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Township eNews

October 26, 2018

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Upper Merion Township Fall Tree Planting

*DATE CHANGE*

Sunday, October 28 | 1:00 to 4:30PM

Heuser Park 

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, the tree planting has been moved to Sunday, October 28. We still need volunteers, so we welcome you to come together to help protect and beautify our township by planting trees! Sign up online.

 

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Election Day is Right Around the Corner! Are You Ready?

 

Evening Campfire Programs at Valley Forge Park 

Saturday, October 27 | 7:00PM

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Warm up by a campfire and enjoy unique stories about Valley Forge National Historical Park and other national parks! The Evening Campfire Programs take place through November. Learn more about the program and view the schedule online.

 

Historic Tour of Upper Merion

Sunday, October 28 | 2:30PM

Take an escorted 3-hour tour through Upper Merion Township to learn more about our rich history and how a unique band of limestone, running through the district, may well be responsible for almost every significant fact about our area. Whether you’ve lived here all your life, or you just moved in – come and hear about the Anna Holstein House, Lime Kiln, Brooke Quarry, Alan Wood Steel, Valley Forge Encampment, King of Prussia Inn and more. Tickets are $40 per person. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Meeting Schedule

 

MONDAY

October 29

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

  

TUESDAY

October 30

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

 

WEDNESDAY

October 31

 

No Meetings Scheduled
 
THURSDAY
November 1

BOS Workshop
7:30PM
Freedom Hall

 

FRIDAY

November 2

 

No Meetings Scheduled

 

Brewing it Old School - Society Special Program & Fundraiser

Tuesday, October 30 | 6:00PM

Join the King of Prussia Historical Society for an evening with PA Brewery Historian, Rich Wagner. Rich is a popular lecturer, writer, and demonstrator of old brewing techniques. After a tasting of five different types of beer, dine on a buffet provided by Taphouse 23. Then Rich will bring to life brewing practices from William Penn’s day to our current times. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door, space permitting).  Learn more and purchase tickets.

 

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company's Bocce Tournament

Saturday, November 3 | 9:00AM

Holy Savior Club in Norristown

Teams of five players are invited to participate in Swedesburg's Bocce Tournament. Contact Kim to register your team!

 

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company's Elvis Night

Saturday, November 3 | 5:00 to 6:45PM

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall, 310 Jefferson St, Bridgeport PA 19405

Come out and see performances by Elvis - Roy Orbison and more! Doors will open at 5PM. Food will be served from 5-6:45PM with the performances starting at 7PM. Tickets are $35 per person, including food and drink. For tickets, contact Bernie Gutkowski at 610-279-3563 or bernardgutkowski@verizon.net.

 

Climate Action Exposition on Renewable Energy & Climate Change

Sunday, November 4 | 12:00 to 5:00PM

Haverford College

Attend this Climate Action Expo to learn about climate change and renewable energy from the experts and neighbors in your own community! Register online.

 

The Upper Merion Pickleball Tournament

Sunday, November 4 | 8:00AM to 1:00PM

Upper Merion Community Center

Upper Merion Township is excited to announce our first-ever pickleball tournament at the Upper Merion Community Center. This event will be a fun-filled day of friendly competition to raise money for the Community Cupboard. Learn more and register your team today!

 

Advancing Mobility Summit

Monday, November 5 | 7:30AM to 1:30PM

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia

This signature event is an opportunity to network with over 120 industry professionals and hear from top local, state, and national elected officials, private and public sector organizations, as well as leaders in the transportation industry. Purchase tickets online.

 

Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 6 | 2:00 to 7:00PM

Freedom Hall, Upper Merion Township Building 

Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. Help save a life by donating blood at the township building. Register for your time slot online.

 

Farmers Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Saturday

Mid-May to Mid-November

9:00AM-1:00PM
Rain or Shine!

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Next Market: Saturday, October 27

 

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, we are cancelling all Halloween Spooktacular activities. However, the market, Barktoberfest, and GreenDrop drop-off will continue as planned.

 

Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email manager@uppermerionfarmersmarket.org.

 

Resident Services

Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard

Are you or someone you know food insufficient? The Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard invites anyone who lives within the bounds of the Upper Merion Area School District to shop two times each month. The UMACC is located in the Valley Forge Presbyterian building (191 Town Center Road, KOP). There is a *REQUEST* Rambler stop nearby at the Valley Forge Shopping Center. If you'd like to be picked up or dropped off at that location, please call 610-354-8899. For more information about the UMACC, visit their website

Fall Leaf Collection

Zone 1: Week of October 29 and November 19

Zone 2: Week of November 5 and December 3

Zone 3: Week of November 12 and December 10

Upper Merion Township offers an annual curbside leaf collection. Visit the Fall Leaf Collection page on our website to find your zone, guidelines, schedule, and more.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

We are in great need of volunteers on a weekly, monthly or substitute basis in the King of Prussia area. If you would like to help, we would be happy to have you join us to see if this is a volunteer opportunity you would enjoy. We have volunteers that deliver meals weekly, monthly and on a substitute basis. For more information, call 610-265-7051, email mealsonwheels.um@gmail.com, or visit www.neighborhoodmealsonwheels.com.

 

Environmental

Bad Bugs!

If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer or Spotted Lanternfly by now, you must be living under a rock. Both insects have made Upper Merion their homes, and homeowners and property owners need to be aware of what to do if you spot them on your property. Learn more:

Environmental Advisory Council: Tip of the Week

Did you know that even when not in use, electronics and appliances are sucking power, sometimes up to 40 watts per device? Toasters, blenders, phone chargers, space heaters, and other devices should really only be plugged in when they're being used. Unplugging these when not in use can help reduce electricity bills and can also help prevent fires. Do an inventory of your outlets to see what you can unplug (or switch to a power strip) to cut back on your usage!
  • Read more environmental tips provided by the EAC.
  • Interested in learning about water conservation? Read these tips provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Wayne Woods Garden Club

Wayne Woods Garden Club encourages interest and expands knowledge in gardening and flower arranging, promotes the conservation of natural resources, and engages in service to beautify the community. We are always looking to make new friends while sharing the love of gardening. Visit our website to find more information and a meeting schedule.

 

Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040

610-265-1071

 

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There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.

 

Parks & Recreation

Parents Night Out

Friday, November 2 | 5:30 to 8:30PM

Everyone needs a date night! Drop the kids off for a fun-filled night of crafts, activities, pizza, and a movie. This month’s theme is “TGIF,” paired with a beer dinner and tasting with Workhorse Brewery for the adults. Learn more and sign up today!

Beer Dinner and Tasting with Workhorse Brewing

Friday, November 2 | 6:00 to 8:00PM

Join UMPR at Workhorse Brewing for a special beer dinner, which will include curated pairings of food and drink, as well as some giveaways hosted by Workhorse brewers Nate Olewine and Dan Hershberg. Learn more and sign up today!

Youth Basketball Leagues

Learn basketball fundamentals, improve skills, and make new friends in a fun environment. This is a recreational league and includes practice time, refereed games, and a league t-shirt. We offer leagues for boys and girls in grades 1-8. Learn more and sign up today!

Township Building Park Playground Renovation

Township Building Park's playground is under construction for new safety surface, minor repairs, and equipment upgrades. The park should reopen in about 2 weeks, weather permitting. 

 

Library

Enchanted Library

Friday, November 2 | 6:00 to 8:30PM

Join us as we celebrate some of our favorite stories from the past 10 years of Enchanted Library. Visit with Mary Poppins, Snow White, striking crayons from the Day the Crayons Quit, the Frog Prince, and many more great characters from classic books! Schedule a 15 minute tour sometime between 6:00-8:30PM for your family today by calling 610-265-4806 or by stopping by the children's department. 

Diwali

Monday, November 5 | 6:30 to 8:30PM

Join us as we celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, at the Upper Merion Township Library. We will have dance entertainment for the whole family, table displays in the atrium representing the different cultures and traditions of India, and a story time for children. Call the library at 610-265-4806 to register. Learn more online.
 

Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.

 

 
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Upper Merion Police

View the crime statistics archive.

 

Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.

 

Montgomery County News

 

Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Excursion Trip to Fonthill Castle and Moravian Tile Works

Thursday, November 15 

Join us on a carpool trip to tour Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Tile Works in the Doylestown area. $15.00 for UMSSC Members, $16.00 for non-UMSSC Members. Sign up at the Senior Center.

Annual Holiday Party

Monday, December 10 | 11:00AM to 2:00PM

Parkview Room of the Valley Forge Casino Resort

Celebrate the holidays with us! The menu will be a choice of chicken or salmon. Tickets can be purchased for $30. Find more information online.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Abrams Road Over Abrams Road

Construction of the bridge carrying Abrams Road over Abrams Run will begin on November 5. Motorists will continue to be directed to use Beidler Road until construction is complete.

PECO Project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd

Please be informed of the following information provided by PECO Gas Operations regarding the project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd. Work may occur in roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on homeowner properties. Learn more

Road Resurfacing Program

The 2018 Road Resurfacing Program began on Monday, October 8. The entire program should be completed in three weeks, weather permitting. Roads included in this year’s program are as follows:

  • Dehaven Street
  • Hillside Avenue
  • Continental Road
  • Renaissance Blvd
  • Wills Boulevard
  • Mall Boulevard’s turnpike turn lane
  • S. Warner intersection with Swedesford Road

For more information on local road work, please visit the following pages:

umtownship.org | 610-265-2600

For questions, comments, or submissions, contact umtinfo@umtownship.org

175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802

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