Chester County Briefly: January 29

Mark Hostutler
Image of Ker-Feal via Wikipedia


Natural Lands, the region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization, has placed a conservation easement on 137 acres of the historic Ker-Feal property. Located in West Pikeland Township, Ker-Feal was built in 1775 and purchased by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, founder of the Barnes Foundation, and his wife Laura in 1940 for use as a country getaway.

Natural Lands partnered with The Barnes Foundation, Chester County, and West Pikeland Township to conserve the property.

The conservation easement ensures that development of the property is restricted in perpetuity. Named after Barnes’s favorite dog, Fidèle de Port Manech, Ker-Feal translates to “Fidèle’s House” in Breton. He adopted the Brittany spaniel mix on a trip to France.

Notably, this easement protects and formalizes the status of the Horse-Shoe Trail, which cuts through Ker-Feal. The 140-mile trail runs from Valley Forge National Historical Park to Harrisburg and crosses parks, game lands, and private property. While the trail has always been on the Ker-Feal property, its status was never formalized until now.

Public Forum on Pipeline Safety

A forum, co-hosted by State Sen. Tom Killion and State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 PM in the auditorium at Fugett Middle School, writes Justin Heinze for West Chester Patch.

The event will enable residents to ask lawmakers questions regarding the ongoing pipeline issue in Chester County.

Delaware County Community College

The college is offering a 10-week career workshop for individuals looking to refresh their career. Jump-Start Your Career begins Feb. 25 and runs until May 6. The workshop is held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Marple Campus.

Jump-Start Your Career provides structure and support for men and women attempting to cope with the uncertainty of a changing job market. The workshop is targeted to those considering a change in career direction such as the unemployed, the under-employed, or the unhappily employed.

For more information or to register, contact the Career and Counseling Center at 610-359-5324.

Immaculata University

The university will host an undergraduate admissions information session on Monday, Feb. 18 in the Green Room of Villa Maria Hall.

An admissions counselor will give an overview of academics, campus life, athletics, the admission process, and financial aid. The session will provide time for questions and answers and a student-guided tour. This event is designed for high school juniors and seniors and students interested in transferring.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:45 AM. The program will start at 9 AM and conclude at 11 AM. For more information, contact the College of Undergraduate Studies Office of Admission at 484-323-3060 or Click here to register.

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