The Duncan Allison Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award

The Duncan Allison Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award

This year’s Duncan Allison Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture goes to the Baily family of Baily’s Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm in West Chester. Three generations of the family operate Baily’s Dairy, including patriarch Bernard Baily; daughter Becky Baily and her husband Eric Cockroft; daughter Meredith Parsons and her son Tyler Parsons.

The family is recognized for positively promoting local agriculture and serving as community ambassadors on the industry’s behalf. They have played an integral role in hosting the Chester Valley Dairy 4-H club and leasing cows to young club members who wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate.

Commissioner Michelle Kichline said, “The Baily family is an example of farmers who want to share the experience of living and working on a farm with others across Chester County. They are commended for their devotion to teaching youth about raising farm animals and letting children see a cow up-close, sometimes for the first time. Thank you to the three generations of Baily’s who continue the traditions of farming.”

Becky Baily, who oversees the milking and processing, said, “We grew up on the farm and were used to how things worked. Now, so many kids in Chester County are removed from the farm but want to get involved once they visit us.”

The family is also deeply involved in helping to host the livestock portions of several area county fairs and festivals, which are often the first time children meet farmers and see livestock up close.

Meredith Parsons, who oversees school field trips to the farm, says she especially loves working with the younger children because they may have read about farm animals but may never have seen them in person. “They are amazed to see how big a cow really is in-person,” she laughs.

The pandemic provided even more opportunities for the Baily family to make a difference, especially when their Chester Valley Dairy 4-H club members brought special bovine visitors to nearby Pocopson Home residents in the summer of 2020.

“It made the Pocopson residents so happy to see the cows,” recalls Meredith. “It was a really special moment for them and the 4-H kids.”

“The Baily family does a wonderful job teaching Chester County residents young and old about the importance of local agriculture,” says Ag Council Director Hillary Krummrich. “We are fortunate to have farmers like them who make the extra effort to help people understand where our food comes from.”

Learn more about Chester County’s agriculture industry at www.chescofarming.org.

NEW TOWNSHIP ADMINISTRATION BUILDING BID PROCESS

Per the Board of Supervisors, sealed proposals will be received by Pocopson Township for the General Construction, Mechanical Construction, Plumbing Construction (Plumbing & Fire Protection) and Electrical Construction for the Pocopson New Township Administration Building to be located at 650 Wawaset Road in West Chester, PA in accordance with the Bidding Documents prepared by GKO Architects, 300 Brookside Ave., Ambler, Pennsylvania, 19002 www.gkoarchitects.com 

Bid Documents will be available electronically on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 1:00 PM (local time). Bidders must register with the Architect by emailing Susan Feenan at susan@gkoarchitects.com and indicating name and address of their company, work discipline, contact name and contact email.  Bidders will then be given a web link to access the Bid Documents.  Questions regarding the Bid Documents shall be emailed in RFI – Request for Information format to susan@gkoarchitects.com.

Bids shall be addressed to ‘Pocopson Township’ and must be received on or before Friday, April 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM, local time at the current Pocopson Township Administration Building, located at 740 Denton Hollow Road, West Chester, PA 19382.

View Public Notice HERE.

New Ordinances passed on 5/20/2019

What can I recycle at the Township Building (740 Denton Hollow Rd.)?

Area residents may drop off recyclables behind the Township Building at 740 Denton Hollow Road, where five large metal bins are emptied weekly by SECCRA. Plastic bags jam the sorting equipment at recycling facilities; so if you transport your recyclables in plastic trash bags, please empty the recyclables into the bins, take the used bags home, and either use them again (if they’’re in good shape) or put them in the trash. If the bins are full, please return at another time. Do not leave recyclables outside the bins.
ITEMS ALLOWED:

  • Aluminum cans, foil, and pie plates
  • Corrugated cardboard and boxboard (cereal boxes, cracker boxes, soda and beer cardboard casing)
  • Glass bottles and jars, clear and colored
  • Metal cans. including empty aerosol cans
  • Mixed paper
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Plastic #1-5 and #7 containers

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED

  • Caps/lids even if they are plastic and come from recyclables like water bottles, detergent, etc.
  • Ceramic cups / plates / flower pots
  • Crystal / drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs / mirrors / plate glass / window glass
  • Metallic wrapping paper
  • Oil cans / bottles
  • Ovenware
  • Paint cans
  • Check with your trash hauler about other items that they may recycle. Please note, recyclables are commodities. Dirty or contaminated, they are worthless. Clean and properly prepared recyclables have value and may be turned into new products.

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