Cel­e­brat­ing ‘The Essence & Spirit of the Grange’

The Advance of Bucks County - - COMMUNITY -

tofdHTSTltN - bach Au­gustI tens of thou­sands of area res­i­dents trek to tright­stown Town­ship’s spa­cious green­way for the Mid­dle­town drange Fair No. S84. mart agri­cul­tural and an­i­mal show­caseI part community re­union and part amuse­ment mid­wayI it tra­di­tion­ally opens with a full slate of Bucks County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers busi­ness.

ln Aug.15I af­ter Com­mis­sion­ers oobert d. iough­eryI chair­manI Charles H. Martin and Diane M. bllis-MarsegliaI iCSt par­tic­i­pated in fairopen­ing cer­e­moniesI the board ap­proved S5 con­tract res­o­lu­tions in­volv­ing 23 county de­part­ments.

At the out­set of the meet­ingI held on the bn­ter­tain­ment Tent stageI Mor­gan tasser of mlum­stead Town­ship was crowned 2012 drange Fair nueen. drange Fair RI­fiFLDOV SRHVHQWHG WHH DQnual locally grown prod­ucts bas­kets to the com­mis­sion­ersI thank­ing them for their nur­tur­ing sup­port of the next gen­er­a­tion of Bucks County farm­ers. fn sum­ming up the open­ing fes­tiv­i­tiesI which also fea­tured the award­ing of the Fred droshens Con­ser­va­tion Farmer of the Year Award to games Har­ris of merkasieI Chair­man iough­ery noted that the morn­ing “cap­tured the essence and spirit of the drange Fair.”

Bucks County Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict (BCCD) Di­rec­tor dretchen Schatschnei­der pre­sented Mr. Har­ris with an aerial photo of his 1T4-acre crop and livestock dairy pro­duc­tion Holly Brooks Farm. lver the last three yearsI Mr. Har­ris has worked dili­gently to bring an­other dairy out­let cen­tral Bucks County.

The meet­ing fea­tured the ap­proval of a A1T2I935 de­sign con­tract for mhase f and ff of the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing oe­ha­bil­i­ta­tion mro­ject. The com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously awarded the con­tract to mSA – Dewberry De­sign mC of Fair­faxI sA. Ac­cord­ing to Chair­man iough­eryI there were 13 pro­pos­als sub­mit­ted for the pro­jectI and the com­mis­sion­ers met with three fiQDOLVWV. CRPPLVVLRQHR Martin noted that Dewberry has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with Court­houses and gov­ern­ment build­ingsI and their price was com­pet­i­tive. The Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing will be re­ha­bil­i­tated in con­junc­tion with the con­struc­tion of the new gus­tice Cen­ter across Main St.

The Com­mis­sion­ers unan­i­mously ap­proved a con­ser­va­tion ease­ment on the S9.93-acre Tryciecki Farm in Buckingham Town­ship. The county con­trib­uted A314IS85 to­ward the ease­mentI which brings the county’s agri­cul­tural preser­va­tion to­tal to 12I8TT acres en­com­pass­ing 152 farms. Since the 2011 drange FairI the

to county has pre­served eight farms to­tal­ing S0S acresI ac­cord­ing to county Agri­cul­tural mreser­va­tion Di­rec­tor oich Har­vey. Buckingham Town­ship has been one of the lead­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the pro­gramI with 25 pre­served farms that to­tal ap­prox­i­mately 4I000 acres.

The com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a pair of lpen Space pro­gram grants for Ben­salem Town­ship as part of the tater­front oe­vi­tal­iza­tion mlan. The grants in­volve 2.0 acres of river­front prop­erty and also will pro­vide for costs re­lated to pub­lic ac­cess im­prove­ments. Dis­cus­sion cen­tered on the na­ture of those pub­lic ac­cess mea­sures.

For the Health De­part­mentI the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the AS9I194 SuRFHDVH RI LQfluHQzD YDFFLQH IRRP 6DQRfi 3DVWHuR for the county’s an­nual man­demic Flu Drill. The drillI which dou­bles as an emer­gency pre­pared­ness ex­er­ci­seI will take place at three drive thru lo­ca­tions from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Satur­dayI Sept. 29. Dur­ing his re­portI Chief 2SHRDWLQJ 2IfiFHR BRLDQ Hessen­thaler an­nounced the lo­ca­tions for the event: Sellersville Fire Com­pany Sta­tion 2T (2 North Main St.I Sellersville 189S0); Northamp­ton Fire Com­pany Sta­tion #83 (283 Hat­boro od.I Churchville 189SS); and ievit­town Fire Com­pany #2 Sta­tion 13 (S County tayI ievit­town 19058).

The board tabled three fn­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy con­tract pro­pos­als for ad­di­tional con­sid­er­a­tionI and Com­mis­sioner Martin voted against a pair of So- lic­i­tor con­tracts to pro­vide out­side coun­sel in con­nec­tion with la­borI em­ploy­ment and mis­cel­la­neous mat­ters. Com­mis­sioner Marseglia voted against a pair of Fi­nance in­sur­ance poli­ciesI a pair of Cor­rec­tions con­tracts for the pur­chase of in­mate cloth­ingI and a AT33I800 con­tract IRR D flRRRLQJ RHQRYDWLRQ project at Neshaminy Manor.

The next meet­ing of the Board of Bucks County Com­mis­sion­ers will take place at S p.m. on ted­nes­dayI Sept. 19 at the Dublin Fire Com­pa­nyI 194 N. Main St.I DublinI at which time the board will cel­e­brate Dublin Bor­ough’s 100th an­niver­sary.

Grange Fair of­fi­cials pre­sented the an­nual locally grown prod­ucts bas­kets to the com­mis­sion­ers, thank­ing them for their nur­tur­ing sup­port of the next gen­er­a­tion of Bucks County farm­ers.

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