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SPRING MEETING
WED MAY 5, 1999 8:00 PM @ PLAYSCHOOL
Wednesday, May 5th is a Very Important Meeting - the biennial change of officers. The nominating committee has decided to bring forward a slate, carrying on with our traditional procedure. The Board will then take the summer to revise our by-laws and present them to the Society next fall, giving us all time to recover from this frantic spring of slip-ramp and primary election activity.
Second Important item on the agenda is the double value quilt raffle! President Loretta has announced that her mother, Margaret Giunta, has donated a second identical blue and white IRISH CHAIN quilt, giving the lucky winner a matching pair of beautiful quilts. The March and May chances are eligible for both quilts. ($2 a piece or 5 for $8.) Be sure to return your slips and money to our P.O. Box 344, Devault, 19432, before May 5th, hand them to a CHS member at the Rapp House May 1st or bring them to the meeting. We will pick the winner right there! (You don't have to be present to win.)
Third.???ect of our V.I.M. is our speaker's most relevant topic, "Environmental Ethics". Dr. Thomas Marshall, assistant professor of philosophy at Neumann College in Aston, comes to us, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. He will discuss public attitudes toward environmental problems, looking at the social, economic and religious factors which shape our perception of environmental ethics. An important corollary of this subject is the future of our National Park system - troubled and under funded in many areas. As we struggle with the ying and yang of our own reasons for and against the slip ramp, Chester County's "Landscapes" and our township zoning, this discussion should be personally pertinent for all of us. Come at 7:30 for early refreshments to brace us for the V.I.M.
 
CHS to COLLECT CLOTHING, BLANKETS, LINENS & FOOD FOR CITYGATE MISSION
Society members will be at the Rapp House from 9 a.m. to noon on the next two Saturday mornings to take in second-hand clothing, usable blankets and bedding, simple kitchen tools and food staples for the Citygate Rescue Mission in Coatesville, a struggling new homeless shelter which needs our help. Our treasurer, Phil DeFranco, works with Harry Middleman, one of the founders - a connection which inspired Phil to offer our help. Please use your next rainy day to clean out your closets and cupboards; then bring us your contributions either May 1st or May 8th before noon. We'll rent a truck on Saturday afternoon, 5/8, to deliver our donations. Giving away items you no longer use makes you feel as virtuous as losing weight!
 
APRIL 24TH WORK PARTY ONE OF THE BEST YET
The chilly, windy Rapp House last Saturday kept us all moving. At our convivial lunch eleven crowded around the big conference table for chili and Phil De Franco's cherry cheese birthday cake. We welcomed Susan Blanchard and John Martin for the first time.
 
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE OF LETTERS OPPOSING THE SLIP-RAMP
A meeting April 26th at Charlestown School was the fourth anti-slip ramp meeting called by Sally Willig and her hard working committee. The guest of honor was Carole Rubley, our state representative, who recounted her participation in and her assessment of our fight against the Turnpike. Before her 7:30 arrival Ellen Behrle recognized the scouts who helped the protest at GVHS 2/25, Irene Ewald described the township's planned legal challenge, and Janet Baldwin briefly recounted the efforts of the Charlestown Historical Commission to establish with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission the eligibility of Devault and Cedar Hollow as a potential National Register district. The Turnpike's historical consultant, Cultural Heritage Research Services of North Wales, is arguing, naturally, that construction of the original Turnpike destroyed the Devault community. PHMC's Kurt Carr has, however, promised to come down for a site visit. Sue Staas followed up with a report on the 2020 conference. (see below) Because we have fewer residents than' Tredyffrin, we have to write twice as many letters to dislodge the Turnpike's slip-ramp plans.
 
THIRD 20-20 CONFERENCE APRIL 22 A BIG SUCCESS
The Chester County Community Foundation's annual conference focuses on the successes and problems of the much praised "Landscapes", Chester County's plan for curbing suburban sprawl. Held this year at West Chester's East High School for more than 700 county leaders, Charlestown was well represented with at least 17 citizens, plus four of our consultants. In fact our land planner, Tom Comitta, made one of. the featured presentations about suburban and rural centers. Governor Ridge was the final speaker. On his way out the door Janet Baldwin and Wendy Leland managed to speak to him about our slip-ramp problem. Unlike all the other public officials, his office to date has not acknowledged our letters - a fact Wendy clearly pointed out to him.
 
TOWNSHIP OWES BILL HOCHWIND A HEARTFELT THANK-YOU
Just before this winter's only significant snowfall, Bill Hochwind managed to install an innovative cover over Dr. Samuel Kennedy's gravestone in the old Charlestown Cemetery across from Playschool. This graveyard is Charlestown's most significant Revolutionary War historic site, and the Historical Commission (prompted by the Phila. chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution) has been searching for a way to preserve the eroding lettering on Kennedy's flat and brittle marble "ledger". On an attractive wooden framework he has placed a huge sheet of tempered glass about eight inches above the surface of the slab, keeping it easily visible but protected from the elements. Thank you, Bill!
 
ANOTHER BAGFUL OF TREASURES DONATED TO CHS BY LEWIS PYLE
On a rainy April Friday Janet and Priscilla had an excellent hour with the Pyles. We thank them for two more oral history tapes about their Charlestown memories,, plus two scrapbooks from the Grange and more deeds, including some for the township land behind the Rapp House. Taking care of the cemetery was one of the Grange projects in the '60s.
 
VOTE IN THE MAY 18TH PRIMARY!
WATCH FOR CHS DINNER INFO THIS SUMMER!

 

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