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

Health Wellness

Services For Your Mind, Body & Overall Well Being

The Spring Spruce Up Thoughts on Home


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Spring 2010/ Volume 24


Spring 2010 / Volume 24

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Oxfordian Spring 2010 Feature Articles

• Oxford Service Clubs - 24 • Oxford Town Watch - 26 • Dog Day Afternoon@Your Library - 28 • Questions For the Vet About Your Pet: It’s Spring. What Should We Know - 34 • Health & Wellness: Services for Your Mind, Body & Overall Wellbeing - 46 • In the Garden: Green Landscaping at Home - 52 • The Spring Spruce Up: Thoughts on Home Improvements - 56 • Calendar of Events: FREE and Affordable Things to Do With Your Kids - 62 • OACC Annual Dinner & Dance Photos - 70




Meet Our Members • Kreider’s Market - 16 • Natural by Nature - 18 • On Grade Excavation - 121 • Oxford Post & Trade - 122


In Every Issue • Chamber News - 6 • Oxford Mainstreet, Inc (OMI) - 8 • Oxford Library - 28 • Oxford Arts Alliance - 30 • Business Directory - 36 • Chamber Challenge Question - 69 • Calendar of Events - 62 • Important Numbers / Meeting & Information - 74 Page 

Oxfordian Committee Chiropractic Services OACC President Sue Ann Cole OACC/Oxfordian Sales Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. Angie Lobb Cameron’s Hardware & Supply Helen Warren Chester County Press Ira Binder Ira D. Binder, Attorney in Law Eleanor Roper OACC Executive Secretary Design & Production Manager Doug Fasick

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Live, Work and Play in this Community


provided by the organization. This includes: • Networking opportunities such as the Business Before and After Hour Card Exchanges • Marketing opportunities through the Oxfordian Magazine, sponsorship of OACC events, and the OACC’s mailing list. • Listings on the OACC website, which receives about 1,500 hits/month. The Membership Directory provides links directly to each member’s website and/or provides contact information. • Updating members about local businesses and opportunities through the monthly eBlast newsletter. • Referring member businesses to the public as the Chamber receives daily requests for information from visitors and locals. •Sent letters of support for the Sewer Authority’s • Providing individual and group Community Enhancement rates for medical, dental and The Chamber’s newlyprogram, and the Borough’s launched website is online life and long-term care insurance Rural Develop program; programs for member businesses. •Became a partner organization at Sponsoring and planning with Oxford Mainstreet Inc. providing detailed and helpful community events for Chamber (OMI) in a grant for improving information to those who are the Borough’s streetscape; considering relocating to the members as well as the community as a whole is probably what the •Joined the Oxford Borough Oxford area. OACC is most recognized for Revitalization Plan Task doing. Events include: Force. This Task Force will evaluate the Borough’s progress since the 2003 plan was adopted and set goals • The OACC Golf Tournament (funds raised are for and priorities for the future. yearly high school scholarships) •Partnered with the Southern Chester County Chamber • Movies in the Park (community events in June, July of Commerce to make available business-related and August) programs to its members. • Halloween Parade (event draws hundreds to downtown As a promoter of the community, the OACC offers Oxford) relocation help in attracting people and businesses to • Legislative Luncheon (network with important the area. First, the Chamber’s newly-launched onedecision makers for our community) stop-shopping website is online at • Annual Dinner and Dance (celebration of the Oxford providing detailed and helpful information to those citizen and business of the year awards for outstanding who are considering relocating to the Oxford area. volunteerism in the community) In partnership with OMI and Oxford Borough, Not already an OACC member? Discover the OACC has developed The Tool Box, a step-by-step guide benefits and rewards from becoming involved by for businesses to establish and expand in Oxford, Pa. calling 610-932-0740, stopping by the office at 23 Supporting its member businesses is another key South Third Street, Oxford, Pa, or going online to role of the OACC. Members benefit from the services to download an application. o, what does the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce do? Plenty. The OACC is an advocate, promoter, supporter, sponsor, and leader as it champions near and far for the businesses, organizations and citizens of the Oxford community, with the motto “Live, Work and Play in Oxford, Pa.” As an advocate for the local businesses within the greater Oxford community, the OACC supports other local organizations and government authorities in their plans to improve the area. For example, recently OACC has:


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Experience Downtown Oxford By Christine Grove and Sue Cole First Friday Art Strolls Mark your calendars for the First Fridays of each month and come experience Downtown Oxford! The First Friday Art Strolls are an opportunity to meet local artists, enjoy their artwork and live demonstrations, all in one centralized location ~ in charming Downtown Oxford. Art is displayed in the Oxford Arts Alliance Art Gallery and also in participating businesses, creating an interesting Stroll throughout the entire business district from 5-8pm on the designated dates. There is an accompanying Art Stroll map available each month depicting the participating businesses at the participating business locations, the Oxford Arts Alliance Art Gallery located at 38 South Third Street and by downloading a copy from the OMI website listed below. Each month the Oxford Arts Alliance Art Gallery hosts an art opening with a different theme. The May opening will highlight the Carlson Cultural Trust Grant Recipients and the June show will celebrate Youth Art. Downtown Oxford businesses will be open late for shoppers and diners. The First Friday events take summer hiatus but return the 2nd Friday in September. Art, Musicians, Dancers, Special Events are all part of the evening as we invite


you and your family to come to Downtown Oxford– Stroll, Shop and Dine!! Plant & Garden Sale Join us on the lawn at Fulton Bank located on Third and Locust Streets for our 6th Annual Plant and Garden Sale to include hearty plants and garden items for this new May 1, 2010 8 am - 1 pm season. It is scheduled from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, May 1st, just in time to pick up terrific gifts for Mother’s Day! Oxford Village Market We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary of the Oxford Village Market! Once again this year you will find the market located at Third & Locust Streets on the lawn at Fulton Bank on Tuesdays from 2-6pm from May to October. Fresh fruits, vegetables, jellies & jams, minimally processed chickens & eggs, landscaping plants, baked goods and pastries, handmade soaps, and much, much more will be featured! Opening day for 2010 is Tuesday, May 4th! Check out our website at www.oxfordmainstreet. org or call the office at 610-998-9494 for the most up to date information on all of these events or join us on Facebook (Oxford Mainstreet). We look forward to seeing you in Downtown Oxford!!

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s the Borough Manager, I’ve been afforded many opportunities and challenges. Borough Council, encourages and supports me fully as I write grants which have brought millions of dollars worth of funding to our municipality. This funding has enabled the Borough to improve their infrastructure without paying those bills from Borough revenue. Our taxpayers are fortunate that our Council places a high priority upon grant writing. Seeking funding requires a commitment of time, much record keeping, fulfilling different bidding requirements, detailed reports, and in some cases working with other municipalities or organizations to coordinate federal and state funding. We have learned that one of the secrets to securing funding is to have a joint effort supported, not just by the Borough, but by many groups. And that brings me to what I consider the biggest opportunity of all…working with other municipalities and agencies. Whether I attend a Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs’ Conference, Chester County’s Urban Center Meeting, or our Regional Comprehensive Plan meeting, I am always amazed at how well so many agencies within our Borough, our local municipalities and Chester County work together. For many years, the Borough has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, Oxford Area Community Enhancements, and Oxford Arts Alliance to name a few. These organizations inspire the Borough. For instance, when the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea for Movies in the Park, the Borough realized a need to do improvements there. We applied for and received a grant for $20,000 to add new Victorian streetlights to the park and upgrade the

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electric for the audio equipment. This year we will continue with improvements to the park for all those “movie goers”. Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. has worked side by side for years with the Borough, producing publications and commercials to market the town, hoisting banners, hosting events, and this year providing funding for the streetlights portion of our streetscape project. We hope to continue to work together to seek funding for our Borough. Oxford Area Community Enhancements has worked with the Borough and other organizations to host a 250th Anniversary Celebration, assist with holiday activities, and will be producing an OctoberFest this year. And we can’t forget the First Fridays, orchestrated by the Arts Alliance and Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. Something most people may not know is that many members of service organizations like the Rotary and Lions Club are also members of the previously mentioned groups. There is a spirit of cooperation in this Borough, like none I have ever seen, between businesses, members of groups, organizations, municipalities, and certainly our residents who frequently serve as volunteers. In a time when many small towns are struggling, our town is moving forward thanks to the helping hands and dedicated hearts of many.

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Maximum Fitness Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is an out-patient physical therapy facility dedicated to providing highly-skilled, professional medical care by a team of licensed Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and qualified aide staff. We are committed to offering customized care that is designed to provide optimal rehabilitative benefits to patients of all ages and abilities. Each patient is evaluated and offered a specific treatment plan that focuses on restoring function, decreasing pain and increasing strength. Therapy involving a variety of procedures and modalities will be administered to achieve established patient goals.

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Meet Our Member Kreider’s Market Celebrates 25 Years


n February 1995 Lloyd and Mary Lois Kreider opened Kreider’s Market on a part of Lloyd’s family farm along rural Route 472, near the Lancaster and Chester County border. The plan was to open as a convenience store/deli and sell fresh produce in season. Their children, Cindy and Ryan were 15 and 12 years old, respectively. Their niece, Valerie, was their only employee. In 1995 PennDOT estimated 1,200 vehicles/day traveled past this location and there were a few new housing developments going in nearby. As a comparison, today PennDOT estimates 5,000 vehicles/day uses this section of Route 472. “I’ve always been a little bit of an entrepreneur,” says Lloyd, who when the Market first opened was working for Herr’s on a sales route in the Wilmington, Delaware area. “I’d deliver to mom and pop stores and see what went well and learned what worked.” Mary Lois took on the responsibilities of the daily operations in the beginning. “I never made a sub sandwich in my life before we open our store,” she says. On Lloyd’s sales route was the Brandywine Food Shop, which was known for making great sandwiches. Mary Lois went there and was tutored in the finer points of sandwich-making. “She learned well,” says Lloyd. Twenty-five years later the plan succeeded; in fact

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the business has grown. In 1988 the Kreider’s added the gas pumps, as a convenience for the community (back then gas was selling for just under $1/gallon). In 1995 Lloyd retired from Herr’s to focus full time on his business. In 1999 an expansion doubled the size, and allowed the Kreiders to offer a larger variety of prepared foods. Now Ryan and his wife Sandra are part of the business, as well as 15-20 other employees, too. “I’m the chief cook and bottle washer,” says Ryan of his role as the assistant manager of the family business. “I keep the business running smoothly throughout the day.” Sandra helps the business with payroll and book keeping duties. Produce can’t get any fresher. All the in-season produce sold at Kreider’s is grown on their 14-acre farm, with sweet corn (both bi-color and white varieties) being the most popular crop. Strawberries are a close second; especially popular are the strawberry milkshakes, made from the fresh strawberries picked on the farm. “I’ve created a niche farm,” says Lloyd. “We’re known for our fresh local produce. I do 26 plantings a year so we have fresh produce over a long season.” Corn is usually ready around the Fourth of July through the last week in October or early November, depending on the weather. Tomatoes, cantaloupes, and pumpkins are the other crops Lloyd grows and sells at the market. Kreider’s Market is now a staple in the community, as a destination for out-of-towners from Chester and Lancaster counties, a good place to stop for those passing through, and the convenient, friendly place to go for those who live nearby. A typical morning’s breakfast rush includes making 150 to 200 of their Breakfast Sandwiches (eggs, cheese, choice of meat on a Kaiser roll). Traffic goes in and out the rest of the day, six days a week (closed Sundays), from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. “We are blessed with great customers who have supported us over the years,” says Mary Lois and Lloyd. Kreider’s Market is located at 2396 Kirkwood Pike (Route 472 north of Oxford), Kirkwood, Pa. They can be reached at 717-529-6944, and online at www.

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Meet Our Member

Natural By Nature

By Stephanie Khan

Producer of Organic, Grass-fed, Dairy Products.


ed MacArthur believes organic farming is the best way to farm. MacArthur, along with his wife Susan, are the owners of Natural Dairy Products Corporation. Their company produces Natural by Nature, a line of organic, grass-fed dairy products. “Organic farming is healthier for the environment. It’s best to work with nature instead of fighting against it,” MacArthur said. MacArthur grew up on an organic farm and saw the benefits first hand. “Cows fed on grasses experience better health and fewer diseases and ultimately produce better tasking milk. Cows are supposed to move around the field,” he said. After spending a short time on a traditional farm he quickly realized conventional farming techniques were not best for the environment or the consumer. In 1994, Ned and his wife partnered with his father, Norman, and together they started Natural Dairy Products Corporation. Their vision was to promote and support organic farming and produce foods that benefit consumers and farmers. They based their mission statement on the principles of grass based dairy production as a means to improve the quality of their products and maximize the health of the cows. They began the process of selecting farmers who shared their vision. “We wanted to work with farmers who love what they do. The farmers we partner with don’t use chemical fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides

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on their pastures,” MacArthur said. Strict adherence to organic principles is a requirement for the farmers who produce milk for Natural Dairy Products. There are 18 farmers located throughout Lancaster and Berks County that have partnered with MacArthur. All farms are family owned and have been certified as organic by the Pennsylvania Certified Organic Program and accredited by the USDA. The farmers produce 2 million gallons of milk a year for Natural Dairy Products. Products are distributed from Maine to Florida. MacArthur attributes much of the company’s success to his staff. “The people we have working for us are exceptional. We have a small staff, but we are very efficient,” he said. Jay Totman has been the sales manager for six years and enjoys educating people about the Natural by Nature products. “Our product sells itself. We focus on educating people and raising awareness,” Totman said. “We sell to smaller independent markets and health food stores because the customers are dedicated and educated about our products.” Stephanie Salvato is the operations manager. She coordinates the production schedules at four processing plants using complex calculations and projection models to make sure every drop of milk makes it to market. “In the spring, we’ll have an influx in milk because of all of the new calves. I have to find the most efficient way to get all of the milk to market,” Salvato said. Natural Dairy Products has a small retail store in Avondale where they sell many of their Natural by Nature dairy products. In addition to milk, Natural by Nature makes ricotta cheese, sour cream, whipped cream and butter. The grass may be greener in Avondale. The team at Natural Dairy Products invites you to come in and taste the difference. Natural Dairy Products, Inc 1670 Baltimore Pike, Avondale, PA 19131 Phone: 610-268-6962 Hours: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday Saturday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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Meet Our Member

On Grade Excavation

By Carla Lucas

On Target for Turning Dreams into Reality


he lay of the land is the basis for every building project. Grading the land so water flows away from the foundation and is channeled to appropriate outlets is critical. If the grading is improperly done, the water can seep through foundations and into basements. It can sit in yards and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, or it can cause serious erosion along slopes. “It’s crucial to keep water moving,” says Michael Arbolino, owner and operator of On-Grade Excavation, of Cochranville, Pa. “Water settles and ponds in low spots and that’s where damage can be done. Most people don’t think about drainage unless or until they experience a problem.” With 25 years of experience moving earth, including the past 15 years as the owner of his excavation company, On-Grade, Arbolino is proud of the work he does turning people’s ideas for their homes and properties into reality by sculpting the ground to correctly support the design. Among the types of projects OnGrade Excavation does are: • all types of excavation jobs from grading a lot to digging basements for new homes and additions; • utilities work; • installing storm and sanitary sewers; • installing downspout piping, seepage beds and recharge beds • concrete and stone work; • landscaping projects (big and small)

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• installing pavers for patios, sidewalks, and driveways; and • building retaining walls. Arbolino says he also can help homeowners remediate their problems with wet basements, puddles, and low spots caused by poor drainage. On a larger scale, Arbolino has training from the Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Agency on stormwater management best practices, which he’s used in developments to resolve issues from silted retention ponds to improper grading, to creek embankment stabilization. His work has improved the flow of water from these developments, preventing damage to homes and improving the quality of life for everyone involved. Creating a new patio or walkway with pavers is one of the projects Arbolino especially enjoys as he creates new usable outside spaces for his clients. He suggests installing retention walls when a homeowner is looking to expand into a hill to create a flat area or to solve erosion issues on a property. He’s created retaining walls as part of a swimming pool installation, as a garden or patio space, and to create additional parking in driveways and yards. “Communication with my customer is the most important part of each job for me,” says Arbolino. “I stay on the job from start to finish. I love what I do! I enjoy seeing the end result with the customer and when they are happy I’m happy.” Since moving to the greater Oxford area with his wife Christine in 1995, and raising his two daughters, Abigal and Madison, Arbolino has turned many dreams into reality for homeowners. Contact Michael Arbolino and On Grade Excavation at 610-998-0494 for all your outside needs.

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Meet Our Member

Oxford Post & Trade


xford Post & Trade has a new location and a new name. The business has moved to 21 North 3rd Street, just four doors down from the original location and now their name is Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade. Jack Baron, owner of Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade wants to create a service for the community. “The new location has over 1,200 square feet of space. We will continue to provide all of the services we offered at our old location, and have added new services for our customers,” Baron said. Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade will continue to operate as a full service shipping store using USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL to send packages anywhere around the world. “Customers can bring in any item, and we will pack it and ship it for them,” Baron said. “We sell boxes and packing supplies too.” Baron has big plans to fill the store with many services to make it a one stop shop for his customers. An area will be dedicated to mobile phone providers. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will offer convenient pay-as-you-go plans. Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade offers personal mailboxes, faxing, passport photos and will even help you sell your items on e-bay. “We will list your items on e-bay, pack and ship them when they are sold,” Baron said. Baron’s goal is to create a unique service for the community in the heart of Oxford.

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Gina Yannucci is the manager of Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade and is looking forward to moving into the new location. “We will carry a lot more office supplies. We will carry a lot more products that Oxford needs,” she said. Also new is the Internet Café. Wi-Fi will be available throughout the building. Internet users will be able to surf the net at workstations, or while sitting on comfortable overstuffed chairs or even outside when the weather permits. Ryan Sandow is the technical advisor for Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade and he will assist customers with their technical questions. “I’m looking forward to helping customers and tailor our internet offerings to meet customer’s needs,” he said. An expanded full-service printing and copy center will be available to customers. “We have purchased high volume copy machines,” Baron said. “Customers can e-mail us their print jobs and we will have them ready when they come in.” Oxford Shipping, Post and Trade has extended their hours. Baron does not want you to worry if you are running late. “If you’re running late, just call us and we’ll stay late. That’s what small towns are all about,” Baron said. Hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday Address: 21 North 3rd Street, Oxford, PA

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Community Interest

Oxford Service Clubs Men and Women Committed to Helping Others

Rotary Club of Oxford

promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Literacy in Financial Training – this 12 week mentoring program help people in need to achieve financial stability. The Rotary recognizes two outstanding seniors each month during October through May. Covered Bridge Tour – in partnership with Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. hosts a covered bridge tour of Chester County in July and has a published a covered bridge tour guide. Meeting Time: Every Wednesday at 12 noon @ the Ware Mansion. Lunch is provided. Call 610-998-9046

Oxford Lions Club


xford Rotary Club members are businessmen and women who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. Polio Eradication – Oxford Rotary has pledged at least $3,000 toward this effort. A Circus is held annually at Lincoln University, free to children while helping Rotary to raise funds for other important projects. Antiques Road Show hosted by the Oxford Rotary and Oxford Library is an annual event bringing local antiques collectors and appraisers together. Adopt-A-Highway program, maintains a twomile section of Route 10, starting at Burger King and heading north. Rotary, often with help from youth and student groups, picks up litter at least four times a year. The Rotary sponsors the Lincoln University student Rotaract group. Its members address their communities’ physical and social needs while

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he Oxford Lions Club has continuously been a club dedicated to servicing our community. These volunteers raise money from the community and the charter requires that every dollar raised must be returned to the community. Some of the ways that the Oxford Lions raises money and what those funds support are: Ham & Oyster Dinners in the spring and fall serving delicious food to 700 people. You are wel

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serving delicious food to 700 people. You are welcomed to join us for the next one on March 20th. White Cane Day is a time the group accepts donations specifically targeted for sight related activities. Lions Food Trailer serves hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries at events like Freedom Fest, the Mushroom festival, etc. Some notable achievements that the fund raising supports • Gazebo in the Park were repaired. • Beacon Lodge is a camp helping those with vision challenges. • Canine Partners for Life trains service dogs to aid with all types of disabilities. Meeting Time: Every first and third Thursday of each month @ 6:30 at the Nottingham Inn. Dinner provided. Call 610-998-9046 The Rotary and the Lion’s Clubs welcome newcomers to visit and learn more about their clubs.


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Community Interest

Oxford Town Watch

By Carla Lucas

It’s Everyone’s Job to Keep an Eye on the Neighborhoods.


xford Town Watch Pa (OTW) is a citizen’s crime prevention program with three objectives: 1.Creating awareness of common sense crime prevention practices that citizens can use on a daily basis. 2. Encouraging neighbors to get to know each other and look after each other. 3. Encouraging groups to work with community groups and law enforcement agencies to make neighborhoods and the entire community safe and free of crime. Through the support and encouragement of Mayor Geoff Henry and Oxford Police Chief John Slauch, the organization was formed almost three years ago. The OTW program is an incorporated non-profit and a member of the National Association of Town Watches. Regular meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Oxford Police Station. On the third Tuesday of August, the Oxford Town Watch participates in the National Night Out by organizing block parties. Walter Saranetz, OTW’s Chairman, says of this new organization, “We found a need in our community and it’s working well. Town Watch is all about keeping an eye on the neighborhood, watching properties and checking on our elderly neighbors. There’s no dues; no meeting requirements. Everyone can participate by becoming conscious about what is going on around you.” Borough Councilman John Stevenson, who is also a participating member of the OTW, says everyone who lives in the Borough of Oxford is a member of the organization. Those citizens who

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express interest in the principles and guidelines of the organization and/or take part in organized activities are considered participating members. Those who are not actively involved are considered non-participating members. Citizens are expected to be observers only and report emergency situations to 911 and recurring neighborhood concerns to Block Captains within the organization, which then follow through with law enforcement. Literature is available in both English and Spanish that explains in detail the role of a participating town watch member. Most of OTW’s participation is primarily in the neighborhoods east of Third Street, although there is growing interest in the neighborhoods west of Third Street. Saranetz says the organization has had some impact in the community by solving some loitering and potential drug-related issues and establishing a number of contacts in neighborhoods. Signs have been placed within the Borough, which is a significant deterrent to crime. To learn more, go online to Available on the website is the downloadable brochure, as well as tons of great information about the local and national organization. There’s also an Oxford Town Watch Facebook group, residents are encouraged to become members on it, too. For individuals interested in receiving police notifications and emergency alerts, Saranetz recommends signing up for email or text notification at This is a free service to anyone who registers. Both Stevenson and Saranetz invite the community to get involved and become participating members of the Oxford Town Watch program.

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Oxford Town Watch Security Tips • Make your home look occupied by leaving some lights and a radio on when you’re out. • Never leave your house open for “just a moment,” always lock your doors when you’re out. • A deadbolt lock is a good deterrent to burglars. • Don’t hide a key outside as burglars know all the secret hiding places. • Drill and pin your windows as window locks can be jimmied and pins cannot. • If the sliding glass door is braced, the only way a burglar can get through it is to break it. • Motion sensor lights and other good exteriors lights don’t let a burglar hide in the dark. • Keep bushes and shrubs low and trimmed because, someone hiding near your windows and doors cannot be seen. • If you go on vacation, stop deliveries or have one of your neighbors collect your mail and papers. • Houses with alarms are avoided by burglars.


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Oxford Public Library

Dog Day Afternoon @ Your Library


ids who sign up for an appointment will enjoy the rewards of improved reading skills and very special companionship with dogs like our registered therapy specialist “Libby.” Our Library’s Libby is a graduate of the R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program, a national organization sponsored by Intermountain Therapy Animals based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the decade since Reading Education Assistance Dogs first walked into the Salt Lake City library, in November of 1999, thousands of children have awakened to the joys of reading and books, and laid the foundation for a lifetime of discovery and learning, through the simple but profound experience of reading to a dog. Research with therapy animals indicates that children are often more willing to interact with an animal than another person. They focus better on an activity or discussion when an animal is present, and refer back to the sessions many times in later conversations. Further, during such interaction they are inclined to forget about their limitations. There are also psychological benefits to interacting with animals, including increased relaxation and lower blood pressure. We have seen that children find reading to an animal less intimi-

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dating, a special time for them that is helpful and fun and which transforms the formerly dreaded reading experience into a positive environment in which learning is facilitated. Oxford Public Library will host R.E.A.D. therapy afternoons every other Saturday beginning April 10th until the Summer Reading Program begins. This promises to be another wonderful no fee social and educational program at your library. Please contact Nancy or Leanne at the Children’s Services Desk for reservations and more information. 610-932-9625or visit our website at www. oxfordpubliclibrary.

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pring is here and the anxiously awaited summer vacation is right around the corner! Why not “Make A Splash” at the Oxford Public Library? Dive into our summer reading program and we guarantee your family will have oceans of fun. We have planned a summer full of FREE and exciting activities. Spending time at the library this summer will prove to be entertaining and educational! Research shows that the reading skills a student gains during the school year are lost over the summer. Those students who are exposed to books and continue to read throughout the summer retain more of what they have learned, perform better in testing, and are much more prepared for the following school year. All of this can be accomplished while having a great time with your family! We are also pleased to announce that we will again be providing Science in the Summer program from July 19-22, 2010. This year students

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will be studying Genetics! Children entering 2nd6th grades are invited to register. Registration will be held throughout the month of May, with a lottery to be held in June. Join us to create sea creatures, mail a message in a bottle, and even hunt for pirate treasure! Take a seat and enjoy story time with new friends. Get your hands messy and make a masterpiece at craft time. Kick back and cool off while watching great family films. Pick up a calendar today and begin planning your summer with the Oxford Public Library. Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 14, 2010 at the Oxford Public Library. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 610-932-9625 or OxfordSRC@ We look forward to having a fun-filled summer with you at the Oxford Public Library! Oxford Public Library 48 South Second Street Oxford, PA 19363 610-932-9625

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By Paula Graham

Shelley Thorstensen


As printmaker Shelley Thorstensen walks into her Oxford, PA studio she passes a stone with a message from her muse: TRUST. “I have to look at and read it because with printmaking there are so many directions I could go. There’s nothing complacent about making art. I have to trust that I’m going in the right direction.” Her path to printmaker has been dotted with detours, happy accidents, supportive parents and caring mentors. She declared at age 7 that when she grew up she was going to make “original etchings.” “It took a while,” she said with a laugh. Born in 1953 at Fort Sill, OK, to a military family, Thorstensen lived in Austria and Germany during her formative years. She returned to the US, a bilingual six year old. “I remember seeing the Statue of Liberty and hearing my parents explain that this was where I was going to live for the rest of my life. I thought it made no sense.”

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In her New Jersey living room Thorstensen would climb her parents couch for a close up view of a picture. “It was a scene of a small village in Germany. My parents told me it was an original etching. The reason I would climb up and look at that picture was because I missed where I grew up. I have figured out since, and it’s taken this long, that fate had a hand in my becoming a printmaker.” At age 8 she experimented with linoleum cutters and took Saturday art classes in Philadelphia. At age 10, she had her first artistic set back. “I was in an etching class, and there was a little girl who made an etching of a bunny rabbit under a tree. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. Mine was a disaster that looked like cosmic soup. I couldn’t believe it because this is what I was supposed to do. I became determined I needed to learn how to draw.” Thorstensen attended Syracuse University where she earned her BFA cum laude in Experimental Studios with an emphasis in Printmaking. But she got off to a teary Freshman start. “I realized too late there wasn’t a drawing major at Syracuse,” she said. Fortunately, Roger Mack, a professor who saw her crying in the registration line, told her to establish her own studio in the school’s new sculpture annex. “Put up four walls. Go there and draw and I’ll supervise you. This was my education. It was very cool.” She ended up majoring in sculpture. She studied anatomy drawing with Professor Gary Trento at the morgue and made sculptures. “They looked like what I’m doing now: organic abstractions.” When she was a Continued on Page 32

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students. If I can do this, so can you.” This summer she will be teaching Motivational Intaglio, at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, as well as two workshops in Peters Valley, NJ: Manifestation ~ the Integrated Print and The Illumination of Place with book-making artist Liz Mitchell. For Thorstensen, printmaking has to come from an intuitive place and with formal considerations. “It’s a process that is very long and involved. It’s like I’m dancing in slow motion. My mind can be spinning, but I have to stay focused. There’s the trust that I can do it. I have done it. Logically, it’s going to keep working. But if you don’t feel on edge, it wouldn’t be art.” From relief printing to lithography, silk screening to etching, Thorstensen will switch techniques depending on the need. I’ve got my vision and I’m trying to figure out how to do it. I’ll try different mediums to get the right feel,” she said. She’ll put work away for weeks, months, even years, if she doesn’t know the next step.

junior, the universe intervened. “I had no sense of 3D. I was the worst sculptor in the world. I had made this aluminum sculpture and was rubbing borrowed etching ink on the surface. Roger Mack stopped by and said, ‘Oh, thank God. You’re a printmaker. Go to printmaking. Just go.” From Syracuse Thorstensen went on to earn an MFA with honors from Tyler School of Art. Life these days is all about her art. “I’m either teaching or making art. I don’t think I’m ever out of the artistic space. I will only talk about printmaking. I get my news third-hand, from my husband Dale (Baggerley), other people and Facebook.” Thorstensen teaches at Temple/ Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. “My teaching is very important to me. I need to get those 20 year olds excited. I trust for my

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Sometimes she’ll create to music. “I can listen to the same song for days. Not always with head phones, either. Thank God Dale thinks this is okay.” Thorstensen recently completed an edition to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, 2nd movement. “I paced myself with the music. I knew that to print one part takes 1 ½ movements. It’s a rhythm.” What inspires Thorstensen to create? “What doesn’t?” she said. “Everything. Nature is a constant inspiration because of its flamboyance, its systems, its perfection in the imperfect. If anything inspires me it’s light because that’s how color changes.” Shelley Thorstensen says she knows that a piece is done when it “gets language.” Instead of working, she finds herself writing on the corners of newsprint. “Titles. Different titles. Ideas about the work. When the piece translates itself into language,” she said, “I think okay, I might be pretty much done.” And after that? “I have to trust that viewers are going to get it.” Currently on display at the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia, is Shelley Thorstensen’s major oneperson show Counterpoint: The Leap From Vision to Print. The exhibit hangs from April 3-July 31. http:// For more about Thorstensen visit Dolan/Maxwell at: For more about printmaking, visit: http://

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Community Interest

Questions For the Vet About Your Pet It’s Spring. What Should We Know?


ocal veterinarian’s Dr. Tonya Nowell-Neville, DVM of Keystone Animal Hospital and Dr. Justin Yesilonis, DVM of Applebrook Veterinarian Clinic, who are great resources on animal behavior and care in the Oxford community, share some insights into pets on the topics: spring, grooming, and boarding. Their combined answers give Oxford’s pet owners some things to think about as spring approaches. Can you give us insights into pet behavior and common issues in the springtime?

Spring has many effects on pets including: • The possibility of roaming animals visiting your pet or of your pet running off with smelling in heat animals. Increased sunlight affects cats greatly, as kittens as old as 12 weeks can come into heat. The veterinarians recommend spaying and neutering pets. • As the weather warms, pets and animals are exposed to insects that carry different diseases and parasites. Some of these insects and parasites can be transferred to people. Ticks can pass Lyme disease and other bacterial diseases. Fleas emerge heavily in the spring after a long period of frost and can pass tapeworms to cats and dogs. And mosquitoes, which can pass microscopic heartworms, become more plentiful. Even though these insects are out all year round, they really like warm and moist weather spring offers. Heartworm medication as well as flea and tick repellents are avail-

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able to help pet owners. In the spring there are also more possibilities of bee and wasp stings, which cause anaphylactic reactions to pets. • The miracle of spring brings plants back with a flush of growth. Curious animals enjoy this event as well as people, which usually end up with cats and dogs eating these plants. Most of the time this will only cause an upset stomach, but some plants, like bulbs, can be very toxic. Moist spring weather promotes the growth of mushrooms, which can be equally as dangerous. • Another problem seen in the spring is obstructions from pets eating foreign objects, such as mulch. Keep an eye on your pet as you work in the garden. • Springtime hay fever-like allergies that can cause upper respiratory infections as well as skin diseases in pets.

Why is grooming important? The skin is the largest organ of the body. Thus, a clean coat and clean skin is very important for the overall health of our companion animals. Grooming is much more than cosmetic, as it removes mites and lice, and matts of hair. It prevents hotspots, self-mutilation (scratching at mice and lice) and allows a dog’s skin to breath. Frequent brushings and periodic bathing are two simple and effective ways to keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy. With vacation season just around the corner, what should dog owners do to prepare for boarding their pet? Who will take care of your pet while on vacation should not be an afterthought. Proper preparation in advance is important as kennels require all pets to be up-to-date on core vaccines, namely Rabies and Distemper (both canine and feline). There are many upper respiratory diseases that can spread among animals in confined boarding situations. The most common disease for dogs is Kennel Cough. Vaccinating against Kennel Cough is very helpful in minimizing the severity of the disease when dogs come into contact with it. Canine Influenza is another respiratory disease that has gotten a lot of press lately,

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but this area has not seen any outbreaks. There is a vaccine available. Make sure you dog is dewormed and/or on heartworm preventative. Also make sure your dog is not infested with parasites (fleas, mites, lice) before boarding. Before taking your dog to a facility, prepare emergency numbers and also be sure to gather a few of your dog’s comforts from home – a toy, special treats, etc. If you are boarding any animals with medical issues, notify your boarding facility of their condition and any medications your animal is currently taking. Be sure the facility is comfortable medicating and assessing your pet’s health during their stay. For more information and/or help with your pets contact:

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Business Directory

Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Members Accounting/Financial 20/20 Financial Advisors of DE ABCPA Accounting Services Edward Jones Investments -p35 Fenstermacher and Company, LLP -p57 H&R Block -p27 LA Long & Associates, P.C.CPA’s -p17 MetLife Michelle Cyron, CPA -p12 Sun East Federal Credit Union TBRE Consulting Company Woolard, Krajnik, Masciangelo, LLP

302-777-2020 610-322-2424 610-998-9046 610-444-1215 610-932-8844 610-268-5501 302-781-1372 610-869-5900 610-485-2960 484-365-5570 610-932-4225

Advertising/Newspaper Ad Pro, Inc./Chester County Press W Graphics

610-869-5553 717-529-1188

Agriculture Atlantic Tractor -p55 Hostetter Grain, Inc. -p61 Oxshire Farm Sher Rockee Mushroom Farms -p67 Solo D Mushrooms, Inc.

610-932-8858 610-932-4484 610-932-2982 610-869-8048 717-529-6464

Antique/Thrift/Flea Market Oxford Odds & Ends Architecture/Engineering Jahan Sheikholeslami, AIA Ragan Engineering Associates, Inc. Art Gallery Oxford Arts Alliance, Inc. Automotive Adams Tire & Alignment Budget Car Rental Codes Collision Zone, Inc. -p10 Country Chrysler Dodge - Jeep Jeff D’Ambrosio Chevrolet

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3-D Collision Center -p61 Oxford Goodyear - p51

610-932-9210 610-932-0988

Banking Citizens Bank Coatesville Savings Bank First National Bank of Chester County -p17 Fulton Bank -p33 Harleysville National Bank National Penn Bank -p25 WSFS Bank

610-444-4232 610-932-7756 484-881-4851 610-932-2100 610-998-1968 610-998-1515 610-998-0414

Beauty/Day Spa Alluring Images Hair Studio -p27 Avon Independent Representative Chic Salon by Chong -p9 Color, Cut & Curls, Inc. -p29 Tangles Salon, Spa & Party Place Texture Salon & Spa -p15

610-932-9308 610-998-0174 610-932-7721 610-932-7834 610-932-1133 610-998-0013

Church Bethany Orthodox Presbyterian Church Oxford Church of the Nazarene Oxford Presbyterian Church

610-932-3962 610-932-2584 610-932-9640

Computers/Consulting Government Specialists, Inc. Kat Systems Pierangeli Consulting Services, P.C. Website Design & Images -p75

610-932-5563 610-932-5159 610-420-3563 610-299-6726

Construction/Contractors Chalfant Construction Co. Inc. -p9 Clear Choice USA of Nottingham -p21 On-Grade Excavation -p21 Allan R. Quinn Construction ATC Emergency Restoration CM Group Inc. Dr. Concrete Surgery & Design -p23 Hasting’s Glass, Inc. -p9 James Palita Company, Inc. JFR Contracting -p57 Oxford Home Improvements

610-932-2776 484-653-7080 610-998-0494 610-368-2081 610-467-0256 610-932-2857 610-345-0855 610-932-2540 610-932-9363 610-255-1471 610-998-0988

Dental McCormick Orthodontics Oxford Family Dentistry Robert W. Strong, DDS. PC. -p60

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Education Cecil College -p65 Chester County Technical College High School Delaware County Community College -p42 Goldey-Beacom College -p25 Lincoln University -p31 Oxford Area School District

410-287-1028 610-345-1800 610-359-5131 302-225-6265 484-365-8131 610-932-6603

Electric Dolinger Electric Inc.


610-932-8339 610-932-8187


Robert Treate Hogg Cabinetmakers Robinson’s Furniture, Inc. Shoppes at the Nottingham Inn

717-529-2522 610-932-3600 610-932-8004

Government Borough of Oxford Commissioner Terence Farrell East Nottingham Township

610-932-2500 610-344-6151 610-932-8494

Health Chiropractic Services -p60 Empowerment Resource Assoc, Inc. EndoscopyMD, LLC Golden Light Wellness Center -p49 Make Time For Massage -p61 Maximum Fitness -p13 McCormick Karate Academy, Inc. -p25 Take Shape for Life -p49

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Florist Buchanan’s Buds & Blossoms -p55 Philips Florist -p7 Funeral Home Edward Collins Funeral Home, Inc. Furniture/Home Décor

Insurance Benefit Strategies 610-469-9107 Coe Insurance Services Agency, Inc. -p40/41 610-932-9350 Healthcare 1st Insurance -p9 610-467-0155 Jennersville Abstract Title Company 610-869-9065 Masciantonio Insurance Agency 610-932-4935 Williams Insurance 610-932-5545 Yerkes Insurance, Inc. -p31 610-869-4065

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Business Directory continued....

Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Members Landscape/Trees Carter and Son Lawncare, Inc. -p17 Cedarcrest Landscaping Howell’s Lawn and Landscape -p11 Land Art -p53 The Scotts Company Valley View Perennial Growers, Inc .

484-614-5320 610-932-5818 610-998-0244 610-998-9905 610-932-4200 610-593-5000

Lawyer Ira D. Binder, Attorney-at-Law -p35 Law Offices of John S. Carnes, Jr. McMichael, Heiney & Sebastian, LLC

484-643-3325 610-436-7500 610-932-3550

Manufacturer Herr Foods, Inc. -p2 L.K. Bowman Company Tasty Baking Company Viking Power Products Co.

610-932-7199 610-932-2240 610-998-9615 610-255-4030

Medical Jennersville Regional Hospital


Non-Profit Chester County Futures Cornerstone Pregnancy Care Services Make-A-Wish Foundation North Western Human Services Oxford Area Community Enhancements, Inc. Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center Oxford Area Senior Center Oxford Mainstreet Inc. Oxford Public Library Oxford Union Fire Company #1 Rotary Club of Oxford United Way of Southern Chester County

610-458-9926 610-998-2447 215-654-9355 215-716-9008 610-932-5933 610-932-8557 610-932-5244 610-998-9494 610-932-9625 610-932-2411 610-998-9040 610-444-4357

Optometrist Miller Eye Care 610-869-4200 Oxford Family Eyecare, PC - Dr. Malcolm Kelly -p39 610-932-9356 Other Country Signs & Woodwork Howett’s Screen Printing & Embroidery Oxford Karate Institute -p14

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Painting James Moore Painting, Inc. Nottingham Painting & Wallcoverings Plumbing/Heating/Cooling Jack’s Plumbing and Heating -p17 Oxford Plumbing and Heating Cameron’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling -p50 Real Estate/Rental Beiler-Campbell Realtors Fautore Realty J. Patrick Curran /Prudential Fox & Roach Michael Eddy - Re/Max Associates Prudential Fox & Roach / Cathy DuBosque -p53 Re/Max at Jennersville Oxhaven, LTD -p7

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

Recreational Jennersville YMCA Lighthouse Youth Center -p14 Noah’s Ark Workshop Party Planner Oxford Area Recreation Authority Oxford Strike and Spare Lanes, LLC -p65 Tee Time At 10 -p14 Wyncote Golf Club -p76

610-869-9622 610-932-4883 610-998-0173 610-932-8447 610-932-8850 610-932-5455 610-932-8900

Restaurant/Catering Bellybusters Sub Shoppe La Sicilia Martinelli Catering Numzees/Bread and Butter Catering, Inc. -p11 Oxford Seafood/3rd Street Grille Pat’s Pizza -p5

610-932-5372 610-998-9889 484-340-0102 610-932-4004 610-932-7681 610-998-9191

Retail Cameron’s Hardware & Supply, Inc. -p50 Country Floors & Interiors -p7 DiPilla Brothers, Inc. -p3 Ediene’s Eldreth Pottery -p51 G & F Carpets, Inc. -p75 Honeysuckle Trail Country Crafts Keen Compressed Gas Company Kreider’s Market -p17 Natural Dairy Products Corp. Neuchatel Chocolates New Holland Concrete Outback Company Store -p11

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Oxford Cards & Gifts -p7 Oxford Feed & Lumber -p59 Oxford Sunoco -p55 R-N-J Plaques & Engraving, LLC Stillwater Fibers -p7 The Oxford Market Place, Inc. -p61 Townsedge Associates / Ferguson & Hassler

610-932-9498 610-932-8521 610-932-5686 610-932-4763 610-998-9808 610-998-9080 717-786-7301

Retirement Community Ware Presbyterian Village -p27,57,65


Service 2 Guys Flooring Concepts, Inc. Alger Oil, Inc. All American Overhead Doors, Inc. Armstrong Cable -p27 Brandywine Septic Services, Inc. Chester Co. Conf. & Visitors Bureau Curves -p47 Greater Philadelphia Tourism & Marketing Corp. Home Clean Home, Inc. Lower Oxford Mini Storage & Local U-Haul Dealer Mom’s Cleaning Service -p14 Morris Sacks & Son Oxford Lions Club Oxford Post & Trade -p39 Pack ‘n Ship -p55 Racing Industry Research & Economic Analysis SCC Emergency Medical Services Titan Disposal UGI-Central Penn Gas, Inc. Cedarwood Pet Services

484-889-4692 410-658-5502 610-932-4999 410-658-5511 610-869-0443 610-719-1730 610-932-4799 302-584-1607 610-955-6712 610-932-7552 610-869-9888 610-932-5404 610-932-5440 610-932-7000 610-444-9048 610-932-4167 610-910-3180 610-932-3411 717-749-3428 610-842-3619

Trucking James H. Paxson and Sons LT Trucking

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Veterinary Applebrook Veterinary Clinic Keystone Animal Hospital -p35

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Community Profile Health & Wellness

By Stephanie Khan

Services for your mind, body and overall well being here in Oxford


lthough, your journey to wellness may last lifetime, your path to overall wellness may lead you through Oxford. Several business offer services for your mind, body and overall well being here in Oxford. Shape up at Curves of Wyncote. Get Fit For Life with Jodi Sensenig, invigorate your mind and body at the Golden Light Wellness Center and complete your journey with a visit to Empowerment Resource Associates.


—helping woman zero in on their health


arsha Spencer is celebrating her 4th year as the owner-operator of Curves at Wyncote. She has enjoyed every day because she is helping women zero in on their health. Spencer’s clients love the program offered by Curves because they can see a difference in their breathing, flexibility and balance almost immediately. “The 30-minute workout is specially designed for

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women. The program combines strength building and cardio workout with a weight management program,” Spencer said. “Women don’t have to be afraid to get started. Curves at Wyncote offers an environment where it’s easy to get started, it’s fun and safe.” Prior to opening Curves, Spencer was faithfully working out in her small basement gym. She was fit and wanted to share the benefits with other women. “The opportunity to become an owner of Curves became available. It suits me because I am independent and can be my own boss with the support of the Curves organization. Spencer said. “I have a great staff and great clients. It makes coming to work everyday a joy.” The location at Wyncote offers Curves members plenty of secured parking and access to the lockerrooms and showers. Members can see a difference in their overall health almost immediately. One of those members is Connie Street. She has been a member for over two years and works out an average of five times a week. “Curves gets me started in the morning. I look forward to it,” Street said. “It’s fun and my health has improved.” Curves may qualify for insurance reimbursements by many of the major insurance companies. Spencer recommends calling your insurance company to determine if your plan qualifies for reimbursement. Spencer has opened a second Curves location in Rising Sun, Maryland. An added benefit to Curves members is that they are able to workout at any one of the nearly 10,000 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Spencer loves her job because she is helping women zero in on their health. “Your health can be easily managed. A workout is the beginning of good choices. Curves at Wyncote helps bring the focus to their lives,” she said. Call for more information and hours: Curves at Wyncote: (610) 932-4799 Curves at Rising Sun: (410) 658-6161

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Empowerment Resource Associates —wellness is a life long journey


ccording to Judy Henderson, wellness is a life long journey and her company Empowerment Resource Associates is here to help. Henderson, founder and CEO of Empowerment Resource Associates recently opened a second office in Oxford. “We are looking to expand the community services here in Oxford and reach out to people who need our services. Our goal is to put our clients on a road to success and recovery,” Henderson said. While attending Lincoln University, Henderson realized that many students were depressed and had no one to talk to. She approached the university and made the recommendation to have therapists on site. Henderson began providing anger management and crisis intervention services to university students. “I was providing training and workshops on campus and realized the classes were attracting people from all over the community,” she said. “I knew there was a need for my service.” Henderson received her Master of Human Services from Lincoln University and a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics before opening her first office in Philadelphia. “Our focus is on behavioral health. We work with adults and children who suffer from depression,” Henderson said. Since depression comes from many sources, it is imperative to have skilled professionals available when crisis intervention is required. Empowerment Resources’ highly skilled staff includes MDs and PhDs as well as 15 clinicians who specialize in au-

tism, divorce, post traumatic stress disorder, and grief counseling. Henderson is looking to augment her staff in Oxford. “I want to hire additional staff so we will always have professionals available when needed,” she said. Patsy Fisher is the office coordinator at the Oxford location. “I graduated from Oxford High School and I want to help get our message out to the community. We are more than a business we are helping people in need,” she said. Fisher helps patients navigate through their insurance plans “I help them sort out their insurance information, so they can focus on their recovery,” Fisher said. Empowerment Resources Associates accepts most insurance plans and Department of Public Welfare. Fisher recommends calling your insurance company to verify coverage. In addition to mental health services, Empowerment Resources Associates will also help clients satisfy court ordered mandates for DUI, anger management and community service. “Our name says what we do. When you empower individuals you set them for life. We provide services

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that promote health in all areas of your life. We like keeping families together,” Henderson said. Center City Office: 1822 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA Phone: 215-564-0680 Oxford Office 142 Locust Street Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: 610-932-0758 Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Appointments are also available Website:

Golden Light Wellness Center —helping others feel better


or the past 11 years Carol Yurick and Debra George, sisters and co-owners of Golden Light Wellness Center in Oxford have dedicated their lives to help others feel better. George is a registered occupational therapist, a certified massage therapist and has been practicing massage therapy for over 25 years. She uses a variety of massage techniques and will customize the massage depending upon her clients needs. “Adults can choose from a wide variety of massages ranging from a seated massage to a full body heated stone enhancement massage. Reiki, a Japanese form of energy, is used with every massage and it helps the body to relax. As the body relaxes the healing process begins,” George said. In addition to adult massage therapy, Golden Light Wellness Center offers parents classes on infant and child massage. “A lot of kids are stressed out today. We teach parents how to massage their children. Massage may help them relieve their stress and express their feelings to their parents,” George said. Carol Yurick realized how serious grief was after she suffered the devastating loss of a family member.

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“I took courses on grief counseling and hands on healing. It helped me greatly, and I wanted to help others,” she said. “There are no side effects of hands on healing and it makes people feel better,” she said. “More and more hospitals are using Reiki to aid in patient recovery. We have a lot of nurses coming in to learn Reiki techniques.” In addition to stress relieving massage, Reiki and aroma therapy, Golden Light Wellness Center offers classes in yoga and belly dancing. Diane Bond, a fitness certified instructor, has been teaching a popular belly dancing class at the Golden Light Wellness Center for the past two years. Bond enjoys the physical fitness aspect of the dance. “This is a dance for women of all ages. You can grow old with belly dancing,” she said. George and Yurick invite you to the Golden Light Wellness Center and experience the benefits of massage therapy, belly dancing or yoga for yourself. Golden Light Wellness Center Address: 350 Lincoln Street, Oxford, PA 19363 Phone: (610) 932-9511 Hours: Call to schedule an appointment e-mail: Two years ago, Jodi was frustrated with her lack of energy and tight fitting wardrobe. “I kept buying


the next size of clothes. I was barely fitting into a size 12. I refused to buy the next size up and knew I needed to do something,” she said. After visiting her Chiropractor, she saw a sign

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In The Garden Green Landscaping at Home By Brian Matuszewski Owner Land Art Landscaping


hat is green landscaping and why do we need it? After all, landscaping is already green,

right? We know the leaves on the plants help produce clean air. We know the majority of the mulch used around our plants is comprised of ground up and dyed recycled wood products from construction sites or natural roots and bark from the logging industry. But what more could we do to improve the ecosystems in our own backyard or community? Lots! Green-landscaping is about becoming aware of ways to improve environmental sustainability in our landscapes. Five areas to improve the environment through applying green-landscaping techniques are: water use, stormwater management, use of native plants, removal of invasive plant species, and use of recycled materials.

cet for five minutes uses the same amount of energy as leaving a 60-watt light bulb on for 14 hours. When the PECO rate cap is removed at the end of 2010 and a probable rate hike goes into effect, people will be looking for inventive ways to conserve energy. Reducing water usage for landscaping is an important step. One technique for reducing the amount of treated water is to capture rainwater to use for landscape irrigation. A majority of people treat rainwater like wastewater, allowing it to run-off and drain into local sewer systems and waterways. To conserve rainwater, gutters can be hooked to a cistern, which would hold the water for irrigation and lessen the energy needed to produce clean water. Stormwater Management Wetlands serve as natural water filtration in the eco system. As rain water soaks through the ground it is filtered, lessening the impurities in the water as it is recharged into the underground water aquifers. If rain does not run off completely, it will recharge ground

Water Use For some of us, it’s hard to think about water as an endangered resource worth conserving. But it is. We can conserve energy and clean water by using rainwater to irrigate our landscapes which will increase sustainability and lessen the amount of energy we use. Since 1950, the demand for clean water has increased threefold and approximately one-quarter of that increase is attributed to landscape irrigation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that running a water fau-

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water and lessen the need to water landscapes. For homeowners, there are simple things you can do to continue this natural process, including: • Directing gutters into yards and other pervious surfaces, instead of down driveways and other non-pervious surfaces is one easy solution to allowing rain water

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to enter the ground instead of sewer systems or local waterways. • Planting trees and bushes, this helps “trap” rain water in your yard. • Installing a rain garden, this is like a mini-wetlands area on your property. • Not mowing to the edge of a stream bank allows the plants to filter the water before it enters the stream. Native Plants According to the US Forest Service website, “Native plants are the indigenous terrestrial and aquatic species that have evolved and occur naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, and habitat. Species native to North America are generally recognized as those occurring on the continent prior to European settlement. They represent a number of different life forms, including conifer trees, hardwood trees and shrubs, grasses, forbs, and others.” A benefit to using native plants in sustainable landscapes is that they will conserve resources. The native plants will still require the same amount of care as nonnative plants until they are established. Then the native plants will flourish, last longer and require less energy

to maintain compared to the non-native counterparts. Several benefits to using native plants in your landscape include: • drought tolerance, • adaptability to freezing and regional climate changes, and • a food source for native wildlife. Shopping local for plants at small businesses will put money back into the local economy and the chances of getting locally grown plants are higher. Continued on Page 54

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Check the plant’s tags at large and small landscape centers, local growers will have grown the native plants in our climate. The plants grown out of the area could have been nurtured in 70-degree climate, only to get transported to our region (plant zone) where the average temperature is 30. The less stress on plants the healthier they will be.

Invasive Plant Species Watch for invasive plants in your landscape, a few of the most visible in our region are bamboo, multiflora rose, honeysuckle, and Canadian thistle. Invasive plants try to take over the sustainable beneficial native plants, crowding them out on their way to taking over your garden. The deer will bypass the invasive plants and feed on the native plants. To keep the invasive plants out and make your landscape more sustainable, research and learn the invasive plants for your area. Become aware and don’t purchase plants that are invasive from garden centers. If you already have invasive species in your landscaping, then learn the proper techniques to remove them. Removal is hard; requiring constant follow up; it is not a one-time deal. Use of Recycled Materials Sustainable landscapes can be enhanced with new or old recycled materials. The underlining goal is to reduce the amount of material sent to landfills. For example, the concrete from an old sidewalk could be used for back fill in the construction of a new retaining wall. One example of using recycled materials is a new innovative 100-percent recycled composite paver. The composite paver is offered in multiple colors made of

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recycled wood materials similar to what is available with composite decking. There are exceptions, though. The old arsenic pressure-treated timbers and old creosote railroad ties should not be used or recycled in areas where they would be detrimental to health or contact food supply. Sustainability Practices The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is currently in the process of developing an industry wide (commercial and residential) voluntary rating system similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Dubbed the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a series of eco-system guidelines is being created for landscape design, construction and maintenance. The Initiative awards points for practices such as: • storm water management, • using native plants from local growers, • using recycled materials, and • creating social interaction with landscapes. The Initiative is in the development phase of its pilot program and will be finalized in 2012. The research continues on environmentally responsible landscaping with new case studies being released monthly. Please checkout the sites listed below for more great ideas on how to incorporate sustainability in your landscapes. •Sustainability Sites Initiative: • US Environmental Protection Agency Water Sense site: • US Forest Service site on Native Plants: http://www. shtml • US Federal Highway site on native plants: http:// • Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania site on invasive plants: • Invasive plants of the Eastern United States website: About the Author: Brian Matuszewski, of Land Art Landscaping practices sustainability landscaping and is available to help homeowners with their projects. He can be reached at 610-998-9905, email:, or online at

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Community Interest

The Spring Spruce Up

By Carla Lucas

Thoughts on Home Improvements


prucing up the “nest” after a long winter’s rest is a rite of spring for many. As the weather starts to warm and the grass starts to green, are there projects around your home that if tackled will improve the property’s value, maintain the structure, and/or add to your comfort? The decision to upgrade, update, and/or change your home is complex. Many items factor into this decision from your budget, to who will complete the work, to exactly what you want or should do. Below are some thoughts from Oxford area experts on the subject of home improvements to help in your decisions about which home improvements are right for you.

Resale Value of Home Improvements Upgrades in certain rooms, like the kitchen, bathroom and family room help the resale value of a home better than other rooms. “When showing properties, these are the rooms people are the most interested in,” says George Duncan, of Beiler Campbell Realtors. Among the general comments from prospective buyers is that they like conveniently laid out, light, bright, and attractive kitchens, bathrooms that don’t look dated, and family rooms with fireplaces. Other selling points are open, flowing floor plans, decks, sun porches, and screened-in porches. Replacing windows, roofs, and heating systems is something to consider for older homes (20+ years), advices Duncan. These home improvements are important to buyers when comparing properties, plus it will keep your home in tip-top shape and improve its energy efficiency. One note of caution from Duncan is to analyze the average price of homes in your development or neighborhood because if a major renovation exceeds the price of homes in the area you may

not recoup the costs if/when the house is sold. Interior Remodeling Trends According to Bruce Hastings, co-owner with Scot Savitch of Country Floors and Interiors, home owners are excited about kitchen renovations right now. The range of renovations spans from an entire custom kitchen to new countertops and/or knobs on the cabinets. One of the most popular features being added to kitchens are the full extension pullouts for cabinets. In appliances, upgraded range tops, double ovens, and counter-depth refrigerators are becoming quite popular. Looking at flooring options for home improvements, laminate flooring is becoming the material of choice for many families. The material, which is manufactured in many styles to look like wood or tile, is an inexpensive way to get a great look that holds up well, especially with children and pets. Hastings shares that he develops a wish list at the start of a project to prioritize and then define the scope of the project. He also advices do-ityourselfers to talk to professionals before tackling home improvement projects to learn how to install things correctly. Minor projects make major improvements Patrick Curran, of Prudential Fox Roach of Jennersville, says there are many inexpensive things you can do that will make major improvements in the look of your home. These include: • Fresh coat of paint • Adding lighting to brighten a room • Clear out the clutter • Clean the spaces • Wash the windows • Add or trim the landscaping. Continued on Page 58

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“These minor improvements don’t cost a lot but the returns are great,” says Curran. Curran adds that investing in renovations and upgrades helps sellers compete in the marketplace. Statistics from the National Association of Realtors states that on average homeowners recoup the following upon selling their home: • Kitchen renovations: 93 percent • Bathroom renovations: 90 percent • Window replacement 84 percent • Siding replacement- 93 percent. More than just a coat of paint Of course, a new coat of paint brightens a room or house and is a quick and easy way to change the look of a room. But the role of paint is more than cosmetic; it protects the underlying surface. According to Mark Quin, of Nottingham Paint and Wallpaper, a fresh coat of paint every 5 to 10 years is more cost effective than waiting longer, because once the paint’s surface deteriorates there is much more preparation work (scraping off chipped paint, priming, and extra coats of paint) involved. This extra work is much more costly in both time and money. Quin says that many homeowners today are choosing to use the new zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds) paints as an environmentallyfriendly alternative to traditional paints. These paints do not emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. A new product on the market is an attic barrier paint, which when sprayed in the attic helps insulate the house and help with energy costs. Maintenance and upgrades make homes energy efficient Replacing roofs, windows, and heating/cooling systems are all considerations for homes that could actually result in energy savings for homeowners, says John Rogers, of JFR Contracting, who does all types of home improvement construction for local homeowners. “These replacements can pay for themselves over time with lower energy bills,” Rogers says. “Plus right now there are federal tax credits avail-

able that cover up to 30 percent of the cost of energy efficient improvements.” Signs that there are problems with the roof include water stains inside the home, curling shingles, missing shingles, and/or pieces of shingles from your roof in your yard. Fixing these problems as soon as possible is important, says Rogers, as more serious (and costly) problems could occur to the structure of the home if ignored. Proper ventilation of the roof is important to increase its longevity. Rogers recommends homeowners inspect the attic to make sure there’s nothing (like insulation or boxes) covering the soffits along the edges of the roof or the ridge vents, so air can flow freely. Homeowners wishing to improve the energy efficiency of their homes can add power vents or turbans in the attic, which pulls the hot air out of the attic and cools the space. Seeing curtains moving when the window is locked, windows that no longer go up and down easily, and/or feeling air moving around the windows’ edges are all signs that a window(s) needs some attention, if not replacement, says Rogers. However, moisture between panes of glass is a cosmetic problem, but does not indicate the need for replacement. Older homes with single-pane windows would benefit from the higher efficiency of double or triple pane replacement windows. Rogers suggests upgrading to an energy efficient hot water heater and EnergyStar rated appliances, or simply better insulating exterior walls as other ways to reduce your energy bills. Details about the federal tax credit for consumer energy efficient improvements are based on the type of improvements being made. Details can be found at and click on the “Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency” near the bottom, on the left. Oxford businesses can help From major renovations and additions to energy efficient updates, to small cosmetic changes, Oxford’s business community is filled with many experts who can make suggestions, supply the materials, and/or complete the project for you with fantastic results. For your convenience, Continued on Page 60

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go to where the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce website’s directory (click on link) gives contact information and links to its member’s websites when possible. Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act On July 1, 2009 the new Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act went into effect. It requires all contractors doing more that $5,000 of work per year in the state of Pennsylvania to register with the Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Tom Corbett explains, “The intent of the act is to protect consumers from unscrupulous contractors, to provide new protection for consumers who hire home improvement contractors and to authorize criminal penalties for home improvement fraud.” Currently there are over 32,000 registered contractors in Pennsylvania. The Attorney General’s office maintains an online database of all registered contractors, which can be accessed at or by calling toll-free 1-888-520-6680. Information for each contractor includes: • Contact and insurance information; • A description of the company; • Information on any prior home improve ment businesses; • Names of anyone with an interest in the business; • Any contractor licenses; • Bankruptcy, criminal plea and conviction history; • A map showing where the business is located. The registration numbers contractors receive after successfully completing the registration process (and included on the website) are now required documentation when applying for building permits in Pennsylvania. A pamphlet about the new Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Information Act is available at many of the municipal offices. Details of the Home Improvement Consumer Information Act can also be found online at then click on the link on the right.

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What must be included in a home improvement contract? • The contract must be in writing and include the contractor’s registration number. • The entire agreement between the contractor and the consumer including the date of the transaction. • The name, telephone number, and address of the contractor and subcontractors. • A description of the work to be performed including the approximate starting and completion dates of the project. • The total sales price due under contract. • The amount of any down payment plus any amount paid in advance for the purchase of special order materials. • The amount of liability insurance coverage maintained by the contractor. • The toll-free number maintained by the Bureau of Consumer Protection. • A notice of the consumer’s right to rescind the contract.


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Calendar of Events

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

April 2


2010 beginning at 1pm. Citizens interested in this history and the tour should contact Commission Chairman, Jay Eaton, at 610998-9331 or by email at oaa@zoominternet. net. Donations for their programs will be gratefully accepted by Hosanna and the Lincoln Community Center. Directions to Lincoln University are available on the LU website. Go to http://www.

First Friday Art Strolls in Downtown Oxford April 2nd, from 5-8pm Come enjoy various art and entertainment on display throughout Downtown Oxford on the first Friday of each month. Bring the whole family for an evening out together for strolling, shopping and dining. Art Stroll is FREE to public Oxford Public Library 48 S. Second St. Oxford Ph: 610-932-9625 Meet the Authors & the Illustrator Andy’s Peach Bottom Railroad Adventures, Mary Louise Boomsma & Michael Abel Saturday, April 10th 11am2pm

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Lower Oxford Township Historical 11 The Commission in conjunction with Lincoln University and Lincoln Village is pleased to announce that we will conduct a FREE walking tour of the historic Lincoln University campus and Lincoln Village. This historic walking tour will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2010 beginning at 1PM. The last tour will leave at 4pm. In case of rain, the tour will then be held on Sunday, April 18,

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Spring Clean Up Dumpsters will be available at the Borough Garage at 450 West Locust Street, Oxford-for receipt of trash and scrap. Spring Cleanup is available only to Borough residents and proof of residency is required. Time: 8am until 3pm. Oxford Public Library 48 S. Second St. Oxford Ph: 610-932-9625 “Timeshares” an anthology of time travel stories, Greg Cox Saturday, April 24th 11am-1pm

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Plant & Garden Sale Saturday, May 1 from 8am-1pm Located at Third & Locust Streets on the lawn at Fulton Bank Come stock up on

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hearty plants & garden items for this new season!


Eldreth Pottery Annual Spring Open House Located at 902 Hart Road in Oxford Ph: 717-529-6241 May 1st 9am to 5pm Artists will be demonstrating & kids can paint a piece they will fire in time for


Eldreth Pottery Annual Spring Open House Located at 902 Hart Road in Oxford Ph: 717-529-6241 May 2nd 12pm to 5pm Artists will be demonstrating & kids can paint a piece they will fire in time for


SCORE Workshop Hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce Topic: Personal Skills for Business Success Register online at Registration begins at 8:30am, Breakfast at 9am, Presentation at 9:30am. Chamber Member $15 Non Member $25 When Mon May 3 11am – 12pm Where Hilton Garden Inn 815 E. Baltimore Pike


Oxford Village Market Located at Third & Locust Streets on the lawn at Fulton Bank on Tuesdays from 26pm from May to October, offering fresh fruits & vegetables, jellies & jams, minimally processed chickens & eggs, landscaping plants, baked goods and pastries, handmade soaps, and much, much more! Opening day for 2010 is May 4th!


Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce 14th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Scholarship Fund. Wednesday May 5, at Wyncote Golf Club. To become a sponsor


First Friday Art Strolls in Downtown Oxford, May 7th from 5-8pm Come enjoy various art and entertainment on display throughout Downtown Oxford on the first Friday of each month. Bring the whole family for an evening out together for strolling, shopping and dining. Art Stroll is FREE to public


Spring Night Hike Ever wondered what goes on at the park after nightfall? Well dim our flashlights and go on a crisp hike into the woods to learn who is out and about. You are likely to see raccoons, deer, owls, and maybe even a red fox. Dress for the weather and bring water and a flashlight. Shhhh! This program is for adults and relatively quiet children. Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Date: Friday, May 7 Time: 8:15 PM - 9:15 PM Location: Nottingham County Park, meet at park office Limit: 25 FREE


Legislative Luncheon Hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce at Lincoln University. Monday, May 17 at noon. For more details log on to


Cruise Night Hosted by HERR FOODS Food, fun, games, music, door prizes! Free admission and parking Vote for your favorite classic car Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place Thursday May 20th 5pm-dusk Continued on Page 64

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Buildings in Chester County 23 Serpentine Join us at the Nottingham Serpentine

Presbyterian Church, which was built from serpentine rock quarried at Nottingham County Park. Jane Dorchester will share her years of experience researching and documenting these prominent county structures. There will be an optional hike through the Serpentine Barrens National Natural Landmark dedicated at the park in 2008. Light refreshments provided. Presenter: Jane Dorchester, Architectural Historian Date: Sunday, May 23 Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM Location: Nottingham Serpentine Presbyterian Church, 497 West Christine Road, Nottingham Fee: $3 per person


Beavers Of McPherson Lake A Pair of Beavers have taken residence at our park and we want you to learn all about them! Look at their lodge and the trees they’ve chewed down. Look closely at a stuffed beaver. Since June is the time for baby beavers, maybe we’ll see some of our furry friends! Leader: Rachel Bishop, Park Technician Date: Friday, June 4 Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm Location: Nottingham County Park, meet at park office Limit: 15 FREE


Women in Business Breakfast Hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce When: Thu, June 10, 8am – 9am Where: Ware Presbyterian Village Register online at Chamber Member $15 Non Member $25

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Family Fun Camp Out At Nottingham! Enjoy a night under the stars camping in Nottingham County Park. Participants must bring their own camping supplies (tent camping only) and arrive at the designated time to ensure enough daylight for set up. Then embark on a night hike followed by a campfire with smores and other refreshments. Tuck in and fall asleep to the sounds of Nottingham’s nightlife. A light breakfast will be provided. Please dress and pack appropriately. Leader: Kate Mrakovich, Regional Park Ranger Check-In: Saturday, June 12; 7:00 PM at pavilion 4 Departure: Sunday, June 13; 9:00 AM

Hike 29 Moonlight NightCome along on a moonlit

hike through Nottingham County Park. Explore the adaptations of animals who roam the park after the gates have closed. Several activities will help sharpen your night senses and let you see why they are important to the creatures of the night. All ages welcome. Leader: Andrew McMullen, Regional Park Ranger Date: Saturday, May 29 Time: 8:45pm - 10:00 pm Location: Nottingham County Park, meet at park office Limit: 20 FREE

June 4

First Friday Art Strolls in Downtown Oxford, June 4th from 5-8pm Come enjoy various art and entertainment on display throughout Downtown Oxford on the first Friday of each month. Bring the whole family for an evening out together for strolling, shopping and dining. Art Stroll is FREE to public

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MANSION CAFÉ located in the Mansion at Ware Presbyterian Village 7 East Locust Street � Oxford, PA 19363

Serving Lunch Monday through Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm �

Banquet Facilities Party Platters Eat-in or Carry Out �


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Location: Nottingham County Park Limit: 25 Fee: $15 per tent


Zoo Day Hosted by HERR FOODS Featuring educational programs, games and prizes! Monday June 14th 10am-2pm


Old Glory Activities geared for ages 8- 12; however, all ages are welcome. The American flag has been an inspiration to millions of people for over 225 years! No other single American symbol can invoke more pride and a sense of patriotism than Old Glory. Spend time with us learning the history of our National Colors, and how to properly care for and display this symbol of the American dream. Leader: Andrew McMullen, Regional Park Ranger Date: Monday, June 14 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Nottingham County Park, meet at park office Limit: 20 FREE


Movies in the Park Sponsored by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oxford Public Library When: Fri, June 18, 8:30pm – 11:00pm Where: Oxford Memorial Park FREE! Movie begins at Dusk. Concessions will be available. Bring a Blanket or Lawn Chair. Log on to for details.


Oxford Borough Wide Yard Sale June 19 beginning at 9am until...


Family Fishing Program Looking for a great way to connect with your family? Discover just how much fun fishing can

be when you do it together. Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting and taking a fish off the hook. Everyone will have the opportunity to fish no fishing license required. All equipment provided. The catch??? Adults must bring a child and children must bring an adult. You’ll be learning and fishing together. BYOB - Bring your own bait! Instructor: Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission Date: Saturday, June 19 Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Location: Nottingham County Park, McPherson Lake Limit: 30 FREE

July 3

FREEDOM FEST: Concert & Fireworks An Independence weekend concert, children’s entertainment, activity & food vendors and fireworks display. Saturday, July 3 5pm - 10pm Rain Date: July 4 Where: Nottingham County Park $10 parking fee

Fireflies 10 Friendly Experience Nottingham

at night while searching for our flashy friends. Catch fireflies and learn why they flash. After releasing your fireflies, stay to enjoy a summer snack. Don’t forget to bring your best bug catching containers and walking shoes. Participants will receive a glow stick.Leader: Melissa Keiser, Park Technician Date: Saturday, July 10 Time: 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm Location: Nottingham County Park, meet at pavilion 4 Fee: $3 per person

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5K Run / Walk / Dash Hosted by Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. Begins at 9am. Details and Registration form will be available online in August. www. Apple Festival Sponsored by the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Details and Registration form will be available online in August. Casino Night: Poker Tournament Sponsored by Country Chrysler DodgeJeep and Jeff D’Ambrosio. Hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce. Money Wheel on Site, Black Jack, Roulette. Cash Prizes. Where: Oxford Union Fire Hall Company 315 Market Street. Details and Registration form will be available online in August.

Chamber Challenge Question Name 3 different locations occupied by the Oxford News Shop during the past 60 years. Question courtesy of Vernon Ringler from Oxford Historical Assoc. First caller will receive a $25 Downtown Oxford Gift Certificatel FYI- Answers will only be accepted during the OACC office hours between 8am-1pm, Monday through Thursday. Winner of Chamber Challenge question in Fall Issue #23 was Virginia Alexander of Oxford. Answer: Town Drug Store owned by Melvin Berkowich. The 2 women were Pinkie Shiplet and Ethel Gill.

Movies in the Park Hosted by the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oxford Public Library Friday, June 18, July 16, August 20 Log on to for details.

Legislative Luncheon

Monday, May 17th Where: Lincoln University Log on to for details. Call 610-932-0740 to Register. Credit Cards Accepted

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Your Game Today Will Help Their Future Tomorrow.

14th Annual Golf Tournament To Benefit the OACC Scholarship Fund

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 If you are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities or to Purchase Raffle Tickets with a Cash Prize of $500 Call the Chamber Office at 610-932-0740 or Log on to www. for details. Thank you to out following Sponsors

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Meeting Dates And Locations

Oxford School District Administration 610-932-6600 Oxford High School 610-932-6640 Penn’s Grove 610-932-6615 Elk Ridge 610-932-6670 Nottingham 610-932-6632 Jordan Bank 610-932-6625 Oxford Area Education Foundation 610-932-7200 Oxford Teacher Organization 610-932-6149 Township Buildings East Nottingham 610-255-0634 Lower Oxford Township 610-932-8150 Oxford Boro 610-932-2500 Upper Oxford Township 610-932-9233 West Nottingham Township 610-932-4072 Municipal Authority Oxford Sewer Authority 610-932-3493

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East Nottingham Supervisors 2nd Monday - 7pm Township Building E. Nottingham Planning Commission 4th Monday - 7:30pm Township Building Elk Supervisors 1st Monday - 7pm Township Hall Elk Planning Commission 3rd Wednesday - 6:30pm Township Hall Lower Oxford Supervisors 2nd Wednesday - 7pm Township Road Lower Oxford Planning Commission 3rd Monday - 7:30pm Township Building Oxford Sewer Authority 3rd Wednesday - 7:30pm Oxford Boro Hall Oxford Boro Council Workshop 2nd Monday - 7pm Oxford Boro Hall Oxford Borough Council 3rd Monday - 7pm Oxford Boro Hall Oxford Planning CommissionWorkshop 2nd Tuesday - 6pm Oxford Boro Hall Upper Oxford Supervisors 2nd Monday - 7pm Township Building Upper Oxford Planning Commission 1st Monday - 7:30pm, except 9/2, Township Building West Nottingham Supervisors 3rd Tuesday - 7:30pm. Municipal Building W. Nottingham Planning Commission 1st Tuesday - 7:30pm Municipal Building

The T-Shirt above says: “O Town is My Town. Embracing Oxford’s Charm one Chore at a Time.” Want to know what it is about contact Buzz Tyson at 610-932-4883 and get involved.

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Oxfordian Spring 2010 Issue  

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