August 17, 2002 |
As Candy Hughes told shoppers her philosophy of the perfect peach and her mother hollered "fresh picked today!," the smell of charred history wafted around them at Linvilla Orchards. The orchard's 113-year-old octagonal barn, which housed the heart of this family-owned farm's commercial and tourist operation, burned to its foundation early yesterday. The sight of fire apparatus spraying a steady water stream on the smoldering roof timbers - more than 12 hours after the first fire alarm was sounded - left many near tears in this Delaware County community, and the Linvill family and its employees vowing to be ready for the fall season.
June 11, 1992 |
Continuing a 35-year tradition, the Chester County dairy industry has crowned a Dairy Princess: Noel Scheib, 19. And for the first time, the group crowned a Dairy Maid, Sarah Laffey, 14. "We had a coronation instead of a contest" because Scheib and Laffey were the only entrants, said Vera Rohrer of the dairy promotion committee, who helped plan the dairy pageant held Saturday in Nottingham. The two young women will spend the next year promoting milk, ice cream, butter, cheese and yogurt at schools, fairs and the state Farm Show.
August 31, 1989 |
John Labatt Ltd. of Canada, a multinational conglomerate that owns the Lehigh Valley Dairy plant in Upper Gwynedd Township, has given the final go- ahead for a $500,000-plus upgrade of the facility's sewage-treatment system. The upgrade is expected to bring the plant into compliance with pollution limits specified in an Upper Gwynedd Township ordinance and mandated by federal law, plant manager Bill Peifer told the Upper Gwynedd Township Board of Commissioners Monday night. The Upper Gwynedd-Towamencin Sewer Authority alleges that since September 1988, pollution levels in the dairy's sewage discharge have regularly exceeded those limits.
September 13, 1990 |
Demolition of several buildings on the Rosenberger Dairy site will take place by next week now that East Bradford officials have given their OK. After calling a five-minute executive session during its meeting Tuesday, the East Bradford Township Board of Supervisors agreed to grant a demolition permit to Construction & Design Services of West Chester. The permit allows the company, co-owned by Bill Freas and Jim Kammerer, to tear down the dairy's old cooling building and the back part of the dairy's office building along Bradford Avenue.
July 31, 1988 |
Rosenberger Dairy plans to replace two commercial buildings and possibly build houses on its property on Route 52 in East Bradford Township. Sketch plans were submitted by the developer, Construction & Design Services of West Chester at the East Bradford Planning Commission meeting Tuesday. The plan calls for tearing down two existing buildings, one used for distributing the company's dairy products and the other a dairy bar. Two buildings would be constructed for retail use, the developer said.
August 2, 1987 |
After six years of giving away powdered milk, butter and cheese to millions of poor people, the government soon may not have any more to give. At the same time it has been emptying caves full of surplus dairy products through donations to charitable food-assistance programs, the government has been paying dairy farmers not to produce. Together, the policies have created a shortage of commodities to give away. "As we currently expect things to develop, we will not have the supplies to continue all the donation and export programs that we have had," said Jim Miller, a dairy analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
March 19, 1989 |
The Middletown Township Planning Commission heard plans to subdivide the former Greenwood Dairy property on the north side of Lincoln Highway, west of the Interstate 95 interchange, into five lots that would include two motels and two restaurants. The 8.6-acre property is owned by the estate of Paul Sauerbry and was occupied by the Greenwood Dairy, which closed several years ago. "It has been recognized for some time that this . . . is an ideal site for a motel/hotel type use," said Thomas Hecker, attorney for the estate.
January 19, 1987 |
Services were to be held this morning for David E. Weaver, former owner of a Chester County dairy firm, who died Wednesday. He was 86 and lived in Malvern. Originally from the Great Valley area, Weaver headed the Weaver Dairy Co., a retail milk business that operated in the Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn area, from 1919 to 1958. Active in community affairs, he was past president of the Paoli-Malvern- Berwyn Rotary Club and the Malvern Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a Mason for more than 50 years and was active in the Tall Cedars of Lebanon and the Chosen Friend Encampment 88. He is survived by his wife, Edith Ashton Weaver; a son, E. Noel; two sisters; a brother; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
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.
March 13, 1988 |
Last weekend in Gap, Merle Ranck got a group of men together at a factory warehouse to build a small red building and attach it to a trailer. Call it a barn-raising. The little dairy barn will be trucked around Chester County, and from it, milkshakes and ice-cream cones will be sold at cow auctions and local fairs. Call it fund-raising. With health-conscious consumers warily eyeing milk and other dairy products, dairy farmers and their friends around the state have found the best target for better sales: the consumer's palate.