Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Work has begun to repair old Delco dam

DELAWARE COUNTY

Work has begun to repair old dam in Concord Township

CONCORD TWP. A Concord Township nonprofit is raising money to repair its 300-year-old dam damaged by heavy rain this spring.

The Newlin Grist Mill lost parts of its dam in Concord Creek at the end of April, and must pay $42,000 to restore it.

The Newlin Grist Mill and dam date to 1704. A nonprofit organization continues to operate the mill and grind grain for educational purposes. It also runs a trout-fishing operation on its 160-acre park.

Newlin Grist Mill director Tony Shahan said he was shocked to find the dam washed out by rain at the end of April.

"It had not broken in living memory," he said.

The mill building was not damaged.

The nonprofit has already raised $33,000 for the repairs, Shahan said, including money from an online fundraising campaign, the Concord Township supervisors and the Delaware County Council.

Repair work began Tuesday. For more information visit www.newlingristmill.org. - Laura McCrystal

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