Chester County Press 10-26-2022 Edition

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Candidates given forum at chamber luncheon

Six candidates vying for election to political offices in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. shared their history, their platforms and their vision at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s (SCCCC) annual Fall Luncheon on Oct. 20 at Hartefeld National Golf Club.

Titled “Election Perspectives: Legislative Candidates Business Forum” and held before more than 100 local business leaders, the one-hour event began with introductory remarks by each candidate, several of whom directed their addresses to the business community as they wrap up their campaigns before the Nov. 8 election.

Calling herself a “bipar-

tisan representative,” U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, who is campaigning for reelection to Pennsylvania’s 6th District against Republican Guy Ciarrocchi, told the audience that she has spent some of her first term initiating events to bring increasing awareness to the economic opportunities in Chester County. Recently, she invited Japanese diplomats to Longwood Gardens as a way to increase eco-

The Nixon Park Blue Heron: ‘Everybody knows his name’

Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square is more than a couple of nice ponds, a yearly trout rodeo, wandering paths and a splendid forest. It is also the home to the widely known and dearly loved Great Blue Heron, who appears to be the sentinel of the water.

This large bird with a six-foot wingspan and a long, pointed bill stalks meals most often from weeds at the edge of the water and waits patiently for small fish and insects to swim by. When he sees them, he bolts downward for the prey and swallows them whole, later shaking the water from his face.

On occasion, has been observed flying to the highest branches of the tall trees there and playing on the branches in the woodlands—perhaps looking for more lucrative fishing grounds.

One unusual characteristic of this particular bird is that he has little fear of park visitors, except children who chase him, and seems to pose willingly for photographs. Sometimes he will do the photographer the courtesy of gliding over the water to cast a large reflection following a prolonged, sit-down photo shoot.

nomic ties between the U.S. and Japan. In addition, she toured Constellation Energy to gauge the impact of the federal funds provided to the company through the bipartisan Infrastructure


Photos by Richard L. Gaw Several area political candidates were given a forum to share their messages at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Luncheon, held at the Hartefeld National Golf Club on Oct.

A Landenberg vista

Oxford Borough manager congratulated at one-year anniversary on job

Manager Pauline GarciaAllen as they congratulated her on her one-year anniversary in the position.

Cloyd said, “This month, you’ve been with the borough for a whole year. We’re looking forward to

continuing to work with you to bring all the hard work you’ve done to fruition. I have enjoyed seeing how quickly you’ve brought yourself up to speed with all our departments. I have said this a number of times to

a number of people: I feel that you’re creating a solid foundation that will allow this council and future councils to carry out our plans to improve life in our borough.”

Garcia-Allen came on

board on Oct. 4 last year after the search committee, chaired by former council member Mary Higgins, performed an extensive search to find the right person for the position.

The Red Rose Inn: An historic structure comes back to life

If you have lived in southern Chester County for many years, you’ve likely driven past a structure which has a long and storied history.

The Red Rose Inn sits on property deeded to William Penn’s grandson in 1731, leased for a unique fee. The deed stated that “his heirs and assigns forever pay one Red Rose, on the 24th day of June, if same be demanded.”

Why the unusual fee? It is believed to be related to a tradition that dates back centuries, as does the Inn itself. That structure has seen many decades of visitors to Penn’s land and despite years of abandonment, now holds a special place in the history of Penn Township.

In their book, History of Chester County, authors Futhey and Cope noted that Penn Township “… was formed by a division of Londonderry, in 1817. The greater part of it was originally included in Fagg’s Manor, and the settlers were largely from the north of Ireland.”

The area was a crossroads for travelers between Philadelphia and Baltimore. An old dirt trail and an Indian footpath intersecting it became Baltimore Pike and Pennsylvania Route 796.

Although some sources indicate there was an inn present as early as 1740, no records to corroborate this claim have been found.

Samuel Cross purchased property in this area from the original land grant and built a log structure, in which he was later charged

with illegally running a “tippling house” (where liquor was sold and consumed by patrons). Although Cross had applied for a tavern license, he was denied because there was already one operating across the road. Cross experienced ongoing financial difficulties; the property was eventually sold in 1797 to George Clymer.

Clymer is one of our forgotten Founding Fathers, one of only six men to sign the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.

In 1807, Clymer began construction of a brick mansion at the site. The following year, John Dorat purchased the structure and was later issued a tavern license for an operation there. Over the next century it would be

called the Penn Cross Inn, the Jennersville Inn and the Jennersville Hotel. In 1927, Robert Pyle, president of the Conard-Pyle Star Nursery purchased the hotel and renovated it. Researching its history, he was fascinated by the link to roses and decided to rename it the Red

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and Jobs Act, and discuss energy independence. Houlahan said that she also supported the passage of the Cares Act and the Cares II Act, which provided emergency funds to local businesses, non-profits, and resources to municipalities, schools and hospitals, as well as co-founded the New Democratic Coalition Inflation Working Group, whose plan has been called by Forbes “the best inflation fighting blueprint to come out of Congress.”

“I know that many of you here today were able to participate in many of those conversations and you were able to provide us with a

valuable feedback loop as well, to make our federal response the best it could be,” Houlahan said. “I hope that we are somewhat more optimistic today than we were before – that we are here now and headed in a better direction, but there is much more work to be done.”

‘Spinning out of control’

Ciarrocchi, who is focusing a portion of his campaign on establishing the U.S. as energy independent and whittling down the size of federal government, said he began his campaign when he saw that the federal government had become both very powerful, very expensive and “was spin-

ning out of control.”

Ciarrocchi pointed to rising inflation, an increased crime rate, lowered student academic performance and skyrocketing drug abuse as other factors that have inspired him to address if elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Despite these issues, Ciarrocchi said he remains hopeful.

“The mess has been created,” he said. “The question is whether we accept the mess and decide that that’s the new normal or that we do better – that we try to fix it,” he said. “I believe that there are common sense principles that we can come together on to deal with energy, to deal with crime, to deal with small business,

to deal with making us feel more secure.

“This election is a referendum,” he added. “If you think that things are good the way they are and you are content with the direction we are going in, you know what to do. If you are convinced that we can do better and fulfill the American Dream and put our children in a better place than us, then I am the right guy for the job.”

Seeking reelection to his post as State Rep. for the 13th Legislative District against challenger David Cunningham, John Lawrence said he originally ran for office after he “saw things in the Capitol that I didn’t like, so I stood up and ran for office and I am proud to have cut my own cloth and keep that reformminded mentality during my time in Harrisburg.”

Lawrence told the audience that he serves on seven legislative committees in Harrisburg that have separately benefitted the mushroom industry; addressed the state’s budget during a period of rising inflation; helped save $8 billion in state funding; and pushed six bipartisan bills

U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan.

through the House as well as 16 amendments, 14 of which were bipartisan.

“I know that we live in a time when it seems there is nothing but political division, but I try very hard to move common sense policy and work with folks on both sides of the aisle to get stuff done,” he said.

Lawrence also called the establishment of ChristianaCare at the former site of the Jennersville Hospital “a generational impact for the people of this community. Long after John Lawrence is forgotten about, people will be going to that hospital for acute medical care and emergency services, and I couldn’t

be more pleased with that outcome,” he said.

Cunningham said that he is running against Lawrence to better prepare the future for individuals and families, businesses and communities throughout the 13th Legislative District.

“You deserve a representative that will cause that kind of future, in businesses with costs that you can afford, in a supply chain that works, in a sufficient labor force, where you get support for innovation and expansion, where you have an infrastructure that is expandable, and the future where rights and freedoms are being protected, so that all women you love can see that they will have the freedom of choice if it ever comes time for them to make that most difficult decision,” he said.

Cunningham's platform, he said, stands for quality and effective education and the support of teachers, first responders and police and voting rights.

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your representative,” Cunningham said. “What I am committed to with my life now is to advocate for you, so that you can do what you love, which is to cause prosperity for your families, for your employees and your communities.”

In support of broadband infrastructure

Campaigning for her third term as Pa. Rep. for the 158th Legislative District against Republican challenger Leon Spencer, Christina Sappey said that she is confident that the state has the ability create a “sustainable, modern economy that works for everyone.” Active in Harrisburg, she serves on several committees, was elected by her colleagues as the Chester County House Democratic Delegation


A Nixon Park regular wrote on social media, “I think he always shows his good side to the camera.”

Another park visitor said, “Oh yes, I have loads of pictures of him, even of me standing beside him.”

Larry Newman, a visitor from Malvern who likes to explore the parks and trails of Chester County, recently came upon this heron for the first time. Newman quietly backed off and gingerly picked his phone from his pocket to catch a picture.

When he was told the heron was friendly, Newman moved in close.

“I’ve seen herons before in my town, but they are

Chair, and served on the Southern Chester Chamber Community & Government Relations Committee.

Sappey told the audience about the “critical, economic importance” of the local agriculture on the Chester County economy, some of what she said went unnoticed during COVID19 by her colleagues in Harrisburg. To provide the county with a better imprint on the state as a whole, Sappey said she has hosted several of her colleagues at tourism and educational policy meetings; advocated for the small business and hospitality industry and helped establish a hospitality assistance program and supported the use of federal funding that provided loans for small businesses.

“While it has been imperative to keep the business community supported over

skittish. I haven’t seen one as tame as this,” he said.

Still another visitor from Phoenixville said she has seen herons that stay for the winter and follow the streams in her town, but none so friendly as the Nixon Park Heron.

For this Great Blue Heron, life at the park is like being a visitor at the classic TV show “Cheers.” Everybody knows his name.

A recent survey of folks waking casually around the pond yielded unanimity in familiarity with him and these comments:

“Are you looking for the big bird?”

“I saw him yesterday, but not today.”

A Spanish-speaking fisherman, pointing: “He’s over

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the last few years, it is crucial that we simultaneously foster innovation in our state,” said Sappey, who supports the advancement of wireless, broadband infrastructure. “We are fortunate to have research firms here that are leading the way in electrical vehicle technology, and statewide, it is estimated that the industry contributes to over 15,000 jobs.”

Rather than focus his comments on his career as an elected official – which included serving as the Mayor of Kennett Square for 11 years – Spencer spoke as a former business owner. Six months after opening a music school on North Union Street in Kennett Square in February of 1995, the demand for lessons forced the business to move to a larger location at a local fire hall, and 11


“Everybody knows him.”

“He’s so cool.”

“He’s awesome.”

“Sometimes he’s over by the stream when he thinks there are more fish there.”

Jake Riggins of Kennett Square Public Works was working the park recently in the early evening. He said he has seen a single blue heron reside in the park for at least the past seven years. He did not recall seeing the herons during the winter, however.

Brian Winslow is the Water Conservation Director at the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance in Pocopson. He has worked extensively on stream-bank restoration in the park and is familiar with the overall wildlife there.

months later, the school’s success demanded yet another move. At its height, the school taught as many as 350 students a week.

Eventually, Spencer said that because music lessons were increasingly becoming a low priority for families, the average weekly student population at the school was cut in half. After a successful rebound, Spencer and his business partner sold the school at the end of 2018 to a former student. Due to the impact of COVID-19, however, the school eventually closed.

“We have all faced business challenges,” Spencer said. “Business is not something for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of energy, and comes with its ups and its downs. That said, in today’s world, [business owners] are faced with major challenges. I seek an opportunity to

He said he has additionally seen egrets (white with long neck), eagles, hawks and a green heron at the park.

He added that herons eat only animals (like frogs, fish and insects) while the other pond swimmers – the Canada geese – eat only vegetation.

Lest the park visitors regret that the Great Blue will leave for the winter, Wiinslow said the heron will probably stick around on-and-off as long as the pond isn’t frozen and there are still fish there.

be in Harrisburg to help you deal with those challenges, and I would hope that my experience in business, as well as other professional and other civic involvement would convince you that my bid to become the representative for the 158th District is worth your vote.”

Moderated by SCCCC Chairman-Elect Doug Doerfler, the forum also included a question-andanswer session involving the candidates. During the 20-minute session, candidates answered questions about topics as far ranging as housing affordability, domestic energy production, staffing shortages in the county, political bipartisanship and infrastructure.

The SCCCC event was sponsored by KendalCrosslands Communities, TRUIST, Constellation, IronLinx Logistics &

Fulfillment Co., Longwood Gardens and several additional businesses.

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Summing up what many apparently feel about this friendly bird, Kate Kelmellis from Lincoln University stood back, crossed her arms and surveyed the heron posing in front of her.

“He blends right in. I feel

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Photo by Chris Barber The Great Blue Heron of Anson B. Nixon Park seems to be always happy to pose for pictures. Republican Guy Ciarrocchi is challenging incumbent Chrissy Houlahan for the position of U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. like I’m in a nature documentary,” she said.

The Inn has had many changes and owners over the past century. The Clanton family owned the property from 1961 to 1978. They made several renovations, including the addition of the William Penn Room and converting the adjacent carriage house into the Carriage Lounge. Lumber and bricks came from the old Philips Mill, beams from Kirks Mill in Lancaster and a 40-foot oak and mahogany bar from a mansion in Philadelphia. John and Maryann Bussey were the owners from 1978 to 1985.

Lee and Richard Covatta owned it from 1985, adding a night club in the basement called the Brandywine Room which operated until its closing around 2007.

The Red Rose Inn has had more than just “regular” visitors over the decades. One legend has it that in the early days of the Inn’s operation, the innkeeper’s daughter was brutally murdered. Local settlers soon accused an Indian boy of the killing, as he had been seen with her just hours before her death.

Apparently without the benefit of a trial, citizens had the Indian hung for his misdeed. It turns out that the boy had been the girl’s friend. After the execution, the real murderer was found, according to Twaddell, “drunk and unconscious in a thicket of woods behind the inn.”

The locals who did the hanging wanted to hide their guilt—and supposedly buried the boy in the tavern’s cellar. The ghostly image of an Indian has been reported inside the Red Rose Inn for many years, as have other visions like Emily, the little girl who was murdered, wearing an old-fashioned dress which people have reported numerous times.

Despite its “other visitors,” the Red Rose Inn was a meeting place for some celebrities over the decades.

The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg is reported to have stopped in for a visit, as did Helen Keller, who loved the Boxwood bushes around the building, which reminded her of her home in New Orleans.

After sitting vacant for a few years, the property was purchased by Penn Township in 2011. The

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township’s plan was to preserve the historic inn, and the renovation process began in 2016. All the added-on structures were removed, leaving the original building from more than two centuries ago.

Kathy Wandersee, president of the Penn Township Historical Commission provided an excellent tour of the inn, describing its new status as a local museum. Extensive renovation of the walls, floors and doors has been completed, as well as colonial-style hardware and lighting, bringing it closer to its original decor.

The renovation included the return of a special item: a 6-foot-by-18-foot mural depicting William Penn receiving the “rent” of one red rose, created by Maryland artist John Moll in 1968. It had been removed to preserve its integrity, but was recently re-framed and hung inside the Inn. Walking through the building, it is clear that the workers and volunteers did a superb job.

The township recently hosted a public viewing of the Red Rose Inn and sponsors “Red Rose Rent Day.”

They welcome donations of local historic artifacts for the

museum. There have been scheduled public tours at the Inn each month through October 2022; there may be more in the future. Stop by—and take a closer look at a storied building which played a part in our local


Gene Pisasale is an historian, author and lecturer based in Kennett Square. His ten books focus on the Chester County/mid-Atlantic region. His latest book is Forgotten Founding Fathers:

Pennsylvania and Delaware in the American Revolution. His books are available through his website at www. and on Gene can be reached via e-mail at

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One of the renovated rooms. The abandoned Red Rose Inn before renovation. A Red Rose Inn painting by T. L. DeMott. Close-up of section of the William Penn mural by John Moll. A display in the renovated Inn. A renovated room with William Penn mural by artist John Moll. An advertisement for the Red Rose Inn from the Philadelphia Daily News in 1965.


Dancing on our own

Given the editorial mission of this newspaper – to provide the news of southern Chester County -- it is customary for us to glean the content of our weekly editorials from the hyper-local immediacy of matters having to do with politics, schools, events and people.

But when Bryce Harper cracked his game-winning two-run home run in the eighth inning of Sunday’s 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres to send the Philadelphia Phillies to the 2022 World Series, we decided to extend our coverage area slightly a bit north of Chester County, just for this edition.

If it is true that being a devoted sports fan is conceding to the guttural pain of defeat and disappointment, then the pain that Philadelphia Phillies’ fans have shared over the past 13 seasons has been nearly unbearable. From the time reliever Brad Lidge sunk to his knees immediately following the Phils’ 2008 World Series victory, Phillies fans have witnessed a 2009 World Series loss, frustrating defeats in subsequent playoff series, and then the tortuous vanishing act of its favorite players, some to injury and some to trades.

They have lived through the turnstile click of rotating managers – some lethargic, some slightly off-kilter – endured the illogical decisions of the team’s ownership and sat through dozens of lineups that seem to have been pieced together by duct tape. Collectively and privately, their seething anger has grown to the point where it has become an extremity, and then as Spring Training broke this March in Clearwater -- and as we emerged from the two-year fog of COVID-19 -- there was hope again. The team had acquired a few veterans over the winter, shored up its pitching staff to respectability and tossed in a child care collection of rookies. Phillies fans, however, have come to know the tumbledown of great expectations, and when their manager was fired in early June after mechanically button-pushing his club to a 22-29 record, every Phitins’ follower from Oxford to Trenton sounded the sad refrain that their parents, their aunts and uncles and their grandparents have turned into a long symphony of hurt.

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To be a Philadelphia sports fan – no matter the affiliation – is to be born into the lingering mindset that while disaster is a near-constant companion, hope lives in the form of resilience and newness. The Phillies’ season was soon saved by the most unlikely of men – a soft-spoken Canadian and baseball lifer who had never managed on the Major League level before. Suddenly, all of the tension in the clubhouse subsided, and the team reeled off win after win and all of it was accompanied by a country song that became the team’s adopted anthem. Despite a September swoon, they earned both a playoff spot and respectability, but the baseball experts gave them little chance in October. Their commentary was answered by come-from-behind wins, the defeat of their Wild Card foe, then the glorious takedown of the current World Champions, and this past Sunday, their victory over a talented roster of players.

Now, through their resiliency and on the backs of their well-deserved army of fans, the Philadelphia Phillies have captivated the entire Delaware Valley, and carry that motivation into the World Series against the best team in Major League Baseball.

The allotted space of an editorial is often the only place where a newspaper can place its heart. For the next week or so, our heart – and likely yours –will be transfixed on an unlikely team that has far exceeded our greatest expectations – a team that is blessed with talent, camaraderie and yes, miles and miles and miles of heart.

Four more, Topper.

A trying time for American elections

As the general election approaches, I’ve been struck by the rise of an unusual type of news coverage. It’s focused not on the campaigns, but on the running of elections themselves.

Some of it is alarming. In California, elections officials worried about their personal safety have just been given the ability to hide their personal information—like home addresses—from the public, using the same program the state uses to help victims of domestic violence.

In several states, reports The New York Times, rightwing activists “driven by false theories about election fraud” are flooding elections offices in an attempt to toss tens of thousands of voter registrations, the vast majority of them entirely legitimate. People who deny the legitimacy of the 2020 election are either becoming elections officials or angling for elected posts that would oversee election administration.

And lest there be any doubt about where all this might lead, federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson just put it bluntly as she sentenced a Jan. 6 rioter to prison: “You were trying to stop the singular thing that makes America America:

the peaceful transfer of power.”

My fondest hope is that the election doubters who are given new responsibility for helping to run elections see what those of us who have watched American democracy at work for decades know to our core: that the overwhelming majority of elections at all levels in this country are administered fairly and competently by people who believe in the right of Americans to express their will at the ballot box.

To be sure, charges of voter fraud are rife. But study after study and legal investigation after investigation have found that actual voter fraud in the U.S. is exceedingly rare. There are problems, of course, whether they involve chicanery from politicians bent on disenfranchising voters whose politics they don’t like, or the mechanical and logistical issues that stem from an elections system with a patchwork of procedures, obsolete machinery, and increasingly complex training requirements for poll workers. Still, we have well over 200 years of success in transferring power peacefully, often between political leaders who disagreed with one another, because in communities all over this country dedicated town and city clerks and

ordinary volunteers make it their business to ensure that elections are conducted honestly.

I can’t put it better than a city clerk and election administrator in a small northern Minnesota community just did in a newspaper commentary: “It is disappointing to see the criticism elections and election officials have received in recent years,” she wrote. “The truth is, we are just like you. Election administrators and judges are part of the community. We are your neighbors and co-workers, people you see at church on Sunday or in line at the grocery store. I believe I speak for all election officials when I say we are honest citizens who want to serve our community to the best of our ability.”

It’s a truism that elections matter. But we sometimes forget that participation in elections matters just as much. People who don’t vote because they can’t be bothered or they don’t care or—increasingly—they don’t trust their neighbors to run a fair election do more than keep vote totals down. They also help to skew election results by making potential candidates hyper-responsive to their party’s most loyal, most partisan, voters—the ones they know for certain will turn out. I’d argue that

voter apathy and suspicion have contributed directly to this country’s heightened political divisions in recent decades.

I wish I could say that the answer is as simple as registering and voting. And in some respects, it is. But some states are making voting harder or less convenient, and in those places, it takes some determination to cast a ballot. Even more challenging, it’s not simply voting that matters: It’s casting an informed vote, one that looks past all the rhetoric and outright misinformation we encounter daily. That, too, is getting harder.

Yet what choice do we have? American democracy is in our hands. The way we preserve it is at the ballot box, and if it takes some work to exercise that right responsibly, then so be it.

Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

“Mums” the Word at Longwood’s Festival

What’s Autumn without the infusion of all manner of Chrysanthemums at Longwood as breathtaking as the air with a hint of sage (Salvia), as well as the orange-flowering Lion’s Tail (Leonotis) on the Flower Garden Walk. Even Bonsai Chrysanthemums are featured in the Pierce du Pont house. In intricate shady pathways between trees and shrubs, are eyecatching insertions like Autumn Crocuses and Wild Ginger. Nothing hum-drum about Mums in the Conservatory where all manner of interpretive themes are carried on with

artistically trained forms in shields and curtains, all shapes and colors imaginable from incurve to free and grafted-on to other plants or interlaced with wood, subject at times to Haircuts. Only the ornamental “experts” truly understand the magnitude of their accomplishments.

The Anemone, Single along with Spoon Mums to add to the spell, not to take away from the couples on blankets or sitting on benches overwhelmed by imbibing the floriculture. The colorful display is as varied as the people who come speaking in various tongues but with the common root, the lan-

guage of floribunda seen in diverse landscapes from woodland pathways to the more formal setting.

The Carillon on the hour plays out the Fantasy in music while illuminated Fountains spray their effervescent cheer with musical notations. Bruce Munro’s Light Installation still brightens up the night while the harvest moon holds us spellbound in the changing season. The Idea Garden has the more pragmatic side of Autumn with eatable plants brought to fruition like figs, beans, tomatoes, and peppers.

A transformative experience for all, even for the children with interac-

tive play at the Pumpkin Playground a pause from the explicit directions of parents forever explaining what their senses are experiencing. The Garden Railway is an express of horticulture and engineering designed with children in mind as well.

As one of the foremost gardens in the world, Longwood is never static but ever changing with the seasonal mood and ever responsive and in tune with the visitors, who find not just an escape route from the intense problems of the world but a place to plan and build their dreams for a better one. Longwood Reimagined.

Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association endorses Shapiro for governor

The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) announced its endorsement of Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the race for governor.

“During his tenure as Pennsylvania’s attorney general and previously as a member of the state House, Josh Shapiro has demonstrated keen insight into the challenges facing the men and women who

work at Pennsylvania’s 35 correctional institutions, state hospitals and community corrections centers,” said PSCOA President John Eckenrode. “We are thankful for the concern and support he has shown our officers and their families through the years, and we look forward to continuing to work with him when he is sworn in as our next governor.”

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Sparacino’s 3 TDs lead Kennett to a 35-7 victory

Last Friday evening, riding an undefeated 5-0 record in the ChesMont American Division and awaiting their upcoming destiny in the untangling of the PIAA play off schedule, Head Coach Lance Frazier’s Kennett Blue Demons still had a football game to play against visiting Sun Valley at Kennett Stadium.

It served to be another exclama tion point on what has become an outstanding 2022 campaign.

Behind Julian Sparacino’s three touchdowns and a defense that held the Vanguards to just 38 offensive yards in the first half, Kennett rode to a 35-7 victory in Ches-Mont American Division play.

On Sun Valley’s second posses sion of the game, Jacob Thompson stepped in front of a pass attempt

by quarterback Stephen Eskridge for an interception with 4:31 left in the first quarter that moved the ball to the Vanguard 32- yard line.

On Sparacino’s fourth carry of the possession, he ran 19 yards up the middle for the first of his three touchdowns with 2:24 remaining in the quarter, staking Kennett to an early 7-0 lead.

Frazier effectively used both Brett Kauffman and David Lillis as quarterback throughout that game, and after a superb run-back on a punt by Jackie Good set up Kennett on the 13-yard line, Lillis sprinted into the end zone with 6:40 left in the second quarter for an 8-yard carry that extended the Blue Demons’ lead to 14-0.

Inheriting the ball at midfield deep in the second quarter, the Kauffman-Lillis tandem combined for Kennett’s third TD of the first half. A Kauffman keeper got the

ball to the 45-yard line, and a few plays later, Lillis’ pass to Josh Barlow set the ball on the 20-yard line. After a Kauffman pass to Xavier McGreal gave Kennett the ball inside the 10-yard line, Sparacino scored on an 8-yard carry with 38 seconds left to close out the first-half scoring.

On a 10-play drive to start the second half that was highlighted by a 42-yard run by Sparacino, Lillis’ two-yard QB keeper with 5:30 left in the third quarter gave Kennett a 28-0 lead. With 2:37 left in the third quarter, Sparacino closed out his night with a 13-yard run that tacked on the Blue Demon’s last score.

The Vanguards’ only score of the game came on a 51-yard scoring strike from back-up quarterback RJ Scharrer to Josh Yadonis with 5:24 left in the game.

With the win, Kennett’s record

Football victory was sweet dessert for Kennett Homecoming

Kennett High School’s Homecoming celebration last Friday evening was the kind por trayed in sentimental movies about small towns.

The weather was perfect, the kids were beautiful and the home team won the football game.

The crowds started to assemble in late afternoon as the parade marchers, the band members and class floats prepared in the high school parking lot.

Promptly at 6 p.m., they marched down the driveway to South Street for a brief strut around the nearby blocks. The group was led by the flag team and an enthusiastic group of boosters with a Kennett High School banner.

Although the procession was

short and took less than 10 minutes, it was enough time for the parade watchers to cheer on the contes tants for the homecoming king and queen and to hear the band’s rendi tion of “Sweet Caroline.”

Also gliding along were four floats, one from each high school class that had been put together by the class members. They were in competition, and it was later announced at the football game that the seniors, gathered in fan cied-up Jeep Wrangler, had won.

Meanwhile, up on the football field, the home team was warming up for the 7 p.m. start of the game against Sun Valley.

At halftime, the drill team pre sented its 2022 program, “Mercury Rising,” and the homecoming king and queen were crowned.

The king was Kevin ZavalaZavala and the queen was Claire


The members of the court, present ed in a wide circle on the football field, included Katherine LagunasSanchez, Maya Rosenthal, Britney Sedano and Mackenzie Winterling and boys Ricardo Chavez-Mora, Marco King, Paul Mullin and Ben Bolhouse.

Chester County Press WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2022 Section B
The Kennett Homecoming Parade began its march around several blocks in downtown Kennett Square on Friday. The senior class float won the parade competition. The Kennett Band per forms at halftime. is now 6-3 overall. Kennett stands atop the Ches-Mont American Division and will close out the reg ular season on Oct. 28 with a home game against Great Valley. Now 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the Ches- Mont American, Sun Valley will wrap up their season with a home game against Oxford on Oct. 28. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email rgaw@chestercounty. com. Blue Demons remain undefeated at top of Ches-Mont American Photos by Chris Barber Kennett’s Sparacinao runs past a Sun Valley tackle attempt. Kennett’s Jackie Good runs the ball up the field. Sun Valley’s defense attempts to bring down quar terback Brett Kauffman as he carries the ball. Claire Harper and Kevin Zavala-Zavala were crowned Homecoming queen and king.


Nancy Lee Sagers, of West Grove, passed away at the Chester County Hospital on Oct. 19, 2022. She was 74. Born in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late Everitt Henderson and the late Elizabeth Spahn Henderson.

Nancy was a homemaker and she enjoyed going to the Brandywine River Museum, taking rides on hot air balloons and being with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by one son, John C. Sagers and his wife Lisa of Quarryville, Pa.; one brother, Charles Henderson of Oxford; and two grandchildren, Brooklynn Sagers and Brandon Sagers.

Nancy was predeceased by one sister, Mary Froshower. You are invited to attend her memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29, at the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove, 200 Rose Hill Road, West Grove.

To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit


Robert Curtis Knowles, 88, passed away peacefully on Sept. 9, 2022, at his home in Kennett Square while surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Barbara Knowles, with whom he shared 66 wonderful years of marriage.

Born in Pawtucket, R.I., he was the son of the late Jess Knowles and the late Alice Mitchell Knowles.

Robert “Bob” graduated from Pawtucket East Senior High School. He received his A.B. degree, class of 1955, with honors in biology from Brown University and earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and his M.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University. After internship and residency in clinical pathology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, Bob served as chief of the epidemiology division and later as director of the scientific department in the United States Navy Naval Medical Research Unit No. 4, Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, Illinois. Bob continued to serve in the United States Naval Reserves, retiring as Captain with the 4th FSSG, Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Wilmington, Del.

From 1969 to 1977, Bob practiced medicine at the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. From there he moved on to become Section Chief of Microbiology and Immunology and Hospital Epidemiologist at the Medical Center of Delaware until his retirement in 1998. During this time, he was a partner with Delaware Clinical & Laboratory Physicians, P.A. Bob loved to teach. A lifelong educator, Bob was an Assistant Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine of the Pennsylvania State University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Life and Health Sciences, University of Delaware; Medical Director, Medical Technology

Program, University of Delaware, and Latin America Visiting Professor, Quito, Ecuador, August 1985. He was a member of many professional organizations including the Medical Society of Delaware.

Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He touched many lives with his honesty, generosity, and willingness to see good in others. He had a wonderful knack for telling jokes. Bob was an avid photographer, loved to travel and enjoyed musical theatre, opera, movies, dancing and fish aquariums. He especially enjoyed being a “Member of the Bored,” a close group of friends.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children, Kathy Knowles of Dover, Del., Kenneth Knowles of Kennett Square, Mark Knowles of Lincoln, Vt., and Lynn Knowles and her husband Jan Pilch of Homburg, Germany. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jaden, Sophie and Anna Pilch, his sister, Eunice Potts and her husband Robert of Lincoln, R.I., his brother, Donald Knowles and his wife MaryAnne of Ozawkie, Kansas, nieces and nephews, and Golden Retriever Abbey.

Funeral services will be held on Nov. 1, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Lime Rock Baptist Church, 1075 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I. with burial following in the Middletown Four Corners Cemetery, 350 E Main Rd, Middletown, R.I.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the University of Delaware. Please forward donations to, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Floor, Newark, Del. 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line “in memory Robert C. Knowles.” Gifts can also be made on the University of Delaware’s secure website, Donations will be directed to the Robert C. and Barbara J. Knowles Endowed Scholarship fund at the University of Delaware.

To view Bob’s online obituary, please visit www.

Behold, God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty in strength of understanding.


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As we near Thanksgiving this year, let us not forget that our blessings are not shared by all. Many women yearn for the blessing of living in a violence-free home or the opportunity to live in a safe and healthy environment. Yet it is estimated that women account for 29 percent of the homeless population in Pennsylvania.

As of January 2020, Pennsylvania had an

Since February 2016, Oaks Ministry has helped 40 women who have walked through its doors seeking a second chance.


Elsie J. Harbaugh, of Nottingham, passed away on October 13, 2022 at her home. She was 85. She was the wife of late Richard L Harbaugh, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage.

Born in New Paris, Pa., she was the daughter of late J. Cress and Ada Brown Wade.

Elsie is survived by two daughters, Colleen (and her late husband Timothy Hunnell, Sr) and Eileen (George, Sr); five grandchildren, Timothy Jr. (Denise) Tristian (Brian), William (Mikalea), Megan (Troy) and George Jr.; and 18 great grandchildren, Kelsey, Noah, Timothy, 3rd, Sarah, Ryan, Chloe, Kaylee, Logan, Leeya, Koltyn, Trevor, Alex, Mason, Trinity, and Evie. She adored all of her family and loved spending time with each of them.

Elsie loved watching hummingbirds outside her window and walking to her pond to fish.

She was a member at the Oxford Church Of God. Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Oxford Church of God.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Divine Sent Food Cupboard in Oxford.

If you are looking to bless others this Thanksgiving, consider attending the fundraiser of Oaks Ministry, Harvest of Hope and Healing Brunch, on Nov. 5 at Waterway Church at 558 Waterway Road in Oxford. The fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hear inspirational stories of changed lives and learn how you can partner with the Oaks to spread hope and healing to women in the community.

Options include:

• Individual tickets are


• Be a Table Host and invite 8 people to attend for $350

• Be an Event Sponsor for $250

For sponsorship or ticket information, contact info@ or call: 484-368-7268

A free will donation will be taken at the event.

This event is for men and women so if you know of anyone that might be interested in coming with you, please reach out and invite them.


Seating is limited, so if you are interested in hosting, sponsoring or purchasing an individual ticket let them know as soon as possible.

Reservations are a must.

For more information about Oaks Ministry, visit their website or email info@

Harvesting Hope and Healing Fundraiser for Oaks Ministry estimated 13,375 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Domestic violence is a major factor contributing to homelessness among the female population and home is the last place they feel safe.

If you have never attended an Oaks Ministry fundraiser, it will change your life.

Hear first-hand how they change the lives of women by providing:

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Anna Basciani of Avondale passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by her loving family on Oct. 15, 2022. She was 93.

Anna was the wife of the late Mario “Chuff” Basciani, with whom she shared over 70 years of marriage prior to his passing in September of 2020.

Born 1929 at home in Toughkenamon, Anna was the daughter of the late Antonio Masciantonio and the late Mary DeDominic Masciantonio.

Anna graduated from Kennett High School. Until the age of 80, Anna worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Basciani Mushroom Farms. Yet, the title Anna was most proud to have was “mom.” She dedicated her life to raising her family and found great delight in taking care of those whom she loved.

Anna loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and her family always looked forward to one of her homemade meals. Anna also enjoyed traveling.

Anna was the matriarch of her family. She was a strong woman—so strong that she beat cancer five times and through it all never complained. Anna’s faith was also

Bibles, devotionals

• vehicles and upkeep and maintenance on vehicles for licensed women to drive back and forth to work

• assistance in seeking employment and • art classes and other activities

Robin Martin, the executive director of Oaks, emphasized that if you are a woman in need, know a woman in need, or would like to donate to the Oaks Ministry, please contact her at 484-368-7268 or

strong and she was an original church keeper for St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Parish, where she was a lifelong member.

Anna’s family and friends will deeply miss her lovable personality and the joy she brought to the world.

Anna’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to all of her caregivers and acknowledge the special efforts of both Anita and Frances. They also thank Brandywine Hospice for their support through a difficult time.

Anna is survived by sons, Mario “Monnie” Basciani (Kathleen), Richard Basciani (Kim) and Michael Basciani (Carla); daughters, Joanne Regester (George) and Susanne Guizzetti (Victor); 18 grandchildren; and 42 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her brother, Nick Masciantonio and her sisters, Julia Caputo and Helen Vallorani.

A viewing was held on Oct. 20 at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother and interment was at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Anna’s name may be made to the St. Gabriel Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 709, Avondale, Pa. 19311.

Arrangements are being handled by Kuzo Funeral Home in Kennett Square.




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 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: AN ORDINANCE OF LONDON GROVE TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING THE LONDON GROVE TOWNSHIP CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 24, PART 2 “EARNED INCOME AND NET PROFITS TAX”, SECTION 24-202 “IMPOSITION OF TAX”, TO AMEND THE RATE OF TAX FOR THE GENERAL PURPOSE RESIDENT TAX, OPEN SPACE MUNICIPAL RESIDENT TAX, AND GENERAL PURPOSE MUNICIPAL NONRESIDENT TAX.

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 $ 2,123,400.00.

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


ESTATE OF David Lears Jones, 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 is asked to make same c/o R. Samuel McMichael, Esquire, P.O. Box 296, Oxford, PA 19363. 10p-19-3t


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 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


An application for registration of the fictitious name Curry Law, 9 Flintlock Lane, Chesterbrook, PA 19087, was filed in the Department of State at Harrisburg, PA, October 11, 2022, pursuant to the Fictitious Names Act, Act 1982-295. The name and address of the person who is a party to the registration is Michael Curry, Esq., 9 Flintlock Lane, Chesterbrook, PA 19087.



Main Ice, Inc. has been incorporated under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988. Lamb McErlane PC, 24 E. Market St, P.O. Box 565, West Chester, PA 19382



Eagle Ice, Inc. has been incorporated under the provisions of the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law of 1988. Lamb McErlane PC, 24 E. Market St., P.O. Box 565, West Chester, PA 19382 10-p-26-1t


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the regular meeting of the New Garden Township Open Space Review Board that was scheduled for November 8, 2022, has been rescheduled to November 15, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the New Garden Township Municipal Building located at 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. 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, please contact the Township office at 610-268-2915 to discuss how New Garden Township may best accommodate your needs. William R. Christman III, Township Solicitor 10p-26-1t


ESTATE OF DOMINICK DiFILIPPO, DECEASED. Late of London Grove Township, 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 NORMA R. DiFILIPPO, EXECUTRIX, 523 E. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, PA 19390, Or to her Attorney: ANITA M. D’AMICO, D’AMICO LAW, P.C., 65 S. Third St., Oxford, PA 19363 10p-26-3t


Notice is hereby given that the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the AP Zoning District Update, and any other business that comes before them. The meeting will be held in the London Grove Township Building, 372 Rose Hill Road, West Grove, PA. The public is invited to attend. Kenneth Battin, Township Manager 10p-26-1t


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the regular meeting of the New Garden Township Parks and Recreation Board that was scheduled for November 8, 2022, has been rescheduled to November 15, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. at the New Garden Township Municipal Building located at 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. 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, please contact the Township office at 610-268-2915 to discuss how New Garden Township may best accommodate your needs. William R. Christman III, Township Solicitor


Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be

sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 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, December 19, 2022. 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. 22-11-310 Writ of Execution No. 2022-03268 DEBT $91,460.70

PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank Trust National Association, not in its Individual Capacity but Solely as Owner Trustee for RCF 2 Acquisition Trust c/o U.S. Bank Trust National Association VS DEFENDANT: Rhonda M. Ham & Jerry L. Ham

SALE ADDRESS: 3626 Upper Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365


N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 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, December 19, 2022. 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. 22-11-320 Writ of Execution No. 2022-02943 DEBT $212,388.14

PLAINTIFF: U.S. Bank Trust National Association, not in its individual capacity but solely as owner trustee for Legacy Mortgage Asset Trust 2020-GS3 VS DEFENDANT: Jerry Gillespie

SALE ADDRESS: 301 Dalton Road, Oxford, PA 19363


N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid

at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 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, December 19, 2022. 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. 22-11-321 Writ of Execution No. 2018-13390 DEBT $956,057.35

PLAINTIFF: Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee, on behalf of the registered Holders of Bear Stearns Asset Backed Securities I Trust 2007AC2, Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2007-AC2 VS

DEFENDANT: Doretta Hubbard

SALE ADDRESS: 37 Remington Way, West Grove, PA 19390


N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t

Sheriff Sale of Real Estate

By virtue of the within mentioned writs directed to Sheriff Fredda L. Maddox, the hereindescribed real estate will be sold at public on-line auction via Bid4Assets, by accessing URL chestercopasheriffsales, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022 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, December 19, 2022. 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. 22-11-328 Writ of Execution No. 2022-03871 DEBT $384,189.59

PLAINTIFF: Freedom Mortgage Corporation VS

DEFENDANT: Brian M. Cross

A/K/A B.M. Cross

SALE ADDRESS: 328 Winchester Lane, West Grove, PA 19390


N.B. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase money must be paid at the time of the on-line sale. Payment must be made via Bid4Assets. The balance must be paid within twenty-one (21) days from the date of sale via Bid4Assets. FREDDA L. MADDOX, SHERIFF 10p-26-3t


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Oxford Borough Manager...

At that time, Higgins said, “It was important for the Borough to identify and hire the best qualified candidate, one who can effectively communicate with the many internal and external stakeholder groups within the Oxford Region.

Pauline is that person.”

Council member Peggy Ann Russell said at the time, “Pauline brings twenty years of professional experience, a diverse background, and existing relationships with various Oxford area stakeholder groups, all of which will serve the borough well.”

Since then, Garcia-Allen has delivered her impressive monthly report to council. She is always quick to point out that any accomplishments she has made are due to her partnership with and under the directorship of borough council.

This Council, which now includes five women, has taken on a variety of challenges and issues. Those issues include the typical day-to-day activities of municipalities, as well as budgets, public works, police, codes, and more far-reaching issues.

Council has become much more transparent by pushing an educational agenda to inform residents of the inner-workings of committees, providing monthly discussions of each departments’ responsibilities, and by actively seeking more involvement with borough residents.

Borough council has

brought a variety of speakers to their meetings to educate both council members and residents about all things environmental, which led them to plant hundreds of trees and plants throughout the borough. They have multiple speakers discussing impending stormwater mandates and preparing for the costs of meeting those requirements. They are dedicated to watershed protection and educating the public about that as well.

They have also made a concerted effort to seek a more diverse council, representative of its diverse population.

All of these initiatives have been financially supported through grant funding secured by Garcia-Allen, that have arrived through several sources.

Before accepting her current position, Garcia-Allen was employed by ECON as a grant writer and brought in over $6 million in grants for streetscape, public works projects and, most notably, the installation of the parking garage.

Garcia-Allen also worked for The Fund for Women and Girls, a grant-making and education nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women, girls and their families. Over the past 25 years, they have awarded over $3.5 million in grants to 80 agencies throughout Chester County that serve women and girls.

She also worked with the Anti-Defamation League in Philadelphia, where she did fundraising, and was also director for the No Place for Hate Program. To

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say she is experienced in grant writing would be an understatement.

When Garcia-Allen came on board, she said, “If I had to sum up my experience I would say it is in community and economic development, securing funding, and building coalitions.”

She added that her goal is “to provide a safe and desirable community for our diverse population by operating with honesty and transparency in devising and executing policies which are in the best interest of the residents and businesses, encouraging resident and taxpayer participation.”

The Borough of Oxford is enjoying the benefits from Garcia-Allen’s experience, diverse background, connections to federal, state and local grant resources, and her astounding work ethic. However, she is also in the right place at the right time, with a detail-oriented council that leaves no stone unturned to provide better services and more inclusivity to their population.

William Fitzpatrick, the recently appointed council member, made an interesting observation, which he shared before the meeting began, when he noted that he is one of only two men on council now. The makeup of council has changed considerably since 2000. Since then, council had had two female borough managers, three female council presidents, and a female solicitor. That trend continues and has spilled over to the police department that now has two female officers.

Changes to the Borough hierarchy have produced savings in the budget, while holding the line on taxes. There has also been more inclusivity, which contributes to a better quality of life and a healthier workplace environment for everyone.

Council’s recent meeting included the outline for the establishment of an active Transportation Committee. The committee will meet the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. The next meeting of this committee is set for Nov. 21.

Also added was the Water Resource Protection Fee Committee which will meet the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. beginning on Nov. 7. Those interested in volunteering for either committee should call the borough at 610-932-2500 and speak to Garcia-Allen.

A notice will be published with these meeting dates and details. This information will also be posted on the borough website and calendar. All meetings will take place at Borough Hall.

Police Chief Sam Iacono told council that Detective Weaver is taking a class one day a month at Coatesville. Sgt. Coverly was in a week-long school teaching him how to investigate a complaint against an officer.

In November, all police officers will receive their annual MOPAC training, at no cost to the borough.

The department reported 700 calls for service during the month of September, and there were 11 criminal arrests.

Iacono reported that seven people showed up

for the police test. They are currently doing a background check on three of the participants.

Mayor Phil Harris informed borough council of a meeting the police department held with Union Fire Company regarding the handling of an involuntary commitment (a 302), which is an application for emergency evaluation and treatment for persons who are a danger to themselves or others due to mental illness.

Candy Craig, the mental health deputy administrator for Chester County, was also at the meeting. Harris said he was pleased with the meeting and the agreement both parties reached by its conclusion.

Harris said he swore in a new part-time police officer, Daniel Tucker. Harris also recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Month and stressed that there has been a 26 percent increase in domestic violence.

Garcia-Allen delivered her monthly report to council.

She said, “We received $100,000 in funding secured through a grant from DVRPC’s Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) program, which will support the services of a qualified land planner to prepare a new Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance (SALDO) and Zoning Ordinance to implement and support recommendations of the new Oxford Borough Comprehensive Plan, currently in development and scheduled to be adopted later this year.”

Garcia-Allen told council that a grant has been submitted for the police department for $142,000 to purchase equipment to generate a Livescan Fingerprinting Workstation and to support other types of training in 2023, including crisis intervention, scenario-based training, etc. Grant recipients will be announced in December.

There will also be an H20 grant application and a PA Small Water and Sewer through DCED. Both are for capital improvements. One is for water engineering and one for new water meters.

Garcia-Allen said they are also working on the budget, which will be coming to borough council in November.

Junior Councilperson Annabelle Bresler delivered a school event report to council saying, “This past week the Junior Class was given free PSATs. AP exam sign-up will be held on October 28. Oxford won their football game against Henderson High School, 22 to 20. This coming Friday is senior recognition week for all sports. The Oxford High School Musical for this year will be ‘Sponge Bob the Musical,’ which will be held March 2, 3, and 4. Auditions will be coming up in November.

In other business, borough council approved the following:

• A motion to authorize resubmission for Act 247, amending Chapter 27, Zoning, of Borough Code, to add regulations related to age-restricted residential communities;

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Command and Leadership Academy honor Chester County’s inaugural graduates

On Oct. 21, 18 Chester County first responders took the stage in East Windsor, N.J. to receive certification from a special leadership program.

Pennsylvania’s inaugural class is among the newest graduates of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy, which was initiated by the Chester County Government Services Center earlier this year, and coordinated by Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Chief Gerald Simpson and Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox.

For 13 weeks, law enforcement and emergency first responders from Chester, Bucks, Lancaster,

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• A motion to authorize resubmission for Act 247, amending Chapter 22, Subdivision and Land Development, of Borough Code regarding definitions, street width, sidewalks, trails, impact studies, and lighting; and Chapter 27, Zoning, of the Borough Code, regarding definitions, parking requirements for a community center.

• A motion to authorize advertising amendments to Chapters 27 Zoning of

Montgomery, and Delaware counties and law enforcement officers from Cecil County went through rigorous training inspired by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Academy participants studied leading theory and cutting-edge best practices in four primary areas—becoming a leader, motivating personnel, leading groups and managing environmental factors and outside influences.

They applied those lessons and self-examination of their current methods and motivations as they grappled with real-life situations. For example, one program module focused on the power of listening—research about it and ways to use the skill

the Borough Code regarding outdoor cafes and the outdoor display of merchandise and repealing parts of Chapter 21 of the Borough Code, Streets and Sidewalks, regarding obstruction and encroachments and storage and display of merchandise on sidewalks.

• A motion to authorize submission for Act 247 review ordinance amending Chapter Section 27-2003, certificates of use and occupancy, and section 27-202, definitions related to establishment of a non-residential use of occupancy requirement.

• A Motion to authorize

to excel on the job and positively impact employee retention, which promote a safer community and save taxpayers’ dollars.

“When officers and first responders are equipped with behavioral science to understand their reactions to the many systems that are at play in a crisis, the result is better leadership. Better leadership brings about better solutions in the community,” said Chief Simpson. “Greater awareness and different thinking lead to hiring emergency first responders who will build better relationships in diverse communities, preventing cliques that could have an adverse impact on officers’ actions and building a positive environment

advertising an ordinance amending Chapter 5, Code Enforcement, of the Borough Code, Part 2, Property Maintenance Code, to adopt the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code and Amending Chapter 5, Part 3, resident standards, to comport with the 2021 International Property Maintenance Code.

• A motion to approve a letter to the office of the budget on behalf of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. to request a six-month extension to submit the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant post-award appli-

that promotes equity and upholds our mission of serving the public.”

“Emergencies and active crime scenes are complex situations that are affected by all participants’ mindsets and background as well as by conditions, stressors and actions in play at that moment,” said Chester County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Dykes. “By discovering what leads to outmoded or harmful behaviors, we’re opening up space for better responses to those difficult situations.”

“On June 4, 2020, thousands of people marched to the Chester County’s Historic Courthouse and demanded change—in law enforcement practices, community attitudes and

cation and business plan in support of the Historic Oxford Theater Project.

• A motion to approve Flyway Excavating, Inc. Change Order #3 in the amount of $2,993.10 and pay application #8 in the amount of $71,585.91 for the Streetscapes IV/ transit center access improvements project.

• A motion to approve the certificate of substantial completion for the Streetscapes IV/ transit center access improvements project.

• A motion to approve the release of Sycamore Crossing LOC #980 issued pursuant to the May 15,

Graduates, including 18 Chester County first responders, recently gathered with instructors and sponsors of the inaugural New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy in Chester County.

relationships among people. This is just one of the responses in answer to that outcry,” said Maddox.

Local law enforcement officers and first responders interested in applying

2017, Financial Security Agreement – Water Line Agreement, in the amount of $207,525, conditioned upon receipt of the executed Financial Security Agreement for the remaining $18,000 of improvements, as approved by the solicitor, and the escrow.

• A motion to approve a lease agreement with the Oxford Chamber of Commerce for rental of Suite A in Borough Hall, effective Nov. 1, 2022.

Council discussed a Spotts Stevens McCoy recommendation to improve safety at the Route 472 and Second Street intersection

for the spring 2023 Region 5 course beginning Jan. 3, 2023, should immediately contact the NJSACOP State Office at (856) 334-8943 or by e-mail at psorrentino@

adjacent to Memorial Park.

Oxford Library director Carey Bresler said a mail-in and absentee ballot drop-off box has been placed outdoors at the Oxford Library at 48 S. Second Street. The deadline to drop off mail-in and absentee ballots is 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. For more information, call 610-932-9625.

Russell thanked everyone that participated in the John H. Ware IV Memorial Hunger Walk this year. The weather was beautiful for the event.

The next Council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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