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John R. Miller, President of CCHPN presenting the “Grace Under Fire” Award to Sandy Momyer, Chair and John Gregory, Vice Chair. Schuylkill Township Historical Commission Honored with Recognition Award On June 28, 2017, the Schuylkill Township Historical Commission was honored by the Chester County Historic Preservation Network’s (CCHPN) annual volunteer recognition celebration. The celebration serves to acknowledge the value brought to Chester County through preservation projects, service and or education. The Grace Under Fire award is given to individuals or an organization for their unusual determination related to historic preservation projects. CCHPN awarded the members of the Historic Commission for their continued perseverance in implementing the townships demolition by neglect ordinance in order to save the Anderson Barn, one of the Townships many historic resources. Through their efforts and the support of the Board of Supervisors, the Historic Commission received a favorable ruling from the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, thus proving the strength of the Townships Historic Resource Ordinance. Their efforts have set a valuable precedent in Chester County for the successful use of demolition by neglect, which is often an extremely difficult and underutilized process. Sandy Momyer, Chair, and John Gregory, Vice-Chair of the Commission were invited to present at CCHPN’s Chester County workshop meeting in January discussing saving neglected buildings with a focus on our historic ordinance. Chester County Heritage Preservation Coordinator Karen Marshall then submitted the presentation to Preservation PA and it was accepted for the statewide PA Heritage Conference in June. John Gregory went to Carlisle, PA to give the preservation. Karen Marshall will be using the Schuylkill Township Historic Ordinance as one of the models for working with county preservation communities in training workshops that are being planned. The CCHPN has worked for over 20 years to connect with local governments, organizations, and individuals in efforts to protect, preserve and promote the historic resources and cultural landscapes in Chester County through communication and education. For more information on CCHPN please visit their website at Schuylkill Township congratulates and thanks all of the members of the Historic Commission for their hard work – Sandy Momyer – Chair, Dorothy Bedford, Diane Cram, John Gregory, Khalil Hihi, David Kiefer, Jay Stearly and Virginia Stearly, for your dedication and hard work. Phoenixville Area | Fall 2017 | 47