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Upcoming Programs Presented By The Land Conservancy

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The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) holds educational programs year-round at our four nature preserves, and one sister-preserve. All programs run rain or shine! In the case of severe weather, TLC will announce updates via facebooktwitter, and their website.

Warm Season Grasses Hike | Saturday September 14, 2013

Janet Ebert is back to lead the warm season grass hike. For those who attended the cool season grass hike in the spring, brush up on you ID skills for comparison purposes. Switchgrass and indiangrass are two of the several species they will identify! The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00am at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve; 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311. Click here to register.

Full Moon Owl Prowl | Thursday September 19, 2013

Join TLC staff for a night hike in search for local owl residents. Screech, Barred and Great-horned owls are the popular sounds of the night. $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. The Owl Prowl will take place from 8:00pm-9:30pm at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve; 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA 19311. Click here to register.

Open Hive Days | Saturday September 21, 2013

Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don’t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. Protective veils will be available.Join TLC Apiarist, Dan Borkoski, for an inside look at the busy buzzy world of honeybees. Participants will get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don’t miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers, and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. The event will take place from 9:30am-11:00am (Dates continue once per month until October 2013) at the New Leaf EcoCenter (776 Rosedale Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348). Click here to register for this series.

2013 Hootenanny Hoedown

Hoot-Logo-for-Website-980x558The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC) has something for everyone at this years Hootenanny Hoedown happening September 28, 2013 at Plantation Field located north of Unionville on Rt. 82. The day begins with a 5K Trail Run for Conservation. Registration is at 7:30 with 9:00 a.m. race start—online and day of registration are available. The 5K is a moderately hilly course well suited for the cross country runner, from beginner to seasoned athlete. It’s a great opportunity to check out a unique 5K course on a beautiful stretch of private property in the heart of horse country.

The festivities culminate with an evening at the Hootenanny Hoedown Wild West Saloon. Saloon doors swing open at 6:00 p.m. Come dressed as your favorite outlaw for an evening of great BBQ style food, live music by “The Coyotes” (Eclectic American Roots), and table games amidst the backdrop of Chester County’s bucolic countryside under a beautiful night sky. Ticket price includes food, beverages, and gaming chips. There will also be music for those who would rather dance than game the night away. New this year the Wild West Saloon will offer 50/50 Chicken Bingo and a silent auction with wonderful items.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (TLC). To register for an event, purchase Wild West Saloon tickets, or find out more information about the Hootenanny Hoedown call 610-347-0347 ext. 103 or visit  www.tlcforscc.org.

Philadelphia Councilman Introduces Neighborhood Map Targeting Nuisance Properties

CBS Local recently posted this article regarding a new “Neighborhood Map” that points out nuisance properties around the Philadelphia area, check out the article below.

The trash on Marsden Street has piled up so high in front of some homes, Helen Skasko says she rarely leaves her house.“The smell is enough to kill you,” said Skasko, a resident of the street for nearly 50 years. Garbage litters the porch of her neighbor’s house, while other homes have trashbags piled up out front. One home across the street even has an overturned couch sitting on the front lawn. “I paid $6,000 dollars to have my front fixed up and I can’t even sit outside,” Skasko said. “There’s blocks like this that need TLC,” said 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon, referring to tender loving care.

Councilman Henon is now asking people in his district to report nuisance properties and absentee landlords. His website has a map of properties of homes that have multiple license and inspection violations. He says there are more than 3,500 in his district alone. And he encourages people to call out neighbors who neglect their property. He calls it the “Bad Neighbor” map. “I will go after the worst of the worst,” said Henon. In some neighborhoods, sale signs have popped up near nuisance properties. Homeowners get tired of living near dirty homes, and they want to move out.

“There’s no landlord around to police what’s going on in these homes,” said Mayfair Town Watch President Milt Martelack. “When that happens, it’s a major issue.” Martelack says the best way to fix the problem is to get involved and report problem properties. Now it will be neighbor versus neighbor to get the streets cleaned up.

You can see the “Bad Neighbor” map at http://www.bobbyhenon.com/bad-neighbor-map-article.