Geese cause problems at Penn Township Municipal Park
Flustered by the geese population at the municipal park, Penn Township officials have tried using dogs, sprays and dead-geese decoys to try to shoo them away.
The next option they might consider is a night-time light intended to disrupt their sleeping patterns and force them to find a new home.
The Penn Township Recreation Commission is researching a light system sold by an Ohio company called Away With Geese.
The business sells solar-powered units that emit an amber light over a three-and-a-half acre area.
But none of the commission members said they knew of any municipalities in the region that have the lights.
They also aren't sure if the lights — which are estimated to cost more than $3,000 for seven units scattered through the park — are affordable because they weren't budgeted.
“Somebody around here should be using this if it works as great as they say it does,” rec board member Phil Kochasic said.
Chairman Paul Wersing said the park is considered a prime spot for the geese because there are 10 baseball fields and a pond there to attract them.
One goose can eat about four pounds of grass a day, according to the Away With Geese website.
“In my opinion, it seems like it's gotten worse in the past year,” rec board member Mike Ginsburg said.
The board approved an Aug. 4 rain date for the Schaab Memorial Tournament at the municipal park.
The second annual softball tournament in memory of two homicide victims is scheduled for July 28 at the park.
Bushy Run donation
Board members agreed to donate $1,500 to the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society's 250th anniversary commemoration on Aug. 3 and 4.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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