January 25, 1997 |
Bob Pacana (top), Coatesville deputy fire chief, fights a blaze at a 1749 farmhouse on Martins Corner Road in West Caln, Chester County. Officials said the fire broke out about 10 a.m. yesterday. No injuries were reported.
March 3, 1988 |
The Willistown Business Park eventually could get a restaurant rather than another office building if township supervisors approve. However, the proposal may have to wait a while after hitting a snag when a resident informed officials that the park's owners were leasing the building for offices without obtaining township approval. The proposal for the recently approved business park were reviewed by township supervisors last week. A historical farmhouse, known as the Levi Garrett House, will remain in the center of the new development.
April 10, 1988 |
The West Caln Zoning Board approved two variances and a special exception to zoning specifications at a public hearing on Tuesday. A variance granted to Donald Hershey of Honey Brook will allow him to build two additions to a 150-year-old stone farmhouse located on a 61-acre farm near the intersection of Route 10 and Compass Road. Hershey needed a variance for a 10-by-26 foot addition that conflicted with a requirement that side yards be at least 30 feet. Hershey also needed the board's OK for a 20-by-30 foot addition to the rear of the farmhouse, which conflicted with a requirement that back yards be 60 feet.
August 28, 1994 |
The farm looks neither warm nor welcoming to passersby on Bridgetown Pike. Its historic value is disguised by a weather-worn barn, a faded old farmhouse, and rusted colonial relics. The township saw beyond the present state of Playwicki Farm when it plopped down $2.4 million to purchase the 110-acre property in June. What it saw was the farm's potential as an education center in Lower Bucks County. With more than half the proceeds of a $5.4 million bond issue earmarked for Playwicki, the township hopes to turn the tired old tract into an agricultural and archaeological hub. The tentative plan, two years in the making, calls for refurbishing the two-level barn, converting the farmhouse into a museum, crisscrossing trails through the property's natural wetlands, and planting new commercial crops on 60 tillable acres.
January 12, 1989 |
Hoping to win community support, organizers of a self-help group for alcoholics and drug addicts have invited neighborhood residents to an open house and meeting Saturday at their quarters in a farmhouse in Pennypack Park. Leaders of the group, 369 Inc., are seeking a permit from the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment to continue using the 18th-century farmhouse. The board has set a hearing for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall Annex. John Scanlon, president of 369, said the meeting was scheduled at the suggestion of board members.
September 3, 1986 |
Are the deer still here? No, said some Northeast residents yesterday at a zoning hearing to oppose a drug and alcohol self-help group's plans to occupy a pastoral section of Pennypack Park. Since 369 Inc. moved into an 18th-century farmhouse off Krewstown Road last winter, neighborhood opponents said, the increased activity seems to have sent the fauna packing. "We have routinely seen animals" in the area before 369 moved in, said George Gorman, president of the Krewstown Road Neighbors Association.
October 19, 1989 |
The New Britain Township Planning Commission has recommended approval of plans to subdivide the Adams tract, pending a decision by the zoning board on whether zoning regulations permit three single-family dwellings on the 18.3- acre site. The tract is zoned agricultural-recreational, a designation that requires a minimum lot-size of five acres per house. Some of the land is not considered buildable, officials said. According to Robert Larason, the township engineer, fewer than 2 1/2 single-family dwellings could be placed on the tract, situated off Ferry Road near Old Limekiln Pike.
July 30, 2012 |
Simplicity, Leonardo da Vinci said, is the ultimate sophistication. He could have been talking about Lee and Eric Miller's house. Sophistication isn't a word the Millers use as they give a visitor a tour of their renovated West Chester home recently, but they — Lee especially — do say simple a few times. The Millers have gutted and rethought this 1854 dwelling. The first floor is nearly all open; half is kitchen and enclosed porch. The upstairs is one large bedroom, bath, and laundry area.
December 27, 2012
You think you know gouda? You probably don't know what gouda can be unless you've tasted Wilde Weide, a "farmhouse" cheese handmade by Jan and Roos van Schie on their little island in South Holland in the Netherlands. Unlike even the best mass-produced goudas, which can become waxy and butterscotchy with age, there is a remarkably subtle complexity to Wilde Weide, but also a fresh brightness evident from the organic raw milk of Montbeliarde and red Friesian cows. This two-year-old firm cheese melts in slo-mo on the tongue, its texture crumbling like a fine sand of flavor crystals, turning to creaminess that evokes nuts and oaked whiskey, then an herbal brightness that pays homage to the name: wilde weide is Dutch for "wild meadow.