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Township Unites Community Day, Fall Festival

Visitors to Lower Pottsgrove’s Fall Festival (above) enjoy a tractor-pulled hay ride

SANATOGA PA – A good idea is a good idea, no matter who comes up with it.

For the first time Lower Pottsgrove is launching its own version of Community Day, an observance similar to those held in neighboring municipalities, that celebrates all things township. It will be filled with demonstrations and activities, and opens Oct. 24 (2015; Saturday) at 10 a.m. in the Sanatoga Village Center parking lot, 2200 E. High St., in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Fall Festival.

Ironically, it could become the longest-lasting contribution of now-ousted and former commissioner Shawn Watson.

Watson, during the Board of Commissioners’ April 6 meeting and well before news reports of the financial and legal difficulties that led to his September resignation from the board, publicly asked Police Chief Michael Foltz if he would be willing to fold popular programs his department conducts for children into a larger township event. Foltz pledged to look into what was possible.

The result is the Community Day, being coordinated for the police department by Sgt. Wil James. As a school resource officer in Pottsgrove schools for many years, he knows something about what makes kids of all ages happy. The Ringing Hill and Sanatoga fire companies also will participate with displays, community information, and equipment for local residents to explore.

There’s another expert in the township administration also heavily involved in the planning: Manager Ed Wagner. He’s had years of experience overseeing the community day conducted in New Hanover Township, one of the area’s most popular and emulated municipal events.

Wagner promoted Lower Pottsgrove’s event during the commissioners’ Monday (Oct. 5) meeting.

The added draw will be the autumnal-oriented Fall Festival, which for this year has been moved from the upper portion of Sanatoga Park to the East High Street location behind the Sanatoga fire house. On its agenda are pumpkin decorating, games, hay rides, and the usual costume contest. The costume parade begins at noon; children who are interested in winning a prize for their outfits must register before it begins.

The events run side-by-side. All are free, and underwritten in part by generous sponsorship.

By the way, the location is the same parking lot servicing the now vacant K-Mart Department and Sanatoga Thriftway stores. With any luck, officials surely hope, a visiting merchant will see the Community Day and Fall Festival crowd, see the site, and say “I could do a profitable business here.”

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Oct. 5 meeting):

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