Category Archives: Announcement

Forest Bathing

Feeling stressed? Spending too much time indoors? The answer may be “Forest Bathing”.

Come learn about Forest Bathing, already a much used and accepted form of relaxation in Japan and much of Europe. Forest Bathing is the practice of spending intentional time in nature to restore and improve your physical and mental health. Join Environmental Educator Colleen Cranney on a hike where you’ll learn more about this practice, and discover the different ways you can incorporate Forest Bathing in your life.

Sunday, December 5, 20221:00 PM – 3:00 PM 
The Great Marsh Preserve
343 Templin Road
Glenmoore, PA 19343

Admission FREE Click here to RSVP
This program is limited to 10 participants

Please note: This walk will cover some of the Great Marsh Preserve’s trails. Please be prepared for mud, uneven and rocky trails. Bring water and wear good walking shoes.

Plant Trees Along French Creek: December 3&4

Join French & Pickering’s “Tree-mendous” staff and volunteers to assist in the planting of over 800 trees along the banks of the French Creek at the stunning Thomas P. Bentley Nature Preserve! Many hands make light work and a great impact for a healthy future. Site preparation is Friday, December 3, and tree planting Saturday, December 4. For more information and to sign up click here.

Bulltown Road Closure Postponed until Dec. 7

The start date for the Route 345 (Bulltown Road) bridge closure in West Nantmeal Township has been postponed. The new start date is Tuesday, December 7.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is planning to close the bridge carrying Route 345 (Bulltown Road) over Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, beginning Tuesday, December 7, for bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The closure, located between Yoder Road and Hedge Road, will be in place 24/7 through mid-November 2022.

During the closure, Bulltown Road motorists will be directed to use Route 82 (Manor Road) and Route 401 (Conestoga Road). Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur. 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. 

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6 including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.  

Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

Route 345 Closure for Bridge Construction: Nov. 22, 2022

PA Turnpike to Close Route 345 (Bulltown Road) Beginning November 22 for Bridge Construction in West Nantmeal Township

King of Prussia, PA – The Pennsylvania Turnpike is planning to close the bridge carrying Route 345 (Bulltown Road) over Interstate 76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike) in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County, beginning Monday, November 22, for bridge construction, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today. The closure, located between Yoder Road and Hedge Road, will be in place 24/7 through mid-November 2022.

During the closure, Bulltown Road motorists will be directed to use Route 82 (Manor Road) and Route 401 (Conestoga Road). Local access will be maintained up to the work zone.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work area because backups and delays will occur. 

The Pennsylvania Turnpike will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

For a complete list of construction projects impacting state-owned highways in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, visit the District 6 Traffic Bulletin.

Information about infrastructure in District 6 including completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D6Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects at www.projects.penndot.gov.  

Follow PennDOT on Twitter and like the department on Facebook and Instagram.

Women at Warwick Furnace

CHESTER COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION NETWORK  VIRTUAL HERITAGE FALL SERIES  
WOMEN AT WARWICK FURNACE:  IRON TO LAVENDER  
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 AT 5 PM  
Ann Bedrick, CCHPN    

Join us for a free webinar highlighting the fascinating history of Warwick Furnace from the perspective of women!   For information and registration, please click on these links:    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cchpn-virtual-heritage-series-women-at-warwick-furnace-iron-to-lavender-tickets-168603117463?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch  or  http://cchpn.org/index.php/events
Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 16!  

Small Business Assistance for Ida

 WEST CHESTER, PA – September 14, 2021 – Chester County residents and businesses affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida can now apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This service is in addition to the FEMA federal disaster assistance made available to Chester County, as well as Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York Counties, through last week’s Presidential Disaster Declaration. 

Under the SBA disaster assistance program, certain Chester County homeowners, renters and business owners can apply for loans to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, and to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property. 

Business and private nonprofit organizations of any size that qualify, may borrow funds to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. Mitigation improvement loans may also be available to businesses and nonprofit organizations. 

The SBA federal loans can help with losses not covered by insurance or the FEMA disaster assistance, as well as business operating expenses that could have been met had Hurricane Ida not occurred. 

“The addition of this SBA low-interest loan program is welcome news for those whose homes and businesses have been devasted by Ida, and who are looking at all options to recover financially,” said Mike Murphy, Director of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. 

“This is another step in moving forward, and in addition to the federal financial support, staff throughout Chester County government will continue to help with the housing, physical health, mental health, and other services needed to ensure complete recovery from this disaster,” he added. 

Chester County residents and businesses that have sustained damage caused by Hurricane Ida can start their application process for all funding assistance options by registering at http://www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling the FEMA toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. 

In-person registration for assistance and information will be available at Chester County’s FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), the location of which will be announced in the coming days. 

For all current and future information related to Hurricane Ida support and recovery in Chester County, including more information on the SBA disaster loan assistance program, go to www.chesco.org/ida

Federal Disaster Assistance for Ida

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida. Chester County is included in the declared area and this will open up Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation funding to assist our residents and businesses in recovering.

Residents and businesses can start the process now by either filing a claim online at www.disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Planning is underway to establish a Disaster Recover Center (DRC) at a physical location in Chester County where residents can visit in person to file claims and meet with state, local, and federal resources. More info will be shared once that is finalized.

As individuals register with FEMA, a FEMA contracted inspector will contact them to set up an inspection of their residence. They will be carrying FEMA or a FEMA contractor badge. The inspector contractor coordinator asked that we notify our county and local law enforcement that these inspectors will have a FEMA ID. If they don’t have a FEMA ID, and they don’t show it when asked, they probably aren’t a FEMA inspector. Unfortunately after disasters there is an increase for potential fraud and we want to make sure everyone is aware of what will be happening in their respective municipalities. We received word that these FEMA contracted inspectors will be hitting the streets as soon as today to start inspections.