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

Volume 150, No. 42

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A sign of the season

By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer

Carvers will assemble in Chadds Ford on the evening of Oct. 20 for the annual Pumpkin Carve. The lighted pumpkins will be on display, and there will be plenty of other Halloween fun through the weekend. See story on Page 1B.

U-CF School Board looks at 10-year plan By John Chambless Staff Writer

The work session for the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board stretched out over two and a half hours on Oct. 17, touching on The first Victory issues both immediate and Mushroom Cap draws 700 long-term. participants...4B Rick Hostetler, supervisor of buildings and grounds, detailed some unexpected cost increases related to the replacement of the district’s fuel pump at the bus garage. During excavation to replace the aging and malfunctioning pump, workers discovered rusted underground piping that had to be replaced, requiring a $3,375 change order, Hostetler said. No Unionville clubs Kennett, 34-14...5B

‘We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place’ Oxford officials work to find the best options to deal with Oxford Area Sewer Authority’s dire financial situation as criticism of the Sewer Authority’s executive director intensifies


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further cost increases are expected in the project, which totals $145,000. Looking at the school district’s 10-year plan, Hostetler laid out some long-range figures for the board that incorporated the district’s five-year capital reserve plan. The total expenditures for the entire plan, which extends through 2023, is $24,951,000, Hostetler said, adding that financial goals beyond two years in the future are increasingly speculative. The expenditures for 2017 are proposed to be a little more than $3 million, Hostetler told the board, chiefly due to the cost of Continued on Page 3A

Three months have passed since the Oxford Area Sewer Authority Board approved a 30-percent rate increase and publicly acknowledged that it was unable to make the debtservice payments that are due on a $27 million loan. Oxford area officials have been working in a variety of ways ever since to address both the immediate and the long-term issues plaguing the Sewer Authority,

By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer The New Garden Township Board of Supervisors agreed at their Oct. 17 meeting to link the township in the Christina Watershed Partnership Pilot Collaboration Project, a unified effort to make the stream compliant with environmental standards, for future generations. The cost to the township will be $1,000 a year for the next two years. Encompassing 78 square miles, the Christina River watershed borders Maryland and Delaware. It is part of the larger Christina River Basin, a watershed made up of the Brandywine, Red Clay, White Clay Creek, and the Christina River watersheds.

On Sept. 19, Robert Struble of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance joined with Shane Morgan of the White Clay Wild & Scenic River Program in inviting the township to become a part of the partnership. By coming on board, New Garden will partner with Avondale, West Grove Borough, London Grove Township and Franklin Township. In other township business, the board approved the recommendation by the township’s Comprehensive Plan Review Committee to use the services of West Chester-based architect and planner Thomas Comitta & Associates to work with the Brandywine Conservancy to update the township’s ten-year comprehensive plan. The supervisors stip-

By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer

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Lower Oxford Twp. welcomes Murphy as its first junior supervisor Gabrielle Murphy would like to pursue a career in politics, and she’s getting a close look at how government really works at the local level. Murphy, a 17-year-old senior at Oxford Area High School, was sworn in as a junior member of Lower Oxford Township’s Board of Supervisors in September. As a junior supervisor, Murphy will attend all the regular meetings of the township’s board of supervisors. She can actively participate in the meetings, but will not have a vote on any issues that are up for consideration by the elected supervisors. This is the first time that Lower Oxford has had a junior supervisor program. Sara Laganelli, the township’s secretary/treasurer, explained how Lower

and on three consecutive nights last week, Oxford Borough, East Nottingham Township, and Lower Oxford held meetings that were highlighted by discussions about the situation. On Oct. 10, Oxford Borough Council made a bold statement by approving a resolution asking the Oxford Area Sewer Authority Board to demand the resignation of Ed Lennex, the top administrator who was entrusted with, among other duties,

ulated in their approval that the cost of these services will not exceed $50,000. A portion of the program will be paid for through grants from the county. There will be public meetings and workshops associated with the plan’s progress. The board also approved amendments in the sale of the township’s sewer system to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc., calling for two date extensions, at the request of Aqua. Township solicitor Vince Pompo said that there has been little progress made in the negotiations between the township and those parties associated with the Green Valley Farm, related to a planned easement for the 178-plus-acre farm in the township. It is the Continued on Page 3A

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Gabrielle Murphy (middle) at the Oct. 12 township meeting with the township’s secretary/treasurer Sara Laganelli and supervisors Ron Kepler, Joel Brown, and Ken Hershey.

Oxford came to have its first junior supervisor. “It was Gabrielle who approached us about it,” Laganelli explained. “She saw that Oxford Borough had a junior council person

and the school board has a junior member. She wanted to know if Lower Oxford had a program.” Murphy initially contacted the township in May, and it took some time for

Lower Oxford officials to do the necessary research to develop an application process and to establish some guidelines for what a junior supervisor would do. Continued on Page 3A

It took the zombies that govern Oxford Borough more than two months to figure out that OASA Executive Director Ed Lennex should “resign.” Lennex is not going to resign a cushy, five-figure job. He must be fired by the OASA Board and sued for malfeasance for not warning the OASA Board and residents of the impending financial crisis. Clearly, Lennex’s failure to notify his constituents of a “bankruptcy” due to insufficient revenues to pay interest on a $27 million loan, which precipitated a subsequent knee-jerk response of raising rates 30 percent is totally Continued on Page 4A

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attending to the shortterm and long-term financial health of the Sewer Authority. The call for Lennex’s dismissal could hardly be considered a surprise at this point, as local officials’ frustrations with the Sewer Authority’s financial operations have grown almost daily since the details about the situation started to emerge. The Sewer Authority’s current revenues are lagging far behind expenditures, and a debt-service payment that was due in June still hasn’t been paid in full. Late fees and penalties were expected to start to accrue at the beginning of this month, perhaps amounting to more than $2,000 per day, although there has also been talk that it’s closer to $2,600 per day. One common complaint from local officials about Lennex and the Sewer Authority is that whenever there are discussions about the financial situation, the numbers seem to change constantly. Do the penalties and late fees add up to $2,000 per day or $2, 600 per day? The Sewer Authority’s revenue shortfalls will likely be in excess of $1 million by the end of the year, but at different points the shortfall has been projected to be $1.5 million or $1.8 million. For elected officials in the Oxford area, the difference in those numbers is significant. At the time the Sewer Authority Secured the $27 million loan to

expand the public sewage system in the Oxford area, the four member municipalities that formed the Sewer Authority—Oxford Borough, East Nottingham To w n s h i p , We s t Nottingham Township, and Lower Oxford Township— had to agree to back the loan. With the Sewer Authority now facing significant revenue shortfalls, it will likely be up to the municipalities to pay the portion of the debt-service payment that the Sewer Authority can’t pay. On Oct. 12, Lower Oxford Township’s three supervisors were twenty minutes into a conversation about the financial crisis gripping the Oxford Area Sewer Authority, and the impact that it could have on Lower Oxford Township. Vice chairman Ron Kepler was talking about how the township might have to spend between $250,000 and $300,000 to pay its share of the debt-service payments that the Oxford Area Sewer Authority can’t pay for. Concerned about the prospect of spending such a large sum of money, Kepler turned to township secretary/treasurer Sara Laganelli, and asked, “What will that do to the budget?” Laganelli just shook her head. There are no easy solutions and no really good options at this point as local officials head into budget season with an unexpected and unwanted expenditure laid at their feet. At the Oct. 11 meeting, East Nottingham Township supervisor Shelley

Meadowcroft provided a very candid assessment of the situation when she said, “We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.” Meadowcroft explained that several options have been discussed by the Sewer Authority Board and local officials. One option was to have the Sewer Authority take out an additional loan, once again guaranteed by the four municipalities, that would provide an infusion of cash and give the Sewer Authority some time for more Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) to be purchased by residential and commercial developers, which would grow revenues. Not surprisingly, there was little support for the idea of borrowing even more money. A second option, which could be gaining support among local officials, is for each member municipality to enter into an agreement to purchase EDUs directly from the Sewer Authority instead of simply paying the balance of the debtservice payment. Meadowcroft said that the main benefit of this option is that it will offer the municipalities a chance to recoup some of the money—each municipality would have EDUs that have value. During the discussions, which are still not finalized, a plan emerged where East Nottingham Township would purchase 129 EDUs, at a cost of $4,915 per EDU, for a total of approximately $634,000. Lower Oxford Township would also purchase 129 EDUs,

The Oxford Area Sewer Authority’s office in Oxford.

Oxford Borough would buy 84 EDUs, and West Nottingham Township would purchase 29 EDUs. Like Meadowcroft in East Nottingham, Kepler spoke positively about the concept of buying EDUs rather than simply writing a check to cover a portion of the Sewer Authority’s debt-service payment. Lower Oxford is contractually obligated to be responsible for 16 percent of the loan. If the Sewer Authority’s revenue shortfall is between $1.5 million and $1.8 million, Lower Oxford would be responsible for between $250,000 and $300,000. “If we don’t do anything else, we’ll be responsible for...$250,000 to $300,000,” Kepler said. “I would hate to spend $250,000 and have nothing. At least [if we buy the EDUs] we have something in our hands.” It is certainly not an easy

negotiation to get all four municipalities to agree to purchase EDUs from the Sewer Authority. Lower Oxford Township supervisor Joel Brown told his colleagues that during the discussions, West Nottingham Township representatives made it clear that when a developer purchases EDUs for a project, the money from the sale will be divided among all four municipalities so that each one recoups their investment a little at a time. There would be no way that West Nottingham Township could justify buying the EDUs at this point because they don’t currently have the sewer line in the ground that they would need to allow a developer to connect to the system—in other words, if West Nottingham had to rely on a development within its own borders to recoup the funds, that won’t be happening any

time soon. Supervisors in both East Nottingham and Lower Oxford said that it was imperative that all four member municipalities agree to purchase the EDUs if this option is to work— it’s the only way that the EDU sale would generate the necessary revenues to give the Sewer Authority some breathing room. “We need a commitment that all four municipalities buy EDUs,” Brown said. Kepler agreed—and made a motion that Lower Oxford Township approve the purchase of up to 129 EDUs at a reasonable rate if all four member municipalities vote to do the same. The Lower Oxford supervisors approved the motion. In East Nottingham Township, the supervisors did not take a vote on the EDU purchase, perhaps due in part to the fact that Oxford Borough Council did not vote to purchase the




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Local News EDUs at its Oct. 10 meeting, electing instead to vote for the ouster of Lennex. Officials in both East Nottingham Township and Lower Oxford Township discussed the possibility of also calling for Lennex’s dismissal, but the overriding feeling is that the current financial situation is so serious that it must be dealt with first. If Lennex were to leave now, it would create another issue because someone needs to provide the day-to-day oversight of the sewer authority. “Our problem at hand,” said Meadowcroft, “is the financial problem.” The decision by supervisors in Lower Oxford and East Nottingham not to vote to call for Lennex’s resignation should not be interpreted as some sort of vote of confidence in the Sewer Authority executive director’s job performance. While local officials generally praised the day-to-day operations of the sewage treatment plant, there were a lot of concerns about how Lennex has overseen the financial operations of the Sewer Authority, particularly as the current, dire financial situation developed. Officials have openly questioned why the Sewer Authority wasn’t aware of the financial issues earlier, and why they didn’t do a better job of communicating these issues with local officials. At the meeting in July when the Sewer Authority detailed the severity of the financial crisis, several local officials pointed out that Lennex had appeared at township meetings within the last year and intimated that the Sewer Authority’s finances were in good order. Many of the elected officials also likely recalled presentations six years ago, during the time the $27 million loan was being secured, when Lennex talked about how unlikely it was that the member municipalities would have to step in to cover debtservice payments. Local officials were relying on Lennex’s statements as they made their decision to agree to back the loans in the first place. Kepler cited minutes from a Lower Oxford Township meeting in 2009 when he specifically asked Lennex about whether the Sewer Authority would be able to keep up with the debtservice payments, even if the economy didn’t bounce back immediately from the recession that was gripping the U.S. at the time. Lennex said that they would. Now, local officials are taking a closer look at some of the decisions that have been made by the Sewer Authority. Lower Oxford Township chairman Ken Hershey pointed out one small example where the Sewer Authority’s decision-making on financial issues is not as conservative as the township’s decision-making: A back road leading to the lagoon on the Ross Farm was black-topped. “Would Lower Oxford have done that?” Hershey asked, shaking his head in frustration. “All the municipalities have lost faith in Ed Lennex,” Brown agreed. The municipalities have taken several steps to ensure more control over how the Sewer Authority is utilizing its resources.

Meadowcroft told her colleagues in East Nottingham that local officials want to have language in the contract for the purchase of the EDUs that requires all the money raised to be used for the payment on the debt, and not for any other purpose. The East Nottingham Township supervisors also voted to allocate up to $5,000 for an independent accounting of the Sewer Authority’s financial reports. Lower Oxford Township’s supervisors did the same. Another priority, Meadowcroft said, is to have someone representing the municipalities’ interests have direct discussions with the USDA. Both East Nottingham and Lower Oxford supervisors voted in favor of authorizing the township solicitor to meet with officials from the USDA to discuss the terms and status of the loan. While local officials are eager to find a way to address the Sewer Authority’s current financial crisis, they also want to have the best information possible to make decisions. “We’re going to take our time and see what the USDA says,” explained Art Rieck, the chairman of the East Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors. “We’re just as concerned as everybody else.” Meadowcroft said that the four member municipalities have signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with each other and formed a study committee that is looking at some of the long-term issues that the Sewer Authority is facing. Supervisor Sam Goodley is serving on that committee from East Nottingham. Supervisor Eric Todd is representing West Nottingham, Ron Hershey is representing Oxford Borough, and Joel Brown is representing Lower Oxford Township. That committee has retained Spencer Andress as a consultant. One option that will be explored in great detail will likely be the sale of the state-of-theart sewage treatment plant to a company like Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, which is deep into the process of purchasing New Garden Township’s wastewater treatment plant for more than $29 million. “I’ve watched the Oxford Area Sewer Authority for 15 years,” said Brown. “I think the long-term solution is selling it to someone who is in the business of running a public sewage plant.”

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installing a new HVAC system at Patton Middle School. That project is expected to cost about $2.5 million. If approved, work would start next summer, he said. Board member Steve Simonson asked if the Patton project could be delayed, and Hostetler replied, “If you’ve had the opportunity to be on the second floor of the middle school when it’s hot and humid, it’s raining inside the building. The units really are in dire need of replacement. They have a 20-year lifespan, and they’re really dying rapidly.” The system was installed in 1997, Hostetler said. The goal of supplying all students with Chromebook notebook devices continues to be studied and cautiously expanded, said board member Carolyn Daniels. Board president Vic Dupuis noted the rapid pace of technological

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latest delay in an agreement that was first reached by the board on Feb, 23, 2015 – 21 months ago – when it voted 3-2 to enter the township into negotiations to purchase the acreage for $2.3 million, for the purpose of placing

Oxford junior supervisor... Continued from Page 1A

According to the guidelines established by Lower Oxford Township, juniors and seniors at Oxford Area High School who are both U.S. citizens and residents of the township are eligible to serve as junior supervisors. They must submit a written application and an essay explaining their interest in the position. The supervisors will then interview the candidates before making an appointment for a one-year term that generally coincides with the length of an academic year. Murphy said that she wanted to be a junior supervisor because it is an opportunity to “encourage community involvement, create positive change in the community, and voice the opinions of residents in the community.” She explained, “My first priority as junior supervisor is to encourage community involvement. I believe that all members of our community have a right to voice To contact Staff Writer their opinion on public Steven Hoffman, email edi- matters.” Murphy said that she is


change, and asked if keeping any technology more than two years is feasible. Ken Batchelor, assistant to the superintendent, has been overseeing the Chromebook initiative. He said that under the plan, “Current sixth to eighth graders have a Chromebook. The Chromebooks we purchased this year are different from the ones we purchased two years ago. The technology has changed. Each year, we will evaluate the device. When eighth graders bring Chromebook with them to ninth grade next year, we will evaluate that. We know some districts went with the iPad, and now some of them have moved to Chromebooks. Each year or two, we’ll have to evaluate which device is going to support the instructional program. We need to be responsive to changes in technology.” District superintendent John Sanville told the board that, “The administration recommendation right now is that the next step in this

pilot program is that we’ll have sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders with a Chromebook next year.” The issue of delaying school start times continues to be examined by the board and the administration, Daniels said. “We are forming a committee of stakeholders now,” she said. “We will hold a presentation on the science behind a later school start time on Nov. 7 at Patton Middle School.” The goal is to complete the gathering of data and public input, and come up with a recommendation to the administration by late winter, Daniels said. Dave Listman, district communications coordinator, detailed efforts to reach out and solicit public input on the start time issue, and said that 320 individual responses had been received by the district. “Some of the responses said that if you shift the one hour forward, all you’re doing is shifting everything later,” he said. “So students are going to have to stay up later, and

you’re not going to get a benefit in their sleep pattern. What people are saying is that the day is full, so shifting it later is not going to buy you an extra hour of sleep. After that, there were parents who said, ‘You’re going to flip schedules, and if you’re going to have the elementary school go first, I’m going to have child care issues, and safety issues because it’s dark and cold in the winter.’ The rest of the responses were largely about the disruption to after-school activities and working schedules. Those people couldn’t see how the benefits could overcome all those obstacles. So those same questions are going to go to the committee so they can review what the public said.” The board will meet on Oct. 24 in the newly renovated auditorium at Patton Middle School. The public is invited to attend and offer comment. For updated information and a meeting agenda, visit

a conservation easement on the farm. Pompo said that the agreement is still being ironed out in the Orphan’s Court in the City of Philadelphia, a division of the Philadelphia Judicial System which serves to protect the personal and property rights of all persons and entities who

are otherwise incapable of managing their own affairs. John Reynolds is incapacitated and therefore incapable of managing his own affairs. His brother Warren, a former township supervisor whose family has owned and managed this property since 1904, is currently serving a prison sentence for the possession

of more than 500 images of child pornography. The public is invited to attend the board’s second 2017 budget meeting on Oct. 24, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the township building.

looking forward to talking to township residents about their opinions and ideas, and then bringing some of those ideas to the board of supervisors. “I’d like to see the community get more involved,” she said. “I’m very excited about serving as a junior supervisor.” Murphy brings a wealth of experience to her new position. At Oxford Area High School, she participates in everything from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to Helping Hands to the National Honor Society. She has held a variety of leadership positions through the FBLA. She was the vice president of the Student Renaissance Club for two years. She is a member of the school’s choral ensemble, the Tri-M Music Honor Society, concert band, marching band, and senior choir. She belongs to

the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Spanish Honor Society. She also is a varsity football cheerleader, student council vice president, and a member of the LEOs Club. In the fall, Murphy will be attending Olivet Nazarene University. A few weeks after her first meeting, Murphy learned a valuable lesson about serving in government—it’s a lot more work than it might seem at first. On Sept. 28, Murphy was there as the Lower Oxford supervisors held a special meeting to approve an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with neighboring municipalities as they attempt to work through financial troubles being experienced by the Oxford Area Sewer Authority. It was an inside glimpse of how local government really works, and how important good local

government can be to a community. Murphy expressed her appreciation to all the township officials for providing this tremendous learning opportunity. She also said that she knew that Laganelli put a lot of work into launching the junior supervisor program. Laganelli, meanwhile, credited Lower Oxford Township’s supervisors— chairman Ken Hershey, vice chairman Ron Kepler, and Joel Brown—with being willing to start a junior supervisor program as a way to help students in the township learn about local government. “We have three great supervisors who said, ‘Let’s do it,’” Laganelli explained.

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Local News Kennett Township Police to hold pill drop-off The Kennett Township Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a Take Back Day on Oct. 22, which will give the public an opportunity to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kennett Township Police Department at 801 Burrows Run Road. The drop-off will be the department’s 12th such event in the last six years, as a method of enabling

the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, and liquids, needles or sharps are not permitted to b dropped off. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10

previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of

abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 22 Take Back Day, call the Kennett Township Police at 610-388-2874.

Kennett High School announces National Merit Semifinalists Kennett High School recently announced that one student has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Senior Zachary Hrenko was among approximately 1.6 million juniors who entered the 2017 National Merit Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that served as an initial screen of program entrants. “We are tremendously proud of Zachary for his accomplishment,” said Kennett High School principal Dr. Jeremy

Hritz. “He is an outstanding student, and one that we believe represents everything that is great about Kennett High School.” The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors, and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. These students are eligible to continue in the program competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million to be offered in the spring. To advance to the finalist level and to be considered

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for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements. These include an outstanding academic record, endorsement by the principal, and SAT scores that confirm the preliminary results. The semifinalist and

his or her counselor must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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unsatisfactory and points out Lennex’s shortcomings. Get rid of Ed Lennex and hire a firm or individual with experience in planning and executing a work-out plan, including selling the OASA to a private company like Penn and New Garden townships did successfully. The Oxford Borough Council and the township supervisors are in over their heads, getting the community deeper into a huge quagmire, and have yet to act. (Uncle Irvin’s column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)

New book drop box in West Grove Traffic around the Rosehill Avenue oval in West Grove is flowing smoothly now that library customers aren’t parking illegally by the front door to return books and DVDs. The Avon Grove Library officially opened an outdoor book drop for drive-by use on Sept. 7. Library board president Mark Ungemach cut the ribbon on the new Demco box installed by West Grove Borough in front of the borough building. Ungemach, along with borough manager Sharon Nesbitt and West GroveAvondale Rotary Club past president Maureen Knabb, spoke briefly in support of the project. West Grove Borough supplied the land and the manpower to assemble and install the book drop, while the local Rotary Club contributed $1,000 towards its purchase.

“It’s wonderful that the Borough Council and the WGA Rotary Club are so interested in supporting the library and its customers,” said Lori Schwabenbauer, library director. “We’re always happy to form partnerships with other local organizations to better serve our patrons.” The Avon Grove Library is at 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove. Call 610-869-2004 or visit

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Robbery and shooting reported at Lincoln University By John Chambless Staff Writer A robbery and shooting during homecoming weekend at The Lincoln University left one woman with a bullet wound, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. State Police were asked by Lincoln University Police to investigate a robbery and shooting that happened at 3 a.m. on Oct. 16 on the north side of the university’s campus. Police said six or seven men in their early to mid-20s approached two men, both 22, and took jewelry from them at gunpoint. The victims tried to fight the robbers, but they were attacked. One of the victims got into a car and tried to stop the robbers, striking several of them with the car.

The robbers fired three or four shots from one or more handguns, striking the car. A van traveling in the area was also struck by gunfire. A 20-year-old woman inside the van was struck in the arm by a bullet. She was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said. The victim was a member of an outside security team that was hired to assist campus police during homecoming weekend at the university. Anyone who has additional information about the incident is asked to call Pennsylvania State Police Avondale at 610-268-2022. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@

Drug take-back in West Grove on Oct. 22 The West Grove Borough Police Department will be participating in the DEA 12th National Drug Take Back Initiative. The event will be held at the West Grove Borough Building

on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unused and expired prescription drugs will be accepted securely by police for proper disposal. Call 610-869-2024 for more information.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED Matthew Lane, 32, of West Chester, was struck by a car and killed on Oct. 13, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police reported that Lane walked into the northbound lane of Route 1 at its intersection with School House Road in East Marlborough Township at 7:23 p.m. and was struck by a car. The Chester County Coroner pronounced Lane deceased at the scene. Route 1 between Route 82 and School House Road was shut down for two and a half hours during the investigation. Longwood Fire Department and Fire Police and Kennett EMS also responded to the scene. ROBBERY THWARTED On Oct. 12, just after 9 p.m., West Grove resident Philip Reck, 30, was forced into his vehicle by two men at gunpoint at 801 Gap Newport Pike. He was ordered to give the robbers cash and other belongings as he drove. Reck saw a patrol car from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale and signaled that he was being robbed. One suspect fled the victim’s car, but police arrested Marcelo Fernando Rodriguez, 26, of Coatesville, on charges of robbery, kidnapping and other offenses. BURGLARY ARRESTS On Sept. 15 and 16, Kennett Township Police investigated two residential burglaries that occurred in the 600 block of Cope Road. The burglaries were discovered when the victim noticed a suspicious

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withdrawal from a Fulton Bank account and missing property from their residence. On Sept. 16, James Dawson, 39, of of Coatesville; Justin Saunders, 39, of Christiana; and Charles Francis, 64, of Coatesville attempted to cash a check at a Fulton Bank in Delaware County. The bank alerted the Pennsylvania State Police of the fraudulent transaction. Investigation by the Kennett Township Police and the Pennsylvania State Police led to the arrest of the men for burglary and theft. Justin Saunders was found to be in possession of the victim’s checkbook at the time of the arrest, as well as several tools from the victim’s shed. LAND OWNER FINDS MARIJUANA On Sept. 24, a landowner discovered eight marijuana plants were being grown in his cornfield and contacted Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. After investigation, eight more plants were found. All 16 were removed and destroyed by police. DRUG CHARGES On Sept. 21 at 1:40 a.m., New Garden Township Police stopped a car for a traffic violation in the 900 block of Newark Road. Police smelled marijuana in the car. After a search, police found marijuana and a container of synthetic urine, which is used to pass drug tests. The driver, Christos Tarabicos, 35, of Coatesville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-free urine. He was released pending a court appearance. HUFFING CHARGES On Sept. 22 at 11:27 a.m., New Garden Township Police

responded to the 300 block of Scarlett Road for a report of an unconscious man inside a vehicle. When they arrived, they found Brian Fanning, 27, of Kennett Square, conscious. A witness told police they had seen Fanning holding an aerosol can wrapped in a towel before he passed out. A can was found in the vehicle and was taken as evidence. Fanning was charged with huffing the aerosol, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct. He was released pending a court appearance. DOMESTIC ASSAULT On Sept. 27 at midnight, New Garden Township Police responded to a report of a domestic incident in the 6600 block of Limestone Road. The victim told police that she and Jose AguileraPantoja, 35, of Avondale, argued after drinking and taking drugs. The victim struck Aguilera-Pantoja and he punched her several times, left the home and began to break the windows when he was locked out. He left the scene but returned the following evening. Officers arrested him there on charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct, and he was taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of the $25,000 bail. THEFT AND DRUG CHARGES On Sept. 30, West Grove Borough Police responded to 114 Columbine Drive and took Jessica Prigg, 28, into custody on an outstanding warrant. Prigg had been charged with theft in connection with the theft of an Avon Grove High School ring from the family residence earlier in the month. The ring



was pawned in Coatesville. During a search, police found that Prigg had six bags of suspected heroin, three packages of Suboxone, and two hypodermic syringes. LEWDNESS CHARGES On Aug. 30 at 6:17 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale investigated a report that an unknown Hispanic man was seen masturbating in the Oxford Walmart and approaching a female shopper. He left before police arrived. JEWELRY STOLEN On Sept. 15 between 7:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., someone entered a home at 1793 Baltimore Pike through an unlocked door and stole about $9,300 worth of jewelry, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. WEAPONS AT SCHOOL On Aug. 29, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to Oxford Area High School for a report of a juvenile male from Oxford who had brought several knives to school. No threats were made against the school, and police determined that the student brought the knives to school by mistake. He was released to his parents. No charges were filed. TERRORISTIC THREATS James Graybeal, Jr., 42, of Lower Oxford Township, pointed a loaded gun at his girlfriend and threatened to kill her and himself on Aug. 25 at 661 Limestone Road in Lower Oxford Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The gun was discovered to be stolen. Graybeal was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and related charges.




Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce celebrates grand-opening of new office By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer During the course of an average year, the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce will oversee dozens of grand openings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses in the area. But on Friday, Oct. 7, the celebration was for the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce itself as the organization officially unveiled its new office in an office building on Federal Road in Penn Township. The chamber of

commerce’s staff relocated to the new office months ago, and Cheryl Kuhn, the president and CEO of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, said that the transition has worked well. Penn Township is a hub of economic development in the area, and Kuhn noted that a number of the chamber’s largest members, including Dansko, Jennersville Regional Hospital, Chester County Technical College High School, and Jackson Immuno Research Labs, are located nearby.

“We’re all neighbors, and that’s important to us,” Kuhn said. “It’s a fabulous and vibrant business community. We’re happy to be here.” The new office provides the chamber with more space for its activities, as well as an ample supply of convenient parking. The chamber hosts more than 70 events and programs each year in the Southern Chester County region. There are approximately 500 member businesses throughout the area. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new

office included State Representative John Lawrence, Cabot Kjellerup Realty Trust, and dozens of business professionals. The chamber also hosted an open house for members and guests throughout the afternoon. The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce was founded in Kennett Square in 1929. To join or learn more about the chamber, visit www.scccc. com. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email

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The Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce marked the official grand-opening of its new office with an open house and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 7.

Denney Electric Supply completes renovation on lighting showroom By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Denney Electric Supply unveiled the newly renovated lighting showroom in its Kennett Square store during an Oct. 6 event that included an open house and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The renovation project, which included refurbishing the interior of the store on West State Street, expanded the lighting and fixture offerings as customers are looking for more innovative lighting solutions. “We wanted to bring in more up-to-date fixtures for homeowners in the area,” said Scott Fenton, the regional showroom manager, who explained that an expanded

inventory will help meet the growing needs of the area. Fenton said that LED lighting and contemporarylooking fixtures that have a very clean look are the latest trends in the residential and commercial lighting industry. Consumers are always looking for better and more energy-efficient products. Denney Electrical Supply is a family-owned business that has always been a leader in the electrical industry, and the renovation of the Kennett Square store will help continue that. Steve and Brenda Thornton, the owners of Denney Electric Supply, were very pleased with the results of the renovation project. Brenda Thornton’s

grandfather, Benjamin Denney, established the business in 1938. Blake Thornton, part of the next generation to enter the family business, explained that Denney Electrical Supply is always working to evolve and expand their capabilities as new technology is introduced.

Denney Electric Supply has eight locations throughout Pennsylvania, making it one of the largest independently owned lighting showroom in the Chester County area. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Brenda and Steve Thornton, the owners of Denney Electric, with Blake Thornton, the next generation of the family to enter a family business that got its start in 1938.

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Denney Electric Supply held an open house and ribboncutting on Oct. 6. Pictured (left to right) are Jessica Marcin, Pollart Sales / Kichler Lighting Representative; Aaron Clark, outside sales, Denney Electric; Chas Lasoff, CRL Lighting / Hinkley Lighting representative; Jodie Hall, Kennett Square showroom manager, Denney Electric; Greg O’Brien, sales manager, Denney Electric; Brenda Thornton, owner of Denney Electric; Steve Thornton, owner of Denney Electric; John Childs, lighting solutions / Feiss representative; Blake Thornton, counter sales, Denney Electric (Boyertown store); Bob McDevitt, Synergy / Lutron representative; Jay McAtee, Kennett Square store manager; Jill Weiskopf, marketing, Denney Electric; and Sarah Fernandez, Neshaminy showroom manager, Denney Electric.




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Letter to the Editor

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: How low can you go?

Concerns about U.S. Senate candidate

At the Democratic National Convention this past summer, First Lady Michelle Obama stood before a packed audience at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and issued a directive that seemed out of the dark ages of American politics, but one uniquely calibrated to suggest that the better angels of our integrity could still be saved. “When they go low, we go high,” she said. Given the campaign literature that it has been paying for and authorizing for distribution to thousands of homes throughout Chester County this fall, one wonders if the Pennsylvania Democratic Party were absent on the evening that Ms. Obama delivered her address. Over the last two weeks, residents have pulled two mailers out of their mailboxes that are so demeaning to a particular Republican candidate, and so reprehensible in their portrayal of him, that they deserve the harshest of reprimand, and we are gladly volunteering to dole out the vitriol. Last week, residents came home to find a crypticallydesigned, 11” x 17” mailer incriminating Jack London, the Republican candidate for the Pa. Senate ‘s 19th District, for his past life as a bodybuilder. It featured an unflattering, black-and-white photograph of London wearing a torn t-shirt around bulging muscles, which the mailer called an “actual photo.” It made reference to an offhand remark London made that read, “I like it when women look at me in disgust and fear,” attempting to label London as little more than a misogynistic heathen, when the quote was actually attributed to a 2007 self-characterization spoof he wrote for, in reference to his life as a bodybuilder. “Dear Jack, You want us to fear you?” the mailer then read. “Interesting platform. Well, mission accomplished.” It was signed, “No thank you, Women of Chester County.” The mailer unfairly painted London, the opponent of current State Sen. Andy Dinniman, as a Trump-like thug when, in truth, London is a family man with a wife and daughter, who has received the endorsement of several women who have posted their positive remarks on his website. Most recently, residents cracked open their mailbox again, only to find yet another photograph of London from his weightlifting days, imposed on an 8 1/2” x 11” mailer designed to resemble a Wheaties box. It again portrayed London in a negative light, both in photo and in print. Referring to London’s past – and relatively minor – financial infractions, it attempted to illustrate London as a bill dodger – someone who can’t be trusted with the financial keys to Harrisburg. On its website, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, headed by Chairman Marcel Groen, says that its mission is to elect public servants and fight for the Democratic ideal “that, in America, everyone has a right to go as far as their natural abilities and perseverance will take them.” If their principles are to truly hold to that ideal, then the Pennsylvania Democratic Party should be severely admonished for neglecting them in their cheap, tawdry attempt to discredit a worthy Republican opponent. In the end, those from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party are sure to call their tactics just another example of modern politics, but examples such as these do not serve to strengthen the public’s trust. They drive us further away. In the end, the best form of retaliation to these childish antics is not to further criticize the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, but to present them with the exact words that came just before Ms. Obama’s marching orders: “That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level.”

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Voter intimidation not to be taken lightly By State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski We are a few weeks away from Election Day on Nov. 8 and I have been receiving an increasing number of emails and phone calls from my constituents who are concerned about voter intimidation. This issue has made national news among the presidential candidates, and the people who have contacted me fear they may be victims of intimidation when they cast their ballot.

In case someone isn’t aware or has forgotten, voter intimidation is against the law in Pennsylvania. According to Section 1847 of the Pennsylvania Election Code (Act of June 3, 1937, P.L. 1333, No. 320), anyone engaging in the act of voter intimidation shall be subject to up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Plain and simple, voter intimidation is illegal. It includes, but is not limited to, the following: intimidating or coercing voters, threaten-

ing force, violence, injury, restraint, damage, or loss to get a person to vote or not vote for a particular candidate or issue; or using abduction, duress, coercion or other forcible or fraudulent methods to interfere with a person’s right to vote. If anyone witnesses voter intimidation at their local polling place, they should report the activity to the local county board of elections or the county district attorney’s office. Complaints can also be filed online with the

Pennsylvania Department of State at ReportElectionComplaints. Your right to vote and the power of your vote is the only thing that puts each of us as an equal to the most powerful people in America. Please exercise your power on Nov. 8. State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, represents the 121st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Guest Column

Cash-starved schools, but over $1 billion spent on testing? By State Sen. Andy Dinniman, Minority Chair, Senate Education Committee While school funding is in crisis and property taxes continue to rise, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) since 2008 has signed contracts for more than $741 million for PSSA and Keystone Exam testing. All of this money went to one company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), who received three contracts, two of which had no-bid extensions. While a testing company is making big bucks, some of our schools do not even have the funds to purchase textbooks that contain the Common Core standards upon which the students are tested. Doesn’t PDE understand that it’s simply unconscionable to stamp failure on the backs of students who don’t even have access to the materials on which they are being tested? The costs to school districts for testing and supervising the required Project Based Assessment (PBA) for those not passing the Keystone is conservatively estimated to be over 300 million dollars. This means between the state and school districts,

Pennsylvania’s testing programs in the past eight years have cost the taxpayers almost $1.1 billion. For years I worked in the legislature to change this testing obsession. Finally, Act 1 of 2016 was unanimously passed, suspending the use of Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement for two years. The legislature, realizing a new approach was needed, approved a moratorium on the use of these tests because it became clear that the Keystone Exams were not a fair or reliable vehicle for determining high school graduation. Accountability is important, but these exams fail to provide the right kind of accountability. Instead of following the law, PDE instructed school districts that it’s fine for them to continue to use the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement if they want to. School districts certainly have local control in determining graduation requirements, but Act 1 made it abundantly clear that a school district could not use the Keystone Exam or PBA as a graduation requirement, despite any PDE directive, during the two-year moratorium. While the federal gov-

ernment requires testing, it does not require the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. One option is for Pennsylvania to cancel its expensive Keystone contract and utilize SAT or ACT tests (as other states have already done) to save millions. Furthermore, PDE just released a report in August 2016, which indicated that the use of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement too narrowly define postsecondary readiness. Yet PDE will, over the next two years, continue to direct their usage contrary to law. Why? When policy decisions do not make sense, what does make sense is to “follow the money.” Transparency for a legislator or any citizen is only as good as PDE’s willingness to post information. Millions of dollars in contract amendments were not originally put online by PDE, as required. Three contract amendments to the 2009 DRC Keystone contract have still not been posted. Thus the $741 million figure may be higher. Most of the vouchers dating back to the DRC 2008 contract were posted only after repeated inquiries from my office and as of this date, there are still missing vouch-

ers from all the contracts. With limited resources for education, $741 million going to one company for testing, and $300 million worth of testing costs for school districts, the total cost for testing of over $1 billion dollars is outrageous. These tests are based on Common Core standards, which many, including myself, have questioned. So, here we are beginning another school year, and once again, we are subject to excessive testing and its costs negatively impacting our students, teachers, and taxpayers. PDE talks of possible alternatives to the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement down the road, but the tests remain, including the even more expensive PSSA tests. They will continue to contract for millions more and force school districts to pay additional millions, all of which, will in the end. be paid by the taxpayer in the form of increased property taxes. Yes, accountability is vital, but this type of exorbitant spending has to stop. State Senator Andy Dinniman, of West Whiteland, is minority chair of the Senate Education Committee.

Chester County gets plaque for restoration of historic courthouse Representatives from the West Chester Downtown Foundation and the West Chester Historic Preservation Awards formally presented the Chester County Commissioners with a West Chester Historic Preservation plaque recently, commemorating the rehabilitation and restoration of the interior of the courthouse. The plaque, created by West Chester-based Smithworks Design Communications, was placed on the front of the Chester County Historic Courthouse to note the special recognition.

Chester County’s efforts to restore the interior of courthouse designed by architect Thomas U. Walter in 1846 previously earned a “Bricks and Mortar” award from the West Chester Downtown Foundation. The preservation award committee cited the county’s efforts to rehabilitate the primary symbol of the borough of West Chester to active service as a courtroom. In addition, the committee noted that the restoration uncovered hidden door frames and architectural details that allowed visitors to see the courthouse as it could have looked in 1847. The formal presenta-

tion of this plaque is one of a number of plaques being placed on properties throughout the Borough of West Chester that have previously won historic preservation awards.

The 2016 winners of the West Chester Downtown Foundation Historic Preservation Awards will be celebrated on Oct. 20 at the Chester County Historical Society.

From left: Kathy Wileczek, president of the West Chester Downtown Foundation; Phil Yocum, West Chester Historic Preservation Awards Committee member; and Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell.






Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Kennett Square artist Robert Jackson gets a spotlight for artists he admires Two exhibitions open this weekend, based on his 2014 book, ‘Behind the Easel’ By John Chambless Staff Writer The hard work and good fortune that have followed Robert Jackson since the publication of his 2014 book, “Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters,” continue this weekend with two exhibition openings that will put all 20 artists – including Jackson – in the spotlight again. Speaking last week at his Kennett Square studio, Jackson beamed with excitement at the prospect of welcoming 19 artists to the region. Jackson’s distinctive still lifes of toys, snack food and fruit having witty adventures are owned and exhibited nationwide. He regrets that he doesn’t actually own any of his paintings anymore. They are all sold to collectors or placed with galleries. He admits that’s a great problem for an artist to have, and he’s not complaining, but he acknowledges that the pace of the next few weeks is going to be particularly intense. “Behind the Easel” was published in November 2014, nicely coinciding with Jackson’s 50th birthday. But the process of producing it took about two years. He was inspired to put it together, he said, because he admired the artists. “I didn’t go to art school. I fell in love with art on my own, and did art on my own,” he said. “I’d go up to New York and see shows, and many of these are the artists I’d race up to the city to see. I learned

a lot from them. But I also thought, ‘Why isn’t anyone writing about these people?’ I was waiting for the great book on these artists, and finally I thought I’d waited long enough, and my career had gotten to the point where I’d started showing with them. I thought, ‘OK, I’ll write the book on them.’” With a 1982 book, “Realists at Work,” as a springboard, Jackson said he wanted to expand the concept and let the artists speak for themselves. He asked them each questions and printed their responses, along with seven color images for each artist. “I wanted color, and I didn’t want three images on a page. I wanted full-page images,” he said. “When I approached these artists, I told them I would do seven images for each of them – all full page. I asked them to each send me 10 images and I picked out of that. All the words are theirs. “A lot of other art books are full of a bunch of art critics talking about stuff you’re not interested in,” Jackson continued. “I wanted to write for the public, and for collectors. I didn’t care about what kind of brushes they used. I wanted to know how they keep coming up with ideas. I asked them questions about the creative spirit, and what they were trying to say.” The result is a highly readable, beautifully designed book that took a year to appear in print after Jackson submitted the final material. But it’s had a nice, ongoing shelf life. “It’s a very different kind of market than the mass-

produced paperback,” Jackson said of the art-book market. “It’s a $60 coffee table book. I thought these would fly off the shelves, but you go to a Barnes & Noble and there’s one of each art book there. There’s not 25 copies. If they sell out, they might not get them back in.” During the writing and design process, Jackson was speaking at the Delaware Art Museum and had a preparatory mock-up copy of the book in his car at the time. The museum had bought one of his paintings (“The Apple Guy”), “and I told the curator, Margaret Winslow, I was doing a book and that I’d love to see it travel as a museum show. I asked what a museum would look for. I brought the mock-up in, and they called me up later and said, ‘Can we have that show?’” Under the guidance of Winslow, the project began to come together. “I said I didn’t want to be the curator,” Jackson said. “I already did the book. I’ve talked to the artists enough. But it had been three years since I first collected their artwork. Most of them had new work that they’re really proud of. I asked if they had new things they wanted to show.” There will be one to four works by each artist as part of “Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism,” opening on Oct. 21, based on the scale of the works, Jackson said. Some artist paint tiny works and others go large, limiting the number of works the museum can handle. But the Delaware Art Museum isn’t alone in its

love of Jackson and the other artists. Somerville Manning Gallery in Greenville is opening its own show on Oct. 20 to coincide with the museum exhibition. “It’s a darn good show. All the artists will be there, too,” Jackson said. “The difference is that if you go to a museum show, you see giant works and museum guards. Then you can go to Somerville Manning and get right up close to them. That’s really cool.” All the artists will be visiting for the dual openings, Jackson said, and there are special lectures and programs scheduled during the run of both shows. “So I’ve got all these realist artists coming in. What do I do with them?” Jackson said, laughing. “I called up the Brandywine River Museum and we got a private morning tour of the Andrew Wyeth studio and then the museum. Then we’re doing lunch another day at Galer Winery. I reserved the back room, and we’ll all just hang out and talk business and life. And we’ll talk about what’s next – does this all die after the end of the Delaware shows, or does it go on? As a group, we’ll figure out what’s next.” Jackson is humbled and honored by the reception given to the artists he’s loved for so long. And it’s especially fitting that realist artists are coming to the land of Andrew Wyeth to represent the future possibilities of the artistic style. “It’s an honor that the museums around here have been extremely nice. These are going to be stunning

Photo by John Chambless

Robert Jackson published his book, ‘Behind the Easel,’ in 2014, but it has sparked two major exhibitions opening this weekend.

shows, and I’m thrilled with what’s been pulled together. Realism has a niche and a fan base, so all these artists have a respect for Andrew Wyeth and what he did,” Jackson said. “Maybe he’s their favorite, maybe not, but they do tip their hat and say, ‘This is a guy that carried the torch.’” The Delaware Art Museum (2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Del.) presents “Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism” from Oct. 22, 2016 to January 22, 2017. It features works by Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, Debra Bermingham, Margaret Bowland, Paul Fenniak, Scott Fraser, Woody Gwyn, F. Scott Hess, Laurie Hogin, Robert C. Jackson, Alan Magee, Janet Monafo, John Moore, Charles Pfahl, Scott Prior, Stone Roberts, Sandra Mendelsohn

Rubin, Daniel Sprick, Will Wilson, and Jerome Witkin. On Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Jackson will discuss the exhibition at the museum. Other events with the exhibiting artists are also scheduled. Visit www.delart. org. Somerville Manning Gallery (101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, Del.) presents “Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters” from Oct. 20 to Nov. 19. A reception with the artists will be held Oct. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call 302652-0271 or visit www. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@chestercounty. com.

Celebrate the season at the Great Pumpkin Carve By Gene Pisasale Correspondent Anyone over 40 likely knows the television special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” which first aired on Oct. 27, 1966 and became a smash hit, with whimsical scenes of kids carving jack o’lanterns

accompanied by the inspired jazz piano of Vince Guaraldi. It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the special, which has become a cherished part of autumn. The Chadds Ford Historical Society has its own tradition – The Great Pumpkin Carve. Carving and decorating

pumpkins has its roots in England, but has been popular in America for nearly two centuries. The practice received greater recognition here in Chester County when Andrew Wyeth began crafting his pumpkin creations in the 1970s at the historic Chadds Ford Inn (now Brandywine Prime). Wyeth, with his son Jamie, sculpted enough beguiling figures to attract

huge crowds. In 1992, the annual celebration moved up the road to the grounds of the Historical Society, where hundreds of people enjoyed the cleverly carved pumpkins lit by candles at night. Today, these strangelooking gourds are transformed by talented artists into a variety of fanciful shapes and take their places in an enchanting

Spooky thrills await visitors to the Haunted Trail.

Carving a pumpkin is sometimes a family affair.

Last year’s salute to haunted Chadds Ford.

Witches and goblins are a recurring theme at the Pumpkin Carve.

pumpkin patch for everyone to see. The largest ones weigh in at several hundred pounds and are huge, providing an entertaining and photogenic backdrop for photographs of the entire family. The Haunted Trail stands nearby, offering parents and kids the opportunity to wander among spooky ghouls, ghosts and goblins, enveloped by eerie music. The Great Pumpkin Carve will be held Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 22, with expanded hours from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Historical Society Visitor Center (1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford). On Thursday night, visitors can watch the artists in action. This year, more than 50 people will

be creating beautiful displays that will please even the most discriminating viewer. There will be hayrides, live music, food and beverages, along with arts and crafts. Admission is $10 for adults, and $5 for ages 7 to 17. The event is free for Historical Society members and children 6 and younger. For more information, call 610-388-7376 or visit www. Gene Pisasale is an author/ lecturer/historian based in Kennett Square. His eight books and lecture series focus on the history of the Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region. He can be contacted at Visit his website at www.

A skeleton at last year’s Pumpkin Carve.




Unionville hosts ‘March on the Brandywine’ band competition

Unionville High School is hosting the “March on the Brandywine” marching band competition on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. This event features the area’s best high school musicians and color guard squads in friendly competition. Judges from the Cavalcade of Bands, Inc., will rate the precision, creativity, musicality and complexity of the performances. The 11 participating high schools are: Bridgeton, Cumberland Regional, Haverford, West Chester East, Sun Valley, Garnet Valley, Mount

Pleasant, Pennwood, Kennett, Marple-Newtown, and Upper Darby. When the competing bands are finished, the Unionville High School Marching Band will treat the audience to a performance of its 2016 show, “Tribal Voices.” Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, free for ages 5 and younger. Food will be available for purchase, along with programs and music-related items. Unionville High School is at 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square.

The Cavalcade of Bands Association is a regional circuit which brings together student musicians from across the Mid-Atlantic in competitions in the fall. Bands are divided into categories based on the size of the band and are judged in the following categories: Music, Visual, Overall Effect, Drum Major, Auxiliary (Color Guard) and Percussion. All bands are given a final score and awards are distributed at the end of all performances. At the end of the season a championship competition is held in Hershey, Pa.

Winners named in baking contests held at Unionville Fair All of the mouthwatering chocolate treats at the Unionville Community Fair, hosted the first weekend in October by Landhope Farms in Kennett Square, were judged as part of several baking contests, including the PA Preferred baking contest. This year’s PA Preferred cake contest winner is Paige Granti. Second place went to Terry Hawkins, and third was Lyndsay Pomponi. The contest also featured cookies, brownies and bars. This contest was strictly for the young at heart, showcasing the talents of competitors between the ages of 8 and 18. The head

chef in this youth division was Branden Pomponi. Coming in second was Izabella Feathers, and third was Julia McDonnell. The PA Preferred Chocolate Baking contests are co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred Program, the commonwealth’s official brand that identifies and promotes foods grown, produced or processed in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs. More than 100 fairs across the state are offering cash prizes. Unionville’s contest is a preliminary

competition that leads to the selection of the final PA Preferred blue ribbon winner, an event held each January at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg. Other baking contest winners include Ann Nuse for her winning Blue Ribbon Apple Pie, second place went to Bethany M. Agostini, and third to Maddie E. Maynor, and placing fourth was Sarah Christie-Feathers. As firstplace winners, Ann, Paige and Branden will travel to Harrisburg to compete at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in January, 2017.

Through Nov. 18 Fall Critters Bats, witches, ghosts, turkeys, pumpkins and other seasonal home decor and tabletop items are available through Nov. 18 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Critters are ornaments and tabletop decorations, each made by hand using natural materials. Museum volunteers use raw materials such as pine cones, acorns, egg shells, flowers, and seed pods to give each critter its own personality and expression. They range from $10 to $50 and are available in the Museum Shop, which is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit www. Oct. 21 Crafts Bazaar The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) will hold a Crafts Showcase & Bazaar on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be antiques and collectibles, a General Store, clothing, used books, baked goods, raffle baskets, candy and homemade soup for sale. Call 610-444-4819 or visit www. Oct. 21 Serpentine Barrens group dinner The Friends of the State Line Serpentine Barrens (FSLSB) will hold its annual fall banquet on Oct. 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Tickets are $20 per person and registration is necessary. To register, email tracy.e.raymond@gmail. com. The evening’s topic is “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Invasive plants


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Friends Meetinghouse. Call 610-869-8076 or email Nov. 17 and 18 New York City senior trip The Oxford Senior Center is offering an overnight trip to New York City to see the annual Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall on Nov. 17 and 18. The trip includes bus transportation, one night’s lodging in New York, one breakfast, the show, a tour of Lower Manhattan, Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue shopping and Macy’s Herald Square. The cost is $350, with a $200 deposit required. $149 is due before Sept. 10. Call 610-932-5244 for information. Nov. 19 Christmas bazaar Assumption BVM School’s Craft Fair and Christmas Bazaar will be held Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Center (290 State Rd., West Grove). There will be vendors, foods, The North Pole Workshop for children, high-end raffles and more. Call 610-869-9576 or visit 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: Resident Theatre Company presents “Broadway in the Borough” (Oct. 20, 7 p.m., $15 and $20); Phoebe Legere (Oct. 21, 8 p.m., $18 and $22); The Dupont Brothers (Oct. 22, 8 p.m., $12 and $15); Stand Up At the Flash with comedians Mike Rainey, Dave Primiano, Nick Kupsey and Noah Houlihan (Oct. 25, 8 p.m., $12 and $14); Francis Dunnery and His Sensational Electric Band (Oct. 27, 8 p.m., $30 and $35); Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins with the Travis Lawson Band (Oct. 28, 8 p.m., $20 and $23); Countdown to Ecstasy (Nov. 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m., $25 and $30); the Nik Everett Band (Nov. 5, 8 p.m., $17 and $20); Adrian Legg (Nov. 9, 8 p.m., $22.50 and $25); Who Are You: Who tribute band (Nov. 12, 8 p.m., $25 and $30). 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.




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Olen M. Grimes, Jr., 54, of Lincoln University, died suddenly on Oct. 10 at his home, due to a heart attack. He was the beloved husband of Roxann Carter Grimes, with whom he shared 18 years of marriage. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he was a son of the late Olen M. and the late Ann (Kane) Grimes. He was a 1980 graduate of Kennett High School. He served our country in the Marine Corps during peacetime.
Olen was the owner of My Polished Salon and Artworks Gallery in Kennett Square. During his years in business, he gained a vast knowledge of local well-known artists and their works, including Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Sebastian Upson, Rea Redifer and Richard Bollinger, to name just a few. He was a longtime faithful member of the Longwood Rotary Club where he donated his time and treasure to local initiatives each year. In earlier years, Olen was a member of the Unionville/Chaddsford JCs, and the Kennett Fire Company. He was once an EMT, and successful car salesman at the former Garnet Ford in Kennett. He once enjoyed logging, was a disc jockey, and loved hunting, fishing and reading. Olen loved the town of Kennett Square, where he worked and gave selflessly for many years. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him and he will not soon be forgotten. Survivors include, in addition to his wife Roxann, a stepson; four brothers, John, Carl, William and Michael; five sisters, Kathy, Ann, Vergia, Margaret and Vickie; and two grandchildren. A visitation with family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 29 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Inc. (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A service in celebration of his life will follow at noon. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to Kennett Area Community Service, or KACS, PO Box 1025, Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

Ruth W. Bussiere, 87, of Kennett Square, passed away on Oct. 11 at Crosslands. She was the wife of Norman L. Bussiere, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Fairfax Randall Wheelan and Elizabeth Ovens Wheelan. She worked at various public libraries, retiring in 2006 from Emma S. Clark Library in Setauket, N.Y. She was dedicated to her family and friends, and spent her happiest times with them. In addition to her husband, she is survived by one son, Robert D. Bussiere and his wife Alice of Wilmington, Del.; two daughters, Jeanne B. Stephens and her husband James of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Elizabeth Bussiere and her husband Daniel Cohen of Worcester, Mass.; four grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. She was predeceased by three brothers. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in the William Penn room at Crosslands (1600 E. Street Road, Route 926, Kennett Square. Burial will be held privately. In memory of Mrs. Bussiere, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.

Colleen C. Johnson, 89, of Oxford, passed away on Oct. 3 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was the wife of Paul M. Johnson, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Lee Davis. Born in Coatesville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nakada Sumner Charlton. Colleen was a member of Oxford Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Richard Frank Davis of Newark, Del., and Michael Edward Davis of Oxford; one daughter, Cynthia Trahan of Lafayette, La.; and four grandchildren, James Derek Davis, Nicole Lee Davis Joshua Lee Davis and Jonathan Karl Davis. Funeral services were held Oct. 7. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or Oxford Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences may be made at


Howell Ray “Buddy” Stewart, 83, of Perryville, Md., passed away on Oct. 16. Buddy was born in 1933 in Hanceville, Ala., to the late Lonnie Wilburn Stewart and Tera Lee (Anderson) Stewart. He was a proud member of Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church since 1983. He had a lifelong career in heating and air conditioning, and owned three different heating and air conditioning companies throughout his lifetime, until his retirement. He loved gospel music, camping, and dogs, especially Dachshunds. Buddy loved, and was especially proud of, his wonderful family, and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Audrey Nadine Stewart; his children, Debbie Jackson and her husband Jimmy, Cheryl Zueger and her husband Mark, Stephen Stewart and his wife Brenda, Mark Stewart and his wife Sherri, Janice Jones and her husband Michael, Matthew Stewart and his wife Alice; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Arvel Stewart. In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his son, Robert James Stewart; brother, Roy Stewart; and his sister, Edith Tillery. Funeral services will be held on Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church (303 W. Christine Rd., Nottingham). Family and friends may begin visiting at 10 a.m. In addition to flowers, memorial contributions can be made payable to the Alzheimer’s Association and sent in care of R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911. To send online condolences, visit

Oct. 22 Breakfast buffet Oxford United Methodist Church (Market and Addison streets, Oxford) hosts its monthly buffet breakfast on Oct. 22 from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, fruit, sausage and bacon, roasted potatoes, dried beef gravy and specialty breads. Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for ages 3 to 10. Call 610-932-9698 for more information. Oct. 29 Family Fun Night Oxford United Methodist Church (Market and Addison streets, Oxford) presents its second annual Family Fun Night on Oct. 29 from 6 to 7:45 p.m. There will be trick-ortreating at the church, with games, activities and treats for children ages 12 and younger, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dress in costume and bring a bag.

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MONCRIEFF L. WATSON Moncrieff L. Watson, born Oct. 20, 1955, son of the late Oliver and Edna Watson of Lincoln University, passed away Oct. 3. Moncrieff, known to family and friends as “Monty,” was a loving husband, father, brother and poppop. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joan Watson; his two sons, Moncrieff and Andre Watson; two grandchildren, Inaiah Hamlett and Mahki Nowlin-Watson; older brother, Clarence Watson; nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and friends who loved him. Monty graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1973. Over the years, he worked for Dupont, Chrysler and Herr’s until he retired. Monty was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and Golden State Warriors fan. He enjoyed watching westerns and listening to jazz music. Monty was also a devoted horse racing fan. He looked forward to attending the Belmont Stakes race each year, but his one passion was going fishing with family and friends on his boat. A service was held Oct. 10. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 731231718. Online condolences may be made at www.

JOSEPH F. BORNEMAN Joseph F. Borneman, 77, of Deltona, Fla., died on Oct. 6 He was born in 1938 in Philadelphia to John A. and Madeline (Henhoeffer) Borneman, and was one of nine children. Joseph graduated from St. James High School in 1956, and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his son Mark (Gillian) of Deltona, Fla., and his daughter Jennifer (Pat) of Oxford; and grandchildren Patrick and Daniel (Ingrid) Carr, Stefanie, Aaron, Ava, Mariah Borneman and Justine Borneman. He was predeceased by his wife; Eileen; and his son, Danny. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove, and Our Lady Of The Lakes Church in Deltona, Fla., where he lived for the last three years. Joseph was a member of the Knights of Columbus and attended mass daily. He was also devoted to making and donating rosaries. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with his family from 9 to 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 at Assumption BVM Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). His funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Cochranville. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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Victory Mushroom Cap 13.1 draws 700 to its inaugural run By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Cecelia Jenifer, 71, was among the hundreds of runners who gathered last Saturday in the pre-dawn hours at the Kennett High School football field at a time when the rest of Chester County was still fast asleep. She was joined by 15-year-old Connor Ash from West Chester, and Sarah Benson, who traveled to the race from Henderson, Nev., as well as Cathy Ordiway and Amy Rabanal from Florida. They were all there – motherand-son duos, weekend warriors and corporate combinations – gathered in anticipation of what would soon be the first Victory Mushroom Cap 13.1 race in Kennett Square. As the sun finally emerged at 7 a.m., it revealed what race organizers Sarah Nurry and Karen DiMascola of Run2Shine, Inc. – along

with race director David Berger – had worked more than a year for: 700 runners lined up on the Kennett High School track, bursting through the starting line. “I was very emotional and fighting back tears,” DiMascola said. “A year’s worth of work came down to today, and everyone looked happy and excited. As much as we needed runners to make this race happen, this race would be impossible without our volunteers. They are certainly one of the largest pieces of this event, and the fact that many of them have been here since 4 a.m. is testament to their dedication. We could not have had this race without them.” “In the past year, everything just fell into place,” Berger said. “When you really want something, the universe conspires to make it happen. We hit our 700 runner mark, the weather is perfect and we have the support of some

great volunteers.” The 13.1-mile race wound its way through the streets of Kennett Square and entered Willowdale, along North Mill Road, Poplar Tree Road and Wollaston Road. Eventually, the course directed the runners back to Kennett High School. In the men’s division, the overall winner was James Robison, who clocked in

with a time of 1:19:02. Joshua Alcorn finished in second place with a time of 1:23:48, and Timothy Henry finished in third, at 1:24:14. In the women’s division, Lauren DePaul won with a time of 1:29:12; Mary Ann McMenamin finished in second place with a time of 1:33:30; and Maddie Bixler took third place at 1:34:41. Community support of

veterans and their families was a theme of the event, which gave members of The Weekly Flight – a group dedicated to promoting an understanding of the challenges associated with combat post-traumatic stress – the honor of being the first group to start the race. In addition, Run2Sine, Inc. invited Justin Jordan, veteran and the author of “And Then I Cried..Stories

of a Mortuary NCO,” to meet with runners and sign copies of his book. Proceeds from registration fees were given to The Garage Community & Youth Center, Family Promise of Southern Chester County, and The Weekly Flight.

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Race director David Berger welcomed the runners to the starting line.

Denise Nash of West Grove competed in the race with her son, Jacob.

Runners did their pre-race warm-ups before dawn.

Veteran and author Justin Jordan, with Run2Shine, Inc. founders Sarah Nurry and Karen DiMascola.

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A total of 700 runners competed in the first Victory Mushroom Cap 13.1 race on Oct. 15, which began and finished at Kennett High School.

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Unionville clubs Kennett, 34-14, behind Graham’s three TDs By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer To many who follow Kennett High School football, Kerry Tomasetti, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior, is the most valuable player on the team. On defense, he is first on the team in quarterback sacks, and heads a linebacker corps that has shown signs of shut-down capability at various times this season. On offense, Tomasetti is the team’s tight end, its leader in receptions, and ranks third in total yardage behind quarterback Jake Dilcher and running back Myles Robinson. In short, he is a key play maker on a young Kennett squad that is holding its head above water in a competitive Ches-Mont season. While Tomasetti played

a big part in holding crosstown rival Unionville to just one touchdown in the first half of an eventual 34-14 loss to the Indians last Friday night, he was a non-factor on offense, held to no catches, while on the other side of the field, Pat Clark’s team ran over Kennett in the second half with a series of punishing runs by quarterback Joe Zubillaga and three touchdowns by running back Dante Graham. Despite a considerable height advantage over Indian defensive back JT Hower, Tomasetti was persona non grata in Kennett’s offensive plans in the first quarter, which was dominated Kennett’s inability to move the ball into scoring position. An interception by defensive back Aidan Boyle snuffed out one Kennett drive.

Unionville didn’t fare any better, as Zubillaga was sacked by Tomasetti to end an early Indian scoring threat at midfield. Unionville got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, on a 69-yard drive that began with a 15-yard sprint by Zubillaga, and a 40-yard strike from Zubillaga to Howser that was downed at the Kennett 10-yard line. It was spectacular grab by Howser, and set up a pitch to Graham and a one-yard touchdown plunge by Zubillaga with 7:40 left in the first half. After kicker Matthew Mainwaring’s extra-point kick veered wide of the posts, Kennett drove 65 yards, which was highlighted by a 43-yard run by running back Connor Hyzny that got the ball to the Unionville

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A fourth-quarter run by quarterback Joe Zubillaga set up a touchdown during Unionville’s 34-14 victory over Kennett on Oct. 14.

a one-yard touchdown run with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter that extended the Indians’ lead to 20-7. At the start of the fourth quarter, a 73-yard scramble by Zubillaga led to Graham’s second TD of the evening – an eight-yard run with 7:40 left in the game. After Dilcher’s one-yard TD keeper with 6:17 left cut down Unionville’s lead to 27-14, the Indians again went to Graham, who ran nine yards for Unionville’s final score. With the victory,

Unionville (5-3 overall) now stands atop the ChesMont American Division with a perfect 4-0 record, with an Oct. 21 home game against 1-7 Octorara next on its schedule. Kennett’s loss puts them in the middle of the Ches-Mont American pack with a 1-3 divisional record and a 3-5 overall mark. It will look to get back to its winning ways on Oct. 21 in Oxford, for a game against the 1-7 Hornets. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

Kennett tight end Kerry Tomasetti was held to no completions in the game.




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The Kennett Consolidated School District is re-soliciting bids for the New Baseball Field Project at Kennett Middle School. This is a re-bid with a somewhat reduced scope of work. The field is located in the southern corner of the Kennett Middle School campus in Landenberg, Pennsylvania. The project consists of, but is not limited to, the construction of one (1) new baseball field, fencing, landscaping, erosion control, earthwork, rain garden, seeding, and other items as more completely described in the bid documents. Bid documents can be obtained from the office of Architerra, PC, telephone number 610-282-1398. A non-refundable fee of $50.00 is required for each set of bid documents. The fee will be waived for any bidder who submitted a bid on the first bid. Checks are to be made payable to Kennett Consolidated School District but be delivered to Architerra before bid documents will be supplied. A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 3:15 pm October 24, 2016 at the Kennett Middle School lobby, 195 Sunnydell Road, Landenberg, Pennsylvania 19350. Bids are due by 3:30 pm on November 17, 2016 at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, 409 Center Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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The London Grove Township Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public hearing on, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., in the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA for the following purpose: 426 W. Baltimore Pike – To hear the appeal of Alfred Cocciolone Jr. for a special exception to reduce a side yard setback. The applicant proposes to place a 12 ft. by 20 ft. storage shed 61’ from a side property line. Section 27-1303.B. of the Township Zoning Ordinance allows a reduction of a side yard through a special exception to 25% of the required distance. The property is located in the Industrial (I) District. William Grandizio Chairman Zoning Hearing Board 10p-19-1t

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Wyncote Golf Club recognized for environmental excellence Wyncote Golf Club has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Par ticipation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife &

Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. “Wyncote Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International. Wyncote Golf Club is one of 30 courses in Pennsylvania and 909 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe,

South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2009. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years. This year the recertification process, coordinated by Mark McGreevy, Head Greenkeeper, required a visit by a local community representative. Kelley Nunn, Naturalist Educator with the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “The Land Conservancy

for Southern Chester County is impressed and pleased to see a local golf course setting such high environmental standards, and to be participating in the ACSP’s recertification process,” Nunn reported. “The recertif ication process was not burdensome, it was an opportunity to showcase our environmental efforts,” said McGreevy. “We want to be a leader in conservation and environmentally friendly decision making. Thank you to the ACSP for giving golf course superintendents the structure and platform to display all of our significant accomplishments in environmental stewardship.”

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Donadio. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.” About Audubon International Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing

people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and cer tif ication programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-7679051, e-mail at acsp@ auduboninter national. org, or visit the website at www.

Kennett High School seniors named National Merit Commended Students

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Kennett High School recently announced that seniors (from left to right) Kerry Tomasetti, Austin Maxwell, Kate Doroba, Olivia Donia, Lydia Pelby, Victoria Gallivan, Molly Adelman, Delaney Chaffin, and Charles Shattuck have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A letter of commendation from Kennett High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Kennett High School principal, Dr. Jeremy Hritz, to the students. “We are so proud of these outstanding students -- not only for their exceptional performance on standardized tests, but also for all the other ways in which they enrich the Kennett Square community,” Hritz said. Although these students do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Jennersville YMCA debuts J5K fundraiser Oct. 22 The Jennersville YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine YMCA, has announced its inaugural Y5K Run and Quarter Mile Kids Run, taking place on Oct. 22. Registration for the event is open. Proceeds will benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign. The Jennersville YMCA offers financial assistance for child care, summer camp, membership and other programs to hundreds of families and seniors in the area to ensure opportunities for everyone. The route will begin at the Jennersville Y and wind through scenic Jenners

Pond and finish back at the Y. The course travels through rolling farmlands with natural streams, ponds and shade trees. Registration is available online at (Keyword: Jennersville YMCA). The registration fee is $30 for adults (includes race shirt), free for children. Race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. The Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:20 a.m. Pre-race packet pick-up will be open Friday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jennersville YMCA (880 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove).









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