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December 24, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
In three separate sewage-line ruptures in 2012 and 2014, millions of gallons of untreated waste spilled into Valley Forge National Historical Park and a federally protected tributary of the Schuylkill. In an agreement between Tredyffrin Township and Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection late last year, Tredyffrin officials had until early 2016 to decide on a long-term plan to prevent more sewage spills. Township officials decided this summer to install a new pipe that will fit into the existing Wilson Road Force Main sewage pipeline, which is nearly 40 years old. This week, Tredyffrin's board of supervisors approved an agreement to share the costs of fixing the pipeline with the four other municipalities the pipeline serves.
NEWS
December 23, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Historic site to be preserved A historic 553-acre swath of land in Chester County will be preserved after a yearlong project to keep it from development. The Warwick Furnace Farm, along the French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships, will be turned into a nature preserve and conserved through a joint effort involving the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. "It's hard to overstate the value of this property and its preservation," Cary Leptuck, French and Pickering board president, said in a statement Monday.
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December 11, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The regional government agency responsible for protecting the Delaware River watershed approved a water company's plan to pump from a Chester County well at its meeting Wednesday after the commission addressed many concerns from residents. Residents and environmentalists worry that the water company's plan could dry up their personal wells and damage federally protected streams. Based on some of their suggestions, the Delaware River Basin Commission added safeguards to the plan. Artesian Resources Corp., a water company based in Delaware, has said its pumping will not harm the environment.
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December 8, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire started with a single stray ember. Gene Sabbi had opened the door of his wood-burning stove, and the ember jumped onto a sheer curtain. Soon his love seat was in flames, too. Smoke quickly filled his Chester County home, part of which was a log cabin that was more than two centuries old. He tried to put out the fire but could not. He grabbed his love seat and pulled it to the nearest door. But the doorway was too small, the smoke was too thick. With second-degree burns to his hands and face, Sabbi watched from outside as the cherished home he had lived in and built up for more than 33 years burned to the ground.
NEWS
December 7, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
What about pajamas? That's what Pamela Badolato, a Berwyn mother of four, wondered last winter. She was trying to find a way to teach her kids about giving back. She thought of a long-standing tradition in her family: Grandparents give their grandchildren pajamas to open on Christmas Eve. Badolato, 32, continues to receive PJs from her grandparents to this day, and her parents give them to her children. "I was just inspired," Badolato said. "What if we collected pajamas?" So the former preschool teacher started the Plaid Pajama Project in November 2014, hoping to round up 50 or 100 pairs of PJs from friends and family to give to kids in need for the holidays.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County officials announced Thursday they will immediately stop payments to the state until legislators pass a budget, following the lead of Bucks County. Other counties have threatened similar actions. The county has been using its reserves to pay for human services. But as of Jan. 1, there will be no more funding for human-services providers, the county commissioners said. "Even for Chester County, we are at the breaking point," Commissioner Michelle Kichline said. The county's solicitor will investigate legal actions the county can take against the Commonwealth for failing to provide funding, they said.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betsy Huber joined the Grange when she was 5, a girl growing up on a Chester County dairy farm. Sixty-three years later, she has been elected national president of the agriculture group. "It's been a long journey," Huber said. She is the first woman to serve as president of the 150-year-old organization, which advocates for farming and agriculture, and has chapters nationwide. "I kind of dreamed about it, I guess, but I never thought it would actually happen," said Huber, who also was the first female president of the Pennsylvania Grange, serving from 2002 to 2010.
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November 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
As development booms in West Whiteland Township, officials have made permanent a fee developers must pay to offset increased traffic. Taking advantage of a 25-year-old state law, the township board of supervisors voted Tuesday night to implement the fee to pay for road work such as new turn lanes and intersection improvements. With about 18,350 residents, West Whiteland is the fourth-most-populated municipality in Chester County, according to 2013 census data. West Whiteland has collected contributions from developers in the past, but the supervisors decided to use a formal process for charging set fees after studying development trends.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the sheriff of Chester County, S.C., sits down to Thanksgiving dinner, he will be surrounded by family, and to him that includes a 10-year-old boy from Chester County, Pa., he met last year. "It's just like he's mine, just like my own son," Sheriff Alex "Big A" Underwood said. The pair met after Alex Collins, now nicknamed "Little A," wrote a letter to Underwood asking to go on his annual hunting trip with area children. Alex, who lives in West Goshen Township, read about the outing on Facebook and never imagined there was more than one Chester County.
NEWS
November 14, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District is among the elite of the region, but Chester County officials say it has at least one thing in common with every district in the county - and others across the country: students barely in their teens sexting. A fourth T/E student has been charged with distributing sexually explicit images, District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday, in a case that continues to roil the district's middle and high schools, which are among the top-ranked in the state academically.
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