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Doylestown Intelligencer (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Doylestown, Pennsylvania The intelligencer a a3 a monday Ione 8.2015 Community by Swift action meant canal terminated in Bristol Bristol has a wonderful Riverside Park with statuary honouring people who helped the town become the Industrial juggernaut of Early Bucks county. I Here ought to be a bust of William 11 Swift Down there. Let me explain. Smith was a local attorney whose Story dates to the 1820s, when Pennsylvania prepared to build a navigable canal beside the Rocky Delaware River from Easton to the River a tidal Estuary below Morrisville. Horse drawn barges would haul upstate Coal Down the canal to ships destined for Eastern ports. The key Issue where to build a seaport passions worthy of an upper Wakefield supervisors meeting blew up. Said one observer a there had been much Contention on the part of the people living Between Morrisville and Bristol As to the proper place or the terminus of the canal Quot Tullytown was feasible at the Mouth of Scott a Creek near Penn Bury Manor. So was Bristol at Otter Creek near the business District. State surveyors favored Scott a Creek that would save the tremendous Cost of adding another four Miles three locks and numerous Bridges to reach Bristol. Just when it seemed in the bag for to town Power brokers in Bristol got the canal commission to delay the decision so undisclosed a new facts could be presented. Swift had hired two men to secretly make River soundings at Otter Creek and Scott a reek. Guess which Way those findings would tilt the commission reconvened at the Delaware House today a King George ii inn. Tullytown reiterated the advantages of Scott a reek not the least of which was the Cost savings. At that juncture Swift stood and introduced his two agents. They insisted Scott s it Reck was too shallow and could float Only vessels Able to haul 200 tons of Coal it Filer reek on the other hand could accommodate ships that could Carrs 500 tons. Tullytown accused Bristol of chicanery was weren to any Tullytown witnesses invited to verify measurements when they were taken did no to matter. The commission sided with Bristol and the big dig began in Spring 1827. N a Beautiful c tuber Day that year the first Section was completed through Bristol. I he town celebrated Atli a.m., 500 men led by a you guessed it a William Swift marched to lock no 3. A George Harrison of Hulmeville and Peter Lime of Easton appeared one with a wheelbarrow and the other with a pick and shovel a recalled William Kinsey in the Book a a the i Laware anal from Stone a it Ai Highway to historic a Obure commenced to dig a Trench and throw the dirt in the Barrow. Harrison then wheeled it a Short distance and dumped it in a Heap. The marshal then made a speech congratulating the citizens of the county on the opening of one of the grandest enterprises of the age. I he band played a Hail Columbia a and the people gave three cheers that made the Welkin ring. I he procession reformed and marched to the Delaware House where some 200 people dined and made speeches la took five years to Complete the 60-mile canal which Cost $1.4 million $35 million in today a dollars. Bristol residents David Dorrance and Richard Morris received contracts to excavate the canal and build locks Bridges and wharves from Bristol to Yardley. I he canal proved to be a commercial Gusher Lor Bristol. Ships lined up by the dozens at Otter Creek. In one season More than 250,000 tons of Coal arrived on barges pulled by 250 horses. In town textile factories sprang up. Employment blossomed. Property values spiked Many got Rich. Attorney Swift made out As Well. The state appointed him to manage canal dolls. It was the right thing to do. Cai 11 Avo can be reached at caillavo1 Nisi com twitter Wuner Lerchs Biog Caravo fico spot Coni Doylestown Man Quot manhunt by Christian Menno staff writer a Doylestown Man is behind bars after he allegedly broke into a woman a Home and tied her up with a lamp Cord before leading police on a nearly two hour manhunt Friday said a source with knowledge of the investigation sunday. Scott e. Wills 55, faces charges of robbery burglary criminal trespassing unlawful restraint and related offences according to court records. I Fowles town township police were dispatched to a Home in the too Block of Shady Retreat Road at 12 23 . Friday. Police alerted residents in the area and instructed them to stay inside their Homes and lock their doors As the search began. On Friday sgt. Donald Lawson said the Man stole several items from the Home before fleeing. He was initially described As a White male tall with Light Brown hair some facial hair and last seen wearing a Black sweatshirt and jeans. At about 2 15 ., the suspect was located by police along the Nesh Aminy Creek and immobilized with a stun gun according to a spokesperson with the Bucks county emergency communications office. Wills was arraigned before District judge Mark i. Douple on Friday afternoon and was sent to Bucks county prison in lieu of to percent of $1.5 million bail. According to court records in 2010, wills also pleaded guilty to a burglary charge out of Abington. Christian Menno 215-3453166 email pm endnote twitter a Menno Intel Bucks Birdhouse builder honoured for burgeoning population kick Kintzel staff Phok. A since 1980, when he was appointed Doylestown township s ornithologist Raymond Hendrick has built and maintained about 40 Kestrel and 250 Bluebird houses he was honoured for his work by the Village improvement association of Doylestown last week bluebirds Rule these roosts by pig Quann state writer when he first Carne to Bucks minty Iii 1955 to study Al Delaware Valley College Raymond Hendrick was a Brooklyn boy who liked being Down on the farm hts grandparents farm in Virginia he saw his first Bluebird in his grandfathers Orchard. Lie s still a Jan of the old Brooklyn i lodgers but i Fen or Lek 78, is now an expert on Bucks Bounty a a Kew bluebirds a which Are More plentiful due to his efforts to help them thrive. For improving the habitats for native Birds Hendrick was presented with a Community recognition award by the Village improvement association of Doylestown on tuesday at its annual luncheon at the War Reg inn country dub. Also honoured was Diane Smith Prest Dent and founder of the Roxy Reading i therapy dogs. Idle dogs visit classrooms to assist children in learning to read and will go to courtrooms or Hosp tals where children arc facing stress Lunga fill situations. A to Louise Woodruff chairwoman of the Vlad a continuum Recagni Iii Ine Don committee said that Hendrick and Smith were chosen As award winners because of their using their skills As the via does for the betterment of the Community a Flo make it a belter place to when he helped found the by squints Audubon society in 1962 and served As an Early president Hendrick said there we bluebirds sighted by the society in buc now a too or More Hatch each year in a w Ooden houses that Hendrick builds Ai maintains Lor them and for tree Swallow kestrels and other a cavity nesting Birds these Birds need hollowed out spat in which to nest but with dead Trees b Cut Down rather than left in a naturals there Are fewer and fewer places where Birds Van find Homes and raise then cd these cavity seeking Birds Are also urns of Savage attacks by English Span and starlings two non natives specs who Hendrick said destroy the native Birds nests. Bluebirds can use All the help they i get Hendrick said because of Bow Dif Vee Biros pane a4 budget proposal hikes taxes $95 by Freda r. Savana staff writs r new Hope sole Bury so Bool District taxpayers will be paying More next year if the Board adopts its proposed preliminary budget later this month. The nearly $40 million spending plan includes a 1.9 percent Tux increase from 87.96 to 89.64 Mills or about $95 More in taxes for most homeowners. A Home assessed at the District average of $56,829, will see a property lax Bill of $5,093. A Mill is $1 in tax for every $1,000 of a property a assessed value. The tax jump will generate about $506, no and the District will use $2.8 million from its uncommitted fund balance to close a Hole in the 2015-16 budget according to District superintendent rav mom Boccuti the budget repro cuts a 5.83 percent spending increase. That is largely Amin a used to salaries and retirement contributions Boccuti said in a prepared statement to the school Board on May 18. Iii order to meet pension costs new Hope Solebury is using $500, xxx of a separate $1.2 million fund to offset the Ever increasing contributions. Noting that local Revenue remains relatively Flat a by tee it i said in the letter a the school District fully recognizes that the Gap Between expenditures a budget a a4 in a a we be been trying to do this for the better part of 10 years. Its not in Good shape and needs work. Hatboro Council president John Zygmont police station renovations not to exceed s3 million by Gary Weckselblatt Hatboro has put a $3 million spending Cap on plans to upgrade its police station and Public w works department. The construction which could begin As Early As August would make the existing shared building on Eastern Montgomery Avenue a police Only Enterprise. I he 3,000-Square-foot area used by Public works would become a a secure area added to the 6,000 Square feet air cad used by police said Joe Adit project manager for Hatboro. The entire building built in the 1950s, would be renovated a a we be been to s my to do this for the better part of to years Quot Council president John Zygmont said a it s not in Good shape and needs work to make up for the lost space. A building that Zygmont called a essentially a pole barn would built for Public works Al Oak. And Meadowbrook avenues. I hiring a recent presentation Borough Council Adit in Terre the project s Cost As staying urn the $3 million a magic number and Scott Malin a senior Assn for Spiezle architectural Irous which is handling the project a we re to my to cover both pre eels As Best we can with the Dot we have from the Borough we Back a leu things at each site a his plan would Cost $2.35 n lion lot the police station and $550,000 for Public works a Well be looking for Good design efficient throughout to entire project a main said a a a it Mac have to Trade some things the police station woo i be set plans Vei Al i i p / a j

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