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CHS Meeting To Have Special Program - Tomorrow night's meeting of the Charlestown Historical Society will have a special program centered around the paintings in the 2009 "Scenes of Charlestown" Calendar. This calendar, which sold-out all 400 copies, features paintings of familiar and no longer familiar scenes of our Township such as the scene shown here, the present site of the Charlestown Playhouse. To facilitate the discussion, the Society has invited several of our senior citizens who have intimate knowledge of the scenes depicted in the calendar as well as those with knowledge of the artists themselves, some no longer with us such as Milo Winter, Jr., Henry Soulen, and Lucius Crowell. Other artists whose works are in the calendar will be in attendance as well. The paintings will be projected for all to enjoy while they, the artists who created them and the subject matter itself will be discussed. Come and enjoy. The meeting is at 7:30 pm Wed. April 1 at the Charlestown Elementary School. Please park at the school bus end of the building and enter through door 5 at the end of the school.
"More venting about gas pipeline" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on several land owners' experiences dealing with gas company Williams regarding the expansion of a Williams pipeline through the Downingtown area. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Police respond to Great Valley H.S. bomb threat" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on yesterday morning's bomb threat at the Great Valley High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pa. halts Chester County highway project" by Derrick Nunnally in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has shelved both the Devault (Rt 29) slip ramp and the widening of the turnpike from Valley Forge to Downingtown (i.e. through Charlestown Township). Note this is different from the March 20 Daily Local News article which spoke of these projects being "temporarily delayed" because of "engineering and design" issues. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Liberty boosts Greenline project" by G. E. Lawrence in today's The Phoenix reports on a strong public endorsement of the Greenline commuter rail project by Liberty Property Trust. The rail line would link Oaks in the north to Phoenixville and on to Malvern and Paoli, in part using the Norfolk-Southern trackbed that passes through a portion of Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Chester County adds $1 million to Schuylkill River Trail project" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on new funding for the biking and hicking train that will eventually be continuous from Philadelphia to Reading. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
PASC Still Accepting Reservations - The Phoenixville Area Soccer Club is still accepting reservations for spring sessions. Go to their web site at http://www.pasc1.org for reservation information.
Earth Hour Event (from Linda Csete) -
The Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors is pleased to participate in "Earth Hour". This special worldwide event was brought to our attention by the 4th Grade Class at Charlestown Elementary School. In order to bring attention to the importance of energy conservation to protect our environment, preserve our natural resources and reduce the threat of ongoing global warming, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Charlestown Township encourages businesses and individuals to turn off their lights and electronics for one hour on March 28th between 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
"Homeowners' choice: Pipeline or federal court" by Tom Infield in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on one landowner's experience with a natural gas company intent on widening a pipeline through the landowner's property. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown has signed on as a participant in this global energy awareness event and we encourage our residents and businesses to join us in observing "Earth Hour" by turning off or dimming as many lights as safely possible for this one special hour. For more information, please check out www.earthhour.org and read the letter from the 4th grade class, here.
"Taxes, traffic top Chesco residents complaints" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's The Phoenix reports on the results of a countywide survey of resident concerns. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Start spring cleanup by disposing hazardous materials" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the first hazardous materials collection day on April 4th at the CAT Pickering Center for Arts and Technology at 1580 Charlestown Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here. Information on four additional collection days is available here.
Donut Sale for Kimberton Fire Co. (from Barbara Feather) -
The Auxiliary of the Kimberton Fire Company will be making donuts on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31. The donut varieties are plain, white powder sugared and cinnamon sugared. They are sold by the dozen and 1/2 dozen. The cost per dozen is $5.00 and $2.50 per 1/2 dozen. They can be purchased on Monday night from 7 - 9 PM or Tuesday morning from 6 AM - 11 AM at the kitchen window (rear of the Kimberton Fair Grounds). Proceeds from these donut sales benefit the Kimberton Fire Company.
For Advanced Orders call:
610 933-5207 or email: email@example.com
If ordering on Tuesday morning call 610 935-0271.
Thank you for your support!
"Route 29 turnpike slip ramp project on hold" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the PA Turnpike temporarily delaying the widening of the road from Valley Forge to Downingtown and the construction of the slip ramp in Devault. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Charlestown Elementary's Fifth Grade Presents...
Alice In Wonderland, Jr.
Show dates and times:
March 25, 7pm
March 26, 7pm
Tickets are available at the door. The cost is $5.00
"Death of 23-month-old under investigation" in today's Daily Local News reports on a Charlestown Township child who died Tuesday. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Michael L. Ewald - Mike Ewald passed away Tuesday March 17th of cancer. Mike's obituary is permanently posted here. Our sympathies and condolences go to his wife Irene and their family.
"Supervisors approve open-space acquisition" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on West Pikeland Township preserving 17 acres along the Pickering Creek. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Stray Black Cat (from Ann H. Kline) - (See Feb 3 entry)
I'm sad to report that the stray male black cat we wrote about in early January, nurtured outdoors for several months by us, was evaluated by our vet and found to have feline leukemia. He was humanely destroyed. No one stepped up to claim him, and the vet advised that this action was the best outcome. There is no cure for the disease.
"Gas firm petitions for 'quick taking'" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on Williams, a natural gas company, asking for access to the properties over which it plans to enlarge a gas pipeline, requiring the taking of additional land. The Williams pipeline is not the one proposed to pass through a portion of Charlestown Township. However, the methods of taking the land are of concern to all. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Allow the pipeline but don't harm the environment" is an editorial in yesterday's Daily Local News. The editorial is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Comment on Pipeline Article (from Hugh Willig, Township Supervisor) -
Dominion is the entity that is proposing the line that would go through the western edge of Charlestown. While they are not mentioned in this article and have not filed for any quick taking, or even formalized any proposed route for their pipeline, what is apparent is that all of the pipeline companies with the backing of the federal agencies controlling them are acting in a equally aggressive manner. Dinniman, Milne and Gerlach are all squarely behind the residents in their complaints about the pipeline companies' behavior.
"200 more Chester County acres added to preserve" by Kathleen Brady Shea in today's Philadelphia Inquirer reports on the preservation of more land in Newlin Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Gas company pursues eminent domain for pipeline" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on condemnation proceedings brought by a pipeline company in order to obtain land for enlargement of a pipeline in West Whiteland. While not the same company and pipeline as the one that plans to cross Charlestown Township with a new pipeline, the process of eminent domain is likely to be applied to some Charlestown residents as well at some point in the future. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Chester County Antiques Show (from Ruth Van Tassel) -
Join the Chester County Historical Society at Westtown School for the Chester County Antiques Show March 20-22! 61 exceptional dealers will be offering top quality items to fit your budget. The show benefits the Chester County Historical Society. Complete details are available from the CCHS website by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 16 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the February 10, 2009 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
VF Army Hospital Physician Alums (from Stephanie Flett) -
As you may know, the Valley Forge Christian College was previously serving our nations heros and was the Valley Forge Army Hospital. A good family friend started his career there, living in Phoenixville, then went on to an amazing career in Boston where among other great things he won the Nobel prize for performing the first kidney transplant.
I'm writing to see if anyone in our community knows of any physicians who also served at the VF Army Hospital (now the VFCC). I visited my family friend, Dr. Murray, over the holidays and brought him current photos of the VFCC and the "Phoenixville Then and Now" book and he so enjoyed them. I beleive he would like to connect with some old colleagues as he has just asked me if I know of any alums in the area.
Please email me if you have any connections.
Many thanks, Stephanie
Art Show Reminders - The Charlestown Historical Society is looking for art of all types for the Celebrating Charlestown Artists Now and Then show to be held May 16 and 17. We are seeking art created by Charlestown artists and expect the items to come from two types of sources:
Most of the former will be offering their own creations for sale. Most of the latter will only be exhibiting their art so as to share it with friends and neighbors and help us celebrate Charlestown artists.
- Charlestown artists themselves
- Area residents who own art created by Charlestown artists.
CHS has already heard from quite a few Charlestown artists. We are still looking for more. To qualify, an artist must only have lived in Charlestown Township at some time, and does not have to be a current resident. We have not heard from as many owners (collectors) of art by Charlestown artists. Part of the problem is knowing who qualifies as a Charlestown artist. Lists of 34 pre-qualified living Charlestown artists and 8 deceased Charlestown artists are available from our Art Show section by clicking here. We are aware that there are Charlestown artists who are not on these lists and ask that if you know of any such omissions to please contact us.
If you know a Charlestown artist, please encourage that person to participate in our show. If you yourself own any art (paintings, sculpture, etc.) by a Charlestown artist, please share that treasure with fellow residents for two days in May. In both cases, go to our Art Show section, pick your category, and let CHS know you are interested in participating.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
Earth Day April 18, 2009 (from Linda Csete) -
Charlestown Township Seeks Volunteers for
Hazardous Household Waste Disposal for 2009 - The schedule and drop-off locations for disposing of household hazardous waste have been updated for 2009. The information is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page and directly from here.
Spring Roadside Clean-up April 18, 2009
Last year the Board continued to sponsor an Earth Day clean up event. We were pleased and gratified at the level of participation we experienced and vowed to continue our efforts in 2009. So for this April, the Board of Supervisors seeks volunteers to help organize and undertake a clean-up of the township roads on April 18th.
We would love to have involvement from the business community, scouting and other organizations. Safer, off-road tasks can be planned for younger children. The Township will provide trash bags, gloves, and safety vests for volunteers. Filled bags may be left at the side of the road for the Township and PennDOT crews to pick up later. Volunteers will start from the Township office fortified with a continental breakfast before going out onto the roads. If you are not available on April 18th but still wish to participate on a different day, contact the Township Office to obtain supplies and safety instructions.
Call or e-mail Linda Csete at the Township office if you'd like to participate or for more information: (610) 240-0326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
House Rental Wanted (from John Pittock) - John Pittock, president of the Charlestown Historical Society, has a person looking for a house rental (minimum 2 bedrooms, no apartments or condominiums) in Charlestown Township. If you know of such a rental availability, please call John at (610) 827-1486.
Help The Great Valley School District's New Garden Grow! (from Wendy Isaacs) -
In mid-March, the Great Valley School District will be breaking ground on a new school garden with the goal of providing a variety of healthy vegetables for the children's school lunches. There are also plans for an education center where the students can learn about many aspects of growing, harvesting and consuming nutritious foods.
Earned Income Tax Section Updated (from Linda Csete) - Our Township Taxes page has been updated to clarify that the 1.0% Earned Income Tax rate applies to residents only, with non-residents paying at the rate of 0.5%. The page is permanently linked from our Index to Gov't Info page and directly by clicking here.
The district's Food Service Department, which is managing this project, is in need of a volunteer in the community who has a dump truck (tri-axle) to help collect compost in the area and deliver it to the garden site on Bacton Hill Road.
If interested in helping out and supporting a wonderful project that benefits the students, the community and the environment, please call the GVSD Food Service Department at 610-889-2125, ext. 1979
BOS Meeting Postponed (from Linda Csete) -
Due to the winter weather today, the Great Valley School District just notified us that the Middle School will not be available for the Supervisors' meeting this evening. The meeting will be rescheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month, March 16th, at 7:30 P.M. at the Great Valley Middle School, Room 154.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 2nd meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Great Valley to go paperless" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on the school district's plans to post school board information on the district's web site and eliminate paper distribution of agendas and meeting materials. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Newsletter Posted (from Linda Csete) - The recently mailed Winter 2009 edition of the Charlestown Township Newsletter has been posted here. It and many previous newsletters are permanently linked from our "Index to Gov't Info" page, linked near the top of the left menu column.
Bunny Available (from Kris Lamley) -
The bunny has found a perfect new home. I have a 12-week-old, black & white bunny (mini lop ear) that I would like to find a loving home for. She's adorable with quite a personality, does not bite, and is completely cage-trained. It's important to me that she has plenty of room to romp around in, whether it's a comfortable, oversized cage or an open, protected area. I absolutely do not want her to be kept in a small, cramped, smelly cage all the time. She comes with a fully-outfitted cage (feeding bowl, water bottle, litter) and food. All she needs is a loving family who will give her plenty of attention and play time. She loves having her head petted and she's crazy for pumpkin seeds! The rabbit is free -- I'd just like to recoup the cost of the cage ($65). (Contact information has been removed.)
Sycamore Lane - Charlestown
"Exhibit emphasizes the importance of open-space program" in today's Daily Local News reports on land-use patterns in Chester County from the days of Penn's Woods through the present. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Pottstown mayor lobbies for return of rail service" by Evan Brandt in today's The Mercury reports on alternatives to the proposed Schuylkill Valley Metro. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Residents, delegates discuss pipelines" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on Tuesday evening's meeting of county officials and concerned residents regarding the various pipeline projects in the planning stages throughout the county. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Clothier Springs Road Closure and Detour (from Linda Csete) -
Clothier Springs Road will be closed from Valley Park Road to Ashenfelter Road beginning the week of March 2, 2009 through April 3, 2009 for the installation of a culvert that spans the width of the road. The project involves the bypass pumping of a stream, erosion and sedimentation control, removal of deteriorating existing culvert, excavation for a new culvert and the pouring of new footings, setting the culvert in place, backfilling, restoration, clean up, paving and installation of a guide rail.
Mulch Very Poisonous for Pets - Township resident Paul Stevens forwarded me an email from his veterinarian regarding the death of a dog from eating Cocoa Mulch brand of mulch. This particular mulch appears to be a well documented threat to dogs and cats. I have set up the information on a new page available here.
The Posted Detour is as follows: From Valley Park Road, continue on Valley Park Road to the traffic signal at Country Club Road, turn right onto Country Club Road, continue on Country Club Road to the intersection with Clothier Springs Road, turn right onto Clothier Springs Road. From this point you can reconnect with Clothier Springs Road to Diamond Rock Road or to Ashenfelter Road.
"Trust updates land preservation" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on recent successes at preserving open space by the Natural Lands Trust. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Future of Open Space in Chester County. A public forum sponsored by the Chester County Historical Society will be held this Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 1pm to 4pm at the CCHS facility at 225 North High Street, West Chester. The keynote speaker will be Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resouces Michael DiBerardinis. The event is free, but space can be reserved. See this pdf file for complete information.
Keep Farming First this Saturday - The 7th Keep Farming First, running from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., has been carefully planned to provide valuable information for every farm operation, large and small, traditional to organic. The farm summit is all about preserving and improving the farm economy as well as preserving farmland. This year Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation Options are featured topics. This year's event is Saturday, February 21st at the Octorara High School, corner of Route 41 and Highland Road, Atglen, PA. For more information, directions and registration materials go to http://www.cc2020.org/.
Reminder - Pipeline Meeting Tonight - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the East Whiteland Township Building on 209 Conestoga Road, Frazer. See our 02/06/09 entry below for more on where a planned pipeline would pass through Charlestown Township.
"Public meeting on pipelines tonight" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on tonight's meeting for county residents affected by natural gas pipeline projects. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Route 202 project is moving ahead", a comment from a PennDOT official in today's Daily Local News reports on the status of the project to expand Rt. 202 to 6 lanes out to the Rt. 30 bypass section. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
2nd Chance to Register For Soccer Program (from Michael McLaughlin) -
The second walk-in date to register for the Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) spring program is this coming Saturday, February 21st from 2-4 pm. The 8-week Saturday morning program runs Mar 28th to May 16th. A pre-registration form is available here (.8 mb PDF), and more details are available from the PASC web site here.
Pipeline Meeting Announced (from Charlie Philips) -
PA General Assembly Invites you to Pipeline Meeting
(Posted) February 11, 2009
The Chester County delegation of the Pennsylvania General Assembly would like to invite property-owners and all other parties affected by Chester County's numerous gas-pipeline projects to a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the East Whiteland Township Building on 209 Conestoga Road, Frazer.
A number of affected parties have told their legislators that they would like the opportunity to meet with others who are going through similar challenges. The purpose of the meeting is to afford stakeholders an opportunity to share ideas and to show mutual support for each other.
We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you.
The Chester County Delegation of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
P.S. For more information, please contact the offices of either state Sen. Andy Dinniman or state Rep. Duane Milne.
Office of State Senator Andrew Dinniman
One North Church Street
West Chester, PA 19380
The Official Minutes of the January 13, 2009 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
Announcing CHS's Upcoming Art Show
Celebrating Charlestown Artists, Now and Then|
Brought to you by the Charlestown Historical Society
Sat May 16 from 10am-7pm and Sun May 17 from 1pm-5pm
At The Charlestown Elementary School
CHS will be hosting an Art Show and Sale this coming May featuring all types of original fine art (paintings, sculpture, pottery, fine crafts, artistic photographs, etc.) created by current residents, one-time residents, and past residents of Charlestown Township. The subject matter is NOT restricted to scenes of Charlestown as was the case at last year's show, but the artists whose work is displayed must live or have lived at one time in Charlestown. A frequently updated list of known qualified artists, past and present is available on our introduction to the show page.
Seeking Art - The show committee is seeking art for this show. Specifically we are looking for art from the following groups -
Please Pass The Word - Many people do not look at this web site. If you know either a resident artist or anyone who owns art by Charlestown artists, please bring this show to their attention. We would like as many exhibitors and items as possible. Please direct them to http://www.charlestown.org/art .
- Living Artists - Present and one-time residents of Charlestown may enter their own original art in the show and exhibit their art for sale or exhibit-only. Artists may also bring a portfolio.
- Owners (Collectors) - You may not be an artist, but you may own art created by Charlestown artists, past and present. We encourage you to share your qualifying art by allowing CHS to display your art at this show. Last year 28 owners allowed us to exhibit 125 paintings of Charlestown scenes by 39 different artists. This year we seek works by Charlestown artists, but not limited to Charlestown scenes or paintings. Owners (collectors) may optionally offer one or more of their exhibited items for sale.
- Students - Last year three Charlestown Elementary School students exhibited their scenes of Charlestown at our show. This year we are seeking art (any type) from any student at Charlestown Elementary School as well as students who are Charlestown residents attending the Great Valley Middle or High School or a private school.
Please Register Soon - If you are a Charlestown artist or own art by a Charlestown artist, please register soon. Click here to review the rules for entry in this show, including set-up and pick-up times, the reception for artists and exhibitors, and other details, including an extensive FAQ. Charlestown students do not need to register in advance. Rules for students will be posted soon.
Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast (from Tom Pascocello) -
Great Valley Nature Center, Saturday, March 14, 2009, 9am to 12pm
Join us for a fun-filled, educational and scrumptious Maple Sugar extravaganza! Come learn all about the Maple Sugar making process as you will learn how to identify and tap maple trees, learn ways the Native Americans and Colonist made maple sugar treats, and visit a real maple sugar shack and watch how sap is turned into maple syrup. Of course the highlight for many is joining in for an all you can eat pancake breakfast! Members pay $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Non members pay $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under 5 are free!
Pre-registration required. 610-935-9777 or email@example.com
"County seeks intervenor status with Transco pipeline" by Anne Pickering in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the county commissioners seeking intrevenor status in the Williams Transco pipeline expansion project. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
02/06/09 (2:00 pm)
Correction - The Abby Sanctuary, a rescue facility for homeless animals, is closed to new animals (see February 4 entry "Homeless Animals" for other facilities).
"Standing firm on pipeline issue" by John Rafferty Jr., Duane Milne, Andrew Dinniman and Curt Schroder in the Opinion section of today's Daily Local News comment on their opposition to the planned pipelines to be constructed in Chester County, including a section to pass through Charlestown Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
More on Pipelines - The West Pikeland Land Trust has a very good page on pipeline issues on their web site. Included on their pipeline page is a link to the "Dominion Pipeline Plan - Chester County", which is a 1.2 mb PDF file mapping the proposed pipeline through Chester County, and cutting through Charlestown Township southwest of Bodine Road until crossing Bodine and Valley Hill Roads and exiting the Township about where Rt. 401 enters the Township. The county map file is available here.
I want to thank Irene Ewald for bringing this latest pipeline material to my attention. I have extracted the portion of the map file passing through Charlestown Township and identified local roads, which is shown below.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 10 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the January 5, 2009 Reorganization and Regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program (from Aliena Gerhard) -
The Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program will begin accepting applications on Jan. 12, 2009 through May 1, 2009 or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. For details, click here.
Homeless Animals (updated 02/06) - Township resident Loretta Watson reminded me that there are sanctuaries that provide no-kill lifetime homes for cats and many other animals. I discovered a list of "Cat Rescue Groups" in our area and have saved it as a pdf file which is available here.
Feral Cat Warnings (from Jim McGinty) - Finally, resident Jim McGinty cautions people from feeding and handling homeless/feral cats. Some known problems: Rabies, Bites & infections, Cat-Scratch Fever, Chlamydiosus, Lyme disease, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Fungal diseases, Parasites. For a fact sheet on caring for feral cats, click here.
Reminder (from Linda Csete) -
This is a reminder that the Earned Income Tax Rate for Charlestown Township was increased to 1% beginning January 1, 2009. Prior to this date, the tax was 0.5%. Taxes are collected by the Central Tax Bureau of PA, and can be contacted at 610-497-6030 or visit http://www.centaxgroup.com for more information.
More Homeless Cats (from Ann Kline) -
We,too, have a friendly black cat visiting us every night for food in this terribly cold weather. He/she is all-black, save a small touch of white on her chest. She would love to come inside, but we already have our quota. Also, we've attracted a second abandoned cat, a long-haired charcoal gray with four white paws. Both cats have been hanging around sinced the fall.
If either cat sounds familiar, we surely would rest easier knowing there's a good home waiting for it.
Ann Kline, Hollow Road, near the Nature Center.
Are You Missing a Cat? (from Fran Nodland) -
A black female cat with a white face and bib has discovered the cat door in our basement, has made herself at home there, "sings" to our male cat throughout the nights, and feasts on his food! If this visitor belongs to anyone you know, please let me know so that I can direct her to her rightful owner. We are on Union Hill Road.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 2 meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted.
"Fire forces evacuation in Charlestown" by Dennis Wright in today's The Phoenix reports on Tuesday morning's house fire on Bodine Road. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Charlestown fire destroys family's home" by Dan Kristie in today's Daily Local News also reports on the Bodine Road house fire. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
GVNC Camp Registration (from Tom Pascocello) -
The Great Valley Nature Center's Summer Camp was voted the Parent's Choice Award "Best Children's Summer Camp in Chester County 2008". Weekly Nature themed camps are for children ages 4-14. Themed Adventure Camps for children ages 10-14 are also offered. For more information visit http://www.gvnc.org or call 610-935-9777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed brochure.
"Turnpike widening discussed" by Gretchen Metz in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on the PA Turnpike Commission's upcoming January 27 display of the plans to widen the Turnpike to six lanes from the Valley Forge interchange to the proposed Route 29 slip ramp in Devault. Construction is to take place from 2011 to 2013. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Energy commission says full steam ahead for controversial pipeline" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on conditional approval of a new natural gas pipeline from a new liquified natural gas terminal in Maryland to a new terminal in Eagle, Upper Uwchlan Township. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
01/23/09 (1:00 pm)
(I forgot to post this this morning, and it is very timely.)
Spring Soccer Registration Starts Tomorrow (from Michael McLaughlin) -
Registration for Phoenixville Area Soccer Club (PASC) Spring program is under way. PASC is conveniently located behind the Valley Forge Christian College and has been providing soccer programs since 1961. Avoid a price increase and register before Monday.
The spring session starts on Saturday March 28th and runs until Saturday May 16th. You can register at the PASC Clubhouse on the following dates:
Saturday, January 24 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 21 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
You can download a form from the left of http://www.pasc1.org, by clicking on Spring Soccer. Price will remain at $55 through January 24th at which point it will increase to $70. They will increase again on March 1st to $80, so register early to save.
Online sign ups are available (a small service cost applies). This is accessed through the PASC website or the link http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1674950
The program is based on small sided games (3v3 or 4v4). It is open to ages U6 thru U14. The Pee Wees, U8s and U10s, will receive a 30 minute coaching session from the staff of United Soccer Academy before their games. The spring program is much more informal than the Fall program. Small sided games will help the players to develop their ball skills and is none stop action in a stress free environment. Thanks, and hope to see you on the field.
"GV board ratifies teachers' contract" by Danielle Lynch in today's The Phoenix reports on the ratification Tuesday night of the new teachers contract by the Great Valley School Board. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Super Bowl Hoagie Sale (from Eric Woodworth) -
Charlestown United Methodist Church (in the Village) is promoting a Hoagie Sale for Super Bowl Sunday, February 1st. The hoagies cost $4.00 and will be custom made that morning with fresh meats, etc. from Jack Forresta's market in Phoenixville. Turkey or Italian, with or without onions, oil, sweet peppers, hot peppers - you choose. They will be available after 10:00 AM on February 1st. Proceeds from this sale will support children's education here at the church. The deadline for ordering is Tuesday the 27th. To order, or if you have questions, email Eric Woodworth here or call (leave a message if need be) at 610-933-6083.
Re: Teacher Contract - I should have posted this yesterday and thank Bob Jones for pointing out the omission to me. The Great Valley School Board has posted details, and FAQ and additional information regarding the "Early Bird" tentative agreement with GV teachers. The agreement will be discussed and voted on tonight at the Board meeting. Got to GVSD.org for the information.
I've been laid up so some of the following is "dated".
Rabid Raccoon Warning (from Jennifer Guinan, 01/17/09) -
Can you put out a word of warning to folks on the Rt. 29 side of Hollow Rd. that there's a rabid raccoon running around. They should keep an eye out on pets and kids as well as themeslves.
Donut Sale for Kimberton Fire Co -
My neighbor's dog found it this morning (got some saliva on the dog) and then it headed to me. I didn't hear my neighbor's warning (or didn't hear the "rabid" part), and it came after me and grabbed my leg. Luckily it only got my jeans before I kicked it away.
The Auxiliary of the Kimberton Fire Company will be making donuts on Monday, January 26 and Tuesday morning, January 27. The donut varieties are plain, white powder sugared and cinnamon sugared. They are sold by the dozen and 1/2 dozen. The cost per dozen is $5.00 and $2.50 per 1/2 dozen. They can be purchased on Monday night from 7 - 9 PM or Tuesday morning from 6 AM - 11 AM at the kitchen window (rear of the Kimberton Fair Grounds. Proceeds from these donut sales benefit the Kimberton Fire Company.
"School board to vote on teachers contract" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on tomorrow night's vote by the Great Valley School Board on a new four year teachers contract. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
For Advanced Orders call:
610-933-5207 or email: email@example.com
IF ORDERING ON TUESDAY MORNNG CALL 610-935-0271.
Thank you for your support.
On Teachers' Salaries (from Lani Carrow and Jerry Moore, Charlestown Republican Committee)
Dear Charlestown Residents,
As you may know our school taxes have increased 45 % in 7 years. The School District budget has increased 58% in the past 7 years with salary and benefits increasing 58%. The salaries and benefits make up 65% of the total budget and they are driving our taxes up. The benefits alone have increased 125% in the past 7 years. The proposed salary increases and benefits in the new contract will continue this trend of increased budgets and increased taxes. Our school board will be voting on this new 4 year "early bird" contract with the GVSD teacher's union at this Tuesday's (Jan 20th) school board meeting. Meeting time is 7:30 PM (anticipate a large crowd, so come early to get a seat); location is the District Office at 47 Church Road, Malvern 19355.
Times are hard and we believe the details of this 4 year contract are not fair to the taxpayers of this district. Over the last decade, our district has increased spending in almost every area including superintendent and administrative salaries, the building program, land acquisition and ball field improvements. We certainly value our teachers but it is time for all of us to tighten our belts.
Please come out this Tuesday and help to pursuade the school board that a 4 year, "business as usual" contract is anything but fair in these economic times. To learn more please visit the following websites:
Great Valley Stakeholders GVSD
Lani Carrow and Jerry Moore
Charlestown Republican Committee
2009 Meeting Schedule (from Linda Csete) - The 2009 meeting schedule for the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Commission and the Parks and Recreation Board has been posted. The calendar is acccessed via the "Meeting Calendar" button in the green panel of buttons at the top of most pages.
The Official Minutes of the December 9, 2008 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted.
"County sells $118 million in bonds" by Michael P. Rellahan in today's Daily Local News reports on Chester County selling bonds this week, taking full advantage of the county's AAA bond rating. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Great Valley reaches early teachers pact" by Danielle Lynch in today's Daily Local News reports on an "early bird" tentative agreement on a new four-year teachers contract for the Great Valley School District. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Preliminary Agenda for the January 13 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted.
The Official Minutes of the December 1, 2008 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted.
Philips Board Chairman - Charles Philips was elected Chairman of the Charlestown Township Board of Supervisors at Monday's reorganization meeting, and Kevin Kuhn was elected Vice-Chairman.
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