Preservationist tapped for Rebecca Lukens Award

Natural Lands Trust head lauded by National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum Molly K. Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust, has been selected as the recipient of the Eighth Annual Rebecca Lukens Award. Photo by Bob Williams “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone else planted a tree a long time ago.” Those words, not only spoken but also acted upon over the years by Molly...

Residents urged to branch out, donate blood

10 trees will be planted for every pint collected at Lenfest Center The Red Cross blood drive will take place on Oct. 3 in the new Lenfest Center in Newlin Township. Giving help to others and giving back to nature will be possible simultaneously on Oct. 3, when the Lenfest Center hosts a Red Cross blood drive. For every pint of blood collected – and research shows that someone in the U.S. needs it...

Celebrating local legacy of Mason and Dixon

 Star Gazers’ Stone is one of sites to be showcased during 250th anniversary festivities By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times The Star Gazers’ Stone in Newlin Township is one of the sites being celebrated during the 250th anniversary of the survey by Mason and Dixon. Nearly two-hundred and fifty years ago, when satellites weren’t on anyone’s radar, astronomer Charles...

New ChesLen Preserve parking area provides access for visitors

Residents can now easily visit the Star Gazer’s Stone  The Star Gazers’ Stone is an historical monument located off Route 162.Photo Credit: Holly M. Harper, Natural Lands Trust NEWLIN — The Star Gazers’ Stone is an unassuming quartzite rock measuring no more than 18 inches in height, but it played an outsized role in the political fates of our nation. For many years, the Stone was...

Stars align to spotlight preserve’s latest addition

Lenfest Center opens in Newlin Township with praise, gratitude for its benefactors By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Marquerite (from left) and Gerry Lenfest take a few moments to sit on Saturday evening with Penny Watkins, a Natural Lands Trust board member. NEWLIN — Stars of all sizes and persuasions – celestial to earthbound – shone Saturday night at the dedication gala...

Land stewards: Thank lucky stars for Lenfests

9,300-square-foot, eco-friendly center set to debut at ChesLen Preserve In May 2012, Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands Trust, joined Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest at the groundbreaking for the Lenfest Center. Its completion will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. The stars and planets have aligned – notably the constellation Hercules, a first-quarter moon, and Saturn...

Police probing a dog killing in Newlin Township

Australian shepherd allegedly shot on private land near ChesLen Preserve The shooting of an Australian shepherd on Nov. 28 is under investigation, said state police from the Embreeville barracks. Police said the dog, which belonged to a Cannery Road resident, was killed west of the ChesLen Preserve Visitors Center in a secluded wooded area on private property. Anyone with information is asked to call...

On The Trail: ChesLen, made in the shade

By Vidja Rajan, Columnist, The Times ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville – A Shady Trail for Hot Summer Days Round trip distance: About 3 miles round trip in the shade, can be extended to around 5 miles. Difficulty: Easy to moderate (one steep path going down) Caution: Closed for hunting on occasion during deer season. Heed posted signs. Website:  http://www.natlands.org/preserves-to-visit/list-of-preserves/cheslen-preserve/ Trail...

On The Trail: ChesLen Preserve a treasure in our back yard

By Vidya Rajan, Columnist, UnionvilleTimes.com Round trip distance: Several trails ranging from 1 mile to over 10 miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate Caution: Closed for hunting on occasion during deer season. Heed posted signs. Website:  http://www.natlands.org/preserves-to-visit/list-of-preserves/cheslen-preserve/ Trail Map: http://www.natlands.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/CheslenMap.pdf Membership...

New Lenfest Center to enhance ChesLen Preserve

Benefactors, local elected officials gather to celebrate ground-breaking for 9,300-sq.-ft. facility By Mike McGann, Editor, UnionvilleTimes.com Gathering to celebrate the ground breaking of the Lenfest Center at the ChesLin Preserve, local elected officials, members of the National Land trust staff and benefactors gathered, Wednesday. From left, back row, Molly Morrison, president of Natural Lands...