Chester County Press 10-19-2022 Edition

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New Garden residents express outrage over increased sewer rates

Public meeting scheduled for Nov. 21

In the lobby of the New Garden Township Building on Oct. 17, township resident Olga Signer displayed her last two sewer bills on her phone.

The first, issued in June, charged her $173 for

9,000 gallons of usage per month. The second, issued in September for the same gallon total, was $336, an increase of 94 percent from her previous bill.

Signer had come to the township’s Board of Supervisors meeting to seek answers and solutions

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Involuntary mental health commitments are a slippery slope for police and emergency responders

“302” is an application for emergency evaluation and treatment for persons who are a danger to themselves or others, due to mental illness.

A person applying for a 302, because they are concerned about another, is referred to as a petitioner. Beyond that textbook description of a 302, who to call for help in many states, including the state of Pennsylvania, becomes a slippery slope for police and all emergency responders.

The issue was recently brought up by Police Sgt. Chris Coverly during an Oxford Borough Council meeting where he laid out his concerns. Fortunately for Oxford residents, the borough’s mayor and members of the police department and Union Fire Co. and Ambulance worked together to solve a serious problem.

Here in southern Chester County, a “302” became an even more serious issue than it already was when both the Jennersville Hospital and Brandywine Hospital closed. Brandywine Hospital was the only hospital with mental health beds in Chester County.

Although Jennersville Hospital did not have mental health beds, professionals at that facility could evaluate a person who was being petitioned for a 302.

Jennersville Hospital was a

close option for people who reside in southern Chester County. In Pennsylvania, a person being evaluated for a 302 cannot be transported out of state.

As Gary Vinnacombe, deputy chief of EMS, explained, “It can be much more than an issue of mental health. When patients need to be medically cleared, there can be many underlying medical issues. Blood tests of the patient are needed to see if drug and alcohol are involved.

There could be cardiac arrest, liver problems and many more medical issues that can change the behavior of a patient. A doctor is necessary to verify that the patient does have a mental health issue.”

Another overarching issues is the 911 system.

“Some EMS systems have a piece where they support non-emergency transports,” Vinnacombe said. “When someone calls for the ambulance and there is not a 302 in place, the ambulance doesn’t have the authority to take them if the person doesn’t want to go and they are of sound mind. So then the police have to enforce that involuntary piece. We both (police and ambulance) want the best for everyone with mental health issues,”

Vinnacombe added, “I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome from our meeting. We were all on the

same page. We have had a huge increase in ambulance calls which affects all of us. We had to hear each other’s perspectives

and respect each other. The good thing is, we all wanted the same outcome. We all agreed on the safest manner to transport the

patients and what was best for them.”


Autumn falls, gently along the stream

A weekend of art benefits library programs in Kennett Square

Art was blooming abundantly this past weekend in a town whose dominant moniker comes from its mushroom crop.

The Kennett Library sponsored its first Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the campus of the former Genesis Building on South Broad Street in Kennett Square.

Scattered over the sprawling parking lot at the south end of town were 100 or so tents housing the work of accomplished artists and artisans.

This Kennett Arts Festival raised funds for the programs in the current and future library locations rather than the construction project of the new library building just down the street.

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Associate Mary Hutchins said the income generated by the festival comes from the entrance fee of $200 by the artists and the $5 entrance fees paid by visitors. The library also sought supporting sponsors.

The most striking aspect

Traffic congestion near new high school still a concern in Penn Township

Avon Grove High School junior Ryan Gablewski came to the Oct. 5 township meeting to make a request on behalf of his fellow students concerning traffic congestion at the new high school

building, currently under construction. He said that he had attended the school board meeting the previous night and it was suggested that he try talking to the township instead.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Gablewski asked if the town-

ship would permit the closed portion of Sunnyside Road to be opened for bus traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.

The Penn Township board responded that this section of Sunnyside Road is closed to the public and is only available to access by emer-

gency vehicles—emergency responders can open the gate. This is a part of the original design for the school and was done to allow emergency vehicles unfettered access so they can respond to the building at times when there is congestion with other traffic around the building.

The limited use of the road was approved by the township as a conditional use in 2007 as a part of the approval process for the new high school campus.

“The conditions on the land development plan said it would always be used

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from the board, as well as express her frustration that her increased bills were the resulting fallout from the township’s sale of its wastewater system to Aqua Pennsylvania Wastewater, Inc. in December of 2020 in the amount of $29.5 million.

Signer was far from alone. Nita Gryan just received an $851 sewer bill from Aqua.

Claire Aiello saw her sewer bill rise 62 percent -- from $112 for between 2,000 and 5,000 gallons -to $179.

Bill Ferguson’s latest sewer bill increased $180 from his last one, despite the fact that he averaged

1,000 fewer gallons of water in his home.

For more than one hour, an overflow audience of residents whose homes are connected to the wastewater system grilled the board, saying the township did not provide them with adequate protection during negotiations that they said should have provided for a cap on rates. At one point in the meeting, when asked by an audience member who was at fault for the disappearance of the rate cap – which was approved by the PUC in 2017 but later disappeared -- organizer Peter Mrozinski pointed to the board.

“They took away your rate cap, and they gave you nothing back,” he said. “They got their full $29.5 million,

Aqua got their money, and we got nothing.”

In 2021, Aqua received approval from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to increase rates for its water customers by an average of 17 percent and its wastewater customers by an average of 33 percent. At the time of approval, the residential water bill for a customer using 4,000 gallons a month would increase from $69.35 to $81.32 and the average residential wastewater bill would increase from $55.51 to $73.95.

In a statement issued in 2021 that spelled out their request to the PUC, Aqua said they requested the increase in order to recoup the $1.1 billion it spent to

upgrade its “distribution and wastewater systems, improving drinking water quality and service reliability throughout its water and wastewater operations.”

The release also stated that a significant portion of Aqua’s capital program has been dedicated to upgrading and rehabilitating treatment plants and wells, including the installation of equipment to meet new, more stringent water quality requirements for increased sustained disinfection.

The new rates went into effect this past March, and they have been rising ever since.

‘A big candy jar’ “I had 9,000 gallons indi-

cated on my bill, and they billed me $343,” said Geoff Mayer. “Under the old rate, the way it was calculated in the past, that bill would have been $173, so I have effectively had an increase of 98 percent. These rate increases are going to pay for Aqua’s recovery of the $29.5 million they paid to the township for the sewer system.

“It’s going to go to pay for its profits including shareholder distributions, and it’s going to pay for their executive compensation packages, which I am sure are quite good.

“The utilities come into those municipalities and offer a big candy jar, and they all sit across the negotiating table, both of them

wanting to get the number to go higher. The people that pay are the people in this room, and they were not at the table.”

Mayer was joined by several other residents who urged the township to develop a plan for the use of the profits the township received from the sale to secure cap rates, reimburse customers for any excess charges over those cap rates, and establish a stabilization fund to offset future tax increases.

Mrozinski, who has addressed the board several times over the past year, again discussed a rate mitigation proposal that would create a rebate arrangement with Aqua customers in the township.

State Police attempt to identify suspect in T-Mobile theft

The Pennsylvania State Police Troop JAvondale is investigating a theft that occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. The suspect, pictured here, entered the T-Mobile store in the Oxford Commons Shopping Center in Lower Oxford Township and stole an iPad Pro from an employee and fled the store.

The iPad was a T-Mobile work iPad.

The suspect is described as a black male, approxi-

mately 18 to 25 years of age, wearing a gray Gap sweatshirt, a black hat, black sweatpants, and white shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police, Avondale Barracks, Criminal Investigation Unit at 610-268-2022 or anonymously contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips. com/tipform.aspx?ID=107.

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Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/ cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing person.

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“We have been trying for a year to get an open and honest meeting,” he said.

“What I have been hearing is, ‘We’ll tell you what happened.’ That’s not what we want. We want to know why it happened the way it did and who was involved in it.

“What led to the problem we are now having?”

Some in the audience directed their ire at Act 12, passed in 2016, that gave permission to the township and Aqua to set up a negotiating framework that allowed them to select an independent consultant from a group vetted by the PUC. Critics of the law contend that it privatizes the ownership of utility systems and encourages inflated rate hikes.

‘It is sold, unfortunately’

When asked if they would support the establishment of a rebate-rate mitigation system, all five board members spoke in favor of pursuing it.

“I am just as disgusted with what has happened up to this point, because I am

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that way,” supervisor Curtis Mason explained.

Even if the township were to allow bus traffic to the school via Sunnyside Road there are physical obstacles in the way. Because it was never intended for regular traffic, that road has no curbing—only muddy shoulders. There are no stop signs, and visibility is lim-

paying the same rates that you are paying,” said Troy Wildrick, an Aqua customer.

“The $29.5 million that [the township] has received? There should be something coming back to the ratepayers. I don’t know exactly what that is, but all of this needs to be talked about.”

Kristie Brodowski said she empathizes with the ratepayers.

“If there is anything we can do, we will certainly try to do so,” she said. “When we say we’re trying to get attorneys, it’s not to complicate matters. It’s to get the appropriate people looking at how we can help you.

“It is sold, unfortunately. I can’t un-sell it, and if I could, I certainly would. My goal is to look out for the township, for the residents, to see what we can and can’t do.”

Also in attendance was Rep. Christina Sappey, who acknowledged that she had met with several residents about Aqua’s rate increases. She said that there are some “serious foundational and structural issues in the state legislature” that are con-

ited by a storm water berm.

“The school district agreed to gated access. There would have to be a lot of improvements (to the road) at a cost to all the residents of the township,” said Victor Mantegna, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

“There was also a promise by this board to the residents who live there that it would not be used for daily use. The impact on all the neighbors would be wrong.”

Mantegna also noted that

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tributing to the rate hikes, including what she referred to as a non-transparent PUC and the stilted progress on several bills introduced in state legislature intended to curb increases.

“Many of us are involved and very aware of what’s going on at the state level with Big Water in Pennsylvania,” she said. “This is happening in many municipalities here in the southeastern part of our state, and if we’re not showing up at meetings and paying attention, this is going to happen in counties all over Pennsylvania.

“Water usage going down by 3,000 gallons and your rates going up is unconscionable.”

Some residents in the audience are galvanizing in order to protest the rising rates. Mrozinski told the board that several residents are planning to travel to Harrisburg to gain legislative support against the rate hikes. Resident Michael Picarella said that he had recently contacted the Attorney General’s office, who advised him to file a

the Waltman Way road access to the High School will soon be open, which should relieve much of the current congestion.

In other business, the board voted to recommend to the zoning hearing board that they do not grant a variance request for the Big Elk subdivision. The township planning commission also recommended the rejection of the request for a waiver of setback requirements on nine building lots.

formal complaint with the PUC.

“At the time I contacted [the office], I was told that this was the third call they had received from New Garden Township,” Picarella said.

Resident Margo Woodacre called upon the current board to protect the residents who helped vote them into office.

“We are looking to you,” she told the board. “A new board is on, but the word that we have heard is that some of the new members say, ‘We were not present [at the time of the sale], so it’s not our job.’ We are here to say to you, we elected you to represent us. We are ratepayers and we are paying a lot more for flushing our toilets, brushing our teeth or watering our gardens.”

Allaband told the audience that the township is working with its attorneys and a special conflict counsel that has been created to review the terms of agreement between New Garden and Aqua. He said that a public meeting will be held at the Township Building on Nov. 21 begin-

Previously, the developer asked for a waiver of back yard setbacks on 73 lots. The variance was granted for 63 of those lots that adjoin open space. These nine lots do not adjoin open space. There was an indication that the neighboring property owner does not object to the variance application.

“The fact the neighbor agrees or disagrees has no bearing on this board,” Mantegna said.

ning at 7 p.m., and that it will be attended by Spence Andress, who served as the director of planning and projects and managed the negotiations between Aqua

and the township in the sale of the wastewater system.

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meeting feeling good with the temporary protocols that we have set up. We expect some hiccups along the way, but we will work those out together.

“What we agreed upon is that when a 302 comes up, the police and ambulance groups will jointly work together. The ambulance will transport the person with the police either riding with them or following behind in the police car as needed.

“However, the public needs to be aware that this recent arrangement will leave the community without an ambulance or police for a period of time. We are hopeful that the county and state will come up with funding to help us with this mental health issue as we move forward.”

Both entities feel that when Christiana Hospital takes over the former

Jennersville Hospital building, they will be able to work out ongoing issues with them.

There is a new national number to call in Chester County for Mental Health issues—988.

“Moving to the three-digit 988 phone number gives us the opportunity to strengthen our existing suicide prevention hotline service, and to expand the crisis care system that provides direct, life-saving service for all in need,” said Pat Bokovitz, the director of the Chester County Department of Human Services, in July of 2022.

However, the closing of Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals has still left a void in mental health care in Chester County.

Involuntary mental health treatment continues to be a highly controversial issue among practitioners, advocates and those who have sought and received

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treatment. Some argue that involuntary treatment is the only way to guarantee that certain people get the help they need. Others say it infringes on a person’s civil rights and can push them away from seeking help in the future. And therein lies the rub for the police and ambulance entities. The minute you throw the phrase “civil rights” into the scenario, you open the door to liability. And there is more to consider than liability. Nurses also figure in this health issue. One local nurse who wished to remain anonymous, said, “This is a much bigger problem than liability. It is a health care crisis.”

“Unless people look at this as a health care crisis there will be no solution,” she said. “Recent statistics show us that the number of people with mental health issues, which also may include substance abuse, continues to grow.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1,814,000 adults in Pennsylvania have a mental health condition. That is just the number in Pennsylvania. All health care issues require a multidisciplinary approach when caring for any patient. And this is a health care issue.”

The nurse continued, “In a hospital, you don’t just have nurses, or even one doctor caring for a patient. You have a team and you need a team when dealing with mental health. There is a lot of education needed when dealing with mental health issues. It is not safe to ask either the police or the ambulance to transport someone with mental health

issues. You can’t throw the police or ambulance personnel into the line of fire without training. This is uncharted territory.”

She continued, “The real problem here is that people don’t believe mental health is a real issue. And, mental health is not always seen as a community problem. The community has to see mental health as issues that affect every family at one time or another. A person suffering from mental health issues can affect anyone they come in contact with.

“Society has seen the increase in mental health issues during the COVID19 pandemic. It doesn’t just happen to other people. It happens to people of all ages and socioeconomic status.”

Mental health issues certainly affects taxpayers since municipalities pay for the police, fire and ambulance services needed to respond to problems. Remember, that first line of defense during the pandemic was emergency personnel. COVID-19 continues to impact municipal budgets, with business closures, unemployment, and property foreclosures. So if mental health issues such as a 302 commitment is using a municipality’s emergency personnel, it does become everyone’s problem. Ignoring mental health issues won’t make them go away and will impact municipal budgets, not to mention the human population.

Candy Craig, the mental health deputy administrator, met with the Oxford Police Department, Union Fire

Company and Ambulance and said, “I was so grateful when Oxford reached out to me for a meeting. I was impressed that we came together so quickly and we all walked away with a very strong partnership moving forward.”

Craig added, “At the Chester County Mental Health Department, we are limited to what we can do from our office. We support any individual who is willing to travel to a hospital for mental health issues, but we also need help from the municipality. In the past we have contracted with ambulance companies for people uninsured or in need of behavior health attention. Regulations limit us on how those ambulances get reimbursed.

“We are constantly looking for any way to do our job more efficiently. Funding what we need is always an issue. We have done a great deal of advocacy to get more funding for mental health services.

“It has been 12 years since we have seen an increase in funding from the state. We apply for any funding opportunity or grants and are always working with all of our partners to see how we can meet the needs of the mental health community.

“We have a few things coming in the next year. Chester County will look very different by next year. Our commissioners are so supportive. They are amazing and truly value behavior health in our communities.”

Craig did stress that, “As far as the Pennsylvania law covering 302s and other mental health procedures, they are roughly 80 years

old. So there is that to contend with.”

Craig also added, “We certainly need more ambulances throughout Chester County, especially since Brandywine and Jennersville Hospitals closed. We also need mental health beds in hospitals and in Chester County we have none. We do have our Valley Creek Crisis Program and they manage our 988 crisis hotline. They can handle walk-in assessments and tell you where to go for more help.”

The Valley Creek Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis in Chester County, you can call 610-280-3270.

Craig admitted, “No one can deny the 302 commitment law is very confusing. Once a 302 commitment is approved, the person goes through Valley Creek and they facilitate on behalf of our office. When they facilitate the process it becomes a warrant. It is not a criminal warrant, it is a civil warrant. It is just about getting that person evaluated by a physician.”

When asked why Craig chose this career path, she said, “I have always had a strong passion to help people with a mental health diagnosis. I want to give everyone an opportunity to get access to the services they need.”

Oxford Police, the Union Fire Company and Ambulance and Craig have all worked together to provide a safe situation for those suffering with mental health issues.

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of the show was the variety of art on display and the passion of its creators. It ranged from oils, multi-media collage and watercolors to woodwork, fabric art, sculpture, unusual kitchenware, T-shirts, photography and stationery.

There was also a family station where children were invited to create crafts and draw chalk graffiti on the asphalt. Several food trucks were on hand as well.

Much of the work for sale was unique and memorable.

Christopher Buonomo of 13 Degree Studios in Philadelphia came equipped with his carving chisels and offered one-of-a-kind wooden wall art. He was eager to talk about his craft, and he continued carving projects even as customers bought what he already had on hand.

Kevin Liang from New York City was selling landscape paintings as well as calligraphy/artwork on rice

Kevin Liang sells hand-made rice paper art with calligraphy and a Buddhist koan on the back. paper he had made from scratch. On the back of each rice paper piece was a unique Buddhist koan (small poem of wisdom).

Gregory Losco from Wilmington sat among his ornate collection of blown art. He said he began by creating lab equipment and then moved onto lovely glass accessories. His latest project is making tiny glass jewelry pieces that contain the cremated remains of loved ones that people can wear in memory of their friends or family members who have died.

Unlike two recent community events—the Mushroom Festival and the Unionville Community Fair – the Arts Festival did not suffer the scourge of bad weather on the second day. Skies remained blue throughout the event.

On Saturday, Hutchins surveyed the sky above and what the library committee

had wrought. She expressed her delight: “The weather is great.

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We have the artists, and we have the customers,” she said. Rows of tents abounded at the former Genesis parking lot on South Broad Street. All photos by Chris Barber About 100 artists sold their wares out of tents at the Kennett Arts Festival. Glass blower Gregory Lasco sells delicate glass jewelry containing small amounts of cremated remains of loved ones. Children were welcomed in the family section to create crafts and draw chalk graffiti on the asphalt. Ceramics were among the varieties of art pieces sold at the festival. Customers survey the offerings at the booth of a woodworker.


Humphry Marshall: A 300-year celebration

Things have changed quite a bit since Humphry Marshall came into the world on October 10, 1722 in West Bradford Township. The American colonies resisted British edicts designed to limit their freedom, then fought a war, some of which raged near Marshall’s home— and later started a new nation. Through all this, a peace-loving group called the Society of Friends (Quakers), of which Marshall was a member, thrived on farms in Chester County. His fascination with hundreds of varieties of trees, plants and shrubs around the region fueled his desire to categorize them for mankind and became his legacy, which is being celebrated this month.

Humphry Marshall was the cousin of John Bartram (1699-1777), who started the first arboretum in

America in Philadelphia. Bartram was the first botanist in the colonies; Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus called him “the greatest natural botanist in the world.” Bartram encouraged his cousin Humphry to pursue the analysis of trees and plants around where Marshall lived—and he did.

After inheriting the family estate in what is now Marshallton, he established a botanical garden containing both native and exotic plants around his home. His extensive assemblage of plants, trees and shrubs is considered the second botanical garden created in the United States.

Although he had only a rudimentary education, Marshall was fascinated by nature, studying it closely and collecting hundreds of specimens to examine and categorize for scientific analysis. One area of focus was the flora of Chester County, where Marshall became an avid collector of

a wide variety of seeds and plants, eventually starting a business which shipped to purchasers around the country and as far as Europe.

Benjamin Franklin knew Marshall and corresponded with him on numerous occasions regarding his botanical pursuits. Marshall was elected a corresponding member of the American Society, precursor to the American Philosophical Society (APS) based in Philadelphia which was dedicated to the advancement of knowledge.

In 1785, Marshall published his magnum opus “Arbustrum Americanum.”

He dedicated the book to Franklin and members of the APS. He is recognized as one of the most influential botanists in American history and his accomplishments are now being highlighted. Humphry Marshall: A 300-Year Celebration commemorates Marshall’s birth and numerous accomplishments. The town named after him put on a wonderful ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Friends of Martin’s Tavern (FOMT) and township officials could not have picked a more glorious day for a celebration: sunshine, blue skies, not a cloud in sight. Several local people participated in the ceremonies, held inside a large tent on the site of the historic tavern. Opening

statements were made by Mark Slouf, vice president of the FOMT, dressed in colonial garb, who made comments about the significance of Marshall and his impact on the study of botany. West Bradford Township supervisor Jack Hines discussed the importance of the occasion, during which the group officially opened a new greenspace—Humphry Marshall Historical Park— to honor its hometown celebrity. Linda Kaat, president of the FOMT was in attendance, having been instrumental in planning and coordinating the celebration. Local artist Adrian Martinez, whose superb painting of Marshall graces the event poster, was there displaying some of

his works. He later gave a lecture presentation on Marshall and the Quaker community. West Bradford, local and state officials participated in the ribboncutting ceremony which brought the park to life.

The keynote personality everyone wanted to see was Humphry Marshall himself, looking pretty good after 300 years, portrayed by Malcolm Johnstone, who in real life is the senior program director for the Cultural Alliance of Chester County. Johnstone was interviewed by Mark Slouf in an interesting questionand-answer format, during which he discussed his early life on a local farm, his introduction to the study of nature and the beliefs he held in his long career as both a naturalist and as a practicing Quaker.

It may have taken three centuries, but Marshall now has a lovely park which will be a permanent addition to the landscape he loved to roam and explore in the days when our country was young and the study of botany was an unrecognized science.

By honoring Marshall, we have now formally recognized that America gained a great champion for the preservation of trees, plants and shrubs which contribute to the countryside we all cherish today.

Gene Pisasale is an historian, author and lecturer based in Kennett Square. His ten books focus on the Chester County/midAtlantic region. His latest book is Forgotten Founding Fathers: Pennsylvania and Delaware in the American Revolution. Gene’s books are available through his website at www. and on He can be reached via e-mail at

A sign denoting the new Humphry Marshall Historical Park. A painting of Humphry Marshall by artist Adrian Martinez. Malcolm Johnstone as Humphry Marshall at the 300year celebration event in Marshallton. Sandi Johnson demonstrating colonial-era cooking. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Humphry Marshall Historical Park.
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Some thoughts on kindness, Nick Perigo, logos, political campaign ads, and Nov. 8

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming, which this time of year is squeezed in between an endless barrage of political campaign ads filled with vitriol and exaggerations, to bring you a few thoughts about the mostly unrelated topics of kindness, Nick Perigo, logos, political campaign ads, and Nov. 8— which, of course, is Election Day.

First, a few words about kindness. A few weeks ago, we had a story about how the The Michael & Nancy Pia Foundation is teaming up with the YMCA of Greater Brandywine for what’s being called a “Year of Kindness.” This effort, which connects to the YMCA’s mission as well as the Pia Foundation’s Living Kindness Project, will offer ongoing ways for friends, neighbors and colleagues to engage in projects, efforts and causes that benefit the community. The YMCA will be working to involve students in the Year of Kindness by including opportunities for young people to work on service projects as a way to give back to the community. Teaching the next generation to give back is a worthy endeavor. And if there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that the world, and this country specifically, can use more kindness these days. The Michael & Nancy Pia Foundation has been helping the community in big ways. The Year of Kindness project is asking members of the community to find small ways to help spread kindness in their day-to-day life. To learn more about the project or sign up to get involved, please visit

Longtime readers of the Chester County Press know that Nick Perigo has been giving back to the Kennett Square community that he loves for decades. The former Kennett Square Borough Council member and Kennett School Board member recently went to a meeting to share his concerns about the school district’s plans to change the logos used for T-shirts, publicity items and documents without public announcement or board approval. Approximately 2,000 people shared Perigo’s concerns and signed a petition opposing the new design. The school board listened to the community’s concerns and made the right decision to continue using the traditional block “K” logo that has been the symbol for at least a half century. The school board made the right decision, and congratulations to Nick Perigo for connoting to care about the school and the community and working to make a difference.

Perigo has proven himself to be a true public servant, which is the exact opposite of what’s being displayed in the endless run of political campaign ads. We can all blame the disastrous Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for the onslaught of political ads that we now must endure. The first candidate who asks businesses and wealthy individuals to donate money to the fight against cancer rather than spending the money on wasteful and mostly useless political campaign ads that air on a continuous loop on television and online. Literally billions of dollars have been spent on false and, at best, misleading campaign advertising. How much closer would we be to a cure, or a vaccine, against some kinds of cancer if that money had been used for a much more worthwhile purpose?

Most people made up their minds about who they are voting for long before the first television commercial or online ad aired. So please ignore all the wasteful political campaign ads that we’ll be subjected to over the next few weeks. But make sure to get the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

U.S. Rep. Houlahan comments on $2.5 million for ChristianaCare in Jennersville

Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) issued the following statement regarding the $2.5 million in federal funds awarded to ChristianaCare to support the reopening of the former Jennersville Hospital in West Grove:

“Having two hospitals close in our community just a month apart was devastating to southern Chester County,” said Houlahan. “For months, officials have been working together to restore lifesaving emergency services to the many Pennsylvanians impacted

Recently, Houlahan was able to speak with Dr. Janice Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of ChristianaCare, regarding these federal resources.

“We are proud of our reputation for delivering high-quality care for our patients, and we look forward to expanding that care in Chester County,” said Dr. Nevin. “A huge thank you to Rep. Houlahan for her support and leadership.

The federal funds come from the American Rescue Plan and will be used to restore health care services to southern Chester County by this, and finally we have good news to share. This $2.5 million grant from the American Rescue Plan will speed up the delivery of quality, accessible health care in our community. I proudly voted for the American Rescue Plan, and I’m pleased to see these vital resources put to good use here in Chester County. I want to thank our commissioners, state and local officials, and partners in the medical community for making this a reality, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

These federal funds will greatly assist us in opening new health care services at the ChristianaCare West Grove Campus to serve the

surrounding communities.”

In March of 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. The federal funds including in the legislation were distributed to each state to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, funds are being allocated at the county level. Chester County was awarded over $100 million.

In late September, a plan was adopted by the Chester County Commissioners to distribute $38 million in grants, including $2.5 million for the former Jennersville Hospital.

Six new members elected to county economic council

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) recently announced that six new members have been elected to its Board of Directors.

Joining the board will be Matt Adams, Leasing/ Acquisitions, E. Kahn Development; Perry Bentley, senior director of Data Operations, Bentley Systems; Mike Cappelletti, senior account representative, Warfel Construction; Kathy Gorman, senior vice president of Strategic Planning & Marketing, Penn Medicine/Chester County Hospital; Rachel Roberts, president of the American Mushroom Institute; and Greg Vietri, president of G.A. Vietri, Inc.

Each board member will serve a term of three years.

“CCEDC’s board members are uniquely positioned to influence the future of Chester County business as the pandemic rebuilding process advances,” said Gary

The CCEDC is a private, non-profit economic development organization that has promoted smart growth in Chester County and the surrounding region for more than 60 years. The council

provides financing solutions, cultivates workforce talent, leverages business partnerships and fosters entrepreneurial collaboration. For more information, visit

County leaders honored at March of Dimes Salute to Women event

The March of Dimes awarded three Chester County women for their impact on business, health and public service at its 33rd Annual Salute to Women of Achievement awards presentation held on Oct. 12 in Malvern.

The recipients were Dr. Brenda A. Allen, president of Lincoln University; Stacey L. Fuller, a partner in the law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood; and Donna Sinnott, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant & Doula at Main Line Health’s Paoli Hospital.

As Lincoln University’s 14th president, Allen –the recipient of the Public Service Award -- has been aggressively implementing a strategic plan designed to ensure Lincoln’s place among great liberal arts institutions. The current investments prioritize enhancing academic quality and improving operational effectiveness with projects such as revising the curriculum, increasing support

for faculty teaching and scholarship, expanding co-curricular opportunities, and restructuring the administration.

Fuller, the recipient of the Business Award, has handled some of Chester County’s most high-profile land development and zoning matters during a period of historic growth for the region, representing municipalities, townships, boroughs, planning commissions and zoning hearing boards, as well as individual developers and residents. In 2022, she was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Land Use and Zoning Law in the Philadelphia region by Best Lawyers in America®.

Sinnott, who received the Healthcare Award, has been successfully empowering thousands of women and families with her positive, non-judgmental educational style. When the pandemic hit, she became the lead educator of Main Line Health’s Prenatal Breastfeeding classes, in which she has

personally taught over 3,000 families virtually. In 2016, she was awarded the Barbara Tachovsky 5 Star Care Award.

Over the course of its 33 events – in large part due to the donations, cor-

porate sponsorships and volunteers -- The Chester County Salute to Women of Achievement has raised more than $1 million to help the March Dimes fight for the health of mothers and babies.

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Courtesy photos The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) recently announced the election of six new members to its Board of Directors. (First row, left to right), Matt Adams, Leasing/Acquisitions, E. Kahn Development; Perry Bentley, senior director of Data Operations, Bentley Systems; Mike Cappelletti, senior account representative, Warfel Construction; (Second row, left to right) Kathy Gorman, senior vice president of Strategic Planning & Marketing, Penn Medicine/Chester County Hospital; Rachel Roberts, president of the American Mushroom Institute; and Greg Vietri, president of G.A. Vietri, Inc. Smith, CCEDC president and CEO. “We look forward to the contributions of each of these impressive individuals, drawing from their experiences in a variety of Chester County industries.” Courtesy photo State Senator Carolyn Comitta, left, with the recipients of The March of Dimes Women of Achievement awards, given on Oct. 12, from left: Donna Sinnott of Main Line Health’s Paoli Hospital, Lincoln University President Dr. Brenda A. Allen, and Stacey L. Fuller, a partner in the law firm of Gawthrop Greenwood.

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Chesco Dance Center’s big year includes an expansion to third studio

The Chesco Dance Center set the stage for an excit ing performance season with a recent expansion to a third studio. Students are already benefiting from the additional space during the Avondale-based dance cen ter’s 14th season of dance classes. Upcoming high lights for students also include a presentation of “The Nutcracker” and then a trip to Walt Disney World to perform at the Magic Kingdom in 2023.

“This journey has been so amazing,” said Kellie Gwaltney-Greer, the owner and director of the Chesco

Dance Center, “from one studio back in 2009 to now when we have three dance studios for our Chesco Dance Center families.”

Gwaltney-Greer said that they kicked off using the newest studio with the annual Summer Dance Experience in August. She said that the addition of a third studio will allow for more programs and classes—and that also means that the instructors at the Chesco Dance Center will be able to teach the art of dance to more students in the com munity. The dance center has been growing by leaps and bounds since GwaltneyGreer opened it in 2009.

Over the course of those 14 years, hundreds of stu

dents in the area have been introduced to the world of dance by Gwaltney-Greer and the talented faculty.

“Our goal is to provide a place for students to ignite their love of dance, to be part of something that is joyous and to find their true passion for the art of dance,” she said.

“We try to instill positivity and remind all of our dancers and parents to support and inspire each other.”

The Chesco Dance Center offers instruction in many styles of dance—includ ing ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, acro dance, and more.

Gwaltney-Greer explained, “We are offering all styles of dance for ages two-and-ahalf through adult. We added brand new adult ballet and tap dance classes this year that are open to all experi ence levels.”

The main studio is locat ed in the London Grove Shopping Center, while the two other studios are located nearby in the Chelsea Station Center on Lake Road. The additional space allows the Chesco Dance Center to offer flexible schedules for busy families. Classes are available for all skill levels, including everything from beginner to pre-professional levels.

The opening of the new stu dio gave Gwaltney-Greer a chance to reflect on the dance center’s history. Dance has

been an important part of her life. She started dance train ing at the age of three, and she has 44 years of extensive dance training. She has also been teaching dance for more than 32 years throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York. The opening of a dance studio that emphasizes training dancers in a positive and supportive environment is a dream realized for her.

“Our goal,” she said, “is to provide the highest qual ity dance instruction and to uphold a professional caliber. We want each student’s expe rience here to be educational, inspirational, and fun.”

Looking ahead, the Chesco Dance Center’s students will once again have the oppor tunity to perform at Walt Disney World. These perfor mances are always special memories for participants and their families.

Gwaltney-Greer explained, “Last October, we danced in Walt Disney World and will be performing there again next year, representing our area at the Magic Kingdom.”

Currently, the dancers are hard at work preparing for the upcoming performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Gwaltney-Greer explained, “We are celebrating five years of “The Nutcracker” performances this December 18 at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, Delaware.” She added that “The Nutcracker’

is a magical ballet, and the performances always take place at a magical time of the year.

“It’s a great production for all ages and all skill levels, and we have lots of local kids involved in the produc tion,” she said.

In addition to GwaltneyGreer, instructors at the Chesco Dance Center include Mindy Kendi (Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Gems Choreographer), Jenica Narducci (Gems Choreographer, Contemporary), Sarah Vogan (Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre,

Gems Choreographer)

Val Goncharov (Ballet and Pointe), Jamal Matthews (Hip Hop, Gems Choreographer), and Kayla Babicki (AcroDance, Jazz, Contemporary).

More information about the Chesco Dance Center including information about classes and upcoming per formances is available by emailing chescodance or by visiting the website at www. or the Facebook page.

To contact Staff Writer Steven Hoffman, email edi

Art show and sale at Primitive Hall

Primitive Hall will be hosting an art show and sale on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Plein Air Invitational will include watercolor, oil, and gouache paintings by Kenn Backhaus, Jacalyn Beam, Roger Dale Brown, Beverly Ford Evans, Lynn Mehta, and Stewart Burgess White. Works on display will include interpretations of the Hall, as well as views of Maine and Chester County, with 40 artworks to enjoy or purchase.

There will also be a curated gift shop. Entry is $10 and all are welcome.

Primitive Hall is located at 830 North Chatham Road (Route 841) in West Marlborough Township. The large brick manor house was built in 1738 by Joseph and Mary Pennock and is now a house museum. Tours are available by emailing

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Courtesy photo A painting of Primitive Hall in progress. The pre-professional Gems Dance Company dancers. Charleston Tis learning from Maggie Defrees at the summer Dance Experience in the new studio. A few of the talented dancers who are part of the Gems Dance Company take a break during a rehearsal at the new studio. Abby Denlinger Jocelyn Rutter as Clara and Kennedy Henderson as Marie in the “The Nutcracker:.” Hannah McCummings, Sara Curry, and Leah Stevenson. Kinsleigh and Addy during a performance.




Edward Paul Cheslock, a resident of Delta who formerly lived in Oxford, passed away on Oct. 10, 2022 at Pro Medica in Exton. He was 82.

He was the husband of Ruth O’Gorman Cheslock, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage.

Born in Hazelton, he was the son of the late Edward Thomas and Betty Harkins Cheslock.

Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was retired from Lasko Fans in West Chester and was a self-employed industrial designer. He had several patented inventions in use in our everyday life.

Edward enjoyed carving birds, fly fishing, tying his own flies and 3D-Printing.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Rachel R. Carroll and her husband, Shawn of Avondale; and two grandchildren, Shawn T. Carroll and Mary R. Carroll.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Cheslock.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 15 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford.

Interment with full military honors will be in the Oxford Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at


James LeRoy Bruce, Jr., 69, of Crozet, VA, passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2022 at his residence with Clarissa “Rissa” Gatmaitan-Bruce, the love his life, wife and best friend by his side.

He was born and raised on a farm at New Bolton Center in Chester County, Pa. Mr. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, James LeRoy Bruce, Sr. and Doris B. Odoski and Edward N. Odoski, Sr.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his mother Betty C. Bruce of Quarryville, one daughter, Ria Denise Scott (Drew) of Crozet, Va., and three sons, Christopher Bruce (Jenny) of Honey Brook, Raphael Quiazon (Tina) of Santa Clara, Calif., and Matthew Bruce of Coatesville.

He is also survived by three sisters, Kathleen Caudill (Eddie), Karen Scherer (Rick) and Linda Conway (Bobby), two brothers, Edward N. Odoski, Jr. and Bruce Akerley, one granddaughter, three grandsons, numerous nieces and nephews, and his furry princess, “Jenna.”

James was preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Odoski, and two sisters, Lisa Swenson and Gloria Brzeskiewicz.

He was the Infectious Disease Program Manager of Oxford Nanopore Technologies in Oxford, England.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Emily Couric Cancer Center of the University of Virginia and Hospice of the Piedmont for the care and kindness bestowed upon James.

In lieu of flowers, James’ family kindly requests that donations be sent in his memory to: UVA Health Foundation, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, Va. 229080773. Donations may also be submitted online: https:// Services will be private.

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Author’s book marks 50th anniversary of police slayings

Local author and historian Bruce E. Mowday will discuss his new book, Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs on Nov. 2 at The General Warren in Malvern. Mowday’s book profiles the 50th anniversary of the killing of Kennett Square police officers William Davis and Richard Posey on Nov. 15, 1972. In his research that led to the writing of the book, Mowday, a former reporter, interviewed family members of both officers and many of the investigators of the case. In addition to consulting court records

and newspaper accounts, Mowday spoke with talked to Kennett Square residents and corresponded with the criminal convicted of the crimes.

“The book on the murders of the policeman is the final work of a trilogy on the Johnston gang, Chester County’s most notorious criminals,” Mowday said. “The Johnston gang was responsible for multiple murders. They were a gang of thieves that stole construction equipment, tractors, Corvettes and antiques.

“I believe the sniper slay-

ing of the two policemen marked the end of smalltown innocence throughout America,” Mowday added. “My book honors the fallen heroes and details the professionalism of the law enforcement officers during the exhaustive investigation and prosecution of the killer.”

Mowday’s other works on the Johnstons are Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice and Stealing Wyeth.

Earlier this year, Mowday made two sold-out two presentations at the General Warren on his book

Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero.

The General Warren is located 9 Old Lancaster Road in Malvern. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner and Mowday’s talk will begin at 6:15 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 610-296-3637.

Donald C. Scott left Earth early on the morning of Oct. 7, 2022 to begin his ethereal journey. Very handsome and smart, possessing a courteous and generous disposition, as well as a strong dose of stubbornness and selfdetermination, he leaves behind many friends who cared deeply for Don and his wife of 55 years, Arleen Scott (nee Morris), along with daughter, Donna Scott, and granddaughter, Alexa Pharaoh. Other special family members include Arleen’s niece, Lisa Keichline; nephew, John Woloson; and Don and Arleen’s godson, Justin Campbell. Don’s connections are far-reaching and extend internationally.

As a young man, he was a Boy Scout before enlisting in the U.S. Army, where he served as an Infantryman from 1963 to 1966 and received the National Defense


Service Medal and achieved Expert level with rifle. After military service, Don embarked on a long career in the transportation industry, starting with the airlines and moving to the railroad where he moved through the ranks from fireman to engineer to Engineman Training Instructor for what became known as Conrail. Then hired by Amtrak to work in passenger rail, Don became System General Road Foreman and later retired as Director Operating Performance Standards and Compliance. He was subsequently hired by Parsons Brinkerhoff and worked two years in Taiwan with a team developing the driver training program for the country’s High Speed Rail System. With two kittens and a stray dog they adopted overseas, Don and Arleen returned to their pet menagerie waiting at home for them in Landenberg.

Don and Arleen were inseparable almost from the time they met at the Soms Club in Crum Lynne, where she was a competitive diver and he a lifeguard. Don loved and fiercely protected his best friend and the love of his

life. She will need Don’s positive energy and happy thoughts of friendship and support as she learns to navigate loss. They drove each other absolutely nuts and had no clue what to do without the other. Amazing memories spanned six decades of a love affair.

His interests included playing accordion, camping, motorcycling, boating the Maryland Eastern Shore, dancing with Arleen, and over 50 years as a Free Mason.

Don will be cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), or the ASPCA.

Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome. com.

Bruce E. Mowday to discuss Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs on Nov. 2 Courtesy photo Bruce E. Mowday is the author of Small-Town Cops in the Crosshairs, that chronicled the 1972 slayings of two Kennett Square police officers.

Delaware County Community College to Hold a Fall Open House October 27

Delaware County Community College will hold a Fall Open House from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 27 in the lobby of the College’s STEM Center at the Marple Campus at 901 South Media Line Road in Media. Whether individuals are looking to start college,



Late of Oxford Borough, Chester County, PA, LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to KENNETH C. CAMERON, EXECUTOR, c/o Jeffrey R. Abbott, Esq., 103 Chesley Dr., Ste. 103, Media, PA 19063, Or to his Attorney: JEFFREY R. ABBOTT, ABBOTT & OVERHOLT PC, 103 Chesley Dr., Ste. 103, Media, PA 19063 10p-5-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Deborah S Keys, Executrix for the Estate of Charles R Keys, whose last address was Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this Estate is asked to make same c/o Dennis Vondran, Esquire, P O Box 565 West Chester PA 19380 10p-5-3t


ESTATE OF Andrew E. Smith, late of Lower Oxford Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above-named Andrew E. Smith having been granted to the undersigned, all persons having claims or demands

return to school or advance their careers, the Fall Open House can provide valuable information.

During Fall Open House, prospective students and their parents will be able to learn how to:

• Earn affordable, transferable credits towards a

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: David W. Smith, Jr., Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381 Oxford, PA 19363, 610-932-3838 10p-12-3t


NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of London Grove Township will conduct a public hearing as part of their public meeting on November 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the London Grove Township Municipal Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390, to consider the enactment of an ordinance with the following title and summary:


Effective January 1, 2023 the new earned income tax rate for residents and non residents will be three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) and is anticipated to generate annual revenue of $

bachelor’s degree

• Link programs of study to careers in the region

• Obtain financial aid to help pay for college

• Get involved in athletics and other student activities

• Earn college credits as a high school dual enrollment student


Effective January 1, 2023 the new open space tax rate for residents will be one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) and is anticipated to generate annual revenue of $ 717,589.00.

The proposed Ordinance is necessary to meet anticipated expenses for 2023 and to raise additional revenue to acquire open space interests pursuant to the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Preservation Act. The Ordinance is available for public inspection during regular business hours at London Grove Township Municipal Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA, the Chester County Law Library, West Chester, PA and the Chester County Press, 144 S. Jennersville Road, West Grove, PA, 19390. Kenneth Battin, Township Manager 10p-19-3t



The Oxford Borough Planning Commission will hold its regular November public meeting on Monday, November 14, 2022 starting at 6:30 p.m. to be held at Borough Hall, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, Pennsylvania. This will replace the previously scheduled meeting on Tuesday November 22, 2022, which is canceled.

The Comprehensive Plan Task Force will meet on the following dates starting at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Tuesday November 29, 2022

Tuesday December 13, 2022 Please check the Borough website calendar at: www. for instructions

In addition, individuals will have the opportunity to meet Delaware County Community College faculty and enjoy guided campus tours.

To register for Fall Open House, visit or call the Admissions Office at 610-723-4000.

on accessing the meeting via Zoom. If you have any questions, please call Borough Hall at 610-932-2500.

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 610932-2500 to discuss how your needs may best be accommodated. OXFORD BOROUGH, GAWTHROP GREENWOOD, P.C, Stacey L. Fuller, Solicitor 10p-19-1t


ESTATE OF David Lears Jone, a/k/a David L. Jones, DECEASED.

Late of Cochranville, Chester County, PA, LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to, Executrix: Gloria R. Jones, c/o Stephen D. Molineux, Esquire, 227 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale, PA 19023, STEPHEN D. MOLINEUX, ATTY., 227 MacDade Boulevard, Collingdale, PA 19023 10p-19-3t


Notice is hereby given that Letters Testamentary have been granted to Anna Maria Madonna and Lucio R Costantini, Co-Executor/ Executrix for the Estate of Gina Costantini, whose last address was Avondale, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Any person having a claim to this Estate

Hank’s Place officially open

Hank’s Place officially opened to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at its new location at 201 Birch Street in Kennett Square.

A community staple for over 70 years, Hank’s Place is known for its homestyle cooking, friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere. Hank’s Place, based in Chadds Ford, had to close approximately 18 months ago

is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363.




An application for registration of the fictitious name Speedpro, 427 South Bolmar Street West Chester PA 19382 Chester has been filed in the Department of State at Harrisburg, PA, File Date 09/04/2022 pursuant to the Fictitious Names Act, Act 1982295. The names and addresses of the persons who are parties to the registration are: ANNETTE ERARIO, 1112 SHERBROOKE DR WEST CHESTER PA 19382; CHRISTOPHER SHAW, 1112 SHERBROOKE DR WEST CHESTER PA 19382; DAVID SHAW, 1112 SHERBROOKE DR WEST CHESTER PA 19382.



NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Kennett Consolidated School District is soliciting bids for Synthetic Turf Field Replacement and Site Work at Legacy Fields. The project is located at the corner of Birch Street and East Walnut Street in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The project consists of, but is not limited to, the removal and disposal of existing synthetic turf fields, fine grading of stone subbase, new synthetic turf installation, new electrical conduit placement, ball control netting modification and replacement, portable spectator seating, concrete placement, and other items as more completely described in the bid documents. Bid documents can be obtained from the office of Architerra, PC, telephone number 610-282- 1398. A non-refundable fee of $70.00 is required for each set of bid documents. Checks are to be made payable to Architerra, PC but be delivered to Architerra before bid documents will be supplied. A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 3:30 pm

due to damage sustained from Hurricane Ida.

The Borough welcomed Hank’s Place owners Anthony and Kathryn Young to Kennett Square with open arms. Hank’s Place will be open every day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, patrons can call 412-587-5189 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

on November 10, 2022 at the Kennett High School lobby, 100 East South Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348. Bids are due by 4:00 pm on December 1, 2022 at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, 409 Center Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348 at which time they will be opened and read aloud. Bids are to be sealed and plainly marked with the words “Synthetic Turf Replacement – Legacy Fields”. Mark Tracy Board Secretary 10p-19-3t



London Grove Township, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the 2023 Proposed Budget for London Grove Township is available for public inspection at the London Grove Township Building during normal business hours (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) or online at www.londongrove. org. The London Grove Township Board of Supervisors will consider adoption of the final 2023 Budget at their public meeting on November 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390.

Municipal Authority NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the 2023 Proposed Budget for the London Grove Township Municipal Authority is available for public inspection at the London Grove Township Building during normal business hours (8:00 am-4:30 pm) or online at www. The London Grove Township Municipal Authority will consider adoption of the final 2023 Budget at their public meeting on November 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA 19390, Ken Battin, Township Manage

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Year's final Third Thursday to be held on Oct. 20

The Kennett Square Police Department’s Community Night and a guided walking tour of public space projects will round out the Third Thursday season on Oct. 20.

Anyone who’s breathed in the community spirit at Third Thursdays on State Street this summer will tell you that Kennett Square is a beautiful, vibrant place with a big heart. The glorious weather, combined with an expanded line-up of offerings including street vendors, children’s activities, and food trucks, has made for an unprecedented season.

Kennett Square Police Department Community Night

The Kennett Square Police Department’s Community Night will bring the intersection of State and Union to life from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the department and its community partners set up a range of special activities designed to delight and inform both kids and adults. There will be goodie bags, police vehicles and equipment to explore, a chance to try fingerprinting, a police-car-cut-out photo booth, candy, and more. In addition, kids age thirteen and under can enter a raffle to be “Chief for a day.” Kids who have their costumes all set for Halloween are also encouraged to wear them for the evening, according to Chief of Police Bill Holdsworth.

“Some of our strategic partners will join us, too,” Holdsworth said. “The fire department will bring personnel and a piece of equipment, the Chester County Crime Victims’ Center will be there to explain their services, and Lucky Dawg Animal Rescue will bring animals for kids to meet.”

The event is intentionally child-friendly and fun, Holdsworth said. “It should be a neat opportunity to complement dining in the street and showcase public safety here in town.”

Above all, the Kennett Square Police Department is looking forward to connecting with people in the community and continuing to build the kind of relationships of trust that are integral to successful community policing.

“COVID-19 put a damper on the community activities we’ve been involved in for years—like Study Buddies and After-theBell,” Holdsworth said. “We’re looking forward to getting back what we’ve lost and continuing to foster the bonds we’ve been working on.”

Holdsworth and his officers place a high value on community trust and count it a privilege to serve people in the community and to be there to help—often in difficult situations. They also recognize that it’s an ongoing process to develop that trust. “We know there’s some fear of engagement, and particularly among our Latino population because of some of the things they’ve experienced,” he said. Events like Community Night enable police officers to build relationships in a fun, nonthreatening environment.

“We love being part of

A Community Night and guided walking tour to headline event in Kennett Square the process of making this an enjoyable place to live, work, and play,” Holdsworth added. “When everyone stays safe, we can continue to thrive as a community.”

Take the Trail to Third Thursday

What could be more Kennett-esque than enjoying a walk around town on a beautiful fall evening, stopping to enjoy small bites and crafted non-alcoholic drinks while learning about various public space projects that are in progress and being planned to make our community an even more walkable, inclusive, and inviting place to live?

Plan to join the Kennett Trails Alliance on Third Thursday for this free guided tour beginning at 5 p.m. at The Creamery (401

Birch Street).

At The Creamery, attendees will receive a special stainless steel branded carabiner mug to rinse and refill with a unique mocktail or infused water at each stop. Kennett Square Borough Manager Kyle Coleman will kick off the tour by sharing the Borough’s plan to make essential repairs and enhance the streetscape on Birch Street. Participants will also have the option to receive one free specialty cocktail at The Creamery to be enjoyed prior to the tour’s departure.

At WorKS, the Kennett Trails Alliance will give an overview of the Kennett Greenway project, after which the tour will move on to the Red Clay Demonstration Area for another mocktail and small bite and the opportunity

to meet the trails consultants and learn about this exciting project that will include environmental restoration and transform a

33,000-square-foot forgotten “backyard” space into a beautiful recreational space for the community.

The penultimate stop on the tour will be the Waterworks Buildings at Anson B. Nixon Park, where walkers will enjoy a beverage and small bite and learn about KAPA’s plans to transform these historic buildings to serve our growing community. The tour ends at State Street, where participants can enjoy dinner and festivities at Third Thursday, including an opportunity to “build your own park” on a game board at the Kennett Trails Alliance table. Community members are also encouraged to take this survey to give input on what they’d

like to see in the future Red Clay Park.

Kennett Trails Alliance executive director Christina Norland is excited for this unique collaborative event and is grateful to all of the community partners involved and to The Creamery for providing the catering.

“People can eat, be nourished, and get the scoop on all of these different projects,” she said. Please note that this event is free but RSVPs are required.

State Street will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. so the community can enjoy these special events in addition to outdoor dining, live music, special vendors, kids activities, food trucks, and more.


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Notes: An 8.1-acre Little Britain Twp. country property in Solanco School District that’s ideally located within walking distant to the Octorara Lake. This partially wooded property with a beautiful view has a great setting complete with small stream and large yard/pasture area. Property offers a lot of potential as gentleman’s estate or small farm for crops, produce, animals etc. Check our website and watch for future ads for the complete list of personal property and pictures.

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AUCTIONEERS: Christ Taylor: (717)-371-1915 AU# 005421 Harold Martin

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022 CHESTER COUNTY PRESS 5B Local News Chester County Press PUBLIC REAL ESTATE AUCTION Octorara Lake Area 8.1 +/- Acre Country Property w/ Woods & Stream 3 BR 2 1/2 Bath Ranch Style Dwelling 2-Car Garage Guns Tools Furniture Households SAT. DEC 3, 2022 @ 8:30 AM REAL ESTATE @ 12:00 NOON Property Description: 8.1 +/- acre country property with 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath ranch style dwelling within walking distant to Octorara Lake. House has kitchen w/ island & dining room, 14’ x 22’ living room with bay window, master bedroom & bath and 2 additional bedrooms, full bath & laundry, full basement with 24’ x 25’ finished man cave/rec room with serving bar, wood stove & 1/2 bath. Also, features large workshop area and 2-car garage. House has oil fired hot air furnace and central air. Property has well and onsite septic, 12’ x 12’ screened gazebo and (2) storage sheds Open House Dates: Thursdays Oct 27 & Nov 10 from 4-6 PM And Saturdays Oct 29 & Nov 12 from 1-4:00 PM Terms: Down payment of $ 40,000.00 required day of auction. Settlement on or before Jan. 31, 2023, Transfer taxes to be paid by buyer. Real Estate taxes shall be prorated. Annual taxes +/- $ 4609.00 Attention Realtors:
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Participants in the Take the Trail to Third Thursday event will get the scoop on the Red Clay Demonstration Project as well as other public space projects throughout town. Courtesy photos The Kennett Square Police Department and strategic partners are looking forward to connecting with people in the community and continuing to build the kind of relationships of trust that are integral to successful community policing. Classifieds

Red Devil freshmen Ham, Olander and Sabastro show promise

Behind dominant offense, Downingtown East defeats Avon Grove, 35-7

Coffey was given a hopeful foreshadowing of the football program’s immediate future.

It was bright one, and dotted with freshmen: quarterback Jacob Ham, running back Jose Sabastro and run-

ning back Evan Olander. While they served as the silver lining in Avon Grove’s current playbook, there was still the immediate matter of the team’s inability to stop a marauding Cougar offense that racked up 329 yards on its way to a 7-1 overall record.

Coming off of a string of consecutive victories against Sun Valley, Academy Park and Bishop Shanahan, the Red Devils looked to improve their overall mark to 5-3, but their plans fell apart early and never recovered. On the opening kick-off, Avon Grove coughed up the ball on its 16-yard line, and on the second play from scrimmage, Cougar quarterback Jameson Jenkins hit Tanner DiLulio for an 11-yard TD strike with 11:32 left in the first quarter that gave Downingtown East a lead they never gave up.

On its second possession, the Cougars took the ball from near midfield to the AG 8-yard line on a 36-yard pass from Jenkins to Caden Walsh that set up an 8-yard scoring run by Bo Horvath with 9:39 left in the quarter. Downingtown

East wrapped up its first quarter scoring on a 35-yard pass from Jenkins to Walsh with 3:02 left that gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead.

As the second quarter began, Avon Grove was again punished for a turnover, when with the ball at midfield, a costly fumble led to carries by Cougar running back Owen Lammy that set up a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Mason Ippolito with 10:25 left in the first half that staked

Downingtown East to a 28-0 lead. The Cougars tacked on their final score of the evening when Lammy scored on a 9-yard run with 5:29 left in the first half.

Although any potential comeback was stymied by a running clock in the second half, Avon Grove’s lone shining moment came deep in the fourth quarter, when Coffey replaced several of his upperclassmen with reserves. Suddenly, an offense that had been held to


just 31 overall yards in the first half came alive on the play of Ham, Sabastro and Olander. Combined, they engineered an 89-yard scoring drive that was set up by long runs by Sabastro and a 12-yard rush by Olander that moved the ball to the 1-yard line. With 2:25 left in the game, Sabastro took a hand-off from Ham and sprinted into the end zone.

Downingtown East’s win sets up consecutive crucial matches against 7-0 Coatesville on Oct. 21 and 6-1 Downingtown West on Oct. 28. Looking to rebound from the loss, Avon Grove will travel to Interboro on Oct. 21 and will finish the regular season with an Oct. 28 game at Coatesville.


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6B CHESTER COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2022 Chester County Press Sports PUBLIC REAL ESTATE AUCTION 3.73 +/- Acres Southern Lancaster County 2 Story, 4-BR, 3-Bath Dwelling w/ 2-Car Garage 24’ x 40’ Detached Garage Storage Shed FRIDAY OCTOBER 21, 2022 @ 2:00 PM Drumore Township – Solanco School District Property Description: 3.73-acre country property with 3002 SQ FT, modern 2-story house with 4 Bedrooms & 3 full baths. 1st floor with kitchen & island, breakfast area with bay window and lots of cabinet & counter space. Family room with gas fireplace and hardwood floor. Also living room with hardwood floor, dining room & foyer with open stairway and business approved office. 2nd floor with master bedroom, walk-in closet, & bath with shower, corner Jacuzzi® tub & double vanity. Also 3 additional bedrooms w/ double or walk-in closets, full bath, and laundry room. Full basement with exercise equipment, wall mirrors and TV selling with the property. House has 9 ft ceilings on first floor w/crown molding, LP- fired hot air heat, central air and attached 2-car garage. House is equipped with security & fire alarms. Property also has metal sided 24’ x 40’ garage/workshop w/ electric and 12’ x 20’ storage shed. Country property with well and onsite sewer. Open House Dates; Thursdays Sept. 15, 22 & 29 from 5-7:00 PM And Saturdays. Sept. 17, 24 & Oct. 1 from 1 - 4:00 PM Terms: Down payment of $ 50,000.00 required day of auction. Settlement on or before Dec. 29, 2022, Transfer taxes to be paid by buyer. Real Estate taxes shall be prorated. Annual taxes +/- $5123.67. Attention Realtors: 1% Broker Participation being offered to Realtors who preregister with their buyers and who become the successful bidder on day of auction. Must register 48 hours prior to date of auction. Pre-registration forms are available at Auctioneers Notes: Be sure to check out this 3.73-acre Drumore Township country property in Solanco School District. The property has lots of potential as a country estate, pastures/animals, or small produce/fruit farm. The modern house is 1-owner, super clean and move-in ready. The 24’ x 40’ building adds options of more garage, workshop, or storage space. 1142 Silver Spring Road, Holtwood, PA 19532 - Lancaster Co. Directions: From Buck, Route 272 South to right onto Silver Spring Road to property on left. For more pictures go to: •
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As the fourth quarter in Downingtown East’s 35-7 defeat of Avon Grove last Friday evening wore on, Red Devil Head Coach Joe
An exuberant crowd of Avon Grove students gave
support on Senior Night. Photos by Richard L. Gaw Behind 329 total offensive yards, Downgintown East cruised to a 35-7 victory over Avon Grove on Oct. 16. Freshman quarterback Jacob Ham, conferring with Head Coach Joe Coffey, engineered Avon Grove’s 89-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Avon Grove running back Thaddeus Binstead scrambles for a ball in the third quarter. Classifieds

Local News

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Kennett Square

Combining its aspiration to grow its presence in Pennsylvania with an increasingly knowledgeable and expanding customer base, PA Options for Wellness opened its fifth medical marijuana dispensary on Oct. 18 on West Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square.

The location will feature on-site consultations, curbside delivery and an interactive pre-order menu, and will be open six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will offer a selection of products across its brand portfolio, and patients will have the option to choose from a wide array of premium cannabis products, including access to a library of flower strains, solventless rosins, and their signature Troche – a lozenge that provides fast-acting symptomatic relief from pain.

Headquartered in Harrisburg and founded in 2014, PA Options for Wellness’ mission is to be the preferred provider of medical cannabis to qualified, approved patients through high-quality products, and dignified, professional service, with a focus on research, patient outcomes and quality of life.

The company has been working with Penn State

The Kennett Square location becomes PA Options for Wellness’ fifth medical marijuana dispensary in Pennsylvania. Its’ sixth will open on Oct. 31 in State College.

University College of Medicine on non-cannabis related research to explore the medicinal properties of hemp and flax since 2015.

Research projects are in the areas of plant productivity, oncology, gastroenterology, pediatrics and neurology, endocrinology and trauma.

In collaboration with the College of Medicine, it was awarded one of the first Pennsylvania Clinical Registrant licenses in 2019, and also has a 65,000-square-foot grow/ process facility and laboratory in Perry County.

In addition to PA Options for Wellness’ new location in Kennett Square, the company currently serves patients in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lansdale and the Lehigh Valley, and will open its sixth location on Oct. 31 in State College.

“We feel there is a need in this area [for our products and service], because it is an area that we feel has been underserved, not just spe-

cifically in Kennett Square, but throughout the western portion of Chester County and even part of Lancaster County,” said PA Options for Wellness Founder and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Trite.

The company’s arrival in Kennett Square is in step with the continued growth of the U.S. medical marijuana dispensary industry, one that has been supported by an increase in state legislation, the legalization of medical marijuana across the country and a growing acceptance of the product as an alternative treatment.

By 2024, estimated marijuana retail sales may generate up to nearly $12 billion in the U.S. Dr. Kent Vrana, the director of the Pennsylvania Designated Medical Marijuana Center at Penn State University, said that the growth of medical marijuana facility industry is happening state by state.

“On a national scale, it

hasn’t exploded yet, primarily because we know that there are reasons to believe that cannabis will have benefits,” Vrana said. “We already have two FDA-approved drugs that come from cannabis – CBD and THC – but the trouble is that it’s been opened up to just about any disease, and frankly, it’s not a cure-all.

“That’s why I think the program that the Commonwealth has

designed will allow us to provide some guidance to the dispensaries, in terms of what can work and what doesn’t.”

“Pennsylvania has become one of the fastest growing medical markets in the nation and we are proud to be able to widen access to patients across the state,” Trite said. “PA Options for Wellness will bring top-quality, innovative products to the medical market, meeting the demand

of our patients while adhering to strict ethical standards. Providing therapeutic solutions, we focus on combining plant science and medicine to transform the lives of our patients.”

PA Options for Wellness is located at 716 West Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square. To learn more, visit

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

Courtesy image Photo by Richard L. Gaw PA Options for Wellness, a medical marijuana dispensary company headquartered in Harrisburg, opened on Oct. 18 at 716 West Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square. Attending the grand opening ceremony were, from left, Chief Operating Officer John Spagnola, Vice President of Research Tzuo Lee, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Trite, and Dr. Kent Vrana, the director of the Pennsylvania Designated Medical Marijuana Center at Penn State University.

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