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Volume 150, No. 48


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Oxford Borough Holiday Selfie secures first grant for proposed parking garage By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer

Oxford Borough’s efforts to construct a parking garage near the business district took a major step A big show of small art in forward when the borChadds Ford...1B ough recently received approximately $578,000 in funding for the project through Chester County’s Community Revitalization Program. This is the first

significant funding that the borough has received since a parking garage study was completed in 2015. In order for Oxford Borough officials to support moving forward with the project, which has an estimated price tag of $5.75 million, the borough will need to piece together funding from a variety of federal, state, and county sources. Steve Krug and Pauline

Garcia-Allen, two consultants for the borough’s parking garage project, delivered the good news about the first grant at a public meeting on Nov. 21. Krug, the principal of Krug Architects, completed a comprehensive parking study in 2015, and he and Garcia-Allen have been facilitating the borough’s attempts to secure federal, Continued on Page 5A

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This architectural rendering that shows the general concept of what a parking garage might look like in downtown Oxford was included in the parking study that was completed by Krug Architects in 2015. Oxford Borough just secured the first funding for the project in the form of a Chester County Community Revitalization Program grant.

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Despite a persistent rain, hundreds of families lined State Street in Kennett Square last Friday to watch the Holiday Light Parade, which included performances by the Kennett High School Marching Band, the Longwood Dance Studio dancers, and the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

Tevebaugh Associates, a Wilmington-based architectural firm, has been selected as the architect for the new police station being planned for New Garden Township. The announcement was made at the township’s board of supervisors meeting on Nov. 21. The cost to the township for design will be $294,250. Tevebaugh Associates was the lowest among four firms who bid on the project. The firm has designed several academic, healthcare and public and institutional buildings, including several that dot the downtown Wilmington skyline. The firm is very familiar with creating law enforcement facilities, which include the St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Kennett Square. new, 22,000-square-foot

In the days after Election Day on Nov. 8, a wave of racist and hateful incidents was reported around the United States, and The Southern Poverty Law Center tracked more than 200 acts of harassment and intimidation in the three Photos (2) by Richard L. Gaw days following the election. They continue to add up. United Methodist Church of the Open Door in Kennett In the days since, two Square. churches in the United States were recently vandalized with racist and anti-LGBTQ graffiti referencing the president-elect. The phrase “Trump Nation, whites only” was written on the back of a sign advertising Spanishlanguage services at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Maryland. Continued on Page 2A

police station in Rehoboth, Del. The free standing building provides detention facilities, a fully enclosed sally port, secure evidence storage, investigation and storage, locker and training room facilities for officers and staff. The announcement arrives at a time when the new Southern Chester County Regional Police Department – which merges the New Garden and West Grove Bough forces into one unit – is expected to begin operations on Jan. 2, 2017. The idea to construct a new and expanded police facility in New Garden has been on the discussion table for many years in the township, a concept that was been kicked up in urgency after the closing of the long-time barracks on Continued on Page 3A

State Dept. of Agriculture awards $100K in grants to study phorid fly control By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer For thousands of southern Chester County residents who are combating the rise of the phorid fly, and the local mushroom industry who is at its wit’s end in much of the same, help may

be finally on the way. State Senator Andy Dinniman recently announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently approved $100,000 in research grant funding to study ways to control and combat the Phorid fly infes-

tation that has wreaked havoc on mushroom farms and residential communities in southern Chester County. “These flies continue to be a serious issue for both residents and farmers in Chester County and I am committed to finding a solution,”

U-CF schools look at test results as blueprint for the future By John Chambless Staff Writer In a school district that’s accustomed to superlatives, the Growth and Achievement Report for 2015-16 presented at the Nov. 21 meeting of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board was a chance to acknowledge some good results while keeping an eye on how to

improve in the long term. The principals of each school presented their individual results, which drew on data derived from the Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS),as well as the Pennsylvania System School Assessment (PSSA). Overall, the report showed high scores across the district, meeting or

Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, said. “This grant funding is a step forward in working to find new ways to effectively control and combat these pests.” The funding will go to the Penn State College

of Agricultural Sciences to study the ecology and control of Phorid fly infestations on mushroom farms and surrounding communities. The grant funding was the result of a meeting Dinniman held earlier this year with Continued on Page 5A

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exceeding the growth standard in all subject areas when examined in aggregate. Each principal stressed that there are still areas for improvement, and laid out plans to strengthen instructional opportunities. At Chadds Ford Elementary, principal Shawn Dutkiewicz pointed to the development of technical “makerspace”

The editorial in the Chester County Press Nov. 16 edition once again criticized London Grove Supervisors for not embracing the new regional police department being put together by New Garden Township and West Grove Borough. The new Southern Chester Regional Police Department will begin operation on Jan. 2, 2017. London Grove Township has a population of 8,500 and will continue to increase, according to London Grove’s own Zoning Steering Committee. Leaving all the safety of its citizens to the overburdened Avondale

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Open Door, also in Kennett Square. The following is A black church in an abridged transcript Mississippi was recently set of that 45-minute-long ablaze and vandalized with conversation. the words “Vote Trump” scrawled on the side of the ‘A sense of exhaustion’ building. Whether Democrat or Chester County Press: Republican, liberal or How have you both been conservative, religious or addressing the ramificaagnostic, gay or straight, tions of this election to man or woman, black or your respective congregawhite or Hispanic or Asian, tions in recent weeks and no one can deny that the months? 2016 Presidential election Rogers: I have addressed and its subsequent results it in numerous ways, have unleashed the rhetoric both in one-on-one conand actions of a few that are versations and from the categorized as homopho- pulpit. As a member of bic, xenophobic and racist, the church, I address it in and targeted toward immi- the context of our faith, of grants, Muslims, women, what it is that we believe. I homosexuals, people of think it’s important to call color and the disabled. out the fact that it was a These incidents have messy campaign – probunleashed the volatility ably the most bitter and of a long-held hatred sud- unconventional campaigns denly given permission to that we have seen. With explode, and in full view that acknowledged and of these aforementioned said, I begin with what atrocities, the fears of we believe, especially as many that we as a nation Christians. We believe that are no longer capable of Christ came into the mess civil engagement have that is this world, with its become palatable. problems and difficulties. Who do we turn to for I put it in that context, answers? Where is the safe and remind people that our haven for reconciliation, response to civil matters hope and action? Who do and government matters is we trust to host the new to be a virtuous people. American Conversation? Without that gift of virtue In an attempt to address with one another in our and answer these ques- human relationships and tions, the Chester County our relationship with God, Press recently sat down we’re doomed. It’s remindover coffee at Philter in ing people of who we are, Kennett Square with Father and what we’re called to Chris Rogers, pastor of St. be. Patrick Roman Catholic Munoz: The biggest Church in Kennett Square, emotional response that I and Lydia E. Munoz, received from parishioners senior pastor of the United was one of exhaustion. Methodist Church of the Coming in to worship or Continued from Page 1A

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Father Christopher Rogers, fifth from right, has served as the pastor of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church since June 2015.

coming into my office or calling on the phone, it was exhausting to read about and feel. Being a part of a congregation that is about 70 percent of color, one of our biggest values has been to intentionally make a diverse, multicultural community. I think people walking in the door knew that we are working to build this beloved community that Dr. King spoke about. There has also been the disbelief that this could actually be a reflection of this country, that it’s not just an outlier speaking, but a reflection of who we are. What has occurred has been a kind of a waking up of truth, in a way that shows us we all have a lot of work to do. As a clergy person, it’s my job to listen to that sense of exhaustion, to name it as part of the rhetoric, and convey how the divisive and contentious platform that was set up pulled us into that magnet. It’s my job to recognize that platforms can change. Administrations can change. Elections and campaigns can change, but for me, if you’re committed to the Gospel and Jesus Christ, that doesn’t change. The Gospel is the Spirit of the Lord. That message has not changed. That’s what I focus on. What do the words of Jesus say, and how do we contrast that with everything we’ve been hearing?

the choices on either side. So what’s our role? I’d like to think that the names on the ballot for president were not a reflection of our local communities, but to a certain extent, it’s really a call on our local communities to wake up, and say, ‘This is coming from somewhere, and something is feeding this.’ In this particular point in time, it’s a moment when we can wake up and self examine ourselves, and ask what we’re doing. Pastor Munoz: I’ve experienced an increase in people who have approached me and said that this is the reality of my family, and what do we do? Some of those are immigrant families who are really afraid. The week after the election, I received calls from three families, and as much as we define ourselves in Kennett Square as an embracing community, there are problems. I have had talks with several of my colleagues where we’ve asked, ‘Do we become communities where we provide sanctuary? Do we need to become congregations where we stand in the gap, more than we did before? Do we remain ministries of mercy, or become ministries of justice, where we’re standing up and saying, ‘No, you can’t violate that rule?’ Getting rid of labels

‘Ministries of justice’ Chester County Press: At this contentious time, do you feel your jobs have been made more challenging as a result of this rhetoric and these incidents? Maybe this election did reveal the fact that we as a society are not as open as we have perceived ourselves to be. Father Rogers: This election has revealed a lot. Many people I’ve spoken to voted but had to hold their nose in doing so, given that they weren’t too proud of

Chester County Press: Every week, you both face a sea of parishioners who look up to you. Do either of you ever feel like you’re the one people are looking up to for the answers? Father Rogers: When you’re a little kid, you look up to those who are higher than you, and eventually, you grow up and you begin to ask, ‘What is higher than me?’ I think the call for us is to know and seek the truth and then to form our own consciences, according to the truth. The

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Lydia E. Munoz is the senior pastor at the Church of the Open Door.

church isn’t in the business of telling people what to believe, but proclaiming what we as a church do believe – the truths of our faith and what they mean for the common good, the dignity of the person and the respect of people. But the church is not in the business of condemning candidates or their campaigns, but informing the conscience of our parishioners, so that they can make their own decision. Pastor Munoz: In my community, there were very few who voted for the President-elect. The biggest concern was for human rights. I know that as a clergy person, it’s difficult sometimes to stay consistent to the Gospel, and not have to call out things that are clearly wrong, so you don’t want to alienate people who are trying to get closer to God. I think my responsibility is to help people develop the critical thinking tools that they need, so that they make really critical choices, based on information. I have parishioners who waked the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and they tell me that this [current environment] sounds the same as that time. However, part of the beauty and the difficulty of trying to live in a community trying to come together is to get rid of the labels of Progressive and Conservative – and just become people of conscience. We need to at least become engaged in conversation, and somehow we can find ourselves in the middle or somewhere to enable us to live together. We can not allow the hate to actually work and divide us. We need to move

beyond that. ‘Producing Virtue’ Chester County Press: Places of worship and their constituencies are facing the big unknown. Father Rogers: What directs us is not the unknown, but the known. Jesus Christ has come into the world, and it’s not just for a certain congregation, but for all human kind. He became one of us. It’s that known truth of His way of the Gospel – His way of living – it’s that way that produces virtue, that produces the good. It’s the Good News, and it’s Good News for all. But the more segregated we are with labels and groupings, the more limited we become and the more fearful we become of the other. Pastor Munoz: We are waiting in anticipation of hope, but as we are waiting for hope, we’re working for hope. We are waiting for peace, but as we are waiting for peace, we are building peace. We are waiting for love, but as we are waiting for love, we are building love. We’re responsible and accountable to each other. The message is of God is for us to be fully alive. If we’re working toward helping each other become fully alive and pulling out the best in each other -in helping this community become fully alive – that alertness forms questions, and it allows us to tie in the Gospel with our political engagement and involvement. The ‘Unspectacular’ Chester County Press: The cultural, religious and

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Local News spiritual landscape of our nation has experienced a shot to the gut from this campaign, but with every punch we’ve taken, we’ve seen small signs of hope. Where are the signs of hope you have seen in your respective parishes, and if you haven’t seen them, where do you look for them? Father Rogers: It happens in the day to day, in the unspectacular, but in a culture that likes the spectacular – that likes the fireworks – we’re drawn to the contentious. We’re drawn to the things that show division. Unity and order doesn’t make headlines. It doesn’t grasp the 24-hour news cycle. Insofar as how that unity can be worked for, we can forge concrete ways of looking at immigration reform, for example, and how we can move forward on these issues. These are the times when people can take ownership and find ways of making things work. The hope is found in cultivating an environment where we engage people rather than shout at them,

where we get to know the other person. That’s where the hope is, but because that’s not romantic, it tends toward not being terribly exciting. But the more that we can appreciate those who are opposed to us, the more unity we will find, and the better for the culture. Pastor Munoz: Our congregation did a study on [American scholar, author, and public speaker] Brene Brown’s research on the emotion of Shame. She wrote that when you operate out of scarcity and fear, you begin to create a narrative that is based on that fear. You fear everyone and everything. You’re angry. You find fault, because you have the fear that you’re not good enough, so that you feel you have to guard everything that you are, because God forbid someone should come in and destroy who you are and what you have. Part of what has happened has been that we have let the rhetoric of scarcity and fear win the conversation. Our congregation has begun to look at ourselves and others as believing that

we are all worthy of acceptance of love. Because of that, there have been voices that have been speaking pretty loudly, beyond the rhetoric of the campaign. For me, the hope that I see is in our young people. These young adults are going to change the landscape of this country, beyond the question of diversity.

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growth in ELA. That will be an area of emphais in the coming school year. The math instruction block will be increased from 60 minutes to 75 minutes as well. At Pocopson Elementary School, principal Clif Beaver pointed to the school’s many achievements, including being recognized as the top elementary school in Pennsylvania by S c h o o l D i g g e r. c o m . Proficient/advanced PSSA scores in math were 94.2 percent in third grade, 88 percent in fourth grade, and 83.5 percent in fifth grade. The PSSA ELA scores for proficient/advanced were 99 percent for third grade, 90.4 percent in fourth grade, and 95.9 percent in fifth grade. Science proficient/advanced was 99.2 percent. An area to work on in fourth grade math was measurement and problem solving, as well as operations and algebraic thinking, and interpreting and representing data. In fifth grade, more than 16 percent of students did not meet the proficiency standard, Beaver said, so there will be steps taken to strengthen math instruction, as well as regular progress monitoring of students on the proficiency plan. At Unionville Elementary School, principal Michelle Lafferty said math achievement had increased in grades 3 to 5, all fourthgrade students tested proficient or advanced in science, and there was high math achievement in the fifth grade. Scores for proficient/advanced in math were 76 percent in third grade, 80 percent in fourth grade and 85 percent in fifth grade. That will mean an extended math period

of 75 minutes for grades 2 to 5, a focus on math improvement in grades 3 to 5, targeted small-group instruction for students who are below proficient, and increased professional development opportunities in math. English/language arts scores at Unionville Elementary were 83 percent proficient/advance in third grade, 81 percent in fourth grade and 94 percent in fifth grade. Those scores met the standard for academic growth, but there will be an increased emphasis on writing arguments, informative/explanatory texts and narrative texts for grades 3 to 5, and a focus on understanding key ideas and details in literature and informational text for third grade. In science, 100 percent of Unionville fourth grade students tested proficient/advanced. At Patton Middle School, principal Tim Hoffman pointed to a top 10 ranking on since 2013, and a No. 6 ranking in 2016. The school’s garden and agricultural science emphais has also gotten state and national acclaim in the past year. In an analysis of the Keystone Exam results, more than 99 percent of the students tested proficient/advanced, and there was a 10 percent increase in advanced students. In math, proficient/ advanced students were measured at 69.9 percent in sixth grade, 70.7 percent in seventh grade, and 72.2 percent in eighth grade. In ELA scores, proficient/ advanced results were 90.5 percent for sixth graders, 90.3 percent for seventh graders and 91.2 percent for eighth graders. Science scores were 93.1 percent proficient/advanced for 2016. Those were the highest school science numbers

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initiatives at the school, as well as an emphasis on STEM-based curriculum. In math PSSA scores, the percentage of proficient/ advanced students was 91.4 percent in third grade, 90 percent in fourth grade, and 74 percent in fifth grade. In English/language arts, the percentage of proficient/advanced students was 93.1 percent in third grade, 90 percent in fourth grade and 91.5 percent in fifth grade. In fourth grade science, there was a 100 percent score for proficient/ advanced students. The fourth-grade PVAAS also indicated growth in science at all levels. Dutkiewicz pointed to the fifth-grade math achievenent score of 74 percent as an area that will require more focus. The next steps at Chadds Ford Elementary include focusing on bettering math scores, extending the math period to 75 minutes for the second through fifth grades, adding math sections to create smaller class sizes, and scheduling professional development for fifth grade teachers to focus on deficit areas and problem solving. At Hillendale Elementary School, principal Steve Dissinger pointed out that more than 65 percent of the students in all three grades scored in the advanced range for English/language arts. In math, the percentage of advanced or proficient students was 90.9 percent in third grade, 80.8 percent in fourth grade, and 80.9 percent in fifth grade. In ELA, the percentage of advanced or proficient students was 97.7 percent in third grade, 88.5 percent in fourth grade, and 95.3 percent in fifth grade. In science, 98.1 percent of students in fourth grade scored advanced or proficient. Dissinger said an analysis of math shows that fourth and fifth grade students are exceeding the state standard for academic growth. The number of students scoring basic or below basic in fourth and fifth grade crept up in 2015-16, and there was an indication that fourth grade students are not meeting the standard for academic

‘This Productive Engine’

what people are feeling, and not try to deny it. But what are we going to do with this anger? If we live in this constant battling anger, then essentially, the hateful rhetoric that you have heard, will win. But if you take this anger, and use it to become engaged and build relationships with people, then that anger becomes this productive engine. Father Rogers: Whenever we experience anger, it’s good to take a deep breath, and acknowledge the fact that we’re still here. We should have someone to talk to. If you are really angry or hurt, you should be able to share that with another person, and to begin to see that it is something big in one’s life, but it’s part of a bigger whole, and to use this to seek clarity. A lot of times, those things which anger us can get the best of us, and a lot of times, it’s a call to a further maturity in one’s own life.

Chester County Press: For those who are fighting to reconcile with this election and the divide they see in the nation that came from it, what do you say to them? Pastor Munoz: I have a nephew who is a 30-year-old of AfricanAmerican descent. He is very distraught about this [election]. He has stopped several times, because of the color of his skin. He tells me that it feels like now, there is this permission granted, that this kind of thing can happen, all the To contact Staff Writer time. I told him that it was Richard L. Gaw, e-mail a legitimate anger. We need to acknowledge

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in Chester County. There will be a focus on improving the sixth-grade math scores, including possible program changes for 2017-18, and a focus on expressions and equations at all grade levels. At Unionville High School, principal Jimmy Conley had plenty of good news, including being rated No. 2 in Pennsylvania on the Newsweek “America’s Top High Schools” list, a school performance profile of 101.6 (the highest in Pennsylvania), and a 94 percent score for seniors who will attend college. Of the 361 students who took the AP Exams in 2016, 95 percent of them scored a 3 or higher, Conley said. That compares to a state average of 67.7 percent and a global average of 60.3 percent. The SAT results for Unionville students were: 571 in critical reading, 579 in math, and 563 in writing. That compares to national averages of 494 in critical reading, 482 in math, and 508 in writing. Results of the 2016 Keystone Exams showed Unionville students tested proficient/advanced in algebra (93.9 percent),

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ship’s supervisors that a police facility of this kind would cost between $6.5 million and $7.5 million – about $300 per square feet – if the project were to begin in 2017. The lifespan of the facility, Redstone said, could last as long as 40 years. While both appointed and elected township officials have agreed with Simpson that a new, larger police facility is crucial, the concept had for years been met with the roadblock of how to pay for it. The solution arrived on Aug. 15, when supervisors gave final and unanimous approval to the sale of the township’s sewer system to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. (Aqua) for the price of $29.5 million. Proceeds from the sale are expected to go into the construction of the new police facility. In other police news, the board approved the promotion of Officer Stephen Madonna from part-time status to a fulltime officer. He will replace Officer Kristen Menna, who recently left the department for a position in the private sector.

Gap-Newport Pike were shut down after mold infestation was detected. Since that time, the unit has been housed in an 1,100 square-foot makeshift of interconnected trailers. Though functional, the current location does not provide for proper holding area space. With Detroit-based architect Daniel Redstone at his side, Gerald Simpson, the new chief for the department, unveiled the blueprint and needs assessment for a planned 19,500 squarefoot police barracks before the supervisors on April 25. The facility would provide the new regional department with a greatly improved work flow space, and would include expanded holding areas; a sally port to usher prisoners into holding areas; offices for detectives and police administration offices, including a space for record storage; a property room; public entrance and public areas; a staff training room; both mens’ and womens’ locker room areas; and expanded parking areas for both police and the To contact Staff Writer public. Richard L. Gaw, e-mail Redstone told the town- biology (95.7 percent) and literature (96.8 percent). Conley said the school’s ACT, AP and SAT scores are among the best in the nation, and that a committee is examining adding the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at the school to provide another curricular path for students. After the presentation, School Board member Jeff Hellrung commented that the results were welcome, “but they are not everything,” he said. “They’re a building block. The important thing is that we learn the appropriate things from it. Our goal is to produce well-rounded, capable citizens. As for the PSSA, it’s good that

we’ve had a stable test for more than 10 years. I see there’s some consistency there -- the teachers know how to use the data in the right way. I think those PSSA tests take .2 percent of the instructional time for our elementary school students. As long as we don’t overdo the test prep, it’s a very modest investment fior a pretty significant benefit.” The complete Growth and Achievement Report for 2015-16 is posted on the district’s website (www. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email

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Budget talks continue in Kennett Square No tax increase is expected to be necessary to balance the proposed spending plan By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Kennett Square Borough Council is on track to approve a balanced budget for 2017 that will not require an increase in taxes. On Monday, Nov. 28, borough council held a special meeting to discuss the proposed budget that had been unveiled three weeks earlier. Borough manager Joe Scalise updated council on the efforts to finalize the budget, reiterating that there is no tax increase and no hike in water, sewer, or solid waste fees. The millage rate would remain at 6.35 mills for the next year. Scalise offered a look back at some of the major projects completed by the borough in 2016, as well as a look ahead to what’s on tap for the next year. He noted that the proposed 2017 budget is very similar to what it was when the spending plan was first discussed publicly on Nov. 7. The projected general fund budget for 2017 totals $4,155,200. Council members offered some positive comments about a spending plan that maintained or improved the services to borough residents, while not imposing increased taxes or fees. “I think this is an

excellent budget,” said council member Ethan Cramer. “Everybody who worked on this is doing a very good job.” Council member Geoff Bosley, who serves on the borough’s Finance Committee, said that council members are all residents and taxpayers themselves, and they work hard to keep expenses to a minimum. He noted that the last remaining debt for the borough’s water fund will be paid off during 2017, which is an illustration of the borough’s efforts to be careful with spending. “We’re moving in a positive direction,” Bosley said. According to Scalise, the proposed budget includes three-percent salary increases for uniformed and nonuniformed employees. There is a slight increase in spending on public safety overall. The borough will, for the fourth year in a row, provide some funding for a School Resource Officer who works closely with the schools in the borough. Kennett Square officials are in the process of conducting a search for a new police chief following the retirement, earlier this year, of Edward Zunino. Additionally, the police department added a new position of sergeant during 2016. The 2017 budget also

includes a three-percent increase in the contribution to the Kennett Library. Looking ahead to some of the projects slated for 2017, the borough will be moving forward with the regional streetlight program that replaces older streetlights with new, energy efficient LED lights. The savings that the borough sees from the upgrades should offset the costs. A new pump station is also needed for Cypress Street, which is budgeted at $115,000. A Linden Street booster station upgrade is expected to cost $440,000. The borough has been working collaboratively with Kennett Township on an economic development study that was completed over the last 16 months. The borough has also been having discussions with Kennett Library officials about a project that would see the library and the borough’s offices housed in the same community building. The most expensive project that could potentially be considered during 2017 is a $3.2 million expansion of the parking garage. The borough has applied for a $1.6 million grant from the state that would pay for a significant portion of the costs of the parking expansion, but until the borough attains the grant officials won’t be considering moving forward with the project.

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As it stands now, there will be no new debt taken on in 2017. During the discussion about the parking garage project, council president Dan Maffei said that projections show that, if the borough expanded the parking garage, it would operate in the black almost immediately. An expansion of the garage would free up some parking spaces in other parts of the borough that currently are utilized for permit parking so that they can become metered parking spots that would generate additional revenues.

According to Scalise, the borough saw significant savings on several items in the budget during 2016. One example is that the borough put on hold an expenditure of $300,000 for land in the southwest side of town that would have been used for a park. The borough also saved a significant amount on the purchase of new computer software. Council member Wayne Braffman, who also serves on the borough’s Finance Committee, said that borough officials have decided to take a look at the performance of individual funds,

specifically the water, sewer, and parking funds, to ensure that each one is on strong ground financially now and in the future. Borough officials will also be looking at the larger contracts that Kennett Square has with various vendors to see if there are any opportunities for potential savings. Borough council is expected to approve the final budget for 2017 at its next meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty. com.

Book signing set for Dec. 10 Keith Craig, the author of “Herb Pennock: Baseball’s Faultless Pitcher,” will be signing copies of the book at Burton’s Barber Shop on State Street in Kennett Square on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The book details the life and career of Herb Pennock, the hall of fame pitcher who is best known for helping the dynastic New York Yankees teams of the 1920s win multiple World Series titles. Craig recounts Pennock’s ascent from well-to-do Kennett Square resident to the heights of major league baseball. Pennock won a total of 241 games during his career, and never

lost in five World Series starts. Pennock, who was known as the “Squire of Kennett Square” was wellrespected by teammates and Kennett Square residents alike. Pennock was inducted into the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Wall of Fame, which is headquartered in Burton’s Barber Shop. Copies of the book will be available for $40 during the event. The book can also be purchased in advance at Tickets for the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Banquet that will take place in January of 2017 will also be available during the book signing.

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barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police is a serious mistake, mired in bad judgments from the Board of Supervisors, starting with Tom Houghton and continuing with current supervisor David Connors. Buying the Inniscrone Golf Course and liquor license and hocking the township with $1.3 million of bank loans is a serious oncoming calamity that’s similar to the Oxford Area Sewer Authority’s passing a huge loan into the lap of its residents. Instead of investing in the safety of residents, London Grove supervisors are staying with an investment in a golf course that is losing money every year. The course and liquor license should be put up for sale to a private operator who can build a dining facility/banquet hall in the Hartefeld model that can make money and get London Grove out of the business. (Uncle Irvin’s column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)

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residents of Harrogate North, leaders of other communities impacted by the flies, and experts from Penn State and American Mushroom Institute’s (AMI) Integrated Pest Management Committee. Dinniman has led the effort to address the infestation of tiny insects that have plagued dozens of homeowners and residents in New Garden Township and nearby areas. Earlier this month, he held a town hall meeting with local residents and mushroom farmers and composters to discuss and coordinate ongoing efforts to address the problem. “This is an issue that negatively impacts both the quality of life of local residents and the crop yields of neighboring mushroom farmers,” he said. “There has got to be a way we can

work together to eliminate this fly for the betterment of the entire community.” In addition, the Department of Agriculture also approved $77,000 in research grant funding for the AMI to study the beneficial uses of mushroom compost. These two grants were part of nine projects statewide approved for more than $600,000 in total funding to improve the Pennsylvania agricultural industry’s understanding of pressing challenges and promising opportunities. Proposals were evaluated and scored on a number of factors, including the strength of its needs statement, the potential impact of outcomes, methodology, evaluation and replicability, and industry support and participation. In addition, the American Mushroom Institute will receive $50,000 in federal funding to bring

the Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) program into compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule and standard benchmarked under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized auditing programs. That grant funding comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, authorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. Grant recipients are selected by the Pennsylvania Specialty Crop Advisory Board, approved by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture, and then approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

state, and county funding throughout this year. Garcia-Allen explained that the borough initially applied for approximately $1 million in funding through the county grant program in April, one of numerous grant applications that the borough has submitted so far. Chester County officials awarded a total of about $2.3 million in funding for economic development projects throughout the county with this round of grants, she said. “This is the highest award that they gave this year,” Garcia-Allen said. “It’s an indication that this is a strong project.” The parking garage study recommended a 300-space parking garage that would be constructed on a parking lot near the center of the business district. Business leaders in Oxford have championed the parking garage as an economic driver that would boost economic development in town. A parking garage would offer a longterm solution to the parking issues that have hindered Oxford’s efforts at attracting new businesses,

especially a larger one that would serve as an anchor to the rest of the business district. During the past 12 months, the scope of the parking garage project has evolved. The structure is now proposed to function as a transit center that could potentially link Oxford to some other form of public transportation in the region. This could make the project eligible for additional funding from federal, state, and county sources. Oxford officials have been working with Krug and Garcia-Allen on the parking garage project in a variety of ways throughout the year. They negotiated an agreement with National Penn Bank (which is now BB & T Bank) to purchase the two parcels that comprise the parking lot if plans to build the parking garage on the site come to fruition. Oxford Borough officials are having ongoing negotiations with Verizon to discuss the small piece of the property that the company owns on the parking lot where the parking garage is expected to be built. Garcia-Allen said that State Rep. John Lawrence has helped with facilitating the discussions between Oxford Borough and Verizon. Lawrence has

also assisted borough officials as they seek funding for the parking garage at the state level. Borough manager Brian Hoover, borough council president Ron Hershey, and Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. executive director Donna Hosler led a contingent that traveled to Harrisburg on Nov. 21 to meet with officials at the state level to discuss Oxford’s application for funding from the state. There were three meetings that took place throughout the day, and Oxford officials were very optimistic. Garcia-Allen noted that, with the state budget delay in 2015, funding for many economic development projects throughout Pennsylvania were delayed, and the backlog of those projects is only now starting to be cleared. According to GarciaAllen, now that Oxford has one grant in hand from Chester County, that funding can be utilized as a match for grants from the state and federal level. Securing a revitalization grant from the county is a very good start to a process that will continue well into 2017. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email




Fundraising group reaches milestone

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Sierra RyanWallick of AutumnLeaf Fundraisers.

AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, begun eight years ago by Landenberg resident Sierra RyanWallick, recently reached the $50,000 mark in funds it has raised for Forgotten Cats, a local organization that provides trap/neuter/ return programs, colony trapping, cat/kitten/ special needs adoptions, educational forums, and low-cost spay/neuter options for owners

throughout Chester County. A frequent visitor to local craft and artisan events and farmers markets, AutumnLeaf Fundraisers sells high quality, handmade items made by local artisans and volunteers, and 100 percent of all sales go directly to Forgotten Cats. AutumnLeaf Fundraisers will join 150 craft and artisan vendors at the

25th Annual Country Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Avon Grove Intermediate School. To learn more about Forgotten Cats, visit w w w. f o r g o t t e n c a t s . org, e-mail info@, or call 302-429-0124. To learn more about AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, e-mail autumnleaffundraisers@

Four Oxford seniors named National Merit Commended scholars Four Oxford Area High School seniors were recently named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. The students earned this honor based on their performances on the

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) administered in October 2015. The Commended Students include Hayley Allport, Callie Jaycox, Bailey Myers and Matthew Terry. They are among the

50,000 highest scoring students on the PSAT who were recognized as Commended Students or Semi-Finalists. This group represents the top 5 percent of performers on the PSAT in the United States.

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Four Oxford Area High School seniors were recently named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Pictured from left are Superintendent of Schools David Woods, principal James Canaday, Commended Students Matthew Terry, Callie Jaycox, Hayley Allport and Bailey Myers; and school board president Richard Orpneck.

Kennett Middle School represented at national conference

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Joy Rosser, a Kennett Middle School science teacher, traveled to Austin, Texas to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

In early October, Kennett Middle School science teacher Joy Rosser traveled to Austin, Texas to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education. Her session, titled “Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators,” targeted administrators, counselors, media specialists/librarians, parents, principals, teachers, and team

leaders. Rosser had previously presented this material locally through the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Kennett Consolidated School District. The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages ten to fifteen, helping them succeed as learners and make

positive contributions to their communities and to the world. “Personally, I was thrilled to learn that my proposal had been accepted for this year’s conference,” Rosser stated. “Professionally, presenting at the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase the positive culture of Kennett Middle School.”

The goal of Rosser’s presentation was to engage attendees in conversations about how who they are and what they say enhances their students’ learning experiences. “Educators are the catalysts for their classroom and school,” Rosser explained. “I wanted attendees to leave my session with the motivational and optimistic wisdom to ignite the spark that will help them to make a positive difference in their students and their schools. I want to empower educators with a greater sense of purpose and confidence for their students’ benefit.” Rosser’s session engaged attendees in discussions around juggling and balancing multiple roles, counseling parents, inspiring colleagues, and motivating students. Together, they explored obstacles in daily teaching and strategized through challenges in order to improve retention so that teachers bring their best energy every day for their students. “We were so proud to have Joy represent Kennett Middle School and the state of Pennsylvania at the national convention,” said Lorenzo DeAngelis, Kennett Middle School’s principal. “Joy is truly a dedicated and hardworking individual with tons of passion to ‘ignite’ our students and staff.” Rosser serves as a member of the southeast regional board and the state board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. In addition, she is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Association for Super vision and Cur riculum Development’s board of directors and is a member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch State Team.




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We are sorry to report another Trump editorial The three-ring circus that is the 2016 Presidential election continues. At this point, we would all like to be able to move forward with our lives, but the slow-motion car crash of Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House is grinding away. On Sunday, Trump tweeted -- without a scrap of evidence -- that “millions of people” voted illegally for Hillary Clinton, costing him the popular vote. CNN called it “an unprecedented allegation by a President-elect,” and that’s right. At this point, it’s clear -- we think -- that Trump won the Electoral College and the White House, but Clinton leads him in the popular vote by about 2 million ballots. Putting aside, for a moment, the landslide of other news about Trump, this latest tweet could mean that he is reading and believing several fake stories on conspiracy websites that said he actually beat Clinton in the popular vote count. He later added, “Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!” Whatever you think about our Electoral College process, which has become a monolithic enterprise that few people can grasp, we are stuck with it for the present time. In light of the widespread recommendations that we all take a deep breath and let democracy take its course, Trump continues to make a lot of people very nervous. Yes, he seemed conciliatory in some of his recent public comments, and he didn’t insult President Obama to his face while touring the White House, but picking up his phone and randomly tweeting fake news is not helping the nation maintain calm. As we await the day when President-elect Trump actually acts like a President, it is depressing to see how quickly he spreads rumors and lies. This is a man who will shortly be in charge of this nation -- and, by extension, a large share of what happens in the world -- and he is still sending out messages that are inflammatory and false. A significant number of Americans, and people around the world, are either seriously concerned or utterly terrified of what Trump might do in a fit of mild annoyance. Some people love him. But this is no time to be blindly swinging in cyberspace, hoping to appeal to his followers. This is a time to instill some measure of calm among people who are very worried. Whatever happens in the coming four years -- or in the next few minutes -- it’s clear that we are a nation divided. What we need is a reason to work together toward a future that is, at least, not standing on a razor’s edge. We need some reason to believe, and for too many people, that reason is elusive.

Opinion Scouts lend a hand High school Girl Scouts from Ambassador Troop 41865 recently volunteered for three Sunday evenings to help Project C.U.R.E. sort donations at their West Grove facility. Project C.U.R.E. distributes donated medical supplies to underdeveloped countries throughout the world. From left: Katie Schuetz, Allie Sullivan, Trinny Wheeler, Victoria Fisher, Rachel Eiseman and Maggie Schubert.

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U-CF School Board should be commended for loyalty to dedicated employees Letter to the Editor: This letter is in response to Uncle Irvin’s column, “Hidden costs that are avoidable.” I believe that privatizing/ outsourcing just singles out the most vulnerable workers at a school district, and is mostly “window dressing.” Privatizing does not mean free. All private services still have associated costs. Though it may look like school boards

that privatize save taxpayers’ money, they just inflict unnecessary burdens upon loyal workers; often turning around and spending money on something else, maybe a questionable administrative position, or another ball field. No caps are placed on administrators’ salaries, or district-provided benefits to them when they depart. Taxes go up, even after privatizing takes place. Uncle Irvin has noted the terrible state of

leadership in Harrisburg. The real issue with current school costs remains elected officials apparently not wanting any real change with the state’s retirement systems, and not providing adequate funding for public schools. Bus drivers, support staff, and cafeteria workers may very well have more contact with the school children on a daily basis than most other adults at the schools. They, along with building maintenance/janitorial workers,

provide services that support the students’ safety and well-being. They deserve the health and pension benefits that they earn. They are also taxpayers. Unionville-Chadds Ford is to be commended on demonstrating the value of loyalty to dedicated employees, an approach that bodes well for a positive return to the district and the taxpayers. Jim DiLuzio New Garden Township

Rep. Ryan Costello promises students to co-sponsor bill supporting STEM leadership

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After a recent visit to the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus, it was Rep. Ryan Costello who left with some legislative homework from local students. During a ceremony honoring TCHS Brandywine’s commitment to supporting local robotics team Out of the Box, students successfully convinced Costello to pledge to cosponsoring H.R. 5168. Students from the Out of the Box robotics team came prepared to pitch H.R. 5168 to see if Costello would co-sponsor it. After being presented with a printed out version of the bill, Costello read it over and then proceeded to sign it. “This isn’t the official bill signing but I want to let you know that this is something I will plan on co-sponsoring once I get back to Washington,” said Costello. H.R. 5168 proposes to have the Department of the Treasury print a $1 silver coin in memory of Christa McAuliffe, a teacher who was onboard the space shuttle Challenger when it tragically exploded in 1986. A portion of the proceeds raised from the memo-

rial coin would go toward FIRST, a 501(c)(3) not-forprofit organization devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology and math. As a member of FIRST, Out of the Box was thrilled to gain Costello’s support for H.R. 5168. “We were so honored to have Rep. Costello take the time out of his busy schedule to come out and be a part of our recognizing TCHS Brandywine for their contributions towards helping our team. It was especially great that he agreed to co-sponsor the bill which will continue to help young people pursuing STEM related careers,” said team mentor Jerry Beauchamp. Out of the Box Robotics Team 7244 is made up of middle school and high school students from seven schools in the Chester County area. Since the team is not affiliated with any one school, finding a place for the team to practice and build their robots was a challenge. As team mentor William Barker noted, “Over the past two years we have had to meet in a basement and then

in a garage. At one point we needed to go to McDonald’s in order to use their Wi-Fi for our coding and programming components.” That’s where TCHS Brandywine came in to help. Team mentor Beauchamp’s son, Josh Beauchamp, is a student at TCHS Brandywine enrolled in the robotics program. Since the school had always been so supportive of its robotic program, and other STEM initiatives, Beauchamp decided to reach out and see if TCHS Brandywine could help. “TCHS Brandywine was extremely supportive and generous in allowing us to use this space. It has had such a great impact on the team to have a consistent place to meet and have access to all the materials, tools and resources necessary to be competitive in robotics,” said Beauchamp. Costello visited the TCHS Brandywine Campus on Nov. 6 as part of a recognition ceremony by the local robotics team Out of the Box to honor the campus’ support of the program. Costello’s visit began with a tour of the TCHS

Brandywine robotics classroom led by team members Josh Beauchamp and Chris Lijoi. After the tour of TCHS Brandywine’s robotics classroom, Costello was introduced to the Out of the Box team and got a chance to see the space they utilize. After a brief demonstration of the team’s robot, the team presented TCHS Brandywine’s Principal, Frank McKnight, with two certificates of appreciation. After receiving the certificates, McKnight reaffirmed TCHS Brandywine’s commitment to supporting the overall development of STEM in Chester County. “It is our pleasure as part of the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), to support the team in any way that we can. It’s our goal here at TCHS Brandywine to support STEM activities in our area and we are glad to be of help,” said McKnight. More information about TCHS Brandywine’s Robotics and Mechatronics program may be found at tchsrobotics. Additional information about Out of the Box can be found at http://




Historical plaque dedication for one-room schools in Upper Oxford The Upper Oxford Historical Commission, alumni, friends and family dedicated three of the five one-room schools on Nov. 12 at three sites: Oak Grove, Maple Plain, and Pleasant View. Villa Nova, another school house on Route 926, was previously dedicated in 2014 by the Wanda Davis

family. Wanda spearheaded the placement of historical plaques, as well as encouraged the alumni to continue the project. Penns Grove will be the last of the five one-room schools to receive an historical marker. The goal is to complete the financing of the Penns Grove project in the next year.

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The Oak Grove School historical plaque has now been installed.

The Gray family (Clifford, Iris, and Hazel) dedicated the plaque at Oak Grove at 5066 Homeville Road, to a former student, Jesse Thomas, who planted the U.S. flag on Okinawa in 1945, during World War II. Hazel Gray Duncan and Iris Gray Dowling spoke about Oak Grove and how Bible reading and prayer was exercised daily here until 1962, when the Supreme Court of United States declared it unconstitutional. The plaque at Oak Grove was dedicated to Bertha Cochran and Ethel Hilton, who attended Oak Grove. Ethel Hilton Gray also returned as a teacher from 1948 to 1954. The dedication of Maple Plain, located at 4176 Newark Road, was presented by Katheryn Steele. She is only one of two students

left who attended Maple Plain, which is the oldest of the five schools. Maple Plain closed about ten years before the other four because of a decrease in the student population. Charles and Blair Fleischmann dedicated the Maple Plain marker, which is placed on the Edenton Road side of the property. Pleasant View, located on 1185 Limestone Road, became the Upper Oxford municipal building in 1964. All the buildings were of brick construction, except for Maple Plain. Pleasant View and Maple Plain closely resembled the original school buildings. Howard Robinson, an alumnus of Pleasant View, spoke at that dedication about what that school meant to him. The public is invited to view the plaques at these sites.

continuing education. Also eligible are students entering post-graduate studies, including additional onetime awards to previous scholarship winners seeking post-graduate education in healthcare. Students must have an unweighted cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in previous studies and be accepted for study in healthcare-related professions.

The Alma Newlin Educational Fund was established in 1990 through a bequest from Mrs. Alma Newlin, a longtime resident of Kennett Square. The fund is administered by the Health and Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County. Applications may be obtained online at www. under the funding link. All applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28, 2017.

Oxford PTO hosts “So You Think You Can Dance” fundraiser

The Oxford Parent Teacher Organization will sponsor a “So You Think You Can Dance” fundraiser on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the gymnasium of Oxford Area High School, 705 Waterway Road, Oxford. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Come out and cheer on teacher teams from Nottingham, Hopewell and Penn’s Grove schools and Oxford Area High School, as well as a team of district administrators. Tickets are $3 per person or $10 for a family ticket, and will be available at the door. The Hopewell Elementary School team features staff members, front from left, Monica Massimo, Mary Boohar, Dr. Pam Brown, Denise Hicks, Jessica Hubbard and Jennifer Winand; standing from left, Aimee Smoker, Julie Gennaro, Kelly Midkiff, Courtney Shahadi, Sara Hannum, Allison Hutchinson and Alyssa Robinson.

Presentation Scholarships available for students about the Peach studying human healthcare Bottom Railway set for Dec. 7

The Health and Welfare Foundation of Southern Chester County announces the search for students who reside in the Avon Grove, Kennett, Octorara, Oxford and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts to apply for the Alma Newlin Educational Fund scholarship. This scholarship, previously in the amount of $2,500 or more, is awarded to students who are seeking higher education in the

human healthcare field. Last year, a total of $90,000 was given to area students who received this scholarship. Award winners planned to study fields such as nursing, medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The Alma Newlin Scholarship grants one-time undergraduate awards to college-bound high school seniors, current college students, and adults pursuing

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The Oxford Library will be hosting a presentation about the Peach Bottom Railway at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The free presentation will include talks by local authors and historians, Stan White and Mike Roth, on the history of the Peach Bottom Railroad. The Peach Bottom Railway, also know as “Little, Old

& Slow,” was in operation for 46 years and connected Oxford to Peach Bottom. Copies of books by White and Roth will be available for sale at this event. Please register in advance by calling the library at 610-932-9625 or through our calendar of events on our website at www.oxfordpubliclibrary. org.

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Fine art for giving, or for yourself By John Chambless
 Staff Writer The annual “Christmas in Miniature” show at the Chadds Ford Gallery is destination number one for art collectors, and a heck of a lot of fun for browsers as well. But be warned -- you will find something you love at this show, which packs art onto every square inch of wall space. This year’s show, the 35th annual event, has some starring works (which may or may not still be available when you read this). There are a couple of showpieces by Peter Sculthorpe -- “Winter Stalls” and “Winter Gales” -- that are little jewels, in a size not usually seen from the renowned artist. And there are several masterful small oils by Bill Ewing, including portraits of Gen. Lee, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, as well as his usual elegant still lifes. So yes, there are opportunities here to add a cornerstone piece to your art collection, but they are

not cheap. You will find plenty of other affordable gems, of course, including very skillfully done watercolors by Ray Hendershot and Carolyn Anderson, and plenty of wonderfully contemplative interior scenes by J.M. Standish. There are nearly photorealist views of woodlands by Lou Messa, lovely original watercolors by Robert Stack, and luminous oils of local scenes by Jacalyn Beam, along with lovely landscapes by Frank De Pietro. And there are always some surprises at this show by artists you might now know. You will love the warm, slanting sunlight in “Autumn Shadows” by Heather Peacock, the glowing fall view “Hickory” by Diane Blanche Stirrat, the hauntingly stark oils by Tom Acosta that recall the work of Grant Wood, and the wonderful evocation of snowy chill in “Winter Canal” by Neal Hughes. You will need an hour

to give each painting even a preliminary glance, and then some more time to decide which ones will have to come home with you. If you have art lovers on your gift list -- or if you want to splurge on yourself this year -- see the show early (it opens on Nov. 30) and return often, because works are restocked when something sells. That perfect painting might just arrive after opening day. On your mark, get set, shop! The 35th annual “Christmas in Miniature” show continues at the Chadds Ford Gallery (Route 1, Chadds Ford) through Dec. 31. On Nov. 30, the gallery will be open until 8 p.m. Regular hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 1-877993-8425 or visit www. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@

‘Change in the Weather’ by Lou Messa.

The Chadds Ford Gallery welcomes browsers to its 35th annual ‘Christmas in Miniature’ show. ‘Sunshine’ Standish.

‘River, Cold’ by Paul Scarborough.

‘Hickory’ by Blanche Stirrat.


‘Winter Canal’ by Neal Hughes.



‘Lee’ by W.O. Ewing.

Ceramics and glass for gift-giving at Bookplace By John Chambless
 Staff Writer The endless creative possiblities of ceramics and glass are on view at Bookplace in Oxford this month, and if you want to find some one-of-a-kind gifts, you can certainly do it here.
The range of styles is broad, with traditional redware crocks that would fit into any country decor, as well as pieces that are definitely more art than functional.
Lauren Vanni has some unusual serving

and display pieces that blend what look like traditional quilt patterns with Asianinfluenced designs. Carole Fox has some splendid glazes on several of her vases and bowls, two of which suggest the depth and drama of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
Margaret Seidenberg-Ellis, a Lebanon-based artist, has a variety of lovely small items that would make great gifts, including adorable bunny pins, snowflake ornaments, cups and small vessels with an Asian influence but a

distinctly modern edge. They’re a deft combination of styles.
There’s an earthy, elemental quality to the bowls and cups made by Gill Mallinckrodt, with earthtone colors and evidence of the maker’s hand clearly visible.
Maryland-based artist Maggie Creshkoff has a series of ancientlooking pots and vessels that have been scorched and blackened to give them an air of being ancient artifacts from some unknown civilization. There’s a motif of sculpted

doll faces tucked into them or molded to the surfaces. Slightly eerie and definitely distinctive, they make a strong statement.
Marijke van Buchem, an Elkton artist, has some sinuous vessels that echo the female form, two terra cotta figures of dancers, and some vessels that have a whimsical, otherworldly appearance. It’s a nice cross-section of styles.
Also, Kevin Lehman has a table full of skillfully made glass pumpkins and bowls that have real

The show includes some traditional crocks that would fit a country decor.

Bookplace is featuring a holiday show of ceramics and glass by regional artists through Jan. 3.

A terra cotta dancer sculpture by Marijke van Buchem.

Gill Mallinckrodt has several earthy vessels in the show.

character and a nice sense of whimsy.
“Ceramics and Glass” continues at Bookplace (2373 Baltimore Pike, Oxford) through Jan. 3. There is an artist reception on Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Store hours are Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 717715-4775 or visit www. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@

Faces are blended into several of Maggie Creshkoff’s works.

Marijke van shows otherworldly vessels.

Buchem several looking

Serving pieces by Lauren Vanni blend traditional and Asian-inspired designs.

Some of Marijke van Buchem’s works echo the female form.



Through Jan. 8
 ‘A Brandywine Christmas’
 The Brandywine River Museum of Art (Route 1, Chadds Ford) hosts “A Brandywine Christmas” with a gallery-sized model train display, dozens of antique dolls, and holiday trees decorated for the season with handmade “Critter” ornaments. The annual Critter Sale starts on Dec. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m., and continues on Dec. 2, 3, and 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be open until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22, with musical performances, drop-in creative art activities for all ages, and holiday tours. The Millstone Café will serve dinner until 8 p.m. with a different holiday entrée each evening, and stay open until 9 p.m. to serve beverages and desserts. Special holiday events and activities will take place throughout the season. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Christmas Day). For more information, call 610388-2700 or visit www. Through Jan. 8
 ‘A Longwood Christmas’ “A Longwood Christmas” rings in the holiday season at Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square) with a musically inspired display through Jan. 8. Inside the Conservatory, 16,000 seasonal plants, including poinsettias, cyclamen, and anthurium, flourish. A 30-foot floral tree takes center stage. The Music Room décor features an 18-foot Fraser Fir tree. Throughout the season, Longwood’s Grand Ballroom will feature free and ticketed holidayinspired performances, as well as daily holiday sing-alongs performed on Longwood’s pipe organ. More than 500,000 outdoor lights adorn 124 trees. Admission to the Christmas display is by Timed Admission Ticket, with tickets purchased in advance for a specific date and time. There is no admittance to the gardens without a timed admission ticket. Guests should buy their tickets before arriving at the Gardens to ensure admittance. Tickets can be purchased online at www. For more information, call 610-388-1000.


Through Jan. 1
 ‘Holidays at Hagley’
 Celebrate the season at Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Del., with “Holidays at Hagley,” on display through Jan. 1. Eleutherian Mills, the original du Pont family home, is decorated for the holiday season. Decorations will feature toys, games, and dolls. Visitors can also experience early du Pont family French holiday traditions with a display of gifts that were given to E.I. du Pont’s children on New Year’s Day, as well as displays commemorating the celebration of Twelfth Night, or “le Jour des Rois,” a holiday based around the Epiphany. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The holiday display is included in the cost of admission and is free for members. Visitors should use the main museum entrance off of Route 141. For more information, call 302-658-2400 weekdays or visit Through Jan. 8
 ‘Yuletide at Winterthur’
 Winterthur Museum (Route 52, Winterthur, Del.) features Henry Francis du Pont’s dazzling former home, decorated in holiday style. The majestic dried-flower tree is on view in the Conservatory and features more than 60 varieties of flowers. This year’s Yuletide Tour highlights the holidays through the eyes of children. On display is an 18-room dollhouse mansion, decorated for Christmas and filled with more than 1,000 treasures. In addition, visitors will also enjoy viewing American Christmas vignettes, from skating and sleigh ride scenes inspired by the work of Currier & Ives to a Mississippi family’s holiday decorations on the eve of the Civil War, to the White House in the early 1900s, and more. For tickets and information, call 800448-3883. Reservations are recommended. Open New Year’s Day. Closed on Christmas Day. Winterthur is open daily (including Mondays) during Yuletide, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The last Yuletide Tour is at 3:30 p.m. The Visitor Center Café and Cottage Café are open until 4 p.m. Galleries and stores are open until 5:30 p.m. There will be




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exrtended hours on Nov. 23 and 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 Holiday party tips The Oxford Area Senior Center (12 E. Locust St., Oxford) will host a culinary presentation, “Holiday Entertaining: Tips and Recipes for Hosting a Stress-Free Party,” on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Chef Claire May is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, and has been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years. She will share time-saving tips, shortcuts and recipes for hosting a headache-free party. Participants will get to try some of her favorite appetizers and desserts. Call 610-932-5244 for reservations, or email Dec. 2 Holiday music “Christmas with the Oxford Trio and Friends,” featuring the Oxford Trio, and guest singers from the Oxford Area School District’s Hopewell School, will be held on Dec. 2 at the Oxford Methodist Church (Market and Addison streets, Oxford). There will be choral and instrumental offerings, carol singing, and a few surprises. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be accepted and used for local needs. Call 610-509-3267 for more information. Dec. 2 Pancake breakfast The Oxford Area Senior Center (12 E. Locust St., Oxford) is hosting its annual fall pancake breakfast on Dec. 2 from

7 to 10 a.m. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, dried beef gravy, juice and coffee or tea, all you can eat for $7. No reservations needed. Call 610-932-5244 for more information. Dec. 3 Collection for ACE Gifts for female survivors and victims of sexual exploitation will be collected by ACE (Advocating, Collaborating, Educating) Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Oxford Senior Center (12 E. Locust St., Oxford). Personal toiletries, hand and toe warmers, gloves, scarves, hats, sweaters, coats, gift cards for social workers to buy items, pocket calendars, journals, pens, individual snacks and wrapped candies, paper products are needed. All items must be new. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. Call 610-932-0337 for more information. Dec. 3, 4 and 10 Photos with Santa On Dec. 3 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Oxford Feed & Lumber store will host “Pancakes & Pictures with Santa.” There will be photos with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and a pancake breakfast served during the event. On Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m., Brandywine Ace, Pet & Farm hosts “Cookies & Photos with Santa.” On Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pets & Friends hosts “Photos with Santa.” The events are free of charge. Dec. 4 ‘Winter Memories’ concert The New London

The Brandywine Museum of Art displays its handmade ‘Critter’ ornaments during ‘A Brandywine Christmas’ (see listing).

Community Choir will present “Winter Memories” on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at the Avon Grove High School Auditorium (257 State Rd., West Grove). The choir will be singing works by Handel, Parker, Geisel and many more. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 610-869-8129 or e-mail Dec. 4 Adoption family support Matters of the Heart is a discussion group for all members of the adoption triad and their families. The group will meet on Dec. 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Community of Love Lutheran Church (117 N. Fourth St., Oxford). Guest speakers will share stories. For more information or directions, please

call the church office at 610-998-0282. Dec. 5 to 11 Open House The Brandywine Valley Tourism Information Center (300 Greenwood Rd., Kennett Square) invites the public to use the new interactive video display board highlighting local attractions during the Holiday Open House week, Dec. 5 to 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be hot cocoa and candy canes as well as a drawing for $100 gift card redeemable at The Dilworthtown Inn, The Blue Pear Bistro or The Inn Keepers Kitchen. The Visitors Center is a designated drop-off site for “Toys for Tots” – donations of a new unwrapped toy will be accepted through Dec. 11.


Through Dec. 23 Artisan Gift Shop The Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford) hosts its annual Artisan Gift Shop, with handmade items by regional artists and crafters, through Dec. 23. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fridays until 8 p.m.). Admission is free. Call 610-467-0301 or visit Through Jan. 3 ‘Ceramics and Glass’ “Ceramics and Glass” continues at Bookplace (2373 Baltimore Pike, Oxford) through Jan. 3. There is an artist reception on Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Store hours are Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 717715-4775 or visit www. 
Through Dec. 3 Elise Phillips solo show Church Street Gallery (12 S. Church St., West Chester) presents “Beauty in the Open,”

featuring works by Elise Phillips, through Dec. 3. A cocktail reception is scheduled Nov. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit www. churchstreetgallerywc. com. Nov. 30 to Dec. 31 Christmas in Miniature Exhibit The Chadds Ford Gallery (Route 1, Chadds Ford) presents its 35th annual “Christmas in Miniature Exhibit” from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31. There will be an opening reception on Nov. 30 from 1 to 8 p.m. There will be framed, original art by 84 regional artists, created in miniature for gifts. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit, or call 610-388-2412. Dec. 2 Art at Metamorphosis Metamorphosis Wellness Center (331 E. State St., Kennett Square) is participating in Kennett Square’s First Friday Art Stroll on Dec. 2 from



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Members of The Studio Group will display original art in the Howard Pyle Studio in Wilmington on Dec. 3 (see listing).

6 to 9 p.m., featuring the artwork of Regina Tolomeo. She has worked for a variety of prestigious designers, creating murals and decorative artwork. There will be classical and flamenco guitar by Paul Sedacca. The show continues through Dec. 31. Call 610-4448020 or visit www. metamorphosiswellnesscenter. net. Dec. 3 Open House at Pyle Studio A Holiday Open House

art show will be held at the Howard Pyle Studio (1305 N. Franklin St., Wilmington, Del.) on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Studio Group will be selling paintings and handmade ornaments by group members, and will be raffling an original painting by Lucius Crowell, Jr. Holiday sweets and cider will be served. The event is free. For more information, visit www., or call 302-656-7304.

The United States Postal Service has announced that it will issue a pane of stamps in 2017 inspired by the art of Andrew Wyeth to commemorate the centennial of the artist’s birth. The official dedication ceremony for the stamps will take place at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on July 12, 2017 at 10 a.m., 100 years to the day that Andrew Wyeth was born. This event is free and open to the public. The stamps feature details of 12 the following Andrew Wyeth paintings: Alvaro and Christina, 1968; Big Room, 1988; The Carry, 2003; Christina’s World, 1948; Frostbitten, 1962; North Light, 1984; Sailor’s Valentine, 1985; Soaring, 1942-50; Spring Fed, 1967; My Studio, 1974; Wind from the Sea, 1947; Young Bull, 1960. The exhibition “Andrew

Wyeth: In Retrospect,” on view on view from June 24 through Sept. 17 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s. The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes more than 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections. Guided tours of Andrew Wyeth’s studio are available seasonally, from April through mid-November. Wyeth painted in the studio from 1940 until 2008. Visitors may also tour the Kuerner Farm, which inspired nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, as well as the N.C. Wyeth House and Studio. All are National Historic Landmarks. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit

OMI plans holiday events in downtown Oxford this Friday Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI) is busy planning the Oxford Country Christmas, which is scheduled for December’s First Friday in Downtown Oxford on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is designed

to bring residents and their families to Downtown to join in fellowship, shop and celebrate the charm of a Downtown Oxford Country Christmas. The borough will be brought to light at 6:30 p.m. with the traditional

community sing-along and tree lighting on the lawn of Edward Jones Investments, affectionately called “The Green.” Throughout the evening, horse-drawn carriage rides and trackless train rides will be offered,

while photos with Santa, the Grinch and special guest Olaf at Oxford Odds & Ends will take place. Local singer Jamie Marie will sing holiday favorites throughout the night, and the Oxford United Methodist Quarter

Ringers Handbell Choir will perform as well. South Third Street and Locust Street in Downtown Oxford will be closed to traffic. More than 50 street vendors and food trucks will fill the streets and downtown

businesses will stay open late to accommodate holiday shoppers. Fo r complete information on all the downtown holiday events, visit the OMI website at www.

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Kennett Holiday Village Market debuts this Saturday By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer A new holiday event will debut this weekend as the Kennett Holiday Village Market opens at The Creamery of Kennett Square at 401 Birch Street on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. The hours for the Kennett Holiday Village Market are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Mary Hutchins, the executive director of Historic Kennett Square, described the Kennett Holiday Village Market as a curated open-air artisan market f illed with unique holiday gift options from local and regional vendors. In addition to the opportunity to f ind unique gifts, guests during the two-day event will enjoy food trucks, ice sculptures, and seasonal craft workshops. Christmas trees and greenery will also be available. Hutchins explained that Historic Kennett Square was initially approached by officials in Kennett Township about the possibility of organizing a village market, and soon Kennett Township, Historic Kennett Square, the Borough of Kennett Square, and the Creamery were collaborating on making plans for the new event. Whitney Hoffman, a supervisor in Kennett Township, is credited with being the person who first suggested that a village market would work well in Kennett

Square. “My husband and I took a trip to visit his sister in France near Christmas, and I was impressed by the different holiday villages they had in almost every town,” Hoffman explained. “People sold lovely local crafts and gifts, there was food and drink and music, and the community really seemed to come together. When I started thinking about what we could do to extend the holiday season for the Kennett area from the Holiday parade the day after Thanksgiving through the Mushroom Drop on New Year’s Eve, this sort of outdoor communitycentered event seemed perfect. It would provide an additional destination for all the Longwood visitors, and bring more folks into Kennett Square, helping people appreciate all the great things we have to offer.” Off icials in both Kennett Square and Kennett Township responded ve r y positively to the idea, Hoffman said. “I was so excited that Mary and Historic Ke n n e t t Square thought it was a good idea,” she explained. “We got the new Township Sustainable Development Off ice involved, and the folks from the Creamery and Longwood were excited as well. We’re even getting the school district involved, and its a nice way for the kids in the music program to get an opportunity to

perform for the wider community.” The Creamer y’s decision to host the Kennett Holiday Village Market this year helped move the event forward. “While we have thought about things like

whether we need to build the more traditional sheds or buildings that many villages use, or how much space we might need, Mike Bontrager and the whole team responsible for the Creamery generously

offered their space,” Hoffman explained. “It couldn’t be better, and it’s a great place to see if the community will like the event, and if it can become an annual holiday tradition. I’m glad we’re starting off

with a weekend this year, and if it works well, we might try it for a longer period next year.” To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty. com.

Local dog is a winner at National Dog Show Millions of people the National Dog Show on NBC on Thanksgiving Day and rooted for favorite breeds as they competed in one of the most prestigious dog shows in the country. One Chester County family experienced the excitement first-hand as their beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever competed in the Sporting Group. Doots (full name GCHB CH Chesabar’s Mr. Doots Mason CD BN RE) is owned by the Matthias Family of Cochranville. Eight years ago, Bev and Jeff Matthias took their teenage son, Wesley, to Chesabar Kennels

Doots is owned by a Cochranville family.

in Bridgeton, N.J. to meet an eight-week-old puppy. The curly little brown puppy belonged to Wesley by the end of the night. Bev tried to let her husband and son do most of the rearing, but it wasn’t long before a strong bond formed between Doots and Bev. She took show

handling classes with Doots to learn the basics of showing a dog in an AKC conformation event. Then they attended their first dog show. They received encouragement from their breeder, judges, and fellow exhibitors, and they were quickly hooked on the sport dog shows. Since then, there have been big accomplishments in the show ring, including Best of Winners at the 2009 American Chesapeake Club National Specialty, and a Reserve Best In Show honor in 2015. Best of Breed at The Kennel

Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show was one benchmark that eluded them until this year. At the Nov. 19 show, AKC judge Linda Robey examined the conf ir mation, movement, and coat of each of the 53 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers entered, and awarded Doots “Best of Breed.” Each of the 189 breeds at the show were examined, until every breed had a Best of Breed winner. Breed winners then competed against each other in the Terrier, Herding, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Sporting, and Working

groups. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, part of the Sporting Group, had 32 breeds represented and competing for one of the top four awards. AKC judge Joseph Gregory made his f irst three Sporting Group picks, then with a smile directed at owner/handler Beverly Matthias, he made his fourth place selection -- the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. To receive a group placement at a prestigious show like the National Dog Show, with an entry of 1,805 dogs, meant that Doots was judged among the top 28 dogs at the show. In the past four years, Doots has sired many

litters, and his puppies have found homes throughout the country. One of Doots’ two year old sons, Dyson, was also competing at the National Dog Show with Bev on the lead. He took the “Best of Winners” award that day. This award is given to the top dog in each breed who is not a champion yet. Bev and Doots will attend a couple more shows in the tri-state area in the next month or two, then they are planning on attending Westminster in February. Bev would also like to add another obedience title to the end of Doots’ name in 2017.

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Volunteers helped coordinate the Diwali Food Drive that collected donations for the Kennett Food Cupboard.

For the second year, the Kennett Food Cupboard was one of the recipients of the Diwali Food Drive. Kennett Area Community Service, home of the Kennett Food Cupboard, received a total of 15,700 pounds of

donated food from the drive – a much-needed donation to f ill the empty cupboard shelves during a busy time of the year. The food drive honors the celebration of Diwali, an ancient Hindu “Festival of Lights” and

emphasizes a strong tradition of giving back to the community. Ten communities in Chester County participated in the food drive, including The Reserve at Eagle Village, Whiteland Woods, and The Reserve at Chestnut Ridge.




Lincoln continues search for new president By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer In stepping up its efforts to find its 14th president, Lincoln University has announced that it has retained Diversif ied Search, an executive search firm with offices in nine American cities, including Philadelphia. The announcement was made on Nov. 19 by Kimberly Lloyd, chairperson of the university’s board of trustees. Once named, the new president will assume his or her duties from Dr. Richard Green, who has been

serving as the university’s interim president since July 2015. “We are excited to partner with Diversified Search as we seek the next visionary for this historic institution of higher learning,” Lloyd said. “The firm’s stellar track record in placing leaders who raise the bar for organizations they serve will bode well for Lincoln University. We embrace the opportunity, with Trustee Terri Dean leading the Presidential Search Committee, to attract and hire a great president who will quicken the growth trajectory that Lincoln

University is presently experiencing.” Since the retirement of Dr. Ivory Nelson at the end of 2011, the office of the presidency at the university has been occupied by three appointments – two of them on an interim level. In January 2012, Dr. Robert R. Jennings was named to succeed Ivory at Lincoln, but no sooner did he arrive on campus, Jennings received a vote of “no-confidence” from alumni and faculty. His turbulent tenure at Lincoln escalated in 2014, after a video surfaced of him addressing a group of female students in a speech

that some interpreted as blaming women for sexual assault. The video went viral, drew national outrage, and subsequently pulled Lincoln into the national spotlight of controversy. Despite a public apology and a pledge that he would be more sensitive, Jennings was forced to resign his post. Lloyd announced Jennings’ resignation in a letter to students, faculty and staff, and announced that Valerie Harrison, who had been general counsel at the university since 2013, had been named as acting president, while the

university would begin the search for a permanent president. At the university’s board of trustees meeting on April 18, 2015, Dr. Richard Green was named as interim president at Lincoln, and began his new job on July 1, a position he still holds. Dr. Green served as interim provost of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in addition to other interim positions at Albany State University in Georgia, National Louis University in Illinois, Alcorn State University in Mississippi and Midland Lutheran College in

Nebraska. Dale E. Jones, Diversified Search’s chief executive officer, will lead the search team for Lincoln’s new president. “The university’s commitment to excellence in leadership is consistent with our mantra that ‘Great Leadership Changes Everything,’” he said. “This national search will be crucial for the next generation of young African-American leaders now in the pipeline awaiting greatness and success.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

IDENTITY THEFT On Nov. 3, two Avondale residents were arrested for identity theft and access device fraud. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale reported that Jason Wayne Yeatman, 34, and Amanda Dianne Welcher, 35, both of Avondale, were arrested after they bought gasoline at 946 Lake Road in London Grove Township using stolen access cards. INDECENT ASSAULT A 24-year-old Oxford man was arrested on Nov. 8 for indecent assault, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police said that a 21-yearold woman from Oxford entered a Sunoco store at 301 Limestone Rd., in Lower Oxford Township, on Nov. 8 at 3:45 a.m., and was approached by store

attendant Sai Nath Reedy Dasari, 24, of Oxford. Dasari kissed the woman on the cheek, put his hand up her shirt and grabbed her buttocks as she told him to stop and tried to leave the store. HOME BURGLARY A home at 212 Sheffield Lane in East Nottingham Township was entered through an unlocked door on Nov. 9 between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and jewelry was stolen, according to a report from Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610268-2022, or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. CAMERA STOLEN A 30-year-old Collegeville woman had her camera stolen while she was at Longwood Gardens on Nov. 5, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Police said the woman put one of her

cameras down while she was in the Conservatory at 9:30 a.m., and after about 10 minutes, noticed the Canon camera and Canon lens were gone. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022. STORE BURGLARIZED Angel’s Attic, in the 200 block of Cochran Street in West Fallowfield Township, was burglarized sometime between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. A Playstation 3, numerous Playstation 3 games, about $100 in costume jewelry and a $475 Dyson vacuum were stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022. DUI On Oct. 20, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically and found that the driver, Rigo Gutierres-Galvez, 28, of Kennett Square, was

DUI. He was processed and released pending a court appearance. On Oct. 22, New Garden Township Police stopped a car being driven erratically in the 800 block of West Cypress Street. The driver, Jaime Obregon, 59, of Kennett Square, showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody. A breath test was conducted at the police station and he was released pending a court appearance. On Oct. 13 at 9:19 p.m., Kevin Paul Arrell, 28, of West Grove, was found unconscious inside his vehicle at Old Schoolhouse Road and Chesterville Road in Franklin Township. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale was charged with DUI-drug and possession of a controlled substance. On Oct. 21 at 1:23 a.m., Lisa Marie Cave, 47, of Kennett Square, was stopped by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale on

Route 1 at the Route 82 intersection and arrested for DUI. On Oct. 17 at 9:07 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale discovered that Joseph Allen Steltz, 70, of Nottingham, was DUI at routes 1 and 272 in East Nottingham Township. Steltz then drove 1.7 miles to his home, despite being followed by a marked vehicle with its emergency lights operating. On Nov. 3 at 2:21 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale conducted a traffic stop in Upper Oxford Township for code violations and found that the driver, Ali K. Wimer, 31, of Christiana, Pa., was DUI and possessed controlled substances. On Nov. 14 at 3:45 a.m., Victor Alexander Sanchez, 18, of Oxford, was arrested for DUI after he drove to the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale station under the influence of a

controlled substance. On Nov. 9 at 4:34 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale responded to a complaint about an erratic driver and arrested Donald Brooke Whann, 61, of New London. He was charged with DUI. On Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., Jesse Lyn Greenwalt, 25, of West Grove, rear-ended another vehicle at a red light at East Baltimore Pike and McFarlan Road in Kennett Township. Pennsylvania State Police Avondale found that Greenwalt was driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and arrested her for DUI. On Nov. 9 at 8:40 p.m., Pennsylvania State Police Avondale pulled over a car driven by Robert Francis Wilson, 70, of Lincoln University, for a traffic violation on Route 1. He was found to be DUI and failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with DUI.

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ROBERT E. MASON Robert Eugene Mason, 80, of Chadds Ford, passed away on Nov. 23 at home, after a long illness. He was the beloved husband of Sally Meadowcroft Mason, with whom he shared 20 years of marriage. Born in West Chester in 1936, He was the son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Brown Mason. Bob graduated Kennett Consolidated School in 1956. He took pride in attending all of his class reunions. He maintained a lot of those friendships throughout the years. He attended Kings College in Scranton. He was a well-known member of the Kennett Square community. He worked in the automobile business for 53 years. At age 14, he started washing cars for his dad’s business, Mason Chevrolet-Oldsmobile on State Street in Kennett. He became a salesman when he returned from college. Bob worked for two other owners, retiring from Bill Luke Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in 1999. He always drove a Chevrolet or an Oldsmobile. Bob enjoyed playing golf at the Kennett Square Golf and Country club, where he was an emeritus member. He also enjoyed cruising, visiting Maui, being with his family and friends, reading, dancing, and watching all of the Philadelphia sports teams. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas, and Robert (Lori) Mason; two daughters, Robin Ciorrocco (Michael), and Deborah Mundy; grandchildren Carrie, Kelly, Anthony Ciorrocco, Christina D’Alessio (Andrew), Jennifer, Michael, and Wendy Mason, and Amanda and Sarah Mason; and great-grandchildren, Trista and Logan Mason. He was predeceased by one sister, Jo Ann Mason. A visitation with family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, and again from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3, at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). His funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Memorial contributions may be sent to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380; or The Jenner’s Pond Benevolent Fund, 2000 Greenbriar Lane, West Grove, PA 19390. To send online condolences, visit


Mary A. Page, 79, of West Chester, passed away on Nov. 21 at Brandywine Hall in West Chester. She was the wife of Clyde Page, who passed away in 2012, and with whom she shared 57 years of marriage. Born in Redding, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Clifton E. and Elizabeth Iles Palmer. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the New London United Methodist Church, the women of New London United Methodist Church, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Redding Fire Co. She is survived by three sons, Robert Page and his wife Roni of Toughkenamon, Harold Page and his wife Wendy of Bethel, Conn., and Neil Brown of Coatesville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by on son, James C. Page; two brothers, William Palmer and Clifton Palmer; and two sisters, Florence Beaudry and Patricia Barrett. Her service and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of

Through Dec. 11 Gift shop Oxford Presbyterian Church (6 Pine St., Oxford) hosts a Ten Thousand Villages Gift Shop on First Fridays through Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Guest author Iris Gray Dowling will be displaying her children’s and history books. The shop is also open Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling fair trade products from around the world. Proceeds benefit artisans in 35 countries. Call 610-932-9640 for more information. Dec. 10 Advent morning retreat The annual Advent morning retreat will be held on Dec. 10 in the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart Church on Route 10 in Oxford. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 a.m., the retreat will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 11:45 a.m. The morning will consist of scripture, prayer, reflections and quiet time. Register at the parish office (610-9325040, #1). Donations will be accepted. Call 610-932-0337 for more information. Dec. 10 Drive-Thru Nativity Beulah Baptist Church (3815 Newark Road, Route 896, Oxford) will host their annual Drive-Thru Nativity on Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Passengers in their vehicles will drive through the village of “Bethlehem,” where Jesus was born, and experience a re-creation of what it may have been like for the people who were there the night Jesus was born. The event will also be celebrated in the church lobby,

where guests can come for refreshments and visit with their neighbors. For more information, call 610-932-9595 or email beulahbaptist@gmail. com. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held Dec. 11. To submit items to the Church Calendar, e-mail jchambless@ There is no charge. Information should be received at least two weeks before the event. Not every submission can be included. Please include the address and contact information for the church in your submission.

flowers, a contribution may be made to the New London United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8050, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting

LAWRENCE G. EDWARDS Lawrence (Larry) Grant Edwards, 67, passed away on Nov. 21 at his home in Atlantic City, N.J., after several years of illness. He was the son of the late Glen J. Edwards, Sr., and Patricia D. Feirer, who lived in Wilmington, Del. He was born in Baltimore, and grew up in the Unionville area and attended Unionville High School. Larry made a career in commercial construction. He founded LGE Associates in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., a construction management company. He was self-taught in the art and business of construction. He was an avid reader, in particular the study of history. He loved playing golf, riding horses and spending time with his children. Larry was a wonderful conversationalist with a wicked sense of humor and fun to be with. In addition to his mother, Patricia, Larry is survived by one daughter, Meggie Edwards of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; one son, Michael Edwards of Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Anne Edwards Wier and her husband Dick, and Brenda Tigani and her husband Steven, all of Wilmington, Del.; one brother, Glen Edwards and his wife Robin of Amelia Island, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Gaile Edwards Zeltins. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

ROBERT A. COLON Robert Anthony Colon, 43, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 22 at his residence. He was the loving husband of Kristin Manley Colon, with whom he shared 17 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, he was the son of Irene Colon of Newark, Del., Lydia Garcia Camacho of West Chester, and his stepfather, Juan Camacho of West Chester. He was a production planner for most of his life at Synthes, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in West Chester. Robert was known as the life of the party. He was a longtime coach for the Avon Grove Wildcats football team and the Assumption BVM CYO basketball team. He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson in motorcycle rallies to benefit various causes. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the musician Prince. He was a member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Brody Colon and Benjamin Colon, both of West Grove; one daughter, Carrington Colon of West Grove; two brothers, Carlos Camacho of Thorndale, and Bryan Camacho of West Chester; two sisters, Lizabeth Caceres of West Chester, and Lillian Camacho of Sunrise, Fla.; his grandfather, Jesus Garcia of Alburndale, Fla.; his in-laws, John and Jo Manley; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral was held on Nov. 28. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 North Baker Station Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Online condolences may be made by visiting


DUANE P. MEHL Rev. Dr. Duane Paul Mehl, of Avondale, died on Nov. 22 at the Oxford Health Center at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. He was the husband of Dorothy Pannell Mehl, with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. Born in Arkansas City, Kan., in 1931, Duane was the son of the late Paul Theodore Mehl and the late Anita Von Fange Mehl. Duane graduated from St. John’s College in Winfield, Kan. He then went on to earn a Master of Divinity in theology from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. During this time, he completed a two-year vicarage in Nigeria as a missionary and teacher at a Lutheran mission school. Later he earned an MA in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in English literature from St. Louis University in St. Louis. Duane began his career in 1957 as the first pastor of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Newark, Del. In 1964, he accepted a call to serve as a writer of religious instructional literature for the Board of Parish Education for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in St. Louis. Subsequently he became a professor of homiletics at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. In 1978, he accepted a call to become the pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, Va., where he served until becoming disabled in 1989. Survivors, in addition to his wife, Dorothy, include his daughter Jennifer Ferrara and husband Stephen of Birchrunville; his son David Mehl and wife Brigitte of Charlottesville, Va.; and his five grandchildren, Anthony Ferrara, Joseph Ferrara, Katherine Ferrara, Frances Mehl, and Lillian Mehl. He is also survived by two brothers, Gary Mehl (Lyn) of Florida, and Roger Mehl (Betsy) of Minnesota. Family and friends are invited to his viewing on Nov. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 W. State St., Kennett Square). A memorial service will be held Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church (3003 Silverside Rd., Wlimington, Del). Interment will be held privately. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Oxford Health Center, 7 East Locust Street, Oxford, PA, 19363-1399. To view his online tribute and to share a memory, visit

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Veterinary science students win at convention Veterinary science students from the Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove took awards at the 89th National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention & Expo. Student Halle Becker (Octorara Area) received an individual silver award; Hope Weaver (Oxford Area), Olivia Worrall (Oxford Area) and Gabriella DiLossi (Oxford Area) all received individual bronze awards; and the team received an overall bronze award in the Veterinary Science Career Development Event. The National FFA Convention & Expo was held in Indianapolis from Oct. 19 to 22. “The National FFA provides priceless opportunities to its members through career development events like veterinary science,” said TCHS animal science instructor Liz DiSabatino. “Through this experience the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge members were able to gain more knowledge in their field of study as well as develop their interpersonal skills through interactions with professionals in the field of animal health.” The Veterinary Science Career Development Event is comprised of seven events. These include a 100-question knowledge assessment; a 50-point math practicum; two scenario essays; four handling practicums and four clinical practicums. The practicums include tool, breed and disease identification as well as a ten-minute team

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The TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Veterinary Science team poses with their team bronze award at the FFA National Convention & Expo. Pictured from left to right are: Gabriella DiLossi (Oxford Area School District), Hope Weaver (Oxford Area School District), Olivia Worrall (Oxford Area School District) and Halle Becker (Octorara Area School District).

activity, which consisted of a skit about the process of identifying, diagnosing and treating salmonellosis in dairy cattle. While the event was highly competitive for the students, it also offered an opportunity for professional development. “Everyone was very kind and it was amazing to be around so many people from around the country who share a love of agriculture,” said TCHS Veterinary Science student Olivia Worrall. “It was a great learning experience to perform under pressure and there were so many intelligent people there to answer our questions and give advice. This experience is one that I will never forget.” Worrall is a senior in the TCHS Veterinary Science

program from the Oxford Area School District. She is also the FFA vice president for TCHS Pennock’s Bridge. According to TCHS Pennock’s Bridge principal Dr. Brian Hughes, the hard work of these students is part of a long standing tradition of excellence. “TCHS is so proud of what Gabriella, Hope, Olivia and Halle accomplished both individually and as a team,” Hughes said. “Their achievement is a direct reflection on their hard work and the skills they are learning. To be recognized on a national scale reinforces that TCHS Pennock’s Bridge is turning out world-class students.” To learn more, visit www. technicalcollegehighschool. org.

Pennsylvania watershed and conser vation organizations may be eligible for free technical assistance to assess, monitor, and restore their local water resources. The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW) is offering both organizational and scientific assistance, made possible by a Growing Greener grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The grant was awarded to the Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council in partnership with the six other organizations that make up C-SAW: the Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM), the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society, Stroud Water Research Center, and the United States Geological Survey. “The threats to clean, fresh water are many: Poor agricultural practices, abandoned mine drainage, and urban stormwater runoff all contribute to water pollution and negatively impact the health of streams and rivers. But local efforts to reduce local pollution can

make a big difference,” said Dave Arscott, assistant director and research scientist at the troud Water Research Center. Since 2001, C-SAW partners have worked together to empower people to protect their water resources. More than 280 local watershed organizations, municipalities, and conservation districts across the state have received assistance from the consortium. Director of ALLARM Julie Vastine said, “Pennsylvania has over 85,000 miles of streams and shorelines. To help assess the quality of our state’s waters, community volunteers have been crucial boots on the ground. C-SAW has been a crucial program to ensure that volunteers have access to technical support to make their monitoring programs strong and scientifically robust. ALLARM is excited to continue working with a fantastic C-SAW team to help Pennsylvania volunteers be effective eyes, ears, and voices of our waterways.” Delaware Riverkeeper Network Water Watch Director Faith Zerbe echoed the importance of volunteers. “Grassroots watershed and community

groups have made big positive impacts for their local streams here in Pennsylvania,” she said. “Locals on the ground have collected data, reviewed industry plans, and testified to hold operators responsible.” C-SAW is one of 114 projects funded as part of the Wolf administration’s recently announced $25.1 million investment in Growing Greener, a bipartisan grant program established in 1999 to protect and improve Pennsylvania’s water resources. Under the three-year grant, C-SAW will help people learn how to assess watershed health, identify solutions, and develop monitoring programs, protection plans, and restoration projects. Stroud Water Research Center will tailor the training it offers through the grant to meet the needs of individual watersheds and may cover topics such as streamside forests, environmental sensors, and how to interpret and use data to monitor water quality. Organizations may apply for assistance from C-SAW at, or by contacting any of the technical assistants listed at who-provides-assistance.


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Hopewell Elementary Health insurance marketplace assistance available Jennersville Regional Hospital again offering free application assistance School Earlyact Club If you need help However, Kaiser Health Majority of enrollees will condition. Some of the comparing plans or News (KHN) reports the receive assistance health benefits include free filling-out an application majority of enrollees will To help make health care and wellness inducts new members on the Health Insurance be insulated from premium insurance affordable, the preventive services; doctor visits,

The Hopewell Elementary School chapter of Earlyact, sponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club, recently held its third annual induction ceremony. The Oxford club also sponsors the youth community service clubs Interact at Oxford Area High School and Rotaract at Lincoln University. Earlyact is a community service organization for elementary school students ages five to 13 sponsored by local Rotary Clubs through

Rotary International. Each school year the Hopewell Earlyact members plan and organize three projects to benefit their school, local and global communities. Earlyact members are selected on the basis of essays describing their interest in joining the club and commitment to community service. Officers are elected after delivering speeches on their leadership skills and ideas for the club to the full membership.

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Front from left are Hopewell Elementary School Earlyact Club 2016 inductees Jake Ross, president; Madeline Soule, vice-president; Brianna Santos, treasurer; Ella Koechert, secretary and Sophia Lentz, historian; 2015 inductee Elizabeth Evans-Ralston, Parliamentarian; and Oxford Rotary Club President Tracie Eller. Second row from left are 2016 sixth grade inductees Brooke Brower, Bailey Charlton, Riley Fitzgerald, Guadalupe Juarez, Makenzie Lane, Aiden Merges, Ben Parry, Kara Phelan, Briana Pollock and Emma Zaleski. Top row from left are Assistant Principal Jason Soule, Oxford Rotary Earlyact liaison Dr. Raymond Fischer, 2016 fifth grade inductees Julia Carey, Avani Doshi, Sophia Schaefer, Tara Todd and Diana Valdes; Principal Dr. Nicole Addis and Earlyact advisor Dr. Pamela Brown. Not pictured are fifth grade inductees Amelia Donahue and Erik Tellez; and sixth grade inductees Brandee Levinsky and Giselle Sanchez-Alba.

Marketplace, Jennersville Regional Hospital is once again offering free assistance during Open Enrollment, now through Jan. 31, 2017. Appointments may be made with the hospital’s certified assisters by calling 610-869-1113, or can be booked online: www. connector. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, and this year’s Open Enrollment marks the fourth annual campaign to extend healthcare coverage to citizens who would otherwise be uninsured. More than 13 million people enrolled in Marketplace plans for 2016. News of several large insurers either reducing their participation in the Marketplace, or exiting it altogether, has spurred concern about rising premiums (monthly fees) and higher deductibles (predetermined amounts of healthcare expense an individual pays before health plan coverage “kicks in”.)

increases, since eight in 10 receive subsidies based on income/household size. (As premiums rise, subsidies increase.) KHN also projects any changes to premiums or deductibles will vary widely state-to-state, and in some instances, even county-tocounty, since the number of insurers in each location influences competitive pricing, and insurers continuously enter-and-exit different markets. “There are always questions concerning changes to premiums, deductibles and outof-pocket limits as the Marketplace opens,” explains Teresa Rougeaux, director of Public Relation for Jennersville Regional Hospital. “This happens as insurers enter and exit different markets. However, what’s consistent is the value of the Marketplace. Millions of people are able to sign up for insurance who otherwise wouldn’t have access to care, or who would face a financial crisis due to medical bills.”

government uses household income to determine who is eligible for financial assistance. This aid might include advanced tax credits to help pay for premiums, or discounts on co-pays and deductibles. As in past years, a majority of enrollees are expected to qualify for some type of financial support in 2017. Individuals who are re-enrolling on the marketplace are encouraged to re-evaluate and compare plans, as the lowest-cost option can change from year to year. “I think this is where our certified assisters add so much value,” says Rougeaux. “They know how to explain the pros and cons of each option, and they carefully screen each person to make sure any subsidies toward premiums, or any discounts available for deductibles or co-pays, are accessed.” All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and coverage cannot be denied for individuals with a pre-existing health

prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services, and mental and behavioral health treatment. Penalties Individuals who are eligible for health insurance who do not purchase coverage not only pay a penalty when filing their tax return, but they also forfeit financial help with health care expenses throughout the year. The penalty is either 2.5 percent of family income or a predetermined flat rate, whichever is higher. The 2016 penalty was $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, with a maximum fee of $2,085. These fees will be adjusted for inflation in 2017. Medicaid Medicaid is a joint federal-and-state program which covers health care expenses for individuals within specified income brackets. The certified assisters at Jennersville Regional Hospital can help you determine if you qualify for Medicaid.

Dedication and consecration slated Dec. 17 at St. Christopher’s Church in Oxford

Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church of Oxford (116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford) will be holding a dedication and consecration ceremony at the church on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. Presiding at the service will be the Rt. Rev. Daniel

G.P. Gutierrez, XVI Bishop of the 
Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He will be assisted by the Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Brown Mertz, the Rector at Saint Christopher’s. The sanctuary has been redesigned to be accessible

to everyone in the community. There is also a new “hearing loop” that will transmit sound directly into the hearing aids of people with hearing dificulties. The changes were made to benefit the church’s own parishoners, and to make

the building available to other churches, religious groups and agencies, with an emphasis on including the hearing impaired. The dedication will be followed by a reception and an evening meal. For more information, call 610-932-8134.




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Township Manager The London Grove Township Board of Supervisors is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Township Manager. This is a visible and responsible management position that works closely with the five (5) member Board of Supervisors for a community with population of 10,000+/-; 10 f/t and 1 p/t employees, and a $ 3.3M operating budget. The Township Manager supervises all department heads, is responsible for ensuring the efficient and effective administration of the Township; including operating and maintaining a code department, monitors expenditures of funds; contracts; intergovernmental relationships, community services, grant writing; makes operational decisions on daily matters in consultation with appropriate department heads and in accordance with the PA Second Class Township Code. Must possess strong interpersonal and consensus building skills and a commitment to public service. The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of management experience. Previous experience in local government, public personnel management and strategic planning is highly desired. Salary plus benefits DOQ. Qualified applicants should submit a resume with cover letter summarizing experience, and at least three professional references to London Grove Township, ATTN: Terry Woodman, 372 Rose Hill Road, Suite 100, West Grove, PA 19390 or by December 15, 2016. 11p-23-2t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Ralph Miller Jr. Deceased, late of Pocopson Township, Chester County, PA. have been granted to the undersigned. All persons having claims or demands against the said Estate to make known the same, all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment immediately, without delay to Susan E. Terry, Executrix, Ralph V. Miller III, Executor, David C. Miller, Executor care of Pappano & Bresslin, 3305 Edgemont Ave., Brookhaven, PA 19015 or their Attorney: Dana Breslin, Esq., Pappano & Bresslin, 3305 Edgemont Ave., Brookhaven, PA 19015 11p-16-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration in the Estate of Frank A. Bedford, IV, Deceased, late of late

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ESTATE OF OLEN M. GRIMES, JR., DECEASED. Late of the Township of New London, Chester County, PA LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to ROXANN GRIMES, ADMINISTRATRIX, c/o Kristen R. Matthews, Esq., 17 W. Miner St., West Chester, PA 19382, Or to her Attorney: KRISTEN R. MATTHEWS MacELREE HARVEY, LTD. 17 W. Miner St. West Chester, PA 19382 11p-16-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Charles S. Kuhn, Deceased, late of Penn Township, Chester County, PA. have been granted to the undersigned. All persons having claims or demands against the said Estate to make known the same, all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment immediately, without delay to Diane M. Kuhn, Executrix 169 Sunnyside Road, West Grove, PA 19390 or his Attorney: Kenneth . Pyle, Esq., The Law Office Of Kenneth R. Pyle, P.C. 64S. 3rd Street, Suite 1, Oxford, PA 19363-1603 11p-23-3t


It is the intent of the Board of Supervisors of Penn Township, Chester County, PA, to continue the appointment of Ronald R. Woodworth, Certified Public Accountant to audit the books per Resolution 2000-01 for the year of 2016. BY THE ORDER of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors 260 Lewis Road West Grove, PA. Caitlin A. Ianni






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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF CHESTER COUNTY, PA CIVIL ACTION – LAW NO. 2016-03710RC FIRST NIAGARA BANK, N.A. : v. : MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE FRANCIS BJ MCMONAGLE, a/k/a : FRANCIS B. MCMONAGLE : NOTICE OF SHERIFF SALE OF REAL ESTATE UNDER PARCP 3129.2 To: Francis BJ McMonagle, a/k/a Francis B. McMonagle 110 Wayne Court West Chester, PA 19380 Your real estate situate at 110 Wayne Court, West Whiteland Township, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania 19380, Parcel number 41-5R-110, is scheduled to be sold at Sheriff’s Sale on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., Prevailing Time, in Room 3300 of the Justice Center, Chester County Courthouse, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania, to enforce the Court Judgment of $29,297.35 obtained by First Niagara Bank, N.A., and against you. The real estate being sold is all that certain messuage and tract or parcel of land situate at 110 Wayne Court, West Whiteland Township, West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania 19380. The owner(s) or reputed owner(s) of the real estate being sold is/are Francis BJ McMonagle, a/k/a Francis B. McMonagle. The improvements on the said real estate are: Single family residential dwelling and related improvements. A Schedule of Distribution will be filed by the Sheriff on a date specified by the Sheriff no later than thirty days after sale. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedule unless Exceptions are filed thereto within ten (10) days after the filing of the Schedule of Distribution. YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE LISTED BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET LEGAL HELP. Chester County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service 15 W. Gay Street, 2nd Floor, West Chester,


Public notice of auction of abandoned manufactured home located at 24 Londonderry Court, Cochranville, Chester County, PA, Notice is hereby given that R Samuel McMichael, Esquire on behalf of Robert Hodge will conduct a public sale of a manufactured home. Last known residents of this manufactured home (Skyline 1989) were Brian Rogers and Joyce Rogers, VIN #3110876Y, Tax parcel #4604_000010T. Honorable Nancy A. Gill, District Magistrate entered a determination of abandonment in favor of Robert Hodge against Brian D. Rogers and Joyce F. Rogers. Subsequently, Robert Hodge obtained an order for possession of the property at the address described above and possession of the property was granted to Robert Hodge by order of the above described court. A public auction is scheduled for Monday, December 5, 2016 at 11:00 am and the above described manufactured home will be sold to the highest bidder. The buyer of this home shall be responsible for obtaining the appropriate transfer of registration of title according to MV form 16A. All proceeds will be distributed according to the required outline contained in the above mentioned Pennsylvania Manufactured Home Community Rights Act. Samuel McMichael 11p-30-1t

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Seven Avon Grove students earn Commended Students distinction Seven Avon Grove High School students are being recognized as Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. “These students represent some of the best and brightest students in our school. Their dedication to excellence in their academic pursuits is significant,” noted Avon Grove High School principal Scott DeShong. The Avon Grove High

School students being recognized are Caroline Gerwig, Kieran Hannon, Kyle Holman, William Kephart, Owen Lucas, Kai Myran, and Victoria Provost. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship

awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT). The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a

spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Brown to play Division I golf

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Evan Brown (middle) was surrounded by Kennett golf coach John Griffith, his father, William Brown, his mother, Cindy Brown, and sister Julia Brown, as well as by (standing from left) principal Jeremy Hritz and athletic director Sean Harvey when he signed his letter of intent to play golf at Loyola University Maryland.

Kennett High School senior Evan Brown signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division I golf at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. As a Blue Demon, Evan has had a very successful golf career. He received All Ches-Mont Team honors for four consecutive years, and most recently won the 2016 Ches-Mont League Golf Championship during his final season as Blue Demon. Evan was recognized as Honorable Mention for the USGA-AJGA

President’s Leadership Award. His successes on the green are closely rivaled by his successes in the classroom. Evan is an active member of both Future Business Leaders of America and high school’s Finance Club. Evan is excited to work with Loyola University Maryland Head Coach Chris Bologa and the rest of his teammates to bring the Patriot League Championship back to the Greyhounds. Evan will study business at Loyola University Maryland.

Kennett’s Harvey to play Division 1 softball Kennett High School senior Kylee Harvey signed her National Letter of Intent to play Division I softball at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Kylee has been an active member of Kennett High School’s girls’ softball team for three years. During her freshman year, Kylee helped the team win the ChesMont American Division Championship. Now, as a senior, Kylee is looking forward to a competitive

season as she takes to the Blue Demon’s field for her final season. In addition to playing for Kennett High School’s softball team, Kylee plays yearround for the Chaos U18 Gold travel team. Off the field, Kylee is an active member of the Special Friends Club, a sports editor for the Year Book Club, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a member of the National Honors Society. Kylee will study English at Sacred Heart University.

Kylee Harvey recently signed to play softball for Sacred Heart University. She is pictured with her parents, Christine and Greg, and her sister Shannon, as well as with high school principal Jeremy Hritz and athletic director Sean Harvey.

Finfrock signs to play lacrosse at Towson University

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John was joined by his parents, Mark and Claire Finfrock, as well as by principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz, coach Mike McConomy, athletic director Sean Harvey, and former coach Sean Tischler as he signed his letter of intent to play lacrosse at Towson University.

Kennett High School senior John Finfrock recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division I lacrosse at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. As a three-sport athlete, John has had a very successful athletic career at Kennett High School to date. In addition to lacrosse, he is a three-year member of the Kennett High School’s football team and a two-year member of the school’s track and field team. John has

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played lacrosse for seven years, and as a strong and strategic midfielder, he has played an important role on the Kennett High School boys’ lacrosse team. In his free time, John helps coach the Blue Demons lacrosse team. He has been accepted into the Allied Health Sciences program at Towson University.

Unionville students sign to play collegiate sports

Several Unionville High School athletes recently announced their commitment to play their sport in college next season. Seated from left to right: Maddie Shanahan (basketball at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown); Allie Lowe

(volleyball at Colgate); and Anna Juul (running at Harvard). Standing from left to right: Lauren Adams (lacrosse at Wofford); Elle White (soccer at West Chester University); and Mackenzie Myers (lacrosse at Erskine College).

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Lions Club selects November Student of the Month

Nancy Ramirez Quintino has been named the Lions Club Student of the Month for November. She is the daughter of Felipe Ramirez and Esmeralda Quintino of West Grove. After school, Nancy attends the Garage Youth Center, where she participates in many different community activities such as Project

C.U.R.E., the Migrant Program and Jenner’s Pond. She has achieved High and Distinguished Honors throughout high school. She plans to attend Delaware County Community College, but has yet to decide on a major. The teachers who have influenced her most are Mrs. Nilan, Miss Ayllon and Miss Torres.




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Enjoy a free Celtic Christmas concert

A Celtic Christmas concert featuring the Seasons Family Band, dancers, drummers and pipers will be held Dec. 10 at the Patton Middle School auditorium.

The free event, which is sponsored by The Hadley Fund, begins at 7 p.m. The program features Celtic and American folk music played on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, violin,

guitar and bagpipes. The auditorium is at 760 Unionville Road, Kennett Square. For more information, call 610444-1855 or visit www.

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Hopewell Elementary School teachers nominate Students of the Month based on their academic achievements and participation in class and school activities. Pictured with principal Dr. Nicole Addis and assistant to the principal Jason Soule, fifth grade September Students of the Month are, front row from left, Shadai Arrutia, Molly Friel, Daniela Popoca-Ayllon, Evelyn Ayllon Tapia and Lexi Fleischer; second row from left, Tristyn Herman, Skylar Ernst, Billy Smith, Micahia Glasgow and ElShaddai Myers. Sixth grade September Students of the Month are, third row from left, Emma Sebastiani, Makaya Gonzales, Zoe Eldreth, Lilibeth Bernal and Kenzie Lane; top row from left, Sarah Potter, Siena DiFrancesco, Ella Jones, Jazmin Sosa-Olmedo, Sarah Brown, Edwin Dominguez and Edgar Mireles.

Penn’s Grove School takes to the net for sick children

The Penn’s Grove School volleyball team and a faculty team recently squared off in their 13th annual charity challenge. Admission to this year’s challenge raised $165 for St. Jude Children’s

Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tenn., a leading children’s hospital pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other diseases. Both the seventh and eighth grade teams took

two out of three matches from the faculty team. For every charity game, each volleyball team member wears a tie-dyed T-shirt in the color of the awareness ribbon for a specific type of cancer.

Southern Chester County’s

2017 Health & Medical Guide ALL NEW FOR 2017 Ad Pro Inc, publishers of the Chester County Press, the Today and the Life Magazines will be publishing an all new version of its popular guide to health, fitness and medicine. This extremely comprehensive annual directory will feature advertising information from local hospitals, doctors and various health and wellness organizations. The booklet is skillfully designed to display the colorful magazine style pages and make your advertisement stand out. This contemporary 8" x 8.5" magazine promises to be a ready reference and keepsake for the entire year.

PROMOTE YOUR PRACTICE OR BUSINESS TO OVER 40,000 READERS. The comprehensive circulation of the Health and Medical Guide will be launched on January 25, 2017 when 15,000 copies will be the featured insert in the Chester County Press, the oldest and largest weekly newspaper in the county. In addition, the first wave of 8,000 copies will be displayed at over 100 different newsstands, public areas, and select locations all over Southern Chester County. The circulation coverage will blanket Chadds Ford, Longwood, Pocopson, Unionville, Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove, Landenberg, Kemblesville, Lincoln University, Jennersville, Oxford, and Nottingham. Thereafter, an additional 5,000 copies will be refreshed seasonally in the spring, summer and fall. In addition, the 2017 Health & Medical Guide will be direct mailed to 3,000 senior homeowners in Southern Chester County. Also, an extraordinary interactive online edition will be available at

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