It’s December and the Christmas holiday is upon us. I hope you will all find time for some peace and quiet with family during this hectic season. And start getting used to writing 2018!
Santa Claus will visit the Vera Cruz firehouse, 4093 Main Road West, Dec. 16, for photos and visits with children. Doors open 10:30 a.m. and the guest of honor arrives about 10:45 a.m. Photos will be taken, for a cost, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just three weeks away. I sometimes wish we celebrated Thanksgiving in October, like they do in Canada, so we would have a breather between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But knowing how things work in this country, that would just mean we’d start seeing Christmas advertising in September.
At any rate, you can find unusual and unique gifts at the bazaars and craft fairs being held by churches and community organizations during the next few weeks.
Upper Milford supervisors, at a special meeting Sept. 28, granted preliminary plan approval to Kay Builders for the Fields at Jasper Ridge, a subdivision of 123 twin homes and townhomes on the 29-acre Kohler tract, but laced their discussion of the plan with criticism of the way Kay Builders operates.
Some 30 residents, many of them from neighboring Mink Estates, were on hand to voice their concerns about the development, which focused mainly on stormwater drainage and traffic.
When I was a kid, Halloween was my second favorite holiday, behind only Christmas. I think it must have been the candy.
Kids today get more and better candy (whole candy bars!) than we did, but there are also lots of other ways they can celebrate the holiday.
The Vera Cruz Halloween parade, a long-standing Upper Milford Township tradition, will be held Oct. 18. The parade forms 6 p.m. in Mystic Chain Park, 3718 Main Road East, and begins 7 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 19. Residents of Vera Cruz are asked to turn on their outside lights during the parade.
After an occasionally contentious debate last week about Kay Builders’ plans for the Kohler tract, a 29-acre parcel off Mill Road, supervisors tabled action on the plan and scheduled a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 to continue the discussion.
Robert Dennis, of South 5th Street, appeared before Upper Milford supervisors again last week to complain about logging operations at 4930 S. Fifth St. Dennis said he understands the person doing the work has received a permit, but asked whether he is a certified forester, as township regulations require. Dennis said he found no evidence of his certification online.
Upper Milford Township supervisors approved, 2-1, an agreement with Kay Builders at its Sept. 7 meeting, regarding the Fields at Indian Creek which will lift the cease and desist order the township had imposed on the development, assuming Kay Builders meets numerous conditions.
Supervisor Robert Sentner voted against the agreement and George DeVault and Daniel Mohr said they were only approving it “reluctantly.”
Upper Milford supervisors at their Aug. 17 meeting approved an ordinance which would regulate medical marijuana facilities in the township. The board is not aware of any pending applications for such facilities, or even of any interest, but agreed it is important to set parameters for such facilities in case someone does apply for one.
Supervisors last week issued a cease and desist order for construction of phases 1B and 2 at the Fields at Indian Creek due to substandard construction of a temporary access road in the development.
At the Aug. 3 meeting, board members and township staff both blasted developer Kay Builders for the failure to complete the road satisfactorily. Development of the age-restricted residential development near the intersection of Chestnut Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard has frequently been the target of complaints from supervisors.
The 66th annual Vera Cruz Homecoming will be held noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 20, at Mystic Chain Park, 3718 Main Road East. This year’s homecoming will feature new entertainment, especially entertainment geared toward children. There will be face painters, children’s games, a bounce house, dunk tank and crafters. The event will also help celebrate the 75th anniversary of both Upper Milford Township fire companies – Citizens Fire Company of Vera Cruz and Upper Milford Western District Fire Company of Zionsville.