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Before about 100 elected officials, key volunteers and the movers and shakers in the Kennett Square community, Richard Vilello, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development and the keynote speaker at the annual “State of the Square” event on May 9, equated the economic, cultural and systematic progress being Red Devils make a run to 10-3 victory ….............. 9A made by the Kennett borough and Kennett Township to being on the varsity team or being an honor roll student. A former four-term mayor of Lock Haven, Vilello said that his mayor’s job only paid him $37.50 a week, which required him to



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Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development Richard Vilello delivered the keynote address at the annual “State of the Square” in Kennett Square on May 9.

continue his career in construction management and code inspection. In his role, Vilello was responsible for the hiring of personnel, and he would often look for the intangibles in a potential

employee, such as how they wore their tool belt, the degree of use that their tools had, and seeing if their tape measure was well worn. Soon after he accepted his Continued on Page 2A

East Nottingham Township supervisors discuss agricultural easement, truck traffic The supervisors also receive an update about the Oxford Area Sewer Authority’s financial situation By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer During the May 8 meeting of the East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors, there was an update about the financial situation of the Oxford Area Sewer Authority. East Nottingham Township is one of four member

municipalities―along with Oxford Borough, West Nottingham Township, and Lower Oxford Township― of the sewer authority. In 2016, the sewer authority failed to make debt service payments totaling $1.2 million on a $27 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture. The loan was taken out

more than seven years ago to expand the public sewer system for the Oxford area, and in order to secure the loan each member municipality had to agree to back the loan in the event that the sewer authority couldn’t make its payments in a given year. Each municipality accepted a portion of Continued on Page 3A

The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board, during a marathon three-and-a-half hour meeting on May 14, ultimately approved the proposed final budget for 2018-19 by a vote of eight to one. The board considered the budget option that was previously recommended by the administration, along with three other options that arose as a result of the relatively high tax increase proposed for Delaware County residents. The second option was to use part of a surplus from reduced health-care spending to reduce the Delaware County millage increase to 6 percent. The third option was to use all of the surplus to reduce the Delaware County millage increase to 5.7 percent, and the fourth option was to defer the district’s capital plan for one

year, essentially “kicking the can down the road,” as board member Tom Day said. In the end, the board agreed that any option besides the one presented by the administration opened the district up to too much risk, and while some on the board weren’t entirely pleased with the options, the vote of eight to one was the conclusion. Under the proposed final general fund budget, the millage rate in Chester County will be 28.51 mills, an increase of 0.35 percent; and in Delaware County, the millage rate will be 25.15 mills, an increase of 6.43 percent. The weighted average is a 1.56 percent increase. Final adoption of the budget and the levying of real estate taxes are scheduled at the June 18 School Board meeting. The board also heard from administrators and student Continued on Page 2A

Kennett Square Borough approves waiver for park authority By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Kennett Square Borough Council agreed to waive the tapping fees that could have been charged to the Kennett Area Park Authority for connecting to the public wastewater treatment system at the meeting on May 7. Kennett Area Park Authority, which oversees the Anson B. Nixon Park, was seeking to have the tapping fees waived to connect to the public wastewater treatment system as a way to save some on the overall costs of connecting to the public system. Council member Wayne Braffman, who serves on the borough’s Finance Committee, said that the tapping fees are estimated at $2,500. “It’s no expense to the

borough, but it would be lost income,” Braffman explained to council. It was the Finance Committee’s recommendation to approve the waiver. The borough doesn’t have a parks department, and the expenses that come with it, because of the work of the Kennett Area Park Authority. Borough officials emphasized that the waiver was only being considered because the Kennett Area Park Authority is essentially a department of the borough. They do not want to set a precedent for issuing waivers, and did not think they were setting one with this decision. The waiver issue was just one item on borough council’s agenda that evening. Portabello’s Restaurant in Continued on Page 3A

Nottingham School fourth-graders release trout into the Big Elk Creek They raised the fish during the school year as part of the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Fourth-graders in Scott Schaffer’s class at the Nottingham School in Oxford spent eight months conscientiously raising brook trout from eggs in an aquarium in the classroom. While they did so, Schaffer incorporated lessons about science, ecology, and the environment. The students learn about the life cycles and habitats of the fish, and the importance of clean water. Last week, the class released the brook trout into the Big Elk Creek. This is the second year that Schaffer’s class has

taken part in this unique, hands-on learning experience that was made possible through the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program, an interdisciplinary initiative for students in grades 3-12. The Trout in the Classroom program partners with hundreds of schools throughout the country. Brook trout is the state fish of Pennsylvania, so the schools in this state get to play a part in boosting the population of the state fish. Each teacher who incorporates the program into their classroom instruction can design it Courtesy photo to meet the needs of the For the second year in a row, students in Scott Schaffer’s class at Nottingham School participated in the Trout in the Classroom program. They released 44 trout students. Continued on Page 6A

into the Big Elk Creek last week, concluding eight months of work on the project.




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scheduled for demolition. “This will be an action item for next week,” Hostetler said. “The barn is reaching a point where it’s going to be a safety concern.” A local company, Barnyard Boys, has offered to dismantle the barn, reuse the wood, and charge the district $4,500 for the labor. The school district will later have to pay to have the stone foundation removed. At the beginning of the meeting, the board heard about three district employees who will be retiring, including Scott Litzenberg, who has been the director of the Unionville High School Marching Band for 20 years. Litzenberg, sometimes choking back tears, told the board members, “I see four of you whose kids I had. I came here 20 years ago to make a distinct change in my life, and to gear down from teaching at Upper Darby High School. … This was a chance to come to a place that was struggling, to say the least. One of the reasons they decided to get a new band director that year was that the football parents went to the school board meeting before I was hired and asked that the band stop coming to football games,” Litzenberg said as the board members laughed. “I’m not kidding,” he added. “To say goodbye to the kids recently was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But I know I’m going to a good situation, to take care of some other kids. This wasn’t the plan. The plan was at least one more year,” he said, referring to his new position at a Philadelphia-area school where he has been asked to help. “I’m not moving – we’re going to stay in the community,” he said, adding that “one of the best things about working in this district is that they allow you do your job. I thank all of you.” Updated district information, and videos of School Board meetings, are available at

representatives about a proposed change to the daily schedule at Unionville High School. The change could be put in place for the 20192020 school year. Tim Hoffman, the District Director of Curriculum and Instruction, said the recommendation for the high school will be seven periods during the school day, each one 45 minutes long. There will be a one-hour “lunch and learn” period instead of the three half-hour lunch periods that are currently in place. The schedule would eliminate the morning home room period, so the day would begin with the first period at 8 a.m., lunch would be from 10:27 to 11:27 a.m., and the day would end at 2:43 p.m. The one-hour period would be “an opportunity for kids to decompress, to meet with their teachers and have conversations with each other,” Hoffman said. “It’s also an opportunity for our staff to collaborate. Students would be allowed to go outside to the courtyard, for instance, or remain in the cafeteria, or possibly go to the library or other designated classrooms.” The aim of the change is to allow students a chance to take a break, interact, catch up on work, and learn to use a bit of unscheduled time during the day. In the 2020-2021 school year, a rotating schedule of afternoon classes will be added to assure that students with after-school activities do not always miss the same instructional time. There are no changes proposed for the middle school at this time, Hoffman said, but the scheduling committee will be focusing on programming over the next five years to increase peerto-peer interaction, add advisory periods or make other changes to facilitate student-staff interactions. During a discussion of upcoming facilities To contact Staff Writer costs, Rick Hostetler, the Supervisor of Buildings John Chambless, email and Grounds, said that the jchambless@chestercounty. barn on Doe Run Road is com.

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new position a year ago, Vilello visited Kennett Square for a tour with Historic Kennett Square Executive Director Mary Hutchins, and others. “In my role as community development director, I get to travel all over Pennsylvania,” said Vilello, who has traveled to 61 counties and met with representatives from 800 municipalities. “After I had that meeting a year ago, I got in the car to leave, and I told myself, ‘They really get it.’ The tool belt was properly worn, the tape measure looked like people knew what it was supposed to do, and the tools were being used. “You have all of the tools and all of the features here that everyone else has tried to recreate. Places are spending millions and million of dollars to copy what you have right here. You’ve made fantastic progress.” Vilello said that proper planning for a municipality should not be approached in the myopia of the present, but done in a way that sees the impact of the plan in the far-off future. “When we look at where we’re going, we can’t just look at just next week,” he said. “We can’t just look at the next quarter. We have to look at five years from now. We have to look at ten years from now. We have to look at 50 years from now.” Vilello encouraged those in attendance to implement ideas with that big picture in mind. He estimated that during the creation of Kennett’s economic

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Historic Kennett Square Executive Director Mary Hutchins presented a volunteer award to Bill Taylor for his long-time work in organizing the town’s annual Memorial Day parade.

development plan, Vilello said that it is likely that 95 percent of the people agreed with 80 percent of the plan’s contents. “My message is to keep doing what you’re doing and to focus on the things that you agree on, and forget about the minor, little things that you fight over and disagree on, and make progress on the things that you agree on,” he said. “I consider you the varsity team, the honor roll student, and the place that gets it, and anything I can do to help you accomplish the goals that you’ve laid out between the non profits, the borough and the township, it is my role to help you get that job done.” The event, which was held at the American Legion Hall on Broad Street, also featured a presentation by Historic Kennett Square Vice President Tom Sausen, who gave the audience a current snapshot and forecast for the immediate future. He called 2107 a good year for economic development in the borough and township, with almost $8.4 million in spending on commercial property and new business investment – a trend that has continued to rise over the past few years, he said. He said that three new businesses in the downtown district opened last year, as well as a new owner at the new Square Pear Fine Art Gallery; and the relocation of Salt & Stone and Chantilly Blue. Sausen also praised the success of the Kennett Holiday Village at the Creamery, which began in 2016 and expanded to two weekends in 2017,

drawing over 8,000 visitors in four days; the 20th year of the Kennett Brewfest; the formation of a new arts and culture committee; and a commitment to promoting Historic Kennett Square on social media. Economic Development Director Nate Echeverria provided a “What, How and Who” overview of Historic Kennett Square’s key initiatives. Referring to its economic development study, Echeverria identified growth areas that have old buildings that can be repurposed, including State and Cypress Streets, Birch Street, the NVF building, and areas where Kennett Township meets the Kennett Borough; and implementing priorities set by the township’s supervisors and the borough council, such as affordable housing, and integration between the two municipalities. Key goals of the plan in 2018 will include strengthening local arts programs; creating a design committee to help facilitate and accomplish the goals of the economic plan; and creating a strategy for expanding corporate and individual sponsorships, in order to improve sustainability in the Historic Kennett Square district. Representing the sponsor of the event, Bryn Mawr Trust Vice President Tony Poluch, who also serves on the Historic Kennett Square Board of Directors, said that Kennett Square is at the epicenter of the economic growth of southern Chester County, which has been stimulated by Bryn Mawr Trust’s new multicultural bank initiative, that


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provides affordable home mortgages for the Hispanic community. “When I came to the bank 7 years ago, they wanted me to develop Chester County, and my strategic plan showed me that I was going to concentrate in southern Chester County. They said, Why is that?’ and I said, That’s where the growth is going to be in Chester County. Just bear with me and we’ll see what happens.’ Miguel Alban, Bryn Mawr Trust’s vice president of multicultural banking, looked at his role as more than simply helping the Latino community with home mortgages. He is partnering with Historic Kennett Square to provide more opportunities to fold the Latino business community into the fabric of Kennett Square. He thanked the audience and the many organizations they represent for helping to achieve that mission. “Keep doing it, because we are just going to continue to grow,” Alban said. “Any time I go to my kid’s schools, [I see that the student population] is sometimes 60 percent Hispanic, which is helping our children to become more diverse, and helping everyone understand that while we may look a little different, we are all the same.” Bill Taylor and Myra Miller were recognized by Historic Kennett Square for their long-time volunteer work in the community – Taylor for his 13-year involvement in the organization of the annual Memorial Day parade; and Miller for her volunteerism with the annual Kennett Brewfest for the past 15 years. Hutchins said that in 2017, Historic Kennett Square had 150 volunteers, who contributed a total of 1,300 hours. After he first became mayor of Kennett Square in 2009, Matt Fetick told the audience that he was asked by Hutchins to speak at the “State of the Square” that year. “Mary asked me to come and share my vision for what I wanted to see in Kennett Square,” Fetick said. “I will tell you that it hasn’t changed since that first meeting until now. My vision through the mayor’s office is to support everyone else’s vision – to support the non profits and their dream for what our town can be.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email




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the responsibility. In East Nottingham Township’s case, it is responsible for 28 percent of the total that the sewer authority isn’t able to pay. Oxford Area Sewer Authority officials, at that time, offered assurances to elected officials in Oxford Borough, East Nottingham, West Nottingham, and Lower Oxford that the revenues would be sufficient to cover the debt-service payments, and that the municipalities would not be put in a position to cover the sewer authority’s financial obligations. The sewer authority has the ability to raise its rates, so any revenue shortfalls could be addressed before the municipalities were on the hook. But by 2016, the number of new connections to the sewer system had fallen way behind what had been projected, and the sewer authority wasn’t able to meet its financial obligations. In late February of this year, the Oxford Area Sewer Authority notified each member municipality that it wanted them to pay the $1.2 million that is past-due so that the sewer authority is on good financial standing moving forward. Each municipality differed in their responses, ranging from one that was prepared to make its payment immediately to one that did not agree to make the payment at all until the sewer authority took additional steps that it had agreed to do as part of a work-out agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. Township supervisor Sam Goodley offered the update to his colleagues on the East Nottingham board, explaining that the member municipalities are still attempting to reach a consensus on how to proceed. Goodley added that the Oxford Area Sewer Authority is still in discussions with two different entities that are interested in purchasing the sewer system. Goodley did have some good news about the sewer authority’s financial situation, explaining that the sewer authority board anticipates making its next payment when it is due. “I think things are slowly turning around,” Goodley said. In other business at the meeting, East Nottingham Township is entering into an agreement for an agricultural preservation easement on slightly more than nine acres of the Groseclose property. The township will be paying slightly more than $7,000 per acre for the agricultural preservation easement, so the total cost will be approximately $63,000. The township’s approval was contingent on a public hearing that will take place on May 29. The township will make its payment at the time of settlement, which could take place this calendar year. Another issue that the supervisors addressed at the meeting is the possibility of closing Twin House Road to heavy truck traffic except for local deliveries. Joe Herlihy, the chairman of the board of supervisors, advocated closing Twin House Road, a township road, to tractor trailers. Herlihy said that he would like to see a traffic sign

put up that would prohibit large truck traffic from making a lefthand turn from Baltimore Pike to Twin House Road. Trucks keep knocking down the signs when they make the turn. The township is going to contact PennDOT for direction on how to proceed. Eventually, the township may need to adopt an ordinance that would formally restrict tractor trailers from using Twin House Road unless they are making local deliveries.

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~Sam Goodley The East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors approved a waiver request for the Century Oak Phase 3A final subdivision―a waiver was sought from the township’s requirement to install streetlights. The supervisors agreed that it made sense to approve the waiver request in this instance. Township officials might consider recording meetings in the future so that they can be shown on one of the local channels that Armstrong Cable makes available. The township also clarified the procedure for residents to reserve a spot on the agenda. The township has public comment sessions during each public meeting, and during that time residents are free to make their comments about the issues the township is dealing with. However, in order for a resident to reserve a place on the agenda, he or she must notify the township by the Wednesday before the meeting and include a topic of discussion so that it can be included on the agenda. The East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors will meet again on Tuesday, June 12.

Killion joins Gov. Wolf and legislators in bipartisan call for severance tax State Senator Tom Killion (R-9) joined Gov. Tom Wolf and legislators in calling for a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania. Killion is a co-sponsor of Gov. Wolf’s bipartisan severance tax and permit reform plan that is being introduced by Senator John Yudichak (D-14) as Senate Bill 1000. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Bernie O’Neill (R-29) and Jake Wheatley (D-19) as House Bill 2253. This legislation will implement a severance tax based on price and production factors and will have an effective rate of 4 percent, keeping Pennsylvania competitive with other gas producing states. According to projections, if the tax is enacted by July 1, it will raise $248 million in the next fiscal year alone. “Pennsylvania is the only major gas producing state that does not have a severance tax,” said Killion. “This makes absolutely no sense. All Pennsylvanians deserve to benefit from this booming industry,” he added. Killion noted that 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s natural gas is purchased by residents in other states and in international markets, meaning 80 percent of a severance tax will be paid by customers outside of Pennsylvania. “Eighty percent of the severance tax won’t even be paid by Pennsylvanians,” said Killion. “There is no good reason why this tax should not be levied in our state.” sign off on such liquor Kennett Square ... tolicense transfers. The public Continued from page 1A

Kennett Square is planning to move to a new, larger space on State Street, and council took two actions at the meeting related to the possible move. First, borough council unanimously approved parking relief for two buildings at 108 East State Street and 110 East State Street. LGB Properties plans to convert those two spaces—which were previously home to a pizza shop and a small dance studio— into the new, larger home for Portabello’s. There would have been a requirement to account for seven parking spaces under the borough’s guidelines had the relief not been granted. Next, borough council approved authorizing the advertisement of a public hearing to consider a transfer of a liquor license. Chef Brett’s, LLC is looking to transfer a liquor license to the new Portabello’s from outside the borough. The state requires a municipality

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“A severance tax will be used to fund our schools, build roads, pay for public transportation and protect our environment,” Killion said. “The time is now for a severance tax. Waiting any longer is a far too costly mistake.” The severance tax will be assessed as a fixed amount per thousand cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas severed. The per MCF rate will be determined by the average annual price of gas for the preceding calendar year according to the following schedule: Price Range Rate per MCF $1.00 - $3.00 4.2¢ $3.01 - $4.99 5.3¢ $5.00 – $5.99 6.4¢ $6.00 or greater 7.4¢ The proposal does not change the Act 13 impact fee in any way, and includes a hold harmless clause that will guarantee programs funded by the fee never receive less than $200 million annually. In addition, the legislation includes provisions announced by the Governor as part of his plan to reduce permit backlogs, modernize permitting processes, and better utilize technology to improve oversight and efficiency. Such permitting reforms include: extending permit terms, allowing for the permitting of multiple wells on one well pad with one application and allowing for an adjustment to well bore location of up to 50 feet from the location initially proposed on the plat accompanying a permit application. less than what the borough would like. Braffman raised the question of whether the borough council might want to have a goal of allocating some money in the 2019 budget to boost the general fund reserve. Braffman said that when the Finance Committee is having its discussions, they aren’t just thinking about 2019, but a few years beyond that as well. The next few years are critical, Braffman said, because by 2023 Kennett Square will be retiring a significant amount of debt, which should alleviate some pressure on the annual budget. Braffman suggested that borough council have a public discussion about some of the goals of the 2019 spending plan at an upcoming council meeting so that borough officials can keep the goals in mind as the spending plan is developed. After some discussion, borough council approved a resolution pertaining to parliamentary authority as a rule of council. The goal of parliamentary authority is to provide a structure for meetings. Kennett Square Borough Council utilizes the Robert’s Rules of Order, which is the most widely used manual of parliamentary procedure in the U.S. Several council members expressed concerns about inadvertently becoming more restrictive with the parliamentary authority— they did not want to have discussions or exchanges between council members to be overly restricted, nor did they want the structure of the meetings to become overly formal. Several residents were

critical of council for even addressing the parliamentary authority since following Robert’s Rules of Order has always worked well. Borough council approved a series of HARB applications that had previously been reviewed by the Historical Architectural Review Board. The applicants sought approval for signs, fences, and garage additions for the respective properties. Borough council approved charging the Civil Service Commission with generating a certified list of qualified candidates to serve as a full-time police officer in the borough. Kennett Square may soon be looking to fill two fulltime positions. The meeting concluded with the recognition of a borough employee who may have helped save a life. Council member Peter Waterkotte explained that Troy Stevenson, who has worked in the Public Works Department for more than two decades, was on the job one day recently when he saw a two-year-old venturing near traffic without an adult nearby. Stevenson conscientiously kept the toddler safe from harm, and then went door-to-door until he found out where the child belonged. It turned out that the child wandered away from his grandmother’s house without anyone knowing. Everyone was glad about the child’s safe return, and borough officials were proud of Stevenson’s actions. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email


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The Garage partners with Flagship Credit Acceptance Community Spring Fling on May 20 will include $10,000 raffle By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Like most people who eventually become dedicated partners with The Garage Community and Youth Centers, Flagship Credit Acceptance executive vice president and general counsel Chris Keiser was introduced to the good work of the organization by friends of his from Chatham Financial, who was the founding corporation for The Garage when it was formed 17 years ago. “They invited me to the holiday auction that the Garage hosts every year,” Keiser said. “Immediately, I found a synergy with some things in my past, through my support of Big BrotherBig Sister, Habitat for Humanity, and spending time in Latin America, speaking Spanish.” The partnership between Flagship and The Garage may have taken root the day Keiser was first introduced to The Garage, but it was solidified through the infectious link Keiser saw between The Garage and its founding corporation. “I remember seeing the folks from Chatham Financial working really hard for kids who may not have had the same opportunities that a lot of other kids do, to try to help them succeed academically, and in their post-academic careers,” he said. “At the time, as I was starting to gain momentum with Flagship in 2014,

the year it formed, our management team sat down and asked what it needed to do, and among those things was to create a community outreach program.” Keiser proposed that the new company work with The Garage and now, several years later, it’s a firm commitment of engagement and volunteerism that will celebrate another milestone on May 20, when Flagship hosts a free, family-friendly Spring Fling at Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale. As part of the event, which will include vendors, food trucks, bouncy houses, games, putt-putt golf and facepainting, one lucky winner will be selected to receive a $10,000 grand prize from a raffle, that will also provide ticket holders a chance to win a second and third prize of $1,500 and $500. Proceeds from the raffle and event will go to The Garage. Headquartered in Chadds Ford, Flagship Credit Acceptance helps creditchallenged auto shoppers secure financing through partnerships with primarily franchised auto dealers and through its direct lending platform, CarFinance. com. It currently purchases indirect auto contracts from a nationwide network of over 9,400 dealers and originates direct to consumers in 46 states. The company’s partnership with The Garage extends much farther than the upcoming

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Kristin Proto, the executive director of The Garage Community and Youth Center, right, joins with some of the staff at Flagship Credit Acceptance in Chadds Ford to celebrate the upcoming Spring Fling at Hartefeld National Golf Club on May 20.

raffle and community event. Flagship began offering volunteer time off (VTO) for its associates to work at The Garage’s functions in January 2016, which enabled its employees to get involved with The Garage’s annual holiday auction. “I know that our Flagship volunteers really like The Garage,” said Janet Syphan, who helped coordinate the Spring Fling benefit with The Garage. “They feel like it’s a very worthwhile way to give back to the community that we serve. By offering each employee 16 hours off per year to provide assistance to The Garage, it allows them to take the time to give back to the community.” Kristin Proto, The Garage’s executive director, sees the impact that Flagship employees have on

young people who visit The Garage. “I’ve heard Flagship employees say, ‘I remember when my kids were in middle and high school, and how hard it was for me as a parent,’” Proto said. “Having a teenager is just hard, regardless of what your background is, but having a teenager when you’re lacking in other resources compounds that. Flagship helps bridge that gap for so many of our kids.” For Keiser, Flagship’s work with The Garage dovetails with the mission of the company, which is to provide not only resources and opportunities to purchase vehicles, but to educate consumers about the loan process. It’s an education he wants to establish at The Garage, in the form of non-intensive

workshops taught by Flagship employees about money management. “One of the initiatives I wanted to take hold is financial literacy for kids,” he said. “One of my frustrations is seeing people come out of high school with little knowledge of managing a budget, or knowing the importance of a credit score and paying bills on time. A program of this kind will allow Flagship to teach future consumers, early.” “I think the door is wide open to continue our partnership with Flagship,” she added. “There are so many unique things that we can do now that we’ve spent the time to grow the relationship. It’s more than just writing a check with a logo on it. “This is a vested effort

to get even more Flagship employees to commit their time to us. It’s the chance to share information about The Garage, company wide, to hundreds of employees, to get more people in the door to help students and continue to spread the work of what we do in the community to others.” The $10,000 winner will be chosen by one of the teens from The Garage at the event at 4 p.m. Individuals do not need to be present to win, and can purchase tickets online at Garage-Spring-Fling. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, increasing participants’ odds of winning. Tickets for food and games can be purchased at the door. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

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U-CF School District administration recommends Say Something program Anonymous app is aimed at preventing school tragedies

By John Chambless Staff Writer In an effort to head off tragedy – everything from a serious threat to a school shooting – the UnionvilleChadds Ford School District is proposing the adoption of the Say Something Program. The national non-profit organization is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The U-CF School District administration and the Wellness Council are recommending the approval of the program starting in the 2018-2019 school year. An email to parents and community members last week read, in part, “We are recommending this program for our district because it will provide additional support for our students and community to intervene when there are concerns about student wellbeing. The program helps to teach students to look for

warning signs, signals and threats, to take them seriously, and to report these concerns to a trusted adult. If they are unable or unwilling to report these concerns to an adult, they can report them with the Anonymous Reporting App.” The app is “designed to help prevent at-risk individuals from hurting themselves or others by intervening when individuals displaying pathway behaviors that, at the extreme, could end in a life being lost,” the email continued. “School counselors at Patton Middle School and Unionville High School, as well as administration, feel that app fits very well with current programs and curriculum and will build upon the foundation we have already built across the district.” If approved by the School Board, the program will begin with training for students, staff and parents. Student training will consist of assemblies, small-

group presentations and online training. The program provides seed money for the startup of student clubs to support the initiative. Teams in schools will be trained by Say Something trainers. Training will also be provided to parents in person by Say Something trainers or online. The program is aimed at students in grades 6 to 12 in the district. “The UCFSD Wellness Council reviewed several resources that provide similar services,” the email read. “This resource provides a level of service, support and training that others did not. It also has a curriculum connected with it to support the program goals. The Wellness Council was impressed with the educational component which was not present with the other vendors. Also, this program comes with no charge, as it is grant-funded.” In addressing concerns that may come up about

Grant awarded for traffic improvements in East Marlborough On May 10, the East Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors announced a PennDOT grant has been awarded to improve pedestrian safety on Route 82 near the Unionville High School and Patton Middle School campus. The $750,000 grant will cover the construction costs for sidewalks, crosswalks, medians and roadway narrowing in the area.

PennDOT made the award based on its safety benefits, cost, readiness for implementation, the level of collaboration with stakeholders and other criteria. Richard Hannum, Jr., the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said, “Improving the pedestrian crossing at the schools has been a long-term goal of East Marlborough Township, and we are

confident that this project will achieve that goal. In addition, the road narrowing will help calm traffic, and the sidewalk extension will improve pedestrian access from the school campus into the village of Unionville and the Unionville Community Park.” The township is partnering with the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District to complete the project.

Local scholarship recipients announced The Health and Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County announces $102,000 in scholarships The Health and Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County recently announced the awarding of 43 Alma Newlin Educational Fund scholarships to talented students residing in the five local school districts of Avon Grove, Octorara, Oxford, Kennett, and Unionville-Chadds Ford. The scholarships, totaling $102,000 this year alone, are designed to assist students in preparing for careers in the health care field. Award values are currently $1000 to $4000. This year’s award winners plan to study for a variety of careers including nursing, medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, dentistry, biomedical engineering and occupational and speech therapy. All recipients must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be human health care education-bound students either in undergraduate studies or pursuing advanced degrees. Each applicant is eligible for one undergraduate and/or one post-graduate award at this time. The Alma Newlin Educational Fund was established in 1990 through a bequest from Mrs. Alma Newlin, who lived in Kennett Square. The Fund is administered by the Health and

Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County. Applications for next year’s scholarships may be obtained on the website The following are this year’s scholarship recipients: Avon Grove Lindsay Arnold – Nursing Rachel Butler – Nursing Kelsey Colarusso – Occupational Therapy Kelly Covington – Physical Therapy Gabriele Gonnella – Physical Therapy Juan Hernandez – Premed Lauren Hogstrom – Dentistry Itzayana Lopez – Nursing Connor McPartland – Bioengineering Olivia Paoletti – Premed Regan Pavlock – Premed Andrew Spencer – Nursing Kari Wood - Nursing Kennett Anna Colamarino – Nursing Claire Dawyot – Biomedical Engineering Eliane EsparzaVillarruel – Premed Eliza Fantazzi – Nursing Katherine Gallivan – Physician Assistant Lesley Guzman – Radiation Therapy Katie Otto – Dentistry Keiri Ramierez

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Octorara Annalyce Daprix – Nursing Joseph Meyer - Premed Oxford Jillian Blessington – Physician Assistant Jordan Brown – Premed Julie Hubley – Nursing John Martinelli – Premed Reilly Nowland – Speech Pathology Sarah Price – Nursing Emily Quesenberry – Nursing Noan Sperratore – Biopharmaceutical Engineering Matthew Sumner – Physical Therapy Grace Tipton – Radiology Madeline Williams – Nursing Tiffany Wooten – Dental Hygiene Unionville-Chadds Ford Brooke Cicchino – Nursing Melissa Freifelder – Nursing Lyndsay Hastings – Biomedical Engineering Abigail Hohn – Occupational Therapy Gabrielle Mahoney – Nursing Madeline Malone – Physical Therapy McKayla Mawn – Medicine

the program, the district cited, “Will we be prepared regarding the appropriate protocols for anonymous tips? Also, will we have the staff necessary to handle the tips that may come in? There were concerns raised as well about false tips and possible targeting of individuals unfairly. If we find that the level of work for our school counselors and school social workers becomes unsustainable based on the addition of this new resource, we will look to restructure or add to our support resources. “False tips, though expected to be less than one percent of the tips received, will be monitored,” the statement continued. “Current users of this type of service have not found false tips to be a significant problem with the implementation of the program.” The anonymity of tips

made to the crisis center through the app is guaranteed. “The system utilizes multiple external anonymous gateways to block IP addresses/phone numbers, and all phone calls received in the crisis center are blocked using a sophisticated multiple-level blocking system.” Identites will not be revealed without a courtordered search warrant, unless loss of life is imminent. Parents can find out if their child is in crisis through school officials, or through local police. “All life-safety tips are provided to the school district to act upon,” the statement reads. “Therefore, a school official who receives and acts upon a tip could contact parents per school policy and protocols. … All life-safety tips are provided to local police to act upon. Therefore, in the event that police are

either directly reaching out to a student or working with the school district, contact could be made with a parent or guardian. The most likely scenario is through visiting an at-risk child in their home, or post an emergency intervention.” Once the program is implemented, tips can be phoned in to the Crisis Center, through the website, or through the anonymous reporting app. For more information, or to voice concerns, email Leah Reider, Director of Special Education (lreider@ucfsd. net), Justin Webb, Technology Director ( or John Nolen, Assistant Superintendent (jnolen@ To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@chestercounty. com.

Tour the After Prom at Unionville High School on May 19 According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the most prevalent cause of death among young adults ages 15 to 22 is automobile accidents, and the most fatal night of the year for young adults is the night of the high school prom. More than 20 years ago, the Unionville High School PTO, with the support of the Unionville-Chadds Ford community, began offering an After Prom event as a way to keep students safe. The After Prom is the UCF Community’s gift to helping ensure students’

well-being on prom night. Each year, parents and community volunteers work to provide an exceptional After Prom experience for students. The school is transformed and decorated according to the theme, which is a closely guarded secret until prom night. The community is welcomed to walk through to view the high school’s transformation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. There are a variety of activities to keep students entertained all night long, including a magician, a

hypnotist, music, casino games, an escape room, tattoo artists, caricature artists, inflatable obstacle courses, bubble soccer, volley ball, ping pong, games, chair shoulder massages, and food galore. There are also prizes awarded throughout the night, with the most anticipated prize being a certified used car from Scott Honda in West Chester. Some of the other larger prizes include the donation of outfitting a whole dorm room for a senior from Bed Bath & Beyond, and an SAT or ACT study course from Kaplan for a junior.




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Local News one degree of the temperature of the creek so that the fish would be hatched and raised in an environment that is similar to the one that they would eventually be released into. The entire experience of raising the fish is a scientific experiment on its own as the class makes numerous decisions based on what they are observing. It’s also a learning experience for the students to raise a living thing from its infancy, providing the fish with all the necessities like food. “We experienced the

trout in their life stages,” said Brynn Wilmont, a stuContinued from Page 1A dent in the class. This year, Schaffer Jimmy Wisneski, a stuexplained, they put a dent in the class, said GoPro camera in the tank that the fish eggs were with the fish so the stushipped to the Nottingham dents could see close up School in October. Even how they move through before that, the students the water. Keenan Thomas, were making preparations a student, said that he for their arrival. Schaffer really liked watching the and the students set up fish swim. His classmate, the aquarium. A filter and Evan Lester, said that the chiller are used to make fish have pectoral fins sure that the conditions that cut through the water. are ideal for the fish. The Schaffer noted that there is water temperature for the a lifting force to the way aquarium was carefully the fish move through the to how a bird might fly controlled and monitored water, and it’s comparable through the air. to ensure that it was within Like any scientific experiment, there is a certain level of unpredictability to raising fish in a classroom. Midway through the school year, the class had to change the filter system that was being used because some harmful bacteria got in the aquarium. Some of the bacteria settled in some of the rocks at the bottom of the aquarium. “We had some challenges Courtesy photo Students got to share their experiences working on the Trout in the Classroom pro- this year,” Schaffer said, gram with District Judge Scott Massey, Oxford Borough’s interim police chief Scott explaining that the chalBrown, and representatives from State Rep. John Lawrence’s office, among others. lenges weren’t unexpected. Figuring out how to rid the aquarium of the bacteria was one significant challenge. There were others. Gabe Duggan, one of the students in the class, said that some of the fish that were quicker to grow started to eat some of the smaller fish. At one point, Gabe said, they put a divider in the tank to keep the bigger fish together in one part and the smaller Photo by Steven Hoffman fish together in the other Fourth-graders in Scott Schaffer’s class at the Nottingham School in Oxford spent part. According to his classmate, Dante Franco, eight months raising brook trout from eggs in an aquarium in the classroom.



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dividing the fish based on their sizes helped to protect the smaller ones. Peter Graziano said that the students almost looked at it like a game when they were doing all they could to see how many fish they could keep for the release. As a result of some of the challenges this year, fewer fish were being released into the Big Elk Creek than the first year that Schaffer’s class participated in the Pennsylvania Trout in the Classroom program. However, the fish that did make it to the release date were larger and healthier than the ones that were released in the first year, Schaffer said. Overall, the class released 44 fish into the Big Elk Creek. The students in the class had different aspects of the experience that they considered to be their favorite. Some liked feeding the fish the best, while others liked cleaning out the aquarium. Others liked having visitors come to the classroom to learn about the Trout in

Class program. Overall, the students who got to participate in the program―Schaffer estimated that there were between 45 and 50 students in two classes―were very enthusiastic about the experience. “I thought it was pretty cool,” said student Ronnie Bednarz. The students really enjoyed taking care of the fish―so much so that several said that they were going to miss the routine of caring for them. “I wish we could have them a little longer.” said Ashley Ochoa. Next year, Schaffer said, they might have one aquarium set up to repeat the process of raising the trout, while another aquarium might be added to keep mature fish so that, in the future, students will learn about what it’s like to care for mature fish. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email e d i t o r @ c h e s t e rc o u n t y. com.

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Chester County Commissioners County strongly approve $2.5 million in supports Community Revitalization revitalization Program awards efforts Editorial

Latest round of awards brings the total amount of funding to $65 million for the County’s urban centers

Earlier this month, the Chester County Commissioners announced the latest round of Community Revitalization Program grant awards. The county is funding about $2.5 million in infrastructure improvements that will allow urban centers in the county to improve curbs and sidewalks, extend waterlines, or replace sewer lines. These investments are crucial, and without the county’s support many of these projects wouldn’t be impossible for the boroughs to do on their own. The impact of the county’s funding through the Community Revitalization Program can be seen in Oxford and Kennett Square and West Grove. All three of the boroughs in southern Chester County have been enhanced by significant streetscape upgrades that were made possible, in part, by funding from the county. The improvements encourage economic development in the downtown areas. The county has now awarded more than $65 million in Community Revitalization Program and Community Development Block Grants to Coatesville and the 15 boroughs that are scattered throughout the county. These programs support the county’s economic development strategy to invest in the growth of urban centers so that they can be revitalized, and more rural land can be protected from development. Kudos to County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone, and Terence Farrell for their leadership and for prioritizing the revitalization of our downtown areas. The success of revitalization efforts in Kennett Square and West Chester and Oxford wouln’t be possible without the support from the county.

Chester County Commissioners unanimously approved $2.5 million in grants through the County’s Community Revitalization Program (CRP) last week. “One of the goals of Chester County’s VISTA 2025 economic development strategy is to invest in growth in our urban centers,” said Commissioner Chair Michelle Kichline. “These Community Revitalization awards enhance our towns, spur additional economic development along our main streets and provide funding for necessary infrastructure to prepare for growth.” The Borough of West Grove will receive a $1.3 million grant to be spent on updated construction costs, prevailing wage increases and an expan-

Kudos to State Rep. Lawrence

Letter to the Editor:

Last week’s Chester County Press included an op-ed from State Rep. John Lawrence questioning why Pennsylvania is offering a private timber company from New Hampshire a $50 million loan to purchase timberland in northwestern Pennsylvania. The terms of the loan are extraordinarily generous—friendly repayment terms and a one-percent interest rate. In the op-ed, Lawrence noted that there was no competitive bidding process or public advertising—the loan was specifically for the outof-state company, and was not made available to anyone else. The loan is funded through the state-subsidized PENNVEST—the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. PENNVEST funds are to be used to fund improvements to water and sewer plants in the state. Kudos to State Rep. Lawrence for bringing attention to this loan. Since Lawrence was first elected to represent the 13th District in the State House, he has been true to his vision for a state government that spends taxpayer money responsibly. Lawrence has made sensible spending and debt reduction a focal point of his work in Harrisburg. If more lawmakers in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. practiced true fiscal conservatism, taxpayers would be a lot better off.

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sion of the Habitat for Humanity project to construct 36 homes at Willow Street and South Guernsey Road. “Every citizen of Chester County deserves good, affordable housing,” said Kathi Cozzone, Commissioners’ Vice Chair. “These homes in West Grove will be a welcome addition to the community and we are pleased to partner with Habitat for Humanity in West Grove, just as we have done in other urban centers in the County. CRP funds help to improve the public health and safety of our communities, and over the years they have also helped to increase the taxable assessments of our urban centers.” Avondale Borough is receiving $535,384 to improve its water system,

including an updated filtration system. Honey Brook will use a $184,305 grant to rehabilitate its curbs and sidewalks, making them ADA compliant, as well as storm water improvements and street paving repair. “Chester County has wonderful, historic communities that must be maintained through infrastructure updates,” said Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell. “The funds provided through the Community Revitalization Program are often spent on improvements that aren’t always obvious, but that help to build a better foundation for the urban centers. The grants also help to leverage millions of dollars more in investment.” Downingtown is receiving $47,715 for upgrading lighting in the borough’s

library and Kerr Park parking lots. Phoenixville is using its award of $415,513 for a waterline replacement project on Starr Street from Washington Avenue to Third Avenue. The water main on Second Avenue from Nutt Road to Gay Street will also be replaced. Since the Community Revitalization Program began in 2002, Chester County has awarded more than $65 million in Community Revitalization Program and Community Development Block Grant program grants to the sixteen urban centers (City of Coatesville and the 15 Boroughs) for infrastructure improvements, according to Pat Bokovitz, director of Chester County Department of Community Development.

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Congress isn’t moving fast enough Congress has not moved fast enough to address outrageous price-gouging practices of drug corporations. These corporations

charge outrageous prices on many prescription drugs. There is no mystery why no cures are on the horizon for serious medical problems that threaten

the health and welfare of millions of people, many of them children and the elderly. This is absolutely disgusting when so many people in the country con-

tinue to suffer because of the policies of drug companies. It is business as usual. Howard Gensel Kirkwood, Pa.


The dangers of debt By Lee H. Hamilton Politicians and commentators these days like to point to an array of threats to our constitutional system. There’s one, though, that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should: our national debt. We may not yet be in imminent danger of fiscal collapse, but we’re moving into uncharted waters. We are among the most indebted nations in the world, and it’s only getting worse. Thanks to our new tax law, we’re staring ahead at routine federal budget deficits north of $1 trillion each year — compared to what now seems like a paltry $665 billion in 2017. As we look down the road to an aging population, rising entitlement costs, and skyrocketing interest payments, things promise to go from dismal to dire. In just five years, the head of the Congressional Budget Office warned a few weeks ago, we’ll be spending more on interest payments on the debt than we do on our entire military. By 2028, we’ll be closing in on $1 trillion in interest payments alone each year. We’re running these deficits at a time of full employment, when the economy is doing well. This is exactly the wrong time to be pressing on the accelerator, because when the downturn comes — which, inevitably, it will — we won’t have room to maneuver. The more debt we accumulate, the more interest

rates rise and the more our spending on debt serves to dampen economic growth. Small wonder that former Fed chair Janet Yellen told Congress last year that rising debt “is the type of thing that should keep people awake at night.” The problem is not quite that nobody’s talking about the debt in Washington. They are. But it’s not a productive discussion — especially among the politicians who will need to roll up their sleeves and tackle it. They give lip service to debt and deficit reduction, but for the most part, each party is trying to blame the other. This is not just a waste of time, it’s counter-productive. Because a problem of this duration, severity and complexity is not going to be solved without a bipartisan approach. Tackling deficits and the debt always takes a back seat to other priorities: tax cuts and spending increases of all kinds and descriptions. Politicians fall prey to the temptation of saying that economic growth will save us — whether it’s spurred by tax cuts or spending increases. We’ve been fed this line for decades, and it hasn’t worked out yet. To be sure, carefully targeted tax cuts and spending on investments in the economy’s underpinnings — infrastructure, say, or human development — can enhance economic growth. But we’ve had too much that was merely political fodder, and it’s done more

harm than good. What do we do about all of this? “The time to repair the roof,” John F. Kennedy once said, “is when the sun is shining.” That’s why it’s time right now, while the sun is shining on the economy, to repair our fiscal problems. We need to restrain the growth of spending, especially in entitlement programs. And we need to recognize that this most recent tax cut, with its fiscal stimulus and further explosion of debt, is exactly the wrong medicine. Like a lot of problems, the longer we wait to act, the larger and more disruptive the eventual solution will need to be. We’re probably in the most fiscally irresponsible period in recent American history. Debt is a major threat to our preeminence in the world, since it constrains our ability to steer the economy and react forcefully to unexpected events. How we deal with it will be a real test of our constitutional system and our

political system. Can Congress and the President act against the popular grain to cut spending and raise taxes in the public interest? Can we, as citizens, demand credible action by our political leaders even when it hits us in our pocketbooks? What we need to do is no secret: we have to spend less and tax more. This is very hard to do. But the system is not self-correcting. Unless Americans demand action, we will continue down our current road until, at some point, the pavement ends and the wheels come off. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.




‘Celebration of Life’ hosted by Willow Tree Hospice Willow Tree Hospice, based in Kennett Square, hosted a “Celebration of Life” on April 26 at Willowdale Chapel on Unionville Road in Kennett Square. The event is a bi-annual celebration of the patients that Willow Tree Hospice had served during their end-of-life journeys. Music, poems, and liturgy from different religious and ethnic backgrounds were presented by Willow Tree Hospice’s team. Organized by Betsy Beehler, Willow Tree Hospice’s volunteer coordinator, the event brought family, loved ones and Willow Tree team members together. The service was led by Donna DeBussy, one of Willow Tree’s chaplains. Music was provided by the The Clarion Brass

as well as Willow Tree Hospice’s own boardcertified music therapist, Christina O’Brien. Readings such as “Gone from My Sight” by Henry Van Dyke, and “On Death” by Kahlil Gibran conveyed death in a unique light. A sharing of “One Stick, Two Stick,” a story from Native American folklore, reminded the group of the power of unity and how to stand together when times are difficult. One stick snaps easily while a bundle is more resilient. Willow Tree Hospice hosts a Grief Support Group at the Kennett Square YMCA on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to join. To learn more, visit www.

A story from Native American folklore reminded the group of the power of unity and how to stand together when times are difficult.

Music by Christina O’Brien, a music therapist, was featured at the April 26 event.

County receives state funding for transportation projects Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced last week that funding for 82 transportation projects across Pennsylvania has been approved, including four in Chester County and one in nearby Media. The administration awarded $66.8 million through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program called Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside, which provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road

pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes to school projects. The following municipalities received SetAside funding in Chester County: Chadds Ford Township – $1 million for development of a multi-modal trail extending from the

Township Municipal Complex on the south side of U.S. Route 1 to the Village of Chadds Ford at South Creek Road and Station Way Road/North Creek Road; Concord Township – $1.163 million for construction of Phase 1A of the multimodal Octoraro Trail in Concord and Chadds Ford Townships from State Route 202 to Temple Road; East Marlborough Township – $750,000 to improve safety for students, residents, and visitors accessing the Unionville-

Chadds Ford Middle/ High School campus with sidewalks, crosswalks, medians and roadway narrowing; and London Grove Township – $1,280,300 to construct approximately 2,500 feet of sidewalk and curb on the south side of State Road between Prospect Avenue/Wickerton Road (State Route 0841) and Schoolhouse Road, including striped crosswalks and ADA compliant curb ramps at three intersections. of

In addition, the Borough Media received

$400,000 for a stormwater parkette to reduce flooding in north Media through collection and infiltration of stormwater, making streets and sidewalks safer and improving the local water quality. “Building for the future includes improving access to a variety of transportation options and these investments will promote safety and mobility for communities across Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our citizens are taking advantage of an array of trails and improvements

that enhance the state’s quality of life, and these new investments will build on our successes in making Pennsylvania an attractive place to live and work,” Richards added. PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.



Barnhart hurls Red Devils to 10-3 victory Avon Grove improves to 16-3

By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Rachel Butler, the starting pitcher for the Avon Grove softball team for the past two seasons, sat in the dugout for the entirety of the May 14 game at Unionville, peeking occasionally at the bandaged finger on her left hand, which she had injured in a game a week ago. While the momentary setback kept Butler out of the game – she’ll be back in action next week – her replacement, Lexi Barnhart, tossed a four-hit, completegame performance in a 10-3 win over the Indians, in a game that was highlighted by two hitting outbursts that brought seven runs across the plate for the Red Devils. “Going into the game, I was thinking that our pitcher is down, and I need to lift the team back up,” said Barnhart, who pitched five scoreless innings. “When a pitcher goes down, it’s difficult, so I needed to come in there and do my best for the team.” “I’ve always had conf idence in Lexi,” Butler said. “She’s always done a great job, and always plays well when we need her to.

She’s clutch, not only today but in other games when she’s finished for us.” While Bar nhar t breezed through her first two innings, her teammates jumped on the board early, when Carly Raymond cracked a two-out single in the first that drove in Allyson Wallauer, who had singled and stolen second base. After a scoreless second, the Red Devils pushed three runs across in their third, when Raymond walked to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third base on a sacrifice fly by Barnhart. With two outs, Megan Kristman singled home Raymond, and later scored on a double to right center by Brooke Salisbury. In the bottom of the third, the Indians scored their first run on a single by lead-off batter Analise Griffiths, who then stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on an infield error. With a 4-1 lead in the top of the fourth, Avon Grove eventually chased Unionville starter Sydney Horan with a four-run outburst that began when Sydney Skrzypiec walked and was replaced by

designated runner Becca LeStourgeon, who advanced to second on a passed ball and then to third on an infield single by Mackenzie VanSciver. After a walk to Wallauer, Olivia Kunitsky drove in Skrzypiec, LeStourgeon and Wallauer with a stinging double to right center, and later scored on a single to left by Kristman. Barnhart got into her only trouble in the sixth inning, when the Indians scored twice on a twoout surge that began with a single by relief pitcher Madeline Frich and walk to Amanda Panati, who both scored on a series of infield errors. Avon Grove tacked on insurance runs in the sixth and seventh on a double by Salisbury and single by Kunitsky. With the victory, Avon Grove moved to an overall record of 16-3, which put the team in a tie with West Chester East atop the National Division of the ChesMont, while Unionville fell to 10-8 overall, which put them a game behind West Chester Rustin for the lead in the American Division. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@chestercounty. com.

Mackenzie VanSciver collected two hits in the victory.

Avon Grove’s Lexi Barnhart pitched a complete-game win.

Richard B. Yoder Scholar-Athlete Awards Featuring Guest Speaker Ed Rush

Saturday, June 2, 2018 4:00-6:30 PM

Indian first sacker Jane Dreher gets ready to field her position.

Chester County Sports Hall of Fame announces winners of Scholar-Athlete Award Olivia Paoletti (swimming, Avon Grove High School), male co-winners Bryce De Muth (lacrosse, Avon Grove High School) and Bryce Lauletta (football and lacrosse, Downington-East High School) are the recipients of the second annual Richard B. Yoder High School Scholar-Athlete Award. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship for post-secondary education, each will be listed on the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHOF) website, and each will receive honorary CCSHOF membership. The awards will be presented by Chester County Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and former NBA Director of Officials, Ed Rush, at the Yoder Awards ceremony on June 2 at the West Chester Golf and Country Club. The Hall of Fame established the Yoder Award to recognize a graduating

female and male Chester County scholar-athlete who demonstrated the traits that defined the life and legacy of Richard B. Yoder. Yoder was a lifelong resident of Chester County, and excelled in academics and athletics at West Chester High School and West Chester State College (West Chester University); served his country in the Marine Corps; became a professor and athletic director at his alma mater; was an active member in his church and numerous civic organizations; and was a two-term mayor in West Chester. “My father would be humbled by having his name attached to recognizing Chester County’s outstanding scholar-athlete-leader,” said Susan Yoder Schick, Richard Yoder’s daughter. “Olivia, Bryce, and Bryce are exceptional athletes and students, and have exhibited leadership and

community involvement impressive for their age. Dad would be bursting with pride.” Student-scholar athletes are nominated by their home school for the Yoder Award, which is presented annually by the CCSHOF. Julian McCracken, the group’s president, said, “CCSHOF encourages excellence in academics, athletics and leadership. The Yoder Award is one way we can contribute to the community by recognizing and encouraging the best and the brightest among future generations of Chester County scholarathletes. Dick would be very proud of these three young people.” The award ceremony is open to the public. Tickets are $95 each and may be ordered at: Yoder Award Ceremony, CCSHOF, P.O. Box 30,West Chester, PA 19381, or by contacting Michael Peich (mpeich12@

West Chester Golf & Country Club Hosted by Chester County Sports Hall of Fame Please join the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame to honor Olivia Paoletti (Avon Grove High School), Bryce De Muth (Avon Grove High School), and Bryce Lauletta (Downingtown-East High School) as recipients of the 2018 Richard B. Yoder High School Scholar-Athlete Award. Named in memory of CCSHOF charter member and inductee Richard B. Yoder, the Yoder Award recognizes a male and female graduating high-school student who is an accomplished athlete, scholar and leader, qualities that defined Dick Yoder’s life. Ed Rush began officiating in the National Basketball Association at age 24 while still living in West Chester. During a career that spanned 1966 to 1998 he officiated 1,990 regular season, 247 playoff, and 32 NBA Finals games, as well as five NBA all-star games, the 1987 McDonald’s Championship in Milwaukee, and the 1991 McDonald’s Championship in Paris. After he retired as an official Rush supervised all of the league’s referees as the NBA Director of Officiating from 1998-2004. Rush was one of 50 people to earn the Medallion Award from the National Association of Sports Officials for giving the most back to their sport. A member of the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame, Ed was a student of Richard Yoder’s at West Chester University and always admired Yoder’s commitment to academics and athletics. We are honored to have Ed Rush as our guest speaker. The event is limited to 120 guests who will enjoy an opportunity to meet Ed Rush and the award winners, support the Yoder Award, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Richard B. Yoder Scholar-Athlete Award and are tax deductible.

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FOUR ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY On April 10 at 11:30 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested four people for burglarizing a camper that was parked in the driveway of 152 Mercer Mill Road in London Britain Township. Police reported that the group had been approaching several homes in the area but left when homeowners responded. At the last address, they got no response from the homeowner and tried to force their way into the home. After not succeeding, they broke into a camper in the driveay, removing a TV, soundbar and other items and putting them in their car. Officers from Southern Chester County Regional Police arrived, followed by off icers from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. All four were charged with burglary, theft and associated charges. One of the suspects also was charged with fleeing the scene. Arrested were Aaron Harrison of Elkton, Darryl Glasco of Kennett Square, Kevin Luna-Zavala of Kennett Square, and Mark Shorts of Kennett Square. HIT-AND-RUN ARREST Maria G. RosalesEstrada, 28, of New Castle, Del., was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police


and charged in connection with a hit-and-run accident on March 28 at Newark and Starr roads in New Garden Township. At about 8:23 p.m., police were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident and learned that the at-fault driver had fled the scene without exchanging information with the other operator. A description of the striking vehicle and the operator was provided and the vehicle was located by police about 10 minutes later. DRUG CHARGES AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT On the evening of March 17, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a domestic incident at 107 Circle Drive in West Nottingham Township. A 35-yearold woman was locked inside the home and a man was outside with a baseball bat. The woman allowed troopers into the home to investigate. In the woman’s bedroom, police found a glass smoking pipe on the floor, two digital scales, clear plastic bags and, inside the woman’s purse, three bags containing a crystal substance, plastic wrap containing a white substance, a bag of marijuana, a glass pipe, two hypodermic needles, and a metal grinder. The woman is facing drug charges. ATTEMPTED CAR THEFT On March 31 at about 2:43 a.m., someone driving a light-colored sedan with a loud exhaust opened a 1992 Honda

Accord parked at 15 Wooded Way in New London Township and damaged the steering column while trying to start the vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022. NUDE PHOTOS OF MINOR Pennsylvania State Police Avondale are investigating the case of a 12-year-old boy from West Grove who received nude photos of a 12-yearold girl from West Grove and saved them to his phone in early April. The incident is considered a sex offense. CHARITY SCAM Lenard E. Ruebeck, 26, of New Castle, Del., was charged with several theft offenses by Southern Chester County Regional Police following an investigation into a report that he scammed students at Kennett Middle School. Ruebeck allegedly got the students to make donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, only to deposit the donated money, totaling $123, into his own checking account. The school administration reported that between August and November of 2017, Ruebeck ran a fundraiser for the LLS by informing students about diseases, through seminars at the school. CASH TAKEN FROM WALLET On March 29, a 60-yearold West Chester man left a wallet and cellphone at a business in East Marlborough Township. When he returned to

collect them, an employee told him that an elderly woman had turned in the wallet and phone after finding them. The man found that $1,000 in cash that was in the wallet was missing, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. CAR DAMAGED Kennett Square Police reported that on April 10 between 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., a vehicle parked at Elm and Linden streets in Kennett Square had its rear passenger-side window broken out. Nothing was missing from the vehicle, according to police. ATTEMPTED BURGLARY A business in the 200 block of South Washington Street had glass in the front window broken and the front door bent overnight on April 4, according to Kennett Square Police. Nothing was stolen from the business. ASSAULT ARREST Kennett Square Police arrested Luis Guzman-Rivera, 26, of Kennett Square, for assault, strangulation, recklessly endangerment, harassment and terroristic threats after an incident in the 200 block of South Walnut Street on the night of April 11. He was arraigned and bail was set at $25,000 cash. Unable to post bail, he was taken to Chester County Prison. HEROIN DELIVERY ARREST Jamie Billman, 40, of Lancaster, was charged by Southern Chester County Regional Police

with drug violations and reckless endangerment after a nearly yearlong investigation into the delivery of heroin into the Bowling Green Brandywine Treatment Center through the U.S. Mail. The incident occurred on April 11, 2017 at 1375 Newark Road in New Garden Township. Police were dispatched to the location for a medical emergency. DUI CHARGES AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT A 39-year-old West Grove woman was charged with DUI after she drove into a field in the early morning of Feb. 26. She had tried to commit suicide by drinking NyQuil and antifreeze. She was taken to Chester County Hospital for treatment and evaluation. DRUG ARREST Kennett Square Police filed charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and several vehicle code violations for Andres Ceja, 20, of Landenberg, after a traffic stop on April 1 in the 100 block of South Willow Street. On April 12, Ceja turned himself in to police on the warrant for his arrest and was arraigned. Unable to pay the bail of $25,000, he was taken to Chester County Prison. ASSAULT AT SCHOOL A 13-year-old boy has been charged with assault by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale after an incident on Feb.

1 at Octorara Junior High School. According to police, the boy attacked the victim in a bathroom, punching him and throwing his personal items into the toilet and sink. The incident was recorded on video. The suspect will be charged with assault. DRUG CHARGES Michael K. Horkey, 33, of Newark, Del., was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police and faces drug charges and a traff ic offense. The incident occurred on April 5 on Prospect Avenue in West Grove Borough. The 2004 Toyota that Horkey was driving was stopped for speeding. Police detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search produced marijuana and related drug paraphernalia in several locations inside the vehicle. THREATS AND HARASSMENT Edward J. Ienner, Jr., 52, of Landenberg, was charged with terroristic threats and harassment following a series a threatening text messages and voicemails that he is alleged to have sent to a victim over a 13-hour period between March 28 and 29. The victim gave police the actual messages sent by Ienner. An arrest warrant was obtained and Ienner surrendered to Southern Chester County Police on March 30. He was arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing.







MAY 19 11AM - 1PM EXTENDED SPRING HOURS Monday - Friday 7:30a - 6p Saturday 7:30a - 3p

Jenner’s Pond recruiting fair will be held on Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. It will be located in the Alison Theater (lower level of the Alison building), 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390

Atlantic Tractor of Oxford 150 Whiteside Drive Oxford, PA 19363 | (877) 746-2656 1 Offer valid on new 1023E Compact Tractor purchases made before July 27, 2018. Prices and model availability may vary by dealer. Subject to approved installment credit with John Deere Financial. Monthly payment of $99.00 based upon 20% down plus 0.0% for 84 months on the 1023E Compact Tractor. Taxes, setup, delivery, freight, and preparation charges not included. Eligibility for the down payment offer is limited to qualified customers and scheduled monthly payments will be required. Some restrictions apply; other special rates and terms may be available, so see your dealer for details and other financing options. Valid only at participating US dealers. 2 6 year/2000 hour (whichever comes first). See the Limited Warranty for New John Deere Turf & Utility Equipment at dealer for details.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kennett Run 2018: A true Kennett Square race Annual event will be held May 19 By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer For several years, the annual Kennett Run began on one side of town and ended on the other. In 2017, however, organizers threw a giant wrinkle into the fabric of a long tradition and the results were spectacular. For the first time, the race began and ended at Anson B. Nixon Park, to the delight of spectators, who got to see their friends and family walk or run past downtown merchants. The 29th annual Kennett Run on May 19 will follow the same course, because nothing says “Kennett Square” like a tour down State Street. “The former routes would go up Route 82 and in the Kennett Golf Course, so competitors never really got to see downtown,” said Chris Daney, the president of Kennett Run Charities.

“So we thought, ‘Let’s show off Anson B. Nixon Park as more than just a finish, but as a starting place as well. Let’s also showcase State Street on a Saturday morning, to create a community event where people could line the streets and cheer on the runners and walkers on.’” In its 29 years, backed by an enthusiastic board of directors and a town that has embraced their efforts, Kennett Run Charities, Inc., has granted more than $1.1 million to local organizations since 1990 – funding that has created opportunities for thousands of residents in the Kennett Square area. “The power of these contributions is seen every day in our community,” said race director J.J. Simon. “It creates a continuing and positive cycle that continues to build momentum with each contribution. At first, one person receives

an opportunity, and then, through that opportunity, he or she is able to help another person and then another person, and so on. Kennett Run Charities has created a ‘give-give-give’ effect.” This continuum of caring extends far beyond grants and donations. This year, Kennett Run Charities, Inc., has helped defray the cost of muchneeded repairs along the race path in Anson B. Nixon Park, and is providing ten free Kennett Run entries to four local organizations this year: La Communidad Hispana, the After-theBell Program at Kennett Middle School, the WIN program at the Kennett Consolidated School District, and the Garage Community and Youth Center. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Members of the Kennett High School football team loaned their muscle and enthusiasm to last year’s event.

The Kennett Run draws competitors from several running associations.

The Kennett Run regularly sees several mother-anddaughter partnerships.

Runners and walkers will again begin and finish at Anson B. Nixon Park.

The Kennett Run is truly a family race.

For the second year, the Kennett Run will travel along State Street

Hugs and smiles are plentiful at the Party in the Park.




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W. FRANK STEELE W. Frank Steele, 92, of West Grove, passed away on May 9. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn Fisher Steele, with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. Born in Russellville, Pa., in 1925, he was the son of the late J. Herman and Velva Gordon Steele. Frank’s mother Velva died when he was six months old and he and his brother John were raised in the Russellville home of his uncle and aunt, Harold and Mary Steele Gordon. Frank was a 1944 graduate of Oxford High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. Upon discharge from the service, Frank began his career working for his Uncle George at Steele’s Chevrolet in Clifton Heights. He would spend the majority of his working years as a parts manager in Chevrolet dealerships, including Colonial Chevrolet in Wilmington, Del. For a number of years, he was a home delivery milkman for Pensupreme Dairy in Avondale. Upon retirement, Frank worked part-time for Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. Frank was a member of West Grove Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the Avon Grove Lions Club, served as chapter president in 1995, and was recently honored with the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. In addition to his wife, Kathryn, Frank is survived by his three sons, George B. Steele II and his wife Gale of Lincoln University, R. Scott Steele of West Grove, and William H. Steele and his wife Becky of Lincoln University; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John H. Steele; and daughter-in-law, Lorrie Steele. A funeral was held May 14. Interment was in Beulah Baptist Church cemetery in Russellville, Pa. Contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W Evergreen Street, West Grove, PA 19390. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

MARY ELIZABETH GEORGIA STEVENS Mary Elizabeth Georgia Stevens was born in St. Marys, Pa., in 1921 and died in her sleep at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square on April 22. She was the younger child of Willis Scudder Georgia and Vera Scott Georgia. She graduated from Altoona High School in 1939 and attended The Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh and Temple University. She was the widow of John Pfouts Stevens, Jr., who predeceased her in their 67th year of marriage on June 16, 2007. She is survived by three sons, John Pfouts Stevens, III, Scudder Georgia Stevens, and Peter Jeffrey Stevens; and their respective spouses, Reiko Haraguchi Stevens, Mary Claire Jackson Stevens, and Kimberly Moore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Betty found joy in her family, her church, her books, her music and art, and her bridge table. She won prizes for the short stories she wrote and the needlepoint art she created. As an adamant advocate for the education of her family, she generously supported their efforts to attain a higher education. Betty was a social person and thrived in her interactions with friends, neighbors and family. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Lemoyne Civic Club, the Camp Hill Civic Club and the Camp Hill Womens Club. She lived her spiritual life continuously, and was a member of the Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon. Betty embraced performing in the choirs of the various churches to which she belonged. She enjoyed history and genealogy, and was a wry observer of the consequences of the actions of mankind. History was alive for her through her memberships in the Cumberland County DAR and the Scudder Association, where she served on its Board of Directors for a number of years. A memorial service was held May 12. On July 21 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at St. John’s Chapel in Laporte, Pa., followed by the interment of her ashes with her husband’s at the family grave site in Jersey Shore, Pa. In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to the Kendal Crosslands Arboretum Fund (P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348).

JOHN SOLITARIO John “Rocky” Solitario, 86, of Wilmington, Del., passed away on May 6 at the Chester County Hospital. Born in Phoenixville, he was the son of the late John Solitario and the late Mary Vincent Solitario. Rocky was a self-employed landscaper. Prior to that, he was in the excavation and construction business. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed gardening, watching sports on TV, and enjoyed being with his family and friends. In his earlier years he was a Golden Gloves Champion and also was a semi-pro baseball and rootball player. He is survived by three children, Constance Lee Morrell and her husband Steven of Denver, Colo., JoAnne Stephens and her life partner John Berster of Wilmington, Del., and Patrick E. Solitario and his wife Lane J. of Lancaster; one sister, Frances Maute of Royersford; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters. A service was held May 12. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

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John F. Crossan, 81, of Oxford, formerly of Malvern, passed away on May 7 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. He was the husband of the late Bonnie May Jones Crossan and Angelina Spector Crossan. Born in Bryn Mawr, he was the son of the late James Joseph and Mary Josephine Ford Crossan. John graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in 1956. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957-1959. John graduated from Temple University in 1962 with an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Technology. He was employed with several electronic firms including Westinghouse Electric, and in 1966 was employed with GE Missile and Space Division in Valley Forge as an engineer. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford, and the Senior Circle at Jennersville Regional Hospital, where John volunteered with his late wife, Angel. He is survived by one daughter, Bonnie M. Davison (Daniel) of Oxford; four stepchildren, Thomas Spector (Susan), Drew Spector, Christopher Spector and Justine Somani (Jerryl.); one grandson; seven step-grandchildren; and one sister, Barbara Gorbey of Garnet Valley. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Crossan. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Holt International Children’s Services, 250 Country Club Road, Eugene, OR 97401. Online condolences may be made at www.

MARY KATHLEEN BADGER HUGHES Mary Kathleen Badger Hughes, 89, of West Grove, died on May 7 at her home in West Grove. She was the wife of Lee Hughes, who died in 2015, and with whom she shared 61 years of marriage. Born in Ash County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William and Cora Thompson Badger. Mary was a machine operator for DenneyReyburn Tag Company in West Chester for over 30 years. She enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting and cooking. Survivors include two daughters, Sandy and Pamela (Andy); one granddaughter; one grandson; and a great-grandson. A funeral was held May 12. Interment was in New London Presbyterian Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit

May 26 Buffet breakfast Oxford United Methodist Church (18 Addison St., Oxford) hosts its monthly buffet breakfast for the community on May 26 from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit,

sausage and bacon, roasted potatoes, sausage gravy and more. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 10. Call 610-932-9698 for more information. June 9 Pancake breakfast On June 9, West Grove United Methodist Church (300 N. Guernsey Rd., West Grove) will host a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $6 in advance (children 3 and younger free) and include an all-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, sausage, fruit cup, juice, coffee, and tea. Tickets can be purchased by calling 610-869-9334, and will be available at the door.

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WILLIAM F. MALONEY, JR. William “Bill” F. Maloney, Jr., 70, of West Grove, passed away on May 11 at his residence. He was the husband of Mary Ann Frabriso Maloney, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late William F. Maloney, Sr., and the late Virginia Dyson Maloney. Bill was a self-employed clinical social worker. He was a member of Resurrection Parish in Wilmington, Del. He enjoyed doing landscaping, home projects, kayaking and was an avid skier, and he enjoyed being with his family and friends. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Virginia Maloney-Keagle and her husband Doug of Chevy Chase, Md.; one brother, Mark Maloney of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Marian Babbidge of Castro Valley, Calif.; and one granddaughter. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 at Resurrection Parish (3000 Videre Drive, Skyline Ridge, Wilmington, Del.). His funeral mass will follow at noon. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

GARRY WADE MILLER Garry Wade Miller, 64, of Flowery Branch, Ga., passed away on April 28 at Emory University Hospital, surrounded by his family. Garry was born in 1954 in Warrensville, N.C., to Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller and the late Ellsworth “Bill” Miller. He spent his childhood and early adulthood in West Grove, Pa. Garry married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1992. Immediately after getting married, the two of them moved to Winter Haven, Fla. After residing in Florida for five years, they moved to Flowery Branch, Ga., where they spent the next 20 years creating a happy home. Garry loved life and left friends wherever he went. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Miller; his mother, Bobbie Sue Ashby Miller; children, Samantha Miller-Hall, Gregory Miller, Nicole Beers, and Morgan Beers; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Karen Blackburn, Randy and Debbie Miller, Cathy and Donnie Codgill, and Robin and Jeff McKenna. A memorial service will be held on May 19 at 1 p.m. at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Peach Bottom, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Emory University Hospital/Transplant Wing, 1364 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. Send online condolences to www.

RAYMOND D. MCGOVERN, SR. Raymond D. McGovern, Sr., 82, of West Grove, passed away on May 8 at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Coatesville. Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Howard McGovern and the late Helen Moran McGovern. Raymond was a security officer at Longwood Gardens, retiring in 2015 after 40 years of service. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, The Italian American Club, VFW Post No. 5467, and the Knights of Columbus, all in Kennett Square. Raymond enjoyed traveling, watching the Phillies and Eagles play, and being with his family and friends. He is survived by one daughter, Denise Charbonnier and her husband Paul, Jr., of Pequea, Pa.; one son, R, Mark McGovern, Jr., of Willow Street; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. May 17 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St Patrick Catholic Church (212 Meredith St., Kennett Square). Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Coatesville VA Medical Center Hospice, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. To view his online tribute or to share a memory with his family, visit

For the eighth year, the Chester County Open Studio Tour will give art collectors and the curious the rare opportunity to meet some of the best artists in their studios, observe the creative process and purchase distinctive creations. On May 19 and 20, 154 artists in 64 studios will exhibit works in different mediums such as painting, sculpture, jewelr y, photography, clay, glass, paper and fiber – and all artists will be on hand to talk about their work and meet buyers and browsers alike. The tour is free on May 19 from 10 a.m. until 6

Through May 31 ‘Everyday Moments’ Square Pear Fine Art Gallery (200 E. State St., Kennett Square) continues “Everyday Moments,” a show of paintings and sculpture by Daniel Chow, Kathleen Friedenberg, Olga Nielsen, Cheryl Elmo, Cheryl Schlenker, Al Moretti, Kimberly Hoescht and others, through May 31. Call 484-883-5429 or email squarepeargallery@ for more information. Through May 19 Solo show by NJ DeVico Bookplace (2373 Baltimore Pike, Oxford) hosts a show of oil pastels by New Jersey artist NJ DeVico through May 14. Gallery hours are Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 717-715-4775 or visit www.bookplaceoxford. com. Through May 26 ‘Art of the Forge’ “Art of the Forge with a Touch of Earth,” featuring metal and clay sculptures by a variety of regional artists, continues through May 26 at the Oxford Arts Alliance (30 S. Third St., Oxford). The show will be part of the Chester County Studio Tour on May 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A closing reception is scheduled May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 610-467-0301 or visit Through June 2 ‘Wyeth to Warhol: Modern Masters’

CALLING ALL VETERANS AND THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT OUR VETERANS Zerbe Retirement Community - 2499 Zerbe Road, Narvon, PA

Third Annual Outdoor Spring Speaker Event Wednesday May 23, 10 a.m. (rain date is the next day)

featuring C. Ivan Stoltzfus, from Honey Brook Following his talk, we will be offering tours of our cottages, lunch from Mission BBQ and a Silent Auction - the proceeds to benefit our veterans who have been wounded and those who suffer from PTSD C. Ivan Stoltzfus drove his 1948 John Deere tractor across the USA twice to raise awareness and money for our wounded veterans. Please join us to hear his incredible story and to participate in our silent auction to benefit his charity, "Across America for Wounded Heroes". Lunch provided by Mission BBQ. Registration is a must by May 18th. Please email Lynne at or give her a call 717-445-8741

The studio of artist Nanci Hersh will be part of the Chester County Open Studio Tour on May 19 and 20.

p.m., and May 20 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. For a map, visit www.

chestercountystudiotour. com. Handicappedaccessible studios are

marked on the studio pages in the catalog and on the website.

Somerville Manning Gallery (101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, Del.) will present the exhibition “Wyeth to Warhol: Modern Masters From Past and Present” through June 2. The show juxtaposes the artworks of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth with the artists of their respective eras, including current. Along with paintings by N.C. Wyeth will be works by Maurice Prendergast and Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Edward Redfield and Hugh H. Breckenridge, Jane Peterson, Arthur Dove, Milton Avery, Andrew Wyeth, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, David Hockney, Wolf Kahn, Jamie

Wyeth and Andy Warhol, along with Bo Bartlett and Robert Cottingham. Visit www.somervillemanning. com for more information.

show The Station Gallery (3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Del.) hosts “Variations,” a show of new pastels by Mary Pritchard, through May 25. Call 302654-8638 or visit www.

Through May 26 Harry Dunn tribute The Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery (23 N. High St., West Chester) will host “A Tribute to Harry Dunn” through May 26. The show features nearly 100 of Dunn’s colorful, nostalgic and whimsical paintings, representing 50 years of his career. For information, call 610-692-0374 or email sandy@sunsethilljewelers. com. Through May 25 Mary Pritchard solo

Through May 30 Brett Walker solo show The Blue Streak Gallery (1721-1723 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, Del.) will host a show of new paintings by West Chester artist Brett Walker through May 30. Walker will also appear at the gallery for a book signing and talk on May 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 302-429-0506 for more information.


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• Pre-registration is not required. • Upon arrival at your facility of choice, ask for the HR Department at the front entrance. For current openings and to learn more about us, visit: Can’t make the Meet & Greet? Attend our Virtual Career Fair on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm For details and to register, visit:

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm For details and to register, visit: Advancing Health. Transforming Lives. Tower Health is a strong, regional, integrated healthcare system that offers leadingedge, compassionate healthcare and wellness services across Eastern Pennsylvania. We bring together more than 11,000 dedicated team members, 2,000 nationally recognized physicians, specialists, and providers across 65 convenient locations. Together, our six hospitals and other entities offer a full range of medical care to the communities we serve. Here, we know that advancing the quality of care will transform the quality of life.

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May 18 Open Mic Night Flickerwood Wine Cellars and Twisted Treats (33 S. Third St., Oxford) is hosting an open mic night on May 18 at 7 p.m. The winning performer will kick off the Connective Arts and Musical Festival on Aug. 4 in downtown Oxford. The Oxford Arts Alliance will supply sound, a drum set, waiting room and other instruments at the open mic night. Sign-ups are Thursday nights at Flickerwood. Call 610932-9498 for more information. May 19 Second Opinion free concert Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church (101 Old Kennett Rd., Wilmington, Del., across from Winterthur) hosts Second Opinion in concert on May 19 at 7 p.m. The electric piano and guitar duo features Paul Boris and Chris Braddock, known as performers and as faculty at The Music School of Delaware. They play originals and standards, jazz, world music, rock and singersongwriter styles. Admission and parking are free. Visit May 19 Sky tour Members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will guide visitors of all ages through the night sky on May 19 starting at 8:30 p.m. Bring a small flashlight, dress for the weather, and meet at the Tino Leto Athletic Fields (North Walnut Street, near the main Nixon Park entrance). Several telescopes will be set up for viewing, and the night sky will be explored using a green laser light. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Don Knabb (observing@ccas. us or 484-888-1831). For park information, contact Pete (610444-4479 or pjkjr7@gmail.


Two events at Oxford Regional Park on May 19 The spectacular refurbished fountains at Longwood Gardens are spotlighted through the fall. Timed tickets are available now at

com). May 20 Combined choir concert Unionville Presbyterian Church (815 Wollaston Rd., Kennett Square) hosts a concert on May 20 featuring the choirs of Unionville, Doe Run and Bethany Presbyterian churches. There will be a dessert reception after the concert. An offering will be taken to support Family Promise of Southern Chester County, which works to alleviate homelessness for families in the local community. For more information, call 610-347-2327. May 21 and 22 Student art show Avon Grove High School will host the Avon Grove School District Art Show on May 21 and 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Artwork by students in Penn London Elementary School, Avon Grove Intermediate School, Fred S. Engle Middle School and Avon Grove High School will be displayed. There will be pottery making demonstrations. Admission is free. Visit for more information. June 23 ‘50s dance party fundraiser The Oxford Arts Alliance Annual Fundraiser will be a ‘50s Dance Party on June 23 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Rockey Hill Farm (1140 Chrome Rd., Oxford).

There will be a themed table decorating contest, a live auction, dinner, beer and wine, and dancing to a DJ. Tickets are $75, with options for groups. For ticket information, visit dance-party-tickets. Through Sept. 30 Festival of Fountains Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square) has daily fountain shows, live music in the Beer Garden on weekends, Fireworks and Fountains shows on six nights, and an outdoor performing arts series, continuing through Sept. 30. General gardens admission, by timed ticket, is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors over 62, $12 for ages 5 to 18, free for children 4 and younger. Visit www. for more information and tickets. Kennett Flash schedule The Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) hosts regional and national artists. Tickets are available in advance at www., or at the door. Snacks and beverages are sold, or guests can BYOB. The schedule includes: Matthew Ryan with Sammy Kay (May 16, 8 p.m., $15); Mason Porter and Friends present Bob Dylan Birthday Bash (May 18, 8 p.m., $18 and $22); Jim Kweskin (May 19, 8 p.m., $25 and $28);

Open Mic with Julia Johnson (May 20, 7 p.m., $4); Twisted Pine EP release show with Upstate Rubdown (May 24, 8 p.m., $15 and $18); Chloe Likes Olivia with Sandboxing and The World Without Us (May 25, 8 p.m., $10 and $14); Mark Unruh (June 1, 8 p.m., $20 and $24); Warchild: Jethro Tull tribute band (June 2, 8 p.m., $23 and $27); Kategory 5 – Rewind to Vinyl with Kaleigh Kahan (June 8, 8 p.m., $18 and $22); Stringsongs featuring Tim Farrell, Michael Manring and Pat Robinson with Master Class (June 9, 8 p.m., $25 and $40); Backtrack (June 14, 8 p.m., $16 and $20); Better Than Bacon imorov comedy troupe (June 15, 8 p.m., $11 and $20); We Kids Rock live show (June 16, 11:30 a.m., $10 and $14); Ben Caplan (June 16, 8 p.m., $15 and $18); Countdown to Ecstasy – Steely Dan tribute band (June 22, 8 p.m., $30 and $35); Jeffrey Gaines CD release party (June 29, 8 p.m., $22 and $25); Eilen Jewell (July 14, 8 p.m., $22 and $26). To submit items to the Calendar of Events, e-mail jchambless@chestercounty. com. There is no charge. Not every submission can be included. Items should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.

The Oxford Area Recreation Authority (OARA) will hold two events at the Oxford Area Regional Park on May 19. Kids can enjoy a free day of fun activities at OARA’s second annual Kids To Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., then stay for the grand opening of OARA’s new dog park, with the celebration running from noon to 4 p.m. The day begins with Kids To Park, a nationwide effort to encourage children to get outdoors and play. This free event for the entire community is hosted by the OARA. Scheduled activities include a craft led by volunteers from the Oxford Arts Alliance, pony rides, face painting, and a display of police and fire vehicles. Bring your own kite or drone to fly, and take part in a friendly kickball game at 11 a.m. There will be a free picnic lunch at noon, with hot dogs cooked by Bull Dawg Barbeque, snacks and water. As Kids To Park is winding down, the celebration will be starting for the grand opening of the new dog park. Construction of the park has been made possible by an anonymous donor. Member municipalities, along with local businesses

and individuals, have contributed to amenities such as trees, benches, plants, and dog agility elements. A ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. will officially open the park, but there will be plenty to do all afternoon. Keystone Animal Hospital has helped OARA organize a day of activities, with many informational booths and vendors related to animal health and care. There will be food vendors, children’s games and a chance to take a stroll with your dog on the walking path. This will also be the kickoff event for the OARA’s new fundraising brick sale. Bricks in two sizes may be printed with the message you wish, such as your family name, good wishes, in memory of a loved one or pet, or feature your company name and logo. Brick sales will end in August. In September, the bricks will be laid to cover the dog park vestibule. Both Kids to Park and the dog park grand opening will be held rain or shine, with the park pavilion and a tent set up for the day. Oxford Area Regional Park is at 900 W. Locust St. For more information, visit the Facebook page Oxford Area Recreation Authority.


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Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Katherine A. Loffredo , Executrix for the ESTATE OF Whitenack, Lillie G., dec’d.,Late of Honey Brook , Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having claims or demands against the Estate are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay c/o Good & Harris, LLP, 132 West Main Street,, New Holland, PA 17557, Attorneys: Good & Harris, LLP 5p-2-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Mark S. Frybarger , Executor for the Estate of Joan M., Frybarger, dec’d.,Late of West Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having claims or demands against the Estate are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay c/o Good & Harris, LLP, 132 West Main Street,, New Holland, PA 17557, Attorneys: Good & Harris, LLP 5p-9-3t


ESTATE OF Florence J. Laffey, also known as Florence Johnson Laffey, late of West Fallowfield, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above named Florence J. Laffey having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: Elmer F. Laffey, Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street Address, P.O. Box 381 Oxford, PA 19363 5p-9-3t


NOTICE OF PETITION TO CHANGE NAME. IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA No. 17-07436-NC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on July 27, 2017, the petition of Analise Maisie Linton, was filed in the above named court, praying for a decree to change his name to Analise Maisie Smith. The court has fixed the day of July 17, 2018 at 9:30am in Courtroom # 7, Chester County Justice Center, 201 W. Market Street West Chester, Pennsylvania, as the time and place for the hearing of said petition, when and where all persons interested may appear and show cause, if any, why the request of the said petitioner should not be granted. 5p-16-1t



District is soliciting bids for replacements of certain sections of the roof at Greenwood Elementary and Kennett High School to be done this summer. Bid documents may be obtained by contacting the office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (roofing consultant) at 609-799-7799 or may be obtained at the mandatory pre-bid meeting. The charge for a set of bid documents is $30.00 and is non-refundable. All work and materials must be in conformance to the bid documents. Checks for the bid documents are to be made payable to Kennett Consolidated School District, but should be mailed to Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. The mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 3:30 PM on May 23, 2018 in the Auditorium of Kennett High School located at 100 E. South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Bidders are to meet in front of the Bus Garage whose address is 200 E. South Street, PA 19348. An employee or owner of the bidding entity must attend the mandatory pre-bid meeting as one of the criteria for the bidder to be deemed responsive. Another criteria for a bidder to be deemed responsive is that they must self-perform the roofing work. It cannot be sub-contracted out. Sealed bids are to be sent to Kennett Consolidated School District, 300 E. South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Sealed bids are to be plainly identified on the outside with the words “Sealed Bid – Roof Replacement – Kennett High School” and/or “Sealed Bid – Roof Replacement – Greenwood Elementary”. They must also be identified with the name of the bidder. Sealed bids must be received no later than 3:30 PM on June 1, 2018 at the District Office of the Kennett Consolidated School District located at 300 E. South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348, at which time they will be opened and the name of each bidder and the amount will be read aloud. Mark T. Tracy, Board Secretary 5p-16-3t


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Estate of SALVATORE MILUZZO aka SAM MILUZZO, Deceased. Late of Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania. Notice is hereby given that, in the estate of the decedent set forth below, the Register of Wills has granted Letters of Administration to the persons named. All persons having claims against said estate are requested to make known the same to them or their attorney and all persons indebted to said decedent is requested to make payment without delay to the executors named below. EXECUTOR: John Miluzzo, 265 Landons Way, Guilford, CT 06437 C/O ATTORNEY: Robert J. Reilley, Jr., Esquire, BELLO, REILLEY, MCGRORY & DiPIPPO, P.C., 144 East DeKalb Pike, Suite 300, King of Prussia, PA 19406 5p-16-3t


An application for registration of the fictitious name IDM Bookkeeping Services 311 Roberts Ln West Chester PA 19382 has been filed in the Department of State at Harrisburg, PA, pursuant to the Fictitious Names Act, Act 1982-295. The name and address of the person who is a party to the registration is Caterina Alejandra Vilches Ortiz President, 311 Roberts Ln WEst Chester PA 19382 5p-16-1t

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An application for registration of the fictitious name Penn Land Development, 1055 Westlakes Dr., Ste. 300, Berwyn, PA 19312, was filed in the Department of State at Harrisburg, PA, April 26, 2018, pursuant to the Fictitious Names Act, Act 1982-295. The name and address of the person who is a party to the registration is Nader Ayoub, 1055 Westlakes Dr., Ste. 300, Berwyn, PA 19312. LareDiaz, One Liberty Place, 1650 Market Street, Suite 3600, Phila-

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Penn’s Grove Earlyact Club makes impact locally and globally The Penn’s Grove School chapter of EarlyAct, a youth community service club of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club, recently completed two of the club’s three required projects for the school year. One project must provide a service at the school level, one must impact the local community and one must have a global focus. As its community project, the seventh and eighth grade EarlyAct members chose to help support local resident Ruth Jenkins, who has for

many years worked to rescue cats and dogs from dangerous situations and find them loving, forever homes. Jenkins also coordinates the capture of feral cats, which are spayed or neutered and returned to the outdoors. Jenkins also maintains a Facebook page, Lost and Found Pets of Oxford and Vicinity, where tips about lost, found, or stray pets can be posted. The Penn’s Grove club members held a drive to collect pet supplies which were donated to Jenkins to help care and feed for the pets she rescues

while they await new homes at the La Mancha Animal Rescue in Unionville. They also teamed up with Student Council to have admission fees to a school dance go toward the Ruth Jenkins Fund at Elk Creek Veterinary Services in Oxford. Over $300 was raised, which will help the Elk Creek staff provide any needed medical services to the pets rescued by Jenkins. For their global project, the EarlyAct members decided to participate in the Hot Wheels from Heaven initiative sponsored by the

Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation. Through the project, the Foundation has sent many thousands of Hot Wheels cars to children’s hospitals in all 50 states where they can be enjoyed by young patients fighting leukemia, lymphoma and cancer. Affixed to each package is a gold sticker that reads, “If you found this Hot Wheels From Heaven, please keep it,” and asks the recipient to like the Foundation’s Facebook page and to post a photo with the Hot Wheels car. Oxford resident Paul Matthews, president of the

Eli Seth Matthews Foundation, said that many friends of the Foundation have purchased Hot Wheels, placed the stickers on the packages, and left them in random spots around the world. The EarlyAct Club held a drive to collect 530 Hot Wheels cars which will have the gold stickers placed on the packaging and be available to students and staff to leave behind wherever they travel this summer. “When people find one of the

Hot Wheels cars, they will take a photo of themselves with the car and post it on our page,” said Mr. Matthews, whose son Eli worked tirelessly to raise money in the fight against leukemia before dying of the disease in 2011 at age nine. “Eli loved Hot Wheels, and this is a simple way of telling his story and continuing his desire to raise awareness of childhood cancer. It has been awesome.”

KHS Reading Olympics team brings home red ribbon

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Seventh and eighth grade members of the Penn’s Grove School EarlyAct Club with the more than 500 Hot Wheels cars they collected for the Hot Wheels From Heaven project of the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation. Front from left are Jimmy Sapp, Elizabeth Evans-Ralston, Makenzie Lane, Aiden Merges, Megan Berg and Marissa Berg; standing from left are Rachel Sedlak, Ally Pennington, Brianna Santos, Nikki Shelderfer, Michael Stephansky, faculty adviser Jenn Bartnik, parent volunteer Jennifer Berg, Miranda Berg and Paul Matthews, president of the Eli Seth Matthews Foundation.

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Seventh and eighth grade members of the Penn’s Grove School EarlyAct Club with the pet supplies they recently donated for the animal rescue efforts coordinated by Oxford resident Ruth Jenkins. Front from left are Jimmy Sapp, Brianna Santos, Elizabeth Evans-Ralston, Makenzie Lane, Ally Pennington, Gina Martinelli and Hayley McCoy; standing from left are Marissa Berg, Megan Berg, Michael Stephansky, Luke Russell, faculty adviser Jenn Bartnik, parent volunteer Jennifer Berg, Ruth Jenkins, Nikki Shelderfer, Rachel Sedlak, Aiden Merges and Miranda Berg.

Eight Kennett High School students, led by senior captain Cindy Zern, brought home a red ribbon from the Chester County Intermediate Unit Reading Olympics on April 25. Several teams from around the county participated in the competition at the Intermediate Unit in Downingtown. Reading Olympics teams received a list of 45 titles in the fall and had from September to April to read all of the books. Kennett’s team decided to divide the list, and each member read a minimum of four to five books, though some members read nearly all of them. On the day of the competition, teams are asked questions from every book and are awarded one point for each correct answer. To earn the red ribbon, teams must answer at least 40 questions correctly. “The kids always say it’s

really fun,” said Lisa Teixeira, Kennett High School librarian and Reading Olympics team advisor. “Despite lastminute scheduling conflicts for several team members, the remaining members truly stepped up. It’s such a positive experience for students who enjoy reading and competing.” Senior captain Cindy Zern added, “We had a very cohesive and productive team with many returning members which allowed us to work well together. Although we were a small group, we worked hard and most importantly shared a common love for reading, and it paid off during the competition.” The team also included Emely Camacho, Daniela Carmona, Hailey Chandlee, Lily Ehren, James Hanby, Lauren Sugar, Angele Vazquez, and Jennifer Zavala.

Avon Grove Lions Club selects Student of the Year

From left: Lions president Eric Hansen, brother Jimmy Coyms, Rebekah Comyns, mother Linda Comyns, sister Jennifer Comyns, and Avon Grove Charter School principal Blase Maitland.

The Avon Grove Lions Club Student of the Year from the Avon Grove Charter School is Rebekah Comyns. She is the daughter of Linda Comyns. Rebekah has more than 171 hours of community service. Throughout her high-school career, she has volunteered with many organizations and programs at school, such as the Wolfpack Mentoring Program, Community Service Club, and National Honor Society. Outside of school, she is involved in her church. She is on the Student Leader Team for her youth group, she has been a teacher’s assistant

every summer at my church’s vacation Bible school, and has gone on three mission trips - once to Pittsburgh and twice to Joni and Friends Family Retreat for people with disabilities. She has volunteered with Family Promise at her church for people who are homeless, at Urban Promise Wilmington, and at Project Cure to sort medical supplies. After high school, she plans to attend a four-year college, Liberty University, and major in studio art and minor in psychology. She eventually wants to become an art therapist.




Atkinson promoted to rank of Lt. Colonel in U.S. Air Force Major Philip Atkinson, of the United States Air Force, was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, effective May 1, in a ceremony officiated by Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow. Lt. Col. Atkinson is from Kirkwood, Pa. and a 1998 graduate of Solanco High School. He is the son of the late Rev. Theodore S. Atkinson and Kay Z. Atkinson of Kirkwood, Pa. Atkinson is a counterweapons of mass destruction planner in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He earned his commission in 2003 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. After entering active duty, he attended joint strike undergraduate navigator training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, earning his wings in 2004. After winging, he was selected to become a

B-1B Lancer weapon systems officer at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas. Atkinson arrived at Dyess Air Force base in 2005. He attended the B-1 schoolhouse at the 28th Bomb Squadron, completing training in 2006. His first operational squadron was the 9th Bomb Squadron where he attained the qualification of instructor weapon system officer. In 2010, he was selected to attend the United States Air Force Weapons School which provides advanced training in weapons and tactics. Following Weapons School, he was assigned to the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron which conducts operational testing on B-1 hardware, software, and weapons. While there, he conducted testing on the extended range joint air-tosurface standoff missile, long range anti-ship missile, GBU54, and data-link integration. Next, he was selected to return

to the USAF Weapons School, 77th Weapons Squadron as an instructor where he spent two years training new students to be the next tactical experts for the B-1 community. He received orders to depart Dyess AFB in 2015. While stationed at Dyess Air Force base, Atkinson deployed three times to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar conducting combat missions in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. His next assignment was at the 612 Air Operations Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The 612 AOC provides operational command and control for the air component within the United States Southern Command Area of Operations. He was in the Combat Plans Division as the target effects team chief and master air attack planner. He was responsible for planning intelligience, surveliance, reconaisance and airlift missions. Additionally,

he conducted planning for numerous humanitarian assistance operations. Atkinson deployed once to the 609th Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as a non-kinetic duty officer. He was responsible for planning, synchronizing and deconflicting non-lethal effects provided by airborne electronic warfare, space, cyber, and Information operations assets in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During his military career so far, Atkinson has over 2,100 flying hours in the B-1 including 836 combat hours. He has received the Meritous Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, an Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He is married to the love of his life, Maritza. They have one son, Augustine.

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Lt. Col. Philip Atkinson of the United States Air Force.

Krug named fellow for climate change efforts Energy efficiency group honors Pennsylvania architect A. Stevens Krug, AIA, PE, LEEDap, a West Chester architect well-known for his work in sustainable design, has been named a Fellow of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Recognized for “having made significant contributions to the energy management and alternative energy industry,” Krug was one of ten professionals worldwide honored with fellowship at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta. “I am delighted to join

this distinguished group,” said Krug, “and grateful that the AEE recognizes my efforts to advance programs supporting healthy, vibrant, high performance buildings, sustainable design, and other issues that affect our future. Important issues include distributed energy systems, building energy codes, and financing energy efficiency projects.” A winner of the President’s Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Krug

chairs the Climate Change Advisory Committee, an appointed group of business leaders that advises the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on energy-efficiency initiatives. During Krug’s tenure, the DEP has published the Climate Change Action Plan and the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update. He has also served as President of AIA Pennsylvania and manages a West Chester design practice. Krug earned a Bachelor of

Architecture from Syracuse University and graduate studies in Architectural Engineering from Penn State. He is a resident of West Chester. The Association of Energy Engineers, founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The mission of AEE is to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.

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Bill Oppenheim and A. Stevens Krug at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta.




Winterthur grad students champion abandoned property legislation Law gives museums a way to determine the future of objects without clear ownership It’s not often a class project results in a new state law, but graduate students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC) and the Department of History at the University of Delaware (UD) accomplished just that. Sara McNamara, Tess Frydman, and Sarah Berndt of WPAMC and Sharon Folkenroth Hess, Samuel Christensen, and Kathryn Lenart of UD, wrote House Bill No. 231, Delaware’s f irst legislation for abandoned cultural property, which was signed into law in March by Governor John Carney. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library and the University of Delaware co-sponsor two graduate programs, with the university also offering a museum studies prog ram, so students in both institutions get handson experience working at museums. In fall 2016, professor Katherine Grier, director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware, assigned ser vice projects to teams of graduate students in her “Introduction to

Museums” course. The Delaware Museum Association (DMA) and its president, Dan Citron, executive director of the New Castle Historical Society, had identified the need for a law that gave museums a method for dealing with abandoned objects in the state. Grier asked one of the teams to write a policy brief on this issue. Abandoned property at museums is defined as any object that has unclear title, or any loan that has expired and remains unclaimed. Without legislation addressing this issue, museums have no options for making decisions about the future of abandoned property – no way to obtain legal ownership so that a museum can conserve, lend, accession, or deaccession an object. Delaware was one of only four states in the nation without an abandoned property law. After consulting collections staff at Delaware museums to understand their concerns related to abandoned property, the students wrote a policy brief outlining the issue and providing

From left: Daniel Citron, executive director of the New Castle Historical Society; Katherine C. Grier, director of the University of Delaware Museum Studies Program; Kathryn Lenart, 2017 graduate of the Department of History Master of Arts and the Museum Studies Program; Sharon Hess, 2018 graduate of the Department of History Master of Arts and the Museum Studies Program; Tess Frydman, 2018 graduate of WPAMC and the Museum Studies Program; Sara McNamara, 2018 graduate of WPAMC and the Museum Studies Program, and Delaware Governor John Carney.

possible solutions based on abandoned property legislation passed by other states. Citron and the DMA threw their full support behind the students’ work. The students decided to continue with the project by bringing it to the Delaware General Assembly. Grier found a sponsor in Jeff Spiegelman, House Representative for Delaware’s 11th District, who introduced the bill. It received bipartisan support and

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passed in both House and Senate. When Gover nor Carney signed the bill, Frydman, Hess, Lenart, McNamara, and Dr. Grier were present (Christensen and Berndt were unable to attend the event, having graduated and now are working out of state). Grier noted, “The Museum Studies Program works hard to instill a service ethic among our students. Helping to advance the field is an important aspect of being a

museum professional. This has been a wonderful learning experience for everyone who participated.” The students presented their work on the abandoned property legislation at the 2018 annual meeting of the Small Museum Association. As a result, the president of the Maryland Museum Association has asked for their help to write and pass similar legislation to support its museums.

“My colleagues and I are so pleased to finally have an abandoned cultural property law in Delaware,” said Beth Parker Miller, Winterthur’s registrar. “We are grateful for the support of Dr. Grier, Dan Citron, and the Delaware Museum Association, the sponsoring legislators, and, most especially, the students, whose hard work and dedication has yielded a law with a lasting benef it for museums in our state.”




Ward and WCU Baseball ready for regional playoffs By Chris Jarmuz It seems like yesterday that the Golden Rams left town for their spring break 18-hour overnight bus ride to Kissimmee, Fla., to take part in the Sunshine State Games, joining other Division 2 schools from around the country. In the Florida sun, West Chester was 5-1, beating the likes of Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, Wayne State, Grand Valley State and University of Minnesota Crookston, before losing their final game to Northwood, who had their second team All American pitcher on the mound that day. Coming back home, WCU was looking to stay hot to kick off conference play against Lock Haven. However, due to snow in the West Chester area, all four games had to be played up in Lock Haven

that weekend. In the end, West Chester lost three of four games. Although defending National Champions, the 2018 edition of the WCU Golden Rams had to find their own way to get on track by integrating some new pieces and leaning heavily on their upper classmen. Things have come together nicely as West Chester boasts an overall record of 31-13, 20-8 in conference, including wins in seven of their last eight conference games. As a result of this surge, West Chester was the PSAC East Conference regular season champion for the second year in a row, and through a strong finish to the season is ranked No. 1 in the region. So despite a couple of losses in the conference playoffs this past week, West Chester will have a bye in the Regional Tournament

which will begin on May 16 in Reading. Nonetheless, with respect to upper classman, senior shortstop Nick Ward (who was a Unionville High School standout) has been a key part of the surge to the top for West Chester. To this point in the season, Ward is batting .372, with 10 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs, 48 runs batted in, 68 runs scored, 29 walks and a lofty .510 on-base percentage. His 13 home runs are one shy of breaking the WCU single season record. It is worth noting that Nick passed Joey Wendle, the Tampa Bay Day Devil Ray second baseman, who played his high school baseball at Avon Grove and was part of the 2012 WCU National Championship team. The bottom line is that Nick Ward has been amazingly productive, batting second in the

Nick Ward gets congratulations at home plate after hitting his 13th home run of the year, tying the WCU single season home run record.

lineup, setting the table for those behind him, or knocking in runners on base ahead of him. He

is hoping that the season can be prolonged for as long as possible, with the Regionals this week

in Reading, and possibly another trip to the National Championship Series, this time in Cary, N.C.

Avon Grove Lions select Student of the Month for April Lauren White has been named the Lions Club Student of the Month for April. She is the daughter of Steve and Brooke White of Landenberg. Lauren’s list of school activities includes TriM, Head of Tech Crew, Sound Supervisor for Theatre Department and Field Commander of the Marching Band. Lauren is

active in the community by volunteering at Santa Breakfast and Tri-M Coffee House; she is also employed at Nomadic Pies. Lauren’s awards include Junior Wind Ensemble Award, Baking Award, AP Scholar, Group 4A U.S. Bands PA State Champions (2015 & 2017), FIRST Robotics District Champions 2017

and she has achieved Distinguished Honors throughout high school. Lauren plans to attend North Carolina State University, majoring in electrical engineering and minor or possibly obtain a master’s in audio/acoustic engineering. The teachers who have influenced her most are Mr. Davino, Mr. Jones and Dr. Zook.

From left: Steve White, Brooke White, Lauren White, Lions president Eric Hansen and Avon Grove High School assistant principal Gary Benasutti.

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Chester County Press 05-16-2018 Edition  
Chester County Press 05-16-2018 Edition