As youngsters it was at the Methodist Church in Phoenixville that Buffy Vegso and Bruce MacLelland met while attending Sunday School. They are both Phoenixville natives and graduated from PAHS in 1973.
They drifted in and out of each other’s lives. The two dated in high school and went their separate ways in college. After reconnecting their lives, they married in 1977.
Buffy became the center of family life as well as pursued her career as a therapist. She has her BA from the University of Delaware and her MA in Counseling from Kutztown University and Bruce started on a venture to become the family center.
There are three MacLelland children with six grandkids. Ashley and Bruce Jr. each have a 3-year-old and a set of twins. Kyle lives in California and is the producer at the Tennis Channel out there.
While in school all three excelled in sports, especially basketball and tennis. The busy schedule of the three along with the juggling day-to-day activities and the household kept Buffy busy.
Bruce Sr. graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in communication. He went on to teach in that field. The years have allowed him to develop AVT (Applied Video Technology Inc.)
The facility has grown and still growing with its home base in Kimberton. The main core of AVT is to design and built communication studios. Such things as TV Studios, IPTV, Audio Visual Systems, Portable Video Production Systems and Digital Signage.
With 100 under their belt — to mention just a few: Saint Joseph’s University, Patriot League TV Network, Hershey’s Mill Project, RCN Cable and the Franklin Institute.
AVT is the mother company locally to Voxipop (Voice of the People or better yet the Voice of Phoenixville). Voxipop features events via Facebook of area interest under the guidance of Steve Yurick.
With the kids grown Buffy’s direction from building the family was with the continuing building of AVT. Today, AVT has an accredited staff of 35 whose expertise covers all bases of the communication field. Involving all member of the MacLelland Family under the guidance of Bruce and Buffy.
Through the years including today the family has been very involved in the community. They lend their talents were and whenever possible. Along with AVT being located in Kimberton, Buffy and Bruce built their home and live there.
The busy schedule of both extends to the kitchen. When it comes to cooking — Bruce is known for his Shepherd’s Pie.
SCOTSMAN SHEPHERD’S PIE
2 lbs. potatoes peeled & quartered
1 stick butter
½ cup sour cream
salt & pepper to taste
1 ½ lbs. ground round beef
1 lb. ground lamb
1 medium onion (chopped)
1 to 2 cups diced vegetables
2 cups stew tomatoes
½ cup beef broth
1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
other seasonings of choice
Peel, quarter & cook potatoes until tender. Combine potatoes, butter, sour cream and salt & pepper to make mash potatoes. Brown ground meat, pour off any liquid. Add into meat stew tomatoes, Worcestershire Sauce and beef broth – bring to a simmer add in beer and once again bring to a simmer combining flavors. In a large (lightly greased) pan or two - first layer in the meat. Second layer with vegetables. Third layer cover with mash potatoes and top with shredded cheese. Bake in 350-degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. Make sure ingredients are cook through.
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