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Create A Scene Wins at International Orchid Show -
The International Orchid Show is on this weekend at Longwood Gardens. Today through Sunday. The Show is phenomenal. Be sure to see it if you are 'in town'. The SEPOS/Create A Scene Exhibit earned 'Best In Show'. Stop in to see our Sales Exhibit as well in the Marketplace area.
Rt 29 Construction - There will be lane restrictions between Aldham Road and Pothouse Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29-April 2 for rumble strip installation. (Source: here)
Cheers, Michael Bowell, President
Create A Scene, Inc.
Bodine Road, Charlestown
The Official Minutes of the March 8 and March 20, 2010 Joint Planning Commission Tours of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
The Official Minutes of the March 9, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
An additional Hearing Notice for April has been posted to the official Township web site. Click here.
The Official Minutes of the February 23, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
Pipeline Meeting (from Jim Wendelgass) -
The pipeline safety meeting previously scheduled for February 25th (see 02/17 entry below) has been rescheduled to March 25th at 6:30 PM at the West Pikeland Township Building (1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425). Please have any residents who wish to attend call 610-458-1601 to register. Please let your residents know of this important event.
Chester County Antiques Show (from Ruth Van Tassel) -
March 20 & 21, Sat. 10am - 7pm, Sun. 11am-5pm.
The Chester County Antiques Show at Westtown School held each year as a benefit for The Chester County Historical Society. Preview party Friday March 19th by advance ticket. This years theme Equine Traditions of Chester County is highlighted by a special loan exhibit featuring the historic collection of trophies from the Devon Horse Show and equine memorabilia from across the county. Expert Appraisal Day Sun. March 21 11am- 1am, $5 per item with show admission. For additional info check out http://www.chestercohistorical.org
Bodine Road to Close to Through Traffic
(from the official Township web site) -
Bodine Road Turnpike Bridge Replacement
"Summit gives farmers a chance to network with ag community" by Marcella Peyre-Ferry in today's Daily Local News reports on last Saturday's Keep Farming First Summit. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Bodine Road will be closed beginning March 17, 2010 (except local traffic) for the replacement of the bridge over the PA Turnpike. The road is scheduled to reopen in November 2010.
"Hundreds of students compete at Chester County science fair" by Eric S. Smith in today's Daily Local News reports that Joshua Phillips of Charlestown Elementary School took home the top prize in the fourth and fifth grader section of this year's Chester County Science Fair. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Police and Safety information and Stormwater Management information have been posted to the official Township web site.
The Preliminary Agenda for the March 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
Eleanor Wentz' obituary with photo is in yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here.
"Phoenixville named top in property value increase in Chester County" by Amy Stauss on the website of The Phoenix is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the February 1, 2010 meeting of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
"Great Valley school officials discuss budget" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts to trim next year's school district budget. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Snow causes damage to Birds of Prey Center" by Leann Pettit on The Phoenix web site reports on storm damage to the cages for rehabilitating birds at the Great Valley Nature Center (intersection of Hollow Road and State Road - Rt 29). The article (with video) is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Eleanor Wentz (from Irene Ewald) - Eleanor Wentz passed away at Beaumont in Bryn Mawr. She was 94. A Memorial is scheduled for 2:00 pm March 6, 2010 at Beaumont. Memorial contributions in her name are suggested to the Great Valley Nature Center in Charlestown or Wells College in Aurora, New York. Eleanor along with her husband Clarkson Wentz lived on Pikeland Road for many years where they were known for hosting many memorable parties in their home and gardens. They were founding sponsors of the Charlestown Nature Center (later renamed the Great Valley Nature Center) and established a Trust for its ongoing support. Eleanor's tireless efforts in recruiting volunteers for the maintenance of the gardens and organizing successful fundraising parties benefiting the Nature Center in Charlestown will long be remembered.
Census Taking Jobs Available -
United States Census Bureau is Seeking Census Takers (Enumerators) for the 2010 Census
Time: Training Begins mid-March. Census Taking estimated to range between 4-12 weeks, depending on the number of households that return their census in the mail.
Duties: Interview and record the responses of those who do not respond to the census by mail.
Assignment Area: Employees are assigned to their home township or surrounding communities.
Pay Rate: 17.75 in Chester County
Mileage Reimbursement: 50 cents per mile
To sign up call: 1-866-861-2010
"Good eats in GVSD" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on the high marks received by the Great Valley School District in a recent audit of the food service in the district's four elementary school. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
5th Annual Earth Day Event - Spring Roadside Clean-up (from Linda Csete) -
Charlestown Township Seeks Resident Volunteers for Spring Roadside Clean-up April 17, 2010 9 am - Noon (Rain Date April 24th)
The Board of Supervisors seeks volunteers to help organize and undertake a clean-up of selected township roads and properties on April 17th. The Township will provide trash bags, gloves and safety vests for volunteers. Youth Groups are encouraged and welcome. We will assign safer off-road areas for these groups and for families with younger children. The Township Office is used as headquarters. Personnel will be on hand at the office and on the road throughout the event to handle calls, questions, problems, etc. Volunteers meet at the township office to get their assignments, and to pick up vests, bags, gloves and water. The Township provides continental breakfast fare, coffee, juice & milk for those who stop in before or after their clean up.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 23 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
To register or to obtain more information, contact: Linda Csete, Township Administrator email: email@example.com phone: (610) 240-0326 between 9 am - 3 pm
Road Information Update - Information on roads in Charlestown, including who is responsible for their maintenance and snow removal, has been updated on the official Township web site.
Pipeline Meeting - Through a technical Assistance Grant awarded by the United States Department of Transportation, West Vincent Township in partnership with West Pikeland Township and the Green Valleys Association invites you to an educational series concerning the numerous pipelines and their operations in our communities. The upcoming event is February 25, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the West Vincent Twp. Bldg at 729 St. Matthews Road, Chester Springs. Space is limited so you must reserve your attendance in advance. Click here for a 300kb PDF flyer with additional information about this meeting.
Township Newsletter Avaiable - The Winter 2010 Charlestown Township Newsletter is available on-line from the official Township web site by clicking here.
Bid Notices - Public notices for bids forTree, Road and Mowing work in the township are available on the The Phoenix by clicking here.
'A bomb ready to go off' by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on efforts by the GVSD School Board to shedule a field hearing in Chester County to "to deal with the pending crisis of huge increases in the school district's contribution to the Public School Employees Retirement System pension fund." There are many comments in addition to the article. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
"Commissioners move up deadlines for Chester County real estate tax bills" by Dan Kristie in yesterday's Daily Local News reports on earlier deadlines for real estate tax payments for 2010. This article also has quite a few reader comments. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
County Unveils Landscapes2 Interactive Website -
New Internet site brings growth and preservation together for Chester County. This week, the Chester County Board of Commissioners has unveiled the new long-range policy plan for Chester County entitled Landscapes2. Employing new technologies, Landscapes2 is a web-based, interactive site (click here) that can be updated and enhanced with the changing dynamics of Chester County.
Cancellations/Closings (from Linda Csete) -
The Planning Commission meeting for Tuesday, February 9th is cancelled due to the anticipated snow. The next meeting will be held on February 23rd, 7:30 p.m. at the Great Valley Middle School.
The Township Office will be closed on Wednesday, February 10th due to the anticipated winter weather.
Depending on weather conditions, the office may be closed on Thursday, February 11th, or may open late. On either day, you may reach us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail message at 610-240-0326. We'll be checking for messages throughout the day. Fred Alston can be reached on his cell phone 610-656-9315 for road related calls.
Little League Registration (from the Feb. 7 Daily Local News) -
Great Valley Little League is holding registration for the spring season. Boys and girls ages 5-18 (players have to be age 5 by April 30, 2010,) who are residents of East Goshen, East Whiteland and Charlestown Townships are eligible. Registration has closed for baseball players ages 9-12. For all other players it will close Feb. 15. Any registrations received after that day will be placed on a waiting list. To register and for more information go to the Web site http://www.GVLL.org. The league phone number is 610-644-7302.
The Preliminary Agenda for the February 9 meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
"Farming summit to be held in March" in today's Daily Local News reports on the upcoming Keep Farming First conference on March 6. This year the event will be held at the Octorara High School. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
The Official Minutes of the January 4, 2010 reorganization and regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors have been posted to the official Township web site.
Correction - The January 12 minutes I announced Monday are for the Planning Commission, not the Board of Supervisors.
SPRING SALE - The 2010 Charletown PlayHouse Spring Sale will begin April 16. Complete details on take-in days and other sale information is provided on the PlayHouse's web site. Click here.
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Board of Supervisors has been posted to the official Township web site.
The Official Minutes of the January 12, 2010 meeting of the Planning Commission have been posted to the official Township web site.
"Great Valley updates efforts to meet its federal benchmarks" by Anne Pickering in Saturday's Daily Local News reports on the Great Valley High School's actions in light of last year's rating. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Schedule - The schedule of five 2010 drop-off dates & locations has been posted on the official Township web site. Computer recycling is included on three of the dates.
The Preliminary Agenda for tonight's meeting of the Planning Commission has been posted to the official Township web site.
Tax Information Updated - Tax information for Charlestown residents, including a FAQ list, has been updated on the official Township web site.
Dog Owner Finder System - I have to admit, I don't know what to title this bit of news sent to me by Wendy McClean. If your family dog has a license tag and he/she wanders off and is found by someone else, you can hope that the person who finds your dog looks up his/her license tag number at palostpets.com. The state sponsored database has not been completely populated yet, but it is a resource that will become a great way to match up a licensed stray dog with its owner. For an amusing story of one of the first dogs recovered via the new system, click here.
Dogs Loose On Union Hill Rd (from Susan LeMert) -
(Recv'd 01/18, posted 01/19)
Please post a message regarding two lost and exhausted dogs seen this afternoon on Union Hill Road between Tinkerhill Lane and White Horse Road. Both are medium in size, one white/gray mix, the other golden mix. Both have black collars but we could not get close enough to them to see if they had tags. We were hoping to contain them long enough to find the owners but they continue to be on the move. The SPCA will not come out unless the dogs are confined.
"Anticipating crowd, Great Valley moves Tuesday's meeting" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports that Tuesday's meeting of the Great Valley School Board will be held in the High School Auditorium. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Jan. 7 Break-In on Green Lane Road - The following is quoted from today's Daily Local News police reports section.
CHARLESTOWN Video games and movies were reportedly stolen from a home in the 1000 block of Green Lane Road, according to state police. Forced entry was made through a rear kitchen window at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 7, police said. An Xbox 360, 10 Xbox games and 20 DVD movies were reportedly removed from the home. Investigators ask anyone with information about this incident to call state police at the Embreeville barracks at 484-340-3241.
"Great Valley board discusses projected shortfall" by Anne Pickering in today's Daily Local News reports on budget discussions at Monday's Great Valley School Board work session meeting. The article is available on-line from the paper's web site by clicking here.
Planning Commission Position Opening (from Linda Csete) - The Charlestown Township Planning Commission is now accepting applications from adult residents interested in serving an on the Planning Commission for a term of 4 years. Complete details and contact information are on the official Township web site by clicking here.
Hunting (from Greg Nesspor) -
Tuesday evening at 4:40 pm I saw a hunter in the open space field between my property at 2246 Pikeland and the Ashwood development. When I walked out to ask for his info he walked rapidly between two of the homes in Ashwood to a waiting pickup truck which left the development and headed north on Pikeland. Due to a pressing visitation requirement I was unable to follow and gain more info. The truck was a newer model all white small/medium size like a Ford Ranger or Dodge Dakota. No lettering or cap or rails in the back. The hunter was a white male twenties/thirties with a camo jacket with visible license carrying a crossbow. There was a herd of deer in the field at the time I saw the hunter.
I believe we have a case of "road hunting" here. Guys driving around looking for quick targets of opportunity. Especially with the cold weather if they get one they can let it lie and come back late at night to retrieve the kill without worry about decomposition. I found when I owned Hartman Run I'd see more of this activity now at the end of the season. I notified Ashwood but I thought that you could put it out there if anyone else sees evidence of "scouting" going on.
"Natural Landscaping Of Stormwater Basins", an open seminar on Sunday, Feb. 7, has been announced on the official Township web site. A PDF file with description and registration info is available from the site by clicking here.
2010 Charlestown Calendar
The Charlestown Historical Society's 2010 Scenes of Charlestown calendar is much more than just a calendar. As with the 2008 and 2009 calendars, this calendar is a collector's item. Each month includes a history lesson about our township. Each month (Jan 2010 through Jan 2011) depicts a scene of our township as seen through the eyes of artists, past and present. In addition, each month includes historical information about the scene and information about the artist. If you don't know where a scene is located, each is marked on a township map printed on the back of the calendar.
Get yours while you can! Calendars are still available at the Township Office (above the Devault P.O. on Whitehorse Road) for $12 cash or check, and via mail order for $14. For mail order, click here for a form. Supply is limited, so get yours now.
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