Pennsbury could get new crest

Eagle Scout project will install new crest in township building, could be adopted as new logo

By Mike McGann, Editor,

Unionville High School junior Connor McShane presents his concept for a crest for the Pennsbury Township Building during Wednesday nights Township Supervisors meeting.

PENNSBURY — Thanks to the work of an Eagle Scout candidate, the township will be getting a new crest for its meeting room and maybe, if Township Supervisors and residents like the final result, a new township logo.

Connor McShane, a junior at Unionville High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 31, made a presentation of his proposed Eagle Scout project: to create and install a crest for the township that would sit above the meeting room at the township building.

The township is currently using a minimalist logo on its Website and literature, McShane said, and the first thought was to create a mosaic of that. But upon more consideration, he thought that there should be something more revealing of the nature and history of the township and decided on doing something more ambitious.

Connor McShane's proposed crest for the Pennsbury Township Municipal Building.

McShane said he gave careful thought to all of the elements in the crest, starting with elements of the state coat of arms — because of the township’s link in name and history to the original land grants of William Penn. The Brandywine Creek winds through it, much as it winds along the border of the township. There’s a 13-star flag to commemorate the Battle of the Brandywine and an oak tree and the outline of the township.

The crest was met with immediate praise by supervisors, who approved the proposed project.

“That’s a vast improvement over the original (the current logo),” Supervisors chair Wendell Fenton said. “I, for one, would be happy to have it in place over my head,” he said gesturing to the wall above where the supervisors sit during meetings.

McShane will paint the new crest on a separate surface — which can then be installed on the wall.

Fenton said that the board of supervisors would have to wait and see how it looks — and get input from the public — before adopting it as the official logo of the township, but if all goes well, that could happen later this year.

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