IN Phoenixville Area Fall 2017 - Page 52

Galloway Cheston Morris to be Honored at Founders Day 100th Anniversary – World War I Remembered Galloway Cheston Morris will be honored, post humous, at the Schuylkill Township Annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He is being honored as our 2017 Outstanding Citizen of the Year. The event will be held at the Phoenixville Country Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. We encourage you to attend Founders Day and join with Galloway’s family in remembering him. At this celebration, and in honor of Galloway’s interest in the military of our country, a brief program on 1917 - Remembering World War I - America’s Involvement will be presented by Ryan Conroy, historian and chair of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area. He will discuss the area’s contribution, including Schuylkill Township, on the battlefront and the homeland and will display original military items from his personal collection. Galloway and wife Sandra moved to their Buckwalter Road home in 1958. They raised son Galloway and daughter Rebecca there. Galloway always commented he bought the house because it had a barn for all his “junk”. He enjoyed collecting things like outboard motors, motorcycles and antique bicycles. He owned and could ride a high- wheel bicycle. For 40 years he ran his own company, Valley Forge Instrumentation Company, out of this barn producing electro-mechanical instrumentation. He decided to attend Township Board of Supervisors meetings to know what the regulations for this business were and he got interested in local government. In 1995, he was asked to become an alternate member of the Township Zoning Hearing Board and was appointed as a full-time member in 2003. Galloway retired from this service in 2016 serving for over twenty years. He was often seen attending all the meetings of the various commissions and he kept abreast of all Township business making meticulous notes on the notepad he always carried. Asked how he would like to see the township develop in future, Galloway stated he would not like to see the township more crowded or dense. However, he understood development takes place but he hoped more space between would be planned. His wish was for the new and young families to get involved in township government. Back to that barn! Galloway served in the U. S. Marine Corp. at the time of the Korean War. This started his interest in military artifacts as well as military vehicles. His interest grew and he became a member of the local branch of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association collecting historic military vehicles. The barn became the storage facility of this equipment. They weren’t just for show, wife Sandra pointed out. All of them were operative and he used them and drove them to shows and exhibitions. Information on military vehicles can be researched at www.gpamvhs.org. Schuylkill Township thanks Galloway Cheston Morris for his service to the township and for being an Outstanding Citizen. Come on November and join our celebration of Galloway’s life in Schuylkill Township. Contributions to this story from Sandra Galloway, Township Manager Mary Bird and Sandy Momyer, Historical Commission Chair. 50 Phoenixville Area SAVE YOUR LEAVES ● Instead of bagging and throwing your leaves away, save them in bins or bags for fertilizer and mulch next spring. Leaves make great fertilizer, and they are free. You can even mulch the leaves on your lawn as you mow. Leaves that fall on your driveway or sidewalk can be raked and put into open wire mesh bins hidden in your planting beds or under trees. The leaves break down over winter and when the bins are removed in spring, you will find rich soil at the bottom and decomposed leaves for mulch and fertilizer at the top. ● Consider raking and using a broom to remove leaves from hard surfaces. Raking is a good exercise. Do you realize that using a gas leaf blower for one hour pollutes the atmosphere as much as driving a car at 55 mph for 110 miles? Raking is also quiet. You can’t listen to the birds while you use a leaf blower. Some municipalities have banned gas blowers for health concerns because of the air and noise pollution. ● Leaves make good winter mulch in your planting beds. Birds love to forage through the leaves to find insects. If you keep the leaves under your trees and in your beds, you will see birds in winter and during migration rustling the leaves for food. Many butterfly and moth species overwinter in their pupae state in leaf litter, so when you throw away the leaf litter, you throw away the butterflies. That gives you another important reason not to throw out the leaves. ● Do you know why we call them “leaves” and refer to the season as “fall”? . . . because nature intended us to leave them where they fall. Mary Ellen Heisey