Monday, September 24, 2012
The Millbrook Society is in discussion with borough officials about the possible purchase of a circa 1715 home.
A Hatboro historical preservation organization is eyeing the nearly 300-year-old Miller homestead as a fitting location for a museum and archive. The 2.98-acre property, which sits adjacent to the borough-owned Miller Meadow, could expand Hatboro’s park system with walking trails and a nature center. The largest obstacle in putting the Millbrook Society’s idea to action, however, is the $698,000 price tag. “We’re in no way able to raise this kind of money. We just can’t do that,” Millbrook Society President Lin Magaha told Patch, of the nonprofit group's $5,000 to $6,000 annual budget. “Millbrook would be willing to be a partner with the borough in managing the buildings.” Doing so would mean Hatboro would need to purchase the property, …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A New Jersey Company is recalling almost 300,000 cases of packaged products that contain sliced and diced apples.
Missa Bay, LLC, is voluntarily recalling a total of 293,488 cases and 296,224 individually distributed units of fruit, vegetable, and sandwich products containing apples because they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes which can cause fever, muscle aches and gastro intestinal symptoms such as nausea and diarrhea. The recalled foods containing diced or sliced apples have Use-by dates of July 8 through Aug. 20. The recalled products were produced and distributed from the Missa Bay, LLC facility to retailers and foodservice operators in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Washington D.C., Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, …
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Hatboro Residents' Association presented Hatboro Borough Council with a list of signatures from 850 opposed to the convenience store eyed for Horsham and York roads.
All has been quiet since February's meeting which drew throngs of Hatboro residents adamantly opposed to the idea of a Wawa bulldozing historic buildings in favor of modern-day convenience. Since that meeting at Pennypack Elementary School, Wawa officials have remained mum on if - and when - plans would be submitted for the 5,102-sqaure-foot Wawa with six gas pumps. While the future of that development is yet to be determined, the newly formed Hatboro Residents' Association, a civic group started in the wake of Wawa's proposal, has been busy collecting signatures from borough residents and "friends" of Hatboro who do not want to see the former White Billet nursing home, or the building which houses Spa Escape destroyed and traffic and …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Wawa has expressed interest in demolishing this century-old building in favor of a convenience store with gas pumps.
Tell us in the comments what you would like to see fill this vacancy. Vacant: 412 S. York Road, Hatboro Description: The former White Billet Nursing Home, situated near Horsham Road - along with the Old Mill Inn and the adjacent building which houses Spa Escapeis an integral piece of a plan Wawa proposed last winter, which would involve adding a 5,102-sqaure-foot Wawa with six gas pumps in place of two of the three historic building. (All but the Old Mill would be demolished as per Wawa representatives). Size: 14,000 square feet Zoning: C - Taxable nursing homes, sanitariums History: According to Montgomery County property records, the parcel's last sale date was Feb. 27, 2001 to Encore Healthcare Associates II. Hatboro Main Street …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Share your opinion on what the shuttered and flood-ravished Old Mill Inn should house.
The Old Mill Inn has sat vacant for some time. Following the previous owner's foreclosure, the former restaurant and 18th century grist mill has been owned by TD Bank. It has been listed for sale since July. Since last year, the nearly 300-year-old building has endured the brunt of two major back-to-back floods, making the structure's first floor practically unusable, according to officials who have toured the property. To date, the only tangible potential purchase made public involves the prospect of Wawa purchasing the Old Mill and several adjacent buildings, preserving the Old Mill "as is" and building a 5,102-sqaure-foot Wawa with six gas pumpsat the site of the current Spa Escape. While plans have not yet been submitted to the …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham High School students won a $5,000 grant to complete a "rain garden" at the Jarrett Nature Center.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Hatboro-Horsham High School science teacher Vanessa DeLuca's class was surprised by a goose wearing a Wawa T-shirt, members of the media, school administrators and several other dignitaries. The reason: Students' "rain garden" stormwater filtration project had won a $5,000 Environmental Community Service Award and will now become a reality. As part of the project, several native plants will be seeded in the wetlands at nearby Jarrett Nature Center. When the plants are fully grown they will filter out pollutants that would otherwise enter nearby creeks and ponds. The rain garden will help the environment and, in addition, "look very attractive," Jarrett Nature Center consultant and volunteer Richard …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Gas prices continue to drop across the nation.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Millbrook Society hopes to enlist help as it considers purchasing a pair of 300-year-old buildings.
Although historical preservation comprises the first portion of Hatboro-based Millbrook Society’s mission statement, it’s an effort that, without practice, has left the nonprofit group a bit rusty. The focus for the last 15 years of the 30-year-old group’s existence, according to Millbrook Vice President and Hatboro historian David Shannon, has revolved around archaeological work and education. “Now we’re realizing we’ve got to shift gears because there’s a very pressing need,” Shannon said. That pressing need involves Wawa’s plans to purchase several centuries old buildings at the corner of Horsham and York roads – tearing down all but the shuttered Old Mill Inn – to make way for a 5,102-square-foot convenience store with six gas pumps. …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A crowd filled Pennypack Elementary School Tuesday night to challenge plans to build a new convenience store at Horsham and York roads.
A petition nearly 1,000 signatures strong could stop the Wawa proposed for Horsham and York roads in Hatboro before plans formally get underway. That was the sentiment shared with a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 200 Hatboro residents opposed to the potential demolition of centuries old buildings to make way for a 5,102-square-foot convenience store with six gas pumps. Leslie Jones, in addressing Wawa representatives on hand Tuesday night at Pennypack Elementary School, said the campaign of the newly formed Hatboro Residents’ Association has so far collected 978 signatures against the plan. “And the drive is still in full force,” Jones said. “Will this knowledge affect your decision to purchase the property? Yes or no.” After briefly …