November 3, 2000 |
An E. Coli outbreak among children who visited a popular Montgomery County pumpkin patch and dairy farm is under investigation by health authorities. Robert Gage, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, said the county has 10 confirmed cases of E. Coli in children who recently visited the farm. "Several" of the children, 10 and younger, are "very seriously ill," he said. He said some contracted hemolytic uremic syndrome, a dangerous complication from E. Coli that can lead to kidney failure, other long-term health problems, and even death.
April 3, 1988 |
From a distance, it looks like any other farm. A few hands sweeping out the barn and cows lolling about as a cool breeze whispers over springtime fields that soon will yield hay and rows of corn. But the Danville State Farm is far different from any other farm in Pennsylvania. The farm is the only one of its kind that is owned and operated by the commonwealth - worked daily by union employees, run by a state-hired farm manager and overseen ultimately by bureaucrats. And it loses taxpayers' money year after year.
July 9, 1988 |
The Agriculture Department announced yesterday that it would cease operations at the Danville State Farm, the only farm owned and operated by the state and an enterprise that has lost at least $1.2 million since 1980. Calling the farm a "boondoggle," Agriculture Secretary Boyd E. Wolff said its herd of 229 dairy cows and heifers would be sold at auction and the land leased to a private farmer. "We believe food and fiber should be produced by private enterprise, not by government," Wolff said in a statement.
July 12, 1987 |
The Lumberton Township Planning Board has been presented plans for construction of 675 houses on Lester C. Jones' 803-acre dairy farm on Fostertown Road. Toll Bros., the developer, wants to build four-bedroom houses to be priced from $200,000 to "whatever the market will bear," according to Zvi Barzilay, vice president of the company, which is based in Horsham, Pa. The proposal is the sixth large residential project to come before the township in recent months, according to Pat Goldy, township clerk.
March 18, 1992 |
Resurrecting the Soviet Union is a tough job. Just ask the hard-liners who tried yesterday. What they got was Keystone Kops, not the revival of a superpower. After a wild-goose chase through the countryside, the staunchest conservatives of the old U.S.S.R. met by candlelight in a blacked-out dairy farm to declare the Soviet Union alive and well. And then they gathered with a small crowd of supporters in front of the Kremlin to cheer the good old days of communism. The entire day, from farcical beginning to weary end, was proof that, despite painful economic jolts, the former U.S.S.
November 16, 1999 |
Two years ago, Cochranville tenant farmer Bryan Huff was ready to take his wife, their two daughters, and their prize-winning herd of Jersey dairy cows and move to Wisconsin. "The land was reasonable, the feed was cheaper, the taxes were cheaper, and it was a dairy economy," said Huff, 39. But his wife, Patricia, who grew up on a dairy farm in Chester County, wasn't ready to move. Now, the Huffs, who run the farm by themselves, are about to buy their own, 155-acre spread in West Nottingham, thanks to a new state initiative called the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program and to a retired couple anxious to keep as a farm the land they have loved.
October 14, 2015 |
It offers a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hayrides, but Milky Way Farm at heart is a dairy business that's been run by the Matthews family for more than a century. Lately it hasn't been easy. Wholesale milk prices continue to fall; expenses continue to rise. The Matthews have had to sell a few of their cows. In short, the 103-acre farm in Chester Springs, Chester County, has a lot in common with other dairy farms across the country. "We can't just be dairy farms anymore," said Carolyn Eaglehouse, 47, whose father and stepmother, Sam and Melba Matthews, own Milky Way. Eaglehouse helps run the farm with her sister and brother and their families.
May 26, 1996 |
Matthews Meadows, West Vincent Twp., Chester County On a former dairy farm in a township where suburban-style subdivisions were all but nonexistent five years ago, the crop of choice these days is homes that sell for upwards of $300,000. Matthews Meadows is the subdivision, its 45 single-family homes located at the southern end of rural West Vincent Township in northern Chester County. According to township secretary Kay Segner, Matthews Meadows is one of three developments now in the works in this 17.9-square-mile municipality.
August 8, 1997 |
Both the township and the Great Valley School District have made formal offers to buy portions of Brightside Farm, the last working dairy farm here. While the school district is hoping its offer will be accepted, the proposed purchase has again highlighted political infighting among township Republicans, who are debating the merits of buying the farm. The school district wants to buy 55 acres of the farm, located on rolling countryside at Yellow Springs and Hollow Roads, about a mile from the Route 202 high-tech corridor.
November 25, 1997 |
The sale of a township landmark, the 130-acre Pyle farm on Yellow Springs and Hollow Roads, became final yesterday, with the property to be divided between the township, the school district and a developer. It was the township's last working dairy farm. Charlestown Township purchased 20 acres of the farm for recreational use and open space, while the Great Valley School District bought 55 acres for athletic fields. John Panizza, a local developer, has presented plans to the township Planning Commission to build about 40 single-family homes on 94 acres - 47 acres of the Pyle farm and 47 acres of a neighboring farm.