Suggestions for chapters in the Chestnuthill Township book, including all four townships of the Pleasant Valley School District into which the original Chestnuthill was broken, reached 43 with the addition of the ice industry. Norman Burger continues to add to the book information.
"We'll have enough material," he said.
Any information about the location of the white-clay mines will be appreciated. It is known one was south of the Lake House in Saylorsburg and one in Kunkletown. The brick factory stacks at Saylorsburg, with the exception of one, were blown up during the 1930s. The last one was destroyed in the '50s.
Stuart Thody said the book is the most important thing they are doing.
Anna Pepe and Jodi Venturino of Create 'n' Stitch, an embroidery and screen printing company from just off Burger Hollow Road, came to the July 19 meeting to suggest some of the items they could personalize for the 250th. T-shirts is the one thing everyone is agreed upon whether it is from this company or another. Mugs that could be used for a free drink at other anniversary events, shopping or tote bags, magnetic note pads and an 18-month calendar were mentioned.
They were asked to bring samples to the next meeting and to provide papers with their products and pictures to Dave Fleetwood at the municipal building.
Burger suggested a coupon book with local businesses offering discounts. He will talk to car dealers to see what kind of price they will be given if they use a car as a raffle prize.
Fleetwood said the planning list has to be narrowed down. He organized plans for the anniversary under headings such as sponsor publications and the historical book, fundraising such as a garage sale at the transfer station, commemorative items, tours at Merwinsburgh Hotel, or a wine tasting.
He also listed places to display materials. The library is enthused as long as the displays are refreshed, West End Fair, church events, community events or a cruise night. Superintendent Doug Arnold said a poster board display could be moved between the schools.
Fleetwood listed a tentative timeline for the various activities.
Burger said he went to Eldred Township and will be talking to the Young at Heart senior citizens group.
A logo contest to be held at the high and middle schools will have to incorporate all four townships. Burger and Fleetwood will visit the schools shortly after they open.
Fleetwood asked, "What would you purchase to remember this special event? A throw? A wall hanging? A wall clock?"
Good-condition items dropped off at the transfer station may be sold as is done at Polk Township where they have the supervisors' support. If there is room the items can be stored and sold at a yard sale - or there may be a running sale as items come in.
A web site will cost $19.95 for basic or $34.95 for basic plus. There is a one-time set up fee of $24.95 and an annual domain fee of $10. Software is needed. Burger and Fleetwood have agreed to fund a web site through the end of the year.
The next meeting will be held Aug. 16, 7 p.m., in the Chestnuthill Township municipal building.