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Starting in June, Delaware County employees will get a $2.2 million pay raise - through the first-of-its-kind formal compensation structure approved Wednesday.

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RIDLEY TOWNSHIP— The parking lot of Home Depot was a sea of green on Wednesday afternoon. Decked out in their Irish green, scores of local seniors lined up in cars for a big parade down MacDade Boulevard, turning left onto Swarthmore Avenue. Instead of parading in honor of St. Patrick, the older adults came out to celebrate and honor beloved Schoolhouse Director Kim McDaniel who retired after a quarter of a century as the center’s leader.

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Two Delaware County veterans of the Pacific Theater were on hand for events surrounding Japan’s surrender in August and September 1945. The Japanese unconditional surrender culminated years spent overseas for both men - Woodruff “Woodie” Benson, of Middletown, and Ed Buffman, of Upper Providence – in the hard fought effort to defeat the imperial power.“I remember at the beginning of August that the war was still a long way to go. Then on Aug. 6 they dropped the first bomb and about three days later they dropped the second,” said Benson. The 1938 Glen-Nor High School graduate was then in Okinawa, shuttling troops and equipment from Clark Field in the Philippines. “I left home in January ’42, got home in November 1945. I never got home in the meantime,” said Benson, an Army Air Corps Captain, who flew 1,400 hours, with slightly over half in combat hours, as head navigator in a troop carrier outfit.About Aug. 29, Benson was among the crews called to Atsugi air base ahead of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s arrival. “One of our engines was having trouble. By rights we should have turned around gone back but after being overseas that length of time we didn’t want to miss this final bit,” said Benson, who had spent extensive time stationed in the jungles of New Guinea. Held over awaiting engine parts, “I was there when MacArthur came in with the 11th Airborne in a C54. I had kind of a ringside seat, if you will, before they even signed the peace on the Missouri. That was one of my really thrilling times.”However, apprehension remained ahead of the formal Sept. 2 surrender. “There were 250 of us in Japan for two days and we really did not know at that particular point how true this peace would hold,” Benson said, having been instructed to “get out of there fast” and “not have any kind of incident.” While sleeping under a plane in a roofless hangar, a Japanese squad arrived and decided to drill outside alongside Benson’s. “We all had our .45’s there but it wouldn’t have done much good,” he said. “But all they were trying to do was make us feel uneasy, which they certainly did.”Decades after the war, Benson would become involved with the American Legion and working with students after befriending the late Post Commander Oliver C.P. Armitage, longtime Chester banking and real estate figure and U.S. Navy corpsman during the war, at Lima Estates. “I never got into the VFWs or American Legions until Ollie Armitage got here. If I wouldn’t have joined if Ollie would not have been my good friend,” he said.Benson would be among the Legionnaires who inaugurated a patriotic essay contest at Middletown’s Glenwood School, connecting elementary students of the 2010s with the Greatest Generation. “The kids were always very positive,” he said. “Ollie would say ‘how many would like to get in the service?’ and a lot of them would put their hands up.”“The thing that was so good in World War II, was that everybody was involved. They either had a kid that was in the services, some of them two or three – my two brothers were both in,” he said.Ed Buffman would follow in his father’s footsteps in the U.S. Navy, enlisting out of Roxboro High School in 1943. Serving as a Gunner’s Mate, Second Class from 1944-’46 on the U.S.S. Missouri, he saw battle at Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Kyushu and Honsho.“My father was in the Navy; he was in 30 years,” Buffman said. “I had all the ideas of being on a PT boat, being in a submarine. He said ‘you’re not going to be on any of those little things.’” Following the wishes of his father – a veteran of World War I and retired Chief Turret Captain who was called back as a commissioned officer for World War II – Buffman was Gun Captain to 25 sailors manning a battery of five 20 millimeter guns on the Missouri.“Those guys were great. I have five on each gun; not one of them ever ran from the gun or anything,” he said. When the Missouri was struck by a kamikaze April 11, 1945 off the coast of Okinawa, “the ship was aflame, smoke all over. I cut through midship and looked down there and said ‘don’t worry, everything’s under control.’ I had a great group of guys,” he said. Five days later, the Missouri would shoot down 11 and ½ kamikazes during a daylong attack.After extensive battle to ensure Japan’s surrender, Buffman would volunteer to join “Malone’s Marauders,” under Commander L.T. Malone, as one of six gunner’s mates to land on Japan after the initial surrender sent to mountains unprotected to rid Japanese ammunition. With Marines still guarding ships in the uneasy days following the initial surrender, groups of sailors had to make the initial landings. “We were told ‘if you’re approached by Japanese soldiers, sailors or anyone – if they have an armband that’s white, don’t shoot them. If they don’t have an armband, shoot them,” he said.When the time came for the formal surrender aboard the Missouri, the monumental occasion seemed an uneventful 20-minute formality for its crew, Buffman said. The dignitaries were nearly left in the lurch when the table for the signing sent from the HMS King George V was found to be two small. “At the last minute… two sailors from my division were sent to the mess hall to pick up a table,” he said. Buffman would finish out his time on the Missouri with a tour of duty in Europe, which he characterized as a “pleasure cruise” after the combat of the Pacific. “We were treated like kings,” he said.In the 1990s, Buffman would come to be active in veterans’ organizations and education programs. Serving as VFW Media Post 3460 Commander from 1999-2001, he would go on to be All State Post Commander. He would help launch the Media Theater Veterans Alliance in 2001, which to date has honored 75 veterans at the opening of productions.In 2005, he co-founded the Media-based Pennsylvania Veterans Museum with borough Mayor Bob McMahon and fellow Pacific Theater veteran, the late John “Bud” Hendrick Jr. The museum teaches 500 students per year and the general public the contributions of U.S. veterans from all wars.Buffman was forthright in what he hopes younger generations can take away from his peers and the war effort. “They called the World War II guys ‘The Greatest Generation,’ because they are the greatest generation,” he said. “The values of the World War II generation are far different than their thoughts now, such as respecting each other, respecting the flag, and respecting the National Anthem.” 

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A number of Chester residents have been stepping up to battle the illegal dumping of trash in their community with recent clean- up efforts. This past weekend, community groups including Making A Change Group, The Bridge Church and volunteers from Covanta, a trash-to-steam facility, gathered near the Edgemont Park Apartments to clean up a large pile of illegally dumped trash and furniture.

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CHESTER — As Japanese officials took to the airwaves on the morning of Aug. 15, 1945 to proclaim the nation would soon accept the surrender terms of the Potsdam Declaration, the American people, who had toiled for years to ensure that result, waited by their radios across the date line on th…

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos .      -      E.O. Wilson

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Monday evening school board meetings resulted in three different outcomes to the question of reopening school in the coming weeks. Penn-Delco returned to a hybrid opening, Wallingford Swarthmore voted to go all virtual until Oct. 2 to start to the school year and Garnet Valley is delaying a decision one week.

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UPPER DARBY — An armored police vehicle many in the township referred to as a tank has been sent west as administrators move to modernize the police department. But others, including the county's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27, say it's a move to defund the police.

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PHILADELPHIA — A Sharon Hill man was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison Monday and ordered to pay $43,632 in restitution for robbing nine banks in Montgomery and Delaware counties between April and December 2018, according to a release from U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.

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PHILADELPHIA— Dunkin' and its greater Philadelphia-area franchisees, in partnership with Scholarship America, recently announced the recipients of its eleventh annual Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program. The program helps high school seniors and college students in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Kent and New Castle counties in Delaware pursue a part-time or full-time undergraduate degree at the institution of their choice.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to hear a whistleblowing case brought by a former West Chester University employee who was terminated from her position after reporting alleged manipulations of university budgets to get more state dollars in their coffers.

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The Pennsylvania State Police Troop K Media Barracks saw the second-highest number of crashes related to driving under the influence in the state last year, according to figures released Wednesday.

SPRINGFIELD >> Among the Springfield School Board’s August actions items was a temporary solution to the issue of what to do with the district’s three dozen buses now that the construction of the new high school is beginning. After an unsuccessful plan to lease a portion of property from the Holy Cross parish for a bus lot, the district has made a similar deal with Cardinal O’Hara.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — For the second time in nearly three years, a 51-year-old convicted sex offender is charged with child pornography offenses — this time allegedly posing as a teenager  and sharing images on Facebook while on probation.

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MARPLE>> The management company of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia-owned Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in the Springfield neighborhood of Marple Township is responding to reports of not maintaining the grounds of the final resting place for thousands.

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HARRISBURG>> The public school funding lawsuit led by the William Penn School District will continue after a state judge Tuesday denied an application of mootness brought by two leading Republican state lawmakers.

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CHESTER >> Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack was among three casinos in the state to be granted an online gaming license this week, while a fourth has finally taken up the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s offer to apply for a sports betting license.

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MIDDLETOWN >> In a second-floor classroom at Penn State Brandywine Wednesday, Ian Stoddart held a truncated mannequin thigh and squeezed it with his fingers.

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PHILADELPHIA >> A formerly licensed Wayne stockbroker with two prior securities-fraud related convictions pleaded guilty to his third Wednesday in federal court, according to a release from U.S. Attorney William McSwain.

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CHESTER >> The Chester Stormwater Authority and Widener University are on the verge of a settlement that could resolve the issue of Widener’s impact fees with the authority as it also awaits for direction from Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Spiros E. Angelos.

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MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> A Philadelphia man was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and related offenses in the October 2016 stabbing death of his former girlfriend, 46-year-old Fabine Sunny Siryon.

MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> Two Chester men wanted in the 2017 shooting death of 28-year-old Shaquan Cruz-Chappell and captured in Maryland earlier this month were returned to Delaware County Wednesday to face first-degree murder and related charges, authorities said.

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In the aftermath of a state grand jury report finding hundreds of Catholic priests abused thousands of children since the 1940s — and church officials covered it up — community and church officials had their own response as legislators vowed to strengthen laws against childhood sexual abusers.

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media courthouse >> A 46-year-old murder victim was likely pinned in place on the kitchen floor of her Darby home while her murderer repeatedly stabbed her in the chest, according to Delaware County Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Bennett Preston.

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DARBY BOROUGH >> Fifteen homes sustained damages and another four properties in the borough were deemed “affected” during Monday’s flash-flooding event, according to initial assessments conducted Tuesday by the county.

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In health and beauty, there’s always a new trending fad sweeping the country that promises to make your body look great or enhance your personal features.

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PHILADELPHIA >> A Delaware man was sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $314,000 restitution for scamming two victims out of their savings in bogus investment opportunities, including a Nether Providence widow.

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MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> A Philadelphia woman who defrauded Medicaid of nearly $212,000 with bogus billings for behavioral health services was sentenced to one to two years in a state prison and six years of consecutive probation Wednesday.

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Republican President Pro-Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate Joe Scarnati, of Jefferson County, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf submitted opposing briefs last week on the legal status of the school funding lawsuit filed against them and four other executive agencies and legislative officials.

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CHESTER >> A marijuana-growing facility is expected to be up and running in the city in about six months, according to Agri-Kind Inc. CEO Jon Cohn.

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ASTON >> Members of the state House Democratic Policy Committee heard testimony Monday afternoon on how to connect commonwealth citizens with good jobs by matching workforce development efforts with jobs that need to be filled.

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Whether Americans will be able to download plans to build their own plastic guns at home will be debated in federal court yet again this week, with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and eight other state attorneys general siding squarely against the idea.