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Durham supervisors postpone 200th birthday Grist Mill event


This was to be a year of special events in Durham Township, but the supervisors have postponed one event and canceled another due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The supervisors agreed to postpone the celebration planned for the 200th anniversary of the iconic Durham Grist Mill.

The mill built in 1820 on the foundation of the Colonial-era Durham Furnace is a centerpiece of the Village of Durham and is being restored under the direction of the Durham Historical Society. State Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-143, was instrumental in helping the township to obtain a $53,000 state grant for the restoration work.

Concerns about community spread of the COVID-19 virus were also the reason the supervisors decided to cancel this year’s Durham Community Day. The old-fashioned picnic had been scheduled for Oct. 10.

The supervisors made those decisions at their first in-person public meeting since March. Meetings in April, May and June were conducted by telephone conference calls with the public permitted to sign in to listen to the proceedings.

Peter Cox, township roadmaster, announced Dogwood Lane will be closed to traffic beginning the week of Aug. 10 and will remain closed until the work is completed.

The rural roadway suffered severe damage after heavy rainstorms in August 2017 and the township road crew faced a number of roadblocks as workers sought to repair it.