Chester County Press 06-30-2021 Edition

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Volume 155, No. 26


Wednesday, June 30, 2021


Sweetman appointed to fill vacant Kennett School Board seat By Chris Barber Contributing Writer

The Kennett Consolidated School District board held a virtual-only special meeting on June 28, during which the members interviewed and then appointed Heidi Sweetman to fill a vacant seat on the board. The Tri-M Group wins The appointment was first-ever Community unanimous. Impact Award...2A Sweetman, 45, of the South-2 precinct of Kennett Square Borough, replaces Ryan Bowers, who resigned from the board earlier this month. The school district is divided into three distinct regions from which

school board members are elected, and Kennett Square Borough is in Region A. At the start of the meeting, school board President Joe Meola announced that the board advertised for candidates with a deadline of June 23, and Sweetman was the only applicant. Sweetman is married and a parent of five children, one who is an adult and four who are students in the Kennett schools. She and her family moved to Kennett Square from the Pike Creek area of Delaware eight years ago. She said they chose Kennett Square because, as members of

Willowdale Chapel, they are familiar with the community and love Kennett Square. Sweetman is a graduate of Elkton High School and earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D degrees from the University of Delaware, with a doctorate in measurement, statistics and evaluation. She has also taught elementary special education at Fred S. Engle Middle School in the Avon Grove School District. When she was asked why she applied for a seat on the board, Sweetman said that given her profession as a consultant and evaluator who works with schools in

Delaware as well as being a former teacher, she feels she can contribute to the Kennett School system and would like to be a part of it. “My work is in program evaluation and I think Kennett does an amazing job, but there is always room for improvement,” she said. Sweetman also runs a program in Detroit during the summer for children who live below the poverty level. She said that helps her understand diversity and the struggles people face. When Sweetman was asked by a board member if she understands how the

board operates, she said it is an intermediary between the public and the school district. Board member Ann Parry asked Sweetman what she believes is the most important challenge the school district faces. Sweetman said that the most important challenge now is helping students catch up with the learning that has been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. When she was asked what she would like to see her children equipped with when they graduate from Kennett, she said she wants them to Continued on page 4A

I Matter: High School student’s new book illuminates voices of young poets Three generations of Wyeths focus on our heritage...1B

Kennett High School junior Isabella Hanson recently published I Matter, featuring the work of 12 poets whose work reflects on the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

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On June 13, 15-year-old Isabella Hanson – who will be a junior at Kennett High School this September -- was one of 15 students from eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware to receive the 2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations, that identifies and recognizes high school-age students “who significantly engage and challenge their schools or communities to advance racial equity in order to promote respect and understanding among all people.” Hanson was recognized for her work in founding and developing “I Matter,” a nationally recognized youth poetry program focused

on the Black Lives Matter movement; publishing a book of the same name that featured the poems of 12 young authors; working with her high school’s teachers to diversify the English and social studies curricula; and for developing a confidential reporting form for equity and diversity concerns through her work with the Equity Diversity Council. For Hanson, however, the recognition she received earlier this month was the culmination of growth, awareness and discovery she experienced between the bracketed dates of exactly one calendar year – from June 19, 2020 to June 19, 2021 – a 365-day blank slate in her young life that

she filled with purpose and meaning during one of the most volatile years in memory. When Kennett High School converted to a virtual form of education at the outset of COVID-19 last March, Hanson took on the responsibility of attending not just one school, but two. Her mother Sophia, the founder of the National Youth Foundation, began teaching Isabella and her younger daughter Victoria a curriculum she called “Black History X,” that complimented her daughters’ regular schoolwork with a condensed history of the Black experience in America. It was a daily overview of a 400-year odyssey, and

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Isabella Hanson, a 15-year-old junior at Kennett High School, is the award-winning creator of I Matter, a book of poetry written by authors whose words reflect their feelings and emotions about racial justice.

one dotted with AfricanAmerican names not often found in the pages of our country’s homogenized history books. The sisters learned about systemic racism, and were introduced to

those who countered indecency with activism. They learned about Black poets, authors, artists, musicians and leaders. Sophia also opened The Autobiography Continued on page 3A

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County Commissioners honor former State Senator Dinniman with garden dedication

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The Chester County Commissioners recognized retired State Sen. Andrew Dinniman this week, for his leadership in addressing hunger in the county, and establishing the Chester County Gleaning Program, a forerunner to the Chester County Food Bank’s Farming and Garden Education Programs.

Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline officially dedicated the garden area at the County’s Springton Manor Farm as the Senator Andrew Dinniman Garden. Sen. Dinniman retired from public office at the end of 2020 after nearly 30 years as an elected official, serving as a Chester

County Commissioner and then as State Senator. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “When Senator Dinniman announced his plans to retire, we began to think of a way that we could honor his many years of public service, and especially his efforts to address hunger in

Chester County. “The successful Gleaning Program that Andy developed 25 years ago, with a network of volunteers, quickly established a resource for locally grown fruit and vegetables that was distributed to county agencies. The fruits of his labors, along with those of local farmers, community groups and individuals, quite

literally continue to this day through gardens like those at Springton Manor Farm, managed by the Chester County Food Bank.” The Chester County Gleaning Program began in 1996, when then County Commissioner Dinniman called a meeting of concerned citizens to address Continued on page 4A

Justin Best, a UHS graduate, earns spot on the U. S. Olympic Rowing Team By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer In 2015, when Justin Best was still a senior at Unionville High School, he was asked to envision what he could be doing ten years after his graduation. His response, which was included in the school’s yearbook, was that he would be training for a spot on U.S. Rowing Team for the 2028 Olympics. Justin found out earlier this month that he is reaching the lofty goal a little earlier than he had hoped. He will be part of Courtesy photo Justin Best, a graduate of Unionville High School, will be part of the men’s eight+ the Men’s Eight+ team that rowing team that will represent the United States at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 represents the United States Olympic Games. Best is pictured at the 2018 Under 23 World Championship in at the upcoming Tokyo Poznan, Poland, where the crew won gold and set a world’s best time. 2020 Olympic Games. The

Olympic Games will begin on July 23 and run through Aug. 9. Rowing events are tentatively scheduled for the morning of July 23. Justin called the opportunity to compete and represent his country in the Olympics “pretty special.” “I’m really proud to be an American and I hope I can perform my best on the highest stage,” Justin said. He grew up participating in a number of different sports—football, lacrosse, and track events, but a concussion while playing football prompted him to look for a new sport. At around that same time, his parents, Glenn and Jeanne Best, watched The Social Continued on page 2A




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Local News The Tri-M Group wins newly-created Community Impact Award The Tri-M Group, LLC, was awarded the Community Impact Award by the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce at the annual Inspirational Breakfast on June 17 at Hartefeld National Golf Club. The Community Impact Award is a new award created by the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce and was presented for the first time this year. The Community Impact Award was initiated by Erik Gudmundson, SCCCC past chairman of the board (Pegasus Technologies, LLC), who was instrumental, along with the Chamber’s executive committee, in forming a special task force to oversee the award process. To qualify for the award, the task force looks at volunteer hours, nonprofit board leadership, in-kind contributions, financial donations, and non-profit impact.

“The purpose of the Community Impact Award is to recognize a Chamber member business that positively impacts our community through active support of local nonprofit organization and philanthropic causes,” said Gudmundson. “Through Tri-M’s impressive, longstanding contributions including volunteer hours, nonprofit board leadership, in-kind contributions, and financial donations, Tri-M makes Southern Chester County a better place to live, work, and play. We’re grateful to have them in our community.” Based in West Grove, the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce is the region’s leading member-business organization. Chamber membership consists of nearly 500 member businesses from a myriad of industries and includes many non-profit organizations. The Chamber was

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sport in the highly regarded rowing program. That’s where he trained and competed during his freshman and sophomore years in high school. Then Justin was a part of a group that petitioned the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District to add a rowing club team, and that effort resulted in his being able to compete for the Unionville Rowing Club for his junior and senior years in high school. “That experience was really positive,” Justin said. “I got to row with my brother [Garren] and made some

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Network. In the movie, the Winklevoss twins, who helped co-found an early social networking site while at Harvard, competed on the school’s rowing team. His parents thought Justin might enjoy the sport and they signed him up for a rowing summer camp the next day. Susan Smith, a family friend who lived nearby, recommended the Newport Rowing Club in Delaware, and soon Justin was regularly training for the new

Pictured at the annual Inspirational Breakfast are Cheryl B. Kuhn, president and CEO of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce; Ron Bauguess, executive vice president, Tri-M Group; Kathy Ervine, marketing and public relations specialist, Tri-M Group; Betsy Niedziejko, chairman of the board of SCCCC (WSFS Bank); Rev. Annalie Korengel, 2021 Inspirational Breakfast Keynote Speaker (Unionville Presbyterian Church); Jim Horn, Courtesy photos president and CEO, Tri-M Group; Sydney Peirson, marketing Jim Horn, the president and CEO of the intern, Tri-M Group; Erik Gudmundson, SCCCC 2019 chairman of Tri-M Group. the board of SCCCC (Pegasus Technologies, LLC).

founded in 1929, and Tri-M has been a member of this organization for 51 years. “More than ever, it is critically important for the business community to support our local nonprofits,” said Cheryl B. Kuhn, SCCCC CEO. “It matters to recognize the businesses that give back and offer

relief to the issues most affecting us – especially in times of strife. For this, we are proud to recognize The Tri-M Group.” Jim Horn, the president and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the Tri-M Group. The Tri-M Group specializes in the installation

and service of high voltage, electrical construction, building automation, data and telecommunications networks, security and energy analytics. For over 55 years Tri-M has been offering comprehensive solutions and services to help clients grow their operations,

solve their most difficult facility and energy related problems, and meet their toughest deadlines. Tri-M is headquartered in Kennett Square and has offices in Lock Haven and Quakertown in Pennsylvania, in Middletown, Delaware, and in Baltimore, Maryland.

great high school friends.” He also enjoyed a great deal of success in rowing. He was part of a team that won the varsity eight at the 2017 Dad Vail Regatta. He finished eighth in the single sculls at the 2015 USRowing Youth National Championships and finished eighth in the lightweight four at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships. He was also part of a team that placed second in the eight at the 2019 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and also finished seventh in the eight at the 2019 World Rowing Cup III. His team won gold in the eight at the 2018 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and finished fourth in the eight at the 2018 World Rowing Cup III. He also won gold in the under 23 eight at the 2017

Canadian Henley and won silver in the eight at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships. After graduating from Unionville High School, Justin went to Drexel University, where he continued to compete in rowing while he earned his degree. Justin said that rowing has presented him with many good opportunities and positive experiences, including the chance to travel extensively for competitions. He mentioned Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, Italy, England, and Poland as a few of the places where he enjoyed competing. As he worked his way up the ranks, Justin earned a spot on four national teams. He was on the Junior Team in 2015, the Under 23 squad in both 2018 and 2019, and the Olympic team in the 2020 Olympics which

were, of course, delayed to 2021 because of the global pandemic. Justin said that the delay was very disappointing, but he used it as an opportunity to train even harder. The delay might have actually helped him earn a spot on the Olympic rowing team because the additional time gave him a chance to improve and earn a spot on the highly competitive squad. The United States has won 12 gold medals in men’s eight rowing dating back to 1900, but the team hasn’t won gold since 2004, and the last time the squad medaled in the Olympics was in 2008. Justin said that the Dutch, the Germans, and the British, are all expected to be highly competitive in this Olympic Games, and he is looking forward to the challenge of competing with and against the world’s best. The United States team includes Austin Hack, who returns to the Olympic Games in men’s eight, the only returning member of the team that finished just off the podium in fourth in Rio in 2016, and Best, Liam Corrigan, Ben Davison, Conor Harrity, Nick Mead, Alex Miklasevich, Alexander Richards and Julian Venonsky. Glenn Best expressed his

gratitude for everyone who helped his son along the way to the Olympics. “The family is excited and proud of Justin’s accomplishments in the sport of rowing,” he said. “Many individuals have helped shape his Olympic pursuit, and we are thankful for the support from coaches, clubs, athletes and rowing advocates along the way.” Glenn Best added that he can’t wait to watch the U.S. Olympic rowing team compete. “Rowing in an 8+ is truly a team effort by turning synchronized motion into power and results,” he said. “Although no foreign spectators are allowed at the Games, Chester County will be cheering several favorite sons onto victory in Tokyo.” Justin will only be turning 24 this summer, which means that he could have the opportunity to compete in the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games as well. Justin said that he hopes to be an inspiration for young people who take up the sport of rowing, and he would also like to boost the visibility of the sport in the United States. “Rowing is a sport that can unlock so many doors,” Justin said. “All the elite colleges have rowing programs. It can really open up a lot of opportunities.”

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of Malcolm X for her daughters, and then screened the Spike Lee film starring Denzel Washington. “I never learned about Malcolm X in school, so reading the book and watching the film became a new education for me,” Isabella said. “At the time, I was reading Animal Farm, Shakespeare and Beowulf, so this was a good change to learn about something I could truly relate to.” “People can point to a painting and identify it as a Picasso or a van Gogh, but how many people can identify the work of Horace Pippin, who lived in Chester County and was one of the greatest artists to ever walk the face of this earth?” Sophia said. “I felt I had to open these doors for my daughters. I love Kennett High School, but I felt their curriculum was not well balanced and I felt it was crucial for me to take our daughters past the traditional ‘Male, Pale and Stale’ genre of influential people and to a new place of consciousness.” Then on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was murdered in Minneapolis while being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill, and within hours, an eight-minute, 46-second video capturing the event hit the airwaves and unveiled the horrible aftermath of Floyd’s arrest by the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin. “I saw the [Floyd] video on the news and on social media, and I was distraught to think that someone could do that to another living person, especially given that one person had expressed that he couldn’t breathe, but was continued to be stepped on like he was a bug,” Isabella said. “After George Floyd’s death, I just wanted to do something positive. I saw that Juneteenth was just a few weeks away, so I began to research on Google, send e-mails and create guest lists in an effort to organize the event.” On June 19, 2020, a day that called for eventual thunderstorms and rain, the clouds above the historic Fussell House in Kennett Square parted long enough to welcome 100 invited guests to “Juneteenth: Network to Freedom,” an event that Isabella organized with assistance from The National Youth Organization

and Kennett Township, and funding from the Gucci Changemakers Fund. One of those guests included Dr. Susan Fussell, a descendant of Bartholomew and Lydia Fussell, the Quaker activists who provided refuge in their home for a decade in the mid1800s. Fussell, a professor at Cornell University, drove from Ithaca, N.Y. to Kennett Square to speak at the event. ‘A forum to express their emotions’ While the tumultuous year of 2020 continued to play itself out in the form of pandemic shutdowns, virtual education, political divide, racial unrest and the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement, Isabella turned to her journal, where during a report she was writing about the poet Langston Hughes she began to use words in order to make sense of what she was experiencing. The power of her own writing eventually led to what became the start of her “I Matter” K-12 national youth poetry contest, in order to provide young writers with a forum to express their emotions as a result of witnessing the violence and injustices that disproportionately impact the Black community. When Isabella sent out a call for submissions, she expected to receive a few responses. Instead, she received over 100 poems submitted by young writers. With help from a panel of celebrity judges including comedienne Torrei Hart, hip hop artist Kool Moe Dee, singer Tamara “Taj” Johnson-George and a review committee at Gucci, Isabella narrowed the number of entries own to ten. With funding from the Gucci Changemakers Grant and The National Youth Foundation, these top ten poems and two others are now published in I Matter, a 28-page, limited edition book complimented with art and illustrations from local student artists. “Some of the poems I received were amazing,” Isabella said. “It thrilled me to see how many students of all races nationally love poetry and want to use it for the good.” From cover to cover, I Matter is an unblemished, raw explosion of art and words that take the reader on an exploration of loss, suffering and hope in the wake of racial injustice. In her poem “Hey Google” – which was

declared the winner of the contest -- 12th-grade author Khabria Fisher-Dunbar writes: Hey Google/What’s the black national anthem?/Lift every voice and sing/We still have to sing because no one hears us/When singing turns to screams are we still invisible/What do we do? In his poem “I Can’t Breathe,” 12th-grade writer Sanai R. Eaton-Martinez writes: I don’t want a knee on my neck/I don’t want a gun held to my back/I don’t want to be hunted down like a deer/ I don’t want to live in fear/I don’t wanna be another hashtag/I don’t wanna be a trend/Because all trends end ‘Anything is Possible’ “I knew that while people had feelings about what was going on, they probably didn’t know how to express them, so I created the project to give them a chance to express all of their bottledup feelings, in a platform that allows them to speak about the events of 2020, through poetry,” Isabella said. “Watching the reactions to what happened to George Floyd and Breanna Taylor on social media, I saw too many posts and not enough action. The Black Lives Matter movement began to show me that anything is possible.” From May 30 through July 5, 2021, the Chester County Juneteenth Festival offered a county-wide, month-long calendar of events that acknowledged what is now an official U.S. holiday. Presented by the Chester County Historic Preservation Society, Voices Underground, the Chester County History Center and the Chester County Planning Commission, the festival was highlighted by a keynote lecture held at Cheyney University on June 19 by Caroline Randall Williams, a writer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, who spoke about the role of the artist in the journey towards freedom. As a lead-in to Williams’ address, several of the poets whose work was published in I Matters delivered their poems to an enthusiastic audience. ‘I see something, I will do something’ Over the past year, during a time of great uncertainty both in the environment and in the culture of America, Sophia began to see her oldest daughter’s voice and

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I Matter includes poems from 12 writers and several illustrations by local artists.

consciousness emerge quietly in the wake of upheaval. “Isabella is a very smart, organized and kind young woman, but prior to the social unrest of 2020, she had a hard time understanding the depth of racism in America,” Sophia said. “When my husband Thomas and I used to talk to Isabella and Victoria about racial unrest and inequity, they could listen but not absorb it until they witnessed it for themselves in 2020. Now, there was empirical evidence of someone hired to protect human beings doing the exact opposite and killing a human being. “I began to see a transformation in Isabella in 2020 – a wake-up call that saw her step into a leadership space that encourages someone to raise their hand and say ‘I see something, I will do something.’ It was positive and empowering.” Kennett High School principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz offered his enthusiastic praise. “Bella is a true leader who actively seeks out opportunities to bring about positive change in our world,” Hritz said in a recent interview. “Her work ethic, dedication, and passion shine through her efforts, and we are honored and proud that she is a part of Kennett High School.” Isabella’s efforts have earned her a special commendation from Pennsylvania

Hanson poses with the authors, who read their poems at the Cheyney University event.

As part of the Chester County Juneteenth Festival, Hanson showcased the work of the authors who were featured in the book during an event held at Cheyney University on June 19.

Gov. Tom Wolf, as well as recognition on the Top 50 list for Nickelodeon/Time’s Kid of the Year Award. Wolf’s commendation includes Isabella among “the rich heritage of individuals who have made contributions to their communities and our commonwealth.” Prior to the start of her junior year in September, Isabella and her family will embark on an early college tour of schools in New England that will include Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While college is only a few years away, it’s a distant dot on a list of aspirations that will someday lead to Isabella to study entrepreneurship and business, and eventually achieve her dream of becoming a chief executive officer. In the mean time, however, there is still the small matter of publishing a follow-up edition to I Matter, whose

submissions now number 420, with entries from 42 states and 15 countries. For the final selection of poems, Isabella will again be working with an esteemed trio of judges that will include Ron Covington of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, former Little League World Series pitcher and Hampden University student-athlete Monae Davis and NFL safety Malcolm Jenkins of the New Orleans Saints. Wherever her future takes her, Isabella Hanson knows that it will be connected to her consciousness and sense of awareness. “I believe that social justice is important because I am affected by it,” she said. “My place will be to continue to bring people together. I want to be a part of a positive change.” To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email




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the hunger issue in Chester County. At that meeting, it was suggested that farm surplus, an untapped source of fresh, nourishing food, was a viable solution to the hunger problem. “I believe that the problem of hunger, in a place like Chester County, is solvable, and the Gleaning Program was designed to be part of that solution,” said Sen. Dinniman. “I am deeply honored by the Commissioners, naming the Garden in recognition of my public service.” The first two years of the Chester County Gleaning Program – 1996 and 1997 – yielded around 24 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, and soon after, a formal structure of the program was

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have the tools to enter whatever post-graduate field they want, whether that’s college, a job, a trade school, an internship or an apprenticeship. Describing her style of solving problems, Sweetman said she prefers working out differences creatively through collaboration, rather than one side emerging as the winner.

established. By the year 2000, more than 500 volunteers gleaned and delivered more than 32 tons of fresh produce. “At the end of each Gleaning event, I said that when we are blessed with an abundant harvest, it is our obligation to share the harvest with all,” added Dinniman. Last year, the Chester County Food bank distributed more than one million pounds of fresh food throughout Chester County to a network of more than 160 hunger relief partners. Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell said, “Andy Dinniman was on my School Board when I was a Downingtown student, was my professor at West Chester University, was my Senator when I was Downingtown’s mayor and he’s someone who

has inspired me to always stay true to who I am and what I believe. Chester County residents have long reaped the benefits of his vigorous approach to public policy that includes multiple points of view and leaves no one behind. There are a lot of people who run for office to fit in, to me Andy stood out. “He’s been my mentor since I met him. I’ll spend the rest of my career trying to turn that A-minus he gave me into an A-plus.” Through its partnership with Chester County government, the Chester County Food Bank is able to grow fresh produce at Springton Manor Farm on one acre of fenced-in field space, in an 80-foot tunnel, and produce a variety of crops in the 32-raised bed Demonstration Garden. Seedlings are also started in Springton Manor

On the subject of standardized testing, Sweetman said she believes tests serve a purpose to determine that a school is doing what it is set up to do, but that they should not be overdone. “For example,” she said, “When I go to the doctor to have my temperature taken, I don’t need a whole battery of tests.” Grounded in optimism through her work at the summer camp in Detroit, she said she was hard pressed to identify one per-

son or institution that she held up as a role model. “I know so many people who blow me away with their kindness and generosity under adverse conditions,” she said. Meola reminded Sweetman and the board that she will be serving in the vacant seat only through Dec. 6, when the school board reorganizes. Under the regulations for filling vacated seats, a person appointed to fill a school board seat must run in the

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The sign at Chester County’s Springton Manor Farm, noting the dedication of the Senator Dinniman Garden.

Farm’s greenhouse. The field and gardens are fully maintained by the Food Bank for many visitors to enjoy, with the mission to educate and inspire. In one year at Springton Manor Farm, the Chester County Food Bank averages 325 volunteers, contributing over 1,800 volunteer hours. Last year, nearly 18,000 pounds of produce came from Springton Manor Farm’s field, and nearly

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Heidi Sweetman has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Kennett School Board.

next election if the person chooses to remain in that position.

The unveiling of the new sign dedicating Springton Manor Farm’s garden as the Senator Andrew Dinniman Garden. Pictured left to right are: Chester County Commissioners Michelle Kichline and Marian Moskowitz; former Senator Andy Dinniman; Bob McNeil, founding and current Board Chair of the Chester County Food Bank; and Commissioner Josh Maxwell.

1,500 pounds came from the Demonstration Garden. “The concept of Senator Dinniman’s Gleaning Program was very simple, yet effective,” said Commissioner Michelle Kichline. “It is why the Chester County Food Bank continued the model when it was established in 2009, and why it has grown to include some year-round operations like the one at Springton Manor.” “The Chester County Food Bank has nurtured the Gleaning Program into deep rooted initiatives in agriculture, nutrition and education,” said Bob McNeil founding and current Chair of the Chester County Food Bank. “Every day the Food Bank staff works to move our community beyond hunger. Andy

has been instrumental in supporting local agriculture and preserving our beautiful Chester County resources for all. The Chester County Food Bank is honored to be a part of his legacy.” At the event honoring Sen. Dinniman, the Commissioners unveiled a sign that reads: This garden is dedicated to Senator Andrew E. Dinniman for 28 years of public service to the citizens of Chester County. During his years as a public servant, Andy created and developed Chester County’s Gleaning Program, growing food for those in need. Chester County Food Bank’s successful Farming & Garden Education Programs owe their roots to the Gleaning Program established by Senator Dinniman in 1996.




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Letter to the Editor

Geoffrey Gamble, a proven leader, begins Proposed development could campaign against Whitney Hoffman for Kennett Township supervisor help Oxford area expand its tax base Letter to the Editor:

It’s going to take some time for the proposed Moran Farm development in Oxford to make its way through the planning process, but hopefully the project becomes a reality once all the necessary approvals have been secured and all the concerns of local residents have been addressed. The Frost Group is seeking to build 101 agerestricted homes on the 95-acre tract. The fact that the homes are age-restricted is important—it ensures that there would be a minimal impact on the school district with this new development. If it weren’t an age-restricted development, a new, 101-home development could add dozens of students to the local school district. The Oxford area has long needed to boost its tax ratables, and an age-restricted community can increase revenues to the local economy. Locally, the Avon Grove School District has benefitted from a number of age-restricted communities in Penn Township. This helped the Avon Grove School District’s efforts to control taxes at a time when the district was growing rapidly. Oxford area residents heard details about the Moran Farm development during a public meeting on June 9, a joint session that included members from Oxford Borough Council and the borough’s Planning Commission. Plans to develop the Moran Farm were first presented in 2003, but the project never progressed beyond the planning stage because, at that time, there wasn’t sufficient sewage capacity to accommodate a large development. Oxford missed out on other opportunities to grow its tax base during the sewer moratorium, and the impact of those missed opportunities is still being felt. Taxes are still high in the Oxford area, even after a number of years in which the Oxford School Board has prioritized keeping tax increases as low as possible. The school district has relied on its fund balance to prepare a balanced budget each year, and while there is nothing wrong with that, it can’t continue. District officials talked this budget season about the need to take steps to balance the spending plan without drawing down the fund balance any further. The school district is likely going to need to raise taxes at higher rates for a number of years coming up. Oxford area residents already have some of the highest taxes in the county—this, despite the fact that the Oxford Area School District spends about $20 million less than neighboring school districts. To be sure, Oxford spends more than some other Pennsylvania school districts, so trying to keep pace with Unionville, Kennett, or Avon Grove isn’t the goal. But the goal is to provide students with the education that they need to succeed in life, and that takes money. That extra money that other school districts spend means more teachers, additional STEM programs, more advanced and specialized classes, and more personnel working on behalf of students to help them succeed. There’s no question that everyone—current students, future students, taxpayers, and senior citizens—would benefit if Oxford were able to expand its tax base. A development like the one being proposed at the Moran Farm would help a little. The Oxford area— and Chester County as a whole—has done a very good job of preserving open space. But if the area doesn’t continue to balance its open space with projects that grow its tax base, the tax burden on local residents will only increase in the coming years.


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A primary election held last month shapes the race in the fall with Geoff Gamble, a proven leader in Kennett Township, against Whitney Hoffman, the incumbent Democrat supervisor on whose watch occurred the theft of $3.2 million - the largest heist in Kennett Township history. Mr. Gamble returned home full-time last year after a five-year term as Pope Francis’ honorary ambassador to missions working with disaster victims and refugees around the world. He wants to work with all parties to bring back integrity and responsible governance to Kennett Township and its citizens. Gamble, a former president of the Kennett Consolidated School Board and former Kennett Township auditor, is also a former president

of the Bar Association of the State of Delaware and a retired chief international counsel and director of global government affairs of the DuPont Company. A former Vietnam combat U.S. Marine captain decorated with the Bronze Star, he brings maturity, great experience and a voice of reason to the Kennett community. Geoff has the tenacity to win and make good things happen. He asks for the support of Kennett Township citizens to win back trust and create an atmosphere of true transparency. Contributions to Geoff Gamble’s campaign can be made out to GamCam Fund and sent to the address below. Ted Moxon, Campaign Chairman 39 Cedarwood Lane Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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Pa. First lady Wolf joins others in advocating for vaccine safety First Lady Frances Wolf and acting physician general Dr. Denise Johnson moderated a panel discussion on vaccine safety for teens and young adults. The panel, hosted by the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, was titled, Vax Facts: Teen Edition. This was the fifth event in a series that seeks to provide relevant and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines and address the questions of concerned citizens. First Lady Wolf and Dr. Johnson were joined by teen and young adult advocates who are stepping up to encourage other young Pennsylvanians

to get informed and get vaccinated: • Ramir Burks, Clarion University (Pittsburgh) • Mitchell Howard, recent graduate of South Fayette HS (McDonald) • Kendell Dixon, Abington Friends School (Philadelphia) • Angely Keosann, Philly Teen VAXX Ambassador (Philadelphia) and • Nina Dilworth, Philly Teen VAXX Ambassador (Philadelphia) Teens and young adult leaders across the commonwealth have stepped up as leaders to communicate with their peers about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, to educate their communities

on vaccine safety and to help young Pennsylvanians get vaccinated. “Pennsylvania is shaped by the strength and character of extraordinary young people like the advocates who participated in today’s conversation,” Ms. Wolf said. “We are inspired by their dedication to the health and well-being of their communities, and we stand by them in encouraging all of our neighbors to do their research and get vaccinated.” “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they’re our best protection from the virus,” Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said.

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The only thing we had in common was the Red, White, and Blue By Marie-Louise Meyers

degrees, the pride and joy of their families. Sacrifice is something we did gladly in War Times, for our hard-working lives were a Testament to our Faith. Maybe it was an idyllic existence, but everyone played a significant role, Town Fathers made parks and pools possible there was no turnstile to admit some and leave others behind; Mothers joined the PTA to ensure their children receive the best education and equal opportunity to advance.

I grew up in a neighborhood of immigrants, from destitute and wartorn countries, all races and all religions that’s America to me. The only thing we had in common was the Red, White, and Blue. What motivated them most was Opportunity to change their given Fate, employment in industries just across the bay where the Statue of Liberty stood at the entrance way. A chance to own a home, a chance for their children to grow blameless and free to advance themselves Perhaps a conspiracy of even go to college, and my Mother and those like they did her, earning all manner of who came over at 17 from

Hannover after WW1, married a true blue patriot had her children fully invested: we were born on Flag Day, three years apart. I remember very well raising the Flag on that special day with patriotic cups and napkins and fun-filled days of July 4th to follow with parades and picnics and a dip in your favorite pond or pool.

the name with their own claim to fame with numerous contributions to the Public Weal succeeding beyond Expectations and feeling part of this great Country. What other Country allows such freedom to express, and willingness to makes amends when outsiders feel oppressed? There is every reason to celebrate July Fourth in style, rally round the Flag taking off our disguise, hoping to strive for the best in Leadership for those willing to meet the criteria, the tests required in any Freedomloving Land and raise the symbol of our Nation for those who sacrificed so much to keep us free on Memorial Day while we bow our heads in fealty.

Many things have changed, our country threatened from Without and Within, some feeling Outside of the Inner Circle, some with rallying cries even descending on the Capitol. There is much to learn while cultural diversity expands the borders of our insular minds, but I believe the yearning to be free and part of Society is great enough; to persevere even though From my own perspective blockages may appear. based on the experiences of They can live them down living in a blue collar even as those once town where all were welcalled Foreigners eluded come and integrated.




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Three generations of Wyeths focus on our heritage By Gene Pisasale Contributing Writer So much has been written about the Brandywine School of artists over the years, but little of it has focused specifically on the historical themes in paintings created by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The Brandywine School was started by renowned illustrator Howard Pyle, whose students included N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Maxfield Parrish, Harvey Dunn, Stanley Arthurs and many others who subsequently gained recognition in the art world. These men covered a wide array of subjects in their work as both illustrators and mainstream artists. By focusing on the historical themes—as portrayed by the Wyeths—we can gain a much richer understanding of epic events and personalities who shaped the course of our nation’s history. N.C. Wyeth was born in Needham, Mass. on Oct. 22, 1882. Chester Arthur was president and America was enjoying what would be called the “Golden Age of Illustration.” Its premiere advocate -Wilmington native Howard Pyle -- submitted his work to Scribner’s Monthly and Harper’s Weekly and was on his way to becoming the nation’s most popular illustrator. By 1894, Pyle was asked to teach at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University) and after a sixyear stint there, decided to start his own school. In 1902, he took on several students, including 20-yearold N.C. Wyeth, and their connection would change the art world forever. It quickly became apparent that Wyeth was the most gifted of Pyle’s students. Pyle instilled in him the necessity of thoroughly understanding one's subject and layering it with emotion in order to draw out the feelings inherent in

a scene or a person. This training bore fruit quickly, as Wyeth’s painting of a bucking bronco for The Saturday Evening Post made the front cover of the Feb. 21, 1903 edition of the popular magazine. Wyeth learned much from Pyle, portraying numerous episodes from history in his work. One of N.C. Wyeth’s masterpieces is “In a Dream I Meet General Washington” (1930). Its inspiration was literally an accident. According to the Brandywine River Museum’s archives, while he was installing a mural for the First Mechanics National Bank of Trenton depicting George Washington’s passing through that city, Wyeth almost fell off the scaffolding to the hard marble floor 30 feet below. The shock of a potentially fatal accident played out to him in a dream which haunted Wyeth until he committed the details to canvas. In the dream, Wyeth was present at the Battle of the Brandywine and spoke with General Washington as he was riding his horse to fight the enemy. In the painting, you see American and British troops marching across the landscape in Chadds Ford, not far from Wyeth’s studio. His artistry makes history “come alive” as Washington narrates. Wyeth captures the moment brilliantly: the breathtakingly vivid crimson, and the blue and gold colors grabbing the viewer’s attention as a turning point for America unfolds before your eyes. Describing the painting, Wyeth wrote to his brother, “This is the painting that I am certain excels anything done to date.” Another episode in history is portrayed masterfully by Wyeth in “The War Letter” (1944). Originally painted in 1932 and titled “Spring 1918,” the scene depicts Wyeth’s parents, his mother reading a letter with her husband standing

‘Pennsylvania Landscape’ by N.C. Wyeth

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‘In A Dream I Meet General Washington’ by N.C. Wyeth

nearby, a small fire burning, twisted trees hanging over her. The image is quite moving, providing an understanding of concerns many parents have had over the fate of their sons and daughters in the military. (Two of the Wyeths’ sons did serve in World War I.) This re-done scene fast-forwards a generation to World War II, when millions of people nervously awaited “news from the front lines.” It is among the most striking and eerily gripping of Wyeth’s paintings, completed only about a year before his death. Wyeth’s “Pennsylvania Landscape” (1942) is outstanding, the historic Chester County countryside brimming with Autumnal hues surrounding a beautiful sycamore tree, a centuries-old rustic farm and spring house completing the scene.

‘The War Letter’ by N.C. Wyeth

A love of history must have been in the Wyeth DNA. Andrew Wyeth painted “Portrait of Chris

Sanderson,” the “village historian” of Chadds Ford for many years. Sanderson lived near the Wyeths and was friends with the family. This painting shows Sanderson pensively looking toward the viewer, pointing to a map of Chester County, seemingly saying “Pay attention. Important events occurred here.” Three signers of the Declaration of Independence lived in Chester County. Local paper mills provided the material on which it was printed. Jamie Wyeth conveys his sense of history in his superb “Portrait of President John F. Kennedy” (1967). He had become friends with the Kennedy family and created the painting after John F. Kennedy’s death. It is considered one of the best renderings of JFK. The President is seen in a moment of reflection, apparently pondering an important issue, uncertainty in his eyes. All of these paintings

capture a moment in time, fragments of our heritage which deserve attention. Through the artistry of N.C., Andrew and Jamie, we come to better understand epic events and participants in American history in a way not possible through reading books or visiting historic sites. Due to their skills, we are granted new perspectives, a fuller understanding not possible before—and we are all much richer for the experience. Gene Pisasale is an historian and author based in Kennett Square. He has written ten books and focuses his work on Chester County and the mid-Atlantic region. His latest book is “Forgotten Founding Fathers: Pennsylvania and Delaware in the American Revolution.” His books are available through and also his website at www. He can be reached via e-mail at




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Donald “Donnie” Roberts passed away peacefully on June 18 after a heroic, 10-year battle with lung cancer. He was 77 and lived in West Grove. Donald was the husband of Linda (Picciano) Roberts, with whom he shared over 50 years of love and marriage. Born 1944 in Lancaster, Pa., Donald was the son of the late Charles Arthur Roberts and the late Jeanette (Musser) Roberts. In addition to his wife, Linda, Donald is survived by his sister, Sondra “Sandi” Waibel; his loving nieces, Suzanne Plunkett, Wendy Fries, Pauline Waibel and especially, Lisa Soto and her husband Ike Soto, who have been a source of strength throughout this difficult time. He is also survived by his goddaughter, Courtney Casale Angerstein; five grandnieces and two grandnephews; and two great grandnieces and four great grandnephews. Linda would like to thank all of Don’s friends for their love and support, especially Marc and Nancy Simmons. Donald was retired from U.S. Air after 25 years of service. He enjoyed working as a golf ranger at Springfield Country Club and Loch Nairn Country Club. Donald also served our country as a member of the U.S. Navy for four years. Don was an avid golfer who also enjoyed traveling, cars, motorcycles, NASCAR, football, puzzling, cards and Rummikub. Donald was an optimistic man; he always had a smile and never a complaint. The love and kindness Don brought to the world will be truly missed. A reception of remembrance will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Penn Medicine Hospice, PO Box 824406, Philadelphia, Pa. 19182-4406. Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home. To share condolences with Don’s family, please visit

Dawn Marie Bryant, 50, of Conowingo, Md., has been called home by her father, Archie Dean Sturgill, Sr. and her brother, Archie Dean Sturgill, Jr., on June 17. She was the wife of Tommy Joe Bryant, with whom she shared 25 years. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of Rose Chapman Sturgill of Wakefield, Pa. and the late Archie Dean Sturgill, Sr. Dawn enjoyed shopping, going to the casinos, riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with. She is survived by her husband; mother; one son, Travis G. Bryant (Chelsea) of Conowingo, Md.; two daughters, Amanda Campbell (Jonathan) of Rising Sun, Md. and Destiny Rose Bryant of Conowingo, Md.; three grandchildren, Jace Campbell, Kinsley Campbell and Deklan Bryant; and one brother, Timothy Sturgill of Wakefield, Pa. She was preceded in death by one brother, Archie D. Sturgill, Jr. Funeral services were held on June 25 at the Edward L. Collins Jr Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Kirkwood. A fellowship meal will be held at Conowingo Baptist Church, 151 Rock Springs Road in Conowingo, Md. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral costs. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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Brian Casassa, age 31, of Landenberg, passed away on June 17 at his home. Born in 1990 in Newark, Del., Brian was the son of John W. Casassa and Ruth M. Casassa. Brian graduated from Avon Grove High School and transitioned into a career as a plumber. Brian loved sports, especially the Philadelphia teams. Whether it was the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers or 76ers, Brian could recite the player’s statistics at the drop of a hat. He enjoyed annual vacations to the Outer Banks, N.C. with his family and ski trips to Vermont with his father, brother and close friends. Brian also appreciated amusement parks and enjoyed the thrill of rides. Brian was a likable person with a great attitude. He was friendly and respectful to anyone he came across. Brian was always willing to help others, even on short notice. He helped his brother install a new water heater and his sister move into a new apartment, and he would lend a hand to his parents around the house or help any friend in need of a plumber. Brian was charismatic and full of charm. He had an extraordinary ability to have meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life. All who had the pleasure of knowing Brian will deeply miss his presence in their lives. In addition to his parents, John and Ruth, Brian is survived by his brother, Jake Casassa, and his sister, Amy Casassa. Services were held on June 24 at Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. To view Brian’s online tribute and to share a message with his family, please visit

Charles S. Ferraro, or Charlie as he was affectionately known, passed away March 26 at Paoli Hospital. Born 1949 in West Grove, Charlie was the son of the late Charles J. Ferraro and Millie Daddario Ferraro. Charlie had many talents. His main occupation was plumbing and he was also known as a “Mr. Fix It.” He was highly skilled in many areas and whether you had an issue with your vehicle or with your home’s plumbing, Charlie could (and would) fix it. Charlie has always enjoyed motorcycles, ice hockey and ice skating, tennis and old cars. Sports were a great joy of his (Charlie always rooted for the Phillies or the Eagles, of course). Charlie also enjoyed growing mushrooms. He was a genuinely giving person and had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a true jokester and all-around nice guy. Charlie will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Charlie is survived by his mother, Millie Ferraro; his sisters, Judy Ferraro, Charlotte Ferraro, Annette Marini and her son, Andrew, his nephew; Mary Lou Drumheller and her husband, Rusty; his nephew, Matthew Drumheller, his wife Nina and their son, Ryan; his niece, Kelly Klapcuniak and her husband, James. In addition to his father, Charlie was predeceased by his niece, Victoria “Tori” Marini. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on July 17 at St. Patrick Cemetery, 460 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. In lieu of flowers, Charlie’s family kindly requests that donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, Md. 20852. To view Charlie’s online tribute and to share a message with the family, please visit Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square.

DENNIS KEITH COX Dennis “Denny” Keith Cox, a resident of Cape Canaveral, Fla. and formerly of Parkesburg, passed away on June 6 at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, Tenn. He was 65. Born in West Chester, he was the son of Margaret Knapp Cox and the late Willard Cox. Denny was employed with the Pillsbury Company in Parkesburg before retiring as a fork lift operator. He enjoyed fishing and farming. He is survived by his mother; two sons, Dennis Keith

Cox, Jr. of New Jersey and Brad Cox of Philadelphia; one daughter, Laura Eller (Kevin) of Nottingham; two grandchildren, Julia Eller and Josie Tatella; two brothers, Jerry Cox of Delaware and Richard Cox of Coatesville; and three sisters, Sharon Cox, Robin and Darlene. A Memorial Service was held on June 26 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

MARLENE ELAINE KENNEDY Marlene “Marty” Kennedy, a resident of North East, Md., passed away on June 18 at home. She was 59. She was the wife of Scott Kennedy, with whom she shared 34 years of marriage. Born in Homeville, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Sid and Helen Cohen. Marty grew up in Oxford and as a young girl she spent a lot of time at her family’s cabin in Cross Forks, Pa. She was a hard worker all her life. She was formerly employed with S&S Deli in Oxford, W.L. Gore, Jennersville Hospital and Kendall at Crosslands, just to name a few. Marty enjoyed riding her Harley and made many trips to Daytona, Sturgis, the Poconos and Wildwood. She was a longtime volunteer for 4-H and the Cecil County Fair. Marty also enjoyed baking and cooking way too much for her friends. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Samanda Sky Davis and her husband, Phillip of North East, Md.; and four grandchildren that she loved with all her heart: Karson, Karter, Kason and Kamden Davis. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nicole Breeze Kennedy and a brother, David Cohen. A Celebration of Life will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Nottingham Park Pavilion 6, 150 Park Road in Nottingham. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., in Oxford.




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FOR COMMUNITY PARK RESTROOM RAMP IMPROVEMENTS AT THE PENN TOWNSHIP BUILDING, 260 LEWIS ROAD , WEST GROVE, PENNSYLVANIA 19390, PENN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, PA PROPOSALS will be received online via the PennBID Program by the Board of Supervisors of Penn Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania until 1:00 P.M., Prevailing Time, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, for the following. The Project includes the removal and disposal of an existing deck and ramp, the construction of new deck and ADA accessibility ramp, including handrails, foundation and framing support, decking, and exterior tile at the restrooms. All Bids will be publicly read aloud by the Township Secretary at 2:00 P.M. Prevailing Time, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Penn Township Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Copies of the Form of Proposal and Specifications are available at no cost at beginning Friday, July 1, 2021. Each Bidder must deposit with his bid, security in the form of a certified check or bid bond in the amount of not less than ten percent (10%) of the total bid made payable to the order of the Penn Township. Each bid must be accompanied by a signed commitment of the proposed surety offering to execute a Performance Bond, as well as the Letter of Intent, and Non-Collusion Affidavit. All Forms and Papers required to accompany the bid must be up loaded to PennBID prior to the date and time bids are to be received. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a Contractor’s Performance Bond and Labor and Materialmen’s Bond in an amount of the accepted bid. The Surety Company and form of surety shall be subject to the approval of Penn Township. The Bond Company should have no less than an “A” rating (Best Rating) and provide documentation of their authority to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, the Bond should be provided without a reinsurer. No bidder may withdraw his/her bid within sixty (60) days after the date set for the receiving and opening of bids. Pennsylvania prevailing wage rates will apply to this project, in addition to any and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinance, rules and regulations. Penn Township reserves the right to accept any or all bids or parts thereof, or to reject any or all bids or parts thereof, for any cause whatsoever, as they deem for the best interest of the Township. By Order of the Penn Township Board of Supervisors, Karen Versuk, MBA PhD, Director of Operations. 6p-30-2t


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OXFORD BOROUGH RESIDENTS Effective immediately Oxford Borough Council and the scheduled Committee meetings will return to in-person meetings to be held at Borough Hall, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, PA. The schedule for the remainder of the year will be as follows: COUNCIL MEETINGS: Oxford Borough Council will meet twice

a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m. with the exception of the months of July, August and September when the meetings will only be held on the 3rd Monday at 7 p.m. COMMITTEE MEETINGS: Police & Public Safety- 1st Monday at 6 p.m. Comprehensive Planning-1st Thursday at 7 p.m. Outreach & Inclusion-2nd Monday at 6 p.m. Personnel-2nd Monday at 6 p.m. Finance-2nd Monday at 6 p.m. Environment-2nd Monday at 6 p.m. HARB-2nd Tuesday at 4 p.m. (when required) Sidewalk-2nd Thursday at 6 p.m. Codes-3rd Monday at 5 p.m. Zoning Hearing Board-3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m. (when required) Planning Commission-4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. SCHEDULE CHANGES: Police & Public Safety, July 6 at 6 p.m. Police & Public Safety, September 7th at 6 p.m. Sidewalk, November 18th at 6 p.m. Information on the meetings can be found at If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend the aforementioned meeting and require auxiliary aid, service, or other accommodations to observe or participate in the proceedings, please contact the Interim Borough Manager at 610-932-2500 to discuss how your needs may be best accommodated. 6p-30-1t


Estate of Sandra Wright, late of West Chester, County of Chester, Pennsylvania, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on 4/23/21 said Estate having been granted, and all persons indebted thereto are requested to make immediate payment, and those having claims or demands against the same will present them without delay for settlement to Jillian Pratt, Esq., 3704 Kennett Pike, Suite 200, Greenville, DE 19807. 6p-23-3t


ESTATE OF Patricia M. Lindsey, also known as Patricia Mae Lindsey, late of New London Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above named Patricia M. Lindsey having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the said decedent are requested to make known the same and all persons indebted to the said decedent to make payment without delay to: R. Edward Pfeil, Jr., Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381, P.O. Box 381 Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-3838 6p-23-3t

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By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-67 Writ of Execution No. 2017-06697 DEBT $407,421.64

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ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground, Situate in New Garden Township Chester County Pennsylvania bounded and described according to a Final Plan of Bancroft Woods, made by Hillcrest Associates, Inc. Civil Engineers, dated 5/6/1992 and filed in Chester County as Plan #11677, bounded and described as follows, to wit: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of Crestview Drive, a corner of Lot 138, thence extending along same, South 44 degrees 00 minutes 03 seconds East 132.00 feet to a point in line of Lot 124, thence extending along same, South 45 degrees 59 minutes 57 seconds West 133.14 feet to a point on the Easterly side of Brighton Circle, thence extending along same, north 42 degrees 20 minutes 22 seconds West, 31.78 feet to a point of curve, thence extending along the arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 314.99 feet, the arc distance of 60.13 feet to a point of tangent, thence extending still along same, North 31 degrees 24 minutes 04 seconds West 22.11 feet to a point of curve, thence extending along the arc of a circle curving to the right with a radius of 30.00 feet, the arc distance of 44.24 feet to a point of reverse curve, on the southerly side of Crestview Drive, aforementioned, thence extending along same, along the arc of a circle curving to the left with a radius of 542.65 feet, the arc distance of 67.13 feet to a point of tangent, thence extending still along same, north 45 degrees 59 minutes 57 seconds East 20.00 feet to the point of beginning.

Writ of Execution No. 2019-02165 DEBT $146,620.64 ALL THAT CERTAIN, MESSAGE, LOT OR PIECE OF LAND SITUATE ON, IN THE BOROUGH OF ATGLEN, COUNTY OF CHESTER, STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED, AS FOLLOWS, TO WIT: All that certain lot or piece of ground situate in the Borough of Atglen, County of Chester and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, bounded and described according to a Subdivision Plan of Property of James E. Brown, made by the Design Coalition Architects & Planners dated May 4, 1985 and recorded November 4, 1985 in Chester County as Plan File No. 5873 and being more fully described as follows, to wit: Beginning at a point in the bed of Valley Avenue, said point also being the Southeast corner of Lot No. 2 as shown on said plan; thence extending from said point of beginning, leaving the bed of Valley Avenue and continuing along Lot No. 2, North 02 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds West, 265.02 feet to a point along lands of the Penn Central Railroad; thence extending along same, North 81 degrees 09 minutes 00 seconds East 75.00 feet to a point; thence extending South 02 degrees 25 minutes 00 seconds East 264.40 feet to line in the bed of Valley Avenue South 80 degrees 30 minutes 00 seconds West 75.00 feet to the first mentioned point and place of beginning. Being Lots No. 3 and 4 as shown on said Plan.

BEING LOT #139 on said Plan. Fee Simple Title Vested in Cynthia A. Santore, by deed from Kathy S. Lamborn, dated 08/15/2007, recorded 10/05/2007, in the Chester County Clerk’s Office in Deed Book 7280, Page 175, as Instrument No. 10793876. Tax ID/Parcel No. 60-1-143 PLAINTIFF: Cascade Funding Mortgage Trust 2017-1 VS DEFENDANT: Cynthia A. Santore


SALE ADDRESS: 101 Crestview Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: STERN & EISENBERG 215-572-8111 N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-70

PLAINTIFF: The Money Source, Inc VS DEFENDANT: James P. Stauffer & Julie E. Stauffer SALE ADDRESS: 645 Valley Avenue, Atglen, PA 19310 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 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be

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made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-74 Writ of Execution No. 2020-09257 DEBT $280,187.32 Property situate in East Nottingham Township

UTES WEST, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING. BEING THE SAME PREMISES which Daniel L. London, Jr., by Deed dated 6/16/2017 and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Chester County on 7/18/2017 in Instrument No. 11555145, Deed Book Volume 9580, Page 181, granted and conveyed unto Richard D. Mathues a/k/a Richard Mathues.

Tax ID/UPI Parcel No. 69-06-0468130/69-6-468.13

Tax Parcel # 08-03-0171.010-E

Sold as the property of: William D. Mitchell

IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Property

IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling


PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank National Association, as Indenture Trustee, for the CIM Trust 2016-3, Mortgage-Backed Notes, Series 2016-3 VS DEFENDANT: William D. Mitchell

SALE ADDRESS: 207 N. Limestone Road a/k/a 207 North Limestone Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365

SALE ADDRESS: 301 Yorklyn Road, Oxford, PA 19363



N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-78 Writ of Execution No. 2019-12876 DEBT $87,991.84 ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND SITUATE IN THE BOROUGH OF PARKESBURG, COUNTY OF CHESTER AND STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WITH THE DWELLING ERECTED THEREON, BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A STAKE IN THE LIMESTONE ROAD IN A LINE OF LAND NOW OR LATE OF EZEKIEL YOUNG AND EXTENDING THENCE ALONG THE SAID ROAD NORTH TEN MINUTES EAST, SIXTY FEET TO A STAKE; THENCE BY REMAINING LAND OF A PRIOR GRANTOR SOUTH EIGHTY-NINE DEGREES AND FIFTY MINUTES EAST, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE FEET TO A STAKE N A LINE OF LAND NOW OR LATE OF WILLIAM B. SMITH; THENCE BY SAID LAND NOW OR LATE OF WILLIAM B. SMITH SOUTH TEN MINUTES WEST, SIXTY FEET TO A STAKE, THENCE BY SAID REMAINING LAND OF A PRIOR GRANTOR NORTH EIGHTYNINE DEGREES AND FIFTY MIN-

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. SALE NO. 21-7-80 Writ of Execution No. 2019-12740 DEBT $599,798.84 Property situate in the TOWNSHIP OF PENN, CHESTER County, Pennsylvania, being BLR# 58-3-33.67 IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling 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 L. Klemaszewki & Michael P. Klemaszewski SALE ADDRESS: 640 Blanca Court, West Grove, PA 19390 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: BROCK & SCOTT 844-856-6646 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 bal-

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Local News ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ appearing at Pines Dinner Theatre The Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown takes you to the French Riviera in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” playing now through Aug. 22. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief,

this hysterical musical comedy based on the popular 1988 MGM film, features two con men in the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson (Sean Carroll) makes his lavish

living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson (James Ofalt) more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother’s failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together, only to find that this small French town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress, Christine Colgate (Abigail Garrigan), wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of Photo courtesy Pines Dinner Theatre cons ensues that will keep ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ is playing at the Pines you laughing, humming and Dinner Theatre through Aug. 22. guessing to the end.

The supporting cast includes Andre Thibault (Kristofer Wills), Muriel Eubanks (Jennifer Wills), Jolene Oakes (Leslea Rodig) as well as ensemble. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is written by Jeffrey Lane with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. The delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek and Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler features “Great Big Stuff,” “Give Them What They Want,” “Ruffhousin’ Mit Shuffhausen,” as well as “Nothing Is Too Wonderful to Be True.” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” plays at the Pines Dinner Theatre through Aug. 22. Show times are select

Wednesdays and Thursdays 12:30 p.m. dinner, 1:30 p.m. show, Fridays and Saturdays 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. show, and Sundays 12:30 p.m. dinner and 1:30 p.m. show. Ticket prices for show admission are $30 for adults, and $20 for children (2-12) which includes a seat for the show, all taxes and box-office fees. All appetizers, entrees,

desserts and beverages are available for purchase a la carte throughout your evening of entertainment. This show is rated PG-13. The Pines Dinner Theatre is located at 448 N. 17th Street, Allentown, Pa. 18104. For ticket information, call the box-office at 610-433-2333 or visit the Pines Dinner Theatre on the web at Pinesdinnertheatre. com.

Fun in downtown Oxford this Friday

A unique summer camp for children Two non-profit organizations are partnering to make history come alive this July in a new summer camp. The Center for the Creative Arts and Friends of Auburn Heights/Marshall Steam Museum, both located in Yorklyn, Del., are partnering this summer to offer a unique camp experience for students about to enter third grade to fifth grade. The summer camp takes place from July 19 to 23. This full-day camp (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) allows students to step back in time to experience life at the dawn of the automotive age. Students will ride in an authentic antique car, create games, art, and drama based on this incredible time in history. “This camp gives young people the opportunity to explore one of American history’s most innovative

time periods, the early 1900s, through art and play,” said Allison Schell, the director of public programs at the Marshall Steam Museum. Students spend the morning on the Auburn Heights campus getting immersed in early technology, fashion, games, and culture. In the afternoon, they travel to CCArts to create theater and visual art based on what has been learned in the morning. Extended care is available for those families who may need it. The Creative Connections Program is a new initiative of CCArts to build partnerships with other non-profits and local businesses to give children a deeper understanding about a variety of topics through the arts. “We hope the Creative

Connections Program will include partnerships with many local non-profits and small businesses,” Schell said. “We are honored to launch the program with the Marshall Steam Museum. This camp expands our existing relationship and is an exciting opportunity for us to help students explore history through an artistic lens. We can’t wait to introduce the young people to some more cool places in Yorklyn.” The Marshall Steam Museum is located at 3000 Creek Road, Yorkyln, Del. The Center for the Creative Arts (CCARTS) is located at 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row and Rt. 82, Yorklyn, Del. For more information about CCArts, visit the website at www.ccarts. org, or call the center at 302-239-2434.

CCArts has been offering classes in the fine and performing arts for over 40 years as well as art exhibits, community celebrations and the popular Yorklyn Live: Open Mic Night. The summer program serves 800 or more children over ten weeks each year and offers scholarships to children in need. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene. com.

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Oxford's First Friday celebrations return this Friday, with a "Summer Beach Party" theme on July 2. There will be plenty of food, games, and music as well as a kids’ bike race at 6 p.m. The hours for this First Friday event in downtown Oxford are 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. at 610-998-9494 or email

Legals ance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, July 15 th, 2021 at 11AM. Notice is given to all parties in interest and claimants that the Sheriff will file with the Prothonotary and in the Sheriff’s Office, both located in the Chester County Justice Center, 201 W Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, Schedules of Distribution on Monday, August 16 th, 2021. Distribution will be made in accordance with the Schedules unless exceptions are filed in the Sheriff’s Office within ten (10) days thereafter. Sale No. 21-7-81 Writ of Execution No. 2015-03579

Classifieds Auctions Notice of Self Storage Sale Please take notice US Storage Centers - Exton located at 371 Gordon Dr., Exton PA 19341 intends to hold a public sale to the highest bidder of the property stored by the following tenant at the storage facility. This sale will occur as an online auction via on 7/21/2021 at 10:00AM. Clara Brooks unit #B047. This sale may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Certain terms and conditions apply.

CALL TO ADVERTISE 610-869-5553

DEBT $474,464.24 Property situate in the BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER County, Pennsylvania, being

VS DEFENDANT: Henry J. Ruffenach SALE ADDRESS: 224 Penn Avenue, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: BROCK & SCOTT 844-856-6646

BLR# 6-8-51 IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Dwelling PLAINTIFF: The Bank of New York Mellon f/k/a The Bank of New York as Successor in Interest to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, as Indenture Trustee for the Registered Holders for ABFS Mortgage Loan Trust 2002-2, Mortgage-Backed PassThrough Certificates, Series 2002-2

N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time and place of sale. Payment must be paid in cash, certified check, or money order made payable to the purchaser or “Sheriff of Chester County”. The balance must be made payable to “Sheriff of Chester County” within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale by 4PM. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 6p-23-3t

Cumberland Truck Equipment Co. (CTE), a heavy-duty truck parts distributor, has an immediate opening for a full-time local Delivery Driver at our Nottingham branch location, 470 West Christine Road, Nottingham, PA 19362. Delivery driver will be delivering truck parts to customers driving a company van or box truck and working 1st shift, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Applicant should have knowledge of local area and a good driving record. Hiring manager is Jim DeGeorge @ 610-932-1152.

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