Wednesday, December 2, 2015

County blogger fondly bids adieu

For nearly a year, I have had the privilege of using this space to share a wide range of county-specific news with fellow Chester Countians, a stint that will end on Friday.

County blogger fondly bids adieu


For nearly a year, I have had the privilege of using this space to share a wide range of county-specific news with fellow Chester Countians. With newsprint real-estate at a premium, more than 500 community fund-raisers, legislative initiatives, crime reports, and residents’ noteworthy endeavors found a home here when the paper could not accommodate them.

Not once did I struggle to find material; Chester County consistently offers a wealth of it — from the renowned chemist who’s still earning patents at age 96 to the couple who lost a daughter to inexperienced driving and became tireless advocates for teen driving safety to a group of mothers who filled a void in Willistown by turning an underused park into a vibrant playground. And it’s impossible to forget Gladys Flamer, a shining star in Coatesville who died earlier this year at the age of 105.

At the end of the week, I will be leaving the paper after 19 years. As I write this, I have no information that anyone else has been tapped to continue this blog; I hope that changes. It has been a pleasure to serve as an information conduit in Chester County, an unparalleled place of spectacular scenic vistas and indomitable community spirit. I greatly valued your support — and that includes the readers who disparaged me as well as Marissa, the pet goat featured in the photo. Even the surly remarks had value as engagement, calling to mind a quote by author Bryant H. McGill that amplifies Chester County’s agricultural heritage: “Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination.” A million thanks, readers. My new email address is; please feel free to contact me.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or You can also follow her on Twitter at

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