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Thursday, August 25, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

New invasive pest ‘spotted’ in Upper Milford

Upper Milford supervisors and several residents received a tutorial on the spotted lanternfly at the Aug. 18 supervisors meeting.

John Baker and Sven-Erik Spichiger from the state Department of Agriculture presented information on the recently discovered invasive pest and explained how residents can help combat it.

Vera Cruz Homecoming Aug. 21

Friday, August 5, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Columns

By The 65th annual Vera Cruz Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association and held rain or shine at Mystic Chain Park, is Vera Cruz’s version of a community block party. It is open to residents and nonresidents of Vera Cruz, noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

Fans of local television personality “Uncle Jeffrey” will certainly want to stop by. Jeff Tapler, known as “Uncle Jeffrey,” will broadcast his weekly health and happiness show live from homecoming 3 to 5 p.m. The show will feature the music of “The Zepp Family Band.”

Referendum information flyer approved

Thursday, July 14, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Upper Milford supervisors at their July 7 meeting approved the wording of an informational flyer about the open space referendum question which will be on the November ballot.

The question asks voters whether they favor the imposition of an additional .1385 percent earned income tax to finance the acquisition, protection, conservation or preservation of undeveloped open space.

Referendum language approved

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Upper Milford Township Supervisors at their June 16 meeting approved the language of a referendum question asking residents to approve a small tax increase to fund acquisition of open space, but not before angry objections from resident Phil Vanim, who is a member of the open space committee.

“You’re pushing through an increase in the earned income tax….with no sunset provision,” he said. “You have no financial plan and no target properties have been discussed.”

Proposed compromise solution over wedding venue collapses

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

“The bottom line…no deal.”

That was Upper Milford Supervisors Chairman George DeVault’s conclusion June 2 after more than two hours of discussion regarding a possible compromise to resolve complaints about Paul Sarver, who is still renting his property for weddings despite being denied permission by the zoning hearing board.

Supervisors purchase 25 acres for nature preserve

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Upper Milford supervisors, at their June 2 meeting, purchased two parcels of land totaling 24.9 acres from Chris Fulmer.

The land, along with adjacent land already donated to the township by Harold Fulmer, will create a 35-acre tract to be known as the Harold G. Fulmer Nature Preserve.

The two additional parcels were a vacant lot at 3750 Quarry Drive, for which the township will pay $100,000 and a second tract at 3641 Main Road East, at a price of $288,000. There is currently a tenant on that land.

Free smoke alarms offered

Thursday, June 9, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Citizen’s Fire Company of Vera Cruz, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will install free smoke alarms in Upper Milford Township homes which need them June 11.

The alarms are guaranteed for 10 years and the fire company team of volunteers will install as many smoke detectors in each home as are needed.

Fire Chief Joe Sherman recommends a detector on every floor.

Sherman said the program will concentrate first on the village of Vera Cruz and the Rabbit Farm section of the township, but it is hoped to eventually reach every homeowner in the township.

Supervisors approve open space ballot question

Friday, June 3, 2016 by JULIA F. SWAN in Local News

Upper Milford Township supervisors, at their May 19 meeting, approved a draft of a referendum question to be placed on the November ballot, asking residents to approve a modest increase in the earned income tax to fund the conservation and protection of open space in the township.

The four-page question refers to the protection of undeveloped land, including forests, farmlands and other open spaces. Township Solicitor Marc Fisher said the question has to be that long, by statute, in order to include as many of the potential types of land to be purchased as possible.