Oxfordian Spring/Summer 2023 Edition

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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Magazine Supporting the Oxford Area and the Surrounding Community Businesses INSIDE SPRING/SUMMER 2023 Issue 50 Meet Wiss Fiss OACC Award Recipients Fighting Solves Everything INSIDE
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A message from the Chamber President Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce

GREETINGS fellow Oxfordians!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think it’s SPRING just ahead! The cold days are (for the most part) behind us and we have a great spring and summer to look forward to in 2023! Time keeps flying by and if we don’t stop and smell the roses here in our quaint little town, we’ll never see its true beauty! So many times over the past several months, the local social media has been filled with great things about our town and more specifically the great PEOPLE of our town. I

think I speak for many of us when I say, I am proud to be an Oxfordian! In this edition of the Oxfordian you’ll see some of those great people and their contribution to our community. Keep flipping through the pages and you’ll see so many of the Chamber’s members that continuously give back to us through sponsorships, volunteerism and service. These are the businesses that make our town function on so many levels and it’s because of your patronage that our

town is as viable as the big towns that surround us. We may be smaller, but we are mighty!

Before you know it, Movies in the Park will be upon us, which is a sure sign that we are smack dab in the middle of summer! Won’t you join us on those Friday nights for a great community evening to gather and be entertained? The goings-on in downtown this summer will surely be hit as OMI always gives us great First Fridays throughout the summer

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months. It doesn’t stop there – the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce has so many great events planned this summer and beyond! You’ll read about many of them in this issue. We’re not only here to help our businesses enhance their network, but we’re here to enhance our community.

On behalf of the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, I sincerely hope that these next two seasons are filled with great happenings for you and your families that result in

great memories being made in our hometown of Oxford. We also hope you enjoy this edition of the Oxfordian – the county’s premier Chamber publication and it comes straight from the great people of Oxford.

Happy Spring!

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6 Spring/Summer 2023 | Volume 50 CONTENTS Oxfordian Spring/Summer 2023 Features 20 Dumas Sapp and Son 38 LC Farms 56 A1 Mulch 64 Oxford Dental Associates 78 Science Learning Lab 4 Chamber President Letter 40 Oxford Borough 58 Oxford Historic Association 76 Oxford Library 81 Chamber Directory HaLeigh Abbott Jim Coarse Christine Grove Rich Hannum Cliff Masscotte Crystal Messaros Angie Thompson - Lobb Helen Warren Meet our Members In this Issue Oxfordian Committee
OACC AWARD RECIPIENTS Citizen, Business, & Organizations of the Year winners THE GIFT OF INDEPENDENCE Canine Partners for Life FIGHTING SOLVES EVERYTHING with The Weekly Fight ANGIE An English Rose GET OUTSIDE 10 22 32 48 66 48 66
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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Award Recipients Bethany Atkinson

It doesn’t take being an Oxford native to become an integral part of its community. Some would say Oxford builds the type of people who dedicate their time, energy and love to its community, but in reality, it’s always been the people who make up Oxford. The 2022 Person of the Year, Bethany Atkinson, demonstrates this deeply and truly as an outstanding member of the community.

Bethany moved to her husband Andrew’s hometown some 12 years ago and she set her heart into volunteering wherever she could. Andrew already had strong ties to the Oxford community, but Bethany has stepped up to shine as an invaluable resident. “She is a woman of service, and that can clearly be seen by how involved she is in this community,” says Shelley Meadowcroft, a friend and the nominator for this award. “Her first words when she finds a problem are ‘How can I help?’”

And helping is clearly a gift for Bethany. She spreads her time and love to many local nonprofits and events, including the Oxford Presbyterian Church, LCH Health and Community Services, SILO, and the Lighthouse Youth Center. If you’ve been to a successful event in Oxford, chances are Bethany was a big part of it’s success. She’s helped plan the Apple Festival for Oxford Presbyterian as well as their Women’s events and both Connective Festivals with Oxford Mainstreet Inc. It’s not just the big events she’s put her heart into, but also the small gestures such as sponsoring coffee and donuts for the teachers of Nottingham, and monthly community meals with OPC. Bethany is also an RN at Penn Presbyterian, a triathlete, and mother of two. She puts that triathlete training to good use during move-in time at Lincoln University, where she helps students move and unpack for their new school year.It is said that to have a servant’s heart means to not only put other’s needs ahead of our own, but to serve with the right motivation. Bethany Atkinson is a beautifully crafted display of what that heart looks like in action. Congratulations to Bethany on receiving the 2022 Citizen of the Year Award.

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Landhope Farms

Landhope Farms’ commitment to increasing their presence in the community rather than just increasing their sales has made them a stand-out business, and the recipient of the 2022 Business of the Year Award. From charitable and material donations, to their excellence in management and customer service, Landhope Farms has made themselves a staple in the Oxford community since the new store opened in 2019.

Over the years, Landhope has put community outreach front and center, starting with their dedication to customer service and employee satisfaction. “Coming from a bigger corporation to a smaller, family-owned business is something I wasn’t sure I would like, but I found out really quickly that it was one of the best moves I have ever made,” said Diane Keen, an assistant manager at the Oxford Landhope Farms. “The team of managers at our store is second to none, and their commitment to the company and to our

community is something bigger companies I’ve worked for wouldn’t allow us to do.”

That commitment is clearly seen through Landhope’s donations to various community events, including meals for the Oxford High School Basketball and Football teams, pretzels and treats for the band students attending the Hershey Music Competition, gift cards for the Oxford Neighborhood Services Annual Fundraiser, and sponsorships for events like the Oxford Library Fishing Tournament and the Unionville Community Fair.

Most notably, the Spread the Love change canister program raises money each year for local organizations. Last year, over $12k was raised for organizations like Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation, Wreaths Across America, Good Neighbors, New London Counseling Center, Young Moms of Chester County, and others.

No idea is too small for Landhope to get behind, and they’ve even sponsored Diane and her pet pig, Linda, in the Oxford

Halloween Parade where Linda stole the show. “I love working for a company that is so proud of its community and wants to be a big part of it.” said Diane, and we can be sure Linda the pig agrees.

“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 all about. We will never aim to be the biggest – we aim to be the best.” said Dennis McCartney in the 2019 Oxfordian Article about the opening of the new store.

Stop in to Landhope Farms for your comfort soup, chicken or hand dipped ice cream, and you can feel good about supporting a business dedicated to putting so much back into its community. Congratulations on the well deserved Business of the Year Award!

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Landhope’s leadership team: Gerard DiBona, Jr. – Corporate Operations Project Manager, Michael Bucklin – President, Dennis McCartney – Director of Operations and Katherine Bucklin – Vice President Photo by Jim Coarse, Moonloop Photography
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Southern Chester County EMS Medic 94

Emergency care in the Southern Chester County area has been through the ringer recently with the closure of Jennersville Regional Hospital and the countless updated requirements for COVID procedures. While the challenges have been many, the crew of Medic 94 have stepped up to surpass them in their dedication to provide Professional Advanced Life Support services to our area, making them one of 2022’s Organizations of the Year.

Medic 94 was created in 1983 to bring life support services to the Southern Chester County area. With response times averaging 20-40 minutes for life threatening emergencies, the task force was created, determined to provide better support to residents in need. Members of the task force included medical professionals from area hospitals,

first responder departments and local volunteer ambulance services, stacking their team into a life-saving powerhouse of medics.

Over the next 10 years, Medic 94 worked to decrease service times and by 1995, expanded their support with crews in Longwood, Avondale and Oxford. When the Southern Chester County Medical Center was purchased by Community Health Services (CHS) in October 2001 and became the investor-owned Jennersville Regional Hospital, SCCEMS formally separated from the hospital to become an independent EMS organization.

SCCEMS covers 17 municipalities, a total of 220 square miles with 24,000 households and businesses and approximately 75,000 residents in the Southwest corner of Chester County. Medic 94 works in concert with ambulance companies, often arriving

first to the scene to provide life-saving emergency treatment. Medics often travel with the patient and ambulance to the hospital for continued support.

We spoke with Medic 94 in the Spring/ Summer 2021 issue of the Oxfordian, where CEO Bob Hotchkiss was hopeful that COVID vaccines and herd immunity would help the community avoid an emergency call to the crew. New regulations, directives and safety instructions for the virus changed protocols on an almost weekly basis, requiring the medic crew to stay on their toes and adapt to the ever changing tides. While things have settled from this time two years ago, the need for Medic 94 continues marking 40 years of service to their community. Thank you for being a resident lifeline and congratulations on Organization of the Year!

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Union Fire CompanyAmbulance Division

When the sirens start wailing and the doors open at Union Fire Company, spilling ambulances onto Market Street in town, the calvary are on their way to help save someone’s life. The EMS staff based here answer roughly 1,500 calls for service each year, and with added pressure from COVID and the Jennersville Regional Hospital shut down, those numbers have pushed the staff to new levels of service and dedication. The team has stepped up to answer those calls with perseverance and dedication, and for that reason, Union Fire Company Ambulance Division is 2022’s Organization of the Year.

Over the past 5 years, call volumes for Union Fire Company Ambulance Division have climbed steadily with the exception of 2020, when the ambulance company saw a dip due to the threat of COVID in hospital environments. Call numbers from ‘21 to ‘22 jumped from 2,589 to 3,205, a record high, and in ‘22, the ambulance division responded to an impressive 96% of those calls (the rest were taken by other area ambulance divisions only

when staffing was down or they were tied up with other calls). In addition to the spiked call volume, the ambulance division faces increased wait times at hospitals due to area closures - a transport in the past that would have taken 45 minutes is now taking 2-3 hours due to overcrowding at area ERs, and keeping a necessary ambulance unit awaiting handoff. With 2 full time ambulances and a third available as demand and staffing allows, the increase in wait times trickles down. A fourth ambulance will be added to the fleet this year to help area coverage.

The EMS team, lead by Deputy Chief Gary Vinnacombe, is composed of 11 full time EMS providers, 32 part time providers, 1 volunteer administrator. Gary’s pride in his team is spoken loudly and genuinely, and can often be seen in his social media posts. On the news of ChristianaCare acquiring the former Jennersville Regional Hospital campus, Gary shared his excitement for the “light at the end of the tunnel that isn’t a train”, and thanked his team for giving 100% of their all during a time of unprecedented call volume.

“Thankful for all the people who worked so hard to make this a reality for our community and relieved that my teams have some relief in sight,” says Gary. “The extra shifts, coming in early, staying late; all the extra things my teammates do to keep us operating well.”

Nominator, Philip Harris, recognizes the topdown leadership by Gary that makes his team so successful. “I truly believe that without Gary’s leadership, his communication and commitment to the safety and health of his community, the ambulance division and our residents would be in a very different place.” In a time when many EMS companies are folding due to low staff and excessively high pressure for service, Union Fire Company Ambulance Division has remained stable and growing. Perhaps the need for emergency medical services is at a critical height, or perhaps the leadership and community has bred the success and determination to provide the best care possible for the Oxford area. Whatever the answer, we are grateful and honored to congratulate Union Fire Company Ambulance Division as the Organization of the Year ‘22!

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Dumas Sapp and Son


5 years and counting. 2023 marks 75 years that Dumas Sapp and Son, located on Lincoln Street in Oxford

has been selling cars. Founded in 1948 by Dumas Sapp, his son Ken is now running the business. “My dad ran the business from 1948 to his retirement in 2003” says Ken. “I want to maintain the legacy – 75 years in the same small town.” With a reputation of fair prices and old fashioned

customer service, this local dealership is an Oxford institution. With only 25% of small businesses making it to year 15, what is the secret to 75 years? If you talk with Ken, it’s simple, treat your customers as you’d like to be treated.

Ken’s easy charm and no-nonsense approach make purchasing a used car or truck enjoyable. “We have a very relaxed atmosphere. No pressure, no gimmicks’’ says Ken. “It’s a tough business. If you are happy with your vehicle you tell two people, if you are unhappy you tell EVERYONE. We try our best to keep our customers happy!” At 73 years young, Ken has been around cars all his life. He knows fair pricing and he knows the community. Ken is one of a handful of business owners who have graduated from Oxford Area High School, owns a business in town and lives in the Borough. When asked what makes your business stand out, Ken answers that he always returns phone calls. If a customer has a problem, he tries to help anyway he can, quickly. Dumas Sapp is about quality used cars, treating the customer like a friend and fair pricing. Every car includes a Carfax report, detailing the entire vehicle history report for the customer’s peace of mind. “We are a dealership where our customers will confidently send their friends,” says Ken. “We want you to leave with a car you will have for years to come.”

Vehicles have certainly changed in the past 75 years. From the finned cars of the 1950’s and the muscle cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s to the current sedan or suv, one thing has remained steady at Dumas Sapp and Son and that is the commitment to fair pricing and quality used vehicles. Generations of Oxfordians have been “shopping” for used vehicles at Dumas Sapp and Son. Chances are if you ask someone on the street, where they or someone in their family purchased a used vehicle, the answer would be Dumas Sapp and Son.

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The Gift of Independence

It all started one evening in the grocery store; out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a puppy. But not just a puppy on a leash - someone was actively training a beautiful little labrador retriever wearing a “cape.” Curiosity got the best of me so I started moving closer with a watchful eye. I read the words “Do not pet. Service dog in

training.” I went home to my parents with excitement for what I had witnessed. And when I told them my story, I was met with an astounding “Oh they are there all the time. The organization is based just up the road in Cochranville.” That organization was Canine Partners for Life.

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For years, I wondered more about it. I saw them in public, I’d read an article and I was always in awe of the thought of a well-trained dog. Eventually my parents would retire and start looking for interesting opportunities to help out in the community. At the urging of my siblings and I, my father was the first to take the plunge and volunteer for Canine Partners for Life. He would come home with the best stories about the dogs; their goofiness and certainly their brilliance. But it was when my sister brought home a dog named Pearl for an extended stay around Thanksgiving that we were really able to see it first-hand. I was hooked.

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Canine Partners for Life was founded in 1989 right here in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, and is a highly recognized and respected leader in the assistance dog industry. Their mission is to increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities, and for those who are in other situations of need. As one of the first service dog organizations in the world to be accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI), they continually meet some of the highest standards in the industry, and have placed more than 750 service and companion dogs nationwide. They currently provide support to more than 150 active teams while maintaining 50–70 service dogs in training at any given time.

The staff and volunteers at CPL are a dedicated bunch. From breeding in-house, cooperative puppy raising, partnerships with rescue organizations and even breeders - each puppy is put through a consistent training program. Utilizing prisons in the Pennsylvania and Maryland area, CPL dogs spend 6-8 months in an inmate-led training program built around positive reinforcement.

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Not only does this help train the dogs for their future jobs, but it gives those incarcerated a chance to give back to the community and build crucial skills. We all know the saying “It takes a village”, and that is true with CPL. They rely on volunteers to help from hands-on care in the whelping room with puppies, to puppy raising for 16 weeks, weekend hosting, transporting, walking, playing fetch in the play yard and so much more. Volunteering is always scalable, and the best way to help is to do what you can, when you can. Those lovable labradors, golden retrievers, poodles & doodles, -and yes!- rescue dogs too, need our help so that they can in-turn, help others.

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CPL works in partnership with the Delaware Humane Association to adopt dogs that qualify for training. One of them

is named Wiss Fiss. Wiss Fiss was named by our local WSFS office who helped CPL navigate Federal funding during the pandemic.

Help give the gift of independence, improve someone’s quality of life and make a new friend. If you are interested in volunteering with CPL, reach out at: www. k94life.org

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Fighting Solves Everything with The Weekly Fight

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It was 6 years ago that my husband, Mark, lost a marine he served with to Post Traumatic Stress. This marine left behind his wife and two children fighting an enemy no one else could see, because while he had physically left the wars behind, they had snuck their way into his head and his heart to follow him home. After the news had spread and the funeral was planned, we heard that there was a workout planned to honor this marine. Mark showed up that morning, stomped his cigarette out on the side of this gym, and approached Marty Kenny, the man in charge of what would soon be a turning point in our family’s life.

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Marty had also lost a marine to suicide, and he decided enough was enough - he had to do something to help veterans suffering silently and invisibly. While he didn’t have any or all answers to this epidemic, Marty knew that for an hour a day at his CrossFit gym, he didn’t have to think about anything other than bettering himself - just the next squat, the next push up, the next deadlift. The bad thoughts, the emotional pain, the negativity stood aside and quieted down. Thus began The Weekly Fight, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to turning Post Traumatic Stress into Post Traumatic Growth through fitness, community and healthy coping alternatives. Mark and I spent a year driving every Sunday to Malvern to attend classes for The Weekly Fight when we finally decided to pursue opening our own chapter at our home gym, CrossFit Thunder Hill. The community and camaraderie we had

found at this gym, owned by Jill and John Wallen, was something we had to share with any and everyone who was willing to give us an hour of their time. The Wallens and the Thunder Hill community were eager to help out the veteran and first responder community, and for the past 5 years have given us a home to grow The Weekly Fight.

You can expect a warm welcome, questionable humor and sweat when attending a workout through The Weekly Fight. Our Oxford Chapter holds classes, free to everyone and for all skill levels, at 6pm every Friday night at CrossFit Thunder Hill (located at 501 S. Third Street). Even if you haven’t worked out in years, we will get you moving and laughing through a team based workout. Each week we highlight a veteran or first responder helping their community in

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a positive way, and we are always taking nominations.

The funds we raise through events, donations and grants are put to use in two main programs:

• Our Crisis Management Fund helps veteran and first responder families in financial emergencies. We’ve helped veterans leave abusive relationships, paid overdue bills and utilities, and have kept

veterans from homelessness by providing funds for housing.

• The Sgt. Clinger Memorial Scholarship Program provides educational scholarships to children affected by Post Traumatic Stress in their home. This year we are awarding one $10k and two $5k scholarships to kids pursuing higher education or trade schools.

If you or someone you know is struggling

with Post Traumatic Stress, depression, or just needs a supportive community, come see us Fridays at 6pm. The hardest part is never the workout, it’s walking in the door - and if you can get to the door, we’ll take it from there.

Find out more information by visiting us on Facebook and Instagram @ theweeklyfight, or at our website www. theweeklyfight.com.

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LC Farms

how to can” says Jeannie Eifert of LC Farms. Eifert was raised in Florida and never knew anyone that canned. “When I moved to Oxford in 2015, I became friendly with a woman who canned. The first thing we made was strawberry jam and I was hooked, we had such fun at our “Jam Sessions”! There are plenty of commercial jams out there but I knew I wanted to make something different and not full of chemicals and colorings.”

blueberries, herbs, onions, carrots, garlic and figs. We can harvest these at the peak of freshness ensuring the produce really shines. Everything is made in small batches, no added colors, or artificial ingredients. By staying local, I know exactly what is going into every jar. What we don’t grow ourselves, we source from local farms in the Oxford area.”

LC Farms is thinking outside of the toaster with their unique and versatile jams and jellies that truly live up to their tag line “It’s not just for toast anymore”. “I had always wanted to learn

The vast majority of her produce is homegrown or sourced locally earning her a PA Preferred status from the PA Department of Agriculture. “At our farm we grow strawberries, blackberries,

Some of Eifert’s combinations include local wine and spirits as well. LC Farms produces specialty products for Britain Hill Winery and Flickerwood Winery using select wines to produce some exclusive jam and jelly offerings. Most recently, she has combined forces with Spring House Spirits in Parkesburg, PA. Spring season favorites include Carrot Cake, which is delicious on a toasted bagel and cream cheese or a filling for spice cake, and Strawberry Vanilla Rhubarb which makes a great mojito or martini (yes you read that right!). LC Farms has produced over 50 different varieties, some in limited edition flavors, and others that are fan favorites like top seller Bourbon Caramel. “It’s great on sliced apples and a dollop in your morning coffee is the is the BEST way to start your day.”

“Sure, the jams can be used the traditional way, but also as dressings, marinades, added to cocktails and mocktails, coffee, cake fillings, appetizers, meats, cheese pairings, desserts and charcuterie boards. Peach Sriracha jam, is excellent on chicken wings.” Eifert shares. Their website LCFarmsPA.com lists some of the unique flavors along with serving suggestions. “Coming soon it will also offer some of our favorite recipes. Who knows, maybe that will evolve into a cookbook!” stated Eifert.

Currently, LC Farms jams and jellies can be found at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Oxford and Kane, PA, Britain Hill Winery in Quarryville and at their Livery in Lampeter, Kathy’s Corner Shop in North East, MD and at Spring House Spirits in Parkesburg. LC Farms also travels to local farmers markets and craft fairs throughout the year which are listed on the websites Show Calendar. Local pick up is also available, so place your order through their website.



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Oxford Borough supports the growth and vitality of Greater Oxford

The Borough is working to ensure we support the growth and vitality of Greater Oxford. In 2022 we completed an extensive project to improve the roads and streetscapes around the library, post office and Borough Hall. The project included turning an unsafe area of Octoraro Alley into an inviting, pedestrianonly throughway, connecting the parking garage to the heart of downtown.

While we continue to implement projects that improve the Borough’s physical spaces, we must also ensure our policies and local laws

(ordinances) support a larger vision for our community and encourage investments that improve quality of life. Over the next few months we will complete development of a Comprehensive Plan. The Plan provides a vision for the future of Oxford as defined by residents and community stakeholders. Now we are launching several grant-funded initiatives to support that larger vision and to improve how the municipality functions, including:

• Out of date ordinances discourage investment and make it harder to manage growth, meet community

needs and bring new businesses to the Borough. Through a $100,000 grant from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission we are completing a comprehensive update to the Borough’s Subdivision and Land Development and Zoning Ordinances.

• Through a $25,000 Walk Works grant from the PA Department of Health we are developing an Active Transportation Plan (ATP). Through this process we will identify: gaps in the Borough’s sidewalk network; potential new trail connections; opportunities to improve public transit; and strategies to ensure safe

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pedestrian connectivity to key destinations. Once complete, the ATP will aid the Borough in securing future grants to construct new sidewalks and trails. These initiatives are built and based on public input. We’d love to hear from you! For more information or to get involved please contact me at 610-932-2500 or manager@oxfordboro.org

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In my more than 50 years of living in the Oxford area I have only known 3 people so widely known by their first name and vehicle. “Joe” for Joe Chamberlin with his trusty old blue Ford truck. “Clyde” for Clyde Cameron with his ever the same blue Dodge truck. And “Angie” for Angie Thompson-Lobb so often seen about town in her Mini. While Joe and Clyde took a lifetime to earn their recognition in the community, Angie only really arrived on the Oxford scene in 2000. I say this not to compare their contributions to Oxford, but rather to point out the incredibly short time Angie has taken to become so well known.

Born in Aldeburgh, England in the midst of World War II, Angie along with her mother and brother followed her father through Germany and then Hong Kong as he went from fighting the Germans to holding the point in the first Chinese human wave assault in Korea. The latter earned her Dad a letter of commendation from the Korean Government on the 50-year anniversary of his heroic stand.

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Raised in a life of sports, competition and travel, Angie threw herself into competitive swimming, field hockey, tennis, squash and rounders (team softball for us Yanks)

and more activities than we can recount. Activities that would include two monthlong voyages to Hong Kong and back, two years of living and schooling in Hong Kong, two trips through Suez Canal, three years in in Germany, three months in Tahiti, an 80 mile hike across England along Hadrian’s Wall, and 25 years of annual trips with friends from the travel industry to here, there and everywhere. A life that

included joining the British Royal Navy out of high school where she served as a radar operator for about two years in Malta. This in turn led to her joining two friends from the Navy for an around the world adventure that only got as far as Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. After all, $150 in your pocket will only get you so far when it comes to financing an around the world

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adventure. After she was fired for eating too many apples in her Canadian apple picking job, Angie headed south to Valley Forge where she taught special needs children at the Deveraux Foundation and the Elwyn Institute.

As the head of Chadds Ford Travel and the primary contact for DuPont travel, she would meet Frank Lobb. They married and found their way to Oxford where they called home, but never surrendered the love of travel, sports and community. The list of locations is as exotic as it is long, having spent time in Tripoli, Croatia, Italy, Malta, Spain, Iceland, Norway, Egypt, Holland, China, Japan, France, Macau, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada, Tahiti, Aden, countless Caribbean islands and who knows where else. Angie has rode horses among Bedouin camps, camels in the Egyptian desert, skied down the steepest slopes across the country and has pursued life to its fullest.

Arriving in Oxford, she retained her appetite for sports and community by being essentially everywhere at once. A member

of the Board of directors for the YMCA, the West Nottingham Historical Commission, organizer and teacher at the Harry Watson Tennis Camp, a member and President of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, a

member of the Chester County Planning Commission, a youth swimming instructor at the Y for more than 20 years, and both a competitor and winner in the Senior

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Olympics Swimming Competition. All while serving as President of Cameron’s Hardware, Grandma to her flock of grandchildren and protector of her beloved ducks on Kimkris pond. All this while never missing her yearly trip to

join the women from her high school class for a hike somewhere in England. And, of course, her trip with her “Buff and Puff” women from the travel industry for the past 25 years.

A woman of boundless energy, an infectious smile, unwavering generosity,

countless friends and a never yielding British stiff upper lip, Angie ThompsonLobb has more than earned her place in the Oxford community. And, we are all, along with Cameron’s and the Lobb family, lucky to know her so well as simply “Angie.”

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A-1 Mulch

A-1 Mulch wasn’t always a leader in the mulch, topsoil and landscaping business. In fact, when the company opened in 2001, they were a power washing and detail show. Owners Linda Etter, Deborah and Mike Coomes had a successful start, and added the mulching side of business shortly after. After two years of juggling all 3 sides to the business, A-1 Mulch was turned to focus solely on providing great service and product for the community’s landscaping needs. If you’re looking to spruce up your garden with brand new mulch, or upgrade your outdoor living space with patio pavers and retaining walls, you’re bound to find supplies here to fit your style.

“A-1 Mulch is known for service: We

consider ourselves a mom-and-pop business, and we try to make everyone feel welcome when they walk through our doors,” says business owner, Deborah Coomes. A point of pride for the company comes when customer’s kids ask to visit A-1 Mulch over staying home and watching cartoons. Whether it’s the pavers to climb, the towering mounds of dirt and mulch, and endless space to run and play, it’s no wonder kids love it!

Business owner, Mike Coomes, takes inspiration from his grandfather, Grand Daddy Coomes, who believed in giving back to the community while remaining humble about his contribution. Mike works tirelessly to provide the best service to his customers, and will always take a

phone call to deliver that service. “Mike has so much passion for A-1 Mulch it doesn’t matter if we are in a meeting, out of the office or at the hospital he always answers his phone. His phone is always on 24/7 he lives, eats and breathes A-1 Mulch,” says Deborah, Mike’s wife and business partner.

A-1 Mulch has a special place in their heart for their employees, customers, friends, family and first responders, and would like to thank all of them for their support and business.

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Wilson, Pugh & Wilson

Present day Coach Street runs between Lancaster Ave. and Western Terrace, next to the Oxford Presbyterian Church. This street was named for the carriage company that used to be located right next to the church on its north side. Most famously known as Wilson, Pugh & Wilson, this company went by a number of different names such as Johnson & Wilson, Baily & Wilson, and the Wilson Brothers & Company. An Oxford Borough ordinance gave the street its name in 1883 when the business was called Baily & Wilson. The street was north of the company’s property and ran west from Pine St. to Second St. This was before the present day Lancaster Ave. existed.

The original business located on this property was a blacksmith shop operated by David Hansell from the 1850’s to the early 1860’s. Frank Johnson and Samuel Wright Wilson purchased the business from Hansell. They ran a blacksmithing and carriage making business for years.

Samuel W. Wilson was involved in the carriage company for its whole existence and was the lead partner. He was born at Mt. Rocky in Elk Township. Samuel started his apprenticeship in the carriage business in his teens under the guidance of a carriage manufacturer in Cecil County, Maryland. He also worked in several locations in Delaware. In 1862 he and Johnson made plans to locate a business in Oxford. At the

time Wilson had been working in Felton, DE. Johnson ran a small shop at Stubb’s Mill and hired Wilson to paint and repair two buggies. Johnson and Wilson went to Oxford and looked at the blacksmith shop owned by Hansell and initially agreed to rent the building and start a business together. Apparently Wilson had second thoughts about leaving his job and home in Felton, but honored his promise to Johnson. Johnson and Wilson purchased the business from Hansell in 1863.

Wilson invested about $300 of capital and Johnson provided lumber, tools and fixtures. Their business grew rapidly. Wagon bodies could be stored inside their building, but the gears had to be painted outside during good weather. Rev. Samuel Dickey allowed Wilson and Johnson to use vacant ground next to the church as long as they had it cleaned up for Sundays. The shade provided by the church and buttonwood trees gave them a good spot to work. Rev. Dickey also gave them permission to use the ground around the old oak tree on the Green for a paint shop and allowed them to hold public sales there.

A used buggy could sell for $115; a new buggy cost from $260 to $300. Even though their business was growing, the carriage business had financial difficulty at first and operated at a loss. Wilson credited the National Bank of Oxford for helping the business survive. He also believed that his business was good for the community of Oxford because of the money they spent on

wages for labor. Later in 1917, Wilson said, “We have paid out for labor over $200,000.”

When the carriage company first started they were next to the third building erected by the Presbyterian Church. The first church was a log building on the Green; the second was made of brick on the same location and was built in 1775 during the start of the American Revolution. The church moved to the present site in 1833. At the end of the Civil War, the fourth church was constructed in 1865. The carriage company would have been there during the construction.

Johnson eventually retired and the company became Baily & Wilson when Evan Baily joined Wilson in 1872. Baily had learned about the carriage business in Delaware and was an expert wood worker and draftsman. In his obituary in the Oxford Press, he was also described as “an intelligent, methodical and careful business man and through perseverance, industry and correct habits of living made a success of his business.”

Baily & Wilson manufactured thousands of wagons, buggies, carriages, milk wagons, and farm wagons. An advertisement from 1873 states that Baily & Wilson were carriage manufacturers for “Pleasure, Family and Business.” They advertised “Express Wagons and Made to Order.” Their work was well-respected, and they had an exhibit at the Centennial held in Philadelphia in 1876. An Oxford Press article in November of 1882 reported that

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a new carriage factory for Baily & Wilson was being constructed. It was described as 35 by 100 feet, two stories with a basement and the plans were for it to be covered by slate. A new blacksmith shop was also being planned right next to the carriage factory.

Interestingly, Amos Louis Pugh came to Oxford in 1872 as well. He had been born in East Nottingham and had learned the trade of carriage trimmer in Wilmington. When he returned to Oxford, he was employed by Baily & Wilson. He would later become a partner. Evan Baily died in 1886, although he had been fighting an illness for years. Wilson ran the business for several years by himself. An 1884 advertisement reads “Samuel W. Wilson, First-Class Buggies of all Styles. . . Repairing promptly attended to, and neatly executed at Oxford Chester County, PA.” At some point the company became

Wilson, Pugh & Wilson. The partners were Samuel W. Wilson, A. Louis Pugh and J. Henry Wilson, a son of Samuel. The buildings of the company occupied almost a block on Pine St. and included a two story main storage building with a basement, a one story smith shop and a two story wood

shop. Another two story building stored vehicles and housed the paint and trimming department. An advertisement in August of 1888 proclaimed “Now Is The Time For Buyers.” The company was selling its inventory of new and second-hand buggies,

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surreys, phaetons, sulkies, and wagons as well as harnesses. They offered reduced prices through October. The ad stated, “It has been our custom to keep our men employed through the winter, and to do this, we must close out what we have on hand. We feel confident we can satisfy you both in price, style and quality. A liberal credit will be given.”

An Oxford Press article in March of 1891 reported that Samuel W. Wilson purchased the Park House from John H. Wilson “some time ago.” The Park House was on three acres of land near the railroad in the northern part of the Borough. The occupants were supposed to move out in April so that the house could be renovated for a spoke making business. A side track was going to be laid and an engine put in. The Oxford Board of Trade book published in 1894 described carriage making as one of the “oldest industrial branches”, and “Oxford’s reputation in this department of trade is constantly growing owing to the

activity and progressiveness of the men who control and operate the factories. For a great many years the establishment of Wilson, Pugh & Wilson was alone in this field and right well did it sustain the prestige of Oxford.” Local historian Frank Peters described Wilson, Pugh & Wilson as one of the largest carriage plants in Chester County in the early 1900’s.

An Oxford Press article in April of 1903 announced that the carriage company had placed a new bell on their building on Pine Street. The bell had been used at the Dickey Cotton Works in Hopewell to call the employees to work since the 1830’s. It had also been a part of celebrations, such as weddings, in the Hopewell community. The bell was silent for a number of years after the industry shut down in Hopewell. The bell was sold by William C. Dickey to Henry Strawbridge near New London for use on his farm. Mr. Strawbridge sold it to the Wilson company. At this point, Samuel Wilson had been in the carriage business for 40 years. To celebrate this anniversary, the

company initiated a contest asking people to submit poems about the old bell. The prize would be $5 for the best poem, $3 for second place and $2 for third. First prize went to Samuel E. Dickey of Philadelphia; Second was awarded to Mrs. L.L. Drennen of Oxford, and third place went to J.M. Lyons of Germantown, PA. Samuel Dickey entitled his poem “The Itinerate Bell”. It recounted the history of the bell. The poem’s first verse starts with:

“Could science, other feats among, Enforce a speech from metal tongue Old Hopewell’s lower factory bell, Might Interesting stories tell,” The last verse ends with:

“Here now we leave the aged bell, New owners satisfying well, Its tones need not to rival Nilsson, In pleasing Wilson, Pugh and Wilson” A small booklet of Hopewell Bell Poems was printed. Samuel Wilson wrote his own poetry about the bell and personally rang the bell to call his employees to work. Later Wilson was quoted, “I have been located at

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that plant for fifty odd years. My relations with the church people have always been pleasant. I never allowed the shop bell to ring during church services on week days, or funerals.”

A 1904 Wilson, Pugh & Wilson advertisement announced selling down prices on carriages and buggies as well as “a full supply of the latest improved farm machinery, farm wagons and harness.”

An Oxford Press article in April of 1906 described the “heaviest piece of wagon work constructed” by the company. The gears of a 5 ton charcoal wagon was to be delivered to the Whittaker Iron Company in Maryland. The wagon with wheel made of hickory was hand crafted by the Oxford builders. Amos Louis Pugh died in 1918. Wilson, Pugh & Wilson eventually became known as Wilson Brothers & Company. Their main T-shaped building was 100 feet long and 25 feet wide and partly made of brick. The first floor contained the paint shop, varnish room, trimming room and finishing room. On top of the building was the cupola with

the bell. A smaller building measured 50 by 35.

As the automobile industry created competition for carriage businesses, Wilson Brothers & Company needed to be creative to make use of their space. An Oxford Press article in November of 1908 announced the opening of the company’s new roller skating rink. The company converted a large show room at the end of their plant. The flooring was maple, wainscoating was placed around the room, and the ceiling was painted white with electric lights suspended. The cost of admission was 10 cents and an additional 15 cents for skating. A grand opening celebration dance was advertised for May. Tickets would cost 50 cents.

An Oxford Press article in January of 1915 described the new business Wilson Brothers & Company was preparing. They had acquired the Gem Theater, a “moving picture house” on Pine St. in late 1914. The Gem Theater initially opened in 1908 and had been run by others. The 1915 article

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Continued from Page 61 reported that the Wilson Brothers were doing plastering work, and were planning three separate buildings, the theater, the skating rink and the carriage shop. The front of the rink and the carriage shop were to be on Coach St. The theater was designed to accommodate 500 people, not including the gallery. The opening for the Wilson Brothers was in March of 1915. The theater was filled to capacity. The theater had a player piano and fine acoustics.

Samuel Wilson displayed his creativity and adaptability when he advertised his business of painting automobiles through one of his poems. The first two lines were: “If you want your Auto Painted Call on me and get acquainted” The last two lines read: “If you don’t believe me try me and see You will find me just as young as I used to be.”

Samuel Wilson died in January of 1920 at the age of 81. In addition to his success in business, Wilson was also an artist,

poet, writer and gardener. He was once described as the “Mark Twain of Oxford”. He submitted numerous articles to the Oxford Press recounting adventures such as “Up Road to Lancaster” and “His First Circus.” His articles could be fanciful and humorous. Prints of an oil painting done by Wilson of the Oxford Ice Skating Park in the early 1880’s still exist.

The Presbyterian Church purchased the property adjoining the church in 1920 for $12,000. At the time of the purchase, the property was owned by W. Rowland and Laura Smith. The original idea was to construct a building which would be used by the church’s various organizations. A document in the church archives dated November 21, 1919 shows a down payment of $600 for the “Wilson Bros. & Co., Shops adjoining said Church, the Moving Picture Outfit, the curtain and chairs, but does not include one piano in the moving picture building and one mechanical piano in the Skating Rink, and certain househols [sic]

goods and a lot of roller skates.”

The Earnhart brothers, Raymond and Harold, occupied the building formerly used by the carriage company with their business “Earnhart Bros. Electrical Contractors. A picture circa 1920 shows the Earnharts standing in front of their business, so

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presumably, they rented the property from the church.

According to The History Minutes of the Oxford Presbyterian Church, the church members couldn’t agree on what to do with the land for the next several years and “paid a price for this indecision” when the state of Pennsylvania wanted to put in a new road which would take some of the land belonging to the church.

In 1920 the Church Session learned that there was an old lien on the property sold by Wilson, Brothers & Company. They resolved to join with other real estate owners on the street and to have the lien discharged by law. They also recommended to the Board of Trustees that the skating rink “be disposed of to the best advantage. . .” In 1926, C.B. Spencer paid $800 for the buildings on the property and promised to remove the materials and level the site. C.B Spencer and Son ran a hardware business. The bell was sold to Nate Shear, a local junk dealer, who broke it up. A counter from

the skating rink can still be seen in the Fellowship Hall of the Presbyterian Church.

In 1929 the Session of the Church agreed to hire an attorney “to look after the interests of the Church in respect of the damages to be awarded for the taking of the property of the Church for the Lancaster Avenue Parkway. . .” An agreement between the Church and the Borough of Oxford was signed in November of 1930. The Church agreed to accept $3,000 for the land taken for Lancaster Ave., and the Borough promised to lay a proper curb, gutter and pavement along the property of the Church abutting Lancaster Ave. and Coach St. According to one church member, the decision caused bad feelings within the church congregation for years. An Oxford Press article stated that the road was completed in December of 1929.

In 1994 Mrs. Horace Reynolds gifted a sleigh manufactured by Wilson, Pugh & Wilson to the White House Christmas Collection. OAHA Archives has a photo

of the sleigh and a copy of a letter Mrs. Reynolds received from the White House. Thanks to Vern Ringler and the Presbyterian Church for allowing access to their Archives. Materials in OAHA Archives, including the Frank Peters Papers, were used to write this article

Vixen Hall Kennels is located off of Saginaw Road in Oxford. On 22 acres, these country kennels are set away from busy roads and industry. Owners, Robert and Alexandra Satchell, live right on the premises and believe that the safety and comfort of your pet is first priority.

Complimentary Day of Daycare!

If you are new to Vixen Hall, take advantage of a complimentary day of daycare for your furry family member! This is a great opportunity for us to get to know them and introduce them to all the fun they will be having when you actually do need to board. Allow our staff to entertain your pup with play sessions, long hikes through the fields and woods, complimentary treats, and plenty of love and attention throughout the day! As always, feel free to pop in anytime our office is open for a tour of our facility.

Call to schedule your overnight boarding stay, doggie daycare, or grooming appointment today! Spotsarelimitedandfillupquickly!

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Oxford Dental Associates

Dental appointment reminders may not always elicit the sparkling and shining joy of a clean fresh smile, but Oxford Dental is determined to keep that smile from consultation to completion.

Oxford Dental began providing dental care in 2014 when Dr. Patellis purchased the business from Dr. Strong, and moved it to the current location at 102 Conner Road in Oxford. The business is now owned by Dr. Tyler Azevedo, who began working as an associate at Oxford Dental and then bought the business in 2022.

“ I had come quite fond of the area, the staff, and the patients I had met over that period and decided this would be a great place to be in business.” says Dr. Azevedo, whose goal is to provide highest quality dental care in a judgment-free setting.

The dental-anxious can breathe a sigh of relief before walking into the doors of Oxford Dental, as Dr. Azevedo states: “Here at Oxford Dental Associates, we get to know each and every one of our patients on a personal level, as well as understand what they expect to gain from their dental experience. Whether it be a desire for a new smile, getting out of pain, or to move past a previous bad

experience, our team does everything in our power to make you feel at home.”

While serving the community with beautiful smiles is his profession, the community also gives Dr. Azevedo a reason to smile. “Oxford is a wonderful community to own a business. It is growing very quickly and is full of some of the kindest hearted people I have ever known. Everyone here truly cares about their community and watching the area grow over the past few years is exciting.”

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Now that Spring has arrived, the air feels a little crisper, the flowers are starting to bloom and the birds are singing their song. Should your cabin fever send you looking for somewhere else to go, we’ve put together a fun list of ideas for you to explore.

If you’re in-need of outdoor equipment or some new duds, the Outback Adventure Company is located right on Third Street in Downtown Oxford. Ron will make sure you are taken care of and can even offer some tips on locations you might have never visited.

Do you like fishing? Or boating? Or maybe even a picturesque hike? Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle offers the only access to the Octoraro Reservoir. From live bait, new rods & reels to kayaks and row boats, Jim’s staff has you covered on the water from sunrise to sunset every day of the season.

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Nature Lands:

• ChesLen Preserve – Hiking, kayaking, canoeing, nature playground

• Peacedale Preserve – Hiking, bird watching, and large open fields


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• Stroud Preserve – Hiking, waterways, beautiful open landscapes

County Parks:

• Nottingham County Park – Numerous hiking trails, 1 mile paved exercise trail, equestrian friendly trails, fishing in ponds

• Hibernia County Park – Over 900 acres of trails, woodlands, meadows, open fields, play areas, pavilions, camping and picnic areas. Fishing and boating are permitted

• Wolf’s Hollow County Park – Miles of trails, woodlands, meadows, open fields, and paved trails

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Pennsylvania State Parks: Susquehannock State Park – PA Scenic Hiking trails, some equestrian and bike friendly trails, group camping and picnicking

• Springlawn Trail – Elk Township – 2 mile long trail (NEW)

• Marsh Creek State Park – Trails, boat rentals and even a public access swimming pool

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Delaware State Parks:

• White Clay Creek State Park –sprawling park in Delaware on the PA border. Many hiking, biking, and some

equestrian trails. Fishing in White Clay Creek

• Brandywine Creek State Park – Water access, canoeing, bird watching, hiking

trails and history

• Alapocas Run State Park – Rock climbing, hiking, views of the Brandywine

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Maryland State Parks:

• Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area – 80+ miles of park trails for hiking, equestrian and biking.

Remote youth camping, equestrian camping, fishing in Big Elk Creek

• Elk Neck State Park – Hiking and biking trails, camping and swimming

• Kilgore Falls - Falling Branch AreaPart of the larger Rocks State Park

- home to the 17 foot drop Kilgore Falls. Reservations and free parking permit are required

• Susquehanna State Park – Darlington, MD Extensive network of hiking trails

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More Great Ideas:

• Glenroy Preserve - Hiking and mountain biking, bird watching and wildlife

• Conestoga Trail – 63 miles long. Some trails very difficult

• Lower Chrome Serpentine Barrens Preserve – primitive trails off State or Barren Road

• Mason – Dixon Trail – 195.9 miles long from Appalachian Trail

• Oxford Area Recreation Authority Park – Hiking and exercise trail, Dog Park

• Perryville Walking Trail – .5 mile trail

• Pinnacle Overlook – near Holtwood, PA Beautiful Vistas and great sunsets.

Connects to the Conestoga Trail

• Theodore A. Parker III Natural Area – 100 acre park ideal for hiking and fishing in season

• Ferncliff Nature Preserve – a beautiful hike down to the Susquehanna river

• Conowingo Fisherman’s Park – one of the greatest places in America to see Bald Eagles

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Oxford Library

You may see the phrase ‘All Together Now’ and think, “Oh great; now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day.” But I’m here to tell you that ‘All Together Now’ isn’t just a song by The Beatles; it’s also the 2023 Summer Reading theme at Oxford Library!

Picture this: a summer full of fun activities geared towards encouraging your child to read and continue learning. Not only will there be activities available for all ages, but all programs are free!

That’s right: having an amazing summer at Oxford Library won’t cost you anything at all.

It all starts on June 17 with our Summer Reading Kickoff Party. Kids ages 0-18 can sign up for a reading program to help motivate reading at home all summer long. There’s even a program for adults! Turns out you can’t make the party?

That’s okay! You can sign up for Summer Reading challenges and programs anytime throughout the summer. Enjoy STEM, art, reading, and other activities in our many events offered throughout the summer both in-person and virtual. Plus, crafts and activities with free materials to do at home on your own time! We’ll also be partnering with the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce for monthly movies in the park, starting Friday, June 16. A perfect opportunity for families to gather and explore what’s so awesome about the Oxford community.

Up-to-date information and registration about these events can be found on our online events calendar. Registration for

our June events will open on May 1. All together now, we can make this the best summer yet!

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activities and experiments.”

Kriss’s passion stands in teaching youth about environmental education and encouraging pro-environmental action to create a resilient community. “I started designing and developing custom interdisciplinary science curriculums and lessons. These lessons included activities such as hatching chicks and observing the life cycle, exploring compost worms and other decomposers, and learning about different types of soil by hands-on exploration. I enjoy teaching handson, interactive lessons that allow students to visualize the impact that science education can have on them personally. It is my goal to help students understand how pro-environmental action can help within their community and teach students about their local environments. I travel to several states, and counties, developing lessons that relate specifically to each location. I also teach these lessons virtually, still able to implement the interactive component with household materials for activities.” In person or virtual science curriculum standards are developed based on Next Generation Science Standards, and Pennsylvania Science Standards.

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Oxford Area School District



Oxford Educational Foundation



See ad pg. 60

Oxford Public Library



See ad pg. 37

Science Learning Lab, LLC



Technical College

High School




Baer Electric LLC



Viking Power Products



Emergency Services

Southern Chester County EMS, Inc.



Union Fire Company #1




Superior Workforce Solutions


Financial Advisors

Diamond State Financial Group – David Tate, CFP®



Edward Jones Investments



See ad pg. 49

Gary Pawliczek, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed


Innovative Financial Results, LLC


InnovativeFinancialResults. com

PRIMERICA – Charlie Delp



Thrivent – Marcia Upton




Philips Florist



Sonny Bea’s Florist



Funeral Home

Edward Collins Funeral Home, Inc.



See ad pg. 52



The Barnyard Boys



See ad pg. 39

Martin Furniture and Mattresses



Golf Course

Tanglewood Manor Golf Club



Wyncote Golf Club



See ad pg. 31


Borough of Oxford



East Nottingham Township



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Hair Salon/ Nail Salon/ Spa Services

3rd Street Parlor

(610) 932-2085

facebook. com/3rdStreetparlor/ Alluring Images

Hair Studio


AlluringImagesHairStudio. com

See ad pg. 52

Color Cut and Curls Inc.



Hairtage Hair Studio LLC



Judy Hastings Salon



The Nail Station and Spa



Studio Blush




CrossFit Thunder Hill



Gracefield Counseling



See ad pg. 62

LCH Health and Community Services



See ad pg. 74

New London Counseling Center



See ad pg. 76

Write-Well Handwriting

Clinics & Occupational Therapy Services



See ad pg. 26


A&A Notary and Insurance


Auto Tags Plus

610-932-4000 (Oxford)

610-345-5932 (West Grove)


Chuck Weed –

State Farm Insurance


Here4YourFinancialFuture. com

See ad pg. 41

KVIS & Coe Insurance Services



See ad pg. 47

Stahl & Company



The Surance Group, Inc.



Thrivent – Marcia Upton



Yerkes Insurance



Interior Design/ ReDesign

Design by Daphne



Lawn/ Landscape/ Mulch/ Plants

A-1 Mulch

610- 932-7420


See ad pg. 9

Broadleaf Outdoor


Butler’s Home and Lawn



Carter and Son

Lawncare, Inc.


See ad pg. 49

Cedarcrest Fertilizing



See ad pg. 51

Howell’s Lawn & Landscape


HowellsLawnandLandscape. com

See ad pg. 57

Huf Landscaping



Scenery Lawns, LLC



Shelton Pallet Company



See ad back page

Valley View

Perennial Growers Inc



See ad pg. 54


D’Amico Law, P.C.



See ad pg. 17

Eichman Law, PLLC



See ad pg. 53

Ira D. Binder, Attorney-at-Law


See ad pg. 21

Kohler Law Offices



Lamb McErlane PC



See ad pg. 25

Miller Law Group



Mailing/Packaging/ Shipping Services

Alger Pack & Ship




Baltic Leisure Co., a division of Penn Sauna



Flower Baking Company of Oxford



Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories



Herr’s Food



See ad pg. 2

Outback Trading Company



Scalewatcher North America



Shelton Pallet Company



See ad back page

The Scotts Company



Core Family Practice



LCH Health and Community Services



See ad pg. 74

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Moving Services/ Storage/ Hauling

DEStorage.com New Garden



See ad pg. 34

JDog Junk & Hauling Services



See ad pg. 30

Oxford Mini Storage

610- 932-9111


See ad pg. 80


ACE Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford


See ad pg. 72

Black Rock Retreat



Canine Partners for Life

610- 869-4902


Divine Sent Food Cupboard


Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation



Family Promise of Southern Chester County



Fraternal Order of Eagles 2666



Good Neighbors Home Repair


GoodNeighborsHomeRepair. org

Kacie’s Cause Oxford



Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society



Lighthouse Youth Center



See ad pg. 79

New London Counseling Center



See ad pg. 76

Oxford Area Civic Association


OxfordAreaCivicAssociation. com

Oxford Area Foundation



See ad pg. 24

Oxford Area Historical Association


See ad pg. 61

Oxford Area Neighborhood Services



Oxford Area Lions Club facebook.com/LionsOxfordPA

Oxford Area Recreation Authority


A-614-1937 ealth.org/.com

Oxford Area Senior Center



Oxford Library Company



See ad pg. 37

Oxford Little League



Oxford Mainstreet Inc.



Rotary Club of Oxford






Street Lamp Community Theatre



The Oaks Ministry 484-368-7268


The Weekly Fight 484-947-1084


See ad pg. 39

Warriors on the Water 717-314-2800

WarriorsOntheWaterltdcom. wordpress.com

Woerth It Hollow 484-362-7116



Miller Eye Care




Broadleaf Outdoors LLC 717-327-7420

Dixie Land Energy 888-517-3680


Keen Compressed Gas Co. 610-998-0200



CertaPro Painters of Western Chester County 484-842-0174

Western-Chester-County. CertaPro.com


E. Squires Paving 610-932-8810


See ad pg. 36

R.T. Price

Excavation & Paving



See ad pg. 59


Jennifer Zduniak

Design & Photography



Meghan Newberry Photography


See ad pg. 75

Mirror Me Productions



Moonloop Photography LLC



See ad pg. 16

ZigZag Aerial LLC 267-719-3828


Physical Therapy

Neff Physical Therapy 484-756-8603


Plumbing / Heating / Cooling/ Fuel

Alger Oil and Propane Inc.



Cameron’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling



See ad pgs. 18 & 19

Chelsea Heating & Air



D&D Golder



Dixie Land Energy



Leon C. Landis, Inc. 717-786-2188


Oxford Plumbing & Heating, Inc.



See ad pg. 43

Scalewatcher N.A.



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Voshell Heating and Cooling


Facebook/ VoshellHeatingandCooling


Glenroy Preserve



See ad pg. 24

Real Estate

Beiler-Campbell Realtors



See ad pgs. 12 & 13

Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach– Chris Anderson


ChristineAnderson.FoxRoach. com

Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach/ Patrick Curran



Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach/Deedree Erlichman


DeedreeErlichman@ FoxRoach.com

Corey Snyder Real Estate



Keller Williams/ The Sanders Team



Joel Brown, Beiler - Campbell



Oxhaven Apartments




CrossFit Thunder Hill



Herr’s Snack Factory



See ad pg. 2

Jennersville YMCA



Jim Neary’s Live Bait and Tackle



Oxford Area Recreation Authority



Oxford Center for Dance



See ad pg. 40

Oxford Diamond Divas



Oxford Karate Institute



See ad pg. 65

Oxford Keystone Bruisers Baseball



Oxford Little League


Southern Chester County Sports



Timber Falls Mini Golf



Timber Lanes



Restaurant / Specialty

Food and Beverages

22 BBQ Food Truck and Catering



See ad pg. 72

Ball and Thistle Pub

610- 624-6802





See ad pg. 70

Corner Café



Flickerwood Wine Cellars & Twisted Treats



Kreider’s Market, Inc



See ad pg. 61

La Sicilia Pizza Pasta Grille



LC Farms


Neuchatel Swiss Chocolates



Nottingham Inn

Kitchen and Creamery



See ad pg. 2

Pat’s Select Pizza and Grill



Octoraro Hotel & Tavern



See ad pg. 7

Rise N Grind



Rita’s Water Ice of Oxford



Saw Mill Grill



See ad pg. 7

Simply Sweet

484- 643-8296


Teens Place



Tiers of Joy

Gluten Free Bakery



Toot Sweets



See ad pg. 37

The Ugly Mutt



See ad pg. 75

Vox Vineti Wines



Wholly Grounds




Retail Aristos’ Harvest 302-584-8386


BB’s Grocery Outlet



Brandywine Ace Pet and Farm



Cameron’s Hardware & Supply, Inc.



See ad pgs. 18 & 19

Candle Studio 1422 814-892-3007


Dubarry of Ireland



G & F Carpet/Flooring America



See ad pg. 46

Honeysuckle Trail Country Crafts



Howetts Screen Printing and Embroidery



It’s SO Lola’s 610- 467-0774

facebook.com/ ItsSOLolas

See ad pg. 4

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Inviting Wellness Center

484-614-1937 facebook. com/896junctionconsignment

Jennersville Pets and Friends



Keen Compressed Gas Company



Kennett Copy and More



Kreider’s Market



See ad pg. 61

Landhope Farms



See ad pg. 8

Lola’s 610-467-0774


See ad pg. 4

Makers Cottage



Martin Appliance



Martin Furniture



Outback Adventure Co.



Oxford Feed and Lumber



See ad pg. 73

Oxford Smoke Shop



See ad pg. 77

RNJ Plaques & Engraving



S&L Fine Cigars and Tobacco



See ad pg. 70

Toot Sweets



See ad pg. 37

Retirement Community

Ware Presbyterian Village



See ad pg. 57


Venture Security LLC




Armstrong 877-277-5711


See ad pg. 42

Auto Tags Plus

610-932-4000 (Oxford)

610-345-5932 (West Grove)


Brandywine Septic Services, Inc.



See ad pg. 3

Brock’s Fire

Protection and Supply



Combat Elevator



Design by Daphne



DLS Passenger Transportation LLC


Hero’s Quest Consulting



Howett’s Screen

Printing and Embroidery



Lloyd Shetron

Termite and Pest Control



Martin Water Conditioning



Mitchell Mechanical



See ad pg. 33

Oxford Area

Sewer Authority



Oxford Dry Cleaner



RNJ Plaques & Engraving



Valleybrook RV

Body & Paint



Visiting Angels

Chadds Ford







Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society, Inc. CallKATS.org

Street Lamp Community Theatre




DLS Passenger Transportation LLC


DuVall Bus Service LLC



See ad pgs. 44 & 45

G&L Student Transportation-Oxford



Veterinary/Pet Boarding and Grooming/ Obedience Training

Elk Creek Veterinary Services


ElkCreekVeterinaryServices. com

See ad pg. 50

K9 Connect LLC



Oxfurrd Pet Spa



Oxford Veterinary Hospital


OxfordVeterinaryHospital. com

Vixen Hall Kennels



See ad pg. 63

Unionville Equine Associates PC



Winery/ Venues

Britain Hill

Venue and Vineyard


BritainHillVenueandVineyard. com

Britain Hill at Livery


BritainHillVenueandVineyard. com

Flickerwood Wine Cellars



The Barn of Nottingham



See ad pg. 76




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