September 8 - Caln Community Day (RAIN OR SHINE)
The 12th Annual Caln Community Day (presented by Hatt’s True Value Hardware and the Downingtown Library) will be held in Caln Municipal Park and on G.O. Carlson Blvd. in Thorndale on Saturday, September 8 from 3PM to 8:30PM.
Community Day will feature:
The Craft House Beer Garden, Live band - Project X, Mini Golf (sponsored by Chester County Dental Arts), An Escape Room (sponsored by SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford), Bounce Houses, an Obstacle Course, Vendors, Golf Ball Drop - (sponsored by Cedarville Engineering), Fireworks, and more! All activities are FREE!
Thank you to our sponsors:
Hatt's True Value Hardware
CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC
G.O. Carlson, Inc.
Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce
Chester County Dental Arts
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford
Pennsylvania American Water
Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris, LLP
D.L. Howell & Associates, Inc.
Howell Kline Surveying, LLC
Sheller Oil & Propane Co.
Gilmore & Associates
Lamb McErlane PC
Wm. Cohen & Sons, Inc.
The Tree Connection
Caln 150th Anniversary Events (Presented by the Old Caln Historical Society, Caln Township, PECO and G.O. Carlson, Inc.)
9/9 Caln History Trolley Tour – SOLD OUT
9/13 Proclamation Reading - Join the Board of Commissioners at 7pm before the regular Board meeting for a special 150th Anniversary proclamation (and cake!).
9/14 Historic Tavern Crawl - Visit Caln’s three historic taverns: The Craft House, The Thorndale Inn, and Beaver Creek Tavern for food and drink specials and raffle drawings beginning at 5pm. The Old Caln Historical Society will be on hand to talk about the history of these fascinating buildings.
9/15 Thorndale Walking Tour - The Old Caln Historical Society will lead a 1-mile walking tour throughout Thorndale’s various landmarks. Explore the Hexagonal Schoolhouse, Thorndale United
Methodist Church, the Pim/Uhler Farm, the Thorndale Fire Company and Caln Elementary. This tour is great for all ages. Tours begin at the Caln Municipal Building every 20 minutes from noon to 4pm. Advanced registration NOT required.
9/15 Glow-in-the-Dark 5k - Join the Thorndale Fire Company for their first annual 5k Run/Walk. The evening “Glow in the Dark” race will feature a flat course along G.O. Carlson Blvd. and lots of community participation. The first 100 registrants will receive a t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and glow items! Register here
For more information, visit www.calntownship.org/150years.html or call 610-384-0600 x148.
150th Anniversary Merchandise
Limited edition Caln 150th Anniversary merchandise is available to order online at https://bit.ly/2OCsb6S Mugs, totes, and t-shirts are available with dozens of colors to choose from! Proceeds will help support our 150th Anniversary events.
G.O. Carlson, Inc. – Featured Sponsor
The Caln Township Board of Commissioners and the Old Caln Historical Society would like to thank G.O. Carlson, Inc. for their MANY years of continued support of our community.
You’ve heard of G.O. Carlson Boulevard and seen the G.O. Carlson Inc. office complex and historic home on Marshallton-Thorndale Road, but you may not be familiar with the story of this local company, which began over 80 years ago. In 1936, an engineer - Gunard O. Carlson, purchased the “Mineral Springs Farm” in Thorndale at a sheriff sale for $7,400 and, along with his family, took up residence there. Gunard (with the help of his wife, Margaret) soon kicked off a successful stainless steel business which provided custom stainless products for the chemical industry. Business started booming and G.O. Carlson expanded to a new building on the farm which included a machine shop, small office and three room apartment. By 1939, G.O. Carlson had 25 employees. The company was a pioneer in developing new methods for forming, cutting, and processing stainless steel plates. Their primary customers during this time, were the Du Pont Company and later the U.S. Government. After the war, G.O. Carlson products were used to build many of the modern industries that power the world economy today. In 1946, G.O. Carlson, Inc. expanded to the Lukens plant in Coatesville where they operated until that too grew too small. Today, G.O. Carlson Inc. has facilities throughout Pennsylvania and has diversified to include production of other metal alloys. The company is still run by Gunard and Margaret’s descendants.
G.O. Carlson steel plates have been used in:
The first nuclear submarine, the Nautilus
The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the Enterprise
The first nuclear power plant built by Westinghouse at Shippingport, PA
Bobsled runners for the U.S. Olympic team
Telescopes built in the desert of Saudi Arabia
The space shuttle program, a fusion reactor, the B-1 bomber, and the Fast Flux Test Facility.
In addition to their many business and scientific achievements, the Carlson family was very philanthropic and involved in the community, serving on multiple Boards of Trustees and making many contributions to local charities.
G.O. Carlson was a major supporter of the Caln Township Centennial Celebration in 1968, and is a presenting sponsor of our 150th Anniversary activities. See pictures here
Fall Chipping Program
The Township will continue to offer its scheduled chipping program for large branches. This service is only intended for cleaning up fallen branches in your yard and not for items cut down by a contractor. To sign up for a chipping slot, please call 610-384-0600 x140 between September 1 and September 30th.
CHIPPING PROGRAM GUIDELINES
• All branches must be neatly stacked curbside (no cross stacking), no larger than 6” in diameter and with cut ends facing the street by 6:00 AM the day of your appointment (recommended the night before). Road crews will not drive onto property or private lanes/road ways, nor will road crews go beyond the edge of the property to collect the branches.
• Appointments will be limited to 15 minutes with NO EXCEPTIONS.
• No stumps. Branches greater than 6” in diameter will NOT be accepted.
• Vines, weeds, leaves, or yard waste will NOT be collected.
• Incorrectly stacked piles will NOT BE PICKED UP.
• NO LATE SET OUTS OR OVERSIZED PILES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
• THE PROGRAM IS FOR ROUTINE CLEAN-UP AND NOT DESIGNED TO ASSIST WITH CLEARING PROPERTIES OF TREES AND SHRUBS (I.E. CUTTING TREES DOWN AND PUTTING OUT FOR CHIPPING WILL NOT BE COLLECTED).
• This program is for individual Caln Township residential properties only. A resident may use this service one time during the program period. Items collected from outside the Township or through a private or commercial operation will not be processed. In an effort to stay on schedule and in fairness to the majority of participants, NO LATE SET-OUTS OR OVERSIZED PILES WILL BE ACCEPTED! Time slots are limited, call early to reserve your spot.