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Editorial: Our best wishes

12/22/2017 02:07PM ● Published by Richard Gaw

Each year at this time, the Chester County Press compiles its annual Best Wishes list, which recognizes some of the many people who appeared in the pages of our newspaper this year. Individually, they have made contributions to our community this year that we felt deserved just a splash of additional recognition. Collectively, they help form the patchwork quilt that binds our communities together, through ideas, action, selflessness and vision. Were we to have more space in which to work, our annual list of recognition would easily stretch twice as long, but as it is, we use this space to extend our thanks, and our best wishes to a select few.

To Patricia Maisano, Margaret Reif, Yolanda Van deKrol and Christina Vandepol, we wish you success as Chester County row officers, as you help to turn a new page for County government.
To Meredith Langer, Caroline Roosevelt, Whitney Hoffman and the staff and volunteers who made the second Holiday Village Market at the Creamery a huge success this year, we wish you all a few weeks of respite, and the opportunity to infuse next year's market with even more creativity.
To Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Chief Gerald Simpson, Deputy Chief Michael King and the entire department, we wish for every brick and nail that will go toward the construction of your new facility to be a symbol of strength and prosperity, not only for your new home but for the future of community policing in southern Chester County.
To Gwen Lacy and the staff at The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, we wish you all more acres to protect and preserve, and may your new interpretive nature center serve as a center for curiosity and discovery for years to come.
To outgoing London Grove Township Supervisor Michael Pickel, we wish you a well-needed break from local politics, and the hope that you will again be inspired to serve your community as an elected official or volunteer.
To newcomer Lee Irwin, we wish you all the best as the newest member of the London Grove Township Board of Supervisors.
To Geoff Henry, we offer our thanks for his 12 years of service as the mayor of Oxford Borough, and we extend our best wishes to him as he enjoys more free time after nearly 20 years of public service. We also extend our congratulations and best wishes to Lorraine Durnan Bell, Oxford Borough's new mayor.
To political newcomer Nancy Moshel Morris, we offer congratulations for winning a seat on the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors, and we thank outgoing supervisor Penelope Schenk for her service.
To the reorganized Avon Grove School Board, we wish you well in the effort to develop a facilities plan that will meet the needs of students and taxpayers in the district.
To incoming supervisors Robert McKinstry, Jr., and Julia McGovern Lacy, we wish you luck on the East Marlborough Township Board of Supervisors, and we congratulate outgoing supervisors Eddie Caudill and Robert Weer, Sr., who put in decades of hard work for the board.
To Unionville Head Football Coach Pat Clark, we wish you another successful season in 2018, and the promise that the senior playmakers your team will lose to graduation will be replenished by a new and talented group of underclassmen.
To Kennett Library Board Chairman Thomas Swett, we wish you and the rest of the board the best of luck in helping to achieve your fundraising goals in 2018, which will go toward the construction of a new library in downtown Kennett Square.
And finally, to the thousands of readers of the Chester County Press, our family of local magazines and our online news resources, we thank you for your readership, your comments and opinions, and we wish you the happiest and safest of holiday seasons, and the hope for a prosperous 2018.


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