Thursday, May 30 2024 10:26

Good to Know

Written by County Lines Magazine

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

Grow for Gold

Got a green thumb? Enter the Grow for It! home garden contest, expanded from Pottstown and Boyertown to surrounding townships (check website for eligibility). Sponsored by Mosaic Community Land Trust, Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation and Building a Better Boyertown, this year’s contest will award cash prizes in seven categories, including Outdoor Oasis, Edible Garden and Youth Gardener. Registration is open through June 21.

Mighty Media

Photo: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Big news for Delco: Media is one of Money magazine’s 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S. The folks at Money highlighted Media’s rustic farmers market, vibrant restaurant scene and nearby Ridley Creek State Park. They also cited the borough’s low unemployment rate, high median income and school performance, summarizing it as “a walkable Philly ’burb with parks, restaurants and good schools.” Other featured locales include Portland, Maine and Sacramento, California.

Succession, WCU-style

This summer, West Chester University bids President Christopher Fiorentino farewell after a 41-year career. In his seven years as president, Dr. Fiorentino welcomed WCU’s largest first-year class and most diverse student population, implemented the Dub-C Autism Program to support students on the spectrum, and opened the 175,000-square-foot Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons. Dr. Laurie Bernotsky is slated to start as the next president on July 1.

Prizes for Preservation

Photo: Timlyn Vaughan Photography

Last fall, County Lines’ headquarters at Franklin Corners was honored at the West Chester Preservation Awards. Now it’s your turn to promote preservation. The West Chester Downtown Foundation’s awards recognize projects that highlight the borough’s historic character in three categories: Bricks and Mortar Awards for architectural projects, Preservation Service Awards for educational and advocacy projects, and the Preservation Legacy Award for major contributions to preservation. Nominations are open through June 10.

Shopping Spree

This spring, downtown West Chester welcomed two new stores. On East Gay Street, DRK MTTR stocks a curated collection of all-black vintage and contemporary women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. On North High Street, Nightingale Materials offers premium art supplies and gifts, plus workshops and classes for all skill levels in their studio. Visit both during the Open-Air Market. 128 E. Gay St., West Chester. 118 N. High St., West Chester.