Upper Makefield Township
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Donate Old Bikes to Trenton Boys & Girls Club
Sunday, August 1
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
16 Davis Drive Washington Crossing
The DiMedio Foundation will hold a bike drive on Sunday August 1 to benefit the Trenton Boys & Girls Club Bike Exchange. All bikes, in any type of condition are welcomed.
Learn more about the Bike Exchange
Morning Meadow Tours
August 4 - 25
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children 4-14 $2, Under 4 free
*There is no cost for Preserve members
Take a guided tour of the beautiful five-acre meadow at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve to learn about native warm season grasses, meadow ecology, and plant-pollinator interactions. Read about other events on BHWP's website.

Thursday Mornings: Children's Summer Reading

August 5 - 26
10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children 4-14 $2, Under 4 free
*There is no cost for Preserve members
Parents and kids are invited to join our team at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve as we explore nature's alphabet during the month of August! We will read exciting books about the outdoors followed by hikes through the Preserve. After our walk we will make a nature craft to take home. Read about other events on BHWP's website.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday, August 14
Bucks County Technical High School

Start your summer free of unwanted waste, and drop off household hazardous products and old computers at the Bucks County Planning Commission Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on August 14 at Bucks County Technical High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

62nd Annual Middletown Grange Fair
Wednesday, August 18 to Sunday, August 22
576 Penn's Park Road, Wrightstown, PA

Come out to the Grange in Wrightstown with your family Wednesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 22 to enjoy a full day and night at this agricultural fair filled with exciting events and exhibits like: tractor pulls, a fiddling competition, cow chip poker, hot dog pig races, and more.

Register Now for Emergency Services Golf Outing - October 11

October 11
(Columbus Day)
Registration: 10:30 a.m.
Pack up your clubs and come out for the Upper Makefield Emergency Services Golf Outing on October 11 at the Jericho National Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the township's fire company and police association.
All participants must be registered by October 1. Download a registration form here.

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Everyone here at Upper Makefield hopes all of our residents are finding fun ways to keep cool this summer! We've had a very busy month! This July we welcomed new Township Supervisor Mary Ryan to the Upper Makefield family and broke a sweat during the 30th Annual Revolutionary Run!
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Meet New Upper Makefield Township Supervisor Mary Ryan
Board of Supervisors
Mary Ryan, a Washington Crossing resident since 1991, was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy by Dave Kulig, who resigned in June.
Ryan was showered with applause after she took her oath of office, where she swore to, "support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
As reported by BucksLocalNews.com Ryan said she will proudly "represent the people of Upper Makefield in a fair and honest way."

Ryan said, "I want to make sure there is a line of communication between the citizens and the township."
A former Vice President of Merchandising and Design for London Fog, Inc., Ryan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Design from Philadelphia University (formerly Philadelphia College of Textiles). She has been married to her husband, John Paul, for 24 years and is the proud mother of two sons: John, 18 and Sam, 16.
Ryan will represent the board at the planning commission, where she has been a member since 2004.
In the coming months, Ryan says she will be committed to addressing the township's number one issue: Act 537 sewage facilities plan.
Learn more about Mary Ryan.
A Huge Success: July 4 Revolutionary Run at Washington Crossing Historic Park

Revolutionary Run When the musket fired at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday July 4, signaling the start of the Revolutionary Run, racers sprinted off on River Road and made their way through a new course designed to pass the Delaware Canal.
Bill Rowland, a 24-year-old from Furlong, took the top trophy in the 30th anniversary of the Revolutionary Run. In addition to individual medals, there were many team prizes awarded as well.
A total of 609 competitors, male and female, crossed the 10K race finish line. In addition to the competitive 10K race, there was also a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run during the morning hours on July 4 at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Approximately 1,400 runners represented more than 10 states including Florida, Hawaii and Michigan, on the day of the race.

The proceeds from the run benefit:
  • Upper Makefield Township's Emergency Services
  • The Upper Makefield Business Association's scholarship fund and support work for local families in need
Additionally, 30 local sponsors and 100 volunteers also contributed to the event. Included in the photo above is winner Bill Rowland (#776), Christopher Curto (#141) of Lambertville, who was second overall, and Mahesh Sambasivam (#592) of Pennington, who finished fifth, overall. (Photos courtesy MSSPhoto.com)

All Racers can find and purchase their race day photos at: Mike Schwartz Photography's website.

PECO Improvements Underway - Tree Removal to Begin August 2010
This month, an encouraging follow-up meeting between PECO and Upper Makefield was held regarding 2009/2010 winter season power outage concerns from the Sycamore Farm Homeowners Association.

March 2010  Meeting
Back in March 2010, PECO outlined that vegetation maintenance was a primary problem in the Sycamore Farm area. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed that PECO would work with the residents in area to identify trees that should be removed in order to minimize future outages. In addition, PECO agreed to analyze the affected circuit to see if any engineering improvements could be made.

July 2010 Follow-Up
In July's follow-up meeting, PECO reported that fifteen property owners are cooperating with tree removal outside the standard trim zones. Additionally, PECO confirmed their team will be implementing changes to improve the reliability of service to Upper Makefield residents living up and down River Road, along Woodhill, and in Sycamore Farm.

The removal of 40 trees will commence in early August and will last approximately three weeks, and the installation of a new pole and switch on Woodhill (east of Shannon) will take place over the next several weeks.
August 4 Board of Supervisors Meeting
Discusses Act 537 & Dolington Area
As we reported last month, Upper Makefield Township is in the process of completing an extensive revision to its Sewage Facilities Plan Act 537. Township consultants drafted a plan that outlines alternatives for addressing the malfunctioning sewage systems. It is anticipated that the Board of Supervisors will adopt the revised sewage plan in the fall of 2010.

Answering Residents' Questions
The Board of Supervisors held a discussion to answer any public questions about the Taylorsville area on July 21, and will have the same forum at the next Board of Supervisors meeting regarding the Dolington area on Wednesday, August 4.

The Board of Supervisors will continue to address public questions and gather input throughout the remainder of the summer. All Upper Makefield residents with questions or concerns about the revisions to the sewage plan are encouraged to e-mail the township, and attend next Wednesday's Board of Supervisors meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Summer Board of Supervisors Meeting Schedule
Instead of having two meetings per month, this summer the Board of Supervisors will meet on an adjusted summer schedule.

August 2010 Meeting Schedule
  • Wednesday, August 4 - 7:30 p.m.
*Meetings are held at the township building at 1076 Eagle Road.

Keep an eye out on the Board of Supervisors Page on Upper Makefield's website in August to download the final summer meeting agenda.

Board of Supervisors Is Accepting Letters of Interest 
Upper Makefield's Board of Supervisors is now accepting letters of interest to fill vacancies on the Planning Commission and the Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park Board.
Residents should send a letter of interest to the township at:
Upper Makefield Township
1076 Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Or e-mail a letter to: info@uppermakefield.org
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