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Chester CountyPRESS

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

Volume 152, No. 24


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Local woman fighting Avon Grove breast cancer invites adopts $96.9 community to help million budget Paradocx Vineyard hosts event on June 23 for 2018-2019 By John Chambless Staff Writer

A fundraiser for breast cancer research will be ‘Opposite Visions’ in held at Paradocx Vineyard Kennett Square...1B in Landenberg on June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., and a local woman directly affected by the disease is asking the community to help. Lisa Auerbach, the wife of John T. Auerbach, has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Her fatherin-law, John Auerbach, who is a Franklin Township supervisor, sent an email to the community last week, asking for support for the fundraiser. Balloons will soar once Lisa Auerbach comagain next weekend...3B mented that “I already have more than 60 prizes that

will be raffled off at the event, and am still getting more. These include gift baskets, merchandise, gift cards and more that have been donated by our local businesses and individuals. The generosity I have encountered has been truly overwhelming.” Addressing her medical condition, Auerbach wrote in her message that “I am currently battling metastatic breast cancer, also known as Stage IV or advanced stage cancer. It is the spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body. Approximately 30 percent of breast cancer patients metastasize, with 97 to 98 percent of those patients dying as a result. The average survival time

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Lisa Auerbach and John T. Auerbach are putting together a fundraiser for crucially needed breast cancer research.

after diagnosis is two to three years. “Despite 99 percent of all breast cancer deaths being caused by a metastasis, only 2 to 5 percent of all Continued on Page 3A

The Avon Grove School Board adopted a $96.9 million final budget for 2018-2019 school year at its meeting on June 7. The vote was 5 to 3 to approve the spending plan. A tax increase of 3.090 percent will be necessary to balance the budget. The millage rate will increase by .92 mills, to 30.6900 mills, for the fiscal year that ends on June 30, 2019. For the owner of a property with an assessed value of $169,900, which is the average in the district, the tax bill will be going up by approximately $150 as

a result of the tax increase. In recent weeks, district officials were able to reduce the expenditures by about $215,000 over what had been included in the proposed final budget that was considered by the school board in May. District officials had spent more than eight months developing and discussing the budget so the conversation about the spending plan before the vote was fairly limited. School board member John Auerbach expressed his disappointment that the tax increase approaches the Act 1 limit, particularly since the annual budgets Continued on Page 2A

Kennett area could be home to future indoor agriculture center, presenter says By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

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In a presentation before the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors on June 6, Dr. Eric W. Stein, the chief executive officer of the Barisol Consulting Group and an associate professor of business at Penn State – Great Valley, encapsulated the findings of a Photo by Richard L. Gaw recently completed feasiDr. Eric W. Stein, center, president of the Barisoft Consulting Group, with Chris bility report that supports Alonzo, owner of Pietro Industries, and Michael Guttman, director of Kennett making the Kennett Square Township’s Sustainable Development Committee. area a prime candidate to

be the home of a worldwide center of excellence for the study and implementation of indoor agriculture, a method of growing crops and plants entirely indoors through the use of hydroponics and artificial light. During a 40-minute synopsis of his 200-page report, Stein discussed world trends in indoor agriculture; the feasibility of creating indoor farms, both worldwide, across the nation and regionally; their economic Continued on Page 2A

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U-CF School Board sees details of improvements at high school and middle school

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The Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board had a marathon meeting on June 11, during which plans were presented on technology upgrades, the success of the athletic department, and a student wellness initiative. But the most far-reaching report dealt with a 10-year plan to improve traffic flow

around Unionville High School and Patton Middle School. A representative from K&W, a site design firm based in Harrisburg, showed illustrations of proposed changes to the campus, including a new access drive and considerable upgrades to the athletic fields. The major changes are proposed for the high school/middle school campus, as well as

Unionville Elementary School, chiefly because those schools have the most unused open space to work with. One of the most noticeable changes would be a central road that would run between the middle school and high school, where the tennis courts are currently located. The roadway would allow cars to line up during peak hours, without backing

up into the parking areas, keeping pedestrians away from traffic. There would also be a new parking lot built with 147 spaces. The plan calls for moving the tennis courts and building a covered pavilion for use in case of inclement weather. A large fieldhouse is also proposed, providing restrooms and concessions for visitors, as well as team rooms and stor-

age. The fieldhouse would hold turf fields that would be marked for a wide variety of sports, including baseball and softball, so teams could practice longer hours when the weather is too cold or too wet for outside practice. The complex of fields and the fieldhouse could be centralized and fenced in to restrict and monitor access. The current grass field would Continued on Page 3A

Kennett High School graduates largest class in its history Diplomas are awarded to 339 students during the school’s 127th annual commencement By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer “Today marks an incredible and unforgettable day in our lives,” stated Eliane Esparza, a graduation speaker at Kennett High School’s 127th annual commencement on June 8. Esparza looked out at the 339 members of the Class of 2018 and a few thousand of their closest family members and friends who had gathered in front of Kennett High School to celebrate the milestone in the students’ young lives. “After thirteen years of education, for many of us, all of them right here in the Kennett Consolidated School District, we have finally come to the last chapter.” Continued on Page 4A Kennett High School's Class of 2018 celebrates!

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impact on global trends in population; and the steps needed to be taken in order to create a center for excellence in southern Chester County. The study stems from Kennett Township’s early research in indoor agriculture, begun two years ago, that explored how growing produce indoors could be leveraged against its existing indoor growing industry, as a way to position the area as a national – and potentially world-wide – hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). “One of the things we noted was the similarity that indoor agriculture has to adapt to the mushroom industry,” said Michael Guttman, director of the township’s Sustainable Development Committee and a member of the township’s Indoor Agriculture Committee. “We began to think about how these two industries might come together, and particularly, how we might be able to diversify the economic base of the community, by leveraging the natural advantages we have of already being a center for the distribution

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will be more difficult in the next few years as the district embarks on a major construction project on a new high school and a renovation of the current high school, which is being transformed into a middle school. School board member Bill Wood took exception to some of Auerbach’s comments about the spending plan, pointing out that district officials had thoroughly discussed the budget, and there had been no suggestions about how to trim funding without impacting the educational program.

and production of indoor produce.” Guttman said that he met Stein about a year ago, and discovered that he was also studying the economic viability of indoor agriculture, which ultimately led to appointing Stein to write the feasibility study. Combining the mushroom industry in Chester County with the idea of developing indoor agriculture is a natural partnership, Stein said. “We saw the biggest synergies between the biggest form of indoor agriculture in the world, and what now has become a burgeoning industry in the growing of leafy greens, which are being grown indoors,” he said. Exploring the concept of making the Kennett Square area a world leader in indoor agriculture takes a backseat to using the method to feed a growing world population. Increasingly, the future of food production, Stein said, hangs in the balance of being able to solve current and anticipated problems, chief among them finding a way to feed the 9 billion people who are expected to live on the Earth by 2050. Stein also pointed to the impact that climate disruptions such as droughts and

behind them are putting flooding have on growmoney into his industry. ing seasons, as well as It’s not just a blip or an ever-increasing dilemoddball thing.” ma of getting access to Stein said that establand, energy and water lishing Kennett Square – all of which have as a home for a center of become increasingly excellence is a “potent fragile. “We need to be more way to bring knowlefficient and sustainedge together” that can able,” Stein said. “We be used for research need to maximize the and infrastructure techuse of existing space. nology; establishing Production can be partnerships with unilocalized in urban and versities; linking with peri-urban areas, and the engineering, manuwe can start to grow facturing and computer Courtesy photo food with less water An example of indoor agri- science industries; creand no pesticides. culture, which allows for the ating opportunities for Technology is making growing of crops and plants leadership and advoit possible for us to do vertically and indoors through cacy; exploring market the use of hydroponics and analysis and studying that more effectively.” The advantages of artificial light. methods of improving indoor agricultural business operations. open-field farms. growing centers, Stein The Kennett Square While the chief costs of area, Stein said, is in the said, are many: They use no pesticides and only 10 indoor agriculture is seen in right place at the right time. percent of the water that lighting, HVAC and labor, “The infrastructure of is used in conventional indoor vertical farming can cold storage, packaging and farming; it is resilient to yield as much as 100 times distribution of the mushclimate change; its pres- the profits than can be room industry is already ence is stable and it can made from produce grown here and steeped in the culoffer premium pricing, on a traditional outdoor ture of the region, as well comparable to organic pro- farm. The vertical growing as an extensive network of duce; it allows for the use concept has already drawn roads and rail, with close of organic seeds; it pre- major interest and funding, proximity to urban centers vents ecological damage, Stein said. and airports,” he said. “Over one half of a billion such as nitrogen discharge “The concept of the centhat is found in convention- dollars has been invested ter of excellence hinges on al growing practices; and in this industry in the last the idea of bringing minds more plants can be grown seven years,” he said. “A lot and knowledge together to per foot indoors than on of folks with a lot of capital accelerate growth in the

field. Although there are several centers of excellence in agriculture, there is no one particular center for excellence for indoor agriculture. Hence, there is an opportunity here for us. We see this as an excellent opportunity for the industry, and for the region to brand itself as the center for this kind of knowledge.” The feasibility study included 35 hours of interviews with local stakeholders whose ideas will be crucial to the potential center of excellence project; visits and presentations at several indoor agricultural conferences; speaking with mushroom growers and agricultural professors at nearby colleges; and distributing an online survey that gathered more opinions about establishing the Kennett Square area as a center of indoor agriculture. Stein will also make the presentation to the Kennett Borough Council and the New Garden Township Board of Supervisors, municipalities who, along with Kennett Township, have also lent their support to the feasibility study.

Wood said that he didn’t like the idea of raising taxes, either, but some costs beyond the district’s control, such as the PSERS retirement costs, make it necessary. Superintendent Dr. Christopher Marchese defended the budget. “We are facing and we will continue to face unfunded mandates from the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” Marchese said. He added that a number of districts in the county are seeking exceptions to the Act 1 Index limit to balance the budget this year. “This is a sound budget that keeps our educational program moving forward,” Marchese said. “This bud-

get is supporting things that we need. There’s not anything in this budget that I would consider as a ‘want.’” The superintendent also noted that the district faces some uncertainty when it comes to projected revenues because of the possibility that Jennersville Regional Hospital will have its tax status changed. The hospital was sold last year, and the previous owner, Community Health Systems, was a forprofit company while the new owner, Tower Health, has not-for-profit status. Tower Health has sought relief from property taxes. That could amount to a $530,000 loss in revenues to Avon Grove—and that would be $530,000 every year. Overall, the Avon Grove budget expenditures for 2018-2019 are increasing by approximately $3.2 million over the 2017-2018 school year, when expenditures are budgeted at $93.6 million. One of the biggest items impacting the budget, once

off to 103 different institutions. DeShong said that 73 percent of the seniors are enrolling in in-state schools, while 27 percent plan to go to out-of-state schools. The most popular schools, predictably, are usually the ones that are closest to Avon Grove. There are 69 students heading to Delaware County Community College, while another 39 students are enrolling in Penn State campuses. West Chester Unviersity, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Millersville University also rank among the top schools. For out-of-state schools, the University of Delaware was a top choice of Avon Grove students, with 13 students enrolling there. While many students opted to stay closer to home for their post-secondary education, others enrolled at schools all across the country. “We have kids going all over the country,” DeShong said. He noted that two Avon Grove students will be studying at Yale University, and a handful of other students are joining the military academies. DeShong said that the students were also surveyed

about the areas of interest that they intend to pursue, with STEM being selected by 38 percent of the students and health sciences being identified by 22 percent of the students. DeShong said that 80 students in the senior class earned $150,700 in local scholarships, and 104 students self-reported that they are receiving $2.5 million through other scholarships so that they can pursue their education. The district’s next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, when officials will conduct interviews of construction management firms bidding to oversee the construction projects, will take place on Thursday, June 14 at 6 p.m. at Avon Grove Intermediate School. A special meeting to select the construction management firm and to interview architectural firms will take place on Tuesday, June 26, starting at 6 p.m. The school board will then select an architectural firm on July 9. The next regular school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.

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again, is the state-mandated pension costs, which will total a projected $10.9 million for Avon Grove in 2018-2019. That’s an increase of approximately $500,000 over the current year. In other business at the meeting: High school principal Scott DeShong offered the annual look at the senior class profile. There are 437 members of Avon Grove High School’s Class of 2018. The school distributes a survey to all the students to find out what they plan to do following graduation. According to this year’s survey, 89 percent of the seniors will be pursuing post-secondary education, typically either a fouryear degree program or a two-year degree program. DeShong said that the 89 percent figure is very similar to last year, when 91 percent of those seniors surveyed said that they were going to pursue post-secondary education. Of those who are pursuing post-secondary education, 77 percent are going to four-year programs, while 23 percent will be enrolling in two-year programs. The members are heading

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Local News Toll Brothers development discussed in marathon meeting By John Chambless Staff Writer The crowds have thinned from the earlier discussions of a proposed Toll Brothers housing development in East Marlborough, but at the June 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the details of how and where to access the development filled much of the four-hour meeting. There has been about a year of discussion of the proposed community, which will put 42 homes on a property bordered on the north by Route 926 and on the west by Route 82. The intersection of those

two roads, which already backs up with traffic during peak travel times, is a source of concern for nearby residents, who fear daily bottlenecks if the new community goes forward. The township is requesting some sort of trees to screen the neighborhood from the view of neighbors to the south, and Toll Brothers seems agreeable to that suggestion. But the two proposed entrances to the neighborhood – onto Route 82 and a connector to Chalfont Road – are more controversial. Earlier this year, neighbors to the south packed Board

of Supervisors meetings to express their concerns that the connector road will bring too many cars through their streets. There have been several ideas floated about the connector road, including keeping it closed except in cases of emergency vehicle access, but nothing has been approved so far. As far as the intersection with Route 82, Toll Brothers estimates that 60 more vehicles will be entering and exiting during any given 24 hours. Toll Brothers would prefer to not expand Route 82 to add a turning lane into the development.

However, supervisors and developers seem to agree that some sort of enhanced crosswalk or a traffic-calming island would be a good idea on Route 82 at the approach to the new development. What that crosswalk will look like is up to negotiation, with some favoring blinking lights, but some nearby neighbors objecting to the additional lights. No decision was reached at the marathon June 4 meeting, but the supervisors agreed to keep considering options, including adding a turn lane on Route 82. Supervisors gave final

approval to a proposed Quick Lane service center and retail store that will be built on property adjacent to the Wawa on Route 1 that has held two abandoned buildings for several years. Supervisor John Sarro said that the township recently got a $750,000 grant from PennDOT to improve safety at a pedestian crossing on Route 82 at Patton Middle School and Unionville High School. A preliminary design has been put forward, but will likely be altered to include a combination of new sidewalks, a median and roadway nar-

rowing to slow traffic. A representative from the Bike Kennett organization discussed a multi-use trail that could be built between the Unionville traffic circle and Cedarcroft Road on the south side of the Route 1 bypass. The trail would be part of a trail system that has the support of Kennett Township. The supervisors agreed that they were willing to explore the idea, and asked for an estimate of the cost of the project.

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Attendance at the June 23 event is free. Attendees can buy tickets and put them into cans for prizes they want to win. Tickets are $1 each, and a package of 25 for $25 includes a free glass of wine or beer (or a nonalcoholic beverage). Food will be sold by Natalie’s Fine Foods food truck. There will also be a silent auction for signed jerseys from Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles and Claude Giroux of the Flyers. Local businesses offering prize packages so far include Acme Market in Avondale; restaurants including Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Grain, La Verona and Talula’s Table; Advance Auto Parts, Blue Hen Car Wash, Dansko, Jeffcoats Automotive, K&T Automotive, Main Street

Movies 5 in Newark, Newark Natural Foods, Pet Supplies Plus, Texture Salon in West Grove, Wegmans, and many more. There is a webpage set up by Metavivor ( LisaAuerbach) where visitors can donate directly to the cause or purchase raffle tickets in advance using a credit card. Sales at the event on June 23 are cash only. Attendees can show a receipt at the event for credit towards tickets. Paradocx Winery is at 1833 Flint Hill Rd., Landenberg.

devices to students, expanding the bandwidth of the district’s network, replacing some aging classroom computer equipment and other improvements. The board is looking at a cost of about $300,000 each year for the Chromebook rollout, and $431,000 for network and bandwidth upgrades in 2018-2019, and $95,000 for following years. At the board’s June 18 meeting, they will vote to approve the final budget for 2018-19. The millage rate in Chester County

will be 28.51 mills, an increase of 0.35 percent; and in Delaware County, the millage rate will be 25.15 mills, an increase of 6.43 percent. The weighted average is a 1.56 percent increase. Total revenues will be $87,093,540, and total expenditures are expected to be $87,103,529. The budget is posted for public inspection at

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SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN Robert James Palisay of Avondale has been arrested after a months-long investigation by Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. He is charged with possession of child pornography, solicitation of 50 boys on Facebook for nude videos and photos, and unlawful contact with minors. A search of his home yielded evidence on his electronic devices, according to a police report. KIDNAPPING AND RAPE On June 10, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale arrested Humberto GuzmanGarcia, of Avondale, on charges of kidnapping and rape. Police said GuzmanGarcia entered the victim’s home, took her outside and committed several sex acts before the victim’s parents found her. Guzman-Garcia was found hiding in a vehicle nearby and was arrested.

that someone stole his 2009 white Ford Ranger pickup overnight on June 7, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. The truck, which was parked at 1026 Hickory Hill Road, had a yellow caution light on its roof and a 120-gallon fuel tank in the bed. It also had farm-exempt registration plates. The investigation is continuing. DRIVER CHARGED WITH DUI Abundio Garcia-Morales, 24, of Wilmington, Del., was arrested by Southern Chester County Regional Police and charged with DUI and related traffic offenses, including leaving the scene of a property damage accident, criminal mischief and public drunkenness, following an incident that occurred on April 19. At about 6:45 a.m., police were called to the 500 block of Newark Road in New Garden Township for a report of a suspicious person knocking on residential doors. Police found Garcia-Morales and determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

JUVENILES DISTRIBUTE VIDEO On May 2, Pennsylvania State Police Avondale began investigating a case of several underage stuSTOLEN TAG dents sharing a sexually Jesse A. Duvall, 22, of explicit video. Police said Wilmington, Del., was a student at Patton Middle arrested for receiving stolen School posted the video to his social media account. The video was then recordENNSBURY ed by another student and shared to several others. HADDS ORD The investigation is ongoNTIQUE ALL ing. Police provided no other details.


ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN On June 2 at 9:15 p.m., a 25-year-old Oxford woman told Pennsylvania State Police Avondale that an unknown man pushed open the side panel of her air conditioner and reached into her bedroom before fleeing. SCHOOL BURGLARIZED Two boys entered the Avon Grove Charter School, at 110 E. State Road in London Grove Township, overnight on June 10 through an unlocked window, according to Pennsylvania State Police Avondale. School property was vandalized and two flashlights were taken from the building, according to police.


property and traffic offenses after the 2002 Chevrolet he was driving was stopped by Southern Chester County Regional Police for displaying a stolen registration plate. On April 20, at Starr and Penn Green roads in New Garden Township, police saw that Duvall’s vehicle didn’t have inspection or emission stickers. They later found that the tag was issued to a Honda and had been reported stolen two weeks earlier.

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Before the students embark on the next chapter of their lives, they took the opportunity at the graduation ceremony to not only reflect on their time together in the Kennett Consolidated School District, but to also look optimistically toward the future. “I believe we are so fortunate to have been raised in a town like Kennett Square,” said Delaney Joyce, the class president. “This diverse, close knit, and active community has fostered an environment that inspired us to become compassionate and openminded learners. Kennett

truly represents the real world, and by attending this school, we have all been prepared for the next step into our futures. As our class has grown and evolved, Kennett Square has grown with us, and we could not be more proud to be a reflection of this town and the virtues it has instilled in us.” Joyce set the stage for the speakers to follow by explaining, “Four other graduates stand behind me to reflect on our times at Kennett High School and the growth we have achieved. Meghann LaCosta will throw it back to the start of how our Kennett experience has allowed us to create ourselves. Ryley Harris will discuss the determined

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nature of our class. Allie Taylor will take us on a journey of the climb into our futures. And Ben Gaver will motivate us to persevere through any obstacle.” Taylor focused on the four-year climb that the students made from the time they first stood, as freshmen, at the bottom of the steps of the Kennett High School to this day, standing together as seniors on graduation day. “Our four-year journey through high school has taken us up these steps hundreds of times,” Taylor said. “Some days, the only goal was to get to class on time, to get out of the rain, or to avoid falling down in front of everyone. The climb up

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Meghann LaCosta’s graduation speech was titled “create.”

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these steps was not always easy. Sometimes we needed someone’s help to pull us up a few steps. And sometimes we had the opportunity to pull someone up with us.

Looking back, some of our goals were achieved, and surely some were not. But either way, each of us is smarter, stronger, and better as a result of the journey.” Harris talked about how the members of the Class of 2018 were always motivated to work hard and succeed, whether it was in athletics or academics or serving the community. “When thinking of ways to describe the Class of 2018,” Harris said, “a few words come to mind, but, to me, the one word that best describes this class is driven. We are driven. We are the people who take action.”

Harris concluded her remarks by stating, “Kennett High School Class of 2018, we are here for a reason. We are here because of our drive. And we will never give up that drive.” LaCosta compared the journey from kindergarten to graduation day to the creation of a painting. “When we started kindergarten, we started with a blank canvas,” she explained. “As we learned to read, write, and do math, we acquired our primary colors. As we progressed through our schooling, we had the opportunity to collect many tools to enhance Continued on Page 8A


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Kennett Square Borough Council discusses Kennett Region Economic Development Study recommendations By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer Kennett Square Borough partnered with Kennett Township and Historic Kennett Square to commission an economic development study of the Kennett region. The resulting 234-page report, completed in 2016, provided an analysis of the economic, real estate, labor, and landdevelopment conditions in the borough and the township. The purpose of the study was to provide local leaders with information that would help them plot a course for the region’s future. Local off icials identified seven locations to be analyzed for potential growth in the future: the State Street corridor; the Cypress Street corridor; Birch Street from Walnut to Broad Street; the area known as Millers Hill on the eastern boundary between the borough and the township; the Ways Lane area in Kennett Township; the former NVF site in the borough; and the area on the west side of Mill Road in the township. The study included a project goal for each of the locations, as well as actions that could be taken at the local level to achieve the goals. These recommendations were completely non-binding. At the June 4

meeting, Kennett Square Borough Council discussed adopting the recommendations that were included in the Kennett Region Economic Development Study. It quickly became apparent that the seven borough council members were extremely divided about whether it was beneficial for them to formally adopt the recommendations. Council member Ethan Cramer said that he didn’t support adopting the recommendations because they were not in line with what he, or the other council members, envisioned for the borough. “When we approve things like this, it matters,” Cramer said, explaining that he didn’t want anyone to make an assumption about how borough council would feel about a particular redevelopment project based on the approval of these recommendations in the study. While other members of council shared Cramer’s view, others thought that the study was what it was an economic development study that included recommendations, and there was no harm in approving the recommendations Council member Doug Doerfler pointed out that approving the recommendations would

not obligate the borough to a specific vision for redevelopment in any of the areas included in the study. Council member Peter Waterkotte agreed, saying that the purpose of the economic development study was to explore the various options that might be available moving forward. Waterkotte said, “What we’re looking at are ideas of what the possibilities might look like, not what they will be.” Council president LaToya Myers offered a sentiment similar to Cramer’s, saying that if borough council approved the recommendations, they could be considered as guiding documents for local officials to rely on. If council doesn’t agree with the vision reflected in the study, then council should vote against it. “We hear all the time that people are looking for direction,” Myers explained. “If we don’t believe in these things [and we approve them], how are we providing direction?” As the council members discussed approving the recommendations for each area one by one, they divided themselves into two camps - those in favor of approving the study recommendations, and those against them. By a 4-3 vote,

council approved the recommendations for Birch Street, with council members Waterkotte, Doerfler, Wayne Braffman, and Jamie Mallon voting for them and council members Myers, Cramer, and Brenda Mercomes voting against them. The vote was also 4-3 on the plans for State Street and Cypress Street. “I think we’re on a different page here,” Waterkotte observed. When the discussion turned to Mill Road and NVF, the complexities involved with redeveloping the NVF parcel, which is a brownfield site, swayed Mallon to join those voting against the motion, so it failed, 4-3. Borough council ultimately took a pass on the motions related to Millers Hill and Ways Lane because they are situated in Kennett Township, not the borough. In his Finance Committee report, council member Wayne Braffman informed council that the committee recently discussed two major projects that are in the planning stages - a new expansion of the parking garage and an update to the wastewater treatment plant. He said that the borough will likely seek a bank note to fund the balance of the costs not paid for by grants.

Revenues generated as a result of the projects will offset the costs, and Braffman said that the borough will not use property tax dollars to fund either project. The parking fund and the sewer fund is healthy enough to support the projects, he added. Braffman also provided council and residents with data regarding the wastewater treatment plant flows from 1999 to 2017. The wastewater treatment plant has a maximum daily capacity of 1.1 million gallons. Average daily flows have ranged from a high of 65 percent in 1999 and 2000 to a low of 44 percent in 2012. During 2016 and 2017, the average daily flows were at 55 percent and 56 percent, respectively. Braffman noted that the average daily flows are not approaching the system’s limits, which allows the borough to enter into agreements to provide capacity for residential or commercial developments in the neighboring townships. This provides revenues to the borough’s sewer fund, an important piece to the borough’s financial puzzle. Borough council unanimously approved the special events application for the Mushroom Cap Half Marathon, which will take place on Nov. 3, and the Kennett Brewfest,

which is slated for Oct. 13. Kennett Square mayor Matthew Fetick issued a proclamation honoring borough employee Troy Stevenson. Stevenson, a member of the public works department for the last 23 years, found a two-year-old child who was wandering on the street. Not only did Stevenson keep the child from running out into traffic, he also then went door-to-door in the neighborhood until he found the home where the child belonged. The child had slipped away from his family unnoticed, and everyone was pleased that Stevenson had managed to keep the child safe and went above and beyond to get him home. Incredibly, Stevenson’s good deeds didn’t end there. Fetick noted that Stevenson also recently prevented a boy from running into a pond at Anson B. Nixon Park. He also came to the aid of an elderly woman who had fallen and was calling for help. “We’re so proud to have you as part of the team,” Fetick said. Kennett Square Borough Council will meet again on Monday, June 18. To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email editor@chestercounty. com.




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Fire chief clears up misconception about township tax distribution

The narrative of sports is defined, negotiated and influenced by the course of a ball, usually in flight, that has been manipulated, nudged, struck and tossed by a group of individuals assigned to particular tasks on a field, a pitch, a rink, a course or a court. At its highest levels, such as on the professional level, sports requires extraordinary skill, precision and often, it produces a lot of hubris. While requiring practically no physical skills, politics still requires the necessary act of moving and manipulating others to bend ideologies in an effort to enact rules, laws and policy. At its highest levels, politics demands persistence and determination and often, it produces a lot of hubris. The debacle that became the dis-invitation last week of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles to a White House celebration by the President of the United States was, quite simply, Hubris Squared, the clash of a known egomaniac with an organization whom we in Chester County affectionately refer to as Our Guys, and Our Guys won. Donald Trump’s 11th hour cancellation of a ceremony that was scheduled to take place in the White House Rose Garden last week could have been the kick starter for a national conversation about the very issues that have led several players to protest during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before games: police brutality and systemic racism, among them. Trump could have used the ceremony as a way to better understand that these protests are not an indictment against the American flag, and not undertaken in any way to disrespect the men and women of the American armed forces. He could have used that conversation to learn that these protests are merely a touchstone, in an effort to establish a dialogue that will lead to the solving a problem that continues to rip away at the fabric of decency and respect. None of this happened, of course. Instead, the visit of the Eagles to the White House seemed doomed from the start, and it just got worse, and why? It was because the President has chosen to fan the flames of a talking point that has become one of the torch lights of his presidency. He has taken this, the protests of N.F.L. players, and given it a mantel of importance that supersedes issues of world importance and this country’s place within them. Donald Trump does this because he is a master at appealing to our inner ugliness. He digs and digs because he knows it is there, somewhere – and when the better angels of our nature can no longer withstand his sweet, enticing pursuit of our buried biases, he thinks he has won. He thought he won when he said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of those N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired!” He thought he won when he accused N.F.L. players, twothirds of whom are African-American, of having a “total disrespect of our heritage.” His entire presidency rides on his ability to hammer home the message that division is meant to reduce Americans to “Us” and Them.” That’s what happened when he turned the canceled appearance of the Super Bowl champions into a charade of self-grandiosity, a clown show of false patriotism that reduced two of the most honored tenets of our rights – the American flag and our National Anthem – to symbolic pawns in his game. In a league that grows more complicit with Trump’s doggerel and rules according to it, the courage displayed by several members of the Eagles, as well as by other professional athletes, proves that the act of civil disobedience in the face of forced Nationalism is still alive. Last week’s canceled White House ceremony was not the first time that Trump lost to a Philadelphia Eagle. Soon after the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017, the President referred to the riots by implying that there were “very fine people on both sides,” which sent out the message that torch-bearing racists were the equivalent to those who valiantly fought to stomp out the march. Eagles’ defensive end Chris Long, a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, condemned the attack that happened near the campus of his alma mater, and later announced that he would be donating a portion of his 2017 player salary to fund scholarships to underprivileged middle school students in the state. Long is not the lone Eagle: Carson Wentz’ AO1 Foundation provides underprivileged youth with food, shelter and education; provides outdoor opportunities for veterans and the physically challenged; and provides service dogs to those in need. Wentz also donated $120,000 to Canine Partners for Life. Nick Foles donated $250,000 in June 2016 to build a new academic center at his alma mater, Arizona State University, that will provide amenities for student-athletes, including tutor rooms, study areas and a computer lab. Malcolm Jenkins’ Malcolm Jenkins Foundation helps sustain football programs in underserved communities in states like New Jersey, Ohio and Louisiana. Jenkins also won the Byron “Whizzer” White Award for community service — the “highest honor the NFLPA can bestow on a player” for service. Torrey Smith’s Torrey Smith Family Fund institutes programming to help disadvantaged young people, by donating school supplies to low-income elementary school students and hosting leadership summits for high school boys. Zach Ertz bought 295 pieces of sporting equipment (approximately $15,000 worth of gear) for the Camden, N.J. after-school program. Rodney McLeod teamed up with a Wilmington Food Lion in November 2016 to donate 200 bags of food to help families prepare their Thanksgiving dinners. On Feb. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles stood together at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, and launched the Lombardi Trophy as the best team in the National Football League. Last week, they demonstrated again that they are, indeed, true champions.

To the citizens of Kennett Township: I’m compelled to write to all taxpayers in Kennett Township to correct a dangerous misimpression concerning the recent tax levied by the supervisors for public safety. The Longwood Fire Company DOES NOT RECEIVE A PENNY of additional funding from the new public safety tax. We actually receive less money from Kennett Township, since the forming of the regional fire/EMS commission. Police protection for the township receives the additional monies. Longwood recently dis-

tributed its annual appeal for community support, and we’ve received back some offensive comments from taxpayers, because of their misconception about the distribution of the new tax money. Some believe we are seeking additional money on top of increased tax funds. This is not true, and the misconception has greatly hurt our appeal. The amount of money we received in our appeals has greatly decreased, and we are convinced this is because of the township tax increase. Maintaining Longwood’s Fire and EMS teams for 24/7 protection of the community is expensive and

costs mount every year. The municipal support from our service area provided to Longwood accounts for less than 40 percent of our annual budget. While long term, sustainable funding is our goal – it did not occur during this tax increase. Again, the supervisors approved a 1.9 mills property tax increase for township residents. The cost per household approaches $1,000 a year. Taxpayers were informed that money would go towards public safety, which it does. The new funding does not include any additional funds for Longwood Fire Company. The supervisors failed to make that distri-

bution clear when the tax was made before public comment. Longwood Fire Company needs your support to keep Longwood operating to protect all our neighbors. We understand the financial hardships of today’s world – our personnel experience the same – but protecting our families from fire and medical emergencies comes at a price. Longwood Fire Company would appreciate any additional donations to the operation of these valuable life-saving services. Sincerely, A.J. McCarthy, Fire Chief

Lawmakers, EMS personnel rally to save our ambulance services Lawmakers and EMS personnel from across the Commonwealth gathered on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg Wednesday, issuing a call to action on legislation that would address some of the financial challenges facing ambulance companies across the state. “From childhood, we are taught to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. We assume someone will be there to help no matter what,” said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/ McKean/Potter), a former EMT. “But as ambulance companies – and emergency services of all types – struggle with a lack of human and financial resources, we can no longer take it for granted. It’s time we answer the call to save our ambulance services.” The rally focused on two initiatives that will increase reimbursements to ambulance companies for the services they provide. One, sponsored by Causer, seeks to increase the

Medicaid reimbursement rate for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advance Life Support (ALS) services for the first time since 2004. Specifically, House Bill 699 would increase the reimbursement rate for BLS from $120 to not less than $180 and for ALS from $200 to not less than $300. The other initiative would require reimbursement for services rendered by an ambulance service, even if no transport takes place. “If ambulance companies continue to provide care without being paid, we will all face the consequences,” said House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee Chairman Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), prime sponsor of House Bill 1013. “That could mean the ambulance companies close their doors and force the remaining companies to cover a larger geographical area – resulting in a longer wait during medically critical times. It could also mean that taxpayers

face a far greater financial responsibility.” In addition to Barrar’s bill regarding payment for treatment without transport, Sen. Don White (R-Armstrong/Butler/ Indiana/Westmoreland) has sponsored Senate Bill 1003 to address the issue. “I first became a strong advocate for Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters and EMS crews when I served as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee more than 10 years ago, particularly when we worked to implement the recommendations of the SR 60 Commission,” said White. “Over the ensuing years, the Legislature has considered and passed a number of measures intended to support our first responders. Senate Bill 1003 is another step in that effort. Currently, EMS can be denied payment by insurance companies and by Medicaid for cases of treatment without transport. That’s just not fair. There are

costs incurred and man hours spent by these organizations. Senate Bill 1003 would ensure those organizations are properly reimbursed for their services.” While lawmakers are urging action on these two issues now, they also look forward to completion of the report of the SR6 Commission, which is undertaking a comprehensive review and making recommendations to improve the delivery of emergency services in the Commonwealth. “We, as lawmakers, need to do all we can to preserve and strengthen our EMS and ensure that our emergency responders are equipped with the necessary tools to do their jobs,” said Rep. Chris Sainato (D-Lawrence), Democrat chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. “We must be resolute in our efforts to provide support, including these initiatives. We cannot afford to do otherwise.”

Frankel, Sims: Supreme Court ruling shows need for Pa. Fairness Act Leading pro-LGBT legislators in Harrisburg say the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a discrimination case shows the need to pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. The bipartisan legislation (H.B. 1410/S.B. 613) would include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the types of discrimination banned statewide in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. “This is about much more than cake – this is about people being denied a job or a place to live just because of who they are. That’s still legal in much of Pennsylvania, it’s wrong and it’s time to fix it,” said state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus in the legislature. Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila.,

the first out LGBT person elected to the legislature, said, “The U.S. Supreme Court decision appears to be narrow, based in large part on comments made by some Colorado officials. The door is still wide open for states to protect their LGBT residents and visitors, and Pennsylvania should act. The people are ahead of the legislature: Polls have shown consistent 70-percent support for this in Pennsylvania for eight years. The Fairness Act has bipartisan support in the legislature, and there should be hearings and votes on it.” Frankel, lead House sponsor of the bill, said, “Many Pennsylvanians are stunned when they learn state or federal law doesn’t already protect LGBT people in the workplace, in housing

and public accommodations such as being able to eat in a restaurant or to get a hotel room like everyone else. While several local governments such as Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and Philadelphia do

protect their residents and visitors, the lack of statewide legal protection makes Pennsylvania less competitive for business, especially when all other northeastern states provide these protections already.”

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from Kennett will allow my peers and me to paint the Continued from Page 4A most beautiful and realistic our paintings. With every picture of this world. Now experience, we acquired it’s time for all of us to take new colors.” action, to wash our brushes LaCosta reflected on a off and start again with a variety of experiences that wonderful new canvas and she and her classmates all of our colors.” shared as they grew while Gaver, like Joyce, talked attending Kennett schools, about the supportive comand talked about the impact munity that the Kennett that the teachers and admin- High School Class of 2018 istrators had on them. grew up in, and how that “All the people we have has helped shape them as met and who have support- young adults. ed us along the way have “The community around become inspiration for these us has also shown a great paintings and for many deal of resiliency,” Gaver Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, an assistant principal at more paintings to come,” said. “During the past year, Kennett High School, congratulates Haley Mannino. LaCosta said. “Graduating this country has experienced extreme political polariza- “Do not judge me by my tion, however, Kennett has success, judge me by how refused to be polarized. many times I fell down and Just as we have respond- got back up again.” ed to hardship, so has our Gaver then added, “I urge town, which is stronger and all of us to persevere, to live more tightly knit than ever resiliently. It is, after all, the before.” only way we know how.” Gaver said that growThe highlight of the coming up in Kennett Square mencement was, of course, has taught them how to the awarding of the diplobe resilient in the face of mas. Superintendent Dr. challenges. Barry Tomasetti, school “The past four years board president Joseph haven’t been a cake walk,” Meola, and high school he said. “We’ve all made principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz our fair share of mistakes. led the presentation of the We’ve all experienced diplomas to students while Samantha Sullivan bumps, bruises, and bro- high school assistant prinken necks. And, yet, while cipal Raymond Fernandez all of the difficulties we performed the roll call of have experienced differ in graduates. form and severity, they all The commencement also share the fact that having included performances by experienced them aids us the Kennett High School in gaining both perspective Orchestra and a musiand strength. The thing that cal interlude by Victoria makes this class truly spe- Gonzalez, Sarah Ploener, cial is our ability to emerge and Abigail Duckworth. from these hard times betAnother highlight came ter than when we entered when assistant principal them.” Jeffrey Thomas made the Gaver concluded his announcement of scholremarks by quoting Nelson arships. He said that 135 Ben Gaver addresses his classmates and the audience. Mandela, who once said, members of the senior class combined to earn 420 college scholarship awards that total $13.6 million. Thomas said, “Seniors, your hard work definitely paid off. Congratulations!” During the announcement

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The procession of graduates.

of awards, Colleen Allen, the chairperson of the guidance department, recognized dozens of seniors who earned local scholarships and awards. Erin Duffy was presented with Kennett High School’s highest honor, the W. Earle Rupert Memorial Cup, which is given to the senior member of the National Honor Society who, in the judgment of the faculty, is deserving of the special honor by virtue of scholarship, school spirit, and service to Kennett High School. The Advisor’s Cup went to Delaney Joyce. This award is given annually to the student who has given

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much time and service to the senior class, and who has served as the class president. The senior class included two 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists, Benjamin Jordan and Sarah Ploener, and seven commended students, Claire Dawyot, Nathan Dight, Abigail Duckworth, Ryley Harris, Nicole Huff, Jake Kalscheur, and Kathleen Schuetz. The National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars included Tyler Bowdoin and Victoria Gonzalez. Tomasetti praised the students for their hard work and congratulated and thanked the parents, family members, and friends of the seniors for helping them reach graduation day. He also lauded the teachers and the staff in Kennett for caring so much about the students. Tomasetti shared a popular quote about education, saying: “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Hritz noted during his closing remarks that the Class of 2018 is the largest in the school’s history. He encouraged the students to treasure their families and friends as they go through life. He also encouraged the students to always remember that they are graduates of Kennett High School. Almost exactly two hours after the processional, the students took part in the recessional, now officially graduates of Kennett High School. As they hurried out to their families and friends, Tomasetti’s encouraging words still hung in the air: “show the world what Kennett graduates are made of.” To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email









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‘Opposite Visions’ attract at Square Pear Gallery By John Chambless Staff Writer At the Square Pear Gallery in Kennett Square this month, the combination of works by Stan Smokler, Helen Mason and Alexi Natchev gives the gallery a sleek, contemporary look, with a black-and-white theme predominating. Helen Mason’s sculptures and wall pieces are her own striking visions, using shredded and knotted rubber that’s tied and tucked into itself in unending variations. The black-on-black palette is actually more subtle than you might expect, with the striations or smoothness of each gnarled scrap working with, or against, the adjoining texture. They are titled but open-ended, with the viewer playing a large part in interpreting each piece. There’s a bit of feathery texture in “Raven,” for instance, but any other bird references are hidden. Mason branches out in six small

‘Portrait of a Sculptor’ by Alexi Natchev.

‘Tarot 1’ by Alexi Natchev.

collages that use other materials, expanding her color and texture palette in refreshing ways. Serving as a perfect complement is Stan Smokler, whose welded metal sculptures have a similar gray-black palette but suggest a wide range of interpretations. He has several in a “Jack in the Box” series that looks at ways of opening up or embellishing square spaces in unexpected ways. Smokler’s surfaces – dribbled with squiggly lines of molten metal – give his works a distinctive texture, like pitted skin of some sort of metallic growth. There are reference points for the viewer – “Nautilus” has the spiral shape you expect, but with a sinister, spiky outgrowth that comes straight at you. “Cyborg” combines machine parts and mottled metal that resembles flesh. “Frame” plays with the notion of framing something, with a wheel and radiating spikes that refuse to be framed. Smokler’s works have a playful sense, but also

‘Evolution’ by Stan Smokler.

‘Jack in the Box 3’ by Stan Smokler.

open up the imagination to the possibilities of the medium. The surprise of the show is Alexi Natchev, whose dazzlingly complicated printmaking is on full display. Using a wide range of techniques, he surprises the viewer at every turn. His embossings on white paper are like fossils emerging from sandstone, but they subtly reveal mysterious details – the human skeleton and the large bird in “Ashes From the Fire,” for instance. Natchev combines the embossing with lithography for several works that incorporate sharp bursts of color. He surprises again with four mixed-media works based on the Tarot, placing collaged

elements and the thinnest paper on the surfaces as garments. His series of four numbered works titled “Summer” are quite sexy if you use your imagination here and there. The intertwined black f igures of two people are played against color background blocks, and printed on paper that is criss-crossed with white threads. They’re sparing and elegant and beautiful. Natchev takes another turn with his “Old Rags” series – sketchy nudes on imprints of battered and torn cloth. He pulls out all the stops with another series of prints that defy categorization, with elements of lithography, mezzotint and dry point etching – each one a dreamlike, multi-layered

‘Raven’ by Helen Mason.

adventure. “Opposite Visions,” featuring sculpture by Stan Smokler and Helen Mason, and paintings by Alexi Natchev, continues through June 30 at the Square Pear Gallery (200 W. State St., Kennett Square). Gallery

hours are Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 484-883-5429 for more information. To contact Staff Writer John Chambless, email jchambless@

Students in the spotlight at the Arts Alliance By John Chambless Staff Writer When it comes to attendance, the annual Student Art Show at the Oxford Arts Alliance draws a big crowd of appreciative family members and young artists who are eager to show their work hanging on a gallery wall. The art ranges from class assignments that have a certain similiarity to works that show dazzling promise. The young artists from Jordan Bank Elementary have a lot of spirit, perhaps best reflected in the frolicking, somersaulting giraffes by Colbie Pyle and Michael Shaw. Sacred Heart School is represented by imaginative sculptures made up of boxes that you can turn to make mix-and-match characters or portraits.

It’s a clever idea that gets a variety of students involved. Sacred Heart’s collage works are highlighted by seventh grader Jessica Sitlinger, whose horse painted paper collage has a lot of character. Students from the Oxford Arts Alliance Academy of Art are represented by a nice cross-section of works, highlighted by eighth grader John Walker, whose still life of fruit shows some def inite skill with rendering surfaces and sheen. Home schooler Victoria D’Ascenzo goes for tiny details in “Country Living,” her pen-and-ink of a cabin. She gets extra points for her fine depiction of clouds, which are very nicely done. Oxford High School’s Allison Smoker gets a great winter sky in her snow scene, with the

‘Country Living,’ a pen-and-ink by Victoria D’Ascenzo.

hazy half-light rendered just right. There are some fine pencil portraits as well, partiularly those by Jozalyn Mitchell and Mikaela Hall. N o t t i n g h a m Elementary has several weavings that have intriguing textures and patterns, and Penn’s Grove Middle School student Charlotte Weir has a very striking pencil portrait that beckons you from across the gallery.

Sacred Heart School students created these mix-and-match portrait boxes.

It’s a definite high point of the show. The 10th Annual Student Show has a closing reception on June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Oxford Arts Alliance is at 38 S. Third St., Oxford. For more information, visit www.

A portrait by Mikaela Hall of Oxford High School.

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A portrait in pencil by Charlotte Weir of Penn’s Grove Middle School.

A snow scene by Allison Smoker of Oxford High School.




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Joseph Davison Goss, 75, of Colora, Md., passed away on June 4 at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md. Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Joseph E. and Virginia Davison Goss. Joe was a graduate of the Oxford Area High School, Class of 1960. He was active in sports while in high school as a member of the Varsity Soccer Team. He graduated from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del. He retired from the County of Chester as a computer programmer. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964. He would often recount his experiences as a member of the crew of the USS Alstede and their many med cruises across the Atlantic from Norfolk to the Mediterranean. As a result of his time in the Navy, Joe was active with numerous veterans organizations over the years. He volunteered at the Coatesville VAMC PTSD Program and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He especially enjoyed traveling with friends to the Vietnam Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico, volunteering at the memorial during the Memorial Day activities held there yearly. Joe was active in Cub and Boy Scouting when he was younger, and as a leader and Scout Master as an adult. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a member of The Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and was a life member of the Union Fire Company No. 1 of Oxford, with 55 years of service. Joe served as fire company president in 1987 and 1988. He was also a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Roy W. Gibson Post No. 535 American Legion in Oxford, Disabled American Veterans, and the VFW. He was also a volunteer with Medic 94 for many years and served as chairman of the board of directors of Medic 94 from 1987 to 1990. He enjoyed growing roses, country music, and was an avid book reader. He is survived by one son, Joseph Charles Goss of Sanford, N.C.; two daughters, Cheryl Moran of Colora, Md., and Joanne Tyler (Mark) of Sanford, N.C.; four grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter; and one brother, James R. Goss (Kathy) and their son, Brian Goss (Cindy), all of Oxford. A memorial service was held June 9. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Union Fire Co., No. 1, 315 Market St., Oxford, PA 19363. Online condolences may be made at www.

Miss Frances Mary Whiteside, 95, of Oxford, died on May 30 at Ware Presbyterian Village Nursing Home after an extended illness. She was born in Lower Oxford, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Rogers Whiteside. She lived in the Oxford area her entire life. She was a 1941 graduate of Oxford Area High School, and attended Goldey Beacom College. She was employed with Acme Market in Oxford as the head checker for many years, retiring in 1979 after 39 years of service. She was a member of Nottingham Green Stone Presbyterian Church in Nottingham. She had formerly been a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church in Oxford, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed homemaking, reading, gardening and traveling. She is survived by one sister, Edith Whiteside Hansen of Nottingham; one niece; and three nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Gladys Ann Whiteside, Ella Mae Whiteside, and Laura Emily Whiteside. A funeral was held June 6. Interment was in Oxford Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.

Dennis M. Williams, 75, of Kennett Square, passed away on June 5 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. He was the husband of Anne Marie DeWire Williams, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage. His first wife, Joan Engler Williams, passed away in 1976. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John A. Williams and the late Catherine Selzle Williams. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1967. Dennis was a Pennsylvania State Trooper, retiring after 16 years of service. After his retirement, he worked in the security department at Longwood Gardens, retiring in 2010 after 15 years of service. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square. He enjoyed being with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Leslie Muir and her husband David of Coatesville, Paula Wallace and her husband Walter of Mechanicsville, Va., Kelly Burton and her husband Michael of Chester Springs, and Lynn Williams of West Chester; and 10 grandchildren. He was also predeceased by one brother, John Williams. A funeral was held June 8. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to St. Patrick Church, attn: Renovations, 205 Lafayette Street, Kennett Square, PA. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

MARY LORA PIERCE Mary Lora Pierce, 91, of Cross Fork, Pa., died June 3 at her residence. Born in 1926 in Oxford, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Townsend J. and Elsie J. Hunter Barnett. She married Lynn Pierce, who preceded her in death in 1996. Mary had worked as a house painter and also mowing lawns, but largely had enjoyed being a homemaker. She attended the Sunset Memorial Church and was active in fundraising for the Kettle Creek Ambulance Association and Kettle Creek Fire Company. Mary was also well known for sending cards to her many friends for their birthdays and anniversaries, as well as get-well cards. She is survived by a sister, Florence B. Hannum of Spring City, Pa.; two nieces, Kathleen and Beverly; and one nephew, Peter. She was preceded in death by a brother, Guy J. Barnett, in 2008. A memorial service is being planned in Oxford at a future date and will be announced later. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kettle Creek Ambulance Association through the funeral home (Dean K. Wetzler, Jr. Funeral Home, 320 Main St., Mill Hall, PA 17751). Online condolences can be made at www.

JAMES ARMSTRONG James “Mike” Armstrong, 67, of Cochranville, passed away on May 31 at the Christiana Hospital. He was the husband of Lorraine Barlow Armstrong, with whom he shared nine years of marriage. Born in Upland, Pa., he was the son of James C. Armstrong of Harrisburg, and the late Joy Fritz Armstrong. Mike was a janitor at Hanes Foods in West Chester. He was a member of the William W. Fahey American Legion Post 491 in Kennett Square, where he served as a member of the Honor Guard. He was a great bluegrass music fan, and he enjoyed camping, fishing, and being with his family and friends. In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by three stepdaughters, Tina Nunn of Cochranville, Barbara Price and Darlene Hughes; one sister, Linda Joy Armstrong of Camp Hill, Pa.; five brothers, Daniel Armstrong of Lincoln University, David A. Armstrong of Lenape, John D. Armstrong of Williamsburg, Va., Stephen P. Armstrong of Warren, Pa., and Andrew G. Armstrong of Linwood, Pa.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral was held June 8. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the William W. Fahey Post No. 491, 208 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; or to the Disabled American Veterans, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

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June 20 to Aug. 29 Summer Fun series West Grove United Methodist Church (300 N. Guernsey Rd., West Grove) invites the community to the fourth year of Wednesday night “Summer Fun.” The weekly event starts on June 20 and will continue through the summer, and runs from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be hot dogs, games, fellowship and a brief word from pastor Rev. Monica B. Guepet each week. All beverages will be supplied. Families can bring snacks if they wish. The event is free. An assortment of games will be available Bring bikes, trikes, skateboards, scooters or rollerblades. Weather permitting, there will be a slipn-slide. For more information, call 610-869-9334 or visit Through Sept. 30 Summer music

Landenberg United Methodist Church (205 Penn Green Rd., Landenberg) presents its summer series of music at Sunday services, including: Vocalist Frank Joyce (June 17); vocalist/ guitarist Dick Lownds (June 24); vocalist Bob Hart (July 1); vocalist/guitarist Norm Holt (July 8); flautist Lavenia Civitella (July 15); vocalist/ guitarist Steve Poorman (July 22); vocalist Earline Perry (July 29); hammered dulcimer and piano duo Ken Sharp and Paul Boris (Aug. 5); vocalist Frank Joyce (Aug. 12); Fishcastle (Cyril Castor and Catherine Selin) (Aug. 19); vocalist/ guitarist Steve Poorman (Aug. 26); flute ensemble (Sept. 2); vocalist Earline Perry (Sept. 9); vocal/guitar duo Connie and Val Schan (Sept. 16); vocalist/ instrumentalist Ken Tonge (Sept. 23); Rise Up Band (Sept. 30). Handbell class A beginners handbell ringing instruction class is being held at Landenberg United Methodist Church (205 Penn Green Rd., Landenberg) on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The ability to read music helpful, but not required. The lessons are free and all equipment is provided. For more information, contact Barbara Hoffman, coordinator, at hoffmanbarbemily@gmail. com.

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Chester County Balloon Festival to launch in New Garden By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer For at least one weekend over the past three years, the residents of Landenberg, Toughkenamon and Avondale have looked toward the sky. Beginning on June 22 and through the weekend, the sky will again be dotted with colorful hot-air balloons for them to admire, and maybe to ride in. For the fourth year, the Chester County Balloon Festival will take place at the New Garden Flying Field from June 22 to 24. Events will include hot-air balloon rides, balloon glow displays, a fireworks show, paragliding and skydiving demonstrations, monster truck rides and helicopter rides, as well as dozens of vendors. The Victory Brewing Company will host this year’s Beer Garden and serve its Summer Love Ale and other favorites in a community-like setting that will offer live music, food trucks and great views of the balloon flights and balloon glow.

Photo by Richard L. Gaw

The festival will offer helicopter rides and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

After kicking off the festival at the Embreeville Fairgrounds and Plantation Field in Coatesville during its first eight years, host Air Ventures Hot Air Balloon Flights, Inc., seems to have found a permanent home at the flying field. “It’s been great having the festival at the New Garden Flying Field, because we can use the access to the airport for helicopter rides, skydiving and ballooning, and also be able to tie in the history of ballooning with the history of aviation,” said Deb Harding of

Photo by Jeff Kahan

The Victory Brewing Company will join several food vendors at the festival’s Victory Beer Garden.

Air Ventures Hot Air Balloon Flights, Inc. “It’s also the ideal location for Sunday, June 24, when we will have a search and rescue helicopter display operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.” As she witnesses the growing popularity of the festival every year – reflected in crowds that have topped 25,000 – Harding has a simple philosophy to explain what draws these large audiences. “I think people love balloons, because it’s truly something that people don’t see that often in a given day, so it becomes a very special sighting when they see a hot-air balloon soaring above them,” she said. “Most balloon flights take off very early in the morning, and then again two hours before sunset, so we’re not always visible to everyone. Plus, it’s just plain fun to do, for no other reason that people get to delight in the wonder of the flight, and in the science and action of it.” Harding said that while she enjoys seeing the smiling faces at the festival every year, there is another factor that draws her to balloon flight. “The reason I do it is because of my love of Chester County,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place to fly, of the freedom we enjoy in America of general aviation, and the spirit of the 225-year-old sport of ballooning, a division of aviation that is still, after all these years, unique.” Throughout the festival, balloon rides will be available – weather permitting – to the public on June 22 at 5:30 p.m., and on June 23 and 24 at 5:30 a.m. and 6:30

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The Annual Chester County Balloon Festival will be held at the New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon from June 22 to 24.

p.m. Helicopter flights will be available on June 23 and 24, starting on the hour from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets for both rides can be purchased in advance by visiting www. A non-profit organization, the Chester County Balloon Festival will contribute a portion of the proceeds from the festival to the Chester County Hero Fund and other local youth community groups. The 12th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival is located at The New Garden Flying Field (1235 Newark Rd., Toughkenamon). To purchase tickets in advance, visit Tickets will also be available at the festival. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

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The always-popular balloon glow will take place on June 22 and 24.

Clover Market returns to Kennett Square By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer To Clover Market founder Janet Long, the Sunday afternoon rainstorm that fell on the open-air festival in Kennett Square still showed a silver lining through the clouds. As Long huddled against the showers, she looked out at a small village of vendor tents filled with pottery makers, jewelry makers, clothing designers and woodworkers, and saw the festival as a giant incubator of potential. “From my perspective, to see a Clover Market vendor graduate from having a booth to having a brick and mortar is a great end result,” said Long, who began the Clover Market in 2010. “For many, they start here. They tighten their concept. They find their audience. They build up their mailing list. They learn what works and doesn’t work, and then they begin to put a stake

Katie O’Neill of Mushmina in Lambertville, N.J., was one of more than 90 vendors who showcased their work at the festival.

in the ground and get their shop up and running. That’s a great success story. We’re happy to see them grow those wings and be on their way.” This year’s Clover Market, which returned to the Genesis Healthcare parking lot for the second consecutive year, featured 90 vendors, including several food trucks and representatives from Philter Coffee, the Philadelphia Lemonade Company, Victory

Brewing Company and Harvest Ridge Winery. Many vendors arrived at the lot as early as 7:30 a.m. to set up their booths and their wares, and by the time the event opened at 10 a.m., hundreds of shoppers began to pour in, and continued to do so well past noon and into the afternoon. The rain that had been forecast for Sunday held off until 2 p.m., and despite a continuous downpour that lasted until 3:30, visitors continued to arrive. Claire Murray of Historic Kennett Square said that she saw a lot of new faces among the shoppers. “It’s a strong indication that the Clover Market is attracting a whole new crowd of shoppers to Kennett Square, who hopefully will also enjoy our offerings downtown,” she said. “It’s a great crossover, because many of our newer shop owners were originally vendors at Clover Market, such as

Photos by Richard L. Gaw

Tyne Miller visits the Only in the Forest booth at the Clover Market festival of artists and artisans, which was held June 10 in the Genesis Healthcare parking lot.

Salt & Stone, Marche and Clean Slate. It’s all part of an exciting buzz that surrounds the coming of an event like this.” The initial spark that joined the Clover Market with Kennett Square rose partly from conversations, and partly from the success that the town has had with other large public events. Tara Dugan, the founder of worKS, a 3,000-squarefoot retail store on South Walnut Street, began discussing the possibility of Clover Market including Kennett Square on its yearly calendar with Mary Hutchins and Murray of Historic Kennett Square. “We had a few conversations about whether or not the town and Historic Kennett Square would be able to support the Clover Market here,” Long said. “The answer in each case was an enthusiastic ‘Yes.’ “Kennett Square has been building a strong reputation for a long time now as a place that supports really interesting, entrepreneurial businesses and artists, as well as having demonstrated the ability to host great public events. The Kennett Brew Fest is about to go into its 21st year. There’s First Fridays, the Farmers Market, the Mushroom Festival and so many other events. It’s proven itself to be a place where a lot of fun stuff happens, and it’s all being supported by the community, so we knew that an event like this could very easily be a success in this town.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Avi Loren Fox, founder and CEO of Wild Mantle, models one of her custom-made ponchos.

Katherine Cooper Sliclen of Stone Cooper discusses one of her ornaments with a customer.




Oxford Diamond Divas Bike & Hike & Brews returns to Hagley this summer enjoy successful season The Oxford Diamond Divas Girls Softball organization ended their 2018 spring recreational softball seasons on top with both their 10u and 12u teams. The 10u Divas made it to the championship game to come away as co-champions with Glenmoore Girls Softball

12U Champions

10u after a dramatic ending to the game. The 12u Divas also made the championship game against Glenmoore Girls Softball 12u and came out on top with an impressive offensive and defensive effort. The championship game was their final win in an undefeated season. The Oxford Diamond

Divas played their home games this spring at Shelton Field, Oxford Area Regional Park in Oxford, and hope to offer teams this fall for 8u, 10u, 12u and 14u. To learn more about the Oxford Diamond Divas, visit www. O x f o r d D i a m o n d D iva s . com.

You can meet your fitness goals and enjoy a cold beer by the banks of the Brandywine during Hagley’s popular Bike & Hike & Brews series every Wednesday in June, July, and August. Participants can bike, hike, jog or walk the three-mile path and enjoy a cold Dogfish Head craft beer after exercising. The series will take place Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 29. Participants are invited to explore parts of the 235-acre property not usually open to visitors on a path from Hagley’s Visitor Center to the first du Pont home and back. All Bike & Hike & Brews are weather per mitting, with

updates posted on www. and Hagley’s Facebook page. Participants can pack their own food, order a Picnic Tote in advance from Hagley’s Belin House Organic Café, or choose something to eat when they arrive. The complete café menu will be available. Picnic Totes (sandwiches, sides, dessert and soft drinks) are $20, and orders are due by 3 p.m. each Tuesday by calling 302-658-2400, ext. 271. The totes are handmade by a local artisan and are a keepsake for participants. Ice cream lovers will have a reason to rejoice this year, as Hockessin’s Woodside Farm Creamery will be selling its homemade ice cream during every

Bike & Hike & Brews. The last Wednesday of the month will be Hagley’s Dog Days of Summer. Bring your canine companion on June 27, July 25, and Aug. 29. Leashes for dogs and waste removal are required. Admission to all Bike and Hikes is $3 (members and children under 5 are free). There is free admission to Special Olympics of Delaware athletes and their families. New for this year, participants can purchase tickets in advance and save. Visit for ticket bundles at $25 for 10 admission tickets. Visitors should use Hagley’s main entrance, at GPS address 200 Hagley Creek Road Wilmington, Del.

Kennett Library hosts Poetry Discussion Club The next meeting is June 27 The Kennett Library Poetry Discussion Club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kennett Library. Patrons are invited to visit on the evening

of June 27 to discuss the works of classic and contemporary poets in a relaxed atmosphere. Poems by such authors as e.e. cummings, Louis Gluck, Federico Garcia Lorca and Li-Young Lee

have been discussed. Contact librar y prog ram director Alex Caliva with any questions about the poetry club at acaliva@, or call the library at 610-444-2702.

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Sealed proposals will be received by Elk Township at the office of Elk Township, 952 Chesterville Road, P.O. Box 153, Lewisville, PA 19351. Bids will be accepted until 3:00 PM, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Bids will be opened at 3:30 PM on that day. Action will be taken by the municipality on the awarding of each bid item at the Board of Supervisors Meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Bidders are asked to bid on the following: 1. Roadwork Equipment Rental w/ Operator per Specifications (Bidders Qualification Form is required), 2. Blacktop Mixes 770 Tons (more or less) per Specifications. 3. Aggregate Material 560 Gallons (more or less) per Specifications. 4. Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services Equipment Rental w/Operator per Specifications (Bidders Qualification Form and Agreement for Snow Plowing/Ice Removal are required). All of the above equipment and material specified shall meet Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Specification standards and the terms/ conditions of the Agreement for Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services. Bidders are not required to bid on all of the above items. The contract period for Roadwork Equipment Rental, Blacktop Mixes, and Aggregate Materials begins on July 13, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. The contract period for Snow Plowing/Ice Removal Services Equipment Rental begins on October 15, 2018 and ends on April 30, 2019. The successful bidder shall, within 14 days of the award of contract, submit the following: Performance Bond in the amount of 100% of the Equipment Rental Contract; Performance Bond in the amount of 50% of the Materials Contract; Certificate of Insurance with minimum limits of $500,000/$1,000,000 aggregate and endorsing Elk Township as Additional Insured; Proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance or Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage Information for Independent Contrac-

tors; Hold Harmless & Indemnification Agreement; and IRS Form W-9. All bidders are to follow the Bidder Information Guidelines. Bidding packets are available at the Elk Township Office during regular business hours, and may be requested by phone 610-255-0634, fax 610-255-0492, or e-mail, Terri Kukoda, Secretary/Treasurer 6p-13-2t


The Elk Township Board of Supervisors will hold its July Board of Supervisors Meeting on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Elk Township Building, 952 Chesterville Road, Lewisville, PA 19351. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact Terri Kukoda at 610-255-0634 to discuss how Elk Township may best accommodate your needs. ESTATE OF LINDA M. GRAY, aka LINDA MAE GRAY, of East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania 6p-13-1t


An application for registration of the fictitious name Sundara Consulting, 119 Forge Hill Lane, Phoenixville, PA 19460 has been filed in the Department of State at Harrisburg, PA, File Date 05/11/2018 pursuant to the Fictitious Names Act, Act 1982-295. The name and address of the person who is a party to the registration is Samantha Hossler and SM Hossler Consulting, 119 Forge Hill Lane, Phoenixville, PA 19460. 6p-13-1t


Estate of LINDA M. GRAY, aka LINDA MAE GRAY,, Deceased. Late of East Nottingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Notice is hereby given


Apartment for Rent

Delivery Drivers for Pats Select Pizza Wanted Must have valid driver’s license and current insurancc Over $18.00 per hour Positions available immediately Full and part-time positions Apply at store, 351 North 3rd Street, Oxford Line Cooks Wanted Cooking experience preferred, but will train Work well with others Full time position Compensation in accordance with skill and experience Apply at store, 351 North 3rd Street, Oxford

Avondale 1st floor , 2 bedroom for Non smoker with no pets. Reasonable utilities. $800.00/ month 610-268-2910 or leave message.

Wanted to Buy FREON R12 WANTED: CERTIFIED BUYER will PICK UP and PAY CA$H for R12 cylinders or cases of cans. (312)291-9169;

Garage/Yard Sales Heather Hills Yard Sale Landenberg. June 16 th &17th. Rain date June 23rd & 24th. Off of Rt. 841 in Chesterville.

that, in the estate of the decedent LINDA M. GRAY, aka LINDA MAE GRAY, all persons having claims against said estate are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to said decedent are requested to make payment without delay to. EXECUTOR: Harry E. Gray, c/o Matthew J. Canan, Esquire, The Law Offices of Matthew J. Canan, 137 E. Locust St., PO Box 510, Oxford, PA 19363 6p-13-3t

Londonderry, County of Chester and State of Pennsylvania, described in accordance with a Final Subdivision of Plot Plan of Section II of “Elk Valley Farms” called by the Thornbury Corp., said Plan made by George Resester, Jr. & Sons, Inc. dated August 31, 1972, last revised November 2, 1972 and recorded November 30, 1972, at West Chester in Plan Book 46, Page 30, as follows, to wit:


BEGINNING at a point in the title line of the bed of Baker Road (T-350) said point being measured along said title line the four following courses and distances from its point of intersection with the title line in the bed of Elm Creek Road (T-345); (1) south 52 degrees 32 minutes 00 seconds east 15.97 feet to a point; (2) south 65 degrees 21 minutes 43 seconds east 42.79 feet to a point; (3) south 72 degrees 54 minutes 29 seconds east 166.57 feet; and (4) south 72 degrees 40 minutes 00 seconds east 309.49 feet to the point and place of beginning; thence extending along the title line in the bed of Baker Road (T-350) the two following courses and distances (1) south 72 degrees 04 minutes 00 seconds east 169.00 feet to a point and (2) 73 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds east 18.01 feet to a point a corner of Lot 10 on said Plan; thence along Lot 10 south 17 degrees 05 minutes 31 seconds west 380.00 feet to a point thence extending partially along Lot 10 and partially along Lot 11 north 73 degrees 48 minutes 00 seconds west 187.02 feet to a point; thence extending along Lot 11 north 17 degrees 05 minutes 31 seconds east 385.11 feet to a point in the title line in the bed of Baker Road (T-350) being the first mentioned point and place of beginning.

Estate of LYDIA JANE PEOPLES, Deceased. Late of Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Notice is hereby given that, in the estate of the decedent , all persons having claims against said estate are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to said decedent are requested to make payment without delay to. EXECUTOR:Charles E. Peoples, C/O George S. Donze, Esquire, Donze & Donze, 696 Unionville Rd., Suite 6, Kennett Square, PA 19348 6p-13-3t


Flickner, Sheryll Ann, dba SHERYLL ANN FLICKNER, 11 Meredith Dr., Elverson, PA 19520. Business ID# 1019886500025, has filed for Assumtion of Name with the Minnesota Secretary of State, Filed: June 6, 2018, Application is active & in good standing. 6p-13-1t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, 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 21st, 2018 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 23rd, 2018. 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. 18-6-354 Writ of Execution No. 2017-01163 DEBT $197,097.75 UPI No. 46-4-38.14 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground situate in the Township of

BEING Lot 9 on said Plan. CONTAINING 1.641 acres of land, more or less. PLAINTIFF: William Penn Bank VS DEFENDANT: PETER MEYER and ANGELA MEYER SALE ADDRESS: 188 Baker Road, Cochranville, PA 19330 PL AINTIFF ATTORNEY: CHRISTOPHER S. MAHONEY, ESQ., 215968-4700 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 2PM. CAROLYN B. WELSH, SHERIFF 5p-30-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, 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 21st, 2018 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 23rd, 2018. 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. 18-6-361 Writ of Execution No. 2013-07553 DEBT $252,898.88 ALL THAT CERTAIN, messuage, lot or piece of land situate on, in the Township of Sadsbury, County of Chester, State of Pennsylvania, bounded and described, as follows, to wit: ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground situate in Sadsbury Township, County of Chester, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania being shown and described on a Fountain As-Built Plan for Sadsbury Association, Building Unit “Y” Drawing Number 2002219u135 dated May 7, 2003 prepared by Wilkinson Associates, Engineering/Surveying and recorded IN Plan no. 16637 as follows: BEING Unit 139, Building “Y”, Sadsbury Village. BEING UPI Number 37-4-40.9D PARCEL No.: 3704 004009D0 BEING known as:. 203 Fox Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365 BEING the same property conveyed to George Lichowid and Stephanie Lichowid who acquired title by virtue of

a Deed from Daniel Rush and Samira Rush, dated March 20, 2009, recorded March 24, 2009, at Document ID 10911296, and recorded in Book 7621, Page 1903, Office of the Recorder of Deeds, Chester County, Pennsylvania. PLAINTIFF: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. VS DEFENDANT: GEORGE LICHOWID and STEPHANIE LICHOWID SA LE ADDRES S: 203 Fox Trail, Parkesburg, PA 19365 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: MANLEY DEAS KOCHALSKI, LLC, 614-220-5611 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 2PM. CAROLYN B. WELSH, SHERIFF 5p-30-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, 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 21st, 2018 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 23rd, 2018. 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. 18-6-363 Writ of Execution No. 2014-04857 DEBT $542,617.18 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot of land situate in Township of Penn, Chester County, Pennsylvania TAX Parcel No.: 58-3-33.67 Continued on Page 6B

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Local News Engle 8th grader wins award for most improved student at youth center By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Alondra Bernal, who will be entering the 8th grade at the Fred S. Engle Middle School this fall, earned a Most Improved Student at the Garage award from the Southern Chester County Regional Police, at the Garage Community & Youth Center’s end-of-the-schoolyear picnic on June 11, in West Grove.

Bernal credited Buddy Orozco, a volunteer at the Garage for helping her with her after-school homework. In addition, Officer Mario Raimato of the police department announced that Leticia Cruz, a graduating senior at Avon Grove High School who is headed to Millersville University in the fall, received an award for the highest GPA of any Garage student, for achieving a 3.95 grade point average.

In other awards given by the Garage, Jenny Lopez was named Student of the Year; a certificate of contribution for participation in the Girls Program went to Dulce Diaz; the Forge Guy’s voice program’s participation award was given to Adair Hernandez; Ricardo Medina earned a Roots Bible Study award for highest participation participation; and Evany Herrera received the leadership award for her par-

Interior work set to begin on the Red Rose Inn By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Staff Writer Interior work is about to begin on the Red Rose Inn. At their June 6 meeting, the Penn Township Board of Supervisors approved contracts that will get restoration work started on the interior of the historic building. So far, the renovation and restoration work has been structural or exterior, but now the project is moving inward with the award of a $22,000 contract to Las Palmas for scraping and painting the walls on the first and second floors of the building. The company will also repair any stress cracks they find in the wall, at a cost of an additional $3,000. Between scraping the walls and painting, there will be carpentry, flooring and plaster work by Steven Esh at a cost not to exceed

$36,753. The township will purchase the custom molding where needed and provide the floorboards, which have already been donated to the project. “We had a very difficult time finding people [to do the work],” said Curtis Mason, the chairman of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors. “So far, we’ve been extremely efficient. Other historic buildings of that nature, it would be in the millions. That’s why it’s taking longer.” The board also approved a contract for $1,182 to update the emergency lighting at the township building, and $1,810 for repairs to the parking lot at the township building that was damaged by this winter’s extreme weather. In other business, the board heard from residents of the Rose View subdivision, who have concerns about storm water, side-

LEGALS Continued from Page 5B PLAINTIFF: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for Saxon Asset Securities Trust 2007-4, Mortgage Loan Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-4 VS DEFENDANT: KAREN KLEMASZEWSKI a/k/a KAREN L. KLEMASZEWSKI and MICHAEL KLEMASZEWSKI a/k/a MICHAEL P. KLEMASZEWSKI SALE ADDRESS: 640 Blanca Court, West Grove, PA 19390 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: UDREN LAW OFFICES, P.C., 856-669-5400 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 2PM. CAROLYN B. WELSH, SHERIFF 5p-30-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, 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 21st, 2018 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 23rd, 2018. 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. 18-6-368 Writ of Execution No. 2017-09340 DEBT $209,446.88 PROPERTY situate in the London Britain Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania BLR# 73-5-35.42 IMPROVEMENTS thereon: residential dwelling PLAINTIFF: Wells Fargo Bank, NA VS DEFENDANT: GREGORY W. MILLER a/k/a GREGORY WADE MILLER and CHRISTINA J. MILLER a/k/a CHRISTINA JEAN WADE SALE ADDRESS: 103 Fox Drive, Landenberg, PA 19350-1155

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: PHELAN HALLINAN DIAMOND & JONES, 215-563-7000 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 2PM. CAROLYN B. WELSH, SHERIFF 5p-30-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Carolyn B. Welsh, 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 21st, 2018 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 23rd, 2018. 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. 18-6-373 Writ of Execution No. 2017-10508 DEBT $109,757.20 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot of land situate in Borough of Atglen, Chester County, Pennsylvania TAX Parcel No.: 07040039020 PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for the CMLTI Asset-Backed Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2007-AMC3 VS DEFENDANT: SHEILA GREDZINSKI and CHRISTOPHER GREDZINSKI SALE ADDRESS: 156 Dallas Street, Atglen, PA 19310 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: UDREN LAW OFFICES, P.C., 856-669-5400 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 2PM. CAROLYN B. WELSH, SHERIFF 5p-30-3t

walks, curbs, roads, trees and more. They were told that inspectors will be looking at the property to see that it is in compliance with the land development plan before any further funds are released from escrow. The supervisors expressed dismay that more municipalities did not write letters in opposition to the possible sale of the Chester Water Authority to a private firm. “To me, I think it’s disgusting. It’s politics at its finest. It’s really sad,” Mason said. The township has a number of summer events planned, starting with a Summer Concert on June 10, Summer Fun Day on June 21, and a Summer Movie Night on June 28. Full information is available on the township’s facebook page at “Penn Township Chester County PA,” or the township website at www. There will be no supervisors meeting in the month of July. The next meeting is set for Aug. 1.

Photo by Richard L. Gaw

ticipation in the Motivating Alondra Bernal, an 8th grader at the Fred S. Engle and Advancing Powerful Middle School, earned a a Most Improved Student at Students (MAPS) Program. the Garage award from the Southern Chester County To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Regional Police, at the Garage Community & Youth Center’s end-of-the-school-year picnic on June 11. Pictured with Bernal is the Garage’s Director of Operations, Bill Rose; Officer Mario Raimato of the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department; and Kristin Proto, the Garage’s executive director.



June 14 Spaghetti dinner The Oxford Area Senior Center (12 E. Locust St., Oxford) will hold its summer Take-Out Spaghetti Dinner on June 14. The menu will consist of spaghetti with meatballs, tossed salad with dressing, dinner roll and homemade dessert. Dinners can be picked up between 3 and 6 p.m. for $7. Call 610-9325244 to reserve dinners. June 15 ‘Movies in the Park’ Oxford Memorial Park will present a series of free outdoor movie screenings, beginning with “Despicable Me 3” on June 15 at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own seating. The other screenings are “Field of Dreams” (July 20) and “Coco” (Aug. 17). June 16 Kids to Park The second annual Kids to Park event at Oxford Area Regional Park will be held on June 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event was rescheduled from May 19 due to inclement weather. The free event includes a kickball game at 11 a.m., a kite and drone flying zone, face painting, pony rides, crafts and food. It is organized by the Oxford Area Recreation Authority to encourage children to play outside. For more information, visit the Facebook page for the Oxford Area Recreation Authority. June 16 Wyeth film screening The Oxford Arts Alliance hosts a screening of the documentary film, “The Natural Thing To Do: The Music of Ann Wyeth McCoy,” on June 16 at 7 p.m. Created by filmmaker Denys McCoy, the film tells the story of the daughter of artist N.C. Wyeth and sister of artist Andrew Wyeth. Filmmaker Damon Sinclair, who collaborated on the making of the film, will discuss the film and the Wyeth family history at the free screening. To attend, make reservations

Through June 30 ‘Opposite Visions’ Square Pear Fine Art Gallery (200 E. State St., Kennett Square) hosts “Opposite Visions,” featuring sculptures by Stan Smokler and Helen Mason, and paintings by Alexi Natchev, through June 30. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through June 29 Sunset Hill Gallery in West Chester Sunset Hill Fine Arts Gallery (23 N. High St., West Chester) hosts an exhibit by Marie Wolfington Jones and Steven J. White through June 29. Jones paints floral still lifes and plein-air landscapes, and White’s paintings are primarily landscapes. Call 610-692-0374 or visit www.sunsethilljewelers. com. Through June 30 Group show The Station Gallery (3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Del.) presents new paintings by Rachel Altschuler, Jim Barwick and Mary Ann Weselyk through June 30. Call 302-654-8638 or visit

at moshanko@oxfordart. org. June 21 Tavern Talks On June 21 from 7 to 9 p.m., participants can enter the “Age of Reason” with inventor Mr. Joseph Priestley (portrayed by Dean Howarth of Living Histories of Science), astronomer Caroline Herschel (portrayed by K. Lynn King), and a horticulturist (portrayed by Chuck Feld). The evening also includes an interactive historical lighting display by demonstrator William Russell. Guests will be immersed into a coffeehouse setting where news of the day would have been discussed in the 18th century. Tavern Talks are aimed at adults 21 and older, focusing on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. They are held at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House (630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford). Admission is

$20 for non-members and $15 for members. Call 610388-7376 or visit www. June 23 ‘50s dance party fundraiser The Oxford Arts Alliance Annual Fundraiser will be a ‘50s Dance Party on June 23 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Rockey Hill Farm (1140 Chrome Rd., Oxford). There will be a themed table decorating contest, a live auction, dinner, beer and wine, and dancing to a DJ. Tickets are $75, with options for groups. For ticket information, visit dance-party-tickets. July 13 Heather Pierson Trio The Heather Pierson Trio will perform on July 13 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford) as part of the Friends Folk Club concert series. Pierson is an award-winning pianist, singer/songwriter,

arranger, bandleader and performer. She plays New Orleans-style jazz and blues, Americana and folk music with piano, tenor banjo, melodica, and acoustic guitar. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door (children 12 and younger free). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Bring non-perishable food items which will be given to area food cupboards. For more information, call 610-869-8076, email friendsfolkclub@, or visit www. July 14 ‘Tribute to the 80s’ concert The New London Community Choir will perform “A Tribute to the ‘80s” on July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Grove High School Auditorium (257 State Rd., West Grove). There will be songs by the Stray Cats, Michael Jackson and Andrew Lloyd Webber, among others. There will

be a lobby display of 1980s memorabilia and everyone will get to play “Lobby Trivial Pursuit.” A panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt from The Names Project will also be on display. Admission is free, but donations to offset the cost of the music and program development will be accepted at the door. The New London Community Choir is an outreach program of the New London UMC. July 14 Book signing “PassionTide,” a novel by author Jim DiLuzio from New Garden Township, will be for sale ($15) at the Hockessin Book Shelf (7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin) on July 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. DiLuzio will sign books and talk to readers about the book, which follows Father Michael, whose journey mimics that of his church and country, rolling on a tide of love and redemption. Through Aug. 8



Anson B. Nixon Park concerts Anson B. Nixon Park (405 N. Walnut Road, Kennett Square) is hosting a series of free concerts this summer that are presented by the Kennett Flash. The schedule includes: Jake Armerding (June 20, 7 p.m.); Edgardo Cintron and the Inca Band – a tribute to Santana (June 27, 7 p.m.); The Hoppin’ John Orchestra (July 4, 7 p.m.); Hurricane Hoss (July 11, 7 p.m.); The Matt Cappy Quintet (July 18, 7 p.m.); Will Power – tribute to Tower of Power and James Brown (July 25, 7 p.m.); Apache Trails (Aug. 1, 7 p.m.); Radio Free Honduras (Aug. 8, 7 p.m.). Visit To submit items to the Calendar of Events, e-mail jchambless@chestercounty. com. There is no charge. Not every submission can be included. Items should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.





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NANCY EDNA SPRINGER DUPONT Nancy Edna Springer duPont, of Conowingo, Md., passed away peacefully at home on June 1 at the age of 94. She was born in Rockland, near Wilmington, Del., in 1924 to Willard Springer, Jr., and Edna Martenis Springer. She was predeceased by her husband, R. Jacques T. duPont, also a native of the Wilmington area; and two sisters, Elizabeth Springer Mahood and Marietta Springer Patterson. She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Link to donation form: memorialgift.pdf. The memorial service will be private and at the convenience of the family. To view the full obituary and to send online condolences, visit

W. JOHN HUGHES W. John Hughes, 72, of West Grove, passed away on June 10 at the VA Medical Center Hospice in Coatesville. He was the husband of Edna Briggs Hughes, who passed away in 1998, and with whom he shared 30 years of marriage. Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late William J. Hughes and the late F. Miriam Pierce Hughes. He was a heavy equipment operator for Page Excavating in Lincoln University for 33 years, retiring in 2008. He served his country in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Vietnam. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, trains, sitting on his porch, making jelly, going to cookouts, and being with his family. He was a member of the Atglen Sportsmen’s Club in Parkesberg, and the NRA. He is survived by one son, W. John Hughes, Jr., and his wife Nicole of Broadway, Va.; one daughter, Laura Hammond and her significant other, Kenny Sanchez of Oxford; one brother, Harold T. Hughes and his wife Nancy of McVeystown, Pa.; one sister, C. Dianne Hylton of West Grove; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Hughes of Landenberg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Larry E. Hughes and baby Billy Hughes. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 14 and again from 11 a.m. to noon on June 15 at the Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (200 Rose Hill Rd., West Grove). His funeral will follow at noon. Burial will be in the New London United Methodist Cemetery. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, visit

MARGARET FORSYTHE BAKER Margaret Forsythe Baker, 91, passed away on April 22. Known to her friends and family as Peg, she demonstrated her interest in social justice through her active involvement in a variety of community programs in the Kennett Square area. A few of these included After the Bell, Bridging and the Kennett Area Food Cupboard. A service celebrating her life will be held on June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Kennett Friends Meeting House in Kennett Square. Donations can be made to the Kennett Square Area Food Cupboard, 136 W. Cedar St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, visit

Commercials spotlight volunteer firefighters Cameras were rolling as Chester County volunteer firefighters sharpened the skills they’ll need to battle a blaze. And the footage yielded two new commercials that are showing in Chester County movie theaters. The Western Chester County Fire Chiefs hosted a “Day in the Life of a Firefighter” training session at the Chester County Public Safety Training Campus on May 5. This training session event allows volunteer first responders to practice the life-saving skills they will need during a real emergency in a safe environment. Emergency scenarios, including vehicle rescues, brush fires, a building fire and chemical fires, were all caught on camera. In between emergency calls, volunteers provided testimonials about their experience, which when set against the footage captured from the day, helps show the many different and important ways volunteers can help. The two 30-second commercials are set to run in Chester County movie theaters before the start of a film, and online at, as part of the Help Fight Fire volunteer recruitment effort. The first commercial, titled “Adrenaline,” talks about aspects of being a

firefighter. From the rush of staring down flames inside the hallway of a burning building, to saving lives and the camaraderie gained from learning and working with a tight knit crew of other volunteers, the video captures how the work of fighting fires can be fun and rewarding. The second commercial, “Other Ways to Help,” speaks to the other ways volunteers can get involved at their local station. From marketing and advertising, to fundraising, fire police and other administrative responsibilities, there are plenty of other ways volunteers can help. Each commercial calls on community members to visit HelpFightFire. com to learn more about the opportunities that await them as volunteer members of their local fire station. “There are plenty of ways to get involved at your local Chester County fire station,” said Neil Vaughn, president of the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association. “So grab your popcorn, settle in and learn how you can help save lives. We’ll see you at the movies.” The Chester County Fire Chiefs Association oversees 55 volunteer fire departments and companies throughout Chester County. For more information, visit

Firefighters train for real-life emergencies.

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Volunteer firefighters were interviewed about their work for two new commercials

Longwood Fire Company presents $1,000 scholarship award Longwood Fire Company has presented its $1,000 Jim McGovern Scholarship award to Torianna LaBare. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be a senior at Kennett High School in good standing. The student must have attended Kennett for at least two years and be a Pennsylvania resident. The winner must have at

least a 3.0 grade average and has shown excellence in science or mathematics. An essay of no more than 700 words is required, along with two letters of recommendation. Longwood gives the award to honor McGovern, a fallen firefighter. LaBare, who is a student at Kennett High School and Technical College High School

at Pennock’s Bridge, was also recognized as WPVI 6ABC’s 2018 Best of Class. “Torianna is the type of student who should be encouraged to pursue her dreams and rewarded for her hard work,” said Longwood chief A. J. McCarthy. LaBare will be attending Delaware Valley University to pursue a four-year, preprofessional degree in

animal science, with the eventual goal of becoming a large animal veterinarian. “I’ve always loved horses,” she said. “I’ve been around horses my whole life. I feel a connection with them and want to specialize in large animals so that I can work with them.” For more information on Longwood Fire Company, visit www.

From left: Avon Grove Lions Club president Eric Hansen, Lions 14 P District Governor Stephen Wagner, 14 P Lions Second Vice District Governor Marilyn Wagner, and Wendy Rector.

Avon Grove Lions name Citizen of the Year Wendy Rector, a volunteer at Oxford Area Neighborhood Services, has been named the Avon Grove Lions Club Citizen of the Year. The Lions Club wrote that Rector “is a person of passion and compassion. If someone is in need, she is eager to help. Clients enjoy her upbeat personality

at times when they are struggling. “She volunteers two days each week in the food pantry, picks up donated items for the food pantry, is a court advocate for clients with disabilities, is a school advocate for families with children with disabilities, helps clients find employment

opportunities, delivers furniture and other items to clients having no transportation, raises funds and organizes donations for the food pantry, and donates her time annually helping in the Christmas room. She also introduced and runs a dog food program for food pantry clients.”










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