Chester County Press 12-08-2021 Edition

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

Volume 155, No. 49


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Trails & Sidewalk and Land Conservation Advisory committees could be dismantled

Kennett board in disagreement over future of open space and trails management By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer

In a follow-up discussion they had at their Nov. 17 meeting, the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 at Theater returns to KHS stage...1B their Dec. 1 meeting to further table a decision that if adopted would dramatically alter the way the township manages open space acquisition and trail management in the future. Those voting in favor of tabling the discussion were supervisors Whitney Hoffman and Scudder Stevens. Board chairman Richard Leff, who reintroduced the discussion, voted against the decision to table the discussion. Leff’s proposal attempts Take part in Wreaths to rework, redefine and Across America...5A restructure when it comes to preserving open space in the township, by eliminating the township’s Trails & Sidewalk Committee and its Land Conservation Advisory Committee (LCAC), an arrangement that Leff said would preserve more open space and provide greater accessibility for residents. “Now that I’ve had some learnings about easements, and although the Board of Supervisors approved these easements, they all were at Tinsel on the Town...1B

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the recommendation of the LCAC,” Leff said in his Dec. 1 comments. “In addition, LCAC has only worked with the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County these past eight years. Due to that closeness, the wider goals of Kennett Topwnship may not have always been as protected as what is best for [the township], in part due to the structure and narrow focus of our committee structure. “Therefore, we need to change to get not only open space, but access – trails and access for parking – and also flexibility for unknown future goals. Thus, by combining [LCAC and the Trails & Sidewalk Committee], we can preserve more open space but can do so with an eye to greater responsibility for all, and for generations to come.” To those in favor of consolidating resources, Leff’s argument to take a new look at the way the township manages its acquisitions and maintenance of open space and trails is a worthy discussion, given the generous overlap of entities who facilitate land acquisition, design and maintenance in the township and throughout southern Chester County, which also includes not only

the Land Conservancy for On the other side of the serve on any new commitSouthern Chester County argument, consolidating tees that could be formed, (TLC) but the Kennett resources would involve which may lead to the potenContinued on page 2A Greenway project. determining who would

Kennett School Board reorganizes and welcomes two new members

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Ethan Cramer, left, and Mark Bowden, right, were sworn in as the two new members of the Kennett School Board on Monday night.

By Chris Barber Contributing Writer Two new members took their seats on the board of the Kennett Consolidated School District at the

reorganization meeting on Monday night at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. In the November election, Mark Bowden earned a seat representing Kennett Township and Ethan

Cramer, running unopposed, earned a seat representing Kennett Square Borough. Additionally, two incumbents who were Continued on page 3A

Penn Township’s Historical Commission recognized for work on Red Rose Inn By Marcella Peyre-Ferry Contributing Writer The Penn Township Board of Supervisors started their Dec. 1 meeting with a proclamation and presentation honoring the township’s Historical Commission as the township’s Volunteers of the Year for their work to protect and preserve the history of Penn Township. In particular, they were rec-

ognized for their substantial contributions toward the preservation and restoration of the historic Red Rose Inn. “We recognize, honor and thank them for their significant and valuable contribution to Penn Township and its historic resources,” the proclamation read in part. The restoration of the Red Rose Inn has been a

major undertaking that is particularly important to the community. In addition to the painstaking work on the building the Commission has also revived the annual tradition of Red Rose Rent Day, recalling the payment of a red rose to William Penn as rent for the property in colonial days. As a part of that event in September, as well as two subsequent open house

Oxford community celebrates Country Christmas By Steven Hoffman Staff Writer The sights and sounds of the season were everywhere in downtown Oxford on Dec. 3 as the community came together to celebrate a most festive Country Christmas—a joyous evening that featured lots of live holiday music, food, hayrides, and a visit from Santa himself. The shops and restaurants in the downtown were all festively decorated, and a large crowd came out to enjoy the small town charm and to share some good cheer. It was a triumphant return for one of Oxford’s best and most popular events. “This was one of our most missed events last year,” said Brian Dix, the executive director of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. “It’s great that we can all come togethPhoto by Steven Hoffman er again to celebrate what it Santa Claus and his dependable helper stopped by Continued on page 4A

Coe Insurance Services to greet children.

events, more than 450 tours were given. “Everybody who comes through that building has some memory of that building,” Historical Commission chairperson Kathy Wandersee said. “That building is one of the most loved historic buildings I have ever worked with.” The Inn has been decorated for the holiday season with lights and a Christmas

tree on the porch. There will be one more open house this year at the Red Rose Inn on Dec. 12. The Board of Supervisors approved the 2022 general fund budget in the amount of $1,844,050 and the Capital Budget in the amount of $2,508,124. Included in capital expenditures are the development of a comprehensive plan, construction Continued on page 3A

Festival continues Dec. 11 & 12

Kennett Holiday Village Market makes triumphant return By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer Since its debuted in 2016, the Kennett Holiday Village Market has become an annual holiday shopping excursion for the clever, the curious and the industrious, who believe that a gift handcrafted by a local artisan purchased at an open-air festival of delight and splendor is a nicer alternative than a visit to a mall or to the impersonality of an online click of a computer. Like nearly all festivals throughout southern Chester County, however, the annual market saw its doors at the Creamery of Kennett Square close in 2020 because of COVID19, but after a layoff of one year, the festival triumphantly returned this

past weekend to its normal hustle and bustle and pageantry. In seemingly every nook and cranny of the Creamery on Birch Street, the marketplace gleamed with vendors, ice sculptures, live music and shoppers pausing from their holiday purchases to sip on a seasonal drinks provided by the Creamery. Sponsored by Kennett Collaborative (previously Historic Kennett Square), the festival will continue this weekend on Dec. 11 & 12 with the appearance of more than 30 vendors, the arrival of Santa Claus on Sunday and a bounty of activities for kids. For those looking to have a bit of nourishment with their shopping, food will be provided by Natalies Fine Foods, On Continued on page 2A




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tial for in-fighting between members of various committees, as well as run the risk of leaving several current projects on the table. Just like he had done at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting, supervisor Scudder Stevens again expressed his disagreement with Leff’s proposal, calling it “a rush to judgment.” “If we are going to speak about revising the committees – revise them, take them apart, cancel them, add to them – we should be looking at the larger picture of what needs to occur,” he said. “Are there other areas that need to

be addressed? Who can be on the committee? How long can they serve? Who can be chairperson and how long can they be chairperson? “There are all kinds of aspects for committees that your proposal does not address. For some reason, this is being done as quickly as possible, to get it done by the end of the year, and I have heard no reason why this is necessary,” he told Leff. “There is no rush as far as I am concerned.” Supervisor Whitney Hoffman said that by restructuring township committees like the Trails & Sidewalk Committee and the LCAC, the township would be able to minimize the number of meetings it has and pro-

vide – in many situations -- one source of information, “rather than a different story everywhere,” she said. “We’ve got to start making change. We’re dealing with a lot of open space and trail issues, so maybe this is a place to start.” Stevens said that if the township plans to restructure its committees, he recommended that it be done in a methodical and well-considered way, “so that we can define the break and define the solution, rather than just crunching it all together to see what you get as an experiment.” “We’re in a different place than we were eight years ago, but our structure hasn’t changed, and that’s pretty

clear,” Leff told Stevens. “The way I am looking at these options is to address your statements. What would the committee look like? How would the chair be elected? What would the committee be tasked with? To me, these are actually good questions. “To me, it also speaks to creating something new, not choosing one committee or the other. Let’s create something new, and see where it fits.” Leff then made a motion to create an ordinance to eliminate both the LCAC and the Trails & Sidewalk Committee, and create a new committee to advise the township on matters of trails, sidewalks and open space.

The motion was tabled. Discussion on the proposed ordinance – which is expected to be in draft form soon -- will resume at the board’s Dec. 15 meeting. Township nearing approval of 2022 budget During the preliminary adoption of Kennett Township’s 2022 budget on Dec. 1, the supervisors gave their authorization to allow the township to advertise the budget for a 20-day public review prior to the budget’s final approval, which is expected to come at a special meeting during the last week in December. As reviewed over a series of meetings by Director

of Finance and Human Resources Amy Heinrich and Manager Eden Ratliff, the township’s general fund for 2022 projects a revenue of $7,762,882 – a $1.6 million increase (27 percent) from the current budget. On the other side of the ledger, the projected expenses for the township’s general fund will total of $6,409,081 in 2022 – a 14 percent increase from the 2021 budget. (The proposed 2022 budget is included on the township’s website: http://kennett. The board also approved a $49 real estate tax increase for 2022 – or two-tenths of a mil per parcel – that will be added to the township’s capital reserve.

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the Roll, Sabatinos Mobile Pizzeria and the Creamery. Part of what has made the Creamery become one of Kennett Square’s most popular destinations has been its diverse line-up of live music, and this weekend will be no exception. On Dec. 11, the Kennett High & Middle School Orchestra will kick off the festival with a performance from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Creamery will come alive with the electrifying sounds of 15-year-old Dylan Zangwill, the “America’s Got Talent” contestant who in October captivated the crowd at the Kennett Brewfest. On Dec. 12, the Kennett Middle School Orchestra

Mike Cangi enjoys roasting marshmallows over the fire with his son and daughter.

begins the musical portion of the festival with a performance from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., followed

These happy sisters were in full holiday spirit at The 2021 Kennett Holiday Village Market this past weekend. The market continues on Dec. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

by Wilmington-based folk from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. musician Kevin Sarkissian The 2021 Kennett Holiday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 Village Market will continp.m., and Dub C Swing ue this weekend, Dec. 10 & 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Creamery of Kennett Square, 401 Birch Street in Kennett Square. Admission to the Holiday Village Market is free. A complimentary shuttle

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Local News Environmental Advisory Council recommendations In a presentation before the board, Matt Sabo of the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) spelled out the Council’s recommendations for environmentally-based projects in the township. The EAC recommends that the township appoint a qualified representative to conduct visual inspections of all environmental projects when they are finished, in order to assure that they comply with township’s original plans. Sabo estimated that the township consultant would spend between 8 and 12 hours for each inspection. “We do not think that someone has to go out there and

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of the residents’ section of the sports park including a playground, improvements at the Red Rose Inn, and the purchase of a used truck for snow removal. Expenses at the passive recreation park include renovation of the Veterans’ Memorial, roof renovations and the addition of a clam shell theater. “The big thing here is no tax increase,” Supervisor Radar O’Connell said. The board approved $500 tax credits for six members of the West Grove Fire Company who live in the township and have applied for the credit. Residents should note that the Santa Sighting Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12 beginning at 1 p.m. The

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re-elected were also sworn in. Board President Vicki Gehrt retained her seat from Kennett Township, and Lenda Carrillo defeated Heidi Sweetman following Carrillo’s and Sweetman’s appointments to unexpired two-year terms from Kennett Square (Region A) earlier this year. In the Region C (Kennett Township) race, Democrats Gehrt and Bowden won the two available seats. In Region B (New Garden) incumbent Jeff McVey ran unopposed and was elected. Following the swearing in, Gehrt was re-elected as school board president, and David Kronenberg, from New Garden, was re-elected as vice president. Curriculum Committee chairperson Ann Parry announced progress in the development of a new

count every tree and bush that was planted,” Sabo said. “We do not think anything other than somebody putting eyes on the site and saying, ‘There is supposed to be a cover crop planted on this site? There is a cover crop on this site.’ We think it is a reasonable thing for the township, learning from our history, to say having a visual inspection by somebody other than i2 Capital (who sponsors the Revolving Water Fund [RWF] that creates clean water projects in northern Delaware and Southeastern Pennsylvania) makes sense.” The EAC also recommended that following the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of pro-

posed RWF projects, the township schedule advertised public meetings or work sessions to discuss the township’s environmental plans that invite the public to submit questions in advance of the meeting or ask them in person at the meeting. Regarding Barkingfield Park, Sabo told the board that the consensus of the EAC is to place less priority on the frequency of mowing and instead focus on manage the park and provide natural habitat for native species. Based on the EAC’s research, they recommend dividing the mowing of two meadow fields near the park into three separate cuttings every year in the early spring. “The reason for limiting the

route is being developed and will be available online so families will know when to look for Santa. Letters to Santa may be dropped off at the township building until the third week of December. If a stamped self-addressed envelope is included, children may receive a reply from Santa. It is best to drop off letters to Santa as soon as possible for a return letter to go through the mail. On Nov. 22, the Board of Supervisors released a statement regarding the sale of Jennersville Hospital and Brandywine Hospital to Canyon Atlantic Partners, LLC. The news that Tower Health planned to close the hospital on Dec. 31 if a buyer could not be found was devastating to the resi-

dents of the region and emergency services organizations that have depended on a hospital in that location for more than 100 years. “Today is a great day as we celebrate the continued presence of the health-providing organization in the community of Penn Township,” the press release read in part. The board thanks everyone who has worked to preserve the hospital including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, State Sen. Carolyn Comitta, State Rep. John Lawrence, the County Commissioners, the Board of Supervisors, hospital staff and Tower Health for making the sale happen. “The effort to save our hospital has truly been a Board and community priority and when our com-

degree program that enables students to major in in area of interest so that when they finish high school they can either continue to pursue that subject with a background in it already or even enter the profession directly. She gave the example of the tourism and real estate program which enables the student to earn a realtor certification while they are in high school. Another major she mentioned was the history and culture of Chester County. George Wolhafe, the director of facilities and construction, announced that the front steps project for the high school is almost complete with the arches in transit from the South. He added that the Mary D. Lang reconstruction project is 90 percent complete at this point. The board heard the first reading of a school-wide cyber anti-bullying policy

mowing is that mowing is a disturbance and the more you mow, particularly during the growing season, the more you perpetuate that disturbance at a time when animals are reproducing and when plant resources are most available,” Sabo said. Sabo said that the all-volunteer EAC is calling for the township to demonstrate their level of commitment to environmental projects. “They as a group came to us and said, ‘We are all volunteers, we’re all very enthusiastic and we’re trying to do as much as we can, (but) there is only so much we can do,’” Sabo said. “[They said] ‘If we understand what level of commitment the township is willing to make, then we

can start to decide if there is anything going to be done over and above what is being proposed tonight.’” After Sabo’s discussion, the board agreed that it would not cast any votes related to the EAC’s recommendations, but expressed interest in engaging in more discussions with the Council. In other township business, the board voted 3-0 to amend a stormwater management ordinance that grants a requested waiver to Longwood Gardens that will allow the institution to truck processed and enriched soil from a 1.87-acre area near Longwood Gardens to the construction site of the $250 million “Longwood Reimagined” project that is

expected to be completed in 2024. The project will include the construction of a new education and administration building with a state-of-the-art library and classrooms, and restore several glasshouses. The temporary disturbance area is located at the south side of Route 1 near the intersection of Route 52 (Lenape Road). As per a stipulation in the waiver, the soil disturbance project will not last longer than 30 months, and the 5,000-square-foot area will be stabilized with vegetation after the project concludes. To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, email

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Members of the Penn Township Historical Commission were honored as Volunteers of the Year for their efforts leading the restoration of the Red Rose Inn. Pictured are (left to right) supervisor Jay Ennis, Historic Commission members Larry Waltman, Peg Emerson, Ray Mackey, Bob Davis, vice-chair Scott Steele, chair Kathy Wandersee, Patty Moidel, (back row) supervisors William Radar O’Connell and Victor Mantegna. Not pictured is Historical Commission member Pat Horrocks.

munity works together in a No additional information bipartisan fashion, amazing has been released since the things ALWAYS result,” the purchase announcement. “All we can do is hope for that includes responding statement read. to people who might think (valid or not) that they have been bullied. This policy allows for the complaint to be by a filled-out form or an oral report, and the issues can go beyond an individual to include threats to the school or community. Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey announced that there has been a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the school district. There are 26 cases, with 24 of them being students. He also noted that the Chester County Health Department has changed slightly its report on calculating the incidence of COVID-19 to include positivity and reinfection. The current positivity rate in Chester County is 270 cases per 100,000 residents. Blakey also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to shortages in substitutes and bus drivers, and that is a major challenge.

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means to be a community.” The festivities didn’t officially get underway until five o’clock, but long before that people started arriving, eager to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. Families lined up at Coe Insurance Services so that their children could visit with Santa inside the business. At shops like Pickled Pickles, guests could find unique, handcrafted gifts created by local artisans. On the side of the building, there was an impressive art installation featuring the artwork of local artist Vicki Vinton. The art installation is part of an ongoing outdoor gallery project in Oxford. Dave Eldreth, well known for his pottery, worked hard to have this new art installation ready in time for Country Christmas. There were plenty of street vendors and food trucks, too. The Christian Life Center and Crescendo Choir performed Christmas songs. A Live Nativity took place at the Oxford Presbyterian Church. The church also hosted the Ten Thousand Villages Gift Shop, which offers items handcrafted by skilled artisans from more than 33 countries. All the artisans receive a fair promise for their products, thanks to the initiative by Ten Thousand Villages. At the Oxford Arts Alliance, guests shopped for Christmas gifts at the popular Artisan Gift

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The town’s beautifully decorated Christmas tree near the intersection of Third Street and Locust Street.

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location on Third Street with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. One of the highlights of the evening was the treelighting ceremony. A large crowd gathered around the town’s Christmas tree, which is situated near the intersection of Third Street and Locust Street. Oxford Mayor Phil Harris presided over the tree lighting, leading the crowd in a countdown from ten. When the count reached one, a switch was flipped and cheers rang out when the lights on the tree came on. In a peaceful moment, the Christian Life Center

thanked all the people who worked so hard to make the Country Christmas possible—this included the business owners, the sponsors, the performers, and all those who played a part in organizing and planning the event. The borough’s public works department worked tirelessly to make sure the downtown looked its best for the Christmas party, and members of the police officers and fire company made sure it was a safe event for everyone. To contact Staff Writer Photo by Steven Hoffman Steven Hoffman, email edi- Many of the shops and restaurants in town are beautifully decorated for the days, including Lola’s.




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Opinion Editorial

The legend has become fact Following the news that began to circulate recently about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, it did not take long for those who are in lockstep with an alternate reality to begin spreading lies inconsistent with facts. At or near the top of those conspiracy theorists was none other than U.S. Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas who appointed himself Official Explainer. “Here comes the MEV -- the Midterm Election Variant,” Jackson announced on his Twitter account. “They (referring to his Democratic counterparts) NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election -- but we’re not going to let them!” It should be noted that Jackson is a physician, who was appointed to the White House Medical Unit by George W. Bush and served as the official physician to Presidents

Obama and Trump. Jackson’s comment was merely the latest layer in a groundswell clog of COVID-19 theories that have come to serve as the working text for a rising percentage of Americans who, stockpiled with the machinery of social media, giddily and defiantly rejoice in their invented reality. Here’s a few of their most preposterous COVID-19 theories: • SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is an escaped Chinese biological weapon • 5G Technology is to blame for COVID-19 • COVID-19 was released to make big profits for Big Pharma • COVID-19 was released as a method of population control in China These only address the cause, not the cure. Over the past 18 months, while COVID-19 continues its rampage across the country, the arrogance and idiocy of some, once

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thought to be the crazy residue of the far fringes of our society, has been drummed into the national conversation so often that it has become nearly mainstream. Anti-COVID-19 vaccine sentiment has burst from the gate, and theories are multiplying at a rate faster than the pandemic: • Vaccines contain toxins • Vaccines don’t really work • Natural immunity is safer than vaccine-acquired immunity • There are effective natural and homeopathic alternatives to vaccines • Good nutrition and hygiene will protect you from most viruses • Vaccines are just a way for doctors and pharmaceutical companies to make money • Vaccines aren’t necessary • The U.S. government can’t tell me what to do with my body Surveys within the past year have shown that onequarter of U.S. citizens believe the mainstream media is lying to them

about COVID-19, and their opinions of their elected officials are viewed as nefarious plotters against them. Further, about the same percentage believe that it is either “definitely” or “probably true” that COVID-19 was intentionally planned. We’re getting really bad at being able to disseminate truth from fiction and facts from lies, for the simple reason that accuracy doesn’t tantalize, but the wildfire of theories splayed over social platforms and questionable news sources do. The very nature of conspiracy thinking is to take on as many willing investors as possible in an effort to drive home its malignancies. To those who take the bait, the payoff is often a rich one: their conspiracies provide a way of understanding the world and bring order to chaos; their theories sooth them in a world of uncertainties; and they get to enjoy the fellowship of other disaffected believers, all of whom spin their fears and their untruths into what becomes a world view.

The growing realization is, however, that whatever the driving force is behind these conspiracy theories related to COVID-19, their effect continues to be devastating. According to the latest statistics from, there were 79,643 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases on Nov. 30 alone, and 1,109 deaths on the same day. To date, the U.S. has tallied over 47 million cases of COVID-19 and 714,000 deaths – an average of over 800 deaths a day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July that 97 percent of those who enter hospitals with COVID-19 are not vaccinated. To bring the largeness of this calamity home, only 58 percent of Pennsylvanians have been fully vaccinated, while 33,121 residents of the commonwealth have died. In John Ford’s film, Who Shot Liberty Valance, Ranse Stoddard, played by James Stewart, incorrectly receives credit for

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Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman on Wednesday issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade: “Roe v. Wade is sacred, and the right to an abortion is non-negotiable. We can’t let Mitch McConnell’s Supreme Court decide the fate of abortion in this country. “Democrats in the Senate must immediately scrap the filibuster and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect abortion rights. If you won’t do what it takes to pass this bill now, when abortion rights are on the line, then you’re not prochoice. It’s that simple.”


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Group applauds veto of bill ending the requirement for concealed carry permits Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, lauded Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for vetoing a bill that would have repealed the current requirement for gun owners to obtain a permit for the concealed carry of firearms. “Gov. Wolf has put the safety of Pennsylvanians above the interests of the gun lobby,” said Sean Holihan, State Legislative Director at Giffords.

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Popular mystery Clue: On Stage to be performed Dec. 10 & 11

After lengthy shutdown, live theater returns to the KHS stage By Richard L. Gaw Staff Writer It is a late Thursday afternoon at the Kennett High School Auditorium, and the nearly empty 800-seat theater is positively humming with the familiar sounds of a high school stage production nearing the final stages of its rehearsals. Every noise heard – that of a sound producer performing microphone checks with the actors, a director calling ‘Places’ – signals that not only is this production of in the crunch time before its opening the following week, but that after a two-year layoff when a worldwide pandemic brought every Kennett High School production came to a screeching halt, the magic of live performance has happily returned. For three shows on Dec. 10 and 11, the high school will present its Fall 2021 production of Clue: On Stage, a two-act play directed by Christopher Skopowski. Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie and inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue: On Stage combines the intrigue of a murder mystery with the madcap silliness of a comedy. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, each dinner guests becomes a suspect. Though discouraged from revealing personal information, it is soon discovered that all of the guests have fallen victim to the same blackmailer, their very host of the evening. The play stars Amelie Saint Amand as Yvette,

Director Christopher Skopowski leads his technical crew through a recent rehearsal.

Blake Ciresa as Mrs. Peacock, Dio Giganti Dima as Mr. Boddy, Lydia Duckworth as Mrs. White, Ksenia Kaliakih as the cook, Thomas Linderman as Professor Plum, Paul Mullin as Colonel Mustard, Maya Ranganath as Miss Scarlett, Luke Sandusky as Mr. Green and Alec Salameda as Wadsworth. The cast is rounded out by Marisol Gonzalez Flores, Luca Castellano, Faith Poulton and Mia Jeffery. “Set in the world of the popular board game, Clue: On Stage is both a suspense thriller and a comedic romp,” “This production will keep you on the edge of your seat while doubledover laughing at the same time.” Clue: On Stage will mark the high school’s first theater production since the dramatic play Radium Girls was performed in the fall of 2019. “Radium Girls is a drama, so I wanted to bring back the theater’s production with a light comedy,” said Skopowski, a theater veteran who is directing his first stage production at Kennett High School, and who is being assisted by his parents Frank and Mary. “Everyone knows about the board game

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The two-act play will bring back all of the characters known to those who have played the popular “Clue” board game.

Alec Salameda will play the role of Wadsworth.

and the movie so it will definitely be a draw. The cast and crew have worked tirelessly to come back from their two-year hiatus in a matter of two months to bring this two-hour whodunit to the stage. “It’s good to see all of these kids together again, and while we’re taking all of the protocols to keep everyone safe, it is wonderful to see theaters reopened, and in the face of COVID-

In observance of COVID19 safety precautions, each actor will wear a seethrough protective shield during performances.

19, to be able to bring some of that light back.” Clue: On Stage will be performed at the Kennett High School Auditorium on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 11 for two shows at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All tickets are $8 each and available at the door, and those in attendance are required to wear protective masks dur-

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Kennett High School will present its Fall 2021 production of Clue: On Stage, with three performances on Dec. 10 and 11.

ing their time at the school. For additional information,

visit khs-musical/

Enjoy Tinsel on the Town in Kennett Square this Friday The family-friendly holiday shopping celebration takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Kennett Collaborative’s Light Up the Square tree lights and lighted garlands will create a magical setting for the annual Tinsel on the Town holiday shopping event on Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. This family-friendly evening offers something for all ages— including Santa and Mrs. Claus, a town-wide holiday bingo game, s’mores, a selfie banner created by the merchants, carolers from the Kennett High School choir, and a DJ playing holiday tunes. In addition to all of the shops and boutiques on State and Union Streets, there will also be pop-up market vendors selling handmade gifts and holiday décor as well as local beer and wine. And restaurants are taking reservations for window-side seats to all of the festivities. State Street will be closed from Broad to Center Streets, as will the 100 blocks of North and South Union Street. This year’s Tinsel on the Town event will be the

town’s third, and after a hiatus last Christmas due to COVID concerns, merchants are excited to bring back the popular event. The community has embraced Tinsel on the Town, with its popular holiday bingo game. Bingo cards cost only $1 each and make a fun treasure hunt for the whole family. This year, not one but two lucky winners will receive prizes of Kennett Square gift cards worth hundreds of dollars. In addition, GFG is offering a free piece of chocolate cake with the purchase of a meal item, and everyone over 21 who brings a completed bingo card into Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen will receive a complimentary rail cocktail, house wine, or draft beer. Shops and eateries that have opened since the last Tinsel on the Town event in 2019 include Rainbow Soap Company, Fab and Boujee Boutique, Take Care Apothecary, Living

Tinsel on the Town takes place this Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Free parking is available in the Linden Street Municipal Parking Garage after 5 p.m.

This family-friendly evening offers something for all ages—including Santa and Mrs. Claus, a town-wide holiday bingo game, s’mores, a selfie banner created by the merchants, carolers from the Kennett High School choir, and a DJ playing holiday tunes.

My Best Cigar Life, Bamboozled, GFG, and Candle Studio 1422. Tinsel on the Town participants can sample Christmas in Kennett Square tea from Mrs. Robinson’s Tea Shop, enjoy the new “Wrap it Up!” show featuring original paintings, pottery, and jewelry at Square Pear Gallery,

award from Philadelphia Magazine in 2019. The KSQ Farmers Market is also on this Friday at The Creamery, from 3 to 5 p.m., with local produce, meats, dairy, mushrooms, breads and baked goods, prepared foods, and more. Tinsel on the Town kicks off a weekend of festivities as

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leave letters to Santa in his mailbox in front of Penny Lane Emporium, and shop a beautifully curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts, apparel, accessories, and more at Kennett Square’s unique and diverse independent businesses that won the town the “Best Suburban Shopping”

the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market returns for its second weekend of artisan and vintage shopping with food trucks, ice sculptures, live music, Santa, and more, on Saturday and Sunday December 11 and 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Creamery, 401 Birch Street.




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Page Elliott, 28, of Creedmoor, N.C., died unexpectedly on Nov. 24 from injuries sustained in a fall at home. Her loss was completely unexpected and the family is shocked and deeply saddened. Page Elizabeth Krauss was born on Feb. 17, 1993 to Mark and Carolyn Steele Krauss in Newark, Del., and they brought her home to Nottingham. Page attended Oxford Area High School and Technical College High School and was passionate about cooking. She graduated in 2011. Page was an exciting, crazy and fun loving young woman. Page struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse for the last 10 years, but she was always looking forward to a brighter future until she unexpectedly lost her longtime boyfriend in June 2021, and it seems that she never recovered from this pain. Page is survived by her parents, Mark and Leah Krauss of Bunkie, La. and Carolyn and Mark Pulliam of Nottingham; her brother, USMC CPL Michael Krauss of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; her two daughters, Eliza Marie Elliott and Emily Nicole Hare of Nottingham; her paternal grandmother, Patsy Krauss of Oxford; and her maternal grandmother, Barbara Steele of Oxford. Funeral services were held on Dec. 6 at the Oxford Church of the Nazarene in Oxford. Interment will be in Oxford Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

Kenneth Lee Hurley passed away peacefully at home in Nottingham on Dec. 2 while surrounded by his loving granddaughters, Shannon and Nicole Hurley. He was 84. He is preceded in death by his beautiful and God-fearing wife, Essie Hurley. He was a hardworking and dedicated self-employed roofer. Kenneth was an avid musician who played many instruments and most loved the banjo and guitar. He and his brothers and late wife played in a family band, Midnight Special. He was a man of God who loved the Lord and cherished every moment with his family. He was his happiest when singing with his brothers and playing music. He is survived by one daughter, Yvette Ham (Donald) of Nottingham; one son, Kevin Hurley of Avondale; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Tommy Dotson and Donnie Dotson both of Newark, Del; and one sister, Sara Gillman of Va. He was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Alan Hurley and one daughter, Donna Waldrup. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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Obituaries MIKE ALFT Every person has a history. E. C. (Mike) Alft’s history began on July 13, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., and ended 96 years later on Nov. 22 in West Grove. Raised for the most part in Milwaukee, Wisc., Mike was a stateside U.S. Army veteran. Following his marriage to Frances Virginia Clark, a college classmate, on Aug. 12, 1950, the couple came to live in Elgin, Ill. for 65 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College, he earned a master’s degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and was a John Hay Fellow at Yale University. He taught social studies at Dundee Community High School from 1950 to 1952 and was a teacher of economics and government at Elgin High School from 1953 to 1994. He was a part-time instructor in political science at Elgin Community College for twenty years, and was a lecturer for the Elgin Leadership Academy from 1991 to 2012. Mike served as a member of the Elgin City Council, 1963 to 1967, and Mayor of Elgin, from 1967 to 1971, and was elected in 1995 and 2001 for two six-year terms to the board of trustees of the Gail Borden Public Library District. As mayor, Mike spearheaded an effort to make Vientiane in Laos a sister city to Elgin. He was one of several founding members of the Elgin Area Historical Society in 1961, and the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation in 1980. Mike participated in establishing the Elgin Historic District in 1981. He was a member of the Gifford Park Association, and during his retirement was one of the Golden K Kiwanis Club volunteers. An avid cyclist, he rode a hundred miles on his 65th birthday. Mike was a fixture in the library for more than 50 years. A constant reader, he kept a record of more than 3,547 books he read – mainly in history, economics, government, and serious literature – from the age of 15. He was fond of reading, traveling with Fran (visiting more than a dozen places named Elgin in the U.S. and Canada), reading, touring museums and national parks, and reading. Mike was the author of seventeen local histories – six hard cover books and 11 soft cover booklets – including Elgin: An American History (1984), Elgin: A Pictorial History (1991), Elgin: Days Gone By (1992) and An Elgin Almanac (2004) as well as more than 1,200 articles in the Courier-News beginning with a 1961 series on Elgin’s participation in the Civil War and continuing with the “Days Gone By” columns that ran from 1981 to 2014. Over the years he gave several hundred presentations about his adopted city to service clubs, neighborhood associations, and church and school groups. He participated in Gifford Park Association house walks and Historical Society cemetery walks, conducted bus tours, and appeared on local radio (“Remembering Elgin”). In 2007, Mike was named the Elgin Image Awards’ Lifetime Achievement winner. He was named an Illinois Library Association Luminary in 2010. Alft Lane, just north of Advocate Sherman Hospital, was named in Mike’s honor. Mike was preceded in death by Fran, his devoted wife and best friend for 65 years. Survivors include four children, B Jefferson Bolender of Phoenix, Ariz., John Lincoln (Rustie) of Normal, Ill., Michael Wilson (Mary Teresa) of New London Township, and Susan Q Adams Stanchak (Peter) of Portage, Mich.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. During their marriage they raised eight cats. A celebration of Mike’s life will be announced at a later date and held in Elgin, Ill. with assistance of the Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum, and the Gail Borden Public Library. Burial services will be private. Donations may be made to the Gail Borden Public Library District Foundation in memory of Mr. Alft at Donors can select the yellow “Donate” tab and type IMO Mike Alft in the memo section or mailed to: Gail Borden Foundation Attn: Sara Johnson 270 N. Grove Ave Elgin, Ill. 60120 or donations are welcomed to Elgin Area Historical Society online. Arrangements in Pennsylvania are being handled by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. (484-734-8100)

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JANE LOUISE KEENER HARTRANFT Jane Louise Keener Hartranft of West Grove passed away peacefully at the Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community on Nov. 25. She was 95. Born on July 17, 1926 in Lancaster, Pa., she was the daughter of Christian and Rosamond (Ruoss) Keener. Jane was the younger sister of Dale Keener and the elder sister to Ann (Keener) Eby, both of whom predeceased Jane. Jane grew up in the small village of Leacock, Pa. during the 1930s and was a teenager during the start of World War II. She graduated from Upper Leacock High School on D-Day (June 6, 1944). Growing up, Jane helped her father deliver bread each day from the local bakery, and during the war helped coordinate the rationing of rubber tires, gasoline, and clothing to support the war effort. Jane was the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. She received a bachelor’s degree from Millersville State Teachers College (now Millersville University) in 1948. She and several of her college classmates celebrated their graduation by taking their hard-earned savings to travel by train throughout the United States and northern Mexico to see for the first time New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Arizona, Texas, and Tijuana before beginning her nine-year career teaching first grade at various schools throughout Lancaster, Chester, and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. On July 23, 1955, Jane married Jacob William (Bill) Hartranft at Heller’s Church in Leacock. Bill grew up in Leola, Pa., less than a mile away from Jane and her family who lived on Main Street. Bill left after his first year of college at Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia to serve as a corporal and medic in World War II in the Pacific and participated in most of the major Island Invasion campaigns. After the war, he completed college at Drexel, and, after they were married, Jane and Bill lived in Drexel Hill, Pa. Jane taught first grade at Springfield Elementary School until she gave birth to her only child, Peter, in 1956. The Hartranft family moved to Allentown, Pa. in 1957 where, in addition to raising Peter, Jane and Bill were instrumental in the founding of the new Hope United Church of Christ where Jane was a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years. Jane also founded and supported the Hamilton Park Little League and was also an active volunteer in many Allentown charitable organizations including the YWCA and the Lehigh Valley Hospital, where she worked in the gift shop for many years. Bill passed away in 1983 at the age of 59. Jane moved to Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community in West Grove in 2014. She was a longtime fan of baseball, attending many Little League games throughout her life and watching or listening to almost every game played by the Philadelphia Phillies. Jane is survived by her son Peter and his wife Denise Sherman Hartranft of Newark, Del., and grandson Christian Sherman Hartranft of Washington, D.C. Jane also has nine surviving nieces and four surviving nephews. On behalf of Jane, the family wishes to express gratitude to all those caregivers who helped Jane navigate the end of her life’s journey. The legacy of Jane Keener Hartranft rests with her love and devotion to the importance of education, health, and baseball in people’s lives. Her immediate family will gather in private at her final place of rest next to her husband Bill at Heller’s Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jane’s name to: Lehigh Valley Health Network (Office of Philanthropy, 2100 Mack Blvd, P.O. Box 1883, Allentown, Pa. 18105-1883) or Newark Center for Creative Learning (Office of Development, 401 Phillips Ave, Newark, Del. 19711). Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at




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Local News Oxford Education Foundation’s road rally raises funds to support education in Oxford schools Twenty teams participated in the Oxford Educational Foundation’s first road rally on Oct. 23. The road rally started at the Oxford Area School District’s bell tower on 5th Street, and the two-and-ahalf-hour-route travelled through all six municipalities in the school district, ending at Flickerwood Wine Cellars on Route 472.

The road rally was held to raise funds for the Oxford Education Foundation’s mission of enhancing the quality of education in the Oxford Area School District. It also introduced the foundation to more members of the community. Although this type of event was a new experience for many of the participants, everyone enjoyed the road

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rally. Unlike a race based only on the fastest time, precision driving was required to stay on course and maintain the average speed given in the instructions. An average speed of 10 mph was designated in town and 25 mph outside of town. This translated into a target time to arrive at two check points and an end point. The target time was not known by the participants. A short history was provided for each of twenty historical sites. In addition, nine locations required a photo taken as proof that each team stayed on track. Cars left the starting point at one-minute intervals, to prevent them from following each other. The road rally was not without its challenges. Scoring for each team was

based on how close they came to the correct arrival time for each checkpoint and the end point. Penalties were given for each minute they arrived too early or too late. Points were also added if a team failed to photograph the designated locations. The goal was to end with the lowest possible score. Although some rallies are made more difficult, the goal here was to provide a fun and educational opportunity for participants, and that was accomplished. This first Oxford Education Foundation’s road rally would not have been a success without the work of the team that developed the route and the history notes, the volunteers who worked at the start, the checkpoints, and at the end, as well as enthusiastic participants.

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Twenty teams participated in the Oxford Educational Foundation’s first road rally on Oct. 23.

The Oxford Education Foundation also thanked the sponsors for their contributions to this event: Chester County Regional Educational Services (CCRES), WSFS Bank, Groff’s Printing, Fulton Bank, Herr’s, First Resource Bank, Cameron’s Hardware, and Edward Jones. For those who want to

drive the route and learn about the historic points along the way, the road rally route and the history notes will be posted on the Oxford Education Foundation website at The second annual road rally has been scheduled and will take place on Oct. 22, 2022.

Township of New Garden (“Code”), Chapter 130, Peddling and Soliciting, Section 130-1 to include references to the sale of food or merchandise. SECTION 2. Amends Section 130-2 of the Code to include definitions for Food Trucks and Non-Permanent Restaurant Operations. SECTION 3. Amends Section 130-3 of the Code to require a permit for a Food Truck or Non-Permanent Restaurant Operation within the Township. SECTION 4. Creates a new Section 130-12, titled “Food Trucks and NonPermanent Restaurant Operations,” to delineate the permit application process and institute standards for the operation of a Food Truck or NonPermanent Restaurant Operation within the Township. SECTION 5. Provides a repealer clause. SECTION 6. Provides a severability clause. SECTION 7. This Ordinance shall be effective five (5) days from enactment. A full text copy of the draft ordinance is available for public examination without charge or may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Municipal Building. For more information, please contact Ramsey Reiner, Township Manager (610-268-2915). William R. Christman III, Township Solicitor 12p-8-1t

clause. SECTION 3. Provides a severability clause. SECTION 4. This Ordinance shall be effective five (5) days from enactment. A full text copy of the draft ordinance is available for public examination without charge or may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Municipal Building. For more information, please contact Ramsey Reiner, Township Manager (610-268-2915). William R. Christman III, Township Solicitor 12p-8-1t


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of New Garden Township will hold a public hearing at 6:00 P.M., on December 20, 2021, at the New Garden Township Municipal Building located at 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, Pennsylvania, to consider the following application for conditional use: Application Number CU-2021-02: Application of Rouse/Chamberlin, Ltd., for conditional use approval pursuant to §200-22.C(1) of the New Garden Township Zoning Ordinance in order to construct 98 single-family attached dwellings on the property located at 156 & 162 Bancroft Road, New Garden Township, Chester County, PA. The property is owned by Modern Mushroom Farms, Inc., consists of approximately 26.08 acres, contains an existing pump house for a retention pond and a soil composting area for a neighboring farm site, is located within the R-2 High Density Residential District, and is also known as tax parcels 60-1-87 & 60-1-88. A full copy of the conditional use application is available for public examination without charge or may be obtained for a charge not greater than the cost thereof at the Municipal Building. For further information, please contact Ramsey Reiner, Township Manager (610-268-2915). William R. Christman III, Township Solicitor 12p-1-1-2t


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxford Borough Council, Chester County, Pennsylvania, at a public meeting scheduled on Monday, December 20, 2021, commencing at 7:00 p.m., to be held at the Borough Building, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, Pennsylvania, will conduct a public hearing to consider and possibly enact an ordinance amending Chapter 27, Zoning, of the existing Code of the Borough of Oxford, a caption and summary of which follows. The ordinance can be examined at the Chester County Law Library, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania and the Borough Building at the above address during regular business hours. Copies of the ordinance may be obtained at a charge not greater than the cost thereof. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 27, ZONING, PART 2, DEFINITIONS; PART 10, I GENERAL INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT; PART 11, PC/LI PLANNED COMMERCIAL/ LIGHT INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT; ATTACHMENTS 7 AND 8; AND PART 13, SUPPLEMENTAL LAND USE REGULATIONS, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD RE-

GARDING SELF-SERVICE STORAGE WAREHOUSES. SECTION 1. Amends §27-202, Definitions of Terms, to add the following term and its definition: “Self-service storage warehouse.” SECTIONS 2 and 3. Amends §27-1005 (by adding new Subsection F) and §271105 (by adding new Subsection C) to add self-service storage warehouses as a permitted use by conditional use approval in the I General Industrial and PC/LI Planned Commerical/Light Industrial Districts, in accordance with the terms of §27-1332. SECTIONS 4 and 5. Amend Attachment 7, I Zoning District Area and Bulk Regulations, and Attachment 8, PC/LI Zoning District Area and Bulk Regulations, to add use and area and bulk regulations for self-service storage warehouses within the I General Industrial and PC/ LI Planned Commerical/Light Industrial Districts. SECTION 6. Amends Part 13, Supplemental Land Use Regulations, to add new §27-1332, Self-Service Storage Warehouse, which sets forth guidelines for self-service storage warehouses as a permitted use in the I General Industrial District and the PC/LI Planned Commercial/Limited Industrial District when approved as a conditional use, which include the following: limits on type of storage and permitted business activities to be conducted; prohibited uses; off-street parking requirements; minimum building distance requirements; building construction requirements; vehicle storage standards; Borough police and fire officials review of security and fire protection; fencing requirements; screening requirements; driveway requirements; and prohibition against storage of certain hazardous chemicals or materials. SECTION 7. Provides for the severability of unconstitutional or invalid provisions of the ordinance. SECTION 8. Repeals ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with any provisions of this ordinance. SECTION 9. Provides that the amendment shall be effective as by law provided. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend the aforementioned meeting and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please contact the Borough secretary at 610-932-2500 to discuss how your needs may best be accommodated. OXFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL, GAWTHROP GREENWOOD, PC, Stacey L. Fuller, Solicitor 12p-1-2t


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Oxford Borough Council, Chester County, Pennsylvania, at a public meeting scheduled on Monday, December 20, 2021, commencing at 7:00 p.m., to be held at the Borough Building, 1 Octoraro Alley, Oxford, Pennsylvania, will conduct a public hearing to consider and possibly enact an ordinance amending Chapter 21, Streets and Sidewalks, of the existing Code of the Borough of Oxford, a caption and summary of which follows. The ordinance can be examined at the Chester County Law Library, 201 West Market Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania and the Borough Building at the above address during regular business hours. Copies of the ordinance may be obtained at a charge not greater than the cost thereof. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMENDING CHAPTER 21, STREETS AND SIDEWALKS, PART 9, GRADING, REPAIR AND CONSTRUCTION OF SIDEWALKS, CURBS AND DRIVEWAYS, SECTION 21-902, GENERAL PROVISIONS; AND SECTION 21-905, CURB, SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY SPECIFICATIONS, OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF OXFORD. SECTION 1. Amends §21-902, General Provisions, to replace Subsection 10.A in its entirety and includes standards for repairs to sidewalks, curbs and driveway entrances. SECTION 2. Amends §21-902, General Provisions, to replace Subsection 12 in its entirety and sets forth criteria for the Code Enforcement Officer to verify the suitability of existing curb or sidewalk. SECTION 3. Amends §21-905, Curb, Sidewalk and Driveway Specifications, to replace Subsection 5.A in its entirety and require all curbing, unless otherwise allowed by Council, to be constructed with a vertical face and be in compliance with the Vertical Curb Detail specifications shown on SSM Group, Inc., Drawing No. 100659.2015, dated 08/04/15, Sheet #8. SECTION 4. Provides for the severability of unconstitutional or invalid provisions of the ordinance. SECTION 5. Repeals ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict with any provisions of this ordinance.

SECTION 6. Provides that the amendment shall be effective as by law provided. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend the aforementioned meeting and require auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to observe or participate in the proceedings, please contact the Borough (610-9322500) to discuss how your needs may best be accommodated. OXFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL, GAWTHROP GREENWOOD, PC, Stacey L. Fuller, Solicitor 12p-8-1t


ESTATE OF Phyllis Lillard, also known as Phyllis K. Lillard, late of Lower Oxford Township, Chester County, Deceased. Letters Testamentary on the estate of the above named Phyllis Lillard 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: James Earle Lillard, Executor, c/o Attorney: Winifred Moran Sebastian, Esquire, 208 E. Locust Street, P.O. Box 381 Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-383 12p-8-3t


Docket # 2021-08603-NC,In the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, Pennsylvania, a Petition was filed for Change of Name on 4th day of November, 2021. Upon consideration of the within Petition and upon motion of SydneyHowe- Barksdale on behalf of J.A.B.(Minor). A hearing will be held on February 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 3, Chester County Justice Center, 201 West Market St., West Chester, Pennsylvania. 12p-8-1t


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of New Garden Township will consider the enactment of the following proposed ordinance during its regular meeting of December 20, 2021. The preamble and summary follow: AN ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO THE SECOND CLASS TOWNSHIP CODE, AS AMENDED, AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF NEW GARDEN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, BY PROVIDING REGULATIONS FOR FOOD TRUCKS AND NON-PERMANENT RESTAURANT OPERATIONS. EFFECTIVE FIVE DAYS FROM ENACTMENT. SECTION 1. Amends the Code of the


NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of New Garden Township will consider the enactment of the following proposed ordinance during its regular meeting of December 20, 2021. The preamble and summary follow: AN ORDINANCE PURSUANT TO THE SECOND CLASS TOWNSHIP CODE, AS AMENDED, AMENDING THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF NEW GARDEN TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, BY PROVIDING REGULATIONS FOR KEY LOCK BOXES WITHIN THE TOWNSHIP. EFFECTIVE FIVE DAYS FROM ENACTMENT. SECTION 1. Repeals and replaces Chapter 90 of the Code of the Township of New Garden Township, Fire Lanes, with a new Chapter 90, Fire Prevention and Fire Protection. This Chapter includes a new Article I regulating fire lane requirements and enforcement, as well as a new Article II regulating the installation requirements and enforcement measures for the installation of key lock boxes (or Knox boxes) for commercial or industrial structures, multifamily residential structures, governmental structures, and schools and nursing care facilities. SECTION 2. Provides a repealer


The Family Court of the State of Delaware, New Castle County TO: Adela Zavaleta , Respondent, Alfredo Ayon , Respondent FROM: Clerk of Family Court The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, Petitioner, has brought a civil action (Petition # 21-23292) against you to terminate your parental rights of your child(ren): Minor Female, DOB: 11/20/14, Minor Male, DOB: 04/08/16, Minor Female, DOB: 02/22/17, Minor Male, DOB: 09/18/19 A hearing has been scheduled at the Family Court, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington, Delaware, on January 11, 2021, at 11:00 am. If you do not participate in the hearing, the Court may terminate your parental rights without your participation. DESPITE THE COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY, FAMILY COURT WILL HOLD THIS HEARING. Please call 302-255-0077 or email for help in participating by phone. IF YOU WISH TO BE REPRESENTED BY AN ATTORNEY IN THIS MATTER BUT CANNOT AFFORD ONE, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO HAVE THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT YOU FOR FREE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY, PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK AT FAMILY COURT, (302) 255-0300 12p-8-3t


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Obituaries LOLA LOIS CALDWELL Lola Lois (Mankin) Caldwell, age 90, of West Grove, passed away on Nov. 30 at Jenner’s Pond Retirement Community. She was born at home on Feb. 20, 1931, in Holdenville, Okla. to the late Lexie Lois Mankin and John Fredrick Mankin. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 71 years, Edward Andrew Caldwell, daughter Kathryn Marie Schumacher (Greg) and daughter Gaila Ciccarone (Carlo). Grandma Lola (also known as MomMom) was cherished by her five grandchildren, Eric Schumacher (Yvette), Sara Field (Damon), Giancarlo Ciccarone (Lauren), Michael Ciccarone (Christine), Melina Van Brunt (Chad) and her 10 great-grandchildren, Ella Field, Ethan Schumacher, Quinn Field, Ezra Schumacher, Levi Van Brunt, Lincoln Field, Matteo Ciccarone, Samuel Van Brunt, Giuliana Ciccarone and Callie Ciccarone. Lola attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, Calif. and was proud to have graduated with the class of 1949. She attended high school with her beloved cousin June and her brother Chuck and she always had happy memories of her days there and enjoyed reading the Fremont Alumni Association newsletters. Lola met her husband-to-be in Sunnyvale, Calif. On May 20, 1950, Lola and Edward were married in a double wedding ceremony along with two of their greatest friends, in Reno, Carson City, Nev. After their daughters were born in California, the family began moving with Edward’s work assignments. This took them to Grandview, Wash. and then to the Chicago area, to Yakima, Wash. where Lola worked at Joseph’s Fruit Packing plant and then to Yorktown Heights, N.Y. where Lola was secretary to the director of programs, Taconic Correctional Facility, Bedford, N.Y. Upon retirement, the couple settled in Brevard, N.C. and then relocated to West Grove to be closer to children. Lola was a longtime member of a non-academic sorority known as Beta Sigma Phi, which has a motto is “Life, Learning and Friendship.” Lola loved to recall stories of her childhood and liked to study history, particularly the history of the areas where her family settled. As a hobby, she enjoyed many hours tracing her family history and lineage – with the ultimate and successful goal of becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Lola loved to cook and collect recipes. She was an avid learner with an inquisitive mind. Lola’s joy came from watching her family grow and she posted and kept almost every picture received and loved to talk about what each member was working on or doing. The family would like to acknowledge the care and comfort provided by the staff of Friends Home-Linden Hall in Kennett Square, Jenner’s Pond-Preston Skilled Nursing in West Grove, and Willow Tree Hospice in Kennett Square. Family and friends are asked to hold Lola in their hearts and remember the happy times spent together. She will be dearly missed by so many. Services and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Kennett Area Senior Center (online at or Rocky Mount State Historic Site, the living history museum and the first capital of the Southwest Territory that became Tennessee. It was the home of Lola’s ancestors from the Cobb family and her Patriot for verification to the NSDAR ( Arrangements are being handled by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100). Condolences may be shared at

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CHARLES ROBERT KEYS Charles (Bill) Robert Keys, a resident of Nottingham, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 1. He was 85. He was the husband of the late Katherine Margaret Patrick Keys, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. Bill was born in Oxford to William and Lona Miller Keys. He is survived by one sister and has been preceded in death by 10 other brothers and sisters. Bill has three daughters, Barbara Keys-Dunn from Fair Hill, Md., Charlotte Ann Keys from Fair Hill, Md., and Brenda Keys from Nottingham. He has seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Bill was a truck driver for most of his life and later a security guard at Herr Foods until retiring in 2017. Bill was a hard worker and enjoyed family, woodworking, fishing and old cars. His family and friends say he gave the best hugs and everyone enjoyed his roses and could always count on him to have candy in his pocket to share. Family and friends may visit at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Nottingham Missionary Baptist Church. A celebration of Bill’s life will begin at 11 a.m. with interment to follow in the adjoining church cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Oxford. Online condolences may be made at

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EDWARD F. HAGGERTY, SR. Edward F. Haggerty, Sr., of New London, Pa., passed away at the age of 79 on Dec. 1 at Christiana Hospital. Born in 1942 in Boston, Mass., Edward was the son of the late Daniel James Haggerty and the late G. Florence Fisher Haggerty. Edward was a veteran of the Vietnam War and proudly served our country for over 20 years as a member of the U.S. Navy. Following his retirement from the Navy, Edward worked various jobs in the information technology industry. Edward shared 53 years of marriage with his late wife, Lydia F. Haggerty. They had three children, his daughter, Kimberly Lynn Hawkins (Brian); his son, Edward F. Haggerty Jr. (deceased); and his youngest son, Russell Daniel Haggerty (Meghan). Edward is also survived by his brother, Robert Haggerty of Massachusetts; and his sister, Patricia Osterloh of Florida; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Edward was an avid HAM radio operator and he found great enjoyment in this hobby. He was a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather. Edward was well liked and many considered him a friend. Though he was great in stature, Edward had a warm heart and was a gentle giant who will be missed by all who knew him. Services for Edward will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars post. Arrangements are being handled by Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove.

THERESIA UHL Theresia Uhl passed away on Nov. 27 at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Thomas Robert, who passed away in May of 2017, and her daughter, Roberta, who passed away in December 2004. Theresia was born in Langenhaslach, Germany, and met her future husband while he served in the U.S. Army Military Police in Munich during the post-war years. After they married in Germany, she moved to America and became a United States citizen in 1964. Theresia was well known for her exemplary culinary, baking and gardening skills. The current term “farm to table” defined the means in which she would prepare her delicacies for her family and all who visited her home.

Theresia was an active member of the St John Vianney church choir for nearly 20 years. The choir’s annual performance at midnight mass on Christmas Eve became so popular that it was often standing-room-only. Theresia was and will always be remembered for her kind and loving nature, her great sense of humor and the love she had for her family. She is survived by her children, Helene Jersets (Jeff), Doreen Uhl-Mancill (Rob), Thomas, Jr. (Maryanne) and her grandchildren, Bobby and Jack, whom she adored. Services were held on Dec. 3 at Foulk Funeral Home in West Grove. Her interment followed at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kennett Square. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Organization ( Arrangements are being handled by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove. Please visit the online memorial by going to





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