Chester County Briefly: September 20

From left: Morreen Bayles, Sydnie Bayles, and Liz Scott, founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand.

Sydnie Bayles

Since she was two years old, Downingtown resident Sydnie Bayles, now 13, has been hosting up to 10 lemonade stands a year in Eagleview to help raise funds to fight pediatric cancer. As a result of her dedication, as well as her efforts in training more than 100 volunteers, Bayles will receive the 2018 Alex’s Lemonade Stand Host of the Year Award on Jan. 13 at the 12th Annual Lemon Ball in Philadelphia.

Bayles, a student at the Montgomery School, is nearing her ambitious goal of $200,000 raised for the Bala Cynwyd-based nonprofit that helps children with cancer.

“Sydnie is very close to her goal and has no doubts that she will hit or exceed her goal by Jan. 13th,” said her parents, Morreen and Steve Bayles. “A few more phone calls and pleas for help will put her over the top.”


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia named Malvern’s Turn5 the winner of the Strategic Growth Excellence of the Year Award. This honor is especially timely as Turn5 prepares to open its new headquarters in Tredyffrin Township in January 2018, creating 183 new jobs.

The Chamber’s Excellence Awards celebrate and honor companies that are making a positive impact in the Philadelphia region. Turn5, one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the region, has achieved double-digit growth for the past 12 years. Co-founders and brothers Andrew and Steve Voudouris have grown Turn5 from a business that they started out of their garage during high school to a top e-commerce business employing nearly 430 people.

Turn5 helps people customize, personalize, and build their perfect car, truck, or jeep. Earlier this year, Turn5 launched, its third website, joining and Turn5 also received more than $600,000 in grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development of Pennsylvania.

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Augean Robotics

Charles Andersen – the CEO of Phoenixville’s Augean Robotics, which builds robotic following carts for workers in rugged environments – is one of nine budding entrepreneurs who will have an opportunity to make a pitch to AOL founder Steve Case next month for $100,000 in investment funding.

The entrepreneurs will make their pitches to Case and a panel of judges when Case visits Central Pennsylvania on Oct. 10 as part of his Rise of The Rest road trip.

He will start the day with stops in York and Lancaster before heading to the Harrisburg Midtown Art Center for a fireside chat with Penn State University President Eric Barron. Case’s Rise of the Rest is a three-year-old nationwide initiative designed to support and promote entrepreneurs in emerging startup regions.

The Hickman Friends Senior Community

A free presentation about preparing healthy and delicious fall meals and a cooking demonstration will be held at 5:30 PM on Oct. 4 at The Hickman Friends Senior Community, located at 400 North Walnut Street in West Chester. Doors open, with light refreshments served, at 5 PM. All are welcome.

“Fall is an opportunity to add more tastes, colors, and textures to meals,” said Rodney Sykes, dining services manager at The Hickman. “It’s important to keep seniors’ meals interesting and appetizing, but include familiar foods when introducing new ones. Many older adults don’t like to deal with too many changes all at once.”

This presentation is one in a series of four Sip & Sit community service events hosted by The Hickman. Those planning to attend are asked to call 484-899-0547 or e-mail a week in advance to reserve a seat.

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Trades Day

State Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. is encouraging local residents to attend Trades Day, hosted by Local Trades Unions DEPG Development, on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 10 AM-12PM at the training center on 500 East Lincoln Highway in Exton.

“Revitalizing our area isn’t just about redevelopment projects. To truly empower a community, its residents need to have adequate employment opportunities,” Lewis said. “At Trades Day, people will be able to learn about how they can make a living to sustain their families. There are lots of different skills to choose, making this event one not to be missed.”

A variety of trades will be represented at the event, including laborers, operating engineers, carpenters, iron workers, painters, millwrights, teamsters, electricians, brick layers, roofers, cement finishers, boiler makers, tapers, and caulkers.

Those who attend will learn about what to expect when opportunities are available for apprenticeship applications. For more information, please contact Lewis’s district office with questions at 610-269-1289.

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