November 2023

Holiday Stroll

Enjoy an evening of festive holiday fun in the village! Stroll through and enjoy the decorations, lights and luminaries lining Art School road on Friday, December 8, from 5 – 8 pm.

There will be a tree lighting, art shows, crafts, storytelling, music, SANTA and refreshments!

Activities Schedule

All ages story time at the Chester Springs Library

4:30 pm 1709 Art School Road

Chester Valley Dance Academy performance in the Washington

5:30 pm 1701 Art School Road

Meet Santa in the Washington

6:00 pm 1701 Art School Road

Tree lighting at the West Pikeland Township building

7:15 pm 1645 Art School Road

2024 Yellow Springs Art Show Poster Contest Exhibition

& HYS Members Show opening reception

5:00 - 8:00 pm 1685 Art School Road

STEM Games and crafts at the Chester Springs Library

5:00 - 8:00 pm 1709 Art School Road

Games and holiday crafts in the Chester Springs Studio

5:00 - 8:00 pm 1668 Art School Road


Fire pit in front of the Chester Springs Studio

5:00 - 8:00 pm 1668 Art School Road

Ash Trees in the Park

West Pikeland Township has removed some dead ash trees from Pine Creek Park.

If you are visiting our parks and notice a dead ash tree in harm's way, please contact the Township Office at (610) 590-5300. Please have the following information: name of the park and general location of the tree.

Update on our Storage Facility Building located at Walnut Lane Park

The building now has the final metal roof and the floor coating and epoxy have been applied! The garage doors have also been installed.

We'll keep you posted as the building nears completion!

Clean Energy Transition Plan

In April, 2021, West Pikeland Township (WPT), along with three other neighboring townships, was awarded a grant to develop a Clean Energy Transition Plan (CETP) for both our municipal operations and our community. This year the plans were finalized and accepted by our WPT Board of Supervisors.

The purpose of these plans is to provide a roadmap with goals and timelines that our municipality and community can use to increase energy efficiency, transition to cleaner energy and away from fossil fuels to renewable sources for energy generation by the year 2050.

To begin implementing the CETP, our township will focus first on our municipal operations and gradually involve our residents. Our current WPT Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) has already taken a leading role by sponsoring programs which educate and engage our residents about the benefits of clean energy. In the coming years we will be working with the Board of Supervisors and community leaders to further develop outreach and educational plans to encourage and assist our residents in making informed energy choices. In the long run this will save our township and residents money while setting the course for a quality, healthy, economical, and sustainable life in West Pikeland Township.

Over 100 million people in the United States now live in a community with an official 100% renewable energy target. We can all be very proud of our township for becoming an early leader in this movement.

Volunteers Needed!

West Pikeland Township is currently seeking township residents to volunteer for the following positions:

Park and Recreation Committee

Environmental Advisory Council

Open Space Committee

Historical Commission

HARB (Historical Architecture Review Board)

No experience required, just a willingness to provide a lending hand in our township. Interested? Fill out our Volunteer Form and we will be in touch!

Click to Volunteer >

Board of Supervisors Meeting

Monday, November 6, 2023 @ 7:30pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Agendas are posted here the Friday before meetings.


Parks and Recreation Meeting

November 2, 2023 @ 7:30pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Planning Commission Meeting

November 13, 2023 @ 6:00pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Environmental Advisory Council Meeting

November 8, 2023 @ 7:30pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Open Space Committee Meeting

November 9, 2023 @ 7:00pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Board of Supervisors Meeting

November 20, 2023 @ 7:30pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Agendas are posted here the Friday before meetings.

West Pikeland Land Trust Meeting

November 27, 2023 @ 6:30pm

1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs

The public is welcome to attend. Please enter via the lower courtyard.

Meeting information, including agendas, can be found on our website

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Thankful for You

By: Susie Hawkins

Happy November everyone! We’re thankful for all of our patrons and the terrific community we get to serve. This month we’ll have plenty of our usual programming along with some festive holiday fun. Here are some highlights:

November 2, 10:30-11am: Makin’Music- Sing, dance, and shake your sillies out with Mr. Dan! 6 and Under. No Registration.

November 7, 10:30am-4pm: Wrapping Paper Fun: Register for a time slot and use paint and stamps to make your own wrapping paper for the holiday season. For all ages over 1st grade.

November 28, 1:30-2:30: Spice Café for Adults: Cajun Spice- Stop by the library and pick up a Cajun blend spice packet. Use the spice to make something for a potluck meal on the day of the program. Bring your recipe as well to share with the group.

November 20-23, All Day: Make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece- Use natural and locally gathered materials to create a beautiful homemade centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. All ages welcome.

November 21, 10:30am or 1:30pm: Turkey Cupcake Decorating- Decorate 2 cupcakes to look like turkeys! Register for the time slot that works best for you. For grades 1-5.

Check out our online calendar here to explore and register for all of our upcoming events. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

News from the Chester County Library System


Service of the Month: POWER Library

The Chester County Library System provides access to databases for languages, business, grants, newspapers, academic research, health, reading, and more! All these resources are trustworthy and accurate. They are available with your library card at www.ccls.org > Our Resources.

In partnership with the State Library of Pennsylvania, there are even more trustworthy databases available, also available from Our Resources. POWER Library is the online portal for information on healthcare, consumer purchases, personal finances, and more. Enjoy 24/7 access to newspapers, magazines, journals, historical documents and photos, online databases, and eBooks. Research a subject. Learn about your family history. Explore career options. It’s all at POWER Library.

Most checked-out books for September 2023 in the Chester County Library System:

1.     Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

2.     Tom Lake: A Novel by Ann Patchett

3.     The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand

4.     The BreakawayA Novel by Jennifer Weiner


The Mill at Anselma

Mill Demo Day

November 11, 2023, 10am to 4pm

Experience the original wooden engineering grinding cornmeal. 


On November 12th, at 3 pm in the Mill visitor center, the Mill at Anselma welcomes David Mackey, proprietor of the Philadelphia Print Shop, in Wayne. David is happy to speak with us covering his career in map collection, owning the Philadelphia Print Shop, and speaking about historic maps that show the Mill at Anselma. He will show British General William Howe's 1777 Philadelphia campaign "spy" map and discuss the Mill’s representation on the James Hindman 1816 Pikeland map. David has also been on the "Antiques Roadshow" and will share his broad knowledge of local history that can be learned from focusing on historic maps.


SALT Theatre

Casino Night

November 3, 2023 | 7pm-11pm

SALT's Rolling up our sleeves and the dice to build a bigger community! Save the date for a night of good fundraising and cheer: CASINO NIGHT, BETS OVER BROADWAY, November 3 @ 7 PM, Whitford Country Club. All proceeds benefit SALT Performing Arts. 

This is a 21+ event.


Fine Arts & Craft Show

November 10-12, 2023

The holidays will be here before you know it! Looking for unique gift ideas? Visit the Historic Yellow Springs Fine Arts & Craft Show. Kick off your holiday shopping in the village at the the Fine Arts & Craft Show, November 11-12!

Orinotherapy - The Power of Birdwatching

November 14, 2023


Long to-do lists, digital demands, life can be busy! Breathe! And allow birds and nature to slow us down and practice “selfcare.” Research shows that connecting with nature actively reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, while helping build a stronger heart and immune system. Wild birds offer the perfect gateway into deeper experiences with nature, magnifying these benefits. Within the program, we’ll delve into our connections to birds, how to maximize the wellness benefits of birding, and learn about the latest research surrounding the impact of birds on human wellbeing.

Trip with Us! - DARC

November 18, 2023, OR

December 16, 2023

New York City On Your Own

Looking for a FUN Day Trip? If so, join DARC as we travel to New York City on either Saturday, November 18th, or Saturday, December 16, 2023. Departing from Downingtown at 7am and returning around 9pm. These New York On Your Own trips give you and your friends the opportunity to see the sites at your own pace. You can take in a show, enjoy a meal, or check out many other attractions. Remember, Christmas time in New York is ALWAYS magical!

Register HERE


Industry perspectives

You gave your food cans and bottles a good rinse, stored them in a container separate from your household trash, and tossed in your clean mixed paper. You placed the recycling cart at the curb on collection day. Congratulations, you’ve recycled! Or have you?


Well, not exactly. You’re doing the right thing, but it’s just the first step in the recycling process – the “set out.” Next, the hauler collects it, transports it to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for sorting and baling. These commodities will be marketed to a paper mill, plastics broker, or metal recycler to eventually be manufactured into new products.


Recycling is a process. Residents are the first step. So, who better to teach us about the processing other than MRF managers?


Jeff Furmanchin of Total Recycle in Birdsboro wants us to know, “Contamination in single stream recyclables is the largest cause of downtime and damage to processing equipment. Please keep hoses, wires, construction debris and yard waste out of your recycling. Lithium-Ion or rechargeable batteries of any type need to stay out of recycling and trash bins, as they are an enormous fire hazard.” (These batteries only belong in a household hazardous waste collection program!)


Scott Mengle, Director of SECCRA Landfill, manages a dozen drop off bins across southern Chester County. He says, “Just because an item bears a recycling symbol doesn't guarantee its actual recycling. This poses financial and logistical challenges, as non-recyclable items disrupt sorting, increase costs, and devalue recycled materials. To preserve the financial and environmental sustainability of recycling programs, it's important to know what is truly recyclable. 'When in doubt, throw it out’ to ensure our success.”


Matt Cougle of Cougle’s Recycling wants us to know that water bottles (PET #1) are recycled into carpet and clothing. PET is also re-made into new bottles, closing the recycling loop. “It starts in your home. Keep food, liquids, and cigarette butts out of bottles. They make recycling much harder. Get those clean and loose (not bagged) bottles in the cart!”


Better to recycle right, than to recycle more. When in doubt, check it out! Let’s get Trash Smart!

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