Oxfordian Spring 2017 Edition

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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Magazine supporting the Oxford Area and Surrounding Community Businesses

Station 21: The Southside Pride of Oxford – Page 8

INSIDE Inclusive playground planned for park Fun for families in the Oxford area

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Feature Articles

8 Station 21: The Southside Pride of Oxford 16 Inclusive playground is coming to Oxford Memorial Park 23 Keep it local, keep it green: Home, garden and landscaping services in the Oxford Area 33 From the desk of the Borough Manager 52 Plenty of fun activities for children and families in the Oxford area 64 Herr Angus Farm beef now being marketed to top butchers and restaurants 78 Oxford Car Show set for Sept. 1

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22 Custom Machine and Design, Inc. 38 Oxford Area Historical Association and Archives Project

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51 North Star Orchard 55 LCH Oxford is a health center for all 67 Cameron’s Hardware and Supply: Your community hardware store and more 82 West Nottingham Township

In Every Issue 6 14 27 29 40 63

Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce (OACC) Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI) Calendar of Events Oxford Public Library Member Directory Oxford Arts Alliance (OxAA)




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A letter from the President of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce


or years, the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce has worked to produce great results for the citizens of Oxford. In January 2017, we started out with a brainstorm of ideas to review the direction of the Chamber of Commerce to ensure we are being successful in our mission and Eric F. Maholmes goals. In our re-evaluation, we want to be certain we are being a support for businesses in and around Oxford. By ensuring our businesses are a success, we can then support the customers who frequent the businesses and the greater community as a whole. So, over the coming weeks and months, the local business community will see an outreach from the Chamber of Commerce asking how we can be a better resource. We will continue to look at honing our focus so that we are hitting the

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mark when it comes to supporting our core group. There is so much Oxford has to offer, and we will do whatever is necessary – working in conjunction with Oxford Main Street and local businesses – to grow and develop Oxford as a destination. But that won’t come by us just sitting back and watching others and waiting for something to happen. It will take us all working smarter together towards a common goal, with specific plans to make it happen. We are blessed to have a faithful core group of business owners who are always willing to pitch in and help out with anything that benefits the community. We also have a fantastic group of individuals who meet monthly to make Oxford better. Today, I think we have one of the best groups of individuals in place to take us to the next level.

That may mean weighing in on the Parking Structure to ensure it is beneficial and cost effective for Oxford. We do not want to do anything that adds a burden to our citizens, but at the same time, we have to plan for growth and expansion. We would love your input. As President, I encourage all of the Chamber members to take the time to stop in and visit one of our meetings. The input you provide could be invaluable. The meeting schedule can be found on our website at www.oxfordpa.org. Remember, the chamber is here to support Oxford, its businesses and citizens. If you have questions, please contact the Chamber at 610-932-0740, or stop by during business hours at 38-A S. Third St., Oxford, Pa. Thanks! Eric F. Maholmes OACC President

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The Union Fire Company No. 1 has enjoyed a long and rich history. Its doors are always open for education, for outreach, and to a new volunteer corps that will lead the company into the future.

Station 21: The Southside Pride of Oxford By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer


orty-eight years ago, in 1969, Richard Terry began his service at the Union Fire Company in Oxford. When he began, the camaraderie between fellow members was not only one of harmony, it was of family. Everyone, it seemed to Terry, was related to each other: Brothers. Cousins. Fathers and sons. Wives knew each other, and the kids who ran around the Market Street station – the children of sergeants, chiefs and volunteers – grew up together. That same feeling of brotherhood continued when Terry became the company’s Fire Chief in 1976, when he was just 25 years old. “It was a nerve-wracking time for me, but this fire company has always been -- and hopefully will continue to be -- a great mix of people,” said Terry, who would serve a total of seven terms as Fire Chief. “I was very fortunate to first become chief at a time when I also had former Chiefs who served before me still in the company. They would come up to me and say, ‘I am here to serve you.’” Terry’s story of his history is a shared one, and it’s been experienced by hundreds of men and women who have been associated with the Union Fire Company since it began on Feb. 6, 1871, when 21 young men met in the stock room of Showalter and Mathews in the Dickey building, now known as the Peoples Bank of Oxford. At the second meeting, the name was changed to Union Fire Company No. 1, since some of the equipment was purchased from a company in Philadelphia with the same name.


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Chief Emeritus Richard Terry and EMS Manager Nick Sawyers of the Union Fire Company No. 1.

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“Speaking to the communities we serve is paramount for Station 21 is the us,” Terry said. “They need to know that we’re here for them, fourth-oldest fire and we need to know that they’re here for us. We encourage company in Chespeople to come and bring their kids with them. The kids love ter County, exto look at the apparatus, and parents want to know more about ceeded only by the our services and we’re happy to tell them.” three West ChesFrom October through November every year, the Union ter companies, Fire Company’s fire prevention program committee arranges and has the largeducational programs for more than 1,000 area children, either est fire district in at the station or at various schools. It’s not uncommon for the the county, comcompany to conduct two or more programs in a given day. prised of Oxford Terry said that fire prevention programs in schools begin Borough and the when a child is in kindergarten, and it’s far more than just five townships of handing out Upper and Lower plastic fire hats. Oxford, East and “We teach West Nottingham the ‘Stop, and Elk, equaling Drop and Roll’ approximately 92 method of square miles. safety, learnIn addition, Courtesy photo ing how to call the Union Fire Fire Chief Brian Kelley 911, and the Company No. 1 importance of Ambulance Division’s service area stretches into all of Upa child knowper Oxford Township and portions of Colerain Township in ing his or her Lancaster County. Courtesy photo street address It’s also one of the busiest. In 2015, the company answered Past Chief Chris Obenchain and firefighter Bill and phone Hirthler teaching fire prevention to students at 621 calls for fire, and its EMS staff responded to 2,415 emernumber,” he the Bethany Christian School. gencies. In the first two months of 2017, fire and rescue has said. “When they first meet us, we’re in street clothes, but responded to 106 calls, and EMS has already made more than then they meet us in our turnout gear, wearing face masks. 400 visits. Terry said that fire and emergency service is just one asContinued on Page 10 pect of the mission of the Union Fire Company. It’s joined by the company’s other commitment to community involvement and education. Throughout the year, the company’s staff is a regular presence at Oxford’s First Friday events, its Freedom Fest, the Herr’s Factory motorcycle event, and regularly throws open its doors for open houses and tours. The Union Fire Company has been distinguished by the selfless commitment of its firefighters. For news, events, and information log onto OxfordPA.org


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We teach them, ‘This guy may look like Darth Vader, but he is your friend.’” Recent statistics posted by Firerecruit.com estimated that there were 1.13 million firefighters working in the U.S. in 2016. Of those, close to 800,000 were volunteers. The website also said that of active firefighters, the highest percentage -- 26 percent -- were ages 30 to 39, and that nearly 20 percent are between 50 and 59.

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The 1927 Mack ‘Bulldog’ Pumper, once used by the Union Fire Department.

The goal of the Union Fire Company’s recruitment and retention committee is to continue to recruit and retain younger volunteers, but it’s often an uphill pursuit. The ideal volunteer firefighters the department wants -- from ages 25 to 35 -- are either graduating from college, entering the workforce and pursuing a career, or beginning a marriage and starting families. The conflicts don’t end there; each volunteer needs to fulfill a 200-hour training program in order to be certified as a volunteer firefighter. “These men and women have jobs, a spouse and a family, and it’s tough telling a wife or a husband that you’re going to be gone next Wednesday and Thursday for the next six weeks, as well as gone for the next few weekends,” Terry said. “We struggle to maintain numCourtesy photo bers, just like so many other fire The department also used the Stewart Chemical, circa 1927. companies. We encourage them to

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join, but we also need to keep them interested and involved. We’re very happy with who we have, but we’re always looking for more.” The commitment of those who serve for the Union Fire Company is a testament to the unspoken, lifelong pact that forms between men and women who become firefighters. When Terry and his wife embarked on a cross-country trip that eventually took them to Anchorage, Alaska, they broke up their trip by visiting several fire stations along the way. At first glance, Terry and his wife were mere strangers, the firefighters at the station thought; just another couple coming in to admire the fire trucks. “When we first walked into these firehouses, they didn’t know who I was,” Terry said. “But as soon as they find who I am -- a firefighter -- my connection to them took on a new meaning. I told them that I was a member of the Union Fire ComContinued on Page 12

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pany in Oxford, Pennsylvania, serving a 92-mile radius, and suddenly, it became a bond of brotherhood.” If there is any doubt that that bond exists at the Union Fire Company, the community that it serves need not look any further than what is stenciled on every apparatus: “Southside Pride.” For more information about the Union Fire Company, and to learn more about becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit www.unionfire.com, or visit the station every Monday evening beginning at 6 p.m.

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Firefighters Vince Brown, Alan Hastings and Richard Terry.

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Station 21: A proud history of service


he first running water to be piped into Oxford Borough arrived on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1870. The fire hydrants were opened to alleviate the pressure, and in just 20 minutes, water gushed forth. The Rev. John Miller Dickey journeyed to Philadelphia to purchase an engine and hose cart from fire companies in the city, which had just turned career from volunteer, thus making a lot of equipment available. The Oxford Fire Company was organized on February 6, 1871, when 21 young men met in the stock room of Showalter and Mathews in the Dickey building, now known as the Peoples Bank of Oxford. At the second meeting, the name was changed to Union Fire Company No. 1, since some of the equipment was purchased from a company in Philadelphia with the same name. At this meeting, George E. Jones was elected Chief Engineer. Shortly after this, the Burgess and the Town Council purchased a quantity of hose for use of the borough. Shortly after this, the fire engine, hose cart, and 500 feet of hose purchased by Rev. Dickey arrived and were turned over to the fledgling fire company. Early in July, a hook and ladder truck was added to the equipment of the company. Finally, in September of 1872, John Miller Dickey donated a lot on South Third Street at the mouth of Broad Street to the fire company to build a firehouse. This would be a two-story frame building. The second floor was used for the meetings of the company. Stables were built for the horses in the rear. In 1880, the company purchased a Silsby Steam Engine from Seneca Falls, NY for $2,800. This gave better protection than before. In 1901, the company moved into a new station on the south side of

Market Street where the Oxford Terrace Apartments now stand. This would be their headquarters until they moved across the street in 1921 and purchased the Dickey Mansion for $21,000. This is now their present location. The company’s Fire Police force was founded in February of 1907. The first motorized fire engine was a South Bend pumper, purchased in 1918 from South Bend, Indiana for $5,600. This truck shortly afterward, answered an alarm for the first time out of the borough, in Lower Oxford Township. In 1925, the Oxford Ambulance Division was formed by civic minded residents. The fire company housed their ambulance and supplied personnel to man the equipment. Finances were always a problem and in 1958 the entire operation was turned over to the fire company. To assure this service would continue, an ambulance club was formed in 1964. This has been the major funding for the Ambulance Division of the fire company. A Ladies Auxiliary to the fire company was formed in 1950 becoming an integral part in the day-to-day operation of the organization. In the middle of 1955, the fire company went modern when they installed two-way radio communications with a base station and all of the equipment. In 1971, the fire company celebrated their 100th anniversary with a week-long gala event, topped by the largest parade ever held in Oxford. Approximately 100 companies from four states helped the local firemen on this grand occasion. Women were admitted to the company as members in 1976, and have taken their place beside the men ever since.


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Downtown Oxford: Have you visited lately? D

o you want to be the first to know what is happening in Downtown Oxford and surrounding areas? Follow us! Bookmark the community calendar DowntownOxfordPA.org/ Calendar – you will never miss another Donna Hosler great event, initiative or new business. DowntownOxfordPA.org @OxfordMainSt (Twitter) @DowntownOxfordPA (Facebook) @DowntownOxfordPA (Instagram) @oxford-mainstreet-inc (LinkedIn) With 20 new, successful businesses opened Downtown in the past three years, there are only a few storefronts available. Business ownership requires your full commitment of time, money and heart. If you have a great business plan, visit our webpage (www. DowntownOxfordPA.org/Business) to learn the next step in making your dream of owning your own business a reality. It’s almost time for the Oxford Village Market to open again (May-October). Visit the market at the corner of Third and Locust streets every Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. for fresh produce, jams and jellies and other farm-to-table treats. The market will get a few updates this year under the management of Jen Campion of Pickled Pickles. Jen has extensive experience in business and market management, and we are thrilled she is willing to volunteer her expertise to enhance our weekly market! While picking items for your healthy dinner, take a walk around town for everyone’s favorite weekly sale – 20 on Tuesday. Our merchants are waiting to provide you incredible customer service, a friendly smile and a great deal.


Public and Pop-up Art in Downtown Oxford? You bet! The mural is complete at 14 S. Third Street (on the Bog Turtle Brewing wall), and plans are in place to create an Art Walk from the Municipal Parking Lot to Third Street (the alley between Edward Jones and the Oxford Area Sewer Authority buildings). The Art Walk is possible because of generous contributors such as Bog Turtle Brewing, Dolinger Electric, David Trainor and a generous anonymous donor. Public and Pop up art create a sense of place, pride and joy in a community. Please consider donating to the Public Art Fund at DowntownOxfordPA.org/Public-Art, or PO Box 315, Oxford, PA 19363. Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. One-quarter of our funding comes from a Business Improvement District (BID) assessment. The other three-quarters of our budget is derived from events, fundraising, sponsorships and grants. Our purpose is to work with other organizations to provide an attractive, walkable and destination-worthy Downtown. We are responsible for beautification efforts such as flowers lining the street,

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Upcoming Downtown Oxford Events: community events, and the promotion of Oxford properties and businesses to potential visitors, entrepreneurs and investors. This is a big job for one small non-profit, and that is why we rely on volunteers. Volunteers come in the form of committee and board members, office assistance, event staff and streetscape maintenance. We have four main committees -- Design, Fundraising, Promotions and Economic Development. Without the support and continuous contributions of Oxford advocates, there would be no OMI. So this is a shout-out to all who give freely of their time, resources and encouragement, helping to make Oxford a great place to live, work, play and create! Donna Hosler, OMI Executive Director

DowntownOxfordPA.org or 610-998-9494 for information April April 7 – FF – Hop On In May May 5 – FF – Take me out to the Ballgame May 6 – FR – Derby Party at the Ed Herr residence May 23 – SD – Taste of Oxford SD – Oxford Village Market, open May through October June June 2 – FF – Tour Around the World July July 7 – FF – Stars and Stripes August Aug. 4 – FF – Rock the Block September Sept. 1 – FF – Car Show

October Oct. 6 – FF – Pumpkin Mania Oct. 21 – FR – Annual OMI Gala: Boot Scootin’ Gala at the OMI Ranch November Nov. 3 – FF – Oxford Gives Thanks Nov. 25 – SD – Small Business Saturday December Dec. 1 – FF – Country Christmas Dec. 9 – SD – Downtown Diva Holiday Diva Dec. 21 – SD – Downtown Men’s Night - Holiday Nights FF = First Friday SD = Shopping/Dining Day FR = OMI Fundraiser

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A rendering of an inclusive playground. If all goes according to plan, a new playground could be installed at the Oxford Memorial Park this year.

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Inclusive playground is coming to Oxford Memorial Park By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer


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magine a playground where children of all different abilities can play alongside one another, regardless of the challenges that they face. Many residents and business owners in the Oxford area have dared to imagine just such a scenario, and they have supported the years-long effort to install an inclusive playground at the Oxford Memorial Park. If all goes according to plan, children will be enjoying the new playground equipment this year. “We have raised $95,000 so far,” explained Paul Matthews, one of the driving forces behind the inclusive playground project. It was Matthews who first raised the idea of installing playground equipment specifically for children with special needs at the Oxford Memorial Park. Matthews said that he talked to many parents of children with special needs, and they would tell him that they wouldn’t take their children to the park because there was no equipment there that they could use. The idea that a child with special needs would have to sit on the sidelines and watch while a brother, sister, or a friend glided down the sliding board or played on the swing set troubled Matthews. Then, a conversation between Betsy Brantner, who was then the borough manager of Oxford, and Dr. Marilyn Knaub, who was

then the president of the Oxford Rotary club, led the Rotary to make the inclusive playground its special project for the community. The Rotary operates the Oxford Rotary Foundation, which is a charitable organization, and the Foundation took the lead in raising money for a playground that would be welcoming to all children. “Inclusive playgrounds make a fundamental statement about how a community values meaningful play experiences for children of all abilities,” explained Dr. Raymond Fischer, the president of the Oxford Rotary Foundation. “it will certainly enhance the Oxford Memorial Park.” Inclusive playgrounds educate children about similarities and differences of others while they learn how children of all abilities can play together. The design of inclusive environments is a critical first step to providing the foundation for inclusive play to occur. There are seven principles of inclusive play design: be fair, be included, be smart, be independent, be safe, be active, and be comfortable. Inclusive playgrounds increase the “playability”

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or inclusion of diverse abilities, age, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. Fischer said that once the equipment is delivered to the park, it will be a very efficient process to get the new playground built. Some of the pieces of the current playground will be able to be used going forward, but the equipment that can’t will be removed. The area where the new playground equipment will be set up will need to be excavated—the mulch and borders will be removed, the area Photo by Steven Hoffman will be leveled off and shaped. Construction Dr. Marilyn Knaub (left) brought the idea of taking on the inclusive playground as a project of the main structure, including platforms to the Oxford Rotary Club. She met with Dr. Raymond Fischer (center) and Paul Matthews and roofs will be part of the preparation (right) to discuss the project at the Oxford Memorial Park when the Oxford Rotary Club work. When the equipment is delivered, the Foundation first got involved with the effort. issues to have easier access to the playground equipment. community will come together to build it in The fundraising campaign still needs to be completed in ora day or two. There will then be a window of one week or two der for the inclusive playground to become a reality. Matthews weeks that will be necessary for the delivery of stone, and to schedule the crew to apply a rubber safety surface. This soft surface material will allow children in wheelchairs or with mobility Continued on Page 20


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explained, “We have purchased the equipment, but we are still short about $60,000 to complete this very important project.” “We’re getting there, we’re getting closer,” Fischer explained. “We have some grants and donations pending. We’re looking at some other grant opportunities. We’re trying to do our due diligence on all the fundraising opportunities.” Fischer added that they are already in the process of trying to acquire some state and county funding in the form of matching grants, and Oxford Borough is pursuing a grant that would pay for upgrades to the walkways to the park. Matthews said that once the playground is installed, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the playground. It will be the only inclusive playground in the area. Fischer said that the true value of the playground will become apparent when children of all abilities are enjoying the new equipment together. Matthews explained, “There is no other park in our area that has special-needs equipment. People from other communities will be coming here once we have this equipment.” The Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. website at www.downtownoxfordpa.org features information about the inclusive playground,


‘Inclusive playgrounds make a fundamental statement about how a community values meaningful play experiences for children of all abilities.’ Dr. Raymond Fischer, president of Oxford Rotary Foundation including how to contribute to the effort. Contributions can be made through Paypal on the website, and checks can be sent to the Oxford Rotary Foundation, Inc. at P.O. Box 27 Oxford, PA, 19363.

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eed a machine for testing the strenth of marine rope, a machine for herbal extraction, or a unit that can process at 100,000 psi? Custom Machine and Design, Inc., can do that and much more, explained owner and Oxford native Jim Price. The company he and a partner started in his garage in 1999 has grown into a full-service machine and fabrication shop capable of designing and producing whatever their customer needs. Customers come from across the country and all over the world, including China, Brazil and Slovakia. The pharmaceuticals and food processing industries are a major part of their business as they design and build custom sanitary processing equipment. Others use Custom Machine and Design to design and/or build petrochemical processing equipment, high pressure (supercritical fluid) chemicals processing equipment, chromatography process equipment, packaging machinery, and equipment for wine fermentation and brewing beer. Price said demand is increasing for equipment for medical marijuana extraction. Custom Machine and Design fabricates in metal, plastics and ceramics, and is known for the high-pressure and analytical process equipment it produces. Price said he started part time with a vision to build parts and


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equipment for the pharmacy and food service industries. By April 2000, both partners had quit their day jobs and were working full time in the fabrication company. In 2002, they’d outgrown the garage and moved to a larger Oxford space on Lincoln Street, and for the next 13 years, Custom Machine and Design continued to produce custom equipment and continued to prosper and grow. In August 2016, the company moved to their new headquarters on Commerce Boulevard in West Grove. “We’d outgrown our space again and got a good deal on the land,” Price said about the company’s newest location by Dansko’s headquarters. Custom Machine and Design has about 20 employees. On staff are two engineers and designers who can custom design a piece of equipment to meet the customer’s needs, or the company can build from the customer’s design. Price is proud to say he’s born and raised in Oxford and has lived here his whole life. He is currently on the board of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., and is a past board member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. “I have a unique place in my heart for the Oxford area and community,” he said of his hometown. Custom Machine and Design is located at 21 Commerce Blvd., West Grove, Pa. 19390. They can be reached at 610-932-4717. More information is available online at www.custommachinedesign.com.

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Keep it local, keep it green:

Home, garden and landscaping services in the Oxford area Carter & Son Lawncare, Inc. For Brian Carter, his wife Kristen and their son Scott, their Oxford business is also the family business. Born and raised in Oxford, Brian and Kristen began their company in 2003, and since then, have earned a solid reputation for their work in Oxford and surrounding communities. With Scott on board, the company is a complete landscape service provider -from mowing, fertilization, aeration and sod installation, to lawn and garden maintenance, such as mulching, pruning, edging and spring and fall clean-up. The services that Carter & Son, Inc. provide don’t end at the lawn. They also do custom hay bailing, excavation, and snow removal. 263 Mount Olivet Road, Oxford, Pa. 19363 T: 610-932-5703 e-mail: kbescarter@yahoo.com. Continued on Page 24

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Cedar Springs Landscape & Nursery, Inc. Since 1990, Cedar Springs Landscape & Nursery has been beautifying homes and businesses throughout Chester County, with a full menu of landscape and maintenance services, delivered by a friendly and experienced staff. Is there a better way to make a great first impression with your business than to have a fully-landscaped property? Cedar Springs offers several planting and renovation choices, as well as contracts like snow and ice removal and turf and plant maintenance throughout the year. From creating sustainable landscapes to building hardscape designs like walkways, patios, walls and steps, the highly-skilled and experienced staff at Cedar Springs will make your dreams come true. Cedar Springs also provides spring and fall clean-up services, as well as mulching, pruning and grass cutting. 3657 Newark Road, Cochranville, Pa. 19330 T: 610-932-8827 Web: www.cedarspringsinc.com.

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Howell’s Lawn and Landscaping For the past 18 years, Howell’s Lawn & Landscaping has been beautifying Oxford and surrounding towns with a unique style that blends vision with experience. At Howell’s, it’s quality lawn care, no matter the season, from spring and fall cleaning to summer maintenance, including weed control, mulching, sodding and aeration. Hardscaping services include installation and design of pavers, patios and retaining walls. Landscape design includes tree and planting installation, mulching, sodding and seasonal cleaning. 1096 Lees Bridge Road, Nottingham, Pa. 19362 T: 610-842-1683 E-Mail: hlls@zoominternet.net Courtesy photo

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Hardscaping and landscaping services at Howell’s Lawn and Landscaping includes the installation of pavers, patios and retaining walls, as well as tree and plant installation.

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Huf Landscaping/ Oxford Nurseries, Inc.

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Let Huf Landscaping take care of your landscaping and hardscaping needs, from the installation of retaining walls, patios, walkways and steps to the planting of trees, shrubs, perennials and ground covers.

With more than 30 years of experience in the landscape industry, Huf Landscaping has become one of the top names in the design and installation of landscapes and hardscapes throughout Chester County. Owner Mark Huf oversees a ten-acre facility, filled with hardscape and landscape materials that can either be picked up or delivered right to your door. The service at Huf Landscaping doesn’t end with top-quality materials; Huf ’s expert team installs hardscape products such as pavers, flagstone, brick, or natural rock to create retaining walls, patios, walkways and/or steps; installation of trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers; regular maintenance of planting beds, including pruning, edging, and mulching. 257 Bethel Road, Oxford, Pa. 19363 T: 610-932-3426 E-Mail: huflandscaping@gmail.com Web: www.huflandscaping.com


Oatman Tree Service Begun in 1990 by Merle Oatman -- who now works with his son, Russell -- Oatman Tree Service has grown into a full-service provider of tree cutting; stump grinding; and tree and hedge trimming and removal for homes and businesses throughout Chester County, including Franklin Township, Jennersville, Kennett Square, Kirkwood, Nottingham and Oxford. The company’s services don’t end there. Oatman Tree Service also provides the installation and removal of ornamental lighting for local businesses, such as Downtown Oxford and Herr Foods. So if you’re looking for reliable service done by a local company that’s done safely and on time, contact Oatman Tree Service. Firewood also sold throughout the year. 120 Roneys Corner Road, Oxford, Pa. 19363 T: 484-880-3773

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Calendar of Events

A year of fun and activities scheduled for Oxford Area Tuesdays through the summer and fall Oxford Village Market and 20 on Tuesday Each Tuesday in May through October, enjoy fresh local produce by visiting the Oxford Village Market. The market is located at Third and Locust Streets and features vendors selling locally grown produce, meat, baked goods, and other products. Market hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each Tuesday. While you are in Oxford for the Village Market, stop into local businesses for special discounts on Tuesday. Many stores are offering 20 percent off discounts for “20 on Tuesday.” For more information, including what fruits and vegetables are in season at the Oxford Village Market, visit www.downtownoxfordpa.org.

April 29 Pitch, Hit & Run competition On April 29, the Pitch, Hit & Run competition sanctioned by Major League Baseball, takes place at the Oxford Area Regional Park. It’s a chance for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 to advance to the next round of the national competition. Participating in the competition is free. It takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. More details are available on the Recreation Authority’s website at www.oxfordrecreation.org.

On Tuesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., from May through October, the Oxford Village Market will be set up at Third and Locust streets. The market increases access to fresh, locally produced, nourishing and safe foods.

May 5 First Friday in Oxford First Friday includes many activities and events that are taking place in downtown Oxford. Stores will be open late. The theme of this First Friday is “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

June 2 First Friday in Oxford Visit the shops and restaurants in downtown Oxford during the First Friday event. The theme for the June First Friday is “Multi-Cultural Street Fair.” There will be plenty of vendors. The businesses in the commercial district will be open late. Continued on Page 28

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June 12 to Aug. 25 YMCA camps From swimming and sports to survival and the stage, the Jennersville YMCA has camps to entertain, exercise and enrich your children all summer long. The centerpiece of Jennersville’s summer camp offerings is Camp Chippewa, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 25, and includes 11 themed weeks of creativity, imagination, outdoor fun and swimming for children ages 5 to 12. The Jennersville Y staff will be available to discuss camps in person at Oxford’s First Friday events in April, May, and June, and information on registration is always available by calling 610-869-9622 ext. 2527 or visiting www. ymcagbw.org/camp/JY.

June 26 to 30 Doug Overton Basketball Camp Doug Overton, the head coach of the Lincoln University basketball team, will be conducting an overnight camp for children who want to learn the basics of how to play basketball from a former NBA player. The dates for the overnight camp are June 26 to 30. More information about the Doug Overton Basketball Camp will be posted on the Lincoln University website, as well as on the Lincoln University basketball team’s Facebook page.

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A love letter to Oxford Library volunteers W

hen you think about how the Oxford Library serves the community, the first thing you probably think of are the books we make available and lend. Perhaps our helpful and knowledgeable staff, free computer access, online resources and educational programs also come to mind. These resources are indeed very important, but there is one integral part of the library that deserves to share the spotlight -- our amazing volunteers. The library truly could not exist without them. There are a variety of ways volunteers spend their valuable time at the Oxford Library. We have a group of volunteers who have come every week for years to perform tasks that are essential to the operation of the library. Volunteers do the lion’s share of shelving the books. This is no small task, as over 70,000 items are circulated annually at the Oxford Library. They help us to keep order in the collection and repair items that have been damaged (usually due to overuse). Some volunteers use their interests and hobbies to run programs like the READ Dogs, Knitting Classes and Chess Club. We also welcome students from the local schools who want to complete their community service or learn job skills at the library. Their enthusiasm and energy help to really get things done. For example, last spring they put in many hours helping us to move the Children’s collection

from the basement to the new Children’s Room. In fact, that move was done completely by staff and volunteers. The Oxford Library Company Friends volunteer their time to run fundraisers and book sales. The funds they raise help the library to keep running and offer special programs, materials and services. Look around the library the next time you are in, and you will see something that is there because of the fundraising. Finally, a word about our Board of Trustees. Our Board serves the library behind the scenes. They do some unexciting but necessary things like creating and reviewing policy, making decisions about service and safety, and overseeing the budget. They also work hard to champion and advocate for the library every day. Our volunteers are talented and skilled in a great variety of ways, but they all share a great love of the Oxford Library. The library welcomes and admires all of the ways these people selflessly serve. We are so proud and grateful to be an organization that is valued and appreciated by these amazing people. One more note: If you are interested in volunteering or joining the Oxford Library Company Friends or Board of Trustees, stop in or call the Oxford Library at 610-932-9625. We’d love to hear from you.

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July 1 Freedom Fest in Nottingham Park The Freedom Fest at Nottingham County Park will be held on Saturday, July 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is free, but parking is $10 per car. Enjoy fireworks, a concert, plenty of activities and offerings from food vendors. There will be snacks from Herr Foods, and festival foods served by vendors. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. Canopies are not permitted. Smoking and alcohol are prohibited. For more information, call 610-932-2589 or visit www.chesco.org/ccparks. Continued on Page 32


The annual Freedom Fest in Nottingham has children’s activities and spectacular fireworks to mark the Fourth of July.

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July 7 First Friday in Oxford Show your patriotism during this First Friday celebration that has a “Stars and Stripes” theme. First Friday includes many activities and events that are taking place in downtown Oxford. Stores will be open late.

Starting July 10 The Harry Watson Tennis Camp Children in the Oxford area have been learning the basics of tennis at the Harry Watson Tennis Camp since it was established in 2001. The camp takes place three times a week, each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting on July 10 and ending on July 26. Each session takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Penn’s Grove Middle School’s


tennis courts at 301 South Fifth Street in Oxford. The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. More details about the Harry Watson Tennis Camp, including how to register online, can be found at harrywatsontenniscamp.weebly.com. Questions can also be directed to Marc Watson at marcwatson68@gmail. com.

July 21 3rd on Third Enjoy music, art, shopping, and dinner on the third Friday along Third Street in downtown Oxford. It is an opportunity for art lovers to view exhibits in an environment that caters to adults. Stroll Third Street for additional activities coinciding with the Arts Alliance exhibits. The hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.downtownoxfordpa.org.

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From the desk of the Borough Manager F

or many residents of the Borough of Oxford, we haven’t met yet. But for those that I have had the opportunity to meet, I can only hope that the exchange of pleasantries and ideas was as beneficial to you as it was to me. As we move forward into 2017, many things are on the minds of residents, business owners and those who travel through our great borough. Some concern themselves with the basic issues of life – Where do I pay my water bill? Where do I buy my food? -- and to others, the issues of quality of life in the borough are important as well. I am here to tell you that all of those issues are important to me and the employees of the borough. If you need help with any issues confronting you, please feel free to call the Borough Office and seek out the answers to your questions. The Borough of Oxford was once the commercial hub of the multi-municipal region, and is projected to become the geographic center of the growing Southern Chester County marketplace. To meet this demand and the needs of its residents, the borough is working with transportation partners in the area to develop a transportation hub that will allow Oxford businesses to expand outward and attract jobs to a successful Downtown Business District through its regional transportation hub. For many years, the borough has lacked sufficient parking for its downtown merchants and residents. The Oxford Borough Parking Study of 2012 identified the primary issue slowing the economic development in the Downtown District as a deficit of 300-plus parking spaces needed to allow the borough to meet the future demands of commercial and residential uses. Through negotiations with National Penn Bank, now BB&T, the borough successfully obtained the bank-owned parking lot located off Second Street, across from the library. Since obtaining the deed for the lot in 2016, the borough has successfully obtained several grants and pledged monies that have allowed the construction of a Borough Transit Facility to be moved

Educating the mind & transforming the heart.

from dreams to the planning stages. Oxford Borough Council committed to building this facility with monies other than taxes, so as not to burden the residents with the costs of construction and maintenance of the facility, but to allow the residents and businesses to benefit from the facility to fuel growth in jobs and property values. Some funding for the maintenance and construction of the transit facility will come from Parking Revenue Bonds issued by the borough, and paid for through the collection of funds from existing parking meters and future revenue generated from the use of the Transit Facility. The Borough Council is committed to this project and to incorporating in the Multi-Modal Transportation Center a new, 2700-squarefoot Borough Hall that will be accessible to the major downtown business district. The future of Oxford Borough looks bright, and it is my honor to be included in constructing the future and bringing years of dreams to fruition. Yours, Brian H. Hoover Oxford Borough Manager


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July 21 Movies in the Park The family-oriented Movies in the Park series returns to the Oxford Memorial Park on Friday, July 21 with a showing of a popular movie. Movies in the Park brings families into Oxford for a fun and entertaining evening. The movie previews start at 8:30 p.m. with the main feature following that. Concessions are available at the pavilion throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Movies in the Park is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by businesses in the community. In the case of rain, the event may be canceled. Visit www.oxfordpa.org for important weather-related announcements.


July 31 to Aug. 4 and Aug. 7 to Aug. 11 Doug Overton Basketball Camp Doug Overton, the head coach of the Lincoln University basketball team, will be conducting day camps for children who want to learn the basics of how to play basketball. The dates for the day camps are Aug. 7 to 11 and Aug. 14 to 18 for the day camps. More information about the Doug Overton Basketball Camp will be posted on the Lincoln University website, as well as on the Lincoln University basketball team’s Facebook page.

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Aug. 4 First Friday in Oxford

Aug. 18 Movies in the Park

Enjoy food, music, and activities at Oxford’s First Friday event, which has a “Rock the Block” theme. The stores in the downtown will have extended hours and special deals. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The family-oriented Movies in the Park series continues on Friday, Aug. 18 with a showing of a popular movie for all ages. Movies in the Park brings families into Oxford for a fun and entertaining evening. The movie previews start at 8:30 p.m. with the main feature following that. Concessions are available at the pavilion throughout the evening. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Movies in the Park is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by businesses in the community. In the case of rain, the event may be canceled. Visit www.oxfordpa.org for important weather-related announcements.

Aug. 18 3rd on Third Enjoy music, art, shopping and dinner on the third Friday along Third Street in downtown Oxford. It is an opportunity for art lovers to view exhibits in an environment that caters to adults. Stroll Third Street for additional activities coinciding with the Arts Alliance exhibits. The hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.downtownoxfordpa.org.

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Sept. 1 First Friday Car Show Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. will be hosting its fourth annual car show as the First Friday event in September. This event is expected to be larger than ever with more than 250 antique, classic, and modern cars on display. The car show runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit downtownoxfordpa.org for full details.


Sept. 15 3rd on Third Enjoy music, art, shopping and dinner on the third Friday along Third Street in downtown Oxford. It is an opportunity for art lovers to view exhibits in an environment that caters to adults. Stroll Third Street for additional activities coinciding with the Arts Alliance exhibits. The hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.downtownoxfordpa.org.

Sept. 30 Apple Festival Downtown Oxford will be filled with classic cars during the First Friday events this fall.

The Oxford Presbyterian Church’s popular annual Apple Festival in Oxford Memorial Park takes place on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event, which offers the community a day of fellowship and family fun, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be dozens of vendors, games for children, and entertainment. For more information about the event, visit www.opcapplefestival.org.

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By Carla Lucas Meet Our Member: Oxford Area Historical Association and Archives Project


or the last 17 years, the members of Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) have highlighted local history by presenting programs and lectures, publishing books and pamphlets, creating displays at local April 25: History of the venues and organizing walking tours -- all to promote Conowingo Dam and preserve the historical resources in the community. (at Herr’s Visitor Center) A new, massive effort is underway for OAHA: The May 2: President Ulysses Archives Project. Its purpose is to acquire, organize and S. Grant reenactor – 7 p.m., catalog in a database all the individual pieces of local hisPenns Grove School tory that can be accessed quickly and shared. May 11: Bus trip to For years, OAHA’s founder and local historian, Faye Philadelphia Doyle, accepted donations of local artifacts at her house. Photos by Carla Lucas People would just leave things on her doorstep. EvenMembers of the Oxford Area Historical tually, the collection grew so big that OAHA members Association’s Archive Committee started to ask what they could do with everything. An include (sitting, left to right): Faye Archives Committee was formed. They worked in the Doyle, Vicki Nevrincean, Gail Roberts. old East Nottingham school house. However, the items Standing, left to right: Andy Nevrincean, Vernon Ringler, and Ken Woodward, in were not easily accessible. As a result of an intense fundfront of the Archives on Locust Street. raising effort in 2016, OAHA received enough donations to rent a space of their own at 140-142 E. Locust St. • Mural from Peel’s (Bar and Grill) The new archives site houses the organization’s collections. File • Dishes from the VFW cabinets hold newspaper articles, photographs and maps. Shelves line • The board room desk from National Bank of Oxford the walls, filled with local history books, copies of Oxfordian Maga• The cash register from Simon’s store. zines, and copies of the Kernel (Oxford Area High School’s yearbook) These, plus much more, can be displayed around the offices and dating back to the 1920s. There are videotaped oral histories from in showrooms for the public to see. some of Oxford’s older residents, and recordings of all the programs To date, OAHA has more than 2,000 documents in their dataOAHA has presented over the years. base. Each Monday from 9 a.m. to noon, the Archives CommitAmong the archive’s artifacts: tee meets and works to continue to catalog items and expand the • The switchboard from the Penn Fuel Gas Company database. • A 1909 baseball Jersey from the Oxford Athletic Club On June 2, during Oxford’s First Friday celebration, OAHA • Marching band uniforms from OAHS will hold its grand opening at the archives. All are invited to • Hans Olson’s track and field medals (longtime barber and attend. More information about the OAHA is available at gifted athlete) www.oxfordhistorical.com.

Upcoming OAHA Programs

Vernon Ringler sits at the desk he used in town, which he donated to OAHA. In the foreground is a cash register from Simon’s store.


OAHA founder Faye Doyle stands beside the switchboard from the former Penn Fuel Gas Company.

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Meet Our Member: North Star Orchard

By Carla Lucas


pples come in all sizes, colors, and flavors,” explained Lisa Kerschner, who, with her husband Ike, owns and operates North Star Orchard in Cochranville, Pa. “It is an educational experience [to try our apples] that look different and taste different than the standard Red Delicious or Granny Smith apples found in supermarkets. The flavors are stunning and aromatic – one even tastes like pineapple. The colors are mottled from green and red striped to casts of orange. Some varieties are small with intense flavor and others are as big or bigger than softballs.” As apple breeders, the Kerschners grow and sell more than 300 varieties of apples, many heirloom and heritage varieties, on their 20-acre farm. Some of the varieties they’ve bred themCourtesy photo Lisa and Ike Kerschner stand in North Star Orchard by the Monolith apples they bred. selves, such as Ludicrisp and Monolith. The orchard is a living apple museum. Ike and Lisa grow thousands of different apple trees in their quest to pect them at market. bring new varieties to market. How well a variety grows, its In addition to the apples, the Kerschners have expanded pest resistance and its their selections with grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, flavor all go into the nuts and vegetables. As with apples, the selections are out of decision of whether the ordinary and feature many hard-to-get varieties. to continue and/or The Kerschners started North Star Orchard 25 years ago expand production with leased land outside of West Chester, and expanded to of a variety at the other leased land in Avondale. In 2006, they purchased their orchard, or to cut the current 20 acres in Cochranville. Lisa said they chose this area tree down. because of the rich soils, and this area has a good growing “Every year we are climate for what they wanted to do. planting, replanting Harvest shares, through their CSA (community supported and evaluating,” Lisa agriculture) are available. This 25-week vegetable share starts said. May 31 and the separate fruit share starts in July or August, During the course depending on the options chosen. The Kerschners also sell of a growing season, at various farmers’ markets in the region. Details are on their customers are able to website. experience many difOn July 20, North Star Orchard’s new market will open in ferent apple varieties, the restored blue barn on their farm. Hours are Thursdays and as each week brings Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 new kinds of apples a.m. to 3 p.m., through Thanksgiving. to market. The Ker“We welcome the community to come in and experience the schners developed wealth of flavors,” Lisa said. an “apple passport” North Star Orchard is on Route 10, the first farm on the Courtesy photo for their customers left, just north of the Route 41 intersection (3232 Limestone An example of the variety of apples to takes notes about Rd.). The website, www.northstarorchard.com, is filled with available on one day. The Kerschners which varieties they information about their farm and the varieties they sell. They place numbered stickers on the apples to help customers identify the varieties. like, and when to excan be reached at 610-593-0314. For news, events, and information log onto OxfordPA.org


Plenty of fun activities for children and families in the Oxford area By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer


rom movies in the park to tennis and basketball camps to YMCA programs to a memorial run to activities at the Oxford Area Regional Park, there are plenty of fun options for children and families to enjoy in the Oxford area this time of the year. Here’s a look at just a few:

Harry Watson Tennis Camp Children in the Oxford area have been learning the basics of tennis at the Harry Watson Tennis Camp since it was estab-


lished in 2001. More importantly, children have been learning to love the sport in the same way that the camp’s namesake enjoyed tennis. This year, the camp takes place three times a week, each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting on July 10 and ending on July 26. Each session takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Penn’s Grove Middle School’s tennis courts at 301 South Fifth Street in Oxford. The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18. Jan Stratton was the new varsity tennis coach at Oxford when the camp started in 2001. That was the same year that she found out that Harry Watson was a great champion for the

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Oxford tennis teams, and a terrific coach to anyone who needed a few pointers on how to improve their tennis games. Watson, a chemical engineer by profession, who spoke fluent German and Russian, and loved nothing more than to spend time playing tennis with his family, was never too busy to support youngsters in the community who were learning the game of tennis. “He would always come to the practices Courtesy photo and to the games,” Stratton explained. “His The Harry Watson Tennis Camp has been taking place each year since 2001. commitment to tennis in the community was amazing.” Stratton worked with Watson to plan the first tennis camp in the summer of 2001. She knew that children in the area, including those that would one day play on Oxford’s varsity tennis team, would benefit greatly from the learning experience. Just being around Harry Watson was a learning experience. Stratton recalled that Watson would share plenty of pointers on how to improve their tennis games, but he would also serve as a mentor of sorts, sharing lessons on life. “He showed them the value of working hard. It was not always just about tennis,” Courtesy photo Stratton explained. Boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 can learn the basics of tennis at the Harry Watson Angie Thompson-Lobb, a business own- Tennis Camp. Camp in memory of their friend. er and herself a tennis enthusiast, became This year, Harry’s son, Marc, is joining Thompson-Lobb a supporter of the camp very early on. She also marveled at and Stratton in planning for and conducting the camp. Watson’s commitment to helping children in the community. Marc fondly recalled how his father would give the family “Harry was always available to kids in the summer,” Thompa call during the day and tell them that they were going to be son-Lobb explained. “Anyone who came out, he was there to playing tennis when he got home from work. Soon, the parhelp them. Harry was very much into tennis. He was always ents and their three children would be playing tennis together. helping the kids and donating his time.” The Watsons also ran small tournaments and joined meet-up There were maybe a dozen youngsters at the camp the first groups for people in the area who liked to play to tennis. Marc year, but once the word got out about it, the interest grew said that he’s proud to be involved with the camp that his faquickly. ther started. “Every year, it grew and grew,” Stratton explained. The organizers do their best to limit the costs of the camp Now, in a typical year, 60 or 80 children will be taking part for participants. They charge just enough to cover the expensin the camp. es, such as the costs of carrying the insurance for the camp. “They really learn the basics of the game,” Stratton exIn 2017, the cost per player is $40 ($35 for a second family plained. member to participate). They will also accommodate children Harry Watson passed away, but his legacy carries on. who can’t pay to attend the camp. Thompson-Lobb and Stratton both said that the only choice was to continue to call the camp the Harry Watson Tennis Continued on Page 54

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“If someone can’t pay, they don’t pay,” Stratton said. Stratton said that the Oxford Area School District has been supportive of the camp, and always accommodates the camp’s use of the tennis courts during the summer. Through the years, numerous Oxford Area High School tennis players have volunteered to work with the youngsters during the camp as well. The camp’s participants are asked to show Photo by Steven Hoffman up for the camp with a tennis racket, a hat, sun- Doug Overton, the Lincoln University basketball coach who enjoyed an 11-year career screen, and water. The organizers take care of in the NBA, is holding a basketball camp for youngsters this summer. the rest. Lincoln University basketball team in 2016, one of the things More details about the Harry Watson Tennis Camp, includthat he wanted to do was plan a basketball camp to help teach ing how to register online, can be found at harrywatsontenchildren in the area the basics of the game. niscamp.weebly.com. Questions can also be directed to Marc “I know that a lot of kids in the area love basketball,” OverWatson at marcwatson68@gmail. com. ton explained. “Being new to the community, we wanted to let all the families know that I was excited to be at Lincoln Doug Overton Basketball Camp Continued on Page 56 When Doug Overton took over as the head coach of the



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Meet Our Member: LCH Oxford is a health center for all

By Carla Lucas


or people without health insurance, good health care is impossible to find. Many must rely on hospital emergency rooms only when they are ill, and receive no preventive or wellness care. Medicaid patients have difficulty finding a physician to accept their Medicaid insurance, and also struggle to find quality care. Now, in Oxford, there is a new option for good health care. LCH, also known as La Comunidad Hispana, opened a health center near the Oxford Square Shopping Center, giving adults in the Oxford area a new, affordable health care option. “We don’t turn anyone away because of their ability to pay,” said LeeAnn Riloff, director of development at LCH, which is a federally qualified safety net health provider. Payment is on a sliding scale, based on income. Anyone can receive primary health care services. This includes behavioral health services. Adults who visit LCH’s Oxford location are met by caring and compassionate physicians and nurse practitioners who provide the following services: ~ physical exams ~ wellness visits ~ immunizations ~ diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure or diabetes ~ referrals for specialty care ~ behavioral health screenings and counseling ~ prenatal services ~ women’s health services, such as pap smears and breast cancer screenings ~ minor injuries or wound care ~ minor surgical procedures. LCH emphasizes preventive care, and is committed to educating patients on how life experiences and influences at work and at home can affect overall health. “Our patients ranked us high in regard to the quality of care they receive,” Riloff said.

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The staff at LCH’s Oxford Health Center includes (from left) Liliana Hernandez, Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer, and Maria Serate-Lopez.

For those without insurance or on Medicaid, LCH’s Behavioral Health Counseling program is the only local option. Riloff said the Oxford Center conducts mental health screenings with all patients. They find a lot of depression and anxiety in the community, and are able to help. LCH started 43 years ago in Kennett Square as La Comunidad Hispana, a social services organization to help the local immigrant population. As the organization evolved to meet the needs of its clients, health care emerged as one of its priorities. No longer just serving the immigrant population, LCH provides health care for everyone, regardless of ethnicity. According to Riloff, LCH’s Kennett Health Center offers additional services not offered in Oxford at this time, including pediatric care, health insurance enrollment assistance, and adult education and workforce development programs. The distance is a little longer for Oxford families to travel, but all are welcome to use these services in the Kennett Health Center. The pediatric clinic allows the whole family to visit at the same time to receive care. Recently, LCH opened a separate dental clinic in Kennett Square, which operates on the same payment model as the Health Centers. Appointments for all centers and programs can be made by calling 610-444-7450. Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome at the Oxford Health Center. LCH Oxford is located in the stand-alone brick building next to Tractor Supply, near the Oxford Square Shopping Center. The address is 303 N. Third St., Suite 2. Hours are Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon (closed Saturday and Sunday). For more information, visit www.lacomunidadhispana.org.

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University.” It’s certainly a rare opportunity to attend a basketball camp that is led by a former NBA player, and Overton is nothing less than a Philadelphia basketball legend. More than 75 kids took part in the first basketball camp last year. “We had a lot of fun. The kids learned the basic skills of the game,” Overton explained. “We’re all here to give back to the kids. Isn’t it all about making kids’ dreams come true?” This year’s camp dates are June 26 to June 30 for the overnight camp, and July 31 to Aug. 4 and Aug. 7 to Aug. 11 for the day camps. The camp is open to boys and girls of all ages. Overton is assisted in running the camp by some of the members of his coaching staff, as well as players from the Lincoln University team. Overton said that he fondly remembers attending basketball camps when he was growing up that helped him and encouraged his love of the game. Overton managed to achieve his hoop dreams. He played alongside Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers on a Dobbins Technical High School team that won a city championship in Philadelphia. Overton went on to play guard at La Salle University, helping to lead the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. He scored 1700 points while doing so. Overton was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1992, and embarked on an 11-year NBA career. He played with the Pistons, the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers, scoring 2,253 points in 499 games. Overton said that he’s looking forward to the opportunity to share his knowledge about the game with children in the area. “Summertime is the time to have fun,” Overton said. “We want to teach the kids the fundamentals of the game, but we also want to offer the kids a fun experience that they will remember as they grow up.” More information about the Doug Overton Basketball Camp will be posted on the Lincoln University website, as well as on the Lincoln University basketball team’s Facebook page.

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“It’s a really good community event,” explained John McGlothlin, a business owner and member of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Board who helps plan Movies in the Park. “It’s a wonderful time. We have all ages there—everyone from young children to grandparents.” The featured movies are always family-friendly favorites. McGlothlin explained that he likes to schedule a movie from the 1980s to start the series each year because that allows parents and grandparents to share a movie that they might have watched when they were younger with their children. Some recent examples include “Back to the Future,” “E.T.,” and “Goonies.” The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce has been presenting Movies in the Park since 2006, and it offers the entire community a chance to come together. McGlothlin noted that community organizations like the Girl Scouts, the Oxford Hockey Club, and the Boy Scouts sell popcorn, snacks, water, and other items at Movies in the Park to raise money for their causes. “It’s a great way to enjoy a nice evening,” McGlothlin said.

Movie titles will be posted on the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce’s website. Opportunities to sponsor Movies in the Park are still available for this year. Details about the benefits can be obtained by emailing oxfordchamber@zoominternet.net or by visiting www.oxfordpa.org. Jerome’s Run Another event soon taking place is the first-ever Jerome’s Run, in memory of Jerome Rodio, which is being planned for this summer. Rodio was a business owner and president of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce who passed away in July of 2016 after suffering a bacterial infection that he picked up while on a fishing trip in the Chesapeake Bay. Details for the event are still being worked out, but Jerome’s Run is tentatively set for Saturday, Aug. 19, and will take place in the Nottingham County Park. The 5K run/walk will be the Continued on Page 58

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highlight of an event that will have a theme of “everyday heroes.” Rodio certainly fit that description. He was a beloved figure in Oxford, and volunteered to help numerous organizations in the community, including Oxford SILO (Serving Inspiring Loving Others) and the Lighthouse Youth Center. Rodio was a tireless advocate for Oxford’s businesses, and his store, J & K Slightly Touched Furniture, had become the epicenter of the Oxford business community during the seven years that it was open in Oxford. During First Friday events, his store would be filled with artists, writers, jewelry-makers, and other interesting people. Patrick Rodio, one of Jerome’s sons, said that he thinks his father would be proud to have this kind of event planned in his honor. “I think he’d be pretty excited about it,” Patrick said. “This is a great way to bring the town together, and it supports the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce.” At the time Jerome passed away, he and Patrick had been planning to participate in the Broad Street Run in Philadel-


phia. It’s certainly fitting that a run is being planned in Jerome’s memory. Amy O’Donald said that she and her family will be participating in Jerome’s Run. A resident of Landenberg, O’Donald said that she met Jerome and before long he had introduced her to about 30 different people in the Oxford community whom she now considers friends. “He exemplified what community and kindness is about,” O’Donald said. “After he passed away, I would use the hashtag, ‘#LiveLikeJerome.’ He was always the first one to jump in and support any person, cause, or organization.” O’Donald added that she now volunteers with three different organizations because of the example that Jerome set. She wants to have her children and grandchildren at Jerome’s Run so that they can see how important caring and kindness are. Patrick said that there might be some other activities during the event. Some of the community organizations that Jerome was involved with might set up tables. “We’re trying to include everyone,” Patrick said. “I think it’s going to be great.”

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The Oxford Area Regional Park has been adding new amenities and hosting more events for residents in the community to enjoy. On April 29, the Pitch, Hit & Run competition sanctioned by Major League Baseball, takes place at the park. It’s a chance for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 to advance to the next round of the national competition.

Oxford Area Regional Park The Oxford Area Regional Park has been continually adding new amenities and hosting more events for residents in the community to enjoy. On April 29, the Pitch, Hit & Run competition sanctioned by Major League Baseball, takes place at the park. It’s a chance for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14 to advance to the next round of the national competition. According to Marcella Peyre-Ferry, the secretary of the Oxford Area Recreation Authority’s Board of Directors, participants will earn points during the competition by throwing a pitch at a target, hitting a ball from a tee for distance and accuracy, and running from second base to home. Participating in the competition is free. It takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Peyre-Ferry said that they would like more volunteers to help out on the day of the Pitch, Hit & Run competi-

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tion. More details are available on the Recreation Authority’s website at www.oxfordrecreation.org. The competition is just one of the many opportunities for local residents to utilize the park. The park has a pavilion that can be reserved for gatherings. A small children’s playground was installed with the help of area Eagle Scouts. There’s a walking trail that winds through woods. A gaga pit, which was also an Eagle Scout project, is located on the west end of the park. A picnic grove is located on Oaks Road. The park already features two fields. The Dave Shelton Field is a junior baseball field used by the Oxford Little League and the Oxford Outlaws. The multipurpose field is used by lacrosse teams. A local yoga instructor leads yoga classes at the park during weekends in the summer. Last year, the Oxford Area Recreation Authority added a Halloween Haunted Trail that was very popular. “We got such good feedback that we decided to do it again,” Peyre-Ferry said, explaining that it will take place


over two weekends this year. The Oxford Area Recreation Authority Board is comprised of chairman Dan Siegfried, vice chairman Chip Benke, Peyre-Ferry, and members Art Astle, John Stonska, Scott Fetterolf, Andy Marker, Michael Watson, and Joe Beird. Meetings of the board take place on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the pavilion in the park during the summer months, and in the Lower oxford Township Building the rest of the year. Peyre-Ferry said that they are always looking to bring in new amenities and programs. “We’re still working on a dog park,” she explained. “We’re also working on a fitness trail and a natural playground. We’re also exploring where we can put in a disc golf course.” The Oxford Area Regional Park is located at 900 Locust Street in Oxford. Dive into Summer Camps at the Jennersville Y From swimming and sports to survival and the stage, the

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Jennersville YMCA has camps to entertain, exercise and enrich your children all summer long. The centerpiece of Jennersville’s summer camp offerings is Camp Chippewa, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 25, and includes 11 themed weeks of creativity, imagination, outdoor fun and swimming for children ages 5 to 12. Camp Discovery, which follows many of the same weekly themes as Camp Chippewa, is specially designed and licensed for children ages 3-5. “While our camps follow a model similar to what we’ve done in past years, there will be some differences in other weeks to keep things exciting and new,” said Jacquie Delaney, school age child care director and assistant camp director for the Jennersville Y. “Those, combined with our sports, arts, specialty and leadership camps, guarantee there will be something for kids of any age and interest.” To ensure that as many children as possible can participate, Y camps include flexible drop-off hours through Continued on Page 62

The centerpiece of Jennersville’s summer camp offerings is Camp Chippewa, which runs from June 12 to Aug. 25, and includes 11 themed weeks of creativity, imagination, outdoor fun for children ages 5 to 12.

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interests, one thing remains consistent – the Y’s commitment the Spark Time program, providing before- and after-camp to swimming. Children in all the Y’s camps are given daily care from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on every camp swim time, weather permitting, and those who arrive with limday at no cost. Many camps are also eligible for financial asited swimming skills can register for lessons. sistance through the Y. “We believe every kid “One of the things that should be safe around water, sets us apart, too, is working so swimming is woven into with The Lighthouse Youth Center in Oxford and bringthe regular day, with water safety discussed as part of ing those kids in to enjoy the everyone’s daily schedules,” camps,” Delaney said. The she said. Y arranges transportation and provides lunches for the The Jennersville Y staff children each day. “We feel will be available to discuss like every kid should have a camps in person at Oxford’s fun summer, and it’s a great First Friday events April 7, way to support kids who May 5 and June 2, and informight otherwise not be able mation on registration is alto go to camp.” ways available by calling 610While the wide variety of From swimming and sports to survival and the stage, the Jennersville YMCA 869-9622 ext. 2527 or visiting camps appeal to different has camps to entertain, exercise and enrich children all summer long. www.ymcagbw.org/camp/JY.

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Creativity abounds

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re you inspired by art, or by creating your own? No matter how you’ve answered that question, the OxAA has art to be inspired by! Local and regional artists have but together an incredible lineup of gallery exhibits this spring. Exhibits include: Sculpture Exhibit (March 17 to April 14), “Living Art,” inspired by the Philadelphia Flower Show (April 21 to May 12), “Installation Art” (May 19 to May 27) and our “Annual Student Art Show” opening on June 2. Our gallery openings are on the third Friday of the month. Downtown Oxford opens its doors to showcase art. Grab dinner downtown, stroll the street and pop in! In addition, the weekend of May 20-21 is the Chester County Studio Tour. The entire county has come together to celebrate artists. Visit them in their studios, or in gallery settings. Oxford has some wonderful artists, opening their spaces for you to enjoy. A complete schedule can be downloaded at www. countystudiotour.com We take the summer off from exhibits in order to GET MESSY with our summer camps! Our popular summer camps are ready for campers to enroll. Don’t miss out on your favorite camp -- registration has begun! Starting the week of June 19, the Oxford Arts Alliance will host eight weeks of summer fun for campers ages 5 to 14. Art camps include mixed media, Van Gogh-inspired, dimensional art, assemblage art, recyclables, clay and paper crafts. Campers will learn techniques using a variety of mediums and materials, all while having fun and getting messy! In addition, the OxAA will offer six music camps this summer for students ages 5 to 17. For our youngest campers (ages 5 to 8), enjoy “Star Wars & Beyond” and “Marvel Music

Adventures.” For ages 9 and older, “Riff Madness Guitar Camp,” “Disney Glee Camp,” “Masters of Rock” and “Garageband Digital Music” will be held in July at the Elkton Station Campus of Cecil College. For more information and to register for art or music camps, visit www.OxfordArt.org and click on the Art or Music tab. For our friends looking for less structure but still fun, try our Saturday “Paint Your Own Pottery at the OxAA.” Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – no appointments are necessary, but groups of six or more, please consider a private party. A nice selection of bisqueware is in stock, so come and create that one-of-a-kind piece! This is a perfect activity for children and adults alike. Looking for a unique party or night out? We are happy to host private parties for a small fee. Visit www.OxfordArt.org under the tab Art for more information on private parties. There is always something new – stop in and check it out!

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Herr Angus Farm beef now being marketed to top butchers and restaurants By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer


n the Herr Angus Farms gus Farms. in Nottingham, the cattle “It’s really a very specific are raised on carefully balanced market,” Pew said. “It’s a highdiets that are monitored and adquality market. We’re looking to justed by specialized nutritionget “PA Preferred” Black Anists. The cattle receive the best gus beef into the finest markets veterinary treatment possible, and restaurants.” and they are lovingly cared for Byrne, a resident of Nottingday to day by Dennis Byrne, the ham, has more than 30 years farm manager who has made of experience breeding, showbreeding, showing, and caring ing, and caring for Angus cattle. for Angus cattle his life’s work. He graduated with a degree in The cattle are treated with Animal Science from the Unirespect, always. That quality of versity of Delaware, and he care is evident in the tender and and his wife Dottie were raising tasteful beef that is produced. their own small herd of cattle as For many years, the Angus far back as 1974. Byrne worked beef from the Nottingham in a professional capacity at farm was sold to wholesale the New Bolton Center before markets worldwide, but now a he was enlisted to manage the Photo by Steven Hoffman new initiative finds the beef beHerr family farm in 1986. Dennis Byrne has served as the farm manager at Herr Angus Farms ing marketed to top butchers since 1986. From the very start, there has and restaurants in the region. been a considerable amount of West Grove resident Bill Pew formed Pewter Valley Provisynergy between the snack food company and the farm. The sions LLC with partner Curtis Mathias to market the Angus farm provides Herr Foods with environmentally responsible beef to high-end butcher shops and restaurants that are looking ways to reuse and recycle both the human edible products and for a top-quality product for their customers, under an agreewater generated in the process. ment with Herr Angus Farms, a division of Herr Foods. Pew Byrne explained that James S. Herr, the founder of Herr said that the goal is to limit the availability of the Angus beef to Foods, was instrumental in deciding that the company needed only a handful of the finest local butcher shops and restaurants to make some productive use out the by-products. As the comrather than trying to saturate the market. The emphasis is on pany was growing, it was using more and more water, and a farm quality, not quantity—just as it has always been on the Herr Anwould allow for the water to be recycled, too.


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“Mr. Herr’s thinking,” Byrne explained, “was whatever we can recycle, we want to do that. So the farm became the recycling arm of Herr Foods. The Herr family and this farm are concerned about the environment. Being a part of Herr Foods, it’s always been one team and one goal.” Byrne said that there are at least 400 head of cattle on the farm at any one time, and that number can grow to up to 700 depending on a variety of factors, including the time of year and market. The farm includes more than 1,400 acres of pasture, hay and crop land. It’s a lot to manage. Byrne is assisted by two fulltime employees, Doug Lawrie and his son, Rob Lawrie, as well as several part-time workers. Byrne also offers work experiences to some local students and college interns who are interested in Animal Science. These students also help out for part of the year. With more than 30 years of experience breeding and raising the cattle on the farm, Byrne has long-since established the highest level of care for the animals. Byrne likes to call the by-products from the snack food company—discarded potatoes, chips, and pretzels a “steer party mix.” Steers are fed three pounds of the steer party mix each day as an energy source combined with corn and hay, grown on irrigated farm land, with appropriate vitamins and minerals added. The diets of the cattle, mixed on site in the “Cowboy Kitchen,”

are carefully monitored, and nutritionists work with Byrne and the team to make adjustments in the diet so that each one receives all the nutrients that are needed. “They are better fed than you or I are,” Byrne explained. “Because they always eat what they should be eating. We always like to say that our cattle are grass-fed and grain-finished. We work with nutritionists, and they test the ingredients. The nutritionists will help us make a custom blend to balance everything out.” The idea to start marketing the Angus beef came about only recently. Pew, a retired plant manager at Du Pont’s largest global agricultural research facility, wanted to take up hobby farming. He and his wife, Pam, have some chickens, horses, and beef cattle. When he was doing the research before buying any cattle, he came across the Herr Angus Farms and the work of Byrne and his team. The fact that Dennis was a former University of Delaware graduate served to cement a friendly relationship with Pew, who also graduated from UD with an Agricultural Engineering degree. “Angus was clearly the choice for this area,” Pew said. “The real story starts with the quality of the beef, and the Herr Angus Farms herd is one of the finest in the region…and the country

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in our opinion” When he and Pam bought a quarter of beef that was produced from the Herr Angus Farms, Pew could tell immediately that this was a special product and should be marketed to the high-end markets. He talked to Byrne about the idea. The cattle were already on a superior diet and were treated with the utmost care and respect that leads to the production of a more tender and tasty beef. Why not market it to restaurants and butchers in the area? With Byrne focusing on what he has always focused on—providing the best care to the cattle—Pew enlisted Curtis Mathias, a Philadelphia resident, to begin the process of identifying the right fits for the black Angus beef. Pew said that they are currently talking to different restaurants and markets in the greater Philadelphia region, currently including Philadelphia County, Chester County and Delaware County. Domenick Crimi, whose family owns and operates Cappuccio’s Meats in Philadelphia, agreed with the growing assessment of the taste and tenderness of the Herr Angus beef. As the general manager of a third generation Butcher Shop in Philadel-


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Dennis Byrne with Bill Pew, the principal of Pewter Valley Provisions, the company that is marketing Herr Angus Farms beef to top restaurants and butcher shops in the region.

phia’s fabled 9th Street Italian Market, Crimi had built a strong customer relationship with Pewter Valley Provisions partner Curtis Mathias. After some discussions with Mathias (and a sample of the product) he recently made the decision to offer the Herr’s Quality Angus beef to his customers. He thinks it will be very popular. “I’m an old-fashioned butcher,” Crimi explained. “People want a quality product. They want to know where their food

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Meet Our Member: Cameron’s Hardware and Supply: Your community hardware store and more

By Carla Lucas


s engaged community supporters of the Oxford region, Cameron’s Hardware and Supply owners, Angie and Frank Lobb, bring what the people of Oxford need and want to their Baltimore Pike store. It is more than a hardware store; it is your community store. Not only can the Oxford community travel only a few miles from their homes to find great products and prices, but Cameron’s gives back to Oxford’s many causes, teams, and events all year long. In 2015, Cameron’s Hardware became a member of the Ace Hardware family. “It’s the best of both worlds,” Angie Lobb (sitting on tractor at left) is joined by a few of their many employees, including (back row) said Angie of their decision, be- Jeff Scott, Heather Lobb, Nick Giusti, John McDermott; in front (left) Mary Huczko; kneeling in center is Tim Nugent; and (on right tractor) Jake McDermott. cause Cameron’s remains a fully the changes with a grand reopening. Angie invites everyone family-owned and operated business, while now having the to stop by for a look around. There will be games, prizes, same resources of national chain stores. barbeque, children’s activities, and special displays. On FriAt the time they made the commitment to Ace, they also day, April 14, the JD Powers trailer will be at the celebration. made a commitment to increase and improve their store. The Angie and Frank Lobb purchased Cameron’s in 2000 store is now expanded from 16,000 square feet to 20,000 from Clyde and Helen Cameron. The location on Baltisquare feet, and will offer more than 47,000 products. “We more Pike is the third location over the company’s 50-plusare moving things around to make the store more shoppingyear history. The expansion is the second at this site for the friendly, and there will be more products,” Angie said. Lobbs. Highlighting the expansion is the development of a fullThree generations of Lobbs work at Cameron’s. Their service garden center and a new rental/parts/service area. son, Jeff Lobb, is the general manager. Their daughter-inCameron’s carries larger equipment, such as hot water heatlaw Heather, son-in-law John McDermott, and grandsons ers. Tractors, tillers, and snowblowers from Husquvarna, Jake McDermott and Alex Johnson are all part of the 40Stihl and Echo are available. There will be a greenhouse on plus full- and part-time employees that make Cameron’s a site with seasonal flowers, vegetables and landscaping plants. great community store. Come the holiday season, Cameron’s will have an expanded “This is wonderful for us to do as a family business,” AnChristmas display and will be selling Christmas trees. gie said. Cameron’s will continue to be more than just a hardware store with their full-service plumbing, heating, and cooling Cameron’s Hardware and Supply is located at 2195 Baldepartment, and one of the region’s best hunting and fishtimore Pike, Oxford. The store is open seven days a week, ing departments. The rental department, although in a new Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturlocation in the store, will continue to offer items that are days from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to easy for the home do-it-yourselfer to operate. Lawnmower 4 p.m. They can be reached at 610-932-2416. Check them and chain saw sharpening are still available in the rental/ out online at cameronshardware.com. Find and like them service department. on Facebook – Cameron’s Hardware. On April 14 and 15, Cameron’s Hardware will celebrate For news, events, and information log onto OxfordPA.org


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comes from. They want prime cuts of locally raised shop butchered meat and store ground burger meat. So far, we’ve had a lot of interest in this product.” Aurora Pizza and Pasta in Jennersville is excited to bring this product to market as well. A frequent shopper at the local (and seasonal) farmers’ auctions, owner and head chef Jim Del Vescovo sees the value in bringing local quality products to market. Aurora Pizza and Pasta Kitchens will be featuring Herr’s Quality Angus Beef “chalkboard specials” in addition to their regular menu on a limited basis in the coming weeks. Pew said that he expects other butchers and restaurant owners to be just as receptive. “What we’re trying to do is bring a high-quality, farm-to-table food to the market,” Pew said. “This is a labor of love for us.” To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty.com. Courtesy photo

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By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer xford Area Chamber of Commerce officials are planning this year’s Education and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament, which will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford. This marks the 21st year for the event.


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This year’s Education and Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is planned for Sept. 28.

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The fundraiser allows the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce to offer scholarships to several students from Oxford Area High School each year. “All the money that we raise from the golf tournament goes to the scholarships,” explained Dr. Douglas Fasick, a chamber board member who serves as the chairperson of the golf outing. Oxford Area High School students who plan to attend a university or trade school in Pennsylvania, or who will continue their education at a local school like Cecil College, are eligible to apply for the scholarships. While a student’s grades are one consideration that will factor into who receives scholarships, it is not the only criteria. Fasick explained that they also look at the volunteer activities that the students have been involved in, as well as other considerations, when they are deciding who will be the recipients. “We look at students who are volunteering their time to make the community a better place,” Fasick explained. Angie Thompson-Lobb, the chairperson of the scholarship committee, said that they try to fill a niche, providing


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The golf tournament is presented by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce to help raise funds for scholarships that are offered to local students.

scholarships to students who might not qualify for larger scholarship opportunities. “We’re supporting our local students,” Lobb explained. “We’re looking to help students who might not be going to big schools.” By helping those students who might not qualify for some of the larger scholarships, the Oxford Area Chamber of

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Commerce is providing financial support to students who might need it the most. “We’ve helped some of the kids who maybe couldn’t have gone to college without the scholarships,” Fasick explained.

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In addition to an enjoyable afternoon of golf, participants also enjoy a lunch, a nice dinner, and other festivities during the event.

And, Unlike some of the other scholarships that are available to students, the scholarships that the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce offers are for four years of a student’s collegiate career. Last year, each of the recipients received a $750 scholarship, and they will continue to receive that amount for four years. Fasick also said that members of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce can now apply for a scholarship to take a course or participate in a program that will be useful to them as business owners. Fasick said that the golf tournament is always fun for the participants, who enjoy a lunch and a nice afternoon of golf. It’s also good that the Oxford community works together to help local students. “It wouldn’t be as successful without everyone helping out,” Fasick explained. Fasick said that they hope to have at least 100 golfers on the day of the event. Registration takes place from 10:30 to 11 a.m. There will be a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. The event includes a golf ball drop and a silent auction, and partici-

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pants also enjoy a nice dinner and door prizes that are awarded. New this year is a Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Heidi Kern, the executive director of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, said that the Happy Hour will allow people who don’t golf to enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and drinks and to take part in the day of fun. The highlight of the event will be the announcement of this year’s scholarship recipients. Past recipients also turn out for the golf tournament. The rain date for the event is Friday, Sept. 29. For more information about the golf tournament or to register for the event, call the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce at 610-932-0740 or email oxfordchamber@zoominternet.net.

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The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a golf tournament each year to raise money to fund college scholarships for local students.

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At Wyncote, elegance and first-class golf go hand in hand


yncote is a Heathlands-style Oxford golf course designed by award-winning architect Brian Ault, and awards players with the finest conditions in the area. Bent grass greens, tees and fairways offer golfers a premium playing surface to hit from. The four sets of tees offer golfers of every ability and age a challenge to their game. Continued on Page 79


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Oxford Car Show set for Sept. 1 T

he fourth annual Oxford Car Show will return on Friday, Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The registration period is now open. Last year, thousands of people turned out to see more than 250 classic and antique cars that were on display. A record number of attendees and cars are expected again in 2017. Everyone who enters their vehicle in the car show receives a commemorative magnet and a chance to win the People’s Choice Awards. Show cars, trucks, and bikes will begin parking at 2 p.m. on the day of the event. The Oxford Car Show also features live music, a raffle, a remote control race track, and food and street vendors. For more information about the event, including how to register for the car show, visit www. downtownoxfordpa.com.


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Wyncote is reminiscent of an inland Scottish links course, and features moguls, mounded bunkers, windy rises and wetlands. A par-72 course, Wyncote has four tees and ranges from 5,454 yards from the front to 7,149 from the back tees. A lush carpet of bent grass covers the entire course. Wyncote also offers four different tee placements, encouraging every age and skill level. Since its inception in 1993, Wyncote Golf Club has received national recognition for being one of the finest golf courses in the country. All regular golf outings at Wyncote feature the following services: Greens Fees Golf Cart Golf Outing Scoreboard Bag Service Longest Drive / Closest to Pin Set-up Assist with Course Signage Shotgun Start For more information, call 610-932-8900 or email event coordinator Mel Irrgang at events@wyncote.com.

The Wyncote course offers dining options including the Ball & Thistle Pub.

When it comes to dining, Wyncote offers The Ball & Thistle Pub. Treat your guests to an elegant meal overlooking the golf course. Enjoy daily specials while dining in a casual, non-smoking atmosphere. Reservations are recommended on Friday and Saturday (610-998-1414). The Ball and Thistle Pub is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy patio dining or cozy up to the fireplace.

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For fine dining affairs, try the Rose and Thistle Room. This beautiful dining area accommodates groups from 15 to 150 people. The decor is elegant and inviting, with wrought-iron lighting fixtures, an English custom fireplace, fine linens, china and glassware for all events. There is a Holiday Brunch on Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, and “Brunch with Santa” in

December. In addition to a regular dining schedule, Wyncote hosts special events in The Rose and Thistle Room and The Ball and Thistle Pub. These events are open to the public and are a great way to meet new people. Events include Valentine’s Day dinners, Irish suppers, wine tastings and Scotch dinners.

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Meet Our Member: West Nottingham Township

By Carla Lucas


hen you think of West Nottingham Township, a couple of things come to mind: Tours of Herr’s snack Food Factory and the Fourth of July celebration at Nottingham County Park. The Second Annual Nottingham Country Fair and Color Run, scheduled for Oct. 7, gives you another reason to venture into Chester County’s southwestern corner. The Color Run kicks off the Nottingham Country Fair. It is a 5K family fun run/walk through Nottingham Park, with check points along the course where volunteers throw dye at the participants. By the end of the race, participants’ clothes are covered in a rainbow of colors. Registration is required, with early bird, team and family options available. The fair features children’s activities, a baking contest, music, crafts and food vendors. The event raises money for the township’s Emergency Services Fund, which benefits Union Fire Company and Amubulance Division, Medic 94 and the West Nottingham Township Police Department. To register for the Color Run or for more information about the event, visit nottcountryfair1.wixsite.com/mysite. West Nottingham Township will celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018. The area was first settled in 1701 by William Penn’s followers and named after Nottinghamshire, England. In 1718, Nottingham split into two townships, East and West. The area’s southern border dispute with Maryland was settled with the Mason-Dixon survey toward the end of the 1700s. The area is rich in history. There is a plaque on Fremont Road commemorating the Parker Kidnapping and Rescue in 1851 to 1853. Slave catchers kidnapped two free black women, Rachel and Elizabeth Parker, from West Nottingham. The local protests and court case eventually led to their return and was a galvanizing force in the anti-slavery movement. The township is bordered by Lancaster County, the state of Maryland, Lower Oxford Township, and East Nottingham Township. It encompasses 13.9 square miles of land, 26 miles of roads and had 2,722 residents in the 2010 census. West Nottingham Township is proud of its rural integrity, as family farms dot the landscape. More than 2,470 acres are registered as Agricultural Security Lands. It has a part-time police force and roads department. The township’s largest employer is Herr’s Snack Foods, with its corporate headquarters anchoring the commercial area at the intersection of routes 1, 10 and 272. West Nottingham Township is part of the Oxford Area 82

Participants wait for the start of last year’s Color Run, all nice and clean.

By the end of the race, runners were covered in colors.

School District, and a member of the Oxford Regional Planning Commission, the Oxford Public Library, the Oxford Area Recreation Association, Oxford Regional Emergency Management, and the Oxford Area Sewer Association. Within its boundaries are Willam Penn State Forest and Nottingham County Park. West Nottingham Township has the largest area of Serpentine Barrens on the East Coast. Goat Hill Barrens (600 acres, part of the William Penn State Forest), and the Serpentine Barrens at Nottingham Park (630 acres), are both protected tracts of land and are managed by The Nature Conservancy. A township-wide Roads Spring Clean-Up is scheduled for April. Check the township’s website for details. Learn more about West Nottingham Township at www.wnt-gov.org.

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