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Posted on: December 14, 2018

Chester County Announces Results of Latest Citizen Survey

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Survey results form part of County’s Strategic Plan review

As part of the formal review of Chester County’s Strategic Plan, the Chester County Commissioners announce the results of a citizen survey, undertaken as part of the review process for the Strategic Plan’s next five years.

Results of th...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 6, 2018

Chester County to Host Free Naloxone Day for Residents

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On Thursday, December 13th, Chester County’s Health Department and Department of Drug & Alcohol Services are hosting a free Naloxone Day, with doses of the medication being given away to anyone who cannot or does not wish to obtain it from a...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 3, 2018

Decade to Doorways Honors Groups Working to end Homelessness

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Administrators and staff of Decade to Doorways, Chester County’s initiative to end homelessness, honored a number of organizations recently that are working to prevent – and eventually eradicate – chronic homelessness in the ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Chester County Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

Commissioners Adopt Landscapes3

The Chester County Commissioners adopted Landscapes3, the county’s next long-range comprehensive plan, during a public hearing Thursday night.

Landscapes3 seeks to balance preservation with growth across the county’s landscapes through six goal areas: Preserve, Protect, Appreciate, Live, Prosper, and Connect. To continue to balance growth and preservation, Landscapes3 ...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Landscapes 3 Public Meeting will be Available via Livestream this Evening

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For those who are interested in the L3 public meeting but unable to attend, we will livestream the meeting on Facebook beginning at 7pm today, Thursday, November 29.

The Chester County Commissioners will be conducting a public hearing to consider adoption of Landscapes3 on November 29th at Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester.The formal proceedings will begin at 7pm and will be livestreamed via the Cou...

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Posted on: November 29, 2018

Two Chester County Deputy Sheriffs Upend the “six degrees of separation” Concept

Deputy Sheriff Sipple and Deputy Sheriff Neiswender

In 1990, playwright John Guare popularized the theory in a play of the same name. The premise: Any two people could be connected through a chain of up to six “friend of a friend” introductions.  For Deputy Sheriff Keith Neiswe...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 20, 2018

Coatesville Job and Career Fair Attracts Hundreds

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More than 30 employers attended

More than 150 job seekers attended last week’s job fair in Coatesville, held at the Gordon Early Literacy Center in the city.  The event was open to candidates of all ages, experience levels and industries, and over 30 regional business...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 17, 2018

County Commissioners Award $300,000 Grant to Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center

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Funds used to purchase new headquarters in Coatesville

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $300,000 to representatives of Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC).  The funds, made available through a comm...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 17, 2018

VISTA 2025 Update

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Chester County Economic Development Council Teams Up with Commissioners to Report on Economic Health of Chester County

Chester County’s 10-year economic development strategy, VISTA 2025, is marking the approach of its halfway point with the release of a progress report on the economic health of the county.

VISTA 2025 is a unique collaboration between the County of Chester ...

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Vista2025 Full Progress Report Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 16, 2018

Chester County Commissioners Schedule Hearing on Landscapes3

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Public encouraged to comment during November 29 meeting

Chester County residents are encouraged to attend and take part in a public hearing on Landscapes3, the plan that will update Chester County’s priorities for how the county will balance growth and preservation over the next 10 years.

The Chester ...

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Landscapes 3 Draft Plan Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 13, 2018

Chester County Commissioners Appoint Kara Rahn as Deputy County Administrator

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Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell announce the appointment of Kara Rahn as Deputy County Administrator effective November 26th. Rahn, 41, moves to this new role from the Department of Voter Services, where s...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 11, 2018

Commissioners Announce Major Investment in Coatesville Public Library

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Library receives more than $450,000 in community development block grant funds

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell recently presented a check for $454,121 to representatives of the Coatesville Area Public Library.  The funds, made available through a community development block ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Coatesville Job Fair Scheduled for November 14th

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More than 30 employers attending...

More than 30 employers are scheduled to participate in the 2018 Coatesville Job and Career Fair.

The free event will take place Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the CCIU - Gordon Early Literacy Center, 351 Kersey Street, Coate...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 31, 2018

Chester Valley Trail West Meeting

Chester Valley Trail in West Whiteland

The Chester County Planning Commission is inviting residents, business owners, and various stakeholders in western Chester County to attend the final public meeting about a plan to extend the popular Chester Valley Trail westward across the county.

The goal of this study is to identify a route which will extend the Chester Valley Trail to the future 29-mile multi-use Enola Low Grade Trail located just outside of Atglen in Lancaster County. The Chester Valley Trail West project includes eight municip...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 30, 2018

Tech Community Receives $100,000 boost from Commissioners for i21n Program

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Tech startups across Chester County are about to get a $100,000 boost in support. The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) received a $100,000 programming grant from Chester County for its Ideas x Innovation Netwo...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 16, 2018

Sheriff Relishes Role as Conduit for Kids’ Kindness

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One of the dozens of enthusiastic students at the Chester County Family Academy smiled broadly before delivering his assessment of an outreach by Pocopson Elementary School’s Kids with Heart Club.

“This is almost like Christmas, but wit...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Commissioners Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Chester County’s Agricultural Awards

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Awards go to Ar-Joy Farms in Cochranville and Charlie Graydus of Elverson
on National Farmer’s Day

The Chester County Commissioners, along with the Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council), presented two agricultural awards last week at Ar-Joy Farms in Cochranville. It was also dual celebration of National Farmer’s Day and the 30th year ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 15, 2018

Deputies Push Limits in Predawn Fitness Test

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An uncommon sight greeted early-bird commuters in downtown West Chester on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018: more than a dozen deputy sheriffs on the run.

Receiving some illumination from a Sheriff’s Office truck with its lights flashing, the group was i...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Independence Blue Cross Named Presenting Sponsor of Chester County Color 5k

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Timed run and walk raises funds to combat opioid and heroin addiction epidemic

Chester County Commissioners and District Attorney Tom Hogan are pleased to announce the support of Independence Blue Cross as the “Transformation” presenting sponsor of the third annual Color 5K run and walk, raising funds to combat t...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

Chester County Commissioners grant $25,000 to La Comunidad Hispana

Hispanic Heritage Month and Presentation to La Comunidad

Commissioners announce addition of Spanish translation to key website pages and proclaim Hispanic Heritage Month

The Chester County Commissioners proclaimed Hispanic Heritage Month in Chester County at this week’s public Sunshine Meeting and recognized the work of La Comunidad Hispana, presenting a check for $25,000 to LeeAnn Riloff, Development Director f...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 3, 2018

Coatesville and Phoenixville go “Toe-to-Toe” in Walking Challenge

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Communities face-off in ‘Ville to Ville’ competition; part of WalkWorks ChesCo!’s goal to take five billion steps by the end of 2018

In an effort to promote the health benefits of walking, highlight downtown walking routes and determine which community takes the greatest number of steps, residents in Coatesville and Phoenixville are lacing up their shoes for the second annual &ldqu...

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Register for WalkWorks Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 2, 2018

County Commissioners Commemorate Community Planning Month

At today’s public Sunshine Meeting, the Chester County Commissioners presented a proclamation for National Community Planning Month, recognizing the efforts of local, county, and regional planners who manage the growth and change of Chester Coun...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Chester County Commissioners Announce Quality of Life Residents’ Survey

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West Chester University’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research
conducts survey to help direct the county’s strategic plan for the next five years

As part of its on-going strategic planning effort, the Chester County Commissioners announce a countywide Quality of Life survey that asks residents to comment on their experiences in using county services and interacting with county staff.  The ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2018

Chester County takes three billion steps towards healthier living

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County’s WalkWorks ChesCo! is challenging all residents to reach five billion steps by the end of the year

At their Sunshine Meeting public work session this week, the Chester County Commissioners received a report from Health Department Director Jeanne Casner announcing a milestone in the WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge. Since the launch of WalkWorks in April 201...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 5, 2018

PA CareerLink® – Chester County Extends Hours of Service

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The Chester County Workforce Development Board and Nita D’Agostino, the PA CareerLink – Chester County One-Stop Operator announce that beginning on September 12th, the PA CareerLink® - Chester County office will offer expanded hours for customers on the s...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 28, 2018

K-9 Sparks Serendipity at County Music Fest

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On duty at the Citadel Country Spirit USA concert in Ludwig’s Corner this past weekend, a Chester County deputy sheriff initially thought the person with whom he was chatting was joking.

Deputy Sheriff Matthew “Jamie’ Mendenha...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 21, 2018

Chester County to Participate in “International Overdose Awareness Day”

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As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic, the County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces the County’s participation in “International Overdose Awareness Day&a...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 14, 2018

Commissioners appoint Robert Kagel as County Administrator

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Julie Bookheimer moves to Chief Financial Officer role

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell announce the appointment of Robert Kagel as County Administrator, effective September 1, 2018.  Kagel, who has served as Director of the Chester County Department o...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 15, 2018

Chester County Wins Top Excellence Award for Website

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Chesco.org receives top state-wide honors

Chester County’s website, chesco.org, received top state-wide honors with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) naming it a winner in its 2018 Excellence in Website Awards.   The award, for website in a first-to-th...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Commissioner Kathi Cozzone elected as President of County Commissioners Association of PA

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Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was elected this week to serve as President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) for 2019.  The announcement of the election results was made this week at CCAP’s 132nd ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Sheriff’s Office Swears in Three New Deputies

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The Chester County Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new deputies this week. Arthur B. Adams, Asim O. John, and Sean M. Marasco each took the oath during a swearing -in ceremony held in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Chester County Implements Automated Secure Alarm Protocol as Part of 9-1-1

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Earlier this week, Chester County became the third 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Pennsylvania to implement an Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP-to-PSAP service (ASAP®).  Launched in 2011, ASAP is a public-private partn...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 24, 2018

Chester County Maintains Top 10 Ranking as Innovative Digital County

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Chester County’s increased advancement in digital technology has earned a top ten ranking among America’s 3,000-plus counties.

  The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties (NACo) have placed Chester County as ninth in the nation for best technology practices, including initiatives that save tax dollars, boost transparency, focus on cyber...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 24, 2018

Support Drives Chesco Deputy’s Cancer Battle

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Mother Nature, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, police departments from one end of Pennsylvania to the other, and members of the public successfully collaborated on Sunday, July 22, to stage a massive fundraiser.

A convoy of nearly 150 motorcycles and a handful of law-enforcement vehicles pulled out of the Government Service Center in West Chester about 11:30 p.m., committed to a singular goal: supporting Chester County Deputy Sheriff Jeff DiVito.The 17-year deput...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 11, 2018

Sheriff’s K-9 team in Well-Traveled Spotlight

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Anyone familiar with K-9 Nero, a stately, bomb-sniffing German shepherd, regarded him as a rock star long before he expanded that definition.

In early May, Nero and his partner, Chester County Deputy Sheriff Matthew “Jamie” Mendenhall, ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 9, 2018

Deputy Collin Meisenhelter Named Sheriff's Office Employee of the Quarter

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The work of deputies behind the scenes to protect the public can sometimes go unnoticed. Avoiding that outcome was the impetus for the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Pennsylvania (DSAP) Businesses Backing Blue program, designed to reward deputies for exe...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Chester County Commissioners grant $7,500 to Volunteer English Program

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The Chester County Commissioners recently presented a check for $7,500 to representatives from the Chester County-based non-profit Volunteer English Program (VEP). The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 5, 2018

Chester County Child Welfare Staff Receives State-wide Awards for Adoption Efforts

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The Chester County Commissioners and Director of the County’s Department of Children Youth & Families (CYF) are pleased to announce the state-wide recognition of CYF staff members for their efforts to place children eligible for adoption int...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 5, 2018

Tragic Ties Bind Deputies in Two Counties

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A somber ceremony in the Chester County Sheriff’s Office last week underscored a concept of interconnectedness popularized in the John Guare play entitled “Six Degrees of Separation.”In Chester County’s five-way ver...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 21, 2018

Add Vaccines to Your To-Do List This Summer

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Don't Wait - Vaccinate

The Chester County Health Department encourages all parents and health care providers to use summer as a time to make sure children's vaccines are up-to-date. Parents are encouraged to contact their health care provider today to discuss vaccine needs well...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 21, 2018

First Responder Challenge Nets 148 million steps Towards WalkWorks ChesCo!

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Challenge pitted firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical services teams against each other – all to benefit the County’s health and the Chester County Hero Fund

At the Chester County Commissioners Sunshine Meeting this week, Health Department Director Jeanne Casner announced the results of the WalkWorks ChesCo! First Responder Challenge – a competition that asked Chester County residents to support the ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 19, 2018

American Diabetes Association Designates Chester County Government as a Health Champion

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The Chester County Commissioners received an American Diabetes Association Health Champion Designation award at this week’s Sunshine public meeting. Presented by Dr. Kevin Kelly, Area Executive Director of the organization, this national designation recog...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 14, 2018

Chester County Reaches Milestone in Farmland Preservation

Chester County preserved farmland in West Nantmeal Township

Grants available for additional agricultural preservation with application deadline of August 1st

The Chester County Commissioners are pleased to announce an important agricultural land preservation milestone in the County.  Since October of 1990, when the first farm successfully went into the program, Chester County’s Agricultural ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

County Commissioners Support Chester County’s Historic Mill at Anselma

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The Chester County Commissioners presented a check this week for $1,000 to representatives from The Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs. The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits, and will be used f...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Commissioners Contact PUC in Support of Pipeline Suspension

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The Chester County Commissioners sent a letter to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission today, encouraging the secretary to uphold the suspension of the Mariner East Project.

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Posted on: June 4, 2018

2018 Guide to Local Farm Products now Available

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The new edition of the Guide to Local Farm Products in Chester County is here! It highlights over 120 farm businesses and the farmers and ag professionals who make it all possible. You can read it online or pick up a paper copy at farm stands, retail outl...

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2018 Guide to Local Farm Products Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 31, 2018

Commissioners present $35,000 check to Community Volunteers in Medicine

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The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $35,000 to representatives from Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) this week. The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits and will be used ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 31, 2018

Champions of the 2018 Chester County Envirothon Announced

2018 Envirothon Winners

The Academy at West Fallowfield Christian School was awarded the overall Champion of the Chester County Envirothon on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Hibernia County Park.

The Academy at West Fallowfield Christian School was the overall winner in three of the five environmental stations: Aquatics, Forestry and Wildlife. Downingtown East came in second overall and Great Valley A team came in third with the highest score in t...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 22, 2018

Partnership with School Provides Lesson in Reciprocity

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In the not-so-distant past, high school students with an interest in criminal justice considered themselves fortunate if they got minimal face time with a law enforcement representative during their high school’s annual career day. These days, C...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 17, 2018

Sheriff’s Office welcomes terrific trio

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Three new deputies joined the Chester County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, May 14, 2018. During a swearing-in ceremony in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh explained that the positions w...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 10, 2018

Chester County Commissioners approve $2.5 million in Community Revitalization Program awards

Latest round of awards brings the total amount of funding to $65 million for the County’s urban centers.

Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved $2.5 million in grants through the County’s Community Revitalization Program (CRP) at this morning’s public meeting.

“One of the goals of Chester County’s VISTA 2025 ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 24, 2018

Dog Licenses are Past Due for 2018

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PA dog licenses can be obtained from Chester County Treasurer’s Office; Dog Warden canvassing Chester County during the month ofMay

The Chester County Treasurer’s Office is issuing a notice that all dog owners in the county should, by now, have purchased licenses for their pets for 2018.  The notice comes in anticipation of canvassing in the county by the Dog Warden...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 23, 2018

Springton Manor holds Annual Sheep & Wool Day

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A family-fun day of shearing, spinning, playing & learning takes place on Saturday, April 28th

The sheep are losing their winter wool, and you’re invited to the shearing! Chester County Facilities & Park’s annual Sheep & Wool Day will be held Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Springton Manor Farm in Glen...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 23, 2018

Chester County participates in National RX Drug Take Back Day

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Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day set for this Saturday, April 28th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Nation...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Commissioners Open Tactical Firing Range for Chester County Emergency Responders

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Training site represents third and final phase in Chester County’s Public Safety Training Campus

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell were joined by more representatives of the first responder community, elected officials and the public at this week’s official opening of the county’s $1...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Chester County launches “Venture Chesco” Fund to Encourage Development of Start-up Companies

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Chester County Retirement Board and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SE Pennsylvania partner in $4 million fund

The Chester County Retirement Board and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin) launched Venture Chesco, an initiative investing up to $4 million in emerging and growing companies located in Chester County. The partner...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Chester County Commissioners Announce new Protected Open Space Data

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County officials say the open space acres protected in 2017 doubled the amount preserved during the previous year

The Chester County Commissioners announced that an estimated 4,240 acres of open space were protected during 2017—more than double the amount preserved the previous year.“We are pleased to announce that the county continued to preserve...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Sheriff’s K-9 Teams Well-Schooled in Popularity

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Students at Downingtown East High enjoy interacting with K-9 Nero.

Delayed gratification typically doesn’t rate highly among teenagers, a phenomenon that members of the Chester County K-9 Unit understand all too well.“I know you’re not excited about listening to me,” acknowledged D...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 11, 2018

County Commissioners proclaim April as Fair Housing Month

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County to host a panel discussion on fair housing in Chester County on Monday, April 23rd

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell joined the nation today, April 11th, in honoring the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act by proclaiming April as Fair Housing Month.Signed into law seven days after the...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Chester County to participate in “Alcohol Awareness Month”

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County encourages residents and organizations to take part, spreading the message, “Drinking alcohol, especially underage, is not a ‘rite of passage"

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces the county’s participation in “Alcohol Awareness Month” this April. Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependenc...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

Sheriff’s Office Tees up for Annual Golf Fundraiser

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The Chester County Sheriff’s Office will hold its 25th Annual Sheriff’s Community Golf Classic on Monday, May 14 and the public is invited to get into the swing of this popular event.

The tournament will take place at the Downingtown Co...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 21, 2018

Chester County Orphans’ Court Seeks Guardian Program Volunteers

Training for volunteers to take place on Thursday, April 12th in West Chester

The Chester County Orphans’ Court is seeking volunteers to serve county individuals who require guardianship – assisting the court in maintaining contact with any person deemed by the court who cannot make decisions about their daily l...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 20, 2018

Point-in-Time Count Finds Fewer People Experiencing Homelessness in Chester County

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Report findings to be presented on April 5th to Chester County’s Decade to Doorways network of homeless service providers; public is invited

A report compiled by the Chester County Department of Community Development (DCD) and the Decade to Doorways partnership has found that 555 people were identified as experiencing homelessness in  Chester County in the early hours of January 25, 2...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

First Chester County Deed Recorded 330 Years Ago

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Document can be seen at Chester County Historical Society during the month of March

The first real estate deed recorded in the original Chester County, Pennsylvania, took place 330 years ago on March 10, 1688. The deed is for a Quaker meetinghouse now located in Chester, Pennsylvania.  “As one of the first three counti...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

Chester County to Participate in Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day

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County encouraging residents and organizations to take part, signifying ‘we are in this together’ and creating greater awareness of the opioid and heroin epidemic

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces Chester County’s participation in “Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day” on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, a day remembering not only those lost to the d...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

Chester County recognizes 50th anniversary of National 9-1-1 Service

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Commissioners and county telecommunicators celebrate date when the first 9-1-1 call was made in the U.S.

When one of your priorities is public safety, you recognize the importance of the nation’s 9-1-1 system – and celebrate the fact that it has been saving lives for half a century.Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Coz...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 28, 2018

Color 5K raises $38,000 to Boost Fight Against Opioid & Heroin Crisis

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Commissioners, District Attorney and senior staff announce progress in Chester County’s team effort to address opioid and heroin addiction.

As part of Chester County’s collaborative approach to fighting the opioid and heroin crisis, District Attorney Tom Hogan and members of the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force provided an update for the County Commissioners at today&am...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Fraudulent eMail Spoofing

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A fraudulent email spoofing campaign has been conducted over the past few weeks with the subject of “The County of Chester is Requesting Proposals” from pnavarro@chessco.us.  If you receive messages from this address, please i...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 10, 2018

Planning Commission to Conduct Meeting about Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan

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The Chester County Planning Commission is inviting residents in the Phoenixville region to attend a meeting to learn about and comment on a draft plan that will address transportation issues and opportunities.

Nearly 84 percent of residents in this area currently commute to work by driving alone. This creates significant congestion on our local road network, and this draft plan looks at ways to diversify transportation modes in the Phoenixville region. The regi...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Chester County Sheriff’s Office Announces Promotions

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Two deputy sheriffs who handle dogs and one who doggedly delivers civil papers received promotions recently.

Held in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center, the ceremony included background on each of the deputies -- Brian Bolt, Paul Bryant and Steven Vitale – all of whom were joined by family members. Chief Deputy Jason Suydam opened the p...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

Chester County Veterans Invited to Attend Free Breakfast

The event will take place Thursday, February 8th at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus in Coatesville

All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend the annual free breakfast, hosted by Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery and the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs.  The event takes place on Thurs...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Chester County Pledges to Take Five Billion Steps in 2018

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County’s WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge sets new goals for the new year, noting every person counts and every step counts!

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge awards county with an additional $10,000 to promote the program.

At their Sunshine Meeting public work session today, the Chester County Commissioners, along with Health Department Director Jeanne Casner, announced this year’s WalkWorks ChesCo! goals and challenged all county residents to increase the number ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 24, 2018

Federal Official Stops by Chester County Sheriff’s Office

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The administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration made it her business to drop by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Linda McMahon, who met Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh at the White House Empowering...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 23, 2018

K-9 Team Relishes Second Life of Cadaver Searches

A Philadelphia Police K-9 handler thought that he was bidding farewell to a routine of uniforms, dogs, weapons, and beepers when he retired in 2015 after more than 33 years. 

But Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh had a different plan.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 10, 2018

Sheriff Receives Prestigious Public Service Award

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Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh receives the 2017 Senator Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award

Citing a long and distinguished career of outreach, the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce (ERCC) bestowed the 2017 Senator Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award on Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

State Rep. Becky Corbin, a p...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 2, 2018

Chester County Library Named as a Top-Rated Library in America

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The Chester County Library was named as one of America’s Top-Rated Libraries – earning the designation as a Star Library by the profession’s leading periodical, Library Journal.This is the first year the Chester County Librar...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 22, 2017

Chester County remembers Homeless Individuals on Homeless Persons Memorial Day

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On the first day of winter, December 21st, Chester County officials, Decade to Doorways personnel and agencies that support those experiencing homelessness in Chester County held a memorial for those homeless and formerly homeless individuals who passed a...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 21, 2017

Chester County establishes “Venture Chesco” Fund to Encourage Development of Start-up Companies

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Chester County Retirement Board and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SE Pennsylvania partner in $4 million fund

The Chester County Retirement Board voted at this week’s Retirement Board Meeting to enter into a partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP), to invest $4 million in emerging and growing companies located in, or ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 19, 2017

Chester County Recorder of Deeds Shields Veterans from the Rain this Christmas

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There will be no rain-soaked veterans in Coatesville this Christmas! More than 125 veterans residing at the LZ II and Mary E. Walker House on the grounds of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center were gifted brand new umbrellas as part of Chester...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 12, 2017

School Groups Learn about ChesCo History and Court System

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Assault with a ham sandwich has landed some unwitting schoolchildren in the slammer recently – as least figuratively...

Those unfamiliar with the legal perils of using lunch to mimic fisticuffs probably haven’t experienced the Chester County courthouse tour of Joseph Carbo, a retired captain with the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. For more than 12 years, Carbo carried ou...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 11, 2017

Hero Fund Lauds Outgoing President, Welcomes New One

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The board president of the Chester County Hero Fund insisted that he wanted no fuss when he stepped down after 17 years...

Unbeknownst to John “J.D.” DiBuonaventuro, his fellow board members orchestrated a sendoff that was months in the making. It included a surprise visit from a posse of his relatives, a cake, and two framed keepsakes with photos and memo...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 30, 2017

Beetle Infestation Devastates Nottingham County Park Pitch Pine Trees

An unprecedented infestation of Southern Pine Beetles in pitch pine trees in Nottingham County Park has led to the decimation of a significant portion of the native tree species. County Park officials and rangers, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Dep...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 30, 2017

Chester County Women’s Commission donates $500 in bus tokens to WRAP

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WRAP is the award-winning Women's Reentry Assessment and Programming Initiative

The Chester County Women’s Commission donated $500 in bus tokens this week to the award-winning Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming Initiative (WRAP), run by the Chester County Department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Servic...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 20, 2017

Chester County Planning Commission Announces Winners of Landscapes3 Photo Contest

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The theme for this year’s contest was the county’s greatest asset – its people.

Three adults and three youth from Chester County won awards for their entries in the Chester County Planning Commission’s Landscapes3 photo contest, which focused on the county’s greatest asset: people.The photo contest, “Put...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 21, 2017

Geography miscue continues magical odyssey

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Three years ago, a 9-year-old West Chester boy stole hearts when his contest entry -- seeking a hunting and fishing trip with the Chester County Sheriff -- ended up in the wrong state.

Fortunately for Alex Collins, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn &ldquo...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 6, 2017

County receives public safety grant from Sunoco Pipeline First Responder Fund

$72,000 award to cover installation of high pressure pipeline training device

Following an application for funds by the Chester County Department of Emergency Services, a grant of $72,212 has been awarded to the County from the Sunoco Pipeline First Responder Fund.  The grant application was preceded by a letter of request...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Making lists, checking ‘em twice for ‘Shop with Sheriff’

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Wide-eyed wonder will envelop the East Marlborough Walmart on Saturday, December 2, for the “Fourth Annual Shop with the Sheriff.”

More than 100 children from the Chester County Family Academy, a K-2 charter school in West Chester, will...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 6, 2017

Chester County Color 5K Raises Tens of Thousands to Combat Opioid & Heroin Crisis

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Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline said, “Chester County has already lost 103 lives in the first nine months of this year to accidental overdose... It’s personal…it’s tragic…and it hurts."

More than 1,000 race participants and supporters of all ages came together in Everhart Park in West Chester on Saturday morning, November 4th at the start of the Chester County Color 5K, a color run and walk benefiting programs that will combat the opioid...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 31, 2017

Chester County recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week with free movie nights

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Chester County’s Decade to Doorways, the community-wide plan to prevent and end homelessness in the county, will host four free community events in West Chester, Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Phoenixville from November 13 to 16 as part of Nat...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 30, 2017

County Commissioners Boost Funds to Combat the Opioid and Heroin Crisis

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The Chester Commissioners presented a check for $20,000 to Chester County Drug & Alcohol Director, Vince Brown....

The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $20,000 to Vince Brown, Director of the County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services as further endorsement of the commitment to fight the opioid and heroin crisis in Chester County.  The...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 26, 2017

Chester County garners award for excellence in financial reporting

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The Chester County Controller’s Office received notification this week of an award bestowed upon them by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).  A Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 25, 2017

Chesco donations to hurricane victims top 160,000 pounds

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Days after area first-responders returned from delivering 68,000 pounds of donations to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, they began setting up a similar effort for Hurricane Irma’s Florida victims – an initiative that also benefit...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 24, 2017

Chester County participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place this Saturday, October 28th. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 18, 2017

Sheriff promotes ‘kids to kids’ kindness

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A club designed to foster kindness, compassion, and service to others lived up to its name at Pocopson Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Students in grades three through five, members of the school’s fledgling Kids with Heart Club, enthusia...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Commissioners Commemorate Community Planning Month

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The Chester County Commissioners issued a proclamation in recognition of the work done by local, county, and regional planners in conjunction with the celebration of National Community Planning Month at today’s public Sunshine Meeting.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Chester County Walks One BILLION Steps!

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County residents of all ages contribute to WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge, hitting target number of a billion steps in six months

The Chester County Commissioners and Health Department threw down the gauntlet and Chester County residents “stepped up” to the challenge – walking one billion steps before the end of 2017. 

In April of this year, dur...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Chester County Advances Landscapes3 Process

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Officials launched a video series, released survey results, and kicked off steering committee meetings

Chester County is continuing to advance development of Landscapes3, the next long-range comprehensive plan. As part of this process, Chester County Commissioners unveiled a video series about the plan, the Planning Commission released an analysis of the p...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Deputy Finds her Calling in Sheriff’s K-9 Unit

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When a former Ohio resident graduated from high school, she lacked a predetermined career path. September Spencer said she was driving a school bus when she decided to relocate to Chester County, where her mother had already moved. A friend suggested that...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 6, 2017

County Review of Pension Fees Results in Taxpayer Savings

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Guided by the strategic priorities of fiscal management and excellence in governance, the Chester County Retirement Board recently concluded a review and negotiation of investment manager fees relating to the county’s pension fund.   Th...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 5, 2017

Chester Valley Trail West Project Public Survey

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Planning Commission launches public survey about Chester Valley Trail West Project and will also conduct a public meeting...

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a public opinion survey about a plan to extend the popular Chester Valley Trail westward across the county.

The goal is to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown and ultimately connect with the f...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 5, 2017

Deputies Triumph During Predawn Fitness Test

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“Fit to serve” took on new meaning in the Chester County Sheriff’s Office during the annual Superior Fitness Challenge on Friday, September 29th.

Imagine the task of completing 100 push-ups followed by 100 sit-ups and not even reaching the half-way point – all before sunrise­. Those requirements, which began at 5 a.m., set the stage for five pull-ups, a double nine-story stair cli...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 5, 2017

Chester Valley Trail West Project Public Survey

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Planning Commission launches public survey about Chester Valley Trail West Project and will also conduct a public meeting...

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a public opinion survey about a plan to extend the popular Chester Valley Trail westward across the county.

The goal is to extend the Chester Valley Trail west of Downingtown and ultimately connect with the f...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Scam Artists Posing as Deputy Sheriffs Resurface

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Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh has reissued a warning to county residents following repeated reports of jury service scams in Chester County.

Bogus calls to county residents, claiming to come from the Sheriff’s Office, note failure to report for jury duty, resulting in the threat of an arrest warrant. The caller, who typically uses the names of real Chester County judges and deputies, instructs...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 26, 2017

Chester County Hosts Local Employer Job Fair

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Job and career fair will be held Wednesday, October 4th...

The PA CareerLink – Chester County, in partnership with the Chester County Workforce Development Board and the United Way Financial Stability Center will host a job and career fair on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The event will run from 11:00 a.m...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 21, 2017

Gearing up for round two of hurricane relief

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The local road warriors who orchestrated a large relief effort for Hurricane Harvey victims hadn’t even entered the state of Texas with 68,000 pounds of donated supplies before receiving a flood of new questions: What about Florida?

Ron Giacinto,...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 18, 2017

Thousands of Chester County school students ‘take steps’ to support Chester County Walks Day

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Throughout this week, thousands of school children across Chester County will be taking steps – literally – to support Chester County Walks Day, set for this coming Saturday, September 23rd. Elementary, middle and high school students ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: September 7, 2017

In Chester County, Outpouring of Love, Supplies for Texas

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In less than a week, area residents opened up their Texas-sized hearts, filling two tractor-trailers and two box trucks with 68,000 pounds of supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“People’s generosity was nothing short of amazing,” said Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh.

On Thursday, the first two trucks left West Chester, headed for San Patricio County in Texas, an area a...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 29, 2017

Chester County Organizes Second Color 5k to Fight Opioid and Heroin Addiction

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Event takes place November 4th in Everhart Park in West Chester

Following the success of the first Color 5K last year, the Chester County Commissioners, District Attorney, and members of the County’s Overdose Prevention Task Force announce details of the second annual Color 5K run and walk, raising funds to ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 30, 2017

Commissioners Commemorate 240th Anniversary of Battle of the Brandywine

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This year marks the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Brandywine, the largest single day battle of the Revolutionary War. The Chester County Commissioners are honored to commemorate this anniversary, share news on opportunities to engage with our his...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 28, 2017

Chester County Planning Commission Launches Photo Contest

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Contest to focus on county’s greatest asset – its people

The Chester County Planning Commission launched a Landscapes3 photo contest at noon today to highlight the county’s greatest asset: people. The Planning Commission is seeking photos of people as they live, work, visit, or play in Chester County....

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

County Commissioners Kichline and Cozzone elected as officers of County Commissioners Association of

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Commissioner Farrell elected as district representative

Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone were recently elected as officers of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) for 2018.  Commissioner Cozzone will serve as first vice president and Commissioner ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Chester County to participate in “International Overdose Awareness Day”

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County encourages residents, businesses and organizations to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma of overdose deaths and acknowledge the grief of families and friends who have lost a loved one to an overdose.

As part of Chester County’s commitment to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemic, the County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces the County’s participation in “International Overdose Awareness Day” on Thursday, August 31, 2017.  ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 21, 2017

Health Department Brings Together Nurses and Families to Meet with Congressman Costello

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Benefits of County’s Nurse-Family Partnership program shared with the Congressman

Two Chester County families and nurses and staff from the Chester County Health Department met with Congressman Ryan Costello recently to share stories, updates and benefits of the County’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. NFP is a community health...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Chester County public service notice: Fraudulent Email Spoofing

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If you receive an email from “pnavarro@chessco.us” indicating that “The County of Chester is Requesting Proposals”, please note that this is an unauthorized email and NOT a request for proposal from the County of Chester.

For more information, visit http://chesco.org/174/Procurement-General-Services.

Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 17, 2017

Chester County kicks off week of Advocacy and Awareness with community event at Uptown Theater in We

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County’s Decade to Doorways staff to provide information on affordable housing and supportive services for the community at August 22nd event

Decade to Doorways, Chester County’s initiative to end homelessness, is hosting a free community event on the front lawn of Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High Street in West Chester, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22nd. &nbs...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 7, 2017

Sheriff’s Office gearing up for Cruise Night

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Car dealers and law-enforcement agencies get to showcase their vehicles, producing an impressive display the public can enjoy.

The Chester County Sheriff’s Office is revving up to host its Sixth Annual Cruise Night on Friday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium, and the public is invited to enjoy the festivities. Admission...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Chester County Advances in Ranking as Eighth Most Innovative Digital County in the Nation

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Center for Digital Government survey identifies best technology practices

Chester County’s increased advancement in digital technology has earned it a higher ranking among America’s 3,000-plus counties.  The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and National Association of Counties (NACo) have placed Chester County as ei...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 27, 2017

Chester County Hosts Pipeline Safety Preparedness Meeting

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Public meeting will outline emergency services response plans for pipeline-related incidents...

The Chester County Commissioners and County Director of Emergency Services will host a public meeting to present the County’s comprehensive preparedness plans in the event of a pipeline-related emergency incident.

The public meeting will begin at...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 25, 2017

Chester County Hosts Junior Chinese Delegation

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Delegation meets with Chester County government, business, education and tourism representatives...

Chester County’s cultural, business and education ties with China strengthened this week with the arrival of 40 “junior” Chinese representatives to the county.  

The China Blue Junior Journalist group, students aged n...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 12, 2017

Chester County Achieves Further National Acclaim for WRAP Program

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The Women's Reentry Assessment and Programming initiative assists incarcerated women

Chester County’s Department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services has garnered two more national awards for the Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative.  

The National Association of Counties (NACo) ha...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 11, 2017

D.A. Commends Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit

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District Attorney issues commendation to Sheriff's Units for their roles in apprehending a fugitive

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan issued a commendation to the Chester County Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Sheriff’s K-9 Unit on Tuesday, July 11, for their roles in the apprehension of Barry Baker, who was accused of sucker-punch...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: July 6, 2017

FEMA Open House for Property Owners: New ChesCo Flood Insurance Maps

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Chester County and FEMA will host an Open House on July 20, 2017 for Chester County property owners to obtain information on how new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) may affect flood insurance requirements and costs for their property.

FEMA Open House for Property Owners: New Chester County Flood Insurance Maps

Thursday, July 20, 2017:   Drop-in hours from 4:30pm-7:00pm

Chester County Government Services Center, Room 171

Portions of 47 municipalities within Chester County have new...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 15, 2017

Commissioners launch public survey about future of Chester County

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The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced the kickoff of a public opinion survey for Chester County at today’s Commissioners’ public meeting. The survey, which will help to identify citizen priorities for the future of Chester County, will contr...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Antlerless Deer Licenses Sales Date Announced

The Chester County Treasurer’s Office announces that Antlerless Deer License sales will begin on Monday, July 10 for Pennsylvania residents. Hunters who wish to apply for an antlerless deer license must hold a current hunting license for the 2017-18 seaso...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 22, 2017

Commissioners Establish Steering Committee to Help Shape Chester County’s Future

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Steering committee to be guided by public stakeholder meetings and public survey response.

The Chester County Board of Commissioners announced this week the next step in the Landscapes3 process – the creation of a steering committee to guide the development of the new county comprehensive plan.  

The steering committee will be...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Department of Emergency Services Receives Two Awards

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Chester County has received two achievement awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs developed by the county’s Department of Emergency Services.

The two winning programs – Care Under Fire and Youth First Responder’s Career Training – picked up the accolades within NACo’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety category.  Both awards will be formally reco...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 14, 2017

Sheriff's Special Unit Operates Below the Radar

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The team made headlines recently when it located Barry Baker, the fugitive accused of sucker-punching a man with cerebral palsy...

It comes as no surprise that few people know much about the Chester County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit: It often works under cover of darkness.

Before most county residents have awakened, the eight members of this elite team have ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Chester County Commissioners present $25,000 check to the Chester County Food Bank

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 The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $25,000 to representatives from the Chester County Food Bank this week. The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits.

The check was pres...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Chester County Local Farm Products Guide Now Available

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New interactive Farm Finder map and Spanish language edition

The Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council) are pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 Chester County Local Farm Products guide.

The guide includes a list of over 120 farm producers, a map showi...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

New StoryWalk Unveiled at Exton Park

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Congressman Ryan Costello, the Chester County Commissioners, representatives from the Chester County Library Trust, and library supporters attended a ceremony as the Chester County Library unveiled a new StoryWalk® at Exton Park during National Tr...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 23, 2017

Chester County Hero Fund Poised for Change of Guard

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On Aug. 5, 2010, James “Jay” Raffetto, a young Navy Corpsman from Chester County, experienced the unfathomable while serving in Afghanistan: A blast from an improvised explosive device destroyed both of his legs above the knee, his lef...

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Posted on: May 22, 2017

Sheriff's Office Graduation Honors Past & Present K-9 Teams

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On Friday, May 19, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office heralded the graduates of the county’s second K-9 patrol and narcotics training course....

Addressing an audience of nearly 100, Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh said the graduation, held in Courtroom One of the Chester County Justice Center, marked the culmination of a rigorous 10 weeks of training. Previously, ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Commissioners name Director of Chester County Department of Children Youth and Families

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Douglas Waegel has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new Director of Chester County’s Department of Children Youth and Families.

Douglas Waegel has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new Director of Chester County’s Department of Children Youth and Families.

Waegel has served as deputy director of the department for nearly nine years and during this ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Elder Justice Day scheduled for June 15 at Westminster Presbyterian Church

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The annual Elder Justice Day is being presented by the Chester County Elder Abuse Task Force on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, West Chester, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

“Elder Justice Day is a day of education, of ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 16, 2017

Grants available for farmland preservation in Chester County

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The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications for two competitive programs which offer funds to qualifying Chester County farm owners who are interested in preserving their farms.

The Chester County Agricultural Land Preservation Board is accepting applications for two competitive programs funded by the Chester County Commissioners, the Commonwealth/County Program and the Chester County Challenge Grant Program. Both programs offer ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 10, 2017

Newest Deputy Sheriff Happy to Return Home

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During brief remarks prior to the swearing-in of Chester County’s newest deputy sheriff, Capt. Jason Suydam explained that the high competition for the position enables the office to select employees that not only meet the job qualifications but...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 5, 2017

Commissioners Sign Resolution Endorsing Completion of Region’s ‘Circuit’ Trails

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The Chester County Commissioners signed a resolution endorsing the completion of the Circuit Trails network, a connected system of multi-purpose trails located in the greater Philadelphia area ...

The Chester County Commissioners this week signed a resolution endorsing the completion of the Circuit Trails network, a connected system of multi-purpose trails located in the greater Philadelphia area that, when complete, will comprise more than 750 mil...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 5, 2017

Chester County Residents Save $835,000 in Prescription Drug Costs

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Residents are encouraged to sign up for the free prescription discount program, as well as the low cost dental and health discount programs

Chester County residents who have taken advantage of the County’s prescription discount program have collectively saved nearly $835,000 in prescription drug costs since the start of the initiative. 

The Chester County Commissioners included an upd...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

First County Police Crisis Intervention Team Training Course Recognizes 28 Graduates

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The officers completed the intensive, 40-hour training, which has been proven to increase public safety, divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system, and decrease officer injuries.

Twenty-eight local law enforcement officers graduated from Chester County's first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training class on Friday, April 28 at the West Goshen municipal building. The officers completed the intensive, 40-hour training, which has be...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Receives Statewide Award

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Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary recently received an award from Governor Tom Wolf for his dedication to strengthening communities and providing assistance to residents.

Chester County Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary recently received an award from Governor Tom Wolf for his dedication to strengthening communities and providing assistance to residents.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 28, 2017

Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Veterinary Care of K-9 unit

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A group of doctors at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern received an unexpected tribute from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office...

A group of doctors at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern received an unexpected tribute from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, April 26 – a gesture with unlikely ties to a 2014 firebombing.

The staff at the emergency...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Chester County Sheriff K9s to get Bullet Proof Vests

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Re/Max Town & County office in West Chester presented the Chester County Sheriff's Office with a $2,275 check to help purchase vests for the K-9s...

Although bulletproof vests may not represent a typical housewarming gift, they served as a heartwarming one on Monday, April 24, at the Re/Max Town & County office in West Chester.

The real-estate firm presented Chester County Sheriff Carolyn &ldqu...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 24, 2017

Chester County Participates in National Drug Take Back Day

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Drop off unused medications on Saturday, April 29th at several locations in Chester County

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is raising community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, April 29th from 10am-2pm. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administratio...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 20, 2017

Health Department Announces New Clinic Hours

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The Chester County Health Department is changing the days and times of clinical services to the public, effective May 1st. Personal Health Services include immunizations and testing for Tuberculosis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 18, 2017

Dog License Compliance Checks in Chester County

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Dog Wardens will be conducting compliance checks in Chester County during the month of May

In May, dog wardens will continue their license and rabies compliance checks in neighborhoods across Pennsylvania - including Chester County! By law, all dogs three months and older must be licensed by January 1 of each year. Additionally, all dogs and no...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 16, 2017

Bunny Brings Smiles to Hospital Patients & Staff

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For more than a decade, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Chester County Hospital to spread cheer in the pediatric and maternity wards during the Easter season. Leading the effort: a furry, six-foot rabbit.

“This is...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 10, 2017

County Commissioners Support Chester County’s Historic Mill at Anselma

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The Chester County Commissioners recently presented a check for $1,000 to representatives from The Mill at Anselma in Chester Springs.  The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits, and will ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 7, 2017

Chester County Communities Begin the Walk to One Billion Steps

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County’s WalkWorks ChesCo! challenge kicks-off in Kennett Square, Phoenixville and Coatesville

During National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017), the Chester County Commissioners and Health Department officials are introducing WalkWorks ChesCo!, an initiative challenging county residents of all ages to lace up their sneakers and walk one billion...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 23, 2017

Chester County’s Hospitals Receive $25,000 Boost to Help Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

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Chester County Commissioners and District Attorney present funds raised by Chester County Color 5K to support hospitals’ warm hand-off programs

As part of Chester County’s team effort to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, the County Commissioners, District Attorney Tom Hogan and members of the Chester County Overdose Prevention Task Force presented checks for $5,000 to representatives ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 22, 2017

Orphans’ Court seeks Guardian Program Volunteers

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The Chester County Orphans’ Court is seeking volunteers to serve as its “eyes and ears” by visiting individuals who require guardianship.  

The visits by volunteers assist the court in maintaining contact with any per...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 28, 2017

Chester County Commissioners announce School of Government spring 2017 classes

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Free evening courses include ‘County Government 101’ and panel discussions on the development of urban centers, job growth and tackling the opioid and heroin crisis

The Chester County School of Government, a free course open to all county residents, is scheduled to begin on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Chester County Library in Exton.  This year’s “school” includes an overvie...

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Posted on: March 16, 2017

District Attorney and DEA Chief to Head Regional Drug Strike Force

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Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been named Chair of the region's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area ....

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan has been named Chair of the region's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area ("HIDTA") Program Executive Board. Gary Tuggle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration -  Phila...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Chester County to participate in “Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day”

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County encouraging residents and organizations to take part, signifying ‘we are in this together’ and creating greater awareness of the opioid and heroin epidemic

WEST CHESTER, PA_ Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services announces Chester County’s participation in “Black Balloon Overdose Awareness Day” on Monday, March 6, 2017, a day remembering not only those lost to the disease of addiction, bu...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 14, 2017

Commissioners demonstrate commitment to citizens’ hearts on Valentine’s Day

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In Chester County, on Valentine’s Day, it’s all about the heart...

To further emphasize their proclamation of support for American Heart Month, the Chester County Commissioners took time out of their Valentine’s Day Sunshine Meeting to learn the basics of hands-only CPR.  The Commissioners also highlighted heart...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 13, 2017

Chester County Hosts Veterans’ Breakfast

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Free event to include discussions on county-wide veterans’ initiatives and opportunities for collaboration and education

 All Chester County veterans and veteran organizations are invited to attend a free breakfast, hosted by the Chester County Department of Veterans Affairs and Chester County Recorder of Deeds Rick Loughery.  The event takes place on Wedn...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Take the "Love your Library" Survey

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Please take a few moments to help us improve our services by completing a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LoveYourLibrary

Please take a few moments to help us improve our services by completing a short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LoveYourLibrary

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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Lucky Number of Deputies Complete Training Program

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Following an eight-week training regimen that ended last week, seven new deputy sheriffs will be assuming duties throughout Chester County...

Following an eight-week training regimen that ended last week, seven new deputy sheriffs will be assuming duties throughout Chester County, and Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh couldn’t be prouder.

“I call them the Magn...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Chester County Sheriff warns of Criminal phone & Email Solicitations

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Weeks after the Chester County Sheriff’s Office warned residents about a scam regarding jury fines, another fraudulent scheme has surfaced, this one timed to income-tax season.

Weeks after the Chester County Sheriff’s Office warned residents about a scam involving calls from deputy sheriff impersonators regarding jury fines, another fraudulent scheme has surfaced, this one timed to income-tax season.

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 31, 2017

Chester County introduces Smart911

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New service saves critical time in an emergency using resident-led safety profile information.

Chester County’s Director of the Department of Emergency Services, Robert J. Kagel, introduced Smart911, a new emergency preparedness program at today’s Chester County Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting.  Smart911 is a ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 31, 2017

County Commissioners Recognize Winners of Landscapes3 Photo Competition

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The contest’s purpose was to engage residents in the County’s efforts to manage growth by protecting open space and revitalizing the county’s towns and communities...

The Chester County Commissioners recognized the three winners of the county’s Landscapes3 photo contest at this morning’s Commissioners’ sunshine meeting.  The winners are Lee Schlingmann from East Fallowfield Township, Kathryn Mims from Pocopson...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 26, 2017

Sheriff's Office Lauds County's First Graduates of the K-9 Patrol and Narcotics Team

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“This is a very special day for everyone here,” said Chester County Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh during the ceremony, which was held at the Chester County Justice Center.

A graduation held special significance last month for the Chester County Sheriff’s Office.

For starters, the ceremony heralded the graduates of the county’s first-ever K-9 patrol and narcotics training course.  Previously, K-9 ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 26, 2017

Agricultural Development Council Welcomes New Board Members

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The four new members represent a cross section of the agricultural operations and industries found in Chester County...

The Chester County Agricultural Development Council (Ag Council) and the Chester County Board of Commissioners are pleased to welcome four new board members to the Ag Council’s board, effective January 12. The four new members represent a cross section of...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 24, 2017

Platform to Employment seeks County’s long term unemployed

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P2E is accepting applications from Chester County residents who are unemployed and have exhausted 20 weeks or more of unemployment..

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Workforce Development Board announce additional openings for the next session of Platform to Employment (P2E), the nationally-recognized program that puts long-term unemployed back to work.

P2E is acc...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 20, 2017

Chester County to participate in “National Day of Remembrance” to honor victims of addiction

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A “National Day of Remembrance” on January 29, 2017, a day honoring and remembering county residents who have fallen victim to the disease of addiction...

Chester County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services announces Chester County’s participation in a “National Day of Remembrance” on January 29, 2017, a day honoring and remembering county residents who have fall...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 18, 2017

Chester County named semifinalist in Harvard’s 2017 Innovations in American Govt Awards Competition

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The WRAP initiative, led by Chester County’s department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services, advanced from a pool of more than 500 applications from all 50 states....

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today Chester County’s Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative as part of the 100 ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Department of Computing and Information Services wins PA Excellence in Technology Award

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Award received for the creation of ChescoViews

This week, the Chester County Commissioners recognized members of the Geographic Information System (GIS) staff from the County’s Department of Computing and Information Services.  The GIS staff members were recently presented with the ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 5, 2017

Sheriff warns of phone scams

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Scam callers threaten that a bench warrant will be served unless the person answering sends money...

Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh has issued a warning to Chester County residents regarding a phone scam that occurred several years ago and is recurring now. Welsh stated “there is an organized effort on the part of individuals...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: January 5, 2017

Chester County Commissioners announce 2017 organizational leadership

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Michelle Kichline elected Chair of the Commissioners Kathi Cozzone re-elected Vice-Chair

Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline was elected Chair of the Commissioners during this morning’s Board of Commissioners organizational meeting.  It is her first time to serve as Chair.

Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was re-elected ...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: December 14, 2016

Commissioners present $50k check to Uptown! Entertainment Alliance

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Donation to support the capital costs of repurposing the West Chester National Guard Armory into a theater for film and live performance

WEST CHESTER, PA _ The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $50,000 to representatives from Uptown! Entertainment Alliance this week. The funds are part of the County’s annual appropriations to organizations and non-profits, and th...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 30, 2016

Chester County children to “Shop with the Sheriff”

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Annual event brings Chester County Sheriff and staff together with children from Chester County Family Academy to shop for holiday gifts

Youngsters’ squeals of delight will resonate throughout the Walmart in East Marlborough Township on Saturday, Dec. 3. More than 100 children from the Chester County Family Academy, a K-2 charter school in West Chester, will receive a law-enforce...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 14, 2016

WCU Student Receives CCATO President's Award for Tackling Opioid Overdoses

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Ethan Healey of West Chester received the first Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) President’s Award for Meritorious Service  at the organization’s Fall Conference on Thursday, November 10th at the Mendenhall Inn, Mendenhall...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 7, 2016

Controller’s Office Hosting Free Seminar for Community Groups

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Evening seminar to highlight how not-for-profit groups can prevent exposure to fraudulent activities

The Chester County Office of the Controller will be hosting its second community “fraud protection” seminar on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Henrietta Hankin Library in Chester Springs. This free seminar will explain h...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 1, 2016

Chester County Planning Commission Receives Excellence Award for Public Outreach

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The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach to the Chester County Planning Commission for its Pipeline Information Center.

Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and representatives from the Planning Commission accepted the award at the APA’s recent annual conference in Allentown. At the awards event, the APA noted Chester County’s efforts to provide a ...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: November 1, 2016

Sheriff's Office takes part in Cookies for a Cop Program

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The Chester County Sheriff’s Office recently welcomed a delivery of cookies, as part of the nationwide “Cookies for a Cop” program.

The cookies, baked by Lauren Bolt, Executive Pastry Chef at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community, were presented to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office to show that their law enforcement service is appreciated and valued.  Chester County’s K-9 depu...

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Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 31, 2016

Chester County Planning Commission Launches Photo Contest

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The Chester County Planning Commission is launching a photo contest and is seeking submissions on favorite places to have fun, take a walk or just relax in Chester County.

The contest is part of Chester County’s update process for its comprehensive plan which currently falls under the banner of Landscapes2.  The update – Landscapes3 – will help Chester County to remain focused on the s...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 21, 2016

900 Local Ninth Graders Trained in Suicide Prevention

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On October 19, all ninth graders in the West Chester Area School District were trained on the suicide prevention program called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer). Designed much like CPR or the Heimlich Maneuver, QPR is a nationally acclaimed program that te...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 20, 2016

Chester County Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Drop off unused drugs on Saturday, October 22nd at a variety of locations in Chester County.

Chester County’s Department of Drug & Alcohol Services is spreading community awareness for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place this Saturday, October 22nd. Organized nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National ...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: October 14, 2016

West Chester Downtown Foundation presents Chester County with historic preservation plaque for resto

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West Chester Downtown Foundation and West Chester Historic Preservation Awards presented the Chester County Commissioners with a West Chester Historic Preservation plaque commemorating the rehabilitation and restoration of the interior of the courthouse.

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Posted on: September 22, 2016

Chester County receives national award for document imaging system

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Clerk of Courts and County’s Department of Computer Information Systems create costeffective technology solution for county’s court system

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

Public meeting announced for Wolf's Hollow Park Master Plan

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The Chester County Facilities and Parks Department has scheduled a public meeting for the Wolf’s Hollow County Park Master Plan study on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Chester County awarded highest distinction for sustainability

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Diamond Level award by Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association is a first for county government

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Posted on: September 15, 2016

Chester County selected national Healthy Community finalist

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County recognized out of hundreds of entries nationwide to compete for up to $500,000 in prizes through Aetna Foundation, American Public Health Association and National Association of Counties partnership

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

Chester County announces update to comprehensive plan

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Development of Landscapes3 will ensure continued focus on growth and preservation

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Chester County placed under a drought watch

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Five percent voluntary water use reductions requested

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Chester County Color 5k to raise funds to fight opioid and heroin addiction

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The Chester County Commissioners and District Attorney continue to take measures in fighting opioid and heroin addiction within the county by scheduling a color 5k run and walk that will raise funds to help combat the growing epidemic.

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Posted on: August 16, 2016

5th annual Cruise Night takes place Friday at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium

The Chester County Sheriff’s Department 5th annual Cruise Night is being held Friday, August 19, 2016, at West Chester University’s Farrell Stadium. Proceeds from the event benefits the Chester County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, according to Sheriff Carolyn “Bunn...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 12, 2016

New program seeks election poll workers from Chester County business community

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Chester County is seeking help from the county business community to find poll workers for elections, including the upcoming presidential election in November.

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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Commissioners Cozzone and Kichline elected as officers for the County Commissioners Assn of PA

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Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Michelle Kichline were elected this week as officers of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) for 2017 – Commissioner Cozzone as second vice president and Commissioner Kichline as treasu...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: August 8, 2016

Health Department offers Worksite Wellness Program to area Businesses

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Through this collaborative program, the Chester County Health Department will guide Chester County businesses in the development and implementation of effective wellness programs

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Posted on: August 3, 2016

County Cup creation receives national acclaim

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Chester County program provides training and employment for residents with special needs.

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Posted on: July 27, 2016

Chester County Recorder of Deeds launches Operation Fraud Guard

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New initiative protects elderly and disabled from fraudulent real estate transactions.

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Posted on: July 25, 2016

Chester County Ranks in the top 10 Digital Counties in the Nation

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Chester County took its place among the digital elite this week, when it was presented with a Digital Counties Survey award that recognizes the most innovative digital counties in the nation. Chester County ranks 10th among the US' 3,000-plus counties.

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic marks 88th year

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Saturday, August 13, Chester County welcomes hundreds of musicians and music lovers to celebrate traditional music at the 88th annual Old Fiddlers’ Picnic. The event runs from 10 AM – 4 PM at Hibernia County Park in Wagontown.

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Controller’s Office to host free seminar for community groups on fraud protection

Fraud Protection Seminar

Evening seminar to highlight how not-for-profit groups can prevent exposure
to fraudulent activities

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Posted on: June 24, 2016

Chester County Voter Services Notifies Residents of Unaffiliated Mailer

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Officials with Chester County’s Department of Voter Services are issuing a notice to county residents regarding a mailer that comes from a private non-profit organization
called the Voter Participation Center.

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Posted on: June 21, 2016

Chester County receives notice of first confirmed case of Zika Virus

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The Chester County Health Department has been notified of the County’s first confirmed case of Zika Virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Chester County’s earns Distinguished Budget Presentation awards for 25 consecutive years

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The Government Finance Officers Association has named Chester County as a recipient of its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning 2015, marking a milestone 25 consecutive years that the County has earned this accolade.

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Posted on: June 16, 2016

United Way opens Born Learning Trail & Little Free Library™

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The Struble Trail-Born Learning Trail and Little Free Library is special because it was inspired by the death of little Scotty McMillan, the young boy that was tragically killed in West Caln township in November 2014.

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Posted on: June 9, 2016

Chester County Commissioners present $25,000 check to Chester County Food Bank

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The Chester County Commissioners presented a check for $25,000 to representatives from the Chester County Food Bank this week, at the Food Bank’s headquarters in Exton.

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Chester County unveils new Hall of Heroes website

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New look for website honoring the sacrifice of Chester County’s military heroes
www.chesco.org/heroes

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Posted on: May 19, 2016

2016 Local Farm Products Guide Now Available

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Guide highlights over 100 farmers and producers across the County

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Posted on: May 17, 2016

Chester County Announces Survey Results of Area Businesses

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The Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), announced at today’s Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting, the results of a comprehensive business survey entitled “Take the Pulse.”

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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Aging Services Sponsors University of Health and Wellness

The Chester County Department of Aging Services is sponsoring a University of Health and Wellness event to provide seniors with information on health issues.

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Commissioners present check to Charles A. Melton Center

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Chester County Commissioners present $250,000 to the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center to be used for improvements to the facility

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Posted on: May 4, 2016

Commissioners present check for $105,000 for Kennett Area Senior Center Renovations

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The Commissioners, together with staff, board members, volunteers and area seniors, cut a ribbon today to mark the completion of renovations at the Kennett Area Senior Center. Chester County contributed $105,000 towards the Senior Center’s renovations, in...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: May 3, 2016

Emergency Services Staff Named 2016 Team of the Year

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Members of the B Platoon of the Chester County Department of Emergency
Services were named the 2016 Team of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (PA APCO).

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Chester County Observes National Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Each May, Chester County recognizes National Mental Health Awareness Month with activities aimed at increasing the public’s awareness and understanding about mental health and recovery.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Passport Process Simplified

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Chester County’s Passport Office, under the direction of the Prothonotary’s Office, offers an easy and reassuring way to apply for, or renew your U.S. passport.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Chester County Sheriff Announces Reorganization & Promotions

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Six Chester County Deputy Sheriffs were sworn in to new positions this week as a result of an office reorganization undertaken by County Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh.

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Posted on: April 19, 2016

Chester County seeks applicants for second Platform to Employment

The Chester County Commissioners and the Chester County Workforce Development Board have opened up the registration process for county residents interested in participating in the county’s second Platform to Employment (P2E) program.

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Posted on: April 7, 2016

Commissioners Visit "Words Still Matter" Display for Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

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In March the Commissioners presented a proclamation to the Department of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD) for Intellectual Disability Awareness Month.

As part of the presentation the Commissioners signed pledge cards banning the “R” word. Last week, Commissioner Farrell and Commissioner Cozzone visited the “Words Still Matter” display in the lobby of the Government Services Center, where their signed pl...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: April 6, 2016

Commissioners Rename Phoenixville Bridge

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The Chester County Commissioners undertook a “first” this week when they formally dedicated a county-owned bridge re-named to honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Health Department Celebrates National Public Health Week

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During National Public Health Week, the public health community is rallying to make the United States the Healthiest Nation in One Generation—by 2030.

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Posted on: March 30, 2016

Federal government Authorizes Reimbursement for Expenses During Snowstorm

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Chester County submitted a request for $3,553,431.00 which included the cost estimated to deal with the snow removal from municipalities and other government agencies...

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Posted on: March 18, 2016

Orphan's Court Guardian Program Seeks Volunteers

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Anyone interested in becoming part of the Orphans’ Court guardian program is invited to
take part in a training session that will be held on Tuesday, April 5th...

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Chester County Ranked "Healthiest County" in PA

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Chester County has once again been ranked overall as the healthiest county in Pennsylvania according to a study released today by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Posted on: March 17, 2016

Sonia Huntzinger named Coatesville's Economic Development Adminstrator

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The County and the City of Coatesville welcomed Sonia Huntzinger as Coatesville’s new Economic Development Administrator at a reception held at Coatesville Savings Bank this week.

Huntzinger (pictured fourth from left) officially takes up her role on March 21st. Also pictured, from left to right are Chester County Recorder of Deeds and Coatesville Area Partners for Progress member Rick Loughery; Regina Horton-Lewis, Chair of Coates...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: March 4, 2016

US Police Canine Assn to hold Certification Trials at ChesCo Public Safety Training Campus

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Chester County is hosting the United States Police Canine Association’s (USPCA) Region 6 Scent Certifications at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus from March 14-16.

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Posted on: February 24, 2016

Free screening of film about homelessness featuring Richard Gere at Colonial Theatre

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Event sponsored by Chester County’s Decade to Doorways and Phoenixville Community Health Foundation

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Code Blue Resources

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With temperatures dropping below 0 and wind chills reaching -20 to -30 this weekend, the County of Chester is sharing "Code Blue" resources for residents and visitors. Visit http://chesco.org/codeblue for a list of resources.

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Posted on: February 11, 2016

Chester County marks 10th year of Triple-A bond ratings

Commissioners authorize bond issue and receive reaffirmation of top ratings from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Chester County Commissioners name Kara Rahn Director of Chester County Voter Services

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Kara Rahn, of Honey Brook, has been appointed by the Chester County Commissioners as the new Director of Chester County’s Department of Voter Services.

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Posted on: January 27, 2016

Chester County Launches Major Survey of Area Businesses

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The Chester County Board of Commissioners and the Chester County Economic Development Council, announced at today’s Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting, the launch of a comprehensive business survey entitled “Take the Pulse”.

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Posted on: January 21, 2016

Chester County Encourages Winter Preparedness

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Citizens are reminded to sign up at www.ReadyChesCo.org to receive local emergency notifications

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Posted on: January 17, 2016

Chester County wins big at Pennsylvania Farm Show

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Chester County farmers and producers received high marks from Pennsylvania Farm Show judges this week, resulting in an impressive array of ribbons in a wide variety of agricultural disciplines in the show’s landmark 100th year of operation.

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Posted on: January 6, 2016

Chester County Goes Live with new Emergency Voice Radio System

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Commissioners mark official switch over to new $42.1 million system

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Posted on: January 5, 2016

Chester County Commissioners announce 2016 organizational leadership

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Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell was elected to remain Chair of the Commissioners during Monday morning’s Board of Commissioners organizational meeting. Commissioner Farrell has served as Commissioners’ Chair in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Elected Officials Are Sworn Into Office

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A swearing-in ceremony for elected officials in Chester County was held on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Taking the oath of office were Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone,......

A swearing-in ceremony for elected officials in Chester County was held on Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. Taking the oath of office were Commissioners Terence Farrell, Michelle Kichline and Kathi Cozzone, District Attorney...Read on...

Chester County Government News
Posted on: June 8, 2015

Chester County upgrades emergency notification system

ReadyChesCo replaces ReadyNotify system with greater capability and flexibility

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News Flash

Posted on: December 11, 2018

Chester County Attorney Joshua Janis Arrested Again For Fraud

An attorney already charged with defrauding multiple clients has been arrested for using his ex-wife's identity to open accounts and incur debts in her name. Janis spent the money on business expenses, strip club charges, pornography, and other expenses.

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

District Attorney's Report on Troopers Discharging Firearms

On September 20, three Troopers discharged their weapons in the line of duty. The Troopers were firing at Bruce Rogal, who that day had attempted to shoot his wife, shot and killed both of his parents, and crashed his vehicle into his wife's house.

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

SWAT Team Receives District Attorney Commendation

The Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team, one of the County's SWAT teams, received a District Attorney's Commendation for bravery and outstanding teamwork. Fittingly, the SWAT team was presented the award in the middle of a long training day.

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Man Charged With Homicide For Beating, Kicking Girlfriend to Death

Tom Hogan announced the arrest of defendant Mark Turner for the murder of his girlfriend Rachel Yeager. When the defendant suspected that the victim was cheating on him, he beat her to death with his fists and kicking her with steel-toed work boots.

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

Mother Kills 5-Year Old Daughter by Pushing Her Down Stairs, Charged With Murder

Tom Hogan and Parkesburg Police Chief Brian Sheller announced the arrest of Ciara Robinson. The defendant intentionally pushed her daughter down a set of stairs and onto a concrete landing, causing a crushing injury to her head and death of the child.

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News Flash

Posted on: December 13, 2018

Welcome Tim Barnes

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Timothy Barnes, Assistant Director for Safety and Security

Tim came to DES from the Chester County Sheriff’s Office to be the first Assistant Director for Safety and Security for the Department of Emergency Services.    As Assis...

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Emergency Services News
Posted on: November 14, 2018

DES Platoon Recognized by APCO International

The APCO International (Association of Public Safety Officials)  has presented DES with the Teammates in Action recognition for a recent incident.  JJ Evans and Molly Peterson were the primary Telecommunicators involved in the i...

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Posted on: November 5, 2018

DES Recognized for Country Spirit USA Concert

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Recently, West Vincent Township and West Vincent Township Police Department recognized all the agencies that supported the Country Spirit USA Concert that was held in August.  Several officials spoke on behalf of the local agencies and echoed tha...

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Posted on: October 19, 2018

Federal Aid Available for Flood Damage

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 19, 2018View online

Governor Wolf Announces Federal Aid Availability Following Severe Storms in South-Central Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration ...

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Emergency Services News
Posted on: August 28, 2018

Assistant Fire Marshal Receives Scholarship

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Congratulations to Gerry DiNunzio, Assistant Fire Marshal, Chester County Department of Emergency Services and Deputy Chief for Goshen Fire Company, for being selected a recipient of a 2018 Educational Scholarship from the International Association of Fir...

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Emergency Services News
Posted on: August 21, 2018

Telecommunicators Recognized

Willistown Township Supervisors recognize CCDES Telecommunicators

At the recent Willistown Township Board of Supervisors meeting, three Department of Emergency Services Telecommunicators were recognized for helping to save a life of a 3 year old drowning victim.  "The quick actions of the child's grandpare...

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Posted on: August 6, 2018

Chester County implements ASAP to PSAP

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Chester County implements Automated Secure Alarm Protocol as part of 9-1-1 service

 

            WEST CHESTER, PA _ Earlier this week, Chester County became the third 9-1-1 Public Safet...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

Preparedness Buddy

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Preparedness Buddy is a step-by-step template that uses a person’s support network or buddy system to create an emergency plan. The Preparedness Buddy brochure has space to fill out personal information and is designed for everyone to use.

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Emergency Services News
Posted on: May 29, 2018

Stop the Bleed Campaign initiated in Schools

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National Stop the Bleed campaign to be initiated in Chester County Schools

 

Campaign designed to do for bleeding injuries what CPR has done for heart attacks

The Chester County Department of Emergency Services has partnered with t...

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