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  • Spring 2016

    Upper Merion Township Montgomery County, Pennsylvania www.umtownship.org

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    William JenawayChairpersonGreg Waks

    Vice ChairpersonCarole KenneyGreg PhilipsErika Spott

    David G. KraynikTownship Manager

    Sally SlookAsst. Township Manager

    Board of SupervisorsMeetings

    Held on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.View website for actual dates.

    Freedom HallTownship Building

    175 W. Valley Forge RoadKing of Prussia, PA 19406


    E-mail:[email protected]

    Carla Showell-LeeChief Information Officer

    Karl HelicherEditor


    Emergency ...............................911Police .......................610-265-3232Library ......................610-265-4805Parks & Rec .............610-265-1071Public Works ............610-265-2606Administration ..........610-265-2600Safety & Codes ........610-265-2608Tax Collector............610-337-0636 x102Animal Control .........610-265-3232Information Office.....610-205-8544Meetings ..................610-265-2860Courthouse ..............610-278-3000Senior Center...........610-265-4715

    Change is something that forces us out of our comfort zone. We always hope for the better. Change can be scary, refreshing, fun, exciting, daunting, stressful, invigorating, awkward, and complicated. Think of your range of emotions just by reading these words.What big change (s) would you like to make this SPRING season. I'll start it off.

    Perhaps these tips will help in reducing the stress and anxiety that you might experience as you make your SPRING change.1. Be specific about the important changes you want

    to make in your life.2. Know why you want the change.3. Explore all options for how to bring on the change.4. Focus on making one change at a time.

    (Too much can be overwhelming)5. Find your confidence and embrace the CHANGE.

    You can do it!

    I made a change in my profession to accept an exciting career opportunity that will expand my platform of communication. My last day with the Township was March 18.Now it's your turn!

    Change - ing It OnSpr

    Upper Merion Townshipis the BEST!

    Thank you for allowing me and my awesome team

    to communicatewith you dailyl

    Karl Helicher, Library Director,thank you for your editorial

    eyes over the years!

    Sincerely,Carla Showell-Lee

    Chief Information Officer


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    Bob White Park...

    Upper Merion Township is putting its green efforts to work - - again! Residents will see a few goats at Bob White Park this year eating invasive species and plants, thanks to a9-year-old business calledGreen-Goats.com. Larry and Ann Cihanek started this unique business after realizing that it was good for the goats, good for the earth, and good for a park's budget as well as park attendance. The Cihanek's realized through their research that goats were the only non-harmful solution to weed control. The business now has 115 goats and this year they will have goats munching away at more than twenty sites in five states. Bob White Park will have about 25 goats arriving in May.

    The objective is for the goats not to just clear a site but eliminate invasive plants such as: poison ivy, multiflora rose, knotweed, and kudzu, and a long list of others. Bill Schutter, Superintendent of Parks and Shade Tree, says "the Green Goats will save the township money on equipment rental." The goats will clear 95% of the leafy matter less than 6 feet tall by October. "The goats are able to get into the undergrowth in ways a machine can't easily do," says Schutter.

    ...Got Goats?

    A double fence will protect the goats from the public. No one will be able to touch, feed, or pet the goats. (You could get poison ivy on your hands).

    Bob White Park will reap the benefits of "green" goats after Earth Day; the goats will be introduced to the residents at this fun annual event on April 23. Please visit http://www.green-goats.com/ for more information. Goat questions? Call 845-876-4438 or 845-514-0510

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    Township TalkSenior GamesThe Montgomery County Senior Games are a week-long series of competitions for county residents 50 and over. There are 20 plus events taking place the week of May 9 thru 13 at the Montgomery County Community College on Rt. 202 in Blue Bell, which culminate with an EXPO and LUNCHEON at MCCC on Friday morning. Cost - $15. Visit www.montcoseniorgames.com.

    Rooster Rolls AwayUpper Merion's iconic Norview Farm rooster was auctioned on E-Bay for $2,325. Francis "Shorty" Shultz, a township resident and business owner, was the winning bidder. All proceeds from the sale of the 50-year old rooster were donated to the Upper Merion Township Foundation. Visit www.umtownship.org for more information.

    Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs, ages 16 and older, was held at Hope Community Church in King of Prussia on February 12. On this night, more than 200 churches in 48 states and 8 counties host, Night to Shine. About 70,000 volunteers and 30,000 honored guests share the same prom experience around the world.

    This special event is sponsored by the Tim Tebow (NFL first round draft pick) foundation, which was created in 2010 with a mission to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day. The Upper Merion Police Department was asked to provide support.

    (Pictured l. to r: Detective Elbert (Elbie) Lee; Patrick Connolly, Tim Tebow Foundation member and Chelsea Harris)

    Taste of The SuburbsThis food and wine festival, hosted by the King of Prussia Rotary, is on Sunday, April 3 at the King of Prussia Mall. Patrons can sample signature menu items and spirits from more than 30 of the area's top restaurants.

    UMEA Needs YouThe Upper Merion Emergency Aid is requesting food donations, including spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, peanut butter & jelly, tuna, macaroni, etc. Boxes are located on the first floor of the township building.

    Board VacanciesA number of citizen boards could use your insight and experience. Visit www.umtownship.org

    Congrats UMTUpper Merion Township received the King of Prussia District Planning Award for installing Adaptive Traffic Signal Technology on KOP major roadways. The award was given in March at Maggiano's Little Italy. Shout out to Chaz Devitis for leading the team in making this happen!

    UM LivingUM Living is a simple, wonderful way for Upper Merion Township residents and visitors to share photos and videos ofhappenings around the township. Please go to www.umtownhip.org and look for the button with the UM Living icon. Button goes LIVE this spring!

    Farmers Market The UMFM is hosting, "Spring Clean The Parks" project on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The rain date is May 15, from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Sign up sheet at E a r t h D a y . O r , s e n d e m a i l t o [email protected]

    We are located in back of the Upper Merion Township Building: April 9 and 23.Regular season opens May 21.

    Congratulations Kevin Katarynick who will serve as Assistant Governor for the KOP Rotary Club beginning July 1.

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    Township Talk

    FBH Honors DirectorThe Friends of Black History Committee presented Karl Helicher, Director of the Upper Merion Township Library, with a gift during his final Black History Celebration after 17 years of dedicated service to the event and nearly 37 years of service to the Township. Mr. Helicher retires in September. (Left to right: Winona Brown, Patricia J. Ackah, Karl Helicher, Virginia Hammond, Cecelia Crommarty, and Ruth Harmon)

    Go UMPD!Chief Thomas Nolan set up the play but it was former Upper Merion High School graduate and basketball player, Detective Elbert (Elbie) Lee, who put the ball in motion by premiering the first ever UMPD basketball team. The effort was made to join with the Greater Norristown Police Athletic League in building a community police presence. So far, 9 of the 11 games have been played. The championship game is in April.

    Police WeekCelebrate National Police Week from May 11-16. The Upper Merion Police Department will have a display on Saturday May 21 in the JCPenney Court at the KOP Mall to honor NPW.

    Officers RecognizedSgt. Brendan Brazunas, Cpl. Pat Krouse, and Officer Keith Christian attended a Police Recognition event at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, March 1. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs recognized the life-saving efforts of officers who have used Narcan in order to reverse an opioid overdose.

    Business and business owners in Upper Merion Township are required to obtain a Business Privilege/Mercantile License every year (Annual Renewal) and to file Business Privilege/Mercantile Tax and Local Services Tax Returns. Additional information and forms are available at the UMT Building or by calling the Business Tax Office at 610-265-2600 ext. 211, ext. 224, and ext. 227. Information and forms are available at www.umtownship.org

    Early Intervention - birth to three years old.Helps Children to develop to their fullestpotent