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The Town Tour and Village Walk through St. Peters Village on June 28 was a great success, according to members of the Warwick Township Historical Commission. Over 400 visitors, many from outside the area, were treated to guided tours of one of Chester County’s historical treasures. Shop owners with an antique flare are taking the opportunity to restore a shop and offer an attractive service in keeping with the historic theme.
St. Peters Village is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The village is in an area known for an abundance of iron ore and black granite mining. It became a tourist attraction in the 1880’s when the railroads were built out to the area. Now the homes of miners and quarry workers are being renovated as shops.
Carl Snyder, Chairman of the Historical Commission, and Linda Walters, Vice Chair, have been lauded for doing a fantastic job. The Twin Valley and Ridge Fire Company Fire Police helped to provide directions to detour traffic. Chairman Charles Jacob noted that they performed the task quite well.
Jacob said a program aimed to provide discounts to veterans is being launched through the office of the Chester County Recorder of Deeds. Local businesses are encouraged to get involved in the program. Business application forms are available at the Warwick Township Municipal Building or at the Recorder of Deeds. Interested business owners can call 610-344-6330. The address is 313 W. Market St. Suite 3302, P.O. Box 2748, West Chester, PA, 19380.
Through the program, a veterans ID card issued by the Recorder of Deeds (or an active military ID) can be used to get discounts at cooperating businesses. A list of participating businesses will be on the Recorder of Deeds web site at www.chesco.org/recorder. The program is off to a good start, said Recorder of Deeds Rich Loughery.
The Twin Valley Fire Department is looking for reimbursement for services provided in response to environmental incidents, incidents where hazardous materials are present, and costs related to safety and rescue that involve the fire company. These charges are only applicable to residents living outside Warwick Township, noted Supervisor Jason Swinehart. The township already has donated $57,900 to the fire department in 2012 for services for its residents.
The Warwick Drainage Company, located near St. Peters Village, is again having maintenance problems. It is often cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The Ridge Fire Company responded to one fire call in May and one in June. The Fire Police responded to an incident in June.
During June, five building permits and three certificates of occupancy were issued.
Jacob said the Federation of Northern Chester County Municipalities is working on new bylaws.
Doug Vieldhouse of Hill Road has appealed a decision regarding his son’s running of a business out of the family’s barn to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The Chester County Library System has local centers available which provide many services for residents. The Honey Brook Community Library is located along Route 10 just south of the Borough (phone number is 610-273-3303). The Henrietta Hankin Branch Library is located on Woodgate Drive in Chester Springs (phone number is 610-321-1700). Computers are available for public use, reading programs available for all age groups, groups can gather to discuss things of common interest, resources are available for developing small businesses, and employment information is available for job seekers.
Many local farms and orchards have good, fresh produce available. It is better to buy locally grown food to support local farms and the farm economy. A booklet containing a large list of local producers is available at the Warwick Township Building.