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POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012, 9:05 AM

The 30th Annual Chester County Antiques Show, featuring 55 dealers from throughout the country, will be held at historic Westtown School from March 16-18.

This year’s honorary chair is Carol Elizabeth Ware, who has extensive family connections to the event. "Three generations of my family have volunteered at CCHS, my father, the Honorable John H. Ware III; myself; and my son, Paul Gates. The collection is one of the finest, and our family cherishes our CCHS memories," she said.

The show, a major CCHS fund-raiser, will feature high-quality, 18th- and 19th-century American and Continental antiques. The show typically draws over 2,000 visitors with its collector-friendly atmosphere and a wide range of items, from museum-quality furniture to pieces within the reach of the average visitor. Organizers said the the show is geared to those interested in purchasing a unique item or simply exploring a truly outstanding collection of antiques.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 1:55 PM

During 2011, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department's Office of Market Regulation reported that it issued 141 orders and adjudications, collected more than $900,000 in penalties and fines and recovered $3.2 million in restitution for consumers statewide.

Action is taken after an investigation reveals violations of Pennsylvania statutes or regulations, or after the completion of a market-conduct examination. Enforcement actions conclude with the issuance of a consent order, a settlement agreement, or an order and adjudication.

Actions announced this week were taken against the following Chester County residents: John M. Balbirnie of Exton had his license revoked in May after failing to pay state income tax since 2005, failing to remit funds owed to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and pleading guilty to several felony charges in 2010. Stephen B. Didonato of Berwyn received a five-year license supervision in November for failing to report a misdemeanor charge on his license renewal, and signing an application for insurance without the consent or knowledge of the policyholder. David Schneider Jones of West Chester received a three-year license supervision in May because he was convicted of two felonies in 2006, both of which were disclosed on his producer license application. Tanya Y. Lomax of West Chester received indefinite supervision of her license in June for prior felony convictions. Todd T. Rader of West Chester was issued a five-year license supervision in September for failing to report a 2008 felony drug charge to the department. Steven A. Suib of Chester Springs was ordered in July to pay a $5,000 penalty for failing to disclose a prior arrest and two tax liens, and for creating a fictitious entity that was never registered with the department. His license will be supervised for five years.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 11:39 AM

Fans of The Lincoln Building, an 1833 Federal-style structure credited with a role in assisting Abraham Lincoln win the Republican nomination in 1860, may not have won the $25,000 grant for renovations they were seeking this past summer, but they made an impressive national showing.

The Chester County Community Foundation wants to thank people who voted in “This Place Matters 2011,” an initiative sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. West Chester’s Lincoln Building came in 10th out of 100 historical sites, many of which are located in much more heavily populated cities across the country. As noted earlier by Karen Simmons, the Chester County Community Foundation CEO, "part of (the challenge) is about trying to win the money, but the other part is also about trying to help people recognize the beloved historic buildings in their backyards."

The Lincoln Building, 28 W. Market St., is also known as the Lincoln Biography Building because the first biography of Lincoln was published there on Feb. 11, 1860. The book was compiled from notes that Lincoln provided to West Chester native Jesse Fell. The structure retains most of its original integrity both inside and outside, including bead board and pressed-tin ceilings. The upper levels boast the original wood flooring, staircases, and working one-over-one windows.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 8:56 AM

The Chester County Health Department gets a super-clean bill of health when it comes to responding to public emergencies, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

The national group, which represents 2,700 health departments across the county, deemed Chester County’s department as “Public Health Ready,” the county commissioners announced earlier this week. The designation required the county to meet comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the NACCHO web site, only 198 departments in 25 states have received this honor. "This recognition supports two of our commissioners' strategic priorities - to promote and protect the public health of the community, and to ensure safe and secure communities. We are pleased to be acknowledged as 'Public Health Ready', and will continue to improve upon our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crisis," said Margaret Rivello, director of the Chester County Health Department.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:37 PM

The public is invited to tonight’s opening of the Obama for America office in West Chester.

 From 6 to 8 p.m., visitors can meet the Chester County staff, core 2012 volunteers, and guest speakers while enjoying local food and beverages, music, and information on how to get involved with the OFA Pennsylvania 2012 campaign.

The OFA office is located at 533 E. Gay St. in the Gay Street Plaza, a shopping center on the north side of Gay Street and right before West Chester Borough Hall. For more information, go to  https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gppphj.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:16 PM

Pennsylvania is expanding its commitment to advance alternative energy sources by investing in six projects in six counties that can power more than 44,000 Pennsylvania homes, the state announced today.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority yesterday approved six projects for nearly $13.8 million funding through the state's Solar Energy, Renewable Energy, and Alternative and Clean Energy Programs, including a solar installation at QVC headquarters in Chester County. The projects will have an installed capacity of more than 141 megawatts and the generation of more than 423,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to provide energy to every household in a city such as Erie or Reading, a news release said.

Liberty Interactive Corporation will receive $500,000 for a ground-mount solar system for the QVC Studio Park in West Chester. The home-shopping giant is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, broadcasting live 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, according to its web site.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:55 AM

The Chester County Conservation District is one of the beneficiaries of a $98 million investment in 23 water-improvement projects across the state by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, a news release from Gov. Corbett said today.

 “The water improvement projects awarded funding by the PENNVEST Board today further our goals of environmental improvement and economic revitalization,” Corbett said in the release. “These projects are vital to the future health and wellbeing of citizens all across Pennsylvania and will serve as a lasting legacy to our children and grandchildren.”

 The Chester County Conservation District received a $1,274,595 grant to undertake 10 separate projects at various sites in the county, the release said.  These projects primarily involve the implementation of agricultural best-management practices designed to reduce nutrient runoff into local streams and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 10:43 PM

Three high-energy Democratic candidates worked feverishly to get the votes needed for endorsement at the party's nominating convention while State Sen. Andrew E. Dinniman decorated the parking lot of the Peirce Middle School with campaign signs, hoping to stave off an endorsement challenge. All for naught.

 Minutes before Chester County Democrats began assembling for their nominating convention tonight, the state Supreme Court wreaked havoc with their plans, issuing a surprising decision that rescinded the redistricting. The court voted 4-3 to throw out a plan adopted Dec. 11 by the bipartisan Legislative Reapportionment Commission, which had aimed to meet a constitutional requirement to balance districts every decade acccording to population shifts. Opponents had appealed the plan, arguing that it chopped up townships, boroughs, and cities to favor incumbents.

Despite the upheaval, county Democrats were pleased with the decision, despite the fact that it drained the convention of its expected drama. The showdown between Dinniman, 67, and Tom Houghton, 43, a former state representative from London Grove Township, didn't happen. Houghton, a lawyer who serves as a London Grove Township supervisor, said he had planned to run against Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware County) until the redistricting shifted him into Dinniman's territory, the 19th District. Now, he's been shifted back. The candidates vying for the newly created 45th District - Caln Township Supervisor Joshua Young, former Downingtown Main Street Manager Barry Cassidy, and Josh Maxwell, who won election as Downingtown’s mayor in 2009 — saw it disappear from Chester County. And a contested race for the 16th Congressional District, a seat that’s been held by Republican Joe Pitts since 1997, was resolved a different way: Two candidates dropped out of the race, leaving Aryanna Strader, 29, of Kennett Square, an Iraqi war veteran who runs an IT company with her husband.

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