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8th Annual Duck Derby & Picnic in the Park

 

If you are looking for a fun, family friendly event this weekend stop by Covered Bridge Park for New Britain Civic Association’s 8th Annual Duck Derby & Picnic in the Park! The event is this Saturday, September 30th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm rain or shine. There are all kinds of activities and games for children such as face painting, moon bounce, hay rides and a duck hunt. There is entertainment, vendors, gift basket raffle items and food. The entire day is a build up to the final event at 2:00 pm – a fun filled rubber duck race which has hundreds of ducks racing downstream to the finish line to see who will be the winner of the 2017 Duck Derby!

There are cash prizes of $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. You can purchase chances for ducks at $5.00 for one duck & $20.00 for 5 ducks. There are gift certificate prizes for the runners-up. For a fun filled afternoon, and a chance to win cash prizes and raffle items, why not become part of the tradition and spend Saturday afternoon at Covered Bridge Park for the 8th Annual Duck Derby?

Proceeds from this event will benefit the New Britain Civic Association and this year, the Chalfont Fire Company. For more information go to: http://www.newbritaincivic.org/

History of the Rubber Duck & Duck Derby:

In 1947 a sculptor named Peter Ganine submitted his design for a yellow rubber duck to the U.S. Patent Office and his design was patented in 1949. He then reproduced it as a floating rubber toy and sold 50,000,000! Although Mr. Ganine was not the first to invent the rubber duck, he holds the first U.S. patent for it.

There are hundreds of races held every year throughout the USA in cities such as Austin, TX, Chicago, IL and Aspen, CO. Internationally there are annual events held in countries such as England, Germany and Canada. It is not clear when duck derby races began, however, the purpose of the events are fundraising for non-profit organizations. The largest race in the United States is the annual Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati, Ohio. First run in 1995, the Rubber Duck Regatta now features over 150,000 ducks raced to raise money for the organization. Since its beginning in 1995 the Rubber Duck Regatta in Cincinnati Ohio has raised over $9 million!

Volunteers Needed for Nature Preserve Work Day This Saturday

Volunteers Needed for Nature Preserve Work Day This Saturday

Hello New Britain Borough Residents,

Volunteers are needed for a Nature Preserve Work Day which is scheduled for this Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 am until noon. The group will meet at 9:00 am at the main entrance to the Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve on Mathews Avenue. Participants should bring gardening gloves, tools and shovels for digging planting holes.

Directions: From Butler Avenue, turn onto Sand Road (across from Town Center). Follow Sand Road to the end and turn left onto Mathews Avenue. The preserve entrance is on the right.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact the Borough Administration office at 215-348-4586 or at secretary@newbritainboro.com.

Thank you,

New Britain Borough

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Pop Up Park Native Plant Sale

Pop Up Park Native Plant Sale

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The Pop Up Park at the Town Center Shopping Center (intersection of Butler Ave / Sand Rd) will conclude tomorrow with a native plant sale from 10am to 1pm!

Events and festivities will continue throughout the day today as well.  For more information on the event, please visit:

https://pinevalleysociety.wixsite.com/parkingdays/schedule

Thank you,

New Britain Borough

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PA Dept. of Environmental Protection MS-4 New Regulations

This year the State of Pennsylvania is implementing new regulations which will make the Borough responsible for sediment, in addition to Nitrogen and Phosphorous monitoring.

Please refer to the below documents below for more details:

1 – MS4 Outline

2 – New Britain Borough Outlets & Discharge Points

3 – Total Maximum Daily Load Report

4 – Pollution Reduction Plan Report

Borough residents can make a difference in stormwater quality by limiting fertilizer use, keeping disturbed areas protected from running off of your property and by not letting yard litter and waste (including grass clippings) get to the street, collection system and streams.

Residents are asked to limit use of herbicides and fertilizers, dispose of hazardous materials such as oil, paint, medications, detergents, etc. to hazardous waste drop-offs – never flush or dump. It is also important to maintain your vehicles by checking and repairing oil and antifreeze leaks and washing your vehicles in the yard, instead of the driveway which will filter detergents and prevent stream pollution.

Runoff quality can be increased by installing rain barrels, creating rain gardens, connecting roof drains to stone pits – these are all methods of providing ground water infiltration.

South Tamenend Trail System Construction

South Tamenend Trail System Construction

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New Britain Borough Residents,

Construction is scheduled to begin on the South Tamenend Trail

system later this week. This will link pedestrian access from the north side of

Butler Avenue to the train station. The roadway will have one lane closed and

will be entirely closed for safety purposes during certain periods while the

contractor is working close to the road. It would be helpful if this area of

roadway is avoided during this period if possible. Construction is expected to

be completed by the end of October.

If you have any questions please contact the Borough Administration office at 215-348-4586 or at secretary@newbritainboro.com.

Thank you for your patience during this time,

New Britain Borough

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Road Work on Mathews & Aarons Avenues This Week

Road Work on Mathews & Aarons Avenues This Week

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Good Morning New Britain Borough Residents,

Residents on Mathews and Aarons Avenues please note that milling and patching of areas of the roadway will be performed this week.

Please do not park on, or near the road as the contractor will need ample space

for construction. These patches will provide the structure integrity required

for the road and the road is scheduled to be micro surfaced in the Spring which

will provide a nice uniform roadway surface.

If you have any questions please contact the Borough Administration office at 215-348-4586 or at secretary@newbritainboro.com.

Thank you,

New Britain Borough

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Pine Valley Covered Bridge Repair Work

Pine Valley Covered Bridge Repair Work

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The Pine Valley Covered Bridge on Keeley Avenue will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 for repair work from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. Please be prepared with an alternate route during that time.

If you have any questions please contact the Borough Administration office at 215-348-4586 or at secretary@newbritainboro.com.

Thank you,

New Britain Borough

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Family Fun & Adventures in the Great Outdoors

As summer winds down you might be thinking of what you can do to have some outdoor fun with your family before the start of the new school year. If you have already had your family vacation and are trying to come up with some low or no cost ideas…There are so many things to do right here in Bucks County and even in your own back yard! Here are some suggestions:

Wilma Quinlan Nature Preserve: Take a walk through the 26+ acres of trails through the woods, meadows and along the Neshaminy Creek…be one with nature as you observe birds and the surrounding trees and shrubs. You can also explore Miriam’s Meadow just across the street on Landis Mill Road and observe the wildflowers and learn a little about nature along the way. (Main entrance to the preserve is on Mathews Avenue, accessed by Sand Road)

Covered Bridge Park: Why not pack a picnic lunch and head over to Covered Bridge Park for some family fun? You can talk a walk or bike ride along the bike/hike path, go fishing or check out the community garden and bee hives in Orchard Park.

Beyond the Borough…you could spend the day at Peace Valley Park and do some hiking, biking, sailing or fishing, explore the countryside and find the 12 remaining 19th century covered bridges of Bucks County, take a drive along the Delaware River and enjoy the beautiful views or explore Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve or Washington Crossing State Park for a bit of local history.

Whatever you decide to do we hope you enjoy time spent with family outdoors while the warm weather is still with us. Before you know it, it will be back to school!