Uncle Irvin: Stranger than fiction
● By Richard Gaw
It is strange indeed that an exotic fly infestation would remain silent for at least six years around here.
In the Feb. 24 Chester County Press, reporter Richard Gaw, who has covered New Garden Township for five years, wrote about a disease-carrying fly that was just brought to the attention of New Garden Township Supervisors in a public meeting.
The phorid fly that has been bothering residents of Harrogate, an over-55 development, is super reproductive and can be found in refuse, sewer containment soil and mushroom compost. It has been infesting Harrogate homes for at least six years ... and it was first brought public at the Feb. 16 New Garden Supervisors meeting!
New Garden Township Manager Tony Scheivert told the supervisors that he has already contacted several agencies and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture about the matter. Why elected officials would “sit on their hands” for years without doing something about this is just as puzzling as why it would take Harrogate homeowners six years to start screaming.
(Uncle Irvin's column is his opinion only, and is not a news story.)