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Irish Heritage and Rose figures are honored

Americans of Irish ancestry number about 44 million and have contributed to the achievements of the United States. This month, County Council recognized Irish-American Delaware County residents who celebrate their expression of Irish heritage and culture. “Once a year, on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish,” said County Councilman John McBlain. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17. A highlight of activities celebrating Irish heritage and to honor Ireland’s patron, St. Patrick, are parades. The 37th annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held last Saturday. The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which started in 1771, five...

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State okays Mariner East 2 permits

After extensive review, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved the permit applications from Sunoco Pipeline LP (Sunoco) for the PA Pipeline Project/Mariner East 2. DEP considered water obstruction and encroachment permits and erosion and sediment control permits for the project. The pipeline would transport natural gas liquids from southwest counties to Marcus Hook. “I am proud of the immense undertaking our staff took to hold this project accountable within the confines of state law and DEP’s role in this process over the last few years,” said Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This was a huge undertaking –...

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10 ways to celebrate Valentines Day with your pet (or someone else’s)

1. Regardless of the type of pet you have, a dog or cat, if its not fixed make an appointment and “git” him or her done. Spaying or neutering your pet will not only lengthen his life, but can also help eliminate some behavior problems. 2. Did you know February is Pet Dental Month? Valentines Day would be a great time to get those pearly whites cleaned by taking advantage of special pricing that some veterinarians offer during this month. 3. Speaking of getting clean, when was the last time you had your pet professionally groomed? Even if you...

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Behold, the authors

Last year’s fifth grade class at Stetser Elementary School in Chester became published authors. Members of that class recently returned to the school and joined with the current fifth grade class to host a book signing and health fair for families and the community. The student authors, (from left) Tatiyiana Walker, Roneisha Carpenter, Kiaira Sudler, LaNya Bell, Makel Martin, DeSean Hubert and Aniyah Fairfax, published the book, “Stetser 5th Grade Talks Health” with help from the “Healthy Me Curriculum” partnership with Widener University’s Education and Nursing schools. At the same time, current fifth grade students hosted a health fair...

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Real lifesavers get a helping hand

The Collingdale Business and Professional Association (CBPA) made the holidays brighter for local police recently when members  donated $500 to help pay for up to 30 bullet-resistant vests. The presentation was made to Collingdale resident Marc Hanley who, as a Ridley Park police officer in August 2015, was shot twice in the line of duty and credits the vest he was wearing for saving his life. Hanly and fellow Ridley Park officer Jim Nasella’s wife, Carole, founded Vest-A-Cop which has raised over $40,000 in slightly over a year. “Once we started talking we realized a lot of guys had...

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