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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

First Fridays coming back to Oxford By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer There is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. Oxford Borough Council approved two Special Event permits for Oxford Mainstreet Inc. (OMI) at their recent meeting that will allow First

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Friday events to return to downtown Oxford. Council approved a Special Event permit for the First Friday in July and the First Friday in August, in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC and the Pennsylvania Health Department. Both Christy Hannum, executive director, and

Brian Dix, Mainstreet manager of OMI, were very enthusiastic about the revival of the First Fridays. July‘s First Friday will be a summer block party, while August’s First Friday will include music. And, of course, September’s First Friday, which has been approved, will be the

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Braving Veracity, Vol. 2 features 11 essays written by local women authors whose work centers around women who have influenced, changed or inspired them during difficult periods in their lives. The cover features Marlén Cordova-Pedroza, an 18-year-old senior at Kennett High School, whose essay “Where There’s a Will” is included in the book. The cover painting was created by Carrie Barcomb, whose essay Continued on page 3A “Sofia’s Voice” also appears in the book.

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There is a moment early on in Patty Hillkirk’s recent TEDx Talk when she asks the viewers to think about a time when an interaction with another person changed the course of his or her life— whether that change was for the good or the bad. Next, Hillkirk, the executive director of Kennett Square-based Camp Dreamcatcher, shared her recollection of a fateful day when her own life was changed by two separate encounters that took place on the very same day. She explained that when she was a teenager, she was convinced that she wanted to be a veterinarian because she always loved animals, especially dogs. When she was 17 and preparing for college, Hillkirk met with a school advisor to talk about registering for college classes. She went into the meeting thinking that she wanted to pursue pre-veterinary coursework. When she told the advisor of her plans, he looked down at the stack of papers on his desk and replied, “Patricia, you’re not smart enough for that. Just look at your grades.” In that moment, Hillkirk said, her childhood dreams were gone. “I left that room completely shattered. My dreams were thrown away,” she explained. In her talk, Hillkirk only spends only a moment or two talking about the day that her own dream died. Most of the talk—in fact, most of Hillkirk’s professional Continued on page 4A

It’s So Lola’s opens: Check out the glam! By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer Just as the pandemic began in 2020, Lola’s at 57 South Third Street was beginning an expansion.

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were put on hold due to the pandemic, OMI continued moving on other projects. One of those projects is the Shoebox Theatre. Tragically, Dennis Melton, the spark and driving force behind the theatre project, passed away. His loss will be felt by many in this

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always-popular Car Show. Dix said since restrictions have eased, local merchants are anxious to bring back First Fridays. Dix also thanked Mary Barringer for her continued efforts as a volunteer and for recently planting beautiful flowers throughout the town. Although First Fridays

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And although the pandemic slowed the progress, it didn’t stop it. On May 8, they completed their renovation and opened the doors to It’s So Lola’s, an expansion of Lola’s which features elegant,

stylish and vintage special occasion wear. Just as announcements were coming out about Pennsylvania loosening up its pandemic guidelines and getting closer to removing those masks, Lola’s had

not only survived a difficult year for many local businesses, but actually celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an expansion. Nancy Ware Sapp, owner of the fashionable establishment, was only too happy

to explain how they created yet another gorgeous place to shop. “We actually took the existing warehouse in the back of Lola’s and turned it into an elegant showroom Continued on page 3A

Three Kennett lacrosse players headed for the national tournament Three Kennett High School lacrosse team members will be playing in the national tournament over Memorial Day Weekend. Megan Ward, Bridget Wells and Makayla Kelly earned spots on the All Area Team representing the Philadelphia area. When they arrive, each will be placed on one of the four teams from this area. Also participating are teams from the New England and Maryland regions, where lacrosse is widely played by female athletes. This tournament, taking

place in Bel Air, Md., is a college recruiting event, and is not an outcome of the scholastic competition schedules. The girls had to try out and pay the fees for their participation and uniforms. Their parents will take them there, and they will stay in hotels during that weekend of May 29, 30, and 31. According to Wells, about 200 girls in grades nine through 11 tried out, and roughly half of them made the cut. Their success in qualifying came from the results of their playing

records and actual observations by evaluators. The pool of participants from the Philadelphia area is particularly strong and even includes players from elite private schools in the region. When asked what they anticipate, the girls said they are not sure what to expect, but they are looking forward to it. If they are viewed favorably while they play, they may qualify for college athletic scholarships. Each girl said she is interested in Photo by Chris Barber playing lacrosse at the col- Headed for the national lacrosse tournament are, from legiate level. left, Bridget Wells, Makayla Kelly and Megan Ward.

Kennett Memorial Day Parade planned for 2022 The traditional Kennett Square Memorial Day parade will not occur this year, yet preparations are already underway for Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. “The last Memorial Day Parade in Kennett Square occurred in 2019. Since then, we have all pretty much been COVID-19

sheltered,” said Bill Taylor, the former chairman of this annual event. The good news is that actions are already underway to assure this celebratory parade continues as an ongoing tribute for the Kennett Square community honoring the men and women who died while serving in the United States

military. An initial Parade Development Committee consisting of community leader Dave Haradon, Kennett Police Chief and interim borough manager Bill Holdsworth, Historic Kennett Square Executive Director Bo Wright and Taylor are developing a team of action-oriented

individuals dedicated to sustaining the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade for the future. “Bill Taylor, his family and Taylor Oil & Propane company employees dedicated their time, efforts and resources for the past 16 years to assure this event occurred every Memorial Day. Bill has graciously

shared his parade knowledge and experience with our committee. We are profoundly grateful for his commitment to this effort,” said Haradon. “It is a big task that will take a lot of dedicated people to execute this 90-minute event.” Those supporting this event as Continued on page 2A


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organizers, sponsors, and participants can contact the committee at Kennett MemorialDayParade@ gmail.com. For 2021, the traditional Kennett Square Memorial Day ceremonies will commence to specifically honor Artilio “Tillie” J. DiAndrea, Sr., lifetime Kennett resident and mushroom grower who served as an Army veteran of World War II, serving under Gen. George Patton in the Battle of the Bulge in the 86th Blackhawk heavy weapons division. He also served the William W. Fahey Kennett Square American Legion

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community and other surrounding areas. The project was also put on hold due to issues with their HVAC and electrical system. The owner of the property, Wilson King, will be moving forward with those renovations which will keep the Shoebox Theatre project advancing and save OMI a lot of money. That work should take 90 days to complete.

Post 491 and the Kennett Square community for several years. On this 2021 Memorial Day, the American Legion will conduct a series of public tribute ceremonies including at the following times and locations in the Kennett Square area: 9:00 a.m. - VFW Post 5467 monument (704 W Baltimore Pike); 9:45 a.m. - Mary D. Lange Kindergarten Center WWI monument (130 W Mulberry St.); 10:15 a.m. - Union Hill Cemetery (424 N Union St.); 11:00 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Cemetery (450 N Union Street).

placement of Memorial Day wreaths and a 21-Gun Military Honor Salute.

Council President Peggy Russell thanked King for his support. Another popular event coming up in the borough this year is Wreaths Across America. Clarissa Sherrow continues her third year as the coordinator for the event, which will be held on Dec. 18. Currently, the group has raised enough in donations for 846 wreaths. They are still taking donations for another 454 wreaths that are needed. For more

information on donating to the organization, visit Wreaths Across America -Southern Chester County, Pa. on Facebook, or contact Clarissa at 484-645-4513. “We are still in the planning stage and are hoping COVID doesn’t change our plans,” Sherrow explained. Wreaths Across America is a national event and was started locally in Oxford in 2008 by David Hamilton, with help from the Boy Scouts. The first year there were 60 wreaths placed. Now they are usually able to get over 1,000 wreaths placed, and they are also adding a Mobile Education Exhibit. The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) is to bring communities together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of the nation’s heroes. The MEE plans to achieve this goal by bringing the local community, veterans, active-duty military and their families together through interactive exhibits, short films, and shared stories. The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of the nation’s

The St. Patrick’s Cemetery event will include an extended program consisting of: • Past Kennett VFW Commander Mike Pralle Master of Ceremonies • Former Kennett Mayor Leon Spencer singing “God Bless America” • United Methodist Church Rev. Jim Mundell – Tribute to Veteran Artilio “Tillie” J. DiAndrea • VFM and American Legion Guard – Laying of Commemorative Wreaths • St Patrick Church Father Christopher Rogers - Honor Prayers • American Legion Honor All events will include

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Plans are already underway for the Kennett Square Memorial Day Parade in 2022. This year, on Memorial Day, the American Legion will conduct a series of public tribute ceremonies at different locations in the Kennett Square area.

Guard - 21 Gun Salute three-minute tribute vid• Matt Grieco – Bugle Taps eos showing pre-COVID Kennett Memorial Day A commemorative Parades for 2018 and

2019 can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/ KSParade2018 and http:// bit.ly/KSParade2019.

heroes as well as serving as an official ‘welcome home’ station for the nation’s Vietnam Veterans. The 48-foot exhibit is equipped with a 24-person screening room that showcases the aspects of the Wreaths Across America mission through video. To the front of the exhibit there are three interactive computers to showcase locations, trucking supporters and general sponsorship questions. Also, in the front is an education wall of information explaining the different areas of Wreaths Across America and where the mission will be going in the future. The MEE will be stationed at Jeff D’Ambrosio Chevrolet at 2158 Baltimore Pike, Oxford, on June 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. John Meisel, the manager of transportation operations and planning for Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) also spoke to council, explaining the routes of the SCCOOT bus from Oxford to other parts of the county. Meisel said the Oxford Transportation Center is a great addition to the system. Meisel explained that even

property for the manufacture of wood and paper products. The request from the Zoning Hearing Board is for a height variance, but not for the building—the request is for the height of the mulch pile. Brick walls that will support the mulch will be erected. Solicitor Stacey Fuller told council that mulch may be considered as a nuisance due to sounds from processing and because of the odor. Council will be following up on the process as it goes forward. In other business, Nicholas Thorburn was approved by council as a part-time police officer. He replaced another part-time officer who recently filled a full-time position. Council approved the resignation of Rich Herbert from the Oxford Planning Commission. They also approved two appointments to that commission: Robert Glisson and Randy Teel. Council also approved a motion to have the Traffic Calming Policy reviewed by both the engineer and solicitor. At the last council meeting, an application for a Greenways Trails and Recreation Program Grant was discussed. The scope of work for the grant was to include connecting the borough with the OARA Park. Borough manager Carey Vargo told council he would recommend deferring this at the moment. Council concurred. “We need to get the trail set and then work with the other adjoining municipality,” Vargo said. Council also agreed to table the discussion of the accreditation of the Oxford Police Department.

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though the pandemic cut the number of persons using their service, he is happy to report that they were able to continue their service. The bus service has been running for over 10 years. He also said that they are constantly evaluating their ridership and how they can better serve the community. In a cost-saving move, council approved changing the health care carrier for borough employees. They approved a resolution authorizing the borough to enter into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement and participate in the Delaware Valley Health Trust. The transition is expected to start in August. Council also approved motions for both the Oxford Police Association and the Oxford Employee Association to approve a Memorandum of Understanding specific to the provision of healthcare coverage. It is anticipated that the borough will save $29,000 for this year by changing health care coverage. In other business, council approved the adoption of Ordinance #943-2021 regarding anti-discrimination. Council member Amanda Birdwell said, “it is difficult to be conscious of issues of inequality if you are not the one being discriminated against. This is a good beginning.” Council approved a motion to direct the solicitor to participate in the Zoning Hearing Board on the application of Carl Hemphill for the property at 57 N. Sixth Street, the former Oxford Corporation site. This is a 10-acre parcel which is to be used for a tree mulching business. The intent is to erect a building on this


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and canvases, and stuffy art gallery openings filled with portraits of rolling landscapes and barns. Riding the success of the first volume, and still in defiance of coronavirus shutdowns and letdowns, Gazoli has just published Braving Veracity, Vol. 2 that features 11 essays, written by local women authors whose work centers around women who have influenced, changed or inspired them during difficult periods in their lives. “I never thought that COVID-19 would stop the progress of this second anthology, and in fact, I felt just the opposite,” Gazoli said. “I felt that this was a very good outlet for these writers. For every writer who submitted work, whether they were published or not, it gave them a platform for self-expression during a life-threatening pandemic. “It was, in many ways, a form of catharsis and reflective of the theme of this volume of personal essays, because when we live through difficult times, it causes us to look to the people who have walked us

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for It’s So Lola’s,” she explained. “We were housing our prom gowns and special occasion dresses in the former Oxford News Shop owned by Vernon Ringler. We were anxiously anticipating the moment when the masks would come off and life would return to some sort of normal, celebrating weddings, proms, and special occasions. We first started selling mother of the bride and groom dresses. People were proceeding with weddings, just smaller. Then we got word that the Oxford Senior Prom was happening and also the one in Avon Grove.” So the excitement couldn’t be contained when the ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 8. Like many businesses, Lola’s persevered, thinking outside the box to still serve their loyal customers. “We had an end date in mind for our renovation and all worked out in our favor,” Sapp said.

through the trauma and on Southern woman named to the other side.” Grace had on her life. “Grace changed my expeVastly different voices rience in the South before I relocated here several In Braving Veracity, Vol. 2, years ago,” Gazoli said. Gazoli – who shared editing “She passed away in late duties with Stacy Pershall February just a year shy of and Nancy LaFever – intro- 100. My essay is more about duces readers to short essays how I changed than it is by writers of vastly different about Grace. voices. In her essay “Sofia’s “So, each of the essays Voice,” Carrie Barcomb are not necessarily about the weaves a contemporary women highlighted in our story of coping with the stories. They’re about the grief of losing her brother ways in which we, the writto an illness that may have er, have changed because of been traced to COVID-19. them. Without these women Interspersed with that narra- influencers, we may not tive, Barcomb’s essay also have gotten there.” weaves in the rich influencThe cover of Braving es of a former matriarch and Veracity, Vol. 2 features a a network of like-minded portrait of contributing writwomen. er Marlén Cordova-Pedroza, In “Dreams of My an 18-year-old senior at Mother,” Eve Rachel Fisher Kennett High School, whose measures the volume of essay “Where There’s a her current life against the Will” portrays the influence imagined interpretation her of Loretta Perna on her life. mother – whom the author For many years, Perna has lost eight years before – directed the Walk In kNowlmay have for her daughter’s edge (WIN) program at the journey. high school that provides In her introduction to the mentorship to Latina and 159-page book, entitled Latinx students. “Amazing Grace,” Gazoli – whose essays and editoDeveloping a rials have appeared in the new platform for Washington Post, MSN and women writers on the NPR show “Tales from the South” — writes Gazoli sees the future of about the influence that a anthology dovetailing with Sapp said her group will continue to wear masks to protect her staff and their clients. “It may have temporarily sidelined us but we are back,” Sapp said. “Hopefully the pandemic will be behind us. We are just so thankful to the community for supporting us. I enjoy having a business but thing I enjoy most is providing a job to my wonderful staff.” Sapp had just returned from a church trip to Guatamala with her uncle’s church and had to lay off her staff. She told them to apply for unemployment right away. Now she has hired all of them back and even hired new employees, including a manager of It’s So Lola’s and a new media manager. She can already see a good return in the two months they have been re-opened. Sapp is so happy with her entire staff. “Deb Bakaliz manages Lola’s and keeps everything running beautifully,” she said. “That is why we could do this

expansion.” When asked if she felt their business lost anything during the pandemic Sapp said, “It wasn’t fun while we were going through this, but honestly, I think everything just means so much more now. And we just had our best quarter ever.” She also had high praise for other businesses in the community. “How did Oxford do through this? I think they are all superstars. The local business owners are amazing and so supportive.” And what about the styles for Spring? Sapp said, “We have a little bit of everything bright neons, light, flowing dresses for mother of the brides, and we have a new company that offers some exciting vintage looks. Future plans call for settling in and making sure that the expansion runs smoothly. As for advice when going through a pandemic, she said that was simple. “Just stay the course,” she said. “Don’t listen to all the negativity. Whatever

live readings of the authors’ work, to be performed at intimate venues under the heading of “Rhythm & Words” scheduled for a future date. She is also working with Bryan Tuk of GrooveKSQ to develop a series of live “spoken word” podcasts – expected to be first aired this summer – that will give women writers another platform for their work. “I am all about women empowering other women,” Gazoli said. “That has been my experience in my writing life and in my personal life. One of the reasons I began this project is because women, especially women of color, have had their voices drowned out. I want to give them a place where they can be heard. “Every writer has a story to tell and that story wants to be told. Our job as writers is to trust our voices,” she added. “And my job as a creative nonfiction coach is to walk the writer through that process.” Braving Veracity, Vol. 2 includes personal essays by Carrie Barcomb, Catherine Braik-Selin, Kate Braithwaite, Marlén Cordova-Pedroza, Eve Rachel Fisher, Erica Mier, Joanne Morley-Kalmbach,

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Braving Veracity, Vol. 1 was published in 2020.

Pat Muccigrosso, Jolene Wilson-Glah and Maryellen Winkler. To order the book online, visit “Braving Veracity” at Amazon.com. The book lists for $17.95 (paperback) and will soon be available on Kindle eBook. It is also available for purchase at Philter on State Street in Kennett Square.

For more information about the anthology series and how to submit an essay for possible inclusion in a future edition, visit www. bravingveracity.com or email Dida Gazoli at dida@ bravingveracity.com To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@chestercounty.com.

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The ladies are so excited to open It’s So Lola’s, an exciting addition to Lola’s. From left to right are Barbara Moyer, Addie Kline, Maffy Walsh, Nancy Ware Sapp, Lauren Sapp, Deb Bakalez, and Olivia Johnson. Enter through the back door of their 57 S. Third Street Location, off of Broad Street in Oxford. Prepare yourself for elegant, stylish and vintage special occasion dresses and outfits.

you do, listen to your inner voice. There are so many wonderful people that have come by to give us encouragement and wish us well.” “Our team is amazing and each member brings their own unique part to our store,” she said. “We have Alondra, who speaks Spanish. She is an amazing senior from Kennett that

just started a few weeks ago. We are blessed to have a bilingual staff. Alondra also tutors my daughter. We are just so happy to be back in business. We made it and life means so much more now. I hope we have

learned something by going through the pandemic and that it stays with all of us.” For more information about the store call 610467-0774 or check them out on Facebook.

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life—has been dedicated to helping the dreams of children come true. Hillkirk’s TEDx Talk, titled “Catching Dreams for Kids,” is a 16-minute journey of hope as she outlines the history and mission of Camp Dreamcatcher. Her talk was delivered at Unionville High School and a link to the video can be found on the Camp Dreamcatcher website at www.campdreamcatcher. org. It is a daunting task to summarize all the emotions of the first 25 years of Camp Dreamcatcher—all the sorrows and all the joys, all the tears and all the smiles, all the fears and all the hopes— in under 18 minutes, but TEDx Talks are very structured. A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. Why under 18 minutes? Because the short talks work best since they only require the audience’s attention for a short period of time. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Hillkirk’s TEDx Talk focuses on the life-changing journey of Camp Dreamcatcher and how she, and a small group of dedi-

cated volunteers, created a therapeutic community for children impacted by HIV or AIDS. Remember that fateful day when Hillkirk’s dream of becoming a veterinarian were crushed by a person in a position of authority? On that same day, in the same building, Hillkirk met a person who would turn out to be a good friend, and that friend’s life helped to set Hillkirk on the course she would follow. Hillkirk graduated from Penn State University and then the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center. She learned that her friend from years before had been diagnosed with AIDS. At that time, an AIDS diagnosis was a death sentence because of the very limited treatments that were available. Hillkirk was motivated, in 1986, to volunteer with the Red Cross, as a therapist with adults living with HIV/ AIDS. Years passed, and then in 1995, Hillkirk saw a “60 Minutes” report about a camp in New York State that served children impacted by AIDS. Shortly after the report aired, one of Hillkirk’s friends called her. There wasn’t even a discussion. The friend told her, “You have to do something.” A few days later, some friends at the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center told Hillkirk the same thing. Hillkirk couldn’t stop thinking about the children in the “60 Minutes” report. “There was something about seeing those kids’ faces and hearing their stories that really touched my

heart,” Hillkirk said. “I had that spark that I think we all have when we are inspired and we feel like we need to do something.” Hillkirk did something. By the summer of 1996, she had founded what would become Camp Dreamcatcher, a therapeutic community for children coping with HIV/ AIDS. There were 53 children at that first camp. Hillkirk started building a team of volunteers who would, year after year, provide, therapeutic and educational programs for children whose lives have been impacted by HIV or AIDS. Some of the volunteers from the early years, and even some of the campers, are still involved with Camp Dreamcatcher 25 years later. All the programs are free. The summer camp has evolved to include not only a week-long camp, but a variety of year-round programs. What might be more important to the children than the therapeutic programs is the unconditional love that the children receive while participating in the camp. “The kids tell me that camp is the only place where they feel comfortable sharing their feelings about HIV and AIDS,” Hillkirk said. “We provide an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance. The kids can let down their walls. Our counselors provide unconditional love to the campers.” Camp Dreamcatcher has helped more than 5,700 children over the last 25 years. “Our wonderful volunteers—who are really my heroes—have provided 240,000 hours of service,”

Hillkirk said. Today, the mission of Camp Dreamcatcher is as vital as ever. It is the only free, therapeutic program for children who are coping with the impact of HIV and AIDS on the East Coast. While there have been some impressive medical advancements that allow children who have AIDS to lead much longer, productive lives, there are still many challenges. Many of the children who attend camp have lost loved ones. Some live in poverty. Others are targets for bullying. COVID-19 has increased the level of anxiety and depression experienced by children. Last June, the CDC reported a 24 percent increase in emergency room visits for mental health related issues in children ages 5 to 11. At Camp Dreamcatcher, 70 percent of the children and volunteers at camp have been attending our programs for over ten years, which has allowed strong bonds to be formed. Those connections are important. For most of the children, Camp Dreamcatcher is like a second home.

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Patty Hillkirk, the executive director and founder of Camp Dreamcatcher, talked about the mission of the organization during her recent TEDx Talk.

Hillkirk encouraged everyone to surround themselves with people who believe in them and their dreams. “I have a challenge for all of you,” Hillkirk said. “Become dream catchers in your own lives. If someone whispers a dream, listen.

Fuel the flame of a dream. Volunteer, roll up your sleeves, and get involved. By doing so, you’ll change the world.” To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty.com.

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The diminutive pugilist “I think all of this has taught me so much, but more than anything what it has taught me is that everyone has their struggles. As my mother says, ‘If everyone threw their problems into a pile and you had to go pick one out, you’d be quick to pick yours back up.’” April L. Hansen, October 23, 1992 – May 12, 2021 During the early afternoon of Friday, March 5, the Chester County Press reporter began what would become an hour-long conversation with 28-year-old April Hansen. His purpose for the interview was to speak with Ms. Hansen about the perilous state of her life in the wake of living most of it with cystic fibrosis, an inherited, genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs of the body. As with most profiles associated with the Chester County Press, Hansen’s story had a local angle; after being raised in North Carolina,

Hansen moved with her mother Nina and father Eric to New London in 2001 and graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2011. The phone call, however, was not a local one. Hansen was speaking to the reporter from her apartment in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan, just a few blocks from The Irving Medical Center at Columbia University, where she frequently visited for check-ups, testing and consultations with an endless army of lab coats. The reporter listened as Hansen rolled through her daily regimen; she was ingesting three enzymes before breakfast, followed by a sinus rinse and peritoneal dialysis procedure, which would be followed by another sinus rinse later that evening, another round of dialysis and the consumption another 15 pills. As Hansen spoke, the reporter looked at the photograph of her on his computer screen. She appeared too tiny a human being to be able to withstand this punishment, far too delicate to own the voice that he was hearing on the telephone, the one that was

often interrupted by a guttural cough so harsh that it seemed to own two fists that it used intermittently to pound away at the young woman’s lungs. Yet as she continued to share her journey with the reporter, he heard the regimented strategies of a prizefighter, backed against the ropes but refusing to surrender. Hansen spoke of her condition the way one would in describing an immovable presence, and with the resignation of accepting that her life was dictated by a forever foe. She talked about the lung transplant in 2013 and the operation in 2014 that removed sinus polyps. She talked about her efforts to find a kidney donor, which if found and accepted by Hansen’s body, would allow her to live dialysis free. It was a campaign that began on social media and extended to Hansen and her friends plastering the telephone poles and bulletin boards in various Manhattan neighborhoods with posters, calling for a donor to come forward. “A lot of my strength and resilience has come from the challenges of Cystic

Fibrosis,” she said. “As a teenager, I really wanted my condition to go away, so that I could just be normal. Now that I am a bit older, I have realized that there is no such thing as normal. Everyone has different challenges and they’re all different, but CF has greatly contributed to who I have become as a person, so to imagine myself without Cystic Fibrosis is hard, because I don’t know how I would have turned out.” On May 21, the reporter received an e-mail from a friend of the Hansen family, informing him that April had died on May 12. She was only 28 years old. In a subsequent e-mail, the friend wrote that April had just gotten on a kidney transplant list and was preparing to move to North Carolina to be closer to the transplant team of doctors. There has never been and there never will be a way to properly accept the death of a young person who did not deserve to die. It is like justifying the apocalypse, or reconciling with indecency. Yes, there will likely be flowers and the most proper of condolences, but while the

end game of a person’s life will never be as glorious as the life he or she led, the death of a 28-year-old young person is a crime – a theft of unimaginable atrocity. Left with this – with the passing of a woman he had only known for one hour – the reporter searched for rainbow

colors in the ashes, and the only image he conjured up was the photograph of the diminutive pugilist he saw on his computer screen, the one with the broken voice, who shared with him the particulars of what had become the fight to save her own life.

Opinion

Gov. Wolf, you owe Pennsylvania law enforcement an apology By David Kennedy Pennsylvania State Troopers go to work every day protecting the people of this commonwealth, understanding that we could lose our lives to save others. We accept that risk – and our families are forced to live with it. They lay in bed listening for the velcro rip of our bulletproof vest as we take it off so they can sleep in peace. We ask for little in return: A fair wage, good benefits, and support from our employers and the communities we proudly serve. Over the past year, we’ve taken the high road, even as we’ve been spit on for the actions of a few. Troopers stood the line protecting people’s rights to protest us. Even Gov. Tom Wolf marched in protest in Harrisburg against law enforcement, while troopers surrounded him to make

sure he was safe. One of those troopers even contracted COVID-19. We stayed silent and conducted ourselves with dignity and professionalism because we are the Pennsylvania State Police. Gov. Wolf failed to protect us during the pandemic, even though our members went to work every day. We asked for masks but were told they couldn’t get them. So, our union went out and got them. We asked for vaccines since troopers encountered COVIDpositive people every day, but the governor ignored us. He made smokers a priority. Teachers, many who worked from home, were then made a priority. We lost a trooper to this virus in a station parking lot, and never heard from this governor. He offered no thanks for the trooper’s sacrifice. To this day, the Wolf administration never did anything to ensure troopers

received vaccinations. Yet, we keep working. We did our jobs because we are troopers, and that’s what we do. But we will not remain silent when Gov. Wolf insulted law enforcement during the recent National Police Week, held May 8 to 15. The week is an annual observance when memorial events are held all across America to honor police officers who have sacrificed their lives. In our history, 99 Pennsylvania state troopers have died in the line of duty. Last year in the United States, 264 officers were killed. Thus far in 2021, 125 have died. Two officers in California were killed on March 10 and 11. How did Gov. Wolf thank troopers and police officers for making the ultimate sacrifice during National Police Week? On Friday, in a letter to all

state employees in which he declared Juneteenth a holiday, he wrote: “Juneteenth is a celebration of the progress we have made as a nation towards equality and justice for all. Sadly, the continued death of African Americans at the hands of police … are painful reminders that racism and intolerance are still with us today.” Let me be clear: Pennsylvania state troopers support the Juneteenth holiday, but for Gov. Wolf to use his platform to further push a false narrative that police are racist murderers is nothing less than the worst kind of political pandering. It only serves to further divide our nation at the expense of officers who already work incredibly dangerous jobs. And to do it during National Police Week is nothing less than symbolically spitting in the faces of all police officers

and troopers who have given everything. And for their families, this insult rips open a fresh wound. That’s why I cannot and will not sit silent anymore. I wonder why Gov. Wolf never says anything about the explosion in gun violence in cities like Philadelphia. Media accounts detail how the city will set a new record for homicides this year. In the first three months of 2021, 380 people were shot, including 40 children. Projections show police will likely make 3,000 arrests for illegal guns, but people are far less likely to be convicted. This creates what Philadelphia Police have said is a “revolving door” for repeat gun offenders. Bottom line, they aren’t afraid of being arrested. It’s clear Gov. Wolf would rather play politics. We won’t. Gov. Wolf, you owe all law enforcement officers, troopers

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and their loved ones an apology. A real apology. Troopers want to have real conversations about moving forward together to benefit all residents of this great commonwealth. But we cannot have a real conversation as long as the leader of our commonwealth pits everyone against the police. This must end now. David Kennedy is the President of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.

It’s time for America to put the 9/11 mastermind on trial By Mark S. Schweiker Two decades ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was plotting the terrorist attacks that would murder thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Terrorist cells were inside our country. America had no idea what was to come when they boarded airplanes that morning. These terrorists would become possibly the most hated criminals in our nation’s history. Yet, as we head toward marking the 20th year since

the 9/11 attacks, the loved ones of those Americans killed still await justice. In fact, the wheels of justice are not turning at all. They’ve stopped. Mohammed and his co-conspirators still await trial. In summer 2019, a military judge finally set the date for January 2021, but as COVID-19 shut down the nation, the trial was yet again postponed. A new date has not been set. So much time has passed that we’ve now reached a point where college-aged students were born after

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9/11. Working with Rider University’s Department of Political Science Homeland Security program as an executive-in-residence, I’ve worked to educate our future leaders about this important part of America’s history. It’s the only way to ensure we are doing everything we can to prevent future wide scale attacks. But that educational experience for our college students won’t be complete until politicians do the right thing. That this delay in justice has been allowed to happen across multiple administrations is stunning when you consider how the attacks marked the last time our nation was truly unified. It was a time that tested the very resolve of our nation’s fabric, but political partisanship and regional divides were largely set aside. We became dedicated to fighting back against terror to protect our freedom and way of life. We were unified in our determination to seek justice for the more than 3,000 Americans, who died that day. Since then, we’ve inexplicably delayed justice. I can still remember meeting with the families of the great Flight 93 patriots in the days after the attacks. Indeed, their loved ones died as heroes,

fighting terrorists who were determined to kill. As I would come to learn in the years after I served as governor, these families were emotionally broken yet, somehow, they resolved to carry on the memory of the heroes they loved and lost. The Families of Flight 93 inspire me, and countless Americans, to this very day. As the years passed, 10,000 first responders who responded to the emergency at the World Trade Center have been diagnosed with cancer, and more than 2,000 have died from 9/11-related illnesses. All of these brave Americans are our heroes. That’s why for so many of us who experienced the front lines of 9/11, the date is something that conjures a sense of dread and loss. Once upon a time, we made a promise that we would seek – and secure – justice. Now, as we approach the solemn 20-year mark of these attacks (I cannot call such an occasion an anniversary), our work remains alarmingly incomplete. Justice and closure can only happen when the Biden administration finally does what its predecessors did not: bring to trial the mas-

termind of these attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and accomplices Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Mustafa Ahmad alHawsawi, Ali Abd Al-Aziz Ali and Walid bin Attash must be prosecuted for their crimes. In James E. Mitchell’s book, “Enhanced Interrogation,” Mohammed proclaimed, “We will win Americans don’t realize this. We do not need to defeat you militarily; we only need to fight you long enough for you to defeat yourself by quitting.” A cold-blooded killer who has admitted his guilt, this monster must be brought to a final justice in our court system. The time for a trial is now. The time for needless delays is over. We owe justice to the Americans who died on that day nearly two decades ago at Ground Zero. We owe it to the Americans serving our nation that day at the Pentagon, the very symbol of our country’s defense. We owe it to the patriots who died above the rural skies of Pennsylvania when they fought terrorists and brought down Flight 93, potentially saving thousands of American lives. We owe it to the courageous members of our military, who have fought the War on Terror

Mark S. Schweiker

around the globe. We owe it to the thousands of first responders who died from cancer after working at rescue sites, and the thousands more who are sick and continue to suffer. We owe it to the families who lost loved ones and who still carry with them an immense pain that will never subside. And we owe it to every American who still lives with that day seared into their hearts. It’s been nearly two decades. It’s time for justice. The 44th Governor of Pennsylvania, Mark S. Schweiker is the only person to assume the office of governor as a result of the 9/11 attacks. He is Executivein-Residence of Rider University’s Department of Political Science Homeland Security program.


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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021

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Local News Kennett Township board delays easement decision on three properties By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer After a thorough discussion at their May 19 online meeting, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors chose to delay a resolution that, if passed, would place separate conservation easements on three township-owned properties. Those areas included in the proposed resolutions are the 44.6-acre Barkingfield property at 595 Bayard Road; the 63.8-acre Lord Howe property at 408 Burnt Mill Road; and the 103.7acre Spar Hill property at 438 Burnt Mill Road. The reason for the lengthy discussion – and the delay – had to do with wording.

Supervisor Scudder Stevens expressed concern with some of the terminology used in the Spar Hill conservation easement proposal, specifically, the absence of The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) to act as a third party to provide protective oversight to the property. “If the holder of the easement is the holder of the land, there is nobody there to technically enforce issues and stand on behalf of the land, because there is nobody in power to act except for the land owner, who is also the easement holder,” Stevens said. “I know that there has been some recommendation from the LCAC (the town-

ship’s Land Conservation Advisory Committee) that we incorporate an easement with TLC, so that the TLC will be that third party to be able to provide that protective oversight that is complicit in this process.” Stevens then addressed the wording in one stipulation of the Spar Hill proposal, which states: Grantor desires to further a conservation objective of advancing Open Space Uses (as defined in 32 P.S. §5002) by protecting and conserving water resources, preserving a natural resource consisting of scenic land, preserving open space between communities, and conserving lands for recreation. “I cannot vote for that unless it says ‘passive recre-

ation,’” Stevens said. “The other two conservation easements made specific reference to ‘passive recreation.’ I want to keep the land as open and flowing and natural as possible. If you put a soccer field on it, you take a great big chunk of growing meadow and you turn it into a lawn. “You could do the same with a baseball field. You could put a swimming pool in there and turn it into water. All of these things are ‘non-passive’ activities. ‘Passive activity’ is when we can walk through it and enjoy it. The birds can enjoy it. The fox and the coyote that are there can enjoy it. It’s something that we can enjoy in its natural state. As soon as it is not

passive, it’s no longer in its natural state.” Board Chairman Richard Leff weighed in on Stevens’ argument. “I don’t know what our plans are for Spar Hill in the future,” he said. “Does it exclude a bicycle trail? Is that active recreation?” “You are illustrating exactly my concern,” Stevens told Leff. “We need a third party to oversee this and we need to put on restrictions to protect it from the way it is [written] now.” “Getting a third party easement in place will allow us to hash out those details and that will take some time, whereas if we do it now ‘as is,’ it doesn’t restrict the township anymore. It allows open space

funds to be used.” “We can’t rebuild it once it is torn down,” Stevens said. “And if things don’t work out with TLC, then we’re stuck with what we decide tonight, and I’m not prepared to take that risk.” The board also punted on the adoption of Resolution No. 2021-12, that designates these three parcels as open space, in accordance with its Comprehensive Plan, Open Space Network Plan; and Open Space, Trails, & Parks Master Plan. The proposed ordinance and easements will be addressed at the board’s June 2 meeting. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@chestercounty.com.

Oxford Area High School seniors sign to play collegiate sports Courtesy photo

Seventeen Oxford Area High School senior athletes recently signed national letters of commitment to participate in athletics at the collegiate level. The athletes are (seated from left) Eddy Chavez, cross-country, Cecil College; Ashley Andrikanich, lacrosse, Indiana University of PA; Emily Griffin, volleyball, University of Bridgeport; Taj Lanier, cross-country, Seton Hall University; Cooper Johnson, wrestling, Washington & Lee University; Joseph Madden, golf, Millersville University; Joseph Morton, baseball, Old Dominion University; and Karlyn Rees, softball, Penn State Brandywine; and (standing from left) are Arianna Santos, volleyball, Lycoming College; Madeline Stancil, volleyball, Gwynedd-Mercy University; Cristina Fernandez, basketball, Lebanon Valley College; Austin Tipton, baseball, Barton College; Tyler Harris, baseball, Cairn University; Drew Schoessler, baseball, Randolph-Macon College; Fisher Berkowich, soccer, Grove City College; Gavin Fitzgerald, cross-country/track, Lake Erie College; Amanda Holz, field hockey, Belmont Abbey College; and athletic director Michael Price.

Swayne-Campbell-Testa VFW Post 5467 does some spring cleaning

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Swayne-Campbell-Testa VFW Post 5467 in Kennett Square sponsored two workdays on May 8 and May 15 in preparation of the Memorial Day festivities at the post. The VFW Post would like to offer a big thanks to all who participated in this event, especially to Cub Scout Pack 60 for sprucing up the exterior of the building by planting flowers.

Milley named Senior of the Month Sarah Milley was recently selected as the the Avon Grove Lions Club Senior Student of the Month from Avon Grove Charter School. Sarah has been on the school’s volleyball team from 10th to 12th grade. In addition, she was on the cheerleading team during 10th and 11th grade and was cheer captain during the second year. Sarah has also been involved with performing with the school’s dance team and is now a proud member of Avon Grove Charter School’s elite Dance Company. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Throughout high school, Sarah has been involved with multiple community service organizations in and outside of school. She served with Rise Against Hunger, which sends out meals to third world countries. She made homeless bags and Thanksgiving baskets, and this past summer she completed 140 hours of community service at the Jennersville Hospital. At the Avon Grove Charter School, Sarah was a part of the Wolfpack mentoring program, assisted with field day multiple times, helped teachers, and tutored students. After graduation, Sarah will

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Sarah Milley, the Senior of the Month at Avon Grove Charter School, is pictured with Dr. Blase’ Maitland.

be attending Duquesne University, where she will study physical therapy.


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Lincoln University’s Class of 2020 finally celebrates its commencement The university also bestows honors on library dean Emery Wimbish By Chris Barber Contributing Writer Lincoln University President Brenda Allen made good on her promise to the class of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic: that they would have their in-person commencement ceremony, one way or another. Last Friday, that promise was realized as they celebrated their graduation at the Lincoln University Football Stadium on the west end of campus. The ceremony wasn’t as expansive or elaborate as in previous years. The academic procession marched in single file, many staff and students wore masks, and the chorus sang virtually on large screens instead of in person. Still, a large percentage of the class appeared able to return for the festivities a year later, and those who could not make it were recognized virtually on the large, outdoor screens preceding the issuing of diplomas. A highlight of the ceremony was the recognition of Emery Wimbish, retired

dean of the Langston Hughes Memorial Library, who received an honorary doctorate. During his more than 50 years at Lincoln, Wimbish served as assistant librarian, associate professor and professor, leading up to his being the representative who received the personal library donated by Lincoln graduate and poet Langston Hughes, as part of his estate. Wimbish has had a career serving on many committees and overseeing a significant number of projects. A peer and friend of civil rights king Martin Luther King, Wimbish is currently involved in the workings of King, the restoration of the Hosanna African Union Methodist Protestant Church adjacent to the campus and writing a history of the Tick-Tock Day Care Center in Avondale. Also receiving honorary doctorates were civil rights lawyer and commencement speaker Benjamin Crump, World War II veteran Nelson Henry, who died last year and who fought a “blue [dis-

Commencement speaker and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump salutes the graduating class following his address to them. He is applauded at left by university President Brenda Allen.

criminatory] discharge” from the U.S. Army, and Professor Emeritus of African Studies at Rutgers University Leonard Bethel. Crump is nationally known for his firm’s representation of the families of black individuals killed in encounters with police, notably Travon Martin, Michael Brown and George Floyd, as well as the residents of Flint, Mich., who were affected by poisoned water. He delivered an impassioned speech, telling the graduates that Lincoln alums poet Langston Hughes and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall are “arguably two of the greatest and most prolific intellectuals that the world has ever known.” “And I didn’t say African-American intellectuals. The same Lincoln University that has produced the best and the brightest minds that we had to offer America is the best we have to offer from you, and you will change the course of the world,” he said. He also praised the stu-

dents and others of their generation for “posting, texting, protesting and marching for justice” for the family of Ahmaud Aubrey, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was pursued and fatally shot while jogging near Brunswick, Ga. Additionally, Crump complimented them for their help in “fighting in the court of public opinion” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the conviction of Derek Chauvin to let America know that “nobody is above the law.” Both President Brenda Allen and Board of Trustees Chairlady Theresa Braswell referenced the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on that 2020 Class. Allen said, “It’s a little bit late, but you hung in there… you have persevered and made a commitment to finish a journey you began four, five six or more years ago. … It was especially hard for you students to complete your education facing uncharted territory.” She also recognized sev-

The faculty and administration lead the way into the stadium.

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Valedictorian Jordyn Imani Adams-Morris told her classmates, “Reward yourself for having such resilience.”

eral graduates who had overcome significant odds in their work toward their graduation. Braswell said, “Earning the degree, you are survivors indeed. You succeeded in spite of invisible unknown enemies called COVID-19.” Valedictorian Jordyn

Imani Adams-Morris told her classmates, “Reward yourself for having such resilience.” In addition to presenting a full commencement ceremony a year later for the Class of 2020, the university followed up on Sunday, May 23, with the Class of 2021 ceremony.

Emery Wimbish, the retired dean of the Langston Hughes Library, oversees the 2020 Class at Lincoln University as he awaits his presentation of the honorary doctorate.

Medic 94 aims for cardiac monitor replacement through capital campaign By Chris Barber Contributing Writer Medic 94 last week debuted a new cardiac monitor and defib device that can perform tasks barely imagined just a decade ago. They intend to buy four of these machines with proceeds of a $180,000 capital campaign. Medic 94 is the Southern Chester County Emergency Service that provides advanced life support to calls of heart attacks and life-threatening accidents and sudden illnesses in southern Chester County. It is an emergency room on wheels that aids in about 40 percent of ambulance calls. At a press conference in the Jennersville headquarters of Medic 94 on May 19, CEO Bob Hotchkiss said the just-announced campaign will fund the replacement of the current devices that are 14 years old and failing. These devices accompany the Medic 94 team to every call. “They have reached the

end of life. All four are no longer able to be factory-served, get software updates, and do not meet new mandates from the Pennsylvania Department of Health,” he said On a table beside him sat a new Tempus ALS-plussidekick defib machine adjacent to one of the older, bulkier machines that is currently in use. The contrast was striking. He said his crew members saw the new model demonstrated at a recent training convention and recommended that it be adopted for Medic 94. He called upon paramedic John Ryan to explain the details. Ryan, holding up the new six-pound monitor said, “I’m very excited about this. It’s not just a new toy; it’s a crucial tool. It allows me as a pre-hospital professional to better serve the residents of Chester County – many of them my friends and neighbors.” Ryan described the Tempus ALS telemetry device as a camera, a print-

er, electrocardiogram and de-fib machine all in one package. It can immediately take a patient’s blood pressure, blood oxygen, carbon monoxide, temperature and transfer the information to the hospital and doctors before that patient even arrives. Medics can use video laryngoscopes to improve intubation success, and the monitor can also access medical records to be shared between Medic 94 and the hospital. Ryan pointed to a striking comparison between the old-style defibrillator machines sitting in the corner and the new one that is part of the Tempus ALS kit. The old defib is heavy and the size of a large suitcase packed for a long trip. The new one is four pounds and can deliver 300 defib jolts on a charged battery. Ryan pointed out that the new cardiac monitor device is 11 pounds less than the old monitors and easier to manipulate around the patient’s body. Hotchkiss spoke about the effectiveness of the Medic

94 team, saying that they have saved 19 percent of the cardiac arrest patients that they were called to attend. That means the patients following the defib and hospitalization was able to walk out of the hospital on their own. Nineteen percent is twice the rate of saving than overall in Pennsylvania, he said. Hotchkiss said he aims with this device to even increase Medic 94’s successes, and because of Tempus’ design, its functions can be added to with new apps on the future. The goal of the current capital campaign, $180,000, will cover the cost of four devices which sell at $45,000 each. Representing the West Grove Fire Company and the Medic 94 Board, Bill Wohl spoke of the economy of the coming purchases. He said they will be in use until 2035 and serve a projected 45, 000 patients. That he said comes out to $4 per call, he said. Of the capital cam-

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Medic 94 Paramedic John Ryan demonstrates the features of the new Tempus ALS Plus at a press event on May 19.

paign, Medic 94 Board of Directors Chairman Harold Walls said, “We’d ask everyone to consider a donation – no matter how

large or small – to support this necessary investment which will serve southern Chester County for years to come.”


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Obituaries HELEN COMPTON WHITE

JEAN LEWIS

Helen Compton White, of Oxford, passed away May 14 at Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford. She was 96. For 56 years, she was the wife of the late Willie G. White, the first year of which they spent apart while he was a pilot in World War II. Born in Roanoke, Va., she was the youngest daughter of seven children of Cornelius Moses Compton and Ora Kate Johnson. In addition to Roanoke, Helen lived in Beckley, West Va., where she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She also lived in Chester, Aston and Huntington in Pennsylvania. Before moving to Huntington, she and Gerald enjoyed several years in Haines City, Fla. Helen loved to play and follow golf. She was most happy when with her family and friends. She possessed a great sense of humor and it led to making many friends and acquaintances. At various times in her life she worked as a switchboard operator, at Sun Oil, Sunroc, and Riddle Memorial Hospital; as well as a teacher’s aide for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Helen and Gerald were members of Mount Hope Methodist Church in Aston and, while living in Oxford, she belonged to the West Grove Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two sons, Dale of Claymont, Del. and Glenn of Avondale, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A graveside service for immediate family will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 399 Market St., Suite 102, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106-2117 or the American Cancer Society, 29 Broadway, Floor 4, New York, N.Y. 10006-3111. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.

Lewis. Jean was a graduate of Avon Grove High School in the class of 1973. While she was in high school, she attended the Upward Bound Program at Lincoln University. She was honored as Miss Upward Bound two years in a row. She served in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a staff sergeant. Jean also worked for NVF Company at the Kennett Square plant for many years. In her free time, she loved to read, shop and spend time with her family. She loved attending family gatherings and cookouts. Jean was a kind and loving person. She truly loved her family and will be missed. Jean is survived by her daughter, Charmayne Lewis (Raymond Maxwell), her grandsons Ty Maxwell and Raymond Maxwell, and siblings Roger Lewis (Denise), Gale Lewis, Raymond Lewis, Gary Lewis (Cathy), Brenda Lewis. Jean will be missed by her nieces Winnie Lewis (Dean McClain), Jackie Burton (Eugene), Nicole Lewis and many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Jean is preceded in death by her siblings Douglas, Patricia and Teresa Lewis. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the New London Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1986 Newark Road, New London, Pa. 19360. Contributions may be made in Jean’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kan. 66675-8516. Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home; please visit Jean’s online memorial by going to www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.

Jean Lewis, age 65 of Kennett Square, passed away on May 14 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilmington, Del. She is survived by her longtime companion, Howard Dennison. Born on Sept. 13, 1955 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Elsie (Williams)

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Obituaries MARGARET H. GREENLAND Margaret-Helen Stevens Greenland died peacefully on May 16. Born and raised in Montreal, she was predeceased in 2014 by her husband John (Jack) Kingston Greenland, by her parents Margaret Lowrey Niven Stevens and Edward Merritt Stevens and by her brothers, Richard Merritt Stevens and William Jervis Stevens II. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Merritt Greenland Cooch and son-in-law Richard Rodney Cooch, her son John Niven Greenland and daughterin-law Maria del Carmen Pagan Greenland, her grandchildren Richard Rodney Cooch, Jr. (fiancée Shannon Elizabeth Sinclair), Elizabeth Merritt Cooch (husband Shawn Robert McDonnell), Jamie Niven Greenland Franzen (husband Alex Franzen), Sarah Hart Greenland and John Kingston Greenland II, and by soon-to-arrive great-grandson Jack Rodney McDonnell, and by two nieces and two nephews. After attending Trafalgar School for Girls, Marjorie Webster Junior College and McGill University, Margaret drafted graphic documents for U.S. military intelligence during World War II at MIT. She later worked in graphic art design for advertising firms in Boston and New York. Throughout her life, Margaret continued learning and producing paintings, weaving, pottery, needlework and beautiful gardens. She attended numerous classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and was an active member of the Wayne Art Center. She participated in many juried art exhibits, one-woman shows and she accumulated numerous awards and accolades. Her connection with nature was her inspiration. Margaret enjoyed many snowy Canadian winters on skis and summers in New England all her life. She cherished memories of train rides with her family from Montreal to Florida to visit her grandparents at Christmas. Margaret embraced her gifted and talented life with profound gratitude. She knew and returned the solid love of family and laughed constantly with her adored husband Jack. They never ran out of conversation. She did not waste a minute of her life and at age 99 still had not become old. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any contributions be made to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. Services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome. com.

SHIRLEY M. NAU Shirley M. Nau, of West Grove, passed away on May 16 at Twin Pines Health Care Center. She was 85. She was the wife of John H. Nau who passed away in 1971, and with whom she shared 20 years of marriage. Born in Kirkwood, Pa., she was the daughter of the late William J. Devonshire and the late Ella Carrigan Devonshire. Shirley was a dishwasher at Kendal-Crosslands for 28 years, retiring in 2000. She enjoyed doing puzzle books, watching game shows on TV, playing with her great-grandchildren, and being with her family and friends. She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia A. Nau (Bob Mains) of West Grove; two sisters, Joanne Miller of West Grove and Sylvia Marzean of Vineland, N.J.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by one son, John W. Nau; six sisters, Verna, Hazel, Dorothy, Gladys, Lillian and Theresa; ten brothers, Howard, Winfield, Thomas, William, Leroy, John, Warren, Bobby, Harold and Stanley. Services were held on May 21 at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.

Obituary submissions The Chester County Press publishes obituaries free of charge for funeral homes with active advertising accounts only. Others with a connection to southern Chester County are charged a modest fee. Obituaries appear on the Wednesday after they are received with a Monday 5pm deadline. They are also posted on www.chestercounty.com. Photos should be sent as .jpeg attachments to the obituary text. To submit an obituary to the Chester County Press or for a rate quote, email the information to editor@chestercounty.com.

APRIL L. HANSEN April L. Hansen, 28, passed away on May 12 following a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. April graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2011. In 2012, she founded her own business, The Trendy Little Geek, which was born from her passion of quilting and love of quality fabrics. April continued her education at Meredith College, graduating in 2016 after a double lung transplant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Following college graduation, April moved to Brooklyn where she spent her time exploring the city and absorbing the rich culture of New York. She was an avid foodie with an artist’s soul and loved every minute of living in Brooklyn. While continuing to run her own business, April worked full time at Trader Joe’s in the SoHo section of Manhattan. April was a go-getter with an indomitable determination to succeed at any endeavor. She was not one to sit still. As a transplant recipient, April understood the importance of organ donation firsthand. In her death, she donated her organs in the hope of bettering the lives of others. Her desire was that her donation could assist in the repair of a burn victim’s damaged skin or allow a visually impaired person to regain their sight. April is survived by her mother, Nina Hansen; her father, Eric Hansen; as well as her aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. April was preceded in death by her fiancé, Cris Dopher. You are invited to visit with April’s family from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 18 at Foulk Funeral Home, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, Pa. 19390 and again on Saturday, June 19 at Nottingham Presbyterian Church, 497 W Christine Road, Nottingham, Pa. 19362. Visitation at the church will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, April’s family kindly requests donations be made to a Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that brought great joy to April’s life. Donations in her memory may be mailed to Make-A-Wish America, 1702 East Highland Ave., Suite 400, Phoenix, Az. 85016 or to your local Make-A-Wish office. To view April’s online tribute and to share a message with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com. Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.


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Local News Hopewell EarlyAct Club holds peanut butter and jelly drive EarlyAct, a community service club at Hopewell Elementary School sponsored by the Oxford Rotary Club, recently sponsored a Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for the Divine Sent Food Cupboard in Oxford. After learning that peanut butter and jelly was in short supply at the cupboard, EarlyAct members encouraged the fifth and sixth grade students and staff to donate jars of peanut butter, jelly and jam, filling two large boxes at the conclusion of the drive. Each school year the EarlyAct members plan and organize three projects to benefit their school, local and global communities. Pictured from left are principal Dr. Nicole Addis, sixth grade EarlyAct member Evan Yacka, Oxford Rotary Club EarlyAct liaison Dr. Ray Fischer and sixth grade EarlyAct member Alexis Badolato.

Calendar of Events May 28 Nature Walk with the Cicadas at the Brandywine Park Join the Wilmington Library and the Delaware Museum of Natural History for a free presentation on the 2021 cicadas swarm and a nature walk through beautiful Brandywine Park in downtown Wilmington. Attendees will hopefully experience the cicadas and other breathtaking sights of nature. The Longwood Gardens Community Reads 2021 selection, “The Home Place” about a young African American man’s love of nature, is featured. The group will meet on Friday, May 28 at 6 p.m. at Brandywine Park. Park at the Brandywine Zoo parking lot and meet the group at the pavilion. Attendees must register at delawarelibraries.libcal.com.

Legals ESTATE NOTICE

Estate of Charles Joseph Doyle, aka Chuck J. Doyle, late of Malvern, Chester County, PA, Deceased. Notice is hereby given that, in the estate of the decedent set forth above, the Register of Wills has granted letters, testamentary or of administration to the person named. All persons having claims against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to Preva H. Doyle, Personal Representative, 604 Highland Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335 5p-12-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration have been granted to Kimberly Osborne, Administratrix for the Estate of Marvin Gene Griffith, Sr., whose last address was West Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this Estate is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363. 5p-12-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Estate of Barbara C. Holmes, late of Pocopson Twp., Chester County, Pennsylvania, deceased, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Under-signed has been granted Letters Testamentary on the above Estate. All persons indebted to the Estate are requested to make payment, and those with claims or

demands to present them, without delay to: Lewis Leroy Thompson, Esq., Executor, 7250 Heather Rd., Macungie, PA 18062 5p-12-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Randall Willis, Executor for the Estate of Donald J. Walleigh, whose last address was Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this Estate is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Gregory Eastridge for the Estate of Betty Jane Eastridge, whose last address was Landenberg, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this Estate is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to John A. Arrell, Jr., Robert B. Arrell, and Amy E. Coppock, Co-Executors/Executrix for the Estate of John A. Arrell, whose last address was New London Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this

Estate is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363. 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Estate of Julianne Marie Kehler, Kehler, Julianne Marie late of West Chester, PA, Notice is hereby given that Letters of Administration have been granted to Barbara Tammaro, c/o David W. Crosson, Esq., Crosson Richetti & Daigle, LLC, 609 W. Hamilton St., Site 210, Allentown, PA 18101, Administratrix, 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. 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

Estate of Richard Louis Cosgriff, Late of Sadsburyville, Sadsbury Township, 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 Erika R Clark 40 Granite Drive, East Earl PA 17519, Executor. 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

ESTATE OF GARY E. PENNINGTON, DECEASED. Late of Lower Oxford Township, Chester County, PA, Letters

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of Administration on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to Shirley Pennington, Administrator, 280 Bethel Road, Oxford, PA 19363 or Elle Van Dahlgren, Esq., 20 Montchanin Rd., Ste. 1000, Greenville, DE 19807. 5p-19-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

ESTATE OF Eleanor Gambrell, aka Eleanor M. Gambrell late of Lower Oxford Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above named Eleanor Gambrell having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, Administrator C.T.A., c/o Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire , 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381, Oxford, PA 19363, Phone: 610-932-38 5p-26-3t

ESTATE NOTICE

ESTATE OF Linda S. Hampton, also known as Linda Sue Hampton, late of East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letter of Administration on the estate of the above named Linda S. Hampton having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: Glenn E. Roberts, Administrator, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 38, Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-3838 5p-26-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, July 19th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-6-64 Writ of Execution No. 2020-03311 DEBT $702,824.33

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in Book 10013, Page 1167, granted and conveyed unto John S. Carpenter, IV as sole Owner. Tax Parcel ID 64-4-15.1

BEGINNING at a point set at the point of intersection of the centerline of a 25 foot wide right of way, to be used in common by the grantee, grantor herein, their heirs and assigns, with the centerline of a 10 feet wide right of way to be used in common by the Grantee, Grantor herein, their heirs and assigns, said point of beginning marking the Northwesterly corner of this about to be described tract a corner of remaining land of Grantor herein and set in a line of “Chadds Ford Knoll” Development, said point of beginning being set the three following courses and distances to wit, from a point marking the intersection of said centerline of said 25 foot wide private right of way with the title line of Route 1, known as “Baltimore Pike” marking the Northeasterly corner of said land of “Chadds Ford Knoll” and the Northwesterly corner of land of Gaetano Cozza and Glenn R. Combs: (1) South 06° 46’ 40” East 850.22’ to an old spike; (2) by a line curving to the left having a radius of 677.29’ and an arc length of 164.66’ to an old spike; and (3) South 18° 46’ 00” East 8.81’ to the point of beginning; thence leaving said point of beginning and leaving the centerline of said 25 foot wide private right away and by the centerline of said 10 foot wide private right of way and by said remaining land of the Grantor herein, the following four courses and distances, to wit: (1) North 71° 15’ 00” East 41.29’ to a point; (2) North 43° 51’ 30” East 21.06’ to a point; (3) North 42° 19’ 00” East 104.44’ to a point; and (4) North 49° 23’ 00” East 24.86’ to a point set for the Northeasterly corner of this; thence leaving said centerline and still by said land of the grantor South 27° 50’ 31” East 831.77’ to a point set for the Southeasterly corner of this and sent in line of land of William send and set in the North right of way line of Pennsylvania railroad; thence by said land and measured along said line by a line curving to the left having a radius of 2,884.85’ and an arc length of 256.04’ to a point set for the Southwesterly corner of this and send in the centerline of said 25 foot wide private right of way; thence by said centerline the following three courses and distances to wit, measured along said land of “Chadds Ford Knoll”; (1) North 22° 37’ 00” West 625.68’ to and old spike; (2) North 23° 54’ 00” West 96.04’ to and old spike; and (3) North 18° 45’ 00” West 53.03’ to a point being the place of BEGINNING. BEING the same Premises which U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for CMALT REMIC Series 2006-A7, by Deed, dated March 18, 2019 and recorded on September 24, 2019 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for the County of Chester in Book 10006, Page 2256, granted and conveyed unto Lucrative REI, LLC. BEING the same Premises which Lucrative REI, LLC, by Deed dated July 18, 2019 and recorded on October 3, 2019 in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in and for the County of Chester

PLAINTIFF: FTF Lending, LLC VS DEFENDANT: Lucrative REI, LLC SALE ADDRESS: 305 Fairville Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: MICHAEL J. PALUMBO, ESQ. 216-503-9512 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 5p-26-3t

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Miscellaneous Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice US Storage Centers - Exton located at 371 Gordon Dr., Exton PA 19341 intends to hold a public sale to the highest bidder of the property stored by the following tenants at the storage facility. This sale will occur as an online auction via www. storagetreasures.com on 6/8/2021 at 10:00AM. Jordan Arpan unit #B046; Mary Beth Hodic unit #C106; Megan C McCarthy unit #D031. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply.

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Local News Oxford Area High School names valedictorian and salutatorian Oxford Area High School will hold its 141st annual commencement on the evening of Friday, June 4. Valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Nick Marker and Salutatorian is Turner Hannon. Nick, the son of Lisa and Chris Marker, is a member of National Honor Society, serving as vicepresident; Science National Honor Society, serving as president; National English Honor Society, serving as treasurer; and Spanish National Honor Society. With National Honor Society, he tutors younger students in conjunction with the Oxford Educational Foundation, and has helped organize a cancer research fundraiser and Red Cross blood drive at the high school. With National English Honor Society, Nick joined chapter members to virtu-

ally read and discuss their favorite children’s books with students at Elk Ridge and Nottingham elementary schools. He also heads the chapter’s committee for tutoring high school students. Nick is also a member of Future Business Leaders of America and the Helping Hands community service club; Interact, a high school community service organization of Rotary International sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club; and LEOs, a high school community service organization of Lions International sponsored locally by the Oxford Lions Club. He is Parliamentarian of the Class of 2021 and is a four-year member of the varsity cross-country and track teams. As head lifeguard at the Jennersville Y, Nick is responsible for schedul-

ing, training and providing in-service activities for the lifeguarding crew. He has worked at Rita’s Water Ice in Oxford for four years, with extensive responsibilities for operating the shop in Oxford Square. Nick has been enrolled in Advanced Placement courses since his sophomore year, earning scores of 4 and 5 in all exams. He is currently enrolled in AP Physics 1, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science A and English 12 AP. After graduation, Nick will attend the University of Southern California to study architecture. Turner, the son of Tricia and Tim Hannon, is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society. He is a four-year member of the high school’s

team in the Chester County Academic Competition, competing on the varsity as a junior and senior, as well as a member of the OAHS team in the Chester County Quiz Bowl. Since second grade, Turner has been a member of each of his school’s teams in the Chester County Envirothon. As a sophomore, he and the Envirothon team members were among several students and club members who planted approximately 450 trees on the school campus, creating a natural barrier to keep pollutants from seeping into Little Elk Creek. Turner is currently enrolled in AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC and English 12 AP. He has previously taken AP Math for Economics and AP Environmental Science, scoring 5’s in both exams. He was the first Oxford student to take AP Calculus as a sophomore and scored a 5

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Oxford Area High School Class of 2021 salutatorian Turner Hannon, (left) and valedictorian Nick Marker.

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Delaware Art Museum's Happy Hours return on May 27 Happy Hours return to the Delaware Art Museum’s Terrace and Copeland Sculpture Garden on Thursday, May 27. The popular, free series offers guests an opportunity to relax and unwind with live music, local brews, wine, cocktails, and rotating food vendors, surrounded by art. Weather permitting, Happy Hours take place every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a time that overlaps with the museum’s free Thursday evening hours.

The event schedule for Spadola (Acoustic Duo) and Happy Hours at the Museum Natalie’s Fine Food Truck include: • July 1: The Seedlings (Rock, Blues and Originals) • May 27: Joseph Whitney and Los Taquitos De Puebla (Steel Drum) and Natalie’s • July 8: Betty & the Bullet Fine Food Truck (Americana) and Toscana • June 3: Pristine Raeign Catering (Soul, Funk, Jazz, Motown • July 15: Pristine Raeign and the Philly Sound) and (Soul, Funk, Jazz, Motown Los Taquitos De Puebla and the Philly Sound) and • June 10: Edgewater Los Taquitos De Puebla Avenue (Americana, • July 22: Betty & the Bluegrass) and Toscana Bullet (Americana) and Catering Natalie’s Fine Food Truck • July 29: Edgewater • June 17: Jea Street (Soul) (Americana, and Los Taquitos De Puebla Avenue • June 24: Skinner & Bluegrass) and Los Taquitos

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