With the warmer months upon us, the Uwchlan Township Police Department anticipates increased instances of thefts from vehicles, as well as garage burglaries.
Vehicles should be locked at all times. People wishing to commit thefts from vehicles often travel into suburban areas with large neighborhoods, hoping to find unlocked vehicles which have been left parked in driveways overnight. This tactic allows for multiple vehicles to be entered during one crime spree, with numerous victims coming out the following morning to find that money and valuables are missing, as well as the occasional vehicle if keys had been left inside.
Garage doors should remain closed when possible. Garage burglaries are common during the warmer months, as residents tend to leave their garage doors open for extended periods of time during the day and possibly forget to close them during the overnight hours. Young people have learned that many homeowners maintain garage refrigerators which tend to be used to store beer and other types of alcohol intended for future events. Residents will often be unaware that such an incident has occurred, and the timeline for investigation may be days to weeks, depending on how often the refrigerator is used.
Many of our Uwchlan Township citizens are experiencing soggy, wet areas on their properties, as the number and strength of storms appears to be increasing. One strategy to manage those areas, especially if they become difficult to mow, is to convert them to a native plant garden. There are native plants that are particularly suited to those areas, attracting beneficial insects, butterflies, and other pollinators and helping to absorb and filter the water to reduce the danger of mosquitoes.
The Heart of Uwchlan Project has planted an example garden of this type at the township park, to address a difficult mowing problem, enhance the ecology of the area, attract pollinators--and enhance the beauty of the area. The garden is located at the far end of the parking lot.
The ground was prepared over the winter by “lasagna gardening” (laying cardboard, leaves, and mulch to kill the grass and weeds). The Heart of Uwchlan project team planted the garden in three days of hard work. The plants are small now but will grow to various heights and bloom at various seasons in various colors, as the selections were made to create beauty as well as be practical. These plants will require little care--no fertilizer and no watering like we are used to doing in our gardens. A detailed list is being prepared to post on the township website, but in the meantime, here are some of the plants that were put in: swamp milkweed and common milkweed, swamp goldenrod and showy goldenrod, joe-pye, native blue irises, several kinds of asters, mountain mint, blue lobelia, obedience plant, red osier dogwood.
Pictured above are swamp milkweed, swamp phlox, showy goldenrod, and boneset.
The garden will fill in as plants grow. Also, additional plants and shrubs will be added and the work on the wet area expanded during the coming summer and into next year. While the plants are labeled, additional educational signs are being planned, along with stepping-stones and border features to add beauty.
Thank you to the Heart of Uwchlan project team for the hard work planting the garden, and to the township’s grounds crew for supporting the collaborative effort to use sustainable gardening to solve a wetness problem.
Come visit this and the other gardens Heart of Uwchlan has planted at the township building. Take a look and see how the garden grows over the summer and use it to suggest what you can do in your own property to deal with wetness, enhance ecological diversity, and add beauty with natural plants.
The Heart of Uwchlan Monarch waystation at the Township building.
Those who resided on South Village Avenue during the 19th century were witness to the Hawley family legacy- one of mercantilism, public service and duty to country. Joel Hawley was born in Lionville in1804. Married to Catherine Williamson in 1833, the union produced two sons, Joseph Williamson Hawley, Samuel Williamson Hawley and a daughter, Hannah Mary Hawley. (Photograph of Joel Hawley courtesy of Chester County Historical Society archives.)
In1835 the Joel Hawley Country Store was built at 16 South Village Avenue. Part of the building housed a tailor shop and a tool factory. Since there was no rural mail delivery in the area until 1903-1904, the store included a post office. As one can imagine, this was a meeting place for neighbors, farmers and nearby communities who came to share news, buy staples, take care of business and visit the nearby butcher and harness shops.
What did the typical general store of the 1800s look like? Watching reruns of “Little House on the Prairie” or visiting online sites will suffice to give a general idea. There were front display windows where new items were placed on view. The store owner would purchase stock from a salesman who represented large city manufacturers. Many consumables were stored in sacks, crates and barrels which were lined up on crowded shelves and floors. Produce from local farmers was kept in the cool cellar. Most early century stores were poorly lit and dirty, as unpaved roads resulted in the accumulation of dust and dirt. On the front counter a scale was prominent to weigh dried beans, flour, sugar, rice, etc, by the pound and purchase cigars or tobacco. Customers arriving in winter could warm themselves by the pot-bellied stove.*
The original Hawley Store was part of the local community for over 100 years. This picture was taken when it was operated by the Simpsons, and the store would later be owned by the Thackerays. Joel Hawley was elected Associate Judge of Chester County in 1871 and served one term. He also accepted the position of Director of the Bank of Chester County. (Archival photo, Uwchlan Historical Commission)
Both Hawley brothers answered President Lincoln’s call for union volunteers during the Civil War. Joseph acted immediately and formed a company that was the first to reach Harrisburg. It became known as the PA 124th Regiment. While fighting at Antietam (September, 1862), he was wounded and carried a bullet in his neck for the remainder of his service. Discharged in May of 1863, he organized the 29th Regiment of PA Emergency Militia which defended the railroad bridges during the Battle of Gettysburg. Samuel Hawley was an active volunteer in the Civil War for three years as part of the PA 97th Regiment. Included in the collection of the Hawley Family Papers at the Chester County Historical Society are five letters written by Samuel to his brother. The letters spanned from December, 1861 to September, 1864 and were dispatched from South Carolina, Florida and Virginia.
After the Civil War Joseph became manager of the First Bank of Media PA and later retired as president. Samuel owned a business in Media. Their sister, Hannah, married Levi Griffith. The couple kept a operated a store in Oxford, PA from 1875-1895.
A photo of 16 South Village Avenue as it appears today.
Although Joel, the Hawley family patriarch, was born in Lionville, he is not buried there. However, there exists a rather unusual report of his death. It tells of his wife Catherine’s death on April 7, 1883, followed by Joel’s own death the next day, April 8, 1883. The couple was buried in the same casket. Was it a shortage of coffins, or one of practicality or frugality? We’ll never know…**
*Online reference: backinmytime.blogspot.com **Information on the Hawleys was taken from the Uwchlan Historical Commission Archives and online from the Hawley Family Papers, Chester County Historical Society Archives.
|Christian Brothers Automotive||399 W. Uwchlan Avenue||6,807 sq ft building|
|Eagleview Town Center Apartments||Eagleview Town Center||44 unit apartment building|
|Severgn Apartments||Severgn Drive||Preliminary/Final plan for two buildings consisting of 12 units each plus an existing home.|
|Eagleview Lot 58||Lot 58||50,000 sq ft office building.|
|Boas Vision Associates||577 W. Uwchlan Avenue||2,519 sq ft building addition.|
|Reichenbach||205 Pennypacker Road||3 lot subdivision.|
|Hankin Group||405 Eagleview Boulevard||1,350 sq ft building addition.|
|Submitted for Review|
|Eagleview Town Center II||Eagleview Town Center||Preliminary Land Development Plan proposing 364 Apartments in several buildings, clubhouse and 40,749 sq ft office building|
|Turnpike Interchange||25 N. Pottstown Pike (Former Vanguard property)|
Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan proposing 3 Distribution Warehouses, totaling 1,928,880 sq ft total and outdoor recreation park
|Rossi Property||96 W. Devon Drive||Preliminary land development plan proposing the construction of three retail buildings totaling 87,595 sq ft and one 12,935 sq ft restaurant building.|
|Gray Farm Property||1025 Worthington Road||Preliminary Plan for a proposed 76-lot subdivision.|
Eagle Disposal is the residential hauler for trash and recycling. Click here to access an informational flyer. To see when your trash day is please click Street Pickup Schedule on the left of the page. Should you have any questions, the customer service number is 717-355-9560. Uwchlan Township is committed to resolving any reasonable problems with the trash & recycling service, so please feel free to call our office if you need further help.
Portable outdoor fireplaces are the widely used during the summer months as both a gathering place for friends and family, and more importantly, for the making of s'mores. Residents are reminded that the use of fire pits is for recreation only, with small twigs and logs as fuel; burning of yard waste is not permitted. Residents are reminded to be considerate of their neighbors when fire pits are in use. If a burning complaint is received and smoke is found to be a nuisance to neighbors, the fire will be ordered to be extinguished
Looking for a fun adventure this summer that is close to home? Why not take a hike or ride on one of the many trails Uwchlan Township and Chester County have to offer! The Township has created an interactive map showing the location of all of the trails and sidewalks in Uwchlan Township. See the map below of Click Here to view the map on the Township website. See the graphic above for tips on how to social distance while on Township trails.
As of July 1st, 2021, all Township meetings will be in person, with hybrid meetings available for some meetings. Login information for hybrid public meetings can be found on the specific committee page under the Government tab at www.uwchlan.com.
Click the image above to view the Township Calendar and times/date for all upcoming Township meetings and other events.
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Chester County SPCA: 484-302-0865
Chester County Health Department: 610-344-6225