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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce By Christine Grove, Executive Director


n our technology-driven world, “Let’s Connect” might mean viral introductions, cloud-based resources or computers linked together. But what technology is missing is the power of people. The tagline of our monthly networking luncheons, “Let’s Do Lunch,” is “There is not a single technology that will replace the power of PEOPLE.” People are what make our business and communities stronger. When businesses and communities can connect for the greater good, a strong sense of place is established. Visit any of our events or the events happening in our area and you will see the local businesses supporting community events. In early March, the Chamber recognized three at our Awards Dinner Dance – Organization, Business and Citizen of the Year. Congratulations to the



Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, McCormick Orthodontics and Scott Brown of the Oxford Police Department. Because of their commitment to our town, Oxford is indeed a better place to live, work and play. As a small business, meeting and networking is increasingly becoming more important. The Chamber offers opportunities for Chamber members to connect, face to face! As mentioned above, our monthly networking luncheons are increasingly popular. All are welcome to attend! Come meet new and interesting business owners and network with those in and outside of your field of business. In addition, be sure to check out our “Chamber on Tap” happy hour networking events. It’s a great opportunity to meet in a casual atmosphere! The Chamber recognizes the need to connect business owners with the tools to hone their skills. We’ve partnered with SCORE in providing these workshops. Be sure to visit our website, OxfordPA.org, to view the workshops that are offered this year.

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As the gateway at the southern end of Chester County, the Chamber works to connect our businesses with the immediate areas of Southern Lancaster County, Northern Maryland and Delaware, in addition to Chester County. Our ideal location has been identified as a corridor of opportunity for economic growth by Chester County’s Landscapes 2 and VISTA 2025. We’ve welcomed a host of new businesses to our membership in the past year and proudly serve the small, medium and large businesses and organizations that make up the fabric of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. Exciting changes are happening downtown Oxford with the construction of the multimodal transit facility. The new facility will provide additional convenient parking within our business district. New businesses have moved downtown in the past few months, and businesses outside of the borough have seen the value in the Chamber and are joining our membership. Good things are happening. Come connect with us!


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Oxfordian Spring/Summer 2019 Table of Contents FEATURE ARTICLES 8 ....Oxford Feed & Lumber 18 ....Parking Garage Project 28 ....Anita D’Amico 54 ....McCormick Orthodontics 62 ....Flowers Baking Company 64 .... Flickerwood Wine Cellars 74 .... Wyncote Golf Club 76 ....Tanglewood Manor Golf Club 80 ....Trends for Spring

OXFORDIAN COMMITTEE Angie Thompson Lobb – Cameron’s Hardware Helen Warren – Chester County Press Crystal Messaros – Herr Foods Chris Grove – OACC Executive Director Eric Maholmes – Flowers Baking Co. of Oxford, Inc. IN EVERY ISSUE 4 ....Letter from the Chamber 34 ....Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI) 44 ....Chamber Directory 58 ....Oxford Historical Association 70 ....The Oxford Library 84 ....Oxford Borough Manager 86 ....Oxford Arts Alliance (OxAA)

MEET OUR MEMBERS 26 ....Jdog Junk Removal and Hauling 36 ....Brandywine Septic Services, Inc. 60 ....Oxford Family Eyecare 72 ....Rosewood Farms 82 ....Kashmir Hookah Lounge 88 ....Landhope Farms


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Chris, and Larry, Jr., with their father, Larry, Sr., of Oxford Feed & Lumber.

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019

Oxford Feed & Lumber: Where tradition and service meets innovation By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer


his year, at the very same time that Oxford Feed & Lumber celebrates the 100th anniversary of the day Lawrence C. Drennen began work as the bookkeeper at the Oxford Grain and Hay Company in 1919, its website supports an extensive “add to cart” menu of products that customers can purchase with a touch of their keypad.



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While the company celebrates its centennial, the Drennen’s and their staff will be attending trade shows, combing through industry publications and searching through the internet, in order to constantly supply the store with the most up-to-date inventory of lumber, building supplies, hardware and tools, pet and equine supplies, and gifts and clothing. Yet this year, as in every year, Oxford Feed & Lumber will continue to pursue excellence not just through increased online presence, but with the intangibles that have defined them: with smiles and friendly service. Continued on Page 10


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“When we attract new customers into our business, we’re sometimes reluctant to tell them that our company is one hundred years old,” Chris and Larry, Jr. said. “There’s a very false perception that a store with this kind of history is out of date, or that it’s dark and dirty and dingy and not keeping up with the times of modern shoppers’ needs. “The truth is that we have changed with the times, but there are certain things we haven’t changed, such as our commitment and passion for service, our ethical business practices, our community involvement and our competitive prices. It’s always our goal to emphasize yesterday’s service standards, while providing today’s and tomorrow’s products.” From nearly every vantage point at Oxford Feed & Lumber, the rich history of the store’s beginnings dovetail with its present, so it’s not uncommon to see framed photos of the store’s



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beginnings beside a staff member who is searching online for information that helps a customer. Built in the 1860s, the original building still stands, that housed a mill owned by S.R. Dickey that took in grain and hay from local farmers and transported it by rail to stables in Philadelphia and Baltimore. The current store opened in 2000 and in 2005 the Continued on Page 12


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Drennens bought Hess Mills and renamed it Unionville Feed and Pet. The store focused on horse feeds and supplies, as well as pet products. A pet food boutique was opened in 2007 in the Shoppes at Jenners Village. The Brandywine Ace store in West Chester was purchased in 2012 and with the move of equine and pet feed into the store, that operation has become a successful part of the Pocopson and Birmingham townships, as well as the Chadds Ford area. Since 1920, the business has been allied with Purina. It’s the second-oldest Purina dealer in the nation. Now the company is part of the Ace family, and Continued on Page 14

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the Drennens said the alliances have many benefits. The companies provide marketing tools and training that help a business thrive. Ace is “a marketing juggernaut,” Larry said. “It’s nice to have a couple of large companies to help us set a vision and provide training, as well as giving you ideas and tools to expand. They are interested in you succeeding.” While yearly sales have grown eight times what they were at Oxford Feed & Lumber 20 years ago, Larry, Jr. and Chris believe that what keeps the store Continued on Page 16

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in competitive step with larger, nationally-known stores is its 50 dedicated employees – which include the third generation of Drennens. It’s a shared success, they said. “Each customer who is looking to have a deck added to their home – or any project – can rely on any member of our staff to help them,” Larry, Jr. and Chris said. “We go above and beyond in assisting them, and then we deliver all of the products to their home.” “We know that anything we sell you can get somewhere else, but here you’re going to get the service, the service after the sale, and the knowledge about the products you won’t find at a box store,” they added. “As we’ve grown, our employees understand how important it is that they’re projecting the same values that we did when we worked the counters here years ago.” When a company aligns itself with the community it serves, its longevity and success is measured not just with sales figures, but through an unbreakable bond that it shares with its customer base. At Oxford Feed and Lumber, it’s service on a first-name basis, strengthened generation after generation, and this year, the people



of Oxford are being invited to help celebrate a special milestone with the Drennen family. During the first weekend in May, Oxford Feed and Lumber will celebrate their centennial with a full weekend of activities and celebration wrapped around Cinco de Mayo and First Friday, and a full Saturday of activities that will include a carnival and petting zoo and hay rides for everyone. The centennial weekend will certainly compliment the store’s calendar of events held each year, which include Chick Days and Easter and Christmas celebrations. “We grew up here,” the Drennen brothers said. “We’re proud of Oxford and where it’s been and where it’s headed. We get what we give, and we try to give where we can, in events, participating in fundraisers and we’ve felt that it comes back to us in ways that are enriching. “Our customers are a part of our family, and we’re part of their family, because we’ve all grown up together.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@ chestercounty.com.

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Construction on multimodal transportation center now underway The project is expected to boost economic development in downtown Oxford By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer


ptimism about Oxford Borough’s future was a recurring theme when the multimodal transportation center project reached an important milestone in early February. “Oxford is preparing for a downtown that will prosper,” said Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, one of the county, state, and local officials who joined in celebrating the groundbreaking on the new multimodal transportation center in downtown Oxford. The addition of a 300-space parking garage in the business district is a major step in Oxford’s efforts to prosper, and construction on the facility is underway. On the day of the groundbreaking, Oxford Borough

Manager Brian Hoover said that the project will move quickly from this point on, and construction work on the parking garage could be completed by Thanksgiving—if all goes well. Then, work on the interior spaces, including the new borough administration building, could be finalized by February of 2020. When the multimodal transportation center is complete, it will usher in a new phase of Oxford Borough’s revitalization efforts. “Downtown Oxford is on the verge of a hard-earned economic revival,” Oxford Borough Council president Susan Lombardi told the dozens of people who gathered in the parking lot between Second Street and Third Street for the groundbreaking ceremony. “More parking and improved transportation amenities are needed to continue economic growth in the borough. As we continue to

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work for the betterment of Oxford, this groundbreaking ceremony affords us a unique opportunity to bring attention to the revitalization of the Borough, and to spotlight all that the downtown has to offer to everyone who lives and works in the region.” Oxford Borough Mayor Lorraine Durnan Bell, who served as the master of ceremonies for the event, said: “This town, our town, has so much greatness going on now, and even more positive growth in the future, and we are here to witness one more step in our economic growth. This is a major step for Oxford.” Lombardi and Bell both thanked state and county officials who were responsible for helping the borough secure more than half the funding needed for a project with costs estimated at approximately $7 million. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman, State Rep. John Lawrence, and Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Terence Farrell, and Kathi Cozzone have been ardent supporters of the project. Lombardi said that Dinniman and Lawrence have been steadfast champions of the borough, while the Chester County Commissioners provided early support for the project that helped move it forward at an important stage. “We would not be breaking ground today without the support of the funders,” Lombardi said. Several state and county officials spoke about the importance of the project at the groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s an exciting day for the Borough of Oxford,” said State Rep. John Lawrence, who took part in dozens of meetings related to the parking garage project in recent years. “Today,” Lawrence said, “we’re taking action.” Kichline, the chair of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, said that revitalizing a downtown center like Oxford Borough is an important part of Vista 2025, a public-private partnership that is focused on creating

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The shovels and the hard hats illustrated that the multimodal transportation center project reached a major milestone—the groundbreaking ceremony.

County, state, and local officials took part in the groundbreaking ceremony.

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and implementing an economic development strategy throughout the county. She noted that Chester County has allocated $65.5 million in funding since 2002 for revitalization efforts in the urban centers throughout the county. Of that $65.5 million, Oxford Borough has received approximately $5.6 million, including more than $1 million in funding for the parking garage. “We at the county level are focused on investing in urban centers to balance preservation with prosperity,” said County Commissioner Terence Farrell. Kichline commended borough officials, including Oxford Borough Council, for taking the

Mayor Lorraine Durnan Bell said that Oxford can expect even more positive growth in the future.

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steps necessary to revitalize the downtown—including making the commitment to a large project like a parking garage. Securing the funding for the project has been a priority for local officials for the last three years. Lombardi said that many people have worked hard locally to advance the project, including business owners, current borough manager Brian Hoover, former borough manager Betsy Brantner, the Oxford Borough staff, Mayor Bell, and OMI executive director Brian Wenzka and former OMI executive director Donna Hosler. Bell thanked Pauline Garcia-Allen, who served as a consultant throughout the


“Downtown Oxford is on the verge of a hard-earned economic revival,” Oxford Borough Council president Susan Lombardi told the dozens of people who gathered in the parking lot between Second Street and Third Street for the groundbreaking ceremony.


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planning process. She helped the borough secure a number of state and county grants. Oxford officials also worked closely with state and county officials throughout the project’s planning process. Approximately $3.6 million in state and county grants were awarded to the borough to support the facility’s construction. “State Senator Dinniman, and State Representative Lawrence and the Chester County Commissioners have been steadfast champions of the revitalization of downtown Oxford,” said Hoover. “We reach this important milestone in large part because of their

Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. executive director Brian Wenzka said that the addition of the parking garage will help boost economic development in the downtown.

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support and due to the funding they secured through PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Chester County Department of Community and Economic Development.” The facility that is being built will be a four-level parking structure, with integrated bus services, and approximately 2,700 square feet of interior space that will become the new borough administration building. The 100,000-square-foot garage is an open, long span, precast structure that consists of a single helix with twoway drive aisles and 90-degree parking stalls. Designed to match the aesthetic of nearby historic buildings, the transportation center will also feature a surface parking lot, park-n-ride capabilities, and a shuttle bus stop. The Harman Group is providing structural engineering and parking consultant services for the transportation center. West Chester-based Krug Architects has handled the design work. In addition to providing adequate and convenient parking for visitors to the downtown who want to shop in the stores or dine in the restaurants, the parking garage is



also expected to boost attendance at many of the events that Oxford Borough plans throughout the year. Another major reason for the parking garage is to attract a larger employer or more restaurants to the downtown. A lack of parking has long been an obstacle to attracting developers who might want to invest in the downtown. Brian Wenzka said that interest in properties in the business district has increased since it became clear that the borough is moving forward with the parking garage project. He noted during his speech at the groundbreaking that Oxford recently welcomed its 36th new business in the downtown since 2012, and said that parking infrastructure is necessary to continue to grow the business district. Farrell, who grew up in the Oxford area and has strong ties to the community, said that the community has done a good job of utilizing the more than $5 million in grant funding from the county to enhance Oxford’s business district. “The revitalization continues to progress,” Farrell said. For more information about the multimodal transportation center project, please visit oxfordboro.org.

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f you’re looking for help to clean out junk, think JDog Junk Removal and Hauling. A nationwide franchise with more than 220 branches, JDog is focused on veterans as owner/ operators and employees. Locally, JDog of Southern Lancaster County covers everywhere from the Susquehanna River east to the edge of Coatesville, and from the Maryland line north to New Holland. “Say you have a garage you can’t park your car in because there’s a bunch of junk there. We clean it out,” said Joe Yurick, the JDog franchise holder for this area. “The beauty of hiring us is we do all the work so you don’t have to. Instead of having a dumpster sit on your property for a couple of days, we’re in and out.” JDog is able to do more than just clear out your junk, whether it’s a single, awkward item or a whole house clean-out. They are able to take care of non-structural demolition, provide hauling services, and labor services as well. They do all your heavy lifting jobs for you. “We do provide a free, no-obligation estimate,” Yurick said. “We show up ready to do the work. The homeowner shows us around, and if we agree to a price, we do it right there.” Prices are based on volume, including up to two hours of labor. There is an additional charge of $5 for each tire because there is a charge for disposing of them at the landfill. “The only things we don’t do is pick up any hazardous or flammable materials,” Yurick said. “For the most part, we pick up everything else.” Homeowners do not have to worry about losing something important among the junk when they hire JDog. “We hand-load our trailer. So if we’re going through boxes and we find things like tax returns or old Army medals, we always tell the



Continued on Page 26 Joe Yurick is the JDog franchise holder for this area.

home owner so they can say keep it or toss it,” Yurick said. “We have hands on every item, so if we find something valuable, we bring that to the attention of the customer. We go through everything before we throw it in the trailer.” JDog makes an effort to recycle or repurpose as much as possible. “Everything that we can recycle, we do. The biggest thing we recycle is metal,” Yurick said. “We try to keep things out of the landfill. We also have a relationship with the Coatesville VA, so, for example, we pick up a nice dining room set, we drop it off to a soldier who can use it, free of charge.” Yurick is a Coatesville area resident who graduated from Octorara High School in 2000. When he was halfway through his senior year, his best friend approached him about joining the Army together through the Buddy Program. His friend backed out just two weeks before they were scheduled to leave for boot camp, so Yurick went alone. Eventually, he worked with the Patriot Missle in the Air Defense Artillery. He was at

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Ft. Bliss when 9-11 happened, which led to his deployment in Qatar and Kuait for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Yurick was working as a project manager at a concrete plant when he learned about the opportunity available with JDog. He opened the business on Aug. 17. 2017. “Immediately, I fell in love with the mission because it’s helping and empowering veterans,” Yurick said. “The exciting fact about that date is Aug. 17 of 2000 is when I left for boot camp when I joined the Army.” Yurick’s employees are also military members. One is an Army veteran who served as a combat medic during Iraqi Freedom, while the other is currently serving in the National Guard. “If you’re going to hire someone to do junk removal, pay local veterans. It makes sense,” Yurick said. “We’re not the only junk removal company out there, but we do things differently. We approach this with heart. We wear uniforms, we shine our boots. We served our country, now we serve our community.” Yurick is pleased by the feedback JDog has received. “The good thing about my territory is the community has been so receptive and supportive of what we do,” he said. “We still have a lot of blue-collar people out here who appreciate what we’re doing. Junk removal is our discipline. My personal mission is to employ local veterans to donate to local veterans.” 


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D’Amico expands law practice to Oxford Her love of small towns and old buildings drove her choice

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Anita D’Amico stands beside the sign at her new office in Oxford.

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or Kennett Square attorney Anita D’Amico, the recent expansion of her practice to Oxford seemed like the right place at the right time. D’Amico, a southern Chester County native, said she loves small towns, and Oxford looked like a good fit to find more space. While she still maintains her Kennett Square office, the site of her new venture is at 65 S. Third St. It’s a charming old building that was office for many years for another lawyer, Winnie Sebastian. Sebastian has since moved her practice to Locust Street, where she is a partner with McMichael Heiney & Sebastian LLC in Oxford. She practices business, municipal and zoning, estate planning, real estate, trusts and estates, wills and probate.



Sebastian also serves as solicitor for the Boards of Supervisors of Lower Oxford Township, West Fallowfield Township, and East Nottingham Township; the New Garden Township Zoning Hearing Board; the Highland Township Zoning Hearing Board; and the Upper Oxford Zoning Hearing Board. D’Amico, 36, said her schedule was becoming heavier, to the point of needing more room to accommodate it, and that her original site was offering not much elbow room. “We’re packed in tight at the Kennett Square office,” she said. “I decided to get the office in Oxford. I had my eye on it for some time, and I’ve always had the thought that Oxford would be a place where we could help. There’s not a lawyer on every corner, and it’s a whole other community of new customers.” She found out her new old building at the corner of Third and Broad streets was for sale, and she liked it. 2019 • Volume 42——

D’Amico’s new office features a meeting room with a huge conference table.

The reception room is comfortable and features a pineapple-themed chandelier.

When she walked in the first time, she felt it needed some love. But she also felt it was the right place. Her brothers, Tony and Joe D’Amico, who own and operate To Jo Mushrooms in Avondale, at first said, “No way,” she recalls. “Now they’re probably the ones who adore the building the best.” The new office is larger and has a long history that goes back to the 19th century. Most recently, it was Sebastian’s

office until she moved into the Locust Street office in 2007. She put it up for sale, and it sat empty for about a decade. But it was not lacking for care. Sebastian said she had some good times there, even converting one room completely for her children when they came home from school. That room was tricked out with snacks, desks and toys.


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After Sebastian moved, she still had love in her heart for the old building and didn’t want it to deteriorate in its emptiness. She went back each day the temperatures fell below 32 to make sure she the heating was working. Sebastian said several people had offered to buy it, but she was waiting for the right person – someone who would give it love. She felt she found it with D’Amico. For her part, D’Amico, who has a fondness for fixing up older buildings in small towns, felt she was up to the task, even participating in the work while she was pregnant. She furnished the multi-room building with furniture she bought at auction, many of the pieces pineapple-themed. (Pineapples are widely viewed as a symbol of welcome.) In her new office building, each room is elegantly furnished, including a comfortable reception room with a pineapple-themed chandelier, and a meeting room with a huge conference table. The building is roomy, having space for her staff of eight, including four lawyers, one paralegal, a bookkeeper and two administrative assistants. D’Amico was proud to say that the lion’s share of



The new Oxford office provides room for a busy, growing law firm. It was formerly occupied by lawyer Winnie Sebastian.

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goods and services she utilized for the renovation were directly from Oxford. When the time came to open, the Oxford Chamber of Commerce helped her orchestrate an open house and ribbon cutting on Feb. 7. She invited the entire community. She said she was thrilled with the turnout, and it reinforced the belief she had in the town. She was struck that almost everyone seemed to have a story to tell about Oxford -- and even the building -- at the event. D’Amico grew up in the Avondale area and attended St. Patrick School in Kennett Square. She said she has kept up her relationships with kids she knew back then – such as the Pias, the Laffertys, the Totos, the McCarthys and the Bascianis. Continued on Page 32


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D’Amico and her husband Michael have two children, Caroline, 4, and Oliver, 7 months. She is sister to the D’Amico brothers and lives in Landenberg. While juggling the work and parenthood, she said having children is “the D’Amico has furnished both of her offices with ultimate dream job.” law-themed objects she She went to Ursuline finds at auctions. Academy, and then DeSales University, majoring in elementary education. After she graduated, she felt that major was not the right fit, and she decided to go into law. She studied at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, which has now become part of Western Michigan University. Her law career began when she joined Kennett Square lawyer Earl Rigler, whom she had known in her youth as her soccer coach. “He told me, ‘When you get done [law school], give me a call,’” she said. And she did. She served her internship there and then joined the firm. When Rigler retired in 2015, she established her firm and bought the town house/office on north Union Street. Following her passion, she also restored that office. She said it was a dramatic restoration that included work on the walls and floors, as well as furnishings. “You have an appreciation for a building you’ve put you work into. It’s different. It’s like another child,” she said. D’Amico heads the all-woman general practice firm in Kennett Square and Oxford. “We’re a dying breed,” she said, noting that many lawyers now have specialties. Her firm offers family custody, divorce and mediation, corporate law, real estate and estate planning. When D’Amico was asked if she felt there was anything significant about being a woman in what was a historically male profession, she said she has no complaints. In fact, she said, some people take the attitude of support and tell her, “You go, girl.” D’Amico said her profession and recent expansion is driven by a love of small towns and old buildings. She would never like a law firm located in a large city highrise. “I want my children to grow up in a small town,” she said. 32


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OMI Oxford Mainstreet and the Borough of Oxford seek to create an age-friendly community By Brian Wenzka, Executive Director


s the U.S. population ages and people stay healthy and active longer, communities must adapt. Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth, and they make for happier, healthier residents of all ages. Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI), in partnership with the Borough of Oxford, is taking the first steps of moving that vision into action by applying for membership in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The network encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. By doing so, these communities are better equipped to become great places, and even lifelong homes, for people age 50-plus and their families. As part of its application for membership, the Borough of Oxford first adopted resolution No. 1265-2018 in June of 2018 in support of the initiative. Doing so was the primary step in showing that the community’s elected leadership has made the commitment to actively work toward making Oxford a great place for people of all ages. The remaining parts of the application are set to be completed this spring. Once accepted into the network by AARP, OMI will convene a Blue Ribbon Commission where community leadership and residents will work together to assess the needs of older residents, craft an action plan for needed improvements, and then implement and evaluate the efforts. The Commission will be inclusive and considerate of the perspectives of all residents, of all ages, of all persuasions, and actively seek input from diverse stakeholders. At least 25 percent of the Blue Ribbon Commission members will be residents of the community and will



include older residents. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities was launched in April 2012 and operates under the auspices of the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. The program has participating communities in more than 20 nations, as well as 10 affiliates representing more than 1,000 communities. Nationally, three states and 332 individual communities have joined the network. The program emphasizes both the built and the social environment, including eight domains of community life that influence the health and quality of life of older people -- outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. AARP’s participation in the program advances efforts to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities as they age. With the support of AARP, the goal is to encourage older adults to take a more active role in the community and have their voices heard. For further information or to express interest in serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission, contact Brian Wenzka, Executive Director, Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., at 610-9989494 or bwenzka@oxfordmainstreet.com. To view the supporting resolution and more details about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, visit www.downtownoxfordpa.org or www.oxfordboro.org. 2019 • Volume 42——

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Meet Our Member:

Brandywine Septic Services, Inc. By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer


t’s hard to imagine that just over 20 years ago, New London native Jim St. John bought his first vacuum truck and started providing quality septic services to the surrounding area. What started out as a one-man septic pumping show has grown into a full-service septic company. With the addition of co-owners/sons Troy and Travis, the company has added a well-rounded staff and field technicians with the expertise to address any situation. Travis now manages the pumping division and transportation side of the business. Troy manages the excavation division, which includes everything from minor repairs all the way up to the installation of new septic systems. Jim remains at the forefront for handling the technical service work and the majority of the PSMA septic inspections. “Gone are the days when a customer would call and ask, ‘Can you do this?’ or ‘Can you do that?’ and we’d have to answer ‘yes’ to this but ‘no’ to that,” Jim St. John said. “Now the simple answer is ‘Yes, whatever your septic system needs, Brandywine Septic Services, Inc., can handle it.’” On-lot septic systems are required by the state to be pumped out at least once every three years. Some situations, such as those with commercial or heavy use, may require even more frequent service. Keeping up with regular pumping and inspection is key to spotting problems before they lead to the need for major repairs. “Your septic system may still be working up until the day you have an overflow into the house, but that damage may have been building for years and years,” Jim St. John said. “Sometimes septic tank lids are buried and you don’t even know where they are, so out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, 95 percent of the septic system is usually buried underground,” Travis St. John said. “When our technicians arrive onsite, careful observations are made as soon as we step off the truck. First, we determine what is the best approach to the septic tanks. At the tanks, we will observe the condition of the tank lids. Is there a pump tank which will need to be pumped and inspected as well? Looking around, are there any noticeable wet spots in the yard? Does any of the grass look greener then the rest? All of this takes place before we even put the hose in the tank. 36


“We get a lot of good feedback from our customers because we take time to answer their questions. It’s important that we help educate homeowners as to what is going on in their own home and property.” Brandywine Septic Services, Inc., is often called on to perform PSMA inspections for real estate transactions. Deadlines are often short and it’s imperative to be able to meet the demands of the market. When a system has an unsatisfactory outcome, Brandywine Septic is able to walk alongside the customer during the entire process, from the initial permit application to the final inspections after the system has been installed. It is their goal to minimize the amount of stress for the homeowner. Brandywine Septic Services, Inc., has a responsive emergency service which is monitored 24/7. If the issue can’t be troubleshot over the phone, then the appropriate action will be taken, whether it involves sending out a technician to troubleshoot onsite or dispatching a vacuum truck to pump out the tanks. The exceptional amounts of rain we saw in 2018 caused an extra burden for on-lot septic systems. “Especially for people who have older septic systems that are not working as well as they were, any increase in ground water like we’ve had this year can have an adverse effect on our customers,” Jim St. John said. Pumping helps keep up with the extra challenges of increased use. “With that tank empty, it gives the tank has a chance to take a break and rest,” Troy St. John said. In addition to servicing existing on-lot systems, Brandywine Septic Services is available to install new systems and to make or replace lateral connections in town, where homes 2019 • Volume 42——

are connected to the public sewer system. Many homeowners with public sewer may not be aware that they are responsible for the connecting line from their house to the sewer main in the street, and terra cotta lines used by older homes sometimes fail due to damage or age. “We’ve done quite a few replacements in West Grove and Oxford for aging infrastructure,” Troy St. John said. Having outgrown their old facility in late 2018, Brandywine Septic Services, Inc., has moved to their new, 15,000-squarefoot facility in Upper Oxford (816 Penns Grove Road, Lincoln University). There will be an open house for the community on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a food truck, tours of the new facility, raffles, prizes, product displays, and a chance to meet the whole crew. To reach Brandywine Septic Services, Inc., call 610-869-0443 or visit www.Brandywineseptic.com.


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Summer activities APRIL 13

Opening day and parade Oxford Little League Baseball and Softball www.oxfordll.org


“The History of Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Maryland.” This base played a significant role in training naval personnel for duty in World War II. 7 p.m. at Oxford Masonic Lodge www.oxfordhistorical.org


First Friday Downtown Oxford Cinco de Mayo theme 5 to 8 p.m. www.downtownoxfordpa.org


Cecil College Summer Camps Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 200 summer camps are offered, ranging from Star Wars Music and Beyond to Beginner Video Game Designer to STEAM in Nature, graphic design workshop, 3D modeling, Nerf blaster, Minecraft camp, Fortnite Camp, Cake Decorating, Adventures in Chemistry, Nature camps, and more. Visit www.Cecil.edu/summercamps and stop by the open house on May 4 to learn more.


Opening Day of Village Market Tuesdays noon to 5 p.m. Open Tuesdays from May through October Corner of 3rd Street and Locust Street. www.DowntownOxfordPA.org

MAY 11

Taste and Tour of Oxford Ware Presbyterian Village Local food, beverage and music https://www.presbyterianseniorliving.org/ events/taste-tour-oxford

MAY 27

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony 9:30 a.m.


First Friday in Downtown Oxford Summer Sizzler 5 to 8 p.m. www.downtownoxfordpa.org


For additional information on all camps, including cost, hours and registration process, please visit their websites. Registration is required for all summer camps and vacation Bible schools.


Opening Day of Village Market - Saturdays Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open June through October Corner of 3rd Street and Locust Street. www.downtownoxfordpa.org

JUNE 10–AUG. 23

Camp Chippewa at Jennersville YMCA Ages 5 to 12 Fun and Adventure awaits at the Y! Various themes each week. www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 10–AUG 23

Teen Adventure Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 12 to 15 Various themes each week . Teen adventure camp includes exploring, with two field trips each week, a weekly walking trip and, of course, time in the pool! www.ymcagbw.org


Community Wide Yard Sale Oxford Borough www.oxfordboro.org

JUNE 17–AUG 16

Sports Camps at Jennersville YMCA Ages 7 to 12 Each week has a different sports theme. Specialized sports training teaches sports skills, fair play, teamwork and sportsmanship. www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 17–AUG 16

Pre-School Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 3 to 5 Various themes each week. Discovery is a state-licensed program that gets your child excited about learning! Our caring and experienced staff provide fun and stimulating experiences through themed hands-on activities including crafts, stories, songs, games, outdoor play and swimming. www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 17–20

Oxford Nazarene Church Vacation Bible School www.oxfordnazarene.org ——Spring/Summer

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Oxford Arts Alliance Budding Artists Art Camp Ages 5 to 7 We’re blooming with excitement for this camp! Our little artists will be delving into nature, creatures, landscapes, nature prints, and more! www.OxfordArt.org

JUNE 17-21

Oxford Library Summer Camp – Space Camp Ages: grades 1st through 3rd Oxford Library In conjunction with the Oxford Arts Alliance, campers will enjoy performing and bringing the book “Space Boy” by Leo Landry to life through colorful art projects, musical cacophony, and an imagination as vast as space. www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org

JUNE 17–21

Performing Arts Camps at Jennersville YMCA Dance Camp @ YMCA Ages 7 to 18 Groove to your favorite music while learning current hip-hop and jazz moves during this high energy week. An upbeat performance takes place on the last day of camp. www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 17–21

LEGO Engineer Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 9 to 12 Campers construct a LEGO creation that they turn into a real motorized machine! Creations then endure obstacle challenges. www.ymcagbw.org


Movies in the Park “Ralph Breaks the Internet” Oxford Memorial Park Free Movie Series OxfordPA.org


Vacation Bible School at Oxford Presbyterian Church 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. www.oxfordpresbyterian.org


Oxford Arts Alliance Tactile Art Camp Ages 5 to 7 We’re exploring our senses in this camp! From textures and textiles, we’ll be creating touchable art and making fun, new ways of art! Learn about implied texture, too! www.OxfordArt.org

JUNE 24–28

Oxford Library Summer Camp – Space Camp Ages: grades 1st through 6th Oxford Library In conjunction with the Oxford Arts Alliance, campers will enjoy performing and bringing the book “Space Boy” by Leo Landry to life through colorful art projects, musical cacophony, and an imagination as vast as space. www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org

JUNE 24–28

Theater Camp @ Jennersville YMCA Ages 5 to 8 “Annie” This theater camp provides young campers with experiences in acting, singing and dancing. Camp culminates with performances for family and friends. www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 24–28

Fun with Foods Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 9 to 12 Use your imagination in the kitchen as we experiment with foods and flavors. Compete in an exciting and friendly cooking challenge www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 24-28

E-Magination Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 9 to 12 Campers enjoy team building, coding and so much more! www.ymcagbw.org

JUNE 29 (Rain date JUNE 30)

Freedom Fest Concert & Fireworks 6 to 11 p.m. Nottingham Park https://www.chesco.org/2387/Freedom-Fest

JULY 1–5 (no camp on July 4)

Media Arts Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Have fun with photos! Come to camp ready to take and edit photos and selfies. Each camper takes home edited pictures. www.ymcagbw.org


First Friday in Downtown Oxford July Jubilee 5 to 8 p.m. www.downtownoxfordpa.org


Oxford Arts Alliance Art Odyssey Camp Ages 8 to 10 Join us on a quest as we dive into an array of art projects far and wide, across many mediums, artists, and histories! You’re the author of this epic journey! www.OxfordArt.org

JULY 8–12

Theater Camp Jr. at the Jennersville Y Ages 7 to 18 “The Lion King , Jr.” Juniors learn all aspects of a theater production, including acting, singing, dancing and costuming. Camp culminates with multiple public performances in our theater. www.ymcagbw.org

JULY 8–12

Jr. Lifeguarding Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 10 to 14 Do you enjoy helping others? Our Jr. Lifeguard Camp is a hands-on experience for campers to learn first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques and other topics related to lifeguarding from trained and certified staff. This valuable experience builds selfconfidence and teamwork skills. www.ymcagbw.org


Harry Watson Tennis Camp Ages 7 to 18 Harry Watson Tennis Camp will be offered at the Oxford Penn’s Grove Tennis Courts Sessions are M/W/F from 8 to 10 a.m. Contact Marc Watson, 484-574-6059

JULY 14–19

Vacation Bible School at Oxford Presbyterian Church 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. www.oxfordpresbyterian.org



Oxford Arts Alliance Beach Party! Art Camp Ages 5 to 7 Grab your sunglasses and sunscreen, we’re throwing a beach party at the Arts Alliance! We’re doing beach-themed art all week! Don’t get sand in your shoes! www.OxfordArt.org

JULY 15–19

Aquatic Adventures Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Is your camper ready to have a blast and get wet doing so? Campers are immersed in aquatic activities, games and challenges throughout the week. Campers must be comfortable in the water and ready to swim every day. www.ymcagbw.org

JULY 15–19

Storybook Theater Camp at the Jennersville YMCA Ages 5 to 8 Campers explore fairy tales and fun stories while learning theater basics in this creative and imaginative camp. Art, music and dance are explored as all campers work together to create a script, props and costumes from scratch. www.ymcagbw.org

JULY 15–19

Moving Engines Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Planes, trains and automobiles! Discover how engines function. Camp includes a trip to the Strasburg Railroad and attendance at a car show. www.ymcagbw.org

JULY 15–19

DIY Theater Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 9 to 15 You are the producer, director, writer, actor and designer in this hands-on theater experience! All facets of theater production are explored as theater artists work together to choose a script, design and build costumes and props, and perform their show for the public! www.ymcagbw.org

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Summer Activities Continued from Page 39


Ice Cream Social at Oxford United Methodist Church www.oxford1851.org


Movies in the Park “Incredibles 2” Oxford Memorial Park Free Movie Series OxfordPA.org


Christmas In July Artisan, crafts, food 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pavilion at Vista Ridge Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford


JULY 22–26

JULY 29–AUG. 2

JULY 22-AUG. 2

JULY 29–AUG. 9

Water Sports Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 9 to 12 Snorkel over and join the aquatics crew as we explore some of the world’s most unique water sports. Among the featured sports are water polo, synchronized swimming and kayaking. Campers must be comfortable in the water with the ability to swim multiple lengths and tread water for extended periods of time. www.ymcagbw.org Oxford Arts Alliance Clay Camp Ages 6 and older Students will be introduced to clay in its natural form as a locally available material, and the students will process a number of regional clays. www.OxfordArt.org

Oxford Center for Dance “Summer Dance Camps” “Aladdin” Ages 4 to 7 Dancing, games, crafts and more. www.oc4dance.com

JULY 28–AUG. 2

JULY 22–26

Survival Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Learn how to make water clean, identify edible proteins, build shelters and conquer outdoor tasks. www.ymcagbw.org

Theater Camp at the Jennersville YMCA “The Little Mermaid” Ages 5 to 8 This theater camp provides young campers with experiences in acting, singing and dancing. Camp culminates with performances for family and friends www.ymcagbw.org

JULY 22–26

Creative Crafts Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Use your imagination as you design creative and unusual art projects. www.ymcagbw.org


Oxford Arts Alliance Construct It! Art Camp Ages 8 to 10 Make your art come to life! Spend the week making 3D creations! Sculpt, build, and form with different materials like plaster, clay, paper mache, found objects, and more! www.OxfordArt.org 40

Jr. Lifeguarding Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 10 to 14 Do you enjoy helping others? Our Jr. Lifeguard Camp is a hands-on experience for campers to learn first aid, CPR, water rescue techniques and other topics related to lifeguarding from trained and certified staff. This valuable experience builds selfconfidence and teamwork skills. www.ymcagbw.org Ages 9 to 18 “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” Learn all aspects of a theater production in this two-week camp, including acting, singing, dancing and costuming. Camp culminates with multiple public performances of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” in our theater. www.ymcagbw.org

Vacation Bible School at Oxford United Methodist Church Ages 5 to grade 6 www.oxford1851.org

AUG. 2, 3


AUG. 5 to 9

JULY 29-AUG. 2

Oxford Arts Alliance ImPRESSive Prints Art Camp Ages 11 and older Create exciting and expressive prints! Join us this week as we learn about the limitless possibilities of creating art with ink, paint and many types of printing surfaces. Have fun and get messy with monoprints, collographs, Japanese suminagashi and garataku techniques, block printing, gelli prints and more. www.OxfordArt.org


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2nd Annual Connective Festival Downtown Oxford Art and Music Festival www.ConnectiveFestival.org Aquatic Adventures Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 6 to 12 Is your camper ready to have a blast and get wet doing so? Campers are immersed in aquatic activities, games and challenges throughout the week. Campers must be comfortable in the water and ready to swim every day. www.ymcagbw.org

AUG. 5-AUG. 9

Oxford Arts Alliance Aspiring Artists Art Camp Ages 11 and older Join us for a week of portfolio preparation! We’ll work on refining our art style by exploring different techniques, mediums and methods to enhance our artwork. Students will experiment using different types of paints, charcoal, oil pastels, collage, sculpting and they will work from observation -- still lifes, self-portraits, figure drawings, etc. Whether it’s for practice, or to submit to an art program, by the end of the week each student will have the key components of a fine arts portfolio. www.OxfordArt.org

AUG. 5-9

Oxford Center for Dance “Summer Dance Camps” “Mary Poppins” Ages 4 to 7 Dancing, games, crafts and more. www.oc4dance.com

AUG. 12-AUG. 16

Oxford Arts Alliance Paint like Picasso! Art Camp Ages 8 to 10 Grab your paint brushes and imagination! We’re traveling back in time and channeling one of the most famous artists of all time, Pablo Picasso! Let’s spend the week making masterpieces like Picasso himself would make! www.OxfordArt.org

AUG. 12-16

Glee Camp at Jennersville Y Ages 7 to 18 Sing! Dance! Express! Work with tunes from Broadway, pop and country charts. Finish the week with a performance! www.ymcagbw.org

AUG. 16


AUG. 17

SEPT. 21

Movies in the Park “Coco” Oxford Memorial Park Free Movie Series OxfordPA.org Everyday Hero 5K Run Nottingham Park OxfordPA.org

AUG. 19–23

Rule the Runway Camp at Jennersville YMCA Ages 7 to 15 You are the designer, stylist, and model for this fashion extravaganza! Let your creativity and intuition shine as we explore fashion design, history, and current trends. Design challenges and hands-on activities throughout the week are rounded out with a fashion show (produced by you!) to display your creations! www.ymcagbw.org


First Friday in Downtown Oxford Downtown Oxford Car Show 4 to 8 p.m. www.downtownoxfordpa.org LCH 4th Annual Let’s Choose Health 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk Anson B. Nixon Park, Kennett Square Our community comes together in this family-friendly fundraiser 5K in Anson B. Nixon Park to support LCH’s health center, social assistance services, and education and workforce development programs. www.runsignup.com

SEPT. 28

Oxford Presbyterian Church Apple Festival 30th Annual Festival Food, crafts, vendors, music, demonstrations www.opcapplefestival.org

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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce hands out its annual awards Scott Brown, McCormick Orthodontics, and the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation receive awards for making a difference in the community Scott Brown was named Citizen of the Year, McCormick Orthodontics was named Business of the Year, and the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation was named Organization of the Year as the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards on March 2. The awards were handed out at the chamber’s annual dinner and dance, which was held at Rosewood Farms in Elkton, with the Rose Barn providing an elegant backdrop for the festivities. Brown, a highly respected member of the Oxford Borough Police Department, was honored for demonstrating great commitment and leadership to the department. In addition to his regular duties of protecting and serving the community as a police officer, Brown is very active in coordinating the public safety activities for large community events like the First Friday Car Show and the Connective Festival. He also served as the interim chief of police for Oxford Borough during most of 2018. McCormick Orthodontics, which has provided high quality orthodontic care to patients for more than 40 years, was honored as the Business of the Year. McCormick Orthodontics has three locations, and ranks among the Oxford area’s most enduring businesses. Founded by Dr. Joe McCormick, and now led by Dr. Michaela McCormick, the practice focuses on delivering excellent orthodontic services and care with an emphasis on patient comfort. The Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation for its efforts in raising funding to support childhood cancer research. This foundation was started by Oxford resident Paul Matthews after his son, Eli, passed away from a rare form of pediatric cancer in 2011. Eli Seth Matthews inspired an entire community with the courageous way that he lived his life. The Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation and a still-growing army of “Eli’s Warriors” carry on the mission to support the fight against pediatric cancer with a wide variety of events that raise funds that are used to support cancer research. So far, the foundation has been able to contribute more than $250,000 through the years to support cancer research. This was the first year that the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce separated the Organization of the Year and Business of the Year into two categories. 42


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The recipients of the awards during the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and dance.

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Paul Matthews founded the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation in honor of his son, Eli.

McCormick Orthodonitics

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Cpl. Scott Brown was named the Citizen of the Year. He is pictured with Mayor Lorraine Bell.

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Explore the Oxford Educational Foundation mentoring program By Dr. Ray Fischer Executive Director


entoring seems to be a fashionable term throughout the media. We hear the word in television infomercials, read it in print, and hear it in many personal growth programs. But, what does it have to do with our everyday lives? The dictionary defines a mentor simply as a “wise and trusted counselor,” but to a number of students in the Oxford Area School District and to their adult volunteers throughout the community, the term has a greater significance. Since 1995, the Oxford Educational Foundation has been operating a mentoring program, placing hundreds of mentors in the Oxford schools. Volunteers and students from the community are matched with the expectation of developing a continuing relationship between a child and a positive role model. The program is administered by Kim Lewin, Volunteer Coordinator for the OEF. With parent/guardian permission and the necessary clearances and training, the OEF encourages mentors and students to meet at least once a week through various activities. Some of these activities may include visiting the library or museum, attending a sporting event or school activity, or simply finding a quiet moment during or after the school day to talk about events in each other’s lives. The program can be effective if a relationship between the adult and the youth is based on the following: personalized attention, caring, mutual respect, trust and commitment, along with positive and high expectations for both mentors and students. Many times, these students have difficulty handling


conflict, and the mentor is an excellent resource for offering alternative solutions to problems. The goal of the OEF program is to help provide a positive outlook on life by building self-esteem, developing coping skills and forming attainable goals for the future. The program’s impact on individual students can be noticed in the child’s increased school attendance and academic success, decreased discipline referrals, and improvements in social skills. It has an impact on the lives of the mentors, as well. Mentors have reported a sense of satisfaction in recognizing that they can make a difference. The program is not a cure-all for the needs and challenges of today’s youth, but it can provide a meaningful, positive relationship in the life of a child who otherwise may receive very little encouragement. These children need to know there is someone to whom they can turn, not only when they have a problem, but also to share a success. According to Dr. Raymond Fischer, Executive Director of the OEF, the key to a quality mentoring relationship is to have a caring adult who is consistently there for a young person. The Oxford Educational Foundation Mentoring Program promotes this type of mentoring by carefully matching such an adult with the mentee and by providing ongoing support to everyone involved. Did someone make a difference in your life? Would you like the opportunity to give back? Give the Oxford Educational Foundation a call at 610-932-7200 or e-mail us at oxfordeducationalfoundation@yahoo.org if you are interested in becoming a mentor for an elementary or secondary student.

BE Someone Who Matters TO Someone Who Matters.

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OXFORD CHAMBER MEMBER DIRECTORY Spring/Summer 2019 Accounting / Financial ABCPA Accounting Services 610-322-2424 www.ABCPAservices.com Cyron and Company 484-770-8796 www.Cyroncpa.com Diamond State Financial Group – David Tate, CFP® 484-885-0682 www.dsfg.com Edward Jones Investments 610-998-9046 www.EdwardJones.com See ad pg. 67 Fenstermacher and Company, LLP 610-444-1215 www.fandco.com Forresters Financial 215-568-2078 www.foresters.com Innovative Financial Results, LLC 484-680-0745 www.InnovativeFinancialResults. com Nawn & Co, CPA’s Ltd. 610-268-5501 www.longcpas.com See ad pg. 86 PRIMERICA – Charlie Delp 610-388-2573 www.primerica.com TBRE Consulting Company 484-365-5570 www.tbreconsulting.com TM Business Solutions 717-203-4425 www.facebook.com/tmbizsolutions

Advertising / Newspaper/ Printing

Art Gallery / Art & Music Instruction

Banking/ Financial Institutions/Mortgages

Ad Pro, Inc./Chester County Press 610-869-5553 www. chestercounty.com

Oxford Arts Alliance 610-467-0301 www. OxfordArt.org See ad pg. 80

BB&T Bank 610-998-1540 www.bbt.com See ad pg. 12

Kennett Copy and More 484-732-8066 www.kennettcopy.com


Citadel 610-466-6608 www.CitadelBanking.com See ad pg. 65

Oxford Print and Design 484- 758-7319 www.OxfordPrintandDesign.com Signs for Success 484-584-5607 www. SignsforSuccesspa.com

Agriculture Hostetter Grain, Inc. 610-932-4484 www. HostetterGrain.com See ad pg. 63

Country Chrysler Dodge - Jeep 610-932-0500 www.countrydodge.com See ad pg. 49 Dumas Sapp & Son 610-932-8564 www.SappQualityCars.com

Appliance Repair

Houser’s Family Auto Center 610-932-3945 www.facebook.com/HousersFamily-Auto-center

Pro-Tec Service Inc. 610-932-7878 www.pro-tecservice.com See ad pg. 35

Jeff D’Ambrosio Chevrolet 610-932-9090 www.jeffschevy.com See ad pg. 48

Martin Appliance 717-786-7373 www.MartinsAppliance.com

Jennings Auto Repair, Inc. 610-932-3288 www.jennings-auto.com

Architecture / Engineering/ Land Planning

McComsey Automotive LLC 484-368-6503 www.facebook.com/McComseyAutomotive

Concord Land Planners 610-932-5119 Government Specialists, Inc. 610-932-5563 Ragan Engineering Associates, Inc. 610-255-3400

Woolard, Krajnik, Masciangelo, LLP 610-932-4225 www.wkco.com 44

Collision Zone, Inc. 610-932-8330 www.CollisionZoneinc.com See ad pg. 80

Michael Cole Enterprises 610-869-9130 www.michaelcoleenterprises. com Oxford Goodyear 610-932-0988 www.OxfordGoodyear.com See ad pg. 37 Oxford Sunoco 610-932-5686 www.OxfordSunoco.com


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Coatesville Savings Bank 610-932-7756 www.CoatesvilleSavings.com See ad pg. 85 Concord Home Mortgage | Houston Baker 484-443-4435 www.concordhm.com Fulton Bank, N.A. 610-932-2100 www.FultonBank.com Meridian Bank 484-568-5000 www.MeridianBank.com WSFS Bank 610-998-0414 www.wsfsbank.com

Caterer Sherm’s Catering 302-607-7200 www.shermscatering.com

Chiropractic Chiropractic Services 610-932-9061 www.ChiropracticCenterOxfordpa.com See ad pg. 73 Fitchett Chiropractic 610-869-3222 www.FitchettChiropractic.com

Churches Avondale Presbyterian Church 610-268-2919 www.AvondalePC..org Community of Love Lutheran Church 610-998-0282 www.CoLLutheranChurch.org Oxford Church of the Nazarene 610-932-2584 www.OxfordNazarene.com Oxford Presbyterian Church 610-932-9640 www.OxfordPresbyterian.org Oxford United Methodist Church 610-932-9698 www.oxford1851.org St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church 610-932-8134 www.StChrisOxford.org

Cleaning Services/ Restoration A Helping Hand 484-756-1674 www.Cleaning4me.com Bobs Window and Cleaning Service 610-932-4418 Fiber Brite Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning 610-932-8886 www.FiberBriteLLC.com Rainbow International of Chester County 610-901-4077 www.rainbowintl.com/chestercounty SERVPRO of Kennett Square/ Oxford 484-576-7015 www.ServProKennettSquareOxford.com See ad pg. 91

Grater Solutions, LLC 484-423-4245 www.gratersolutions.com Lemmtec 931-224-8502 www.lemmtec.com

Construction / Contractors Cedar Knoll Builders 610-932-5719 www.CedarKnollBuilders.com See ad pg. 5 DiPilla Brothers, Inc. 610-932-2630 www.dipillabros.com See ad pg. 3 Dr. Concrete Surgery & Design 610-345-0855 www.drconcreteusa.com See ad pg. 68 E Squires Paving 610-932-8810 www.SquiresPaving.com See ad pg. 67

Oxford Family Dentistry 610-932-9580 www.OxfordSmileMakers.com See ad pg. 95

Education Barnsley Academy 610-932-5900 www.barnsleyacademy.com See ad pg. 83 Bethany Christian School 610-998-0877 www.bethanychristian.org See ad pg. 77 Cecil College 410- 287-1000 www.cecil.edu See ad pg. 22 Lincoln University 484-365-7391 www.lincoln.edu

JFR Contracting 610-255-1471 www.jfrcontracting.com See ad pg. 16

Oxford Area School District 610-932-6600 www.oxford.k12.pa.us

Harbor Stone Construction Co 610-467-0872 www.HarborStoneCC.com See ad pg. 63

Oxford Educational Foundation 610-932-7200 www.oxfordeducationalfoundation.org

Install Solution 610-467-0686 www.myinstallsolution.com

Sacred Heart School 610-932-3633 www.shsoxford.us

Nowland Associates 302-731-1333 www.NowlandAssociates.com See ad pg. 12 Michael Smith Excavating 717- 989-3193 www.michael-smith-excavating. business.site Vanderhoef Builders 610-932-3618 www.vanderhoefbuilders.net

Computers / Consulting

Dental / Orthodontics

digiTEK Computer Services 610-467-1200 www.digitekcomputerservices. com

McCormick Orthodontics 610-932-2917 www.MccormickOrthodontics. com

Oxford Dental Associates 610-932-3388 www.OxfordSmiles.com See ad pg. 46


Electric Baer Electric LLC 610-932-6302 www.baer-electric.com See ad pg. 90

Emergency Services

Florist Buchanan’s Buds & Blossoms, Inc. 610-932-8339 www.buchanansbudsblossoms. com

Funeral Home Edward Collins Funeral Home, Inc. 610-932-9584 www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com See ad pg. 22

Furniture/Reclaimed Architectural The Barnyard Boys 717-548-5000 www.barnyardboys.com See ad pg. 24 Martin Furniture and Mattresses 717-786-7373 www.martinfurniturepa.com Robert Treate Hogg Cabinetmaker Shop 717-529-2522 www.rthogg.com The Junction Consignment Shoppe 484-614-1937 www.facebook. com/896junctionconsignment

Golf Course Tanglewood Manor Golf Club 717-786-2500 www.twgolf.com Wyncote Golf Club 610-932-8900 www.Wyncote.com See ad pg. 41


Southern Chester County EMS, Inc. 610-910-3180 www.sccems.org

Borough of Oxford 610-932-2500 www.oxfordboro.org

Union Fire Company #1 610-932-2411 www.UnionFire.com

East Nottingham Township 610-932-8494 www.eastnottingham.org

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Senator Andrew E. Dinniman 610-692-2112 www.senatordinniman.com

Hair Salon Alluring Images Hair Studio 610-932-9308 www.alluringimageshairstudio. com See ad pg. 77 Color Cut and Curls Inc. 610-932-7834 www.colorcutcurls.com See ad pg. 73 Judy Hastings Salon 610-932-9566 www.hastingssalonweebly.com See ad pg. 56 Studio Blush 610-467-0772 www.studioblush.net See ad pg. 29

Health Break Away Farm Fitness 717-529-2259 www.breakawayfarmfittness.com See ad pg. 92 CrossFit Thunder Hill 610-998-9348 www.crossfitthunderhill.com Gracefield Counseling 267-772-0148 www.gracefieldcounseling.com Golden Light Wellness Center 610-932-9511 www.goldenlightwellnesscenter. com See ad pg. 78 La Comunidad Hispana 610-444-7550 www.lacomunidadhispana.org See ad pg. 84 Make Time For Massage 610-324-6375 www.maketimeformassage.com See ad pg. 71 46

Pro-Active Muscle Therapy, LLC 610-932-8888 www.pro-activemuscletherapy. com See ad pg. 55 Write-Well Handwriting Clinics & Occupational Therapy Services 610-932-9511 www.write-wellhandwritingclinics.com See ad pg. 78


Lawn and Landscape A-1 Mulch 610- 932-7420 www.A1Mulch.com See ad pg. 21 Carter and Son Lawncare, Inc. 610-932-5703 See ad pg. 43 Howell’s Lawn and Landscape 610-842-1683 www.HowellsLawnandLandscape.com See ad pg. 70

Flowers Baking Company of Oxford, Inc. 610-932-2300 www.FlowerFoods.com Herr’s Snack Factory 610-932-6400 www.herrs.com See ad pg. 2 Mitchell Mechanical – M2 Welding 610-932-5002 www.M2welding.com See ad pg. 66

Jennersville Hospital Tower Health 610-869-1000 www.jennersville.towerhealth.org See ad pg. 23

Huf Landscaping 610-932-3426 www.HufLandscaping.com

Shelton Pallet Company 610-932-3182 www.sheltonpallet.com See ad pg. 31



D’Amico Law, P.C. 610-444-4555 www.damicolawpc.com See ad pg. 10

The Scotts Company 610-932-4200

Allstate The Jennersville Insurance Agency 610-345-1345 www.agents.allstate.com/usa/pa/ west-grove See ad pg. 83 Auto Tags Plus 610-932-4000 www.quickautotagsplus.com Garcia-Taylor Insurance Agency, Inc. 610-932-4935 www.nationwide.com/garciatayloragency KVIS & Coe Insurance Services 610-932-9350 www.Kviscoe.com See ad pg. 25 State Farm Insurance – Chuck Weed (610) 932-2400 www.here4yourfinancialfuture. com See ad pg. 33 The Surance Group, Inc. 610-932-3360 www.Surancegroup.net Yerkes Insurance, Inc. 610-869-4065 www.Yerkesinsurance.com See ad pg. 81 ——Spring/Summer

Eichman Law, PLLC 484-734-0378 www.EichmanLawGroup.com

Moving Services/ Storage/ Hauling JDog Junk & Hauling Services 484-467-1424 www.jdogjunkremoval.com

Ira D. Binder, Attorney-at-Law 484-643-3325 See ad pg. 70

Oxford Mini Storage 610- 932-9111 www.OxfordMiniStorage.com See ad pg. 35

Law Office of James Clark 717-464-4300 www.jamesclarklaw.net See ad pg. 87

TLC Moving Services 610-268-3243 See ad pg. 87

Law Office of Matthew J. Canan 610-932-9464 www.CananOxfordLaw.com


McMichael, Heiney & Sebastian, LLC 610-932-3550 Miller Law Group 610-840-8400 www.MillerLawpa.com See ad pg. 53

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ACE Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford 610-932-0337 See ad pg. 43 Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation 610-945-4423 www.BraveEli.com Family Promise of Southern Chester County 610-444-0400 www.familypromisescc.org Fraternal Order of Eagles #2666 610-932-9943

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Kacie’s Cause Oxford 610-998-9585 www.KaciesCause.com Lighthouse Youth Center 610-467-6000 www.OxfordLighthouse.org Lions Club of Oxford www.lionwap.org/oxfordpa

Painting CertaPro Painters of Western Chester County 484-842-0174 www.western-chester-county. certapro.com Jones Painting 610-908-4515 www.JonesPainting.net See ad pg. 75


Scalewatcher North America 610-932-6888 www.scalewatcher.com See ad pg. 96

Oxford Center for Dance 610-932-3267 www.oc4dance.com See ad pg. 37

Real Estate

Oxford Karate Institute 610-998-0044 www.OxfordKarateInstitute.com See ad pg. 57

Becky Burnham, Realtor RE/MAX Excellence 484-643-2405 www.BuyfromBecky.com See ad pg. 69 Beiler-Campbell Realtors 610-932-1000 www.beiler-campbell.com

New London Counseling Center 610-869-3029 www.newlondoncounselingcenter.com

Jennifer Zduniak Design & Photography 610-955-4131 www.jzdesignandphoto.com

Oxford Area Historical Association www.OxfordHistorical.org

Moonloop Photography LLC 484-748-0812 www.moonloopphoto.com

Oxford Area Neighborhood Services 610-932-8557 www.OxfordNSC.org

Plumbing / Heating / Cooling/ Fuel

Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach/ Patrick Curran 610-656-7382 www.jpatrickcurran.com

Alger Oil and Propane Inc. 610-932-4104 www.AlgerEnergy.com

Joel Brown, Beiler - Campbell 610-932-2982 www.beiler-campbell.com

Cameron’s ACE Hardware 610-932-2416 www.CameronsPHC.com See ad pg. 50

S.J. Murphy’s Home Inspections 610 506 0689 www.sjmurphys.com

Oxford Area Senior Center 610-932-5244 www.OxfordSeniors.org Oxford Library Company 610-932-9625 www.OxfordPublicLibrary.org Oxford Mainstreet Inc. 610-998-9494 www.downtownoxfordpa.org Rotary Club of Oxford 610-256-5794 www.OxfordRotary.org UNITE, Inc 888-488-6483 www.unitegriefsupport.org

Optometrist Miller Eye Care 610-869-4200 www.MillerEyecareOnline.com Oxford Family Eyecare 610-932-9356 www.OxfordFamilyEyecare.com See ad pg. 6

Chelsea Heating & Air 610-268-2200 www.ChelseaAir.com See ad pg. 15 D&D Golder 610-932-6305 www.DandDGolder.com Leon C. Landis, Inc. 717-786-2188 www.LeonLandis.com Oxford Plumbing & Heating, Inc. 610-932-9503 www.OPHinc.com See ad pg. 47 Potchak A/C Inc. 866-322-8849 www.Potchakac.com Rapid Repair LLC 484-880-3369 www. Rapidrepairsllc.com

Berkshire Hathaway Home Service Kelli Brandenberger/Colleen Davis 717-786-1300 www.SellwithmeKellib.com

Oxhaven Apartments 610-932-3700 www.Oxhaven.com

Recreational Herr’s Snack Factory 610-932-6400 www.herrs.com See ad pg. 2 Jennersville YMCA 610-869-9622 www.YMCAgbw.org

Restaurant / Specialty Food and Beverages Ball and Thistle Pub 610- 624-6802 www.Wyncote.com See ad pg. 41 Bellybusters Sub Shoppes 610-932-5372 www.bellybusterssubshoppes. com/ Bog Turtle Brewery 484-758-0416 www.BogTurtleBrewery.com Emory’s at Tanglewood 717-786-2500 www.twgolf.com/club/emorys Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats 610-932-9498 www.Flickerwood.com Kreider’s Market, Inc 717-529-6944 www.KreidersMarket.com See ad pg. 56 La Sicilia Pizza Pasta Grille 610-998-9889 www.laSiciliaPA.com Neuchatel Swiss Chocolates 610-932-2706 www.neuchatelchocolates.com

Kashmir Hookah Lounge 844-466-5240 www.kashmirhookahlounge.com

Nottingham Inn Kitchen and Creamery 610-932-2778 www.NottinghamInn.com See ad pg. 2

Oxford Area Recreation Authority 610-314-3783 www.treasoara.wixsite.com/oxfordrecreation

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Pat’s Select Pizza and Grill 610-998-9191 ww.patsselect.com Penn Brew Station 610-869-8830 www.pennbrewstation.com Rise N Grind 443-309-8814 www.RiseNGrindCafe.com Rita’s Water Ice of Oxford 610-932-2523 www.RitasFranchises.com/ Oxford

G & F Carpet/Flooring America 610-932-8724 www.g-fCarpet.com See ad pg. 94

Oxford Feed and Lumber 610-932-8521 www.OxfordFeedLumber.com See ad pg. 11

Honeysuckle Trail Country Crafts 610-932-7734 www.HoneysuckleTrail.com

Oxford Odds and Ends 610-932-5858 www.facebook.com/OxfordOddsandEnds See ad pg. 35

Howetts Screen Printing and Embroidery 610-932-3697 www.Howetts.com Jennersville Pets and Friends 610-345-1145 www.facebook.com/JVPet See ad pg. 11

Saw Mill Grill 610-467-1909 www.facebook.com/SawMill-Grill See ad pg. 7

Keen Compressed Gas Company 610-998-0200 www.KeenGas.com See ad pg. 84

Tiers of Joy Gluten Free Bakery 484-667-1369 www.tiersofjoygf.com

Kennett Copy and More 484-732-8066 www.kennettcopy.com

Toot Sweets 610-467-1900 www.TootSweetson3rd.com See ad pg. 29

Landhope Farms 610-467-0378 www.landhope.com

The Ugly Mutt 610-888-7462 www.facebook.com/The-UglyMutt See ad pg. 20 Wholly Grounds Coffeehouse 443-466-6859 www.facebook.com/whollygroundscoffeehouse

Retail Brandywine ACE Pet and Farm 610- 345-1145 www.acehardware.com/storedetails/15574 See ad pg. 11 Cameron’s ACE Hardware 610-932-2416 www.CameronsHardware.com See ad pg. 50 Cricket Wireless 610-467-0356 www.cricketwireless.com See ad pg. 79 52

Limelife Planners 614-406-5892 www.LimelifePlanners.com Lola’s 610-467-0774 www.Lolason3rd.com See ad pg. 86 The Maroon Hornet- Comics and Collectibles 610- 757-5819 www. themaroonhornetcomics. com Martin Appliance 717-786-7373 www.MartinsAppliance.com Millstone Jewelers (Elkton) 443-593-3761 www.MillstoneJewelers.com Outback Trading Company 610-932-5141 www.OutbackOutlet.com


Pickled Pickles 410-808-5507 www.facebook.com/pickledpicklespa RNJ Plaques & Engraving 610-932-4763 www.facebook.com/RNJPlaques-and-Engraving S&L Fine Cigars and Tobacco 610-299-4143 See ad pg. 30 Soap Bucket Skin Care and Candles 484-808-5507 www.SoapBucketSkincare.com

Retirement Community

Martin Water Conditioning 717-786-7373 www.MartinWater.com Mitchell Mechanical – M2 Welding 610-932-5002 www.M2welding.com See ad pg. 66

Trucking C. W. Boyd Trucking, LLC 610-467-1770 LT Trucking 610-932-2702

Veterinary/Pet Boarding/ Grooming Elk Creek Veterinary Services 610-467-1488 www.ElkCreekVeterinaryServices. com See ad pg. 61 Oxford Veterinary Hospital 610-932-8757 www.OxfordVeterinaryHospital. com

Ware Presbyterian Village 610-998-2400 www.WarePresbyterian.org

Unionville Equine Associates PC 610-932-6800 www.ueavet.com


Vixen Hall Kennels 610-932-6980 www.vixenhallkennels.com

Armstrong 877-277-5711 www.ArmstrongOneWire.com See ad pg. 13 Brandywine Septic Services, Inc. 610-869-0443 www.BrandywineSeptic.com See ad pg. 4 Helix Tattoo Lodge 410-658-8288 www.HelixTattooLodge.com Howett’s Screen Printing and Embroidery610-932-3697 www.Howetts.com Lloyd Shetron Termite and Pest Control 610-470-7287 www.LSPestControl.com

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Wholesale Viking Power Products 610-255-3332 www.VikingPowerProducts.com

Winery/ Venues Britain Hill Venue and Vineyard 717-799-7277 www.britainhillvenueandvineyard. com See ad pg. 89 Flickerwood Wine Cellars 610-932-9498 www.flickerwood.com Rosewood Farms 443-350-9938 www.rosewoodfarms.org


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McCormick Orthodontics: A history of service in the community By John Chambless Staff Writer

Chamber of Commerce – in this case, 20 years – is vital to her business.


cCormick Orthodontics has been Q.: McCormick Orthodontics has giving families reason to smile always supported the community you since 1977. Founded by Dr. Joe serve. What involvement did your father McCormick, and now led by his daughter, have before you took over, and how have Dr. Michaela McCormick, the practice has you added to the list since? locations in Oxford, Jennersville, and in A.: My father, Dr. Joseph McCormick, and North East, Md. my mother, Dr. Terry McCormick, owned A hallmark of the practice is their openand operated McCormick Orthodontics ness and accessibility. Patients and family from 1976 until 2011. In their time with Dr. Michaela McCormick members are encouraged to ask about anythe practices in both Delaware County thing and everything regarding and Chester County, they suptheir treatment. On their website ported community sports teams, are profiles of each member schools and local charitable organizations, like the YMCA, of the team. Michaela writes with their time and money. that she “loves children, and finds enormous joy in watching I guess the best way to describe them grow and chatting with what I am focused on in terms them at each visit. She pracof the concept of “community tices a balance of preventative support” pays homage to two and proactive orthodontic care, decisions my parents made. The The McCormick Orthodontics team. and believes every parent and first is the decision they made for patient deserves a thorough explanation of the issues my early education. They decided to send me to Friends at hand and the recommended treatment plan. Dr. Central on City Line Avenue, up near Saint Joe’s, from Michaela lives with her husband, a hockey loving French sixth to twelfth grades. Friends taught me the power and Canadian named Francois Gravel (who goes by Frank), importance of community and of service. and their two awesome kids, Henri and Beatrice. When After graduating from my orthodontic residency at Dr. Michaela has some free time, she spends it with her Penn, my husband and I moved to Chester County. We kids, reading, wrestling and playing in the creek next to live in Lincoln University. Without that local connection, their house. She is a ravenous reader, loves food and life was hollow. What I had as a link was this practice can’t wait to camp and travel more as her kids get older.” I was purchasing from my parents, and the connecThe second constant of the business is community tions through service to the community, their second involvement. Michaela recently discussed how impor- important decision. So by connecting my background of tant community roots are, and how involvement in the service and community in education to efforts my parents



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culminated through the practice, I was able to find community, and we now look for any and every opportunity to serve. First, by providing the highest level of care. I am a caregiver and just happen to use orthodontics as the modality with which I deliver care, and many times this reaches far beyond growing bones and straightening teeth. Second, making thoughtful and genuine decisions to connect with people and organizations outside our office to further foster a sense of community and support. I work with an amazing team. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to provide the level of care in the office and engage as many outside the office as I enjoy currently. Which community organizations or charities do you support during the year? Within the Oxford community, we sponsor: The Lighthouse Youth Center, Eli Seth Matthews Foundation, Bethany Christian School, Sacred Heart School, local PTOs and sports boosters, the Oxford Arts Alliance, First Friday, community events and festivals and local sport teams like Oxford Little League, Oxford Lacrosse and Oxford Golden Bears. We are partnered with Penn’s Grove Avedium Club to take a strong stance against bullying. We are in discussions with additional Continued on Page 56

Last October, the staff at McCormick Orthodontics supported Unite For Her, a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

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Oxford Schools to begin an anti-bullying campaign that would provide discussion and support on many levels to the kids. I am a board member at the Technical College High School-Pennock’s Bridge Campus. The office also hosts educational presentations to many of the local schools in the form of hygiene lessons, career and health fairs and STEM. The office also hosts students from technical programs to serve their externships. I have served on the board of the YMCA for five years, and I am currently serving on the board for Assumption BVM. McCormick Orthodontics is a local chapter of Smile for a Lifetime, a national foundation that provides orthodontic scholarships to children in need. This year, each of our team members has pledged service hours to further our interaction and support as individuals in the community. How does that community support help the business in return? That is, are you building both visibility and goodwill? I am sure our community involvement helps the business, but we don’t feel our choices of service would be genuine if we were looking for a return to our business with each one. While



Recent renovations have given the Oxford location a sleek, new look.

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anonymous ways, when possible. Service itself to those in need has an enormous personal payoff for me. Asking any more from it would feel greedy. Have you always been a member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce? What benefits have you seen from being tied into the local business community? This year marks McCormick Orthodontics’ 20th year as a member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. My parents initiated the membership in 1999 and I continued as a member when I purchased the practice in 2011. As an Oxford Chamber of Commerce member, and as a local business, we believe in the promotion of other local businesses to help with the growth and prosperity of our community. Our membership keeps us tied to the community and helps us stay in the loop, whether it’s a new business, sponsorship opportunities or an event that we can take part in. It also provides us with a network to develop relationships inside and outside of the Oxford Area. Do you get involved with the communities at your other locations as well? Yes, community is part of health as a human. I feel insanely fortunate to be able to connect to so many so often, with the intention of bettering the life of another human, inside and outside the walls of all three offices.


The comfort of patients and families is vital, and everyone is invited to be part of treatment visits.

McCormick Orthodontics has offices at 2215 Baltimore Pike in Oxford, 900 W. Baltimore Pike in West Grove, and 48 Flint Drive in North East, Md. Visit www.mccormickorthodontics.com for more information.

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A history of the Watt Building By Gail Roberts Oxford Area Historical Association

the renovations would be completed by April. He leased the third floor to the Research Club. It is not known whether or years, the building at 33 S. Third there were ever any bowling lanes, but St., now housing Flickerwood Wine a restaurant and pool room did exist. Cellars, was known to many of Oxford Historic Commission records us as the Oxford News Shop. At one show that Samuel’s brother, Andrew time, it was called the Watt Building. McIntire, purchased the building in A variety of businesses have called this 1915. Andrew continued to operate building home. the restaurant and pool room. He made Oxford Historic Commission records some changes to the building by installfor ownership of this lot go back to ing plate glass windows. 1866. Local historians recorded that a In 1921, the building was purchased by tavern owned by Samuel Ross stood on the Winchester family. Oxford Historic this lot in the early 1800s. However, Commission records show that C. Alfred the building that still stands today was Winchester purchased the building in erected by Jackson A. Watt in 1883. This photo is from circa 1890. The Watt 1921, and it was transferred to J. Walter Watt owned a private banking company building is the one behind the men raising the Winchester in 1933. These men were utility poles. brothers. J. Walter Winchester was also which he had originally operated out of the Oxford Hall on the corner of 3rd known for his clothing store at 10 S. and Market. Watt had the Ross Tavern Third St. Records show that in 1944, C. Alfred torn down and built his three-story Winchester operated a restaurant on the building with brick from Philadelphia, south side of the Watt building and had marble windowsills, galvanized iron corners and a slate roof. He added fire a second floor apartment. The north escapes to the building in 1909. side of the first floor was occupied by Watt had other business partners in the insurance office of H.P. Passmore, his banking firm, including Clayton and a third floor apartment was rented M. Lawrie and C. Percy Webster. At by Horace Reynolds. one point, he shared the first floor with In February of 1944, Mack Berkowich lawyer Major William T. Fulton and purchased the building from J. Walter rented the second floor to the United Winchester as an investment. Mack Telephone Company. C.P. Alexander already ran a clothing store in town had a confectionery store on the second in part of the building which eventufloor at one point as well. ally became the People’s Bank. Mack’s In 1914, the Watt Building was sold son, Melvin Berkowich, was an Oxford to Samuel Jefferson McIntire, who had High School graduate, a World War been a tenant in the Masonic Building and had been in the II veteran and a graduate of the Pharmacy School of the restaurant business for 18 years. An Oxford Press article in University of Maryland. February of 1914 reported McIntire’s plans for remodeling: The building was transferred to Melvin in 1946. Melvin adding one story to the back of the building for a pool room had plans to create a modern pharmacy. He brought the with a basement for bowling alleys. He would run his cigar old floor to street level and changed the façade of the business in the store room and was planning on widening building by using modern materials, such as stainless steel and combining the offices of Hugh Fulton, Esq., and S.H. and aluminum. He installed large plate glass windows and Smith, Esq., who already practiced in the building. beige glass facing. The footprint of the old building doubled In 1914, Sam Levy, a tailor, occupied rooms that McIntire in size. The modern pharmacy also featured a soda fountain planned to turn into apartments for his family. McIntire and booths, and according to local historians, claimed to planned to put in a bathroom and toilets and estimated that have “1001 items catering to the housewife of the 1940s.”




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An Oxford Press article in November The Ringlers remodeled the building of 1947 reported that the new pharonce again. In an article in January of macy, the Towne Rexall Drug Company, 1982, Jim Wolf of the Chester County opened on Nov. 13, and that the new Press described the remodeling as a owners and operators were Mack and “private revitalization project.” The Melvin Berkowich. The article described Ringlers removed the stainless steel, the “well stocked counter, gleaming aluminum and glass facing and added white lights and shiny new equipment” new bow front windows. Stained glass and that there were “giant bouquets of windows were placed over the bow flowers from well wishers.” The business that windows. The stained glass windows were Melvin and his wife owned became known at originally from the old Collins Bazaar on Towne Drug. The Towne Drug fountain was Market Street. Vern Ringler had another operated for many years by Pinky Shiplett. window made for the center which had the In the early 1970s, the building again News Shop’s name on it. changed hands when it was purchased by The Ringlers also added an addition to the the Ringler family. In the late 1960s Vernon rear of the building. Vern’s wife, Ediene, found and Bill Ringler purchased Willard Heiney’s antique showcases in a store in Wilmington, Oxford News Shop which was originally and they were used as a part of the interior at 23 S. Third St. Heiney sold newspapers, An advertisement from when the renovations. A highlight of the interior was cards, tobacco and peanuts. A Chester Ringlers owned the shop. the marble butcher’s counters and mirrors County Press article in April of 1972 reported that had originally come from the Alexander that the Ringler’s Oxford News Shop would be moving Meat Market in Oxford. The Jay Dee Department Store had down the street into the building occupied by Towne Drug. taken over the building which housed the meat market, and Vernon was quoted as saying that gift items displayed Vern bought the counters at that time. He stored them for in the family’s appliance store would be moved to the over 15 years and had to move them several times until they new location. The Ringlers purchased inventory from the were used in the News Shop to display items in the rear of Berkowich drugstore, such as patent medicines like aspirin, the store. The butcher counters and mirrors now belong to and sold these items until the inventory was depleted. Drug the Oxford Area Historical Association and can be seen in files from Towne Drug were transferred to McCullough’s the Oxford Library lobby. Pharmacy. Over the years, the Oxford News Shop underwent a tranInitially, newspapers were a mainstay of the Oxford News sition. One of the slogans of the News Shop was “The Store Shop. Vern reports selling 450 copies of the Chester County That Outgrew Its Name.” The newspapers and fresh roasted Press each week and distributing 1000 Sunday papers, peanuts were replaced by cards and gifts. The shops sold including 90 Sunday New York Times. Some of his custom- a variety of items, including Russell Stover candy, jewelry, ers reserved their papers and would come into the shop to other gift items and Hallmark greeting cards. Eventually, pick them up regularly. The Ringlers also provided home Vern and Ediene Ringler opened a separate jewelry store, delivery of the papers. At one point when the sale of Sunday Ediene’s in the Oxford Hall building. papers was reduced to 50 copies, they stopped carrying In 2007, after 39 years of operating the Oxford News them. Home delivery of the papers ended in 1992. Shop, Inc., Vernon Ringler sold the business and the buildJust looking at the history of newspaper sales in Oxford ing to Gabriel and Patti Vattilana who still own what was is interesting. Samuel Cooper, Sr., sold newspapers in front once called the Watt Banking Building. The Vattilanas of his restaurant on Market Street. In 1944, Hans Olson, renamed the shop to Oxford Cards and Gifts. The Ringlers local barber, track star and talented singer, purchased the continued to operate Ediene’s jewelry business in the newspaper business from Mr. Cooper. At first he distributed Oxford Hall building. Eventually the jewelry store was also his papers in front of Cooper’s, but eventually sold papers sold, and it is now Millstone Jewelers. out of the same building where his barber shop was located In 2013, Flickerwood Wine Cellars and Twisted Treats on Third Street. Olson sold the Philadelphia Inquirer, opened their second location in the Watt building. Tammy the Coatesville Record, the Philadelphia Bulletin and the Liberato and Julie Wehner, sisters and owners of the busiDaily Local News. Willard Heiney and then the Ringlers ness, already had a Flickerwood wine cellar in Kennett took over the newspaper distribution business through The Square. They eventually closed that store but continue to Oxford News Shop. The Ringlers also maintained the tradi- operate their business in Oxford. tion of selling fresh roasted peanuts. Thanks to Vern Ringler for his help in gathering information. 


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Meet Our Member:

Oxford Family Eyecare By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer


ou can find care you can trust at a third-generation optometric practice -- Oxford Family Eyecare. Dr. Malcolm Kelly, Jr., said his great-great-grandfather was Oxford’s family physician who made house calls by horse and buggy in the 1800s. Today, Dr. Malcolm Kelly, Jr., continues the family history of optometrists in Oxford since his grandfather, Dr. Hollis G. Kelly, started his practice in 1916. He was the 13th licensed optometrist to practice in Pennsylvania and graduated from Pennsylvania State College of Optometry (now PCO) in Philadelphia in 1916. “My aunt, Dr. Grace Kelly, also graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1927 and practiced optometry with Dr. Hollis Kelly in Oxford,” Dr. Kelly said. “My father, Dr. Malcolm H. Kelly, graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in 1942. After serving in World War II, he settled back in Oxford to practice with my grandfather. I also graduated from PCO in 1975 and moved back to Oxford to continue the Kelly’s legacy of optometrists. Our family has been serving Oxford for over 100 years.” At Oxford Family Eyecare, Dr. Kelly offers a full range of optometric services including comprehensive vision and medical vision examinations, contact lenses, treatment of glaucoma, macular degeneration and eye infections, as well as foreign body removal from patients’ corneas. Assisted by an eight-member staff, Dr. Kelly uses his years of training and experience along with state-of-the-art equipment and continuing education to provide top-notch care for his patients. “I recommend annual eye health examinations to detect and maintain optimum eye health,” he said. “Our pre-test instrument, OPD III, uses wave-front technology to screen for corneal malformations and reads the patient’s optical system for day and night time vision in seconds. We also screen for glaucoma with the ORA [Ocular Response Analyzer] that measures corneal hysteresis, a predictor of glaucoma progression.” The pre-test information is downloaded into a TRS 5100 automated refraction system so that Dr. Kelly can 60


Dr. Malcolm Kelly, Jr., said his great-great-grandfather was Oxford’s family physician who made house calls by horse and buggy in the 1800s.

determine the patient’s current refraction and compare it to the patient’s old prescription. “When I show the patient their old prescription and toggle to show them their new prescription, it takes the guesswork out of the usual ‘One or two, which is better?’ questions,” he said. Dr. Kelly also uses the Marco AFC 330, the latest in retinal imaging technology. “We can use the camera on small pupils that lessens the need for dilation, and auto stitch panoramic images to document and measure pathology like melanomas in the retina,” he said. With retinal imaging, Dr. Kelly can diagnose elevated cholesterol and even hemorrhages caused by diabetes and hypertension. “I like to show the patients their retinal images and explain the structures in the retina and how it relates to their early disease detection of their overall health,” he said. Dr. Kelly offers the AdaptDx technology an early predictor for macular degeneration. “We also detect, treat and monitor glaucoma and macular degeneration with our Optical Coherence Tomographer. These new instruments are great for early detection and treatment,” he said. After completing the eye health examination, Dr. Kelly recommends treatment for the patient’s eye condition. He even fits contact lenses for astigmatism and multifocals. He fits contact lenses for Ortho Keratology (an alternative 2019 • Volume 42——

to lasik surgery). These are contact lenses you wear when you sleep, and take them out during the day, that correct your vision to 20/20 without needing lasik surgery. “At Oxford Family Eyecare, we have two opticians who are trained to help patients with eyewear selection that is fashionable,” Dr. Kelly said. “The opticians have ongoing education on the array of lens materials and lens designs to educate the patient on the lenses that are best suited for their vision needs. We participate in many insurance plans, we can help the patient with their plan benefits.” The office is at 49 South Second Street, across from the Oxford Public Library. There are no plans to move the office from its present site while construction of the Oxford Borough parking garage goes on.


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Flowers Baking Company brings major production line to Oxford

By Eric Maholmes Flowers Baking Company of Oxford


estled in the quaint countryside just outside of Oxford, you will find a hustle and bustle unlike most of the area. Five years ago, Flowers Baking Company of Oxford, LLC, installed a state-of-the-art bread line capable of producing nearly a quarter of a million loaves of bread per day. And for the past five years, we have been doing just that. The Oxford bakery is one of almost 50 bakery subsidiaries of Flowers Foods, the second-largest baking company in the United States, with annual sales of $4 billion. Some of Flowers’ most recognizable brands are Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Tastykake, to name just a few. Most recently, the company acquired Canyon Bakehouse, a Colorado-based



bakery that produces a variety of gluten-free bakery foods. High-speed, high-volume baking production in Oxford and other Flowers bakeries in the region has made it possible for the company to successfully bring Nature’s Own and Wonder Bread to the Northeast. Bringing fresh breads, buns, rolls and snack cakes to market every day is a challenge – but it’s one the company successfully meets. In addition to a great team, Flowers has a century of experience and know-how. This year, the company celebrates its 100th year of baking, which started with one bakery in Thomasville, Ga. The Oxford facility has certain come a long way since it was first built in 1988 as a soft drink bottling plant. After a stint producing salty snacks, the facility was acquired by Taking Baking Company in 1997. Flowers Foods acquired the

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Oxford bakery in 2011, along with its acquisition of Tasty Baking. In 2012, the company broke ground on a 92,000-square-foot expansion to house a new, high-speed bread line, which opened in 2013. To accommodate the new bun line, the company did not have to expand the bakery’s footprint. Instead, Flowers shifted some production out of Oxford to other Flowers bakeries to create space for the new line. The new bun line opened October 2018. The line produces approximately 100,000 buns an hour, or about 2.4 million buns a day. To achieve that level of production, the entire line needs to run efficiently, and the bakery has had to make adjustments in support areas, like shipping, to handle the increased volume. The Oxford team has done a great job in taking on this new production. One interesting fact about the new bread line is that it has the longest in-floor chain of any Flowers bakery – about 1,700 feet. This chain runs in a

groove cut into the concrete floor and moves packaged bread in stacks of trays from the end of the production line to the shipping dock. There, the stacks are tagged and rolled onto trucks waiting at the dock. Those trucks roll from the bakery and out to the market, which encompasses 38 million people. Flowers Baking Company of Oxford is proud of its products and team, and our continued growth shows our commitment to investing in our great community.

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The wine that rocks celebrates a big birthday

Flickerwood in Oxford hits the big oh-5! By Richard L. Gaw, Staff Writer

When Julie Zampogna-Wehner and her sister Tammy Liberato opened the Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats in Oxford in November 2013, little did they know that their 3rd Street establishment would become one of the social mustdos on the local scene. While the winery in Downtown Oxford continues to add to the growing vibrancy of the town, Flickerwood is expanding its brand into several restaurants and stores. Recently, the Oxfordian sat down with Julie and Tammy to look back – and look forward.

What were the goals you established for yourselves and the store when you arrived five years ago, and in what ways do you feel you’ve achieved them? Tammy: When we first came here, our landlord said that he would give us six months in order to make a go of it. Six months went by and we signed another lease, and that’s when he told us, “You’re going to do well here.” We really only had a three-year plan when we opened here five years ago, but during that time the wine industry has changed a lot, so we’re focused not just on this location, but on our place in the entire wine industry.

Julie Zampogna-Wehner and her sister Tammy Liberato opened the Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats in Oxford in November 2013. 64


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What has been the center of that focus in the past few years? Julie: In addition to Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats, we’ve focused on the distribution of Flickerwood wines to local liquor stores and area restaurants in Chester County. You can get our wine at Victory Brewing in Parkesburg, the Nottingham Inn, The Hollow Earth Brewing Company and the Kennett Brewing Company, and we’re in the process of placing three of our wines in several state stores across Pennsylvania. Continued on Page 66 Flickerwood now provides its wines in convenient 13-ounce cans, which are available at the Oxford winery.


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Flickerwood Continued from Page 65

On the other side of the state, where our wine is grown, produced and distributed, there are 12 locations that sell our wines. Tammy: We’ve also become the first winery in Pennsylvania to package our wines in a 13-ounce can. People have found that it’s very convenient for them; it allows them to enjoy two glasses of wine in one can, without having to open a new bottle. It’s become very popular with our customers of all ages, who can stop by the winery and pick up a few cans of Pinot Noir or a Pineapple Pear wine, among many others. Right now, our cans are only available here at the winery, and at the festivals we attend. From a business perspective, talk about the decision to locate in a town that continues to foster a sense of culture and establish a social and business imprint, and what you think your impact on that has been. Julie: We took a chance opening that door and establishing ourselves within the community, but we opened the door to give the people of Oxford and the neighboring community the opportunity to enjoy our wines, listen to music and comedy. Our events are the driver for the imprint we’ve



made. People are looking for something different, and we have it here. Tammy: We were one the first businesses to open and remain viable in downtown Oxford. It gave other business owners the opportunity to see other business owners taking a chance, and many came in soon after we did. The truth is that there really are people who want to go out and enjoy culture in Oxford, and a lot of that support comes from the Oxford Arts Alliance. Flickerwood in Oxford has been about developing relationships, and the people of this town have been extremely loyal to us. What can we expect from this winery in the next year, and what are the long-term goals you both have for this winery in Oxford? Julie: In terms of definition, we are very likely going to grow and change in order to keep up with the increasing demand for Flickerwood wines, not only here at the winery, but at local restaurants, and liquor stores. We may be seeing actual wine production coming to Oxford. That’s certainly our plan. Over the last five years, it’s safe to say that you both have enjoyed so many wonderful moments at Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats. What stands out most to you?

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Julie: For me, I’ve enjoyed the personal relationships we’ve been able to cultivate with our customers. Tammy and I do it all. We’re the entertainment. We run the business. We do everything. It’s us, so because we have that personal relationship with our customers, people come to see us. It’s a sense of developing our community. Tammy: It’s been our events, because it’s where people come alive. For us, our events are like hosting an event in a living room, and it’s usually jam packed, with as many as 50 or 60 people in attendance. It’s there, in those moments, when everyone develops a sense of camaraderie, by talking with one another, enjoying our wines, and tasting some great food from La Sicilia. These are the moments when I feel that we’re adding the most to our community. Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats is located at 33 South 3rd Street, Oxford, Pa. 19363. Phone: 610-932-9498. To learn more about Flickerwood Wines and Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats, visit www.flickerwood. com To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@chestercounty.com.

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Activities at the Oxford Library By Faith-Anne Dopirak


last off to an engaging and enlightening summer this year at the Oxford Library! After a wonderfully successful inaugural year in 2018, we are thrilled to announce that our partnership with the Oxford Arts Alliance will continue this summer. Our space-themed music and art camp is scheduled for the last two weeks in June. The first session, for students entering grades 1 through 3, is from 9 a.m. to noon. The second session is for students entering grades 4 through 6 and will be from 1 to 4 p.m. There is a $5 fee per camper, and scholarships are available. At the end of both weeks of camp, a performance is put on by the campers to showcase their talents. A separate, single performance for all the campers



will take place at the end of the summer at the second annual Connective Festival in conjunction with our End of Summer Reading Party. A variety of STEM programs will be offered throughout the summer months. Candy and math, studying butterflies, and taking apart electronics are a few of the STEM activities we will have on our calendar. Our popular Raspberry Pi computers will be available again this summer; this is a free-form hour of coding to work within the programs available on a Raspberry Pi -- Scratch, Python -- without a structured lesson. Are your kids a little more interested in creative programs? Our popular Mother Daughter Craft Nights will continue throughout the summer months, where we make a craft to take home. A cupcake decorating contest is sure to draw those

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with creativity and a sweet tooth! Our annual Summer Reading Kickoff Party is on June 14; entertainment and refreshments will be available for all. Be sure to check our calendar to sign up for these programs and many more throughout June, July, and August at the Oxford Library. This year, our summer reading program will be structured a bit differently than in years past. In addition to our reading logs, various libraries throughout Chester County will be participating in a new program in which summer reading participants can earn ‘badges’ relating to a variety of themes. For each badge, there is a set of tasks to complete that relate to a particular badge’s theme. In order to earn a badge, children will have to either complete three tasks from the accompanying task


sheets, or attend two programs. Because other libraries throughout the county are also participating in this new program, summer reading participants may also attend events at different branches if they so choose. These are limited edition badges; they will only be available for the 2019 summer reading program. The tasks can be anything from making a new recipe (Mad Chef badge) to attending Di-Atglen Alley’s Wizard Faire (Epic Wizard badge). These badges are a fun way to promote community awareness, critical thinking, and creativity. For more information about these events, visit http://oxfordpubliclibrary. org/, where you can access our events calendar and sign up for any programs of interest. Or, give us a call at 610932-9625. We hope to see you this summer at the Oxford Library!

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Meet Our Member:

Rosewood Farms By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer


he perfect venue for corporate events, parties and especially weddings is now open just outside Elkton, Md. Rosewood Farms has everything you need to host the perfect event that will be remembered for a lifetime. Located at 1316 Singerly Road (Route 213), the 44-acre property offers indoor and outdoor settings for every occasion. Just five minutes from I-95, the location is easy to reach from many major cities, yet rural enough that it is a stress free, romantic location. “We provide the whole grounds for our clients. All of our buildings are heated and air conditioned, they all have spacious bathroom facilities, and everything is handicap accessible,” manager Katie White said. “This is unique. It’s not your cookie cutter venue.” Weddings are a specialty at Rosewood Farms. They offer two event barns and preparation spaces for both wedding parties. The property was originally a family farm, and then grew to be a vineyard and winery. The former farmhouse on the property, now known as The Suite, has been totally remodeled to provide an efficient and comfortable spot for the bridal party to prepare for the big event. “This is somewhere cozy, where the bride can relax and enjoy her day in a really elegant and relaxed atmosphere,” White said. The Suite is equipped with hair and makeup stations, a full shower, bathroom, two dressing rooms, a kitchen with eating area, and a sitting area with fireplace and bar. The old winery tasting room has been transformed into The Lounge, which is an area for the other side of the wedding party to get ready. For the wedding ceremony, they offer a variety of options. Use an outdoor setting beside the lovely pond or hold the nuptials in the spacious Rustic Barn, a totally new structure built on the foundation of a large bank barn. “There was an old red barn on the property that was not able to be salvaged, so we took it down plank-by-plank, and took out every single nail. We were able to repurpose all that barn wood,” White said. “We sprinkled that rustic, historic wood throughout the property but still kept a very sophisticated, modern look.” High ceilings with attractive chandeliers and large windows make the whitewashed, bank style barn a bright and beautiful setting for any occasion. A mezzanine provides an excellent vantage point for photographers to catch every moment of an event without intruding on the scene.



Katie White is the manager of Rosewood Farm.

Step down to the lower level of the barn where you can still see the original stone walls to enjoy cocktail hour at the bar or walk out onto the patio to savor the open-air setting. “We have indoor and outdoor locations for the ceremony. They can get married indoors in the rustic barn, or outdoors by the pond or by the courtyard,” White said. This flexibility also provides a backup plan for the outdoor wedding ceremony in case of inclement weather. Just across from the Rustic Barn is the new, 6,000-square-foot Rose Barn that can accommodate up to 275 guests in spacious comfort. “We wanted that ‘wow’ factor in The Rose Barn,” White said. At one end of the building, designers creatively used the water tank required for the sprinkler system as the backdrop for a bar area contained within a new silo style structure. A beautiful crystal chandelier, a stone fireplace, and extensive glass windows and doors provide the perfect setting for any style event. There is even a photo booth for guests to take selfies to share. “We provide a blank canvas for whatever their style is. They put their taste on their day,” White said.

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For any event, the venue is customized by Rosewood’s clients when they add their own decorations, photographers, music and/or entertainers. “We have vendor recommendations listed on our website that we have worked with and that we believe provide a superior experience,” White said. For food and drink, Rosewood Farms works with five catering companies. “We ask that they choose from those five,” White said. “They work through the caterer to provide bartending and a bar package, so it’s like a one-stop shop.” Every rental for the venue covers all of the facilities for the entire day, so there is no worry about shared spaces with another party. “Our couples get ten hours here on site. They are able to come in to get ready, have some lunch, enjoy the 4 acres, and then they would get ceremony cocktail hour, and full reception,” White said. “We want that day to be special to our couples. We want it to be focused on that couple, their guests and their experience.” Even before the event barns were complete, there was interest in the venue. Rosewood Farms is already booking weddings into 2021, but dates are still available. “There was a need for something like this around this area, not just a wedding venue, but an event venue.” White


Rosewood Farms is at 1316 Singerly Road, offering 44 acres with indoor and outdoor settings for every occasion.

said. “We’re getting really good feedback. People are coming from far and wide to see us.” In addition to weddings, Rosewood Farms is available for corporate events, luncheons, birthdays, showers, and any type of event. For more information, visit the Rosewood Farms website at www.rosewoodfarms.org, call 443-350-9938, or follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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How to master Wyncote Golf Club The answer is blowin’ in the wind By Drewe Phinny Staff Writer


yncote means “windy cottage” in Scottish dialect. And, not surprisingly, one of the most daunting challenges for golfers is the wind that blows through the Oxford course. President Jim Pepple planned it that way. One of the videos on the website explains that “everybody who knows about Wyncote knows about the winds. Six out of seven days a week, the winds are blowing 10-20 miles per hour in different directions.” Pepple provided more details: “Because we’re the highest point in the county, we get plenty of wind, no trees, so the wind can blow across the greens and fairways and dry it out. The bump and run is a major factor here. You want to keep it down in the wind but when you hit a good drive low, it’ll roll out for you.” In the early nineties. Pepple was a dairy farmer. Then he switched gears and decided to get into the golf course business. After hiring award-winning architect Brian Ault, he took a trip to the British Open, where he fell in love with the Scottish links course and asked Ault if he could come up with something similar. Ault went to work and, with the fertile farmland as a backdrop, designed a “Scottishstyle course,” which was voted third best new



public course in the US in 1993. Pepple touts its popularity with destination golfers: “It’s a great buddy trip to travel to Chester County … open field, lots of wind, high grass. [This is where] they can challenge their game.” There actually is a “windy cottage” on the Wyncote grounds. It’s a little house on the driving range that used to be the pro shop before the current building was built. These days, head pro Tim Brown uses it as his teaching academy, where he has an indoor simulator to play/teach all year round. For some true insight from an avid golfer, a chat with Keith Bewley, at the Wyncote Pro Shop is in order. Bewley considers himself a lucky man whose job revolves around the sport he loves. “I ride a bike to work, and my main source of entertainment is free.” And then there are those two magic words: Free golf. Yep, all employees can play golf for free. It’s a dream come true. “You can’t put a price on that,” Bewley said. “The amount of money I played in golf…thousands of dollars I would have spent… and Jim (Pepple) is really good about it, because he wants everyone to go out and play…He’ll come up to you around nine or ten o’clock in the morning during the summer (if people have completed their work), and he…recruits whoever is around and they all go out and play nine holes and then they come back here, check on the work that needs

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to be done…they put all the carts back where they need to go, then they go back out and play. So everyone is pretty much always golfing even as they work. You want to keep everyone happy and they will act right when they’re here.” In other words, a happy worker is a productive worker. For Bewley, and most golfers, the fescue (a type of grass Golf Digest calls tall, pretty, Scottish and annoying, infuriating and terrifying) is the most challenging hazard at Wyncote. In fact, Bewley injured his hand trying to play through it. “I know not to do it. But I tried anyway. I was in pretty good pain for like a week after that.” Better to take a penalty drop. Amidst the recreational activity, there’s an environmentally protected area that runs through the whole course courtesy of the Audubon Society, with protected lands. “There are actually places you can’t walk into,” Bewley said.


Golf lends itself to socializing, which includes friends breaking bread together. That side of Wyncote Golf Club is handled by Melanie Irrgang, Food and Beverage Manager. She stays busy with the Ball and Thistle Pub. “I work with the chef… on the food and beverage for our events here. We do fine dining…everything from (a first birthday), weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries, sweet sixteen and graduation parties. We do a lot of family brunches.” Upstairs, The Rose and Thistle Room accommodates groups from 15 to 130. Wyncote is open to the public and non-members are welcome.

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Jeff Minnich preserves family legacy with Tanglewood Manor Golf Club From janitor to owner in 25 years


or Jeff Minnich, family and golf are top priority, in that order. So for several years, as he and his wife Bonnie were performing janitorial duties at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club in Quarryville, PA, he entertained thoughts of owning the place. Of course, that would require a bit of serendipity. Minnich’s story began 52 years ago. “My fatherin-law (Emory Wagner) with a friend of his (Oliver



Armstrong) decided to make a golf course in 1967.” The partners sold stock to individual community members, and that corporation remained in effect till 2000. At that point, Minnich’s brother-inlaw (Dwight Wagner) bought the course from his father and all the stockholders. In 2007, Minnich and Wagner discussed a possible sale, but they couldn’t come up with an agreement. Then in

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2017, Wagner turned 71. Minnich’s interest remained strong. After conversations with long-time employee Linda Bledsoe (40 years as Emory and Dwight’s secretary and administrative assistant), a deal was struck. Recognizing Bledsoe’s value to the business, Minnich wanted to make sure she intended to stay. “Ultimately, we made the purchase on April 19, 2018.” But the family angle didn’t stop there. Jeff’s brother, Greg, retired early at 55 so he could play more golf. His plan? “I’m going to work at the golf course so I can golf for free.” That seems to be a common theme. Greg had already been working at Tanglewood, “doing anything they wanted him to do.” As a jack-of-all-trades, it’s not


surprising he eventually assumed the position of general manager. And he still golfs for free. It bears repeating that Jeff and his wife, Bonnie had worked at Tanglewood as the janitorial crew, and he proudly proclaims his statement of legacy: “It took me 25 years of being the janitor to being the owner. Of course, it only took my brother a couple years to go from jackof-all-trades to general manager.” Jeff and Bonnie are still cleaning dishes and whatever it takes to keep the place in good shape. “So the legacy is not only from my father-inlaw and my wife’s side of the family, but there’s a new connection with my brother and me being here

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together as a team…Also, Greg has a son and a daughter and I have a daughter, so there’s some legacy left to move forward.” Tanglewood is basically a senior-oriented course with many playing Monday through Friday. Greg explained, “We still fight to get people to play on Sunday because of the stigma that we were closed on Sundays and people go to church and spend the afternoon with their family, so we still struggle with that.” As Jeff looks to the future, he knows it’s important to know who his customers are. “We want to make them raving fans of what we do, because they do part of our work for us. We need to continue to get (young people) involved through fans that already love the sport and engage the youth…We tell a grandfather if you have a child under 16, you come out and pay and they play for free.” It’s one generation passing the torch to another. Jeff and Greg are excited about a fairly new concept called Aproach Golf (only one “p” to emphasize pro-fessional) Greg explained that the program shortens the course. It’s only nine holes. You start with a group lesson. Then afterwards, you have food, and prizes are given out. It takes about 2 ½ hours. “And that brings the social aspect,” Jeff added. “The key part



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is to grow the game by inviting people who are timid about approaching the game.” Hence the name, Aproach Golf. “It’s a trademarked program we bought and we do all the instruction. It allows us to fulfill our mission of growing the game of golf and enticing new people to try it.” Jeff talked about one challenge when it comes to the food side of the operation. Drumore Township Is dry. No booze. Clearly, that affects the Tanglewood bottom line. But Minnich is unfazed. “Our business is golf; our business isn’t alcohol sales.” That said, good food is a priority at Emory’s at Tanglewood, offering a “casual dining experience for breakfast, lunch and later.” The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. To 2 p.m. during the winter season with expanded hours for the summer season. So, do golfers want to have fun or shoot 65? Well, Jeff says, “Golf courses like us can train people to say that with some basic skills, you can go out and enjoy the game of golf. We’re trying to convince the new golfers it’s not about par. It’s not a low handicap. It’s about enjoying something you can do out here in nature and relieve the stresses of the world and feel like you’re competing in an activity that’s recreationally fun.”


Tanglewood Manor Golf Club 653 Scotland Road Quarryville, PA 17566 717-786-2500

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Meet Our Member:

Kashmir Hookah Lounge By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer


ashmir Hookah Lounge, at 312 Market St., is one of the newest introductions to Oxford’s downtown business district. It was established in December 2018 by Frantic Productions LLC owner William Carey, current owner of Carey Investigations. Carey is a retired Philadelphia Police Detective and former Adjutant of the American Legion Post 153, with some cutting-edge ideas. “I wanted to bring Oxford something with a Middle Eastern vibe, with a modern chic decor, as well as the kind of social environment that you find in a hookah lounge,” Carey said. A hookah is a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco, known as shisha. The vapor, or smoke, is passed through a water basin -- often glass-based -- through a hose or tube to a mouthpiece, where the smoker inhales. Shisha usually contains tobacco, which is sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar. Popular flavors include apple, strawberry, watermelon, blueberry, peach and mint. Wood, coal or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke. The use of the hookah is a centuries-old tradition. At a hookah lounge, patrons share shisha from a communal hookah, or from one which is placed at each table. Kashmir Hookah Lounge goes above and beyond the industry standards, providing the Khalil Mamoon Alomdah. This single-hose hookah with an ice chamber is a large model that features gold and copper accents and is designed specifically for producing a great smoking experience with a single hose. The ice chamber cools the smoke to provide a better experience for new hookah users. Kashmir Hookah Lounge also uses natural hookah charcoals made from compressed coconut shell that burn up to three times longer than any other natural coal. The experience is eco-friendly and clean-tasting. At most hookah lounges, patrons receive a disposable tip to place at the end of a reusable hose, but Kashmir has found a better alternative. “If you have been smoking hookah for a while, then you know hookah hoses get really dirty,” Carey said. “If



The Kashmir Hookah Lounge was established in December 2018 by William Carey.

you’ve never cleaned one out, you wouldn’t believe what can come out of them. Some hoses you simply cannot clean because of the materials used to create them. Here at Kashmir Hookah Lounge, we want to make your group smoking hygienic whenever you share a hose with another person, and that is why we use disposable hoses.” The building, formerly the home of Morning Glories, has been totally renovated, inside and out. You will first notice the color scheme of purple and yellow gold, with diamond mirror accents. Step inside Kashmir Hookah Lounge and you are immediately greeted with a chalkboard menu in the foyer. Friendly staff will explain the hookah experience and help you select from the four hookah packages offered. (Mecca, Taj, Lincoln, and Market). Prices range from $15 to $27. Each hookah package varies, with a choice of 10 flavors, two shisha brands, ice, plus premium energy drinks, mineral waters, tea or classic soft drinks. Add-ons could include your own upgraded souvenir hose, a flavored lollipop tip known as Hookah Pops, sliced fruit in the base, or perhaps a fruit head, such as an apple or pineapple, to increase the duration of your session. “We recommend two people to a hookah, and the average session will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes,” Carey said. “Refills are available for a fee. For those 21 and older 2019 • Volume 42——

we are BYOB. We do sell sealed snack chips and candy.” After you purchase your session, pass through the curtain for open seating. There are also three VIP areas available. Decorating the walls are paintings and watercolors by Kashmir’s signature artist, Kailah Rubincan. The highly talented, 17-year-old Oxford Area High School student has created the artwork. Even if you are not a hookah customer, you are encouraged to stop in to support this young artist and view her work. Kashmir Hookah Lounge also has an LU College Corner as a special invitation to Lincoln University students to enjoy their own unique experience, which includes high-speed internet.


The walls are decorated with artwork by local student Kailah Rubincan.

Call 844-466-5240 to book an event. Party packages are available. Guests must be 18 or older to include hookah packages, or you can rent just the space for your event. The Kashmir Hookah Lounge is open Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. until close. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Visit www.kashmirhookahlounge.com.

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Times are Changing By Brian Hoover Oxford Borough Manager


t wasn’t too long ago that you could buy a candy bar for a quarter, a cup of coffee for 50 cents, or a hot dog for a dollar. It wasn’t too long ago that life in Chester County was laid back and Oxford was a bustling town with many manufacturing companies that were part of the landscape. Wait a minute -- what are we saying? Sure, the prices of candy, coffee and hot dogs have increased, but has our town changed that much? Do we have fewer jobs, or did the landscape just shift from one sector of employment to another? In the late 1800s, Oxford became known for its confectionary and candy businesses. Today, we are blessed to have the Tasty Baking facility, Sunny Dell Foods, the Bog Turtle and Hollow Earth Breweries, Flickerwood Winery, as well as a diverse, ever-expanding selection of eateries in our downtown business district where you are bound to find something to satisfy your hunger. Large employers outside of the manufacturing sector call Oxford home and are continuously expanding. Ware Presbyterian Homes covers just less than 80 acres with close to 300 residences in the complex. The Oxford Area School District maintains two full campuses in the borough as well as part of two other campuses. UGI continues to operate a facility in the borough, as does Alger Oil. Today our downtown looks similar to what it did 100 years ago, but the players are all different. From the early 1700s, when Oxford was founded at the crossroads of



five Indian trails, to the incorporation of the town in 1833 when it was known as Hoods Tavern, to today, when Oxford is becoming a regional asset, every month that goes by brings an expanding downtown. Some new additions include the Kashmir Hookah Lounge, the Helix Tattoo Lodge, the 3rd Street Parlor barber shop and the soon-to-open Fine Cigar Store. Yes, we are growing, changing and continually improving. The appeal of all of this positive change is evident in the influx of new residents who’ve joined our community and now call Oxford their home. After decades of little to no expansion beginning in the 1950s, including a drop in residents during the 1970s, the borough began a strong upward trend in population in the 1990s, carrying forward into the 2000s. Oxford continues to grow; we are seeing new homes being built and older homes renovated to accommodate a younger demographic. With that growth, the demographic in Oxford has evolved and become more diverse, to include a larger representation of Hispanic, African American and Asian residents. Our diverse community is one of the borough’s strongest assets, as it allows us to learn from each other, and experience and embrace different cultures. History has shown us that towns and the populations within them evolve over time, and Oxford is fortunate to have the vision of its residents and business owners who have facilitated our resurgence. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “Change is the only constant in life.” So let us appreciate where we’ve come from, embrace where we are now, and look forward to what the future holds for the picturesque town of Oxford.

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Changes coming to the Oxford Arts Alliance “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” - Albert Einstein


his spring, the art galleries and music academies of the Oxford Arts Alliance are undergoing an adventurous transformation. As both academies continue to expand under the leadership of both the Art Coordinator, Caitlin Daugherty, and the Assistant Executive Director, Anthony Derrico, The Simon Building will renovate its classrooms to fit the needs of its ever-increasing student body. The area now features a new art space and several new pianos for music lessons. As you travel downwards into the gallery, the vestibule of The Simon Building is also a work in progress as a permanent Youth Gallery exhibit, so that the creativity and cleverness of our younger artists can be seen up close and in person. Around the corner from the academies’ doors, the main gallery will have upcoming exhibits from C.X. Carlson, Southern Lancaster Student Art, and the Annual Oxford Schools Exhibit, followed by the Members Exhibit at the Chester County Art Association. For a full listing of exhibits and happenings related to the gallery,



visit www.oxfordart.org/gallery-exhibitions. The Simon Building is now home to both the art and music academies, the art gallery, and our Summer Camp programs. Clay camp has already filled up and the other camps are filling up fast, so visit www.oxfordart.org/ summer-camps for your chance to experience printing, painting, textiles, and even nature-inspired art that will allow adventurous campers to show their creative side. Additionally, The Oxford Arts Alliance will once again cohost The Connective Arts & Music Festival on Aug. 3, and we are proud to announce that we’ve expanded the variety of art, music, and experiences for this year’s event. Our gallery and office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Fridays, we are open until 8 p.m. Enjoy our art openings every Third Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with incredible art, music and refreshments. Check our website, www. oxfordart.org, for details on all that is happening. You can also call our office, 610-467-0301, or stop by at 38 S. Third Street. Our staff may be introverted and seem shy, but we are always happy to share music and art.

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Ware hosts Taste and Tour of Oxford Join us for our First Annual Taste and Tour of Oxford on Saturday, May 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. This fun and informative event will be held at the Ware mansion on the grounds of Ware Presbyterian Village, 7 E. Locust St., Oxford. The event features tasty food samples provided by local restaurants, vineyards, breweries, chocolatiers and bakeries. A tour of the first floor of the Ware mansion will also be available to ticket holders. Entertainment will be provided by Blades of Grass. Tickets are $40 per person, or $75 per couple. Ware Presbyterian Village is a not-for-profit organization and is a part of Presbyterian Senior Living network of care. The Ware mansion was built in 1887 and later owned by John and Clara May Ware from 1919 until 1967 when their son, Sen. John H. Ware III, transferred the ownership of the mansion and 13 acres of land to Presbyterian Senior Living. The mansion was converted into a living space

for seniors with a full-service kitchen and dining room on the first floor, and five apartments on the second and third floors. The proceeds from this event will enhance resident lives and provide a place on our campus for residents, staff, family, friends and visitors from the surrounding community to engage in a social setting. We plan to renovate the kitchen area on the first floor of the Ware mansion to a coffee house where smoothies, coffee, cappuccino, a selection of pastries, soups, salads and paninis will be available, as well as ice cream and milkshakes. Local musicians on certain nights of the week will be performing, and special events will be held. The times the Ware House will be open is to be determined. The name for this new venue is the Ware House and we hope to see you there! For tickets or more information, please contact Rebekah Stratton at 610-998-2412 or rstratton@psl.org.

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Meet Our Member:

Landhope Farms By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer


ne of the newest additions to the Oxford area shopping scene is the Landhope Farms store at 250 Limestone Road in Lower Oxford Township, just outside the Oxford Borough limits. The new store is perfectly located to stop and fill your gas tank on the way to and from work, grab your favorite flavor of coffee, pick up a full meal or a snack to enjoy on the road, or grab some of those necessities that you use every day. Landhope had a presence in Oxford until 1999, when the store was sold. The building is now a Sunoco station. Landhope has returned with a bigger and much more inclusive store, emphasizing the kind of customer service that will keep you coming back. “The area is just overflowing with opportunity, and we saw a distinct need in the market for a store like ours,” said Dennis McCartney, Landhope’s Director of Operations and an Oxford resident. “Of course, there are other convenience stores in the area, but we’re proud of what we offer to our customers, and really think we are distinctively different than the big corporate chains. We truly enjoy supporting the local organizations and love seeing the community come together. That’s what Landhope Farms is


At the Oxford Landhope Farms grand opening were (from left): Michael C. Bucklin, Vice President of Landhope Corporation; Chipper from Herr’s Snacks; Harold Gray, former Mayor of Oxford; Dennis M. McCartney, Director of Operations, Landhope Corporation; and Jerry Dibona, consultant, RJP Consulting Group.


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all about. We will never aim to be the biggest -- we aim to be the best.” At the Oxford location, soup and fried foods are particularly popular. “Other convenience stores have soup, too, but they don’t have our chicken pot pie and chili,” McCartney said. “Our soups are freshly made. We do not freeze them. We partner with Spring Glen Soups in Ephrata. Everything we receive from them was just made, so it’s fresh.” Lasagna soup is quickly becoming a customer favorite, along with a range of fried items including fried pickles, macaroni and cheese bites, French fries, pickle spears, broccoli bites and pierogis. Customers are also very excited about the return of Landhope Farms’ hand-dipped ice cream. For those who are regular shoppers at other Landhope Farms locations, your favorite items can be found in Oxford. Specialty beverages, including lattes, macchiatos and espresso beverages, are always available. “We have found that our friends in Oxford truly enjoy their coffee. We are so excited that even as a small, local company, we can compete with the bigger chains on pricing and variety of our coffee beverages,” McCartney said. With the opening of this store, Landhope Farms has the highest fueling station capacity in Chester County. “High-speed diesel master and satellite pumps at the rear of the store are a favorite of semi-truck drivers who can now drive between two pumps, use their credit card or fleet card at the master pump, and fuel their tank from both sides, cutting their fueling time in half,” said Michael Bucklin, Vice President of Landhope Farms. The new store has 40 employees, including many young people. “We are very different than our competitors. In fact, some people may call us a bit old fashioned, but that is what sets us apart,” McCartney said. “We do not buy meat that is already sliced, vacuum sealed and ready to be placed in a hoagie roll. Our hoagies are made with freshly sliced meats and cheeses in our store, so that we know we have the freshest available. Our vegetables are also cut on-site so we can

also make sure they are the freshest you can get. There isn’t another convenience store where you can get a hand-dipped ice cream cone or a quarterpound Angus steakburger with fries in Oxford, except for Landhope Farms.” Landhope Farms celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, and there will be special promotions this year to mark the occasion. Landhope Farms is known for giving back to the local community. “We proudly support local charities like the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, Kacie’s Cause, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Willowdale Steeplechase, along with numerous high school sports teams and activities,” McCartney said. Local is also a key word in the products you will find in the store. Oxford-produced items from the Soap Bucket and Wholly Ground Donuts join Lamont Coffee (from West Chester) and fresh vegetables from Yates Produce of Jennersville.

Enjoy the views of Britain Hill Venue & Vineyard as it truly captures the beautiful simplicity of Lancaster. We are a family owned and operated venue and winery. Our new facility will be open fall of 2019 and we are accepting bookings for events. During construction, our wine tasting room will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-5 for wine tastings and sales. 790 Little Britain Rd N, Quarryville, PA 17566 Phone: 717-799-7277 Visit our website at www.britainhillvenueandvineyard.com

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Oxford celebrates Memorial Day One of Oxford’s most moving traditions is that of the Memorial Day Parade. American Legion Post No. 535 has been in charge of the Oxford Cemetery ceremony and parade for years. This year a Parade Committee has been formed with co-chairs Mayor Lorriane Bell, Erin Kauppila of Oxford Area High School, and Corporal Scott Brown of the Oxford Police Department. Rounding out the committee are members of the American Legion, local business owners, and representatives of the Oxford Area School District. The committee is looking to enhance the wonderful tradition set forth by the American Legion. The Legion will continue to honor veterans and service members at the Oxford Cemetery as the final component of the Memorial Day Parade. The inclusive parade is looking for any youth group, business, sports team, music group, service organization, or driver volunteers with convertibles to carry older veterans, who are interested in participating. Email Mayor Bell at Mayor@OxfordBoro.org. All military personnel are invited to be part of the parade and ceremony. Follow details on the May 27 Oxford Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on their Facebook Page. The American Legion No.




Downtown Oxford Parade Oxford Cemetery Ceremony - 11 am

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