Chester County Press 07-07-2021 Edition

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

Volume 155, No. 27


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Oxford Borough Council holds first in-person Kennett Square public meeting at friends, leaders new Borough Hall pay tribute to Dennis Melton ‘For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains’

By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer

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By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Before a gathering of more than 100 friends and community leaders in the Hartefeld Room at the Hartefeld Golf Club on June 30, Dennis Melton – who died on May 5 -- was remembered as a quiet leader who led by the power of his conviction and the passion of his conscience. Melton was an architect, a recording and performing musician and a local visionary, and at the core of that commitment was the town of Kennett Square, Melton’s wife Donna said at the beginning of the hour-long ceremony. “About 25 years ago, Dennis had said to me, ‘I am looking for a place to make a difference. I am Continued on page 2A

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Oxford residents had their first opportunity to see the new Borough Hall and council room on June 21. Oxford Borough Council held their first in-person council meeting that was open to the public at the new Borough Hall. It was actually a hybrid meeting since residents could also watch through Zoom. Due to the pandemic, council was not able to hold a meeting at the new location until now. The July Borough Council

meeting, scheduled for July 19, is also a hybrid meeting. Residents are encouraged to check to confirm meeting dates for the summer as some meeting dates have changed. Council President Peggy Russell welcomed residents to the meeting and to their first look at the new Borough Hall, which was included as part of the project to build a new parking garage in downtown Oxford. Council also approved a motion to update the COVID-19 policy to conform to new regulations that have been recom-

mended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The latest guidance does not require masking for those who have been fully vaccinated. The borough’s policy is being adjusted to be consistent with that. Effective immediately, staff who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while in a borough building. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after Continued on page 5A

Many help with beautifying Oxford Borough About 675 trees have been planted in Oxford Borough, and flowers and shrubs have been added, too. A borough council member has been instrumental in the effort By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer

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Oxford Borough residents may not have noticed, but someone has been beautifying the town, one tree, flower or shrub at a time— and protecting the fragile environment as well. At the forefront of this effort is Kathryn Cloyd, a borough council member and chair of the borough’s Environmental Committee. Cloyd and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay planted 275 trees at Broad and 8th streets, 140 trees at Public Works and 260 more trees Courtesy photo at Sycamore Crossing. The Several community volunteers have been assisting in efforts to plant trees, plants and shrubs in Oxford Continued on page 3A


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Geoffrey Gamble’s ‘six-year contract’ with Kennett Township

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By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer From 2014 to 2019, Kennett Township resident Geoffrey Gamble commuted several times a year to Rome, Italy, where he served as a member of the Sovereign Council of the Order of Malta, which maintains 500 hospitals and clinics in developing countries. He was also appointed by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s honorary papal ambassador to mis-

sions and refugees around the world. When Gamble returned home to Chester County two years ago, he saw that the township was entirely different than the one he once knew. “When I left, we used the State Police, and now we have more than ten township police officers,” he said. “When I left, the police department’s budget was about $300,000 and now it was north of $1 million.”

Most shocking of all to Gamble was the news that township manager Lisa Moore – with whom Gamble had once worked side by side with as the township’s auditor from 2001 to 2003 – had been arrested on Dec. 10, 2019 after an eightmonth investigation by the Chester County District Attorney's Office, revealing that Moore had allegedly embezzled more than $3.2 million from the township dating back to 2013. Moore has been charged with 115

felony counts and 26 misdemeanor counts involved in felony theft, forgery, computer crimes and related offenses. To this day, Moore’s alleged actions still form a palpable dark cloud that hangs over Kennett Township, an unspeakable and consistent albatross that has chosen to hover over a municipality where questions about these injustices still far outnumber answers. On June 2, Gamble sat at Continued on page 4A

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Republican Geoffrey Gamble is opposing Democrat Whitney Hoffman in a November election to decide the next Kennett Township supervisor.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District makes several big personnel changes The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District’s organizational chart looks a little different after several important personnel changes were approved by the school board in June. Timothy Hoffman is the new assistant superintendent after serving as the district’s director of curriculum and instruction for the last four years. He first joined the district in 2012 as the principal of the Charles F. Patton Middle School. He then transitioned to the

district office in 2017, serving in the role of director of curriculum and instruction. Prior to joining UnionvilleChadds Ford, Hoffman was an assistant principal in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District and for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. That is also where he started his teaching career. For the past year, Hoffman was instrumental in creating the district’s health and safety plan in response to COVID-19. His leader-

ship helped shape plans for a hybrid educational model at all grade levels. Subsequently, he played a large role in the transition to in-person learning. The school board also approved the appointment of Joseph L. Deady as the new director of finance, reaching an agreement on a five-year contract that will run through July 18, 2026. Deady will be replacing Bob Cochran, the current director of business and operations, who is retiring in August.

Deady has spent the last 15 years working in public education. He is currently the supervisor of accounting for the district, a role he has held for the past seven years. He previously served as the assistant business administrator for both Souderton Area and Southeast Delco school districts and the district accountant for Southeast Delco. Michael Audevard was approved as the district’s new director of curriculum and instruction, the role that

Hoffman performed until he was appointed as the new assistant superintendent. Audevard first joined the school district in 2008 as a fourth-grade teacher at Chadds Ford Elementary School. After spending seven years as a teacher, he took his first administrative post as assistant principal at Concord Elementary School in the Garnet Valley School District. After two years, Audevard returned to Unionville-Chadds Ford Continued on page 3A




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looking for a church,’” she said. “He said, ‘I don’t want a church building, and the dogma and politics that go with regular church, but for something I can really dig into. He came home one day and said, ‘I have found my church, and it’s called Kennett Square.’ “The thing that is so beautiful about Dennis Melton was that he was a person who lived a life that he had always dreamed of, and all of the wonderful colleagues that were part of his day-today work made that vision come true.” Moderated by celebrant and local funeral director Matt Grieco, the event was highlighted by a performance by the CommUNITY Choir under the direction of former Kennett Square Mayor Leon Spencer. The choir performed “Gather ‘Round,” a song co-written by Melton that is performed at the start of the annual MLK CommUNITY Breakfast sponsored by the MLK CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett Area. Following the choir’s performance, the event invited several community leaders to offer their memories and praise of their former friend and colleague. Cheryl Kuhn, the president of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, recalled “the pleasure” of knowing Melton over the past ten years, which included his tenure and achievements on the chamber’s community and government relations committee and the Route 1 Economic Development

Initiative. She called Melton “humble,” “low key” and a “true gentleman.” “He was one of the first people I met when I started,” Kuhn said. “He immediately came up to me, shook my hand, and said how happy he was that I was here. He said that we needed someone like me, and we didn’t know each other, so I was surprised he said that.” Kuhn said that she learned the power of listening by observing Melton at meetings. “When he contributed to a conversation, his observations always had purpose,” Kuhn said. “When there was a discussion around the table, he preferred to listen to that discussion and patiently lay it out for everyone in the room and then proceeded to offer one or two solutions – calmly, objectively and always with a smile.” Influence of Mabel Thompson Elder Jerry Poe of the MLK CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett Area described the impact Melton had in helping to begin the organization alongside Mabel Thompson, who would have a major impact on Melton’s life. “Working with Mabel Thompson allowed Dennis to be able to tap into his moral conscience and moral compass, sealing a bond in a relationship between Dennis and Mabel that would last for many, many years,” Poe said. “Dennis was a humanitarian, building bridges between people

Donna Melton recalled her husband’s devotion to Kennett Square. Photos by Richard L. Gaw

An audience of more than 100 friends and community leaders gathered at the Hartefeld Golf Club on June 30 to pay tribute to architect and musician Dennis Melton, who died on May 5.

Elder Jerry Poe spoke in praise of Melton’s many contributions to the MLK CommUNITY of the Greater Kennett area.

and the community, and no one can appreciate that more than those who have been isolated and marginalized. “The MLK CommUNITY allowed Dennis to be able to use his gifts and talents.” Poe said that Melton was far too humble to take on the role of becoming the committee’s chairman after Thompson, but instead took on the position of being vice-chairman, at the same time encouraging Poe to become the committee’s new chairman. Poe also recalled playing his harmonica with Melton and community leader Joan Holliday at the conclusion of the annual MLK CommUNITY breakfasts. “As we celebrate the life

The event included a performance by the MLK CommUNITY Choir, under the direction of Leon Spencer.

of Dennis, we also have to celebrate a life that was well loved,” he said. “Dennis isn’t physically here. We know that, but he’s not gone, because we can see his reflection in our community – in the buildings and structures and in his imprint in our lives, daily.” Jeff Yetter, the president of the Board of Trustees for the Kennett Library, told the story of Melton’s impact on the start of the Kennett Flash, which included Melton’s help in raising the initial seed money that began what has become the area’s premier music venue and listening room. It led to Melton’s work as the architect for the performance space, that Yetter said Melton modeled after what a venue of its kind should be. “He set out to design a space that was the exact space that he and all of the musicians he had ever played with wanted to build – a place where you could hear the music,” Yetter said. “It was always about the music.” Kennett Library terrace to be named in honor of Melton Yetter, who is helping to spearhead the efforts to raise the funding needed to construct the new Kennett Library – slated to begin later this summer and be completed by December 2022 – also recalled Melton’s work as

the library’s architect of record. “Dennis was a fierce opponent of the library a few years ago – that was the library that wanted to move out of town [to Ways Lane] – and Dennis and a few of the people in this audience here fought very hard to keep it in town, because they knew that a more [accessible] library was very important to the community,” Yetter said. Yetter said that on June 15, the library’s board of directors voted unanimously to honor Melton’s many contributions to the library by embarking on a campaign to name the outdoor terrace of the new building the Melton Terrace. Repeating the beginning, uplifting lyrics of Melton’s song “Gather ‘Round,” Spencer said that every work in the song is a reflection of Melton and how he lived. “Harmony as a musical term can be defined as the simultaneous sounding of pitch frequencies – notes,” he said. “It is most aesthetically pleasing when the notes don’t clash. It can be dissonant if the composer chooses. Typically, sounds that seem to collide eventually resolve and come to a desirable, harmonious conclusion. “In his composition ‘Gather ‘Round,’ Dennis wrote about harmony within the context of human togetherness. His lyrics speak of an attainable

dream, one that will result in joy and gladness when the parts unite as one. “We are those parts, and as the song implores, we must work for peace and harmony until the dream is shared by everyone, everywhere.” Spencer said that as a musician, Melton knew the importance of the word “ensemble.” “He found joy in his heart upon hearing the parts come together as one,” he said. “Harmony transcends musical discipline to include social condition. It is incumbent upon each of us to work, to live – in harmony. It requires that all of us, collectively, share in making the dream of peace and harmony a reality for everyone. By doing so, we will pay tribute to -- and honor the legacy of -- Dennis Melton, and ensure that his spirit will always be here.” Holliday closed the event by reading from two passages. “For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains,” she read. A memorial concert will be held in tribute to Melton on Sept. 19 at the band shell at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square, beginning at 2 p.m. In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the American Legion Building in Kennett Square. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email




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planting at Broad and 8th was accomplished by volunteers. The other two were planted by Alliance contractors. Who would have thought that there was space for 675 trees in the borough? Cloyd did, and with a lot of help from her friends, it happened. “This came about with the help of David Ross and members of the Oxford Regional Environmental Advisory Council,” Cloyd said. “Many dedicated people were involved in this beautification of Oxford. We had been in contact with Ryan Davis and he asked Meagan Hopkins-Doerr if she knew of another municipality that might be interested in some trees. She said yes. We were very lucky.” Volunteers from the Oxford community and Penn State Master Watershed Steward and Master Gardeners recently added 1,000 native perennials at the parking garage. Last fall, native shrubs were planted there. This project was born out of a collaboration between Oxford Borough, the EAC and Penn State Extension. Most of the perennials will bloom next year. North Creek Nurseries were also thanked for their assistance. And the luck didn’t stop there. The group also received a $7,000 Dockstader grant to fund the purchase of rain barrels. The barrels will be provided free of charge to residents who complete a Penn State webinar. They also just received a $15,000 Chesapeake Bay Trust Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) conceptual planning grant. The grant does require the completion of some very detailed tasks: • Task 1: The contractor prepares a green infrastructure action plan for Oxford Borough identifying a menu of projects throughout the borough. Digital imagery will be used to identify opportunities for implementing impervious cover management strategies, based on the contractor’s extensive experience with similar projects. For each opportunity, appropriate green infrastructure practices—both large (e.g., constructed bioretention systems) and small (e.g., raingardens and sidewalk bump-outs) -- will be identified. This deliverable will include quantification of environmental benefits with short-term goals for implementation. Among the resources available for completing this task on time are detailed watershed maps accessible through CCWRA, the Oxford Source Water Protection Plan, Brandywine Conservancy’s Woodlands Classification Map, and the Borough’s MS4 permit submission.

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as principal of Hillendale Elementary School. He has held that position for the last four years. Audevard graduated from Cornell University and received his masters in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Drexel University. Additionally, the school district has reached an agreement with assistant superintendent John Nolen to delay his retirement for a few more months. Nolen will return to Hillendale

• Task 2: The Borough’s Environment Committee in conjunction with ORPC’s volunteer Environmental Advisory Council leads a public education and engagement effort to solicit comments on contractor drafts and build buy-in for green infrastructure investment and maintenance. Since the borough’s conceptual planning process coincides with ongoing stormwater action initiatives, it envisions substantial in-kind assistance from partners including the Brandywine Conservancy, Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., other watershed and conservation organizations, CCCD, and CCWRA. Contractor’s staff will participate in and assist in preparation for public meetings and planning sessions. • Task 3: Contractor prepares two green street conceptual designs with artistic renderings and preliminary engineering calculations that can be incorporated into the green infrastructure action plan. In addition to documenting environmental benefits such as reductions in stormwater runoff loadings and climate resiliency, the designs will describe recreational and aesthetic advantages to the community and economic advantages to business districts. • Task 4: The borough’s Environment Committee drafts a green infrastructure implementation plan for the projects in the green infrastructure action plan that attract the most public support and coincide with other borough revitalization goals. The implementation plan will identify funding strategies that include grant opportunities, borough capital accounts, and rationalization and coordination of borough public works and volunteer activities. The plan will include a timeline for taking action. Cloyd said, “We had help from many partners to make the G3 award happen, including The Brandywine Conservancy and the regional volunteer Environmental Advisory Council. “In the past 10 to 15 years, DEP (Department of Enviornmental Protection) impressed upon local municipalities the effect hat building has upon the Chesapeake Bay,” she added. “Today, it is widely understood, but years ago it was met with some doubt by local municipal officials. We know rainwater from storms that carry pollutants from impervious surfaces, like roads and roofs, into local waterways, potentially compromising drinking water supplies and making recreation in, on, or near these waters unsafe.” Additionally, flooding caused by stormwater can endanger private property and critical infrastructure. Elementary as interim principal. He previously served as principal at this school before joining the District Office. The school district will conduct a search for a new principal for Hillendale Elementary School. It is anticipated that the search will conclude before Oct. 15, which is the date specified in a memorandum of understanding between Nolen and the school district as his new retirement date. In July, the UnionvilleChadds Ford School Board will meet on July 19 rather than July 12. There is no work session for the school board this month.

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Kathryn Cloyd, Oxford Borough Council member and chair of the Oxford Borough Environment Committee, stands in the midst of the 260 trees planted at borough property in front of Sycamore Crossing.

Effective stormwater management can address both of these challenges by reducing flooding and floodrelated damages, while also preventing pollutants from threatening public health. In Pennsylvania, nearly 20,000 miles of streams are impaired due to polluted runoff, negatively impacting water supplies, recreation, and fish consumption. These challenges are only going to worsen, as more frequent and intense downpours increase. As precipitation levels rise, so does the ongoing need for appropriate and efficient stormwater best management practices (BMPs) that mitigate flooding and the effects of contaminated runoff on local waters. To assist boroughs in addressing these challenges, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, the University of Maryland’s Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center, and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs created a series of stormwater training sessions for local governments entitled Seeking Stormwater Solutions: Getting the MOST for Local Leaders. This three-month seminar for Pennsylvania borough officials helped to identify and address local stormwater concerns. Green infrastructure Oxford Borough has been identifying opportunities to implement green infrastructure, but it has some serious challenges to overcome. There is a lack of space for installing such structures and the need to coordinate across four separate watersheds within the municipality. In spite of this, Oxford has constructed bump-outs that will contain rain gardens in a known flood zone and partnered with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, along with several community and regional partners and volunteers, to install three riparian forest buffers. Projects such as these help filter pollutants from stormwater and are cost-effective solutions to

meeting Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) requirements. Cloyd’s immersion in these issues will protect the borough environmentally and also provide grant funding to lessen the financial impact to the borough’s budget. According to Cloyd, Oxford’s Public Works Department conducts bi-weekly street sweeping, which reduces sediment flow to its storm sewers. Borough officials also participate in the region’s Environmental Advisory Council, which provides stormwater educational outreach and support to community efforts in obtaining greening grants. Seeking Stormwater Solutions After completing the Seeking Stormwater Solutions sessions, Cloyd shared that the borough is revising its Pollutant Reduction Plan and applying for several conservation grants that will lay the groundwork for future stormwater initiatives, including the installation of more rain gardens, offering residential rain barrels, and other green BMPs. “Maintenance of our grey infrastructure has been the cornerstone of stormwater remediation in the borough. Looking ahead, we realize that we must also incorporate green infrastructure wherever feasible,” Cloyd said. The borough’s Environment Committee and the Environmental Advisory Council are currently working on a new G3 grant application that if awarded will help pay for the addition of a pocket park, green alleys, more rain gardens, and for the parking garage a green roof and green wall. The Environment Committee, working with the Police and Public Safety Committee, has just completed a draft Traffic Calming Policy. The policy includes language to incorporate green stormwater BMPs in future projects where warranted. Cloyd’s dedication to the

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Volunteers from the Oxford community and Penn State Master Watershed Steward and Master Gardeners came together to help beautify the Oxford Borough. Last fall, native shrubs were planted at the parking garage, and recently 1,000 native perennials were added. This project was created out of a collaboration between Oxford Borough, the EAC and Penn State Extension.

environment has not gone unnoticed. At a recent borough council meeting, council member Dick Winchester applauded Cloyd and her efforts, and called attention to an article in the Borough News Magazine citing her efforts. “I am honored to sit with her on council,” he said. “She has made amazing strides and obviously the Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs has recognized that as well, if you read the article in the May 2021 Borough News.” Council president Peggy Ann Russell, has repeatedly said at council meetings, “Kathryn Cloyd has done an

amazing job as chair of the Environment Committee. With her success at securing grants and funding for environmental issues, she has impacted not only the environment of our community, but her efforts have also improved our bottom line. We are extremely fortunate to have her on our council.” “I have two sons, and I want them to know that I did what I can to protect the environment,” Cloyd said. “Further, I have a responsibility to help the borough meet our MS4 requirements by implementation of BMPs that benefit businesses and enhance the lives of residents. And I love trees.”




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the head of a wooden table in a small historic cabin built in 1726 that stands on the six-acre Kennett Township property that he has shared with his wife Dorcas and his seven children – one boy and six girls, now grown and living elsewhere -- since 1985. A recent power outage required a series of lit candles that illuminated the table and sent a faded golden glow around the cabin and Gamble himself, giving him the look of a general at an encampment plotting a Revolutionary War battle strategy. Albeit a temporary location, the scene was apropos, because for the next hour, Gamble, a Republican, strategized about his decision to enter into a campaign to defeat incumbent and Democrat Whitney Hoffman this November and become the newest member of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors beginning in January 2022. Beside stacks of correspondence and initiatives, Gamble addressed the necessary evil that continues to remain Topic Number One in the township and will remain so when township residents go to the polls to elect either Gamble or Hoffman on Nov. 2. ‘Trust but Verify’ “Lisa Moore’s alleged actions could have been avoided,” Gamble said. “I listened to the presentation of the township’s 2019 audit and it revealed simple

standard procedures, such as checks needing to be signed by two people, no rubber stamps featuring the signature of the board chairman, and not allowing one single person to bring in the money, categorize it and deposit it with no oversight, no nothing. “If those three procedures had already been in place, Lisa would not have gotten away with it. If I were a supervisor and had seen that checks were not counter signed, that there was a rubber stamp and that the entire financial picture of the township was going through one person’s hand – I would not have let that happen on my watch. It’s the old Ronald Reagan comment, ‘Trust but verify.’ I have been the township’s auditor and I know how the township mechanics work, and this was just wrong.” While the southern Chester County community still awaits an ultimate legal decision on Moore, public speculation and opinions concerning the role that Scudder Stevens, Richard Leff and Hoffman played in the alleged heist have repeatedly claimed that while the supervisors were not guilty of Moore’s alleged wrongdoing, all three committed the crime of blind trust, giving a boatload of responsibilities to someone who seemingly had freewill of the township’s money for more than a decade. “If something happens on your watch, you are responsible, whether fate has dealt you a bad hand or not,” Gamble said. “In this case, these supervisors

are responsible and they did what a lot of boards do, which is to simply trust their underlings without any safeguards. Larceny may reside deep in someone’s soul, but if there are structures in place to prevent it, it never comes to the surface.” Gamble said that in the aftermath of the Moore scandal, the township’s most pressing goal is to allow the prosecuting attorneys to do their part to enact justice on Moore, and place its emphasis on recovering the entire $3.2 million that the former manager allegedly stole, and to find out what happened to the money. “The township’s emphasis should not so much be about her going to jail as it is in getting its money back,” he said. “I would have a private investigator try to find out what happened to the $3.2 million. Did she invest in real estate? Did she put it in someone else’s name? Where did it go? “There is misinformation that the township recovered $1 million,” he added. “That was insurance compensation, so in reality, the township has only recovered less than $100,000 of the $3.2 million. Moreover, the township was woefully underinsured.” Seeking one six-year term Gamble’s professional career includes being the chief international counsel of the DuPont Company, serving as the board chairman for several business and trade commissions and committees and as a


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The owner of a long and distinguished career, Gamble was appointed by Pope Francis as the Vatican’s honorary papal ambassador to missions and refugees around the world.

captain in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, giving off the appearance that transferring his skills and experience to the role of township supervisor would be an easy haul for him. It won’t be. As he kicks fully into his campaign against Hoffman, Gamble insists that the township’s major decisions in the near future that will impact its more than 8,500 residents will require a lot of heavy lifting, beginning with its need to increase its transparency. If elected, one of Gamble’s top priorities would be procedural in nature: to support the idea of establishing a five-person township board made up of Republicans and Democrats. Currently, the board is made of three Democrats, similar in proportion to the many years when Kennett Township’s board consisted of three Republicans. “I think it is very unhealthy

for any municipality to have all three supervisors of the same party,” Gamble said. “I think there needs to be a mix of both parties represented, which lends itself to more open discussion and public awareness, and increases the chance of having a blend of political affiliations.” In support of his strong beliefs about term limits, Gamble insists that he would serve only one sixyear term if he is elected. “I have no other motive than to give back to a township that has been good to my family and me for a third of a century,” he said. “A six-year term as a supervisor is extraordinarily long, so the idea of someone serving two terms for 12 years or three terms for 18 years is wrong. There are dictators who don’t serve as long.” If he is elected, Gamble will be sitting on a board with two Democrats beginning in January, and fully

expects that he will be the lone dissenting vote for a majority of the most crucial decisions that need to be made. “I have no personal agenda, so I am going to vote for what I think is right, even if it’s two to one,” Gamble said. “I’m going to vote on the issues, not on personality. I think [Stevens and Leff] will find that they are dealing with someone without a hidden agenda.” A township playground? Gamble said that during his one term, he would address several bullet-point aspirations and checks and balances now on the township’s agenda. While he said the current board has done a commendable effort in terms of preserving open space in the township, “I think now it’s time to give some attention to the people who walk on these preserved spaces,” Gamble said. “Unlike New Garden




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Local News Township, this township has no nice playground, and young families need a place of their own to take their children within the township.” He would also like to see the township become more “woke” to several national conscience-heightening movements. “I was frankly infuriated by the township’s letter recognizing Black Lives Matter,” he said. “All lives matter! Where was the letter recognizing Kennett Township veterans on Memorial Day? Where is the recognition of Gay Pride Month? Where is the recognition of Juneteenth?” Gamble also questioned the township’s financial commitment to build a trail adjacent to Chandler Mill Road. He said he had recently taken a few of his grandchildren on the road

as part of their trek through the Kennett Greenway, and that during their time on the road, they encountered one vehicle. To Gamble, it’s indicative of the township’s fiscal irresponsibility. “I asked myself, ‘Why are we spending a lot of money to build a parallel path, to massacre 300 trees beside a road that is a dead end and is used largely by the residents who live on the road?” he said. “I have to question the judgment of that, because that’s how our taxes go up. “The people in power now have depleted our reserve from $10 million to somewhere south of $3 million. I don’t want to be perceived as an anti-tax and anti-spend curmudgeon, but there needs to be some balance, and I want to bring some sense of proportion and rea-

son to our spending. Maybe we need to initiate the idea of saving the money before we build projects, so as not to spend it and be subsequently forced to run around with a shortfall and raise taxes. “I think that when personnel expansions take place like the ones that have happened in the township over the past five years, it merits close scrutiny on need and efficiency,” he added. “I see many on fixed incomes and the tax rate rising, so we have to be careful that we are not forcing people into unaffordability to live in our township. The only way to restructure that is to not to spend as much.”

campaigns goes from mild to smoldering, so does the temperature of the issues and the need to express them. Gamble said that he would welcome the opportunity to debate Hoffman, whom he refreshingly sees as his opponent and not his enemy. “I would say to Whitney that while it has been very commendable of her to have made COVID-19 masks for members of the community, that’s not a supervisor’s job,” he said. “The supervisor’s job is to supervise the running of the township. I would ask her, ‘What do you think you have accomplished over the past six years? Not Scudder and not Richard, but what have you done for the township? Open to a debate “She may have a whole list with opponent of wonderful things she has As summer becomes fall done, but I guarantee that a and the season of political lot of them will not have to

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Gamble has held several national and international offices and positions in the trade and business industries.


One officer recently returned from active shooter training. Other trainings coming up involve useof-force instruction. “You have to have live training for live situations, Iacono said. “Those situations can include car stops, domestic disputes, or a man with a knife scenario.” Officers had their first staff meeting since the pandemic began. Iacono said that they should be getting back on track and having more training and more meetings in the near future. Iacono and Mayor Phil Harris also reported about the District Attorney Task Force meeting. District Attorney Deb Ryan scheduled the meetings based on school districts. The Oxford

task force included three Oxford police officers, a Lincoln University police officer, a school police officer, and a state police officer. It included seven residents who either volunteered, or were picked through ministry groups or local churches. Iacono feels all outreach events such as this program or any other help the community and police officers. He expects his department to be getting busier again since people are out and about now. He did note that domestic calls were high, but obviously there were fewer incidents like bar fights during the pandemic. In other business, council approved a motion to allow Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. to restrict parking in the Broad

tion so there are multiple eyes to make sure the plan performance is consistent with market performance. Typically, they review fees, funding ratios and best management practice.” Council member Dick Winchester said, “We have agreed we should do a review and secondly we are reminded by what is going on at state level to perform a periodic and systematic review.” Vargo said, “The plan is performing well, but we do need more eyes.” During the discussion, borough solicitor Stacey Fuller also noted that the borough may need to amend the ordinance. “We will look at this further,” she said.

Council approved allowing the interim borough manager to obtain estimates for sidewalks, curbs (including rain garden bump-outs) paving, and water main replacement lines on Mt. Vernon Street as part of the Multimodal Transportation Fund and Small Water and Sewer grants. Liquid Fuel Funding might be used to match grants. During the public comment period a borough resident expressed the need for more handicapped parking. This issue will be looked at in the future. The next borough council meeting is scheduled for July 19 in the new Borough Hall. Residents will also be able to watch the meeting via Zoom.

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a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Borough employees, regardless of their vaccination status, who wish to continue utilizing masks are encouraged to do so. Police Chief Sam Iacono informed council that police officers are now returning to live training for use-of-force policy training as well as instructions on how to use a beanbag gun. According to Iacono, the beanbag gun is a less-lethal use of force. It will do damage, but it will not kill. Part of the training is teaching the officer where it is appropriate to hit the body.

Street North parking lot, located behind the attorney’s office. Going forward, it is expected that the lot will be used by Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. for First Fridays during the remainder of the year. Council approved a motion to form a Police Pension Committee which would include the council president and/or their approved council member designee, the chair of the Finance Committee and/or their approved Council member designee, the mayor, a rankand-file Police Department representative, the borough treasurer, and borough manager. Interim borough manager Cary Vargo said, “the defined benefit pension plan committee has a cross sec-

do with being supervisor.” According to Gamble, effective municipal government is one that reaches – through whatever means – the citizens it governs, while engaging them to become more present. Within that paradigm, he sees his potential role as a supervisor in the form of what he calls a “six-year contract” with the residents of the township. “I have no hidden agenda,” he said. “I have no future in politics after this six-year term. I am only interested in the township and its best interests. “I don’t care who likes me and who does not. All I wish to do after those six years are up is be able to have done a good job for Kennett Township.”

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Uricoli named Executive Director at Cecil College Cecil College recently announced that Karen Uricoli has been named as the Executive Director of the Cecil College Foundation and Alumni Development. In its inception, Cecil Community College was founded to be a local, affordable alternative to access a college degree. For more than five decades, Cecil College has been much more, providing students a way to a better life and community by pursuing an education. Moving forward, Cecil College will continue to challenge and prepare students to meet the demanding needs of local businesses and industries. “I am passionate about the Foundation’s mission of developing financial and other resources to help our students in their educational pursuits. This is an opportunity to help grow not only the Foundation but

also help grow resources that will benefit the residents of Cecil County,” said Uricoli. “I will be cultivating new relationships and student opportunities with foundation directors, donors, and community members with an immediate eye on completing the fundraising events we have coming up in the next few months.” The Foundation assists students by offering financial support in the form of scholarships and other resource needs, including technology access. Data shows students who received a scholarship were twice as likely to complete their degree as those who didn’t apply for a scholarship. The data also revealed more than 90 percent of Cecil College students work 20 hours a week to make ends meet. Over a 15-week semester, a $150 scholarship means

that a student can work one less hour a week and put that time toward their academic pursuits and family. This mission falls right into the wheelhouse of Uricoli’s talents, having been the Senior Development Director for Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership, where she expanded the portfolio of more than 25 leadership education programs through fostering sustainable funding sources. By developing a strategic funding raising plan, the institute surpassed its 2016 campaign of $1.5 million by 10 percent and its $1.7 million goals by 18 percent the following year. In her role, she nurtured relationships with key corporate sponsors to ensure involvement in all relevant institutional activities and recognition opportunities. “I am very outgoing,

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Karen Uricoli has been selected as Executive Director of the Cecil College Foundation and the college's Alumni Development.

and I have the personality to meet new people to build those relationships. I have the vision to increase the community’s aware-

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provide learning opportunities for all who have the desire and ability to benefit from its courses and programs. Centrally located in Maryland’s most northeastern county adjacent to Interstate 95, Cecil College boasts a diverse student population, approximately 2,500 credit students and 3,400 non-credit students. Cecil offers associate degrees, certificate programs, and non-credit classes. To learn more about how to help Cecil County’s youth own their futures through scholarships at Cecil College, contact Karen Uricoli by calling 410-287-1044 or email




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A family’s masks

Tell your state lawmakers that Pa. needs to join RGGI

It is the autumn of the year 2025, and owing largely to the reality of a downsized home due to the recent departure of her two children for college, a Unionville woman endeavors to reduce the contents of the home she has shared with her husband since the kids were barely out of their strollers. It is an exhaustive but necessary deep dive into the depths of her family’s memory, but for the woman, it is also one of pure glee, because there is no practical reason to remain in the possession of household items whose dates have long expired, or clothes that no longer fit, or trinkets or do-dads that have little sentimental value. By the second room, she has become a human cleaning machine, filling up several plastic bags in a purging of both the home and the past. Her energy, she finds, is contagious; her husband has wiped away nearly every metallic and useless gear and grind from the garage, as well as completed the tall order of dropping off outgrown bicycles and love-worn toys at a nearby Goodwill store. There is a desk beside the front door that has become a daily depot for the business of the woman’s family – a sizable museum of keys, outdated driver’s licenses, personalized sport cards made of the kids when they were in youth soccer and old holiday greetings cards inked with signatures and soggy with sentiment. With the remainder of her home cleansed from the collected debris of the past 20 years and a small black mountain of bags stacked at the end of the driveway, the woman saves the desk for last. The woman affords the unruly stack as much delicacy as a lion pursuing a wildebeest. The action is swift, a three-step motion of holding the item in her hands, asking ‘Do we really need this anymore?’ and tossing the item in the bag. Within minutes, she has nearly reached the bottom of the drawer when she removes a face mask, and then another and another and another. They were worn by her family from March 2020 to July 2021. She turns over the personally embroidered cloth of the masks in her hand. It was the year of vanishing smiles, she remembers, when we all disappeared into the safe crevices of our homes to wait out the devastating storm that ravaged country after country. It was a year when her children’s bedrooms became their virtual classrooms, and when the social and economic and community order of her beloved Kennett Square Borough became suddenly silent of its shopkeepers and restaurants and festivals. It was the year of being caught in the necessary but dreadful Brady Bunch montage of Zoom meetings. It was a year that tried and tested the question of whether we as a nation would ever overcome the toll of such a hardship. It was the year of the phone call that she received on her way to the hospital from her mother, informing her that her father had just died – one of the 600,000 Americans who became the victim of a cruel and punishing disease. It was also the year that turned her life into a frameby-frame picture book of her children’s development that allowed her and her husband the stunning gift of time suddenly slowed down. While the world outside raged with fear, their home had become a sanctuary of new conversations both silly and enlightening that galvanized them in a way that normal life with all of its schedules and commitments would never allow them to. It was the year of listening. The woman noticed that the jackets and coats that normally would occupy several rungs of the coat rack near the front door were now hanging in two college dorm rooms. She held the four face masks from that horrible year that somehow brought her family closer together, and placed them one by one on available rungs.


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Letter to the Editor: I sure am glad my grandkids don’t live in this state. They live in Connecticut and New York, both states that have joined the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a plan that cuts climate pollution by one-third and raises money to invest in clean energy and other green projects.

But what about all the kids and grandkids who live in Pennsylvania? We are ranked as the third dirtiest state in terms of carbon pollution, and yet our state senators just passed a bill (SB119) aimed at creating obstacles to our joining RGGI, which Gov. Tom Wolf wants to do. What?! Experts project that

Pennsylvania could cut carbon pollution by more than 180 million tons, which is equal to taking four million cars off the road, creating 27,000 more jobs, and adding almost $2 billion to our economy by joining this project. There is still hope in our Pennsylvania House of Representatives. We need to contact our Representatives

(, choose General Assembly, then Who is my Legislator) and tell them to vote no to HB 637 (similar to SB 119), and yes to a new bill allowing Pennsylvania to join RGGI. We Pennsylvania residents need clean air as much as those in other states. Susan Jordhamo Allentown


It’s far past time to fix Pennsylvania’s broken education funding system By the House Democratic Leadership After many years of budget woes, Pennsylvania finds itself with a $3 billion surplus as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Over the next few weeks, the Pennsylvania General Assembly must decide where its priorities lie. For us, the choice is clear -investing in our children’s education will not only yield the best return on investment, but it is also the moral and just thing to do. Let’s face it, the status quo is not working. Our lackluster state investment in public education, which is sixth worst in the nation, forces local school districts to pay for growing costs through increased property taxes. Pennsylvania’s state education funding is not enough to bridge the gap between what wealthy and poor districts can generate in local taxes. The poorest 20 percent of school districts spend $7,866 less per student than the wealthiest 20 percent. We

have created an immoral system where the communities with the students who need the most resources are often the ones paying the highest taxes, yet they still have the least amount to spend. For five years, we have had the mechanism to fix this – the bipartisan Fair Funding Formula – but not the funding to make it possible. Now, we have both. True fairness has been hampered by the fact that the formula has only applied to new money since it took effect in 2015-16, meaning only 11 percent of funding was allocated using the fair formula this year. This was done to prevent the seismic shifts in state aid to school districts that would occur when you use up-todate metrics – sound public policy, not politics – to distribute funding. For decades, we have been shortchanging school districts with high taxes, high poverty and those whose enrollments have grown. With the governor’s proposed investment of $1.3 billion, we can distribute

all the funding through the Fair Funding Formula while ensuring that every school district will get an increase. What’s more? We can pay for this without dipping into our federal stimulus funds and without raising state taxes. In fact, passing a budget that fully funds education could lower your property taxes, too. Pennsylvania is notorious for having the most inequitable funding in the country, and sadly, these inequities are felt disproportionately by our most diverse school districts with the most students of color. Currently, 80 percent of Pennsylvania’s students of color are in a school district getting less than its fair share of state funds. Gov. Wolf’s plan would be transformative for students and communities that have been historically left behind, while also benefiting every district in the state. All 500 school districts would receive an increase, but 76 would receive increases of over 50 percent. Those dol-

lars can go directly to adding or rehiring critical staff, smaller class sizes, capital improvements including lead and asbestos remediation, and even a reduction in local property tax rates. The defenders of the status-quo want you to believe that addressing the inequities in our education funding system is a zero-sum game, where one community’s gain is another’s loss. Gov. Wolf is showing us that the opposite is true -- that we can change the game to make it a win-win scenario for taxpayers and our kids’ futures. Budgets are statements of our values, and for too long we have valued expediency over justice, equality and opportunity. We have a moral imperative to do better. Tell your representatives in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to support the governor’s plan to use half of our surplus to make our education system work for all children, and to provide them the tools they need, and deserve, to thrive.

Chester County receives $34.5 million for emergency rent and utility assistance for county residents With the eviction moratorium ending on June 30, the county is encouraging families to take advantage of the program Individuals and families in Chester County who are facing challenges in paying rent and utility bills brought on by the pandemic can receive help through the Chester County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program. Earlier this year, Chester County received $34.5 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, to help cover emergency rental and utility bills for individuals and families who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. “With the clock ticking on the eviction moratorium, Friends Association was eager to work closely with the County and our partner agencies to get funds to our community members who need it most,” said Jennifer Lopez, executive director of Friends Association. “We owe it to all the kids in our community to keep their families intact and in their homes so they can focus on just being kids – what every kid should be doing right now. The Chester County Emergency Rental and

Utility Assistance Program not only provides relief to residents fearful of losing their home, but it also ensures our communities have the financial resources to thrive as we emerge from the pandemic this summer.” “The uncertainties and challenges brought on by the pandemic that have been faced by some of our county’s residents, can be overwhelming,” said Pat Bokovitz, director of the Chester County Department of Community Development. “The emergency rent and utility funding lets those who qualify stay in their homes and cover the cost of basic living expenses, which is tremendous. We’re pleased that over 1,000 households have reached out for assistance so far, but we can certainly assist more.” More information can be found at www.chesco. org/4905/Rent-Assistance and a virtual Chester County Emergency Rent & Utility Assistance Program webinar was held in April that spells out who qualifies and how to apply, you can view that

webinar by clicking the link: Rent-Assistance. The rent and utility grants are available to individuals and families in Chester County who are obligated to pay rent and who: • Qualify for unemployment or have experienced financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; • Demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; • Have a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median. For a family of one, that equates to $52,950 and for a family of four that equates to $75,600. (Amount may be subject to change.) Those who are eligible can use the emergency rent and utility funding to pay for outstanding rent, electricity, gas, water and sewer; and energy costs such as fuel oil or propane, over a 15-month period. To apply for funding, residents should call 211 and request rent and utility assistance. Five housing organizations – Friends

Association, the Housing Authority of Chester County, Human Services Inc., Open Hearth, Inc. and Oxford Neighborhood Services will work with the applicants, to process payments to landlords and utility providers. “The Housing Authority of Chester County is honored to be one of the agencies selected to provide much needed help through the Chester County Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program. In 2020, we were selected to run a similar effort funded through the CARES Act and that work showed us the desperate need facing many, many renters in our county as a direct result of the pandemic,” added Dale Gravett, executive director of the Chester County Housing Authority. “My staff is working hard to forward this needed help as quickly as possible to our fellow citizens. We are so thankful to the U.S. Treasury Department for recognizing this national crisis and providing the necessary funding support to help our residents.”




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Local author publishes new book that will help children learn about moths and butterflies In her newest picture book, Open Your Eyes (Discover the Cecropia Moth), Iris Gray Dowling wrote a story that was inspired by her grandson’s discovery of a cecropia moth on a street in Parkesburg. “He brought it to me knowing that I had a lifetime of studying moths and butterflies in this area,” Dowling explained in an email. “Of course, I told him that it was a cecropia moth, the largest moth living in the United States. The cecropia has a wingspread of over six inches.” Dowling said that her newest book was written and illustrated for elementary-age children to enjoy and learn the scientific facts about moths and butterflies, especially those that live in eastern part of the United States—and particularly in Pennsylvania. “The grandson who found this moth gave it to me when he joined the Navy two years ago in hopes that I would do a story about it,” Dowling said. “This story was born out of his wishes. He is the central character, but is portrayed much younger. In the book, the siblings are elementary ages and go with their father on a library visit, particularly to study about this moth, and they find out how moths differ from butterflies and how moths, being nocturnal, live much differently. “While William is serving his country in a sub in the Pacific area, his twin brother, Robert, helped with the story by listening many times to the various versions and making suggestions to help see it to completion.” Dowling explained that the large moths only live about a week in the springtime, just to mate and lay eggs. This contributes to the fact that many people have not seen them in their lifetime. Dowling, 86, has writ-

Iris Gray Dowling recently published her sixth picture book and 17th book overall. She has written everything from books about local history and nature to picture books and teaching articles.

ten everything from books about local history and nature to picture books and teaching articles. She said that she spent many hours during the pandemic “writing, drawing, and coloring the illustrations in this book, as well as the backgrounds for their display.” The Cochranville resident illustrated the cecropia on the cover and elsewhere in the book, along with many other large moths and butterflies. The book contains several pages of game ideas, a glossary, additional interesting facts, diagrams, a devotional on Moths, and bibliography information. “The book is definitely scientific and would be an interesting study for homeschoolers, as well as students in any school,” Dowling said. “It is hoped that reading and studying this book will encourage parents and children to study nature topics together, as well as to appreciate the creation of such beauti-

ful unusual creatures that live in our surroundings.” Dowling has found a number of large moths in Upper Oxford Township and has mounted them in a collection to display and show to groups both young and old. Open Your Eyes (Discover the Cecropia Moth) is the sixth picture book Dowling has authored, and her 17th book altogether. Other books contained nature stories, school and church program ideas and puppet skits, as well as a history of churches in the Oxford area, and mission stories from people in the Upper Oxford and Cochranville area. Dowling was born in Upper Oxford Township and went to a one-room school in the township. She graduated from Oxford High School and West Chester University, earning bachelor of science and M.Ed degrees. She taught school in Willistown/ Sugartown and substituted in other elementary

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The story was inspired when Dowling’s grandson found a Cecropia moth on the street in Parkesburg.

schools from West Chester to Stratford/Valley Forge and Great Valley. She has also conducted homeschool evaluations for Pennsylvania Accreditation Agency for 30 years. Dowling has also worked on the Historical Commission of Upper Oxford Township and the Oxford Area Historical Association. Open Your Eyes (Discover the Cecropia Moth) is available in soft copy. It was designed and published by Jeanine Quinn of Goddard Printing in West Grove. More information about the author and her books, including information about how to purchase the newest work, can be found at www.irisgraydowling. com.

Oxford Feed & Lumber spreads kindness with fresh eggs Backyard chicken boom leads to nationwide act of kindness It is estimated that more than a million new households joined the backyard chicken movement in 2020, and this year’s numbers look just as high. Poultry enthusiasts like the Oxford Feed & Lumber team in Oxford have helped make chickens one of Pennsylvania’s hottest new pets and backyard projects. The Oxford Feed & Lumber team recently participated in Operation Fresh Egg -- a nationwide flock community act of kindness hatched up by Purina Animal Nutrition to encourage flock raisers to share their fresh eggs with people in need of a little extra kindness. Local farmers shared their farm fresh eggs so Oxford Feed & Lumber employees could donate

them to the Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center. So far, the community has dropped off over 500 eggs. They’re one of hundreds of farm stores and backyard chicken raisers taking part in the sharing initiative this summer. Each year, Purina donates thousands of eggs locally from its backyard chicken coops at the Purina Farm in Missouri, and now wants backyard chicken raisers to join the fun. With so many new backyard flocks in the U.S., there are more fresh eggs than ever before. “We’ve always been inspired by the amazing generosity of the flockraising community,” said Jamie Kinnear, director of Purina lifestyle marketing. “We’re asking all back-

yard chicken raisers to join Operation Fresh Egg by surprising family, friends or neighbors with a happy note and a carton of fresh eggs.” In addition to sharing farm fresh eggs, Oxford Feed & Lumber encouraged its employees and customers to share their fresh eggs and handed out free greeting cards and egg carton toppers. The store also plays a key role in providing much-needed advice and education to first-time chick parents. From online videos and live virtual events to community programs and in-store conversations, the Oxford Feed & Lumber team ensures local residents have the equipment, feed and know-how to raise delicious farm fresh eggs and healthy hens.




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Obituaries GRETA JEWETT Greta Jewett was born on Thursday, Jan. 2, 1936 and died on June 18, 2021. Greta lived all of her life in Kennett Square with her family of grandparents, her mom, aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended Kennett Square High School where she graduated in 1954. Greta was always proud of that accomplishment. After graduating, she got a job at NVF in Kennett and worked alongside her aunt Hazel and cousin Charles until her retirement in 1991 after 35 years. While at NVF, she had a devastating accident that was reported about in the local papers on Jan. 9, 1956. A two-foot steel rod broke off her machine and pierced her head 8 1/2 inches into her skull downward into her neck. She never lost consciousness, never complained and walked to an employee’s car with her aunt and they drove to Chester County Hospital as quickly as possible over icy roads. In West Chester, the car broke down and they called the police and she had to walk to their car to complete the trip. The surgeons operated and said less than a quarter inch either way and she would have died.

Miraculously, she survived with no permanent injuries, no blindness or disfigurement. Greta had just turned 20 at the time of the incident. Even after the accident, Greta always considered herself lucky (by surviving) and in 1983 she hit the Pennsylvania Instant Lottery for $1,000 a month for life. She received payments for 38 years. After moving closer to the Kennett Square Senior Center with her cousin Charles in 2000, she attended Friday night bingo and continued her winning ways. She loved the Senior Center and attended almost every day it was open morning, noon and evening, along with many sponsored day trips. Every chance she got, she went to Atlantic City or Delaware Park and always won frequently at slots. She finally had to enter Pocopson Home in 2015 and she tried to adapt by going on day trips to Longwood Gardens and nearby Chester County as well as her frequent bingo playing times. She discovered she had a talent for poker and though she might have been the only woman playing, she enjoyed beating the men and receiving her award certificates she proudly displayed. She did enjoy going to Lenape Park and nearby Nixon Park where she won many medals for various sports activities and had dozens hanging in her room. She even got to attend two Kennett class reunions, the last on July 14,

2018 at Jenner’s Pond. She went to several Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties at Mendenhall and The Farm to see her old Senior Center friends. She never completely accepted her final place, where her mother had spent many years before she died, but she did the best she could under the circumstances she found herself in her later years. Greta was always single and unique in her own way. Greta is truly the last of the Malin family. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Arthur and Annie Malin; her mother, Ethel Malin Jewett; her aunts, Ruth, Hazel and Blanche, all Malins; and her cousins, Janet Malin and Charles Malin, with whom she lived almost her entire life together in Kennett Square. She is survived by only two (non-Kennett) cousins, Roy (Sam) Thompson and Doug Thompson. A cousin Ronnie chose to retire to Hawaii many years ago and she always asked about him, but never heard anything. The funeral was held on June 26 at Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Burial will be at New Garden Friends Cemetery in New Garden Township, where she will be united with all of her Malin family. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.

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Obituaries KAREN STEWART PERRONE Karen Stewart Perrone passed away peacefully in her beautiful home in Crystal Beach Manor in Earleville, Md. on June 19. She was surrounded by her loving family. Despite her struggle with cancer, she lived her life to the fullest with her husband Albert, and her friends and family. Her determined spirit and strong will took her on many adventures while enduring treatment, including skiing on the slopes of Okemo, Vermont, zip lining in the canopy of Cancun, Mexico, and hiking the natural wonders of the southwest. Karen was born on March 6, 1961 in Princeton, N.J. The eldest daughter of Robert and Carol Stewart, she grew up in Hopewell, N.J. She graduated from Hopewell Valley Central High School in 1979 and in 1983 graduated from Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor of fine arts degree. Soon after graduation, she started a family and was a devoted and loving mother to her three sons and doting grandmother to her two grandchildren. Her children were her proudest accomplishment. As a young girl, Karen learned to sew and quilt from her grandmother and as a teen made her own clothes and prom dresses. She continued to develop her sewing talent and artistic creativity which launched a career designing and crafting custom bridal gowns and evening wear. She also started Stewart Custom Design, a line of custom fleece outer wear and accessories. One of her clients included the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team. She worked at various bridal boutiques, custom fitting and altering dresses for many happy brides in Delaware

and Pennsylvania. Karen loved hiking in the White Mountains and enjoyed summers with her sons on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine. She was an avid runner, skier, and played on the team Chicks with Sticks, an all-women’s ice hockey league from Kennett Square. She was a member of the Four Seasons Motorcycle Club with her husband Albert and Newark area friends. Karen’s happy place was cruising the rivers of the North East Chesapeake with all who visited. You could often find her on sunny afternoons seated on the bow of her boat, the wind lifting her blond curls, and a big smile on her beautiful face. Karen is survived by husband Albert Perrone; a son, Benjamin Schluter, and his children Birchal and Bethani; a son, Robert Schluter and his wife Caitlyn; a son, Samuel Schluter, and his stepson Jeffery, stepdaughter Lauren Lyon and her husband Patrick and their children Harrison and Grayson; sweet mother Carol Stewart, sister Celia Shafer and husband Mark, sister Alison Batman and husband William, sister Emily Stewart and husband Drew, and her best friend in the whole world, Mary Dougherty Johnson. Karen leaves behind an extended family and many, many friends who will all miss her dearly. Services were held on June 25 at the Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Kezar Lake Watershed Association, P.O. Box 88, Lovell, Maine 04051 or online at To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

ANNA CROSSAN PAXSON Anna Crossan Paxson, a resident of Kirkwood, Pa., passed away on July 2 at Lancaster General Hospital. She was 100 years of age. She was the wife of the late James H. Paxson. Born in Landenberg on Feb. 19, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Herbert E. and Helen Spencer Crossan. Anna and Jim resided in Landenberg and Jennersville until moving to Apopka, FL. She resided in Kirkwood, Pa. for the last few years. Anna was employed with the Allied Kid Company, in Wilmington Del. before retiring from the University of Delaware, where she worked as a secretary. She was a member of Landenberg Methodist Church

and Landenberg Willing Workers. She also belonged to the Octoraro Chapter #463 Order of Eastern Star (Oxford) for 60 years. She was an avid golfer and, when she was in her 60s, she shot two holes in one. One of her greatest joys was also spending time with her family. She is survived by two sons, James C. Paxson (Doris) and Timothy H. Paxson (Dyann), all who reside in Kirkwood, Pa.; four grandchildren; nine-great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to River Hill Fox Hounds, 626 Pumping Station Rd., Kirkwood, Pa. 17536. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

ADAM WAYNE PIERCE Adam “Nate” Wayne Pierce, of Avondale, passed away on June 22. He was 43. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of Robert Pierce, Jr of Oxford and Wilma Guy Gentry of Avondale. Nate enjoyed fishing and spending time with his boys. He is survived by his father; mother; stepfather, Jimmy Roark; companion, Jackie Adkins; three children, Dustin Pierce, Austin Pierce and Tyler Fountain; one brother, Robert Pierce; one sister, Sandy Pierce; and one half-brother, Kevin Pierce. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Alvin Buchanan and Mary Guy South; and paternal grandparents, R.H. Pierce and Rosie Pierce. Funeral services were held on June 29 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home 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

BETTY JANE GRIFFITH Betty Jane Griffith, a resident of Elkton, Md., passed away on July 2 at the Elkton Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 92. She was the wife of the late Sanford Elmer Griffith. Born on July 4, 1928, in Centerville, Del., she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Mary (Clough) Carey. Betty was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She grew up in the Landenberg United Methodist Church and attended later in life at the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lewisville. She loved to garden and was an amazing baker. She was known for her coconut custard and angel food cake. Most of all, she loved her family. She is survived by her son, Donald S. Griffith of Fair Hill, Md. and her grandchildren, Matt Griffith (Katy), Christina Trimble (Mike), Amanda Fesel (Rod), Christopher Hocking (Crystal), and Jeremy Griffith. She is also survived by her six great-grandchildren and her brother, Nelson Carey, Sr. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Julie Griffith. All services will be private. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Frances Lynch for her attentive care and friendship. Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. Please visit Betty Jane Griffith’s online memorial by going to




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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


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


The London Grove Township Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public hearing on, Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., in the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA for the following purpose: 110 A Valley Road- To hear the appeal of West Grove Borough for a variance to exceed the maximum allowable impervious coverage (from 20% allowed to 34% proposed), in needed. A variance to reduce the front setback to 41.5 feet for the proposed structure from the required 50-foot perimeter setback, if needed. A variance to extend the time period for the Zoning Hearing Board Decision, if required. A special exception for the expansion of a nonconforming use. A special exception for the expansion of a non-conforming structure. A special exception for the expansion of a structure/use on a nonconforming lot. 27-503.1C, 27-503.3C, 27-503.3E, 27-2303.2, 27-2304.1, 27-2307, 27-2508 This property is in the Rural Residential (RR) District. William Grandizio, Chairman, Zoning Hearing Board 7p-7-2t


NOTICE – The London Grove Township Board of Supervisors will conduct a conditional use hearing on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 in the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA at 7 p.m. to consider the conditional use application of R&K Family Partnership, LLC to construct five storage units (4-8,000sq.ft. and 1-6,000sq.ft.), an addition to the existing Dwelling and a new retail/storage building (15,000sq. ft.) Section 27-1002.2.B of the Codified Zoning Ordinance requires conditional use approval for the proposed use. The property subject to the conditional use application is tax parcel number 59-5-127 and is located at 524 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 19311. All who wish may attend and be heard. All communications relative to this hearing are to be addressed to London Grove Township, 372 Rose Hill Road, Suite 100, West Grove, PA 19390. Contact London Grove at (610) 345-0100 if any special services or facilities for the handicapped are required. Kenneth Battin, Township Manager 7p-7-2t


PENN TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Penn Township will hold a Public Hearing at the Penn Township Municipal Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at which time the Board will hear the following matter: Application of Mark and Donna Gallagher, seeking a variance from the 25% maximum impervious coverage limit under zoning ordinance Section 502.G so as to allow construction of a residential swimming pool and deck/patio on property located at 232 China Circle, West Grove, PA, (UPI #58-3-27.58) with total impervious coverage of 31% in the Township’s RS – Residential Suburban Zoning District. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the public meeting scheduled above and require an auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceedings, please contact the Township Secretary at (610) 8699620 to discuss how Penn Township may best accommodate your needs. Edward M. Foley, Solicitor, Brutscher, Foley, Milliner, Land & Kelly, LLP, 213 E. State Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 7p-7-2t


Estate of Linda Hurlock, late of West Chester, East Bradford Twp., County of Chester, Pennsylvania, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on 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: Estate of Linda

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxford Borough Council, Chester County, Pennsylvania, at a public meeting scheduled on Monday, July 19, 2021, commencing at 7:00 p.m., to be held at the Borough Building, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, Pennsylvania, will conduct a public hearing to consider and possibly enact an ordinance amending Chapter 1, Administration and Government, of the existing Code of the Borough of Oxford, a caption and summary of which follows. Interested persons can observe or participate in the hearing in-person or remotely using Zoom videoconferencing or by telephone. The information to participate in the hearing by Zoom or telephone will be provided on the Oxford Borough website at www. The ordinance can be examined at the Chester County Law Library, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania and the Borough Building at the above address during regular business hours. Copies of the ordinance may be obtained at a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Borough Building during regular business hours. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 1, ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNMENT, PART 9, ANTIDISCRIMINATION, SECTION 1-901, ANTIDISCRIMINATION BY COUNCIL, MAYOR, EMPLOYEES, AND MEMBERS OF ADVISORY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD. SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 1, Administration and Government, of the Code of the Borough of Oxford, Part 9, Antidiscrimination, §1-901, Antidiscrimination by Council, Mayor, Employees, and Members of Advisory Boards and Commissions, to add “Consultants, Contractors” as additional parties whose conduct shall be governed by the ordinance. SECTION 2. Provides for the severability of unconstitutional or invalid provisions of the ordinance. SECTION 3. Repeals ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with any provisions of this ordinance. SECTION 4. Provides that the amendment shall be effective as by law provided. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend the aforementioned meeting and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please contact the Borough secretary at 610-932-2500 to discuss how your needs may best be accommodated. OXFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL, GAWTHROP GREENWOOD, PC, Stacey L. Fuller, Solicitor 7p-7-1t

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. 21-7-67 Writ of Execution No. 2017-06697 DEBT $407,421.64 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.

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.

SALE ADDRESS: 301 Yorklyn Road, Oxford, PA 19363

Being Lots No. 3 and 4 as shown 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

PLAINTIFF: The Money Source, Inc VS DEFENDANT: James P. Stauffer & Julie E. Stauffer

SALE ADDRESS: 101 Crestview Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348

SALE ADDRESS: 645 Valley Avenue, Atglen, PA 19310



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

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

BEING LOT #139 on said Plan.

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

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: KML LAW GROUP, P.C. 215-627-1322 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 MINUTES WEST, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE FEET TO THE PLACE OF BEGINNING.

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.

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 Writ of Execution No. 2019-02165 DEBT $146,620.64

SALE NO. 21-7-74 Writ of Execution No. 2020-09257 DEBT $280,187.32


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IMPROVEMENTS thereon: Residential Property

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Local News Chester County High School educator receives 2021 C-SPAN Teacher Fellowship C-SPAN announced that Jane Highley, a teacher at Devon Preparatory School in Devon has been selected as one of five participants in C-SPAN’s 2021 Teacher Fellowship Program. Highley will collaborate with C-SPAN’s Education Relations team for four weeks to create content for C-SPAN Classroom, a free online teaching resource for educators. Highley teaches American history, AP comparative government & politics, AP U.S. government & politics, and AP human geography. She is the faculty sponsor for Devon Prep’s Diversity Club and a 2017 recipient of the James Madison Memorial Fellowship,

which gave her the opportunity to pursue and complete a second master’s degree in history at La Salle University in 2020. Now in its 28th year, C-SPAN’s Fellowship Program selects teachers to partner with the Education Relations team to create new content for the upcoming school year. Last summer, due to COVID-19, the fourweek, in-person experience successfully shifted to an online environment. This year, the program continues virtually, where educators will develop project ideas to feature on the C-SPAN Classroom website. Each fellow was selected by a panel of C-SPAN representatives and evaluated based on their

innovative use of C-SPAN programming in their curriculum, commitment to professional development and creative use of technology and social platforms. The educators will receive $1,000 for participating in the program. “With the move to virtual and hybrid learning over the past year and a half, our online lessons and digital resources helped bridge the gap for many teachers and students,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN education relations. “We look forward to working with Jane as we develop new resources this summer to further support the instructional needs of educators returning to school in the fall.”

The Fellowship Program is sponsored by C-SPAN’s Education Foundation, a charitable organization created by C-SPAN. C-SPAN Classroom is an entity of C-SPAN, which is funded by America’s cable television companies. C-SPAN is available locally on Comcast. “While C-SPAN Classroom has always been an incredible resource for social studies teachers, it was even more critical this past year as teachers juggled in person and virtual lessons. We’re proud to partner with C-SPAN on their educational initiatives, including C-SPAN Classroom, and are thrilled to congratulate Jane Highley, on being select-

ed as a C-SPAN Teacher Fellow,” said Stephanie L. Kosta, vice president of Government Affairs, Comcast Freedom Region. The Fellowship is taking place through July 30. The program will coincide with C-SPAN’s Summer Educators’ Conferences for middle and high school teachers, which will be held virtually at the end of July. During the conferences, Highley and the other fellows will present how they use C-SPAN in their classrooms. Educators can learn more about teacher opportunities with C-SPAN, including the Fellowship Program, conferences and free online training at classroom/opportunities/.

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Jane Highley, a teacher at Devon Preparatory School, has been selected as one of five participants in C-SPAN’s 2021 Teacher Fellowship Program.

Legals Continued from Page 4B DEFENDANT: Richard D. Mathues a/k/a Richard Mathues SALE ADDRESS: 207 N. Limestone Road a/k/a 207 North Limestone Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: POWERS KIRN, LLC 215-942-2090 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. 21-7-80 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

6p-23-3t 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 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

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 DEBT $474,464.24

Property situate in the BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER County, Pennsylvania, being BLR# 6-8-51

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

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 VS DEFENDANT: Henry J. Ruffenach SALE ADDRESS: 224 Penn Avenue, Oxford, PA 19363 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

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.

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Chester County Press

Local News Obituaries

RONAL FENSTERMACHER On July 1, Chevas Regal’s stock price fell sharply on the news of Ronal F e n s t e r m a c h e r ’s passing. Senior executives at Chevas called an emergency meeting to brace for the impact of the anticipated drop in sales. He was born in West Chester to Hilda Lane Gordy on Jan. 3, 1946. Ron was a graduate of West Chester High School in 1963 and the Philadelphia College of Art in 1968. In 1968, Ron was drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was sent to Japan for a bullet to the knee and a case of malaria. He was honorably discharged in 1970. Poppy, age 75, bought the farm, is no more, has ceased to be, left this world, is bereft of life, gave up the ghost, kicked the bucket, murió, c’est fini. In a few short weeks, esophageal cancer took his life. He was always the life of the party, but when it was time to go, he slipped quietly and peacefully out the back door. Ronal is survived by his wife Edythe Joines Fenstermacher and his two children, Heidi Fenstermacher and her wife Sarah McDonald and Curtis Fenstermacher and his husband Jay Hummel. His first wife Nancy Fenstermacher is the mother of the wonder twins. Ron will also be missed by Nancy’s wife Barbara Churchville. He is also the best Poppy to his amazing grandson, Bodie Fenstermacher. He will also be missed by his cousin Kirk Grim and his family as well as his two sisters Brenda Montague and Holly Davis. He was predeceased by his favorite fur person, Pooh Bear. Mr. Ron would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus – a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. His new mission takes him to a wonder-

ful place where he will be socializing, dancing, gardening and reading to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. He left detailed instructions for his wife and children to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed. Low adherence to this instruction will not be tolerated. He lived 1,000 years in his 75 years on Earth, because he attacked life. He grabbed it by the lapels, kissed it and swung it back onto the dance floor. Ronal was world-renowned for his lack of patience, not holding back his opinion, and a knack for telling it like it is. He was highly proficient at cursing. He did the New York Times crossword puzzle every Sunday, in ink. He had a career in interior design and created amazing spaces for clients who became friends. He was published in design magazines for his wonderfully creative and unique projects from coast to coast. He had the most amazing gardens that overflowed with wonder and excitement. He had a zest for life’s adventures – travel, food, libations and fun. Ron was a Rotarian for many years and was proud of the work that Rotary did in the community and around the world. He will be honored posthumously as the Most Social Rotarian of the Year in 2021. Ronal is remembered as a man who left a trail of laughter, generosity, compassion, wisdom and of course his fabulous hat collection. Please don your most festive hat and join us for a “Life of the Party” celebration in memory of Ronal Fenstermacher. We plan to honor a life well lived on Sunday, July 18 from noon to 3 p.m. at Sovana Bistro in Kennett Square, which was not only Ron’s favorite “kitchen,” but also his last creative gift to the world. Contributions in his memory may be made to Longwood Rotary Club, PO Box 781, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348 or donations can be made online.

A look at identitytheft case trends in Pennsylvania Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a mostly gradual decrease in identity- theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent use of another person’s identifying information (social security number, bank account information, license etc.). The infographic highlights key data including defendant demographics, identitytheft case counts and outcomes as well as county-level data where identity theft is most prevalent.




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