Candice was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pa., a place she’ll probably always call home. She has been a passionate person over things she loves since the day she was born, which can be a blessing and a curse.
Her love of sports started at the tender age of four. Her parents split their working hours so someone was always home with her, and at night, the task fell to her father. Growing up, she would sit with him and watch multiple sports, which spawned her admiration of football, baseball and ice hockey.
In eighth grade, a school field trip to Gettysburg stirred emotions inside her that she could never fully explain. It was a moment that changed her life for the better.
Candice returned home with a new passion – this time for American military history.
Though she enjoyed athletics, Candice followed the path of a musician in high school instead of continuing in the sports she played: Field hockey, lacrosse, gymnastics, softball and basketball.
She went through her high school life as one of those ‘band geeks’ – as some lovingly call it – and tried to consume as much history knowledge as possible.
It was obvious to all who knew Candice that she would go to college as an American history major. She spent time living in Boston, Mass., and attended Suffolk University, but it wouldn’t last. Though she had a strong love of history, she couldn’t find the profession that would make her content in life, so she returned home to Pennsylvania to try and sort out what she wanted to do.
In 2009, the pieces fell together for Candice.
All her life, she would write whenever she could. She wrote little books as a child, kept memories of vacations through journals and never hated the occasional research papers in school. Combined with her knowledge of sports, she took a chance by returning to college as a sports journalist.
From the first assignment, it seemed as though this was the profession Candice was meant to do. Two and a half years later, she graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.
Candice started writing for The Communitarian, the newspaper at Delaware County Community College, where she first tested out the idea of journalism before transferring to Temple. During her second semester there, she interned at Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia, where she even had the opportunity to cover the Philadelphia Flyers on two occasions.
After that, she began to grow her name by becoming a writer with Chicks Who Give a Puck, an online hockey blog written by a staff of all women. When the site fell through, she ambitiously set out to cover a pro ice hockey team and landed a gig with Something’s Bruin, a Boston Bruins blog, covering the ECHL’s Reading Royals and added the Trenton Titans on the side.
Once Candice graduated, she quickly received freelancing gigs with The Phoenix and Reading Eagle newspapers, covering a multitude of subjects and sports.
Her shining moment came in December 2012 when she was published in The Hockey News magazine, a publication she spent years upon years reading and one she had hoped to see her name in one day.
She freelanced with Center Ice Hockey Magazine for several years, covering the Royals, including following them out to Stockton, Calif., when they won the 2013 Kelly Cup. She also was able to cover multiple Flyers games, serving as the backup writer.
Her first full-time job in the field came in September 2013 when she was hired by the Daily Local News to write for its two weekly papers, The Kennett Paper and the Avon Grove Sun. She covered high school sports, as well as both the Kennett Consolidated and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts before serving as the sports editor and online editor, which she did for about a year-and-a-half before she was promoted to the Daily Local News in late March 2015.
Candice spent a full three years at the Daily Local News as a multimedia journalist, covering the West Chester area, including the Borough of West Chester, East Bradford Township, East Goshen Township, West Goshen Township, Westtown Township and Thornbury Township, and was also the high school hockey guru with her unparalleled coverage of Chester County’s teams on the ChesCo Hockey Haven website.
Candice received the nickname of the “Queen of Dekes” in 2011 all from a simple joke among friends, but it spread to the hockey realm and soon many people, especially in the world of the ECHL, know her by that moniker.
Though Candice started off as a journalist, she unfortunately had to take a step away from it late in the summer of 2016 due to the industry’s insecurity and its continuance of a downward spiral.
With several major life changes in the coming years – buying a house, marriage and starting a family – she had to look at the bigger picture, and with that came the acceptance of a position as a Communications Specialist at BrightView, the nation’s leader in commercial landscaping.
Candice joined a small, close-knit Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing team in August 2016, handling internal, external and executive communications, writing news and press releases, helping to promote the company and maintain its image, producing the Ask BrightView video campaign and much more.
As a Communications Specialist, Candice also has the incredible opportunity to travel the country a quarter of the year, visiting all the various corporate headquarters and branches for the company and getting to know some of the 22,000 employees at BrightView and share their stories with each other and the world.
Ever since Candice devoured the show, The West Wing, in the ’90s, she has always felt a little pull toward public service and the government. That “tug” has never quite left her, even after all these years, so Candice took her first step into that realm in 2017.
In February of that year, the Caln Township Board of Commissioners appointed Candice to the township’s Historical Commission for a term ending in December 2019. The commission serves in an advisory capacity for the establishment and implementation of a historic preservation plan for Caln Township, provide information on historic resources to the township’s residents and to review and advise about any proposed activities which may affect historic resources in the township.
Though she’s in public relations and communications, Candice tries to maintain her other passions through hobbies.
Music has always played an important role in her life and probably always will. Candice picked up the trumpet in fourth grade and hasn’t put it down since. She was a part of every music ensemble possible through school and into her first year of college. In 2006, she took a leap into the world of drum corps and joined the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps.
She has had something to do with the corps since that time and considers herself a lifetime member of the unbreakable, close-knit Family in Blue. She has ‘retired’ for the time being as she settles into her career, but hopes to one day return to the activity for at least one more year.
Though the biggest reason for taking time away from the Buccaneers is because of her job, a portion of it is also due to the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, though it has sadly come to an end.
In 2003, Candice threw herself into re-living history by joining the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The group portrays an actual unit which fought during the Civil War. She joined not as a civilian, but as a woman disguised as a soldier – which is historically accurate, as she will always be quick to tell you.
Not only that, but she has also discovered she has at least two ancestors who fought in the Civil War which gives her even more reason to want to don the wool in the bot, summer days.
Civil War reenacting has brought Candice more than just an interesting, fun hobby, but also friendships with people who all would probably have never known each other outside of the activity, and yet they all more than enjoy each other’s company.
It is even where Candice met the love of her life and future husband, Patrick Henry (of course the history lover would fall in love with someone who has the same name as a quite famous person in U.S. history).
2006-2009, 2011 Trumpet
2010 Support Staff/Merchandise
2012 Support Staff
2008 Trumpet Section Leader
2008 Steering Committee
2006-2009 Undefeated DCA World Champions
2011 DCA Runner-Up
1957-2007 Celebrating 50 Years of the “Balance in Blue”
Civil War Reenactments
140th Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Pa. (Aug. 8-10, 2003)
Hibernia – Hibernia, Pa. (Aug. 30-31, 2003)
140th New Market – New Market, Va. (May 14-16, 2004)
Hibernia – Hibernia, Pa. (Aug. 28-29, 2004)
142nd Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Pa. (July 1-3, 2005)
Landis Valley – Lancaster, Pa. (July 16-17, 2005)
Hibernia – Hibernia, Pa. (Aug. 27-28, 2005)
143rd Fredericksburg – Fredericksburg, Va. (Dec. 10-11, 2005)
142nd Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 21-22, 2006)
143rd Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 20-21, 2007)
144th Remembrance Day – Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 17, 2007)
Hibernia – Hibernia, Pa. (Aug. 28-29, 2010)
Lebanon – Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. (Sept. 18-19, 2010)
146th Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 16-17, 2010)
147th Remembrance Day – Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2010)
147th Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 15-16, 2011)
149th Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Pa. (July 6-8, 2012)
150th Second Manassas-Bull Run – Middletown, Va. (Aug. 3-5 2012)
150th Sharpsburg-Antietam – Boonsboro, Md. (Sept. 14-16, 2012)
148th Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 20-21, 2012)
150th Chancellorsville – Spotsylvania, Va. (May 3-5, 2013)
150th Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Pa. (July 4-7, 2013)
150th Remembrance Day – Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 23, 2013)
150th Wilderness – Spotsylvania, Va. (May 3-4, 2014)
150th New Market – New Market, Va. (May 16-18, 2014)
151st Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Pa. (July 4-6, 2014)
Lebanon – Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. (Aug. 23-24, 2014)
150th Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 18-19, 2014)
151st Remembrance Day – Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 15, 2014)
150th Fort Fisher – Kure Beach, N.C. (Jan. 17-18, 2015)
150th Appomattox – Appomattox, Va. (April 11-12, 2015)
Carroll County – Westminster, Md. (May 2-3, 2015)
150th Grand Review – Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2015)
151st Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 17-18, 2015)
152nd Remembrance Day – Gettysburg, Pa. (Nov. 21, 2015)
Renfrew Park Civil War Reenactment – Waynesboro, Pa. (Aug.13-14, 2016)
152nd Cedar Creek – Middletown, Va. (Oct. 15-16, 2016)