Volunteers sought for earth-shaking endeavor

1,400 trees to be planted in East Fallowfield Township The Brandywine Conservancy is taking the lead on a project to plant 1,400 trees in East Fallowfield Township on Saturday; volunteers are needed. Conservationists hope area residents will dig this important environmental activity: planting 1,400 trees in East Fallowfield Township on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Brandywine Conservancy, Guardians of the...

Quenching thirst for beer – and its history

 Victory Brewing Co. co-founder entertains crowd at CFHS By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Bill Covaleski, co-founder of Victory Brewing Company, shares more beer samples and conversation after his well-received lecture at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Bill Covaleski, co-founder of Downingtown’s thriving Victory Brewing Company, owes a considerable amount of debt; fortunately...

Hundreds hit the frosty Brandywine

Polar Plunge hits new heights for attendance and fun Swimmers hit the frosty Brandywine Creek as part of the Brandywine Valley Association’s Polar Plunge, Saturday. Hundreds of swimmers hit the water to raise money for the BVA, while a giant crowd looked on. By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST BRADFORD – It was a fabulous, sunny day: a great opportunity for a nice dip in the Brandywine Creek,...

Pocopson gets top marks on runoff study

While local towns fare well in Clean Water Action study, all could do better, authors say By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times The 25 municipalities of the Brandywine Creek basin were graded this week for how their ordinances manage storm water runoff, with Pocopson ranking first and Valley and South Coatesville rated worst. PENNSBURY — Local municipalities scored above average in a report card issued...

Ignoring ‘road-closed’ sign will hit drivers in wallet

Drivers who are caught ignoring road-closing signs will get points and fines, and if they require rescue crews, those costs will be assessed as well. New law mandates points, fines and rescue costs for offending motorists Ignoring a “road-closed” sign – a frequent occurrence around the flood-prone Brandywine – became potentially more costly today, state officials said. The Pennsylvania Department...

Pocopson faces $400K in sediment plan costs

Supervisors say they are frustrated by high cost, lack of proof remediation will benefit creek By Kelli Siehl, Staff Writer, The Times Pocopson township officials are worried that new rules on sediment discharge into local streams, such as the Brandywine, seen here from Birmingham, could cost the township some $400,000 over the next five years and may not provide much of a solution. POCOPSON — During...

New stormwater rules could cost E. Marlborough more than $500,000

EPA, State DEP sediment containment rules could hit budget hard, officials say By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times New rules for sediment containment could hit local communities in the Christina River basin (pictured above) hard in the coming years. East Marlborough officials said Monday that it could cost the township more than $500,000 over the next five years to meet the requirements. EAST MARLBOROUGH...

County awash in stormwater regulations

Work is underway on a model ordinance to accommodate state mandates By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Stormwater regulations aim to reduce the impact of flooding from county waterways such as the Brandywine Creek, shown along Creek Road in Birmingham Township. County officials  are fully immersed in a quagmire of water-runoff regulations, aiming  to streamline a plan to handle new...

Birmingham backs Greenway plan

Brandywine Conservancy effort would protect, highlight resources along creek corridor By Nicole Brown, Correspondent, UnionvilleTimes.com The Brandywine Creek Greenway project would impact four local municipalities: Pocopson, Birmingham, Pennsbury and Chadds Ford. BIRMINGHAM — The township’s Board of Supervisors agreed to support the Brandywine Creek Greenway Plan at the township meeting on...

BVA to host 5th Annual Polar Plunge

The Brandywine Valley Association’s icy winter tradition continues on Feb. 11 By P.J. D’Annunzio, Staff Writer, UnionvilleTimes.com Despite frigid temperatures, hundreds of local residents braved the icy waters of the Brandywine in 2011 to help raise funds and awareness for the Brandywine Valley Association. POCOPSON — Attention Polar Bears, this one’s for you. Once again, hundreds of folks...