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Applications from potential replacements are now being accepted; the vacancy is expected to be filled at the Feb. 10 school board meeting By Chris Barber Contributing Writer Paola Rosas-Weed, who represented the region that includes New Garden Township, has resigned from the Kennett School Board. The resignation was officially accepted by the school board on Monday night. Rosas-Weed was elected to the school board in 2017. She recently moved to Kennett Township, and by law she is no longer eligible to represent a region that

she doesn’t live in. In these cases, the school board is required to select a replacement to fill the unexpired term until the next school board elections are held. The vacancy will be advertised, and applications will be accepted from New Garden adult residents until noon on Jan. 27. Interviews with the applicants will then be held at a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3. The successful candidate will be appointed at the regular meeting on Feb. 10, if

all goes according to the school board’s plan. Superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti praised RosasWeed and said that he had enjoyed working with her. “You have stepped up in our community in so many ways. I’m sure the board is not happy that you are leaving,” he said. “It makes me sad – family stuff. I’ll still be around. Thank you for your support. I’ve learned so much,” Rosas-Weed said. The school board got a look at the preliminary

On Nov. 17, 2019, Kelly and Dan Pin of Kennett Square discovered that their two-and-a-half-year-old son Benjamin had a high fever and severe abdominal pains, and took him to the emergency room at the A.I. Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, where their son was admitted the following day. After extensive blood work and a bone marrow biopsy, Benjamin, known as “Benny,” was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia on Nov. 21. Commonly known as B-Cell ALL, it is an aggressive

type of leukemia that occurs when too many B-cell immature white blood cells are found in the bone marrow and blood. While the overall prognosis for Benny is very good -- about 98 percent of children with B-Cell ALL go into remission within weeks after starting treatment and 90 percent of them can be cured – Kelly approaches her son’s treatment not with a long-range view, but with a day-to-day approach. “If it happens to be a good day, we have to take it in because we don’t know what tomorrow holds,” she said. “The side effects of chemo are pretty intense, and

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Kennett Square Borough has now extended the contract of Police Chief William Holdsworth for five years.

Kennett Square Borough extends police chief’s contract By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer

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ANCHOR life + fitness in Kennett Square is sponsoring a weight lifting challenge on Feb. 8 to raise funds for the Pin family, whose son Benjamin, right, is being treated for B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Also pictured is his mother, Kelly, his father, Dan and his sister, Amelia.

The new year is only two weeks old and Kennett Square Borough Council already has a significant task completed. Kennett Square Borough Council unanimously approved a new contract with police chief William Holdsworth at its meeting on Jan. 6. The new contract is for five years. Holdsworth has served as the police chief in Kennett Square since April of 2017, Continued on Page 2A

Connors selected as chairman of London Grove Township Board of Supervisors

The municipal reorganization meeting at London Grove Township on Jan.. 6 saw a change in board leadership and the welcoming of two new members. Veteran supervisors David Connors and Steve Zurl were unanimously elected as chairman and vice chairIndians take on the Blue man, respectively. Demons in basketball...3B Additionally, new supervisors Kevin Runey and Photo by Chris Barber Christine Allison and new District Justice Matt Seavey, second from left, stands Jerome Fix, a new member of the Board of Auditors, Board of Auditor member and supervisors Christine Allison and Kevin Runey. Jerome Fix were sworn in


budget for the 2020-2021 school year that was presented by board member Michael Finnegan. This was their first look at the numbers, and they were advised that through public input, discussions and allocations from the state, there would likely be changes before a final budget is adopted in June. The preliminary budget totals $89.8 million in revenue and expenses with the major income source being local real estate taxes. The

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Kennett School Board member resigns

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by District Justice Matt Seavey, who handled his judicial tasks by visiting not just London Grove, but several other municipalities. Runey and Allison replaced former supervisors Richard Scott Harper and Thomas Szakas. At the reorganization meeting, even though it was not an action item on the agenda, the supervisors addressed the subject of financial safeguards management. This topic has been heavily discussed among residents of southern Chester County and

beyond following a scandal in Kennett Township that saw former township manager Lisa Moore arrested and charged with embezzling more than $3 million from the municipality. Board members assured their audience there that London Grove finances are well guarded with safety mechanisms in place to keep the money safe. Without reciting all the safeguards, several board members spoke up to describe some of them. Connors said he stops by Continued on Page 5A

East Marlborough Township officials discuss protecting the township’s finances It’s a topic that a lot of township leaders in southern Chester County are talking about because of the unfolding drama in Kennett Township By Monica Fragale Contributing Writer

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The East Marlborough Township supervisors began the new year by being proactive about protecting the township’s finances. “We are very concerned

about what happened in Kennett Township,” said supervisor Robert McKinstry, who was selected as chairman of the board of Supervisors at the Jan. 6 reorganization meeting. He was referring to a monthslong investigation into and


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charges against former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore for allegedly embezzling more than $3 million from Kennett Township’s finances. According to McKinstry, supervisors met in executive session prior to the meeting

with the township auditing firm, Barbacane, Thornton & Co. LLP, which is also the independent auditor for Kennett Township. “We wanted to know what was missed,” McKinstry said, adding that the supervisors asked the auditors for

changes they could make to better protect the township from a situation like Kennett’s. While East Marlborough interim township manager Hannah Christopher was appointed both the secretary Continued on Page 3A


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and prior to that he was the department’s Officer in Charge for more than eight months while the borough conducted a search to fill the vacancy that was created when former police chief Edward Zunino announced his retirement after a long career with the police department. As police chief, Holdsworth leads a department that currently includes 13 full-time police officers and three part-time police officers. Borough council member Ethan Cramer lauded the work of Holdsworth. He said that Kennett Square’s police department is good—and good in a lot of different directions. Cramer explained that the police department has a very good culture and the police officers have a strong connection to the community. They also do their work with a high level of professionalism, and Holdsworth deserves credit for building on that, Cramer said. “We have an extraordinary group of officers,” Cramer said. “Under Bill’s leadership, this police force is the heart and soul of our community.” Kennett Square mayor Matt Fetick, who is tasked with overseeing the operations of the police department, praised the work of Holdsworth. “This Chief has done an incredible job,” Fetick said. “He is well-respected by officers and the community. I fully support his contract extension, and I think he is a very valuable asset to the Borough of

Kennett Square. I thoroughly enjoy working with him.” Holdsworth’s law enforcement career dates back more than 22 years, and he has been a member of the Kennett Square Police Department for most of that time. He was first hired as a part-time police officer with the borough in June of 1997. He briefly left the department in 1998 when he was hired as a full-time officer with the Phoenixville Police Department, but returned as a full-time police officer with the Kennett Square Police Department in September of 1998. He has been moving up the ranks since then. In May of 2001, he was promoted to the corporal position, and was assigned as the patrol supervisor for the department. He was promoted to the position of lieutenant in 2016, and was then designated as the Officer In Charge when Zunino announced that he was retiring after a distinguished 40-year career with the police department. Cramer pointed out that the Kennett Square Police Department has had uncommonly good stability when it comes to police chiefs. The borough has had just three police chiefs—Albert McCarthy, Zunino, and now Holdsworth, over a period of nearly 50 years. Cramer is pleased that Holdsworth will continue to serve as Kennett Square’s top cop. He credited the police chief with overseeing an expansion of the services that the police department provides to the community, including enhanced investigation techniques. In one recent instance, the Kennett Square Police

Department made an arrest of a Philadelphia-area drug dealer who was responsible for selling the drugs that resulted in a fatal overdose in Kennett Square. Investigations that end in arrests help to make not just the borough, but the entire southern Chester County community, safer. The Kennett Square Police Department has seen the percentage of crimes that are cleared either by arrest, or by some other means, rise steadily in recent years—an illustration of the kind of police work that the borough’s police department is doing. The borough also has two of its police officers serve as part of the Chester County SWAT team, Cramer noted. He added that the Kennett Square Police Department is so good that, “Nobody has a right to expect a police force of this caliber. Our borough is incredibly lucky.” In other business at the Jan. 6 meeting related to the police department, borough council authorized charging the Civil Service Commission to conduct testing for an entrylevel full-time police officer position. This will help the borough develop a list of qualified candidates to fill a position. Holdsworth said that the police department doesn’t currently have any openings, but it takes about ten months to complete the testing necessary to develop a list of qualified candidates, so there is a need to begin the process now that the borough is prepared if a position does open up. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor

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major expenses are salaries and benefits. Finnegan said the preliminary projection for the tax rate is an increase from 30.9497 mills this year to 31.6974 mills for the next fiscal year. (A mill is a tax of $1 on every $1000 of assessed property value.) He added that the average additional cost for owners of a home assessed at $180,000 would be $136 per year. Director of Facilities George Wolhafe reported that the district has three major projects planned: new artificial turf for the football field, a renovation of the tennis courts and a renovation of the track. He said that if the track project started at the end of the regular season and Kennett qualified for post-season competition, Unionville High School has already agreed to let Kennett use their track. Wolhafe also reported that Kennett High School’s water quality has been tested and is well below limits on lead. At Greenwood Elementary School, where there is a well, the district has contracted with an environmental firm to test it every week. The board approved the second reading of the school wellness policy which was written in accord with federal and state regulations. Several

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members expressed concern that teachers would no longer be allowed to restrict recess as a disciplinary tool. Tomasetti reported on an issue that has been a topic of conversation for many parents of students county-wide: starting the school day later to give students more time to sleep. Tomasetti said the feedback he has received from parents and students has been positive, but a change in

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they’re all listed as high and low risk. It has become a balancing act between the high and low risks, and both the joy and wisdom you need to fight this disease. “You have to be alert and you have to accept and you have to be able to live in both of those.” While the primary angels of Benny Pin have been the presence of his parents, his five-year-old sister Amelia, and extended members of his family, there has been a growing number of supporting angels who have also lent love and support. On Nov. 27, Benny’s aunt Colleen Fida created a GoFundMe account to help defray the Pin’s medical costs, and as of last week, the fund had raised over $26,000. In addition, news of the youngster’s ongoing treatment has been shared in #BennyStrong and on the Caring Bridge website. On Feb. 8, the heroic story of Benny Pin and his challenge to overcome Leukemia will take center stage at ANCHOR life + fitness on Broad Street in Kennett Square, and it will be an event that will require a lot of heavy lifting. Open to anyone 18 and over, the fitness center’s “Lift for Leukemia” will include a half-day challenge for participants to test their strength in bench pressing and dead-lifting, and all proceeds from the event will go directly to the Pin family. Participant fees are $40, t-shirts are $25, and sponsors can have their logo printed on the t-shirt for $100. “A co-worker of Kelly’s had come into ANCHOR and began to talk with me about what Kelly and Dan were going through with their son,” said Charlene Richardson of ANCHOR life + fitness. “Ironically, I was discussing with my staff that very day about a possible

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and treasurer at the reorganization meeting, that will change once the township hires a full-time manager, according to McKinstry. The two positions will then be performed by separate people. The township will also carry a $10 million bond against any theft or fraud. In previous years, said vice chairman John Sarro, the supervisors examined the money in the township coffers and set the bond based on that number. Three of East Marlborough’s supervisors attended a Dec. 17 special meeting by the Kennett Township supervisors at which the latter explained what the investigation into Moore had found and what had been done since. One of the findings of the investigation was that Moore allegedly allowed no one other than herself to open pieces of mail like the township’s credit card bill, thereby allegedly controlling what the supervisors saw and approved for payment. Sarro pointed out that East Marlborough’s credit card bill is seen by three people before it is approved for payment. McKinstry said that the process had been in place since former East Marlborough Manager Jane Laslo had been there. In other business, Sarro and new supervisors Kathryn Monahan and Eric Matuszak were sworn in to the board.

charity event that we could host and who it could be for, and when I heard about Benny, I said, ‘Well, there’s our answer.’” Richardson is the mother of a 20-month-old son. “This kind of thing should never happen to kids. It just doesn’t make sense, and there are really no words,” she said. “All we’re doing is trying to help a family going through a tough time, and hopefully, we can help ease some of the burden that everyone in their family is going through.” “One of the great things about ANCHOR is that they capture what Kennett Square is really all about,” Kelly said. “As human beings, they are so true and genuine and they have their hearts in this. They dove into this with such love, and it’s been blowing our family away.” In order to best serve as her son’s primary caretaker, Kelly recently had to take a leave of absence from Bancroft Elementary School, where she has been a second- and third-grade teacher for the past eight years.

When she was hired by the Kennett Consolidated School District, a colleague told Kelly that combined, the school district and the town operate together as part of one very large family. When she and Dan read the names of those individuals who have made contributions on the Go Fund Me page, they immediately recognized many of them. The others, they suspect, are the friends of friends and family. “There are people whom I’ve never met before and even brief acquaintances, and when I see all of them donating for my son, I look at their names and I begin to cry. We have been bombarded by the level of support we have received.” “I have learned to trust my motherly instincts during this journey, and prayer has served as mu guidance and my strength,” she said. “We don’t take things for granted anymore. Now, we’re beginning to see more energy in Benny, and recently, he told us that he wants to play with trains, so I will play trains with him. “Through all of this, I will

totally be focused on allowing myself to enjoy being thankful during this stressful time.” Sponsors for the Feb. 8 event include Accents of Nature Landscaping, Inc., Bancroft 2nd Grade Team, Braeloch Brewing, Buck Educational Consulting LLC, Chadds Ford Abstract, Inc., Chadds Ford Complete Services, LLC, Core Family Practice, CrossFit Kennett Square, Encada, Family Transitions, David Ferron Unionville Saddle, Giant, Giordano’s, G. Michael Goudy, Inc., Hoffman Design, Kennett Education Foundation, Mason Miller, O’Donnell Painting, LLC, Penn Animal Hospital, Tamburrino Family Orthodontics and many anonymous sponsors. To pre-register for “Lift for Leukemia” on Feb. 8 at ANCHOR life + fitness, visit bennystrong. Participants can also register on the day of the event. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at about 12 p.m. ANCHOR life + fitness is located at 112 S. Broad

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“Benny” with his mother, Kelly.

Street in Kennett Square. Jan. 15 is the last day for sponsors and register to have their business logo on t-shirt, and for participants to receive a t-shirt. To learn more about Benny Pin, visit

or #BennyStrong, and to make a contribution, visit, “Help Benny Battle Leukemia #BennyStrong. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email




KATS presents ‘Snow White and the Magic Mirror’ this Friday and Saturday The Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) will present three performances of “Snow White and the Magic Mirror” this Friday, Jan. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) in the Kennett High School auditorium. Tickets are now available online (www. and can also be purchased at the door. “Snow White and the Magic Mirror” is based on the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Snow White’s wicked and beautiful stepmother owns a magic mirror that always tells the truth. All is well until one day when the mirror declares that Snow White, now that she is all grown up, has replaced her stepmother as the most beautiful woman in all the land. The stepmother banishes Snow White to the Wooky Wood in the hope that she will run afoul of one of the fairy tale monsters that live there. Will Snow White

survive? What happens when she stumbles upon a cottage owned by three bears (and a squatter called Goldilocks)? Can the dwarfs save her – and will Prince Valiant come good in the end? “Snow White and the Magic Mirror” is a pantomime in the British style. There is no mime in British pantomime. None. Ever. A pantomime in the British style combines elements of the American musical theatre with a fairy tale plot, vaudeville skits, and terrible jokes. It is a show for the entire family, including the parents. There is something for everyone: a young hero (the principal boy), played by a girl, a selfassured woman (the Dame) played by a man, and a young heroine (the principal girl) played by a girl. Add to that an assortment of villains, comics, and henchpersons and you have a basic pantomime plot.

“Snow White and the Magic Mirror” was written by Gary Smith and is directed by Caroline Smith. Gary and Caroline were two of the original founders of KATS. The show is co-directed by Nancy McDonald, the Stage Director is Kecia Crowl. The songs have been arranged by Marilee and Phil Calabrese, who have been with KATS since the very beginning. KATS was founded in 2001 by a group of friends in Kennett Square. In the original show, there were 19 cast members, including the chorus. In the current show, there is a cast of almost 50, including the chorus, and a support group of costumiers, technicians, stage crew, administrators, musicians, sales personnel, make-up artists, and front of house staff that will exceed 100 on the night. KATS has grown thanks to community support. Snow White will be the 19th annual pantomime in the British style.

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The Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society (KATS) will present three performances of “Snow White and the Magic Mirror” this Friday, Jan. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) in the Kennett High School auditorium.

The Penn Township Board holds reorganization meeting

By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer

The Jan. 6 reorganization meeting for the Penn Township Board of Supervisors saw the addition of newly elected supervisor Laura Sperratore. Victor Mantegna, who was re-elected to another term on the board, was also sworn in. Mantegna continues as the vice chairman of the five-member board, while Curtis Mason

will continue to serve as its chairman. Radar O’Connell and Jay Ennis round out the board. The biggest item in front of the supervisors as 2020 begins is the construction of the new Avon Grove High School. There will be a zoning hearing on Jan. 16 to cover a short list of variance requests from the school district. Requests include relief from zoning ordinances related to size limitations on signs, the

minimum number of trees that must be planted, curbing requirements, noise level limits, lighting requirements, and the size of parking spaces. The zoning hearing board is independent from the township planning commission and the board of supervisors. The plans for the high school will come again to the planning commission for their consideration and comments at a public meeting on Jan. 22,

beginning at 7 p.m. The plan is expected to come to the board of supervisors for preliminary plan approval at their Feb. 5 meeting. That meeting is just one day before the expiration of the plan approval period. If there are still concerns on the part of the township, they must receive an extension from the school district. Without an extension, the board must vote to approve or deny the plan or it would

automatically be deemed as approved. Mantegna expressed some concerns about the tight time line. “If it comes to that at your meeting, let them know you need more time,” he said to the planning commission members in attendance at the board meeting. Another important issue is the PennDOT reconstruction of the Route 796 bridge over Route 1, now in the preliminary

planning stages. PennDOT has given the township the chance to weigh in on the plan, expressing their preference for traffic signals or tear-drop roundabouts at the exit and entrance ramp intersections. The supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the tear-drop design, and will communicate that to PennDOT. There is no guarantee that PennDOT will follow the township’s recommendation.




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just about every week to go over the checks. He added that all checks require three signatures, and there is no signature stamp. If something doesn’t look right, he added, he brings up questions at meetings. He also pointed out that London Grove undergoes an audit each year. Township Manager Ken Battin reiterated the requirement for three signatures and verifications of expenses as well. “We have backup for all checks. I see every bill that

comes in and every check that goes out,” he said. He also noted that Public Works Manager Shane Kinsey signs off on all receipts. Supervisor John Irwin said he even checks on reoccurring routine expenses like light power and water. In an action that required only the approval of a $150 allocation, aspiring Eagle Scout Ryan Powell of Troop 91 presented his project plan and asked for some funds to fill the gap in his expenses. Powell said Inniscrone Golf Course, which is

The newly selected leaders of the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors are, from left chairman David Connors and vice chairman Steve Zurl.

owned by the township, has no recycling program. In fact, he said, he has seen trash scattered near the disposal cans on the golf course. His plan is to con-

struct 36 recycling bins and place two at convenient locations for each of the 18 Photos by Chris Barber holes. Aspiring Eagle Scout Ryan Powell demonstrates his The board unanimously plans for recycling bins at Inniscrone Golf Course at approved the request. London Grove’s reorganization meeting.

Former Oxford Borough Willowdale Steeplechase to mayor faces DUI charges hold guest bartender night Lorraine Durnan Bell was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Jan. 23 that left three people injured in Cecil County last September By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Lorraine Durnan Bell, a former mayor of Oxford Borough, has now been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and several related offenses in connection with a two-vehicle accident that occurred in Cecil County last September. Bell and two women who were in the other vehicle all suffered injuries as a result of the crash, which occurred on Stevens Road in Cecil County when Bell’s Chrysler Sebring crossed the center line and struck

the other vehicle. The impact was nearly head-on, and a responding officer at the scene said that he detected a strong odor of alcohol on Bell. A blood sample was taken following the

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accident and the results of the blood alcohol testing resulted in charges being filed against Bell on January 4. These charges include driving under the influence of alcohol and negligent driving. Bell’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. Bell resigned as the mayor of Oxford Borough on Dec. 2, citing health reasons. She had served in that role since the start of 2018. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty. com.

Join the friends and supporters of the Willowdale Steeplechase on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Willowdale Steeplechase Guest Bartender Night fundraiser at Hearth Kitchen in Kennett Square. This fun night out helps raise funds for Willowdale’s beneficiaries; The Stroud Water Research Center and The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. Stop by and let your favorite bartender pour a drink for you. Show your support by generously tipping. If you are not able to attend, you can still “tip” your favorite bartender by donating online. Look for the link at, and 100

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Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival set for Jan. 26 Festival offers chocolate tastings while raising funds for community

Do you love to bake or simply love chocolate? Plan to celebrate all things chocolate at the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26 at Unionville High School. The Festival raises funds for United Way of Southern Chester County, which supports 22 health and human service programs in the area. But United Way needs your help to make this festival a success. Due to the rising attendance at the festival each year, there is a growing need for more chocolate entry donations. This year, the goal is to have 300 chocolate entries to feed the hordes attending. Contestants in the festival compete in specific categories and there is no fee to enter. United Way is looking for entries from professionals, amateurs, and students. The five categories to enter are cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies and candies, all of which must have a chocolate component. You can opt to have your entry judged or not judged if you would rather just make a donation. All entries need to be registered online by Jan. 22. These entries can then be dropped off at Unionville High School’s gym on Saturday, Jan. 25 between 2 and 5 p.m. or Sunday, Jan. 26 between 7 and 10 a.m. To enter, go to entries. “We couldn’t do this festival without the support of bakers from our community,” said Carrie Freeman, CEO of United Way of Southern

Chester County. “Well over 1,000 people attend, so chocolate donations are critical. We hope to raise $30,000 this year through tasting chocolate. And we thank our Platinum Sponsor, Brandywine Oak Private Wealth, for sponsoring the festival this year.” The festival kicks off to a sold-out VIP crowd at noon on Sunday, Jan. 26. Tickets for general admission at 1 p.m. are still on sale at and will be available at the door. The festival has been multiyear Best Desserts winner in the County Lines Best of the Best Contest. Last year, over 200 chocolate entries were judged and available for the public to taste. The 2019 amateur first-place winners were Patti Beauchesne, Lisa Gross, Joe Ambrosino, Roberta Carlson, and Sandra Speakman. They received a Corian cutting board and a $100 gift certificate to an area restaurant. 2019 student first-winners were Amanda Bell, Emma Schmidt, Kendall Rybarczyk and Sidney Brutscher. The 2019 professional first-place winners were Kelly Barboni, Sweet Caroline’s Cupcake Kitchen, and Country Butcher. Another exciting chocolate addition is the Year of Living Chocolate raffle. For $10 for one ticket or $20 for three tickets, you can be entered in a raffle to win a chocolate dessert monthly from different area bakers and chocolatiers starting

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The Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival takes place on Jan. 26, where chocolate lovers can enjoy many different treats.

with Country Butcher’s Bakery in March of 2020 and ending with Northbrook MarketPlace in February of 2021. You can pick up raffle tickets online at www., in person at the United Way offices, or at the festival. The drawing will be held on Feb. 14. The United Way of Southern Chester County serves the residents of four school districts: Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford. Over 18,000 people received support from the United Way of Southern Chester County last year. For information, visit the festival’s website:

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Kennett Township’s ‘personnel matter’

Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association celebrates 40th induction ceremony and banquet

On July 15, 2015, before the township’s board of supervisors, township residents and his family, Lydell Nolt was officially sworn in as the Kennett Township Chief of Police, following a brief tenure as the township’s acting police chief, after the retirement of Albert McCarthy that May. From the time Nolt began his tenure in Kennett Township in 2010, and in particular during his time as police chief, he has exemplified the trademarks of leadership, vision and integrity and woven it deep into the confines of community policing. Leading an expanding team of law enforcement officials, Nolt championed the belief that his department should be front and center – at schools, at public events – all in an effort to promote true transparency with the residents he and his unit serve. Over the past few months, however, the residents of Kennett Township have not had a police chief, and no one outside the governance of the township knows why. Now, all of the accomplishments that Chief Nolt has made free-float randomly, no longer weighted to their architect but tethered to Nolt’s mysterious disappearance. It is a vanishing act that has confounded everyone who owns even the tiniest link to the township. It is a flimsy rumor swell of strung-together hearsay, one that now rages like a river in a flood, and the more it continues to flow, the more it diminishes the importance of truth and facts, and the more it potentially damages reputations. On Dec. 17, 2019, more than 500 township residents and stakeholders of Kennett Township attended a town hall meeting at the Red Clay Room in Kennett Square. For nearly four hours, they heard the township supervisors, forensic accountant Ricardo Zayas, investigative attorney Joseph Poluka and township manager Eden Ratliff discuss the findings of the recently-concluded investigation of former township manager Lisa Moore’s “accused” embezzlement of more than $3 million from township funds. During the second phase of the meeting – one that offered those in attendance the opportunity to ask questions of those on the panel – former Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer momentarily broke from the news at hand to ask a question that has been left unanswered for the past several months: “What is going on with the chief of the Kennett Township Police Department?” “Personnel matters are very complicated, and unfortunately this is a personnel matter,” Ratliff said. “It’s Kennett Township’s policy not to comment on matters of personnel until the matter is concluded. There is not a lot that I can say. When the process is concluded, I will be willing and able and frankly, eager, to communicate this to the public. I do not believe in creating mystery where it doesn’t exist.” The mystery is now upon us. To date, there has been no public statement on the status of Chief Nolt, either at a public meeting or posted on the official township website. Consequently, an entire township has been left in the dark, a fact that we can’t help but chalk uap to irony, given that it was the governance of the township itself who waited eight months for twin investigations into Moore’s alleged fraud to be concluded. Still included on the Kennett Township Police Department’s website, Chief Nolt’s message reads like a letter of promise to the residents his department serves. Two sentences stand out above the others: “We realize that our ability to be effective is dependent on good communication with our citizens and a cooperative approach to problem solving,” he wrote. “Our pledge to the citizens of Kennett Township is that we will provide professional police services that are innovative, community-minded and integrity-driven.” Whether Chief Nolt’s leave is temporary or permanent, the governance of Kennett Township holds all of these truths and facts about what led to his departure, and while we appreciate – and will continue to honor – the delicate nature of what the township is calling a “personnel matter,” we also believe that the residents of Kennett Township need to be kept informed about the status of their police department – and their police chief. Paraphrasing Nolt, the township’s ability to be effective is dependent on good communication with its citizens.

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Letter to the Editor: On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association will hold its 40th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet. For 40 years, the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association has preserved the baseball legacy in Kennett Square and greater southern Chester County. For 40 years, graying boys of summer - late of legendary feats on the diamond - have been honored in the

middle of winter. For 40 years, the banquet has served not only as a celebration of their achievements but also as a gateway to another baseball season of key pitches and clutch hits, home runs and stolen bases, miraculous catches and outstanding throws, of “good pitching always beats good hitting” and “wait ’til next year,” of high hopes and eternal optimism. Forty years is half a lifetime, enough time for fathers - inducted decades

ago and who shared their love of baseball with their sons - to see those sons inducted themselves. In those 40 years, Bat Burton, Bob Burton, Prissy Roberts and the entire Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association team have built a tradition that celebrates the National Pastime, local baseball stars - and of course, the Phillies. The Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association considers itself fortunate to have been able to recognize and share this slice of

Americana. Likewise, we are fortunate at this Saturday’s banquet to welcome Dickie Noles, pitcher on the 1980 World Champion Phillies. For 40 years the Kennett Old Timers Baseball Association has served as a little slice of all that’s good here in Southern Chester County. Friendship. Baseball. Community. Here’s hoping it’ll continue another 40 years. Keith Craig Chadds Ford

Commissioners proclaim January 20 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Chester County Chester County Commissioner Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline presented their first proclamation of the year, noting January 20, 2020 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Chester County. The proclamation reads, in part, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all, and challenged all Americans to participate in the never-ending work of building a more perfect union…. On January 20, 2020, and in the days after, many Chester County non-profits and faith-based organizations, educational institutions, public agencies and private businesses will hold events marking a day of community service, grounded in Dr. King’s teachings that help solve social problems. The Commissioners’ proclamation urged all citizens to participate in community projects connected to the teachings of Dr. King, and to unite behind efforts that foster racial, cultural and community harmony. Accepting copies of the proclamation were two Chester County organizations that recognize and honor the legacy of Dr. King through the actions of community service projects and scholarship support – St. Paul’s Baptist

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Chester County Commissioners present Martin Luther King Jr. Day Proclamations to representatives from St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester and the West Chester University Frederick Douglass Society. Pictured left to right are: Deacon Glasper Ridgel and Reverend Richelle Gunter of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Marian Moskowitz, Andria Young of the West Chester University’s Frederick Douglass Society, and County Commissioner Josh Maxwell.

Church in West Chester and West Chester University’s Frederick Douglass Society. Deacon Glasper Ridgel and Reverend Richelle Gunter of St. Pauls’ Baptist Church thanked the Commissioners for the proclamation, noting the church’s MLK Jr. Day of Service history. “What began 16 years ago as a day of service with less than 30 volunteers has grown into a partnership with other churches and organizations,” said Deacon Ridgel. “This year we will send out over 500 volunteers to 22 different service projects, three community events and 40 sites on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, reminding

some – and educating others – about the life and contributions of Dr. King to America and the world.” Andria Young, President of the Frederick Douglass Society at West Chester University, said, “The mission of our Society is to bring together diverse members of the West Chester University community – faculty, staff, administrators and students – to encourage multi-cultural education, empowerment and equality. In the week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we hold a brunch to encourage scholarship fundraising for students who are struggling to stay in school and complete their education. We

also begin our annual volunteer projects, including blanket-making sessions where 500 to 600 students, faculty, staff and community members come together in the University’s student union ballroom to make blankets for children in hospitals throughout the region. “I thank the Commissioners for their proclamation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Chester County and for recognizing our focus on the legacy of MLK, acknowledging that we are one community and can all work together to make this world, and keep this world, a place of peace and love,” added Andria Young.

The Oxford Educational Foundation mentoring program makes a difference Mentoring seems to be a fashionable term these days. We hear the word “mentoring” in television infomercials, read it in print, and hear it in many personal growth programs, but what does it have to do with our everyday lives? The dictionary defines a mentor simply as a “wise and trusted counselor,” but to a number of students in the Oxford Area School District and to their adult volunteers throughout the community, the term has a greater significance. Since 1995, the Oxford Educational Foundation (OEF) has been operating a mentoring program, placing hundreds of mentors in the Oxford schools. Volunteers and students from the community are matched with the expectation of developing a continuing relationship between a child and a positive role model. The program is administered by Kim Lewin, volunteer coordinator for the OEF. With parent/guardian permission and the necessary clearances and training the OEF encourages mentors

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Turning the page: Macaluso’s re-opens to a brand new chapter By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Simply told, the story of how an old bookshop came to find its new life in Kennett Square this past year is the tale of what happens when the power of history, tradition and legacy meet with ambition and a desire to nudge that legacy even more forward into the future. Throughout his 85 years, Thomas Peter Macaluso planted his life’s work in two different arenas, each of which are connected by the study and appreciation of literature. For 37 years, he taught English at Monmouth College in New Jersey, the Ohio State University and at Delaware County Community College. Overlapped with his years in the classroom, he served as the proprietor of Macaluso Rare & Fine Books for 40 years, located at the corner of South Union and Cypress Streets in Kennett Square. It was a six-room treasure trove of data, stories, authors and information, where thousands of rare books, maps and prints were displayed. When Macaluso died on March 15, 2018, the volumes of his inventory remained in place, as did the oval sign on the book shop’s front porch. For the next year, the store continued to be run by Laurie Watkins, a friend of Macaluso and his wife, Brenda. Several months after Macaluso’s passing, Kennett resident John Lynn stepped into the store, in the hopes that he would be able to stumble into a rare find. “I asked Laurie if she was the new owner,” John said. “She told me, ‘No, I’m not, but we’re looking for one. Are you interested? I said, ‘Maybe.’” Immediately, John went home to discuss the idea with his wife, Stefanie. It could be a perfect next chapter for them, he suggested. Stefanie would be able to retire from her finance role for a global manufacturing company, and John could begin to transition to retirement from his corporate work and join his wife full time. “I had been considering the idea of doing something different, so when John told me about the business, I didn’t even need him to finish what he was telling me,” Stefanie

said. “I knew exactly where his idea was going, and that we would move forward with this. “We had talked about concepts of running a small business, so the idea of owning a bookstore wasn’t that far removed from what I was picturing for us in the future.” Together, the Lynns purchased Macaluso Rare & Fine Books in April 2019. Among their first decisions as new business owners was that the book shop – and the oval sign that bears its name – would initially remain the same. At first, the Lynns operated the book shop in the original configuration that Macaluso had created, but shut the business down in June. For the next five months – with the help of contractors – the Lynns transformed the store, with renovations that included taking down ceiling in front room, changing light fixtures, replacing flooring, repairing staircases, upgrading wiring in all of the rooms and adding some personal touches such as vintage furniture and area rugs. By late fall, the sweat equity had paid off, and Macaluso’s re-opened to the public during the first week of November. In exchange for being exposed to books that range from new bestsellers to gently used to an entire catalog of rare books from Macaluso’s inventory, visitors have heaped much praise – and thanks -- on the shop’s new owners. “Every single day, we have people tell us that they are so glad that we’re continuing this space as a bookshop,” John said. “They have also been very complimentary about the changes we’ve made, but most importantly, they’re happy that we’re continuing Tom’s legacy to people in the community.” During a time when the bookselling industry has become monopolized by the phenomenon of online sales, the new Macaluso’s joins the Kennett Resale Book Shoppe across the street, the Kennett Library and the popular Pop Up lending libraries throughout the borough as stalwart saviors of getting books into the hands of readers the old-fashioned way. “While it is true that people can go online and get a variety of books, they can’t establish a relation-

Macaluso’s is still a treasure trove of rare book finds.

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John and Stefanie Lynn of the new Macaluso Books in Kennett Square.

ship with their bookseller,” John said. “Stefanie and I thought long and hard about our business model against the dynamic of online book selling, but one piece of data that we saw had to do with a resurgence of independent bookstores. We thought, ‘Let’s see if we can catch that wave,’ believing that if we can provide the right bookstore experience for people, we will be able to differentiate ourselves from online sales.” “We wanted to establish a place where people can feel comfortable with the idea of sitting over a book they’re considering and a cup of coffee [which is provided free of charge at Macaluso’s],” said Stefanie, who envisions Macaluso’s as the host of book clubs, writing groups and author readings and special events. “When you’re looking for books online, you’re looking for something specific that you’ve heard of. What we hope to create here is to establish a place where you can find something you didn’t know that you were looking for. “By ordering online, you don’t have the tactile feeling of flipping through the book before you buy it, and you never get to accidentally stumble into an out-of-print book that you previously didn’t know existed.” John and Stefanie Lynn have not only purchased Macaluso’s, they have also bought all of the chapter markers associated with it; namely, the opportunity to carve their

Tom Macaluso served as the proprietor of the original book shop for 40 years.

own niche into the firm history that Macaluso left behind. “Tom was one of a kind, and we know we’ll never be able to fill his shoes, but he’s left a legacy in the form of books that are still a part of the store,” John said. “He did so many other things to promote the love of books and reading, and his legacy has left us with all of the goodwill that he shared with the community he loved. “That’s a great starting point for any business,” he added. “Stefanie and I are starting off with a lot of positive energy, and we think that’s a good foundation for our own future here.” Macaluso Books is located at 130 S. Union Street in Kennett Square. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

From rare books to current best sellers, the new Macaluso’s caters to readers of many genres.

The Lynns have retained the original name of the book shop, as well as its recognizable signage.




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Michael Edward Watson, 48, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Oxford on Dec. 18. Michael was the son of Harry Leroy and Ethel Crawford Watson. He was born on May 30, 1971 at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Oxford Area High School in Oxford. He began working for various restaurants as a cook, then sous chef. With over 20 years of experience, Mike began to excel as a professional and created new menu items for employers. He enjoyed making family dishes as well. Mike was known by the nickname, “WATT”. He was a fan of reggae music and an avid reader of sci-fi, mystery/ detective books and movies. He loved to barbecue and had attended many concerts and festivals on the local music scene and then travelled for a short time with other bands. He is survived by his brothers, Harry Marc Watson and Maurice Ross Watson, both of Oxford; an uncle, James Watson of Downingtown, Pa.; aunts, Gloria Crawford-Thompson of Philadelphia, Katherine Watson Keitt of Downingtown, Pa. and Connie Watson Lewis of Philadelphia; a nephew, Marcus David Watson of New Castle, Pa.; a niece, Jordan BrittanyYvonne Watson of Oxford; and his many cousins who are located around the Philadelphia area, as well as in North Dakota, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Germany. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Harry Leroy Watson, who passed away in 2005. A memorial is being scheduled in early 2020. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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Dorothy (Dot) Magers, passed away on Jan. 9. She was 93. She was born on Aug. 7, 1926. She was preceded in death by her husband Wib and son Steve. Dot is survived by daughter Emilie (Bill), son Chris (Sandy), grandchildren Ali (John), Ben, William (Diana), Stephen (Kate), and Hannah. Dot lived a long and fulfilling life with many friends and interests. She loved being a mother and thoroughly enjoyed cooking, gardening, and sewing. In later years, she played a mean game of Mah Jong with dear friends. Dot was a loyal friend with a sweet and loving disposition. She made friends everywhere she went and was fiercely loyal to those she loved. The world was a better place with her in it. She will be deeply missed. A celebration of her life will be set in the near future.


On Saturday, Dec. 28, heaven gained another angel in the form of Shirley Jean McGinnis. On her 90 years, Shirley touched so many hearts and lives with her caring, quick wit and beautiful smile and spirit. She was born on Feb. 9, 1929 in Longwood, Pa. to Paul A. Parsons, Sr. and Mary Jane Parsons, nee Lansbury. She grew up during the golden years at Longwood when Mr. and Mrs. DuPont were active in the lives of the families that worked for Longwood Gardens. She told of the Christmas parties and how the DuPonts took care of the families that worked for them, in good times and bad. Shirley graduated from Kennett High School in 1947 and worked for the DuPont Company for 38 years. Her passions were her faith, music, knitting, her family and children. After her retirement, she worked for Chester County Hospital in admissions and took care of children. Shirley is survived by her only child, Pamela Eppinger (John, Jr.), her sister-in-law, Mary Parsons {Russell), Deborah Reppert (David), Larry Paul Parsons (Michele), Dionne McNeel (Michael), Rusty Parsons and their children, and grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by family by heart, Deborah and Jim Metro and their children, Alyssa Kidd (Justin), Monica Metro, Stephen Metro and Jarek Metro, as well as James Coldiron. Special thanks to James Coldiron, Ivy Anderson and John Eppinger, Jr. for help with her care. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church in Kennett Square on Saturday, Jan. 18. Visitation will be at 2 p.m., with services following at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the music program at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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Joseph (Joe) Anthony Di Norscia Jr. passed away peacefully on Jan. 5 at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 90 years old. Born in Kennett Square in 1929, Joe was the son of Joseph Anthony Sr. and Mary Gale Di Norscia. Joe is predeceased by his sister, Anna Di Filippo, and brothers Guy and Anthony, and he is survived by his brother, Alfred Di Norscia. Shortly after graduating from Kennett High School in 1947, Joe began his career in the transportation business. In the early years of his career, he worked at Mushroom Transportation in Kennett Square and then later moved to its Philadelphia location where he was elevated to vice president. In 1964, he graduated from LaSalle College Magnum Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and was awarded the William T. Connor Award for the best scholastic record in business administration. Moving to Vineland, New Jersey in 1968, Joe held executive positions with various transportation companies there, including National Freight, Inc. In 1973, Joe moved back to Kennett Square where he became a partner and eventual president of Nick Basilio and Sons, an alreadysuccessful construction and mushroom growing company. Joe played a significant role in the formation of Laurel Valley Farms and Rex Mushrooms. Today, Laurel Valley Farms is recognized as North America’s largest single site mushroom composter. Rex Mushrooms, a marketing and wholesaler business, later merged with Wilson Mushroom Company and became Country Fresh Mushrooms. Joe retired as president and CEO of Country Fresh in 20032004. Throughout his career, Joe was recognized as a business leader within the mushroom industry and the Kennett Square community. Joe is survived by his loving partner of 20 years, Lois Potter. He is also survived by four children with his first wife, Jeanette (nee Falcone) Di Norscia (deceased): Joanne Warren, Geri (John)Talley, Joe (Shirley) Di Norscia, III and Annette (Eric) Garofalo; three children with his second wife, Patricia (nee Wehrli) DiNorscia: Lisa Di Norscia, Michele (Karl) Zimmerman, Michael (Danielle) Di Norscia. While with Lois, Joe played an important role with his extended family and was like a father to Lois’ children: Andrea (Mark) Seltzer, Michael Potter, Todd (Robyn) Potter and Cory (Stacy) Potter. More than anything, Joe adored and was proud of the accomplishments of his paternal grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and his grandchildren from his extended family. With the birth of his great-grandson, Joseph Anthony the 5th, they number 51. Joe loved the water and was an avid fisherman, fishing well into his 80s with his buddies, Nick Basilio and Bobby Primus. He loved the outdoors, planting flowers and gardening. He passed on his love of growing things to his children who could, of course, never measure up to his tomato crop. During his lifetime Joe lived life to its fullest and did it “his way.” A viewing for Joe will be held at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square on Friday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 18, there will be a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square. Interment will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, 450 North Union Street, Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors.

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Indians defeat Blue Demons, 79-60, behind Neylon and Shanahan By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer In the general schematics of basketball, there are two sides to the game, and in order for a team to fully be sound and principled, both defense and offense are required to work in harmony. On the offensive side, the Unionville varsity basketball team was stellar on Jan. 9, using the sharp shooting of Sean Neylon (25 points) and Logan Shanahan (23 points) to defeat their cross-town rival Kennett, 79-60, on Senior Night at the Unionville gym. Two free throws by Shanahan staked the Indians to an early 7-0 lead, and despite a threepointer by Zachary Lower that got Kennett on the board, Unionville built a 17-7 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of three-pointers by Neylon, Shanahan and Peter Kucharczuk. As the second quarter began, Neylon continued to find his long-range sharpshooting with three three-pointers that extended the Indians’ lead to 26-7. Although the team patiently worked the entire court on offense, Kennett was not able to get off more than one shot per possession, which led to several fast-break buckets for Unionville, who went into halftime with a 42-18 lead. And yet, while a team can experience an offensive assault such as the one the Indians enjoyed, it becomes a hollow victory if the defense does not equally match it. “I think we did a good job on our offensive end tonight, but we were actually really bad on our defensive execution,” said Unionville head coach

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Unionville’s Logan Shanahan scored 23 points during a 79-60 victory over rival Kennett on Jan. 9.

Chris Cowles. “From a principle standpoint, we didn’t necessarily do everything all the time. With every game, there is a scouting report you need to follow that’s personnel driven, and we didn’t execute that to the level we needed to tonight, but our offensive execution helped alleviate some of those mistakes.” Despite the loss that dropped their overall record to 3-9, there were several bright spots for Kennett that shone through during the game, and primarily during the fourth quarter, when the Blue Demons outscored the Indians, 27-14. On his way to a team-high 14 points, sophomore Lower engineered a

furious comeback in the closing minutes that was highlighted by three three-pointers, and sophomore Kalen Frazier bullied his way down low to score ten of his 12 points. Ethan Schmidt also finished with 12 points for Kennett. Following a Jan. 14 game against Sun Valley, Unionville, now 8-4 overall, will host the Chester Charter School for the Arts in a non-league game on Jan. 16. Kennett traveled to Bayard Rustin on Jan. 14, and will take on Sun Valley in an away game on Jan. 16. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@

Sean Neylon, who led all scorers with 25 points, looks to go to his right against Kennett defender Zachary Lower in the third quarter.

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ESTATE OF DOUGLAS E. PALMER, DECEASED. Late of the Borough of Oxford, 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 MARCIA CALDWELL, ADMINISTRATRIX, 733 Conowingo Circle, Oxford, PA 19363, Or to her Attorney: ROBERT FREEDENBERG, SKARLATOS ZONARICH, 320 Market St., Ste. 600W, Harrisburg, PA 17101 1p-8-3t


ESTATE OF FLOYD G. PALMER, DECEASED. Late of the Township of London Grove, Chester County, PA LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION D.B.N. 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 MARCIA CALDWELL, ADMINISTRATRIX D.B.N., 733 Conowingo Circle, Oxford, PA 19363, Or to her Attorney: ROBERT FREEDENBERG SKARLATOS ZONARICH, 320 Market St., Ste. 600W,

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ESTATE OF PHILLIP H. EASTBURN, DECEASED. Late of the Township of Franklin, Chester County, PA. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY 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 JEFFREY P. EASTBURN, EXECUTOR, 107 Skyline Dr. Landenberg, PA 19350, Or to his Attorney: CHRISTOPHER E. FRANTZ, P.O. Box 557, Westtown, PA 19395 1p-8-3t


Estate of Catherine Moore Belknap, Late of Coatesville, Chester County, PA, LETTERS TESTAMENTARY 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 Eric M. Belknap, at 6251 Longleaf Pine RD, Sykesville, MD 21784, Executor. 1p-15-3t

Garden Media Moves to the Next Level Second generation to lead family business The mother-daughter duo of Suzi McCoy and Katie Dubow are well known in the horticultural industry. From representing first-class clients to speaking on the latest gardening trends, the two have built the Pennsylvania-based Garden Media Group into the top marketing firm in the garden industry. “Today we celebrate a huge milestone for us both. I am so proud and excited to announce that Katie is taking over as the owner and president of the company that I started years ago,” said founder Suzi McCoy. “She is more than capable as she has had a major role in shaping the company’s vision, development and strategy over the past nine years. I know she will exceed my expectations as she leads Garden Media into the next decade.” Katie is taking over a business Suzi started as IMPACT Marketing in 1987. “For 33 years my mom has served the industry. She is a true leader and game-changer with a well-deserved reputation as a creative, strategic thinker able to fast-track any brand to success, from the Knock Out Rose to Costa Farm’s

O2 for You,” said Katie. “She has been instrumental in strengthening our industry across the globe, launching new plants and products, and spotting and creating garden trends. Her reputation and business relationships formed over these years are what have kept us going. And her media tours and parties are legendary,” said Katie. “I have big, ‘pink’ shoes to fill.” According to Suzi, Katie has been walking in those shoes for years. She was the firm’s first employee when she was only in kindergarten. Katie grew up helping in the office, mailing press releases and answering phones. She worked as an intern out of college before moving to New York City to work for CBS television. Since joining the company full time in 2011, Katie’s responsibilities expanded at Garden Media, where she has served as creative director, marketing strategist and enthusiastic speaker. Katie has been responsible for developing new business relationships, building brands for the most respected companies in the home and garden industry, and managing PR campaigns for a variety of national and international clients. She’s also honed her skills as a global garden-trend

authority by taking the lead on Garden Media’s Annual Garden Trends Report and presenting to audiences around the world. And the industry has taken notice. Katie was named GardenComm’s first Emergent Communicator in 2016 and to GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class in 2017. She continues in her mother’s footsteps serving the industry as a member of the board of the Pennsylvania Nursery and Landscape Association and on the marketing committee of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. Before joining Garden Media in 2011, Katie held positions as a marketing manager for Liz Claiborne, Inc. and a technical production manager at CBS in New York. A 2004 Northeastern University graduate, she has spent most of her career learning the ins and outs of brand management. Katie said she is focused on growing Garden Media to the next level by exceeding client expectations, being a leader in the industry, and providing a progressive workplace. “Suzi and I both are grateful to our wonderful staff, some who have been here for decades, who made this succession seamless,” said Katie. “We will work

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A second generation is now leading the Garden Media Group family business.

together to continue in my mother’s legacy and help fulfill our clients’ dreams, exceed expectations, and grow the industry for all.” Suzi will stay on as an advisor, continuing to mentor Katie. Her new “job” will be spending time with her husband and grandchildren, traveling, painting, playing golf, volunteering, and reading to dogs at the Humane Society. “As we enter 2020, Garden Media cheers a new decade of change and a new owner, and I am very proud to hand over the reins to my daughter – a smart, strong female and a very capable business person,” Suzi said. “I’m eager to see where she takes ‘my baby’ in the future.”

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Obituaries MAUDE A. BAKER

Maude Allie (Pauline) Prewitt Baker of Oxford, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loved ones, on Jan. 10, at the age of 93. Pauline was born in West Grove on July 8, 1926 to father, Reese Prewitt and mother, Agnes Rowland. She is preceded in death by both parents, her husband, Leonard Baker, her four children, Dawn Baker, Steven Baker, Connie Gates, and infant son Ronnie, her brother, Robert Prewitt, her three sisters, Betty Osborne, Bonnie Weller, Ruby Peterson, and her grandson, Gordon Gates. Pauline is survived by her two brothers, Reese Prewitt and Herbert Prewitt, her three sisters, Mary Hamm, Bernice Hollifield, and Carolyn Moran, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and twenty-four great-great grandchildren. Pauline adored her great-great grandchildren and spent as much time as possible with family. She enjoyed a good yard sale and loved shopping at thrift stores. Pauline was a devoted member of Nickel Mines Mennonite Church and spoke often of the love and support from her church family. Pauline loved the Lord, was faithful in prayer, and left behind a legacy of love and acceptance to all who knew her. An evening viewing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., while the visitation will take place at 10 a.m. at Edward E. Collins Funeral Home on 86 Pine Street in Oxford. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nickel Mines Mennonite Church, 1981 Mine Rd, Paradise, PA 17562. Arrangements by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Kennett Square orthodontist donating braces to local kids Dr. Ryan Tamburrino has stepped up in a major way to help kids in his community receive braces, who may otherwise not be able to afford them. On Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, Dr. Tamburrino and his team held an event to screen kids to qualify for $650 braces through the nonprofit Smiles Change Lives. The event demonstrated that there is a great need for this service in the community and a result, Dr. Tamburrino has agreed to accept additional kids for treatment at his practice. Families interested in the program should visit and complete an application if their child meets the program qualifications. Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit that helps kids get braces who could not otherwise afford them. Orthodontic treatment has long been considered cosmetic by insurance companies, providing little assistance, even for those that are insured. As a result, many children and teens suffer unnecessary discomfort and embarrassment from their misaligned teeth. Smiles Change Lives’ mission is to provide these families with the opportunity to provide their children with braces through its network of over 800 volunteer orthodontists in the United States and Canada. “We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Tamburrino, who has committed to donate $100,000 in orthodontic care to kids in his community,” said Alexis Barclay, director of provider services, Smiles Change Lives. Smiles Change Lives is a national nonprofit formed

in 1997 under its original name, the Virginia Brown Community Orthodontic Partnership. Virginia Brown grew up during the Great Depression, and her parents could only afford to pay for orthodontic treatment for one of their children. Virginia’s sister was able to get braces, while Virginia endured years of teasing and selfconsciousness until she finally received treatment during high school. Virginia and her son, Tom Brown, established Smiles Change Lives to help children today avoid the physical and emotional difficulties that Virginia herself suffered as a child. To qualify for the program, a child must be between the ages of 7 and 21, have good oral hygiene, not be wearing braces currently, have a moderate to severe need for braces, and their family must meet certain financial guidelines (e.g., for a family of 4 in Pennsylvania, their household income must be below $61,500, however household income limit varies based upon family size; the financial requirement is waived for children in foster care). The family must also be willing to submit an application fee of $30, and if accepted for treatment, a program fee of $650. Families interested in the program can view the full program guidelines at www.smileschangelives. org and should submit an application directly to Smiles Change Lives. To date, Smiles Change Lives and its network of orthodontists have helped more than 13,000 kids receive braces in the United States and Canada.


Susie L. Boyer, of Oxford, passed on Jan. 8. She was 67. Susie was born at Chester County Hospital in West Chester on May 3, 1952. Her parents were Zeola M. Davis and Thompson Boyer. Susie graduated from Unionville High School, class of 1969. She was employed with Lincoln University and retired after 38 years of service. Susie enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, doing jigsaw puzzles and word searches. Susie was known for organizing numerous bus trips and traveling with her family. She was a member of Shiloh Presbyterian Church, Oxford. She was an active member, serving on numerous ministries and committees which included the outreach ministry, which she chaired for several years. She also served on the usher ministry, the breakfast committee, the annual turkey dinner, the food tasting committee. She loved being an active participant in the Shiloh Bible Study Group. She leaves her memories to be cherished by her lifelong companion, Clarence Webster of Oxford; one son, Michael Webster of Oxford; three daughters, Comea Webster of Newark, Del., Shavon Webster of Oxford and Crystal Webster of Wilmington, Del.; two grandchildren, Sergio Lebron, Jr. of Newark, Del. and Xavier Webster of Oxford; three sisters, Wanda Jones of Kennett Square, Zeola Torres (Emilio) of Lincoln University, Loretta Twyman of Kennett Square; two brothers, Cheyney Johnson of Coatesville, and Anthony Boyer of TX; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to her niece, Juanita English. She was preceded in death by her brother, Vernwood Johnson; and two grandchildren, Joseph M. Williams and Michael Lebron. A Home Going Service will be held 11 am Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Shiloh Presbyterian Church, 42 S. Fifth St., in Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Shiloh Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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Harry F. Culbert Sr., 83, of Boyertown, formerly of Chester County, passed away on Jan. 9 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Joan E. (Howell) Culbert. Born in Chester, he was the son of the late Harry M. and Mary (Paeske) Culbert. Harry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He worked for Sealy mattress company in Chester and for CALECO Laundry Equipment Company in West Chester for 20-plus years, retiring in 2001 as plant manager. He enjoyed watching westerns, traveling with his wife and gardening. Surviving with his wife of 22 years are sons Harry F. Culbert Jr. (husband of Beverly), Steven Culbert, (husband of Lisa), and Richard Culbert, (husband of Sheri); daughters Roxane Ganster, and Francine Shain (wife of Thomas); and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his son-in-law Edward Ganster and sister Marie. A memorial service will be Thursday, Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Burial will be private and at a later date. View obituaries or send condolences at


John Edward Conway, Jr., 84, of Oxford, PA formerly of West Chester, passed away on Jan. 10, at Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford. He was the husband of Joann Donato Conway, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Born in Pottsville, Pa. he was the son of the late John Edward, Sr. and Elma Hughes Conway. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. John was an Industrial Salesman. He owned and operated J&J Industrial, West Chester for the past fifteen years. He attended Assumption BVM Church, West Grove. John enjoyed hunting, fishing and football. He is survived by his wife and one son, Mark Conway of Newark, Del. He was preceded in death by a son, John Joseph Conway and a twin sister, Joan Mackiewicz. Funeral services were held on Jan. 15, at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Interment was private. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., Oxford. Online condolences may be made at











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