Battling the proposed hard rock quarry, asphalt plant, and concrete plant in New Hanover Township since 2001 

Protecting the environment of New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania since 1987


First time here? Read this first.



We hold monthly bake sales on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from March through November at:  Freed’s Supermarket, Swamp Pike, Gilbertsville.

Our first three 2020 bake sales will be:

March 21

April 18

May 16


During spring, summer, and fall we sell:  annuals, perennials, small trees, shrubs, ground covers, and wild ferns.  These are all specimens from our home gardens.  In the fall we sell nursery mums.  Plants are available at our bake sales held at Freed’s Supermarket.  Prices are very low!  Come out and take a look.

Please note:  Periodically, we add fundraisers during the year.  Check this website for all updates and cancellations.


The Paradise Watchdogs are fully funded by your kind donations. To donate, please send a check to:

Paradise Watchdogs

P.O. Box 115

Frederick, PA 19435


August 2019. Read newsletter



Mining Permit Renewal Update - Read More


Zoning Hearing Board Update - Read More


August 2019     Read Newsletter

February 2019  Read Newsletter

August 2018     Read Newsletter

February 2018  Read Newsletter

August 2017     Read Newsletter

Semi-annual Newsletter

Our newsletters are mailed in February and August of each year.  If you would like to be on our mailing list, please let us know.  We have a sign-up sheet at our bake sales. Or, click here to request adding your name to our mailing list.

The New Hanover Tax Revenue Myth

Over the years, some residents have asked about New Hanover spending money on the quarry. Read why this is a myth.

Our Organization

The Paradise Watchdogs/Ban the Quarry group has been around since 1987. Read about our mission and history.

Court Cases

Read about the Montgomery County 38th Judicial District judge's 2014 decision.

Environmental Issues

Learn about the environmental impacts of a quarry operation, asphalt plant, and concrete plant on the following:

Environmental Agencies

Read about the agencies who have responsibility for local environmental issues.


The map at the left shows the area of the proposed Gibraltar quarry.


As of 2018 the proposed quarry would stretch from Rt. 73 to the south, north to Coleflesh road, and from Church (east) to Rt. 663 (Layfield Rd.) on the west. It would include the hard rock quarry, an asphalt plant, and a concrete plant.

The quarry was proposed in early 2001 by the Silvi Group Companies (See below). The Paradise Watchdogs, with the New Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board and Board of Supervisors have been involved since then.

Image at left originally created by Reading Eagle, but incorrectly identified important areas, which we corrected.

Learn About the Proposed Quarry Owners

The Silvi Group Companies began in 1947 in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since then, they have operated sand, ready-mix concrete, asphalt plants, and quarries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Their website can be found at www.silvi.com 

Their site contains information about their companies and mining activities. However, besides their company, there's more to learn about the dealings of the two brothers who own the company.

All content on this website including the design and layout unless otherwise noted is copyrighted material and protected by trade dress and other laws and may not be copied or imitated in whole or in part. "Paradise Watch Dogs" and "Ban the Quarry" are Copyright 2020, Paradise Watch Dogs, Inc.  P.O. Box 115, Frederick, PA 19435, U.S.A. All Rights Reserved


To contribute, send your donation to:

Paradise Watchdogs

P.O. Box 115

Frederick, PA 19435


This site was last updated February 7, 2020


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