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Volume 151, No. 7


Preliminary Kennett schools budget set at $84.5 million By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Kennett School Board unanimously approved the release of a preliminary budget in the amount of $84,510,237 for the 2017-2018 school year on Monday night. By doing so, the board authorized a public notice of the budget, and the spending plan is now available for review by residents on the school district’s website and in the district office. District officials emphasized that the spending plan will continue to be revised during the next few months, with the hope being that some cost savings can be identified to

reduce the potential tax increase. School board member Michael Finnegan, who serves on the district’s Finance Committee, led the budget presentation, outlining how the budget is changing from this year to the next, and what impact those changes will have for taxpayers. The school district’s budget for the current school year is $81.7 million. As in recent years, Kennett’s year-to-year expenditure increases can be attributed largely to the state-mandated contribution to the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS). Finnegan explained that benefits

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costs are projected to increase by nearly $1.3 million for the next year— mostly due to the PSERS costs. He noted that the PSERS contribution rate increased again this year to 32.57 percent, which means that for every dol-

lar spent on salaries, the district must also allocate 32.57 cents to PSERS, an increase of 9 percent. Salaries are increasing by about 3 percent, on average, in the district. Medical and prescription costs are increasing

at less than 2 percent. Tuition costs for students attending charter schools, costs associated with occupational education courses through the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and Continued on Page 2A

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A new member joined the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board at their Feb. 13 meeting, replacing Michael Rock, who resigned from the board over what he said was their insensitivity toward the concerns of minority families. Thomas Day, one of three candidates under consideration, won by a vote of 6-2, and was formally sworn in by board president Victor Dupuis, taking his seat at the table for the meeting. During public comment at the start of the meeting, the simmering issue of a substantial raise given recently to district superintendent John Sanville was addressed by Karen Finley, who works in the district’s transportation department. Sanville’s annual salary was raised to $255,000 last month because the board

wanted to keep him from being hired away by a neighboring school district. He previously made $214,000 per year. “I mean no disrespect to this board, or to Dr. Sanville, but I am disappointed by the extreme amount of money that has been given to Dr. Sanville’s contract,” Finley told the board. “I find it disappointing that we sit in support staff meetings and are told that there is no money for us to have a 2.4 percent raise, which would make us equal with what the teachers get, and that it would take us four years to phase that in, at a tenth of a percent at a time. I understand that you value Dr. Sanville’s expertise and experience, however this is very frustrating to us, as support people, when the amount of his raise is more than I earn in an entire year – along with 95 percent of the support staff.

Dr. Sanville and I get along very well but this is very upsetting,” she concluded. Rick Hostetler, the district’s supervisor of buildings and grounds, outlined a major expense that the board will be voting on in two weeks. Replacing the HVAC units at the Patton Middle School will cost $2,378,700. “This is part of the district’s 10-year plan, and the original budgeted amount was $2.3 million,” Hostetler said. “We worked diligently to get this number down, and we feel it’s a very fair price. This was the most efficient use of our money now, as well as for longterm savings. The units in place now are 18 or 19 years old, and they have a 15 to 20-year life span. We have gotten everything out of them.” Sanville added, “If you talk to anybody who has spent time in the middle

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serving on the committee studying the issue. “We’re looking at a 25-minute shift in the school day,” he said. “That would have middle and high school starting at about 8 a.m., and we feel we can get the elementaries to a 9:10 start and a 3:40 dismissal, which is about 15 minutes later on both ends. We do not have a recommendation yet -- we have a lot of things to look at -- but right now, this is moving forward as the favorite from the committee. “The cost of the plan would be between $30,000 and $40,000,” Nolen continued. “To make the bus runs in the afternoon, we have to possibly add some bus driver time on the runs. It’s not adding new staff or new equipment, but increasing some of the drivers’ time. So it’s not an inexpensive plan, but it’s not as expensive as some of the other Continued on Page 2A

Where’s the money and free parking? By Uncle Irvin

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The Hon. Judge Daniel Maisano, second from left, moderated a public safety forum on Feb. 14 that focused on phone, computer and exploitative crimes against seniors. Joining Maisano on the panel were, from left, Kennett Square Police Lieutenant William Holdsworth, Kennett Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt and Pa. State Police Lieutenant Richard D'Ambrosio. © 2007 The Chester County Press

school, they will tell you that this needs to be done.” The board will also vote in two weeks on the construction of a new storage building at Hillendale Elementary School, at a cost of $16,639. “This is also part of the longrange plan,” Hostetler said. “Over the past few years, we have eliminated two of three wooden storage facilities at the school, and the third is about to go, so we are in desperate need of some good, long-term storage. We have already been to the township for zoning approval. If this is approved by the board, we would work with the builder to get plans to submit for a building permit.” The ongoing study of delaying school start times to better accommodate the natural sleep rhythms of students was addressed by assistant superintendent John Nolen, who is

By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Perpetrators are bilking millions from an entire generation of Americans – those in their 60s, 70s and 80s and

beyond – through scams, fraud and exploitation – and the only means of halting this crime wave is through increased awareness and education. So said three local police

officers at Tuesday's public safety forum, held before 50 residents at the William Penn Auditorium at the KendalCrosslands community in Kennett Square. Sponsored Continued on Page 3A

According to the Kennett Library Board and Kennett Borough Council, a new library and borough administrative building will be built at the corner of Willow and East State streets. The building devotes 30,000 square feet to the new library and 15,000 square feet to the borough -- a total of 45,000 square feet – and will be designed by Lukmire Architects, a Virginia firm with more than 40 public libraries under its belt. The library alone will cost $10 million, and the board claims to have $3 million in hand. There’s no mention of the 5.3-acre site the library purchased on Ways Lane for $500,000, or the disposition of the existing Kennett Library building. Other than a mention of a silent (large donor) capital campaign followed by public fundraising, there is no realistic assessment of raising that kind of money. In addition, the preliminary discussions by the Library Board do not mention the availability of free, public parking. Without parking adjacent to the facility, and a plethora of large donations, this goose will not fly. (Uncle Irvin’s column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)




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transportation costs are all projected to increase, contributing to the budget’s bottom line. School board member Bob Norris said that the board will not take having to raise taxes lightly, and noted that many of the increases in the budget are costs that the local school board has no control over, especially the skyrocketing costs of the pension fund. It was an act by the State Legislature more than 15 years ago that boosted the pensions for lawmakers, judges, and state employees, including public school employees, that set the table for the kind of large year-to-year increases that districts are seeing now. Finnegan, like Norris, said that some of the items that are impacting the budget the most are things that the school district has no input on. “Everything that we can control, we’re controlling really well,” Finnegan said, noting that the district is adding no new teaching positions at this point. One issue that continues to hinder the school district’s financial position is that the total assessment of all the properties in the district still is not back to the 2007 values. If the total assessment increases from one year to the next, a school district will have increased revenues with-

out having to raise taxes. Finnegan presented a chart during his presentation that showed that, of the 14 school districts in Chester County, only one has not had an overall increase from 2007 to 2017—and that’s Kennett. The total assessment in 2007 was $2,030,291,064, and the total assessment in 2017 is $2,021,416,348, a decrease of $8,874,716. Downingtown has seen an increase of 12.1 percent and Avon Grove and Twin Valley have both seen increases of 10.1 percent during the same time period. During the housing crisis, many property owners throughout Chester County had their properties reassessed because of falling home values. The valuations of houses still hasn’t caught up in Kennett, even though the market is generally healthy. Finnegan said that it’s possible that a number of larger homes were built in Kennett right before the housing crisis, and those homes simply aren’t worth what people had paid for them at the time. The bottom line for the school district is that revenues aren’t growing from year to year as much as they are in other neighboring districts, which makes balancing the budget that much more of a challenge. Finnegan said that if the budget were approved as is, there would be a 2.79 percent increase in school taxes necessary to balance the spending plan. The Act 1 Index

limit for KCSD next year will be 2.9 percent. That’s the maximum percentage that the district could raise taxes without seeking approval for the tax increase from residents via a referendum. Finnegan said that the goal is to find ways to reduce the size of the tax increase. ”We hope to get lower as time goes on,” Finnegan explained. A 2.79 percent increase would hike the millage rate to 30.0540 mills. The district would also need to dip into its fund reserve for $714,330 to balance the budget with a tax increase of that size. The average tax increase for property owners in the district would be $148. “Some would pay less and some would pay more,” Finnegan said. The 2017-2018 budget will be a major topic of discussion for the Finance Committee in the meetings that take place on the first Monday of each month now through June. Comments about the budget will be accepted until Monday, June 12, when the school board is expected to adopt a final budget. In other business at meeting, the school board also approved the school calendar for the 20172018 school year. The calendar includes 182 days of instruction for students and eight additional in-service days for staff, bringing the total to 190 days of employment in accordance with

the Collective Bargaining Agreement that KCSD has with its teachers. The next school year will begin on Monday, Aug. 28 and is tentatively set to end on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The winter holiday takes place from Friday, Dec. 22 through Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Spring break is slated for March 26 to March 30, 2018. There are six inclement days built into the schedule, and five days designated as local holidays. Those days are the Martin Luther King holiday, the President’s Day holiday, and three days of Spring break. The school board unanimously approved the school calendar. In other business at the meeting, the school board approved an independent contractor agreement with Jane Pedroso for consulting and transitioning services during the term of the agreement, which extends from Feb. 14 through June 30. Pedroso will assist the district with some work on the English and Language Arts curricullum. The Kennett High School Mini-Thon is taking place on Friday, Feb. 24 into Saturday, Feb. 25. The event raises money to fight childhood cancer. The school board will meet again on Monday, March 13. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.

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pay, because they pay us property tax. That would go away under this. Schools wouldn’t tax individuals or businesses in terms of property tax. “There’s a concern about loss of local control,” Hellrung continued. “The legislature has not been the most reliable over the years in terms of funding education or funding some the mandates that they give local school boards. In general, people who are homeowners who have a small amount of personal income would be big winners. As far as I can tell, I personally would probably pay zero additional dollars in state income tax, and maybe no more than I pay now in sales tax. So retirees, as a general class, would be hugely benefited by this. The property tax on their homes would go away. Retirees and lowincome property owners are the big winners. The big losers are the people who are the big earners. We’re told that household income of roughly $130,00 might be the break-even. If your household income is more than that, you would pay more.” Hellrung said his comments were only an introduction to the idea, and that further discussions will take place if the idea becomes legislation. For more information about district activities, visit

plans that were floated out there. Once we have more information, we’re going to start visiting with PTOs, booster clubs and parents, and have a recommendation to the board in April,” Nolen said. The board voted unanimously to approve a preliminary district budget for 2017-2018, with total appropriations of $85,610,587. The adoption of the final budget and the levying of real estate taxes will take place on June 19. Board member Jeff Hellrung reported on recent state legislation issues affecting the district. “The idea of eliminating property tax has come up in Pennsylvania before, but it seems to have more legs this year,” he told the board. “The general idea would be no more school property tax, and that would be shifted to an increase in income tax, and an increase in sales tax – both the percentage of sales tax and the number of things covered. “This is the thinking – this is not a bill yet,” he continued. “But the reason I bring it up is that when it is introduced, it could move quickly. The main concerns on this are that the funding from the state would be more uncertain than it would be if we continued our property tax. It would perhaps be insufficient to sustain our programs over the long To contact Staff Writer To contact Staff Writer term. There would be a John Chambless, email Steven Hoffman, email edi- shift of about $2 billion in taxes that businesses now

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by Kendal-Crosslands and the Kennett Library and moderated by Judge Daniel Maisano, the second Public Safety Forum discussed the many crimes that target senior citizens, such as phone scams, identity theft and ways that seniors can protect themselves. The forum also included Kennett Square Police Lieutenant William Holdsworth, Kennett Township Police Chief Lydell Nolt and Pa. State Police Lieutenant Richard D'Ambrosio. “As you may know, seniors are the most likely targets of fraud, because many seniors have nest eggs, which makes them easy targets, with the financial means to fund predators' scams,” Maisano said. “Because seniors generally grew up in the 30s, 40s and 50s, when times were simpler and kinder, they tend to be more polite and trusting than our younger generations. Predators know this about seniors, and target them for exploitation. Therefore, knowledge is power.” Working from a prepared set of questions, the panel addressed a series of concerns that worry seniors,

with a particular emphasis on common scams. In his opening remarks, Nolt identified ten ways that seniors are currently being ripped off by predators. They are IRS impersonation callers; a “sweepstakes” scam, claiming that the senior is the recipient and has to pay a small fee in order to obtain their winnings; unsolicited and unwanted phone calls, made to land-line and cellular phones, in order to sell a product; “computer” scams, from callers claiming that they are from a software company and have detected a virus in the senior's computer, in search of private information; an “identity theft” scam; a “Grandparents” scam, when a supposed “family” member calls, demanding money to help pay for an attorney or to help them out of a bind; the presence of a financial abuser, usually an actual member of the family, who exploit seniors for money; a “governmental grant” scam, when phone predators identify themselves as a member of a non-profit organization, seeking grant processing fees before a grant is delivered; a “romance” scam, when a personal relationship is pursued, in order to play upon the senior's emotions in order to extract

money from them; and a “home improvement” scam, from callers seeking down payment for a home project. Holdsworth, whose department recently dealt with a computer scam, told the audience that everyone is susceptible to becoming a victim of these types of crimes. “It's just through e-mail clicks and links,” he said. “These people are incredible with their talents, in terms of how they infiltrate your computer systems. Some of the e-mail-related scams look so real that 99.9 percent of the public would not realize that these are fraudulent sites.” A large number of these perpetrators are based in India and in countries in the African continent, D'Ambrosio said, and described an incident that recently happened to him. “On one of my personal e-mail accounts, I got an e-mail from someone in an African nation,” he said. “They said they had access to hundreds of millions of dollars that they found, and they're looking to get rid of it. Anything like that is going to be a scam. No one is going to be giving you something for free. “[These perpetrators] will

make 500 phone calls or e-mails, and it only takes one person for it to be worth it to them. They keep trying and trying, until they hit on somebody.” Nolt said that often, thirdparty vendors obtain an individual's private information through transactions, such a a car purchase, an account at a store or a real estate transaction. In turn, they sell the data down the line, to third-party vendors and subsequently, to scammers. Seniors are receiving calls from individuals claiming that they are from the IRS, who are telling seniors that unless they pay additional fees to the IRS, that a federal agent will come to their home and arrest them. It's just another scam, D'Ambrosio said. “The IRS will never attempt to get a hold of you through a telephone call or through e-mail,” he said. “If they ever need to get in touch with you, they will do it through the mail, and even with that, there will be enough information on there that you can tell that it's legitimate. “Any time you get a phone call from the IRS, I would just hang up on them.” Throughout the forum, Maisano, Holdsworth, Nolt

and D'Ambrosio emphasized that in the event of a senior who suspects that a scam is being committed, that he or she contact a local police department for assistance. Tuesday's event was the second in a continuing series of safety forums that the three local agencies are sponsoring in the

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Preventing Scams: Tips for Seniors Remember: It's shrewd, not rude, to hang up on a suspicious telemarketer. Don't give personal information to people you don't know, unless you initiated the contact. Don't let yourself get pressured into a verbal agreement or signing a contract. Be skeptical of online charitable solicitations and other online offers. If interested, ask to receive the information in the mail, and check to be sure that the company is legitimate. Never agree to pay for products or services in advance. Get estimates and ask for references on home repair offers and other products and services. If you suspect fraud, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. For more information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council at

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Local News Students get practical experience at Career & Training Fair One word not commonly used to describe a job interview is fun. However, if you were to ask students and employers who attended the inaugural Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus Career & Training Fair on Feb. 1, that would be the most commonly used word to describe the event. The event brought approximately 300 students, mainly seniors, together with more than 40 employers who had positions to fill. By the end of the event, many students walked away with job offers in hand. Students brought a scoring sheet to each interview, which employers used to provide feedback on the interviewees’ strengths and areas needing improvement. For completed interviews, students received a raffle ticket to try and win a donated raffle prize. The entire TCHS Brandywine community came together to pull off this event, which sought to reduce the anxiety that a lot of students were experiencing as a result of the interview process. School to Career Specialist at TCHS

Brandywine and organizer of the event, Deborah Watson, said, “In the past, when we would bring in industry partners to conduct mock interviews, we observed that students experienced a high level of anxiety. So we created this event to help take some of the anxiety out of the process by creating a fun atmosphere.” This festive atmosphere was a team effort by the entire TCHS Brandywine community. Erin Petters, a learning support instructor at TCHS Brandywine, said, “As teachers, we were all rooting for our students to succeed, but it was really a building-wide effort. Even the maintenance workers were encouraging students as they went in to their interviews and asking them how it went when they came out. We want our students to succeed and this event helps show them how awesome they really are when they get that affirmation from employers.” Students also felt that the event was extremely useful for them in preparing for the next stage of life, whether that be college or entering the workforce. Evelyn Dais, a

TCHS veterinary science student from the Downingtown Area School District, said, “I am planning to go to Millersville University of Pennsylvania to study communications and psychology, and I feel the experience I had here in veterinary science has really helped to spark my interest in those areas. I feel the life skills I have learned here are more than what the typical high school student gets in traditional schools and so I am glad I decided to go to TCHS Brandywine.” Leila Katz Boyd, a TCHS criminal justice and police science student from the West Chester Area School District, said, “I feel I got great feedback today. People tend to have a negative view about technical education. There are adults that think it’s for students who have behavioral challenges or who don’t do well in school, but that’s not true at all. Events like this help to combat that stereotype.” Students weren’t the only ones who benefited from the event; employers felt the experience was beneficial to them as well. Kristen Sipe, district leader at the

Hair Cuttery, said, “It was such a pleasure to interview these students. They were so prepared with their portfolios and their overall presence during the interview. Not only does this benefit the students, but it benefits us as employers to be here. We get to have access to highly qualified candidates to help us grow our business. So really, it’s a win-win for everyone.” Kathy Benigni, a human resources recruiter for CCRES, was another employer who was impressed by the professional demeanor of the students she interviewed. Benigni said, “I am so impressed with these students! They are so positive and well prepared for their interviews. Many of these students were better prepared for these interviews than adults I have interviewed in the past.” Also key to the students’ preparation was the “Dress for Success” program. “Dress for Success” is a program that sought to provide students with professional attire who might not have access to it otherwise. More than 70 students were served by the program, which received

On Feb. 1, approximately 300 students from TCHS Brandywine participated in 700 interviews with more than 40 employers. In the foreground, Austin Gobber, a senior automotive service student from the Coatesville Area School District, is interviewed. Behind him is Dalton Myers, a senior engine technology student from the Coatesville Area School District, being interviewed by representatives from Fred Beans Family of Dealerships.

more than $1,000 worth of donations. Students were able to keep their outfits to ensure that they will have professional attire once they graduate from TCHS Brandywine. The event held morning and afternoon sessions to help accommodate all of the students who attend TCHS Brandywine. Twenty SkillsUSA student representatives assisted behind the scenes to set up the event to help employers and students

get to their assigned areas and to clean up after the event. TCHS Brandywine Learning Support Instructor, Robert Kindon, said, “The thing that was incredible was the level of support these students gave each other. They genuinely wanted each other to succeed, even when they were competing against each other. Not only that, but students were actively exploring industries other than the ones they have been pursuing here.”

Brandywine Polar Plunge raises nearly $16,000 The Brandywine Red Clay Alliance held their 9th Annual Polar Plunge on Feb. 11 to raise awareness about watershed conservation and raised nearly $16,000 for the organization. With snow still the on ground from last week’s storm, about 150 individuals plunged into the icy waters of the Brandywine

Creek to help BRC promote awareness about watershed conservation. The water temperature was a seasonably cold 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Emcee John Sanville, Superintendent of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District cheered on the crowd and announced the Golden Plunger Awards

that went to Tim Still of Unionville, who individually raised $1,021.00, in heartfelt memory of his friend and loyal Brandywine plunger April Filiault; The Longwood Rotary Club Team, who raised more than $1,000 as a group; and best costume went to The Clauser Star Wars Team of Schuylkill Haven. The

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New Garden receives $44K in state funding for regional police department By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer On Feb. 8, State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced that New Garden Township will receive $44,000 in state funding that will assist in the start-up costs for the newly-formed Southern Chester County Regional Police Department. The funds were provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Municipal Assistance Program. “The development of the new Southern Chester County Regional Police Department can serve as a model for other communities and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania that are looking to cut costs, improve operations, and expand

coverage,” Dinniman said. Beginning this year, New Garden and West Grove merged their departments in an effort to consolidate, streamline, and modernize operations while providing all residents with full-time police service. The new department includes a 25-member force with 15 full-time members, eight part-time members and two administrators. The department serves a total of more than 15,000 residents in both New Garden and West Grove. At the time of the announcement, Dinniman said he is also working to secure state funding to support the construction of a new, permanent police station for the department. That’s great news for the new police department,

who officially began operations on Jan. 2. 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. It was kicked up in urgency after the long-time barracks on 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. The first good news about a potential new police faclity came on Aug. 15, 2016, when New Garden Township’s 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.

At several public meetings since the sale, New Garden’s appointed and elected officials have said that a portion of the proceeds from the sale will go toward the construction of a new police facility. On April 25, 2016, 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 public. Redstone told the township’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. Tevebaugh Associates, a Wilmington-based architectural firm, was selected as the architect for the new police station at the board’s Nov. 21, 2016 meeting. 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 new, 22,000-squarefoot 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. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail rgaw@

Kennett Square Borough Council discusses ordinance Oxford junior places that would safeguard against discrimination third at computer

A Human Relations Commission to mediate complaints will be formed as part of the ordinance, which could be approved as early as next month By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer In an effort to take a stand against all forms of discrimination, Kennett Square Borough Council on Monday night discussed an ordinance that formally prohibits discrimination in the borough. The ordinance states that, “It is necessary that appropriate legislation be enacted to ensure that all individuals, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, marital status, age, mental or physical disability, use of guide or support animals and/or mechanical aids, are afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing, ownership or lease of commercial property, and the use of public accommodations.” Council member Ethan Cramer said that council was prompted to consider an antidiscrimination ordinance by some community activists who raised concerns about all people being treated fairly in the borough. The ordinance further declares that it is the borough’s public policy to safeguard all individuals’ access to all public accommodations, and that discrimination in housing, employment or public accommodations is strictly prohibited. Council member Wayne Braffman explained that West Chester Borough has a similar ordinance on the books, and it was utilized as a guide when Kennett Square’s ordinance was drafted. The anti-discrimination

ordinance also includes a provision to establish the Kennett Square Human Relations Commission that will consist of no fewer than three and no more than five members who will be appointed by borough council. Members of the Human Relations Commission will be charged with the duty of providing public education and to promote diversity and inclusion within the borough, and to act as a liaison to community groups and civic organizations, and to serve as a community resource regarding diversity, anti-discrimination, and equality. Members of the commission will attend training and education seminars or sessions as deemed necessary to acquaint themselves with the functioning of the Human Relations Commission under the ordinance. Having a Kennett Square Human Relations Commission will give people who live or work in Kennett Square with a local resource to help address concerns that arise. Complaints filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission often require the person to travel to Philadelphia or Harrisburg. More than a dozen municipalities in the region have had similar ordinances on the books. “We’re not the Lone Ranger on this,” Braffman said. “I think we’re doing the right thing here.” In order to serve on the Human Relations Commission, a person must reside in the borough, and no more than one member of borough council may serve on the commission at any time. No member of the Human Relations Commission can hold office in any political party. People who believe that they

have suffered discrimination can file a complaint with the Human Relations Commission or the office of the borough manager, and within thirty days of the receipt of the complaint, the Human Relations Commission will send a copy of the complaint to the person or persons who are the subject of the complaint. The complainant will also be notified by the Human Relations Commission of their right to file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and, if the complaint relates to employment, with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to the ordinance, the respondent—the subject of the complaint—will file a written verified answer to the complaint within 60 days of their receipt of the complaint. After the answer has been received, the Commission can invite the two parties to voluntarily participate in the mediation of their dispute. The parties must respond to the invitation to mediate within 30 days of being invited to mediate their dispute. Mediation is at the heart of what the Kennett Square Human Relations Commission will be doing. Cramer explained that the commission will hear from the aggrieved, and hear from the respondent, and the Commission will sit down and try to figure out a solution. He added, “It’s very much a mediation-based process.” Borough officials are hopeful that people with some training or experience in mediation will volunteer their services as mediators on those occasions when the Kennett Square Human

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Relations Commission can’t facilitate a solution. There was an additional part of the ordinance that included expanded procedures like a public hearing and a ruling body that would have the authority to potentially hand out fines and penalties. Kennett Square Borough solicitor Marc Jonas said that he had serious reservations about the expanded procedures, and he recommended omitting them from the ordinance. Council agreed that changes in the ordinance’s language, including the deletion of the expanded procedures, were necessary. Council directed Jonas to make the changes and report back to them when the ordinance is satisfactorily revised. Council seemed to generally be in favor of adopting an antidiscrimination ordinance. Cramer explained that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission is down to 72 employees from 100 as a result of state budget cuts. Consequently, there are long delays for people who are filing reports. Having a local Human Relations Council will provide residents with the opportunity to have their concerns addressed. “I am in support of the ordinance,” Cramer said. Council member Doug Doerfler said that he liked that the ordinance included training for the members of the Human Relations Commission so that they understand their responsibilities. He said that he’s hoping that the ordinance will lead to more cooperation with regard to heading off issues before they can become big problems. Luis Tovar, a member of the borough’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, spoke in favor of the ordinance, saying that it is something that will help ease the pain and fear of people in our community. “We know that there is a lot of uneasiness in our community,” he said. Resident John Thomas spoke in opposition to the ordinance, explaining that people already have protections from discrimination at both the federal and state level that would make a local ordinance unnecessary. “I think this is a redundant law that, on the local level will not solve anything,” said resident John Thomas. If the changes to the ordinance are completed by then, council could vote to advertise the ordinance for adoption as early as its Feb. 21 meeting.

Oxford Area High School junior Ben Bailey placed third in the Computer Applications event at the SkillsUSA Districts 4 and 5 Competition held on Jan. 23 at the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS), Brandywine Campus. The competition drew over 300 students from area high schools competing in a variety of event categories. Ben, who is enrolled in the Electronics & Robotics program at the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus, placed second in the event at the district level in the 2016 competition. The Computer Applications event consists of a written knowledge exam assessing the individual’s general knowledge of definitions, software, processes, and procedures relevant to technical computer applications. There is also a skills performance portion which may consist of a word processing project, spreadsheet project, internetbased project, a database project, and/or a program troubleshooting project, which all require handson work. SkillsUSA’s mission is to encourage students to become leaders and self-sufficient citizens. It was established to help improve the quality of the U.S. workforce through programs that

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Deirdre Ratliff of Kennett Square was the first runnerup winner in the annual Valentine’s Day Extravaganza, sponsored by the Chester County Press.

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Oxford Area High School junior Ben Bailey placed third in the Computer Applications event at the SkillsUSA Districts 4 and 5 Competition.

enhance citizenship, leadership and employability, and provide technical and professional skills training. Besides learning specific career skills, students who participate in SkillsUSA programs develop life skills such as self confidence, resume building, time management and leadership that prepare them to become world-class citizens and professionals. Although the students compete individually, advisors from their schools support, guide and teach the competitors throughout the entire process.

Valentine’s Day sweepstakes winners named

Three winners were named last week in the Chester County Press’s second annual Valentine’s Day Extravaganza. Prizes included gift cards to Anemoni Jewlers in Hockessin, Churrascaria Saudades Brazillian Steakhouse in Newark; premium boxes of hand-crafted Swiss chocolate truffles from Neuchatel Chocolates; passes to the 2017 Summer Concert Series at the Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg; and complimentary flights and tastings from the Paradocx Tasting Room at the Market at Liberty Square, or at the Vineyard.

The first-place winner was Anthony Fisher of Landenberg; the runner-up winner was Deirdre Ratliff of Kennett Square; and the second runner-up was Michael Connor of West Grove. “We at the Chester County Press look forward to our Valentine’s Day Extravaganza every year, because it connects two groups who are most important to us – our readers and our advertisers,” said Publisher Randy Lieberman. “We wish to again thank the sponsors who continue to make this fun event possible. And to our winners, we hope you enjoy your prizes.”

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Good Neighbors seeks homes for repairs A public meeting will be held on Feb 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Good Neighbors office (224 E. Street Rd., Suite 2, Kennett Square) to discuss a proposed grant program with the state of Pennsylvania to repair five homes for low-income

homeowners at no cost to the homeowners. Homeowners must own their home, be up to date on all payments, and qualify as low-income according to the Chester County guidelines. This grant would be available

for homeowners in the southern Chester County area, including Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove and Oxford. For more information, visit www.goodneighborshomerepair. org.




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Proposed fee, if approved, is another reason for regional policing

Comitta: Budget protects middle-class Pennsylvanians

Gov. Wolf unveiled his proposed state budget last week, and the spending plan did not include the broad tax increases that were destined to be rejected by the Republican-controlled State Legislature, which is what happened last year and the year before that. However, the proposal for 2017-2018 did include a fee of $25 per resident on communities that rely exclusively on State Police protection rather than fund their own police departments. The fee would generate about $63 million in revenues as the state tries to deal with a $3 billion deficit. Whether the fee is approved is certainly in doubt. Previous efforts to implement a fee on the larger municipalities were unsuccessful. More than half of Pennsylvania’s municipalities rely solely on State Police for policing services. Taxpayers throughout Pennsylvania share the burden of funding the State Police. Of course, people who reside in municipalities that have their own police departments pay for both the local and state policing services. With year-to-year budget shortfalls and a massive problem funding the staggering costs for pension funds for public school and state employees, Pennsylvania is not in a strong financial position right now. The costs of operating the State Police increase year after year, and there are severe state trooper shortages. The state uses revenues generated from gas taxes and drivers’ fees to operate the State Police that could instead be used to repair roads and to fix bridges. One way to provide more support for the State Police and to ensure adequate public safety is for more municipalities to enter into agreements for regional policing. One good example of this is the newly-formed Southern Chester County Regional Police Department, which debuted on January 1 of this year. This new department combines the police departments of New Garden Township and West Grove Borough. The elected officials from both municipalities deserve credit for seeing the wisdom in regional policing. Police Chief Gerald Simpson spearheaded the effort, and he deserves a lot of credit for overseeing the successful merger of the two departments. Kennett Square Borough officials were involved in the early discussions about the formation of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department from the onset, but ultimately decided that they were better off continuing to operate their own police department. That’s fine. Kennett Square Borough can fit the expenses of the police department into its annual budget without placing an extraordinary burden on taxpayers. Municipalities that want and can afford their own police department should have it. But every municipality should pay for its fair share of the policing services, which is where that $25 per resident fee comes in. That fee could encourage more municipalities across the state to enter into regional policing agreements. The Oxford area has long needed regional policing. Borough residents are extraordinarily burdened by having to fund a 24/7 police department that, at times, must respond to calls that are in neighboring townships where there is no police department. Several of the Oxford Area School District’s schools are in East Nottingham Township, for instance, and the shopping center with the Walmart is in Lower Oxford Township. There should be some sort of multi-municipal agreement in place that allows the Oxford Borough Police Department to ensure adequate public safety, and each municipality that is part of the agreement should be paying its fair share for the policing services. If the state would adopt the proposed fee, it would give municipalities another reason to look to regional policing options.

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State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, applauded many of the initiatives put forth by Gov. Tom Wolf in his third budget address last week, specifically signaling out how the proposed budget would help middle-class Pennsylvanians. “This budget appears to do exactly what you would hope it does – balance the cost of government without harming the vital services we provide to Pennsylvanians, and in some cases, increases those services,” Comitta said. “In these hard times, the governor has put forth a budget without any broad-based tax increases but still manages to invest more than $200 million in schools and focus on job creation. “Most people don’t know a ‘thorough and efficient’ education is constitutionally mandated by the state,” Comitta said. “As legislators, we have a con-

stitutional responsibility to provide a public education that meets the needs of Pennsylvania. Today that means making our students ready for higher education or employment in the 21st century. Funding public education is vitally important to meeting this requirement. “I’m pleased to hear the governor is committed to increasing state funding for public education from pre-K through higher education. Although property tax relief was not mentioned in the governor’s budget address today, I hope we can find a way to reduce property taxes, particularly for senior citizens, while ensuring our schools retain their ability to provide an excellent 21st century education.” Wolf’s proposed budget includes $75 million for pre-K/Head Start, $100 million for basic education, $25 million for special education and a proposed

2 percent increase for the State System of Higher Education. The budget also proposes a new program called Community HealthChoices, which is aimed at helping seniors receive the care they need in their community. “ C o m m u n i t y HealthChoices is exactly what Pennsylvania needs right now,” Comitta said. “Not only is at-home treatment the trend in health care, but it’s a moneysaving measure also. Plus, most importantly, it allows our seniors the comfort and dignity they want and deserve by allowing them to get the care they need within their community instead of at facilities.” Comitta, a former smallbusiness owner, also hailed the proposed streamlining of how small businesses interact with government. “The proposed single point of contact to help small business cut through

red tape and start creating jobs is key,” Comitta said. “As someone who has worked with small businesses for years, I can assure you that any amount of time saved is worth it and I applaud the governor for looking at ways to make life easier for our smallbusiness owners. “Pennsylvania has a structural deficit in the billions of dollars and that is not simply going away,” Comitta said. “This budget proposal is made up of smart ideas that will help balance our budget and shrink our deficit through consolidation of government services and agencies, while not impacting the services middle-class Pennsylvanians depend on. “I look forward to continuing to study the budget proposal in depth and getting down to the necessary dialogue to ensure this proposal is passed by our June 30 deadline.”

Barrar and Committee vote to create a medal for people serving veterans Led by majority chairman Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee unanimously approved legislation to create a new Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) medal for veterans and private citizens who perform exceptional servic-

es for veterans. “Currently, the Commonwealth has no way to honor the men and women who go beyond the typical call of duty for our military if they are not also military themselves. But there are lots of people who are dedicated to this important community, and their efforts can be recog-

nized by the governor and Pennsylvania’s adjutant general as a result of House Bill 247,” Barrar said. The committee also passed legislation that would include monuments and memorials as eligible expenses under the Veterans Trust Fund. Lastly, House Bill 204 would place the

Pennsylvania Civil Air Patrol (CAP) under the DMVA’s oversight. With the passage of this bill, CAP would receive its own line item in the state budget and become eligible for additional financial resources through federal matching programs. The bills are now awaiting a vote in the House.

Study looks at economic impact of equine industry By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer The Chester-Delaware County Farm Bureau, working in collaboration with Delaware Valley University, has commissioned a study to look at the contribution of the equine industry to the economy of southeastern Pennsylvania. John M. Urbanchuk, an assistant professor and Agribusiness chair at the university, is serving as the project leader of the equine study. The purpose of the survey is to provide an objective estimate of the economic importance of the equine industry in the area, and to update the census of equine in the region. Letters have been mailed out to many of the horse owners in the area, but anyone who hasn’t received the survey can access it at The results of the study will be used to inform and educate equine industry stakeholders, the community, and officials and legislators at the local and state levels about the importance of the equine industry to the region. The economic impact on the local economy will be driven by data on expenditures by type for the major segments of the industry. The last study of this type

was conducted in 2003, and examined the equine industry on a statewide basis. Participants in the survey should not identify themselves, or the operation that they are representing. All data will be held in strict confidence, and will only be released in aggregate form. No individual equine businesses will be identified, nor will expenditure data for any individual operation be released to any individual or company. Horses represent an important segment of farming and land use in Chester County. A Penn State University survey completed in 2010 estimated that there were 15,500 horses in Chester County, and 4,300 of those were race horses. The impact of the equine industry is estimated at $65.7 million, or approximately $4,239 per horse. Numerous events in Chester County in the county involve racing, dressage, carriage racing and showing at different locations, attracting many visitors who contribute to the local economy. Additionally, horses require significant acreage for pastures, hay, and forage. The University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square has a worldrenowned veterinary

program that also treats horses. The equine industry is a term used to describe all the activities involving horses—the breeding,

training, and boarding of horses for racing, dressage, farm work, and all the recreational activities, such as trail riding and fox-hunting.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A world of whimsical creations

Roberta Little of Kennett Square turns tiny objects into art that speaks to people By John Chambless Staff Writer Roberta Little’s life experiences are reflected in her artwork, which unites antique bits and pieces in objects that are both whimsical and compelling. “I’ve always had trouble doing just one thing,” Little said during an interview last week. “I get bored easily. It’s a gift to be able to think of new things and do them. I have the capability of drawing and painting anything I want, but I choose not to. There are enough people doing that. I just have to do something different.” Sitting in her tidy, sunlit home built next to her daughter’s home in Kennett Square, Little was surrounded by her artwork last week as she traced the road that has led her to become one of the art community’s newest members. As a child in rural Ohio, Little made her own entertainment by creating things. “I had a sister who was four years older. My mom was a huge influence, because she was always suggesting creative things to do,” she recalled. “My mom had a flair for being artistic, but she didn’t pursue it.” Steered toward a career in teaching by her pragmatic father, Little got a bachelor’s degree in art education before a road trip changed her life. “After graduation, a friend of mine and I got in a car and drove west,” she said. “We ended up in South Lake Tahoe, California, and we worked in a casino. I met my husband there, and my kids were born in South Lake Tahoe. It was a beautiful

place to be.” Her husband’s job eventually brought the family to Atlantic City for the opening of Harrah’s Casino in 1980, and the couple’s young children were raised in New Jersey. Little kept her hand in art during this time, creating a line of cards based on her watercolors, and working in commercial art, as well as selling at art and craft shows. “It was a fun, growing period,” she recalled. After her son and daughter graduated, Little moved to the coast of Mississippi, where her husband worked at the Grand Casino until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina uprooted their lives. “The casino was destroyed,” she said. “It was picked up and shoved across the highway.” The family home in Gautier, Miss., about 13 miles from Biloxi, had a view of the Gulf of Mexico, but the devastation from Katrina not only structurally damaged the home, it struck deep in their emotions. “It was an experience that I worked really hard at trying to grow from,” Little said. “A lot of people say things happen for a reason, but I always struggle with that. I don’t believe everything happens for a reason, and that I need to spend – along with 150,000 other people – the rest of my life working out what that was. What I think I’ve learned is that, when stuff like that happens, you have an opportunity. You can turn it into something positive. We’ve worked really hard to do that.” With a desire to move closer to her daughter’s family, “and get away from Hurricane Alley,” she said, Little and her husband

This boat’s sail contains drawings of Little’s life in Lancaster, Pa.

Roberta Little in her home studio in Kennett Square: ‘I just have to do something different.’

moved to Kennett Square but couldn’t find affordable housing right away. They discovered Lancaster, and immediately found a home and a place in the small city’s arts scene. “We lived in a row home there, and in the 10 years we lived there, the arts scene just exploded,” Little said. “I just loved it. I associated myself with Lancaster Creative Factory and the Red Raven Art Company.” Several solo shows in Lancaster built Little’s regional reputation, and her unique necklaces became a mainstay. The handmade jewelry incorporates tiny scraps of wood and other objects, each of which contain pages of paper so that the owner can write a personal story or notes. For one of her last shows in Lancaster, Little worked with a theme of unfolding, and several of those pieces hang in her home. The works are like scrolls or opened pages of a book. One

of them has hiding places that can hold handwritten messages. They function both as purely decorative objects, but also hint at hidden messages and beckon the viewer to get close. Last year, Little and her husband moved into the sleek, modern apartment that sits just a few steps from her daughter’s back yard. Grandchildren are nearby, and large windows face the back yard so she can see them playing. At a work bench, Little has drawers full of antique shoe forms, bits of wood, tiny antique baubles and other things that strike her fancy, all awaiting their place in a future artwork. The impulse to re-use things may spring from her years in Mississippi, Little said, where a folk art aesthetic of letting nothing go to waste influenced her work. Now she scours the area’s antique shops and flea markets, and people bring her things. Sitting on the island in her kitchen is “Mad Max,” a shoe on wheels with fluttering limbs stretching like streamers behind it. “I haven’t seen the movie,” Little said, smiling, “but I picked up the rusty piece of metal in it on a walk here in Kennett and thought, ‘This is really cool. I wonder what I can do with this.’ I’ve had the shoe

for years. I loved the idea that it could take flight at some point.” For “Tasha Lynn’s Exotica,” named after her daughter, Little started with the sail, which has a heart design drawn by Tasha Lynn. The resulting object is an exotic sailing ship covered with designs and details that are both very personal and universally appealing. Since arriving in Kennett Square, Little has found a home for her art at Mala Galleria on State Street. One of the pieces there has a shelf full of tiny books that can be taken out and read, but Little said most people are reluctant to touch the art as she intended. “I love that kind of interaction. But a lot of people don’t want to touch things,” she said. Alongside her sculptures and assemblages, Little makes richly detailed scarves that swoop and swirl as artistic statements. “I started making them during a motorcycle trip my husband and I took to the West,” Little said. “It was the trip of a lifetime. We had a Gold Wing motorcycle, and when we’d stop for the night somewhere, I started knitting for something to do. My mother-in-law taught me to crochet, and I know how to knit, but I don’t know how to follow directions, so I got myself some yarn and started doing scarves. “On that trip, I named them for the parts of the country that inspired the colors I chose.

We saw some beautiful parks. Mount Whitney was amazing, we saw Yellowstone. It makes you appreciate America so much – how big it is, how different the people are. It really is wonderful.” While there are autobiographical details in most of Little’s work, “I do it for me, and then I think it’s time to not see it anymore,” she said. “I’ve always looked for venues to move my art into somebody else’s hands who appreciates it.” During her years of doing art shows, Little has collected a list of things browsers have said about her work. “Is this art?” is one of them. “Do people really buy this stuff?” is another. “But I also get plenty of compliments from people who get it,” she said, smiling. “They see the humor in it. I don’t think like anybody else, and they don’t either. When I do a show, I like to watch people’s faces, and when I see a smile, I know I’ve got them,” she added, laughing. Next up for Little may be a series of walking sticks that are mounted on bases, each one richly decorated and embellished. A couple of the still-bare sticks are in her small studio space, but the goal is to finish them and exhibit them at Mala Galleria in the coming months. They are, in many ways, a logical summation of Little’s journeys – both geographically and personally – over the years. “I’ve been amazingly lucky,” she said. “I’ve been through some stuff, but I’m always grateful.” For more information, visit RobertaLittleArt. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@

‘Mushroom Ice Cream’

‘Unfolding Paper Trail’

‘As It Unfolds’


Little’s experiences in the Southwest inspired this totem pole-like sculpture.

‘Funky Train’

‘Unfolding Seasons’

Little’s necklaces containing hidden journal pages have been a mainstay of her work.

‘Mad Max’

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Through April 13 Free tax help The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) offers a free tax preparation service with AARP Foundation volunteers, through April 13. Call 610-444-4819 for an appointment. Free tax preparation help is available to anyone, especially those over 50 who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., by appointment only. Call 610-444-4819 or visit www.kennettseniorcenter. org. Soccer registration Registration is open for the SCCSA spring season. There are weekly practices, with games on


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From left: Winemaker Virginia Mitchell, owners Brad and Lele Galer, and vineyard manager Jan Grimes.

Galer Winery celebrates gold and silver medal wins

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery in Kennett Square was awarded a gold medal for their 2015 Pinot Noir rosé and a silver medal for their 2015 Red Lion Chardonnay at the biggest wine competition in America, The 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The annual wine competition judged more than 7,000 wines from 28 states. Galer Estate was one of two wineries from Pennsylvania that medaled. This year’s competition had 62 judges, including Philadelphia wine and food critic, Craig LaBan. LaBan wrote of Galer’s gold medal winner: “An evocative rosé from sunny Kennett Square … full of bright raspberry-cherry notes with a squirt of natural residual sweetness” Virginia Mitchell, Galer Estate winemaker, said, “The hand-picked red grapes were whole cluster

pressed and treated as if it was a white wine. The small amount of copper color in this rosé is from the natural extraction from the skins prior to fermentation. The fermentation lasted four weeks at a cool temperature, resulting in more flavors and complexity.” Mitchell has received many awards and medals for her wines, but this year’s award was especially exciting, she said. “These were my two favorite wines that I made during the 2015 vintage, so it’s nice to have some recognition for the hard work done by the vineyard crew and the decision making and focus in the winery,” she said. In the largest category with the most entries, Galer Estate’s Red Lion Chardonnay took home a silver medal. The Chardonnay is produced with fruit from the Upper Red Lion Vineyard, adjacent to their winery

in Kennett Square at 700 Folly Hill Rd. Winery owner Brad Galer said that he and his wife, Lele, “are overwhelmed with these prestigious medals and thank our winemaker, Virginia Mitchell, and our vineyard manager, Jan Grimes, for their expertise, devotion and passion. These awards are for them. And we are certainly proud to be part of the wine-growing revolution here in Chester County.” Red Lion Chardonnay is currently available at Galer Estate Winery for purchase or tasting, and the newest Galer Estate Rosé will be available in early spring. Galer Estate is located behind Longwood Gardens at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square. It is open Fridays through Sundays, with live music Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.

to 8:30 p.m. Visit www. or call 610-925-3556 for more information and tickets. Feb. 24 Delaware Symphony Pianist Alon Goldstein will be guest soloist with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Copeland Hall of The Grand Opera House in Wilmington. Goldstein will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra, conducted by music director David Amado. Amado will also lead a pre-concert discussion with the soloist on stage at 6:30 p.m. Anna Clyne’s “Within Her Arms” opens the concert. This work, written in memory of her mother, invites comparisons with Barber’s “Adagio.” The concert closes with Brahms’ cheerful Symphony No. 2. Tickets are $14 to $75. Call 302652-5577, or visit www. Feb. 24 to 26 ‘12 Angry Jurors’ Avon Grove Community Theater presents the drama “12 Angry Jurors” at Street Lamp Productions (5 Valley View Dr., Rising Sun, Md.) on Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door. Feb. 25 Kennett Winterfest Tickets are on sale for the Fifth Annual Kennett Winterfest on Feb. 25 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in downtown Kennett Square. The tented event features brews by dozens of regional breweries, as well as food trucks, and live music by Shady Groove. Tickets are $60 (designated driver tickets $15). Visit www. for tickets and more information. Feb. 25 and 26 ‘Broadway Moments’ revue The Oxford Arts

Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford) hosts a concert by performers from the Avon Grove Community Theater in “Broadway Moments” on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. Visit www. for tickets and information. March 1 Belly dancing class The Oxford Area Senior Center (12 E. Locust St., Oxford) hosts instructor Lauren Zorica teaching a belly dancing class for the public on March 1 at 7 p.m. She will teach basic movements that provide exercise as well as emotional benefits to all ages. The program is free and open to the public. Call for reservations by Feb. 24 (610-932-5244). March 4 Water Jump Ball The Willowdale Steeplechase will host a black tie fundraising event, The Water Jump Ball, on March 4. Named for the jump on the Willowdale race course, the Water Jump Ball will be held in the Conservatory at Longwood Gardens. There will be a dinner, dancing to the rock and soul music of the tenpiece band The Funsters, and silent bidding on items including a stay at a 15-bedroom Italian castle in the Dolomites and dinner for four at Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan. Proceeds fund the races, which raise money for Willowdale’s three beneficiaries: The Stroud Water Research Center, The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center and Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc. For more information or tickets, visit or call 610-444-1582. Kennett Flash schedule The Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) hosts regional and national artists. Tickets are available in advance at,

or at the door. Snacks and beverages are sold, or guests can BYOB. The schedule includes: jazz with The Bryan Tuk Complex (Feb. 16, 8 p.m., $20); Baloo with Brandon Mesen and Horizens (Feb. 17, 8 p.m., $10 and $14); Yes tribute band All Good People (Feb. 18, 8 p.m., $17 to $20); open mic hosted by Wendell Woods (Feb. 19, 7 p.m., $4); comedy with Mekki Leeper, Brandon Jackson, Jia Din and Kevin Hufe (Feb. 23, 8 p.m., $12 and $14); Lucy Kaplansky (Feb. 24, 8 p.m., $23 and $25); Chet Lawrence with Katie Lynn and Ragged Company (Feb. 25, 8 p.m., $12 and $15); We Kids Rock live show (Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., $10 and $14); Stringsongs featuring Tim Farrell, Michael Manring and Pat Robinson, with Mark Unruh (March 3, 8 p.m., $25). Reactors Comedy Club schedule Reactors Comedy Club (in the Wyndham Gardens Hotel, 1110 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills) hosts live comedy on weekends. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 8 p.m., and shows start at 9 p.m. Call 267374-0732 or visit www. The schedule includes: TBA and Paul Spratt (Feb. 17 and 18); Dan Wilson and Ed McGonigal (Feb. 24 and 25); John Knight and Buddy Harris (March 3 and 4); Joe Bubelwicz and Doogie Horner (March 10 and 11); Chris Rich and Cory Jarvis (March 17 and 18); Jay Black and Tyler Rothrock (March 24 and 25); Moody McCarthy and Glen Tickle (March 31 and April 1). To submit items to the Calendar of Events, e-mail jchambless@ c h e s t e rc o u n t y. c o m . There is no charge. Not every submission can be included. Items should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.

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Avani Sofia Doshi, 11, of Oxford, passed away on Feb. 7 at her home. Born in West Grove, she was the daughter of Kalpesh R. and Sandra C. McGurn Doshi of Oxford. Avani attended Hopewell Elementary School and was in the fifth grade. She played the clarinet, and was a member of Rotary Early ACTS Club and Safety Patrol. She was also a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Oxford, and was active in the FROG Youth Group and loved to volunteer at the Lighthouse Youth Center. Avani loved animals and enjoyed playing tennis, board games, drawing, reading, and especially enjoyed her family and friends. She is survived by her parents; one sister, Karina A. Doshi, at home; paternal grandparents, Rajnikant and Rasilia Doshi of Springfield; maternal grandparents, Thom and Chris McGurn of Glen Mills; maternal stepgrandfather, Constant Bero of Coatesville; two uncles, Tommy McGurn (Stephenie) of Morton and Samir Doshi (Lora) of Hartford, Conn.; one aunt, Sonal Doshi (Chris) of Atlanta, Ga.; and cousins, Jeyna, Kaya, Mason, Mira, Stella and Eliana. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Elaine Bero. A memorial service was held Feb. 11. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Bethany Christian School and/or Rescue Dogs Rock (www. Online condolences may be made at

Verna Louise England (Probst), 84, of West Grove, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, surrounded by her loving family, after a brief illness. Verna was the wife of the late Alan F. England, who passed away in 1987, and with whom she shared 33 years of marriage. They always enjoyed ballroom dancing together. She was born in 1932 in Lancaster County, and raised in Kaolin, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Ray L. Probst and the late Margaret S Probst (Hornig). Verna graduated from Kennett High School in 1950. She retired from the JC Penney Company in Wilmington, after working for 27 years in sales. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, shopping, and traveling with friends and family. Verna was an excellent cook and baker, and everyone looked forward to her cherry pies and Christmas cookies. She is survived by her two daughters, Diana S. Stanton and Laura A. Fazio (husband, Joseph F.) of West Grove; four grandchildren, Michelle L. Stephens of Kennett Square, Michael J. Stanton of Oxford, Monica E. Pierson of Avondale, and Matthew A. Roman of West Grove; and two great-grandchildren, Sarah Stephens and Trevor Stanton. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Richard C. Probst and George A. Probst. Verna’s service and burial were held privately. Online condolences may be made by visiting

KATHRYN H. SJOLANDER Kathryn H. Sjolander, 97, of Kennett Square, passed away on Feb. 3 at Kendal at Longwood. She was the wife of the late Newell O. Sjolander, who passed away in 1994. Born in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Louise Dohme Holton. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed nature, the outdoors, art, painting, birding, music, traveling and her books. She is survived by two daughters, Christine Mercaldo and her husband Thomas of Doylestown, and Susan Silsdorf and her husband Howard of Brentwood, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Peter Sjolander; two sisters and two brothers. Her services and burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106; or to the American Cancer Association,1626 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.

PEDRO PEREZ LARA Pedro Perez Lara, 50, of Kennett Square, passed away on Feb. 3 at the Brandywine Hospital. He was the husband of Maria Guadalupe Cisneros. Born in San Isidro, Yuriria, GTO, Mexico, he was the son of Jacinto Perez and Maria Lara of Mexico. He was a laborer at Gama Mushrooms in Kennett Square. Pedro enjoyed working, going to the casinos, helping others and living life to the fullest. A funeral mass was held Feb. 10. Burial was in Mexico. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.

Feb. 15 Grief support group GriefShare, an educational support group for adults who have lost a loved one due to death, begins Feb. 15 at Grove United Methodist Church (490 W. Boot Rd., north of West Chester). Open to the community, the program takes place on Wednesday evenings and runs through June 7. Free child care is provided for those who request it in advance. There is a $25 materials fee, but scholarships are available. Registration is requested. Call 610-696-2663 or email pastor George at com. Feb. 22 Joseph’s People meeting The monthly Joseph’s People for the unemployed or underemployed will be on Feb. 22 at 6:45 p.m. in the parish life center (lower level) of ABVM’s Church (300 State Rd., West Grove). The guest speaker will be Andrea Abernethy, senior career consultant and educator. Her presentation will be titled “Optimizing your LinkedIn.” Joseph’s People provides prayerful support, introducing community resources,

DOROTHY KIRK PASCHALL Dorothy Kirk Paschall, 97, a resident of Ware Presbyterian Village, passed away on Feb. 11 Born in Oxford in 1919, she was daughter of the late Edwin F. Kirk, Sr., and Cassandra (Clement) Kirk. She was the wife of the late Edwin H. Paschall, Sr., to whom she was married for 52 years, before he passed away in 1995. Dorothy graduated from Oxford High School, where she played violin and played hockey and basketball. After high school, she graduated from Goldey Beacom Business College. She was employed as a secretary/office manager/bookkeeper for a number of places, including Kennett Consolidated School District and Kendall-Crosslands Retirement Community. After her marriage, she moved to a farm outside of Kennett Square, where she helped with many farm duties, including the bookkeeping. Over the years, she was very active in a number of clubs and organizations, many times serving as an officer at the local and state level. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women of Kennett Square, The Homemaker’s Club, Red Hat Society, Soroptimist Club, London Grove Grange, The Brandywine Fiber Arts Guild, Farm Women and was a 4-H leader. She loved to spend time with family and friends, travel, play cards, garden, music, sports and enjoyed all the various crafts and fiber arts – especially sewing, weaving, crocheting and knitting. She volunteered at the New-toYou-Shop at the Ware Presbyterian Village, taught crafts at the senior center and was a poll worker during elections.


She was a birthright Quaker and always very involved in the life of the Friends Meeting (first Oxford and then London Grove), serving on many committees, teaching First Day School and eventually as Chairman of the Worship and Ministry Committee at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends. She is survived by two children, Sandra Paschall Bruce (Gerald) of Lancaster, and Edwin H. Paschall, Jr., of Kennett Square; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Elfner, Heather Kline, John Eastburn III, Catherine McCartan, Rebecca Knapp, Denise Bannon, Cheryl Eastburn; two step-grandchildren, Shelli Tipping and Tara Montague; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by an infant son, John E. Paschall; a daughter, Judith Anne (Paschall) Montague; and siblings Elma Maule, Mary Elizabeth Kirk and Edwin F. Kirk, Jr. A Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at London Grove Friends Meeting (500 W. Street Rd., Kennett Square). In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to London Grove Monthly Meeting and be mailed to Douglas Myers, Treasurer, 483 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Online condolences may be made by visiting

BERCHIE D. JOHNSON Berchie Daniel Johnson, 72, of Drumore, Pa., passed away on Feb. 2 at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Mt. City, Tenn., he was the son of the late Ferd Johnson and Lorraine Lipfird Johnson of Drumore, Pa. He is survived by his mother; seven sons, Daniel Lynn Johnson, Adam Quinn Johnson, Lonnie B. Johnson, Clifford Patrick Johnson, Berchie D. Johnson, Thomas J. Johnson and Dusty Johnson; three daughters, Melissa Lynn Johnson, Donna Michelle Johnson and Shelly Dawn Johnson; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Donald Johnson, Richard Johnson, Ronnie Johnson and Terry Johnson; and two sisters, Linda Hill and Norma Lawwill. A graveside service was held Feb. 8 at Union Cemetery in Kirkwood. Online condolences may be made at www.

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Oxford wins Ches-Mont American Division crown By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer The Oxford girls’ basketball team captured the Ches-Mont American Division crown last Saturday, defeating West Chester Rustin, 42-33, in a matchup of two teams that entered the season finale with identical 10-1 records in league action. Oxford won this game the way they’ve won so many games this season—with hustle and hard work. Coach Brian Urig said that the players have consistently worked hard since last summer to reach this point. “I’m very proud of the team,” Urig said. “They’ve worked really hard and never wavered from what they wanted to do.” The game featured playoff-level intensity from the very start. Maggie O’Hare hit a three-pointer to start the scoring for Rustin, and Lexi Zavitsky soon followed with a threepointer of her own. But it didn’t take Oxford long to settle in defensively and limit Rustin’s scoring opportunities. Oxford guard Miranda Porretta knocked down a three-pointer from the corner, and added a basket with 1:40 left in the first quarter to tie the

score at 8-8. Oxford’s tireless teamwork was on display as the second quarter got underway. Senior forward Grace Hennessey grabbed a defensive rebound and Oxford moved the ball up the court. The first shot wouldn’t fall, but guard Hannah D’ Aquanno was there to haul in the offensive rebound. She was fouled and gave Oxford its first lead of the game. The Hornets then closed the quarter on a 10-2 run. Hennessey scored five of those points and was a force on the offensive and defensive glass as the Hornets built a 19-14 lead at halftime. “She really controlled the game,” Urig said of Hennessey’s performance. “She has worked very hard, and I’m proud of the effort.” Rustin guard Dakiya Daniels scored back-toback baskets to start the third, pulling her team to within one point, but Oxford’s defense once again responded to the challenge. With Porretta, D’ Aquanno, Hennessey, and guards Madeline Williams and Emily Shallow, there isn’t a weak link in the defensive chain. Despite Rustin’s best efforts, they couldn’t cut into

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Oxford plays very good team defense.

Oxford’s lead, and at the end of three quarters it was 28-23. Hennessey scored seven more points in the third quarter. Both teams were struggling to get good looks at the basket, and Hennessey’s ability to give Oxford extra scoring chances was making the difference. Williams came up with a nice steal to start the

fourth quarter, leading to a shot by Porretta. It wouldn’t fall, but Porretta was fouled and hit both free throws. A moment later, Porretta made a beautiful pass to Hennessey as she was knifing her way to the basket for another score. On the next trip up the court, Oxford started to spread the

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Each time it looked like West Chester Rustin was going to go on a run, Oxford was able to clamp down defensively.

floor and take some time off the clock. Porretta found an opening and drove to the hoop. Her shot wouldn’t fall, but Hennessey was there to grab the rebound and get the two points. With four minutes left, Oxford still held a seven-point lead. The team never eased up on defense, and never gave Rustin a chance to go on a run. Down the stretch, Oxford pushed its lead to 11 points and never allowed Rustin to get closer than eight points. Rustin’s last shot, launched with less than five seconds left, was inconsequential. Hennessey, appropriately enough, was there to haul in the rebound and was holding the ball as time expired. The victory, and the Ches-Mont League’s American Division title, belonged to Oxford. Urig said that he was very pleased with his team’s strong defensive effort. “You can’t get fancy against Rustin,” he said. “They have a lot of weapons and you need to play good defense to stop them.” Ac c o r d i n g to

Hennessey, the team works hard on its defense in practice, and it’s not just the starters. She said that the reserves push the starters to improve their games by playing so hard on offense during practice. That enables the starters to improve their defense. The Hornets were led by Hennessey’s 20 points. Porretta scored 9 points, while D’ Aquanno added 6 points. Williams chipped in 4 points and Shallow scored 3 points. Oxford had a tremendous amount of success during Urig’s first tenure as coach between 2003 and 2012 and now, in his first season back, the Hornets are the champions of the Ches-Mont League’s American Division. The coach shrugged off the suggestion that he deserves any of the credit for this year’s success, pointing out that it was hard work of the team that led them to the top of the Ches-Mont League’s American Division. “I’m just proud to be working with this group of players,” Urig said.

Oxford 8 11 9 14—42 Rustin 8 6 9 10—33

2016 Oxford Girls Basketball Roster # Name

Position Grade

1 2 3 5 11 14 22 31 33 35

Guard Guard Guard Guard Forward Forward Guard Forward Guard Forward

Julia Alesi Madeline Williams Emily Shallow Hannah D’Aquanno Grace Hennessey Lindsay Washkalavitch Miranda Porretta Marycate London Jaime Herrin Anna Hampshire

10 11 12 11 12 12 10 11 9 9

Photo by Steven Hoffman

Grace Hennessey, a senior forward for Oxford, turned in a good performance, scoring 20 points and controlling the offensive and defensive glass.





PROWLER SOUGHT On Jan. 13 at 6 a.m., a Londonderry Township resident told police that a man wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans was peeking into a bedroom window of a home in the area of Colton Drive. Anyone with information on this or similar incidents is asked to call police at 610-268-2022. ASSAULT ARREST On Jan. 30, a woman arrived at the station of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department in Landenberg and told police that she had been assaulted. At about 1 a.m. that day, she told police, she arrived with her children at the home of Robert Eller, 36, of Avondale. During an argument, Eller grabbed the victim and threw her over the hood of her car, kicked her in the chest and spit on her. He also broke the victim’s phone. Eller fled and was later treated at a hospital for her injuries. Police arrested Eller at his home on charges of assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He posted bail of 10 percent of $7,500. CVS THEFT Paul Matthew Dempsey, 39, of Lincoln University, was charged with shoplifting $2,253.61 worth of nicotine gum and patches from the CVS Pharmacy at 857 W. Baltimore Pike in Penn Township on Jan. 23, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale.

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT STOLEN Sometime between Feb. 3 and 7, someone stole a piece of heavy equipment, a 2006 Case 420CT skid steer loader valued at about $45,000, from a construction site in London Grove Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. HEROIN ARREST On Jan. 26 at 1:23 p.m., Southern Chester County Regional Police responded to a report of a medical emergency in the 100 block of East Evergreen Street in West Grove. They found Patrick Walton, 62, of West Grove, with multiple empty baggies used for heroin, and baggies and a needle on the kitchen table nearby. Walton was taken to a hospital for treatment pending charges for possession of the paraphernalia. CD PLAYER STOLEN A Kenwood CD player was stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Chestnut Road in London Grove Township on Jan. 10 between 8:20 and 9:20 p.m., according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-268-2022. WARRANT ARREST AND DRUG CHARGES On Feb. 2, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested James Ronald Hill, Jr., 37, of Oxford, on an active warrant at 364 W. Christine Road in West Nottingham Township. He was found in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.



Chester County collects more than 8,000 pounds of prescription drugs Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced last week that more than 8,000 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in 2016 through the Chester County drug disposal box program. The program places secure drop boxes in locations around Chester County so that citizens can safely dispose of prescription medications. The drug disposal box program was started in 2014 by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, and a few local police departments. The program then expanded, and now includes cooperation between many police departments, Paoli Hospital, the Chester County Health Department, Pennsylvania American Water, the Chester County Commissioners, the National Guard, and other volunteers. “The drug disposal box program continues to be a success in Chester County,” Hogan said. “The safe disposal of prescription medication, especially powerful opioids, keeps these drugs from getting into the wrong hands. We are protecting both our children and our environment -- two goals everybody supports.” Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, recently installed a prescription drug drop box to allow for the disposal of unneeded or expired medications. The drop box is located

in the Paoli Hospital valet lobby. It is monitored by Paoli Hospital security staff and emptied by the Willistown Township Police Department. Jim Paradis, president of Paoli Hospital, said, “We have come a long way from flushing unwanted pills down the drain into the water system. Installing this box won’t completely solve this problem, but it’s one more step in the right direction, and it gives us an opportunity to continue our efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our community.” “Chester County’s prescription drug disposal boxes are an effective, critical component in working to prevent addiction,” said Rep. Ryan Costello, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “The strong leadership from the District Attorney’s Office and partnering agencies and organizations, combined with state and federal assistance, is making a positive impact in tackling the opioid epidemic. We must continue to focus

on this epidemic because there is more work to do.” Citizens can drop off prescription drugs or overthe-counter medications in the drug drop boxes. The boxes are secure boxes located in police stations or other safe areas. The dropoffs are anonymous. The medication periodically is picked up by members of the Chester County Detectives and disposed of safely by the National Guard. According to current statistics, approximately 70 percent of the United States population will take some type of prescription medication every year. The three most prescribed drugs in the United States are antibiotics, antidepressants, and opiates, such as oxycodone. In the Southeastern Pennsylvania region, the largest drug threat currently comes from prescription drugs and heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Nationwide, more people are dying from prescription drug overdoses

than from overdoses of any and all illegal drugs (including heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines). Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, surpassing traffic accidents and guns. Jeanne Casner, director of Chester County’s Health Department, said, “Chester County is very fortunate to have such a successful medication disposal program through the collaboration of Chester County agencies. Many people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, who may be unaware that their unused prescriptions are missing. Ensuring people have safe and known locations for disposing of unused or unwanted prescriptions is a critical element in our broader efforts to reduce access to and misuse of prescriptions, and prevents the prescriptions from ending up in our wastewater treatment facilities and contaminating groundwater.”

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Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Lorraine Vines, Deceased, late of Lower Oxford Twp., 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 Scott Vines, Executor, 208 Lower Hopewell Rd., Oxford, PA 19363 2p-1-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Anna Burke , Deceased, late of West Pikeland 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 Scott Burke, Executor, 1814 Conestoga Rd, Chester Springs, PA 19425 Or to Attorney: Katherine G. Weiss, P.O. Box 6157 Philadelphia, PA 19115 2p-1-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary on the Estate of Helen G. King, Deceased, late of Penn Twp., 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 Samuel L. King, Co- Executor, John Kevin King, Co- Executor C/O Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, 208 East Locust Street P.O. Box 381, Oxford, PA 19363 2p-1-3t


NOTICE OF ORDINANCE ADOPTION – CHALLENGE OPPORTUNITY The Board of Supervisors of Penn Township is providing public notice of the opportunity to challenge the validity of the herein described Ordinance on the basis that a defect in procedure, as permitted under Section 1002-A(b) or 1002.1-A, of the PA Municipalities Planning Code, resulted in a deprivation of constitutional rights, and to provide a period of limitation to raise such chal-

lenges. The Board of Supervisors of Penn Township is providing this Notice for Adoption of Ordinance No. 2016-01, adopted on December 7, 2016, which includes the following: An amendment to the Penn Township Zoning Ordinance of 1968, as further amended, amending Article X, Section 1000.N to permit the installation of fast food drive through service according to conditions and procedures therein outlined; and amending Article XVII, Section 1701 to identify minimum circulation standards for a fast food drive through service use and installation. This publication is intended to provide notification of ordinance enactment. Any person claiming a right to challenge the validity of the ordinance must bring legal action within 30 days of the publication of the second notice described herein. The full text of the ordinance is available for review at no charge, and copies may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof, at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA during their normal business hours. If you are a person with a disability or need special services or facilities, contact Penn Township at 610-869-9620. R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire Solicitor for Penn Township 2p-8-2t


ESTATE OF DENISE F. MILLER, DECEASED. Late of the Township of New London, 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 JOHN F. MILLER, EXECUTOR, 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 2p-8-3t


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Senior matches Blue Devils’ Kosara with 24 points

Miller leads Unionville over Kennett, 63-46 By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

Even before the Unionville-Kennett basketball game tipped off last Friday evening on the Indians’ home court, its narrative was already being written into the rumbling electricity that nearly filled the entire gymnasium. The fact that the two rival schools are separated by a five-minute drive along Route 82 notwithstanding, it was also Senior Night at Unionville, as graduating cheerleaders and members of both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams, accompanied by their parents, were applauded for their efforts. Oversized cardboard images of Unionville players bobbed up and down in the home student section in a playful taunt to Kennett fans on the other side, including the image of guard Scott Miller, whose image – and performance – became the story of the game. Behind Miller’s 24-point performance, Unionville defeated Kennett 63-46

to wrap up the season for both teams, while Kennett’s Mitch Kosara matched Miller both in play and in the scoring column. Miller’s impact on the game began early, when with just 30 seconds gone in the first quarter, he connected on the first of his five three-pointers, but Kosara answered back with a three-pointer of his own with 6:10 left. At the 3:45 mark, Miller gave the Indians a 9-6 lead on his second three-pointer, and after a Unionville steal, found a cutting Andrew Burich for a layup with two minutes left, that gave Unionville a 12-9 lead with two minutes remaining in the first. While Miller continued to light up the scoreboard in the second quarter, it was the defense of his teammate, Burich, that had a gamechanging impact. In order to defeat Kennett, an opponent must not only hold Kosara in check but also contain the hot hand of sharpshooter Bowen duPhily, a key part of coach Brian Grashof’s offensive plans.

Escorted by her parents, Maddie Shanahan of the Unionville girls’ basketball team was one of several students honored at Senior Night Festivities on Feb. 10.

Photos by Richard L. Gaw

Mitch Kosara scored 24 points for Kennett.

Held to six points, duPhily was forced by Burich into taking several off-balance shots throughout the game, which then led to Unionville fast breaks. “Andrew is the type of kid when, if there is a game against a really good player, he’s the first one to walk into practice and ask to

guard him,” said Unionville head coach Joe Kilpatrick. “He is physical, and he thrives on that moment. “The game plan was to try to let Kosara get his points, and try to shut out everyone else,” Kilpatrick added. “They run duPhily a lot off screens, and we had a game plan for that, and I

Unionville’s Andrew Burich drives the lane during the third quarter.

think we closed out on him pretty well.” As the first half closed out, Kosara had a stretch of play that served as a preview of what Ches-Mont League opponents can expect from the outstanding sophomore during the next two seasons. After Miller’s fourth threepointer gave Unionville a 29-15 lead with 2:43 left in the half, Kosara hit two consecutive baskets, made a timely shot block, was subsequently fouled and made two free throws – all in the space of two minutes. Early in the third, duPhily nailed one of his two threepointers on the night, but Kennett was held to just six points in the quarter, while Unionville opened up a 46-27 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Despite a 19-point effort to close out the game – including an 11-point quarter by Kosara – Kennett could not cut into Unionville’s lead. In addition to Kosara, Kennett – who finished 3-14 overall – was led by Owen Dougherty with 8 points and duPhily with 6 points. Wrapping up a 10-12 overall

record for Unionville, Miller’s performance was complimented by Burich’s 15 points, and a ten-point effort by Brendan Barrett. Although both teams fell short of earning a postseason berth this year, Kennett and Unionville are expected to hover near the top of the Ches-MontAmerican standings in 2017-18. While Grashof will lose seniors duPhily, William Ward, David Boulden, John Finfrock and Kerry Tomasetti to graduation this year, he has eight underclassmen returning next season, in what promises to serve as the next rung in the rebuilding of the Kennett basketball program. Just up the road, Kilpatrick is saying farewell to Barrett, Burich, Miller, Zeb Martelli, Chris D’Amico and Val Dobbins, but has four juniors and three sophomores returning next season, as well as several members of a junior varsity squad that finished 20-1 this season. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

Unionville’s Scottie Miller drove for two of his 24 points during a 63-46 victory over Kennett on Feb. 10.




Penn’s Grove School Earlyact and OAHS Interact welcome members

The Oxford Area High School chapter of Interact and the newly established Penn’s Grove School chapter of Earlyact, community service clubs sponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club, came together on November 30 to hold ceremonies to induct new members and install officers. Interact is an organization for high school students interested in serving their school and community, while Earlyact is for elementary students ages five to 13. Clubs are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs through Rotary International. The Penn’s Grove Earlyact chapter is the second in the Oxford Area School District, joining the club at Hopewell Elementary

School established in 2015. Each school year members of both clubs will plan and organize three projects to benefit their school, local and global communities. The Oxford Area High School chapter of Interact was established in 2014 and coordinates a variety of fundraising projects for charities both local and worldwide. The club is currently raising funds for the Oxford Rotary Club’s project to build an inclusive playground at Oxford Memorial Park. With the college-level Rotaract club at Lincoln University, the Oxford Rotary Club sponsors chapters of all three youth community service clubs of Rotary International.

KHS Future Business Leaders triumph at regional competition Courtesy photo

Inductees of Earlyact, sponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club, include, seated from left, Hopewell Elementary School sixth grader Brandee Levinsky, Penn’s Grove School eighth grader John Carey and seventh graders Rachel Sedlak and Hannah Peterson, public relations; Eileen Diaz, secretary; and Jack Campbell, treasurer; standing from left are Penn’s Grove Principal Tami Motes, Oxford Rotary Club Earlyact liaison Dr. Raymond Fischer, Rotary Club President Tracie Eller, State Representative John Lawrence, eighth grader Seth Yoder, Penn’s Grove Earlyact president; and seventh grader Joel Yoder, Earlyact vice-president.

At qualifying events held on Dec. 16 and 21, Kennett High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had its most successful Regional Competition in the club’s history. Depending on the student’s area of expertise, qualification was based on scores on online tests or in performance events, like a mock job interview or public speaking.

Kennett will be sending a record 38 students to the State Championships in Hershey from April 2 to 5. Winners at the state level will then advance to the National Competition in California this summer. FBLA Club advisor Bill Fritsch said, “We thought last year was huge with 33 students advancing. This really is pretty amazing.”

Oxford Area High School seniors earn national FFA honors

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The Veterinary Science team from the Chester County Technical College High School, Pennock’s Bridge, with their team bronze award earned at the Future Farmers of America National Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. From left are Oxford Area High School seniors Gabriella DiLossi, Hope Weaver and Olivia Worrall and Octorara Area High School student Halle Becker.

Three Oxford Area High School seniors enrolled in the veterinary science program at the Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) Pennock’s Bridge Campus recently attended and competed at the 89th National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention provides students with an opportunity to gain more knowledge in their field of study as well as interact with professionals in the field of animal health. In the Veterinary Science

Career Development event, Gabriella DiLossi, Hope Weaver and Olivia Worrall each earned individual bronze awards and, on a team with Octorara Area High School student Halle Becker, earned an overall bronze award. The event is comprised of seven areas including a 100-question knowledge assessment; a 50-point math practicum; two scenario essays; four handling practicums and four clinical practicums (tool, breed and disease identification) as well as a 10-minute team 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. “It was amazing to be around so many people from around the country who share a love of agriculture,” said Olivia, who is vice-president of the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge chapter of FFA. “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.” “TCHS is so proud of what Gabriella, Hope, Olivia and Halle accomplished both individually and as a team,” said Pennock’s Bridge principal Dr. Brian Hughes. “Their achievement is a direct reflection on their hard work and the skills they are learning from their instructors. To be recognized on a national scale reinforces that TCHS Pennock’s Bridge is turning out world-class students.”






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hungry crowd swallows up chocolate festival By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer For the fifth consecutive year, Kennett Square was transformed into something reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Feb. 12. For four hours on Feb. 12, row upon row of cakes, brownies, candies, cookies and cupcakes turned the Reynolds Gymnasium at Kennett High School into a sensory and taste overload during the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, which drew just over 800 chocoholics and raised $16,821 for the United Way of Southern Chester County The money raised will go toward the UWSCC’s $900,000 community investment that will benefit 27 non-profit programs serving more

than 18,000 residents of southern Chester County. These programs move neighbors from crisis to independence and touch one in seven area residents. They act to intervene in a crisis, promote stability for families, sustainability for seniors and the chronically ill, and, ultimately, work to transition clients to independence through education. “Everything we do is dependent on the community, and they come through for us financially, and by volunteering, attending and baking at this festival,” said Carrie Freeman, chief executive officer of the UWSCC. “We couldn’t do this without them. Our motto is ‘Together, as a giving community, we can accomplish things that no one person could.’ This

applies to our mission, as well as our successful Chocolate Lovers Festival.” A total of 54 student volunteer servers came from Kennett High School, Unionville High School, Oxford High School and charter schools, while

62 adult volunteers also assisted in cutting and distribution. Thirty-five volunteer judges sampled the entries of professional and amateur chefs – along with Kennett High School students – who submitted

156 entries in the cookie, cake, cupcake, brownie and candy categories. In the cupcake division, the winners were The Gables at Chadds Ford for Ann’s Chocolate Cupcakes; Sandra Speakman, for her Chocolate Peanut Butter Kiss Cupcake; and Kennett High School student Madison Bowe, for her Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes. Cake winners included the Kennett Giant, for its Layers of Love; Sandra Speakman for Sandy’s Sinful Chocolate Raspberry Flourless Cake; and student Amber Hawkins for her S’mores Cake. In the candy competition, bakes, a Wilmington-based caterer and baker, won for their Nutfree Dream Bars; Alison Snyder won for her Coffee-Flavored Truffles; and students from Kennett

High School won for their Dark Chocolate Truffles. Cookie contest winners included Kelly Barboni for Kelly’s Chocolate Decadence cookies; Roberta Carlson, for her Heaven Must Be Missing Some Chocolate Chip Cookies; and Kennett High School students for their Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies. In the brownies division, the winners were Thomas Pagnini, for his Cherries Jubilee; Roberta Carlson, for her Not-A-Low-Calorie Food; and Kennett High School students for their Irresistible Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. To learn more abut the UWSCC, visit www. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail

Photos by Richard L. Gaw

Lillie Meyer, with her parents Dan and Becca.

Ella Schroeder of Kennett Square performs one of her many taste tests during a visit to the fifth annual Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival on Feb. 12.

Volunteers from Live United: United Way of Southern Chester County board members Amy Trojanowski, Christine Costagliola and Alexa Dembek; and Sue Minarchi from Family Promise of Southern Chester County.

Michael Turano feeds his wife, Jennifer, a tasty treat while she holds their son, Jonathan.

The festival featured more than 150 entries that celebrated every variation on chocolate: brownies, cookies, cakes, candy and cupcakes.

The goodies were made by professionals, amateurs and students from Kennett High School.

Latesha and Dorien Couch of Kennett Square enjoy a few nibbles at the event.

Amateur baker Alison Snyder proudly displays the two ribbons she won in the baking competition.

Elliott Sceski of Chester Springs gets a helping hand from his parents.

The Ziemer family – daughters Laura and Rachel, and mother Lynn – eat together as a family.




New deputies complete training program Following an eight-week training regimen, seven new deputy sheriffs will be assuming duties throughout Chester County, said Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh. “I call them the Magnificent Seven,” said Welsh, praising their backgrounds and attitudes. “The selection process for deputy sheriffs is very competitive. These men were exceptional, and I’m so pleased to have them as part of our agency.” Sheriff Capt. Jason Suydam explained that the new hires, who started in November, participated in three weeks of orientation. Eight weeks of field training followed, offering an opportunity to experience the multitude of sheriff’s duties, such as handling courthouse security, prisoner transport, fugitive apprehension, civil processing, and gun permits. Joel W. Buccialia, 24, a native of Newtown Square, wasn’t positive that lawenforcement would be a good fit for him when he enrolled in Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy. By the time he graduated in 2012, he was hooked and immediately enrolled in an administration of justice program, receiving an associate’s degree in 2014. While he was in school, he worked as a security officer, fueling his desire to complete his Act 120 certification. In his spare time, Buccialia is likely to be outdoors, pursuing interests

that include four-wheeling, camping and hunting. Brian M. Carr, a 28-year-old who grew up in Phoenixville, graduated from Immaculata University with a criminology degree in 2014. He then attended Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy, completing the program in 2015. Carr, an Eagle Scout who was active in Valley Forge Boy Scout Troop 73, said his drive to pursue a law-enforcement career was inspired in part by his father, a U.S. Navy commander. When he’s not working, Carr said he enjoys working out and other physical activity. Mario J. Dioguardi, a 24-year-old native of Broomall, attended Penn State and then West Chester University, where he received a criminal justice degree in 2015, the first member of his family to pursue law enforcement. He graduated from Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy in 2016. A seasoned athlete, Dioguardi played ice hockey, football and baseball teams at various times in high school and college. He continues to play roller hockey and softball, and when time permits, he has enjoyed coaching baseball at his former high school. Peter S. Gardner, 26, spent his childhood in Merion and recalled being unsure of his career path when he was a junior in high school. A teacher, assessing Gardner’s demeanor

Joining Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Welsh (second from right) are new deputies Peter Gardner (counterclockwise from left), Joel Buccialia, Josue Pifer, Brian Carr, CaTray Parker, Mario Dioguardi and Christian Medina.

and work as a volunteer firefighter, steered him into law enforcement by suggesting he would make a good U.S. marshal. Gardner went on to complete fire and police training at the Montgomery County’s Municipal Police Academy. Gardner has been active with the Philadelphia Police Explorers, a program that provides police academystyle training to members of ROTC and Boy Scouts ages 14 to 21. Off the job, Gardner spends a lot of time outdoors, riding his motorcycle or hiking in one of the county’s preserves. Christian J. Medina, a 23-year-old Coatesville native, found inspiration to become a police officer from his father, whose dream of pursuing a police career after enlisting in the Army was interrupted by parenthood. Medina said his father’s passion for law enforcement manifested itself in numerous ways, including

his car choice: a used police vehicle. Medina embraced those sentiments, honored to fulfill his father’s dream. Medina graduated from Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy in 2016. He counts basketball, bowling, and movies among his outside interests. CaTray D. Parker, 23, envisioned a career in law enforcement as a boy growing up in Lancaster. His extensive training includes EMT and firefighting courses at the Protective Services Academy in Lancaster County, completion of National Guard infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2014, and graduation from Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy in 2015. Parker enjoys wrestling as well as coaching wrestling and can often be found cheering at his old high school, where his little brother is on the team. He has been told

to expect deployment in 2018, most likely overseas. Josue D. Pifer, 25, received career inspiration from his grandfather, who worked as a police officer in Mexico City, as well as a West Whiteland Township officer who offered periodic encouragement as Pifer grew up in Exton. After working as a roofer for several years after high school, Pifer

enrolled in Delaware County Community College’s Police Academy, receiving his certification in 2014. One of his early thrills in his new post occurred when his West Whiteland mentor spotted Pifer in the Chester County Justice Center. Pifer, who is bilingual, shares his co-workers’ love for outdoor activities, especially fishing and trap shooting.

Friends Home in Kennett gets new bus Friends Home in Kennett, which has roots going back to 1898 as a boarding home, recently acquired its own bus for residents. The bus, from the Wolfington Body Company of Exton, seats 14 and can accommodate both walkers and wheelchairs when needed. Christine McDonald, executive director, said she was delighted to offer this new feature to residents. Previously, all transportation was handled by the Chester County Rover bus, which operates only during certain hours and has restrictions on how reservations are handled. Now, McDonald said, trips can be planned

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for whatever times and days are most convenient for the residents, and to whatever destinations they wish. “Friends Home in Kennett has a bright future,” McDonald said. “We have important projects planned and underway, and I hope our friends and neighbors will come by so I can show them how we are planning for our future here.”

Zumba, line dancing and yoga offered at Senior Center The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 Walnut St., Kennett Square) offers a Zumba class and a line dancing class on Thursday evenings. Zumba is from 5 to 6 p.m., and line dancing is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both are fee-based classes. Call 610-444-4819 for more information. Membership in the

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