Jim Herr, founder of Herr Foods and snack food innovator, is dead at 87 from natural causes.

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Birmingham Township supervisors authorized township secretary Quina Nelling to write two letters to the state Department of Conservation and Natural resources on behalf of the Brandywine Conservancy.

The letters are part of the process by which the conservancy may apply for a Growing Greener II grant. Such a grant would help fund the acquisition and preservation of undeveloped historic properties within part of the Brandywine Battlefield National Landmark within the township.

Supervisors made the decision during their April 3 meeting.

Also at that meeting, supervisors voted to hire a new secretary for the Planning Commission.

Karen McFadden replaces Ann Sheara who announced her resignation earlier this year.

McFadden will have a base pay of $100 per month. She could get more if meetings run long and there is an excessive amount of minutes to transcribe. Her maximum rate would be $175 per month.

Supervisors also changed the pay rate for Recreation, Parks and Open Space secretary Judy Jensen. Jensen's will be the same as McFadden's.

Delayed for another two weeks was a presentation by residents of the Knolls of Birmingham.

Homeowners Association spokesman Larry Eggert told supervisors his group is still working with engineers to offer a workable solution to traffic concerns on Knolls Road. He said they would have a presentation ready for the April 15 meeting.

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