2 new book­marks un­veiled at Avon Grove Li­brary

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

WEST GROVE >> In some worlds a book­mark isn’t much. But for the li­braries in state Sen. Andy Din­ni­man’s dis­trict and be­yond, they are a real at­trac­tion to read­ers young and old.

Din­ni­man, D-19, of West White­land, has made a cre­ative and ed­u­ca­tional project out of his duty to in­form his con­stituents how to con­tact him. To date, he has cre­ated 38 dif­fer­ent book­marks that have his con­tact in­for­ma­tion on one side and a brief biog­ra­phy and pic­ture of a lo­cal his­tor­i­cal fig­ure on the other. The col­lec­tions are on dis­play and avail­able for the tak­ing at lo­cal li­braries through­out the county.

“Each of the se­na­tors has as part of their bud­get (an item) to get out con­tact in­for­ma­tion. So I wanted to do some­thing that was ed­u­ca­tional and his­tor­i­cal. This pub­li­cizes how to get a hold of us,” said Din­ni­man, who is run­ning for re-elec­tion this year against Avon­dale Repub­li­can Jack London.

On Oct. 4, Din­ni­man vis­ited the Avon Grove Li­brary and pre­sented copies of his two new­est cre­ations: one in honor of Conard-Pyle and com­pany Pres­i­dent Dick Hut­ton, and the other mark­ing the achieve­ments of West Grove com­mu­nity leader and de­vel­oper Joseph Pyle.

Hut­ton, who was pres­i­dent of the com­pany in the 1970s and 1980s, se­lected, named and in­tro­duced count­less roses for the com­pany in­clud­ing the Peace Rose, which was de­vel­oped in France. Hut­ton’s daugh­ter-in-law Ann and grand­son Ian were there to ac­cept the first book­mark about their late fam­ily mem­ber, who passed away in 2003.

Din­ni­man’s com­ment to them was, “Much of the his­tory of roses is here.”

From the au­di­ence, lo­cal res­i­dent and for­mer school prin­ci­pal Bill Steltzer added that Dick Hut­ton also helped found Jen­ner’s Pond re­tire­ment com­mu­nity and his wife, Mrs. Hut­ton, was ac­tive in the li­brary.

The book­mark hon­or­ing Joseph Pyle was cre­ated, Din­ni­man said, be­cause he and many other peo­ple ob­served the mu­ral on the wall of the li­brary’s com­mu­nity room that fea­tures a pic­ture of Pyle. He said peo­ple ask, “Who was that man?”

It turns out Pyle was largely re­spon­si­ble for the devel­op­ment of West Grove in the 1800s. He con­structed and op­er­ated a gen­eral store, built com­mu­nity build­ings in­clud­ing a bank on Ex­change Place, in­tro­duced the man­u­fac­tur­ing of brick to the bor­ough, and in­stalled the first wa­ter sys­tem. He was the post­mas­ter, bor­ough coun­cil mem­ber and mayor.

One of the in­ter­est­ing as­pects of the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony was Din­ni­man’s re­quest that mem­bers of the au­di­ence speak up, and sure enough they did. For­mer state trooper Ray Natale talked about his ex­pe­ri­ence and those of his broth­ers, who all served in World War II.

Oth­ers chat­tered pub­licly about who knew the Hut­tons and where peo­ple lived.

Din­ni­man said that in ev­ery book­mark pre­sen­ta­tion the same

thing hap­pens. “There are al­ways dis­cus­sions about who knows whom and iden­ti­fy­ing lo­ca­tions by what build­ings are there or who lives there.”

Some of the other peo­ple of note who have been hon­ored by the book­marks are Dr. Hazel Brown, Thomas Jef­fer­son “T.J.” and Anita An­der­son, Dr. Mary Ed­wards Walker, Ida Ella Ruth Jones, the Rev. Fran­cis Ali­son, Joseph Trim­ble Rothrock and Din­ni­man’s dog, Henry.

Avon Grove Li­brary Di­rec­tor Lori Sch­waben­bauer said they have been well re­ceived. “They are pop­u­lar. They get taken and we have to get more,” she said.

The Avon Grove Li­brary cur­rently serves more than 30,000 in­di­vid­u­als, pri­mar­ily in the Avon Grove School Dis­trict. This dis­trict in­cludes West Grove, Avon­dale, Franklin, Penn, New London, London Bri­tain and London Grove.

Some peo­ple of note who have been hon­ored are Dr. Hazel Brown, Thomas Jef­fer­son and Anita An­der­son, Dr. Mary Ed­wards Walker and Ida Ella Ruth Jones.


State Sen. Andy Din­ni­man, D-19, pre­sents the Dick Hut­ton book­mark to Hut­ton’s daugh­terin-law Ann and grand­son Ian.


The Dick Hut­ton book­mark, one of 38 es­tab­lished by state Sen. Andy Din­ni­man.


The Joseph Pyle book­mark, one of 38 es­tab­lished by state Sen. Andy Din­ni­man.

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