Chester County Press 06-23-2021 Edition

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Covering Avon Grove, Chadds Ford, Kennett Square, Oxford, & Unionville Areas

Volume 155, No. 25


Kennett Square Life

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Board hears presentation on township’s 105-acre purchase


A safe haven for animals

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Chenoa Manor: A safe haven for animals…..…1B

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At their June 21 meeting, the New Garden Board of Supervisors heard the preliminary plans for the future use of the 105-acre Smedley property at the Loch Nairn Golf Course, which was recently purchased by the township and is planned to be converted into open space, beginning in 2023.

By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer At their June 21 online meeting, the New Garden Township Board of Supervisors heard the broad brushstrokes that will paint the future of the 105-acre Smedley property – commonly known as the Loch Nairn Golf Course – that the township recently purchased for the purpose of A new parklet in Kennett converting it to open space Square…....................…2A and two miles of trails. The presentation – given by Kate Raman of Natural Lands, who is also a consultant to the township’s Open Space Review Board Opinion……..............….5A (OSRB) – was the followup to the supervisors’ June Obituaries….........…2B-3B 7 work session, when they authorized the township to Classifieds…........…4B-5B extend the funds to purchase the property, located in the northwest corner of the municipality, for

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$1.425 million. Under the conditions of the agreement, golfing operations at Loch Nairn will continue through the 2022 golf season. Once concluded, the township will assume ownership and begin conversion and maintenance of the property, likely starting in 2023. Loch Nairn will continue to own and operate all of its restaurants on the property, which includes The Greathouse, The Farmhouse and The Tavern, as well as use these facilities as sites for weddings and other special events. In her presentation, Raman provided data on how the property will fit in with the township’s priorities to conserve open space, provide trail access and enhance climate resilience. Natural Lands’preliminary Continued on page 2A

Two horses, curious about what is going on outside their enclosure, approach the fence at Chenoa Manor, an accredited animal sanctuary on Glen Willow Road in southern Chester County. Please see Page 1B for a story and photos about Chenoa Manor.

Kennett board gives OK to final design of Chandler Mill Road trail

By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

At their May meeting, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors asked the township staff to work with

the township’s trail consultants to develop design and engineering for the development of a trail adjacent to Chandler Mill Road, as a continuation of the Kennett Greenway.

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The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors gave approval last week to a task order for the completion of the final design and engineering for a proposed trail along Chandler Mill Road, as a continuation of the Kennett Greenway.

At its June 16 online meeting, the board approved a task order for the completion of the final design and engineering for the project, which is estimated at $628,397 and will take between six and seven months to complete. The design of the project will be developed by Biohabitats, a Baltimore-based ecological firm dedicated to restoring ecosystems and conserving habitat through assessment, planning, engineering and design. Under the terms of the agreement, Biohabitats will serve as the manager of the project and provide input on ecological considerations for the trail, in consultation with McMahon Associates, Unknown Studio and Continued on page 4A

Oxford Borough awards bid for Hodgson Street water main replacement By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer Oxford Borough Council recently awarded a $387,125 bid to Eagle Contracting and Landscaping, Inc. for a 2021 water main replacement project for Hodgson Street. Public Works Supervisor John Schaible also reported that paving for Franklin, Garfield, and Broad streets and Nottingham Avenue is complete, except for the

pavement markings. The Second Street Project and Octoraro Alley progress was updated as well. Borough Manager Cary Vargo told council that the paving and completion of that project rests with Ware Village. Vargo said he will be following up with Ware to schedule a meeting so they can finish the project. John Reynolds spoke to council about the Oxford Area Recreation Authority. “We didn’t have a good

year due to the pandemic,” Reynolds explained. “We were shut down from March of 2020 and just recently re-opened. We are in need of volunteers and money. We were not able to have our fundraisers, and we were hit by vandalism that caused severe turf damage to our property. We plan to start working on Parcel 2 across from the Moran Farm Development. Our plans there include an amphitheater, large picnic

area and a playground.” Borough Council President Peggy Russell asked if there were any thoughts about including a skateboard park. Reynolds said they had talked about that, but funding that would be an issue. Council member Ron Hershey asked Reynolds if the recreation authority was able to get funds from the government for COVID relief. Reynolds said he hadn’t heard from

the municipalities on that, but they haven’t delved into that yet. “We are always looking for funding,” Reynolds said. Schaible told council that the fire company had completed a training exercise in the municipal parking garage. They drilled on hose stretches in the facility. The garage is equipped with a system of pipes and outlets within the structure Continued on page 4A

The Oxford Library: So much more than books By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer Libraries are the great equalizer. Not everyone has the latest technology. Not all children have a computer, printer, or even access to the internet. So where do they go? To the community library. And it is not just children that need access to technology. Adults need computers when job searching, or sending out resumes. If they need to file for unemployment, like many have

during the pandemic, they need access to a computer. Seniors filing for social security, or trying to locate and set up appointments for the COVID vaccine also need computers. Individuals and families, no matter their socioeconomic status, can count on their libraries to provide them with the resources they need to succeed and the answers to important questions they can’t otherwise find. Carey Bresler, the director of the Oxford Library, takes her job seriously and

is constantly searching for one more resource to provide to the community. In the recent presidential election, Bresler explained how the library stepped up to the plate to help the community. “The Oxford Library served as a site for a satellite Chester County Voter Services office. People were able to register to vote, drop off their mail-in ballots and vote in person (during a certain period of time before Election Day),” she said. According to the American Continued on page 3A

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Libraries like the one in Oxford connect their communities in a way that benefits everyone. They pool local resources — from educational offerings to job training to homeless outreach to ESL learning — and put them all under one welcoming roof for everyone to share.




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Local News Historic Kennett Square’s South Broad Street Parklet: A new gathering space for the Kennett community “Let’s meet at the parklet” was an oft-heard phrase around Kennett Square last summer as friends and family gathered safely at the West State Street parklet built by Historic Kennett Square (HKS). This summer, HKS brings the Kennett community another great place to meet and enjoy all that Kennett Square has to offer—The Greenhouse, a brand-new parklet outside Square Pear Gallery. Whether parklet patrons grab coffee and a treat at Philter, Talula’s, or GFG, ice cream from Michoacana, or take-out from any of the town’s many great restaurants, or if they want to sit and read a good book from the library or the Kennett Bookhouse or simply watch the world go by, they’ll find flexible and shaded seating options tucked in the beautiful herbaceous surroundings. The construction process has inspired lots of curiosity among passersby over the past week as the Guardian Angel Home Repair team of Leo, Pam, and JJ Becerra transformed the corner of South Broad and East State Street. This curiosity, said HKS Executive Director Bo Wright, is a key part of the creative placemaking process. “People have been taking bets on whether the structure was built for Letty’s Tavern or for Kennett Brewing Company,” Wright said. “And the answer is neither one—and both. The parklet is for everyone.” Creative placemaking projects like The Greenhouse cultivate a sense of place as they engage and connect people through the power of the arts. “The intention is to build community,” Wright said. “Fun and temporary solutions to meet needs or overcome barriers in the community—in this case, a need for outdoor seating and gathering space—help expand people’s perceptions about public space.” Although placemaking might be a new term for some, the principles of placemaking have been gradually taking root in Kennett Square for years now. “When HKS started Third Thursdays a number of years ago, it was

difficult for residents to envision State Street as a space for people, without traffic,” Wright explained. “But the success of those events paved the way for weekly street closures for outdoor dining during the pandemic—and also for the West State Street parklet that HKS built last summer for customers of Lily, Philter, Talula’s, and Grain. Again, residents were wary of giving up parking spaces. But as soon as the parklet was constructed, the public embraced it. “It was rewarding for all of us at HKS, as well as for our great team of volunteers, to see the parklet being used every day of the week by an intergenerational mix of residents and visitors. People were seeking safe outdoor spaces to meet one another, and it was heartwarming to hear stories of people who were meeting at the parklet for the first time again after months of quarantine and isolation. This community-building aspect is a key ingredient of the South Broad Street project as well.” The location of The Greenhouse is strategic, too. “We also want to draw attention to, and celebrate, the arts in Kennett,” Wright said. If Kennett Square had an arts and culture quarter, its heart would probably be the block anchored by the American Legion Building, which houses Square Pear Gallery as well as the studios of artists Peter Willard of Trover Nine, Robert C. Jackson, voice teacher Suzanne Jackson, and photographer Rusty Nelson, as well as the offices of the Kennett Symphony. Just next door, 109 South Broad Street houses the gallery of Holly Peters Oriental Rugs and Home as well as the studios of artist Carol Lesher and musician Bryan Tuk of grooveKSQ—and the building is also, of course, the home of KBC’s craft brewery. Square Pear Gallery owner and HKS board member Corien Siepelinga spearheaded the idea of a parklet for the east side of State Street, and Square Pear Gallery is an anchor sponsor for the project. “The parklet last year created a lovely atmosphere that’s welcoming and

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The new parklet in Kennett Square is located at the corner of East State and South Broad streets. It will be a great place for people to meet.

invited people to stop and appreciate the beauty of our small town,” she said. “We loved drinking coffee on the parklet outside Talula’s. Spaces like this make Kennett Square feel like home.” She’s also looking forward to having a safe, attractive space for the parents and siblings of her art students to wait—or even to enjoy ice cream to celebrate their artistic creations. The Greenhouse, which reflects the horticultural and artistic traditions for which the region is renowned, would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Square Pear Gallery and Longwood Gardens. “Building a parklet is a lot like building a deck at your home,” Wright said. “A lot of design work and planning goes into it, and the cost of lumber has also risen exponentially over the past year. Parklets are fun and simple solutions for outdoor seating, but there is a significant cost involved and we’re very grateful to Square Pear Gallery and Longwood Gardens and all of our Kennett Blooms sponsors.” The Greenhouse features beautiful plantings designed by Hilltop Garden Design, which will be watered in part by the runoff from the rain that falls on the slanted roof. The roof makes the parklet a great spot to sit even in wet weather. “The sound of the rain on the roof is amazing,” said builder Leo Becerra. Wright describes the parklet as “overflowing with

plants”—and even more so as the plantings grow in and additional planters are installed over the next week or so. The Greenhouse will give people the best window seats in Kennett from dawn til past dusk, with lights to welcome the warm summer nights and the illumination of an adjacent tree wrapped with lights for the holidays and turned back on for the summer. There’s a certain poetry to parklets—places built for a season to set the scene

for human connection. “Creating projects like this, that help make Kennett a more beautiful and welcoming community for all, is at the heart of our mission at HKS,” Wright said. In addition to numerous individual community members, other business sponsors of Kennett Blooms include Arthur Hall Insurance, Bamboozled, Clean Slate Goods, Davis Accounting, Kennett Bookhouse, Soil Shepherds, Taste Kennett, Trover Nine Studio, and Yoga Secrets.

Police search for missing mom and her two children

As of Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement officials were still searching for a missing southern Chester County woman and her two children. The Pennsylvania State Police were asking for the public’s help in finding Shannon Nicole Lake, a 30-year-old resident of New London Township, and her two children. They reportedly left their home over a week ago with her boyfriend, Daniel Patrick Connors. Lake was last seen in the Kensington section of Philadelphia on June 18 at 11:27 a.m., according to police. She was also reportedly seen in parts of Tinicum Township. Lake is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 115 pounds. She has brown hair and green eyes. Her children are two years old and six months old. Connors, 31, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact the Pennsylvania State Police.

The Greenhouse will give people the best window seats in Kennett Square from dawn until past dusk. Creative placemaking projects like The Greenhouse cultivate a sense of place as they engage and connect people through the power of the arts.

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restoration plan for the 105acre property identifies plant species are not only suitable to the site but that will survive the projected increase in temperatures and precipitation that are forecasted for the future. The plan also includes methods to manage waterway tributaries to the White Clay Creek within the property; proposed meadow planting areas; and strategies to develop woodlands that will contribute to both weather resilience and water quality throughout the property. Raman clarified that the concept to convert the property is in draft form, and that a formal site plan will require the gathering of additional information. The size of the township’s portion of the purchase cost will be defrayed by an $863,700 grant it recently

received from the Chester County Preservation Partnership Program, as well as additional grants totaling $24,000 that have come from the Mars Project and the White Clay Wild & Scenic. The balance of the cost -- $615,300 -- will be funded through the township’s Open Space Fund, a figure that could become as small as $28,000 if the OSRB receives a $587,000 grant it has applied for through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). While Raman said the cost of the site preparation, conversion, restoration and maintenance for the newlyacquired property is still not known, the project will be done in collaboration with the Stroud Water Research Center, who will also provide assistance in securing possible grant funding. “This is land that would have been prime real estate for a developer and a devel-

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opment, so this is a huge win for the township in terms of resources,” supervisor Kristie Brodowski said. “I think the Smedleys did an amazing thing for the community to preserve this beautiful piece of property.” “It’s a pristine piece of land that’s in the exceptional value watershed of the White Clay, and it would absolutely hurt the quality of water if that were ever developed,” said supervisor Steve Allaband. In other township business, the board authorized an amendment to the township’s 2021 budget that will increase its contribution to the Avondale Fire Company’s EMS Division from $119,600 to $147,500 – a $27,900 increase. Allaband, Brodowski and township Manager Ramsey Reiner have been meeting recently with the fire company’s management in an attempt to assist its financially-strapped ambulance unit. “What we found was that Avondale’s ambulance unit is on track for probably the busiest year for call volume, which was not estimated when we originally adopted the budget,” Allaband said. The township also adopted a new recycling ordinance, in compliance with state mandates. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email




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Local News Oxford Library... Continued from Page 1A

Library Association (ALA), librarians in public and academic libraries across the country answer nearly 6.6 million questions every week. Librarians help their patrons not only find their next reading selection, but they also answer questions about computer and internet training, job applications and resume writing, and filling out government forms, including tax and health insurance paperwork. All of that help is free. But something you may not know about the library is that they provide a safe refuge for the homeless and underserved populations. Many communities are not even aware that there is a homeless problem in their community, but the library knows there is. Not only do they offer a safe and free refuge for those who need shelter, they also offer support to those in need. “We don’t identify them, but there are some indicators,” Bresler said. “We are aware of some people, and as we serve them, they have told us. Serving the homeless and the underserved population has been a real challenge during the pandemic. Safety guidelines that are in place limit us right now. We are trying to protect all of our populations. Things have opened up a little recently, but we still can’t accommodate as many people that we need to.” She added, “It is not unusual to see a caseworker and their client meeting in the library. It is a safe and convenient meeting place for both.” Libraries also boost the economy. They play a key role in financially strengthening the local community. They provide a work space for telecommuters, they supply free internet access for people looking for employment opportunities, and offer job and interview training for those in need. Mobile hotspots are also available for rental at the Oxford Library Circulation Desk. According to the ALA,

Pennsylvania’s 630 libraries, serving 12 million state residents, provide a return on investment of $5.50 in benefits for every $1 of tax support, and if we didn’t have public libraries, the economic loss would amount to $1.34 billion annually. The library plays an important role in people’s lives as a source of accessing information and a place for knowledge creation. Studies have shown that public libraries are important informational, educational, cultural, and social institutions. According to the ALA, 73 percent of public libraries assist their patrons with job applications and interviewing skills, and 48 percent provide access and assistance to entrepreneurs looking to start a business of their own. In many cases, local governments work together with libraries to help small business owners by providing them with online and inperson resources, including financial guidance, contract opportunities, market information, business plans, and much more. In helping individual community members financially succeed in their lives and with small businesses, libraries help entire communities succeed at boosting their economy and growing the local wealth. Libraries also play an important role in learning the English language. The diversity in the local community continues to grow more and more every year, and libraries play a key role in that development. People from all over the world come to the U.S. looking for new opportunities for themselves and for their families, and English is often not their first language. Before they can find success, they need to find a place to learn a new language. Libraries provide English language learners with the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new language, whether it be through periodicals, books, audiobooks, or resources online. Many libraries also offer multilingual books

for adults and children that are designed to help new English learners master the language in a fun and engaging way. Increasingly, libraries are also expanding their collection of non-English books to help create a more inclusive environment for every kind of reader, no matter where they are from. In addition to the physical resources libraries offer ESL learners, they also provide educational ones, including free language classes, bilingual housing and employment help, resource and contact information for adult education courses outside of the library. And something often overlooked is how the library helps those speaking English learn another language. When businesses are multi-lingual, they are able to improve their bottom line by increasing their client base. Learning another language also improves everyone’s opportunity in the job market, especially the quickly growing global market. You might not realize it, but libraries also promote a healthier community. From June through November you can see the Fresh2You Mobile Market truck at the Oxford Library. Brought to you by the Chester County Food Bank, the one-of-a-kind truck makes select stops throughout Chester County, bringing fresh, delicious, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fresh2You accepts all forms of payment, including cash, credit/debit, SNAP/ EBT and WIC or Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. For customers shopping with SNAP/EBT or FMNP, Fresh2You can stretch your food budget by offering matching dollars in the form of Veggie Bucks. These can be used on any future purchases of fruits and vegetables during the Fresh2You season. In the past the library also provided space for community gardens, which not only provided food, but taught those involved how to garden. You probably don’t think

Sophia Crossan honored as Student of the Month Sophia Crossan has been named the Avon Grove Lions Club Student of the Month from Avon Grove High School for May. She is the daughter of Kim and Bryan Crossan of Landenberg. Sophia is involved in numerous school organizations, including SADD, Avon Grove Minds Matter Club, girls ice hockey, the Allied Health Program, and the National Honor Society. Sophia has also been active in the community by participating in KMC Dance. Sophia was inducted into the National Honor Society, awarded Student of the Quarter for Technical College High School – Allied Health. Academically, she has achieved High Honors and Distinguished Honors throughout her high school career. Sophia plans to attend Villanova University, and would like to go on to attend medical school

and become a psychiatrist. Teachers she has been influenced by include Mrs. Rurode and Mrs. Young. Courtesy photo

High School's Sophia Crossan has been named a Student of the Month.

of it as a center for health and well being, but in many cases, it is exactly that. Through community programs, direct librarian assistance, fitness classes, and basic internet access, libraries provide important equal access opportunities to those seeking health information and services. According to a study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 59 percent of libraries help patrons find health insurance resources, 18 percent bring in healthcare providers to offer free limited screening services, and 23 percent provide free fitness classes. Together with local governments, healthcare providers, and medical professionals, libraries keep communities healthier and increase their vitality in a way that makes a serious impact. Libraries also preserve the local history. Archives of published newspapers, local history books, instructions on researching your local ancestry, and more can also be found at the library. Libraries, which house centuries of learning, information, history, and truth, are important defenders in the fight against misinformation. More so than a community center, town hall, or public park ever could, libraries connect their communities in a way that benefits everyone. They pool local resources — from educational offerings to job training to homeless outreach to ESL learning — and put them all under one, welcoming roof for everyone to share. The Oxford Library, for example, has developed

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Sarah Beyer, the new children’s librarian at the Oxford Library, is pictured with her buddy, BeBop. BeBop helps Sarah with Storytime and other children’s programs.

a great relationship with the Oxford Arts Alliance. Before the pandemic, programs including local authors and artists, community art projects, joint fundraisers, antique appraisals or unique film discussions were mutually supported. Most recently, the library was visited by New York Times bestselling author Doug Tallamy who spoke on his book, “Nature’s Best Hope.” The pandemic has presented challenges, but the library has gone virtual with the programming. The library also offers a curbside pickup for patrons. Bresler said, “Even with our limitations during the pandemic, our circulation has not gone down.”

The library is not fully funded by the state, but they do get funding from the county and local governments, both of whom have been very generous, according to Bresler. However, they do need to fundraise. Two exciting fundraisers are coming up quickly. On July 1, the library will hold its first virtual fundraiser titled, “Noveltea, a Night with Riley Sager.” From June 26 through July 11, the library will hold the Oxford Library Fish Tales Large Mouth Bass Tournament. For more information on both fundraisers, or to find out what else the library offers, call 610-932-0625. The Oxford Library is located at 48 S. 2nd Street in Oxford.




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that carry water to various points on each floor. This system is called a dry standpipe. When a fire engine flows water from a hydrant into the pipes, firefighters can carry hose into the building and connect to the standpipe outlets to fight a fire. The crews ran numerous rotations of operating off the standpipe and running a hose line directly off the fire engine and up the stair well. “We’d like them to do that again. Everything went well,” Schaible said. Schaible also thanked council for the garage sweeper that council had approved. He said it made the job much cleaner for everyone and reduced the work from two employees to one, and the hours required from four to one. Council approved retaining the Rodgers Group to provide police accreditation consultation services at the cost of $10,000. Funds for that will come from the available interest in the Council Endowment Fund. In other business, council approved the motion to grant an extension request for Sycamore Crossing Phases 6 and 7. The extension runs through Sept. 21, 2021. Council approved a motion to authorize advertising of Ordinance Amending Section 1-901, Anti-discrimination, to include consulting and members of any advisory board or commission.

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permitting and stormwater management support from Meliora. Once the final design is approved by the township, the project will be put out to bid for construction. The projected cost of the trail’s construction is estimated at $5.196 million, which calls for the development of an eight-foot-wide trail beside Chandler Mill Road. The township will pursue grant sources in order to defray costs for the construction of the project. In other township business, the board passed a resolution in support of Kennett Borough’s application to receive a multimodal fund for the continued commitment to and development of the Kennett Greenway Connectors Birch Street and Magnolia Underpass project, in collaboration with the borough. The project involves the reconstruction of Birch Street that will include stormwater management, street lighting, curb and safety improvements, as well as the construction of a walking and biking path. The project also includes the construction of the Magnolia Underpass, which will provide a pedestrian and bicycle crossing beneath the East Penn Railway connecting Kennett Greenway trail segments between the Township and Borough. Dr. Lou Kaplan, a director with Safety, Agriculture, Villages & Environment (S.A.V.E.) recommended that the township use the services of Mark Johnson

A motion to adopt Resolution 1314-2021 regarding appointing an open records officer for the police was approved. Police Chief Sam Iacono will hold that position. Council member Robert Ketcham updated council on the Transportation Improvement Inventory to Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). Ketcham said the six Oxford Regional Planning Commission members will send a letter to Chester County which will get brought before PennDOT, then forwarded to the DVRPC. The letter will recommend a safety study on Baltimore Pike and a safety study on Route 272. Council member. Dick Winchester brought up some governance issues he would like to see addressed. “I think understanding how to make our meetings run more efficiently could help us greatly,” Winchester said. An orientation for new council members was also mentioned. It will be discussed further. Mayor Phil Harris thanked the Union Fire Company and the Oxford Borough Police Department for their participation with the State Police in a softball game to raise funds for local resident Jacob Yoder, who was injured in an automobile accident. Approximately $15,000 was raised from the event. Harris also thanked Leda Widdoes and Oxford Mobil for their tremendous assistance with the fundraiser. of MTJ Roundabout Engineering in the design of the Five Points Roundabout in the township. Recently, Johnson was hired by Londonderry Township to provide peer review of a PennDOT roundabout designed for the intersection of Routes 926 and 41. He made numerous suggestions and refinements to improve the PennDOT design, nearly all of which were incorporated into the final design of that roundabout, scheduled for construction in 2022. “I think you will find that Mark Johnson is highly respected by PennDOT and has the ability, through years of experience and design expertise, to address any issues that you would face in your project,” Kaplan said. “The Board of Supervisors does have jurisdiction over choosing the engineer and designer for the roundabout, but the project will ultimately have to be reviewed with PennDOT,” said township Manager Eden Ratliff, who informed the board that he expects to issue a request for proposal for the project sometime this summer. “We have several years to get this project complete, so we are definitely ahead of the game in figuring out who should be leading us in terms of engineering and design.” The board also approved the appointment of Karen Marshall to the township’s Historical Commission for a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2025. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

After a year of challenges, Kennett Middle School says ‘Goodbye’ for the summer By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Like nearly every school principal across the nation and the globe has done recently, Kennett Middle School principal Lorenzo DeAngelis stood in the school’s cafeteria on June 16 and personally thanked the nearly 100 administrators and teachers gathered with him for playing the role of hero during the most difficult year in the school’s history. Encouraging fist bumps between faculty and administration, DeAngelis began his remarks at the ceremony by asking them to recall the accomplishments they have made over the past 15 months in the wake of a COVID-19 pandemic that closed schools, shuttered sports and activities and led to a virtual learning environment. “Sit back and think for a second on what you all did personally and professionally and together as a group and what we’ve done,” he said. “I know that there are still scars, but we really truly made it. I know we are not fully out of the woods yet, but what you did this past year chopped so many trees down from those woods that I couldn’t be more proud of this group. “Keep thinking as you drive home today, ‘We made it.’” Following a lunch sponsored by the school’s parent-teacher organization and catered by Outlandish! and Cloud 9 Nutrition, recognition was given to teachers and administration for their achievements over the past year. DeAngelis acknowledged language arts teacher Dian McKinney for being one of 21 teachers from across the Greater Philadelphia Region to receive the 2021 Citadel Heart of Learning Award, given annually by Citadel Credit Union since 2001 to recognize educators who show dedication in and outside the classroom. DeAngelis also gave credit to his four key administrators – Patty Krieger, Tracy Knox, Vicki Rohrer and Gerilyn Staley – for their flexibility and adaptability in maintaining schedules and attendance during a stressful year for teachers, staff, students and parents. “The four of you ran this place,” DeAngelis said. “There is nothing I can’t ask

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The Kennett Middle School faculty and administration received a catered lunch and high recognition on June 16 for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kennett Middle School principal Lorenzo DeAngelis gave thanks to his teachers and administrators for their dedication and sacrifice over the past academic year.

Sixth-grade teachers Erica Warren, left, and Brooke Giffi enjoy a catered lunch that was provided to the faculty and staff of the school by the school’s parent-teacher organization.

any of these four women to do. They all just go far and beyond.” After the ceremony, DeAngelis again echoed his praise of the administration and faculty for their resilience in overcoming the many obstacles of the 2020-21 academic year. “There was never a doubt in mind that Kennett Middle

School could get through this,” he said. “I knew we could. We all knew it would be hard work, and we knew we would have to push ourselves further than ever before in order to do what we do. “What we do is not a simple task, and when you throw in everything that occurred over the last 15

months, they were extraordinary. We had to change our mindsets, adapt and be flexible. Our staff is second to none, for what they do for our kids in this school district. They can’t be beat.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Chester County District Winners of the 2021 Citadel Heart of Learning Award • Avon Grove: Stephanie Shrake, Avon Grove High School • Coatesville: Breanna Kriston, East Fallowfield Elementary School • Downingtown: Kathleen Cool, Uwchlan Hills Elementary School • Great Valley: Amy Hober, K.D. Markley Elementary School • Kennett Consolidated: Dian McKinney, Kennett Middle School • Octorara: Robin Lewis, Octorara Intermediate School • Owen J. Roberts: Lisa Cunningham, East Vincent Elementary School • Oxford: Nicole Wiltrout, Oxford Area High School • Phoenixville: Michelle Sinnamon, Manavon Elementary School • Tredyffrin-Easttown: Allegra Dotson, New Eagle Elementary School • Twin Valley: Elizabeth Techman, Twin Valley Elementary School • Unionville: Lauren Owsley, Charles F. Patton Middle School • West Chester: Frank Nefos, Fugett Middle School • Non-Public School: Jane Brennan, St. Joseph Elementary • CCIU: Jessica Jakatt, Chester County Learning Center




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The announcement that came last week making Juneteenth a national holiday was eerily similar to nearly every symbolic declaration of its kind in the 245-year history of the United States of America. It came too late. Just like the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920 giving women the right to vote. Just like The Civil Rights Act of 1964 that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and later sexual orientation and gender identity. Just like the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26, 2015 ruling that gave same-sex couples the right to marry; and just like every other legislation enacted that has endeavored to level the playing field of our country’s citizens or recognize achievements and moments when our nation rose to live out the highest meaning of its most declarative document. And while Juneteenth has at last been added to our national calendar, the tardiness of its arrival is exacerbated by its still nebulous origin and even cloudier meaning in the lexicon of our history. While it recognizes June 19, 1865 as the day when the last enslaved African Americans were granted freedom after Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that the Civil War was officially over, it is a holiday that has been celebrated mostly among African Americans at festivals, parades and at backyard feasts. It is the one annual event in the year that illuminates – more than any other -- our nation’s division, our separateness, and the dark cloud of our nation’s past. To many Americans – White Americans – Juneteenth is the jubilant equal of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the imagined perception that just around the corner from the parade is the memory of the police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. And yet, despite the opposition of 14 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives – some hilariously said they feared the new holiday would be confused with the Fourth of July holiday -- Senate Bill 475 was signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden and is now on our nation’s calendar. While its designation as a federal holiday seems like an aftermath to its current imprint, Juneteenth has become – with a stroke of the President’s pen -- our country’s newest classroom, one that must turn to the chapter of one of our ugliest moments, dig deep into its narrative, and have the courage to keep turning the pages. Its designation must be met with equal purpose, equally. The truest measure of its impact will be whether a singular day will become a continuing dialogue, a conversation to end the poison of ignorance and silence the lethal blows of racism and inequality. It is the hope of this newspaper that Juneteenth not aspire merely to become one of America’s prettiest holidays but one of its most inclusive – an integrated, color-blind school of fluid motion and discourse that flings its doors open to everyone who is willing to learn.

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The United States has been in endless wars for nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, triggered initially by the dreadful attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. According to the Cost of War project at Brown University, the budgetary cost has exceeded $6.4 trillion. The human cost is an estimated 800,000 people who have been killed directly in the violence of these wars, and several

times as many civilians who have died as an indirect result. How do we wind this down? An important place to begin is to demand that the legislative branch – the U.S. Congress – take back its responsibility, as stated in Article I, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution, to declare war. Instead, the executive branch under both Republican and Democratic presidents has expanded and abused a series of Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) that skirt debate

and oversight by lawmakers and send our armed forces into harm’s way. Please join advocates across the country in urging our U.S. House member Chrissy Houlahan to cosponsor and vote for H.R. 256, which repeals the 2002 AUMF issued for the Iraq war that ended nearly 10 years ago in December 2011, and is no longer needed for any operations. This bill currently has bipartisan support with 134 co-sponsors. More are needed, not just to vote for the bill but to co-sponsor it.

We also urge Sen. Bob Casey and Sen. Pat Toomey to co-sponsor parallel legislation in the Senate – S. J. Res 10 - repealing both the 1991 AUMF (Gulf War) and the 2002 AUMF (Iraq.) This bill also has bipartisan support. Adding more co-sponsorships to both of these bills increases the chances that they will advance and become law – an important step toward ending the endless wars. Judy Hinds Kennett Square

We’re stronger as a country when more people vote By Lee H. Hamilton There is a fight going on over the heart of our democracy, and I worry that democracy is losing. Over the last few months, several states have moved decisively to make it harder for their citizens to vote, and more are on tap. It’s hard to tell yet whether this is just a blip or an actual reversal of the US’s long trend of expanding voting access. Either way, it’s cause for attention. The earliest moves this year came in Iowa and Georgia, which made absentee voting harder and shifted some control over election processes from elections officials to partisan politicians themselves. Florida recently cut back on drop boxes and ratcheted up ID requirements for requesting an absentee ballot. Texas’s legislature is moving forward with a bill that would hand power to partisan poll watchers, bar elections officials from mailing out absentee ballot applications, and impose other limits. Ohio legislators want to limit drop boxes and reduce early inperson voting. Republican legislatures in Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming have enacted restrictions, as well. Over the long course of

American history, we’ve There is a strong argument tended to move in the to be made that this is just a opposite direction; toward different way of restricting expanding people’s ability the vote: Democrats made to vote. Indeed, significant effective use of absentee parts of our history revolved ballots in the 2020 elections, around who should be able for instance, so Republican to vote, since politicians legislatures have imposed always want to tilt the field limits on their use for next in their favor. Originally, time —though there are of course, the franchise states, like Florida, where was limited to white men absentees were a prime with property. Then, over GOP electoral tool in earlier time, white men with- elections. out property, Black men, In general, voting rights women, Native Americans, advocates argue that maknon-English speakers, and ing voting harder means citizens between the ages of that people who have 18 and 21 won the right to historically turned out in cast ballots. smaller percentages will To be sure, there are still once again be at a disadvanplenty of people who are tage. Many people—over barred from voting by state the course of a long career laws. Some states don’t in politics, I’ve seen this let convicted felons vote; first-hand—are intimidatmany states deny the vote ed by the voting process: to people with psychiatric showing up at a precinct, disabilities —and some- passing through a gaunttimes, poll workers impose let of campaign signs and their own competency stan- people with handouts, getdards, regardless of what ting checked in, and facing the law says. Most states the prospect that they’ll be impose a residency require- humiliated by being turned ment—often, you have to away. Without encouragehave lived there at least 30 ment, they opt not to show days—and though all states up at all. There are politiallow homeless people to cians who know this and vote, sometimes they have take advantage of it. trouble meeting the regisBy now, my view on this tration requirements. ought to be obvious. As These days, the battles a democracy, the United tend to revolve less explic- States is stronger when as itly around who should many people as possible be able to vote and more can vote and the electorate around ease of voting. reflects the actual makeup

of the population. This has two beneficial effects: it ensures that our elected representatives reflect who we are; and it helps Americans not only feel a stake in the system but believe that their voices are represented in the corridors of power. The opposite is also true. When people feel that efforts are being made to deny their participation, they write off the process and begin looking for other ways to affect politics and policy, including taking to the streets or developing sympathy for more authoritarian approaches to governing. It is too early to say how this year’s voting-restriction laws will turn out; many of them will likely end up in court. But even if the urge to limit voting is hardly new, it’s dismaying that, well over two centuries since our founding, it remains so pervasive. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

Nearly $1.1 million in funding secured to expand housing options, empower vulnerable residents State Rep. Dianne Herrin announced the approval of Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funding for several projects in Chester County after a very competitive new round of funding applications for these housing programs. “The hardships of the last 15 months have shed a new light on the importance of

decent, attainable housing and of assisting our most vulnerable neighbors,” Herrin said. “This nearly $1.1 million in new funding will provide a lifeline to individuals during a time of crisis while simultaneously empowering them to find permanent, stable housing.” The PHARE funding for Chester County will be divided among five organizations:

• $500,000 for the Chester County Department of Community Development, which will allow Chester County to offer a continuum of services to its most vulnerable individuals with the mission of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. • $100,000 for the Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children to support individuals and families facing eviction with legal representation, financial support and social services. • $240,000 for the Housing Authority of Chester County to assist in finding and retaining housing, as well as expanding landlord incentive programs. • $115,000 for the Targeted Homelessness Resource Coordination program,

which will assist people experiencing chronic homelessness and collaborate with all housing providers to help people find permanent housing. • $130,000 for Safe Harbor of Chester County Inc., which provides more than 65 percent of the total emergency beds available for single adults and maintains the only women’s homeless shelter in Chester County. Case management services will help propel residents toward self-sustainability and permanent housing. PHARE, managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, was established in 2010 to provide the mechanism to allocate state and federal funds to the creation, rehabilitation and support of affordable housing throughout the state.




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Threatened animals find safety at Chenoa Manor By Chris Barber Contributing Writer An accredited animal sanctuary on Glen Willow Road called Chenoa Manor straddles the boundary between New Garden Township and London Grove Township, giving new hope and optimism to animals that would otherwise be suffering abuse or facing slaughter. Most often, those rescued residents come and are accepted from inquiries by the American Sanctuary Association and humane officers. These animals are often victims of abuses of factory farming, cruelty, hoarding, lab experiments and abandonment. Sometimes they even arrive from regions where they were displaced by natural disasters. This 25-acre farm is home to as many as 250 farm or exotic animals, but no wildlife or dogs and cats. Highly visible from the roadside are the large farm animals in the fields—the horses, cows and sheep. But not so obvious are the scores of smaller species like birds, turtles and guinea pigs who enjoy their lives in abodes that are more tucked away. Anyone arriving at the property is struck by the serenity of the view. With the White Clay Creek babbling quietly along the edge, the mood is calming and peaceful with varieties of farm animal species grazing lazily together in the fields. A herd of sheep, recently rounded up in a corral for shearing, defied the caretakers’ concerns for their anxiety. They came to the edge of their fence out of curiosity for a visitor, seeking attention and patting. Horses chomp away on a hay bale next to contented cows and donkeys, while goats frolic at the far end of the field. When humans approach, the animals -having grown accustomed to interacting with their human hosts -- amble over to greet new visitors. Meanwhile, off in another field, the pigs rest in small tents for their afternoon naps. Even a flock of vultures, looking strangely like something out of an Edgar Allen Poe story, perch on a nearby fence, overseeing the entire scene. Christiane Moore, who was working in the operation on a recent afternoon,

Taoist writings and philosophy permeate the operations of Chenoa Manor.

said they don’t worry about the vultures’ presence. “Some people don’t like them, so they formed a colony here,” she said. Chenoa Manor is primarily guided by an Inner Circle Council. The Inner Circle is composed of young adults who have been impacted by the Manor and the offerings there, either through internships or community service. Together, they lead Chenoa forward with their ideas and decisions, supported by an Elder Circle. The Elder Circle is comprised of visionary professionals who range from doctors to actresses to artists, each offering their wisdom, experience, and expertise as needed, according to the website. The organization is 100 percent volunteer-run and has no paid staff. They rely exclusively on contributions from the public to support the costs of animal care, building and property maintenance, and programming, the website stated. Chenoa Manor was founded about 20 years ago by itinerant veterinarian Dr. Rob Teti, whose affection for animals and belief in the power of love is well known to his friends and led him to the project. Posted around the property by him are Buddhist and Taoist quotes affirming the unity of humans with the natural world. Chenoa Manor is and has always operated on three principles: • To offer farm and exotic animals lifetime sanctuary from situations where they have no alternative placement; • To nurture and empower youth through education-

A donkey wanders the field checking out visitors at the fence.

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Volunteer Christiane Moore pats a Chenoa Manor cow that is living out its life there.

Horses stop at a hay bale for a snack in the field.

A gaggle of geese hold court in a pen.

al programs that promote nature connectedness, communication, and selfconfidence; and • To promote respect and compassion for nature and animals through workshops that engage the community and the public at large. During the warm weather especially, Chenoa Manor offers volunteer and internship opportunities for youth and adults. These volunteers uniformly report that they learned life-changing skills and developed attitudes that drew them closer to nature and animals. The website states: “Young people are a big part of life at Chenoa Manor, whether they are visiting for independent community service, through a community group like the Girl Scouts, sororities or sports teams, with a college Alternative Breaks program, through

Turkeys relax in the pen.

our internship program, or other workshops and events. Visiting Chenoa is a memorable experience, and we’ve found that our mission and impact are best described in young visitors’ own words.” One young volunteer wrote, “I learned that the most effective way to get rid of stress is just to be outside in the sun. I forgot how well I respond to getting my hands dirty and paying attention to the ground below me.” There are also special events that invite small groups for specific activities. This summer they include a silent evening of reflection; sharing space with pigs; photography tours; youth art for different age groups; sharing space with tortoises; and steward for a day on the farm. Each event costs between $30 and $50.

A sheep stops by the fence of the corral in search of human attention.

Moore, who was tending the farm on a recent afternoon, said she handles the publicity and fundraising for Chenoa. Once, she said, the stream flooded and wiped out the fences. One pig temporarily escaped (and was later returned), but the repairs amounted to $10,000 in costs. During the winter, the opportunity for grazing in the grass diminishes, and the horses need food. She said they organized a fundraiser called “Buy a bale of hay,” – a title that let people know they were helping the cause. She mentioned another feature of the place that many find interesting. On the property is a centuries-old barn. It is rather worn and in need of repair, but it is still used for some events. Moore said it is beautiful inside, and some even select it for a wedding ceremony. At other times, the art classes and displays have been held there. Several years ago, the Chenoa leadership found

writings on the wall which indicated that the barn has been around, perhaps since early residents were in communication with the local native Americans. Restoring this aging treasure will cost about $300,000, and the money is not yet there, Moore said. Expenses occur and Moore continues her fundraising and publicity. Nonetheless, the animals live out their lives, content that they are safe and loved. The visitors depart, likewise enriched and optimistic: “Ben” from Ursinus College wrote this on the Chenoa Manor website: “Every time I leave Chenoa Manor, I leave with a sense of hope, and I see it in the other people who are there as well. If everybody has a little bit of hope in the good, things will happen, and positive change will come.” Chenoa Manor is located at 733 Glen Willow Road in Avondale. To learn more, visit www.chenoamanor. org.




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Susan Lee Ash, a resident of Oxford and formerly of Sandwich, MA, passed away at her home on June 7. She was 74. Born in 1947 in Salem, MA, she was the daughter of the late William and Wilma Teakles Foster. She spent most of her life in Massachusetts, where she met and married her beloved husband, Eugene Arthur Ash. Sue and Gene were married for 53 years, raising a family of five children and providing a safe home to numerous foster children over the years. Sue and Gene lived in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod for 35 years until they retired to Florida to live with her mother and her sister, Lois Foster, before most recently moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Sue received her associate’s degree in social work from Cape Cod Community College and found her passion working as a social worker and domestic violence victim advocate for the Independence House in Hyannis as well as the State of Massachusetts. Sue is survived by her husband; five children, David (and his wife Alelihna), Cassandra (and her husband Tim), Daniel (and his wife Alexandra), Lisa and Gena; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Foster. Sue loved her grandchildren dearly and they loved her. She enjoyed watching them play hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer and baseball, and supported all of their interests in every way. A private family ceremony and celebration of Sue’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Independence House, Inc. 160 Bassett Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 on her behalf. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Jeanne E. Reynolds, 88, of Oxford passed away on May 28 in her home. Born in Oxford, she was the daughter of the late Refton Earl and Mary Brumfield Reynolds. Jeanne graduated from Oxford Area High School. She retired after 37 years as Supervisor of the Supply Division of the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Md. She was a member and treasurer of Redemptive Faith Community Church in Oxford. She was the former leader of the Children’s Youth Ministry and former member of the choir, duet and trio of the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Jeanne enjoyed gardening, reading, and doing word-search puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and plastic canvas. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ruth Reynolds, with whom she resided, and six nieces and nephews, Cheryl Wambold, Karen Cramer, Donna Kauffman, John Reynolds, Jr. and his wife, Melba, Steve Reynolds and his wife, Lisa, and Teresa Miller and her husband Elbert. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Reynolds and John Reynolds, Sr. Funeral services were held on June 4 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Redemptive Faith Community Church, 2617 Old Baltimore Pike, Oxford, PA 19363 or Brandywine River Valley Hospice, 121 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford, PA 19363. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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JAMES LOUIS ROBERTSON James Louis Robertson, a resident of Nottingham, passed away at home on June 14. He was 80. He was the husband of Evelyn A. Kolb Robertson, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. Born in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late James Walter and Barbara Bejune Robertson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. James was employed with Dupont in the engineering department at the Louviers Building in Newark, Del. He enjoyed restoring his home, horses and carpentry. He is survived by his wife; three loving children, Steven Robertson of Fairfax, VA, Michael Robertson of Glenwood, Md., and Catherine Olsen of Boyertown, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and one brother, John Charles Robertson of Abington, MA. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 at Oxford Cemetery, 220 N. Third St. in Oxford. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

BERTHA LLOYD HUNT KINNAIRD An angel of the Lord accompanied Bertha Lloyd Hunt Kinnaird into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at 4:32 p.m. on June 2. Her husband of 60 years, John Kinnaird, was with her in her last hours. Her children also, who prayed and read scripture with her and sang hymns of praise and glory into her ears. Today Bertha is in the company of her Lord and with her son, John, and her sister, Lois Margaret Mitchell. Bertha served the Lord for 86 years on this earth before she went to the reward bought for her by Christ. Bertha was born on March 8, 1935, in Chungju, Korea, to the Reverend Bruce Hunt and Katharine Blair Hunt, missionaries. God gave her to John in marriage in 1960, and they served him together for more than 60 years. Bertha attended West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Illinois and then practiced as a registered nurse. In addition to her professional work, Bertha spent her life serving others. A student and teacher of scripture, she led the women of her church in Bible Study until shortly before her death. She was often found at her kitchen table offering wisdom and comfort to those in crisis. She was an artist and an artisan who loved working in her garden. She painted, foraged, and created beauty out of every material that came to hand. Her dinner table was always full and lively with rich conversation. One of the great works of her life was giving voice to her eldest son, scribing his poetry for him when he could not. Bertha is survived by her husband John, and by her children, Malissa, wife of Clint Files; Deborah, wife of James Perry; Malcolm Kinnaird and his wife Justine; and David Kinnaird and his wife Rachael. She is also survived by her sisters, Connie Stonehouse and Mary Heerema and her brother, the Reverend David Hunt. She is the beloved grandmother of John Norman, Hunt, Thom, Katharine, Addie, Blair, Grace, John, Robert, James, Finley, and Drew. She is known as “Aunt Bertha” to the generations of extended family who reveled in her generosity and love. Bertha will be sorely missed in this life, but we rejoice in our confidence that she is with the Savior she loved and served. “An excellent wife, who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And she does him good… She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy… She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue… Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” A service of worship and internment will be held to celebrate Bertha’s entrance to glory. Until that time, please hold her family in prayer. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Oxford teachers complete one-and two-year induction programs

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The Oxford Area School District held its final new teacher induction meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on June 3, when inductees from this past year and previous year were recognized for completing first- or second-year activities of the two-year induction program. Pictured front from left are Superintendent David Woods; Assistant Superintendent Dr. Margaret BillingsJones; Jordan Bank School teacher Rachel Bommelyn;

Penn’s Grove School teacher Alicia Glenn; Hopewell Elementary School teachers Chelse Hostetter and Abigail Markel; and Elk Ridge School teachers Karlee Kurtz and Scott Rafetto; second row from left, Nottingham School teachers Julia Ross, Gina Sawyer, Jenna Leo, Emily Parsons and Barbara Buchanan; top from left, Oxford Area High School teachers Kimberly Rutherford, Katie Little, Kevin Griffin, Madeline Logic and Rebecca Daull Markham.

RALPH EDWARD DENLINGER Ralph Edward Denlinger, 68, of Oxford, passed away on June 12 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. He was the husband of Marcia Hughes Denlinger, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John and Esther Clark Denlinger. Ralph graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1975. After graduating college, Ralph began a career dedicated to teaching and coaching. He was a science teacher with Octorara High School and coached track and cross country for Octorara High School as well as Oxford Area High School. He retired in 2008. Ralph loved American history. He was a re-enactor and historian of the Revolution, with a strong emphasis on the local militia companies that served under and aided General George Washington’s Continental Army. He also enjoyed researching his family’s genealogy and his father’s tour of duty in the South Pacific during World

War II. He was a long-time member of the Oxford Area Historical Association, as well as many other local historical groups in the Chester County area. He was a member of the Delaware Astronomical Society for many years. Ralph’s true passion in life was spending time with his granddaughters, coaching his sons' sports teams and traveling with his wife and friends. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Michael Denlinger (and his wife Allison) of Avondale and Mark Denlinger (and his wife Amanda) of Chadds Ford; five grandchildren, Abigail, MacKenzie, Alexa, Savannah and Olivia; and two brothers, John Denlinger of Tampa, FL and Charles Denlinger of West Chester. Funeral services were held on June 17 at Bethany Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Oxford Area Historical Association, PO Box 355, Oxford, PA 19363. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford (



Marian “Bonnie Thompson, 68, of Birdsboro, Pa., passed away on June 16 at her residence. She was the wife of Russell J. Thompson, who passed away in 2019, and with whom she shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Shacklock and the late Marian Green Shacklock. Marian was an accounting coordinator at Pilot Air Freight in Media, Pa. for over 20 years, retiring in 2018. She was an avid reader, and she also enjoyed cross stitching, crocheting and being with her family and friends. She is survived by three daughters, Amy Gray and her husband Alex of West Grove, Carolyn Haas and her husband Dan of Harrisburg, and Louise Peoples and her husband John of Palm Coast, FL; three brothers, David Shacklock of Tehachapi, CA, Joseph Shacklock of West Chester, Pa. and Lewis Shacklock of Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Karen Federici of Blakeslee, Pa. and Janet Gartner of Franklinville, NC, and four grandchildren, Reagan, Caleb, Tyler and Zoey. Her memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road in West Grove. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5TH Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

JOSEPH F. MILLER Joseph F. Miller, age 64, of Glen Mills, Pa., passed away on May 16 at Brinton Manor. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Francis A. Miller and the late Rose O’Reilly Miller. Joe was a flight engineer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004 after over 20 years of service. He was a decorated member of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant. He had several tours overseas including Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is survived by six brothers, 18 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at a later date. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit

Sharon L. (Beck) Mormino, a longtime resident of Framingham, MA and formerly of Kaolin, Pa., passed away on June 15 with her daughters and her husband of 51 years by her side. She was 76. When she passed, she was at home where she had been fighting her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease for

the past five years. Sharon was the daughter of the late Cassimer and Ethel (Irey) Beck. Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Paul Mormino; her daughters, Elizabeth and her husband Brian Dacey of Hopkinton, MA and Ellen and her husband Gregory LaRosa of Pipersville, Pa. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Catherine, Caleb, and Donovan Dacey and Sam, Sebastian, Silas, and Solomon LaRosa. She was predeceased by a third daughter, Carolyn Mormino and a brother-in-law, Christopher Wall. Sharon is also survived by her brother, Barry Beck and his wife Kathy of Wilmington, Del.; sister-in-law Janet (Mormino) Wall of San Diego, CA; brother-in-law Thomas Mormino and his wife Susan of Mercer Island, WA; and five nieces and nephews. There will be a celebration of Sharon’s life at the Holliston Historical Society Barn, 547 Washington Street, Holliston, MA on Thursday, July 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. This celebration of Sharon’s life will be as she wished – comfortable clothes, light food and drinks, and lots of memories and laughter. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Norton Funeral Home in Framingham, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Sharon’s love of animals by making a donation to the ASPCA on Sharon’s memorial page. Please visit for a full obituary and online guestbook.

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Estate of Sandra Wright, late of West Chester, County of Chester, Pennsylvania, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on 4/23/21 said Estate having been granted, and all persons indebted thereto are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims or demands against the same will present them without delay for settlement to Jillian Pratt, Esq., 3704 Kennett Pike, Suite 200, Greenville, DE 19807.



Estate of, Late of Estate of Eugene

J. Bernat, Bernat, Eugene J. late of Phoenixville, PA, LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to Andrew Bernat, 1231 Harrison Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460, Executor. or Attorney: Daly & Clemente, P.C., 1288 Valley Forge Road, Suite 72, Phoenixville, PA 19460 6p-9-3t


ESTATE OF THEODORE BATES OWEN a/k/a TED B. OWEN, DECEASED. Late of the London Grove Township, Chester County, PA. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to VICTOR JOSEPH STUBBS, EXECUTOR, c/o Stacey Willits McConnell, Esq., 24 E. Market St., P.O. Box

BID NOTICE DATE June 15, 2021

All Bids shall be effective for the period of 60 days. Each Bid must be sealed and the envelope must be labeled with the words "2021 HYDRO-SEEDING..” All necessary information for this bid can be obtained from link on Any questions please email A prebid meeting will take place on July 29, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority, OWNER, reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Bids.

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In the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a Petition was filed for Change of Name on January 13, 2021. Pursuant to Rule 206.1. IN RE Arnold Hack, III, Plaintiff, No. CV-2021-000337. A hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 9:00 am in Courtroom/Hearing Room: to be announced, Delaware County Courthouse, Media Pennsylvania. At this hearing you must be prepared to present all testimony and/or argument, and must ensure that your witnesses will be present. 6p-16-2t Sealed proposals will be received by Elk Township at the office of Elk Township, 952 Chesterville Road, P.O. Box 153, Lewisville, PA 19351. Bids will be accepted until 3:00 PM, Monday, July 12, 2021. Bids will be opened at 3:30 PM on that day. Action will be taken by the municipality on the awarding of each bid item at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM. Bidders are asked to bid on the following: 1. Roadwork Equipment Rental w/Operator per Specifications (Bidders Qualification Form is required) 2. Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services Equipment Rental w/Operator per Specifications (Bidders Qualification Form and Agreement for Snow Plowing/ Ice Removal are required) 3. Aggregate Materials per Specifications (550 tons more or less) 4. Blacktop Mixes per Specifications (770 tons more or less), 5. Liquid Asphalt per Specifications (20 gallons more or less), All of the above equipment and material specified shall meet Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Specification standards and the terms/conditions of the Agreement for Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services. Bidders are not required to bid on all of the above items. The contract period for Roadwork Equipment Rental begins on July 13, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022. The contract period for Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services Equipment Rental begins on October 15, 2021 and ends on April 30, 2022. The successful bidder shall, within 14 days of the award of contract, submit the following: Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the Equipment Rental Contract; Certificate of Insurance with minimum limits of $500,000/$1,000,000 aggregate and endorsing Elk Township as Additional Insured; Proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage Information for Independent Contractors; Hold Harmless & Indemnification Agreement; and IRS Form W-9. All bidders are to follow the Bidder Information Guidelines. Bidding packets are available by appointment at the Elk Township Office and on-line at www., or may be requested by phone 610-255-0634 or by e-mail Terri Kukoda, Secretary/Treasurer 6p-16-2t


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Sealed Bids will be received by the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority (SECCRA), OWNER, at the office of the Southeastern Chester County Refuse Authority, 219 Street Road, West Grove, PA 19390, until 2:00 PM. prevailing time, on August 10, 2021, for 2021 HYDRO- SEEDING . Bids will be opened publicly at that time and reviewed. It is expected that, award will take place following the opening ceremonies of the Board of Directors’ meeting August 11, 2021 at 7:30 o'clock PM prevailing time. The Board of Directors’ Meeting will be held at the SECCRA offices, 219 Street Road, West Grove, Pennsylvania. SECCRA expects to make final award of the Bid on or before August 31, 2021.

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Penn Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania is accepting sealed bids for Snow Removal in the Township for the 2021-2022 season. Bid packages are available at the Township Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or online at the township website at www. BID NOTICE/ BID ADVERTISEMENT Penn Township, Chester County is requesting bids from qualified Contractors for Snow Removal. This includes furnishing all labor, equipment and

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materials required to conduct snow removal satisfactorily and safely. The Township reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids in whole or in part and to waive any informality the Township may determine necessary. In awarding a bid, the Township may consider, but not be limited to, any of the following factors: qualifications, price, experience, solvency, safety record, financial standing with the Township, warranties, references, insurance bonding, compliance record, delivery date, and past and present service of Contractor. Contractors shall be current on all amounts due to the Township prior to the Township entering into any contract agreement. The Township’s Bid Specifications are available at the Township Office, on the Township website at www., or by email directed to Bids will not receive consideration unless submitted in accordance with the following instructions: Proposals must be signed, sealed, and plainly marked: Penn Township Snow Removal Bid 2021-2022. There will not be a mandatory pre-bid meeting; however, written questions should be directed by mail or email to Karen Versuk, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or kversuk@ Bids will be accepted until and opened at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2021. They will be presented for review and qualification to the Board of Supervisors at their Regular Meeting scheduled on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., The Township reserves the right to reject any and all bids or any part of the bid or to waive any minor discrepancies in the Bid specifications when deemed to be in the interest of the Township. Specifications may be obtained at the Township Office Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 6p-16-2t


ESTATE OF Patricia M. Lindsey, also known as Patricia Mae Lindsey, late of New London Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above named Patricia M. Lindsey having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: R. Edward Pfeil, Jr., Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381, P.O. Box 381 Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-3838 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-67 Writ of Execution No. 2017-06697 DEBT $407,421.64 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground, Situate in New Garden Township Chester County Pennsylvania bounded and described according to

a Final Plan of Bancroft Woods, made by Hillcrest Associates, Inc. Civil Engineers, dated 5/6/1992 and filed in Chester County as Plan #11677, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of Crestview Drive, a corner of Lot 138, thence extending along same, South 44 degrees 00 minutes 03 seconds East 132.00 feet to a point in line of Lot 124, thence extending along same, South 45 degrees 59 minutes 57 seconds West 133.14 feet to a point on the Easterly side of Brighton Circle, thence extending along same, north 42 degrees 20 minutes 22 seconds West, 31.78 feet to a point of curve, thence extending along the arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 314.99 feet, the arc distance of 60.13 feet to a point of tangent, thence extending still along same, North 31 degrees 24 minutes 04 seconds West 22.11 feet to a point of curve, thence extending along the arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 30.00 feet, the arc distance of 44.24 feet to a point of reverse curve, on the southerly side of Crestview Drive, aforementioned, thence extending along same, along the arc of a circle curving to the left with a radius of 542.65 feet, the arc distance of 67.13 feet to a point of tangent, thence extending still along same, north 45 degrees 59 minutes 57 seconds East 20.00 feet to the point of beginning. BEING LOT #139 on said Plan. Fee Simple Title Vested in Cynthia A. Santore, by deed from Kathy S. Lamborn, dated 08/15/2007, recorded 10/05/2007, in the Chester County Clerk’s Office in Deed Book 7280, Page 175, as Instrument No. 10793876. Tax ID/Parcel No. 60-1-143 PLAINTIFF: Cascade Funding Mortgage Trust 2017-1 VS DEFENDANT: Cynthia A. Santore SALE ADDRESS: 101 Crestview Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: STERN & EISENBERG 215-572-8111 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-70 Writ of Execution No. 2019-02165 DEBT $146,620.64 ALL THAT CERTAIN, MESSAGE, LOT OR PIECE OF LAND SITUATE ON, IN THE BOROUGH OF ATGLEN,

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Local News Ollis named Student of the Month Madison Ollis, a senior at Avon Grove Charter School, was recently honored as Senior Student of the Month. Ollis has been a part of the cross country team since she joined the school, and she was the team’s captain for two years. In addition to running cross country, she is also a part of the Yearbook Club. Ollis has always enjoyed helping others, so she often volunteers in her community. Every year, she helps pack book bags for kids who can’t afford bags or school supplies. In addition, she helps out in ShopWith-A-Cop, an event in Coatesville where kids go Christmas shopping with police officers. She has also volunteered at the Chester County Food Bank, and her local place of worship. She plans to attend Penn State Brandywine and major in sports marketing. COUNTY OF CHESTER, STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED, AS FOLLOWS, TO WIT: All that certain lot or piece of ground situate in the Borough of Atglen, County of Chester and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, bounded and described according to a Subdivision Plan of Property of James E. Brown, made by the Design Coalition Architects & Planners dated May 4, 1985 and recorded November 4, 1985 in Chester County as Plan File No. 5873 and being more fully described as follows, to wit: Beginning at a point in the bed of Valley Avenue, said point also being the Southeast corner of Lot No. 2 as shown on said plan; thence extending from said point of beginning, leaving the bed of Valley Avenue and continuing along Lot No. 2, North 02 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds West, 265.02 feet to a point along lands of the Penn Central Railroad; thence extending along same, North 81 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds East 75.00 feet to a point; thence extending South 02 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds East 264.40 feet to line in the bed of Valley Avenue South 80 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds West 75.00 feet to the first mentioned point and place of beginning. Being Lots No. 3 and 4 as shown on said Plan. BEING THE SAME PROPERT Y CONVEYED TO JAMES P. STAUFFER AND JULIE E. STAUFFER, HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO ACQUIRED TITLE, AS TENANTS BY THE ENTIRETY, BY VIRTUE OF A DEED FROM ELIZABETH W. BROWN, WIDOW, DATED OCTOBER 29, 1999, RECORDED NOVEMBER 3, 1999, AT INSTRUMENT NUMBER 0088737, AND RECORDED IN BOOK 4661, PAGE 1757, OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF DEEDS, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. BEING UPI NUMBER 07-03-0019 PLAINTIFF: The Money Source, Inc VS DEFENDANT: James P. Stauffer & Julie E. Stauffer SALE ADDRESS: 645 Valley Avenue, Atglen, PA 19310 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI LLC 614-220-5611 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty- one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-74 Writ of Execution No. 2020-09257 DEBT $280,187.32 Property situate in East Nottingham Township Tax ID/UPI Parcel No. 69-06-0468130/69-6-468.13 Sold as the property of: William D. Mitchell IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank National Association, as Indenture Trustee, for the CIM Trust 2016-3, Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2016-3 VS

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Avon Grove Charter School senior Madison Ollis is pictured with the school’s principal, Dr. Blasé Maitland.

DEFENDANT: William D. Mitchell SALE ADDRESS: 301 Yorklyn Road, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: KML LAW GROUP, P.C. 215-627-1322 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-78 Writ of Execution No. 2019-12876 DEBT $87,991.84 ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND SITUATE IN THE BOROUGH OF PARKESBURG, COUNTY OF CHESTER AND STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WITH THE DWELLING ERECTED THEREON, BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A STAKE IN THE LIMESTONE ROAD IN A LINE OF LAND NOW OR LATE OF EZEKIEL YOUNG AND EXTENDING THENCE ALONG THE SAID ROAD NORTH TEN MINUTES EAST, SIXTY FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE BY REMAINING LAND OF A PRIOR GRANTOR SOUTH EIGHTY-NINE DEGREES AND FIFTY MINUTES EAST, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE FEET TO A STAKE N A LINE OF LAND NOW OR LATE OF WILLIAM B. SMITH; THENCE BY SAID LAND NOW OR LATE OF WILLIAM B. SMITH SOUTH TEN MINUTES WEST, SIXTY FEET TO A STAKE, THENCE BY SAID REMAINING LAND OF A PRIOR GRANTOR NORTH EIGHTYNINE DEGREES AND FIFTY MINUTES WEST, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING. BEING THE SAME PREMISES which Daniel L. London, Jr., by Deed dated 6/16/2017 and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Chester County on 7/18/2017 in Instrument No. 11555145, Deed Book Volume 9580, Page 181, granted and conveyed unto Richard D. Mathues a/k/a Richard Mathues. Tax Parcel # 08-03-0171.010-E IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Property PLAINTIFF: PENNYMAC LOAN SERVICES, LLC VS DEFENDANT: Richard D. Mathues a/k/a Richard Mathues SALE ADDRESS: 207 N. Limestone Road a/k/a 207 North Limestone Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: POWERS KIRN, LLC 215-942-2090 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

Blevins wins Scholastic Achievement Award

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will

be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-80 Writ of Execution No. 2019-12740 DEBT $599,798.84

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Grace Blevins, a student at the Avon Grove Charter School, is the winner of the Avon Grove Lions Scholastic Achievement Award for the 2020-2021 school year.

Property situate in the TOWNSHIP OF PENN, CHESTER County, Pennsylvania, being BLR# 58-3-33.67 IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling PLAINTIFF: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Saxon Asset Securities Trust 2007-4, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-4 VS DEFENDANT: Karen L. Klemaszewki & Michael P. Klemaszewski SALE ADDRESS: 640 Blanca Court, West Grove, PA 19390 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: BROCK & SCOTT 844-856-6646 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. Sale No. 21-7-81 Writ of Execution No. 2015-03579 DEBT $474,464.24 Property situate in the BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER County, Pennsylvania, being BLR# 6-8-51 IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling PLAINTIFF: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as Successor in Interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Indenture Trustee for the Registered Holders for ABFS Mortgage Loan Trust 2002-2, Mortgage-Backed PassThrough Certificates, Series 2002-2 VS DEFENDANT: Henry J. Ruffenach SALE ADDRESS: 224 Penn Avenue, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: BROCK & SCOTT 844-856-6646 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

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Brandywine Polo celebrates its 70th anniversary Brandywine Polo is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Brandywine Polo is one of the oldest polo clubs on the East Coast, and has long been a driving force for polo in the United States Polo Association’s Eastern Circuit, featuring notable players like legend Frolic Weymouth and the current polo manager Martin Estrada. Toughkenamon is the place to go to watch action-packed international and local Pennsylvania polo talent, and that’s especially true this year. Everyone is invited to celebrate Brandywine Polo’s 70th year as a successful polo venue during a full, four-month summer season that runs through late September. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming highlights: July 25 – Women’s Polo Finals Women are the fastest-growing demographic in polo. Come watch three flights of finals in the WCT Sunny Hale Legacy Cup, dedicated to a trail blazer in the polo world, Sunny Hale, who was the first women to win the U.S. Open.

Aug 29 – Polo Ponies Memorial Tournament Final In 1966, Brandywine’s clubhouse was struck by lightning igniting a fire that quickly spread to the nearby barns. Although many horses were saved with the help of New Bolton Center, 18 treasured polo ponies perished. Now 55 years later, the Brandywine Polo Club continues to honor those brave equines with a Polo Ponies Memorial tournament. A special painting was created in 2007 by artist Genevieve Snyder. Sept 11 and 12 – USA vs British Forces Fundraiser and Polo Exhibition One of Brandywine Polo’s ongoing traditions, every other year the British Combined Forces fly over the pond to compete in a friendly but competitive polo exhibition against the U.S. Brandywine Polo is lucky to have Martin Estrada as polo manager and manager of the Brandywine Polo School again this year. Originally from Argentina, Estrada won the U.S. Open in 1997. For more details about the anniversary season, including a full schedule of events, visit Courtesy photos

LCH distributes its 10,000th COVID-19 vaccine LCH recently distributed its 10,000th COVID19 vaccine, which was administered by Clinical Systems manager Jeinny Garcia at LCH's West Grove location during a Pfizer vaccination clinic. LCH Health and Community Services in West Grove houses pediatrics, dental, and behavioral health. LCH also has community health centers in Kennett Square and in Oxford. Vaccine appointments are available at LCH on a weekly basis for anyone still interested in receiving a vaccine. The Chester County Health Department continues to host a number of walkin clinics during the week in southern Chester County as well. You can visit for more information and resources about the vaccine.

LCH staff are ready for the LCH Pfizer vaccination clinic in West Grove: Jenny Arroyo, RN, Maria Ortiz, LPN, and Jeinny Garcia, LPN.

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LCH clinical systems manager Jeinny Garcia, LPN, who administered the 10,000th vaccine, standing with Alexis Mora, the patient who received it.