This month, to make space for new advertisers and articles, The WC grew eight pages. It’s the second time we’ve done that, meaning that the magazine you are now holding is 40% larger than it was just three months ago. This all happened during a time when many people claim that West Chester is dead. But, how is it possible that a magazine centered around “What’s Happening in West Chester” grew when there’s nothing happening in West Chester? Simple: West Chester is not dead.
Really, West Chester is never dead. Sure, we have to admit that summer is certainly slower. Students have fled their dormitories in search of summer employment, and many among us leave work early each Friday to try beating the traffic on our way to the Jersey Shore (which never works). Still, downtown West Chester is bustling. Turn the page and you will find information on 18 different events happening during the month of August. There will be album releases, golf tournaments and – of course – old standbys like Swingin’ Summer Thursdays.
Additionally, during the summer West Chester is home to the people who love this town and community. That was seen this past month when a benefit for Ryan Dunn and Zachary Hartwell held at The Note sold out and raised mounds of money in their honor. It was seen last Sunday when friends, neighbors and family members of Mary Reck, who tragically lost her life last year, came together to celebrate her life and to raise money for the young daughter she left behind.
What I’m trying to say is that the grass isn’t always greener, and if you spend the rest of the summer wishing it were September, wishing it weren’t so hot and that the town was full of people again, then you’re going to miss out on all the great things that August brings in The WC.