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Oxfordian Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Magazine Supporting the Oxford Area and Surrounding Community Businesses

Oxford 5k Run Meet Our MEMBERS FREE and Affordable Ben Franklin Exhibit Coming to Oxford

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Fall 2010 / Volume 25

CONTENTS Oxfordian Fall 2010 Feature Articles







24 Pet Care: Bark Busters & Oxford Veterinary Hospital 28 Service Clubs: Upcoming Events 46 In the Garden 50 Oxford Loves Their Parades 54 Auto Maintenance: Ask the Technician 60 Ben Franklin Exhibit Coming to Oxford 64 Calendar of Events: Free & Affordable 72 Oxford Logo: What Does Mean?

Meet Our Members 12 Brandywine River Valley Home, Health & Hospice 16 Cameron’s Hardware & Supply, Inc. 18 Chic Salon by Chong 20 Oxford Cleaners 22 Rigby’s Home Decor

In Every Issue 6 Chamber News 8 Oxford Mainstreet, Inc (OMI) 10 Oxford Borough 30 Oxford Arts Alliance 32 Oxford Library 34 Oxford History 36 Business Directory 64 Calendar of Events 72 Chamber Challenge Question

Oxfordian Committee - Douglas Fasick /Chiropractic Services/OACC President • Colleen Terranova/Oxfordian Sales Executive • Sue Ann Cole/Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. • Angie Thompson-Lobb/Cameron’s Hardware & Supply Helen Warren/Chester County Press • Eleanor Roper/OACC Executive Secretary/Design & Production Manager Page 4

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The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce 10 Ways You Can Improve Your Business


oining the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is a great business decision that offers multiple opportunities for success. Follow this Top 10 list to learn more about what your Chamber can do for you. For an application visit our website at www.oxfordpa.org or stop by the Chamber office at 23 South Third Street. 1. Free Services • Free Chamber Member Address Labels • Free publication calledl The Toolbox, a step by step guide to help businesses to establish and/or expand in Oxford, PA (a small fee will be charged if mailed). • Free ad design when you advertise in the Oxfordian magazine. • Free link to the Chamber’s website for additional exposure to internet surfers. 2. Low Cost Advertising Reach 50,000 homes a year with your business name and brand in our bi-annual Oxfordian magazine, an effective and affordable tool to use for your marketing purposes. For additional exposure to internet surfers and prospective customers, take advantage of the inexpensive advertising on the Chamber’s website. 3. Publicity & Exposure As a sponsor of Chamber events you have the opportunity to put company-related materials on display giving you an additional way to promote your products and services. 4. New Business Contacts Introduce yourself and your business to other Chamber members by attending Business Card Exchanges. It provides our members an opportunity to make new business contacts and develop a network of potential customers, with occasional featured speakers to inform, train or educate on business related topics. 5. Referrals Each year people visit or call the Chamber office for information and business recommendations. We are

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Doug Fasick OACC President

a member-oriented organization: therefore, we only refer our members. 6. Legislative Action Network with important decision makers, influence and stay up to date with changing policies that impact the marketplace and community by attending the Chamber’s Annual Legislative Luncheon. 7. Relocation Packets Reach the people thinking about moving to Oxford and the surrounding area through free relocation packets from the Chamber each year. Supply us with your company-related materials and we will include them in the packet with our Oxfordian magazine and local map. 8. Member to Member Receive considerable discounts through our member-to-member benefit program. 9. Credibility Reputable and stable is how your business will be perceived by the community when you become a Chamber member. Our office receives phone calls each year from individuals checking to see if a business is a Chamber member. With your free membership plaque you can display your support and association to the Oxford Chamber. 10. Community Involvement Give back to the community and be recognized as a contributor to the Oxford area. The Chamber offers a variety of opportunities for our members to get involved. We encourage you to join the Chamber for a chance to play a vital role in improving the quality of life in Oxford, PA and its surrounding area.

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Oxford Mainstreet

Experience Downtown Oxford


xford Mainstreet Inc., the non-profit organization for Oxford’s Historic Business Improvement District, is pleased to introduce Kita Williams as Business Development Facilitator. Williams, a native of Pennsylvania, proudly shares that her family roots in Chester County date back to 1796. Kita credits gaining exposure to the real estate industry to her role in the late 1990’s, supporting the CFO and VP of Development of the internationally acclaimed commercial real estate firm, Portman Holdings, LP in Atlanta, Georgia. The legendary Founder, John C. Portman is revered as the “Architect of Atlanta’s Skyline”, who pioneered what exists today of the city’s downtown business district. In 2000, Williams pursued a career in real estate which has since included commercial development support, land brokerage, sales as well as property management. Ed Herr, President of Herr Foods and OMI Board President remarks: “Oxford needs a shot in the arm with respect to business development. With the things that Kita brings to the table, her experience in real estate and her highly- relational personality, we look forward to building the economy of Oxford.” Betsy Brantner, Oxford Borough Manager adds: “Kita Williams is the final piece of the puzzle. We need someone dedicated to working with the owners of our available properties and with potential businesses looking to relocate to the Borough. “ Kathy Book, Business Relations of National Penn Bank Oxford Main and OMI Board Member agrees: “We’re thrilled to have someone with Kita’s expertise and outgoing personality join the staff at OMI. It’s an exciting time for Oxford as we move forward with the revitalization of our downtown”. In Williams’ own words “ Now is truly the time for restaurants and specialty retailers to anchor themselves in Downtown Oxford.

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By Kita Williams

The Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau has just added Oxford as one of the only four “Towns and Main Streets of the Brandywine Valley”. Our $1.5 million Streetscape Renovation is quickly nearing completion. Our growth trends have created a tremendous demand for retail and dining. The term “green” no longer only applies to renewable energy, but also sustainable local economies. Oxfordians explicitly want to live, work and play right here in Oxford, Pennsylvania. We are extremely fortunate because the leadership of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is committed to fulfilling this demand.” Volunteers Needed: Have you ever driven or walked in Downtown Oxford and asked yourself “I wonder if there is anything I can do to make a difference?” Well, there is! We are actively seeking volunteers to give some of their time to help grow and develop our Downtown. Please call the office or stop in to see what opportunities are available. Join in the momentum!

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Looking to expand or re-locate your existing business? Want to start a new business? Here is your opportunity. Downtown Oxford offers affordable rents and co-operative advertising & marketing opportunities, annual events and a high traffic setting, all creating maximum exposure for your business . First & second floor space is available. We are looking for: Breweries, restaurants, cafe’s and retailers of all types. Call the OMI office @ 610-998-9494 to speak to Kita Williams, Business Development Facilitator for more information and to see how easy it is to expand, re-locate or open a new business in Downtown Oxford.

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Borough of Oxford

Does the Borough Pass the Test


n this economic climate many people wonder what is happening to the small towns in our country. Are they strong enough to stand the many challenges facing them these days? It is easy to look down S. Third Street, view the disrupted sidewalks, hear the sound of construction and wonder if we are tearing down or building up. Well, ironically the real test of a town is how it withstands the jackhammers, the disruptions, and the surprises buried beneath the sidewalk. The Borough is undergoing a $1.5 million streetscape project and although it has had its share of starts and stops with rain, utility issues, and new road regulations, one side has been finished. When the first sidewalks were removed, and peo-

By Betsy Brantner

ple had to step over debris, and walk up planks, the First Fridays didn’t stop. People seemed to find it even more fun on their “art strollâ€? to search for a path to the Arts Alliance Gallery and businesses to view student artwork. Over 500 people braved the torn sidewalks for an evening out with their family. When the trees were removed, some people questioned the sanity of the planners. Other people looked around and saw beautiful architecture and even businesses they hadn’t noticed before. Property owners got a clearer view of their properties and were inspired to bring out the paint buckets so new facades would meet new streets. When the project changed sides and the sidewalks at Serendipitea were chopped like parsley in a food grinder, Ann Lollie sent emails announcing the momentous occasion. She also announced she would be delivering her lunches that day to make it easier on her customers. Not only did Ann make lemonade out of lemons, she delivered. And all of this is why our town is strong. It is because of the people that come out and support it on First Fridays, because of the property owners who maintain a pretty façade, and because of those property owners that look out their windows, shake their head at chopped up sidewalks and say, “I guess we’ll deliver.â€? The Borough has passed the test.


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Meet Our Member Brandywine River Valley Home, Health & Hospice

By Carla Lucas

devise an individual plan of care that is discussed with the patient’s physician. The plan could include the services of a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, home health aides, and/ or a dietary counselor as well as the primary care nurse. Hospice care provides end of life care for families who are no longer pursuing curative care. Hospice offers an interdisciplinary team dedicated to providing comfort and many other resources for the entire family. The team includes: a medical director, nurses, home health aides, a social worker, chaplain, and dietician. Other therapies can be brought in Staff with Brandywine River Valley Home Health and Hospice include (standing left to right) Tammy Preuett, as needed, such as music therapy and pet LPN, Charlotte Johnson, RN, Christine Magorry, RN, Joan Fernandes, RN, Barbara Stevens, RN, Donna Johntherapy. son, RN, Luann Thompson;(sitting left to right) Pam Yerkes, PT, Brenda Cox, RN and Deb Allen, RN. BRVHHH hospice offers the patient’s caregiver a support group twice heir offices might be located in Oxford, but the a month at both Jennersville Regional Hospital and work Brandywine River Valley Home Health Brandywine Hospital. “Caregivers who attend the supand Hospice (BRVHHH) does is in their patient’s port groups meet other people who are going through home. Whether you or a family member need some the same things,” says Hayburn. “It really helps.” assistance after a hospital stay or hospice care for end Community service is one of BRVHHH’s misof life comfort the staff of BRVHHH can help. sions. They present monthly health education talks at “We are a home-based health care agency designed senior citizen developments such as Luther House and to maximize the health and independence of all who Villages of Penn Ridge in West Grove, programs for qualify for and desire healthcare services in our comthe American Cancer Society throughout the area, and munity,” says Deana Hayburn, RN. “We are a compresent programs for Senior Circle at Jennersville Remunity-based organization. Our nurses and staff live gional Hospital and Brandywine Hospital. in the area and treat people who live in their neighborTheir primary service area is Chester County, and hood or town.” areas in Lancaster County. They are CHAP accredited, One of the goals of home care is to keep patients and a certified and accredited Medicare and Medicaid from returning to the hospital after an illness or prevent provider and accept most private and commercial inthem from going to the hospital in the first place. It is surances. more cost effective to avoid a hospital stay and many If you think you might benefit from the services of patients feel more comfortable being home. Physicians BRVHHH discuss it with your health care provider. and hospitals refer patients when they see the benefits Brandywine River Valley Home Health and Hosfrom the care and results that BRVHHH offers. pice is located at 121 Bell Tower Lane, Oxford, PA A BRVHHH nurse makes their first visit to the pa19363. For more information call 610-998-1700. tient within 24 hours after receiving a referral. They


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Meet Our Member Cameron’s Hardware & Supply, Inc.


ameron’s Hardware and Supply Company has been a staple in the Oxford community for over 50 years. Co-owners Frank Lobb and Angie Thompson-Lobb attribute much of their success to their knowledgeable staff. “It’s amazing what you can do with good people,” said Frank Lobb. Cameron’s has a long standing reputation for providing the highest level of customer service. Their team of 38 part-time and full-time staff are always ready to answer any question posed by their customers. Mike Lauver has been with Cameron’s for over 39 years and has seen Cameron’s grow from a small business to what it is today. He is proud of the relationships he has established with his customers over the years. “We have great customers. I like to make sure everyone walks out of the store happy,” he said. Cameron’s is able to stay competitive with larger retailers because they are a co-op of True Value. “We own the business with an agreement to buy most of our supplies through the co-op. This gives Cameron’s buying power,” Thompson-Lobb said. “True Value buys globally and gets good deals that we pass along to our customers.” Cameron’s also buys locally as much as possible. “We supplement our products and buy from local suppliers in an effort to support the local community,” Thompson-Lobb said. Jeff Lobb, General Manager, enjoys the variety of managing the hardware store. “Our store is evolving every day. We have to adapt quickly to the seasons and the weather. We enjoy helping people. I love that part of the business,” he said.

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By Stephanie Khan

Fall is one of the strongest seasons for Cameron’s. They have recently expanded their sporting goods section of the store and have become a primary source of hunting and fishing supplies and licenses. Cameron’s is also dedicated to helping the community. They have sponsored a variety of local charities and fund raising events. Cameron’s assisted in sponsoring 50 children who were sent to the Harry Watson Tennis this past summer and has been a sponsor for the Relay for Life for the past nine years. Cameron’s is looking forward towards the future. “If we are able to improve what we do today, we will be able to serve our customers and the community in the future,” Thompson-Lobb said. Address: 2195 Baltimore Pike, Oxford PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-2416 Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Website: www.cameronshardware.com

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Meet Our Member

Chic Salon by Chong


hic Salon by Chong Owner Chong Walters wants to make sure all of her clients look good and feel great after receiving one of the salon’s many specialized services. Chic Salon by Chong is a full service salon located on 3301 State Road in Oxford. Seventeen years ago, Chong Walters opened the doors to Chong’s Perfect Nails. She had a very successful business providing a full range of nail care services to her clients. Since she is constantly looking for new ways to improve the customer experience, Walters completely renovated, remodeled and transformed her small nail salon into a full-service salon. Renovations included expanding the total square footage of the business, upgrading the flooring, fixtures, wall covering and equipment. “I want to make sure our client’s experience is more enjoyable,” Waters said, “I worked with an interior designer and wanted to bring in the light. This is the décor I love, it is comfortable and feels like home.” Chic Salon by Chong has added a full compliment of professional salon and spa services when they reopened their doors last May. Three full-time hair stylists utilize their experience and creativity to give you a great cut and style that best suits you. “Our stylist will customize your cut and color by working with you to determine the best cut for your face and hair texture,” Walters said. The

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By Stephanie Khan stylists will also teach clients how to maintain their hair. “We show our clients how to manipulate the hair dryer and brush to keep that fresh from the salon look for weeks,” she said. Dita Watson is a premier artist and has worked at the salon for over a year. She comes to the salon with over 10 years of experience in hair design, waxing and body painting. Watson specializes in body painting and body jewel design. “If there is a special event or a photo shoot, a client will come in to have their face or full body painted,” Watson said. “I love body painting. It’s like painting a picture.” It is important for Chong to keep up to date on the latest trends and fashions. “I travel to New York City at least six times a year,” she said. “It is important to show our customers the updated styles and be able to quickly adjust to the trends.” “We want to make sure that every client feels special. Make sure they are happy and always satisfied. When they walk out, I want them to have a big smile on their face,” Waters said. Address: 3301 State Road Oxford PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-7721 Hours: Monday thru Thursday: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Closed Sunday Website: www.chicsalonbychong.com Chic Salon by Chong is on facebook Payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover

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Meet Our Member

Oxford Cleaners

By Stephanie Khan

Reliable, friendly and efficient piest when she is sewing. When she was a child, she made things at home using her mother’s sewing machine. “I love the feel of the fabric and thread,” Sue said. “I think of my mother when I am sewing and that makes me very happy.” Oxford Cleaners can make simple alterations such as hem adjustments or resetting buttons and they also specialize in the intricate details of bridal gown alterations. Dry cleaning your clothes can add years to the life of your garments. At Oxford Cleaners all customers can expect excellent dry cleaning and excellent customer service. “We are very happy when our customers look good and they are happy,” Peter said. Oxford Cleaners provides expert cleaning of leather, suede, bedding, table cloths, special event dresses, and hand crafted items. They are offering 30% discount on their dry cleaning services until the end of the year. Coupons are available at the store on other services. Oxford Cleaners offers free pick up and delivery service for all of their local customers. “We want to provide a good service to Oxford. Oxford Cleaners is friendly, reliable and convenient,” Sue said.


eter and Sue Yoon, co-owners of Oxford Cleaners have opened their new business with the focus of providing the best customer service for your dry cleaning and tailoring needs. The Yoon’s highest priority is making sure every customer is satisfied and happy when they leave their store. They knew that they had an opportunity to provide a good service when they decided to open up a business in Oxford. The idea came about over two years ago when Peter and Sue were driving in the Chester County countryside and got lost. They stopped in Oxford and loved the charming town. “It is beautiful here. There was a lot of development but not a lot of services for the community,” Peter said. After a lot of consideration, they decided to settle here and on May 15, 2010 the Yoon’s opened Oxford Cleaners. Oxford Cleaners specialty service is their custom tailoring which is done on premise by Sue. Sue is hap-

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Oxford Cleaners: Address: 13 North 3rd Street, Oxford PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-9666 Hours: Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed Sunday:

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Meet Our Member

Rigby’s Home Decor

By Carla Lucas

State Line Mall: A Treasure Trove of New and Old


verything here is just waiting for the right person to fall in love with it,” says Teri Rigby, owner of Rigby’s Home Décor and the new State Line Mall. “Sooner or later someone will fall in love with it again.” And there’s lots of stuff to love in the 6,000 sq. ft. Rigby’s Home Decor on Route 1 just over the state line in Maryland. The space is filled with a unique mix of styles, some old and some brand new. It’s everything from paintings, statuary, rugs, and lamps to tables (large and small), chairs, desks, and dressers. The “stuff” in the store includes items Teri buys at auction then fixes up and sells. “We’re recyclers giving new life to old furniture. It’s like a rebirth taking a dirty piece of furniture and making it great again.” Rigby’s also includes items collected over the years and items Teri buys from wholesalers and other stores going out of business. She is in the process of ordering an entire shipping container of goods from China filled with a mix of antiques and new home décor items. This should be arriving shortly before Christmas. Teri began painting, distressing, and antiquing old furniture as a hobby many years ago; it was something she learned from her mother. “I love to paint furniture,” says Teri. “If you don’t paint it, all you have is a piece of brown furniture. Paint adds character.” Pat DuBosq, formerly of Pat’s Antiques in Oxford, joined Teri a few months ago. She said that since working with

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Pat, she’s learned to appreciate a beautifully restored natural finish so Pat’s influence and experience in furniture restoration is rubbing off on her. But Pat is learning to paint furniture so they say they are really learning from each other. As an entrepreneur, Teri started a new venture called State Line Mall right next to Rigby’s Home Décor (the old Sylmar building). “I want to create a retail center for small businesses that can’t rent their own store,” she says describing her idea. “It will be a co-op of stores, just like a mall but on a smaller scale.” She envisions various vendors sharing the 17,000 sq. ft. space and offering anything from handmade clothing and jewelry, to paintings and artwork, to locally made foods. She encourages anyone interested to contact her. Until the Mall is filled with vendors and attracting a great crowd she isn’t charging rent. To date she has a vendor selling cookies, candies and other food items and a florist who is also selling fresh produce. It is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday every week. “I think my timing is perfect,” reflects Teri on her new ventures. “I got in when the auction prices are rock bottom so I can offer my products at a great price. The items we have here are unique and unusual and just waiting for the right person to find them.” Rigby’s Home Décor is located at 98 Greenmont Rd, in Rising Sun, Maryland. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can be reached at 410-6589800.

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Community Interest

Pet Care

By Hilary McMahan

Americans give more time, money, and attention to their pets—or companion animals, if you prefer—than ever before. Even in shaky economic times, the “pet economy” that has emerged over the last 10-20 years continues to grow and diversify. More and more people are embracing a holistic approach to wellbeing, and many pet owners want to extend this perspective to their pets. Two businesses in the Oxford area---one established and one relatively new---are happy to oblige.

Bark Busters


aniel and Beth Iatesta are the local embodiment of Bark Busters, an Australian dog training company that ventured into the U.S. market in 2000 and now boasts a presence in 40 states and 10 countries. The home-training paradigm that made the company so successful is somewhat analogous to the television show Supernanny. If you’ve seen the show, you know that its domestic super-heroine doesn’t just straighten out unruly children—she examines their lives in context, identifies the causes and conditions that incite or allow undesirable behavior, and helps the family create an environment that will not provoke or enable the behavior. The Iatestas work similar miracles for dogs and their families—minus the British accent---in southern Chester County and in Maryland’s Cecil and Harford counties. Beth and Dan have two dogs of their own and can thank one of those dogs for their happy career change. After the couple got married they acquired Willie, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy. “Willie had behavioral issues that we didn’t know how to handle, which was frustrating for us,” Beth remembers. “After some internet research and talking to our vet we called our (then) local Bark Busters trainer, who came to our house and taught us to manage and modify our puppy’s behavior. We were impressed with the results, and we were both looking for a career change. We jumped at the opportunity to become Bark Busters in Southern Chester County so we could work

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for ourselves and live near my family.” Dan was an IT manager prior to becoming a Bark Buster, but his experiences working as a vet technician during high school and college have informed his current job. Beth was previously employed as a paralegal. Both have completed extensive training in behavioral modification and obedience, and receive ongoing training as well. “Dog trainer” doesn’t seem like an adequate description of the Iatesta’s work, which demands superior communication skills and exquisite sensitivity to the emotional “vibes” of dogs and people. Beth and Dan are actually teachers, detectives, translators, therapists, skilled diplomats, and dog trainers. “Every day is different for us,” Beth continues. “Every client is different, so each client’s lesson is customtailored to suit their needs and their dog’s needs, their environment, and sometimes their capabilities. A lot of our work is teaching our clients what we do, so that they can practice in between meetings and ensure that positive changes are long-lasting.” If you have a dog whose barking (or drapery-chewing, or indoor peeing, or shoe-eating) behavior needs to be handled skillfully, Beth and Dan can be contacted via 877-500-BARK.

Oxford Veterinary Hospital


xford Veterinary Hospital has been serving the Oxford community since 1979 when it was established by Dr. Carl E. Mease. The facilities’s longevity and small-town setting should not lead you to believe that there is anything old-fashioned about this veterinary hospital located in a former residence at 2227 Baltimore Pike. Dr. Mease, who grew up in rural Lancaster County and received his veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania, is the owner, founder, and supervising veterinarian at OVH, and he has developed and shaped the direction of this full-service animal clinic for 31 years. His sincere commitment to improving the quality of life for animals is immediately apparent. Meeting Dr. Mease, I was struck by his true sense of purpose,

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Dr. Carl E. Mease

abundant intellectual curiosity, and a disinclination to confine himself or his work inside pre-existing boundaries. “You are either green and growing or dying on the vine,” Dr. Mease likes to say, and all staff members at OVH participate in the evolution of Heidi Stanley Gaultney veterinary care by engaging regularly in continuing education and training. Dr Heidi Gaultney joined the practice in 2007. She received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 1985 and has lived in Cecil County since 1991. She enjoys the daily challenges and the variety that general

practice offers. While advocating for her four footed patients, she helps her clients prioritize their pets’ medical needs in these difficult economic times. Her special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and pain management, as well as dentistry. She sees client education and good communication as a key to good medical care and she is a big proponent of preventive medicine. Among other things that includes addressing obesity or better yet, identifying and stopping weight gain early on with exercise and dietary recommendations. While OVH offers all the health maintenance services that responsible pet owners are familiar with, even routine preventive care at OVH goes beyond the routine. One of the hallmarks of wellness care at OVH is a health maintenance protocol that incorporates a thorough dental evaluation, education in proper dental care, and specific recommendations for any dental procedures that may be needed. Dr. Mease feels that oral health is a major factor in overall animal health that is too often ignored and overlooked, so the team at OVH committed to upgrading their dental services with new equipment and the additional training three years ago, and comprehensive oral care is now one of the clinic’s defining features. As part Continued on Page 26

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of this commitment, Dr Mease, Dr Gaultney, and the veterinary technicians who assist with all dental procedures have all received additional training at The Animal Dental Training Center in Baltimore to ensure that all dental procedures at OVH are completed using the most up to date knowledge and techniques available. Dr. Mease is quick to point out that the dental care provided at OVH should not be confused with what used to be commonly referred to as “teeth cleaning”. Hand scaling, ultrasonic cleaning and polishing are only a small part of the Complete Oral Health Assessment performed. Each tooth and its associated supportive structures are thoroughly examined. Any pathology is charted, and a treatment plan is developed to address the frequently discovered disease not previously identified during a regular physical exam. I consider myself a savvy pet owner—my two neutered, much-loved kitties get super-premium food and regular flea prevention, but listening to Dr. Mease talk about the importance of dental care, and the potential consequences of oral disease gave me concern about my own animals and their dental health. I learned that proper dental care is much more important than I ever realized. I didn’t know, for instance, that about 85% of dogs and 75% of cats older than three years have some form of periodontal disease. (Yikes! My cats are ten). Oral diseases can trigger systemic illness when bacteria from the infected mouth enter the bloodstream, potentially leading to kidney disease, valvular heart disease, or other life-threatening conditions. Also, pets cannot communicate the pain and discomfort caused by oral disease. Many owners of OVH dental patients happily report that their pet act like younger more energetic version of themselves after treatment for their dental disease that was previously not recognized. Unlike human dental cleanings performed by a hygienist any dental procedure at the Oxford Veterinary Hospital must be carried out by both a veterinarian and veterinary technician who have both completed the required training. Since anesthesia is necessary—dogs and cats don’t generally submit willingly to dental work— the veterinarian will perform the assessment, cleaning, or other procedures while the technician carefully administers anesthesia and monitors the animal using advanced equipment. There is a wealth of information covering OVH’s dental services, and veterinary dentistry in general, on the hopital’s extremely comprehensive website: www.oxfordveterinaryhospital.com. Another recently added service at OVH is the introduction of an innovative surgical technique for correcting cranial cruciate ligament injury. While the injury can occur in cats, it is most common in larger dogs. The cranial cruciate ligament is an important liga-

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ment in the animal’s stifle joint, or knee. The mechanics of the dog and cat knee are quite similar to that of a human. The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), known as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans, is one of four major ligaments that support and stabilize the joint. Athletes and overweight people often have this injury because of the increased load or pressure that the joint must bear. Similarly, the CCL is most vulnerable to tearing in large-breed or overweight dogs. A torn CCL retracts and does not heal on its own, so degenerative joint disease will result. The team at OVH can now correct this problem surgically using a procedure called Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) to stabilize the knee. This procedure developed in 2002 is considered by many veterinarians to be the best approach to CCL injury, because it works in accordance with the natural physiology of the joint. Earlier this year, Dr. Mease completed an intensive training course in TTA given by Dr. Jeff Mayo, a Washington State veterinarian and an expert in the procedure. The hospital also purchased specialized equipment necessary to perform the surgery. More information about TTA is also available on the OVH website. For more information on any procedure or service call Oxford Veterinary Hospital at (610)-932-8757.

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Oxford Service Clubs

Upcoming Events and Services Rotary Club of Oxford partnered with the Exton-Frazer Rotary Club to run a Papa John’s concession stand at all of the home Eagles games in return for sales commissions that help to fund Rotary’s charitable projects.This is a great venue to cheer on the Eagles and raise money for Oxford. Be sure to stop by our stand for pizza, pretzels and pop or a pilsner. The Rotary Club of Oxford is always looking for energetic new members and meets at the Ware Mansion for lunch every Wednesday at noon. Visit http://www. rotary7450.org/ or call 610-998-9046 for more information. “Oxford Lions Club.

The Oxford Lions Club


he Rotary Club of Oxford has an international and a local presence. Rotarians place “Service Above Self” and are focused on “Building Communities and Bridging Continents.” The Rotary Club of Oxford is doing its part to assist in the worldwide eradication of Polio. The Club recently sponsored a student exchange program in which an Oxford student studied in Germany while a Brazilian student continued his education in Oxford. Another Oxford student is headed to Germany in August, 2010 as a part of Rotary’s exchange program. The Rotary Club of Oxford maintains a two mile section of Route 10, starting at Burger King and heading north, through the Adopt-A-Highway program and is often joined by other groups including Helping Hands, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Lincoln University to keep Oxford beautiful. The Circus, held at Lincoln University, is one of the Rotary Club of Oxford’s major fundraisers. The funds are donated back into the community to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Neighborhood Services, Oxford Library and YMCA, to name a few. The Rotary Club of Oxford has partnered with United Way in the Literacy in Financial Training program and Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. for the Covered Bridge Tour with a book coming soon. You may recognize some familiar faces at the Papa John’s Pizza stand located at the upper east side of Lincoln Financial Field. The Rotary Club of Oxford has

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he Oxford Lions Club is a group of volunteer men and women who SERVE their community, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. Lions Clubs through out the world help those with sight related challenges as well as other humanitarian projects. The Oxford Lions Club has a great time and raises money through the Food Trailer most recently seen at the Ware company picnic, Relay for Life and the Freedom Fest. The Oxford Lions Club also holds two annual Ham and Oyster Dinners. The next on will be November 13, 2010. You may also see the Oxford Lions Club accepting donations throughout Oxford on White Cane Day. The funds raised in the community stay in the community and support local organizations and programs such as Oxford Neighborhood Services, Oxford Library, Ox-

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By Tina Skinner children can apply themselves to a community project while they are visiting. All events will be held on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. in the Arts Alliance gallery, 38 South Third Street, Oxford. Free public parking is available behind the post office only a block away. The fall schedule is as follows:


he Oxford Arts Alliance will be adding to its ambitious schedule of cultural offerings for the communitythis fall with the creation of a monthly Family Mornings with the Arts program. The events will entertain young children and their families in the Alliance’s centrally located Oxford gallery with stories, music, and creative projects. It is hoped that these events will become favorite calendar notes for mothers and their children, and that the families who come to enjoy the events will get to know Oxford’s stores and restaurants better while they are downtown. Performing Arts Committee Co-chairman Kathleen Chapmond plans to promote the events among mothers clubs in the region to boost attendance. The events will be free, though donations will be accepted to defray cots. The first event, featuring storyteller Bill Woods of West Grove, will be sponsored by Herr’s Snack Foods – which will provide refreshments and a host – The beloved character Chipper. Chapmond is approaching other area businesses about sponsoring subsequent events. The gallery has art exhibits that change monthly, and the concerts offer an opportunity to explore art on the wall as well as entertainment for the ears. Additionally, the gallery will have participatory art projects so that

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Oct. 2 11 - Storyteller Bill Wood explores fairy tales from around the world Nov.13 11am - Enjoy the national Benjamin Franklin exhibit and step back in time with the Rev. Kerry Slinkard Dec.11 11am Zane Campbell and the Oxford Dance Company collaborate for zany fun

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Oxford Public Library

Armchair Travel @ Oxford Public Library


ver dreamed of traveling the 5,752-mile route of the Trans-Siberian Railway spanning Europe to Asia? Thanks to Google Maps, curious travelers can now experience it as a virtual journey. The joint project between Google and the Russian Railways guides virtual travelers on a detailed tour along the famous route where you can see Moscow, the Khekhtsirsky Range, the Yenisei River, Vladivostok and many other views of Russia without leaving the comfort of your house. During the trip, experience classic Russian literature and stories that accompany sites along the route. Make sure to select audio and hear the rumble of the wheels to complete the trip. Beginning this October, Oxford Public Library will be offering weekly travel adventures in the comfort of your library armchair. Join your friends and neighbors for themed food, music, literature, sights and sounds without ever leaving town. The friendly library staff will be happy to help you plan your own

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adventure “parties to go” if you prefer to enjoy your virtual travel adventures in the comfort of your own armchair and slippers at home. However you roll, remember that the library is chock full of ideas, resources, and materials to make your dreams a virtual reality. Visit the Oxford Public Library’s, Family Travel Center and the Connection Café. 48 S. Second Street, Oxford, PA. www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org Call 610932-9625 for information.

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Oxford History

Census History


he US Census occurs every 10 years since 1790 under George Washington. This year is the 23 rd census. Individual US Census data is held confidential for 72 years. The most recent census details publicly available are from 1930. Details of 1940 will be available in 2012. At first the census was interested mostly in evaluating the nation’s military potential, enumerating free white males under and over 16, and also counting slaves. The population in 1790 was said to be 3,929,214. By 1820, females and free colored persons were enumerated by age. The 1850 census, under Millard Fillmore, showed a population of 23,191,876 in the 30 states then existing. It was the first to include social statistics about real estate value, taxes, schooling, literacy, place of birth, occupations, crime, and pauperism [poverty]. By 1930 under Herbert Hoover, with a population of 123,202,624, they were asking about educational level, citizenship, language spoken at home, speaks English?; year of immigration, naturalization; occupation, industry, trade or profession; employment, unemployment; marital status, and the age of first marriage; home ownership or rental, rent amount; Veteran status, what war?; farm ownership and special questions about that; and oddly enough, whether the family owned a “radio set”. Collecting and preserving this amount of detail was difficult. Some questions about immigration asked in the previous census were deleted, and 1930 is considered the last of the “traditional” Censuses. An interesting census of Oxford Borough [incorporated in 1833], the 1850, is available. It tells several tales of the area, its citizenry, occupations, and potentials. The time was before the Civil War, Millard Fillmore was president and the population of the Borough was 186 persons, including 67 children aged 16 or younger. Daniel Stubbs listed 38 residences in this census. Rev Samuel Dickey of the Oxford Seminary had the most under one roof - 13. There was a teacher from Ireland with her 4 children who were born in India, 2 other teachers, 4 servants, and a black male, who could have been a stable hand, grounds keeper, porter or student, or all four. See the accompanying picture of the Oxford Seminary as it appeared in the 1850’s on 3rd St. The most crowded house was probably Hugh Jackson’s, the local black brick maker, which housed the nine of his family and the hired man, Hugh Hall. His wife Mary was one of the 2 persons in town that could

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By Faye Doyle not read or write. Questions about that may have elicited the reply “There just warnt time or place for that, but my chilluns goin’ to school!”. The other was a black domestic servant of age 45 living at Wm. Rutherford’s house. Lydia had taken the Rutherford last name, and did not state where she had been born. Perhaps she feared that someone in the South would hear of her and try to remove her back to a slave state. Mr. Maloney, the local tailor, spelled “taylor” on the census, had 9 in his residence, including his wife, 5 children, and 2 assistants. Samuel Garver, cabinet maker, had 11, with wife, Mary, 4 grown children, and 4 age 15 or under. Only the 3 youngest attended school. There was also a boarder, John Bowman, the watchmaker. One grown son, Samuel Jr, was employed as a stage driver. Mr. Wm. Smith, laborer, with a wife and 7 children probably had the most noise in his rented house, with 3 attending school, 2 preschoolers, and 2 teenagers, who had apparently finished their schooling. With about a quarter of the people living in just 5 of the 38 houses, it brings to mind a picture of children playing in large yards, vacant lots, fields, wooded areas, pastures, and small creeks. We can visualize unpaved streets, dusty in the summer and swampy and rutted in the Spring and Fall. There was stage coach, wagon, carriage, buggy and horseback traffic. The train had not yet arrived. Residences maintained stables, barns, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, chicken houses and pig pens. A small group of property owners, mostly Dickeys or their relatives, owned about 66% of the real estate, the rest of the residences being rented. The Oxford Hotel, a few shop fronts, and a black smith shop were present within the Borough limits. The Presbyterian Church was a one story building near the site of the present one and the cemetery was still in the green in the center of town. Oxford proudly sustained 4 farmers, laborers, merchants, and carpenters, 3 Pastors, butchers, and tailors, 2 teachers, doctors, brickmakers, blacksmiths cabinetmakers, and 1 dentist, post master, saddler, shoe and bootmaker, stage driver, watchmaker, painter, clerk, tavern keeper, oyster house keeper, and of course the Daguerreotypist. Yep! What town of any note wouldn’t have one of those? A Daguerreotype was a precursor of the photograph, a black and white image printed on a metal sheet. Mr. A.H. Willards came from VT. and

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Business Directory

Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Members Accounting / Financial ABCPA Accounting Services Edward Jones Investments - 51 Fenstermacher and Company, LLP - 27 H&R Block LA Long & Associates, P.C.CPA’s - 19 Michele Cyron, CPA - 33 Padgett Business Services Sun East Federal Credit Union TBRE Consulting Company Woolard, Krajnik, Masciangelo, LLP

610-322-2424 610-998-9046 610-444-1215 610-932-8844 610-268-5501 610-869-5900 484-237-8182 610-485-2960 484-365-5570 610-932-4225

www.ABCPAservices.com www.edwardjones.com www.fandco.com www.hrblock.com www.longcpas.com

610-869-5553 610-932-5159 610-467-0706 717-529-1188

www.chestercounty.com www.flatkat.com www.throughyourdoors.com www.wgraphicsinc.com

www.smallbizpros.com/j_gamble.com www.suneast.org www.tbreconsulting.com www.wkco.com

Advertising / Newspaper Ad Pro, Inc./Chester County Press Kat Systems Through Your Doors Magazine W Graphics, Inc. Agriculture Atlantic Tractor - 33 Hostetter Grain, Inc. - 49 Oxshire Farm Sher Rockee Mushroom Farms - 73 Solo D Mushrooms, Inc.

610-932-8858 www.atlantictractor.net 610-932-4484 610-932-2982 610-869-8048 www.sherrockmush.com 717-529-6464

Antique / Thrift / Flea Market Neighborhood Thrift Shop Oxford Odds & Ends

610-998-1868 610-932-7878

Architecture / Engineering CM Group Inc. Jahan Sheikholeslami, AIA Ragan Engineering Associates, Inc.

610-932-2857 www.cm-group-inc.com 610-932-2525 610-255-3400

Art Gallery Oxford Arts Alliance, Inc. - 30

610-467-0301 www.oxfordart.org

Automotive 3-D Collision Center Adams Tire & Alignment -55 Collision Zone, Inc. -26 Country Chrysler Dodge - Jeep -14

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610-932-9210 www.3dbodyworks.com 610-932-3977 610-932-8330 610-932-0500 www.countrydodge.com

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Goldey Beacom College Lincoln University - 67 Oxford Area School District Sacred Heart School - 11 Florist Buchanan’s Buds & Blossoms - 11

302-225-6248 www.gbc.edu 484-365-8131 www.lincoln.edu 610-932-6603 www.oxford.k12.pa.us 610-932-3633 http://www.teacherweb.com/PA/ SacredHeartSchoolOxford/SchoolHomePage/SDHP1.stm 610-932-8339 www.buchanansbudsblossoms.com

Funeral Home Edward Collins Funeral Home, Inc.

610-932-9584 www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com

Furniture / Home Décor Honeysuckle Trail Country Crafts - 55 Rigby’s Home Décor - 22/23 Robert Treate Hogg Cabinetmakers Robinson’s Furniture, Inc.

610-932-7734 www.honeysuckletrail.com 410 658-9800 717-529-2522 www.rthogg.com 610-932-3600

Government Borough of Oxford - 10 Commissioner Terence Farrell East Nottingham Township

610-932-2500 www.oxfordboro.org 610-344-6151 www.chesco.org 610-932-8494 www.eastnottingham.org

Hair Salon / Day Spa Alluring Images Hair Studio - 31 Avon Independent Representative Chic Salon by Chong -18/19 Color, Cut & Curls, Inc. - 29 Texture Salon & Spa - 59

610-932-9308 610-998-0174 www.rachelsark.com 610-932-7721 www.chicsalonbychong.com 610-932-7834 610-998-0013 www.texturesalon.com

Health Chiropractic Services - 72 Empowerment Resource Associates, Inc. EndoscopyMD, LLC Golden Light Wellness Center - 33 Make Time For Massage - 13 Maximum Fitness, Inc. - 62 McCormick Karate Academy, Inc. - 5 Take Shape for Life

610-932-9061 610-932-0758 866-726-7363 610-932-9511 610-324-6375 610-932-6338 610-932-8870 610-608-1240

www.eraservices.com www.EndoscopyMD.com www.goldenwellnesscenter.com www.maketimeformassage.com www.maximumfitnesspt.com www.mccormickkarate.com www.jodisensenig.TFSL.com

Hotel Best Western North East Inn

410-287-5450 www.bestwestern.com

Insurance Benefit Strategies, Inc. -72 Coe Insurance Services Agency, Inc. - 40/41 Healthcare 1st Insurance - 53 Jennersville Abstract Title Company Masciantonio Insurance Agency

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610-469-9107 www.benefitstrategies.net 610-932-9350 www.coeagency.com 610-467-0155 610-869-9065 www.rmjenner.com 610-932-4935

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Other Country Signs & Woodwork Government Specialists, Incorporated Howett’s Screen Printing & Embroidery Oxford Karate Institute - 27

610-932-2432 610-932-5563 610-932-3697 www.howetts.com 610-998-0044 www.oxfordkarateinstitute.com

Painting James Moore Painting, Inc. Nottingham Painting & Wallcoverings

610-998-1867 610-932-3188

Plumbing / Heating / Cooling Cameron’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling - 17 Jack’s Plumbing and Heating Oxford Plumbing and Heating - 39

610-932-2416 610-932-8185 www.jacksph.com 610-932-9503 www.ophinc.com

Real Estate / Rental Beiler-Campbell Realtors Fautore Realty J. Patrick Curran / Prudential Fox & Roach Michael Eddy - Re/Max Associates Oxhaven, LTD - 6 Prudential Fox & Roach / Cathy DuBosque Re/Max at Jennersville

610-932-1000 610-910-5636 610-656-7382 302-293-8323 610-932-3700 484-748-6200 610-869-7175


610-869-9622 610-932-4883 610-998-0173 610-932-8850 610-932-5455 610-932-8900

www.ymcabwr.org www.oxfordlighthouse.org www.rachelsark.com

www.JPatrickCurran.com www.southernchestercountyhomes.net www.rmjenner.com

Recreational YMCA Lighthouse Youth Center Noah’s Ark Workshop Party Planner Oxford Strike and Spare Lanes, LLC Tee Time At 10 Wyncote Golf Club - 76

www.teetimeat10.com www.wyncote.com

Restaurant / Catering Bellybusters Sub Shoppe Corner Café - 9 Dunkin Donuts - 7 La Sicilia Numzees/Bread and Butter Catering, Inc. - 27 Oxford Seafood/Third Street Grille Pat’s Pizza -5 Saladworks - 23

610-932-5372 610-869-5557 610-932-1992 610-998-9889 610-932-4004 610-932-7681 610-998-9191 610-869-8500

www.dunkindonuts.com www.numzees.com www.oxfordseafood.com www.patspizzeria.com www.saladworks.com

Retail Blazin’ Inc. Cameron’s Hardware & Supply, Inc. - 16/17 Country Floors & Interiors Ediene’s

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484-888-6944 www.blazinswim.com 610-932-2416 http://www.cameronshardware.com/ 610-932-9250 610-932-0366

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In the Garden Tips for Oxford’s Home Gardeners

By Carla Lucas

Where the Garden Meets the Woods

Anchored by two mature trees, this backyard garden features hosta and hydrangeas.


alking the gardens at Helen Warren and Rich DiPilla’s home in Kirkwood, Pa. is like a walk in the woods. The couple embraced the mature trees growing on their property; creating their gardens as a transition from yard to woods. The gardens meander along wood-mulched paths and work in harmony with the surrounding forest.

The front porch is filled with a mixture of plants in containers and hanging baskets.

Helen is on the Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Rich owns DiPilla Brothers, Inc. Kitchen and Bath and is a member of the Chamber. “We love the peace and quiet and to be outside,” says Helen about

Rich and Helen spend many hours enjoying their backyard retreat from the comfort of the deck that Rich built.

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the atmosphere at their home. “We enjoy sitting on the deck and watching the birds and animals who visit our gardens,” adds Rich. Bird feeders and bird baths are plentiful around their gardens, which attracts lots of birds. With plenty of natural materials for deer and other critters to eat in the woods there’s not much feeding damage to the gardens around the house. Gardening among trees means using plants that thrive in shade. Helen and Rich use a wide variety of plants from hardy perennial flowering plants and shrubs, to annuals, to container specimens that are brought inside during the cold season. Many varieties of hydrangea thrive in their gardens. Statuary and containers are scattered throughout adding additional interest as you walk the paths. Rich and Helen even embraced the trunks of fallen trees in the gardens by hollowing out the center of the trunks and using them as planters for annuals. They share the following pieces of advice learned over years and years of gardening: 1.Use plants that work in the conditions in the gardens. 2.Annuals such as impatiens flower all summer long and love the shade. They are an easy way to add dollops of color throughout the gardens. 3.Know where the sun shines through the trees and plant sun loving annuals there for extra variety. 4.Shrubs such as hydrangea, virburnum and buckeye do well under the canopy of the trees. 5.Plant climbing varieties of shrubs at the base of a tree and the plant will use the tree trunk for support. Helen and Rich planted a climbing hydrangea three years ago that has climbed about 30 feet and flowers each year. 6.Helen found wonderful specimens of plants that have grown well in her gardens at special events such as the Winterthur Plant Sale and Longwood Gardens’ sales. 7.Perennial plants (hardy plants that return each year) that thrive in the gardens include salvia, wisteria vine and perennial begonias, (one of the specimens she got from Winterthur). Continued on Page 48

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The maidenhair fern in this pot adds a little whimsy on the deck.

Rich and Helen recently added a pond to their front garden.

One afternoon after watching a YouTube video on carving with a chain saw Rich tried the technique of carving furniture from a log. He made a Tree Chair and a few Tree Stools that now add rustic charm to the gardens.

8.Don’t be afraid to experiment with plants. If they aren’t growing very well in one location move them to another area in the garden. “I’ve gardened for years,” says Helen. “I love spending time outdoors and tending to the plants. It’s peaceful and calming and a great way to unwind at the end of a day.” Would you like to share your garden with your communityor nominate a friend or neighbor’s garden to be featured in the Oxfordian? Call the Chamber (610-932-0740) and let us know. We’re looking to showcase more of Oxford’s creative and energetic green thumbs!

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Community Interest

Oxford Loves Their Parades!

By Carla Lucas

With great fanfare and hoopla the Memorial Day Parade, the Halloween Parade and the Homecoming Parade march down Third Street in Oxford each year. Each of the parades has its own purpose, history, and style. Highlights follow. The Homecoming Parade


radition dictates that on the Friday evening of Homecoming Weekend the entire town comes out to show their school spirit as the Oxford Area High School Marching Band, Class Floats, the Homecoming Court, the Golden Bears Football Club, the Oxford Fire Company and an assortment of other school clubs and sports teams march through town to the football stadium for the Homecoming Football game. “Spirit Week and Homecoming Weekend are a really busy time at the high school and a couple of years ago we thought about doing away with the parade,” says Kim Weber, an advisor for Oxford Area High School’s Student Council. “But everyone said the community loves the parade and it’s a big part of the town’s traditions. Now the students are really motivated and having a lot of fun preparing for it. The parade is getting bigger every year.” Oxford Area High School Student Council organizes the Homecoming Parade each year. All four grade levels—freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors-- work on a float based on a theme for the year. They get pretty competitive and try to outdo each other. For the 2010 Parade on October 15 the theme is “A Night at the Oscars.” Student Council is encouraging other school groups to enter a float or march as a group. This year Student Council hopes to offer prizes to the organizations with the best floats. Gordon Atkinson, of Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep provides vehicles, usually convertibles, for dignitaries and the Homecoming Court and various teachers volunteer to drive the

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vehicles. Students make signs to go with the cars. “We are really grateful for his support,” says Weber. “The parade is a great way to go onto the field for the Homecoming game,” Weber says. Show your support for the Oxford Hornets at this year’s Homecoming Parade. Times will be posted closer to the event on the Oxford Area School District website: www.oxford.k12.pa.us.

The Oxford Halloween Parade


ou haven’t experienced anything until you’ve come to the Oxford Halloween Parade,” exclaims Jim McLeod, who’s organized the parade for the Oxford Chamber of Commerce the last 30+ years. “It’s long, big and everyone looks forward to it.” The annual Halloween tradition celebrated in Oxford today started on October 29, 1948 when Oxford Borough held its first Hallowe’en Fete. It was a weekend of excitement with a parade, the election of a Halloween Queen, a costume ball for teens and adults and a block party for children. Today, the parade is the center of Oxford’s celebration. It features the creativity and spirit of the Oxford community as individuals (youth and adults), church groups, youth groups, sports teams, and businesses all get involved. There’s marching groups, cars, and at least 25 floats and hay wagons. Oxford Area High School Marching Band and Penn’s Grove Middle School Marching Band are always part of the festivities. As the sponsor, the Oxford Chamber of Commerce provides $1,000 in cash prizes including Best Float, Best Large Marching Group, Best Small Marching Group and a ton of individual categories. “People get excited about being in the parade as they are about the competition,” Jim says. “The local businesses go all out trying to outdo each other. It’s more than for the prize money; it’s about bragging rights for an entire year.” The official time to line up for the parade on South Street is 6 p.m. but participants usually start arriving a lot earlier than that. Some groups with floats arrive in the morning and decorate the floats on site. “The Halloween Parade is just about always the first Continued on Page 53

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Chief Slauch and Jim McLeod

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really cold night of the season,” says Jim. “But it has never been rained out. We all have a really great time.” To register to participate in the Halloween Parade call Jim at 610-932-4714 or email jdmcleod51@hotmail.com.

The Oxford Memorial Day Parade


he Memorial Day Parade pays tribute and gives honor to veterans now serving our country and those who have served in the past says Commander Harold Gray of Oxford’s American Legion Post 535. For 34 years Commander Gray has organized this event for the community. The Memorial Day Parade has been an annual event since World War 1. Past parades were the combined efforts of Oxford’s VFW Post and American Legion, but since the VFW was dissolved, the American Legion plans it now. The American Legion’s Color Guard and Honor Guard lead the parade followed by as many of its 140 members who can attend, representing past conflicts like World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as those serving in the military today. Other highlights include Penn’s Grove Middle School Marching Band and the Oxford Area High School Marching Band. There are fire trucks, antique cars, area Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, a horse club, other youth groups and sports teams. Everyone marches with an American flag. Commander Gray says anyone is welcome to participate. All you have to do is show up at about 9:30 on South Street. The Parade leads participants up Third Street to the Oxford Cemetery for the annual 21-gun salute to honor veterans followed by Taps. At the cemetery the Oxford Area High School Marching Band plays patriotic songs and each year there is a guest speaker who reflects on the service of Oxford’s men and women to their country. “We give honor and pay tribute to those who have served,” says Commander Gray. “Everyone deserves to be recognized for service. For more information contact Commander Gray at 610-932-9048, or by mail at 339 South Street, Oxford, PA 19363.

PARADE SCHEDULES & TIMES OXFORD HOMECOMING PARADE October 15, 2010 (late afternoon/early evening) Sponsor: Oxford Area High School Student Council Route: Line up near the Presbyterian Church and Memorial Park. March down 3rd St turn at Getty Station to Football Stadium behind Penns Grove Middle School. 2010 OXFORD HALLOWEEN PARADE October 28, 2010 Kick-off 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce Route: Line up on South Street. March through town down 3rd St. Judges/Review Stand at the corner of 3rd and Market St. 2011 MEMORIAL DAY PARADE May 30, 2011 Kick-off 10 a.m. Organized by the American Legion, Roy W. Gibson Post 535 of Oxford, Pa. Route: Line up on South Street. March through Oxford on 3rd St to the Oxford Cemetery.

For information, news & events www: Oxfordpa.org, OxfordMainstreet.org, OxfordBoro.org

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Community Interest

Auto Maintenance: Ask the Technician

By Stephanie Khan

Your car is one of your biggest investments that you will make. The best way to protect yourself from major repairs and hazardous breakdowns is to regularly service your car at a reputable service station. Oxford Sunoco, Oxford Goodyear and Adams Tire and Alignment are three well respected automotive shops in Oxford that offer many of the services you need to keep your car running like new for years to come. business doing what he enjoys most. “Growing up, I liked working on cars and tractors. I like the challenge of fixing stuff,” he said. Adams depends upon word of mouth to spread the word about Adams Tire and Alignment. “It means a lot to our customers to be able to speak to me one on one about their car and know they are going to get a good price for good service,” Adams said.

Adams Tire and Alignment


cott Adams, owner of Adams Tire and Alignment in Oxford, prides himself on running his business with the highest level of honesty and doing the job right at a fair price. “When you are honest and fair, it’s not tough to stay busy,” Adams said. The automotive technicians at Adams Tire and Alignment work on all makes and models. “We specialize in brakes, tires, alignments, oil changes and diagnosis of complex problems. Really anything that is under the car, we can fix,” Adams said. Adams has taken his childhood passion of fixing old cars and farm equipment and built a successful

Oxford Goodyear


xford Goodyear offers kind, friendly and informative service to all of their customers. Michael Yheaulon, owner of Oxford Goodyear located at 401 South Third Street, Oxford, wants every customer to understand what their options are when making decisions on car repairs. Yheaulon takes time to explain the details of the repair to every customer. “I want our customers to be aware of all of their options. I will take them out to the service bay and show them the repair,” Yheaulon said. “By taking the time to answer all of their questions, it builds a trust factor. This trust factor helped us build our business to what it is today.” Before the team at Goodyear recommends a particular tire or service, they will get a detailed history of your driving habits. “We want to find out how many miles you drive, who drives the car and what kind of driving you typically do before we can recommend the right service for your car,” he said. Although, they may be best known as a tire company, Oxford Goodyear provides a full range of automotive services ranging Continued on Page 56

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from quick oil changes to complete engine diagnosis on highly sophisticated electronic engine control systems. The goal at Goodyear is to keep their customers well informed. “Our customers appreciate our honesty and dedication to doing a good job. We keep them updated on the progress of the repair so there are no surprises,” Yheaulon said. The good customer service at Goodyear is appreciated by their loyal customers. “Our customers love coming here,” Yheaulon said. “I have to think it’s because of our kind and friendly service.”

Oxford Sunoco

Glenn has been an ASE certified master technician for 25 years and has seen a tremendous change in automotive technology. As hybrid and electric cars become more popular, it is important that his technicians keep up with the changes. “We take our guys to classes four times a year so they can keep up with the trends and technologies.” Glenn said. Glenn and his knowledgeable team of mechanics work on everything from routine mechanical repairs to high-level technology related jobs at the Sunoco service station. Michelle Hartley is the office manager and she is responsible for scheduling the appointments and works directly with the customers. “We realize word of mouth is very important, so we go out of our way to satisfy every customer,” she said. “We have a good customer base because we make our customers happy.” In addition to the five service bays, Oxford Sunoco also has eight gas pumps and a convenience store. They are opened everyday of the year except Christmas. Oxford Sunoco, Oxford Goodyear and Adams Tire and Alignment have a long standing reputation in the community. The same questions were asked during each interview. The answers were compiled to reflect the feedback of each business owner. How often should you change your car’s oil?


etting your car done right and right away is the motto of Mickey Glenn, owner and manager of Oxford Sunoco located at 281 South Third Street in Oxford. The biggest change Glenn has noticed in Oxford in the past 15 years is the amount of mileage his customers have been putting on their cars. “Oxford has become a bedroom community. Many of our neighbors live here, but work somewhere else,” Glenn said. “Some of my customers drive 50 miles each way to work. We are seeing cars with a lot of miles on them.” Because his customers depend so much on their cars, it is important for the team at Oxford Sunoco to repair their car correctly and quickly.

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Our expert team recommends that your oil be changed every 3,000 miles for drivers who drive locally and 5,000 miles for those who do a lot of highway driving. Why should I change the oil? Oil changes are an important part of your maintaining your car and will significantly increase the life of the engine. The number one reason for oil changes is to prevent sediment and carbon deposits from forming in your engine. Most service stations also perform a multi-point check while doing an oil change. During this preventative check-up your auto mechanic will look at fluids, Continued on Page 58

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inspect wiper blades and check tire pressure. With gas prices rising, how can I increase gas mileage? • You can improve gas mileage by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under inflated tires are directly correlated with lower gas mileage. It is advisable to check with your service technician to accurately calculate the proper air pressure for your specific tires.

regularly. The weight differential between the front and rear of the car causes uneven wear on the tires. Also your driving patterns may contribute to uneven wear. Your owner’s manual will provide the recommended interval for tire rotations. • It is important to note, that your temporary spare should never be used when rotating your tires as it is to be used in case of emergency only. • Keeping your car clean on the inside and out will add value to your car.

• A tune-up may increase gas mileage. When your car is noticeably out of tune, bring your car in for a checkup. If your car is in need of a tune up or has a failed emission test, it is recommended to bring your car into the service station. Improvements in gas mileage could be seen depending upon the kind of repair that was made.

• Did you know that much of your car’s appeal comes from how it looks? If you are going to sell your car, a clean car will attract more buyers.

• Improved gas mileage may also be achieved by using the recommended grade of engine oil. The proper grade of oil allows the engine to run easier and smoother, increasing gas mileage. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to find the recommended grade of oil for your car.

• Keeping the interior clutter free is also important. An interior filled with clutter may cause unnecessary distractions while driving.

• Driving the speed limit will also improve gas mileage. Studies show that gas mileage reduces as you drive over 60 miles per hour. Tires • According to studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on tire-related crashes, the leading cause of tire failure is under inflation. • By walking around your car you can visually inspect your tires for signs of under inflation or other signs of uneven wear. • For more accurate tire assessment, ask your technician to check tire pressure during your oil change service appointment. The technician should also be able to look for signs of abnormal wear or cracks or bulges in the sidewalls. Tire Rotation • Tire rotation is essential part of tire maintenance. In order to achieve even tread wear and extend the overall tire performance, car owners should rotate their tires

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• Road grime, salt, and dirt can lead to excessive corrosion on your car. Keeping the exterior of your car clean may prevent your car from rusting prematurely.

If you have any questions regarding car maintenance, call or stop by one of Oxford’s automotive service centers. ADAMS TIRE & ALIGNMENT Address: 285 Barnsley Road, Oxford, PA Phone: 610-932-3977 Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm OXFORD GOODYEAR Address: 401 South Third Street, Oxford, PA Phone: 610-932-0988 Hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Friday: 7:30 to 5:00 pm Saturday: 7:30 to 12:00 pm Website: www.goodyeargarage.com OXFORD SUNOCO Address: 281 South Third Street, Oxford, PA Phone: 610-932-5686 Hours: Monday to Friday: 6:00 am to 9:00 pm Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Website: Oxfordsunoco.com

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Community Interest

Ben Franklin Exhibit Coming to Oxford In Search For A Better World

By Carla Lucas • Franklin’s youth in Boston • Franklin’s family and personal life, • Franklin as Philadelphia’s premier printer, • Franklin’s commitment to public service, his interests in medicine and public health, and his work in science and philosophy, • Franklin’s political career in England, France and the United States

“The noblest question in the world is What Good may I do in it?” – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack


n Boston, on January 17, 1706 our nation’s oldest founding father, Ben Franklin was born. Over 300 years later the accomplishments of this great man are still being learned and celebrated. The Oxford community has a rare opportunity to delve into Franklin’s life, philosophies, and accomplishments when the traveling library exhibit “Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World” opens at the Oxford Public Library and the Oxford Arts Alliance on Friday, November 5.

• Franklin’s contributions to the Declaration of Independence,the Constitution and other major documents.

There will be three panels at the Oxford Library and three will be at the Oxford Arts Alliance. While the exhibit is in town, visitors will have a unique opportunity to see a few Franklin artifacts, too. These special pieces will be loaned by one of Oxford Public Library’s board members who is the wife of a sixth generation descendant of Benjamin Franklin. “We’re excited to have this personal relationship to expand the exhibit in

“Our community is very fortunate to have been chosen to host the traveling exhibit,” says Ken Pienkos, director of the Oxford Public Library. “Only 40 libraries were chosen from across the country.” Six photo panels/themes were developed based on the larger museum exhibit that opened in Philadelphia and traveled to four other US cities and Paris, France to celebrate Franklin’s 300th birthday in 2006. The exhibition panels feature:

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Franklin’s Experiment, 1752, Currier & Ives, American Philosophical Society, provided by The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.

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Calendar of Events

FREE & Affordable Things to Do With Your Family in Oxford and the Surrounding Area!

SEPTEMBER 17 The Oxford Arts Alliance and The Oxford Public Library Dinner and Documentary Series 6:30 pm At the Alliance Gallery, 38 S. Third Street Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required and we pass a hat to cover expenses. BRING A FRIEND. For reservations and information call 610-932-9625 or log on to www.oxfordart.org. 18 Fly Away South Fall is a great time to see migrating birds heading south for the winter. Our parks offer excellent resting & feeding areas for migrating waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Bring your binoculars and we’ll hit the trails in search of warblers, ducks, hawks & so much more! Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Nottingham County Park, Saturday, September 18th, 8am9:30a Wolf’s Hollow, Saturday, September 18th, 10:30-12noon. 18 Goat Hill Public Plant Sanctuary Hike Mark your calendars! Mike Bertram is leading a hike in Goat Hill Public Plant Sanctuary, Nottingham, PA, at 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 18. We meet in the parking lot! If you plan to join us, bring plenty of water and a snack for the trail! See you there! 21 Oxford Village Market 2 – 6 pm 3rd & Locust Streets on the Fulton Bank LawnFarm fresh fall harvest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cider, prepared entrees and more! 25 Oxford 5K Run, Walk & Dash USA Track & Field Certified 5K Course visit www. oxfordmainstreet.org for details. 25 Whisker Walk Oxford Feed & Lumber in Conjunction with OMI 5K. Walk begins and ends at Oxford Feed & Lumber. Walk will begin sharply at 9:00 am THE FUN CONTINUES AT OXFORD FEED & LUMBER WITH: American Red Cross Pet First

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Aid begins at 10:30 • Animal Adoptions & Ask the Vet Booth • Vendor Booths • Doggie Bags for all 4 legged participants. • Toy & Treat Sale 25 Apple Festival Hosted by Oxford Presbyterian Church. For more information log on to www. oxfordpresbyterian.org or call 610.932.9640 Oxford Memorial Park 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 28 Oxford Village Market 2 – 6 pm 3rd & Locust Streets on the Fulton Bank Lawn Farm fresh fall harvest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cider, prepared entrees and more!

OCTOBER 1 Art Stroll from 5 – 8 pm in downtown Oxford. Local art displayed in participating businesses, Horse drawn hayrides, Brass Ensemble from Lincoln University, pumpkin decorating. More info @ DowntownOxfordPa.org 1 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening Almost Abstract - It is, but it isn’t. Reality shows in this twist on a classic art genre. Curated by Vicki Vinton King. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 1 Oxford Edge Live music venue & refreshments in Downtown Oxford 8-10pm, free admission. Location and music TBA on DowntownOxfordPa.org 2 Oxford Arts Alliance Family Mornings with the Arts Visit downtown, bring the children to the gallery, and enjoy a special performance just for the young and young at heart. Afterward, enjoy the shops and restaurants in our business district. $5 per family suggested donation 11 am Bill Wood, Storyteller This storyteller and his puppets present “Fairies, Frogs and Funny Men,” with a selection of world-wide tales, ancient and new, accompanying himself on harmonica, penny whistle, and drum. For more information log on to

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to light. $40 adults * $10 students. 19 Oxford Village Market 2 – 6 pm 3rd & Locust Streets on the Fulton Bank Lawn Farm fresh fall harvest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cider, prepared entrees and more! For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 22 Fall Campfire and Night Hike Set out into the cool, fall night to hear the sounds of the park. Maybe we will hear the Great Horned Owl or the Whip-poor-will. Finish your hike with a traditional campfire and smores! Please dress appropriately for the weather. Leader: Kate Mrakovich, Regional Park Ranger Nottingham County Park – Pavilion 4 Friday, October 22, 2010 at 6:00PM-7:30PM Cost: $5 per person Limit: 25 participants 23 Oxford Arts Alliance Performing Arts Series 7 p.m. Appalachian Gospel with Hugh Campbell, Burton DuBusk, and the Weaver Family At Herrs Auditorium $10 * $8 members * $5 students Folk singer Hugh Campbell treats modern day audiences to a traditional mountain music style derived from gospel. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 24 Newark Symphony Orchestra’s 45th Season 3:00p.m Symphony Series Concerts are held at The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark DE. Here our patrons are treated to outstanding acoustics in a modern 900-seat auditorium. Parking for NSO patrons is free in the school’s lot.Giuseppe Verdi La Forza del Destino Overture Sir Edward Elgar Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85 - Lawrence Stomberg, cello Peter Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36 25 Herr Foods Halloween Night 5pm-8pm. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and take a tour of the snack factory. For more information log on to www.herrs.com 26 Oxford Village Market 2 – 6 pm Last Day for 2010 Season, Weather and Harvest Permitting 3rd & Locust Streets on the Fulton Bank Lawn Farm fresh fall harvest fruits, vegetables, baked goods, cider, prepared entrees and more! 28 Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce’s Oxford Halloween Parade Line up takes place on South

Street. The parade will travel north on Third Street with the Judge’s Stand being just past the Miss Oxford Diner on the right. Parade will end at the intersection of Bank/Third and Cemetery roads. For more information log on to www.oxfordpa.org. 30 Fall Arts & Crafts Radiant reds, vibrant oranges, and brilliant yellows! Learn why our leaves show their bright colors in the fall. We’ll collect some of these beauties and use them to create a fall craft. Ages 8+ Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Nottingham County Park, meet at office on Saturday, October 30th Time: 1:00p-2:00p Fee: $3/participant 31 Creepy Caching Have some spooky fun at the park with this GPS trick or treat! Bring a hand-held GPS. (car GPS not recommended) Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.* Suggested for families/groups with kids age 5+* Leader: Melissa Keiser, Park Technician Sun. Oct. 31, 2010 10:00AM11:00AM Nottingham County Park, P1, N39 44.405’ W076 02.496’ (Meet@ pavilion 1) Limit: 15

NOVEMBER 5 Art Stroll In downtown Oxford from 5 – 8 pm. Local art displayed in participating businesses, Ben Franklin and reciting poets strolling the streets, live music. More info at DowntownOxfordPa.org. 5 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World Explore the life and times of one of our nation’s leading forefathers in a show that has been traveling to library venues around the nation. Exhibits will be in the Oxford Public Library as well as the gallery. www.benfranklin300.org. A project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 5 Oxford Edge Live music venue & refreshments in Downtown Oxford 8-10pm, free admission. Location and music TBA on DowntownOxfordPa.org 6 King of the Marsh: Native American Indians refer to this creature as the king of the marsh. It’s the largest of their kind and the only time they gather in colonies is during the breeding season. Who am I? Come learn more about this wader during a morning hike at Wolf’s Hollow. Bring Continued on Page 68

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binoculars! Leader:Sissy Pavolic, Regional Park Ranger Saturday, November 6 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Wolf’s Hollow, meet at parking lot Limit: 15 6,7 Craft Fair at Sacred Heart School In the Gym, 203 Church Rd., Oxford, PA on Saturday November 6th 9AM to 3PM and Sunday November 7th 8AM to 2PM. The fair will include handmade crafts, childrens games and activities, food, and a tag sale and will be sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Parish. Contact Joann @ (610) 998-1426 for more information. 10 Annual Town Meeting hosted by Oxford Mainstreet Inc. 7pm at the Oxford Arts Alliance Gallery @ 38 S. Third Street in Downtown Oxford Information will be presented on Downtown Oxford’s accomplishments and future goals. More info @ DowntownOxfordPa.org 13 Oxford Arts Alliance Family Mornings with the Arts Visit downtown, bring the children to the gallery, and enjoy a special performance just for the young and young at heart. Afterward, enjoy the shops and restaurants in our business district. $5 per family suggested donation 11:00 am Benjamin Franklin Kid’s Show The Rev. Kerry Slinkard will bring history to life for young folks, in an interactive event amidst the setting of the National Franklin Exhibit. For more information log on to www. oxfordart.org or www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org. 13 Mystery of the Missing Eagle You’ll get to be the detective and investigate this who-dunit! Explore the park and piece together the clues to solve the puzzle of the missing eagle. Come prepared for an easy to moderate hike. Ages 10+ Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Wolf’s Hollow Farm, call for directions, meet in main parking lot Saturday, November 13th 12:00 noon - 1:30pm Fee: $3/participant 20 SERPENTINE FUN AT NOTTINGHAM Join us for a Heritage Hike through Nottingham’s Serpentine National Natural Landmark. Wear sturdy shoes for this one mile hike. Bring a picture of a building you think is built from serpentine stone. Jane Dorchester, our resident expert on Serpentine Stone construction, will officially launch the Chester

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County Registry of Serpentine Structures. Jane will help identify pictures for the registry and answer questions about serpentine rock while you enjoy apple cider and donuts. Leader: Kate Mrakovich, Regional Park Ranger Saturday November 20 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Nottingham County Park, Park Office Fee: $6 per person 20 Oxford Arts Alliance Performing Arts Series 7 pm Serafin Quartet At Oxford Presbyterian Church Free * Donation at the Door Serafin String Quartet debuted to a sell-out crowd at New York City’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004. The quartet has consistently received superlatives and ovations. For more information log on to www. oxfordart.org 24 Herr Foods’ Christmas Light Display on display through New Years Enjoy breathtaking Christmas light display all season long! For more information log on to www.herrs.com.

DECEMBER 2 Oxford Feed & Lumber’s 6th Annual Ladies Nite information log on to www.oxfordfeedlumber.com. 3 Oxford’s Country Christmas Downtown Oxford’s County 5-8pm Art Stroll, Horse drawn carriage rides, family style hayrides, children’s scavenger hunt, Photo Op with Santa & Mrs. Claus, window decorating contest, trees decorated by local students. More info at DowntownOxfordPa.org 4 Oxford Feed & Lumber’s Santa Photos 10am – 3pm. For information log on to www. oxfordfeedlumber.com. 3, 4, 5 Oxford Feed & Lumber’s Doodlebug RR car rides For information log on to www. oxfordfeedlumber.com. 5 Great Greens Learn how to make a holiday wreath and swag. You will also learn how to tie a bow! We will provide a 12” ring, greens, wire, and red ribbon. Feel free to bring your own decorations to share. Instructors: Andrew McMullen, Park Ranger and Diane Riley, Master Gardener Sunday, December 5, 2010 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Nottingham Continued on Page 70

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Park Office Limit: 15 Fee: $8 per person (includes material and one ring) 11 Holiday Dog Hike Get your exercise in with your best friend before the holidays keep you both inside! Join Ranger Mrakovich and her dog, Sophia, for a winter walk in the park. Please wear appropriate clothing and comfortable hiking shoes. Two sessions will be held that day. Instructor:Kate Mrakovich, Regional Park Ranger Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:00AM-9:00AM 3:00PM-4:00PM Nottingham County Park: Meet at Park Office 11 Oxford Arts Alliance Family Mornings with the Arts Visit downtown, bring the children to the gallery, and enjoy a special performance just for the young and young at heart. Afterward, enjoy the shops and restaurants in our business district. $5 per family suggested donation11:00 am Folk musician Zane Campbell will perform his musical animal stories and Oxford Center for Dance will trot out some of their talented students in an encore show sure to delight. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 12 Newark Symphony Orchestra’s 45th season 3:00 pm Symphony Series Concerts are held at The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark DE. Here our patrons are treated to outstanding acoustics in a modern 900-seat auditorium. Parking for NSO patrons is free in the school’s lot. Ludwig van Beethoven Coriolanus Overture, Op. 62 Edvard Grieg Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 - Lura Johnson, piano Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 17 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening Jewelry and Wearable Art - Enjoy the artistry, and find something for someone special on your gift list in this special show curated by Alphonsus Moolenschut. For more information log on to www. oxfordart.org

JANUARY 7 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org

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FEBRUARY 4 Art Stroll In downtown Oxford from 5 – 8 pm. Come enjoy various art and entertainment on display throughout downtown Oxford. Bring the whole family for an evening out together for strolling, shopping and dining. 4 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org

MARCH 4 Art Stroll In downtown Oxford from 5 – 8 pm. Come enjoy various art and entertainment on display throughout downtown Oxford. Bring the whole family for an evening out together for strolling, shopping and dining. For more information log on to www.oxfordmainstreet.org. 4 Oxford Arts Alliance Exhibit Opening. For more information log on to www.oxfordart.org 6 Newark Symphony Orchestra’s 45th Season 3:00 pm Symphony Series Concerts are held at The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark DE. Here our patrons are treated to outstanding acoustics in a modern 900-seat auditorium. Parking for NSO patrons is free in the school’s lot. Gioachino Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia Overture Antonin Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 13 Annual Dinner & Dance sponsored by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. Dine and dance the night away while celebrating the citizen and business of the year recipients. Takes place at the Union Fire Co. #1 315 Market Street. Begins at 7pm until 11pm. BYOB. To register call 610-9320740 or log on to www.oxfordpa.org for info. 19 Winter Woodpeckers Enjoy a crisp hike along the park trails. We’re sure to spot northern flickers and downy woodpeckers and if we’re lucky a pileated woodpecker. Bring binoculars & hiking shoes. Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Nottingham County Park, Saturday, March 19, 8am-9:30am Wolf’s Hollow, Saturday, March 19, 10:30-12noon

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What Is the Meaning Behind the Logo? History - If these buildings could talk, oh, the stories they would tell….Stories of constructing beautiful storefronts rich in material and architectural elements. Stories of busy streets, bustling sidewalks, thriving merchants and downtown shopping. Stories of movie theaters, restaurants and places to meet neighbors and friends. Stories of leisurely evening strolls and finding a safe place to rest. These are stories of a time of prosperity and progress – this is Oxford’s history and its future. Crossroads - “All roads lead to Oxford,” or so they say, from far east to west, from south to north, many travelers have stopped in Oxford along their journey. Roads to and from larger cities all criss-cross to create this village. The Borough itself serves as the hub of a promising economic region with a population of 20,000+ and arteries leading to several major cities on the eastern seaboard. Agriculture - The greater Oxford area is rich with fertile soil and industrious people. Oxford’s diverse landscape and open space is still being farmed in the traditional fashion – the family farm still accounts for a large part of the local economy. Amish and “English” working farms are interspersed throughout Oxford’s five surrounding townships. Beltways of farmland and agricultural preservation are balanced with new housing developments. Opportunity - “First the lonely cabin in the wilderness; second, the struggling village; third , the ambitious Borough; and fourth, the rushing city?” The late John T. Kelly wrote these prophetic words in the year 1894. The promise of Oxford is alive today as we continue to move forward and grow. Our village has roots in a rich past, while stretching into a future full of opportunity.

Chamber Challenge


Name the 4 businesses that occupied each corner of Third and Hodgson Street in the 1940’s. Question courtesy of Vernon Ringler from Oxford Historical Association. First caller will receive a $25 downtown gift certificate. Answers will only be accepted during the OACC offfice hours between 8:30am-1:30pm, Monday through Thursday. FYI: No one answered the Spring 2010 Chamber Challenge question. Issue 24 question: Name 3 different locations occupied by the Oxford News shop during the past 60 years. The answer was: The right half of what was Brunches at 9 South Third St, Chamber Office at 23 South Third St and 33 South Third St.

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