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DEP Begins Helicopter Spraying to Control Black Flies

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has begun aerial spraying on streams across Pennsylvania to control black flies, also referred to as gnats.

Pennsylvania rivers and streams will be monitored and treated as needed. Spraying activities will be performed both by helicopter and ground crews; their frequency will depend upon weather and biological conditions. Treatments cannot occur during periods of heavy rain or when water levels are high as high water conditions lower the effectiveness of the treatment.

DEP uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium, to treat the larval stage of four specific human pest black fly species. This bacterium degrades quickly in the environment and does not harm the aquatic ecosystem, birds, or other insects.

Two waterways in Bucks County are part of the spraying program — fhe Delaware River and the Tohickon Creek.

For more information on Pennsylvania's Black Fly Suppression Program, click here or visit www.dep.pa.gov.

Opening Day

Hundreds of players, coaches and parents turned out at Laurel Park for “Opening Day” on Saturday, April 22, for the official start of the spring season for Solebury Baseball and Softball. Following the “Parade of Players” and opening ceremonies, 26 teams played baseball and softball games throughout the day. Newly elected League President John Madara tossed out the first pitch of the season. Festivities included face painting and glitter tattoos, games by NHS Cares, and of course some great hot dogs and food at the popular Snack Stand.

  • Line up of Teams at the Snack Stand
  • Newly elected President John Madara tosses out the first pitch on Opening Day
  • The Snack Stand is Open
  • Tee Ball Players and Coaches
  • Swinging for the Fence

ASAC Meeting Canceled

The Aquetong Spring Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, April 24 has been canceled. The next scheduled meeting is Monday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

Blasting Alert

New Hope Crushed Stone has informed Solebury Township that blasting at the quarry site on Phillips Mill Road will occur Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 25, 26 and 27, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All questions related to these activities should be directed to New Hope Crushed Stone at 215-862-5288.

2017 Solebury Township Parks & Recreation Summer Camp

Registration is now open for the Solebury Township Parks & Recreation six-week 2017 Summer Camp Program, which will be held at the New Hope-Solebury Upper Elementary School, 180 West Bridge Street in New Hope.

The Parks and Recreation day camp starts on July 3rd and runs through August 11th. There is no camp on the Fourth of July. Daily hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Spaces are limited and fill quickly. Parents can register children in grades K-6 for any number of weeks, and discounts are available to those who sign up before June 3.

Forms and information are available as downloads by clicking the photo of the Canal Park footbridge at mid-page, then click Parks & Recreation Forms.  Forms are also available at Township Municipal building.

This year’s camp adventures will include “Mad Science” workshops and shows, demonstrations, magic shows, karate instruction, arts and crafts, and special events and activities that vary from week to week. Returning is a fitness and obstacle course featuring unique tunnels and crawl-through tubes, games and prizes.

Many fitness and sports activities are held outdoors, while basketball, dodge ball, and karate are held in the school gym. Solebury’s summer camp is a PA Recreation and Park Society award winner for both its excellent programming and its focus on health, fitness, and wellness.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedule

Bucks County is hosting five household hazardous waste recycling events this spring and summer, in Warrington, Bristol, Bedminster and Richland townships.

Pesticides, paints, weed killer—toxic chemicals are found in many household products, and when they are no longer needed they need to be disposed of safely. Every year the county sponsors recycling events for residents to responsibly discard these hazardous materials.

Please note that no electronics, including televisions and computers, will be accepted this year due to a change in state law. This program is available to residents only; no material will be accepted from businesses, industry or institutions.

For more information on the event, this flyer (PDF) lists the various materials that will be accepted, and dates and locations for these events.

River Road Lane Closures Begin April 3

Weekday lane closures are scheduled on Route 32 (River Road) between Lower York Road and Chapel Road in Solebury Township starting Monday, April 3, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of the Township’s $1.5 million project to create the Solebury Route 202 Gateway Trail.

The weekday lane closures will be in effect through the fall.

The Solebury Route 202 Gateway Trail will provide a 10-foot-wide, shared-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. This new section makes several safety improvements along River Road, including a dedicated left turn lane at the Route 202 intersection, curb ramps and crosswalks, and extensive signage. Work is expected to be completed this fall.

From Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the left lane in each direction will be closed for concrete median removal and asphalt replacement. The right lane in each direction will be closed beginning Friday, April 7, and remain closed for the duration of the project for shoulder widening and trail installation.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area because slowdowns may occur. The work schedule is dependent on the weather.

James D Morrissey Inc. of Philadelphia is the general contractor on this improvement contract that is financed with 100 percent federal funds.

Community Farm Forum April 6

The Solebury Township Farm Committee will present its first Community Farm Forum Thursday.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6
  • School Cafeteria
  • New Hope–Solebury Upper Elementary School
  • 186 West Bridge Street, New Hope

farmComm

Members of the committee: (standing, l-r) Stephen Phillips, Graham Phillips, Ron Moule; (seated) Kaitlin Farbotnik and Tim Luccaro. Not pictured are members Brian Smith, Buz Teacher and Supervisor Liaison Kevin Morrissey.

River Road Trail Construction Begins April 3

Work begins on April 3 to build the connecting trail between Canal Park and the Route 202 Cross County Trail. The 0.3 mile off-road path along River Road will provide a 10-foot-wide, shared-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists, separated from traffic by grass buffers.

This project is the most structurally-intensive of the Township's long-term plans to create a connected system of trails that is safe and respectful of the environment and our history. This new section makes several safety improvements along River Road, including a dedicated left turn lane at the Route 202 intersection, curb ramps and crosswalks, and extensive signage. Work is expected to be completed by September 2017.

The Township has worked closely with federal, state and county officials to secure permits and funding for the project, including a $1.7 million grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, federal matching funds and private developer fees.

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