to win a raffle item. Admission is $5 for adults 18 and older; $3 for children ages 7 to 17; ages 6 and under are FREEChadds ford Historical Society members are FREE with membership card.

 Location: on the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society 1736 North Creek Rd in Chadds Ford. Click here to view the map. For more information on the event click here.

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The Perfect Storm of 2012?

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Could Hurricane Sandy, winter storm hybrid, be worse than the “Perfect Storm” of 1991 that slammed the East Coast? Some meteorologists believe so and have grown increasingly concerned, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall Thursday in Cuba and already turned deadly in the Caribbean.

Much of the U.S. East Coast has a good chance of getting blasted by gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe even snow early next week by an unusual hybrid of hurricane and winter storm, federal and private forecasters say. Government scientists said Wednesday the storm has a 70 percent chance of smacking the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

However, regardless of the exact track of Sandy it is likely that significant impacts will be felt over portions of the U.S. East Coast through the weekend and into early next week, the hurricane center reported this morning. It is important to prepare properly for the storm and to take all precautions necessary. I wanted to share a link with everyone courtsey of Ready.gov, it explains helpful safety tips for hurricane preparation: http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

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Chester County Cupcake Clash Tonight!

Who doesn’t like a sweet treat to start the evening? I previously reported/blogged on the 2012  Chester County Cupcake Clash happening September 20th aka tonight! I Just wanted to remind everyone because you don’t want to miss this delicious event, if you have a sweet tooth like myself than I am sure to see you there!

The event will take place tonight at Radley Run Country Club and history will be in the making once the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Voters are welcome to taste away from 7 to 8:30 and the winner will be announced at 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Bringing Hope Home, an organization dedicated to providing emotional and financial assistance to local families who are battling cancer. Find out more about their Hope for 100 campaign HERE and their rapidly approaching STOMP Cancer 5K!

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Free Jazz Concert | September 14th

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance will present a free jazz concert at 6:30PM featuring popular vocalist Sara Michaels and her band. The concert will be on the steps of the historic Chester County Courthouse at the corner of High and Market Streets. Sara has sung blues, musical theatre and contemporary Christian music, but has now focused her passion on jazz. It’s an evening of romance with, as Sara says, “class and a bit of sass.”

Also, Don’t forget tonight (September 6th) is the final Swingin’ Summer Thursday for the season starting at 6:30pm on East Gay Street between High & Matlack. Rock tunes are provided by the Dirk Quinn Band along with the funk sounds of Wave Radio. Also, stop by 128 E Gay Street and see Fig Magazine’s Pop Up Art Gallery. Check out some art and pick up the new Fig Magazine Art Issue.

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Be Aware: West Nile Virus Found in Chester County Man

The information below comes from the Chester County Health Department. According to Betsy Walls, Director of the Bureau of Personal Health Services. 

Chester County Health Department Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus

West Chester, PA – The Chester County Health Department today confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for 2012 in a 59 year old male from West Nottingham Township. This is the first report of human WNV infection in Chester County since 2008, and prior to that, 2003. The individual was hospitalized and is now recovered.

“The individual has recovered from the infection,” Said Margaret Rivello, Chester County Health Director.   “This news serves as a reminder to all Chester County residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their children from mosquito bites.”

So far this year, 98 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV. In 2011, the county had 29 positive samples for the entire year.  The chance of contracting WNV from an infected mosquito is small and chances of becoming seriously ill are even smaller, however, the Health Department recommends that individuals take personal precautions to minimize the possibility of being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

Take these simple precautions to prevent mosquito bites: 

  • Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
  • Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during the summer.
  • Use insect repellants. An effective repellant will contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer label directions. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

The Health Department also recommends the following precautions to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas:

  • Dispose of open containers on your property that may collect water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, etc.
  • Keep your property clear of old tires or avoid areas where they may be stored.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers so that water will not collect.
  • Clean roof gutters, particularly if leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and don’t let water stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools when not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
  •  For stagnant pools of water, homeowners can buy Bti products at lawn/garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterial product kills mosquito larvae but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

For more information about WNV, visit us at www.chesco.org/health or call 610-344-6752.

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WCU Students are Back in Town

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Summer officially ends for West Chester University students on Monday, August 27, but for some residents that also means the return of a whole slew of problems. Some residents complain about parking or trash, and some complain about the noise and even vandalism. Students make up a quarter of the population in the borough.  They have to affect almost everyone in some way or another. This might be a good time to check with your insurance agent to ensure that you are properly covered incase something happens to your Home, Business, or Car, Kimberley Vassal Insurance Agency in Chadds Ford offers free insurance quotes for Homeowner, Business, Auto and many other types of insurance, check out there website by visiting http://www.kimberleyvassal.com

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