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





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Oxfordian Fall 2012 Feature Articles 42 Oxford Female Seminary 44 Oxford Educational Foundation 52 When the Walls Talk: Oxford’s Town Walk


58 Meet the Artist Connection 64 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Oxford Codes 66 Eagle Scouts: Projects Making Lasting Contribution to Oxford Community 70 Remember in Nov: Take Your ID to the Polls

Meet Our Members

22 digiTEK Computer Services 24 Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc.


26 Sprouts 28 TM Business Solutions 30 Versatile Hair Salon

In Every Issue 6 Chamber News

8 Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. OMI 12 Oxford Borough 18 Oxford Arts Alliance


18 Oxford Library 31 Chamber Challenge Question 36 Service Clubs

Oxfordian Committee: Richard Hannum/WSFS Bank & OACC President • Doug Fasick/Chiropractic Services Angie Thompson Lobb/Cameron’s Hardware & Supply • Helen Warren/Chester County Press • Amy Carr /Ware Presbyterian Village • Johanna Bertogli/Tasting Baking • Colleen Terranova/Oxfordian Sales Executive Judy

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Abbruzzesi/OACC Executive Director • Eleanor Roper/Design & Production


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Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Generosity of Our Sponsors

Richard Hannum, Presidents


hamber events cannot happen without the generocity of sponsors. We would like to thank all of the sponsors for our 2012 events and would hope that more of our members take advantage of sponsorship opportunities in the future. By sponsoring an event you get the benefit of exposure via event advertising in local media, on the Chamber website and through our extensive Facebook following. The Chamber Facebook page has over 62,000 Friends of Fans! As you prepare your 2013 operating expense budgets, consider sponsorship of Chamber events and a low cost per exposure way of promoting your business! To become a member of the Chamber download an application at www. Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce’s

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Citizen & Organization of the Year Awards

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“Transforming” Oxford into a GREAT Community by Creating Future Possibilities”


good mix of unique shops and restaurants. When he found out that Sue Cole would be leaving OMI through a heartfelt letter that the former executive director wrote in the Chester County Press newspaper in June, Haradon was immediately interested in the position. He was impressed by how much Cole and others seemed to care about Oxford, and he himself had been more involved in the southern part of the county since moving to the Ovations community in Penn Township seven years ago. After meeting with OMI’s leaders, he was even more convinced that he was a good fit for the position, basically being the right person at the right time. That doesn’t mean that Haradon is about to say that he-or any other person, for that matter-has all the answers about how Oxford can be transformed into a thriving, 21st-century downtown in three easy steps. Small towns everywhere across the country are struggling to remain relevant and prosperous when our lives are so connected to what can be found on our laptops, tablets, and iPhones. While Haradon may come to this new position with a wealth of experience in the business world and with a strong background in community service, he does not come with a magic wand in his hands. He promises little but expects much as he begins the new job. “All I’m doing right now is facilitating a conversation about future possibilities by engaging merchants, property owners, and those who have a vested interest in seeing Oxford succeed,” he explained. One thing is certain: Haradon will bring a different approach to the job as he looks to build on many of OMI’s initiatives and programs that were started under former executive directors Christine Grove and Cole. Community events like the annual Halloween parade, the Easter egg hunt, and the Christmas celebration have grown more popular in recent years thanks in part to the organizing efforts of OMI and the aforementioned executive directors. Haradon is already hard at work preparing for the Oxford Run, the annual 5K run, walk, and dash that is slated for Sept. 29. As he learns more about the day-today functions of the organization, he becomes more impressed by the work of his immediate predecessors. One thing that he wants to do is to bolster some of OMl’s standing committees, including Economic Development, Promotions, Fundraising, Merchant

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N HIS FIRST DAY as the new Executive Director of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI), Dave Haradon wrote the following on a large, white piece of paper and hung it on the office wall for all to see: Ideas – Action – Results. Ideas lead to action. Action leads to results. Haradon considers “Ideas - Action - Results” to be his mantra as he begins the new assignment to facilitate the revitalization of Oxford’s business district. As he met with merchants and other stakeholders in town during his first four weeks on the job, Haradon shared his admittedly straightforward game plan with them. Mostly what he did during these conversations, though, is listen to what the people who know Oxford best have to say about the town. Whenever he hears a good idea from someone, he files it away. That idea could lead to an action. That action could eventually lead to the desired result-a vibrant, healthy downtown that is a hub for the entire Oxford area. “The first thing I learned is that there are a lot of possibilities here,” Haradon said. “Oxford is on the verge of being great.” Haradon remembers when he first perceived the possibility for a real renaissance in Oxford. It was early in 2012 when he was driving through town for the first time in over a year. He was impressed by Oxford’s refurbished appearance following a $1.5 million streetscape project. “I drove down Third Street and went, ‘Wow, this looks nice!’” he recalled. “The sidewalks and streetlights looked bright and new. The buildings looked quaint. The people were enjoying themselves.” Haradon has a long record of volunteering with many different community service organizations, including a stint as the President of the large Longwood Rotary Club in Kennett Square. He also served on the Board of Directors of Historic Kennett Square (HKS), the counterpart to Oxford’s Mainstreet organization. As a member of the board of directors of HKS, he saw how the town’s leaders worked collaboratively to create a healthy environment for a downtown that includes a

Promotions, Events, and New Business Development by getting more people involved. “We’re looking for good people who care about Oxford and who want to be involved,” he explained. Another part of his new job, Haradon said, is working to change the conversation-or perhaps the tone of the conversation- a little bit. He references Jim Collins’ bestselling management book, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t” when he talks about the effort to begin Oxford’s transformation into a GREAT community. “The first sentence of that book is ‘Good is the enemy of GREAT”. he explained. “It takes fortitude, energy, practice, and commitment to be really GREAT.” Haradon is hoping to assemble a team of people willing to put in the hard work to help Oxford move from good to GREAT. One reason that he is optimistic that this goal can be achieved comes up when he is asked what Oxford’s greatest strengths might be. He doesn’t hesitate to answer. “It’s the people I’ve met so far,” he explained. “The strength of this community lies with the people here. They really believe in and love the community. One thing that immediately struck Haradon about Oxford was the stability of its people. “It’s a stable community,” he explained. “It’s not a transient community. There is stability with the families who live around Oxford. It’s also stable in terms of the merchant base. Some of the merchants have been here for a long time.” That stability extends to the town’s leaders, which is something else that immediately struck Haradon as being different from other towns. “The people who have been in leadership positions have been in those positions for a long time-and that can be a good thing,” he said. He believes that the Oxford Arts Alliance is a good example of a successful endeavor that was accomplished through a combination of leadership, hard work, and focus on an obtainable goal. “The Arts Alliance is a wonderful institution,” he said. “If you had to have a pattern for success, you could follow what the Arts Alliance did, where one action after another took a vision and made it a reality.” The Arts Alliance is also an illustration of the difference between good and GREATone that Haradon hopes to duplicate in other areas”. “It comes back to “transformation”- creating future possibilities without the constraints of the past,” he explained. “Part of the conversation is, ‘What do you stand for? Is it important to you for

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Oxford to be successful, to have your children be raised in a wonderful community? And what are you willing to commit to so that that happens?’ It requires commitment from all of us-the property owners, the merchants, the people who have a stake in the community.” One new challenge for businesses in the downtown is the recent opening of the Walmart Supercenter on Route 10, just outside of town. “We’re not going to compete with Walmart,” Haradon said. “We know from what’s happened in some other communities and trying to compete just does not work. There’s a lot that can be brought to Oxford-shops, restaurants, and activities, and we will find something unique and different. Walmart is an opportunity, not a threat. Haradon emphasized that be doesn’t want to force his vision for Oxford on anyone, but rather engage all the stakeholders in the effort to shape the town’s future. “My job is to have others create the vision of Oxford,” be said. “I see my job as the conductor of the orchestra. I can’t run around trying to play all the instruments. That wouldn’t sound too good anyway. My job is to assemble the orchestra by involving all those people who want to make Oxford a better place to work, live, play, and shop and create the beautiful music of a successful community together.

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Employment Opportunities For Borough Residents


n the last t h r e e months the Borough of Oxford has seen employment opportunities grow for residents of the Borough and surrounding townships. The Oxford Commons businesses, led by Walmart have provided job opportunities to local residents. Walmart actually located their job center on S. Third Street within the Borough making it easy for local residents to apply for new jobs. Numerous other businesses surrounding the Walmart have also opened. Transportation is a problem for Borough residents, since there are no local busses or a taxi service in the immediate area. Thankfully, the SCOOT system provides some transportation relief, which we are quite thankful for, but local resi-

dents need more to be able to go outside of the Borough on a daily basis. So, when job opportunities come knocking locally, everyone is excited. And the Borough was very excited to hear about the Tastykake/Flowers Foods expansion. This expansion will create approximately 80 new jobs in this area. For those who have limited transportation this is wonderful news. We applaud Tastykake/ Flower Foods for their decision and feel this will be a life-changing event for our Borough. Plans for the addition have been approved by Planning Commission and Borough Council in record time and the building will be starting very soon. During these tough economic times it is amazing to watch the opportunities coming to our Borough. Employment, grant funding, and a revitalized business community are a blessing and a hint of an even brighter future.

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Educational, Fun, Thought-Provoking, Entertaining, Creative and Inspired. Christine Grove We are a busy place! Each month, the Gallery is host to a Gallery Opening. We are blessed to live in an area that is rich with talented and creative artisans so willing to share their gifts. Local artists are not only incredibly generous with their art, but also their time. These artists donate time to our committees, lend guidance and advocacy to our programming, and teach youth at summer camps or workshops.


The biggest change in the past year has been in Music Education. Currently over 50 students are taking instruction from 6 professional instructors at the new Performing Arts Academy of the OxAA located on the second floor of the

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ll these are words that have been used to describe the experience that people have had at the Oxford Arts Alliance. Whether it is a dinner and documentary film, art instruction, music education, viewing fine arts or attending one of our performing arts concerts, folks are enjoying themselves and creating a community of the Arts. The Oxford Arts Alliance is not just the Gallery that is housed in the beautiful Simon Building on South Third Street in Downtown Oxford, but also a vibrant art culture that is enriching and cultivating the southern part of Chester County.

Throughout the month, guests can enjoy a variety of programs. The Fine Art Gallery openings are held the first Friday of each month. Upcoming Gallery shows include the renowned printmaker Shelley Thorstensen in October. November is our Members’ Art Exhibit and in December the Gallery is transformed in to an Artisan Gift Shop for the holidays, with extended hours!

OxAA. Under the direction of Tony Derrico, Director of Music Education, the music lessons have increased exponentially. Private instruction in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Trumpet, Classical Voice and Contemporary Voice are all offered.

renovated Art Classroom space. Ryan Wiesenberg of West Grove joined our list of friends when he chose our classroom renovation as his Eagle Scout project. Ryan’s improvements to our classroom have enabled us to fully utilize this space and increase our program offerings.

In addition to Fine Arts and Music Education, the Oxford Arts Alliance hosts a monthly Dinner and Documentary Series, Performing Arts Series, Adult and Children’s Art Workshops and special events. We offer such varied programming as an upcoming documentary on the move of the Barnes Foundation collection to the Cajun groove of the Bayou Brother and don’t forget our Art workshops for adults and children.

We are still surprised when folks ask “There is an Arts Alliance in Oxford?” We invite those art lovers, those who support creative inquiry, and those who recognize the impact cultural programming can have on a community, to join us! We offer individual or family memberships and if you join on a Tuesday or First Friday the fee is reduced by $10 to $20 for individual or $40 for family. Your support allows us to continue our mission of cultivating community through Art. *The Oxford Arts Alliance extends out heartfelt gratitude to Ryan Wiesneberg of Troop 191 for renovation of Classroom of Oxford Arts Alliance. • •



If you haven’t been to the Oxford Arts Alliance lately, I encourage you to stop in. You will find a recently spruced up Gallery, new Performing Arts Academy for our musical education, and a


May 2013 En Plein Aire Opening Reception May 3, 5-8pm June 2013 Annual Student Art Show Opening Reception June 5-8pm

2012-2013 FINE ARTS SERIES October 2012 Printmaking by Shelley Thorstensen Members Only Preview Oct. 3 Opening Reception Oct. 5, 5-8pm November 2012 Opening Reception Nov. 2, 5-8pm December 2012 Artisan Gift Shoppe Members Only Preview Sale Dec. 5 Opening Reception Dec. 7, 5-8pm January 2013 University of Delaware Artists Exhibit Opening Reception Jan. 4, 5-8pm February 2013 Artists Connection Juried Show Opening Reception Feb. 1, 5-8pm March 2013 Annual Photography Show “Home” Ed Coburn, Curator Opening Reception Mar. 1, 5-8pm April 2013 Coalition Ingenue Opening Reception Apr. 2, 5-8pm

ART INSTRUCTION Classes and workshops offered for Children and Adults. Children’s Gourd Workshop Oct 13, Nov 3, Dec 1 / $15 each

THE 2012-2013 DINNER AND DOCUMENTARY SERIES September 21, 2012 / Please Vote for Me October 19, 2012 / The Art of the Steal November 16, 2012 / King Corn

Children’s Canvas Painting Workshop Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 1 / $25 each Adult Gourd Birdhouse Painting October 16, 7 – 9 pm $35 each Perfect for all levels of painting. Take home a one of a kind gourd birdhouse! Registration is required for all Art Workshops. Please download form at

The Dinner & Documentary (D&D) Series Art for the Day Workshops programs are free, but reservations are required; call the Oxford Public Library (610- Spend the day perfecting your skills at 932-9625) The program and dinner are held these workshops. Ages 15 + Instructor: Cynthia Swanson in the Oxford Arts Alliance Gallery. Dinner is a shared covered dish for community fellowship. 2 Continued on Page 18

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Antique Teacups October 6 from 10am - 3pm / $60 each The class will paint a teacup, and learns about values and transparent colors. Instructor will have pre-cut mats to mat the painting and everyone goes home with a completed piece. Supply list: Watercolor supplies including watercolor paper. Please bring a lunch. Christmas Cards November 10 from 10am - 3pm / $60 We will make 4x6” paintings with watercolor and/or ink. Each painting will fit into a “Canson” card. The class can make as many cards as time permits. Supply list: Watercolor supplies including watercolor paper. Please bring a lunch.

and Saturday afternoon at 3 pm. This show is recommended for ages 12 +. Dessert and Coffee will be served. Tickets: Adults: $18 Senior/ Arts Alliance members $16, students (over 12) $5. Performances held at the Oxford Arts Alliance 38 S. Third Street Oxford, PA

lush sounds of Scandinavian twin fiddling, and original compositions written in a traditional style. This wonderful concert will be held at Bethany Christian School (1137 Shadyside Road Oxford, PA) at 3 pm. Recommended donation is $20/family or $8 per person, $6 Senior; $4 children

January 12, 2013 “6 Local Artists - One Night” The Oxford Arts Alliance music instructors perform! Tony Derrico and Hakaan Diker on guitar, vocalists Serenity Rowland and Courtney Withee, Colleen Jones and Alessandra Cuffaro on violin. Enjoy the talents of this special group of performers at the Oxford Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (6 Pine Street Oxford, PA) 7 pm. Free Will Donation.

May 11, 2013 American Idol meets Battle of the Bands Bring your band and rock out in a friendly competition. Panel of three experts will judge who is the best band. Oxford Presbyterian Church (first floor) 4 - 8 pm Bands: $25 entry fee Audience: Free Will Donation

February 9, 2013 Mardi Gras Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Oxford Arts Alliance. Cajun Music by the Bayou Brothers, beer tastings. Over age 21 only. Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third Street Oxford, PA) 7-9 pm. Cover Charge TBD.

2012-13 Performing Arts Series October 13, 2012 Swing City Enjoy this 18 piece Big Band featuring Tony Derrico on guitar and vocalist Ann Morris. Students from Oxford Center for Dance will also be performing. This performance will be held at Bethany Christian School (1137 Shadyside Road Oxford, PA) @ 7 p.m. Recommended donations: $20/family or $8 per person; $6 Senior; $4 Children

April 13, 2013 / Simple Gifts Duo Two women plus ten instruments equals one good time when Simple Gifts takes the stage. Drawing on an impressive variety of ethnic folk styles, this award-winning duo plays everything from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs and haunting Gypsy melodies, spicing the mix with the distinctive rhythms of Balkan dance music, the

Music Education at the Oxford Arts Alliance Performing Arts Academy Private Music instruction on : Guitar, Piano, Violin/viola, Cello, Trumpet, Alto Sax, Contemporary Voice and Classical Voice. Many of our instructors are also qualified to teach additional instruments, please contact us . MEMBERSHIP November is Membership Month. Become a member and support our mission of Cultivating Community Through Art. Join on a Tuesday discounted membership fees. $30 Individual - Tuesdays $20 $50 Family – Tuesdays $40 • •



November 10, 11, 2012 ACT “The Case of the Malted Falcon” Two shows by Avon Grove Community Theater. Friday evening performance at 7 pm

March 9, 2013 Cecil College Choir and Chamber Ensemble Enjoy “Folk Music Festival” - celebrating the music of Appalachia, Ireland and other cultures. Oxford Presbyterian Church Sanctuary (6 Pine Street Oxford, PA ) 7 pm Free Will Donation.


Library Corner

by Karen Hovis

Oxford Public Library Wishes to Thank You. checks to the following address and please write on your check for capital campaign. Oxford Public Library, 48 S Second Street, Oxford, PA 19363 Any questions: 610-932-9625


e would like to thank everyone for their donations to our capital campaign.

The time frame of our expansion has changed while we apply for the Keystone Grant which

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is a $500,000.00 matching grant. In order to apply, we have to keep a phase of the project shovel ready so we are pausing for a few months while we make sure we have met all criteria for this grant.


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Community Interest Service Clubs for Life and so many more organizations. Oxford Women’s Club hosts monthly bingo for the residents at Ware Presbyterian Village and give prizes. Their major fundraiser is their annual Longerberger™ Basket and Eldreth Pottery Bingo. The 2013 event will be held on March 13, 2013 at Union Fire Company.


he Oxford Area Civic Association started in 1938 and is a nonprofit corporation formed by a group of Oxford Area citizens to further the Community’s response to human needs. The objectives of the association are to financially support qualified organizations in the Borough of Oxford and the surrounding communities and to encourage and support their civic interests. The OACA Board of Directors meets quarterly to discuss the human response needs of the community. Their mailing address is PO Box 34, Oxford, PA 19363 and contact telephone number is 610932-2619.

The Oxford Rotary Club will be hosting a Casino Night Fund raiser on November 3rd. The Oxford Rotary Club is hosting Barbara Arbuto from Chile for the school year. The Oxford Rotary Club meets every Wednesday from 12 PM to 1 PM in the Crystal Room at Ware Mansion. The Oxford Lions Club infamous Ham and Oyster fund raiser returns on November 10th. The Oxford Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at the Nottingham Inn.

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The Oxford Women’s Club started in 1973 and is a fun, active and generous group of ladies who get together once a month to create ways to raise money. They reach out to families in need and donate to Emergency Services, Oxford Public Library, Oxford Area Senior Center, Neighborhood Services Center, Oxford Lighthouse, Canine Partners

Contact them at PO Box 212, Oxford, PA 19363-0212 or call Jane Freeman at 610-932-2619. “We are a small group with big hearts.”

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Carla Lucas PCs to consulting.” DigiTEK provides more than just repairs. The firm is also used by businesses of all kinds that need help with their day-to-day computer operations. “It’s the perfect thing for the small to medium company that doesn’t have their own IT department,” Lesa Simpson said.


xford has a new downtown store where computer problems of all kinds can be addressed for businesses and individuals. DigiTEK Computer Services, owned and operated by Kirk and Lesa Simpson, opened its doors at 109 South Third Street, Oxford on April 6.

Kirk Simpson is well known in the community from over 20 years working at General Rental in Avondale. Ten years ago, he began doing computer repairs and consulting as well. The computer work became his full time job three years ago, with the operation based in the Simpson home. Seeing a need in the community after Wyatt Computer Services closed, the Simpsons took the big step to move the business into a storefront in downtown Oxford. Moving to a storefront location has made digiTEK easily accessible to walk in clients and provided a good working environment for the husband and wife business team. “It gives us a great separation between home and business,” Kirk Simpson said.

”I really don’t have any preference, I like both environments,” Kirk Simpson said. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people.” Personalized customer service is something that digiTEK can offer that is hard to find in chain stores. Some laptops can be brought to the shop for service, while businesses may need on site consultation and service. Kirk even makes house calls to residential clients when necessary to tackle a problem or set up a computer. “We offer comprehensive service,” Lesa Simpson said. One question people often have when a computer needs repair is whether to make the repair or buy a new one. “They can bring it in and we do a diagnostic for a fee and do an determination of if it’s worth fixing,” Kirk Simpson said, explaining that when someone does buy a new computer, he can help transfer data and programs to their new device. In addition to helping conquer hardware problems, digiTEK can also help with software issues. Simpson can recommend solutions to individual needs and custom build a new computer to a client’s special interests. DigiTEK can be contacted at (610) 467-1200 or by e-mail at

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“It was kind of a matter of timing. We’re filling a void in the community,” said Lesa Simpson who works as the office manager while Kirk Simpson handles the technical side of the business. “We do anything from repairs for Mac or

Kirk Simpson enjoys working with both businesses and individuals, and both can all find the computer services they need at digiTEK. Home computer users can find help with repairs, data recovery, setting up a new computer, or selecting a new computer to purchase.

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Meet Our Member Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc.

Marcella Peyre-Ferry

need your vehicle back – the vehicle is your business,” Office Manager and Service Writer Kim Evans said. Dependable and timely repairs keep customers coming back to Cole. “We get mostly local customers, but we have people who come from Chester Springs, the Pottstown area and one customer comes from New York. His mother is local so when he comes down here he brings his vehicle to us for maintenance,” Evans said.


or repair and maintenance of engines of all sizes, Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc of West Grove is one location that can take care of everything from chain saws to eighteenwheelers. Located at 409 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove, the U Haul operation side of the property is the view that most passers by notice, but behind the trucks awaiting rental or service there is a bustling operation that can serve almost any engine need. Michael Cole worked at a major commercial trucking firm for many years before taking a break to operate the well remembered Dixie’s Diner in Avondale. Fifteen years ago, Cole’s love of engines drew him back to that line of work. In addition to Cole, two technicians and a large truck specialist are kept busy with inspections, regular maintenance and repairs. Services offered by Cole include State Inspection and emissions testing for cars, trucks of all sizes, and trailers.

In addition to general repair work, Cole also is an authorized Sinister Diesel dealer. Sinister Diesel products properly installed allow 6.0 L and 6.4 L truck operators to eliminate problems with EGR cooler clogging that can destroy an engine. “It’s not a matter of if it will happen, it’s when it will happen. If the EGR does get clogged up, it can blow up the turbo in your truck so your looking at a complete rebuild,” Evans said. Another feature of Michael Cole Enterprises is the full service U-Haul operation at the same location. The office offers packing supplies of all kinds including boxes and bubble wrap as well as truck or trailer rentals of all sizes. U-Haul vehicle reservations can be made on line for this location, with the office open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Cole can also make accommodations for Sunday pick up or drop off if necessary. Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays with additional Saturday hours. For repairs call (610) 869-9130. For U-Haul information call (610) 869-7955. “Se Habla Espanol” @ our shop.

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Commercial customers depend on Cole for fast service on the trucks that are vital to their daily business operations. “We know it’s your business, so we give it priority. We know you

While Cole can handle commercial vehicles and big trucks, the shop is also ready to work on small engines of all kinds ranging from chain saws and snow blowers to power washer motors. “We do a full range of small engines,” Evans said.


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HE PHILOSOPHY OF SPROUTS is to provide children with quality early education while encouraging kids to be


Sprouts, licensed by the Department of Education as a private academic school, is a new to the Oxford area, having opened at 102 Connor Drive, Suite 100, Oxford in 2012 but owner Jody Thompson is not new to the preschool world. “I’ve been teaching pre-school over 30 years. I always told the kids, I never made it to the big school,” Thompson smiled explaining that she enjoys working with young children. “They’re so much fun, they make me smile every day. When you watch a little one and he’s finally figured out how to do something, the pride in their eyes just tells you they’re so excited and happy with themselves.” For the past 18 years, Thompson has also operates the two Ducklings locations in the Kennett Square area. Seeing the region change motivated her to add the Sprouts location in Oxford. “I just watched the whole area grow and there are so many new young families moving into the area,” she said. The new facility offers infant care and classes for toddlers through pre-K with both full and half-day programs available. There is also before/after school care for children in K through second grade with bussing available for children attending the Oxford Area School District.

Sprouts provides an environment where learning is fun for youngsters. Age appropriate materials, certified and degreed teachers, and age-specific programs prepare children for school while teaching them important social skills in an environment that is nurturing and fun. The preschool classes make preparing for big school fun! Lesson plans expand to include early reading and writing, math, and science activities. Enrichment programs such as karate, Spanish, and dance are also offered to three year olds and up. One of the main goals of Sprouts is to teach children to love learning at an early age. Programs are themed each week, but there is flexibility as well so that teachers can modify their lesson plans as new educational opportunities crop up. For playtime, there is an indoor gym and two age appropriate, fenced play yards as well as plans for a paved tricycle area. “We are firm believers that it takes a village to raise a child and therefore we strive to give parents the support and peace of mind required to raise a family in the world today,” Thompson said. Sprouts is open year round, from 7 am to 6 pm, closing for most federal holidays. Children from six weeks of age through Pre Kindergarten are accepted. For more information on Sprouts, visit the Web site at or call (610) 467-1031.

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The educational aspect of Sprouts is important in giving the children a chance to develop skills before they reach kindergarten so that they will

be ready for the transition. “ The children ready to enter the elementary school. They’re going to be confident when they get there,” Thompson said. “It’s not fair to them to not teach them. They want to learn how things work.”


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AX PREPARATION. Accounting. Invoicing. Payroll. Bookkeeping. Does just the mention of these chores get you down, make you sweat, or ruin your otherwise perfectly productive day? Tina McHugh, owner of TM Businesses Solutions has the solutions to help individuals with tax preparations and small businesses with a full range of bookkeeping and accounting services, tax preparation, and small business management consultation. “My job is to alleviate the stress for people with their tax preparation, accounting, and bookkeeping needs so that they can concentrate on doing what they do best,” says McHugh. “Yes, people must spend some money to outsource this part of their business, but in the long run they can use this valuable time gained (from not having to do all therecord keeping, billing, and accounting) to grow their business.” Among the full range of bookkeeping services offered at TM Business Solutions are: • Income Taxes • Accounts Receivable • Accounts Payable • Invoicing/Billing • Month end reports • Payroll • Quarterly Taxes




Small business management solutions includes: • Purchasing • Typing reports • Employee Handbooks • Procedure Manuals • Office Management

Return Preparer, which is a designation by the IRS. In October, 2004, after the birth of her daughter, McHugh started TM Business Solutions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was a way for her to be a stay-at-home-mom and have a career at the same time. She has bachelor’s degree in accounting and over 10 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping. In 2006, McHugh relocated to Oxford, Pennsylvania, where TM Business Solutions is now headquartered. Among McHugh’s credentials is the Quickbooks Pro advisor certification. She is highly trained in using QuickBooks and will also work one-on-one with clients to teach them how to use this powerful business accounting software to its best advantage. TM Business Solutions offers short-term and long-term services. “No job is too big or small for my company,” says McHugh. “Every job will be evaluated and carried out to best suit our client’s individual needs.” McHugh custom designs a management program to fit the needs of each business, whether it is working together side by side on a weekly or bi-weekly basis or working independently with brief updates. All information discussed is confidential. “I want to help people’s small businesses succeed,” says McHugh. “I like to see my client’s business flourish.” McHugh can be reached at 610-998-1404. Check out TM Business Solution’s website at TM Business Solutions is a member of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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ERSATILE HAIR SALON has found a new location and a new name. Now known as Versatile Unisex Salon, the popular hair salon has moved to a larger location just a few steps away. Although the name and location have changed, owner Tanja LaDuke has not changed the high quality of friendly service offered at the Salon. Tanja worked from the smaller location with her fiancé Michael Valentin assisting her for for three and a half years before moving to the present site at 2256 Baltimore Pike Oxford this summer. The building, which previously housed a paint story, is not only larger, but also brighter and more inviting. Even though the move is just one door away, the change of environment is dramatic. “This place is four times bigger, four times nicer, the parking is better, the visibility, everything,” she said. Tanja credits the strong following of clients for her ability to take on a larger location. “We couldn’t have gotten here without a lot of loyal customers,” she said. Tanja also thanks her children Michael, Alayna and Tanaya, and her fiancé Michael and her father Steven LaDuke who helped with renovations. She appreciates all the support they have given her in making the salon a success. ”We’re like a modern day ‘mom and pop shop’.” Versatile Unisex Salon covers the full range of services including haircuts for men and women, coloring, styling and eyebrows. The salon pro-

vides basimanicures, Japanese straigtheners, Keratin straigtheners, relaxers and texture services as well as perms. Tanja works on all hair types and age groups, with traditional or contemporary styles. “I consider myself to be a color specialist, but I think our hair cuts are what really makes us stand out,” she said. Tanja has been a hair stylist for twelve years, graduating from Empire Beauty School in Exton. “I always wanted to own my own business. I always liked doing hair,” she said. LaDuke is the primary stylist as well as the salon owner, with an assistant helping her on weekends. Currently, she is looking for new stylists to help handle customer requests. Versatile Unisex Salon hours are Mondays noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 7p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tanja is also available at earlier and later hours by appointment, and will travel for special requests. Tanja prefers clients to schedule appointments, but walk in customers are also welcome. Tanja is able to communicate with Spanish speaking clients, and provides salon services for both men and women. “I don’t like to turn anybody away,” she said. “I try to be as flexible as possible. I try to make everybody feel welcome.” Tanja also offers discounts and package deals on children’s cuts and styles to help fit every budget. “My prices are a more affordable than a lot of other salons, including kids cuts starting at $10 and men’s and women’s cuts starting at $15,” she said. “I like to give people the best service for their money.” The new location for Versatile Unisex Salon has gotten rave reviews from Tanja’s regular clients, and now she hopes new clients will try the new site. “I want them to come out and see the new place,” she said. For more information and to schedule appointments at Versatile Unisex Salon, call Tanja LaDuke at 610-467-1550.

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THG Financial Partners


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Woolard, Krajnik, Masciangelo, LLP


Ad Pro, Inc./Chester County Press


Graffix, Inc


PCG Creative LLC


Atlantic Tractor


Hostetter Grain, Inc.


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Antique/Thrift/Flea Market Oxford Odds & Ends


Architecture/Engineering CM Group Inc.


Jahan Sheikholeslami, AIA


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Oxford Female Seminary 1839-1259/1866-1876/77

“Life hath its changes, cloud and shade, alternate with the busy light, While brightest flowers with beauty fade. And pass forever from our sight.” LOCATIONS 1. CORNER, WEST SIDE, OF MARKET STREET [THEN CALLED NEW LONDON ROAD] AND THIRD STREET [THEN CALLED LIMESTONE ROAD], OXFORD, PA. The first building was brick, 6 bays [windows] across the front, and 3 stories high. There was a gable roof with a chimney at each end. On the first floor there were 4 bays, and one single door and one double door under a front shed roof. Along the unpaved street was a rail fence with a gate, 5 or 6 trees, and a hitching post or two.

The main building was sold by the Dickeys in 1860/61 to Pusey J. Nichols, for $6,500, and was again operated as an inn, tavern and stage stop. After Mr. Nichols bought it, half the property facing Third Street was sold as a store and business property. The remaining portion became the Octoraro Hotel, which has had several owners, and survives to the present. In 1912 a second and third story porch was added to the Hotel, and later removed. At one time the store and business part housed the American Store, the ancestor of the Acme. Note the 1930’s picture to the left. In the 1940s the 3rd story of this portion was removed and reroofed when Eagles Men’s Store occupied it. 2. EAST SIDE OF NORTH THIRD STREET, OXFORD, NOW # 51, 52, A DUPLEX WITH APARTMENTS.

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Built in 1820’s by Jeremiah Knight as a tavern, inn and stage coach stop, with stables and stock yard behind the building, it was sold to Timothy Kirk., who continued its use as before. It was bought from Kirk’s heirs in 1839 by Samuel Dickey and John Miller

Dickey, who founded the Oxford Female Seminary in this building in the same year. One source claims the school started in 1837. Its organization may have begun at that time. Through subsequent years, the school expanded into adjacent buildings down Third St.

The second building was a large white frame house which housed the school from 1866-1877, when it resumed after the Civil War under new management. The Seminary closed when “State Normal Schools”, soon renamed “State Teachers Colleges”, such as West Chester, took over the training of teachers. Very little history about the 18661877 years is available. OAHA would be grateful for any knowledge or information on it, HISTORY

Professors in 1848 were John Miller Dickey, Samuel Dickey, Dr Ebenezer V. Dickey, and Miss E. White, Miss C.J.P.J. Costerisan, and • •



The Seminary taught the young ladies much more than manners, house hold affairs, and needle work. The subjects taught were quite a plateful for young ladies in the mid 1800’s, equaling the education of males, and prepared them to be teachers and/or educated spouses of important male figures of the time. Nearby Academies of that time for male students were Hopewell Academy, and

New London Academy. The regular course was 3 years, and the enrollment fluctuated between 40 and 103 students. Beyond the diploma, no Degrees were awarded, but a Normal Certificate for the teaching course was supplied. The Seminary received a favorable review in The Pennsylvania School Journal of 1852. They studied Science; such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Physiology, and Botany; Mathematics; including Algebra and Geometry; Geography, History, Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Rhetoric and Logic, French, Latin, Greek, English Composition, Grammar, and Literature; Orthography [word spelling, derivation, and correct usage]; Penmanship and Music. Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph demonstrated his invention at the Seminary.


Mrs. C. S. Laird. The school operated 1839 to 1858/59 until closed by Civil War disturbance, the failure of southern students to return, and increasing business activities in Oxford. In 1860/61 the Dickeys sold the buildings to Mr. Pusey, relocated the school to N. 3rd St, and severed their connection with the seminary, devoting their time to business, church, and the newly arriving Railroad. Oxford Area Historical Assoc. has copies and/or originals of catalogs, information and student lists for: 1848- 74 students from PA, DE, MD, VA. 1854- 89 students from PA, DE, MD, VA, TN, IN , and Capetown , Africa. 1855- 90 students from PA, DE, MD, IN, and Africa. 1857- 103 students were reported in the Catalog. OAHA also has a copy of Miss Jane M. Crop’s diploma of 1859, bearing a black and white line drawing of the school, and the signature of John Miller Dickey. An excerpt from a copy of an autograph album of Miss Linda Lysle, a student in 1855 and distant cousin of Edie Sumner, reveals some of the thoughts and expressions of the Victorian sentiment of the time.

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Graduates from the school include Eleanore Junkins who married Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and became a noted poetess and author in the South. Her Father, Dr George Junkins was founder of Lafayette College and president of Washington and Lee College. Lynda Lysle was a daughter of George Lysle. Lysles became important locally in the paper mill business [Franklin Paper Mill, Hervey Lysle]. Dickey daughters attended the school as did the daughters of many other Oxford Area Citizens, whose descendants help run the Oxford Area today.


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maximize the use of community volunteers in the schools and to enrich curricular and co-curricular activities of the school district.” The core of the Foundation’s mission is based on two beliefs: that the citizens of this community have a huge stake in the success of our schools, and second, that the citizens of thecommunity can contribute in major ways to that success. The Foundation has enormous respect for the professional skills of our teachers (in fact, OEF’s first major contribution was from the Teachers’ Association) and OEF salutes the dedication of the school board and its administrative team, all of whom have been very supportive of the Foundation’s work. But in the end it is the level of community commitment to the success of the schools that will be decisive. Oxford Educational Foundation President Jim McLeod stresses that the Foundation is a not for profit organization, that is independent from the school district. “We are not part of the school district, however we do operate with a memorandum of understanding with the school district,” he said. ‘We are a private entity of our own. We operate autonomously.”


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THE OXFORD EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (OEF) was organized by a group of interested citizens in July of 1994. Many people were involved in the initial effort. Former Secretary of PA Department of Education, Dr. John Pittinger, along with two sitting board members were instrumental in making the organization a reality. At that time, there was only one other Education Foundation in Chester County, in the Owen J Roberts School District. The idea was to assist the district by providing extra funding for special programs and volunteers who are willing to help children in the school setting. The mission statement of the non-profit organization is to “Enhance the quality of education in the Oxford Area School District and contribute to the success of Oxford students by generating financial support to

While they are not a part of the school system, the district appreciates the OEF. School District Superintendent Dr. Raymond Fischer has been involved as a member of the OEF board since 1994. “We’ve done great things for the students of the Oxford Area School District. It’s very positive board to work with,” he said. One of the many positive aspects to the foundation is the way that it increases community involvement in the school district. Residents without children in the schools can still be involved on a very direct level. “We have the Oxford Education Foundation, the Schools and the community involved together and they’ve formed a very close partnership. These are our community schools, and the partnership that they’ve put together is very strong and gets stronger by the day,” Fischer said. “It’s a great board to work with. We get a lot accomplished.” The current board of the OEF (as of September 2012) is composed of President Jim McLeod, Vice-President Susan Melrath, Secretary Pam Mason, and Treasurer Charles Lewis. Board members at this time are Etha McDowell, Judi Jefferis, Carolyn Hess, Stephen Roberts, Raymond Fischer, Vernon Ringler, Stephanie DeMott, Harry Farmer, Jr., Student Representative Briar Foran, Pam Mason, Roberta McManus, Flossie Prewitt and Valerie Kegley. Jennifer Whelan is the OEF’s Volunteer Coordinator “I got involved being an Oxford graduate and someone interested in education,” McLeod explained his feelings. “I do live in the community and I care. I think public education is a valuable asset to any community.” Each year, the Foundation contributes a piece of equipment to the schools or provides support for an educational program, which the school system could not afford out of its regular budget. One way that they also help is in awarding grants within the district. Teachers submit grant applications for programs that they believe would be beneficial to the students in their classrooms, but are outside the normal budget. “We developed professional • •



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helping with course work under the direction of a teacher. Volunteers may also focus on tutoring a specific subject. During the 2010-2011 school year, 37 volunteers worked with 320 students. Volunteer coordinator Jennifer Whalen collaborates with volunteers, school counselors, teachers, and principals to identify the needs of students and match them with the most appropriate mentor or tutor. Many of the mentors and tutors work with the same student for several years. These relationships benefit the students in countless ways and demonstrate the commitment of the OEF volunteers. Each year the OEF conducts a survey to measure the effectiveness of the mentoring and tutoring program and to learn what we can do to improve. The survey forms are distributed to parents, faculty, and mentors and tutors in the spring and analyzed during the summer. The evaluation of the 2010-2011 school year found that 93% of the parents who responded to the survey saw a positive influence on the students in the program. It showed that mentoring and tutoring increases the self-confidence of the student, which often results in improved academic performance. To further support the efforts of the teachers in the school district, OEF is working to provide a registry of experts to be an additional source of information for teachers in the district to utilize. The program is called OEF CAREs – OEF Community Adults as Resources for Education. The board of directors seeks volunteers to be guest speakers and/or email pen-pals with teachers – similar to “phone a friend” on a popular game show. The goal is to help students make connections between careers and their classrooms thereby expanding their thinking out beyond their classrooms. People with specialized knowledge, experiences and skills can easily support the students in this manner. A template will soon be available for interested people to add their expertise to that of professional educators and be involved in the education of young people in this community. OEF hopes to have this program up

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grants for teachers to bring innovative programs into the classroom,” McLeod said, noting that the Foundation has provided over $98,000 in grants in this way in the past ten years. “It’s great for the school district because were able to bring in programs that are outside the regular budget.” In addition to funding initiatives by individual teachers, the OEF gives the Pittinger Grant, a “building grant” of up to $5,000 to one of the district schools each year. This grant was offered for the first time in 2011, and several proposals were received and reviewed. The proposal selected for funding was submitted by Lisa Stenz of the Penn’s Grove School. The grant funded an assembly and related activities from “Rachel’s Challenge”. The nation wide program and it’s related Chain Links Club was founded on the legacy of Rachel Scott, one of the victims at the Columbine High School shootings. It has a goal of making permanent positive changes to sustain a chain reaction of kindness and tolerance across the entire school. Rachel’s Challenge, in conjunction with other initiatives from Ms. Stenz, aims to create a more tolerant and positive atmosphere in Oxford’s middle school. While the Oxford Area School District is limited in revenues, the area is rich in human resources. The Foundation helps members of the community contribute to the students by organizing volunteer programs that give residents a chance to serve as aides, mentors, tutors and more. “The OEF helps us in a number of ways. It provides us with volunteers to work in our schools with students who have difficulties, or just to mentor a student having some issues at home or at school. It gives them someone to talk with, and someone to help sort out any difficulties they have,” Fischer said. A major effort of the Oxford Educational Foundation is the Mentoring and Tutoring Program. Some mentors work with individual students to help them make good choices and improve their performance in school. Others combine mentoring and tutoring by

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and running with information on the website within the next month. Everyone is invited to support the Foundation by becoming a member. Membership applications can be found on the Foundation Web site at Members may attend and vote at the annual meeting in October, and may receive periodic reports of the Foundation’s activity as well as notification of special events. There is a $5 membership fee, but additional tax-deductible contributions are welcome. The Foundation is also seeking volunteers to help in the schools, using their skills to help youngsters beyond the education they receive in the classroom. To become a volunteer, see the OEF Web site for more information and a volunteer form or contact the OEF office at 610-932-7200 or Volunteers are greatly appreciated and each year the OEF presents the Randy Sebastian Volunteer of the year, RSVP Award. The recipient of the 2012 award, presented at the Foundations June 7 breakfast, was Mrs. Lois Martino. Mrs. Martino was raised in Moorestown, NJ and had an early career in banking. She is married to William Martino, and has one wwwson and a grandson who graduated from High School in 2012. The Martinos lived in Wilmington and Chadds Ford before coming to the Ware Presbyterian Village complex in 2003. Mrs. Martino was recruited as on OEF mentor, serving as a volunteer in Mrs. Laura James’ first grade classroom. The 2012/13 schoolyear will be her seventh year with the students. The OEF thanks her for her commitment to volunteering and her deep regard for the students of the school district. The Oxford Educational Foundation wants all its supporters to know that their children, their neighbors’ children, and the community are grateful for all efforts that help make Oxford a better school district. Ultimately, individuals and the community at-large will benefit from a generation of better-educated students.

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ushing through downtown Oxford, leading our busy daily lives, leaves little time to contemplate the past or question the whos, hows, and whys of Oxford’s past. Each building still standing, every turn in the road, every visitor who passed through or person who stayed have left a mark reflected in Oxford today. If only the walls that are standing could talk. Imagine the stories they could tell. The next best thing? The Oxford Area Historical Association Town Walk. Held this past August, costumed interpreters stood beside a few of downtown Oxford’s historical buildings with snippets of information about its people, businesses and buildings. They

shared with the community a part of its intriguing past through small vignettes from Oxford’s fascinating history. The Downtown Oxford Walking Tour ran along what is now called Third Street, the north-south route through the center of Oxford Borough. Before the Route 1 By-pass, much of the automobile traffic going between Baltimore and Philadelphia came through the center of town. It was a boom time for local businesses. When the stagecoach passed through in the mid-1800s, Oxford was a great mid-way stopping point between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Many hotels flourished in the village because of the stage coach patrons. This same road was known as Limestone Road in the early 1800s as farmers brought wagons of crushed limestone down from quarries north of town and spread it on the fields. Earlier in the area’s history the north-south trail from the Chesapeake Bay to the Poconos was called the Nanticoke Trail and was used by the Nanticoke Indians.

A few of the stops on the August 2012 Downtown Walking Tour are highlighted below. THE FAMOUS WHO CAME TO OXFORD THE OXFORD HOTEL is the oldest building in Oxford. It traces its history back to1754 when a two-story wooden structure, Haye’s Tavern, renamed Hood Tavern, was built at the intersection of several old trails. By 1853 the original log cabin was replaced with a brick building. It is currently an apartment building for senior citizens. If the walls of the Oxford Hotel could talk they would mention a few of the people who lodged here, including Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon and their crews(as they worked on surveying the Mason Dixon Line) and professional baseball player Mickey Mantel, who they say wasn’t very friendly and didn’t sign any autographs when he stayed here. We would also learn the property was used as a depository for supplies in 1777 during the Battle of Brandywine. The horses from Martha Washington’s coach was watered at Oxford Hotel and some her staff may have stayed here, but she stayed at the Hayesville Inn while George Washington in the region instructing the fine citizens on how to make gunpowder. * Iris Dowling shared these stories. OXFORD’S MOVING PICTURE PAST

HOW OXFORD’S FIRST CHURCH GREW ONE GROUP OF PRESBYTERIAN SCOTCH-IRISH that moved to settle Chester County’s western frontier in the early 1700s established a congregation in a tent near Hood’s Corner, in what is now the Pine Alley valley. By 1754 Reverend Alexander Gellatly was assigned to this area and officially founded the Oxford Presbyterian Church. The first building was a log cabin located in The Green (across Pine Street from the current Oxford Presbyterian Church). The church’s leadership changed many times over its first 50 years. By the beginning of the 1800s, Reverend Ebeneezer Dickey was the spiritual leader of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and through his leadership the congregation grew. His son John Dickey took over in 1832. John Dickey is credited for his spiritual leadership as well as his business and entrepreneurial skills in Oxford. He was the founder of Ashmum Institute, today Lincoln University. Although he • •

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THE MARQUEE OF THE FORMER OXFORD THEATER juts over the sidewalk on S. Third Street. The building is currently home of the

Oxford Thrift Shop where people come and go all day looking for bargains. In its heyday of the 1940s and 1950s, the marquee of the Oxford Theater advertised which of the latest Hollywood moving pictures was playing. If these walls could talk, we would learn how hundreds of people waited in line, excited to see the next great movie, such as The Wizard of Oz. The Oxford Theater was the major entertainment venue for the Oxford area.


was not the minister at the time, he helped to build the Gothic brick church and steeple that became one of Oxford’s landmarks. After a major fire in 1989, the church was rebuilt in 1993. Only the base of the steeple was saved from the original building, evidence of it is the different color bricks of the building. * Jim Sumner shared the church’s history. ONE BUILDING, MANY USES

FIVE GENERATIONS IN BUSINESS AS IN MANY TOWNS, A FEW BUSINESS FAMILIES have a great impact in one town. Five generations of Ringlers had that impact in Oxford. Thomas Ringler brought his family to Oxford after the Civil War and started a stagecoach delivery business between Oxford and Parksburg. When the railroad came to town he expanded to a freight hauling and mail delivery service. S. Vernon Ringler, Thomas’s son, continued in the delivery business as well as assuming the duties of Oxford’s constable in the early 1900s. Horace Ringler started Ringler’s Appliance Store in 1949 as well as a trucking/package delivery company in the late 1930s. William

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THE BUILDING NOW KNOWN AS OXFORD CARD AND GIFTS had a varied history. If these walls could talk, you’d learn how it started as a tavern and house in 1812 when the stagecoach brought travelers through Oxford. By 1894 the building was shared as office space for a private banker and lawyer. Upstairs were the offices of the United Telephone Company, which brought the new high-tech telephone to the Oxford community. Mr. McIntyre bought the building

in 1914 and turned it into a restaurant; he added a pool room to the back. From 1947 to 1972 local resident (and WWII veteran) Melvin Berkowich turned this location into one of Chester County’s most progressive drug stores. There was a large soda fountain with booths, a large selection of products for sale geared towards women and in the back was the pharmacy. The Ringler Brothers, who operated a newsstand a few doors down, bought the building in 1972 and moved their store. Back then the newsstand would sell 1,000 Sunday papers and 95 New York Times Sunday papers, plus roasted peanuts and tons of Russel Stover chocolates around Christmas. By 1977 they had revamped the store to a card and gift shop. The Ringlers were responsible for restoring the storefront to its former Victorian glory with the 1890s stained glass windows across the threshold. Five years ago the building and store were sold to its current owners. * Vernon Ringler shared these stories.


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today. The Oxford Art Alliance not only offers gallery space for local artists, but organizes film and music events as well as art and music lessons for children and adults. In the basement of the Penn Fuels building, on Third Street, the Charles X. Carlson Octoraro Art Association formed in 1948. This organization is still very active, attracting many of the region’s artists to its meetings. Steve Roka, Oxford’s first art teacher, is the remaining original member of the Association. * Faye Doyle shared the stories of Simon’s Department Store while Jay Eaton (not pictured) talked about the region’s art history inside. and Vernon Ringler, Horace’s sons continued to run the appliance store, which was closed in 2001. At the corner of Third and Market Streets stands Oxford Hall, which is currently owned by Vernon and Ediene Ringler. Oxford Hall was built in 1864 by the Oxford Hall Association. The first floor was a general store. The second floor served as a community performance space with a stage and seating for 375. The third floor had apartments. In the 1940s the first floor of this building was a JJ Newberry’s 5 & 10 store. If these walls could talk they would tell the stories of how everyday people would come through its doors to hear lectures and performances or do their weekly shopping. * Bill Ringler with his wife share family photos from many generations.

OXFORD’S SELF-GUIDED HISTORIC WALKING TOUR ALTHOUGH THE TOWN WALK is offered only occasionally, the curious are encouraged to take the self-guided Oxford Historic Walking Tour. It highlights 17 of the buildings in Oxford’s Historic District along the 1.5 mile route. Brochures may be picked up at Oxford Public Library, at the OMI Office and the Oxford Chamber of Commerce office as well as in local businesses. It can also be downloaded from the OMI’s website:


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Meet the Artist Connection

By Paula Graham


BEEN SAID THAT ORGANIZING ARTISTS IS A LOT LIKE HERDING CATS. Maybe, but members of the Oxford-based Artist Connection do anything but catnap when it comes to finding creative ways to connect artists with other artists, artists to the public, as well as artists to local businesses, galleries, resources and ideas. With 40 members, what began three years ago as an informal marketing support group has blossomed into a dynamic presence in our corner of southern Chester County.

the two groups. The Connection holds its summer membership exhibit at the Gallery and curates an annual February juried multimedia exhibit for artists in the tri-state area. One of Cheryl’s first projects as AC-OxAA liaison was to organize a gift shop. The shop opened in December, 2010 after Connection members painted and decorated the space next to the gallery, which was donated by Jahan Sheikholeslami, president of the OxAA. The shop later moved to the Gallery as the December Artisan Gift Shop, a local shopping destination for unique and affordable holiday gifts.

When Cheryl agreed to serve as Artist Connection liaison to the OxAA Board of Directors, a vital connection was formed between

With her artistic spirit, experience, expertise and encouragement she led the Connection to curate its first Juried Exhibition in

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Artisan jeweler Cheryl Gross, Kirkwood, remembers the first meeting, which was held at the Oxford Arts Alliance (OxAA). “I was very surprised at the turnout of both men and women and equally surprised that I knew none of them. I immediately felt a sense of belonging, the finding of the missing piece of my life puzzle,” said Cheryl. To create jewelry designs for her business Déjà Vu, she takes jewelry pieces from the past 100 years and reassembles them into contemporary works.

Artist Judy Brown Petersen, Touch of Earth Studio, Oxford, is a wildlife artist who specializes in painting endangered species animals in oil and acrylics. She has exhibited widely in Philadelphia, the Main Line and Chester County. A retired Project Management from WL Gore & Associates, she serves as Connection Treasurer. Judy is also on the Board of Directors and Membership Co-Chair of the OxAA. “The Connection has brought so many awesome artists and people into my life. I love its diversity. We are creative artists who also have fun. I want us to continue to grow in members, partner with other groups and support the OxAA to make Oxford the cultural place to be,” said Judy.

February, 2010. One goal was to offer artists who had never submitted to a juried show the opportunity to try. Artist/professor Dan Miller, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, studied the work of 60 artists to select the multi-media work for 2010 exhibit. Another goal was to connect artists from Delaware, Maryland and other Pennsylvania towns to Oxford and the OxAA. Curating this event has given members an insider’s look at what’s involved in planning and hanging a gallery exhibit. Under Judy’s professional eye Connection members hang two galleries show per year. Dave Bliss, Oxford, is always there to lend a hand. “Judy says hang this picture here, and I hang it. I’m willing to do what needs to be done. I guess I do the grunt work,” said Dave. For sure, Dave has logged many volunteer hours, both for the Connection and the OxAA, at the gallery, at the gift shop and at the 2011 Decorator Show House. As Membership Chairman Dave keeps track of the Connection’s growing list of names, addresses, websites and emails. He also manages wall space in the Oxford Farm Market where members display their work on a rotating basis.

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In November Dave will offer a workshop on photoshopping images for the internet. “Knowing how to size images for blogs and websites is something artists want to know,” said Dave. The workshop, which is free, will be held at the Gallery on Wednesday November 14 at 9 a.m. during the Connection’s monthly business meeting . As a photographer Dave is drawn to European cathedrals and castles. Closer to home he likes to shoot landscapes. As a restorer of old photos Dave has worked on many scenes of historic Oxford. “The Historical Society bought pictures of buildings from the center Oxford from Temple University. The photos were in bad shape. Fortunately I was able to restore them and archive them in digital for- • •



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mat. What I do is more service than artistic expression,” said Dave. Woodcarver Larry Denver, Cochranville, is a founding force of the Connection. “We have a good core group who work well together,” he said. With his wife Alyce, Larry organized a Fine Arts and Crafts Festival for the Bridges of Life Medical Foundation in Haiti. Offering 30% of their proceeds to help restore Dr. Patrick Jeudy’s medical clinic, which was destroyed by an earthquake, several Connection members participated in the October, 2011, weekend event at the Twinbrook Winery in Gap, PA. When Larry began working with wood 20 years ago, displaying or selling his work wasn’t his goal. He was making gifts for friends and improving his California home. When he moved to PA and began exploring new directions in woodworking, the inventory began piling up. Alyce had one suggestion: sell it. Already a savvy on-line marketer, jewelry maker Stacey Peterson of Stormflight Designs, Landenberg, helps area artists stay connected through the Connection’s monthly newsletter. She includes announcements and photos of member events plus articles about creativity and marketing. Each issue features the profile of a Connection artist. One of Stacey’s favorite things about belonging to an artist circle is meeting other artists and learning about their artistic journeys. “I’ve learned so much that I can apply to my own work,” she said. She appreciates the workshops the Connection has offered on the business side of being an artist and looks forward to the group becoming a resource on marketing.

When the Connection needed a new logo for its membership card and PR material, it turned to Jen Zduniak, Cochranville. At Jennifer Zduniak Design and Photography, the artist specializes in family portraits. She meets with the family before the shoot to find out “what they are about.” She suggests the best environment for the session and offers her top tips for getting the best photo. Creating wedding invitations to logos, business cards and T-shirts, Jen has worked in graphic design field for 20 years. And like many Connection members who have migrated to volunteer jobs at the OxAA, Jen is working on two projects: designing a flag for the front of the gallery and coordinating area high school students to document the arts in Oxford via videos for youtube. “I’m glad I found the Oxford Arts Alliance. My daughter attended the summer arts camp, and my son is taking guitar lessons there. Oxford seems to be getting busier and things look nice.” The Connection recently met Ware Presbyterian Village resident and watercolor artist Eleanor Inforzato. Eleanor is a member of the OxAA, the Charles X. Carlson Octoraro Art Association and now the Artist Connection. She lobbied persistently and successfully to establish display space to bring art exhibits to Ware for residents who could not get out to galleries or museums. Wildlife illustrator and AC members Chuck Fischer and painter Paula Graham (now the Connection’s liaison to the OxAA Board of Directors) have displayed their work and given gallery talks at the Ware Health Center. Driving by the OxAA Gallery this past July you might have spotted artists Pat Reese, Oxford, and Linda Weigel, Cochranville,

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In addition to publishing the Connection’s newsletter, Stacey will assist OxAA managingv director Chris Grove organize the gallery’s December Artisan Gift Shop where her jewelry was one of last year’s biggest sellers. She will also share her social media

expertise on October 10 at 9 a.m. when the Connections gathers for its monthly business meeting at the Oxford Arts Alliance. Her workshop is Using Facebook to promote your Career.

hanging clothes and laundry props in the front window. The artists transformed the window display space into a backyard and backY’ART bonanza to promote the Connection’s Clothesline Show and Y’ART Sale. Or maybe you enjoyed their joint summer exhibit at Morning Glories Cafe. Be on the look out and you’ll see them out and about painting scenes of Oxford. Pat is a well-known Oxford watercolor painter. Linda, who works in watercolor, pastel and oil, is a founding member of the Artist Connection. She loves painting children, horses and foxes. With it’s Third Annual Juried Exhibit coming up in February 2013 and it’s Fourth Annual Members Show next July, The Artist Connection is gearing up for another busy year — promoting art and creativity, supporting artists and inspiring everyone to get involved in the cultural life of Oxford. Connect with the Connection:

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY in the NEIGHBORHOOD... CODES DEPARTMENT So you think you know what the Codes Enforcement Officer, George Guss and his sidekick assistant, Jean Kutz do every day? You may be surprised to find out just what it means to work in the “Codes Office” in the Borough of Oxford.


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hen Mrs. Kutz walks into the office Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. she knows she will have phone messages, but even after 7 years the content and the diversity of those messages is

still surprising. Many calls come from contractors asking about rules and regulations, from realtors trying to set up property inspections, and concerned residents. In the state of Pennsylvania all contractors have to be registered with the State Attorney General’s Office. If they are doing home renovations over $5,000 they will be asked for their contractor’s license number. That number is verified by the Codes office as part of the permitting process. Kutz says she welcomes the input she receives from residents. “We like it when our residents call us with their concerns; they are our eyes and ears. We depend on them

with Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. in ensuring local commercial properties were also up to code. Due to downtown revitalization the Codes Office is busy inspecting properties that are sold or leased or properties that are being renovated. Kutz also has to do her fair share of reporting to County, State and Federal agencies. All permits issued have to be reported to the • •

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to let us know what is going on and then we do our own inspection.” “We get calls about chickens, turkeys, bunnies, bats, pigeons and ground hogs very frequently. Our office doesn’t do animal control, however I did adopt two kittens, Callie and Lucy, that we found in a vacant apartment. They are two years old and a wonderful addition to our family,” she says laughing. However, Kutz stresses that was just one time and she is not adopting anything else at the moment. Since Borough residents live so close to each other, animals are not easy to hide without your neighbor finding out. There are restrictions on what animals are and are not allowed to be in the Borough and Guss does not like to have to be the bearer of bad news, but it is part of his job. It is a faced-paced job for Guss, going out on footer inspections, property maintenance complaints, and the weekly animal sighting. His presence is also required in court, when a property owner has been cited for an action. He is also responsible for reviewing building plans for building permit applications for home renovations, decks, sheds, pools and more and then the followup on- site inspections. Since the Borough requires rental property registration and inspections every two years, both Codes employees work tirelessly to inspect and document the approximate 900 rental units in the Borough. On top of that Guss has to continue his education to keep his certification as a Building Codes Inspector. The Borough operates under the State Uniform Construction Code, the International Property Maintenance Code, and the Oxford Borough Code. It can be a daunting job just learning the codes, but it is also necessary to constantly review and update codes. The Codes Office also worked closely


responsible for the “face of Oxford”. Keeping the building infrastructure maintained really translates into providing a safe and healthy community, and to that they are committed. When I ask her what was one of her most memorable events in the Codes Office she reminds of the kittens that she rescued from a vacant property. “Callie and Lucy are now two years old. They are just wonderful.”

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above. She also completes two census reports, and keeps track of the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Fee. She also plays a big role in rental property registration and inspections by setting up appointments and updating data. Registrations and inspections are typically done every two years, but are also done when the tenant changes on a rental property. Recently Borough Council approved the purchase of a new software program that is designed for a Codes Office. Now the Borough will have more of a history of a property that will be easily assessable and the administration of permits, etc. will no longer be manual. Of course, this means Kutz will be charged with learning the new software. She is excited about that. “This will ultimately save us so much time, and make information more readily available on properties.” Both Mr. Guss and Mrs. Kutz feel very

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Adam Hoover held a car wash at Cameron’s Hardware Store to raise funds for his Eagle Scout project.

Ryan (yellow shirt) works with volunteers to lay the new tile floor at the Oxford Arts Alliance classroom.

The ga-ga pit at Camp Tweedale. A similar pit will be constructed at Oxford Area Regional Park for public use as Adam Hoover’s Eagle Scout project.


ect is an opportunity for scouts to develop and complete a major project that will benefit a part of their community. The Eagle Scout candidate must first find a project that an organization within the community desires and then he works with adults and experts in planning the project. The Scout must present their project to an organization for approval and raise the funds for the materials necessary to complete the project. Finally, the candidate leads a group of volunteers in implementing the design and completing the project. The greater Oxford community has been the recipient of many Eagle Scout projects over the years. Three projects nearing completion are highlighted below. CLASSROOM AT OXFORD ARTS ALLIANCE Ryan Wiesenberg, of Troop 191 in Avondale, heard from his grandfather that the Oxford Arts Alliance needed someone to renovate a space at their building for a classroom. He says he was interested in the project

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oy Scouts of America’s highest rank is the Eagle Scout. Young men who actively participate in their local Boy Scout troops in leadership positions, earn 21 merit badge, and complete a major community service project proudly earn this prestigious rank. In meeting the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, the young man learns and demonstrates leadership skills, discovers what it takes to be a good citizen, experiences nature through a variety of outdoor activities and has the opportunity to make good moral and ethical choices under the guidance of mentors. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout is an accomplishment Scouts take with them throughout their life. The skills they learned in earning this award are skills they will use time and again throughout their lives. The Eagle Scout Community Service Proj-

The ga-ga pit at Camp Tweedale. A similar pit will be constructed at Oxford Area Regional Park for public use as Adam Hoover’s Eagle Scout project.

because he’s involved in music and his guitar teacher teaches at Oxford Arts Alliance. Ryan worked with the building’s owner and a contractor to plan the project, which involved laying a tile floor, putting up a homasote wall for hanging artwork and building a wall of 40 cubbie spaces for art project storage. “The project has changed the way we can offer programming,” says Chris Grove, director of the Oxford Arts Alliance. “This space was a glorified closet. Now it’s being transformed into a space we can use to offer classes and lessons to children and adults.” Ryan, a senior at Avon Grove High School, started in the Boy Scout program as a Tiger Scout. He says he’s enjoyed his experience in Scouting, especially the friends he’s made and camping. “I learned a lot about being a leader,” Ryan says about the Eagle Scout project, “and it was good to give back to the community.” GA-GA PIT AT OXFORD AREA REGIONAL PARK Adam Hoover, a senior at Oxford Area High School and member of Oxford’s Troop 13, will construct a ga-ga pit for his Eagle Scout community service project. Ga-ga is a game developed in Israel and gaining in popularity in the region. It is similar to dodge ball except you can only tap and/or bounce the ball into someone, not throw it. Ga-ga is played in a 3-foot tall, 10-foot wide, octagonal playing area, called a ga-ga pit. Adam will construct one this fall at the Oxford Area Regional Park on Locust Street. There are ga-ga pits at the Camp Tweedale Girl Scout Camp, the Jennersville YMCA, and Camp Saginaw. “I wanted to built the pit since the only place you can play the game now is while attending a camp,” says Adam. “Since the game is growing in popularity I wanted to give people a public place to play it.” Adam raised the funds for the ga-ga pit by holding a car wash at Cameron’s Hardware Store. He also received a donation from Lowe’s and additional donations from

IN SEARCH OF BALD EAGLES THE BALD EAGLE is the United States of America’s national emblem, as well as the name of the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award. Bald eagles are also a symbol of nature’s resiliency as once declining populations are now flourishing. Bald eagles can be found in the greater Oxford region, specifically at the Octorara Reservoir, and Conowingo Dam. The first bald eagle’s nest at Octorara Reservoir (off Route 472, north of Oxford) was reported in 1992 and could be seen from Mt. Eden Road. Since then, the number of resident bald eagles has increased with estimates ranging between eight and ten resident birds. Birding experts say a good place to see the bald eagles is by scanning the tall trees across from the boat ramp off Spruce Grove Road. The Octorara Reservoir is listed as one of Pennsylvania’s IBA’s (Important Bird Areas). Conowingo Dam is listed as one of the best places to view bald eagles east of the Mississippi. There are resident birds nesting and remaining in the region year round, as well as migratory birds. From mid-October through mid-March is when the largest numbers of bald eagles can be seen, with the population peaking in November. When the Conowingo Dam’s electricity generating plant turbines are running bald eagles can be seen feasting on the stunned fish coming out of the turbine. There is an observation area at the base of the dam accessed off Route 1. From Oxford, turn left immediately after crossing the dam onto Shuresville Road, then turn left onto Shures Landing Road. The Center for Conservation Biology ( provides details about the bald eagles of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the area’s bald eagles are tagged with tracking devices. The wildlife tracking website at (click on birds tab, Bald Eagles, then Bald and Golden Eagles of Chesapeake Bay) tracks numerous bald eagles from the region. There are opportunities for families and individuals to adopt specific birds. Nesting bald eagles are sensitive to human activity. If you are lucky enough to see an eagle’s nest, please avoid disturbing the eagles. A good rule of thumb is to stay at least 1000 feet away from the nest and do not advance directly toward a nest. The Bald Eagle is the national symbol of the United States of America. 2 • •



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and Lincoln Street. They can be contacted by email at Oxford Troop 44 meets every Wednesday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Oxford Youth Cabin on the corner of Wheeler Blvd. and Lincoln Street. They can be contacted by emaail at Cub Scout dens are currently forming for this year. Go online to for details about the Cub Scouting program in the Oxford area.

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his family. He will lead the construction of the ga-ga pit later this fall, once the final site at Oxford Area Regional Park is determined. He expects it to take about a week to construct. Adam started Scouting in first grade as a Tiger Scout and continued to Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He is looking forward to accomplishing his goal to become an Eagle Scout. “Scouting helps you make the right choices in life,” says Adam, “and helps to show you how to be a good citizen.” NEW WELCOME SIGN FOR ST. JOHN’S METHODIST CHURCH Aaron George approached the pastor at St. John’s Methodist Church in Lewisville to ask if there was a project he could complete for them. Aaron lives in Lewisville and his brother had completed a prayer garden at the church as his Eagle Scout project. Aaron agreed to work on a new welcome sign at the entrance to St. John’s Methodist Church. The first part of his project was to improve sight lines onto Route 472 from the church’s exit. To accomplish this, he led a crew of volunteers in lowering the height of a bank of dirt. The sign he designed would be made of two different colors of concrete pavers and placed into the hillside to form a welcome sign. He guided a volunteer with a backhoe to dig into the hillside and create a level area for the sign. As he designed the project, Aaron planned on using a tamping machine to pack the dirt, but it didn’t work on the slope, therefore he and his volunteers hand-tamped the entire space. The sign was then laid out onto the hard surface. Aaron is proud of what he accomplished with his Eagle Scout project. He says it will also serve as his graduation project requirement for high school. Aaron is a senior at Oxford Area High School. He joined Boy Scout Troop 13 about seven years ago. “My time is Boy Scouts has had its ups and downs,” he says. “It has been fun and challenging. I’ve learned a lot and it was worth it.” Oxford Troop 13 meets every Thursday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the Oxford Youth Cabin on the corner of Wheeler Blvd.

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Remember in November: Take Your Photo ID to the Polls 6 Election Department of State Voter Cards will be issued by the PA Department of Transportation to registered voters who are not able to provide all of the documents they would normally need to obtain a secure photo ID from PennDOT, such as a birth certificate.


he new state law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls will be effective for the election on November 6, 2012. All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current. IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date. THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF IDENTIFICATION ARE ACCEPTABLE: • PA driver’s license • Non-driver’s license photo ID • Department of State Voter Card (new option; see below) • Valid U.S. Passport • U.S. military ID: active duty and retired military (A military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite. Military dependents ID’s must contain an expiration date. • Employee photo ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal government. • Photo ID cards from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning. • Photo ID cards issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residence or personal care homes. • Individuals who have a religious objection to being photographed can present a valid withoutphoto driver’s license or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.

For Oxford-area residents appear in person at the Frazer/Malvern DMV, Lincoln Court Shopping Center, 225 West Lancaster Ave., Malvern PA 19355 between the hours of 8:30 and 4:15 when the Driver’s License Center is open. To obtain a Voter Card, you will need to fill out a Department of State Application Form and affirm in writing that you are registered to vote and do not possess any other approved identification for voting purposes. The required forms will be available. You will be asked to provide two proofs of residence, such as a current utility bill (water, gas, electric, cable) mortgage documents, lease agreements, W-2 form. (Cellular/mobile or pager bills are not acceptable) along with your date of birth and Social Security number, if you have an assigned number. PennDOT will validate your voter registration status with the Dept. of State while you wait in the PennDOT office. Upon confirmation of this information, the voter will be issued a voter card before leaving the facility. Any registered voter who holds a Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver photo ID that has expired since 1990 does not need any proof of ID or residence to get the Voter Card. People need only give their name to a PennDOT customer service representative and indicate they have an expired license. For more information, call PennDOT’s customer care center at 1-800-932-4600. For information about obtaining a Secure Pennsylvania Photo ID visit Information on the voter ID law is available at, or by calling 1- 877-868-3772.

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Department of State Voter Card New For the Nov.

The IDs, which are free, will be issued to voters for a 10-year period and can only be used for voting purposes. For PA –born voters, PennDOT will confirm registration electronically before issuing the voter card. The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election is October 9, 2012.


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Oxfordian Fall 2012  

Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Magazine showcasing local businesses and articles about Oxford and its surrounding area.