Chester County Press 08-11-2021 Edition

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Chester CountyPRESS

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

Volume 155, No. 32

Wednesday, August 11, 2021


INSIDE Kennett Square hires new borough manager Kyle Coleman will take over as the borough’s top administrator on Sept. 16 The Borough of Kennett Square announced on Aug. 4 that Kyle Coleman has been selected as the new borough manager. He is expected to begin the duties as Kennett Square Borough’s top administrator on Sept. 16. “We are so pleased to have Kyle Coleman with us in Kennett Square,” said Oxford Arts Alliance collaborates on new Kennett Square Borough Council President Dr. exhibit...1B

Brenda Mercomes in a statement. “As borough manager, he brings the educational and professional background that can make a positive difference in our town.” The appointment comes following an extensive search that started shortly after longtime Kennett Square Borough employee Joseph Scalise announced that he was stepping down

as borough manager in October of 2020. Scalise departed at the end of November last year. The borough enlisted Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to facilitate the search for a new borough manager. SGR is an executive recruitment firm specializing in recruiting, assessing, and developing, innovative, collaborative, and authentic leaders. The

search resulted in a candidate pool of 30 applicants from 12 states. The interview with Coleman took place on June 25 and 26, and included a tour of the community, a session with the borough’s senior staff, and personal interviews with borough council members. Kennett Square officials learned about Coleman’s Continued on page 4A

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Kyle Coleman has been named the new borough manager in Kennett Square. He will begin the new position on Sept. 16.

Part 3 in a three-part series

100-year-old photographer Bob Adams and the rest of his story By Betsy Brewer Brantner Contributing Writer

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County Commissioner to run NYC Marathon in support of mental health services...1B

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More than 70 years have passed since Robert Alison Adams, III returned home from World War II, but he remembers those events and experiences incredibly well. When the 100-year-old Oxford resident shares his stories, it’s almost like the events happened to someone else. “I was so used to seeing injuries and death on those airplanes,” he explained. “You just put it out of your mind. The first time I had to photograph a corpse when we came back from a mission was the worst.” When Adams spoke about the graphic nature of what he saw while serving in World War II, he didn’t want that included in his story. “When the war ended, it didn’t mean you were going Adams' photograph of the King of England, Albert Continued on page 3A

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Township’s ordinance amendment opens way for proposed medical marijuana dispensary By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer On Oct. 4, 2017, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance No. 272 which amended the township’s zoning ordinance and added provisions governing the location and operation of medical marijuana dispensaries in the township. It read: “A medical marijuana dispensary shall not be operated or maintained on a parcel within 250 feet, measured by a straight line in all directions, without regard to intervening structures or objects from the nearest point on the property line of a residentially

zoned property or a parcel containing a public, private or parochial school or daycare center.” At their meeting on Aug. 4, the board approved a text amendment to the ordinance that clears the way for the opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in the township. The revised amendment now states: “A medical marijuana dispensary shall not be operated or maintained on a parcel within 250 feet, measured by a straight line in all directions, without regard to intervening structures or objects, from the nearest point of a residentially zoned and occupied dwelling unit or a parcel

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Bob Adams celebrates his 100th birthday with his family. He enjoyed some rice pudding, his favorite dessert that he perfected through the years. Pictured are (left to right in front) Bob Adams, III and Terri Jones and (back row) Alan Miller, Gail Miller and Regi Chandler.

Spar Hill Farm’s future discussed at township meeting By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

containing a public, private or parochial school, or daycare.” The petition to amend the ordinance was recently filed with the township by Eagle Energy Systems, Ltd., the owner of the property at 716 West Baltimore Pike, a .77-acre parcel that is bordered by Kennett Tire & Services and LCH Health & Community Services along West Cypress Street in Kennett Square. The property is located directly across from the Penn’s Manor residential subdivision, which is surrounded by open space that is owned by the Penn’s Manor Homeowners Association

The first steps to not only preserve structures on the historic Spar Hill Farm in Kennett Township but to align them with a grand vision and purpose for their future began as bold leaps at the township’s Board of Supervisors meeting on Aug. 4. Stimulated by the recommendations of the township’s Historical Commission, the 137-acre property on Burnt Mill Road – which the township purchased in the fall of 2018 – the old farm became an incubator for ideas shared between the supervisors, commission members and audience members that included conceiving it as an educational center to show visitors what agricultural life in southern Chester County looked like during the 1800s and early 1900s. The back-and-forth conversation kicked off with a remote presentation by Lars Farmer, the chair of the commission, who gave an historical overview of the property. Named for the feldspar that was once mined there, the farm was originally called the Way Farm,

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Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. secures grant funding for façade improvements Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI) will receive $25,000 in state grant funding to support facade improvements in the downtown business district. The funding, made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities Grant

Program, will support ongoing efforts to assist business and property owners in enhancing the aesthetics of downtown Oxford. “Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is thrilled to receive this funding for facade improvements so that merchants can restore and revitalize their infrastructure in historic downtown Oxford,” said

Christianna Hannum, the executive director of OMI. State Sen. Carolyn Comitta, who supported OMI’s application for the grant funding, said it will be another way to help the small business community continue to recover from the economic impacts of the pandemic. “Oxford continues to

make great progress in attracting new businesses and revitalizing the downtown business district,” she said. “This grant funding is just one more tool to assist and support small, locally owned businesses in fully recovering from the pandemic and promoting downtown Oxford as a destination for shopping,

dining, and entertainment in the region.” The urban center of six growing municipalities in southern Chester County, Oxford Borough is in the midst of a revitalization effort that has attracted investment, preserved and repurposed historic buildings, and created a unique Continued on page 2A




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and zoned R-4 residential. After reviewing the proposed text amendment on July 14, the township’s Planning Commission recommended the amendment for approval, stating that a use that is permitted by right should not be hindered by a setback requirement. They also recommended that prior to adoption the revised zoning code change be considered to remove the setback and allow the use simply as a use by right. In a public hearing before the Board of Supervisors, attorney Neil Land – representing Eagle Energy Systems, Ltd. – requested that the township modify the existing text in the ordinance to provide more reasonable and workable setback protections for occupied residential structures that had prohibited a dispensary to be operated on a parcel within 250 feet of a residentially-zoned property. During the public hearing, Land was accompanied by Thomas Trite, the CEO of Harrisburg-based PA Options for Wellness, Inc., who is proposing to own and operate a medical marijuana dispensary on the West Baltimore Pike property. “We have looked at different properties in the township that would be suitable for his location,” Land said. “This company has

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sense of place. In addition to streetscape improvements that have transformed the look of Oxford’s downtown, OMI provides façade grants and guidelines to help businesses and property owners restore and enhance their exteriors in line with the historic and architectural character of

identified Kennett Square as a location they think is optimal for this proposed use. When we looked at different areas in the township, this was the one that seemed to fit the criteria perfectly, and it also seemed to be, at least in our gut reaction, less objectionable relative to other residences in the area.” Land told the board that after analyzing the township’s originally-worded ordinance, “we concluded that there had to be some level of safety, some level of protection that was being offered to the residents in the township,” he said. “Relative to the existing language in this particular property, there were no residents who were protected from this proposed use. But still, this property – in a zoning district that has a use permitted-by-right for this potential use – was prohibited from utilizing that right. “If we extended this to where the residents are actually located, we felt that the proposal could still protect those folks, but in the same breath, allow this property owner to make use of his property in a manner that is permitted under your ordinances.” Founded in 2014 by Trite, PA Options for Wellness is quickly becoming a leader in Pennsylvania’s emerging medical cannabis industry, and was one of the first recipients of a clinical registrant permit that enabled the community. OMI’s grant comes as part of $5 million in total Keystone Communities Program grant funding awarded to 41 revitalization projects in 21 Pennsylvania counties. “The Keystone Communities Program helps Pennsylvania’s towns and cities enhance their quality of life to the benefit of residents, visitors, and


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them to take the lead in research on patients and patient outcomes, develop novel treatment methods and identify what strains of cannabis would be most effective with specific medical conditions. The company has been working with Penn State on non-cannabis related research to explore the medicinal properties of hemp and flax since 2015, and operates according to a research-driven medical model that focuses on patients and their individual outcomes. On May 22, 2021, it opened its newest medical marijuana dispensary in the state, at 850 S. Valley Forge Road in Lansdale. Its other dispensaries are located in Harrisburg and Lancaster and another site that is being developed in Fogelsville. ‘A cross between a pharmacy and a physician’s office’ “From the beginning we have been focused on research, education and improving outcomes for the patients,” Trite said. “Our facility is a cross between a pharmacy and a physician’s office, so no one gets inside the building who doesn’t have his or her driver’s ID and their patient ID from the State of Pennsylvania. They consult with one of our pharmacists, and they are given medication based on their need and their disease, and we continually businesses alike,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a statement. “The program is flexible enough to serve the needs of any municipality—whether they’re aiming to improve their downtown, rehabilitate buildings, or create new housing or community gathering spaces.” In addition to the façade upgrades, other projects supported blight reduction, building renovations, mixed-use facility and accessible housing construction, downtown and storefront enhancements, and playground construction. “At DCED, we often say that Pennsylvania is the best place to live, work, and play, and the Keystone Communities funding approved today will help ensure that adage holds true

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This vacant property on West Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square is the site of a proposed medical marijuana dispensary, which was introduced at the Aug. 4 Kennett Township Board of Supervisors meeting, when an ordinance regulating the operation of a medical marijuana dispensary in the township was amended.

follow those outcomes.” Trite assured the supervisors that his company would quickly establish strong relationships with local law enforcement and fire companies prior to opening, to assure that the facility is not only safe but meets all safety and fire codes and requirements. One township resident expressed concern that the proposed medical marijuana facility would eventually “flip-flop” and begin distributing marijuana for recreational use. Township Solicitor David Sander said that as of right now, the zoning ordinance only allows for medical marijuana dispensaries and medical marijuana growers

and processors. “There is no legal use yet called ‘sale or dispensary of recreational marijuana’ so that use is not yet provided for in zoning ordinances,” he said. “We have to wait to see what the state legislature does in that regard. If that happens, there will be rules, regulations and requirements that [Kennett Township] will have to review. “Obviously, the township may be constrained to allow for the use [of recreational marijuana] with many conditions and precautions and safeguards for the community as well. We’re not currently at that point, and this company cannot just flip to a recreational sale

without a zoning ordinance being amended to provide for that use.” The next steps for the proposed facility will require obtaining a zoning permit from the township. Once issued, the project will require the design of its building layout – including parking – to be approved by the township. Once the project clears approval, as well as meets all township building codes, it will then proceed to groundbreaking. No timeline for the proposed medical marijuana dispensary was discussed at the meeting. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

for years to come,” said Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin. “Continued investment in our communities is so critical to the health and vibrancy of our commonwealth, and we look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.” According to DCED, the Keystone Communities program is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between public and private sector that jointly support local initiatives such as the growth and stability of neighborhoods and communities; social and economic diversity; and a strong and secure quality of life. The program allows communities to taiCourtesy photo lor assistance to meet the State and local officials recently joined representaneeds of specific revitaliza- tives from Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. for a walking tour of tion efforts. the borough’s downtown.

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home immediately,” Adams explained. “You couldn’t get out without a certain number of points. Fighting crews, machine gunners and officers were replaced. Hardly any of them would have enough points. Normal ground personnel were three points short to be discharged or too many to be relocated to the Pacific. “The rest of the ground crew got shipped to Casablanca in North Africa. We were shipped there in hot weather. We had our cold weather clothing in our barracks bag. When the plane landed, it was almost 100 degrees. That heat hit us in the face when we emerged from the plane. Photographers were driven to the photo lab, which was for civilian use. Most of our workers were Italian prisoners of war. They were taught how to develop film and make prints. We did that for three months.” When that time was up, they packed up and started flying back home on a C-54 cargo plane with metal benches along the side of the plane. The first stop was Bermuda, and then it was on to Miami. Adams explained, “When we got off the plane and we were in the U.S. again, we got regular milk and ice cream. We had missed the milk we were used to at home. We had a regular meal. We were there overnight and in the morning we had breakfast and boarded a smaller plane that flew to a South Carolina separation base. We were there a month and then discharged.” While in South Carolina, the returning soldiers could go into town and look around, but Adams was discouraged when he saw signs at a local park that said, “No dogs or soldiers allowed.” “That really upset us,” he said. He was soon able to make plans to see his family—at long last. He was traveling with his friend, Beryl Adams, who served in the war with him. “I called my parents and told them we would be on a train to Washington, D.C.,” Adams said. “Meanwhile, Beryl and I decided we were going into business together. When we got to Washington, my family and wife-to-be (Mary) met us there and drove us home. We sent out invitations and we were married on October 6, 1945 at the Oxford Methodist Church by Pastor Alexander.” During the time that Adams served his country, he was provided with a parachute that he kept in his possession when he returned home to Oxford. “As soon as I started to fly, I had to wear a parachute, but I never had to use it,” Adams explained. “The parachute was made of nylon, and I didn’t want the material to go to waste after the war. With an upcoming wedding, I asked Mary if she wanted it to make her gown (out of it).”

Beryl Adams also got married around the same time and the two couples honeymooned in Colorado together. Despite a flat tire in Chicago, both couples reached Colorado safely and eventually bought the photo supplies that they needed for their new business. Then they made their way home to Oxford. “We combined our honeymoon with a trip to Lowry Field in Colorado,” Adams said. “While there, we bought $500 worth of photography equipment for $50.” Meanwhile, Adams’ father purchased a house on Locust Street and eventually that became the home of Adams and Adams Photography. The two photographers also lived there with their wives in apartments. Adams’ father rented out the apartments and built an addition for the photography showroom. The darkroom was in the basement. Adams eventually took over the house from his father in 1965. “It took a while, but eventually the business grew,” he explained. “The first photo I took outside of the studio was of a cow. A farmer from Calvert, Maryland called me and asked me to take a picture of his cow. It was a hairless cow. The farmer wanted the picture for himself. It wasn’t common to see a hairless cow in the U.S. That was one of 12 in the country.” Adams kept busy photographing weddings, which he shot in black and white. “It was hard to get a color picture that didn’t fade,” he explained. “When Eastman came up with better color photos, I started using color. I did over 3,000 weddings from 1946 until 2000.” Adams did not limit himself to taking wedding photos. He also worked for Jack Scoffield, who was a coroner for eight years. Adams had already been in business for twenty years before Scoffield visited him and asked if would take pictures of accidents. Adams said that he would, but this duty weighed heavily upon him. He talked only briefly about having to take photographs of local accidents involving children, young adults, and adults. But Adams was a professional, and he did the job that needed to be done. Adams also served as a bus driver for the Oxford Area School District. His sister-inlaw got him involved in that. He was always available to help. Adams closed the photography studio in 2000, at about the time digital photography came in. He did, however, continue to take wedding photos— mostly for his family, including his grandchildren. His daughter Reggie Chandler said, “Photography kept my father in business. It became digital just as he retired. It was perfectly timed.” Retirement gave him more time to perfect his rice pudding. One year, Adams changed things up for birthday, and he decided he didn’t

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A weapons carrier was hit from the rear by the tail end of a plane. Robert Alison Adams, III (pictured on right) and Beryl Adams, (no relation) is pictured on left. All they could do was get out and run. They discovered later that the left front wheel of a plane coming in had blown and the struts from the wheel were digging into the earth like a plow. If they had stayed in their seats, they wouldn’t have survived.

The Adams house after it was purchased by Phil and Nancy Ware Sapp with plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast.

want any more birthday cakes. Rice pudding would be the celebratory food for birthdays. Many authors and historians, including Philip Merrill, wish more of Bob Adams’ photos could have been saved. After Adams sold his home to Phil and Nancy Ware Sapp, the new homeowners turned found photos over to the Oxford Area Historical Association and more negatives found in the basement. Ken Woodward, a member of the Oxford Area Historical Association, explained, “About two years ago we did an oral history of Mr. Adams where he shared more of his famous photos that are available for the public to view. We have catalogued 300 so far and have others in storage.” Woodward added that the photos are “in a climate-controlled space and we know they are in good shape. The pictures are perfect.” Woodward is one of those people who appreciates the far-reaching influence that Adams had in his community, the country and the world. “As a member of the OAHA, I learned even more about the man,” Woodward said. “I remember his smile and laugh. I bugged him about the picture of Lincoln I saw on ‘Antiques Roadshow.’ “He is so important, not only to the history of Oxford but to our country and the world. We are losing too much history, and I fear the stories won’t get told.” Gail Roberts, the current OAHA president, is trying desperately to continue to archive these significant photos and negatives of Oxford’s beloved photographer, World War II veteran, father, husband, and a Christian man whose faith only grew in the

face of adversity and fear. Roberts said, “Bob Adams is the reason why the OAHA does this job. We are still looking for photos from Lincoln University. We have so much work to do. The pandemic slowed us down, but we will continue to look for volunteers and donations to protect the historic endowments of people like Bob Adams.” Earlier this year, Adams celebrated his 100th birthday. He is always willing to share some of the life lessons that he has learned along the way. His faith is very important to him, and he credits—and thanks—God for the life that he has lived. “Those five times I was almost killed, there is just no other explanation than God was there,” he explained. “I did feel the hand of God after those near-misses. I don’t know how many other times he has saved me. There is a certain responsibility because I am here.” He said that he did not become a full-fledged Christian until after the war. He recalled, “I was developing photos in the basement one day and listening to Oliver Green on the radio. I thought I was a Christian until I heard Green speak about what it really meant to be a Christian. He said if you are not a true Christian, all the work you do is going to count for nothing.” That day, Adams wrote down the scriptures that Green referred to. “I showed Mary and that evening we started looking it up,” he said. “Mary and I got down and prayed that Jesus would forgive our sins. What it boiled down to is, a lot of people working for God are not Christians, and just because you go to church, it doesn’t mean you are. We prayed to God with sincerity

A photo of Mary Adams on the honeymoon in Colorado.

The house on Locust Street when Adams purchased it from Mrs. Brown.

from the heart. Only God knows when you ask for forgiveness and believe that Jesus did die on the cross for you.” Adams said that he and Mary felt a big impact when they accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. “Every day is a new day,” he said. “I just remember I was a new Christian. That is a heavy load to lift off your shoulders. I’m just so thankful that I’m a true Christian, and it makes me smile. My greatest joy is when someone approaches me and tells me I was an influence on them in becoming a Christian.” All three of Adams’ daughters became Christians early

in life. “That is a real joy,” Adams said. The family relied on its faith when Mary passed away in 2014. Adams said that he takes comfort in knowing that he will see his beloved wife again. God and love are the reasons he has lived with joy for 100 years. Robert Alison Adams, III had this to say about his long, remarkable life: “It is no surprise I lived to be 100. With the love I felt for my wife, and the love she shared for me, and the love we felt for our children…well, all that love has kept me here all this time.”




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and managed by Quakers for over a century. From 1925 to 1940, the property was known as Shutt Farm and served as a dairy farm, housing as many as 750 heifers at a time. Beginning in the 1940s, the property was renamed the Spar Hill Turkey Farm, where as many as 45,000 turkeys were raised there at its height in 1958. By the 1960s, however, most of the turkey facilities were demolished. Currently, the farm continues to have limited agricultural use – including the arrival of the Emergent Abundance Farming Collective (EAFC) one-acre vegetable garden in 2021 – but over the last several months, it has drawn fans of the HBO hit

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professional background during these interviews. He currently serves as the deputy village manager for the Village of Estero, Florida, where he previously worked as the assistant to the city manager from 2016 until he was promoted to his current position in 2020. He has more than seven years of local government and non-profit experience, and he previously served as executive director for the Greater Syracuse Project in New York, and as the founder and CEO of The SAT Academy of Southwest Florida.

One idea proposed that the township could issue a request for proposal to non-profit, community-based organizations who may be interested in establishing their base of operations at Spar Hill.

series “Mare of Easttown,” which filmed a scene at the farm’s cow barn and stable workshop. During his presentation, Farmer offered the Historical Commission’s recommendations for preserving several structures on the farm: • The property’s main

farmhouse, built in 1848 a carriage house (foundation only) • an ice house • a cow barn, built in 1925 • a stable workshop • a cement cattle husbandry block, and • a silo The Commission also recommended that a historic

Coleman is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds masters degrees in public administration and business administration, a bachelor of science degree in accounting, finance, information management and technology, and a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Services Management and Policy. He is a member of the International City and County Manager Association (ICMA), Florida City and County Manager Association (FCCMA), and the Estero Chamber of Commerce. Like Mercomes, borough council Vice President Rosa Moore expressed

enthusiasm that Coleman would be joining Kennett Square’s administrative team. “We are excited to welcome Kyle to the borough,” Moore said. “He brings a strong work ethic and a concrete foundation in municipal governance. I am glad he is joining our community.” Kennett Square Mayor Matthew Fetick added, “The borough has several opportunities and challenges coming up in the near future. It will take skilled leadership to navigate these opportunities. I’m looking forward to having Kyle on board and his leadership as the borough continues to grow and evolve.”

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Kennett Township’s Historical Commission and its Land Conservation Advisory Committee provided the township’s Board of Supervisors with recommendations for the future use of the historic Spar Hill Farm, at the board’s meeting on Aug. 4.

preservation consultant be hired by the township to review various recommendations and develop a final preservation plan for the farm that would include ways to preserve, restore, stabilize and demolish historic resources on the farm – as well as helping to determine the costs of each recommendation. Farmer said that preservation of the farm is in keeping with the township’s Code of Ordinances that calls for the township to preserve its rural and historic character through the recognition and protection of historic and cultural resources; establish a clear process by which proposed changes affecting historic resources are reviewed to mitigate the negative effects; encourage the continued use of historic resources and facilitate their appropriate reuse; and encourage the preservation of historic settings and landscapes. ‘Have a focus with a purpose’

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Supervisor Scudder Stevens reemphasized the written correspondence he has recently had with Farmer about the Commission’s ideas, that called for the Commission and the township to conceive a “larger picture” future for the farm, namely by honoring its history. “I originally – and for a long time – have not seen any great value in saving a collection of hodgepodge, rag-tag old buildings that have no direct connection with themselves, much less to the community,” he said. “A worn-out old silo sitting by itself means nothing, but when I look at your presentation and look at the report that was put together by the Department of Transportation, I found it absolutely fantastic and absorbing to read that history, and to find out how all of these buildings came together and worked and how they changed. “That makes me think that there is something more to this than a bunch of old buildings that are falling down. It occurred to me that we need a purpose – a vision for where we are going with Spar Hill. If we want to just keep it as open space, that’s a perfectly good vision, but we have an option for a whole lot more.” Stevens said that adding a layer of “historic perspective” to Spar Hill would be a “phenomenal possibility” that may take a decade, but will give the township time and resources to obtain the funding to help finance the refurbishing of these structures and develop the farm as a center for history and education. “Have a focus with a purpose, and highlight the

The township’s Historical Commission recommended that several of the farm’s structures be preserved.

different buildings,” he added. “You can put all of this together, in my mind, into a fantastic series of dioramas that people can then walk around and look at, and they all of a sudden begin to learn what this area is all about. “If all we are worried about doing is saving an old silo or an 1848 house that’s about to fall down, I don’t want to waste [the township’s money] on it, but if we can do something with an educational purpose, I think that is something that we can sell.” Potential partnering with local organizations

sonable rent arrangement,” Duffy said. “As appropriate, Kennett Township could cooperate with the winning bidder(s) to obtain various state, county and private grants to ameliorate costs.” LCAC member Michael Guttman said that by partnering with a non-profit, the township will have better leverage in obtaining grants from the county and the state. “When we look at getting a partner, we ought to not not just focus on the buildings,” Guttman said. “Of course, that’s one component of what we want to do – to get someone to help restore, maintain and utilize the buildings – but there may be organizations who may want to use the overall property for their operations. “We need to think more widely and get more input form different types of organizations about how this property may be valuable to them. It may be valuable to them in ways that we don’t think of.” Township resident Bob Sheedy told the supervisors that he and his wife moved from Lancaster County to the township in order to restore and live at a 1725 farm, a project that included the repair of the property’s barn and silo. He encouraged the supervisors to support the preservation of Spar Hill. “Your ability to preserve what makes you special makes you special,” he said. “We came here because of the community you are preserving, and it is a worthy adventure.” “When [the township] first purchased the farm, we had the idea of preserving at least the structures [at Spar Hill] in order to tell some of the story, so the question is, how much can we preserve and at what cost, in order to be able to tell that story?” said board Chairman Richard Leff.

Township Manager Eden Ratliff suggested that a logical next step for the development of the farm will be to explore methods of remediation for the property, compile a network of advocates and potential partners – including representatives from the Chester County Historic Preservation Network – and elicit evaluation proposals, in order to determine the scope and cost of future projects at Spar Hill. Calling the Spar Hill Farm “a jewel,” Joe Duffy of the township’s Land Conservation Advisory Committee (LCAC) said that there is a need to develop a long-term plan for the farm, “which will meet Kennett Township’s objectives to preserve it as open space, protect its historic nature and do so in a financial prudent manner.” He suggested that the township could issue a request for proposal to nonprofit, community-based organizations who may be interested in establishing their base of operations at Spar Hill, and therefore be required to fund the repair of the structures under a “net lease” arrangement with the township. “At the same time, it would be a long-term lease thereby shifting most of the maintenance cost burden To contact Staff Writer onto the tenant, who enjoys Richard L. Gaw, email great space with a very rea-




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You can learn a lot from a person like Bob Adams. The 100-year-old Oxford resident served his country in World War II, ran a successful photography business for decades and, most importantly, raised a family with his beloved wife Mary. Adams—like all of us—is living a life filled with lessons, and we can all benefit when we listen to what he has learned along the way. In this issue of the Chester County Press, writer Betsy Brewer Brantner presents the third part of a series of stories profiling Adams. Adams said that it isn’t surprising that he is 100 years old and still going because, “With the love I felt for my wife, and the love she shared for me, and the love we felt for our children… well, all that love has kept me here all this time.” Those are wise words, and Adams shared plenty more that were included in the three-part series. The older generations have plenty of life lessons that can serve as a foundation for younger people to build upon. Adams’ memories about World War II can be helpful as we consider what’s going on in the world around us today. Those people who lived through or fought in World War II might have very different viewpoints than people who lived through the Vietnam era, and the people who lived through the Vietnam era will have different viewpoints than people who grew up watching U.S. soldiers wage much more technologically advanced wars on CNN. We can all learn from each other, but those people who’ve lived longer? They really have some lessons to teach, if the rest of us are smart enough to listen. The Oxford Area Historical Association is one of the wonderful organizations in this area working to not only preserve history, but to promote it, and the organization worked with Adams to display some of the famous photographs that he took during his career. Ken Woodward, a member of the Oxford Area Historical Association, said of Adams: “He is so important, not only to the history of Oxford but to our country and the world. We are losing too much history, and I fear the stories won’t get told.” Kudos to the Oxford Area Historical Association, the public libraries, and other organizations in the area that work to make sure that some of those stories do get told. The Oxford Area Historical Association periodically holds public forums that showcase historically significant topics. Several organizations in southern Chester County have also undertaken efforts to compile oral histories of the area. Do what you can to support these efforts. When we learn from our shared history, we all benefit—and there are so many lessons to be learned.

Everyday Hero 5K Run On Saturday, Aug. 21, the Everyday Hero 5K Run will take place at Nottingham Park. This is the fifth year for the event, which honors everyday heroes in the community. The event was inspired by Jerome Rodio, who certainly qualified as an everyday hero as he quickly became a pillar of the Oxford community after arriving as a business owner in 2008. From the moment that he arrived in the borough, Rodio was an ardent supporter of businesses in town, and loved being involved with the popular First Friday events each month. His store was frequently filled with artists and craftspeople for the First Friday events. He also worked on behalf of a number of nonprofit organizations in the community. Rodio joined the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and eventually became the board president. He was a beloved figure in Oxford when he passed away in July of 2016. He’s still missed, and the Everyday Hero 5K Run is a way to honor Rodio and others like him who make a difference on the world around them. The event even raises money for a good cause—it benefits the annual Oxford Veterans Breakfast that is held each year.

Rep. Conor Lamb enters U.S. Senate race Rep. Conor Lamb announced this week that he will be running for the U.S. Senate seat that is up for election in Pennsylvania in 2022. Lamb is the latest Democrat to enter a crowded primary field as both parties battle to fill a critical U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Pat Toomey, who is retiring. Lamb is a former prosecutor, a Marine, and thirdgeneration politician, has won three elections in western Pennsylvania Congressional districts that lean Republican. At a time when Republicans are veering hard right and many Democrats are racing to the left to win elections, Lamb has taken the opposite path, staking out a middle ground at a time when moderates in both parties are endangered species. It won’t be easy for Lamb to emerge from a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination, but if he does, it seems likely that his brand of moderate politics might play very well in Pennsylvania in a general election.

As Pennsylvania’s restaurants and small businesses continue to struggle from the effects of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Republicans urged Gov. Tom Wolf to prioritize their recovery with the $372 million pandemic response discretionary account his office received as part of the 2021-2022 state budget. In a co-sponsorship memo circulated last week, Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and Todd Polinchock (R-Bucks) called on Wolf to use the $372 million in the discretionary account to create two open and competitive grant programs

designed to help struggling small businesses and create a fund dedicated to increasing Pennsylvania’s vaccine awareness and deployment. “The top 5 percent of federal restaurant relief fund awardees received 40 percent of the money and only one-third of Pennsylvania restaurants that applied got any,” Ortitay said. “That’s horrendous. The recent state budget provided the Wolf administration the resources needed to help struggling employers and the governor should make increased funding available.” According to the lawmakers, $150 million of the

governor’s discretionary funds would be dedicated to a Small Restaurant Pandemic Relief Fund and $150 million would be dedicated to a Pennsylvania Small Employer Pandemic Relief Fund; and finally $20 million would create a Vaccination Awareness Fund. The remaining $52 million would be available for the governor to provide pandemic relief on an asneeded basis. “We urge the governor to responsibly use these considerable resources given to him by the taxpayers and put together an open and transparent competitive grant program

to help struggling restaurants and small businesses, while putting a portion of his discretionary funding behind our collective efforts to get more Pennsylvanians vaccinated,” Polinchock added. “The public deserves to know their taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, and not just for political favors. These proposals would help achieve dual goals of recovery and accountability.” In the absence of legislation, the governor is not prohibited from using the pandemic response discretionary funds to create these programs on his own.

Antibiotic development: Subscribing to new ideas By Francesca Tomasi, Kevin Ma, and Megan McCurry With multiple highly effective vaccines against COVID-19, we have begun to round a corner on the current pandemic, but another crisis looms. Bacteria and fungi are mutating to resist our current antibiotics. Soon, the world may have no effective antibiotics left to fight certain infections. Already, strains of totally drug resistant tuberculosis and gonorrhea have been isolated from patients. The continued emergence and spread of such strains could result in a deadly pandemic of drug-resistant superbugs, which could kill millions of people a year by 2050. To win the race against superbugs, we need more interventions, including antibiotics. However, accomplishing this in a lab is difficult, time-consuming, and expensive. And because of their relatively short shelf life compared to drugs used to treat chronic illnesses, many drug companies have opted out of antibiotic research. A proposal currently working its way through

Congress offers a bold new solution. An estimated 160,000 Americans die from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections annually. As Ph.D. studentresearchers studying antibiotic resistance in a variety of bacteria, we know this number will rise as antibiotics grow everless effective. In our labs, we work to develop new ways to treat infections. But even if we invented the prototype for a wildly effective antibiotic tomorrow, it may never reach pharmacy shelves. That’s because Medicare, Medicaid, the VA and private insurers all encourage doctors to prescribe inexpensive, older antibiotics -- even though many types of bacteria and fungi are largely resistant to them. And since the typical cost of bringing a new drug to market ranges from $314 million to $2.8 billion, it would be extremely financially risky for most companies to invest in an experimental antibiotic that wouldn’t be widely sold, even if it secures FDA approval. The federal government and non-profit organizations have tried

READY CHESCO Kennett Square Borough reminded residents this week that it is transitioning from Swift 911 to ReadyChesCo on Aug.16. ReadyChesCo is used to notify you during a major crisis or emergency, and delivers important emergency alerts; such as weather, road closures, health or community alerts. You can choose to sign up by county, municipality or by topic.

to combat this problem through increased funding for creative research initiatives. Still, most major drug manufacturers have closed their antibiotic research divisions, because the economics simply don’t make sense. But by changing how companies are reimbursed for antibiotics, the federal government may help generate a sustainable antibiotic development pipeline. One option is for the government to pay for the right to access an unlimited amount of antibiotics, rather than paying for individual doses. It’s essentially a Netflix subscription, but for lifesaving drugs. By providing drug makers a steady stream of income from their antibiotics, a subscription system would incentivize antibiotics R&D while reducing the overuse of current drugs that fuel antibiotic resistance. A new bipartisan bill in Congress has adopted this approach. If the legislation, known as the Pioneering Antimicrobial Subscriptions to End Upsurging Resistance (PASTEUR) Act, passes,

the federal government would contract with drug makers to develop and supply new antibiotics. Any beneficiary of a federal insurance program -- including Americans covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA -would be able to access these drugs as needed. While we work to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in the lab, we can’t do it alone. It’s time for Congress to act on the superbug crisis. There’s not a moment to waste. Francesca Tomasi and Kevin Ma are Ph.D. students in the Immunology and Infectious Diseases Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Megan McCurry is a Ph.D. student in the Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology Department at Harvard Medical School. All three help lead Harvard Antimicrobial Resistance (HAMR; The opinions in this article are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of their departments or institutions. This piece originally ran in Roll Call.


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Oxford Arts Alliance to collaborate with Ned Smith Center on new exhibit The Oxford Arts Alliance is introducing a two-month exhibition with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art on Aug. 20. The Oxford Arts Alliance is partnering with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, from Millersburg, Pa., to recognize Ned Smith’s evolution as an artist and his impact as a conservationist. This extended two-month exhibition will run from Aug. 20 to Oct. 8 and will feature the original Pennsylvania Game News cover artwork by Ned Smith. Visiting audiences will not only see the growth of the artist’s work through the decades, but learn about the environmental impact Ned Smith had on Pennsylvania and the legacy he leaves behind. The event will be com-

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The Oxford Arts Alliance is introducing a two-month exhibition with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art on Aug. 20.

posed of an art exhibition at the main gallery of the Oxford Arts Alliance. In addition to the customary opening reception for the exhibit, the Arts Alliance will feature an exclusive special presentation with John Booth, the executive director of the Ned Smith Center. Additionally, the origi-

nal early illustration covers for Stackpole Publishing, created by Ned Smith, will be displayed at the Oxford Public Library. Visitors can explore the legacy of this fascinating conservationist and artist beloved to Pennsylvanians. The Open House will take place on Friday,

Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The special presentation with John Booth will follow the Open House and begins at 6 p.m. The Oxford Arts Alliance will serve light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. The Oxford Arts Alliance is located at 38 S. Third Street in Oxford.

County Commissioner Josh Maxwell to run the NYC Marathon in support of mental health services The Chester County Community Foundation recently announced that County Commissioner Josh Maxwell will be running the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7 in support of youth mental health and suicide prevention services in Chester County. Maxwell is passionate about destigmatizing mental health, particularly among teenagers. A lifelong resident of Chester County, Maxwell served as Downingtown’s mayor for 10 years before beginning his term as Commissioner in January of 2020. As Commissioner, he has supported afford-

able housing projects, environmental protection policies, small business recovery, and Diversity-EquityInclusion initiatives, among others. “As a community, we need to do everything we can to support anyone who is struggling,” said Maxwell. “I’m running the New York City Marathon this year to raise money for mental health and suicide prevention because I want my neighbors and friends to know they are never alone, and to make sure we all have the resources we need to thrive. Your support means a lot not just to me, but to the hard-

working organizations doing this essential work day in and day out. Thank you.” To support the Josh

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County Commissioner Josh Maxwell will be running the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7 in support of youth mental health and suicide prevention services in Chester County.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts returns for 60th anniversary The Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Delaware’s largest two-day outdoor cultural event, will return Sept. 11 and 12 for its 60th anniversary year. The festival will take place at Brandywine Park in Wilmington and will feature about 200 artists in an array of media, including painting, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, fabric and photography, the festival is a signature change-of-seasons activity, marking the transition from summer to fall in the park’s Josephine Gardens, one of Wilmington’s most scenic settings.

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts started in 1961 as a one-day art event with two-dimensional art and a bull roast in downtown Wilmington. The festival has grown to earn recognition as one of the best in the region and one of the top 100 in the country. It regularly draws up to 15,000 visitors, with its children’s activities, music, a food court and local food vendors, including beer and wine, plus pet adoption opportunities, providing more than just art for folks of all ages to enjoy. The festival is also pet-friendly, with leashed, well-behaved dogs always welcome.

Participating artists span the generations too. This year’s featured artist, painter Sandy Askey-Adams, has been exhibiting at the festival for more than 20 years. At least 30 of this year’s exhibitors are emerging artists – young professionals who are new to the festival or who have exhibited for fewer than three years, according to Barry Schlecker, proprietor of Barry’s Events and producer of the festival since 2010. “The festival offers a great opportunity to fill your home – or your yard or your jewelry box – with a tremendous selection of original art,” Schlecker said. “And our

two-day admission policy means you can browse on Saturday and come back Sunday to make your final selections, all for one low price.” Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. Admission is $5 for both days; children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. Dogs on leashes are always welcome. Parking will be available at Salesianum School and Abessinio Stadium, with shuttle buses transporting visitors to the festival grounds. For updates and more information, visit www.

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This year’s featured artist, painter Sandy AskeyAdams, has been exhibiting at the festival for more than 20 years.




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Obituaries MARY L. VERSAGLI Mary L. Versagli, 96, of Kennett Square, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 8 at her Victoria Gardens residence. She was the wife of Vincent [Jim] Versagli, who passed away in 1996, and with whom she shared 46 years of marriage. Born in West Chester, Mary was the daughter of the late Carlo Di Marco and the late Vincenzia Piccone Di Marco. In her final days, as she recounted memories of her earliest years, Mary shared, “I had a wonderful childhood. I wouldn’t change it for anything.” She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kennett Square, and a former member of St. Agnes Church in West Chester and of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church in Avondale. Before her marriage, she worked eight years as a clerk at Montgomery Ward in West Chester and advanced to the position of bookkeeper. After marriage, Mary was the bookkeeper at G. Versagli & Sons for 15 years. However, she most enjoyed being homemaker. She volunteered at the Kennett Area Senior Center, where she was honored as a lifetime member. She was a member of the Jennersville Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Avondale Fire Co. Auxiliary, and Victoria Gardens Auxiliary, which functioned as a support for local charity events. Mary is survived by her three children, Vincent Versagli, Jr. and his wife Rae Jean of Hockessin, Del., Virginia

‘Ginny’ Herndon and her husband, Randy Herndon, Sr. of Wilmington, Del. and Thomas Versagli of Julian, Pa. She was very proud of her seven grandchildren, Vincent Versagli, III ( Calli), Michael Versagli, Randy Herndon, Jr. (Christie), Gabrielle Herndon, Beau Herndon, Lauren Versagli and Douglas Versagli (Christie) and her six greatgrandchildren, Natali Versagli, Clara Versagli, Micah Herndon, Anya Herndon, Eliana Herndon, and Leah Versagli. Mary was predeceased by her grandson, Matthew Versagli as well as her siblings, Frank Di Marco, Donald Di Marco, Amelia Pizzi, Dorothy Bruno and Charlie Di Marco. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Mary’s Victoria Garden neighbors who were like family to her, as well as the friends of her monthly Perkins Breakfast Club, the Home Instead Health Care Aides and Bayada Hospice that served her so well in her final days. Secure in her relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, Mary is now in Glory. Her service and burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the Kennett Area Senior Center, 427 South Walnut Street, Kennett Square, Pa. 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

PHYLLIS B WARD BURNETTE Phyllis B Ward Burnette, a resident of Oxford, passed away suddenly on Aug.1. She was 76. Phyllis was born on May 19, 1945, to James Harrison and Mary Lee (Cooke) Ward in Coatesville. She was the wife of Douglas Lee Burnette, who she raised five children with. Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, James and Mary (Cooke) Ward, her sister, Janice and brothers, Sonny and Bud, as well as her son, Douglas Benjamin Burnette and a daughter, Mary Lou Ward. Phyllis is survived by her husband Douglas Lee Burnette, sons Richard Altizer Jr and James Burnette, as well as a daughter, Rhonda Jones. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 26 greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also liked her word-search puzzles. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Andrews Bridge Christian Fellowship, 1873 Georgetown Rd, Christiana, Pa.

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Local News Bright futures for LCH Escalera Program graduates LCH Health and Community Services recently celebrated the graduation of ten Avon Grove High School seniors who participated in LCH’s Escalera program, an initiative supported by UnidosUS, a national Latino advocacy organization. This free after school program, targeted to high school juniors and seniors, provides sessions that focus on college preparation, exploration of career and educational paths, and support throughout the college application process. This program was made possible with financial support from UnidosUS, West Pharmaceutical Services, and several area Friends Meetings groups. “We are thrilled to celebrate the graduation of our first Escalera cohort,” said Ronan Gannon, LCH’s chief

executive officer. “This program addresses several of the social determinants of health for the families we serve, such as income and education level. These factors have such a powerful impact on health.” The program is led by LCH instructor Lorena Baeza and LCH outreach and education coordinator Norma Diego-Flores. Despite the limitations of the pandemic, the program was able to stay connected with students throughout the entire school year. “COVID-19 definitely brought challenges,” said Gannon. “We transitioned to virtual sessions, and our annual family STEM night transitioned to virtual sessions as well. We had to do individual visits to our students’ homes to celebrate their graduation in place of a large gathering. Despite

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LCH staff celebrate the graduation of the Escalera Cohort.

the challenges, the students did an amazing job. We were able to keep everyone connected and motivated in thinking about their future career paths.” The program especially encourages exploration of STEM career paths. Throughout the year, Escalera hosted several guest speakers to talk about careers in STEM, from healthcare to engineering

The students in the cohort will be attending the following schools this fall: Goldey-Beacom College, Neumann University, West Chester University, ATC Automotive Training Center, West Chester University, University of Pittsburgh, Millersville University, and Penn State Brandywine. LCH is currently serving a second cohort of students at Avon Grove High School

to information technology. During the winter, students prepared and presented STEM activities, including a video demonstration on how to make a homemade lava lamp. “We had several students who are now planning to pursue a career in STEM as they go on to college, thanks to making these connections in the program,” said Gannon.

who will begin their senior year in the fall. LCH has also been funded by UnidosUS to launch a third cohort of new juniors. For interested students that will be juniors in Avon Grove High School this fall, please connect with Norma Diego-Flores 610444-7550 Ext.247 or visit Escalera to learn more about this program.


MARTHA HELEN KIMBLE Martha Helen Kimble, age 96, of Silver Spring, Md., passed away Sunday, July 4. She was a proud Montgomery County school bus driver for over 30 years. She was also a member of the Methodist and free Methodist Church in Layhill, Md. She was very active in volunteering at multiple places including, Meals on Wheels, Montgomery General Hospital, and the American Legion, as well as being a Rosie the Riveter during World War II. She had many close friends and relatives and was happiest when she was helping others. She was a mother of eight sons. She was born at her family home in Tayloria, Pa. to Roy P. Hart and Sarah Wallace Hart on May 3, 1925.

She was happily married for 35 years to Hanes Anson Kimble until his death on Oct. 6, 1982, and Jerry Scaranto for four years. She was predeceased by three brothers, one sister, two husbands and sons, Roy Philip Kimble, Philip Roy Kimble, Hanes Anson Kimble, Jr. (Bo), as well as grandsons Dennis Larry Kimble II and Philip Roy Kimble Jr. She is remembered by her sons, Dennis Kimble, David Kimble, Gerald (Gerry) Kimble, Steve Kimble and Joseph Kimble. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Burntwoods Church, 14135 Burntwoods Rd., Glenwood, Md. 21738.

DECIMA M. ANDERSON Decima M. Anderson passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday, August 5, 2021 while she was at home. A graveside service was held on Aug. 10, 2021, at Union Cemetery, Route 472 and Street Road, Kirkwood, Pa. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at ONLINE ALL THE TIME NEWS • SCHOOLS ENTERTAINMENT • BUSINESS SPORTS • HOME & GARDEN




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Estate of Richard I. Wade, Late of Landenberg, PA. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to Margaret H. Wade (604 Sandys Parish Road, Landenberg, PA 19350) and Andrew Wade, Sr. (4 Hagley Lane, Newark, DE 19711) , Executors, Or Attorney: Elle Van Dahlgren, Esq. (20 Montchanin Road, Ste. 1000, Greenville, DE 19807). 7p-28-3t


Estate of, Late of ZELL, MARY F. dec’d. Late of Oxford Borough, Chester County, PA. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above estate have been granted to the undersigned, who requests all persons having claims against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to: William C. Fenstermacher, Jr., Executor, 944 Marlboro Spring Rd, Kennett Square, PA 193488p8p-4-3t


The London Grove Township Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public hearing on, Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., in the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA for the following purpose: 321 Purple Martin Lane- To hear the appeal of Daniel O’Brien and Lyndsey Rogers for a rear and side yard setback variance (27-503.E) to add a shed to their property. This property is in the Rural Residential (RR) District. William Grandizio, Chairman Zoning Hearing Board 8p-4-2t


Estate of Ruth P. Holmes, late of East Nottingham Township, County of Chester Pennsylvania, Deceased. Letters of Administration on said estate having been granted to the below mentioned, request all persons indebted to the decedent, make immediate payment, and those having claims or demands against the same, present them without delay for settlement to: Sarah Jane Mullins (Administrator) 104 Sunset Road, Oxford PA 19363. 8p-11-3t


NOTICE – PENNSBURY TOWNSHIP ZONING HEARING BOARD NOTICE is hereby given that the Zoning Hearing Board of Pennsbury Township will hold a Public Hearing at the Pennsbury Township Building, 702 Baltimore

Pike, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. at which time the Board will hear the following matter: Application of Gabriella Petrik and Tetsu Uejima seeking a variance from the 15% maximum lot coverage limit under zoning ordinance Section 162-503.C.1 so as to permit the addition of a covered deck resulting in total impervious coverage of 19.96% on a 1.02 acre property located at 102 Anthony Way, West Chester, PA (UPI #64-1-106) in the Township’s R-2 residential 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 Kathy Howley at 610-388-7323 to discuss how Pennsbury Township may best accommodate your needs. Edward M. Foley, Solicitor Brutscher, Foley, Milliner, Land & Kelly, LLP 213 East State Street Kennett Square, PA 19348 8p-11-2t


ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or parcel of land situated in the Township of East Nottingham, County of Chester, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, being more fully described in Deed dated August 27, 2019 and recorded in the Office of the Chester County Recorder of Deeds on August 29, 2019, in Deed Book Volume 9989 at Page 2087, Instrument NO. 11685061. Tax Parcel No. 69-7-106 PLAINTIFF: Lumis Investments, LLC VS DEFENDANT: Howard C. Fisher, Sandra S. Fisher and Their Heirs, Executors, Adminstrators and Assigns and James D. Price and Johnny Gillinger, Jr., Terre-Tenants SALE ADDRESS: 305 Media Road, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: HLADIK, ONORATO & FEDERMAN, LLP 215855-9521

The Elk Township Board of Supervisors will hold its September Board of Supervisors Meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM at the Elk Township Building, 952 Chesterville Road, Lewisville, PA 19351. If you are a person with a disability and wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aide, service or other accommodation to participate in this meeting, please contact Terri Kukoda at 610-255-0634 to discuss how Elk Township may best accommodate your needs. 8p-11-1t

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By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the herein-described real estate will be sold at public sale in the Chester County Justice Center at 201 W Market Street, 3rd Floor, Room 3300, West Chester, Pennsylvania, as announced on Thursday, August 19 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, September 20th, 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, August 19 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, September 20th, 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. 21-8-89 Writ of Execution No. 2008-03252 DEBT $167,417.10

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“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 7p-28-3t

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, August 19 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, September 20th, 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. 21-8-97 Writ of Execution No. 2018-06146 DEBT $192,260.09 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of land with the buildings and improvements thereon erected. SITUATE in the Township of Elk, County of Chester and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, described according to a Plan of Property made for Richard L. Speer & Robert L. Hetherinton, by George F. Regester Jr., & Sons., C.F. Kennett Square, Pennsylvania dated 1/8/1974, last revised 2/25/1974, recorded at West Chester in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds in Plan Books 58 page 16, as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the title line in the Red Public Road L.R. No. 15162 known as “Media Road”, said point being measured North 70 degrees 25 minutes 22 seconds East, 350.00 feet from a point at the intersection of said Media Road with Hilltop Road; thence extending from said beginning point and along said Media Road, North 70 degrees 25 minutes 22 seconds East, 160.00 feet to a point, a corner of Lot No. 16, thence leaving the road and extending along line of Lot No. 16 South 17 degrees 30 minutes 17 seconds East, 336.91 feet to a point in line of Lot No. 15; thence extending along same South 69 degrees 05 minutes 57 seconds West 140.00 feet to appoint in line of Lot No. 12; thence extending along same and Lots 11 and 10, North 20 degrees 54 minutes 03 seconds West, 340.00 feet to the first mentioned point and place of beginning.

GAL GROUP LLP 610-278-6800 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 7p-28-3t

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, August 19 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, September 20th, 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. 21-8-99 Writ of Execution No. 2020-02213 DEBT $124,554.69 ALL THAT CERTAIN lot or piece of ground with improvements thereon, situate in the township of Upper Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, bounded and described according to the plan of property made by Regester Associates, Inc., dated September 12, 1988, and revised September 23, 1988, and on file as Plan No. 8612,to wit: BEGINNING at a point in Public Road T-353, known as Street Road, acorner of land now or late of Nathan P. and Sondra E. Morgan, thence along the same North 19 degrees 59 minutes 05 seconds East 415.52 feet to a point in Parcel “B” on aforesaid plan; thence along the same South 74 degrees 12 minutes 25 seconds East 243.38feet to a point in line of land now or late of J. Stevenson; thence along the same South 19 degrees 39 minutes 05seconds 359.27 feet to a point in the center of aforesaid road; thence along the same South 87 degrees 55 minutes 55 seconds West 255 feet to the point and place of beginning. CONTAINING 2.146 acres more or less. BEING Chester County Tax Parcel 57-3-31.1

BEING Lot No. 17 on said plan.

BEING known as 174 Collamer

BEING the same premises in which Wendy L. Cook a/k/a Wendy L. Cook Battaglini, by deed dated 03/27/2006 and recorded 03/29/2006 in the office of the Recorder of Deeds, in and for the County of Chester, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in Deed Book 6801, Page 46 and at Instrument No. 10636140, granted and conveyed unto Charles Chambers and Tracey Chambers, Husband and wife.

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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 7p-28-3t

PLAINTIFF: Elkhorn Depositor LLC VS DEFENDANT: Tracey Chambers & Charles Chambers SALE ADDRESS: 101 Media Road, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: LOGS LE-

SALE ADDRESS: 174 Collamer Road, Oxford, PA 19363 PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY: WILSON LAW FIRM, 610-566-7080

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Local News Local Girl Scouts help fight hunger Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4780 of the Brandywine Valley Service Unit in Kennett Square decided to help the Kennett Food Cupboard for their National Service Project. Eight Middle School Girl Scouts arranged to meet with Leah Reynolds, the executive director of Kennett Area Food Cupboard. Reynolds helped them to understand the purpose of Kennett Area Community Service, who they serve, and how a Girl Scout troop could help. The girls researched statistics related to hunger and the significant increase in needs of their community because of COVID-19. The girl-led troop’s response was to earn money using newly purchased flamingos to flock yards for special occasions in the Kennett area or Unionville area. They determined that this fundraising effort would be used to fight hunger locally. The girls created original art and developed flyers which were sent by their own parents, friends, relatives, and Girl Scouts’ social media/ email connec-

tions. The girls dedicated all proceeds collected from mid-April through May to aid the Kennett Food Cupboard. The troop was inundated with requests. The Girl Scouts rose to the occasion and managed a successful Flamingo flocking operation. After 270 hours of tireless work flocking yards and picking them up, the troop raised $1,000. Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania prohibits giving direct monetary gifts to non-profits. Consequently, after consultation with Reynolds, the troop bought the most urgently needed items, including canned fruits, jelly, and diapers. After purchasing all the supplies, the girls delivered them to the Kennett Food Cupboard and also flocked their yard. They wanted the volunteers and staff to know how they are appreciated. For more information, go to the website www. The Girl Scout Troop learned so much about fighting hunger locally, identifying resources in the community, how to fund-

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Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4780 of the Brandywine Valley Service Unit in Kennett Square decided to help the Kennett Food Cupboard for their National Service Project.

The troop’s response was to earn money using newly purchased flamingos to flock yards for special occasions in the Kennett area or Unionville area.

The troop bought the most urgently needed items, including canned fruits, jelly, and diapers.

The Girl Scout Troop learned so much about fighting hunger locally while working on the project.

raise for a good cause and how to work together as a team to accomplish set goals. Here are a few of the girls’ reactions to this amazing experience: • “I learned how you can

to help my community even more to tackle this situation.” • “I learned that this is a good way to earn money for a place you want to help and how easy it is to make one person happy.”

raise so much money for a good cause.” • “With teamwork, hard work, and determination you can do anything.” • “The issue of world hunger was brought to my attention, and I would like

• “I learned that it doesn’t take much to bring joy to others. This project helped me learn the meaning of Girl Scouts and how to be a leader in my community.” • “Doing a good thing doesn’t have to be hard.”

‘Transformations’ exhibit at Winterthur responds to tradition A new multi-year series of installations at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library shows how its vast collections inspire the makers and creators of today. Transformations: Contemporary Artists at Winterthur showcases lively, often surprising responses to the traditional forms and objects in the museum, library, and garden collections. Ongoing through 2024, projects featured in Transformations will change periodically. “Transformations is a way of looking at how the collections remain relevant and how objects from the past inspire important conversations today,” said Kim

Collison, curator of exhibitions at Winterthur. Works in the first cycle of Transformations illustrate these connections in new ways and ask visitors to consider the human impact on the environment. They are on view in the exhibition Outside In: Nature-Inspired Design at Winterthur, which shows the powerful connection between nature and the decorative arts. Featured artists are: Elissa Edwards, soprano, and Élan Ensemble Known for her expressive vocal interpretations and intelligent regard for communicating poetic text, Edwards specializes in

historically informed performance and gesture of the 17th and 18th centuries. For Winterthur, Edwards and Élan Ensemble used materials from the library collection and sounds recorded in the garden to create an audio soundscape that represents the four seasons. The recording serves as a soundtrack to Outside In.

soil quality and drainage. The project explores how to destroy asphalt without using damaging heavy machinery by planting radishes directly into holes drilled in the surface. The project will be documented for an augmented reality project on view in the house in the future. For now, visitors can see the radishes growing in the Winterthur Garden near the greenhouses on the walk to Dan Feinberg, sculptor the museum from the Visitor Feinberg’s Radish Project Center. uses tillage radishes planted in patterns inspired by Kim Hall and Justin rugs and parquet floors in Hardison, Nottene the house at Winterthur to The hand-drawn, handbreak up areas of old asphalt screened wallpapers and alleviate environmental and fabrics of Hall and degradation by improving Hardison’s Nottene design

and pattern studio evoke a range of emotions regarding history, people, and place. Their 2020 Wallpaper and Textile collection was inspired by their MakerCreator Fellowship at Winterthur in 2019. Hall and Hardison have re-decorated the West Gallery Lounge, adjacent to the Outside In space, with a mural, handpainted fabrics, and other elements to express their interpretation of bringing the outside in. Stefania Urist, sculptor Urist’s work addresses ideas about gender, growth, architecture, and the environment while exploring the dichotomy of hard and

soft, industry and domesticity, and architecture and organic growth. For Transformations, Urist created several pieces, including Mapping the Impact, a glass sculpture that shows the topography of a stump as a metaphor for human impact on the environment, and Bonded Memories and Fragmented Memories, two works that together illustrate how trees are milled into lumber. Based on a pattern embossed in paper from a 300-year-old white oak tree that fell at Winterthur last year, the works invite visitors to consider what connects us to nature and to each another.

Brandywine Hospital helps the community address issue of opioid overdoses Brandywine Hospital recently shared with the community its plans to address the opioid overdose issue in Chester County, during a public event. Event speakers included Claire Mooney, the president and chief executive officer of Brandywine Hospital, Marian D Moskowitz, chair of the Chester County Board of Commissioners, and Wei Du, chair of psychiatry at Brandywine Behavioral Health. Moskowitz provided an overview of the Chester County and Coatesville data for overdose deaths, noting that Coatesville accounted for 17 percent of overdose deaths from 2015 to 2021. Moskowitz described the local and regional initiatives focusing on opioid abuse prevention, education, and treatment. “Opioid abuse is an important issue, and is critical to community health,” Moskowitz said. “Addiction has a significant impact on

everyone—family, friends, co-workers. Addressing this issue requires a multifaceted approach. I look forward to partnering with Brandywine Hospital in combatting this issue.” Dr. Du shared that substance abuse was often not a singular problem, but a system problem, and as such was a challenge to address. A significant percentage of people suffer with both a substance-use disorder and mental illness, making treatment harder to deal with. Medication Assisted Treatment occurs in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, and the warm handoff from one level of care to another level is critical to retain the individual in care. “I am so happy to be part of this important initiative,” stated Dr. Du. Dr. Mooney shared that the Brandywine Hospital Opioid Stewardship Task Force Program is comprised of a Clinical Task Force with representatives

across the continuum of care, provider and nursing education on non-opioid pain management, and standardizing clinical practice. Brandywine Hospital prevention initiatives include a community Narcan training event, Narcan for families of opioid use disorder patients, and medication take-back events. Opioid community education will be incorporated at upcoming community events, and community support will connect individuals to support groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous, and services, such as Council of Southeast PA. “We ask you to join us in this important community effort,” said Dr. Mooney. Courtesy photo

Brandywine Hospital recently shared with the community its plans to address the opioid overdose issue in Chester County during a public event.

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Claire Mooney, the president and chief executive officer of Brandywine Hospital, was one of the speakers at the event.

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Wei Du, the chair of psychiatry at Brandywine Behavioral Health.




Chester County Press

Local News Chester County Commissioners seek volunteers to help direct county’s American Recovery Plan Act funds With an allocation of nearly $102 million in American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds, Chester County is finalizing its structure for prioritizing, requesting and reviewing proposals that would most effectively spend-down the funding, aimed at rebuilding communities affected by the pandemic. A key part of the process – and one that ensures full transparency in spending the money – is the inclusion of members of the public as part of the county’s ARPA evaluation teams. “The ARPA funds provide us with a unique opportunity to make strategic investments to ensure all of our industries and communities impacted by COVID-19 can be restored, and even strengthened,” said Chester County Commissioners’ chair Marian Moskowitz. “We are looking for citizen volunteers from across Chester County to help us review proposed projects to determine their eligibility and their priority for funding.” Use of the ARPA funds will include support for Chester County’s public health response (including behavioral health); areas of negative economic impact; premium pay for essential

workers; and water, sewer and broadband infrastructure. The underlying theme in all of these areas will be addressing services to disproportionately impacted communities. Seven evaluation teams will be established by Chester County to address each priority area for ARPA funding. Each team will include representatives from Chester County’s finance department, solicitor’s office and strategic planning team, who will facilitate the priority groups. Three county employee volunteers and four volunteers from the community will complete each team. Chester County Commissioner Josh Maxwell said, “The mix of county senior administrative staff, other employees from across all departments, and county residents will help us to use these significant funds in a bold, innovative and equitable way. “While we appreciate that some people may have professional expertise and knowledge that relates to some of the ARPA priority areas, subject matter experts are not necessarily part of the team selection process. What we are looking for is a cross section of people covering all

ages, genders, socio-economic and geographical areas of the county. This approach helps ensure the difficult questions are asked of proposals, leading to increased results and outcomes. The evaluation teams will identify where and when subject matter experts are needed to answer questions or help in evaluations.” Specifically, the county is seeking 28 volunteers

– four to serve on each of the seven evaluation teams – initially over a period of six months. The average commitment will be five to 10 hours per month. The county has been working with Susquehanna Accounting and Consulting Services, Inc. to negotiate and apply for the federal funding, ensure ARPA compliance and maximize efficiencies and eligible expenditures.

“Susquehanna will also train all of our evaluation team members on the criteria required for use of ARPA funds. Those teams will then score proposals, ask additional questions of proposers, and ultimately develop recommendations on what projects should be funded,” said Commissioner Michelle Kichline. “In my time as a Commissioner, I cannot

think of a more exciting way for county residents to have a direct impact on supporting and strengthening their community.” Anyone age 18 or over who lives or works in Chester County is invited to register their interest in being part of Chester County’s ARPA Evaluation Teams at arpa. Application forms should be submitted by Friday, August 20.

Miniaturist club helps out Courtesy photo

The First State Mini Club (FSMC) has been sharing the love of miniatures for 45 years, and there has been a recent resurgence of interest in this hobby due to COVID-19 restrictions. The creation of a beautiful house or scene has given people a new way to imagine an alternate reality of one’s own design. FSMC members come from Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. This group of hobbyists and artisans have been presenting Girl Scout badge workshops, providing library displays, donating mini trees to a hospice holiday sale, and renovating vintage dollhouses for sale for charities. More recently, the group took a derelict house that had been donated by Rose Nolen-Walston, renovated and rewired it, and donated the money from its sale to the Kennett Area Community Service for its food bank. The FSMC meets monthly in New Castle, Del. to share ideas, create projects, and learn techniques. Anyone interested in miniatures is invited to attend a meeting or visit the annual show and sale event scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Crowne Plaza North in Claymont, Del. More information is available on the group’s website at