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a look back A look back at West Chester’s heritage proves that history is anything but a dusty old textbook lesson. A Borough with a proud and storied past, an afternoon spent strolling around West Chester weaves history with the present in a rich and vibrant way. History is cool in West Chester. Visitors thrill to discover the places where Abraham Lincoln began his quest for the presidency; where the great African-American folk artist Horace Pippin lived and painted; where America's preeminent music composer Samuel Barber was born and raised; and where the first Women's Rights convention in Pennsylvania was held. Digging back even further to the 1700s, we discover that West Chester wasn’t always called West Chester. Originally named for a local tavern, Turk’s Head, this once sleepy village has grown over the centuries to a bustling and lively community—all thanks to the vision and creativity of its citizenry. With many of its proud historical buildings designed by renowned architect Thomas U. Walter—the same architect of the iconic U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, DC—it’s no wonder this town has a timeless feel that should be preserved through the ages. And, with history setting the stage for a perfect place to live, visit, and enjoy, the people of West Chester are moving confidently towards the future—keeping West Chester fresh, fashionable, and flavorful—all while never forgetting their illustrious past.

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Look for our local heritage blurbs on this issue’s pages of Fig®. Learn about the history behind some of your favorite West Chester spots.


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cross southeastern Pennsylvania and the eastern seaboard, everyone thinks that their native sons and daughters are the most important. The difference is that, in West Chester, West Cestrians (yes, “Cestrian” sans the “h”) just know it’s true. Our local history includes the Revolutionary War, Civil War, civil rights, women’s rights, and everything in between. Here are a few notable citizens who personify the diversity and richness of West Chester’s illustrious past.

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Born in West Chester in 1927, Hazel JohnsonBrown’s career began as a staff nurse in Harlem Hospital’s emergency ward. In 1955, she entered the Army Nurse Corps, ultimately overseeing the school of nursing at Walter Reed Medical Center. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated Johnson-Brown as Chief, Army Nurse Corps, promoting her to the rank of Brigadier General, making her the first African-American female general in U.S. military history.

VISIT THE CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO EXPLORE MORE ABOUT WEST CHESTER'S HISTORY

Samuel Barber Samuel Barber was born in 1910 and spent his childhood on South Church Street. He was exposed to music at an early age, and, while most kids were busy being kids, Barber was starting his career in music. He began playing piano at age six; by age nine he had already written ten compositions; and by age eleven, he was learning to play organ at First Presbyterian Church. Barber went on to compose some of the most recognizable works in the 20th century, including “Adagio for Strings” in 1936. Dr. William Darlington Born in 1782, William Darlington was educated at Penn, where he became friends with Botanist John Bartram, and learned from Dr. Benjamin Rush. In an era when someone could do everything, the civic minded man founded the Bank of Chester County and served two terms in D.C. as a Congressman. As his true love was botany, Darlington helped establish the Chester County Cabinet of Natural Sciences on South Church Street. In 1826, he published Florula Cestrica, a book about the botany of the area.

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Mary Sharples Schaffer Born into a life of privilege in 1861, West Cestrian Mary Sharples Schaffer grew up with nannies and maids attending to her needs. Her life’s course, however, took several sharp turns from that lavish lifestyle. After marrying medical doctor/ botanist Charles Schaffer, the two summered in the Canadian Rockies collecting specimens. When her husband died, she adventured on her own, discovering “Chaba Imne,” a lost lake in the Canadian Rockies, in 1908.


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Thomas U. Walter The name Thomas Ustick Walter usually doesn’t ring a bell with visitors or locals, but this architect’s impact has been felt in West Chester for over 160 years. The Chester County Courthouse, Bank of Chester County, First Presbyterian Church, and, of course, Horticultural Hall are some of his most notable works in West Chester. But Walter’s greatest achievement is the most recognizable symbol of American democracy in the world: the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C.

Uriah Hunt Painter was a West Chester guy through and through— owning a lumberyard, ice house, and even the opera house. But Painter’s true claim to fame was his work as a Civil War correspondent, reporting from the front lines for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In fact, he was the first to report that the North had lost the first battle of Bull Run. His secret codebook and more is on display at CCHS’s exhibition, On the Edge of Battle: Chester County and the Civil War.

Isabel Darlington Isabel Darlington, Smedley Butler’s aunt, was as tough as nails like her nephew. Born just after the Civil War, she grew up at the site of today’s Faunbrook B&B, and lived there through her adult life. When Darlington decided she’d like to study law, her letter to the president of Penn’s Law school went unanswered. She persisted, gained admission, graduated, and went on to practice law in West Chester. In 1941, she was elected president of the Chester County Bar Association, making her the first woman in the Commonwealth of PA to head a bar association.

Joseph T. Rothrock Joseph Rothrock, Pennsylvania’s First Commissioner of Forestry, was the Lorax of the 1880s and 90s, spreading the message of deforestation’s ill effects. He propounded conservation methods to preserve and use forests properly. The founder of the Mount Alto School of Forestry, there is a plaque honoring Rothrock in the State Capitol building. As Chester County Historical Society’s first president, he lived in West Chester until his death in 1922.

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Mifflin Rigg One of West Chester University History Professor Jim Jones’s favorite local historical figures is Mifflin Rigg. His namesake, “Riggtown” in southeastern West Chester, evolved as a tight working class neighborhood in the late 19th century. This blacksmith turned carpenter turned mini real estate tycoon purchased a large section of today’s Riggtown, and within four years, he constructed 14 homes. Even more remarkable than the homes were the people who rented them—mostly Irish and German laborers—forging a distinct hard-working character among Riggtown residents.

Claude Rains Mid-20th century actor Claude Rains starred in the most famous movies of his time, as Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca and Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. Rains’s work in Julius Caesar was the first million dollar film role for an actor. Looking for a place to call home, this British actor chose Chester County, which he called “the best place to live in the world.” In 1956, he moved to “Hawthorne House” on South Church Street in West Chester.

Horace Pippin

Bayard Rustin Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin, “architect” of the 1963 March on Washington, spent his youth protesting segregation in West Chester. Yet as an outspoken gay man in an era in which that was condemned, Rustin’s name was relegated to the background of the movement. As the silent backbone of the Civil Rights movement, Rustin participated in the Freedom Rides and introduced Martin Luther King, Jr. to non-violent protest tactics. Even after gracing the cover of Life magazine in 1963, Rustin returned to West Chester to fight for equal education and housing for all.

Horace Pippin, acclaimed African American artist, was born in West Chester in 1888. A veteran of WWI, Pippin suffered an injury that immobilized his right arm, so he supported his right hand with his left hand to create his trademark style of painting. His art relied on a powerful primitive style focused on issues, places, and people important to him. His works can be found today in some of the nation’s most prestigious museums, including the Phillips Collection, Brandywine River Museum, the Met, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Smedley Darlington Butler Born in 1881, son of U.S. Congressman Thomas S. and Maud Darlington Butler, Smedley joined the Marines at a young age. He served in the Spanish American war, quelled an insurrection in the Philippines, and was shot while suppressing the Boxer Rebellion in China. Congress awarded him the Medal of Honor for acts of heroism in Haiti in 1917, and following WWI, he was promoted to Brigadier General and oversaw the Marine base at Quantico.


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At 121 West Market Street sits an inviting, new hip apothecary called Silvanus, meaning "of the woods" in Latin. Emma Weidinger has created this space of delightful lotions and potions featuring the freshest in all natural soaps, hair care products and teas. And here’s the best part—she makes all the deliciousness herself! Fig®: So, how were you inspired to start this business? Emma: I was in college and decided to take a year off. I always wanted a retail shop, so I figured that this year would be a good opportunity for me to explore that. I am myself all natural, a vegetarian, so it kind of goes along with my whole life view. Then I thought, “How do I make that into a store?” Why all natural ingredients? And how did you learn to mix everything? I have very sensitive skin, and I can’t use regular brands. I’ve always been doing home remedy kinds of things, so I kind of knew how to make products. Where do you get your ingredients? Everything I have in here is made in the U.S. I try to stay with small businesses because as a small business myself, I like to support others. All the sponges are sustainably harvested in Tarpon Springs, Florida. The teas are from Vermont, and I get them customblended. I named them myself for their medicinal properties. I have Sleeping Potion, Slimming Potion… and more.

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What’s the most important thing you want people to know about Silvanus? I don’t use any chemicals or sulfates or anything like that. I try to use the least amount of ingredients possible to get the best product. It really is all natural—and not just because we say it’s all natural! Just look at the back of our shampoo bottles. We also create custom products. I’ll make something for anyone!

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Thomas Comitta arrived in West Chester on July 16, 1973, and started his professional career that day, working for Weston Environmental Consultants— this summer marks his 40th anniversary living & working in West Chester.

Pictured Left to Right: Kelly Gasiewski, Dan Mallach, Carolyn Comitta, Tom Comitta, Megan East Colón, and Jennifer Leister Reitz. Photographed on top of the Bicentennial Garage on S. High Street

town planning vision Thomas Comitta Associates, Inc. (TCA) is a multi-disciplinary firm of Town Planners & Landscape Architects. We proudly celebrated our 30th year of practice in 2011. We specialize in protecting and enhancing the Heritage Resources of cities, boroughs, towns, villages, hamlets, and notable landscapes.

AS THE WEST CHESTER BOROUGH PLANNER SINCE 1988, WE:

WE REPRESENT MANY MUNICIPALITIES AND FOCUS ON:

• Assisted with the design of the Bicentennial Garage

• P lanning for future land use, development, & conservation

• Drafted Zoning Ordinance Amendments on several occasions & reviewed numerous land development plans

• Zoning for new development, redevelopment, & resource protection • Designing streetscapes, neighborhoods, & context-sensitive places • Re-designing plans to improve attractiveness & functionality • Conducting training sessions pertaining to smart growth & the public realm

10 18 West Chestnut Street 610.696.3896 comitta.com

• Prepared the Urban Center Revitalization Plan • Prepared Wayfinding Signage plans and the Master Plan for Wayfinding

We promote a humanistic, sustainable, and balanced approach to planning and design through careful consideration of the historic, cultural, and environmental context of towns, neighborhoods, and landscapes. Read more: figwestchester.com/thomascomittaassociates


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BREEZY MOUTAIN LEATHER Valerie Szarek, Boulder, CO SOLACE Barbara Polin, Penn Laird, VA

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CCHS ANTIQUES SHOW As one of the largest in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Chester County Antiques Show has enjoyed seven years of generous support from its Presenting Sponsor, PECO. According to Director of Customer Strategy and Governance Charlie White, PECO’s support of nonprofit organizations, which is focused on making a positive impact in the areas of education, the environment, arts and culture and neighborhood development, dovetails nicely with CCHS programs: “We are proud to support the Chester County Historical Society. Supporting their mission is a great fit for PECO, especially because of their education programs for local youth.”

“With PECO’s generous support, the Antiques Show provides CCHS with funds to continue the outstanding job they do of helping children understand our community roots, preparing them for the future.The Antiques Show this year will have educational activities for children as well as wonderful shopping for their parents and grandparents. Go ahead—bring the kids!” sarah and allen burke, chairs of the chester county antiques show

PECO’s financial support of the Antiques Show helps fund a wide range of CCHS educational initiatives throughout our region. From field trips with hands-on programming and “Traveling Trunks” that are used in classrooms, to National History Day, a competition open to 6th through 12th graders, CCHS is helping students understand and appreciate Chester County’s rich history. Read more: figwestchester.com/chestercountyhistoricalsociety

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Blue Shoshanna dress TISH BOUTIQUE

Yellow ostrich clutch KALY BOUTIQUE

Bauble jewelry

ACORN COTTAGE

Sunglasses

JANE CHALFANT

Painting by Joe Todak

Monogrammed water bottle

VISUAL EXPANSION GALLERY

PENWICK DESIGN

Handmade soaps and lip balm SILVANUS

Pink makeup brushes EMILY ALICE SALON

Italian cookies CARLINO’S

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Peppercorns and salt

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Beaded flips flops and embroidered top JANE CHALFANT

Striped tie

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West Chester coasters and vintage photo album THE 5 SENSES

Studded belt KALY

We’ve picked out some of our must-have items for Spring 2013. Color, flavor, and fun are in full bloom for the season at local shops downtown. Dust off your walking shoes and see what’s new at many of your favorite boutiques & shops!

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FUN TOPS CUTE DRESSES LIGHT WEIGHT SWEATERS FASHION JEWELRY PROM GOWNS

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Since 1933, our windows on 123 North High Street change every week to highlight the current fashions and accessories.

MICHAEL STARS THREE DOT LILLA P WESTON WEAR ALBERTO MAKALI PAPILLION BLANC JUDE CONNALLY CURIO ELLIOTT LAUREN

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BRIGHTON SECOND YOGA JEAN CHRISTOPHER BLUE JOE’S JEANS PAIGE PREMIUM DENIM

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We sealed our commitment to the community more than

120 YEARS AGO

16 701 East Marshall Street 610.738.2300 ChesterCountyHospital.org Find us on Facebook


SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR 121 YEARS The roots of The Chester County Hospital couldn’t be more local. The hospital was established as a 10-bed dispensary in 1892 just blocks from where it stands today. The community rallied behind the plan to build it, participating in fundraising activities from cake sales to concerts. It was the beginning of a legacy that would grow and thrive for more than a century. A women’s auxiliary was formed in 1893. A school of nursing opened in 1894. For the next 20 years, the hospital expanded to serve more patients. Then, in 1918, something happened that changed the hospital’s destiny forever. Lewes A. Mason, an employee and friend of Pierre S. du Pont, became ill and was cared for by physicians from The Chester County Hospital. Mr. du Pont was so impressed with the care his friend received, he made a $1 million gift to expand and modernize the hospital at its present location. It set the stage for a new era. The newly constructed facility opened in 1925. In memoriam, a large gold seal was inlaid in the floor of the oldest part of the Hospital. It reads, “Erected in 1924 to the memory of Lewes A. Mason—1896–1918.” The seal symbolizes the hospital’s growth. Since then, expansion, accolades, and community collaborations have helped the hospital flourish. Satellite offices opened in neighboring communities. Unique partnerships were created with Cleveland Clinic for heart surgery, with the University of Pennsylvania for cancer, radiation oncology and radiology, and with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics and neonatal care. As needs arose, services were added—from offering the highest-level neonatal intensive care unit for babies to offering new treatments for cancer and heart disease. The hospital was designated an Accredited Chest Pain Center. And it received Gold Seals of Approval for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Most important, community education programs broadened in size and scope to fulfill the health mission and help people stay well. The future has never held so much promise. A 93,000-square-foot, three-story patient tower will add 72 private rooms. And a developing new partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System will blend the clinical excellence and innovations of both institutions for the benefit of everyone. Although there have been many changes through the years, one thing remains the same: The Chester County Hospital and Health System is grounded in the community in which it was formed. And it always will be.

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AUTHENTIC GOURMET MARKET

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Pastry chefs Jessica PachorkowskyPerez and Megan Kivitz of Carlino’s Bakery.

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Carlino’s opened its first store in Ardmore, PA, in 1983 offering homemade pastas, sauces, and the freshest pastries and cookies.

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FINE ART

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ACCESSORIES

ACORN COT TAGE

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This 19th century storefront used to be home to the Old Village Shoe Shoppe before Zena brought it back to life with fine art and antiques.

Jewelry on Zena Croydon, the owner of Acorn Cottage Style, is one-of-a-kind by artist Elizabeth Matthews; the scarf is hand woven and painted silk from a women’s weaving workshop in Kyrgiztan; the wall unit is vintage ca.1950’s Baker furniture hand painted and rubbed with new color.

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impeccable beauty

“Whether it’s a spring formal, summer wedding, or just a girls night out, makeup and airbrush tans are a feel-good service. We’re looking forward to making the women of West Chester look and feel amazing for their special events this season.” -EMILY-

HAIR STYLING MAKEUP APPLICATION WEDDING & SPECIAL EVENT BEAUTY SPA TREATMENTS FACIALS & MICRODERMABRASION WAXING & MORE

20 35 South High Street 610.696.3990 emilyalice.com


EVERYONE LOVES GETTING SPECIAL ATTENTION, and Tish Boutique is just the place to find it.

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Two dynamic forces, Ashley Tischler and Tonda DiPasquale, have joined together to create a personalized experience for shoppers.

TISH BOUTIQUE

This spring at Tish Boutique, you’ll discover what is new in fashion, plus benefit from Ashley’s expert eye for style. First neighbors and friends, and now successful business partners, these two fashion forward women seek out unique and special pieces from their favorite designers in New York. “We want to introduce our customers to fresh and fun spring fashion, and New York was the perfect place to find the upcoming trends,” says Ashley. Featured designers include Tibi, Milly, Vince, Rebecca Taylor, DL1961 Premium Denim, and even The Ellie Rose, an adorable line made just for little girls. Ashley and Tonda have created a warm and inviting atmosphere where women of all ages will feel comfortable to shop. They have created a boutique designed for all women, with a variety of price points, sizes, and styles. “We are really trying to help women find and create their own personal style, so they can feel and look their best.” With a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University, Ashley is enthusiastic to start this new business: “I’ve always been fascinated with fashion and the confidence it brings to women.” Tonda’s family has owned and operated a successful retail business for over 57 years. She feels excited about this new venture with Ashley.

Ashley Tischler and Tonda DiPasquale

Want to look fabulous this spring? Pick mint and blush hues, the season’s hottest colors. Visit Tish Boutique for their Grand Opening March 8-9!

“I think what attracted me to start a business with Ashley was her passion for fashion,” says Tonda. “She has a classic look with a bit of contemporary flair. She mixes pieces very well, and most of all she has an eye for choosing the right things for people to wear. It was really refreshing to recognize this talent in Ashley. I feel confident starting this new business, it’s going to be fun!”

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Mark Highland and Michael Betterly of Organic Mechanics Soil with Ace Hardware’s Helene and Matt Clair and their dog, Gracie.

Learn about Organic Mechanics Soil here

a growing local partnership

YOUR SPRING SEASON STARTS LOCALLY Ace Hardware has all of your favorite gardening items, like seeds, shovels, wheelbarrows, and more. Organic Mechanics Soil, made locally in Chester County, has a soil blend for each of your gardening needs, from containers to raised beds. Buy Organic. Buy Local!

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celebrating ten years of authentic cuisine

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Kildare’s is proud to celebrate ten years in the borough of West Chester. Over the past decade our restaurant brands have expanded across the country, but our home office and heart proudly reside on Gay Street. -Dave Magrogan, owner-

17 DAYS OF SAINT PATRICK’S DAY Join us March 1st-17th to celebrate 17 Days of Irish Culture and Heritage. Each day Kildare’s will feature an Authentic Irish dish, drink, or event to warm you up for the biggest Irish Holiday of the year! From Bangers and Mash to Guinness Beef Stew, to Perfect Pints of Guinness and Jameson 18 year, to the Irish dancers and Irish bands there will be something for everyone!

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LOBSTER SUMMER ROLLS Chilled Lobster, Marinated Julienne Vegetables, Mango Dipping Sauce

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ORANGE SESAME SHRIMP Tempura Battered, OrangeSesame Glaze, Asian Slaw SMOKED FISH DIP Served with Toasted Sourdough Crostini, Arugula Salad GRILLED OCTOPUS SALAD Chilled Octopus, Kalamata Olives, Pear Tomatoes, Arugula, Lemon Segments, Sumac Vinaigrette WASABI PEA CRUSTED AHI TUNA Seared Rare, Pickled Ginger, Wasabi & Soy Sauce SKUNA BAY SALMON & CRAB HASH Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon, Sweet Potato & Crab Meat Hash, BBQ Beurre Blanc CALIFORNIA STYLE MAHI TACOS Three Blackened Mahi Tacos, Corn Tortillas, Corn & Crab Salsa, Napa Cabbage & Spicy Aioli PAN SEARED VIKING VILLAGE SEA SCALLOPS Fingerling Potatoes, Cauliflower-Red Pepper Hash, Sweet Corn Emulsion MARYLAND CRAB CAKE & CHICKEN OSCAR Wood-Grilled Chicken Topped with Lump Crab Meat & Hollandaise, Doc’s Signature Crab Cake & Grilled Asparagus WOOD GRILLED AHI TUNA Over Zucchini Pappardelle, Topped with Roasted Tomato Ragout

Fresh Sustainable Seafood • Extensive Raw Bar Steak, Chicken, and Vegetarian Dishes Weekend Brunch • Private Dining

The New Doc Magrogan’s — Fresh Starts Here. JOIN US FOR $1 OYSTERS AT DOC’S BUCK-A-SHUCK EVERY MONDAY

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CHESTER COUNTY’S HISTORIC COURTHOUSE Chester County began dispensing justice on the corner of High and Market Streets in West Chester in the 1780s. In the 1840s, the need for a larger courthouse was confirmed by the overcrowding of row offices; the “disordered, jumbled state” of records, deeds, and official papers; and the huge attendance of citizens at some rather notorious trials including the “Battle Axes” free-love perfectionist Christian cult located in North Coventry Township. This combination led the County Commissioners to take a bold step and hire architect Thomas U. Walter to design a new structure. Walter’s Greek Revival building was completed within two years at a price of $55,000. It has remained a landmark of the West Chester community ever since.

CHESTER COUNTY ESTABLISHED IN 1682

For over 160 years, the courtrooms in the Historic Courthouse remained in use. Famous trials included the 1873 Udderzook Trial—for insurance fraud and murder—which was a landmark case in confirming the legal admissibility of photographs in court. The Johnston Gang murder trials took place in the early 1980s. In more recent years, Courtroom One was also the setting for many naturalization ceremonies for Chester County residents.

COURTHOUSE STEPS REMAIN GATHERING PLACE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS

ONE OF THREE ORIGINAL COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA HISTORIC COURTHOUSE OPENED IN 1848

The steps and lawn outside the Historic Courthouse have been—and remain —a focal point for gatherings and leading citizens’ expressions of their First Amendment Freedoms. In the 1870s, women’s suffragist, Frances Willard, rallied on the courthouse steps. Chester County soldiers—from the Civil War to the two World Wars—assembled in front of the Courthouse before heading out with their units. Today, the Historic Courthouse remains a public forum for rallies, vigils, press conferences, and community events. As trustees and stewards of the Historic Courthouse, the Chester County Commissioners are committed to preserving the building so Historic Courtrooms One and Two are available for appropriate public use. Final upgrades to the heating and cooling systems, and ADA accessibility, are expected to be completed this fall. The Historic Courthouse will remain a public building.

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Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell, Kathi Cozzone, Ryan Costello. Photographed inside Courtroom 2 of West Chester’s Historic Courthouse. Circa 1848.


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Today’s Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant was once the home of West Chester’s old Woolworth Store.

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Sunday is Prime Time night from 1–9 pm. Your choice of Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus or Pan Seared North Atlantic Salmon for $21.95. Dinner includes choice of garden salad or cup of soup and a pint of house beer or glass of house wine.


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Pictured left to right: Brad Moore, Realtor; Bobbie Surrick, Realtor; Brian Nelson, Realtor; Erinn Hazley, Realtor; Kit Anstey, Realtor; Debbie West, Realtor; Barbara Cropper, Realtor Customer Care Manager; Cleo Elkinton, Realtor Images captured at West Chester Borough’s Newest Townhome Community, Union Station. UnionStationatWestChester.com

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“Among the distinguished men who, by their patriotism and eloquence, have assisted to create and sustain the party of constitutional freedom which now predominates in most of the free States, there is no one who has a firmer hold on the confidence and affections of the people of the Great West, or is more an object of their enthusiastic admiration, than Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois.” —The opening sentence of ABRAHAM LINCOLN, published February 11, 1860, on the front page of The Chester County Times, a Republican newspaper that operated in what is now

Lincoln Building at 28 West Market St in West Chester, PA.

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Joseph J. Lewis, the first biographer of Abraham Lincoln. Image courtesy of Chester County Historical Society.

JOSEPH J. LEWIS

(1801-1883)

Born in Westtown Township, Joseph J. Lewis spent much of his life in West Chester as a lawyer, teacher, historian, author, abolitionist, and local politician. He was active in Republican politics and The Lincoln Building is owned and managed by the Chester County Community Foundation


a national historic moment BY MALCOLM JOHNSTONE

The seeds of the first biography of Abraham Lincoln were planted on a chilly Fall evening at the Bloomington, Illinois, courthouse in 1858. It was there that Lincoln had a chance encounter with Jesse Fell, a Chester County native transplanted to Illinois, who had become Lincoln's trusted friend and political advisor. They chatted for a few minutes, then Fell invited Lincoln to sit down and discuss his prospects for the presidential election in 1860. Fell told Lincoln that he had visited several eastern states where he met Republicans who had become aware of Lincoln as a political force. But beyond his name they knew little of him. If he were given some exposure in the northeast part of the country, thought Fell, he may possibly receive the support needed to be a viable presidential candidate. He further told Lincoln that he knew "an eminent jurist and essayist in Pennsylvania" willing to write and circulate a newspaper article introducing Lincoln to the eastern electorate. But Fell needed information on Lincoln's personal background and asked him to provide it. At first, Lincoln hesitated. But eventually he changed his mind and provided Fell with a three-page, handwritten note that described his upbringing, education, and a bare outline of his professional and political accomplishments. It was the first of a handful of autobiographical notes Lincoln would write. They were soon delivered to Joseph Lewis, the "eminent jurist and essayist" who took Lincoln's notes and fleshed them out into Lincoln's first biography. It was published on February 11, 1860 in The Chester County Times, a weekly Republican newspaper in what is now the Lincoln Building in West Chester where Lewis also had an office. Only about 2,000 copies were distributed, but it is said to have been republished a million times to introduce Lincoln to the electorate. The biography was considered pivotal to launching Lincoln’s presidential campaign and was credited by Lincoln as an important factor in his election.

campaigned for Lincoln both at the Republican Convention in Chicago in 1860 and nationally. For his efforts, Lincoln rewarded him with the position of Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 18631865. His home for many years still stands at the southwest corner of Miner & Church Streets.

Lincoln in 1859. This photo was taken about the time the biography was written.

THE ONLY KNOWN COPY OF THE ORIGINAL EDITION NOW SURVIVES AT THE CHESTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 225 NORTH HIGH STREET, WEST CHESTER.

Today, West Chester recognizes the contribution its notable citizens made to this extraordinary part of history with the dedication of where it took place as The Lincoln Building in 1947. Curiously, the first biography has been read by very few contemporary authors, if any. Eventually, that will change as the interest in Lincoln and his life promises that these hidden words will eventually come back to life. Read the full story of Lincoln's biography at DowntownWestChester.com.

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ZAGAT RATED SERVING ONLY PURELAND PRIME BLACK ANGUS BEEF PRIVATE ROOMS AVAILABLE LIVE MUSIC WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, & SATURDAY NIGHTS

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“Nonna” with Grampy

Giunta Brothers Groceries at Darlington and Biddle Streets

CELEBRATING GIUNTA HISTORY IN WEST CHESTER, Pietro’s Prime Steakhouse and Nonna’s Italian restaurant are both born out of the rich and long history of the food business started by the Giunta family here in West Chester in 1927.

The restaurants grew out of this family tradition and are owned and operated by Marisa (Frank and Nina’s daughter) and her husband Sean Powell. They were supported and encouraged to develop the skills that made these two fine restaurants what they are today.

Pietro N. Giunta opened his first Italian Specialties Market in that year and it was later owned by his sons, Frank and Tony, until 1976. In that year, Frank J. Giunta Jr., grandson to Pietro, and his wife Nina, owned and operated the store until 2005 when they were forced to sell their Giunta’s Thriftway.

They carry with them the Giunta heritage and work ethic every day to give West Chester two great culinary experiences. The Giunta family is proud of their West Chester heritage, and West Chester is proud of them.

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Enjoy classes and events on a local farm with rich history of the Battle of Brandywine. Stop by this weekend and see local farming!

Founded in 1709, the farm is continuing its rich heritage by producing many varieties of noncertified organic and local vegetables. Thornbury Farm is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organization. By making a financial commitment to the farm, members create a relationship with the farm and receive a weekly basket of produce from late May into the fall. Who’s YOUR farmer? Visit today to learn more.

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The Merchant of Menace Gallery is a fitting showplace for these one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The 100-year-old building previously served as a Meeting House, the Town Grange, and a schoolhouse.

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Join the arts at Chester County Art Association. Become a member or take a class. Purchase pieces by local artists at both our West Chester galleries and at CCAA’s Exton Square Studio, or show your own artwork in our exhibitions.

RHODA KAHLER

KAREN DELANEY

A ceramic artist working in tile and sculpture of all sizes, Rhoda continues to push the envelope of how all the qualities of clay can be intuited and explored. One of her works is currently hanging at the Woodmere Art Museum as part of the Philip Jamison Collection. She has recently been awarded a Guest Artist residency at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. rhodakahler.com

“Cashel Tower” (steel 26” tall) is a sculpture inspired by my experience of the the narrow passages, randomly curved walls, and cave-like niches of the medieval Castle Cashel in Tipperary Ireland.

MONIQUE KENDIKIAN-SARKESSIAN

EMILY WILKINS

ANNETTE ALESSI

Monique is an expressionist painter who is greatly inspired by nature and European painting traditions. Nationally awarded, her work is known for vibrant color and expressive line. “Enriching your life by bringing beauty and inspiration to your walls.”

Her ceramic work reflects the investigation of imagination, growth, and development of product through a strong symbolic language. Within her exploration she incorporates idea, process, and product using abundance, layers, and shape to create her conceptualized pieces.

Annette Alessi is a figurative and landscape artist greatly inspired by the Wyeths and has studied with Karl Kuerner. She has been published in the 100 Artists of the Brandywine Valley and teaches at various art centers such as CCAA. See her solo exhibit at the CCAA Exton location April 20th, 2013 for a pediatric cancer benefit. 610.742.7474 alessicreations.com

Give back to your local arts community. Donate to our ArtReach programs, make a donation to support our renovations, or have your business sponsor an event. Consider planned giving, creating a scholarship fund, or simply volunteering. And for aspiring young artists from 3 to 18, try CCAA’s Summer Art Camps, all taught by artists with arts degrees. Go online for more information.

Painting by M. Kendikian-Sarkessian

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BEST KNOWN AS AN HISTORIC PRESERVATIONIST EXTRAORDINAIRE, A. ROY SMITH WORKS RELENTLESSLY IN WEST CHESTER AND ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AS AN ADVOCATE FOR SAVING HISTORIC STRUCTURES. And when it comes to championing the cause of preservation, Roy never wavers: “Buildings are the three-dimensional representation of our past. You can have pictures and so forth, but it’s not the same,” he says. “It’s also been proven time and again that preservation is good economics, and the existing building is the greenest building.” Honored with the Preservationist of the Year Award in 2011 by the West Chester Downtown Foundation, Roy has been a leader in this important field for over 40 years. First called to action when he lived in Wilmington, Delaware, Roy explains: “I got involved in a local organization called Cityside which promoted the advantages of living in the city. Part of that was educating people on the value of preserving

Wilmington’s historic resources. That got me involved in historic preservation.” Among his West Chester accomplishments, Roy is particularly satisfied by the results of three endeavors: As part of the First Block Four, he and the others lobbied the county to change its proposed plans to tear down the buildings at Church and Gay Streets. “They were planning to build what would’ve been a very, very large building, totally out of proportion,” Roy says. “We were successful in getting them to move down to the 200 block of Market Street.” The other two significant achievements include writing the nominations for the Borough to be named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its 2006 Dozen Distinctive Destinations and for the Borough to become a Preserve America Community.

A. Roy Smith is photographed in front of West Chester Library on North Church Street.

Although Roy is active in many efforts, his present titles include treasurer of the West Chester Business Improvement District, chairman of the Board of Directors of Preservation Pennsylvania, board member of the Uptown Entertainment Alliance and the West Chester Downtown Foundation, and an Advisor to the National Trust. He also travels to Washington, D.C. a couple times a year with Preservation Action, a group that lobbies for this vital issue. For Roy, rescuing our historic places links us to our past, expands our understanding of the present, and inspires a vision for the future by illuminating the American experience. It not only saves buildings, it saves our stories. “We need to maintain the integrity of our historic resources,” he says. “So I will continue to be involved in the Borough’s preservation efforts and monitor things that are going on and speak out when it’s appropriate.”

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WEST CHESTER FRIENDS SCHOOL is an independent Quaker elementary school educating boys and girls in preschool through fifth grade. In keeping with the School's philosophy and mission, children are taught an enriched, preparatory curriculum, supported by the arts and technology. West Chester Friends students learn in the context of Quaker values, including respect for one another, self-discipline, peaceful conflict resolution, and responsibility to the community.

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BRANDYWINE BALLET

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Donna Muzio, Artistic Director Nancy Page, Ballet Mistress

WEST CHESTER STUDIO FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Join us at the Chester County Historical Society for our Annual Spring Show! Audiences of all ages will be delighted to see Furry Tails by Joel Doty, June 1st and 2nd at 2:00 pm. Those interested in a little more controversy will enjoy our Teen One Act Festival May 31st, and June 1st at 7:30 pm. Auditions for our Spring Show are March 10th. Performers in grades 3-12 are welcome to audition. Check our website for more information. Registration has begun for our popular Summer Theater Camps, which offer performance opportunities for all! westchesterstudio.com 484.995.2915

WEST CHESTER FILM FESTIVAL Join us for the ninth West Chester Film Festival over the weekend of April 26-28. We will screen short films, up to 30 minutes in length, submitted by independent filmmakers from around the world. Submissions are juried by a panel of industry professionals and winners chosen according to content, innovation, and technical execution. We anticipate attendance of 3,000 film-lovers this year. westchesterfilmfestival.com 484.639.9237

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BRANDYWINE BALLET COMPANY Chester County’s oldest non-profit ballet company is proud to premiere a new full-length ballet, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, May 3-5 at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall. You won’t be in Kansas anymore as Resident Choreographer Nancy Page puts an innovative twist to this timeless classic. With more than 45 professional, semi-professional, & student trainees, excellent ballet is only a short drive away. Also, serious ballet students can train with the best at Brandywine Ballet’s 2013 Summer Study Program. Learn more about our Summer programs online. Check figwestchester.com for details on a spring ticket giveaway! brandywineballet.com 610.696.2711

THE CHESTER COUNTY CHORAL SOCIETY The Chester County Choral Society, directed by Gary Garletts, performs Brahms’ Requiem, in English, with soloists and chamber orchestra. CCCS performs a variety of sacred and secular choral music throughout Chester County. Join us as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary Concert. Brahms’ Requiem with soloists and chamber orchestra. Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 pm Church of the Good Samaritan, Paoli, PA chestercountychoralsociety.org

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making history by preserving history Stan Zukin started out in 1964 in West Chester, purchasing the smallest store in town and creating Thatcher’s Pharmacy. The pharmacy flourished in this thriving community and soon became known as the proverbial “general store”—a true community gathering spot. Stan and Scott Zukin

In the 1970s, 60 percent of downtown West Chester was vacant. As a merchant with solid values and dependability, Stan quickly earned the trust of both West Chester business owners and residents. Zukin Realty saw the opportunity to invest where no one else was willing to. Scott Zukin, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a focus on history, has brought not only his antique restoration experience, but also his knowledge of art and architecture to all Zukin Realty, Inc. projects. Today, as a father and son team, Stan and Scott hold fast to the belief that Zukin Realty, Inc. should continue to have a wonderful small family business “feel” with big business know-how. As a commercial landlord, Zukin Realty, Inc. seeks out businesses that complement the West Chester community as a whole. When Zukin Realty finds a property that others would tear down, they are interested in recreating a solid rental opportunity that preserves the history of West Chester. Zukin Realty, Inc. makes history by preserving history. They have received The West Chester Downtown Foundation Historic Preservation Award two years in a row—40 E. Market Street and 15 N. Church Street— making them the only property developer to achieve this significant standing. From replacing a window to refurbishing a storefront to renovating an entire building, Zukin Realty, Inc. always keeps history in mind. Stan, Scott, and their small, friendly staff consider themselves lucky to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, including business owners, families, and young college students. As a family business, Zukin Realty’s goal is to continually improve their properties. As Scott explains, “We’ll hold your hand through business development. Your home or business will have the beautiful characteristics of a bygone era. The Zukin Realty, Inc. staff is here for you.”

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EVERY DAY, KAREN SIMMONS GOES TO WORK AT THE CHESTER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, HOUSED AT THE HISTORIC LINCOLN BUILDING IN THE HEART OF WEST CHESTER’S BUSINESS DISTRICT.

HONORING THE PAST, LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

giving back KAREN SIMMONS

Best known as the publication site for the first Abraham Lincoln biography, this Federalist-style building was built in 1833 by William Everhart—a Congressman, philanthropist, and the wealthiest resident in West Chester.

Karen Simmons photographed on the balcony of the Lincoln Building

Keeping the building’s historic connection to philanthropy alive and thriving, the Community Foundation seeks to lead and inspire individuals and organizations to create or contribute to lasting legacies in Chester County. As she oversees more than 350 charitable funds started by individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, Karen is keenly aware that these funds represent ordinary people making extraordinary commitments to their community. “We connect people who care with causes that matter, so that their legacies make a difference,” says Karen. With her M.Ed. from Temple University and her previous work as Executive Director of La Salle’s Nonprofit Center in Philadelphia, Karen is the ideal person to support the mission of CCCF, serving in this role since 2001. For those with a heart for philanthropy, Karen provides essential information and guidance. The fields of interest vary and include arts and culture, education, religion, and social services. “Some people like to give to women, men, children, seniors. Some people give to rocks and trees!” she says. “About 75 percent of the grants are made to local causes. There are 800 charities in Chester County, 8,000 in the Delaware Valley, and 1.1 million across the country.” Connecting people who care with the causes that matter so their legacies make a difference forever, Karen encourages people from all walks of life to create or contribute to lasting charitable funds. “The things that came before us need to be honored,” says Karen. “And we’re doing something in today’s life, making grants to causes now and forever, so we’re honoring the past and we’re looking to the future in the same place.”

The Historic Lincoln Biography Building, 28 W. Market Street, West Chester. To arrange a free tour, visit chescocf.org, phone 610.696.8211, or just stop by the offices of the Community Foundation.

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THE WEST CHESTER FOOD CUPBOARD believes that no one should go hungry. The Cupboard exists to provide supplementary food assistance to West Chester families and individuals in need. With generous support from the community, the West Chester Food Cupboard reaches out to serve neighbors with consideration and respect. The West Chester Food Cupboard is 100% volunteer. If you would like to learn how you can support the Cupboard or find out how people qualify to receive food go to: westchesterfoodcupboard.org.

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FUSION INSPIRATIONS Kooma has been providing world class Asian fusion cuisine for 10 years. Chefs from diverse culinary backgrounds come together to create new, unexpected, and memorable dishes.

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THE WHIP TAVERN NATIVE HISTORY

THE WHIP TAVERN and the surrounding landmark

ground is home to history and tradition. Our location has always provided a homegrown alternative for comfort and community. It has attracted a crowd that appreciates the breathtaking beauty. Today, The Whip has evolved into a familyfriendly place to rejuvenate. Sample an excellent British specialty prepared with produce and meat from nearby farms, or a truly superb beer, served, enjoyed and savored. A place to catch a sporting event or enjoy languid afternoons and evenings on our outdoor patio. The Whip Tavern stands as a welcome reminder of the way things were — and, fortunately, the way things still are.

LUNCH, DINNER & BRUNCH WEDNESDAY-MONDAY 11AM TO MIDNIGHT JOIN US TO SAVOR OUR HAND-PICKED SELECTION OF DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL BEERS AND CIDERS WITH A FOCUS ON ENGLISH BREWING TRADITIONS. MONTHLY EVENTS AND SPECIALS

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Circle Boxes: Reserved seating right on the finish line. This is the “it” place to be. • Carriage Row: Step back in time and elegance. Share the rail with a 19thcentury coach and its team of four. • The Upper Crust: These party tents sit atop the popular themed tailgate competition for good fun and a great view.

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Pete, originally a dairy farmer in Westtown, has been providing the community with fresh, homegrown produce since 1986.

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EXPLORE TREASURES FROM THE EARTH: Come in and find out about our flexible C.S.A. option or go to the website for more info.

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William Poole Bancroft, a philanthropist and environmentalist, founded Woodlawn Trustees in 1901. Its mission is to provide affordable housing and the preservation of open space for public enjoyment. Penns Woods Vineyard is rooted on a parcel of this open space and in recognition of this, we have named a new line of our wines “Bancroft Vineyards.�

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LOCAL WINES THAT RESPECT TRADITION AND HIGHLIGHT INNOVATION Penns Woods Winery founds itself on the ideals of William Penn. As William Penn devoted his time to ensuring the future success of Pennsylvania, our wines represent the future of Pennsylvania viticulture and devotion to the wine community. Penns Woods wines are produced by implementing only the latest technology and wine making techniques. Grateful for and in acknowledgement of William Penn, we take pride in carrying the name Penns Woods Winery.

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historic luxury

Photographed in front of the Lincoln Building, 28 W Market Street.

AN HISTORIC BRAND AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Since 1968 Otto’s has been dedicated to outperforming customer expectations. It’s not just a BMW, it’s an Otto’s BMW. Pictured above is the 2013 X1 starting at $30,800.

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1275 Wilmington Pike 855.269.1893 ottosbmw.com 57


good things come in small packages

WEST CHESTER’S OFFICIALLY LICENSED LOCAL MINI DEALERSHIP Since 1968, Otto’s has been dedicated to outperforming customer expectations. We’re thrilled to open our beautiful new showroom in Exton, Pennsylvania, just minutes from West Chester. Stop in for our famed customer service—leave in style.

come see us at the willowdale steeplechase SUNDAY, MAY 12

58 305 West Lincoln Highway, Exton 877.688.5787 ottosmini.com

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FITNESS PROGRAMS

AQUATIC FACILITIES

FAMILY & YOUTH ACTIVITIES

PHYSICAL THERAPY

SPA SERVICES

$25, 25 DAYS GET STARTED, AND GIVE BACK. All proceeds benefit the Goshen Fire Company.

ACAC MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES: Vast array of strength training and cardio equipment Over 200 weekly group exercise classes Mind-body classes including yoga, tai chi, pilates, and Nia® Indoor walk/jog track Three indoor pools, including a warm water pool Trackside Café with wifi and internet stations Childcare available Available for all adults, students, and families - $25 per person. Sign up by March 31, 2013 for this special offer. Some restrictions apply

1130 McDermott Drive 610.431.7000 acac.com 59


David Dobbins, Music For Everyone

Carolyn Blish, nationally recognized watercolorist

Red Stein, boxer & retired naval officer

the next chapter in

OUR OUTSTANDING RESIDENTS ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET. Activists & academics. Scientists & spiritual leaders. We attract diverse residents from 37 states with a resort-like lifestyle coupled with all-inclusive lifetime care. Live where your neighbors are just as dynamic as you are! Nick Kaebnick, photographer

Visit the Willow Valley Welcome Center. Weekdays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4.

Willow Valley Resident Pen Pal Group, Burrows Elementary School

60 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster 800.770.5445 WillowValleyRetirement.org RestartRetirement.org

Ken & Valerie Carter, outdoor enthusiasts

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everything’s better at the lake LEFT TO RIGHT: Monica Patel Zeitz, M.D., Michael Davis, D.O, and Joyann Kroser, M.D. Other physicians in this practice who see patients at this location are Michael Farber, M.D., and Neil Tarkin, M.D.

TREATING: IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME CHRONIC HEPATITIS GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE COLORECTAL CANCER

CROZER GASTROENTEROLOGY ASSOCIATES AND THE CROZER ENDOSCOPY CENTER AT BRINTON LAKE Crozer Gastroenterology Associates provides convenient, comprehensive care for patients at Crozer-Keystone’s outpatient center at 500 Evergreen Drive in Glen Mills.

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES (INCLUDING CROHN’S AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS) CELIAC DISEASE CONSTIPATION AND OTHER GI AND LIVER CONDITIONS

With a state-of-the-art, high-definition endoscopy center, physicians can find and address GI problems quickly and efficiently, using minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment procedures.

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Crozer Brinton Lake, Route 1, Glen Mills 610.619.7475 crozeratthelake.org 61


a taste of Pennsylvania Jim Osborn Chaddsford Winery

Mario Patone Patone Cellars

Mark Harris Paradocx Vineyard

Kurt Kalb Borderland Vineyard TM

Lance Castle Black Walnut Winery

Carley Razzi Mack Penns Woods Winery

8 Esteemed Pennsylvania Wineries Cheers to 10 years! Join the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail in celebrating 10 years together during Barrels on the Brandywine, held each weekend in March. Savor award-winning wines, sip the newest vintage, enjoy charming tasting rooms, and tour barrel-aging cellars. Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard™, Chaddsford Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars, Penns Woods Winery, Twin Brook Winery

Jim Kirkpatrick Kreutz Creek Vineyards

Brandywine Valley WINE TRAIL

Coatesville

Downingtown

Valley Forge West Chester

Westtown

Andrews Bridge Chatham

Kennett Square

Hockessin

62 8 Wineries in the Chester County Region Follow the trail! Visit bvwinetrail.com for details and events

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THE 5TH ANNUAL GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE

MARATHON SATURDAY APRIL 06, 2013

Register Online and get $10 off until March 24th. Marathon Coupon Code: 7737 1/2 Marathon Coupon Code: 7738 COMMUNITY SUPPORTER

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