Water system improvement planned throughout Delco

Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. says it will make about $26 million worth of capital improvements this year to its treatment facilities, wells, tanks, pumping stations and pipes in Delaware County.

The company plans to spend nearly $2.5 million in Springfield Township to replace the water main along Thompson Avenue and to rehabilitate, clean and line pipe along Schuyler Road.

In Radnor Township, it plans to spend approximately $2.4 million to install new pipe along Station, Roberts and Eagle Roads.

Other plans include:

Rehabilitate and upgrade water treatment facilities for the Crum Creek facility in Springfield Township, and the Ridley plant (former Media plant) in Middletown Township, serving Media Borough and the surrounding communities. Estimated cost is $2.4 million.

Replace water main in Swarthmore Borough along Chester Road (Route 320) and Sproul Road; estimated cost is $1.3 million.

Install new pipe along Milmont Avenue in Ridley Township and Ridley Park Borough; estimated cost is $1.3 million.

Replace water main along Clifton Avenue in Collingdale Borough; estimated cost is $1.2 million.

Install new pipe along South Orange Road in Upper Providence Township; estimated cost is $1 million.

Replace water main in Darby Borough along Sharon Avenue and in Darby Township along Laurel Road; estimated cost is $900,000.

Install new pipe along Media Line Road in Newtown Township; estimated cost is $700,000.

Flag sculpture replaces vandalized flag at church

A metal sculpture of a rainbow flag that replaces a real one that was destroyed by vandals was dedicated recently at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County.

The church is at 145 W. Rose Tree Rd., Media. The flag and the sculpture are symbols that the church welcomes all people, including those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, church spokesman Neil Goldstein said.

The sculpture was designed by church members Mike and Leigh Mitchell, and was fabricated by Mike Mitchell.

Church members do not know who damaged the flag. For more information, call 610-566-4853 or go to uucdc.org.

3 at Villa Maria Academy honored for service

Three Villa Maria Academy students have been chosen as "champions of caring" because of their community service and commitment to social justice.

The students are Jacquelyn Coffey of Wayne, Lauren Feeny of Upper Darby, and Bridget Higgins of West Chester. They are to be honored at a private awards ceremony May 10 at Drexel University.

Each has taken an active role in improving her community, and each realizes she cannot remain indifferent in the face of prejudice, violence, poverty and need, Sister K. Patricia Spingler said.

Spingler is vice principal for institutional advancement at the academy in Malvern.