Coun­cil pres­i­dent ex­tends olive branch in Har­vest Day rift

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Petra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

YARDLEY BOR­OUGH – Yardley Bor­ough Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Joe Hunter said this week he would be open to sit­ting sit down with mem­bers from the Yardley Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (YBA) and the Makefield Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (MWA) in an at­tempt to re­store con­trol of Har­vest Day to both or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Hunter said he is “con­cerned about the im­age” of Yardley and the an­nual event, which in re­cent years has been or­ga­nized and run by both the YBA and the MWA. Re­cently, a rift devel­oped be­tween the groups as each pro­posed plans to run Har­vest Day ex­clu­sively.

The coun­cil pres­i­dent ap­pealed to both groups to sit down with him and come up with “a mu­tual agree­ment” and asked that a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from each side call ei­ther Hunter or Bor­ough Man­ager John Boyle.

“Ei­ther way, we can all meet and dis­cuss this is­sue rather than try­ing to find out through news­pa­per ar­ti­cles,” Hunter said. “I want to see if we can come to an agree­ment on work­ing to­gether for Har­vest Day.”

YBA Pres­i­dent Mar­garet Bork said her group is amenable to such a meet­ing.

“The YBA is agree­able to meet­ing with Joe Hunter to keep di­a­logue open with the MWA re­gard­ing 2013 Har­vest Day,” Bork said.

Bork ap­peared be­fore coun­cil Jan. 15 to present YBA’s plan to go it alone.

While Hunter ac­knowl­edged sup­port­ing YBA’s plan, he said there was no other plan be­fore coun­cil to sup­port at the time Bork made her pro­posal. He

said there was a con­sen­sus by coun­cil at the Jan. 15 meet­ing to sup­port YBA’s plan to run Har­vest Day with­out the MtA.

“ko one else asked us for sup­port, so we sup­ported YBA,” Hunter said.

“ko one’s con­tacted us [from MtA] that they want to do this event. I am will­ing to work this out and for the two par­ties to come to a mu­tual agree­ment.”

At press time, MtA pres­i­dent haren Par­malee said they had not heard from Hunter.

MtA said they learned just be­fore Har­vest Day last year that Bork had told a bor­ough of­fi­cial in an e-mail that YBA might go it alone. MtA said Bork was try­ing to get the ven­dor list from the of­fi­cial. cur­ther, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­cused the YBA of un­der­hand­edly try­ing to take over the an­nual fall craft and street fair. The YBA is say­ing the event should be more than a fundraiser for MtA, which uses pro­ceeds from Har­vest Day to help bat­tered women and chil­dren with can­cer, other causes.

Bork said the event should be more “Yardley-cen­tric”. phe said MtA as a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion could still par­tic­i­pate in Har­vest Day.

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