Thursday, June 29 2023 10:28

Good to Know

Written by County Lines Magazine

Just a few things we thought you'd like to know this month

Local Reads

Get a glimpse into our past with a new book from local author Kathleen Hood and local artist Randall Graham. Where Are the Cowboys? Searching for the King Ranch Cowboys in Doe Run captures the unique lifestyle of the cowboys of King Ranch in Unionville. The book covers ranch operation as well as historic photos and videos. Proceeds from sales go to the Brandywine Conservancy, so get your copy at the Brandywine River Museum or online at BrandywineMuseumShop.org.

Top Hospital

Congratulations to Chester County Hospital, which recently earned the healthcare “triple crown” for the fourth time. Healthgrades recognized the hospital with a Patient Safety Award, Outstanding Patient Experience Award and named it one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2023, making it one of only five nationwide to receive all three awards. It was also recently recognized as one of the World’s Best Hospitals in 2023 by Newsweek. ChesterCountyHospital.org.

Museums and More

Looking for summer fun? Check out Chester County Library System’s Museum Pass Program. Your library card can get you free admission to over 30 museums, historical sites and cultural centers. This includes local favorites, like the Brandywine River Museum and Tyler Arboretum, as well as the Guggenheim Museum and Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. Find out more at your local library or CCLS.org.

Small-Town Charm

Photo: J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia

What’s the best small town in our area? We don’t pick favorites, but World Atlas might and recently named Phoenixville as one of eight “Cutest Small Towns in Pennsylvania.” The article highlights Phoenixville’s vibrant art scene, recognizing the Colonial Theatre and the many galleries and shops on Bridge Street. World Atlas also recommends hiking or biking the scenic Schuylkill River Trail. Visit soon and see this cute small town for yourself! WorldAtlas.com.

Tricky Traps

Help protect our ecosystem from the returning invasive spotted lanternflies. Penn State University experts recommend building a circle trap using materials you may already have on hand. By taping the tops of two plastic milk jugs together and adding window screening, you can make an effective trap and eliminate lots of lanternflies without pesticides. Use on any tree, but it’s best suited for those with smooth bark. Instructions at Extension.PSU.edu.