Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Spread

Unfortunately the invasive Spotted Lanternfly continues to spread – there are now thirteen Pennsylvania counties in the quarantine area including Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill Counties.  As South Coventry Township is already in the quarantine area, you do not need to report Spotted Lanternfly found on your property just try to eliminate as many as you can!

For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly and how to help control this invasive pest, please visit these links:

Guidelines for Controlling the Spotted Lanternfly
How to Eliminate or Control Spotted Lanternfly Adults
Spotted Lanternfly Management Calendar
PA Department of Agriculture – Spotted Lanternfly
Penn State Extension – Spotted Lanternfly

Free ConcussionWise Training

Are you a coach, parent of an athlete or an athlete yourself? Do you know the importance of concussion management? The Chester County Health Department is sponsoring a free ConcussionWise Training on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:00PM at the Government Services Center located at 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Learn about the critical phases of concussion management and how to prevent, prepare, respond and recover and when to return to play after a concussion. Those who plan to attend at asked to register at this link.

For more information, contact Katie Kuffner, kkuffner@chesco,org or 610-344-5340.

Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Route 100

Daytime and nighttime lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) between Black Horse Road and Route 23 (Ridge Road) in Chester County for construction activities related to a project to improve traffic flow and safety along a 6.3-mile section of Route 100 (Pottstown Pike).

The work schedule is:

  • Sunday, April 15, through Thursday April 19, from 7:00 PM to 6:00 AM, lane restrictions are scheduled in both directions on Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) between Black Horse Road and Route 23 (Ridge Road) in Upper Uwchlan, West Vincent, East Nantmeal and South Coventry townships, for clearing, shoulder widening and paving operations; and
  • Monday, April 16, through Wednesday April 18, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, lane restrictions are scheduled in both directions on Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) between Black Horse Road and Route 23 (Ridge Road) in Upper Uwchlan, West Vincent, East Nantmeal and South Coventry townships, for clearing, shoulder widening and milling operations.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zone because slowdowns will occur during construction. The contractor’s schedule is weather dependent. A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.

Lane Restrictions Scheduled for Route 100

Motorists will encounter lane restrictions in both directions on Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) between Black Horse Road and Route 23 on Monday, February 26, through Friday, March 30, for clearing operations related to the project to improve traffic flow and safety along a 6.3 mile section of Route 100. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work zone because slowdowns will occur during construction. The contractor’s schedule is weather dependent.

Over the next several months, crews will work to improve the stretch of Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) between Garrison Drive and Route 23 (Ridge Road). The scope of work includes resurfacing the corridor with an open-graded surface treatment (NovaChip) to increase friction and reduce hydroplaning; constructing two shoulder-widening pull-offs; and installing pavement markings, rumble strips, and guiderail. In addition, PennDOT’s contractor will improve the intersection of Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Route 23 (Ridge Road) by constructing a dedicated northbound left-turn lane as well as updating traffic signals.

Allan A. Myers, LP, of Worcester, Montgomery County, is the general contractor on the $5.6 million project, which is financed with 100 percent federal funds. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in late summer. For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by Act 89, or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

A list of weekly road restrictions and PennDOT maintenance operations in the five-county Philadelphia region is available by visiting the District 6 Traffic Bulletin at www.penndot.gov/District6.

Community Awareness Bulletin – Generator Safety

Community Awareness Bulletins are produced by the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Intelligence Center as a means to inform the general public of developing crime trends and potential safety issues that impact our community. Check out the link below for generator safety tips.

For other recent Community Awareness Bulletins and additional information, please visit the PA State Police Public Safety page.

Help Control the Spotted Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive species that was first found in Berks County, PA in 2014 and, to date, has been identified in six counties in Pennsylvania. As the area impacted by the Spotted Lanternfly increases so do questions regarding this insect and how to remove it. Please visit the links below for more information about the Spotted Lanternfly and ways you can help to lessen its impact.

Most Effective Ways to Kill the Spotted Lanternfly
Spotted Lanternfly Identification and Life Cycle Video
How to Remove Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses Video
Spotted Lanternfly Information – PA Department of Agriculture

Free KI Distribution

The Chester County Health Department will be distributing free potassium iodide (KI) tablets for people who live within a 10-mile radius of Limerick Nuclear Power Plant on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM at the Kimberton Fire Hall located at 2276 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA.

KI tablets contain a stable iodine that can help protect your thyroid from radioactive iodine during a radiological emergency. KI tablets should only be taken when directed by public health officials or emergency management officials. For more information regarding potassium iodide, please visit the Chester County Health Department or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exercise Caution During Excessive Heat

Residents are reminded to be cautious during times of extreme heat. Extreme heat can pose a challenge to the body’s temperature control system. If the body does not cool properly, there is potential for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can take different forms, ranging from general fatigue to muscular cramping to life-threatening heat stroke.

For more information, check out the Chester County Health Department’s Extreme Heat Precautions.

Help Us Win $10,000 for Our Parks!

South Coventry Township will be participating in Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation’s 2017 On Your Park, Get Set, Go! Park Contest this July. This park promotion contest is a way to encourage residents to be active and learn more about the parks in our area. Residents and park visitors can help win grant funds for South Coventry parks by visiting Connie Batdorf Park during the month of July and voting! There are two contests happening at the same time, the Healthiest Park Contest and the Activity Challenge, each contest has a top prize of $5,000! Get active, visit local parks and help us win grant funds for South Coventry parks!

Visit the Official Contest Page by June 20 to per-registrer for tickets or check out our Park Contest Page for more information on how to vote.