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Chester County Press

Editorial: A holiday wish list

12/06/2016 10:40AM ● By Richard Gaw
Every year at about this time, the Chester County Press a holiday wish list for those newsmakers, leaders and residents who have made an impact in our community over the past year, and those who wish to make one in 2017. Some of these wishes are earnest grasps at the largely unattainable, but most are very much within reason. Either way, we wish everyone who made this year's list the best of luck next year.
To the Oxford Area Sewer Authority, we wish for a path forward so that residents in the Oxford area are not further burdened by higher rates.
To Kennett Township, we wish for success on the next phase of construction on the new Barkingfield Township Park, so that by this time next year, the two planned dog parks will become one of the new social gathering places in the township.
To Southern Chester County Regional Police Chief Gerald Simpson, a sparkling new design of the planned police facility in New Garden Township, one that will be shared with all of those who have waited a long time for it.
To the residents of Landenberg, we wish for some positive news announcing the rebirth of the historic Landenberg Store.
To Sarah Nurry Karen DiMascola, founders and co-organizers of the Mushroom Cap 13.1 Half Marathon, we wish you both an even more successful follow-up to the first run this past October, and the hope to redistribute even more funding back to the Kennett Square community after next year's race.
To superintendent John Sanville the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, we wish for an assistant superintendent to replace the departing Ken Batchelor. Batchelor, who will be taking a superintendent job in Delaware County, has a level of dedication to students that will be hard to replace.
To the residents of Southern Chester County the thousands of families and individuals who make up the region's mushroom industry, we wish for positive signs of progress regarding the eradication of the phorid fly from your homes and your businesses.
To Joseph Birmingham and the entire staff who organized the first Landenberg Day year, we wish you another successful event in 2017...and a little cooler weather. 
To those who brought The Creamery Southern Chester County this year and made it the highlight of the local social scene -- where couples and kids could all gather in one place -- we wish you another successful 2017.
To Susan Rzucidlo Jack London - who ran strong campaigns this past fall and yet did not win election -- we wish you the determination and perseverance needed to toss your ideas and your energy back into the political fray once more.
To the Board of Trustees at Lincoln University, we wish you success in choosing a new president, as well as the hope that he or she become a visionary force to lead this beacon of higher education, for years to come.
To all sports teams and their coaches at Avon Grove, Kennett, Oxfordand Unionville schools, we wish seasons of success, as well as good sportsmanship.
The Chester County Press on hundreds of people, businesses, organizations and events every year, and if we were to impart holiday wishes to all of them here, this column would go on nearly for infinity. So we'll end our annual holiday wish list here, with one last wish for health and happiness in the new year.

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